The Latest from Heidi

Winter Reads Jubilee

Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. I’ll be reading from The Surgeon & the Cowgirl at 2 p.m. (and answer any of your questions — really!)

The Markets at Hanover, 1649 Broadway, Hanover, PA

Also, Meet Local Authors 
Cara Sue Achterberg – Practicing Normal 
Tory Gates – Live from the Cafe
Allison B Hanson – Witness in the Dark
Ann Diviney, Lisa Kane, Georgia Simpson, & Justine Truckness – The Hanover, PA, Bucket List
Page Mason – What Tomorrow Brings
Bill Sachs – Sarah’s Wish & The Dragon’s Tale
Misty Simon – Cremains of the Day 
Karen Rose Smith – Murder by Lemon Cakes 
Aspring Writers 
Join a FREE Workshop to talk about 
– Publishing; Writing & Required Research; Writing Mysteries; and Getting Started as a Writer 

#bookqw is really #important

Once a week on Twitter, there is a fun hashtag — #bookqw. That’s Book Quote Wednesday. Most weeks I try to participate with a quote featuring the word that @MindyKlasky provides. For April 12, it was #important. I think this was a fun quote.

#BookGiveaway with a Giggle

Today, I have a fun surprise. I’ve teamed up with more than 40 fantastic romantic comedy authors to giveaway a huge collection of novels to TWO lucky winners, PLUS a Kindle Fire to the Grand Prize winner!
You can win my novel THE KENTUCKY COWBOY’S BABY, plus books from authors like Vicki Lewis Thompson and Katie Macalister.
Enter the giveaway by clicking here
Good luck, and enjoy!

4.5 Star Review: Kentucky Cowboy’s Baby

reviewed-by-lasrThe Long and Short Reviews website gave THE KENTUCKY COWBOY’S BABY 4.5 stars! Woohoo! Here’s what the review said (in part):Codkf04WEAARV8Q

“Cowboys and babies, that was what sold me on this one right away.

I loved EllaJayne, who always seems to do a disappearing act. She may be the smallest character in this story but she’s also pivotal. Pepper and AJ both think they’re fighting for the same thing. The Property. In reality what they both want is love, family and belonging. It’ll take a pint sized princess to show them the way.

How they go from fighting with each other to fighting for each other was the highlight of this story for me.

The ending and the climax was great, I wasn’t ready for the story to end.”

For the full review, visit Long and Short Reviews.

#bookqw — The Forgotten Word


bookqw-oct-5On Twitter each Wednesday @MindyKlasky leads a fun group of posts: #bookqw aka book quote Wednesday. Each week she suggests a need word and then we author-ly types find it and post snippet. I forgot to post mine this week on Twitter, so I’m sharing it here. Can you guess the word?

Milestone: Book 5 out in October


I’ve reached a milestone. My fifth book, THE BULL RIDER’S REDEMPTION (Angel Crossing, Arizona), is out this month! In a little over a year I’ve written a lot of words — nearly 300,000 — with my first book published in June 2015. Celebrating with a lot of October book signings!

Indie Author Day @GuthrieLibrary






Saturday, Oct. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Indie Author Day at Guthrie Memorial Library-Hanover’s Public Library

2 Library Place, Hanover, PA 17331

Contact: 717-632-5183-0869;

12:30-1 p.m.: Author Meet and Greet (with book signing and selling)

1-2 p.m.: An author panel with each author speaking for 5-10 minutes, followed by Q&A from the audience

2-3 p.m.: Live streaming webcast (more info here

#AmazonGiveaway Kentucky Cowboy’s Baby


#AmazonGiveaway. Enter to win.

#AmazonGiveaway: THE KENTUCKY COWBOY’S BABY (Angel Crossing, Arizona) (Kindle Edition).  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Oct 3, 2016, or when all prizes are claimed. Official Rules

Home on the Grange: Mock Sausage


This a World War I mock sausage recipe. It doesn’t use limas, but I think it would look similar.

It’s Friday so it’s time to go Home on the Grange with a recipe from my 1950 edition of the Pennsylvania State Grange Cook Book. This week I just couldn’t resist this one:

Mock Sausage

1 cup dried lima beans or 3 cups cooked lima beans
2/3 cup bread crumbs
2 eggs
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 tablespoon sage

Pick over and wash beans, cover with water and let soak over night. Drain, cook in boiling salted water until tender.* Drain off all liquid. Force through a strainer. Add remaining ingredients. Shape into form of sausages. Saute in a small amount of fat.

*Soaking and cooking instructions are for dried beans.

Home on the Grange: Labor Day NO MAYO potato salad

In honor of Labor Day, I’m breaking out a PA Dutch style potato salad recipe from the 1950 Pennsylvania State Grange Cook Book. The recipe sounds more like German potato salad to me, but who am I tell Mrs. Richard A. Landes (who is credited with the recipe) that it’s not Pennsylvania Dutch!

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I couldn’t find an exact pic of this no-mayo potato salad, but I think this is close.

Potato Salad (Pa. Dutch Style)

8 boiled potatoes
1/2 bunch celery, diced
2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced (if desired)
1 medium onion, minced
2 tablespoons parsley, minced
3 slices bacon, diced
3 eggs well beaten
1 ½ cups sugar
3/4 cup vinegar, diluted with 1 cup cold water (vinegar from sweet pickles may be used for part of this mixture or all of it
1/3 teaspoon dry mustard
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 teaspoon pepper

Boil potatoes in their jackets. When soft, peel and dice. Add the celery, sliced hard-cooked eggs, and onion. Let stand while making the dressing.

Fry bacon until crisp and brown. Pour off excess bacon fat. Beat the eggs. Add the sugar, spices and vinegar and water (or pickle vinegar). Mix well. Pour into hot bacon and fat.* Stir until mixture thickens over low heat (about 10 minutes). Pour over potato mixture, mix lightly and let stand in cold place several hours before serving. Makes about 10 servings.

*You might want to use a double boiler and make sure the bacon/fat is not overly hot, or you’ll end up with scrambled eggs.