happy Valentine’s day, everyone

February 13, 2009 | 9 Comments

please be mine
please be mine

Sometimes when I walk on the beach, I look for heart shaped rocks. They’re everywhere. My garden is filled with hearts of stone….

February 11, 2009 | 2 Comments

just bought tickets to the Flip Flop Lemon Drop party! http://ping.fm/GZq9I

cafe d’amour

February 10, 2009 | 2 Comments

Can you believe how charming this cup is? Get it for your Valentine here. Heck, get it for yourself! Artist Sally Mara Sturman is amazing. I just love her handcrafted, one-of-a-kind wares.

hand painted by Sally Mara Sturman
hand painted by Sally Mara Sturman

connections

February 09, 2009 | 2 Comments

Oh fun! The daughter of the architect, and the granddaughter of the original owners of this house spotted the article in Pacific Northwest magazine and sent me a note. I was kind of hoping I’d hear from somebody who knew this place “back when.”

original floor plan ca. 1962
original floor plan ca. 1962

unhappy camper

February 09, 2009 | 8 Comments

(image from wikimedia commons)
(image from wikimedia commons)

Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to post nasty reviews on Amazon. The same person used 4 (and counting) different names to give poor Fireside 4 low ratings. I’m very flattered by the attention!

Three of her fake personae were invented just to trash Fireside. The other has posted nasty reviews for Madeleine Albright, Condoleeza Rice, Bill Clinton, labor unions and Democrats in America. She pretty much hates everything except self-aggrandizing, right-wing memoirs. She probably hates puppies and angel food cake, too.

When people go to that much trouble to be negative, you have to feel sorry for them. This person clearly has personal issues. Also, she didn’t actually read the book, or she would have seen where the storyline went–in an unexpected direction. AJ’s story in Fireside is just something that happened, it’s fiction based on a real situation, like everything else in a novel. It plays into the themes of family, commitment and loyalty, which I love to explore in my fiction.

I don’t need for everyone to love my books, and I have the e-mail to prove it. So I won’t be asking Amazon to remove the review-bombs. Besides, controversy sells books. Just ask President Obama. 🙂

I can’t wait to hear what this one-star bomber thinks of the people of Avalon saving the public library in the next book! PS: She might be my good luck charm, bringing all this attention to my book. It’s currently #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

the ears have it

February 07, 2009 | 1 Comment

Listen up.
Listen up.

Audio Book Stand is a good place to order audio books. Here’s a link to my titles. I love listening to audio books while gardening. It’s kind of my weekend thing.