Freestyle Friday: in the library

Is there any place more exciting than a library? For me, they have always been like Smaug’s cave: full of treasure. But not so dangerous.

And now I can add to the reasons I love my local library system: its Emerging Local Authors program!

This year there are again more than 100 local authors whose works are available for anyone and everyone in Greater Victoria to read…and isn’t that amazing?

My friend Margaret Gracie’s novel in linked short stories is there. Check out Plastic for a thought-provoking, wonderful read.

I ran into Bonnie Hardy at the launch, too. She and her husband Norm Hardy put together a non-fiction book to help people caring for aging friends or family.

Marjorie Lindsay’s The Last Singer is there, and so is Glenn Lindsay’s The Shoebox Mystery.

And of course I was thrilled to see Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop The Complete Series there, and Kiss in the Wind is available as an e-book. Thrilled.

Can you tell?

Wishing you a happy and story-filled weekend,


Freestyle Friday: chocolate for dinner

I love creative cooks! I introduced Red Gem’s chocolate chemist Livy Tarbert to the world, after all.

But she’s not the only one out there being inventive with ancient yet fresh ingredients.

So how about a grilled cheese sandwich made with parmesan and dark chocolate?

Or a pear-apple salad with chocolate vinaigrette? Isn’t that the perfect recipe to blend Corsair’s Cove’s chocolate shop stories with the orchard stories that we Corsettes are getting ready to serve up later this year?

Bread and cheese, fruit and greens…really, it doesn’t get healthier than that!

Jackie Freeman writes about these recipes and more on the KCTS website. I, for one, am very grateful.

Happy Friday,