We’re Thankful for YOU

I came here with the intention of putting up a vintage picture of a turkey and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.  However, when putting up the title, I thought it more appropriate to say that we are thankful for you, the readers.

Without readers writers are still writers, they just make up stories for themselves. While fun, that can get old. Or become a plot for an episode of Criminal MInds if not kept in check.

So, here’s the obligatory turkey pic:

                            HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Thank you for taking time to give us your time.

The Ladies of JSI

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The Mighty Thor and His Hammer

Several years ago my husband and I decided to dip a collective toe into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. MCU for short. I think we started with one of the Ironman movies and moved on from there. At this point, my husband is a Thor man and I am firmly Team Captain America. Yes, a mixed marriage for sure. But, we co-exist.

This being the case, Thor: Ragnorok was a necessary part of the weekend.

No spoilers.

If you like the Marvel franchise, you’ll see it. If you haven’t taken a dip yet, and chose this particular spot to wade in, you may be confused. Either way,  just like its poster the movie is garish, lots of loud rock n roll, a fun Gene Wilder Willie Wonka reference, and several shots of Chris Hemsworth’s unclad torso. (If you’re into that sort of thing.)

Oh, and if you are a fan of the Asgardians. you will get to see a fully-clad Heimdall, (Idris Elba),  FINALLY getting to do more than guard the Bifrost Bridge.

It was fun and did move the story along. The next installment will be Black Panther, coming in early 2018, with the BIGGIE being The Avengers: Infinity Wars in May. The site CinemaBlend   seems to be a go-to for all things Marvel. There are spoilers a plenty so proceed with caution.

Again, big and gaudy is Ragnorok. Fun, but I came home and watched all three Captain America movies. Go, Cap.

Oh, and if you haven’t bought your copy of the holiday anthology, A Very Austen Christmas by our own Barbara Cornthwaite, Robin Helm and Laura Hile, do so. You can help keep them cresting on their wave as No 1 in it’s category.

Two more A Very Austen Christmas giveaways

A Very Austen Christmas has been flying with her own wings for ten days now.

Thanks to readers like you, the #1 Best Seller spot in Amazon’s British Anthologies continues to be ours.

This week, two opportunities for you to win an eBook.

More Agreeably Engaged’s Janet Taylor is showcasing excerpts from each of the four stories.

And there’s an excerpt from Laura Hile’s The Christmas Matchmaker at Ceri Tanti’s Babblings of a Bookworm too.

Just leave a comment at each of these blogs to enter. How easy is that?

If you win, Christmas will be coming to your Kindle!

A Very Austen Christmas giveaway



Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, Barbara Cornthwaite, and I are thrilled to be guests on Chautona Havig’s blog today.

Come read her interviews and her 5 star review.

You may be quite surprised at some of the things you learn about us. In fact, I think some of us were surprised when we read each other’s answers.

And there’s a giveaway. Entering is easy. Simply tell Chautona your favorite Jane Austen supporting character.

Because you want to win this eBook. It’s like a Christmas present to yourself!

We Beat the Nekkid Guy!

Did that sound weird?

20171114_001731_resizedI was so excited to see this that I immediately took a picture. You see, I’m well aware that our Christmas anthology can be #1 in one hour and #2 in the next. In fact, that’s happened several times since we (Laura Hile, Barbara Cornthwaite, Wendi Sotis, and I) hit #1 Best Seller status (in our category) on Amazon.

I wanted to have that picture to live the moment over and over. I even reverted to my cheerleader days, chanting, “We’re number one! We’re number one!” I nearly tripped over my office and broke another ankle. Ha! It wasn’t pretty.

Now, about that nekkid guy – we didn’t literally beat a nekkid guy, so you can relax now. We don’t plan to take the journey into that particular genre. Ever.

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Do you see that third book in the row? That’s a $.99 nekkid guy cover which promises a certain kind of book. Clean books that cost $3.99 rarely beat such an animal. A book just like that one kept my last solo publication, Understanding Elizabeth, from ever reaching #1. I can’t even say the name of that book in polite company. Not in impolite company, either.

The book in the middle is a $.99 anthology. It’s rare to outsell anything which is $.99. That’s another cause for rejoicing.

The middle book and A Very Austen Christmas switch places every time either one of us sells a book or two. I’m okay with that. It’s a mostly clean read with a non-nekkid-guy cover.

At least we’re remaining the #1 new release.

This is a book that friendship built. It was a labor of love and support between friends who’ve never met. I think the four of us should get together soon. What do you think? Should we meet in Oregon (Laura), New York (Wendi), South Carolina (me), or Ireland (Barbara)? Just a hint concerning my vote: my heritage is English/Scots/Irish.

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Veteran’s Day was Saturday and there was the usual acknowledgement in Church  Sunday morning. I didn’t stand this year. I’ve made myself stand for the last few years, but not Sunday. I was glad to see several more women standing and I suppose out of solidarity I should have stood. I’m always conflicted about my service. It’s my own weird sort of Stolen Valor Syndrome.

The military services became all volunteer in 1973. With the draft eliminated, the military was less free to turn away candidates. I think the real thought was that if we didn’t maintain a huge standing Army, there would be less need for one. Too bad evil doesn’t think like that. Anyway, Viet Nam was winding down and the country was weary so the military wound down as well. I went to basic training in January of 1977. One day after Jimmy Carter was sworn in as president.

I spent nine weeks in Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base outside of San Antonia, Texas. Then went, by school bus, to Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas. Yes, I managed to hit all the garden spots of Texas in winter. My first experience with Class 100 tornadoes was at Sheppard. I hate tornadoes.  After a bout of German Measles that put me in the hospital and put me back five days in my training, I went to Mountain Home AFB, in Idaho. There I schlepped tools and training records for the rest of my “tour.” I left the service the day Ronald Reagan was sworn in.

There were no hot spots, emergencies, insurgencies, no “cies” at all during my four-year tour of duty. We practiced in what was called “mobility training.” We all had to have our bags ready to go if all hell broke loose somewhere outside the U. S. I did have dog tags to identify my body if the worst happened.  But, all I really did was maintain a place for the next person to come along and serve. And, ideally, that’s what you want. Just keep the lights on and wheels greased, just in case.

People did die in covert military actions during my four years but not  in in “battle.” Overtly, things were quiet. We know there are covert activities because there are always covert operations being planned, executed and mopped up, no matter how peaceful it may look on the news.

This is my struggle. Saying I was in the Air Force, served one four-year TOD, and that I worked in Wing Training is disappointing for the hearer. Wing Training doesn’t sound nearly as exciting as Forward Operating Forces, or munitions. And, it’s not.

“So, you pushed paper.” Yup, that’s what I did. I helped to keep the clattery operation clattering along by scheduling people in fire suppression, small arms, and various duty-specific classes. I stood guard over freedom by  entering it all key-by-key in a pre-internet computer system that ran on punch cards, daisy wheel printers, and miles of continuous-feed computer paper. I kept the bureaucracy humming along to keep you safe.  All the offers of, “Thank you for your service,” are rather sad. They read like compliments to someone at the DMV for not making a hash of your license renewal. So, I sat this year.

Oh, and if you read last week’s screed on Amazon taking it’s sweet time getting me my paint sprayer, it finally came LAST NIGHT. Fat lot of good it did my at midnight. Bill tinkered with it and even read the owner’s manual. I think they walked it over after my complaint. Amazon, Google, Face Book, and Twitter. GAFT the Overlord has a nice ring to it.

A Very Austen Christmas — a Launch Day giveaway

We are so very excited about the launch of this holiday anthology.

Come by Just Jane 1813, read Claudine’s review, and post a comment to enter the giveaway going on there.

Two prizes, hooray! A print book (USA winner) and an eBook (international winner).

Exciting times!