The Best Things In Life Are Free

I love the saying; The Best Things in Life are Free.  The concept, the entire message is so wonderful and uplifting.  So I started to make a list of what I consider the bet things so I  could tout their free wonderfulness.  But then I realized that a lot of them aren’t actually free – or if they are free, the upkeep and maintenance is pricey.  For instance, the top of my list of the best thing in my life is my kids.  In theory, they were free, although I don’t consider the labor toll a cheap thing *g*  But
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Don’t Leave Me!!

My husband and I have a running joke when one or the other of us is leaving town alone.  In saying our goodbyes, we always add, “Don’t leeeaaavvvve me!”  The implication is that if we’re going to go in a horrific catastrophe, we want to make the great journey into the unknown together.  We’re kidding, of course, since I’m always bopping off to the east coast, and he’s always taking off on golfing trips. But the sentiment is — it’s no fun being the one left behind to deal with all the problems and general mess of family life.  
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Don’t Make a Peep….

Sound advice, probably.  Don’t make a peep.  I’m blowing it off, though.  I’m making a peep.   Three dozen of them, in fact.  Yes, indeedy, our local paper just published a recipe for making Peeps at home, & I’m totally going for it.  Why?  Hell if I know.  I don’t even like Peeps.   You know Peeps, right?  Those weird, rubbery marshmallow chicks that turn up in Easter baskets every year to inspire either fervent devotion or horrified cringing in the lucky recipient?  The ones with the kind of cult following that inspires people to re-enact famous scenes from history
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Close To The Edge (a series book)

  Sometimes an author builds a world that is so real it sucks me in. It holds my attention for the entire length of the book and often for spontaneous moments afterwards. I wonder about the characters. My brain will pull their images up as they move around the town and I think to myself, wonder what so-and-so is doing. That’s great story telling. It’s one of the things I’ve tried to emulate in my books. That sense of family or community or both. In Kidnapped we learn that the heroine, Sami Edgars has three older brothers. (A friend once
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A Cookbook Conspiracy

V.R. Marks and Military Heroes

Banditas and Buddies, you may recall I had VR Marks here in the Lair as a guest in December as one of three authors of the A Season For Romance anthology. According to Alfred Hitchcock, “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” V.R. Marks feels the same way about writing romantic suspense. Marks combines a passion for suspense films with a passion for writing to create adventurous romantic suspense novels. You may also recall that Marks confessed a penchant for military stories when he was here before. Today, he is here to talk to
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Timeslip

The boy is home this week for his spring break.  Today, his girlfriend, a lovely young woman from Australia, will join us for the rest of the week.  This isn’t, yet, the Big Announcement visit.  Sydney is too far away to go for a one-week break.   Still, we know it’s only a matter of time until he brings a woman home for that momentous visit.  Whether it’s this week’s guest or someone else, of course, only time will tell.  But he’ll be twenty this year, so there are probably fewer years between us and such a visit than there
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A Perfect Distraction

I’m currently going through A Perfect Distraction, doing AAs (no, nothing to do with abstaining from drink!) – Author Alterations! This is the last stage of review before my book goes off to production. Getting ever closer to seeing my first cover! Also working on my proposal for two more books in the New Jersey Ice Cats series.

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Mail Call!

Have you seen the ad on TV, sponsored by letter carriers, asking us to let our congresspeople know we want to keep Saturday delivery of the mail? The United States Postal Service is planning to go to five-days-a-week delivery starting this autumn. I’m trying to decide whether I’ll miss getting mail on Saturdays and, if so, whether I’ll miss it enough to prompt me to write to my congresspeople. And if so, whether it would be just plain wrong to write to them by email. Communication has evolved and continues to do so. Once upon a time, the telegraph was
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