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DragonKin

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Ghost Shadow

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Soul of the Desert

Cover Shots

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Posted: March 24, 2017
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Bargain: Mystery by Lee Harris

These look really good–and the first, The Good Friday Murder, is 99 cents right now! I love the solving of very old mysteries.

Christine Bennett has left the cloistered world of nuns for the profane world of New York State, where murder and madness are often linked. At a town meeting, Christine volunteers to investigate a forty-year-old murder case long since closed. Now she’ll move heaven and earth to exonerate a pair of retarded savant twins, now senior citizens, of their mother’s murder on Good Friday in 1950.
Also at Kobo for that great price!

Also at GooglePlay.


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Some Gardening Pictures

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Spring is in full force here, coming up on summer hot very, very fast. I planted this borage plant several months ago…December I believe. I planted it because I read that bees love borage flowers. Well, I’ve not see a single bee anywhere around it! After further research, I believe the article was referring to bumblebees and we don’t have many of those here at this time of the year (actually they are very rare here at all, but I have a lilac bush and they do seem to like it so for the first time ever, I did see bumblebees last year.)

The flowers are quite tasty. A burst of sweet flavor.


Next up we have a picture of my little flower farm. I don’t usually grow many flowers, but I need more bees. I’ve been hand pollinating cucumbers and zucchini for years. I’m hoping this year the bees are back in large enough numbers that they do the job for me!

Last, but not least, here’s the garden. It doesn’t look like much yet, but there’s plenty of small plants in there. They will eventually bring me food!!!


If things go well in the front yard, I will take a picture of the phlox. I have a dark red amaryllis growing right in the middle of all the pink flowers. No sane gardener would put two such clashing flowers together, but I grow using the chaos method–whatever comes up wherever.

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Posted: March 23, 2017
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Wacky Chocolate Cake

Made this cake today.

For when you are in the mood for a light chocolate cake, perhaps on a summer afternoon with coffee or tea, this wacky cake is a good choice. (Look here for a decadent chocolate buttermilk cake.)

This recipe uses no eggs, and I don’t icing the cake. It’s more of a “coffee” cake type cake.

In large mixing bowl, sift:

3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 tsp baking soda

Add:
3/4 cup melted or very soft butter
splash of buttermilk (about 1/4 cup)
2 tsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups cold water

Blend until smooth. Spray 9 X 13 pan with nonstick spray. Bake cake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes. Cool and serve.

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Posted: March 22, 2017
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Bargain Cozy Mystery and More

Deadly Magic is only 99 cents. I’ve seen her other series, but not read either–anyone have an opinion? Chime in!

A night of magic turns into a night of murder.

It’s Halloween night and the normally unhappy co-workers of the Straker Toy Company are eagerly looking forward to the celebration of their tyrannical boss’ fiftieth birthday. None more so than Grace Holliday. After all, it’s not every day she gets invited to the annual costumed bash at the Dragon’s Lair, the premier magic theater in Manhattan.

What promises as a night of magic and mystery, quickly turns into a night of mayhem and murder when the boss’ equally tyrannical wife dies on stage.

According to the police, it was an obvious suicide. Now it’s up to Grace to discover which one of her co-workers pulled off the trick of the year before she becomes the killer’s next victim.

Shit My Dad Says – I always wanted to read this book. I doubt it will be as interesting as shit MY dad says, but it’s possible, right??? Plus, I think the dad in this book uses foul language and my dad rarely does. Never had to. He always got his points across with either a look or a rebel yell. You just never argued with either.

On sale for $1.99 today.


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Bargain: Urban Fantasy

This book comes highly rec’d by April the Dragon. I’ve had my eye on it for a while, but it was one of those 12.99 books, so I ignored it. Well, today it is $2.99 (along with the next two in the series.)

Three Parts Dead

A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.

Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.

Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb’s courts?and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt Coulumb’s slim hope of survival.

Set in a phenomenally built world in which lawyers ride lightning bolts, souls are currency, and cities are powered by the remains of fallen gods, Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence introduces readers to a modern fantasy landscape and an epic struggle to build a just society.

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Posted: March 20, 2017
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Bargain Cozy Recommendation

Undercover agent “Lucy” writes in to recommend “Death by Chocolate.” The book–not dying that way. Although…never mind.

Lindsay’s only secret is the recipe for her chocolate chip cookies, but she is surrounded by neighbors with deadly secrets. Suddenly she finds herself battling poisoned chocolate, a psycho stalker, and a dead man who seems awfully active for a corpse.

Her best friend and co-worker, Paula, dyes her blond hair brown, hides from everybody and insists on always having an emergency exit from any room. Secrets from Paula’s past have come back to put lives in jeopardy.

Determined to help Paula, Lindsay enlists the reluctant aid of another neighbor, Fred, an OCD computer nerd. In spite of his mundane existence, Fred possesses tidbits of knowledge about such things as hidden microphones, guns, the inside of maximum security prisons and how to take someone down with a well-aimed kick to his chin.

As Lindsay battles the elusive stalker, poisoned chocolate, and the dead man, she will need more than a chocolate fix to survive. But that’s always a good start

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Posted: March 19, 2017
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Flowers

Back to our regularly scheduled posts…

If you plan on buying flowers this year, maybe for your patio or your planter, you might want to buy and start seeds now. I wanted to put some flowers in for the bees this year because I’ve had trouble attracting them to the veggie garden until after I’ve been hand pollinating for about a month. Turns out that flower starts are double or more the price of vegetables! It’s bad enough that all the growers decided they could make a higher profit by not selling six-packs of veggies. By and large only the quart and gallon vegetables were available. The flowers were worse. They were all in fairly large containers and each flower–we are talking ONE plant–was 6 or more dollars! Yikes.

I bought one and the tag said, “Propagation not allowed.” Yeah, whatever. Not only do they want to charge six dollars for one tiny flower, they don’t want you collecting the seeds or breaking off pieces and starting additional plants? ARE YOU CRAZY? For one, most people garden for fifteen minutes each spring (you know who you are. I’ve seen your yard!) and then they move on. For two, if you didn’t charge six dollars for one measly little flower, people would buy three or four or six of the things, plant them all over the yard and not even consider how to propagate the plant!

Sheesh.

Rant over. But seriously. If you want flowers and you live up north, now is probably a good time to get some seeds and start a few plants. It could save you a lot of money in the long run and you’d be able to have more than one flower!

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Posted: March 16, 2017

Championship March Madness Cover Poll

All righty then. I am not sure I have improved things so much as changed them. The one cover may be too squashed. Let’s remember, I’m a writer, not a cover artist. I don’t even know the right terms for “Light coming from the wrong direction” and “color balance” and “you dorked that up.” But I present you with The Championship Cover Poll. I await your votes. THE WORLD IS WATCHING YOU!! Well, only me and maybe the NSA and one traditional publisher who needed to know what it was like on the other side…

Once you have selected the final cover, I can pretend to spiff it up to a final spiffiness (which means that all I have left in me is that I might move the name around or delete the butterfly).

Which cover takes the championship???

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Thank you to everyone who has voted in the previous rounds, for your emails and all your suggestions!

For those of you just joining us, Fairy Bite is the third book in the Dragons of Wendal series (cozy fantasy).

Dragons of Wendal

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Posted: March 15, 2017
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More Fairy Bite Polls

Based on your input, I worked all day to make improvements to the covers. I’ve changed both them here and there. Hopefully they are now both fit for Fairy Bite. Feel free to offer your opinions by voting again or commenting or both!

Which cover do you prefer for Fairy Bite?

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Posted: March 13, 2017
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