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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Old dogs, new books

I got a new dog for Christmas!

Well, she's a new old dog, really. Morgan is my son Jordon's pup and she's come to stay at my house before, so she knows her way around. A boxer, she has the funniest expressions! She's 12 and has a pretty saucy and sweet personality.

Morgan, AKA "The Morganator"

Ewok, my little 14 year old poodle Shih Tzu mix isn't terribly thrilled, but they have been sisters before and they get along well.

Also, I've got a new book out! Solstice Publishing released my third title in the Wysteria Hedge Haven witch sisters saga, "Witch Tease."



It's a fun, romantic adventure about Elizabeth "Lizzie" Rose, the oldest of the seven sisters. She and her former flame, Kincaid McAllister, need to send a swarm of Scottish banshees packing in order to save her clan.

It just so happens that Kincaid is also part wulver, and when the need arises, he can transform into a wolf. At many points during their travels in the Faery Realm, his ability comes in handy. Yes, this is a fantasy romance, but sometimes isn't it great fun to set aside the realities of life and allow some magic into our worlds?

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy reading my work.



Tuesday, December 3, 2019

They Feel Alone, latest book release from K.C. Sprayberry


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0826VTQDX/


Welcome to K.C. Sprayberry who is going to share information about her latest fabulous release. You will be entertained from the beginning to the end of this book, available in print and e-format!

"They Feel Alone" K.C. Sprayberry

Memories of the past and present take Cali Hinton on a special journey of discovery. She needs to release the past and reconcile with the present.

Dex Marino sees a woman and remembers her as a teenager. He has plans to renew their relationship, even if she isn’t willing.

Brad Mason still grieves the loss of his wife and child on 9/11. After meeting Cali, he learns how to release the sadness.

The holidays often bring the saddest of memories. Can Cali stop a predator from her past and prove her worth to her family? Will Dex understand the girl he nearly destroyed can no longer be conquered? Will Brad discover the magic of this special woman?             Click for Book Trailer 
  
About K.C. Sprayberry
  
“I have a secret… a very special secret. Perhaps you’ve heard this one before… from the time I was a child, I wanted to write stories for people to read. “ K.C. Sprayberry

Former California native, K.C. Sprayberry traveled the U.S. and Europe before finally settling in the mountains of Northwest Georgia. She’s been married to her soulmate for more than a quarter of a century and they enjoy spoiling their grandchildren along with many other activities.

Inspiration strikes at the weirdest times and drives her to grab notebook and pen to jot down her ideas. Those close to her swear nothing or no one is safe if she’s smiling gently in a corner and watching those in the same room interact. Her observations have often given her ideas for her next story, set not only in the South but wherever the characters demand they settle.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Who's the dishwasher whisperer in your house?

It was recently brought to my attention that I'm a fool when it comes to loading my dishwasher.

According to the hubs, there is a right and a wrong way to load and unload the contraption.

Since I am the inquisitive type, I Googled it. Rest easy, sports fans--there are YouTube tutorials!
God bless America, I'm saved from the dark side.

There are right and wrong ways to load. Really? Like, I've been doing it all wrong for 40 years? Be still my heart.

I'll share a few tips:

Todays dishwashers don't require a pre rinse, so they say. With no food particles on dishes, soap attacks the items, leaving spots on glasses and cracks on plates.

I beg to differ--I still like to rinse off the gunk.

The top rack is for glasses, soup bowls and large utensils. The bottom rack is for plates, (facing toward center) then pots and pans. Place knives down in the silverware baskets, so no one gets an ouchie whilst unloading, which is another topic.

For unloading, start with the bottom rack first and sort items as you go (no kidding?) Supposedly the proper loading of a dishwasher makes it easier for the proper unloading. Wow, I have chills running up and down my spine!

Well, now I have received an education about the proper way to work with a dishwasher. News flash--Mom handled the task without a tutorial or without my hubs griping at her.

Since my sisters and I learned from Mom, with her guidance, we instinctively knew the right way from the wrong way.

Regardless of my recent dishwasher education, hubs still likes to give me crap about how I conduct DW duty.

Guess who does the job now?

You got it! Hubs has been ordained Head Dishwasher Guru. He's retired, so he's got the time--plus, he does the job brilliantly.

Am I right?


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Steve Jobs, classroom success!

Today, I saw a short article about entepreneur Steve Jobs that made me stop and ponder what exactly drives people to achieve their dreams.

Jobs had very supportive parents. His mother taught him to read at an early age and he became bored in school, therefore, he said he became the terror of his classroom. He credited his fourth-grade teacher with understanding him and setting him on a pathway of learning.

His expectations were high and he challenged himself, along with those around him, to dream big and work hard to achieve. An inspirational man, he  learned about the world by questioning and exploring his interests.

Jobs was born in February, 1955. His family and the world lost him in October, 2011.

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something--your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."  --Steve Jobs

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

What dogs think about road trips

This little doggie went to market; this little doggie hates to stay home...

Ewok love, love, loves road trips! She understands specific words like, "Let's go," "Ride!" and "Go bye, bye." My husband and I can't say these out loud or she'll scamper to the door. Then it's disappointing for her to find out it's not really going to happen.

So we have a special language for mentioning the possibility of, ah, the possibility. "Should we take Ewok you-know-where?" "Do you think we should allow her to, well, you know..."

Once loaded in the car, if we drive in the direction of Ewok's grooming place, she'll shake and shiver, certain it's hair cut time. She hates getting purty-fied, but is happy when it's all over. If we go in the direction of the V-E-T, she's a hot, panting mess.

When Ewok finally realizes we aren't going to any of those dreaded places, she settles in for the trip. She loves hanging her head out of the window to smell the breeze. Long trips aren't for her, just short jaunts to the grocery store or a trip to gas up the car.

As she stares at the passing scenery, I always wonder what she's thinking. Maybe, "Sky is blue," or "Trees are green." If she spots someone walking their dog, does she think, "Mutt alert!"

If you have a dog and you take them for car rides, have you ever wondered what they think when they look out the window? 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

"Fortune's Folly," a sweeping romance tale


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Fellow Solstice Publishing author Cat Dubie is with me today to discuss her June release!

It sounds like an awesome story, so take it away, Cat!

I’ve written creatively since forever, it seems. Poems, songs, short stories, novels, reviews, essays, even letters to the editor. My day job as a technical writer for various levels of government was the labor I did for a living so that in my free time I could indulge in my labor of love, writing fiction.

In the meantime, I married one of the good guys, raised three great kids, and now can indulge full-time in that loving labor!

About Fortune’s Folly

My first draft of a novel I tentatively titled Fortune was a whopping 160,000 words. As I took a knife to the words, I explored the possibility of turning it into a trilogy. Had my titles, plot points, characters… Then I realized book 2 was nothing more than a bridge between book 1 and book 3, it contained nothing but contrived filler that didn’t advance the story. Think characters biding their time until the exciting finale of book 3. So now I’m back to book 1 and the sequel, book 2.

Story basics:

1850s-1860s The tale moves from Ireland to England to the British Colonies in Canada, with quick stops in Egypt and Abyssinia. It includes a number of spicy love scenes.

This is Eden Fitzgerald’s story, a romantic saga that follows the daughter of an Irish patriot from brave child to alluring woman, from naïve innocent to determined feminist. When her father is unjustly imprisoned she uses her wits and wiles to do what she can, what she must to have him freed. When all else fails, she dons a disguise and resorts to highway robbery to amass the funds she needs to pay for his escape. Her crimes pile up one after another until, her own liberty and life in danger, she must flee to unknown territories.

It's also the story of Alex Banning, whose meeting with Eden in Ireland when the two are children brands them both for life. A dozen years later in another country, he and Eden discover a powerful attraction that, consummated one hot summer night, cannot be sustained in the light of day.  Having been forced to give up his career in the Royal Navy, Alex is a reluctant agent in Her Majesty’s Secret Service, a position that places him and Eden on opposite sides when he investigates her family’s ties to the Irish Republican Brotherhood. 

In addition, Fortune’s Folly is the story of the Fontaine men, two brothers and a cousin, scions of an illustrious Montreal family. André does not love Eden but marries her and will claim her child as his; Louis is dangerously obsessed with her; Laurent adores her from afar and is the unwitting catalyst for her flight.

Book 2, Fortune’s Flame, is a work in progress!
Author Cat Dubie

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

A Witch at Midnight released by Solstice Publishing

https://www.amazon.com/Witch-Midnight-Cindy-Keen-Reynder/dp/1079974962/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=a+witch+at+midnight+by+cindy+keen+reynders&qid=1563993477&s=books&sr=1-1
You can purchase "A Witch at Midnight" 
at Amazon by clicking on the book cover.
Solstice Publishing has released the second book in the Wysteria Hedge Haven Clan sisters, "A Witch at Midnight."

I wrote this book and my previous Solstice title, "The Seven-Year Witch," because of a dream.

Yep, I dream in book format sometimes, and I like the idea of sisters since I have some very awesome ladies in my life who are also my sisters, sisters-in-law, sisters by friendship, etc. I also love the idea of family sticking together.

My witches aren't wicked witch of the west types like you find in "The Wizard of Oz." They are more of the Glinda the good witch type--witches who love nature spirits and are on Earth to assist mankind. In my witch books, there's also a twist of "Practical Magic," the movie Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman starred in years ago.


While the witch sisters get into trouble, they find unique ways to survive and save the day. There's romance, adventure and humor in these stories, which is my favorite kind of book to write.

I hope if you read my books, you can relax and suspend reality for a while. There's too much drama and conflict in the world that can't be resolved, so go on a journey with my witch sisters and enjoy life.

Have your dreams encouraged you to accomplish something?