Monday, May 30, 2005

Liz's Bad Luck Spring

This spring has been unusually eventful, and mostly not in a pleasant way. Our dog, Max, has been ill since early April with what was eventually diagnosed as a very rare tick-borne disease, only the 5th case they've seen in the state. (Naturally, Max has to choose the RARE disease, instead of the easily-cured-and-cheap-to-fix disease.) And now he's on his second round of hospitalization at the veterinary hospital on the other side of the state for a new, unrelated problem--something blocking his throat so he can't swallow. The vet bills are mounting quite high, and we're wondering how much higher they can go before we're totally broke.

In addition to Max's woes, our water heater broke and had to be replaced; the sprinkler system needed repair work on virtually every sprinkler head; we had to have the septic tank pumped out; the main water pipe leading into our property was leaking and had to be repaired; the water softener quit working. And perhaps worst of all, my husband's knee is troubling him so much that he had to cancel his long-awaited two-month bike trip. You can imagine how happy that makes him. Hah!

I've also heard similar stories of multiple woes from many friends and family members. It's as if the whole planet is having an entire month of Friday the Thirteenths.

So my question is this: what the heck is going on?!?

Tell me about YOUR weird spring...or if your spring has been entirely pleasant and normal, tell me that too, so I'll know there's hope! ;-)

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Fatal Fortune is Available Now!

FATAL FORTUNE, the first book in my Lottie Baldwin mystery series, is available now from New Age Dimensions. Here's the blurb:

No one in Cheyenne, North Dakota believes in Lottie Baldwin’s psychic abilities; especially not Harlan Erikson, sergeant in the sheriff’s office. Harlan is willing to take Lottie’s love, but as far as her Tarot readings go–well, he prefers to play it by the book.

When the husband of Lottie’s best friend Janet disappears, Lottie can’t sit on her hands while the official investigation grinds slowly along. Armed with her courage, her insight and her Tarot deck, Lottie sets out to solve the mystery herself, regardless of who tries to stop her: Janet, Harlan–or the criminal.

To read an excerpt from FATAL FORTUNE, or to buy your own copy, go

So, what books have you read lately, and what did you think of them? Any raves? Any pans?