Friday, January 18, 2019

Rambling Friday: The Personal Pros and Cons of...Snow!

Snow. Snow. Snow. Snow. 


The Cons:
Winter is COLD. Usually. That means SNOW is cold.
Duh.
Temperatures fall. 
Noses freeze.
Pipes freeze (sometimes)


Along with the snow comes sleet, ice and wind.
Danger comes in driving.
Slippery roads means wrecks and worse.

Slippery land, sidewalks, etc.
means falls, broken bones, bruises.

Bundle-some clothing.
Boots, and hats, gloves and coats.
Sometimes you put on too much.
Sometimes not enough.
Sigh.


BUT...

The Pros:
Fun times like outdoor activites:
Ice skating
snowball fights and building the forts of protection
snowman creating
skiing
snowmobiling
quiet walks

Then there's...
hot cocoa warming chilled hands
tasty soups warming your insides
toasty marshmallows
Smores

And...
playing indoor games:
Clue, Sorry, Battleship, Monopoly
and children's games

Puzzles, Word searches, Sudoku, Crosswords
Sewing Projects, Neglected Projects
Knitting, Crocheting, Scrapbooking
and on and on...

There's the warm, snuggly feeling of 
warm blankets,
cozy sweaters
and cute slipper socks.


Fun, furry hats
Sleek classic gloves and fingerless gloves.

Fancy, dress-up boots
Dutiful, work-able boots
Scarves! 'nouf said.

Can we describe watching the fluffy flakes falling?
Touching our noses,
Whitening our hair,
sending us to a dream world?

Can we forget watching the graceful skaters?
Or the children's laughing faces while sledding?
Horse-drawn carriage rides?
Children tasting homemade ice cream?
Puppies experiencing snow for the first time?
Or even the couples who are wrapped in their own 
romantic worlds while strolling?

Is all this romantic nonsense?
Maybe.
But it's my opinion...
and I'm sticking with it! 















Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Serious Wednesday: One Last Dance by Linda Weaver Clarke

Is It Possible To Only Have One Last Dance?



One Last Dance will keep you guessing until the end of the book. It is a Historical Romance with a mystery to be solved. This story is set in 1835 in the United States. You will learn the art of watercolor, dance the Boston Waltz, and fall in love all over again.

Felicity Brooks is a talented artist but her career is cut short when her father passes away. Realizing the importance of family, she travels home to care for her mother. When Felicity meets their new neighbor, a fine-looking bachelor, she soon discovers that he is hiding his true identity. Nicholas Adams is on a quest. But that is not all. When she finds out that someone is after a valuable heirloom…a precious treasure that her father discovered in his attic, her life takes a new turn. What could they be after that is so valuable?

One thing that always keeps me reading this author’s books is her characters,” wrote Author Katrina Hart. “They are engaging, funny and passionate. I especially liked Mr. Adams’ character as he was both witty and charming with an air of mystery about him. I was impressed by Felicity’s character. She was a strong woman who had seen some of the world, only to end up back home where everything feels different. I liked the quirky bond between Mr. Adams and Felicity. He has her pegged from the start and from the moment they meet you can tell at some point sparks will fly, and they will challenge each other’s perspectives on the problem at hand, which made this book rather gripping. One Last Dance kept me guessing until the end and left me wanting to read this book all over again. If you like Historical Romance with a mysterious touch and well-developed characters, this book is a must-read.”

When Felicity finds out that someone is trying to steal a valuable treasure, the adventure begins. With the help of her neighbor, Nicholas Adams, they search for evidence. Who is breaking into her home? What are they after? When they discover some homeless boys, Nicholas wonders whether they are involved. While Nicholas and Felicity search for clues, they attend a county fair, enter a horse race, and toss a piece of cow dung in a contest.

One Last Dance is a historical romance with a mystery to add to the tale. Felicity has always been a strong and independent woman. Amongst mystery, loss, paintings, and a career, she is going to have to decide if love has a place in her heart.” --Author Anna Del C Dye





About Author: 
Linda Weaver Clarke was raised among the Rocky Mountains of southern Idaho and now lives among the red hills of southern Utah. Linda is the author of 24 books. She has written in several different genres, which include: historical romances, romantic cozy mysteries, a mystery suspense series, children’s book, and non-fiction. All her books are family friendly. To learn more, visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.

Linda’s Website: www.lindaweaverclarke.com



Be sure to check out her newest book! 

HAPPY READING! 


Friday, January 11, 2019

Rambling Friday: This Wild, Wild Winter...or Not!

It's truly debatable whether the state I live in lives up to its reputation as a moody state. 




Ya'll love snow?
Then come on down, over, up to my state.








Ya'll all want 75 degree weather at Christmas? Sure, come visit.












You love rainy days? Or is it a whole summer without a drop of rain? Make up your mind.









Love storms, including lightning, high winds and tornadoes? You got it, right here!





You never know what this mixed-up state might send our way...but anyway it is, you gotta love it for the suspense and surprises! 

Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Serious Wednesdays: The Right Agent

Finding the right agent is important, but there are a few things that you need to know and that you should consider before settling in with the first person who says "yes."


  1. First of all, know what you want. Are you expecting a person to do the marketing for you? Edit your material? Be your encourager when you're down? Realize going in, that few agents will do all this for you. 
  2. Do your homework: Study both the agents in the field and your own work. You have to determine who fits what you need. Most agents do not accept all genres, so don't waste your time and his/hers by shopping those who aren't a good match for you and your work.
  3. Make sure you know what they're asking for before you send in your material. DON'T send in a full manuscript unless asked for. Search for their guidelines and follow them strictly. You'll make a much better impression than insisting "God wanted me to send this to you." 
  4. Do your best, and by that I mean, Study, write, edit and edit some more. If you're not English proficient (lol), then hire, or find someone who is and ask them to go over your manuscript. Never, ever send in a manuscript that is not in topnotch shape. 
  5. Finally (for now), once you find an interested agent, talk to her/him. Ask intelligent questions to see how they work, what they expect from you and what you can expect from them. 


Once you've completed all these steps, you're on your way to finding a great agent. If an agent is something/someone you know you need, then, by all means, be diligent in your search, and hopefully, the right one is there...for you! 


Best in your writing endeavors!









Sunday Sunshine: The Wildness of Winter

The Wildness of Winter Marvel!