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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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I still remember times in my youth when I went to places where I could not speak the language. Generally the places in question had to do with Spanish. I recall a certain feeling of helplessness that I overcame over the years.

When I go abroad now, I kind of look for that feeling of helplessness. I’d like to test myself – see if I really have improved in my ability to get what I need in a place where I can’t use language.

Mind you, I always go in a tour group. I’m well aware that I am largely insulated from the local cultures. I rarely have to worry about finding lodging or negotiating the price of food. I get a built-in translator, which is wonderful.

If things keep going the way they have been, I won’t need a translator much longer. English is taking over the world. I found it in the names of businesses in Mongolia, and on billboards in Indonesia. Many times when I went wandering on my own I found people who knew enough English to be able to negotiate a sale.

It’s comforting to know I can communicate in my native tongue all over the world, but it’s kind of disappointing too. My pantomime skills are getting rusty.



“I’m telling you, you’d have never made it.” Jim glowered at Daria from across the crisp white sheets of his bed.

“I would too.” Daria glowered back. She sat in the chair next to him. After moving her head a time or two, she gave up and moved the bouquet of flowers.

“It’s even steeper than it looks, and if you fall, it’s straight down.”

“That just means you have to take your time.” She tossed her hair and looked down her nose.

“We were racing the eclipse.”

“Oh. No wonder you fell.”

The Hub: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo credit: Sandra Crook


The First Half an Hour in Yogyakarta

We took a morning flight from Jakarta to Yogjakarta. On arrival we packed into a bus and went Straight to a restaurant for lunch. Here are thirteen of the hundred or so pictures I took along the way. I think it gives a fairly good idea of what it looked like.


Continue reading The First Half an Hour in Yogyakarta


Suzie’s House 432 : Malaprop Internal Affairs

Suzie's House

Gene itched to get practice over with. In a way, it kind of felt like a total waste. He should have said something before they started instead of wanting to do it afterward. As soon as the band started putting their instruments away, he went over to Tracy.

“There’s something we need to talk about.”

Continue reading Suzie’s House 432 : Malaprop Internal Affairs


Sex, Lies, and Vampires by Katie MacAlister p.95

In the span of slightly more than twenty-four hours I’d slept soundly on a vampire, fed him my blood, all but offered myself as his nooky queen for the rest of eternity, and discovered my back pocket was quite likely to be home to a demon lord’s limitless power.

Some days it’s just not worth the effort to stay sane.

MizB of A Daily Rhythm hosts Teaser Tuesday. Grab your current read, open to a random page, share a couple of “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Go see Should Be Reading for more detail.


The Winner’s Circle

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I did it! I hit 50,000 words! According to NaNoWriMo rules, that means I’ve written a book and have won.

Of course, I haven’t really finished yet. I estimate I’m about two thirds the way through. Maybe a bit more. I still have the most pivotal scene to write – the one the whole book is based on.

I seriously considered taking the story a slightly different way and skipping the pivotal scene all together. I’ve noticed that often when book is written to support a particular scene then that scene will not fit well and need to be removed afterward. It sounds illogical, but I’m not the only one to have written such a book.

On the other hand I have included some truly outlandish and poorly supported scenes and received compliments for them from my beta readers. Considering this one is very well supported, it makes more sense to go for it, even if the logic of the book would have taken me a slightly different direction normally.

As with everything in a rough draft, I can always take it out later.


Betsy’s Grate Day

It started off with a 5 am phone call from her boss that included screaming, panic, and acrimony. From there it went to burnt toast eaten while literally hopping out the door, coffee spilled on a cashmere skirt, a dead car battery, a taxi driver who took the long way and demanded twice the normal fare, and smeared lipstick applied while moving. The waterlogged inventory didn’t help. Nor did the attitude of the fire department. Panicked customers threatened to switch providers. More screaming and acrimony was interrupted by a call from the school system involving fever and vomiting. When the heel broke, all Betsy could do was pitch it. Some days are just like that.

The Hub: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo credit: C.E. Ayr


13 Things I’ve Done or Tried to Do This Week

1. I wrote over 20,000 words.

2. Harvested 7 grocery bags of apples.

3. Tried to harvest the entire tree.

4. Processed three bags.

5. Tried to process it all.

6. Prepared the backyard for a wind storm that was supposed to rival a hurricane.

7. Listened to the wind howl for a night. No damage done.

8. Attended my last Lifestyle Balance program meeting. Only lost 43 lbs this year. I guess I’ll have to work harder next year.

9. Switched ISPs.

10. Installed a hot spot including switching over a phone system and all computers.

11. Started on the next Indonesia post.

12. Ended up doing this instead. It’s faster and I’m tired.

13. Listened to a lot of Epic music mixes on Youtube

For more lists of Thirteen, visit Thursday Thirteen


Suzie’s House 431 : No Go

Suzie's House

If she groveled a little, that might be fun. Bruce had never seen Tracy grovel before. Of course he’d be disappointed now, too, so it was just as well he didn’t really care.

“Why?! We should just go anyway.” Tracy threw her hands up in disgust.

Continue reading Suzie’s House 431 : No Go


Heart Breaker by Karen Robards p. 368

Like Lynn, he seemed loath to share the bad news with the others just yet. The atmosphere in the room was so buoyant with relief that Lynn, for one, dreaded having to watch it dissipate.

MizB of A Daily Rhythm hosts Teaser Tuesday. Grab your current read, open to a random page, share a couple of “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Go see Should Be Reading for more detail.


Cannon Fodder

I mentioned before that Jakarta had a tendency to get overrun. That really stood out during our walking tour of Fatahillah Square. I don’t remember if these cannons were moved to the square after the Dutch left or before. Now it’s quite clear they are not a danger to anyone. More like a playground.

Seems to me that’s the right direction for things like this.


An Afternoon in Jakarta

After wandering around in a market, visiting a mosque, and talking to the local version of a relief society, we got in these tiny three wheeled cars and braved Jakarta’s traffic to go to a restaurant for lunch. This is a lot more daring than it sounds.

Traffic in Jakarta is insane! Mind you I think traffic in a lot of places is nuts. Ulaan Battar comes to mind. Turns out Jakarta is far from the only city in Indonesia with nutso traffic. But that’s a story for another time.

What really distinguishes the craziness of Indonesian traffic has to be the motorcycles. There are more of them than any other vehicles. They filter their way to the front at every red light, whip around corners, pack in tight together, and turn up everywhere. Continue reading An Afternoon in Jakarta


Suzie’s House 430 : Permission

Suzie's House

“This.. this is nice.” Emma glanced at Kate as the two of them walked down State Street together. She couldn’t remember the last time just the two of them hung out together.

“Yeah. We should do this more often.”

Continue reading Suzie’s House 430 : Permission


Heart Breaker by Karen Robards p. 131

If Rory knew how frightened her mother was, she would be doubly terrified.

It was a universal truth; Mothers were no supposed to be afraid.

MizB of A Daily Rhythm hosts Teaser Tuesday. Grab your current read, open to a random page, share a couple of “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Go see Should Be Reading for more detail.


NaNo and Family

I am particularly blessed because my family not only understands my need to write, they enthusiastically join me. Since I’m by far the most experienced in the field, our in-house word wars have hardly been fair. I generally take a handicap of a couple hundred.

This hasn’t exactly sat well with either Mr. Al or The Girl. Even when they would win if we counted the handicap, they weren’t satisfied. They both wanted to out-write me straight out.

This year, they are both succeeding. It’s not because I’m writing any slower than I have before. I can still whip out six or seven hundred words in fifteen minutes. The changes is that now both of them can also whip out that many words.

So I’m doing better than normal, but still lagging. I’m not quite sure how I feel about that.








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