Stray cats? I don't think so...

Posted by debjulienne | 5:36 PM | 1 comments »

Yesterday, a friend sent me a text that included this adorable picture of her new tabby kitten. Friends are always posting the stray pets they've recently acquired.

And there's kids idea of a stray pet as you can see from the pictures below run along the lines of a tad different scale.

My kids love all kinds of animals. We've had chicken, ducks, quail, turkeys, rabbits, goats, sheep.

Now it's time to introduce you to our latest addition.

Meet "Root Beer". "Root Beer Pulled Pork" to be precise, a wild boar.

By far, the most awesome was Buck the Barbados Sheep.

My favorite, however, was the fainting goats: Stinky, June, Jenny, and the twins Tinkerbell as seen with my granddaughter and Tiger Lily as seen with my grandson.

And that's not including the deer, bobcats, and bears that like to wander across our property. We've had a few harrowing incidents in the past, that's for sure.

I love living in the forest, the peace and quiet, the trees, the animals...I guess that's why these strays don't seem to bother me, well all except for the turkey...never about messy!

That said...what's the coolest stray you've ever run across? I'd love to hear about it.

Have a great day.


Posted by Mary Marvella | 11:17 PM | , , | 6 comments »

My Brain Just Ain’t Big Enough
Mary Ricksen

I admire people who can write a lot of books and even though they are prolific, their talent shines in every story they write. Some people, like me, however, take a while. It’s not that I don’t have time. I used to blame that on everything. Well, it was true when I was working. Now it’s life that holds me back.

I spend an inordinate amount of time worrying. My worry, gene came from my mother, who at 86 can still find more things to have angst over then any one I have ever known. So your cousin, who was a sweet, darling girl, is dating a meth addict she met on line after watching the TV show intervention. My cousin prefers women, not that she didn’t give men a try.  So far she hasn’t had much luck.

One of my sister’s has an autistic daughter who is incommunicative and keeps having seizures. The list is endless.  I find myself doing things that take my mind away rather then let me use it. Reading, is a great escape. My favorite!
So, I’d say maybe that takes up at least a quarter of my brain. Then there is the half of brain I use to run my body. You know, like breathing, blood flow, living. That leaves a measly one quarter to work with. 

Now out of that quarter brain I have to at least use half to handle my husband. He is a job, let me tell you.

So I am left with one eighth of a brain for learning and writing. Which brings me to the point of this blog-- I have a lot to learn, still… I was so proud when I remembered the difference between an em-dash and an en-dash, and darn if I am not proud to remember what an ellipse is! And yes, I know when to use it.

But, I learned one the other day from an editor which kind of throws out all they say about using the word had. It’s called past plu-perfect tense. Yes, I kid you not, there is really such a thing. It kinda threw me. What? I’ve heard of past perfect, which I still confuse, and then someone mentioned past plu-perfect, well I almost had a brain freeze. I get those periodically, when I least expect it. And usually at the very worst time!

You see, you have to use the right words, to remember a past event that is kinda like earlier then another past event. Yeah, you heard me—(See!)
Wikopedia defines it as follows. The pluperfect (from Latin plus quam perfectum more than perfect), also called past perfect in English, is a grammatical combination of past tense with the perfect, itself a combination of tense and aspect, that exists in most Indo-European languages though there is not one in Irish. It is used to refer to an event that had continuing relevance to a past time.[dubious ] Comrie[1]:p.64 classifies the pluperfect as an absolute-relative tense because it absolutely (not by context) establishes a deixis (the past event) and places the action relative to the deixis (before it).

I am still gonna have to remember when it’s correct to use it. I was told by a talented editor; especially if I am gonna write time travel stories. Uh Oh!  

Lord knows what else I don’t know that I should by now! Does a writer ever stop learning? Not if they want to be successful in any way. I’ve been thinking of writing a shape-shifter story…

What if my brain runs outta space!! AAHHHH!

 Connie Gillam stopped by to share a review of a book she read. You might want to add it to your list.    
       Murder in Thrall

I’m a mystery writer, and I love finding well written mystery or suspense books. Today I’m spotlighting, Murder in Thrall by Anne Cleeland. I enjoyed this book immensely because it was a great blend of character, mystery and love story.

Published by Kensington Press, Murder in Thrall is a new Scotland Yard series. The main characters are a rookie DC (Detective Constable) Kathleen Doyle and DCI (Detective Chief Inspector) Michael Sinclair. Doyle is of humble Irish ancestry (with an accent as thick as cream) and Sinclair, Lord Acton, is of the English aristocracy. 

Because I have limited time to read, I listen to audible books while I drive to and from work. The book’s premise sounded promising, and when I heard the sample audio, it sealed the deal. The actress’s command of the Irish dialect was dead on. The actress’s performance combined with the author’s plot and mastery of character made the experience very enjoyable.

Doyle catches the eye of Sinclair, a brilliant Inspector who has lost his joy of life (if he ever had it). He’s great at his job (the other constables call him Holmes) but there’s nothing outside of his work. He drinks heavily and the reader wonders (at least this one did) how long it will be before he “eats his service revolver.” 

Then along comes Doyle. Sinclair is fascinated by her freshness, her dedication to the job and her intuitiveness. They’re both closed off and reserved individuals who, because of their similar natures, work well together.

 Because she’s fey, she senses others' feelings. The constant bombardment of others' emotions is draining, so she doesn’t allow anyone to get too close. Sinclair, heir to a vast fortune and brought up in an unloving, “stiff upper lip” English household is unable and unwilling to open himself up to others.

He’s obsessed with Doyle and manipulates the system to get her assigned to work with him. He has no idea at the beginning how good she is at her job. The two prove to be an unbeatable team.

Check out this book by Constance.

Lakota Dreaming

Fired from her job as editor-in-chief of a New York fashion magazine, Zora Hughes makes a desperate trip to an Indian Reservation. She hopes to find answers to lifelong dreams her psychiatrist calls genetic memories.  Zora dreams of a female ancestor who fled life as a slave and was aided in her journey to freedom by a Sioux warrior who would become her husband.
On the reservation, Zora meets Sheriff John Iron Hawk who aids and sometimes hinders her in her quest to finds answers to the murder of her forebearer. Zora sees the parallel between her life and that of her long dead loving John Iron Hawk, a contemporary Sioux warrior. But someone will do anything, including murder, to stop Zora from digging up the past.
Connie has worn many professional hats in her working career-from phlebotomist to Life and Health Underwriter but none she’s enjoyed more than being a writer.
Connie Gillam writes mystery and suspense for both adults and teens. Her current book is Lakota Dreaming, a contemporary romantic mystery set on an Indian Reservation.Connie resides outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband.

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Look for a yet untitled historical prequel novella to Lakota Dreaming coming in October 2014.

Last weekend, I attended the Indie Mashup Book Signing in Houston though I only have one self-published novella, The Night Before Doomsday ($.99 on Amazon).  I had been to another large book signing in January and was prepared to have a great time and sell a lot of books.  I wasn’t prepared to have to go alone and haul my Smart Cart of books and goodies up two flights of a steep ramp because the elevator had yet to be turned on.  But I made it!

Then the problem became getting the books out of the cart.  Since I suffered a back injury in a fall from a horse in late April, I gingerly struggled them out and set up my table.  One young man came by and took a picture of my table saying it was the best one in the signing.  That pleased me enough that I forgot the troubles of getting to the signing.

However, I was destined for another disappointment.   My tablemate and the author sitting at the table on my left were self published and could sell their books for far less than my print books’ prices.  I watched them selling book after book.  They were both writing about angels, and I gritted my teeth that no one had yet published my angel book, Redemption.   Onward and upward, a reader stopped by and said she’d seen my Facebook posts on Sinners’ Opera and bought a copy.   Every one of my signed cover postcards went.  I also had scented candles wrapped in netting with a Sinners’ Opera cover card stapled to the ribbon and, of course, chocolate.  I also took my new banner from VistaPrint.

I’d like to say that it was a wildly fun and successful day, but I’d be lying.  I resolved next signing to be sure I had a friend to take along to while away the time between visitors.   I have signed up for another big book signing in November.   By then, Sinners’ Obsession will be in print.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Here is the cover to my latest release, Sinners' Obsession, sequel to Sinners' Opera, and  Book #2 in the Obsession Series (to be followed by a prequel called Sinners' Waltz).   All my books are available on Amazon and at Double Dragon Publishing.

Thought I'd also share the book video for Sinners' Opera: