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by Maxine Davis Does everything have pumpkin flavoring this time of year? No need to think. Just look around. The answer is a resounding, Yes!   At a coffee shop, I found menu items I would have never thought of eating or drinking, much less trying to make myself. I tried the Pumpkin Spice Latte […]

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Marilyn Baron - October 30, 2014 - 3:06 am

What a great post. I may be the only person who hasn’t made a pumpkin pie. I will eat it and I ordered one for Thanksgiving dinner because you have to serve pumpkin pie but I’d rather have coconut cream pie or pecan pie or key lime pie. Actually, pumpkin soup sounds good. I enjoyed reading about pumpkin everything, though.

Maxine Davis - October 30, 2014 - 8:43 am

Marilyn, Thank you so much for commenting. The pie recipe I put is easy and it’s more of a cheesecake pumpkin pie. Instead of pumpkin spice, I use a little cinnamon and a little ginger because I don’t like cloves in it. Hope you habe a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Maxine Davis - October 30, 2014 - 8:50 am


Connie Gillam - October 30, 2014 - 10:47 am

Great post, Maxine.

I’ve made pumpkin bread, cake, muffins, but never pumpkin pie. This holiday season I’ll try the pumpkin cheese cake pie. Thanks.

Maxine Davis - October 30, 2014 - 11:54 am

HI Connie, Thank you for commenting. I’ve made the bread, which was good, and, of course, the Libby’s Pumpkin Pie. The recipe I gave for the pumpkin cheesecake pie is totally delicious. I do hope you enjoy. Let me know how it turns out.

USA Today best-selling author, FARRAH ROCHON !

TRAVELING THROUGH THE FIVE SENSES I love to travel. LOVE it! And do you want to know what’s really awesome when you’re a writer who loves to travel? You get to bring your readers along with you on all of your grand adventures!   In my most recent release from Harlequin Kimani Arabesque, a Christmas […]

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Marilyn Baron - October 29, 2014 - 3:17 am

What a great post. It’s almost like being there. I love to travel also and I tend to set my books in places I’ve visited. Unfortunately, I don’t have a sense of smell so can’t imagine what places smell like. But taste and food play a big role in my books. I’ve listened to music while writing but your idea about YouTube is great to simulate sounds and recreate mood. Best of luck and thanks for visiting the blog.

Connie Gillam - October 29, 2014 - 12:41 pm


I’ve always wanted to visit Turk and Caicos, especially after Aaron Neville(one of my favorite singers) mentioned it was his vacationing spot of choice.

When my writing sounds flat, I go back through and check that I’m using all the senses. That always helps.

Thanks for stopping by.

Maxine Davis - October 29, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Farrah, It sounds delightful and a book I could really lose myself in it while reading. You broght out some great points in the Five Senses – very smart.

Piper - October 29, 2014 - 1:52 pm

These are such great tips for transporting yourself! Are you planning on going someday? You seem to love to travel! Thank you for stopping by the blog today!

Carol Burnside - October 29, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Oh, what great ideas for involving your senses! Lovely cover art too. Thanks for dropping in on us at PFHT and best of luck with your new release. :-)

Walt Mussell - October 29, 2014 - 3:25 pm


So you ate shrimp and grits for breakfast and washed it down with rum punch…I could get into this.

Dare accepted. :-)

sandra elzie - October 29, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Hi Farrah,
Love the post…and thanks for the reminder to use all five senses in our writing.

Love the book cover…good luck with it.

Sia Huff - October 29, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Excellent ideas, Farrah. I’ve printed pictures and lit candles. My next step is to try a soundtrack. Now I want to try your other (touch & taste) tricks.
I Dare You, sound fun. Wishing you many sales!

Farrah Rochon - October 29, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Greetings all!

Sorry to pop in so late. Today is my “errand day” and I’m just getting a chance to sit at the computer.

Thanks so much for the lovely comments. This was such a fun book to both research and write! Of course, when writing there is nothing like being there in order to really get a sense of place, but the Internet makes things sooooo much more accessible, doesn’t it?

Piper, after researching the islands I definitely see a trip to Grand Turk on my travel agenda. It looks amazing!

Walt, I highly recommend shrimp and grit with a nice icy cup of rum punch. It works for any meal of the day. :)

cilla - October 29, 2014 - 8:23 pm

I find some amazing stuff about you Ms. Farrah.. Love it :-)

Trail of Kisses by Merry Farmer !!

Trail of Kisses (Hot on the Trail)  #1 by historical romance author Merry Farmer is here! Are you ready to ride the Oregon Trail?  Available RIGHT NOW for only $0.99 on  Amazon, iBooks, and Smashwords:  1-click before the price goes up to $3.99! Someone is trying to kill Lynne Tremaine. After her father sentences two […]

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Marilyn - October 27, 2014 - 8:06 am

I really like the blurb of the book and the concept. I wish you much success with this book and your career. Thank you for blogging with us.

Sandy Elzie - October 27, 2014 - 10:00 am

Hi Merry,
Great cover….love it. Your storyline sounds great. Good luck with the blog tour and sales.

Connie Gillam - October 27, 2014 - 11:15 am


I love stories about the West. Good luck with your book. And thanks for being with us on the blog.

Carol Burnside - October 27, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Sounds good. I snagged a copy. Thanks!

Walt Mussell - October 27, 2014 - 8:37 pm

I always love a good Oregon story (and I wish I could finish my own).

Maxine Davis - October 29, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Merry, Thank you for visiting the PFHT. I apologize for being late to the party. I love the book blurb and can’t wait to read it. Best of luck.

Petit Fours is traveling to Athens, GA – Botanical Gardens

BOTANICAL GARDENS Athens, Georgia by Sandra Elzie In early Spring, hubby and I joined a group from church and visited the Botanical Gardens at Athens, Georgia. It’s part of the University horticultural program and the students are doing a fantastic job. It was a lovely day to wander through the various sections of the garden. […]

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Marilyn Baron - October 24, 2014 - 4:37 am

Beautiful pictures. I never knew about this place but it looks like something I’d like to see .

Piper - October 24, 2014 - 6:01 am

I’m with Marilyn. I never knew about this place, but I need to make a visit. Thanks for these great day trip posts! And the inclusion of the picture of your Love Plant–so cute–lol!

Walt Mussell - October 24, 2014 - 7:23 am

Never knew of this place. Love the Shinto shrine gate.

Carol Burnside - October 24, 2014 - 4:31 pm

That love plant was the best of all. :-D

sandra Elzie - October 25, 2014 - 4:54 am

Hi Marilyn,
I didn’t know about it until someone from church mentioned it and then a group of decided to go. It was a great day outing.

sandra Elzie - October 25, 2014 - 4:55 am

Hi Piper, lol I showed the post to Hubs and he just rolled his eyes, but then leaned over, kissed me and told me he was glad I fell in love with him. Thanks for commenting.

sandra Elzie - October 25, 2014 - 4:56 am

The garden behind the Shinto shrine gate was delicate and absolutely beautiful. We really enjoyed it…as well as the entire garden.

sandra Elzie - October 25, 2014 - 4:57 am

Thanks…it was my favorite “plant” of the day. lol

Maxine Davis - October 25, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Sandra, this looks fantastic! I love gardens and flowers. Yes, I think we will have to incude th is on our agenda! Thanks so much.

Sandy Elzie - October 25, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Glad to see you commenting after your surgery, Maxine. Praying for a quick, painless recovery.

Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Disney by Sia Huff

5)  My Disney Experience: For those of you who like to pre-plan, this is nirvana. By phone or on-line you can make Disney resort, park ticket and dining reservations. A new app is linked to your reservation and allows you to see your agenda and also to request daily Fast Pass selections. Just pull up […]

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Marilyn Baron - October 23, 2014 - 4:17 am

Great post and love the pictures. It has been awhile since I’ve been to Disney. We used to take the kids there but they’re all grown up so we haven’t been back. I remember liking the restaurants and EOCOT and not liking the heat or the scary rides. It’s also hard to get the sound of It’s a Small World After All out of my head but the kids loved it.

Sia Huff - October 23, 2014 - 9:45 am

Thanks, Marilyn. I have to say, I haven’t been on It’s A Small World in awhile, but there are slow and medium speed rides, plus great shows. Something for everyone. Animal Kingdom has an amazing Finding Nemo puppet show, where the actors are dressed to blend in. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Walt Mussell - October 23, 2014 - 12:09 pm

I absolutely love Disney. Have for many years. My in-laws live 10 minutes from Disneyland. Can’t count how many times we’ve taken the kids.

Sia Huff - October 23, 2014 - 5:47 pm

That’s like us, Walt. My parents used to live in Florida, about an hour away from Disney World. It was a great fit and we still love it.

Sia Huff - October 23, 2014 - 5:48 pm

That’s like us, Walt. My parents used to live in Florida, about an hour away from Disney World. It was a great fit and we still love it. Do you have a favorite attraction or show?

Maxine Davis - October 25, 2014 - 12:31 pm

Sia, this sounds like a wonderful trip. I might even be able to get hubby to take one like this, I’m glad you had a goodf time, Tjhis sounmds like my type of trip!

Sandy Elzie - October 25, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Oh Sia, you and just everyone under 100 years old love to visit Disney. I love the rides, the happiness, the food, and watching the little kids when they get to meet their favorite movie star in larger-than-life reality. I can still remember my granddaughter’s face (at 4 years old) when she met Buzz Lightyear and Woody. They’re huge and she just stared up at them with her mouth open.

Welcome Award-Winning Author VICKI BATMAN !

  Panty Hose – Just kill me now Once upon a time, I wore panty hose with no problem, just part of my everyday business attire. But when I left the full-time working profession to care from my sons, they went by the wayside. And that’s when I began to detest them. Maybe this was […]

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Marilyn Baron - October 22, 2014 - 3:47 am

What a great post. I love the excerpt, too. I also wore panty hose all of my working life. Hated them and you’re right, they used to fit and now they don’t and they usually have a run in them right out of the package. My two daughters never wore panty hose and they can’t understand why I do. Now that I work out of my house I only wear them to visit clients or when I have an occasion to dress up. But, hearing my daughters’ voices in my head, lately I’ve stopped doing that, except I feel underdressed when I do. But no one in the younger generation wears them. I can understand why they’re the weapon of choice for serial killers.

Maxine Davis - October 22, 2014 - 10:24 am

Panty Hose! Joe Namath can have them! Alright, I think I just let my age give a shout-out! Hate them. Don’t wear them. Hope never to wear them again. On the way home from work one afternoon – and I remember the place on I-75 where it happened, I was hot, traffic was at a crawl and I peeeled off my panty hose while the truck driver next to me road and watched. I thought he’d moved on. Didn’t care. They are miserable!

Vicki Batman - October 22, 2014 - 10:46 am

Hi, Marilyn: LOLOL I love that last line about weapon of choice for serial killers. LOLOL

Hi, Maxine! Your experience could be the excerpt I needed for my book. Did you ever have a dud pair and ended up cutting them off? Thank you so much for posting today.

D'Ann - October 22, 2014 - 11:10 am

Hate, hate, hate them. Thankfully, horses and dogs don’t care what I wear.

Patricia Yager Delagrange - October 22, 2014 - 11:21 am

Funny post, Vicki. I remember wearing panty hose and I never, ever liked them. When I was a teenager we had to wear the garter belt with the clip thingees to hold up the hose, but you may be too young to know about that. Those segued into panty hose but I still felt like they were a hassle and always stretched and fell down, etc… Hated them! So, then I too had kids and the hose went by the wayside and frankly I see most women not wearing any sort of hose these days. When I go out I wear bare legs with heels or whatever. Never again, I say.

Doreen Jensen - October 22, 2014 - 11:26 am

Times change: When I was able to ditch the garderbelt and stockings for pantyhose I felt liberated(well it was the 60′s)-As I said times change–Then I went to pantyhose with the crotch out–looked like garter style but healthier than regular pantyhose– Then couldn’t get them, was told no-one wanted them as they were ugly–finally found them –stagshop–triple the price -because now they are “sexy”– times change. Now its knee-highs or nothing.
Loved your post–well said.

Vicki Batman - October 22, 2014 - 11:49 am

Hi, D’Ann! and I’m thinking horses and dogs are way smarter.

Hi, Patty! I agree with you–never again! And thank you for the youngster compliment. I may recall… lol

Hi, Doreen! Isn’t it funny how the market changes? I’m pretty sure I read women drew stocking lines up the back of their legs to simulate wearing hose during war times. I don’t even do knee-highs. Barely socks. lol Thank you for saying so and posting.

Melissa Keir - October 22, 2014 - 8:47 pm

I officially hate panty hose. I used to have one brand that I liked that wasn’t too expensive (yes they cost an arm and a leg) and fit right… but *sigh* those brands are long gone.

Walt Mussell - October 22, 2014 - 8:58 pm

This was funny (and I have no clue on panty hose issues).

Vicki Batman - October 22, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Hi, Melissa! Yeah for joining the club. *waving our hate panty hose banner wildly* I wouldn’t know about fit or anything. I think I have one pair.

Hi, Walt! Thank you for the funny compliment. That means I did a pretty good job if you thought so. And that’s okay, you don’t have to know about panty hose. LOLOL

Jeanie Jackson - October 22, 2014 - 10:22 pm

I can related to the panty hose, and yes the garter belt and panty girdle with the thingies. I have to check out this book. Sounds like my kind of girl.

Vicki Batman - October 23, 2014 - 9:42 am

Hi, Jeanie! When I was younger, being a girl seemed complicated. I remember my mom wiggling into a girdle. lol. I hope you check out Temporarily Employed and if you do, please let me know what you think. Thank you for posting.

Sandy Elzie - October 25, 2014 - 1:41 pm

I can defintely understand trashing panty hose. I hate those things. When I retired I said I’d never wear them….and I seldom do, but there are those rare occasions, but I try to dress to get away with knee-highs. Thanks for being with us.

Vicki Batman - October 26, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Hi, Sandy! As for as for being with you gals, I asked and you said yes; so I’m the one grateful for you and your nice group. You know, it took me years before I wore socks, too. Thank you so much for commenting.

Confessions from the MOB

By Marilyn Baron                       Just like the character, Julie, in my new, humorous coming-of-middle-age women’s fiction, Stones, I am planning a wedding. They say life imitates art, which may be true because my character is planning her son’s wedding and I am planning my daughter’s […]

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Sandy Elzie - October 21, 2014 - 1:03 am

Hi Marilyn,
I can’t wait to go on vacation so I can have time to read your book. MOB??? Oh yeah. I shopped and shopped and then ordered a designer dress. It arrived, but wasn’t the size they ordered. They had to reorder and it arrived two days before the wedding…barely time enough to alter the length.

Marilyn Baron - October 21, 2014 - 6:44 am

I was surprised how far in advance you have to order the dresses because they’re made overseas. My next stop would have been to a department store but they might not have had the size I needed. I’m glad you got your dress in time but that was cutting it close. That was aggravation you don’t need when planning a wedding.

Diane Burton - October 21, 2014 - 8:06 am

I’ll preface my comment with I HATE SHOPPING. However, I was the MOG in August. Dress shopping? Yuck. But I found the perfect outfit in an exclusive (read “expensive”) shop that caters to women of a “certain size.” Unfortunately it wasn’t in my size. Since it had to be specially ordered, I had to pay up front and it was mine–whether it fit or not. I dithered about that for a week before my hairdresser suggested a department store where she’d found a dress for a wedding. They had one for me. I liked it, it was flattering, and half the price of the other one. Surprising what you can find. Funny thing, though, the MOB wore the same color. Bride didn’t mind. Interestingly, at my daughter’s wedding, the MOG and I wore the same color. Navy blue is popular in August as well as November.

Loved STONES. Enjoy the wedding.

Lynn Crain - October 21, 2014 - 9:11 am

I’ve had the very same dilemma myself. It’s always interesting to see just how the bride wants things to be. LOL!

Looks like a great story, Marilyn. Here’s wishing you many, many sales.

Marilyn Baron - October 21, 2014 - 9:15 am


It’s funny you wrote about women of the certain size and my novel Stones is about women of a certain age. I love Navy, not sure it goes with powder blue. A friend of mine who was Mother of the Groom wore a long navy dress and the bridesmaids dresses were navy too and it looked beautiful. I didn’t think anyone would have a problem with a MOB or MOG dress that was the same or similar color as the bridesmaid dresses as long as they blended. The dress I bought happens to be my favorite color so I was happy. I loved the store where I bought the dresses but would have been happy to get it at a department store if I could find my size Thanks for commenting and making me laugh.

Marilyn Baron - October 21, 2014 - 9:18 am

Thanks for commenting. I don’t think my daughter would care what color my dress was as long as it didn’t clash with the bridesmaid dresses. I don’t think she’d even care then but it does look nice in the pictures if everyone wears colors that look good together. I sent a picture of my dress to the future mother-in-law so our dresses wouldn’t clash. Thanks for your good wishes about the book.

Maureen Bonatch - October 21, 2014 - 10:37 am

Love the excerpt (and lol over Barnyard :) Sounds like a great story!

Marilyn Baron - October 21, 2014 - 11:48 am

Maureen, Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked the excerpt.

susan coryell - October 21, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Marilyn: I loved STONES and I have 3 married kids – 2 sons and a daughter. Shopping for Mother of-Bride/Groom was hard for me for all the same reasons you pointed out. I ended up getting two of the three from catalogs and for the THIRD wedding I actually borrowed a lovely long linen yellow dress from a neighbor. Don’t forget the accessories! Loved your post and good luck with STONES.

Marilyn Baron - October 21, 2014 - 1:20 pm


I’m so glad you enjoyed reading Stones. The yellow linen dress sounds beautiful. I love yellow but don’t see many dresses in that color in the stores. I think my daughter is going to use a lot of yellow roses in the wedding. Catalogs would be hard for me because how can you tell your size and then when the dress comes in it would have to be altered. I’m all about the accessories. I’d love to borrow some of the jewelry mentioned in the book, especially the emerald necklace. Thanks for your comments.

Connie Gillam - October 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Congratulations to your daughter, Marilyn.

Only two of my three children are married. One eloped and the other had a small (read inexpensive)wedding. This daughter was playing to go to the Justice of the Peace. I said I’d plan a quick small wedding for her. (My SIL was shipping out to Afghanistan.) I was so busy shopping for food and getting the house ready, I didn’t have time to shop for me. I had a lovely red dress that served the purpose.

M.J. Schiller, Romance Author - October 21, 2014 - 4:20 pm

I have a friend planning a wedding for her daughter and it’s such a production these days. We’ve been out of the wedding scene for a while so I hadn’t even heard of candy bars (other than the Snickers and Milky Way variety) and there seems to be a lot more thought going into favors, and decorations, etc. I don’t know if I’m up for that yet! Your book sounds great. I love a little wit thrown in! Best wishes for the bride and groom and Stones!

Marilyn baron - October 21, 2014 - 4:24 pm

I’m sure it was a wonderful wedding and the marriage is the important thing. And you always look good. Thanks for commenting.

Marilyn Baron - October 21, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Thanks for commenting. Production is exactly the right word for what this wedding is. I’m sure I don’t even know half of what is involved. We’ve made the major decisions, but there are so many details to think about. Thanks for your good wishes about the bride and groom and Stones.

R.T. Wolfe - October 22, 2014 - 7:58 am

Ha! Love it!
-R.T .Wolfe

Marilyn Baron - October 22, 2014 - 11:28 am

Thanks for commenting.

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