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Monday, June 3, 2019


Are you one who loves summer? I tend to wilt in hot weather. This time of year is nice, though. I’m staying indoors, as usual for me, and writing. Right now I’m working on DEBORAH’S DILEMMA, Pearson Grove Series book 3. In it, Deborah makes dinner for a box social after church. One of the things she includes in her basket is corn relish.

This scene reminded me of a great corn salad which is the perfect accompaniment to outdoor barbecues or indoor parties—or to turn an ordinary family meal into something special. How can a salad do that, you ask? Whenever I serve this salad, it’s a hit. I’ve had people ask for another portion of the salad instead of dessert. And, this corn salad is so easy to prepare.

Corn Salad

2 cans whole kernel corn, drained
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped purple onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 ½ cups Hellman’s mayonnaise
1 package chili cheese Fritos
Mix all ingredients except Fritos and chill. Just before serving, add coarsely crumbled Fritos and mix together. Except for Fritos, this may be prepared a day ahead. Serves 6

Back to the book I’m writing—you knew I’d get back to that, didn’t you? DEBORAH’S DILEMMA, Pearson Grove book 3, will be released June 21 via Amazon. The cover was designed by Skhye Moncrief to coordinate with the other Pearson Grove covers. Pearson Grove is a fictional small town in a fictional small county in North Central Texas. I enjoy reading and writing series where you come to know all the main citizens in the small town. I hope you love reading small town series. 

Pearson Grove is set near where my father was born. I think of it as a tribute to him and his family. Though he passed away years ago, I believe he knows and approves of this series.

In the meantime, A BRIDE FOR GIDEON, book 16 of the multi-author Proxy Bride Series, is available. Don’t you love this cover by Virginia McKevitt? The girl on the cover is how I was supposed to look but something terrible happened. Instead of glorious red hair, I have mousy dark blondish brown. 

Ahem, I have had red hair in the past—and blonde and dark brown and highlights. Currently, I’ve gone back to my natural color.  We’ll see how long this lasts.

The Universal Amazon purchase link for A BRIDE FOR GIDEON is

Have a great month!


  1. I really like your cover for "Deborah's Dilemma," but to be honest I like many of your other covers. Tasteful and with depth. I'm going to try your corn relish, but I've never heard of chili cheese Fritos. I'm going in search of them!

  2. If I could eat corn, I'd try the salad. Meantime, I'll definitely get Deborah's Dilemma as soon as I can!


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