Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bad Apple 4: Parked

“He’ll come here and try to kill me,” I said.

Yes.  That's the first line of the book.

Thank you for your patience.  Please be patient a little while longer.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bittersweet Farm 2: Joyful Spirit Going Live

Good news!  I just published this to Amazon and it should be live within hours.

Here is the blurb:

Talia Margolin doesn’t want to be judged and quickly learns the show ring isn’t the only place she’ll be tested. The challenges Talia faces now that Lockie Malone is the trainer at Bittersweet Farm stack up like cord wood.  Her half-sister, Greer, is making the transition to jumper rider more easily than Talia can switch to dressage.  Talia’s former boyfriend, Josh, grows closer to Lockie and confides secrets he won’t share with her.  Then there’s the hunter pace looming ahead.  Talia wonders if her life can get more difficult.
Does it?

I think you longtimers know what this means.  Give me a couple days to recuperate and I will set myself to Bad Apple #4-Parked.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Bittersweet Farm 2--Joyful Spirit

I know I haven't been around and that's because I set myself a deadline of March 31 to complete the sequel to Bittersweet Farm 1--Mounted.  It looks promising if all goes well.
I redid the cover for #1 when a terrific equine photographer, Sommer Wilson, gave me permission to use her work.

Here's the cover design reveal for #2 but that's not the final version.

Ceallaigh did make an appearance in Book #2 as promised. 

As always patience is a virtue and often rewarded.  I'll let you know when Joyful Spirit is published and it will be soon I can promise that.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Final Stretch

Sparks of insight flashing like lightning bugs in a night sky are accompanying the completion of Bittersweet 2.  So I'm sorry all my attention is on that, and you wouldn't have it any other way.

Listening to Michal Towber's One Immortal Day.  LOVE  "Ordinary Life"!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Winter Is A Reality, Spring Is An Illusion

I have to start tomato seeds in another 2 weeks, the ground is covered with snow and some parts of the country are having a blizzard.  No season holds on like winter does.

I grow heirloom tomatoes.  These are seeds passed from one person to another, one generation to another.  Generally, the variety is at least  50 years old.  A good example of this is the Grandfather Ashlock.  These were first grown in Kentucky around 1900.  At some point a few years ago, Carl Ashlock decided to share these seeds with a tomato forum I'm with.  They didn't have a name, they were just the tomatoes his grandfather grew.  He called them the obvious thing.  I've grown this variety each year to great success.

There's something very nice in growing tomatoes with a history and tradition.  If you have an imagination, you can envision back through the years of the enjoyment, perhaps disappointment, certainly hard work.  This is something quite different than a modern tomato created at a commercial seed company and probably produced in Thailand.  Yes, that's true.

I do have a tomato variety that was developed within the past 10 years or so by a botanist of some fame and regard in the tomato community.  It's called Purple Haze.  Keith was experimenting and created this very fine tomato.  I don't know what happened but he lost interest in this one and went on to create other tomato varieties which are spectacular in their own way.  I was fortunate enough to receive some of the Purple Haze seeds from Keith and set about over the course of the last 6 years to dehybridize them.  Now I have Purple Haze tomatoes that are hybrids no longer and forever after, this is the way Purple Haze tomatoes are for me.  The fun part is other people were doing the same thing but because of the way dehybridization works, they don't have quite the same tomato I do.  In my own stumbling fashion I think mine are very like the original Purple Haze.

Bad Apple has been very fortunate for the last few weeks in finding readers who are taking the time to savor it.  Thank you if wind up here.

Sunday, March 3, 2013


Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88 Free in Kindle Store
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teens > Romance
#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Coming of Age

Friday, March 1, 2013

Love In The Air Giveaway

6 Free copies Goodreads Giveaway.

It's a cute book originally published by Avalon, then published by Amazon/Montlake so that was very exciting.

Because Avalon published books for well,...there were a lot of restrictions.  So there's no sex certainly!  And there's no nudity even in the pond.  And there are no big emotions.  But there's great vintage aircraft and two pilots who managed to fly past Avalon's rules and still fall in love.