Monday, April 26, 2010

Just a quick note to say I'll be offline for about a week or so, catch y'all later.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Amazon Kindle 2Image by Yupa1 via Flickr

Kindle's coming to Target!

Just like peanut butter and chocolate, and fine wine with a good cheese (must be lunchtime with all these food similes), two of my favorite things are coming together. Target stores are going to be selling Kindles in the near future. It's starting with stores in Minneapolis ('natch) and South Florida (Yay!). This makes me happy as a Kindle author, and as someone who's been a loyal Target (or as my pretentious friends say, "Tar-zhey") fan for many, many years.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Orange blossom and oranges. Taken by Ellen Lev...Image via Wikipedia

Back from visiting the family in Minnesota. I want to thank the North Star state for having excellent and warmer than average weather while I was there, especially after I warned my Florida native husband it could snow in April in Minneapolis. He was not excited by this news.

While I was gone my yard man planted the orange tree I bought. When I went out to check on it today and give it a drink, it was covered in fragrant flowers! I'm so looking forward to eating fresh oranges from my own tree next year.

Didn't get much writing done while dealing with family business, but I did tweak a couple of scenes to my satisfaction. Tomorrow it will be back to my regular schedule, and I'm looking forward to finishing this first draft soon.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

"Johnson’s Books might not be the first stop a sailor made in Portsmouth–the brothels likely had a better claim to that distinction–but it was popular among the officers and seamen who could read. A good book, like music or games, helped to make the voyages pass more easily. She’d seen men who were seamed and scarred by flying shot and timber caress a book of poetry in anticipation of long nights and little to do." --The Bride and the Buccaneer

I sent some books off yesterday to Operation Paperback, an organization where volunteers mail gently used books to soldiers serving overseas. I was sorry I couldn't send more. There were quite a few requests for military histories and biographies, but I'm still holding on to all my research books so I couldn't send those. I could fill a request for paranormal romances, and I'm thinking I need to catch up on my suspense reading so I can send those paperbacks along.

I still find books that end up on my keeper shelves, but I've gotten better about "recycling" other purchases. They either go to the Friends of the Library for their book sale or they go to the Books for Soldiers bin at the library, or now I send them directly to soldiers through Operation Paperback.

There's also SOS America, which recently was sent a set of my books to be distributed through their program. All of these are great organizations, so the next time you're thinking of cleaning out some of your non-"keepers", you might consider donating to organizations which pass books along to our men and women serving in the military.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

I know I haven't posted much lately--life interferes. I'll try to blog on something weighty and substantial soon--and I'm not talking about my love for dark chocolate.
I'm blogging on life, birthdays and ziplining at the HEA Cafe today. Check it out!