Today, November 10, is World Science Day for Peace and Development to highlight the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.
There’s more about this interesting initiative on the UN’s website.
And here’s a TED talk by Janine Benyus, on biomimicry and how scientists (and all of us) can learn from Mother Nature. As Ms. Benyus puts it, we live on a competent planet that does a zillion things extremely well; we can learn from that.
The latest story in the Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop series is out, and ready for your weekend reading! Or your bus commute! Or lunch break!
It’s a short story – or what passes for “short” in Corsette world, which means it’ll give you at least a couple of hours of reading pleasure.
Here’s the sweet scoop:
A wedding at the Cove! But not only is Granny Pearl’s antique Art Deco ring missing, so is the bride! Is it ghostly mischief, or is Prudence going to get cold feet this Christmas Eve and leave another groom standing at the altar?
Or will she remember in time that the sweetest life is the one you make together?
Corsair’s Cove is definitely a small town, and it’s contemporary – although some of the residents are from another century…
But for sure it’s full of romance!
My fellow authors the Corsettes and I have teamed up with 45+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Sweet & Mild Small Town Contemporary Romances to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!
Reviewer Amelia Richard of the site AlwaysReviewing has lovely things to say about Livy, Mack, and Corsair’s Cove – I’m so happy!
She really gets Livy, and she likes Mack as much as I did when I met him.
“KISS IN THE WIND is delightfully enjoyable,” Amelia writes, “and I want to believe these characters and the old-fashioned town actually exist. …There are emotional moments, humorous incidents, and lots of engaging townsfolk. Rachel Goldsworthy had me wanting to visit the businesses that are depicted in the story, as the proprietors sound charming.”
I am herewith inviting Amelia to come to the Cove for a visit any time. Livy will make a fresh batch of Five-Spice Barque to celebrate, and I’m sure Bonney the parrot will have some appropriate welcoming comments.
It’s a glorious Saturday here in the Garden City – warm, sunny, and full of that back-to-school excitement that energizes a town with students of all ages. And even though our flowerbeds are starting to get tired after blossoming for so many months now, a few fall blossoms are popping up purple-ly.
When I was writing Kiss in the Wind, I figured I had an excuse a responsibility to research it properly. Obviously, that meant making and eating chocolate things.
Because my family has a 20-year history of food allergies and sensitivities, I learned a long time ago how to adapt recipes to exclude dairy. Then eggs. Nuts, of course. Then gluten.
Now, I’m not claiming that I’m a good cook; but I’m a flexible cook.
In the back of Kiss in the Wind is Granny Coral’s recipe for no-bake coconut-oatmeal chocolate cookies, made gluten-free and vegan. (Warning: this doesn’t mean they’re healthier than other cookies because, y’know, they’re still full of chocolate and sugar.)
I don’t remember whether it inspired a scene in the book or the other way around, but I adapted it as well. I use gluten-free flour plus a little xanthan gum instead of wheat flour, coconut oil instead of butter, and voilà! Fab freestyle treats!
I even had to go a little rogue with the kitchen implements. When I couldn’t find my rolling pin, I resorted to using an empty bottle of Mack’s (really McClelland’s) whiskey. A full bottle would work too, apparently.
The bar had Prosecco on tap. I had a glass. Lee McKenzie and Sharon Ashwood and I were talking about how much fun it is to make up stories, and by the time we left our empty glasses on the table and walked, blinking, out into the sunshine, we’d decided to write a series of linked stories set in a chocolate shop and there would be a ghost and, hey! We’d better get Shelley Adina in on this! And Shelley brought along a pirate!
We’ve been having a blast ever since.
I can’t wait to sail you into Corsair’s Cove and introduce you to Livy, Mack, Bonney the parrot , and the rest of the crew! The first novella in the series, Lee’s Kiss at the Cove, will be out in August, followed two weeks later by my Kiss in the Wind, then Shelley’s Kiss on the Beach, and then the last novella, Sharon’s Kiss in the Dark.
But we were having too much fun to stop there, so we’ve also got a short story to wrap up the series in time for Christmas!