I haven’t posted for a while because I’ve been busy. Life with my rambunctious puppy, Reckless, keeps me on my toes, because—there’s always something to clean up. Seriously, she’s the best, and I love our time together. We visited Valley of Fire in Nevada above. I’ve also been writing.
Reno Red Book 2 (no title yet) is completed and in the polishing stage, so if you haven’t read Reno Red: Reckless (book 1), you better get a copy. The eBook version is as cheap as buying a pack of gum, cheaper than a soda, and contains no sugar, artificial flavor, or preservatives. It contains no caffeine but will stimulate your brain. My books are short because that's how I like books.
In my new book, I divulge my love interests—and I finally find out what my bestie Chanel does for a living. Of course, I have to deal with some villains, too.
There’s a relatively new song out about redheads that I think is spot on. The song “Redhead” is sung by Caylee Hammack and featuring Reba McEntire. Click this “link” to listen.
I’m going to end with the opening page from book 2.
“Life is strange. Death is stranger. In the last two hundred years, I’ve avoided friendships and serious relationships because I need to move around. In the last few weeks, that has changed. I’ve made a bunch of friends by adopting my puppy Reckless and meeting the spectre group. None of them care that I’m undead. In fact, the spectres are kind of glad I am. Since their business is to hunt monsters, they offered me a consultant position. I can help them track monsters because technically, I am one.
This consultant job allows me to use my vampire talents to help mankind instead of destroying it—finally, my long-searched for greater purpose. I want to prove to the spectres, who I call the Church people, that they can continue to trust me and that having me as an ally isn’t a mistake.
Apparently, there isn’t a short supply of work. Yesterday, the Church people and I busted a ring of sickos that were turning humans into fake vampires or “fampires,” and just an hour ago, the group leader Harry called for an emergency meeting.”
With the beautiful fall weather approaching, I will able to take Reckless on more outdoor excursions; however, this time around, I went solo. I headed out to Moab, UT, which is in the southeastern part of the state. Moab has red everywhere, and it's beautiful. These pictures are from Arches National Park.
Arches National Park has amazing natural arch rock formations, and they're red, too! This one is called Delicate Arch. There are a bunch of arches, and they all have names.
With all the fires currently raging, sunrises and sunsets have been very red. As pretty as they are, it is a sad reminder of the devastation happening. My un-beating heart goes out to all those affected by these fires, and I thank all those who are stepping up to help out those communities.
And, of course, your favorite vampire is a redhead. I seriously don't know where the term "ginger" came from for redheads. The ginger spice is yellow. Wouldn't we be "cinnamons"?
Anyway, the writing of Reno Red book 2 is well underway. My ex-boyfriend is in this book, but that's all I'm going to say about him. All your favorite characters are back from book 1, too. Chanel finally finds the courage to ask me some "vampire" questions, so you'll get to find out the answers...that is, when it's published and if you get a copy.
Until next time, take care and stay safe. Remember, vampires are far down on the list of things you should worry about.
Reckless loves to play as any puppy does. She met a blue heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) friend named Pepper who is about a year older than she is. Pepper and Reckless zoom around after each other at the dog park...it's super cute! Here are a few pictures of Reckless and her buddy Pepper. By the way, Pepper was a rescue puppy, too. Adopt, don't shop!
It's not because I sunburn, sparkle, or disintegrate in sunshine, I just like the look of cowboy hats. Here's Reckless and me out for a hike.
Cowboy hats are a fun accessory. I have three of them to match my outfits...especially my flip-flops.
And, of course, going line dancing with Chanel, my best friend, is always a great occasion to wear a cowboy hat.
I know what you're thinking, vampires probably are stellar dancers because we move so fast. Well, not in my case. Yes, I move super fast, but I'm clumsy as heck.
If you haven't figured it out, I'm not the typical vampire, which means you haven't read my first book, Reno Red Reckless. What are you waiting for? Get busy! Book 2 is in the works.
I hit the road again to capture some wildlife photos. There is something very peaceful about watching animals is their native surroundings--free and unafraid. I can usually sneak up close enough to them since I don't carry a human odor to get good pictures.
By the way, if you haven't read Reno Red book 1, get busy. Reno Red book 2 is in the works!!!
I decided to hit the road again and seek out another vacation spot. This time, signs of volcanic activity brewed almost everywhere I looked--mud bubbled in circular pits, two-hundred-degree water shot into the air with high velocity, relieving pressure beneath the Earth, steam seeped from cracks in the ground. Large land animals roamed through the mist—right past my truck!
This description may conjure up images of a prehistoric age when mammoths and T-rexs loomed about, but it’s actually Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Hot springs, geysers, waterfalls, and wildflowers are the backdrop from the largest land animals in America, bison, as well as elk, deer, pronghorn, wolves, coyotes, grizzly and black bears.
Yellowstone is known for Old Faithful geyser, but it doesn’t shoot water as high as some of the others. It gives dependable eruptions every 60-90 minutes 24/7. Other geysers may shoot water 300 feet in the air, but you never know when—the eruptions could be months or years apart. The hikes are spectacular, too.
Enough with the geology lesson. The park is amazing! I loved it! And another thing, some people camp and bring their dogs; however, many of the hot springs and geyser viewing does NOT allow dogs—for their safety. I left Reckless with Chanel while I was away. She chewed up one of Chanel’s flip-flops, but oh, well.
By the way, Reno Red 2 (no title yet) is in the works, so if you haven’t read my first book, get busy! Now, enjoy the pics from your favorite vampire.
You'd expect a vampire to vacation at an exceedingly hot and desolate place with points of interest named Deadman Pass, Funeral Peak, and Coffin Peak, and I did. That place is Death Valley.
I didn't bring Reckless along this trip. Summer temps in Death Valley have topped a sweltering 134. It's no surprise how Devil's Golf Course got the name.
Some cool facts about Death Valley include:
Badwater Basin is the lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet below sea level. The water is very salty…not poisonous like you'd imagine.
It is home to Devil’s Hole pupfish, rare creatures only found there. Yes, fish in the desert.
A few volcanic craters are at this National Park, most notably Ubehebe Crater.
Despite sounding like a bleak hellhole, beauty is everywhere if you take the time to look. That principle can be applied to more than Death Valley. Below are pictures of Zabriskie Point, Golden Canyon, and Artist's Palette.
Reckless and I made it through Thanksgiving without many mishaps. Harry and Rosemarie invited all the spectres over for Thanksgiving dinner. Caleb, Ursula, Reckless, and I attended, but Hunter and Chynna were out of town at a family reunion.
Of all the minor mishaps, Reckless stole a turkey leg and two biscuits. Did I mention the food was on Ursula's plate? OOPS. haha.
Ursula was as sparkly as ever. Who knew you could actually find a glittery orange shirt? She was friendly to me, which made sitting next to her not as awkward. Still awkward. Especially after my puppy ate her meal...twice. I also found out something about Caleb's family that I hadn't heard before--but I'll tell you later. Supposedly it's spilled in book 2.
Speaking of books--of course--I am excited to tell you all that Reno Red Reckless is now available in paperback!!! It's super cheap, too. What a great stocking stuffer for CHEAP! Although I'd love everyone to read about my adventures, the book is recommended for 17+ because I have a potty mouth. I admit it. It didn't really kick in until the 1920s, but once it started, there was no turning back. I'm working on it though.
Hold on, I have to get my flip-flop out of Reckless' mouth.
I'm back. So, I've plugged my book. Now, I want to plug another book that will help people around the world get resources that they need, namely mosquito netting. Some proceeds of The Rabbit Hole, an anthology of weird stories, will go to the Against Malaria Foundation to buy netting. Get a book, cross a gift off your list, and help someone all at the same time.
That's all for now. I have to go retrieve another flip-flop from Reckless. Have a great week!
Pictures are worth a thousand words, so I'll keep my writing short so you can enjoy some of the awesome places that I've visited recently. I toured throughout Nevada with stops in Las Vegas, Boulder City, Reno (haha yeah) and Tahoe. Enjoy! Oh, and if you haven't checked out my book, Reno Red: Reckless, what are you waiting for? A cup of coffee is more expensive than my book. If you like my pictures, leave a comment!
I don’t really attend dinner parties. As a vegan vampire, I only need to drain a juicy beet for nourishment, but I accepted the offer from my friends Harry and Rosemary to go to dinner at their house. The rest of the Church people group were going to be there. If you haven’t read my story, Reno Red: Reckless, I’ll fill you in on the Church people. The group of six has varied religious beliefs and range in age from twenty-two to seventy something. They occasionally gather to talk about religion—at least, that’s what they want people to think. It’s partially true, however; I won’t give you a spoiler about what they REALLY do.
Despite my special diet, Chynna made an awesome gesture to bring a vegan dish to the dinner party. Reckless enjoyed a few bites of it after she dumped my plate—but that’s another story. Anyway, here’s her eggplant recipe. It sure smelled great, and everyone else enjoyed it!
Chynna’s Vegan Eggplant Burgers
1 large eggplant
½ cup seasoned vegan breadcrumbs
½ cup shredded vegan (cheddar) cheese
1 clove garlic
2 tbsp. olive oil
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
Remove the skin from the eggplant and cut into 1-inch chunks. Saute the garlic in olive oil in a medium frypan over medium heat for about a minute (so it doesn’t burn) and add the eggplant chunks. Saute for about 10 minutes until soft. If you put a lid on the frypan for about 5 minutes, it will help to steam the eggplant softer. Take off the heat and cool for 10 minutes.
Add the eggplant, breadcrumbs, cheese shreds, salt and pepper in a food processor. Blend until mixed but not soupy. Form the mixture into round patties (hamburger sized) and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Let the burgers harden in the fridge for about a half hour.
Cook the burgers in a medium frypan (either with a little oil or spray the pan so the burgers won’t stick) over medium heat. You may need to flip them a few times to get them solid, but be careful on the flip!
The burgers pair well with a vegan bun. Toppings can include vegan French fried onions and barbeque sauce for a tangy burger or lettuce, tomato, and cheese with ketchup for a traditional burger.
Of course, once you make the recipe, Chynna says you may want to adjust the spices (or add spices) and play with the level of breadcrumbs to get the burgers the consistency you like.
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