My health issue of last week is on the mend. My husband told me that it was nice to see me back to my normal self these past few days. All I felt up to was to lie around. And I was a little scared. I missed a lot of work and am now out of both sick and vacation time until next year.

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I did do a lot of reading. I finished the second Dragonlance novel,  Dragons of Winter Night, early in the week, and a historical fiction novel that made me cry on Thursday or Friday. I don’t have any guests scheduled for this week so I’ll be able to post both reviews, plus Katie’s long-delayed series review. It should be a full week–I have posts ready or in progress for every day of the week.

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I realize I have not done a Debut Showcase here in a while. I do enjoy doing those, so I’ll start them again soon, maybe even this week, depending on what we do this afternoon. The weather has been so nice and it has been since the spring since I’ve taken a walk in my favorite patch of woods. I’m tempted!

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I made some minor changes around the site, the most significant being the taking down of pages to my unpublished fiction. One is now under submission to Carina Press under a different title, and the other title is shelved indefinitely. I won’t call it a trunk novel–it’s just on a shelf, for a while. I’ve moved on in my mind to other things, and if I ever do attempt publication for it again, it probably won’t be until I’ve finished at least two other novels and two other novellas. That’s at least three years. I don’t want to look at it on my site for three years.

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I have been sampling novels. Here are a few titles:

Prospero Lost by L. Jagi Lamplighter (contemporary fantasy)

I believe I mentioned this in an earlier post. It is very imaginative and has a great opening, but for a while I was thinking that the heroine needed to save a cat or something, because she was a bit unlikable. The author had great timing because she did the right thing when she wanted to do otherwise, so I’ll keep reading.

No One Lives Twice by Julie Moffett (action/adventure)

This is a fun spy novel set in modern times. Julie Moffett is an establaished author who sold this novel to Carina Press. I downloaded it yesterday because it looked cute. I can’t resist novels about female computer programmers because I’ve done that for years. The main character, Lexi Carmichael, is kind of like Stephanie Plum except she’s brilliant with numbers. (Not really required to code, because I’m not.)

Do Over by Mari Carr (contemporary romance)

It is rare that a contemporary romance can tempt me. But the author told the story of how this was published a few weeks ago on the Carina Press blog, and I got misty. I hate getting misty but darn it, any story that can make me so is unforgettable, so I just had to have it. It’s a novella.

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My site slowdown issues seem to have resolved itself. Must have been a quirk of my web host provider. Welcome to all you new subscribers and thanks to the rest of you for sticking around. You can always find my subscription links at the top of the middle sidebar.

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What have you been up to lately? Anything fun or different? Now that the weather is nice, I’m ready to do some outdoorsy stuff.