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Let’s not forget those lost or left behind…

Today is my birthday. It’s always a happy day. for me and I hope yours is too on your special day.  But eleven years ago, life and those around me became more dear to me than I could ever imagine. You most likely felt the same when you witnessed the horrific events that day.

I was a Public Health Nurse at the time and was in the County Bldg. packing supplies to go out and visit my homecare patients for the day. Just as one of the secretaries wished me a Happy Birthday, our educator who was on line yelled for everyone to come to her cubicle. I raced over with maybe twenty others–and watched the second tower get hit and go down. Dear God, I thought, what kind of sick joke was this? Then I saw the expression on the educator’s face and knew it was no joke. It was the real thing. But how could something like this happen? I asked myself. Surely this wasn’t possible. That day we, as everyone else throughout our great nation did, cried and mourned the senseless loss of so many as we stood as shock took hold.

Then I remembered my daughter-in-law was to be at a meeting in one of the towers that morning. To make a long story short–Thank God she had to cancel from attending her meeting, but unfortunately some of her partners went.  Whether we, individually, knew someone who died that day in the towers or those fighting to rescue others we all suffered a punishing blow to our pride and feeling of security as well as the devastation of losing so many lives.

So, I’m cutting this short today and asking each and every one of you to take a moment of silence to honor and remember those who either lost their lives in the towers or by fighting to rescue those who were down.  And when you’re done, please remember to give thanks that we live in such a great nation, that we have military, firefighters, police, Homeland Security–the list goes on–that serve to protect us all. God Bless America.

Thank you, Bev



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Summer’s Fun

Well, here I am again and I’d like to fill you in about what’s been happening throughout the summer. It’s been a hectic summer so far, but I’ve loved every minute of it. First I spent a lot of time tagging for the summer yard sale for the Humane Society and then was in charge of the two day sale. Whew! I’m glad it’s over because it was long days of tagging–we had trucks full come in on some days and let me tell you that’s a lot of tagging. But it was worthwhile for all  the dogs and cats. People were very generous and I thank eveyone who took part one way or another. I even had 2 friends from my hometown visit to help set up and that was awesome. They traveled an hour each way to lug all the stuff out onto the lawn. WOW! That’s friends.

After I got through all that, my son, his wife and 2 lovely granddaughters came for a 2 week stay with their best friends and 2 children. Let me tell you that a small house with 2 dogs and 10 people make for a very tight squeeze. But we made the best of it as we do every year and enjoyed every minute of it. Lots  of fun in the sun and water. The four youngsters even took a sailing course–that meant they had to get up at 7 for four days in a row and we picked them up at 4. They learned a lot and were very happy they did. 

Next I’d like to tell you about 2 Historical Roamnces I’ve read. Eloisa James’ When Beauty Tamed the Beast takes place in the 18th century. The hero, a doctor/earl is a take off on House MD’s Dr. Gregory House. I knew the minute I started reading it that she modeled him to House. What a hoot! You’ll love all the medical info back then and it’s a fun read. The other is Michelle Marcos’ Lessons in Loving a Laird.  There’s nothing like a tall, dark Scotsman and a woman who challenges him each and every moment. Another great and fun read.If you like Historicals, you’lll love these two. I gaurantee it. By the way, I won those books (and they happen to be 2 of my favorite authors) in a contest that Michelle was running. I also won a coffee mug, coffee, and chocolate almod kisses. Yeah! If you ever have the chance to enter a contest given by an author do so, it’s gret fun and who knows you could win like I did. I also had give away book when I was on line with the TRR Sizzling Summer Reads. It was so rewarding for me to talk on line and answer questions from readers and other authors. My time was to last 24 hrs. but instead it actually lasted almost 48. A woman–another author–won my book Only When the Loon Sings and is reading as I type this. Hope to hear how she liked it. As an author I can say, we enjoy doing these things and speaking with our readers and offering books, etc.   

I’d also like to add that throughout the summer I’ve had numerous book signings at wineries, restaurants and festivals locally. It’s been busy, but again well worth the effort and time. I’ve got to meet a lot of very nice people. 

And last but not least. Please join me at the Long and Short Reviews 5th Anniversary Blogfest. My day to be on line is Aug. 26 @ 11 a.m.. The banner for the fest is below in another blog–I did an oops and posted the photo/banner and it wiped me out of the blog I was writing to go with it. Sorry. I’m still learning here, so you have to sometimes bear with me. My permalink for the fest is http://lasrguest.blogspot.com/2012/08/anniversary-blog-fest-beverly-wells.html  

The banner is linked to http://www.longandshortreviews.com/promo.htm.

Hope you can join other authors and me. Hoping your summer has also been filled with lots of fun, happiness and good health. LOL until next time.


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Good Grief! It’s been a while.

I had promised myself I’d keep up with blogging every 2 weeks or so. Well, I’m waaaay past that, but here I am again. And a lot has happened since I last connected with you.  I love flower gardening and have been getting the various gardens in order. Also have had several booksignings since I last blogged. Have been in bookstores, bakeries and my latest was at a new restaurant about an hour away. I had great–no fantastic–newspaper coverage.  The restaurant’s owner had cookies baked for me to hand out with each book sold. I met some great people and very enthusiastic readers. Was lots of fun! Also went to CTRWA  Fiction Festival( that’s a writing chapter in CT and the festival combined workshops and special author guest speakers. I gained some new friends,  learned a bunch re: promo and writing, and it was well worth the trip to CT. I also got to visit with my granddaughters and that even more special. Am doing a booksigning at the Sulphur Springs Festival in Clifton Springs, NY on June 2nd outside the local bookstore and will be joined by an author who writes  Children’s Books. What a combination right?  One Historical Romance writer and a Children’s Author–got to love it.

Enough about me, so we’ll go for another recipe from Morgan. Since it’s the season for Rhubarb, I figured today would be good for what was simply called Rhubarb Dessert. Rather than make it complicated with all the ingreds. from the 1800’s for a standard yellow cake, I’ve decided to leave it up to you. If you have a good recipe for a yellow cake, use that and if not, just make it simple and use a yellow cake mix of your choice.

Rhubarb Dessert

COVER bottome of a 13″ baking pan with rhubarb cut in small pices. ADD one  3 oz. pkg. of strawberries( approx. 1/2 cup or maybe a bit more) mixed with 1 cup of sugar.

SPRINKLE pkg. of yellow cake mix(or your favorite cake mix recipe) over rhubarb mixture.

POUR 1 & 1/2 cups water and 1 & 1/2 sticks of margarine(melted) over all of it.                                                                                                                     BAKE at 325′ for about 40 minutes.                                                       SERVE warm or cold–cut into squares when slightly cooled and pour clotted cream over, top with whipped cream or ice cream.  Guess you could use anything you wanted.  Can also be cooled and cut into squares for later and fancied up with a dollop of vanilla frosting made with cream so as not too sweet, but is fluffy and light.

I just love these recipes that call for just plunking down ingredients and covering with water, etc. and baking.  Sweet, short and simple, yet OH so delicious.  Hope you enjoy this delight–of course Morgan served it cold from her bake shop with or without frosting. Customers could take the delectable squares home in a box and heat them if they wanted to top with cream.

Until next time–and I promise I’ll be more diligent. I may even figure out how to add a picture to this blog if I’m lucky.  Thanks for joining my site again, and happy eatting. One last thing–if anyone is trying the Apple Puddin” Recipe I’d previously blogged, please remember to use a DEEP dish to bake it it as that one does raise  a bit and it could overflow as my friend Vicki let me know. I apologize for not including that in the recipe when I wrote it–I’ve just always made it in a deep dish. So sorry Vicki.  Wishing all of you well.

Always, Bev


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What’s new?

Well, it’s been a hectic past two weeks that’s what it has been. For sure. Since my Historical Romance released Jan. 27th by The Wild Rose Press in ebook and print, I’ve had lots of phone calls and facebook comments. But it’s been a blast too. I love it.

I purchased a number of print copies and have been doing small booksignings locally for friends and acquaintances. Got to love it. Even did signings at the fundraiser for the Humane Society’s fundraiser Chicken and Biscuit dinner two weeks ago–well of course I gave the society a percentage of the proceeds. After all, I love those dogs and cats and I am on the Board.

I’ve also been lining up bigger booksignings in the local area bookstores and am really looking forward to them. I’ll have to wait till spring to do some at the wineries–we have a lot of them where I live–as the crowds are much larger in the nicer weather.

In two days, I’m going to my hometown where I hope to schedule another upcoming signing. It will be at the bakery I frequented as a young girl. Bakery? you ask.. That’s right. You see, Morgan, my heroine, burned everything from bread to roasts, then honing her skills with much patience, ends up owning a bakery–a successful bakery, I want you to know. I’m hoping to convince the bakery owner that he’ll pull in a larger crowd with me signing my books. And, hey, some authors give a piece of chocolate or a trinket to each book buyer, so why can’t I give each one a cinnamon roll? Sounds good to me. What do you think? Will the owner agree to let me do this? I’ll have to let you know after I talk to him or her. Wish me luck.

But today I have to connect with the ALS Association. I wrote Only When the Loon Sings not only to write a witty love story, but also to bring awareness to ALS(Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Not sure if they’ll want to be tied in any way, shape or forn to a romance novel, but I thought they outght to know I’m here trying to strengthen their mission.

Enough for now as I also must get to writing–actually revise of my next book All For Love. Oh, how I love that fiesty, outspoken schoolmarm, Lorelei Webster. She’s a spitfire who jostles Seth Taylor’s mind. The good doctor doesn’t know what to make of her–but all that will have to wait till I return to my blog another time. But that’s my day today. Then I’ll walk Jamie(part black lab and my best buddy). I’ll return next week with one of Morgan’s receipes–an apple pudding(more like a gooey apple dumpling cake–but boy oh boy is it good. I’ll also let you know what the bakery owner had to say. So again, please wish me luck.

Wishing you all a great day full of love, happiness and health.

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Work in progress

Well, I’m done with my first session of Blogging. I’m not sure I’ll get this all straight after I leave Robbi, but she was a great help. Like I said, I’ll add a recipe or two from Morgan, the heroine in Only When the Loon Sings, and also do a blurb on my upcoming book as I make sure I’m doing this correct.

Check out the excerpt from my book on my author website.

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