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My Two Cents Worth

The Second Annual Women’s March

So the second annual women’s march happened this past weekend which is great, I guess. It’s always nice to see a bunch of women gathered together for a common goal. But that’s the problem—there is no common goal. If you go to the March site and go to their mission statement, you’ll find a FOUR PAGE list of ‘demands’ that these women are marching for—everything from LBGT rights to environmental issues to the rights of indigenous people to sexual harassment and fair pay.

I'm kind of surprised they weren't marching for free pink yarn to knit their little hats. I mean, if you're going to protest EVERYTHING, why not that too?

Two things really stuck out in all the video I saw from that day.  First, stop billing yourself as a peaceful march, especially when your marchers have signs saying 'Death to Trump.' or 'Death to Pence.' In the past, those would be considered viable threats and the Secret Service would be all up in your face. I…
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My Two Cents Worth

My Two Cents Worth
"My two cents" and its longer version "put my two cents in" is an American idiomatic expression, taken from the original English idiom "to put in my two penny worth" or "my two-cents." It is used to preface the tentative statement of one's opinion. Wikipedia
This last week, as I lay in in sick bed, grousing over the stupidity that is supposedly the greatest medicine in the world, I realized just how pissed off I am at the world I find myself in. Let me rephrase that—I’m pissed off at the stupidity of the people in this world I find myself in. If it’s not our politicians playing kick the can with hard-working people’s lives or egotistic women who think wearing a black dress cut down to the crouch is a stand against sexual assault and harassment(I mean, really?), the lack of common sense in people today is simply mind-boggling.
And if there’s one thing I really can’t stand, it’s stupid people.
So every once in a while, I’m going …

Tag! I'm it! Writer's Process Blog Tour!

Writers are always trying to find ways to reach our readers so when Camille Eide contacted me about a continuous author blog tour where I answer a few questions, I jumped at the chance. So thank you, Camille! Please go visit her at Extreme Keyboarding.

Question 1: What am I working on now?
At the moment, I'm writing a proposal for a new series based in the Georgia gold rush--and yes, there was a gold rush in the North Georgia Mountains in the 1830s. An unconventional woman goes in search of her missing father after her by-the-book uncle arranges a marriage to save the family business.

Question 2: How does my work differ from others in my genre?
A writer friend once told me that I write about strong women facing unusual circumstances in order to do the right thing. I like that. I also create stories around pieces of history most folks have never heard of.

Question 3: Why do I write what I do?
When I first started writing about women in unique historical circumstances, it was because …

Ever Read a Book that left You Feeling Dirty the Next Morning?

I'm not one to write a bad review. As a writer myself, I know how getting a story down on paper is like revealing the deepest depths of your soul. But when I come across a book where the character's conflict is meager at best and the story jumps from one sexual encounter to another, I can't keep quiet.

I'd been looking forward to reading Bride by Mail by Katy Madison (Harlequin Historical, June 2014.) Here's the back cover blurb:

27-year-old fur trader seeks wife and helpmate."

Expecting a plain, dependable woman to reply to his advert, what Jack Trudeau actually gets is pampered fashion plate Olivia Hansson. There's no denying she's pretty, but patently ill-equipped for life in his simple log cabin—with its one bed—in the wild Rocky Mountains.

Olivia must make a success of her new life. But how to convince her skeptical husband that she is capable? She doesn't cook and only knows how to grow flowers, not practical vegetables! Undaunted, Oli…

Did You Know. . .

That Girl Guides served as spies in World War I London?

In the early days of ‘the war to end all wars,’ the MI5 (Great Britain’s version of homeland security) desperately needed someone to carry sensitive information through different sections of Waterloo House, their main base of operations. With the men at the front and women taking their jobs in the workplace, the intelligence agency turned to the Boy Scouts for help. But the boys proved to be too rowdy and unable to keep their work secret. So the Girl Guides were recruited and proved to be a valuable asset over the next four years. For their service, they were invited to attend the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.

D-Day 70th Anniversary Celebration Blog Tour--Home Front Heroines

For a chance to win ALL TEN novels featured on our blog tour, please visit each blog, collect the answers to the questions, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway on the BLOG TOUR PAGE. You have a new chance to enter each day of the tour! The contest opens June 2, 2014 at 1 am PST and closes June 13, 2014 at 11 pm PST. The winners will be announced on Monday, June 16, 2014. *Note* Several of the titles will not be released until later in the year—these copies will be mailed to the winners after the release dates.

To win the prize of ALL TEN books, you must have collected ALL TEN answers. The winner must be prepared to send ALL TEN answers within 24 hrs of notification by email, or a new winner will be selected. You can enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway once each day! The more often you visit, the more entries you receive! However, you only need to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway once to be entered. But don’t forget…to win, you must have collected ALL TEN answers. To collect the answers, y…