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Autumn Newsletter 2023

Hello, dear friends!

Welcome to the glorious season of autumn! Leaves on the trees are beginning to turn to those vibrant colors, and I’m constantly taking pictures in our nearby park. The summer is officially behind us. Are the temps cooler where you live? They spiraled down in our city, and I’m thrilled to bits! I’m looking forward to celebrating the season—embracing each day. It was a crazy year for me. As always, I search for the positive, even in the darkest times. I discovered extra patience, inner strength, and realized how short life can be.

Now onward to the back end of this year! To do more baking, enjoying nature, and promoting my next book release!

May the blessings of autumn fill your home with love, friendships, and joy!




Now that Steinar is a wrap, I’m deep into writing the fourth book, Gunnar’s story. In addition, I’ve outlined a couple highland holiday romance stories for next season. The problem is which one to start. Hopefully, certain characters will present themselves to me after I’ve finished Gunnar and Maeve’s story. The muse has returned in force!

Which leads me to this fabulous announcement! Steinar, The Wolves of Clan Sutherland, Book 3 has a release date! Mark your calendars, dear readers. The Pirate Wolf and Inga the Ruthless storm into the world on January 10, 2024! Look for a cover reveal along with pre-order information in early November.

Until then, let’s take a peek at this epic sea adventure…

Descended from the mighty Somerled, Lord of the Isles, Steinar MacDougall’s supremacy over the seas is fierce. On a quest for King William, he is captured by the enemy and presented with a favorable opportunity. Yet Steinar soon realizes his greatest threat comes from the woman who hides behind the mask of a warrior, and the quest for control might send them hurdling into the abyss of the sea.

As leader of the Serpents, Inga the Ruthless travels beyond the isles bartering for goods with her brothers. After rescuing the feared Pirate Wolf during a storm, she surrenders her trust to the man and his inner wolf in order to claim the lost treasure of Odin. Though the journey is fraught with dangers, Inga fears her heart might be the one in peril, leading her to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Will the sea be their salvation or doom them to a watery grave?


Seasonal Fun and Games

Autumn Contest ~ $25 Amazon gift card

Share one of your autumn traditions with me.

Send your response to by Wednesday, December 20, 2023 with "Autumn Contest" in the subject line.

Spring/Summer Contest Winner ~

Congratulations, Tami G.! You've won the Dragon Knights Anniversary package!

The spring/summer scavenger hunt was a huge success! Thank you to all who entered.


Featured Recipe of the Season

Witch’s Flying Mix

8 cups popped popcorn

1 cup mini marshmallows

½ cup candy corn

½ cup M&M’s

½ cup black jelly beans

Mix all together in a giant bowl and serve!

This was a favorite to make with my oldest granddaughter many years ago. Even though she is a beautiful grown woman, I always whip up a smaller batch around Halloween to remind me of those special times. And last year, we got together for a movie night in October and I made a huge bowl. Argh! I think I made myself sick, too. Hahaha...


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