Don’t blink! And not just because the Weeping Angels will get ya! If you blink, time just disappears in a blur. So, what’s new and news? New titles, nifty reviews, Halloween just around the corner. Our chickens are going gangbusters providing eggs; the turkeys are HUGE! And so is the pig. The ducks are quackers. Kids are growing like weeds. The house doesn’t stay clean, so I’m wondering what’s the point of housework. Then I catch an episode of Hoarders and it suddenly becomes clear. Dollhouses are my favorite crafting project at the moment. I’m building a “Witchy Chateau” – more Wiccan than of the Wicked variety. The house is built, the outside painted. Working on the rooms, and then there’s the bit of real estate I included by making the base bigger than the actual house. Tis fun. Putting the finishing touches on what I’m calling the Genteel Victorian – the simple dollhouse that started it all. So much fun. Family. Dollhousing. Writing. Reading. My life.


Gable Cove: Gladiolus Garden House – Side by Side

Author Note: Book 2 soon to follow!

I’m Abbie Black, owner of Gable Cove’s Coffee Klatch, widow and custodial guardian for my young, teen (step)daughter, Lily. My late husband entrusted me with Lily’s raising, and for the past three years, I’ve given it my all, pretty much to the exclusion of having my own life. In my bid to eke out just a wedge of a life of my own, I caused an uproar by selling our house and moving us into the purportedly haunted Gladiolus Garden House, into the third floor apartment. Now I can add ‘reluctant believer in ghosts’ to my resume. A brief meeting with Lily’s social studies teacher one morning while helping her set up her social studies project led to a date! Who’d’ve thunk it? Me, dating Mr. Johnson, everyone’s favorite 7th grade social studies teacher. Ike couldn’t be more perfect, so his ex-wife’s loss is my gain. All we have to do is survive a variety of things ranging from helpful Gable Cove denizens intent on furthering the cause of love to our assorted family members, but most importantly, survive my darling Lily. Because if you ask her, my dating her social studies teacher means Life As She Knows It is over. Forever. Happily for me, Fate appears to agree that Ike and I deserve a second chance at happiness, and with luck, we’ll find it, side by side.

When Angie Went to Hale (A Ridiculous Disaster-Themed Romance)

Author Note: This is what happens when you watch Sharknado and Sharknado 2. Yep. LOL. It was fun to write, and according the reviews on Amazon, it’s fun to read, too! A special thank you to the reviewers who took the time to leave a review!

It’s your typical mid-week day here on Planet Earth when the aliens arrive. There’s nothing remarkable, nothing out of the ordinary, that would presage the arrival of the alien UFOs that park over all the big cities of the world, including, of course, New York City. Everyone knows that when the aliens arrive, they’ll head to Manhattan. It’s probably a law. And predictably, the aliens turn out to be evil invaders, intent on the Earth’s destruction. Because, are there any other kind of aliens?

Meet Angie Gibson, our plucky heroine who harbors a guilty a love for alien invasion and/or disaster movies. The sillier the movie, the better. She conveniently finds her best friend, Lacey Bevins, as they flee the Manhattan office building where they work, and together, they join forces with Hale and Nelson when Angie inconveniently breaks her ankle during the stampeding exodus from Lower Manhattan. Together the foursome, against all logic, flee Lower Manhattan for Upper Manhattan, hiding in odd places, rescue some abandoned children, and race towards their salvation, the George Washington Bridge. Oh. And they fight some aliens. Oh, oh! And have desperate sex, because who wouldn’t when the world is being destroyed by evil, invading aliens and you don’t know if you’ll live to see tomorrow?

Join Angie, Hale, Lacey and Nelson for a silly adventure that couldn’t possibly happen in real life.

Right?

I mean, this really couldn’t happen in real life.

Spooked (A Halloween Duet)

Author Note: Two previously published spooky novellas: Haunted and Into the Fog.

Haunted: Alisanne Sommers is haunted in more ways than one. However, it’s not so much the ghosts of the dead who haunt her as it’s one living, breathing, breath-taking man. Remy Beauvais. He stole her heart years ago and never gave it back. Alisanne finds more than possible love rekindled when she returns home to New Orleans following her father’s death. Her lifelong fascination with the Misty Lady legend looms large around them, bringing danger and intrigue. Question is, is the Misty Lady and her legend true, and will it keep Alisanne and Remy apart?

In the Fog: A haunted lighthouse located on a supposedly haunted point in Maryland. Two people drawn out of their own time into the past where they are stuck until they accomplish whatever task they’d been tapped to fulfill. Once completed, will Tabitha and Grady ever see each other again? What’s going on in the fog of October?

And last, but not least, a new Christmas novel, A Holiday Christmas.

Author Note: This is the first in a trio of books starring The Holiday Family. Next up, A Holiday New Year’s.

What do Christmas, Pierce Holiday, the Holiday family and office Christmas parties all have in common?

They all scare Ginger Garland.

Ginger grew up in a dysfunctional, non-Christmas-celebrating family that she left as soon as she possibly could. Settled in New York City with a good job and now a nice home in a close-knit family neighborhood, she’s faced with the perplexing-to-her traditions of family and Christmas. Her exuberantly loving neighbors, Gord and Deb Holiday, take her under their wing, giving her a taste of what a loving family is like – exactly what she didn’t have as a child. Oldest Holiday son Pierce guides her through the challenges of gift purchasing, office Christmas parties and having a boyfriend – another new experience for Ginger. Along the way, Ginger sees what she missed out on and what she doesn’t want to exclude from her life any longer. Her first Christmas is also her first Holiday Christmas, and with any luck, she’ll be well on her way to finally finding that ever-elusive home she’s always wanted.

That’s it for the newest releases.

<em>Manizer review, in InD’tale magazine. Thank you for the lovely review!

Please visit my Amazon Author Page for a complete listing of my available titles.

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Since Halloween is just around the corner, I’ll leave you with some Halloween trivia.

Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.

The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.

The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die.

Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.

(Source One and Source Two)

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