Miller Family Reunion – The British Are Coming – family gatherings

With my sister visiting from England after many years and the weather so nice and warm, everyone wanted to have BBQ’s for them.  Great Alberta Beef (world renowned) was on the menu.

A BBQ at my son's place.

A BBQ at my son’s place.

Mary and family

 

 

 

 

 

Isabelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

The British said they were having too many hamburgers so my niece, Chandra decided to do BBQ steak. Oddly enough I guess we were all so excited we forgot to take pictures. It was another beautiful day and the most exquisite of meals. The steak was perfection.

A BBQ at Jim and Tanya's place.

A BBQ at Jim and Tanya’s place.

 


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Miller Family Reunion – The cousins; The Food

On Saturday we gathered for food and a wonderful time of ‘catch-up’, good food and lively conversations.  Most of my cousins I hadn’t seen since I was in my teens.  It was amazing to see how we’d aged.  I had a picture in my mind of each and every one of my cousins who attended – all as teens.cousinsAs children we often visited Aunt Mary (dad’s sister) and Uncle Emil (mom’s brother) on Sundays. Aunt Mary was a fantastic cook. We were double cousins – but the best part was they had a child to match every one of me and my siblings.  We always had playmates and things to do when we visited back and forth.  It was so enjoyable to reunite with them.

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The food served was reminiscent of the old day when families gathered on Sundays to enjoy our day of rest.

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Miller Family Reunion – The Siblings

This summer – August long week-end we had a Miller Family Reunion outside Regina, Saskatchewan. Regina is the Capital of Saskatchewan the province I grew up in.

Regina

Regina

Regina Parliament Building

Regina Parliament Building


 

 

 

 

 

It was nice to meet my sister Isabelle and her family. I had not seen them in fourteen years. We stayed at the same hotel and had time together there so our visits extended into mornings and late evening as well.

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Isabelle and Larry – with George hiding his face.

I brought print copies of my books and sold them all – thanks mainly to Kevin and Lynette McGill – our hosts.
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Sleep Inn

Sleep Inn the hotel we stayed in

I was also happy to see my brother Larry who lives in the east. I hadn’t seen him in nine years. He was always my playmate and buddy from the time we were kids.

Larry and I at reunion

Larry and I on the smoking verandah.

 

Smoking verandah

George and I on the verandah



And of course my sister Nola who I see often and never tire of seeing. Her son and his wife hosted the reunion.

Nola and I at Reunion

Nola and I. No, it’s my books in the box. We are not for sale at $10.00 each.

 

The Romance Reviews – Sizzling Summer Reads Party

Sizzling-Summer-ReadsCome join the fun.  Meet new Authors; Win prizes.  The Grand Prize is a $100.00 gift certificate.

On  June 21from 12:00am EST to 11:59pm EST  there will be a Question/Answer on One Dance with a Stranger.  Answer correctly for a chance to win a Kindle Copy of One Dance with a Stranger.

One Dance with a Stranger - Front Cover

Easter Memories create Spring Fever

One Dance with a Stranger - Front CoverThank you for joining in the fun of the Spring Fever Blog Hop. Meet other authors of romance. Win prizes and participate in the chance to win a free e-book of One Dance with a Stranger, my contemporary western romance.

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230px-Pussy_willow_branchSpring Fever means Easter memories – Growing up on a farm in the middle of nowhere, myself and my many siblings were still required to attend Mass, especially on Easter Sunday. The weather was much nicer now and once back from church I would discard my new Easter dress for my beloved jeans and I would go out to catch my horse.

I say catch because he didn’t just come when called. Mostly I used oats, because Bond loved oats. But at Easter there was chocolate. Bond loved chocolate even more.

So, I would put my chocolate into my back pocket and he would meekly follow me back to the barn, trying to get into the pocket. Even though it was one of the only times I got chocolate I always shared it with my horse, who loved chocolate too.

Country Charm Blog Hop – March 20 to March 25

SpringTime Country Blog Hop

“Thank you Sara Walter Ellwood for the opportunity to participate in this exciting Blog Hop on my most favorite of characters – the cowboy.”

The Grand Prize is a $100 Gift Card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice)

In the cold blustery weather of a 2013/2014 Canadian winter, my mind wanders to our spring.  Today thoughts of spring long ago brings the memory of my mother’s Mother’s Day flowers. My dad would go out to the pastures and bring back a bouquet of the loveliest of flowers.  Tiger-Lily grew wild in the northern prairies, looking delicate but so hardy.

But there is something else that dominates my scope as well. I watch cowboys, no longer bundled in their heavy coats as they appear.  Open shirts, brawny shoulders, lean hips and tight jeans flood my vision. My inspiration has arrived. What’s a girl supposed to do, except appreciate this change of events?  When a cowboy stops to talk or just smile my heart quickens. Anticipation, like  spring, is reborn, alive and vibrant.  I long for the mysteries spring promises and delivers.  Every spring it’s easy to create yet another of my own special cowboys to love and cherish.

I am giving away one e-book for One Dance with a Stranger. For a chance to win One Dance with a Stranger  please contact me at:

marymforbes49@yahoo.ca

Subject: One Dance with a Stranger.

Giveaway ends March 25th.  

Visit all Blog Hop Authors and their Cowboy Stories

Sara Walter Ellwood                   Tera Shanley                                     Krista Ames                Aileen Fish                                   D’Ann Lindun                                    Liberty Ann’s                                                                                                                             SnifferWalk books

Harlie Williams                           Lorraine Paton                                   Sarah Kades               Musings from the Keyboard      Kristina Knight                                   Savannah Young         Andrea Downing                        Kathleen Ball                                     Randi Alexander         Romancing the West                 Jeanine McAdam                               Lily Graison                 Words, Words, Words              Christi Williams                                 Shanna Hatfield           Charlene Raddon                       Alethea Williams                               Kara O’Neal (Bucket                                                                                                                  List)                            Gem Sivad                                  Rawhide and Sundown                     Abigail Sharpe

My Cowboys

One Dance with a Stranger by Mary M. Forbes
Wade Hart: – a superstar country singer, a man filled with charm and the ability to take whatever he wants.  Emily Van Sheldon, a girl who grew up on the streets and is determined enough to never allow physical attraction interfere with her new life, free of chaos and poverty.  

Hawk's Gift by Mary M. Forbes

Damien Larocque: –  a dangerous but irresistible drifter and maybe just too good-looking for his own good.   Roberta Taylor, a wealthy, stubborn woman is determined to change this cowboy she is so attracted to.  

Alberta Wild Rose by Mary M. Forbes

 Dale: –  with a bitterness that  makes him callous at times,  he has a chip on his shoulder. But sheltered Alberta Rose O’Neill sneaks beneath his skin and he can’t believe he is attracted to and wants to protect this lady.

Author Blog Hop – Who I am.

Thank you Sherri Hayes –  for letting me participate in this Blog Hop

Never Pick a Pretty Woman

What I am working on now: –  I am doing another contemporary romance, Never Pick a Pretty Woman – using my imagination to think of what obstacles and stereotypes they might encounter if they are so beautiful people might have no interest in looking below the surface.

I am also working on another project – a story of abuse, losing all trust, grief and trying to escape. This project is more difficult and I have put it aside a few times.  At this point I don’t know whether the title will be ‘Seraphim‘ or ‘Our Darkest Hour‘. Opinions would be greatly appreciated.

How my work differs from others: –  There is always my settings which are quite unique.  I have heard  that Canadian History and even Canadian life is not interesting. I know that’s not true.  I love the rich interesting history of the west and I love living in Calgary, The New West.  I also work hard at developing characters who are consistent and sometimes fun.  After extensive reading, I think there are many characters who forget to have fun in their story.

Why I write what I do: –  I have so many stories floating around in my head it can be confusing.  Writing the story down helps me focus  – then I release it so it isn’t clogging up my head and start another. I suppose I write like many others – because I have to. I write Romance because I love stories of hope and people being happy not depressed.  If I’m depressed myself,  I want to read something that doesn’t depress me further and many stories do.

One Dance with a Stranger by Mary M. ForbesHow my writing process works – After much procrastination (checking Facebook page, or e-mails) and after a few smart steps (setting up my coffee the night before – so I don’t need to wait long for the magic brew) I will sit down and write.  I try to put challenges on myself – things like writing a 1000 words a day to writing a chapter a day.  I try to have the research done – a very rough outline (one sentence chapter prompts) but mainly I write what is in my head and dreams.  Those sentences seem to help me keep the story in line in case I drift off course, which I’m apt to do.

Check out my website to see more  ‘In Dreams we can be anyone we want’

Next Friday check out these authors as they share their writing process

Mahrie.Mahrie G Reid – writes mystery/romance fiction. As Mahrie Glab she is also a freelance non-fiction writer and instructor/facilitator for creative writing courses.After a hectic real estate appraising career in Calgary, Alberta, she enjoys the slower pace of her writing career and her activities in the writing community. She resides in central Alberta near the alluring rural Alberta foothills.
Her training and public speaking experiences include:

  • A general novel writing course, a creative writing workshop and an awakening your talent workshop for Powerhouse, Pembina Consortium in Drayton Valley.
  • A mystery writing course at Metro Community College in Edmonton
  • Workshops for international writing conferences as well as writers groups throughout the province teaching creative-writing, writing-craft and motivational/goal setting topics:
    • ARWA Romance Writers’ Conferences
    • Victoria Romance Writers’ Conference
    • 1999 University of Calgary, Journalism Conference

Check out her blog here

Glass People ImageJumbled Writer  – has a book dealing with the troubles young people have to deal with in a modern, chaotic world.  A failed comedian named Fred Isaac hopes to resurrect his image by starting a support group for those considering suicide. With a dark past of his own, Fred gathers together a group of four strangers: America (a fierce businesswoman and mother), Ruth (America’s quiet and depressed daughter), Meredith (a costume designer with a guilty conscience), and Len (a theatrical teenager trying to understand his world). Using multiple narrators, each group member exposes the secrets that have been holding them hostage as they look to turn their life around in this dark comedy-drama.

Check out his blog here

The Romance Reviews – Third Anniversary Party

The Romance Reviews - Third Anniversary Party

More than 200 participating authors!!!

More than 200 prizes to be won!!!

Where you can find any book you want in Romance.

Join in the fun and gifts and come celebrate for  The Romance Review’s third anniversary.

Free SymbolI am featuring One Dance with a Stranger – with one free e-book give away. There is a Question/Answer on March 24th for my book.  Answer questions and receive points for chances to win gifts.  Please visit The Romance Reviews for details.  Good luck. One Dance with a Stranger by Mary M. Forbes

Calgary – Roads – Flood, 2013

A river runs through it.  Deerfoot Trail is our main artery running north and south through Calgary.  When it was closed due to flooding at this time, it creates hectic traffic detours and delays.  River on Deerfoot trail

MacLeod trail is one of the main roads into downtown Calgary.  It is also the road alongside the Stampede Grounds. When the hydro went out and the downtown was flooded people were asked to stay out of downtown.  About 150,000 work there and only about 10,000 went down on Friday.  Before a week was up people were back working in the downtown. The bridge over our Glenmore Dam was closed when the dam flooded.  Glenmore Road was closed.  Memorial Drive, another route into downtown was closed and Crowchild Trail was closed, another major north to south route.

Cop coming through the mud - 2013  McLeod Trail by Stampede Grounds

Calgary – Outlying areas – Flood, 2013

The Trans Canada Highway – our Number One – and main route throughout Canada was closed at Banff and Canmore.  Both towns were hit hard by flooding.  There are few alternative routes to take, with the Number Three to the south being blocked as well.  Volunteers of Calgary

Thanks to volunteers and businesses Calgary didn’t need extensive army help.  But to the south – High River, a town evacuated completely it was a different story.Army coming to help.  But Canadians came together to help from all over the country and slowly but surely even High River is coming back. The Number One is open – ready to carry the heavy traffic into Calgary for the Stampede which starts with a parade on Friday.  The show will go on.

Calgary Stampede Sign for 2013

#We are Calgary

Blake Ried’s – Alberta’s own – Hell or High Water.