Glitches Happen

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If you noticed that the title on the book cover doesn’t match the title listed on Amazon, you’re right. Yeah you. Not me!

Maybe you’re asking, how did this happen? – – – Short answer: Because sometimes I’m a freaking idiot, and sometimes I’m not. This is one of those times when I dropped the ball. Bases loaded, strike one.

When I was entering my book to be published on Amazon, I hadn’t noticed that I had typed in the wrong title. Duh! That’s a pretty Big opps. Somehow I had combined parts of my previous book – Until You Love Me – with my current release – Until She Says Yes. I got it half right but only half right is still all wrong.

The title for this book is and always has been Until She Says Yes.

The US government has issued stamps with errors and many of those stamps have become quite valuable because of those errors. They represent a moment in history that was NOT intended. Everyone involved in the process of making those stamps intended to make a perfectly flawless final product. But somewhere along the way an error was overlooked.

I too intended to make a perfectly flawless final product, but like those well-intended stamp makers, somewhere along the way I screwed up. Something got overlooked.

When I discovered my error, my glitch, I spent days being bummed about it, certain it would take me months to recover from this screw-up.  All I could do was suck  it up and move on.  But then I started reading Tyler Perry’s book, Higher Is Waiting,  and I realized my error wasn’t so bad, certainly not life changing. I just needed a way to move past this moment in time and keep believing in myself. Believe in ME. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it, who better than ME.

My book, Until She Says Yes, is a good book. The story is still a good story. It’s entertaining and uplifting. So now that you know that I screwed up, please don’t let that stop you from buying the book, reading the book, and enjoying the story.  Maybe you can be the one to tell your friends, I bought the book with the wrong title . . . and I liked it.

Enjoy always, T

PS – I’m working with Amazon to get this fixed. I’ll keep you updated.

Cheers and Happy New Year

Well, we’ve all gotten through the Christmas season, some of us better than others, and are on to the new year. Let’s hope 2018 is far, far better than 2017. Even if your 2017 was good, we can always hope for better.  Not that my 2017 was bad. Actually, as a writer, I would say it was one of my best.

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Allow me to recap 2017.

I re-edited, re-packaged, and re-released my first three books of my MacNicol Clan series and added a new, never before released before prequel. This included getting shiny, new covers done by the Killion Group and re-branding the series.
The MacNicol Clan Through Time series:
Book 1 – A Time to Begin (the new prequel)
Book 2 – A Time To Return  (formerly: Return In Time)
Book 3 – A Time To Belong (formerly: Somewhere To Belong)
Book 4 – A Time To Forgive  (formerly: Away Over-Yonder)

I also released a new Jules Vanderzeit Gilded Age novel, Until You Love Me, which is one of my favorites. (Note of honesty: everyone of my books is one of my favorites.)

And at the end of December, I finished writing my next Jules Vanderzeit Gilded Age novel, Until She Says Yes. This is so new, I haven’t even blogged about it yet. I’ve been too busy writing it! So you’re hearing about it here first. I plan to release this book in mid 2018. I’ve just sent it off to my wonderful editor and have a beta reader looking it over to give me her perspective. As an author, this is all very exciting.

OUTSIDE of writing, I’ve put in more hours as a tour guide/event assistant in the San Francisco Bay area. I love this semi-retirement/part-time job. It gets me out of the house and I get to hang with some really fun people who are out having a really great time. Not a bad gig.

So even if the economic and political landscape hasn’t been all roses and peach blossoms, I won’t complain. Mostly, because I think folks don’t like to hear anyone complain, and I especially don’t like to hear myself complain. I’d much rather smile, and keep on laughing. As I say on my tours: Bring the happy with you.

Cheers to a truly Happy New Year. May you enjoy always. T

The Mastery of Love.

I recently finished reading The Mastery Of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz, a practical guide to the art of relationship.   I’m not really sure I would call it a practical guide to the art of relationship, but that’s what the book says. I found it to be like a two and a half hour movie that could have been shown in 30 minutes. There was a lot of repetition of the core concepts, over and over. That’s not to say it isn’t filled with nuggets of deep truth and helpful insights. It is. And I would recommend the book to anyone interested in the art of loving the world and yourself, as you are.

It seems to me that one of the core messages, if not the core message was: If you don’t like a person, or a group of people , you can walk away from that person or persons. But if you don’t like yourself, it doesn’t matter where you go, you are  right there.  – – – Yeap, I’d have to agree.

And I really liked this one:  Everyone has a price, and Life respects that price. But that price is not measured in dollars or in gold; it is measured in love. More than that, it is measured in self-love. How much you love yourself–that is your price–and life respects the price. When you love yourself, your price is very high, which means your tolerance fro self-abuse is very low. . . If you don’t like things about yourself, your price is a little lower.  – – – I’d like to think my price is very high. I’m pretty pleased with me. No brag, just fact.

He also says things like, don’t believe everything you hear or read and don’t believe everything you think. Believe what feels good and right and makes you truly happy.  I’m good with that too.

Writing romance stories makes me feel happy — so I write romance stories — and I am happy. Of course,  I hope my stories will entertain and make other people happy, but that’s really not my concern. As selfish as this may seem, I’m not here to make the world happy, I’m here to be happy with the world.  Thankfully, more often than not, I am very happy with my life in this world. And I hope you are too.

Love and blessing to you.  May you enjoy always,  T

In Search of a Good Book.

I think we can all agree that the internet has changed the way we shop. No longer are we required to hop in our cars and cruise down to the local mall for the perfect shop for the perfect birthday or holiday gift, clothing item, household gadget, or good book. Now we only have to hop onto the internet and find any thing we want, and a whole lot we don’t. It’s all there for the on-line surfing.

I can still remember when hardly anyone shopped on-line. It was too new and not to be trusted. Now, with a few click-clicks here and a few click-clicks there and the release of some valuable personal financial information, you can have your heart’s desire delivered directly to your front door. I should know, my front door has been very busy lately.

But remember the days when we would go to the library or to our local bookstore to find our next great book to read? Or we’d get a book passed on to us by a trusted friend. Well, that brings me to today’s question. Since I’m an avid reader as well as an author, I’m really interested to hear: How do you find the books you want to read? It is on Goodreads, via Amazon recommendations, the latest and greatest internet sensation, what your friends are reading or have read and had now passed on to you? Where, oh where do you find the next good read? Or even more to the point – – –

What are you reading now and how did it come into your hot little hands?

I’ll begin by sharing my answer. I’m currently reading on my Kindle The Minstrel Boy by Laura Vosika, book two of The Blue Bells of Scotland series. I found it by reading the first book of the series and liking it enough to want to read the second. I found the first book through a recommendation I saw on the internet, but I can’t remember where or when, but it sounded interesting enough to give it a try. I think it may have been on sale on Kindle for .99 cents and that was enough reason to give it a try.

So, if you would be so kind, take a moment and let me know how you find the books you want to read. As a show of thanks, I’ll be giving away free copies of my first book, Return In Time, through a random selection from the comments section. I already appreciate your assistance and participation, so blessings and good wishes to you all.

Hope to hear from you all soon. And  Enjoy Always, T

Book buying habit.

I have lots of books.

I also have lots of clothes, shoes and coats (it gets cold in SF and rains a lot). I also have a lot of fabric, but that’s another post.

I have a ‘bad’ habit of buying books. More books than I can read in this lifetime, unless I stop buying any more books. What??? she cries, stop buying books? Oh my.

But then again…. I wonder. I really wonder if I stopped buying books (gasp) until I’ve read all the books I already own – I wonder how long that would take. Honestly, I have no idea, but I wonder.

On a good week I can usually finish at least one, sometimes two books. Sometimes I don’t finish any, life gets busy. But let’s say I can read between 50 and 60 books a year. Yes, I know there are people out there that can read 5 – 7 books a week, but I’m not one of them.

So, back to my 50 – 60 books a year. I think I could actually finish my ToBeRead (TBR) stash in about one to two years. Problem is, could I really stop buying books for one whole year? I’m sure I’d have withdrawals from B&N. I buy books like some women buy shoes or handbags. There’s always another that looks too good to pass up.

Maybe I should start small, nothing too grand, something doable, like no new books for one or two months. I could start with December since I haven’t bought any books (yet) this month and with the holidays I need all my spare cash for Christmas presents. And then in January I have to pay off my credit card bills from Christmas…. So maybe this would be a good time to start.

Okay, I’ll try.

But sometimes I ‘forget’ these types of resolutions and I slip and then I remember after I’ve walked out of the store with that bag full of books. But I will try.

I wonder if this includes or excludes books as gifts from friends and family??

What ‘bad buying habits’ do you have that fills your life and house with too much stuff?? Share, go a head and confess.

And Enjoy always, T