Monday, December 17, 2018

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Hello Friends,
   Christmas season is once again approaching at lightning speed. Are you ready? I am. Our family trip to Disney World was a blast and I loved returning home to my decorated house. (So happy I decorated before Thanksgiving.) The first thing I did was to turn on all my Christmas lights, pour a cup of coffee and enjoy the peacefulness of a Christmas home. I was able to buy my grandkids their Christmas presents while in WDW, so now all I have to do is sit back and enjoy the season. And, look forward to a family Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. How about you. Do you enjoy Christmas like I do?

I’d like to quote Yoda, “Do. Or, do not. There is no try.”

I’ve had a story in my head for several years and decided to write it. It isn’t one of my historical western romances, or a contemporary/suspense romance, but a futuristic story. So stay tune, more in 2019.

All my Christmas novels are on sale, so if you’re in the mood to read Christmas romances, check them out.

My new release, Better She Lie, is also on sale throughout the holidays:

Here’s what I’m reading:
The Sixth Day
Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison
“When several major political figures drop dead with explanation, officials declare their deaths due to natural causes. However, when the German vice chancellor suddenly dies, a drone is spotted…”
These two authors are some of my favorites. I’ve just started reading this book and I’m already captivated.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Summer Writing

How do you keep up your writing pace during the summer months? If you’re like me you love summer and it’s hard to stay indoors. I love the heat from the sunshine, sitting outdoors under the shade of a large tree, warm rains, flowers blooming, and sounds of water from a water fountain, hummingbirds feeding and watching my herb garden grow. An author friend I know takes July and August off from writing – something I’m thinking about doing, especially considering what’s happened with my life this past month.

Do you change your writing routine during the long, lazy, hazy days of summer?

In January I worked on a manuscript according to a schedule that I made at the start of the year. I wrote my outline on a story that was swimming around in my head, I completed the background information on all my characters and finally completed a rough draft. I patted myself on the back for following through with my schedule. When I was ready to send my manuscript to my editor, she was out of town! Deep Breath. Okay, change release date to June. Done. Don’t stress.

June came and went! Change calendar – July! Deep Breath. Hubby and I went on a vacation – fun relaxing days in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Returned home to an urgent situation with my older sister who lives in North Carolina. Long story short – she’s one step away from being homeless!

Family comes first. I can’t ignore her needs when she’s all alone, a diabetic, heart problems, and now kidney infection. The choices we make throughout our life will certainly affect our journey to the end. I’ll be there to help her. And, I’m sure my manuscript will be waiting for me when I get home. (Smiling)

Have you ever had to put your book on hold for an urgent situation? I know I’m not the only one. I’m thankful I’m able to be there for my sister. 

Better She Lie 
(SOON to be Released)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

Spring is here! In my part of the world, I woke up to this morning, April 17, to three inches of SNOW! 

There’s no way I can work in my garden, yet. I can’t wait for Mother Nature to decide it’s going to be a warm Spring. Since it’s going to be several cold days ahead, I want to share a warm zucchini soup with you. This receipt is fast and easy to prepare, if you're a veggie lover, you'll love it. Oh, by the way - no calories. Afterward, don't forget to scroll down and enter my special giveaway as well as the BIG giveaway at

Grandma Jackson Zucchini Soup    
4 cups of Tomato Juice
4 cups of Water
3-4 Celery stalks
3 Zucchini
1 Green Pepper
1 Tsp of Italian Seasoning
Head of Cabbage
5 Beef Bullion
1 Garlic Glove
Slice all the vegetable to your liking (we like our vegetable sliced in chunks), add all ingredients to a large pot and simmer for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender the way you like them. By the way, we like the soup on the spicy side, so I use a little more Italian seasoning. And, if you really want to be brave, use a large can of V8 Juice instead of tomato juice. Enjoy
Wednesday April 18th — Friday April 27th 2018
10 Days of Giveaways, Gardening Tips, Recipes and More!
Enter to win a Kindle Fire or Nook (winner's choice) along with a 2nd prize of $25 gift card. To be eligible to win the grand prize, you must comment on every website/blog (including this one).
Winner will be posted on both the first (Dianne Venetta) and last (BloominThyme) websites

Rules and Regulations:  Click Here

Grand prize entrants will be entered via a Rafflecopter giveaway widget, available on the initial and final landing page of this hop, located on BloominThyme.  All entries (and actions) will be verified to deem winners.

JUDY BAKER’S Special Authors in Bloom Blog Hop Giveaway:

Enter to win a FREE e-copy of one of my western series, Silver Sage Creek books (winner’s choice) and a print copy of Karibou Magic. To enter, please sign up for my author newsletter:
Please note the print book is U.S. Postage only.

Good Luck

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Readers Luncheon

October 13, 2018

1651 North 700 West, Layton, Utah 84041

Special Guest, SusanWiggs 

Participating Authors list:  CLICK HERE

If you attended last year, you already know what a blast it was and for those that have never attended a Readers Luncheon, don’t miss out.

Seats are filling up fast. Stanalei Fletcher, MaryMartinez and I would love for you to join us at our table at the Readers Luncheon. Enjoy a wonderful meal, meet new authors, make new friends and leave with a bag full of goodies and free books to read.

To register for the Readers Luncheon Click Here.
 Click on the GET TICKETS  button to connect the RWA portal and reserve your spot.

Hope to See you there!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Mary's New Release

I’m excited to have Mary Martinez as my guest. 
Welcome Mary, we’re looking forward to hearing about your new release, Glenna’s interview by Jane Carver, and how to enter the raffle for a ticket to the Utah Readers Luncheon. Take it away…

Thank you for having me on your blog this week Judy! I’m very excited to be here. I just released my 6th book of my Beckett Series. I had meant for it to be my last, but alas the next generation protested. So on the horizon there are three more books lurking out there. First though I have a fantasy I’ve been dreaming of writing for years.

I thought it would be fun if a reporter from The Calistogan Weekly Trib, Jane Carver, interviewed Glenna Beckett today. Glenna is the featured Beckett in Abandoned (Book VI The Beckett Series).

Column: Local Celebs.
          By Jane Carver
Today I am going to interview one of our own. Glenna Beckett, owner of Glenna’s Surprisingly Vintage. Though she didn’t grow up around her, she’s made her home here in Calistoga and has become a very important member of the community. She helps with our Helping Others program, along with several other organizations. I’m meeting Ms. Beckett at her favorite place for lunch. The Calistoga Inn.

Jane: Thank you for agreeing to have lunch and chat. Do you mind if I turn on my recording app?

Glenna: No problem, as long as you don’t mind if I have a glass of wine. Interviews make me nervous. I’m afraid I’ll babble.

Jane: I don’t mind at all, I’ll join you. Just don’t tell my editor. (giggle)

Glenna: Lips are zipped.

Jane: Tell us a little bit about why you’re on the opposite coast of your family?

Glenna: I’m the youngest of six siblings, need I say more? Actually I love my family and I miss them. Most of the time. But when I was young, all I wanted to do was get away and be on my own without seven people telling me what to do.

Jane: Seven?

Glenna: The sibs and The Elders.

Jane: (Laughing) The Elders? We need to hear about this.

Glenna: All of us call our parents The Elders. So when I say seven, I mean my five brothers and sisters and my parents. I’m not sure who started calling them The Elders, though I suspect Christine. She’s the second oldest and a kick ass attorney.
Jane: Tell us a little about your family.

Glenna:  Tyler is the eldest he is a Federal Agent. He met his wife on a case, he had to take her into protective custody. And now she’s an agent also. Then Christine, as I said an attorney, she’s married to a NYPD detective, he is a friend of the family through Tyler and my brother-in-law Gabe, who is married to Jessica. But before her, Matt is next in line. He is not in law enforcement. He is an accountant, or something in Washington. He works for the World Banking Association or the WBA. And he met Bryn, his wife, there. Next is my sister Jessica who is a math teacher and an up and coming soccer mom. As I said she’s married to Gabe who is my brother Tyler’s partner at the Bureau. Then last comes my sister Reagan and myself, we’re twins, but she was born a whole five minutes before me. Reagan is a Special agent who does something with Cyber Terrorism. And there you have it. They all thought they knew what was best for me and they were pretty vocal about it.

Jane: Sounds great to me, I’m an only child. So we know why you moved out, by why California?

Glenna: I searched for universities to apply for, mostly as far from New York as I could find. But then I looked up Stanford and they had a large department for Humanities and Sciences. I love art and almost everything that was on their list of ‘major fields’ under that category. It was sort of a no brainer. And then I fell in love with Calistoga on a girls weekend to Napa my junior year. I liked Napa and Sonoma, but Calistoga won my heart.

Jane: How did you get into Vintage art and your shop?

Glenna: You mean how did I decided I wanted to open Glenna’s Surprisingly Vintage? I am not an artist. As much as I have tried with classes and anything else, I am only a passable artist. I still love to browse and find treasures that people give away. I love the masters, I love everything to do with art from artifacts to modern art. What better way to fund my collection habit than to open a shop and share. Though I do have a hard time parting with some things.

Jane: I’m glad you do share. I’ve found some treasures of my own at your shop. Thank you for chatting with me today. I do have one more question. I hear you’re engaged.

Glenna: (pause) Yes. We’re getting married in the fall. Lance is an art collector also.

Jane: Congratulations. Thank you again, I’ll be in touch to let you know what edition your interview will be in.

Glenna: Thank you for including me in your column.

         Abandoned (Book VI The Beckett Series)  


Glenna Beckett loves her family dearly, but being the youngest of six can be overwhelming. Moving across country helped her learn who she was outside the family. She’s built a successful business in the form of a quaint shop on Main Street of Calistoga, that sells a bit of everything vintage, the new age term for antique. What more does she need?

Then he walked into her shop. International playboy, Lance Gordon. After a whirlwind courtship he asks her to marry him. Burying a niggle of doubt in the pit of her tummy, she says yes. He’s even agreed to have the wedding in Brooklyn so her family can attend. But he never arrives.

Glenna refused to believe she’d been abandoned at the altar and asks her brother, Tyler, to contact an agent friend on the West Coast to search for Lance.

Patrick McGinnis can’t believe he’s walking into a prissy shop in the high end of the Napa Valley searching for a missing groom. The bride, Glenna Beckett, is everything he feared, drop dead gorgeous, and a spoiled brat. Not that he’d ever tell her brother that. He hates wild goose chases, and this mission is exactly that. Patrick’s certain the playboy fiancĂ© is off wooing some other delectable creature.

Unfortunately, once Patrick started to dig, he finds there’s more to the tale and it will take all his skills as an agent to keep Glenna safe. Especially when the case takes a turn and threatens the safety of his son, Finn.

Buy Links for The Beckett Series
Disappear (Book I The Beckett Series)
Innocent (Book II The Beckett Series)
Quiet (Book III The Beckett Series)
Illusion – Utopia the Beginning (Book IV The Beckett Series)
Profit – Utopia the Conclusion (Book V The Beckett Series)
Abandoned (Book VI The Beckett Series)

Author Bio:
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. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA). 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 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.

Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Web site:
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I would like to invite you to the Utah Reader’s Luncheon October 13, 2018. I am hosting a table with Judy Baker and Stanalei Fletcher. We are having a contest right now to win a place at our table. Join our FaceBook event for updates.

OR the link is:  Starts 3/19/18 and goes through 4/19/18. Good luck!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Today's Birthday

Today is Victor Fleming's birthday. 

Victor Fleming an American film director was born this day in 1889. He awarded us with one of the most popular films, Gone With the Wind, winning an Academy Award for Best Director in 1939, just ten years before his death in 1949. By the way, his other film that he received the award for was The Wizard of Oz. I love movies, especially movies from books that I’ve read. I do have my favorites books and movies. When I was teaching school in Atlanta, there was a special showing of Gone With the Wind at a theater. Remembering how much I enjoyed reading the book, I was thrilled to relive my favorite book on screen.

The poster I've had for years
I read Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell somewhere around 13 or 14 years of age. I really think that’s the time I became hooked on reading books that took me back in time. Mitchell wrote the novel in 1936, selling more than 28 million copies – can you imagine? So I was curious to know the authors listed for selling 100 million copies or more. Here’s what I found on surfing the internet, which means you might find a different list if you do a little searching yourself! After all, it’s the internet! 

Don Quixote: 500 million, fiction by Miquel de Cervantes 1605 (Spanish)
A Tale of Two Cities: 200 million, historical fiction by Charles Dickens, 1859 (English)
The Lord of the Rings: 150 million, fiction: fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien 1954-1955 (English)
Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince): 140 million, fiction by Antoine de Saint-Exupery 1943 (French)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: 120 million, fiction, fantasy by J.K. Rowling 1997 (English)
The Hobbit: 100 million, fiction, fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien 1937 (English)
And Then There Were None: 100 million, fiction, mystery by Agatha Christie 1939 (English)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: 100 million, fiction, fantasy by Lewis Carroll 1865 (English)

Any of these surprise you? What about Don Quixote? Hmm, not a book for me, but obviously a book for many!  

Many more books have sold over 50 million plus copies. Here’s a short list:

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis 1950
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown 2003
Harry Potter: the Chamber of Secrets, the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Goblet of Fire, the Order of the Phoenix, the Half-Blood Prince, the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (sold over 65 million each!) 1998-2007
The Bridge of Madison County by Robert James Waller 1992
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 1870
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery 1908
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell 1877
Watership Down by Richard Adams 1972
Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White 1952

I'll stop here, the list is long! I’ve read many of these, some not so recently, like The Hobbit (read it back in college). Do you have a favorite on this list?
As a writer, I'm thinking fiction/fantasy is a great selling genre! What do you think?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Countdown to Valentine's Day

Countdown to Valentine's Day!

February 1 – 14, 2018


Books & More

1 - $100 Amazon gift card
1 - $  75 Amazon gift card
1 - $  50 Amazon gift card
2 - Kindle Fire's with Alexa

How can you win?

To enter,  follow the instruction at our site: HERE

For the next 14 Days there will be a book offer from a different author each day. 

My book is offered on February 6, Better She Die

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