HOT JUNE NEWSLETTER

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are having a wonderful June. It is hot here in New Mexico and fires have been burning all around us all month. It's dry and so far we've had a day and a half of rain all month. We are praying for more rain as we are in a Stage 3 drought. That means our lawns, gardens and outdoor flowers can only be watered on certain days of the weeks. Feel free to add your prayers to ours.

On a different topic. We found out a few days ago that our new baby, ok... my daughter's new baby, will be born around January 10th. I am so excited. I've bought a pattern or two to sew up some fun things for both baby and mama. I'm not a real good sewer so I'm not sure how good those items will be but I'm going to try.

Since I'm talking about sewing, I might as well talk some about my card making. I love making cards! I've decided to sell them to help pay for this fun hobby. I've been selling them for several months now and have two categories that I'm building on... Pet owner Cards, for my local groomer and a couple of folks who have started ordering them, Christian Cards using the KJV of the Bible for my scriptures, and then other cards as the occasions arise such as Thank You, Birthday, Sympathy and then special occasions like Holidays and Graduation. I am loving it.

















You maybe wondering about the writing. Yes, I am still writing. I'm working on a couple of contemporary romance and a contemporary cozy mystery. I'm hoping to finish one of the romances by the end of next month. I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you who read my books. You are the reason I continue to write. Thank you.

Until next time,
Rhonda




Happy News!

A couple of days ago, my daughter texted me and asked if her dad and I had already eaten dinner. I told her yes and asked why? She simply said. "Oh, Ok."

This is not unusual. We often don't answer a question if we're in a rush, so I  just figured they were planning on eating with us but since we'd eaten moved on with their plans.

About an hour later, they showed up at our house. This was unusual. We live in a small community and they live in "town" and don't normally come out. So, you can imagine my surprise at their sudden visit. My eleven year old grand daughter, I call her Miss Bee, came to my cottage and said Mom and Dad want you to come to the house. Still, I'm not catching on. I know something is up but had no idea what.

My daughter gave me a card and said,  "read this out loud Mom." Now my daughter is a great writer, so I read.

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
It's been eleven years...
But now we have
Something NEW!!!!!

Yes, I am going to be Mimi to another beautiful grandbaby! I am over the moon happy for my children. It's been 11 years since they had their first baby, my beautiful Miss Bee.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and relive those exciting moments with me.



Happy May Newsletter.

Hi everyone,

Hope you are having a wonderful May.

With the new privacy laws and such, I will no longer be sending out newsletters to readers. But, don't panic! I'm going to use this blog as my newsletter as well as a blog. So once a month around the 15th, you can expect a longer post than normal. If you don't want to read a longer post, feel free to skip the 15th but please come back again for my shorter blog posts.

This month is a busy one for us. My son's birthday is on the 7th, Mother's Day is this month and my anniversary is this month. Yep, I get double the gifts this month. I also get to enjoy the new flowers that are in stores and some that are blooming in my yard. For mother's day, my children bought me flowers this year to go on my little table that sits on my front porch. I love them.

I've also been in my craft cottage making cards and bookmarks. The craft cottage used to be my writing cottage but the crafts took over and my writing office is now in a bedroom. I love making cards and fun craft projects. I'll be doing a couple of craft fairs this fall but we'll chat about that another day.

In my writing world, Baby on Her Doorstep just hit the Walmart Bookshelves. I am thrilled to see my last Love Inspired Historical on the shelf. But don't worry, this is not my last book. I am working for another publisher and will have a new novella titled, A Match Made In Chocolate coming out in June. I'll have pictures of the cover in my June news letter. Until then, please enjoy this cover of Baby on Her Doorstep. If you don't see it at your Walmart's or don't feel like going to Walmart, simply click on the picture and it will take you to Amazon where you can get it in both paperback and e-book form.

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Thank you all for coming by and reading my May Newsletter. I hope you return regularly and see what I'm up to. 

Until next time, 
Warmly, Rhonda



Visit me at Petticoats and Pistols

Hi Everyone!

I am happy to let you know that on September 22, that's this Friday and my birthday, I will be guest blogging over on the Petticoats & Pistols blog. Come on over and let's talk about the Harvey Girls and my birthday! I'd love to see you there.

Tell everyone I will be giving away a copy of my Pony Express book, Pony Express Special Delivery. It just came out this month.

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If you mention you came over from my blog, I'll enter you in my drawing for my newest novella, The Cowboy Way. So you will have two chances to win!


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Honey


I love honey on hot buttered biscuits. When I wrote A Honey of a Christmas, I did a lot of research on honey and honey beekeeping. So why not share a couple of things with you all?

 
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Interesting Honey Facts: 

  • There are over 300 unique types of honey identified in the US. The flavor of honey is derived from the nectar source the bee gathers from.
  • Eating local honey is great for your allergies.
  • Honey contains every substance needed to sustain human life.
  • A single honeybee will only produce about 1/12 teaspoon of honey during its entire life .
Interesting Honey History:
  • Honey bees are not native to the Americas but came over with some of the first colonists.
  • Honey contains natural preservatives. Vats of sealed honey were found in King Tut’s tomb that still contained edible honey after being stored for over 2,000 years.
Did any of that surprise you? Do you like honey and if so, what's your favorite way to eat it?
 
 

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!

I am giving away a copy of Claire Parker Takes The Case a cozy romantic mystery AND Pony Express Hero a western romance.

How do you enter?

I am starting a newsletter. 1.  Leave me a comment with the words "YES! Sign me up!" or "No, Thanks but I still want to win a book!"  2. Tell me if you like mysteries, western romances or both.
3. Then leave your email address.

I will be choosing two winners.

Here are the winning books:



Thankful Thursday

Today is Thankful Thursday.

I'm thankful for a husband who loves me very much and is my best friend. A mother who raised me to be the woman I am today. A brother who has known me all his life and still loves me. For children and grandchildren who brighten my world.

But above all I am thankful for a man named Jesus who came to this world and died for me so that I might live this wonderful life set before me. What makes Jesus so special? before He became flesh and blood He was God. He still is God and He loves me. Wow!
And, He loves you too.

Wacky Wednesday!

Taking a little break from writing to say hello today :)

The morning started out promising and then a series of events soured it for me. My pets had issues and I had issue clean up duty today... makes Rhonda a cranky girl. But, I know I have it easy so decided not to dwell on the ickiness :)  You know, I am so happy that God understands when I get cranky and loves me anyway.

I decided to focus on my office. I got my decorative heater moved inside and put up the valence over my window. It turned out very pretty. All I have left for my office to be complete is to move my bookshelves inside. They will be a big job to move so I'm putting that off for another day.

Now break time is over, so back to the writing. Night all.

It's Tuesday

Laundry was on the agenda today. I managed to get some done and did a little housekeeping.  I love having an indoor office. It is warm and sunny in my room today. A couple of days ago I added green plants in the windowsill. Today I'm thinking I should get a flowering plant so I can have some color but not sure what flowers this time of year... I'll have to give that more thought.

Writing today was fun, I love an good old fashioned taffy pull and my hero and heroine seemed to enjoy it too :) I'm thinking it would be fun to do one with my grandgirls :) Not sure when but someday.

Monday Musings

Today is a holiday which means my sweet man got to stay home. You would think we'd have spent a lot of time together but we didn't. He cleaned the yard while I worked on my word count. Then he went to town and got parts for a trash bin that he is making for me while I cleaned on my office. We ate our meals together and enjoyed a little TV time together which was very nice. Then this evening he helped me brainstorm my next book. I have to ask myself if this is what retirement is going to look like and if so, I like it.