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The Latest Veronica Speedwell Story

A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn Narrated by Angele Masters It is no secret that I am addicted to audiobooks and one of my favorites has been the Veronica Speedwell series. Narrator Angele Masters brings this character brilliantly to life. While I was late in discovering the author, Deanna Raybourn, coming up her only after she started the Veronica Speedwell series, I have become a … Continue reading The Latest Veronica Speedwell Story

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A Sense of Community

During this trying times I have seen some bad things but I have also seen some amazing things. Most of you who know me know I prefer not to dwell on the negative. We can’t stop the prejudice, the ignorance or the selfishness in others, we can only try to correct it in our own lives. So, instead of worrying about THOSE people, let’s celebrate … Continue reading A Sense of Community

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Where does the music take you?

During this time of upheaval music is a balm for the soul. I find myself singing old gospel songs to comfort myself. Weird songs pop into my head and strange moments. This has always been a problem for me, it’s like I have my own playlist in the background of my life. Has anyone seen the new television show “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist?” I’ve not seen … Continue reading Where does the music take you?

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Crock-Pot Orange Ginger Chicken

2- chicken breasts 2-teaspoons minced ginger 1/4-cup ginger liquer 1/4-cup chopped onion 2-teaspoons sriracha sauce 1-teaspoon minced garlic 1-cup orange juice 1/4-cup soy sauce 1-Table spoon corn starch 1-cup rice 1- bag of mixed vegetables I use crock pot liners to keep clean up to a minimal. I hate to scrub a crock pot after it’s been cooking all day. So my first step is … Continue reading Crock-Pot Orange Ginger Chicken

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Some of my favorite things: Audiobooks, Pirates and Surprising Heroes!

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne narrated by Derek Perkins Lorelai has lived her life with just the sweet memory of a kiss from the man who no memory of his own. A rescuer of all broken creatures it was no surprise when fourteen-year-old Lorelai demanded her father and brother allow her to save the man who dragged himself out of a … Continue reading Some of my favorite things: Audiobooks, Pirates and Surprising Heroes!

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Another Great Book from Sabrina Jeffries

The Bachelor by Sabrina Jeffries Narrated by Beverley A. Crick Joshua Wolfe is more than a games keeper. He could possibly be Lady Gwyn Drake’s undoing. The former Royal Marine sees too much. Lady Gwyn is finding it more difficult to keep her secrets though she fears revealing the truth will cost her more than the blackmail she is being forced to pay. Joshua might … Continue reading Another Great Book from Sabrina Jeffries

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I am a dreamer…

I am a dreamer but I also believe in working for those dreams. Nothing happens without a little work-equity. I have been taking an online class to help me reach my goals of becoming a better author and entrepreneur. If you are a writer or a small business owner I suggest following Sarra Canon’s YouTube videos Heart Breathings or better yet, take her online author … Continue reading I am a dreamer…

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Welcome Daines Reed to Creekside Cafe

Welcome to Creekside Café Daines Reed the author of Trust and Good Morning Beautiful. It is so good to have you here at my virtual café. Daines: Sherri! This is such a cool way to connect! Thank you for inviting me. Sherri: Daines and I met at the North Carolina Book Festival in Raleigh. We were seated back to back with our partners and struck … Continue reading Welcome Daines Reed to Creekside Cafe

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I’ve not been cooking much lately

My husband is surviving on leftovers and peanut butter. Y’all should feel sorry for him. This is what happens when you are married to an author who is trying to publish more than one book a year and take classes on writing and marketing, still work a full-time job, and oh yeah, co-chairing a conference and helping with a fundraiser. Did I forget anything? My … Continue reading I’ve not been cooking much lately

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A Warm Creekside Cafe Welcome to Cendrine Marrouat

Welcome to Creekside Café Cendrine Marrouat. I have to comment here that your poetry journal, Auroras and Blossoms feels a little kismet as I’m from Aurora, North Carolina. Life is strange and so are most people I know, but welcome to my virtual café. Cendrine: We were probably meant to meet. 😉 I would say that life is very interesting. Thank you for having me! … Continue reading A Warm Creekside Cafe Welcome to Cendrine Marrouat

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One of My Favorite Authors Reese Ryan

Secret Heir Seduction by Reese Ryan There was a time I thought Harlequin Romances were passe`. I believed billionaire romances were not my style. Reese Ryan has defied all my beliefs. Y’all know I’m a fan. Even tropes and genres I thought I didn’t like Reese has showed me my error. The truth is a good story is a good story and that’s what Reese … Continue reading One of My Favorite Authors Reese Ryan

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How Do You Research Murder?

How do you research Murder? How many people did you have to kill to get it right? Uh! What, wait a minute… Contrary to some the writing sources I’ve studied, you don’t have to write JUST what you know. You can figure somethings out by relating them with similar experiences, or by taking classes, watching YouTube videos or documentaries. You don’t have to kill your … Continue reading How Do You Research Murder?

Neanderthal Seeks Human, Audiobook Review

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid, Narrated by Jennifer Grace This delightful romantic comedy is just what the doctor ordered for a dreary winter day. An audible delight that is worth a second or even a third or fourth listen. The worst day ever for Janie Morris might be the catalyst for a new beginning. After losing her boyfriend, her apartment and her job all … Continue reading Neanderthal Seeks Human, Audiobook Review

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The Vanishing, An Audiobook Review

The Vanishing #1 in the Fogg Lake Series, by Jayne Ann Krentz Audible Narrated by Sandra Michelle I’ve made no secret of the fact that Jayne Ann Krentz is one of my favorite authors. One of my bucket list goals is to meet Ms. Krentz, of course I probably won’t be able to talk to her and will end up embarrassing myself, but I’ve already … Continue reading The Vanishing, An Audiobook Review

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Don’t Worry, I Still Believe in Happy Endings

Don’t Worry Be Happy I believe in happy endings. While I can’t quite call myself a romance writer, I still believe in happy ever after, or happy for now. Okay, maybe happyish. Since I like to blow things up and kill people off (usually the bad guys), not everyone is going to have their happy ending. Well I’m usually happy about it. I’m having way … Continue reading Don’t Worry, I Still Believe in Happy Endings

Happy Birthday Brenda Mayo Jones

Billy sipping his warm beer, watched his sister and her new husband as they twirled around dance floor amid the other glittering couples. He didn’t begrudge Rae her happiness. It was a long time in coming. But he couldn’t help but feel a bit melancholy. He sighed as he watched them, the three friends, couples now, best friends since middle school. They’d always had Rae’s … Continue reading Happy Birthday Brenda Mayo Jones

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What’s Happening with the RWA

What’s happening with the Romance Writers of America? I’ve had several people ask me “What’s going on with RWA?” How do I even begin to explain? While the big pimple on the face of the organization might have imploded with the wrongful suspension and false allegations against Courtney Milan, the blemishes we’ve been covering up go much deeper and have been going on for much … Continue reading What’s Happening with the RWA

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Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid

Narrated by Chris Brinkley and Chloe Miller Winston Brothers Book 5 Veterinary doctor, Roscoe Winston is still nursing a broken heart leftover from high school. He avoids Simone Payton at all costs. With an eidetic memory, Roscoe can’t afford anymore memories of Simone breaking his heart. The youngest of the Winston Brothers, he was somewhat protected from their evil father, but he remembers more than … Continue reading Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid

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What Christmas Means to Me

I am a child at Christmas. No matter how old I get, I am still excited by the Christmas lights adorning houses and stores, intricately woven onto boats and stylishly fashioned on business marquees. I stare in wonder and awe at displays of homemade ornaments and family heirlooms, delicate glass balls, wrought metal sculptures, paintings, and nature crafts. I hum along with familiar songs, belting … Continue reading What Christmas Means to Me

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Beard in Mind by Penny Reid

Narrated by Chris Brinkley and Angela Dawe Winston Brothers Book 4 Beau is the good twin. The handsome twin. The nice twin. So why is he channeling his twin brother Duane when dealing with the female mechanic, Shelly Sullivan? She’s rude. She’s sarcastic. He doesn’t like her. So why can’t he get the painfully beautiful woman out of his mind? He’s lived a charmed life, … Continue reading Beard in Mind by Penny Reid

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Homemade Chicken Strips

Note: I use chicken breasts. If you prefer dark meat, I suggest thighs. I take off skin, cut meat off in strips. Save the skin and bones to make chicken broth. 4- chicken breasts 1- Cup flour Seasonings: I use cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, poultry seasoning and celery salt 2- Tables spoon Dukes Mayo 2- Teaspoons honey mustard salad … Continue reading Homemade Chicken Strips

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Lethal Pursuit

by Will Thomas, Narrated by Antony Ferguson A Barker and Llewelyn Novel London 1892 The newly wed Thomas Llewelyn and the still recovering Cyrus Barker are pulled into international intrigue by the Prime Minister when a British spy is murdered in the streets just a few blocks from their door. Newly returned from the continent, the spy brought back a holy relic that could change … Continue reading Lethal Pursuit

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You Are Invited to a Book Signing

Evergreen Crystals is the fourth in the Leeward Files Series. Most of you were expecting Red Steel and that’s coming soon, I promise, but I thought I could whip out a little holiday romance, give the gals of Leeward their happy endings and move on, BUT…. When I started writing Evergreen Crystals it was just going to be something sweet and fluffy for the holidays. … Continue reading You Are Invited to a Book Signing

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International Anthology Release Party

“Kissing and Other Scandalous Pastimes” Join the fun at The New Romance Café Facebook Page, December 2nd 12 pm until 9pm for our International Release Party! We’re celebrating our first historical romance anthology. It is one of two winter anthologies we’re releasing this year! I am so honored to be a part of this awesome group. My friend and fellow Pamlico Writer, Tammera Cooper invited … Continue reading International Anthology Release Party

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Holiday Chat with Kathryn Louise Wood

Preparing for the Holidays with Kate Welcome to my virtual café, Kathryn, I’m so glad to have you here today. Kathryn: Thanks, Sherri! So happy to visit you in your cozy café. And feel free to call me Kate. Sherri: Thank you, Kate. I’m excited to have you here for the holidays. You really go all out with decorating and baking, don’t you? Kathryn: Oh, … Continue reading Holiday Chat with Kathryn Louise Wood

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So Much to Be Thankful For

As Thanksgiving nears, I become increasingly aware of all I have to be thankful for. Somethings are huge and often become just the background of my life. I don’t want to become complacent and forget what I have. I am blessed. I live in a country where I am free to speak my mind, worship the way I believe and have friends who have differences … Continue reading So Much to Be Thankful For

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Interview with Thyra Dane

Thyra was my second interview. We will both have stories in the winter historical anthology published by the New Romance Cafe, Kisses and Other Scandalous Pastimes. Thank you for being a part of my journey as a writer and interviewer. I hope someday to meet in person. Today I have the luxury of visiting with a new writer friend, Thyra Dane. Some may recognize her … Continue reading Interview with Thyra Dane

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Interview at Creekside Cafe with Donna Steele

In lieu of new author interviews during the weeks leading to Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank the authors who first gave me a chance to interview them for my Creekside Cafe. Donna Steele was my first interview and I’d like to take a moment to honor her kindness and friendship as well as update her interview. Those of you who read the original interview, thank … Continue reading Interview at Creekside Cafe with Donna Steele

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Fluctuating Word Count

Do you get discouraged by your word count? Do you have one week that is really fantastic and another that is just not something to be proud of? Yeah, well that’s me. Some days, some weeks I have so much going on at work, with my life, in my head that I don’t get the word count I’d hope for. Doing NaNoWriMo this month, we … Continue reading Fluctuating Word Count

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The Spitfire: Wicked Wallflowers

The Spitfire: Wicked Wallflowers by Christi Caldwell Narrated by Tim Campbell Audiobook Clara Winters dreams of leaving behind her old life at the mercy of controlling men and opening her music hall. No matter how many times she is knocked down, she is bounces back up. When she discovers a man being assaulted on the streets of East London, she knows if she doesn’t intervene, … Continue reading The Spitfire: Wicked Wallflowers

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My Reflections of NaNoWriMo

My first week of NaNoWriMo 2019 I’m not sure what I expected this week during the first week of NaNoWriMo. My only other experience with NaNo in 2015 was more harrowing. As an inexperienced writer who usually only made five-hundred words per day, trying to triple my output to make my NaNo goal wasn’t easy. I had to really push myself to write every day. … Continue reading My Reflections of NaNoWriMo

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What Happens When a Pantser Plots?

For years I have suffered a debilitating disease of UNABLE to Plot. I’ve taken classes and courses, bought books and listened to other authors, but when it comes down to plotting and outlining, I freeze up. This year for NaNoWriMo, after listening to several YouTube videos and webinars, I decided to give it another try. In the past when I thought of outlining my story … Continue reading What Happens When a Pantser Plots?