Friday, December 11, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Winners of the Drawing
Monday, November 02, 2009
More Free Books
Reviewed at Mystery Reader Discussion
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Winners of The Vampire Affair
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Lots of free stuff
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Bill Crider Reviews The Vampire Affair
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Another Nice Review
Signet Mass Market Paperback $6.99
Killer Crab Cakes Review
The latest Fresh Baked Mystery by Livia J. Washburn was just released last month. It is called Killer Crab Cakes. I enjoyed getting back to another Texas mystery and this is a fun series.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Nice Review of The Vampire Affair
THE VAMPIRE AFFAIR brings out your deepest emotions on countless occasions, as the joys or fears of the beloved hero and heroine affect you as if they are your own.
If you want to read more go here.
I'm still collecting names for the giveaway until October 26th. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win a copy of the book.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
And the Winners are . . .
Remember there's still time to enter The Vampire Affair contest.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Another Free Drawing
Michael Brandt opened his briefcase and pushed aside a 9mm pistol, a vial of holy water, a wooden stake sharpened to a deadly point, and an antique knife with a silver-filigreed handle. He took out a legal pad, plucked a pen from the pocket of his jacket, and wrote a number on the pad. As he turned the pad around and pushed it toward the man seated on the other side of the table in the conference room, he said, “I’m sure you’ll pass along my offer to him anyway, as you’re duty-bound to do as his attorney.”
If you are interested in reading more, I am giving away 3 autographed copies. Send an email to email@example.com to enter. The winners will be chosen October 26th, just in time to get the books before Halloween.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Drawing for Free Books
The mass market paperback edition will be coming out October 6, 2009. I will be giving away 3 signed copies. Email me before the publication date to enter the drawing. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Huckleberry Finished Review in Publishers Weekly
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Computer Backup Bling
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
COMING: THE VAMPIRE AFFAIR
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Writers, Health, and a Writers Imagination
At one time I actually wondered if I had the Plague. Hey, quit laughing. Doctors were seeing cases showing back up at the time and the symptoms fit. I went to doctor after doctor trying to find out what was wrong, and they were baffled. I took many rounds of antibiotics the various doctors prescribed which caused even more problems, went to several specialists, and had an MRI of my brain. It was through my research that I discovered that many of my symptoms could be caused by nasty food allergies. I went in for a food allergy test, of course that doctor messed up and just did an environment allergy test which I didn’t want. I had already paid for the test, so I just lost that money. I went to a different doctor and had the test I wanted done. Sure enough I was allergic to legumes, and soy was making my life miserable since it is hidden in a lot of foods. Changes to my diet made a world of difference. This took care of at least half my symptoms. If I hadn’t researched, would the doctors have finally stumbled on this? I don’t know, but I would have suffered even longer waiting for the right doctor to discover it. The rest of my symptoms still baffle the doctor. All I know is it isn’t Lupus, even though it fits the symptoms . . .
This week my father started telling me that he could no longer take his blood sugar test on his right hand because it tested wrong. When questioned it turned out his blood from his right hand was testing higher. Now I will admit, I thought he was delusional. Blood flowing through the body should be the same, right? Well, doing what a writer does, I hit the search engines. What do you know, the dominant hand can have a different reading, but it’s the one he should be testing on. People have reported getting numbers 30-40 points higher in their dominant hands. Your dominant hand is more likely to reflect the more recent changes in your blood sugar because of increased blood flow. He’s not going to like it when I tell him the higher number is the one he should have recorded.
Friday, July 24, 2009
My Bios Are Mind-numbing
I cook when I have time and have fun coming up with my own recipes, usually by accident because I didn’t have time to go shopping and didn’t have what the recipe calls for.
Today I worked for a few hours on the computer, went out to pick tomatoes so I could take some to my parents, then drove to their house to check on them. I have to bathe my mom. She has Alzheimer’s and has forgotten how to even shower by herself. I know it disturbs her when I help her bathe, it disturbs me, too, but it’s the only way it’ll get done. My dad is in his 80’s, hard of hearing, and life confuses him. My mom took care of all the extra things in life for him for 50 years and now she can’t. My brother and I try to handle all that we can for them, because it’s just too much for my dad. Today his dryer quit working. I helped him hang the wet clothes around in the house. Luckily my brother can fix appliances. On my way home I stopped by his house to see if I should get a new dryer. He is going to go out there to check and see if the old one is worth fixing. If not, I’ll be shopping for a new dryer. It’s four in the afternoon before I realize I haven’t had breakfast yet. Where has the time gone?
This life isn’t something that makes an entertaining bio. The only thing entertaining in my life at this time is within the fiction I write. Why couldn’t I have been a rocket scientist who writes as a hobby? With that I could write an entertaining bio.
I won’t even mention trying to come up with a new publicity photo. SIGH!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover, 304pp
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Pub. Date: November 01, 2009
I really like this cover. It's fun and really fits the book. I'll be writing more about this book closer to November.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Mighty Big Ears You Have
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Hit By the Japanese Spammer
Hope everyone is having a great summer.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Killer Crab Cakes
Monday, May 25, 2009
Nicki and Nora
I thought about Calamity and Belle, but we had a little goat named Belle. John suggested Min and Pin and Michael Davis went even further with Minnie and Pennie. Good names, but not for these two. Michael came up with a lot of good ideas for names on Facebook, some we’ve even used in the past for pets.
Finally we decided to name them Nicki and Nora. I like the salute to the mystery series, but since we didn’t have a boy pup Nick was changed to Nicki. Nicki also has a second meaning to us. When our daughters were little we read a book called No No Nicky. They loved that book. It was a book the whole family knew without actually seeing the pages, because we read so many times. Even though it was about a cat, it really fits the smallest pup. She climbs up my leg when I’m sitting and suddenly I have a tiny pup in my lap. She climbs so high, I’m afraid she’s going to fall. We do seem to say no, no to them a lot. They are only eight weeks old and have many things to learn not to do. Like don't go near the grumpy ol’ dog we’ve had for many years. I think he must look a little like Momma because they really, really want him.
They are getting more adventuresome which can be a problem because we have a pair of hawks that live in the nearby woods. Yesterday one flew right over them. Luckily it wasn’t interested in them because it had a big ol’ snake.
I’d forgotten how much fun babies were. We’ve had kittens before but never puppies this young. They will just make you laugh out loud and our house hasn’t had enough laughter lately.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
A Very Nice Review
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Mother's Day Puppies
Now we need to come up with names. Any suggestions?
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
There's a nice review of A Peach of a Murder on the blog of the Mystery Reader Discussion.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pie
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
James and I went out for a few hours this morning. Gone are the days when we could just take off for the whole day. We both have too much work, thank goodness. Anyway, we went to the library, Half-Price books, and Wal-mart. It was a typical morning off from work. We ended the morning with Chinese food while discussing the books we're working on. My fortune cookie said - You have a charming way with words and should write a book. What happened to the fortunes that say I'm going to get wealthy? Oh well, I don't know how charming my words are, but I sure do need to write a book. Deadlines are always looming around here, so I guess my fortune is already coming true.
Friday, February 13, 2009
All About Writing
James and I talked to our youngest daughter's gifted and talented students about writing yesterday . The last time we did this was when our youngest was in sixth grade. I won't tell you how many years ago that was, but it's been a few. It's always refreshing meeting a new generation of young intellegent readers.
We were in the school library and they asked if we knew any authors. Of course we scrambled to think of authors they might know. I'm sorry to say they wouldn't be impressed by most of our friends. Bill Crider was the first name we came up with. One of the girls scrambled to the Wishbone section and picked out his book, Muttketeer! They were very excited we knew Mr. Crider.
Before we left the students shared power points they had made about their favorite authors. These 8-10 year olds had professional looking power points that were very well researched and nicely made. Either my daughter is an amazing teacher, or these kids are beyond gifted, or maybe both.
It's always a good day when you can spend it with kids that enjoy reading.