Here’s how the garden has grown! We’ve had two tomatoes so far. The latest is on the counter waiting to be turned into a BLT! Mostly the tomatoes have made progress. They are more than double since the last picture. The toadstool must have grown just for the release of Fairy Bite this week! Click the pictures for larger images.
How did an actress die twice?
London, 1883. Actress Lizzie Dixie drowned in the River Thames, so how was she murdered five years later in Highgate Cemetery?
Intrepid Fleet Street reporter Penny Green was a friend of Lizzie’s and Scotland Yard needs her help. Does Penny unwittingly hold clues to Lizzie’s mysterious death? Penny must work with Inspector James Blakely to investigate the worlds of theatre, showmen and politicians in search of the truth.
But who is following her? And who is sending her threatening letters?
Penny is about to discover that Lizzie’s life was more complicated, and dangerous, than she could ever have imagined.
I’ve been waiting for this–I shop at Walmart a lot using their online site. Usually I just have my order shipped to the house (Free if you order $35 dollars of qualifying items, which is most items). Now:
When a washed-up pop star inherits a wedding planning business, it’s all bouquets and bliss until a bride turns up dead.
Paisley Sutton shot to stardom as a teenage rock sensation, but ten years later that star has fizzled out, just like her bank account. When she unexpectedly inherits her aunt’s wedding planning business, Paisley leaves the glamour of Los Angeles for a charming small town in Arkansas. Thinking she’ll arrive in Sugar Creek and liquidate the moldly property, Paisley’s shocked to find Enchanted Events has experienced a major makeover and is now the place for brides. She’s got two months to keep Enchanted Events afloat if she wants to sell and rekindle her music career with the profits.
Paisley’s tossed into a world of vows and venues, but her most difficult challenge comes in the form of one demanding bride. When this Bridezilla’s found facedown in her cake, all fingers point to Paisley as the prime murder suspect. And she does not look good in prison orange.
This former pop princess will need the help of her gun-toting, ex-CIA grandmother and her handsome neighbor, Beau Hudson, to unravel the mystery and clear her good name. As she and her unruly posse dig into Bridezilla’s life, she discovers the woman had a long list of enemies. The closer Paisley gets to the truth, the more her own life is in danger.
Girl of Fire Girl of Fire is the first novel in The Expulsion Project, a sci-fi, dystopian thriller trilogy with a whisper of romance, a heavy dose of adventure, and action galore.
Trattora is the adopted daughter of the Chieftain on a primitive frontier planet. Velkan is an indentured serf who has never known a day of freedom. Forced to flee a terrifying invasion by Galactic Pirates, they are thrown together on a ramshackle mining vessel that harbors more than one dark secret. Fate and chemistry combine when the pair’s matching birth bracelets lead them to a shocking discovery. Stakes rise when they uncover the classified Expulsion Project, and the devastating sacrifice their birth families made. Determined to save them from liquidation, Trattora and Velkan plunge headlong into a frantic race against time and space to take down the genocidal Artifical Intelligence that now rules their home planet.
I’m working on the print version of Fairy Bite now. If you want to order a copy, let me know! I’m also working on a boxed set that will include all three books: Dragons of Wendal, DragonKin and Fairy Bite. It will be ebook only.
Lots of work yet to be done!!!
I’ll start back up posting bargains and whatnot again tomorrow. I need to take a new picture of the garden too. It’s grown a lot. First blossom has appeared on a cucumber plant!
I hope you love it. My thanks go out again to Elisabeth, April, all my beta readers past and present, all of you who have left reviews, all my fans and my husband.
I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. I almost bought it to use for Fairy Bite, but it was outside my budget. Wait. I have a budget??? Anyway, when it went on sale this morning…well, shoot. Even if I never write another book, I had to buy it! Marshel COMPLETE set. Great font.
If you’re looking for something to read this weekend, I’ve found a nice little sale list of Clean and Cozy reads. Some of these you may recognize (and why are my books not on this list! Oh wait. They aren’t on sale!)
Another great site for clean and cozy reads is eReader Obsessions. Some good deals on there all week long!
Okay, as you know the Fairy Bite cover has had some contrast and blending issues. Because of that, most retailers now have the alternative cover uploaded. In the interest of getting the print book out SOONER rather than ten years from now, I’m going with this cover as well. Because of the lack of color contrast in the owl/gargoyle cover, I don’t think it will print well. It’s likely to appear muddy with an overly bright title against that background. The back is a match–somewhat muddy with hints of brightness. There’s probably some lofty artist name for this, a technical term that loosely translates to “What the hell is this mess?”
I briefly, in a moment of insanity, considered printing the owl/gargoyle just to see if it could POSSIBLY pass muster…but this sort of thing costs actual money and quite a bit of time. If it turned out that the cover simply didn’t look very good, I’d be stuck with a few copies of an owl/gargoyle that I’d have to sell as “rare, one-time only copies of an artistic disaster.” I’d still have to put time and money into proof copies of the girl and the tower. I did work on yet a third cover. It was…not good.
So if you are wondering why the original choice flew the coop…well, like with most things in life, it comes down to money and time. Or the lack thereof!
Edited to add: I’ve uploaded one with the fairy lights talked about in the comments.
Edited on Sunday: I think I’ve finally gotten the fog right! Y’all have no idea how hard it is to create and move fog and get it to do just what you want!!!
We went shopping today for a pegboard and dowels to make a board to hang all my thread on. Well, some of it anyway. Since I started embroidery, I have amassed a rather alarming number of spools. You have to have the four primary colors in light and dark and black and white at a bare minimum. Then there’s gold and silver. Before you know it, you have twenty-five spools of thread and they are wandering across countertops. Leo likes to nudge them in case he can get them to roll–and unspool all over!
The pegboard was fine, but the dowels didn’t really fit. They were either too big or too small. The pegboard only came in boring brown too. The white stuff was an entire sheet and I don’t need leftover board. On the way home I remembered we had some plain board in the garage. Husband said it would be thin enough and we could drill our own holes! That way the holes would be the right size for the dowels.
We found the board in the garage and discussed painting it.
Me: “Should I paint it before or after we drill the holes?”
Husband: “Probably after so that the pencil marks don’t show.”
Me: “What pencil marks?”
Husband: “You’ll want to mark it so you can keep the holes in a nice straight line and measure how far apart they need to be.”
Me: Silently pondering. “What’s wrong with random holes?”
Husband: Silently pondering. Look of confusion on his face. “What?”
The idea of NOT MEASURING was too alien for him to handle.
Me: “I was going to eyeball it.”
Husband: Silent. Confusion. “You can decide whether to paint it before or after and let me know.”