Tasty Tuesday: Tarte de Santiago (#almond #cake) #dessert #recipe from #romance #author K.C. Bateman

almond-cakeDo you enjoy cake? Almonds? Then you’re in for a real treat from author K.C. Bateman. I think it’s time to bake a cake while Kate introduces you to her characters and intriguing story! I’ll be right back… Kate, you’re on!

 


Hello everyone!

 

In A Raven’s Heart, the second book in my Regency-era Secrets & Spies series, my codebreaking heroine Heloise and smuggler-spy hero Raven set off on an adventure around Northern Spain. Not all Regency romances are set in London ballrooms—in my books I like to show people that there’s a whole world out there to explore, even if it’s only within the pages of a book as an armchair traveler!

This delicious almond cake is made in cities across Northern Spain, and is called Tarta de Santiago. Pilgrims who visit the great Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia see it in the windows of every pastry shop and restaurant. It’s made in all sorts of sizes, and is often marked on top with the shape of the cross of the Order of Santiago. It’s sometimes made with a pastry tart base, but this version is without a base. It’s really easy to make and even gluten-free! A definite way to impress your dinner guests.

I spent quite a bit of time in Spain as a child, so the descriptions of the landscape and food in my books come from personal experience. One of my favorite scenes in A Raven’s Heart has Raven and Heloise bickering over almonds, carobs and pomegranates. I hope my affection for the country shines through and gives those who’ve never been there a hint of what it’s like.

With the wonderful Spanish combination of oranges, lemons, and almonds, this recipe should put you in the mood for a fiesta! Enjoy!

slice-almond-cakeINGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 pound (1 3/4 cups) blanched whole almonds
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 1 1/4 cups superfine sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 drops almond extract
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

PREPARATION

Finely grind the almonds in a food processor.

With an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks with the sugar to a smooth pale cream. Beat in the zests and almond extract. Add the ground almonds and mix very well.

With clean beaters, beat the egg whites in a large bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold them into the egg and almond mixture (the mixture is thick, so that you will need to turn it over quite a bit into the egg whites).

Grease an 11-inch springform pan, preferably nonstick, with butter and dust it with flour. Pour in the cake batter, and bake into a preheated 350°F for 40 minutes, or until it feels firm to the touch. Let cool before turning out.

Just before serving, dust the top of the cake with confectioners’ sugar. If you like, cut a St. James cross out of paper, place it in the middle of the cake, and dust with confectioners’ sugar, then remove the paper. Optional: serve with a scoop of cream or ice cream and top with toasted slivered almonds. Yum!

kate-bateman-author-picKate Bateman (writing as K. C. Bateman) wrote her first historical romance in response to a $1 bet with her husband who rashly claimed she’d ‘never finish the thing.’ She gleefully proved him wrong with a historical set in the Italian Renaissance. Now writing for Random House Loveswept, her latest ‘Secrets & Spies’ Regency-era trilogy features her trademark feisty, intelligent heroines, wickedly inappropriate banter, and heroes you want to alternately strangle and kiss—all mixed up in the intrigue and turmoil of the Napoleonic wars.

When not traveling to exotic locations ‘for research’, Kate leads a double life as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques expert for several TV shows in the UK. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England and writes despite three inexhaustible children and a husband who has flatly refused to read any of her books ‘unless she hits the NY Times Bestseller list.’ It is—naturally—her fervent desire to force the semi-illiterate, number-loving cynic to do so. He still owes her that dollar.

Kate loves to hear from readers. Contact her on Twitter @katebateman, Facebook, Pinterest, or via her website at www.kcbateman.com

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When a bookish codebreaker and a dashing spy are reunited in this steamy historical romance from the author of To Steal a Heart, their lives depend on their ability to resist temptation. But fate is a mistress who cannot be denied…

England, 1815.

In the war against France, Heloise Hampden is a high-value asset to the Crown, but when she cracks the enemy’s most recent communication, French agents are sent to kill her. It’s the agent assigned to protect Heloise who poses the greatest threat to her heart, however: William de l’Isle, Viscount Ravenwood. Heloise has quarreled with the man they call Raven since childhood, yet always maintained a chaste distance. She’s sure nothing will change, thanks to the disfiguring scar on her face.

Nothing has changed. Raven still wonders how Hell-cat Hampden’s lithe body would feel pressed against his, but for the mission he must remind himself that the woman takes more pleasure in ancient languages than she does in seduction. His imprisonment six years ago broke him in a way that makes the prospect of love impossible—he’s a shadowed Hades pining for sun-kissed Persephone. Still, his heart beats like mad whenever he’s within ten paces of Heloise, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe—even if that means taking her to Spain as an unwilling hostage.

Protecting her from danger will be a challenge; protecting her from desire will be pure agony. . .


Love this recipe! And her story sounds wonderful, too! Thanks again, Kate, for sharing your tasty recipe with us.

Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming weeks about my new haunting, bewitching love story series, Secrets of Roseville, which will be launching soon!

Betty

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Where do story ideas come from? #writerslife #amwriting #fiction

ideas-2One question I get asked frequently is where my ideas come from. I’m not alone in being asked this question, either. So, let’s chat today about inspiration for stories in general.

Ideas spring up all around me, every day. But not every idea is created equal. In fact, a lot of individual ideas are too weak to sustain a novel-length story. Sometimes they need to be combined with others in unique ways to make a strong enough hook to hang a book upon.

For example, perhaps a news story about a devastating house fire caused by a gas explosion prompts thoughts of what the family would do to recover and start over. Then I’d play with the “what if” scenarios. What if there was something in the house vital to one of the son’s career? Or future in general? What might it be? While I pondered that, I’d start looking for what that “something” could be that would resonate with the characters and with readers. A family heirloom? Or the design for a new medical breakthrough that the son tinkered with in his spare time and finally gotten a patent for?

Ideas can also be sparked by people I meet, or even just see in a crowd or along the road for that matter. Case in point was the man I saw while I was driving through a Virginia neighborhood recently. He was medium height, sporting a full, white beard, and wearing a tan floppy hat and coveralls as he walked down the sidewalk to get his mail from the rural mailbox. He struck me as a model for a secondary character in a story I’m mulling around.

Another idea generator is reading history books. Really! I read about situations and solutions from the past and imagine how it came about. What were the people involved thinking, feeling, hoping? How can I bring their story to life for a modern day reader, to make it meaningful and interesting? Not every intriguing “scene” from the past will pass the test of being of interest or relevance to today’s readers, but some most definitely do.

I’ll talk later about the specific inspiration for some of my books because they stem from different kinds of sources you all may find interesting.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and opinions!

Betty

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Tasty Tuesday: Green Chile, Pork, & Potato Burrito #dinner #breakfast #recipe from #romance #author Amy Rivers

pork-chile-burritoAnother Tasty Tuesday brings some spice to our meals! Help me welcome Amy Rivers and her tempting burrito recipe, one her main character inspired for her. I’m off to find some green chilies… Take it away, Amy!


Being a New Mexico girl, I’ve always believed that everything is better in burrito form. Just wrap it up in a tortilla and enjoy! In my novel, Wallflower Blooming, Val Shakely starts nearly every morning with a breakfast burrito and a cup of coffee from her favorite local dive. This isn’t a far cry from my own mornings when I worked in marketing. We had a great burrito bar across the parking lot where you could choose from dozens of delicious combinations of proteins, veggies and toppings to create the perfect burrito to match your mood.

My favorite burrito is a green chile pork and potato burrito that was inspired by a restaurant in my hometown. Here’s how it goes:cooking-the-burrito

1 lb. lean pork loin, diced into ½ inch cubes

2 large russet potatoes, diced

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

I can green enchilada sauce

Sea salt

Pepper

Cooking spray

Flour tortillas

Shredded cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Spray cooking sheet (or cover in tin foil) and distribute diced potatoes in a single layer. Sprinkle sea salt and pepper liberally over potatoes. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until potatoes are brown and crispy.
  3. Spray skillet and cook diced pork, onions and garlic over medium heat until pork is done (about 10-15 minutes).
  4. Reduce skillet heat to low and add green chile enchilada sauce to pan and let simmer.
  5. When potatoes are done, add them to the skillet. Serve immediately.

This mix makes a delicious burrito and it also works well as taco filling and over rice. Top with shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, or all of the above.

Our local burrito stop had everything from traditional breakfast burritos with eggs to tasty carnitas with all the fixings. When I was writing Wallflower Blooming, I always pictured Val with a ground beef and potato burrito, another of my favorites. I spent a lot of time hungry while I was working on this book!

amyAmy Rivers was born and raised in southern New Mexico and currently resides in Colorado. She had an idyllic childhood despite a severe visual impairment. Perhaps because of her disability, she learned a lot about compassion and empathy from a young age. Her interest in social issues and violence prevention led to a Master’s degree with concentrations in Psychology and Politics. She was the director of a sexual assault response program and remains an advocate for social justice. Amy has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses, Novelty Bride Magazine, ESME.com and Splice Today. Her first novel, Wallflower Blooming, was published in August 2016.

Website: Learn more about my work and sign-up for my monthly newsletter at www.amyrivers.com. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads!

41dfzbhdo1l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Val Shakely is a list-maker. Daily routine. Check. Calm, quiet (but successful) business. Check. No drama. No excitement. Some might call it boring, but it’s precisely the way Val likes it. She loves her hometown of Cambria, nestled in the mountains of Colorado, and runs a fruitful PR firm. And that’s more than enough for Val. So what if she doesn’t have a social life? Then, her cousin Gwen decides to take on the local political bully, the Mayor, in head-to-head combat for the Mayoral seat and Val takes her company reluctantly, and against her better judgment, into the fray. The minute Val takes on Gwen’s campaign, the safe world that she has carefully constructed begins to unravel. She feels the pressure of the campaign and the personal attacks by Gwen’s opponent. And as if that wasn’t complicated enough, Val finds herself falling in love. Val’s desire to stay on the sidelines is put to the test and she’s forced to reexamine the life she’s built as she trudges toward a new and more exciting future.


Did you find that recipe as tempting as I do? And her story sounds wonderful, too! Thanks again, Amy, for sharing your yummy recipe with us!

Betty

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When Lunch Is More than a Meal #writerslife #amwriting #fiction

 

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Celebrating a new release with authors Crystal Lee and Christine Glover

I eat lunch every day like most everyone. Usually alone since I work at home and my husband is at work. My children are grown and have their own busy lives. As a creative person, I don’t mind the quiet to let me concentrate. In fact, I often crave it when I’m not at home in my usual routine. But I also have enough of the extrovert in me that I need to get out of the house and be with people. In particular, I find a working lunch, or even an after work drink, with author friends to be important to me. Why?

 

It’s not just about forcing myself to wear proper clothes for a change. You know, a bra under my shirt, and jeans/slacks in lieu of sweats or capris. The comfy clothes are a big perk about working at home!

It’s not just about eating someone else’s cooking, either. Having something more than leftovers or a sandwich is a nice break in my routine. Even if I do have to be careful as to the nutritional values of the food, especially salt and total calories. Writing is a sedentary activity which I have to balance with exercise and caloric intake. I’m trying to be better to myself… Eating a bit less. Exercising a bit more.

 

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Sharing lunch with Rhenna Morgan and Gemma Brocato

No, the main reason that I find lunch with author friends valuable is the networking, the sharing of ideas, and the sanity check on other ideas. It’s way too easy to think you have a fantastic new approach only to discover it’s been done. Having another person who understands the character voices in my head, or who can discuss answers to marketing questions, and much more, is what draws me to sharing a meal with a friend. A myriad of concerns swirl in my head every day, from specifics about a new release, deciding which contests to enter, sorting out the motivation for a character, or even what should I fix for dinner. So having a simple meal with a good friend becomes a highlight in my week.

 

I aim for at least once a week, but that doesn’t always happen due to my deadlines and theirs. I also try to ask a variety of friends to meet me over the weeks and months to keep my support network alive and vibrant. I hope that the thoughts and opinions I share with them is of equal value as to what I receive during our chats.

 

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Me and Collette Cameron finally meeting in person!

After all, writing a book takes a long time – months to a year depending on whether I’m writing a romance or a historical fiction. That’s a lot of time to spend alone at my computer. Then the business side kicks in when it comes to marketing and promoting each new title as well as keeping alive the backlist. As I venture into the world of indie publishing with my next series, the support of my author friends becomes ever more valuable. I’ve run a small business – freelance editing both nonfiction and fiction – but it’s very different from essentially running my own publishing house for my own books. So there has been a lot for me to learn and understand before I publish the next book. Whether to indie publish or traditionally publish each series/story is another decision, and perhaps the topic of a different post.

 

Oops! I’ve got to run. I’m meeting a fellow writer/librarian friend for lunch today. Her view of the world of books is a bit different from mine, which makes our conversation all the more interesting.

Stay tuned for more information about my new haunting, bewitching love story series, Secrets of Roseville, which will be launching soon!

Betty

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Tasty Tuesday: Butter Pecan Pumpkin Pie #recipe from #romance #author Sandra McGregor #dessert

headshot-img_0100Are you ready for some delicious fall pie and a fabulous story? Help me welcome Sandra Elzie today and prepare for awesome! Take it away, Sandra…


Sandra Elzie, writing as Sandra McGregor, started writing when she was ten. Her efforts produced a three-page masterpiece that, fortunately, will never be seen outside her immediate family. Sandra told her husband in 2000 that she couldn’t wait to write for submission and, hopefully, publication, after she retired in 2005. He threw down a gauntlet, challenging her to start right then and not wait five years. Her first “sweet” romance sold in 2007 after she and hubby moved from California to Georgia, spending six months along the way to see the United States in a 39′ 5th-wheel travel trailer.

Baby, No Baby is a Stephanie Bond Kindle World novella in the Southern Roads series. Everyone knows the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and in Baby, No Baby, Abby Chandler entices Brock Alexander with her delicious pies. Below is one of his favorites.

Butter Pecan Pumpkin Pie 

1 qt Butter Pecan ice cream (softened)

1 cup heavy cream, whipped (or Cool Whip)

1 pastry pie shell (baked) OR ½ cup chocolate ice cream topping, optional

1 Graham cracker crust

Additional whipped cream for garnish

1 cup canned pumpkin

½ cup sugar

¼ tsp each: cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg

Spread ice cream into crust; freeze for 2 hrs or until firm. In a small mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg; fold in whipped cream. Spread over ice cream. Cover and freeze for 2 hrs or until firm. May be frozen for up to 2 months. Remove from freezer 15 min before slicing. Drizzle with ice cream toppings; dollop with whipped cream.

Enjoy!

Sandra is a member of RWA and Georgia Romance Writers where she served two years on the board as treasurer. She is a graduate from University of California at Sacramento with a BS in Business. Born in Tillamook, Oregon and raised in North Carolina and California, Sandra lives now as an empty-nester in south Atlanta with her husband of several decades and the resident feline, Jack, who rules the roost and any lap he chooses to occupy. When not closeted in her home office, aptly named The Muse, she can be found reading, connecting with her readers, or traveling anywhere in world she and hubby get the urge to see.

Get to know more about her and her books at http://sandramcgregor.com/

baby-oblong-cvrThe quaint southern town of Sweetness, GA is a perfect fit for Abby Chandler. Everyone knows she makes the best pies in the state, but even the small-town grapevine doesn’t know everything. There’s a past just waiting to ruin her new life—and her new chance at love.

Brock Alexander works for the Armstrong brothers, surveying to build family homes, something a confirmed bachelor, like himself, doesn’t need—or want. He doesn’t know how to be a good husband and definitely not a father. After hearing his mother’s lies and seeing her weakness when choosing to remain with an abusive husband, can he move on? Can he learn to trust enough to find love and have a family of his own?


Sounds like both a great treat and a delicious read to boot. Thanks, Sandra, for swinging by with your recipe and story.

Betty

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Tasty Tuesday: Meet the McCades and their Mexican Cornbread #recipe from #western historical #romance #author Kim Turner

Are you ready for a real Western treat? Kim Turner is taking over today to share her sizzling McCade brothers’ stories and some hot Mexican cornbread! Take it away, Kim…


The McCade brothers know it’s an expectation of their meddling mother that they show up to dinner at the ranch on Sunday evenings. When Dodge is cooking all must be at the table.

mexican-cornbreadSawyer McCade oldest of the brothers and Sheriff of Cheyenne isn’t too concerned over what’s for dinner what with keeping his mother and brothers out of trouble—never mind the mail order bride his mother just dropped on him.

Wyatt McCade is anything but interested in dinner what with chasing down bounties in order to forget the broken heart Dr. Tess Sullivan left him to mend on his own.

And where the heck is Dawson McCade brother number three and an Indian agent who misses Sunday dinner more times than not? He might just have fallen for the woman he rescued who now offers him a safe Haven.

Evan is already at the table with his hands on the biscuits. It takes a lot to fill up this hard working McCade brother that runs the ranch at least until an unforgiving secret runs him right into Charlie Ransom’s arms.

Anyway dinner around the McCade table might be anything from old fashioned fried chicken and fixin’s to heaping piles of corn and potatoes…but toss in the fact that living at the ranch is Dodge’s best friend Mei Ling and sometimes the McCade boys know a bit about Asian spices and cuisine.

But for today’s recipe I have pulled out a part of the meal that spices things up a bit where Dawson’s girl, Haven, is concerned. Mexican cornbread can be an unexpected surprise to the unsuspecting and things might just get a little hot. And since I am currently writing this story you’ll just have to read what happens later on.

For more recipes from the ranch check out my blog for THE CHUCK WAGON…RECIPES FROM THE TRAIL.

slice-of-mexican-cornbreadDodge’s Mexican Cornbread
Buttermilk cornmeal 3 cups
Whole Cultured Buttermilk 2 cups
Eggs 2
Jalapenos-chopped or sliced to taste (We add half a jar of sliced)
Mexican corn mix 1 can drained
Cheese: cheddar or mixed 2 cups

Mix all ingredients together stirring until well mixed or the consistency of cake batter
Pour into greased hot iron skillet (11 inch skillet in picture)
Place in over at 350 degrees until firm in center and lightly browned on top
Butter entire top and serve

If you want to make this a complete meal add a half pound of ground beef cooked, stirring it into the mix before cooking.

kim-cowgirlAbout Kim Turner

Kim Turner writes western historical romance, and discovered her passion of writing at the age of eight by writing poems, short stories and journals. Kim graduated from Clayton State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Central Michigan University. Working as a registered nurse educator for over twenty-six years, she enjoys studying the medical treatments of the old west as well as keeping up with the latest western movies and television series. While she loves reading anything from highlanders to pirates, she claims to have an unquenchable thirst for the American Cowboy when choosing her reads. Kim lives south of Atlanta with her husband and calls her greatest accomplishment the birth of one daughter and the adoption of another from China-neither of which came easy. Kim is a member of Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers and calls her critique group from Southside Scribes the best thing that ever happened to her writing, that and a pretty wonderful group of beta readers. Kim’s Motto: It’s All About A Cowboy and the Woman He Loves.

You can get to know her better at her Blog or Website.

wyattsbounty_w11232_750Bounty hunter Wyatt McCade is taking down outlaws one at a time. He’s been in love with Tess Sullivan for years, but she refuses to give in to her feelings. Reeling from the rejection of his marriage proposal, he chases bounties with little concern for his own safety. When word reaches him that Tess never left for Boston, he rides for Cheyenne to confront her. Instead, he is ambushed and left for dead.

Doctor Tess Sullivan shattered her heart by refusing Wyatt McCade’s marriage proposal and making the biggest mistake of her life, by holding onto a secret. Pining for his return, she blames herself when he arrives in Cheyenne near death. Forgiveness comes quickly in his arms, but she finds herself a pawn in a deadly game of revenge.

When McCade lands are threatened, Tess is caught in the balance. On the bounty hunt of his life, Wyatt will risk everything to rescue the woman he loves.


Thanks for playing today, Kim! And thanks to everyone else for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and opinions!

Betty

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Thank the Support Crew during Breast Cancer #writerslife #sendalittlelove #breastcancerawarenessmonth #bestrong

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Feel free to visit the site and send a book out of love and caring to someone touched by breast cancer.

This year, I’m proud to participate in the second Send A Little Love outreach campaign for those touched by breast cancer. Essentially, 200+ authors, including me, donated more than 2000 books to be given by someone on behalf of someone they know touched by cancer during October. Breast Cancer Awareness Month evokes mixed feelings for me. First and foremost, gratitude. Second, though, comes the remembered fear coupled to determination. Let me explain.

In December 1995 I had everything to look forward to. I’d completed the degree requirements to earn my Bachelor of Arts in English. We’d just moved into a new house in a suburb of Indianapolis. My two young children were growing and thriving. Life was good!

The next month, however, I found a lump in my left breast. Immediate concern choked me. My maternal grandmother and mother both died from breast cancer. As a result, I routinely performed the self breast exam every month. I contacted a doctor nearby and scheduled an appointment. She examined me, felt the lump, ordered a mammogram. The results came back clean. Really? But there still remained a palpable lump. Off to see a breast surgeon, who ultrasounded the area but that proved inconclusive. So he did a needle biopsy and sent me home to wait for the results.

And they came back… malignant.

The surgeon outlined my choices and recommended a complete mastectomy, bilateral being his preference. Not mine, though. I chose a lumpectomy, which was performed within a few weeks due to my family history. The surgeon removed the tumor and several nodes under my left arm. Back at home, the next day my daughter had her birthday party, with the help of a dear friend who stepped in to play me for the day so that my little girl didn’t miss out because her mother couldn’t supervise the fun. I’m sure my hubby was very glad for her help, too!

Then the surgeon called to tell me that I had to go back in a week later because the excavated tissue didn’t come back with “clean margins” or noncancerous tissue on the outside. They’d left some behind. Another trip to the operating room. After that surgery, the doctor told me that he recommended chemotherapy and radiation along with oral chemotherapy in the form of Tamoxifen daily for 5 years. My heart sank but my children needed me as much as I needed them. That coupled with the fear of dying, of never seeing my hubby again, of leaving my children before they had learned to be independent people motivated me to do everything in my power to keep life as normal as possible during the ordeal.

 

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Note the lovely turban beneath the cap. My son loved to tell everyone I had no hair! He was a huge help…

So, my daughter was in a pageant. My son “graduated” kindergarten in May. My son’s baseball team played their games, and my daughter’s soccer teams did as well. I had surgery to install a portacath for the chemo, and then another surgery to remove it and my gallbladder later in the spring. I walked for graduation at the School of Liberal Arts but not the university graduation because I was too tired to do both. In other words, life went on.

 

And throughout those many months of treatments (February through July) of one kind or another, friends dropped off dinner or took the kids to the park. My hubby was truly amazing, listening when I expressed my fears, or holding me while I wept. Carrying on in his usual rock solid way. We all worked as a team to get me through. And when it was all over, we took a vacation to Wisconsin over Christmas to relax together.

The other activity that helped me immensely was writing. I worked on the research for and drafting the stories of the inspiring girls included in Hometown Heroines: True Stories of Bravery, Daring, and Adventure. Those girls also became part of my team with their courage in the face of danger, their creativity in the face of adversity. My proudest moment related to that book was receiving a gold medal last October for Best Gender Specific Young Adult Book by the Children’s Literary Classics organization. Those girls saw me through a very dark time in my life but showed me that there most definitely is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Lessons learned from this ordeal:

  • Teach my children everything they needed to know in order to be capable adults as soon as I could since I didn’t know how long I had.
  • Never take a day of living for granted.
  • Show others how much they mean to me each time I see them.
  • Thinking positive helps the healing process.

So with all of that behind me, I’m happy to offer a ray of sunshine to others who either are going through breast cancer themselves or are caring for someone who is. For a few hours, those wonderful people can escape the cares of the moment. Recharge and be prepared for whatever comes next.

Writing books got me through my ordeal, and I hope reading some of my books will help others do the same.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and opinions! I love hearing from my readers!

Betty

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