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For Moving In

Seriously Reviewed said "You know? Every so often you read a story that starts a little slow on the first few pages and then.....BAM it just explodes! This was one of them for me."

Kaye's Book Review Page
on which she said The book is "short, sweet, light-hearted and just plain fun."

Vince at Philosophy of Romance said "Alice Audrey’s voice is fresh, feisty, full of surprises and always fun. The author also deals with real people having real problems and she does it in a very insightful way."

Nessa at Chrysalis Stage said "If you like sweet, fast-paced romance with a hot hero and all of the misunderstandings that two people can throw at each other, then you will love this story."

Night Owl Reviews didn't have anything nice to say about it. Hey, you can't win them all.

Brenda Talley of Romance Studio said " I recommend this book to anyone. It was a pleasure to read and I shall look for more of her work in the future. "

By Guta Bauer at Murphy's Library did it twice! Once in English and once in Portuguese. I'm assuming they both say, "Life goes on, choices need to be made and we can never let our past deny us of our future. That’s just some of the things we learn from this story. "

Sandra Nachlinger said "It's been a while since I've read a novelette, and I enjoyed this quick read. MOVING IN by Alice Audrey is a sweet story (rated PG or maybe even G) laced with humor. The best friend character is a hoot! This book is a fun escape and just what I needed to read today."

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It’s Like Riding a Bicycle. You Never Forget.

“Need a fork?” Jane smirked. She already had her chopsticks out, though she hadn’t scooped up any of the stir-fry yet.

“No! No, I’m good.” Marge took her chopstick out of the little restaurant wrapper and tried to remember how you hold them.

“I bet you can’t do this.” Jane reached out with her chopsticks, aiming at a pop bottle. She had almost lifted it when the bottle fell over, sending a cascade of bubbles over the table, and one of the chopstick flying to a neighboring table.

“You’re right,” Marge said around a grin. “There’s no way I could do that.”

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13 Random Words.

Guess who didn’t have a list this week. Since The Girl is hanging out behind me, I made her come with with some words. These are all off the top of her head, with her related comments in parentheses.

1. Prestidigitation
2. Ambiance
3. Inconvenience
4. Gentility
5. Absurdity (just like this)
6. Okay (I’m not a word machine, Mom. Jeeezzz)
7. Paranormal
8. Grave
9. Parallel
10. Conspicuous
11. Necessary
12. silhouette
13. (Swear word. No, don’t put that. Um…) Permissible

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Suzie’s House 367 : Driver in Training

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“Go, go, go!” Tracy sat in the shotgun seat and leaned way too close while she looked out the driver’s window.

“Y-yeah. We… we should g-g-g-go.” Emma sat right behind him.

For a moment Bruce couldn’t remember how he’d ended up in the driver’s seat. Technically, he didn’t know how to drive.

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The Soft Touch by Betina Krahn p. 347

With profuse thanks, Luanna climbed up into the bed of the wagon beside her husband and called to her children. They scrambled in, and the family was carried off into the night and into the promise of a future that would be rebuilt.

I’m such a slow reader. But I’m done now.


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Big Sky Ren Fest

A few weeks ago I went to the Big Sky Renfair. I missed some of the bigger events, which took place on a rainy Friday when I was insanely busy; but I managed to catch a couple of entertaining acts.

A woman did an contortionist act involving two long swaths of fabric attached to a tipi of poles. Except that she mostly did climbing and posing rather than swinging and jumping, it reminded me a bit of the trapeze. I’m guessing the fabric was parachute silk.

There were regular sword fights in an area separated from the rest by wooden poles. There was jousting, too, but I kept missing it. I’d look up in time to see the horses trotting away from the jousting area before I could find a good place to watch it from. Apparently they only had one round at a time.

You could rent Renaissance era weapons. I tried tossing a javelin a few times. Unluckily, javelins apparently require the use of legs. Mine weren’t up to the task. My billowing skirts weren’t helping matters.

I ate pasties and eyed the mead until I remembered the stuff is made of honey, and I had to drive home anyway. I also had eggrolls and soda, so not all was historically accurate.

There was sword swallowing, and fire swallowing, glass walking, and joking around by Eric the Excellent and company. There were booths selling everything from pencil’s with runes carved in the sides to tie-dyed scarves.

All in all it was quite entertaining. The only thing I really missed was the lack of music.

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Passing gas as a game


(In case you missed it before, Jack is a taxi driver.)

Jill: You’re home from work awfully early. What happened.

Jack: I was fired.

Jill: Fired!? Why?

Jack: It all started when one of the guys ran out of gas. I organized a rescue effort.
All the other guys had fares, but we all stopped as we passed each other and handed off this gallon of gas. A gallon should be enough to get the guy back to the garage, right? Well, anyway, the long and short if it is that a customer said I smelled bad and kept passing gas. The boss thought it was a game. So here I am.

Jill (shaking head) : Only you, Jack. This could only happen to you.

Previously in Jack and Jill: Work Ethic

The theme for this week’s Jack and Jill is “Passing gas as a game” as suggested by The Walking Man
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Losing His Head

At the Bitterroot Mercantile in Darby, Montana, the clientele expect a certain ambiance. It isn’t enough that there are trophies on the wall. The animal heads must come from something the owner hunted and have a story to go with it. Unluckily for Ken, he’d only ever bagged one animal and that had been more traffic accident than safari. Still, he dutifully hung the ram’s head on his wall and claimed a kinship with Earnest Hemingway right up until the last inventory. Then Marge got a hold of the moth eaten thing, and no one has seen is since.

photo copyright Adam Ickes

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Despite the uncanny resemblance to a number of Montana natives, this is purely a work of fiction. No animals were harmed in the making of this story. Nor was anyone’s pride bent. And you guys down at Radio Shack can keep the free gun. I’m not ordering satellite from you.

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13 Awarded

I moved all the pretty awards off my sidebar last weekend. I think they are great, but their time has past. It made me nostalgic. So I came up with my own award. To those of you on my list who just flinched, relax. This is not a guilt or effort inducing award. You are not suppose to pass it along, or answer questions, or blog about it, or anything else. It’s just a shout out to my homies. To those not on the list, I’m working with a number restriction here.

Brian Miller

Ann Pino

Heather L

Sandra Nachlinger

Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

Novroz

Shelley Munro

kezzela

CountryDew

Colleen

Jennifer Leeland

Ron

Paige Tyler

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Suzie’s House 366 : Uncle John’s Band

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The drum kit would be the tricky part. He had hinted to the drummer girl that it would be better to go with something simpler. A hint was the best he could do when Bruce kept jumping down his throat about every little thing, especially in front of the band. Well, now that she saw where they were playing she’d get smart about it.

Or not. She was already pulling one of those big drums out of the van like they had a permit or something. Didn’t she know her entire kit could be confiscated?

Well, if it came up, John would step in and slow the cops down. Bruce would know what to do. He might be a twerp, but he was street smart and played a mean sound synthesizer.

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The Soft Touch by Betina Krahn p. 229

A cannonball blowing through the chest couldn’t have stunned her more. She couldn’t exhale, couldn’t move except to lower her eyes along the typewritten page filled with the legal terms and definitions that set forth with dry precision a bone-deep betrayal of her trust.


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Awards

You may have noticed that I made a change or two in the way my blog looks. I have moved all the awards from my left sidebar to here.

I’ve been thinking for sometime that I should remove them from my sidebar. Most are from my early days of blogging when people were into giving each other these things as a game. Most of them don’t mean all that much. But aren’t they pretty? I was kind of using them as decoration.

I still like most of them, and want to remember the people who gave them to me. So… here they all are:

Given by Jingle

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Work Ethic

Jill: Honey, when are you going to go back to work?

Jack: It’s been too long. I’m rusty.

Jill: It isn’t something you’re going to forget overnight.

Jack: I need practice. See? I’m doing it right now.

Jill: That’s the wrong kind of taxi driving, and you know it.

Previously in Jack and Jill: Alternative Means

The theme for this week’s Jack and Jill is “taxi” as suggested by Brian Miller
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Stormy

When the tornado warning alarms went off, two young men, brothers, spurned the basement in favor of watching the storm. Dark and roiling clouds obliterated the sky, but on land they found mostly wind. There wasn’t much to see.

“Hey look. Doesn’t that cloud remind you of someone?”

“Yeah, it’s just like what mom’s face would look like if she knew we were out here.”

“That one looks like a horse.” The younger of the two pointed to the sky.

“Over there kind of looks like a funnel.”

“A funnel? Where? Uh-oh.”

Photo copyright Kelly Sands according to Rochelle.

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13 Fireworks

I make a tradition of doing a bad job of taking photos of fireworks on the fourth of July. I keep hoping some year I’ll get it right. Here’s this year’s haul:

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Suzie’s House 365 : A Translucent Attitude

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Bruce knew something was wrong as soon as Uncle John arrived. He had that eerie combination of a guarded look in his eye and a big smile that always meant trouble. Still, Bruce didn’t say anything as the band loaded everything into the van. It wasn’t like anyone would listen anyway. They were all too excited about doing another gig. Well, let them see for themselves just how far you could trust Uncle John.

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