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Contract Signed for New Book: "A Perfect Fit"

Posted by talesmith1957 on February 16, 2018 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

It was a great day today because I signed and mailed the contract back to the publisher for my fourth book, "A Perfect Fit". What an absolute privilege it is to write. I can't believe my life and how lucky I am to do this as my job. The ideas keep coming for books and my desk and office are becoming, well, catastrophic if you can imagine. I have notes upon notes upon notes. Body mannerisms to remember, dialogue to insert, senses to help embellish a scene. It just keeps coming!!

For those of you who enjoyed my last release, "A Christmas Kind of Perfect", you'll recognize one of the characters in "A Perfect Fit". I never intended to write two spinoff stories from the Christmas story, but I fell in love with the characters and decided it would be quite fun to pursue it.

So, you're most likely curious about "A Perfect Fit". In a nutshell, it explores the painful process of letting go of a toxic relationship in order to fall in love with the boy next door. And, it will be one book of several in a collection written by other Christian authors. What a treat for readers. Meanwhile, I'm roughly half-way through working on my fifth book, "A Perfect Ending". Do you remember Lila's literary agent, Andrea Lockhart? You're not going to believe who she meets. This one may have you laughing!Hang with me everyone because here we go . . . .

Until next time, let us enjoy the life we are blessed to live.

Christmas Romance Release Day Drawing Near!!

Posted by talesmith1957 on November 10, 2017 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

December 1st will be a special day for me because my Christmas romance in eBook format will be released to retailers including Amazon, Apple iStore, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors and Koorong. The soft cover will follow. This has been a long and patience-building journey since I signed the contract last September. We've been buffing and polishing, selecting the cover art - I hope you love it as much as I do - and preparing for the book's entry into this big world.

Each week, I'll share an excerpt from the book on my facebook page to wet your whistles and hopefully draw you into the story. I think you'll love it - it's a story about regrets and forgiveness and finding that perfect love all over again. So, here we are three weeks before release day. Let's begin this journey together. Until next time, let us enjoy this life we are blessed to live.

Pie Baking Contest

Posted by talesmith1957 on July 2, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I had the pleasure of entering my very first pie baking contest this July 4th holiday weekend. What a thrill that was. The judges lifted the entries to inspect the filling, they broke the pie crust to examine the interior, and allowed themselves plenty of time to come to a final decision.

My pie is the first one on the right- Sour Cream Apple - and although I didn't win first prize, a free cooking class with the chef at Zesti's in Hartland, I enjoyed the competition and tension the other bakers and I experienced when the judging began. We huddled together doing our best to decipher what the judges were saying. Too funny!

The well-deserved winner was a lemon meringue cheesecake pie. The winner said it took her all day to make it! I've never even heard of that pie, but hope to get that recipe.

Along with writing romance stories, I love baking pies - it's another creative outlet that brings a lot of joy to others. Whatever you do this holiday, I hope it brings happiness into your lives. Until next time, let us enjoy this life we are blessed to live.

Author Events 2017

Posted by talesmith1957 on May 6, 2017 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

It certainly was busy this last month attending two Author Events. One at West Allis Library and the other at New Berlin Public Library. I really enjoy these opportunities because we, as authors, have a chance to talk with the reading audience, find out what they enjoy reading, and present our books. It’s a win-win. (Pictured here with Wisconsin Romance Writers of America authors).

A Dog's Birthday

Posted by talesmith1957 on February 7, 2017 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Today was our dog, Rudy's, 10th birthday. He's entered a new decade of life just as I did last month. I'm not sure about you, but I'll admit right now, sometimes I take our furry friend for granted.

Rudy and I walk every day, pretty much the same route - a 40 minutes lap around the neighborhood. He sniffs and tinkles, and I pound the pavement. In my head I'm working on the next scene for my work-in-progress. For him, he's on the hunt. It's a win-win for both of us.

We're a good match, Rudy and I, as we both need to be outside every day - unless of course, it's below 20 degrees - that's our line. When I ask him if he's ready for a walk the answer in his face is always yes. If it drifts beyond "our time" he quietly walks over and sits next to me and then stares! He knows it's time! Let's Go!

We've had Golden Retrievers before Rudy, and I know that our time with him is dwindling, but for now, I'll enjoy this time together with my buddy. Until next time, let us enjoy this life we are blessed to live.

Rudy and I walk every day, pretty much the same route - a 40 minutes lap around the neighborhood. He sniffs and tinkles, and I pound the pavement. In my head I'm working on the next scene for my work-in-progress. For him, he's on the hunt. It's a win-win for both of us.

We're a good match, Rudy and I, as we both need to be outside every day - unless of course, it's below 20 degrees - that's our line. When I ask him if he's ready for a walk the answer in his face is always yes. If it drifts beyond "our time" he quietly walks over and sits next to me and then stares! He knows it's time! Let's Go!

We've had Golden Retrievers before Rudy, and I know that our time with him is dwindling, but for now, I'll enjoy this time together with my buddy. Until next time, let us enjoy this life we are blessed to live.

What Motivates You?

Posted by talesmith1957 on January 18, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I’m curious how you are all doing with your New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you’re not a resolution person, but instead; you set yearly goals as I do. One of mine being not to worry. Tying in a goal to what motivates us becomes a strong bond to see our goals through. Personally, reading scripture every morning – especially Proverbs – or listening to a new piece of music – usually composed of string instruments – or reading a famous quote – one that tweaks my world just a tad, helps me immensely.

Today, I want to touch on the concept of worry with a real-life example... Yesterday, my son-in-law and daughter drove me to the airport during rush-hour Nashville traffic. For those of you who have experienced this, there’s really not much I can add other than to say it was extremely congested to the point of stopped traffic on the interstate. So, we opted for the back roads thinking we find clear passage. Nope! Almost an hour later (to travel 15 miles) I made my flight with three minutes to spare and a scolding from the luggage attendant!

During the drive, I pondered. I considered. I felt a bit anxious, but I refused to worry my mind with thoughts such as: what happens if I miss my flight? Will I be able to book another flight this morning? Will I spend the day at the terminal? Instead, I chose to trust that if I missed my flight there must be a reason. Was there someone I’d cross paths with whom I needed to connect with?

As a writer, I gather my experiences through life and use them later in dialogue or setting a scene, or in behavior for my characters. Life itself is a classroom for me.

So, today I leave you with something that inspires me - a quote from my ultimate heroine, Joyce Meyers from her devotional, “Trusting God Day by Day”. “Nothing is outside God’s control, so in reality there is nothing to worry about.” I hope it helps you if you struggle with the same weakness as I. We can overcome with the tools that motivate us. Find yours.

Until next time, let us enjoy this life we are blessed to live.


Cedar Communities Presentation

Posted by talesmith1957 on October 14, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I had the pleasure of receiving a phone call from one of my readers a few weeks ago. Jan said she read my first book, published in 2011, "Nick, The Journey of a Lifetime". What an absolute thrill to hear from her. She explained that she loved the book so much because she had a similar past that she encouraged her book club to read it. She asked if I would be willing to visit with them and discuss the book and my writing journey. We set a date and had several follow-up conversations to prepare for the day's event.

It was a beautiful day to take a drive to Cedar Communities in West Bend. The book club members had reserved their lecture hall for the afternoon's event. They provided me with a microphone, which I've never used before but loved it because everyone could hear me, a podium, and a table to set up my display boards, photos, and books.

The presentation began at 3:00. I was asked to speak for an hour to their book club, two guest book club members, and a memoir group looking for tips and advice. I would guess there were about 35 audience members. That hour sped by as I explained the steps I used to writing and publishing my first book, a peek into my second book, and my advice to those wishing to write their memoirs.

I was given a tour of their facility, which had more of a hotel feel than apartment living. I saw an enormous pool and eight-person hot tub, a satisfying arts and craft center, a huge barn that offers resident woodworkers with enough space and equipment to feel like they're in woodworkers heaven, an attractive restaurant, a gift shop and store and three libraries.

After the tour, we enjoyed an fabulous dinner at the restaurant surrounded by the colors of fall from the birch trees outside nearby windows. Our conversation drifted from their childhood years to the electronic devices of today. We laughed, we ate good food, and we enjoyed each others' company and when dusk settled in I was reluctantly on my way home.

Presenting at book clubs, organizations, associations or book stores and gift shops never gets old. It's a privilege to talk about my work and an appreciated opportunity to give back to others seeking the same writing path.

Until next time, let us enjoy this life we are blessed to live,

Two Author Presentations

Posted by talesmith1957 on May 1, 2016 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)


I had the privilege of addressing two audiences last week in two separate author presentations. What a privilege, what a joy to be able to stand before an audience and talk about my books, what motivates me to write, and where I see myself going in the future.

The two events were on the heels of a telephone call I received from a reader with a strong Polish accent who thanked me for writing my first book, “Nick, The Journey of a Lifetime.” She asked me where she could buy the book because she wanted a copy to give to her son. What an extraordinary compliment that I didn’t anticipate when I accepted my husband’s suggestion to write his grandparents’ story.

We all have a story of immigration in our histories and maybe my book has the ability to start the dialogue in families. As I read the thank you notes that I received from the hosts for last week’s presentations, all I can say is how very lucky am I. Until next time, let us enjoy this life we are blessed to live.

Don Beebe, Former Packer, Visit

Posted by talesmith1957 on May 1, 2016 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Today was special. Don Beebe, a former Green Bay Packer, spoke for nearly one hour at each of the three services at our church at River Glen. He explained in great detail how he never should have ended up in the NFL. He wanted to play basketball. The former Packer explained each time he tried to walk a path other than the one God had intended for him, he was gently corrected or God simply waited until he was ready. His presentation reminded me of how God’s hand can be seen in our lives if you take the time to dialogue with God or in prayer. Beebe reminded us that we all are blessed with gifts but then asked us if we are using the gifts to glorify God? When you look back in your lives, do you see God’s handiwork? We were left with some powerful questions from an impressive man who speaks openly about his faith and his walk with Christ since boyhood. As a writer myself, I have great respect for those who can so eloquently, like Don Beebe, walk onto a stage, and as if he’s talking only to you, speak on such a personal topic as this with an auditorium full of people. After the service, I volunteered to help get the books signed for church members. What a thrill! Until next time, let us live the life we are blessed to live.


I'm a Lucky Woman

Posted by talesmith1957 on December 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

From front left: Evan Marriott, Dody Marriott, Andrea Buford, Catherine DePledge

From front right: Rosemary Wehner, Katie Kolberg Memmel, Deb Baker, Christine Schimpf


Today, I had the privilege of sharing a Christmas lunch at Zesti Restaurant in Hartland with my writing colleagues and our special guest, author Deb Baker. We took the time today to relax and celebrate all we have accomplished in 2015 as individual writers including our collective efforts with our author panel, "The Inspired Writers".

Catherine DePledge , Katie Kolberg Memmel, and myself released new books. Andrea Buford and Rosemary Wehner are nearing the completion of their books. Dody Marriott is working on more than one work-in-progress and Evan Marriott entertains us with his paranormal novel entries. Brenda Axt, who was unable to attend today, writes some of the most endearing poetry you'll every hear.

I cannot stress enough the importance of finding your people, others who share your passion, those individuals who are like-minded, and speak your special language. I believe this holds especially true for writers. Writing demands a lot of time alone. Time away from family, from friends and activities, and from the slightest interruption.

The ability to connect once a week and critique each other's work, to encourage each other to keep going, to laugh about the absurd habits we share as writers is as important as the air we breathe.

Writing makes each one of us tick, but together we help move the mountains that may be standing in our way. If you have a passion in life, like I do, I encourage to reach out and find your people. You'll be amazed how much joy they will bring into your life, and when that happens, you don't feel so all alone.

Until next time, let us enjoy this life we are blessed to live.

The Inspired Writers Author Panel

Posted by talesmith1957 on December 6, 2015 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This year, to accommodate requests we've received, our critique group has formed a presentation author panel called - The Inspired Writers. We're a panel of six authors who present our individual journeys in the writing to publication process.


A couple of weeks ago, we had another opportunity to share our work in Menomonee Falls. The group was small but we never close a window that allows us to share our work. Every presentation helps to spread the word that we are a collective group of writers who also present.


A Different Type of Thanksgiving

Posted by talesmith1957 on December 6, 2015 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It was a different type of Thanksgiving this year. We were missing some of our “regular” family members. Responsibilities to the other side of the family resulted with my youngest sister and her family’s absence – that accounted for four empty seats. My daughter and her husband, and their three children moved to Nashville last year – that’s five more. And, this year, my nephew and his girlfriend moved to ‘The Big Apple’ – two more. There was no need to rearrange the living room to accommodate two dining tables seamed together with matching tablecloths because we all fit nicely on the large table using the two leaves. The meal turned beautifully – a brined turkey that was as juicy as last year’s had been but there was no need to double up on anything else like the green beans or potatoes or stuffing or the spinach-stuffed rolls. As I looked around my table, I was thankful for years passed when the entire family was present. When I closed my eyes, I could almost envision them in the next room. At the same time, I was thankful for the family I had surrounding me that very moment realizing each year we are presented with different challenges and different blessings in this life. It’s our attitude toward change that determines our behavior, and if there’s one thing in life we can count on, it’s change. Until next time, let us enjoy this life we are blessed to live. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Southeast Festival of Books

Posted by talesmith1957 on December 6, 2015 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)



I spent the day at the Southeast Festival of Books held at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. I rented a table with the intention of selling both of my books and promoting our author panel, "The Inspired Writers". Although I didn't sell oodles of books, I had countless conversations with like minded people on both subjects. The air was electrified with the busyness of attendees rushing in and out of classrooms listening to author panels and keynote speakers. One conversation I initiated, may lead to an author panel of independent published writers next year presenting to attendees. What an honor that would be to be able to share the journey from writing page one to producing a book. Every opportunity is worth pursuing when you're starting out in this field, every handshake could lead to another door opening. When days like today come along, I pack up my books, my promotional material, put on a smile and start talking about my books. After all, who knows the story better than I do? Until next time, let us enjoy this life we are blessed to live.

Spring is Here

Posted by talesmith1957 on May 19, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Spring was never one of my favorite seasons; however, I've changed my mind on that one. The glorious span of green colors is enough to convince anyone that spring truly is a rebirth. Although I typically suffer from a minor case of pollen allergies, I refuse to let the beauty of spring pass me by. Every night when I walk my golden retriever, Rudy, we walk underneath these luscious blooming apple trees, and it captivates me each and every year. What about spring does it for you? What takes your breath away or makes you grateful to be alive enjoying another spring gifted from Mother Nature? Maybe it's the day you uncover the grill and fire it up for a great burger or grilled chicken. Maybe it's dusting off the smoothie maker and piling it full of vegetables and fruits to re-energize your spirit or shed a few pounds before summer begins. I'm guilty of enjoying lots of comfort foods during Wisconsin's colder months, but this morning, I pulled out my Ninja and blended up an energy smoothie. Here's the recipe if you're interested....Handful of baby kale, slice of avocado, couple fresh watermelon and pineapple chunks, big teaspoon of golden ground flax seed (King Arthur brand), a scoop of protein powder, splash of organic coconut water (some of the pineapple juice) and handful of ice. Oh, almost forgot, since I had some leftover chocolate covered strawberries from Mother's Day - I threw in a couple of those too - just to use them up, of course!! Until next time, let us enjoy the life we are blessed to live.

My New eBook "The Ticket"

Posted by talesmith1957 on May 19, 2015 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Are you a fan of Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge like I am? Both of these popular series take place in a time period that fascinates me, the same time period Titanic was built in Belfast, Ireland.  

When we passed the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s fatal voyage, I was inspired to write The Ticket, my new eBook, now available on Amazon, and soon, other online book retailers.

After watching many documentaries, recorded survivor testimonials, and reading books on the topic, I began to create the scenes and spin this tale. Conducting the research and weaving the ship’s details, set in the early 1900s, was a pure joy.  

The premise of the story, giving rather than receiving, set the stage for the main character, Margaret Reardon, plagued with self-centeredness. That was, of course, until she met our hero, Joseph Flanagan. Throughout the story, we see Margaret maturing and finally realizing that life holds more meaning when we remove self-absorption and focus our concern on others.  

The Ticket is my first published work in the inspirational romance genre. I must admit, I love it. In fact, I’ve already started another book in this genre grounded in the Midwest entitled, One Enchanted Christmas. Through the characters, the story poses the question—are we really ever forgiven after hurting someone so very deeply? I hope you look for it during the holiday season.

Until next time, let's enjoy the life we are blessed to live.

December Blessings

Posted by talesmith1957 on December 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Typically, December brings a real sense of satisfaction and appreciation into my life. Last week, I canned close to 28 quarts of homemade sauerkraut. I’ve been asked why I bother canning when I can buy it right off the shelves at any grocery store. Yet the answer is always the same—for the pure joy of producing something with my own hands and satisfaction of looking at the filled jars.


Sauerkraut is not the only produce I can. The season begins with pickles in the spring followed by strawberries, pickled peppers and beets, peaches and butter-cream corn in the summer. Early fall brings green beans, raspberries, applesauce, sweet pumpkins (for pies), and the very end of the season, cabbage, after the first frost for kraut.


But maybe there’s little more to the story. My mother was canner and her mother before that. Am I trying to pass down a tradition to my children? A remnant of who I was that may live on after I’m gone. Is there something you'd like to pass down to your children?


 Appreciation for the life I lead with my husband and the family and friends that are in my life is very strong during the Christmas holidays. Earlier in the month, I was invited to present my published book, “Nick, The Journey of a Lifetime,” at the first-ever Author Fair at the Jack Russell

Memorial Library in my hometown of Hartford. My dear friend, Sharon, accompanied me on the 45-mile trip there and back. While I addressed the audience, she controlled the Power Point presentation I had prepared for the group. She’s one of those dear friends who has been there in the great times of my life and the dark moments filled despair. We all need people like Sharon in our lives, dear friends to celebrate the special moments of our lives and hold us up when darkness ebbs in. I'm lucky to have her in mine.


I hope you are as blessed with such a friend and the sense of appreciation for the lives we blessed to live.



Until next time.

Mount Mary College's Publishing Institute

Posted by talesmith1957 on November 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)


My Writing Colleagues with whom I share a passion for writing. -Andrea, me, Joann, Brenda. Back row: Denise and Katie.

If you're like me, you love to learn. It never gets old.

I had the privilege of attending the launch of Mount Mary College's Publishing Institute located in Milwaukee today. I met my writing colleagues at the event, and we enjoyed a full day of lectures along with a question and answer periods which proved to enlighten us on how to tackle query letter, marketing, and how to handle our first book deal.

For those of us brave enough, an opportunity to book an appointment with a literary agent was also available. During the meeting, we pitched our work in progress looking for any sign of interest. I jumped at the chance to talk about my new novella, The Ticket, and was pleased to learn that the agent was interested. She gave me some great advice and direction for the next step in the publishing journey.

There's something to be said about spending the day with like-minded people. Walking the halls with published authors and literary agents filled me with a feeling of privilege and appreciation but also hope that I have what it takes to make it.

Have you challenged yourself recently? Have you sought out others who possess a passion for something like yourself? If the answer is no, I highly suggest you do. It's a very gratifying and exhilarating experience. One that will fuel you forward on whatever quest you embrace.

Until next time, enjoy the life we are blessed to live.


Ten Things I Love About Summer

Posted by talesmith1957 on July 1, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of summer. I realize by saying this, I place myself in a minority. Instead, I’m a lover of all seasons, including Wisconsin winters, but autumn is my absolute. As we begin our journey through summer, I realized, I do appreciate what the season brings so my outlook is softening.



Waking to the sound of the birds signing and listening to the chatter of crickets at night.



Throwing a pizza on the grill for supper because the grill has become the main heating source for all cooking.



Eating ice cream without an ounce of guilt just because it’s a hot day.



Listening to the sound of the wind rustling through the trees in the forest that outlines our backyard.



Drinking an ice cold beer while sitting in a big yellow lawn chair.



Skinny dipping and feeling 14 all over again.



The first bite into a homegrown tomato grown in our own yard.



Feeling the wind against my cheeks while riding a bike.



Strolling through a farmer’s market on a Saturday morning with my best girlfriend.



Walking around the fairs and eating all the food I would normally never touch.


Maybe I'm a fan of summer after all. What is it about summer that you enjoy most?

A Little Bit of Christmas

Posted by talesmith1957 on March 20, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Are you like I am allowing just a little bit of Christmas to remain throughout the year? Like most people, I love decorating for Christmas, and it seems that I get started earlier and earlier every year.


This year was especially nice because I finally purchased a flocked Christmas tree that I wanted for so long. I just knew it would be welcomed among the older generation of decorations. I wasn’t disappointed. It shined in the center of attention.


To enhance the scene, I topped my bookcases with lit evergreen boughs that created a lovely ambiance to the room. Everything blended beautifully together. When the room was dark with only the lights on, I could imagine the stars in the sky on the night Jesus was born.


When the holidays ended as they always do and the decorations packed away, I pretended not to notice the lit swag high on the bookcase and allowed it to remain behind. After all, I argued, wouldn’t it make a lovely night light to welcome us back home after an evening out? Without a doubt the answer was yes.


Do you have a little Christmas remaining in your home? An angel? A tablecloth? A candle? Or, maybe a hidden lit evergreen swag high upon a bookcase? If so, you are not alone. Let's continue to enjoy a little bit of Christmas all year long and remember what we learn each year during the Christmas season. Until next time, enjoy the life we are blessed to live.


The Seasons of Our Lives

Posted by talesmith1957 on February 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Has anyone noticed its staying light longer in the day? I have. Each fall, as we head into the holidays, I notice the dark seeping in earlier and earlier and don’t mind it at all. I’m blessed not having an attraction to the sun. Oh, don’t mistake me, I enjoy the sunshine like everyone else, but I don’t need it to have a good day.

During those early fall evenings, it doesn’t take me long to whip out my recipes for rich beef stew, chicken and dumplings, and roast beef with mashed potatoes and golden carrots. 

My dog, Rudy, and I adjust our walking times to the shortening or lengthening hours. We go with the flow of nature’s cycles. We take it in stride, step for step, as we walk the same path almost every night. The sounds of nature surround us and that changes with the seasons too.

As Wisconsin residents, I suspect many of us take for granted the four distinct seasons. All it takes is a job transfer to the south to realize just how much we depend on the change to enjoy winter, spring, summer and fall. Yes, I know, we are in for more frigid below zero temps followed by more snow. But it is winter and we have chosen to live here.

Let’s enjoy the seasons of our lives.