Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Texas Soldier’s Family


On the last leg of his tour of duty, Captain Garrett Lockhart is summoned home to Laramie, Texas, to handle an urgent family matter—a scandal that could destroy the enduring legacy of the Lockharts. Except it's already being "handled" by Hope Winslow, a professional crisis manager.

Hope is also the beautiful single mother of the most adorable baby boy the Army doctor has ever seen. Garrett is resisting Hope's efforts at damage control—and pushing her clearly defined boundaries. Too bad she can't resist him…and fantasies of a future with her Lone Star soldier!

Movie Star Cast: The author picks movie stars to play the characters in a movie.

 Hope Winslow would be played by Mamie Gummer.

Garrett Lockhart would be played by John Krasinksi.

My Review

Right away I was in love with Garrett and Hope as a couple. They were so good together. Although, I can't forget little Max. He tried to steal the attention away from Garrett and Hope. Which he was doing a pretty good job of succeeding. A few times he did. I love that Garrett just jumped right into helping out with Max. The chemistry between him and Hope was undeniable. Because I was so invested in these three, it made reading this book a pleasure. After reading this book I want to learn more about the Lockharts and will be checking out more books by this author.  

Texas BBQ Recipe: A recipe of your favorite cowboy-barbeque dish for summer nights.


Texas Coleslaw


1 bag 16 oz. coleslaw mix

¾ cup mayonnaise

2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 medium Granny Smith Apple, diced


Whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, and lime juice in small bowl.  Add coleslaw mix and apple, and combine well.  Chill and serve.

This is the perfect side-dish for smoked brisket, sausage and or ribs.

How-to Tips for Aspiring Writers: Tips for those looking to get their work published/break into the industry.

1.    Finish the book.  You can learn a lot from writing the whole story, and you won’t learn enough if you only write proposals—aka first three chapters and an outline.  Plus, if you are unpublished, you need to present a full manuscript.

2.   Once you have finished the first book, send it out and then begin another completely new story.  The more novels you have out there, the more likely you are to make a sale.

3.   Read everything you can on perfecting your craft.  I am still studying books and articles on plot, characterization, pacing, conflict, and so on.  And I am still learning.

4.   Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was a publishing career.   Persistence and dedication to craft pays off.  It took me seven full manuscripts, in three different categories, written over five years before I sold my first book.  But what I learned during that time was invaluable.  Which is why, 35 years later, I am still able to earn a living, writing.  When success came, I was ready for it.

5.     Believe in yourself.  Only you can write your stories, your way.  That’s your voice.  It’s unique to you. 

6.   Listen to your editors.  They are your friends, and have a perspective you will never have when it comes to your stories.   If they tell you something needs work, fix it, don’t argue.  Trust in their judgment will pay dividends.  Remember, if you don’t succeed, they don’t succeed, so they have every reason to want you to put your best work out there.

7.     Pay attention to quality.  Although it is important to get enough books out there, to develop name recognition, it’s also important to make each and every book better than the last.  So make sure each new project has a fresh spin that makes it seem new and exciting.

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