Cheryl Koshuta

Aware Life, Midlife, Good Life

Living with Zest and Deliberation


An Update and A Blog Break

The high country peaks in the distance and Round Lake below. Photo credit to Pru McDonald.

The high country peaks in the distance. Photo credit to Pru McDonald.

I’ve been a lazy, naughty blogger of late, leaving all my readers wondering if I’m still alive and if so, where in the world am I? My sincere apologies if you’ve been looking for the latest adventure story. But after this update, you’ll have to wait even longer. I’m taking a break from the blog to focus on the book I’m writing about those adventures. I’ll be back in a few months, and in the meantime you’ll still be able to follow me on Instagram at cherylkoshuta, or as always, through my Facebook page which consists solely of blog posts and Instagram posts. (more…)

Tying Things Up in Thailand

A local boy photobombs my picture of the street scene

A local boy photobombs my picture of the street scene

The garish t-shirts were everywhere. They sported an amateurish “Bike for Dad” logo in both Thai and English on a weak yellow shirt highlighted with uncomplimentary deep sky blue sleeves. Men and women, young and old, wore the identical tees. It was a river of sickly yellow flowing on the streets, the elevated trains, and the ferries. Vendors sold them on every block from impromptu tables or storefront racks. It wasn’t exactly the look I expected to see in Bangkok. What sports team or charity could possibly generate this much support? (more…)

Undiscovered Bulgaria

Quick. Don’t look it up. Where exactly is Bulgaria? It’s okay. I didn’t know either until I decided to go there. Quick. Why would anyone go to Bulgaria? It’s okay. I don’t know either. But I did.

Meticulous mosaics of serious men--exterior of Nevski Cathedral

Meticulous mosaics of serious men–exterior of Nevsky Cathedral

You’re probably wondering how I chose it. Let’s just say it was a fluke. By late April, I knew I’d spend May and June in Poland and the Balkans, but July yawned as an open jaw. My friend Kathleen had agreed to meet me to travel for a couple of weeks. “Let’s go somewhere we wouldn’t be comfortable going alone,” we said. All of eastern Europe beckoned. I’d been doing research into the origins of my last name and it sometimes showed up in Bulgaria. I suggested it as a destination and was surprised when Kathleen agreed.


It’s all about the scenery

As a writer, it’s difficult to accept that it isn’t always about the words. I’ve been struggling to find a new way to describe the vast array of landscapes here in New Zealand. And hey, about that weather…all 4 seasons in one day? No, in one hour! What about the light and the clouds? Untouchable with words.

Writers are always told to show, not tell. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, one photo is equal to a typical post of mine. Instead of searching for words, I’ve searched for some of my best scenery photos so far. (more…)

Thinking about the word Retirement?

I’ve been thinking about the word retirement lately. Unlike the words rewind, review, or re-evaluate (which mean to wind, view or evaluate again), I don’t think retirement means to tire again. At least I hope not. But now that I’ve left the corporate world, and have come to grips with the idea that I really don’t ever want to go back, what do I call what I’m doing now? (more…)

Celebrating in Oregon Wine Country

One of the best things about living in Portland is the proximity to the wine country in the Willamette Valley. And of the best things about the Willamette Valley is the Allison Inn and Spa. Which is where I went with the three other members of my writing group to celebrate the publication of my novel. (Yes, the celebrations just keep on going.) I’ve been a fan of the Allison since its opening a few years ago and if you’ve been there, I don’t need to explain why. (more…)

Week One as a Published Author

Yes, it is very special to hold in your hands a copy of a book that you have written.

A book that started as an idea in your head. A book that took over 3 years to write on weekends and evenings when you weren’t too burned out from your “real” job. A book that, almost unbelievably, now has your name on the cover and people will actually be reading. So what does an author do when, after so much work, a book is finally published?

Try this wine!For me, it meant opening a bottle of one of my favorite wines–Domaine Serene 2008 Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley here in Oregon. And the next night, opening a bottle of champagne. And, as a real treat, I ate some ice cream. (more…)

Available on Kindle in time for the 4th!

I just found out that Saving Legacy Springs is now available on Kindle–weeks ahead of schedule and just in time for your Fourth of July weekend reading!

I’ll do a post soon about my first week as a published author–it’s been a blast!

My Book is “Live”–Hoorah!

This is a joyous day for me. My book is LIVE. Which means it is now available for purchase–on, at my publisher’s site  through any popular on-line bookseller, and through request from your local bookstore.

Saving Legacy Springs Cover Photo

Here’s the description of the book that appears on the back cover:

Successful attorney Leslie Montgomery is leaving behind her marriage and career in Washington, DC and moving to Legacy Springs, Montana for the slower pace and beautiful scenery. It’s something she’s always wanted, but she never intended to do it alone. Local rancher Peg Hamilton resents outsiders and is heartbroken when she has to sell forty acres of her family’s ranch to Leslie to keep the bank at bay. She can’t stand the idea of having a neighbor, especially a rich lawyer from the East Coast. While Leslie tries to adjust to her new life and make friends, Peg is desperate to hold onto her old life—and to keep Leslie out of it.

When an unknown company quietly buys up natural gas rights in the valley, the idyllic landscape both women love is threatened by the specter of drill rigs and boomtown sprawl. It seems everyone is hiding something as Leslie finds herself in the middle of a dangerous secret involving two powerful men.

 Saving Legacy Springs is the compelling tale of two women and a community torn between preserving the past and surviving in future.

I hope you will read it, enjoy it, and maybe even post a review on Amazon or Goodreads or your site of choice. Reviews help sales!

And, as always, please let me know what you think by posting a comment here!


Coming Soon–

I’m so excited today because I heard from my publisher that everything is final with my novel, Saving Legacy Springs, and so it is being sent to the printer!!

What that means is twofold:

1. It will start to be available for purchase sometime within the next 2-3 weeks. I will, of course, let you know when that happens.

2. I will be opening a bottle of champagne tonight to celebrate!