Aren’t you glad the government doesn’t have an expiration date for you? Of course, it helps to make sure that you don’t have really bad food sitting there waiting for you, but… *sigh* If we lived in an apocalyptic world, any food probably would be edible no matter how expired.
So yesterday, I poured a dressing on my salad, and realized it had expired Jan 2018. I only ate a bite of it before I thought it tasted a little soury and didn’t look quite right and checked the expiration date. But no green mold growing in it. That’s my usual way of knowing something is past eating. So the salad went into the trash. I figured I didn’t want to chance getting sick.
Have you checked your over the counter medicines lately? I rarely take them and when I need to, they’re usually way over-expired. Since that’s all I have, I take them anyway. Maybe the potency isn’t there. But the next time I think of it, I get another new bottle, toss the old one, and then the new one sits their expiring every day while I don’t use it, until it meets it’s expiration date.
Rather than get some new salad dressing (it’s the refridgeratable kind so it does expire earlier), I’ll just boil up the fresh spinach and fry up the mushrooms and eat them that way! Solution found!
Hope your day is filled with freshness with no expiration date in sight!
I had several CD Audiobook giveaways to offer, so how do I choose the winners? It depends. Sometimes for loyal readers, sometimes for the hope of new readers. For those who follow my blogs/FB, newsletter. For those who comment on my FB or blog. It’s amazing how many people comment daily on my postings, but others never do unless it’s for a giveaway.
It’s like a test too. Does an entrant really say something in a comment? Or just: I love the cover, or not even that. A heart. It costs me money to send gifts so I like to feel that when I give them, it means something to the recipient and it means something to me.
I look at FB pages of entrants. Some of my readers share my posts. One shared all of the CD offerings. She will win one because I appreciate that she could narrow her chances at winning by letting her friends know about it, but she helped spread the word. Not only that, but she often shares my posts, not just stuff like this!
I look to see how many have already received tons of books from me. I look to see who all enters contests and that’s it. I’ve given several books to one “reader” who always says, “I’ve never read any of your books.” So, hmm, what happened to the ones I sent to her? I’m now wary of that ploy! But hey, it works for her! Authors are drawn in by the chance to hook a new reader. But it’s just a game for a “reader” like her.
I know some authors do a chance drawing, so if someone posts a response a couple of times on the posting, they have a better chance at winning. Playing the system. Not really interested in the books as much as winning the game. Look. What. I . Won.
I want someone to win my books who genuinely is interested in my books.
Years ago when I was sharing books on a review site, the owner said they read every response and chose the best reader comments for a win.
That’s what I try to do.
For loyal readers. For those who are just getting started with my series. For those who want a chance to check them out. I like giving books away when I can. But it costs me money and I want to feel that I get something back in return.
So I’m off and writing on Bite of the Vampire, have books to ship, and I’m now farther along on the 2nd book in the series than the 3rd book. I might finish it before the end of the year. Here’s hoping! I still need to try and put the Halloween cougar novella in print, and I’m working on edits on Falling for the Cougar, and Red Wolf Christmas (now Joy to the Wolves) edits are coming soon.
Have a super great day! I’m off to choose some winners so I can get these shipped today!
Of course they are! Here’s a statue of one I took the picture of at the Ren Festival. I’m still working on a vampire young adult book, but I want to write about the dragon fae also. Dragon Fae was the first book I wrote about fae who shift into dragons.
I finished a bear for an order yesterday and have that and some books I need to ship today.
Otherwise, I’m working on Bite of the Vampire. Sometimes at times like this, my mind drifts to other books I’ve started, or covers that I want to write books for. I need more hours in the day!
Getting much done today. Granddaughter is back. I had two weeks’ break after breaking my toe. My foot is still bruised and I’m sure I tore the flange too, because it still hurts to walk or wear shoes or not wear shoes.
That’s the problem with tearing tissue. It hurts for longer.
Did you know that polar bears don’t hibernate? When I began writing my polar bear shifter series, I found that out. All these years and I didn’t know it!
Okay, so finished proofing of Legend of the White Wolf and sent it in. I’ll be working on Red Wolf Christmas today, once I return from running errands. I’m also reworking a romantic suspense I wrote some years ago–before cell phones! It might be the next cougar book. I’ll have to see. Anyway, I’ve got to run.
Because I work at home, I don’t usually get out until most of the work traffic and school traffic has gone, but I have a vet appointment at 7:15… so….
Don’t you think it helps to have a visual? I love the new cover! The old one was pretty but it was more illustrated rather than an actual photo like all the covers were. I’m proofing the book and should be able to turn it in today. 226 pages done, 266 to go. Since I worked for a lot of the day on Red Wolf Christmas edits yesterday, I shouldn’t have any trouble reading this all the way through and finishing it. Then I need to read Red Wolf Christmas again so I can finish editing it and turn it in.
Hope you have a lovely day! I’m off to get busy with mine!!
Ricky Jones is looking forward to his first day on the job as a
deputy sheriff in the cougar-run town of Yuma Town, but he doesn’t
expect to run into his former girlfriend while he’s wearing his cougar
coat. Now he wants her back in the worst way, but he’s sure she’s going
to be even madder at him for dumping her three years back.
Mandy Richards is on her way to an interview at a hospital north of
Yuma Town for the position of a Licensed Practical Nurse when she hits a
cougar in the thick foggy night, a full moon silhouetted in the gloom
on Friday, the thirteenth. Checking on the wounded cougar changes her
But her most recent ex-boyfriend isn’t going along with Ricky’s plans
to renew his relationship and things are bound to turn deadly.
We had violent storms yesterday and I put one of my dogs in the closet with his bed. He didn’t make a sound, so I think he felt safer. I had a standard poodle I gave a home to years ago that was terrified of storms. Her former owner had her sleeping on a covered metal porch and storms were magnified, poor thing. So she would sleep in my storm closet and was perfectly fine. A couple of times we curled up in there with her when we were living in Oklahoma too. More storms scheduled for today, and tomorrow for Halloween? 34-52 degrees. Brrrrr. But no storms. Thankfully.
I’m still working on edits on Red Wolf Christmas. I’m up to ch 10, and 20 chapters to go and an epilogue. My process is to go through the whole book and accept and delete all the small stuff. Then just make sure I’ve answered all the questions in the comments that I can. She often questions stuff throughout the book that are explained a few paragraphs down. You don’t hit someone in the eye with all the details right away. You have to show them as you write the story. Wait for it. Wait. Wait for it. There, see? It’s there. Sometimes something can be shown earlier, but not always.
This time, she wanted me to make some major changes. So they didn’t affect chapters 1-20. I made some of the changes in ch 21 and 22, but it will change the last 10 chapters of the book. So I’m going through each chapter before that, making any other kinds of changes I need to, and then probably tomorrow I’ll begin working on the last 10 chapters. And hopefully turn it in.
Then I have to proof the other book. They’re easy, just reading through, making sure there aren’t any mistakes made in the book written 10 years ago. Technology changes, so sometimes I need to update that. I wrote a book 20 years ago before cell phones were a thing. It makes such a difference. lol Now, everyone has to have a cell phone and you have to figure out how to “get rid of them” to put the characters in peril. I’ve had my editors telling me that I can’t have “blackout” areas where there is no cell service. But they exist. Not only in mountainous regions, but like from Waco, Texas to Houston, there’s an area where you can’t get any cell service. It’s like the Bermuda Triangle. Without the Bermuda and the Triangle.
Okay, before this gets any longer, I’ve got to get to work. As much as I wish the editing would get done without me, it just refuses.
Have a super, lovely day!! I’m going to enjoy the rain, but hobble down to the mailbox before it happens!
I’m in limbo now. I love it when I can do what I want. On the other hand, I’m not sure which direction I should take. And then I’ll have to start working on the contracted books again. I need to write another Highland book. I have a cover. I just need to write the story.
I just picked up yet ANOTHER cover for a fae book, and I started writing on it last night. Angel Fae.
If it takes off, I’ll finish it, but I have a ton of other stories I’ve started that I’d love to finish. And stories I need to revise that are finished. But when I mean I have to revise them, I mean majorly. Sometimes it’s easier writing a new story. But some of my best selling books have been revisions of earlier stories. So I’m not giving up on them!
I’ve been getting caught up on cleaning. Another 3:30 am wake up. Ugh. And I need to finish 3 bears and ship them, so I’m working on one of them this morning too.
So I’m in…limbo. Where will my muse take me today? Wake. Up. Muse.
*sigh* Maybe I will be museless today and just do my own thing without her.
Red Wolf Christmas is done and turned in and that’s magic! I also had to do a promo blog, and it’s done. So the rest of the evening I worked on a book I got the rights back to and just proofing it before I publish it. Hopefully, I’ll finish proofing it today. That’s for Winning the Highlander’s Heart.
I was also playing around with a story idea for Halloween, a cougar novel.
For now? I have to feed my furry piranhas and then I’m back to the Highlander. I’m making some progress on my shoulder at therapy and at home. Yay! And that’s magic too!