Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent.
I was hoping so much that she'd come through and she really did it. One of the judges said the world was watching and I think that's so close to true. So many people were wondering if it was a fluke or the perfect song choice. Could she do it again. It was absolutely beautiful.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Nothing surprised me more when I started to write, that I chose set my stories in the American frontier. Now, it wasn’t a surprise that I chose to write historicals –after all, I have a BA and MA and a second BA in History and taught US History and Western Civilization at the college level.
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Friday, May 22, 2009
I was so excited to get my author's copies and that I was actually getting a newsletter together that to celebrate I drew two winners of a copy of my June release,
Thursday, May 21, 2009
There, that was nice, moving on.........
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Mary Connealy, Barbour, 2008, $10.97, pb, 288pp, 9781602601413
Sour Springs, Texas. Last stop for the orphan train. Last hope for two orphans nobody wants. Nobody but Grant, that is. Once an orphan himself, he provides them with shelter, food, and clothes, but the most important thing he gives is love.
Hannah Cartwright assumes Grant is like other “fathers,” who just want children to work until they drop. When her attempt to keep Grant from adopting the children fails, she takes the job of schoolmarm to watch over the children. She has a knack for teaching, but not cooking or sewing, so Grant’s children concoct plans to help her and get her to like him. The only problem is that Shirt Lady, another newcomer, has designs on Grant herself, even though she hates children.
Set in 1870, this is a fast-paced, heartwarming story filled with humor and romance. There’s even a bit a mystery woven in, for Shirt Lady isn’t who or what she pretends to be. The only drawback is the occasional intrusion of characters from an earlier story in the “Lassoed in Texas” series, but Connealy eventually ties them into the main story. A delightful, entertaining book you’ll want to read again and again.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday 9:00 AM A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Crime: Humor in mysteries
Friday 10:30 AM Characters Wanted!: Creating believable characters
Saturday 10:30 AM Causes and Casualties: Issue-driven fiction
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The Cowgirl Behind Cowgirl Dreams
In a scrapbook I have from my grandmother is a clipping from the Sunburst Sun (Montana) newspaper, Aug. 26, 1922, that reads:
1:00 Parade of cowboys and cowgirls, headed by Cut Bank brass band
2:30 Tootsie Bailey will enter competition with entire field, riding wild steers with only one hand on cirsingle
Another clipping states “Tootsie Bailey won first and Mary (Marie) Gibson second prize in the steer riding.”
Marie Gibson was a well-known Montana cowgirl and won national awards for bronc riding.
Tootsie was my grandmother and she would have been 17 at that time.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Their reaction – a cross between horror, amazement and extremely tasteless jokes—made me think this might make a good topic for Petticoats & Pistols. Come find out more...if you're not AFRAID.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Mary again: The only thing missing from that summary of Montana Rose is the comedy. They don't mention that while Cassie is trying to obey a husband who will NOT give her orders, she pretty much destroys his ranch. Think Lucille Ball dealing with long horn cattle.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
How fun is this? First review I've seen of any of the books in