Review: Hot Quit (not what you might think!)

Hot QuitHot Quit by Kathy Roberts

Some of the best parts of this novel were the details about cutting. I had no idea such an activity existed – being a city girl who loves the ‘idea’ of riding, with very little real experience. Roberts’s knowledge and understanding of the sport aspects of cutting are evident and made it all the more fascinating.

The romance between Jackson and Alexandria satisfied all the criteria for a good romance and I was happy when Alex made the right choice for her. Jackson is the perfect hero.

Since Roberts is one of my co-writers at Amazon Montlake and a personal acquaintance, my policy of not star-rating books by people/writers I know applies.

However, I recommend this book to readers who enjoy modern/contemporary cowboy romances, readers who are interested in horses and horsemanship, as well as readers who like big business/office romance truly something for everyone.

In fact, my daughter-in-law, a horsewoman and owner, may very well enjoy this book – I will tell her about it.

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Henry Tudor & the Yeoman

Tudor RoseOn the 30th of October 1485, Henry Tudor was crowned Henry VII. On the day of his coronation, historians claim that he created the first permanent armed body in England to serve the monarch—the Yeoman of the Guard.

The Tudors were Cymry (Welsh), hailing from the southwest county of Sir Benfro (pronounced sheer benvro) and were known as the Tudors of Penmynydd.

The Yeomen were chosen from among the Tudors’ own countrymen and this select body of soldiers eventually evolved to set the precedent and standard for the Welsh Guard, renown for their bravery and dedication to serving their contry.

This was also the period at which Cymru (Wales) lost its final vestiges of independence from the English crown (until recent decades) since the king was a Welshmen (Cymro). The crimes of Edward I were not forgotten, nor were the efforts of Owain Glyndŵr during the reign of Henry IV to rid his country of the tyranny of the English yoke.

Once on the throne, the Tudors did as all power-seduced individuals do, they abandoned their supporters in favor of their grip on wielding power over others and the most expedient path to dynasty in spite of Henry VII’s desperate brutality. Despite Elizabeth I’s granting William Williams Pantycelyn the responsibility of translating the Bible into Welsh, the Tudors ceased to be Welsh, though they held the title of the monarchs of England and Wales.



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On This Tragic Day

Two devastating events occurred on the 21st of October in the 1960s in Cymru:

1965: The Tryweryn Reservoir, which was built to hold water for the needs of Liverpool, England, was officially opened. tryweryn3This reservoir is held in the highest contempt in Cymru because it required the destruction of the entire village of Tryweryn, a small community in the north.

People were driven from their homes, relocated by the English government, in villages and areas that were distant from tryweryn2their family and friends.

tryweryn1Today, there is still protest graffiti along the highway between Aberystwyth and Caerfyrddin. The village was drowned, lives scattered and some destroyed.



1966: One year following the destruction of a Welsh village, another village suffered one of the tragic events of the 20th Century. When the colliery tip collapsed on the Pantglas Junior School in Aberfan, 116 children and 28 adults were killed. These images are all available on the Internet (Images of Aberfan Disaster)  from media archives such as the BBC, The Sun,, South Wales Evening Post. I remember this as one of the pivotal events of my childhood. aberfan3


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In Memory of a Scotsman

I have just learned of the death of a Scotsman who loved Wales and Welsh History, particularly the history of Morgannwg Canol, Merthyr and the Industrial Revolution, Scott Reid, Curator, Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery died suddenly on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Scott the Scot as my husband and I loved to call him, was a charming enthusiast for all things antiquarian. He will be, and has been, sorely missed by his colleagues and friends.

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On This Day in Cymru

September 24th

The first recorded shipwreck on the coast of Cymru/Wales: an English ship supplying Henry III ran aground on Morfa Conwy and many deaths followed when the Welsh attacked it.

SR1885 — Death of Samuel Roberts, publisher and reformer, minister, radical and biographer, at Conwy. S.R., as he was known, was also one of the first in Cymru to master shorthand.

clydachvale1966 — Cambrian colliery, Clydach Vale, Rhondda — scene of the lat major coal mining disaster in Wales. The mine is now closed. The worst mining disaster in Welsh history, Senghenydd, killed 440 miners near the town of Caerphilly, on October 14, 1913. Among the most heartbreaking mining disasters occurred in the village of Aberfan, when the colliery spoil tip collapsed and destroyed the local school, killing 116 children and 28 adults, on October 21, 1966.

 Welshman, Hurdler Colin Jackson, from

Welshman, Hurdler Colin Jackson, from

1988 — Colin Jackson of Caerdydd/Cardiff won the silver medal in the 110 metres hurdles at the Seoul Olympics.


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