Newsletter update

Hello again,
Time certainly does go at lightning speed. As we begin the first few days of the new year I hope
you’ve enjoyed each season. I’ve picked apples with hubby and canned applesauce, baked
the first pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, and now Christmas cookies and bread will be baked.
However, before I give you the update on The MacLellan Sisters Trilogy I thought I’d share
news about Jasper.
For those of you who may not know I have a long haired mini dachshund who is my little man,
my writing partner and my shadow. Last Christmas we took Jasper to Tufts Small Animal Hospital,
he was becoming paralyzed from IVDD. After having surgery, within four weeks, he was walking
on his own and recovering nicely. As we approached the six-month anniversary we began to
breathe easier and then Jasper blew a disc and it bruised his spinal column causing his back
legs to be paralyzed. He is still recovering. He’s walking on his own but currently he looks
like a little drunken sailor as he runs with what resembles a little bunny hop. So far, Jasper’s
recovery has been a long and slow process. But we are confident he will fully recover and be
as good as he was a year ago.
Now on to the exciting book news. Book One, Old and New, is ready for publication;
Book Two, Borrowed, is in the final proofreading stage; and Book Three, Blue, is ready for
my editor, then revising, a final edit and proofread.
I love the entire process from start to finish, although editing is the most difficult part of writing
any book. For me the first draft seems to flow from the tips of my fingers to a blank page on my
computer screen. Then I do the first-round edit, I send it off, a few chapters at a time, to my
critique partner, who in turn pushes me to go deeper and questions what I’ve written. Typically,
we facetime a couple of times a month to go over our works in progress, WIP. Then it goes to
the editor who pushes me to do another round of changes. During the second round I keep in
touch with my crit partner and also Em, daughter #2, who is a tough cookie when it comes to
romance novels. All in all, when I feel I’m done it goes back to the editor again and then hopefully
its ready for a proofread, another beta reader and finally it will be ready for you. If I made this
process sound quick and easy, trust me, it’s not.
Here’s a preview of the MacLellan Trilogy coming in 2019.
Old and New: Love and history are the threads which connect the MacLellan family. Even from
beyond the grave the MacLellan sisters are connected to their grandmother.
After a box arrives from Scotland from Gran the sisters discover an antique wedding dress, a
brooch and the family plaid, with it a letter from their great-grandmother, Anne. There is a
family story; if an unmarried woman, who is a descendant of Anne, tries it on she will find
everlasting love.
Jamie MacLellan is happily single. She agrees to keep the dress for her sisters. Scoffing at the
idea this dress holds magic she reasons one of the MacLellan sisters needs to wear the dress,
even if it’s not for a wedding. Looking in the mirror, while wearing the gown, she sees a tall,
dark haired man by her side. Unable to see his face she dismisses what she sees as her future.
After some soul searching she admits to herself she wants to find someone who would be her
partner in love. Is Jamie ready to open her heart and embrace a new life?
Now that you’ve learned the new trilogy is based in Scotland I’m including a delicious recipe for
Apple Scones. They’re delicious served warm with a cup of coffee.
And yes, they are hubby approved.
Apple Scones
2 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
1 T baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup cold butter
¾ cup fresh finely chopped apple
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup applesauce- I use homemade
3 T white sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Combine dry ingredients- cut in cold butter, a few larger chucks are fine.
Whisk together eggs, vanilla and applesauce. Stir into dry ingredients until just combined.
Don’t overwork the dough.
Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle a small amount of flour on it.
Divide dough in half and form into two round circles ¾” thick and 5” round.
Brush with milk and sprinkle remaining sugar and cinnamon.
Run a knife under cold water and cut circles into 6 wedges leaving about ½” of space between
each wedge. OR use an ice cream scoop and make 12 same size and pat into a circle.
Place cookie sheet in freezer for one-half hour and preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Bake for 20-22 minutes. When you separate the wedges, the tops should look dry and light brown.
Let the wedges cool on the pan- serve warm or they will store for a few days wrapped at room
So, what else am I planning for 2019 besides the release of the MacLellan trilogy?
I’ll be at RAGT 2019 in Cincinnati in June and Fall in Love in New England in October.
Details are on my website
For those of you who fell in love with the McKenna family from the Loudon series I hope you’ll
be excited to learn I’ve started to outline the next series, Crystal Lake. I’ll start with Jack Price
and Peyton Brien and we’ll check in with Don and Kate too. I’m looking forward to rolling my
chair up to the computer and getting down to business with the first drafts. And if you have
friends who haven’t yet read the Loudon series I’ve created an e-book series for a special
price on e-book retailers.
As a final note, I’d like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season.
Until next time,
I wish you happiness.
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