Today’s writing quote comes from various authors…
Today is the fourth day school has been cancelled. Last Friday, Monday, Tuesday, and now today. Tomorrow and Friday aren’t looking any better because a new storm is threatening to dump icy rain everywhere, making our treacherous roads even worse.
Our washing machine hoses are frozen so laundry is piling up, my son ran out of socks so he’s wearing mine, and we had to get a garbage bag from our neighbors because we’d run out.
However, due to good insulation our house is warm and cozy, we have plenty of food, and my hubby’s car has 4 wheel drive, so this is more like a little fun adventure than a serious inconvenience.
I leave you with a hilarious, but oh so true, picture I found this week…
How about you? Any weather concerns where you live? Are you a fan of this tub of popcorn?
December 5, 2013 at 1:00 am (Guest Host, Writing)
Tags: alpha male, artist, childhood sweethearts, courtesan, curvy heroine, economics, england, eskape press, Handcrafted jewelry, historical fiction, historical romance, Juliet, love triangle, Moriah Densley, painter, prodigy, rags to riches, regency, romance, romeo, The King of Threadneedle Street, victorian, virgin heroine, Writing
Today’s guest host is Moriah Densley. Welcome!
She’s been very busy lately–she’s got a new release AND she’s been handcrafting all types of jewelry and bookmarks. Best of all, you can win one of her pieces! (Details and link are at the bottom of the post)
First, check out her latest release, The King of Threadneedle Street.
He knows Portuguese, Hindi, Mandarin and Morse code.
His assets net thirteen million.
Everyone thinks Andrew Tilmore, Lord Preston, the financial prodigy dubbed “The King of Threadneedle Street,” has it all, but he wants the one prize money can’t buy: his childhood sweetheart.
Alysia Villier can’t say if it’s worse having Andrew’s father in control of her inheritance or Andrew in control of her heart. He’s ruined her for any other man, but she simply can’t give in to him. She knows he’s destined for great things — marrying a courtesan’s daughter would jeopardize everything he stands for.
Keeping Alysia out of trouble and away from eager suitors becomes a cross-continental quest for Andrew, and he won’t be stopped by his old-fashioned family or the disapproval of the ton. After all, he’s a man with the power to play newspapers and investors like pawns, tumble world markets and incite riots… but can he win the biggest gamble of his life?
Moriah has figured out a way to combine writing, and jewelry making. Jewelry making is a hobby she’s enjoyed for years. When writing the scene in The King of Threadneedle Street where Andrew gives Alysia a rare lavender pearl jewelry set, she went wild with her imagination. She created Victorian-style pearl, onyx, and crystal jewelry for the release-day giveaway; here’s where the inspiration came from:
Before Alysia dressed for dinner, Marsden delivered a small white case and left without a word. She unfolded the note to see Andrew’s capricious scrawl. He wrote, Please wear these for me tonight. She unwrapped the chocolate truffles and nibbled on one as she opened the lid of the box.
She gasped — an elaborate jewelry set glowed in the lamplight. Breathtaking pearls, a smoky lavender color and set in designs she had never seen the like of. The necklace was not merely a strand, but an arrangement that resembled an elaborate tiara, or half of a snowflake. Woven into delicate patterns with graduated-sized pearls, it looked like some priceless artifact discovered in an ancient tomb.
Alysia dropped her dressing robe to hold the necklace against her collar. She fastened the clasp and tried on the matching earrings and bracelet. Exquisite. And that he’d picked the color to complement her eyes? Romantic. She looked in the mirror to see the luster of the pearls reflecting the lavender facets of her eyes, making them paradoxically smoky and bright.
Andrew knew what he was doing.
Bestselling author Moriah Densley sees nothing odd at all about keeping both a violin case and a range bag stuffed with pistols in the back seat of her car. They hold up the stack of books in the middle, of course. She enjoys writing about Victorians, assassins, and geeks. Her muses are summoned by the smell of chocolate, usually at odd hours of the night. By day her alter ego is your friendly neighborhood music teacher. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, four children, and two possibly brain-damaged cats.
Moriah has a Master’s degree in music, is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart finalist, 2012 National Reader’s Choice Award winner, and ’12 NRCA “Best First Book” finalist. She’s the author of the bestselling “Rougemont” Historical Romance series from Eskape Press, and the “Network-One” Paranormal Romance series coming 2014 from Entangled Publishing. Moriah is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Greenburger Associates.
Website + blog: http://moriahdensley.com
CLICK HERE for details on how to enter to win a piece of jewelry handcrafted by Moriah. The deadline to enter is December 14th.
Up for grabs is a signed, print copy of Along the Way Home.
MK McClintock is hosting a massive giveaway event called Books For Christmas, and was kind enough to include me. There are 25 authors participating, so there’s lots of opportunity to win books and/or gift cards.
My portion of the giveaway runs from December 2nd to 6th. Head over to MK McClintock’s blog for details.
I stumbled across this fantastic list online the other day and had to share…
Any of these bother you? Have you experienced any?
November 12, 2013 at 10:11 am (Family)
Tags: great pyrenees/black lab mix puppy, great pyrenees/black lab mix temperment, great pyrenees/black lab mix weight, how big will a great pyrenees/black lab mix get?, how much will a great pyrenees/black lab weigh?
About a year ago I wrote a post about our new puppy, a Great Pyrenees/Lab mix. (Click here for the post)
Here’s a refresher picture, taken the day we got him. He was five weeks old and weighed six pounds.
Then, four months later he looked like this…
It was then that I wrote another post, about how he’d saved me from an overzealous man who was yelling at me while I waited for the school bus to drop off my twins. (Click here for the post) Quick summary of that day, puppy was only four months old but already close to sixty pounds. He was losing his baby teeth so his mouth was bloody, which made him look a whole lot more scary that he really was. The guy contemplated his options for a bit, took a few looks at my rearing puppy with missing teeth and bloody froth in his mouth, and walked away.
Now he’s a year old, and looks like this.
Yep, he’s lying on our Queen sized bed and you can see that his back feet are off one edge, and when he lays across it his nose hangs off the other side. Queen sized beds are sixty inches wide, or five feet, so that gives a good indication of how tall he is. As far as weight? Since the scale at the dog washing place won’t hold him, and he hates the one at the vet’s office, we don’t know his exact weight, but we estimate it’s between 100-110.
When he runs through the house it sounds like a horse is loose, and when he gets going sometimes he doesn’t stop fast enough (we have laminate floors throughout our house) and I’m seriously concerned that one day he’ll put a hole in the drywall because he’s so strong.
You’d think that given his beastly size he’d be a big tough meanie, but he’s the exact opposite. The cat on the bed behind him rules the house and he’s just along for the ride. And our eight-year-old twins are his best friends. Just yesterday I said this to them…”The dog is not your bed.”…because they think it’s great fun to lay on him when they watch TV or do their homework. They say he’s “snuggly and warm”. When our twins play in a room with the door closed he lays outside of it, softly moaning his complaints of separation from them. It would be funny if he wasn’t so sad that he can’t be with them.
He’s great with kids, a fantastic protector, and a wonderful companion.
What about you? What is your family pet like?