Saturday, June 30, 2012

On December 19th 2002

The plane began to move and I lowered my book to watch the world disappear beyond my range of vision as it climbed. This was the second plane I'd been on that day, and by rights I should be exhausted, but I wasn't. Thinking back I assume the excitement of finally making the journey was overpowering all other feelings. I continued to watch for a while even after the plane levelled out; enjoying the play of light that made the clouds look like glistening cotton wool, despite the stab of pain that told me my eye wasn't tolerating the combination of bright light and high altitude air pressure very well. I considered using my drops, but dismissed the idea immediately; they'd been in my bag for almost 24 hours and were by now all but useless; they didn't work when warm. Sighing, I tore my gaze away from the cotton wool clouds and golden sunbeams to shield my eyes until the pain eased enough that I could return to my book.


It was shortly before landing I started to think about what I was doing. I'd told airport staff and flight attendants why I was making the journey each time I'd been passed from one to another, but I'd dismissed their comments about my bravery; every day people acted as though the mere fact I wasn't curled up with a braille book being waited on by carers was a miracle, so the excitement had helped me dismiss it as another example of this. But as the plane was preparing to land I began to think.

"Is someone meeting you at the airport?" the smiling flight attendant had asked shortly before the seatbelt signs went on. I'd replied in the affirmative, and she'd gone away muttering again about my bravery and telling me to give his name to the airport staff and they'd page him for me.

It was when she walked away I started to think.

His name was Kelly, and I'd known him for about a year, and been officially having an online relationship with him for several months. About a week before this I'd decided I wanted to meet him before things went on for too long. He'd asked me if I'd marry him if we felt the same way when we met as we had for all this time, and I wanted the meeting to happen so we knew where we stood.

I'd learned of his existance because of a friend who he'd been dating at the time. She'd played a message he left on her machine, laughing at the angry Canadian who was frustrated at having failed to reach her again. I hadn't found it funny, though I'd made a half-hearted attempt at laughing with her. I wanted to give him a big hug and tell him not to waste his time with someone who couldn't even be there to answer the phone when they knew he was calling.

She showed me his photo after that, asking me what I thought of him.

"Not bad," I'd said, not wanting to let on how good looking I thought he was.

I was babysitting the next time he tried to call her, and got to talking to him in an effort to hear his voice some more. We found we had some things in common, so he told me to get his e-mail off the friend and we could talk more. Maybe she guessed my feelings, because she refused to give it to me.

I was there the next time he called too, but this time so was she. I hung about trying to hear his voice as best I could with the phone by her ear.

"It's hard to talk with my friend here," she'd said.

"Give your friend the phone," I heard him say, and she did so. "Do me a favour," he said. "Go downstairs so she'll talk to me properly."

"Sure," I said, handing back the phone and leaving the room.

The friend stared after me in amazement, asking him what he'd said to me. I never listened when people asked me to do anything unless it was something I'd wanted to do anyway, and she was amazed it had taken so little for him to get me to do something.

"How come you listened to him?" she asked suspiciously later.

I shrugged. "Don't know," I said. I did know though. The truth of the matter was that I didn't want her to see the effect his voice had on me, didn't want her to know how I felt, and doing as he asked gave me an oppertunity to pull myself together while she spoke to him. Besides, something inside me wanted to listen to him; wanted to please him.

The next time I babysat I helped myself to his e-mail from her contacts list. I knew her details, having set up her account for her, and he'd said I could have it, so I didn't feel it was wrong to take it. It was simple enough; once her boys were in bed I switched her computer on, went online, signed in with her account on MSN messenger, grabbed his e-mail, signed back out, then signed in with my own to add him to my contacts. Quick and simple, and since she had no objections to me using her internet connection when I babysat she'd think nothing of it.

We talked online just about every day after that, swapping photos and bits and pieces of information both about our families and our beliefs, never seeming to run out of things to say.

When, shortly after we started talking regularly, I learned the truth of why she often missed his calls from her eldest son (then 7) and a friend of mine from my writing group who lived across the road from her, I was torn. Should I tell him? A part of me wanted to, another part knew it wasn't my business and I should keep out of it. The decision was taken out of my hands, however, since he seemed to sense that I was keeping something from him. I couldn't lie to him, so I told him the truth.

Naturally, he didn't believe me at first - nobody ever wants to believe their partner isn't being faithful - then something happened to show him I was right, and I somehow became his shoulder to cry on. I didn't mind; I liked the thought that he felt he could come to me for comfort.

Somehow it didn't take long after that before we became more than just friends, though to this day I don't know exactly how it happened.


I pulled my thoughts back to the present as the plane's wheels began to skid along the runway.

"This is it," I thought, wondering if I was doing the right thing. Fears and doubts began to surface. What if he didn't like me when he met me in person? What if I felt differently when I met him in person to how I'd felt all this time? Was I doing the right thing? Would I know him when I saw him? Would he know me? I felt sick; I shouldn't have done this journey on my own, I should have brought someone with me.

The other passengers filed out of the plane and I waited for the flight attendant who was to help me off the plane.

"Ready?" she asked, beaming at me as she had done every time she'd checked on me during the flight.

"Yep," I said, though I didn't feel ready. I suddenly felt very frightened, very sick, and very much like I wanted to go home. For the first time since I was a little girl, I wanted my Mam.

She led me off the plane and handed me over to someone who had no clue how to lead a visually impaired person. He'd brought a wheelchair for me, seeming confused by the fact I was walking, and unsure what to do now. I took pitty on him and sat in the chair. He seemed relieved and began pushing the chair towards the desk to page Kelly.

I think Kelly had been waiting for the call, because the woman at the desk had bearly said his name when he appeared. He looked at me in the chair, concern evident on his face even to my poor eyesight. I hastily jumped to my feet, seeing the relief on his face when I did so, and wondering what he must have thought on seeing me sat in that chair. I later learned he'd thought I'd been involved in an accident at some point during the journey.

I knew him immediately, and he knew me. I stood there though, unsure what to do; speachless for what may have been the first time since I learned to talk. He made the decision for me, coming forward to give me a hug. I'm not sure if he'd planned the kiss too or if it just happened, since he seemed as surprised as I was that it followed the hug so smoothly, but it happened either way... And it felt right.

When we finally broke apart and he introduced me to his cousin Holly, before the three of us set off in search of my suitcase. After finding it we climbed in to Holly's truck and drove away from the airport, Holly and I up front, Kelly and my suitcase in the back.

He reached for my hand at some point during the journey, sticking is hand between the seat and the door of the truck. I let him take it, enjoying the feel of him stroking the back of my hand with his thumb. So far, so good, I thought, hoping the rest of the trip was going to go as smoothly.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

The Silver Collar

The Silver CollarThe Silver Collar by Kate Policani

My rating: 5 of 5 stars






I thought this was an excellent read; an interesting twist on the werewolf stories you usually hear.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Sky Inside You

The Sky Inside YouThe Sky Inside You by Marco Moreno Flores

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This was an excellent and thoroughly enjoyable read, which I would read again. The obvious spirituality shown in parts of some of the poems makes it plain that Marco's religeous beliefs differ from my own, however, this did nothing to prevent my enjoyment of the poems in this book. Thank you for an enjoyable reading experience.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mad for tea?

On July 28th 2012 Vanessa over at A Fansiful Twist is hosting a mad tea party; and you're invited!



Come join us for a very merry unbirthday party; save the date, and don't be late!

If you want to join the fun, click on the banner below:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Solstices, fairies and medical mutterings (FD)

Last year I had a big celebration for the Summer Solstice, and I was going to go one better this year by celebrating Fairy Day too.  But that's not how it worked out.  No.  As it turns out all I ended up doing was baking and decorating a cake and leaving a cherry offering for the fairies (they were really sweet cherries, and I'm told fairies like sweet things, so I figured they'd enjoy some).

So, what happened to change my plans? Or, more to the point - since it's the truth of the matter - what happened to stop me making any plans?

To put it simply: illness.

I've been feeling unwell for a while, but my old doctor is taking forever to get my notes to my new doctor (and will only accept a kick up the backside from me if I show up in person at the surgery; not an option since it's in Wales and I'm in England).  Because of this my new doctor wont see me or treat me for anything, leaving me with a trip to Accident And Emergency as the only option to get treatment.

I accepted I needed to go 2 weeks ago, but it was the week where funds are low and so are our cupboard contents, which would have been an issue if they kept me in hospital, since Kelly couldn't go shopping if I couldn't be home with Kero.  We had been doing our shopping online, but Kelly likes the outing so we hadn't booked any, and the slots were all already filled for the day our money came in by the time we agreed it was necessary for me to be seen.  Because of this I refused to go to A&E until I knew Kelly and the dogs would have food.  This meant it was last Monday (a week ago yesterday) when I finally went to A&E.

To cut a long story short: after establishing my heart and lungs were perfectly fine they began battling to get blood from me to check my iron level (which I was sure was the issue).  When - eventually - they managed to persuade a vein to work it was in my wrist, and they put a canula (sp?) in it to make sure they could get access again if they needed more blood.  Eventually they discovered I was right; my iron level was 8.1 (it should be between 12 and 14, or so I'm told).  This was worrying since I'm taking enough iron supplements to give me 133% of my RDA of iron (an inaccurate term, since "percent" means "out of a hundred" but it's the case in this situation) and this on top of whatever's in my food each day.  My blood pressure was good though at 124 over 80.  I almost ended up staying in hospital, but they let me out after all (I was at the hospital from about 1:00pm to just before 9:00pm, despite having been seen almost immediately when I got there).  I went home with pills to take and a sore wrist from the canula.  I couldn't use my hand properly for most of last week, and couldn't do anything about it since energy work is impossible when you have no energy to work with.

Anyway, the doctors are now trying to figure out the cause of my iron supplements not being effective enough, which is good because my old doctors kept just insisting it was because of my weight, so it's nice to have doctors who want to listen to me about the fact I'd love to get the weight off but with how I'm feeling it's all I can do to do simple daily tasks.

So that's both why I didn't do anything to celebrate the Summer Solstice or Fairy Day, and why I'm so behind on reading everyone's blogs (and haven't been on the forums I follow in over a week).

Monday, June 25, 2012

Saucerers and Sister Ships

Saucerers and GondoliersSaucerers and Gondoliers by Dominic Green

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


An unusual, amusing and entertaining read, which I would willingly read again!

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sister ships and alastairsister ships and alastair by Dominic Green


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Having read the first book, I decided to check out the second.  I'm glad I did since it was another unusual, amusing and enjoyable read.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Game Challenge #4

This week's challenge at The Game is Hopscotch with a twist.

"Put the numbers 1-8 on paper and place in a bowl. Draw out 2. Refer to the hopscotch board and use what that number says and how many (meaning the number on the paper). Make something you can hang on a wall. 4x4 or larger on chipboard or canvas."

Here's the hopscotch board:


And here's my entry:


I had 5 and 6. So that was 5 buttons and 6 inches of ribbon.

This was my first ever 4x4!

I decided to make a hanging door plaque for my brother. I used chipboard, which I covered with some black paper. Then I poked holes in the top corners to thread some ribbon through to hang it with (no idea of the ribbon's brand). Then I took 4 buttons from a "Blast Off" collection (I don't remember the brand; I just remember the collection name because it was why I brought them... I did look, but I can't find them on the site any more), and another star shaped one from a pack of tactile ones I got from the RNIB and glued them to it. After that I added a braille "Carl" with dymo labelling tape (also from the RNIB). And I finished by decorating some of the space left with a few small stickers I had from somewhere.

Why not see what you can come up with for this challenge? Then hop on over to The Game to enter your projects in the challenge!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Fairy Day 2012

"Fairy Day is an annual holiday where those souls who love all things fairy can celebrate our interest in this mythical and magical genre. It is also a time to celebrate nature and our environment, and just shamelessly BE a fairy!

June 24th, close to the northern hemispheres Midsummers Eve, is a magical time of year long celebrated for its link to the fairy world."

Some Ideas for Celebrating the Magic on Fairy Day!

•Have a banquet lunch outdoors with friends and family in a beautiful natural setting!
•Plant some fairy favourites in your garden- St Johns wort, Blue Bells,Clover and Foxglove are all loved by fairies!
•Light a small bonfire, or candle at night (remember fire safety first!)
•Stay out late on Midsummers Eve! Look for Will-o-wisps, Midsummers is the best time to see them. Be careful not to chase them though, they are not always friendly.
•Pick a bouquet of 9 flowers and put it under your pillow at night to dream of love and magic.
•Look for fairy rings and oak trees.
•Create a candle boat! Build a small paper boat and fill it with flowers, then light a small candle in it and set it adrift (again, remember fire safety first!).
•Make yourself a daisy chain necklace!
•Dress in all your fairy finery and sprinkle fairy dust where ever you go!

~Above taken from http://www.fairiesandfantasy.com/pages/fairyday.php

Tomorrow is Fairy day, so a happy Fairy day from me and Kero!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer Solstice 2012

The actual time of the Summer Solstice this year was June 20th at 10:09 PM - here in the UK anyway - and from year to year it varies from some time on June 20th to some time on June 24th, I believe. But for simplicity's sake we celebrate on June 21st every year.

Since today is June 21st, Kero and I would like to wish everyone a blessed Summer Solstice. Whatever you do today, may the sun be shining where you are!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

"Witchlet" giveaway winners

First of all, a big thank you to everyone who entered my "Witchlet" giveaway!

And now, for the 3 winners...

Drum roll please...

The winners - as chosen by GMA dice - are...

Nikki of FurryBottoms, Mina of Green Witch With Sprinkles, and Kapree of Give Yourself Over.

Congratulations ladies; I will be sending you the coupon codes for your free copies of "Witchlet" via e-mail very soon.

And, if anyone who didn't win still wants a copy, you can buy it at Smashwords by clicking here.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Card creations and a craft shop sign

I thought I'd post some photos of cards I made recently.

Sticker covered cards:



(There were 3, but I forgot to get a photo of the other one before it was sent).

A flowery "S" card:


A dinosaur card:


And a penguin and dog card:


Also, Kelly spotted this sign in the window of the local craft shop and we thought you would enjoy it:

Willow's World: May 2012 photo

Hi humans, this is Willow. I have a photo of me that was taken back in May. I thought you might want to see it. Enjoy! Lots of licks, Willow

Monday, June 18, 2012

Fox on the path

Across the road there's a pathway that acts as a pedestrian only shortcut to some of the shops along the main road through the town. We use it to walk the dogs when it's late, or it's wet, or we just want a short walk for some reason.

Often when it's late we spot foxes and badgers along there. Because of this I've been nagging at Kelly to take the camera with him when he goes alone, and making sure to take it myself when I go with him.

Of course, every time we had the camera there were no foxes or badgers to be seen.

Finally, we got lucky and met a fox on one of the times we'd remembered the camera.

It even stayed there long enough for a photo:


And came a bit closer for us:


(Sorry for the photo quality; we can't remember how to work my camera's flash, and the only light was the streetlamp).

We know there are at least 2 foxes. Kelly's seen 2 together, and I've heard at least 2 foxes barking from different places at the same time.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Last chance to enter my "Witchlet" giveaway + announcing Magaly's "Art, Passion And Heart-Told Tales" blog party

Today is your last chance to enter my giveaway for a chance to win one of the 3 copies of my recently published book "Witchlet" that I'm giving away.

So, if you haven't entered yet, and want to, you better get a move on if you want a chance at a free copy of my book!

Click here for more details or to enter the giveaway.

You have exactly 13 hours from the time this was posted!

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Magaly is hosting another blog party on June 30th. It's an "Art, Passion And Heart-Told Tales" blog party. Click on the banner below for more details:


Saturday, June 16, 2012

For Deanna and Jim, and all the Dads out there

Tomorrow is June 17th.

June 17th is Deannaand her hubby Jim's wedding anniversary.

It's also Father's Day this year.

So, I would like to get in early with very happy anniversary wishes for Deanna and Jim; hope tomorrow is a wonderful one for you!

Also, happy early Father's day to my Dad, my Father-In-Law, and all the other Dads (or Dads-to-be) out there!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Kero's Korner: birthday goodies from Great-Grandma (kinda FD)

Hi humans, it's Kero again!

My Great-Grandma (Jayde's human) sent me a birthday card:


There was a whole £5 in it! Mami says to tell you that's about $7.50; give or take a few pennies!

The humans used half of it to buy me a new bandanna.

On one side it's got skulls and crossbones:


On the other side it's blue and spotty:


And they spent the other half on a squeaky burger toy:


I had a great time playing "fetch the burger" with Mami!

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Kero's korner: my 8th birthday (FD)

Hi humans, it's Kero again.

On May 23rd I celebrated my 8th birthday. That's a big number; 2 sets of doggy paws!

My humans got me a great big rawhide chew:



The humans also brought Chinese food that night, and Willow and I got some of Dadi's chicken!

Speaking of Willow. If you read her post on Dadi's blog, then I want to put things right. She got included. She had just as much of the dChinse chicken as me, and had lots of treats when I got my big rawhide one.

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

My haircut May 2012

I've needed a haircut since about January. I don't feel ready to take myself somewhere like that though, and every time Kelly's planned to do so it's been too wet for him and Kero to stand outside while my hair gets cut. Also, I think hairdressers charge too much, and they never do exactly what I want done. Last time I just cut it myself, much to Kelly and my Mam's annoyance. So it waited and waited, and grew and grew.

Finally, a few weeks ago, I decided I'd had enough. So I cut it myself again. I don't think I did too badly considering I'm no hairdresser and I was literally cutting blind, LOL!

Kelly wasn't too happy I did it myself, but says I did OK. What do you think?


I haven't told my Mam yet, LOL!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Kero's korner: May 2012 grooming photo

Hi humans, it's Kero here.

Almost a month ago I had a groomer lady come to the house to give me a grooming session. Willow was upset that she didn't get one. If only she knew how willing I'd have been to let her take my place for the bath part (which was the part she was upset about not having done to her).

Anyway, the humans took a photo of me after I was groomed. And here it is:


Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Game Challenge #3

It's time for the third challenge at The Game!

This time the challenge is based around the game "Chess" and our creations were to be black and white.

Here's my entry; a Father's Day card for my Dad:


Sorry about the far from straight lines; I cut the shapes out myself.

Anyway...

I think the main piece of card is from Craft Planet. The black card that the word "Dad" and the castle are cut from came from Hobbycraft, and the white paper the windows and doorway are cut from was from my hubby's printer. Oh, and the dog hairs were from Willow, LOL!

Yeah, sorry about the dog hairs; Willow keeps trying to help me make cards, and the result is that a lot of dog hairs become part of my work. But, hey, it stayed with the theme; she's a black dog! ;)

Anyway, why not pop over to The Game to see what the rest of the design team has made? And when you've done that, why not see what you can come up with for this challenge?

And, don't forget to check out my giveaway for your chance at winning one of 3 free copies of my latest book!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Rufus and Daisy are having a giveaway

While visitting Sue at Wicked Fairy Queen I noticed that her dogs Rufus and Daisy are having a giveaway.

All they ask is that you help them show support for Jan at Augie Dog's Blog who helped them find their home, and has just started up her blog.

They've convinced their human to give away three beautiful prizes in return for people spreading the word about Jan's blog and helping her get some followers.

I don't think that's much to ask, do you? So hop on over and meet everyone, and you'll get you're chance at winning one of the prizes up for grabs!

Mother-In-Law's birthday

Today is my Mother-In-Law's birthday; happy birthday Mom!

Friday, June 08, 2012

Poughkeepsie

PoughkeepsiePoughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The characters were well developed, and the plot was pretty good in general. However, the constant head-hopping made it difficult for me to connect with any given character so as to really get in to the book, and the excessive use of curse words spoiled the story for me.



Note: I'm not a prude by any stretch of the imagination, and have enjoyed books with curse words used frequently throughout. However, I felt in this case it was just too much; it felt like there were more curse words than other words in the book, and I felt they were sometimes used in inappropriate places. Even a tough guy like Blake's foster brother would only pepper his speach with curse words rather than - as it seemed when reading this - peppering his curse words with speach.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Grandma's birthday is today

Today is my Grandma's birthday. Some of you know her; she's Jayde's human.

Anyway, happy birthday Grandma!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The Queen's Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

"A flotilla of more than 1,000 boats marked the Queen's 60 years on the throne."

"The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant made its way 10 miles along the river from Battersea to Tower Bridge, where an “Avenue of Sail” – made up 98 vessels too large to join the pageant itself – was waiting.

Figures from the organisers showed that the total number of craft expected to be on the water for the historic occasion – including safety boats and those moored along the route – is 1,066.

Such was the fleet’s size, it took 75 minutes to pass."

~Above from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/the_queens_diamond_jubilee/9302247/The-Queens-Thames-Diamond-Jubilee-Pageant-in-all-its-glory.html where you can view a video and read more Diamond Jubilee news.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

A remembered nature escape

This week's Pagan Blog Prompt is about Nature Escapes and I decided to join in.

There's a lovely park just down the road with trees of all sorts, a duck pond and benches to sit on. And, of course, there's the promonade by the sea. But it wasn't those things I thought of. Nor the fact that with the sounds of the sea birds I can almost pretend to be at sea while sat in my own home.

What I thought of was where I used to go and sit in the park near where we lived until about 4 years ago.

The park had a river running through it, and a little way in from one of the entrances was a place where they'd built a platform over the river a bit. If you climbed down the bank beside that platform you could clamber over the rocks until you reached a place where there were big flat rocks. At that point the river made a very small waterfall (it wasn't really a waterfall, but it was like a mini one the way it poured through the gaps in between the rocks and down over some that were a bit lower down). The lower rocks got wet, but a couple of the bigger ones didn't. And if you sat on one of those the trees blocked you from view from the path. You could only be seen if someone came up the river itself or stood on the platform (which rarely happened; at least, when I was there). And with the noise of the mini waterfall you couldn't quite hear the traffic.

I often sat there. Quite often wrote while there, actually.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Book covers

You can see the covers for "Mr. Pumpkin-Head And Other Poems" and "Witchlet" on Smashwords - and the other places they become available at too, I dare say - but I'm posting them here too, because I want the html codes to put them on the "Where To Buy My Books" page. So...

Here's the one for "Mr. Pumpkin-Head And Other Poems":


And here's the one for "Witchlet":


And speaking of the books...

Thanks to everyone who has brought copies; I appreciate it!

And, thanks to the people who helped with the covers too; Karl (who's the artist who drew the picture on "Witchlet") and Magaly especially!

Also, don't forget to check out the giveaway I kicked off yesterday for your chance at winning a free copy of "Witchlet" - there are 3 copies up for grabs!

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Want a free book?

I'm giving away not 1, not 2, but 3 copies of my second book "Witchlet" absolutely 100% free!

Yes, really!

I published the book on Smashwords on Friday June 1st 2012, so it's now available to buy. But I'm feeling generous so offering to give 3 lucky people coupons for a free copy each.

So, how do you get your hands on one of the copies?

Just spread the word about my book and this giveaway, then leave me the link to prove it.

That's it!

Really... That's all you have to do!

You can post about it on your blog, post about it on Facebook, or whatever. As long as you can leave me a link where I can see you did so.

You'll get an entry for each place you post about it. As in, 1 for posting on your blog, or 1 for posting on Facebook, but 2 if you post both on your blog and on Facebook. So the more places you post, the more entries you get, and therefore the more chances you have of winning a copy. I don't care where you post, as long as you can give me access to where it is so I can see you did it.

It doesn't have to be anything long and fancy, as long as you say something to encourage people to check out this giveaway for themselves.

Don't be discouraged if you only have your blog to post on; having multiple entries helps, but sometimes the person who only enters once can win. That's what happened in my last giveaway. Just do your post, and cross your fingers! :)

Anyway...

You have exactly 2 weeks; the giveaway ends on June 17th.

I will pick the winner using GMA dice (an audio dice programme; in case you don't know) and tell you who it is on June 20th.

One last thing...

If you click on the title of the book near the start of this post, it will take you to the page for it on Smashwords. Once there you can view the details of the book, and view a free sample of the first 20% of it.

I publish via Smashwords because not only is their site easy to use, but the book is available in multiple formats, which you gain access to all of with one purchase of the book. So when I give the winners their free copies, they will have access to them in all the formats listed on the book's page on Smashwords.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Giveaway winner

It's time to tell you who won the Amazon gift voucher I was giving away.

And, the winner is...

Drum roll please...

Willow of Willow's Losing It and My Irish Cottage Home!

Congrats Willow!

You should get an e-mail from me soon, Willow.

And - to everyone - check back tomorrow for a brand new giveaway!

Kelly meets Sam Gray

This is the other act from April 30th. His name is Sam Gray.
He was pretty good too. Kelly

Friday, June 01, 2012

Friday June 1st 2012

It's a nice, sunny day today.

I have plenty I could post about, but those things will have to wait because I'm too tired today.

Kelly meets Molotov Jukebox

Here are the photos of Molotov Jukebox from April 30th. Adam Burke on guitar and Sam Apley on violin.
Angus Moncrieff playing the trumpet.
Angus Moncrieff, Natalia Tena and Sam Apley.
Angus Moncrieff on the trumpet and Tom Wilson playing base.
Natalia Tena singing.
Natalia Tena at the mic.
The whole band.
Sam Apley on the violin and Adam Burke on the guitar.
Sam Apley takes a bow.
Natalia Tena, Tom Wilson, Sam Apley and Max Burnett-Wain.
Natalia Tena playing accordian, Adam Burke playing guitar and Sam Apley smiling.
Natalia Tena playing accordian and Angus Moncrieff playing trumpet.
Natalia Tena and Angus Moncrieff.
Natalia Tena and Sam Apley posing.
The band warming up.
Max Burnett-Wain and the rest of the band.
Sam Apley singing, Natalia Tena smiling, the rest of the band playing.
Me with Natalia Tena, Sam Apley and Adam Burke.
One final post tomorrow from my outing on April 30th. Kelly