Friday, 10 October 2014

Pets Dressed Up for Halloween


I'm going to be very self-indulgent with this post. I joined a discussion group on Goodreads called the "Happily Ever After Cafe," and I've been following one particular thread of pets dressed up for Halloween. There have been some silly, adorable, elaborate pet costumes, but, of course, the animals themselves make all the difference. I'm going to post some of my favourite pictures just because they make me smile.

First, there's the purely adorable, like the vampire kitten . . .




. . . and the Winnie-the-Poo puppy.


Some clever puns.



There's the heroically costumed . . .




and some with a bad attitude (can you blame her?).


Some fit no category at all , but they're still precious.


. . . and this last one says it all.


Hope you liked them. Happy Halloween, to you and all your pets.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

I Love Pumpkin!


I love October. Cooler temperatures that encourage walks, colourful leaves that crunch underfoot, Thanksgiving with turkey dinners and family gathered around the table, and Halloween with the decorations, candy, costumes, and exciting childhood memories of my youth. To me, October is pumpkin month, and I love pumpkin! You can probably tell from the cover of my second mystery, Town Haunts. I carved the pumpkins for that cover, and I'm pretty proud of the way they turned out. Not to mention the photographic talent of my husband, who took the shot in a local cemetery.


But I love pumpkin for more that carved jack-o'-lanterns. I love all kinds of pumpkin treats. Pumpkin muffins, cakes, ice cream, pie. Yum!

Now, we have two family birthdays in October. My daughter was born the day after my husband's birthday, and both birthdays fall on Thanksgiving weekend this year. Do I make them share a birthday cake? No siree, because my husband is a pie-man. I bake a pumpkin pie for his birthday dinner, and a pecan cake for my daughter the next day. So I don't have to do any special baking for Thanksgiving because we've already got two desserts. That's more baking than I do any other time of the year except Christmas. So make sure that you enjoy your pumpkin treats this October because it's pumpkin month!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Billy Crystal's Book "Still Foolin' 'Em"


I just finished reading Billy Crystal's new autobiography, Still Foolin' 'Em, and I enjoyed it very much. I watched part of an interview between him and Whoopi Goldberg on The View, and apparently the audiobook is even better because Billy narrates it himself. But I could hear his voice as I read, so familiar to me from his Oscar hosting and roles in movies like When Harry Met Sally and City Slickers, and it was almost as good.

Billy has reached the age of 65, and reminisces about his childhood and the highlights of each of his decades, starting with his twenties. There are tons of jokes, and anecdotes about his sports heroes - Muhammad Ali and Micky Mantle, in particular - and the celebrities who helped him along the way. There are also insights into his experiences as a son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, both funny and sentimental. And the picture on page 50 made me roar with laughter. Don't peek ahead of time. Read the build-up, and you'll enjoy it even more.

I would caution those people who can't stand profanity to stay away, but it sounded perfectly natural to me in the context.

Here's the Barnes & Noble purchase link.

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Guest-Blogging at Rosanna Leo's Room


I'm guest blogging today at  Rosanna Leo's Room. Rosanna Leo is a multi-published writer of sexy and paranormal romance. I met this terrific lady in person at a meeting of the Toronto Romance Writers two weeks ago.

My blog is about what was on my mind as I was writing The Dating Do-Over:  today's romance heroines, and the world  for women after the feminist movement. Why not click over for a look?

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Publication Day for "The Dating Do-Over"!


Hurrah! My new contemporary romance, The Dating Do-Over, is available today from your favourite e-book retailers and as a paperback from Amazon. 

Here are the links:  Apple iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Smashwords
Paperback available from Amazon and your favourite bookstore.

Synopsis:


Toronto school teacher Viv Nowak has a sympathetic heart and abominable taste in men. She expects an engagement ring when her live-in lover of six years lands a terrific new job in Vancouver. Instead, she gets dumped . . . on Valentine’s Day! Everyone, from her best friends to her father to her estranged mother, has an opinion on how she should fix her life. Her friends even insist on a dating do-over. But will they like her choice when she finally decides what her heart wants?

The afterword contains information on dog fostering, Tripawds, The Distillery District, and the world's best banana layer cake recipe.


Enjoy!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Goodreads Giveaway for "The Dating Do-Over"


To promote the release of my new contemporary romance, The Dating Do-Over, I'm giving away one autographed copy through a Goodreads giveaway. Here's the link; enter now to win!

Only 6 more days until the September 18th release date. Pre-order your e-book copy now through Apple iTunes, Smashwords, Amazon Kindle, or Barnes & Noble.

 Toronto school teacher Viv Nowak has a sympathetic heart and abominable taste in men. She expects an engagement ring when her live-in lover of six years lands a terrific new job in Vancouver. Instead, she gets dumped . . . on Valentine’s Day! Everyone, from her best friends to her father to her estranged mother, has an opinion on how she should fix her life. Her friends even insist on a dating do-over. But will they like her choice when she finally decides what her heart wants?

The afterword includes information on dog fostering and the recipe for the world's best banana layer cake.

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Best Banana Cake Recipe Ever!


In my new romance, The Dating Do-Over, my heroine, Viv, bakes a banana cake. As a bonus for my readers, I have included the recipe for the world's best banana layer cake at the back of the book. My high school chum, Pam, used to ask for this cake every year for her birthday, and her mom would make it for her. I served it to some guests a month ago, and was told that not only was it rich and moist, but unusually light. So, not only do you get a funny and endearing story when you buy this book, but a recipe for a cake you'll be proud to serve to your family and friends.

The Dating Do-Over. Available as a pre-order from Barnes & Noble, Apple iTunes, Amazon Kindle, and Smashwords.

Yum!

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