Teddy Bear’s Picnic Quick Five Fun

If you go down to the woods today … I thought we might all be up for a little Monday fun, here in the Lair. With the nights drawing in and the weather turning decidedly chilly (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere!), what better time to take a day for a teddy bear’s picnic? I don’t know about you, but every time I hear this song, it makes me smile and want to grab my teddy bear to head off into the woods for a lovely picnic. I hunted around for the version I remember as
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Caren’s Double Book Launch Blowout!

I hope no one got their hopes up at that title. Really. I am the worst party hostess in the history of partying AND also terribly lazy. So, this won’t be like one of Tawny’s lovely book launch parties, where there are 12 kinds of appetizers and Pablo is circulating with both white and red wine. BUT, it is a serious celebration of the launch of my two newest books, TIARA WARS and (albeit belatedly) BABY STEPS. Settle in and help yourself to whatever you can find. I told Sven to set out bowls of Fritos and French onion dip
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Etymology Two

In another life I was an etymologist. I’m sure of it.  That’s not the bug person.  An etymologist is a person who studies the origins of words, a kind of linguist. Our own Kate Carlisle wrote a post in 2012 called “Stoopid Words” and she’s right: English words are not only confusing and complicated, sometimes they’re just plain dumb, especially in regard to spelling. Nonetheless, I’m terribly fascinated with how words come into the general lexicon.  Every Monday of my teaching career, I gave my students a list of twenty new vocabulary words.  If I didn’t know a story about
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Random Access Memory

I have always liked the idea of RAM.  It’s a computer thing, some particular type of storage.  (RAM = Random Access Memory.)  I don’t know what this means, not exactly, but I’m charmed by the idea of randomly accessing my memories. Like many of us, I’ve abandoned photo albums since the advent of the camera phone.  I don’t even print my photos out.  There’s no writing a madcap note on the back (“Wanda & Me At The Beach with Lobster Boy!”) to remind myself who, what, where or when.  No, when I scroll through my pictures these days, I’m lucky if I can
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Quilts & Kilts Booty!!

WE HAVE BOOTY TO GIVE AWAY!! The winner of a signed copy of TO SCOTLAND WITH LOVE by debut author Patience Griffin is….JANE!!! Congrats Jane!!! Send your snail mail addy to me at suzanne AT suzanneferrell DOT com and I’ll see Patience gets you your book ASAP!

The Square-Foot Garden Adventure

Pull up a chair…get comfy…this is gonna take a while! Y’all know I love my husband. I do. Let’s make that 100% clear. However life with the Jazzman is…at times…an adventure. It’s how we ended up in Texas, by way of a few years in Florida. When he gets a new project he tends to focus all that genius IQ on it, sometimes to the point of obsession. Then there’s the experimentation part of most projects. (Nothing has blown up…lately.) For the past year he’s been reading about organic gardening. Let me back up a few years. We’ve gone “mostly”
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Pam Mantovani Stops by the Lair

I’m happy to host debut author Pam Mantovani today since I’ve known Pam for years and was really happy when I heard about her first sale. Tell us about your new book. When Army Ranger Logan Montgomery returns to his family’s ranch in western Montana to mourn the loss of his father, he discovers that his best friend had a little girl as the result of their lovemaking the night before he left to join the service.  He sets out to prove himself to her – that he’s come home to stay. Deputy Sheriff Kendall Grant has worked hard to
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Christie Kelley’s Vexing the Viscount

My guest today is a familiar face we haven’t seen lately.  Thanks to a chance encounter, Christie Kelley returns to the Lair to give us a look at her newest book. Welcome, Christie! What have you been doing since you were here last?  Unfortunately, most of my time has been spent with the day job and not writing. The company I work for bought their third biggest competitor, so my team has been stuck with the job of integrating their data to our system. Which, by the way, is how I ran into Nancy at BWI airport as we were
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Finding our tribes

When we’re growing up, our friends are typically the kids with whom we go to school, ones who live in the same town or go to the same church or who are on the same sports teams. Our friendships are often dictated by physical proximity. And not so long ago we didn’t have the Internet through which to connect with other people in other locales, ones with whom we share interests. But hallelujah, we do have the Internet now. This makes finding people who are like us much, much easier. Though the word “tribe” is often used to indicate Native
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Bandit Booty — Yours to Desire

Congratulations, Barbara Ellness! You’ve won a download of Denise Rossetti’s YOURS TO DESIRE. Please email me at christina AT christina-brooke DOT com to claim your prize.

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