Taxes, new release and a free book

APRIL 15TH – TAX DAY.

Poor April–opens with fools and half-way through sits the most-hated day of the year. So named by Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas. http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/203562-the-worst-day-of-the-year-for-families

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The man makes a good point.

“When over 90 percent of returns are done by professionals or tax software, that should be a wake-up call that our tax code is far too complex,” Brady said.

My accountant charged me $495 today–and because we signed the return online, I wound up printing the file myself–all 58 pages!!!

Sigh.

So, to make up for this, I have some good news to share–and even something for FREE.

First, my first-in-series BLACK HILLS BABY is free EVERYWHERE, including Amazon online stores in Australia, Canada and the UK.

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Here are the links:

AU Store - http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01B9SJRV4
UK Store - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01B9SJRV4
CA Store - http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01B9SJRV4
Amazon - http://littl.ink/+ZELD 
iBooks - http://littl.ink/BHBabyFREE
BN - http://littl.ink/BHBabyFREEBN
KOBO - http://littl.ink/BHBabyKobo
Google Play - http://littl.ink/+w7p3

And, secondly, I have a new book releasing, too. BLACK HILLS BACHELOR, Bk IV in the Black Hills Rendezvous series, in out now. This is Mac’s story.

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Do you like complicated heroes who don’t think they’re complicated? Single dad Mac McGannon is as real and down-into-the-earth as it comes. He’s a miner, after all. No storybook nothin’ for him. But he’s also the guy who rescues broken things–a dog nobody wants, a hawk that left a scar, his late wife who kept secrets she took to her grave. He has no intention of falling for a glamorous Hollywood star with a hidden past–rife with secrets that could impact everyone, including Mac and his little girl. My beta readers tell me it’s the connection between love and loss that really spoke to them in this book.

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KOBO http://littl.ink/+beNo
Amazon http://littl.ink/+eDNz 
iTunes http://littl.ink/+W4NM
BN http://littl.ink/+O0Nb

I don’t know about you guys, nothing makes me more inclined to disappear into a good book than Tax Day.

Happy reading, my friends.

Deb

 

 

 

Too close to home

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On Wednesday morning around 8AM, a student at nearby UCMerced pulled out a hunting knife in a classroom on campus and started stabbing people. By the time the whole thing was done, 4 people were being treated for stab wounds–two seriously enough to be transported by helicopter to a trauma hospital–and the 18-year-old student who initiated the attack was dead.

My nephew is a parking guard at the UC. He works mornings. My first thought, of course, was: Is Michael okay? I also have many wonderful friends and several book club members who are faculty and work at the school. Were they all safe?

Luckily, the answer to those questions is: YES.

But safe doesn’t mean they were untouched by what happened. As Jamie, Michael’s wife who also works at UCMerced but at an off-campus facility, put it in a Facebook post, there’s plenty of heartache to go around in the aftermath:

So many of Mike‘s family and our friends contacting me to check on us today. The parents and staff at my girls’ school checking on his safety, and if the girls were worried and ok. To say that the events of today were shocking or sad is such an understatement. But the outpouring of love and support has filled my heart and I want you to know how appreciative we are. Neither of us were on campus when it happened. By some strange twist of fate, I had asked Mike to take Parker to her orthodontist appointment this morning. He normally begins work at 6:45. Selfishly, I’m so grateful that he was not there during the attack. He was later let on campus and my heart is heavy for the heartache he had to witness in the aftermath.
My heart is breaking for the families of the victims and the witness who now are dealing with experiencing such a tragic event. There are many stories of heroism, kindness, and love today. Please please please let these affect you more than the fear and sadness. 

This attack made national news, so you’ve probably heard as much as I have about the details: http://abc30.com/news/uc-merced-stabbing-suspect-identified/1069531/ As days go on, we’ll have more details about the who, how, when, and where, but what we may never fully know is the why. Revenge may have been his the motive, but why wouldn’t some sort of failsafe kick in to tell this young man that what he plotted was a very bad idea–that he could wind up dead if the acted on his bizarre plans? A very bad idea, indeed.

My heart is still heavy, but, taking Jamie’s advice, I’m going to try to stay positive, focus on the good around me and hug my loved ones. You have to start somewhere.

Deb

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PS: I have something new and fun happening on my website. My publisher, Tule, has set up an interactive sort of contest that allows readers to participate in “unlocking” chapters of my not-yet-released book, MONTANA MIRACLE. Chapter 1 is already open. You can download it here: http://littl.ink/DKS