I’m misbehaving, but I can’t tell you about it until I’m done. Although, come to think of it I could tweet about it. No one adverse to what I’m doing would see it there.

I’ll post pictures when it’s fait accompli. Until then:


So my three youngest three kids were in a musical this weekend.  Working.  Which I had never heard of before.

I have to say they did a fabulous job.  Child number four was in the chorus so I don’t really have good clips of her, so you get Boy one and Boy two. You should thank me – I’m only putting up one song each.  Proud mom here.

In order of song:  Boy number two –

This is boy number one:

Feel free to tell me how fabulous they are! I never tire of hearing that.

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Is my brain on… on what?  I’m not sure exactly. I’ve been thinking a lot. A lot a lot. (You can credit Shrek for that one I think.) Firstly about Bree. Which is good in that it is making the book better, but also bad because it means more rewriting, which in turn means more time before that sucker comes out. And I’ve got to get Bree out before I can go back to Glimmer Girls which a number of you are clamoring for.  Not that I blame you. It’s a pretty good story.

I’ve also been thinking about climate change and owing the IRS a big chunk of money. What is it about money that lends itself to one crisis after another? Why is there no catching up? I’m not whinging, mind you. I just really want to know.

Here’s the thing about climate change: It’s horrible and beautiful. We have an exhibit up at the Museum at the moment: Water Ways: Tension and Flow.  The images – you know what? Instead of telling you I’ll show you a couple:




James Balog, American, born 1952

Birthday Canyon, Greenland Ice Sheet, from the series Extreme Ice Survey

June 28, 2009

Chromogenic print

Melting Glacier.  Need I say more?

step well




Edward Burtynsky, Canadian, born 1955

Stepwell #2, Panna Meena, Amber, Rajasthan, India,   2010

Digital chromogenic color print.

This is a step well in a community where people used to gather, collect water and swim. The water is being drawn off in other ways now, and it is no longer potable. Although people do still gather there. It’s a cool space. They just no longer collect water or swim.



Daniel Beltrá, Spanish, born 1964

Alter Do Chao, Para (Brasil), from the series Amazon Drought

October 2005
Epson Ultrachrome K3 pigment print on paper

This used to be a lush tropical paradise. Now it’s stranded boats and rotting fish.  I don’t find this image beautiful. But it is a terrible warning.

Now you may chat among yourselves.  Do you believe that the earth’s climate is changing? And if not, why not. And if not, what possible reason could anyone have for lying about it?

I’m opening a can of worms. It’s been that kind of day.


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  1. YatesTell us a little about yourself and your books?I’m Maisey, USA Today Bestselling author of Quite A Few romances. I write dark, emotional books for Harlequin Presents with billionaires, set in exotic locales that I hope make you laugh a little and cry a lot. I also write contemporary romances about cowboys set in my home state of Oregon that I hope make you laugh a lot and cry a little.
  1. What drew you to romance in the first place? I found my first romances at Goodwill, mostly Harlequin Presents. I was twenty-one when I read my first one, and that was when I KNEW what I wanted to write. I was drawn to them as a reader, and then to be a romance writer out of that love I had for them.
  1. 3. Dogs or cats? I have both, so that’s a very hard question. But I’ve rarely been without a dog, so it’s probably dog.
  1. Wine or beer? Light or dark / red or white? none of the above. Coffee and Diet Coke. :)
  1. Chocolate or other? Chocolate
  1. Beach or mountain? Well, I love the beach, but I live in the mountains. I really love both…
  1. How do you decide on the settings / character focus? All of my books come about so differently. Sometimes a setting inspires me first, sometimes a character. For Part Time Cowboy, I did think a lot about the town before anything else. I love Oregon, I live in Oregon, and I enjoy writing about it. I chose the coast because it has the best of both worlds here — mountains AND the beach.
  1. What do you most admire about your characters? Both of them have to let go of a lot of pain to move on. They have really hard things in their pasts and I think it takes a lot of strength to let go of pain and choose love.
  1. What’s next on tap for you?  (What do we have to look forward to!) Well, more of the Copper Ridge series will be out late May and late July (Brokedown Cowboy and Bad News Cowboy) and in June I have a multi-author serial series launching called The Forbidden series (my contribution is called the Billionaire’s Intern) which is going to be the fun, sexy romance version of a Netflix binge.
  1. What is the one thing you’d like readers to know about you? I like a badger joke, as you’ll see when you read my books.
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Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates
(Copper Ridge #1)
Published by: Harlequin
Publication date: March 31st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance


A one-time bad girl comes home to small-town Oregon in the first in a sexy, heartfelt new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates…

Sadie Miller isn’t expecting any welcome-home parades on her return to Copper Ridge. Least of all from parttimerancher, full-time lawman Eli Garrett. The straight-laced, impossibly hot deputy sheriff glares at her like she’s the same teenage hoodlum who fled town ten years ago. But running from her demons has brought Sadie full circle, ready to make a commitment at last. Not to a man, but to a B and B. On Garrett land. Okay, so her plan has a tiny flaw…

Eli works too hard to let a blonde ball of trouble mess up his town. But keeping an eye on Sadie makes it tough to keep his hands off her. And if she’s so wrong for him, why does being with her feel so right?


USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

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Book 2_Holding Strong by Lori Foster_cover



An up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in Lori’s irresistible new novel.

Heavyweight fighter Denver Lewis plays real nice, but he doesn’t share. That’s why he’s been avoiding top-notch flirt Cherry Peyton. But a man can only resist those lush curves for so long. Their encounter surpasses all his fantasies, bringing out protective urges that Cherry’s about to need more than she knows…

Denver’s combination of pure muscle and unexpected tenderness has been driving Cherry wild. Yet no sooner does she get what she’s been craving than old troubles show up on her doorstep. And this time, Cherry can’t hide behind a carefree façade. Because the man by her side is one who’ll fight like hell to keep her safe…if only she’ll trust him enough to let him…

Holding Strong will have you holding
your breath while burning fingers quickly turn the pages.”
“…a fun and sexy read. It has a touch of suspense to it as
well to keep the pace of the story going along.”
“The men of Foster’s Ultimate series may be powerful
fighters, but they are all heart, and none more so than the hero of this
installment. His unwavering support for his feisty, frightened heroine redeems
them both in time, but it is their searing chemistry that will hold readers’
“Foster…manages to keep characters evolving throughout the
course of a novel, becoming true ‘heroes’ by the time ‘The End’ rolls around.”


Twisting around, he forgot all about harassing his friend—which had probably been Armie’s intent. But damn, he hadn’t lied. Denver watched Cherry laughingly refuse an insistent guy bent on gaining her cooperation. The slow, thrumming music would have meant a different type of dance and Denver let out a breath when she didn’t give in.


Seeing her body to body with another man, this time someone he didn’t know, would have made him nuts.


Stack sat to one side of her, also watching the idiot who refused to take no for an answer.


To her other side, Miles started to frown. Suddenly Cherry pushed back her chair and an ugly

tension sank into Denver’s chest—until she grabbed up her purse and made a hasty getaway toward the restrooms. When the idiot started to follow, Miles blocked his way while Stack spoke close to his ear. Whatever he said made loverboy frown and search the bar.

It wasn’t until his gaze clashed with Denver’s that he gave up and stalked away—in the opposite

direction that Cherry had gone.

Smiles quirking, Stack and Miles both saluted Denver, then went back to their table and the other women there.

He was wondering what Stack had said when Armie shoved him, and Denver almost dropped off his seat. Righting himself, he muttered, “What the fuck?” and shoved Armie back. But since Armie wasn’t daydreaming as Denver had been, he barely budged.

Snickering, Armie shook his head. “Damn man, get it together or go after her.”


Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has
become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author.
Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St.
Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently
published with HQN.
Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event
in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy
causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal
Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina
bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.
Each year Lori donates all proceeds from one book to
charity. You can see the benefit romance books here :http://lorifoster.com/benefit-books/