Saint Odd By Dean Koontz Giveaway

Cover of Saint Odd by Dean Koontz.Saint Odd is the latest (and supposedly last) book in the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz. It is just as good (or better) than all the other books. I have bought copies of each and every one of these books, and I have read them all several times (except the last one – because it just came out – give me time!)

If you haven’t read them, you should. They have a bit of everything in them…including humor, adventure, and romance.

I’m giving away this copy because I got it as part of some swag, after I had already bought my own copy, so now I have two copies, and no one really NEEDS two copies of one book (well, except maybe the Bible, or a dictionary).

So one of you guys (US only though ’cause I have to pay for shipping) is gonna be the lucky winner of a hardback copy of this really great read.

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Mid Century Mayhem By Bella Street Book Blast

Mid Century Mayham cover picture.Mid Century Mayhem by Bella Street

Modern day Nashville and 1950s Detroit clash worse than an IKEA futon and a plaid Barcalounger when a free-spirited interior designer and a strait-laced automotive engineer find themselves in another time. TOMS-wearing Olivia Haugen and Madras-shirted Kyle Daniels have no idea why they’ve ended up in 1954 Michigan, but it’s probably not because of all the swank mid-century furnishings. Discovering the reason might have something to do with a wily salvage warehouse owner and her not-so-little shop of secrets.

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Praise for the book:
“Wow this book just drew me right into it from the start.”–Diana K.
“Loved it. Details of the past were so real, you felt you were there!” –Amy B.
“This book was amazing. It was funny, harrowing, nerve-racking, and just plain awesome!!!” –Tiffany T.

 

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Excerpt

“It’s about to storm,” Constance said, dutifully changing the subject. As if manifested by her words, the sunlight disappeared and a rumble of thunder could be heard in the distance. She pursed her lips. “So I guess you’re heading home to that feckless man-friend of yours. Clayton, wasn’t it?”

“It’s Troy.” Olivia tilted her head. “Clayton was last month.”

Constance rolled her eyes. “I’m going to start making a list so I can keep track.”

“It’s not that bad,” Olivia protested. “Don’t be dramatic.”

“If it’s a lack of drama you want, you should lay off artists and musicians.” The shop owner sniffed. “You should be looking into more mature men like—”

“Your nephew Kyle—that pinnacle of malehood and maturity, or so I’ve heard.”

“It wouldn’t kill you to at least meet the man one of these times.”

“And disappoint you when he fails to pique my interest?”

“You can’t know that,” Constance said, exasperation in her tone.

Olivia arched a brow. “You said he’s an engineer. And thirty years old. Could he sound any more exciting?”

“He’s level-headed, has a great career—”

“And is such a catch that he’s still single at his advanced age.”

“Don’t get smart with me.”

Smirking, Olivia shrugged. “I’ve heard this before. It’s all a retread.”

“That’s what you get here in spades. Retro retread.”

Olivia patted her lightly on her head. “Let’s keep the retro to home décor, shall we?”

Constance crossed her ample arms over her chest, her expression mulish. “I’m not kidding about the demand of mid-century inventory. You’re going to have to find another access point if you want the good stuff. And grab one of those umbrellas by the door or you’ll get yourself soaked to the skin.”

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Kyle Daniels pressed himself against the brick storefront behind him, his body just inches out of the sudden downpour. The slight overhang of the building, however, failed to stop the rain from splashing onto his shoes. He frowned. The shoes were new—as were his pressed trousers, which were becoming speckled with moisture.

That ridiculous door jingle sounded and he peered through the sheet of rain to see a customer leaving the salvage shop, umbrella poised high over her head.

Not just any customer. He’d seen that white-blond hair and lithe figure before.

Olivia Haugen—the answer to all his dreams, according to Great Aunt Constance.

Kyle had caught a glimpse of her a few times—usually leaving the shop—and every time he saw her, his impression was the same. She was artsy, high-strung, and flighty.

And he hadn’t even met the woman.

Just the way her pale hair floated around her face vexed him. How could she stand it getting in her eyes all the time? She drifted down the sidewalk in a vague, dreamy way—even in the rain. Didn’t she realize she could trip on the broken sidewalk? Or get mugged by a stray criminal? She seemed completely unaware of her surroundings.

And when he saw her climb into a yellow and blue Mini Cooper, painted with the bold lettering of House Whisperer Inc., he had all the information he needed to come to a reasoned, logical conclusion.

She was a nonstarter.

A pointless pursuit.

Besides that, he knew in his gut that she’d never give him the time of day. He’d come in contact with females of her ilk before, and knew a meeting with her would be accompanied by an amused yet dismissive look coupled with the usual disdain for his attire. Madras shirts and Dockers apparently provoked rolled eyes and barely suppressed snickers. Kyle figured she’d go for the type of guy in skinny jeans and V-neck T-shirts that revealed a bony sternum.

And there would be hair gel. Lots of it.

Sorry, Aunt Constance. This dream of yours will just have to crawl into a corner somewhere and die.

 

Bella StreetAuthor Bella Street

#1 Amazon Bestselling author in Time Travel & Gothic Romance!
Living so close to Nashville has provoked Bella to take up fiddle lessons. Until her tunes no longer sound like amorous alley cats, she writes weird romance (which includes Gothic romance, science fiction romance, apocalypse, time travel, paranormal, fantasy romance, New Adult–and possibly sasquatch).

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Cold Weather Can Kill

Ice on the walkway to my porch.

It can kill animals.

It hasn’t actually been icy yet this year (at least not here) but it has frozen the last few nights.

Animals left outside without adequate shelter can freeze to death. And since their water will freeze, you need to check that too.

My chickens water froze and they were really happy to see me bringing them some this morning. They have a closed coop but not all of them seem to want to roost in there. At least not yet.

So far they are surviving fine, but they have feathers to keep them warm. Dogs might not fare so well.

Please make sure any animals around you have a warm place to sleep, and if you see some that don’t, call the police.

It can kill people.

Lots of people may not be quite ready for the cold this year either. I have seen people going outside without adequate clothing for the cold weather. All it will take is one fall, and if they are stuck outside too long, it will kill them.

Make sure all your family knows this, and put their coats on before going out in the cold.

It wouldn’t hurt to have a blanket and/or extra coat in the vehicle too, just in case. You never know when a breakdown might occur, and it is much better to be safe than sorry.

It can kill cable.

My cable anyway. I have no idea what (exactly) the problem is, but you would think after having the same thing happen several years in a row, that the cable company would have it’s duckies all in a row. But do they???

Apparently not.

My internet has gone down, in the evening, for the past two days. It goes down about 4:30 to 5:00 in the afternoon, and stays down till about 9:00 in the morning. The cable company folks say it is the cold weather, and they are working on it.

I don’t get it. Does this happen to you guys who live up north?

Anyway be careful out there. Have some books handy in case you can’t get online.  :)

The Secret Keeper By Sandra Byrd

Cover of The Secret Keeper by Sandra Byrd. The Secret Keeper : A Novel of Kateryn Parr by Sandra Byrd is even better than the first book in the Ladies In Waiting series.

This one is about a lady who served King Henrys last wife. The wife who survived him. His widow.

The first book was about a lady who served Anne Boleyn and the last book is about a lady who served Queen Elizabeth.

All of the books tell really good stories. One of the best things about them is that they are told from the point of view of the ladies who served the Queens. There are already lots of stories out there about the Queens…these are more interesting because you can see that the people around those in power actually have lives of their own.

A lot of books about famous or powerful people seem to assume that the people around the famous person are not the least bit interesting in themselves…these books pretty much prove that isn’t true.

This book is about a lady in waiting who is a young girl with the gift of prophesy.  Which was a dangerous thing to have.  Of course being young and pretty was a danger itself. She was attacked by a man who was supposed to be a “gentleman”.  There are lots of those in this world so that is very realistic.

This book has some great characters and it was a really good read.

About the book:

What she sees in secret, she may not tell.
Mistress Juliana St. John is the lovely, forthright daughter of a prosperous knight’s family. Though all expect her to marry the son of her late father’s business partner, time and chance interrupt, sending her to the sumptuous but deceptive court of Henry VIII.
Sir Thomas Seymour, brother of the late Queen Jane, returns to Wiltshire to conclude his affairs with Juliana’s father’s estate and chances upon her reading as lector in the local church. He sees instantly that she would fit into the household of the woman he loves and wants most to please, Kateryn Parr. Juliana’s mother agrees to have her placed with Parr for a season and Juliana goes, though reluctantly.
For she keeps a secret.
As Juliana accompanies Kateryn Parr to court, Henry’s devout sixth queen raises the stakes for all reformers. Support of firebrand Anne Askew puts the queen and her ladies in life-threatening jeopardy, as does the queen’s desire to influence her husband’s—and the realm’s—direction and beliefs. Later, without Henry’s strong arm, the court devolves to competition, duplicity, and betrayal. The risks could not be higher as Juliana must choose between love and honor, personal fulfillment and sacrifice. Ultimately, her course is driven by a final kept secret, one that undoes everything she thought she knew.

Promo picture of Author Sandra Byrd.

andra Byrd has published more than three dozen books in the fiction and nonfiction markets, including the first two books in her Tudor series, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn and The secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr. For more than a decade Sandra has shared her secrets with the many new writers she edits, mentors, and coaches. She lives in the Seattle, Washington, area with her husband and two children.

Sandra can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Please share this post and be sure to check out my review of the other novels in this series : Roses Have Thorns, and To Die For.

Comfort is Relative

Red Pandas Asleep in a TreeThese red pandas look really comfortable. I would not find a tree all that comfortable to sleep in though. Not unless it had a tree house in it anyway.

People here in the US tend to think you need a lot to be comfortable. I expect many people in Africa and India would think some of the “poor” folks here were extremely comfortable.

But if you ask those same “poor” folk they would say they are not.

Many of the people I know seem to think you need cell phones and TVs and computers to be comfortable these days.

Or swimming pools and large beds and carpets.

Other people consider having a blanket or quilt the ultimate in comfort.

It all depends on where you are how you look at things.

My father in law passed away yesterday after being in the hospital for several days. They tried to treat him with antibiotics but it did not help. So they went to what they call “comfort care”. Which is mainly just keeping him comfortable and as free of pain as possible.

We stayed up there with him for most of each day and I have to say that I am extremely grateful for my comfortable bed after trying to sleep in the recliners at the hospital. Picture of a person sleeping on the concrete.But those recliners are much better than sleeping on the concrete.

It didn’t really seem to me that my father in law was all that comfortable but he had a place to go where they could and would take care of him (keep him clean), give him pain medication, and let his family stay with him. That is much more than many people have.

Count your blessings. Comfort is relative.

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A Civil War Reenactment Dress And A Faire Dress

The Civil War dress costume is a lovely shade of blue with white edgings.
Civil War Reenactment Costume Ball Dress.

I’m pretty sure the material is satin. It is shiny and soft and feels rich.

The dress is actually three pieces. The skirt, the top, the sash. It is NOT period correct (means not made as dresses were back then). This one has elastic in the arm band and the neckline, and the waist has a draw string so it will fit pretty much anyone that doesn’t have a HUGE bust.  I am pretty big (meaning fat of course) and it fits me.

Since it has all the elastic and the adjustable tie in the waist band it will fit someone small too.

It has beautiful ribbon around the neck, arms, and the bottom of the skirt.

Neckline of the Civil War dress showing the lace lineing.

The ribbon edging the bottom of the civil war dress.

Showing the dress without the sash.This dress is very well made and is like new. It has been tried on a couple of times to show it to family but other than that it has been in a box in my closet for 5 years. I kept meaning to sell it but never got around to it…until now.

You can see some pictures of similar dresses on this search page (there are several made the same way with elastic and drawstrings).

The other dress is Purple Medieval Renaissance Faire dress and is pretty big. I’m not sure but I think it is a 2XL. It was even a bit too big for me back then(haven’t tried it on against since then) but the way it is made if you wear a belt or chain with it it looks good anyway. But probably not good for a smaller woman…unless you can sew and know how to take it in.

Purple Renaissance Fantasy DressIt has chiffon around the neck and the sleeves are chiffon. It is very well made too and is velvet. You can see similar dresses on dress forms here.

It would make me very happy if you share this post. Especially with anyone who might want to buy one (or all three dresses). They need a home with someone who will actually wear them.

Please share. Thank you :)

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