Monday, April 20, 2015

Smart Phones, Writing Research, and Romance


I'm over at Smart Girls Read Romance today, blogging about my first encounter with a smart phone and research for my work-in-progress. Stop by and say "hi!"

Princess & Smart Phones


Smart Girls Read Romance

Monday, April 13, 2015

An Unholy Alliance - First Chapter/First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday

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      When I discovered that An Unholy Alliance takes place in Oregon's wine country - an area I've visited more than once - I wanted to read it. And when I learned that the main character is in her fifties, I was sold! So many of the book's settings were familiar to me, described beautifully by author Judy Nedry. The mystery kept me turning pages (well... clicking on my Kindle), and the well-developed characters (who have problems of their own) kept me interested in the plot's outcome. It was fun to learn more about vineyards and the wine-making industry too.
      An Unholy Alliance is the first book in the Emma Golden Mysteries series. The second book The Difficult Sister takes two fifty-something women on a road trip down the Oregon coast. I can't wait to read that one too!

First Paragraph:
Prologue
Friday Night
He waited in the half light a little drunk, a little floaty, but with that constant edge of irritation that had grown so much worse in the past couple years that he couldn't remember when he'd last been rid of it. Surely only during sleep, which was troubled now on the best of nights.

Teaser (from 59% on my Kindle):
For alcohol, we are told, is a subtle foe - all good times and laughter until the day it quits working and fun is no longer part of the equation. It is replaced by terror and self-loathing so great that only a drink or a drug will quiet the screaming in your brain. On that day you learn that one drink is too many and a thousand are not enough.

Genre: Mystery
Length: 336 Pages
Amazon Link: An Unholy Alliance
Author Website: Judy Nedry

Synopsis from Goodreads:
     Like many women in their fifties, Emma Golden feels invisible. She lives quietly in her Portland, Oregon bungalow and minds her own business. But her tranquil life is about to change. She is asked to return to the rolling hills of her former wine country home south of the city to supervise a friend's bed and breakfast inn near Dundee. Emma arrives at the Westerly Inn during grape harvest. She is under contract to write a book about Oregon wineries, and it's business as usual until she discovers one of her subjects dead in a wine vat-murdered at his own dinner party.
     Cougar Crossing Winery owner Ted Maxell was a ruthless and dishonest newcomer to the northern Willamette Valley wine scene. Many people wanted him gone-including his son, many local winegrowers, and even Emma's ex-husband, Dwight. Then Maxell's daughter, Tiffany, calls Emma and begs for assistance. "I know who killed my father," she wails. When Emma answers Tiffany's cry for help, she finds herself drawn into the search for a murderer or murderers with secrets worth killing for.



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Friday, April 10, 2015

Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet- Saturday Snapshots

Are you feeling fancy? Then you'd enjoy "Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet." Recently my daughter-in-law, granddaughter, and I attended the Evergreen City Ballet's performance of this delightful ballet at the Meydenbauer Theater in Bellevue, WA. We had such a great time! 

Fancy Nancy is the main character in a series of books written by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. The stories are geared to girls aged four to eight (my granddaughter is almost four years old). I have only read a couple of the books, but I like the way the author introduces unusual words in her text. For example: "My favorite color is fuchsia. That's a fancy way of saying purple." In this story, Nancy and her best friend Bree vie for the coveted role of mermaid in the ballet. When Bree wins the role, Nancy must learn how to handle her disappointment.  

Photos were not allowed during the performance and I was hesitant to take pictures of other children, but I did get a few of my granddaughter to share.

Here's the program from the ballet.
Do you think my granddaughter was excited?
All the attendees dressed in fancy clothes,
from their heads to their toes.
I can dance too, Grandma!
Here's the link to the Fancy Nancy book that inspired this ballet: Amazon
By the way, Disney will be making a Fancy Nancy movie and has a TV series in the works too.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter - 1950s Style - Saturday Snapshots

Back in the days of black-and-white photos my dad loved to take pictures with his Kodak Brownie camera. Here are some he captured at Easter time over the years. 


Eat. Eggs. NOW.
My brother, mom, and me at an
Easter egg hunt (Dallas, TX)
White anklets, patent leather shoes, bowtie.
Yep, that's the Fifties, all right! How 'bout that TV and those curtains?
Fancy hats, Easter purses, and
dig that crazy jacket!
Giant Mutant Bunnies!
I'm surprised  we didn't run screaming 

from these creepy critters.
I'm not so sure this is a good idea
I hope these pictures brought back good memories for you or at least gave you a smile. 
Happy Easter!

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