Monthly Archives: May 2015

Cord and Wire Hack

CD While The Ghost Who Wanted Revenge (Book 4 of the Haunting Danielle Series) is off with the beta readers, time for me to clean house and organize!

One thing that needed organizing were cords–all those cords for charging my husband’s iPhone, my pay-as-you-go cellphone, my iPad, iPod, Kindle and camera. And then there are earphones! I normally keep them in a basket under a table in the living room, so we can get to them easily. But they kept getting tangled.

So today, I stopped by the dollar store to see if there was anything I could use to keep the cords isolated from each other. I found the answer in a CD organizer. The dollar store had two types–a large and small. I chose the smaller one, so it would fit in the basket under the table.

How did it work out? Great!!  No more tangles!

One star-review for the love of dogs!

dogToday I received my first Amazon one-star review on a book from my Haunting Danielle Series. When authors receive one star reviews they respond in a variety of ways. Some simply ignore reviews, maybe not even read them. Others get defensive and believe the reviewer is a troll. An author might experience depression and vow to never write another book. Personally, I try to learn from reviews, yet take them all—even the positive ones—with a grain of salt.

As for today’s one star review, I could actually relate to the reviewer. I’ve been her before. Just ask my husband and daughter—if I’m watching a movie and a scene makes me uncomfortable—maybe it is excessive violence or a favorite character is threatened—I find an excuse to leave the room. When reading a book, if it takes a turn I dislike, I might stop reading and just skim, as did my one-star reviewer.

According to the reviewer, she enjoyed the first two books in the series, and was enjoying the third book, until—for the record this is not a spoiler—Sadie the golden retriever is kidnapped and almost sold for dogfighting. She is rescued by the next chapter. This book isn’t about dogfighting, even though I made sure those involved are arrested by the end of the story. The point was to illustrate the evilness of two characters in the book. Plus, I wanted Sadie to get just a little pissed at Walt for being so irresponsible.

While the story didn’t contain graphic description of dogfighting—the mention of the horrific practice was enough to bother at least one reader.

My story so upset the reviewer that it prompted her to write her first Amazon review and cross me off her list for future books. I’d be willing to lose a reader if I believed my story struck a cord—even an unpleasant one—making the reader reflect on something I find horrific and needs to stop, like dogfighting. But the fact is, I imagine my one-star reviewer is already an animal lover who doesn’t need this lesson. She resented me dragging too much real life into the cozy.

On the flip side, I have to chuckle just a little, because some poor woman did get her head bashed in and was left for dead in the first chapter of this story and that didn’t seem to bother the reviewer. Which reminds me of the sweater slogan: I don’t care who dies in a movie, just as long as the dog lives.

I’m an avid animal lover, so I can totally relate to that slogan. I can also relate to the sentiments of my one-star reviewer.

Would I re-write the story if given a chance? Probably not.

(If you want to purchase one of those sweat shirts, click on the above image. I believe the money goes toward animal rescue, yet I can’t personally vouch for the organization. Yet, it is a great shirt!)

Cover Makeover for Unlocked Hearts

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While visiting our daughter–the cover designer–we worked together to design a new look for the Unlocked Hearts series.  Okay, maybe she did all the work.

It was time for a makeover, and I love the new look. My favorite has to be Sugar Rush, which is set in my hometown of Lake Havasu City.  That’s the London Bridge in the background.

I wrote this series under my pen name, Anna J. McIntyre.

The important things in life…

SONY DSC My mother and I have spent the first half of May with my daughter’s family in California. Hubby brought us up here so we could come to our granddaughter’s fifth birthday. At the party my mother was surprised by my nephew who attended, bringing along mom’s new great-grandson–for their first visit. Needless to say, she cried.

Hubby had to go back home for work after almost a week. Mom and I got to stay. One nice thing about being a writer, I can take my work with me.

Mom is 87 and was a little apprehensive about making this trip. We go home in two days, and she tells me she’s glad she came. After all, here we get to enjoy the important things in life–like my grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren.

My granddaughter adores her GG (her name for my mother, which stands for Great-Grandmother). They play dolls, enjoy tea party and have the liveliness of conversations.

I’ve had a great time visiting my daughter, son-in-law and my beautiful grandchildren. The extended visit has allowed me to bond with our two-year-old grandson, who’s shy. I’ve always been close to our granddaughter, who never seems to forget us, even though we don’t get together as much as I would like. When I go home, I will miss telling her stories at bedtime. I never seem to read to her–but make up stories, with her as the star character.

I managed to get some writing done on The Ghost Who Wanted Revenge, the 4th book in my Haunting Danielle series. When I go home, I need to wrap it up and send it off to the beta readers and then the editor. It’s currently on pre-order at Amazon.

The photo was taken this morning, me and my grandbabies.