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TLC Book Tour: Prime Suspect 2: A Face in the Crowd

Synopsis:  "The coroner’s report identifies the body as young, black, female, and impossibly anonymous. Yet one thing is clear to Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison about the latest victim discovered in one of London’s poorest districts—that news of her murder will tear apart a city already crackling with racial tensions, hurling Scotland Yard and Tennison herself into a maelstrom of shocking accusations and sudden, wrenching violence.

Even as London’s brutal killer remains at large, Tennison remains locked in a struggle to overcome her station house’s brutal chauvinism and insidious politicking. And as the department’s deeply rooted racism rears its head to overshadow every facet of her new investigation, the trail of her prime suspect is growing colder. Worse, when the details of the beleaguered detective’s stormy personal life explode across the headlines of London’s sleaziest tabloids, Tennison’s already frenzied determination to bring the killer to justic…

Sunday Salon: Figuring it all out!

I finally made some progress with Blue Steel.  Pats self on back.  I've been stuck (again) and the deep story editing class is sort of responsible.  I had written it a certain way, then changed the sequence of the story and got totally derailed.  Been stewing for the better part of the week, stepped away from it for a day or so, then had an epiphany.  Figured out my story order today, typed up the sequence of events and what scenes need to be revised (majority) and what still needs to be written.   Have a better idea  where to place the through lines for the romance portion of the story, plus cover more from the antagonist's point of view. 

Basically been a blog friend and row80 failure for the first couple months but getting my arse back in gear.  My writing goal will be to complete one hour of editing and one hour of writing per day.  I gave up on Francine Prose's Reading Like a Writer. I wasn't getting anything out of it.   Starting James Scott Bell's Revision an…

Sunday Salon: Vacations and motivation

Just returned from spending a few days with my folks and hanging out with my sister in Arizona. My brother, whom I haven't seen in what seems like forever also drove down to visit.  James and I went while father stayed home with the cats.  Two were on medication for various illnesses so instead of canceling the whole trip, he elected to stay home.  He managed to surprise me by repainting our master bathroom and replacing the cove while we were gone.  He's usually not to good with keeping secrets but he got me on this one.   It is beautiful, clean, and very bright.  Now I just need to find a new picture to put up on the wall.
Our flights were relatively uneventful except for some turbulence going into Las Vegas.  Southwest has worked out many of their bugs and I'm sure we'll be using them again in the future.   I was surprised, yet relieved, to discover TSA doesn't make kids go through the ultra x ray machine so we went through the regular metal detectors.  James, b…

TLC Book Tour: Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante

Synopsis: "The moment Jane Tennison takes over Scotland Yard’s investigation into the death of sex worker Della Mornay, two grim facts become immediately clear to her. First, that the constabulary’s old boy club is determined to hinder, harass, and undermine the new female Detective Chief Inspector at every turn. And second, that their murder victim isn’t Della Mornay.

Now the police are a step behind, and a madman is loose on the streets of London. To apprehend the criminal stalking women through the city’s shadows, Tennison will have to steel herself against the hostility of her fellow officers and conceal her own mounting obsession with breaking through the glass ceiling of the station house—even as department politics, a crumbling relationship, and a wickedly elusive prime suspect threaten her very existence.

A dark and riveting race against the clock, Prime Suspect is an unforgettable introduction to this bestselling series from Edgar Award-winning author Lynda La…

Sunday Salon: Deciphering and inscribing

We are getting ready to go on vacation and head out to see my parents in Arizona.  It has turned into a mom/son adventure because we have a sick cat.  Herbie, one of the two boy cats got a urinary blockage which resulted in the beginning of kidney issues and a urinary infection.  He spent three days at the vet and is now on antibiotics.   Luna, the mama cat also has kitty asthma and is on prednisone.   We've worked it down from twice a day to once every three days.  Know what's amazing. We have a compounding pharmacy that blends the prednisone with chicken broth and she willing takes her medicine.  Herbie however is extremely stubborn and tries to avoid swallowing so he can spit the medicine out.   You have to get creative when giving cats medicine.  
Reading wise, my 52 books group and I are about to tackle Moby Dick.  I've never read it so downloaded it to my nook to read while on vacation.  I've slowed down my reading quite a bit this year and during January complete…

Sunday Salon: Life - no matter where you go there you are!

Happy Sunday!  I'm still here.  Just been contemplating several directions life could take us right now and as with all things, change can be stressful.  We've never been ones to take the straight road or the road most taken.  We pretty much follow our own path.  Some folks don't like or agree with our choices and you know what. That's just too damn bad.  It isn't their life is it.  We've been homeschooling James all the way through Elementary school.  We took it one year at a time to start with and considered that by the time he reached 7th grade, he'd be ready to go to middle school.

Hubby and I have been stressing over it for the past few weeks and finally realized it all comes down to James and what he needs.  He wants to continue to home school and frankly I'd prefer it that way.  He thrives learning one on one and we can follow his interests and make adjustments when he's not getting something or take a break when we need too.  He is super bri…