Sunday, January 11, 2015

Cold weather, warm hearts

Here in southwest Iowa the weather has been absolutely frigid. This past week our school cancelled classes because of the wind chills exceeding 25 degrees below zero. I am using this time to start a new adventure called Okoboji Bound. The first person to comment on this post will be sent the first chapter of the book. No one, not even my family has seen it so post a comment here. If you've been meaning to join my blog please sign up. Members get prizes and sneak peeks.

Friday, January 2, 2015

A blessed New Year to You

Here's hoping that 2015 finds you healthy, happy and stretching your wings. Make this the year to learn a new language, write that story, capture a glorious sunset and make time for the people who matter to you.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and thank you for all the support and encouragement you've given this year. It has been a year of highs and lows but my friends have stuck by me. Thanks you and may God bless you this holiday season.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Five Stars for A Bride for the Sheriff

I am happy to announce that my newest release A Bride for the Sheriff has received 5 star ratings from Goodreads, and Amazon reviewers. Check it out for yourself . Just click on the link to your right. Where else can you get hours of entertainment at such a reasonable price?

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Claire is kidnapped!

Claire Secord is a prim school teacher whose life changes when she moves to the wild town of  Omaha. Her secret- she's a sharpshooter. But will her skills with a pistol be enough to save her when she is kidnapped to become a thug's 'mail-order' bride? Check out A Bride for the Sheriff available now! 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Anna June is cooking up a storm!

Anna June Johnson is cooking up a storm in my latest book-Cooking up Trouble at the Peabody Palace so today I'm giving you her simple beef stew recipe.

But first a big hello and thank you to the ladies of Alpha Delta Kappa who were so gracious and supportive of me yesterday. I gave a short presentation about my writing journey and met some great gals. Thank you, it was fun.

 Anna June's Easy Beef Stew

2 pounds lean beef cut in bite size pieces
2 cups beef stock
1/2 pound sliced carrots
1 onion sliced
1 stalk celery sliced
4 large potatoes peeled and cubed

flour for dredging
2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
salt and pepper

Heat oil in heavy pot. Dredge beef in flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Cook the beef in the oil until all sides are browned. Add the beef broth at medium heat until broth comes to a boil. Then reduce heat, cover and simmer until beef is tender ( about 90 min.). Add vegetables to pot and simmer again until tender ( about 45 minutes). Add more water if necessary.
Serve with green salad and crusty rolls.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Cooking up Trouble at the Peabody Palace is now available!

Cooking up Trouble at the Peabody Palace is now available in e-reader and paperback versions from Amazon. It is the sequel to Gold in my Pocket and takes place in Black Gulch, California in 1851. It is the diary of AJ Johnson, a quirky chef who finds herself in the midst of a rough mining camp. Please take a look-it's fun and flavorful.

Kindle Edition

Paperback