Monday, February 27, 2012

Let's Talk!

Where did the time go?
I have been unbelievably busy promoting my books the last couple of months. Between Whispers of a Legend, The Judas Kiss and Daughter of Deceit, I haven't had time to breathe. So that's what I want to do this Pour a cup of coffee and just talk.

It seems ages since I talked about my doggies. I still miss my companion, Max, who passed just before Christmas, but the other two, Colbie and Dexter, don't let me dwell on it too long. Can't not with what fric and frac. There's never a dull moment with the two of them. Last week, I was sick with a cold that set off my asthma. Making breakfast one morning, I went down into the kitchen to make some oatmeal. Got my packet out because I like my brown sugar flavored oatmeal and went back to my computer to wait for my water to boil. I hadn't even got online before Dexter trotted into the room and plopped down by my feet...with a packet in his mouth. Rushing back into the kitchen, Colbie had her packet in the floor eating it. They had grabbed down the box and took one packet a piece. No less. Just their part. I'm certain it was Colbie. Colbie thinks she's human. She's been like that since she was a tiny puppy. She watches and waits for her turn. And Dexter follows her. Both are big dogs around sixty pounds, but Dexter thinks he's a lap dog. He has to be around you, the closer the better. He's a big teddy bear. Colbie takes care of Dexter, but she takes care of everyone. I like that. I never thought I would have two large dogs in my house. I was used to my smaller dogs, my Boston Terriers. Now I don't know what I would do without them.
They're so small for such a short time!

The doggies have been great this winter. They have been out more than last winter. They have the best game. I'll have to film it. But Colbie, the Austrian Shepard, waits about 20 feet from who ever is throwing the Frisbee. The Frisbee's thrown; she catches it; then Dexter, the Lab, rushes up and grabs the Frisbee from Colbie and returns the Frisbee to be thrown again. Colbie goes back to her place to catch it again. It's the funniest thing.

Speaking of winter, I don't know about you, but this is the warmest winter I've had in the twenty-seven years I've lived up here. Last winter we were blasted with one blizzard after another. This year...I know I shouldn't say anything it's not over yet. But it does remind me of my Southern winters and I'm not complaining.

My middle daughter is coming home from college this week. Her hockey team just won their tournament, St. Anselm's beat Holy Cross. Tracy still isn't back to full strength, but she's working hard to get back to form. Her sister is waiting to hear back from colleges. No pressure now, though. The one top on her list, ODU, she got in. She's just waiting to see where else. Although I have to confess, I got caught up in all my work I forgot to fill out her FASA form! Late for ODU, but no where else...but its her first choice. Did it yesterday...wonder how much of sticklers they are for I even have to guess. Not that she would even get that much, but every little bit helps.

Got to get my son to get down to get his passport. We are planning a family vacation this summer to celebrate hubbie's and mine anniversary. 25 years! July 4th! My husband always kids that he was the only one to lose his independence on Independence Day! (LOL) Where has the time gone? Wouldn't change a thing. The good..the bad..the richer...the poorer (kids in college)...through it all wouldn't know what I would do without out him. I've always prided myself about being a strong woman, but I've come to the realization in most things I am with him by myside.

The Oscars were last night. Can I ask a question- where was I when The Artist came out? How can a movie win that I haven't even seen a comerical for? Okay, I admit it. I'm counting down to The Hunger Games. Can't wait to see how it compares to the book. Great book. I have to say I have my reservations about the movie, but the trailers look amazing. And I have to say I have listened over and over again to Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars song for Hunger Games. So now I have my expectations up.

Guess I better slow down. I'm taking a couple of days off from writing. Vision of Destiny and Daughter of Deceit are at the editors. Have to decide whether or not to take back my rights to Dream Walker. Well, the sun's out and shining bright. Really need to get hold of my house and give it a good clean. Talk with you later!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Enjoy Valentine's Day!

Do you enjoy Valentine's Day? When I was younger, it never failed more often than not, I never had a boyfriend on Valentine's Day. Then I met my Prince Charming. On our first Valentine's Day together, we spent it apart. I lived in Memphis; he lived in Boston. Long distance love affair. I've been told its hard to maintain, but on our first Valentine's Day together, he sent me a dozen long stem red roses. We're celebrating our twenty-fifth Wedding Anniversary this year.

I never was an extravagant date. I mean my favorite date was sitting out in the bleachers at Fenway eating a sausage. Back then bleacher seats were eight bucks. But hubby learned something about me that first Valentine's Day...I love flowers. He has always given them to me, every once and a while on other holidays and occasions but always on Valentine's Day even if it was only one rose.

Everyone wants something on Valentine's Day. It's why as a romance writer I chose February 14th to give away Daughter of Deceit. Tomorrow February 14th Daughter of Deceit will be FREE! My Valentine's Day gift to you. Who wouldn't want a love story to escape into to?

It will run free on Amazon the 14th, 15th and 16th. When you publish your book through Amazon Select, you get to choose which days you give your book away. I made a conscious decision to wait until Valentine's Day. Corny? Perhaps...but I'm a romantic.

Romance. Suspense. Mystery. In the end, though it's a love story. One reviewer said, "Honestly one of the best books I've read in a long time."

Alyce and Julian have been thrown together by fate searching for answers long denied them...only to discover a love that can free them both.

So tomorrow...or even the next day get your free copy. It won't be free long.

Oh...this week on Novel Works join my friend, Jannine Gallant, in celebrating her new release, Bittersweet. Read it and love it! Should be a fun week!

So my advice on this Valentine's Day. Cuddle under a blanket with a box of chocolates and read Daughter of Deceit by a nice warm fire.

Enjoy your Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Less Than Perfect

All week long I have been blogging and promoting for my free days coming up for Daughter of Deceit. I have been thrilled when on Amazon the downloads suddenly skyrocketed for Whispers of a Legend, Part One-Shadows of the Past when Ereader News Today featured it.

But taking a minute and coming back into the real world for a moment, I have to weigh in about the controversy over JCPenny hiring Ellen for their spokes person. I have one question for the Million Mothers-

What if your child came and told you he/she was gay?

No, I don't mean hypothetically. For all the older mothers out there you know what I mean. There will come a time your child no matter how perfect you want them to be will have an issue whether it will be drugs, drinking, or not making straight 'A's...your child will have moments in their life when everything won't be 'perfect.'

Would you love your child less? And if you are Christian should you not judge others with the same compassion?

In life we are faced with so many obstacles that we don't want our children to succumb... alcoholism,  marrying  more than once, having financial problems, being ill with a disease? In life there are no guarantees.

No one wants their child to come to them and tell them they're gay. Not because we will love them less, but because of the bigotry and hatred they will have to endure. To be judge not by your own actions, but by a preconceived notion of what gay means.

I am a Christian. I am a conservative, but I also know and understand that we all fall short. Sitting on top of a perch, judging others in this way...I have only one thing to say. It's a long way to fall.

I believe in a loving God. Yes~ he sets down rules to follow. And no~ I don't believe that we should ignore any of his commandments, but where does it say to hate those different from us. I don't have all the answers, but I know this. We all are 'less than perfect.'

And you wonder why children are bullied for being different.

Remember compassion and love. An all encompassing love...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

This Week on Novel Works

This week on Novel Works I'm welcoming Linda Kage, multi-published author of Young Adult and Adult Contemporary Romance. Back in October, I ran a contest on Novel Works- Octoberfest with Books. Linda Kage is the winner of a hosting a week on Novel Works. So for the whole of the week, February 6-10th, the week is Linda's (besides New Release Wednesday).

Why this week for Linda? She has a new release, The Right to Remain Mine. So welcome Linda this week and enjoy!

Wonder how you could host a week on Novel Works. You don't have to be an author to do so. I'm sure an avid reader would love to share their favorite works, too. All you have to do is enter my next contest- Spring Fling with Books! Be on the look-out. It will be coming soon!!!