Friday, January 23, 2015

Writing a knitting pattern

Writing a #knitting pattern for a 1940s style short sleeved raglan sweater/top bc I love #vintage styles. Will post on blog eventually.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

$1.99 ebook sale!

The first 3 Sushi series books and the first 2 Protection for Hire ebooks on sale for $1.99! Don't know for how long. Be sure to follow me on Amazon to get informed of my new releases!

Sushi for One:

Only Uni:

Single Sashimi:

Protection for Hire:

A Dangerous Stage:

Monday, January 05, 2015

Prelude for a Lord - names part 6 Sir Hermes

This is continuing my series explaining how I came up with the weird (and not so weird) names of my characters in Prelude for a Lord.

Bayard’s stepfather, Sir Hermes Morrish

Sir Hermes was one of the easiest characters to name. He’s a bit foolish, and very easy going. The Greek god Hermes is sometimes portrayed as the Fool, with abstract knowledge and child-like innocence.

When I looked up the meaning of the word, “moron,” it mentioned the Latin word morus which means “foolish.” I tweaked “morus” into Morrish for Sir Hermes’ surname.

Sir Hermes is very carefree, with a boundless enthusiasm for life that makes Bayard’s mother feel young and carefree herself. Sir Hermes is a considerable contrast to the personality of her late husband, Bayard’s father, which might be why she remarried to a man like Sir Hermes Morrish.

Sir Hermes is rather self-absorbed. He charmed Bayard’s widowed mother despite the fact he is slightly lower in social status and has less money than Bayard’s family. However, Sir Hermes is a gentleman—he is not a commoner nor is he bankrupt.

He spends freely as the whim takes him, but is not extravagant. The reason is because he only gambles if the game entertains him, and most players are too stodgy and serious, so he doesn’t play as much as he could and he’s not too bad a loser.

I will confess that I modeled Sir Hermes’s nephew, Mr. Robert Morrish, after Robert Ferrars in Emma Thompson’s Sense and Sensibility. He is like a ginger colored horse, with big front teeth and weak chin. He looks a little like his cheerful uncle, Sir Hermes, but with shiftier eyes. He has a rather cruel wit, and he dances very well—better than Lord Dommick, alas.

Bayard’s friends, the Quartet

I did come up with specific names for each of these young men, but I am also planning on writing their stories in future books, so I think I will not yet blog about the meanings behind their names. (I hear your collective cries of dismay!) If you’re on my Camille Elliot newsletter, you’ll be sure to hear when the next book in this series is available!

I hope you enjoyed this blog series! I had fun figuring out what to name each of my characters!

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Story Sensei worksheets

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Unshakeable Pursuit only 99 cents until Dec 31st

Book #4.2 in my Sonoma series, Unshakeable Pursuit, is only 99 cents, but sale ends December 31st. Get your copy before the price goes up!

Originally published in the Sealed with a Kiss anthology.

Doctor Geoffrey Whelan was in Japan when the tsunami hit, killing his cousin and grandmother. He has worked in medical missions for years to assuage his survivor’s guilt, and now that he’s back in Sonoma to help his family, he can’t figure out why he still feels so wounded and God feels so far away.

Then a mysterious young woman warns him that he and nurse Maylin Kinley are in mortal danger.

Maylin notices that Geoffrey is not the same arrogant doctor she met years ago in Los Angeles. Now that they are working together again in a clinic in Sonoma, she fights her attraction towards him because his confident, forceful personality reminds her too much of her abusive ex-boyfriend, who called himself a Christian.

She has been steering clear of her handsome coworker—until Asian hit men attack the clinic and they are forced to run for their lives. Now they must race to figure out how the threat is connected to a young teenager whose life they saved—before everyone they love is caught in the crossfire.

This is book #4.2 in my romantic suspense Sonoma series, although each book can be read alone.

Get Unshakeable Pursuit on Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, Nook.

The Sonoma series books are:
#1: Deadly Intent
#2: Formula for Danger
#3: Stalker in the Shadows
#4: Narrow Escape
#4.1: Necessary Proof (novella) (FREE!)
#4.2: Unshakeable Pursuit (novella)
#5: Treacherous Intent

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cry Out to Jesus

For those of you who might be having a hard time this Christmas, here’s one of my favorite songs. It was actually the theme song to my book, Treacherous Intent, because of the trauma the hero was going through after he came back from Afghanistan.

"Cry Out To Jesus" by Third Day

To everyone who's lost someone they love
Long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough
when you said goodbye

And to all of the people with burdens and pains
Keeping you back from your life
You believe that there's nothing and there is no one
Who can make it right

There is hope for the helpless
Rest for the weary
Love for the broken heart
There is grace and forgiveness
Mercy and healing
He'll meet you wherever you are
Cry out to Jesus, Cry out to Jesus

For the marriage that's struggling just to hang on
They lost all of their faith in love
They've done all they can to make it right again
Still it's not enough

For the ones who can't break the addictions and chains
You try to give up but you come back again
Just remember that you're not alone in your shame
And your suffering

When your lonely
And it feels like the whole world is falling on you
You just reach out, you just cry out to Jesus
Cry to Jesus

To the widow who suffers from being alone
Wiping the tears from her eyes
For the children around the world without a home
Say a prayer tonight

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