Anxious for adventure and the chance to prove she’s not the spoiled socialite her friends and family believe her to be, Victoria Moore buys The Circle Cat ranch, rolls up her sleeves, and begins the repairs that will turn the ramshackle place into the best dude ranch in Arizona. One thing she didn’t plan on was a dark, down-on-his-luck cowboy smashing into her barn. But when he does, she turns the problem into an opportunity. Armed with limited experience, but a lot of determination, Victoria sets out to get what she wants from the wandering cowboy.
The last thing Lang Thompson wants is to get tangled up with a woman. Especially one who’s used to getting what she wants when she wants it. He knows what rich girls like her expect and he isn’t interested in playing games. But he’s no match for Victoria’s hardworking determination and sexy brand of innocence.
The past few weeks have really, really been the last blast of summer. Hot takes on a new meaning when its still 80 at night and there is no air conditioning. Most of the time, I don't really like air conditioning. I prefer open windows and breezes. I like the hum of fans. But, a couple nights a year, when I'm still awake at 2 am, I think otherwise. Lucky for me, fall is coming.
What are you favorite fall things?
Walks among the beautiful trees?
Avoiding pumpkin spice?
Cider and donuts?
Prepping the garden for next spring?
One of my favorite things about fall is driving home from work with my car top down. Usually it is still hot, but not blazingly so, and the warm air, late afternoon sun, and favorite song on the radio is the best way to end the work day. If it's not too late, I still have time for a drink on the porch.
a preview of this month's cocktail
What is the original Mai Tai recipe?
When you think of fall drinks, you probably don’t think of the Mai Tai. You think apple cider, mulled wine, and pumpkin spice, right? Well, hold on, because we’ve got a Mai Tai riff that’s absolutely perfect for the fall season.
As with many cocktails, the origin of the Mai Tai is somewhat disputed. But the prevailing belief is that the Mai Tai was invented by Victor J. Bergeron – better known as “Trader Vic” – in 1944. This simple drink, made with lime juice, orange curaçao, orgeat syrup, and simple syrup, was meant to highlight the flavor of a 17-year-old Jamaican rum. It is said that when Trader Vic presented his cocktail to some Tahitian friends, one exclaimed, “Maita’i roa a’e,” which translates to “out of this world! The best!” And that is where the name “Mai Tai” (“the best”) came from.
You may know the Mai Tai as a tropical, Hawaiian cocktail with pineapple and orange juices and a paper umbrella garnish. This version came later, around 1954, when Trader Vic sweetened the drink up to make it more tourist-friendly to his patrons at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki.
Current fiction project--a dystopian, sci-fi sort of thing.
Unfinished Business and the Invitations series are now available on the reading app, Radish.
Unfinished Business is available on the reading app, Readict.
Book chapter, Struggling Against the Tide: Narrative Structure and the Human Connection in Jaws, to be included in the anthology, “This Shark, Swallow You Whole”: Fifty Years of Jaws from McFarland & Co. Publisher.
Speaking *in person* October 18, 2021 at Hartland's Cromaine Library 3688 N. Hartland Road Hartland. Michigan
Topic: The Write Stuff: Planning and Writing Your NANO Novel
PO Box 253, Mason Michigan 48854 United States
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