Is Your First Love, Your Best Love?
A LASTING LOVE was my first story (love) in Romancing the West Series. I had visited a friend in Alexandria, VA and fell in love with the entire quaint, historic district along the Potomac River. I loved the old brick buildings, flowering cherry and dogwood trees, and the dynamic history connected to this area so close to Washington, DC. About the same time, we were moving to Tucson, where-the-heck, Arizona. Worlds away! I had never been here.
What a contrast – a woman from the power-based East who falls for a man used to wide-open spaces. As I was learning about the west, so was my heroine, Loren. And with their complicated relationship, A LASTING LOVE was born.
Loren and Reid
He thrills her, loves her and leaves her. Will it happen again? When the sophisticated East meets the rugged West on Capital Hill, Loren and Reid are worlds apart. Smart and sensible Loren realizes it's risky to love this brash man in cowboy boots, but her heart doesn't heed the warnings. Her stable future lies in her career in DC. Reid's life is in Arizona. Can she maintain her independence and follow her heart to the man she loves?
Sometimes, despite everything that comes between you, or maybe because of it all, your first love is your best love.
There. I said it. And by save, I mean… take it any way you want. Rescue. Liberate. Preserve. Protect. Redeem. Redo. Re-write.
Recently, a friend declared that she needed to “Redo Her Life.” Kids grown, divorced, stuck in memories and habits, unhappy with her current situation, old job, unproductive life.
“What do you want?” I asked.
“I don’t know. Change,” she answered.
“What’s keeping you from it?”
As we talked, I realized these are questions I ask my characters. In a book, a goal has to involve change, something we naturally resist. And you can’t blame others. You have to claim it and fix it. That’s the most satisfying way to write a story – or change a life. Your life.
Every movie, every book, every life has these elements:
In case you haven’t guessed by now, this is my Note to self: Get busy, get committed, get going!
Think it, write it, speak it, DO it! (if you write it and speak it, you're committed to doing it) Take up journaling. Write that book! Take that trip. Make that move. Create your new life! Finish what you started.
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Find yourself in the kitchen with Abuelita… learning the balance of life and love through food…
I’ve tried three times to write a post about the delights of this cookbook, which is a collaboration with my dearest friend, Madeline Gallego Thorpe. For the record, she is a superb cook and multimedia artist while I am a super taster and teller of tales.
Why has this blog been so stubborn?
Maybe it’s because I want it to be perfect. These are Madeline’s family stories that give great insight into the loves and lives of a Hispanic family in Tucson. Maybe I want to say proudly, this is one of the best Sonoran Mexican cookbooks you’ll ever see, because it is! Maybe I want to emphasize that this isn’t an ordinary cookbook. We have family recipes that relate to the history of food in this region. Not Tex-Mex. Not California style. Not even New Mexican, but close. This, in many ways, is a cultural cookbook.
And what does that mean?
We have included recitas, recuerdos, remedios Y dichos, (recipes, stories, remedies, and sayings) along with history, English and Spanish language, essays, and photos. That kind of culture.
What I know for sure is that writing and publishing this cookbook with my friend is one of the most satisfying projects I’ve ever accomplished.
Madeline and I will be presenting and signing copies of Corazón Contento at the Western Parks Association headquarters, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive, Tucson, AZ, 85755 (actually in Oro Valley) on Wednesday, February 27, at 2:00. We’ll talk food and families, have some fun and laughs, and oh yes, cookies! So, come join us! If you can’t make it but are interested in obtaining a copy of this wonderful, heart-warming book, email firstname.lastname@example.org . He will take care of purchasing details.