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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 5

Oh, what to read! Will there even be time to read???

Stranger at the Wedding

I’ve been waiting forever for this book to go on sale. I checked again today and…headdesk! It says I bought it three years ago. GAH! My life organization is so lacking, I completely forgot I bought it! So I guess this will be the book I’ll read. It was highly recommended to me. Three years ago.

The new cover is uglier than the original cover, so I’m putting up the original.

Kyra was preparing for her final wizard test before the Council. But suddenly, something was twisting her magic, weaving sinister portents of doom into even the simplest of her spells. Then she knew for certain that her young sister Alix was soon to marry–and soon to die. And so she journeyed back to the family who had disowned her. To save her sister, Kyra would have to face down her father’s rage, stand firm against the venomous rivalries of her family’s enemies, and confront the Inquisition. Then she must defeat a still deadlier foe–if only she could find it!

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Posted: August 20, 2017
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Eclipse – Nature’s Pinhole

We had a partial eclipse here in Texas. I’d get a lot more excited about eclipses if they dropped the temps 10 or 15 degrees. We did have a pinhole paper to watch it, but at the peak we walked out and noticed that nature had taken care of it for us. The trees did a magnificent job of showing the eclipse.

Those little halfmoon (or in this case, half sun) shaped shady spots are not the normal shape of shade.







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Posted: August 21, 2017
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Service Dog for Leo

No, not Leo that cat. Human Leo, a little boy with a very rare disease is in need of a service dog. I love service dogs and what they are able to do for us. They are such a gift.

If you are so inclined, and I know there are many opportunities to donate to worthy causes, check it out.

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Posted: August 19, 2017

Exclusive Bits and Pieces

The blogstore has had a bit of a makeover. Nothing major, but we’re now displaying larger covers. A lot of the links to free stories are gone at the moment. We’re working on where to put them, but there were so many things on the one page, it had become quite cluttered.

I suspect (and hope I’m wrong) that having a blogstore will become more important over the course of the next couple of years. Amazon recently cut associate payments in half. A year or so ago, they cut back on what they pay authors for audio books and restructured how they run that program. I’m very concerned that at some point they will cut the commissions they pay for ebooks. right now for a 2.99 book, authors earn 70 percent. That was raised up from 35 percent because Amazon had to complete with Apple ibooks. In the last few years Apple hasn’t put much emphasis on selling ebooks. With the lack of competition, it’s likely that at some point, Amazon will cut our commissions. I’ve tried to be prepared, but Amazon gets the most eyeballs.

In other news, I created a couple of bundles for Kobobooks for a promotion opportunity there. These are exclusive to kobo (don’t worry, you’ve read the books. It’s just the manner of bundling them that is new. The short stories were available at other retailers at one point or another, but for the duration of this promotion, they will only be included in the bundles.) I wanted to show you the covers and get any feedback you might have on whether such a bundle would interest you. I know you’re already read these books, but if you saw such a bundle by an unknown to you author, would it be intriguing?

Cozy Cache Bundle for Kobobooks.


Moonshot for Kobobooks.


Here’s a potential alternative.



And one more:



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Posted: August 19, 2017
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Bargain: Historical Mystery

The Puzzle of the Silver Persian – I’ve been watching this one for a while. I forget why, but possibly because of the cat! It’s normally 7.99 so this is a great bargain. No idea how long it will last.

When fellow passengers on a ship bound for London start to disappear, Miss Withers must rely on a mischievous cat to help solve the mystery.

Schoolteacher and occasional sleuth Hildegarde Withers has not had good luck with vacations. On her last trip, she found herself enmeshed in the investigation of a dead man on a small plane. Now, on a three-day steamer voyage to London, she’s about to encounter death again.

A gruesome joke leads to a young woman going missing from the ship’s aft rail. Is she somewhere onboard, or has she fallen into the sea? In either case, turning about will do nothing for her, so the ship steams on. Soon the passengers descend into a nightmare, as body after body appears. Putting an end to the chaos falls to Miss Withers, who must depend on the testimony of a particularly mischievous silver Persian cat. The teacher and the feline will make it to London safe and sound—so long as their curiosity doesn’t get the best of them.

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Posted: August 18, 2017
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Splatoon Bundles, Splatoon 2

So I’m not much up on games or gaming, but I read today that Walmart now has the Splatoon bundles (I believe the big deal here is Splatoon 2). My understanding is that this is a big deal (perhaps for Christmas? Or does it matter?)

Anyway, if you are one who is breathlessly awaiting it, Walmart has them. Go forth and game!

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Posted: August 17, 2017

Glass, Tile and Cats

While making hashbrowns this morning, Junior came in and asked for treat. I make my own chicken puree for the cats because it’s cheaper, better for them and they are spoiled. They have dry cat food out at all times too. I stopped what I was doing and put a dollop of chicken in Junior’s bowl. I set it down, and he began eating. I cleaned the spoon. When I moved to put the jar with the treat in the fridge, my hands were still wet. The glass jar slid precariously. I juggled it. I almost caught it. I thought I at least slowed it down, but it hit the tile floor and shattered into billions of pieces. Chicken puree splattered all over. Junior leaped straight up and ran like his tail was on fire. Leo had been sleeping on the kitchenette chair. He did some kind of 360 leap out of that chair so fast, it careened into the wall. He landed right on top of the dry cat food bowl, spinning it across the floor. Dry cat food rained down like hail in a thunderstorm.

Husband came in while I was cleaning up. He took one look and said, “Wow. What happened here? I sure am glad I wasn’t here, whatever it was!” He couldn’t decide whether to help or go back out and just mow more of the lawn.

And it isn’t even Monday. I will be treading carefully the rest of the day.

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Posted: August 17, 2017

Bargain: Thief Fantasy

Hand and Talon Thanks to a tip from April, today’s bargain is a thief fantasy! She hasn’t read it yet. Neither have I. BUT, I should be sampling very soon! Great cover too.

Steal the bag. Don’t get caught. Repeat. Not the most glorious existence, but Krea likes it just fine.

When Sorin, a cranky old soldier, barges in and decides to take over her life, Krea is less than enthused. Sure, he saved her from a brutal death at the hands of the guards, and he did stop decrepit faerie monsters from eating her. But declaring she isn’t human and dragging her through a cursed forest to the Royal City is going too far.

Now, she is eyeball deep in magic wielding nobles, shapeshifting dragons, assassins and an ancient elf war that could destroy the Empire. Her cloak is too small. Her horse thinks she wants to eat it and her companion resents her very existence.

And then there’s Dane.

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Posted: August 16, 2017
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Bargain: Pizza Cookbook

You know we’ve been cooking pizza on the grill lately and loving it. Well, here’s a book with pizza/dough recipes and it’s on sale! Perfect!

The Elements of Pizza I’d like to travel all over Italy researching pizza like the author did. I’d like to throw in a few other countries and food while I’m there too.


His book on bread is also on sale!!! Flour Water Salt Yeast

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Posted: August 14, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 4

What to read, what to read?

We had company this weekend so I haven’t had much time browse. Not only that it’s been blistering hot with no relief in sight. This week has some UGLY temperatures forecast with every day at or near 100. Not my kind of weather. The first item on my wishlist was a set of flannel sheets…obviously my wishlist is not doing the job here!

Some random selections:

Police at the Funeral

The tranquility of Cambridge is punctured when Cousin Andrew of the illustrious Faraday family disappears without a trace. No time is wasted in summoning Albert Campion and his sleuthing skills away from the bustle of Piccadilly to investigate – but little does he expect to be greeted by a band of eccentric relatives all at daggers with each other.

Soon there are as many dead bodies as there are red herrings, and Campion must uncover the secrets of the Faraday dynasty before another victim falls…

This is a stand-alone title within Margery Allingham’s Albert Campion series.

Demon Leap I am not sure how she expects to hit her target with her head down, but I admit, I have never tried to shoot a gun while being propelled backwards and with that much hair in my face.

The Specials: magic misfits and criminals who earn big money doing illegal magic jobs. For Arrow St. Martx, the danger and the risks are high. Magic assassination, kidnapping, assault–there’s a good chance she and the others could be killed or wish they had been. But she’s on a mission to overthrow the corrupt government and she needs the Specials to help her do it. It’s just too bad she doesn’t trust them.

The Architect, the mysterious young man who travels within time and space and controls the Specials, is as intriguing as he is dangerous. He wants Arrow, and he’s upended her life to get her. Teaming with The Architect might be the smartest move Arrow could make…or it could be the deadliest. But no matter what it takes or who she has to align herself with, Arrow is going to rewrite history.

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Posted: August 13, 2017
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