I took the photo of the road runner at the Dallas Zoo. I don’t know what there is about road runners, but I just love them. I had one when I lived in Crawford, Texas that would peer in the windows at me when I was typing at my computer on my stories. They’re such huge birds, they remind me of something prehistoric. They also mate for life. We had a pair that would hop our split rail fence in Oklahoma. I loved seeing them.
Okay, so I got more work done on weeding, and working on shoring up my stones with gravel. I’m about halfway around the one flowerbed.
I had to brainstorm with my brainstorming partner because I’ve been writing some really fun scenes, but I still needed something mysterious, dead body, to tie them together. lol Anyway, we came up with an idea, so I’m off to get more done on that.
I walked for the first time to the school in a long time since being sick. Of course it had to get really hot. It will be hotter tomorrow, but Friday we have thunderstorms, so I might be driving.
Okay, off to work. I did manage to reach 21K yesterday!
Mixer brush painted the bottle of oil and cocktail and used overlays for the background. I took the photo at a restaurant in Central Texas.
I managed to plant my daffodils and lilies while baby was napping yesterday and got 1,000 more words. Today I should be 1/4th of the way done on the book. I’m hoping to get 3,000 words today, but must get 2,000 at least. I’ve been putting gravel underneath my flowerbed pavers so they don’t sink into the dirt and mulch and weeding, so hope to get more of that done today too.
Okay, off to get my day started. The ravenous dogs are waiting to eat.
I mixer painter brushed the model and background and added the lower part of her dress and created the crown.
I finally feel better! No sore throat. Still have a loss of voice and still getting over this, but man, no sore throat. Now if it will only stay away! The last time it went away, it came back after only a 2-day reprieve even worse and for longer. So fingers crossed.
Just have baby today, so hope to put him down for a nap this afternoon and plant the daffodils finally. And my daughter gave me some lilies for Mother’s Day a little early so I can put them in the ground too.
It’s warmer today–57 instead of 36 first thing, so I think we’ll be walking to the school to pick up sister this afternoon also. Yay!
Okay, got to get going. I managed another 1000 on Highland Wolf, so am at 18K with 62K to go. That feels more doable!
Oh, before I forget, got a lovely review from Library Journal for the upcoming book: Wolf on the Wild Side! I’m over the moon! Howling! Yay!
I used Topaz Studio Impression on a photo of a branch of flowers, added texture overlays under and over the picture and the butterfly images which were my own–two taken at a butterfly house and the one on the lower right on flowers in my yard.
It’s cold out, feels good before the heat comes back. I managed 3,000 on Highland Wolf last night, so hope to keep going like that because I’m way behind with writing. This cold has really gotten me down.
Grizzly bear shifter Amy Rutherford has special abilities where she can hear voices in her head—the thoughts and feelings of others—and she needs to get control of it. It started way before she nearly died in a car accident during a rainstorm where her parents perished, and she’s sure the crash wasn’t an accident. But nobody believes her. She can’t let go of what had happened, and storms bring on a case of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. She was on a blind date while celebrating her sister and her husband’s anniversary and a storm rages overhead at the dance club. She’s assaulted by all the voices in her head, until one stands out. A man is observing her, hiding his dark secrets from her, or trying to—and she’s not sure if he’s one of the good guys, or not.
Cedric Shader is a grizzly bear shifter and knows not to contact Amy the way he did at the dance club, instead of trying to meet her face to face first. But he senses her vulnerability and that she is experiencing psychic overload, just like he would when he was a kid. Now, he uses his ability to investigate murders, but the crime scene memories stay with him, though he tries hard to compartmentalize them, and he doesn’t want her to witness them. He told himself he is here on a job, not to become involved with a woman who has psychic issues. But she’s in trouble—and he’s certain she needs him to teach her how to cope. Worse, she believes someone had murdered her parents, and he’s beginning to wonder if she’s right. With a break-in at her apartment, and a possible connection to the murder of her parents, they’re running out of time before the person kills again.
I’m still waiting on Apple’s link, but everyone else has the book.
It took me a decade to write the book because I had to keep stopping for other books that were on strict deadline. So I was glad to finally finish it! I hope everyone loves it!
I also redid the cover for The Genie’s Wish and worked on the story to add an epilogue and add more to the story.
Genies are only fairy tales. At least that’s what Lizzie Mason thinks until she manages to summon one from an antique vase. Now she’s in real trouble as she vows to save the man imprisoned in the bottle from a fate worse than death and ends up in his world, hoping to change fate without getting herself killed.
The genie must right the wrongs of the past before the curse placed on him can be broken. But will the woman who has freed him be able to manage in a world where deceit and death await them?
I have a request for another vampire adult book. I need to see if I had another that I’d started. I don’t think so, so I’ll have to begin from scratch.I love it when readers get hooked on a series and want more. I had finished 2 of the ones I’d started last year, I think. So this will be number 7. But I’m working on Highland Wolf and want to finish the YA vampire book, Bite of the Vampire.
We’re supposed to get severe thunderstorms this afternoon, so I need to get some yard work done too. Oh, and I’m having auto read on Roxie’s story so I can listen to the whole story and see where I can add some mentions about the Mardi Gras party. I used the feature to listen to Bear in Mind for the last proof and was able to hear things that I had missed reading. That’s the way it was when I had books narrated for audio books. I’d hear things I’d missed. The auto read feature isn’t perfect–contractions come out weird, and words hyphenated can come out mangled, but otherwise, it’s really great for a different way to proof. Especially since I don’t have to sit and read, but can do some stuff while I’m listening.
Have a super great day! I’m off to get some more yard work done. This is the time of year when I’m trying to figure out if “it’s” a weed, or a flower.
Okay, I have to get ready to leave. My daughter, granddaughter and I are going shopping and having lunch. I missed out on the fun for the weekend because I was still so sick, so today is our day to have a little bit of fun.
Love butterflies and the fritillary butterflies are cool because they stay put and model for me. lol
I finished working on Bear in Mind so it should be available soon. Now I have to get back to working on the Highland Wolf book and I need to pull out Roxie’s story too. It took me so long to work on Bear in Mind yesterday, that I didn’t get anything else done.
Still sick. I’m soooooo tired of this. This sore throat and constant coughing just won’t go away.
Okay, I’m off to get busy. I have a lot of work to do!
I had so many things to do yesterday, but one of the things I was working on was a new cover for Bear in Mind. I’d purchased one from a book cover artist, but didn’t really care for the look of the couple, and it had a very brown background. Since this is a spring story, I wanted to show more of a spring look.
I’m proofing it one more time and then I’ll publish it.
Still coughing my head off all night long, and still have the worst sore throat. I’ve tried everything but nothing seems to be working.
I put together the new garden bed. It’s perfect for keeping my dogs away from the fence in a 9 foot area and for planting my herbs. I love chives so can’t wait to plant more.I just need to level it now and then begin filling it.
After I finish proofing Bear in Mind, I’m going to pull up Roxie’s story and add a Mardi Gras something.
Have a great day!!! It turned cool here, perfect for getting some stuff done.
I was playing around with a couple of my photos and changed out the backdrop. I love this woodpecker, but I rarely see it, so I got lucky. I love dragonflies, heroes of the garden.
So I’m still sick. I had to send in a bunch of artwork for a project so did that all day yesterday. I was supposed to go with the kids and grandkids to Austin and the Ren Faire and to a haunted cave the next day, but I still have the worst sore throat and constant cough all day and night long. I really wanted to go too. Wish I’d get over this.
I’ll spend the weekend trying to catch up on word count on Highland Wolf and proof Bear in Mind and update Demon Hunter and read over another book to add a Mardi Gras reference, and….I don’t think I can manage all that in one weekend. lol And try to get more rest.
But I’m about to upload Demon Hunter so that will be one thing off my plate.
Hope you all have a wonderful day!!! I’m off to gargle saltwater. They say it works! We’ll see.