Saturday, July 23, 2016

Gotta Love Facebook

Despite all the ads, the political rhetoric, and recipe videos that make me hungry even though I’ve just eaten, I love Facebook.  It has provided me with a venue to keep in touch with people that would otherwise have slipped out of my life forever. Because of Facebook, yesterday a friend that I hadn’t seen in fifteen years and I met up to do a bit of shopping and just spend a day catching up with each other. Within minutes we were laughing and carrying on as if we’d seen each other every day for the last fifteen years. In fact, we were so busy laughing, we missed a turn and ended up ‘lost’ on our way to the shopping extravaganza that we’d been invited to via Facebook. Luckily all we had to do was open Facebook on my phone, click on the address and the phone started talking to us, telling us to turn around, and then step by step, told us how to get where we needed to go—interrupting our laughing now and again to remind us the next turn was coming up. 

We happened to drive past Paisley Park, and of course stopped to walk the fence line and see all the memorials people have left for Prince. Some were utterly amazing. As were the people, including a women who had flown in from L.A. that morning to pay her own tribute to him. 

Later, (after the shopping extravaganza that left us filling her car with deals that were too good to be true) we ventured on to find a wonderful little cafĂ© and shared a lovely meal and browsed the sidewalk sales going on in the area. Needless to say, it was a fabulous day that happened because of Facebook. 

I also appreciate how Facebook allows me to share writing news, both on my page and my Author page. Yesterday, I shared the cover art for my next release Unwrapping the Rancher’s Secret. I love this cover! And yes, it’s a Christmas story. Another thing I love to read and write. 

Today I’ll spend some time working on my next WIP about a blacksmith who wants a wife and a mail order bride who has promised to wed the town’s mayor. Then I have to get busy with prep work for tomorrow. We are hosting Bear’s birthday party. Our amazing granddog turned nine last Sunday, so all the kids, grandkids, and granddogs will be over to celebrate. 

I hope you have a fabulous weekend, and if you are browsing Facebook, stop by and say hi!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Goodness, it's been a while since I posted a blog!

July already! I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating our Nation’s Independence Day! We had a great time with water balloons, volley ball, fireworks, and of course Papa barbequed. One of our granddaughters made these wonderful cupcakes. Upon arrival at our house, she told me, “Grandma, I made them all by myself. All Mom did was pick out the eggshells.” 

We had all the grandkids here for a couple of days last week, and one morning while Papa and I were in the garage, he looked out the door and said, “Grandma, you have to see what’s coming across the driveway.” The cousins had given each other makeovers.

Amongst the weeks of fun and company, I have managed to get some writing done:

Excitingly, The Bootlegger’s Daughter is being released in Norway and Sweden this month. I received my author copies of the translated versions yesterday. The other books in that series will also be released in Norway and Sweden this year. The next American release will be Unwrapping the Rancher in November and my cattle drive story was completed and accepted last month, it will be released sometime next spring. Currently, I’m working on a mail order bride duet, which is what I’ll be doing today, and need to get started!

I hope you all have a wonderful July, full of sunshine and happy days!