Sunday, April 29, 2012

Weight Update

Regulars to this blog might remember that I decided to take the slow path to weight loss back in January. I'm pleased to report that I've lost 13 pounds!

I'm experimenting with healthy meals, and just now I threw together a lunch smoothie.

Toss into blender:

3/4 C. greek no-fat yogurt
1 C. strawberries
1 Tbsp. wheat germ
1/4 C. skim milk
1/2 banana
1/4 cup rhubarb sauce
Add a pinch of stevia, if needed, to sweeten

This is about 150 calories (3 weight watchers points)

Rhubarb sauce:

3 C. rhubarb, chopped
1 C. sugar

Combine in saucepan and cook until it turns to sauce.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fossilized Email

The oldest email in my inbox is, literally, about fossils. It's a reply (1/18/2004) to a query I sent to Jack Horner when I was doing research for Untamed Hearts.

My query:

I need to learn about dinosaur digs in Montana from 1852 to 1890's. Was there much activity and who directed/funded the expeditions? What was the role of the local population (Native Americans, ranchers, miners)? Are there published dissertations/books/journals on the earliest discoveries?

Horner's response:

I'd suggest you get hold of "The Life of a Fossil Hinter" by Charles Sternberg (Indiana University Press) and "Strange Genius, The Life of Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden" by Mike Foster (Roberts Rinehart Publishers.


I obtained both books (excellent resources), and the information contained within proved valuable in creating the character of Philip Farnsworth, who appears in Untamed Hearts and Undaunted Hearts.

What is the oldest email that still resides in your inbox? Why do you keep it around? Tell me all about it in the comments section -- if it isn't too personal.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Click on sales report image to enlarge it.

TAKEDOWN's free promotion on March 26 resulted in brisk sales.