Sunday, April 27, 2014


The Berthoud Historical Society 
hosts another successful Victorian Tea 
at the McCarty/Fickel house. 

The tables were set with love
and great care. 
Twenty nine wonderful guest 
graced us with their presence, 
as they shared a variety of 
delicious pastries, Black tea, 
scones with cream and lemon curd, 
mini-cupcakes, three types of 
sandwiches, and a fresh 
springtime fruit garnish. 
    Each place setting also included 
a little box of tea 
as a festive party favor. 

A teapot judging contest added 
to the fun and excitement. 
Thank you Shirley 
for judging the entrees.

Prizes were awarded 
to the top three winners. 
     Guests were served 
by our beautiful volunteers, 
dressed in fabulous period costumes. 

Virginia (our fearless leader), 
Gini, Janice, Sandy, and Meda.
Lew Ann, (not pictured) your being there 
added to the fun and your help 
was so appreciated.  
And it's always nice 
to have a man around the house. 

     John keeps the kitchen running smoothly, the tea flowing, and the dishes sparkling clean, as well as helping to set up, and making sure the house is warm and running smoothly, all in between coming to the rescue for any emergencies.  

    Our other male counterpoint, Dick, worked hard too. He logged many a mile between kitchen and table, setting up, and doing several other jobs saving the girls lots of time and effort. Much to my dismay, he managed to elude the photographer. Sorry, Dick. 

  My books were available for those yearning for a romantic read. My thanks to the Society for allowing me to tout my wares. 

I think it's safe to say, 
a good time was had by all,
 and we received many compliments. 

                       When it was over, 
                 we were a wee bit exhausted. 

                       But we can hardly wait
                              to do it again. 

Until next time, good bye 
from the McCarty/Fickel house.

Sunday, April 13, 2014




And what an honor to be included as a 
Colorado Author. We will soon have our own section in the library. 

Met lots of nice authors and readers. 
Sally McClain author of "A Taint on Texas".
James and LorraineTheall,
 a very nice husband and wife writing team.

Shared a table with an amazing new writer, 
Carolyn Vander Beek (darn didn't get her photo) 
author of.....

The hours flew by, and I got to spend time 
with  my big sister.

Thanks, Kathy, for helping to setup, for taking photo's, for being my "Wing Man", and for always 
finding the Ladies Room!

Following the festival there was a meet and greet,
 with yummy treats for all. 

A beautiful quilt on display

And finally, thank you to Sherri Jennings, and all the wonderful people at the Longmont Library who worked so hard putting together a great event. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Release date for "A Cowboy's Fate"

Available May 28, 2014

A road trip from Denver to Leadville, 
1880 style.When East End London 
meets the Wild West, sparks fly.

Mark your calendars! 
Join Britania and Cody on their western adventure. Rated spicy, and only $3.99 at Amazon. 

   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?