Monday Mumbles: Beverly Cleary

On April 12, Beverly Cleary celebrated her 101st birthday. If you’re a person of a certain age, you’ve probably read one of her books. Henry Huggins, Ramona the Pest, and The Mouse and the Motorcycle were all popular books in middle-school, but the book I immediately associate with Cleary is her Young Adult sweet romance, Fifteen. Continue reading “Monday Mumbles: Beverly Cleary”

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Monday Mumbles: Small Presses

By the time this publishes, All Romance eBooks/Omni Lit will have closed their website for good. Many authors will be short-changed on royalties and unlucky readers will lose books they’ve purchased because of little advanced notice during a holiday season and/or server crashes making it impossible to download their library. Some readers will be out monies for preorders they’ll never receive. Most know the details already. Even my spouse, who’s not a big reader and definitely not a reader of romance has heard of this mess.  Continue reading “Monday Mumbles: Small Presses”

Monday Mumbles – End of Year Recap

As I write this, I’ve fallen behind on my reading goal of 150 books this year. I moved the goalposts up from 100 to 150 sometime around September or October as I was within a handful of titles from reaching it. Now, I’m 3 books behind. I suppose I was slightly over-optimistic. There’s still a month yet, so I’m sure I can catch up as long as I stop re-reading my favorites. Below are those that wowed me. Continue reading “Monday Mumbles – End of Year Recap”

Monday Mumbles: Audiobooks

I read a lot of books. I mean, a lot. If I have the time, am in the mood, and can ignore my hubby for long periods of time, I can plow through several novels in a day. Not War and Peace length novels, but standard 70k – 100k word novels. Thank all the gods above and below for the King County Library and their ebook program or my poor bank balance would weep. Because I also have a few other hobbies which require actually looking away from a computer screen now and then, I’ve started trying out audiobooks. Here are my thoughts.

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Monday Mumbles: Ruining Childhoods

We’ve all heard the phrase: “They’ve ruined my childhood!” Some of us have said it, half in jest, half in frustration. We hate it when the things we loved as kids get remade, reimagined, screwed up, or just screwed with. So in the spirit of this, in sympathy and even empathy, let’s talk about Pokémon GO. ((This is a real photo heavy post. Just FYI))

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ReRelease: The Fox’s Mate

Look at that new cover. Isn’t it shiny?

In 2011, I wrote a serialized historical romance called Emeralds and Ice. The main leads, a nobleman and a poor orphan, met and fell in love amidst danger and mystery and misunderstandings.Together, they vanquished the bad guy and ran off into the sunset to live happily ever after. Their names were Draike Weatherby and Olivia Lawrence. Three years after writing that story, I dragged it into the modern era, threw in some shifters and vampires, renamed it The Fox’s Mate, and published it through a small press. Last week, rights in hand, I rereleased it as an Amazon exclusive to experiment with Kindle Unlimited. Continue reading “ReRelease: The Fox’s Mate”

Monday Mumbles: Hobbies

It’s Monday. I’m feeling chatty.

Oh, you want more than that, huh? Hmm…ok. We need a subject. I’ve babbled at you about some of my favorite authors and my love of conventions. I’ve had to put aside my intense love of Halloween since I’m now in an apartment with no yard to call my own and a balcony the size of a postage stamp. So…how about hobbies? Most folks have one. Some have several. Mine tend to rise and fall like the waves of the ocean (though, a few have stuck around like an octopus on my face). Continue reading “Monday Mumbles: Hobbies”