Friday, September 2, 2011

September 2011


So much is new! I'm excited to tell you about my latest project ALWAYS DEVOTED that just went live on Amazon and Smashwords. It's an original never-before-published novella for my Search For Love series. Two of my backlist titles, Nathan's Vow and Jake's Bride are connected books. Linc Granger was introduced in Nathan's Vow as his best friend. He was such great hero material that I've written a story just for him. And to branch out a little, ALWAYS DEVOTED isn't merely a romance. This novella also has a mystery element as the heroine searches for her sister. It was great fun to write and I enjoyed stretching my wings. If you like it, I'd appreciate you spreading the word to family and friends. Also, because you're taking the time to read my e-zine, here is a coupon code to download NATHAN'S VOW, Book 1 in the Search For Love series, free at Smashwords—FY44J for a limited time only. I appreciate my readers and their support.

Also this month is marked by my new Harlequin Special Edition release HIS COUNTRY CINDERELLA. This Montana Mavericks—The Texans Are Coming! romance is book 3 in the latest series. My country singer hero Zane Gunther can make hearts patter with just a glance. He captured my heart immediately when I created him in FROM DOCTOR...TO DADDY, last year's Montana Mavericks release. (See contest below for its country theme!)

I'm in the midst of writing Book 4 in my REUNION BRIDES series for Harlequin Special Edition. It's working title is Wedding Bells And Baby Booties. Brenna and Riley were high school sweethearts who had to keep their feelings hidden because of their feuding families. But the night of the reunion, old sparks burst into flame and now Brenna returned to Miners Bluff with Riley's infant son.

You can check my reader letter on my website for updates and the latest news but you'll hear it here first.


Well, I can't let the month go by without mentioning that we had an earthquake and a hurricane within the same week in our neck of the woods! We're still picking up branches and staking up plants and flowers but I'm so grateful we didn't have any worse damage. My heart goes out to anyone caught up in the storm.

My cats, Ebbie and London, took all of it in stride!  Ebbie was on my desk when the earthquake happened and she didn't run for cover. She road it out with me—I was on the computer—then just looked at me as if to say—What was that? And London who is sometimes my problem child was still sleeping on her chair by the window when it was over! Yet they hide under the bed during thunder storms.  

The tomatoes keep coming in. My favorites for the season were heirloom tomatoes Marianna's Peace, which produced 1 1/2 pound tomatoes and Anna Russian, which is a heart-shaped tomato. Fitting, don't you think? 
So here is a recipe for one of my favorite tomato salads. So easy and so good!

Tomato, Cucumber, Feta salad

  • 6 plum tomatoes
  • 1 small cucumber - peeled, quartered lengthwise, and chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. In a large bowl, toss together the tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and feta cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

My roses liked all the rain and they're blooming again. Both the blooms and the buds are gorgeous, scent-filled and perfect for bringing in and filling the house with perfume. I'm also gathering rose petals to use in sachets for Christmas.

One of the best summer gifts in our area is fresh peaches. Terrifically beautiful this year, juicy and perfect! So with some of them I had to make a peach pie!

The special for the month is another contest.  This month I'm giving away a copy of HIS COUNTRY CINDERELLA and two CD's—Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean. Use the button on the right to enter. Please one entry per email address. Contest ends on September 31 at midnight EST. Winner will be notified by October 7 EST and will have to email me his/her snail-mail address. If winner does not verify by midnight October 15, a new winner will be drawn.  This contest is open to US winners only.  Good luck.  Congratulations to July's winner—Charlotte Padgett!  Enjoy your summer.

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  1. Hi, Karen! Your tomato/cucumber/feta salad recipe made me drool! I've got to try that one. It sounds so refreshing. Thanks for sharing it. In addition, you make a beautiful pie! I have found that very few people seem to care about making a pie from scratch anymore. They would rather pop a Mrs. Smith's pie in the oven. My mom was the best pie maker and I have learned to love the art. My family loves them. Your roses are so pretty. Do they smell as nice as they look? I love your giveaway. Very nice prizes. Happy end of summer to you.
    Connie Fischer

  2. I love simple summer recipes and that salad is it! I don't make pies often--those diets we're all on--but nothing tastes like home-made pie dough. My mom made lots of pies, too. When I bake, I think of her.
    The roses smell wonderful. I have a magenta one that smells a little like raspberries! Good luck in the contest.

  3. Karen I am going to try that Tomato salad and I will try the peach pie.. It is one of my favs of the late summer fruits...
    I can smell those rose petals.. One of my fav flowers... along with Carnations and Hybiscus...
    I am looking forward to reading this book.. Sounds like another KRS winner...

  4. Kathleen--I make a simple peach pie. A little sugar and little flour and a little cinnamon mixed in. We like mostly fruit. I hope you like the tomato salad and the new book!