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Summer Pot Roast 
Recipe by Kristyn M. Phipps, Activities Director, Marketing
for Romance Writers
When you think of a retreat or conference, do you think of
making a packing list? Traveling out of town? Hiring a sitter? Spending a ton
of money? Holing up in a hotel for a weekend? Well, you won’t find any of that
at the MFRW Summer Camp in July!
Not only is camp free (yes, I said FREE!!), but it’s an
incredible opportunity for any author to get involved in a writers network that
only has benefits. Camp isn’t just another conference, it’s the conference to
learn from your peers and share your knowledge with them. I’m not saying this
because I’m on staff – I experienced this personally long before joining the
This amazing group not only shares knowledge and gives
advice, but it teaches and helps its members succeed. There is a common bond
between the authors that I dare say you cannot find anywhere else. Why? Because
everyone has a voice, and that voice is always heard. We have and give the opportunity
to make a difference in the lives and careers of others.
To find out more about our Summer Camp “Tastes of
Summer”, visit or
Today, I’d like to share my recipe for my summer pot roast – only when the ingredients have spent time cooking together do they come together in a beautiful dinner medley!

Summer Camp
Pot Roast

1 roast (2-3 pounds)
7-10 red skin potatoes, washed and halved
1 small bag of baby carrots
1 beef bouillon cube
1 c water
Seasoning Mix: 1/4 tsp of each: garlic salt, black pepper,
thyme, sage, rosemary, oregano, and parsley
(1) Place prepared potatoes, carrots, and bouillon cube in
the bottom of the crockpot.
(2) Rub the Seasoning Mix into all sides of the roast and
place it on top of the veggies.
(3) Pour water over the roast to let the loose seasonings
mix in the bottom.
(4) Cook on low setting to your liking – about 6 to 8 hours.
Do not overcook as meat will become dry.
Served best with a French loaf and your favorite green

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Summer’s Growth 

Today, author Tina Gayle takes over the blog with a tip for following your passion as a writer.

Follow Your Passion with the Help of MFRW

You can’t buy it…you can’t get it from someone else–It is
right there within you.
My passion to be a published author has taken me on a wild ride.
The up and down adventure has required perseverance and tenacity. I’ve had to sit
in the chair and write, deal with situations that I’d never imagined, encountered
a number of “Oh Shit moments” and had more fun than I could have ever
believed possible.
With no agent, spelling challenged, and an aversion to commas,
my love of a good story kept me going. I took writing classes, networked with other
writers and put myself where I needed to be to hone my skills. My rose colored glasses
wouldn’t let me see what others said were insurmountable obstacles.
Also along the way, I found promoting my book to be a challenge.
That is one of the reasons I love Marketing for Romance Writers. The group is very
supportive and helps me discover new ways to market my book.
This summer they are also offering a free summer camp to not
only help me learn about new promotion sites, but to also help me be a better writer.
What more can you ask for?
No matter which road you travel remember to follow your passion
and discover a new world of adventure.
— Tina Gayle

Summer’s Growth

A mainstream novel with romantic and paranormal elements about
two women.
Mattie Winston, an almost fifty recluse who lives on a lonely
estate and guards generations of family spirits, and a young college student, Amber
Harrison, who doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. The Winston spirits
decided that Mattie needs to develop a life outside the estate and Amber is going
to be the new family keeper, which throws the two together.
Both travel down different paths of self-discovery but their
reliance on each other grows stronger after several scary moments. Mattie, challenged
by an old flame, rethinks the idea of love. Amber, faced with the appearance of
her distant grandmother’s ghost, decides to solve the mystery of why her grandmother
disappeared without a trace. By the end of the book, after love is embraced and
family secrets are revealed, Mattie and Amber are both ready to meet their futures
with enthusiasm as stronger more self-confident people.

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Sweet Potato Croquettes
Sweet Potatoes, Croquet, and Summer Fun for Authors!
Summer is fast approaching and our muses are itching to get out
and enjoy the sunshine. It’s a great time to pack that picnic basket with crowd
pleasing treats like Sweet Potato Croquettes.
Sweet Potato Croquettes are quick and easy to whip up. Toss these
ingredients in your shopping cart:
1 box corn flake cereal
1 40oz can yams (you can use candied if you prefer)
1 bag mini marshmallows
Cinnamon or Allspice
When you get home put that watermelon in the fridge to chill
then preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Next you can get rid of all your pent up
noveling anxiety by crushing the corn flakes, don’t make them too fine though you
want some nice bits.
Now put the yams in a bowl and mix with cinnamon or allspice
to taste. Once thoroughly mixed roll yams in ping pong or golf ball size balls with
a marshmallow or two in the center.
Next just roll the yam balls in the crushed corn flakes until
coated and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Once all rolled pop your croquettes
into the oven for 15-20 minutes or until done.
While you’re waiting for your Sweet Potato Croquettes you can
grab your mallet and try to get through the wickets or… You can hop online and make
sure you’re signed up for Marketing for Romance’s A Taste of Summer
This three-day summer conference taking place July 12th thru
14th won’t disappoint. There will be great opportunities for learning, sharing and
don’t forget the prizes! The best part it’s FREE. That’s right a free, online conference
with goodies to boot.
Don’t miss out just because Romance is in the name. MFRW supports
all genres and most classes can be applied to all areas of marketing and writing.
The group’s motto says it all. Seek, Teach, Share, Learn, Succeed.
Registering for the conference is easy just join MFRW’s Yahoogroup and you’ll be in the loop for A Taste of Summer Camp.
Now mark your calendar, get those Sweet Potato Croquettes out
of the oven, and get started on your summer fun! Be sure to keep a look out for
more Taste of Summer blog posts from fellow MFRW members as we spread the news about
this awesome event.
Author Elise VanCise Book:
Don’t Touch
Dr Ryan Reign has unlocked a gift she calls a curse. Detective
Jackson Prince and his partner need her help to stop a serial killer before he kills
again. One problem Dr. Reign can’t touch or be touched. Can the hard as nails cop
Jackson find a way to touch her heart without touching her skin in order to stop
the bloodshed?

About the Author

Elise VanCise, freelance photojournalist and award winning author,
is published in both print and digital media. Elise is a Florida Cracker, with a
love for adventure and historic places. She is the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison for
Lake County, Florida,
and Founder of Lake Writers of Lake County,
Florida. She’s also a member of She
Writes, Marketing for Romance Writers.Org, and the EPIC Public Relations Team, and
is an advocate for Public Libraries, Young Writers, Autism, and COPD.

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Gladiator’s Pen Blog
Stuffed Mushrooms 
Romance Lives Forever welcomes back Marketing for Romance Writers
member Jennifer France for a Taste of Summer Camp. MFRW is counting down the
days to their FREE marketing summer camp with scrumptious recipes from members.
Today’s recipe is Dottie’s Stuffed Mushrooms. Take it away, Jennifer!
I know, I know. I normally write of all things dealing with BDSM
but today I’m going to write about something that, for all intense and purposes,
can be much better!
If you are a writer (no matter what genre (yep: even BDSM) ~
aspiring, published (self or otherwise)) I have something amazing to share with
you! It’s called Marketing For Romance Writers (MFRW).
We all know that having a network of friends to help fill in
the blanks is invaluable … well MFRW has a wealth of resources- people full of
information because they have either been there, done that, or researched it and
are so very willing to pass their information on to you. It doesnt end there – they
have classes to help you get your work from the laptop to the bookshelves. It’s
nothing short of amazing the things these folks do for writers like us!
Of course the best part is that you can join! What could be better
than that?!? Oh, I know: It’s free!
What perfect timing too since they are gearing up for Summer
Camp the second weekend in July (12th to the 14th) and I’m here to help promote
this fabulous opportunity with what we’re calling A Taste of Summer Camp to get
this information out there by sharing a recipe. Romance authors, join MFRW’s Yahoo Group today so you don’t miss out on this
excellent learning opportunity.
Since I love to write about things that make my mouth water,
I’m gonna share a favorite, mouth-watering, low carb recipe that I can never make
enough of for my guests ~ even had a caterer ask for the recipe to this one;).


2 pounds fresh mushrooms
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 pound pork sausage (I like sage)
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper, to taste (I don’t use any)
Remove the stems from the mushrooms by gently twisting them off.
Drain the fat, if necessary. I found it helpful to chop the meat up until it was
pretty fine, but not mushy. Mix in the remaining ingredients, except the mushroom
caps. Fill the caps with the sausage mixture. (I use my fingers worked best). Pile
in as much sausage as you can per mushroom. Put in a greased or foil-lined baking
pan(s) and bake, uncovered, at 350º for 20-30 minutes until hot and bubbly.
About 30 mushrooms
Do not freeze
Per mushroom: 112 Calories; 9g Fat; 6g Protein; 1g Carbohydrate;
trace Dietary Fiber; 1g Net Carbs
Per whole batch: 3364 Calories; 279g Fat; 191g Protein; 43g Carbohydrate;
11g Dietary Fiber; 32g Net Carbs 

Author Jennifer France
Book: The Highlander’s Witch

The Highlander’s Witch
For years, twenty-three-year-old Skye Bennett has been waiting
for someone to sweep her off her feet and bring about her darkest fantasies. But
there’s just one problem – she comes from a family of witches and her older sister,
Sarah, uses her power of fire to interfere in every intimate relationship Skye has.
When their aunt mistakes Skye’s date as her soul mate only to
discover he is really Sarah’s,

her family tries to make up for it by finding the
man Skye truly belongs with. Unfortunately, their last attempt failed miserably
when they set her up for a speed-dating event, so her aunt resorts to magic to accomplish
their desires. Suddenly propelled back in time without warning, Skye is saved from
a brutal cougar attack by a Scottish Laird who has just returned from another skirmish
and only wants to sit in front of a warm fire with a mug of ale. Instead, Aiden
finds Skye and believes the unknown ‘lad’ to be a spy. When he finds out the spy
is a female his concern grows, as does his lust.

Aiden realizes this woman can be his downfall but she calls to
him in a way he cannot deny. Has she been sent to destroy all he has fought for,
or is she his salvation? Fighting his desires, he knows he must ensure the safety
of his home and kin from those that wish to destroy what he has fought to hold onto.
In this tale set in fourteenth century Scotland, a witch must determine if
she can trust the man who holds her life in his hands – even as he steals her heart.
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Coffee Time Romance

Romance Junkies

Our sincere thanks to the Friends of Romance – Coffee Time Romance, Romance Junkies, and The Romance Studio for their generous participation in this weekend seminar. Over 1500 signed up for the program, and in one twelve hour period there were well over 1000 messages posted on the site – questions, answers, workshop info, links, reminders, and some hilarity as well. Good thing Karen Cote’ brought her water pistol to guard the camp! Although at one point some filled theirs with cyber-vodka it wasn’t entirely out of control. ^_^

Join us today for another fun event. Here the links.

10:00 – 10:50
Open Forum – General Topics — Kayelle Allen
11:00 – 11:50
F.E.A.R.S. (Finish, Edit, Analyze Market, Research Pubs, Submit)
— Tina
12:00 – 12:50
Using the
Marketing for Romance Writers Newsletter for Promotion
— Rochelle Weber
1:00 – 1:50
Helping Your
Publisher Promote Your Books
— Mary Caelsto (Jupiter Gardens
2:00 – 2:50
Niche Marketing
— Marcia James
3:00 – 3:50
Finding Your
— R. Ann Siracusa
4:00 – 4:50
Preparing for
— Kayelle Allen
5:00 – 5:50
Role Playing Your
Way to Good Scenes
– Janet Elizabeth Jones
6:00 – 6:50
Blogging 101
– Rochelle Weber / Lynn Crain
 Coffee Beans and Love Scenes (CBLS)
7:00 – 7:50
Open Forum
– Blog Tour Questions
8:00 – 8:50
Romancing your
— Maryann Reid
9:00 – 9:30
Final Cyber
Campfire – S’mores for Next Year
The Romance Studio

Come check out our camp today. You’ll be glad you did!

This is day one of the MFRW Marketing Summer Camp. Check out the schedule below. Please join us when you get the chance. Membership is open – and F R E E

09:45 – 9:59
Building the
Campfire – Welcome to MFRW!
— Intro and welcome
10:00 – 10:50
Building the
Paranormal Character
— Kay Dee Royal
11:00 – 11:50
QR Codes
Rolynn Anderson
12:00 – 12:50
Dealing With
Online Piracy
— Kayelle Allen
1:00 – 1:50
Where to Find
— Dawne Prochilo
2:00 – 2:50
— Julie Eberhart Painter
3:00 – 3:50
Cyber Campfire,
Singalong, and S’mores
– Sharing Opportunities
4:00 – 4:50
Open Forum
– Pinterest Questions
5:00 – 5:50
Suzan Butler
6:00 – 6:50
Open Forum
– Twitter Questions
7:00 – 7:50
Open Forum
– Facebook Questions
8:00 – 8:50
Open Forum
– Triberr Questions: Special Guest Dino Dogan, founder of Triberr
All workshops and Classes are held
on the Yahoo Group.
Sign up here / Attend here
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