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July 31, 2010

Cora and her bunkmates. She's in the middle with the red shirt.

July 31, 2010

Garden variety working writers of commercial fiction usually live pretty circumspect lives just like everyone else does. You might earn your living in an office, or teaching, working in a store, or being a cop. I earn mine writing novels. But being mistaken for celebrities by some of our devoted readers we disappoint some if we don't have constant excitement in our lives to report. I've recently begun to tweet on Twitter. Reading over some of my tweets I have come to the conclusion my life is really quite dull, and I need to add a bit more excitement to it. So I shall begin to tweet about my alter-ego now and again. Hopefully it will add a bit of excitement to my tweets, give some a few laughs, but not be taken seriously by any but the most gullible.

~ Bertrice

July 29, 2010

Forgot to let everyone know that I got a letter Monday from Cora up at camp.

All is well. She adjusted as I suspected she would, and now just LOVES it. Her favorite activity right now is Yoga.

~ Bertrice

July 28, 2010

Hoo Ray! I've finished next summer's Pleasures book, GUILTY PLEASURES, which is an anthology of 5 novellas. If you've been reading this series you'll recognize 4 of the lucky ladies having fun in the Channel. They are Carla Johnson, and Tiffany Pietro d'Angelo who first appeared in the first book of this series, PRIVATE PLEASURES, and have also appeared briefly in the other titles in this series. Then there is Nina, from SUDDEN PLEASURES who is now manager of Lacy Nothings, Egret Pointe's fine lingerie shop. And you all remember J.P. the chief executive at Stratford, Emilie Shann's publisher. The only lady you haven't met is Nanny Maureen, a lovely Irish lass who takes care of Emilie's burgeoning family. She has a thing for Celtic warriors.

These novellas were a lot of fun for me to write. In the meantime get thee to your book stores next Tuesday, August 3rd for this summer's "Pleasures" offering, PASSIONATE PLEASURES. It's been getting very good reviews.

~ Bertrice

July 25, 2010

Well, granddaughter Cora has been at camp for a whole week now. Tom and Megan got the "take me home" letter. Two actually. They called to check it out, and everything is fine. Cora's big complaint was that the girls in her cabin play terrible music on their CD players. The current 'tween sensation, Justin Bieber. Cora has grown up with a father who loves classic rock. The Beatles. The Monkeys. The Stones. Jim Morrison and a lot of others whose music is still being played. She thinks Justin is terrible when compared with her favorites. We're sending up a CD player on Monday, and Tom has burned a couple of CDs with her favorites. Even grammi has to agree that Justin is no Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett. But I also understand the music business where good looking but barely pubesent boys with adenoids are turned into teeny bopper sensations, and this kid is the current flavor of the year. He'll make his music company lots of money. What I want to know, however, is how is the water skiing coming? And the tennis? And the sailing? Cora was cheered up by being asked to play her guitar and sing at the campfire Wednesday night. She writes her own music. The head of the sub-senior line said she was very well received.

~ Bertrice

July 23, 2010

I'm posting boring stuff on Twitter if anyone is interested. Limiting the dialogue limits the writer especially when writing about something of interest. My granddaughters are ticked off because the new film, "Ramona and Beezus" has aged the two sisters to a teen and a pre-teen. What moron in Hollywood came up with that one? The author, Beverly Cleary got it right. And if the moron in LaLa Land had an 11 going on 12 year old and her just turned 7 sister they would have understood how funny these kids can be with their interpersonal relationship, and their view of the world.

~ Bertrice

July 19, 2010

We took off for camp on Saturday afternoon. Got to our 2 p.m. ferry in plenty of time, and were asked if we wanted to get on the 1:30 p.m. Since it was my favorite of the boats - the New London - we said yes, and were over to Connecticut a half hour ahead of when we thought we would be. I am happy to say the seas were calm. It was a 3 hour drive to our motel. I had forgotten how beautiful the mountains of New England are. Sunday morning we drove the last 30 minutes to camp. It is as beautiful as it ever was on its pristine lake. But there was one big change. Back in the day when I was there most girls went for the full 8 weeks. A few came in the mid-summer for 4 weeks. Today it is the rare girl who is there for the full summer. And considering the price of camp today I'm not surprised! And another big change. "The Bog" was in the woods and we washed in tin basins. Now each section of the camp has its own "Bog" and they are real bathrooms! Such luxury. And Cora was assigned the same cabin I was assigned my first year. She didn't get my bunk, however. We helped her unpack. I made the bunk up while Megan took her for her swimming evaluation test. She's a good swimmer. We did the few other tasks required of new campers, had lunch in the dining hall, and then bid our girl good-bye. I think she was glad to see us go so she could get on with her "new" life. LOL! The trip back to the New London/Orient ferry seemed longer. Of course it was Sunday summer traffic. We got there 2 hours ahead of our scheduled 8 p.m. boat, but couldn't get on stand-by for the 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. boats. "We could have stopped at Friendly's for supper," Megan mourned. Good thing we had our 8 p.m. reservation! Again calm seas. A beautiful sunset on the portside of the boat - the Cape Henlopen - and the quarter moon on the starboard side of our vessel. We finally reached home, i.e. my driveway, a little after 10 p.m. It was a wonderful trip, and I hope Cora has a great 4 weeks!

~ Bertrice

July 17, 2010

Okay. It's Saturday morning. 5 hours to go till the ferry. Why does the song "We're Off On The Road To Morocco" keep running through my head? Picked up the last essential yesterday afternoon. A Cherry chapstick with a little sunblock. LOL! Wish us all a safe journey to settle our Cora at camp for the next month and a safe return home on Sunday, my dears. If I don't get back too late tomorrow I'll post a little about our adventure. Hey, when you're my age an overnight trip to anywhere is an adventure.

~ Bertrice

July 14, 2010

Okay, it's Wednesday afternoon. Hopefully in 72 hours Megan, the girls and I will be traveling north on I 91 into New England. Aneta, my housekeeper, and I took the foot locker and duffle up to FedEx in Calverton yesterday about 1 p.m. I sent it 2 day ground. It got to camp at 10:46 a.m. this morning! I'm impressed, and Cora is excited to have her luggage already there. It's been raining here since yesterday. We really needed it. We hadn't had rain in 5 weeks, and we're farm country so we need it. The weather for Saturday is predicted to be good. All fingers and toes crossed for that calm crossing of the Long Island Sound. I got my toenails painted coral this morning in honor of our trip. Grandma is very cool!

~ Bertrice

July 10, 2010

The countdown to camp has begun. We head out a week from today. I hope the ferry is sailing through calm waters. I am not a fan of the ferry but its the fastest way to get over to Connecticut and from there into New England where we are going. While the 4 Small men remain at home, the 4 Small women are taking a... ROAD TRIP!

~ Bertrice

July 9, 2010

I've been getting a lot of e-mail from readers looking for my older titles in an e-format. Yes, it's going to be done. However as every other author of both fiction and non-fiction is doing the same there is a log jam at the publishers to get all the contracts out and the books converted. Be patient, my dears. I already have a number of titles converted and you will find the list for them on the E-Booklist page on this website. As I sign the new contracts, and get the release dates I will post the information here. We're further along in this process than we were a month ago. Hang in with me! :)

~ Bertrice

July 8, 2010

It isn't often I get to torture my son, Thomas, these days. He's 37 after all. But today a rare opportunity raised it's head, and I was quick to take it. Tom is a Beatles fan. His own music is influenced by them. And today Ringo Starr turned 70. I called Tom to announce this, and make certain he knew that Ringo was just 2 years younger than his mom. Ringo is my generation. For some reason he didn't want to discuss it. I waited for a half hour and called him back. "Tom," I said. "It's me, Ringo. I've fallen and I can't get up!" At this point I began to laugh hysterically. "I suppose you think that's funny," he groused back at me. "Yeah, I do," I told him. Then I went on to say that age was just a number, and so what that Ringo was a senior citizen. "You are messing with my reality," my offspring groaned as I began to laugh again. He hung up. I won't get another chance like this for a while. But Sir Paul McCartney is coming up on the big seven-oh, and I'll be waiting.

~ Bertrice

July 3, 2010

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~ Bertrice


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