Saturday, October 11, 2014

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

I was working in a store yesterday and a lady started complaining the lines were too long and she had to wait a few minutes before she was checked out. We all whined about something; the transmission went out on my car then I had a minor car accident with my husband's car.
But when something major happens in your life and you realize how trivial our complaints are.The saying 'Don't sweat the small stuff' comes to mind.
On Sept. 20th we lost our oldest grandson. He was taken from us when he fell in a barn accident.  We are trying to see something positive from this and we are holding on to the fact that after his death our son and daughter-in-law  donated his organs and saved four people.
In memory of Daniel. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Book Signing Today

My brother and I will be at the Salem Library today with over 40 local authors. I look forward to seeing you there.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Until I Met You

J. T. Reynolds returns from the war a broken man with one goal on his mind, protect his deceased brother's baby. When he meets the baby's guardian, Jessica Reid, he conceals his identity in order to judge if she's a competent caregiver. He finds peace and contentment in her arms and longs to build a loving family with her.

Jessica has been lied to by most of the men in her life and finds it difficult to form a lasting relationship. With sole guardianship of her nephew, she struggles to find a trustworthy babysitter until a handsome man moves into the neighborhood. Learning to trust again, Jessica finds strength and love in Tyler's strong arms. Jessica is devastated when she learns Tyler has deceived her. Is her love resilient enough to forgive him?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Signing Sept. 20th

I'll be signing books at the Salem Library Saturday Sept. 20, 1-4pm.
Stop by for a free copy of Until I Met You. I look forward to seeing you there.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fall Colors

Summer has slipped away and the color of fall is around us. Colorful fall leaves are showing on the trees around us and the air is becoming brisk in the evening.
I watched an old episode of The Walton's tonight. John Boy was struggling to carve out time to write and still keep up his responsibilities to his family. This is a challenge for most writers and all to true for me this summer. Our house is in need of more repairs than we have time to work on and seems to have taken up all our weekends.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

A Sleepover

The summer is flying by like usual we're trying to stuff as much as we can into our days before the rainy weather returns. We started a new tradition today of a sleepover with all four grandchildren. They have far more energy than grandpa and I do.

I'm blogging this weekend at
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Take care and let me know what you're doing this summer.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


I apologize for neglecting my blog this last month. Until We Meet Again the second in my Sweetbriar Series has been my main focus lately.

We've enjoyed two of our grandsons in the 4th of July parade and a visit from out of state relatives already this summer. A family picnic is in the planning stage; coordinating schedules and location is a little tricky.

What are your plans for the Summer?

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Lovely Day

We started our day watching our oldest grandson play baseball. I love watching this age group. They are not super serious about the game yet so playing in the dirt or dancing in the out field is all part of the game.
Our daughter and her husband helped us do some heavy duty yard work today. It's great to sit back and see how great that section of yard looks.

I'm working on Until We Meet Again the second in the Sweetbriar Series.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Beautiful Day

It's a lovely sunny day here. I need to do some needed yard work before I can work on my story Until We Met Again. Unfortunately my Work-in Progress is going slower than I like. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Don't put things off until tomorrow

I've always enjoyed the look of this old building. It used to be the tannery in town. For the last couple of years I've said I wanted to take pictures of the building. A couple of weeks ago I finally remembered my camera and snapped a dozen pictures of this old character. Yesterday I was sad to see they are starting to take down the old buildings. I'm glad I had my camera when I did.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! Being a mom is a twenty four hour a day job with little recognition. Take some time day and do something for yourself.

Friday, May 2, 2014

May Day

Celebrate May Day with our anthology book.

a May Day anthlogy
by Chrsitine Young, C. L. Kraemer, Rosemary Indra, and Genie Gabriel

May Day has been celebrated since Roman times with dancing, baskets of flowers, and bonfires. In this collection of May Day stories, Rogue's Angels--Christine Young, C.L. Kraemer, Rosemary Indra and Genie Gabriel--continue the celebration with humor, faeries and falling in love.
Highland Miracle -- Christine Young
HURTLED THROUGH TIME, Sean Michael Sterling, landed in the midst of a May Day celebration he didn’t understand, assuming the role of Laird Sterling.
ILLIGITAMATE CHILD OF NOBILITY, Reagan Douglas searches for a way out of her half brother’s house. 

Defying the Odds -- C.L. Kraemer
The night elves on the hill aren't happy without their magic. They concoct a plan to punish those who were involved in the act that rendered them almost human. Meanwhile, Uther, the rogue night elf, has returned to woo the Librarian to be his eternal mate.

Love in Bloom -- Rosemary Indra
When childhood friends reunite it takes two fairies and a matchmaking daughter to help them admit their true love for each other.

No More Poodle Skirts -- Genie Gabriel
After drifting for years in the innocent age of the 1950s, a woman struggles to join today's world by finding a career and a new love, with some help from her zany family.

Saturday, April 26, 2014


After working on the Rogue Phoenix Press Facebook Party this morning I'm in a party/prize mood. What are the three titles in my Forest Ridge Series books? Leave a comment here with the answer for a chance to win a book (your choice print or ebook) and a handmade cross stitch bookmark.
Hint check my website for the answer.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Facebook Party

My publisher Rogue Phoenix Press is having a Facebook Party. April 25th & 26th.
There are games and prizes.
I'll be there live Saturday morning 8 am for those of you who are early risers.
And Sat. 6 pm. Stop by and leave a comment for a chance to win books, a tablet and more.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Today has been a quiet, lazy day. We've worked on some needed housework and went for two walks. We even took the two dogs with us they are always a challenge. It's nice to relax and not to worry about a schedule.

My work in progress book Until We Meet Again, 2nd book in my Sweetbriar Series is set in the fictitious town of Forest Ridge nestled along the Columbia Gorge. I've been working on this story without a definite outline and I think that's why the writing is going so slow. Usually I have a clear vision of the ending of a story but the ending is not apparent to me. I need to take my own advice and "glue my butt to the desk chair" and do some serious work on it.  Maybe I need to go back up to Multonmah Falls and let the beautiful scenery invigorate me and the story.

Today's prize is a $10 Amazon Gift Card. Leave a comment for a chance to win. For a second chance to win leave a comment on my blog at

Friday, March 14, 2014


We are thinking spring here as the sun came out after a rainy morning. I hope to spend sometime tomorrow, in between rain showers, working in our yard.
Leave a comment on what you're planning for spring. Today's prize is a print book for my back list.

I'm also blogging this weekend at Leave a comment there for another chance to win.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Contest Winner

The sunny day gave me a chance to take the grandchildren outside for awhile. 
Tomorrow through Sunday I'm blogging on
Leave a comment for an extra chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

Yesterdays contest winner was Vicki she won a print book and a handmade bookmark.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It's a beautiful Spring day here. After all the rain and gray skies it's great to see the sun and lovely blue sky. I hope you're able to enjoy the sun where ever you are today.

I'm currently focusing on my next book the second book of my Sweetbriar Series.

My birthday is this week and instead of receiving gifts I've decided to give gifts. Leave a comment for a chance to win. Today's prize is a print book from my back list and a lovely handmade cross stitch bookmark.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This Week

It's a little early for hydrangeas to bloom but I've been thinking of Spring. At this time of year I'm thinking of working in the yard and planting a garden. What is your favorite thing to do in the Spring?

My birthday is this week and instead of receiving gifts for my birthday I've decided to give gifts. Leave a comment for a chance to win. Today's prize is a $10 Amazon gift card.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Busy Schedule

I've been away from my blog the last couple of weeks as I'm working on my work in progress, Until We Met Again the second book in my Sweetbrier Series.

Everlasting Love is currently free on the Amazon program.

Next week is my birthday and I'd like to celebrate the day by giving you gifts. Stop by for a week of fun and prizes.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Where I'm blogging this weekend.

This weekend I'm blogging with excerpts from my book The Look of Love. Stop by www. leave a comment for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Pictures of my world

Congratulations Gemma Juliana she won January's contest of a $10 Amazon gift card.
Like most of the country we had some snow this weekend and I thought I'd share a few of my pictures with you.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Groundhogs Day

In years past I remember Groundhogs Day was a big celebration. Punxsutawney Phil was always on the news predicting the weather for the next six weeks. This year poor Phil seems to be overshadowed by the Super Bowl also on Feb. 2.

Friday I had numerous people ask me if I was going to watch the Super Bowl or which team would I cheer for. Not one person ask about Punxsutawney Phil. Groundhogs Day is a cute tradition which started over a hundred years ago and sure to continue beyond Super Bowl Sunday. If his prognosis is for an early spring I'm sure he'll warm the hearts of many who are battling the bitter cold.

I'm currently working on my WIP Until We Met Again. My goal is to blog twice a week this month so stop by later this week to see what February contest is and who won January's Amazon Gift Card. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

My Two Worlds

              A writer has two worlds; their everyday life and the world they create. It’s a solitaire life as you sit at the computer weaving your characters and their lives together. There are times you struggle getting the words from your mind to paper in a coherent and legible fashion as the ideas swarm in your head. Other times you leave the imaginary world for a glimpse of reality and the challenge is to return to the make-believe before you inspiration evaporates.
                I’m currently in the latter situation. For several reasons I’ve drifted away from the story I’m working on. Now the story and characters are miles away and I need to start at the beginning to regain the thread of their lives.
                Once a month, three of my writer friends and I get together and discuss what we are working on or ideas for publicity. I had several reasons to decline the other nights meeting, from sickness, to not having anything to discuss as my story is still at the beginning and only a portion is in the computer. So I stalled in contacting them as I felt I was letting them down with a no show or more importantly letting myself down. Deep in my heart I knew I could and should do better. So at the last minute I went to our scheduled meeting.
                Only other writer’s truly understand the complexities of both worlds and the separation of the two. As I sat listening to my three friends I was reminded we all struggle with family, aging parents and the need to put words on paper. Writing and/or reading is what balances the rest of our lives and keeps us sane when the family troubles seem unbearable. I’ve wondered how I’d return to my story after such a long hiatus. My friend bluntly stated I needed to BIC—Butt In Chair. Her statement reminded me of an article I read a long time ago in the Reader’s Digest on how average people succeed and a quote I’d taped to my desk. The quote is long since gone but the idea is similar to hers: you glue your butt in the chair and stick with every project doing the best you can.  So today I’m gluing myself in my chair and returning to Until We Met Again.
                I’d like to thank my friends Genene Valleau, Chris Kramer and Chris Young for always keeping me down to earth and reminding me of the pot of glue.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Guest blog by Paty Jager

 Beneath the Covers is proud to present award winning writer Paty Jager.

How a Story Can Take a Twist
Paty Jager

Rosemary, Thank you for having me on your blog today.
I’m an eclectic writer.  I find sticking to one genre gets boring, so I hop back and forth between genres. I write historical and contemporary western romance, historical paranormal romance (Native American stories) and contemporary action adventure with romantic elements. While I genre surf, I always have a western or Native American element in my stories.
The book that just released is Laying Claim, a book set in 1898 in Alaska and the Yukon during the gold rush.  The idea to write a book set during this time and in this setting came to me years ago when I visited our daughter in Ketchikan, Alaska. At the time I was intrigued by the history of that town and grabbed up all the books in their book store on the history of the area. That started the juices bubbling about setting a story in Alaska.
Several years later for our thirtieth anniversary, my husband and I took an Alaskan cruise. This time it was Skagway and the Chilkoot and White Pass trails that caught my attention and made me start spinning scenes in my head.
When I wrote the end of Logger in Petticoats the fifth Halsey brother book, I put in that Jeremy, the brother to the heroine in the first book, Marshal in Petticoats, had headed to Alaska looking for gold. After the last book, I started getting emails from readers wanting more Halsey books.  Having sent Jeremy to Alaska it was a no-brainer that his story would take place in the Alaska and Yukon gold country.
The book started out with him discovering there was more money to be made by transporting goods for the greedy gold seekers and he started a packing operation. The book opens with him having made his fortune packing and is ready to head home. Only along comes a pretty, strong-willed, bit of a woman who is determined to get to the Yukon interior and find her brother. No amount of persuasion from Jeremy can get her to change her mind. He can’t ignore how he was brought up and he hires on as her guide.
This is where the story had to take a twist I hadn’t planned. I wanted him to use his pack string to cross the White Pass and show the carnage of the poor horses who didn’t make it over the pass. But upon researching, I discovered the winter that came right after the word got out about the biggest strike in the Klondike was also the worst winter in the gold rush history. That meant, even horses couldn’t get over the pass after feet of snow were dumped.
Plan B: When the heroine, Clara, makes an enemy of the villainous man running most of Skagway at the time, Jeremy has to get her out of town quickly when there is a slight break in the storm. To do this he trades his pack string for two dog teams and six sleds. And from there the action begins.
This proves even with the best laid plans for a story, if you don’t get all the historical facts before planning a book, it can take a twist you didn’t see coming, but in the long run can make for just as entertaining a read.
Blurb for Laying Claim: Jeremy Duncan commits to haul one last load of supplies across the great interior of the Yukon before heading home. But, he has to trade his pack animals for sled dogs and leave Skagway in the middle of a blizzard due to one strong-willed, business-minded beauty.

Determined to find her older brother, Clara Bixbee doesn’t care how she gets across the pass, as long as she does, and soon. Hiring handsome pack guide Jeremy Duncan seems to be her best choice. Especially after she saves a young girl being beaten by the local gang leader and needs to escape Skagway fast.

“Who’s there?” a female voice questioned through the wood barrier.
“I have a trunk for a Clara Bixbee.”
The door swung open. A girl stood in the opening.
He blinked.
No. A girl didn’t fill out the front of a dress like this one did. But she was small. Tinier even than his sister, and she barely came to his shoulder.
“It’s about time you brought my trunk. I’ve been waiting hours for it to arrive.” Her green eyes snapped with anger.
“I don’t know who you asked to pick this up, but I found two thieves rummaging through it on the beach and saved it.”
She gasped, then her small pink mouth set in a grim line. “I paid the clerk downstairs to have someone bring it to me.”
No wonder the man had a startled look on his face when Jeremy hauled the trunk up the stairs. “Where would you like me to put it?”
The woman stepped back, opening the door wider. “I cleared a spot over there. I’ve yet to meet my roommate but will have a word with her about this mess when she comes back.”
Jeremy set the trunk on the floor and turned to the woman. Her blonde hair was pulled up into a working woman’s bun, but her clothes, the ones she had on and the ones he’d sifted through in the trunk, were not working-class clothes.
She stood with her hands on her hips, her head tipped back, eyeing him. “How did you know this was my trunk?”
“After I chased the men off, I took it to my livery where I had some light and looked through it until I found the Bible with your name in it. Then I left it in safekeeping and started asking for you at the hotels.”
Her smooth, creamy skin flushed a deep pink. “You went through my trunk?”
“Would you rather I left it to the thieves who wouldn’t have brought it to you even after they took all they wanted from it?” While the woman was soothing on the eyes, he wasn’t keen on her attitude.
She gasped and dropped to her knees in front of the trunk. Her tiny fingers clasped the broken latch where a key had most likely locked the box. She unclasped the other latches and dug down to the bottom of the trunk shoving the clothing, causing them to spill over the sides.
Jeremy watched in fascination as she burrowed into the contents. She pulled out an oilcloth jacket and pushed her hand into a pocket. A smile crept across her face. Her hand reappeared empty. He’d guess she had money stashed in that coat.
He cleared his throat and she jumped. In her urgency to make sure she hadn’t been robbed, she’d forgotten he was still in the room.
“Jeremy Duncan. Miss…?” He hoped she didn’t say she was married. It would be a shame to have rifled through a married woman’s unmentionables. It would make fanaticizing about her not near as much fun.
“Bixbee.” She frowned. “You know my name. Why are you asking?”
He smiled. “Just figuring out if you’re married.”
“I am not, and it isn’t proper for you to be in my room.” She pushed to her feet and stood, again, with her hands on her narrow hips.
Jeremy nodded to the open door. “The door isn’t closed so you haven’t been compromised.”

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Meet Paty Jager:
With sixteen published books, three novellas, and an anthology, award-winning author, Paty Jager is never at a loss for story ideas and characters in her head. Her rural life in central and eastern Oregon, and interests in local history and the world around her, keeps the mystery and romance ideas flowing. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it. 
You can learn more about Paty at her blog;  her website; or on Facebook;!/paty.jager and twitter;  @patyjag.