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So the other day I made a great smoothie. High protein, lots of kale and spinach, strawberries…it really tasted great (contrary to opinions of kale haters, it sometimes works).

But I made too much. Wanting to freeze this amazing miracle (yes, kale haters, I did), I searched for an ice cube tray, having heard of this great smoothie hack idea to make leftover smoothies fast.

Creative ice cube tray?

No, no tray to be found. (Okay, none clean.) I’m on deadline, afterall. But I did happen to have a flexi gingerbread man muffin tray. So…

I know, you thought that was the humor, right? Uh, no. But it’s cute, right? And your kids will love this idea…

I toss these poor fellows in the blender expecting their buttons to burst and whirrrr. Nothing happens. (Can you see said author getting frustrated while trying to get a fast lunch?) #SmoothieFail

What? That hack was supposed to stop the ice jam. Then I look closer. No blades. Sigh. Add blades and… Hmm… Having trouble getting the smoothie ice to turn into a, um, smoothie.

Dawns on me to add liquid. And more water…a third time’s the charm. Voila! I have lunch. Don’t you hate it when gingerbread men are smarter than authors? But I did like the way it worked out 🙂 

Ever had a day like that?? Sigh. #OnDeadline #NeedFastLunch

Okay, back to work on Seven Medals and a Bride for Barbour Publishing’s Blue Ribbon Bride Collection coming out in Nov. 2016!

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I smiled at the irony of these two recent blog interviews. One talks about finding unexpected success and the other about romance in real life. Is it possible to have both? Read on and find out.

MTL Magazine Blog: Be Prepared for Success

If you haven’t taken the Strengths Finder 2.0 test, I find it really helpful. And, here’s my fun “secret”. I use it to create characters with conflict in my stories…

2 of my favorite writing tools.

2 of my favorite writing tools. Strengths Finder and The Hero’s 2 Journeys.

Romantic Real Life on the Inkslinger Blog (2 audiobook give-aways on this blog to be awarded April 16th, 2016.)

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Did you miss the live event? Not a problem. The CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) has created a landing page where retailers can take all four trainings on Google Hangouts and virtual events with authors here: CBA Training with Angela Breidenbach

A sample of the CBA  training.

A sample of the CBA training.

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