Monday, September 7, 2020

A YouTube Event


Hope all is going well with you. I’m feeling sad that the warm summer months are slipping away. Fall’s around the corner. Today it’s supposed to be 91˚, but tomorrow will have a high of 58˚ and then back into the 80s. Falls approaching fast. I’m getting ready to put pictures of my pumpkins on my newsletter. If you haven’t joined my newsletter please do at


Mary Martinez and I have a YouTube event going on. It started September 1st and we’re excited to have you join us.

Here’s the link:

After you watch the September introduction, enter the rafflecopter  #ebooks #books #authors #readingcommunity #amreading

Be sure to subscribe so you do not miss out on whatever goodies we are giving away. Winners will be announced the next month. All questions will be answered, just email them at

I have to apologize for my glitches on the video – computer issues!!!! I now have a new computer – yeah.

Have an enjoyable month and stay safe.


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Awesome Cookbook

Now that many of you are spending more time at home than usual, I have a great cookbook to share with you. My friend and author has released her cookbook with load of wonderful recipes. Welcome, Mary.

I am so excited to have my new cook book out. It’s been five years in the making. And it’s not even that big.

Why a cookbook? Let me tell you a short story. A few years ago, I took a trip with friends and family to the Big Apple. We had a wonderful time, saw a Broadway show, Yankee game, and all the other sights. I’m a picture taker and took over 1000 pictures, I’m so not exaggerating.

When I developed my pictures, I put them into a scrapbook. That’s when I had the shock of my life. I didn’t even recognize myself. Who was that heavy person who sort of had my face? I knew I’d been gaining a bit of weight. But it was now, way more than a bit of weight.

After looking at the pictures and getting the shock of my life I promptly called my doctor. I cried on her shoulder and together we came up with a plan. 

It took me a year, but I lost 78 lbs. That was several years ago. I’ve regained some back, but I think it is more that my weight has settled to a healthy level. I still fit in to the clothes I bought after I lost all that weight. I feel great. Once in a while I have to really focus to maintain, but most the time I just do my best to eat smaller portions and only treat myself to high calorie foods on special occasions.

I’m just an everyday working girl who doesn’t have much time to cook who wants to maintain my weight and eat healthy without feeling like I’m on a diet! I’m just an average person, no famous TV or professional Chef. These are my own recipes and some may sound very familiar. They are not complicated, most are very simple. The recipes included in this cookbook allow me to eat what I want. 



The After Work Cook Blog


I'm just like you. I have a career, family and I love food! However, I don't have much time to cook. I want to maintain my weight and eat healthy without feeling like I'm on a diet.


I'm not a famous TV or professional Chef. I'm a home cook and these are my recipes. Some may be familiar to you. It's food we all enjoy. The recipes aren't complicated. So pour a glass of wine and let’s make something to eat.


If you would like more recipes, please visit The After Work Cook Blog. On top of my recipes, I have had guests on to share their favorites.


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Mary lives in Magna, a little town west of Salt Lake City, Utah. Together with her husband, she has six grown children, and six wonderful grandsons and five beautiful granddaughters. She loves to spend time with family and friends--she includes good books as friends!
Mary and her husband love to travel, especially to the Caribbean for relaxing, and Italy for the wine. And most recently she discovered she was Irish and Scottish, of course they had to visit Ireland and Scotland. Mary fell in love with both, but the green hills of Ireland felt like home.  With the experience from the exotic places she has visited, she is able to fill her books with colorful descriptions of cities, painting a colorful backdrop for her characters. One of her favorite US destinations is New York/Brooklyn, where her beloved Beckett's live. When she visits, she can wander their neighborhoods, favorite parks, and visit their favorite pub, 
They are avid concert ‘Ho’s’! Yes, they pretty much want to do them all. They love outdoor amphitheaters the best and attend as many during the warmer months as possible.

Mary writes mostly romantic suspense, romance, women's fiction, and she has just begun to dabble in young adult mystery.  During her writing career she has been a conference coordinator, workshop presenter, and chapter president for the Utah Chapter of RWA. In 2007 she was presented with the Utah RWA service award in acknowledgment and appreciation for outstanding service. Mary has also participated in numerous library panels on writing and co-presented a workshop on writing a series at the League of Utah Writers conference.

Mary also writes as 
ML Foxx. This is her first jaunt into Fantasy and Sci-Fi, she loves it. It gives her freedom of choice.  In her ML persona she also loves to go to the movies and you got it… Watch the Avengers, Dead Pool, among others. Something her hubby doesn't really enjoy but humors her fantasy side. You’ll see more books soon…
Mary and her husband are also enthusiastic college football fans. They have season tickets to the UTES, University of Utah Football and they tailgate every game. They love tailgating so much, that they were married at a tailgating in 1999.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

A Great Summer Read

I'd like too share a great summer read for you:

Stanalei Fletcher has a new release, Into Something Good.

Into Something Good:

Cayme Foster returns home to deal with her mom's fatal illness and is faced with memories and secrets she'd rather forget. Her old crush and his adorable eight-year-old son will make it even more difficult to leave town again.

Single dad Rick Morrison had his shot at marriage and isn't willing to risk rejection a second time. If only he wasn't compelled to rescue Cayme whenever he's around her, making it hard to keep his distance.

He's conflicted about helping Cayme save her home, but the truth rises with the floodwaters, and they just might find love on the high ground after all.

Visit Stanalei at to sign up for her newsletter and be the first to receive news of release dates and cover reveals.

Stanalei has over twenty years of training in the martial arts and holds the rank of Sandan, a third-degree black belt, in Aikido.

After a taste of life on both U.S. coasts, she now resides near the beautiful Wasatch Mountain Range with her husband. Together they enjoy back country dirt trails on a RZR, visiting our National Parks, or exploring museums and ghost towns. 

Hope you are doing well and finding time to read during these beautiful summer days.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Author Guest

Hope all is well during these hard times. While many of us are barely getting out, or still being careful and not going out too often, I have a book that you might like. My guest today is Mary Martinez giving us a preview of her second book of the Celtic Myst Trilogy, In Search of the Cupán of Flúirse,  available now, June 1.

Celtic Myst Trilogy
In Search of the Cupán of Flúirse Book 2
Release Date: June 1, 2020

A magical chalice, a legacy with the dragons,
​and a destiny forged through the centuries.

A journey through the ages, a battle with evil, and a sacrifice for all that was lost.

Aibell Brid, heir of the de Danann clan will need more than courage to find the lost relic of her clan. When the time comes, will she be ready to face her greatest enemy? With protector and guardian Amergin, she plans for battle, honing her skills, preparing for the day she can reclaim the Cupán of Flúirse.

​Knowledge is power and strength is in numbers. Amergin must trust in the words of Gaylord the Great. He will know when the time is near. With Aibell and a force of brave, trusted souls, they will face the witch, destroy her dark forces and reclaim the Cupán of Flúirse.

New York City 1890’s

Aibey thought her arm would fall off, she’d scrubbed everything in the place, and yet it still looked as it had when she walked in several days earlier. The grime seemed to be ingrained deep in the wood. Fine. She had been determined not to use any aid as she had learned the hard way over the centuries it was not safe to do so. People were far more closed minded now than they had been when she left Inis Fail. She closed her eyes a moment and reminded herself, Ireland.
She walked to the center of the room raised her arms, then frowned. Had she locked the door? Best check. She lowered her arms and turned as she did so the door opened. Her heart dropped to her toes. In the next instant she crouched ready for battle. A bow with arrow ready appeared in her hands at the same instant.
“Whoa, Aibey girl.”
Relief swept over her and she stood and scowled at her longtime companion and mentor. “You scared the living daylights out of me, Amergin.”
He took a walk around the room, then turned to her with a scowl of his own. “What have you been doing all week? The supplies will be here and you’ll have not a clean cupboard to place them in. And where are your helpers?”
She refused to defend herself. She was exhausted from cleaning the cussed place. It was as if it had a mind of its own, and was determined to defeat her at every scrub of the cloth.
“Cara went with LaSalle.”
Amergin swept a finger across the bar and frowned when it came up clean. “Is this place painted with the color grime?”
“Aye, I believe so.”
He frowned. “Where did they go?” His expression cleared. “Wait. He was going to that brewing company to get some supplies.”
“Aye, he has some ideas for brewing a lager.”
Amergin walked around a bit more and then returned to the topic of cleaning. “Why did you not clean it…?”
He glanced toward the door as if expecting it to open. Aibey went to the door, flipped the lock and drew the heavy drapes across the one window in the front. Gloom blanketed the room. Amergin scraped a flint and lifted the glass and lit the lamp.
Knowing what he referred to she did not answer but once again stepped toward the center of the room to raise her arms. She started with a slow turn as she gained momentum her toes lifted from the ground. She was about to the ceiling when she spread her arms wide as she spun.
“Take thy grime and sweep away. Replace with spit and shine. Rodents and other such varmints are not welcome in this establishment. Only good may pass through the portal. If evil manages to enter under the guise of good, the food will taste sour, the ale will become bitter. Evil will not blame their plight on this tavern but on some unknown ailment. Yet they will never pass through these doors again. As I say, so mote it be.”
The last word echoed over the room as her spin slowed and her feet touched the ground.
“You covered it all.”
“I figured you will enforce my words when you cast your circle before we open our doors to the public.”
“Aye that I will.”
Aibey placed her hands on her hips and gave a full turn this time smiling at the shiny bar and sparkling floors. She would be ready to open.
“My supplies are to arrive any day. That is if it is not confiscated by some miscreants along the way. And tomorrow or the next day, LaSalle will be back to start his brewing. He has decided that he will only brew for the tavern.”
She gave her attention to Amergin and looked him up and down. “You look very nice in your uniform, Amergin, mayhap you can help tackle the crime.”
“In all of our travels I have never seen a city so rife with debauchery. I will do my best to help control and bring New York to the great city I feel…” He struck a fist to his chest. “…in my heart she is meant to be.”
“I feel it too.” She sighed and lost some of the joy of her new adventure. “I miss Inis Fail.”

$.99 until June 6, 2020
Forged by the gods, the Cupán of Flúirse is born under the thunder of Taranis, fashioned with symbols of the elements to bring peace and abundance to the clans.

Element of the air, Amergin is a faithful protector and guardian. Through the years, he’s guided the other elements and reigned over times of peace, prosperity, and royal births.

However, the witch Mourdra, is plagued with jealousy over the clans. They hold dear all she desires…and has been denied. The fire dragon and Klenidalf, an evil wizard are tasked to do her bidding, to plunder the clans…and steal the Cupán of Flúirse.

Without the sacred chalice, Amergin is condemned to wander the Earth, those he’s vowed to protect out of his reach.

Buy Links: eBook On sale for $.99 Thru June 6, 2020

Coming September 1, 2020

A prophecy, a final epic battle and a mystery revealed.

To fulfill the prophecy, the Cupán of Flúirse needs to be returned to its right place, the Tomb of the Tuatha de Danann. However, through the centuries the location has been lost.

Amergin is again entrusted with the responsibility to guide the de Danann’s to fulfill their destiny. On their mission, Gaylord the Great vows they will encounter three foes in order to reach their destination. To find the lost tomb, they must travel in darkness in increments of three. They must survive battle with their nemesis and make their way across Inis Fail on foot and horseback in six dark moons. 

In this epic conclusion, Amergin discovers sometimes the most important quests sought in the future, must be accomplished in the past.

Happy Reading.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

March, In like a Lion, Out like a Lion

March came in like a lion and looks like it’ll go out like a lion. I’m sooooo ready for spring. Oh, it is Spring!  Snow expected on Wednesday, March 25 – that’s northern Utah for you. I’m looking forward to warm days, blue skies, warm spring rains, flowers blooming, and trees budding. Aren’t you? 

Not only did the lion-whether stay around off and on, but the coronavirus decided to alter our way of life.

Then on top of that, the earthquake hit. I do think this is a wake-up call for those of us in the Salt Lake Valley. We should be prepared for the big one, which they say we’re overdue

I hope and pray you and your family are well and protecting those you love.

I have a dilemma. My work in progress is a women’s fiction about four non-related sisters. I almost feel like it should be in first person. But, I’ve always written in third person. I like reading books in third person better than first. So I had to do a little research.

Point of View (POV): First Person  
Many writers that write in first person pov believe it’s easier, warmer and more intimate. Understanding first person viewpoint is simple because your novel is from a single character throughout the novel.  The story sticks to a single viewpoint.

First POV is a natural voice because you use it in your everyday life, using the “I” of the first person.
To write in first person pov, you simply visualize yourself as your character and tell the story.

Remember, the narrator and the viewpoint character is the same person. Not always. Sometimes a first person narrator can be wiser than a first person viewpoint character, looking back on an event. This viewpoint character is the narrator’s younger self, or a naive self. Meaning the young viewpoint character has yet to be changed by the future event.

Reading a first person novel, it’s like the narrator is right there in the room, telling us the story first-hand. Language in the first person pov is less formal, as if the character is telling us a story and not reading it to us.

Remember, when writing in first person pov, the character has to be present in all major scenes. Also, first person pov has more restrictions. For example, if a detective discovers who the murderer is, he has to tell the reader. The information cannot be withheld from the reader. Because the main character is telling the story.

Point of View (POV): Third Person

Third person viewpoint is more immediate and the writer has more freedom. Also, third person pov is more objective.  Oh, did I mention, first person viewpoint is more subjective?

Subjective: based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions
Objective:  not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts

By being objective, third person viewpoint character and narrator are two different people. For example, he narrator can say things that the viewpoint character wouldn’t admit.

In third person pov, you have the option to use several viewpoints (not at the same time, of course). If you can even choose to use only one pov character, you can move the camera behind the character’s eyes or you can change the pov character to another, or point the camera at something the character(s) are unaware of (the camera is stuck behind a first person pov eyes).

The point of view of a third person is immediate. The author speaks to you in the here and now. Present Tense. Written in the past tense. The narrator in a third person novel is somebody else, like a camera, recording as things happen. The third person novel is rooted in the here and now. Even when a person reads a third person historical novel, it has the feel of the here and now. As if, you’ve been sucked back in time.

When writing a novel in third person pov, you have more freedom. Your scenes can be in different character's point of view. Because the narrator and the point of view character are two separates in a third person pov, therefore, the writer has more freedom. Also when the action is over, the camera can pull back, and/or zoom in through different pair of eyes.

Okay, now I need to ask myself:
Do I want to tell this story through one pair of eyes as first person? Do I want the camera to be stuck behind the hero’s eyes continuously?
Do I want multiple pov characters? Do I want the camera to have the freedom to go outside?
Hmm, maybe I should just go with my gut feelings. Which is??

What do you think about first person and third person points of view? Do you like to read one better than the other? My WIP is a women’s fiction. Do you think that genre is better in first person point of view? I’d love your comments.

Stay Safe, Judy

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Event Announcements

I’m excited because February is the month of Love and to celebrate Mary Martinez and I will be holding an event at We Olive again.

If you missed last year’s Books + Wine = Romance event, you have a chance to join us on February 22 at We Olive.

Join Judy Baker and Mary Martinez at We Olive Wine bar for an incredible day.

Our logo this is year is Two Authors, Books and a Beverage. There will also be small bites provided by We Olive (if anything like last year, the food will be delicious).  

Mary and I will be giving away bags filled with goodies and books. The cost is $20 plus $10 if you participate in the wine and beer flights (not required). Brett Ludemann will be on hand to discuss the beer and wines that will be available.

One other announcement I would like to share. Mary Martinez has a new release:

Celtic Myst Trilogy

Book 1 The Cupán of Flúirse

A magical chalice, a legacy with the dragons, and
a destiny forged through the centuries. 

February 3, 2020 through February 7, 2020
Lots and lots of giveaways

Celtic Myst Trilogy is a story of good against evil. A story of great love that spans centuries. And above all, a story of courage. 

Forged by the gods, the Cupán of Flúirse is born under the thunder of Taranis, fashioned with symbols of the elements to bring peace and abundance to the clans.

Element of the air, Amergin is a faithful protector and guardian. Through the years, he’s guided the other elements and reigned over times of peace, prosperity, and royal births.

However, the witch Mourdra, is plagued with jealousy over the clans. They hold dear all she desires…and has been denied. The fire dragon and Klenidalf, an evil wizard are tasked to do her bidding, to plunder the clans…and steal the Cupán of Flúirse.

Without the sacred chalice, Amergin is condemned to wander the Earth, those he’s vowed to protect out of his reach.

Book 2: In Search of the Cupán of Flúirse

Coming June 1, 2020

Book 3: Returning the Cupán of Flúirse

Coming ​October 1, 2020

Where to find Mary:
Mary's Garden  Mary's Garden Blog YouTube
Amazon and Goodreads are great places to leave reviews!

Have a wonderful, loving February.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Wishes to You

A quick note to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and may the New Year bring you happiness, health, success in your writing and adventures, as well as contentment in your life.

I’m excited to announce my release of The Quartering Act eBook, now available. The print book will be available December 1st.


For those of you that like to read Christmas stories, all my Christmas novels are on sale:

A HUGE THANK you for being my supporting angels, online with my blog, newsletters, and reading my books.

From my family to yours, 
 Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


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