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Back to School is here! Summer is sliding int Fall. Everyone is getting organized, signing up for classes for their children and themselves. And the Canadian Thanksgiving is just over the horizon.

 

If you happen to be looking for writing type classes check out  http://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin 

August has been an interesting month, kind of a mixture. I had issues with my Shiba Inu dog, which I posted about on my blog. She started to have seizures, but I think I have her stabilized. I had a few personal issues, so I’ve been getting tests done – nothing serious. I did get a little writing done, but for some reason I haven’t been able to focus on one book. I keep going from one to another on three books. So, I sat down, looked at three books and made a decision to finish one. The one that should be the quickest to finish is Death Southern Style -so I’m going to try and write every day and get it finished this month. Wish me luck. Then I can move on to the next one.

Here’s a short Blurb from Death Southern Style.
(I posted an excerpt in my newsletter.)

 

When Julie Dupré is told about her mother’s murder she’s in shock. Why would anyone shoot Perrine, and in her own home? She didn’t have anything valuable to steal. And everyone loved her. Julie takes a leave of absence from her career as an interior designer in New York and heads home to New Orleans to find out how Perrine died, and why. Now someone is trying to kill her.

 

Detective Connor O’Reilly is assigned the case he finds no one is investigating the murder. It’s being swept under the carpet. He wants to know why, but he’s being stone-walled by higher authorities.

 

Connor and Julie come together to unravel the secrets behind the murder and find themselves delving into dark secrets from the past. Can they prevent another murder and expose the hidden truth?


 

I finished my newsletter and it’s gone out. If you’re not on my list sign up. It includes writing info, guest authors, recipes and it only goes out four time a year.

 

I also blog twice a week. I do guest posts, usually on Thursday so if you’d like a spot, let me know. And one Saturday we do a group blog.

 

This month you can also find me at:

 

On September 21 the group blog will be talking about – “Has an event in your life, or that of someone you know, or one covered in the news, ever worked its way into one of your stories?”

 

September is going to be a busy month for me. I’m blogging on several romance authors’ blog sites. I’d love to have you drop by, say hi and check out their authors’ blog pages. See the dates below.

I have ‘Targeted’ in the Book of the Month spot on RB4U, http://www.romancebooks4us.com/ 

 

Also check out ‘Fall into These Great Reads Bookathon’. I’m promoting The Fourth Victim on September 19th and A Cruise to Remember on September 28 at https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/fall-into-these-great-reads-bookath .

 

And if you want to win an Amazon gift certificate check out http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e226730a38/

 

I’m also doing a Halloween Blog during October at https://kate-hill.com/halloweenpage/

 

And like I mentioned I have lots of great authors guesting on my blog at https://beverleybateman.blogspot.com/. Please come by and share your thoughts and comments.

 

 

a cruise to remember by beverley bateman

 

Enjoy the official start of Fall.

The Holiday Season has arrived. Thanksgiving is over and December is here. I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I haven’t put up my Christmas tree or started decorating yet. It’s on my list. At the top of my list is Finish the Damn Book. I am writing and editing Death Southern Style. My goal is to send it for editing December 5th. I also have a beta reader ready to read and share her opinion If anyone would like to be a beta reader for me, please contact me at babateman@shaw.ca . I’d love to have another person share their honest opinion of my book. I’ve also got my cover artist working on a cover for Death Southern Style. Check out my blog site in a week and I should be posting draft copies of a cover and asking for your input.

I am getting more done being down south with warmer weather and no snow. I’m signing up for guest blogs for next year. I’m planning my goals and priorities for 2020. My dog is holding her own, which is great. My health is better. I don’t do well in the cold. I’m busier but more organized – I hope.

 

Did you realize we have reached the end of another decade? What are your goals for the next decade? I find that a scary thought. I usually do one-year goals and priorities, sometimes five-year goals but ten years – yikes!

Here’s s short excerpt from Death Southern Style

 

Marie uttered another growl. The hairs on the back of Julie Ann’s neck stood on end. She could hear a noise downstairs. Footsteps? A door?

Julie Ann hesitated then moved to the closet and pulled the hangers aside. She closed the secret room door and climbed on to the cot. She wrapped her arms around her legs, listened and waited. She couldn’t believe someone was back again, especially after the attack on Savannah. The stakes appeared to be getting higher. What did they want? What were they afraid she knew and might expose?

She heard Marie growling and barking.

A man’s voice shouted, “Go away and get out of here. Damn dog, go.”

The barking continued.

Julie Ann heard steps come into the bedroom. The cupboard door was opened and slammed shut. The man swore and stomped off into Perrine’s room. Marie continued to bark and follow him. Julie Ann could tell where he was by the sound of his feet.

She sat quietly and shivered at the sound of someone wandering through her home, sure that it was the same man who had killed her mother and probably attacked Savannah.

Why was he back here? He hadn’t found anything on his previous visits so the only reason she could think of for this one was that he wanted to kill her, too.

Still shivering she listened to the steps move downstairs and out the door, Marie barked at his heels.

There was silence, then a scratching at the closet door.

“No, Marie – go away.” Julie Ann whispered.

Marie continued to whine and scratch. Julie Ann jumped up, opened the door and let the dog in. “Shh, be quiet.”

Marie jumped up on the cot and snuggled next to Julie Ann. Julie Ann patted her absently, “Good dog, good girl.”

Everything had gone deadly quiet.

She waited for another few minutes. There still wasn’t a sound. “Okay girl, let’s check and see if he’s gone.”

Julie Ann slid the door open and slipped out into her bedroom. She stopped, pressed her back against the wall and listened.

Silence.

“Okay girl, we’re going downstairs to make sure he’s gone, so no barking.”

The house was in total darkness. Julie Ann crept out into the hall and down the stairs. Silence echoed through the house.

She flipped the light switch. A soft yellow light flooded the room. There was no one there. The front door had been closed and locked

Julie Ann noticed a scrap of paper caught under the front door frame.

He must have dropped it when he left.

She scuttled across the room and grabbed it. It was folded in squares. She opened it and read it. Blindly she reached for a chair and collapsed into it, the note clutched in her hand.

I can’t continue. The guilt is too much.

I don’t want to live without her.

This is the only way I can escape.

Julie Ann

 

 

This month check out:

December 4th for my cover and post and the rest of the month Christmas Holiday Festival and  four Amazon or Barnes and Nobel gift cards from $10 - $50 at https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/christmas-holiday-festival

 

 

All month my cover and book Missing and give away at https://www.redcarpetfiction.com/author-giveaways-contests

All month you can check out my book and be eligible to win a $50 amazon gift card at Rafflecopter http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e226730a42/?

December 27 - Group Blog – start at https://beverleybateman.blogspot.com/and we’ll be writing a short story, flash fiction, or excerpt from one of our books.

Don’t forget to check out my blog and some great authors with their new books and other information at https://beverleybateman.blogspot.com/ and post comments.

And come back next month to see if I’ve got Death Southern Style on sale.

 

 

Here’s here is a favorite Christmas recipe of mine if you like Cranberry sauce with your turkey

 

Cranberry “N” Cot Relish (Makes 4 cups)

 

3 cups raw cranberries

1 cup sugar

1 28 oz can of apricots

1/3 cup rum

Measure cranberries into a 13x9x2 inch baking dish

Sprinkle with sugar

Cover with foil and bake in a slow oven, 300 deg F, for 45 minutes

Drain apricots, reserve ½ cup of syrup

Remove foil and add drained apricots and syrup

Cover and return to oven.

Bake an additional 15 minutes.

Stir in rum.

Cover and chill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Holiday Season everyone!

 

November is here and I’m finally some place warm. Snow, cold and wind continues back home.  I haven’t been writing for many reasons – and most of them good ones. One includes my dog who has been having some challenges but in the last few days she’s finally getting back to her normal. If you love animals, you’ll understand the stress that they can cause when they have issues.

I didn’t get Death Southern Style done, but I’m hoping it will be this month – enough excuses. And I do love the story and would like to share it.

 

We had our Canadian Thanksgiving – loved the turkey. And Halloween with quite a few children. Not as many as last year because of the cold. I love the costumes and one dad, with a very young trick or treater also was in costume.  I’d like to write a short novella. Maybe next month.

This last month has been a disaster for accomplishing anything – including updating my website and guest bloggers not showing up. Lots of medical test, my dog, trying to pack and organize the winter trip. Whine, whine, wine…

 

Now I feel like I’m getting back on track and we’ll see how the rest of this month goes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month check out:

November 23 - Group Blog on What is the oddest character you have ever dreamed up, and how did they fit into a story?

 

Don’t forget to check out my blog and some great authors with their new books and other information at https://beverleybateman.blogspot.com/ and post comments.

 

And come back next month to see if I’ve got my new cover.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends!

 

 

Can you believe it’s October? Fall is officially here. In my part of the country I feel winter is also here. On September 29 we had a major snowstorm, freezing cold, high winds and over a foot of snow. Here’s the view of my backyard. It’s starting to warm up, slowly but the snow isn’t gone yet.

 

I’m Canadian so we have Thanksgiving in ten days, the second weekend of October. I’m planning Thanksgiving dinner. Then it’s Halloween. And then we leave the cold north and head south. But before then I have so much to do – and that includes writing. I am busy editing Death Southern Style an would love to have it to my editor before we leave. And then I’d like to write a short novella. I’m taking a class on writing the romantic novella right now.

I did a BIAW in September. I’m working on my second half of the year goals, actually, my last third of the year. I can’t believe I’m running out of time this year – again. October is Breast Cancer. It’s personal to me. I’m blogging about it. I also have lots of great authors and some interesting topics, plus breast cancer and mammograms. Click on my blog on my website and check out my blog site. I’d love to have you leave a comment. And if you’d like to be a guest send me an email or post on my blog.

 

I’m hoping to get a cover design for Death Southern Style by the end of the month so I can do a cover reveal next month. And have the book up for sale by the end of November.

Now it’s back to editing, start packing, taking care of my aging dog (over sixteen years) who has start having seizures. I’ve got her on Vitamin B1 and B6, a calming medication and BD oil. It seems to be working. And I have to plan Thanksgiving dinner.

 

Canadian Thanksgiving is turkey, dressing, sausage meat, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie and whip cream.

I make my own cranberry sauce, so I thought I’d share the recipe with you.

 

Cranberry ‘N’ Cot Relish (Makes 4 cups)

 

3 cups raw cranberries

1 cup sugar

1 (28-ounce) can apricot halves

1/3 cup rum

 

Measure cranberries into 13X9X2 inch baking dish; sprinkle with sugar.

Cover with foil and bake in a slow oven, 300 deg. F for 45 minutes.

Drain apricots, reserve ½ cup of syrup.

Remove foil and add drained apricots and syrup.

Cover and return to oven, bake an additional 15 minutes.

Stir in rum.

Cover and chill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Halloween so you may want to check out By Design and Don’t Go, a couple of my books that fit in with that theme.

 

This month check out:

Kate Hill’s Halloween Blog at https://kate-hill.com/halloweenpage/    Up all month and lots of great authors. You can scroll down and find my name.

 

Spooktacular event (https://www.redcarpetfiction.com/spooktacular-2019 with lots of gifts.

 

October 19 – It’s Group Blog on my blog site, https://beverleybateman.blogspot.com/ the topic is What unique situations have occurred in the writing process of any of your novels? Things where what you planned changed or the direction you thought the story was on deviated or transmuted?

 

October 24th - This month I have a spotlight on N. N. Light’s Trick or Treat Book Bonanza, at https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/trick-or-treat-book-bonanza . Enter to win a $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card; a $25 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card; a $15 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card and a $10 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card Check it out at https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92db775038 

 

Don’t forget to check out my blog and some great authors with their new books and other information at https://beverleybateman.blogspot.com/ and post comments.

 

And come back next month to see if I’ve got my new cover.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and Happy Halloween everyone!

 

August is here and we’re halfway through summer.

 

I just got back from New York and the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Conference. It was fun.

 

We stayed at a hotel on Times Square.

 

On Sunday, before conference started, we went to the Cher show.  I’m not a Cher fan. I enjoyed the music of Sonny and Cher and of Cher. But I thought she was a little over the top. The show was great and traced Cher’s life from childhood to her recent life. It showed the challenges she faced and how Sonny took advantage of her. It showed how she met the challenges over the years and survived. The music was awesome. It was fast paced and kept you alert throughout the performance. And now I admire Cher.

 

 

Tuesday, we had an all-day workshop at the FBI. Lots of good information for writing mystery, suspense and even romance. In the morning, after passing through their security, we learned about The Counterintelligence Program and Counter-terrorism/Domestic Terrorism with SABT’s (Special Agent Bomb Technician’s).

 

We had a catered lunch, courtesy of Kiss of Death, a chapter of RWA as we weren’t allowed to leave the building. In the afternoon it was two members of the Violent Crimes squad in New York, one male, one female. They had some great stories and had been partners for about seven years.  They slipped in that they are ow married (there’s the romance). After that we learned about the Criminal Justice Information Service, and how the Identity History Summary Checks system works.  It was very interesting.

I learned that fingerprints are not all equal. The pinky makes the worst fingerprint and the thumb is next. There is also the Registry for Individuals with Special concerns (RISC). Police carry a mobile finger printer and can identify an individual in seconds.

 

Did you know they also have footprints, ear prints and facial recognition? And they’re working on iris recognition.

 

Working on my second half of the year goals. Wow! We’re already half-way through the year.

 

I’m doing my blog with lots of great authors and some interesting topics. Click on my blog and check out my blog site. And if you’d like to be a guest send me an email or post on my blog.

 

I’m still working on two books at the same time, The Foundation series and the stand alone, Death Southern Style. I’m spending more time on Liability Wife. I would like to have it complete by mid-September. We’ll see.

 

Here’s another short draft, excerpt from the second book of The Foundation series, Liability Wife Lydia’s story. It’s the next excerpt from the one posted last month. Hopefully you’ve read Book one of The Foundation series, The Fourth Victim Sara’s Story. If not and you’d like to check it out, there are a couple of buy links below – and you can also win Amazon gift cards.

 

 


 

Sara, Lydia, Maggie and Diane sat in Carly’s office debriefing after their latest assignment.

“I know we don’t save men. But if we know someone is in danger isn’t there some way someone else can get a message to them? If I hear Che Guevarra has been killed, I’m going to feel a little guilty that I might have been able to do something to prevent it.” Lydia leaned forward in her chair.

Carly looked at the four women. They all had the same pleading look on their faces. Being in charge was not easy and some decisions were harder than others. A sigh escaped between her lips.

Julie sat in the back of the room with a copy of the report. Carly looked back at her.

Julie shrugged.

"It's not usual, but I'll see what we can do to pass a message on. Give me the name and the message. I’ll see what I can do, but no promises and we won’t discuss it again.” Carly said.

Four heads bobbled in unison.

“Thank you.” Maggie responded.

“Thanks.” Sara added.

“Okay, your assignment was successful. I’ve got the written report. Is there anything else?”

The women looked at each other and shook their heads.

“Good, go take a break until your next assignment. Good job, ladies.”

The four women left the room. Maggie closed the door behind her.

Julie stood up.

“You’re no help.” Carly said.

“I’m sorry. I can see why they asked, and I sort of agree with them. We’re not going to send a team in to save the man, but if there is a way to even try to get him a message…”

“Yeah, I know. I feel the same way, but we have enough work saving women. I’ll make a couple of calls, that’s it.”

“Fair enough,” Julie responded

After Julie left the room Carly picked up the phone and punched in a number. It was a good excuse to talk to him and he might have a suggestion. If they killed Che that would pretty much kill the revolution. Another sigh floated into the room. “Link? Could you do me favor?”

“Hmm and what do I get in exchange?”

“Not a damn thing. I’ll pay you for it.”

“Now where’s the fun in that, babe?”

“Don’t babe me. I have a problem. Do you have any South American contacts?"

“I might.”

This time Carly’s sigh shot through the phone lines. “Look, this is a professional call. I need someone with contacts in South America. I need to find a way to get a message to someone. If you can’t help me, I’ll find someone who can.”

A pause lasting several seconds followed. “Okay, I do have some contacts. What do you want?”

“I need to get word to a Che Guevarra, in Peru. His life is in danger. I have a contact name.”

“Che Guevarra? Isn’t that a little off your usual work?”

“Never mind that, can you reach him?”

“Yeah, if you have a contact, I can probably get a message to him.”

“I’ll email you the contact.”

“Do you want me to let you know if I get the message through?”

“No, it’s okay, just do your best.” Carly hung up the phone.

Phoenix let out a yip from his dog bed.

“Forget it. Link’s not coming back. Go to sleep. I have work to do.”

Carly turned her attention to CCB Enterprises and their latest bid for a government contract.

A few hours later Link emailed her. Carly reread his message several times. This was becoming more of a challenge than she’d anticipated. If Link was right, and she trusted him, then there was a government cover-up. It could affect the work Dr. Miguay had been doing. It might not be rescuing women, but it did look like something she and The Foundation needed to protect. Damn it.

She called Sara to pass on a message to Dr. Miguay before she typed furiously on her computer.

 

 

This month check out:

 

Fun in the Sun Romance Palooza (https://www.redcarpetfiction.com/fun-in-the-sun-romance-palooza) with The Fourth Victim Sara’s Story and lots of gifts.

 

August 22nd - This month I have a spotlight on N. N. Light’s Book Heaven’s Binge-Worthy Book Festival, at https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/binge-worthy-book-festival. Enter to win a $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card; a $25 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card; a $15 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card and a $10 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card Check it out at https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92db775033

 

August 20 – It’s Group Blog on my blog site, https://beverleybateman.blogspot.com/ This month we’re discussing an excerpt from one of our books dealing with travel and or vacation.

 

And I’m blogging on Personalized Marketing in August on Taking Care Of You at https://personalizedmarketing.info/category/pminc-11th-anniversary/.

 

Don’t forget to check out my blog and some great authors with their new books and other information at https://beverleybateman.blogspot.com/ and post comments.

 

Enjoy the rest of the summer. Stay out of the direct sun and use lots of sunscreen.

 

 

 

Missing by Beverley Bateman

Canada Day and July 4th help bring in July

Wow! We’re already half way through the year. I’m evaluating what I’ve accomplished so far – and what I haven’t. I’m resetting my goals for the last part of the year, both writing and non-writing, because there’s always that ‘life’ thing. I need to keep the weeds out of the yard and Ii don’t use a spray or weed killer so it means doing it by hand – and we have mostly gravel.

I’m still working on healthy nutrition which is important to me.

 

I’m also busy doing my blog with lots of great authors and some interesting topics. Click on my blog and check out my blog site. And if you’d like to be a guest send me an email or post on my blog.

 

Romance Writers Conference

I’m heading off to New York for the Romance Writers Conference this month. I love visiting New York, meeting up with friends, attending workshops, wandering around Times Square and eating at fun places. And we’re going to the FBI and getting a day of information from them. I’ll tell you all about when I get back.

 

I’m still working on two books at the same time, The Foundation series and the stand alone, Death Southern Style. I’m spending more time on Liability Wife. I would like to have it complete by mid-September. We’ll see.

 

 

Here’s another short excerpt from the second book of The Foundation series, Liability Wife Lydia’s story.  Hopefully you’ve read Book one of The Foundation series, The Fourth Victim Sara’s Story. If not and you’d like to check it out, there are a couple of links below – and you can also win Amazon gift cards.

 

I would love to hear any comments, especially those that might improve the story...

 


The doctor nodded as they plunged through the dense underbrush, Diane hacking away at roots when needed.

"Do you have water? They wouldn't give me any."

Sara nodded. "But you'll have to wait until we get to the plane. We can't afford to stop. They'll wake up any minute."

"What did you give them?"

"I put ---- in their soup and coffee." Sara grinned over her shoulder.

As they raced through the darkness with only a flashlight illuminating the leaves and branches, the humidity clung to every pore. After almost an hour of skittering of animals as the woman passed and chattering of monkeys in the trees as their sleep was disturbed, they raced into the clearing. The pilot started the engine. Maggie climbed up into the helo and put her hand down to grab Dr Miguay. Sara helped push the doctor into the plane and hiked herself over the doorway. Diane and Lydia climbed in quickly and the pilot took off. Lydia shoved her water canteen into the doctor's hands.

As the plane circled the clearing rising higher into the air the women could see guards running from the prison toward their jeeps, heading down the road.

"They know where Che Guevarra is. They're going to kill him." Dr. Miguay cried out at the women. “You have to get a message to him. He must not die.”

***

Carly turned to Sara. "We don't save men - not our issue. We can't save everyone on the planet.

Sara rubbed her arms, trying to warm them from the January cold. It was a shock to the system after the Peru heat and humidity. “I know, but can you use your contacts to get word to him? Dr. Miguay gave us this name and how to pass a message on."

 


This month check out:

 

The Fourth Victim Sara’s Story on Rafflecopter, https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e226730a36/?fbclid=IwAR2L671VGoKkDAr326DZU2nbJrs7ttPqbMszcA4kfNIZOiSkLHEo0tQogqQ You could win a $50 Amazon gift card.

 

Also check out The Red Carpet for Fun in the Sun Romance PaloozaChristmas with The Fourth Victim Sara’s Story cover at https://www.redcarpetfiction.com/bookbub-june2019 to win Amazon gift cards

 

July 11th - This month I have a spotlight in N.N. Light’s Christmas in July Fete Check it out at www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/christmas-in-july-fete

July 19th  - I’m at Marie Lavendar’s blog Writing in the Modern Age -  http://iloveromanceblog.wordpreee.com/

July 20 – It’s Group Blog on my blog site, https://beverleybateman.blogspot.com/ This month we’re discussing What book (or type of book) are you currently working on? Do you have ideas for future books?

 

And my June newsletter is out. You can still check it out under More on this site https://beverleybateman.us18.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=59d3bc1ca47b46363bacc673f&id=d54f2401ab

 

Don’t forget to check out my blog and some great authors with their new books and other information at https://beverleybateman.blogspot.com/

 

Missing by Beverley Bateman

Have a great summer. Stay out of the direct sun and use lots of sunscreen.

I’ll be back after New York.

 

The Fourth Victim by Beverley Bateman

The Fourth Victim by Beverley BatemanAs usual, I’m running behind. I think my clock/calendar perpetually runs about a week late. We’ve been traveling, and I didn’t have Wi-Fi. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. And it’s been a busy month so far. 

 

November 1st My latest novel, The Fourth Victim Sara’s Story, the first in The Foundation series, was released as an eBook on all the usual sites.  Check out Works by Beverley – Suspense for the info and buy links. 

 

November 2nd I was a guest on Linda Carrol-Bradd’s blog site at http://blog.lindacarroll-bradd.com/ . It’s still up if you want to check it out.

November 7th I was a guest on Delilah Devlin’s’ blog at https://www.delilahdevlin.com/blog/ .

November 8th I’m a guest on Leslie Sartor’s blog https://anindieadventure.blogspot.com/2018/11/author-spotlight-featuring-beverley.html

November 13th I’m a guest on Constance Bretes Blog https://www.constancebretes.com/connies-blog

November 21st – I’m hoping to release The Fourth victim Sara’s Story in paperback

November 23rdth I’m a guest on Seelie Kay’s blog at http://seeliekay.blogspot.com/

             I’m also a guest on Sha Renee’s blog site at https://sharenee.com/blog/

And follow my blogs, guests and group blogs by checking my blog page. 

 

I’m also doing NaNo this month, although I’m way behind so far. I’m working on Escape. The fourth book, Gabe’s Story, in the Hawkins’ Ranch series. If you’re doing NaNo, I’d love to be a friend. 

 

I think that’s it for now. I need to get some writing done.

Happy Summertime!

 

I can’t believe we’re almost half way through summer. They’re already talking about going back to school. I’ve been fairly busy.  I went to the RWA National conference in Denver. It was fun and always good to see friends you only get to see once a year and to pout faces to names of new people you’ve met online.

 

My first workshop was the one put on by the Kiss of Death writing chapter.  It was an all day workshop with eight ATF agents speaking to us. ATF stands for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives. The topics included an overview of the local Denver office, which includes Utah. Did you know that Salt Lake City, Utah has the highest crime rate? We had a certified Fire Investigator, a certified explosive expert, an equipment specialist (gun smith and crime gun intelligence. We learned about drug and explosive sniffing dogs and one of the agents brought in his drug sniffing dog. She was the hit of the day.

 

I also managed a few other workshops on marketing and ads, which I’m hoping to put to use.

 

I got my edits for back from my editor The Fourth Victim, first in The Foundation series, and I’m starting to work on them. I hope to have it finished by the end of the month. I also hope to have a cover for the book by then. That’s always exciting.

Along with editing, I’m taking part in a promo at https://www.booksandmore.club/august-book-fair.  Drop by, check out, and enter the giveaways. And on August 20th, I’m doing a guest blog on Rochelle Weber’s blog site, https://rochelleweber.blogspot.com. Drop by and say hi.

 

My web person is also getting me listed, working on SEO’s, for my website. That’s exciting.

 

On a personal side, that could interfere with some of my plans, the first of the month we had a windstorm (mini-burst) in Tucson and lost the roof on part of our park model and the deck, as well as losing the carport and my little donkey in the front of the place.

 

🙁 Check the pictures

 

So we’re working with the insurance company on getting things fixed. I may have to fly down this month – not in my plans. We’ll see.

 

And I’m still planning on doing a newsletter. Hopefully you’ll sign up to get it. I’m only looking at doing one about every 3-4 months.

 

See you next month.

 

I hope some of you have checked out at least parts of my website. One of the workshops offered at the RWA convention is Newsletters. I’m hoping I can get to it, and get in. Then my plan is to do a newsletter. The class is on Wednesday before the conference officially begins, so I’m hoping to make it. Hopefully you’ll sign up to get it. I’m only looking at doing one about every 3-4 months.  

 

The Fourth Victim, first in The Foundation series, is finished and at the editor. It should be back around the end of the month and then it’s time for another edit. In the meantime I’m starting work on The Liability Wife, book two in the series.   

 

I’m attending the Romance Writers of America’s National conference from July 20-23. Kiss of Death, my writing chapter, has an all day workshop on July 17th. The Denver Field Office of the ATF will be sending Special Agents knowledgeable in many areas including explosives, bombs, firearms trafficking, criminal profiling, financial investigation and the K-0 program, plus a few more to talk to us and answer all our questions. And then July 18th is the Kiss of Death, writing contest awards, The Daphne’s, with writers, authors, editors and agents and sooo much chocolate. 

 

I’m also going to see a lot of writing friends that I haven’t seen since last year. Lots of fun – can’t wait. When I get back I’ll share some information from some of the workshops.

Enjoy your summer.

I’m finally back. It’s been a long time since I posted. If you check around you’ll see I have a new website. I got a new one a year ago but it didn’t work out and I couldn’t get anything posted, so I kind of gave up until the contract ran out. Now I’m thrilled with my new site and web person and I’m getting excited about my writing again. 

 

This month, June, I got a new website. Yeah! I’ve almost finished Sara’s story, the first in my The Foundation series. It’s about women helping women with a touch of paranormal and of course romance. One more read through and it’s off to the editor. I’m also doing guest blog spots on Romance 4 Us at https://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/ on June 18th; Zara West Romance blog at http://www.zarawestsuspense.com/category/authors/interviews/ on June 20th at and The Roses of Prose at http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com/p/blogging-calendar.html on June 25th.  Drop by, check out some new websites and say “hi”. 

 

I’ll be back with more news for July – conference time!