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And the blog tour rolls on with some new and rather nifty looking titles. Don’t forget to comment…you could win an awesome prize, and I could be like, aha, see? I’m you’re good luck charm. Or not. Visit the Vacation Reads Blog for more info on prizes and to leave a comment. NATIVE VENGEANCE by Julie Achterhoff Julie Achterhoff is the author of three books, Native Vengeance, Quantum Earth, and Deadly Lucidity. They are …

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I am suddenly in a very good mood. Well, it started…sort of…last night, half way through my last event of the semester, the honors dinner for the department. Half way through any event, you’ve gotten to the point where everything that’s going to go wrong has – note the italics – most likely have happened.So you can relax, enjoy, and let yourself sort of unwind from the OMG SO MUCH TO DO fury of …

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It’s Friday. It’s Reading Day. Why the heck did I come in through all these crappy roads again? No one is here. Oh, that’s right. Because students need to make up tests. Yes. I also promised my workers they could make up hours, but since I could just have said screw it, and given them the hours as a reward for work done, that doesn’t really count. Another not-fun commute that does not look …

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Today was notable. When I got to work, the power was out, so I schmoozed with my co-workers, then went to the file room and cleaned. I really liked it; I loved the half dark, the cool and the silence. I wished that the power hadn’t come back on, in some ways. But, neat of neat, got my first royalty statement…huzzah! How did I do? I could buy a paperback book. New-used. Then I …

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I am not having a successful work day. Just so much to wade through. Ugh. And no, not one whit, desire or ambition. Ugh. I wanted to show you a link to a review. It’s not a bad review, but you can tell the story didn’t really enthuse. I’m grateful to her, though, for the time and effort she spent. I know writing book reviews is not easy or always fun. Reviews don’t bother …

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So, do you know what happened 700 years ago today? The Templars were arrested, an event which led to the destruction (completely, despite what fiction authors might tell you) of the order. I was “All Templars, all the time” these past couple of weeks or more, but it was worth it. There were beautiful Friesian Horses, dashing swordsmen (John Lennox and Chris Franklin were utterly awesome. The way they moved together, the way they …

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Hello, Life. Hello, Cindy. Well, I’ve decided that I’m going to get a grip on you, and hold fast. The days go too quickly for me, and there’s so much I want to get done. I’ve heard this before. Stop being snarky. I am going to do this…I’m going to write one thousand words a day and clean a drawer a day. That way I will become neat and organized and get a book …

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So, the end of the first week. It’s amazingly, exhaustingly busy, and has been much more good than bad…I wouldn’t have said bad at all except I just got lightly reprimanded by a dean’s secretary. I try not to care, but I do. Anyway, it was wonderful in some ways. All my student workers from last year save one came back, and they were happy to see me. I love how after time they …

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So, I finally went to the Gala Saturday. I put on my pretty dress, my new shoes, painted all my nails, even borrowed my mother’s heavily beaded shawl, which is silver, and she made it herself but never got to really use. I think I looked really good, though the photographs, as ever, disappoint. There was bus service into Pittsburgh for those who wanted it, so I went to campus, got on the bus, …

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First: Hello Donna, Sara and Cindy. 🙂 I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but tea mugs make a huge difference. I have two mugs I use the most: A mug with all the presidents of the United States on it (a present from one of my faculty) and a glazed clay mug I bought at the pottery sale last year. The US mug is your common, white on the inside glazed …

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