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The Weekend

I had a great time in Silverdale and Seattle this weekend. I spoke and signed books at the beautiful new Barnes and Noble book store in Silverdale’s Kitsap Mall, and got to see my good friend, Ruthanne Devlin, all too briefly.

When the event was over, I was whisked back to Seattle in a lovely Lincoln, driven by Damian, who owns and operates the Galaxy limousine company and has driven such notables as Debbie Macomber, and put up at the beautiful Fairmont Olympic Hotel. I had time to hike down to visit Chico’s and Coldwater Creek, two of my favorite stores. Stopped briefly at Nordstrom, but they’re having their half-yearly sale, which is chaotic. Back at the hotel, in my lovely suite, I ordered room service and lounged in a hot bath. It’s a hard life, but somebody has to do it!

Good books I’ve read recently, or am reading now: “Thirteen Moons”, by Charles Frazier, author of “Cold Mountain,” “The Glass Castle”, a memoir that fascinated me, Jodi Picoult’s “My Sister’s Keeper”, and the wonderful “Marley and Me”, a story of an incorrigible Lab and the joy he was to a devoted family. (If you have an incorrigible pet, PLEASE don’t give up. Go to www.petsforlife.org for pointers that work in the real world.)

I’m spending Thanksgiving at the lake, as I’ve probably mentioned. We’re having a crowd, dogs and people, so it will be happy and hectic–just as Thanksgiving should be. Sadie-beagle and I will probably both have trouble sticking to our diets!

Those of you who missed the first run of “Last Chance Cafe” may have seen it last night, on Lifetime. As anybody who reads this blog knows by now, I was very pleased with the whole production. There will eventually be a DVD, and I’m sure the network will rerun the movie–check your local listings and, of course, Lifetime’s website. There’s a place to request movies you’d like to see.

In the meantime, “Deadly Gamble” is out there in the marketplace, along with a Christmas anthology, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Sierra’s Homecoming”, a Silhouette Special Edition and the beginning of the modern McKettrick series. Sierra, as well as her sister, Meg, is a direct descendent of Holt and Lorelei. If you’ve been wondering what life is like on the Triple M today, check out “Sierra’s Homecoming”, to be followed in February by “McKettrick’s Luck”, in March by “McKettrick’s Pride”, and in April by “McKettrick’s Heart.” The launch book, “McKettrick’s Luck”, will be a Wal-Mart Read of the Month. These three are stand-alone paperbacks, not part of the Silhouette line. Next year at this time, Meg’s story will be available, as a Special Edition, under the title “The McKettrick Way.” Watch for a new McKettrick or two to show up, and witness the connection between Sam and Maddie’s (“The Man from Stone Creek”) O’Ballivan descendants, and the McKettricks. Sparks will fly when these two proud, stubborn families meet through two lovers, Meg and Brad.

Alas, the weekend is over. Time to push up my sleeves and work. Good thing I love this job.

Blessings to you, and yours. Human and furry, finned and feathered.

The Lord God loves us all.

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