BARBARIAN at the Gate!

Couldn’t pass up the  cliché  😀 But yes, all our loyal fans and BB’s. Today is the OFFICIAL launch of the third in my Roman historical fiction series, BARBARIAN’S SOUL!!! But we have to proceed cautiously. No trumpet blasts, no cymbals, no flutes….a very quiet tossing of rose petals. Why, you ask? Because Bran, the hero of BARBARIAN’S SOUL has bad nerves….so bad that they can throw him into defense mode and the cabana boys can’t take that again. Even the seasoned gladiators give him wide berth. He’s not a bad guy, not in the least,but sold into the arena
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Becoming Betty

When my oldest son was a teenager he commented that something “sucked.”  As an adult parent, I was seriously offended.    However,  recently I found myself talking to him on the phone and commented that some annoying protocol at work “totally sucked.”   Long silent pause.   What?   “You grounded me for a week for saying that when I was a teenager,” he complained.  “Don’t you remember?  My mom’s getting a potty mouth!”   No, I hadn’t remembered, and in retrospect, the punishment seemed overly harsh.  After all, as a writer I believe that words are just words.  Their
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Quick Five!

It’s my birthday today & I have a confession:  I’m discouraged. It’s been a busy summer.  I’ve gotten so little writing done, I can’t even confess the word count out loud.  It’s too demoralizing.  My house is falling down around my ears, & not just in term of cleanliness.  Currently, we’re down to one working bathroom, & of the three sinks in the house, only one drains properly.  I dropped $5,000 on car repairs this summer, a couple hundred on the washer, & another couple hundred just last week on replacement parts for the grill.  And the check engine light
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KIDNAPPED

KIDNAPPED

What’s Your Favorite Color?

The other day I was having a chat with my granddaughter while we colored in her coloring book. Here’s how the conversation went: “My favorite color is red, Grandma Suzie.” “Oh, why is that?” She twisted her mouth in a little sideways pucker and drew her eyebrows down, as she does when she’s considering something very important. “Because it makes me smile.” “Ah, a very good reason. My favorite color is green.” “Why?” she asked, now clearly surprised that I have a favorite color too, and that it wasn’t red. “Many reasons. Grass is green and feels good under my
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A Book Of Another Cover

I’ve got a long-time Bandit friend and surprise guest in the lair today–AND I’ve got something really cool to show off.  Y’all get to see it first! But before that, can I say that I really miss having covers on the books I read?  Yeah. I do. It’s because I’ve caught the e-Reader craze.  Until I started reading on a Kindle, I never realized just how often I’d pause at a poignant moment in the story, and flip the front of the paperback book closed to see the cover.    I’d picture the setting just as the author painted it, seeing
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Winner of Confession – Abandoned Books

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and left a comment on Friday.  The winner of a book from my backlist is Nancy S Goodman   Nancy – Please go to www.DonnaMacMeans.com and let me know which of my books you’d like as a prize.  I can send you any one except The Education of Mrs. Brimley as I don’t have any more copies of that release.  But any one of the others is available.    

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Barbarian’s Soul

Good Friends and True

By true here, I don’t mean factual. I’m going for the older sense of the word, using it to mean loyal or steadfast or faithful.  It may seem strange to think of a book, an inanimate object, as having those qualities–or any others that imply choice or character.  But think about it a minute.  When was the last time a favorite book let you down? There are books that have been on my keeper shelves a very, very long time.  I don’t necessarily read them often–after all, I know them pretty well by now–but I know that I’ll read them
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Every Woman Is Queen of Her Own Life

Recently, I read an interesting article on the National Geographic website: Tomb of a Powerful Moche Priestess-Queen Found in Peru. Befitting her status as a queen, this woman was buried with many status symbols such as a copper mask and sandals, a silver goblet, ceramic vessels, and… seven other human beings. Yeah, you read that right. There were eight skeletons in that tomb: the queen, five children, and two maids presumed to have been killed in order to serve the queen in the afterlife. Back then, they didn’t call it “murder,” they called it “sacrifice.” In the article, these servant
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