Monday, September 24, 2018


Remember the last time I had news about my daughter's painting hanging in the London Portrait Gallery and some of you guessed another grandchild?  This time you would be right.  The twins will have a baby brother in February.  'Only one' they were quick to point out:)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Happy Birthday

Today's your day. Note the card. It's in the mail:)

We still have power and no downed trees. So far we have been very lucky. There have been nearly twenty fatalities in the Carolinas from Florence. In North Carolina there are huge pockets of flooding, it's still raining (though it's closer to moving through) and the rivers haven't crested yet.  Travelers are being asked to avoid the entire state.

UPDATE: The sun is shining! The rain has stopped! And I saw butterflies. We may get a little more but, except for cresting rivers,  the worst is over. We have been very lucky, especially compared to those in other areas of N and SC. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

It's The Weekend


Greenville is now getting rain. Some areas of town closed off.
New Bern has been smacked. Many residents are waiting on roofs for rescue.
North Myrtle Beach: Flash flood warning.
River Bend: Flooded.
Statesville: Gusty winds and rain. Flood watch. (Saturday)
Wilmington: Saddened to hear there were fatalities.
Wrightsville Beach: Heavy wind gusts.
To those dealing with Florence, what's going on in your area?

* Thanks to all that have reached out and are concerned. So far, so good. We have power and no downed tree.

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Button

Please welcome friend and fellow author D.L. Finn here to tell us about her wonderful new release.

Thank you, Sandra, for inviting me to your blog to help celebrate this week's release of The Button!Button_covEbkFinal


Lynn Hill left a difficult childhood behind when she turned eighteen. The 1980s were going to be the beginning of a great life. Then what started as an ordinary evening out with her best friend, Stacy, turns into a nightmare. Lynn hears warnings: “Go!” “Leave!” Believing she is hearing things after partying too much, she goes back for one more drink before going home. That decision sets off a chain of events that nothing could have prepared her for. While humans and not-so-human beings are attempting to either help or harm her, Lynn risks everything to find the only person she trusts, Stacy. Who can help her? The stepbrother who shows up right when she needs him or the attractive, helpful bartender who gives her his phone number? Lynn must learn to trust again. Her survival depends on it in this paranormal thriller.


Castro Valley, California, 1976

Lynn was suddenly aware of her surroundings. It was tranquil floating above her still body next to angels. She felt indifferent at seeing her pale form hooked up to wires and IVs, although the beeping machines indicated that her body was still alive.
“You have to go back—you have more to do,” the female angel informed her.
Lynn met the angel’s steady gaze. While she was in awe of her beauty, it was the angel’s silver dress that drew her attention. It reminded her of how the water in her grandmother’s pool had wrapped her in serenity when she sat at the bottom. She’d loved doing that for as long as she could hold her breath. It was one of the few times she felt safe, cocooned in water where no one could hurt her. That dress, flowing like water around the angel, affected Lynn in the same way as the pool did—it made her feel safe. The angel pushed her hair back, causing it to cascade over her peacock-green wings.
Lynn turned her attention to the male angel. His smile was mesmerizing—like a lava lamp, hot and fluid. What a babe! With his long brown hair, strong chiseled features, and green eyes she could get lost in, she felt she could totally spend eternity with him. He smiled broadly at her, but the smile quickly disappeared when the female angel scowled at him. Wait a minute—do they know what I’m thinking? Not cool! Lynn felt her face redden.
The embarrassment was quickly erased as both angels smiled at her again. Lynn wished they’d say more, but she wanted to continue to hang out with them. She was feeling a peace she’d never felt before.
She started to express her desire to stay. “I don’t—” was all she got out before images of an older version of herself filled her mind all at once. Then she was thrust back—into her life and that pallid body hooked up to the beeping machines.

Random Finn Facts:
  1. I lived the first 28 years of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area. The following 28 years have been spent in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The next 28 years...?
  1. I look for heart shapes in nature and take photographs. I collect heart-shaped rocks.
  1. I enjoy watching sports. A few of my favorite teams have made it into my books including: Oakland Athletics, San Jose Sharks, and Oakland Raiders.

D.L. Finn is an independent California local, who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA. She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks and cedars, her creativity was cradled until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to her readers to join her.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

IWSG Wednesday

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.

FYI: The IWSG monthly question can be found under the IWSG Sign-up tab on the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog.

September 5 question - What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?

I have been writing since the prehistoric age, I.E. when a writer used a typewriter (gasp) and before E-books.  When I first started out, I applied with several publishers and later found an agent, but I didn't have any success in the traditional world.  Then E-Books (and computers:) came along. I found my  niche and have never looked back. I'm currently a hybrid author. I have books with Kensington and I'm self-published. Originally, I published with several small presses. It was a great experience, I made many friends and learned the ins and outs of publishing. I recommend it for authors that are just starting out. There are some excellent E/small presses out there. From there you may decide you want to stay, go trad or Indie. Wherever your journey takes you, I wish you much success.