Saturday, December 31, 2016

Day #2: Pie Time to Celebrate

Sorry to all you math nerds...I didn't mean 3.14,  I meant apple pie with a flaky crust and pumpkin with nutmeg, cinnamon, and fresh whipped cream *slobber* 

Christmas may be over, but the New Year is right around the corner. If you need a good book to ring in 2017, then check out Riding with the Hides of Hell*. It's free on Amazon from now until January 3rd. It's a hell-a-good adventure story for Young Adult romance fans.

Kindle Price $0.00
Today - Jan 3

Now...back to pie time. A feast for your eyes!

Blue Ribbon Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pie
Butternuts in the Background

Digging In

Dog Diggity
Abby (with her tops down) Zelda, Tilly, and Tango

* Riding with the Hides of Hell has a new title: Burnout!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Day #1: Riding with the Hides of Hell
Free eBook on Amazon

It's that time again...time to go to Amazon and download your free copy of Riding with the Hides of Hell*. It's available for the next five days to celebrate 2017. Tell your friends, pass the joy along...Free!

Happy New Year!


Riding with the Hides of Hell* is a gritty Young Adult romance set in small towns throughout the Pacific Northwest. It’s about a strong girl and a moody grump finding love on a road trip from hell. 

**Young Adult FINALIST in the 2016 PNWA Literary Contest**

* Riding with the Hides of Hell has a new title: Burnout!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Day #5: Merry Christmas!

FIRST: Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a joyous Festivus for the rest of us.

SECOND: Today is the last day of a FREE Dealing with Blue eBook on Amazon. They're going like hotcakes so get in there and get a copy. 

THIRD: What are we up to here in the PNW? Well...we've opened our gifts and have discovered that more than one of us likes Legos in this household. Trix are for kids; Legos are for everyone.

"Houston, we may have a problem."
Family Lego Addiction

Feelin' Like a Kid in the Candy Store

We also played in the snow! But while the weather warnings say words like "blizzard" and "snowpacolypse," we're scratching our heads and wondering about the blue skies and sunshine. The snow is melting fast around here. Gotta get the fun in while it lasts!

Angels in the Snow

Making a Snowman
with a Red-Pepper Nose

Snowball Fights
Pack 'em Hard, Ladies!

"Humans are weird."
Tilly and Tango

Fun's Not Over Yet...

Next book giveaway is Riding with the Hides of get ready! It will be FREE December 30 - January 3, just in time to ring in the New Year :)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Day #4: Fabulous Five Ornaments

Day #4 is the eve of...the last day of...the free ebook of...Dealing with Blue on Amazon. It's a Young Adult love story set in a small town. Here's what's inside:
Life used to be organized and normal until Suzy Blue moves in with her hoarding mother. Her neighbor, J.J. Radborne, has his own set of problems. His ex-girlfriend is turning up the heat in a confusing mind game, but fortunately, he knows exactly who to team up with: Suzy Blue. Yeah…perfect. Now, if she’d only cooperate.
Kindle Price $0.00
Now - Dec 25th

Now for the fabulous five...Christmas ornaments! My late Aunt Judy used to craft her own ornaments out of beads, wire, and ribbon. On our trees we see our favorite decorations with her craftsmanship, unique and sentimental, and we remember her.


Mice Friends


Rainbow Star

My Aunt Judy made hundreds of ornaments: icicles, wreaths, drummer boys, toy soldiers, Christmas trees, and a lot more. The clothespin reindeer above was made by my little brother for a holiday craft when he was in elementary school. Ah...the good old days. I love seeing these things on Mom and Dad's tree.

The Head of Donner

I made this one out of a pompoms back in the day...and it made me laugh when I saw my kids hanging it this year. So odd with the bug eyes set close together. Lol.

Homemade is best!

"If all else fails, sprinkle glitter on it!"

Friday, December 23, 2016

Day #3 Puppies in the Snow

It's day three of operation, "Free ebook" on Amazon. Dealing with Blue, a Young Adult, small town romance, is available for a free download today thru December 25th! Christmas is fast approaching and with the impending snow blizzard, it could be a great way to cozy things up. Warm fire, mug of hot chocolate, a furry friend (or two), and a good book. Give Dealing with Blue a shot :)

Do You Hear What I Hear?

The Snow Scout
Tilly Bean

Happy Birthday, Puppies!
Tilly and Tango Turn Two

Dealing with Blue

On one side, Suzy Blue has a mother with a hoarding problem and on the other, the hunky neighbor, J.J. Radborne, who needs a stand-in girlfriend. Suzy's makes a deal with him, but how can she keep him away? It takes a lot of pretending.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

DAY #2: Dealing with Blue
Free eBook on Amazon

These pancakes are awesome! All slathered in syrup...salty, sweet. Yum. The recipe is from the Land O'Lakes cookbook called Treasury of Country Recipes, an old cookbook I use all the time. The recipe says it makes six, but if you like your pancakes big, pretend it says, "Makes a hearty four." 

After you get done slobbering over the ingredients list--bacon, cheddar cheese, apple compote--then pick up an ebook copy of Dealing with Blue. It's currently free on Amazon now through December 25th.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Day #1: Dealing with Blue
Free eBook on Amazon

Winter Solstice is here! Snow...icicles...a cold chill. I'm ready to bust out a couple sleds and put on my skis. We'll be playing outside for the holidays and throwing white stuff around. This Montana girl has the chains packed, but first...let's whip some donuts. Lol. Safety first...yes, yes. I know. Hi, Mom!

Anyway--got side tracked there--what I wanted to say is go to Amazon and download your free copy of Dealing with Blue. It's available for the next five days to celebrate the holidays. Tell your friends, pass the joy along...Free!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays.


Dealing with Blue is a Young Adult love story about the serious Suzy who acts like the school's party animaniac is her new boyfriend, and that her hoarding mom is perfectly sane. Yeah, there's a lot of pretending going on. This book is a stand-alone set in a fictional small town somewhere in western Washington. It's about a strong girl and a bad boy peeling back the layers to discover what's true.

**FINALIST 2015 PNWA Literary Contest for Young Adults**
**FINALIST 2016 PNWA Nancy Pearl Book Award**

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Favorite Artist: Dale Chihuly

I recently went to the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit located near the Space Needle at Seattle Center. It had approximately 15,000 positive reviews on Yelp, and I'd never even been there! Last weekend, I decided it was time to get out of my house, renew my creative energy, and get my art on.

I'm glad I did because I absolutely loved it. My favorite part of the museum wasn't glass, but Dale Chihuly's abstract textural and full of energy.



Vivid Paintings

Glass Bowl

Garden of Reflections

Space Needle

Glass House

"Tough times never last but tough people do." ~ Robert H. Schuller