Thursday, May 21, 2015

No Ducks

This week I have been running on left over adrenalin from LDStorymakers. I made it my goal to hit the ground running and not let life get in the way of my writing goals. This blog has suffered a little because I have been working on my book and some other issues that you will be hearing about soon.
Big things are in the works for me, but I'm not going to mention any of them until things are more settled.

This week was supposed to be author spotlight week but sadly I have run out of authors who signed up to be spotlighted and I haven't had time to read any new books for a while. I promise next week I'll have some good book reviews lined up. I have several books on my nightstand that I have promised to review. They look like good reading.

In the mean time here's a poem I wrote eons ago. It's short but fun.

No Ducks

I "borrowed this image from .

Two sunset skies
Two watery moons
Two shadowed hills
Two gliding ducks

One rock in pond . . .
One sky
One moon
One hill

No ducks

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LDStorymakers Conference

I'm actually writing this on May 4th as I don't want to be worried about my blog while I'm at the conference. It will post the day I leave and I'll either have something else scheduled when I get back or I'll soon post something then.

Storymakers is high on my radar today as I just got my membership badge in the mail. Woo who! I am officially a Storymaker. It has been a goal of mine since I started going to the conference a few years ago and I'm proud to say I finally accomplished a goal. My book came out in February.

This year at the conference I'll be looking into the classes on self publishing. Sadly, my publisher (Creative Prose) is going out of business at the end of the month. It is unlikely, (though I am working on it), that I will have found a replacement by then, so in order to keep my book available on the market I will be forced to publish myself for a time.

As always I am super excited to go to this. My dear friend Carla and I have made plans for it all year. I've even signed us up to go to a chocolate tasting with a bunch of other authors. It's a way to make new friends and meet some of my online friends that I have yet to meet in real time.

Anyway, wish me well and I'll see you when I get back

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Miss Match, by Lindzee Armstrong

Lindzee has some great offers to introduce her new book. Check it out.

MISS MATCH is finally here! I'm so excited to share the rest of Brooke and Luke's story with the world. To celebrate, it's on sale for $0.99 this week only. Sale ends May 10th!

  About MISS MATCH Billionaire CEO Luke Ryder doesn’t want to hire his best friend, Brooke, as his matchmaker. Not when he’s been in love with her for eight years. Too bad she doesn’t see him as relationship material and is engaged to another man. If the matchmaking company she works for closes, Brooke is out of a job, and Luke is out a best friend. There will be nothing stopping her from moving to Italy with her fiancĂ©. And Luke isn’t about to let that happen. Brooke’s dream career may be crumbling, and she will do anything to keep Toujour in the black. Even recruit Luke, America’s favorite bachelor, as her next client. Surely his perfect smile and swollen bank account will send clients swarming to their doors. But when matching up Luke works a little too well, Brooke wonders if she’s with the right man. Maybe she should finally forget Luke’s playboy image and admit he’s changed. All Brooke has to decide is if she’s willing to risk her heart. Excerpt from MISS MATCH Brooke focused on her laptop screen. “I already filled in all the basics for you—name, age, occupation, that sort of thing. Hope you don’t mind.” Luke put a hand to his chest in mock horror. “I thought only a client could fill out this questionnaire. Isn’t that what you told me last night?” She rolled her eyes. “I can delete it all and we can start over.” “No, no.” He sniffed dramatically. “I can tell you’re trying to get rid of me as quickly as possible.” And there he was—a glimpse of the old Luke. Brooke grinned. Maybe this matchmaking thing would be good for him after all. “Okay, first question. What qualities are you looking for in a partner?” “Oh, that’s easy. Someone hot.” Brooke burst out laughing. “And what exactly is your definition of ‘hot?’” “I’m looking at it.” Brooke’s laughter died. Her cheeks heated, and she looked away. “Be serious.” “I am.” “Luke, you can’t tell me I’m hot.” “Why not? It’s true.” “Well, because . . .” Because Antonio would hate it. Because I’m glad you find me attractive. “Because I’m engaged.” Luke raised an eyebrow. “Being engaged doesn’t diminish your hotness. It’s not like there’s a rule against complimenting you.” “Maybe there should be.” Her heart pounded. “We don’t want to mess up our lucky number fourteen by adding another rule.” “Fourteen isn’t a lucky number.” “Relax, Brooke.” Luke motioned to her laptop. “Honestly, I want someone compassionate. Someone loyal. I want a girl who cares more about others than she cares about herself. Someone who likes me for me and not for my money.” “That’s a pretty generic answer.” He shrugged. “I could make up something better.”  

MeetMatch_CVRfinal_LRG Because I'm so excited about this book--and to celebrate Mother's Day--the short prequel novella, Meet Your Match, will be FREE on kindle from May 6th - May 10th. So you can get both the novella and novel for less than a dollar, this week only! Get your copies before the prices go up! And I hope you enjoy Brooke and Luke's story. To find out about future releases in the No Match for Love series, sign up for my newsletter on my website! website | Facebook | Amazon Author Central | Goodreads | Pinterest


Norma's Review:

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

Brook and Luke are best friends and that is all Brook will allow. She set the rules back in high school and has kept them ever since. Besides, she could never trust him, especially now that his dad has died and he's let himself become rather a mess. Too much drinking and women, and too little attention to business.

Brook is doing well in her chosen profession of matchmaker for a world based matchmaking service. In fact she has even found herself the perfect match. Antonio is the one for her.
Luke, however, has never given up loving Brooke and once he gets his life back on track he makes his play to win her over. Brook, the top matchmaker, now has to decide if she is truly supposed to marry Antonio or if she mismatched.

Content: (Keep in mind that I am prudishly strict in my ratings.) There are no sex scenes but it is implied that she sleeps with her fiance and that that is normal and acceptable.There is also lot of drinking and it makes it seem that Luke can just go from being an alcoholic to sober with out any problem, which I find unrealistic.
The book is well written, so laying these things aside, I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Thoughts on Time


Has wings of lightning when looking back, a snails pace looking forward
It doesn't really exist, but if you speed fast enough it stops, or not.
Always wishing for more, we throw away chunks of it.
We never have enough, yet sufficient always kills us.
When it is, do it now, when it's not, hold off.
Flies with fun and drags with anticipation.
The sun and the moon mark the passage.
It can stand still, but waits for no one.
When it ends, eternity begins.