Left to right, Authors Steph Berget, Paty Jager and Mary Vine.
This early counting book introduces children (ages 1-3) to numbers 1-10 and links them to God’s creations and the concept of blessings. I read this book and then decided to take it with me to the 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school class I subbed in. Yes, they may be a little old for the book, but it still provided a good reason to talk about why counting your blessings was such a good thing – and as a discussion point, to ask the children why the Bible tells us to count our blessings.
I told them to pay special attention to each numbered blessing so they could tell/remind me when we counted them over again. One girl noted that each number rhymes with the blessing. We also took note of the nice, professional art on each page.
Went over well – and I will count my blessings, too.
Got the chance to mingle with 15 authors, mixed genres, at the Caldwell Public Library on Saturday, September 16th. An enjoyable day for me.
Beautiful weather, good company with author Paty Jager, and good sales.
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A Nugget of Time is in print, too!
My newest work, A Nugget in Time will be coming out soon! It is an inspirational time travel romance. The book starts in 2017 and goes back to a gold mining town in 1870. I had such fun writing this and hope that you will enjoy it.
In Maya’s Gold, Maya filled a casserole dish with burritos and took them over to her neighbor, Alice. This is the recipe I was thinking about when I wrote this section of the story – Mary Vine
Maya Valentine’s Burrito Recipe
(Burritos, Old El Paso Sun Country Mexican Cookbook)
12 8-inch flour tortillas
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 16-ounce cans Old El Paso Refried Beans
1 large tomato, chopped
3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 medium avocado, seeded, peeled, and cut in 12 wedges
Old El Paso Taco Sauce
Wrap stack of tortillas tightly in foil; heat in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Cook onion in hot oil until tender but not brown. Add refried beans; cook and stir till heated through. Spoon about 1/3 cup bean mixture onto each tortilla near one edge. Top with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and avocado wedge. Fold edge nearest filling up and over filling just until mixture is covered. Fold in two sides, envelope fashion, then roll up. Arrange on baking sheet; bake in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until heated through. Pass taco sauce. Makes 12 burritos.
I’ve been on a mini-vacation of sorts. Not a traditional vacation, mind you. You see, my computer kept working slower and slower until I had no choice but to take it to a repair shop. Now, the last time I had a computer in for fixing, I felt like I’d dropped off my child for two days. What would I do without my computer? What would I do during my down time now? It’s amazing to me. How did I become so dependent on something I didn’t even grow up with?
Before taking my computer in, I’d been revising a manuscript and was at a good place to stop. I saved everything important and was ready to wait for the repair to take place. While I waited, I used my husband’s laptop to check my email and my blog site. On my Kindle Fire, I was able to check Facebook. So, I was hardly destitute.
By this time in my life, I’ve learned that there is always a silver lining in the difficult things that come my way. The silver lining came in realizing something important about myself. When I wasn’t at work, I was thinking about writing, or not writing, or figuring out when I could write. I looked at the calendar and wondered how much time an event would take and when I’d have enough time to start writing again.
With my newfound freedom, I went shopping with my sister. This was the first time in a while that I felt like I was free to enjoy myself because I couldn’t go home and write. There’s a freedom in this, you know.
This past year, I’d not read as many books as in years past. I used some spare time to read a few of my author friends’ books.
Sure, I feel a freedom of sorts after each manuscript is finished. I probably take a good month off from writing at that time. But it’s different, it’s not because I can’t write it’s because I’m at a place of transition.
My husband asked me how I felt now that my computer was fixed and back home. I believe he thought I would be relieved and as happy as I was the last time my computer had a tune up. But, I didn’t know how to answer him. I stammered, and couldn’t quite find the words to match my feeling. Of course it was good to have my computer back because I need it, and it’s in good shape now.
A writer is not like the person who comes home from work and forgets his job for the evening or the weekend. A writer is thinking about what lays ahead in the story, or the next one he will start. We have no freedom to do things with our time, without sacrificing the story we want to write. It is a balancing act to be sure, one most of us are not very good at. It’s a curse and a blessing. The blessing is that when we do write, we are at our happiest.
Memorial Day book signing with Paty Jager and Mary Vine at Sumpter Flea Market in Sumpter, OR. Most of Mary’s book settings take place in this area.
|A PLACE TO LAND
by Mary VineContemporary
|Russian beauty Ulianna is determined to make the American dream hers. When a magazine offers the perfect story to launch her writing career, she travels across Oregon to see how wolf and cowboy mix. As she finds her spirit guide in the wolf and her soul mate in handsome cattle rancher Jackson Holt, a mysterious danger seems bent on finding her.
Re-edited and re-released March 15, 2016!