“Queen of Write On” Whimsical Birthday Crown

“Queen of Write On” is one of the newest Whimsical Crowns that can be found at “The Crown Shop.” A fun gift for that writer friend! There is an assortment of new choices for your Special Occasion or for your favorite Holiday! Buy one of Patty’s creations or customize your own with your theme and color scheme for the same price!

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“Queen of Write On” Whimsical Birthday Crown

Just like Lily, the owner of Calla Lilies in my first novel “The Gray Season,” I like to support artists from the Pacific Northwest. Take a shopping trip to “The Crown Shop” on Etsy for whimsical pre-made or custom-made gift crowns by Patty Thurlby. Patty is a fabulous and creative artist. Enjoy her work!

“And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.” 1 Peter 5:4, NLT

Spectacular Summer Season Sunsets

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Night after night of spectacular sunsets here in the Pacific Northwest has filled me with renewed strength. As the sun slips behind Oregon’s Coast Range mountains in the distance, how could I not be inspired by this overwhelming gift? I stand on my balcony on a hill, looking from north to south and feel surrounded by God’s love and blessings.

 “The Rainbow Journals” series of books.

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31, NLT

Goodness Gracious Granola

Dianna Donnely:

I’ve been looking for a great Healthy Granola Recipe this Summer Season and this looks like a good one! I’ll be trying it soon!

Originally posted on goodnessgraciouskitchen:


Granola was one of the first recipes I adapted to incorporate it into my healthy lifestyle. I make a big batch every month and dish out a little over some greek or coconut yoghurt with berries for my breakfast at work every morning.

It is a beautiful way to start your day, providing a perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. I like to serve mine with coconut yoghurt, almond milk and fresh fruit.

I also love to wrap up a jar of freshly made granola as a gift for loved ones. Since gifting a jar to my boyfriends mother at christmas she has come to adore my granola! It is rather addictive!

This is one version of my granola but there will be more flavour combinations to come, so stay tuned, especially if your a chocolate lover! The recipe is adaptable, feel free to use whatever nuts and seeds…

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Raw-Vegan Cacao-Peppermint Patties for the Summer Season

It’s been soooo HOT here in the Portland area of the Pacific Northwest and these Raw Peppermint Patties look like a HEALTHY REFRESHING treat. Enjoy them while reading a new good book on a lazy Summer afternoon!!

Check out the recipe at one of my favorite websites, Vitacost.com’s Recipe Center. Raw-Vegan Cacao-Peppermint Patties.

A Great Time Was Had By All!!

My beautiful table at the 6th Annual NW Book Festival at Pioneer Square in Portland, Oregon. Met some great people and had a wonderful time, with one of my best girlfriends, Sharon, by my side.


An assortment of authors came to share their work during the perfect summer day in the Pacific Northwest!

IMG_1849Books of all Genres could be found from many Indie Authors and A Great Time Was Had By All!!

Today Is The Day!!!

Join me at Booth #13. I was randomly assigned booth number 13, which is my special number for “The Gray Season.” There are 13 Chapters, the book was published on October 13, 2013 and there are 13 cookies in “Lily’s Healthy Oatmeal Cookies” recipe among others.


The 6th Annual NW Book Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon. Today from 11:00 – 5:00, meet me and get your signed copy of “The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation Volume 1 in “The Rainbow Journals” Series.
Click here to Find my NW Book Festival Author Page!

NW Book Festival in 3 Days at Pioneer Courthouse Square


The 6th Annual NW Book Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon. On Saturday July 26th 2014, from 11:00 – 5:00, meet me and get your signed copy of “The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation.”
Volume 1 in “The Rainbow Journals” Series
Find My NW Book Festival Author Page!
Alphabetical by Author Name

With each purchase please select a pair of hand crafted earrings of your choosing. These are inspired by the earrings Lily sold at her shop “Calla Lilies” when she returned to her hometown in Beachville, Oregon during “The Gray Season.” This is the whimsical eco jewelry she created from recycled broken necklaces and bracelets. Complimentary Dark Chocolate too!

Special Festival Book Price – $10.00

See you at the Festival!!

No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

The temperature is finally out of the 90’s and into the 80’s here in the Portland area and I’m rejoicing!! Sticking with the Strawberries Summer Season theme, this No-Bake recipe from the Vitacost.com Recipe Center looks perfect to celebrate the occasion.


No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake.

2014 Readers’ Favorite Annual International Award Contest Finalists Announced

July 15, 2014The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation is named a “Finalist” in the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Annual International Award Contest in two categories – Christian Fiction and Fiction Inspirational. Winners will be announced September 1st.