Thursday, September 18

Memories of Water

As a child of the Navy, I have always lived near water. Always.

I can't imagine living in a land-locked area. I can't imagine not having access to the calmness that water offers me.

I love visiting our coast. Even though it's usually windy and a little cool, not to mention the high probability of rain, it's my favorite place to be.

The roar of the ocean, the spray of the water, wet sand beneath my it all.

In all my years living near the water, I've never become a water sportsman--I don't own a boat, a jet-ski, or even a kayak. In fact,I can barely swim. 

The last time I fished was probably in my early teens or preteens when I tagged along with my grandfather.

I went crabbing once in junior high and had a blast. Probably because crabbing was a lot easier and faster than fishing.

 My first memory of going to a beach is from Norfolk, Virginia. It was hot, hot, hot. The sand stung our toes. And the beach was crammed with people. I was five. The water was warm and the memories warmer.

After Norfolk, we moved to Keflavik, Iceland. I have more distinct memories of the coast there. 

Watching a trio of shark fins circle the water just beyond the shore. Okay, as an adult, I know it probably wasn't sharks--too cold of water, I believe. But, at nine years old, it was pretty darned impressive.

My parents would take us to a dock on the beach and they'd fish for flounder that my sister and I would throw back into the ocean. 

Once we spotted a bloated, green work glove floating in the water and I told my sister it was a man's hand and we needed to save it. Of course, she screamed and then she tried to help me fish it out. The next time we went, it was gone and for me, the dock had lost it's "magic". That's the first time I remember creating a story and feeling the 'awe' from doing so.

I have other memories of water, going to the beach every summer with grandma or to "the place" along the Lewis River with my cousins when it got too hot to stay in town. We wore our tennis shoes in the water because it was so rocky and the water had pincher bugs in it. But the water felt
so good on those hot August days.

Swimming/dog-paddling in Iceland's blue lagoon. The smell of Whale Bay in Iceland. Crashing waves on the rocks. Getting tangled in the logs at Lake Merwin and almost drowning. Finding a wooded pond at a campground and not being able to find it again on return trips. Did it actually exist?? Or was it some sort of fantasy appearing ala Doon?

Water fuels my soul. What does it for you?

Wednesday, September 17

Love in a Small Town - Box Set Spotlight!

Who doesn’t enjoy a charming love story where the towns are small but folks’ hearts are big?  Now you can get ten of them together for just 99 cents in this Love in a Small Town book bundle courtesy of Crimson Romance…

Release date: September 15, 2014

Curl up tonight with these ten down-to-earth heroes who know just how to set the neighbors’ tongues wagging with their good looks and easygoing charm. But life in a small town isn’t always sweet and simple, and love can get more than a little complicated in these heartfelt contemporary romances.

See what previous readers and reviewers are saying about these stories on Amazon:

·         California Sunset by Casey Dawes -
            “…pulls at your heart making you feel what you didn't know you could.”

·         Slow Ride by Kat Morrisey -
            "The chemistry between Kyla and Copper is so hot you will need a cool glass of water…”

·         Coming Home by Christine S. Feldman -
            “…an emotional ride, beautifully written and developed.”

·         Begin Again by Christy Newton -
            “…a sweet, poignant small town romance which is a pleasure to read.”

·         Lake Effect by Johannah Bryson -
            “…flirty, fun, and just right to take your troubles away for awhile.”

·         All About Charming Alice by J. Arlene Culiner -
            “…an emotional, heartfelt, dazzling experience.”

·         Broken Wings, Soaring Hearts by Beverly A. Rogers -
            “…a sweet, deep and very inspiring and fast read with a great plot that will keep you hooked…”

·         Charmed by InĂ©s Saint -
            “…a charmingly sweet romance with warmth and humor that you will enjoy throughout the book.”

·         Angel Without Wings by Mari Manning -
            A story about family, love, and redemption…

·         Breaking the Rules by Melinda Dozier -
            “…a beautiful romance about taking risks and second chances.”

Grab the entire collection now for just 99 cents, and see for yourself just how sweet small-town love can be…

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Tuesday, September 16

Win, lose, write

Before I became published, I used to love to enter writing contests. I was kind of a contest slut. Ahem. Not a very nice term, is it? But I did enter...a lot. After I published, I never entered any RWA contests for published books. It just seems too much work to ship books, etc.