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A Saturday Puzzle Contest, and Open Contests! Lots of Prizes!
Saturday, January 15th, 2022

Happy Saturday!

I’m busy finishing Eli’s story—my handsome silver fox! If you’d like to read a snippet from the opening of the story, it’s right here: READ AN EXCERPT

While I’m writing, my SIL and daughter are right next door repainting my bedroom. Now, when I say it’s a major undertaking, I’m underrepresenting just how difficult this task is. I’ve lived a lot of years, and I have a bunch of stuff. So, they shift everything one way then the other to get to the walls. That sounds like I’m a major hoarder, doesn’t it? Like I have so much crap they have to make tunnels to get to the walls. I swear it’s not that bad, but I do have a couple of cabinets—one large—full of collectibles (Russian boxes, Fenton glass, snuff bottles, fortune-telling teacups…) that had to be emptied, and all that stuff is now sitting carefully stacked on a banquet table IN MY OFFICE. It’s a wee bit distracting—all that activity and clutter overtaking spaces…

So, me writing with things piled up around me—get the picture? And I have to have Eli finished by next Friday!!!! I’ll make it, but getting there won’t be pretty. Good thing Eli is! 🙂

Eli (Montana Bounty Hunters: Dead Horse, MT Book 6)

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Puzzle Contest

For a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card, tell me what treasures you collect. Do you have bottles of buttons? (I do! Still haven’t figure out what to do with them!) Do you collect crocheted afghans? Share for a chance to win!

Open Contests

  1. A New Short Story and a Puzzle Contest! You couldn’t ask for more on a Saturday, right?This one ends tomorrow! Win an Amazon gift card!
  2. Diana Cosby: Nature’s Beauty – A Year to Remember! (Contest)This one ends tomorrow! Win a SIGNED book!
  3. Tell me a story… (Contest) — Win an Amazon gift card!
  4. Flashback: Ride a Texas Cowboy (Contest–Two Winners!) — Win a FREE book!
Tell me a story… (Contest)
Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

It’s playtime! I love doing these little challenges because it’s fun to see where your minds go.

For a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card, tell me a little story about this guy. The story doesn’t have to be long or even good. Have fun with the challenge!

A New Short Story and a Puzzle Contest! You couldn’t ask for more on a Saturday, right?
Saturday, January 8th, 2022

UPDATE: The winner is…Mary Preston!

Eli (Montana Bounty Hunters: Dead Horse, MT Book 6)It’s early a.m. on Saturday. I have to rise at the butt-crack of dawn for a little quiet! I’m busy writing the book releasing later this month, Eli. Plus, I have three books to edit for other authors. Looooong books. So, I don’t have any time to waste. Did I mention that I started on Weight Watchers on January 1st? So far, so good; I’m down six pounds. And I love the new points system—you know, all foods have certain points and you can only eat so many points a day, blah-blah. If I want to eat something really bad, I can “earn” points by eating my veggies. I can’t tell you how many cans of green beans and spinach I’ve consumed whole to get those extra points!!! I’ve found a recipe for artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh spinach that you sauté and toss over spaghetti or onto pita bread that is to die for. And here’s me obsessing over food, again!

Anyway, I released a short story yesterday. It can be read alone but follows my novel, Dark Legacy. Anyway, if you’re looking for a quick sexy read, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

After stepping through a mage’s portal with her lover into a distant past, newly Born vampire Natalie Lambert is ready to give Rene Broussard the ultimate bite and make him hers forever. It’s time for this vampire to get her man.

Get your copy here!

This is a SHORT STORY and picks up after the events in my full-length novel, DARK LEGACY.
And it’s FREE in KU! DARK LEGACY is still in KU, too!

Puzzle Contest

To win a $5 Amazon gift card, solve the puzzle and then tell me this…

When the weather’s cold outside, what’s your favorite thing to do?


Tell me a story… (Contest)
Monday, January 3rd, 2022

UPDATE: The winner of the gift certificate is…Charlene Whitehouse!

I bought this brainstorming tool years ago at some writers’ conference I attended. You roll the dice then use the pictures on the faces of each piece to make up a story. I’ve found it’s fun for readers, too!

To make this game more fun, I’ll offer a prize—a $5 Amazon gift card—good for purchasing one or two stories…

Have fun with this! The story doesn’t have to be long or even good! Here’s the roll… 

A New Year’s Puzzle & Open Contests! Come Play!
Sunday, January 2nd, 2022

UPDATE: The winner is…miki!

Am I the only one who still sets New Year’s Resolutions? Solve the puzzle and comment for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card!

Open Contests

  1. Gabbi Grey: What’s with instalove? (Contest)Last day to enter! Win an Amazon gift card!
  2. ‘Twas Days After Christmas… (Contest) — Win an Amazon gift card!
  3. Flashback: Hard SEAL to Love (Contest–2 Winners!) — Win a FREE book! 3 winners!
  4. Meet Izzy Archer! (FREE BOOK) — Get a FREE book, everyone!
  5. Me, right now. Nuff said? (Contest) — Win a FREE book!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday! Plus, a Puzzle Break!
Saturday, December 25th, 2021

I’m up at O-dark-thirty because the 8-year-old will wake soon. I have to enjoy these times while I can because, one day, she won’t still believe in Santa. Her mom wasn’t as smart as me. I “preserved” the magic of Christmas by telling my kids Santa doesn’t leave gifts for kids who don’t believe. I’ve never heard them deny Santa’s existence! 🙂

Here’s hoping you have a lovely day. While you sip your hot cocoa in a lull during your holiday activities, enjoy a puzzle. My Christmas gift to you.

Mom’s Christmas Gift (Contest)
Sunday, December 19th, 2021

UPDATE: The winner is…Jeanine Lesperance!

In January 2020, I lost my mom. After losing my grandmother and father the two previous years, one after the other, my family and I were drained. We inherited their home, and my daughter and her family moved in—and immediately, we had the job of paring down their belongings to make room for my daughter’s family’s possessions. A lot of things that held precious memories went to other family members. My mother was an artist, and most of her paintings flew out the door to relatives who had favorite pieces. Things that hung on the wall for years were gone. It was sad, but we all wanted a memory, something we’d treasure from a woman who was the center of our family made with her own hands and talent.

I inherited all of my mother’s art supplies. And admittedly, and to my daughter’s dismay, I didn’t pare down the treasure trove she left me. She was more into oil paintings, and I keep those paint tubes thinking someday I’ll make the leap and follow her there, but she also enjoyed watercolor painting.

The other day, when I was looking for a piece of paper to begin a new watercolor painting, I picked up an old pad of mom’s paper, and something fell out from between the pages. It’s a painting in neutral sepia tones of my sister, Elle James, and myself as children playing dress-up. I sat with the painting in my hands, smiling. It was “loose” with fun pencil squiggles to portray the flowers on the fabric. I loved it and immediately went in search of a frame. It’s now on my office wall. All I have to do is look to the left at the wall next to me to see her painting. It’s so nice having something of hers right there beside me. I feel like she’s looking over my shoulder.

First, solve the puzzle to see the painting! Next, tell me whether you have a possession from a loved one that brings you closer to them for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card!