Saturday, October 31, 2009

Blog Tour Stops This Week!

My new release, A Forever Christmas, is on the shelves now! Don't forget it would make a nice, inexpensive Christmas gift for your friends! :)
Also, please be sure to check the blog tour schedule over on the right side of the screen. I have several stops this week. I hope you'll come by to visit at each one. I'll be offering book giveaways on some of them. I'd love to see you there!
And for local folks, I'll be doing a book signing on November 14 at the Christmas in the Country Arts & Crafts Festival (10 am - 5 pm). More details later. Just hold the date!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Reading on Blogtalk Radio on Thursday

I'm excited to take part in something new to me, Blogtalk radio, on Thursday evening. I'll be reading a short excerpt from A Forever Christmas at around 7:00 pm Central time with other authors from Red River Writers. I'm not sure exactly what time I'll read, but it should be within the first 20 minutes or so. I hope you'll stop by! And also, they'll put the show up later so you can listen to it at anytime.
To check it out, click here.
Also, I've heard of book sightings in Walmart! I'd love to hear from you if you see my book on the shelf anywhere. Thanks!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Wild Adventure in Gatlinburg, Tennessee!

My kids had fall break last week, and we headed to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to spend some fun time in the mountains. We met my parents and my sister and brother-in-law to celebrate my parents' 50th anniversary. Whenever we go, we always stay in an older motel that sits nestled between the mountainside and the river. And one day while standing outside my parents' room, I glanced up and saw this site (you may have to click on the photo to see the detail). I wasn't sure I was seeing correctly, but as I watched, dumbstruck, I saw this next photo...a bear coming down the mountain toward the parking lot! I couldn't even speak. I just pointed and made funny sounds (which my family has teased me mercilessly about!). :)

When everyone realized what I was pointing at, my sister grabbed her camera and started snapping. She was saying, "Oh, how sweet," and things like that as she got WAY too close to the bear. He walked around the parking lot, sniffing.

Thankfully, my brother-in-law had thought to run close the back of the minivan as soon as I saw the bear coming down the hill. But apparently, there was something that drew him to another car. He stood on his hind feet, put his front paws on the top of the car, then seemed to look inside. Meanwhile, my sister got down and snapped this next shot under the railing outside our motel doors.

And the last photo was the best. This is not zoomed. The bear got within about 5 or 6 feet of us before we scampered into the room and closed the door. We figured we better not push our luck no matter how cute he was! :)
What excitement! But there's still something scary about looking into the bloodshot eyes of a black bear!

I'll share more photos of the mountains once my son emails them to me from his phone. It was gorgeous in the Smokies while we were there!
Have any of you made any trips to the mountains to see fall leaves?