Newsletter Update

Hello all,
It’s been a while since I sent out a newsletter (and it’s included here for my blog readers, even though YOU TRAPPEES get to hear from me all the time). All my spare time, which isn’t a lot, is going to writing, as I plot my escape to Islamorada. “Huh?” you might ask. “Islamorada?” you might think. “Where and what is that?”

On New Year’s Eve, I was home, writing away, working on THE TIES THAT BIND, a book for St. Martin’s. My children were portioned out to various friends’ houses, and since I’m not big into the party scene, I was using the time to write.

I was also wishing myself far, far, away. Somewhere warm, since Utah has been slammed this year with snow storm after snow storm. Hasn’t everyone wanted to start their life over, somewhere new, at one point or another. Especially when you live in the North Pole and your name AIN’T Santa Claus….

On my computer desktop, I have a weather thingie that tells me what to expect, weather-wise, and also tells me where people are having MUCH MORE FUN than I am. Well, it doesn’t say that, but it might as well. It should just flash THESE PEOPLE ARE SITTING ON THE BEACH DRINKING PINA COLADAS AND YOU AREN’T. Stupid weather thingie. That night, the warmest spot in the United States was Marathon Shores, Florida. Curious, and easily distracted, I wandered off to Google and did a search. I discovered Marathon Shores is in the Florida Keys. I’ve been to Key West ONE time, for a few hours (cruise) and I loved it.

So I spent the next few hou…er, minutes, perusing the pages of the Florida Keys. Islamorada became my hot spot, just because the NAME is so exotic, and of course, the place sounds pretty cool itself.

And I began to weave this story of myself, in Islamorada, escaping from the rigors of life, lounging on the beach. It’s a dream but hey, it could become reality. Or maybe even a BOOK. That research would be fun! I know, I know, spring will come soon enough.

On the writing scene, POINTE AND SHOOT is coming out in May. This is my favorite book in the series, and I think you will like it, too. Jenny grows up a little more, still finds herself in some serious hot water, and discovers that life as a dance teacher is tantamount to working in a loony bin. Or close.

To help you stay warm, here’s a hot cocoa recipe my Mormon mother swears by. She’s a cocoa connoisseur, so this one HAS to be good.

Hot Cocoa


2 cups nonfat dry milk powder

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer

1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Measure all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk them until they are evenly blended.

2. Store the mix in a tightly covered container at room temperature until you’re ready to package it. Makes about 4 cups of mix.

Well, that’s all for now, but I wish you all a MUCH WARMER and DRYER winter than we are having. Until next time….



About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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5 Responses to Newsletter Update

  1. Erin says:

    I’ve had my air conditioner on the past two days, so I’m a little jealous of your snow!

    That cocoa recipe sounds really good…especially the semisweet chocolate chips. I’ve already shared it with some folks.


  2. Natalie says:

    Air CONDITIONER??? Wow. LOL. We are freezing here…..


  3. Erin says:

    It’s back down in the 30s today. That’s the weather for you here in Arkansas. One day last week we had a 50 degree swing. It was 75 in the afternoon and 25 by that night.


  4. Cele says:

    Hmmm cocoa, let me pour it on my hips because that is where it will end up anyway.

    I always thought Bikini Atoll sounded good. But I’ve not been able to wear a bikini for 32 years. And then I really thought about it and figured I’d have to be bombed out of my mind to go to Bikini Atoll.


  5. Suzy says:

    Keep all the snow and especially keep those crazy mormon’s away from me! Now for the cocoa recipe… made me chuckle!


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