For The Love of Reading – Repost

For The Love of Reading – Repost

DadToday I’m over at the Women Unplugged blog and it’s the anniversary of my dad’s passing into the great unknown. It’s been three years since he left us, so in honor of his memory, I’m reposting one of the first blog posts I wrote.


I inherited my nose from my dad. I also inherited his calves, his easy going personality and his love of reading. He died in 2009 but my all time favourite picture of him shows him sitting on the beach in a lawn chair, a book in his hands with the sun shining down on his head.

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The Valentine Grinch Cover Reveal!

The Valentine Grinch Cover Reveal!

Last year I wrote a short story for the WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies: Viva La Valentine Edition, a series which was initiated by the incomparable D.D. Scott. Since then, I’ve expanded the story into a novella.

The Valentine Grinch will be the first novella in my new Home for the Holidays series. I’m excited about this series because each book will contain two of my favorite things … family and weddings.

Hearts, cupids, and diamond rings … bah humbug!

Amanda Goodwin inherited her Valentine grinchness from her Grandpa George, so when she returns home for her Grandma Elvira’s Valentine’s Day wedding, it’s bah humbug all the way. Until, that is, she encounters her grandpa’s ghost.

Fortunately, she’s not in this alone.

Long time friend, Dane Weatherby, totally gets her grinchly attitude. Between Grandpa’s demands for her to stop the wedding, Grandma’s inability to let go of her dearly departed husband’s urn, and Amanda’s parents acting friskier than a couple of newlyweds, she’s ready to give in to her grinchness and head back to the city.

Only true love can stop Amanda. And if Dane has his way, he just might convince her to say I do instead of bah humbug.

My cover designer, Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs nailed the cover and I’m totally over the moon with joy. 🙂

If you haven’t had a chance to read the short story, then you’ll definitely want to check out the novella. Stay tuned for the upcoming release date.

Thief of Hearts by Vivien Harben

Thief of Hearts by Vivien Harben

I’m bogged down in the middle of my work-in-progress, where the writing is always the most difficult. So while I resist the urge to drown my sorrows in one of those boxes of Christmas chocolates already filling the shelves, it’s time for another Bandit Creek book. Number 30 in the series is a contemporary romance titled THIEF OF HEARTS by Vivien Harben.

Vivien’s fascination with books stems back to the days when her parents read her and her older sister stories before bedtime. At age 4, her grandma came for a visit, told Vivien stories of a family of bears, and she was hooked. Since then, she’s been writing about magical places and things. Vivien graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. It was during this time that she found and fell in love with Romance novels. Her study breaks, of course, were consumed with these amazing pieces of writing and she devoured as many as she could.

Here’s a sneak peek at THIEF OF HEARTS.

Trying desperately to escape an abusive husband, Melissa Stacey drives until she reaches the town of Bandit Creek. She doesn’t know why she has stopped here, but as she sits looking at Lost Lake, she realizes that she too is lost. She has no family, no friends and no hope of ever escaping her cruel husband. Her hopelessness drives her to make a rash decision.

After being warned by Bandit Creek’s town drunk/prophet, depending on who you spoke to, Gabriel Waters rushed to save her. He didn’t know who she was but Old Jack told him he had to hurry or he’d be too late. He arrives at the shores of Lost Lake in time to see a woman disappear below the surface.

What happens next is a story of how two people, brought together by tragedy and fear, can find each other and solace in the discovery of true love. Love that can be found everywhere, even in Bandit Creek. After all everything happens in Bandit Creek.

Read the Carla Roma interview, an excerpt from THIEF OF HEARTS and buy the book at Amazon.

On the first and fifteenth of the month, check back for more new Bandit Creek books. There’s something at Bandit Creek for everybody!

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Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread

I’m over at the Women Unplugged blog today, sharing my Banana Nut Bread recipe.

My guys love bananas. I however do not. I have a vivid memory of eating a banana as a young girl but near as I can figure, I had sunstroke and the end result wasn’t pretty – or discussion for a food post. To this day, I can’t stand the smell of bananas. Whenever any of my guys eat them, they’re not allowed near me with their banana breath.

This recipe started out as a labor of love but turned into a healthy favorite family snack.

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