Monday, September 29, 2014

Is it the weekend yet?

Tuesday, September 30, is the last day to enter this month's contest to win a copy of
Clarissa Draper's
All you have to do is click the big button at the top of right sidebar to go to the contest page and enter. Don't miss your chance!

A new contest begins on Wednesday, October 1. 
The October Author of the Month is Susan Swiderski. She will be giving away one signed copy of HOT FLASHES AND COLD LEMONADE and one copy of OLD BROADS WAXING POETIC.

Click the big button on Wednesday or later to enter!

Hope all of you had a great weekend and enjoyed some of your favorite things.

Here are some of the highlights of my weekend:

Lunch with my sister on Saturday. We live a couple of hours apart, so every month or so we meet halfway-ish for lunch. There are a few spots we like, and one of them is at The Rim, in San Antonio.

Usually when we meet there, one or both of us has shopping to do. This time it was both of us. Our family birthday season begins in October and runs through December. Knocked out a huge portion of that. Yay!

It's better when we shop together when we're giving gifts to the same person/people. We think much alike, and on Saturday there were several times we found ourselves interested in the same items. People look strangely at two women playing rock, paper, scissors in the aisle :)

Just part of one bag from one store:

Date Day with Live-In Handyman on Sunday. We shuttled out to a town about an hour away to play, eat barbeque, and poke around in little shops.

All in all, a wonderful and relaxing weekend. A NORMAL weekend, and exactly what I needed. Hope your weekend was just what you needed, too.

What did you do? Anything exciting?

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Aftermath

Release Week for SECRETS OF HONOR was a blast!

Here are the winners of the blog contests. Each of these beautiful people won a $5 Amazon Gift Card. Listed Monday through Friday:

VR Barkowski's blog: Southpaw
Julie Flanders' blog: Neurotic Workaholic
Jemi Fraser's blog: L. Diane Wolfe
Bish Denham's blog: Susan Kane
Susan Swiderski's blog: Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy

Congratulations to all the winners!

Today Mason Canyon is reviewing SECRETS OF HONOR here. I hope you have an extra minute to click over and read what she has to say. I was blown away. Thank you, Mason.

Thanks to everyone who commented. I wish I could afford to give gift cards to everyone. And a huge thank you to all the hosts. You helped make Release Week a success.

Notice anything different around here? Check the sidebars. Especially the big one at the top of the right sidebar. Click it, and see what happens. When you finish over there, come back here and keep reading :)

I also pried the pruning shears from Live-In Handyman's hands and worked off a ton of stress. I cleaned up my stuff and hacked away at the blog rolls.

I cut all blogs from bloggers who haven't left a comment here and/or I haven't visited there in a year or so. I may have been over-zealous in clicking the remove button. If you don't see your link, just email or comment and say What about me? or Don't count me out yet! and I'll put you right back in.

Today I'm blogging with Hart Johnson at Confessions of a Watery Tart about stress during the lead up to the SECRETS OF HONOR release. I hope you'll stop by.

UPDATE: After you read my post on Hart's blog, check this one out, too. You have to read Hart's first so you'll see how stressed I've been. Then you'll understand why I messed up and double booked today. I'm also here:

This week I'm blogging with my Texas friend, Shelly Morales, at her awesome blog, La Tejana. Shelly writes the most amazing stories, many about her family. I'm telling one of my own over there about a little girl and her walks home from school. I hope you'll drop in.

Now I know the secret of cloning ... over stress and you just magically split into two parts so you can be in two places at once!

Since this is a short post, and I'm still half-drained from being a social butterfly last week, I'll leave you with a photo. Y'all know what this is, right?

Monday, September 15, 2014

SECRETS OF HONOR is now available!

Where I'll be this week:

Monday, 9-15           VR Barkowski

Tuesday, 9-16          Julie Flanders

Wednesday, 9-17      Jemi Fraser

Thursday, 9-18         Bish Denham

Friday, 9-19             Susan Swiderski

Why this is important:

The day has finally arrived - SECRETS OF HONOR is now available on Amazon in print and Kindle editions.

You don't need a Kindle to read a Kindle book. Amazon has several alternatives, all or most of them free. But if you love holding that book in your hands and sniffing paper, that option is available, too.

Print copies are available at Amazon and may be ordered from your favorite bookseller as well. Kindle, of course, is Amazon only.

I'm out and about this week, and I hope you'll stop by and say hi. To entice you a little bit, I'm giving away a $5 Amazon Gift Card at each blog. Winners will be drawn over the weekend, and winners names will be posted here next Monday. And yes, it's possible to win more than once. Probably not too likely, though :)

Purchase Kindle edition here:

Purchase paperback edition here:

Monday, September 8, 2014

One. More. Week.

This is the week before the SECRETS OF HONOR release week. My nerves are frazzled. My brain is mush.

This is the week when. . . .

I remember something important I forgot to do.

I'm still writing blog tour posts.

The dogs zoom into manic mode on Monday morning and stay there all week.

I remember yet another must-do task.

Freak because I hit the go button and two seconds later my book isn't up.

My To Do List overflows onto another page.

Live-In Handyman cooks every night.

I go through my stock of wine :)

I don't realize I have a top ten list until I read through and count - then recount and see I don't :)

Through it all, I'm totally grateful to be able to write the stories I love.

And to share them with you.

It's also time for Sunflowers for Tina, who pops in my head every once in a while to see what I'm doing.

In remembrance of Tina Downey.
Tina, I know your little corner of Heaven is overflowing with sunflowers. Here's another one for you. I miss you and your stories, my friend. You'll always be in my heart.

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Life is short. Hug the ones you love and love the ones you hug.

Today, I'm also visiting Sia McKye. Well, that's not exactly right. Kat Marengo, the protagonist of SECRETS OF HONOR, is over there telling tales about me. She's been known to stretch the truth a time or two, so watch your step :)