Monday, July 27, 2015

August Newsletter

My next short story title may have to be ‘Summer of the Tourist’ because tourists are what are taking over my neighborhood. The tourists are nice but their cars are causing traffic chaos. Also, for some reason, I have to stand in a long line out the door of the bakery and wait to buy a cookie that I purchase in a one minute quick dash through the shop the rest of the year. Grump, grump. I know I don’t need a cookie. I also know I have a real shortage of patience. So I tell myself I would much rather have watermelon, I mean, traffic at the grocery takes its usual organized time and everyone knows fruit is healthier than sweets and I need to make a mantra out of that thought to convince myself.

About short stories, the actual title of my August short story is Summer of the Cricket. It has nothing to do with any of my series or other books and I have no idea if anyone will like it, but what is summer for if not to toss out a new idea? Once upon a time a job landed us far from home in Texas...

Back to old ideas. The pre-order for Turning Vampire 3,4, includes the 3rd and 4th novels in the series, Vampire Escape and Vampire Lust in a boxed set ebook, and gives  a price discount right up until the September 1 release date. Yes, there will also be a paperback available at that time. Are we getting organized or what? This winds up the four book series and I have to pass along this amazingly kind review left for me by a reader on Smashwords. Reviews are always a gift and greatly appreciated. Occasionally I get a poor review and it keeps me humble. I need that to balance the ego boost I get from a review like this one.

June 14, 2015 for Vampire Lust: 5 stars
“Very satisfying conclusion to a wonderful series. Characters, events, writing - all excellent. One more advantage: since all the books are already written, you don't have to wait a year to read the next one! One of my favorite authors.”

Monday, June 29, 2015

July Newsletter

July is going to have to work hard to outdo June. I had breakfast on the deck in bright sunshine and watched a flock of about 100 geese swim slowly by. They looked as lazy as me. These days do not inspire work.

Hooray, the paperback of Vampire Lust is now available! So something did get accomplished, despite a lot of procrastinating.

July specials continue light summer reading:

June 30 and July 1 the short story Handsome Harold will be free in the Kindle store. Harold is a character in the Vampire Lust novel. Harold has it all, looks, personality, and money, making him the perfect catch. He also has fangs.

Last May I started a 4 parter titled His Honeymoon House, chick lit from the backlist about an interior decorator who has trouble keeping her mind on the job instead of on the hunk who hires her to decorate his house. On July 10 the fourth and last episode will be released and the first episode will be a Friday freebie to give readers a free chance to read the first part.

 As a summer special, there will again be a Kindle Countdown for a YA novel.  The July special is the ebook of What I Know About Boys, a backlist novel first published by Silhouette.  On July 16th the book will be 99 cents. The price goes up every 2 days, and on the 21th  it will return to its regular price of $4.95.

Best wishes for a great 4th of July, complete with parades and picnics and whatever else you enjoy,


Handsome Harold
His Honeymoon House, Part 1
Vampire Lust paperback 
What I Know About Boys

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mail blues

So I finally connected with JPeterman and ordered a shirt that is way more beautiful than the ad - well, the ad is beautiful but it doesn't show the careful seams, the quality fabric, etc. My only problem was the envelope in which it came. Somewhere along the shipping line, something mysterious happened. So my friend Rosemary suggested I take a photo of the envelope and send it to the seller and to top that off, she wrote a letter for me to send with it. Here it is, for fellow lovers of the catalog:

"Peterman," I shouted over the roar of the engine, "I think we lost a couple of packages on the last turn."
With a squeal of brakes and grinding of gears, Peterman reversed back up the Casbah's alley. I leaned over the side and pulled the envelope out of the dust just as the jeep lurched forward. The package spun out of my hands and under the rear wheels.
"Sorry," muttered Peterman as he carefully pulled forward a foot so I could retrieve my order. "I was distracted by the blonde in the red silk veil."

Ah, that explained how the tire marks were on both sides of the envelope.
Fortunately, the shirt inside the package was the expected perfection.

Friday, December 12, 2014

How could I not know? Why did no one tell me? Today on another blog someone talked about amazingly fun ads with long, poetic, exciting descriptions, such as appeared in magazines back in the 1920s and 30s. And someone commented that this also occurred in J. Peterman, sob, it's gone, we all thought. And another commenter said, "Not so! They are back." I went on-line and sure enough, Peterman does do an online catalog and also an honest to gosh paper one. Took me a minute to find where to sign up and another horrified minute to realize I was actually ordering another catalog to be stuffed into my overcrowded mailbox. But hey, Peterman isn't a catalog, it is art and literature. And the items in the online are truly Peterman. The other great heartbreak of my life was the loss of Banana Republic. Well, yes, I know they still exist but under different ownership and all they have in common with the original is the name. So thank God I have found Peterman and the merchandise is recognizable as Peterman. I wait breathlessly to see if the catalog prose is as exciting.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Squirreling away books for winter -

Right now I am finishing my WIP, Jimmyed Coffin, Mudflat Magic book 7, due out in October, and who knows, maybe then I will have more time to catch up on reading.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lugging home a Watermelon?

More tourists, more traffic, more sunshine, more people with their brains on vacation, at least, I guess that is why the pedestrians swarm across the streets and stand right in front of the traffic and then look confused when a driver honks a horn. This is Seattle and folks here prefer not to honk horns but hey! Even more, they prefer not to run over anyone.

Now you know why I spend my time at home, not in the car. There is a grocery in walking distance which is fine except when I want to buy a watermelon. I can carry me home, but not a watermelon. So once a week I take the car and load it with all the heavy stuff.