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Now Available:

Soul of the Desert

Moon Shadow series:

Under Witch Curse

Possible Bonus Offer From Amazon

Last day to see if you qualify:

POSSIBLE BONUS OFFER FROM AMAZON: Some people are reporting that this offer works. It did NOT work for me but you might click through and see if it works for you! $10 credit when you buy $50 gift card. Offer expires August 31.
The credit will be posted to your account in September and must be used by September 30. If you are in the habit of buying gift cards on your account, you might try this and see if you can get ten dollars for free!

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Posted: August 31, 2014

New Barbara Marr – Karen Cantwell

savingBook Five in the Barbara Marr cozy series is now out!! I’ve read Dead Man Stalking and I think you’ll like this one a lot. There’s some great new characters and I really enjoyed the Howard/Barbara interaction in this one. Ha! Quite funny. This fifth installment is 99 cents for the weekend. Price changes on Sept 1 so grab your copy.

If you have a Kobo, I’m pretty sure coupons will work with this book so you can actually get it for LESS than 99 cents with coupon (see the coupons available in the Kobo Trivia contest comments or ask me and I’ll make sure you get a coupon).

At kobobooks Use: 9MPE3M at checkout for 20 percent off (good one time for each person on one book).

B&N


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Posted: August 29, 2014

Word Games

Missing puzzle pieces. Okay, readers. I’m thinking of a word. I want to use this word, but I don’t know how to spell it or pronounce it so that makes looking it up impossible. To add to the issue, I think the word is French so even giving it my best shot spelling wise is a bust. The word starts with an “M” and it either means a kind of pout with your lips or possibly a kind of fake kiss. Go ahead. Give me your best words. They don’t have to be French. If it’s a good word, it doesn’t even have to start with an “M” — but the word I’m thinking of does. I’d like to find this word, look it up and make sure it means what I think it means and use it. Because we writers can’t just make words up ALL the time.

POSSIBLE BONUS OFFER FROM AMAZON: Some people are reporting that this offer works. It did NOT work for me but you might click through and see if it works for you! $10 credit when you buy $50 gift card. Offer expires August 31.
The credit will be posted to your account in September and must be used by September 30. If you are in the habit of buying gift cards on your account, you might try this and see if you can get ten dollars for free!


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Posted: August 28, 2014

New Kobo Waterproof Reader

hero_deviceKobo has announced a pretty spiffy new reader–one you can take to the beach or the swimming pool. Or you can read in the bathtub! It’s waterproof. The Kobo Aura H2O can be pre-ordered on Sept 1!!! As I learn more about it, I’ll blog the details, of course.


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Posted: August 27, 2014

More Photos

Sometimes I can’t go on vacation even though I want to. Reading is a great way to travel without ever leaving home, but I don’t always have enough time to start and finish a book. But there are other means of travel. Here are some amazing photos. Take a walk around the world:

Photos of some great places on earth.


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Posted: August 26, 2014

The Ice Bucket

Unbeknownst to me, Frank Tuttle lost his mother to ALS–so, of course, he decided he had to do the ice bucket challenge:

Frank Tuttle:

I was challenged by my wife to undertake the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS research, and of course I agreed, because this is Mississippi in late August and a bucket of ice water poured over one’s head is a thing devoutly to be wished for.*

There’s another reason, too. My Mom died of ALS three years ago, and I believe I can say without reservation that I’ve never seen anything so cruel and so devastating as ALS. Every dollar raised by the Ice Bucket Challenge is a blow against the disease, and for me, that’s a very good cause indeed.

Donations can be made via www.alsa.org.

Video (It takes a bit to load).

*Because it is August in the south, you’ll note that the ice cubes froze into a solid block and kerplunked Frank right on the head. So if there is a plot hole in the next book, it could be due to ice.

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Posted: August 24, 2014

Children’s Bargain – The Tania Quartet

savingChildren’s books can be hard to find for Kindle, usually because there are a lot of illustrations or photos. This makes them expensive to produce and difficult to convert into Kindle files.

This little Tania Quartet by Kanika G might fit the bill as a gift or if you have toddlers. These are meant to be read aloud to a child, not necessarily used for teaching a child to read. I’ve read the first of these stories, The Poor Bedraggled Kitten, and found it a quick, enjoyable little tale for a toddler. The “plot” is quite simple and it’s short enough to hold short attention spans. The language is normal, adult conversation level, providing an opportunity to expose children to new words. I like the simple drawings on the front. I think those will appeal to a child. The photos provide a bit of realism and there were photos inside the story I read so there is something to show the child as the book is read.

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Posted: August 23, 2014

Doctor’s Orders

cattoyThe vet told us that Leo was not to do any jumping or running. Gosh. I wonder if the vet told Leo that. He doesn’t seem to have heard those orders or perhaps he doesn’t actually understand that all this playing he does includes “jumping” and “running.” Maybe when you play, it doesn’t count.

As for Junior, he came inside for treat this morning after staying outside all night (that is not his usual routine). We figured he’d bolt for freedom as soon as we gave him his treat/medicine, but before he could even finish his bowl of treat/medicine, Leo ambushed him. The little kitten can be a real pain in the ass hopping on everything in sight. He also has no ethics. The little convict will happily steal Junior’s treat if Junior walks away.

Once trouble started, Randy picked up the little convict and put him in the back room and closed the door.

I got the medicine/treat back in front of Junior, but he was having none of it now that peace had been disturbed. He went to the back door and demanded his freedom. About that time, Leo figured out the bedroom door was closed, and he started caterwauling, demanding to be let out.

Junior stopped meowing as soon as he heard the kitten complaining. He tilted his head. He listened carefully for a second or two and then jogged down the hallway. What’s up with that?

Junior found the bedroom door closed soon enough. He yelled, “Hey. The little convict is trapped in here. Did you know this door was closed? Meow, meow. He can’t get out! Oooh humans! He’s trapped!”

*headdesk* The two of them continued to complain until we released the kitten.

THEN Junior refused treat again and demanded to be let out.

*headdesk*

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Posted: August 22, 2014

Leo the Convict

leoWe might have to rename Leo. He needs a criminal enterprise type name. Something that fits his mafia image. We’re thinking “Shorty” is about right. He likes to engage in criminal activity including murdering crickets and bringing the carcasses inside where he can brag about his “accomplishments.” Sure, he eventually disposes of the bodies, but he seems a tad too pleased with himself to be a plain, ordinary “Leo” type. He also likes to dodge right at Junior like a short nightmare of kitten cuteness–and he knows darn well that Junior doesn’t like his cute ways. Shorty doesn’t miss the fleas, and he climbs trees, sharpens his claws, generally causes chaos once or twice a day and eats like a fiend.

Our wonderful vet at Premier Hospital agreed to take on Leo aka Shorty and gave us a discount since he was a “rescue.” Shorty isn’t admitting to his age, but he weighed in this morning at close to 5 pounds! What a pig! He was only two pounds when we rescued him two weeks ago. We dropped him off this morning. We’re hoping that this little day spa thing helps Junior like him better.

Scamper still hasn’t stopped by to offer her opinion on the kitten or his criminal activities. This absence isn’t unusual for her; in fact, if she determined ahead of time that a new kitten was around, she may have started avoiding the area. She’ll have to check him out eventually, but she might delay.

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Posted: August 21, 2014

New Nook Tablet (with Samsung)

Pretty cool news out. A new Nook–developed with Samsung.

Introducing Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 NOOK® for just $179 with $20 Instant Rebate!

Samsung has a good reputation, and they almost got this Nook out in time for back-to-school!

I guess the 20 dollar rebate is so you have some money to spend on books! :)

For those of you who buy one, come back and tell us what you think!

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Posted: August 20, 2014
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