WWW Wednesday October 22, 2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

• What are you currently reading?

cemetery toursI’m reading Cemetery Tours by Jacqueline E. Smith and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Contemporary, yes, and set in the US, which is not my favorite location or time period, but it has me totally sucked in. There are ghosts!

The cover is so evocative, too.

The heroine is an interior designer whose brain injury means she can’t remember the names of colors. Intriguing, imaginative and unexpected!


• What did you recently finish reading?

Several things, since I last posted. Where to begin?

rondo allegroRondo Allegro by Sherwood Smith was a delightful surprise. This is an old school romance, not one filled with wtf-ery, but one that follows a young girl as she turns into a woman–the bride in an arranged marriage that remained unconsummated, as the hero–a Lt. in the Royal Navy, planned to have it annulled later. He is off fighting Boney, and in the meantime, Anna Maria Ludovisi [now Duncannon] is on her own with no money, no family, and only her lovely, operatically trained voice to stand between her an penury, and worse. Her adventures are fascinating as she hides in plain sight in Spain, Portugal and France, even in the Court of Bonaparte. Check it out. You’ll love it.

lawyer's luckI also read a novella, The Lawyer’s Luck. I first learned of the author, Piper Huguley, when we ended up on a panel together for the upcoming RT Convention in Dallas. I can’t wait! As I said on Goodreads:

A tale of a runaway slave and the lawyer who shot her while she was stealing his horse? Oh yes, please!

I loved this book. Realie (great name!) has such a distinctive voice, and I loved her to bits. Lawyer (loved that, too) had his own distinctive voice–and important to him, dignity. Opposites attract, and in this case, provided what they each desperately needed.

I’m looking forward to the other books in the series.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I don’t know! I have many books I want to read but can’t even guess what will suit me when it’s time to open the next!

What about you? What have you been reading lately? Put the link to your WWW Wednesday entry in comments, or just tell us!


Holy Cow–Books on Sale!

Just popping in to let you know that I have books on sale at the Kobo site–where you can download books for any and all ereaders.

First, for half price, use the coupon code: SAVE50 and nab your copy of Some Enchanted Season.



Coupon code: SAVE50



Kevyn Llewellyn needs a god.

She must have exactly the right model for Darius: Warrior-God of the Gray Planet, or she’ll lose the contract to illustrate the rest of the series. When she sees him—none other than NFL football player Rusty Rivers—she does the absolutely logical thing: she kidnaps him. Or rescues him… it depends on whom you’re asking.

Rusty Rivers is no god.

He’s the kind of guy who’s squandered every opportunity from the Redskins to the Cardinals, while Kevyn’s had to fight for every chance to prove herself as a cover artist for fantasy novels. His struggles have been broadcast across the sports pages, while she keeps hers buried deep. They’re as different as meteor and moonbeam, with nothing apparent in common.

In this doomed, yet enchanted, football season, dare they hope something magical can happen that will last forever?

Originally published by Bantam Books



Next, you can save 35% on Beguiled Again.


Coupon code: SAVE35

Coupon code: SAVE35


Jeff shook off Cecilia and her high school crush seventeen years ago, and he’s made an orderly, boring, safe, successful life for himself as an accountant. Just the way he wants things.


Cecilia’s taste for driven, orderly men has left her divorced with three kids and two half-incomes. But nobody’s looking over her shoulder, criticizing her for being messy and disorganized. Life is never boring, is always filled with laughter and energy. Just the way she wants things.


From the moment she sucks him into her sticky, single-mom universe, Jeff can’t keep it together anymore. Her checkbook is a nightmare, her oldest kid hates him, and she’s lush and messy, mouth-watering and independent and annoyingly unforgettable. And he can’t stay away.

Cecilia is a fighter. She doesn’t need Jeff turning up again, making her feel like she’s still fourteen years, treating her like she can’t manage her life without his assistance. Why, why, why does he keep trying to help? To make matters worse, Jeff is hotter than ever, and a single mom can’t afford a sex life.

Plus, his parrot hates her.

In this battle between order and chaos, between hostile kids and cranky parrots, between romance and responsibility, is heartbreak inevitable?

Or this time, can love win?



And finally, to complete the trifecta–save 25% on La Desperada!


Historical Romance

Coupon code: SAVE25


A desperate woman fleeing for her life holds a cold-blooded murderer at gunpoint and says, “Take me with you.”

Thus her bid for freedom is bound to the bitter outlaw’s quest for vengeance, and a tale of grand passion and wild adventure unfurls. Set in the Texas and New Mexico of Billy the Kid, their love and sacrifice become the stuff of legend, the legend of “La Desperada.”

Originally titled What Wild Ecstasy [Kensington Books], this book captivated readers and inspired the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences/Nicholl Award-winning screenplay, “Redemption.” Novel and script are both available in digital and print.



Have a great weekend, and read some good books!


Harvest Monday Oct 13, 2014

See what gardeners are harvesting around the world at daphne’s dandelions. Add your pictures, too, if you have some!

This is my first Harvest Monday since July 2013. I haven’t devoted a lot of effort to gardening because, well, writing and promoting my book.  But I have done some stuff, with a little bit of success.  And my message to you is this:

Even if you only do a little bit and have a little bit of success, it’s worth it.

It’s fun to walk into the house with your harvest in the palm of your hand, two cherry tomatoes, and hand one to the Resident Storm Chaser and eat them on the spot. Yay, harvest! [Yep, did that this morning. Today's picture is missing two gorgeous yellow tomatoes that were a bite of sweet sunshine on a cool, rainy October morning.]


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I think I’m picking these flat French green beans too early, because I found some long ones today that maybe are what they all should be. But I thought I wasn’t ever going to get any off these vines so once they got big enough to cook some, I started picking them. Live and learn.  See the longer ones on the lower left.

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And finally, I want to tell you about our new pepper bush. Chile Pequin peppers are the original peppers from which all others were developed, or some I’m told. They are the only pepper that is native to Texas–possibly because they are the only wild pepper, I’m assuming. They are tiny. They are hot. But the reason we bought this plant is because the guy selling it at Dallas Farmer’s Market had two little jars–one with green peppers and one with red–and omg, they smelled GOOD.

I am not a pepper eater, though I like them as seasoning. They smelled like good food to me, not just like something that burns you. Although they are very very hot.  I am hoping these will turn red on the bush, but the last time I think birds got them, so I am watching them closely and if they start disappearing I’ll pick them green and let them dry off the bush.  However if you ever taste a tomato that ripened on the vine head-to-head against one that was picked almost ripe and ripened on the window sill, you know it makes a difference. And if you taste one that was picked almost green and shipped so that it would be ripe later, that’s the crap they sell you at your supermarket.

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Click for more detail. They are tiny and green!


Teensy little peppers. Humongous taste!

And that’s some of what is happening in the garden of pooks.


Book Blog Walkers: Weekly Check-in Oct 12 2014

Book Blog Walkers: Weekly Check-in Oct 12 2014

The Geeky Book Blogger takes stats on Friday but I’m doing mine on Sunday.


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Made my goal of averaging 10,000 steps a day!


Book Blog Walkers: Weekly Check-in Oct 5 2014

Book Blog Walkers: Weekly Check-in Oct 3 5 2014

The Geeky Book Blogger takes stats on Friday but I’m doing mine on Sunday.


Oct 5 FitbitI missed my goal of 10,000 steps a day twice by only getting around 5K, and you see the results there. Don’t worry, I am still fighting for it!

The storms that took out big trees a few days ago also brought cooler weather. I am doing so much better in the cooler weather, and can finally walk without suffering from the heat.

But losing trees breaks my heart.

blown over


I’m in: Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog Walkers

I’m in! I’m committing to walk in October. Anybody else want to join?

You don’t have to be a book blogger to do it. I’m not one.

“Hey Book Blog Walkers! It is time to make a commitment for Oct 2014. Whether you are just joining us, need to get back on the wagon, or just going to keep up your progress for Jan, now is the time to stand up and say “I’m in! I’m committed to getting up and getting moving!” Remember that at the end of Oct I will be drawing one person from every one participating for a book of your choice up to $10 from either Amazon or Book Depository. Hope to see you in Oct!”



Join here!

I listen to audiobooks while I walk. What do you do to keep from being bored?

Reading Friday: The Power of Voice

Today’s guest blogger is Mikaela Lind. Mikaela lives outside of Stockholm, Sweden. She lives in an one room apartment with too many books. When she isn’t working on one of her books, she can be found reading books that others wrote. Or at Twitter as @mikaela_l. If you are curious about her upcoming releases, you can visit her webpage.


shifting-shadowsWhen I was a kid, I loved to read. In fact, I loved it so much that I had mastered the skill of reading while walking. Before you think I am insane, I lived in a calm suburb, and I only did it away from streets. As I grew up, I dropped the habit. In fact, until last week I was certain that I had lost the skill. And then I read Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs. I read it on the bus, I read it while walking from the bus. To say that I loved it is an understatement. But the most important thing it did was that it renewed my faith in her as an author.
Which in turn made think about the Power of Voice. I read a lot of genres, the only thing I don’t read is horror. It doesn’t matter what genre I am reading, when I pick up a book I want to be swept away.

Mikaela Lind's short story, Exile, is available from Kobo as a free download.

Mikaela Lind’s short story, Exile, is available from Kobo.

For me, a really good story is a Mix of character, Voice and plot. I have been reading for 25 years, and I have learned that I can ignore a weak plot and setting if I like the characters. Whether or not I like or love a book is the author’s Voice. Voice is something personal and what makes me trust the author, even if I didn’t like the previous book, because I want to feel the magic that made me love the author’s books. I am the first to admit that the magic wanes. Most of the time, the magic returns, but sometimes it doesn’t. I have no idea why that is the case. I do know that I am happy when the magic is renewed, and sad when it isn’t.

Tell me, which books have renewed your faith in an author recently?

If you would like to write a guest post for Reading Friday, contact me at planetpooks  @ gmail and let me know.