Celebrating a long (100 years) life! Plus, some awesome free books!

I’m leaving for the funeral of a sweet man we called “Grandpa Paul” (to distinguish him from my hubby, Paul). Paul Sears, my dear sister-in-law’s father, was a class act. Smart, witty, interested in everything and everyone around him. He was also a wonderful listener. (Is that a lost art, I wonder?)

He lived well and celebrated his 100th birthday a few months ago, but his body was worn out. He passed away with his family around him, and today he will be buried in the Sacramento Valley National Veteran’s Cemetery.

Goodbye, dear man. You will be remembered most fondly.

Grandpa Paul

Devoted Dad and Grandparent passed away peacefully, May 17, 2017 at UC Davis Medical Center. He lived to be 100 years, 1 month and 28 days old. Born on the first day of Spring, March 20, 1917 in Beverly, MA. to Everett Wm. Sears and Caroline M. (Leonard) Sears, raised by his father and loving step mother Blanche S. (Vaughn) Sears from a young age after his mother died from illness. He was pre-ceded in death by his brothers Everett, Walter and Earnest Sears. Paul was very proud of his Sears family history which dated back to the 1500′s in Plymouth, MA. Paul attended high school in Wenham, MA. and Palmer Chiropractic School in St. Louis, MO. While in St Louis his schooling was interrupted by WWII when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He proudly served and was stationed in Trinadad, the port of Spain. His rank was that of Master Sergeant. Paul moved to California after Honorable Discharge. The majority of his career post military was spent in the grocery business initially working for Safeway until he became the owner of The Wayside Grocery Store in Rio Linda, CA where he met his bride while she was looking to purchase a Christmas tree. Paul fell in love with and married Roslyn Welliver (deceased) in 1959. After leaving the Wayside Grocery Store he went to work for Circle K Corp and retired after 25 years of performing supervision and management. At that time Paul held the Circle K record for being their longest employee. The last store that he managed was located in Elk Grove, CA. Paul’s hobbies in his retirement years consisted of jotting down ideas for inventions on 3X5 cards and the study of natural healing & nutrition. He was incredibly intelligent and enjoyed sharing his knowledge. He loved family first of all and had a quirky sense of humor that kept us all laughing even up through the last hours. He will be deeply missed. Paul is survived by 5 children; Paul Sears (Denise), Karryn Salonen (Dave), Vickie Gammill (Andy), Kathy Price (Ray, deceased) and Cindy Johnson. Paul is grandfather to 10 grandchildren; Shawn, Cheryl (deceased), Lori, Bill, Ricky B, Cindi, Ricky U, Derek, Carson and Camey, as well as 10 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. It will be a magnificent reunion in heaven some day! 

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Also, I wanted to share this great giveaway. Available for a short time only, so grab and read for FREE! Click on the image to be taken to the download page.

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Black Hills Rancher is FREE only at Instafreebie! Thank you, Rodeo Knights!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends. Happy reading!

Deb

 

Lost in the mountains

I bet you think I was abducted by aliens?

Ran off with a sheik?

Holed up in the writer cave with bread and water?

Got lost–in thought–in the mountains?

Bingo!

For the past three weeks, I have been providing support for my contractor hubby as he worked on a remodeling job in the mountains about an hour and a half from our home. Too far to commute daily, so we rented a VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) spot that was a few minutes away from the job site. Luckily, the place has a kitchenette and most of the comforts of home–just not very dependable wifi, which has made blogging impossible.

But now that I’m back for a couple of weeks, I’d like to share a few pics from our great adventure.

I call this my Hobbit House.

A neigborhood Hobbit House.

 

Some spring flowers in the area.

Some spring flowers in the area.

We're right outside of Yosemite National Park. Water! Snow! Waterfalls!

We’re right outside of Yosemite National Park. Water! Snow! Waterfalls!

And in case you're curious, here's a Before and After shot of the cabin my hubby is remodeling. Wow, right?

And in case you’re curious, here’s a Before and After shot of the cabin my hubby is remodeling. Wow, right?

I’ve also been super busy uploading titles in my BLACK HILLS RENDEZVOUS series. Book IV is releasing next week (click on the image to go to my website).

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And I’m excited to tell you I’ve decided to make BLACK HILLS BABY, first in series, FREE! It’s already free at iTunes, but the other venues are a little slower to jump onboard. Also, I’m giving away a free short, sweet read to people who sign up for my newsletter.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Picture me doing laundry. LOL. Traveling is fun, but playing catch-up with life…not so much!

Deb

 

What are you reading?

I get asked this all the time, but this week, the question came up more often than usual…because, I as I learned, it was READ ACROSS AMERICA Day on Wednesday.

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Who knew?

So…what are you reading?

I’m finishing up the last of my six RITA books, which are top secret so I can’t discuss the titles or my opinion of them. But I can tell you that for the first time EVER, all of the books were from Indie publishers. Not a single title from a New York traditional publishing house. Wow.

On my Kindle, I’m reading:

Exposed by C.J.Carmichael             AMAZON

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This is the third book in the trilogy, but BURIED, the first in the series, is FREE. I highly suggest you give it a try if you like mysteries. I am really enjoying the series and will be sad when it’s done. (But I’m also looking forward to some answers. ;-) )

Speaking of FREE books, MONTANA COWGIRL, Book I in my Big Sky Mavericks series is free for a few more days. Here’s how BookBub described it:

A heart-tugging Montana love story! Fifteen years after leaving for rodeo stardom, Bailey returns home to rebuild her shattered life. Can she find a second chance with Paul — the man who cursed her for leaving him behind? 

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$4.99 Free!

Available for a limited time

Beach, BookBub and Book Club

Oh, what a weekend it was!

First, you should know that I live in close proximity to the Central Valley of California. Native Americans knew perfectly well the only way to survive a summer in the Central Valley was to pack up and head either to the mountains or the coast.

I chose the coast. Take a look at this sunset and you’ll see why.

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All-in-all, it was the delightful respite I longed for, except for one salient fact: my book, MONTANA COWBOY, came out in a BookBub ad on Saturday.

BookBub is one of the most popular and effective newsletters in the reading world. Typically, a BookBub ad can do wonders for getting your book into the hands/Kindles of new readers. Because of its reach and popularity, getting your book accepted can take months of trying (four attempts by my wonderful marketing exec at Tule Publishing) and these ads don’t come cheap. So, when you are accepted, it’s a joyous moment–and one that probably works better if you have access to WiFi.

Oops. No WiFi for me.

But, luckily, I have good friends who followed my book’s climb up the Amazon Best Seller List as attentively as I would have if I’d been home. My wonderful pal, Eve Gaddy, sent me this:

 

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Naturally, I was happy-dancing in the sand on the beach to the amusement of tourists and their dogs. Champagne and gorgeous sunset to follow (see above photo).

Knowing that the temperatures in the Valley were supposed to reach 110-F this week made us consider playing hooky from life. But, I had a meeting of the Wine, Women & Words Book Club to attend, so…we headed inland, watching the outside temp soar.

Our Book Club meeting was at the beautiful home of my friend, Donna. It’s an oasis, actually, with a gorgeous pool. We swam, snacked, enjoyed a “taco bar” (brilliant idea for summer potluck, by the way) and discussed women’s rights and roles in society and cultural inequalities as brought to light by the book: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell.

18505784 Really interesting discussion and a provocative read. Here’s another insight on this topic, if you’re interested. http://www.theguardian.com/global/2011/nov/30/afghanistan-girls-dressing-as-boys

All in all, it was a fabulous weekend I won’t soon forget…because I brought home a little reminder–from the heart of the sea.

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Here’s hoping your coming weekend is just as memorable!

Deb

Party! (Tara Taylor Quinn)

FB BannerTWENTY-THREE Free Books!  TWENTY-THREE chances to win in one hour!  Four RITA finalists are celebrating their send off to New York!

WHEN:  Thursday July 16, 2015

9:00 PM Eastern Time

6:00 PM Arizona Time

Where:  Facebook, Spend the Summer with TTQ Event Page

Jodi Thomas, Merline Lovelace, Liz Talley and I will be present, in real time, on the event page on Facebook.  If you want to attend, simply click on the photo above.  It will take you right to the page.  We’ll be chatting with everyone who participates!  Simply type a comment and we will all see it right then!

Party goers will also be judging the top five ‘summer fun’ quotes and pictures.  Everyone can vote!  The winner gets a basket filled with free books and summer goodies.

Please join us Thursday night and get your name in for one of the twenty-three free books that are being given away at this party!

If you’d like to enter a photo or quote for the Summer Fun basket, you can do so here:

As part of Spend the Summer with Tara Taylor Quinn, Tara is holding a contest for those who share on social media about how they love life during the summer! Each day you can share an image, picture, or quote, linking to her events’ landing page (http://www.tarataylorquinn.com/Summer%20With%20ttq.html) to enter to win ONE BIG SUMMER BASKET!!! We’ll be pulling the best submissions and voting for the top one during her Facebook Party on July 16th. Pull out your creative juices and share your joy of summer, be it with friends, family, or the love of your life!

Beach-themed basket will include: shell wind chime, shell choker and matching bracelet, beach/flip flop note cards, picture frame, 4×6 picture album, plus some surprise print copies of Tara’s books (including Once Upon a Friendship).

Share must be public to be eligible. Can enter once each day. US only. Giveaway ends July 16th.

 

Get Out on Top (Tara Taylor Quinn)

Summer with TTQ Banner smallerI’ve been thinking a lot about right and wrong.  What’s right for one might not be right for another.  We have tough choices to make sometimes.  Choices that are right in one perspective and wrong in another.  Choices where someone is going to get hurt no matter what we do.  These kinds of challenges can be road blocks beyond which we never get past.  We become frozen, unable to move for fear of going the wrong way.  And sometimes not moving is the worst choice of all.  Because then everyone gets hurt.

I believe we have all been given a tool, an internal GPS, to guide us around the road blocks.  To help us choose the road that is the one we are meant to travel.  Or a road that will allow us to fulfill our purpose.  Or a purpose.  It’s not the mind, at this point, that can help us.  The mind is the thing stopping us.  At this critical point, it is only our hearts that can guide us.  Not to be confused with emotions.  Our emotions, depending on which one is reigning supreme, create many of life’s greatest troubles.  But our hearts, that sense of internal peace, is the ultimate guide.  Get to a place where you can quiet your mind.  Where no one’s voice is influencing you.  Including your own internal critic.  Just find a peaceful moment.  And in that peace, ask your question.  You will get a sense of knowing.

Every time in my life, when I’ve acted on that peaceful sense of knowing, I have been able to live with myself in the consequences.  When I act on emotion, or thinking, alone, I almost always have regrets.

The knowing isn’t always there.  It doesn’t always answer when I want it to.  Sometimes I have to sit for weeks, or longer, revisiting the peaceful place, until I ‘know’.  Sometimes we are meant to wait.

I have always told my daughter, from the time she was very young, to listen to her heart.  That is my prayer for everyone.  It is the only answer.

And for those of you who aren’t at a road block and just want to enjoy the day…Here’s a little fun chance to win a VISA gift card, a t-shirt and free books:

Spend the Summer with Tara Taylor Quinn Giveaway

Grand Finale First Leg of Summer Tour (Tara Taylor Quinn)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

We’re blitzing the Grand Finale for
Suspicious & The Sheriff of Shelter Valley
By Heather Graham & Tara Taylor Quinn

This Harlequin Bestseller Author Collection is the re-release of Suspicious by Heather Graham and The Sheriff of Shelter Valley by Tara Taylor Quinn, two best-selling romantic suspense books.

Here are some snippets from each stop. . .

Beck Valley Books - The Sheriff of Shelter Valley

Several years ago my editor suggested that I might want to write a series of books set in the same town. I could pick any town, big or small, real or fictional. I pondered for a day or two. Took the question with me as I went about my life. And the one thing that kept coming back to me, not from a sales standpoint, or even a larger than life one, was that I had to set my town in Arizona. Because if this series was a success, I was going to be spending a lot of mental and emotional time in this town. I was going to have to want to be there. I was going to have to love it. So that my readers would want to be there – and love it – too.

Diana’s Book Reviews - Audiobook of Suspicious

Hot off the press from Harlequin Books: Toronto, New York (May 21, 2015)—Harlequin and HarperCollins Publishers today announced the launch of Harlequin Audio, a new imprint that will produce audio versions of Harlequin titles. The imprint will release its first titles on June 30, 2015. . .

In its first year, Harlequin Audio plans to release 200 titles. . . . All titles will be available in the retail and library space.

AND…ttq is among them!!! SOOOO excited! Along with Heather Graham’s Suspicious, The Sheriff of Shelter Valley, read by the great Cris Dukehart, is out July 7th!!!!! Yep, right up there in the first wave of releases!! Whew, there, I finally got to spill my beans. I’ve been sitting on this news for over a month!

Brooke Blogs - Suspicious

I’m delighted that Suspicious, a popular early (or earlier!) book of mine is being reissued, together with Tara’s The Sheriff of Shelter Valley. Written ten years ago, Suspicious is set in South Florida. . .

In Suspicious, we’re looking mostly at a tract of land that stretches across the lower end of the state. There are really two roads that cross it–Alligator Alley, recently incorporated into I-75. You can pop out of the Weston area of Broward County and visit Big Cypress and a wonderful Seminole museum.

Or you can take the Tamiami Trail.

Go back and read the rest. . .

Suspicious & The Sheriff of Shelter Valley
(Bestselling Author Collection)
Adult Romantic Suspense
Paperback, ebook, & audiobook 544 pages
May 26th 2015 by Harlequin

Suspicious
by Heather Graham

Cold-blooded predators lurk in the Everglades—and not all of them are gators

When Jesse Crane returned to his roots to serve on the Miccosukee police force, he’d hoped to leave behind the violence of the city and the memories of his murdered wife. But bodies start to pile up in Jesse’s corner of the sultry Florida swampland…

As he probes these crimes, Jesse is drawn to the beautiful Lorena Fortier, a new hire at the local gator farm and research facility. Lorena is a little too interested in Jesse’s investigation, but before he can uncover her true motives, they’re both pulled into a dangerous web of greed, ambition and animal cunning. To survive, they’ll have to decide whether they can trust each other…before the hunters become the hunted.

The Sheriff of Shelter Valley
by Tara Taylor Quinn

Six months ago, Beth woke up with no memory of her past, a bruised face and a little boy who called her “Mama.” Until her memory returns, the most dangerous thing she can do is to fall for the sheriff—the one man who can uncover the truth and destroy the person she’s become.

Heather GrahamHeather Graham

New York Times and USA Today best selling author, Heather Graham, majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written over two hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult and Christmas family fare.

She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty-five languages. She has written over 200 novels and has 60 million books in print. She has been honored with awards from booksellers and writers’ organizations for excellence in her work, and she is also proud to be a recipient of the Silver Bullet from Thriller Writers. (And award for charitable endeavors.) Heather has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, Mystery Book Club, People and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including Today, Entertainment Tonight and local television.

Heather loves travel and anything that has to do with the water, and is a certified scuba diver. She also loves ballroom dancing. Each year she hosts the Vampire Ball and Dinner theater at the RT convention raising money for the Pediatric Aids Society and in 2006 she hosted the first Writers for New Orleans Workshop to benefit the stricken Gulf Region. She is also the founder of “The Slush Pile Players,” presenting something that’s “almost like entertainment” for various conferences and benefits. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.

Tara Taylor Quinn

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. She is known for delivering deeply emotional and psychologically astute novels of suspense and romance. Tara is a recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award, a five time finalist for the RWA Rita Award, the Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Bookseller’s Best Award and appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists. Tara is the past-president of Romance Writers of America and served eight years on that board of directors. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning and is a frequent guest speaker. In her spare time Tara likes to travel, climb Arizona mountains, and inline skate.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

Click on the banner to take you to Tara’s landing page for all her tour events.

As part of Spend the Summer with Tara Taylor Quinn, Tara is holding a contest for those who share on social media about how they love life during the summer! Each day you can share an image, picture, or quote, linking to her events’ landing page (http://www.tarataylorquinn.com/Summer%20With%20ttq.html) to enter to win ONE BIG SUMMER BASKET!!!

Beach-themed basket will include: shell wind chime, shell choker and matching bracelet, beach/flip flop note cards, picture frame, 4×6 picture album, plus some surprise print copies of Tara’s books (including Once Upon a Friendship).

Share must be public to be eligible, one each day. US only. Giveaway ends July 16th.

Tour Giveaways

GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY
(All to one winner – US only.)
$10 VISA Gift Card
Copies of all five books on Tara’s Summer Tour
Spend the Summer with TTQ T-Shirt
Ends July 16th

SUSPICIOUS GIVEAWAY
$10 VISA Gift Card (INT)
Print copy of Suspicious/The Sheriff of Shelter Valley (US only)
2 ebooks of Suspicious/The Sheriff of Shelter Valley (INT)
Spend the Summer with TTQ T-shirt (US only)
Ends June 6th

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#FREE One Day Only (Tara Taylor Quinn)

MotherByFateSometimes things come out in my books that I don’t plan or expect.  Okay, most times.  Writing, for me, is a combination of accessing the unconscious mind, imagination, and telepathy.  My part, my responsibility, is to present myself to the page and then surrender. You’d think, after 70 books, I’d be good at it.  But I still struggle.  Letting go of self is hard.  Most particularly when life is requiring things of me and I need me to handle them.

Still, my books do not get written until I give in and let go.  I am no longer in control at that point.  Things happen.  In Mother By Fate, alot of things happened!  One in particular that took me by surprise.  I was typing along, listening to the dictation in my head, and someone appeared from the past - someone I knew – and feared.  He was the villain in three books – a suspense trilogy I wrote for MIRA books.

Today only, ANYONE who can guess who he is, or name the titles of any of the three books will receive the entire trilogy in eBook form.  ClickHere to enter. For those of you who read it the first time – you won’t have it in eBook form unless you went back and purchased it. It’s initial release was in print form only. There is no limit to how many people can win – today only.

Good Luck, Everyone! I’m going back down under…

Unlimited Free Reading for Thirty Days (Tara Taylor Quinn)

So my big news this week…

Number One New York Times Bestselling Author, Debbie Macomber, endorsed tnTheFriendshipPactThe Friendship Pact! Here is what she had to say:

“Tara Taylor Quinn tackles the subject of friendship—especially friendship between women—with the emotional investment she brings to all her books. Her writing is dramatic, her characters realistic, her stories involving.”

Debbie is a woman I’ve admired for many many years.  She’s a woman who has faced adversities many of us face, and some that many of us will never face.  From worrying about where her next meal was going to come from and spending her last ten dollars, the family grocery money, on postage to mail in a manuscript, to the death of her son, she has faced adversity.  Real tragedy.  And she remains a generous, giving woman who seems to always have a smile for anyone and everyone she faces.

She is gracious.  Human.  And never forgets where she came from or how it feels to fight to get ahead.  She has enough success now to buy a desert island and retire to paradise.  Instead, she’s writing non-fiction, to try to help others.  A children’s story.  And knitting patterns.  She’s still writing the women’s fiction novels that bring so many of us comfort and joy as we escape into world’s we want to inhabit.  And she’s still making time to have play days with her grandchildren.

Let’s have a Debbie Friendship day here.  For your ‘today’ entry into the Kindle Fire contest tell us what Debbie Macomber book you like most.  Or, if you haven’t read her, you can tell us that too.  But if you haven’t read her, you’ll probably want to.  And I have a way you can do it for free.  Simply go to tn_WhereTheRoadEnds_jpg (click on the book cover!) and start a completely free 30 day trial at Scrib’d.  You can read as many books as you’d like during your trial period.  Many of Debbie’s books are there.  And there are 44 ttq titles there as well.  If you like what you see, you can subscribe after your thirty days are up.  It’s $8.99 a month with no limit to how many books you can read.  It’s like Netflix for books.  Keep in mind, though, for now, these are all backlist titles.  You can find current releases on the site, but you have to buy them, so beware!  One last tip – this site is the only site where you’ll find Harlequin titles in this kind of program.  Harlequin granted Scrib’d an exclusive.

Happy Reading everyone!

Difficult Day (Krissie)

It’s a rough day.  We had my mother’s memorial service down in Princeton, and it was the final part of saying good-bye.  So it’s no wonder I didn’t get around to posting until now.  I’m sitting in a dingy motel, on my way back home in Vermont, and I’ll be watching DANCING WITH THE STARS (Go Derek, Go Apolo, Go Kirstie!) before I fall asleep.  Pray there aren’t bed bugs.  I was on the go all day, rushing back and forth to get cash to pay for stuff, then up to the chapel (which is more like a cathedral) and then back to my former BIL’s house for a reception, then drive four hours toward home in pouring rain.  It’s no wonder I was looking like this:

 

That’s me sitting down, looking half-dead, with my niece aka Mini-me in the blue scarf and Sally, my BFF, looking down.  Long day.  It’s hard to let go of your mother.

But the good news is that Amazon has set one of my classics for free for the next three days.  Just follow and the link and you can get RITUAL SINS absolutely free, good till Wednesday.  Tell your friends!

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As for me, I’m going to spend the night in the motel, preferably without bedbugs, and make my way the rest of the way home tomorrow, where I will stay put for … well, who knows how long?  I’ve gotta go see my sisters (Jenny Crusie and Lani Diane Rich).

Sometimes life gets a little too interesting.  But having friends and family makes all the difference