04 October 2015

"Madam Candy" gives tea leaves and card readings at Serendipity Cafe and Gifts

As part of the Halloween festivities in La Grange, Candy will be doing tea leaves reading and card readings at Serendipity Cafe and Gifts

On Friday afternoon and evenings and Saturday.

She was originally going to do it from 11 am - 3pm.  However, they were lines waiting for her at 3pm.  Becky Bayer Kimber, owner, asked if she could stay longer.  She did!  Until 7:30pm -- they were actually drawing straws at the end for the ones to get to do the last readings.

If you didn't get into to have a reading, don't worry...Serendipity will have Madam Candy back on Friday afternoons and most of the day Saturday through Halloween.

Next weekend will be big, since it's the Railroad and Bluegrass Festival.

You can go on the La Grange Ghost Tours on Friday evening 7:30 - 9:30 -- what a great way to warm up before you go -- after a cup of tea and get a reading!!


All the beauty and magic of Serendipity Cafe and Gifts


03 October 2015

Release date for A Cat in Jackboots announced

Coming:  October 20th

He is a hunter...despite being a scion of one of the most respected families of the ton, he enjoys solving the mysteries that life presents...at a price.  And he is hot on the trail of a burglar robbing the titled members of London society.

She is saddled with a scatterbrained, matchmaking Grandmother and a retired battman for a butler...and a black cat named Romeo...and carries a world of secrets.  One slip and it will cost her everything.

Neither is seeking romance...only sometimes love happens when you least expect it....

27 September 2015

Saturday with a new resident in La Grange

Saturday's Farmer's Market.  Always great fun, but this week, Candy and I got to introduce Tami Day to her new town.  Tami and bought a lovely cottage this week, and will be moving here.  So we took her around and introduced her to everyone.

It was a little grey looking because we had an all night shower, but it cleared off for a lovely autumn day.

Tami found a grower who grew Japanese veggies, so they discussed different ones and how to prepare them.  The grower said she would grow anything Tami wanted.

Tami struck up a friendship with the lady who made earrings.  Tami wanted to buy some for gifts, but didn't want pierced.  The lady quickly changed them to clip for Tami.  While they were talking, they discovered they were both nurses in prison setting, so had an immediately friendship.  We are going to meet her for lunch sometime soon and get to know each other better.

Our Mayor, Joe Davenport, stopped by to say hello, so I introduced him to Tami and explained she was his newest constituent.

Then she met the real Mayor of La Grange (LOL) - Town Cat.

Town Cat checked her out and pronounced approval of Tami coming to live in La Grange.

Tami and Candy on the bench on the square

Candy, Tami and Me

Tami and me

Tami took this picture of me with Candy (my stupid yellow shoes and cane!!)

Another shot of our Mayor talking with people

All in all, I think Tami saw what a wonderful town this is to live in!!

Welcome Tami Day!!!

23 September 2015

ebay sales fall, print books remain steady...

This is something I predicted when the eBook craze started. It was a new "toy". Ebooks have advantages, when I am doing research - that i need a research book NOW. It's nice for reading on the go - provided your screen works well in bright light.
However, books and reading have existed for many centuries. It's not the same as record technology improving. The love of reading is born when you go into a bookstore and see all the titles. Can touch them, smell them, holding them. Curling up with a good book on a rainy afternoon, or at night when I cannot sleep, is NOT the same as with an eReader.
And as an author - there is nothing that compares with opening that big box of books - author's copies - from your publisher on release day. To actually HOLD your work in your hands, to see you book on the shelves in Walmart, Krogers and Barnes and Nobles.
Read print books is an experience.
I am happy for people who do enjoy eBooks. I enjoy the convenience. But nothing touches books in print. smile emoticon I said once the new toy's fascination wears off, people would slowly return to print. I have great ebook sale, but nothing compared to my print sales, and many of those readers refuse to get a eBook reader.
So let's hear it for an industry correction...

20 September 2015

Highland Games -- a lovely time

Me with good friend Erika Spidle Napier 

 Erika with Candy....love this shot!!
Erika modeling her new outfit -
 with hat from The Gilded Lily 

Cap'n Amos and his lady
(Bob Watters and Whitney Christiansen)  

It was a much larger crowd this time, and I would say about half came in costumes

It's rather odd to visit Briarwood in the Fall.  Many of the regular vendors are absent.  A lot of our dear friends, such as Tara and Mark Reed, Rondini Alexander, Daniel Higgins and Robert Barker are off doing other Renfaires.   So many of our favourite faces are amongst the missing.

Until June 2015....

16 September 2015

A Wolf in Wolf's Clothing - in Montlake Spotlight showcase promotion

Magic and fortune have brought a self-proclaimed wolf to Colford Hall.  He’s dressed in a designer suit, drives a Lamborghini Murciélago and apologizes for nothing.  And though Trev doesn’t realize it, wolves mate for life.  That little fact just might toss a spanner in the works.

Revenge — that was Trev’s goal when he first set his sights on Raven Montgomerie.  And a delicious revenge it would be.  He and his two brothers have each selected a Montgomerie sister to systematically seduce and destroy, and this quiet granddaughter of his enemy is perfect.  She lives simply in a cottage, hidden away in the English countryside, a painter, and socializes only with the local Gypsies and a menagerie of misfits: a fat orange tabby, her one-legged seagull, and a midget pony.  In addition to beauty, Raven has fey vulnerability begging to be exploited.  Trev would be only too happy to oblige.  In fact, it felt like fate…
Despite the Tarot’s warning that he was coming, not even the ancient stone walls of her family’s English estate can protect the third Montgomerie sister from her magical destiny— or from the wolfish charms of Trevelyn Mershan, who has come to huff and puff and blow those walls down.

Then, out of the corner of her eye, she spotted the black-haired man, walking across the opposite side of the room to examine the fortuneteller’s booth.  Her stomach muscles tightened, as his hand reached out and deftly inserted a coin.  His beautiful face was reflected in the glass, held fascinated while he studied the woman as she moved with lifelike gestures.  Placing his hands on either side of the booth, he leaned to the glass, nearly pressing his nose against it to examine the automaton closer.  Finally, when the mannequin stopped moving, he leaned back and took the card.  He stood, not even breathing that she could tell.  Her mind flashed back to the two cards she had drawn, wondering if he pulled the same one. 

   “Surely not.”

Beware of the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

He turned, his eyes going straight to her, as if he’d been aware of her watching him the whole time.  Then she realized, while she saw the reflection of his face in the glass, he could see her in the bright red dress behind him as well.  Slowly, he lifted the card and turned it until the tarot face showed.  Even across the room there was no mistaking The Lovers.  With a slight lift of his black brows, he spoke volumes.  

A question?  A threat?  A promise…  

She shivered, scared what the cards signified.  Terrified to give credence to him pulling the same one that she had.  

Fearful not to....

 The Montlake Romance team asked me to let you know that THE INVASION OF FALGANNON ISLE will be included in our 100 Kindle Romances for $1.99 Each in the US marketplace, starting 9/15/2015 and running through 10/15/2015. 

Beginning 9/15/2015, you will see the promotion here: http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=11953709011.