Thursday, July 29, 2021

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K-9 Stories by Laura Scott


Good morning everyone! I'm here today talking about how much fun it is to write and read K-9 books.

Every year Harlequin asks 8 authors to participate in a K-9 series. This year, the stories are all set in Alaska. My book, Tracking Stolen Secrets takes place in July, where the sun shines from 4 am until nearly midnight. 

Each book can stand alone, with it's own mystery, but there is also an over arching storyline that takes place across all eight books. This makes it challenging and fun for us as authors, to make sure to keep the details straight.

K-9 books are a lot of fun to write, although I will confess that in writing this particular story, I sometimes lost track of my K-9 Luna and baby Christine. It's easy to get focused on the hero and heroine's story, the danger, and the setting. I'm writing along when suddenly, I realize I forgot to mention poor Luna oh, and where is Christine?  

Luna is a Norwegian Elkhound who specializes in tracking scents and in this book, she also finds a killer.

I enjoy reading K-9 stories because each dog has a different specialty and I find their work fascinating.

What do you think? Do you enjoy K-9 stories? If so what do you like about them? 

If you've never tried a K-9 story, maybe give one a try. You will be amazed at what these courageous K-9 cops can do.

Tracking Stolen Secrets is available now!

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Minimalist Me Part 2, by Magdalena Scott


Photo by Aleksi Tappura on Unsplash

Since I had quite a bit of interest in last month's post about my minimalist home, I thought I would tell you about my office. 

You're assuming one of the things in my office is a desk, right? Gotta be honest here--it's only a desk because that's what I call it, and how I use it. If you saw it in the wild, so to speak, you would think it was a folding table. 

I've had actual desks. But I really love my nice, plain table. 

My big printer sits on one end. On the other end is a filing tray (currently overflowing), and the little alphabetized file box that's supposed to contain some of those papers in the filing tray. There's also a copy stand to the right side of my keyboard and a pretty coaster to the left. I try not to have a lot of clutter on the desk. I find visual clutter quite distracting. (I know, I know, just file the papers already...)

Next to my desk is a little metal cabinet. The top section opens upward and holds envelopes and cards. The six shallow drawers contain all of my office supplies. This piece of history belonged to my parents. My dad kept his Exacto knives and drawing tools in it. My mother's paintbrushes were sometimes in there too. The occasional splotches of paint inside the drawers make me smile.

Also in the office: a vintage office chair, and right next to that, a side chair with a cat bed on it. Of course, Selina wants attention when I'm working. She's quite happy to curl up in the chair next to mine and have a nap. 

A small white bookcase holds writing-related books. (Many of my writing-related books are in ebook format, thus requiring much less space.) A tall cat tree has a view out the window. 

Out of sight in the closet is a two-drawer file cabinet for items I don't often need to access.

And that's it. Simple but functional. Because I find my office peaceful, I'm better able to focus.

Bonus: My desk can serve as a table if I have lots of company for a meal.

What type of office setup works for you?

Monday, July 26, 2021

There's nothing like family by Susan Aylworth!

In 2005, when our two youngest announced wedding plans and we saw the family scattering, my husband observed that soon we'd only see each other at weddings and funerals. We wanted something different.

When I told my son John my thoughts, he said it all sounded good, "but don't call it a family reunion. That sounds like two maiden aunts sitting under a tree, drinking lemonade and gossiping about everybody else. You've got to make it sound exciting, like a rock concert." And Aylpalooza was born. 

We meet biannually in odd-numbered years. Hosting rotates through the family and we've been to some interesting places, including mountain lakes, and seaside vacation homes. This year we went to the heart of the nation. Aylapalooza 9 met in Oklahoma City. 

We visited a pool near a waterfall where the kids all played and spashed each other. We took over a small local theater where we ran an old family favorite and laughed along with familiar lines. Adults and teens went four-wheeling.

To keep the young ones interested, we had one day with a bounce house and a water slide. On another day, two adult granddaughters organized a "Chopped Challenge." Teams of grandchildren, ages six to sixteen, used pre-selected ingredients to prepare the prettiest and tastiest plated food. 

Another day, three sons competed to see who could prepare the tastiest beef brisket. For four precious days, we ate lavishly and shared great fun. Mostly, we had each other.

For Roger and me, one highlight was meeting our first great-grandchild and shooting a four-generation picture. After those four wonderful, action-packed days, we left OKC with souvenir t-shirts, pictures, and beautiful memories, already looking forward to Aylapalooza 10 in 2023. 

Our choice to organize the first Aylapalooza has grown into an event the whole family eagerly anticipates and plans to attend. It costs time, travel, effort, and money--and it's worth every bit.

Susan Aylworth is the author of more than 20 novels. Her newest book is St. Nick Comes to Christmas Town, Book 2 in the Christmas Town series, releasing July 29. Over the Rainbow, a prequel to the Rainbow Rock Romances, is available free for only a short time longer to everyone who subscribes to her newsletter. You can sign up on her website: Contact her on her Facebook author page or via or join her on Twitter @Susan Aylworth. 



Friday, July 23, 2021

Celebrate July 24th ~ Posted for @PatSimmons

 These holidays are celebrated on July 24th:

  • Amelia Earhart Day 
  • Cousins Day 
  • International Self-Care Day 
  • National Day of the Cowboy - July 24, 2021 (Fourth Saturday in July)
  • National Drive-Thru Day 
  • National Drowning Prevention Day - July 24, 2021 (Fourth Saturday in July)
  • National Tequila Day 
  • National Thermal Engineers Day 
  • National Water Gun Fight Day - July 24, 2021
  • Pioneer Day (State Holiday in Utah) 
  • Tell an Old Joke Day

Which holidays will YOU be celebrating?

Knock-knock. Who’s there? Broccoli. Broccoli who? Broccoli doesn’t have a last name, silly!

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Sweet Romance Reads Author Pat Simmons has a handful of 99 cent ebooks available. Here's one of them:

Candace Clark has a phobia about crossing the street, and for good reason. As fate would have it, her daughter’s principal assigns her to crossing guard duties as part of the school’s Parent Participation program. With no choice in the matter, Candace begrudgingly accepts her stop sign and safety vest, then reports to her designated crosswalk. Once Candace is determined to overcome her fears, God opens the door for a blessing, and Royce Kavanaugh enters into her life, a firefighter built to rescue any damsel in distress. When a spark of attraction ignites, Candace and Royce soon discover there's more than one way to stop traffic.


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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Bargain Sweet Romances #99cents Each

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Dangerous Memories

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A Joyful Eve in Christmas Town
Book 1 in the Christmas Town series by Susan Aylworth
99c sale starts July 29.

A new job brings Claire Reiser to Bedford Falls, California, a Sierra resort town that celebrates Christmas all year. She arrives just days before Christmas, expecting to be alone for the holiday. Ben Scarge is also new, whisked in to manage the estate of his late Uncle Simon, a curmudgeonly miser who puts Scrooge to shame. Like Claire, he anticipates a lonely holiday. Then a furry visitor delivers a gift neither Claire nor Ben will ever forget. 

Book 2, St. Nick Comes to Christmas Town, releases the same day, July 29. Welcome to Christmas Town!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Getting Away by Janice Lynn

 I recently had the opportunity to go to Fripp Island, South Carolina, with a friend. Prior to her asking me to go with her for a 'writers retreat', I'd never heard of Fripp Island. It was a peaceful, beautiful getaway and we got lots of plotting, writing, and goal-setting done.

Things I liked about Fripp: Being with my friend who I hadn't seen in a few years. Catching up with a friend just felt fabulous. 

Kayaking out to Prichard's Island and looking at an abandoned research facility. We saw dolphin while kayaking, and well, when are phin just not the coolest??? No pics as we were crossing between islands and it was my first time being out in the ocean currents in a kayak. I never took my phone out. :)

The sunsets were gorgeous. It wasn't a busy, crowded, party beach, but more of a family-oriented one. 

We went to Lady's Island and ate dinner one evening. The sunset was gorgeous at the marina as well.

The food on the island and surrounding islands was fabulous. This is pan-seared salmon & scallops, fresh vegetables, and grits. 

The artwork at the house and local shops was very cool. This is made from driftwood picked up from around the islands. 

The deer. We saw deer every day and lots of them. 

I loved being introduced to someplace new. What about you? Have you come across any out of the way vacation/getaway spots? What were your favorite things about them?

Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope coming October 26, 2021 from Hallmark Publishing

USA Today, Wall Street Journal, & Publishers Weekly Bestselling author JANICE LYNN lives in Tennessee with her Prince Charming, their kids who think they're all royalty, her vivid imagination, an adorable Maltese named Halo who's the true princess of the house, and bunches of unnamed dust bunnies that moved in after Janice started her writing career. In addition to writing romance, Janice is a nurse practitioner, a quilter, an exercise queen, a military mama, and an avid supporter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Just kidding on the exercise queen.   WRAPPED UP IN CHRISTMAS & WRAPPED UP IN CHRISTMAS JOY are available at AMAZON Barnes & Noble WALMART