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A welcome second chance… Or a recipe for disaster?


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It might be impossible to put out these flames…Good thing this cowboy can handle the sparks.


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Dead To Me.


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Rip Roaring Regency Romp


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Healing his physical wounds is just the beginning…


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After suffering a horrific injury that threatens to end his career, Baden Oulett is about to learn that sometimes a fresh start is just what the doctor ordered.


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143 comments posted.

Re: What The Groom Wants (10:35pm May 5, 2014):

Well. It sounds interesting. You could tell people it's top secret, hush hush,
if I tell you the frog people may kill you. :D

Re: The Paris Time Capsule (3:49am May 1, 2014):

I saw that article. I can't think of a mystery. Except maybe my father's
family. They rarely talked about themselves or things from the past. :)

Re: Risk Taker (6:03pm February 2, 2014):

Sounds good. :)

Re: Paws For Murder (3:11pm January 2, 2014):

Love mysteries. Sounds like a good read.

Re: Freezer I'll Shoot (3:41pm December 29, 2013):

I haven't made resolutions for years. I'm a procrastinator and I'd keep
putting off doing it. Also I always felt like September was a new year...all
those years of school. :)

Re: Murder on the Orient Espresso (3:39pm December 29, 2013):

Sounds like a fun book. :)

Re: Billionaire Blend (6:34pm December 3, 2013):

Love the Coffeehouse Mysteries!! Looking forward to this one :)

Re: Christmas Quilt (5:05am October 24, 2013):

My grandmother made quilts. All by hand. I once started one, appliqué and
embroidery. But it got destroyed before I could finish it. I went back to
crocheting then. :)

Re: Death Of A Schoolgirl (12:57pm October 15, 2013):

Sounds really interesting.

Re: The Patterer (12:19pm October 9, 2013):

Sounds like a very entertaining book. :)

Re: Secrets Of A Scandalous Marriage (12:17pm October 9, 2013):

I'm not sure that I wouldn't be totally daunted if I had something like that
thrown at me. Glad you were up to the task. :)

Re: One Night in the Spa (12:08pm October 9, 2013):

Never played. But I'm totally helpless at things like that. I used to be ok at
volleyball (til knees & asthma set in) but it has a nice BIG target. :)
Look forward to you taking your frustrations out on the page even more.

Re: A Brew to a Kill (1:25pm August 7, 2013):

I love these books!! I haven't read this one yet. :)

Re: Date with Destiny (11:22pm August 5, 2013):

TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD the whole book. :)
Susan Isaacs COMPROMISING POSITIONS had something that
resonated so closely to me at that time, it actually frightened me. I'd put it in
the drawer and try to read something else then pull it out again.
When I was a kid, it was Trixie Belden. I wanted so much to find a solve a
mystery the way she did. :)
There are lots more but ill quit now. :)

Re: A Father For Her Triplets (7:30pm August 5, 2013):

One step forward two steps back. That's what it feels like lately. Sounds
like a good book. :)

Re: Death Al Dente (10:53pm August 2, 2013):

I've been here or close by all my life. Born across the street from where I
lived the first did months. Thought about moving a couple of times after
school, but talked out of it by family. Then after kids just stayed. :)

Re: Baden-Powell's Beads: London (4:33am July 31, 2013):

I found this interesting. Hope to read the books soon.

Re: Rugged Hearts (1:28pm July 24, 2013):

Unexpected? I don't know. Teachers, parents, relatives, are all expected.
Maybe the judges whoever they were who gave me a scholarship to a
writer conference. Did all kinds of intangible things for my writing.

Re: Reckless (1:25pm July 24, 2013):

Sounds good.

Re: It Happened One Midnight (3:32pm July 5, 2013):

Bit by bit by bit it will have to happen. I love that "bit." :)

Re: Prince of Secrets (3:12am July 3, 2013):

I'm a procrastinator. And a second guesser. Just your books coming out
would make quite a TBR like. :)

Re: Final Sentence (3:08am July 3, 2013):

Sean Connery, Cary Grant, and George Clooney. Right now. Tomorrow my
answer might be different. :)

Re: One Night (6:56pm June 26, 2013):

Not in one night. I'm sure it does happen, just not to me.

Re: One Night With A Rake (11:28pm June 20, 2013):

I don't have a pet now. I did have a cat that would watch me type. And
circled the printer growling. :) she died when she was 18.

Re: Rescuing Dawn (11:25am June 19, 2013):

I also have a big group of online friends who have always been supportive.
I just went to the "real" world first. ;)

Re: Rescuing Dawn (11:22am June 19, 2013):

I have three. They dropped everything when my mom died. One even
drove eight hours to get here.

Re: One Day in Apple Grove (5:46am June 16, 2013):

Never been to a reader event, but I think I'd like to try. The book sounds
good. The yet to be written ones do too. :)

Re: Opposing Forces (5:34am June 16, 2013):

I don't know about favorite reunion, but I just witnessed a "Happens only in
books" moment. I was at an alumni dinner and watched a friend catch up
with another friend. She hugged him. Her sweater got snagged on his
button. We all laughed. They talked. Everyone circulated. They talked.
Afterwards they went for a drink. See only in books. Well keep our fingers
crossed for the ending. :)

Re: Billion Dollar Cowboy (5:27am June 16, 2013):

Yes. I do want to read the book. I have a thing about cowboys anyway.

Re: Just One Kiss (4:59am June 16, 2013):

Pay the bills. Get a newer vehicle. Go to see my 3 yr old gson in California.
Probably save most of the rest for emergencies.

Re: Katie's Choice (10:38am June 3, 2013):

I love the movie WITNESS so this book sounds interesting.

Re: Five Days in Skye (10:30am June 3, 2013):

I love this premise. It sounds like a good book.

Re: True (11:33am June 1, 2013):

I didn't graduate from college until my 40s so I'm not qualified for an
opinion. :) But I did see some friends go kind of hog wild. One had NEVER
had any kind of freedom from her mother so she got away and got into
everything. She almost got kicked out. Another quit and got married
because of a baby. Another got involved with a married man. So I guess I
got to live it vicariously. :)

Re: Dead, White, And Blue (1:39pm May 30, 2013):

I've always loved your books and this one sounds as good as the others.

Re: Until She Comes Home (11:27am May 30, 2013):

Loved the Ben story!!!

Re: Kissing the Maid of Honor (10:37pm May 24, 2013):

Oh. How could I forget George Clooney? Or Chris O'Donnell? I should
have read the comments first. :)

Re: Kissing the Maid of Honor (10:32pm May 24, 2013):

Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Mark Harmon, Nathan Fillion, Jason O'Mara.
That's just for starters. :) Greedy aren't I?

Re: The Summer I Became A Nerd (10:23pm May 24, 2013):

Office supplies and books. :)
Some movies too.

Re: The Begonia Bribe (10:15pm May 24, 2013):

I suffer from all of these. When I'm out with other writers, they recognize the
vacant stare & the half raised hand & know I am conducting research at the
next table. My family? Not so much. :) and wait people who take orders at
the wrong time. I am still frustrated at the interruption so I will never know
what was in the box under the tile in the sunroom. I have invented all kinds
of things, but I still want to KNOW!!! (And it's probably nothing half as good
as I what iffed.) :)

Re: Lady Vivian Defies A Duke (10:00pm May 24, 2013):

Yes. I do like recurring characters in a series. I like too many to pick just
one!!! :)

Re: Last Chance For Justice (7:26pm May 20, 2013):

I think the story, characters and even setting set the pace. Some things
need to go a break neck speed like a thoroughbred in the Derby, some
need to meander along like a path through the woods. :)

Re: Seducing Charlotte (7:22pm May 20, 2013):

It's your story so it has to go the way you need it to go.

Re: Past Due (7:18pm May 20, 2013):

Time rushes away from you. Try to do things you really want/are important
to you ASAP. L

Re: Undone (7:14pm May 20, 2013):

Sense of humor, intelligence, honesty, loyalty
:)

Re: What A Mother Knows (5:31am May 7, 2013):

Isn't that sometimes what makes it so hard, wondering what a parent, child,
cousin, friend will think? What if they think it's about THEM??

Re: A Wedding In Springtime (5:25am May 7, 2013):

Can I have a cross between the two? Tho' I am more drawn to the Regency
books. :)

Re: Father By Choice (10:42pm April 30, 2013):

I like to read well written books. The age of the characters have nothing to
do with that. :)

Re: The Seven-Day Target (10:38pm April 30, 2013):

I'm like you love mysteries. And so also love romantic suspense. :)

Re: Temporary Roomates (10:37am April 23, 2013):

I like all kinds of settings. Sometimes it just depends on my mood and
sometimes the story line for which kind of book I'll pick up. This sounds like
oth an interesting setting and story.

Re: Thrill Ride (6:20am April 22, 2013):

They sound interesting and the book sounds good. :)

Re: Loving the Rain (6:13am April 22, 2013):

Your books sound fun. I hadn't thought of cameos in writing before.

Re: Abby Road (8:29pm April 15, 2013):

I can swim in a pool, but I need to know where the bottom is. Makes it hard
in the ocean or a lake. :) But I do love the shore and the water. Just have to
have my life preserver at all times. :)

Re: Buried In A Bog (12:23pm March 18, 2013):

I've never been to Ireland but my granfather's mother was Ellen O'Rourke
from County Cork!! I am so glad my cousin found her before my mom died.
She got such a kick out it. I would love to go and see if I can go back
further &/or find modern day relatives.
I have read several books set in Ireland, and I always want to go and
explore the places in the books. :)

Re: Trouble In The Tarot (11:45am March 17, 2013):

I love humor in all things. And I see no reason why romance can't be
included in mystery. As long as the mystery remains the focus and doesn't
get lost.

Re: The Geek Girl And The Scandous Earl (3:36am March 16, 2013):

What a great story. Gives hope to writers everywhere. :)

Re: Assaulted Pretzel (8:14pm March 13, 2013):

I would love to read how you brought this together. Sounds very interesting.

Re: Murder for the Halibut (11:48pm January 28, 2013):

I love your titles!! The punny ones always tempt me to buy. :)

pmettert at yahoo.com

Re: Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match (11:41pm January 28, 2013):

I haven't tried either one. I wouldn't want to do online. I've known too many
people who have been burned. That's why I totally believe the football
player.

Re: Kiss Of The Betrayer (3:24am January 14, 2013):

Procrastination is what gets me all the time. Scarlett O'Hara I am not, but I
have somehow absorbed her "tomorrow" philosophy!! :) I have a friend who
says just do OTD (one thing daily) & sometimes you get on a roll and do
two or three. I will try to do more of that.
And try to get back to writing.
Oops sorry, comment to win turned into a ramble. :)
P.S. I prefer a print book. I can do ebooks but I still want print. Even tho' I
am running outta room here.

Re: Birthright (3:13am January 14, 2013):

Sounds like a fascinating book. I would reinvent myself as a younger not as
timid me. Oh and I'd go for the richer too. :) I also wouldn't let people talk
me out of writing so maybe I would have gotten farther faster than I have.

Re: Finding Home (6:58pm January 13, 2013):

Like the post & excerpt. Would love to read the book.

Re: The Ravenous Dead (5:42pm December 31, 2012):

Oh, also thankful the Mayan calendar was not prophetic!!!! ;)

Re: The Ravenous Dead (5:39pm December 31, 2012):

Thankful for:
Family & friends (including my "invisible" Internet friends)
Finally getting to meet my two year old grandson in person
Lots of books to read/re-read
Having a fairly warm place to hang my hat
Having a vehicle that goes when I want & stops when I need to :)
Food
Well you get the idea...thankful for all the basics and some just a bit beyond
basic

Re: The Seventh Victim (4:44pm December 31, 2012):

I think setting as character is why so many writers invent their own
town/area and set a series in it. And we all love them. :)

Re: A Little Bit Wicked (3:00pm December 29, 2012):

A kind of vague "do better" is all I've got. Happy New Year to all.

Re: Fallen Angel (2:54pm December 29, 2012):

My 3 gkids and finally getting to meet the youngest one in person. He was
two then.

Re: Live And Let Love (3:23pm December 28, 2012):

I like to read anytime of the year, but if the snow & grey keeps me inside I
might as well be reading. Right? :)
The book sounds good! I 'd love to hunker down and read it. ;)

Re: The Billionaire's Christmas Baby (5:43pm December 27, 2012):

I don't know. The gkids probably. And finally getting to see the you gets
one. But not really feeling things. My mom died this year & Christmas &
NYEve were her fave times. So it is hard.

Re: Secret Santa Baby (5:40pm December 27, 2012):

I like the Christmas themed books of all kinds.

Re: Christmas On Mimosa Lane (9:44pm December 26, 2012):

A new memory this year, a video of my 2.5 yr old gson waking up to
Christmas. He just walked around looking and then said "This is going to be
a nice day." :)

Re: What a Texas Girl Needs (9:40pm December 26, 2012):

My 2.5 year old gson made me an ornament this year. And I have ones the
other gkids made too. Those deserve a prominent place on the tiny tree I
have this year. :)

Re: Renegade (6:03pm December 25, 2012):

When my kids were little we read A CHRISTMAS CAROL. I still do & watch
various forms of the movies. WHITE CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN, A
WONDERFUL LIFE, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, LOVE ACTUALLY, too any
to mention. I need to get copies of all my faves and do a marathon or
something. I have bought many Christmas themed mystery, suspense,
romance etc. and end up retreading many of them during the season too.

Re: Fortune's Hero (5:54pm December 13, 2012):

My Granny used to talk about going everywhere by horse or train a d then,
watching a man walk on the moon on TV!!! She was born on 1901. Look at
the short space of time that was. On the other hand, they Promised us
flying cars when I was a kid and are just now getting prototypes!!! And no
one fore saw personal computers or mobile phones then. So it's a mystery
to me what could happen!! ;)

Re: Love Thy Sister (3:31am December 13, 2012):

I am always amazed by people who are proficient in more than one
language. I took French. I can still speak "food". I have a hard time hearing
other languages so, therefore, an even harder time speaking it. I can read
some though. And I once had a French nightmare. Not quite the same as
dreaming in Italian!! ;) I'd say that readers all over are very lucky that your
Italian dream of being a writer came true. :)

Re: Under the Mistletoe (2:56am December 9, 2012):

I love the killing the fake plant!! And you were very brave to accept a
reptile. I would've run screaming. ;) now that would be a great Christmas
memory for kids...mom running into the street screaming from their
present!!! :)

Re: Jane's Gift (2:53am December 9, 2012):

It sounds like a good read. ;)

Re: The Bridegroom Wore Plaid (3:12am December 7, 2012):

Interesting stuff! :) Hope to win!!

Re: Mistletoe, Merriment, and Murder (2:47pm December 1, 2012):

We do a white elephant auction at our family reunions. Lots of fun. Hope I.
An read this soon. ;)

Re: Holiday in Crimson (9:05pm November 25, 2012):

There were little scenes in hut like things ringing the court house square.
Kind of like the Macy windows. There was also a sleigh that Santa sat in.
This was when I was very small.

Re: The Clue Is In The Pudding (8:58pm November 25, 2012):

Sounds good. I'd love to read it.

Re: Heart of Danger (11:48pm November 10, 2012):

It all depends. I am liking Revolution & I liked Jericho. But not zombies. And
some aliens/sci-fi are ok too. Guess I'm just a mass of contradictions! ;)

Re: What The Cat Saw (11:40pm November 10, 2012):

I agree cats are mysterious, elegant creatures. They would make great
spies!!! ;)

Re: The Snow White Christmas Cookie (7:06pm November 4, 2012):

Oh and I am with Beth Fuller...I'd like the answers to those Qs too!!!!

Re: The Snow White Christmas Cookie (7:04pm November 4, 2012):

Sounds like a fun book! :) I like getting rid of annoying people like that too.
And sometimes, I have them be the killer and get caught &/or killed in some
horrible way. Fun times.

Re: The Warrior (3:11am November 3, 2012):

The book sounds interesting. I am definitely interested in Scots and history
and old stories.

Re: Conspiracy Of Angels (11:29pm November 1, 2012):

I think you are right. :)

Re: One Night with a Hero (12:17pm October 27, 2012):

I'm not sure why, but I do enjoy the books about them.

Re: Mistletoe Cowboy (12:14pm October 27, 2012):

One of the reasons to read fiction, for me, is to lose myself in the book, let it
become my world for awhile.

Re: Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight (12:08pm October 27, 2012):

I love Christmas. All the lights & decorations & food...I wonder why we
never think of some foods except at Christmas or Thanksgiving no matter
how much we love it?! :) Anyway, I also love Christmas themed books.
Some of the ones with great covers, I put out as part of my decorations &
handy to read and get more in the mood. I would love to win your book. :)

Re: Abigail And Mistletoe (12:05pm October 23, 2012):

I like Christmas settings! Sounds like an interesting read.

Re: Rev It Up (12:01pm October 23, 2012):

I like most of the stuff. The only thing that would bother me is a blurb saying
this is a historical or suspense & it is really horror or fantasy. And that has
happened. I don't mind if you go out of the box just do 't let the pub or
whoever false advertise the box. 😉

Re: Sultry With A Twist (11:44pm October 22, 2012):

How about something like "I was taught not to kiss & tell so doesn't that
also mean kiss & write?" 😄

Re: Escape (11:35pm October 22, 2012):

Sounds fascinating

Re: In The Barrister's Bed (11:46pm October 11, 2012):

I don't know why they couldn't! :)

Re: Run The Risk (11:40pm October 11, 2012):

I can't think of one. But this book sounds good.

Re: Wild Encounter (5:15am October 7, 2012):

I'd like to think I'd be genius & inventive & find my way out, but I am such a
prissy wimp sometimes!! 😏

Re: The Ruins Of Lace (1:39pm October 6, 2012):

It does sound like a hard but fascinating concept. I had heard of the lace
size thing, but not the smuggling. But smuggling does make
sense...whenever something is banned it seems that it gets smuggled! :)

Re: Sweet Deception (1:27am August 14, 2012):

I know I can be stubborn about some things, but I really don't know/can't think of any particular thing right now!! :)
I'd love to read you book.

Re: The Wild Wood Enquiry (4:01am June 16, 2012):

I haven't gotten to read the books so I don't know, but I am thinking the majority is probably right, the layout of the town with a circle in the center.

Re: Skeleton Women (1:38am June 7, 2012):

Sounds like a very interesting read.

Re: Copycat Killing (1:36am June 7, 2012):

It's been a long time since I've had any crushes. But I DO have a crush on the writing on CASTLE and NCIS!! ;) So do fictional characters count?? Sounds like a fun book to read.

Re: Home For The Summer (2:08am June 6, 2012):

We were just home. Lightning bugs, mud puddles, lots of reading, climbing trees, riding bikes (be home by the noon whistle), going to one of the grandparents every Sunday, spending the night with cousins...just long lazy days. When I look back I wonder why the summer was so long then and so short now. :) My own kids summers were spent a lot the same except for the added attraction of spending weekends at the lake cottage. I don't know how I would get my summers or theirs back, the town has changed too much.

Re: Diamonds Are Truly Forever (1:59am June 6, 2012):

Well, writing fiction is telling lies. :) Lawrence Block says so. But other than that it's not a good idea.

Re: More Than A Stranger (6:15am June 3, 2012):

Go! And if the all the men don't live up to your imagination, just look at the ones that do!!! :) I am with the others who have said you will regret it if you don't. I haven't been there, but it's one of the places I would go if I had unlimited funds and time. :) pmettert at yahoo dot com

Re: Her Highness, The Traitor (5:43am June 3, 2012):

Sounds very interesting!! I enjoy good historical fiction.

Re: The Rebel Rancher (1:20am May 29, 2012):

I've always had a "thing" for cowboys! Sounds like a good book.

Re: Homefront Hero (2:18am April 27, 2012):

I like all kinds of heroes, except maybe, the aggressive ones. I always want to shout at the book, "Who do you think you are? King of the world?" :)

Re: Somebody To Love (2:16am April 27, 2012):

I've kind of had to start over a couple of times in my life, but never so completely or so far from home. I don't know that I could be that brave.

Re: Sticks and Stones (2:14am March 22, 2012):

I had a great friend/writing partner. We wrote a book and articles and short stories. She moved away and her new job has her working long hours so no chance of even a long distance partnership. Even if I could figure out how to do it. :) I would love to renew this partnership.

Re: Cassie's Grand Plan (3:13am March 21, 2012):

My town is still kind of small, but it has grown a lot. You don't know everyone's name like when I was a kid. It's a town with a lot of history...historic homes, library, YMCA, courthouse, and museums in the old auto factory, full of the autos that were built here. They are rolling works of art! We have nice parks and places to walk...even a new "fishing hole" in one of the new parks. It's a nice quiet place. :)

Re: Oracle's Moon (3:08am March 21, 2012):

Oh, yes, and I had writer's block for awhile. I went back to my "roots" and wrote with my fine point black pen by hand instead of on the computer. It worked!! Thank goodness. :)

Re: Oracle's Moon (3:06am March 21, 2012):

I start with the germ of an idea and let it percolate (that's what I call it...I've heard others call it fermenting). I have to decide on characters and know them, know how they will react. I have a kind of loose outline...loose because there is always the hope that the characters will take over and write the thing for me! :) I write the first draft straight thru, throwing up on the page my friends and I call it. If anything occurs to me while I am doing this, I write it on post-its and stick it in the approximate place. It's a very sloppy process. I've been calling the first draft of the latest project "ONE HOT MESS". :) Because that's what it is. Now it's rewrite time. Ugh. ;)

Re: The Night Is Mine (4:28am February 20, 2012):

I don't remember the exact day, but I was three. I wrote my name on the wall. My mom took everyone to see it. I decided that if everyone thought it was so great, I should keep up this writing thing. :) I know it sounds impossible, but it's true!

Re: Far from Here (3:25am February 5, 2012):

I write and take photos. My family even calls them artsy-fartsy pics! :) I also crochet. I used to do a lot of crafts and paint. I keep thinking I'll get back to that. My whole family is artsy. My daughter is an actor. My son is a musician. My mother did all kinds of sewing and crocheting and designed and made clothes for people (just as favors). My father made furniture and also invented and made parts for machines when the parts wore out. My sister and brother and their families are all creative & artistic too. But, I am the only writer...so far. :)

Re: The Angel Of Blythe Hall (2:13am January 3, 2012):

One year for my birthday, two friends took me to see a horse show. Unexpected because we never gave each other Birthday presents!

Re: The More the Terrier (2:08am January 3, 2012):

Hoping to finally meet my youngest grandchild in person...he'll be two in May! Also, just finished the first draft of a book, so I will be working on that. Those are the top two. :)

Re: The Earl's Mistaken Bride (3:48am November 30, 2011):

I have had a lot of lemons lately. I am usually optimistic, but sometimes.... I will keep this in mind. In the meantime, time away in a fun book always helps!! This sounds like just the ticket.

Re: She Can Run (3:37am November 30, 2011):

I love a mystery...and romantic suspense is one of my favorite kinds. This book sounds very intriguing!

Re: Miss Darcy Falls in Love (2:11am November 28, 2011):

This sounds like a lot of fun. :)

Re: Fortune's Son (6:16am November 19, 2011):

Sounds like a fun book.

Re: The Fallen Queen (6:12am November 19, 2011):

I like all of those you mentioned and THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER.

Re: Queeen of the Sylphs (4:27am October 14, 2011):

I'll have to think about this.

Re: The Rose Garden (4:24am October 14, 2011):

A good supporting cast is essential...and sometimes, is so important that readers hope for a book or two based on them!!

Re: Once Upon A Groom (3:14am September 26, 2011):

As old as I am (and it's pretty old), I still sometimes indulge in the fantasy...a Prince Charming to be the responsible adult in charge for a change!! :)

Re: Murder By Mocha (2:40am September 22, 2011):

Lately, I've been eating crushed ice. Plain ice...gives me extra water which is good. And it's crushed so not breaking teeth on it. As a matter of fact, I pick out the bigger chunks for my water or ice tea glass. I would really like a sno-cone kind of machine! :) I also eat chocolate (tho' I try to keep a lid on it) and lately, fat pretzel rod chunks. Tho' if I eat too many of those, the salt gets to me. I have lost weight since I got on the ice kick. :) I also sometimes, snack on cheese and tomatoes and various colors of sweet peppers. So, I get good for you and junk food depending on what I crave...besides the ice! :)

Re: Lord and Lady Spy (5:53am September 9, 2011):

I find the idea of Hugh Grant and Kirstie Alley as a pair kind of intriguing. :)

Re: Fall From Pride (3:04am August 23, 2011):

I wrote a fairly long comment about the Amish here in NE Indiana. It's not here? Anyway, there is a place called Amish Acres at Nappanee that has exihibits that show the way the Amish live. (It also has a great restaurant.) I like the way they have the gross mutter house close by so their older people don't have to go to assisted living or a nursing home.
The book sounds very interesting.

Re: The Doctor Takes A Princess (4:37am July 14, 2011):

My daughter was a daddy's girl from the second she got home. While he was at work, I'd be walking circles, bouncing, rocking, cooing, patting...until Daddy walked in the door. All he did was talk to her...didn't even have to pick her up. She'd coo and gurgle and smile. Talk about frustration!!! :) Luckily, even without Daddy, the car would hypnotize her most of the time.

Re: Just One Season In London (4:32am July 14, 2011):

Sounds like a good read!

Re: Missing Persons (6:39am June 30, 2011):

Sounds like something I would like to read.

Re: The Dark Enquiry (6:35am June 30, 2011):

Learning this kind of thing is why I love historical novels.

Re: Night Veil (6:31am June 30, 2011):

Can I have a kind of combo of the two? No? Well, I should pick Superman: sweet, kind, good, and as someone said "true to the girl". But with my track record, I'd end up with the dark, tortured womanizing Batman. :)

Re: Fallen (6:24am June 30, 2011):

Wow. How exciting and scary. Besides doing things like this that are supposed to go into the writing, I go back and reread and see things from my life that I didn't even realize were going in. Do you do that? I hope to read the book this inspired sometime soon.

Re: The Lost Summer Of Louisa May Alcott (3:13am June 15, 2011):

I've like everything I've read by Louisa May Alcott, especially "Little Women" and "Little Men". I would love to read her diaries and journals. Your books sounds great, I hope I win it. :)

Re: Louisa And The Missing Heiress (3:05am June 15, 2011):

I am always imagining characters and books that I like beyond "the end" and sometimes before "the beginning". I once wrote something about a childhood character after she was grown up. And, I too, admired both Jo and Louisa and wanted to be a writer the way they were.

Re: The Viking's Captive (6:30am December 21, 2010):

I reread all the time. I have shelves full of "keepers". And I sometimes reread because I am out of new stuff and some does not hold up at all. Maybe, my taste has changed too. Or maybe, it was just too contemporary??

Re: The Winter Sea (6:26am December 21, 2010):

When I research, I tend to go off on tangents and get lost in other worlds. I always love to read historicals, knowing what a lot goes into them.

Re: Murder In Plain Sight (6:19am December 21, 2010):

This sounds like an interesting book. I agree that the appeal is because we are always curious about differences. But part of my own personal appeal is that I remember (and this ages me some) relatives that...even tho' not Amish...used some of the same tools and lived a similar lifestyle. Tho' the relatives did also enjoy almost all the "mod cons" that we all have. They were just raised that way and kept on that way. Sort of green before it was green in some ways.

Re: Gemini Night (3:41am November 28, 2010):

I swear I didn't hit send on that...I WAS rereading it (and was trying to change now to not) when it left without me.

Re: Gemini Night (3:40am November 28, 2010):

Well, crud. That's what I get for now rereading before I post...names when I write...for heaven's sake!!! SHEESH!

Re: Gemini Night (3:25am November 28, 2010):

I sometimes have trouble with names when I right. For awhile it was because I didn't want to give a character a "real" name. Now, that's almost impossible. So, I try to give them names that seem to be relevant to the character and the setting and things like that.

Re: Angel in My Arms (3:11am November 21, 2010):

Sounds like a very interesting idea. I'd love to read it.

Re: Holiday Affair (3:34am November 3, 2010):

My mom used to manage to do all the fancy packages, cooking, decorating...I only seem to be able to do one thing per year. Once I co-ordinated the packages...all versions of reindeer...once I made candy...once I made all the presents...once I made decorations. But lately...and this is odd...since I am not working and my kids are grown...I don't do ANY of it. I guess I retired. ;)

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