Keep those votes coming!

Keep voting folks! Better as a Memory is the first entry on the voting site.



And the race continues…


…because thanks to you I made it to Round 2!

Keep those votes coming in, friends.  I appreciate your support more than you’ll ever know, but I need you to keep voting and spreading the word.  You can vote once a day here.  And now you get to read the first 300 words of the story.

As promised, there are prizes for some lucky Round 1 voters.  They’ve all been notified (except one who I’m trying to message on Facebook).

Donna Clancy — an autographed copy of Kept for the Sheikh’s Pleasure by Lynn Raye Harris

Lida Bushloper — an autographed copy of Lead Me Home by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Lee Beth Crowle — an autographed copy of More Than He Expected by Andrea Laurence

Annie Rivers — an autographed copy of The Rule-Breaker by Rhonda Nelson

Sydell Voeller — an autographed copy of The Downfall of a Good Girl by Kimberly Lang

Dee Gatrell — an autographed copy of She’s No Angel by Kira Sinclair

Maria Ruiz — a download of Snow Bound by Dani Wade

Jolene Ehret — a $10 Amazon gift certificate


I’m still working on the Round 2 prizes but so far I have autographed books from NY Times bestsellers Linda Howard, Linda Jones, Roxanne St. Claire and Lori Handeland.  There will be two Amazon gift cards and more books.

So keep voting.  Share on Facebook and Twitter and let me know you did so I can put your name in the hat.


Heading into the home stretch

Round 1 of voting in the Boroughs Publishing Group What’s in a Name contest ends at midnight on Sunday.  So you have 3 more chances to vote for my entry, BETTER AS A MEMORY.

I have some great books — autographed by the authors — as prizes as well as a free download from Dani Wade.  Her debut book from Harlequin Desire comes out in August, but her digital-only  novella, FINDING HER RHYTHM, is on Amazon and it’s HOT!

It’s all in your hands, my friends.  Well, yours and God’s.  I sure would love to see my story listed in the second round of voting.  Yeah, I’ll be majorly disappointed if it isn’t, but I’ll survive if it isn’t.  I’ll just look for a Plan B.

So click on over right now and vote for BETTER AS A MEMORY and get that off your to do list for today.  It’ll be one less thing you have to worry about.  😉

Mouses and chipmunks and floods, oh my!

For the third time in as many years, I’ve had water from the apartment over me invade my space. The first time, a pipe in the bathroom burst while the apartment was unoccupied. About 11:00 p.m. I heard a drip, drip, drip and went to the living room to see water dripping through the ceiling-mounted smoke detector. Within 15 minutes, it was oozing around the electrical plugs and being flung around the room by the ceiling fan. When maintenance arrived and checked upstairs, the apartment had two to three inches of standing water. I had huge blowers belching air under the carpet for a week or more in addition to an industrial-strength dehumidifier that put off more heat than the Sahara Desert. Parts of walls were repainted and some carpet repairs had to be made where a the finish on a small chest bled into it.

Several months later, when the season changed and it turned cold, mice from the fields surrounding the apartment complex decided they liked my nice warm apartment better than the fields. Some mousetraps and steelwool-plugged holes later, the mice were gone.

Back in winter, a new tenant moved in upstairs and I woke one morning to drip, drip, drip. Water was running down the bathroom mirror. Apparently the toilet had overflowed.

Yesterday I was minding my own business, doing laundry and some other housecleaning when I heard what sounded like a toilet overhead flushing. Only it was REALLY loud. And it happened several times and I could hear running water and I flung open the closet where my hot water heater is and saw water gushing from a pipe at the bottom of it. I grabbed the Sham Wows and called maintenance while I sopped water. They arrived quickly and told me some valve on the hot water heater upstairs had malfunctioned. They used a Shop-Vac to get most of the water and said they’d called the carpet people to come suction out the rest. I had to leave for an appointment shortly thereafter, but when I returned, the carpet guy was there finishing up and I had two blowers and the Sahara Desert dehumidifier in place.

An hour or so later, I heard something in my kitchen, stepped from my front bedroom/office to check and saw the blur of something scurry from the kitchen to the living and dining room area. I said an ugly word. I crept toward the living room and the aforementioned critter ran to the front bedroom/office. Only this time I got a good look at him.

It’s a chipmunk!

Apparently he took advantage of the open door when the carpet guy was suctioning all that water from my carpet to his truck. I opened the front door in hopes he really didn’t enjoy being cooped up indoors on such a gorgeous sunny day and called maintenance — again. But it was after hours and they took a report with the promise of getting someone to check into it.

Meanwhile I remembered the leftover mousetraps from the Great Mouse Adventure of 2010, smeared them with peanut butter and set out 2 in the bedroom/office and one in the kitchen. None have been sprung yet and I haven’t heard anything resembling chipmunk sounds, so I’m hoping Alvin (or maybe it was Simon or Theodore) decided to head for the pool and slipped out the open door while my back was turned.

I can’t make this stuff up.

Maybe instead of romance, I should write children’s books about floods, mouse adventures and invading chipmunks.

Gonna Fly Now

Day 3 of the Boroughs “What’s in a Name” contest and I’ve spent a lot of time promoting my entry.

Just in case you’ve missed it, you can vote for my novella, BETTER AS A MEMORY, here. You can vote daily but your votes must be 24 hours apart.

I’m starting to feel a little like Rocky Balboa. I’ve run along the railroad tracks. I’ve done figurative push-ups. I’ve definitely had things that punched me in the gut.

But what I really want to do is be able to celebrate victory. The contest winner will be announced at the RWA conference in Atlanta next month. Should I run up a flight of stairs and stand victorious at the top if I win? 😉

Clearing up the confusion

It seems there’s some confusion about the voting for the Boroughs novella contest.  Let me see if I can part the clouds a bit.

  1. The link for voting is
  2. The stories are listed by the song that inspired them and the artist.  No author names are used.
  3. You can vote every day, but you must wait 24 hours between votes.

So with that in mind, my story is the second entry and is titled “Better as a Memory.”

I hope that clears up the confusion.  It’s already looking a little sunnier in here.