Thursday, September 27, 2012


Not Dew Chanin but I think Loy would have said this was very like her.
Who am I talking about?   Ya gotta read the Flashes.

Nikon D600

Sunday, September 23, 2012

New Camera, Nikon D600

Over at the other blog I wind up talking about photography quite a lot and try to keep this one just for books.  I don't know if that was the right decision because I'm not a monkey at the keyboard, I can only write so fast so there are lulls in the activity-hence boredom for you.

I started out as a photographer.  That's why Kip Chanin in the Flashes was so much fun for me.  I did do news photography for a while and sports photography.  And no, I'm not a stranger to doing my own book covers.  I did the first 2 covers published by Atheneum a million years ago.  Those books are not in digital form nor will they ever be. 

Now that I have another great new camera, and it really is great, Nikon got it right but I've been shooting with Nikons since college so I am biased, I can finish formatting Jingles All The Way for Createspace.  It's a cute book, you'll like it, go get it!

So here's a photo I took late yesterday afternoon.  It's not that I'm wild about bugs, quite the contrary, but it's to demonstrate the camera's ability to catch details.  It's remarkable really.  Probably seen best on my monitor but look close you can see the bee's fur or whatever it's called.

D600 40mm Nikkor Macro

Monday, September 17, 2012

Jingles All The Way: A Christmas Tail

Yes, I completed the short book and it's available at your favorite sites unless you are Canadian and your favorite site is Kobo.  Sorry.  There seems to be some slowness with their system but sometime this week it should be live.

Jingles is a dog on the lam. He’s met the perfect person, and wants to stay with her forever but his former owners have millions of reasons why that’s impossible.

After escaping from uncaring owners, Jingles discovers canine paradise with Sassy Collins and her Eat Dog Eat Gourmet Take-Out Dog Dinner Shop. Sassy is easy to love and Jingles falls hard for her. So does the town police officer, Ethan Monroe. But Jingles is carrying a secret that could destroy their happy family before it even begins.

A holiday story in his own words, it's appropriate for tweens-adult.

Such a deal--99 cents.

Jingles All The Way--Amazon

Jingles All The Way--Barnes & Noble

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Small, Brief Break

I swear.  No, I'm writing but it's a Christmas novella.  It will be short.  And different.  I hope to be done soon.  Then I promise I will attend to Bittersweet or BA.

Bittersweet Farm 1: Mounted  is doing quite well at Barnes & Noble so thank you fellow Nook people.  It's a bit surprising as it's being found more speedily than I expected.  It hasn't been found at all at Kobo.

I leave you with a photo I took this afternoon and a reminder: If you like a book, any writer's book, leave a review.  It will help.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bittersweet Farm 2--Joyful Spirit (?)

No, I don't want to get your hopes up.  Book 2 doesn't exist yet but it will.  And I think it will be titled after Tali's new horse.

What I wanted to do was quote from Julian of Norwich "All will be well."

I had someone read Mounted and being a bit sleep deprived, she overreacted to the end of Book 1.  If you feel the same way, go back and reread it until you pick up the clues I've left like little Hansel and Gretel left crumbs.

Other than that everyone needs patience because thinking and writing is hard and has its own timeline.  I've never worked harder in my life at writing and that includes the years I was writing for television.

And Keanse19, you are a sweetheart to rush to review Mounted.

I'm having a terrible time trying to figure out how to turn 3 proposed books into BA4.  It's never far from my mind.  We must must trust me on this.  It'll happen.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

There's A Tractor In My Yard

It's my new model since the woodchipper is gone.

Rain on a Tractor

I have a new idea for a photo essay.  I did two of them earlier this year of flowers and put them on Select so they could be free.  It was just a break from all the writing because I started out as a photographer and sometimes I think switching was a mistake!  Of course nothing is perma-free on Amazon, but it can be on Kobo which is terrific so maybe I'll just put them there and remove them from Amazon where they seem to confuse people.

Hi to all you wonderfully supportive Canadians who are finding me at Kobo.  It's so exciting to be able to reach an international audience and know it.  Someone from Singapore bought one of my books.  That still makes me smile.  I hope my books make you smile, too.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Bittersweet Farm 1--Mounted

My new YA has been uploaded.  Since it's about horses and equestrian sports (and love) we'll call it a competition and see which site has it live first.  I'll put my quatloos on Kobo but it's sure to be tomorrow for Amazon, BN and Kobo.

Here's the blurb:

When a handsome new trainer arrives at Bittersweet Farm, the competition between half-sisters is no longer limited to the show ring.

Talia Margolin doesn’t want to compete against her half-sister Greer Swope on horseback or off.  The arrival of the attractive and talented new trainer makes that decision impossible to keep.  Greer always gets what she wants.  She had the last coach and what she wants now is Lockie Malone.  Tali is willing to fight for Lockie but when sex is the weapon Greer uses, is she going to place second like always?

Mature YA

Updated 9/4/12--Kobo turned out to be the last site for the book to go live.  Maybe it was because I changed the file so many times in the first couple hours, the system got confused.  I lost all my quatloos.