About Patrice Wilton

Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about. Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages. She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience. Her best selling books are the CANDY BAR series, SERENDIPITY FALLS series, and most recently PARADISE COVE and A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION series. She is a New York Times best selling author.  View website

SUICIDE PREVENTION

Good-morning readers! I’m going to talk today about a subject that most of us would prefer not to, but must.
I lost my 36-year-old son to suicide on February 21st, a day I will never forget because my life was also destroyed that day, along with his 2 children and everyone who loved him.
DEPRESSION IS A CURABLE DISEASE, DEATH IS NOT.

If you have a friend or family member who is suffering from this disease please reach out to them, and make sure they see a doctor and take their medication. My son self-medicated himself with Jack Daniel who is no friend of mine. If you think they might have thoughts of suicide, they probably do and need help. If you see a change in their attitude without seeking help they might already have a plan in mind. Suicide is the absence of hope. They feel that there will never be any peace for them, no happiness in life, and that their pain is too unbearable to go on. My son loved his children more than anything and was a wonderful father to them, but he still left.

Here is a few staggering facts:

Suicide Facts & Figures: United States 2019 Basic Facts On average, 129 Americans died by suicide each day. * 1.4 million Americans attempted suicide. * 90% of those who died by suicide had a diagnosable mental health condition at the time of their death. Firearms accounted for more than half (51%) of all suicide deaths.

Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, which is roughly one death every 40 seconds. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the world for those aged 15-24 years. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Here are a sites that can help and give you better information: https://www.crisistextline.org/suicide?msclkid=876419f74dbd14e425fa47e06371a387
suicidepreventionlifeline.org
1-800-273-8255
I wish I could have prevented my own son’s death, but he planned it for 6 weeks. Receipts found after his death and the time table he executed to completion left no doubt. Don’t be fooled–they can be extremely clever and make plans for the future they don’t intend to keep.
I will live with half a heart forever–don’t join this horrible little club of fathers and mothers who have lost children.
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Delicious recipe from Mrs. Morris and the Ghost!

To celebrate our first Cozy Mystery, Mrs. Morris and the Ghost which debuts everywhere Today, I would like to give you a delicious and easy recipe for ARTICHOKE HEARTS WITH FONTANA that comes from Minnie’s kitchen. (I must credit Martha Stewart with this one, but Minnie does a fabulous job entertaining the guests at Charlene’s B&B. If you visit Salem, this is a must stay! At least in our book anyway! Traci Hall and I co-writed this under the name Traci Wilton.
Enjoy!
ARTICHOKE DIP WITH FONTANA CHEESE

INGREDIENTS
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil,
1/2 medium yellow onion diced,
3 garlic cloves,
3- 14 oz cans of artichokes drained and chopped.
1/3 cup of dry white wine,
4 oz Neufchatel cream cheese, room temperature,
2 l/4 cubed Fontina cheese, about 3/4 lbs,
l/4 cup chopped fresh parsley,
8 pitas cut into wedges.

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add artichokes and wine; cook until liquid evaporates, about 8 minutes.
2. Remove skillet from heat and stir in cream cheese until blended. Fold in 1 1/4 cups Fontina and parsley. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart baking dish; sprinkle with 1 cup additional Fontina. Bake until golden and bubbling, 30 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss pitas with 1 tablespoon oil; spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm dip with pita chips.

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How to co-write a book

Traci Hall and I have been friends for fifteen years or so. We met when we were both unpublished in a critique group. Fast forward to 2019, and we now have 90 published books between us. Traci has written in many genres, myself only romance.

Now, the two of us have entered another playing field. We are co-writing a Cozy Mystery series for Kensington, using the author name of Traci Wilton.

Many of you probably wonder how two people, living 4 hours away from each other could possibly write a book together, little alone three. (hopefully many more if our sales our good!)

For us, it came easy. Traci has edited my books for years–she’s awesome at it! and we write in similar styles. It was a natural fit–the only problem being that neither of us had ever written a mystery. When our agent, Evan Marshall asked us if we’d like to try writing a book similar to The Ghost and Mrs. Muir as he had an editor friend from Kensington looking for that material, well, we didn’t say no! 

We did extensive research by meeting in Salem, taking in all the haunted, ghostly tours, the witch re-enactments, finding the perfect lobster, the exquisite cocktail. Hard work, but we did it well! In fifteen months we wrote our three books–one of us would do the first chapter, then the other would do the second, light editing all the way through. Occasionally we’d have our differences but we’d compromise and bury our egos for the sake of the book. Mutual respect is key in co-authoring, and keeping a sense of humor! In May we went to a writers retreat in Santorini and plotted out another three!

Mrs. Morris and the Ghost debuts world wide on July 30/19.

Available from Amazon

Charlene Morris knew Salem, Massachusetts had a spooky reputation. But when she decided to open her B&B there, she expected guests—not ghosts…
 
A grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start—so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed-and-breakfast. On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startling blue eyes in her bedroom. Terror turns to utter disbelief when he politely introduces himself as Jack Strathmore—and explains that he used to live here—when he was alive. He firmly believes that someone pushed him down the stairs three years ago, and he won’t be able to leave until someone figures out who. If Charlene wants to get her business up and running in time for the Halloween tourist rush, and get this haunting houseguest out of the way, she’ll have to investigate. Though truth be told, this ghost is starting to grow on her.

Happy July everyone, and we’d love for you to add our exciting new Cozy to your summer reading list!

Resolutions You Can Live With – for a Happy, Healthier Year!

Does anyone really do resolutions anymore? Do they stick to them after the first week or two? I don’t bother, as I basically exercise and eat right every day. Sure I like my wine at night and desserts occasionally, and don’t deprive myself, but saying I’m going to lose ten pounds, well it just isn’t going to happen.

I found an interesting list of resolutions that you and I can probably keep this year.

1. Add more citrus to your diet–limes, lemon, orange. Skip juice and have an orange instead.
2. Okay, we can all do this – eat vegetables regularly!
3. Book all your doctor appointments this year, have your mammogram, bone density exam, visit the dentist and the dermatologist!
4. Become a plant owner. Indoor plants can reduce stress and lower blood pressure!
5. Stop multi-tasking! Organize your activities into chunks of time.
6. Use scents in your home, it has health benefits! Vanilla makes people relax, Peppermint can boost energy!
7. Master the stairs. When you’re feeling tired, get up and get moving! Ten minutes of using stairs, or a quick jog will boost your energy and burn calories, and make you Less Tired!
8. Share your achievements with others, on the road to your success.

Have a happy, healthy 2019 my friends!!