Friday, August 30, 2013

Every day pleasures.

There are days when the rain is coming down too hard for words and you are feeling sad and scattered.

Me contemplating my current work in progress.

All you can do, then, is find a small pleasure and let it soothe your raw edges. Like letting the Rain Chains do their Rain Thing. That can bring a smile on even the rainiest of days!

Would I call it Rain Chaining? 
What are your small pleasures? What brings less stress to you?
I still don't know what I'm doing, but I'm not going to stress about it!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Cool stuff at my desk, part six.

For the days I need an extra brain.  

I had to correct its grammar. Think original? Really???


Friday, August 16, 2013

Predator and Prey

Here's a teaser from my short story, Predator and Prey, available here at, 
for a mere $.99!

 “’Police Stymied by Latest Co-ed Murder’. Excellent.” Stewart giggled over his Google results. The next headline made him smile even more. Propped on his lumpy green sofa, he clicked on the link. His sweaty fingers slipped on the laptop’s touchpad but the article opened.
Shrieks of laughter outside his efficiency apartment crashed through his concentration. He winced. Swell. People. He cranked his head to see out his big front window. A young couple lingered in front of the vacancy across the narrow yard. Even worse. New neighbors.
There were two reasons he lived in this old remodeled hotel: the absentee management and the quiet. Noise irritated him.
     With the curtains gaping, those people could see right into his place, too. He pushed off the couch and opened his front door. There, hidden behind the mesh of his screen door, he stared unimpeded across the narrow yard between the two single story buildings.
Their keys fell to the ground with a clank. For some inane reason, this made them throw their heads back in giddy laughter. The man picked up the key ring and fitted one into an apartment. The woman tittered as she propped open their screen door. Her adoring eyes never left her partner’s face. Shiny matching gold bands twinkled off their fingers.
     Stewart stared through their uncurtained window as the wife – rosy cheeked, with tiny bejeweled ears, long curly light blonde hair, a curvy figure, and a gorgeous smile – put down her package in the middle of the small apartment. She laughed again and spun in a circle. Her hair lifted away from her body. Stewart raised his eyebrows at the way her breasts swayed. Her companion, a tall, broad shouldered blond, looked at the woman, a besotted expression on his face.
     Stewart smiled and plucked at the corners of his moustache. This had promise.

And a review, from Brian Enigma!
A quick flash of story that starts out feeling formulaic, but pays off with a delightful and dark twist that I'm sure would make fans of Tim Burton or Neil Gaiman happy. 

Only .$99!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The rise of cool stuff at my desk.

  My jade magnifying glass and a beautiful statement for my nervous mind.
Tranquility has no boundaries.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cool stuff at my desk rides again!

The text reads:
This creature is a performance organist. Recently he feels that he has exhausted his repertoire of Romantic compositions. He would like to be adopted into an American home in order to properly learn the culture of jazz. He feels the jazz organ is a highly neglected genre and nees some filling out. His favorite classical composer if Bromanavich.

Ain't he a cutie!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Son of Cool Stuff on my Desk.

 Is there anything left to say?
Impossible you say? Nothing is impossible when you work for the circus.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Return of cool stuff on my desk.

I have a vintage Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas!
Because, of course, Zero was a dachshund.

See? Look at that wiener dog nose!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Cool stuff at my desk.

Over the years, I've decorated my desk with cool, weird things. If you are going to have stuff in your life, it should be stuff that makes you smile. 

This fabulous zebra striped high heeled tape dispenser is one of the first things I see when I sit down at my desk.  It reminds me of the importance of fashion and glamor. :)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Romance writers RULE!

 Back in July, I went to Atlanta, Georgia for the Romance Writers of America National Conference.

I was thrilled to be a part of Kensington Publishing's cocktail party. I drank delicious Kir Royale (Sparkling Wine and Chambord) and got to spend time with some of the neatest people in the publishing industry.
Above, and to the right, Alicia Condon, Editorial Director of the Brava Imprint

Jax Cassidy and Lori Sjoberg.
Ain't they cool??
Lori Sjoberg, Evelyn Adams, YA author Marni Bates, and Jax Cassidy.

Causing trouble is what we do best!

Me showing off my ability with funny faces!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Dracula's Secret teaser for the day!

Random Quote from Dracula's Secret, now out in trade paperback!
The smell of cloves and musk and blood on her hands made her mouth water. Unthinking, Valerie licked her index finger. At the first taste of Lance’s blood, her nipples burned and her mouth tingled, as though she’d sipped from the sun.
At Amazon.
 At Barnes and Noble