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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Hearts and Flowers

As you can see, if you scroll down a little, a new item has been added to my books/stories. My short romance, Hearts and Flowers was just published by Amazon Shorts! This is a great program that allows authors to submit their short stories for publication through Amazon. Stories go through a review process and if accepted, they are put up on the Amazon Shorts section of and sold as $.49 cent downloads. The author makes a pretty decent royalty on these and it is a wonderful way to get your name out there. I'm pretty excited about this.
Hearts and Flowers is somewhat of a departure from my usual sarcastic, bitchy side. This is a nice, sweet romantic story about two dancers who are secretly in love with each other. With some intervention from the outside, they find their way into each other's arms. It's a great little story and I hope that readers will come away from it feeling uplifted. If you are a hopeless romantic, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Until next time...

Contest News!

Hey everyone! I've extended the deadline on my Got Character contest to June 30th. Get your entries in today!

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Sunday, June 10, 2007


I just have one question. Why are Q-tips so damned hard to find when you are at the store? I swear that no matter how many times I buy them, I can never remember what part of the store they are in. Usually, I look in the baby aisles first. My logic being that this is where they should be because people use them on babies, right? My second thought is to look by the nail polish and stuff like that because that's where I can find the cotton balls. Aren't Q-tips just cotton balls on a stick? My next guess is usually near the first aid items. Oddly, I found them sandwiched between the shampoo and the body wash, in a section labeled "baby items." I don't know about you but after walking the broad expanse of the Wal-Mart, I'm really a little ticked off that they would label something as a "baby item" and not have it shelved with the baby stuff. Perhaps I'm just hormonal, but it seems that every time I go in search of a damned Q-tip, I feel like someone, somewhere is really trying to give me a hard time.
The store is not the only place where I have trouble finding Q-tips. Even at home, in my own bathroom I am continually stocking the little Q-tip holder with fresh swabs. Mysteriously, these disappear very quickly even though I am the only one using them to remove makeup and so forth. My husband, considerate man that he is, always manages to put the seat down but he can't seem to leave me one frigging Q-tip. And let's not even get me started on the toilet paper situation.
Perhaps the universe is trying to tell me something. Though I'm not sure what possible good could come from allowing makeup and gunk to accumulate on my person. Perhaps I'm just having a bad day. Well, at least I got my 10,000 steps in today at Wal-mart, searching for Q-tips.

Until next time...

A Little Bit of Mystery: Short Mysteries to Confuse and Amuse

Where I've Been...

Listen to my interview on the Jeffery S. Miller show.

Listen to my interview on Calling All Authors.

Listen to my interview on the Let's Just Talk w/Kathryn Raaker.

Listen to my interview on Radio Free Baxter.

Where I'll Be...

After a short break in the summer, I'll be at the following locations:

8/11/09 Allen Park Public Library, Allen Park, MI 6:30 p.m.

Looking for something entertaining for your library or bookstore patrons? Looking for a fun way to spend a couple of hours? Do you love mysteries? Then you need to schedule a Tea & Mystery event for your library or bookstore! The fee is minimal and the presentation is fun and informative! Attendees will be given the chance to win great prizes and share their thoughts about the mystery genre and their favorite mystery writers!

E-mail me today at for details on how to set up your Tea & Mystery event!

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