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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bulls, Blues and Roses

The Dark Prince is officially out in the world! It's available via all channels (paperback, Barnes and Noble's Nook, Smashwords, Apple's iPads/phones and Kindle). Get your copy today! Laura's story shifts from her home in Rhode Island in The Gypsy Thief where she met Andrew Easton and Miguel Dos Santos and found that pesky golden talisman that changed her life so profoundly to England where meany author puts her through a lot of torment and hell. I don't want to give anything away but if  you read TGT, you must continue Laura's story as it leads to book three (and my personal favorite of the three): The Shadow King. I am already preparing TSK for an early release because TDP was delayed for so long. I want these babies out in the world so I can concentrate on my Crescent saga and two other projects that I need to complete quickly.
All is well here on the Hernandez ranch though I will admit to experiencing a slight blue period recently. But a gorgeous bunch of white roses and encouraging words from elduck123 helped smooth over my blues. Into every life a little rain must fall...such is the nature of being human.
Last night the five of us (Oscar, Libby, Tom, Abe and I) played tennis. It was fun and I learned a few things about us: We're game to try anything; I'm pretty good at serving though there seemed to be a giant hole in my racquet when the ball would come my way (must get that racquet fixed); Abe should become a spokesman for Gatorade and my husband is a VERY good tennis player. As a matter of fact, I have noticed that Oscar is good at everything he does (some people are lucky like that). We will continue our tennis careers tomorrow night when we head back to the courts to play more (my racquet should be 'fixed' by then). And then our next venture will be family bowling night (I suspect Oscar will he good at that, too!).
I went for a walk at twilight night before last and had a spooky encounter with two large bulls. They were on either side of the road (on the other side of their respective fences--thank goodness!) and I was walking between them. Well...they were not happy to see me. They came up to their fences and mooed (or whatever that awful noise was coming out of their mouths) and snorted and pawed at the ground and really let me have it. I think one of them even breathed fire. I guess they thought I was a threat--dumb bulls. Don't they know I root for them in bullfights? Seriously, dudes!!! I'm on your side! If not for barbed wire I would been have a kellie quesadilla on bull tortillas.
I shall close here and rotate the laundry then delve into the world of The Shadow King (you must stick with me and my Talisman Trilogy for the surprises and twists that are coming in book three). Until next time...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Meet Tweaker

I know, I know, I did it again--or didn't, as the case may be. Didn't get around to blogging. You'd think I'd learn to be more diligent. But here I am with a new blog post.
First, some housekeeping items:
I don't know if any of you have ever tried to leave a comment on my blog post and were unable to do so. I am hoping that I figured out the problem and have it corrected now. Please, please, please, I implore anyone who reads this, to please try to leave a comment so I can see if the problem has been resolved. Thank you!
"The Dark Prince" is finally here! The first round of publishing produced a paperback with an error on the back cover (a missing word). My friend Dana told me not to worry and just to think of it as a special edition. Good outlook, Dana. I did, however, get the error fixed and the corrected version should be available on Amazon tomorrow. "The Dark Prince" is available via all channels: Paperback from Amazon, on the Kindle, at Smashwords, on Barnes and Noble's Nook and via the Apple store. If you read "The Gypsy Thief" you need to read "The Dark Prince" to see how Laura's story is unfolding.
"The Shadow King" is now in the editing phase. I had to make some changes to the storyline in the name of authenticity regarding some medical procedures that come up in the book. Though it is a work of fiction, I do want to be accurate when writing about medical procedures and timelines. I am also in the process of finding the cover boy: Andrew. He is a gorgeous, blue-eyed, blond teen. Anybody out there know anyone who fits the bill? Let me know. In any case, the search continues. Texas...
All is well on the Hernandez ranch. Oscar is busy with his business and works long hours. We have fun though when he's not working. We recently went to Hot Springs, Arkansas, for a weekend. What a cool place. We had a couples massage and enjoyed a fabulous steak dinner afterward.
This past weekend we went to Dallas to get Tom from the airport. He'd been in Cleveland and Las Vegas with his dad for a couple of weeks. I'm glad to have my boy home. I'm just not  myself when he's away.
We have a new member in the family: Tweaker. My step-daughter, Libby, brought home this little bundle of fur--a cute, gray and off-white striped kitten (a boy). He is meant to be an outdoor cat but at the moment he thinks I'm his mother and he sticks to me like glue. He's gonna have to get used to being an outdoorsmen soon though--as soon as he is old enough and big enough to defend himself against the creatures outside.
I recently attended my first Texas rodeo. It was fun (even the clowns weren't too awful--everyone who knows me knows I have a fear of clowns). We saw cowboys riding bulls, roping calves and cowgirls barrel racing and little pre-school kids riding sheep. It was quite a cool way to spend a Friday evening. I will admit to rooting for the bulls.
This Saturday morning I am traveling to Tyler, Texas, to attend a meeting of the East Texas Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. I'm looking forward to the drive and the opportunity to meet fellow authors.
My book "Crescent Summer" is currently under consideration with a major publisher. Fingers crossed.
I hope you all will read this blog post, leave a comment so I can know it works and get yourselves a copy of "The Dark Prince," which reminds me:
I am submitting the movie treatment for "The Gypsy Thief" at the end of this month. Again--fingers crossed.
More later...