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Three Things I Did on Sunday

The three things I did on Sunday are listed in no particular order. I ended up doing all three interchangeably. Do you multitask?

Thing Number One: Made dinner and hamburger rolls. The dough sat in the refrigerator for about two hours, it was on its second rise. I punched it down, and then I shaped the dough into different size rolls. Some were the size for dinner rolls while others were sized so that they could be used for a hamburger or tuna fish sandwich.

Note: I had planned to take pictures, but happily, I had friends drop by. And so, I got distracted and forgot to snap the pictures as I worked. Here is a picture of four of the hamburger sized rolls after we had finished taste-testing. They were yummy!

Homemade Hamburger Buns topped with Garlic and Parsley
Homemade Hamburger Buns topped with Garlic and Parsley

Thing Number Two: Updating my Pinterest site—if you haven’t found it or followed a link to it. Do it now—> http://www.pinterest.com/newberry0073/

There you will find a variety of pics that I collected while I wrote The Fire Within to inspire me.

Here is a picture from my Pinterest The Fire Within board that depicts the three women I used as inspiration for the development of Marine, the protagonist in the trilogy.

Actress Scientists
Actress Scientists posted on SciTech

I have started a new board for Book Two – it now has the following working title: Murder on the Blue Ridge and no pictures. I will change the title to something else as the book begins to take shape. I haven’t started posting pictures yet, as I’m still trying to figure out how I want the story arc to flow and I haven’t really found suitable pics yet. Stay tuned!

The premise of Book Two is:

Suppose Marine Letsco learns she was an assassin. As a result, she decides to change her life, and make amends, by becoming a fire investigator for her new hometown of New Brook. While in training, Marine is asked to study and check old fire casualty files. She was asked to determine if the cause of death listed was accurate. She discovers there was a pattern to the fires. What if in Marine’s desire to turn good, evil returns, and thwarts her every move? What if she learns that her life isn’t as easily changed as she thought? What if an arsonist works his plan to kill the only person he knows that can stop him?

Thing Number Three: Finished reading one book—The Peach Keeper by Sarah Allison Allen and worked on finishing another—The Secret Place by Tana French.

These two books are extreme polar opposites. I like them both for very different reasons.

If you’ve not read either, I recommend trying The Peach Keeper first for a taste of magical whimsy, superstitions, and characters reflecting on their past as they try to live down how people used to view them as opposed to whom they are now. Read The Secret Place for ghostly powers and nasty teenage girls in the middle of a murder.

I’m not sure how I feel about The Secret Place. I had struggles with the story flow mainly due to sentence structured. I don’t mean this in a negative way. I loved the way French works her words to deliver a powerful description that makes you think you are in the middle of the scene—like a stealth fly on the wall. Here’s an example:

“By the time we were finishing up, the good had gone out of that. I’d a taste in my mouth and a turn in my stomach like gone-off cider, fizzy and strong and wrong. Not because it was such bad stuff up there, it wasn’t; they were right, Conway and McKenna in their different ways, we were a long way from my old school.”

I find myself rereading paragraphs to be sure to capture each nuance. I’m still reading this one and I have to share I’ve learned a lot from this author and her writing style.

So, that was my Sunday—Good friends, good words, good stories! Hope you had such a wonderful day on this Tuesday, the day after Columbus Day. And the day of the birth of my loving sister-n-law, Jean—Happy Birthday Jean!

Happy Birthday cake
Happy Birthday to Jean and Betsy!

Happy Birthday greetings and hugs to Cousin Betsy who also has a birthday today, too!

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The Fire Within is Close…

It’s getting closer…

The Fire Within

will be here before you know it!!!

Book Cover of The Fire Within
The Fire Within: Book One of the Marine Letsco Trilogy

Make plans now to drop by and visit with me at

The Museum Shop

located at

975 Tazewell Street,
Wytheville, VA  24382

The release in paperback format of The Fire Within – Book One of the Marine Letsco Trilogy is set for

Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Bring a beverage…Come by…Sit for a while…and let’s TALK murder!

The following are pictures from my Pinterest board giving clues about The Fire Within

 

Inspiration for a book's character.
The inspiration for Marine Letsco, the protagonist, in my novel, The Fire Within. Such beauties…Hedy was also a spy in WW2 and stole crucial intelligence from the Nazis for the US. She loved and was an inventor! When asked how to look glamorous, she tartly retorted “Any girl can look Glamorous, just stand still and look Stupid.” PP: Women in Science…
Cruise ship cabin
Picture of the cruise cabin that Marine could stay in while on a cruise to the Caribbean

 

Dinning room on a cruise ship.
Scene of a dinning room view described in The Fire Within while Marine cruises to the Caribbean.

 

St. Lucia, Antigua
The island at St. Lucia, Antigua where a murder is to take place while Marine is on a cruise.

 

Picture of Jack Daniels Manhattan
Jack Daniels Manhattan, Marine’s favorite drink.

 

Black workout outfit
Marine’s work clothes that she uses when she dresses for work as an assassin.

 

Phoenix Fire
The theme of The Fire Within — Like a phoenix rising out of the ashes, Marine Letsco, the protagonist in my next novel, will become someone again.

 

If you’re intrigued and want to learn more, read an excerpt and follow this Blog to stay up to date on the latest about Marine!