It’s been months and months…

It’s been months and months… since I’ve had a moment to stop and smell the roses, lie in the sunshine and just relax or even spend time daydreaming. It wouldn’t be so bad if the writing was going well. But it isn’t. I rarely say that. But so much else has intruded right now that I can’t get back to my wip. That really means there is something wrong with my wip. Sadly I don’t know what that is yet. I will figure it out but in the meantime there is so much else going on in my life I can’t seem to find the time (interpret that as anything is better than a wip that won’t move.)

However it’s not all avoidance. My daughter is home from school because the teachers are on strike and have been for months. My vampire book is heading out today for final proofing then on to release. And I’ve been buried in multi author projects. And I mean buried!

KILLER ROMANCES: 10 DARK, DEADLY AND DELICIOUS NOVELS!

Ten of today’s hottest romantic suspense authors have joined forces to bring you an amazing boxed set of ten full-length novels. Romance, mystery, and thrills abound in these dark, deadly, and delicious tales of lethally sexy heroes and the women who bring them to their knees. Love bad boys? We’ve got ’em. Love good guys? We’ve got them too!

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On for 99 cents now. This is another great bargain. Eight paranormal and fantasy romances from USA Today, B&N and Amazon bestselling authors for one great price!

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Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing

What do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes—selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review—with decadent indulgences. And when authors chat with each other, they often talk about their writing and their lives. Recipes. Writing. Relationships. In this cookbook 105 authors not only share their favorite recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and more, they also share the best advice they’ve ever received on love and writing.

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You’d think that after all these projects I’d have learned to say no – well I haven’t. Lol. There is a Halloween bundle coming with our lovely ladies Edie Ramer and Mary Hughes. I’m SUPPOSED to be in a Christmas bundle – but that means having an original Xmas themed novella written by like – October 17th! Not a problem normally – right now – it’s a big problem. :)

Still these bundles are a great way to meet wonderful new authors and reconnect with some of the old ones I’ve lost touch with. A writer’s world can be very isolated and lonely. Keeping in touch with others doing the same type of work is  a joy and keeps me on the pulse of the industry.

What do you do to stay connected? 

 

 

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Zoe Dawson and the Perfect Outlaw

I’m so pleased to have Zoe Dawson as our guest. Dale Mayer, Mary Hughes and I are in the Paranormally Yours: A Boxed Set that Zoe put together. Zoe also writes contemporary romantic comedywith pets. But today, she’s talking about her New Adult contemporary romance. Actually, she’s not talking about it. Instead, she’s interviewing the hero from A Perfect Dilemma – and it comes with an awesome recipe. Say a big welcome to her and enjoy!

zoeThe third book in my A Perfect Secret Series will be out on September 22, 2014. Here is a little tidbit from my interview with Braxton Outlaw.

The swinging doors to the Outlaws kitchen are very much in play tonight as Braxton Outlaw and his bar and grill are quite popular in his home town of Suttontowne in Hope Parish, Louisiana. Just two hours from New Orleans and thirty minutes from Lafayette.

When I enter the kitchen, he is at the stove, his thick dark hair mussed and falling over his forehead. He turns to pierce me with a pair of intense blue eyes that are at the same time quite dreamy. I’m here to interview him about his cooking, not to get on River Pearl Sutton’s bad side, since she’s claimed this man. There have been enough bar fights in Outlaws as it is, so I’d better focus.

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“Guests don’ belong in my kitchen, sugar.”

“I’m not a guest. I’m here to interview you and since I made you up and brought you into reality, I get to do what I want.”

He gives me that patented Outlaw grin and leans his fine butt against the countertop. “Ah, so that’s how River Pearl got all her sass. Thanks for that.” His sarcasm is not lost on me.

Perfect Dilemma“My pleasure. So why don’t you tell me a little bit about yourself.”

“Don’t you know that?” He says, turning away from me and continuing with what he was doing.”

“You got me there, but an interview means I ask questions and you answer. Can you work with me or are you going to be your contrary, huckleberry self?”

“Ha! I guess I have to give you that one. Ask away.”

“This interview is all about your cooking and the dishes that you make. How did you get into cooking?”

“Just started taking over for my ma when she was working two jobs. She was so busy that I thought I would pitch in and cook. Found out that I loved it. My ma is Cajun and with Suttontowne being just about in Cajun country, there is a large influence here. Well, my aunt got wind of it and she started teaching me what she knew.”

“So it was very natural for you to open up a bar and grill.”

“Yes, thanks to Booker’s help. Now I’m pretty self-sufficient.”

“How do you handle preparing your menu?”

“On the fly. I find prepared, static menus boring. I usually come up with dishes and then do a temporary menu. Then switch it out.”

“You guys also entertain here, correct?”

“Yeah.” He is moving fast, garnishing his dishes as waiters and waitresses move in and out of the bustling kitchen. Braxton doesn’t break his stride. “Booker keys, Boone guitar, and me fiddle. We all do the vocals.”

“What are you preparing tonight.”

“Crab cakes with remoulade sauce and roasted veggies—carrots, red potatoes, shallots and green beans; deep fried white fish with garlic tartar sauce on sourdough, either baked white barbeque chips or French fries; and Cajun egg rolls with jezebel sauce and dirty rice.

“My mouth is watering.”

“Here, why don’t you taste some.” He puts some of each on a plate and hands it to me, flashing me that smile and those sultry eyes. I have to remember that he belongs to River.

Zoe-Dawson-A-Perfect-Mistake-erotic-stories-202x300“Oh, man. Those are delicious. The sauce is amazing.”

“Remoulade or rémoulade was invented in France and mine is mayonnaise-based. Although similar to tartar sauce, the way I makes it turns it reddish. It’s the paprika.”

“I understand that you have a secret ingredient for it.”

“I do, but your readers can find out what that is in the book.”

“You are a tease.”

“No, I leave that up to River. Now, tartar sauce can be just a plain ole’ topping for fish, but I don’t like boring. With mine, you get a creamy mayo blended with tangy dill pickles, salty capers, fresh parsley, minced garlic and bright lemon juice.  The finished tartar sauce packs a savory punch that works so well with seafood. Exactly why I chose it as a compliment to his fish dish.”

“It’s a so good.”

I taste the out of the world Cajun eggrolls and the sauce is sweet and tangy on my tongue.

“That’s the jezebel and is traditionally a base of apple jelly and pineapple preserves tricked out with horseradish and yellow mustard, but as with my remoulade sauce, I have a secret ingredient.”

“What is it?”

He shakes his head. “Some things I need to keep to myself, so your fans will have to develop their own.”

“Hey,” Booker says, “Where are my chocolate chip cookies, you slacker?”

“I’m kinda busy here, Book.”

Booker looks at me. “Don’t I know you?”

I smile. “She created you, huckleberry,” Braxton says.

“Oh, yeah, I thought so.” He’s the spitting image of Braxton, part of the trio I made up. Just as handsome, just as compelling.

“What she doing here?”

“Interviewing me.”

“Hey, how do you rate?”

“I’m in the last book and everyone knows that the last book is the most popular.”

“Bull, I got everything started.”

I start to back toward the door. This looks like it’s going to be something I might want to stay out of.

“What up’s, huckleberries?” Boone says as he walks into the kitchen and I have to catch my breath. Wow, built. He has the widest shoulders. I think I’ll keep that to myself.

“The first book is the one that hooks everyone and starts the ball rolling. I should know, Brax, I’m a writer.”

“What you guys talking about?”

“Which of our books are more important.”

“Well the middle one, of course. Ever heard of the sagging middle. Without the middle holding everything together it could all fall apart.”

Zoe-Dawson-A-Perfect-Mess-erotic-stories-199x300“You are so full of it, Boone. It’s the first one.”

“Last one.”

I take another step towards the door. “It’s actually all three,” I say softly.

Boone turns to me. “Hey, don’t I know you?”

I just laugh and walk up to Booker and kiss his cheek. Then plant a kiss on Boone’s cheek, then walk up to Brax and kiss him, too. “Thanks, you guys. You were such a complete and utter blast to write.”

They smile at me. “You can visit us whenever you want to, sugar,” Booker says, “that’s the best part of writing.”

Braxton hands me a piece of paper. “Here, sugar, that’s for your fans. Now get outta here while we finish our argument.”

I turn to go, then look back. “Bye huckleberries,” I whisper.

Here’s the recipe for you guys to try. Happy cooking.

Jezebel Sauce

 Makes 3 cups

Prep 15 minutes. Ready in 8 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

1 (10 ounce) jar apple jelly

1 (10 ounce) jar pineapple fruit preserves

1 (8 ounce) jar prepared horseradish

1 tablespoon ground dry mustard

1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Feel free to add your own secret ingredient. :)

Directions

In a small bowl, mix together apple jelly, pineapple fruit preserves, prepared horseradish, ground dry mustard and cracked black pepper. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours, or overnight, before serving.

**Note from Edie: If you haven’t read any of Zoe’s books, the first book of A Perfect Secret Series, A Perfect Mess, is free at Amazon, B&N, Apple/iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords. And A Perfect Dilemma is available for pre-order at Amazon US.**

You can find out more about Zoe and her books at her website, and find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Do any of the titles come close to your life right now? A Perfect Mess, A Perfect Mistake, or A Perfect Dilemma

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Do You Candy Crush? — Favorites #6 eGames

photo credit: sean dreilinger via photopin cc

photo credit: sean dreilinger via photopin cc

Let’s get to know each other!

In these first months as a Magical Musings blogger, I’m sharing my 10 favorite things and hope to hear about yours.

I’m more pinball generation than video game, but I have to admit, there’s something about playing computer games that appeals to me. I started out with role-playing adventure games like Quest For Glory and Baldur’s Gate, though lately it seems all I have time for is three minutes of Secret Society or Candy Crush.

I’m not sure why, but electronic games give me the same feelings as seeing a bristling Christmas tree loaded with shiny ornaments or a Halloween candy bag or a beautifully wrapped gift box.

Maybe it just comes down to art.

To me, there’s a sense of wonder and joy that playing the best games brings. It’s like reading a book where you get to control the story. Or like living in your very own movie. The improvement in graphics and sound quality has only increased the experience.

Even quick pattern-matching games like Candy Crush and Farmville, casual games meant to while away a few minutes in line or between appointments, make life sparkle a little more. What would we do while waiting otherwise? Something productive, maybe, but would being productive pop just a bit of joy into our lives?

When my children were growing up, we read books at bedtime, and my children still are readers as adults. Books are an important part of our lives. But we also played video games and I think it gave them an appreciation of and familiarity with modern electronics while still exercising their imaginations.

Maybe not. :) But I just bought Baldur’s Gate for my tablet, and it still feels like Christmas trees and perfectly wrapped gifts.

What brings you a sense of wonder and joy?

My son recently pointed me at a site that has older games updated for current operating systems called GOG. Quest for Glory 1-5 is here.

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Fu Manchu

I know. What the what? It’s Sunday night as I type this and for the past two weeks I’ve been a little writing machine, getting more words down than I have in a while and it feels really great. I’m loving my story. I’m in the zone where my characters are constantly talking to me. So when it came time to write a blog post, well, don’t ask me why, but the first thing that popped into my head was Fu Manchu. I’ve no idea why. Wait. I take that back. I sort of know why. It’s because it’s fun to say. I remember being a kid and saying it just for that reason. And guess what? It’s still fun to say. Go ahead… say it out loud. I’ll wait.

You liked it, didn’t you?

Are you also picturing the Fu Manchu mustache? I am.

Anyway, since the extent of my Fu Manchu love is in the saying of it, I thought we could talk about something else that’s been on my mind too: food. (FYI, this is nothing new since I’m always hungry.) But for the past I don’t know how many Mondays, I’ve said I’m going to eat better, and well, so far that hasn’t happened. Could have something to do with my latest yummy writing snack:

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Chewy Chips Ahoy ice cream sandwiches – you can’t eat just one!

When it comes to willpower, I have none. It’s because of the sweet tooth gene I was born with.

I do like good, healthy food. In fact, I love it. The problem is, I’m a terrible planner. I keep thinking the kitchen fairies are going to strike and supply all the ingredients and time I’ll need to make nutritious meals that the guys in my household will eat without complaint. *sigh*

One Monday soon, I’ll turn the corner and take my family with me. (Leaving a little room for sweet treats, of course.) In the meantime, what’s you favorite snack?

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Paranormally Yours: A Boxed Set Facebook Party!

Paranormally Yours: A Boxed Set is officially out today, and we’re having a Facebook party today to celebrate with Dale Mayer, Mary Hughes, Misty Evans, Edie Ramer from Magical Musings – and more authors who aren’t in Magical Musings. There are lots of giveaways. I hope you’ll stop by the party, and here’s more about the box set (which is only 99 cents! a bargain!):
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Eight paranormal and fantasy romances from USA Today, B&N and Amazon bestselling authors for one great price!
Indulge yourself with stories of romance, suspense, mystery, urban fantasy, or adventure. Whether you like ghosts, vampires, witches, werewolves, dragons, fae, jinn or a trip through a portal on the back of a very special horse, this set will delight and entertain.

This Blood – Alisha Basso, Amazon bestselling author
Grace finds herself the keeper of tremendous power and now the underworld is out to get her. Seth is a monster on the hunt and his prey has never been more seductive. While Grace’s powers will ensure his leadership in the underworld, her beauty will make her captivity a pleasure.

The Starbuck Chronicles: AfterLife – Zoe Dawson, bestselling author of Going to the Dogs
In this world gone mad……Lily’s biggest challenge is to survive. A grumpy werewolf client is the least of witch caterer Lily Starbuck’s worries when her partner is murdered. To make matters worse, the Fairy Dust Administration dust hounds are hot on her partner’s trail, sniffing around for illegal dust.

Raver – Candace Carrabus, Amazon bestselling author
Forced through a portal, Lauren wants to find Cirq’s horses and return home before dinner. Instead, she’s fighting giant venomous birds, a hostile queen, and her own heart. She discovers unimagined adventure and romance but must learn to believe in the unbelievable–herself–before the horses heed her call.

Soul of a Vampire – Lauralynn Elliott
Nikolas longs for his soul as the darkness in him tries to take over. Tessa searches for a way to help Nikolas before it’s too late. Together they fight physical and emotional battles in their quest for the one thing that could allow them to be together. Will they make it before time runs out?

In Cassie’s Corner – Dale Mayer, USA Today bestselling author
Faith and loyalty are tested as a young woman learns what it is to believe – in herself, in her friends, and in life after death.

Dragon Mama Blues – Edie Ramer, USA Today bestselling author
Jin Long is in love and pregnant…and a dragon turned into a woman. But someone knows what she is and wants her for himself. She steals away to her dragon son in Nashville. Her lover follows her…and so does trouble.

Black Diamond Jinn – Mary Hughes
The Y12 doom is real. Government witch Amaia Jones has the spreadsheet to prove it. Amaia turns to Rafe, a stunning jinni, for help. He proposes Venus magic, the very thing that killed her parents’ love. But the world is ending, tonight, unless she takes drastic action.

The Mating – Nicky Charles, Smashwords and B&N bestselling author
Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she’d end up mated to a complete stranger. A new Alpha and the need for an alliance between packs have made her a pawn.

Amazon | Apple/ibooks | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | Kobo | Smashwords

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Review: No Limits by Lori Foster

NoLimitsBook info:

Title: No Limits
Author: Lori Foster
Published: August, 26th 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQ
Copy received: NetGalley

Book blurb:

A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he’s never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster.

Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He’s also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she’s older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon.

Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young—and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather’s legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette’s scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he’ll break all the rules to do it…

My thoughts:

Lori Foster never disappoints. This is a deep, emotional read with an added suspense thread, although at times I thought she threw too many things into the suspense part of the plot.

The winner here was the relationship between Cannon and Yvette. It was poignant and sweet and I loved the way Foster made Cannon a real force to be reckoned with, but he wasn’t a jerk with it.

Cannon is a fighter, but there is little to no fighting in this book. It’s more about the romance and two people finding each other after both have had a hard past to overcome.

Highly recommended.

Reviewed by: Tara

Four stars

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Creative Outlets

silver pear 300I know most people would say that’s basically the sum total of my job – being creative, but it isn’t. There is a lot of admin, marketing and other works that goes into being a writer. I used to work in publishing, though, and one thing that I have really come to love with doing some self-publishing is how much I love being really involved in a project from start to finish.

The Silver Pear comes out on October 1st, and I have loved finding awesome graphics for the print version. I have spent probably way more time that I should have getting just the right images and chapter flourishes, but you know what? This is supposed to be enjoyable. And I really enjoy formatting and layout design. There is something satisfying about creating something practical and beautiful.

It’s a different kind of creativity to my writing, and I find it a great way to take a break from my work.

My sister has recently taken up quilting, although she actually has a Master’s degree in inorganic chemistry, and she loves it so much, and is so good at it!

I also like to make ribbon bookmarks which I include when someone wins a signed copy of my work. I like to match the ribbon color with the cover of the book and choose just the right sparkly things to hang on either end. It is fun, and the reader is getting something very personal from me.

I think we all like to channel some of our creative energy into something, whether it’s cooking, baking, scrapbooking, quilting or anything else. What do you do for a creative outlet?

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Retell, Reboot and Re-Imagine: Making the Old New Again

Whether you like fairy tales, be it Grimms’ Fairy Tales, which were originally published in 1812 and gave us such classics as Cinderella, Snow White, Repunzel and many others, or perhaps you’re a fan of the Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales such as The Princess and the Pea or The Little Mermaid, many old and beloved fairy tales we all grew up with that are now getting a make-over.

You can find a list of Popular Fairy Tale Retelling Books on GoodReads but there are even more than on that list.  And it’s not just books who retell classics, if you love television shows and fairy tales you probably already know about the show Once Upon a Time.  Or, if you like the classic horror stories there’s always the Showtime original show Penny Dreadful.

Classics are something we all love.  We know the characters and the stories.  But, we grow up and we know there’s more to romance or revenge and we want to know these stories from an adult world view.  We want them to take on adult themes, adult paths.  I remember the shock of Anne Rice’s Beauty trilogy.

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It’s based off the old Sleeping Beauty tale originally written by Charles Perrault.  But, Ms. Rice sent Beauty down some dark and erotic paths.  Deeply erotic.

If you go to Amazon and search for fairy tales and romance you’ll get a very interesting and eye-opening list of re-told tales.  And if you love movies with this theme IMDB has a list for you of movies with re-told and re-imagined re-makings.

Recently I read a Dean Koontz book called Innocence.  To me, Dean Koontz is a thriller and horror writer, but as I read the back of the book before reading it I could see the thread of Beauty and the Beast.  I love that story.  I know it well.  So, I was intrigued to read this story again, but through the storytelling of Dean Koontz, with a new set of characters in a different time, but still with that promise of an old story re-told.  I read it and could not put it down.  I finished it and thought about it for a long time afterward.

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Beauty and the Beast Retold and horrifying

So, in a way a re-telling is a promise of what you will get from a story.  The author knows the story.  The reader knows the story.  And, together they agree it will be a new story, but with similar elements to the original.

We can connect with our favorite childhood stories, but in a new “adult” way and this kind of retelling has been popular for years.

Cinder...who?!

If you’d like to take a peak into a re-telling of an old horror classic, something along the lines of Penny Dreadful, but not exactly that re-imagining, you can download Time Out of Darkness for free right now.  The first story in this four-part anthology is entitled Mary Shelley’s League of Supernatural Hunters.

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What is your favorite all-time re-telling of a classic story?

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Facebook and Authors and Giveaway

Update! I’m a day and a half late announcing this, but random.org picked Sue Peace as the winner of an ecopy of the Paranormally Yours: A Boxed Set. Sue, I’ll email you! And thanks to everyone who commented.:)

The reason I signed up for Facebook is because it’s almost necessary for an author, but the reason I spend as much time on it as I do is because of my cat. I’ll be working on my computer, and my cat wanders in and jumps on my lap, expecting me to pet her for long minutes. She’s trained me well, and I usually do as she wants. But as I pet her, I switch to Facebook, and that’s when I do most of my social catch-up. I also watch a lot of cute animal pictures and videos. And I get to see videos like this:

I try to keep my FB promo down, but I’m not as open as some of my friends about what’s going on in my non-writing life. For one thing, I’d be so busy replying to comments that it would cut into my writing time. So it’s easier for me to keep things to myself. But I have to admit that some of my favorite FB posts from friends are when they share something from their personal lives. That includes some of the MM bloggers, like Sheila Clover English. If you’re a dog lover like me, she’s a definite must follow. But she’s also a must follow because she’s so interesting.

Another MM blogger to follow is Amy Remus. Definitely follow her So Many Reads FB page to keep up on authors and books that she loves. But I also love her personal page where she tells stories, like how she was trying to call her husband on her son’s cell phone, which she’d never used before. The call wasn’t going through, and her son said, “Because you are trying to call Dad from the calculator, Mom!”

Amy, if you’re reading this, I want you to know that if the opportunity comes up, I’m using this in a book. :) And also through Amy’s Facebook, I found out that there’s a job title of Cheese Technologist! If I could be a Cheese Technologist and a Chocolate Technologist (or even just a Chocolate Taster), well, those are the only jobs that might tempt me to stop writing.

FB is also a great place for meeting and interacting with readers. And I’ve received private messages on FB from readers. I have a Contact box on my website, but I think for some readers FB seems more approachable. There’s a casualness to messaging on FB, so I can understand why some readers prefer it. I love hearing from readers on either place.

Another thing that FB is good for is Facebook parties! I’ll be participating in a Paranormally Yours: A Boxed Set Facebook Party next Monday along with MM authors Dale Mayer and Mary Hughes, plus 5 other authors. Everyone is invited! I hope you’ll come, so check it out and sign up!
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Are you involved in social medias? I know some people prefer Twitter. Though I’m on Twitter, I’m more of a FB fan – most likely because of the pet videos. And there’s not as much junk promo as Twitter. What about you?

I’m giving away an ecopy of one Paranormally Yours: A Boxed Set to a commenter. I’ll announce the winner here on Wednesday morning. Good luck!

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An odd insight…

Today (or rather yesterday when I was writing this) we had a power outage at my house. Honestly – I cheered! I’m so backed up on work that anything that keeps me off the never ending emails and other ‘necessary’ issues to deal with that require the Internet is a good thing. Happily I grabbed hard copy of my next release (Vampire #6) several red pens,  and went to my desk downstairs and worked away quite happily.

It became apparent within minutes that I was the only one that was happy. My daughter, who should be in school, but as the teachers are on strike isn’t, was lost. She’d been playing Minecraft and wanted to keep building. She ran to her laptop only to realize that her battery was low because she never plugs it in. She turned on her tablet to find there was no internet (duh, she’s in the house and there’s roaming Internet on it) The questions started – how long is this outage going to last? What can I do? Will the coffee shop have Internet? And this last one that REALLY made me pause – what did you do when you were a kid? Yeah, she actually thinks I was born at a time when there was no power!!! Holy moly.

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Still, I just laughed told her to get over it and scribbled away quite happily.

Then my son started. My youngest son is a mouthpiece, when the quiet sets in, he gets going. He kept up a rambling discourse on anything and everything nonsensical until all of a sudden there was silence. I paused, lifted my head and sure enough – he’d mumbled himself to sleep. After all there was nothing else to do. lol.

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My oldest son was home, but with no Internet and no computer, he was sitting on his phone, data turned on, and whiling away his time on his mini replacement computer.

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I had to think. From desktop to laptop to tablet to cellphone – they’d gone from one to the other in search of entertainment and one had actually fallen asleep in lieu of something better to do. Had they forgotten what a deck of cards looked like? Or how to play board games? Even going for a walk would have been a good idea – or considering we live 10 minutes from gorgeous beaches – gone to the beach!

I couldn’t believe it. I’d give good money to have complete days without Internet and yes, without power. I’d lived without power for the first 8 years of my marriage and learned to love the wonderful music of nature, and the fascinating lights of the stars in the sky and I NEVER lacked for something to do.

I wonder what my kids would do if I shipped them all up north for a summer. :)

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For myself – that would be perfect!

What about you? Could you do without power for longer than a day? Would you want to? I’ll be giving away a free ebook from one backlist to one lucky person who comments. :)

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