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Still Got It

It’s nice to know that after 20 some years of marriage, I can still surprise my husband. When I told him that we needed to go buy rabbit manure yesterday, he said, ‘WHAT?!?”

“Rabbit manure.”

“Did you say rabbit?”

“Yup. Guy near here has some for sale.”

“I’ve never heard of rabbit manure. Why do we need rabbit manure?” By this time he was putting things together so he already knew the answer even though he asked.

“Garden. Good for tomato plants, and it’s not a hot mature like the other ones. I don’t have to worry about it burning the plants.”

“Yeah. Sure. Everyone knows that.”

We didn’t get a very good deal on it–I thought we were getting 50 pounds or thereabouts. Turns out the guy said he fills a 50 pound rabbit FOOD bag with manure–not that he was selling 50 pound bags. Food is heavier than manure, so really all I got was a single bag for 10 dollars. I did bring the rabbits some organic beet greens to eat. They’ll probably like them.

Meanwhile, today I hope to find some tycoons. If you see any, let me know!

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Posted: March 9, 2017
Filed in Walks in Life

Excerpts

What do y’all think of excerpts for upcoming books? I don’t like to read them because then I want the book RIGHT NOW. But others do like the teasers, snippets and ability to gossip about what the characters are up to. Fairy Bite won’t be out until May-ish, but I’d like to do a cover poll and, if you’d like, I could provide an excerpt.

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Fairy Bite

Shunned and ridiculed ever since a fairy mistakenly bit her, Ally leaves her village knowing it’s the only way her family can resume their normal lives and be respected. She heads to Wendal, hoping the shifters there won’t care about the little problems associated with the effects of a fairy bite.

Before she is even halfway there, she discovers that the fairies may not be finished ruining her life. If she wants to leave Birk, she’ll first have to contend with the little people, a very ornery gargoyle, more than one prince and, of all things, an enraged dragon.

Dragons of Wendal

DragonKin

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Posted: March 8, 2017
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Mother Nature’s Little Games

I have very specific plants that I look for when gardening. I study the types that will do well here and figure out which ones are disease resistant. Today was quite nice out, a balmy 74 or so. I headed down to one of my favorite plant stores in shorts and a tee. I was soooo disappointed to find out that the place didn’t have any Tycoons (tomato variety.) When I asked about them the guy told me they were SOLD out. He then had the nerve to tell me they don’t get many in because no one buys them. Uh–WHAT???? Did you hear what you just said???

I was puttering around the place, wishing I had a million dollars to buy all the gorgeous flowers and maybe try a new kind of tomato or five. There was a big dark cloud on the horizon, but I ignored it. The wind blew. Seventy four was feeling suspiciously chilled. In the next 2 minutes it was suddenly 60 degrees. My summery shorts and carefree attitude turned to “Crazy lady with cart wants to check out NOW.” I had to call Randy to tell him to go get the orchid and cucumbers from outside! He wanted to know what they looked like, where I set them, what did I do with the plastic we keep them on… “CUCUMBERS. THEY LOOK LIKE CUCS. RUN!” Or at least hurry.

He saved them. But I know they got cold. I hope they don’t get sneezy.

Last week, I forgot to mention that my credit card number had been stolen. I’ve been waiting for the replacement card. Waiting. And Waiting. I even called to make sure that they sent it to the correct address. The lady on the phone did not tell me they had not sent it at all. I know this because today I got a tracking number for it that informed me they had just sent it. I clicked the tracking to make sure it was coming to the correct address. It took me to the credit card page–where I cannot log in until I have an activated card. Uh, folks. WHO THOUGHT OF THIS IDEA???? WHO? I have my clue stick ready. Just GIVE ME THE NAME.

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Posted: March 7, 2017
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Bargain: Mystery, Humor

The Man Who Died Laughing looks like it could be good and possibly funny (although I suspect dark wit).

Stewart Hoag’s first novel made him the toast of New York. Everyone in Manhattan wanted to be his friend, and he traveled the cocktail circuit supported by Merilee, his wife, and Lulu, his basset hound. But when writer’s block sunk his second novel, his friends, money, and wife all disappeared. Only Lulu stuck by him.

The only opportunity left is ghostwriting—an undignified profession that still beats dental school. His first client is Sonny Day, an aging comic who was the king of slapstick three decades ago. Since he and his partner had a falling out in the late 1950s, Day has grown embittered and poor, until the only thing left for him to do is write a memoir. Hoagy and Lulu fly to Hollywood expecting a few months of sunshine and easy living. Instead they find Day’s corpse, and a murder rap with Hoagy’s name on it.

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Posted: March 7, 2017
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Bundled Graphics – On Sale

Need lots of cute graphics for a project? HungryJPG has a great one on sale today!

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Posted: March 7, 2017
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Bargain: Historical Mystery

Love this cover! She means BUSINESS! Lady Cop Makes Trouble

After besting (and arresting) a ruthless silk factory owner and his gang of thugs in Girl Waits with Gun, Constance Kopp became one of the nation’s first deputy sheriffs. She’s proven that she can’t be deterred, evaded, or outrun. But when the wiles of a German-speaking con man threaten her position and her hopes for this new life, and endanger the honorable Sheriff Heath, Constance may not be able to make things right.

Lady Cop Makes Trouble sets Constance loose on the streets of New York City and New Jersey–tracking down victims, trailing leads, and making friends with girl reporters and lawyers at a hotel for women. Cheering her on, and goading her, are her sisters Norma and Fleurette–that is, when they aren’t training pigeons for the war effort or fanning dreams of a life on the stage.

Based on a true story, Girl Waits with Gun introduced Constance Kopp and her charming and steadfast sisters to an army of enthusiastic readers. Those readers will be thrilled by this second installment–also ripped from the headlines–in the romping, wildly readable life of a woman forging her own path, tackling crime and nefarious criminals along the way.

The first in the series is quite famous: Girl Waits with Gun I also noticed that the paperback for the second book (Lady Cop Makes Trouble has already gone back up in price–if you want the ebook sale, you better grab it fast!)

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Bargain: Cozy Boxed Set

The Maggie Newberry Series is on sale for 99 cents–all three books!

Murder travels nicely in this popular mystery series featuring ex-pat Maggie Newberry who lives in France with her vintner French chef husband. Enjoy the sights and smells of Provence, the Côte d’Azur and Paris as Maggie uses her amateur (and very American) sleuthing skills to detect and confront the vilest murderers on the continent! Check out the series for yourself with the the first three books, bundled together and priced at the cost of less than two books at full price!
Warning: This series is set in France so do NOT read hungry!

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Bargain: Finally on Kindle – Mystery

This one is a reprint–finally out on Kindle for the first time. The Far Cry by Fredric Brown. It’s considered noir, and it takes place in Taos, NM!

When George Weaver decides to move to Taos, New Mexico for some well-needed rest, he gets more than he’s bargained for.

After buying a remote house, he learns of the mysterious murder of Jenny Ames. Something of a local legend, the murder haunts the town having remained unsolved for eight years.

With nothing to do but drink and sit with his thoughts, Weaver decides to accept his friend’s offer of uncovering and writing the story of the missing girl.

What seems a dead-end at first becomes a thrilling mystery leading Weaver across the country and down a rabbit hole of lies, hidden identities and an unknown past. Weaver slowly becomes wrapped up in the case, but will he be able to uncover the truth after all these years?

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Gardening Day

Okay, folks, TODAY is finally the day I can start putting in tomato plants! I have two large ones that I’ve been babying for a month–there’s already tomatoes on them! AND AND AND the neighbor brought me his used mulch/leaves!!! These people are crazy. Used mulch is the BEST soil there is. Sure, it’s not completely broken down, which is even better–retains moisture. I mean, he had an entire wheelbarrow full! And here I was with no dirt. I was just going to make do and use what I had this year and now I have a whole pile of the good stuff! (Yes, it could use some manure in it, but unless a cow or horse happens along, I’ll just use it as is. An elephant would work too, but I think there’s slightly less chance of one coming by. If I’m lucky a bird will perch on the top and leave an offering!)

I think I’ll plant some flowers this year too. Attract more bees. I have bees on my Meyer’s Lemon tree already. They look a bit peaked. They need more flowers.

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Posted: March 3, 2017

Non-Fiction Bargain: Cruise Ships

The Truth About Cruise Ships – Ah, yes, a peek into the kitchen…and the reality of those glamorous cruise ships! I’ve been on a couple of cruises. I didn’t particularly like being trapped on a ship and a look at the faces of the workers always made me feel as if they were overworked and possibly underpaid. The food was delicious however. The accommodations were small. The entertainment was generally boring by my categories and the ship movement made me seasick when I tried to read. And guess what? Reading is my main entertainment so you can see some of my hesitation in recommending a cruise.

I’m not sure the focus is on cruise secrets, but it was recommended as non-fiction on my reading group.

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Posted: March 2, 2017
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