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April 27, 2010


Okay, people, it's April 27th, and CROWN OF DESTINY is in the bookstores. Pre-orders have already been delivered to some lucky ladies, and I have 3 e-mails. Let me know how you like this last book in "The World of Hetar" series. You know how to contact me. bertricesmall@hotmail.com. I'll be waiting to hear from you.

~ Bertrice

April 26, 2010

Spring is about two and a half to three weeks ahead of itself in my part of the world. The flowers trees have flowered, and are now fading as are the spring bulbs. The trees are green, and the lilacs are ready to bloom. Now here on the North Fork lilacs usually bloom in mid-May. They were my late mother's favorite flower, and she celebrated her birthday on May 14th. The lilacs were always in bloom for Doris. This year they are likely to be finished by mid-May. I'm curious as to what the summer will bring. I've never known the lilacs to bloom so early.

I've dug, raked and fertilized my vegie garden. Aneta and I lay the black plastic mulch. Today I bought enough wire for a pea fence. If it isn't raining tomorrow I will get it up, and plant my little pea plants. I have already put in some strawberries, and will add 15 more plants. I need to get everything going so I can go back to work writing the books you are so kind enough to enjoy and buy. But I need time now and again to stop thinking and plotting. And digging in the garden recharges my batteries. Everyone needs something like that.

~ Bertrice

April 20, 2010

Dear Readers! In just another week on April 27th CROWN OF DESTINY should be available in the book stores for your reading pleasure. Let me know when you get your copy. Before, or after April 27th.

~ Bertrice

April 18, 2010

Author Brenda Novak has an online auction each year for Diabetes Research. In the last few years she has raised over $700,000. The auction offers some terrific prizes donated by the Romance Author community. Here is the link: http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com. I hope you check out the goodies, and put in a bid or two.


~ Bertrice

April 16, 2010

Yesterday, April 15th, was tax day for those of us living in the U.S. of A. Now while I don't often agree with how the government spends my money I realize that taxes keep the barbarian from the gates. Or used to. Actually all I've ever asked of my government was to keep the roads and bridges in good repair as well as keep us out of wars. They don't seem to do a good job of either. But if truth be told our system is a better one than most.

But last year here in NY State our legislators, famed for their inability to get anything done, did manage to screw the local tax payer even more. They allowed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, better know as the MTA, to tax those of us living in the dozen or so counties surrounding New York City. The MTA it seems cannot live within its humongous budget. Its infrastructure is crumbling. Fares are higher every year. Service stinks. So the folks in the chosen counties who are self-employed, and own small businesses must be taxed with this new tax. Will anything change for the MTA because of this? Of course not, and they're already crying to our bankrupted state for more money.

As for me, I will be paying the MTA $640. this year. For what you might well ask? I live 100 miles from the city. In 34 years I have never taken the one train a day from Southold into New York City. It leaves at 5 a.m. for heaven's sake. Even our farmers are just getting up at 5 a.m. not heading for the train. We have a new slogan here on the North Fork in regard to the MTA these days. No taxation with transportation. That and $14. will buy us a one way ticket on the 5 a.m. Flyer.

~ Bertrice

April 15, 2010

Just 2 weeks to go until CROWN OF DESTINY is in the stores. Don't miss it!

~ Bertrice

April 8, 2010


CROWN OF DESTINY will be in the bookstores on April 27th, i.e. in 3 more weeks. Reserve Your Copy NOW!

~ Bertrice

April 4, 2010

Holidays tend to be either wonderful, or awful. Like the Christmas I got my first 2 wheel bike. My dad trying to teach me how to ride fell off and knocked out his 2 top front teeth. Hardly a festive occasion as he was rushed off first to the hospital, and then the dentist. My mother's beautiful roast beef dinner was not served that year.

The weather here has been perfect for the Easter weekend. The daffodils are in full bloom, the trees hinting at budding, the weather warm and sunny. And just after 3 a.m. Sunday morning George fell out of bed, and broke his collarbone. It didn't hurt as I got him back into bed. And this morning I gave him 2 extra strength Tylanol, but by afternoon he was really hurting. A quick visit to our local hospital revealed the break.

My Easter dinner was not served as history had repeated itself. I don't remember what or if we ate anything that Christmas day. But it was too late after we got home for me to start dinner. George had eggs, ham and his gluten free English muffin with tea. I had a sandwich and salad. Mom would have been appalled. But she would have understood. Hope your Easter/Passover weekend was a better one. Thank God for wine and marshmallow peeps.

~ Bertrice

April 1, 2010


The new video trailer for CROWN OF DESTINY IS NOW up. Have you pre-ordered your copy yet?

~ Bertrice


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