Monday Musings: It Has Been A Monday

I’m late getting this out, but it’s been a Monday morning, for sure. Mr. Lambeau had a sick tummy this morning. That’s the second time in a couple days. Not sure what’s going on- maybe the heat, but he spends most of his time inside in the AC. He has wanted to go out and nap in the sun on the deck, so I guess that could be part of it. I am keeping him inside all day, and we are not going to attempt a walk on a day where the feels like temp is saying 100. He will also be on light rations for a day or so, and, much to his dislike, no treats. Hoping that gets him straightened out. Otherwise, it will be off to the vet for the doggo.

Last Thursday evening, we had a friend visit. I worked with Ken for many years at JC Penney. Ken was one of the main people who trained me, for better or worse. I think opinions are split on that one. LOL His family has a working farm in Tyngsborough, MA. *insert shameless plug* They grow lots of yummy vegetables. The sweet corn is the best. And we always get our Christmas tree from them, and the trees have been really nice. Check them out: Lawndale Farm

It was a fun evening. We sat around the dining room table, had a few drinks, shared verbiage (that was for you, Ken! 🙂 ), and laughed a lot. Funny how it always seems people tend to congregate around the table. The BaldMan grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce (he makes a mean chimichurri) and tequila-lime shrimp, with a wheatberry salad. It was a tasty dinner with friend I have known for years. It’s nice to stay in touch with good people even after you don’t see them everyday.

I had to replace a couple of the plants in the hanging baskets out front. Two of the calabrachia just didn’t make it this year, so I changed the dead stuff out for supertunias (yeah, just fancy petunias). They seem to do well wherever I put them.

The veggie garden is doing pretty well , also. It always seems that after we get a good rain and then a couple days of warm, or in this case, hot sunny weather, the plants look as if they’ve grown several feet overnight. I do have one tomato that looks like it’s trying to take over the neighborhood. But it’s got nice green tomatoes on it, so I am pleased. Other things are starting to bloom and set fruit. Yum!

Oh, and I think I forgot to mention that Smashwords is having their annual Summer Sale. So, all my books are on sale through the month of July. Circle Unbroken, my sci-fi novel is half price, as is Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy,  which is, as the title implies, a set of short fantasy stories. The rest of my fiction is free, including the two stories in my urban fantasy series The Yo-Yo Files,  and two short dystopian stories. You can check out my profile and the books here. Thank you! And remember, if you do purchase and read any of them (or if you have in the past), please leave a review. It doesn’t have to be 5 stars, and it doesn’t have to be long or profound, just be honest. Of course, I hope you like them! Reviews do help, and are appreciated more than you know.

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Coming in December 2018: Two’s Company, a sci-fi novel in the space opera tradition. Artificial intelligence, corporate plots, spaceships, a heroine with an attitude. More details soon!

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After five years away, Kaili is coming home for the ceremony to install her sister as head of the family business. When an old rivalry threatens the family, Kaili and her partner need to use all their skills to save the sisters’ lives. Learn more here

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A collection of six short fantasy stories set in varied worlds of magic and mayhem. Learn more here.

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A short novelette set in a dystopian Earth after the final environmental collapse. Sam is a genetically engineered chameleon who may hold the key to mankind’s survival. Learn more here.

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In a world reeling under the effects of severe climate change, food shortages are common, and arable farmland is scarce. Unscupulous distributors like Beni Oligowma take advantage of the shortages for their own gain. When a promising new technology for growing food even under the harsh conditions is unveiled, grocery store owner Frank is determined to see that everyone is able to benefit from the results, not just the Benis of the world.
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Demon hunters Johnny and Cerise travel to the small town of Carroll Fork where they find a demon-possessed thrift store, a sweet old lady who is more than she seems, and an army of underworld inhabitants. Can Johnny and his trusty yo-yo save the town from a devil of a problem?

Five and Daemon, the Yo-Yo Files #1, is a short novelette in an urban fantasy setting, with elements of the supernatural and humor. Learn more here

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Things have been quiet. No demonic possessions, no otherworldly intrusions, nothing. And then Lucifer shows up in Johnny’s living room, claiming that two archangels are missing, and something is definitely not right in the heavenly- and other- realms. Saying he has nothing to do with it- this time- he asks Johnny and Cerise to help him find out what’s happening, and who is behind the disappearances. While they are trying to do just that, Lucifer is devilnapped by a larger-than-life serpent. He manages to get a clue to Johnny before he disappears. Johnny and Cerise are left to puzzle out the disappearances and try to find the missing angels. Oh, and stop what could mean the ultimate destruction of pretty much everything.

Snake’s Alive, the Yo-Yo Files #2 is an urban fantasy novelette with elements of the supernatural and humor. Learn more here.

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