Word of Wisdom

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” ~ Timothy Leary

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal.” ~ Mike Ditka

“We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like?” ~ Jean Cocteau

“Courage is the price that life expects for granting peace.” ~ Amelia Earhart

“It’s choice — not chance — that determines your destiny.” ~ Jean Nidetch

“Remember that happiness is a way of travel — not a destination.” ~ Roy M. Goodman

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” ~ Bill Cosby

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” ~ e. e. cummings

“Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.” ~ Denis Diderot

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” ~ Lord Byron

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~Anonymous

Here are two recently released novels that will take your breath away and have you read the whole book in one sitting.

Healing Plans

Love Plans Series, book 8

Melissa Blake, a bright young surgeon, worked long hours to gain a remarkable experience. Fed up with her controlling mentor, she interviews for a better position.
After his wife left him, Dr. Jason Randal raises their two small kids on his own. Although he’s carefully avoided dating, he’s attracted to the lovely Dr. Blake he’s just hired. He gives her a tour of the city and a taste of the passion she’s missed.
When her mentor needs open-heart surgery, Melissa leads a team of surgeons, including Jason, all through the delicate operation. Life gets complicated when she becomes dizzy during the surgery, but Jason discretely takes over and saves their famous patient.
Will this unforgivable weakness cost her a medical career and Jason’s love?

No Vacation Plans

Love Plans Series, book 9

Denise Lambert fell in love at first sight with Damien Booker, a biracial law student. They danced the night away, and she welcomed his passionate kiss. But then he disappeared.
Five years later, she can’t believe her eyes when the pizza delivery boy sporting a long frizzy mane and a bushy beard is none other than Damien. He kisses her and runs away. She manages to get his phone number and reconnect with him. For weeks, they chat on the phone, until she bumps into Zorro, the exotic male dancer, at her friend’s bachelorette party—Damien again who kisses her senseless. But Denise is fed up with the jack of all trades, working long hours at three low-paying jobs. She’ll have to break it off with him unless…
Determined to be worthy of her love, Damian set aside his resentment against discriminating lawyers. Clean cut and well-groomed, he applies to various firms, until he garners several interviews and finally lands the right position in the right firm. Will his effort pay off? Or will he have to fight her friends and relatives to bring Denise into his arms?

FALLING IN LOVE by @PatriceWilton

No matter your age, finding yourself in love with a new person you’ve met or the same person you’ve been married to for fifty wonderful years—it’s an amazing, wonderful, uplifting and life changing event. Perhaps the most important of all. You love your children, your family, the beach, travel, writing, reading and a thousand other very satisfying ways to restore your soul and bring joy to your life, but doing it alone is just not the same as with someone you deeply love.

Love

I’m in my seventies and have lost two very special people, my son and my last partner of seventeen years, and trust me being on your own weighs on you. Sure, we have friends and people who care about you as you do them, but nothing makes your heart sing again until you run into that one person who lights you up inside.

I’m a romantic at heart, and I know a great many wonderful people who are. Like romance novelists who write about couples that have known heartache and loss. It takes a special someone to help them open their hearts once again and find hope and to trust in love, and joy without fear.

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What is life without hope and love?

Here are some of our wonderful, heart stirring stories to lift your spirits and open your eyes and heart to accept love in your life again. I pray it does.

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Plotting Mystery Novels by @_NancyRadke

Mystery novels are a little bit different than regular stories because you need to plot backwards on some things. I wrote two cozy mysteries, Any Lucky Dog Can Follow a Trail of Blood, 2021, and Any Lucky Dog Can Find a Missing Child, 2022, and am starting to plot the third one, Any Lucky Dog Can Save Her Master’s Life (working title).

Mystery Novel

Because this is a series, I already have the dog’s name, Lucky, and the hero, Sheriff Craig, and the heroine, Jenna. I also have the town and many characters in the town. But because this is a series, I have to figure out what time of year I want it. Right now I think I will put this in December, when Jenna and Craig plan to have their wedding. Nothing like a murder to interfere with wedding plans.

Plotting backwards involves deciding on the villain or villains—who they are and what their motive is before you plan anything else. Once I have that, then I have to decide who they will kill and how. Since I am just starting to plot, I haven’t made these decisions yet. I am at the stage of just jotting down ideas in a notebook.

Next, I need to figure out what clues the sheriff and Jenna will follow to solve the mystery. I also need to decide on what are called “red herrings.” These look like clues but lead nowhere.

Who will find the body? I’ve already decided that it will be Lucky who leads them to the body, and I’ve decided where I’m going to hide it, as this will be the opening chapter. I might have to change it, but that sounds good right now.

Two other books which I plotted backward were Scorpion’s Trail (my all-time favorite) and Stolen Secrets, both written in the late 1900’s.

I am not an author who enjoys plotting. It “ruins” the excitement of writing the book when I know all the answers. But a mystery can’t be written totally plotless. If I can, I will avoid plotting some scenes and let them write themselves. Then I’ll enjoy it more and I think the book just turns out better.

I enjoy watching Korean mystery series on Netflix and pick up some ideas from them. Two series I watch over and over are “Stranger” and “Beyond Evil.” Neither are “cozy” but I enjoy the characters and watching how they work the clues into the plot.

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Diehard Dames

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Corn Pudding #Recipe by @Donna_Fasano

Corn Pudding is a side dish that’s served in many homes in Southern USA. If you’ve never tried this, you are in for a treat. It’s very easy to make and it tastes so good. I should point out that other Corn Pudding recipes call for up to 1/2 cup of sugar. I find that way too sweet. One eighth cup of sugar adds plenty of sweetness for me and my family. Oh, I also should mention that this casserole cooks from the outside in, so don’t skip the last instruction to stir the ingredients half way through the baking time. This step assures that the pudding will be cooked all the way through. Remove the corn pudding from the oven, stir thoroughly, then return to the oven for the final 30 minutes of baking time.

Corn Pudding

INGREDIENTS:
  • 12 ounces frozen whole kernel corn
  • 2 (17-ounce) cans cream-style corn
  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1⁄8 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons McCormick’s seasoned salt
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • 1⁄2 cup whole milk
  • 1⁄2 cup butter, melted
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Stir together the whole corn, the cream corn, and the eggs in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine corn starch, seasoned salt, dry mustard, and shallot.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
  4. Stir in the milk and butter.
  5. Pour into an oiled 13-inch x 9-inch pan. I use cooking spray.
  6. Bake at 400 for 60 minutes, stirring thoroughly after 30 minutes.

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