Monday, October 24, 2011

Champagne from the skies

A huge dark shape descending from the skies, hissing and shooting flames. If you are visualizing a , scene from Harry Potter, you would be wrong. A balloon landed last night in our back yard, with a bottle of champagne for us.  It's life in the country. If a passing balloon has to make a landing on your property, the proper etiquette is to gift the owner of the land with a bottle of champagne.  After 20 years of watching balloons pass overhead, we finally got our reward. I understand it was a kind of emergency landing, as it was almost dark and one of the crew told us that they had to be down by dark, sort of the reverse of a vampire. I understand that the promimity of the road, where the "chase cars" could get in to truck the balloon out, was the deciding factor in their decision to set down chez Watson. It took them a while to get around our yard avoiding various trees, to finally arrive at the side. They had to fire up the balloon to lift it slightly off the ground, push it and then set down again. Then a lot of backing to get the truck into position. The passengers climbed out early in the process and went off to dinner to celebrate a birthday.My husband got a couple of very nice pictures of the balloon as the heater shot flames up inside it to create the warm air that lifted it.  I suppose balloon pilots never know for sure where they are going to end up because they are at the mercy of the winds and weather.Whatever the reason, it made for an exciting night for us.And I'll store away this incident for possible use in a story. Who knows?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

We Can't Choose Our Ancestors!

Genealogy is something that I became more interested in as I grew older. Maybe it's something about perspective, I don't know, but I suddenly started wondering why I never asked questions about those who came before me. Not that my parents didn't talk about relatives. My mother, especially, talked frequently about some of her family. But now that I have decided to try to make sense of this information, I find that there are gaps. For my mother, it was always the same stories told in the same way. My father actually sat down one day and just typed the names of as many relatives as he could think of. Whether I will be able to make an actual family tree out of this, I don't know. My parents are gone so all I have is all I have. Now that we can go online and get more information, a new world has opened up. But still, the farther back I go, the more difficult it becomes. I did have some recent success with my husband's family, and this was interesting. No one in the immediate family knew much. However, they did have a few starting points (one was a marriage certificate and another was a basic family tree.) From there, I went on and discovered some very surprising things.

I had written "Dangerous Inheritance" before doing this family research, but oddly enough, it also is about a surprise and it affects three cousins. In my own case, there is, unfortunatley, no inheritance to discover, but what if there was? What if finding your ancestor or ancestors changed what you knew about yourself and your parents? These are some of the questions asked in this story. I hope the reader enjoys this little exploration of ancestry.

This ebook, "Dangerous Inheritance," will be available on and eventually on Barnes and Noble and other online booksellers.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sailing off into the blue

A cruise ship holds many different individuals, all with their own plans and expectations. Although the cruise director provides entertainment and ways for people to pass their time, there is no predicting what will happen. I had this in mind when I decided to follow Edie Malone aboard a cruise ship and see what happens to her and the wedding party she is attempting to record on video. Edie sees this as an easy way to do a job - plenty of down time to relax on the first vacation she has had for years. Well, things don't go exactly as she thought and the bride ends up giving her an extra assignment over and above her video chores. Oh, and Edie meets a retired policeman who stirs up some mixed feelings in her. Her cousin Violet is along to be her cheerleader, but Violet is reluctantly drawn into the activity when she'd rather spend the voyage on a lounge chair. Things come to a climax on a foggy day on a Bermuda sandbar.

To get more information, please go to and download a free sample of my ebook, "Deep Blue Murder."

Monday, October 10, 2011

On Her Own

When I decided to write a mystery, I called on some of my own experiences in having a home business,which was pretty much just me and a video camera. For several years, it was quite an experience. I met a lot of interesting people. I found that mostly men get into this field, but there are couples and women, too. I thought I would make that the focus of the story I would tell. I hope you enjoy it.

Women can do so much more today than when I was really young. Today it is pretty much taken for granted that a woman can do any job she wants, start any business. Well, it wasn't that way only a few years back. Both men and women were expected to play certain roles. Men took care of women and women didn't get into professions that competed with men. Of course there were exceptions, but those restrictions don't apply any more in the United States of America.

I suppose it's both good and bad, in a way. There are certain people who will always need taking care of, I guess. But then, there are those like Edie Malone, who wanted to strike out on her own and did without anyone giving it a second thought. Except for her ex-husband and her Aunt Rose, of course. But Frank and Aunt Rose will never give Edie credit so she doesn't let it bother her. Most of the time.

It's not easy running her own business and she doesn't always make a lot of money at it, but she gets by. She doesn't expect too many luxuries but she's free to do her own thing the way she wants to do it. That is worth a lot to Edie, who is old enough to appreciate being free to be, but still young enough to enjoy life, at least when she gets the time. Her business which is recording video, takes her to some different kinds of places, like a nursing home, in Point and Shoot, and then of all places, on a cruise in Deep Blue Murder (coming soon). She never knows what the next day will bring and that's the way she likes it.

You can find further details about her adventures at Just put the titles in the search box and they will appear.