~ Category Archive ~

Last excerpt from ryder’s rules

When completed and submitted the application. The next step was her first phone interview. She'd brushed up on her knowledge of history as well as the current political situation in the middle east, only to be asked questions about South and Central America! She was...

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Exclusive excerpt from my new book

The next few days I'm sharing excerpts from my new book. It's not out yet, but you'll get exclusive peek here! Prologue 2011 Jennifer Carnegie was a “clever girl,” at least that's what her father always told her. He doted on her and her older sister, Laura. She was...

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Growing strong

Spring is a time for sowing the seeds that will give us the vegetables and herbs we can use all year long. I have a little garden. Once we've prepared the soil and planted the seeds, we water the garden and wait for things to grow. It would be nice if things always...

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A little candor goes a long way

I promised myself this wasn't going to be a blog about my boring life. just a about a few things I care about, and maybe, my journey as a writer. I still plan to dive into the books I've been left with and see what comes up for me. I want to know how it makes me feel,...

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Food is love

When we were cleaning out my parents apartment, I knew I wanted Mom's Fannie Farmer and Joy of Cooking cook books. They were battered, and the spines were broken. There were several slips of paper with my mother's illegible scrawling on them tucked in  the pages,...

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Books my parents left me

Reading was big thing in my house. I looked forward to weekly trips to the library and the opportunity to lose myself in another world. Books were my escape, my distraction, my inspiration. Out of the six children in my family, I was the one with the love of words.I...

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Thoughts on opera and dad

Dad's been gone for a little over a year. Today would have been his 91st birthday. One of the last things he did was to go to the opera. Dad loved music. Nothing gave him greater joy than singing or listening to beautiful music. From the time  he was in college, he...

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My new youtube channel

I have surprise! I created a trailer for my new book, Luv's Life. I also now have a youtube channel!  watch the trailer on my new channel here:...

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Luv’s life prologue

Here's a taste from my new book, Luv's Life. Prologue Damn it! She scowled at the stack of bills piled on the kitchen counter. As if humiliating her by running off with her assistant wasn't enough, he had to leave her knee-deep in debt too. It was the cherry on top of...

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In a flash: my trip to myrtle falls part two

In A Flash Part Two I trudged over to the edge of the falls. Even though they were buried beneath three feet of snow I could hear the rush of the water. My husband was taking pictures, oblivious to my absence. I stared up at cobalt sky, the mid-day sun shone brightly....

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In a flash: my hike to myrtle falls

It's been a year and, looking at me from the outside you'd never know. That's how I want it. I found the latex pad from one of my bikini tops that fills in the space nicely. It's lightweight and doesn't make me sweat like those silicone prostheses. The only way anyone...

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Fast fact:

I'm breast cancer survivor. The above story was inspired by a hike we took to Myrtle Falls. Quick Question: What experiences have most shaped your outlook? I'd love comments.

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Culinary seduction facebook page

As a new feature on my Culinary Seduction Facebook page I will be featuring some of my recipes. Visit, try them out, give me feedback. Tweet me, like my page! Here's the first taste I guarantee you'll be hungry for more!...

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My new blog

I'm happy to announce I now have a blog on Goodreads! Here's the link: https://www.goodreads.com/auth/show/7498256.Carol_Traulsen/blog  I have a surprise tomorrow you'll want to be sure to stop...

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Reader appreciation

On April 12th at 11 am -12am, I will be doing a reader appreciation event on Facebook with authors Christa Lynn and Donna Harrington Shields.

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