Friday, September 21, 2012

Can You Remember?

My granddaughter turns 28 this month. Okay, I’ll say it...where has the time gone? I can remember the first time I saw her, but I can’t remember much else from that year. So I started digging...

In 1984...
Brian Mulroney became Canada’s Prime Minister on 17 September.
In the US, the average cost of a new house was $86,730 and, also in the US,
a gallon of gas was $1.10.
The UK and China agreed that Hong Kong would revert to China in 1997.
Virgin Atlantic held its inaugural flight.
Famine began in Ethiopia.
The first Apple Macintosh went on sale.
The Space Shuttle Discovery had its maiden voyage.

In 1984, we went to the movies and saw:
Beverly Hills Cop
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
The Terminator

For the trivia buffs:
In Canada, Mike Riley of Manitoba won the Labatt’s Brier.
At the Olympics in Los Angeles, Canadian speed skater Gaetan Boucher won three medals...a record at that time.
Ronald Reagan was re-elected to the Presidency of the United States
In 1984, Kenny Loggins was Footloose and The Boss was Dancing In The Dark.

In television:
there were no reality shows, so we made do with the classics:
Magnum P.I., Dynasty, Hill Street Blues, and Cheers.

We were reading (according to the NYT Bestseller list)
Iacocca, an autobiography of Lee Iacocca
The Aquitaine Progression by Robert Ludlum
The Talisman by Stephen King

But most importantly, my granddaughter was born. My granddaughter, my sometime conscience, and my friend. Happy Birthday Jessie!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Book Out Today

My new book, Gift Wrapped for Christmas, is at today. For the first week or so, it will be offered at the introductory price of .99c, then it will revert to its normal price of $2.99. I enjoyed writing this book, which takes place in Calgary. I think of it as warm and fuzzy meets edgy. Hope you enjoy!
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Coming Soon

I've finally finished my Christmas novel. It's a gentle, delightful story of a young woman in Calgary who loses her job shortly before Christmas and decides to become her own boss. I won't give away the plot but there's a heartwarming romance with a few surprises along the way.
Gift Wrapped for Christmas should be available around September 21st. I'll post about it here, as well as on my website and my facebook page.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Free Read September 13 - 16

Back by popular demand, Full Circle is available today through Sunday for free on Amazon.

Bella Thompson has news: she’s pregnant. But before she can tell her boyfriend Jeffrey, he shatters her with the news that he’s going to marry someone else.  Bella is given a choice: Go to Atlanta and give up her child for adoption, or leave town and raise her child on her own. The choice is clear, and she travels to California, where she settles in Santa Monica. Determined to make her own way in the world and return to Willow Bend on her own terms, Bella puts all her energies into building a successful business with her partner Rafael Vargas. But at what cost? Follow Bella as she struggles to balance her passion for business with the ultimate

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