June Recap…Book release, wedding planning, free time and a CONTEST!!

July 4, 2020

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!! This is my favorite holiday — I know, weird that I like the 4th more than Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚ I have happy memories as a child of family reunions and fireworks. As an adult I have great memories of going to the lake and lighting fireworks and more family reunions. It’s also why Mr. James and I got married on July 6th…35 years ago this coming Monday ๐Ÿ’–

JUNEย  RECAP— What a month for me. I had a surprise release with Silver-Tongued Devil — the prequel in the Rough Riders series — do you have your copy yet?


Our youngest daughter is getting married ONE WEEK FROM TODAY and she’s been home from Texas since mid-month. Her mother-in-law-to-be held a bridal shower for her on the 20th and it was wonderful. Here’s a glimpse of the decor — her married last name will begin with M –

WHAT I WATCHED — Seemed I had a little more free time after we got everything done that goes with releasing a book. I’ve not been super interested in TV lately, so I was surprised when I compiled this list:


The Gentlemen — movie– a fun romp with a stellar cast! The story is told in bits and pieces and I loved all the performances and the story itself. Plus…eye candy. LOOK at the lineup.


Little Women — movie — my youngest and I watched this on her birthday since we both love the book. Honestly, Little Women is one of my favorite books and I’ve seen about every adaptation there is. This one, however was completely different, absolutely wonderful and I adored it so much. The director, Greta Gerwig, took an old story and made it completely new. HIGHLY recommended.


Ford v Ferrari, movie — I’m married to a car guy and I’d intended to suffer through this movie for his sake, since he suffers through so many for me ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t expect to like this movie so much, but I really did. I’m glad I watched it and if you’re on the fence about it, I thought the acting and the story was superb.



365 — movie, Netflix — Okay, I’m conflicted about this one. The sex scenes were super hot, but I hated the cliffhanger ending. As a reader, my hot button issue is kidnapping and turning the character into a sex slave. While this movie didn’t do that, it did skirt the line for me. That said, if a sequel is made, I’ll probably watch it ๐Ÿ˜œ

______ — movie, — I tried to watch this movie and I’m not going to give you the name but it was HORRIBLE. It was based on a book and it has a cliffhanger ending I think because there are more installments, but I wouldn’t know because I abandoned it about midway through and will not continue with it.


None. I tried to read a couple and nothing held my interest for very long. I bought a shit-ton of books, however, so when I’m through with wedding stuff, I hope to dive in to something good.


I’ve been on a pie making kick lately. I don’t need to eat pie, but I love to see Mr. James so happy when we have pie. This is a rhubarb cream pie (like the one Dinah made for Silas in Silver-Tongued Devil) and it was delicious!


Mr. James smoked bacon-wrapped chicken thighs and grilled corn for elotes (Mexican-style corn) and you’ll never hear me complain about meat and corn ๐Ÿ™‚

I know summer is officially here when we make these: Greek pizza. It’s super simple — a pita, a layer of hummus, topped with onions, black olives, feta cheese, tomatoes and fresh mint, then it’s heated in the oven until the pita edges are toasted — one of the best things we make.

I ordered some flour from King Arthur so I added their scone mix to my order. I’m not a huge scone fan, but this strawberry scone mix was the best I’ve ever used.


OTHER FUN THINGS — I spent a lot of time weeding and planting and watering. This is a pic I didn’t have room for in last week’s post. But I am so happy with this peaches-and-cream iris, it is delicate and yet it spread so beautifully this year the patch of them is enormous.


I did manage to finish one smallish beading project this month. My finger is there for size comparison — and one bead already popped off so I will have to fix that before I decide what to do with it.



We did get to my happy place at the lake 3 times so far this summer — I can’t tell you how much I need to be on the water, in the sun, in the summer time. We are avoiding the lake today but we’re hoping to head up tomorrow, when maybe the crowds are headed back home. Yes, that is Copper, he’s the WORST to take pictures of.


We took a drive in our RV and we literally ran into this storm! Look at the alien space ship cloud wall! Insane– we sped away as fast as we could ๐Ÿ˜ฒ


Tomorrow all of my girls will be here, so it’s a very happy holiday for us.

CONTEST!!! — leave a comment about your weekend plans and I’ll choose a winner or two for signed copies of Miss Firecracker, my fun, sexy novella set during the 4th of July.

Hope you’re all enjoying this holiday weekend and being safe with all the craziness with Covid-19 cases spiking everywhere. BE SAFE!

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  1. Jacqueline Ingram said:

    Super hot here so I am staying inside and reading!!


  2. Karen Reigle said:

    Happy Anniversary! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚


  3. Sherri Atwood said:

    After taking a walk this morning, Iโ€™ll be reading this afternoon!


  4. TERI A MAYS said:

    Happy Anniversary! We celebrated our 35th this yr also, in April. Congrats on the wedding


  5. Samantha Henning said:

    barbecuing with close friends and going to the beach!


  6. Aime Browder said:

    I will be relaxing by the pool and fire pit today and tonight taking it easy! Happy 4th of July!!!


  7. Debra Wolsleben said:

    My husband is in private law enforcement and this is his busiest weekend of the year so we aren’t going anywhere, but we are spending time together. I’ll be back to work tomorrow so I’m trying to enjoy today.


  8. Donna L Holder said:

    spending time with family and cooking out on the grill


  9. Heidi said:

    Happy Anniversary! I hope you have a fun filled day!


  10. Rebecca H said:

    Congrats on your anniversary! Mines tomorrow the 5th, our daughters bday is the 6th!! Just finished Silver Tongued Devil this morning, awesome book just as expected. You never let me down. You found your true calling, so glad I found Long Hard Ride years ago, now Iโ€™m hooked.


  11. Barb VanderWel said:

    Spending time with my son


  12. Bobbie Sue Kearse said:

    Well Iโ€™m Canadian so, my Canada was mid week which fucked up my whole week! This weekend Iโ€™m cleaning and doing yard work. Yayay me ๐Ÿ˜†


  13. Lisa Rounsley said:

    Spending my weekend in Rapid. Good to be home for a few days.


  14. Michele Ficht said:

    Staying home and relaxing all weekend


  15. Cheryl Linger said:

    Like you, I conceded to see Ford v. Ferrari, but really liked it! I’m going to give the feta pita pizzas a try. They look delicious! Heading to my brother’s today for a 4th of July family cookout! Happy Independence Day! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ


  16. Jayme Maresh said:

    Working on my bedroom


  17. Kathy P. said:

    Staying at home – gardening & reading.


  18. Jeanine L'Esperance said:

    I loved Ford V Ferrari too, and did not expect to. I am lazing around today. Too hot outside and nowhere I need to go.


  19. Dar said:

    I love your recaps! Thank you for sharing with us ๐Ÿ™‚


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  21. Sheila Lee said:

    I loved your picture of the cloud bank! As for my household, we are staying in tonight. Maybe watch a movie or two. Happy Independence Day ๐ŸŽ†๐Ÿšค


  22. Melinda said:

    Spending some quiet time by myself today, but tonight gonna find some fireworks somewhere. Just not summer unless you see fireworks. Maybe watch a new movie or Hamilton for the 4th time ๐Ÿ˜Š


  23. Angie said:

    Weekend plans of family and baseball ๐Ÿ˜Š


  24. Amanda said:

    Hubby is BBQing and I’m reading


  25. Pat said:

    I am a MAJOR King Arthur fan and my kitchen is always stocked with their scone mixes….you can’t go wrong with them!!


  26. Cindy Marrs said:

    This weekend weโ€™re staying in out of the heat with the babies. Brently is 19 months old and Ryder is 3 months old. Maybe next year weโ€™ll take them out. No fireworks around here anyway since the Covid-19 is still going on.


  27. Judy said:

    Staying home, reading and keeping cool. I’m having knee replacement surgery on July 20th, and I need to avoid crowds and the Corona virus. Happy 4th of July.


  28. Jan Belk said:

    I have no plans for weekend. Maybe I’ll see my little niece. I will read good books and watch Perry Mason (old Perry Mason).


  29. Stacy Giordano said:

    Happy Anniversary! And I’m having a quiet 4th since all fireworks are canceled. Cooked some burgers and floated in the pool ๐ŸŠ. Best wishes to your daughter! Happy 4th of July ๐ŸŽ‰


  30. Nancy said:

    Our city has decided to send up fireworks from 4 city parks because we have been asked to stay at home . Because of this we will be able to stay at home and have our July 4th feast – Yeah! I won’t miss the traffic or everyone crushed together but I will get my family and the Fourth! Wonderful!


  31. Valerie Swiger said:

    Quiet day today but spending tomorrow with family since our daughter works all day today. So different from years past as our family always met early each 4th for a local parade then had a cookout! Thereโ€™s always next year! Happy 4th!


  32. Kelli Heneghan said:

    4th of July was always my family reunion weekend, as well. I have so many happy memories of going to Virginia to meet up with my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Happy 4th everyone!


  33. Erin Dixon said:

    Iโ€™m officially on vacation as of today in the North GA Mountains on a lake for the week.


  34. Mary Preston said:

    Just family time this weekend for us.


  35. Cindy Pratt said:

    My youngest daughter plays travel softball, so needless to say I will spend the day cheering her on.


  36. Jennifer Beyer said:

    I’m hoping to rest and relax a little bit this weekend.


  37. Michelle D Holden said:


    I wish your daughter and your future son in law an amazing wedding day, I hope the weather if perfect and everything goes perfect.

    My print copy of Silver Tongued Devil arrived on Thursday, so it can join the collection of all your books in print, even though I still buy them on my kindle too.

    As for me, my favorite “holiday” is St Patrick’s Day, that was the day I met my husband. The 4th out here in Las Vegas is hot as hell–I did a little OT today at work and it was 109 when I left work at 2pm.

    After reading STD, I started a series reread so I am still in McKay heaven.

    Hope you have a great day.


  38. Joye I said:

    My weekend plans include grilling hot dogs and having a meal with my family.
    I plan to put out my flag early and leave it over the weekend.
    Happy anniversary!


  39. Maritza Fleming said:

    BBQing Ribs and doing laundry


  40. Anne Fortunato said:

    Most of the town fireworks in the East were cancelled but my fireman nephew set off a few (or more) for family and I loved it. Fireworks are my favorite thing…I think it’s the noise more than the color.


  41. Aly P said:

    I had a plan of doing nothing, and it worked ๐Ÿ˜€
    I plan to reread Ilona Andrews’ The Edge series ๐Ÿ™‚


  42. Suzie Weber said:

    I live on a private lake and my day started with my two besties coming out at 8 to kayak and paddle board around the lake (close to a circle, road around 2.8 miles). We thought weโ€™d beat the boats but nope skiers were out and float boats prepping for the 4th lake parade. Beautiful, hot day. Perfect!


  43. Pamela Gomes said:

    The 4th is one of the best things about the summer (that and my birthday this month).

    We had a blast and I hope you did, too!

    Finished Silver Tongued Devil and left a review. Can’t wait for the next installment.

    Have a great time at the wedding and enjoy your grandbabies!


  44. Linda M Grove said:

    We spent the 4th with My Aunt, who’s birthday is the 4th and her daughter-in-law, who’s birthday is the 5th. We had lobster rolls and loads of other food. It was gr8 to see my family as we hadn’t seen each other in month’s. I felt so nervous. How horrible is it that I am now so extremely nervous being with a large group. So we escaped back to our camp and watched the fireworks over the lake, of course social distanced on the beach. They did a shout out to my disabled Vet hubby for his contribution to our freedoms, and that was the highlight of the whole day! Hope y’all had a Happy Happy 4th of July!!


  45. Tracy Barbour said:

    We hosted our annual pool party yesterday with tons of people, tons of food & tons of drinking!!! And finished it off with fireworks! Today weโ€™re recuperating!


  46. April p said:

    I love Miss Firecracker. I reread it every year for the 4th


  47. Linda Holmes said:

    Happy Anniversary, Me and my hubby will be married 33 years on July 9th. My dad was telling us today that my grandparents got married 99 years ago today.

    We had a great 4th of July. Being there no fireworks the neighborhood made a lot of noise with their own. On the other side of the block a big roar went up after somebody shot off some nice fireworks and somebody tooted their car horn.


  48. Maha A. said:

    I went with my family to lake Erie where we spent an enjoyable day swimming, laughing and sun-burning.


  49. Kim Burson said:

    We were able to move back home. Our AC went out a week ago and my big brother got fixed in time for us to be able to spend it at home. Husband worked on the 4th so we watched the fireworks on PBS when he got home. It was nice being just the 2 of us after spending the week with my Mom.


  50. Ellen Bartel said:

    Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. James ๐Ÿป
    We had a family cookout on Saturday. I made blubbery cheesecake with blueberries from my yard! First time making cheesecake and it’s now an order for all family events. I started reading Miss Firecracker!


  51. Celise said:

    YASSS! I watched 365 and was extremely disappointed by the ending. And yes, the Sexy Times were HAWT and the main dude was freakin’ HAWT. Not sure how they can do a sequel, though. LOL


  52. SARAH TAYLOR said:

    Spent July 4th with Family and Friends having a cookout and then watching all the fireworks!


  53. Ginia Leon said:

    First time on your blog and I love it!
    Happy anniversary!!!

    From Montreal, Canada!


  54. Kim Stafford said:

    I worked both days at Lowe’s. For the first time in 5 months it was slow. Lovely.
    Happy Anniversary Celebrations


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