Get To Know True Horizon

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Meet Bruce Murray, father to Grace

Profession: Cattle Rancher, works his family’s Texas Longhorn Ranch named True Horizon.

Relationship status: Married for thirty years to his beauty queen sweetheart, Joslyn.

Hobbies: Spending time with his family, eating the good food his wife cooks, and riding around in his old pick-up truck.

Things he does not find enjoyable: Seeing his daughter unhappy and coyote going after his calves.

Dreams for his future: To keep True Horizon Ranch in the family and grow old besides his wife, watching their children and grandchildren thrive.

Favorite Line: “I’m gonna give you a bit of advice. You’ll never accept love until you learn to love yourself. Take some time. Grace will wait. You can put money on it.”

Preorder now: Amazon / True Horizon

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Meet True Horizon

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Meet Shadow, super pup

Profession: Cattle herder and man’s best friend

Relationship status: It’s complicated.

Hobbies: Running through the cattle pastures, chasing ducks, rolling around in the dirty straw from the horse barn, and always being there for my buddy, Heath.

Things he does not find enjoyable: Baths, baths, and baths.

Dreams for his future: What? I don’t think past my next meal.

Favorite line: “Ruff, ruff, lick, pant, ruff.”

Preorder True Horizon now: Amazon/True Horizon

Meet True Horizons

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Meet Heath Carter, hero of True Horizon

Profession: Former Special Operation soldier, currently working as a temporary ranch hand at True Horizon Ranch.

Relationship Status: Single (though his heart is hung up on Grace).

Hobbies:  Working on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, taking care of the Longhorn cattle on the ranch, winning at cards and potato sack races against Grace.

Things he finds unenjoyable: Horseback riding, flashbacks of his time in the service, and seeing Grace with her fiance.

Dreams for his future: Heath has no dreams of the future until he arrives at True Horizon and meets Grace. Through the healing power of nature and falling in love, he starts thinking his future isn’t as dark as he once believed.

Favorite Line: “You’re better than I deserve. The smartest thing I’ve ever done was jump into the river after you.” His arms tightened around her. “You are the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen, and I never in a million years thought I had any right to love you.”

THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE PUBLISHING WORLD

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Sometimes, we don’t know what we don’t know. Sounds kind of confusing, right? But it’s not until we really start immersing ourselves in a particular subject of interest, that we find out how clueless we’ve been all along.

That was me when it came to becoming a professional writer. I was well aware that I had no idea how one went about getting professionally published, so I spent hours on-line reading articles on the subject. After that research, I was pretty confident that I had it all figured out.

And then I found Twitter…

I was amazed to find a wonderful, supportive, and diverse group of writers and publishing professionals who are very active in the Twitterverse. I have learned so much by following writers and Literary Agents. I’m a true hitchhiker, riding along for free on the knowledge they share. Everyday, I’m learning something new, and its all thanks to ordinary people who take the time to share their insights with the rest of us. My favorite posts are from Lit Agents who take ten anonymous query letters and give a short Twitter critique. I find these posts generally provide many examples of what not to do in a query letter!

But don’t forget the Blog…

Through links on Twitter, I have found several blogs that are super helpful for those trying to break into the published author sphere. By reading some of these little gems, you are getting a free course in creative writing. I can’t even begin to express how much useful information I’ve learned from reading blogs.

So where do I begin…

Twitter is the place to be for those in the writing community. It’s a big spider’s web, so find a few Lit. Agents that you think you may like to work with someday and start following them. It won’t take long to discover a network of wonderful people.

Find a few blogs that interest you and take the time to read them. Here are a few of my favorites:

writersinthestormblog.com

avajae.blogspot.com

writeforapples.com

writersdigest.com

stevelaube.com

booksandsuch.com

Those are only a few of many. Do you have a good blog or website that is a go to for new information?

fire roasted tomatoes                       170                roasted jalapeno

This week, I’m sharing a new recipe…Fire Roasted Salsa…enjoy!

  • Olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 8 whole garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 3 jalapenos, sliced (use fresh for salsa with more heat, canned for a milder flavor)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. dried cumin
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, drizzle 2 tsp. olive oil over the foil. Lay down cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic cloves, and jalapenos. Broil vegetables, setting the pan about 3-4 inches from the heating element, until charred.

Remove charred vegetable and their juice into a food processor. Add lime juice, pinch of oregano, cumin, salt and pepper, and cilantro. Blend and eat!