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Warm and Hearty Potato Soup

Warm and Hearty Potato Soup

ALTHOUGH TODAY IS SUNNY, we had almost a month of rain here and it's cold outside! Time for soup! This is a tried and true recipe I pull out every winter to warm the tummy and the soul. It's fueled many a writing session and can be made from ingredients I usually have...

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I Love What I Do!

I Love What I Do!

TODAY WAS ANOTHER JOYFUL DAY in my life as a writer! I spent the day with a violinist who shared her love of music, her instrument and many of the ins and outs of being a musician and how individual and unique each musician is. Some compose, some play, some struggle,...

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ManyBooks Author of the Day Interview

ManyBooks Author of the Day Interview

I was pleased to be selected as ManyBooks Author of the Day. Had a great time talking with Naomi Bolton for the interview. Here's a copy of our conversation. I don't know about other authors, but I don't often reflect on how we do what we do or how it all got started....

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Books on Writing

Books on Writing

TIME TO JUMPSTART YOUR WRITING ENGINE? I dug into my bookshelves—physical and electronic—and have some titles for you! Some are classics which I hope you have already discovered, but are well worth dipping into again. A couple are new ones that I plan on reading...

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LWC Artisan Fair

LWC Artisan Fair

Sale prices at author event, Little Whale Cove Artisan Fair in Depoe Bay, Oregon! New editions for books one through four hot off the presses and pre-order sale price for new book, SAFE HARBOR: Logan Book 5, available November 19th. Message me for details.

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Mushroom Season!

Mushroom Season!

IT'S MUSHROOM SEASON on the Oregon coast and now that SAFE HARBOR: Logan Book 5 is up for Pre-Order on Amazon, I'm diving into fresh ground for Logan's next adventure. This week, I'm deep into research mode and mushrooms are currently on the menu. Not that I'm eating...

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About Valerie

A self-admitted book addict, Valerie was the kid with the flashlight under her pillow. A life of travel with exposure to many different cultures led to a pervasive interest in people, with degrees & teaching credentials in Cultural Anthropology & English.

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