Let’s talk.

I keep getting anxious emails from all of you—am I writing, am I going to have a new book out soon, and why is this taking so long?????

All good questions.

I want to be honest with all of you because you are my readers, my dear friends, so here is how it is.

I finished the book last fall. After a bit of a delay, my agent and I decided to part company. I had suspected for sometime that this new shiny book wouldn’t be her cup of tea, and that would be her reaction, so it wasn’t a surprise. But it did leave things hanging.

Finding a new agent and selling a book just as the holidays are beginning would have been a disaster. Agents and editors are trying to clear their desks, so I had to pause for a few months. But in mid January I began my search and after 8 weeks of querying I found my perfect agent.

And she LOVES the book. I mean, she LOVES it. In all caps and gushing all over it. So I knew it had found the perfect champion. It still needs some work, which I am close to finishing up and then it will go out into world of publishing to see if it can find a home as welcoming.

Keep your fingers crossed and I promise to keep you in the loop.

Now, onto this week’s list:


Looking for a lovely and wonderful read that will whisk you away? Try A Cup of Silver Linings by Karen Hawkins. It was just the fresh air of spring I was looking for.


I was going to talk about salads—yet again—but realized I’ve kinda overstated the point as I looked at past Five Things, (like here and here) so I thought you might like something more fun. So I present Chocolate Mug Cake, because you can’t live on salad alone. Well, you can, but . . . you know what I mean. This is quick and delish. And most likely you have everything you need right in your cupboard. At least I hope so. Because, yum.

Photo Credit: Tastes Better From Scratch


In the last newsletter I asked for pictures of your TBRs and here is Sandy’s lovely and enviable TBR! Just take a moment and enjoy. Sigh. Thank you, Sandy!!



There but for the grace of God go I.

I have said this to myself for the past month as I watch the news every day. So I help where I can—though I think it is always hard to know where to help and where the money will go the farthest. So I found this list vetted by The Today Show.

After reading through, I donated to World Central Kitchen who are helping feed the refugees coming across the border. Every time I see the news and all those children coming across the border, I want to bake cookies for them. Sending in a donation to WCK is as close as I could get. There is more about their work here as well.


Let’s finish on a lighter note. Here is a quirky list of classical art that has been turned into memes. Just something to bring a smile to you on a Friday. Here is my favorite:




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