Party Like a President

On my last birthday, my brother gave me a book about the US President’s drinking, gambling and carousing habits through the years. In it I found a recipe for syllabub, an olde English dessert, which was popular during James Monroe’s presidency.

Here’s the recipe: 2/3 c. white wine, 1/3 c. sherry, 2 T. grated lemon zest, ¼ c. lemon juice, 2/3 c. sugar, 2 c. heavy cream, fresh mint sprigs and berries. Mix the wine, sherry, lemon zest and lemon juice in a bowl. Stir in the sugar until dissolved.



In a separate bowl, whip the cream until the mixture forms into medium-size stiff peaks. Then, combine and stir with the wine mixture. Scoop the mixture into wineglasses. Cover the glasses and chill in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours. When ready to serve, top with the mint and berries.



Source: Party Like a President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery and Mischief from the Oval Office, By Brian Abrams. Workman Publishing. 2015

Read every day

bookshelf with books“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.”- Christopher Morley


Sherlock Homes- silhouette in b&wChristopher Morley was one of the founders and long-time contributing editor of the Saturday Review of Literature. A highly gregarious man, he was the mainstay of what he dubbed the “Three Hours for Lunch Club”. Out of enthusiasm for the Sherlock Holmes stories, he became the founder of the Baker Street Irregulars and wrote the introduction to the standard omnibus edition of The Complete Sherlock Holmes. In 1936 he was appointed to revise and enlarge Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations (1937, 1948). He was one of the first judges for the Book-of-the Month Club, serving in that position until the early 1950s.


Interview is TODAY!!!!

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How to Escape a Bad Marriage
How to Escape a Bad Marriage

FireWalker Publications goes WorldWide!

fwp logo in colorYES! YES! YES! FireWalker Publications goes Worldwide, we have added 5 new distribution outlets. Our books are now being sold in:Brazil, Poland, South Korea, Russia and Germany!

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Guess who’s going to be at the Author’s Fair Feb 21st?

Light Cov 3DPlease join me Saturday February 21st at the incredible 2nd Annual Author’s Fair hosted by the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, 91101. The event will be held in the Great Hall between 10am-2pm.

My lovely poetry collection “Light Through Shuttered Window” will be available for sale along with a selection of my other books.

Diane as red head4-Jan 2015I’ll also be giving a short poetry reading from the book, and answering all your questions about poetry, writing and self publishing books!

If you have any questions or comments, please  email me at

What books mean to me…..

Light Cov 3D“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”― Anne Lamott, from “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life”

A small favor….

How to Escape a Bad Marriage
How to Escape a Bad Marriage

Instead of buying one of my books, read it for FREE at a library! Go to the local library and check to see if they carry any one of my books: “How to Escape a Bad Marriage- A Self Help Divorce book for Women” or “Budgeting on a Dime: 10 Steps to Financial Independence”; or “Light Through Shuttered Window” (a compendium of my poetry), or “Anti-Vigilante and the Rips In Time” (all by Diane Tegarden). If they don’t carry the book, please request it and check it out once they do carry it.

This will do two things, first, you can read my books for FREE this way, and second, it will get my books into circulation, which will help me immensely, at no cost to you! THANKS DAHLINKS!!!