It is finally getting cooler in Oklahoma. This was a brutal summer temperature wise. Labor Day weekend was last weekend and my family came over for dinner. I laughed so much playing with my granddaughters. They made up a dance routine and performed it for us. It was great. Even the sixteen month old got into the middle of it by trying to do a somersault. Of course, all she did was put the top of her head down on the floor and kick up one of her legs behind her. Not quite there but probably this time next year she will be tumbling all over the place. Boy, do they grow up fast!
In November I have my third and last book in the Helping Hands Homeschooling Series out with Love Inspired. It is called A Daughter for Christmas. The back blurb reads: Dr. Max Connors had no idea he’s fathered a child thirteen years ago. Or that his baby girl had been given up for adoption. He locates his daughter in a small Oklahoma town and moves there, hoping to become a part of her life. But when he meets her widowed mother, Max is unsure how to reveal his identity. As he helps Rachel Howard with her plans to homeschool the girl, he’s welcomed into the family. But with the holidays approaching, Max must tell Rachel who he really is. Can he make his dreams of family come true by Christmas?
I hope each one of you has a great fall and wonderful Thanksgiving. I will be heading out soon to go to American Christian Fiction Writers annual conference. It’s in Indianapolis this year. I’m looking forward to seeing friends and meeting new ones.
This recipe is really good as the weather gets colder. It is a different kind of chili that is nutritious for you.
White Chicken Chili
- 1 tsp lemon pepper
- 1 tsp cumin seed
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
- 1 clove garlic, chopped fine
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2-8 oz cans white corn, drained
- 1-4oz can of chopped green chilies, undrained
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 2-3 tablespoons of lime juice
- 2-14oz cans great northern beans, undrained
- Tortilla chips, crushed
- Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
In a large saucepan, combine 2 ½ cups water with the lemon pepper and cumin seed. Boil water then add the chicken breasts. Reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes until the chicken is tender and cooked. Remove the chicken from the pan and cut into bite size pieces. Take the fat off the top of the water and place the chicken pieces in it. Spray a medium size skillet with cooking oil spray like Pam. Add the garlic, and cook and stir over low heat for about 1 minute, then sauté onion in the same skillet then put in the chicken stock in the large saucepan. Also add the corn, green chilies, cumin and lime juice to the chicken mixture, then bring to a boil. Add beans and simmer for about 45 minutes. To serve, place crushed tortilla chips and shredded cheese in soup bowls and pour chili over them.
You need to have at least three reasons for a scene. If you don’t then you should cut the scene or combine it with another one. Some reasons you have a scene are: revealing the heroine or hero’s goal, motivation or conflict, comedic relief, introducing a character, setting up a red herring or a clue in a mystery, revealing background information or a secret and many more reasons. Remember there needs to be a purpose to the scene you write and move your story forward.
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A Daughter for Christmas, Love Inspired, November 2010
Books still available at online bookstores and ordered from bookstores in your area:
Forsaken Canyon, Love Inspired Suspense, October 2008
A Texas Thanksgiving, Love Inspired, November 2008
What Sarah Saw, Love Inspired Suspense, January 2009
Poisoned Secrets, Love Inspired Suspense, March 2009
A Family for Tory/A Mother for Cindy, Love Inspired Classic, June 2009
Second Chance Family, Love Inspired, July 2009
Together for the Holidays, Love Inspired, November 2009
Merry Mayhem in the Christmas Peril analogy (with Debby Giusti), Love Inspired Suspense, December 2009
Cowboy Protector, Love Inspired Suspense, March 2010
Gold in the Fire/Light in the Storm, Love Inspired Classic, March 2010
Love Lessons, Love Inspired, April 2010
Heart of a Cowboy, Love Inspired, July 2010
* A lot of my books are now offered as an e-book, even ones not available in print anymore.
May the Lord be with you,