Waking Up In Crystal City

 

 

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Once upon a time in a land far far away, the trees were made of ice, the grounds billowy blankets of snow.

No, I’m not writing a fairytale. This happened in 2009 in my sleepy little town.  It’s not unusual to get snow where we live but this particular day was extremely unusual. On the night before it began to rain. The temperatures fell turning to sleet. And sleet and sleet. I was afraid my skylights were going to burst from the weight. It was eerie. You could hear crackles and pops outside but the windows were so iced you couldn’t see through them. The doors froze shut. Suddenly the power was out.  Luckily I have a gas cook stove so we were able to use that and at the time I had a landline phone.  My husband was A truck driver over the road and was trying to get back to us.  He stopped and picked up supplies such as ice melt, bottled water,( I don’t use bottled we have purifiers on tap) bread, extra peanut butter, battery lanterns, batteries and a generator in a town that wasn’t hit.

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We had it lucky in town. We were without power only a few days, water back sooner, the outlying communities some were without for weeks.  I also had lots of food and with the gas stove could cook. The generator kept the fridge and freezer running. We didn’t lose anything, where many did.

I had a close call though. I stepped on the back porch when my husband told me not to and the neighbor’s huge pine that had a branch over our porch cracked, it barely missed me striking my shoulder. I was hurt pretty bad but nothing serious. Which was good as there were trees down everywhere keeping emergency vehicles out.

I learned a valuable lesson that day. Snow and ice is beautiful but it can be devastating in no time flat.

This is week 45 of the MFRW52weekblogchallenge. So check out the other authors most memorable day.

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Welcome to My Zoo. #MFRWauthor #bloghallenge #pets

Hi everyone! welcome back to  MFRWauthor52weekblogchallenge. This is week 43 and an easy Topic for me. Welcome to my little domestic zoo.

Meet Molly my 8-year-old Fiest( a type of terrier). She is one of the best dogs I have ever owned. Sweet, funny and very good with children, if not a bit noisy. She does love to yap and makes her presence known.

Then there is Chloë and Kitness they are about 7.

My guinea pigs, Fred and Squeaky and the girls Bella and Lucy.

My tank of fishies, though they may be hard to see them all. The four smallest orange  Mollies were born in my tank. The catfish is hard to capture they won’t be still, the Algae eater stays in the cave most of the time.

and there is the new addition, little Iris she is about three months old.

There are a few strays in the backyard, some funny squirrels even a possum from time to time.

 

Oops new pets… Silly girls.

I hope you enjoyed meeting my little Zoo. Now let’s go meet the other Author’s pets.

 

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Is this Love? #MFRWauthor #firstlove #amwriting #blogchallenge

Yes, my first love was David Coverdale of Whitesnake. Heck, I may have even crushed on his wife Tawny Kitain or at least dreamed of being her. Let’s face it. David was gorgeous, his face his hair his voice, the way he moved, all perfect in my book. I even loved him in his first group Deep Purple.

As a matter of fact, I was a fickle little girl and loved all the big hair bands in the 70’s and 80’s. They had competition tough with Starsky and Hutch and Don Johnson.

Then real life comes along in the 80’s I graduate meet my first husband have a child and real love ensues.  (My husband had thick curly sandy hair too though not as long as the big hair guys. I never was able to convince him to grow it that long.)

Ok, so I am sure this isn’t what week 42 of the MFRW blog challenge meant. The topic is my First love and when I saw this I was at a loss.  I had written about my first puppy love and first kiss.   I talk about my love (obsession) of books all the time.  I didn’t want to be repetitive. I decided you guys haven’t seen my less serious side so I am being silly cat today. It is true though what I said. I do love book hair bands. Now I’ve moved on to cowboys, anti-hero, detectives you name it whatever my mood is I can find a new love daily in books. I still have that fondness for my 80’s bands.  I guess I am really showing my age too LOL!

Now let’s go see who the other author’s first loves were.

 

My Heart’s Not in It # MFRWauthor #blogchallenge #amwriting

It’s week 41 of the Marketing or Romance Writer Blog Challenge. This weeks topic is blogging inspiration. My post will be very short as I am not very inspired to blog.Truth be told, my heart’s not in it anymore. I never know what to write about that will draw readers. I have tried umpteen things but all a fail.

So my blogging inspiration is this MFRW challenge. I have managed all but one week and that was because my computer was broken and I fit it in the next week. I do post an occasional spotlight and review for a few friends releases. I hope soon to begin posting a teaser again once I get more of my story edited.

That’s my inspiration. what’s yours? Any tips to inspire me? now let’s go see what inspires the other bloggers.

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Favorite Quotes from books #MFRWauthor #blogchallenge #amwriting

This is week 40 of the MFRW 52 week blog challenge.  This weeks topic is hard for me since I have memory issues and I can’t remember things word for word. I read so many books it is hard to pick quotes. I am going back to where i began with my favorite paranormal Authors Laurell K Hamilton. here is a few intriguing quotes from her books.

I love Laurell K Hamilton both the Meredith Gentry and Anita Blake series. they were very different but fun.

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“I talk to myself everyone once in a while. Give me very good advice. Sometimes I even take it.”
― Laurell K. HamiltonGuilty Pleasures
“Love is too precious to be ashamed of.”
Incubus Dreams (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #12)
“Sometimes it’s not the optimist you need, but another pessimist to walk beside you and know, absolutely know, that the sound in the dark is a monster, and it really is as bad as you think.
Did that sound hopeless? It didn’t feel hopeless. It felt reassuring. It felt – real.”
Blood Noir (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #16)
“And then there are the rare ones who know love, who understand it. Who freely give of themselves, demanding only a return of that love , that trust.”
A Stroke of Midnight (Merry Gentry, #4)
“Accidental sex. He made it sound like I fell down, and there just happened to be an erection in the way.”

I fell in love with Rachel in The Hallows series. I don’t usually read books over but these i could read over and over.  I even fell in love with all the bad guys.Trent stilll can make my heart speed up.

Every Which Way But Dead (The Hollows, #3)

― Kim HarrisonEvery Which Way But Dead

 “Hey, ah, does anyone want a cookie or something? Oh yeah. A cookie. That would make everything better. Dunked in a shot of tequila, maybe? Or better yet, just the bottle? Yeah, that ought to do it.”
― Kim HarrisonEvery Which Way But Dead
“But a slow, deeply satisfied smile came over him, and his breath quickened. ‘So softly it starts,’ he whispered. ‘Foolishly clever and with an unsurvivable trust. It just saved your miserable life, that questionable show of thought, my itchy-witch.’ Al’s smile shifted, becoming lighter. ‘And now you will live to possibly regret it.”
” ― Kim HarrisonEvery Which Way But Dead
Pale Demon (The Hollows, #9)
“Smile…it makes people wonder what you’re up to.”
“Come on, Rachel!” Jenks shrilled. “You’re a badass, not a bad witch!”

Now for some contemporary romance

“Kiss my fairy dust, Bitches!”
Wolfsong (Green Creek, #1)
“Way I figure it, if I’m forced to have a partner, might as well have one with benefits. If you’re annoying me, fucking you will be more satisfying than punching you.” Prophet grinned, then added slyly, “And I could punch you afterwards.”
― S.E. JakesCatch a Ghost

This one was a tear Jerker.

Keeping Promise Rock (Promises, #1)
“I love you. I want to shout it sometimes. I know you worry about our letters and texts getting read–shades of WWII, haunting us still, I guess, and I’m well aware that nothing’s safe on the internet. I worry too. You need to know that when I say it, when I ask you to say it, it’s because my lungs feel full of dark water, and seeing it or writing it lets me breathe.”
― Amy LaneKeeping Promise Rock
I hope some of these inspire you to try a book. I could go on and on but let’s go see what book quotes the other authors like.

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