Monday, May 25, 2015

Going Silent on Memorial Day in memory of Marine Cpl Jimmy Floren

We've had many memorable Memorial Days over the years. One was taking our grandchildren to Arlington Cemetery to teach them that the holiday wasn't really about swim parties and barbecues. We've also volunteered to put flags on graves at the Veterans cemetery in Knoxville, TN.

This Memorial Day, I'll be joining IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans), going silent at noon EDT in memory of the fallen. Later, when we drive up to Tacoma to visit our sweet doggie, Shadow, in the ICU at a veterinary hospital, as we drive past Joint Base Lewis-McChord, I'll be feeling heartfelt appreciation for all the servicemen and women, past and present, who've put themselves in harm's way so the rest of us don't have to.  Along with their families, who also sacrifice as they await their safe return home.

Today I'm also thinking of Marine Cpl. Jimmy Floren -- classmate, neighbor, friend.  A true American hero, Jimmy was cited for "extraordinary heroism" posthumously receiving the Navy Cross and Purple Heart after sacrificing his life for his fellow Marines and country during the Vietnam War.  He was nineteen years old. 










Saturday, May 16, 2015

Writer at work!

Now that we're FINALLY in our new house after ten long months, this is pretty much me:


Friday, May 15, 2015

National Chocolate Day!

It's not only Friday, we're FINALLY in our new house and it's National Chocolate Day!! Could like be any better?  I have this theory. . .




Monday, February 16, 2015

Video: Organizing our stuff

I LOVE organizing! I also love labeling and color code everything. Even the dogs have different colored collars, coats, and leashes. Once, in Ireland, we met a top exec from Rubbermaid in a pub and I told him I'd probably kept his company in business.  lol

However, this woman is even too OCD for me! One cool tip she didn't share in her linen closet: put sheet sets inside one of the matching pillow cases.  Less piles to tumble down and you only have one thing to grab when you make the bed. I'm currently planning storage ideas for our new home that's under construction and am always open to ideas from anyone who wants to share. 


Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday photos: Spring has sprung!

Happy Day!  Spring has sprung in the Pacific Northwest! Our first robin appeared at the fountain to take a drink and bath this morning and our crocus have begun to bloom!  

I also suspect we've spent the rainy winter watching too many cooking shows. Sweetie went off to the fish monger and farmers' market a bit ago calling himself the Chef de Marché (market).  






Monday, January 12, 2015

Are you ready for some football?!!






After decades of debate, and the hot mess that was the BCS scoring system, we're finally having an NCAA football championship game! Although this isn't going to be an easy one for us to watch. 

The Oregon State/Oregon rivalry goes back to 1894, so it's difficult for this Oregon State Beaver Nation family to ever root for the Oregon Ducks.  

When Sweetie was attending OSU, this was the logo for the Beavers:



Then they updated it: 



Another update to this current, more streamlined one: 




Unfortunately, Benny Beaver won't be at the game tonight. He'll be sitting home watching it like most of the rest of us.  I don't know who he'll be rooting for, but we're reluctantly going to be for Oregon. Because 1) we just can't vote against any PAC team and 2) unfortunately, they're deserving off all the accolades. Because they're really, really good. 

Still, betting on college football, when emotions run so high, is never a smart thing and Ohio State is definitely under appreciated by the national press. So an upset is certainly possible.

Meanwhile, if you're watching, who will you be rooting for?  And if you're not a football fan, may I suggest reading a good book?  :)

Monday, January 5, 2015

This is me. Post Holidays.

It's a new year!  Filled with possibilities!

We're beginning a busy week with many meetings for our new house we're building, Sweetie has two doctors' appointments, and I'm finishing up Beyond the Sea, Sedona Sullivan's story formerly known as A Sea Change (before readers on my FB page voted for my initial choice.)

But surely I'm not the only person finding it hard to get up to speed after the holidays? 




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday Teaser: Shelter Bay's Sunset Point & sneak peek cover art

Here's a Tuesday Teaser from Sunset Point, the late January Shelter Bay novel I slipped into the schedule in front of A Sea Change for story reasons. Which still could change back, so my best advice on how to stay up to date on release dates is to subscribe to my newsletter.  

But first, for fun, here's the initial pencil sketch I received for the cover from Paul Janovsky, the fabulous illustrator who's created all but two of my Shelter Bay covers.  



And here's the gorgeous watercolor painting I received yesterday. Now all I need is for my cover designer, Syd Gill, to turn it into a cover.  I'm going to ask that she drop the title down over more to the right of the house and make it a tad larger.


And here's the excerpt.  Enjoy. . .

How much?"

The more furious Tess became, the more she fascinated Nate. He'd made a few discreet inquiries about the deputy district attorney last evening. Everyone he had talked with described her as possessing remarkable self-control. On the rare occasion she permitted her anger to surface, it was reported to be more likely to resemble an Arctic ice floe than the fire Nate was observing now.

“I'm not talking about money, Ms. Lombardi.”

“That’s it.” She went rigid. “I'm calling a bailiff”

Nate forced himself to remain outwardly nonchalant. He slipped both hands into the pockets of the chinos he’d dug out of the back of his closet to wear to the courthouse. Another perk of the writing gig was that he couldn’t remember the last time he’d worn a suit. 

“I can't stop you. But I'd certainly appreciate it if you didn't have me thrown in the slammer until you hear me out.”

“You said I was driving you crazy,” she said. 

She was looking at him. Hard and deep. Like a hostile witness she was about to begin cross-examining. Nate wondered what she was going to say when he told her that a ghost had mysteriously slipped her into his dreams night after night.

Friday, December 5, 2014

You Again contest winter and Friday photo

The winner of my You Again contest, who'll receive a box of truffles from Moonstruck Chocolate, Oregon's premiere chocolatier, a book of Oregon coast photos, AND the opportunity to name a character in A Sea Change (Shelter Bay's Sedona Sullivan's book) next year is -- ta dah -- Joyce Arebalo.  Congratulations to Joyce!

Thanks to all who entered and I hope you'll sign up for my newsletter because I'll be having another contest when Sunset Point, my next Shelter Bay novel, comes out in January. 

Sweetie and I went up for our annual visit with the Round Table Readers group in Tacoma this week. He took the opportunity to wear his holiday burgundy sweater for the first time this year and although it didn't have a reindeer on it, like in Brigit Jones' Diary, I promised everyone I'd share a photo of him wearing his Rudolph T-shirt. 

 I fell in love with him the week I turned fifteen, but if I'd known this cute, serious boy on the day this photo was taken, I'd have fallen right then and there. 



Have a great weekend!  


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I hope everyone in the States had a lovely Thanksgiving and safe, uneventful travels!  

I have fun news! River's Bend will be in a Romance to the Rescue boxed set with a bunch of your favorite authors -- Bella Andre, Lauren Royal, Glynis Campbell, Eliza Knight, Debra Holland, Kathryn Shay, Julianne MacLean, Shelly Thacker, and Marie Force -- in January.  Since we've always had rescued/pound dogs, and currently are owned by two, this is a super important cause for me! Our Shadow, in real life the little guy on the left, is the dog Gabe rescues in Shelter Bay's One Summer.



Romance to the Rescue is now available for preorder and since today's "Giving Tuesday"-- a backlash to Black Friday and Cyber Monday -- here's your chance to buy 10 e-romances for only 99 cents and save a pet!  While you're on the page,vote for Cooper Murphy's dog Hummer to win people's fave, which enters you in a contest!  

100% of proceeds are going to Elyane Boosler's animal non-profit charity. How cool is that?





Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday sales email cartoon

The tsunami began hitting my inbox even before Thanksgiving this year!  This is me: