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It’s Fall

Yup, it’s gorgeous weather out there! So I planted some snow peas. Of course it’s foolish. The chances of me getting any before a freeze are tiny, but we writers and gardener types live on dreams and hopes. It’s just the way of things! I checked the snap peas this morning and Leo had already helpfully added some dirt to the row. I watered whatever else he might have added to dilute it!

lapI made another batch of deodorant this morning. The stuff works well, but it could stand to have more glide. Sometimes it feels downright sticky or gritty or just not glidy!

I also made a new shampoo. It works well, but was too thick. After I thinned it down, it didn’t have enough bubbles and was too thin. So I added more bubbles and then had to thicken it. Finding the perfect formula is a lot like training a cat. You win some…no, you don’t. You get lucky sometimes!!!

What are y’all up to? I hope you’re having some gorgeous days. If you are, get out and walk. Find some flowers. Bring some in for your table!!! Plant something!!! 🙂


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Posted: September 29, 2016

One Good Eclair – Pre-order or Grab Now

eclair_Maria_Schneider As promised, I’m releasing One Good Eclair early at my blogstore. If you want to read it now, that’s the place to buy it. You get both a kindle version and an epub version in one zip file.

For pre-order, you can buy now and the book will be available on Oct 4. The price will be $2.99 until about Oct 6 on Amazon. That price varies at other retailers, however, because I can’t do a sale price on Apple or Kobo at the moment. I also can’t upload the book on B&N or Google until Oct 4.

At Amazon
At Kobo
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Also on Apple, Google, and Smashwords (Use coupon code: VV67D at Smashwords to get the $2.99 price.)

Why pre-order? Pre-orders help visibility. So does adding it to your Goodreads Reading List! or liking the facebook page on facebook. Please shop according to your own preferences. I just want you to love the book!

You can also sign up to hear about any giveaways or new releases. I send out an email less than 4 times a year.



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Posted: September 26, 2016

Hiking in NM

View of the Gila River

View of the Gila River

It’s all downhill until you have to hike back out. Urgh. I can walk downhill for a long time, even a steep incline for quite a while without getting tired. Of course, if the sun is hot and I have to hike back OUT with it beating down on me, I’m going to suffer.

I tried to find quiet hikes along the Gila River–lots of shade. But there’s also lots of water, which meant taking off hiking boots, wading across thigh-deep crossings in some places, dry feet. Hike more, repeat.

So Dad chose a mile hike that was pretty steep. Gorgeous views. Not too hot starting out. But man. Hiking back out was a real experience in sucking oxygen. After all was said and done, I was downgraded. Remember my last trip home when Dad called me a city slicker four or five times? I didn’t even make it that high on the career ladder this time. After the hike, Dad declared I was a “candy ass.” Sigh.

img_0112 Partway down.

img_0109 This shot is about halfway down where things leveled off a bit.

img_0118 Flowers

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Posted: September 24, 2016
Filed in New Mexico

Writer Research: Historicals

medieval underpantsAs you know, we writers are constantly researching. I own books on spider bites, tiger whiskers, various poisons, police procedures…and now, there is this nifty little book about getting some basic historical facts correct! I don’t write historical fiction. I probably never will. But that doesn’t mean I can’t research it!!!

Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders may not always be correct (who really knows?) but it is amusing!

Edited to add: The latest Ilona Andrews book is out in the Kate Daniels series: Magic Binds released today! Love the Ilona Andrews writer team.

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Posted: September 22, 2016

Review: Spell Blind

savingWhile traveling, I sat in airports and planes–which means I had a rare chance to read! I chose David B. Coe’s Spell Blind at the recommendation of April the Dragon. WOOT! LOVED THIS BOOK. Was a really great read. It’s part thriller, definitely urban fantasy and it has as side of romance and even a little bit of cozy when it comes to the all-important family elements. Baen books have the most bizarre covers, but the stories inside are awesome. As soon as I returned home, I bought the second in the series, His Father’s Eyes. I’m really looking forward to reading it. Spell Blind will easily make my list for best reads of 2016. Five stars!!!

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Posted: September 20, 2016
Filed in Book Reviews

Midnight Mysteries

savingNine best selling authors offer nine cozy tales just in time for Halloween!!! Midnight Mysteries!!! Karen Cantwell and Carolyn Haines just to name two! Grab it while it’s spooky!


Aaaaand, one I know I’ve been waiting for! Frank Tuttle’s latest Markhat mystery is out! Finally!!!! (These are urban fantasy, but they have a lot of cozy elements. LOVE this series.)

savingWay Out West is on sale for $3.44!!!


Couple of nice fonts in CreativeMarket’s freebies this week–and some Halloween illustrations just in time for October!

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Posted: September 19, 2016

Upholstery

Weeeeelll, it looks like I need more training in upholstering chairs. Remember how I love Sleep on Latex foam? (We have the Sleep on Latex Mattress, the topper, pillows, back cushions and so on). I ordered some more Sleep on Latex foam to be sent to my parent’s house ahead of my visit. I had very grand visions of reupholstering all their dining room chairs! I’d be famous! I’d be…well, never mind. I managed to do one seat and not even very well. The first try was even worse because I accidentally cut the fabric when I was cutting the foam! Note to self: Do not leave the fabric under the foam when cutting the foam!

First I cut the foam too big, so when I started stapling…well, it just stuck out funny. Then, in the chair below, it’s actually a little too small in places. Large in others. ACK. Well, one thing for certain, it’s a VERY comfortable chair, even if it’s misshapen and ugly due to my lack of patience and talent.

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Yeah, I know! They can hide it when guests come over. But meanwhile, Dad has a very comfortable seat!!!!

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Posted: September 17, 2016

El Paso Goes Undercover

Apparently El Paso thought it might be easier to catch rabbits, skunks and squirrels if he disguised himself as a cow. That’s the only reason I can think of that he would roll in cow urine and manure. There can’t be any other reason, unless he thought that, like Downy, it would get rid of the rest of the skunk smell. We didn’t have time to give him a full bath (You don’t even want to know how fun and messy that is. It’s like walking through a car wash without the car. Instead of coming out clean, you’re wet, smell like dog and are well covered in dog hair.) He resisted being washed off with the washcloth until he figured out that hey, maybe getting rid of that smell wasn’t such a bad idea. He wasn’t going to earn treat unless he got washed off, either. What is wrong with that dog?? I thought dogs had these super sensitive noses!!! Apparently El Paso just isn’t that bright. Hmph. He really doesn’t make a very good cow.

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Posted: September 12, 2016

See’s Candy Sale

In case you need to stock up for the holidays. Don’t try to tell me it’s too early. It is NEVER too early for chocolate and these are the BEST.

Celebrate Mary See’s Birthday! Take $4 off a purchase of $20 or more at See’s Candies! Offer valid 9/14-9/17.

They store very well in the fridge. Well, unless you eat them all, which is what happens around my house.

I’ve been meaning to tell you that Kobo has a new e-reader out. Wow. The Kobo Aura One is nice looking unit. It’s large, water proof and has software to work directly with Overdrive (the library lending system). THIS would make a great Christmas gift!

Update on my cold:
It lingers like a tank full of sewage sitting in front of your house, dripping goo. I am displeased.

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Posted: September 12, 2016

Cold

I hab a cold. By head ib draining about 50 gallons a minute. Who invented these things anyway???

Two days ago, the dogs ran off. All day. We had to go searching for them. Dad yelled about how inconvenient it is to have dogs. Dad said we shouldn’t have dogs. The miscreants finally came back at dinner time. Isn’t that just like a dog? They didn’t get to go on their run yesterday due to their naughtiness, so El Paso caught a squirrel. Being a dog, he refused to give up his “prize.” Mom really is too old to be trying to outsmart the dog, and she certainly can’t outrun him to get the squirrel and dispose of it. Dad’s comment: “Well, I can’t get them. Too small to shoot and I don’t like them because they eat the tomatoes in the garden. At least that dog is doing something to earn his keep.” You will note the contrast to the earlier, “We shouldn’t have dogs.”

I am telling you, if it isn’t lost cows, it’s lost dogs. What with all these events I somehow caught the nastiest cold on earth. My head has swelled at least three times normal. I hope it’s not the flu. I hope it is gone by noon.

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Posted: September 11, 2016
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