Wednesday, November 20, 2013


I'll be there signing books
with many area authors including my friends
1 to 3:30 PM
November 24, 2013

at the
Council Bluffs Library
400 Willow Ave
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Four of my Older Short Titles on a Special Sale 99 cents Each on Kindle

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Pioneer Woman Book Signing

 Me, in line. when I left after I got my book signed, it was 7:30, full dark and there was still a LONG LONG LINE outside. Amazing turnout.
 Just to give you an idea of the crowd that was there for the book signing for The Pioneer Woman
I got in line at 3:30 for a 5 pm signing
 I felt like I was pretty close to the front of the line but what I didn't realize was there was one of those windy lines inside, with the back and forth, roped off area. I ended up waiting...from my 'pretty close to the front' position...2 1/2 hours to get my book signed...that's 2 1/2 hours after 5 pm. 4 hours in all.
The line stretched the full length past me to the end of this huge Bakers grocery store.
 And then, look at this picture below, these folks facing forward...the line, twisted back...all the way BACK the length of the Bakers Grocery store.
 The guy with the cowboy hat is Marlboro Man. Ree Drummond's husband. Famous from her blog.
 I'm standing inside the grocery store now, finally and he was in there, he signed some books.
 Here, below, in the next picture are her two sons. She's got four kids, her older two are girls and they weren't at the signing. I heard Ree say she and her husband and the boys drove up to Omaha from Oklahoma where they live.
 I asked the boys if they'd pose for a picture and they were so polite and smiled so nicely.
 Then, later, seriously a LOT later, I asked Marlboro Man and the boys to pose again and they could not have been nicer. I suppose they're trying to keep everyone who is waiting happy, bless their hearts.
 Finally I'm inside and you can see that Ree is taking time to get her picture taken with anyone who asks. She was so generous with her time.
 Now look at this picture below. Look at the stack of books this lady is buying. This happened over and over and over. People buying four, five, eight books. I suppose maybe buying them for Christmas gifts? Signed books make nice gifts. But there were hundreds of people in line and almost all of them were buying multiple books, in many cases, more then two. I can't imagine how many books she sold.
 And now, f inally it's my turn!
 She took a minute or even a bit more with everyone. The line was close enough I could see her do it. Bless her heart. I can't imagine how exhausted she must have been. But you couldn't tell it. She just had a great smile and energy and she was more than just polite. She seemed genuine and interested and really lovely. In the red bag, I brought her some books and candy and a few other things.
 We've talked just a couple of times through email and she seemed to remember me. If she didn't, she faked it brilliantly, God bless her. LOL Poor lady. I gave her really upscale chocolate from Stam Chocolatier and also, from the same place, a little bag of tiny 'ears of corn' pralines with Cornhusker logos on them and the bag. Trying to give her a little taste of the Cornhusker state.
And that's my brush with fame. The Pioneer Woman. What an experience. I felt like I was standing in line for Rolling Stones Tickets. Of course I WOULDN'T stand in line for Rolling Stones tickets, but for the Pioneer Woman, SURE!

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Pioneer Woman and Me!

 I attended Ree Drummond's booksigning in Omaha today. Ree Drummond, AKA The Pioneer Woman. So nice, such a huge crowd but she took a few moments to be a sweetheart to everyone. I waited in line FOUR HOURS and it was worth every minute.
I got my picture taken with Marlboro Man, the husband of The Pioneer Woman and her two sons. Just really nice, genuine people who don't know how to be anything but polite and friendly. Great time.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Chance to Win Alaska Brides Collection

We create characters for our books and we try so hard to make them fresh. Make them fun and interesting. Make them jump off the page. Sometimes we maybe go too far, make them too outrageous. Or maybe we hold back. Maybe we feel like, because we write fiction, our stories have to make sense. READ MORE HERE INCLUDING HOW TO GET YOUR NAME IN THE DRAWING

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Letter from Great-grandpa to fiance 1887

Sent July 28, 1887. John Snider Attorney at Law trying to persuade his fiance Adda Latta that it will be fine to live in three rooms, shared with a family with two children who will live in two rooms rather than spend $15 a month for an entire house. The savings of $5 a month is well worth it.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Letter from my great grandpa to my soon to be great grandma 1887

He wrote this from Dodge City, Kansas on his way to Hastings, Nebraska where they would live. The second and third line are blurred due to a fold in the paper. The words in the first sentence are: I arrived here safely at a quarter before one o'clock this morning.
I have a whole stack of these and may post them as I find time to scan them. We'll see. I've been meaning to do it for a long time.
Not that interesting except for the glimpse it gives you into the daily lives of the time. I mainly just want to preserve them online for myself and my family.
If you click on each page, they get big enough to read.


Monday, November 04, 2013

Creating Characters One Layer at a Time-Layer One-The Physical Must Reflect the Character

I am told I create great characters.

So, I thought it would be a great idea to write a great blog post about how to create great characters.

Except I have no idea how I create my characters.

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Saturday, November 02, 2013


 Welcome to Seekerville's 2014 Online Night Classes 

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