The Perfect Margarita

Recently, I decided not to focus on anything about writing, being an author, or having a book published. What with Death Runs in the Family, 3rd book in the Alvarez Family Murder Mystery Series and Corliss, my suspense short story out within weeks of each other, and banging away on the keyboard trying to finish the Persephone Cole Series, which debuts in September, I needed a break. So we zipped off to Las Vegas for a few days for a little R&R. We decided to drive, the pissed-off skies being what they are, and after several hours arrived at Barstow, California, mentioned in the famous song, (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66. We usually stop there when we drive to Vegas, get a motel room for the night, and have dinner at the Idle Spurs Restaurant. It’s a tradition. A silly one, but there you are. However, as this was the first time we arrived in Barstow on a Monday, we couldn’t go to the Idle Spurs. Closed, dontchaknow. The best laid plans. We wound up at the Los Domingos, where we stumbled upon good Mexican food and even better cocktails. Life being what it is, you never know when you are going to have a serendipitous moment like that. So instead of books, let’s talk booze. Serendipitously, of course. And enter Max, the Mixologist. We walked into the Los Domingos Restaurant and there was Max standing behind a pretty interesting bar. Norman was in the mood for a Margarita, but not the super sweet kind made with lots of Rose’s lemon-lime mix. That is more or less a north of the border tradition. He wanted one just like we could get in Mexico, Cuernavaca, specifically. Years ago the best Margarita we’ve ever had – and we’ve been searching endlessly…

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Welcom Penny Estelle, Author of Billy Cooper’s Awesome Nightmare

Just the title of this book, Billy Cooper’s Awesome Nightmare, and the wonderful cover, sends me into laughter every time I see it. Penny Estelle is a lovely lady, especially in her cowboy hat, and from what I’ve read so far of the story, it sounds like something I would enjoy, even though I am decades too old. That’s what comes of being a kid at heart. Before you get a glimpse of it, yourself, here is an interview we did. A chance to get to know Penny a little better, of course. —————————— 1. What is your favorite book? I am always looking for news about upcoming Janet Evanovich books. These are the numbered Stephanie Plum series books. I am waiting for number 20 (I think). Her books are laugh out loud funny! 2. Who is your favorite writer? I have several but of course my #1 is Ms Evanovich. She actually answered three questions for me to put on my blog! OMG – I was floored when she said she would do that. That helps keeping her in the lead! But I also love Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Fern Michaels, and Linda Leal Miller 3. How old were you when you were first published? It was one year ago – I was at the very young age of fifty-eight. (Heather’s Note: You don’t look it darling. You could say 38, and we’d buy it.) 4. What writing style do you most abhor? This is a toughie….I’m not crazy about old style English dialogue and I don’t like it when an author goes on and on and on describing different scenes, etc. 5. What is your favorite writing cliché? Apparently every cliché ever invented because I get dinged with using clichés from my critique group all the time and…

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