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Hello October!

Hello October!

Calgary is welcoming October with periods of snow and temperatures at freezing.

October weather

It should only be for a couple of days, and then we can get back to Autumn.

The trees have changed colour. Here in Alberta, the colours are mainly shades of yellow and orange. One of these years, I want to fly east in the autumn to see the fiery red maples. At any rate, even though the leaves are yellow, they have yet to fall. Hopefully, we can look forward to some mild days later in the month for leaf raking. October is for leaf raking.

October is also for ripening berries. Our mountain ash out front is loaded with berries. They will stay for much of the winter providing lots of food for the visiting Bohemian Waxwings.

Mountain ash berries for a centrepiece.

Of course, October is the time for pumpkins and pumpkin spice lattes.

pumpkin spice latte

October is for pumpkin spice lattes.

October is also time for apples. My friend’s daughter harvested local apples and made this apple cake and apple juice. It’s amazing how good freshly picked ingredients taste.

apple cake and apple juice – made from freshly harvested local apples

October is also the setting for my latest novel, WEDDING BELL BLUES. Actually, it starts in September and ends in October. A couple of days ago, the book got its first review:

I know, small print. You can read the review here. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. 🙂

WEDDING BELL BLUES is available in Print and Ebook at Amazon. It’s also available in Print at ChaptersIndigo in Canada. (Hmmm, I wonder if Chapters has put up an image for the book yet . . .)

As the cold weather approaches, I’m thinking about winter. The long, cold Calgary winter. And I’m thinking about maybe heading south this winter for a short break. I’m saving for that trip.

Here’s my Cinderella Castle piggy bank.

Cinderella’s piggy bank

Cinderella’s piggy bank

Canadian Thanksgiving is next Monday. Always the second Monday of October. Most people do Thanksgiving dinner on the Sunday and then have leftovers on the Monday. I’m not quite sure what we are doing, but I can guarantee there will be pumpkin pie. And probably whipped cream.
yum!What’s your favourite part of October? Are you having turkey next Sunday or Monday? Is it snowing where you are?

pumpkin pie from Bigstockphoto #159829412

Wedding Bell Blues

Wedding Bell Blues

Introducing . . . Wedding Bell Blues


The lady goes to the highest bidder!

Alone and new to the city, with all her possessions in a single suitcase, Krista MacKenzie stumbles into a gentleman’s function—­­given a little shove from an earthbound fairy godmother disguised as her new best friend.

Logan Nicholas, CEO of Peregrine Oil & Gas, thinks that auctioning off escorts—even if only for dinner and a drink—is a poor idea for the fundraiser. He’ll make a donation for the cause, but he does not intend to bid. Not until he sees the stunning brunette come across the stage. Suddenly his competitive spirit takes over and he’s desperate to win her.

But what happens when the clock strikes midnight? Technically, he’s still got a girlfriend—who’s pushing him to set a date. He’s not ready for a wedding, and he’s sure not ready for the irrational feelings he’s having for this lady of the night.



~ the third book in the Something Old, Something New series ~

All the books are standalone.




This one is Logan’s story and it takes place in September.

Click the button to read an excerpt on Amazon!