Friday, July 03, 2015

IWSG Wednesday on Friday!

I'm SO sorry I didn't post on Wednesday, but I do have a good excuse. I also don't have much to feel insecure about because I'm in recovery mode... This last weekend our daughter married her beau! I of course have plenty to write about this event and the catastrophe that happened, almost ruining our grand affair, but that will have to wait for another posting... The awesome co-hosts for the July 1 posting of the IWSG are Charity Bradford, S.A. Larsen, AJ, Tamara Narayan, Allison Gammons, and Tanya Miranda!
Please don't forget to thank them when you visit!
Anyway, this post will be short. I will share some photos with you and leave the actual writing for another day. Wishing you all a happy Fourth of July!!!
Getting ready during a calm in the storm...really

My beautiful "baby" girl...
The New Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Marjorie Fought!

Friday, June 05, 2015

A Story of Two Rings

Amber and Tristan Buie-Collard
Our son Tristan, married this past May—on Mother's Day no less—a lovely young woman named Amber. We had two week's notice of the event and were on fast forward from the moment they called us till the day of the wedding. Shortly after the announcement, Tristan called again worried that he couldn't afford an engagement ring for his intended before the ceremony. I said she knew that and would understand. I asked him about rings for the wedding and he said they didn't have those either. I volunteered to see what we might have they could borrow.
Amongst my jewelry I knew I had a lovely band my husband had given me for our 25th anniversary that I never wear because it is too big for me. It was an 18 carat gold ring with a band of platinum around the center cut to look like it has diamonds in it. We had nothing for Tristan. So, needing to see what size my ring was compared to Amber's ring size (6 1/2 I found out from her mom) I took it in to our jewelers and had it measured. It was a 6 1/2. Perfect! I also asked the jeweler about having the ring dipped so that it would be completely silver in color, since Amber only wears silver jewelry. No problem there and though it would start to wear off in about 6 months, it would work fine for the wedding. Then I asked if they had anything I could get inexpensively for our son. Yes, they had a stainless steel ring that looked very nice. Tristan had told me his ring size was 11. I double-checked with him because that seemed large. He assured me it was the correct size.
So, we get up to North Carolina from south GA and our son tries his ring on and of course it's too big. Tristan tried on his father's ring and it fit perfectly, so we thought he could borrow it for the wedding and we'd get the other in a different size once we got back home. Everything was settled, we thought.
But my mother was still bothered about the ring situation for Tristan. The morning of the wedding we are all at my mother's getting ready and my mother decides to have one more look in her and her husband's jewelry boxes. Low and behold, what does she find but a man's ring, sterling silver with a band of Amber around it. Yes, Amber. I know, right? I'm surprised she didn't scream. Instead she dashed over to our son, made him try it on, fit perfectly!
So the two were married with wonderful rings and we were all immensely happy. Later, after the ceremony, we told Amber the story of her ring. We offered that if she wanted to keep it she could, or give it back if and when she found something else she liked better. And then, after she'd heard the story of Tristan's ring, she said that she wanted to let the silver dipping wear off. I asked why and she said, "Because Tristan's ring is silver with a band of gold in the middle, and mine will be gold with a band of silver in the middle. Our rings will match in reverse." It was an "awwww" moment for sure!
The Two Rings
The next morning when she came into the kitchen at my mother's house where we were all staying (their honeymoon will come later), I greeted her with a "Good morning Mrs. Buie-Collard!" We all laughed and she hugged me hard. She is the only other Mrs. Buie-Collard in the world besides me!

Some things are meant to be. I think my husband bought the ring for me 6 years ago because somehow it was meant for Amber. I think my mother wouldn't give up her search for a ring for Tristan because she knew/remembered somewhere deep inside, that there existed a ring, THE ring, encircled by amber, waiting for Tristan who had chosen a bride named Amber to encircle him.
Yep, they have fun together!

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Weddings and IWSG Wednesday


The amazing co-hosts for the June 3 posting of the IWSG will be M. Pax, Tracy Jo, Patricia Lynne, Rachna Chhabria, Feather Stone, and Randi Lee! I know they'd love a visit or two....and don't forget to thank them!

This will be short, but sweet and you’ll see why in a moment. June is here! Where has the year gone? I thought it just turned 2015 and now we’re half way through. This is what always happens to me now that I’m “older.” Time runs away and I can’t keep a hold of it no matter how I try. I think sometimes if I could just slow down in my head a bit that might change, but then life throws something else my way and off I go again. Take these two months, May and June. I anticipated getting a lot of writing done. Then found out, with two week’s notice, that our son was getting married, on Mother’s Day! Two week’s notice. Gives the three words a new meaning, and one I prefer.
The "second" wedding we’ve known about for a year; our daughter is marrying at the end of the month, on the 27th of June. She is so excited, and ready for it to be here. So, one down, one to go! And, that means I’m still not done with wedding plans!
I’m not complaining, how can I? I'm only standing here noticing time slip away again, and though I’m not getting much writing done, how can I say I regret the reasons why? I can’t. I love my kids. Sometimes my favorite saying is so true I laugh till it hurts, “Life is what happens when you’re busy planning something else.” 
Do you ever feel that way? Hope you enjoy the photos! It was a WONDERFUL wedding!
Amber and Tristan Buie-Collard
Our Mother's Day Present
May 10, 2015

Monday, June 01, 2015

Guest Post - Chrys Fey Author of Witch of Death

Chrys Fey here! I hacked Lisa’s blog to tell you about my newest short story Witch of Death.
When I write a story with romance where I know the hero and heroine will get together, I like them to meet right away. No diddle-dawdling for my characters! I’m one of those writers who believes in getting to the story and the excitement right away. In 30 Seconds, my romantic-suspense novella, Dani runs into Blake (literally) on the first page.

Here’s how Reid and Libby meet in Witch of Death:
Liberty Sawyer glided swiftly through the horde of police officers, reporters, and on-lookers. Black hair fell from a rigid part in the middle of her scalp to her hips. Her eyes were a soul-stabbing blue and her lips were blood-red. She towered over the other officers on the scene, and wore all black, which set off the pallor of her skin.
Showing her badge to the officer, she slipped under the crime scene tape. A few paces away, she spotted Detective Corbin talking to his new partner, a man she knew by name but hadn’t had the privilege of meeting yet.
“I cannot believe you called her,” the new man was saying when she came up behind them. “We don’t need a damn psychic!”
“Actually, I’m a witch.” She smiled when Reid jolted and turned to face her. “I’m Detective Liberty Sawyer.” She stuck out her hand.
“Detective Reid Sanders,” he grunted back and took her hand.
The feel of his palm against hers sent tingles of lust from the tips of her fingers to her shoulder blade, and she knew he felt it too by the way he jerked his hand back. She winked at him playfully, hoping it would unnerve him even more.

Detective Reid Sanders doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but when he’s faced with a crime scene that defies the laws of nature, he has no other choice but to start believing. And solving a magical murder involves working with a witch.
Liberty Sawyer embodies the look of your classic evil witch, so, it’s no surprise when she uncovers the murderer is a witch that she becomes Reid’s number one suspect. If she can’t convince him otherwise, more people could lose their lives to dark magic, including her.

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Also available: GHOST OF DEATH

Jolie Montgomery, a twenty-one-year-old woman, wakes up in an alley next to her corpse. She has no memories of her murder or the night she died. She didn’t even see the killer’s face before he or she took her life. Wanting justice, Jolie seeks answers in the only way a ghost stalking the lead detective on the case.
Avrianna Heavenborn is determined to find the person responsible for a young woman’s death. She gets closer to the killer’s identity with every clue she uncovers, and Jolie is with her every step of the way.
But if they don’t solve her murder soon, Jolie will be an earth-bound spirit forever.

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Chrys Fey is the author of Hurricane Crimes and 30 Seconds. She is currently working on
the sequel to Hurricane Crimes that will serve as book two in the Disaster Crimes series.

When Fey was six years old, she realized her dream of being a writer by watching her mother pursue publication. At the age of twelve, she started writing her first novel, which flourished into a series she later rewrote at seventeen. Fey lives in Florida where she is waiting for the next hurricane to come her way.
You can connect with her on Facebook and her blog, 
Write with Fey. She loves to get to know her readers!
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Monday, May 25, 2015

My Muse and I Are Going to a Party

Just for fun, welcome to a new kind of blog fest, thanks to Sarah Foster at the Faux Fountain Pen! To meet more Muses/Characters and their partners, click on the Faux Fountain link…
1. Who is your muse (or character)? Tell us a little bit about him/her and why you brought them. 
Pern, and Ruth
My muse likes to play around with her name. Sometimes it’s Pooh, because we both love him and she likes to steal other people’s names. Sometimes it’s Charlotte after our favorite spider. Sometimes it’s Pern because that’s the name of one of our favorite (literary) planets and is always an inspiration to both of us. Sometimes it’s Ruth, because it was my grandmother’s name, and the name of the only white dragon on Pern and we both have a soft spot for those two.

 2. What are you guys wearing? Dressing up or keeping it casual?
Well, Pern, or Pooh, says her favorite attire is long and most-times white, resembling a Greek goddess robe with gold trinkets to finish the look. I’ll be wearing a sleeveless long white-to-pink sun dress because this time of year, it’s just too hot to wear pants!
Yum, confit de canard!

3. It's a potluck! Did you bring something yummy?
My fav! Charlotte suggested we bring Confit de Canard with Pommes Frites, as she knows it’s my favorite meal of all time. This is duck marinated in its own fat for a long time, served with very thin “French” fries. We figured someone else would bring a salad!

4. Open bar! What are you both drinking (booze or otherwise)?
Bubbly is a must
 Open bar! Ruth and I will have champagne, thank you, to celebrate this wonderful festive idea. Plus, I know my muse and her drink of preference is champagne. I’ve heard a lot of muses like champagne…
5. Wallflowers or social butterflies?
Pooh is much more social than I am, but I get by. I don’t like to let myself be too introverted at special activities, and Pooh is good at reminding me to “let myself go” especially when she knows I’ll be meeting new and interesting people. 
6. What song(s) will you and your muse sing for karaoke?

Oh, I think we will be sappy and sing “I Hope You Dance,” and then perhaps something more upbeat, like Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s All Right.” I assume there will be dancing?

7. What's your favorite party game?
That’s an easy one. Twister, though if we’re going to play games, I might have to re-think the long dress idea...
What fun...

8. Which one of you is more likely to end up dancing on a table top?
Me, I think. Well, then again my muse might beat me too it as she’s even more of an alcohol wimp than I am.
9. Has your muse been a good date and would you ever hang out with them again? 
Yes, Pern is always amazing. But I expect nothing less. I can’t believe the things she comes up with sometimes, but they are almost always just what I need to hear/see/understand. I like having my muse around, which is good because I’d be lost without her and her imagination…

Thanks Sarah, for throwing this “Muse Fest” and inviting us to come. 

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