Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dwindling Summer

Dwindling Summer really means Autumn. Right! Hope you've had a wonderful summer (winter for those of you down under).

Much to my regret SUMMER is coming to an end in Utah. I know…mid 80s to 90s during the day doesn’t seem like summer’s ending. But, our mornings are cool and the nights are cooling down. Plus, I don’t feel as if the 90s are as hot as it was in July and August (sure, maybe my imagination). Moving on!


Since my new release, Karibou Magic, I’ve been working on two stories. Why two? Because they’re stuck in my head and need to be written! One is a fourth book taking place in the western town I invented in the Silver Sage Creek Novels. I love the town and have a character that wants to live there and meet some of those characters from the first three novels. The other story that I’m working on (outline so far) is more of a futuristic Sci-Fi – we’ll see how that goes.

For right now, I want to share with you the herbs I grew during the summer months. 





I’ve been harvesting my herbs and decided to make a mixture for use during the fall, winter, and spring months. I’m excited. I took all my herbs that I grew in my herb box and flower garden (the herb box is in the background behind my lavender plant):



Basil & Red Peppers, Lemon Balm, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme & Oregano





I also grew chives, dill, Anaheim peppers, and Jalapeno peppers. By the way, take a look at my spicy bell pepper and pumpkin 


Okay, back to my herbs. I cut and dried several herbs, combined a mixture and put them in an air tight jar. Then I labeled the jar and gave it to my husband who does a lot of grilling and smoking. 

Ingredients:  Rosemary, thyme, parsley, chives, sweet basil, dill, oregano, red peppers, Anaheim peppers, garlic salt, Jalapeno peppers, lemon balm

 Before grilling, smoking, or baking meats, sauté the herb mixture in melted butter, then coat meat.

My hubby sautéed the herb mixture in butter, then coated the pork roast for smoking (he’s also used it on grilled chicken). It was delicious.

By the way, his buddies do lots of smoking and asked him if I would sale them a jar. He said, “Sure. $5.99!” They each bought a jar and love it! I loved it!

So I guess I’ll be making more.  Interested? Email me if you’re interested in purchasing a jar of Judy’s Homegrown Herbs judybakersugg@gmail.com

Do you have an herb garden? If so, do you use them and how do you harvest them? I’d love to hear from you.

Enjoy what's left of summer.  Judy



  

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Amazing Heroines




Do you have a favorite movie heroine that’s a kick ass woman? My husband and I went to see Atomic Blonde. They say she is probably the female 007. 

Then, I started thinking about some of the strong heroines that I liked. Since my favorite movies are Sci-Fi, I listed some of my heroines that I really liked the best. 

Ripley


Leia Organa
Sarah Connor
                    


River Tam
Zoe

           







Katniss

Tris
                                         


                

                                                              
Black Widow
                                               
                                                                 






If you recognize these amazing women who are kick ass heroines who can shoot and stab their way through their adversaries, then you must enjoy the sci-fi movies too. I like the women that recognize their own femininity, yet are capable of becoming a full-on warrior to survive as a walking-weapon (Wonder Woman), and actually take control of a situation. There’s a diversity of awesome women in all genres, not only in movies, but in books.


When I was in middle school, I checked out a book from the library titled, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I was enthralled with the character, Scarlett O’Hara. A spoiled, self-centered brat learned to claw her way out of poverty, meeting war, famine, and heartbreak head-on – to survive, she fought hard and long. To this day, she’s still one of my favorite heroines.    


Oh, right back to Atomic Blonde, a cold war spy thriller. I have to admit, I didn’t like the character, Lorraine Broughton. I’m not really sure why. I’m still mulling that over. Yes, Charlize Theron did a great acting job and ballet choreographing fights, but there was something about her character I had a problem with – not sure what yet. Yes, the character is complex. She has a mission to complete causing her to be a fighting machine (lots of fighting). Now, I really liked her character in Mad Max, and thought she actually made the movie worth watching in Snow White and the Huntsman, or is it just Huntsman. Of course Chris Hemsworth wasn’t hard to watch.


Do you have a favorite bad-ass heroine that’s beautiful, tough, and a force of nature to recon with? Movie? Book?      


Friday, June 30, 2017

Christmas in July




I’m celebrating Christmas in July for my new release Karibou Magic. 


Since Christmas is my favorite holiday, I decided a July Christmas would be prefect to celebrate my release. Besides, how could I wait to release a Christmas story, December is too far!


An old veterinarian brings Christmas magic back into her life with his special reindeer. Will his handsome son shatter that belief?  

Blurb:
Christmas is magic. At least that’s what Eva Mars Bowman thought until that tragic night. Running from her past, she accepts a job with an old veterinarian in a small town in Wyoming. With Doc’s help and his magical reindeer, she has a reason to believe in Christmas magic once again.

Her newly found Christmas magic shatters. Doc’s estranged son, Trebek Nickolas, returns with plans to change all that his father has built, including getting rid of the reindeer.


Compared to his father, Trebek is coldhearted and wants nothing to do with Christmas? Can she convince him that forgiving and loving will bring back the Christmas magic he knew as a child? Will Christmas magic be stripped away from her life again, forever?






Join me for FIVE DAYS in July in celebrating  a Christmas story filled with surprises, magic, love, and the Christmas spirit in the small town of Karibou, Wyoming. 




If you enjoy reading about magical, fantasy Christmases, I’m happy to send a present your way.

All you have to do is open the wrapped present under the tree. 

Merry July Christmas.

xoxo, Judy

Friday, June 2, 2017

News Alert and Cutting a Watermelon

News Alert:  Karibou Magic is now available.

June’s here and summer’s around the corner, and I’m excited to announce my Christmas Fantasy novel is now available.

Blurb:

Christmas is magic. At least that’s what Eva Mars Bowman thought until that tragic night. Running from her past, she accepts a job with an old veterinarian in a small town in Wyoming. With Doc’s help and his magical reindeer, she has a reason to believe in Christmas magic once again.

Her newly found Christmas magic shatters. Doc’s estranged son, Trebek Nickolas, returns with plans to change all that his father has built, including getting rid of the reindeer.

Compared to his father, Trebek is coldhearted and wants nothing to do with Christmas? Can she convince him that forgiving and loving will bring back the Christmas magic he knew as a child? Will Christmas magic be stripped away from her life again, forever?

Link:  Amazon
I’m also working on another western novel where one of my characters grow watermelons. 

I love a sweet juicy watermelon. I have to confess, I can eat an entire watermelon all by myself!   Here’s a few tidbits on picking out the best watermelon:

Check for a Field Spot: these are natural field spots, which you can find on the watermelon indicating where it rested on the ground. This means it’s the best one to choose. The watermelon should have a creamy-yellow or orange-yellow spots. Pick these, they’re the best.  


Check for Webbing indicating the times the bees touched the flower, which means more pollination, the sweeter the melon.

Did you buy a Boy or Girl Watermelon? Yup, watermelons have genders. The elongated watermelons are ‘boys’, while the round, stout watermelons are ‘girls’.  One other thing, remember the boy watermelons are watery while the girls are sweeter.  


What Size is your watermelon? Sometimes we think ‘bigger is better’.  Not always. The best watermelons are average-sized – not too small, not too big, just right.

Last, but still important. The Tail:  Indicates its ripeness. Green tail means it was picked too soon – not good. A dried tail means the best tasting watermelon.

I found a short video on how to cut a watermelon, check it out – it works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-S1BD9pvuk#action=share

Happy Watermelon tasting,

Judy 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Author Guest

Click HERE for her Website

Join me as I welcome guest author Mary Martinez. 

Hi Mary, we’re excited to watch you video and learn more about the Beckett Series and your third book, Quiet.



The Beckett’s have a strong sense of family and honor.When one of their own is threatened, their bond is as strong as a badge of steel.

Quiet
Book III The Beckett Series

Christine Beckett’s dream of partnership in a prestigious New York City law firm has finally come to fruition. She has financial security, a loving family, and owns her home, why does she need a man?

Detective Solomon has worked with Tyler Beckett on several cases, he almost feels he is part of the Beckett clan. He considers them his good friends, except for Christine who seems to look down her professional nose at him.

Christine receives a threatening note and her townhouse echoes with mysterious cries in the night. That is when the handsome and irritating detective insists he temporarily move in to protect her. To add insult, it is with her family’s blessing.




Buy Links:

Where to find Mary:
The After Work Cook Blog: http://theafterworkcook.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryMartinez/

Find out about Disappear Book I at Author Stanalei Fletcher’s blog http://www.stanaleifletcher.com/blog/

Find out about Innocent Book II at Author Marie Higgins’ - I Must be Dreaming blog http://mariehiggins84302.blogspot.com/

And finally find out about Illusion: Utopia the Beginning Book IV and Profit: Utopia the Conclusion Book V at Mary’s Garden Blog on April 22, 2017: http://marysbooksblogger.blogspot.com/

Abandoned Book VI will be available soon. Preview: http://www.marymartinez.com/abandoned.html

Rafflecopter – Ends April 30th at midnight. Win a $25 Gift card from the store of your choice.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Loved your video Mary. Thank you for sharing and good luck to the winner of your raffle

Friday, April 7, 2017

Spring brings out the Blooms

I have a News Alert:

I’m excited about Utah’s 3rd Annual Readers Luncheon. I’ll be hosting a table with Mary Martinez and Stanalei Fletcher. Hurry and register. Tables are filling up fast. I’d love to have you sitting at my table for the luncheon.  Click HERE for more information.
REGISTER TODAY FOR THE UTAH ROMANCE WRITERS READERS LUNCHEON
 WHEN:                OCTOBER 14, 2017
TIME:                   12:00 – 3:00 PM
LOCATION:         DAVIS CONFERENCE CENTER
                        1651 North 700 West, Layton, Utah 84041

During the month of April we start to look forward the grass turning green, spring flowers popping up their heads to burst forth into bright colors, and we celebrate Easter, at least we do this year because Easter arrives on the Sunday after the spring equinox. 

Easter is also called Pascah, Ancient Greek word for Passover, which is a holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  As in the New Testament this occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans, 30AD. Did you know the Bible mentions Easter? You’ll find it in the King James Bible, Acts 12:1-4, but surely, the apostles didn’t celebrate with colored eggs, chocolate, and peeps!

I’m giving away an Easter Bag filled with goodies.
Click HERE  


 

Enter the drawing for a free print copy of Secret Past and Karibou Magic and a cute bunny, along with other goodies in the bag.








All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter: Judy's Chatty Coffee Corner. Winner's name will be drawn on April 17. (Note:  US and Canada only)

I know how overloaded some of you are with newsletters, so just to let you know that I send a Newsletter only when I have (1) New Release, (2) Special Event, (3) Special Giveaways.

If you are a winner and you've read Secret Past, let me know which other book you would lik me to send in the Easter Bag.

Judy

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Authors in Bloom

Spring is in the air. It’s time for the 6th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop.
Monday March 27 – Wednesday April 5, 217
10 Days of Giveaways, Gardening Tips, Recipes and More!


How do you enter to win everything from books to swag, promotional products and more! The GRAND PRIZE is an ereader of your choice (up to $200 value). A second prize of $25 gift card for winner’s choice of book retailers, available to US and INTL residents, except where prohibited by law. To win the grand prize, you must visit each and every author on the hop (see below). Each site will post the links of participating authors, but please feel free to visit www.diannevenetta.com to find the author link list at any point in time.
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.

Good Luck to all.
I will be giving away a free ebook, Karibou Magic to the winner. Karibou Magic is a fantasy romance (clean romance):


  
An old veterinarian brings Christmas magic back into her life with his special reindeer. Will his handsome son shatter that belief?  


I would like to share a recipe with you that Dr. Mars Bowman ordered at a restaurant in Karibou, Wyoming: 

Easy Mexican Chicken
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
cooking spray
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar cheesl
Preheat oven 375 dgreesF
Heat a greased skillet to medium. Rub chicken with garlic, salt, pepper to taste
Place in hot skillet, brown on both sides 10 to 15 minutes
Transfer chicken to baking dish, top with salsa and cheese
Bake until cheese is bubbly and starts to brown,20 minutes
Serve with Spanish Rice

Video:

Authors in Bloom Participants

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