September 2017 Newsletter

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Recipe of the Month

Italian Meatloaf

by Colleen Green


  • Approximately 2 lbs. of 90% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (Progresso Garlic & Herb) 
  • 1 cup pasta sauce (Prego Italian Sauce Three Cheese)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese (Philadelphia)

Mix ground beef (refrigerated not frozen) with the bread crumbs, pasta sauce, and parmesan cheese.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour and forty-five minutes. 

Pour remaining sauce to cover the top of loaf. Cover with mozzarella cheese. Bake for fifteen more minutes. Take out of oven.

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Book of the Month

“WHITE LINES” by Wright Writers of Dayton member Greg Enslen newest book is available on Amazon.

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Frank Harper mystery.


White Lines

“He tried to make things better…and failed. Miserably. Ex-cop Frank Harper is battling his addictions and wondering if his missteps in a recent case caused the horrific death of an innocent family. Meanwhile, a Dayton drug task force is struggling to contain hostile street gangs engaged in a surging drug trade that is spinning out of control. When Frank steps in to investigate the family’s deaths, can he avoid a desperate standoff between warring factions that may cost him his life?”

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Inspirational Quote of the Month

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.

Charles Dickens


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August 2017 Newsletter

Editor: Author Colleen Green

Article of the Month

Are We Almost There? 


Vickie L. Weaver

Wright Writers of Dayton Author

Are “almost” and “nearly” interchangeable words? I don’t think I ever heard anyone say “nearly” when I was growing up. Instead, as far as I can recall, everyone said “almost.” Of course, down the line in my education I learned about its similarity to “almost.” I must admit it: “Almost” is the first word I think of whenever I’m talking or writing about not quite getting there. To many of us their definitions are identical. So, are they interchangeable? Most of the time they are. The differences seem to come, for the most part, regionally and in people’s educational levels and social standing. “Nearly” seems to be more sophisticated and occasionally is the only choice, as in “I didn’t like the show nearly as much as you did.” Otherwise, using one versus the other really is not a big deal, most of the time. Whenever you’re in serious doubt about the better usage, just rephrase the sentence. You can take it from here.

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Inspirational Quote of the Month

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

Maya Angelou


Book of the Month

City in the Middle

Book Two

in the Amber Milestone Series

By Colleen Green

Wright Writer of Dayton Author

Romance/Suspense novel will be released Oct. of 2017

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Dayton, Ohio readers check out this special offer. Sign up to be entered to win a gift card for New & Olde Pages in Englewood, Ohio by preordering a copy to be picked up at the store when it is released. Winner notified via phone or email on Oct 10th. Ask for the sign up sheet at the register.


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Preview of City in the Middle

Preview 1

What I was about to find out could ruin my new job. In a way, the implications that Teresa had made about the Bugiardini family had left me doubting the credibility of the pub. So yeah, I needed enlightened. I did a search for Bugiardini, New York. Scanning the links that came up, I found none were good. Words such as arrest, mafia, and criminal were frequent.

Preview 2

He leaned over putting his cheek against mine pulling me deeper into his embrace. He slid his arms down until we were dancing more relaxed. His arms wrapped around me. I closed my eyes and felt his heart beating.

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July 2017 Newsletter

Recipe of the Month

Patriotic Poke Cake

fourth of july cake

2 round white cake layers (9 inch), cooled

2 cups boiling water, divided

1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin, or any other red flavor

1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Berry Blue

Flavor Gelatin

1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed


Place cakes, top sides up, in clean 9-inch round pans; pierce with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.

Add 1 cup boiling water to each flavor dry gelatin mix in separate small bowls; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Pour red gelatin over 1 cake, then pour blue gelatin over remaining cake. Refrigerate 3 hours.

Dip bottoms of cake pans in warm water 10 sec.; unmold cakes. Fill and frost cake layers with COOL WHIP. Refrigerate 1 hour.



Word of the Month

 Benevolent adj. 1. Charitable: performing good or charitable acts and not seeking to make a profit. 2. Showing kindness or goodwill.



Book of the Month

Why we are still standing book cover

Why We Are Still Standing

By John Rhinehelder 

A condensed biography of real American patriots written in poetry to show why Americais still “standing” at the top when it comes to liberty and freedom. It tells why freedom is not free! It’s called “Bio-poetry.”

Available on Amazon click link below

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Inspirational Quote of the Month

It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.

George Washington



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Finish This Sentence

Article by Contributor Don Hart

History of this little exercise is what started as a joke with grandchildren (“I love you better than leaping lizard,” for example) turned in to creative competition with four children trying to outsmart each other on how they loved Grandpa better than the others…what geezer wouldn’t want this going on? We later had to limit the submissions to one noun, one descriptor.

Four Cats Publishing is looking for writers to submit sentences that start with “I love you better than”… They are especially interested in entries from published authors over 15 years old. Details below.


One item that is humorously improbable and lovable with one descriptor, 3-7 words long (the I LOVE YOU BETTER THAN A… list below is a guideline of winning examples). We will accept entries for six months and we’ll give a monthly prize (usually a book from Four Cats inventory). Entries can be sent to Don Hart’s email: or to Colleen Green’s email:

The list contains examples of what my grandchildren completed for my own little competition exercise. I thought those on the list were good enough to publish. New entries may be published by The Wright Writers of Dayton on this website or with author attribution.



A chocolate chip cookie

A 10 lb. hamburger

A blue-eyed goldfish

A zebra with green stripes

A pepperoni and banana pizza

My own polka dotted airplane

A mash potato sandwich

Two birthdays in one week

A monkey named Melvin

A lion named Larry

A green and red pony

 four cats pic

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March 2017 Newsletter

Recipe of the Month

Honey Carrots

  • 5 Whole Carrots
  • 4 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 Box of Raisins
  • Olive Oil to coat pan
  • 1/4 Cup of White Wine


Peel carrots and cut off tops. Cut carrots into thin slices. Put slices into bowl and add honey. Stir them to coat with honey. Put olive oil into pan to cook carrots. Heat up carrots in pan stirring often. Add raisins and stir. Once carrots are about half way done cooking, add wine. Finish cooking carrots until they are done.

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Word of the Month

Amorphous Without a clearly defined shape or form. Vague; ill-organized; unclassifiable.

“The amorphous package caused alarm to many people in the terminal.”



Inspirational Quote of the Month

Making a mistake isn’t bad. It is only bad if you don’t learn from it!

Author Colleen Green


Looking for a festive St. Patrick’s Day cocktail? Check out this website below with a ton of ideas. Have fun, stay safe, and drink responsibly.


Book of the Month

Ireland by Frank Delaney

In the winter of 1951, a storyteller arrives at the home of nine-year-old Ronan O’Mara in the Irish countryside. The last practitioner of an honored, centuries-old tradition, the Seanchai enthralls his assembled audience for three evenings running with narratives of foolish kings and fabled saints, of enduring accomplishments and selfless acts — until he is banished from the household for blasphemy and moves on. But these three incomparable nights have changed young Ronan forever, setting him on the course he will follow for years to come…

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February 2017 Newsletter

hearts Recipe of the Month

Slow-Cooker Lamb Stew

Recipe by Colleen Green

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  • 2 pounds of lamb stew meat
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons Watkins brand “Herbes de Provence” (rosemary, marjoram, thyme)
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup cream of chicken and mushroom soup
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 9-15 green olives with pimento
  • half a bag of baby carrots

Combine carrots, garlic, and herb seasoning in a 5-6 quart slow-cooker, season with salt and pepper.

Place 3 tablespoons of flour on a plate.Season lamb with salt and pepper, coat in flour, shake off excess, and set aside.Season lamb with salt and pepper, coat in flour, shake off excess, and set aside.

In large skillet pour the extra-virgin olive oil. Heat lamb in skillet in small batches over medium high heat until browned on all sides. Transfer to crock-pot.

Add wine to skillet. Use wooden spoon to scrape up left over brown bits in pan. Cook wine in medium heat until it is reduced by about half.

Add mixture to crock-pot and cover.

Cook on low about 4-5 hours. Last twenty minutes, add the olives.



hearts   Book of the Month

Rowing Through the Night

by Ruth Kibler Peck



The poetry of Ruth Kibler Peck has won dozens of national, state, and local awards. She is also co-author of a creative writing series for Loyola University Press, and she wrote the history of Trinity Lutheran Church in Dayton to commemorate its 100th anniversary. Ruth Ann holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wright State University, and she taught junior high English for 21 years.

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hearts   Inspirational Quote of the Month


There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.

George Sand



hearts   Word of the Month

Sanguine (adj.) Cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or

confident: “A sanguine disposition;” “Sanguine expectations.”


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by Author Colleen Green

Wright Writers of Dayton Member

My debut novel, Last Words, isn’t your typical romance. Which is exactly why women should read it. I’ll get back to that later.

That being said, I’ve learned that people not only want to hear about my novel, but they want to get to know me. They want to feel some sort of connection to the authors they read. Especially as a newbie author with one book published, the sequel in the works, along with a novella book coming, I want to spread the word about my writing endevors. Next year I will have both romance/suspense and YA paranormal books to offer readers. Meanwhile, I want others to know what I am all about. 

So here it is . . .  I have written stories throughout various times in my life. I have even used a typewriter. The people younger than thirty are saying a what? But I am perfectly comfortable in my age. Or at least I am starting to accept it more. Let’s just say I haven’t hit fifty yet! I remember records, although I was young at the time. My favorite Halloween custom was the one my mom made me. I was a Rubik’s Cube. I love 80’s and 90’s music. I went to St. Peter’s Parish School grades 1 through 8. So when I started buying my own clothes I couldn’t get enough. Nothing makes you want a huge wardrobe like wearing uniform for eight years!


What intrigues me to be a writer is the ability to create worlds. Worlds that others can get lost in by turning the pages of your book. The complements I receive about writing always touch me deeply. The photo of the letter is from a friend. It fits this cateory. She was kind enough to critique the beginning of my YA paranormal story. 




Besides being an author I find absolute joy in my dog, Lucas. He is a rescue. The big fluffy baby is part Alaskan Malamute and Great Pyrenees. After our Samoyed, Bianca, passed away, I experienced heartache that was so severe I couldn’t stop crying for hours. She was my baby and I’d never see her smiling face again. Never feel her lick my hand, wait for me by the bed to come out of the shower, pet her soft beautiful fur. Devastated, Jay and I only waited a few months before checking out the Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue Organization and found a video of Lucas. We fell in love and made arrangements to adopt him. Lucas mended my heart when I was sure the hole Bianca left would never be filled again. I once said to Jay, “I don’t know if I will ever love a dog as much as Bianca.” I was wrong. I love Lucas just as much. In fact, I believe with each new dog your heart grows bigger making room to love the new member of your family even more. That way there is room for all the dogs to be loved in your heart for eternity. 


I enjoy cycling and TRX suspension training at the YMCA. Staying in shape is important for many reasons. Health first and foremost is a benefit, but stress release is an added perk. By being a member of the YMCA I get to meet new people and make friends. 

I thrive on schedules and being able to do a pattern of behavior makes the world seem a little bit less hectic. Most of all I value loyalty, respect and kindness. I love with all my heart and am a devoted friend.

Cooking occasionally, I have created some recipes on my blog. I keep them simple. Below are some links to a few. Once I have my second book in the Amber Milestone Series and my YA Paranormal books available to purchase, I will post it on this website and my active amateur chef  site. Click on the “sign me up” button to follow my blog. 

Honey Carrots

Cranberry Stuffing

Candy Cane Cupcakes candy-cane-cupcakes


Like I mentioned earlier, Last Words isn’t your typical romance. There is no love triangle. What there is however will leave you wanting to read more until you get to the end. The power of learning to love yourself can bring you back from the brink of demise. Jack Hale stirs Amber’s lustful desires and sets her on a path of gut-wrenching decisions that changes her world forever.

Follow Author Colleen Green on Amazon to be notified of her books when they are available for purchase. Click on link below then clink on the “follow” button.

If you would like to stop by one of the holiday events, I would be glad to talk to you!

See dates and times below.


book cover Last Words


aturday, Nov. 12th & Sunday, Nov. 13th

St. Peter’s Christmas Bazaar, at The Family Life Center, in Huber Heights

6161 Chambersburg Rd, Dayton, Ohio 45424

Nov. 12th 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nov 13th 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Author Colleen Green will be signing and selling copies of her romance/suspense book Last Words. (Free recipe packet with each purchase, while supplies last.)

Saturday, Nov. 19th

New & Olde Pages Book Shoppe

 856 Union Blvd, Englewood, OH 45322 (Same shopping center as Marathon gas station)

Holiday Open House

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Author Colleen Green will be signing and selling copies of her romance/suspense book Last Words. (Free recipe packet with each purchase, while supplies last.)


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