Food to Nourish Your Writerly Soul – And a Freebie Book

August 9, 2013

next15minutesI met up with our beautiful author, Kim Kircher – THE NEXT 15 MINUTES: STRENGTH AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN – at the fabulous Pacific Northwest Writer’s Conference in Seattle a couple years ago. Being the consummate hostess (she lives in Seattle), she suggested we grab a bite of lunch, and whisked me off to Nordstrom’s. I’d never eaten there, but oh my, what a treat. She recommended their salad – complete with yummies like grilled chickie, strawberries and candied walnuts.

Not only does Kim find strength at the top of the mountain, but she knows how to add fuel to an empty gastric tank. I was in heaven, especially over Nordy’s salad dressing. I can’t remember how I stumbled across the recipe, but it has become my go to salad dressing, and I thought I’d share it with my favorite peeps – writers. After all, we have to eat good food to write brilliant books, right? And it’s far healthier and cost-efficient to make your own dressing.

Nordy’s Champage Vinaigrette

1 tbs. shallot (actually, I laze out and don’t add them)
1 tbs. dijon mustard
2 tps. sugar
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 1/2 cups canola oil
1/2 cup champagne vinegar
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Dump everything into a food processor, or use a hand blender, and mix it up really well.

I toss this on baby spinach with grilled chickie, pine nuts, and raisins. El yummo. It also makes a terrific chickie marinade.

And while you’re munching on your brain food, enjoy Kim’s fabulous book. Oh…you don’t have it yet? A tragedy!! A crime against Readerhood!

I’ll send a free e-book to the first 15 readers who email me – lynn-at-behlerpublications-dot-com. Put Free Next 15 in the subject line. No one should be without Kimba – Queen of the Mountain. She’s as talented as she is gorgeous.

Kim Kircher, Author of The Next 15 Minutes, is a Winner!

April 17, 2013


The rescue beagles and I are having a serious WoOt moment.

The NAJSA (North American Snowsports Journalism Award) honored our beautiful and brilliant author, Kim Kircher (The Next 15 Minutes), with The Harold Hirsch Award for excellence in journalism in the Book category. The Book category is only given every three years. Judges are chosen based on their expertise in the field, and are not members of the organization. The award is named for Harold Hirsch, a long-time ski journalist, and member of the NASJA Board.

Stuff like this makes my spine tingle because I remember first meeting Kim at the PNWA Conference and loving her and her book. I remember going over edits together, and was continually amazed (and grateful) at how great she was at rewrites. We spend countless hours watching a book go from infant to shoving it out of the nest, so when a respected body of professionals deems that book a winner, it brings it all home for me.

I think this deserves a day of free e-books, don’t you? For Wednesday and Thursday, email me ( for your free e-book of THE NEXT 15 MINUTES, which is a fabulous and gripping story of finding strength at the top of the mountain in the face of huge personal turmoil. Be sure to put FREE NEXT 15 MINUTES in the Subject line.

WoOt, Kimba. Well done.

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