Saturday, February 26, 2011

So You Want to Shoot a Gun

After wonderful week filled with excitement due to my New Release, "Faithful Deceptions", I was ready for a little rest.  But first....FIELD TRIP!!!

My wonderful RWA chapter took a field trip Friday night to a shooting range.  What terrific research.  I grew up around guns, can shoot them and I'm a pretty good shot.  LOL But that said, I respect guns.  Even after all the experience I've had handling them, I still never get too comfortable around them.  Learning everything I can about gun safety is a very high priority in my book.  We had an hour of great instructions and safety rules before we even thought about stepping into the firing range.

.460 Magnum Revolver on the end.
 We were able to shoot a variety of calibers and brands.  My friend allowed her husband to bring his Smith & Wesson’s .460 Magnum Revolver and yes, I shot that baby too! LOL  Talk about adrenaline rush!!  And intimidation!  Wow!  Biggest hand gun I've ever seen.  Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. :)
Bulls Eye! No, really! LOL

Can't wait for the next one and the chance to get my license!  Like I said, Awesome Research!!  The fun was an added bonus! :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Only Time Will Tell

It's been one hectic journey since the day I decided to take the next step in my writing career.  Talk about ups and downs.  I now understand why we go to school when we're young.  This tired brain of mine just refuses to learn like it used to.  Who was it that said, 'You can't teach an old dog new tricks'?  I'm beginning to think they were right on target with that!  This was one giant learning curve.  I know just enough about html codes to get myself in major trouble.  Let me put it this way.  Until my dear younger brother, who is the computer genius, told me otherwise, I thought html was an abbreviation for hotmail.  Go ahead.  Laugh.  He still does. :)

All this excited gibber to say:  If I've done everything right, (crossing everything I got) you should be able to find your copy of "Faithful Deceptions" both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble as an ebook.  The print copy is still in the works, but I should have that worked out by the middle of March. Again with the fingers crossed.

Wow!  I can barely stand the excitement of knowing someone can actually pick up my book and read it.  What a wonderful feeling and totally scary thought all wrapped up into one.

Only time will tell what the outcome will be.

Thanks for all the support and encourement!  I could never have taken my dream this far without all the great writers and friends I've made along the way.  You guys ROCK!

Links to make it easy:

AMAZON - For Kindle


Off to do some more happy dancing! LOL

Monday, February 14, 2011

Special Day

Hi, Everyone!

Happy Valentine's Day!  Hope it's special and full of laughter and love! :)

Today is extra special for me.  16 years ago, I got the best Valentine's present.  My oldest daughter was born.  I've blogged about her party over at  Stop in and say hello.  I'd love some advice on how to deal with this growing up stuff.  Especially the boy part! LOL

Enjoy your Special DAY!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Crimson Snow by Cheri Jetton

Here's a great book to add to your list!  I've downloaded my copy and can't wait to start reading!

When high school teacher Sara Hansen witnesses a drive-by shooting, the Detroit police advise her to leave town for awhile. She goes to her brother’s Sugar Island home off Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but finds no refuge.

She’s dropped by a rifle shot as she enjoys a snowy morning stroll. Her brother and sister-in-law are out of town at the time.

Daniel Leeds, a former Detroit homicide detective who has resigned in disillusionment, hears the shot from his cabin on the next property and finds Sara bleeding in the snow. He takes her home and cares for her until help arrives. He follows the ambulance to the hospital where he keeps vigil.

An idealistic educator and a dispirited ex-law enforcement officer. Can he keep her safe while solving the mystery? Can she make him see she’s a grown woman and can take care of herself? Come to the snowy Upper Peninsula with us and watch it all unfold.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Adventures in Formatting

It's colder than blue blazes down here in my part of Texas.  We rarely have temperatures in the 20's.  And snow in the forecast?  I don't think so.  Well, it didn't snow this year, but our highs hung around 35 all week.  Kids got a snow day off from school and everything.  But Mother Nature has taken a vacation or something.  Someone please wake her up so things can get back to normal around here.

Okay, enough whining.  So I've decided to self-publish.  Got my cover done.  Had to learn a few things on a new program, but all in all it wasn't too bad.  Next up, the formatting.

Yes, I'm a bit Frazzled!!
This is where it gets tricky.  No one told me that every e-reader out there works off a different kind of format.  We've got HTML, E-pub, Doc, PDF, ODT, use page breaks, don't use page breaks, line indents--did I mention I'm a bit ADD. LOL  Focus, dang it.  I need to pick one site, Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and work on getting it set up correctly before I move on to the next one.  But no, that control issue thing I have is pushing me to have them all ready at the same time so anyone who wants a copy can get a copy.  Ugh. 

It's okay.  I'm still wearing a smile.  Well sorta. :)  I've got links galore to help me.  All it will take is sitting down and concentrating till I work it out.  That's right kids, hubby, dog, cat, phone, mailman and whoever else just has to have my immediate attention.  I'm working here and distractions are not acceptable.

Great blogs I use to brighten my day after frustration sets in:

Goal for the week:  Have book up and ready to download on Kindle to see how successful my formatting job is.

Wish me luck!  I'm gonna need it!