Why Is My Face Red?

Why Is My Face Red?

We all suffer from it, that infliction known as embarrassment. At the moment it occurs, our face turns red and our body flushes with a heat that can only be compared to a hot flash.

Each time I get caught in an embarrassing situation, I believe I’m the only one this has ever happened to, and yet common sense tells me that’s not true. So I did a pole of a few of my blogger friends and they were more than happy to share their most embarrassing moments with me.

Come join me over at the Women Unplugged blog where I’m sharing some wonderful links and telling you about my most embarrassing moment.

Authors In Bloom Giveaway Hop/Enter to Win A Nook/Enter to Win a Kindle!

Authors In Bloom Giveaway Hop/Enter to Win A Nook/Enter to Win a Kindle!

Welcome to the Authors In Bloom Giveaway Hop where you can enter to win a Kindle Fire or Nook (winner’s choice) along with a $25 gift card for the same. Full details are below!

In my part of the world, spring has just arrived. The ducks and geese have returned from their annual trip south, and the leaves on the trees have just started to bud. Since early January, while the snow still covered the frozen ground, I’ve been planning my flower gardens, dreaming about rose and lilac bushes, and the vast mixture of perennials I have planted.

I’ll add annual flowers, of course. My favorites are white and purple alyssum, yellow begonias, multi-colored impatiens, pink lavatera, and so many more.

Within this vast sea of color will be cherry tomatoes and zucchini plants my mother grows from the seeds of last year’s produce. She has a green thumb, and her seedlings quickly become strong bushy plants that grow with vigor, all without the use of chemicals to enhance their growth.

My contribution to the Authors In Bloom hop is a Grilled Salad recipe from the incomparable Ginger Calem. Make sure you visit Ginger’s website for lots of great tips on exercise, good health, and more wonderful recipes.

Ginger Calem’s Grilled Salad Recipe: Cut a full romaine heart in half, leaving the core intact. Drizzle with olive oil and your preferred seasonings. Place on the grill, cut side down, for 2 to 3 minutes. Make sure you watch it so it doesn’t burn! When it has wilted a bit and has some lovely grill marks, flip it. Cook the other side a bit and it’s done. You can eat it just like that, no dressing or toppings. Or sprinkle on other veggies like bell peppers, olives, tomatoes, etc. For a special treat, add some feta cheese.

Wow, as soon as it stops snowing and the weather warms up for grilling season, I’m making this recipe for my family!

For more of Ginger’s great recipes, check out her WritersButt Wednesday posts. Here’s a couple of links to get you started:

Spaghetti with Zucchini ‘Pasta’, Chicken Tacos, and Olive Meatballs

Soups, Salads, and Egg Muffins

Now, on to the prizes. Besides the Authors In Bloom grand prize (remember the Kindle Fire, Nook, and gift certificate mentioned above?), on my site, I’m giving away a digital copy of the Soups For All Seasons cookbook by Anne Ellis. This is my go-to soup cookbook. There are so many delicious recipes, everything from winter meals to cold soups for those hot summer days. For more information about the cookbook, you can check it out at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the iTunes Book Store, Smashwords, and the Sony Book Store.

Please note: To be eligible to win the digital copy of the Soups For All Seasons cookbook, you must have an account at one of the online bookstores listed above. I will gift the cookbook, so the winner must be set up to receive the gift from me through one of the noted online bookstores above.

To be eligible to win the Soups For All Seasons cookbook by Anne Ellis, you must leave a comment, along with your email address, in the comment section of this blog post, plus do one of the following:

1) Friend me on Facebook
2) Follow me on Twitter
3) Subscribe to this blog

To be eligible for the Authors In Bloom Grand Prize, readers must copy a short phrase posted on each of the participating authors’ blog post and assimilate them into the complete passage. Compiled, these phrases will become “Authors in Bloom”, a vignette about a woman’s personal growth and empowerment. Please note that the line number of each phrase is supplied to assist you with piecing the phrases together in the correct order.

My Phrase:
Line 94: And love blooms in the light and the dark.

Don’t forget to visit the other authors involved in the hop, conveniently located at the linky below:

http://www.simply-linked.com/listwidget.aspx?l=225d6d64-1823-4d9e-a0fd-fe0c5995c0f2

AUTHORS IN BLOOM GRAND PRIZE: We are giving away a Kindle Fire or Nook (winner’s choice) along with a $25 gift card for the same.

Tour ends April 18th at 11:59pm EST. The winner(s) will be announced by April 20th.

Good luck! And thanks for joining us for our Authors In Bloom Giveaway!

A World Without … Books?

A World Without … Books?

Sometimes I think about how awful it would be to live in a world without books. Usually it’s a result of watching TV and seeing old footage of people burning books.

But then I reach for my Kindle, admire the towering digital-to-be-read pile that awaits me there, and forget about my concerns. After all, even if every print book on the planet disappeared, we’d still have our digital copies to read and pass on to future generations. Right?

Or would we? To read the rest of this post, join me at the Women Unplugged blog.

Have a happy Easter, everyone!

Fool’s Gold Anthology with Baby Fever by Sheila Seabrook

Fool’s Gold Anthology with Baby Fever by Sheila Seabrook

Welcome to Book 15 in the Bandit Creek series, an anthology titled Fool’s Gold with the short story Baby Fever by Sheila Seabrook! Yep, that’s me. This is the book everyone’s been waiting for. Well, I’ve been waiting for it. 🙂

I loved writing the story BABY FEVER. The two middle-aged, baby-hungry mothers were so sweet and cunning. Plus, the story gave me the opportunity to introduce the heroine, Liz Templeton, from my upcoming story WEDDING FEVER. I’ll be posting the cover for WEDDING FEVER soon, so stay tuned.

Prior to publication, I had an opportunity to read the stories included in the anthology and they’re all super. If I had to pick a favorite … well, I can’t because they were all so good!

Included in the Fool’s Gold anthology are:

FOOL FOR LOVE by Louise Behiel
A woman is dragged from a contented, happy marriage to a life on the run.

NEVER COUNT YOUR CHICKENS by Victoria Chatham
Two boys play an April Fool’s joke on their employer.

WISHFUL THINKING by Alyssa Linn Palmer
CeeCee tells Ruth about her past, but how truthful is she?

AIRPORT SECURITY by Julie Rowe
On her way home from her tour of duty in Afghanistan, Dr. Abigail Westward discovers it’s not easy to leave her fellow soldiers or the memories of combat behind.

BABY FEVER by Sheila Seabrook
Baby cribs and baby swings and a winking, blinking doll. Oh my!

LUCY’S APRIL FOOLS by Brenda Sinclair
Will this be George Jack’s year to catch Lucy in an April Fool’s joke, or will his wife outsmart him again?

WHERE RABBITS RUN WILD by Trip Williams
Not all the rabbits in the mountains of Bandit Creek are cute and cuddly. Some come with a warning label.

Read Carla Roma’s interview with the Fool’s Gold authors or the Fool’s Gold story blurbs or buy the book. And be sure to stop by for the Facebook release party where you’ll have a chance to win some terrific prizes.

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

Stay tuned for the follow up story to BABY FEVER. Coming July 15, 2012, WEDDING FEVER is Liz Templeton’s story.

Fool’s Gold is available at: Amazon and Smashwords

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