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There’s a giveaway and a murder mystery going on over at the Kathi page on facebook. I will be giving away a book and book bag tomorrow (Monday Oct 24) at 11:00 central time. (The book is Magical Mayhem which includes all the stories from Tracking Magic.) There are other prizes and a grand prize winner chosen from those who collect the clues to the murder mystery and get the right answer!
It will either be a lot of fun or it will be total craziness. Come on over and join us. Thanks to MJReviews for inviting me!
Here is the prize I will be giving away (there may be more prizes depending on turnout). This is a smaller bag than the grocery bags I usually make. It’s meant to be a small book bag, light purse or nice-sized gift bag for “wrapping” a present!
Five things about Marie Anntoinette. I barely knew any facts about her (female, queen). So this was a nice refresher course and a quick read.
Not that you need to waste more time on facebook, but Musetouch Visual Arts Magazine is one of my favorite pages. They post some awesome pictures of museum pieces, ballot shot, historical buildings and other artwork.
This piece on the Barbary Wars was absolutely fascinating. I had no idea that Jefferson and John Adams had to deal with Islam pirates back in their day. I knew hiding behind religion was nothing new, but once again, I learned something. There is, of course, a more detailed book on the subject.
If you are an Amazon Prime member, you might be interested in this deal (exp Oct 31) which basically gives you free credits to spend on certain items.
There is no way polling can be close to how people will really vote. I know this because I was polled last night. When asked about which candidate I would vote for, mine wasn’t on the menu. That would be okay, but there was no “other” category. That means I had to lie or hang up. I chose to lie just to see what else I’d be asked. GOOD GRIEF. After lying about who I would vote for, there was another question about the House vote and then a bunch of personal questions. I finally hung up because I’m not answering questions about my ethnicity, financial income or any of the other stuff. There’s no “skip” or “choose not to answer.” So they can go float a kite in the ocean and good luck getting lift. It’s no one’s business what my ethnicity is and I am not out to help the polls. I’d be happy to tell them who I plan on voting for, but that’s about it. And since they don’t have my candidate listed, well, they are out of luck getting an accurate answer. Even after I picked Johnson the poll was only interested in my approval rating for Trump and my approval rating for Clinton. Look, if I said “Johnson” you can go ahead and assume my approval of the other two is on the low end of sewage. And really, I don’t know why you care at that point. Maybe they were hoping there would be a sign I might change my vote?
Everyone should vote. No one should feel pressured to vote for a given candidate. Vote for whoever you want. Don’t let the polls sway you though. I bet they are flat out wrong.
I’d like to thank each and every one of you for the reviews you left for One Good Eclair! Amazon now requires that a book obtain a steady stream of reviews in order to be shown to other shoppers. There are levels that matter: Fifty reviews is the first level. From what I gather unless a person has purchased my books in the past, casual book browsers won’t see my books unless I have at least fifty reviews (this is part of the reason my sales have declined over the past two years). If I ever attain 100 reviews, more people will see my books and they will show up in the emails that Amazon sends out to customers who have never bought my books. And then the last level I’ve heard about is 200, which has additional benefits. The reviews can’t come all at once (ie an author puts a book out and has 200 of her closest friends post a review within a week and then no reviews happen for months…)
None of my books has ever reached even the lowest level of reviews, although many of my books have reached the required Goodreads “enough ratings.” Goodreads has similar requirements to show a book to other readers, but it starts with the 100 level. It doesn’t require 100 reviews, but requires that a book be rated at least 100 times.
The long and short of it is that reviews matter–both to me personally so that I know whether people are reading and enjoying the book–and to sales and other readers. Thank you for taking a few moments out of your day to make mine!!
Remember how y’all made fun of me for my last attempt at re-upholstery?? You know who you are!!! Well, I obtained some more fabulous latex from Sleep on Latex (You can custom order direct from their site also. Or you can order larger pieces and cut them to your heart’s content. The earlier project was one where I cut the foam and it didn’t turn out so great. BUT this one is fabulous!) Husband bought a music bench, but it was rather flat and uncomfortable. It OBVIOUSLY needed some awesome latex foam and a new cover!!!
We went out to eat for my birthday and it just so happened that Chris Beall of The South Austin Moonlighters was playing at a little cafe up the road. Turns out the Dahlia Cafe in Liberty Hill has great food. What a perfect evening. Totally Texas menu and venue–outdoor swings for the kids (y’all could go ahead and put some w-d 40 on those squeaks) and a large patio with stage! Inside is bustling, but quaint. I think the place must specialize in chicken fried steak because LOTS of people were eating it. We both had fantastic burgers on fresh, homemade buns with all the trimmings.
After Chris was done playing tunes, husband bought me one of Chris Beall’s albums: The Gin Mill Hymns. Love his music. It has a retro-pop feel, a bit of swing…some that reminded me of golden oldies, but contemporary. The story telling captures a sense of nostalgia…good stuff. Song seven–Road Less Traveled – Reminds me of the Moody Blues. It’s got a rock kind of thing going, good harmonies and…well, Moody Blues like. Beall has a beautiful voice, and his stories aren’t predictable. Even though there’s a bit of a country rock feel to some of the songs, he doesn’t bother with the typical cheatin’ or drinkin’ songs. There’s better and deeper story lines.
I think my favorite on the album is Make a Livin’ — story that draws you in, good harmonies, catchy tune. But I am also drawn to Laura Lynn, oh, probably for the same reasons. If you are looking for something that is just plain good, give this a listen.
If you’re in Texas, Dahlia Cafe AND Chris Beall are worth checking out!!! (He even played one of the tunes he does with The South Austin Moonlighters – LOVE that song (Year of Decembers from the Ghost of a Small Town album!)
Leo and Junior picked the winners. Well, they wrestled on the floor, went tearing down the hallway, came back and looked at me like, “What?”
By randomly guessing what each meow meant (and the number of such) I deduced that Tibet is the grand prize winner! She wins a signed proof of One Good Eclair, a FABULOUS TeresaMade pouch and a beautiful bag!
The runner ups, and winners of a fabulous bag are:
Michelle in Colorado
WOOT! I’ll be emailing you to get your addresses so that I can send off the prizes! Thanks for entering and helping spread the word about Eclair!
This article is a bit hard to follow because I don’t know many of the names. Sure, they are supposedly famous but the author throws around first and then last names in a couple of places and it gets confusing. But there is some interesting history of famous gay couples and a nice, short explanation of how this is nothing new. Not being a history buff, I didn’t know any of it.
An interesting article on how a third-party candidate can win the Presidency:
If Trump or Clinton fails win a majority in the Electoral College, the president is chosen by the House of Representatives.
The article focuses on Evan McMullin because he is gaining ground in Utah, but Johnson is also polling fairly high in NM. If either or both won a couple of states, the resulting chaos would be very interesting. 🙂
An absolute fascinating article on living above libraries in NY. Wow. I can’t believe they let these spaces languish for so long. Wouldn’t it have been cool to live here? I can totally see an amateur sleuth living in one of these and oh, the adventures she would have!
If you or someone you know is in the market for an e-reader, a couple of people on one of the forums have bought from this vendor on ebay–great deal on a kobo. The vendor may still have some other models because someone said they bought the H20, but I think that one was closer to $100 (which is still a deal).
Signed, print copy of One Good Eclair, a darling little pouch made by TeresaMade and a book bag! – If you have already read One Good Eclair you can still win the pouch and bag!
It’s 7 inches by 4 inches in a light green. These are wonderful Christmas gifts! Or keep it for yourself for carrying your phone, glasses or makeup!
These bags are 17 by 16 inches with a nice 2.5 inch bottom–PERFECT for groceries, books OR, with Christmas coming up, I can tell you that they make nice gift wrapping. I’ve given a number of gifts in these bags and the bags are often a bigger hit than the gift! Maybe I should just give away bags as Christmas gifts.
Runner up winners will receive a fabulous book bag!
17 by 16 inches!
17 by 16 inches This one is my favorite!
17 by 16 inches. Gorgeous colors!
Yes, TeresaMade these bags as well! Teresa is also known as The Green Bag Lady. She makes these bags in the hopes that we will all start using reusable bags instead of plastic or paper–saving our oceans and wildlife…and us! These particular bags are extra special–the material is heavier than quilting cotton and absolutely stunning with embroidered patterns and designs.
How do you enter? To enter, you’ll need to:
1. Be signed up for my giveaways and new releases email (goes out about 4 times per year)–form is below.
2. Leave a comment ON THIS POST so that I know you are interested in this giveaway specifically. Please tell me if you’d like to be entered for the grand prize or just a bag!
3. Extra entries: Use the icons at the bottom to share on Facebook or Twitter. Mention in your comment that you shared the giveaway (you can also just refer a friend and that will count.)
I’ll be doing a presentation and book signing at the library in Bulverde, Texas today at 2:00! All are welcome. Come on over! For those visiting my blog for the first time, here are a few links to important “stuff.”