Archive for June, 2010

Six Weeks Old!

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Little baby Elizabeth was six weeks old yesterday, June 28th.

The top picture is when I got her when she was 4 1/2 weeks old and the bottom one is from today:

Hasn’t she grown?

Of course, she’s still tiny, but she’s learned to eat and drink on her own and use her big girl kitty box.

I’m so glad. 😀

I wish she wasn’t so wiggly though. It’s really, really hard to get pictures!

Bride in Training by Gail Gaymer Martin

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

And Puppy Makes Three

Perfectionist Martin Davis’s life is in turmoil. The lonely businessman’s search for companionship led him to adopt a dog–a rather rambunctious terrier. And now Martin’s at his wits’ end. When dog trainer, Emily Ireland offers to help, Martin is grateful–and intrigued.

But he’s wary of getting too close to the sweet, pretty Emily, especially when he learns of her scandalous past. Can Martin ever open his heart to the possibility that Emily just may be his perfect bride?

Bride In Training received 4 stars in the Romantic Times Book Reviews, and I was thrilled. So if you enjoy dogs, their antics and romance, I think you’ll enjoy this series.

Award-winning author, Gail Gaymer Martin writes for Steeple Hill and Barbour with 44 published novels and over 3 million books in print . She writes women’s fiction, romance and romantic suspense and is the author of Writing the Christian Romance, released by Writers Digest Books She is a cofounder of American Christian Gail was recently named Author of the Year by Barbour Publisher’s Heartsong Presents readership. Gail is a popular speaker at churches and women’s events and teaches writing at conferences across the U.S.


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Friday, June 18th, 2010

Thanks to the pioneering efforts of Robin Hardy, I have now linked this blog to my Amazon blog so that whatever I post here will automatically feed there.

Isn’t that just ducky?

But for it to work, I have to post something.

Here it is.

Go crazy.

There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!

Friday, June 18th, 2010

This is my new baby, Elizabeth!

She was born on May 17th and is just four-and-a-half weeks old. She’s about five inches long and very, very loud!

I don’t know who’s holding her in this picture. It was taken before I got her.

I’m bottle feeding her, and boy is she demanding! But she’s awfully precious, too. And when she’s full, she curls up in my pocket and sleeps for hours.

I have a picture of her asleep in my pocket, but I’m too tired to download it.

I couldn’t never have made it as the mother of a human baby. 😉

A Matter of Character by Robin Lee Hatcher

Friday, June 18th, 2010

A Matter of Character

Historical Romance
June 2010

Who says a woman can’t keep a secret?

It’s 1918, and Daphne McKinley, heiress to a small fortune, has found contentment in the town of Bethlehem Springs. But Daphne has a secret.

A series of dime novels loosely based on local lore and featuring a nefarious villain known as Rawhide Rick has enjoyed modest popularity among readers. Nobody in Bethlehem Springs knows the man behind the stories … except Daphne.

When newspaperman Joshua Crawford comes to town searching for the man who sullied the good name of his grandfather, Daphne finds herself at a crossroads, reassessing the power of her words, re-thinking how best to honor her gifts, and reconsidering what she wants out of life.
View the book trailer HERE.

Robin Lee Hatcher

About the Author:

The author of over 60 books, best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. She makes her home in Idaho where she enjoys spending time with her family and her high-maintenance Papillon, Poppet. She invites you to drop by her web site and her Facebook Page to learn more about her and her books.

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The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough

Saturday, June 12th, 2010


Now Available!

Three mail-orders brides arrive in Lookout, Texas, each expecting to marry the local marshal. But—he didn’t order a bride. When a contest ensues to discover which bride will make him the best wife, there is a surprise fourth entry–an anonymous one. Mayhem occurs as the whole town tries to figure out who the anonymous bride is, and the mayor pressures the marshal to pick a bride or lose his job. Will Marshal Davis tuck tail and run for the hills? Or will he lose his heart and his bachelorhood?

DeAnna says:

Just got through reading Vickie McDonough’s book and it was a lot of fun. There was certainly never a dull moment, and the hero, Luke Davis. was especially appealing. I’d love to read the rest of this Texas-based series.

Her Abundant Joy by Lyn Cote

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Final book in the Texas Star of Destiny series
Her Abundant Joy
Avon Inspire
ISBN # 978-0061373428

Can a beautiful young widow find peace in the arms of a Texas Ranger?

In 1846, young widow Mariel Wolfe survived the grueling voyage from
Germany to start a new life in the “promised” land of Texas. Forced by
circumstances to become a servant, Mariel is now determined to quit a
harsh master. But how can a single woman face the frontier on her own?

Texas Ranger Carson Quinn is responsible for leading her party of
German immigrants safely through dangerous Comanche-held territory. As
he watches Mariel hold her head high in spite of everything, he will
stop at nothing to protect her.

But war is brewing: Mexico will not accept the U.S. annexation of the
young Texas Republic without a fight. Honor bound to fight for Texas,
Carson’s deepest longing is to lay down his rifle. As Mariel and
Carson fall deeply in love, could her painful past or this new war
destroy all their hopes? Will the tide of history sweep them far from
peace, far from a life together?

Lyn Cote
Her Abundant Joy 6-1-10
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DeAnna says:

This sounds like a great book, Lyn. I love stories about the Texas Rangers. The cover is just beautiful, too!

I’ve Found Him! – UPDATED LINK

Friday, June 11th, 2010

When I write my books, I usually try to keep my eyes open for pictures of people who look the way I imagine my characters do. It’s especially hard to find just the right ones, particularly when it comes to my romantic heroes.

The lead in my mystery series, Drew Farthering, has been especially elusive. Sometimes I’ll see an actor on TV or in a movie and think he might be right, but when I see a still photo of him I realize there’s something about him that’s not quite the thing.

Today when I opened up the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, up popped the word of the day and a photo. The photo made me gasp.

It was Drew!!

Of course, MY Drew would never go about half shaven like that except in extreme circumstances, but otherwise he’s pretty nearly perfect. Even the clothes are right for a gentleman out for a walk in the country.

I wish I knew who he was. If anyone has any clues for me, please let me know.

UPDATE: OOPS! Sadly, as often happens in the internet world, the picture that was at the above link has been changed. But if you want to see Drew, he’s HERE. Scroll to the bottom of the page.

The Stanley Cup

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Tonight the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4 – 3 in overtime, to win the Stanley Cup.

I wanted the Hawks to win. No, they’re not the team of my heart, they’re not my Dallas Stars, but of the teams that made the final four this year, I liked them best. They’re young and exciting and hadn’t hoisted the Cup in nearly half a century. And, most importantly, Chris Pronger doesn’t play for them.

But I don’t want to talk about the Hawks or the Flyers right now. I want to talk about the Cup. The Stanley Cup is the oldest, most storied and hardest-to-win trophy in sports. Players dream all their lives of lifting it over their heads in victory. Many play their whole careers and never win it, never even have a chance at it, and still find themselves choked with emotion each time it’s presented.

It’s hard to describe what it means to anyone who isn’t a hockey fan. Until you’ve watched these men struggle season after season for this holy grail of hockey, you can’t understand why, once it has been won, the victors, burly men with two-month-old playoff beards who think nothing of sacrificing themselves for their team in a brutal sport, stand tongue-tied and with tears in their eyes when asked to describe what the Cup means to them.

Perhaps THIS says it best.

There are no words.

My Emily Is Ten Today!

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Isn’t she beautiful? Even when she was very young, she always looked preternaturally wise, as if she’d been around for hundreds or thousands of years.

More than either of my other cats, she’s a little predator and would love to go out and explore the outside world.

Ummm . . . I’m thinking no, sweetie.