Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A Chance to Win Tib's Temptation

It's that time of month again, when I offer another Amazon Giveaway. This time it's for Tib's Temptation, the third book in my Bone Cold--Alive series. Jilted beau Tib and embittered Sara take a chance on each other and find redemption along the way. The Giveaway lasts until all the copies are won or Dec. 7, whichever comes first. Here's the link for a chance to win.

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Monday, November 07, 2016

Falling into Fall

It might have been the astronomical autumn since Sept 22 or thereabouts, but our temps have only slowly declined. So slowly in fact, that it is the first week of November and I can finally feel like fall has come. And I know this because:

We turned the a/c off in early October and haven't been tempted to turn the heat on.

We're still using the ceiling fans but the box fans are off.

The windows are open.

I pulled a blanket out to cover my feet as I huddled under the summer quilt.

The laundry is switching from whites and creams to browns and blacks.

The hall tree, bare since May, has accumulated two jackets.

And finally, I know it's fall when I find my house shoes!

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Another Amazon Giveaway

Can't believe it's been a month, but it's time for another Amazon Giveaway, this time for C's Comeuppance, Book 2 in the Bone Cold--Alive series. This time, it's Eddie T's twin who has his love life in a huge tangle, as he's caught between a woman his body wants and one who steals his heart.

The details:

Again, you're entering for a chance to win. No purchase necessary and it ends Nov 4 or whenever all the prizes are awarded. Good luck!

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Encyclopedia me!

The first set of encyclopedias I can remember in my home growing up was purchased volume by volume by my mother at the grocery store, one a week. I was fascinated with them and would pull a volume from the shelf and start reading. I did this with the dictionary too, especially the one from Reader's Digest which proclaimed to be a Great Encyclopedia Dictionary. I know that's what it's called, because I still have it.

When we married, my husband and I bought a set of Encyclopedia Britannica. Now, that was an expense! But we valued the knowledge contained within. Plus, the Internet in all its glory was a good 25 years away, had we even thought such could exist.

But I still love encyclopedias and when someone donated an 1891 set to the library for the book sale, I bought it. The covers of the eight volumes were all off, some holding on via Scotch tape. The pages were rough around the edges. I really wanted the beautiful old maps. Antartica hadn't even been explored when this book was written! I know that for several reasons, not the least of which is the notation about that continent of: Supposed Antarctic Continent.

I thought I would go through it page by page and relieve this set of its drawings of birds and mammals, historical places, anything of interest. Eventually, I'd find something to do with my ill-gotten gain and make some money for the library. I didn't expect to start reading again.

It has a decidedly English bent to it, and as the first edition was published in Edinburgh, that makes sense. It also explains that Scotland has its own map and is not part of the one of England.

So what have I been distracted by? Zulu. Texas. Kangaroo. (No drawing!) Indians, America. And Henry Stewart Darnley, husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, and interesting, according to the book, chiefly on account of said marriage. Also, and this is the part I've committed to memory: he was "fatally destitute of all moral and intellectual power."

You just can't write that any more.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

A bio

My 9-year-old granddaughter called me last week to help her write a bio for an art exhibit she's to be featured in next month. Wow! Art exhibit at nine! What talent and she certainly didn't get it from this side of the family tree.

But a bio? We discussed what should go in it: her name, age (relevant in this case), where she goes to school, who her art teacher is, and what else she enjoys doing. She wrote a lovely one and I gave it the grandmother stamp of approval.

But then I thought: I need a new bio for my books and the websites which sell them. There would be my name, no age since it's not relevant, basically where I live if it pertains to what I write (it does), how I've learned my craft (experience and professional writing organizations) and what else I enjoy doing.

I need to get busy and will post my new bio as soon as I sort it out and get my granddaughter's stamp of approval.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Another Amazon Giveaway

I decided to do an Amazon Giveaway each month. This month, T's Trial, the first of my Bone Cold--Alive series. The rules are as follows:

See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: T's Trial: A Bone Cold--Alive Novel (Kindle Edition).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Oct 3, 2016 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules

Please follow the link and click through to see if you're a winner.

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

King of Paradise

I loved Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado, the first time I was there for a skiing expedition on a frigid pre-Christmas holiday. Later, we visited in the summer and I went on a few girls' trips to the area. So, it was only fitting that at some point I would set a novel there.

King of Paradise is a story of hidden identity, of a man who wants to be loved for himself and not for the fact that he does indeed hold the keys to a kingdom.

From the back cover copy--if it had a back cover, but King of Paradise is e-only:

"Wyndha O’Brien is looking forward to a few weeks vacation before teaching again in September. But she’s soon recruited to take her sister’s children and new step-daughter to Mt. Crested Butte Colorado instead. The children are contentious, the Jeep her new brother-in-law rented is a stick shift, and the handsome men in the next condo are just a bit too curious about her newly formed family.

Rudy Marks is heir to the throne of Arpathia, a small European country known for cattle and tourism. After a buying trip to the US, he and right-hand man Derek Sands settle into a week of relaxation at Mt. Crested Butte with his uncle’s valet. But the woman in the next condo intrigues them: she’s using someone else’s credit card, her children all have different last names, and she’s not interested in them!

It isn’t easy being heir to a throne and one of the toughest problems is finding the right woman to share it. Wyndha and Rudy can’t see what’s right in front of them: each other. It’ll take three plotting children and two best men to solve the problem of getting a queen for the King of Paradise."

It's for sale on Kindle, Nook, and iBooks for $2.99. Check it out!

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