Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Book Signing

Last Wednesday, I hosted a book signing for my second novel, After We Met. It was fun, full of my friends, and relaxing. No stress this time around, thanks to Bluebird Coffee Company. They suggested an interactive event with a short Q & A session and a couple of short readings.

Here are a few pics from the event:

Local author, Meg Gray, stopped by. Check out her books!

My book signing station.

Food from Bluebird and Annie, the chef I work for part-time.


Emil made this poster for me.
A gift from dear friends, Karen and John O'Donnell
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Sara Rishforth Website

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Sunny California

For Emil's birthday in September, I bought him tickets to see The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. The closest location to see them was Arcata, CA, so I've been saving money ever since to fund our quick trip there. The concert was this past Wednesday evening at Humboldt State University. What a fantastic concert and two day vacation (18 hours in the car).

Here's a youtube video of them:

A few pics:

Nice sign

Pizza in Medford. The place is just like the one in Alaska.

Best toppings and crust ever

The ocean!

One of these people is Paul Bunyan

Huge geese following us around

The gorgeous coast

The concert
Our friends, Marlys and Dale, came to the concert as well. We gushed about the music, warm weather, and more during intermission.

So glad we were able to go. Finances are tight, so we are being quite frugal. It gave us something to look forward to all these months!

Uke on!

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Christmas Fun

I've been slammed with fun, work, and time with friends. How about y'all? 'Tis the season, so I was ready.

My Christmas shopping was done fairly early in November. I only had to pick up a few gifts in December. Every year, I have one gift I'm super excited to give someone in my family. This year, I bought my brother, Ted, the perfect t-shirt. It was a tree, shaped like a guitar head. It also said Bend, Oregon on it. He loved visiting Bend this summer, so I knew he would like the shirt.

Our tradition is spending Christmas Eve with neighbors and catching up with them, laughing, and eating delicious food. The food theme this year was Mexican, and the neighbors asked me to bring flan. I've never made flan before. Both turned out fairly well ... traditional creme caramel and coconut.

We worked on Christmas, but enjoyed a special meal once we got home and cleaned up. Fried rice and potstickers. One of our favorite meals. Way better than take-out! Plus, we were blessed with many wonderful gifts from my family and our friends.

Here's a pic of Yam with a few of our gifts:

Now it's time to think about resolutions and goals. I generally don't make resolutions, but my friend, Tom, keeps nudging me to do it. My first goal is to learn picking on the ukulele. A few uke friends and I are working on this song right now.

Banks of Ohio

I'll work on some other goals and keep you posted. Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

After We Met

Hooray! After We Met is the sequel to Adventures in Dating, and it's available for sale. The publishing process was a little easier this time around, and I'm thankful for my friends and family for their support. I had different beta readers this time, and they gave great feedback, especially my mother. She didn't hold back. I did change a few items she mentioned. We also laughed a lot regarding my inexperience with babies and delivery.

I teased Emil and said if I write a third book, the main character is getting a divorce and moving back to Charleston. I'm not into always writing a happy ending. My books are nothing like my real life, right?

Here are links to purchasing my book:

Amazon Link

My website - for an autographed copy

There's also a Kindle version available on Amazon.

I'll schedule a book signing in January once I have books in hand and a clear mind. If you like my book, please consider telling a friend about it. That's the highest compliment for a writer!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BIG News!

Caught your eye right?

Here's my big news:

1. My aunt and uncle are coming to house-sit for two months this winter. I can't wait to show (drag) them around Bend. Tubing at Mt.Bachelor, snow-shoeing, hiking, downtown, good restaurants, and more. It's been awhile since I've seen them, so it will be good to catch up. Plus, they play euchre!

2. My sequel is in the home stretch. I hope to publish soon. Keep your fingers crossed.

Thanks for your support!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Incredible Support

My heartfelt thanks to my mother for her support on everything I do. In particular, her edits to the sequel book I'm working on right now. Like the first book, she is brutal with edits and completely honest. It's what I need from someone reading my book. She told me yesterday, "I can be honest with you because I'm not afraid of you." Ha!

I've laughed so much with her these past few weeks. She gives the best critique. Most of the time, I listen to her edits and comments. There are only a few of them I disregard. But, I tell her, so she won't be surprised with the final cut of the book.

My character is really into food and lattes. Just like me in real life. I dream about lattes and wake up thinking about a latte. In fact, I think this dreary weather calls for a latte run. I do deserve it because I'm going to work on my book this morning. All the food and lattes in the book drives Mother crazy!

The sequel will hopefully be published by the holidays. I received three great cover concepts from the graphic designer. Everything is rolling along.

Here's a throwback Thursday pic of Mother and I in Denali National Park.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Adventures

I love pumpkin season! Especially baking with pumpkin. I've paced myself so far and only made one pumpkin recipe. There's plenty of time left to bake this season.

A group of friends and I went to my favorite pumpkin patch on Friday. Blue skies, hundreds of pumpkins, and the search for the favorite pumpkin was on!

Smith Rock in the background

This is the most picked over part of the patch. Imagine that!

Corn maze. Easy part was one mile, hard part was four miles. Kathleen and I did both!

View of the maze from a platform.
Time to try out some new pumpkin recipes! Trader Joe's has the best canned pumpkin. Stock up!