Hi, everyone. I'm so glad to be here blogging with you.
Whenever I write a blog, I like to give a few details about myself. I live in Pennsylvania but the Southwest is my favorite place on the planet. The scenery fills me up creatively and spiritually the way nothing else can. Cooking is my favorite hobby and I once won second place in a national Bisquick contest! I find recipes can be as interesting to put together as plots. Early on—in my teens—I wrote poetry and began a book manuscript. Music fed my creative bent then and still does today. Favorite singers? Taylor Swift, Adam Lambert and Josh Groban. What can I say? My tastes are eclectic.
Are any of you watching American Idol this season? Aaron's one of my faves. His songs really touch me.
So what's going on in my life now? Weekends spent with friends and family, along with lots of writing the rest of the time. I just finished one series and will be starting a new one. But my passion right now—with the snow melted and the sun finally shining—is planning summer gardens, planting herbs, and creating recipes that will be tasty with what we grow. This year, I even bought a hanging strawberry plant. Then there are the twenty tomato plants I grew from seed that are sunning here, there and everywhere. I'm really into "preservative free," so I like to freeze them for winter. But this Memorial Day I'll probably give away plants to friends and family because I can't possibly grow and use that many.
By the way, has anyone tried the TASTE OF COMFORT FOOD "Diet" cookbooks? They're terrific. Everything from cranberry-orange pork loin in the crock pot to turkey sausage lentil soup with tortellini. I grew up in Italian households. My grandmother and mother were wonderful cooks and food meant comfort and love. The challenge now is to incorporate their recipes—I have boxes of them in their handwriting which makes me feel close to them—into a healthier way of eating. It's a challenge, but I'm enjoying it.
Do any of you find comfort and remembrance in using family recipes?
Speaking of enjoying spring weather... My kitties Ebbie and London love sitting at the window listening and watching birds, squirrels and rabbits. When they aren't doing that, they are my constant companions overseeing my transplanting or purring as my hero and heroine fall in love. They keep me company and make me smile. If any of you have pets who enrich your lives, I'd love to hear about them.
On to writing. My latest series, The Baby Experts, is still keeping me busy. In the last three books of this series, I tackle issues more serious than the others. My March book, THE TEXAS BILLIONAIRE'S BABY, is the fourth in the series and deals with a heroine who has date-rape in her past. The fifth book, THE TEXAN'S HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER (May) spotlights a heroine who is a 9-11 widow. The sixth book in the series, TWINS UNDER HIS TREE, will be released in December and focuses on an Afghanistan veteran's widow. The hero is an Iraq war veteran. I located the books in Sagebrush outside of Lubbock, a medical center for West Texas. Most of my heroines in this six-book series have practices in a health center there. An old Victorian house seemed to be the right place for all of them to live. This house appears to have started a rumor—any woman who lives there will find true love! The series is about women forming sister-like bonds and supporting each other through the milestones in their lives. It's also about healing...emotional as well as physical.
Today I'm hoping to start a new chapter and do some editing. Then tonight... Maybe we'll have some healthy comfort food! I hope all of you have a terrific day.
Karen Rose Smith
Award-winning and best-selling author Karen Rose Smith will see her 70th romance published this year. She grew up in Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Valley and still lives a stone's throw away with her husband--who was her college sweetheart--and their two cats. She especially enjoys researching and visiting the West and Southwest where her latest series of books, The Baby Experts, is set. Readers can visit her at www.karenrosesmith.com for info about her latest releases and excerpts or at her fan page on Facebook.
THE TEXAN'S HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER
Raina Gibson never expected to be attracted to one of her little patients' dads. But Shep McGraw isn't a dad to ignore. The Texas rancher is adopting three boys and he cares about them with all of his heart. But Raina's husband had been a hero, a firefighter killed on September 11. She never intends to fall in love again. Yet a day with Shep on his ranch in a secluded glen when passion takes over leaves her pregnant. Shep's proposal of marriage is both a solution and a challenge...because Shep guards his heart all too well. She doesn't realize he's keeping a secret about his youth that he feels prevents him from becoming hero-material.
Will Shep's secret destroy their new marriage?
Find out in THE TEXAN'S HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER, a May Silhouette Special Edition available at the end of April.