Snapshots from the writer’s life

Research and writing trip with Jeff in our remodeled Sprinter van.

We drove until we found the perfect setting for Pronghorn, Oregon in The Teacher Project. These are from in or near Warner Valley, Oregon. It’s one of the last populated areas in the country, and part of the largest Dark Sky Sanctuary in the world. The stars really are amazing at night!

Celebrating the release of Reunited with the Rancher

My writing partner, Hazel

Also my workout partner

A few pictures from a writing retreat up the McKenzie River, working on The Teacher Project

The Love, Oregon series is set near Smith Rock, Oregon. If you’ve ever driven the back way from Sisters to Terrebonne on Lower Bridge Road, that’s where I imagine Outcrop to be. Here are a few pictures from a climbing trip with Jeff at Smith Rock.

You know the hiking trip at Smith Rock that Clara takes her clients on in A Rancher Worth Remembering? The path next to the river in this image is where they were hiking.

When advance reader copies from Harlequin arrive, they come in a distinctive striped box. I love the words on the side “Receive and display immediately.” Like there was any chance of me not ripping that box open…

For the five people who read Cinderella Sweetheart… My first published novel didn’t reach a wide audience, but I will always love that little book. The hero, Jace, makes his daughter Sasquatch Chew cookies. Once I’d written the book, I decided I needed a recipe to go with it. These are now a family favorite!

Jace’s Sasquatch Chews

Mix together
1C brown sugar
1C white sugar
1 ½ C peanut butter
1 C butter
1 t vanilla

Then add in
3 eggs
2 t baking soda
4 ½ C rolled oats
2 C good quality chocolate chips

Chill for at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350, then roll dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork.

Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until just slightly brown. They should look a little under cooked. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack.