DC and Conference VIII

After an exhausting day at the con we decided to go out to dinner at a steakhouse.  Apparently there was a miscommunication, a hilarious reoccurence that happens a lot with Sue Ellen and I and we ended up 17 miles away on the freeway at a Texas Steakhouse.  Annoying as that can be, it was still a wonderful meal with plenty of leftovers!Capture

We also ended up that evening taking a LAST (we hoped) trip to a Walmart to get things we felt we ‘needed.’  I got to the end of my list!  Finally!

Back to the con and other shenanigans…stay tuned for what happened on Saturday!

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DC and Conference VII

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I truly loved this years conference.  After a full day of going to various readings and panels, I had been fortunate enough to see Annette Mori read from her current release Locked Inside.

She was kind enough to send me a copy of it to read.  I’m kind of hesitant to read it now because not only does it sound so intriguing but it bears a resemblance to my own book COMATOSE that I’ve been working on and off for a while and I don’t want it to influence me!  I’ll get to it, it’s on a shelf, in my ‘to be read’ pile and I do TRY to keep that DOWN, but as a publisher, that isn’t always possible.  I’ll get to it…eventually.  She deserved the Goldie she received for it and the cover, to me, was inspired!  I got to hang out with Annette and her lovely wife in the vendor room which is always nice as you make new friends at these cons.

Later, my own panels were a blast as we talked about MURDER!  If you have read my MALICE series you know I enjoy writing it!  13606448_1061634100550906_6650096119174601470_n

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Plus, who wouldn’t want to be with Jessie Chandler, Justine Saracen, Carsen Taite, Ann Aptaker, and moderated by Ann Roberts?  Now, who wouldn’t be intimidated by these Goldie and Lammie award winning authors?  While I may have looked like I was sleeping I was really enjoying what they had to say and contribute.  Fascinating women!  Watching four of them win Goldies on Saturday was AWESOME!  Good for you ladies!

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DC and Conference VI

Finally we come to the actual conference to set up and get ready!  I was so proud that TWO of Shadoe Publishing’s authors Chris Parsons and Maria Ayala were up for awards, after all we had Genta Sebastian WIN last year!  I think the booth turned out pretty well!

I’d forgotten to pack the cord for the television so that was an iffy proposition and despite the help of various people, I just put it back in my room.

Still, it was a striking display and with 92 or 93 covers displayed in various forms, I think we represented the Shadoe Publishing stable of authors very well!

I had a reading that afternoon that I thought I was ready for but found I must have missed some of the emails, my fault, not anyone elses.  Still, I was lucky I brought more to read from DOCTORED than I needed, and then found, I needed it!  If anyone has pictures of our readings, please send them to me!  This is me from last year:Reading of Ships

It was an interesting group and I really love the questions and answers afterwards from truly interested readers and writers.  Thank you all for that experience!

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DC and Conference V

The night tour was simply fabulous, mystic, and the knowledge this guy imparted incredible.  I can’t recommend it enough.  We did have one incident though.  He couldn’t ride up to the White House though as they had the street blocked off for security and right after the Fourth, that was understandable.  Since I had never seen the White House in person, only on TV or in movies, this was something I would not miss.  Um, and then…

We were walking up the street on sidewalk, the three of us abreast and didn’t realize we had walked OFF the sidewalk into the street when out of NOWHERE a Secret Service person got out of a big SUV to yell at us to GET BACK ON THE SIDEWALK.  Um, yes SIR!  We laughed it off but the wheels were already turning in my author’s mind.  The call to Judy at GCLS that we were arrested by the Secret Service and they wouldn’t let us go without supervision.  Yes, that would have made a splash all over the con.

Before we could get to The White House, they turned OFF the lights, sigh.  So here is my only picture:20160705_235012Isn’t it magnificent?  Bahahahahha, this could only happen to ME!

Just down the street though was the fabulous hotel where all the president-elects stayed and the pedicab driver gave us some wonderful history. The Willard Intercontinental Apparently Lincoln ran out of money and had to give an IOU to pay HIS bill.  Man, could these people DRINK!20160706_000908

We took a regular cab back to the hotel and collapsed, EXHAUSTED, on the beds, our dinner arrived (it was about 1:30 in the morning at this point) and we watched some DVD’s I had brought!

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Five Stars for VEIL of SILENCE

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on July 6, 2016
Really enjoyed this book. Knowing a few people who have been in the forces before the repeal of ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ i found it interesting to read and see glimpses of the issues still faced for same sex partners serving our countries. I would have liked to have heard more of what life was like for the partner left at home and wondering just what had happened to her wife and how life continued on for her and her daughter. You get glimpses into their life which you give you an idea into the struggles they faced but more would have been nice.

The issue of service women being lost overseas and being held captive you would think would be pretty clear cut, this book showed it can be anything but…… of course this is fiction so how much truth there to it who knows. I know that the author appears to do a vast amount of research for her books so it wouldn’t surprise me if these issues are real.

Well written storyline with issues that affect many of our armed forces these days, ptsd being a major aspect. It was nice to read a book about 2 women and not have sex scenes be a main focus.

Well worth the read.

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on June 29, 2016
this book spoke to the struggles of a soldier coming home. all the problems and tribulations of going through an interrogation and debriefing. I loved the whole concept of this book and hope she writes another similar to this one. I loved the book and will re read it again.because, in my opinion, you see something new every time. I highly recommend this as a great read or gift .
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on July 20, 2016
This was the first book I have read from this author, but it won’t be the last. I loved the storyline of the struggle that the characters went through. I was book from the start to the end. I would definitely recommend this book.
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on July 24, 2016
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has already been implemented but apparently not for some members of the Armed Forces. Especially if you just happened to be on the wrong Helicopter on your way home from Afghanistan. This is an amazing story of a female office who is held captive by Nomad Forces in Afghanistan for 5 years and the life she was forced to endure. She escapees her captors only to find that her country doesn’t believe her story of the capture. The story is one that will keep you guessing page after page and the ending is definitely closure. It’s a story of dedication and love along with encouragement. I found the story to be realistic and believable.
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on July 4, 2016
Wow I started reading this and couldn’t put it down, pulled me in and didn’t let go from start to finish. Excellent writing and characters can’t wait to see what this author comes out with next.
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on July 19, 2016
This is a wonderful story and well written. I don’t think the one star review is being truthful – some people will attack anything lesbian I guess. Any way make no mistake, the writing is strong with believable characters. I was so fascinated by the female soldier returning from being a prisoner of war, how many novels give a woman’s perception of such a male-dominated military experience? Her reintegration back into US society and the way her wife has been treated as a widow is poignant and touching. I loved the resilience of the children who accept unorthodox family set ups with an innocence we could all learn from. This is a brilliant book even if lesfic isn’t what you normally choose for a summer read.
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And, while this blog is about the FIVE STAR reviews, this FOUR STAR still deserves an honorable mention:
4.0 out of 5 starsI liked it (minor spoilers)
on June 29, 2016
I don’t pretend to know much about military protocol workings from within so if any part of the book is “wrong,” well I have no idea. That being said, I ultimately enjoyed this book though I was skeptical to read it to begin with. Subjects of rape and such always make me cringe. Thankfully it wasn’t necessarily the main focus of the book. The book is about Major Marsha Gagliano return home after being held captive for over 5 years.
Like I said, I liked the book but I felt there was a lot that happened but not at the end of it there were more questions. Like how is it that Zabi, a nomadic, was able to orchestrate the kidnapping? Also, what really happened when Marsha was held captive? We get glimpses of Heather’s feelings but never more…I really wanted more and the same with Haley. I know not everything can be answered but I feel the author gives us glimpses and just enough but not more.
Ultimately I liked. I kept reading because I needed to know what happened and to me, that makes it worth it. If you like this author and have read her stuff from before, I’m sure you will enjoy this one. If you haven’t, give this one a try.
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Five years ago, Lieutenant Marsha Gagliano disappeared when her helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.  Her wife held out hope for her return, but with no word from the army after all that time, she begins to realize she may have to move on without her.

At the embassy in Kabul, a burqa-clad woman arrives at the gate with two young children in tow.  The black-haired, brown-eyed woman looks like an Afghan native, but her American accent belies this.  She identifies herself as Lieutenant Marsha Gagliano, all the while keeping a close eye out behind her as though at any moment, someone might jump out and snatch her back.

Questions arise regarding her disappearance and reappearance and the army is suspicious.  The children are obviously hers.  Has she consorted with the enemy?  How will her wife react to these children?  Will she be able to accept children she had no part in conceiving?

What is this woman hiding beneath her chador?  What secrets lie behind her veil of silence?

DC and Conference IV

Taking a night tour had been Judy’s suggestion.  Seeing the capital lit up at night was special.  Taking a pedi-cab tour was Sue Ellen’s idea and inspired.  The three of us set off but we should have called ahead, my fault, I just assumed everything was 24-hour.  We called when we got back in front of the Smithsonian to wait for the guy to arrive.  But, this was our view so not wasted on this architecture loving gal:20160705_205533Simply, BEAUTIFUL!

The Pedi-Cab Tour was inspiring.  The guy so knowledgeable and I loved that he had a good sense of history and didn’t mind sharing his knowledge.  Sue Ellen and Liz are smaller than me and at first Liz sat on both our laps but Sue Ellen ended up on my lap most of the time.  Good thing we are great friends!

My spine (sciatic nerve) began to act up so I couldn’t walk to all the sites but those I’m sharing with you are well worth seeing!  I can’t wait to go again sometime during the day!

It really was fantastic!  I hadn’t realized seeing The Lincoln Memorial would mean so much to me!

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DC and Conference III

On the way to the Smithsonian we had to walk across the green that they are reconstructing.  Apparently this is a heartier grass that can handle the hoards of people who visit the capital.

The bad thing was that Sue Ellen’s phone slipped out of her pocket on the train and was lost, she was ‘calling’ me and walking a few feet behind me which was how we found out it was missing, panic moment!maxresdefaultFortunately an honest person found it and turned it into the authorities, apparently I was the last person she had called, so that worked out well.  Later, we went to retrieve the phone from where it was to be left (they texted us the location) and we asked at one of the kiosks where we could find this one particular one, explaining we were looking for her phone, and continued down the escalator to the trains.download  Then halfway down these LONG escalators we were hailed, the person who happened to have Sue Ellen’s phone and was taking it to lost and found, happened to be leaving at that moment and they had mentioned to her about us, what a coincidence of timing!  I called the phone, proving we were the ones looking for it, it rang in her hand, and established that it was Sue Ellen’s since her description of it didn’t satisfy the woman.  Sue Ellen pointed out the cracks in the screen that the woman hadn’t seen.  What a relief.

Meanwhile I was talking/texting with my friend Liz as we were to hang out, at first I wanted her to take the train and meet us but it was so hot, we were tired from tramping through the Smithsonians and wanted to get back to the hotel.  Upon arrival Liz and I went swimming in the hotel pool which was so nice and cool until younger people showed up and it was time for us to go.  We decided to ‘do’ Washington at night with the lights that Judy had recommended, but with a twist.  Sue Ellen had spoken to a pedicab person about doing it and it worked out to be about the same money so we decided to do that.  Check out my blog for this next adventure!

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