Saturday, December 29, 2012

EARRINGS GIVEAWAY

I want to remind everyone that I'm giving away these earrings this month. Just comment with the word 'earrings' in your post, for a chance to win.

And December's almost over! Wait a minute! 2012 is almost over! Scary!

Here's what the earrings look like:


And here's the link to the store selling them:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/104750353/southseas-shimmer-earrings

Thursday, December 27, 2012

AFTER CHRISTMAS DOLDRUMS

We're kind of sluggish around here. No walks, barely getting out to pick up laundry. After a hectic holiday, we're back in the condo recovering. Even the cats are sluggish. (Aren't they always?)

Here's the boy cat under his denuded Christmas tree. The heater is right across from him so guess he's enjoying the heat. Due to dietary restrictions, neither he or the girl cat got ham. I think they're still sulking.



Thursday, December 20, 2012

WALK

On our daily walk, we enjoyed the beautiful weather and saw this Coast Guard ship cruising through the sound. Don't know what kind it is, maybe a work boat or something?



Then, coming back to the complex, the azaleas welcomed us. The pretty weather makes them think it's spring! It doesn't feel much like Christmas with the temps in the seventies and the flowers all in bloom. Really hard to get in the mood.




Saturday, December 15, 2012

TRAVELS

Made it up to this side of Atlanta for my aunt's funeral and back. Listened to Christmas music all the way up so it wasn't till we got there that we heard about the shootings in Connecticut. It's still hard to take in, how one person can deliberately do so much damage to others' lives.

The trip up and back was long and fast, but we got to visit with family, some of whom we hadn't seen in years. The sad occasion let us reconnect so seems the old saying is true: everything does happen for a reason.

Our cats don't sulk, fortunately. They were happy to see us back and showed it.

Evidently they thought we'd abandoned them. Not sure how they managed it, but halfway up the interstate, our babysitter called, wanting to know if she'd forgotten she was supposed to take care of the cats. No, I told her, we were going up and coming right back so they'd be fine. She had the flu and sounded like it, but she was determined to check on the babies if she needed to. I assured her they were fine and told her to go back to bed. Not many babysitters are so conscientious!

But now I'm wondering how the cats got word to her of their supposed abandonment. I don't think they know how to  punch buttons on the phone. Although we do have the babysitter's number on fast dial...




The girl cat, jumping up from her nap to greet us on our return.



The boy cat, rushing to his food dish on our return.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

ANOTHER FUNERAL

Well, another beloved relative died this past week, one day before her 98th birthday. Aunt Sara was soft-spoken, kind, and the kind of woman who's easy to be around. We're leaving tomorrow, going up to Atlanta for her funeral where she'll be laid beside her daughter who died way too young.

This has been a really bad year for deaths of people close to us. I hope next year will be better. Otherwise, people may start lopping us off the friends list!

And of course, the cats have spotted the suitcases and are beginning to show signs of displeasure. They'll be expecting extra wet food to make up for our absence. We'll have to leave the heat turned up for them, too, because they hate cold, and the temperature today didn't break fifty. A big change from the seventies we were enjoying two days ago.

But it always happens when we have to travel. At least snow isn't predicted where we're heading.

Now I'll finish packing. If I can get this clingy cat off my foot...


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

TRAVELS IN GA

A week or so ago, we had to go up to Athens and then across the state nearly to the Alabama line. We went  by several imposing courthouses, but I didn't think to take photos till we were on our way home. These are the kind of courthouses that made up the north Georgia setting for my light mystery TAXED TO THE MAX coming out later this month.

It's about a tax commissioner's office in an old courthouse. The tax commissioner is murdered, and  county officials want to appoint a young clerk to his job. She knows darned well she doesn't want the thankless, headachy position. Then her ex-fiancee, who jilted her in front of two hundred people--most of them local!--tells her not to take it.

Naturally she becomes tax commissioner. But the murderer is still on the loose so she gets twenty-four/seven protection while she's trying to figure out what she's supposed to be doing. The tag customers are ill-tempered, the property taxpayers aren't much better, and her sour co-worker isn't speaking to her.

Of course, none of that will matter if the murderer catches up to her.

Anyway, here are the courthouse pix I took.


This is the courthouse of Pike County, Georgia.




And this is the courthouse of Monroe County, Georgia.

Pretty, aren't they? A lot of Georgia's courthouses have burned or been destroyed. It's nice to see buildings from another era.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

VISITING EGRET

Headed out of the complex for our regular walk, we spotted this guy fishing in our lagoon.




He posed for a picture, then  started fishing again.




Lovely weather, gorgeous wildlife, what else can we ask for?







Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

LOCAL CRIME SCENE

The local paper tells it all. Last week, we had several strange crimes. On this particular day, the headline read: MAN JAILED FOR HOT FOOD ATTACK.

I ask you. What does that mean? Did he attack hot food? Was he a greedy food sucker-upper? Nope. Seems he actually threw the hot food at someone. That someone called the cops and he got arrested for simple battery.

The same day, a man reported his ex-wife struck him several times. Don't know why he didn't make a run for it, but he didn't. She also got arrested for simple battery.

And also on that day, a shoplifter was caught exiting Walmart with a pair of boots in his pants. Hmmm. Like someone wouldn't notice a pair of boots stuffed down his breeches?

I'll end with a crime committed a few days earlier. A man was arrested for shoplifting. This guy hid an MP3 player in his pants. Unfortunately, his pants were so baggy, they tripped him up as he tried to make his escape. He got arrested, too.

Oh, I love these local crime reports!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

EARRING GIVEAWAY FOR DECEMBER

Another pair of earrings is going to one person who comments on the blog this month with the word 'earring' in the post.

This is a pair reminiscent of the Cancun seas in SET UP. Here's the photograph and link to the Etsy store where they're displayed.



http://www.etsy.com/listing/104750353/southseas-shimmer-earrings

Saturday, December 1, 2012

EARRING GIVEAWAY

And the earrings this month go to Angie Sandro! Soon as I get a mailing address (cherylbdale@hotmail.com), I'll have them sent!



I'll be giving away one more pair in December! Same rules, photo to be posted tomorrow!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

GIRL CAT & DOPPELGANGER

Here's my girl cat with her doppelganger. She thinks she looks svelte next to Fat Cat. If she doesn't change her eating habits, she may soon be the same size!


Monday, November 26, 2012

LIGHTHOUSE DECORATED

Seems like I can't get by the lighthouse at night but I'll try to soon. Here's the holiday decorations in daylight. If you look closely, you can see a tourist standing up there.

Oh, and the big thing at the bottom is our much-loved right whale statue. No kids climbing on it today.


Friday, November 23, 2012

THANKSGIVING'S OVER, CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

On our morning walk, we ran into workers stringing up holiday lights on palm trees down by the pier. We supervised a while, then went on our way.

At the lighthouse, we heard music. Yep, Christmas music. Couldn't figure out where it was coming from at first. Then we looked up.

Evidently, the lighthouse is about to be decked out for the holidays, too. This year, that must include music broadcast from the top because that was certainly where it was coming from.

After a couple of songs, the music ended and people were seen working. The first picture shows the lighthouse full length, the next shows the workers on top. If I get some nighttime pictures later on, I'll post them here, too.

I love the holidays! And not just for the food.





Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving and lots of turkey! I've had mine, thank you very much, along with dressing, cranberry orange salad, and other stuff that at this time make me feel almost nauseous thinking about eating. Especially the peanut butter pie. It was yummy at the time. Now...



Remember, this month I'm giving away earrings on my blog. Anyone who comments with the word 'earrings' somewhere in his/her the post is eligible to win. Here's a picture:



And here's the link to the store they come from:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TalismanMoon?ref=search_shop_redirect

Not many people entered so someone stands a pretty good chance of winning!




Monday, November 19, 2012

Flip-Flops and the Weather

My Teva sandals are the most comfortable shoes I have for walking, but it's been too cold to wear them. I considered wearing them with socks but my guy hints he won't want to be seen with me on our morning walk. So I'm wearing socks with some of those closed-sandal Tevas. They look like walking shoes from a distance and don't embarrass him so much.

Anyway, walking up from the pier on the sidewalk that parallels the beach, we sat down on a bench. A nearby bench held another man, in his jacket and hat like us, watching the waves. He told us about seeing dolphins a half hour earlier, but we didn't see them. As we got up to leave, I noticed he was wearing flip-flops. Without socks.

If he can do it...

Saturday, November 17, 2012

SET UP - Free for Kindle - Last Time!

I promise. Today and tomorrow November 17-18) are the last free days for my romantic mystery SET UP because it goes off Kindle exclusive at the end of the month.

So if anyone likes this kind of book, this is the last chance to get it free. Here's the cover:


And here's the blurb:

Three divorces should teach a man something, but hotel heir Cal McIntyre can't figure out what. Then a flashy redhead--the kind he adores--shows up. Since he's off women, he reluctantly takes a bet to seduce her. One more hook-up won't matter. Especially with this temptress.
But Amanda’s hair is dyed and she’s not about to be seduced. Her younger sister gambled with an heirloom engagement ring, and Cal won. If Amanda has to drug him to retrieve the ring and save her sister's marriage, so be it.
She doesn't count on Cal's kisses awakening a long-banished sexuality. Lucky for her, he passes out before she gets carried away. She escapes with the ring and virtue intact. Now to forget him.
But Cal tracks her down. And tells her he bought the ring. From her sister. Worse, someone stole diamonds worth millions after sheknocked him out. Cal wasn’t the only one set up.
There must be an explanation, but her sister can't give it; she's vanished. Now Amanda must help Cal find her sister or go to jail. She's determined to protect her sister, and he's determined to recover his diamonds.
Sparks are about to fly.

Friday, November 16, 2012

MORNING WALK

Took our walk this morning even though the temp was in the fifties!!! Brrr! We were a little late because we waited for it to warm up, so the tour van was parked by the pier waiting for a load of tourists.

Notice the two flags, American and English on it. That's because Oglethorpe, who founded Georgia before the Revolutionary War, used us as an outpost to keep the Spanish away from Savannah. We did the job nicely, fending them off with the Battle of Bloody Marsh in 1742.

The name is rather misleading since only seven Spaniards died during this battle along with one English defender from heatstroke. I always figured it for a massacre!



If you look closely under the blue pavilion left of the middle, you can see a ship anchored in the sound. I have no idea what this ship is doing but it's been here for over a week. Sometimes ships anchor there when their cargo hasn't reached the port; they don't have to pay port/mooring fees except for when they actually receive their loads. Maybe that's what it's doing. Anyway, here's a little better picture of it as it skulks around.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

FEELING DOWN

This year hasn't been a good one. I lost my brother early this year. A few months later a critique partner died about the same time as one of my guy's aunts. Then a former coworker passed away.

Now I find one of my oldest friends is gone. She had leukemia that developed a year or so ago, but she went into remission. The last time we spoke, she was planning a trip to Mexico. She sounded great and was in excellent spirits. Now I find that she had to go to the emergency room while there. She came home, but yesterday the leukmia claimed her. I didn't even know she was out of remission so her death was a shock.

Deaths of people close to us make us realize how vulnerable we are, but everyone dies. That's the way of life. It's living without those you love that leaves a big void in the heart. Right now, I have several.



Sunday, November 11, 2012

VETERANS DAY 2012

Today is Veterans Day. Our community celebrates tomorrow, Monday, with a memorial service but the intention remains the same: to thank veterans who served our country.

This year, our community is focusing on Viet Nam vets. Unlike other soldiers in other wars, survivors of Viet Nam were not feted and celebrated on their return. Sometimes the welcome home they received was no welcome at all.

Thankfully, opinions have changed. On our island, around a flagpole, there are bricks commemorating military people who died in different wars. Our local newspaper found the Viet Nam names and offered photos of as many as they could find. Most look like kids. Not surprising since many were barely out of high school. It's heartrending to think they lost their lives so young. It's heartrending to read about their families still grieving.

And while we take time to remember those who died, let's also remember those who suffered and who still suffer. Inadequate medical care and homelessness of surviving veterans should be eradicated. Mental help for those who need it should be provided. Our veterans, men and women who served and fought for our country, shouldn't have to wade through layers of red tape and deal with inadequate hospitals and bureaucratic indifference. We should demand our country live up to its promises.

Wouldn't that be the best way to celebrate Veterans Day?



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

LOCAL CRIME NEWS

Noticed where one woman hit another with her coffee mug. There was a witness so the suspect got arrested.  The coffee must really have been bad.

And someone broke into a house yesterday. They carefully cut out a front window, climbed in, and made off with...

Ta da!!! A band saw.

That's all. Nothing else.

Can't help but wonder if this theft was connected to the one where a thief broke in and stole only a large bottle of vodka. Maybe he needed the saw to cut the top off the bottle?

I love our local newspaper!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

EARRINGS WINNER

And it looks like Shalanna has won the earrings! One final appearance:



So congratulations, Shalanna! Now, if you'll email me your info at cherylbdale@hotmail.com, I'll have them shipped to you ASAP.

And for those who didn't win, we have a different pair for November. These pearl beauties are similar to the ones Steve wore  (THE MAN IN THE BOAT) for the premiere unveiling of Mark's colossal sculpture.




Same rules. Comment on here (as often as you like) during November using the word earrings. Winner will be announced in my first December blog.

For anyone interested, here's the link to the Etsy store where they're featured:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/104751621/pink-pearl-perfection-earrings

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

LAST TWO DAYS FOR EARRING GIVEAWAY

Okay, we're coming up to the end of the month. My first blog in November will give the name of whoever wins the earrings. Not many entrants so everyone has a good chance.

And I'll be doing this again next month. So if you don't win this month, try again!

Here are the earrings for October. They're tied to my romantic mystery SET UP. Callaway loves trashy women with green eyeshadow, dangling earrings, and plunging necklines. The prim Amanda dons all of them to seduce Cal. Because if she doesn't, her sister's marriage will go down the tubes.

These earrings could be some she chooses to entice him.




SET UP will be free for Kindle on November 17th and 18th from Amazon. Last time. So anyone who didn't get it, this will be your chance.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY

I gave away two Advanced Reader Copy proofs of TAXED TO THE MAX in GoodReads. The giveaway ended October 23rd. This morning I sent off ARCs to the two winners. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they like it.

The Publishers Weekly review was not bad but not great. Kirkus Reviews was much kinder. Lines from both are going to go on the final book cover, I learned yesterday.

So now I'm thinking since I have more ARCs, why not give away five more on GoodReads? It was really easy to set it up; GR did all the work. The book won't be available till the end of December so why not? Seems to me the more ARCs out there, the more chance for people to recommend it to friends and family.

I also have an ebook gothic with paranormal elements, THE WARWICKS OF SLUMBER MOUNTAIN, coming out in November. I'm wondering whether to try to give away some advanced copies of it, too. A little more difficult since it's an ebook. I'm not sure GoodReads handles them. Guess I'll have to check.

And I'm also giving away earrings on the blog, remember! Anyone who comments with the word 'earrings' somewhere in it will be entered.

A different set will be given away next month, too. I believe they'll be tied in with my re-release of TREACHEROUS BEAUTIES.

A lot going on. And I still have to write!


Sunday, October 21, 2012

TURTLE-WEEN

Yesterday, the Turtle Center on Jekyll Island held their Turtle-Ween. We rode over to check it out.

The activities were mostly geared to kids. Face painting, making a Halloween bag, pumpkin, and turtle; fishing for treats (pulling up cans, newspapers, and plastic at first so the kid could sort; making a turtle cookie (green icing, gummies for barnacles, sprinkles for algae, that type of thing); a magician; and of course, a hayride. Oops, that's a Turtle Ride!

There were also critters to pet: things like a baby alligator, a tortoise and lots of snakes! Ugh! The kids loved the awful things, though. Here's a photo of the tortoise making its bid for freedom!


And when things palled, we went back inside and visited the patients in the turtle hospital!

Perfect weather, not too hot and not too cold. All in all, a great day!







Thursday, October 18, 2012

FINAL COVER FOR TAXED TO THE MAX


I'm very excited since I just got the final cover for TAXED TO THE MAX coming out in late December from Five Star/Cengage. Since it's a hardback, the cover's kind of wide. I'm hoping I can get it all in here!




Here's what it's about in case you can't read the blurb:


Auto tag clerk Corrie Caters hates the tax office. The customers are irate and her co-worker Delores is grouchy. If Corrie ever gets through college, she's waving bye-bye.

When rumored arsonist and delinquent taxpayer Billy Lee Woodhallen attacks the tax commissioner, Corrie decides to call it quits. Too late. The next morning she and Delores find their boss murdered.  Billy Lee must have done it to keep his property from being sold.

County officials want to appoint Corrie tax commissioner, but she's not that stupid. Then the man who jilted her at the altar in front of two hundred people—most of them local—shows up.  A Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, Bodie Fairhust thinks Billy Lee will strike again and tells her to refuse the job.

Like any self-respecting north Georgia woman, Corrie won't listen to a sneaky snake-in-the-grass. She takes the job to spite Bodie. But the snake was right. Billy Lee comes up with an alibi and is free to go after the new tax commissioner. Her.

Now obtuse deputies guard her 24/7, a state auditor breathes down her neck, and a pothead IT guy is doing heaven knows what to the tax digest she's responsible for. Not to mention Delores snubbing her and the weird tax office customers trying to do all kinds of illegal things. If Billy Lee doesn't do her in, the stress will.

A light mystery, TAXED TO THE MAX shows what really happens in property tax and tag offices.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

EARRINGS GIVEAWAY

Just reminding anyone who didn't see it. I'm giving away a pair of earrings this month. Anyone who posts a comment any time during the month will be entered so long as they include the word EARRINGS in the post.  Winner will be announced the first blog in November and can privately email me info re shipping address.

Here's what the earrings look like.


In SET UP, Cal loves flashy redheads with lots of makeup and dangling earrings. That's why Amanda dyed her hair, put on lots of green eyeshadow, and chose earrings that might have looked something like these.

Poor Cal took the bait, hook line and sinker!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

MORNING WALK

The local art association sponsored an arts/crafts fair in Postell Park today. We got there right before the vendors opened. The old oaks and the neat tents made for pretty pictures.


This is when we were approaching, looking at it from between the trees.


This was the first section in front of the casino.


This is the back view of booths facing the sidewalk.


And this is the last section backing up to the local bar and tea shop.

Gorgeous day to be out! A shame I didn't have enough money to buy anything.











Monday, October 8, 2012

MAYO CLINIC IN JACKSONVILLE FL

We had occasion to visit the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville last week. Besides being a great medical research facility, it has a beautiful campus. I took some pictures of a few of the fountains.





Yes, the campus is beautiful but the cafeteria isn't nearly so noteworthy!



Friday, October 5, 2012

FREE EBOOK FROM AMAZON

Ugh, I really hate this marketing stuff but here goes...

Again, my steamy romantic mystery SET UP will be free from Amazon tomorrow, October 6th. If anyone hasn't read it, this is your chance.

The earring giveaway kind of ties in with it, so this is a good time for it to be free again!



And here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Set-Up-ebook/dp/B008QWTYIS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349450325&sr=1-1&keywords=set+up+by+cheryl+b+dale


Monday, October 1, 2012

EARRING GIVEAWAY

Okay, today starts the earring giveaway. I won't say BIG giveaway because it obviously isn't. Just something to thank people for reading the blog.


These are some of the dangling types Cal goes for in SET UP. Amanda could have worn them when she first set out to seduce him. Or she might have worn them later, once she found out he was a really nice guy that she liked a lot.

If you're interested, enter up to one comment a day through the month of October with the word EARRINGS in it. (That's to save someone who doesn't want them from winning!) At the end of the month, I'll draw one person, tell the winner on my first November blog, and s/he can email me the specifics of where to have them mailed.

Curious about the link where they're sold? Go here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/110428222/crystal-chandelier


Sunday, September 30, 2012

TECHIE STUFF

As instructed, I did my update to Apple's ios6 yesterday morning. Then I spent all afternoon trying to get my Dragonvale back. It lost my Game Center nickname -- heaven knows where that's at -- and wanted me to start a new Dragonvale game with a new nickname. So I'm to forget about all my hard-earned dragoncash and gems?????

Then I went into FaceBook to talk about my earring giveaway beginning tomorrow. Guess what? Not only can I not hit the 'like' or 'share' or 'comment' buttons on my friends' walls, but I can't even comment on mine! And getting in touch with FaceBook... Forget it. For my problem, they said to contact them. But they did not give me an email address or a telephone number to use. Oh, no. Nothing that simple for FB. They had me type in a message and hit SEND. Naturally, since nothing else I click on works, the SEND button didn't work either.

That was yesterday. Today, I went to Google and found a FB support page with a telephone number. I called. The person was foreign and we barely understood each other. We got cut off. I called back. Got a lady who also had an accent. I explained I was working with someone. She asked if I'd already paid the charge. I said "Whoa!" The other guy called back after I hung up on her. So I said again, I wasn't paying to get FB help. He thanked me and hung up.

So I went to my guy's FB page and sent them a message. Just now they answered with a canned response saying basically that they read all their bug reports but seldom answer them.

So I guess either I wait to see if it gets cleared up or I forget about FaceBook.

I try to be laid back but really....

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

GIVING AWAY EARRINGS IN OCTOBER!

In October, I'm excited to be giving away earrings. In conjunction with a new Etsy store, Talismanmoon, one lucky commenter will win the pair below. If interested, all you have to do is comment and include the word earrings. At the end of the month, each commenter's name will go in the hat. One comment per person per day, but each day's commenters get entered so someone could have up to 31 chances to win.

When one name is drawn, I'll announce it on the blog. That person can email me privately with shipping info.

If October's contest goes smoothly, I hope to have another one in November. If it doesn't go smoothly... Well, guess I won't.

So! To the chase! In my book SET UP, Cal loves long, dangling earrings on trashy women. Amanda isn't trashy, but she might use some like these to entrap him and knock him out. Or, when later on she realizes his devil-may-care facade hides a soft heart, maybe she wears them to seduce him. Either way, they're a lovely pair of earrings.


And, no, these aren't the actual size.  Here's the link to view the earrings in the store.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/110428222/crystal-chandelier

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sound Scenes

On our walk this morning, we saw a shrimper working in the Sound.

 
Instead of Red Sails in the Sunset, it was Silver Nets in the Sunlight!

We've had loads of butterflies in the rocks for some time now. I managed to get a shot of one. You can just see his orange color over the seagull in the middle.

And then I lucked out and caught part of a flock of them frolicking. Don't think I've ever seen as many flitting around as I have this past month!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

LOCAL PAPER ITEMS

As I've said before, I love our local newspaper. Especially their Crime Scene column. It's has all kinds of interesting police reports. Mostly about people hitting somebody, like an ex-boyfriend/girlfriend scuffle. Sometimes a new boyfriend/girlfriend scuffles with the ex. Sometimes a person walks up to a stranger and hits him/her for no reason.

Yesterday, the main headline said: WOMAN SAYS VODKA BOTTLE TAKEN.

How about that? Does that grab your attention? It did mine. Reading on, I discovered the woman came home to discover the bottle missing. (And here I must wonder if she discovered it missing by immediately going to the liquor cabinet or whether she had it prominently displayed for people to admire when they first came in the door.)

Strangely, her car had been moved though it was still in the driveway. (Aha! Maybe the thief had to move it to get into the house? Maybe s/he started to steal the car and decided to pick up some refreshments while there? Maybe s/he started to drive off and realized, after imbibing, that s/he wasn't sober enough to drive? Oh, so much conjecture, so few facts!)

Nothing else was gone. (Guess the thief was addicted to vodka.)

The vodka bottle was valued at eighty dollars.

Wow. Must have been some upscale brand. Or maybe it was a really big, BIG bottle.

I do love this column!




Monday, September 17, 2012

SHIPS

Ships always fascinate me. On our walk to the Village this morning, we saw one of Wallenius Wilhelmsen's ships coming in.


Here it's parallel to the pier. A little farther away than usual but still impressive.


Here it has passed the pier and is making the turn toward Jekyll. Notice the vehicle unloading ramp on the back. I've read some car carriers can hold between 5000-8000 cars!


And here it's going by the Jekyll pier. Looks like it's going to run into it, doesn't it?


We live close enough to hear their horns at night. It's a lovely feeling to wake up in the night and hear one of their too-o-o-ts in the distance.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

FREE - SET UP ON KINDLE

My publisher MuseItUp put my book in an Amazon program. They will have SET UP exclusively for ninety days and promote it by making it free for several days during that period.

Tomorrow, September 14th, and Saturday, September 15th, are the first two free days.

Not pushing or anything -- I know everyone doesn't like the same kind of reads. But if you do like romantic mystery, with a little steam in the romance, you can use the Kindle app for your computer or download SET UP to your Kindle. Some people may even know how to download it to other eReaders, but I'm not one of them. Unfortunately. I can barely get books I buy from Muse's bookstore into mine.



Amazon link is: http://www.amazon.com/Set-Up-ebook/dp/B008QWTYIS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1347568074&sr=1-1&keywords=set+up+by+cheryl+b+dale



Tuesday, September 11, 2012

OCEAN VIEW

We walked down to the pier yesterday to find a HEAVY LOAD ship anchored, probably waiting for its cargo to get to the port so it could load up. Anyway, as we watched, my guy pointed out a tricolor heron on the beach.

I believe the ship impressed the little fellow!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

FREE BOOK FOR KINDLE

My publisher MuseItUp has put SET UP in Amazon's KDP program. I'm not sure what this means except that there will be several days when readers can download it free.

I often take advantage of Kindle's free offers because if I paid full price for all I read, I'd soon be broke. So I'm happy others who do the same thing will be able to download SET UP.

Two days for the free download are coming up this week. September 14th and 15th. That's next Friday and Saturday.

So anyone who likes romantic suspense with some sex -- and yes, I've had some complaints the mystery is too heavy and other complaints that the romance is too heavy -- then I hope you'll remember. I'll try to blog about it again the day before to remind anyone interested that it will be available.






Thursday, September 6, 2012

WHALE IN THE PARK, PART 3

They came back to the park and worked on the poor whale's mouth. Looks like they concreted it and painted it black. It looks much better. Although I really wish they would put a tongue back in.



Ah, well. Anything's better than the gaping hole!

Friday, August 31, 2012

WHALE IN THE PARK, PART 2

So if you've been following the whale in Neptune Park saga, you know someone stole its tongue. Why anyone would steal a huge wooden tongue is beyond me, but they did. Sadly, it has not been recovered.

Last week we found a county employee putting a mesh wire over the opening. Good thing. Small kids could have fallen in and people were always throwing stuff in. Trashy people.

So this morning we went by and found...

Ta da!!!

From the front:


From the side:


Yes, they've covered up the wire mesh. Looked like some kind of plaster and it wasn't even quite dry. Now all they need to do is paint a tongue inside and it'll be...

Not good as new. Nope, not even close!

Anyone could see the old tongue was a tongue. Sob.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

LOCAL NEWSPAPER

Have I mentioned how much I love our local paper? It gives all the hometownsy news like obituaries, wedding, festivals, fundraisers, and so forth, with the most interesting column being the crime reports. People are always walking up to strangers and hitting them, or stealing their roommate's wallet, cell phone, game box etc. or beating up on the ex-girlfriend/ex-boyfriend/ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend/ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend etc. There's even  an occasional mention of national news that we don't need anyway since we get more than we can stand on Google or Yahoo or TV or whatever.

Yesterday's headline?

FORT STEWART SOLDIERS TIED TO TERROR PLOT!!!! (bold, exclamation points and caps mine)

Stunned to learn terrorists showed up so close to home, I read rhe second headline in smaller print:

Prosecutors say militia group planned to take over their base, bomb Savannah fountain!!!!! (again, bold and exclamation points mine)

Oh, the horror! Taking over Fort Stewart and...

Wait a minute. They planned to bomb a fountain? Reading on, I discovered yes, indeed, the dastards had designs on the Forsyth Park Fountain in Savannah. You know, the one featured in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Forrest Gump and Cape Fear.

So they thought bombing Forrest Gump's fountain would help their cause? Hmmm.

On a more somber note, they're suspected of murdering a couple who would have revealed their plots. These people may not be exactly what I think of when I think of terrorists, but they definitely aren't good citizens. Good thing they're in custody.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

WHALE IN THE PARK

I blogged a while back about the tongue missing out of our whale down at Neptune Park. I pointed out how people were throwing trash inside it, and that the opening was large enough for a small child to slip through.

So a couple of days ago, we caught a county worker putting a metal mesh net in the mouth to block trash and kids from getting inside. We stopped and told him how happy we were they were fixing it. We learned, to our chagrin, that the county had not removed the tongue because it was coming apart as we had assumed. No, indeed.

Someone had stolen the tongue.

Now why would anyone want to steal a wooden tongue the size of a scooter wheel?

Anyway here's the latest pix even if you can't tell much about the wire netting that's supposed to keep trash and people out. Wonder how long it'll last.