Persistence Prevails When All Else Fails—Being an Outlaster

aliceakemp:

this posting from the famous Kristen Lamb is really excellent. But don’t read it if you like to procrastinate. Alice

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Monday we talked about The DIP, so it seemed like a good idea to talk about being an OUTLASTER. I had years of honing this skill. Some of you may not know, but I dropped out of high school twice. 

***Note: I am the reason for the current Texas truancy laws :D .

Returning to high school and graduating at 19 was seriously humbling. My GPA was so low, my classes (very literally) were one step above Special Ed. When I took my SAT, the scores were so bad, I thought they might check me for a pulse.

Really glad they gave me some points for spelling my name correctly, LOL.

After a year and a half of junior college I won an Air Force scholarship to TCU to become a doctor. Six months in, the school didn’t close when we had a bad ice storm and I slipped…

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Is Romance Devolving?—50 Shades vs. No One Puts Baby in a Corner

aliceakemp:

This thoughtful blog by Kristin Lamb is well worth reading, especially since she is critical of 50 Shades. Thank God somebody is.

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

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I’d hoped I wouldn’t have to go here, but alas, here we are. Today, 50 Shades of Grey the MOVIE will open for…*record screech* Valentine’s Day. Nothing says I love you like predatory emotional manipulation, sociopathy, abuse and non-consensual sex acts.

Find THAT on a Hallmark card.

And yes, I know there have been other kinky books like this, but 50 Shades sold over 100 million copies and the movie (despite ZERO plot) is expected to gross in excess of $60 million which means I just threw up a little in my mouth this “story” has tipped from fringe to mainstream and that scares me more than a little bit.

No, I didn’t read the book. I don’t need to. Nor do I need to watch gang-rape prison porn to know it probably is unhealthy for the future of women (or even men)…

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What’s Up, Y’all?

Good Morning from sunny New Orleans.  Looks like we’ll have good weather for Mardi Gras. A little cool, but Goddess Willing, no rain.

I keep intending to write blogs more often, and I’ve done several guest blogs lately. I have one coming on Mardi Gras day (February 17 for you heathens) with Terry O’Dell, http://terryodell.com/terrysplace/  A second was yesterday with Becky Neely http://www.rebeccaeneely.com/blog.html. And a third coming on Feb. 25 with Vicki Batman  http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/ Whew. I’ll put out a twitter for the two upcoming ones. But baby, they take a lot of time. The one with Vicky is about my crochet work. That was fun. This is a sample of some shawls I’ve made lately. Watch for the blog postings..2015-01-09 11.45.08

I also have a twitter account. Do you? Wayne, my husband, set mine up with this handle:  @Dr_AAK

What fun. I actually use it.  Recently, I twittered (love the new verbs–googled, emailed, facebooked)  about a four-star review I received for The Taste of Her, from Night Owl Reviews — see the sexy and creepy book cover to the right? Here’s a link to the review: http://bit.ly/1KOeb1y .  I use bitly.com to shorten long links for twitter, especially.

But the reviewer said: “I loved the ending. It was just deserts.” She’s referring to a scene at the end of the book where the bad guy is in Orleans Parish Prison and not having a good time. (-:  The reviewer goes on to say “this (is) an awesome read.”  Check it out in full, and better yet, Buy the Book.

Am almost fully recovered for hip replacement surgery in December. I can tell you. Hips are easier than knees, no kidding. I still have more sessions with the physical therapist, and am off to go this afternoon. Tony works me hard.

Leave a comment if you have a chance. I’m committed to having some traffic here.

Have a great day!

Happy New Year with a Rainbow

Greetings All. We got to spend most of the Christmas holiday at our house on Dauphin Island. It’s a barrier island south of Mobile, Alabama. I love being there in the cool/cold weather because we have a fireplace. But I’ve been known to build a fire without its being cold outside.

The time was relaxing as I am recovering from hip replacement surgery on Dec. 11. I’m doing really well now, and have started out-patient physical therapy. What Fun.

What I wanted to share with y’all is these two pictures of a rainbow that appeared on Dec. 27. In the second shot you can just make out the double one. It was magical.

 

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Planning on being more productive here in the coming weeks. I’m very behind on my latest manuscript – tentative title, The Taste of Faith. Not entirely satisfied with the title, but it’ll do for now.  Am trying to figure out how to add the cover of my last book: The Taste of Her. It’s available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1z41veY  It’s kinda creepy, but a romantic suspense with the promised Happily Ever After.

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Blessings for a wonderful, prosperous, and healthy New Year.

New Pub: The Taste of Her

December 3 marks the launch of my latest publication. It’s out on Amazon for $2.99.

The Taste of Her is a romantic suspense, set in New Orleans. It is the story of Margaret Angelo, a New Orleans homicide detective. Despite the sexism of the NOPD, she works to catch a serial killer, the Slasher, who kidnaps women, assaults them, and gets off on licking their bodies before he kills them.

Although devoted to her job, Margaret longs for a life partner. She reconnects with a high school acquaintance, Jim, whom she hires to paint her house. They begin a relationship, but Margaret is kidnapped by the Slasher and faces certain death. The other detectives manage to rescue her, but the Slasher escapes their trap. He is losing control and hunts Margaret down, determined to finish her. With Jim’s support, can she escape this mad man?

 

 

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Please let me know if you like it.

 

 

The Jury Scandal is out on Amazon

I’m so excited to announce that this romantic suspense is out now on Amazon ($2.99). I hope all of you buy it, read it, and enjoy it. A good review on Amazon would be nice, too.  http://amzn.to/1qptEcT

This is the blurb:

A divorced professor, Marilise, struggles with an unintended pregnancy from a foolish one-night stand. When her high school sweetheart, Tommy, shows up as a student in her class, she’s scared to get involved. He’s a short-tempered homicide detective working on a case where a sportscaster is accused of shooting his ex-wife. Tommy is attracted to the new Marilise.

She attends the sportscaster’s trial to see Tommy testify. In the bathroom on a break, she overhears a thug threaten a woman juror to vote not guilty. She tells the judge and becomes a target and a risk to a local politician’s plans. Tommy and Marilise rekindle their relationship while he attempts to protect her. Can their new relationship survive the threats and will he accept her pregnancy?

 

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I’ve been working on this story since 2007, maybe? It was a finalist in the RWA chapter Daphne Du Maurier Contest for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, sponsored by the Kiss of Death in 2013. The mad dash to get it out this week involved doing the final edits last Sunday afternoon. But we got it done, and the owner/editor, Debby Gilbert, at Soul Mate Publishing did an amazing job.

Please, tell me what you think of the cover and the story.