What’s up?

Hello.  {grips hand warmly} How are you?  It’s been too long, it really has.

They say the rule of thumb when blogging is to have new material every week.  Unfortunately, unless I tell all of you the personal details of my personal life (read: the things I wouldn’t share with my mother) I can’t come up with that much material. Boring life.  My husband hasn’t been attacked by bees lately.   :)  Unless you want to hear about my dogs.  Hey, that’s a thought.  Watch for doggie stories.

Today, I’m popping in to affirm I am working on a sequel to Creatures of the Moon.  Do you want to know what happened to Detective Lydia Davis’s partner, Sergeant Adams?  He was last seen being wheeled away in an ambulance.  Stay tuned.

One more thing before I go.  Brenda Novak, a fabulous romance author is currently holding her auction for diabetes research here.  I’m high bidder on a couple things as I type this.  :)  They’ve got some really nice items over there, and it’s a great cause.  Pop in and check it out.

I’ve copied the following from Brenda Novak’s website:

As a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Brenda has been able to count on her fans and her peers to support her annual online auctions, which runs May 1 – May 31st, helping her raise over $1.6 million so far!

Brenda is an active mother of five whose youngest son, Thad, was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at the age of five. There began her personal crusade to fight a disease that affects millions. The 2011 statistics on diabetes are alarming — and clearly establish a challenge Brenda is trying to meet: improve lives by helping to raise money to battle this devastating disease. Data released by the ADA January 26, 2011 reveals there are 25.8 million children and adults in the United States — thus 8.3% of the population have diabetes. Another 79 million people have prediabetes. In 2010, 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed.

There are many ways you can participate and help Brenda raise money toward a cure:

Walking Epiphany

This morning started fine and then turned on its end.  I will not share the aspects of the upheaval.  Suffice it to say, it upset me enough to go for a walk.

I’m not a walker, per se.  I like the idea of it.  Once I’m in the groove, I really like it.  It’s just getting moving that’s the actual problem.  It’s so much easier to sit, you see.

We live in the semi-middle of nowhere.  I say semi now, because I drove through the middle of nowhere Utah on our cross country trip in 2011, and with one house per freeway exit, that is definitely more nowhere than here.  Anyway, we have a three acre field on a slope that my husband mowed a walking track into.  This morning I used the track.

As I walked, I listened to the recording of Nora Robert’s RWA Nationals 2010 keynote address.  I walked for a half hour so I only made it through half of the speech, but what I heard was inspirational.

Writing has always been difficult.  Promotion has always been a nightmare.  Readers will love what you write or hate what you write for the same reasons as they always have.  My interpretation of how to deal with this is to accept the publishing insanity and know that I’m writing the best book that I can.  Focus on the work, because I can make a difference there.

The answer to dealing with this morning’s drama is very much the same.  Focus on what I can do something about.  So, I made the necessary calls and I’m pleased to report that I’m on my way to a solution.

Now, I’m ready to face the day…after I put some ice on my knees.

Lesson learned

We just got back from a vacation for the main purpose of visiting family. Our family lives at the beach, so naturally we spent a full day at the oceanfront. We got lots of sun and had our fill of salt water and sand.

A little promotion, a lot of hanging with family, and tons of jotting story ideas onto slips of paper makes for a fantastic time.

One thing I belatedly realized was there were quite a lot of people reading on the beach and I didn’t have near enough bookmarks.

The lesson is always bring bookmarks to the beach to pass out to readers. Not only do you get the word out about your book, but you get to embarrass your teenage children in the process. :). Win-win.

Have a great day!

Introducing Kristine Overbrook

This post was done at the request of my publisher, Crimson Romance.  On the Ladies in Red blog, I’ve posted a bit more about myself.

http://crimsonromanceauthors.com/2012/07/16/meet-the-ladies-in-red-kristine-overbrook/

Follow the link to learn a little more about me.  Then stay and learn about my fellow Crimson Romance authors, their books and the romance genre in general.

 

Living for others

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I don’t know if it was because I am a woman or because I am mother, but I tend to put the needs of others before myself. Not only are there people who don’t have that problem, some people suffer from the exact opposite. They are extremely nice people, but of they really don’t want to do something they will pull out every excuse so they don’t have to. Imagined slights pave the way to ignoring the needs of others.

It’s been proven that people are happier when they are social. Doing something simply to bring someone else happiness, even if you are uncomfortable for a little while, can enrich your life.

As Kristine Overbrook I enjoy playing with the paranormal.  I find something comforting in describing what goes bump in the night, even if it’s something dangerous.

I’m sure you’ve all heard that truth is stranger than fiction.  My fun comes in trying to top the truth.  My only rule is that there must be a happy ending.  Like a rollercoaster, just because you end up safe at the end doesn’t mean you won’t have a heck of a ride.