NCAA Gymnastics

Yesterday I went to my second ever NCAA gymnastics meet at Oregon State. My husband is a prince about going down to Corvallis with me. He’s watched enough that he gets the basics. My favorite teams are generally the ones I can see with my cable package. It used to be limited.

In the past couple of years I went from being able to get 1 or maybe 2 meets a weekend to more like 4-5 meets a weekend which is more gymnastics than I can handle. I love all the Pac-12 and SEC teams since I see them the most.

But UCLA is among my very favorite teams so I was just like all the other kids at the meet, completely enraptured with every moment. There is so much fun stuff in person that you don’t get to see on TV.

Both teams were amazing. It was a super fun day. Back to work on Book 4. I think I’m still on track for my Spring 2019 release.

Another Rocktober

This beast is Oakie. He lives with my folks. He is not happy unless he is in my way and glares at me if I foil his plans.

I was fortunate to spend a long weekend down in Karuk Country in perfect weather with a huge family mob in town.

I brought home a ton of apples, pears, Asian pears, huckleberries, a couple of giant beets, and pet hair. Some of the pears were losing it so I just sliced them up and topped with butter, oats, brown sugar and cinnamon and baked and we’re eating right now. Normally I would have made that for dessert but I made an apple huckleberry pie last night so we already have dessert for tonight.

We will not be going hungry any time soon.

Guess what? STILL NO PAPERBACK. Amazon: you are killing me.

In case you haven’t heard me already complain a million times, they are merging the paperback making part of the operation with the ebooks and everyone has to migrate their books. Everything is slow and bungled up right now. Meanwhile, I discovered a teeny (hehe) editing error that causes a confusing continuity problem. I put off fixing it because I was afraid my book would go back to the end of the line. But I guess publishing it with a mistake isn’t so hot either so I’m mucking around and hoping it doesn’t compound the delays.

FINALLY! BOOK 3 is HERE.

Here’s the blurb:

Tommy Weaver wants to stay sober and that means steering clear of challenging situations, avoiding difficult people, and staying away from personal relationships. Unfortunately, he has a cousin unsuccessfully rehabbing in his spare room while Crooked Rock demands more than he can give, and in the midst of his growing troubles, the irresistible Elizabeth appears.

Elizabeth Lewis couldn’t wait to finish college and get back to the security of her home and family on the reservation. But when her granny, a well-known Indian activist, seeks to right a family wrong, Elizabeth finds herself back in the city and seeking assistance from Crooked Rock. She convinces Tommy to join her and as her mission grows more complicated, he never leaves her side.

Neither of them expected to fall this hard, so what happens when it’s time for Elizabeth to go back home?

Here are the links:

Kindle | Nook | Apple | Kobo | Paperback-TBD

Sorry, this isn’t a standalone. You’ll get more out of this if you read at least one of the other books first. I’d recommend reading them in order.

Paperback is still under formation. I’ll let you know the minute it’s available.

Closer Than Possible But …

Everything is done and uploaded but I can’t control the part that happens after that and I have no purchase URLs.

It’s been a long frustrating day.

I will try to get it up as soon as I can. Thanks for your patience.

Sweetheart Braves – We’re Closer Than Ever

When I started this project, my intention was to have four more-or-less stand alone romances loosely connected by a background story about the Crooked Rock Urban Indian Center’s future.

It kind-of got away from me so I think at this point, with Book 3, I need to warn readers that this is not a standalone and new readers will be happier if they read at least one of the previous books first.

The ebook for Book 1 is only .99¢ right now.

Sorry I don’t have a more specific date for publication. I could pick one but generally the minute it’s ready, I like to click publish. I should get it back next week and then it takes another week or so for me to finalize and do last minute fiddling around and then transform into an ebook and upload around town. It takes at least another week for the paperback because I need to send off for a proof before I click publish on that.

So we’re looking at the last week of August for the ebook, first week of September for the paperback.

Here’s the blurb for Book 3 again:

Tommy Weaver wants to stay sober and that means steering clear of challenging situations, avoiding difficult people, and staying away from personal relationships. Unfortunately, he has a cousin unsuccessfully rehabbing in his spare room while Crooked Rock demands more than he can give, and in the midst of his growing troubles, the irresistible Elizabeth appears.

Elizabeth Lewis couldn’t wait to finish college and get back to the security of her home and family on the reservation. But when her granny, a well-known Indian activist, seeks to right a family wrong, Elizabeth finds herself back in the city and seeking assistance from Crooked Rock. She convinces Tommy to join her and as her mission grows more complicated, he never leaves her side.

Neither of them expected to fall this hard, so what happens when it’s time for Elizabeth to go back home?

Faraway So Close

Book 3 Sweetheart Braves is done and off to the editor. It will take me a couple of weeks to finalize and get into your hands. I’ll have more precise details soon.

I went out this evening and took a bunch of garden photos and my camera card died. Here’s a tomato and a couple of tomatillos, both from volunteers. More photos over the weekend.

It’s April and I’m Still Plodding Along

Here’s your periodic update — I had to push back. I’ve had a family situation which resulted in a lot of distractions which turned into panic which is not the optimum state of mind to write books. If you’re waiting for Book #3 — sorry! Looking like beginning of October at this point. Sorry to keep you waiting. I’d write faster if I could.

This rosemary was about the size of my thumb when I planted it. Now it’s taken over and covers a bunch of bulbs. I whacked it back last fall but you can’t tell.

I love all the daffodils but these are my favorites.

February Update: All the latest which isn’t much.

I am still plodding along. Wish I could write faster but I have a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes. Still on track for a late summer release.

I gave up all non-essential Internet for the month of January including signing out of all my social media. I suppose from a marketing standpoint that’s not a great approach but from a sanity standpoint it was brilliant. I still haven’t decided whether I’m going to nuke my Twitter or what.

I also unsubscribed from all my discount and free book promotion sites. Who can resist cheap books? I can’t. I will probably cave and resubscribe eventually.

Last night a cat wandered into the garage while my husband was doing something. He went to the basement and the cat startled him and he yelled. Poor cat crawled under the bed and meowed pitifully while refusing to come out. I was down on my hands and knees making friendly, encouraging sounds but that cat wasn’t going anywhere.

We finally moved the bed and it shot out and zoomed back up the stairs and into the night. I did not recognize this one. I hope it found it’s way home.

That’s the update for now.

It’s December Already

Hey Friends — just in case anyone is checking on me here.

I’ve got a bunch of family stuff going on that’s slowing my progress so I don’t think I can get you a book (Crooked Rock #3) until late next summer. I’ve got a couple of chunks of Arnie and Linda’s book (Crooked Rock #4) so hopefully that one won’t take another 10 months to get out.

I’ve got a long car ride in front of me tomorrow to see the family. I’ve got a bunch of podcasts queued up.

I’m a longtime gymnastics fan and I listened to GymCastic for the first time when Kathy Johnson Clarke was a guest. Since then I’ve become a fan — they are SO funny. I feel like I should make a recording of Jessica’s laugh to listen to when I need a boost. She and Spencer will be my guiding light tomorrow on the road.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope all your wishes come true.

The Best Place to Find Me

If you are the kind of person who likes to follow an author’s personal blog, I would follow me here.

This is not the first time I’ve tried to sustain two blogs at once and if I was writing full time I could probably do it, but not in my present situation.

I will post book updates here when I have a legitimate update to post.

As of October 2018 Crooked Rock #3 Tommy and Elizabeth’s story is out and I am working on Crooked Rock Book #4 Linda and Arnie’s story which will complete this intro of the Crooked Rock Urban Indian Center. I’m hoping to get that out spring, 2019.

Thanks for sticking with me.