The Jewel, The Sea, and Me

I'm ba-aack!

No break was ever enjoyed more than this one. By anyone. Maybe as much, but not more. I so needed it. I found my brain - it's working again. I'm relaxed. All is good :)

I may have been here

Or even here

But I definitely was not here

And today I'm happy to participate in the launch of
Jewel of Shaylar
written by my bloggie friend, Laura Eno. Laura IS a jewel. If you haven't met her yet, go say hi. I've survived Tea with Laura's alter ego, Mistress Snark, twice. And twice partaken of Jezebel's punch. You'll love Laura. Trust me :)

Archaeologist David Alexander investigates the cave where his father disappeared and hurtles into another world, one filled with magic and bizarre creatures. The mad ravings in his father's journals of icemen and dragons may not be fantasies after all.

Convinced his father may still be alive, David begins a treacherous journey to find him and discover a way home. Along the way, he encounters a few unlikely friends. A Dreean warrior, a beautiful thief and a satyr join him as he searches.

David's arrival into this new world sets off an explosive chain reaction of events. Faced with powerful adversaries and few clues, he may not get the chance to rescue his father before disaster strikes, condemning both of them to death. Or worse.

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Laura Eno
Speculative Fiction Wordsmith
The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you could find your way down the rabbit hole.

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Good luck, Laura, and much success with
Jewel of Shaylar!


J.L. Campbell said…
Glad you enjoyed your vacay.

Congrats to Laura. I've met her in a few places today. Jewel of Shaylar sounds like an exciting read.
Karen Baldwin said…
Glad you had a relaxing time away and it's always good when you brain starts working again. The Jewel of Shaylar sounds exciting. Always love a good book that is includes archaeology.
Congratulations, Laura!
Glad you enjoyed your break.
Laura Eno said…
Ah, I'm blushing by that intro, Carol! Jez gives you a wave. :)

It sounds like your mini vacation recharged your batteries. The scenery looks divine!
L. Diane Wolfe said…
I just did a beach vacation too and it was very relaxing.

Congrats to Laura.
Sean McLachlan said…
Welcome back! Since travel writing is one of my hats, I don't actually get vacations. All my vacations are working vacations! :-/
A novel starring an archaeologist? That's always tempting!
Anonymous said…
Glad you enjoyed your blogcation.
Unknown said…
Well, welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful break. Maybe at the beach.

Congrats, Laura! I hope your books does well.
Karen Walker said…
So glad you had a good break - love getting replenished in that way. Good luck, Laura
Luanne G. Smith said…
Wow, great photos. I want a break there. And congrats to Laura!
Carol Kilgore said…
J.L. - My break was AWEsome!

Em-Musing - I was a zombie.

Alex - Thanks. I needed more than Calgon to take me away :)

Laura - It's beautiful where we were. As you can see. Lots of good wishes for your new book!

Diane - Yay! Beaches are just the thing :)
Linda G. said…
Welcome back! Glad you had such a marvelous, relaxing time.

And congrats to Laura! :)
VR Barkowski said…
Congratulations to Laura on JEWEL OF SHAYLAR! Who doesn't love a hero's quest? And David Alexander's sounds action-packed and thrilling.

So glad you had a good break, Carol. Is that really your desk? I don't believe mine has ever looked that tidy.

VR Barkowski
Shelley Munro said…
I'm glad you had a good break. I can smell the sea air in those pix. Ice monsters and caves sound like fun :)
Johanna Garth said…
Welcome back! Looks like you had fun and Laura's book does sound like a jewel :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Sean - Sounds like you shot yourself in the foot with that one! On the other hand, or foot, you do get to visit lots of places in the guise of work :)

Delores - Thanks. I did!

Clarissa - Maybe, LOL!

Karen - Best way ever :)

Luanne - Thanks. That particular day was perfect weather.
Anonymous said…
Welcome back, love the pics, I have read various reviews about the book throughout the day, Hope it will be a success,

Unknown said…
I'm glad you had a good vacay, Carol. You deserved it!
Yay for Laura's book release! Wishing her much success! :-)
Carol Kilgore said…
Linda G - Very much so :)

VR - It really is my desk. The secret is...I took everything off to dust it. And took the photo before I returned anything. Even the mouse and mousepad. I don't like clutter, but I do need tools :)

Shelley - The sea air never smelled so good :)

Johanna - I did!

Yvonne - Thanks. I hope Laura has a hit, too!

Lexa - Thanks. I'm wishing Laura much success, too.

LD Masterson said…
Welcome back. And it's especially nice to see Laura getting some love at so many blogs today.
M Pax said…
Glad you enjoyed your break, Carol.

Woot, woot for Laura!
CATachresis said…
You've found your brain!!! You didn't see a spare lying around anywhere, did you? ;) Glad you had a good time :) xx
Mark Means said…
Looks like you had a great break and that reminds me I need to get to the beach again, soon :)

Congrats to Laura and I'm wishing her the best!
It is nice to get away and recharge and return feeling nice a relaxed and ready for life again.......well I have heard it is my recent holiday was great but can't say I have returned feeling
Helena said…
Oh, I feel so guilty! You worked on my blurb on your days off? What a jewel you are--isn't it clever how I reference Jewel of Shaylar, which looks so very interesting?

I hope you had a splendid time off, Carol. And if that's you flying over the waves, I am so very impressed.
Unknown said…
Welcome back! Hope you had a wonderful break. And holy moly, that book looks and sounds awesome.
DWei said…
Unfortunately, I was only where you were not. :P
Anonymous said…
Welcome back. That looks like an awesome break. It's great seeing Laura's book here.
Welcome back. I am glad that you feel revitalised - water does have that effect doesn't it?
And yes, Laura's book looks amazing (which is certainly not unexpected). I plan/hope to read it next week.
Jennifer Shirk said…
Welcome back!

And congrats to Laura!
Rachna Chhabria said…
Congrats to Laura. Her book sounds good.
Carol Kilgore said…
LD - Thanks. I think it's great for Laura, too.

Mary - I did :)

CATachresis - There may have been one hiding under the petunias....

Mark - Beaching it at least a few times a year keeps me sane :)

Jo-Anne - I've had getaways that weren't relaxing, too. I know that feeling :/
Very funky title for your post... can hear you've been on vacay!
Welcome back Carol!
I've seen Laura's book all over the place... great cover!

Writer In Transit
Morgan said…
Oh, welcome back, Carol!!!! Your trip looks amazing!!!!!

And I love seeing Laura's book everywhere today! So wonderful!
Cherie Reich said…
Welcome back! It looks like you had a fabulous time!

Congrats to Laura!
Carol Kilgore said…
Helena - I don't have enough upper body strength to kite surf. I wish I did. I'd be right there!

Raquel - My break was awesome. I love Laura's books.

DWei - But you were productive and have good news :)

Medeia - Yes! It's one of my favorite places for a quick getaway.

EC - Water certainly does it for me. Relaxes and energizes at the same time.
mshatch said…
Looks like you had a nice vaca! Isn't it nice to go some place where you can't write and absolutely have to relax. I've done that a few times and it is Heavenly!

And congrats to Laura!
Carol Kilgore said…
Jennifer - I'm having trouble getting my groove back :)

Rachna - Everything I've read by Laura has been good.

Michelle - I'm still a little on vacation :)

Morgan - It's a fun spot!

Cherie - Had a great time.

mshatch - It was exactly what I needed.
mrs.which said…
Looks like you had an amazing vacation! And love the sound of Laura's book!
Nothing like a break to rejuvenate the soul and tickle the tummy... especially when crab cakes are involved.

Laura's book sounds super! I wish her much success with it.
Carol Kilgore said…
Meradeth - I did! And I love the sound of Laura's book, too.

Susan - Exactly!
Welcome back! I'm glad you found your brain again :)
And yay for Laura
Julie Flanders said…
So glad you enjoyed your break! The pictures make me very anxious for my own vacation. :)

I gave you a shout-out on my guest post on the A to Z Challenge blog today. Just wanted to share how much I enjoyed your book promotion theme!
I'm glad you had a great break. It's good to have you back. This book sounds like it would make a wonderful read.
Have a great day.
Yay! You're back! Sounds like you had a lovely time!

Congratulations to Laura, and much success with Jewel of Shaylar!

Unknown said…
Glad you had a great break. I can't believe how tidy your writing area is. Mine is far from it. *shakes head in shame*
Carol Kilgore said…
Lynda - Me, too. But it's had a few naps, and watched a movie once :)

Julie - Thanks for the shout-out! I'm glad you liked it. I liked yours, too. Have a great vacation!

Brenda Kay - Thank you! Most readers that I've heard from so far are liking it.

Nas - I did!

Stina - I cheated. Almost everything was off my desk so I could clean it. Also, I don't have a door, so I'm forced to keep it somewhat presentable. But I make no apologies when I'm really working.
Jemi Fraser said…
Yay for vacations, being home and for Laura! :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Jemi - A perfect time for each. And a huge yay for Laura!