A Bride for the Sheriff

A Bride for the Sheriff

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


Sunday, September 28, 2014

School Daze!

The last few weeks have raced by as I juggle  the demands of full time teaching and trying to finish up and promote not one but two new books. My self-published book Cooking up Trouble at the Peabody Palace is the humorous sequel to Gold in My Pocket and deals with zany AJ Johnson who's heart is in the right place but her mouth gets her in trouble. Watch for it mid-October.

Prism Book Group is publishing my A Bride for the Sheriff and it releases November 5th. 

Thanks to friends and family for their support during this busy time.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A New school year has launched!

A new year has launched and I'll be busy juggling my author and  teacher hats. I am super excited to announce I've been offered a contract for my second book Still Faithful to be reworked and retitled.

Also in the works is the new book Cooking up Trouble at the Peabody Palace. I hope to publish that in the next three weeks. Stay tuned and here's hoping for cooler weather.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Teachers as Writers

Teachers as Writers-Why They’re a Good Fit
 by Jewell Tweedt
Exactly 30 years ago I was a disillusioned young teacher looking to make a career change. Searching through help wanted ads I came across a job listing for a Merchandising Assistant. Now I didn’t know what that was but I did have some retail experience and a lot of chutzpah. I applied for the job, was interviewed by the president of the discount chain, and got the position. I spent fifteen years with the organization and received several promotions. Why was I successful? Because as a teacher I had skills that transferred: I was organized, I was creative and most importantly, I could follow through.
The skills that are useful as a teacher also help in business and writing is a business. It’s creative and fluid but also a business. Writers produce a product and market it, if they finish the darn book.
Organization- Teachers juggle curriculum, meetings, parents, discipline and instruction. Most of them are trying to get better at their profession. Writers juggle their stories, interviews, signings, self-discipline (sometimes I’d rather go outdoors), writing and re-writing. They are always trying to improve their product and themselves.
Creativity-Teachers are always looking for new methods to interest their students and themselves. They research new sources, and collaborate with others. Writers are always looking for new ways to tell a story, write it better and collaborate with writers through local groups and national organizations.
                Inspiration can come at any time and any place. This year as I was teaching a unit on American westward expansion I told my students about how women made money during the California Gold Rush by cooking and sewing for miners. Some women became quite wealthy. As I looked out over my group of teenagers I asked, “What if a teenage girl got stranded in a rough camp. How would she survive?”  The ensuing discussion led to my latest book, Gold in My Pocket-A Gold Rush Diary. Laura Webb is a fifteen year old who is stranded in Black Gulch, California with no family, few friends and gold in her pocket. Over a three year period she defends her honor, supports herself and finds her own way (and some romance).   
This book was easy to write and to finish: I had the background knowledge, primary sources and about 75 female students to pull character traits from. Plus I’ve written a series called The Back to Omaha Adventures so I had some experience to draw from.
Follow-through- Not only do teachers plan, they instruct and assess. That takes preparation and time. Then assessments are given, work is evaluated and recorded. That takes follow-through. This past year I had 140 students under my tutelage. How did I manage that AND write a book? By having a plan and setting a time to write. Each afternoon after school and before I started chores and dinner I’d write. For 45 minutes I’d write as much as I could in the diary. After dinner I’d edit and rewrite. Then I put it away. Life balance is important otherwise it’s too easy to get overwhelmed.
Effective writers know that too. Everything takes longer than it should. Work needs to be edited and the darn book must get finished! Changes occur with titles, covers, even agents and publishers. But isn’t that true in most endeavors? It doesn’t matter if you’ve never earned an educator license, everyone teaches someone or something and can develop these qualifications.  Take a look at your organization, creativity, and follow-through and you’ll see why you as a teacher and a writer are a good fit.

Jewell Tweedt is the author of the fictional series, The Back to Omaha Adventures, and the newly published diary, Gold in My Pocket. She is a field editor for Our Iowa magazine, teaches American History and loves reading, old movies and anything Okoboji.      

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Release date announcement!

As many of you know I have contracted with Prism Book Group to rewrite and publish Faith of the Heart. Well, I now know the release date is November 4th. It will have a new title, cover and maybe even a new pen name for me. Anyway it's been a long process and I am excited to see it nearing completion.

More information will be relayed as it becomes available.

Meanwhile I am finishing up the companion diary to Gold in my Pocket. Cooking up Trouble at the Peabody Palace is the fun diary of Anna June who is always sticking her foot in her mouth as she stirs up delicious meals as the Palace's new cook. Watch for this latest creation in September.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Blog signup giveaway today!

I would love my followers to join my blog so today I am offering an autographed copy of one of my books to the fifth person who joins today or tomorrow. Sign up, leave me a comment and I will contact you. If you're already a member, thank you. Leave me a comment as well and I will put your name in a drawing too.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Get a glimpse of Gold in my Pocket below

Meet Laura Webb who’s been dragged to Black Gulch, California when her father catches gold fever. But the tough mining camp with no streets, houses, or other women is a dangerous place. When her father abandons her Laura is determined to make her own fortune and go back to civilization. She learns that the quickest way to put gold in her pocket is not with a pick ax but a sewing needle. But some of the miners have their eyes on her.   
Joshua Quigley is a young pastor with a daunting mission-minister to the men in the California gold camps. Meeting Laura he’s convinced he’s found his helpmate in building a church and respectable community. Trouble is, Laura’s focus is lining her pockets and heading east.
When her father is murdered for his gold and Laura is the next target she must find a way to protect herself and her pony, Sugar Pie, until she can escape. Look out miners- Laura’s coming with gold in her pocket and a pistol in her hand.   

Monday, June 23, 2014

Come meet Lorna Seilstad Saturday at the Olive Branch

Saturday June 28th Lorna Seilstad and I will be signing our new books at the beautiful Olive Branch gift shop. Lorna writes for Revell. Her new book is "While Love Stirs," and my latest is "Gold in my Pocket- A Gold Rush Diary." Come visit us from 1:00-3:00 at 19278 Conifer Lane in Council Bluffs.

A special note of thanks to Ogden Salon for hosting me Saturday morning and for the lovely ladies of D.A.R. that I met Saturday afternoon. Lunch was delicious and I enjoyed meeting you.

Monday, June 16, 2014

BOOK LAUNCH this Saturday in Council Bluffs!

The wonderful folks at Ogden Salon are hosting me for the official book launch of Gold in my Pocket! Join me from 9-11 at Ogden Salon, 275 W Broadway. There will be books for sale, beautiful photography by Mike Mase and giveaways of my trilogy Frontier Faith to some lucky winners. Please join in the fun! 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Laura's Apple Pie recipe here

Readers have asked me to share Laura's famous apple pie from Gold in my Pocket so here it is. Enjoy.

3/4 cup sugar
3 T flour
1/2 t cinnamon
1/8 t allspice
6 c sliced peeled apples
pastry for a double crust pie

Combine first six ingredients. Transfer onto a the bottom crust in a pie plate. Place top crust over filling, seal, and flute. Cut four slits in top for steam to escape.Bake in a medium hot oven (about 350 degrees) for 55-60 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Safe from the storm

Thanks for the inquiries but we weathered yesterday's storm with only minor problems. There are a few downed branches and lots of damaged plants but that's nothing compared to people's property in the towns north of us. Again thanks for asking and thank goodness for blue skies today.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summer's here and that means summer reading

Only a few days of school left and then it's on to my balcony with ice tea and a stack of books. To me that's heaven. If you like action and a bit of history in a fresh setting check out Gold in My Pocket.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Gold In My Pocket is available now on Kindle and Amazon books!

Please take a look at my latest book, Gold in my Pocket. It's set in Black Gulch, California in 1850 and is full of adventure, danger, and romance. Meet Laura Webb who's about to find out she is tougher and smarter than anyone has ever given her credit for and ends up using every ounce of  her savvy to survive.

With gold in her pocket and a pistol in her hand, watch out miners- Laura's coming for her share!

Click here to purchase on Amazon

Click here for the Kindle edition

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Gold in My Pocket is almost here! So I am giving away free e-copies of Still Faithful this week!

I am happy to announce that my newest book, Gold in My Pocket will be available by the first week in June in print and electronic formats.This is in a diary format and I had so much fun writing it. I've never kept a diary so it was interesting to invent my fictional town of Black Gulch, California and write about Laura's struggles as she travels the Oregon/ California Trail only to arrive in a horrific mining camp and be deserted by her gold fever striken father.

 Read her thoughts as Laura survives by using her wits and domestic skills carving out a life for herself and her pony Sugar Pie in a man's world.

I hope you'll come along for the adventure. To celebrate and introduce my writing I am giving away e-copies of Still Faithful today through May 21st. Get yours and follow the adventures of spunky young women whose exploits aren't predictable. Thanks,


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Free today and tomorrow-Faith and Hope-Grace's Story

March 31 and April 1,2014, I am giving away Kindle copies of  Faith and Hope-Grace's Story. Of all the books I've written this one is closest to my heart. Read and enjoy and no April Fools joke here.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Oh, these spring colds!

I've been struggling lately with a horrific spring cold and an abundance of papers to grade. I apologize for not posting lately.

The WIP is going well- Gold in my Pocket is about half completed- please watch for it.  

Sunday, February 16, 2014

New work in progress-Gold in My Pocket

I am happy to report I have a new work in progress called Gold In My Pocket. Meet Laura Webb who's headed to Oregon with her father to make his fortune. It's 1849 and Laura is the one getting rich. Tentative publishing date is early summer. I'll be updating you  as Laura walks the California Trail, tries to make a home in Dry Gulch and learns there is more to happiness than just having gold in her pocket.    

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Days twenty-thirty

Day Twenty- Add some variety to that daily walk.
As you get stronger, go a bit further. I’ve been slowly increasing my time on the treadmill. I started at twenty minutes and now I’m up to thirty minutes and I’ve increased the incline a bit. If you are walking outdoors, take another route, go up and down hills, anything to keep it fresh. Walk with another person if you can. Take your children. The time goes so much faster and it’s a good way to hear what’s going on in the lives of others.! And the sense of well-being is great!
Day Twenty-One- Try a new grocery item.
Check out the organics section of your grocery store and buy one new item to try. Today I found an organic brand of tea that looks delicious. It was only a few cents more than my regular brand. Next time I’ll try a different type of yogurt. Couldn’t hurt and it was fun to wander through the aisles.

Day twenty-two Turn off the cell phone.
Go outside to play with the kids or the dog. In an old episode of M*A*S*H Dr. Sydney Freeman advices a grumpy group of medics, “Take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice!”
Day twenty-three- Chuckle at the antics of others.
Grab the daily paper and read the comics first. Peanuts always makes me smile with Snoopy’s antics and the gang playing baseball. I love the wisdom of Linus. Maybe you prefer Garfield or Dagwood Bumstead. 
Day twenty-four-Call an old friend from high school.
Share a good laugh over the silly things you did together.  Hearing their voice is better than reading their words on a social media site. Guaranteed to make you smile.
Day twenty-six-Dust off your wedding album and look through it with your spouse.
The memories of that special day might just bring a few smiles. Who says you have to wait until your anniversary to reminisce?
Day twenty-seven-Invite friends over for a casual evening.
Make a pot of stew or chili, heat up some crusty rolls and plug in a good movie. We enjoy classics from the 1940’s and 1950’s. Casting was suburb! Or pull out the board games or cards if you prefer.
 Day twenty-eight- Write a note and mail it.
In this day and age of tweets, emails, Skype, and Facebook people rarely get paper mail yet I still notice they comb through the mailbox looking for something good. So jot a postcard or scribble a couple of paragraphs to someone who’d love to hear from you. You’ll have fun imaging their smiles when they read it and you’ll make someone’s day. Not a bad trade-off for a couple minutes of effort. 
Day Twenty-nine.Do something fun for you!
Sleep in, stay up late, take a bubble bath, go window shopping. Whatever  you want.
Day thirty- Reflect on the past month.
If you kept a journal read back through it. Take stock of where you are. I expect my clothes to be a looser and my muscles to be a bit firmer. I also expect my eyes to be clearer and my smile a bit wider.
THE REST OF OUR LIVES  Review notes as needed, write our own assignments. We are in charge of making ourselves happier. Not our spouse, not our children, not our friends, Us. And now we know how! Class dismissed.  

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Days eighteen and nineteen

Day Eighteen-Commit to healthier eating with a partner.
Statistics say we are more likely to stick to a plan if we have to be accountable to someone else. I plan to call a friend today and ask her if she’s willing to go along with me. Maybe that will work for others too.
Day Nineteen-Add some light weights to your walking routine.
I’m not a personal trainer and I don’t claim to know what’s best for you but there is a lot of info available on weights, repetitions, specific exercises out there. I’ll be asking my school’s physical education teacher. I’ll bet you know someone too. It’s just not necessary to join an expensive gym.

New lower prices on e-books!

One of my goals this year is to save money. I figure others might want to do this too so I have lowered the price of my e-books to $2.99. Now you can own all three for under $10.00. So if you've been waiting to buy now is the time. Thanks and tell your friends. I'd also appreciate you  posting reviews if you've enjoyed them.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Days Twelve through Seventeen

Yup- I got behind again. here we go...

Day Twelve- Discover a new recipe and teach yourself to prepare it.
 If you’re like me you have several cookbooks but make the same thing over and over again. Recipes are everywhere- cookbooks, magazines, internet, food packages. Last week I was staring at a pound of ground beef,  my eyes glazed over. I stepped into my pantry and somehow my hands grabbed onto a box of onion soup mix I don’t even remember buying. On the back was a recipe for meatloaf. I made it and my husband raved. Cha-ching! Another recipe for busy nights. I can throw it together and do something I want while it bakes. Throw in potatoes to bake while you’re at it. Happy, happy!
Day Thirteen-Unclutter one small area of your house (and your mind while you’re at it.)
I know, I know, all these women’s magazine tell you how to simplify your life by uncluttering your entire house and then provide links to buy expensive storage boxes and baskets. Whew. I’m more stressed then when I started. Forget that. In five minutes you can clean out that kitchen junk drawer or your dresser drawer.  Just do one small area. The sense of accomplishment will amaze you. Give yourself permission to stop there but I’ll bet you’ll keep on going…
Day Fourteen-Learn to say a prayer at all meals.
 We should be thankful for all graces given to us. It’s a nice way for our families to appreciate all God has done for us. Children need positive examples .Try it, we all need to give appreciation for our blessings.

Day Fifteen- Start a food journal.
Write down everything you eat for the next two weeks. I tried this and was amazed at all the candy I was consuming. No wonder I have a muffin top. I put away the candy dish. Hey, it’s a start.
Day Sixteen. Decide to take a walk after dinner. Every day.
As I write this it’s 20 degrees and there’s snow on the ground so I’m heading downstairs to walk on the treadmill. I don’t like doing it but I will feel better once I am done. You will too. 
Day Seventeen- Consider your portion sizes.
The women’s magazines are full of articles on how to lose weight. Lately the advice is that we should view our plate as divided into sections. One half of the plate should be leafy greens and fruit, one fourth lean meat, one fourth whole grains. I’m going to give that a try. Oh yes, I’ll fill my plate at the counter so I won’t be tempted to take seconds.