Kimberly Lee isn’t sure what she’ll find when she comes to Forever, Texas, to do a story on a groundbreaking program that could put this small town on the map. It certainly isn’t the warm, friendly community that makes the roving reporter feel instantly at home. Or the accident that lays her up at Garrett White Eagle’s ranch, where the blue-eyed rancher awakens feelings she long ago gave up.
Giving people hope again is the goal of the healing ranch Garrett started with his brother. And the lovely, hardworking writer is no exception. Doesn’t Kim realize how much good they can do—together? Her future is here with him. If she’s willing to trust in a love that could fulfill the promise of forever.
Holiday Bon Appétit and a Book: A delicious holiday recipe of your choice to enjoy alongside the book with an image. I think Christmas and everyone I know thinks of my mint chip brownies and my marzipan bundt cake. The brownies are more or less a standard recipe, except doubled (so the brownies are nice and thick) and add in lots of mint chips. Here’s the marzipan cake:
1 (18.25 ounce) package moist white (or yellow) cake mix
1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
¾ cup of vegetable oil
¾ cup of Amaretto
½ cup of almond slivers
1 tube of almond paste (marzipan)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 10 inch bundt pan with Pam (with flour)
- Cut almond paste into approximately 14 slices, then put into blender (or something that resembles coffee bean grinder). Object is to break up the slices into tiny pieces to distribute the flavor throughout the cake.
- In medium bowl combine all the above ingredients then beat with an electric mixer for 5 minutes.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes (insert knife in center, cake is done when knife comes out clean) Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert and remove cake from pan (with luck!). Let cake cool completely, then drizzle with powder sugar.
Song Playlist: A prepared playlist of songs that embodies the book’s characters and their love story.
Dean Martin’s Baby It’s Cold Outside, Johnny Mathias Sleigh Ride, Travis Tritt Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy. Elvis I’ll Be Home For Christmas
How-to Tips for Aspiring Writers: Tips for those looking to get their work published/break into the industry.
Read your favorite authors. Now dissect the book. What did you like about it? Can you write something like that and yet make it your own? Make it real (include bits and pieces of everyday life in the book so that the reader can relate). Always strive to entertain your audience. Then light candles (not around a bubble bath, but in a church).
Writer’s Space: Photos and a brief description of the place where you do your writing.
I write anywhere, any time I can find. I do a good deal of my writing in the first floor back bedroom which is half order, half chaos. I have a large desk I put together from Office Max that houses two printers, my desk top computer (I have worn out at least 10 computers), a landline and lots of notes. It’s buffered by two bookcases stocked with my books, research books plus an old fashioned record player (with a CD player) because music is important to my process.
Love Lessons Learned: Real life romance lessons learned from the book.
Love isn’t about a location (the heroine is a big city girl), it’s about a person. When you find the right one, you hang on even if where you find them was never part of your life’s plan.
Movie Star Cast: The author picks movie stars to play the characters in a movie.
Ideally Kim would be played by a vulnerable Maggie Q and Garrett would be played by a younger version of Lou Diamond Phillips