Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Reading Update and Release Day!

It’s no April Fool. It’s finally here: release day! Finding the Perfect Mate is out in the world, waiting for you to read.

Since there was a delay getting the book to Google Play, I’ve decided the pre-order price of $2.99 for the e-book will remain until April 30th. That way everyone has a chance at the sale price.

You can get your copy at one of these vendors:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble 
Kobo
Apple
Smashwords
Google Play 

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #13

Dates read: March 20-27
Title: The Dark Corners of the Night
Year of publication: 2020
Author: Meg Gardiner
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Series: UNSUB Series #3
# of Pages: 337
Paper or plastic: Hardback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Book:. He appears in the darkness like a ghost, made of shadows and fear—the Midnight Man. He comes for the parents but leaves the children alive, tiny witnesses to unspeakable horror. The bedroom communities of Los Angeles are gripped with dread, and the attacks are escalating.
    Still reeling from her best friend’s close call in a bombing six months ago, FBI behavioral analyst Caitlin Hendrix has come to Los Angeles to assist in the Midnight Man investigation and do what she does best—hunt a serial killer. Her work is what keeps her going, but something about this UNSUB—unknown subject—doesn’t sit right. She soon realizes that this case will test not only her skills but also her dedication, for within the heart of a killer lives a secret that mirrors Caitlin’s own past. Hesitancy is not an option, but will she be able to do what must be done if the time comes?
My thoughts: You don’t need to have read the other books in this series to enjoy this one, but hey, you might as well read them first. Especially if you love edge-of-your-seat suspense. Definitely recommend.

So… What exciting thing are you doing today?

Happy Reading and Happy Release Day to Me!

Stacy

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Reading and Other Updates

I did it! Finding the Perfect Mate has been uploaded to all my vendors so if you pre-ordered a copy, you will get it on April 1. And I decided to keep the e-book pre-order price of $2.99 through April 30th, mainly because I was soooooo late in getting it uploaded to Google Play.

Also due to this stupid virus.

I also got the paperback version uploaded. Amazon is already showing it for sale, but delivery will occur after the 1st. I expect the paperback to show up at B&N and Books and Company (on line) sometime next week (if I’m lucky).

It was nerve-wracking there for a bit, but it’s all behind me now. Yay!

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #12

Dates read: March 14-20
Title: An Extraordinary Union
Year of publication: 2017
Author: Alyssa Cole
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Loyal League Series #1
# of Pages: 252
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Book:. As the Civil War rages between the states, a courageous pair of spies plunge fearlessly into a maelstrom of ignorance, deceit, and danger, combining their unique skills to alter the course of history and break the chains of the past…
    Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the South—to spy for the Union Army.
    Malcolm McCall is a detective for Pinkerton’s Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but he’s facing his deadliest mission yet—risking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia.
    Two undercover agents who share a common cause—and an undeniable attraction—Malcolm and Elle join forces when they discover a plot that could turn the tide of the war in the Confederacy’s favor. Caught in a tightening web of wartime intrigue, and fighting a fiery and forbidden love, Malcolm and Elle must make their boldest move to preserve the Union at any cost—even if it means losing each other…
My thoughts: I’ve said before I wasn’t a fan of historical romances, but what I really mean is the British historical. American historical is a whole nother puppy! I loved this book. There was so much danger going on, too! Kept me riveted. I will certainly pick up the next in the series and recommend it for any historical romance lover. Actually, for any romantic suspense lover!

So … What’s been keeping you busy lately?

Happy Reading and wash your hands!

Stacy

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

I Was a Guest Blogger

I wrote a post over on Delilah Devlin's blog about visiting Russia without ever leaving my house (that's because I was crazy enough to write a book set in that country!). It was posted yesterday. Here's a link to go check it out:

https://www.delilahdevlin.com/blog/2020/03/23/stacy-mckitrick-how-i-visited-a-country-without-leaving-my-house-free-read/

Only 1 week + 1  day until Finding the Perfect Mate releases! Although, the way Amazon works, you can order the paperback now, it just won't be delivered until after the 1st. I'm still having issues with Smashwords (which feeds into Kobo and Apple), so send some positive vibes that I get it all worked out in time.

I really hate it when they change the way they want files. I've never had problems before, so of course when I'm on a tight deadline, I run into problems. Ain't that the way it usually goes?

Ugh.

At least it looks to be a decent day outside today. Might actually take a walk. I miss walking, and luckily I'm still allowed to do that in Ohio.

So … You got any plans today?


Stacy



Friday, March 20, 2020

What Day is it?

I don’t know about you, but I’m losing track of days. It was easy when Hubby went to work. Now that he and our daughter are here all the time, I’m losing track. Maybe I should write what day it is on the white board. J

Daughter and I were supposed to leave for Vegas today. I was so excited for this trip when we made the plane reservations back in January. And the room reservations in February. And when we bought our tickets to the hockey games. So excited!

Now I’m bummed.

Hubby and I are supposed to go on our Transatlantic cruise in June. Take a European land tour after. Vacation all June long. Now I’m wondering if even that trip will go, or which part will get cancelled and we’re unable to make the other part.

What a mess.

I submitted my flight cancellation through Travelocity on the 12th or 13th after Daughter decided to cancel our Vegas trip. After I hit submit, a box popped up and said I’d hear back from someone in five days, but I never got any email confirmation the cancellation was received. I waited more than five days and still… nothing. So I called the number on Wednesday (since the flight was now less than 7 days away) and got cut off. Then the number wasn’t working. Tried again yesterday, same thing. I checked the website and it says the flight is still a go. Really? I tried their virtual chat—what a joke! I really hate those virtual chat rooms. They can NEVER help you. I went over to the FB page and finally found (in the comments) an e-mail address I could try (because heaven forbid Travelocity lists that on their website). At least I got a bot to respond to my email saying I’ll hear back in 48 hours. I probably won’t but at least I have SOMETHING! I’d really like to get some of my money back (or at least credit toward another flight).

So … today is Friday, right? I was going to post this last night, but finally (FINALLY) got the edits back for Finding the Perfect Mate and spent all day reading over the book (again) to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Now it’s in my formatter’s hands (that would be Hubby). I have to upload that book on Smashwords by Saturday to meet the pre-order date. I have a few extra days to upload on KDP and B&N, but man, it’s been stressful (and I can’t even blame the virus for this). I’ll be so happy when I finally upload the book and don’t have to worry about it any longer.

I think the next time I’m not going to set a pre-order date when I don’t have the book ready to upload. It’s too stressful. I need less stress in my life.

So… are you losing track of days? Finding life to be a little more stressful now? Maybe it’s a good thing my cardiologist put me on blood pressure medicine!

Happy Friday and keep your distance!

Stacy

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Reading Update and No Symptoms ... Yet

When the coronavirus keeps you indoors, you tend to read more. Well, at least I do.

I’m also still writing, so that’s good. I was afraid my mind would be elsewhere, but it seems to be in my story, which is almost finished. I hope.

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #11

Dates read: March 9-14
Title: The Unknown
Year of publication: 2019
Author: Brett Battles
Genre: Suspense
Series: Jonathan Quinn #14
# of Pages: 438
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Book:. A snowy night. A train making its way through the mountains of Austria. Asleep in one of the private compartment is a very important passenger, a scientist who has created something others desperately want. Precautions have been taken to ensure the man’s safe passage, but even with a highly skilled bodyguard onboard, the trip does not go as planned. When the scientist vanishes, Jonathan Quinn and his team are sent in to locate him before the secrets in the man’s head can be extracted. Because if that happens, the world would change forever.
My thoughts: Very suspenseful. I had a hard time putting this book down. I’m becoming to really like Jar, too. I hope she shows up in future books.

So far we’re doing fine. No signs of any sickness, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed it remains that way. I did go to the store (commissary) on Monday since I was on base to pick up my pills anyway, but haven’t left the house since then. We had an appointment for later today, which we were told was now being conducted by phone (yay!). But man, I don’t see how businesses can stay in business during all this (my daughter even got laid off). I sure hope two weeks is enough. I don’t know if the economy can handle much more.

But hey, if the economy tanking is the worst that happens, I'll take it. It's better than death. This virus scares the crap out of me and I do NOT want to catch it.

Now, if the weather would only cooperate. I’d love to go out and take a walk, but it’s either too cold or too rainy. Boo hiss!

Happy Reading and wash your hands!

Stacy

Monday, March 16, 2020

Making Changes due to Coronavirus

Saturday Hubby and I went to Bob Evans for breakfast like we do every weekend. Place was practically deserted. Yesterday morning, we did the same. We also made a decision: this would be the last breakfast out in awhile.

Little did we know that this decision would also be made for us.

Last night we went out to the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. We had FREE cheesecake coupons that expire on the 31st and originally we were going to be gone the following weekend and my son and daughter-in-law are gone the last weekend in March. She likes going there for her birthday (which is in April) and we always get the gift cards at Christmas because they give away free cheesecake coupons. Win-win, right? The way things went, I’m glad we celebrated her birthday early.

Because while we were at the restaurant, the governor declared all restaurants and bars will be closed starting at 9pm and would only remain open for take-out or drive-thru orders.

Man, did we time that party or what?

If Hubby and I do eat out again, we can only get the food to go, or we’ll get Daughter to pickup and bring over (especially if she’s joining us). I do have some food in the house (for once!), and I’ll make one more swing at the commissary today, since I have to go to the base to pick up my medication. I’m kind of curious to see how empty that place is. If it’s even open. It might not be.

I feel like we’re preparing for a huge snow storm. And funny thing is, it did snow Saturday. Got about an inch, which thankfully only stuck to the grass and cars; the roads were clear. I’m still waiting for spring to show up early. Yeah, that groundhog was full of it, wasn’t he? Haha!

It’s a good thing that Hubby and I don’t mind being homebodies. Oh sure, we love to cruise, but we spend a lot of that time doing nothing but reading or writing. At least on the sea days. So I’ll just pretend we’re on several sea days where we can’t go anywhere.

The only bad thing? I have to cook! Oh well, can’t have everything, huh?

So … Are you keeping to yourself more often now or is life the same as usual? I suppose if you’re forced to go to work, it would be the same as usual.

Happy Monday and be safe!

Stacy

Friday, March 13, 2020

Happy (?) Friday the 13th

I’m beginning to think this year is one big Friday the 13th. It’s certainly not a very good year so far.

Guess I didn’t need to worry about my trip to Las Vegas. Since the NHL has suspended the rest of the season (so we didn’t even get to go to the Pens game last night), there wasn’t any reason to go to Las Vegas, so we cancelled.

Actually, I wasn’t going to go anyway. I didn’t trust I wouldn’t get the disease at the airport and Hubby cannot be exposed (his immune system has been compromised, and technically so has mine, from cancer). So I’m glad the NHL made it easier to tell my daughter. I really didn’t want to be the one to disappoint her.

Luckily, I was able to get a refund on the room. Still working on the plane tickets, though. Travelocity is having phone issues (I wonder why). Even if I have to pay a cancellation fee, I’ll be happy to get most of my money back (those tickets were stupidly expensive).

My daughter was also able to get a refund on the Grand Canyon trip. The only issue in limbo is getting refund on the games.

Since the season is suspended, the games could just be postponed to another date. If that becomes the case, we’ll have to see if we can sell our tickets. I won’t hold my breath that we’ll get our money back.

But hey, if the Pens-CBJ game is postponed to a later date, at least we’ll be able to go (as long as we don’t have other obligations!).

Hubby is now working from home indefinitely (for both his night teaching job and his day job). We still go out to dinner but even that may end up being curtailed (I’m actually stocking up the freezer with food!), especially if anyone in the area becomes infected.

This disease really sucks. I’m hoping we’re all overreacting, but doubt we are.

So … how has this disease disrupted your life?

Happy Friday!

Stacy

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Reading Update, Hockey, and Coronavirus

I have plans to go to Las Vegas later this month with my daughter (and her friend) to celebrate her birthday (which isn’t until April, but … hockey). We have tickets to three Vegas Golden Knight games while we’re there (the last three of the regular season). We’ve paid for the flight. We’ve paid for the room. And we’ve paid for the games. We’ve even paid for a trip to see the Grand Canyon while we’re there.

But I just read that the San Jose Sharks are considering closing their arena for their last games due to the coronavirus. That they would play without an audience. If Vegas decides to do the same thing, I don’t know what we’ll do. Do we still go? I’m sure we won’t be able to get our money back on anything, not even the hockey tickets since they were re-sells.

This really sucks!

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #9

Dates read: February 26-March 4
Title: The Shape of Night
Year of publication: 2019
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Genre: Suspense/Horror
Series: N/A
# of Pages: 268
Paper or plastic: Hardback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Book:. After an unspeakable tragedy in Boston, Ava Collette flees to a remote village in Maine, where she rents an old house named Brodie’s Watch.
    In that isolated seaside mansion, Ava finally feels at peace … until she glimpses the long-dead sea captain who still resides there.
    Rumor has it that Captain Jeremiah Brodie has haunted the house for more than a century. One night, Ava confronts the apparition, who feels all to real, and who welcomes her into his world—and into his arms. Even as Ava questions her own sanity, she eagerly looks forward to the captain’s ghostly visits. But she soon learns that the house she loves comes with a terrible secret, a secret that those in the village don’t want to reveal: Every woman who has ever lived in Brodie’s Watch has also died there. Is the ghost of Captain Brodie responsible, or is a flesh-and-blood killer at work? A killer who is even now circling closer to Ava?
My thoughts: This was a strange book. Kind of like a horror. Kind of suspenseful. But it was kind of sexual (sensual?) too. It’s written in first person present tense, which I didn’t care for. I read it because I like this author, but this is not one of my favorite stories of hers.

Book #10

Dates read: March 5-8
Title: The Damaged
Year of publication: 2019
Author: Brett Battles
Genre: Suspense
Series: Jonathan Quinn #13
# of Pages: 221
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Book:. Jonathan Quinn is the best at what he does: making bodies disappear. Within the espionage world, his reputation is impeccable.
    There was a time, thought, when that reputation was still being built under his mentor, Durrie. A time when the very man who had taught Quinn all he knew could have derailed the young cleaner’s future.
    Fifteen years ago, Quinn was offered a job. On the surface, a straightforward mission to stop a terrorist. But the client gave Quinn the additional task of taking on Durrie as his number two, as a last chance for the veteran agent to be rehabilitated.
    Durrie had been on a downward spiral, going from being a highly respected operative to an unreliable has-been. These changes threatened to destroy everything—not only in Quinn’s life, but Orlando’s, too. She was Durrie’s girlfriend, and Quinn’s best friend.
    Both she and Quinn were desperate to help Durrie return to the person he once was. They hoped this job would be the answer. Durrie had other plans.
My thoughts: I really love this series (and it’s not even romance—go figure!). Once I open the books, I just have a horrible time putting them down. And it appears this book took the series in an unexpected direction. I’m digging into the next one now!

So … Should sporting events play without an audience? I can’t imagine it would be very motivating for the home team. This Thursday we’ll be going to Columbus to watch the Penguins beat the Blue Jackets (I’m being positive here, not only for the game to go on, but for us to win). I’m curious how many people will stay away. The governor suggests we don’t go (because of large crowds), but we will. I’m hoping the odds are in our favor of not getting sick. Heck, the airport scares me more than the arena does. Go figure, huh?

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Reading & Writing Update

Writing is going well. I think I might have figured out who the killer is. This is the first book I’ve written where I didn’t have a clear sense of who it could be when I started it. I’m just hoping that the reader doesn’t figure it out since it’s taken me so long to. Of course, I could end up changing my mind again. Anything can happen until I publish the thing!

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #8

Dates read: February 19-25
Title: Abandoned
Year of publication: 2018
Author: Allison Brennan
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Series: Max Revere #5
# of Pages: 412
Paper or plastic: Mass market paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Book:. Investigative reporter Max Revere has cracked many cases. But the one she’s never attempted to solve is a mystery from her own past. Max’s mother abandoned her when she was nine—sending her periodic postcards, but never returning to reclaim her daughter. Seven years after the mail stopped coming, Martha Revere was declared legally dead, with no sign of what might have happened to her … until now.
    With a single clue—the disappearance of Martha’s car in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay—Max drops everything to finally seek the truth. As details of Martha’s story come to life, and Max learns about her involvement with a dangerous con artist, a whole new world of secrets and lies begins to unfold. But as Max digs deeper into the heart of this seemingly idyllic community, she risks coming face to face with a dark enemy—and meeting the same fate as her mother.
My thoughts: Oooh, such a good read. I like this series a lot, but if it ended (because I don’t see any sign of a book 6), this would be a fitting end. I hope it hasn’t ended, though. I like reading about Max.

Sometimes I think I need to start reading FASTER! Not because of any goal I’ve set, but because all my favorites seem to have releases at the same time! So many books! I want to read them all!!!!

So … How many books do you have waiting to be read? I’ve got a bookcase full. I think I have a real problem.

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Reading Update and Watching TV

Seems like my blogging is down to reading updates only. So, maybe I’ll spice it up a bit.

The Penguins won last night! Yay! I wish I could see all the games on TV, but then I’d never get any other TV watched. I know, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Right now Hubby and I are watching Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery on DVD (since we’re all caught up on the network shows). And I’m watching Season 4 of The X Files on DVD. My son and I finished Season 5 of American Horror Story: Roanoke Nightmare (I think that was the name) last Wednesday. That was a strange one (not that they aren’t all strange). We’ll probably start on Season 6 tonight. Or watch a movie. I’ll let him choose (he comes over every Wednesday night, ain’t he great?).

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #6

Dates read: January 23-February 12
Title: White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Year of publication: 2018
Author: Robin DiAngelo
Genre: Non-fiction
Series:  N/A
# of Pages: 154
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Library
Blurb from Book:. Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what can be done to engage more constructively.
My thoughts: This was an eye-opener and I feel it is required reading for every white person. At least those white people who are open to being a better white person. Unfortunately, the white people who NEED to read this won’t. Which, sadly, is a big problem with our country.

Book #7

Dates read: February 8-18
Title: Demons are Forever
Year of publication: 2018
Author: A.E. Jones
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: The Realm #3
# of Pages: 245
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Purchased from author
Blurb from Book:. Sergei Chesnokov is one lost demon. Born an anomaly—a demon without powers—he has alienated himself from his family, traveling the world as a photographer, observing life from behind his camera lens.
    Summoned to the demon realm by his grandmother, Sergei must face a family he hasn’t seen in years. He also meets Lela, whose energy is so strong that others siphon it from her to boost their powers, leaving her sick and vulnerable. Sergei is the only demon she’s met who can’t hurt her. Felling safe for the first time in her life, Lela accepts his friendship.
    However, Sergei quickly realizes friendship is not enough. And he’s finally found a purpose—protecting Lela from those who would harm her. But what happens when he might be part of the problem…since he’s not as powerless as he first thought. Can he walk away from her to keep her safe?
My thoughts: This was an interesting end to the trilogy. The story overlaps a bit in the beginning, but not as much as it did in #2. If you’re looking for a light, easy, paranormal read (with a bit of humor), this series will do the trick.

So … Do you watch series on DVD or on the streaming services? I can’t always find what I want to watch on the streaming services, so I’ll stick with the DVDs for now. Plus, I like having a library!

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Reading Update

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #5

Dates read: January 29-February 7
Title: Eris
Year of publication: 2010
Author: D. Renee Bagby
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series:  Eternal Truths Book 1
# of Pages: 462
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Purchased from author
Blurb from Book:. Immortals Lucien and Ranulf have survived to see the modern era to be with the woman they both love once more. Equally anticipating and dreading the reunion, they’ve vowed to let her decide which of them she wants to be with. But are they prepared to let one woman end a friendship that has lasted centuries?
    Eris has just started her dream assignment. She’s not looking for an office romance, but her new bosses aren’t making it easy for her to avoid it. And right when she gives in to their joint seduction, she ends up tossed back in time to the medieval era where the men she loves have no clue who she is. What’s worse, they think she’s the enemy.
    The Lucien and Ranulf of the past are rough and dangerous. Eris is doing everything she can to survive them while searching for a way back to her time. But returning home means confronting an undeniable truth, one that could end their relationship forever. It’s up to her to decide if her heart is strong enough to handle the love of two men and the reality of their enchanted existence.
My thoughts: This was an entertaining time travel romance with some m/m/f action. Although there isn’t as many sex scenes as I expected (and no men on men), the scenes that are there are steamy. Yeah, the pacing was a little on the slow side (in the beginning), but I enjoyed getting to know the characters. This says Book 1, but it’s pretty much wrapped up (no cliff-hangers). There is no Book 2 and I don’t know if there will ever be, since this was released ten years ago.

So ... What are you reading now? Besides reading a paranormal romance, I'm also reading White Fragility with my chapter. I'm finding that very interesting (and eye-opening).

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Reading Update and Vegas, Baby!

I’m going to Las Vegas! My daughter wants to celebrate her 35th birthday there, so she can attend the last three games of the Vegas Golden Knight’s home games (that’s hockey for those of you who don’t know). We have the plane tickets and the hotel room (staying at Excalibur). Still need the hockey tickets, but we’re waiting to find out how many people are coming. So far it’s just three of us (me, her, and her friend). And we might even take a trip to the Grand Canyon. Should be fun!

It’s hard to believe she’s turning 35, though. She’s my baby!!!

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #4

Dates read: January 20-28
Title: The Library of the Unwritten
Year of publication: 2019
Author: A.J. Hackwith
Genre: Fantasy
Series:  Hell’s Library #1
# of Pages: 372
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Library
Blurb from Book:. Many years ago, Claire was named head librarian of the Unwritten Wing—a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters and escaping the Library. When a hero escapes from his book and goes in search of its author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and the nervous and sweet demon Leto.
    But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong when the terrifying angel Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil’s Bible. The text of the Devil’s Bible is a weapon in the power struggle between Heaven and Hell, so it falls to the librarians to find a book with the ability to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell … and Earth.
My thoughts: A friend recommended this book, said it was something I might enjoy. She wasn’t wrong. I enjoyed this immensely (and it doesn’t even have romance!). I look forward to the next in the series (no, this does not end on any kind of cliffhanger), which doesn’t come out until October. Boo.

My writing is still going well. Ideas are still flowing. I might actually figure out whodunnit, too! Yeah, I still don’t know who killed my ghost. That should be a good thing, right? If I don’t know, the reader shouldn’t be able to figure it out, either. Right? Haha!

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Reading Update

I am back to working on the first draft of Ghostly Protector. Feels pretty good, too. I hope the words continue to flow. Until I get the next round of edits back on Finding the Perfect Mate. Then who knows! Although, it helps that the holidays are behind me and life has slowed down. A lot.

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #3

Dates read: January 12-19
Title: Immortal Born
Year of publication: 2019
Author: Lynsay Sands
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series:  Argeneau Vampire Series #30
# of Pages: 377
Paper or plastic: Mass market paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Book:. A simple promise to protect her friend’s infant son has turned Allie Chambers’ existence upside down. Caring for—and feeding—an orphaned vampire baby has been tricky enough. But as little Liam grows, so does his appetite. He needs more blood than she can personally supply. And when her attempts to steal from a blood bank go awry, Allie wakes up surrounded by doctors, cops … and the gorgeous, mesmerizing Magnus, who she can neither trust nor resist.
    Magnus never expected to find his life mate breaking into a blood bank. Clearly, Allie is already entwined with his world—in deeper, more dangerous ways than she realizes. A band of vicious rogue immortals is in pursuit, and Magnus’ first task is to keep her safe. His second: to awaken her to mind-blowing pleasure, and hope she’ll accept the life, and the passion, that only he can offer.
My thoughts: Still loving this series, even 30 books long! This one features a lot of couples from previous books. Was kind of nice to get caught up in their lives.

So … Has life gotten back to normal for you? And what is normal anyway? A lack of holidays? A lack of vacations? I’d much rather have holidays and vacations be normal. Wouldn’t you?

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Reading Update and Blog Appearance

My friend, Jeanne, interviewed me over at Eight LadiesWriting. She also had some WONDERFUL things to say about Biting the Curse. Go check it out at: https://eightladieswriting.com/2020/01/14/jeanne-interview-with-stacy-mckitrick-2/

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #2

Dates read: January 6-11
Title: Where Winter Finds You
Year of publication: 2019
Author: J.R. Ward
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood #17.5
# of Pages: 445
Paper or plastic: Mass market paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Book:. When Trez lost his beloved to a tragic death, his soul was crushed and his destiny relegated to suffering. But then he meets a mysterious female, and he is convinced his true love has been reincarnated. Is he right? Or has grief created a disastrous delusion?
    Therese has come to Caldwell to escape a rift with her bloodline. The revelation that she was adopted and not born into her family shakes the foundations of her identity, and she is determined to make it on her own. Her attraction to Trez is not what she’s looking for except the sexy Shadow proves to be irresistible.
    Has fate provided a grieving widower with a second chance … or is Trez too blinded by the past to see the present clearly? In this sensual, arresting story of redemption and self-discovery, two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads, where the heart may be the only compass that can be trusted …
My thoughts: Only J.R. Ward would call a 400+ book a novella. I would have said it’s a whole novel, and it’s a really good novel, too. I like how she corrected the huge mistake many readers claim she made in Trez’s first story (#13, The Shadows). I mean, you just don’t kill off the heroine! But she’s redeemed herself in this book. At least, for me. And I’m so happy for Trez!

I’m almost finished with the edits to Finding the Perfect Mate. Then it goes back to my editor to make sure I didn’t screw anything else up! After she gets another read and I fix it again (if there’s anything to fix), then it’s on to my copy editor (i.e. daughter). I may actually get this book ready before release day. Which is April 1st, in case you forgot. It’s on preorder now at a reduced price of $2.99 (after April 1 it goes up to $4.99). You can order it here:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081TM9KC1

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/finding-the-perfect-mate-stacy-mckitrick/1135043124?ean=2940163189878

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/finding-the-perfect-mate

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/finding-the-perfect-mate/id1488836101

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/992009

So … Have you set any reading goals this year? I set the bar low this year: 50. I read 57 books in both 2019 and 2018, so I figure it’s doable.

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, January 13, 2020

Pictures from my Hawaiian Cruise

It’s a miracle! I finally got around to uploading the pictures from my phone to my laptop. And I’m blogging on a day other than Wednesday. How about that?

The cruise from San Diego to Hawaii and back was absolutely WONDERFUL. We weren’t sure how we would handle a 14-day cruise (and we have 16-day and 17-day cruises already booked). Or how we would handle 4 sea days. Well, we handled them just fine!

In fact, I really loved the long sea days. So relaxing. I’m so lucky Hubby enjoys cruising. It really is the best vacation.

Anyway, here are some of the pictures I took. Hope they aren’t too boring for you. And as usual, if you click on the photo, it should enlarge for you to see it better.


We left San Diego around 5pm. This was our view of the port from our room.

Honolulu greeted us with a rainbow!

Hubby and I drove up to the North Shore, hoping to see the surfing competition. It was really windy, and threatening to rain, so not much was going on. But man, the waves were crazy.

On the ship, they brought in some local talent and put on a show for us. The next few pictures are from that show. They were featuring the different peoples in the Pacific. It was very entertaining and I'm glad we were able to see it (since we were still in port!).





Maui also greeted us with a rainbow. We saw lots of rainbows on this cruise.

On Maui we took an excursion to see some waterfalls. Didn't realize how remote most of them were and I couldn't walk down with everyone else. Well, I could have walked down, just wasn't sure I'd be able to walk back up!

Another waterfall I couldn't venture to (or rather, didn't want to wade through the creek to get there). I'll say one thing, Hawaii may not have snakes, but they sure have mosquitoes! I got eaten alive!

Lots of waterfalls, so couldn't complain about that.

Our Maui guide showed us a neat trick on how to take this picture. Put it on panoramic and scan upward instead of across. Turned out really cool, don't you think?

Still in Maui! Scenic shot on our way back to the ship.

Some kite surfers in Maui. There were a lot of them there, too! Pretty neat. They have to learn how to use the kite before they can surf with it, though.

Our third stop was in Kona (on the big island). It's very dry on this side of the island (they only get about 10-12 inches of rain a year, compared to the 300 inches Hilo gets). Lots of lava, though. Hawaii is the youngest and largest of the islands, and it's still growing.

Lava rock on the black and white sand beach.

Our excursion was supposed to take us to a black sand beach, but instead they had to change it to the Cloud Forest (don't know why). Top soil is only about six inches deep, so the roots get more nutrients on top of the soil and in the air (since the mountains are usually in cloud cover).

Hilo greeted us with a rainbow, too!

Our excursion took us to one of the many lava tubes on the island. We were told if you cut the island in half, it would resemble swiss cheese.

Lots of waterfalls in Hawaii. At least I didn't have to hike to this one!

Our guide spotted these turtles from the road (she has some awesome eyesight!). There are three in this shot, sunning themselves. By the time we left the area, seven turtles had perched on the rocks.

I finally got to see a black sand beach in Hilo! I never realized how black sand was created. I thought it was just like how regular sand was created, by the water hitting the rocks. Nope. Lava that flowed down and hit the cold water exploded and created the sand. I found that fascinating.

And here's some of that black sand up close. Couldn't take any with me, though. It's illegal to take any off the island. It's not even bottled (like the pink sand was in Bermuda). Too bad. I would have liked to have some as a souvenir.

So … Have you ever been to Hawaii? I think I could spend a month there and not get enough.

Happy Monday!

Stacy

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Reading Update and Blogging in General

Well, I’m back home and my reading has slowed again. So has my posting, apparently. Ha!

I’m debating on whether or not to keep blogging as it is. Or at least rethink what I want my blog to do. Could it be blogging is just plain dying? I went through the list of blogs I follow (over there on the sidebar) and was surprised at how many were gone. And how many haven’t been active in FOUR YEARS! I guess everyone is over on Facebook or Twitter or even Instagram. I’m learning how to use Instagram now, but do I want to give up my blog? That is an answer I need to make, probably sometime this year. Kind of silly to be blogging if no one is reading.

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #1

Dates read: December 22 – January 3
Title: The Haunting of a Duke
Year of publication: 2016
Author: Chasity Bowlin
Genre: Historical romance
Series:  The Dark Regency Series, Book One
# of Pages: 220
Paper or plastic: Nook
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Goodreads:. Facing danger from both sides of the grave, will two souls merge to find a love that conquers all?
    Communing with spirits has been both gift and curse to Emme Walters. Now it's made her a killer's target. Emme knows why the Dowager Duchess of Briarleigh invited her to a house party—to investigate whether the duke, Rhys Brammel, murdered his wife years ago. But Emme never imagined she would fall in love with the brooding duke.
    Branded by society as a possible killer, Rhys is suspicious of Emme and her alleged "gift." Then a late night encounter creates awareness of her other, more attractive, aspects. When Emme's life is threatened, Rhys becomes her protector.
    Emme and Rhys find passion and peril as they join forces to solve the mysteries at Briarleigh. She made him believe in spirits, but can she make him believe in love?
My thoughts: I started reading this book a year or two ago and stopped because the head-hopping was getting to me. Because, frankly, there is waaaaay too much of it going on in this novel for my tastes. But, I really wanted to read about the story, so I put that distaste in a corner and just read it for the story. And I enjoyed the story. Enjoyed the little twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. Still hated the head-hopping, which it made it hard for ME to really get into the character’s head. But if that kind of stuff doesn’t bother you, and you like to read stories with ghosts, then you’ll probably enjoy this way more than I did. FYI: my Nook version had some formatting mistakes (Chapters 13 and 16 were the same and there were two identical Epilogues), but I’ve been told these have been corrected when formatted for Kindle Unlimited (which is the only way you can get this book now).

So … Why do you blog? Why do you read blogs? I read blogs because I felt connected to someone (writing can be very isolating) or because I was learning how to be a better writer. Most of the writing blogs have gone away, though (at least the ones I followed). And even those blogs I read for fun are dwindling. Because, let’s face it: blogging is HARD. It’s hard to come up with something to blog about. Well … at least it is for me.

Happy Reading!

Stacy