And here's a new slider to go with my new adult story!

I’ve been updating and revising my website and having lots of fun with it. I created a new slider. Let me know what you think!

Catherine and Josephine is now available!

My new book, Catherine and Josephine, is now available on ibooks and on Amazon!

Here’s the blurb:

Women of today have their choice in careers and can shatter the glass ceiling . . . well, sure, you believe that, don’t you? But the women of this mythical, medieval world, are trapped in a time and a place where men rule and make the decisions concerning their lives, their bodies, and their minds.
When an infant girl is found, abandoned, on the castle keep, lying in a basket, Queen Mathilda takes an instant joy in the child and decides to rear her up as a proper lady of the court. She names her Josephine. She would adopt the child, only King Augustus will not let her adopt her. Josephine becomes a ward of the court, and except for the legal designation of daughter, she is raised up as the Queen’s little daughter.
Queen Mathilda has, for the last ten years, tried in vain to bring a healthy child into the world, a child that will grow up to inherit the throne . . . a boy, of course, but when the Queen finally succeeds in giving birth to a child, although a female, King Augustus takes comfort from the hope that she will later give birth to a coveted boy.
King Augustus had promised the Queen he would allow her to adopt Josephine once she has given birth to a living heir, but tragedy befalls the Queen before the night ends.
As the years pass, and as Lady Josephine and Princess Catherine grow and mature into beautiful young women, their fate is managed and manuevered for them by the King and his privy council.
And while both girls received the benefit of tutors, the differences between them–and what they can expect in terms of life choices and marriage–are defined for them by the men who rule over them.
But can the men be trusted to rule well . . . or justly?

I got to be an extra in a film!

I received an email on Wednesday, August 17, asking if I’d like to be an extra in a film that was being made in Cincinnati, and starring a major film star. The call was for Monday, August 22, and I had to be available for the entire day, but they also promised they’d let me know closer to the date when I would be expected to arrive on set.

I replied that I was interested and happy to participate, and Becca told me she’d be sending me more detailed information over the weekend as to the particulars.

On Saturday evening, August 20, I received an email giving me the arrival time, the address of the staging area, and what potential costumes to bring. It was also on Saturday that I learned I was to be a wedding guest. I needed to bring evening gowns, cocktail gowns, handbags, purses, clutches, jewelry, and shoes. Threw everything I had into a duffle bag, and put it into the back of my Volkswagen Bug, in preparation for Monday night.

We were also asked to wear some basic makeup and to have our hair fresh and clean and if possible, to arrive with our hair in rollers.

 

I was also warned that the filming would easily last through the night into the early hours of morning.

My call was for five o’clock, so at three o’clock, I left home. Stopped at the JC Penney salon for a quick and dirty eyebrow wax–major caterpillar activity going on at my brow-line–and I also went to the Sephora counter for a free consultation. I asked for foundation and the woman sold me a pre-foundation product and the foundation itself. I don’t normally wear makeup at all, and so I felt I needed a professional to apply my makeup.

I arrived, excited, breathless, and terrified. The staging area is located on an entire floor of an old building in downtown Cincinnati, with ample free parking. I walked in, was told what floor to go to, and rode the elevator up.

After filling out employment and verification of U.S. citizenship paperwork, I was told to go to hair and makeup.The people who work behind the scenes on film sets are the most wonderful, lovely, kind, charming, and warm people you could ever hope to meet. A lovely brunette lady whipped my hair into shape, teasing it, fluffing it, and hair-drying it until it stood up from my scalp of its own volition.

Makeup. I could’ve simply let the makeup ladies do it all, because they were ready and willing, but one lady handed me an eyelash curler and told me the rubber had been doused with antiseptic, and told me to curl my eyelashes, then I applied mascara. The other lady applied lip color. You keep your lips relaxed, then gently close your mouth, and she applies the lipstick and then some gloss.

In retrospect, I should’ve put on my costume first and then gone to hair and makeup, because I had a bit of trouble removing the tee shirt I wore to the staging area, but then it was time to put on my costume.

So I’ll know better next time.

I put on my favorite black cocktail dress and when I showed it to a crew lady, she said it wasn’t fancy enough for a wedding. I’d only brought cocktail dresses, so she provided me with a ball gown from wardrobe. It was gorgeous and sexy but I couldn’t get the zipper to go up, and then she gave me a slightly larger ball gown, and I still couldn’t get the zipper to go up. Crap!

Then I was handed a really lavish gown with long sleeves, a high, tight neck, and a bodice just sparkling in sequins. That dress, of course, fit. It was perfect too, considering the film, the characters, and the kind of person who’d attend a wedding like this, but it was scratchy and uncomfortable.

But a girl sometimes has to suffer for her art.

Changed my hose from black to nude, and then changed the shoes from black pumps to silver sandals, and I was ready to go! I signed a form acknowledging that I was borrowing the dress and also the clip-on earrings. I brought my own cute little handbag, and at the appointed time, we were ushered into vans and driven to the set.

More later!

Not only did I add a buy link, but I even designed my own slider, woot!

There was a cartoon that my children loved to watch when they were little, called Pinkie and the Brain. And every episode started with Pinkie asking the Brain, “What are we gonna do today, Brain?”

And Brain replied, “What we do every day, Pinkie. We’re going to take over the world.”

I feel a little bit like that right now as I play with my website and add things to make it fun and hopefully, kind of silly.

Cool beans! I added buy links to my website! Woo-hoo!

I am so very, very glad that I broke down and paid a professional person to revamp my website. My poor dear husband, who has tried to help me over the years, is busy with his own work, and didn’t have the time to devote to all the necessary work involved in redesigning a website and getting it out there, so thank you to Austin Designworks! Thank you, Dawn for doing such fine work.                                             I am getting ready to attend a conference in May in Nashville, Tennesse, and I’m starting to get my publicity stuff prepared. Since the last time I attended a conference, I’ve re-done my website, added three books to Audibles, and I want my bookmarks, which I’ll be handing out as promotional material, to reflect those changes.  

                           I need to create a bookmark for Judging Rachel, and three new bookmarks for my audible books. Trailer Park Wives I and II already have bookmarks, but there is not a buy link for audibles on those bookmarks, so I need to revise those bookmarks, and I’d also like a bookmark for Breaking Out, my male-male romance, also on audibles. And just because I was thinking about it, I realized that I wanted to add a buy link to the website for Breaking Out.

So I pulled up the guide that Dawn gives her authors and used it to add a booklink to all the pages where Breaking Out appears, and cool beans! It was easy peasy! 

I had considered ordering some of my books printed, but unfortuantely that’s very expensive, and so I decided to go with the bookmarks. Much cheaper, and I enjoy giving away bookmarks; books, not so much.

Until later, peeps!