Sunday, September 30, 2012


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


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.

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


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 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


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:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


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


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


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!