Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

Sometimes things worth mentioning pile up, but there's not enough of each to justify a full blog post. Does that make sense? Here's a mix of things that have passed my desk lately that might be of interest. And trust me, this is a mix. ;-)

New title to long for

Fabulous Christy Elkins is about to release a new psychological thriller. Swim will be coming to a retailer near you June 25th.

I was fortunate to get to read an early version of the story, and it is fantastic. I will talk more about the book when it is released and you can actually get it. =)

I love Christy Elkins's books, because she keeps me guessing. I can never figure out who-dun-it, and it keeps me turning the pages at record speed, because I have to know what's really going on.

Sale on professional hair styling tools

Yes, this mix-and-match edition of my blog makes abrupt turns. The new website sells professional flat irons, hair dryers, and curling irons from Royale USA at bargain prices. I'm particularly enthralled with the automatic curler. Put a strand of hair in it, close the handles, and it curls the hair up by itself.

I'm also fascinated with the colors and patterns. I've never owned a flat iron, but I am sorely tempted to get a pink zebra. Normal price $300, now $64.99. It's still a lot of money, but with lifetime warranty...

If I do get one, I'll tell you all about it. If someone here has already tried one, I'd love to hear what you think.

Ooh, they have another super-cool item; wet-to-dry flat irons. I would love to try one of those.

Something for the pet lovers

PlexiDor Pet Doors have a super-fun contest where you can win 1,000 lbs of dog food. I've been trying to visualize 1,000 lbs of dog food, counting the food bags I get for my doggie-gang, and it's hard to imagine. Freight is included in the prize; it will be delivered to your door. Would be a perfect thing to win and donate to a rescue.

To enter, visit and post a photo of your dog using a pet door. It can be any pet door, it doesn't have to be a PlexiDor. If you don't have a pet door, get creative.

And, some news from me!

I haven't accomplished much along the lines of fiction this year, but I did write something. Conversion is a novella that will be published in the anthology "Futuristic in Nature" later this year together with stories by L.R. Currell and Dave Chattaway. It is also available as a free-standing book.


Rhodesia runs through the forest, hunted by creatures wearing the faces of people she loves. They plead to her to wait in the voices of her family, and the sound sends chills down her back. What is worse? Succumbing, and becoming a mindless drone with the others, or perishing in the forest, alone?

Roy Planter is a man with a mission, and he has no intention of staying on a plague-ridden planet where more humans turn into mindless drones every day. Being stuck in a city, grouped with a sword-wielding stick insect of a man and a busty blonde with a too vivid sense of humor are only temporary setbacks. He's leaving, first chance he gets. At least that's what he thinks until Rhodesia arrives.

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