Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lookiing Ahead - 2012

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               Looking Ahead - 2012
  1.   .  Release of Dee Days by Lora Richards 
  2.   Release of Heart of Steele by Adelle Laudan
  3.         Finishing present WIP (Serial Killer)
  4.         Release of Dreams of Thunder by Elle Laudan
  5.         2nd annual Pitch Day at Sweeter Romantic Notions on Jan 10th
  6.         My daughter, Richelle graduates Highschool
  7.         Same daughter leaves for college in Ottawa to become a librarian
  8.         Adjusting to having only one of my four children still at home with me
  9.         Adjusting to my baby in her last year of highschool and making plans for her to go to college in 2013
  10.         Write sequel to Dee Days ie Dee Day Mystery series.
  11.         Make plans to attend at least one of two writers’ conferences
  12.         LOSE WEIGHT
  13.         Keeping my options open...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Snow Bride

I’m shouting out about a new release from a very talented Sweeter Romantic Notions’ Author, Lindsay Townsend...
The Snow Bride, is now available as a discounted order from Bookstrand – perfect timing for a New Year romantic winter/spring read.
 She is Beauty, but is he the Beast?
Elfrida, spirited, caring and beautiful, is also alone. She is the witch of the woods and now man dares to ask for her hand in marriage until a beast comes stalking brides and steals away her sister. Desperate, the lovely Elfrida offers herself as a sacrifice, as bridal bait, and she is seized by a man with fearful scars.  Is he the beast?
In the depths of a frozen midwinter, in the heart of the woodland, Sir Magnus, battle-hardened knight of the Crusades, searches ceaselessly for three missing brides, pitting his wits and weapons against a nameless stalker of the snowy forest. Disfigured and hideously scarred, Magnus has finished with love, he thinks, until he rescues a fourth ‘bride’, the beautiful, red-haired Elfrida, whose innocent touch ignites in him a fierce passion that satisfies his deepest yearnings and darkest desires.
Out now from Bookstrand Publishing 2011
Read Chapter One 
Read an Excerpt 
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Christmas Poem for the Ladies

Merry Christmas Ladies! 

If I were ol' Santa, you know what I'd do 
I'd dump silly gifts that are given to you
And deliver some things just inside your front door
Things you have lost, but treasured before.

I'd give you back all your maidenly vigor,
and to go along with it, a neat tiny figure.
Then restore the old color that once graced your hair
Before rinses and bleaches took residence there.

I'd bring back the shape with which you were gifted 
So things now suspended need not be uplifted.  
I'd draw in your tummy and smooth down your back
Till you'd be a dream in those tight fitting slacks.

I'd remove all your wrinkles and leave only one chin
So you wouldn't spend hours rubbing grease on your skin.
You'd never have flashes or queer dizzy spells,
And you wouldn't hear noises like ringing of bells.

No sore aching feet and no corns on your toes, 
No searching for spectacles when they're right on your nose.
Not a shot would you take in your arm, hip or fanny,
From a doctor who thinks you're a nervous old granny.

You'd never have a headache, so no pills would you take.
And no heating pad needed since your muscles won't ache.
Yes, if I were Santa, you'd never look stupid,
You'd be a cute little chick with the romance of a cupid.

I'd give a lift to your heart when those wolves start to whistle,
And the joys of your heart would be light as a thistle.
But alas! I'm not Santa. I'm simply just me,
The matronest of matrons you ever did see.

I wish I could tell you all the symptons I've got,
But I'm due at my doctor's for an estrogen shot
Even though we've grown older, this wish is sincere,
Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Bikers' Night Before Christmas

T'was the night before Christmas, and not until Spring, would an engine be running, not even a Wing.
The bikes were all sleeping, they're covered and warm, batteries are tended, nylon covers their form.
My Bros were all nestled snug in their beds, while visions of new chrome danced in their heads.
And I in my doo-rag, bike jacket and boots, out shoveling snow and dreaming of scoots.
Then from the horizon there came such a clatter, my shovel I dropped. What could be the matter?
Away up the hill, I drudged through the snow, looked up at the sky. Where'd all that noise go?
A throb from the heavens like straight pipes so hearty, gave Summers' good thoughts, a loud biker's party.
When, what to my wondering eyes would appear, but a neat '02 Retro, red trailer in rear.
With a little old rider, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than crotches his Retro came on, and he whistled, and shouted, and sang out this song;
"Now, Harley! Now, Big Dog! On Honda and Beamer!
Now Vulcan, Now Indian, on Vict'ry and Trumpet!
To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall!
Now RIDE away! RIDE away! RIDE away all!"
As small bikes that from the semis do fly, when they meet with the air blast, mount to the sky.
So, up to the house-top that Ol' Retro it flew, with a trailer of goodies, and ole' St. Nick too.
And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof, the rumble and thunder of pipes that gave proof.
I ran to the house, boots thumping around, and in came St. Nick all bearded and round.
Dressed all in black leather, from do-rag to boot, his chaps were all tarnished with road grime and soot.
A T-bag of goodies he'd flung on his back, and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His shades-how they twinkled! his do-rag how scary! 
With chains intertwined, through skulls that were cherry!
His droll little mouth had done many a row, but the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, the smoke had a strange smell, it gave him relief!
He had a broad face and a fat beer belly, that shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.
He was tattooed and plump, a right jolly old rider, so I offered a cold Bud. I though what could be righter?
 A wink of his eye as he downed the cold beer, gave me to know, I had nothing to fear.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to my ride, and fixed it with Chrome, Horsepower and Pride!
And giving the peace sign with bikers' good cheer, took off for his Retro which was rumbling quite near.
He sprang on the saddle, his gloves on the bars, a wheely he threw, then off towards the stars!
I heard him exclaim, as my chest swelled with pride...
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a Good Ride!"

Available Now ! Snow Angel by Adelle Laudan

Friday, December 16, 2011

New Release - Snow Angel

  Snow Angel

A heartwarming Christmas Story of Jack and Jenna--a mismatched couple
who find each other in the snow.

Jack lives in the middle of a winter wonderland between a popular Ski Resort and the Canadian border. Jenna is running from an overbearing father trying to dictate a husband for her. When Jack sees a car crash through the guardrail on a mountain road, he holds little hope of finding anyone alive. With the help of Sasha and Tito, Jack's trained Siberian Huskies, they find a survivor buried in the snow. A new woman in his life is the last thing Jack wants, but there's something about this feisty red head he finds very hard to ignore.
Buy Here $2.99

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thirteen Wishes

It is such a busy time of year. Time got away from me, but I want to wish all those who have shared their Thursdays throughout the year...
Thirteen Wishes I Wish for You!
Good Health....
          Good Friends...
                    Fond Memories....
Family time...
            Food on your table...
                          Presents under your tree...
The Merriest of Christmas's and a Happy New Year!

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Coming December 17th
                 -  Christmas Angel by Adelle Laudan

Friday, December 09, 2011

Oh Holly Night by Stacy Dawn

I'm shouting out about a fellow Sweeter Romantic Notions author's holiday release! This is the 5th book in Stacy's Christmas romance series in the hilariously eccentric town of Noelle. If you haven't read any of the previous books in the series, you're in for a treat! 

Oh Holly Night by Stacy Dawn
Helping out in hope of reaping a veterinarian partnership, Dr Holly Night winds up in her own version of a Christmas nightmare--Santa Claus, reindeer games, babies born in a stable. Raised in a family that didn't 'do' Christmas--or family--she is unprepared for a town filled with an overwhelming holiday spirit. Add in a handsome mechanic who finds amusement in her obvioud misery, and not only is her patience tried, but unexpectedly her belief as well.

Amusement isn't the only thing Rev Johnston feels for the pretty doctor or her situation, he's been the outsider before and knows how hard it can be. Having been abandoned one to many time before, he isn't about to let himself fall for someone who can't wait to get out of town.
Can the magic of Christmas, with a little help from Santa Claus, heal these two hearts before it's too late?

You can visit Stacy's WEBSITE  or purchase it right now from ARe 

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Christmas is Coming!

This is me, trying to get in the mood for Christmas. 
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Sugar plums danced in their heads...

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening...

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, had a very shiny nose...

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way...

Jack Frost nipping at your nose...

The holly and the ivy, When they are both full grown. Of all the trees that are in the wood. The holly bears the crown...

Frosty the snowman, had a very shiny nose...

Edelweiss is in memory of my mother who retained her German accent her entire life.
If I close my eyes I can picture her singing this at Christmas time

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Thirteen Observations

Thirteen Observations from Yesterday
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I went out yesterday...

1- I'd much rather be at home.

2- Traffic is crazy and it's only going to get worse in the next few weeks.

3-  My baby - 16 yr old is an amazing young lady. She only wanted a tattoo for Christmas. So, after discussing it for a year or so, I agreed .  She designed her own and it's quite beautiful. It's a Swallow(bird) just under her collarbone. She wanted that specific bird because a Swallow signifies; Loyalty to friends, Always returns home, and Only one mate for life.

4- My body is certainly not what it once was. Just that short time out and I'm still paying for it today

5- Christmas is soooo close.. yikes! 
 23 Days  14 hours  46 minutes

6- I  have a very short Christmas list this year.

7- As I ordered my grand daughters present to be delivered to her place, it made me sad. I don't think she'll make it down my way before Christmas, but hopefully in between then and New Years' Eve.

Bella Beau 4 in 1 Pet City Set                        La La Loopsy Tippy Thumbeine Doll

8- There are so many things out there that remind me I won't have my Mom & Dad at Christmas. 
This is 3rd year without my Mom (she passed on Boxing Day)  and the 4th without my Dad. I miss them. 

9- Postage is outrageous. I won't tell you how much it cost to send out all of my Christmas cards, a few books and a Few CD's. I'm afraid if I say it out loud I'll have a stroke. 

10- The malls are a nightmare, reminding me how much I detest Christmas shopping. Actually I detest shopping..period, but especially this time of year. 

11- I have zero tolerance for rude people. 

12- I'm so glad I decided on what I wanted for Christmas. My two girls (16 & 17 yrs old) are cooking Christmas dinner. It' s only for five people and they are both turning into pretty amazing cooks. 

13- I treasure so many online friendships I have, and count my blessing for those I know and those I have yet to meet. 

Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season.