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

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Five stars for The Reprise of Rooster Rockstar by Betty LaVelle


The Reprise of Rooster Rockstar   

   Betty Lavelle’s new book, The Reprise of Rooster Rockstar, reaches out and captures the world around us in stunning prose and glorious photographs and artwork. Every emotion is given a nod, from the joy of rare everlasting love, to the deepest heartfelt sorrow of great loss. The selections of unique and relevant photos and paintings accompanying the poetry are spot on, and many are of her own creation as her talent carries over from pen to brush. Her poems move smoothly from thought provoking, to memory inducing, to comforting and a sense of joy.  

A true master of this genre of literature, Betty Lavelle has the beautiful ability to says so much with so few words.

 The Reprise of Rooster Rockstar  


                         Also available by Betty LaVelle


The Demise of Rooster Rockstar: Selected Poetry, Photography, and Art

A spirited collection of poetry, photography, and artwork that chronicles the author's deeply-felt reflections on the themes of life, love, togetherness, and loss. Sometimes enigmatic, often humorous, the eclectic offerings in this little book are filled with generosity, warmth, humanity... and hard-won resilience. Encounters with beauty and tragedy, visits to foreign homelands, musings on the virtues of popcorn, even a eulogy to a noble cockerel are stitched together into a truly unique quilt-work of appreciation: sometimes it is the hidden joy within, and not the rooster, that causes the sun to rise! Featuring poems, photographs, and artwork by Betty LaVelle, poems by James LaVelle, and photographs by Katarina Orel. 

Butterflies, Scarabs, and Secrets 

Butterflies, Scarabs and Secrets tells the almost mythical story of Clayton Dougherty, a talented young traveler who interpreted the world's otherness—the bombardment of the strange we so often take for granted—in hidden works of art. With intrigue, humor and a new assignment of meanings, Dougherty quietly built a world that he could understand. At his death, his mother discovered her beloved son's artistic accomplishments tucked in the pages of his 2,000 books. Journey with him, through his mother's eyes, in this biography of a secret artist. Through drawings, collages and art boxes—lovingly gathered—experience the marvelous mysterious works of Clayton Blair Dougherty.

Betty LaVelle is a photographer, poet, and the author of "Butterflies, Scarabs and Secrets," an autobiography of Clayton Blair Dougherty and his artwork. This book was chosen to become a reference book as part of The Western History Collection at the Denver Public Library. The collection is recognized as one of the most significant of Western Americana in the country and reflects all phases of development of the trans-Mississippi West. Betty is also the author of "The Demise of Rooster Rockstar," a spirited collection of her poetry, art, and photography. She is presently working on a new book, "Don’t Tell Mary."

Friday, November 11, 2022

Handweavers Guild of Boulder Fiber Art Show and Sale

   Spent a wonderful day with my sister which included a visit to a spectacular exhibit of woven, felted, crocheted, knitted, and knotted items. There was also beadwork, handmade paper, and tatting all done beautifully, creatively and inventively. 
   The folks available for information or questions were so interesting and well versed and such a pleasure to meet.  
 Here are a few of the excellent items on exhibit and for sale. 

                                      HATS! one of my favorite things....
                 And mittens and shoes/slippers....
                                    all made with a felting technique.

There was a weaving demo on one of the more complicated looms
 that utilizes several harnesses. 
          The following pictures were also made with felt, 
                                     they were beautiful. 

And just when you thought felting couldn't get more complicated and amazing these figurines are also made with felt. 

     I was really attracted to this idea 
                                of embroidery on felt, so cute.
                              Will definitely have to try this. 
There were rows and rows of shawls and tea towels, my photo's of those did not come out :(  
Can only imagine the time and effort needed to make
 these items and set up the displays. 

 Thank you Handweavers Guild of Boulder.

Then we had hot fudge sundaes, 
who could ask for more!


Tuesday, November 1, 2022

You'll be Thankful that you entered

                                           at N.N. Light's
            November Book and Prize Giveaway. 

 Enter Contest Here

Over 30 prizes and books, you could win a copy of my award winning historical western romance.....UNDERCOVER OUTLAW. 

  Jesse is determined to track down the man who killed his brother in cold blood. Impersonating an outlaw, his quest for justice becomes a living, breathing, part of his soul.

  Trinity is heading to Denver to escape her vicious guardians. When her stagecoach is robbed, Jesse kidnaps her, and all her well-laid plans collide with his, leaving them both in danger.

   Trapped in Prairie Ridge by a flood, Jesse and Trinity's feelings soon run as high and wild as the river. When Jesse is accused of murder, Trinity stands by his side, and they take on the town's tyrannical leader. As the city cowers in fear, help comes from an unexpected source, but can it save Jesse from a hangman's noose?                                         


                 Enter Contest Here

                                       Good Luck