Monthly Archives: May 2012

Which do you celebrate?

Two big events today:  cinco de mayo and the Kentucky Derby.

Because George grew up in Kentucky, we watch it.  I usually cheer for the horse that won The Bluegrass  Stakes at Keeneland or, because we are seasoned gamblers, we shout for the horse withe the best name. 

And because I taught Spanish, I at least say, “Happy cinco de mayo.”  This is an obscure observance in Mexico but very popular in the US because it’s an excuse–as if anyone needs one!– to party.  Have fun.

 

Brenda Novak’s Auction

Because Brenda Novak’s son has diabetes, about ten years ago, she started an auction to raise money for diabetes research.   I’ve donated either a basket or books or a critique for most of those years.  

I’m diabetic as well, but type 2.  There are differences between the causes of each although it’s the spiking blood sugar that is a symptom of both types.   I’m fully aware that research into the cure for type 1–what used to be called juvenile diabetes–may not help us older folks at all.

But I do know there is no cure.  Insulin brings blood sugar down but insulin also causes weight gain which starts a cycle of weight gain, higher doses of insulin, weight gain, etc.   And complications arise:  damage to eyes, kidneys, heart, etc.  In fact. a person with diabetes is treated as if he or she has already had one heart attack.  

This year, I’m donating a basket with items from Butternut Creek and signed copies of the first two books in the series.   Hard to see all the goodies in this picture, but go to the site and there’s a listing.  If you don’t bid on my basket, keep browsing.  There’s a lot of good stuff.  You’ll find something!

http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=2446091

I’m in the Interrogation Room!

Today I’m visiting my long-time friend, Kathy Bennett on her blog.  Because Kathy’s a former police officer–that is Kathy in the car to the left–she has an interesting interview technique.  She questions us in her interrogation room, then writes a police report.  It’s really creative and lots of fun.  Please drop by at    http://www.kathybennett.com/guestAuthors.aspx

Hope I don’t say anything incriminating.

Oh–and Kathy is a great writer.  Her exciting romantic suspense novels draw on her years of experience.

 

Demon Hunter or Soccer Mom? How’s a girl to choose?

Julie Kenner has  a marvelously imaginative mind which often takes odd and unexpected turns.  Fortunately, she puts those adventures in novels and we get to share the fun.  Please see more about her in yesterday’s blog.   Julie–take it away!

I’m so excited to be blogging at Jane’s cyber-home today, especially when she posed the question of choosing between being a soccer mom or a Demon Hunter.  Because, really, what mom hasn’t had to make that choice?  Why just this morning, I had to choose between getting my kids to school on time or slaying the demon that came barreling in through the back door.  (I chose slaying—trust me when I tell you that spatulas aren’t only for flipping eggs.)  And then there was the time that —

Oh. Wait.

That’s not my life.  That’s Kate.  Kate Connor.  Mom to a teenager and a toddler.  Driver of a minivan. Negotiator of such earth-shattering issues as eyeshadow, mascara, and just how low a pair of jeans can ride.  And, yes, slayer of demons.

To be exact, Kate’s a Level Five Demon Hunter, recently pulled from retirement after a demon came crashing through her kitchen window.  Like they say, it’s a dirty job but somebody’s got to do it.  And even though Kate didn’t want it to be her, if you ask, she’ll tell you that keeping the world safe from demons really does feel pretty good.  And that’s why Kate hasn’t chosen one over the other.  Choose demon-hunting to the detriment of her kids? No way.  But at the same time, she can’t choose her kids and ignore the demons.  Not when the very core of parenting is keeping those kids safe.  Not when Kate’s one of the few who knows that there really are monsters in the dark, and that somethings the things under the bed really will reach out and grab you.

It’s not easy balancing demon-hunting and parenting, but Kate’s doing her best.  And by choosing both—her family and the job—she’s helping to keep the world safe.  For her kids.  For everyone.

And now—yay!—Kate’s back.  It’s been awhile since her last adventure in DEMON EX MACHINA, but Kate and her family and friends are coming back soon in a brand new novel, PAX DEMONICA, which sees the gang in Rome, where Kate gets to visit with her mentor…and learn a few secrets.  Not to mention face her toughest challenge of all:  international travel with a toddler.  PAX will be out later this month.  In the meantime, though, folks can get a Kate fix (or meet Kate for the first time!) in “The Demon You Know…” a short story available on the Nook and on the Kindle (and coming soon to other outlets).  And also coming soon, I’ll be re-releasing CALIFORNIA DEMON with some bonus content that I think Kate’s fans will enjoy!

Are you a parent? A demon hunter? How do you keep control over your busy day, even if it isn’t filled with demons … or with kids?

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Links:
http://www.demonhuntingsoccermom.com (the page on my site that’s all about Kate)
THE DEMON YOU KNOW
a demon-hunting soccer mom short story