Monday, September 17, 2018

"Paradise Dream" - Book four in the C'Mon Inn Mystery Series

I have been working on plotting and characters for book four in the C'Mon Inn Mystery Series, Paradise Dream. This one will provide some back story for the beloved Thompson twins, Anna and Betsy. You will find out how they ended up in Hawaii, why they aren't married, and more.

There will be romance with a dash of mystery this time around. I'm having fun figuring out all the ins and outs as well as s sub-plot or two. Lucia, Nicky, Ray and a few others from book three will be included as well as the lovable Polo who is now a fully grown Boxer.

I had fun looking for photos (these are all thanks to my favorite site, Pixabay.com) to represent Anna and Betsy growing up. This is what I ended up with. Starting as toddlers, into elementary school, on to teens and then as young adults.


And this was their vehicle on their way to their first grand adventure as young adults, fresh out of high school in 1969.


Can you guess where they were headed?

Friday, September 14, 2018

#AccountaClub: Sep 14 2018


Reporting in for Isa-Lee Wolf's #AccountaClub. Each Friday we post an accountability update for our current projects/goals/whatever.

Eeek! It's Saturday night and I haven't posted this yet. Gulp...sorry! LOL!
  1. Get the RV cleaned, sorted and prepped for the snowbird season.
    Well, I started by cleaning out my closet as well as my cruise/dress clothes in the guest room closet. The best pants in size 14 went in a drawer, just in case. I did clean out three piles of clothes that I 1) don't care for, 2) know I will never wear, or 3) just don't fit and on the small side. This purge has continued through today, Saturday.
     
  2. Write, edit and publish (ebook only) book four in my C'Mon Inn Mystery Trilogy, "Paradise Dream".
    Did a lot of plotting this week....I think I have the general gist of where the story will start and end.
     
  3. Exercise.
    Well, I did ask hubby to show me how to use the Blue-ray so I can start trying my Body Groove exercise. I also did a couple of minutes on our elliptical. Hey, it's a start!
See you next Friday!

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Friday, September 7, 2018

#Accountaclub: Sep 7, 2018


Reporting in for Isa-Lee Wolf's #AccountaClub. Each Friday we post an accountability update for our current projects/goals/whatever.

Eeek! It's Friday already....I am so behind in things, be it blog writing or blog reading. My favorite bloggers posts for 2-3 weeks are still unread. I will catch up - maybe - someday!

Although I've been exceptionally busy, I admit my goal attainment is at an all-time low. Next week won't be any better. It's birthday week for me!!
  1. Get the RV cleaned, sorted and prepped for the snowbird season.
    Ummm, well, I sorted out purses in the house closet and put six up for sale in local ads. Does that count?
  2. Write, edit and publish (ebook only) book four in my C'Mon Inn Mystery Trilogy, "Paradise Dream".
    I'm still working on notes, but it's always on the top of my head. Honest!
See you next Friday!

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Friday, August 31, 2018

#AccountaClub: Aug 31, 2018


Reporting in for Isa-Lee Wolf's #AccountaClub. Each Friday we post an accountability update for our current projects/goals/whatever.

Busy, busy, busy....lots done, lots more to do!

1) Support hubby's Backend of Nowhere Garage project in any way I can.
The project continues despite several setbacks. Phew!

2) Write, edit and publish (ebook only) book four in my C'Mon Inn Mystery Trilogy, "Paradise Dream".
I did set up a Scrivener project and made a few plot idea notes.

3) In addition, I have three blogs that have asked me to write guest posts.
Working frantically on the second post,  should have it done in the next couple of days. The third is the easiest and will quickly follow.

August is gone and fall will soon here here. Time to set goals for September.
  1. Get the RV cleaned, sorted and prepped for the snowbird season.
    Time to slowly work on getting the RV ready for winter and our "move" to southern Georgia in early to mid November. Sorting clothes is a big thing as well as other "stuff" that needs to get cleaned out.
     
  2. Write, edit and publish (ebook only) book four in my C'Mon Inn Mystery Trilogy, "Paradise Dream".
    I need to start writing the fourth in my C'Mon Inn Mystery Series. This one will be titled Paradise Dream and will tell us some of the backstory for the Thompson Twins as well. Oh, and there may be a wedding involved!

See you next Friday!

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

#NewRelease: C'Mon Inn Mystery Trilogy - Now Available on Amazon

    New box set.  Get all three books in one!  Check it out...    


Paradise Down:
Aloha Nicholás! But will this be a hello or a goodbye?

When Lucia Santerez returns home to Hawaii to help her brother Nicholás with his new dive shop, she learns Nicholás has disappeared--and someone doesn't want him found. 

Enlisting the aid of hunky vacationing firefighter, Brandon Matthews, gets them the wrong kind of attention. They discover what lies under the water off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kaua`i could make you rich or get you killed.

Paradise Dead:
Hawaii - paradise or a death trap? 

Ten friends gather in Kauai to fulfill the final wish of an old friend - the scattering of his ashes. One by one, they are beset by accidents. 

Are they really accidents?

Or could something more sinister be at play?


Paradise Drift:

A fiery explosion sets a new course for the passengers on a charter boat.

What is intended as a relaxing vacation for three childhood friends and their partners becomes a fiery inferno and not everyone will escape.

When the survivors gather a year later, they find themselves involved in a surprising investigation into the events of the prior year.

Will anyone’s life ever be the same?

Friday, August 24, 2018

#AccountaClub: Aug 24, 2018


Reporting in for Isa-Lee Wolf's #AccountaClub. Each Friday we post an accountability update for our current projects/goals/whatever.

I almost missed this today...still doing catchup from a week of having 10 & 12 your old grandgirls visiting. LOL!

1) Support hubby's project in any way I can.
The project is still on-going and will be for at least another two months. Our goal is to get it closed in for the winter. We were hoping to get concrete, too, but not sure that's going to happen until next spring. I'm the reminder gal - helping to keep things on track.

2) Finish the rewrite of my former Kindle World books, get new covers and republish them. I also plan on combining the three into a box set as well as a print version.
This is DONE!!! All of it...here are the links:

Paradise Down - book one
Paradise Dead - book two
Paradise Drift - book three
C'Mon Inn Trilogy - ebook
C'Mon Inn Trilogy - print


I love the new cover for the trilogy - what do you think?
I have also started to make notes for the next book Paradise Dream which will give the Thompson Twins (sisters) some backstory as to how they ended up in Hawaii, owning the C'Mon Inn B&B. Finishing this book will now be goal #2, replacing this one.

3) In addition, I have three blogs that have asked me to write guest posts.
One guest post is done, one is partly written (although I'm not happy with it so may start from scratch). Here's the published guest post #1.

Another week down...see you next Friday!

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Monday, August 20, 2018

C'Mon Inn Mystery Novellas - Now Available on Amazon

They're here - now available in ebook format as single books.


Paradise Down
 Aloha Nicholás! But will this be a hello or a goodbye?

When Lucia Santerez returns home to Hawaii to help her brother Nicholás with his new dive shop, she learns Nicholás has disappeared--and someone doesn't want him found.

Enlisting the aid of hunky vacationing firefighter, Brandon Matthews, gets them the wrong kind of attention. They discover what lies under the water off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kaua`i could make you rich or get you killed.

Paradise Dead
 Hawaii - paradise or a death trap?

Ten friends gather in Kauai to fulfill the final wish of an old friend - the scattering of his ashes. One by one, they are beset by accidents.

Are they really accidents?

Or could something more sinister be at play?

Paradise Drift
 A fiery explosion sets a new course for the passengers on a charter boat.

What is intended as a relaxing vacation for three childhood friends and their partners becomes a fiery inferno and not everyone will escape.

When the survivors gather a year later, they find themselves involved in a surprising investigation into the events of the prior year.

Will anyone’s life ever be the same?


All available to read for free with an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription.


Soon to be available as a box set, plus all three stories in a print book.
Watch for updates.

Friday, August 10, 2018

#Accountaclub: Aug 10, 2018


Reporting in for Isa-Lee Wolf's #AccountaClub. Each Friday we post an accountability update for our current projects/goals/whatever.

I missed/skipped last week....sorry!

1) Support hubby's project in any way I can.
Well, the contractors came and went and we have a pavilion. Check it out at the Backend of Nowhere Garage blog. I've sent out an email plea for help from family & friends, we'll see how that goes.

2) Finish the rewrite of my former Kindle World books, get new covers and republish them. I also plan on combining the three into a box set as well as a print version.
This is getting there. The covers are done and the first edit of the three are complete. I need to do one more run through, figure out a marketing strategy and hopefully get them published before we have a week of grandkids visiting.

3) In addition, I have three blogs that have asked me to write guest posts.
One down and two to go! I plan to get the other two done by the end of this weekend. Phew!

Two of our young grandgirls are coming to stay with us for a week, the 15th to the 22nd. I will be busy all week so will be skipping next week's post.

Another week down...see you next Friday in two weeks!

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Never have I ever....


There is a drinking game called "Never Have I Ever". I've never played it but it made me start thinking about some of the things I've never done, things that it often seems like everyone else has. So I thought I'd list a few and see what things are on YOUR never done list.

I've never...
  • ...attended a high school football game.
  • ...eaten snails. (ugh!)
  • ...been a first adopter of new fashion fads.
  • ...driven a car over ninety mph. (We won't mention my motorcycle though.)
  • ...willingly eaten anything tasting of black licorice.
  • ...experienced a tornado (only a warning).
  • ...changed a flat tire.
  • ...liked the taste of whiskey, bourbon or most liquors. (Vodka & spiced rum only.)
  • ...driven somewhere on the spur of the moment. (I'm a planner at heart.)
  • ...visited Europe or really wanted to (other than Scotland/Ireland).
  • ...eaten liver and onions since I became an adult.
  • ...ordered chocolate cake! (Not even Carnival's famous chocolate melting cake.)
  • ...gone to an ugly Christmas sweater party.
  • ...willing swam under water. (No snorkeling, either.)
  • ...gone (or wanted to go) water skiing, parasailing, bungee jumping or the like.
  • ...visited the Empire State building.
  • ...participated in an on-line challenge (like eating Tide Pods, or dancing beside a moving car).
  • ...played Spin the Bottle.
  • ...lost anything to fire, hurricane or other natural disaster. (Blessed!)
  • ...worn stilletos! (Nor will I ever...)
What are some of the things it feels like "everyone else" does but you haven't?

Sunday, July 29, 2018

#SundayPhotoFiction: The Skull

Here's my tiny tale for Sunday Photo Fiction.
Photo Credit: Joy Pixley
"You. Knew. Better. You were warned." His bony finger shook as he waved it uncomfortably close to my face. "You shouldn't have done it - again." His eyes were unnaturally bright and seemed to glow with fire. I could see my reflection in them.

"I... I'm... Sorry..." I stammered as my tongue clung to the roof of my mouth. While I wasn't positive what he was referring to, I had an idea. If I was right, it had to be done. Lying was the best recourse. "It wasn't my fault. It was the others. I had no choice!"

"No excuses!" His voice reverberated across the wide canyon. "This was your third offense."

I took another step back, tripping over my own feet before I braced myself against the cold rock.

"The vote has been taken." His long fingernail scratched my cheek as his words spilled like verbal vomit. A trickle of blood dropped onto my shirt just before a bright light blinded-


The warlock stood back and admired his handiwork. He cackled, "Live and learn." He laughed harder and slapped his thigh as he stared at the stone skull of the one who had refused to learn. "Then die!"

194 words
Read more stories from this prompt HERE.

Friday, July 27, 2018

#AccountaClub: July 27, 2018


Reporting in for Isa-Lee Wolf's #AccountaClub. Each Friday we post an accountability update for our current projects/goals/whatever.

1) Support hubby's project in any way I can.
Well, things are moving along. Still waiting for the material delivery which has to come before they schedule the construction. Hoping next week!! I helped him blog updates (I edit & add photos).

2) Finish the rewrite of my former Kindle World books, get new covers and republish them. I also plan on combining the three into a box set as well as a print version.
This week has been way too busy - nothing started. Argh....great intentions though. Next week isn't looking much better but will try.

3) In addition, I have three blogs that have asked me to write guest posts.
I have one post written, just need to edit it and get it sent off. Then on to the other two!

Another week down...see you next Friday!

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Can't resist....


Not everyone is into collecting things, at least not in formal collections. But some of us have those "things" we have a hard time passing up. The things that tug at us and we may even know why. I have those things. Things I have to avoid or sternly say, "Enough! You don't need anymore."

Stationary, Greeting Cards, Notebooks, Note Pads, and the like...
 ...even when no one used stationary anymore, I was buying it. You wouldn't believe how much I sold in a yard sale when I went full-time RVing. Same with greeting cards. I had them for all occasions. Once I managed to free myself from buying more, I moved on to notebooks and notepads. At least I use these. I'm no longer allowed in office supply stores or sections of department stores unattended.

Pens...
 ...Oh my, I've always loved pens. My first favorite pen was a Parker Stainless Steel T-Ball Jotter. I bought it while in high school and had it until my purse was stolen at work, many years later. It was a discontinued style but I was lucky enough to find one in an old, local office supply store. While they still make a Jotter, it's a click-top now and the Sonnet looks more like my old Jotter.

Color is off, it's actually chrome colored.
My next was my first Mont-Blanc pen. It was a burgundy roller ball pen, now replaced with a black one.

I've never been a big fan of Cross pens because they were so narrow but I have the one my mother used for years at work (she was an R.N.) with her name engraved on it. I also have one from my late husband with his name engraved on it. I recently bought one on sale, a thick roller ball that I use from time to time.

The pen I use the most is a custom one made by Derek Jafferian, the nephew of an author friend. Second most used is the Pilot Dr. Grip Center of Gravity Retractable. I have half a dozen of these, scattered between the RV and the house.

Some of my favorites: Parker Jotter, Custom by D. Jafferian, Cross Roller Ball, Mont Blanc Roller Ball, Pilot Dr. Grip, Multi-Tool Screwdriver Pen,  a resin pen I've had for years, wooden Flamingo pen
Coffee mugs...
 ...are an easy collectible when you are traveling. Not that I waited until then to collect a few, but we do have an extensive collection of diner mugs we picked up while traveling the country over the last ten years. I also love fun sayings but my favorites are pottery mugs.

This is less than half our diner mugs - the other half are packed away for hubby's garage when it's built.



Shirts with sayings....
 ...so hard to resist when I see these cute sayings on shirts while I'm online. But I am overloaded with shirts, so I'm being good. No, really, I am!

Gnomes...
 ...especially biker or fireman gnomes. I've gotten better but for a while I (we) was on a binge. Here are some pics.

One of my favorites, now in our foyer. Note the mug of beer!
I love Day of the Dead figures so these were a must have! Now on our front porch.
Nabbed these on clearance at K-Mart a few years back. Also on the front porch now.
The first of the traveling gnomes on display in a campground
Just had to add the T-Rex, taking out the gnomes!


Friday, July 20, 2018

#AccountaClub: July 20 2018


Reporting in for Isa-Lee Wolf's #AccountaClub. Each Friday we post an accountability update for our current projects/goals/whatever.

1) Support hubby's project in any way I can.
Well, I did help him pull the trencher he rented out of a ditch. My job was to be on the lawn tractor, keeping the chain taut. Of course, I'd NEVER been on a lawn tractor before. If I have my way, I never will be again. LOL! We're still waiting for news from the construction company. Initially they said mid-July but we haven't heard any more.

2) Finish the rewrite of my former Kindle World books, get new covers and republish them. I also plan on combining the three into a box set as well as a print version.
The book covers are done! Now to get my butt in gear and start the editing. Seems like every time I wanted to start this week, something came up. Sigh...

3) In addition, I have three blogs that have asked me to write guest posts.
I have one post started, hoping to finish in the next couple of days.

We kind of lost Sunday, hubby decided to wake me at 1am for an ER visit. All is okay, but by the time he came home, the day was shot. Monday was movie and errand day. Such is the life of retirees, I guess. LOL!

Another week down...see you next Friday!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Judy Howard, "The Grieving Gift"

I'd like to welcome author Judy Howard to my blog. She has recently released a new book, The Grieving Gift, now available on Amazon. Thank you for taking time to chat with us, Judy.


Welcome, Judy. Tell us a little about yourself. 
Today I live full-time in my Winnebago motorhome with my cat, Sportster, traveling across the country as a motivational speaker and offering writing seminars. When Sportster and I are not traveling, we spend their time in Sun City, California.

How long have you been writing?
The death of my husband in 2004 gave me a wakeup call. Life is short. I sold my pet grooming business, which I had operated since the age of eleven and engaged full throttle into my new passions of writing and traveling.

What types of books do you typically write?
My writing career expands across many genres, including memoir, romantic mystery, reality fiction, travel and young adult, and now with THE GRIEVING GIFT, an autobiographical novel. In all of my books I address the same theme - overcoming life’s difficulties.

What types of books do you enjoy reading?
Reading for pleasure? I am guilty of denying myself of that luxury. When I read, I read about writing or for research.

What is different about your new book?
THE GRIEVING GIFT rises above other books which attempt to tackle the depressing subject of a deathwatch. THE GRIEVING GIFT bypasses the religious and faith issues that most books suggest one acquire to make the deathwatch journey and the grief following. Instead the reader will come away from my story believing in the impossible.

Why prompted you to write it?
The past several years I have experienced a series of experiences so incredible and so much more than I could have ever imagined that I had to write about them. That these events began the day after my sister’s death would make anyone question if anyone really does die.

I understand you are a bit of an adrenaline junkie. Care to explain?
Yes! I am an adrenaline junky! Perhaps I have my father’s genes. He was a race car driver. I meet so many people who envy my life and yet their fears hold them back from even trying to reach for their dreams. I won’t ever NOT do something, just because I am afraid. There has to be a better reason not to do something than just because I am afraid.

Do you have any other hobbies, other than reading and writing?
I enjoy traveling in my motorhome just as much as my writing. It feeds my inspiration. If I could no longer write I would paint. I can get lost in sketching and painting.
 

My favorite quote:
“How vain is it to sit down and write when you have not stood up and lived?”
~ Henry Thoreau ~

What would you like to be remembered for?

I want you to remember me as the one who lit your fire, who showed you your passion and who gave you the courage to grab hold and live your life!

Any advice for new writers?
If whatever you desire is the first thing you think of when you open your eyes in the morning and the last thing on your mind when you fall asleep then you must follow it or else you will live a life full of regret.

If you want to be a writer, you have to write, no matter what. Do it in spite of the voices inside and outside your head. We all are what we do. Never, never, never deny your passions.



Where to find/contact/follow Judy & Sportster: