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TLC Book Tour: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon



Diana Gabaldon

Back Cover:  "The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles.  Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"-- in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord..1743.     Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart.  For here James Fraser, a gallant young scots warrior, shows her a love so absoloute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives."
Have you ever read a story that so captures your attention, when you are done, want to turn right back around and read it again slowly and savor it, bit by bit.   I'd been hearing about Ou…

Faith, hope, charity and God - Telling it like it is

Faith + Hope + Charity + God = Love

Look at these pictures. Isn't that the most amazing sight!

Hundreds of thousands of people traveled to Washington DC to join in the 8/28 Honor rally put on by conservative news talk show host, Glenn Beck.   I watched part of the rally live on Facebook, then watched the whole thing on Cspan.   It was interesting to read the newspaper reports the next day.   The New York Time treated the rally fairly and other newspapers not so fairly.  People either love him or totally hate him.   However, all of them missed the  the true scope of the rally. The pundits talked about who was there but they didn't report on the purpose or what really happened. It wasn't all about Glenn Beck, he simply made it happen.  
One of the main reasons for the rally was to raise funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.   Do you remember Desert One, when our special forces attempted a Iranian hostage rescue. Many of the men were injured or killed.  The fund w…

The end - how sweet it is!

I just finished writing the first draft of my 3rd WIP Eyes in the Ashes.  I still need to type up the pages from my last few writing sessions, but in essence, the first draft is done.  The story took a different direction and my main character turned out to have less of a role than I planned, while my minor character stepped up to the front.  For a while there I was stumped. Things just weren't flowing and I felt like I was pulling teeth, plus wasn't sure where the story was going.  That's what happens when I try to control the process, instead of letting it flow naturally.   The ending turned out different as well. I thought I needed a couple more chapters to wrap things up but it just kind of flowed and came to a natural end.  It was a "wow, yeah, that makes sense, that's the end." moment.  Glad I recognized it.  However, it does leaves me with a opening for a possible sequel.  Hmmm!  We'll see what happens with the edits but I am going to let it rest …

Our 13th Wedding Anniversary

Our 13th Wedding Anniversary!

Saturday, we went to a family party for John's side of the family. Most of his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and their kids were there.  Including his cousin, Monsignor Jimmy Kidder who performed our marriage ceremony 13 years ago.   Every time we get together with his family, various member always talk about our wedding.   It seems to stand out in their minds as being a truly beautiful, warm, loving ceremony.   We were reminded of the ring blessing ceremony.  When Monsignor asked for the ring, my sister only handed him mine.  After finding out he had not been handed John's ring, he waved his hand, smiled and said "Oh it'll take."  Well it certainly did take. 

One of our favorite Jazz Singers, Ella Fitzgerald singing our song, The Man I love.

No Technology Week - Posts to Ponder while I unplug

Three weeks into our summer vacation and it is time for an attitude adjustment so we are taking a  break from technology and unplugging for a week or so.  I'll leave you with a few posts to ponder while we are off writing, reading and playing.

James Scott Bell asks - Is there a writer inside of you?

Robert Gregory Browne's - Blank.  The importance of backing your stuff up.

Jody Hedlund asks -  How important is blogging for unpublished Writers?

Lady Glamis aka Michelle Davidson Argyle's book Cinders is now available at smashwords. 

I recently became a member of International Thriller Writers, Inc.  Check out the newest thrillers released in August.

There are many new reviews  posted on the SFF Masterworks Reading Project blog.  Check out Larry's latest on Fantasy Masterworks # 2 Lord Dunsany's Time and the Gods or  Harry's SF Masterworks # 2 Richard Matheson, I am Legend. 
I have yet to read Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games or Catching Fire, but I'd be remiss…

Lumby on the Air by Gail Fraser

Lumby on the Air


Gail Fraser

Back Cover:  "Pam and Mark Walker are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with a week-long family reunion and a ceremony renewing their vows. Mark breezily dismisses Pam’s misgiving about temporarily closing Montis Inn and heads off to the county fair, to try his hand at both chainsaw sculpting and sheep shearing, with chaotic--and hilarious--results. Meanwhile, Pam juggles her thrill-seeking mother, who has a new “friend with benefits,” and her non-conformist niece, who posts family secrets in her online blog . Then Mark’s brother-in-law starts broadcasting his radio talk show live from Montis Inn. His remarks disparaging small-town life cause immediate rifts, especially when he sides with a real estate developer who wants to turn Lumby into a Las Vegas version of Aspen. As the controversy pits family against family, and neighbor against neighbor, will the spirit that defines Lumby triumph once again?"

Lumby on the Air is the 5th book in …

Libri Multus - new to me author edition

M.J. Rose's The Reincarnationist:  Interesting thriller mixing modern day with ancient times.  Photographer Josh Ryder catches a terrorist bombing in progress and is injured in the blast.  He starts suffering flashbacks and experiencing the memories of characters from ancient Rome.  Somehow, it all ties in with his life in the present.  He uses the memories to dig deeper into the past and solve the mysteries in the present.  Full of twists and turns and surprises.  The book started a little slow and I shelved it a couple times before going back to it a third time.   The third time was the charm.  Not a book that can be read in small chunks.  To really get into the story, needed to sit down and dive into it.  Book 1 in The Reincarnationist series followed by The Memorist and The Hypnotist.  

Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife:  When I first started this time traveling love story, wasn't sure was going to like it, but it sucked me in.  Henry is a librarian and…

Notes from Underground

Notes from Underground
Well, I  did it.  I took the plunge and entered Literary Lab's  Notes from Underground contest. 
The title comes from a novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky that is part rambling narrative and part story. It's a piece of writing that is both highly experimental and deeply personal. For the contest, we want you writers to feel that same freedom of expression, taking out the judging process to the best of our ability.
Taking a tip from Dostoyesky and the myriad number of stream of consciousness stories I've read over the past year, I got creative. The first part of the contest is the application - a free form, no rules, no holds barred 5 page montage convincing the judges (Davin, Scott and Michelle) why your writing should be included in the anthology.   The first couple pages were a meandering walk through my past and all the jobs I had which over a 30 year period were remarkably eclectic and exposed to me to a myriad number of characters.  People who loved to…

Happy 11th Birthday James

Why God Made Little Boys (author unknown)

God made little boys in a wondrous dream of man.
Gave them strength, courage, dignity and will.
And the curiousity to seek new horizons, to sail, fly
Reach for the stars.
God loves His boys for their spirit and pride.
He watches over them as they grow
For it is through the miracle of little boys 
That mature man is realized
And in their hands He has placed 
The future of all living things. 

I have this poem hanging on my wall to remind me everyday about the blessing of boys. James is my miracle child, a beautiful blessing whom we will treasure always.   You see, I never really thought we would have children.  When Father was 17, he was electrocuted while working on a Marshall amplifier and thrown across the room.    I always had it in the back of my mind that there was the possibility we would never have children.  I was proved wrong, fortunately. God blessed us with one.   James - our one and only beautiful, inquisitive, smart, precocious, spirited, lov…

Sunday Salon - Bright and Shiny or dark and mirky?

Courtesy - National Geographic
I just love this picture, it speaks to me for some reason.  Just look at it!   It speaks to me of how we experience books and reading.  Really!   How stories consume you -  burst over you with a dramatic splash or ebb and flow slowly with the tides.   Some books you devour quickly and others you savor slowly, thoughtfully.  Stories full of light, bright and shining; others full of shadows, hiding what's just beneath, making you stop and look, search for what is under the surface.   I have a wide variety of books on my nightstand, the majority -  mysteries, thrillers or science fiction with a few romantic and romantic suspense novels thrown in.    I seemed to have been in a romantic mood for the month of July.  I guess after all the reading for my Nobel Literature class (I got an A by the way!) I needed to relax and escape. 
A Summer in Sonoma - Robyn Carr Ice - Linda Howard  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert Heinlein Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs…