Plots and schemes, Volume 1

Enter to win!  That’s all you have to do. Solstice Publishing is celebrating Plots & Schemes Vol. 1 becoming a best seller in Germany during its release by giving away three autographed copies of the print edition of this fabulous anthology.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/237966-plots-schemes-vol-1

All you have to do is click on the Goodreads link between May 26 and June 9 and enter. It’s that simple. Once the contest ends, Goodreads will notify us of the winners names and you will receive your copy.

Job interviews

Had to escort a man to our office once–he was there for a job interview with my manager.  You read these stories of weird things people do in job interviews– believe me they are true.  I have some odd stories I should post.   This guy blurts out “I can’t believe they called me for this interview, I don’t even have the minimum requirements.”   I said “hmm, hmm.”  We continue walking to the guard desk to badge him.   He is very chatty.  “They let me sleep all the time where I work (this was the same company)  I work double shifts, they would rather pay me OT instead of hiring another person.”  The managers knew the guy slept & looked the other way.

Relatives who steal from you

Before I went in the military (yes, ages ago) I bought a travel iron.  It was around $5.00 at a local department store.  I had it for years and years and it worked like a top.  It had a collapsible handle and a detachable water bottle on the side.  It was absolutely perfect.  I had it for 16 years.   Fast forward to 1988– a female relative was getting married and going on a honeymoon.  She lamented in the kitchen one day she really wished she had a travel iron to take with her.  Being nice, I opened my mouth.  “Oh, I have one you can borrow!”   When I delivered it to her, she got this glint in her eye– I could tell she really liked it.  That was fine with me, I was doing a favor to a relative.  Upon returning from her honeymoon, she never returned it to me.  I waited a reasonable time (about 3 weeks) and thought nervously I had better say something.  I explained that I ironed all the time with it and used it for small quilt projects.  The happy look in her eyes disappeared.  I knew I had asked her to return something she coveted.  She gave it back the next time I saw her, before church on a Sunday morning.  She had a glum look in her eyes and her “thank you” was said in a flat voice.  Oh oh, I made Little Princess I-Am-Spoiled mad.  A couple of years went by, and I went looking for my iron.  I had always kept it in the same place (on top of the dryer) along with a couple other irons I used.  It was nowhere to be found.  I dug around the area, sure that it must have fallen off into a box.  Nope, it was gone.  I never said anything to anyone about this.   I kept wondering where my iron was.  Finally (it takes me along time to figure out mean actions) I realized I had given other family members keys to our house.  This was to come over in case of emergency or if they needed baby items (they baby sat my child) while I was at work.  It wouldn’t have been hard to track down my laundry area, duh, they had been in my house many many times.  Princess IAS took it.  She has passed away now, but I always think of what she said many times– “I hate a thief”– well she was one.  I just wanted to tell my story.

Bridges of Madison County

Well heck– just read that Robert James Waller has died.  I remember reading Bridges years ago–  near the end of the last chapter I sat on the edge of my bed and cried my eyes out.  Phooey on the critics, it WAS a great romance book!  The movie WAS NOT, casting was horrible.  But it one of those books you need to read when you are a middle-aged woman.

Spanish Sands on Amazon!

My latest IR-Contemporary romance is up for sale on Amazon.  It is not on the new issues on Solstice Publishing just now, but probably will be later this morning.  This book is set in southern Spain, Gibraltar, and north Africa.  It is a travel report/ romance/ backpacking story.  Enjoy!