What’s for Supper?

What’s for Dinner?

Like everyone else I have to face this question nightly and sometimes I really don’t know what to do. I pull out my trusty cookbook and find something I haven’t made for a while. Tonight we’re having Beef-Stuffed Peppers.

Beef-Stuffed Peppers                       

images[2]1 cup uncooked instant white rice.

1 cup water

1 lb lean ground beef

1 can Mexican style corn, drained

1 egg, beaten

1 ½ cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

4 medium red / or green bell peppers

1 cup chunky salsa

¼ cup chopped green onions.


Heat oven to 375 F. cook rice in water as package directions

In a 12-inch skillet, cook beef, stirring frequently, until cook, then drain. Add corn, egg, and mix well. Stir in cooked rice and 1 cup of cheese.

Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise, remove seeds and membrane. Place cut side up in an ungreased 13x inch glass baking dish. Spoon about ¾ cup beef mixture into each pepper half, mounding as necessary. Top each with 2 tablespoons salsa. Cover dish tightly with foil.

Bake 35-40 minutes or until peppers are crisp-tender. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheese and the green onions. Bake uncovered 5 -10 minutes longer or until cheese melted.

I usually serve this with salad.




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The Art of Love and Murder released on May 2. I’m excited about this romantic suspense because it’s just the first in my Love and Murder Series.

The eyes have it. I’m fascinated by eyes; they hold meaning, they tell emotion and the colors seem to be endless shades and patterns. Because of my fascination, I have to curb the amount of emphasis I put on eyes when I write. Enough is enough some times. In my latest release, The Art of Love and Murder, Lacy Dahl has startling lime green eyes. Her birth parents were killed in a plane crash that she survived as an infant. The one picture she has of her father shows the same color of eyes. But since this is a romantic suspense there’s a hitch when she discovers another man with the same green eyes who knew her mother. He’s a rather suspicious man, too.


Momentarily struck dumb by his eye color, she stared back. Why hadn’t she noticed until now? Although not as light as hers or her father’s, the professor’s eyes were a startling green shade.

His hand nudged her arm. “Lacy?”

She jumped. “Oh, yes.” She slipped the tissue from the half-carved wolf. Another glance at his eyes and goose bumps riddled her arms.

He lifted the wood close to his face, using both hands as if handling a delicate hummingbird. His thumb traced the neck of the creature to the juncture of where it emerged from the wood. When he brought the piece to his nose, closing his eyes and breathing deeply, Lacy wanted to turn away from the oddly erotic gesture.

He swallowed, opened his eyes and set the wolf back on the tissue. His attention shifted to the photograph of the chest. He touched the photo, a smile on his lips. “Where is the chest?”

The chest. Like he knew it, had seen it before. “I’m having it sent. You’ve seen it before?”

He didn’t move, stared out the window as if deep in thought. “I’d like to show you something, Lacy.”

“All right.” She waited, watching his profile.

He turned and stared into her face a moment. “You’re so very lovely. A creation full of life and passion, surpassing any art form.”

His hypnotic voice floated on the classical strains drifting from the living room. She couldn’t speak. Didn’t know what to say. She’d been lifted upon a pedestal of admiration. With any other man, she might consider his words a means to a sexual end. The professor’s intentions, however, were crystal. He admired her like a work of art.

How much importance do you place in a person’s eyes?


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Brenda spends most of her time writing stories of discovery and love. The rest of her time is spent tending vegetables on the small family farm she shares with her husband, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Together, they’ve embraced an age-old lifestyle that has been mostly lost in the United States – multiple generations living under one roof, who share the workload, follow their individual dreams and reap the benefits of combined talents.

Visit Brenda at www.brendawhiteside.com.

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She blogs on the 9th and 24th of every month at http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com

She blogs about writing and prairie life at http://brendawhiteside.blogspot.com/

Here’s the link to Brenda’s contest.







I’ve realized that when it comes to explaining things I’m horrible. I’m sick and in bed right now watching Netflix. The specific show I’m currently in love with is called Fringe. I love it! It’s amazing!

Like I said up top, I’m beyond horrible at explaining what anything is about but that doesn’t mean I won’t try.

It’s about phenomenon’s that occur, but not just any phenomenon, only ones that they can use Fringe science to solve. It’s all I can really say, if that even made sense.

I enjoy it, and it’s really opens your mind up if you enjoy writing supernatural things. It’s a show that can help a lot, that can expand your way of thinking about the supernatural world. Of course there are other shows you could watch but to see them tie this into our world and how we live? It blew my mind away…

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Interview with Deb Cooke.

Today I’m interviewing one of my favorite authors DeDeborahCooke[1]b Cooke.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.

I write books about relationships and the power of love. Most of these are romances, but some are mainstream or fantasy with romantic elements. I’ve been writing all of my life, but have been published since 1993. I’ve worked with many traditional publishing houses (Harlequin, Dell, Warner Books, Berkley, New American Library and TOR) but am currently indie-publishing my books. This is a wonderful adventure and I’m really enjoying it. I have more control over the way my books go out into the world, and also over the kinds of stories I tell.

I believe in mentoring, and was honoured to be chosen as the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2009, which was the first time they hosted a residency focused on the romance genre. Since then, two of the authors whose work I read have been published, which is wonderful. I also was chosen as the RWA PRO Mentor of the Year in 2012, which still thrills me. Beyond that, I live in Canada with my family and knit way too much.


Q: What authors have most influenced you? Why?

I think the strongest influences are authors we read when we’re young. I read a lot of genre fiction and linked books when I was a kid, so authors like Agatha Christie and Phyllis A. Whitney were very influential. I still like a bit of mystery in my romances! I’ve also always been a fan of fairy tales, and that interest colours all of my work.


Q: What are you reading now?

I’m reading a lot of non-fiction right now, researching a new medieval romance series set during the Crusades. Three are a lot of history books in my stack right now, as well as contemporary sources like Christine de Pizan’s City of Ladies. i just finished reading the Call the Midwife trilogy, which was interesting, too.


Q: What is your favorite punctuation mark and why?

I like subordinate clauses, so the comma would be my choice.


Q: Tell us about your new release.

The Frost Maiden’s Kiss is my 50th book published. It’s a medieval romance, and the third in my True Love Brides series. Eight years before the beginning of this book, Malcolm inherited a ruined estate and left to seek his fortune as a mercenary. The book begins when he returns with enough wealth to rebuild Ravensmuir, but scarred by his experience. He takes a bargain with the Fae, vowing to surrender his own soul in six months’ time, in order to save his companion, because he believes himself doomed. In that half year, he plans to build a legacy for one of his nephews, and leave something of merit in the world. Catriona is a serving woman fleeing her past, whose mix of strength and vulnerability touches Malcolm, making him wish he hadn’t made that pledge. I love how these two heal each other and how they work together to rebuild both Ravensmuir and their entwined lives.


There is one more book in the True Love Brides series, The Warrior’s Prize, which is Elizabeth’s book and will be published in December 2014.

Thanks Deb for visiting with us today.

Robots and Artificial Life: Androids vs. Automatons

Being a geek, I had to share. Enjoy.

Laura EK Kelly

Now, I love artificial intelligence stories, especially ones where not all the robots are evil, soulless, villains bent on destroying humanity because we’re not ‘perfect’ or something like that.  Not that those aren’t fun of course, but I think the most successful stories like that, at least for me, is when thought the villain may be a computer one of the heroes is as well.  Like Tron and IRobot, or most recently Almost Human and Extant.  Okay, so I’m a big fan of one of the main characters not being human.

I was never a big fan of science fiction growing up, I liked fantasy far more, and my interest in it is more recent.  And I think that when most people, myself included, think about artificial life science fiction comes to mind.  That makes sense, robots tend to be an extension of computer technology which is something…

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Bardic Storytelling

This is fabulous and I had to share. I hope you enjoy it.

Laura EK Kelly

So, I haven’t been feeling very well lately, I hurt my head a little while ago and helping to babysit a cat has put my allergies into red alert. So I’ve been having some difficulty concentrating for long periods of time and it’s making it difficult to read. And, like any writer, I love books and feel very frustrated that I cannot spend some of my free time buried in a novel (especially since I’m borrowing a fantastic book from a friend and have now kept it far longer than the socially acceptable time period for borrowing a book, I’m so sorry…).
What’s the solution to this? Audiobooks and Podcasts.
In my last year of university I realised that my local library offers a ebook and audiobook online library that rents books for two weeks at a time. So I’ve now listened to Jane Eyre and The Maze Runner, both…

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Cindy Gets Married and The Name Debate

had to share because I love Cindy and Graham

Writing Wranglers and Warriors

CindyCarrollEThat sigh of relief heard around the world on August 8th was my mother. It was the day I married my best friend. My mother confessed to me years ago that she thought I would never get married because I was so independent. And she was okay with that as long as I was happy. Apparently I even told people at work that I would never get married.

Before we met…

I took a class from Rose’s Colored Glasses about writing 50 books a year. It’s a great class and one of the assignments is to write a back of the book bio. Where did we want to see ourselves in five years? I took the class in 2008. This was my fantasy bio:

Cindy Carroll, New York Times bestselling author of several books exploring the dark side of human nature, divides her time between Cape Breton and Phoenix with…

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Character Interview with Erik Gustafson from HOME FIRES

Today Jane Richards is interviewing her character Erik Gustafson from HOME FIRES


Anne Wakefield travels halfway around the world for love. But when she arrives in Canada from England at the end of World War Two, she discovers the handsome Canadian pilot she’d fallen in love with has married someone else. Heartbroken, she prepares to return to London, though she has nothing left there to return to. Her former fiancé’s mother makes a suggestion: marriage to her other son.

Badly wounded and scarred during the war, Erik Gustafson thinks he’s a poor substitute for his brother. Although he loves Anne almost from the first time he sees her, he cannot believe she would ever be able to love him as he is – especially as he might be after another operation on his bad leg. Anne sees the beauty of his heart. The cold prairie winter may test her courage, but can she prove to Erik that her love for him is real?

Jana Richards: I’m pleased to interview Erik Gustafson from HOME FIRES today. Erik, tell us a little about yourself.

Erik Gustafson: There’s not much to tell. I’m a simple farmer. I work the land and look after my cattle, just like my father before me. I live here on the farm with my mother and sister. We don’t have a lot of money, but we get by.

JR: What about your service in World War Two? What can you tell me about that?

EG: I’d rather not talk about it. It’s over and done.

JR: I can understand why you’re bitter. You were badly injured at Dieppe.

EG: Bitter? No, what I am is angry. Dieppe was an unmitigated disaster. We crossed the English Channel with the mission of raiding the city of Dieppe on the coast of France. They said a successful raid would show the Germans we could walk in anytime we wanted to. We were going to take the defended city, destroy the harbor, and then withdraw by sea. It was going to be a cake-walk, they said. Too bad they didn’t tell the Germans that. Everything went wrong. Over nine hundred Canadians were killed, and nearly two thousand were taken prisoner. Another couple of thousand were wounded. Like me.

JR: You were nearly killed. You almost lost your leg.

EG: (Looks away) I still could. But at least I’m alive. A lot of men didn’t make it.

JR: Are you angry about the scars on your face too?

EG: I wasn’t much to look at before, but now…

JR: A lot of women still find you handsome.

EG: (laughs) I find that hard to believe. My brother Anders, he’s the one who got all the looks in the family. He got through the war without a scratch.

JR: Yes, Anders. It’s because of him that Anne is here, isn’t it? She was going to marry him.

EG: Yes, she was. (Clenches jaw) He had no business getting involved with her in England when he already had a fiancée at home. He’s put Anne in a terrible position.

JR: Anne is very beautiful, isn’t she?

EG: (Regards Jana warily) Yes, she is. What of it?

JR: Your mother Astrid suggested that rather than go home to England, she stay here and marry you. And she agreed.

EG: She had nothing to go home to. Her family had been killed in the blitz.

JR: Do you think that’s the only reason she’s agreed to stay in Canada? Because she’s lonely?

EG: (Shrugs) She misses her family. She’s become close to my mother and my sister Ingrid in a very short time.

JR: And have you become close to her in the short time she’s been at your farm?

EG: (Averts his gaze) Like you said, Anne is a very beautiful woman. She’s probably the strongest woman I’ve ever known. Did you know she was a nurse during the war?

JR: Yes.

EG: She looked after people hurt during the blitz in London, people with terrible injuries.

JR: People like you.

EG: Yes, like me. What can I possibly offer her? A life of work on a farm with no modern conveniences, no running water, no electricity, no telephone. And me? I’m no prize as a husband. I have a scarred face and a leg that barely lets me do the farm work. What if I lose my leg? How could I provide for her then?

JR: But she said yes. She said she wants to marry you. She’s seen exactly what life on the farm is like. She knows about your injuries and she knows what could happen, but she said yes anyway. Doesn’t that tell you something?

EG: (shakes his head) I can’t believe…

JR: What can’t you believe?

EG: That she could want me.

JR: What does she have to do to make you believe she loves you and wants to be with you?

EG: (looks away) I don’t know.

JR: Erik, thank you for letting me interview you today. I wish you much love and happiness.


She offered him her hand. Erik looked at it for a moment, then at her face. Not a trace of pity marred her beautiful features. He took her small, soft hand in his, and was surprised at the strength with which she pulled him to his feet.

“You’re a lot stronger than you look.”

She laughed, the first genuine sound of amusement he’d heard from her. “Probably comes from spending the war lifting men twice my size.”

“Anders said you were a nurse. Are you planning to continue nursing now that the war is over?”

Her smile disappeared. “I hope not. I’ve seen enough misery to last me the rest of my life.”

He nodded. After witnessing the blood bath at Dieppe, he knew exactly what she meant.

“How far is it to the house?” she asked.

Erik leaned on his cane. “Not far. Wait. You’ve got dried leaves stuck in your hair.”

He pulled the offending leaves from her hair, letting his hand linger on the silky tresses. She looked up at him, her dark brown eyes huge and round. But she didn’t move or stop him from touching her. With her porcelain skin and fine bone structure, she looked like a delicate English rose, yet he detected a strength in her that would put any man to shame.

“We should go,” she whispered.

Erik dropped his hand. What was he doing? This beautiful English rose was still in love with his brother. His handsome, fit, unscarred brother. She didn’t want him.

He’d do well to remember that. He’d already been rejected by one beautiful English girl because of his scars. Another rejection would be more than he could bear.

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Great Day

Congrats to a great lady.


Beautiful morning: An early run and then off to celebrate Mom’s 95th birthday! Mom was born on a farm, before computers, almost before phones. As a girl she lived in a big house in McGill’s student ghetto. She had three sisters, two brothers and six McGill University students as company. Her Mom ran a boarding house and was renowned for her pies. When Mom and her sister get together they still talk about their Mom’s cooking! Happy Birthday Mom. Thanks for everything.

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