My Novel is published as an eBook

My novel is now available on Smashwords and on Amazon Kindle.

At Smashwords the first 50% is available free and you don't have to have an e-reader to read.  You can download as html or pdf.

Here is the tagline and pitch:

Nadira lives a dreary life as a servant until an adventurous nobleman steals her for a mysterious purpose and her world becomes abruptly undone.




A scholar lies dying in a merchant’s stable where Nadira receives his last words. To Nadia, words are her life: she lives them as her master’s scrivener and dreams them in her mother’s poetry.

She wonders why these men seem mad with greed and violence as they chase after old manuscripts. After she reads some of the mysterious documents she understands how ideas are more powerful than steel or fire.

As the Black Friars spread terror throughout Medieval Europe in their attempt to keep the world a dark and fearful place, a few brave men resist the Inquisition. They know that light of a single candle burning in a scholar’s cell is more powerful than the conflagration of the auto da fe. A woman who can read and write in several languages is as much a treasure as a fine jewel. Nadira finds that she is traded between powerful men until one night the meaning of it all becomes clear.

She can do something with her mind that none of her captors can, and it has nothing to do with words.

It seems a little strange to publish this way.  After more than 20 years as a bookseller I found I had to get used to the new paradigm.  Now it seems that physical paper publishers would like to see a sales record before they even accept a submission.

I suppose this is an easier way to get through the slush pile.  The slush is deeper, but is much more slippery.  Feedback is instantaneous.  It is very exciting in a way that the old days of query letters were not.

If you do take a curious look at the first 200 pages, let me know what you think.  Be honest, there is lots of room for edits (ebooks just get re-uploaded!) and I am working on the sequel.  Comments and ideas may steer the subsequent story.

for certain this is a coincidence

ok, so I posted an entry about a Coyote Truck with a guy's leg dangling underneath...I have been checking local news every night hoping to find something related.

This has been big local news for three days!

There is no real connection except a near certainty that we were following a Coyote truck that was headed West on 1-10.  If the police had run the license plate or if other people called in about the truck, the logical RESULT would be this news story!

You know, it could happen...

Stolen from Pinki!!

You are The Hermit

Prudence, Caution, Deliberation.

The Hermit points to all things hidden, such as knowledge and inspiration,hidden enemies. The illumination is from within, and retirement from participation in current events.

The Hermit is a card of introspection, analysis and, well, virginity. You do not desire to socialize; the card indicates, instead, a desire for peace and solitude. You prefer to take the time to think, organize, ruminate, take stock. There may be feelings of frustration and discontent but these feelings eventually lead to enlightenment, illumination, clarity.

The Hermit represents a wise, inspirational person, friend, teacher, therapist. This a person who can shine a light on things that were previously mysterious and confusing.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

I suppose this is right. I like being alone and thinking and reading.

squirrels are smart

we don't have these kinds of squirrels where I live. We have the little kind, ground squirrels that look like miniature prairie dogs...but they live at the zoo and in the desert, not in my backyard.

We had kangaroo rats in the backyard for about a minute. I guess they lived that long. Cats lined them up all dead and stuff.

I do like squirrels, and watched them at my mom's feeder in Michigan. They were clever, but not as smart as these British squirrels.

Falcon Flight

Every morning Hubby and I have coffee outside on the patio and watch the birds at the birdfeeders.  Hummingbirds and finches, mostly.  Our cats sometimes get one, sometimes we have to put the cats in the house because the birds won't come to the feeders if the cats are lounging beneath them.

Anyway, this morning cats are lounging around, but not bothering the birds, and the birds are busy with their morning seeds.  We get 50 to 100 busy birds every morning.  They wait in the trees and take turns at the feeder.  Cheep cheep cheep all the time.  This is a wonderful ritual for us.

So as I take a sip of coffee,a falcon comes swooping over the roof and dives at the feeder.  He is absolutely silent.

The birds explode with a burst of feathers, zooming off in all directions AND all 6 cats come streaking into the house!  in 2 seconds it is eerily quiet.  We keep a lookout, and the falcon comes gliding back for a second pass, but there is nothing there.  He swoops up and away.  We wait but not a single cat comes back outside (the door is open) nor do any of the birds come back to the feeder.  About 10 minutes later a hummingbird comes and has some sugar.  I guess Falcons don't eat hummingbirds.

*loves birds*

tee hee hee

You Scored an A

You got 10/10 questions correct.

It's pretty obvious that you don't make basic grammatical errors.
If anything, you're annoyed when people make simple mistakes on their blogs.
As far as people with bad grammar go, you know they're only human.
And it's humanity and its current condition that truly disturb you sometimes.
John in Whities

stolen from Drayce

Your results:
You are Green Lantern
Green Lantern
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
The Flash
Hot-headed. You have strong
will power and a good imagination.

Click here to take the "Which Superhero are you?" quiz...

I don't know anything about Green Lantern. My favorite comic book guys were not an option. I would rather be Constantine...but I don't smoke...crap.

Oh well. I do look good in green.