Archive for January, 2014

Dialing Dreams: Belinda Thompson’s favorite dessert

Light, flaky and delicious… As Belinda Thompson, the heroine of Dialing Dreams, book 1 in the Vintage Jazz Romance Series, mentioned in her character interview, her favorite dessert is apple pie with chocolate ice cream. So here’s the recipe for you! (Straight from my grandmother’s recipe …

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Dialing Dreams: Nick Hart’s favorite dessert

Rich, moist and delicious…. As Nick Hart mentioned in his character interview, his mother makes a great chocolate cake. So here’s the recipe for you! Red Devil’s Food Cake 1 & 1/2 c. flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 4 tbsp butter or …

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My trip to San Francisco: A photo essay

February 2013 I had always wanted to visit San Francisco, and after writing Dialing Dreams, I decided I just had to go see it. So off I went, not sure what to expect, only sure that I wanted to ride a cable car or two and admire …

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Planning your trip to San Francisco

You close the lid of your vintage suitcase and tuck your plane ticket into your purse. You’re headed off for the City by the Bay… Dialing Dreams soundtrack Be serenaded by these classy numbers while you’re immersed in the world of Dialing Dreams. Or savor them …

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Learn 40s slang: a guide to the slang of Dialing Dreams

To give Dialing Dreams its sense of authenticity and place, of course I just had to use some 40s slang in the story. Nick was especially fun to write dialog for, since he uses quite a few slang phrases. Now you can learn a bit of …

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Dialing Dreams: Meet the heroine: a character interview with Belinda Thompson

When I sat down to write Dialing Dreams, I had a blast doing character interviews with Nick and Belinda. It’s one of my favorite parts of the writing process because, for me, the characters talk, and I just listen to what they’re saying and write it …

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How I brought Dialing Dreams to life

Even though my friend Maren reassured me that I was neither a wimp nor insane, I had begun to think I was both. A wimp for not being able to handle the sheer scale of the Dialing Dreams project, and insane for trying to do five …

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Dialing Dreams: How I found Belinda’s hat

I had been looking for the perfect vintage hat to wear in the Dialing Dreams photo shoot. (Yep, that picture in the top left corner of this website is me posing as Belinda Thompson.) The jingle of a bell sounded as I crossed the threshold into …

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Fancy Footwork: How to do easy swing dance steps

If you’ve read Fancy Footwork, the third story in my 1940s Vintage Jazz Romance Series, I think you’ll love these two videos! I like to imagine the hero and heroine, Henry and Violet, out on some polished dance floor somewhere, dancing cheek to cheek…. Check out …

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Red velvet popcorn recipe

A delicious treat to enjoy with a sweet romance story! Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread 1 cup red velvet cake crumbs on baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes until toasted. Cool. Melt 2 Tbsp butter with 2 Tbsp vanilla extract, 2 tsp sugar and 1/8 …

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