Thursday, June 18, 2020

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                             A Cowboy's Fate                                                      Available now in Audio                       
                      Narrated by Richard L. Walton               

Colorado 1888      
    Kicked out of England for offending the Royal Family, Britania Rule heads for Leadville, in the Colorado backcountry. Passing herself off as a highborn lady, she pursues her dream of opening a parlor of spiritual enlightenment. 
     Cody James, her guide, thinks he must be half-crazy to hire-out to a female. But his luck at the gaming tables has run dry, and she’s his meal-ticket out of town. Betrayed by the only woman he ever loved, and shot and left for dead by a man he once called friend, Cody declares himself a loner. 
   Traveling side by side, they deny their desire for one another, but the Tarot cards say otherwise—and their hot night of passion confirms the prediction. Will love be waiting at the end of the trail? Or could Cody’s past destroy their future? 
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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Special Delivery: Love Letters

Clover City, Colorado—1888
A mysterious letter and the drop-dead handsome town marshal, are the last things Mariah expects to find making rounds as a midwife. 

Mariah McAllister plans to be married before her next birthday. Too bad Marshal Virgil Kincaid barely knows she’s alive. Not one to give up easily, she’s determined to show him she has an abiding passion for more than her work.


Virgil Kincaid loved a woman once—after she broke his heart, he spent three years in prison. Women can’t be trusted, no matter how good they look. He’s sworn off relationships in favor of Saturday night poker games. Life is simple—the way he wants it…until a stranger turns up dead in the road. 


Forced to work side by side with Mariah, Virgil begins to wonder if she might be his second chance at love. As they trade kisses and oh so much more, he’s willing to take the gamble. But when a killer threatens their once peaceful town, all bets are off.  






Sunday, June 7, 2020

History of Worcestershire sauce

In your next western, could you write that your cowboy hero sat down to a steak dinner and requested Worcestershire sauce?  
       You sure could, if your story is set in 1839 or later. 
                          Wonderful 1890s Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce Bottle with Top ...
Originally invented and produced in Worcester, England in the early 1800's, John Duncan, a New York businessman imported the savory sauce in 1839. 
            
   And what about that paper wrapper? Shipped by boat, the covering helped protect the glass bottles during the voyage. 

         Created by accident, here are the ingredients: 
                     Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce The Original

           Visit here for the complete story 

                https://www.leaperrins.com/History

   Too bad my hero in Trapper's Moon couldn't take a bottle to the frontier during the fur trade era. Bet it would have been great on buffalo hump roast. 


 Still an award winning read, with or without sauce!


  As a free trapper, mountain man Kade McCauley is wary of the Hudson Bay Company. Their form of vengeance against those who are not part of the company can be deadly. 
   When he and his partner are attacked, he fights back, only to discover one of his shots struck an innocent. A woman who touches his soul, and he will do anything to keep her safe. 
   While searching for her Native American tribe, Blind Deer crosses paths with Kade—with near fatal results. Once she is patched up, she decides it is safer to travel with him than alone.
    Their uneasy alliance turns to genuine caring, but Blind Deer's past gets in the way, and she must choose between love or old obligations. 
   But nothing in life is carved in stone except the mountains, and those formidable peaks have been known to change the course of a man's life—or a woman's.












Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Portence 5 STARS from N.N. Light Book Heaven

  The plot of this epic had been building since Solace first laid eyes on a Rep-toad way back in the opening pages of Solace.  The loyal reader has come all the way along thru Solace and Tanner to Bliss and Nate to make it to this point.  Finally it was time for the sisters of Anu to unite to face the big bad we all knew was going to be exposed.
    Port is, by far, the most complex of all the sisters.  Her past weighs so heavily upon her, she doesn't have the trace of lightness of Solace or the great lightness of Bliss.  Port is all Fae but all weighed down.  That much of her angst might be because of Mother...issues doesn't make it any easier for her.  The author did a masterful job of having this partnership be more of a fatherly one then a lover, like her sisters.
   People who enjoy the titanic clashes in Lord of The Rings III or even Harry Potter 7 parts 1 and 2 will be totally caught up in this book.  The action keeps the reader guessing and the suspense is palpable.  
   This incredible three-book series is a must-own for nearly every action/sci-fi fan.  Portence will leave the reader with a smile on their face.  A brilliantly constructed and portrayed series that ticks every box. 

                          My Rating: 5 stars 


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    In the final battle to save the Earth, Fae Warrior, Portence Goodeve stands ready to serve Mother Nature. But as she fights for the future of the planet, she’s haunted by her past. One near-death experience and a betrayal that goes deep become weapons that could get her killed. 
   Malachi, a cross/breed, half-sorcerer and half-Fae, is back to help fight the Reptile invaders. Once upon a time, his sexy Fae-half stole Portence’s heart, breath, and good sense. Then he abandoned her--what if it happens again? 
    Should she surrender to desire, giving both Malachi and love another chance? Or seek retribution and be done with him forever? Portence and her sisters, as well as their Earth partners, are in a fight for their lives. When Malachi’s magic is stolen and his life is in danger, will she discover the path to her future is bound by both love and duty?


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Monday, May 4, 2020

Antique Estes Park Post Card

This tourist post card was sent from Estes Park, Colo to Longmont, Colo back when stamps were only 
2 cents! The recipient was Kenneth Clark.                 
    Made on some kind of extremely thin leather,
or product there of, it's not only a nice hello, but a Burro-meter 
This is surprisingly accurate!

Meanwhile, here's a recent image of Estes Park today. No burros, but LOTS of elk




Friday, April 24, 2020

Trapper's Moon 4 stars from Kam's Place


    As a free trapper, mountain man Kade McCauley is wary of the Hudson Bay Company. Their form of vengeance against those who are not part of the company can be deadly. When he and his partner are attacked, he fights back, only to discover one of his shots struck an innocent. A woman who touches his soul, and he will do anything to keep her safe.

   While searching for her Native American tribe, Blind Deer crosses paths with Kade—with near fatal results. Once she is patched up, she decides it is safer to travel with him than alone Their uneasy alliance turns to genuine caring, but Blind Deer’s past gets in the way, and she must choose between love or old obligations.

   But nothing in life is carved in stone except the mountains, and those formidable peaks have been known to change the course of a man’s life—or a woman’s. 

Full review from Kam's Place
  Throughout history, there’s been hate, violence, racism, and death. You can’t point your finger at any period in time and not find it. However, even in the darkest of times, there is light. No entire race, religion, culture is 100% evil. It’s not 100% good either. 
   Life is about balance. In Trapper’s Moon, Gini demonstrated how vile a human or group of humans could be. She also focused and reinforced the goodness in people. How different races can live in harmony. How love and compassion can and should triumph over hate and violence. 
   This message should be embraced and utilized in our everyday lives. 
   We can’t allow history to repeat itself. We all have the power to love, or at least tolerate one another. 
Trapper’s Moon was a historical story, but I genuinely believe its message pertains to the here and now. 







Friday, April 17, 2020

Toilet Paper 101 fun facts and a short history.

                            

With all the hording and freaking out about TP, I thought it might be fun to learn a little about this prized possession now worth its weight in gold.                                   

               Here's a nice video on how it's made. 
                          How toilet paper is made

There's plenty of toilet paper – so why are people hoarding it?     
     And remember, no job is done 
                 until the paperwork is complete. 

               Design Toscano A Knight to Remember Gothic Bath Tissue Holder ...
           Here are some historical and fun facts. 
1. The first recorded use of toilet paper was in 6th Century China. (Now it's their fault we're hording it.) 

2. By the 14th Century, the Chinese government was mass-producing it.

3. Packaged toilet paper wasn't sold in the United States until 1857. Known as Medicated Papers.
                        Sweethearts Of The West: Toilet Paper 4. Joseph Gayety, the man who introduced packaged TP to the U.S. had his name printed on every sheet.

5. Global toilet paper demand uses nearly 30,000 trees every day.

6. That's 10 million trees a year. 
                  (Sad to hear about that statistic)
            Best Way to Remove TP from Trees | Davey Blog        
7. It wasn't until 1935 that a manufacturer was able to promise Splinter-Free Toilet Paper.

8. Seven percent of Americans admit to stealing rolls of toilet paper in hotels.

9. Americans use an average of 8.6 sheets of toilet paper per trip to the bathroom.

10. The average roll has 333 sheets.

11. Historically, what you use to wipe depended on your income level.

12. In the middle ages they used something called a gompf stick which was just an actual stick. The Romans used a sponge on a stick.
                           10 Gross Things People Used to Wipe Before Toilet Paper
13. Wealthy Romans used wool soaked in rose water and French royalty used lace.

14. Other things that were used before toilet paper include: Hay, corn cobs, sticks, stones, sand, moss, hemp, wool, husks, fruit peels, ferns, sponges, seashells, knotted ropes, and broken pottery (ouch!).

15. 70-75% of the world still doesn't use toilet paper because it is too expensive or there is not sufficient plumbing.

16. In many Western European countries, bidets are seen as more effective and preferable to toilet paper.

17. Colored toilet paper was popular in the U.S. until the 1940s.
                      colored toilet paper
18. The reason toilet paper disintegrates so quickly when wet is that the fibers used to make it are very short.

19. On the International Space Station, they still use regular toilet paper but it has to be sealed in special containers and Compressed.

20. During Desert Storm, the U.S. Army used toilet paper to camouflage their tanks.
                      
21. In 1973 Johnny Carson caused a toilet paper shortage. He said as a joke that there was a shortage, which there wasn't, until everyone believed him and ran out to buy up the supply. It took three weeks for some stores to get more stock.

22. There is a contest sponsored by Charmin to design and make wedding dresses out of toilet paper. The winner gets $2,000.
                        wedding dress made of toilet paper
23.. There was a toilet paper museum in Wisconsin, The Madison Museum of Bathroom Tissue, but it closed in 2000.

24. The museum once had over 3,000 rolls of TP from places all over the world, including The Guggenheim, Ellis Island, and Graceland.

25. There is still a virtual toilet paper museum called Nobody's Perfect.

26. In 1996, President Clinton passed a Toilet Paper Tax of 6 cents per roll, which is still in effect today. Obama tried to triple that but the House wouldn't pass it.

27. The Pentagon uses, on average, 666 rolls of toilet paper per day.

28. The most expensive toilet paper in the world is from Portuguese brand Renova.
                  
29. Renova is three-ply, perfumed, costs $3 per roll and comes in several colors including black, red, blue and green.

30. The CEO of Renova came up with the idea for black toilet paper while he was at a Cirque du Soleil show.
                   Toilet paper: Retracing the history from corn cobs to quilted ...
31. Beyonce uses only red Renova toilet paper.

32. Kris Jenner uses only the black Renova toilet paper.
                   Toilet paper 'over or under' debate resolved via 1891 patent
33.  If you hang your toilet paper so you can pull it from the top, you're considered more intelligent than someone who pulls it from the bottom. How rude. (Wonder how this was determined?)

34. Koji Suzuki, a Japanese horror novelist best known for writing The Ring, had an entire novel printed on a single roll of toilet paper.
                tpbook1
            Called Drop, it's a nine chapter Novella 
35. The novel takes place in a public bathroom and the entire story runs approximately three feet long.

36. When asked what necessity they would bring to a desert island, 49% of people said toilet paper before food.

37. Rumor has it Queen Elizabeth II wipes her royal bottom with silk handkerchiefs! 
              
                         Toilet paper: Retracing the history from corn cobs to quilted ...
                Remember Mr. Whipple? 
             Please don't squeeze the Charmin.
          
                               THE END!
             What to Do When You Run Out of Toilet Paper - What Can You Flush?
                      this information has not been fact checked!