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Tips & Bits

So proud!

A big congratulations to my fellow Thurston authors. I cannot be more proud of the ten remarkable ladies who joined me in creating the Thurston Hotel Series. Thanks, ladies, for playing nice in the sandbox and writing such great stories.  Great job!

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The citizens of Harmony…

»Posted on Sep 28, 2016 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | 0 comments

We’ve met the hotel owners and staff, but the Town of Harmony boasts a full range of citizens from adorable children to quirky adults to a few with four feet and waggly tails.

Our black doctor at the Harmony General keeps the citizens healthy and his gorgeous wife is a sous chef at the Thurston. Their two beautiful teenage daughters work part-time for a couple of the many local shop owners. We have clergy and cops and some very sexy firefighters. The bake shop owner’s cupcakes are to die for, and she features a special one every month. Of course, our local newspaperman’s scruples are questionable. The weekly Harmony Chronicle publishes every Thursday, but you never know what will be posted on the Chronicle’s Facebook page in the meantime.

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So, who’s working and living at the Thurston…

»Posted on Sep 27, 2016 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | 0 comments

Besides the hotel’s owners, there is a full staff to ensure the Thurston runs smoothly. Friendly (and sometimes flirty) front desk clerks and smiling bellhops welcome guests. Efficient housekeeping staff keep the hotel and guest rooms clean.

Our French chef creates culinary masterpieces in the kitchens for hungry guests in the Foothills Dining Room and Alberta Rose Coffee Shop. Our sexy bartenders chat up customers and tease the regulars while they mix drinks for the wait staff to serve in the Thomas Lounge and Peaks Bar.

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So what’s The Thurston Hotel Series about?

»Posted on Sep 26, 2016 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | 0 comments

The Thurston Hotel Series has nothing to do with CaRWA as a chapter of RWA. But I tapped into the pool of outstanding published authors within the group to mentor four members who had previously not published a book. Eleven of us signed on to participate, with me bookending the series with books 1 and 12. In my opinion, every author and every book in the series is a winner. 

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Thurston Thursdays are Coming!

»Posted on Sep 25, 2016 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | 0 comments

Starting Sept. 29th, a book in the 12 book Thurston Hotel Series
will be available every Thursday on Amazon.

How did this series come about? For several years, I’ve served on the board of directors for CaRWA, my local RWA chapter. Our membership lady had repeatedly spoken of doing another group project since a previous one, the Bandit Creek Series, had been so much fun. At the same time, I’d been harping about a need to mentor our new authors. Everyone agreed those were great ideas, but nothing had come of it.

Last January, it occurred to me that the best way to achieve both goals was doing another series with the assistance of several published authors and inviting unpublished group members to participate as a means to mentor them. Voila! The Thurston Hotel Series was born as payback if you will, for present and past CaRWA authors who’d mentored several new authors, including me, when we participated in the Bandit Creek Series back in 2011.

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»Posted on Feb 24, 2016 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | 0 comments

How often have we heard the phrase ‘better late than never’?

Some things in life try our patience. Reading books in a series and then having to wait for the next one to be released can be difficult and trying and annoying. Especially if you have issues with patience. Or if the author gives you a timeline and then life gets in the way and you have to wait longer still.

This has been the case with the final book in the Spirit Creek Series. And for that, I sincerely apologize. But, alas, it is now available, in ebook only at present, on Amazon at this link and will be available in print later in the year.

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»Posted on Nov 11, 2015 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | 0 comments



now available on Amazon

Happy Reading!

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Autumn… my favorite time of the year

»Posted on Sep 20, 2015 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | 0 comments

The blistering days of sunscreen applications and nasty weather watches on the weather channel are behind us. Replaced, of course, with a slight nip in the morning air, cool afternoon breezes and an occasional frost warning. S6301850

Autumn. My favorite time of the year, especially with Mother Nature wearing her prettiest clothes in reds, oranges and golds. I’ve always loved autumn. Could this be because my favorite color is orange? Of course, my favorite flower is the tiger lily and I love those adorable ginger-colored kittens. But I digress.

Autumn means hearty stews and healthy soups made from recently harvested root veggies like beets, carrots, turnips and potatoes. (Of course, I don’t garden anymore. And there is no better reason to support your local Farmers’ Markets.)

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