Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wednesday Reads and Helping a Friend

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #28

Dates read: June 12-18
Title: Deseré
Year of publication: 2017
Author: Maria McKenzie
Genre: Historical romance
Series:  N/A
# of Pages: 295
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: Deseré, a skilled seamstress and slave, lives on a South Carolina cotton plantation. Fair-skinned and astonishingly beautiful, she is owned by a kindly master and given his permission to marry the man she loves, a carpenter enslaved on a neighboring plantation. Yet when her master dies before her wedding and his nephew inherits the plantation and its slaves, Deseré’s marriage is indefinitely postponed, pending consent from her new owner.
    Lawyer Anthony Sinclair arrives from Ohio on the mend from a broken heart, leaving behind a career derailed by scandal. Owning a plantation presents a vibrant opportunity. Yet torn by inklings of abolitionist beliefs, Anthony struggles with the damning prospect of owning human beings.
    Upon first seeing the alluring Deseré, Anthony is immediately dazzled by her golden skin, shimmering blond hair and ocean blue eyes. Yet Deseré perceives the tall, dark-haired and handsome “Masta” Anthony as rather stupid. He knows nothing about running a plantation, nor being a planter. But as long as he allows Deseré to marry the man she loves, she will be happy.
    Anthony, however, desires Deseré for himself. To what lengths will he go to win the forbidden love of a slave? Will owning Deseré be the only way Anthony can ever posses her while her heart belongs to another man?
My thoughts: Historical books tend to have a lot more detail than contemporary, which is probably why I don’t always pick up historical books. But Maria is a writer friend. We both belonged to the now defunct Cincinnati chapter of RWA and I’ve sat next to her at a book signing. I never bought her books before, though. Now her home and others are being threatened by a landslide. They are trying to raise $300,000 to fix it (since the city isn’t stepping in) and I donated what I could. But I thought, why not buy one of her books, too? So I picked the one with the pretty cover (and it is pretty, isn’t it?). There are portions in this book that did drag on for me (because…historical), but it sure picked up speed toward the end. I enjoyed reading this and if you like reading historical romance, I highly recommend this one. And if you’re interested in helping the author and her neighbors save their homes, you can find out more about the fundraiser here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/467184900488172/2315952668442824/.

So… Hubby moved the birdfeeder on Saturday. The birds are back and happy (haven’t seen the ducks return, though). We’ll see if the neighbor still complains. And if they do, should we care?

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wednesday Reads and Going Slower

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #27

Dates read: May 31-June 11
Title: Lovely, Dark, and Deep
Year of publication: 2014
Author: Susannah Sandlin
Genre: Romantic suspense
Series:  The Collectors #1
# of Pages: 306
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Purchased from Author
Blurb from book: When biologist Gillian Campbell makes an offhand comment about a family curse during a TV interview, she has no idea what her words will set in motion. Within days, Gillian finds herself at the mercy of C7 a secretive international group of power brokers with a dangerous game: competing to find the world’s most elusive treasures, no matter the cost, in money or in lives. To save her family, Gillian teams up with Shane Burke, a former elite diver who’s lost his way, navigating the brutal “death coast” of the North Atlantic to find what the collector seeks: the legendary Ruby Cross of the Knights Templar, stolen by Gillian’s ancestor and lost at sea four hundred years ago.
My thoughts: It was an entertaining read, and definitely a romance, but not near as suspenseful as I’d hoped. But if you like books with divers and lost treasure, this is a good one to read.

I’m taking this class (on-line) on how to write effective, pithy blurbs for books (to sell or pitch to an agent). 55-68 words long. That’s it. You really learn how to just look at one distinct part of your book so you can sell it. Well, at least I hope I learn it. I’m still struggling with the word count. Writing books are much easier!

But hey, maybe I’ll share some of my “outtakes” later on. That should be fun.

So… Do you find you read slower this time of year? I am. Or maybe I’m just too busy with writing, editing (yep, Biting the Curse is back in my hands), and taking classes to get busy reading. I’m so behind in my goal, it’s pathetic. I need a vacation now so I can get caught up. Which is silly because I’m technically semi-retired—I should read at home!

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, June 10, 2019

Bird Feeders and Time

Only 10 ducks here. One waddled off
to the pond by the time I got my camera.
We put up a bird feeder last month. Went through the bag of bird seed in about two weeks. Maybe less.

Bought more bird seed. Big bags of the stuff.

Seems ducks like what’s being dropped to the ground. Found 11 of them munching away the other morning. All males, though. What’s up with that?

But then our neighbor, two doors down, stopped us one morning and politely asked if we can either not fill the bird feeder or relocate it. Seems the little brown birds (sparrows? Not sure) like to perch on their patio furniture and have been leaving a mess.

And here I thought the birds were perching on our roof waiting their turn at the feeder.

I don’t know if this issue is because of our feeder or because of the pond behind us. These are new neighbors (just moved in a few months ago) and I don’t think the former neighbors were living there (there had been a for sale sign up on that house before we moved into ours). Oh, and there are bushes in their back yard (where there aren’t any in ours, just the feeder).

What would you do? Hubby said he would stop filling the feeders and see if that helps.

So now the bird feeder is hanging empty. I think the birds are sad. I’m not too happy, either.

By the way, we’ve officially lived in our new house a year now. Sheesh! Is time flying fast or what?

I know that has to do with age (which I don’t understand at all) and it makes me wonder how quickly time must pass for my vampires. I mean, they’re all centuries old! Would something that happened ten years ago feel like it was a year to them? Hell, it feels like that to me sometimes NOW. I still can’t believe this is the 20th year I’ve had to write 20 instead of 19 for the year. Twenty years! Celebrating 2000 doesn’t seem like THAT long ago!

So… Do you have birdfeeders in your yard? Do your neighbors complain? And how fast is time moving for you? Do you wish it would slow down just a tiny bit?

Happy Monday!

Stacy

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Wednesday Reads

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #26

Dates read: May 24-30
Title: Nothing to Fear
Year of publication: 2005
Author: Karen Rose
Genre: Romantic suspense
Series:  Romantic Suspense #4/Chicago #3
# of Pages: 507
Paper or plastic: Mass market paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: As director of an inner-city women’s shelter, Dana Dupinsky safeguards many secrets. Some are new identities; some are new addresses; and some are even hidden truths about herself. Passionately dedicated to Hanover House and the women she protects, Dana has always been reluctant to look for love. But now, just as a case puts her and a child in mortal danger, it seems that love has come looking for her.
  Security expert Ethan Buchanan learned to stalk men in the Afghan desert. Now he vows to track down the ruthless woman who kidnapped his godson—and falling for Dana is not in the plan. Yet her very presence seems to chase away the ghosts that haunt him, and her skillful evasion of personal questions raises his hunting instincts. For there’s a deadly new secret at Hanover House. A brutal killer is weaving a web of revenge with a stolen boy at its center. And Dana is the next victim on the list…
My thoughts: Finally, a book I looked forward to picking up! Lots of sexy romance. Mmmm… just what this reader/writer needed. Oh yeah, lots of suspense, too. This was a joy to read.  

I ended a 77-day writing streak on Monday. That's because we spent the day at the Columbus Zoo. Couldn't have asked for better weather, either. High 60s to low 70s. Sunny. And no humidity! The animals didn't all seem dead to the world. It was a lovely day.

So... When was the last time you went to the zoo? And which one was it?

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wednesday Reads and I’m Safe from Tornadoes…so far

Storms ripped through Dayton on Memorial Day evening, including tornadoes. One came as close as four miles from our house (closer to our previous residence). Hubby’s work was affected in that they didn’t have any water or internet, and the new manufacturing plant they were planning on opening in 30 days was pretty much destroyed.

At first I was annoyed at all the weather alerts, and the fact the local NBC station took over the hockey game after the first period (yes, I was watching the Stanley Cup Finals). Why the station couldn’t scroll the information, or even show picture in picture, I’ll never know. It’s not like the information wasn’t on five other stations (the storms were still in Indiana at this time, not exactly the Dayton market)!

Once the game was over (which we were able to stream via the NBC Sports App), I paid more attention to the storms. Then again, they were almost in our area by that time (although, if we had lost power at any time, I would have headed for the closet—the only place in this house that doesn’t have a window). We were the fortunate ones, though. Never lost power. Wind barely kicked up. Lots of lightning, though and the rain was very heavy (but no hail, whereas it hailed about three miles from us).

More storms are expected as I post this, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed it ends up being a quieter night.

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #25

Dates read: May 13-23
Title: Deadly Curiosities
Year of publication: 2014
Author: Gail Z. Martin
Genre: Paranormal mystery
Series:  Deadly Curiosities #1
# of Pages: 458
Paper or plastic: Mass market paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: Welcome to Trifles & Folly, a store with a dark secret.
    Proprietor Cassidy Kincaide continues a family tradition begun in 1670 – acquiring and neutralizing dangerous supernatural items. It’s the perfect job for Cassidy, whose psychic gift lets her touch an object and know its history. Together with her business partner Sorren, a 500-year-old vampire and former jewel thief, Cassidy makes it her business to get infernal objects off the market.
    When a trip to a haunted hotel unearths a statue steeped in malevolent power, and a string of murders draws a trail to the abandoned old Navy yard, Cassidy and Sorren discover a diabolical plot to unleash a supernatural onslaught on their city.
    It’s time for Kincaide and her team to get rid of these Deadly Curiosities before the bodies start piling up.
My thoughts: I didn’t enjoy this so much. Not because it’s a bad book, because it’s not the type of book I enjoy reading. But I wanted to give the author a try since I’ve seen her at Dragon Con several years (and I am trying to read more new-to-me authors this year). Well, now I can say I read one of her books. No, I won’t keep reading the series. That’s not to say you wouldn’t enjoy the book. If you like detailed mysteries, with a lot of magic, then give it a try. It’s a very well written book. Heads up: there is a bit of gore, but absolutely no romantic anything in this book (which isn’t why I didn’t like it—it was just too detailed for my taste).  

So… What’s the closest you’ve been to a tornado? I think one went over our home while we were stationed at Ft. Rucker, Alabama back in the late 80s. It was night and very windy and I heard what sounded like a freight train. There were no reports of one touching down, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t there. Those suckers scare me.

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

No Wednesday Reads But I Won!

I haven't finished the book I'm reading, but this happened on Monday:

Ghostly Interlude Won in the Strut Your Stuff Contest! I even got a badge! See?

This is the very FIRST contest I have ever won. EVER.

And in case you were wondering, it came in third in the Readers Choice portion (the voting portion). Not too shabby, huh?

In other good news... St Louis Blues won the Western Conference last night. Whoo hoo! Now I have a team to root for in the finals. Go Blues!!

And finally, my short story, Savannah's Destiny (a mix of my Bitten by Love and Ghostly Encounters series), is available to preorder (is that how you say it?).

Here's the blurb:

Darren, vampire and bartender at the Savannah Riverfront Hotel, has a ghost problem by the name of Austin that won’t go away. He’d love nothing more for the ghost to move on, but Austin is keeping mum. That is until his sister, Savannah, attends a book convention that is held in the same hotel. Darren believes she’s the ticket to get rid of the ghost as well as a reward for putting up with the spirit for so long.

Austin doesn’t want the blood sucker’s help, but he doesn’t want his sister hurt, either. Now that his body has been found by the police, he’s forced to cooperate, but does everything he can to keep the vampire from sinking his fangs in Savannah.

And here are the preorder links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/30C5JR1
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2Qee1db
Kobo: http://bit.ly/30Bq2Or
Apple: https://apple.co/2YNhGSv


So... Are you going to watch the Stanley Cup Finals? Who are you rooting for?

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wednesday Reads

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #24

Dates read: May 6-12
Title: Nothing to Hide
Year of publication: 2019
Author: Allison Brennan
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Series:  Lucy Kincaid #15
# of Pages: 406
Paper or plastic: Mass market paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: With a background in psychology, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is good at getting into the heads of killers and victims both. Still, her latest case is leaving her stumped. A third body has turned up in San Antonio—and it bears the same unique and troubling M.O. as the first two. The killer is clearly trying to send a message. But what is it—and to whom? All roads keep leading Lucy down a dead end…
    The victims are all married men who led honest lives alongside their adoring wives but have nothing else in common. When Lucy catches each widow in a lie, she realizes that things are not at all as they seem. What begins as a seemingly straightforward investigation turns into something far darker and more sinister than Lucy could have ever imagined Can she solve this case before more lives are lost..including her own?
My thoughts: The romance part of this series is long gone, but that doesn’t keep me from wanting to keep reading these books. I love Lucy and Sean and their whole family and friends. Not a lot of major suspense in this one, but still a good read. And I couldn’t figure out whodunnit until Lucy and her partner did.

So… do you like reading series books? I enjoy them. I must. I read a LOT of them!

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, May 13, 2019

Electrical Mystery

So… the circuit breaker to the kitchen island has been blowing (or is that tripping?) a lot recently. The island consists of the dishwasher, garbage disposal, and two outlets. It seems to go out when I’m not using anything electrical.

I called the builder (since the house is still under warranty). They sent an electrician. He pulled stuff out from under the sink and did his thing (whatever that thing is). Went into the garage and looked at the breaker box (or I assume he did, because he went into the garage—it’s not like I followed him in there). Came back and said it was the dishwasher since all the wiring was fine. Said he would put the order in and I should hear back from the appliance people.

Two days later, still no call. So I called the builder back. They knew nothing of this and said I had to call the appliance people. Sure, fine, give me the number.

Appliance guy came over on Friday. Plugged his little doohickey into the dishwasher and connected it to his laptop. Nothing. No surges. No outages. Nothing listed to show that anything went wrong. The dishwasher is fine. In fact, when I told him when the circuit was blowing, that it happened after the dishwasher ran (and the dishwasher always finished the cycle), he said it couldn’t possibly be the dishwasher. Still, he did his thing and checked everything twice. Wasn’t happy that the garbage disposal and outlets were on the same breaker as the dishwasher, but there wasn’t anything he could do about that. And since I wasn’t using anything when it blew, said it was most likely a bad breaker.

Hmmm… Wouldn’t the electrician have noticed THAT???

Appliance guy said for us to call our project manager and let him know what’s going on. But as he was leaving, he asked if I was okay with the rest of the appliances (range and microwave). I told him I didn’t like the fact that the microwave didn’t have a light, otherwise they were fine.

He stopped. “It should have a light,” he said. “Let’s go check it out.”

Sure enough, he pointed to where the light is located (which is not easy to see since the inside of the microwave is a dark grey and the bulb is covered with a black mesh thingy). The light should come on when the door is open. It never had (which is why I thought one didn’t exist).

He looked up the model and confirmed it did indeed have a light. He ordered one and will install it this Wednesday. Yay!

After appliance guy left, I called Hubby and told him about calling the project manager (since he had his number on his phone). Nothing the PM can do, but he said to call the builder and he would put a push on the request. So I called the builder. An hour later I get a call from the electrician.

I like it when the PM pushes! The electrician wil be back today to replace the circuit breaker. I hope. And then I hope it doesn’t happen again, because our warranty is almost up (we closed on May 29, 2018).

I guess it could be worse. The circuit could have waited until after the warranty had expired. Isn’t that what stuff does when they’re under warranty? Wait for the expiration date? Sure feels that way sometimes.

So… how was your weekend? Do anything fun? It was pretty quiet here, which was fine by me.

Happy Monday!

Stacy

Friday, May 10, 2019

I Hate Spectrum

Today is a ranty post. Because I’m mad and need to get it off my chest.

I hate Spectrum. I’d probably hate any other TV provider, too (because they’re all a pain in the ASS), but we feel cable is a little better than a dish, especially around here when the weather gets bad (I’ve seen what happens to those dish providers during a storm).

We have three DVRs. Before Spectrum took over Time Warner, we used to have a whole house system. Where we could watch any show recorded on any DVR from any DVR. It was great. We weren’t forced to watch it on the DVR that did the recording. Then Spectrum took over.

They didn’t support whole house systems. They don’t have anything that sophisticated. Why would a company get rid of the BEST FEATURE of DVRs???? We only got to keep the one we had because we were grandfathered in. Then we moved.

Yeah, we lost our whole house system. So we’re stuck with three separate DVRs and we have to go to that DVR to watch the shows we had recorded, which is another pain in the ASS. We moved the bedroom DVR into the Great Room so our TV can use both DVRs (and because we didn’t want to have to watch our recorded shows in the bedroom).

Problem was… the bedroom DVR didn’t record all that well. I’d set it up to record a show and sometimes it would record it all and sometimes it would only record five minutes of it. We couldn’t rely on it for our series, but we had shows on the DVR that had recorded correctly. Daughter and I finally watched the last show last week. The DVR was now ready to be replaced.

You’d think this would be a joyous time. Nope. I followed the INSTRUCTIONS that the clerk at Spectrum HANDED me when I exchanged DVRs. I spent all day waiting for the DVR to show the time so I could call to activate it. Waited for the message on the TV to say it was ready to be activated. I unplugged/plugged it several times. Reconnected the cables. Nothing was working.

Hubby called Spectrum, which is something we really hate to do. I think they purposely use that recorded voice to repel callers. I know I think long and hard before I have to call them.

After answering all the questions and telling robot lady we needed technical support, the recording said that we had an outage in our area (we didn’t) and kept telling us there wasn’t anything they could do. You know, if we could have talked to a real person, they would have KNOWN why we were calling.

Hubby almost had to start over, but managed to get in line for a real person. And then we find out… the INSTRUCTIONS WERE WRONG!!!

You see, their DVRs don’t have clocks on them anymore.

And that right there really pisses me off. Used to be all the electronics had clocks on them. Now, NONE OF THEM DO!!! What, don’t people like to see what time it is? I certainly do.

I hope our older DVR never dies (it’s the one we use the most). I will not be happy without a clock. There’s nowhere behind the TV to hang one (since there are three windows there).

By the way, do the other TV providers have clocks on their devices? That would be a big selling point to win me over.

Anyway, both boxes are now working, but I don’t know if I want to use the new one. It has a completely DIFFERENT menu system! Why?????

I was going to set up to record Season 6 of SHIELD on that one (since we haven’t seen Season 5 yet—have to get that on Netflix). I may still do it, but gee whiz, why does Spectrum have to make everything so complicated?

Oh, and the real kicker after all this? The guide on the old box now has a stupid advertising line between the channels. An ADVERTISEMENT! I pay a lot of money for cable. I don’t think I should have to be forced to see an ADVERTISEMENT on the stupid GUIDE!

If I didn’t like watching TV so much, I’d give it up.

Thanks for letting me rant. I just hope I don’t write another ranty post on Monday. The appliance repair person is supposed to come by today and find out why our dishwasher keeps blowing the circuit breaker. The electrician already said it wasn’t the wiring. And yes, it’s still under warranty. So at least we have that going for us.

Stacy

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wednesday Reads and I’m Crocheting…Again

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #23

Dates read: April 28 – May 5
Title: The Trouble With Vampires
Year of publication: 2019
Author: Lynsay Sands
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series:  Argeneau #29
# of Pages: 380
Paper or plastic: Mass market paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: For close to three thousand years the imposing, impossibly handsome Santo Notte has fought in armies across the world and battled his own, more personal enemies. Of all the places he might expect to encounter his life mate, a quiet corner of upstate New York doesn’t seem likely. But as soon as he makes contact with history professor Petronella Stone, while hunting down a suspected rogue immortal, he knows that she will be the greatest adventure of his eternal life.
    He expects her to be surprised, confused, even overwhelmed. What he doesn’t expect is that Pet has a secret history of her own. There’s no mistaking the mind-blowing, mutual pleasure they share. But as Pet struggles to protect her nephew from a danger lurking too close to home, Santo realizes there’s another threat to her safety—him. And claiming their passionate future will be impossible until he leaves his past behind, forever…
My thoughts: You’d think after 28 books in this series that the 29th might just feel like the same ol’ same ol’. But NOPE! Still hot romance. Still humorous. Still suspenseful. But a different story every time. I love the Argeneau family and hope the books continue for a long time to come.

Well… the Blue Jackets are out of the playoffs, so I guess I’ll be rooting for the Canes (sorry, Jeff, I just don’t like ANY Boston teams!). Don’t know how much I’ll sit and watch them, though. I probably will if the daughter comes home to watch. But alone? Nope, not likely. I’m not THAT big of a fan. Of the Canes.

I started a crochet project. I wasn’t sure I’d ever crochet again, but this yarn and pattern has intrigued me (for a baby blanket—like I know anyone having babies!!!). I’m starting small first, though, making a scarf for my granddaughter (the yarn color is called Pegasus, and it’s her favorite creature, so I thought…why not?). Once I determine my hands will not turn into two painful fists (can’t tell if it’s arthritis or the stupid pills I have to take for another FOUR YEARS, but my hands get stiff easily), then I will make that baby blanket. Which really won’t be for a baby. Probably more for my lap. Or a gift to someone. I haven’t decided yet. What I do know is that when I finish it (and see, I’m being positive here), I will take a picture and show you all how neat it turned out (because I only make neat things, didn’t you know??).

So… Are you a crafty person? What do you like making?

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Wednesday Reads and Other Stuff

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #22

Dates read: April 22-27
Title: Crashing Heat
Year of publication: 2019
Author: Richard Castle
Genre: Mystery
Series:  Nikki Heat #10
# of Pages: 234
Paper or plastic: Hardback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: Marriage. It’s a double-edged sword, or at least it is for Nikki Heat. Her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jameson Rook, infuriates her in a way no one else in her entire life has ever done. He also takes her to heights of pleasure she has never experienced. But most of all, she loves the man with all her heart and she’d do anything to protect him—which is just what she has done not so long ago. It almost cost them everything.
    Now Rook is given the honor to be a visiting professor at his alma mater, and he can’t pass up the opportunity to mentor burgeoning writers at his award-winning college newspaper. But shortly after his arrival on campus, a female reporter for the paper is found dead…naked…in Rook’s bed.
    Dealing with betrayal from any man is not Nikki’s style. She and Jameson have had plenty of conflicts during their complicated relationship, but none like this. Is her husband keeping secrets, or can she really trust him? In order to find out, Nikki gives Jameson the benefit of the doubt and digs into his theory of a secret society within a secret society. What she finds puts her investigative skills, and her marriage, to the test.
My thoughts: A little more tame than the other books in this series. No thrilling suspense in a life-and-death adventure. Just a straight-up mystery. It was okay, but not as good as the others. And apparently a character has been brought back from the dead, but funny thing, I didn’t notice. Shows you how much I pay attention to minor characters.

I’m down to one project again since I returned Biting the Curse to my editor for another look. Almost feel free! Working on two projects takes up more time than I imagined. But I met my goal and that makes me HAPPY!

Know what also made me happy? Watching the Blue Jackets win last night. Whoo hoo! I’m also rooting for St. Louis, Carolina, and Colorado (in case you were wondering).

So… Whatcha reading now? Anything good? How did you find the book?

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, April 29, 2019

Biting the Curse Cover!!

I’ve shared this with my newsletter subscribers and added it to Goodreads, so I thought it would be nice to share the cover to Biting the Curse with you, too! So…here’s the cover for you to enjoy. Ain’t it pretty???


I think Maria Zannini (bookcoverdiva.blogspot.com) did a great job. Here’s the blurb (or description or cover copy or whatever you call it):

When Janie Robinson says “I do,” she might as well call the morgue.
Two days after her wedding, David died in a car accident.
The day after she accepted his proposal, Justin fell to his death at work.
The day after she agreed to move in, Aaron died in a freakish drone accident.
Now Sam wants to date her because she’s some kind of Perfect Mate.
If she’s perfectly anything, she’s perfectly cursed and she’s not about to risk Sam’s life.

Sam Kincaid is a vampire.
He has been searching for Janie since the day he let her go.
Her so-called curse doesn’t bother him until he becomes the killer’s next target.
He’s never feared for his life before, but if he lets her go again, it wouldn’t be worth living.

And if you’re so inclined, you can add the book to your WANT TO READ stack over at Goodreads. Here’s the link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45161701-biting-the-curse

I’m still debating (with myself, of course) on whether or not I should put this up for pre-order. My estimated release date is July 18 (my birthday!!) and I’m really hoping I have the paperback ready for the Literary Love: Authors Rock Savannah convention. Nothing like putting that kind of pressure on myself to finish this thing, huh? But preorders? I don’t know. I’ve never done them before. What do you think?

So… Are you watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs? My Penguins (and Golden Knights) may be out of it, but the Columbus Blue Jackets are still going strong. And yes, I am rooting for them. I just don’t like them when they play the Penguins! Can’t believe they went into overtime against Boston in both games, though. In fact, I’m amazed at how many overtimes there have been in the playoffs this year. Just goes to show that all the teams are so evenly matched, huh? I just didn’t think I’d get stressed out over the Blue Jackets playing. Yikes! I’ll just blame it on playoff hockey.

Happy Monday.

Stacy

Friday, April 26, 2019

There’s Still Time to Vote!

The Strut Your Stuff Contest is still open for voting. Ghostly Interlude is included in the paranormal/sci-fi category. If you’ve rated it, thank you! If not, it’s not too late. Contest runs through May 3rd.

Here’s the link again:
http://www.maineromancewriters.com/p/book-cover-contest.html.

The weather has been warm (and dry) enough to go walking outside. I’m not going far, yet, but it’s a start. I’m certainly walking faster (and farther) outside than I was on the treadmill. And I enjoy exploring my new neighborhood. Especially since it’s growing with new construction.

So… Do you plan on seeing Avengers: Endgame this weekend? I wanted to, but most of the seats are already sold out for this weekend. Have to see if Hubby can go into work late during the week and get tickets for the first showing (since it’s cheaper then). So I do plan on seeing it. Looks good!

Happy Friday!

Stacy

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Wednesday Reads and April is Crazy Busy!

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #21

Dates read: April 8-21
Title: The Savior
Year of publication: 2019
Author: J.R. Ward
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood #17
# of Pages: 479
Paper or plastic: Hardback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: In the venerable history of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, only one male has ever been expelled—but Murhder’s insanity gave the Brothers no choice. Haunted by visions of a female he could not save, he nonetheless returns to Caldwell on a mission to right the wrong that ruined him. However, he is not prepared for what he must face in his quest for redemption.
    Dr. Sarah Watkins, researcher at a biomedical firm, is struggling with the loss of her fellow scientist fiancé. When the FBI starts asking about his death, she questions what really happened and soon learns the terrible truth: Her firm is conducting inhumane experiments in secret and the man she thought she knew and loved was involved in the torture.
    As Murhder’s and Sarah’s destines become irrevocably entwined, desire ignites between them. But can they forge a future that spans the divide separating the two species? And as a new foe emerges in the war against the vampires, Murhder is called to return to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Choosing between his mate and his fate as a fighter however, may be the final thing that breaks him…
My thoughts: I loved this so much. I just wish I could have sat and read it quicker. I love the characters. I love this series. Love, love, love!!!

I’ll kind of be glad when this month is over. I’m getting my 500+ words written daily on Perry’s book (except for one day, when I only wrote 200), I’m now editing 2+ chapters daily on Biting the Curse, AND I’m taking a class on internal conflict (and it has homework!).

I’m really surprised I’m getting the writing done, but so glad I am. The story is starting to take off. I'm already up to 25K words. I just hope it goes where I want it to. Haha!

But the class ends on the 30th and I expect to have the edits finished by then, too. Then maybe I’ll get some breathing time. Or at least some Doctor Who time. It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to watch it.

I’m also behind in my reading. Six books behind.

Because April is just crazy busy! Aaack!!!

So… Have you ever had one of those months? How long did it take you to recover?

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

No Wednesday Reads and No More Penguins in Playoffs

No Wednesday reads! I’m so behind!!! Don’t get me wrong, I’m reading a great book. I just haven’t been able to get to it all that often and it’s killing me!!!!

Yesterday was such a crappy day. And the Penguins getting swept didn’t help any. No more Penguins in the playoffs this year. I’m sad.

I do have other teams to root for, but it’s not the same.

I knew this week would be bad, but not this bad. I haven’t been able to even work on the edits to Biting the Curse! I hope to remedy that today, though. Gotta get them done!!!

I'm so busy, I can't even thing of a question to ask! Pathetic, aren't I?

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, April 15, 2019

Ghostly Interlude is a Finalist in a Contest!!

Last week I opened an e-mail and couldn’t believe my eyes. It started out... Congratulations!

I really don’t think I’ve ever had an e-mail start that way before. And I know I’ve never been a finalist in a contest. Now I can say I have to both!

Ghostly Interlude is a finalist in the Strut Your Stuff contest!!

I had to do some research to see which contest this was (I entered the book in 13 of them—still have to hear back from 5 of them, so yeah, didn’t final in 7), because it was mentioned in the e-mail that the winner is determined by reader votes. Took me a bit (because the Maine Romance Writers removed the contest rules and such from their website), but I finally found what I was looking for (and next time, I might want to remember to put MORE information in my contest list).

Ghostly Interlude was judged on the cover and blurb (which kind of makes me feel good about the blurb since I wrote it!). Starting today (I hope) through May 3, readers are able to start voting.

And here’s the link to vote (which is supposed to go live today): http://www.maineromancewriters.com/p/contest.html. I have absolutely NO IDEA at the time I wrote this (Sunday evening) who the other finalists are (because the link wasn’t working yet) [EDITED: I CHANGED THE LINK, THE OTHER ONE DIDN'T WORK, THIS ONE DOES]. But here are my cover and blurb to Ghostly Interlude:

    Maggie Russell—legal assistant by day, horror writer by night—gets the scare of her life when she wakes up in a strange café without any idea of how she got there. But if she tells anyone about her sleepwalking escapades, she could lose her grandmother’s house, and she’d fought so hard to keep it.
    Dean Parker is a private investigator whose office is next door to Maggie’s law firm. He’s been eyeing the pretty brunette ever since she started working there, but getting involved with anyone isn’t in his game plan. When he finds out she’s been having sleeping problems, he suspects her money-grubbing cousin is involved. Instead, he discovers something worse: a ghost is living with Maggie and it appears another may be possessing her.
    Dean is determined to help Maggie rid her home of the uninvited guests. He just never figured his attraction to her would be reciprocated. Keeping his distance is no longer an option, though. If he fails, Maggie could very well be possessed forever.


So… If you like what you read, I would really appreciate your vote. My book is in the paranormal/fantasy/etc. category, so I’m only competing against other paranormal/fantasy/etc. type books. And, of course, if you do go over there and find something you like better, by all means, vote for them instead. That’s the risk I take sending people over there.

Sunday was an exciting day. Got up o’dark thirty, met my daughter and a friend, and drove to Pittsburgh to watch the Penguins and Islanders play. The game did NOT go as I had hoped (since the Penguins lost and are now down 3 games to none), but I had a good time. We got invited to dinner at a Facebook friend of my daughter’s (who was smoking chicken and ribs) and the food was great! And much appreciated!

Now I gotta hope that the Penguins don’t get skunked in this series. I do have two other teams to root for, though. The Golden Knights and the Columbus Blue Jackets (I just don’t like them when they play the Penguins). We’ll see how the playoffs go.

So… How did your weekend go? Mine was super busy! I thought Sunday would be my hard day to write (it wasn’t!), but it ended up being Saturday. Only got 201 words in, so I broke my streak of 500+ word days, but not my writing streak in general. And starting today I get to work on Biting the Curse again since I got my edits back. I see a busy week ahead of me, too!

Happy Monday.

Stacy

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wednesday Reads and Happy Birthday to my Daughter

I picked short books because I was waiting on the book I want to read (it arrived in the mail on Monday), and then when I read the first one faster than I expected, I had to find another short book. Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #19

Dates read: April 3-5
Title: Turning Thirty-Twelve
Year of publication: 2008
Author: Sandy James
Genre: Contemporary romance/women’s fiction
Series:  N/A
# of Pages: 173
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: Jackie Delgado didn’t want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date turns out to be more exciting than she’d ever imagined. When her youngest son leaves for college, Jackie is hit hard by empty nest syndrome and pours herself into her work as a teacher. Bowing to pressure from friends, Jackie agrees to a blind date. But when Mark Brennan calls, she realizes the date won’t be “blind.” He’s the father of one of her students.
    Widower Mark Brennan isn’t looking for love. After only a few dates with Jackie, he realizes he’s quickly forming deep feelings for her. Wracked with guilt that he’s “abandoning” his late wife, Mark resists the pull toward dynamic Jackie. When Mark’s daughter begins to date Jackie’s son, things become more complicated.
    Can Jackie and Mark find the courage to leave the past behind and embrace a new love? And how will a surprise pregnancy affect all their lives?
My thoughts: I have a hard time calling something a “romance” when it’s in first person, thus the slash “women’s fiction” label. I bought this book sooooo long ago, when the author spoke at my old Cincinnati RWA chapter. And it sat on my shelf because it’s first person contemporary/women’s fiction. But surprise, surprise! I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was told so well in the way I enjoy first person. And it had humor. I love humor.

Book #20

Dates read: April 6-7
Title: Free Falling
Year of publication: 2012
Author: S.E. Jakes
Genre: M/M romance
Series:  Extreme Escapes, Ltd.
# of Pages: 112
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Free from some convention
Blurb from book: Blue is a thief who lives for adrenaline and anger. And when he meets Mick, a mercenary, he’s hit with a buzz of attraction like the rush of a high-rise job without a safety rope. But after making plans to get together, Mick leaves him hanging and Blue vows never again.
    A year later, Mick watches helplessly as Blue stumbles into the middle of one of Mick’s jobs. Risking his cover and their lives, Mick saves Blue and cares for him as he recuperates, but neither man has any idea how to handle the intimacy this forces them into.
    Once blue is safe, Mick redoubles his efforts to take down the drug lord responsible—and disappears. Blue goes after him, determined to return the favor and rescue the man he loves, no matter the cost.
My thoughts: Kind of a thin story. And most of the sex (and there was quite a bit) was due to some drug. Yeah, there was attraction between the two, but I would have preferred their first “coupling” be from want, not need. Still an entertaining read, but could have been so much more.

Today this little girl (seen here with her brother) turns 34! Gosh, where have the years gone?
Happy Birthday, Stephanie!

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, April 8, 2019

I'm Going to Game 3!!!

The Penguins made it into the Stanley Cup Playoffs and my daughter usually gets tickets to one of their games (as long as it’s on a weekend). This year, their first home game is on Sunday and I’m going with her!!!

We have tickets to Game 3!!! Yay!

I’ve never been to a Stanley Cup playoff game. I expect the excitement level will be a lot higher than a regular season game. I know I’m more excited!

The game starts at noon, which means we’ll have to leave here early (it’s about a 4-hour drive). I’ve been doing really well writing 500+ words every day and I really don’t want to miss Sunday, so I’ll probably take my laptop and write in the car (thank goodness my daughter prefers to drive). I don’t want to mess up my continuous writing streak (today is day 22) and I really think just writing 500+ words a day helps me stay in my story (even though I know I have MAJOR problems with it—problems with how any of the conflict affects my main character—oops!). But if I stop writing, I may stop altogether (what may? I will—that’s what’s happened in the past) and hopefully just 500+ words a day will keep my brain working to figure out the solution to my problem.

I’m also meeting with a plotting group tonight and hope they’ll be able to offer some suggestions.

But I’m not letting a trip to Pittsburgh mess up my writing. I mean, it’s only 500+ words. I can do this in the car. I’m certainly going to try in any case.

So… Have you ever been to a playoff game? Doesn’t have to be hockey. High school football playoffs are pretty fun (although I don’t like sitting out in the cold), but I have a feeling I’ll be more stressed over this game than I ever was for the HS ones.

Happy Monday.

Stacy

Friday, April 5, 2019

Cool Beans!

Last night, while the Penguins were playing in Pittsburgh and not being televised here, I saw someone post on Facebook that the NHL App was showing the game for free. I have the NHL App on my phone (shocker, huh?) and since I wasn’t doing much, decided to check it out.

It worked!

But it gets even better…

Hubby thought he would be able to get the NHL App on our new TV. That didn’t seem to work so well, but… He has it set up so I was able to plug my phone in.

Now the game was on the big TV! Whoo hoo!

Even better…

The Penguins won! They’re in the playoffs for the 13th season in a row!!!

Time for some Snoopy dancing!!!

So… Got any big/fun plans this weekend? I don’t think we have anything planned. If Hubby is busy with his online game (which he usually is), maybe I’ll watch some more Doctor Who. I finished the second season on Wednesday and cried!!! Yeah, I guess you can say I’m getting into this show.

Happy Friday!

Stacy


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Wednesday Reads and Hints of Spring

I saw my first mosquito yesterday. Man, it’s not warm enough to sit outdoors for any length of time and the mosquitoes are already out? Just doesn’t seem right.

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #18

Dates read: March 27 – April 2
Title: Eternal Echoes
Year of publication: 2013
Author: Anastasia Virgas
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series:  Sisters of the Devine Book 1
# of Pages: 231
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: Ariston Dago is a sentry, a protector for his people. He watches the waters of his territory, keeping his god and his race safe both above and below the murky depths around Venice, Italy. When he’s compelled to save a human that falls from a transport, his life is forever changed, because the human he saves, Teagan Moss, is his mate, the first human to ever mate a Dagonite.
    Teagan Moss is the kind of woman to shoot first and then question the body later. When she wakes with a Hydro bomb strapped to her body, she knows someone is going to pay for trying to kill her, and that she is going to need the help of a sexy exotic Dagonite to find out who exactly needs that bullet in their brain. What she doesn’t count on, is the scorching attraction she feels for the male who is so certain she is his.
    Thrust into solving the mystery surrounding the attempt on his mate’s life, Ari and Teagan uncover more than the answers they are looking for, and the truths they unearth could send the world into another war.
My thoughts: In case you were wondering, Ari is an octopus shifter. Pretty unique. I would have preferred the characters be a little more in depth, but otherwise it was an entertaining read. My paper copy was messed up format-wise (which the author is trying to get fixed), making it difficult to read at times, but it wasn’t available via Nook (you probably won’t have this problem if you read it on a Kindle), or I would have gotten a copy that way. If you like fated romance books and are curious about octopus shifters, give this one a try.

Now that I’m pretty much back to normal, I’ve been able to watch Doctor Who again. I’m in the middle of Season 2 reboot (w/David Tennant). Gotta say, I’m enjoying it even more on the big TV.

So… Are you getting hints of spring where you are? My grass is trying very hard to be green again.

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, April 1, 2019

In Case You Didn’t Notice, It’s April Fool’s Day

Do people still pull pranks on April Fool’s Day? The local radio station I used to listen to (it no longer exists, which is too bad because I really liked it) used to play some interesting pranks. Once, they switched over to country. Good thing I knew what day it was, so I didn’t call them and give them a piece of my mind. Instead, I just turned the radio off and waited until later in the day when they went back to playing the music I enjoyed listening to (and no, it’s NOT country!). Another year they pretended to emcee a parade held on I-70. Yeah, that was bizarre. I can’t believe anyone actually fell for their pranks, but hey, you never know. Maybe that’s why they aren’t around anymore? Hmmm…

Anyway… if you see something that looks suspect today, it could end up being a prank. I thought about writing something false and then ending it in "April Fool’s!", but I procrastinated too long and never came up with anything.

On Friday, Hubby and I finally replaced our 2004 Sony 1080i HD LCD 40” TV with a Sony 4KHD LED 65” TV (and would you believe the new TV weighs LESS than the old??). While the 40” TV worked fine in our family room at the old house, it was a little farther from the seating area in the new house and just looked…small. Plus, it only had one HDMI connection, making it hard for us to connect more than one device.

I found one that was on sale at the Base Exchange and we decided to go for it. And man, what a difference. I took before and after pictures (didn’t think about turning on the TV, oh well).

This is our old set.

This is the new one. BIG!!!
It’s also a smart TV and gets Netflix and Amazon Prime and whatever other kind of streaming services are out there. One of these days we might actually check them out, too! But for now, it’s just nice to be able to see the TV from the couch and not have to squint.

Okay, so maybe it wasn’t THAT bad. But watching hockey on it now is AWESOME!!

Oh, and the Penguins are TWO POINTS away from making it into the playoffs. TWO. POINTS!! They better do it in the next game.

So… how old (and big) is your television set? Are you happy with it or looking to replace it? I can’t believe how much cheaper they are now. Our 2004 model cost over $3000. The new one? $899. Crazy, huh?  

Happy Monday.

Stacy

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Wednesday Reads and Getting Back to Normal

I feel like my life is back to normal!!! I’m getting my 500+ words written in the morning and I’m walking on the treadmill after. Which means…more reading. Yay! Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #16

Dates read: March 3-20
Title: The Double D Ranch
Year of publication: 2017
Author: Rochelle Bradley
Genre: Romantic comedy
Series:  Fortuna, Texas #1
# of Pages: 299
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: Much to the chagrin of foreman Josiah, Jessie Davidson wants a romance reduction. But the Double D Ranch hides a secret. Since inheriting the property, Jessie kept her grandmother’s hoard concealed, but now she’s found the courage to purge the unwanted items: steamy novels, thousands of them. Romance has to go! Donating the books is a good thing, right? Not when coupled with a dare.
    The dare spirals out of control. The ante is upped when caches of the spicy books, left in barber shops, pool halls, and pubs, challenge others to join the fad. A perverted prankster runs amok playing on the town’s fantasies. Book clubs are formed. Plots acted out. In a town saturated with romance, Jessie finds her love life underdeveloped.
    Keep Jessie safe. It’s the promise Josiah Barnes made to Jessie’s dying grandmother. He aims to honor it, even if it means protecting Jessie from himself. Failing her in the past has him to high alert when the Double D becomes ground zero for the arousal avalanche sweeping the town. As a full-support, silent partner, Josiah will do anything to augment the Double D. But when Jessie starts selling handmade lingerie, keeping his hands to himself is easier said than done…
My thoughts: If you like funny named businesses and people along with your romance, you might enjoy this.

Book #17

Dates read: March 20-26
Title: The Demon’s in the Details
Year of publication: 2019
Author: Jeanne Oates Estridge
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series:  Touched by a Demon Book 2
# of Pages: 348
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: It’ll be a cold day in Hell before artist Keeffe Blackmon gives up the statue created by her late mother, a world-famous inspirational sculptor. Keeffe’s not selling—not even to a man as rich as devil’s food cake and handsome as sin—the gorgeous but morally repulsive billionaire Seth McCall. That is, until Keeffe decodes a fiendish contract and discovers she has just one month to prove she’s earning a living with her art or lose her sculpture forever.
    Demons will ice skate on the Lake of Fire before Satan puts Abaddon, aka Bad, the demon of sloth and Hell’s brainiest minion, back in charge of Hell’s technology hub. But when Satan’s stooge McCall fails to acquire the powerful statue, Bad seizes his chance. To win back his job, Bad offers to possess McCall and, with the unbeatable combination of McCall’s good looks and his own smarts, melt Keeffe into selling him the sculpture.
    As Keeffe races to complete a mural in McCall’s McMansion and earn the cash she needs to keep her statue, the billionaire blows hot one minute and cold the next. It’s almost as if he’s two different men: one a jerk, the other sweet and nerdy—and hot as Hell.
    Aboveworld for the first time, Bad finds out his heart is even bigger than his brain. He is entranced by Sedona’s stunning landscape and seduced by Keeffe’s passion for art, life, and the man she thinks she sees in McCall.
    Bad may be the smartest demon in Hell—but is he smart enough to win Keeffe’s trust and ice Satan’s devilish plan to destroy Sedona?
My thoughts: What an awesome book! Lots of twists and turns (I kept wondering how Bad and Keeffe were going to work out!). Thoroughly entertaining.

Today Hubby and I are refinancing the new house (lower interest rate and a BIG deposit!). We hope to get the house paid off in about 3 years (if all goes well). Then Hubby can retire. Although he wishes sometimes that he could do it now. And he probably could, but then we’d have to change our lifestyle and I don’t see that happening. I could probably do it. I’m not so sure he could!

So… Are you preparing for your retirement? If not, you should!

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, March 25, 2019

Getting Noticed Well is Hard

I think one of the hardest things an author can do is get their name out there in a way that isn’t obnoxious so people can find their books and WANT to buy them.

Not WRITE the book. Oh no. That part is EASY compared to marketing. At least it’s easier for me.

Thing is, I’m not sure my readers read blogs. I think writers read blogs, but not so much readers. So why do I stick around?

Good question. Maybe one of these days I’ll have a good answer. Because right now? I don’t know. I do know it’s hard to think of things to blog about at times (like now).

Thank goodness there is more than just blogging. I do try other avenues, too (besides Facebook). There’s this site, bookandmainbites.com, where I can post snippets of my books so readers get examples of my writing (instead of just reading the cover copy). I’ve been really bad posting over there, mainly because it’s so time consuming finding snippets, or pictures to go with the snippets (because you have to post a picture with it and I needed to buy some pictures!). I’m aiming to get more organized now and get one snippet posted a week and see if that helps sales. I’ve been told if you’re a regular poster over there that it really does help. We’ll see. As long as I do all that work AFTER my daily writing goal, what do I have to lose? Nothing, really until they start charging me, and that will happen eventually. Hopefully by then my following will be up; otherwise, I might have to leave. I have to look at the ROI sometimes!

Would posting snippets here do any good? Hmmm… I don’t know. I mean, I got the picture, I got the snippet, guess I have nothing to lose, right? I’ll have to think about that. Maybe that can be my Friday blog thing.

And maybe THAT’S why I keep on posting. I come up with ideas as I write something for this thing. And there’s always a possibility one of you reading this is actually a future reader of my books.

This writer can dream.

So… What are you finding difficult these days?

Happy Monday.

Stacy

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wednesday Reads and I'm Pissed

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #15

Dates read: March 13-17
Title: Big Easy Evil
Year of publication: 2017
Author: Heather Graham
Genre: Paranormal mystery
Series:  Cafferty & Quinn #3.7
# of Pages: 127
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: Halloween in the Big Easy… Does evil really exist? Michael Quinn and Danni Cafferty are far too familiar with the question. At the death of her father, Danni inherited his  house and shop on Royal Street in New Orleans—and much more than she ever anticipated, including a book kept by her family for generations on how to combat the most unusual forces.
    As Halloween approaches, Quinn is already nervous—he knows what the season can bring. Even as Danni tries to convince him that very good things can happen as well, a man arrives in their kitchen, seeking their very special assistance. Sam DeMille is a lover of decoration and costume—and all things Halloween—until the body of a murdered man shows up in the midst of his backyard ‘cemetery.’ With an axe in his head.
    Could the infamous Axe-man of New Orleans have found his way back after nearly a century? Or is just the insidious at work, a spirit of demon filtering into an object or a person and creating the mayhem all over again? With the help of their odd team, Danni and Quinn must find the truth behind the strange happenings haunting the city—lest they fall prey to that very strange evil themselves.
My thoughts: Should have been a quicker read, but I was busy with revisions. Short and sweet, it was entertaining and brought me back to a series I enjoy. I’d be getting the next book in the series if I could, because I like these characters.

I buy my books from Barnes & Noble (if I don’t buy them from the author directly or see something at Books & Co.). I get free shipping and I own a Nook. I won’t get a Kindle, so I won’t buy books from Amazon. Not even the paperbacks, unless I’m already placing an order big enough to get free shipping (I do not belong to Prime, and I don’t want to, either). I bought the above series at B&N. But the next book out is only sold at Amazon (Kindle AND paperback). This is a big-named author (at least in Romancelandia) and all her other books are wide. I don’t understand.

Not everyone buys their books from Amazon!

Gee, can you tell I’m a little pissed?

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, March 18, 2019

Today I Shall Breathe Easier

Today I will finish up the edits on Biting the Curse and will send it off to my editor. Once I hit that send button, I shall breathe easier. That’ll be one job done and out of the way!

And boy, was that book taking up my time or what? My reading has suffered. My TV watching has suffered. I’ve suffered! I’ll be happy to get back to Dr. Who (if I can remember where I left off).

Of course, none of that will happen until after I’ve written 500+ words on the new project. But I do that when I get up. I really do get my best writing done then. At least, I’m most productive then. Whether it’s my best, well, who knows. It’s words. On the page. That’s what matters.

I mentioned last week that we got our new couch delivered. Well, here’s a picture of our great room.
The couch on the right is the new one. The one on the left we got back in August. When the store had another sale, I just took my paperwork and said I wanted another one of those. Easy sale for the store, huh?

We really like this couch, though. The sides recline (electronically!). Very comfortable. And now we have room for everyone!

So… What was the last piece of furniture you bought? Anything good?

Happy Monday.

Stacy

Friday, March 15, 2019

Literary Love: Authors Rock Savannah

Today I’m using my blog to tell you about a reader/author convention happening this summer (July 25-28) in Savannah, Georgia, that I will be attending. It’s called Literary Love: Authors Rock Savannah. There are panels, parties, meals with authors, an awesome Faerie Ball, and two book signings. It’s a great opportunity to get to know so many authors. Over 80 authors are attending featuring multiple genres.

Get your Ticket HERE.

Once you register for the event, the portal for the deal on the hotel (which is on the riverfront!) will be sent to you.

Then head on over to Facebook and join the Attendee Group HERE.  Don’t miss out on all the fun!

The FULL EVENT ticket includes:

• 4 meals: First Date Breakfast on Friday, Paranormal Lunch on Friday, First in a Series Brunch on Saturday, Faerie Ball On Saturday evening.
• Access to 2 signings and the Welcome Open bar
• Welcome Bag with a tower of Freebie books
• Access to ALL parties and panels (starting Thursday, Most parties and events are over by 5pm on Friday, with the Dance party later that night, and the Erotic Trivia as well)
• Access to the Blind Date Book Room
• Ability to reserve tattoo time
• Ability to make a Corset fitting reservation
• Access to the Charity Gift baskets room

If you’ve ever wanted to spend some time with authors, this is the place to do it.

So… Have you ever been to a book convention? They can be overwhelming at times (to this introvert), but they are so much fun. I’m really looking forward to going to this one.

Happy Friday!

Stacy

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wednesday Reads

I almost didn’t have something to post. The book I was reading wasn’t doing it for me, so I found something else that did. Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #14

Dates read: March 10-12
Title: Prisoner of Night
Year of publication: 2019
Author: J.R. Ward
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood #16.5
# of Pages: 201
Paper or plastic: Nook
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Goodreads: When Ahmare’s brother is abducted, there is nothing she won’t do to get him back safely. She is unprepared, however, for the lengths she will have to go to save his life. Paired with a dangerous but enticing prisoner, she embarks on an odyssey into another world.
    Duran, betrayed by his father, imprisoned in a dungeon for decades, has survived only because of his thirst for vengeance. He has been biding his time to escape and is shocked to find an unlikely and temporary freedom in the form of a determined young female.
    Battling against deadly forces and facing unforeseen peril, the pair are in a race to save Ahmare’s brother. As time runs out, and the unthinkable looms, even true love may not be enough to carry them through.
My thoughts: This is not a Black Dagger Brotherhood story. It is set in the world, which most of her novellas (although this was more like a novel) in this series are. The characters are unknown to her dedicated readers. Did that bother me? Not in the least. It was a fix I really needed after some difficult readings, and I breezed through it. It was good writing, good story-telling, and I’m content.

I’m hoping this break will help me get back into the other book I was reading. I do want to finish it, if just to see how it ends.

So… Have you had to take a break during a read? Did you go back to it? How’d that turn out?

Happy Reading!

Stacy