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.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Newsletter from Phoebe Matthews

Busy month ahead, with Rock and the Mudflat neighbors featured in the March LostLoves BookClub offer, titled Rock’s Dogs. The ebook preorders were scheduled to be filled on March 1 by all the distributors and the paperback is now available from Amazon. It is in the Matchbook program on Amazon, so if you order a paperback copy from them, you get the ebook free.

Steampunk Widow, a collection of three stories, can be borrowed free by members of Kindle Select and KU. The title story is, as you no doubt guessed, about a cranky young widow who decides to do battle with the Grim Reaper.
Order link is http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005RQ0GZ6

Rudy, an historical romance novella, will be featured on Amazon Select’s Countdown from March 2 to 7. It will start at 99c on March 2 and go up to its full price by March 7. I have never done this before and don’t know exactly how it works, but you are probably smarter than I am. Anyway, it should be explained on the order page at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004BDP6UQ

And finally, the fourth book of the Turning Vampire series, Vampire Lust, will be available from Kobo, nook, inktera, and ibooks by March 15. I don’t have the links until then, but as soon as I get them, I will put them up on my website. And I don’t yet know the date of the Amazon release, but that too will be on the website as soon as I get the information from the publisher.

For a complete list of titles and links, as well as a look at all my books, check my webpage at  http://phoebematthews.com

And now I am going to collapse on the couch for a very long nap.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What next is Tippy After -

If you are a KU member, click here.

Because Tippy Tree AFTER Christmas
is up and running and free to borrow for KU and Select members.

Did you read Tippy Tree's Christmas? No? It is also free to borrow for KU and Select members and here is the link.

As I mentioned in my last blog, an exhausted friend packed away her ornaments and artificial tree, had a battle getting everything boxed, and complained to me that despite several broken ornaments, which should mean more room in the boxes, nothing fit back easily, so what happened to Tippy? When I asked if she expected a sequel she said, "Of course I do!"

People laught and chug eggnog when putting up the decorations. They moan and collapse when taking down the decorations. Even the tree gets tired.

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.