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Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1)

Donuts in an Empty Field Available NOW!

Donuts in an Empty Field is a young adult novel about two best friends, the local food challenge, and a mysterious bucket list. The more that main character Vanessa fails the food challenge, the more she takes it out on the boy she blames for her father's death because letting go of anger is life's greatest challenge.

Upcoming Events
Everett Fall Home Show

The Writer’s Cooperation of the Pacific Northwest will have a table at the Everett Fall Home Show.

Fri: Noon – 6 PM,
Sat: 10 AM – 6 PM,
Sun: 10 AM – 5 PM.

Location: Xfinity Arena - 2000 Hewitt Ave, Everett, Washington 98201​

Indie Author Day KCLS
ing County Library System Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027

10am – 11am – Meet & Greet with Authors – you will be at your table to greet the public
11am – Noon – National Live Streaming Q & A with writers, agents and industry leaders. Panelists include: Moderator Jon Fine, (formerly of Amazon), Robin Cutler, Kiera Parrott, Jim Blanton, L. Penelope.
Link to panelists:
Noon – 12:30 – Meet & Greet with Authors
12:30 – 1:30pm – Panel Discussion: Amazon Author Opportunities
1:30 – 2pm – Meet & Greet with Authors
2pm – 3pm – Panel Discussion: Using Self-e

Monroe Books Author Event

110 E Main St #100, Monroe, WA 98272

The Writer’s Cooperation of the Pacific Northwest will host a different set of authors each Saturday during October at the Monroe Bookstore. I'll be there OCTOBER 22nd

Upcoming Sale and Giveaway Alert

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Vanessa's Book of Awesome Things by Rachel Barnard

Vanessa's Book of Awesome Things

by Rachel Barnard

Giveaway ends October 17, 2016.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

At One's Beast on sale in US and UK for select dates

US: 10/15, 10/16, 10/17 

October 15 - $0.99 (76% off)

October 16 - $1.99 (51$ off)

October 17 - $2.99 (26% off)

UK: 10/8


September 2016
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Indie Author Day
October 8
Biker Chicks 2
  All proceeds of this anthology go to Bikers Against Child
Abuse*, so come take a ride with us.
Includes "A New Night" by Rachel Barnard
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Reviewed 9/1/16
Rated 4.25 Stars
Reviewed 9/8/16
Rated 3.50 Stars
Reviewed 9/13/16
Rated 5.00 Stars
Reviewed 9/15/16
Rated 3.50 Stars
Reviewed 9/20/16
Rated 2.50 Stars
Reviewed 9/22/16
Rated 4.50 Stars
Reviewed 9/27/16
Rated 5.0 Stars
Reviewed 9/28/16
Rated 4.75 Stars
All About the Donuts
Local Donut Shop Review

Dona Queen Donuts and Deli
Seattle, WA

View my LIVE review HERE

7018 Bothell Way NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
(206) 496-3670

Review criteria:
Most popular donut at the shop: “All of them”
Signature shop donut: NA
Most popular US donut: glazed
2nd most popular US donut: Boston crème
Donut Hole: Glazed
What I tried:
Maple Bar, Glazed, Boston Crème, cake donut
$15.97 total for an assorted dozen

 What to expect:
This little shop has its own little parking lot – so don’t despair for Seattle parking as there are plenty of compact spots for you to use. It’s an easy turn to get into the lot and easy to spot this little donut place. Dona Queen Donuts isn’t just donuts! They are also a deli so you can get real food there too! This place is your run of the mill donut shop where you can get all the classics, as well as sandwiches and Korean favorites.
My favorite:I liked how you can get Bulgogi and a glazed donut at the same time! You might be able to convince them to make a sandwich out of a donut if you try hard enough.

Bonus Content!
Apples and apple pie

Pie Crust from Martha Stewart - Recipe HERE


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 sticks chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces


  1. To make the dough for the pie crust, mix 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon each salt and sugar in a medium-size bowl. Cut 2 sticks chilled unsalted butter into pieces. With a pastry blender, cut in butter, working until mixture resembles coarse meal.

  2. Add 4 tablespoons ice water; work with hands until dough comes together. If dough is still crumbly, add more ice water a tablespoon at a time (up to 4 more tablespoons). Do not overwork.

  3. Divide dough in half, and flatten halves into disks. Wrap disks separately in plastic; refrigerate at least 1 hour.

  4. To form the pie shell, roll the dough on a floured surface into a 14-inch round. Wrap around rolling pin and carefully unroll over a 9-inch pie plate.

  5. Fit gently into bottom and side of plate. Use kitchen shears to trim dough to a 1-inch overhang; fold under, and seal to form a rim.

  6. Crimp rim with fingertips and knuckle. Repeat with remaining dough; wrap each with plastic, stack, and freeze.

    Pie filling from Grandma Ople - Recipe HERE


  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 8 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
  2. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
  3. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.
Note - I used half the amount of sugar, half the amount of butter and substituted apple juice for the water when I made my second pie for a *healthier* version
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