Sunday, November 15, 2009

So much for good intentions!

I had great hopes of blogging away every Sunday but it has been two months since I've been here.

Let me see - what did I do? I won three places in the County Fair with my jewelry - yeah! And we finished the house we were renovating - double yeah!

Meanwhile - back at the Sahara Desert. Priscilla Hackling and Donnie Barnes are ready to leave on their journey. She's not entirely sure she can trust him but she has no choice. If they're going to catch Trey's murderer and the covert antiquities trafficker, Alaa El-Din, they must leave Cairo tomorrow.

Stay tuned!

Hey - if anyone reads this - leave me a comment - I'll so write ya back!

Victoria

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Tempering Agent - The Breastplate of Judgement

Dr. Hackling has been delivered to the police station in Cairo. She fears the worst - Trey Whittington's murder case will be reopened and she was a suspect. But the authorities have another job for Priscilla - help find Trey's killer.

She resists, feels that she's bait in their game but surrenders when she decides she cannot be disloyal to Trey's memory. She will go to Siwa Oasis where the treacherous and illusive Alaa El-Din is thought to be hiding.

When she learns she can take only one other person with her, she calls her assistant Rayhan. His wife, Amisi, is due to give birth to their second child and Rayhan cannot go but knows of another whom Priscilla could trust.

I could chronicle the Greek and Cyene historical data and get myself killed, she thinks as she mulls over her situation.

THERE'S A CONTEST GOING ON OVER AT THE WHITEROSES IN BLOOM BLOG http://whiterosesinbloom.blogspot.com/ Check it out - winners every week!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Tempering Agent

Tempering Agent
Sand, stone, shell, clay or plant fibers added to local clays to prevent pottery from shrinkage and cracking during firing or drying - This is the definition I found in an archaeological glossary - it is also the name of my new novel.

Chapter One begins finding Priscilla Hackling working in a dig in Sakkara just outside of Cairo, a section of the great necropolis of Memphis. When she hears a disturbance overhead she climbs out of the dig to find an officer arguing with her trusted assistant, Rayhan.

Priscilla is taken in to Cairo to the police station to discuss the three year old murder of her fiance, Trey Whittington, and the breastplate of the high priest which was stolen from a dig in southern Egypt.

The authorities accused her then of being part of his murder and the robbery, but she had been released - was it all starting again?

Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Never Say Never

Well ~ it only took me two weeks to get back here this time. I have exciting news, I think ~ I've started a new novel.

I know I said I wouldn't do it again. I was going to write short stories and enter contests. After a lot of prodding, I'm eating my words.

This time Donnie, who is in the supporting cast of my other two novels, is out on his own and stepping into the romance arena. He's helping an intriguing English doctor solve a murder. She's an archaeologist and the working title is Tempering Agent.

I left Donnie in Egypt the last time he came out to play - so that's where it starts. And I'm mixing in my other hobby of collecting exotic gemstones - well that figures in, too.

So stay tuned folks, my writing class starts in a week and here we go again. If I finish this one - which if you know me, I will, it will take me about two years working and all. Of course I only plan to do that about 19 more months - so maybe sooner.

I'll keep you posted - and maybe even drop a few hints on the story line.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Here I am! Is anybody out there?

It has been two months and nine days since my last post. I always feel like I don't have much to say and then, decide not to say anything. It has been a challenging year. I started out with great intentions to do more reviews but other things always got in the way.

I felt a little disappointed in what I've tried to do and who it is reaching as far as my promotions, too. I've also felt like I was out in left field somewhere just standing there waiting for someone, anyone, to throw the ball my way.

BUT - there's good things happening, too. I bought a video in February and taught myself the ancient craft of wire wrapping. I'm getting pretty good at it and may enter something in the county fair. Most importantly I've followed my two passions - reading and writing. Check out my current favs over in the right hand corner (recently added) I also have two projects under consideration with two different publishers and I continue to write. And kiss frogs :)

I had sort of decided to post some of my odd ball work - so below is a silly little poem I wrote about a chicken almost becoming dinner.

Enjoy!!

Chicken Dinner

There’s a chicken in the yard.
The table’s set for dinner.

The ax blade hugs the strap
Honing sharpened edge.

Shoulders squared, opponents eye their foe.
Red comb stiffens against a stew pot home.

Open beaked, pinned against the fence.
Clutching fist surrounds the handle.

Universal panic bridges the gap.
The salad plate is full.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

AEGYPT


Recently I was searching out the possibility of a new publisher and I came across the web site of L.D. Alford: http://www.ldalford.com Mr. Alford has several impressive books but the subject matter of Aegypt was especially interesting.

When I began reading Aegypt, I was concerned the story of Paul Bolang a lieutenant in the French Foreign Legion wasn’t going to hold my interest but Mr. Alford’s descriptive prose immediately changed my mind. By page three I was hooked and couldn’t put the book aside until I discovered the secret of the tombs.

With the onset of World War I, Bolang, a graduate student working toward his Ph.D. translating Egyptian hieroglyphics, reluctantly followed his family’s expectations with a military career.

After the war, he was eventually stationed in Tunisia. On the first day of his command at Fort Saint, Bolang noticed the almost perfectly flat area in front of the fort. Taking a shovel he uncovered a cornerstone which revealed an unusual glphy. After an archaeological team was formed, the dig began.

As the team searched for the hidden tombs, two of the workers are killed as the sealed door moved to open. Bolang realized a strange series of events had started to unfold and he was certain the party was about to unleash a force that would overtake mankind and plummet the world into darkness.

Mr. Alford is a powerful writer using skillful techniques to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. This is truly a book about the ever present battle between good and evil. I highly recommend Aegypt and know that a vast audience of readers will find themselves asking is it myth or is it real?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Lucky Shamrock Contest


A lot of exciting things are happening and I want you to be a part of it -

First of all March is Inspirational month at The Wildrose Press and March 1, The Wildrose Press had an exciting announcement.

They have a new imprint White Rose Publishing http://whiterosepublishing.com/

In celebration of "our month" and the kick off of our new imprint The White Rose authors are having a Lucky Shamrock Contest.

Go to our blog http://whiterosesinbloom.blogspot.com/ on MARCH 17, and enter the contest.

There will be a question to answer. Leave your answer as a comment and you will be entered in the Lucky Shamrock contest. The winner will receive a delightful assortment of eBooks.

Good luck!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Dogs and Love Stories

I had been wanting to see the movie Marley and Me, but first I wanted to read the book. Knowing I had a car trip in my future, I purchased my copy and read while my husband drove to San Diego and back a couple of weekends ago. On Monday, which was a holiday, I took my daughter to the movie. Of course, the book was better, but both it and movie portrayed how a dog can be so much a part of our lives that they share our hopes, dreams and realities.

The story of a big, yellow dog reminded me of another dog who came to the rescue of a little boy named Jeremy who was struggling with his parent's divorce. Sir Issac Newton, a fluffy brown and white dog manages to win Jeremy over and his current owner finds his way into the heart of Emily Bryant, Jeremy's mother.

This delightful story of a little boy, a warm afternoon in the park, and the relization by Emily that she might give love another try makes this short story from the Wild Rose Press one of my favorites.

Well done, Kim Watters - Dog Days of Summer is a wonderful read.

Buy Link: http://http://www.thewildrosepress.com/dog-days-of-summer-p-441

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Don't miss - The Madness of Celia Summers

It isn't too late to ring in the new year with a great read from The Wild Rose Press. One of my favorites is The Madness of Celia Summers by Charlotte Chalmers.

A group of soon to be homeless seniors, a sexy policeman and a teenage son, who only wants the best for his mum, finds Celia Summers in an interesting predicament. This witty book with just the right touch of innuendo deals with the fragility of the human heart. Charlotte Chalmers has woven a tapestry of interesting characters laced with the right amount of humor to keep the reader going until the end and wanting more.

I highly recommend this wonderful read. It is a fantastic book that will chase away the winter doldrums. Warm up some tea or hot cocoa and settle in for an amusing ride.

Purchase link: http://http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=175_140&products_id=704

Monday, January 12, 2009

Where does all my time go?

It has been over a month since I posted and lots has happened. Along with all the holiday merriment, my mother-in-law had a stroke and I had a fall - face first onto the concrete. Two black eyes and my entire right leg from my knee to my ankle banged up, I have survived. My mother-in-law, unfortunately, is in a board care home and we have a lot of work to get her house rented, etc.

One really terrific thing that did happen over the holiday, aside from a great visit with our daughter and all the wonder of the season, I found myself in the top ten listing on Enduring Romance for the "best of" 2008:

http://enduringromance.blogspot.com/2008/12/10-2008-book-picks.html

I was very pleased that my Civil War Short: In the Shadow of My Heart was so well received.

My resolution for 2009 - is to get back to the book reviews and drop in a few of my happenings now and then.

Happy 2009 all!

Blessings,
Victoria