Wow! Huge Thanks to the Califa Library Group!

The Califa Library Group has added Bayou Fire, A Light Across the Lake, Last Stop: Storyville, Yellowjack and the Riverman, and Music, Mayhem, and Bad Decisions to their offerings. Thank you!


Another “State of the Author” Post

Hi, everyone. There are lots of things going on, so I thought I’d give a quick update.

  • The next edition of Pocketful of Stories, “Down on the Corner of Love,” is in edits. These stories all take place in 1967-68.
  • Speaking of Pocketful of Stories, I’ve had a couple of lovely 5-star reviews for “A Light Across the Lake.” Thank you!
  • The Harmon/Hope romance is still in draft zero … and I’m kind of stalled out. I have scenes but no real connector, so I’m still working on it.
  • I have a day job business trip next week, going back to National Harbor, Maryland. The last time I was there was very early in what became The Year of The Great Sadness. I was already in deep grief over two very specific losses, had another one while I was there … and had no idea that it was going to be the tip of the iceberg. So, I have more than my usual pre-travel jitters going on. I’m hoping to have some fun on the visit all the same and will share photos.
  • I am trying to put together events for another day job business trip that takes place a mere two weeks after I get back from Maryland. This one will be in Southern California. Ditto on sharing photos.
  • One of the events I planned to do this year, InDScribe, has been postponed until 2020. This leaves space in my calendar to do a different event, but I haven’t made up my mind about what that might be.
  • In March, I’m going to Vancouver, BC, for Left Coast Crime. I’m going strictly as a learner and fan this time (Maureen Jennings, author of the marvelous Murdoch Mysteries, is going to be there). I know there will be fun and photos!
  • I am experiencing some health challenges. I am in contact with my physician, and have arranged some lab work for this weekend. I am pretty sure that the meds I take for Hashimoto’s disease need to be adjusted, as I am experiencing a lot more pain and other symptoms. I am trying hard not to be depressed over this, to be honest, as the musculoskeletal symptoms are the worst part for me and prevent me from doing a good many things I want to.

That’s about it for now. I hope that all is well with you. I appreciate all of my readers, blog followers, fans and friends. Thank you.

Nottoway Plantation: Spirits of the White Castle on the Mississippi

Nottoway Plantation: Spirits of the White Castle on the Mississippi

Nottaway was not one of the plantations I visited while researching “Bayou Fire,” although I did see it from the car. In any event, this is a great historical look at another of Louisiana’s plantation houses. Enjoy!

History Imagined

Nottoway_041853,000 sq. ft., 64 rooms, 7 stairways, 22 massive exterior columns, 12 hand-carved marble fireplaces, 15 1/2 foot ceilings, 5 galleries, and double front entry steps with a boot scraper indicating the gentlemen’s side  – these details alone would be sufficient to secure Nottoway Plantation’s place among the most notable American castles. Not only is it the largest antebellum plantation house still standing, it is a fine example of the Greek Revival architecture of the period. In its present incarnation, it is a resort destination that plays host to society weddings and guests seeking that special touch of grandeur only such hotels can provide. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of Historic Hotels of America. It is indeed a magnificent structure.

John-Hampden-Randolph-Family-Original-Owner-of-Nottoway-Plantation-in-White-Castle-LouisianaWhen John Hampden Randolph and his family moved into the home in 1859, Nottoway was the crowning achievement of his career…

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Winter Promotion Metrics, and a Call to Action

downloadHi, everyone. As you know, I participated in Smashwords’ annual winter promotion. I listed all of my books for free (including Hugs and Hisses, which was entirely by accident since I donate my royalties to Humane Society Silicon Valley and usually do not discount it).

Anyway, I did this because a lot of people are hurting. A lot of people have very little spending money, and I wanted to give a gift to my readers.

In the period between Dec. 25, 2018 and January 1, 2019, I gave away 188 books. Some people literally selected my whole catalog, which made me feel good. By far the most popular was my multi-award winning historical paranormal, Bayou Fire.

Here’s how it all fell out, from most popular to least popular in terms of copies chosen/downloaded.

Bayou Fire – 28

Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes (The Omnibus Edition) – 21

Clytie’s Caller – 19

A Light Across the Lake – 18

Yellowjack and the River Man – 15

Last Stop: Storyville – 14

In The Eye of The Beholder – 11

Brief Interludes – 9

In The Eye of The Storm – 9

Hugs and Hisses: My Mission of Love as a Shelter Volunteer – 8

His Beloved Infidel – 7

Through the Opera Glass – 6

Les Pensees Dangereuses – 5

Music, Mayhem, and Bad Decisions – 5

The Rock Star in the Mirror (Or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life) – 4

2010 Hindsight: A Year of Growth, In Spite of Myself – 3

If you were one of the people who chose my titles during the promotion, you have my thanks. I appreciate every single one of you who showed an interest in my work.

And now, here is the call to action mentioned in the headline. If you liked my work, I would truly love for you to share a review on your blog (feel free to link it in comments), GoodReads, or any other review site you use. Thanks for that as well.

My Goals for the New Year

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Well, friends, here we are. I don’t know about you, but I was in bed long before the ball dropped at midnight. I seldom make it that far anymore.

I did, however, set my goals for the coming year.

In 2018, I had two:  hear more live music, and spend more in-person time with friends. I did pretty well on the former, but not so well on the latter. So, it tops this year’s list.

  1. Spend more in-person time with friends.
  2. Finish Draft 0.0 of the Harmon/Hope “second chance romance with paranormal elements” tale.
  3. Continuing publishing entries in the Pocketful of Stories series. Next up will be “Down on the Corner of Love.”

I am looking at switching out some of the features I’ve had since the inception of this blog, but haven’t made a final decision. I’m thinking of having Sample Saturday cross over more with Facts from My Fiction. We’ll see.

Welcome in, 2019.