Friday, July 22, 2016

Random Thoughts: Flowers

Earlier this month, we bought a number of plants to create a splash of color on the front porch and in the back yard to make the yard more appealing. I honestly don't have much luck with plants.

They die.


I water them...they die.
I don't water them...they die.
I give them too much sun or not enough sun...they die.



I think you get the picture. I'm just not good with plants. So far, I've only lost one (it's not quite dead and have moved it to a new location, hoping it will survive). All the others are still living and producing flowers. I did pick plants that liked/needed lots of sun, low water, and/or native Texas plants.





One of the plants I picked was Lantana. When I was growing up, I saw this plant growing wild in our backyard and along the dirt roads. I never thought much about it, other than it was a pretty wildflower.












But I learned that Lantana attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, but it repels mosquitoes. Currently, our front porch is mosquito free and colorful.









Friday, July 15, 2016

Pre-Order Alert!!! Bryant Station Curves Box Set, Books 1-3




Guess what?!  Bryant Station Curves Box Set (Books 1-3) will be available on July 28, but you can pre-order now at:
           Amazon
           KOBO
           iBooks 
           Barnes and Noble


This box set is currently on contains:

Lisa's Bear (book 1)
Curvy Lisa wants a family, but seems to attract the men, and she can't believe David Anderson is any different. Good looking men don't want large women with curves. Can David convince Lisa she is his mate or will his actions prove Lisa right?

Chasing Tara (book 2)
Tara Wilson and her daughter, Haley, are running fro their lives from her brother-in-law who plans to use Tara to pay off his gambling debts. Jason Anderson's bear knows curvy Tara is its mate, but the man refuses to believe Fate would grant him another mate.

Abby's Heart (book 3) 
Fifteen years ago, curvy Abby Wolfe's heart was shattered when her mate betrayed her. Fate brings Skylar Anderson back into her life, but the evil that drove them apart has plans for Abby which don't include Skylar.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Story Spotlight: Gracie's Wolf





Excerpt:
Quinn reached for the bottle of whiskey, but it was gone. He shook his head. "You could have left the bottle. It's not like I don't have access to more." Quinn got up and walked to his bedroom. "I will do everything I can to protect my family and pack, but I won't take a mate. I won't sentence her to my darkness." He felt his dire wolf stir. "And don't you start whining about a mate. You know why we can't have her."

Quinn flopped down on the bed and fell into an exhausted sleep.













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Monday, July 11, 2016

Inspiration

 


 

All our DREAMS can come true, 
if we have the COURAGE to pursue them.
--Walt Disney


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Random Thoughts: Writing, the House, and Organization

One of the planters in my backyard.
Buying a house is so much easier than selling one. LOL! We finished culling our belongings, and packing what we decided to keep. I have donated, given away, and trashed so much. It was completely unreal how much stuff we (DH and I) have accumulated over the years. I'm sore and tired, but now, we are down to an extremely minimal amount of furniture and other stuff in the house.

Now, it's keeping everything clean which is easier with no clutter in the house. We've already had some showings but no offers yet. Fingers crossed.

I so hate waiting for the phone to ring to schedule a showing. I want the house to be sold and everything done with, especially the moving into a smaller rental. Unfortunately, not everything goes at the speed I want it to.

With the big stuff done, I'm back to focusing on writing. Lucifer Fitch's story is going good. I'm revising my working outline--an ongoing process during the writing phase.

I've gathered my notes and partial outline for book 7 of Bryant Station Curves, which is Joy and Theo's story. In a few days, I will start creating an outline. The book will be out sometime around October/November. As soon as I have a set date, I will let you know.

With the purging of my office, I decided now was the time to create a new organization system for my story ideas. The new used desk DH got me last year has two large drawers designed for hanging files, and have been empty since he bought the desk. Hanging files are not something I've really used before, but I thought I could set a file for each idea, and any notes, scribbles, pictures, or whatever for the idea could be dumped into the file. It is definitely a work in progress, but with all the ideas I have, I need a better organization system.

I hope you're having a wonderful summer.
Stay cool.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Story Spotlight: Chance to Love Again

 


Excerpt:
Tori stared out the huge glass window. She saw the lake and wondered if she walked into it, if she would freeze to death or drown first. It wasn't the first time she had thought about ending her life, but lately, the thoughts of death drifted through her mind more frequently.

She knew she couldn't give into them. She had too many people who were dependent on her for their livelihoods.

Also, Ben would be angry with her if she did. He wanted her to live...to love again...to have a family. In a dream, he told her she had another mate coming for her.

Tori didn't want to believe him.







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Sunday, July 3, 2016