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Ok, so it’s true. I really do write contemporaries and historicals. And, if you count the angel in Jane Austen and the Archangel, how about ‘Regency Paranormal’? I’m just so thrilled that so many of you have commented on the excerpts I’ve sent and for all the great feedback about the ‘Coming Soon’ books. I’ve promised the Lady and the Patriot (I swear, by Thanksgiving, at least!) and hear every one of you asking for Gabriel’s story, the sidekick angel to Michael, the Archangel who falls in love with Jane Austen. Coming…
In the meantime, I wanted to share the green smoothie recipe that people have asked for. It’s a great way to get a spring boost and do good things for you bones and body. All in the name of healthy readers/healthy writers!
Springtime tune-up Green Smoothie
4-10 Kale leaves (chopped if your blender isn’t super strong)
1-2″ fresh ginger, sliced (this is good to help with inflammation)
1T. ground flax seeds
1 pear, ripe is best
optional– 1T hemp pro 70 or nother kind of protein powder
add water to cover and blend. You can adjust the amount of luquid to suit your preference.
Happy Spring and enjoy!
In this holiday time of celebration, I want to thank all of my amazing readers for their beautiful and heartfelt comments and reviews of Jane Austen and the Archangel — and to say that yes, Gabriel’s story is in the works. I will admit to having been sidetracked by the contemporary baseball story that grabbed me and wouldn’t let go (There’s a theme here… hmmm).
As I look out over the garden my husband has so lovingly and brilliantly created and as we make dinners with the bountiful vegetables and fruits, I give thanks during this holiday season for the many blessings of life.
At this time of year when we yearn for the return of the light, I am reminded that one of the key powers of the universe is radiance. It’s the way everything and everyone shares energy with the world and beings around them. Whether it’s the sun on a bright winter day, or the warmth of your cat purring in your lap, or the smile of a friend or stranger, radiance is one of the ways the entire universe shares its magnificence with us. (If you’re curious and want more information about the Powers of the Universe –there are at least eleven of them– check out my hubby’s new website www.storyoftheuniverse.org. There’s lots there to marvel over! Of course, only do this after reading Jane Austen and the Archangel
As you think about radiance I’d be interested to know: Who are the most radiant people you know? Who in history comes to mind as you reflect on the power of radiance?
Happy Holidays to all of you and may 2013 be a year of blessings!
The Power of Plants: Green Tea Keeps You Healthy!
One of my fellow writer in the San Francisco Romance Writer’s group has a great blog called the healthy writer. I want to also expand it to include healthy readers! So many people have asked me about green tea and the health connection, and I wanted to share it with you: The Block Cancer Center in Chicago says that if the drug companies could patent the ingredient in green tea, they’d make billions. But you don’t have to pay big bucks to get it health effects– it is one of the greatest natural immune enhancers known. All you have to do is steep it for 6-10 minutes and drink 3 cups each day. I like mine with almond milk (staying away from dairy after reading The China Study!). There are many good resources for buying organic green tea on-line and tips for brewing. Enjoy a healthy day!
People always ask me about how I got started writing romance. After years of producing and directing films, working on campaigns to help wild animals and then marrying the director of The Center for the Story of the Universe (more on that later!), it became clear that we are all creatures of story. More than that, it was clear that love and allurement not only drive all of us; they power everything that happens in the universe. Even the astrophysicists have discovered the attraction, the power at the heart of allurement, fuels the unfolding of the galaxies.
Romance and Story as a Journey to Wholeness
Since we live and thrive by our stories, I became entranced with the mysterious power that those of us who read call romance. It’s no wonder that one out of every four books sold in the world is a romance novel!
Romance transports, heals, inspires and entertains us along the way. It’s the classic heroine’s journey to wholeness. And wholeness, thriving and finding our own special path in life are things we all need. Thus romance. And so in my blog on my website, I offer not only windows into the world of story and romance but also tips that I’ve gleaned about how to thrive in life, whether it’s health, or love, or finding a way to discover—and live—the special gift that each of us is uniquely here to give.
Jane Austen and the Archangel is the first book in the Angels Come to Earth series.
Each book explores the mysterious territory of the heart and it’s vast capacity to lead us forward against great odds. Look for Midnight Becomes You, the second book in the series, to be released in October.
The Transforming Power of a Place
My second series, The Nature of Love, follows feisty and independent heroines and the adventurous and daring heroes who fall in love with them. What’s new is the transforming power of nature and the places they travel. The series is set in 1851, a time of great change in the world. The Great Exhibition in London, changing technology and the craze for natural history were cracking open awareness and fueling new dreams. Venice, London, Boston (think Louisa May Alcott, Thoreau!) and even Gold Rush California—places of great change—all play important roles in the love stories. Watch for The Lady and the Patriot, coming in the Fall 2012. I want to give a shout out to Kimberly Killion of Hot Damn Designs—she created the cover art for the books and designed my website.
How has the power of a place changed you?
We all know the power of a place can open our eyes and we see life differently. I think you’ll find these books will crack open a new vision of life and a fresh feeling for living. Do you remember how being in a special place changed your life?
I’d love to hear from you!