Kaylin’s October 2010 E-Newsletter

October 2010 E-NEWSLETTER

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock, you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock…

Hello Readers and Fellow Authors:

October in Oregon is by far one of my favorite months of the year. While some trees burst with fruit and seeds, others display a stunning kaleidoscope of color. Birds provide the soundtrack for the woods and rushing rivers. Squirrels scamper about, burying acorns in anticipation of winter’s bare branches. This is a time to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. To draw in fresh, cleansing air. To slip into sweaters and hold the ones you love a little bit tighter.

“The great blessing of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we shut our eyes, and like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it.” – Seneca

Another review for Flaherty’s Crossing:
“There are plenty of love stories that can whisk us away from the less-than-perfect reality of our lives. Flaherty’s Crossing not only entertains, enlightens and inspires, but returns us to Earth with a new appreciation for those we love and what we have. I am delighted to have the privilege of adapting Kaylin McFarren’s impressive first novel for the screen.”  Kathy Slevin, Screenwriter, Los Angeles, California

Upcoming Book Signing Events: (Be sure to add these to your calendar!)

October 30th, 2010; 1 – 3pm
Gateway Fred Meyers, 1111 NE 102nd, Portland, Oregon
November 14th, 2010; 1 – 3pm
Sunset Fred Meyers, 22075 NW Imbrie Drive, Hillsboro, OR
November 20th, 2010; 1 – 3pm
Gresham Fred Meyers, 2497 SE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR

Kaylin’s Recommended Reads for August:

  • The Oath by Frank Peretti – Although this book is on the larger side (550 pages), it grabs you from the start and keeps your interest. Some readers have criticized this book for its “unreal” aspects, but in my opinion, this is plain old-fashioned entertainment. Enjoy!
  • The Heiress by Jude Deveraux – This was perhaps one of the the funniest historical romance I’ve ever read. The characters are genuine, very unique and well formed. And the plot is surprisingly smooth. I did not detect any forced or uncomfortable devices, leaving the story a fun, light read.
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larsson – The final book of Stieg Larsson’s “Dragon Tattoo” series is a wonderful conclusion to the story of his heroine Lisbeth Salander. After reading the first two books in the series this one is a must! So sad that Stieg Larsson died just as his books became sensations, but we can still appreciate his genus.


Don’t forget to post your review of Flaherty’s Crossing on Amazon.com and/or BN.com for your chance to win an autographed, custom-designed T-shirt!
Names will be randomly drawn and announced in next months’ e-newsletter.

(No special requirements to qualify. Names will be randomly picked, so be sure to visit
Kaylin’s  website at
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Also, new photos have been added to my website at http://www.kaylinmcfarren.com
So be sure to stop by for visit!

Kaylin’s Recipe of the Month: Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup, pureed to velvet creaminess, might be one of the most comforting soups known to mankind. Served piping hot on a long day, it can ease any tired mood. When served cold, this soup can be a refreshing zest of sweet and salty flavors. It’s also perfect for an invigorating lunch.


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Nutmeg, to taste
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup light cream
  • 3 cups pureed cooked pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup julienned ham


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir with a wooden spoon until thick and light golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add sugar, salt, ginger, pepper, and nutmeg; stir to incorporate.
  2. Add chicken broth and cream; bring to a boil over high heat, whisking constantly. Add pumpkin puree and whisk until smooth.
  3. Add ham and stir to mix. Heat until warmed through, adjust seasonings, and serve.

So remember Stay positive. Give happiness away and be sure to recommend Flaherty’s Crossing to everyone you know!

Have a great month!


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Kaylin’s September 2010 E-Newsletter

September 2010 E-NEWSLETTER

September leaves are waving, a new season’s on its way…

Hello Readers and Fellow Authors:

What com
es to mind when you think of September? Could it be…
1) Autumn’s brilliant colors?
2) The hazy last days of summer?
3) Earth, Wind & Fire’s classic tune? “Do you remember the 21st night of September? Love was
changing the minds of pretenders while chasing the clouds away. Our hearts were ringing in the key that our souls were singing as we danced in the night. Remember how the stars stole the night away.”
4) Woody Allen’s campy movie featuring his former wife Mia Farrow?
5) A late-in-life love affair that ignites diminishing embers?
6) Memorial Day and the re-incarceration of wayward school children?

Or might it possibly be all of the above? Whatever your answer, September no doubt holds reflective change and the promise of rebirth on tomorrow’s  horizon. So during this month, remember to hold tight to possibilities and never lose sight of your goals.

And for those who are looking for more reasons to celebrate September’s rush,
be sure to add these to your calendar:

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Month
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Month
Apple Month
Atrial Fibrillation Month
Baby Safety Month
Backpack Safety America Month
Be Kind To Editors & Writers Month
Chilldren’s Good Manners Month
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
College Savings Month
Fall Hat Month
Go Wild During California Wild Rice Month
Great American Low-Cholesterol, Low-fat Pizza Bake Month
Gynecology Cancer Awareness Month
International People Skills Month
International Self-Awareness Month
International Strategic Thinking Month
Library Card Sign-up Month
(World) Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month
Million Minute Family Challenge (Sept.-Dec.)
Mold Awareness Month
National Chicken Month
National Childhood Injury Prevention Month
National DNA, Geonomics & Stem Cell Education Month
National Coupon Month
National Head Lice Prevention Month
National Honey Month
National Mushroom Month
National Organic Harvest Month
National Osteopathic Medicine Month
National Prime Beef Month
National Sickle Cell Month
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (ovarian.org)
National Pediculosis Prevention Month
National Piano Month
National Preparedness Month
National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
National Rice Month
National Skin Care Awareness Month
One-on-One Month
Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month
Pleasure Your Mate Month
Reunion Planning Month
Schoolhouse Triangle Project Month
Sea Cadet Month
Self Improvement Month
September Is Healthy Aging Month
Shameless Promotion Month
Sports and Home Eye Health & Safety Month
Subliminal Communications Month
Update Your Resume Month
Women’s Friendship Month
World Animal Remembrance Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)

Most memorable September lyrics:

“I don’t wanna say goodbye for the summer
Knowing the love we’ll miss
Oh let us make a pledge to meet in September
And seal it with a kiss
Guess it’s gonna be a cold lonely summer
But I’ll fill the emptiness
I’ll send you all my love every day in a letter
Sealed with a kiss.”

Do you remember who wrote and sang this song?

(Answer – Bobby Vinton!)

Another 5-star review for Flaherty’s Crossing!

“One crushing truth often leads one to more. “Flaherty’s Crossing” is the story of Kate Flaherty as she tries to come to terms the truths that surround her life that she has often ignored. With her father revealing facts about her mother, a car accident sending her into soul searching, Kate’s first response is to run away from it all, only to find running never changes anything. “Flaherty’s Crossing” is a powerful and inspiring read, highly recommended.” – MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW, Oregon, WI

Kaylin’s Recommended Reads for August:

  • Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles – This book is an engrossing speculation of how life was lived by the families of men who chased the emerging oil-fields across Texas during the dust bowl era. Not since Grapes of Wrath have I felt so caught up in the details of life during that period.
  • A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff – Phoebe Swift, the proprietress of a new vintage clothing boutique, forms the center of this richly layered novel filled with the luxurious fashions of a bygone era. As Phoebe discovers, when you buy a piece of vintage clothing, you’re also buying a piece of someone’s past. There’s one item in particular that will unexpectedly change her life. Seamlessly blending humor and heartbreak, A Vintage Affair is an excellent read.

  • A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick – Nothing is what it seems in the pages of A Reliable Wife, the debut novel by adman and memoirist Robert Goolrick. What starts as a brooding tale of trickery and betrayal is, in fact, a meditation on loneliness. It has roots that reach far beyond the frigid Wisconsin landscape where the tale is set, and which suck their sustenance from the personal torment of Goolrick’s own southern-gothic past.


Have you picked up your copy of Flaherty’s Crossing yet?
Be sure to post your review on Amazon.com and/or BN.com to automatically be entered to win a monthly drawing for a custom-designed Flaherty’s Crossing T-shirt!

(No special requirements to qualify. Names will be randomly picked, so be sure to visit
Kaylin’s  website at
http://www.kaylinmcfarren.com to discover if you’ve won.)

Kaylin’s Recipe of the Month: Apple Strudel Bread


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter, cut up
  • 1 egg
  • 3-1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast or bread machine yeast
  • 3 tablespoons  margarine or butter, softened
  • 3 cups  thinly sliced, peeled apples
  • 1/2 cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup  raisins
  • 4 teaspoons  bread flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup  sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon  vanilla milk


  1. Add the first 7 ingredients to a 1-1/2- or 2-pound bread machine according to the manufacturer’s directions. Select the dough cycle. When cycle is complete, remove dough. Punch down. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil; grease foil and set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 24×12-inch rectangle. Brush with the softened margarine.
  3. For filling, in a medium bowl combine apples, brown sugar, raisins, the 4 teaspoons flour, and cinnamon. Starting about 2 inches from a long side, spoon filling in a 3-inch-wide band across dough. Starting from the long side, carefully roll into a spiral. Brush edge with a little water; seal seam and ends. Carefully place roll, seam down, in the prepared pan, curving to form a crescent shape.
  4. Cover and let rise in a warm place about 45 minutes or until nearly double. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
  5. In a small bowl combine powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in enough milk (2 to 4 teaspoons) to make a glaze of drizzling consistency. Drizzle over bread. Makes 16 servings.

So remember Stay positive. Give happiness away. And be sure to recommend Flaherty’s Crossing to everyone you know!

Have a great month!


Copyright (c) 2010 Kaylin McFarren
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