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Book three in the Merilee Tours series, LET IT SIMMER, is available now at your favorite online bookstore! If you like reading about mature characters finding sweet romance, this one’s for you. This time, Merilee hosts a tour to Northern Saskatchewan filled with amusing adventures. Former classmates, Susan and Phil, reunite but are anything but compatible…or are they?

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I write feel-good stories about women who chase their dreams and bump into romance along the way. They live in small communities close to my home in the Canadian prairies, and they count on a warm and eclectic collection of family and friends to make their lives interesting and fun.

How on earth did a divorcee end up on a Sweetheart Tour for couples? Let it Melt–book two in the Merilee Tours series–is out! The sequel to Let it Snowball, it’s another fun, romantic read. I’m currently writing book three in the series. Check back for more details in the weeks ahead.

Book one in the Merilee Tours series is Let it Snowball, available as an eBook on Amazon and major online bookstores. It’s a fun read that’ll keep Christmas in your heart throughout the year. It’s a story about one woman’s journey to holiday happiness. Merilee leads bus tours to bakeries so her guests can sample favorite cookies. Scroll down for Merilee’s own recipe for her famous Chocolate Snowballs!

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A little about Let it Snowball….

Divorced, empty nester Merilee is on a roll. Filled with scrumptious cookies and old-fashioned fun, her Christmas bus tours aim to add festive spirit to her hometown and new meaning to her lackluster life. Too bad her reserved driver slams the brakes on fun.

Widowed farmer Ross needs a little joy to combat his December blues. Behind the wheel, he wears a Santa suit but can’t muster a convincing ho-ho-ho. Too many memories block his road to happiness…until irrepressible Merilee sparks a snowstorm of unexpected feelings.

In two weeks of holiday tours, Ross might drive Merilee crazy…or will romance snowball inside their lonely hearts?

Merilee’s Famous Chocolate Snowballs


3/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 large egg, room temperature

1/4 cup 2% or whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup baking cocoa

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Icing sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Add egg, milk, and vanilla and mix well.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

Gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Shape into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets and bake until tops crackle (7-8 minutes).

Remove to wire racks and cool. Roll in icing sugar.


These are my first two books…

Love Takes Flight and Love Leads the Way tell stories of women and men with secrets, fears, and challenges…but they also discover their share of lighter, fun moments thanks to quirky family and lovable dogs.

I hope you enjoy them! Please let me know…and better yet, post a review and share your comments with other readers, too.  I really appreciate all your comments and reviews.

Love Takes Flight is the story of Drew, a daring jet pilot, and Erin, who is rooted to her dog kennel business. Stranded in a raging, prairie blizzard, Drew and Erin are forced together whether they like it or not. Does love stand a chance when his passion is her poison? 

Love Leads the Way brings together clashing coworkers in a workplace romance. She coaches him in leadership, but they both need lessons in love.