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A sidesplitting, enemies-to-lovers 101 Dalmatians-inspired romantic comedy


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Cowboys live by their word, their wits, and their loyalty.


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How much will she risk to keep her perfect life?


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Garrett will use every tender weapon to seduce her—and prove she’s worthy of true love.


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The Albertini family has no intention of letting a possible romance fizzle out


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Lady Mary's traveling companion has disappeared and only one man believes she ever existed.


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311 comments posted.

Re: The Seven-Day Target (7:20am April 29, 2013):

I agree with your comment about the balance. Too many authors are just throwing a scene into the story so they can call the book 'xyz' genre i.e., a murder on page one that is solved on the last page and the rest of the book is a romance story. Thank you for keeping the balance in mind as you write.

Re: Collision Course (3:55pm April 8, 2011):

Captain Video and his Video Ranger - Monday nights at 7 (right before my piana lesson - good thing the shows were only 15 minutes long!)

Re: Everyone Loves A Hero (9:54am February 2, 2011):

Duck and Cover SHOULD be the safer method. It reminds me of my elementary school days when we practiced the duck and cover method to protect us from an atomic bomb attack. Wouldn't have worked then either. But, the word to remember is practice. I attended a self defence course for women and we were taught to anticipate and react. Constantly be award of your surroundings (ballgame) and anticipate what might happen (incoming ball). It prepares you for when it actually happens because by then you have thought of many alternatives (hide behind a BIG man - not a little grandma).

Re: 'Twas the Night (12:14pm November 17, 2010):

Thanks for the chance to read your novellas.

Re: Holiday Grind (11:15am November 5, 2010):

Sugar cookies nicely decorated make for great dunking in a glass of cold milk for any age!

Re: Holiday Affair (10:35am November 1, 2010):

I'm not even close to a Martha! I'm lucky if I get everything done by New Year's :>)

Re: A Dog Named Slugger (9:23am October 28, 2010):

Miranda and Charlie and the Great Cupcake Caper

Re: Dangerous To Know (4:19pm October 25, 2010):

You need a bigger suitcase :>) You can't believe the food we brought home from a trip to Germany - and then found a little shop not far from where we lived at the time that sold the same things we had brought home.

Re: Twilight Hunger (2:59pm October 22, 2010):

I get frustrated with reissues of books when I don't know the correct order. When I am in a bookstore and find a book I like, I look in the front and back of the book to see if there are other books listed. It really helps if the publishing year is also listed. It helps to keep me organized :>)

Re: Captive Spirit (8:13pm October 19, 2010):

Are they the same as the Anastazi or is it just a similar story?

Re: Friday Mornings At Nine (4:49pm October 5, 2010):

The first secret I would like to know is what is this &mquot;what ifs&mquot;
Seriously, I have thought about what if's and decided that if I had taken a different route (or man) I wouldn't be where I am now with the good friends and family I have now. I don't think I am willing to give this group up!

Re: Building Magic (10:22am October 3, 2010):

Shape shifting dragons sound like a fun group to get to know.
When you run out of pancake batter, do you plan to start at the beginning and write a second book to go with each of the first ones you did. Or, are you going to keep flipping???

Re: Dark Road To Darjeeling (10:18am October 3, 2010):

My husband and I enjoy going to our National Parks. I have been reading Nevada Barr's books about some of the Parks we have visited. Now I am looking for books about the Parks we haven't yet visited. When we go, I try to find the various locations from the books

Re: Catching Moondrops (3:16pm October 1, 2010):

Fireflies in December

Re: Sinful in Satin (2:48pm October 1, 2010):

I keep a pad of paper and a pen next to bed in case I have to write down something that I dreamed. Now, if only I could read that writing! :>)

Re: The Spurned Viscountess (12:59pm September 30, 2010):

I love mysteries and paranormal and romance and sci-fi and...
I guessthat, like you, I enjoy reading. MANY years ago I was upstairs vacuuming
my bedroom. My mother came up to see what was going on. She said that I was cleaning the same spot over and over - with a book in my hand ! Also, anyone who got my name in a Christmas gift exchange knew what to get me - abook!

Re: When Wicked Craves (11:34am September 29, 2010):

Is is interesting when an author takes something every day like and spins it ito a story that I would have never expected :>))
Sometimes these every day like happenings or places have been sitting there for year waiting for an author to find them.
Keep up the good work :>)

Re: The Bride's Necklace (10:29am September 28, 2010):

I like the necklace covers much more than a staged kissing scene!

Re: Until Emie (10:18am September 28, 2010):

I agree with Becke about the actors. They might be good looking, but have you seen them without their makeup? :>) Seriously, I think a man who takes care of himself is more sexy that a man in a uniform if the man in the uniform has a gut and an attitude.

Re: One Touch of Scandal (10:13am September 28, 2010):

You do realize that an exercise bike takes up LOTS of space while oatmeal cookies are not only healthy, but bio-degradable (sp?)

Re: Warrior (10:47pm September 12, 2010):

Just spent a lovely day with five of our cousins that we don't get to see very often! Since the weather was nice we went to the Winery and then played putt putt golf. Got home, picked up my latest book and continued reading!!!

Re: Just One Taste (10:43pm September 12, 2010):

I like the new technology. But, my husband calls it a Barbie Doll. You buy the doll on sale and then you have to buy every thing that goes with it. Our old wireless router is now out of warrenty and doesn't work with the new computer he just bought!

Re: Warrior (8:32am September 7, 2010):

Like the equality! My mother and grandmothers were strong in their own way and that made them equals in their relationships. My husband is making the morning coffee whiile I fix his computer :>)

Re: Thrilled to Death (8:07pm September 2, 2010):

I also like it when the good guy wins!

Re: Dark Deception (6:00am September 2, 2010):

My book was my dissertation! My advisor had left and gone to another institution and the remaining committee members were not friends of his. Individually they would approve what I was doing, but when the entire committee met they had so many 'reservations' that it was like starting over. Perserverence is what saved the day. Since then I have seen many good researchers who are ABD (All But Disertation) and I know what happened. Sometimes you have to put your first love aside and do what 'THEY' want. Once "THEY' are happy, then your true love can come to fruition.

Re: Atlantis Betrayed (7:09am September 1, 2010):

The lists help. You also have to have a master list to tell you where all the other lists are :>) My de-stresser is my computer. So, make sure your batteries are charged and you have all your adapters AND enjoy!

Re: Nemesis (10:10am August 28, 2010):

I enjoy entering these contests and reading the articles. However, I have received several e-mails about the August contests. Should I re-enter each time?

Re: Whisper Kiss (9:57am August 22, 2010):

Are the dragons only male - what happens if they have a girl? Is it only the first born son who becomes a dragon? I need to start reading these books to answer my questions - right?

Re: Nemesis (9:53am August 22, 2010):

I just finished Sarah's Key and really got a history lesson there. I have the Red and White Queens on my To Buy list. And last night my husband said that he thinks man's greatest invention was air conditioning! :>)

Re: Don't Cry (9:48am August 22, 2010):

Brenda, sorry to hear about your husband's job. We went through that some years ago when all the steel mills closed in Western PA. That's when reading good books for escape really became important! I currently have a large TBR pile and several post it notes filled with to buy books in my purse. The cat is on my lap purring and I am purring looking at the pile!

Re: The Star Necklace (9:43am August 17, 2010):

We were there when our daughter was young and her comment was "Euuuu (sp?) tell me when it's over so that I can open my eyes!)

Re: Rule's Bride (5:15pm August 16, 2010):

I like the series because they usually answer the question'What happened after...'

Re: Aching For Always (8:52am August 14, 2010):

Sounds like another great book. I like mixing the past with the present.

Re: Mission of Hope (8:50am August 14, 2010):

I agree with your first comment. My grandfather used to remind me that HATE is a strong reaction. Use DON't LIKE and save HATE for something you really DON'T LIKE!

Re: Roast Mortem (8:42am August 14, 2010):

Our daughter just moved to work in NYC and I am SLOWLY becoming aware of the various areas there. Now I can enjoy books taking place in NYC because I can remember what the area looks like.

Re: The Goddess of Fried Okra (11:39am August 3, 2010):

Some people think that deja vu is something we remember from a past life!

Re: Barely A Lady (1:58pm July 30, 2010):

Your comment about the evil villans - No villain is truly villainous in his own eyes. - reminds me of a news commentator I heard last night saying the same thing about the terrorists!

Re: The Ark (1:56pm July 30, 2010):

Too bad you weren't in charge of the BP drilling :>) If Noah's Ark is a sign of the end of the world, I think I will wait a few years to go looking for it :>)

Re: Wait for Dusk (1:52pm July 30, 2010):

If men can write about women, then you should have had a ball figuring out the men (man) in Pray :>)

Re: Monster in Miniature (1:49pm July 30, 2010):

I also volunteer to help with the re-shelving. What about authors that write several different types of books. What is the difference between mystery and suspense? Can't we just alphabetise by author?

Re: The Millionaire Meets His Match (8:59am July 26, 2010):

Yes, but after some of the news articles lately, he may need a wife, but he doesn't deserve one! A wife is a precious thing that choould be carefully taken care of - not someone to leave behind with his insanely georgous heirs while he dalleys with others.

Re: Tomb With A View (2:32pm July 20, 2010):

Just reading the current Reader's Digest and found this: My house is haunted by a ghost-writer. Last night, I came home and my autobiography had been written. By Comic Craig Sharf

Re: Ice Cold (2:55pm July 18, 2010):

Accidently found a rerun of CSI last night. Sara said something to the effect, "After seeing so many of these crime sites, I never leave home without making my bed and taking out the garbage." So today I made my bed. Still haven't got to the grabage yet :>)

Re: Suck It, Wonder Woman! (1:43pm July 17, 2010):

You never know who or what you might find at a book signing. I can understand her pout at not getting Peaches as a gift.

Re: Revenge for Old Times' Sake (1:26pm July 17, 2010):

Thanks. I feel much better now - I think!

Re: Revenge for Old Times' Sake (12:34pm July 16, 2010):

I have not been a deep sleeper since our daughter was ill, so I don't think someone could drop a dead man in my bed some night and I not be aware of it. However, I HAVE to get that book to see what happens. Anyway, I agree with the cell phone conversations that you really aren't interested in - until they make some comment that makes you wish you knew the before and after. Maybe it's your fertile brain logging these comments in and then spinning before and afters for them???

Re: Fortunate Harbor (12:31pm July 15, 2010):

I have different likes and dislikes. In my various 'lives' I have friends. But, I have found that friends from my work life and friends from my exercise live may not fit well together. It is similar to your question about adding a new member to the mix. In fact, I was just thinking that it was like our family holidays used to be. Because of divorces in the in-law crew we ended up having three of every holiday!

Re: Murder in the Abstract (8:16am July 14, 2010):

Speaking from the viewpoint of an ex elementary teacher - I think the bad boys learn early on that they can get away with a lot of things by acting 'cute' and when they finally notice girls they use the same MO.

Re: Ice Cold (8:14am July 14, 2010):

Saw the first episode also, thought it might have been the second and I had missed the first?
I also remember the sheep deaths and the scare lives on.

Re: The 1st Wife (2:30pm July 9, 2010):

My daughter runs to calm down - I walk!
I think it would be hard to not put a bit of yourself in your books.

Re: The Wild Irish Sea (1:46pm July 8, 2010):

Wild Irish and paranormal seemed to go together easily. Maybe your number 11???

Re: Money, Honey (5:27pm July 7, 2010):

I like Caridad's new Sin Series where she mixes current science with romance, thriller, and adventure!

Re: Unchained (10:12am July 6, 2010):

You never know what you will find in a library!

Re: Crush On You (9:31am July 6, 2010):

It sounds good, but I have had very good men friends and knew that we would NEVER make it as lovers! That's why we were such good friends. No mess no guess!

Re: Hidden Wives (10:07am June 26, 2010):

I enjoy Caridad Pineiro's Sin Series. She combines current science with her thrillers. She also has other types of books and I have enjoyed all of them.

Re: The Lies We Told (11:58am June 18, 2010):

The trailers are nice, but I usually meet a book for the first time in a bookstore - or in a contest at Fresh Fiction :>) Seriously, I have yet to run out and buy a book because of seeing a trailer. I do enjoy seeing them after I have read the book, though.

Re: Royal Captive (3:38pm June 15, 2010):

Change can be fun. However, as we are learning, change for change's sake can also be disrupting.

Re: The 1st Wife (12:10pm June 9, 2010):

Sorry, but I don't consider 12,000 a small town. I grew up in a town with less than 200 (counting the dogs and cows). The only traffic jam was when one of the farmers would drive his tractor to the local garage.

Re: Desire Me (10:49am June 8, 2010):

Yes, our youth had scavenger hunts - back in the day. I really enjoyed them. Should also have fun with this book!

Re: Strange Neighbors (10:17pm June 1, 2010):

A support group like yours is great. We all need something like that!

Re: Die Twice (6:55pm May 27, 2010):

Chicago Deep Dish Pissa doesn't taste as good anywhere else!

Re: His At Night (2:26pm May 25, 2010):

i like both history and geography in fiction. Then, if I am really interested, I Google!

Re: Band Of Angels (6:19pm May 24, 2010):

I used to bolt! I was tracing the family trees and would go where I thought I could get help. Now I try to do it through the Internet and it isn't the same at all!

Re: Lover's Knot (2:38pm May 21, 2010):

My favorite song by Mama Cass! We never know when our dreams will help us.

Re: The White Shadow Saga (7:37pm May 20, 2010):

I agrree with Alyson. I would like to add that I know several published authors who also follow your three P's even though they are not self published.

Re: Sex And The Single Earl (2:42pm May 19, 2010):

I grew up in a small town. Many people think they know you because they knew other members of your family. It is called 'painted with the same brush'!

Re: On Folly Beach (8:55am May 18, 2010):

i have been tracing our families' geneaiogies for some years. I love it when I find a story there. Like your grandmother, my mother's generation is now gone. I am the matriarch and there is a lot I don't know when the others ask me. I wish I had started saving the stories much earlier!

Re: Web Of Lies (4:11pm May 17, 2010):

I will read almost anything. But, some days I don't really want to have to think, so I want a 'soft' story that will just entertain me. Other days a good mystery or adventure. I have a stack of TBR books and select the one that best fits my mood that day :>)

Re: A Thread So Thin (3:39pm May 16, 2010):

I never had one. I was the oldest of the 'kids' (brother, cousins) and it was my job to take care of them. However my younger brother had a friend he called Koonkie (sp?). We even set a place at the table for Koonkie!

Re: Getting In (8:58am May 14, 2010):

Gladts' comment about transfer students reminded me of one of my pet peeves. I had students who only needed one class (or one sememster) and for various reasons transferred closer home. Our institution would accept them and THEN tell them that they couldn't take that one class or semester until they fulfilled OUR prerequisits. It took one student that I knew about two additional years of classwork before she could take the one she needed!

Re: Silent Truth (1:44pm May 12, 2010):

It would be so hard. Even though I don't see family and friends for long stretches of time, we keep in touch via the Internet. I don't know if I am willing to give that up. COuld you make sure that I would be killed quickly? If so, No WITSEC!

Re: Haunting Warrior (1:41pm May 12, 2010):

Back to the 50s!

Re: Live To Tell (9:41am May 10, 2010):

I try not to cancel. Especially if reservations are involved. In fact, I ususally end up getting there early and help set up. I also try to carry a book or Sudoku along in case they don't need help with the set up :>)

Re: A Thread So Thin (2:58pm May 8, 2010):

I read the back of cereal boxes, so, of course, I read YA. I also started reading everything my daughter read when she was small so she thinks I should still read what she reads! :>)

Re: The Jaguar Prince (11:20am May 7, 2010):

Great ideas! Next time I am in a motel with VERY thin walls, I will visualize something other than me killing the people making all the noise!

Re: Rumor Has It (8:29am May 6, 2010):

I agree with Mildred. I come from a town of around 200 (if you count the cows and dogs). People assume and you are guilty (even if you could prove you were innocent)

Re: Touching Darkness (3:59pm May 5, 2010):

I am retired and the best thing is that I have LOTS of unscheduled time to do LOTS of things I have always wanted to do. The worst is that my family and friends know that I am retired with LOTS of unscheduled time and they think I should be able to do what they want whenever they want. Therefore, some days I could have 15 scheduled 'things' and other days nothing. Oh, well, the alternative is that no one calls me, right?

Re: In Shelter Cove (4:29pm May 4, 2010):

I just got an e-mail from a friend and the signature said; Courage is not the absence of fear. It is acting in spite of it. by Mark Twain

Re: Think Twice (3:11pm May 2, 2010):

I used to work with special needs students and I really enjoyed Mark Haddon's book The curious incident of the dog in the night-time.

Re: Blood Of The Demon (5:46pm April 30, 2010):

I agree with Robin's comment about other genres also having substandard books. That's why we have reviews, blogs, etc. to help us select new authors and/or books.

Re: The Fallen (5:31pm April 29, 2010):

Let's see, it seems to be a little difficult to change your background to match that of Dr. Derek. Could he be interviewed some time and asked what he would like to change about his background? He could then mention something like, maybe, perhaps, being raised by fairly religious parents in a small town, like Davison, Michigan by parents who were a bank supervisor and elementary school secretary???

Re: Chasing Perfect (12:55pm April 28, 2010):

I grew up in a small town (200 counting the cows and dogs) but went to school in a rather large school district. Everyone knew me a home and no one knew me at school!

Re: Just Like Me, Only Better (5:41pm April 27, 2010):

My mother, father, brother, aunts, in-laws, and I were all teachers. I told my daughter to pick anything except that - so she is a lawyer?

Re: A Thread So Thin (5:50pm April 26, 2010):

Even though there were some choices that I wish I had done differently, They are what makes me me now. Maybe I wouldn't like the person I would have been or the life I would have lived.

Re: The Teaberry Strangler (1:46pm April 25, 2010):

I will buy series books - but I wait until I have a good Borders or BN coupon! Most of the new authors I search for I first met when I won a book or a friend loaned me a book.

Re: Rule's Bride (12:24pm April 25, 2010):

It sounds like a fun series. Going to look for the books.

Re: In For A Penny (1:05pm April 23, 2010):

Wish I had know about these steps earlier when dealing with negatives. I stil don't take them well. I internalize them and once that is done they NEVER leave!

Re: Beautiful People (7:45pm April 21, 2010):

Love Groaners - you know, it's really a joke or play on words, but many people don't get it! When you can see the punch line from a mile away the joke can become a yawner! Or, to make a short story long - your Belle is wonderfully dumb!

Re: Maid for the Millionaire (8:10am April 21, 2010):

I enjoy books where I can become one (or more) af the characters and live their life as I read. People watching at airports is fun and reeally helps to pass the time - especially when we have to get there so early anymore!

Re: Silent Truth (3:56pm April 19, 2010):

My pasion was teaching. My daughter used to say, "Mum, when I ask a question, just answer it, don't teach me a lesson". Now that I am retired, I am trying to do one thing every year that I never did before - climb the rock wall, fly a glider, ride in a Zorb, etc.

Re: Building Iphone Apps With Html, CSS, And Javascript (5:32pm April 17, 2010):

I have a pile of To Be Read books AND a pile of I Might Try To Read These Books Someday. The second pile are the books by authors that I really like, but I just can't get into this book. When I am going to a doctor appointment or somewhere that I know I will be kept waiting, I take a book from the second pile!

Re: The Firefighter's Secret Baby (4:52pm April 16, 2010):

Heroes don't have to come on a white horse! They are those around us who are there when they are needed and do the best they can for everyone involved - just like your fireman!

Re: Shadow Games (8:27pm April 15, 2010):

Criminal Minds tries to show not only the mind of the criminal, but how it affects the profilers!

Re: Dead Head (9:31am April 14, 2010):

I grew up in a small town. Our neighbor told my grandmother who I went out with, what color dress I wore, AND how long we stayed in the car when we got home! On the other hand, there were neighbors with tal hedges who talked to no one...

Re: The Mage In Black (6:41pm April 12, 2010):

My mother said that when I was much yoounger she heard the vacuum sweeper running in the same spot for such a long time that she had to check and see what was going on. I was standing there pushing it back and forth and reading a book!

If you think being an author makes you critical of writing, try second generation teacher. I am always critiquing the grammar! I don't let that bother me though. I still have a book with me at all times!

Re: Big Bad Wolf (5:11pm April 10, 2010):

I agree with Gladys. One time I started a character list - just to try to keep them sorted out. This also happens when two or more characters have such similar names that I can't remember which is which :>)

Re: Reunion (1:18pm April 9, 2010):

Glaad that you are able to get back to writing the series.

Re: If I Were Your Woman (1:17pm April 9, 2010):

Sometimes the 'touchy topic' is necessary in order to make us reasses our own lives, right???

Re: My Own Personal Soap Opera (2:18pm April 7, 2010):

When the next Borders' coupon comes in, I will buy the book! I was always told that if it hurts somebody then it is not funny. Today, though, it is hard to say anything without hurting (or offending) somebody!

Re: On Shadow Beach (1:34pm April 6, 2010):

I agree with Joanne. You can't tell a book by its cover any more. Hero dark hair, cover blond, etc. So, bottom line, I look at the cover, then read the inside and/or back blurb and THEN decide if I want the book!

Re: The Darcy Cousins (12:09pm April 5, 2010):

It is when the characters, I mean people, speak for themselves that their story becomes interesting. So, turn them loose :>)

Re: Just Fooling Around (12:01pm April 2, 2010):

Don't forget the boatload of mayonnaise sinking - Cinco do Mayo!

Re: The Highest Stakes (10:54am April 1, 2010):

I enjoy historical fiction. It enables me to better understand what was happening historically in a lighter way!

Re: An Earl to Enchant (8:41am March 31, 2010):

No soup for you! from Seinfeld. Better than 'time out" or "go to your room", but they know what I mean!

Re: Almost Home (6:45pm March 24, 2010):

Soft is easier for me to hold, whether riding in the car, soaking in the tub, or resting.

Re: On The Steamy Side (1:12pm March 23, 2010):

Bones (Kathy Reichs) the book, has a daughter who is sometimes there and....
If you are going to have children in a book series the parents should at least think of them once in a book :>)

Re: Big Girl (12:44pm March 21, 2010):

Grace Livingston Hill! I read every one our local library had and decided that it was my job to find a bad boy and turn him good :>)

Re: Something About You (1:14pm March 19, 2010):

I agree with the Castle comments. It is the sidebar humor that I enjoy and you book sounds like a must buy!

Re: Do They Know I'm Running? (4:02pm March 18, 2010):

The use of music (or color, animals, or trees) makes much more sense to me than some of the articles I have read. Many thanks.

Re: The Stolen Crown (9:31pm March 15, 2010):

I have been tracing our family trees for many years and when I find personal information that someone 'way back when' wrote down, it makes my ac=ncesters seem more like real people rather than just names and dates!

Re: The You I Never Knew (8:37pm March 14, 2010):

I cry at happy movies, commercials, etc. I prefer to laugh when reading!

Re: Montana Magic (8:33pm March 14, 2010):

Very good article. I agree with the above about how well you explained it. I enjoy conflict in books - but, not conflict for conflict's sake.

Re: Chick with a Charm (12:16pm February 20, 2010):

I love dogs, but they are like some husbands - SOOOO needy. A cat lives with you, a dog lives for you. Did that make any sense?

Re: Kayla's Daddy (12:13pm February 20, 2010):

Romance can be in murder stories and murder can find its way into romance. A good author is a good author! :>)

Re: Accidentally Demonic (9:34am February 18, 2010):

It's always a mistake to mistake thanks for love - no matter what shape you are in!

Re: Fantasy in Death (6:23am February 12, 2010):

I'm glad that Peaches is on the ball. Keep up the good work! Also congratulations on 30 Eve Dallas and Roarke books - I must have missed a few!

Re: The Dead Travel Fast (6:20am February 12, 2010):

I have read several authors who say their publisher may change the title of the book at whim. I would be a 'little' upset if I worked to find a title that I thought was appropriate and then the publisher changed it,

Re: Catch Of A Lifetime (7:26pm February 2, 2010):

Enjoyed the puns. Every Saturday I keep in touch with family and friends by sending them a groaner!

Re: Drive Time (5:27pm February 1, 2010):

Your last comment about knowing secrets from several different people is the real dilema. You get to the point that you can't say anything to anyone just in case! Don't you DARE tell me a secret!

Re: Hasta La Vista, Lola! (3:23pm January 29, 2010):

I like your comments about how you 'found' Lola. I have been doing the family tree of the various branches of our family and many times I notice characteristics similar to some of my current 'cousins'. That research is my favorite mystery series :>) I also like the ones listed above and J A Konrath's Jack Daniels series.

Re: The Secret Of Joy (9:33am January 28, 2010):

During the depression children were 'farmed out' because the families couldn't afford to keep them. Mainly farmers 'adopted' them thus the term. My cousin's husband found his half-brother several years ago. Said brother lived a short distance from our cousin's husband but he was an adult before he knew anything about it.

Re: Hold On Tight (1:05pm January 26, 2010):

I will look up a word or term I don't understand. But, if that happens too often in a story, I put the book down.

Re: Down River (10:39am January 26, 2010):

I enjoy Alaska also. I can see how it can become a character in a story.

Re: Rogue Stallion (11:41am January 24, 2010):

When my daughter and I were in New Zealand and Australia this fall we found books that we couldn't find in the US.

Re: Down By The River (11:38am January 24, 2010):

Series junkie to the core!

Re: Dead Head (1:59pm January 21, 2010):

When I was in 4th grade a cute little blond told me that I should never wear red because it made me look as big as a barn. For years I didn't wear red. Now I know that if I look good in it I should wear it - even if it is red!

Re: Succubi Like It Hot (1:57pm January 20, 2010):

My husband ended up in the hospital in Ely, Nevada during our road trip - congestive heart failure. He is like the Energizer Bunny - still going strong!

Re: A Bolt From The Blue (3:18pm January 19, 2010):

Also, with time you view your recycled items in a new way.

Re: Getting Lucky (12:08pm January 19, 2010):

I enjoy series books. But I HATE to have to wait a year or more for the next book to come out.

Re: Shattered (6:58pm January 1, 2010):

Ever since I retired I have done something new every year. This includes flying a glider plane and climbing to the top of the wall and ringing the bell. I don't know what I will do this year, but it will be different - at least for me!

Re: Angel Lane (8:42pm December 30, 2009):

I started making the same resolution every year and have no trouble keeping it. I resolve to not ride a camel or eat a real elephant's ear.

Re: What I Did For Love (2:54pm December 29, 2009):

Caridad's Sins of the Flesh, mark Haddon's the curious incident of the dog in the night-time, and all three of Steig Larsson's Dragon Tattoo

Re: Breakfast In Bed (3:11pm December 28, 2009):

The address of that restaurant, please! I want to go there the next time I go up to visit my daughter! :>)

Re: Kitty's House Of Horrors (7:08pm December 27, 2009):

I have to find Kitty. Thanks for the great information.

Re: Twenties Girl (5:52pm December 26, 2009):

I like books that are written about places I know. That covers a lot of ground since I have been to Europe several times (Back packing in my younger days and not back packing in my older days!), my husband and I have visiten all but 7 of out National Parks in the lower 48, I have been to Australia and New Zealand. I am game to return to any of the above or try the 3 A's I haven't yet readched - Asia, Africa, Antartica!

Re: Searching For Pemberley (7:46pm December 22, 2009):

My daughter loves the Austin books. It has been so long since I read them that I feel the need to reread them.

Re: Paraworld Zero (2:43pm December 21, 2009):

It is awesome the way you have bounced back time and time again. Best of luck with the Voice of America show.

Re: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (3:34pm December 19, 2009):

I know that you don't want fence sitters. But, I think both of them did what was necessary for the time and place. I couldn't pick one over the other and I don't know that either of them would have been any good at all in the other's situation.

Re: Mennonite Community Cookbook (3:29pm December 19, 2009):

In my younger (and single) days I used to have an Open House at my apartment before Christmas. I would mix the batters and my guests would make their own cookies. It was a version of the cookie exchange because everyone went home with a container.

Re: Gentlemen Prefer Succubi (3:45pm December 18, 2009):

Angel, of course!

Re: The Beautiful Being (2:43pm December 17, 2009):

When would you have time to write if you are taking fencing classes, learning how to do stichery, etc. so that you are more of an expert in these things before you write about them? How many lessons are enough???

Re: Divorced, Desperate and Deceived (9:59pm December 16, 2009):

He would never say, "Did I REALLY say that? I must have been out of my mind!"

Re: Wild Heart (11:30am December 14, 2009):

I agree that this was an eye opener. I knew some of the problems, but not all. So, maybe the publisher should write the book and the author do the rest?

Re: Rainwater (4:47pm December 13, 2009):

My mother was a fifth grade teacher. As a writting assignment, she asked her students to pretend they were Rip Van Winkle and had just awakened after a twenty year sleep. They were to tell what was different. Among others, the students thought the men hunted for meat for their families, there were no cars or telephones, etc. This was a lead in to say that I agree with Jennie. If the author nails the time period, I can believe. And, like these students, if I believe it, it is so :>)

Re: Love in Translation (1:22pm December 10, 2009):

I agree with your comment about immersing yourself in the culture (same for a Yankee movine to the deep south). In Eurpoe I met many Americans who had lived there for years and spoke not one word of the language. They did not even try to immerse themselves. AND the tourbus of people from NYC!!! That is another whole book!

Re: Keeper Of The Way (1:16pm December 10, 2009):

To my husband's cousin in Canada who is house bound and loves to read.

Re: Urgent Care (1:05pm December 9, 2009):

Sorry, I hit enter to go down a line and sent it off instead! Anyway. the Homicide would be him committing suicide!

Re: Urgent Care (1:03pm December 9, 2009):

My nephew says that his Homicidal Holiday Hazard is watching all those Christmas cartoons with his sick daughter. He has now moved up to reading Dr. Seuss

Re: Sounds to Die By (1:01pm December 9, 2009):

Our Canadian cousin who is house bound and enjoys the books I send her. She thinks that we both are so similar that she and I must be cousins rather than she and my husband :>)

Re: Sins of the Flesh (2:53pm December 7, 2009):

I just heard someone calling my name and realized that what's his name also retired. Maybe that is why I have no time :>)

Re: Sins of the Flesh (2:51pm December 7, 2009):

Just wait until you retire :>) Iused to have a horrid schedule and still got everything important done. Now I have time and nothing gets done! I even have a master list to try to coordinate all the other lists I have and it still doesn't help.

Re: The Splendor Falls (10:07am December 1, 2009):

A gift for my daughter who loves anything Austin.

Re: Snow Angels (1:31pm November 30, 2009):

I read the three books in the Steig Larsson trilogy The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Caridad's Sins of the Flesh. I am eagerly waiting for the next book in both series :>)

Re: A Genie in the House of Saud: Zubis Rises (1:24pm November 30, 2009):

My husband's cousin because she deserves it!

Re: Knit The Season (7:40pm November 27, 2009):

My grandmother's good friend taught me to knit. When I went to school in Philly I had to ride on busses and decided to knit to pass the time - and keep unwanteds away! Metal knitting needles, you know! :>)

Re: A Father For Jesse (7:37pm November 27, 2009):

Love free - it's my favorite word!

Re: Captive of Sin (8:59pm November 24, 2009):

I agree with Susan about us being caretakers. When I think back and remember....

Re: The Monuments Men (12:08pm November 20, 2009):

This sounds like an awesome story coming out at the time when some world leaders are saying there was no Holocaust. We need reminders of what so many did to try and help.

Re: The Splendor Falls (8:54pm November 19, 2009):

Have not heard of her books, but they sound interesting.

Re: Men Of The Otherworld (4:25pm November 18, 2009):

Charles. I didn't like Clayton's behavior towards Elena (If I want something I will do whatever I have to in order to get it).

Re: Dark Legacy (4:21pm November 18, 2009):

I used to dream conversations and later they would happen. When I was young I thought that if I wanted something to happen I should dream it and it would happen. Didn't work that way. I no longer get the dream conversations either :>(

Re: Over My Dead Body (4:04pm November 17, 2009):

My grandmother made the best pumpkin pie. When I tried to learn how she just dumped things together. I asked her "How Much>" Her comment was, "When it looks right". Never did make a pie like hers!

Re: The Sari Shop Widow (4:01pm November 17, 2009):

Stick to your guns. I agree with Faulkner - ignore it when you can. When it becomes libelous then you need to take action.

Re: The Accidental Werewolf (3:57pm November 17, 2009):

Winning free books gets me started with new authors. ALso, having the author blog on a site that I already read (i.e., Fresh Fiction).

Re: Dead Pan (8:25pm November 14, 2009):

I have hear that the wrong kind of food CAN kill you! :>)

Re: Love You To Death (2:10pm November 13, 2009):

Many times we pass up something or someone exceptional because of our first impression. Take time to really check things out.

Re: Kill Zone (2:07pm November 13, 2009):

That is a great philosophy. Just deciding to be happy each morning goes a long way in how we spend the rest of the day. Thanks.

Re: Bunco Babes Gone Wild (3:04pm November 11, 2009):

I took the test and it says that I am a Shea. I think I must have cheated, because I am probably a Kitty wishing she were a Shea!

Re: Children of the Night (2:57pm November 11, 2009):

I enjoyed the Twilight type - you know, the 'good' vampires :>)

Re: Kindred In Death (4:50pm November 10, 2009):

I, on the other hand, would like to meet a real person. Someone who is not wearing a mask or playing a part.

Re: The Princess Bride (12:03pm November 9, 2009):

I enjoyed the movie, but my husband and daughter consider it one of their favorites???

Re: Wild Blue Under (11:58am November 9, 2009):

THis sounds like so much fun. I was chuckling when I got to Rod and Reel!

Re: Kindred In Death (8:38am November 9, 2009):

I enjoy series books. It's like having a friend come to visit. I also wait for the 50% off coupon at Borders to get the books - or wait for paperback. Our local library is in financial trouble and when I buy a hardback book I donate it to the library when I am finished reading it.

Re: Rainwater (4:23pm November 7, 2009):

I usually don't watch the book trailers because the ones I did watch were more power point presentations with still pictures and words. After reading about how you all pulled yours together, I was intrigued and had to watch it. Now I have to find the book!

Re: One Lucky Cowboy (10:04am November 5, 2009):

I'm glad that Jane found someone who didn't hurt women - it's a sad day when women come to expect being hurt by the onew who are supposed to protect them!

Re: The Wrong Side of Dead (9:59am November 4, 2009):

The diapers did me in! I get upset with an 80 year old marrying a youngster!

Re: Frostbitten (3:06pm November 3, 2009):

When I reach a passage where I want to put the book down - for whatever reason - I skip to the end. If I like the ending, I will endure the passage. If I am not happy with the ending, the book goes to the bottom of my to read pile. Maybe another day I will be in the right frams of mind for it!

Re: Killjoy (3:03pm November 3, 2009):

My favorite villains are the ones you learn a little about. It makes them seem almost human - if you can excuse the word. However, even though I can see where the damage was done to them, they are still villains.

Re: Captive Desires (1:19pm November 2, 2009):

Favorite escape is reading followed closely by Sudoku. Shapeshifters are already real, aren't they? When I see a member of the cat family move I think of shape shifters.

Re: Remembering Ashby (10:36am November 1, 2009):

I agree. Great teaser. I want to know the before and the after!

Re: Final Approach (2:40pm October 30, 2009):

My husband is the one who starts buying Halloween candy in November "so that we have some ready for next Halloween". Needless to say, there is no such thing as unwanted Halloween candy at our house!

Re: Haunted (2:37pm October 30, 2009):

I saw Wicked on the stage not too long ago and she is by far my favorite!

Re: Kindred In Death (3:19pm October 28, 2009):

My daughter reminded me that the last person I would spend money on is myself - unless it is a book! :>)

Re: Mr. Darcy Vampyre (3:17pm October 28, 2009):

You really have to watch out for those strong silent types!

Re: Santa Honey (12:01pm October 24, 2009):

I understand what you are saying. When we travel I always look for favorite authors and I have noticed that certain authors have all of their books on the shelves (most that I have already read) and I can't find any of the authors that I am searching for

Re: Lucky Break (12:33pm September 29, 2009):

Sometimes a curse has positive results. Hope Jason and Lauren get their Lucky Break!

Re: Bluegrass Christmas (11:28am September 28, 2009):

Is the person with the odd behavior capable of down grading their behavior to a mere quirk or are they hopeless?

Re: Shades of Twilight (3:23pm September 27, 2009):

I have been to several book signings in Florida. I have also won several books. Bot ways are okay with me. It is the interaction with the author that I treasure. I buy more of their books when I feel a connection.

Re: Killer Dolls (11:14am September 24, 2009):

I also watch strangers and wonder, but rarely ask! That is the difference between a good writer and me. That and the fact that I haven't tried to write a book - yet :>)

Re: The Accidental Family (8:12pm September 23, 2009):

Congratulations on the new addition. When our daughter was born I couldn't get any time off (don't ask!). I found a baby sitter through a very good friend and every day I would leave the house when she arrived. When I got home she left, so I can relate to the "no time". We finally developed a schedule - of sorts. I got most of my work done at night. You'ld be surprised how much weight you can lose when you don't get any sleep :>)

Re: Oscar Wilde And The Dead Man's Smile (12:06pm September 22, 2009):

I also missed Wilde's grave when I was in Paris in the 70's But I did see Poe's!

Re: I Can Make You Love Me (8:54pm September 17, 2009):

I think that anything negative happening to my daughter would be the worst thing I could think of - especially if done by a family member.

Re: Beast Warrior (8:01pm September 16, 2009):

I like shapeshifters. In fact, we stayed at Forks Washington. A real Twilight experience!











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Re: Guardian (11:24pm September 15, 2009):

thank you for the great list. You really spell it out nicely.

Re: Cleopatra's Daughter (11:12am September 14, 2009):

I am ready to put on a wet suit! Thanks for the trip.

Re: Treasure Of The Golden Cheetah (10:54pm September 8, 2009):

Sorry, I hit post before I was finished. I think we all have the ability to be larger than life - even in little things.

Re: Treasure Of The Golden Cheetah (10:52pm September 8, 2009):

I never knew how I would react in a real emergency. I don't move quickly. I like to think things through. However, last month we were driving 70 mph on Route 70 in Kansas and my husband (the driver) fell asleep. Instead of screaming (which I wanted to do), I kept reassuring him that he was all right and we were okay until he got the car under control. It seemed to last forever.

Re: The Trouble With J.J. (10:27pm September 7, 2009):

A character that is too perfect is not my favorite read. People that I know who think they are perfect tend to be VERY boring - they only talk about themselves. Other than that, I like them all.

Re: Table Manners (10:04pm September 6, 2009):

We have been traveling and forgot it was Labor Day Weekend - UNTIL we tried to use those motel coupons we got at the rest area. NOT good on holiday weekends!

Re: Whispers of the Dead (12:27pm August 13, 2009):

You don't need to worry about the gym or new clothes when you are getting photographed in the rain - no matter where it is!

Re: Chosen To Die (6:45pm August 11, 2009):

Love series when the characters seem real. Thanks

Re: Babydoll (11:41pm August 4, 2009):

Like Theresa, my husband and I have been married for 33 years and work best when traveling. Other than that... I read - he watches TV. I walk - he sits and watches TV. I... oh, well, you get the idea!

Re: Bachelor CEO (8:51pm August 3, 2009):

Similar to the way you try to individualize the information for your students writers have different learning and writing styles and shouldn't be forced to all use the same method. How is that for one 'short' sentence? :>)

Re: Hot Pursuit (7:32pm August 2, 2009):

More people are using our local library, but at the same time the library is cutting hours - again!

Re: It Happened One Night (11:58am July 31, 2009):

The name of one of the sisters, Karin, caught my attention because of the spelling :>) I hope she is nice :>)

Re: Red, White & Dead (1:20pm July 30, 2009):

Going to check them out next trip to Walden's - I mean Borders :>)

Re: Seduce Me (1:06pm July 29, 2009):

I feel that there is a difference between a love scene and sex. Many authors are throwing a sex scene in just for the sex scene. When two people who just met are running away from the slasher -killer and just drop down in the grass and have sex it not only turns me off I lose the story line.

Re: Face Time (12:21pm July 28, 2009):

My mother and I always got along - it's my daughter that doesn't speak the same language! She got a lot easier to talk with when she got a job and was out on her own. Before that, one of our memorable conversations went something like this:
D "I would like to speak to Dr. M the advisor" (I was an advisor to many students at a local college so I put on my Dr. M the advisor hat and gave her several options).
D "But Mum which one should I pick?"
Dr. M. "I'm sorry. You asked to speak with Dr. M not The Mother. I can't help you there!"

Re: Seeing Red (9:16pm July 27, 2009):

I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone. I now live in a small town where hardly anyone knows anyone. Everyone stays indoors and watches TV I guess.

Re: Mackenzie's Legacy (12:13pm July 26, 2009):

You don't have to kill them off - Laurie King wrote the Beekeeper's Apprentice about Sherlock Holmes in later years. It was fun to read - like revisiting an old friend.

Re: The Plight Of The Darcy Brothers (9:01am July 24, 2009):

Shades of the Beekeeper! I enjoy stories about old friends that I haven't visited in some time. Glad you put your extra time between graduate classes to good use :>)

Re: The Diva Takes The Cake (12:39pm July 23, 2009):

The last wedding we attended an uncle of the bride made the wedding cake and it fell apart before the reception even started!

Re: Waking Nightmare (10:15am July 22, 2009):

I enjoyed your comments. Maybe they could be the start of a new book - how to pick a job, or something like that :>)

Re: Divorced, Desperate and Deceived (4:54pm July 21, 2009):

I like the fairy flying by - helps you not have plumber's block - oh, yes, that was your father who didn't have pb :>)

Re: Bending The Rules (9:00am July 20, 2009):

I sound like your clone! I cry during cartoons! My family always checks to see if I have Kleenex when we go to a movie. You never know what you might see in one of those previews :>)

Re: Black Hills (6:01am July 19, 2009):

It is so nice to put a face to the authors. Thanks. Hi Peaches!

Re: Swimsuit (9:42am July 17, 2009):

I like Cross, Max, and the Women's Club (and miss it on TV). Thanks for the insite.

Re: Bluegrass Blessings (10:38am July 16, 2009):

Both and if I get either a good cry or a good laugh then I am sure to share the book with my friends.

Re: In The Garden Of Sin (8:20am July 14, 2009):

Today we just call them perverts :>)

Re: By Hook Or By Crook (8:19am July 14, 2009):

Your books sound interesting. If I read one while traveling I can try out the crochet and if I read it at home the recipe :>)

Re: Mr. Perfect (10:59am July 12, 2009):

Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Series. I thought that several adults that I knew who got in line to buy the books at midnight were crazy. However, after my daughter gave me the first one to read...

Re: The Beach House (10:51am July 11, 2009):

I enjoy reading, but sometimes I get a little more out of the book. My daughter had me read The Lovely Bones and I enjoyed the author's concept of heaven. You never know what you are going to find in books.

Re: Art Of Sensuality (8:00pm July 10, 2009):

I have attended many conferences for my work and found that one of the worst things to do is stilck with the other people from my place. I went for several years and didn't meet new people until I broke away for a few sessions. After that it was much easier.

Re: Object of Desire (7:43am July 9, 2009):

I understand your problem. I just finished a book where everyone is in danger but they wait a day or two to do anything so they can jazz up their romance. I kept thinking "How can you plan for tomorrow let alone the rest of you lives if you get killed by this maniac today?"

Re: Dragons Prefer Blondes (8:30pm July 8, 2009):

Superman. Batman has way too many wierd enemies!

Re: Greedy Bones (10:18am July 7, 2009):

Also, if you get tired of the people around you your could always hang out with the Zinnia Gang

Re: Loving a Lost Lord (1:09pm July 6, 2009):

I enjoy historical fiction - until I ask myself questions about bathrooms, heat, fridges, etc.

Re: The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society (1:04pm July 5, 2009):

It's not just book hype, but also author hype. I just finished Fern Michaels' Under the Radar and I was disappointed with it. There were too many loose ends that didn't go anywhere. It seemed as though she was in a hurry to get the book out - maybe because of the subject matter . If it would have been the first book in the series I wouldn't have read any more.

Re: Everywhere She Turns (11:32am July 4, 2009):

There can never be too many Colby Agency books for me!
As far as the I can afford this now - my parents grew up during the depression and instilled in my brother and me the fact that you MUST be able to pay for it before you buy. My husband and I pay our credit card bills off each month. Our daughter, however, seems to believe that 'somehow' 'someday' it will get paid because the money just keeps coming in!

Re: Love At First Flight (11:43am July 3, 2009):

On my way to your web site! Thanks to Michael for such great information.

Re: Billionaire Prince, Pregnant Mistress (1:58pm July 2, 2009):

As I sit here reading I am also eating some of my trail mix. I MUST multi-task :>)

Re: A Stroke of Magic (2:04pm July 1, 2009):

I try not to have too many quirks (which is a quirk in itself) because people notice you when you have guirks and I like to blend in to the wallpaper (which is another quirk???)!

Re: Happiness Key (10:36am June 30, 2009):

enjoyed your comments. If I would have seen the houses on that street I'm afraid that my book would have been titles Odd Man Out!

Re: Wild Heart (11:31am June 29, 2009):

As I was reading your blog I thought, "You know, you could have a baby in less time." But I also realized that when you book is published it is basically done. However, with a baby... :>)
Congratulations on your baby - I mean book!

Re: Loving a Lost Lord (10:30pm June 27, 2009):

I don't really mind that a plot has been done before, but does it have to be the same month. Several times there have been books that sound so much alike that you wonder if the authors called each other up and discussed the plot (or maybe they had a wine party and forgot who was going to use that plot this month?) :>)

Re: Redemption (12:23pm June 26, 2009):

Congratulations on the books and the stick-to-it-ness!

Re: The Scot And I (2:09pm June 25, 2009):

I have stayed at Queen Victoria's summer 'cottage' on the Isle of White. I couldn't understand why King Charles didn't just swim away when he was held on the Isle.

I also like authors writing different genres - if it is clear that it is different. It's those blasted covers again! If it looks like a horror cover I expect a horror story not a cute romance and vice versa.

Re: The Best Of Everything (8:48am June 24, 2009):

Good advise. Resentment about spending habits has been the root of trouble in most of the ex marriages we have seen.

Re: Seducing an Angel (12:32pm June 23, 2009):

I hear people saying things like "I LOVE chocolate" or "I LOVE Fridays" and I remember my grandfather saying that love and hate are strong emotions. If you say you LOVE (or HATE) everything, what word do you use when you really mean it?

Re: Pulling The Trigger (7:01pm June 22, 2009):

I agree with Robin and Diane. I don't trust publishers when they don't match the cover with the story.

Re: Queen Takes King (4:12pm June 21, 2009):

I enjoy seeing photos of the authors. It makes them seem more real.

Re: A Thread Of Truth (4:11pm June 21, 2009):

Typos don't really bother me as much as really bad grammar when it isn't necessary.

Re: Dial Emmy For Murder (8:27am June 21, 2009):

tell Robert when he thinks of things outside your outline to save them as a possibility for a new book.

Re: Last Resort: Marriage (10:59am June 17, 2009):

I'm sorry to say that I have no books like that. I read and pass on. Many times I reread books - but, I still pass them on!

Re: Beyond The Code Of Conduct (10:40am June 16, 2009):

I agree. Why is it all right for us to read adventure, murder, etc. yet they balk at romance. Especially when there is romance in many of the adventure and murder books they read.

Re: From Friend To Father (1:43pm June 15, 2009):

I have heard some men make similar comments and they are the same men who watch X rated videos (in the comfort of their own homes, of course)!

Re: Undead And Unwelcome (8:05pm June 14, 2009):

I enjoy meeting authors that I have read. But,when we travel I try to find bookstore signings nearby and have found some new authors who I wouldn't have read otherwise.

Re: The Beautiful Being (11:54am June 12, 2009):

We never quit learning and teachers never quit teaching!

Re: Spotlight On Desire (12:55pm June 11, 2009):

That is why the series books are such fun. Don't toss tempting story threads aside - Have colored folders and put them in there to become a story of their own.

Re: Deep Down (8:28am June 10, 2009):

Ginger tea I could sip - ginseng I am not too sure about!

Re: To Ruin The Duke (3:25pm June 9, 2009):

I agree with Sarah - she said it much better than I could. A book may be interesting, but I don't keep it unless it has something to keep me coming back. Sometimes it is just that it is written about a place that I enjoyed visiting - Tony Hillerman and the 4 corners area. Sometimes it is the characters - Harry Potter. And sometimes it is the action - Davinci Code.

Re: Final Approach (6:38pm June 8, 2009):

Okay, but what are the stupid things you do? I don't see anything wrong with any of those. I also carry a book in my purse so that if I get stopped at a red light....

Re: The Red Pony (6:54am June 8, 2009):

High School was sooooo long ago that I can't remember what I read (other than Shakespear). But I do know that I read anything and everything with no favorites. My daughter has introduced me to The Kite Flyer, Lovely BOnes, and others like that because she thinks I read too much 'easy' fiction (her word). I asked her to read some of my 'easy' fiction to see how good they are, but she says that she doesn't have time!

Re: On Wings of the Morning (6:50am June 8, 2009):

Not only do I not get my money back from Waldens for all the books I bought, now that it is a Borders it has changed the types of books it has. It's a real pain at times to find what I want. I flew a glider a few years ago - haven't tried a bi plane - yet!

Re: The Promise (12:27pm June 5, 2009):

Isn't it interesting how some characters push themselves on you when you are trying to write about someone else!

Re: How To Seduce A Texan (12:05pm June 4, 2009):

Books on tape and an iPod help with #11, #12, and #18!

Re: The Baby Bond (3:57pm June 3, 2009):

Even Cinderella has to rest sometime! I also make a list of bookstores when we travel. I have found some really interesting ones!

Re: A Bride For His Convenience (3:54pm June 3, 2009):

She will be sadly missed. It is great that she was able to work until just a few weeks ago.

Re: Lucky Streak (12:44pm June 2, 2009):

I have all kinds of luck in Vegas - all bad! I agree with Judy - right place at the right time!

Re: Lip Service (1:37pm June 1, 2009):

Since I retired I decided to do something each year that I have never done before. Since then I have taken surf lessons, flown a glider plane, climbed the rock wall (and rang the bell), participated in several 5K races (and won one of them), and still looking for something for this year.

Re: Believe (11:25am May 31, 2009):

I like to read an anthology - is there is some soft of connection between the stories - either a similar theme or a series. Just putting a couple of different stories by different authors together is not an anthology in my mind. I have seen some like this. Maybe they were trying to get new authors noticed.

Re: A Thread Of Truth (11:30am May 29, 2009):

Many people need a New Bern. Maybe your books will help them look for one?

Re: Beneath Bone Lake (9:08am May 28, 2009):

Snakes when I don't know they're there! I think it is the sudden movement that gets me. When I see a snake before it starts moving, I can accept it and I keep moving. However, that sudden movement!!!

Re: Master Of Craving (12:34pm May 27, 2009):

I usually walk it out! When I am full of energy I can't read or watch TV. I already multi-task and the extra buzz doesn't help :>)
ps I like the way you spell your name :>)

Re: A Little Light Magic (8:32pm May 26, 2009):

I was not only the oldest in our family - all of our cousins lived within walking distance and since I was the oldest I was always being told to 'take care of' the others or 'watch out for' the others. Even at my advanced age I take care of and watch out for the others!

Re: My Forbidden Desire (5:37pm May 25, 2009):

When I notice an obvious mistake I e-mail the author in case a change can be made before the next printing. However, in the case of werewolves I think I would not notice any problems. Is it possible that pregnant females don't change while they are pregnant???

Re: The Accidental Lawman (8:52pm May 22, 2009):

I enjoy stories that start with the characters literly fall over each other! :>)

Re: Storm Glass (1:26pm May 21, 2009):

Same as Carrie. When I enjoy a good book I go to the author's web site (if they have one) and send an e-mail or comment on their blog. I have met some very interesting people that way! :>)

Re: Saved By The Monarch (1:44pm May 20, 2009):

I usually try to put myself somewhere in any book or story that I read. I enjoy trying to see what I would have done differently and what the result might have been.

Re: Moonburn (2:37pm May 19, 2009):

The border sounds like fun. I agree that many times I want a sequel just to see how they survived.

Re: Kissing The Man Next Door (12:50pm May 18, 2009):

Sorry, the person next door is a little too close for me. I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone's business. That's why I don't live in a small town now - and what could be smaller than next door???

Re: Pretty in Plaid (4:51pm May 17, 2009):

I had to be on time for work so I always left in plenty of time in case something happened along the way. I still arrive early (even help the hostess set up some times) and that's why I carry a book and Sudoku with me at all times! Also my camera - just in case!

Re: Mistress (12:05pm May 16, 2009):

I agree with mj tjat characters with very similar names are confusing - especially if one is the hero and the other is the villan! The only books I mark were school books and my Sudoku books! :>)

Re: Taking Flight (12:36pm May 15, 2009):

Many people still consider this 'light reading' as opposed to something else. I have read some thicker books that don't have half the story that you all write.

Re: The Infamous Rogue (1:11pm May 14, 2009):

I enjoy reunion romances - two of my high school classmates met at one of our reunions. Both of their mates had died and they ended up marrying each other.

Re: Some Day You'll Thank Me For This (8:24am May 14, 2009):

This past weekend I almost told my daughter that "Someday....." Thanks for the memories.
Gayden’s husband is a gem to taste test all those things.

Re: A Hundred Years of Happiness (8:03am May 14, 2009):

I have been working on our families genealogies and I really like the 'stories' I am able to find about those people. Saving Cicadas sounds like another of those types of 'stories'.

Re: A Trace Of Smoke (11:20am May 13, 2009):

Talkeetna is about as different from Berlin as you can get. I have been to both and prefer Talkeetna - of course, I didn't have to live in either city so I am speaking as a visitor. And I would like to visit the Berlin of the 1930s.

Re: 6 Killer Bodies (2:02pm May 12, 2009):

Congratualation on all you have accomplished this past year. Since I retired I found that the days I go to exercie I get more done than the other days. I think just getting moving really does help. As for the coloring books, our daughter just graduated from law school on Sunday. Two of the gifts she got were a big box of crayolas and a coloring book. She also got at bag a large rubber bands that she can use for target paractice or make a rubber band ball according to the giver.

Re: Let It Ride (5:37am May 12, 2009):

We just got home after an 11 day trip and have so many 'final' shows to watch that it will probably take all summer!

Re: Sunset Bay (3:28pm May 2, 2009):

NOT a chat - they go too fast to keep up and people are answering questions asked several pages ago.
I do like meeting authors, etc. in person through a blog or exchange of e-mail messages. I am more likely to remember a name if I correspond with that person.
However, I remember Nevada Barr because she writes about National Parks - many of which I have visited. I remember Tony Hillerman because he writes about the 4 Corners area again where I have visited. So people and places both make the book mean more to me.

Re: Wild Heat (10:32pm April 30, 2009):

It just shows to go you that you really never know what is going to happen. I am happy that you were able to try so many different activities.

Re: The Madness Of Lord Ian Mackenzie (11:52am April 29, 2009):

Just finished a book about an ex-rustler (not wrestler) who is the hero. Different is good!

Re: Enchanting the Beast (12:20pm April 28, 2009):

I think I would like to be a were-owl I already have the glasses and white hair!

Re: Heartbreak River (1:08pm April 27, 2009):

I agree that the lyrics of some songs can really touch us. When we hear a lovely song on the car radio I Google the lyrics when we get home.

Re: Behind The Shadows (7:17am April 27, 2009):

I am not the shopper in the family - my husband and daughter take care of that. However, I keep a supply of to be read books on hand for sanity.

Re: Rescue Me (2:57pm April 24, 2009):

I agree with the others. This series really intrigues me. Thanks for thinking of them!

Re: Cleopatra's Perfume (12:56pm April 23, 2009):

I like it when a character gets into your mind and won't let go. Keep up the interesting stories.

Re: The Secret Mistress Arrangement (1:25pm April 22, 2009):

I like the type of hero who is there for you - even when you don't realize that you need him. But, at the same time, he doesn't try to control you.

Re: Killer Keepsakes (10:50am April 21, 2009):

That's because women are so busy multi-tasking that the only time to contemplate is when we are sleeping!

Re: Take Me Two Times (7:57am April 20, 2009):

I like your web site and enjoyed reading a little more about Take Me For A Ride. Sid Thresher also sounded interesting. Enjoy the RT Conference.

Re: The Promise (12:39pm April 19, 2009):

When I was young and someone drew my name in the Christmas gift exchange they always knew that I would like a book more than anything else they might get me!

Re: While My Sister Sleeps (12:04pm April 17, 2009):

I got pulled into Facebook but I'm still not sure what Twitter is :>)

Re: Mastering The Marquess (11:34am April 16, 2009):

No sisters. But, I grew up the eldest with one brother and three very close cousins who I was supposed to watch over. My mother often told people that we never fought and that was true. The boys wanted to play cowboys and we girls wanted to play house - so the cowboys came home to dinner!

Re: The Texas Twins (1:23pm April 15, 2009):

My cousins and friends exchange books and author's web sites. I would write the information down on my TBR list. As for lists - I have to have a master list to tell me what is on the other lists! :>)

Re: The Heir's Scandalous Affair (12:50pm April 14, 2009):

I like the series books because I also like to see 'what happens next'. I also like to know what happened 'before' if I start a series in the middle. What I don't like is the author spending the whole first chapter abstracting the past five or so books in order to catch me up. There has to be a better way to do it.

Re: The Accidental Human (7:25am April 13, 2009):

I guess that I should buy one (some?) of those protective covers for the books I read because it does bother me when the picture on the cover has no relation to the story. Since I alsways have several 'books in the process of being read' I would neec to buy several covers. Then I wouldn't know which book was which :>)

Re: Someone Like You (7:22am April 13, 2009):

It sounds as if Someone Like You is part of the Night Riders series. Does it have seven books like the Seven Brides?

Re: Paradise Valley (2:30pm April 11, 2009):

I just finished Rita Herron's 'In A Heartbeat' - don' read on a dark scarry night! Right now I am reading the cookbook to get ready for tomorrow.

Re: Unseen (1:24pm April 10, 2009):

Our daughter was born on my mother's birthday - and they celebrated together for 27 years!

Re: Last Gasp (4:37pm April 9, 2009):

Sorry, there is no such thing as a safe scare to me. Even though I know a spook is just around the corner I still jump a mile in the haunted houses at Halloween!

Re: 4 Bodies And A Funeral (4:04pm April 8, 2009):

The titles sound interesting. I am really intreagued with you getting your PI license though. That is really getting into the heads of your characters.

Re: Fury Calls (8:53pm March 9, 2009):

I agree with LuAnn. When you have a relationship with your characters it shows. Enjoy the lovely weather!

Re: The C.O.O. Must Marry (8:54am March 1, 2009):

My long journey was finding my husband. I was a firm believer that if I tried hard and didn't succeed that I should try a little harder. It didn't seem to work in this instance - in spite of the fact that I tried almost everything that friends told me to do. Finally I decided to be relax and be myself - whatever happened would happen. My two male cousins from another state introduced me to a friend of theirs and six months we were married - and just celebrated our 33rd anniversary!
I have a similar type of story about the birth of our daughter. It reminds me of the saying "All things come to him who waits - if he works like hell while he waits!"

Re: Between A Rock And A Heart Place (10:03pm February 25, 2009):

I agree with the cat. Our cat can get into places that we never thought it could.

Re: Dark Of Night (12:26pm February 3, 2009):

HOT PURSUIT

Re: The Magic Knot (1:55pm January 30, 2009):

I like your idea of using various settings for different types of special people(?) I am a little tired of being politically correct, but what do you call a shapeshifter when it shifts shape?

Re: Evil Without A Face (1:41pm January 29, 2009):

I use a separate e-mail address for family/friends and shopping/blogging.

Re: Whisper of Warning (3:48pm January 24, 2009):

I can't get on the blog. I get an error message that the link is broken.

Re: Silver Bells (9:03am December 15, 2008):

I enjoy reading about new books to add to my 'must read' list. I also LOVE contests. However, many of your authors are listed on other sites - including their own! AND I am reaching the age that I can't remember everything I did yesterday let alone last week. Is there a way to find out if I already signed up for any of these contests so that I don't send in several to the same person?

Re: The House on Tradd Street (8:04am November 30, 2008):

THE GIRL ON LEGARE STREET
Karin
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