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Kaylin’s August Newsletter

August 2010 E-NEWSLETTER

“Summertime and the living is easy,
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high…”
– George Gershwin & Dubose Heyward, Porty and Bess

Greetings Readers and Fellow Authors:

Don’t you wish life could be that simple again? The scent of warm meadow grass. Sitting in the dirt next to a fishing hole with a taunt line and a weed dangling out of your mouth. No worries or cares in the world…just a serene, peaceful existence. That is until the sound of a cell phone steals your calm and pulls you back into the twenty-first century. Ah…how I long for days gone by when we could find a magical place to hide away for an hour, a day…a week. Just sit back and enjoy the beauty of nature which somehow gets obscured by our crazy existence.

“August rushes by like desert rainfall, a flood of frenzied upheaval, expected  but still catching me unprepared. Like a match flame bursting on the scene – heat and haze of crimson sunsets. Like a dream of moon and dark barely recalled – a moment, shadows caught in a blink. Like a quick kiss; one wishes for more…but it suddenly turns to leave, dragging summer away.”
–  Elizabeth Maua Taylor

And while you’re enjoying what’s left of our summer months, be sure to share Flaherty’s Crossing

with friends, family and book clubs – now available at BN.com:

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/books/e/9781926681191/?itm=1&USRI=flaherty%27s+crossing

Okay…I recently received over fifty Irish jokes in light of a contest for free copies of Flaherty’s Crossing. The following winning entries may be inappropriate in some circles, but they definitely made me smile…

Irish Coffee

An Irish woman “of a certain age” visited her physician to ask his help in reviving her husband’s sex drive.

“What about trying Viagra?” asked the doctor.

“Not a chance,” she said. “He won’t even take an aspirin”.

“Not a problem,” replied the doctor. “Drop it into his coffee. He won’t even taste it. Give it a try and call me in a week to let me know how things went.”

Less than a week later, the woman rang up her doctor, who immediately inquired as to her husband’s progress. The poor dear exclaimed, “Oh, faith, bejaysus and begorrah! T’was horrid! Just terrible, Doctor.”

“Really? What happened?” he asked.

“Well, I did as you advised and slipped it in his coffee, and the effect was almost immediate. He jumped hisself straight up, with a twinkle in his eye, and with his pants a-bulging fiercely! With one swoop of his arm, he sent the cups and tablecloth flying, ripped me clothes to tatters and took me then and there, making wild, mad, passionate love to me on the tabletop! It was an absolute nightmare, I tell you!”

“Why so terrible?” asked the doctor. “Do you mean the sex was not good?”

“Oh, no, Doctor. The sex was great…terrific…marvelous!! Indeed, t’was the best sex I’ve had in 25 years.
But I’ll never be able to show me face in Starbucks again!”

Over the Counter Drugs

A lady walked into a pharmacy and spoke to the pharmacist. She asked, “Do you have Viagra?”

“Yes,” he answered.

She asked, “Does it work?”

“Yes,” he answered.

“Can you get it over the counter?” she asked.

“I can if I take two,” he answered.


Kaylin’s Recommended Reads for August:

  • Kaye Gibbons, Charms for the Easy Life
    From the turn of the century through World War II, three generations of women survive the deaths of spouses, divorce, and hard times with indomitable spirit and resiliency.
  • Penelope Fitzgerald, The Bookshop

    Innocent widow Florence Green attempts to open a bookshop in an English seaside village but finds her enterprise thwarted by an upper-class snob and her toadying acolytes.
  • Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
    Narrated by a 15-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions.


Still one of my all-time favorite videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikTxfIDYx6Q


Tasty Summer Treat: GreenTea Smoothie


Ingredients:

  • 1, 16-oz can peaches in light syrup
  • 3 bags of green tea
  • 1 cup water
  • 1, 5 1/2-oz can peach nectar (about 2/3 cup), chilled
  • 2 cups peach yogurt

Instructions:

Several hours before serving, drain the peaches, place fruit in a freezer container, and freeze. Brew tea bags in 1 cup water. Allow to steep five to ten minutes longer than called for; then remove tea bags, cool the liquid and chill well. To serve, combine the brewed tea, peach nectar, peaches and yogurt in blender or large food processor. Mix well and place in 4 chilled serving glasses. Serve right away and enjoy a refreshing treat!


Special Note: Flaherty’s Crossing is now available in Fred Meyer stores. Be sure to visit my website at http://www.kaylinmcfarren.com for book signing details and also stop by to say hello!


So remember … Stay positive. Give happiness away. And if you haven’t purchased your copy of Flaherty’s Crossing, be sure to visit BN.com or Amazon.com today! http://tinyurl.com/2g89xdx

Have a great month!

Kaylin

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