Sunday, December 29, 2013


I'm back home for a few days now.

I miss my brother. He's just too far away.

I didn't get much reading done while I was gone. Too much time enjoying beaches and sunshine and my brother's company.

Since I've been home I have finished Full Throttle by Erin McCarthy. I've talked about her Fast Track series here. This is the last book in the series and it doesn't disappoint.

Now I'm on to Gone Tropical by Robena Grant. I love her work (review here) so I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Then I'll go back to J. D. Robb's In Death series where I am just about caught up, believe it or not.

What will you start the new year reading?

In the next few days I'm going to put together a blogpost about someone wonderful my brother introduced me to while we were visiting.

You're going to like her, dear readers! Something to look forward to.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Encinitas, CA

My brother has a beautiful, loaded lemon tree in his yard:
Today we went to the SRF garden in Encinitas, CA.  It is one of my favorite places on Earth. Lots of beautiful flowers like this Anthurium:
These are Birds of Paradise with the Pacific ocean in the background

This is my mom with the same scene in the background:

This is my mom with a cactus in front of the Pacific ocean:
We saw a pod of dolphins feeding and playing in the surf and a whale out beyond the Kelp forest.
End the day with a Thai food meal and what could be better?
Where is your favorite place on Earth?

Friday, December 20, 2013

More vacation...

Yesterday we went xmas shopping. I didn't take a lot of pics while we were shopping so I thought I'd share a couple of pics from my brother's house. (His xmas tree pic didn't turn out so I'll have to try it another day.)
Here are some of his plants:

And here is his display of a ceramic nativity set my mother painted for him on top of his piano:

Today we went to Spanish village. I love it there.  I took this pic of a lighted palm because my gdaughter loves pics of lighted palm trees:

This is a xmas tree I really loved. It is fabric strips tied onto chicken wire that has been stretched onto a wooden frame:

Friday night - blues concert!

Here is a blues-y type song just for you:

Do you like the blues? What is your favorite blues song?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

San Diego so far...

The first day we went to Ocean Beach. This is the xmas tree they put up on the beach every year.

The second day we went to Coronado Beach.

This is a sand castle on Coronado Beach.

This is the sunset at Coronado Beach.

The third day we went to seal beach in La Jolla, CA.

The sunset there was picturesque though not as colorful as some sunsets.

We watched some pelicans for a while, too.

Today we need to do some xmas shopping. I don't know if we'll make a beach. But for sure I'll spend time in the pool and the Jacuzzi.

Tomorrow maybe the desert.

Y'all I am excited because on Friday night I'm going to the first blues concert I've been to in years.

San Diego is good so far.

Is everybody else doing well?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

3 days to beach, 2 announcements...

Missing In Mudbug, the latest in Jana Deleon's hilarious ghost-in-law series, is out! I just bought it and I can't wait. I've blogged about the series here.

Our own Robena Grant has a new book coming out on Dec 27. It will only be a kindle offering for the first few months but I'm getting my copy of Gone Tropical as soon as it hits the electronic stands waves circuits. I have blogged about her work here.  I interviewed her for her second book here. And I blogged about the third book in her Desert Heat series here.

There's your announcements. Here's your envy-inducing beach pic:


Monday, December 9, 2013

K.A.'s Fantasyland series on sale...

From her facebook page:

"BROKEN DOVE is complete! Shoo! Now, we're frantically editing so we can get you your dose of Apollo. The book will be released internationally in ebook on December 27, 2013! Yee ha!

To celebrate this and give you the chance to give my Fantasyland Series a try if you haven't already, all the books in the series are on sale for $.99. The price change has gone through on Amazon and Smashwords. Give it some time for it to be pushed through B&N, Sony, ...Kobo and Apple, but hopefully it'll only be a couple of days. Then, if you read in those formats, you can get your bargain."

From me - I've read them all. They are good reading. I anxiously await Broken Dove.

You're welcome, dear readers. (hehehe)

Sunday, December 8, 2013


A couple of funnies and a good deal for you while I wait for my days in the sun...

(photo by Jason Adair)

Do I know any jokes about sodium?


(I'm still laughing thanks to the Other 98 % on facebook)

The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar. It was tense.

(Susan Elizabeth Phillips put that one on facebook.)

Lilliana Hart's book Kill Shot is 1.99 on amazon for kindle until 12/22. I haven't read it but I bought it to read later. I blogged about how much I am enjoying her Whiskey series here. Also you can preorder Lilliana's 'A Christmas Wish: Dane' for 99 cents for kindle on amazon. It will be here 12/10.

Are you in a holding pattern until xmas?

Friday, December 6, 2013


While I'm counting down my days to the beach - here is a pic of my daughter and gkids innovative, cute xmas tree:

Will you be putting up a tree this year?

Thursday, December 5, 2013


I'll be at the beach - I'll be at the beach - I'll be at the beach

10 days and counting...

Feel free to express your envy in the comments.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The countdown has begun...

Getting so, so excited.

In 13 days I will be on a plane on my way to the beach and to visit with my brother!

I will be here:

Blacks beach.

I will be here:

Pacific beach.

I will be here:

Mission beach.

I will be here:

Sunset Cliffs.

I will be here:

Encinitas beach.

And I will be watching the Xmas tree sway here:

Ocean beach.

I will not be here:

Can. Not. Wait.

What's ahead for you  that puts the wiggle in your happy dance?