Monday, June 16, 2014

Rented is Live





The real thing or just rented for the summer?

Cressida Avery wants to spend the months before her junior year in college healing the wounds from her last disastrous relationship.

Everything changes when Garrison Light comes to town and buys a house. He’s handsome, wealthy and a “weekender” from the city. Weekenders look down on the locals and the resentment is mutual.

Something in him calls out to her. Garrison is not like the others, not by a long shot and, even knowing he’ll be gone by Labor Day, Cress still can’t fight her desire to be with him. But nothing about Garrison is what it appears to be on the surface.

Can Garrison help Cress get over Aaron? And will Cress need to get over Garrison?

Rented

Friday, May 16, 2014

Defiant






Sometimes it's harder to find the right title for a book than it should be.  Sometimes it's hard to find the right cover art.  Then sometimes it falls into you lap.  All these things happened with this dystopian novella but it's right now and I'm pleased.  No horses.

Bittersweet Farm 7: Lyric Line

I might not have gone through sleet and hail to finish the new book but I did need to look at replacement cars.  My 1993 had rusted out almost totally from the salted roads in the winter.  Unfortunately not as good as salted caramel.  I went to look at a horse who was very personable but I wasn't a good match for him. 

I hope this book will be a good match for you. 

Now I have to prepare my garden for the tomatoes and donate more books to the library.  It's so easy to love the storage on my Kindle Fire--now dust, no clutter, no searching.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Giveaway Winner

I know this was delayed and apparently blogger evaporated my first post but we'll get right to it--Ashley is the winner of the book pendant.  So contact me Ashley and we'll make arrangements to get that to you.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Giveaway to Celebrate Bittersweet Farm 6: Kyff





This is a handmade miniature bookcover pendant and it could be yours!  There is a back cover with the Bittersweet logo, and a spine that reads Wingspread just like the actual book.  Comment and tell us who is your favorite character, person or horse, in the Bittersweet Farm series and you'll be entered in the giveaway.   Winner will be chosen among all the entrants by Random.org.  You have until March 17th to enter.

Good luck!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bittersweet Farm 6 LIVE!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ISBEERS

How much trouble can one girl find herself in? How about two girls?
In Florida for the Winter Equestrian Festival, Greer couldn’t have imagined that doing the right thing would lead to so many complications.
For Talia, she finds that doing the right thing has a cost.
This is a time of changes for everyone. The direction they were going in on New Year’s Day, is not where they are one month later.
For some, that’s a good thing. For some, it’s not.
But that’s how it is at Bittersweet Farm.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sweets For Your Sweet FREE!





This is a short, 9 recipe cookbook I wrote that contains some very simple recipes you can make to please the most treasured people in your life.  I included something for almost every skill level so you are sure to find a treat you can make in a short amount of time.  There are photos of most of the projects and detailed, step-by-step instructions.  You can even contact me if you get confused--which I doubt!

It's absolutely free and not available in any online store.  If you'd like it comment or send me an email and I will send this book to you in mobi or epub.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January is Almost Over!

It's been so cold.  The only good part is that I haven't felt alone in the low temperatures.  Usually this part of the country is zero degrees and everyone south of here is breaking out the fans and iced tea.  I'm sorry for the rest of you--this must be a real shock.

Not that February and even March can't be cold and snowy, the odds start to decrease as we go into the year.  Yay!

Yes, I'm working on Bittersweet 6.  No, I don't have a title for it yet.  I'm also redoing several of the covers.  This should have been done before now but I haven't been able to get to everything!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Not Low Maintenance New Cover

Does a love story need to have a man and a woman on the cover?  How do we feel about that?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Flash and Flash of Light New Covers

Yes.  They needed a facelift and I've been lifting everywhere.

One day I said what if a teen had to earn money as a photographer in Hollywood.  The quickest way would be if she became a paparazzi.  That first night on the street, Kip takes a photo of the love of her life, actor Alex Milne.  And that's how the story begins.

And how the story ends?  You have to read the books, don't you.  But if you read Bad Apple 4: Certain, Kip appears in that book and we tie both series up with a nice big bow.


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Nothing Serious Last New Cover

Cover art.  Yes.  Important?  It must be.  It's the first introduction the reader has to the book.

Like store brands.  Walmart, Stop & Shop, Best Whatever.  They used to be basic, rudimentary and fairly ugly.  Then something happened and these stores hired graphics designers to compete with Campbell's Soup.  The brand has to be identifiable and pleasing without opening the can to see the contents. 

And yet there are books with not so pleasing covers that sell and books with wonderful covers that don't.

Cover art on ebooks is rapidly becoming more sophisticated.  I can honestly say I don't want to change this one again.  But maybe in 2 years, all book covers will be animated and I'll have to find a way to have this woman raising and lowering the flowers to her nose.

Nothing Serious is still a cute story no matter what the cover is.



Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bittersweet Farm Cookbook

No, it doesn't exist but should it?  Would anyone be interested in a cookbook by Jules?
Yes.  There would be a recipe of Oliver popcorn balls.
Leave a comment for or against.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year New Opportunities

Here is Greyling, one of my feral cats, very rare here at Black Cat Farm, because he's grey.  There are only 2 colors of cats here.  Black.  Black and white.






May you all be judged favorably in 2014.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bittersweet Farm Biscotti Crisps

Jules is always making something delicious to nosh on, so she thought these chocolate and orange crisps would be very good with a cup of tea on a wintery day after the barn chores are done.


New Year's Eve

Happy New Year

Friday, December 27, 2013

Pony Bows in Bittersweet's Stable Colors!

Custom made by Ashleigh Dechant just for us!

I smell a giveaway!


Fly Away With Me New Cover

I've been looking at covers for years, and the styles have changed.  They've become visually more complicated and designed, so I decided to upgrade  Fly Away With Me by trying a new-to-me Photoshop technique.

The great thing about digital is that you can change things again and again.  And I do!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Not Low Maintenance

No, I'm not forgetting Bittersweet Farm for even 1 minute.  I'm just catching up on some of the things I've neglected over the past year.  I'm talking to someone about doing a cover for one of my adult contemporary novels.  And then I reverted to the original cover for this adult contemporary



Falling in love is easy.  Making love work is hard, especially when there are two lawyers and a defamation of character lawsuit involved.

The Blood and Guts Hunt Breakfast puts the Miller sisters' new catering business on the Litchfield County society map. This event is where Viva Miller meets the attractive, successful attorney Joel Bernstein, who just days later becomes the legal pitbull for Viva's ex-, the vile David J. Resnick.

Yes, Viva lies during the deposition phase before the trial. Then there's the unpleasantness when David turns up dead and Viva is the last person to see him alive.  But, what the heck, no relationship is perfect.  Bigtime love is not low maintenance.

Not Low Maintenance

If you'd like a free copy, send me an email and I'll be glad to send one to you.

Monday, December 16, 2013

BF2 JOYFUL SPIRIT Now in Paperback


Hard to say exactly when it will be listed on Amazon due to the holiday, but it can be purchased now at CreateSpace.com

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bittersweet Farm 5 Live

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H934PH0

Happy Holidays everyone. BF5 is live and you can read about what happens at the farm during their December. "Elf hats on ponies and bright colored breeches, snowfall and hot sauce and someone needs stitches, no one has packages tied up with string...these are a few of my favorite things."

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bittersweet Farm Equestrian Culture Giveaway

Through the generosity of the editor, Danielle Demers, I'm able to run a giveaway for their holiday issue of Equestrian Culture!  For you!  Bittersweet Farm readers.  Just leave your name and email.  If you win, you will receive a paper version sent directly to your home.  (Paper?  What's that?)

"Equestrian Culture features the best fashion, art and small businesses representing the equestrian lifestyle." Articles regularly featured in each issue are: "The Horse Behind the Brand", "Small Business Spotlight", Featured Artist, Featured Photographer, DIY Project, Book Reviews, Product Reviews, and style guide.

Created with style, grace and a love of horses, you will be as impressed as I am with this new magazine.

 Giveaway runs until Dec. 13, noon EST so get your information in there!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Bittersweet Farm Surprise Giveaway

It's a surprise to me because someone offered me this so neat thing for you!  I will have a photo and details tomorrow but you can put your name down for it today.  Giveaway offer ends Friday December 13 at Noon EST.  Lucky Friday the 13th!  It's terrific and I know you'll love it.

No, it's not a bag full of tissue paper and pinecones!  It's way cooler than that!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Bittersweet Farm "BF" Horseshoe Nail Necklace Giveaway

Here is the first neat giveaway for you.  It's a real horseshoe nail I had stamped with the initials BF because you are so totally a fan of Bittersweet Farm, right?

Leave a comment to enter.  You can tell us what you like about the series, the characters, the horses or you can just leave your name and email address.  You can tell us what you would like to happen to the characters in the future, or what you think will happen to them.

Unless you request it, I won't put you on the mailing list.  The mailing list is only to notify people when a book is being released, I don't have the energy to come up with content and funny pictures or recipes for horse cookies because I'm busy writing and goofing off.

The winner of this necklace will be chosen by random.org.

The contest will last 1 week.  Ignore the Rafflecopter thing.  I only put it there so you would have a countdown clock



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Bittersweet Farm Giveaway Tomorrow!

Yup.

Come back tomorrow for the details of the super cute....thing I had made specially for you.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bittersweet Farm Books Video Debut

http://bit.ly/18SpF3r

It's something fun, lists the cover images of the books available--or soon will be!--and contains one of my favorite compositions by my friend, Michal Towber and two of her friends Dave Liang and Sean Han.  December should be an exciting month!
 


Friday, November 29, 2013

Epidemic Confusion

I suspect everyone is confused more or less, including me.  I made the video for the Bittersweet Farm series and finished it.  Then in the middle of the night I thought "Gee, I didn't say 'available at Amazon'." 

Hmm.  Much pondering about that. Is it necessary?  Is it ugly?  If I'm creating a beautiful series of images, do I want AMAZON.COM in neon lights?  Is this a commercial or is this an announcement.

Is it somewhere in between?

Can't people find the books without a map and a push on the back?

I had added a panel that said 'Fiction For Horse Lovers'.  I'm sure some people will still be confused by that but they require professional help perhaps.  The question persisted--will people actually realize this video is about books.  Even with 5 book covers, is it made plain enough?  Are they confused and think that Bittersweet Farm is a stable and will try to call for lessons?

As you can see I never underestimate confusion.  I have accepted that some people will just be confused, just as they are unable to find the horses in one of the books.  "I skimmed the whole book, I didn't see anything about horses."

This won't help them but I like it.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

December Delights

I hope that doesn't include the kind of weather we've been having in the last week--rain, snow, sleet, cold.

Because December is a month of holidays including Greer's birthday on the 18th, there are some surprises waiting patiently.  There will be a couple custom made giveaways, Bittersweet Farm 5 will be released and there will be a short video I created for the series.
No, I didn't upload it to youtube yet.

I was fortunate beyond belief to get permission to use my favorite song written and performed by my friend Michal Towber.  To have that piece of music as the theme song for the video of the Bittersweet Farm book series is very exciting and significant.

When will all this happen?  Next month!  I can't be more specific than that at the moment.
Think of it like hidden Christmas presents you haven't seen yet.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

"Maybe I'm Wrong"

This is definitely one review I agree with.  Which, I suppose, is all the response required.

Something much more interesting is the visually compelling advertisement for Volvo trucks that has become a sensation and rightfully so.  The cinematography is lovely, the stunt is amazing and Enya never fails to deliver.  This is 1 minute 17 seconds of perfection.



Creativity still exists. It's possible to refrain from repetition and to reject the ordinary in order to choose the extraordinary.

Will the audience recognize these qualities? Perhaps not everyone but some.

If you read the comments on this brief video, some are dysfunctionally literate. Some viewers claim it is a fake. Some can't decide if the trucks were moving backwards or forwards even if the movement of the shirt is possible only if the movement is backward. Some have such negligible ability to express themselves, only vulgarities can be employed.  We are left with degrees of flailing about, some audience members unable to make sense of the obvious.

Thinking is hard!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

ELFS Christmas Giveaway

ELFS--Everyone Loves Free Stuff
And this Christmas I have several super neat handmade items crafted specially for Bittersweet Farm Fans.  (That's BFF!)

I won't tell you what the items are now but I'm excited so that should give you a clue how cool these are.
Shutterstock #41864482


I hope the big present will be Bittersweet Farm 5.  Yes, I know the title.  Yes, I have the cover image.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Bad Apple 1: Sweet Cider

I know how enjoyable it was for this book to be free but, sadly, all good things and, happily, all bad things eventually come to a conclusion.

A great deal of fun was had by all yesterday after I contacted Ashleigh Dechant of Posh Pony Bowtique.  I was looking for a bow set to use as background for the website and may have wound up with quite a bit more.  We'll see.  I don't want to give anything away regarding Bittersweet Farm 5 but I will say I have the title.

I also have someone working on a very neat giveaway for the new book at Christmas so  as Sneaker Pimps sang "watch this space"

Friday, November 8, 2013

It's Snowing

I am already disoriented because it's December in BF5 and it's snowing for them and now it's snowing for me!  It's too early!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Jingles is #43!

Okay, yes, it's a small category
But Jingles and I are grateful it's being noticed. Dogs like to be acknowledged, too!




 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sticky Pecan Chocolate Cake

It's quite good but I need to think about it a little as something is missing and I don't quite know what.

Back to Bittersweet Farm 5.

Friday, November 1, 2013

I'm All Atwitter!

I don't go to Twitter much and don't know how it works but apparently if someone mentions you, then they email you that tweet.  I got this yesterday (today really)




 Imagine that.  Someone mentioning my site.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Golden Syrup

I love Lyle's Golden Syrup.  It's not too sweet and a little buttery.  And expensive since it's imported from England.  So when I found a recipe to make it at home, I thought I'd give it a whirl.



It's very pretty, isn't it?  But it doesn't taste like the real thing.

Back to Bittersweet Farm 5.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Top 3 in Teen YA Sports

It's cool.  Doing well is enjoyable and I thank all you readers for making it possible.
(No BF1 isn't in this category, I still haven't figured all of that out yet, altho I should try harder.)

 


Friday, October 18, 2013

BF4--New Cover Already?

I guess so.


I liked the flying hooves but some people couldn't tell what it was.  If anyone wants to revert to the original, let me know.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bittersweet Farm 4: Counterpoint Live!

Good going Amazon!  Bittersweet Farm 4: Counterpoint

Always a moment of some excitement!

Bittersweet 4 Almost

I pressed the button and now Amazon will work its magic and publish it.  All we have to do is wait.  It may be very late today or it might be tomorrow morning.

Lots of surprises, I think.  New directions.  New people.  New horses.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Bittersweet Farm 4 Cover Reveal

There we go.  If you couldn't put the puzzle pieces together, there's the cover.  Where's the book?  Coming soon to an ereader near you.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Puzzle Piece 6

Good luck putting the pieces together.  Back to my work, now.  (Not seriously, the medium ponies hunters are going this morning live streaming vid from the PA National Horse Show.)

Friday, October 11, 2013

New Winter Socks

I finished them and brought them outside to take a quick pic.  Charm Boy 2 had to be involved.
Back to work now.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dreaming of Horses Boxed Set

I've been wondering how my life could be simplified and improved--throw some of these books away, get rid of the pinecones--and I thought it would be nice to have a boxed set of Dream Horse and Summer Horse.  So I put them together.

Creating a 3-D box in Photoshop isn't hard as it's an automated procedure but getting to the point of pressing start involves quite a bit of fiddly work.

It's priced right for readers and the writer.  2 books for $2.99  which is $1 off the price if you buy them separately.  The set should be live by the end of the week--it's always unpredictably how fast Amazon can do these things and what else is going on at Zon HQ.

Lovely cover photo by Tim Simpson.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Bittersweet Farm 4 Cover Reveal Part 3

Now you have the entire bottom half of the cover.  You should have a good idea what the whole thing looks like!  I'm teasing.  I think this is pretty hard but then I was very surprise when I had the contest for guess the title to Bad Apple 4 and someone figured it right out.
You all are better at puzzles and contests than I am!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

BF4 Cover Reveal Part 2

That tells you a lot.  Or not.  I showed the cover to another writer and she didn't understand it at all.  But, not knowing anything about horses, she is a bit confused by the terminology and what goes on.  Another friend thought it is very understandable but she knows horses.

By the time we get to Book 4, we know what Bittersweet Farm is and a little experimentation is a good thing.  If we don't shake things up, some of us will get bored, right?


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cover Reveal Puzzle for BF 4

Yes, I've done the cover but how much fun is it for us if I just REVEAL it.
So I made it into a puzzle.  You can download the pieces and try to fit them together.
Then if you have a graphics program and know how, you can put each puzzle piece on a raster layer and move them around on the image until they all fit.  There are only 6 of them so it shouldn't be too taxing!

Good Luck!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Starry, Starry Nights

I got a very cute Bittersweet Farm related necklace today made by a farrier in Tennessee so that was fun.  What was not fun was to go outside and find 2 strange dogs in the yard and all my cats gone.  What was good was that they seemed to be the non-harm-intending types and I shooed them away.  Later all the cats showed up.

A typical day at Black Cat Farm while I write my way to the end of BF4.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Goldilocks or The Tale of the Bad Girl

Once upon a time there was a chick who had no regard for private property.  She went walking somewhere and got fed-up with the walking and all that it entailed so she broke into someone's house.  The home owners had food all over the place but because Goldi imagined her palate was Cordon Bleu level, none of it was good enough.  At least she could have barged into Eric Ripert's weekend house but no, she was stuck with grains.  It was hot it was cold it was too chewy.  After all that eating business, Goldi was exhausted so she crashed on the best bed she could find and she'll be the first to tell you none of them were any good.  It doesn't even bear repeating what happened in the bathroom.  And she got away with it because no one knows what to do with a bad girl.




Wednesday, September 25, 2013

4 books of top 6

In Bestsellers Equestrian Sports are mine

I'm tickled.  I think it's beyond wonderful.  Even if these things are pretty temporary.

Thank you everyone for your support.

http://barbaramorgenroth.com

Live!  It was worth the wait.  It's a beautiful website dedicated to Bittersweet Farms.

http://barbaramorgenroth.com/

I can tell you it was built by Amanda Church.  I don't need to say she's talented and intelligent and gifted.  You can see that by going to the site.  You know I recommend her because the site is so gorgeous and that's the kind of work she does.

So now with the roof fixed and the website created, all I need to do is go grocery shopping and I can get back to work!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Website Almost Ready to Debut

Finally after all these years I'm getting a real website built by someone who knows what she's doing ie not me!  It's pretty darn fantastic as you will see.  For the time being it will be focused on the Bittersweet Farm books and if you still want my random thoughts, this blog will be the place to get them.

I have created the cover for Bittersweet Farm 4 and will reveal that when we get a bit closer to release.  For those with a mental telescope, you will be able to see into the future based on book 4 and life at Bittersweet continues to be complicated, messy and wonderful.


Saturday, September 21, 2013