Sunday, December 16, 2018

True Love #OpenBook Blog Hop


December 17, 2018

Do you believe in true love?


True love. The territory of poets for hundreds of years. How can I doubt it? I come from a long line of people who have found true love. My husband and I got engaged after six weeks after we met, married after three months and have been together for forty-three years! My parents were together in love for 60 some years, and separated only by death. My grandparents on my father's side were together happily for many years, again parted only by death.  

That doesn't mean it's been all sunshine and roses. We've had our rough spots, like most people. But we've never given up on each other, and I think that's what makes it true love. We're growing old together—not so gracefully—and I firmly believe we'll live up to our wedding vow of 'until death do us part.'







Romantic love isn't the only kind of true love. Parents and children, siblings, even good friends can all know true love in different forms. And how about pets? The animals who choose to live with us can sense our feelings and know when we need an extra cuddle or a warm furry body that needs a head scratch. Because they demand so little in return, their love may be one of the truer forms of the emotion.

So yes, I believe in true love. And in the words of the old song

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone

Songwriters: Burt F. Bacharach / Hal David


Now I'm off to find out how the other authors feel about true love.



December 17, 2018

Do you believe in true love?


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Monday, December 10, 2018

Favorite Lines #OpenBook Blog Hop





December 10, 2018

We are writers. This is our time to shine. What are some of your favorite lines from your books?


This week is the dictionary definition of #humblebrag. Every now and then, I look at the line I just wrote and think "Wow, that's a good one!" So here are a few of my favorites.


I think this series of lines is when I first fell in love with Harmony Duprie, the main character of the Oak Grove Mysteries. The concept of this level-headed, intelligent woman having such a illogical reaction to an everyday event really helped me form her character.



 The bus ride home seemed longer than the morning’s trip as I studied each person getting on for a potential threat. Was the little gray-haired lady with the oversize purse and shopping bag packing a handgun? Did the teenage boy wearing a long black coat keep ninja stars in his pockets? And the woman in her mid-twenties holding a little girl’s hand? Was the child was just a prop, borrowed for the afternoon, solely to throw off suspicion? In reality, was the woman a super spy waiting for a chance to drug me and cart me off to her remote hideaway?

That's from The Marquesa's Necklace, if you haven't read it. 


And here's a selection from Her Ladyship's Ring, the second book in the series.It's a conversation between Detective Thomason, Harmony, and her landlords. 


“Did you hear the shot? Was there more than one?”
What the hell? “No, I didn’t, I was singing.”
“Badly,” muttered Luke.
“Off-key,” added Joe.


I never claimed to be good.




Of course, I can't forget the Free Wolves series. Here's a quote from Wolves' Pawn.


Dot was out of throwing knives, but she still had the wickedly sharp night stalker bowie knife Gavin had loaned her. The rival wolves quickly learned to avoid her, and when one shifted back to man form, she laughed and pointed the knife at his exposed genitals. He returned to wolf form, and paced around her, searching for another avenue of attack. A swift feint resulted in a nasty slice on his front leg, and a second saw a cut along his ribs. He wasn’t about to give up, and as he bunched his muscles for a third attempt, one of Dot’s companions rushed him from the side, knocking him over. While he was stunned, Dot wrapped a plastic zip tie around his muzzle, leaving enough of an opening that he could still pant, and two more ties went around his legs. “I should take lessons in calf roping,” she joked.

And another one from the same book.

She knew this was a bad idea. Even as Dot mounted her motorcycle to start the convoy, the human portion of her instinct screamed at her to stop. But the feral grin on her face was that of the wolf, and the wolf was in charge.

One more. This is from Wolves' Gambit, the third book in the Free Wolves series.

 But the years of fighting and fleeing had scarred her, and hope didn't belong in her vocabulary. Only plans and action.

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And I lied. Here's another short one from Wolves' Gambit


You're not as innocent as you appear, Miss Grenville. Although if anyone else showed up in my bed in that outfit this late at night, I'd think they were trying to seduce me.

Now I'm done, and off to find out everyone else's favorite lines

December 10, 2018

We are writers. This is our time to shine. What are some of your favorite lines from your books?


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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

My Writing Space #IWSG





 IWSG Day Question: What are five objects we'd find in your writing space?

First off, thanks to this month's co-hosts:  J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker , Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey!

I recently re-did my desk, so it's a lot cleaner than it used to be! The Harry Potter magic wands have been put in a safer location. And the stack of sticky notes have been trimmed down to almost nothing. But what's still here?

First off is the computer. That's a given. Although I have written books entirely by hand, I find I write cleaner if I type a story rather than compose on paper. I write slower on the computer but spend less time editing.

Second are my pens. It's an addiction. I have more pens than I'll ever need. Once I pulled a dozen
from my purse.

Third is a Thesaurus. I keep a physical copy handy. I'm good using an on-line dictionary, but when it comes to hunting down the perfect word, I get better results flipping trough the pages.

Next is the wolf sculpture my son bought me. I have a series of wolf shifter books and it serves as inspiration.

Last but not least? I confess, I didn't get rid of all the stick notes. They're a great way to keep track of the details on my WIP. What day it is, what last name did I give to that minor character who appeared six chapters ago? I just have to remember to get rid of them when I finish the story.

Now, I'm going to find out what the other insecure writers have in their writing space.



Monday, December 3, 2018

No Failure Allowed #OpenBook Blog Hop




December 3, 2018

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

I didn't even have to think about my answer. If I couldn't fail, I'd be a full-time author. But what would that mean?

First off, I'd have to fully replace my current job and benefits. I've got other people depending on me and I can't let them down. Or maybe it would be better to say that I'm not willing to risk letting them down. Then I need extra on top of that for some long-term financial needs.

Second, I want to be able to maintain my status as an indie author. I like the freedom to write what I
want to write and to control my own prices. Although I don't necessarily enjoy the business aspects of being an indie, I like the control being an indie provides.


Third, I'm going to need an full-time editor. One who can help me get books released faster. I don't think I can accomplish my goal when I'm only releasing one or two books a year. And if I had someone else helping with editing, I could write faster!

And of course, I'd want to make a best seller list or two. Or three. I'd also have to go to more reader/author events. I don't mind traveling, so that  would be fine.

So, for those of you that are already full-time authors, what have I missed?

Now let's hop over and see what the other authors would do.


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December 3, 2018

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?


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Monday, November 26, 2018

New Experiences #OpenBook Blog Hop


November 26, 2018

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

I'm one of those annoying people who believe that you should never stop learning. I earned a major new certification relating to my job last spring, despite being well into the 'old fart' range in terms of my age.

But I did something this past fall that I've never done before.

I took time off work to celebrate my birthday.

It doesn't sound like anything major, but I've never done it before. I've always worked unless my birthday happened to fall on a weekend. Sure, we might go out for supper or celebrate in another way, but I've never taken the whole day for myself.


That changed this year. I took two days off and me and the hubby stayed in a nearby mountain resort town. We rented a better than average hotel room and took it easy. We didn't make any plans but did things on the spur of the moment. Mostly, we just spent time together. Heck, the most ambitious we got was taking a long drive down some back roads. I didn't even do any writing!

And the best part? I didn't feel guilty about any it. Not the time off work, not the money we spent, not the temporary pause in finishing my current WIP. Oh, and we got to share the hotel with wild turkeys!

One more good thing- I bought some old Nancy Drew books - the yellow ones - at a used goods store we stumbled across and decided to check out. Maybe they'll be the start of a collection to replace the ones I gave away when I went to college.

So that's my newest new thing. What's yours?

Now I'm off to see what the other authors are doing for the first time.



November 26, 2018

When was the last time you did something for the first time?


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