Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Spring 2014

Hey, Blog Buds!  Long time, no blog.  Update:   Due to arthritic pain and time constraints, I've ceased operations at Cabin Fever Book Reviews.  It was with a heavy heart.  I really enjoy book reviewing and there were so many awesome books on NetGalley I still wanted to read.  (((sigh)))  But, alas.  At the moment, I'm working on three novels in my imagination, awaiting the day when I'll be set up with a new ergonomic keyboard, voice-activiated software, and more effective pain reliever.  Also, we're gearing up to move into our new home after a year and a half of unemployment.  That's taking a lot of my time and strength!  Meantime, there's still snow on the ground where I'm at and I'm toughing it out by imagining the garden I will plant when Spring truly does break.  I miss Alaska.  I sure wish we could move back there, but we got to go where the job is and the job is awesome.  I don't want to be a Jonah and mix myself up with a bunch of fishslappers because I was ungrateful or something. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonah:_A_VeggieTales_Movie

It's been a really hard year and a half and my heart goes out to all the families who are still unemployed.  My husband got his job just within days of Extended benefits running out - I have felt your terror!  Hang in there!  I wish you peace and all the love and support of good family and friends.  Here's a song to help me keep my heart in the right place-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qLhAdA5ZXI

Saturday, October 12, 2013

November 1st

Good morning, Blog Buds!  Now that I have my rights back to Sugar Rush and Crushed Sugar, I can move forward with my Comeback Plan.  Firstly, I'm going to put those stories on the shelf while is restart my book reviewing.  See, I feel really out of the loop after a year away.  Book reviewing is the fastest, most fun way to get back in the groove. While I'm revieiwing, I'll be finishing the series and deciding what to do with it.  So, pop on over and check out my new book review blog!   Cabin Fever Book Reviews

Friday, August 23, 2013

Awesome News!

I have my rights back to SWEET BYTES!  Yep, they're closing up shop at Noble Romance Publishing, which put out the third book in the Ophelia Dawson series.  I thoroughly enjoyed working with my editors and cover artists and wish them well. 
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My rights to SUGAR RUSH can revert back to me in October, unless its publisher and I agree to let them renew.  In any case, this means the series is wide open again and...
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...I CAN FINISH THE LAST BOOK IN THE SERIES!
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Now, I just need to kick Arthritis's evil butt and I'm back in the game.
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This blog will remain closed to comments for now, but will open by October, goshdarnit.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

This Blog...

...is 'Read Only' until further notice.  Until I can resume writing stories in a workable way, the comments will be closed.  Feel free to explore.  Hope to be back soon!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sugar Crash

I'm very carefully returning to my writing.  Even though I have no immediate prospects for the publication of the final book in the Ophelia Dawson series, I've decided to finish it anyway.  (The contract for Sweet Bytes is tied up for the next six years.)  Also, I've retitled it SUGAR CRASH to echo the title of the first book, Sugar Rush.  Why write it?  (((shrugs))) Guess I just hate leaving something undone.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year's!

Good Health


Good Love
Warm Home

True Light
You can't buy happiness, but Good Books can help you find it!  And they're all free from your local library. 
Much Love, Blog Buds, much love.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

In Awe of This Holy Day

Psalm 8

For the director of music. According to gittith. A psalm of David.

1 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?

Monday, December 24, 2012

My Merry Christmas Post!

Good morning, Blog Buds!  I thought I'd post about a variety of things to help you through the next couple of days.  First of, gift suggestions!  Big Suggestion:   If you're buying for a child and you want to parents to like you too, get a container for the toys you give.  A lidded plastic container for legos or a real diaper bag for a doll that comes with clothes, bottles, and such are examples.  As the mother of four children, I can tell you the post-Christmas household reorganization is always a major challenge.
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Being a reader, as well as a writer, I will, naturally, recommend books as gifts.  If you're pressed for time, I highly recommend eBooks.  You can get them at any online bookstore, like Barnes & Noble   Being an ePublished author, I'm extremely fond of this option!  Of course, ePublishers have their own websites too, and the authors earn more if you order from them.
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***P.S.   Book Covers vary.  I've read all these books and recommend you check out other books by these authors too.***

So, here are my top choices, by age and then by genre.
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Babies-   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hand-hand-fingers-thumb-al-perkins/1103362868?ean=9780394810768
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Toddlers-  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cowboy-baby-sue-heap/1002513876?ean=9780763604370

Preschoolers-   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-to-make-an-apple-pie-and-see-the-world-marjorie-priceman/1100642276?ean=9780679880837
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Early Elementary-   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/DK-readers?store=book&keyword=DK+readers
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Elementary-   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/magic-treehouse?store=kids&keyword=magic+treehouse
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Middle Grade-   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/chronicles-of-narnia?store=book&keyword=chronicles+of+narnia
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Teenagers-   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/?sort=R&size=90&format=physical&lng=eng&sid=220291&store=kids&view=grid


Adults
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Historical
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nefertiti-michelle-moran/1100265142?ean=9788466325820
Science Fiction
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/xombies-walter-greatshell/1100316231?ean=9780441018352
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Historical Romance
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/taming-her-irish-warrior-michelle-willingham/1100344814?ean=9781426841224
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Science Fiction Romance
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/games-of-command-linnea-sinclair/1100303338?ean=9780553589634
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Contemporary Romance
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/baby-im-yours-karen-templeton/1100325071?ean=9781426815102
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Fantasy Romance
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/atlantis-rising-alyssa-day/1101368908?ean=9780425214497
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Fantasy
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/magic-lost-trouble-found-lisa-shearin/1100256519?ean=9780441015054
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Non-Fiction
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Baby Care
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/secrets-of-the-baby-whisperer-tracy-hogg/1103021121?ean=9780345440907
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Hobby Farming
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/encyclopedia-of-country-living-carla-emery/1100219544?ean=9781570615535
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Feeding Your Spirit
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/almost-amish-nancy-sleeth/1104631189?ean=9781414326993
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Finally, my Christmas favorites-
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Song-   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXQViqx6GMY
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Movie-   http://www.amazon.com/Muppet-Christmas-Carol-Michael-Caine/dp/B000ATQYT2
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My Most Awesome Christmas Ever-

The first Christmas after my last baby was born was my most awesome Christmas ever because I finally realized how incredibly precious life is and that I must thoroughly enjoy my children's childhoods because they'll only be with me for a very short time.
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May you have a blessed Christmas, all my love, please treasure every moment with your loved ones near and far.
'Thankful Heart' from Muppet Christmas Carol-   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpb9EbmvM5M

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Writing Plans

Well, I tried resuming my Hobby Farm blog and the pain started up again.  I think it's because there's a lot more pointing and clicking and bouncing the Internet, finding links, making sure copyrights aren't violated with pictures and such.  Doesn't help that my speech-activated software's headset is toast.
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I've tested it out and discovered checking email and Facebook once in the morning and once at night doesn't hurt me.  Also, I've learned writing three pages doesn't hurt.  That's the outer limit though.
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So, here's the plan.  I'm going to start writing The Grizzly Bear Lodge.  It's set in Alaska and still too new in my head to explain.  The trouble of it is there isn't much romance in it and, let's face it, a story-girl's gotta have some lovin'.    The Grizzly is going to be a huge novel, stretching the limits of my current writing ability, and I'm writing it very slowly, because of my hands. 
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Soooo...at the same time, I'll write up my Romance short stories and polish them up for publications with the ePubs.  My first romantic short story was released last February, Drive-By Valentine.  The second will be Paper Moon or A Beautiful Mind, both are Science Fiction Romance.
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Okay, time to get off the computer and rest my hands.  Pray I get a new headset for Christmas, please.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Economics of Being an Author

Here's a good article on it-   http://dearauthor.com/features/letters-of-opinion/the-hidden-costs-of-the-0-99-ebook/

Read it and you'll know why you really have to be in this for the love, because very little money comes most published authors' way.  This is a painful reality if you're breaking your back at a day job to feed your family and don't have the time or strength to sit and write a novel (which is an incredible amount of work, by the way.)  Few writers can make a living at this and there's only one J.K. Rowling.

P.S. Dear Author always has useful and often entertaining articles, if you're looking for a blog to keep you up on the industry.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Theme is Everything

Good morning, Blog Buds!  I'm working on a new story, The Grizzly Bear Lodge and the Theme is based on a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt  
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"A woman is like a teabag.  You can't know how strong she is until she's in hot water."
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The story's about an unassuming woman who does incredible things for the sake of her children, which, in turn, rescues and preserves her community.  It's set in Alaska and I think it's going to take a while to write and not just because I'm recovering from a bout of chronic pain.  It's a big story.  So far, the stories I've had published are about 60,000 words.  The structure of that kind of story is like a set of train tracks.  But, the new one is much bigger and so I'm going to have a major learning curve as a writer and I don't know where it will lead.
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Have a good week, Buds.
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P.S. If you're a writer and need to learn about Theme, pop over to Jacqueline Lichtenberg   and start reading.  It's going to take a while, because she has tons of stuff on several websites.  But, the fastest way to learn anything is patience.