December Blogging Hiatus

Hello everyone. I am writing to let you know that I am taking a few weeks off. I will be having surgery this month and to keep from having to try and keep up with my daily blogging I’m going to take this time off. I will of course post once I am able to get back on the computer how my surgery went and keep anyone interested in how I am recovering informed.

So until then, let me wish you a Very Merry Christmas!!  May you get lots and lots of good books this year so you can keep reading.


What are you Reading Thursday

I read a short story that came in a newsletter from Hilde McQueen this week. It was called Blue Montana Christmas and was a nice little story about the Cole family that is featured in the Shades of Blue series. Books 7 & 8 will be released in 2015. You should pick these gems up if you get the chance.

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Rumor Has It Wednesday

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Decorations are going up everywhere across town. Christmas movies are playing on Hallmark and Lifetime, network channels are sporting Charlie Brown specials and Christmas music tributes.

Karen Hall will be running her latest BTGN release on sale for 99 cents December 5-7. The Great Cristmas Candy Caper The Great Christmas Candy Caper

Popular bachelor Robert “Bob” Barnwell is in no hurry to get married. Between running Barnwell’s, his family’s candy company while his uncle is on his honeymoon, and his round of social engagements, who has time to fall in love, especially when Barnwell’s is competition with Hanover’s, his chief rival for a coveted cash prize. When pretty saleswoman Laura Stern convinces him to buy a typewriter, Bob hires her as a temporary secretary and finds himself unexpectedly attracted to her. But then calamity strikes the factory and it looks as if the woman of Bob’s dream might be his worst Christmas nightmare come true.

Laura Stern love the independence her work being a sales clerk and a volunteer teacher gives her. Give that up for a husband? No, thank you! Calling on England’s biggest candy company to demonstrate a typewriter is just part of her job. But when Robert Barnwell hires her to work the few weeks before Christmas, and they later wind up in the same community choir, her heart begins to take on a mind of its own. And just when it looks like Cupid is about to strike, an old nemesis makes its own mark, threatening not only Laura’s reputation but her newfound love as well.

Random Thoughts Tuesday

Praying for the families of the victims in the two bus crash this afternoon. Three lost their lives. I’ve seen reports they were two young children and a teachers aid. Over twenty were sent to the hospital to be checked out at the ER. It is a sad tragedy. Be careful when you are driving, especially when it has been raining. An account was that this happened as a result of another vehicle swerving which caused the two buses to slam on their brakes and collide, flipping one of the buses. The swerving vehicle was unharmed. This could happen to anyone, anywhere, and under any condition. We never know when it could be us in this situation.

A protest on Cumberland Avenue that blocked traffic caused one police office to be hit by a car today. What were these students protesting? Police Brutality in the Ferguson decision.  Their careless action caused someone to get hurt. Their blocking the flow of traffic made it difficult for EMTs to reach the scene of the accident. Others were delayed from getting back to work on time since the protest happened around midday.

Guest Author Monday

Please Welcome our Guest Author today — Rena Koontz

I’m thrilled to be a guest on Leanne’s blog today. I’d like to give you a peek behind the scenes of my newest romantic suspense, “Thief Of The Heart.”

I read an article in the RWA magazine, recently, advising authors not to write what they know but, instead, write what they don’t want other people to know.

The article advised us to tap into the deep, dark recesses of our lives where bad things are buried, and let our characters explore and capitalize on those emotions. That’s the path I followed with “Thief Of The Heart.”

TheifoftheHeartThe romantic suspense tells the story of a young woman who discovers that someone has broken into her apartment – her safe haven from life – and stolen her jewelry. Gone are the good gems, the ones hidden in her lingerie drawer.  Most of us hide our precious trinkets in a spot we think is safe – the freezer; our underwear drawer; an empty shoebox tucked between real shoe holders. So did Jennifer Roberts, who realizes someone has rifled through her panties and bras and taken the red velvet box protecting her valuables. So did I.

A tidal wave of emotions overcomes Jennifer. First there is the fear that the intruder is still in the room, crouching in a corner, ready to spring. As useless as it is, a burglary victim immediately searches the house, looking for the culprit, even though the timing of the invasion is unknown. I even looked in the tiny closet that housed the hot water heater – a space barely big enough to squeeze in a broom, let alone a man.

Yes, the immediate assumption is that the thief is a man.

And then, anger replaces the fear. How dare he? Come into my home? Touch my intimate apparel? Roam through my apartment? Where else had he looked, pawed, encroached? Jennifer asks all of those questions. So did I.

And she wrestles with other feelings. The sense of loss over the pieces her late mother left her. Self-doubt that she had been careless, perhaps leaving the door unlocked or flaunting that ruby and diamond ring she’d saved and saved for, and finally owned. And yes, resentment. Why her? Why did this have to happen to her?

All of those emotions released as I wrote “Thief Of The Heart,” and Jennifer and I worked through them together. Jennifer also struggles with another emotion – love. When she calls the police, blond-haired, blue-eyed Max Domer knocks on her door, wearing a tailored police uniform that stops her heart and a smile that eventually captures it.

“Write what you don’t want people to know,” the RWA article advised. Well, I’m not ready to tell it all. You’ll have to read the book to decide if that part is true too!

To learn more about Thief Of The Heart,” or my other romantic suspense novels, please check out my website,  Thanks, Leanne.