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

THE WOES OF WRITER’S BLOCK by @PatriceWilton

I’m sure that even readers have heard of Writer’s Block — which means the writer is stuck in a wheel, spinning ideas in their heads but not on paper. It happens to the best of us; even Stephen King has experienced this dreaded circumstance where you sit at your desk ready to deliver magic on page, but you don’t have the energy, the drive, or your imagination has taken a road trip somewhere and you’re all alone—fingers eager to start pounding the keys with not a thought in your head.

Writer's Block

Yes, it can be that bad. I normally get excited to start a fresh book or series. Usually as I’m finishing one book, I already have ideas for the next. That was a few years back, now I have to work on it to decide who, what, where, why, the basics you need to know before writing the first word.

Writer’s Block Bursts Creative Bubbles

Most often I know the characters, the location, the conflict, the beginning and ending but not much more. I’m a pantser (write by the seat of my pants) not a plotter and that’s never been a problem for me or a million other successful writers. It starts out great, the first few chapters just flow and each scene leads to the next. Unfortunately, around mid-book the bubble bursts and I think…what now? Funny, but I might lie down and just think for an hour or two, or I go for a long walk and come up with an answer, or the answer comes to me while I’m in the shower. It’s there—somewhere—and may take a few days to reveal itself.

There are mental exercises that many writers succumb to. Like asking yourself questions and writing them down. Somehow you must find a breakthrough and that means getting rid of self-doubt! That is a general cause for the blockage and might be the hardest opponent to overcome. But remember why you chose this career and that you became a writer because inside that brilliant head of yours you are a writer.

Please check out some of my books for yourselves on my Amazon Author Page or my website. I have written around forty books: romance, comedy, suspense and now mysteries. And I still get blocked!

 

Bunnies, Colored Eggs, Peeps and Hunts – EASTER is Here!

A little history first….  The first formal Easter celebration dates back to the 2nd century. But it is believed that Easter celebrations began earlier than that. The Christian holiday is to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ who rose from the dead three days after his crucifixion 2,000 years ago.

Easter Bunny and Eggs

Bunny Rabbits and Easter Eggs

In the medieval era, Christians would decorate eggs and eat them on Easter to celebrate the end of the Lenten fast–eggs couldn’t be eaten during the Holy Week. The first instance of eggs being decorated dates to the 13th century. In Christian symbolism, eggs represent new life, paralleling the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Bunnies have been associated with Easter since around the 17th-18th century!

But that’s enough of history — let’s move on to the fun stuff!

Most American families start off with an Easter Egg hunt, that can be before or after church, if that is your tradition. Sometimes the fun filled egg hunt will take place at a park, or school ground, or church–where you will see lots of little munchkins running around like crazy, loving the excitement as much as their prized chocolates, I’m sure.

The Good Ol’ Days

I remember the good old days when my parents would take my sister and I to church in our pretty new dresses, and how proud I’d be. Years have gone by, but for me Easter holiday is a memory of hiding colorful blue, and pink Easter eggs, chocolates and bunnies and little surprises around the house for the children to discover. Not sure who enjoyed it more, the kids or us, the parents.  Those days are long gone too.

For grandmas like me, it’s become a wonderful family time, followed by a delicious brunch or Easter dinner. A spiral ham has become the traditional meat of choice, but also turkey or prime rib, better yet– my favorite roast or grilled lamb can make a delicious addition or a great substitute.

On that note — here is a recipe for a Butterflied Leg of Lamb.

Easter Butterflied Leg of Lamb

This recipe came from a great friend of mine and she is a wonderful cook. I’ve tried it several times, grilling not roasted, but it is so amazing!!  I’m sure it’ll be perfect either way, but the timing will be important. My mouth waters just thinking about it! So easy, too:

  1. 1 5-lb leg of lamb, deboned and butterflied (weight after deboning).
  2. 12 oz bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce, a 5.5 oz bottle of mint sauce (Crosse & Blackwell), 1/2 cup oil
  3. Look for a leg of lamb that is mostly flat with the least fat. Pound it good so it’s about an inch or two thick and I suggest slicing off the extra fat.
  4. Combine chili sauce, mint sauce, and oil in a glass bowl. Pour over the lamb and marinate up to two days, turning the meat every 12 hours.
  5. When ready to cook, remove lamb from the sauce and grill over hot coals, basting often with the marinade. For medium rare, total cooking time is around 25 minutes. If you don’t own a grill, then place the lamb in a pre-heated oven set to 325* F for around 90-120 minutes.
  6. Carve the lamb into thin slices and choose your favorite sides. This is one of my easiest and best dinners ever!

HAVE A WONDERFUL EASTER NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO! ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT AUTHORS’ BILLBOARD FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL. GRAB THOSE BARGAINS! LEARN MORE ABOUT ME BY CLICKING HERE.

St. Patrick’s Day #Recipes by @PatriceWilton

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us – and I have something to share. When I was born, I was supposed to be David, and my parents had no girl name picked out for me. Since my birthday is March 14th, I became Patricia! How lame is that?

Here are a few recipes you might enjoy!

ST. PATRICK’S DAY IRISH CROCKPOT CORNED BEEF

INGREDIENTS: St. Patrick's Day

  • 1 lb of corn beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into three pieces
  • Medium potatoes, cut in half
  • Medium carrots, sliced in three pieces
  • 1 cup of beef bouillon
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 small head of cabbage, cut into wedges

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place onion celery, potatoes and carrots in bottom of the crockpot. And then lay brisket on top.
  2. Whisk together bouillon, bay leaf, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and dry mustard.
  3. Pour over the brisket.
  4. Cook on low for 8-10 hours, adding cabbage wedges for the last hour of cooking.
  5. To serve, discard cooking liquid, slice meat and place onto hot serving plates, accompany with the cooked potatoes, carrots, celery, cabbage wedges. Serve your favorite mustard on the side.

No meal is complete without dessert, so here is one for you!

CHOCOLATE GUINNESS CAKE

INGREDIENTS: Guinness Chocolate Cake

  • 1 cup of Guinness stout
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, sliced
  • 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt or 3/4 sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda

For the Icing:

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • l/2 cup heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 9-inch pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Pour Guinness into a large saucepan, add butter, and then heat until melted.
  3. Whisk cocoa powder and sugar into the stout and butter.
  4. In a small bowl, beat sour cream with eggs and vanilla and pour into brown, buttery, beery mixture. Whisk in the flour and baking soda.
  5. Pour cake batter into greased and lined pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until a inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Leave to cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack as it is a damp cake.
  7. When cake is cold, gently peel off parchment paper and transfer to a platter or cake stand.

ICING:

  1. Place cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar in a mixing bowl. Whip with an electric beater until smooth. A food processor can also be used.
  2. Add cream and beat again until the icing is a spreadable consistency.
  3. Ice top of cake, starting at the middle and fanning out, so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint of stout!

Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day, and think of me who might have been David!

~  ~  ~  ~  ~

Serendipity Falls – 3-book set

 

Unforgettable Heroes – 7-book set for 99¢

 

Champagne for Two

 

What is YOUR FAVORITE February Holiday?

February HolidayIt seems as if we’ve had one, long on-going party this month. So I have to ask… what is your favorite February holiday? February is the shortest month of the year, but my-oh-my wait until you read what a fantastic month it is!

 

Okay, we all know that it is Valentine’s Day in the middle of the month, but have a glimpse of all the special ways Americans celebrate February!

  • 1st – LUNAR YEAR and NATIONAL DARK CHOCOLATE DAY! Who knew?
  • 2nd – GROUNDHOG DAY AND NATIONAL TATOR TOT DAY! Whoopie!
  • 3rd – NATIONAL GOLDEN RETRIEVER DAY and OPTIMIST DAY! Yeah!
  • 4th – NATIONAL THANK A MAIL CARRIER DAY! Hope you didn’t miss it!
  • 5th – ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST DAY! Especially loved by all children!
  • 6th – NATIONAL CHOPSTICKS DAY–bet you didn’t see that one coming!
  • 9th – NATIONAL PIZZA DAY! Bet no one missed that!

Let’s skip ahead to:

  • 13th – SUPERBOWL SUNDAY! A day to pretend to love Football, unless you do!
  • 14th – VALENTINE’S DAY AND NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER!
  • 16th – FAT TUESDAY! We can eat all we want!
  • 17th – ASH WEDNESDAY AND NATIONAL RANDOM ACTS IF KINDNESS!
  • 18th – NATIONAL DRINK WINE DAY–Yippee!
  • 21st – PRESIDENT’S DAY!
  • 29th – LEAP DAY!

Bottom line—you can celebrate anything you want on any day you want—and nobody will know the difference!

We all need to celebrate, don’t we? Forget the dark days and look up to see the sun, or glimpse a falling star, a full moon in all its glory. I enjoy celebrating all the wonders of the world for we are fortunate to live on this beautiful planet.

Author Billboard always has a great many books for FREE or ON SALE every month! Please check them out!

For most of February, I have discounted SERENDIPITY FALLS, 3 book set. You will fall in love with the mischievous Cupid and the magic of love.

Serendipity Falls 3-bk set