Sunday, December 28, 2014

Old, New and Refashioned...

2014 has been a good year so far - 3 days left.

I read good books - the last one being Heavenly Hirani's School of Laughing Yoga by Sarah-Kate Lynch. Here is a quote from it that I will be re-visiting many times in the coming year:

"I am an ordinary woman, Annie, just like you, but older. I cannot even put my ankles behind my ears. I never could. The only secrets I know are that if you keep your body moving and you know what is in your heart, your life will be better for it. It is not rocket science." Heavenly Hirani aka Sarah-Kate Lynch

There are so many good books to look forward to in 2015!!!

I had vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery for weight reduction on 10/21/14. So far I've reduced my weight by 56 lbs.  I am walking and moving easier.

My clothes are getting loose and I don't plan on going out to buy new clothes. Instead I plan on embracing thrift stores and learning the skill of refashioning or upcycling clothes. If you aren't familiar, put either of those terms in pinterest and prepare to lose some time being fascinated.

As usual I am thinking about writing in the new year. Will I just think about it or actually complete a book this time?

Other things I anticipate:
time with my kids, grandkids, family
learning to cook mini meals
becoming a dedicated walker

Any thoughts about your coming year?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

It's here! It's here!

If you are like me you have been waiting anxiously for this book:

Finally we can buy it in the good old U.S. of A. right here.

It has been available in Australia for a while now and I have been checking weekly. I just bought it a few minutes ago.

I haven't read it yet but I can tell you based on my history of reading Sarah-Kate Lynch that it will be excellent!


Report back. I will, too.

Happy Holidays, Y'all!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Finn Butler

This is phenomenal:


Everyone who terrifies you is 65% water,

and everyone you love is made of stardust,

and I know, sometimes

you cannot breathe deeply, and

the night sky is no home, and

you have cried yourself to sleep enough times

that you are down to your last 2 percent,


nothing is infinite,

not even loss.

You are made of the sea and stars, and

one day

you are going to find yourself again.

Finn Butler
She has published at least one book of poetry titled From the Wreckage.
It isn't easy to find but here is a link to it on
And lately for me, this song:
Just Breathe by Pearl Jam

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I am grateful for:

1. My family

2. I stepped on the scale and was down 4 pounds

3. Every moment of sunshine I can get this winter.

4. My walks (made possible by sleeve surgery for weight reduction)

5. Online friends - including you!

We miss you, Brandon.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

words up, weight down

I wrote 147 words yesterday and 232 words today. Admittedly not a lot but significantly moving my story along!

It's not as cold here as yesterday but I am currently freezing so let's have some sunshine:

Warmer already. Whoo.

I had my second post op appt with the surgeon today and I have released another 6 pounds. I am releasing an average of a pound a day and that makes me pretty happy.

I found a place to walk indoors occasionally and I did today so let's celebrate both of those victories with more sunshine from Katrina and the Waves:

Walking On Sunshine!

Hey I need to put that on my ipod. What a great song to jam while walking.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Resonating words

"My Uncle Raphael was a painter and he used to say, "If the muse is late for work, start without her."  Peter S. Beagle

My friend, Delia Moran, who used to blog but now tumbles (hehehe) posted this on TUMBLR and I love it.

No progress report today as I need to step on the scale and write some words first.

We can still have a pretty picture or 2 though.

How about a Paper White:

Amaryllis anyone?

Have a lovely day and I hope your muse is not late.

Friday, November 14, 2014


Word count increase: 169 totaling 4410

Weight decrease: 4 lbs totaling 38.5

Here is an inspiration for the word count that could also work as an inspiration for the weight decrease:


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

word count increased, weight decreased

720 more words tonight.

34.5 lbs gone.

Need I say more? I think not.

Now for something pretty:

When I am thinner I will so be wearing purple yoga pants! Can't wait.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

828 precious words

That's how much I added to my nano story today. Got back into it, finally.

Feeling stronger physically.

Saw this recently and remember how much I loved it so let's share it:

Vincent Van Gogh's Poppies and Daisies. So beautiful.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Alive and kicking but not writing...

Yes, that's me. Still alive and kicking but not writing.

Work has zapped my creativity temporarily but I will get back to it. I haven't forgotten you or given up, NANOWRIMO.

I had a weak day today. Didn't gauge things or plan things well.

Tomorrow will be better!

"My name is Raylan Givens. I come alone, and with peaceful intent."

(Yes, him again. He makes me smile even on weak days. So sue me!)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

NANOWRIMO words, voting and Eve and Roarke...

1091 words written this morning. Felt good, too.

And I voted. Then I avoided all things election because I prefer to hear the results after they are actual fact.

On other fronts:

Apparently there are a lot of people who are upset with Nora Roberts / J. D. Roberts for not giving Eve Dallas and Roarke a kid. Say what? Why? Can't 2 people live a beautiful life together without procreating? Give it a rest, people.

And Nora has spent years patiently explaining that she does not want to give them a child because she wants to be free of the constraints of parenthood in her writing of them.

She is being true to herself and her character.

Let. Nora. Be.

I need my Eve and Roarke fixes to get through this thing called life.

Why? People - Why?

Monday, November 3, 2014

The cherry in my popsicle

546 words for day 3 NANOWRIMO. I'm a happy camper, y'all.

In weight loss surgery circles, they speak of things they call non-scale victories; NSV.

Used to be I loved cherry. But I loved it in the form of sugar and fat laden pies or ice cream or - you get the picture.

My NSV today is - I am content with my cherry sugar-free popsicle. Thank you gastric sleeve surgery.

I can't tell you what's happening with the numbers on the scale right now because I can't get my scale to work. It's a while until the next doc visit. I'll try to go to the fitness center and weigh myself soon. I want to see those numbers decrease as my word count increases.

Meanwhile, I'll just sit here and suck on my sf cherry popsicle.

Hope you have something sweet to suck on - hehehe.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

it's the little things

Like managing to write another 532 words on day 2 of nano. And I like these, also.

I'm probably not gonna win but if I write every day for 30 days - I am going to be soooo happy.

Really enjoying Pandora radio, I must say. Definitely turns off that internal editor.

On the recovering surgery front - I went back to work today. Meh. It went okay.

I am a cubicle farmer:

Let's fight this dreariness with something sweet to look at, dream of, sigh over:

Oh Raylan how I miss you. Hope you're back soon even though it is just for one more season.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Me likey...

I put off my nano writing until the last minute. Then I wrote 524 precious words and - I love them.

As for pounds. I'm not weighing everyday so I'll just say that so far since I started this a while back my weight has decreased by 31 lbs.


And in completely unrelated news, I go back to work tomorrow. Sigh.

Friday, October 31, 2014


I'm going to do it. 50,000 words in 30 days. Tenative novel title: Intrusive

More later.

So - since I just had VSG surgery...

My weight will decrease as my word count increases.

Whatcha think about that?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sipping and pacing...

Today was my first post-op checkup. It has been one week.

I have released more weight. Yay.

I am having one small bathroom complication. Thus the pacing as I can't really go for a very long walk yet.

And the sipping is because that is what you have to do when your stomach has been reduced by 80%. You sip because big swallows just won't get it.

So for now, I'm sipping, pacing, releasing weight and NOT regretting my surgery.

Also - I am spending more time in my room which reminds me - my room needs some redoing.

I need a new desk to create a new writing space.

This one from pottery barn would work:

Of course, even if I could, I would not pay $1499 for this desk. Maybe I can find one to redo. Along with an armoire (pottery barn, again) like this:

If I could find some pieces of furniture like this that I could distress and change colors on - I would love that.

What's up with y'all? Anything got you walking the floor?

Friday, October 24, 2014


Just wanted everyone to know - I made it through surgery just fine. I'm sore and I'm recovering. Thanks for all the well wishes.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Scary reminder, wise words and some cosmic love...

Scary reminder - tomorrow morning is my surgery (VSG)!

Wise words:

Stole this from Sarah Wynde's tumblr:
Bertrand Russell’s Ten Commandments 

Do not lie to yourself.

Do not lie to others unless they are exercising tyranny.

When you think it is your duty to exercise pain, scrutinize your reasons closely.

When you desire power, examine yourself closely as to why you deserve it.

When you have power, use it to build up people, not to constrict them.

Do not attempt to live without vanity, since this is impossible, but choose the right audience from which to seek admiration.

Do not think of yourself as a self-contained unit.

Be reliable.

Be just.

Be good-natured.
And Cosmic Love from Florence and the Machine...
Yikes - tomorrow morning y'all!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Excited and scared...

All at the same onest - as my dad was fond of saying.

1 week from today is my VSG surgery!!!!!!!

Wish me luck.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

finally - freedom

I have read  many things about writing from Jenny Crusie but this is the best quote evah...imho.

"You only need rules when something isn’t working and you have to figure out how to fix it. If it’s working, don’t mess with it." Jenny Crusie

I can get soooooo bogged down in the rules that I am paralyzed.

Do you know Jenny's work?

Maybe This Time - her only gothic and I loved it.

Agnes and the Hitman* Don't Look Down and Wild Ride - collabs with Bob Mayer

*one of my favorite books of all times.

Welcome To Temptation
Fakin It
Fast Women
Bet Me
Crazy For You
Tell Me Lies
Getting Rid Of Bradley

etc etc etc

Pick one, any one, and read - y'all!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Equinox seems late...

Sept 23 this year. Wow.

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me,  fluttering from the Autumn tree." Emily Bronte

One month from today - October 21st - my VSG surgery is scheduled. Yikes! I'm getting excited. And nervous.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blake, Clayton and Minchin

Two new book releases TODAY:
This book was proceeded by a novella titled Wickedly Magical that came out on August 5th. I loved the novella and anticipate loving the book. I plan on dedicating a whole post to this new series based on the ancient tales of the witch, Baba Yaga.
For now let me simply urge you to check them out yourself as they are good reading!
This is the third book in Claytons cocktail series. Fun, steamy, well written, lovable characters.
1 - Wallbanger   2 - Rusty Nailed   3 - Screwdrivered

I love comedian Tim Minchin. He is a funny, funny man whose comedy makes the world a better place.
Here is a song that I hope sticks in my head with good results:
Keep smiling, y'all!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

So many new releases...

Today August 26th:


Trying to follow the work in series order of Castle aka Krentz aka Quick can be challenging. If you aren't up for that particular challenge, just read the book stand alone. You will enjoy any time spent in a world created by JAK under any of her pseudonyms.

If you are up for it - I give you a bit of a start here.

The Hot Zone is the third in her Rainshadow series which are actually books 9,10 and 11 in her Harmony series.

Harmony is the land of engaging dust bunny companions and the specially talented women they choose to spend their time with.

1 - The Lost Night   2 - Deception Cove  3 - The Hot Zone


Gibson is not a series writer. However this book is based in Truly, Idaho as were two of her other books, Truly Madly Yours and Tangled Up In You.

Since I first read one of her stories in a collaboration titled Secrets of a Perfect Night, Gibson has been on my automatic buy list and she has never disappointed me.


This is the fourth in her Addison Holmes mystery series. In book 1 Addison is a school teacher whose life goes astray and she ends up somewhere along the series becoming an actual private investigator.
These books are funny, suspenseful and the romance is satisfying.

1 - Whiskey Rebellion  2- Whiskey Sour  3 - Whiskey For Breakfast   4 - Whiskey You're the Devil


Here is SEP's synopsis:
Deepest winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
A man. A woman.
Puppets. (Yes, puppets . . .)
And . . .
A mysterious house looming over the sea . . .
He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.
Annie Hewitt has arrived on Peregrine Island in the middle of a snowstorm and at the end of her resources. She's broke, dispirited, but not quite ready to give up. Her red suitcases hold the puppets she uses to make her living: sensible Dilly, spunky Scamp, and Leo, the baddest of bad guys. Her puppets, the romantic novels she loves, and a little bit of courage are all she has left.
Annie couldn't be more ill prepared for what she finds when she reaches Moonraker Cottage or for the man who dwells in Harp House, the mysterious mansion that hovers above the cottage. When she was a teenager, he betrayed her in a way she can never forget or forgive. Now they're trapped together on a frozen island along with a lonely widow, a mute little girl, and townspeople who don't know how to mind their own business.
Is he the villain she remembers, or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.
It's going to be a long, hot winter.

Sounds good - can't wait to sit down in some comfortable, quiet place and dig in.


Book 10 in her Lucky Harbor series - here's her synopsis:

Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now’s her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam’s eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can’t resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca’s heart?

The other books are in order:
1- Simply Irresistible  2 - The Sweetest Thing  3 - Head Over Heels  4 - Lucky In Love   5 - At Last  6 - Forever and a Day (novella Under the Mistletoe)  7 - It Had To Be You  8 - Always On My Mind  9 - Once In a Lifetime  10 - It's In His Kiss

I've loved them all so far. I anticipate loving this one also!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Laughter being the best medicine - a true healer has left this earth...

I miss him already.

I tried to find my favorite line from his bat in Ferngully - couldn't find a vid of it but I bet most of you can hear him say:

"Gravity works!"

Friday, August 1, 2014

A Lonely Magic by Sarah Wynde

You might remember from my review of A Gift of Ghosts that I like the work of Sarah Wynde.

Sarah Wynde creates worlds. The worlds she creates are places I enjoy being in. And all I have to do to get there, is read. This book creates an underwater world that is beautiful, complex and an entertaining place to spend some hours.

Sarah fills her worlds that I want to visit with people I want to meet. Fen is a young girl who moves me. The nice, safe hidey-hole she has created for herself to barely survive in, gets turned upside down and the strength she has always had inside surfaces just when she needs it.

I also met 2 likable brothers, their sister who is a fascinating healer and a relative Fen didn't know she had and still doesn't entirely trust.

I eagerly anticipate the next book to come out so that I can spend more time with Fen in her world.

If you haven't checked out Sarah's work yet, I encourage you to do so. I really enjoyed all the Tassamara (Ghosts) series and recommend reading them in order:
A Gift of Ghosts
A Gift of Thought
A Gift of Time
The Spirits of Christmas (a Tassamara short story)

Or you can start with A Lonely Magic which is the first in what promises to be another enchanting series by Sarah.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

the genuine article...

“There is something about words.  In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts.  Inside you they work their magic.” Diane Setterfield

I love the thought. Even more so, I love the way the thought is worded. 

Setterfield is a true gothic writer. I don't know her personally but I would guess it is in her nature to be macabre.

I wonder how it feels to be so in sync with yourself as a writer.

I could start a list of writers that I think have this gift but I'd leave someone out for sure.

What about you - do you have a favorite writer who appears to be their most authentic self when writing?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Maybe I'll press publish...

All progress takes place outside the comfort zone. (quote from a motivational thing that doesn't attribute the quote to anyone.)

What am I doing currently outside my comfort zone?

Big breath - big sigh - let it out...

I am jumping the hurdles headed towards a gastric sleeve operation.

Yes, me. Me who has too many hours of holistic healing classes to count.

See, I'm 56. My bmi is 61.7. That's easier to tell you than my weight. I don't think weight is everything but I have not felt in optimal health for a while now.

This needs to change. And my personal history proves I need help to change it.

I've done lots and lots and lots of research and this is the decision I have made.

I am happy with it.

Yet it is outside my comfort zone.

What are you doing outside your comfort zone lately?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Sweet Smell of Jasmine

For years I wrote poetry. There was a time when I wrote 2 or 3 poems a week. I sent them to a group of friends which included my brother.

Last xmas my brother gave me the most thoughtful present. He worked with a friend of his to put  a chapbook together of my poetry which she illustrated.

I was stunned and incredibly pleased.

Now it is for sale on amazon.

Not that I want anyone to feel obligated to buy it. It's just - I have a book out there in the world for sale.


The awesome illustrators name is Tracey Hudson Countz. (The link is to  her facebook page. Not sure she has a website.)

Here are other books she has illustrated and co-written:

The Adventures of Kaylin and Sadie: The Case of the Missing Earring
by Author: Dana Hester and Illustrator: Tracey Countz Hudson

Violette: The Grandma Stories Volume 2
by Barbara Dolan, Tracey Countz Hudson and Peg Bala

The Adventures of SuperTwinz Zuce and Zena: The Bullies Learn a Lesson Volume 1
by Author: Annette N. Sikes and Illustrator: Tracey Countz Hudson

The Princess and the Pebble
by Sarah-Ann Pon, Linda Johnson and Tracey Countz Hudson

I will put up a poem or two from the book in the next couple of weeks. If I can figure out how, maybe even book pages so you can see the beautiful illustrations, too.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Jimmy Buffett @ the drive in

June 19th something truly fun is happening!

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band are playing live at the Coyote Drive In in Fort Worth, TX.

Who cares - I don't live in Texas - right?


Check it out - it's coming to the one I just took my grandkids to (Rio 2 was funny) in Calvert City, KY.

Do you ever go to the drive in?

Maybe it will be at yours, too.

There's an article about it here.

Meanwhile - here's this: (just ignore the very short ad at the beginning - they all had it)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Mama was right...

Found this quote on pinterest but it wasn't attributed to anyone:

"A good book whore goes to bed with a different book every night."

(My mother was right - I am a whore!)

This one is from Richard Needham:

"For a well-rounded education, you could try curling up with good books and bad librarians."

(Oh those naughty librarians - do they come in male form? hehehe a little ping just went off in my head - maybe I need to write a hero who is a naughty male librarian.)

Natalie Goldberg said"

"If you read good books, when you write, good books should come out of you."

(If that's true, there should be a shelf somewhere filled with good books I've written. Of course, I have to actually put down a book and write first.)

Speaking of good books - just read the first two books in Natasha Anders 'The Unwanted Series'.
Book 1 - The Unwanted Wife
Book 2 - A Husband's Regret
Book 3 - His Unlikely Lover due out 6/17/14

So did you read the rest of my post or are you still picturing the naughty male librarian?

Monday, May 5, 2014

Let's talk about books - baby ...

Melissa Bourbon Ramirez is the author of the Magical Dressmaking cozy mystery series. I read the most recent book, # 5 in the series, A Killing Notion.

The series is still good. The characters and their relationships are still fresh. The romance still draws me in and is sweet without all the mechanisms that are so often employed. The basic mystery is compelling and not a rerun of the other mysteries.

I really enjoyed it.

I've talked about this series here and here.

So far the books in order are:
Pleating For Mercy
A Fitting End
Deadly Patterns
A Custom-Fit Crime
A Killing Notion

Looking forward to the next one.

Kristen Ashley never disappoints me. I read her most recent book, the start of her new Magdalene series, The Will. It's different from her other stuff and yet I loved it just as much.

The main male character is a thrice divorced boxer with 3 kids who lives in the town of Magdalene by the sea. The main female character starts out as a cold, (thought lovable even from the start) classy member of the fashion industry. Their romance sizzles and definitely engaged me.

I've talked about Kristen's work more times than I can list. Here and here are a couple of places.

I follow Kristen like the fangirl I am so you will continue to hear about her work.

Watchall been readin?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


"Listen to the night as the night knows your truths, your stories, your aches, your dreams, your cravings, your forgotten memories, not so forgotten." Victoria Erickson

"...because stories are more important than things." Victoria Erickson

"Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do." Oprah

Monday, April 21, 2014

Relaxing day...

On the holiday we all went to my daughters and hung out. We had a potluck-y type of barbecue. Then we had a fire in the firepit to sit around.

It was a lovely relaxing day.

Which I needed as I have been doing nothing but working lately. We are okayed for as much overtime as we want to work and I have a used motor for my van to pay for and a new recliner to buy so - I've been at work.

Work means being at the computer so I haven't spent much time here even when I was home.

Also, I haven't bought many books to read because of the heartbleed computer virus thing. Waiting to be sure amazon is clear.

I have been re-reading when I read. I re-read the Burg series by Kristen Ashley. And I re-read In The Midnight Rain by Barbara Samuel.

What have you been up to? Been reading? Re-reading?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The All You Can Dream Buffet...

By Barbara O'Neal

It actually came out in early March of this year.

I bought it right away but I didn't start reading it because I knew once I started I wouldn't want to put it down before I finished.

And I was right.


What a great book.

There are 4 main characters. All women who are flawed, lovable, quirky. They come together over the internet through their blogs.

B.S.O. has once again created a world I would love to live in. Sisterhood, lavender, honey, good food, airstreams, transformation and steamy sex lives. Sigh again. What more could one want?

Are you an O'Neal fan?

If you aren't, start with this book. I promise you will become a fan and you will have a whole backlog of wonderful books to explore.

If you are, have you read this one yet?

I highly recommend it, my friends.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Extremely disappointed!

Whining rant warning...

Television - why do I bother?

I love the show Elementary. I never get to watch it on regular tv because I'm usually working.

I have been excited all week because I was asked to work later today and I was excited to watch Elementary with everyone else instead of later on amazon instant videos (which I am very grateful for, btw).

So what happens? A storm.

The thing is - the storm is more than a hundred miles from me and not headed this way. And yet, the local abc, cbs, nbc stations all pre-empted everything for hours.

Including Elementary.

Remember the days long ago when the damn news knew it's place and would just run warnings at the top of the screen.

Now they have to take over whole shows so they can repeat the same information over and over and over again, ad nauseam.

Again - why do I bother? Between the tyrannical 'news' industry and the inane reality shows it's just not worth it. And definitely not worth the price of cable.

What's your take?

he said, she said

Found this on pinterest.

In her book How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author by Janet Evanovich, she recommends always just using she said or he said.

As a writer - what do you think

As a reader - do you notice? What do you think?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sarah-Kate Lynch has done it again...

I just finished reading The Wedding Bees. I am, as usual, blown away.

Can anyone besides S-KL ever create a novel character who is a bee? Elizabeth the 6th is definitely a quirky, lovable character.

I loved Sugar and Theo. I loved all the flawed wonderful characters in the apartment building at 33 Flores in Manhattan. I loved George the volunteer doorman.

The story was compelling. The ending was uplifting.

Of course, I expected nothing less from Lynch. I have attempted to give her her just desserts, baklava perhaps, in the form of praise for a couple of her other books, Dolci di Love, here; and By Bread Alone, here.

I have read all of her books and am eagerly anticipating the next one which is about a laughing yogi.

I can't recommend her enough, y'all.

Now having just finished The Wedding Bees I think I'll go have a cup of my new favorite Irish Breakfast tea (not mentioned in the book) with lots of honey.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

What is happening with Sarah Wynde (one of my fave authors) these days?

My first venture into a world created by Sarah Wynde was my read of a book titled A Gift of Ghosts. I wrote this blogpost about the book which I loved.

Then, of course, being a compulsive series reader, I followed her down the Tassamara path for 2 more books and a short story. (Tassamara being the world she created for these books.)

A Gift of Ghosts
A Gift of Thought
A Gift of Time
The Spirits of Christmas

They are all available in eform. A Gift of Ghosts is currently free on amazon if you have a kindle and you want to be transported to a slightly different world.

So what is she up to now?

Creating a new world: Sia Mara

You can read her first efforts on

You can also go onto her blog and sign up for her mailing subscription list and get a free short story set in Tassamara.

An hour spent reading any of Sarah's work is an hour enjoyed.

If you haven't ventured into Tassmara yet, I highly recommend a day trip.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Looking for something to read?

I recently enjoyed Maggie Estep's mystery series set in the world of horse racing.
All were excellent reading.
Maggie had a very different voice. I say 'had' because she recently died on Feb 12, 2014 at the relatively young age of 50. Sad.

 I also finished Kerry Greenwood's mystery series featuring a character I adore - Corrina Chapman.
Earthly Delights
Heavenly Pleasures
Devil's Food
Forbidden Fruit
Cooking the Books
Corrina Chapman is a plus-size baker / mystery solver who loves herself just as she is. As does her gorgeous lover, Daniel. Wonderful characters, plots. Can't praise this series enough.
Must warn you though - it has passages which are hard core food porn.
Greenwood is working on a new Corrina Chapman but she is a busy woman. She is also the author of the Phyrnee Fisher murder mystery series which was made into a thoroughly enjoyable tv show in Australia where Greenwood is from. You can watch the series on Netflix.

Last but not least I am enjoying a re-read of Sarah Wynde's series set in Tassamara, FL.
A Gift of Ghosts
A Gift of Thought
The Spirits of Christmas
A Gift of Time
The characters are still flawed, quirky and lovable the second time around.
Love a series I can enjoy more than once!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014


I just finished reading the 3rd book in Natalie Damschroder's Goddesses Rising series.

The books are:

Under the Moon (which I reviewed here),
Heavy Metal,
and number three:


I am happy to report that all three books are excellent.



Goddess gets handsome lover in the end.

What more could you want?

Well, another Goddesses Rising book, for one. While I'm sure there is another one coming - right Natalie? right? right? - there is no indication of when on her website.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

From: the War of Art to Robena Grant

Subtitle: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
by Steven Pressfield

     "There's a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don't, and the secret is this: It's not the writing part that's hard. What's hard is sitting down to write.
     What keeps us from sitting down is RESISTANCE."

(Excellent book, BTW.)

In other exciting news - Robena Grant's very enjoyable book - Gone Tropical - is a free amazon download from today until 2/23/14. Go to her blog for details.

It is also available in print today for those of you without e-readers.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A couple of laughs and more Liliana Hart...

The weather is abysmal here right now.  I can't get in and out of my drive or my road at home so I have been staying at my daughters because from her house I can get back and forth to work.

Last night I came home to her house after work at 1a.m. Everyone was in bed so I went to the living room where I have been sleeping and started changing into my jammies.

I was half un-dressed when psycho cat Bob came and dropped a live mouse about two feet from me. He was playing the chase and torture before killing game with the mouse. I held back a scream as I didn't want to wake everyone, flew through the rest of the clothes-changing and got quickly into the recliner with my feet up.

The cat and mouse war waged on.

Meanwhile, Eddie, the J.R.Terrier who looks like Frasier's dad's dog came out of my daughter's room and took a dump on the floor in the hall at the entry to the kitchen.

No way I was getting down into the cat and mouse battleground to clean that up. I looked around and within easy reach was a lovely Rose Hips and Peony scented candle and some matches. I lit the candle and determined to remember if anyone came through to the bathroom I would have to warn them about the dog mess.

Then shortly after that I forgot all about everything.

I was absorbed in the third book in the J.J.Graves series  by Liliana Hart:
Dirty Little Secrets
A Dirty Shame
Dirty Rotten Scoundrel

I have now finished the series so far and will have to wait until November of this year for the next Jaye and Jack book. Sad. Because it's a very good series.

I talked about her other Whiskey Rebellion series and how good it was here. Sadly there will not be another one of these books until August of this year.

She does have another series, though...

Thank you, Liliana, for getting me through a bizarre night.

Anyone else have cabin fever?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

State of mind update:

I am not finding my way to sit in front of my computer very often lately.

I am also not finding that much to say about the books I'm reading.

Therefore, I won't be posting here very often.

I can sometimes, though rarely be found here on facebook.

And I can sometimes be found here on tumblr. Although I don't know how to use tumblr well so...

If I have something to say - y'all will be the first to know!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Is that a light I see ahead at the end of this tunnel?

Flu is pretty much over. Big sigh of relief. Going back to work tonight. Blech.

I am wording these mamby-pamby sentences about writing again and I realize I should be bolder.


Actually I'm in the planning, mostly in my head, stage at this time. It's going to happen, though.

It's not the usual time of the year for it, but, it would seem I'm leaving some things behind.

So long flu - and some other things that just need to go.

Of course, vacuums must be avoided so good things are coming in to replace the things gone.

Hello new book and some other things that are welcome in my life.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A little sunshine, a lot of flu

Yes, I have it. This year's flu. And it is not pleasant.

Happily there is sunshine coming in through all the windows of the house and not that gloomy shit that was hanging around for days.

I can get through anything with a little sunshine. Even the flu.

How about you? You doing okay?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Hate is not too strong a word...

To the crew taking down trees for the electric company -


As a night shift worker I try to be understanding when people are making noise at 8am. And tolerant when they are making noise at 9am.

But waking me out of a sound sleep at 6:49am with your very loud chipper machine and chain saw and leaf blower IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.



And it doesn't even make logical sense. It has been single digits for a couple of days now. It wasn't quite 20 degrees when you were being assholes outside my window. Today is getting steadily warmer.

Why the hell would you choose to work that early on a day like this?

I don't think I'm being unreasonable to expect to be able to sleep until 8am undisturbed unless there is an emergency.


Friday, January 3, 2014

Back from vacation but GONE TROPICAL!!!

With Robena Grant...

Her new book, Gone Tropical, met my new years resolution of making fun my bitch. It was a fun read.

It was especially fun to read as an American knowing that Robena is Australian. The book is set in Australia and I enjoyed learning some authentic lingo, food and customs while reading this contemporary romantic comedy.

Jake, our hero, orders a 'flat white' in the hotel café where he first meets Amy, our heroine.

This is what Wikipedia says about a flat white: "A flat white is a coffee beverage developed in Australia and New Zealand in the 1980s. It is prepared by pouring microfoam (steamed milk from the bottom of a pitcher) over a single or double shot of espresso (sometimes ristretto espresso). It is somewhat similar to the cappucino, latte and the café au lait although smaller in volume, therefore having a higher proportion of coffee to milk, and milk that is more velvety in consistency."

The supporting characters are colorful and fun as well. Sarge is Jake's cohort.

"Sarge snapped his fingers and leaned forward, eyes sparkling. "I've just had a bloody beaut idea."

The path that Jake and Amy take to find her embezzling snake of an ex-husband and fall in love with each other is definitely not a straight path. It's a crooked winding road full of potholes and obstacles.

But it's sexy. And funny.

And the book is a really enjoyable read.

Go for it y'all!!!


Speaking of enjoyable reads - Kristen Ashley's Law Man is today's* kindle daily deal for 99cents.

I read it. I read it again. I will probably read it again at some point.

*(Friday 1/3/14)

What do you think, dear readers, flat whites for everyone?

I just got a Fidalgo Bay gift certificate.