Monday, August 3, 2015

It's a Beer...It's a Sale...It's a Giveaway!

The Last Sale of Summer has arrived.

This week - August 3 through August 9 - SECRETS OF HONOR is on sale at Amazon for 99 cents. It is always available to read for free via Kindle Unlimited.

By the end of a long evening working as a special set of eyes for the presidential security detail, all Kat Marengo wants is to kick off her shoes and stash two not-really-stolen rings in a secure spot. Plus, maybe sleep with Dave Krizak. No, make that definitely sleep with Dave Krizak. The next morning, she wishes her new top priorities were so simple.

As an operative for a covert agency buried in the depths of the Department of Homeland Security, Kat is asked to participate in a matter of life or death--locate a kidnapped girl believed to be held in Corpus Christi, Texas. Since the person doing the asking is the wife of the president and the girl is the daughter of her dearest friend, it’s hard to say no.

Kat and Dave quickly learn the real stakes are higher than they or the first lady believed and will require more than any of them bargained for.

The kicker? They have twenty-four hours to find the girl--or the matter of life or death will become more than a possibility.

SECRETS OF HONOR is the story of a jewel thief with many talents who happens to work for the government.

All shares of the SECRETS OF HONOR sale information
with your friends is much appreciated.
Thanks to all who continue to read and purchase my books.

In other news . . . 

Here's a huge THANK YOU to Brandon and Bryan, the awesome funny guys at A BEER FOR THE SHOWER, for the Ad Blocker Plus suggestion in the comments of my July blog (scroll to the post immediately below this one if you missed it or don't remember).

I have been "What?" free for a full month!

And finally . . .

Over on T.B. Markinson's blog, Making My Mark, I'm honored to be part of her August giveaway of free ebooks - yes, the signup period lasts a full month. If you'd like to receive a free copy of IN NAME ONLY plus several others, head on over there and sign up for a Rafflecopter drawing. Sadly, I'm unable to post an entry form here - Rafflecopter refuses to acknowledge that I exist. 

That's it from my corner of Texas.

What's new with you?

I'll see you back here on Monday, September 5.

Monday, July 6, 2015

...and it wasn't even a full moon!

Happy July!
I wish there was an emoji for fireworks :)

During the first week of June, In Name Only was on sale for 99 cents. That ship has sailed.

It's now the first week of July.

This week- July 6 through July 12 - SOLOMON'S COMPASS, is on sale for 99 cents at Amazon.

   When Coast Guard Commander Taylor Campbell returns to Rock Harbor, Texas, to tend to her uncle’s estate, she meets a mysterious former Navy SEAL, Jake Solomon, and learns her uncle didn't drown accidentally. His murder was one in a string of murders of a group of Vietnam veterans who called themselves the Compass Points. 
   Before her uncle died, he sent Taylor a message with the location of his buried treasure. Unearthing it will place her squarely in the killer’s crosshairs, but she’s determined to fulfill her uncle’s last wish. 
   Jake, sent to protect her and find the killer, has other plans. His mission would be much easier to accomplish if he could forget how good she’d tasted when he kissed her. 

SOLOMON'S COMPASS is the story of a woman who comes face to face with a hidden secret from the Vietnam Era.

I would love for you to share this with your friends.

Thanks to all who continue to read and purchase my books.
I all my readers!

Question: My first novel, In Name Only, was on sale the first week of June. My second novel, Solomon's Compass, is on sale the first week of July. When do you think my third novel, Secrets of Honor, will be on sale?

Moving on . . . 'cause it's a total change of subject.

Strange things sometimes happen to me. Here lately, these occurrences are becoming more frequent. I'm only going to tell you the most recent because . . . you know. Plus, I don't want you to think I'm weird or anything :)

The other day, I was taking one of those crazy quizzes on Facebook - like Which Medieval Princess Are You kind of things - yes, I'm horribly guilty of falling for that click bait.

Anyway, I'm clicking along and choosing and one group of choices is so funny I laugh out loud. I'm giggling and the dogs are looking at me as if I've finally traveled around the bend. There may have been a snort. Then I say, through another round of giggles, "Oh, God!"

From my computer speakers I hear a male voice say, "What?"

I. Kid. You. Not.

I'm glad I'd swallowed my coffee.

Then I really pay attention. I mean, something like that is hard to ignore. But I can't stop more giggles. Just in case, I say out loud, "Are you talking to me?"


So I look up at the tabs, and the little blue circle is spinning. Ah-ha! I'm certain an ad was trying to load, but didn't make it, and all that got through was a perfectly timed "What?"

That's what had to have occurred. Right?

See you back here on Monday, August 3!

Monday, June 1, 2015

First, Last and Always

I'm not sure where to begin. I want to tell you everything "first," but I haven't mastered that ability yet :)

The First First

This week, IN NAME ONLY, is on sale for 99cents at Amazon. I would love if you'd share this with your friends.
No Home. No Family. No Place to Hide.
For Summer Newcombe, that's only the beginning.
IN NAME ONLY is the story of a young woman who learns she's been trapped inside the Federal Witness Protection program her entire life.

The Second First

The first book of my trilogy is drafted. I finished the initial draft in the middle of May, so only a couple of weeks past my goal. However, my 60K goal turned into 74K. I learned that my story had more going on than I thought.

I'm currently in the middle of a quick inspection pass before sending it to my critique partner - mostly filling in the notes I made while drafting. My goal is to have it to her by mid June.

I'm also working on the timeline for the second book. My goal is to begin drafting it on or before the first Monday in July. And to complete the first draft by the end of September. As with Book One, my goal is 60K. We'll see how I do this time.

You've probably noticed I still haven't shared anything much about titles or stories. It's way too early for that, so you'll just have to wonder. I will say this story fits my Crime Fiction with a Kiss brand, just in a slightly different way since it's a trilogy.

I'm also going to share the current first paragraph - the one that starts the whole shebang rolling. Just remember it's subject to all kinds of changes since it's first draft.

   Slaton Enloe relaxed in his desk chair, his booted feet propped on the windowsill. Spread beyond the glass, as far as he could see, was the rocky, rolling land that had been in his family for generations, since 1851--six years after Texas became a state in 1845. Patches of bluebonnets paraded their beauty in the early morning April sun.

The Third First

It took me a little more than four months to draft the first book. That was with blogging every week in January and February, and twice a month in March, April and May.

My goal to finish the second book in three months means that during the summer, I'll only be here the first Monday of each month with a new post.

It's open-ended as to when I'll return to twice monthly blogging, as I'll still have the third book to draft and all three books to edit. So for the foreseeable future, I'll be here on the first Monday of each month only.

It probably also means I'll be straggling by your blogs to visit at various times during the month. So if I don't respond to your comments right away, give me a couple of weeks. I'll get there. I'll also be sharing what's going on with me on Facebook and Twitter. Links are in my left sidebar here.

And remember ... I don't love you any less. I'm just getting my priorities in order. Finally.

It would be much easier if I didn't love you and blogging so much

See you back here on Monday, July 6


Monday, May 18, 2015


A few years ago, like four or five, we had a big rain like we had last week. In between then and now, we've been in a major drought, so the excitement around here was real.

Anyway, the last time we had a big rain, we were visited by a family of ducks. Mommy and Daddy arrived in our backyard with a whole bunch of little yellow ducklings.

Shiner, our blue heeler, was a puppy and tried to herd the peeps. We figured their home flooded and our yard had been part of a wildlife trail before the area was developed. So after a few minutes of checking everything out, Mom and Dad Duck eventually found a way for peeps to go under the fence.

Fast forward to last week.

Not long after the rain let up, ducks appeared in our side yard by the gate to the back searching for a way under the fence. Only it’s a different breed of duck from before.

These ducklings were black and white. So we had Mommy, Daddy, and fourteen active little ducklings. And soon, two neighborhood kids--one about six and one about nine.


Live-In Handyman opened the gate, and into the backyard they went. Mama Duck huddled her ducklings in the far corner of the yard but soon joined Dad in the trees. Duck Lesson #1: teaching independence.


The same hole the ducklings found before has since been repaired, so Handyman started making a new opening for them. Mom and Dad Duck watched, and both of them talked to the babies, who ran around like, what else, little lost ducklings :)


Those ducklings were quick and all over the place. We needed Shiner! But he's traded his love of little moving things for a love of food. So both dogs stayed in the house.

The kids and I kept the ducklings semi-corralled until the hole was open. When it was, Mama Duck landed in the yard to oversee the safe passage of her babies.

As soon as the last duckling was through and in the neighboring yard, Mama Duck flew up to the fence, then to the ground on the other side. I’m guessing she counted babies and made sure all were OK.

Then she flew back up on the fence and talked to us for about 30 seconds. I’d like to think she was thanking us for getting her babies safely on the other side. Since I don’t speak Duck, I’m not completely sure.

She then flew down to the ground on the other side again, and about a minute later she flew off in the opposite direction.

Although I couldn't see them, I am sure she was following her babies.

That's what Moms do.

See you back here on Monday, June 1.

For those of you in the U.S., have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!