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

2 Wonderful Recipes by @PatriceWilton

Love to cook? I have two wonderful recipes from the Paradise Cove series. Enjoy!

The first recipe is perfect for company. It’s extra special and delicious.

Orange Pecan French Toast

Orange Pecan French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices French bread (1-inch-thick slices)
  • 1cup packed brown sugar
  • 1⁄3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1⁄3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1⁄2 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 large egg whites

Directions:

  1. Combine brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup; pour into the prepared baking dish.
  2. Sprinkle chopped pecans evenly over sugar mixture.
  3. In a bowl, combine milk, orange zest, granulated sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, whole eggs, and egg whites. Whip with a whisk until thoroughly combined.
  4. Arrange bread slices over pecans in dish. Pour egg mixture over bread.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to overnight.
  6. When ready to eat, preheat oven to 350°. Remove baking dish from refrigerator.
  7. Carefully turn bread slices over to absorb excess egg mixture.
  8. Let stand at room temperature while the oven preheats.
  9. Bake for 35 minutes or until lightly browned.

Classic Cuban-Style Picadillo

This is a classic Cuban picadillo recipe for ground beef that is typically eaten over white rice. It can also be used as a filling for tacos or empanadas. It’s delicious with fried ripe plantains.

Recipes

Prep: 10 mins – Cook: 20 mins – Total: 30 mins – Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced, or more to taste
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 6 large pitted green olives, quartered
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon capers (optional)
  • 2 (1.41 ounce) packages Sazon seasoning (such as Goya®)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion, bell pepper, and garlic, onion in the hot oil until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef into the skillet; cook and stir until crumbly and completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes.
  3. Stir tomato sauce, olives, raisins, capers, cumin, Sazon seasoning, sugar, and salt into the ground beef mixture.
  4. Cover the skillet, reduce heat to low, and cook until the mixture is heated through, 5 to 10 minutes.

 

Both recipes sound great, don’t they? I hope you try one of them and let your family or friends enjoy something different this Fall.

My latest book, A RECIPE FOR DISASTER will be on KU by Friday, Sept. 23rd! It’s a fun, fast Romantic Comedy. It will be $.99 and I hope you give it a try!

 

A Recipe for Disaster

Available for Kindle readers Friday, Sept 23rd!

Visiting An Old Friend by @PatriceWilton

I have moved around a lot in my life which makes it difficult to have an old friend. Started off in Vancouver, Canada, which I loved very much and always will. I was a flight attendant in my twenties and my favorite route was Vancouver to Hawaii and back. That became my second home.

Old Friend

I married later in life, at the age of thirty and my husband’s job took us to Toronto, Melbourne Australia then Sydney. Our final stop was England, where we spent three years before coming back to the United States.

We never had a chance to put down roots or develop longtime friendships. It was difficult for the children, but I adapted well, and enjoyed the new places, the people I met and the adventures I had.

Forever Friends

I have come to realize that the friends I made on this journey would always stay with me, but the communication would stop.

The real, true friends that you’ll never forget are the ones you meet as a child, and the tender years of growing up. I envy those who have had the chance to stay in one place and develop a long-time, forever friendship that will stand the test of time.

Yes, I do have a few, less than a handful of people from my past—the kind you don’t see in twenty years, but can start back where you left off.

Patrice and Friends

Over the years I have developed thousands of friendships, nearly all that I’ve never met. They are very special to me, a bond that will never break. Those amazing, wonderful people who read books, and those who write them.

Paradise Cove

Revisiting Paradise Cove

I am now revisiting a family, an old friend, that I quit on years ago, but returned to in the last few months. My Paradise Cove friends, the family I created in the first of six books. It is wonderful to be back with my old friends, who are still as engaging and adventurous as they were eight years ago. The new book will be a novella, but it will have the same characters and mishaps as the previous stories with a new cast of characters as well.

Hooked On You

Come back to PARADISE COVE and see for yourself how amazing and welcoming the Florida Keys can be!

Paradise Cove 6-Book Bundle

 

New Family Tradition by @PatriceWilton

After my darling Ralph passed away two years ago, we wanted our families to stay close and we made sure it happened by starting a new family tradition. My husband’s daughter and her family live in Virginia Beach and my daughter and family in New Jersey. I’m the only one left in Florida with the exception of my two granddaughters who miss their father as much as me.

Family Tradition

Last year we all met in Vermont, and stayed at the Hyatt hotel high in the mountains. Such a beautiful hotel and vista, we were thrilled from the start. So many things to do and the hotel provided entertainment all day long. The kids ziplined, hiked, and after a hard day of activity could spend the evening in a beautiful heated pool. Paradise.

This year we went to Asheville where none of us had been before. A few of the children are college age and detoured to see a few of the colleges available to them during their drive back and forth. I flew, which isn’t so much fun anymore.

Patrice Wilton

You know how it goes. when one thing goes wrong, everything does. Unfortunately, that happened to me! Even lost my EMX card—so if you see it could you please send it back to me? LOL

All family vacations don’t need to be grand to be amazing and memorable.

Getting together is important, especially with all this craziness right now. I wish everyone would embrace what my family has–being willing to start a new family tradition. Be grateful for every day and all our loved ones, and find some new traditions of your own!

And please keep reading. Authors’ Billboard offers sensational books at an affordable price of only $.99. I promise the books inside the covers will open new worlds to you. It might be just what you need—and all that you want.

I also have a new eBook out this month. A CHANGE OF HEART is a clean romance with a feel-good ending. Found on Amazon, B&N, Kobo and Apple!

A Change of Heart Patrice Wilton

Most of all, Enjoy your summer! It goes too quickly.

 

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!