The Gift of Sight

The Gift of Sight

Join me at the Women Unplugged blog where I’m talking about The Gift of Sight.

My mother has macular degeneration, a medical condition which results in the loss of vision at the center of the eye. Eventually it spreads outward and causes blindness. This condition makes it difficult or impossible for her to recognize faces and read the newspaper. Although she still has enough peripheral vision to allow her to perform the daily activities in her life, there are many other limitations.

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Always A Lady by Victoria Chatham

Always A Lady by Victoria Chatham

Welcome to Book 14 in the Bandit Creek series, a historical book titled Always A Lady by Victoria Chatham!

Lady Serena Buxton follows her husband from England to Bandit Creek, Montana. Randolph is a partner in the Ellis gold mine, but when she arrives, she is horrified to find that Randolph is missing.

Sheriff Wilson seems to be keeping a watchful eye on her. Why? Douglas King, the mine manager, treats her as if she is already a widow. What does he know? The bank manager refuses her request for access to Randolph’s account. With no husband and no money, what is a girl to do?

Serena has an unsuspected and quite shocking talent. She can belly dance. With the help of two enterprising local ladies, Serena prepares for a public performance. But when the news leaks out, she finds the only venue she can secure is in the Men’s Club owned by King. Like it or not, she has no option but to ask him regardless of what terms he may insist on. Billed as Ayesha, Oriental Dancer Extraordinaire, she prepares for her show which she hopes will make enough money for her to stay in Bandit Creek until Randolph is found.

The whole town, as well as a train full of people from nearby Missoula, turns out for her performance. The Club is packed. But who is in the crowd, watching? Will King insist on exacting his fees? And will Serena be reunited with the husband she loves?

Read Carla Roma’s interview with Victoria Chatham or an excerpt from Always A Lady or buy the book. And be sure to stop by for the Facebook release party where you’ll have a chance to win some terrific prizes.

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

Stay tuned for my upcoming Bandit Creek releases. BABY FEVER, part of the Fool’s Gold anthology, is scheduled for release on April 1, 2012. And WEDDING FEVER, the follow up story, will be out on July 15, 2012.

ROW80: Week 10 Check In

ROW80: Week 10 Check In

Welcome to week 10 of the ROW80 writing challenge. As we near the end of this quarter’s challenge, I feel like I’m making progress. Over at the Women Unplugged blog, I whined about rewriting. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to give me their support, encouragement, and suggestions.

1) Write every morning:

– Success! Although writing currently means rewriting. I’m detailing the events of each scene on my little colored sticky notes which I stick into a scribbler. This simple task allows me to see the scene and story structure, and I’m in awe of how it illuminates the weaknesses in the story. I’m about half way through the book and am hoping to finish it up this week.

2) Social Media:

– Family commitments once again kept me running, so I spent very little time on the internet this week.

– Instead, I focused on the writing, as that must come first.

3) Avoid chocolate:

– Still hanging in there. 🙂

4) Exercise:

– Ummm, we’ll just skip this section again, although spring is finally here and it’s now warm enough to take those walks outside.

5) Read:

– I finished reading the new Lisa Lutz book TRAIL OF THE SPELLMANS. If you love quirky humor about quirky families, check this series out. The heroine is a private investigator who works for her family. There are no dead people, but each book involves several cases and every case has a humorous slant.

– What’s up next? It’s a toss up between the latest Christy Hayes novel, The Sweetheart Hoax, or this week’s Bandit Creek release, Always A Lady by Victoria Chatham.

Check out the A Round of Words in 80 Days blog and maybe you’ll want to join us next time.

Happy ROW80 everyone and thanks for stopping by!

Walking on a Tightrope

Walking on a Tightrope

I’m rewriting a story. I’ve been rewriting this story for the past two years. Every time I pull it out, I stare at the words on the screen, then decide I’d rather become a tightrope walker without a safety net. Instead of writing, I fold laundry, walk the dust bunnies, and stare out the window at the still falling snow.

Come join me at the Women Unplugged blog where I’m seeking out your advice.

ROW80: Week 9 Check In

ROW80: Week 9 Check In

Welcome to week 9 of the ROW80 writing challenge. I spent this week formatting the Bandit Creek FOOL’S GOLD Anthology book, which will be out on April 1, 2012. It’s a beautiful cover, isn’t it? April Martinez at http://graphicfantastic.com/ has designed all of the Bandit Creek books.

I’ve sent the book out to the other authors in the anthology so they can review it for any errors. Yay, off my desk and onto theirs. 🙂

1) Write every morning:

– The revisions to TERMS OF SURRENDER went slow, due to the fact that the book is missing that special something that makes me exicted to rewrite it. I came up with a few ideas and will begin to implement them this week.

2) Social Media:

– Lots of talk about Pinterest this week and the copyright issue. As sad as it makes me, I will probably delete the boards and my account.

– Family commitments kept me running, but that’s what happens when one has elderly parents. I quit counting blog visits.

3) Avoid chocolate:

– Success! 🙂

4) Exercise:

– This week, the treadmill collected more dust and I’m hoping this week is quieter so I can get back on it.

5) Read:

– On Friday, I renewed my library card and pulled the new Lisa Lutz book TRAIL OF THE SPELLMANS. I love this series. It’s funny, fast moving, and one of those ‘I can’t put this down!’ reads. But … I’m only on page 2.

Check out the A Round of Words in 80 Days blog and maybe you’ll want to join us next time.

Happy ROW80 everyone and thanks for stopping by!

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