Cover Reveal, Revised Titles, and Other Updates

Hello, my friends!  I’m so excited to share the cover for my new book, which will be coming out soon.  Here it is!

Now, you may ask me WHEN it is coming out, and at this point, I can’t set an actual date, but it will be by Christmas unless something really goes wrong.  But since things DO go wrong, and planning, they name is Betsy, I can only say it will be soon.  How soon is soon?  Hmmmm…..

Some day I’ll get this whole timing thing u9nder control.  Some day…. Hope springeth eternal.

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Imagination

Computer ReadingBaby, I might not have a lot, but I’ve got me one good imagination.

For the most part, this stands me in good stead.  Imagination lets me inhabit the heads of different people in different places when I write, but there’s more to it than that.  Imagination is what lets you see beyond what’s there in front of you to what it could be.  It’s what let me look at a piece of jewelry and realize the clasp would make a perfect deadbolt for the door in my miniature room.   It lets me look at my mother’s garage and envision it as a studio apartment (although, thank God, that probably won’t have to happen).  It lets me look around my house and see it as it could be – see the Palatial Horvath Estate spread out before me.

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Strangled By Books

BOOKS!I haven’t had time to blog this past week because I’ve started to sell books. I don’t mean I’ve become a bookseller. I mean I’ve started to sell my own books.

I had a lot of books. A LOT of books. At the time HOLD ME was published, one of the fun facts I gave the publisher was that I had well over 3000 books. Since then, the number, um, swelled.

A LOT of books.

I love books. Freaking love them. I think every house should have lots and lots of books. If I get interested in a subject or latch onto a new author, I purchase EVERYTHING I can find about that subject or from that author.

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Be Careful What You Give Up

readingI know not everyone will relate to this, but I’ve made it a practice to give up things for Lent.  Every year I pick one or two things I consider to be important, and try to give them up for the seven weeks between Ash Wednesday and Easter.  I’ve done this for years, with varying degrees of success.

This year, I had the bright idea to give up fiction.  For seven weeks, I would give up all fiction but my own.  Books, television, audio books…all fiction.

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Audio Books

audioWhen my sister and I were little, my mother used to read us books almost every night.  I especially loved it when she acted out all the parts.  She made up a song for “The Best Nest” that still haunts me, lo these many years later.

That’s probably one reason I love audio books so much.  It takes me back to when I was a little girl and my mom was reading (or singing) to us before bedtime.

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Getting Rid Of Books

Nothing hurts my heart quite like realizing I have to get rid of some books.

I think I feel the same about books as I do about cats – if I’ve committed to them, if I’ve decided to take them home, I want to keep them. I want to hug them and love them and squeeze them and call them George….*cough* Anyway, I like books.

You may be saying to yourself, “If you like books so darned much, why get rid any?” Well, I used to have 3000 books crammed into this place. Now I think it’s probably closer to 3500 and growing. I find that I don’t have “rooms” anymore. I have paths through my house that go to various places.

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