Darcy By Any Other Name · Indie Authors

Book Dragon’s Top Ten for 2016

I love this guy. He’s cute, plus he has good taste. Yesterday he released his Top Ten Books for 2016. Darcy By Any Other Name snagged his #2 spot. Wow! Thank you, Book Dragon! I love these “Favorite Reads” lists. They’re how we discover some really great books. Especially impressive is that this year all of Katy Huth… Continue reading Book Dragon’s Top Ten for 2016

Announcement · Darcy By Any Other Name · New Book Release

Fall into Reading Sale

It’s Friday, and what better way to celebrate than with e-books? New reads, hooray! That’s right, it’s time to “Fall Into Reading” with FREE and BARGAIN books from my pals at Clean Indie Reads. There are some really good authors represented here. I’ve enjoyed titles by Kathy Huth Jones, Lia London, Annie Douglas Lima, Shaun Stevenson … Darcy… Continue reading Fall into Reading Sale

Lessons from my sons · Students Say What?

The Guilt-Trip Menagerie

“I’m going to ask my mom for a pet tarantula.” This was from one of my students, said to no one in particular. His aim was to get a rise out of his classmates. Ah, but I am wise to the ways of 7th grade boys–and their moms. “Too late,” I quipped. “You’re not home… Continue reading The Guilt-Trip Menagerie

In Real Life · Students Say What? · Stuff and Nonsense

Be vulgar at your own risk!

A new crop of 7th graders now inhabits my classroom. They’re coltish, talkative, and desperate to master the art of sarcasm. Uh-huh. They’re not very good at it. I give them props for trying. Needless to say, they are no match for me. But if they’d like to take me on, hey, I’m game. “Bring… Continue reading Be vulgar at your own risk!

Cat Love · In Real Life

Cat-sneak and the Door of Opportunity

Oral surgeons have two doors at their offices. One is for incoming patients–a nicely-appointed waiting room with magazines and such. And then there is the exit to the parking lot, for those who have had extractions under general anesthesia. A week ago, my husband had a cracked wisdom tooth removed. A laughable situation really, because… Continue reading Cat-sneak and the Door of Opportunity

Book Giveaway! · Book Review · Darcy By Any Other Name

Two chances to win an e-book this week!

 Rainy days and books go together, right?  That’s what we’ve got going on here in the Pacific Northwest today. At long last, reading weather! This week we have two reviews and e-book giveaways to put on your radar. Oh boy! From Pemberley to Milton: Stop by and enjoy Rita Dodato’s review and a special GUEST POST… Continue reading Two chances to win an e-book this week!

Author Business · Book Giveaway! · Book Production Stuff · Darcy By Any Other Name · In Real Life

“I will put you in charge of more…”

  Do you remember Jesus’ Parable of the Talents? One guy is given two talents to invest, another guy five, and a third guy, one. The first two get right to the business of trading, and each doubles his investment. Needless to say, their master is pleased. He says the same thing to each of the first… Continue reading “I will put you in charge of more…”

Giving Thanks · Lest We Forget

Let Freedom Ring

Tonight we will be heading downtown for fireworks. That’s what you get when your kids are in their adventuresome 20s. Scorning inconvenience, they want to go out and do stuff. Freedom gives us this right. As citizens, we can peaceably assemble in public places. Although this is Portland, so weirdness will be present too. I’ll keep… Continue reading Let Freedom Ring

Book Promotion · Darcy By Any Other Name · In Real Life

Maybe it’s not a “beach read”?

So I’ve been promoting Darcy By Any Other Name as a “beach read.” You know, the perfect book for a vacation. But maybe I’m wrong. Last week a reader shared a “book selfie” on Facebook. Oh, the places my books go. How I love seeing them! Darcy, can’t I squeeze through the Kindle and come along… Continue reading Maybe it’s not a “beach read”?