I spent election week in Austin, Texas (a 2-day drive for me). My hostess was my friend Katherine who has 9 cats and fostering her father’s 2 cats. Needless to say, I had plenty of cats to play with, reducing how much I missed my 3 babies. Her house was huge, so it was easy to practice social distancing.
She provided me a purple security blanket I wrapped around myself as we watched the election returns. There was also a bowl full of Halloween candy since she didn’t have any trick-or-treaters. I made a significant dent into the fun-size peanut M&Ms.
Thursday night we met my oldest friend for a delicious Tex-Mex dinner on an outdoor deck. I’ve known Lisa since 1st grade! I had shredded chicken with tomatillos salsa sauce. Delicious, below is a COVID-friendly photo where Lisa ducked in front of me.
It was a beautiful Texas fall evening.
It’s a tough year, the Coronavirus not withstanding, when hurricane season works through the A-Z alphabet and begins with the Greek alphabet. I got confused when we went from Tropical Storm Zeta to Hurricane Eta. So I’ve included the Greek alphabet (for those of you who weren’t in a sorority or fraternity, like me), a radar photo of Eta and Florida, and finally a photo of the enclosed lanai with the hurricane shutters down.
The Greek Alphabet: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, Mu, Nu, Xi, Omikron, Pi, Rho, Tau, Upsilon, Phi, Chi, Psi, and Omega.
I guess it’s true, you learn something every day!
The cats and I hung out on the lanai while I wrote the content of this newsletter and the maids cleaned the house. Yes, I’m the Queen of Clutter!!!
Eden’s Dragon, Book 2
The Worlds of Magic, New Mexico
Release Date: February 9, 2021
Celine is cursed. First, every man she’s ever loved died. Secondly, she lives but a day a year, spending countless days trapped within a ceramic dragon figurine. Has she finally met the man who can change her luck?
Alachua Dixon is on the run from his powerful family. Once he meets Celine, Alachua exposes himself to discovery. He will risk everything to possess the woman of his dreams.
When two forces collide in Magic, New Mexico, anything is possible.
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Eden’s Dragon: Book 1
The Worlds of Magic, New Mexico
Release Date: October 27, 2020
Eden’s Dragon, not a serpent, tempted Adam into biting into the apple. The male offspring of the original female dragon shifter, the Brethren, vowed to rid the world of their seductress sisters. Fearing for the lives of her daughters, a mother casts an enchantment to transform her offspring into dragon figurines. One day each year, the daughters materialize. If in the twenty-four-hour period they find their true mates, the enchantment will end. For only with their powerful mates by their side will the female descendants of Eden’s dragon defeat the Brethren.
At midnight on Halloween in Magic, New Mexico, a crystal dragon once again takes her human form. A lion shifter from a parallel dimension claims her as his own. If they are true mates, the enchantment will end and together they will face the danger that has plagued the women for centuries.
Life during the pandemic has been mostly a solitary event. Thank goodness for my cats! I am fortunate and get out every day to play tennis with the same ladies. We practice social distancing while on the court. Once a week we enjoy lunch outside. The photo is dark since we are under a canopy. We are celebrating our Monday/Thursday tennis coordinator… a thank you for the work she does every week to get us on the courts.
Our fall tennis leagues have been cancelled due to the pandemic. We live in a bubble and don’t want outside people to burst the bubble. Snowbirds will start returning next month and our little tennis group will grow, but we’ll still be careful related to the virus. Most of the people I play tennis with are the target population, so we stopped huddling together during crossovers, shaking each other’s hands, and try to maintain a 6-foot clearance from each other.
Can you believe the woman in the front is 78-years-old? And she plays like a teenager!!!
Before the virus hit, I tried to get away quarterly to write. In early September, I was lucky to get an Atlantic Coast condo along the Florida Atlantic Coast for a week. Like my earlier trip to Hilton Head, the resort required everyone wear masks and practice social distancing.
This photo was shot from my 6th floor balcony. There were days I didn’t go down to the beach, but wrote outside. With only one small elevator (allowing for only one customer at a time), some days it was easier just to hang out in my room and enjoy the ocean breeze from the balcony while I wrote.
For whatever reason, the Atlantic was Caribbean blue. The water was gorgeous!
I was amazed by the photo my iPhone took of the Atlantic at night. The ocean was relatively calm, with waves only breaking along the shore. I loved to sit on the balcony at night and stare at the wonder before me and be lulled to sleep by the waves.
My rental was only 45 minutes from S.E. Smith’s. On the way home, I had lunch with Susan and her husband. When we weren’t eating, we practiced social distancing…although the three of us ate outside at a table for 6.
Before we headed out for lunch, I spent quality time with Susan’s cat PIA.
A small group of authors and readers got together in Savannah for the Literary Love conference. Everyone was required to wear masks, the number of people in any given room was controlled, temperatures were taken, use of hand sanitizers caused our hands to chap they were used so much, and we observed social distancing as much as we could.
Since we were responsible, no one got sick. It’s possible to have a great time and still keep each other safe. WEAR YOUR MASKS! I spent the conference taking pictures of masks people wore. Here are my favorite.
Masks can support charities. This one raised money for Muscular Sclerosis. I immediately recognized Michelle behind the mask.
You’ve got to respect people who are handy with a needle and thread. Here we have a mask with a matching headband. Not only that, she was able to maintain her 1950s hairstyle. The author writes Dieselpunk and was able to maintain her brand, even during a pandemic.
Some masks were just fun! This one had a bunch of sayings on it. I particularly liked, ‘maybe swearing will help.’ You’ve also got to love the rainbow glasses she wore.
This mask was stunning. The reader grew up in Hawaii and brought back the islands with her. The variety and creativity of masks was incredible.
Wear a mask that reflects your personality. Do it to save a life, maybe someone you love. The spread of Covid19 has decreased where mask wearing has been mandated. i find wearing a mask is second nature.
The Zaratan Trilogy: Book 3
Release Date: May 11th, 2018
A journey home…
New challenges to face…
An ultimate decision to be made…
Kara Howard faces her greatest fear when she returns to Earth. She is now the purple faced alien who is designated to represent her new world. All her work to reunite families will soon meet its final test.
No longer able to breathe her home planet’s air, her future must be made galaxies away. Her life is further complicated when the mission is jeopardized by betrayal. Once again, Kara must choose sides in the ambiguous allegiances between families.
She walks a tightrope of her own making between the two men in her life. But her ability to make a final decision is compromised by new challenges aboard the ship. The girl who liked to disappear into the shadows continues to standout, making her a target.
The True Ruler
Worlds Apart: Book 5
Release Date: December 20th, 2016
Cassie Jarlyn is a master at keeping secrets. One impulsive act threatens to expose what she had kept hidden for years. She must finally face what destiny has in store for her when she finds herself in the Troyk universe.
Darden Lours fears what will happen to Cassie in his world. He knows he is fighting a losing battle to prevent the growth of her telepathic powers. His desire to build his relationship with her is only tempered by his need to shelter her.
Will submitting to his desire for Cassie destroy everything Darden has fought to protect? Does Cassie have the will power to resist the power of her telepathic gifts?
Get absorbed in the final battle for the Troyk universe and its True Ruler.