My Walls Are Flannel

My Walls Are Flannel

I subscribe to TheBookDesigner blog because I once entertained the idea of designing my own book covers. There’s just one wee problem. In the process of selecting images and putting them together, I discovered I don’t have an eye for design.

Even if I borrow the idea exactly as it is, it still looks home made…or at least, home made by me.

Yet I love to fiddle with colors and images. Even if the end result looks childish and unprofessional, I do it for my own pleasure. Or sometimes, I do it for the pleasure of pure procrastination. It’s kind of like the first draft. Nobody but me sees the mess. Plus, when I design stuff on the computer, there’s no cleanup and I don’t have to whitewash my flannel walls with a new coat of paint.

So when the latest TheBookDesigner post showed up in my mailbox, I was thrilled to discover three new tips on finding and using images.

Photopin.com is advertised as free photos for bloggers and creatives. It’s simple, easy, straightforward. It pulls data from Flickr and you can filter images based on the Creative Commons licensing.

If you don’t have image editing software like Photoshop, TheBookDesigner recommends FreeOnlinePhotoEditor.com. It’s fun, you can fiddle till you’ve procrastinated the day away.

Lastly, there’s Google images which now has a cool little camera in the search bar to help you search for images using other images. For years I’ve had the image of a grumpy creature holding a coffee cup on my computer desktop. On a poor-pitiful-me day, I pulled it from the internet and since then, have never been able to locate the source. Now, I’ve uploaded the image and Google supplied me with links so I can locate and track the owner.  Apparently it’s a popular image. If anyone knows of the owner, please email me at .

Do you love images and design and color? Or do you use them like I do, a procrastination technique masked to look like work? And what color(s) are the walls in your house?

UPDATED: There’s a new design site out there and I’m hearing some wonderful things about it! Canva’s Free Stock Photos. Just register on their site like you do with all of the other image sites, and you have access to not only images, but a whole host of design tools too. No more need for Photoshop!

Bootleg My Heart by A.M. Westerling

Bootleg My Heart by A.M. Westerling

I’ve known A.M. Westerling for many years and when she shares pictures of her backyard garden on Facebook, I’m in love. I want to move to her house … or perhaps just have her come to mine so she can wave her magic wand over my gardens and turn them into paradise like hers. 🙂

But you’re not here today to listen to my gardening dreams, are you? Today is all about Book 25 in the Bandit Creek series, a historical set in the Prohibition days titled BOOTLEG MY HEART by A.M. Westerling.

A.M. Westerling lives by the motto “You don’t know unless you try” and is a former engineer. She enjoys cooking, gardening, camping, yoga, and watching pro sports.

And now for the BOOTLEG MY HEART teaser:

Delia Becker returns to Bandit Creek in search of the man who killed her dad several years earlier. She reopens her late father’s garage and hires the attractive stranger Jackson Durant to help her out. Only after she catches Jackson snooping around does she realize her new mechanic has a mysterious past.

Revenue man Jackson Durant arrives in Bandit Creek looking for the rum runners operating in the south east corner of Montana. Working undercover as a mechanic at Joe’s Garage, he finds himself falling for the garage’s owner, Delia Becker. The only problem is, all evidence points to her being part of the rum running gang he’s after.

Will their growing love for each other overcome the secrets that are spilled late one night on Lost Lake road? Or will Delia’s desire for revenge drive them apart?

If you’re looking for me this weekend, I’ll be spending it with family. But as soon as the Labour Day weekend is over, I’ll have my nose buried in this book. Check out the links below.

Read Carla Roma’s interview with author A.M. Westerling, an excerpt from BOOTLEG MY HEART, buy the book and join the Bandit Creek authors for the Facebook release party.

On the first and fifteenth of the month, check back for more new Bandit Creek books. There’s something at Bandit Creek for everybody!

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Under the Microscope at Plotting Princesses

Under the Microscope at Plotting Princesses

My good friend Vicki Batman, who writes funny and fabulous romantic comedy short stories and novels, convinced me to spend the day with the lovely gals at the Plotting Princesses website.

The Plotting Princesses are a group of north Texas romance authors who get together and brainstorm their plots. How cool is that? On their website, they talk about books, writing, interrogate interview guests authors, and more. Check it out.

So I’m hanging out over there today. Come join me at Under the Microscope: Sheila Seabrook – Wedding Fever.

 

When Thunder Rolls

When Thunder Rolls

I’m over at the Women Unplugged blog today, talking about last night’s storm and wondering, what both terrifies you and fascinates you?

Last night, we had a series of thunder storms pass through our area. In the middle of the night, we stood on our roof covered deck while lightning flashed around us and thunder boomed in our ears.

I don’t recall having storms like this when I was a kid. But ever since a tornado swept through our area in 1987, killing 37 people, injuring hundreds more, my awareness of storms has increased.

And I’m fascinated by them. On hot humid days like yesterday, I check the Weather Network because they almost always have a weather warning in place. And then I watch the sky.

Read the rest of this post here.

And the BBB blog post winner is …!

And the BBB blog post winner is …!

Now that paint day is over, it’s back to smelling the roses. Yep, that’s my favorite job around here. It requires no effort or thought, kind of like writing when I’m in the zone. 🙂

The big news today is the winner of my blog contest, open to all those who posted a comment during the Beach Book Blast event from August 15th to August 18th.

Becky Ward, come on down. You’ve won an ebook copy of my book, Wedding Fever, as well as my favorite ecookbook, Soups For All Seasons by Anne Ellis!!!

But wait, there’s more…

It’s Monday and I’m in a good mood. Or maybe now that the paint is dry, I need another excuse to avoid my current mess-in-progress. Uh, I mean manuscript. So to all the lovely people who commented on my blog during the Beach Book Blast event, if you haven’t already picked up an ebook copy of Wedding Fever, I’ll be giving each of you a copy of my ebook. Watch for my email to hit your inbox.

Thanks to everyone for hanging around the beach with me. Happy reading!

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