Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturday Night Special

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Each Saturday, I venture out of my "comfort" reading zone of Suspense/thriller/mystery/romantic suspense to bring you a recommendation in a different genre. Today’s recommendation is: Circle of Silence by Carol Tanzman

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thursday's Southern Recipe

From my cousin...


Connie Emmons

In top of double boiler or over low heat, melt:
1 Stick Butter (1/2 Cup)
3 Squares Unsweetened Baking Chocolate

Meanwhile, place in mixing bowl and beat until light:
4 Eggs

Beat into the eggs:
3 Tablespoons White Karo Syrup
1 ½ Cups Sugar
¼ Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Now, add the chocolate mixture (slightly cooled). Mix thoroughly and pour into an uncooked 9-inch, pastry-lined pie pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes (depending on your oven), or until top is sort of crusty and filling is set but still somewhat soft inside, DO NOT over bake. Pie should shake like custard so it will not be too stiff when cool. This may be served plain; however, is best served with a topping of vanilla ice cream.

Thursday's Southern Recipe

A special birthday greeting goes out to my buddy, Jim Rubart!
Hope you have a great day!

Now, for today's Southern Recipe...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sound Off Monday!

Here's your chance....SOUND OFF MONDAY. That's right, tell me whatever's annoying you today! What's bugged you over the weekend? What's got you ready to pull your hair out?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

Today I'm not posting up a Saturday Night Special as today is mine and my hubby, Casey's 23rd wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary, honey! I love you!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Carol Awards Coming Soon!

Tomorrow night, the Carol Award winners will be announced here at the 2012 ACFW Conference in Dallas, Texas. Last year I was a finalist, so I know how nervous the finalists listed below are right now. Good luck to ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Debut Novel:

Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott (Thomas Nelson – Ami McConnell, Editor)

The Loom by Shella Gillus (Guideposts – Beth Adams, Editor)

Give the Lady a Ride by Linda W. Yezak (Sky Sail [Port Yonder Press] – Chila Woychik, Editor)

Long Contemporary:

Lost Melody by Lori Copeland/Virginia Smith (Zondervan – Sue Brower, Editor)

The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell – Andrea Doering, Editor)

Larkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate (Bethany House Publishers – Sarah Long/Dave Long, Editors)

Long Contemporary Romance:

Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones (Thomas Nelson – Jamie Chavez/Natalie Hanemann, Editors)

Lilly’s Wedding Quilt by Kelly M. Long (Thomas Nelson – Natalie Hanemann, Editor)

My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren (Tyndale – Karen Watson, Editor)

Long Historical:

Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis (Moody Publishers/River North – Deborah Keiser, Editor)

Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott (Thomas Nelson – Ami McConnell, Editor)

Mine Is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs (WaterBrook Press – Laura Barker, Editor)

Long Historical Romance:

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen (Bethany House Publishers – Karen Schurrer, Editor)

Lilies in Moonlight by Allison Pittman (Multnomah Publishers – Alice Crider, Editor)

To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House Publishers – Karen Schurrer, Editor)


Falling to Pieces: A Shipshewana Amish Mystery by Vannetta Chapman (Zondervan – Sue Brower, Editor)

Died in the Wool by Elizabeth Ludwig/Janelle Mowery (Barbour Publishing – Rebecca Germany, Editor)

Yesterday’s Secrets by Kelly Ann Riley (Guideposts – Beth Adams, Editor)


An Accidental Christmas from A Biltmore Christmas by Diane T. Ashley/Aaron McCarver (Barbour Publishing – Rebecca Germany, Editor)

Reese: All Along from Smitten by Denise Hunter (Thomas Nelson – Ami McConnell/LB Norton, Editors)

A Star in the Night from A Log Cabin Christmas by Liz Johnson (Barbour Publishing – Rebecca Germany, Editor)

Romantic Suspense:

Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble (Thomas Nelson – Ami McConnell, Editor)

Deadly Pursuit by Irene Hannon (Revell – Jennifer Leep, Editor)

Wolfsbane by Ronie Kendig (Barbour Publishing – Rebecca Germany/Julee Schwarzburg, Editor)

Short Contemporary:

The Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray (Avon Inspire/Harper Collins – Cindy DiTiberio)

Lakeside Reunion by Lisa Jordan (Love Inspired – Melissa Endlich, Editor)

Oklahoma Reunion by Tina Radcliffe (Love Inspired – Rachel Burkot/Melissa Endlich, Editor)

Short Contemporary Suspense:

Double Identity by Diane Burke (Love Inspired Suspense – Sarah McDaniel-Dyer, Editor)

Nightwatch by Valerie Hansen (Love Inspired Suspense – Melissa Endlich, Editor)

A Deadly Game by Virginia Smith (Love Inspired Suspense – Tina James, Editor)

Short Historical (four finalists due to a tie):

Promise of Time by S. Dionne Moore (Heartsong Presents – JoAnne Simmons, Editor)

Revealing Fire by Connie Stevens (Heartsong Presents – Rebecca Germany, Editor)

Light to My Path by Erica Vetsch (Heartsong Presents – JoAnne Simmons, Editor)

The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh (Revell – Andrea Doering, Editor)

Speculative Fiction:

The Story in the Stars by Yvonne Anderson (Risen Books – Reagan Reed, Editor)

The Chair by James L. Rubart (B & H Fiction – Julee Schwarzburg, Editor)

Broken Sight by Steve Rzasa (Marcher Lord Press – Jeff Gerke, Editor)


Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins (B & H Fiction – Karen Ball, Editor)

Fallen Angel by Major Jeff Struecker/Alton Gansky (B & H Fiction – Julie Gwinn, Editor)

Freedom’s Stand by Jeanette (J.M.) Windle (Tyndale – Jan Stob, Editor)

Women’s Fiction:

A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner (WaterBrook Press – Shannon Marchese, Editor)

When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley (Multnomah Publishers – Jessica Barnes/Shannon Marchese, Editors)

Dandelion Summer by Lisa Wingate (Penguin Praise/Berkley – Ellen Edwards, Editor)

Young Adult:

Wreath by Judy Christie (Barbour Publishing – Rebecca Germany/Jamie Chavez, Editors)

The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson (Zondervan – Jacque Alberta, Editor)

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones (Thomas Nelson – Natalie Hanemann/Becky Monds/Jamie Chavez, Editors)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thursday's Southern Recipe


1 8 ounce package Cream Cheese
1 8 ounce package Sour Cream
1 Jar of Hormel Bacon Bits or Pieces
1 ½ Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
2 Fresh Jalapeno Peppers with seeds (chopped)
1 Fresh Jalapeno Pepper without seeds (chopped)

NOTE: If you like it hot, leave the seeds in all three peppers!

Mix all of above together saving ½ to 1 cup of cheddar cheese (or more if you like lots of cheese) to sprinkle over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve with Fritos or your favorite corn chip. If you double the recipe, cook for 40 minutes covered and about 10 minutes uncovered—just enough to melt the cheese.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Robin's Wednesday Recommended Reading

Today's recommendation is: Darkness Rising

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Happy Birthday, Trace!

Today is my bestie, Tracey's birthday. We've been besties since...uh, a LONG time. LOL

Happy Birthday, Trace! May your day be filled with fun and love!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sound Off Monday!

Here's your chance....SOUND OFF MONDAY. That's right, tell me whatever's annoying you today! What's bugged you over the weekend? What's got you ready to pull your hair out?

Sound off....everyone who leaves a comment will have their name put in a drawing to win a "soothing" prize to help ease their frustration!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Official Release Date!

I am foregoing today's regularly scheduled Saturday Night Special because my latest book releases TODAY!

Click on the cover of TO WRITE A is the official release day! WOOHOO

Friday, September 14, 2012


I'm so excited about the second book in the Justice Seekers series, To Write a Wrong, releasing tomorrow. I wanted to give a little shout out....

Through the course of my research for this novel, I came across an organization whose purpose is to exonerate those wrongfully convicted, as well as reforming the justice system in order to prevent future injustices. I applaud their efforts and the strides they’re making to set innocent people free. You can find out more about the organization by visiting their Web site at

Another example of someone dedicated to the freeing of innocent people I found while researching is Dallas District Attorney, Craig Watkins. I commend his and his staff’s efforts. You may find out more information on him by visiting

I can't wait for y'all to read the book and let me know what you think!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thursday's Southern Recipe

Today's recipe comes from my sister-in-law, Lisa (pictured above) from her mother, Nancy Young.

Nancy's Chicken Fried Steak

Cut up a tenderized round steak into whatever size pieces you'd like.

Soak in buttermilk for a few hours--the longer the more tastier.

Dip in flour making sure it's coated everywhere, in all the crevices.

Sprinkle with pepper.

Drop in a deep fryer (fry daddy or such) and cook until it's light to medium brown. Make sure the deep fryer is very hot before you drop it in.

This also works well for chicken strips. Cut up some skinless boneless chicken breasts into strips and do the same way. For chicken, it's best to let it soak all day in the buttermilk.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Robin's Wednesday Recommended Reading

Today's recommendation is: House of Mercy by Erin Healy

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Let's Talk About Accountability!

In my upcoming release, To Write a Wrong: A Justice Seekers Novel, one character made excuses for another and didn't hold him accountable for his own actions., that's a big one. What does the word mean to you?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Happy Birthday, Bek!

Today is my sister, Rebecca's, birthday. Pictured above with my niece, Krystina.

Bek, I love you SO SO SO MUCH! I hope your day is as beautiful and special as you are!

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Saturday Night Special

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Each Saturday, I venture out of my "comfort" reading zone of Suspense/thriller/mystery/romantic suspense to bring you a recommendation in a different genre. Today’s recommendation is: Starring Me by Krista McGee

Friday, September 07, 2012

Realizing Love...

In my upcoming release,To Write a Wrong: A Justice Seekers Novel , one of the characters had to be in danger before someone realized they really loved them.

Has it ever taken a crisis to make you realize how much someone meant to you?

Let's talk about how we realize we're in love....

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Thursday's Southern Recipe

Today's Southern recipe is one of my absolute favorites. I remember Mom making these for me every year for my birthday...just thinking about them makes my mouth water! YUM. Hope you make and enjoy.

Joyce's Batter Buns

2/3 cup warm water
1 pkg yeast
2 T sugar
1/2 t salt
1/4 soft shortening
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in water. Add sugar, salt, shortening, egg & 1 cup flour. Mix & then add rest of flour. Beat till smooth. Pour in greased muffin tins 1/2 full & let rise in warm place till they reach top of tin, about 40 minutes. Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Robin's Wednesday's Recommended Reading

Today's recommendation is Double Blind, by Brandilyn Collins:  

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012


In my upcoming release, To Write a Wrong: A Justice Seekers Novel , a main theme of the book is forgiveness, in one form or another. Forgiveness is often something we Christians struggle with.

What about you? Do you forgive easily? Or do you carry a grudge?

Share your experiences!

Monday, September 03, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

From the U.S. DOL: Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Saturday Night Special

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Each Saturday, I venture out of my "comfort" reading zone of Suspense/thriller/mystery/romantic suspense to bring you a recommendation in a different genre. Today’s recommendation is: