Reading challenge continues . . .

Just finished this one. All right, it is an old title, copyright 1996. Found it buried in my TBR (to be read) stack, and that bright red cover leaped out. If you’ve read my earlier post, you’ll know I have a reading challenge going on for any who want to join. Simple: read a book a week for a year. At the end I’ll have enjoyed 52 new authors and adventures. For as disappointing as last week was (see previous post), this week’s read of BRIDE OF FORTUNE by Shirl Henke was excellent. I was, actually, surprised to see that it only had a 3 1/2 stars on Amazon. If you love actual history folded […]

I tried, really I did

I should so be sleeping. Dealing with 3rd graders on a daily basis is wearing and right now it’s way later than I should be sitting at the computer. Okay, maybe they’re not tiring. Maybe I’m just old. That aside, here’s what happened with my reading challenge this week: It was a sad state of affairs. I raided my TBR (to be read) stack — and it is worthy of raiding, folks — for a contemporary. For over one hundred pages I tried to like this book. After chapter . . . I don’t even know, I gave up counting them, I chucked the book. Not a normal response for me. I’ll push through to […]

Spring Break

Oh, I so wanted to bask in the sun this week . . . hey, I live in Texas, I should get to bask in March if I want. HOWEVER, mother nature had other plans and it rained, yep, we’re talking real cats and dogs type of rain. Everyone from the middle of the nation on east has seen the effects I’m talking about. Instead of sun basking, I’ve been cleaning. What drudgery, but after two sick kids there wasn’t much choice. Do these kiddos not realize they’re wasting my valuable sun basking time? Nope, probably not. But I did draw the limit after 12 loads of laundry. If ain’t clean by now, too bad. […]

Yes, I’ve been reading.

Who’s keeping up with the reading challenge? Remember, one new book each week? No specific requirements, no mandatory length, no classical or literary emphasis is necessary — only reading a new book each week. Time marches on and your reading stack (those you’ve read) should be growing — right along with mine. This past week, I re-entered the world of teaching on a short-term, if full-time basis. What’s that mean? Reading moments must be snagged with ruthless zeal. So here’s my list for the past two weeks: Jodi Picoult’s, My Sister’s Keeper John Reynolds Gardiner’s, Stone Fox and finally, Francene Sabin’s, The Courage of Helen Keller Yes, these last two are children’s book. Remember, what […]

Sparkle This!

Want to see what I’m working on these days? Pop over to Sparkle This! A group of seven writers, moi included, are enmeshed in our latest short serial — a rather twisted ‘fish out of water’ story — where our modern-day heroine is transported back into regency time in order to solve a murder. There’s a time-jumper, a fairy godmother, an evil stepfather, and a hunky hero. Drop by and read any excerpt under Short Story #2 to follow along. Every few days another writer will post an addition to the story. ~Hope to see you there.Sandra

Love Texas Style

Yahoo! Kick up your heels and set your lasso to pull in a great read. Love Texas Style, an anthology written by twelve — dare I say, yes, I do — unbelievably talented North Texas Romance writers, is now available through the Wild Rose Press. E-books are available at: The Wild Rose Press Want your own autographed print version? Then check back here or at LA Mitchell’s blog for the latest on book-signings. Oh, and make sure to drop LA Mitchell (one of the greatest new writers of our times) a line and let her know how much you enjoyed her The Lost Highway in Love Texas Style.

Reading on . . .

Been away from the computer, but reading and WRITING on! This past week’s read was Lisa Kleypas’s, Sugar Daddy. Well worth the investment of my time. If you love larger-than-life characters, great detail, and dead-solid perfect Texasism, then you’ll want to read Ms. Kleypas’s Sugar Daddy. Feel free to leave your read for the week.