Monday, May 12, 2014

Sorry that I've been away so long. To be honest, I've been just taking it easy. I have, however, discovered a wine that many of you will not be able to find. It is an Arkansas wine from Mount Bethel Winery. Domaine Montel Merlot is a rich ruby red wine, aged up to 12 months in well seasoned American White Oak, with a spicy flavor balanced by the crisp berry flavor of the Merlot grape. I found it quite enjoyable and hope that you have the opportunity to try it. You can order it on line if you live in a state that allows import by mail. Otherwise, you will just have to visit Mount Bethel in Altus, Arkansas. During your visit, drink in the scenic beauty of the Ozark mountain while sampling the offerings of five local wineries. Oh, and while you are there, try Kelts Restaurant, located on the square in Altus. They have one of the best burgers I've ever eaten.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


I've been in a zone the last few weeks, writing/re-writing/editing and accomplishing very little in the way of putting words on paper. I haven't even had time for wine and one should always make time for wine. I have, however, got one heck of a plot for the book I am working on that will transition nicely into the one I will write next.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

After The Cataclysm     My friend, Inge H. Borg, has just published book 3 of the Legends of The Winged Scarab series, a dystopian action/adventure that stands alone. Readers would benefit from having read at least Book 2 - Sirocco, Storm over Land and Sea, but Book 1, Khamsin, the Devil Wind of the Nile, does have its artifacts bridging it to its two sequels.
     After the Yellowstone Super-volcano explodes, the ghost ship, Lyubov Orlova, becomes a floating battleground between protagonists from Sirocco, Storm over Land and Sea. Afterthe Cataclysm, plunges straight into this desperate post-apocalyptic world. Egyptologist Naunet Wilkins and her scientist husband Jonathan flee their lawless homeland, accepting an uneasy offer from Egyptian archaeologist Jabari El-Masri, a fugitive from his own country. He was given refuge on Venezuela’s Isla Margarita, owned by the fanatic art collector Lorenzo Dominguez. Did El-Masri barter his Golden Tablets and the expertise of his American friends for his own exile? Once again, Naunet is torn between translating the ancient curses for the ruthless South American billionaire, and saving her future world from the dire prophecies. As another ill-wind blows, she finds her answer.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

ebooksoda honors "Mask Among The Bones"

I am proud to announce that my book, "Mask Among The Bones", is being featured on Friday March 7th 2014 at eBookSoda, a new readers' site where they'll send you ebook recommendations tailored to your taste. It was selected in a contest from entries made by many authors in multiple genres. I consider it an honor and I hope you will take the time to check it out.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

All things Bogle

We have fallen in love with Bogle wines. It's just that simple. When compared to other wines of similar varieties, Bogle seems to win every taste test. Some of my other posts have featured different Bogle variations, all very favorably. Recently, we have shared the 2011 Bogle Essential Red, the 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel and the 2011 Petite Sirah. Each wine has a wonderful aroma and rich flavors that I would compare with much more expensive offerings. I would encourage everyone to try each product that Bogle has to offer. I don't think that you would be at all disappointed. Before you ask, no, Bogle does not compensate us. I seriously doubt that they even know we exist. We just love their wines.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Free Offer and Help Request

The following was posted by a close friend, Ann Linton. Despite the fact that she is working day and night to save her shelter, she took the time to do this. If you can, Paws and Claws could use some help. Please re-post.
Thanks. Marnie
My long-time friend Marnie Robertson, co-owner of Pub Hub Books in Fairfield Bay has been a long-time supporter of pet shelters and rescues. She and husband Bob are animal lovers who, over the years, have adopted or rehomed animals in the direst need, cats and dogs that would surely have died had they not been rescued. They have also donated merchandise to various rescue fund raisers.
Marnie has published her first novel, Mask Among the Bones, under the name M. Robertson. It is a mix of many genres: adventure, suspense, good vs. evil, action, archeology, and so much more. If you are an avid reader, or have friends and family who love to read, here is a chance to help an animal hero while rewarding yourself with a great read. It is available in paperback or as a Kindle download from
FREE OFFER: The first 200 people who purchase the book in either format and leave a review on Amazon, between now and June 18, 2014, will receive a FREE pair of Christmas ornaments upon request featuring pictures of your pets or favorite people, a $20 retail value. You don’t even have to pay postage if you have a US address. Outside the US, the offer is valid if you pay postage and insurance.
To get your ornaments, order and read the book, leave a review on the Amazon site, E-mail a link to your review, your mailing address, and photos of your pets or people to E-mail address
Allow a few days for your ornaments to be completed, and watch for them to arrive via 1st class mail. Any questions should go to
Please remember to cross-post to others on your mailing lists. If you belong to a book club, consider Mask Among the Bones as a future choice for discussion! If you want to ask your local library to order a copy, here are the ISBN numbers that they will need.

ISBN-10: 149492806X
ISBN-13: 978-1494928063


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Geyser Peak 2011 Red Blend Uncensored California

From Geyser Peak - “Uncensored was developed to push the boundaries of tradition aside. We blend non-traditional grape varieties with noble grapes to create a thoroughly enjoyable wine experience. Without the legal and traditional blending restrictions we use our palates as our guide.
Tasting Notes - Color - Deep, rich purple. Nose - Fragrant blackberry, plum, ink and spice. Palate - Soft, supple, rich, and fruity with a velvety texture and smooth caramel-tinged finish. Uncensored is designed to accompany the pleasures of daily life. Enjoy with jambalaya, steak burritos, mushroom flatbreads, a big plate of pasta, or a stacked hamburger.”
This is a great wine! We all agree that Uncensored 2011 is a wine that we will actively search for and try to keep on hand. I am not at all ashamed to present this as a hostess gift or bring it to serve with any suitable meal.