Happy Halloween


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HAPPY HALLOWEENN Be safe!     Available Now at Amazon.com
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KILLER NASHVILLE


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    Typically in August, Killer Nashville is Halloween weekend this year. It has some other new elements as well. While the 500+ participants are attending seminars, meeting with agents, and hobnobbing with other authors, on Saturday there will be a Killer Nashville Book Con with free admission open to the public. Each hour will feature different authors, question and answers sessions and music. It will run from 10 to 5 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville. So, it you aren't attending the fabulous conference, consider the KN Book Con. I'm sure it won't disappoint with best selling  author John Gillstrap,Donald Bain & Renee Paley-Bain (Jessica Fletcher and Murder She Wrote), Nashville's own Edgar Award winner, Steven Womack, and many more. There will be folk musicians, country musicians, a singer-songwriters, celtic/country rock…
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Happy Anniversary to the one that I love


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Today Hubby and I celebrate 13 years of marriage (to each other). If you count our marriage experience we have over 55 years. Not bad since we both turned 60 earlier this year. My surprise divorce in 1998 was not my idea, but it was the best present my ex could have given me. Because had he and I stayed married, I wouldn't have been free to find the love of my life. So, thank you ex-hubby. And to my sweetheart, I say thank you for loving me even when I'm writing and have the world tuned out, even when I'm in a bad mood or don't feel well, even when I'm stubborn just for the sake of being stubborn(yes, me), and all of those other reasons you love me that aren't…
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Blog Subscription and contest for free book giveaway


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Did you know you can subscribe to my blog? Here's how you do it: Go to my website www.kayelam.com. Beneath all of the dates of old blogs on the right there is a title "Subscribe by E-Mail" -- enter your e-mail address there One more step. Lest gremlins hacked into your computer and subscribed for you, you'll get a confirmation e-mail asking you if you really, really meant to do this. You have to click on that link. When you click on that link, you'll get my posts in your inbox. If you want to follow me, that's the best way to do it since I post sporadically. So...to add an incentive to boost subscriptions let's have a little contest: EVERY 15th PERSON TO SIGN UP WILL GET A FREE COPY OF Horrors: Real, Imagined,…
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PUBLICATION ANNOUNCEMENT


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Now that I have your attention, no, my novels have not been published YET (my agent is working on that)...but this year I've had two short stories picked up by anthologies.   One is being released by the end of the month--in time for Halloween. Yes, I wrote something scary. Say, what?   I know I usually write mysteries and contemporary fiction, but when I saw Matt Sinclair was doing an anthology for Halloween, I thought I'd try my hand at horror. I've "known" Matt online for several years and respected his work. Since he opened his publishing house, Elephant's Bookshelf Press, LLC. a few years ago, I've kept an eye on him.   This is Matt's tenth anthology, and his selection committee only picks a dozen stories so I considered…
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Thanks for the Memories


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One last birthday post, then I'm done…I promise. There was one loose end of my own doing. At Christmas we were still planning a blow-out shin-dig; I sent out save the date cards. Oops! Since we decided to scale back, we had to deal with that. One of my girlfriends came up with a brilliant idea. A card party. Friends printed cards (from Greg) to everyone on our Christmas list and in my personal address book that said: Kay is turning 60 on March 14th...but got overwhelmed trying to plan a big birthday bash! So...she nixed the formal party and decided to have a CARD PARTY instead! Here's how to join the Party: Step 1: Turn this card over and share a meaningful experience or escapade you've had with the birthday girl…
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Pajama Party


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After all that, I usually don't have birthdays for myself as an adult. I get together with a group of friends every few months and we celebrate birthdays, but that's about it. But, this year I wanted to have a party. I wanted something fun and laid-back, yet elegant. Ideally, I would have liked for it to have been at our home, but with a March birthday, the weather was just too iffy. My birthday is one day before the Ides of March, so I must Beware. When I made the guest list, it was too large for inside our house, so if we couldn't spill into the back yard we'd have to have another venue. I couldn't find anything that was close to home that had the feel I wanted. I got…
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Still catching up — What did you do for Pi Day last March?


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My family didn't celebrate birthdays; we celebrated birth months. I had to do an in-service on that when Hubby and I married in 2002. Birthdays were, well, just birthdays in his family. They got their favorite cake, but not a lot of hoop-la. Actually, I had to in-service his whole family! My birthday is in mid-March and always fell during spring break when I was growing up. When I was in elementary school, I thought spring break was because it was my birthday. (No ego issues here!) I have a friend who was pregnant with twins 25 years or so ago. She got to choose the date to have the girls (within a few days) because it was going to be a C-Section. Of course, and she chose my birthday…
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Turning 60 in Style … with the girls


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I turned sixty in March. 60! Six! Zero! And it didn't even bother me (well, not too much). I had several friends with zero birthdays either this year or last. Most of theirs started with a five, but zero nonetheless. One friend decided all of us with zero birthdays in 2014 or 2015 should do something special. She arranged a group cruise (4 nights) from Tampa to Cozumel (and back). Six of us were able to clear our schedules and go. The timing couldn't have been better. It was the first week of March, just as Nashville was hit by its second major ICE storm. I wanted to visit an aunt who also had a zero birthday this year (90) and lives in central Florida, so I flew down a…
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Great Niece


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On Sept 14, I became a great aunt. Hubby's niece gave birth to a 8 lb 15 oz baby girl. I think it took about twelve minutes from the time she crowned. This girl was made to have babies, which knocks me over with a feather. She's probably a hundred pounds soaking wet, and her husband played first string college football and could still go pro. You'll see both of them in the pictures I'm going to attach. They first met when they were kids and he "escorted" her at homecoming in elementary school. She moved across town, and he looked her up years later on Facebook. The rest is history. The baby is named Blythe, which is my husband's mom's maiden name. Here are some photos for the new…
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