Friday, January 29, 2016

February Newsletter

February is time for romance. Toss romance into the Chicago St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and the result leads to a vampire who becomes a major player in the Turning Vampire series. I am not obsessed with mobster tales and usually ignore them, but I researched the Chicago story because I grew up with the tale. My grandmother lived two blocks away from the location of the crime and heard the shooting. So did everyone else in the neighborhood. They all knew better than to run outside to see what was going on because that was Chicago in 1929. Sure, the Chicago Tribune ran detailed accounts of the action, but my grandmother heard the guns and knew how the neighbors reacted.

 Valentine Vampire is the romantic version and is the freebie for February on kobo, ibooks, and nook.

Mid January will begin the half price pre-order for the March LostLoves BookClub boxed set, titled Campus Couples, and containing two favorites from the Romance Page collection, When September Returns and What I Know About Boys. Kindle  will send your ebook Feb. 17.  Kobo will send it the day you order it.
Umm, how do I explain this? Okay, here goes. The distributors and I managed to mangle the pre-order concept, but here is what is happening. Order the ebook of Campus Couples from Kobo any time before March 1 and you will get it for the pre-order bargain price and get it immediately.  Order it from Kindle and again, the bargain price is good until March, but you will not be sent the ebook until February 17. Don't ask. If I could explain, I would have to understand what happened and I don't.

Valentine Vampire kobo  apple

Campus Couples Kindle  kobo

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

January Newsletter

A couple of short stories in one book are the January newbie. They are not HEAs, so if non-HEA love stories leave you depressed, skip them. Both were inspired by real life situations told to me by friends and were so odd, I had to write a story around them. One was told to me by a hospital ER nurse and you will know which one that is when you read it. The other came from a roommate a thousand years ago when we were all very young. I was sharing an apartment with two other women and one had moved across country and changed her last name to remove herself from the chance of a bad memory catching up with her.

The book is titled Tales of Lovers and Liars. 

I promise the next story I write will be happy. Over the holidays several people told me very funny stories about their dogs and I plan to use them in a Rock Decko adventure.

Now that the holidays are over, it is pull up my sox and buckle down time for me (Well, no, I cannot come up with a mental visual for that mixed metaphor. If you can, let me know), and get back to work on the next novel.

The January special is:
Rock’s Dogs (a collection of Mudflat short stories) ebook 1/3 off.

Starting January 15 there will be a half price pre-order for the March LostLoves BookClub ebook titled Campus Couples and containing the two novels When September Returns and What I Know About Boys. That will show up on Amazon by the 15th and run until the release date March 1 when the regular price goes into effect.

May 2016 be a Happy Ever After year for you!

P.S. Go to the Home page for a longer and more confused explanation of the pre-order.

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 -


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hello? Anybody here?

The real mystery in this mystery book store is .....

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Looking for vampires off season...

We took a quick trip to vampire country, the inspiration for the Turning Vampire series, ahead of vacation traffic. Didn't see any vampires but did have lunch at a favorite restaurant and  came home with an armload of treasures from one of our favorite antiquarian bookstores.

Now it is back to work on book 7 of the Mudflat Magic series. This is scheduled for an autumn release date. 

In the meantime, Good Dog?,  another three story collection featuring another of Rock's dogs and other Mudflat problems, is scheduled for midsummer. The first two short story collections in the dog series were Guard Dog? and Watch Dog?  Okay, this did not start out as a planned series. It just happened. Like everything else in Rock's life.