It’s officially summer

Yep, it’s hot here in Texas. It was awhile in coming, but our lovely little weathermen are focasting a run for 100! As hot as it seems to be in Texas, we don’t normally see 100s in May. A good thing, too, since July and August have plenty of those tar-bubbling, frying-egg-on-concrete, sweat-pouring days. Nonetheless, today is my kids last day of school and we’re headed to the water park. If there is one thing we Texans know how to do, it’s play in the water. This past Memorial Day week-end was boat a-mania. Of course, there is always more than one boat on Texas lakes. It looks more like a jammed freeway on most […]

Looking back . . . following the wandering muse

Just went through last year’s post . . . wanted to see what I’d been doing for a year. It’s enlightening and frightening to see how much time has actually elasped, and then to fret about why I didn’t get more accomplished. That whole GOTTA-SET-GOALS-THING is looming big on my horizon. It’s hard to believe that this past month we traveled south to Texas A & M again to retrieve my oldest from college. Mind-boggling to believe I now have one that’s completed her sophomore year at a major university, one headed to his last year in high school, and my baby getting ready to start high school. Okay, enough about getting old — I […]

Reading on . . .

The last two weeks I’ve been hooked on Jim Butcher’s series, The Dresden Files. I’ve read: SUMMER KNIGHTS, a book about the mythical Queen of Summer Faeries and the Queen of Winter Faeries — sorta like the folks who live in the clouds and control weather, and DEATH MASKS, which pits wizard, Harry Dresden, up against the Denarians — demons who have been seduced by one of the 30 pieces of silver that Judas was paid to betray Jesus. These terribly powerful creatures who have become evil incarnate, started out as normal mortals who were seduced by the lust for power and are now imprisoned inside the Denarians, trapped in their own personal Hell. Yep, […]

1 – 2 – 3 Tag

2007 RWA’s Golden Heart winner, recently sold her first novel to Kensington Publishing, Marilyn Brant tagged me to play her latest game of what are you reading now. Marilyn knows I’m reading. Anyone who’s perused my blog since the first of the year knows I’ve issued a reading challenge (one book per week — come on, folks, seriously, that’s one skinny little book or not so skinny as is your choice per week.) Simply comment and let me know what you’re reading. Back to Marilyn’s tag, here are the rules: 1. Pick up the nearest book.2. Open to page 123.3. Find the fifth sentence.4. Post the next three sentences.5. Tag five people and post a […]

Reading on . . .

My Reading Challenge continues. This past week, I finished Geralyn Dawson’s newest HQN release, THE LONER. This novel is another powerful love story that features a number of the characters from her Bad Luck Brides series. If you’ve grown attached to this cast and crew then you’ll not be disappointed with her latest entry into larger-than-life Texas history. Ms. Dawson always takes some tidbit of historical past (this time one of the earliest flash floods in Texas history and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) to add that wonderful touch of realism to her stories. It is as though she takes that one snippet of the past and weaves a tale around it — reminds […]

Reading . . . there isn’t much that’s more important.

In January I kicked off my reading challenge. I pledged to read 52 books by the end of the year, or one book per week. Life happens and stuff gets in the way, so the point is that if you can sneak two books in one week because you may have an emergency that keeps you from reading one week, then that’s simply good planning. However, the goal is to keep reading, consistently and constantly. Why? Because Literacy should be a basic right for all of us. We shouldn’t be ruled by emails, computer games, cable/satellite, or even cleaning the toilet. One of the things that sets us as a superior species is our ability […]

Reading Challenge . . .

Are you still reading? Working toward your one book a week? Remember that’s the challenge to keep reading no matter what. If you’re late to the party, don’t be shy. There’s still time to join the fun. Why did I start this challenge? Read this link and you’ll understand. What are you reading? Here’s the most recent photo of the books I’ve enjoyed during the past two months. Not pictured are The Helen Keller book and Stone Fox (sorry, had to return those before I managed to get around to taking a picture) Just imagine this stack two higher.