Wildcard Wednesday: And the winner is …


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Thanks to everyone who left a comment on last Friday’s blog for a chance to win a personalized, signed copy of THE IMMORTALS by J.T. Ellison. Using the handy-dandy online random generator, the winner is Jean Oram. I've gotten Jean's address and her book will soon be on its way. Everyone else, head to your nearest bookstore or order from Amazon. A link for both the print and Kindle versions is below. THE IMMORTALS hit the bookstore shelves yesterday and last night I attended a standing-room-only celebration with the author at Davis-Kidd Booksellers where, to quote my hometown newspaper, The Florala News, “…a good time was had by all.” Here are a few party pictures. Enjoy! [caption id="attachment_1222" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Me with J.T."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1223" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="J.T. with her…
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Manic Monday: Airport Security


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What a great way to start the week here in middle Tennessee with highs in the 60's and 70's and low's in the 40's and 50's. I love the crispness of fall. Hubby and I flew home yesterday from a long weekend in North Carolina. He attended meetings at a professional conference while I sat on the balcony of our room and watched the leaves turn. I also spent an afternoon with one of my favorite sorority sisters. It was still warm but color was beginning to burst through everywhere indicating fall weather is indeed just around the corner. As I walked through the airport for our return trip home, I was reminded of all the changes in airport security since the tragedy of 9/11. We can no longer go…
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Friday Favorites: CONTEST–Featuring J.T. Ellison


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As promised on Wednesday’s blog, today’s post is an interview with J.T. Ellison, author of the soon to be released THE IMMORTALS, a Taylor Jackson Novel.  The pre-release reviews are awesome and I plan to be at Davis Kidd next Tuesday (Sept 28) for the launch of the book.  For a chance to win a personalized, autographed copy for yourself, leave a comment telling us why you’d like to win. The contest is open to US mailing addresses only, though all comments are welcome. The winner will be chosen by an online random generator. KE: Hi JT. Thanks for agreeing to do a blog interview with me. You have a new book about to be released. Tell us a little bit about it. JTE: Yes, THE IMMORTALS, the 5th Taylor…
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Wildcard Wednesday: J.T. Ellison


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Hi everyone, Well, I’ve landed a big one this time and I’m so excited. J.T. Ellison, the author of the best-selling Nashville-based Taylor Jackson Novels, has graciously agreed to do a blog interview on Friday. Her next book THE IMMORTALS comes out Sept 28th so our interview is actually pre-release. How cool is that? For those of you in the Nashville area she’s having a book signing on Tuesday (release day) at David Kidd at 6 p.m. I’m not typically a connoisseur of thrillers with my tendency to have nightmares. But when I got my Kindle for Christmas, I decided to check out some local authors. One of the books I selected was J.T.’s debut novel, ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS. I didn’t actually read it until late spring but as…
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Manic Monday: Nashville Antics


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The oppressive heat of summer is fading, the humidity is lower, and in spite of the sky-high pollen count, it's hard to resist being outside ... especially with my sister visiting from Seattle for the first time in over five years. She's here to celebrate a 50th birthday. No it's not mine--been there, done that. It's not hers either. She's survived that milestone too. It's the birthday of her partner. It’s a big year for them as their 30th anniversary is in December. So what’s planned for this manic week? Let me check my spreadsheet … Today they’re going to the Country Music Hall of Fame (while I go to my tap dance class).  Even if you aren’t a country music fan, I highly recommend this unique museum . It's…
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Friday Favorites: Character Chat—Loralee’s Lyrics


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Guest blogger: Loralee Anderson, character from Murder on Music Row Hey ya’ll, You know when I signed up as a guest blogger, I thought I was gonna get to blog lots, but it’s only working out to be like once a month or something. I got way more to say than that and if they don’t let me blog more, I might just start my own blog and then they can be MY guest bloggers. At least they didn’t tell me what I had to write about this time. Good gravy. What was up with that? Don’t you just love what I come up with for the title of my blog? Loralee’s Lyrics. Now just so there want be any confusion I need to let you know that don’t mean…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Cozy Mystery—What’s that?


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When I was writing my first novel, Murder on Music Row, I knew it was a mystery, but I wasn’t sure of its subgenre. At a writing conference last year I was telling someone about my book and they said, "Oh, it's a cozy." I simply agreed instead of admitting I'd never heard of such a thing. In the year since I’ve found many people (including writers) aren't aware of this popular subgenre even if they've been reading cozies for years. Hence, today's wild-card topic… A cozy is fun. It's a fast-paced, feel-good read that, when you put it down, you can hardly wait to get back to it. Clues (as well as a few wild-goose chases) are given so the reader wants to solve the mystery along with the…
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Manic Monday: Mom


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Today would have been my mother’s 75th birthday. Well, sort-of. She was the youngest of eight children—they had big families back in her day to help work the farm, and by the time she came around, her parents were tired. Both of them worked outside the home (in addition to the farm) so the younger siblings were cared for by the older ones. A few years ago I was talking with one of my aunts (third from the youngest) and Mom’s birthday came up in the conversation. My aunt said she vividly remembered Mother’s birth and it was very cold outside. It couldn’t have been cold in September. Not in north Florida. Something wasn’t right and this inquisitive mind wanted to know more. So I asked another aunt, the oldest…
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Friday Favorites: Character Chat—Nan’s Notes


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Guest blogger: Nan Macomb, character from Murder on Music Row Hi, It's my turn to blog again and we didn't even get a topic this time ... at least Kat and I didn't. I'm not so sure about Loralee. It seems like I've known Kat and Lor my whole life, but it's not been quite that long. Loralee transferred to my school in 7th grade and I was instantly smitten. When I saw that long, curly red hair I knew I had to get my hands on it. I'd known for years I wanted to be a hair stylist even though my parents insisted I go to college or they'd cut me off. So I spent 4 years at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville which is where I found…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Weekend Adventures


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Labor Day weekend was a rare time in our house for we had no commitments—at least not for Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday morning I heard Hubby singing while he shaved—nothing strange about that except he didn’t have to be up so early nor did he have to shave on a Saturday. It didn’t bother me…I went right back to sleep. A while later, he springs onto the bed with the announcement, “I have an idea.” Suddenly I was wide awake. An “I have an idea” from him is like a “we need to talk” from me. He had my full attention. “What’s your idea?” I asked as I tried not to panic. We didn’t have time to hike the wilds of Africa and I didn’t know of anyone who…
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