A Low-Carb Celebration
First of all, I'm celebrating this week because I just found out that the third book in my Hearts of Owyhee series, Much Ado About Miners, won a Laramie Award for Western Romance/Comedy Novel. The Laramie Contest is sponsored by Chanticleer Book Reviews, and I'll be attending the conference in September, so if you're in Bellingham, WA, stop by and say hi.
What's a celebration without a fantastic dessert! You know, a sumptuous mouthwatering dessert. But, alas and alack, I can't eat grains of any sort, and that pretty well puts the kabosh on cake and pie. Unless, you're really determined, which I was. Besides, it was my birthday.
Speaking of A Gift for Rhoda, it hit #11 on Amazon's western short stories bestsellers list. Woohoo! I got the idea for the story when a friend's son was picking out a gift for his girlfriend, only she didn't know she was his girlfriend yet. That amused me, but also got the wheels turning, and I wondered what would happen if a mail-order bride was expecting her unwanted groom, but another man showed up bearing gifts. First, I had to figure out why she didn't want the man who'd paid her fare to Idaho, then I had to conjure up the setting. My aunt and uncle live in Garden Valley, Idaho, so that seemed like a good spot. The hero, well, he just bounded into the story--I didn't have to do anything but listen because he really wanted me to tell his story.
What have I been reading lately? J.R. Roberts' The Gunsmith: Trouble in Tombstone. I like to read genres other than romance once in a while, so this one's it for this month. There are 404 Gunsmith novels and every one I've read has been good. I also read Meanwhile, Back in Deadwood, the latest by Ann Charles. Violet Parker really gets herself in a mess this time. I laughed all the way through, except when I was chewing my nails, and even then. I recommend both these books.
Until next month!