Monday, November 20, 2017

Crossword puzzle #OpenBook blog hop





The challenge this week was to make a crossword puzzle with clues and answers from our books. I suggest you don't try this on your cell phone. :) If there's something you get stuck on, let me know in the comments and I'll give you an additional hint. Have fun!



November 20, 2017 – Create a game or puzzle for one or more of your books. You can do this on crosswords.com, puzzle creator and more sites and embed them in your blog so you have an online puzzle or game for readers to complete.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Stories Of Sun, Sand & Sea- Mistletoe and Palm Trees #MFRWHooks






Love on the Dunes is my contribution to the collection Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea- Mistletoe & Palm Trees.  In this scene, Carena Galloway, my heroine, is confronted by a stalker.


     What had she been thinking? Carena opened the door of the portable toilet to find a familiar face glaring at her. There was no way past the hulk lurking in the shadow, blocking her way. Jack Smith had found her, and the scowl on his face didn't help at all.
     “You got the pictures,” he growled. “I expect them in my email by tonight.”
     “First of all, Mr. Smith,” Carena raised her hands and made air quotes, “They aren't your grandparents. Second, I never agreed to give you any pictures. Third, you can't afford to pay what I charge for my services as a photographer. Last but not least, I'm tired of you bothering me. So why don't you run along to whatever hole you hide in and leave me alone?”
     One corner of his top lip curled up. “Brave words, girly. I can make your life hell if you don't give me what I'm asking for. You'll cooperate if you know what's good for you.”

     “And I suggest you get out of my way.” Carena sized him up. He was a good fifty pounds heavier and several inches taller than her. Chances of pushing him out of the way were slim. She took a deep breath and shifted her feet in the sand that covered the concrete block, looking for solid footing.



Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea - Mistletoe & Palm Trees. "Makes for ten holiday celebrations like none other. Sunny skies. Check. Palm Trees. Check. Beaches. Maybe. Family. Sometimes. Love and Romance. Double Check. Scrumptious food and a few cocktails. Triple Check. Murder. At least one.


Ten novellas written with heart felt holiday spirit that will make you laugh, bring tears to your eyes, warmth to your soul, intrigue to your psyche, with just enough romance to make you wish for more.


Only 99¢
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Preparing for the Holidays #OpenBook Blog Hop



I'm not the kind of person who decorates for every holiday. Not New Years, not the 4th of July, not Halloween, not Thanksgiving. Christmas is my one exception,

So getting ready for the holidays is fairly laid back. Thanksgiving is just a big meal, timing dependent upon work schedules. At least, that's the way it's been for the past ten years. This year will be different because my daughter and her family will be joining us. And I don't have any idea what my son-in-law's favorite food is! So I'll probably cook extra dishes to improve the odds.  Maybe both turkey and ham instead of only one type of meat.



Now Christmas is a different story. I actually decorate for Christmas. I have boxes and boxes of Christmas "stuff." Now, I don't go overboard and decorate every inch of every surface. In fact, this year, with a little one around, I'll need to cut back on the knickknacks.

But decorating means cleaning first. Not spring cleaning level of cleanliness, but not the typical quick dust and vacuuming either. Since I usually have a long weekend after Thanksgiving, I have the time and energy to tackle the job.

The decorations come out in bits and pieces. Putting them out requires finding storage spots for all the "daily" knickknacks.  Never once have I managed to get all the decorations up in one day. I can't remember the last time I even tried!

Usually my collections of wreaths goes up first. One on the front door of course, then others throughout the interior of the house. ( I've got six or seven. And I might break down and buy a fresh pine wreath too.) Then my angels get moved from my writing corner to the upstairs. I usually add one a year to the collection.

Of course, the central focus is the tree itself. That alone will take me several days to get up and decorated. I have more ornaments than tree, so it's always a debate as to which ones to use. I suspect my older, plastic ornaments will make a reappearance this year, strategically placed on the bottom branches.



Somewhere along the way, I'll find a home for all the other holiday frills I've accumulated over the years. (I still have the little drummer boy candle holder my mother gave to us our first married Christmas!)  A few might even creep into my bedroom. I've discovered a forgotten decoration in some odd place as late as February, long after everything else has been long put away.

Putting things away is a much faster process. I can usually get that done in less than a week. The house always feels bare for a while, until all the normal things come back out of storage.

So that sums up my standard preparation for the holidays. And now, before I start thinking about what will go where this year, I'm going to hop over and see what everyone else does to get ready.



November 13, 2017 – As the holidays begin rolling in, what do you do to prepare your house, yourself and your family for the hectic days ahead?
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Release Day! Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea— Mistletoe and Palm Trees


It's Release Day!


Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea – Mistletoe and Palm Trees- Media Kit
Title: Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea – Mistletoe and Palm Trees
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: Nov. 7, 2017
Publisher: Rolling Thunder Publishing

Format: eBook
ASIN: B0763GGJBR



Inktera
Tolino: 
*****
Book Description: 

Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea - Mistletoe & Palm Trees. "Makes for ten holiday celebrations like none other. Sunny skies. Check. Palm Trees. Check. Beaches. Maybe. Family. Sometimes. Love and Romance. Double Check. Scrumptious food and a few cocktails. Triple Check. Murder. At least one.

Ten novellas written with heart felt holiday spirit that will make you laugh, bring tears to your eyes, warmth to your soul, intrigue to your psyche, with just enough romance to make you wish for more.
Celebrate with us!"  The ten authors of Indie Publishing Coalition. 
Search Terms: Multiple Authors, Vacation Destinations, Christmas Stories, Holiday Books, Romantic Suspense, Romance

*****

Blurbs: 

Judith Lucci:  Biloxi Beach Murders (Book 2)

Tag Line - The Gulf Coast Can be Deadly

Kat, who finishes her graduate degree in Art History in December, travels from Washington, DC where she is interning at the Smithsonian Museum to Biloxi for some Thanksgiving holiday fun with her friends. Everyone is there including - her former main squeeze Liam. A great time turns sour when one of her old friends from the University of New Orleans is found beaten and bruised, floating in a fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico.

*****
Lilian Robert:   Waves of Passion

Lindsey is a stunning young woman full of life, smart, efficient and ambitious, she surrounds herself with quality friends and has gained the respect of coworkers, superiors, and friends. 

Her heartbreaking separation from a five-year relationship left a void that someday would need to be filled. But at this point, romance seemed like unsafe territory.

And just about the time she thought she had achieved an impenetrable, relationship-proof fortress, Paul, a virtual friend on Facebook, sweeps he thoughts away and sets her nights on fire. If he is anything like what she had built in her mind, he would be a force to be reckoned. Lindsey is just about to find out.

*****
PJ Fiala:   Copper Moon – Colby

Aubree Norman has run Norman House Inn since she was twenty years old. Boyfriends have come and gone, not understanding her need to keep her grandparents home viable and running. Settling in to grow old in the beautiful Victorian and make her bed & breakfast the place to be, she killing it.

When fire jumper, Colby Landon comes to town he brings excitement with him. First, the hotel burns down other fires soon follow. As the flame burns hot between Aubree and Colby, will their love have a chance to grow or will the arsonist's torch turn their newfound flame into smoldering embers?

*****
Cherime MacFarlane:   Wild in Willow

The Larkin family plans to celebrate Christmas a little early due to a commitment made by the oldest son. But things are brewing in the background that may make it Wild in Willow. Irene Maddox is accompanying her friend Libby to the celebration. Can the family survive the blow up? Only time will tell.

*****
Nicole Sorrell:  The Art of Getting Away

Carlos is head over heels for his sassy girl Andie, and he wants their first Christmas together to be extra special. A romantic escape to the lake cabin where they met will be perfect. But Andie's ex-boyfriend interrupts his plans, begging her to give him a second chance. Carlos suspects the former gang member isn't telling Andie the truth, and decides he's going to do whatever it takes to keep her. And if that means fighting dirty...

*****
Angel Sefer:  Deadly Paradise

When Angelos Dimitriou a devastatingly handsome prominent attorney from Athens finds Natasha Ioannou unconscious on the steep rocks of a remote beach on Naxos, he is caught in a web of conspiracy, extortion, and greed. But the feisty and brave young woman with the emerald eyes captivates his soul, and Angelos throws caution to the wind in order to protect her. Caught in the eye of the storm, Natasha finds it hard to trust anyone. Will she ever open up to Angelos? And will he be able to save the blonde beauty from the threat hovering over her?

*****
Sybil Shae:  One More Day: Surviving the Waves

After the hurricane Chloe's life was in shambles, much like the buildings and the land around her, everything was destroyed. Her home, her family and her love all torn apart by a single wave. There was nothing left for her at Luna Beach. She moved away and spent years struggling to put her life back together. Just when she is starting to feel a small sense of normalcy, a Christmas Card arrives in the mail. What it says sets her emotions and her sanity into a whirlwind.

*****
P.J. MacLayne:  Love on the Dunes

Sunny skies, sandy beaches, palm trees and swimsuits. It wasn't like any Christmas Carena Galloway had ever known. She missed her family and worried about her relationship with her boyfriend, Aiden Wade. A picnic on the beach with friends was just the thing to distract her from her problems. Meeting a celebrity was a bonus.

But she never counted on attracting a stalker.

*****
Stephany Tullis:  Baby Boomer Bash

TAG LINE: Baby Boomers ONLY! No family allowed.

High school friends Sherry Mattison and Maddy Meriweather refuse to allow their adult children to ruin their love of Christmas and the family based traditions that are so near and dear to their hearts. Unlike Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch, they don't decide to cancel this year's Christmas, nor do their hearts harden. Instead of presenting their annual plea for an extended family Christmas like those of the good old days, the baby boomers greet their families on Thanksgiving Day with a new attitude and a feisty festive spirit that includes a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner: pot luck!
Their daughters are shocked but pleased when Christmas plans are not discussed as the family watches the Thanksgiving Day parade. Everyone is relieved that football half time focuses on another round of desserts and no mention of drawing names for the family Christmas gift exchange.
Sherry and Maddy kick off their plans for their Baby Boomer Christmas celebration with a Black Friday shopping spree. And then the thirty-day count-down begins!
Will the boomers' plans implode when someone blows the whistle on their European beach vacation?

 
*****
Valerie J. Clarizio:  Jess & Sam’s Story

After twenty years, Jess returns home to care for her ailing mother. Close proximity to the man she once loved who'd dumped her on the very day she expected a marriage proposal reawakens her broken heart and strengthens her vow to never put faith in a man.

By his own choice, Sam's the most elusive bachelor in town, his walls of defense firmly in place. But when the feisty little brunette he dated in high school and college moves back, Sam needs to step up his game, stiffening those walls to concrete. True love? A forever union? What kind of idiot believes in that?

No matter which way Sam and Jess turn in their little home town, they run into each other. And stumbling under the mistletoe isn't what either one needs.

*****

About the Authors

Judith Lucci:
Judith Lucci writes what she knows.....Hospitals, Patients, Physicians and Health Care. She adds suspense and intrigue along with well developed plots, vivid descriptions and memorable characters, and produces medical thrillers that few readers can put down.

Dr. Lucci is the author of the Alexandra Destephano Series, a series of medical thrillers that offer fans an escape into the busy world of a fictitious world-class hospital in New Orleans.

Author web links:


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Lilian Roberts:
Lilian Roberts is a corporate engineer. College, and the corporate world kept Lilian's writing on the back burner for a few years. It wasn't until later on in life that she decided to sit in front of the computer and finally put her thoughts on paper. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an avid reader and loves novels that feature characters draped in passion, mystery, and adventure. She is especially fascinated with the concept of immortality.

Lilian is the author of the Immortal Rapture series, eight paranormal, captivating, romance novels. A young British girl Arielle Lloyd with special gifts and an immortal man Sebastian Gaulle find their way to each other and want nothing more than to pledge their undying love to the world. For five centuries Sebastian has sought the one soul who can fulfill his dreams of everlasting love. Then he meets Arielle, whose heart calls out to him like no other.

Author web links:


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PJ Fiala:
Writing has been a desire my whole life.  Once I found the courage to write, life changed for me in the most profound way. Bringing stories to readers that I'd enjoy reading and creating characters that are flawed, but lovable is such a joy.

When not writing, I'm with my family doing something fun.  My husband, Gene, and I are bikers and enjoy riding to new locations, meeting new people and generally enjoying this fabulous country we live in.

I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.

Author web links:
Website: www.pjfiala.com            
Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/author/pjfiala  
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Cherime MacFarlane:
Meet Award-Winning, Best-Selling Author Cherime MacFarlane. A prolific multi-genre author, she has a broad range of interests that reflect her been there-done that life. Romance, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, all sorts of characters and plots evolve from a vivid imagination.
I came to Alaska kicking and screaming in 1975, and I never want to leave. I cut firewood on shares for money to get through the winter. I swore I would not live above the Alaska Range because it was too cold there and wound up in the Copper River Basin where it got just a cold as Fairbanks.
My second husband, a Scot from Glasgow, was the love of my life. When I write Scots dialect, I experienced hearing it from my in-laws. Each time my husband got on the phone to Scotland after five seconds, I could hardly understand a word. I was my second husband's chief mechanic's helper and roadie.
I live in a cabin which is slowly being surrounded by the city and wish I were further out. My two cats and Husky-Collie mix dog are happy in our little slice of heaven called Alaska. In the silence of winter dreams of people and places provide a rich pool of ideas to explore.

Author web links:



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Nicole Sorrell:
My first love was reading. From the age of ten I read everything I could get my hands on. I was seventeen the first time I closed a book and thought, I want to do that. Write a story that good. It took a few years, but I finally published my first novel, joining the ranks of contemporary fiction authors. I included everything I love in a book. It's a romance story, has suspense and surprise, and with book two, became a women's fiction series.  

 I'm still a voracious reader, currently residing in a rural area of the mid-west. After living in various parts of the U.S. and traveling abroad, I recently moved into the very same home where I grew up. I enjoy country living: ours is a small community, and everyone knows everybody. The culture of the city also draws me in: the shopping, dining, and the opera and ballet. 
I love traveling, especially to other countries, and I speak Spanish. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Literature, and a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising. Home decorating is one of my favorite things. Of course I love to read, and I'm a published poet. I like baking pies and drinking ale. Oh, and I like playing cornhole, and I spend way more time than I should playing computer games.

My sidekick is a tiny Yorkshire terrier named Georgie Doodlebug. I call her GiGi. She's my fur baby.

Author web links:







Angel Sefer:
Multiple award-winning, bestselling author Angel Sefer was born in Athens, Greece and has studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a degree in Economics and divides her time between the corporate world and her true passion: writing mystery, thriller, and suspense romances where passion flares and danger lurks around every corner.

Angel lives in Athens, Greece, with the two loves of her life—her son and her husband—and is a member of several writers groups.

Author web links:



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Sybil Shae:
For Love, Real Love, The Kind Of Love That Lasts Forever….Sybil

Sitting in a chair, at a desk with headphones on, typing away...That’s where you’ll find Sybil Shae most days. She loses track of time and reality as she dives into her romance world, becoming one with her characters and growing with them as they appear through words on the tablet screen in concert with the imagery of a fool’s paradise we all visit in our dreams.
Sybil Shae writes romance, both spicy romance reads and clean reads. She feels it, breathes it, and has built her world around it. Love is at the center of all things. Welcome to Sybil’s world.

Sybil Shae DOES NOT write Erotica by any means, even the Spicy parts aren't as spicy as most others on the market. She writes with Love as the central plot rather than adult content.

Author web links:


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P.J. MacLayne:
A computer geek by day and a writer by night, P.J. MacLayne grew up in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania and sets much of her writing in that landscape. She currently lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Interview with Jake #OpenBook Blog Hop




Today I'm interviewing Jake Hennessey, who appears in the Oak Grove Mysteries. I ran into Jake at one of the small corner bars in Oak Grove when I was there on other business. And I mean literally ran into him. I had my face buried in my phone texting my mother and wasn't watching where I was going when I bumped into him. I knew who he was because of my previous interview with Harmony Duprie, the main character of my Oak Grove Mysteries. Of course, I offered to buy him a beer to replace the one that got spilled. And to keep him company while he drank it since he was alone. Which was surprising, because I noticed other women in the bar eyeing him the whole time we were together.

After we got introductions and pleasantries out of the way, and after I bought him a second beer, I got down to business. He agreed to answer my questions as long as I didn't ask about any of his legal issues. I reluctantly agreed.

Me: So is this your night off or are you still job hunting?

Jake: It's the middle of the week, so I have the night off. The club I'm working for doesn't get enough business to justify a bouncer except on weekends. Luckily, they let me bartend a few nights too, but when I'm not working I like to scope out the competition.

He flashed a toothy grin and I couldn't help but smile back. His eyes followed a waitress as she wandered past.

Jake: (with a wink.) I especially like checking out the staff at the competition. The waitresses at the club are off-limits.

Me: Your rule or theirs?

Jake: By mutual agreement. They're fun to flirt with, but I wouldn't want any of them to think I was seriously interested in them.

Me: Is there anyone you are interested in?

Jake: Nope. I'm still letting my broken heart heal after being dumped by Harmony. (He thumped his fist against his chest, and flashed his grin again. I wasn't sure whether to take him seriously so I switched topics.

Me: I know you've traveled a lot. What is your favorite city?

Jake: San Francisco. So many cool old houses. A lot of them have been restored, but there are still more falling apart. I wish I had the money available to buy a couple and fix them up.

Me: Doesn't Oak Grove have houses needing restored?

Jake: Sure. But the real estate market here is slow, and there's no guarantee I'd be able to sell them at a profit. In San Fran, they'd get gobbled up in a heartbeat. Besides, no one there knows my reputation and I could start over again. Oak Grove is too small for that.

Me: So why do you stick around?

Jake (shrugging his shoulders) : For Harmony. She needs someone to look after her. That girl attracts trouble like no one else I've ever known. Me included, of course, but at least I'm trying to make up for it. I wish Eli was here to take care of her, but he's too busy down in Florida.

I notice him studying my ring and knowing his reputation as a jewel thief, moved my hand into my lap. He shook his head, smirked, and took a drink of his beer.

Jake: See what I mean? Even you do it. I can't admire someone's jewelry without them getting all uptight. Nice ring, by the way. Was it passed down to you? Looks antique.

Me: Thanks. It was my grandmother's. And sorry about that.

Jake: Yeah, I'm used to it, unfortunately. By the way, you might want to ask someone to check the setting of the opal. It looks loose. I'd hate for you to lose the stone.

Before I asked him how he could tell, he downed the rest of his beer and stood.

Jake: I'm headed out. Enjoy the rest of your visit. Tell Harmony hi if you see her again.

Then, without a backward glance, he swaggered to the front door of the bar,  without even stopping to flirt with a waitress, and disappeared.






The Oak Grove Mysteries are available here https://www.amazon.com/Oak-Grove-Mysteries-3-Book/dp/B072F4WBWH  or check out the My Books page of this blog.

And now that I've managed to offend Jake, I'm going to finish my beer and go check out the character interviews by the rest of the authors.



November 6, 2017 – Pick a character from one of your books and interview him or her.
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Inspiration #OpenBook Blog Hop



In the words of an old camp song:

I love the mountains,
I love the rolling hills,
I love the flowers,
I love the daffodils,
I love the fireside,
When all the lights are low

       

Some of my earliest memories take place in the out of doors. We lived in the country, and I remember my mother telling me I could go as far as I wanted as long as I could still see the tops of the willow trees that grew alongside the house. Then the area expanded to as far as I could go and still hear her call that it was time to go home. The older I got, the larger the "safe" zone for me to explore got.

I discovered the old tree that had fallen across the nearby creek and served as a bridge. I followed the creek to the springs that bubbled out of the ground and fed it. I knew here the wild huckleberries and blackberries grew.

I stood quietly and admired the ancient buck I came across until he got tired of me and walked away. I tracked the path of a field mouse in the first winter snow. I sat by the edge of a remote pond and watched the tadpoles at play.

It should come as no surprise that I draw inspiration for my writing from nature. Not only do I try to write outdoor scenes into my stories, I find I'm most creative when I get a "fix" from nature. Going for a walk, or driving down a mountain road, or just sitting in my back yard and soaking in the sun.

Even when I can't get away, I bring nature to me. My screensaver is a rolling compilation of my favorite nature photos—mountains, flowers, rocks, trees, and combinations of all of these.

So what inspires you? Feel free to share in the comments. In the meantime, I'm going to go find out what inspired the others on this hop.



October 30, 2017 – Inspiration. Where do you get your inspiration for writing? When you’re running low on ideas or creative flow, how do you get your inspiration back?
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Monday, October 23, 2017

How To Go For A Walk #OpenBook Blog Hop




There's lots of advice on walking on the intranet.Walking fast vs. slow. How far to go. What to wear. How to get in the most steps for your fitness device. Don't bother googling it, because I am going to tell you how to break the rules.

Start by finding your most comfortable shoes. They don't have to be fancy or expensive or a certain manufacturer. You just want to be able to get home without blisters.



Dress for the weather. Coat, no coat, pants or shorts, tank top or sweatshirt. That's going to change day by day. If you're going into the woods (we'll get to that) take bug spray.

Ready? Not until you've turned off your cell phone. (Or at least turned down the volume.) Leave your MP3 player by the computer. You don't need it.

Now, where are you going? Around the block? Out to the back 40? Maybe to the park down the way? it doesn't matter. Take a deep breath and walk out the door, locking it behind you if necessary. When you get outside, stop for a minute. Look up at the sky. Is it sunny or are the stars out? Take another deep breath, and this time smell the world. Is the neighbor barbecuing or is that the smell of falling leaves. All that's left is to move one foot in front of another.

It doesn't matter if you go slow of fast. This isn't about where you are going or how quickly you get there. It's about the journey. At the house down the street, stop and admire the potted flowers on the windowsill. Or watch the red-tailed hawk circling overhead. Or savor the smell of salt drifting in from the ocean.

Don't let the blaring of car horns distract you from your task. Did I forget to mention that you have something to accomplish? A little nothing, really. I want you to daydream. When was the last time you did that? So feel free to take a break and sit on a big rock or park bench for a few minutes.



Then keep putting one foot in front of the other. You're getting there. Wherever 'there' is. Remember, there's no deadline. You can stop whenever you want to look around. See all those things you've never noticed before even if you've been by there five times before. Maybe it's the dew on a spider web sparkling in the early morning sun. Or the way the clouds drift behind that skyscraper. Or the way that noisy little mutt's body quivers with excitement when you pet him.

Listen to the world around you. Smile at the people passing by. Watch the children play. Take your time and really see the world around you. There's beauty there.

Remember the words of the greats, Simon & Garfunkel:

"The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)"

Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feelin' groovy
Ba da da da da da da, feelin' groovy

Hello, lamppost, what'cha knowin'?
I've come to watch your flowers growin'
Ain't'cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in doo-doo, feelin' groovy
Ba da da da da da da, feelin' groovy

I got no deeds to do
No promises to keep
I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me
Life, I love you
All is groovy

And that's how to take a walk.

Let's find out what the other authors are sharing by following the links below.



October 23, 2017 – How to post. Pick something and explain how to do it. It can be writing related, craft related, garden related – just share how you do it.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wolves' Knight Book Hooks





From Wolves' Knight, Book 2 of the Free Wolves series. On sale for 99¢ for a short time.

     The wind picked up and a gust almost covered the sound. Tasha’s ears pricked forward at the shuffle of footsteps. A figure inched along the side of the building, stopping at a window. Tasha tightened her muscles, but didn’t move.
     Then he went on. Tasha was positive it was a male although the wind blew the wrong direction for her to catch his scent. Not even her tail twitched as he stopped at another window. Her ears caught the sound of him tapping on the glass. He moved again.
     The third window sat in a pool of darkness. But Tasha’s eyes watched as he raised the window. He grasped the window frame and started to lift himself inside.

      And Tasha exploded into a snarling mass of muscle and fangs.




Blurb: 

Tasha Roeper knows what it means to protect your own. So when her friend, Dot Lapahie, CEO of Lapahie Enterprises, suspects that the Free Wolves are under attack, Tasha immediately signs on to lead the investigation and guard Dot.

But Tasha's not convinced it's the Free Wolves that are the target. She fears that her own pack—the Fairwood Pack—are the actual quarry and Dot is only a decoy.

The deeper Tasha digs, the more puzzles she uncovers.

Torn between tradition and a changing world, will Tasha risk everything to save a friend—including her own life—when old enemies arise?

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