Changes – For The Better

            When a person experiences a catastrophic event, it changes the way they breathe, work, play, eat, everything – I’m sure you get my meaning.

My husband Joe died seventeen months ago and, not only was he my soulmate and lover, he was the inspiration for the Cindy’s Crusades series. He and I collaborated the story Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, a fun fictionalized-nonfiction tale about events leading up to how we met, became lovers, and eventually married. We named ourselves Cindy and Jay DeMatteo and although many elements of the story were true, we took many literary liberties with the rest. The book, an award winning, bestseller, inspired a sequel The Sugar Ticket, and a bunch of other novellas followed, introducing new characters and plots, but always including the Cindy and Jay couple from Dinosaurs. This is the link to Cindy’s Crusades: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078MG52BT

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I’d begun a third novel Don’t Bruise the Bananas around the time Joe got sick and, after he spirited off to a better dimension, I decided to rewrite Bananas without the fiction. I hope to get it finished very soon. Here’s a taste:

Because I have been floundering with writing such profoundly devastating events, with Joe’s whispered encouragement, I created a new series called Love’s Salvation. Currently, there are five standalone stories in my new collection, with more on the way. Here’s the link to Love’s Salvation: Love’s Salvation

On October 6, the Authors’ Billboard will release an intense collection of stories now available for pre-order Invincible Diversity: A Premier Collection of Eight Exceptional Stories, Four Brand-New, From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling, Award-Winning Authors. Eight unique and unusual love stories that tackle the tough issues we face every day – racial acceptance or intolerance, whether black, brown, red or yellow, differing religious views, sexuality, family and social values, and so much more. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08GQ57C7Z


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In addition to our many Romance and Suspense anthologies, we’ve just released a Second Bestselling Comedy Collection: Cute But Crazy: Ditzy Dudes: SIX BRAND NEW Side-splitting Romantic Comedies plus two read-tested surprise titles by Eight New York Times and USA Today Bestselling and Award-Winning Authors, CUTE BUT CRAZY 2 – DITZY DUDES is the follow-up boxset to the Bestselling Cute But Crazy – Wacky, Wonderful Women.
Get ready for another Romantic Comedy box set from the fabulous Authors’ Billboard gang. Come get acquainted with these charming and sexy Ditzy Dudes and the ladies they bring Happy (and tickle-bone funny) Ever After’s to. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B087R31WXG

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Mimi’s Gang and the Authors’ Billboard are already looking forward to the Christmas Season. This year we’re excited to present: DEAR SANTA: A Christmas Wish

http://Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish (The Holiday Series Book 3)

DEAR SANTA is filled with 18 brand new stories about characters who have special wishes to ask the big guy during this season.Most of us have had experiences when something we’ve desperately wanted is so close that Santa seems the perfect person to ask for the miracle.
When one believes, it’s amazing the conflicts that are overcome and the surprises that can follow.

You’ll be amazed by each of these fantastic holiday books full of Christmas cheer and thrilling romance we’ve written for your entertainment. Pre-Order Here! http://Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish (The Holiday Series Book 3)

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One Year Later: How Quickly Time Passes

Tuesday, September 29, will be my mother’s 93rd birthday. She and my dad were married almost 70 years when he died on October 1, 2019. Losing the love of her life was devastating, and while she’s still with us, she’s not the same. She lives in a delusional world of her own making.

Within three months, the strong woman I’d known all my life was gone. She was unable to stay in the house and had to be placed in a long-term care facility. I visit her each week–standing at the front door, talking to her over my cellphone because of COVID 19, worrying every single day about a potential outbreak at the home.

We all handle grief in a different way. My mother can’t face hers, so she’s created this imaginary world where she’s a queen. She talks about her castles in Africa and France, about the honors she’s receiving, and about the gifts being sent to her. She talks to people every day on the imaginary phone line. In fact, she refused to talk to my sister on the real phone because she was talking to her on the line!

She still knows us, but we aren’t part of her new reality. So while I miss my dad, I’m mourning the loss of my mother, too.

In my novel, Hello Again, my heroine is also lost.

For Charley Winters love means loss and pain. She’s spent the last five years struggling with her grief. Existing, not living. Drawn to Saskatchewan, she travels west take the job she’s always wanted. But life gets complicated when she’s rescued from a vicious tornado by her dead husband’s double, a man who makes her feel things she hasn’t in years. Add to that a native myth, a shaman, a green-eyed wolf, and her husband’s ghost … Can she lift a millennia old curse and find joy and love again?

Hello Again is available for only 99cents USD from now until October 12, 2020. Join Charley as she learns to love again.http://bookShow.me/B01FGN88I6

This month brings more goodies your way via the Author’s Billboard Box sets. After the year we’ve had, I think we’re all ready for a little Christmas Magic. Eighteen authors offer you new stories perfect for the holiday season and all for 99 cents USD. So, hurry and order your copy today. It’ll be delivered to your mailbox on October 27, 2020.

Universal link with all vendors https://books2read.com/DearSanta 

Individual links:

 Amazon.com / Amazon.ca / Amazon.uk / Amazon.au / B&N / Apple / Kobo /

Stay happy and stay safe, Susanne

Fried Green Tomatoes

Serve these either for snacks or dessert, if you have any left after cooking.

Right now, with the end of summer, a lot of tomato vines are wilting, leaving green tomatoes on them. Among the treats you can make are fried green tomatoes. You want tomatoes that are not too deep a green, more a greenish yellow. Avoid ones that have already started to turn red, as they won’t be as crisp. Don’t peel them. Slice into 1/2 inch slices. Keep the oil hot and the batter cold. There are many different green tomato recipes online. Some add milk, eggs, and cornmeal. Here’s an old-fashioned recipe given to me by a friend of mine.

Dip tomato slices in a mixture of flour, with salt, pepper and sugar added to taste. The greener tomatoes may need more sugar. Fry in bacon fat for 1/2 hour over a slow fire.  Tomatoes may be placed in your oven on broil at 400 degrees for 1/2 hour, turning them after ten minutes.

Many fruits, like cantaloupe, do not ripen after they are picked. But tomatoes are great for ripening off the vine, even when picked totally green. Each year my tomato plants would produce lots of green tomatoes at the end of summer. I waited until it was close to the first frost and picked them clean. Then I would put newspaper down in an area I could keep undisturbed, and spread the green tomatoes out in one to two layers. Tomatoes will ripen if left inside, and sometimes I would have fresh red tomatoes through Thanksgiving. The only ones that wouldn’t ripen were the ones that were too dark a green to start with, or that had been touched by a frost, so would rot. If you have an abundance of tomatoes you can always try this way of ripening the green ones.

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September 2020

Hello!! It’s Labor Day weekend, and if you’re being smart and aware of the pandemic at all, you are probably social distancing and not at the beach with zillions of strangers not wearing facemasks. Experts predict another rise in Covid cases after this holiday, putting the death toll for Americans at 400,000 by the end of the year.

The number is surreal to me.

On to happy news!

Christopher and I went for Sunday brunch at Rendezvous and sat outside. We were one of two tables very far apart. It felt great to enjoy a meal we didn’t cook, or clean up after. We wore masks, the waiter wore a mask and gloves, and the menu was paper to throw away. We brought hand sanitizer but they also had it there.

Sunday Brunch at the marina

I think we’re all getting into the swing of things, businesses and consumers, trying to thrive the best we can.

Christopher is now putting together our exercise bike because, hey, it’s South Florida in September and it is too dang hot to walk outside unless I am out there at seven, which doesn’t always happen.

In the past we would have been kayaking or canoeing but today we plan on watching whatever new movies are on Prime and relaxing. Tomorrow is another work day, but when we get to do what we love, it isn’t really work. We get to tell stories and help other people tell stories for a living.

What are you doing this weekend?? Today is National Read a Book day and Authors’ Billboard is full of bargains with more than one story in each boxed set, and all for only 99 cents. Be sure to stock up and fill your ereader, and enter our monthly contest.

I am polishing a new Christmas novella for the Dear Santa boxed set that takes place—where else?? By the sea! I can’t wait for you all to meet Tessa and Landon.

Have a wonderful day—

xoxo

Traci

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