Friday, February 3, 2023

More weaving projects.

 Just finished a scarf for my niece in NYC. She loved it! 

             Made from alpaca yarn, color called boysenberry

This time, I tried a method that uses a pick-up stick so I could get a more varied pattern than plan weave. Really enjoyed using this technique although you have to pay attention, lol, or you can get lost. I tend to daydream when weaving so that can be tricky for me. 

Pick up stick course  Here is the course I took on-line from a fantastic weaver and instructor, Sara Goldenberg White.  

I learn something new with each project, and usually make a new mistake too, but I'm keeping a journal so hopefully won't make same mistake twice. 

       Already started a new project, a baby blanket for nephew and his wife in L.A. Using 100% organic cotton grown in USA.  Excited to see how this comes out. Warping the loom takes nearly all day, especially when you are working with a 32 inch loom and using about 300 strings!

I hope you have something fun in your life about which you are passionate. 
  #rigidheddleloom #weavingandwriting 

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Happy Ground Hog's Day How it began.


The First Celebration

Punxsutawney Phil is the focal point of the oldest and largest annual Groundhog Day celebration, held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to, 1886 marked the first time that Groundhog Day appeared in Punxsutawney newspaper, but 1887 was the first time the official trek to Gobbler’s Knob took place.

   The date of the celebration coincides with the medieval feast of Candlemas, and its pre-Christian predecessor, Imbolc, a day also rich in folklore. An old Scottish prophecy foretells that sunny weather on Candlemas means a long winter. 


How Does The Almanac Do It?

The Farmers’ Almanac uses a mathematical and astronomical formula to make long-range weather predictions, not folklore. They look at sunspot activity, tidal action of the Moon, positions of the planets, and many other factors to carefully craft a year’s worth of weather forecasts. Fans of the Almanac say our weather forecasts are accurate 80-85% of the time.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Free read at NetGalley Break Heart Canyon


                               Available through January 2023

                                Go here to request review

Unearthing artifacts in Colorado sounded like easy money to Ryker Landry. Then he met the woman who owned the land.

Una MacLaren vows no fortune hunter will desecrate the ancient relics of Break Heart Canyon—even if the man is a handsome scoundrel. Fighting to keep her goat farm afloat as local cattlemen hatch deadly schemes to make sure she fails, Una has enough to worry about.

Captivated by the courageous redhead, Ryker joins forces with Una and her deerhound, MacTavish. But what does he desire most—the woman or the artifacts?

When the mythical white cougar again prowls the rocky cliffs, the legend of Break Heart Canyon draws them into a web of danger. Only daring and blind trust can save them. 

                                  Go here to request review

#freeread #NetGalleyreaders #Westernromance 

Friday, December 9, 2022

Book signing December 17th at Used Book Emporiaum

  Books make great stocking stuffers and the Used Book Emporium has something for everyone. Please stop by on Saturday December 17th between noon and 2 PM and meet authors Betty LaValle and Gini Rifkin and checkout their latest releases. 

               346 Main St, Longmont, Colorado   

  Professional photographer, author, and artist Betty LaVelle will be there to sign her newest book released in November, The Reprise of Rooster Rockstar. Rooster Rockstar is a lively collection of poetry, photography and art illustrated in vivid color. Several photographs in this recent work are of areas surrounding Longmont. The book's smaller size and colorful cover make it a great holiday gift.    

    Gini Rifkin, an award-winning Colorado author who has written 15 books of romance and adventure, will have available her latest release Break Heart Canyon together with two of her other western novels: Undercover Outlaw & Trapper's Moon

 Undercover Outlaw won the Beverley Award from Colorado Romance Writers for best historical of the year. 

  Come meet and chat with Betty and Gini and stroll the aisles in the cozy, vintage-built bookstore selling both brand new, used, and specialty-ordered books.

                       #booksigning #Breakheartcanyon #usedbookemporium 

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Five Stars for Break Heart Canyon from Reader's Favorite

Break Heart Canyon had my attention from the first page until the last. I was captivated by the story and could not put it down.

historicalwesternromance #breakheartcanyon #Readersfavorite

Thank you, Alma Boucher at Reader's Favorite

Break Heart Canyon by Gini Rifkin is a romance combined with myth and legend. Ryker Landry is looking for the ancient relics of Break Heart Canyon, and Una MacLaren owns the land. She vows to protect the relics and keep them safe. She does not allow any trespassers and chases Ryker off her land with a rifle.
The local men do not want Una to succeed with her farm. They will do anything to make sure Una fails. Una is struggling to keep her goat farm and teams up with Ryker to help her. She is not sure if he wants to help her or is only after the relics.
Ryker's and Una’s lives are in danger and only trust can save them. Rumors are doing the rounds about the legend of the white cougar in Break Heart Canyon.
Break Heart Canyon had my attention from the first page until the last. I was captivated by the story and could not put it down. I just kept reading and did not want to miss anything. I was fascinated by the legends and enjoyed the mystery surrounding them. Gini Rifkin intertwined romance and historical facts to write this beautiful story. Her writing is excellent and descriptive. The events were described in detail. I was transported into a world of ancient relics and legends where the past and present meet. It was done superbly and naturally. The characters were well-developed and strong. The romance between Una and Ryker was handled excellently, and it was realistic. They were my favorite characters. I did not see the ending coming. It was a pleasant surprise.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

HO HO HO December book giveaway starts now.

                Enter N.N. Lights December giveaway, 
                         there are over 30 prizes!

                              Go here to enter 

     You could win a copy of my Medieval Romance                                     Iron Heart

England: circa. 879 A.D. In the time of King Alfred the Great 

With the heart of a warrior and the soul of a poet, Faran Kilbraun travels far from home in search of the sword and shield of his ancestors. Protecting the ancient relics was his responsibility. Now, to regain his honor, he must recover the stolen artifacts and battle a life-long enemy. 

Following the accidental death of her cruel husband, Leanora Wrenn is wrongly accused of his murder. Forced into exile, a small north shore island becomes her place of refuge, exoneration her only hope. 

When Faran discovers Leanora's remote sanctuary, both their lives are changed forever. Destined to become comrades-in-arms, they fight side by side. Ending up in one another’s arms, will they find redemption and love?

   Go here to enter 

Monday, November 28, 2022

Baby lamb, so cute.

 Had the fun experience of feeding a 2 week old lamb, named Mikey. Rescued by my friend, Carol, who has a heart as big as the Great Outdoors. Lucky little fellow landed in the right place. He'll have a good life now. 

In my new release Break Heart Canyon
my Scottish heroine raises Angora Goats!

Happy Holidays 

#lambs, #westernromance