Character Chat — Emma


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Guest blogger is Emma Morgan, a character from my novel, DEATH BY GRAMMY   Hello everyone, I'm the third member of the character ensemble from DEATH BY GRAMMY. The story centers around Nan, with Loralee and me as her sidekicks. As Lor said last week, they've been friends since junior high. I met Nan when she and I were freshmen at the University of Tennessee and going through sorority rush. We pledged the same sorority, did some finagling so we could be roommates, and have been tight ever since. Loralee wasn't at UT--at least not as a student. She was there plenty on the weekends. Unlike my two friends who are both only children, I’m from a large Catholic family. I am the oldest girl of six siblings. One of my three brothers…
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RIP Sally Ride


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  Sally Ride died yesterday after a seventeen-month struggle with pancreatic cancer, the same cancer to which Steve Jobs and Patrick Swayze succumbed. Ms. Ride was sixty-one years old. At thirty-two, in 1983, she became America's first woman in space, and was launched on the Space Shuttle Challenger twice within a year. With these journeys, this young NASA astronaut inspired a whole generation of young women to dream big and not accept traditional roles if their souls cried for something more. What an exciting life she led. According to multiple newspaper and web sources she was: in the first NASA class to include women (Over 8,000 applicants) the first American woman in space the  youngest American in space (at 32) in charge of NASA's long-range and strategic planning the first…
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Character Chat — Loralee


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Guest blogger is Loralee Anderson, a character from my novel, DEATH BY GRAMMY   Hey y'all, It's about time Kay let us blog again. Seriously. Who'd she think she was cutting us off like that?  With no warning. I know y'all were mighty disappointed when we quit posting. I bet you even left comments and she somehow deleted them. But, Nan said I can't say anything negative or we might get censured again so that subject is taboo. The important thing is we're back. In case you're new since Nan and Emma and I used to guest post a long time ago, I'll tell you a little bit about myself. I'm Nan's best friend. (Remember Nan? She blogged last week.) Anyways, me and her have been joined at the hip since 7th…
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Blogvel * Bloom * Chapter 7


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Today I’m adding Chapter 7 to BLOOM, a fantasy-type story. If you want to read the first six chapters (each written by a different author and posted on his or her blog) go here. This round-robin writing project was started by Michelle Simkins over at Agent Query Connect. She wrote the first chapter and will write the last chapter. Her debut project was last summer, a blogvel called Skeleton Key. Without further ado, here’s my chapter:   BLOOM Chapter Seven Deafening silence woke me up. My eyes were closed, but I was wide-awake. Where was I? Not in my bed. It was too hard. The ground? No. I was on a bench of some sort. Afraid to open my eyes until I had an idea of what was going on, I listened. Nothing. I remembered melodic…
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Character Chat – Nan


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Guest blogger: Nan Macomb, a character from Death by Grammy Hi there, If you're new to Kay's blog you probably don't know me, but I'm sure the old-timers will remember the good old days when Loralee, Emma and I took turns blogging on Fridays. Then Kay decided to do a rewrite or she got mad about something one of us said (not sure which, she can be passive aggressive) and pulled us from the blog. Just like that. No warning or anything. Well, she finished the rewrite, spent forever editing it, ran it by her critique group, then started that archaic practice of querying. And what do you know! She found an agent. And said agent perused the website and strongly suggested she invite us to post again. We considered saying, "no," but…
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I have an agent


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I've been sitting on this news for about three weeks, but... The contract has been negotiated. The paperwork was signed. The deal is done! Heck, my agent has even finished her edits and editorial notes and sent them back to me. She is one sharp cookie! Who is she? Sara D'Emic at Talcott Notch Literary Services and I am smitten. I started sending queries in mid June and had gotten a few nibbles. Sara requested the full and I'd told no one, not even Hubby and I never seldom keep secrets from him. Remember the post when I had the revolving door of out-of-town girlfriends visiting? As we were preparing to go to Miss Scarlett's tearoom for lunch, I quickly checked my e-mail and there it was--an e-mail from Sara. My first…
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What a week!


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I'm sure the fourth of July week was special for many of you, but unless you won the lottery you couldn't top my week. I'm not sure even that would beat it. Of course, it's not a contest! First, by the end of the week all three of my husband's sons, our two daughters-in-law and our grandson were home. Need I say more? On July 3, Hubby and I went to a minor league baseball game (Nashville Sounds) with his middle son (the Marine) and his family. Because we are in the middle of the hottest weather ever felt by Nashville (literally--I'm serious), we ditched our seats and spent the whole game in the air conditioned comfort of the restaurant right above the batter's box. The baby flirted with everyone…
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What happened to June?


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If you look at my June blogging calendar it appears I took the month off. I know I said I was cutting back, but three blogs...geez. Maybe I can blame it on the heat. Nashville had a record breaking 109 Friday. I've spent the weekend holed up in air conditioning--reading, writing, and napping. This heat zaps my energy and makes me want to sleep. Hubby, on the other hand, washed and waxed the cars and cleaned out the garage. We did go to two movies where it was oh, so cool...until we stepped outside into what felt like an oven. I'm amazed at how quickly I can get behind on my blog reading so it was nice to have a weekend to get caught up. I'm also reading some fifty-page…
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