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Ink and Bone Website…Check It OUT!

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Just got a newsletter from Rachel Caine with a link to her new Ink and Bone website. Great goobley oobley! Caine has gone ALL OUT on this page, and it is drop dead gorgeous! The artwork is to die for, and there are lots of fun things to look at and read. A couple of videos to watch, too, though I haven’t had time for that, yet. You really should stop by. If this doesn’t make you want to read the book, I don’t know what would.

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Top Ten Tuesday List: Summer Reading 2015

Top Ten Tuesdays are a fun meme, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The idea is to  feature lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. What a neat way to find new and interesting books on all sorts of topics. Good way to discover bloggers who love the sorts of books you do, too.

Check out The Broke and The Bookish for their top ten and lists of other bloggers who participate! And maybe give it a try, yourselves.

The subject for June 16 is:  Top Ten Books On My Summer 2015 Reading List. Since I’ll be home recovering from foot surgery through all of August and probably into September, I might actually make some progress on these. So without further ado, here’s my list:

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1. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. This is the third book in The Raven Cycle series, which I adore. The first two books were among my favorite reads of the last couple of years, but then again, Maggie Steifvater is one of my very favorite writers, too. I’ve been taunting myself with this one for weeks, but saving it for some quiet, uninterrupted reading time.

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2. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. This is the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a very creepy, totally bizarre book that I couldn’t explain to you if I tried. But don’t worry. There are photos. Really weird photos. Sort of like this one on the cover of Hollow City. I really liked the first story, and am looking forward to seeing what happens next.

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3. King’s Mountain by Sharyn McCrumb. Most people who know me at all, know how much I love the Appalachian mountains. I’ve read nearly every Sharyn McCrumb book out there, because she writes about them so beautifully, and can’t wait to read this. They often have an element of supernatural to them, be it a wandering ghost or two, or a character with The  Sight. But not always. This one focuses on the Revolutionary War battle of King’s Mountain, a site I’ve visited, myself. I have no idea what the story line will be, but it’s Sharyn McCrumb. Good enough for me.

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4. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I first discovered Brandon Sanderson with his novel The Alloy of Law. I enjoyed that book so much, I went back and read the earlier series it’s part of, The Mistborn Trilogy. Loved that, too. So I’m now working my way through all  of his books, and this one is Book 1 of the Stormlight Archive. I’m sold on Sanderson.

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5. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. I loved Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series, and the Outcast Season spinoff. I loved her YA Morganville Vampires series. Didn’t get into the Working Stiff one, but this book sounds like the start of something big. It deals with the great library of Alexandria, and the premise sounds loaded with possibilities. Can’t wait.

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6. The Veil by Chloe Neill. I haven’t yet read a lot about this one, but frankly, Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series is so darn good, I’ll give anything she writes a chance. Two words: Ethan Sullivan. Best vampire, EVER. So come August, I’ll be finding out what the Veil is all about.

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7. Make Me by Lee Child. Jack Reacher. Enough said

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8. Crucible Zero by Devon Monk. Started reading Devon Monk’s House Immortal series, and found it very entertaining. I won’t try to explain the complicated premise, except to say the main characters are made up of Pieces/Parts…kind of like  Frankenstein, or maybe chicken nuggets, whichever you prefer. :) It’s not quite as icky as it sounds, and I’m quite looking forward to this next volume.

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9. The Entire Discworld Series by Sir Terry Pratchett. After discovering the  Wee, Free Men a year or so ago, I knew I wanted to read more of Pratchett’s famous Discworld series, and I’ve finally started. I’m on The  Wyrd Sisters, which is Book 6, and plan to keep on reading straight through. Yes, all 763 books. Or so. :) Hilarious beyond belief. I’m very fond of Rincewind, Death, and maybe most of all, The Luggage. A concept that makes me laugh every time it trundles onto the page, using all it’s teeny-tiny feet. Not to be missed. (Not that I’ll finish the whole series this summer, you  understand. But I plan to make a good dent in it.

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10. The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim  Butcher. Saved the best for last! You can’t have spent much time around here and not know that Butcher’s Dresden Files series is my favorite Urban Fantasy series of all time. Jim Butcher RULES. And Jim Butcher plus Steampunk? I’ve died and gone to heaven! (Even though this new series has no doubt slowed down the next Dresden book. But if it’s as good as I’m guessing, I’ll try to forgive him. )

And there you have it. Hope you find something new and interesting to check out.

The Darkling Prince is Now Available for Pre-Order

Marcia:

Now available for pre-order. Check it out!

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darkling princeKrayven has only ever wanted one thing: his mother’s love. Cold and beautiful as starlight, he trails after the queen, an unseen shadow vying for affection she would never lower herself to give. Enshrouded in secrets and mystery, he watches each day as she travels to the Nether Lake and stares longingly into the deep.

He knows not what she’s looking for, and following her is forbidden, for her secrets are her own. When his father’s jester informs him that she speaks to spirits there, the boy cannot resist the lure to spy upon her in the act. Perhaps he will overhear something to shed light on the aloof woman who brought him into the world, and then went on about her life as though he wasn’t even a part of it.

What he learns while spying is enough to send him running, for some secrets are better left undiscovered…

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#Excerpt Week: Even humor columnists like a good mystery — and that’s no joke

Marcia:

Better late than never, as they say, and anything Ned Hickson shares with us is worth the wait, anyhow. Here’s an excerpt from No Safe Harbor, a mystery Ned is putting the finishing touches on, and frankly, I can’t wait. This excerpt pulled me right in! Enjoy!

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(NOTE: Look who slipped in under the wire…okay, he totally missed the wire altogether, but do we care? NOPE. So here he is, folks! Ned Hickson, with an excerpt for your reading pleasure. Take it away, Ned!)

As a humor columnist, when I mention I’ve been working on the final draft of a murder mystery, people usually assume it’s a comedy or satire. Possibly with a detective who faints at the sight of blood. And whose partner used to be a rodeo clown.

That’s actually not a bad idea.

But it’s not this book. They say for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Following that train of thought, the flip side to humor is drama. In this case, I’ve delved into the flip side of my weekly humor column to write a murder mystery that is best described as a “why-done-it.” There is no mystery behind the…

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#ExcerptWeek #ABoyNamedRabbit by #MarciaMeara

Marcia:

Last Day of Excerpt Week on The Write Stuff. Check it out!

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Excerpt From Chapter 14:

MAC AND I raced up the stairs to find Rabbit sitting up in bed, screaming hysterically. Rosheen was beside him, covering his face in frantic licks, whining in distress—a pretty good sign there was no real danger in the room.

I sat down on the edge of the bed and pulled him into my arms, holding him as close as possible, and making shushing noises as I rocked him back and forth. Mac checked the windows and closets to be sure we were alone, then stood beside us, face pale and distressed.

“It’s all right, Rabbit. Everything’s all right. Mac and I are here. You’re safe with us now.”

His arms twined around me, but gasping sobs continued to wrack his thin shoulders for several more minutes, before they slowed down, fading into sad, little whimpers.

“Open your eyes, Rabbit. We’re here. See? Tell me what…

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#ExcerptWeek #FindingHunter WIP by #MarciaMeara

Marcia:

#ExcerptWeek on #TheWriteStuff. Here’s a sneak peek at the prologue to my current WIP, “Finding Hunter,” the second book in the Swamp Ghosts/Riverbend series. Enjoy!

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It’s good to see these wonderful excerpts popping up. I’ve got another to post for a new member shortly, but first, here’s a little surprise. This is the “prologue” though it isn’t called that, from my current WIP, Finding Hunter. This is Book 2 of the Riverbend series, and those who have read Book 1, Swamp Ghosts, will know who the Hunter in question is. The book is in edit, currently, and we are working toward a September release date. So, without further ado, you can be the first to read the opening lines of Finding Hunter.

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Dawn, August 1, 2013 

EVERYTHING WAS PAIN. Everything he felt, everything he remembered. Pain, and pain, and pain. His dreams echoed with sounds of agony, screams ricocheting through his head. Pain—and blood. Rivers of blood. Scarlet, coppery-scented puddles spreading in front of him.

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Heart of the Sun Excerpt

Marcia:

This sounds really good! Jennifer Melzer’s latest.

Originally posted on The Write Stuff:

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It had been two days since last they roused her from her lonely cell. Dazed and bitter, her patient had only just discovered the severity of his injury and what his last fight cost him. Still feverish and groggy from the poppy essence she’d given him to dull the pain, his awareness was sharp. He asked for water and she made the mistake of telling him her name. Then he sent her away from him again and had not called her back to tend to him since.

She wondered if the fever gripped him. At night when she did manage sleep, she dreamed she was leading him once more away from the dark path that would take him to death. From a distance she watched herself cradling his head in her lap, running fingers through his hair and promising him that everything would be all right, but even she didn’t…

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Anatomy of a Mini-Hurricane

Marcia:

Geeeze, what a storm! One of the worst I’ve ever seen, and I’m a Florida native!

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It came out of nowhere. The day had been hot, baking the ground into powdery dust, and wilting every plant in my garden, even those touted as being drought-tolerant. I was running the irrigation out of desperation. Then…dum, dum, duuuuummmmmm…a clap of thunder and a sudden darkening of the sky.  That was all the warning I got.

Within minutes, torrential rain was falling…sideways! Wind was hurling small branches and other debris across my yard, and I could hear thumps and bumps coming from the roof. But worse, yet, I could hear a loud, and growing louder, roar approaching. The dogs went ballistic. The cats hid under the sofa. There was a heavy, ominous THUD from outside. I, being far less intelligent than my cats and not quite as loud as my dogs, ran to the glass door to see what had happened.

I was shocked to see that the sideways rain had…

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Excerpt from #ABoyNamedRabbit by #MarciaMeara

Marcia:

Here’s my contribution to Excerpt Week on #TheWriteStuff. Hope you’ll check it out. :)

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Ten-year-old Rabbit has finally made his way out of the wilderness and has been taken in by Sarah and MacKenzie Cole, while they decide what to do about him. (They have very different ideas on that score.) It’s his first morning at what he has nicknamed Angel House, and everything is new and wondrous to him.

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Is It Like Lightnin’, Then?

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EARLY SUNDAY MORNING
APRIL 28, 2013
DAY 1 AT ANGEL HOUSE 

“IS IT LIKE lightnin’, then? This here ‘lectricity stuff?” Rabbit was staring at the overhead fixture again, still trying to grasp the concept of being able to flip a switch and have light flood the room. Of everything that had caught his attention—and almost everything in the house had—that was the one thing he kept coming back to. And hot water on tap, of course.

Mac sat at the end of the island…

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Excerpt/Teaser Week Is Here!

Marcia:

This week should be lots of fun on The Write Stuff. Stop by and see who’s sharing what. :)

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You are all hereby invited to share short teasers or full-on excerpts from any or all of your books or WIP’s all week, here on The Write Stuff. This is your chance to give everyone a taste of what your writing is like, and what your books are about. Feel free to share as often as you like throughout the week. I promise to tweet and share everywhere I can, and to encourage all members to do the same.

If you share a longer excerpt, please use the “More” button to break it up after 2 or 3 paragraphs, so it doesn’t fill up the whole front page. If you don’t know how to do that, I can do it for you. That way, we can have more authors visible on our Home Page. And if you aren’t already a contributor, able to post your own new thread, just…

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Seeking Solace by Callum McLaughlin

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Callum’s Seeking Solace is a lovely, lyrical book, filled with musical language that lifts the heart and opens the eye. Many of you know I adore poetry, going all the way back to my childhood, so I’m always happy when I have a chance to read a new collection. This one was especially moving. My favorites include Light Bringer, Rise, Will You, and Annual. I lean toward the uplifting aspects of these, though there is a lot to be said for the impact of some of the darker themes in other poems. Overall, this is a wonderful collection that I’ll be reading again and again, I’m sure. And I’m looking forward to more from Callum, who puts his soul out there for all to see.

Do yourself a favor and check out Seeking Solace today!

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Happy Saturn’s Day!

Marcia:

Have a great weekend, everyone. See you later! :)

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Hope you’ve all got a great weekend planned. I’m off to do a slideshow on Using Florida’s Wetlands and Wildlife as a setting for a Romantic Suspense novel. Basically, I’m just going to spend some time with a group of neat people, talking about wildlife and my books. What could be more fun?

The Enterprise Heritage Museum is an old schoolhouse, built in the 1930’s, which now belongs to the local historical preservation group. They’ve done a fantastic job of renovating, so far, with future plans still to go. They’ve tried to scrape down layers of paint, remove walls that had been added over the years, and generally, restore the building to what it looked like when it was first built. It’s very cool!

Ain’t Life grand? Have fun, you guys, and I’ll see you later!

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LAST DAY!

Last day to sign up for my monthly Newsletter and request a free download of one of my books, your choice. Deal ends at 5:00PM EDT tonight. Don’t miss out. Your chance to read either Book 1 or Book 2 of my Wake-Robin Ridge series (or ask for the boxed set, and get them both). And if you’re in the mood for something more…tropical?…slithery?…Vikingly?…try Swamp Ghosts. :) The sleepy little town of Riverbend, Florida is full of surprises! Just sign up (by clicking the link at the top of the right sidebar) and email me with your request:  mmeara@cfl.rr.com  It’s that simple. Simple is good. FREE is better! :)

Win a Free Download, Today Through Friday Only!

Sign up for my newsletter (link, top right column) and I’ll gift you with a free download to your choice of my eBooks: Summer Magic, Wake-Robin Ridge, A Boy Named Rabbit or Swamp Ghosts. That’s it! Just sign up, and then email me at mmeara@cfl.rr.com to be sure I don’t miss you. I’ll have Amazon send you a download link to whichever of my books you’d like to have, completely free.

Free is good! :)

Here are the links, so you can read the blurbs. Remember that A Boy Named Rabbit is Book 2 of the Wake-Robin Ridge series, and while it’s basically a stand-alone, it will be much easier to understand if you’ve already read Wake-Robin Ridge.

Wake-Robin Ridge
A Boy Named Rabbit
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Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

Real Neat Blog Award

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Though I’m sorry to say I haven’t had a lot of time for my blogs lately, due to long days of writing novels that I hope will help feed me in my even more advanced old age, I still love it when I have time to review a book or two here on Bookin’ It, or share with my fellow writers and friends on The Write Stuff. So I was especially pleased and grateful when Callum McLaughlin nominated me for the Real Neat Blog award. My heartfelt thanks, Callum! It’s nice to know I still qualify, even with fewer posts.

These are the questions Callum posed, along with my answers, such as they are. Read on, to find out more about me than you probably ever wanted to know.  

CALLUM: Physical book or eBook?

ME: I’m greedy! I want both. I see no need for this to be an either/or situation. I love collecting books and always have. In this house, I have a library with floor to ceiling bookshelves, and it’s my favorite room. There are books that I’ve had all my life and would never get rid of. There are series that I loved so much, I felt compelled to buy the entire set. There are books I bought because the cover art was irresistible. I have books stacked on end tables, and on bookshelves in other rooms. Books equal treasure! But when I sit down to read, I will choose my Kindle almost every time, even if the actual book is on my shelves. It’s more comfortable to hold, the lighting is perfect, and best of all, I can adjust the font for my tired old eyes.  I like being able to tap a word and have an instant definition pop up. I like highlighting without marring a print book. And best of all, I can finish a Book 1 and within sixty seconds, can buy, download, and start reading a Book 2, even at midnight, usually at a bargain price. You can’t beat that. 

CALLUM: Music or silence?

ME: Whether it’s reading or writing, I’ll always opt for silence. The voices in my head make their own music. In the car, I listen to everything from Celtic music, to classical, to classic rock, to Jimmy Buffet’s island songs, or movie and Broadway soundtracks. But at home, where I’m almost always to be found writing these days, it’s silence. Nothing to remind me anything exists beyond the page I’m working on. 

CALLUM: City or countryside?

ME: Hands down, countryside. I’d live in a cabin on a remote mountain in North Carolina, if I had my way. I’m most inspired by nature, wildlife, and gardens run amok.  

CALLUM: Factual or  Fantasy?

ME: Put me down for Fantasy, every time. There’s nothing I love more than escaping reality. As often as possible, preferably. I do still keep a pretty good library of books on nature and wildlife, and love learning about both, particularly where it concerns birding, butterflies, and my garden. 

CALLUM: Extravert or introvert?

ME: A weird mixture of both. Mostly, I’m pretty outgoing, often striking up conversations in grocery store lines. I’ve been told I never meet a stranger. However, having said that, if the situation makes me feel the tiniest bit uncomfortable or awkward, I tend to seek out a dark corner, and observe. When I was younger, I was so insecure, I wouldn’t even go to the grocery store without a friend riding along. I’m past that, now, but there are still those occasions when I find myself looking for a seat in the back of the room.

And that’s it for me. Now it’s my turn to nominate someone, which is pretty tricky, with all the wonderful bloggers I’ve met in the last couple of years. However, I’m going to go with my friend and editor, Caitlin Stern, who is a prodigious reader, in addition to writing some really wonderful poetry. And in addition to Caitlin, I’d like to nominate Jennifer Melzer, a newly acquired but greatly admired fellow writer and tea lover, who introduced me to Adagio teas, thus beginning my latest addiction. If you ladies decide to participate, I submit the following questions:

  • Your day’s writing is done. You escape to your Comfy Chair. Do you go for something completely different, and grab the remote, or bury yourself in even more words with the latest offering from your favorite author?
  • Vacation time comes round again. Sun-washed sand and sparkling surf? Or dappled mountain shade and fern-lined waterfalls?
  • Your book just rocketed to the top of the New York Times best-seller list. Champagne and caviar, or a week being pampered at a spa? Neither sufficiently celebratory for you? Tell us what is.
  • You simply must take a day away from the computer, before you find your limbs completely atrophied and useless. Power shopping at the mall? A stroll around an art gallery? A day at the zoo? An afternoon in your garden? None of the above?
  • Life is Good, because…

Once again, thank you, Callum, for nominating me, and thank you ladies, if you choose to participate, which IS, of course, strictly voluntary. There will be no repercussions if you choose not to. Honest. Probably.

 

Enterprise Heritage Museum Event

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St. Johns River Eco Tours

Lots of fun stuff coming up over the next three months, and I thought I’d share some of them with you, in case any of you are in the central Florida area. A week from today, I’ll be doing a slideshow presentation at the Enterprise Heritage Museum, in Enterprise, Florida. Enterprise is a small town across Lake Monroe from Sanford, where I live. Like my fictional town of Riverbend, it has a long history with the lake and the St. Johns River. I’m very pleased to have a chance to talk about why I decided to set my novel, Swamp Ghosts, in central Florida, with an emphasis on the St. Johns River basin, and some of the wonderful wildlife contained, therein. If you can make it, call and reserve a seat today.  (Cindy Sullivan: 386-804-6987) I’d love to have a chance to chat with you. I’ll be doing a book signing afterward, as well. Here’s the official flier from the Museum.

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Peak of the Devil by Jen Rasmussen

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

I’ve followed Jen Rasmussen’s blog for some time, always enjoying her intelligent, witty posts, and her dry sense of humor, though I’ve never met her personally. When she wrote her first novel, Ghost in the Canteen, I couldn’t wait to read it. I was sure I would enjoy it, and I was right. If you haven’t checked it out, you should. It’s the first book in this series, and it’s a humdinger, with a premise completely new to me. (Clue: It involves a drink called switchel, which was a word I’d never heard before reading that book.)

Peak of the Devil is Book 2 of this series, and I have to say, it’s not as good as the first one…it’s better! Rasmussen’s already solid writing was even stronger this time around. The tough-talking, snarky star of the series, Lydia Trinket, is back, giving a whole new twist to the concept of ghostbusting. Things happen she wasn’t expecting. Bad, scary things. New characters show up to add interest to her life, as if it was ever boring, and old characters are busy building new lives of their own.

Mysteries to be solved, ghosts to lay, and deals with the devil to thwart, before even more people get hurt. Or dead. It’s all in a day’s work for Lydia, and with the help of her new…friend?…Phineas, things get very, very interesting. Being the die-hard romantic that I am, I have to say I’d like to see more of Phineas. A lot more. But Lydia may have other ideas, altogether, and I’m sure they’ll still be plenty entertaining. Only time and the next book, will tell.

And speaking of the next book, Peak of the Devil ends with a great set up for Book 3, and I, for one, can’t wait. I highly recommend both of these books!

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I Did It, and Lived to Tell the Tale!

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There are few things in my life that I dread more than dental work, and by dental work, I mean anything whatsoever that causes me to open the door to a dentist’s office, and go inside, unless I’m just selling magazine subscriptions or Avon products. (None of which I sell, btw.)

But alas, once in a great while, Fate decides to provide the entertainment for the rest of the Gods of Morpork and Ankh (I’m reading Terry Pratchett) and gives me a toothache. And not just any toothache, but one so bad that I’ll have to see my regular dentist to be told after an hour’s work that the tooth beneath my crown is basically mush, but that he’s SURE he can save it. Why he wants to save mush is never fully explained, but an appointment with an endodontist is made immediately so I can have root canal “therapy.” You’d…

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Happy Birth Month Event!

Marcia:

Take advantage of Jennifer Melzer’s birthday celebration offers! I did!

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I am one of those people who starts talking about my birthday three months before it arrives because celebrating the fact that I am here on Earth is a huge deal to me. I love having birthdays. I don’t even care that it means I’m getting older, or that this year I’m turning forty on the 22nd. I’m not afraid of forty–I hear it’s the new twenty. I also love getting presents, and this year I’ve already gotten some pretty awesome gifts from the people who love me.

Heart of the Sun HoW 2I wanted to spend this entire month celebrating my new twenty with all the people who continue to make it possible for me to live my dream. To kick off the celebration, I set the pre-order price on my upcoming book, Heart of the Sun, as low as Amazon, Kobo and iBooks will allow me to go in price. Through May…

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Check Out This Scavenger Hunt!

Looking for a fun way to drive more traffic to your FB page or put your book in front of a few more readers, maybe get a couple more reviews? Veronica Williams is having a Scavenger Hunt, and it sounds like a lot of fun, plus a chance to win some cool prizes. Check out her Event Page below and see what you think. I don’t know about you guys, but when something falls into my lap out of the blue, I tend to think it’s probably something I should pursue. So, I’ll be joining in the hunt. Who knows, I might win a great prize! 

You should play along on the hunt and see what you might win. Have fun!

Multi-Author Scavenger Hunt & Book Review Event

What Are You Going to Read?

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Yep, that’s what I asked…what are you going to read? What’s next in your To Be Read pile? Or by any chance, do you, like me, have a few extra special book treats you’ve been holding to one side to disappear into when you have some reading time that’s likely to be uninterrupted for a while? I’ve had several books that I’m DYING to read, but haven’t started on because I just didn’t want to keep getting pulled out of them by work, chores, or Life, in general. I kept telling myself to go ahead and start on them, because such a sweet stretch of uninterrupted time wasn’t likely to happen. But guess what? It IS going to happen. Sort of.

In late July–not really as far away as it sounds–I’m having foot surgery done on my left foot, involving several issues, to include putting in a steel pin, which, as it happens, means it will then match my right one. I’ll be setting off metal detectors everywhere! :) The upshot of the surgery (besides ending some very significant pain) is that I will be pretty much out of commission for the better part of six weeks. Yes, I said SIX WEEKS!! The first two, I won’t be doing anything other than sitting in the Comfy  Chair with my foot propped on pillows all day long. After that, it will be a gradual transition to a wheelchair, and then to crutches.

Soooo….Reading Time, here I come!! And those extra special books I’ve been hoarding are going to be enjoyed to the max!  Things like Dean Koontz’s Saint Odd, the final installment in his wonderful Odd Thomas series. And Maggie Steifvater’s Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the third installment of her Raven Cycle series, which I adore, and which touches something in my heart to the point that I want no interruptions at all when I’m in that world. I’ve got Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher book, Make Me, for some kick butt and take no names action, and Patricia Briggs’ newest Alpha & Omega offering, Dead Heat, for some Urban Fantasy with a power couple I thoroughly enjoy. And I’m finally going to start that massive first book of the Game of Thrones series, A Song of Ice and Fire.

Should I finish  all of those, I have dozens more, both in my TBR basket, and on my Kindle, I can move on to, so don’t feel sorry for me, stuck at home for weeks and weeks. I’ll actually be off on lots and lots of adventures, having a great time!

Do you have any special books you’ve been saving for just the right time to read?

There’s Still Time!

Marcia:

There’s still time to book a tour! Don’t miss out on this unique experience.

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Purple Gallinule, Maybe the Most Beautiful Bird On the River

There’s still time to come along on a Meet the Author Eco Tour of the St. Johns River! Doing one more tomorrow, at 1:30 PM, departure from Highbanks Marina in DeBary. If you’re in the area, please join us. We’d love to show you one of Florida’s most beautiful wildlife habitats, and along the way, talk a little bit about Swamp Ghosts, the book I set in the middle of it. But I promise, the river will be the star, in all its glory.

Saturday’s tour was terrific! We saw several alligators, and all the usual suspects…turtles, little blue herons, white ibis, great blue herons, gallinules, at least five manatees, including a baby, and a family of stunningly beautiful barred owls. I think a good time was had by all, but alas, I have no pictures to show you…

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Meet the Author Tour Today!

Marcia:

Today’s the Day (Day #1, anyway)

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Can You See Me Now?

Car’s all packed, and I’m ready to go. As soon as my cover designer, Nicki Forde, gets here, we’re off for an afternoon of fun, wildlife observation, and book talk! What could be better? Thank you to everyone who shared my posts about this event. We have a great group signed up, and I can’t wait to meet them all!

Hopefully, I’ll have some good pictures to share when I get back. Have a great Saturn’s Day, you guys. Oh, and if you’re interested, there are still some openings on Tuesday’s tour, 4/28, 1:30pm.  You can book here: St. Johns River Eco Tours.

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Still Getting the Word Out!

Marcia:

To book this tour (or any other) on the Naiad, click here: St. Johns River EcoTours

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One Week to Go!

Marcia:

Getting closer and closer! Come join us!

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I’m really getting excited about these river tours, now, and I’m going to throw myself on your mercy yet again to share this post everywhere you can. I want to be sure we fill the boat for Captain Jeanne and Doug. Thanks so much for any help you can give me. Next week at this time, we’ll be about halfway through our river tour, having no doubt spotted all sorts of wildlife and birds, and learned some of the river’s history from Captain Jeanne. Maybe Doug will have called up some barred owls to amuse us, or maybe we’ll have spotted something rare and unusual along the way. I will have done a short reading from Swamp Ghostsat the start of the tour, and probably spent a few minutes talking about the fictional town of Riverbend, Florida, or even explained a bit about the differences between albino and leucistic reptiles, which…

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