A Gentleman and a Rogue

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! A Photo Essay

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! 2015 is almost done and I wanted to share what I was thankful for. I thought I'd take a different approach, using a photo essay and some facts about the holiday.

Of course the #1 thing I'm thankful for:  Turkey!

If it wasn't for turkey, what would the holiday be like?  The first Thanksgiving in 1621 between the Wampanoag Native American Indians and the Piligrims included venison, fish, lobster, clams, squash, berries, fruit and pumpkin.  Turkeys were plenty, but can you imagine the main feast with venison? 

Of course I'm thankful for pie. Blueberry is my favorite. 

I'm thankful for my family. They're a bunch of fun. 

Yankee Candles.  They remind me of home and I got my killer clam chowder recipe from them.

which leads me to Clam Chowder.  This is from the Splash Cafe in Pismo Beach!

I'm thankful for my New England Patriots.  Gronkowski is a my favorite player. :)  Next to Julian Edelman. Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same without football. 

I'm thankful for having some really great friends!  

I'm thankful for coffee and starting my day off right.

I'm thankful that my writing, including my children's stories have been published.

I'm thankful for Grumpy Cat.  Grumpy Cat always makes me laugh! 

Castaic Lake. I always enjoy taking a walk around the lake.

For being involved in Cub Scouts and helping the boys see the world through another lens.

Work friends.  They make the load lighter.

Walking for Alzheimers with some great people!

What are you thankful for? 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Release: In time for Christmas: Joseph's Cradle, children's Christmas book

Availiable in Hardback! 

COVER BLURB FOR Joseph’s Cradle:

Joseph and his wife, Mary, expect a baby. With all that is happening, including the government requiring a census, Joseph feels a little overwhelmed and a bit left out of the preparations for the baby. Is there something he can do?


#1: What inspired you to write the story?

STEPHANIE: I wanted to write the Christmas story from the view of being expectant parents.  I wanted to show how Joseph grew into fatherhood. I think these are all aspects of life we all can identify with. 

#2: How long did it take? 

STEPHANIE: The story took about a day to write.  After editing, I’d say it took about a week.

#3: Did you pick the illustrator?

STEPHANIE: No, I did not.  4RV Publishing selected the illustrator.  I think Matthew Hughes did a fantastic job with the illustrations.  They have a very soft hearted feel and compliment the story well. 

#4: What makes this book special?

STEPHANIE: It’s a look at the Christmas story from a different perspective. 

#5: How long have you been writing children's books?

STEPHANIE: About 5 years now. My first children's book, "The Giving Meadow" was published with 4RV Publishing in 2010. It has a great message about sharing and caring for young children as well as telling about Caterpillar's transformation into a butterfly. It's perfect for Easter as it helps young children understand Jesus' story.


Question for you: What gift would you give Jesus for Christmas? 

Patricia Karwatowicz, 4 stars, Amazon Reviewer: 
Artist Mathew Hughes' soft, time-friendly paintings take us back to Biblical times. This is a sweet Christmas book that could start a discussion about what a young child might like to give the Christ Child for Christmas.” 

Rising Star Reviews, 5 Stars, Amazon Reviewer:
Joseph's Cradle is a wonderful story about Joseph, who wanted to do something special for the coming baby. Because he was a carpenter, he gave the best gift he could think of--something made by his own two hands. Children will understand this story.

Suzanne C., 4 Stars, Amazon Reviewer:
This beautifully illustrated picture book with its gentle, sweet story will enliven discussion with the young people in your life about each person's special place in the story we thought we knew.

Author Bio:
Stephanie Burkhart was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, but now calls California her home. She currently works for LAPD as a 911 Dispatcher. Stephanie has been writing since she was five, when she crafted homemade comic books on the kitchen table. Her previous books with 4RV Publishing include: The Giving Meadow, and First Flag of New Hampshire.  Stephanie enjoys coffee, adores chocolate and is currently the Den Leader for her son's Cub Scout Den.

JOSEPH’S CRADLE:  is available in print from 4RV Publishing.


4RV PUBLISHING BOOKSTORE: http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/burkhart.php

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Josephs-Cradle-Stephanie-Burkhart/dp/1940310342/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1446519672&sr=8-18&keywords=stephanie+burkhart








Monday, November 23, 2015

Young Witchcraft is a 2015 3rd Place IDA Contest Winner! 99 cent ebook!

The International Digital Awards is a contest sponsored by Oklahoma Romance Writers of America and is open to all works of fiction in digital format, regardless of their romantic content. 

Young Witchcraft, my 99 cent story earned 3rd Place in the Short Story, Young/New Adult Category! 

BLURB:Rachel's secret would have Cotton Mather rolling over in his grave. She's been raised from an early age to use magic for good, despite her temptation to cast a spell against Phil the bully who can't stop teasing her. 

Joe thinks Rachel is cool, especially when she weaves her healing magic spells on him, but he's got his own problems. It's not easy keeping Rachel safe from Phil's constant threats. 

When Phil poisons Rachel, can love and little young witchcraft bring Rachel and Joe together or have years of Phil's bullying ruined their relationship for good? 


Suzie bumped into Rachel's shoulder. Rachel nearly lost her balance, extended her leg, and regained her bearing.  Thank the broomsticks Suzie's contact didn't start a bleeding episode. 

"I'd be careful if I were you. Don't cross me."

"What you did was mean and you know it." Rachel squared her shoulders, despite the knots in her stomach.

Suzie narrowed her eyes.

"Is there a problem?" Joe approached, his arms crossed.

"You two losers deserve each other." Suzie rolled her eyes and walked off.

Rachel swallowed hard, pushing the hurt from Suzie's comment aside for now. Rachel glanced at Joe. "Anna's ankle is swollen. Can you help her out to her car?"


Rachel smiled her appreciation at Joe. He'd grown tall, over six feet and his green eyes sparkled like gems when the light caught them a certain way.  His blond hair had darkened a bit to sandy blond, but he kept his hair in a nice neat cut. He often had a five o'clock shadow that she found incredibly attractive on him. Joe was lean and with thin muscles, and not an ounce of fat on him. He could tear up a refrigerator. Fruit, pizza, and celery were his favorite foods. He was as picky as a black cat about what he ate since he had a peanut allergy. Joe played on the football team as a tight end or a running back. His practice must have gotten over early tonight.

A part of her wanted to reach out for his hand like she did when they were kids, back when life wasn't so complicated, but something held her back. Hurt? Doubt? Lack of courage? She sighed. Her self-esteem had taken a big hit today, but she wanted to be a good friend to Anna so she brushed aside her anxiety. Now that Joe was here, Rachel could do anything. 


AMAZON:  http://amzn.com/B00YJW0YMO

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/young-witchcraft-stephanie-burkhart/1122051463?ean=2940151946490


KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/young-witchcraft

***If you would like to review the book, please send me a request at botrina_buchanan@yahoo.com with Young Witchcraft Reiew in the subject line.** 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Snippet Sunday: 99 cent Christmas Contemporary romance: Christmas in Bayeux

Hi all, I'm participating in the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday. This month, I'll be taking snippets from my Christmas Romances. You can find the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday list at:

About this excerpt:  Aiden is glad to see Noel. 

Her eyes swept over him and then sparked with recognition. "Aiden!"
"Bonjour, Noel!"
She wrapped her arms around him and gave him a quick hug. "Bonjour!"

Her warm glow infused him with hope, cracking his battlements even further.  Her genuine embrace was what he needed, but he wasn't here for her. He needed to set his heart and his mind straight and she would be a big part of that. Taking a step back, Aiden feathered his eyes over her. "It's good to see you again, Noel. You've changed…"


The ravages of war have taken their toll on Aiden. Seeking peace, he has traveled to Bayeux, France, on a pilgrimage of sorts. Noel, a former exchange student who spent time with his family years before, provides him a place to stay at the old manor she has turned into an inn.
The attraction they felt nine years before at the tender age of sixteen flares to life as they spend time together and prepare the inn for Christmas. But there has been so much loss and grief for Aiden. Will Noel be able to help him feel again and can Aiden find what he is searching for? 

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B005BTLSI8

B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-in-bayeux-stephanie-burkhart/1104401603?ean=2940011371806

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/72100

Kobo:  https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/christmas-in-bayeux


5 Stars, Diane Craver, Amazon Reviewer:  "Christmas in Bayeux" is the perfect short romance to enjoy during the holiday season or any time during the year, and I highly recommend it.

5 Stars, Karen Michelle Nutt, Amazon Reviewer:  Christmas in Bayeux is a tender romance sure to warm your hearts for anytime of the year. I highly recommend it.

5 Stars, Markee Anderson: This was just a wonderful and heart warming read.

BOOK TRAILER:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-muZ0dhOvSE

Friday, November 20, 2015

Book Review: A Knight of the 7 Kingdoms (Game of Thrones accompanying novel)

Book Review for: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
Written by: George RR Martin
Bantam Books
ISBN: 978-0-345-53348-7
Avail as an ebook and in print

4 Stars


Martin sings a fascinating song of Targaryens, dragons, and betrayals with this book. This collection includes three novellas set in Westros which take place 100 years before the events in Games of Thrones. Our heroes, Dunk, a hedge knight, and his squire, Egg, travel through the heart of the Seven Kingdoms in search of adventure.

Dunk hopes to fight in the lists at Ashford Meadows, but there’s trouble when the Targaryens arrive. When Dunk is accused of dishonorable conduct, he must fight in a trial of seven. Will the Hand of the King fight with him or against him?

The lingering effects of the Blackfyre Rebellion haunts the land. Will Dunk continue to honor Ser Eustace’s request to bring water to his land once he learns of Eustace’s prior allegiances?

A mystery knight called “The Fiddler” arrives at a wedding ready to enter the jousts. The prize? A dragon egg. Who will prove worthy to own it?

Martin’s writing style is easy to read. The adventures take the reader along for the ride. While fantasy, Martin explains most terms so the readers aren’t lost. The characters are well rounded. Dunk is noble to the core while Egg is hardworking and eager to share his opinions.

“A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” is full of adventure, suspense and betrayal. It’s a fine edition to the tales of Westros and sheds some light on what the Targaryens were like.