Writer Wednesday-Tell Us About A Natural Disaster

That’s right, it’s Writer Wednesday time again! Today’s topic is about natural disasters and being a Texan, I can’t pass up the opportunity to talk about our state mascot: the tornado.BlogCarnJuly8-01-01

Okay, tornadoes are not *actually* the state mascot but we certainly see our share of them. My son’s first soccer team was called the Tornadoes in honor of the phenomenon. Tornado sirens are a common sound in the spring and again in the winter when they test them.  We take our tornadoes like we take our football–seriously.

Scarcely a spring goes by that we don’t hear about at least one or two tornadoes touching down in the DFW area. Here’s the interesting thing about tornadoes. They don’t stay on the ground very long, and in the city, they lose momentum pretty fast. But when you hear that siren, you don’t care. It’s time to get in the closet.

We have a small coat closet under the stairs and that’s our designated tornado shelter. I would put money on every resident of North Texas having a designated tornado “spot”. It’s supposed to be the most central room in the house with no windows…or a bathtub, but then they say to put a mattress over the bathtub and that’s too difficult in the split seconds that you have from the time the siren go off until it’s all over. So it’s the closet for us.

Except tornado season really isn’t that long, so the closet gets crammed with other stuff. We’ve taken to watching the weather religiously so we know when a line of thunderstorms is headed our way, and if there’s tornado potential, we empty the closet and get ready.

The first time we had to do that when my youngest son was old enough to understand what it meant was not a good scene. We were watching the news and you know how the media likes to make everything sound more dramatic than it is? Yeah. That and a four year old is not a good combination.

Then they started talking about funnel clouds on the ground. And showed videos of tractor trailers being tossed around like Lego pieces. Granted, this was in the Arlington area and we’re about fifty miles from there. But still. We even made CNN.

The thing about tornadoes is that it could be fifty miles away, disappear and reform right over you. So we sat in the closet and my son was terrified for hours. Did you watch the clip? I was a little shaky too.:) We only got rain from that storm, thank God.

We all still have a Pavlovian response to the sirens. But if it keeps us safe, that’s okay.

If you want to read more great stories from other authors who lived through their own natural disasters, read on by clicking the names below!

If you’re looking for something new to read, a couple of the ladies have releases this month. Check them out:

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**Writer Wednesday Participants

Priscilla Kissinger   Kay Hudson – Carol Post   Natalie Meg Evans – Kristen Ethridge –  Wendy LaCapra – Jean Willett





Writer Wednesday–Tell Us About Your Summer Vacations

Welcome back! Wow, has it been a month already since last time we posted? My calendar says it has, which means -BlogCarnJune10-01we’re well into June. How’s the weather treating you where you’re at? It’s HOT in Texas. Just like always.

Which brings me to the topic of today’s post: Tell us about your summer vacations as a kid.

We always went to my grandma’s house in Florida. I loved visiting there because my grandma watched Young and the Restless and let me eat Cocoa Puffs for breakfast. She had porch lizards in her sun room and lived on a canal. A spoonbill named Charlie stayed in her yard and I couldn’t wait until I was taller than he was, which finally happened when I was seven. The year I turned eight was when my grandpa made me start baiting my own hook when we fished off the dock in the back yard, and let me tell you–it wasn’t until much later that I realized making myself stick my hand a five gallon bucket of live shrimp was good preparation for being a mom. More on that in another post.

My grandpa always gave me money when my mom wasn’t looking and took me to the mall, where I bought treasures like key chains and bracelets. Near the mall was a farmer’s market called the Red Barn and that’s where we got corn. Dinner always took place at the smaller table out on the lanai because the fancy table was for company. I could never go in the formal dining room without the drapes catching my eye because that was where–as my mom whispered to me once–my grandma had sewn her diamond engagement ring into the hem so thieves wouldn’t find it.

I didn’t have cable TV growing up so my grandma’s house was where I saw my first Billy Idol video. I didn’t understand (then or now) why in the world he had eyes without a face or, for that matter, why Bryan Adams wanted to run to me. The year I was going into sixth grade, my parents let me fly to Florida by myself and the seats had the radio in the arm rest. I got headsets and listened to Duran Duran’s Rio and The Tubes’ She’s a Beauty four hundred and eighty seven times. That started my thirty five year love affair with new wave, which is still going strong, thank you kindly. The beach is still my favorite place in the entire world to go. I still have shells from the beach near my grandparents’ house that I picked up when I was younger than my son is now.

As everything does, things eventually changed. My grandma died when I was in my twenties but my grandpa held on. Visiting him in his condo was…hard. Grandma’s ring is in my jewelry box now, still not being worn. I get my corn from Kroger and anytime someone slips me money on the sly, it’s my husband because I forgot the tooth fairy was supposed to visit my kid that night. But every once in awhile, when no one’s around, I watch old episodes of Young and the Restless and eat Cocoa Puffs. Just because.

Want to here more summer vacation stories? Clickity click below!

**Writer Wednesday Participants

Jamie Wesley – Kat Cantrell – Priscilla Kissinger   Kay Hudson – Pamela Kopfler  Carol Post – Sharon Wray  Natalie Meg Evans – KD Fleming – Kristen EthridgeKathleen Bittner-Roth – Wendy LaCapra

Writer Wednesdays–Show Us What’s On Your Desk

Welcome back to Writer Wednesday! What’s Writer Wednesdays? It’s a year-long blog hop I’BlogCarnMay6-01-jpegm doing with some good friends and wonderful authors. **

Today’s post is: Show us your favorite item on your desk.

I have a confession. I don’t have anything on my desk except a laptop. I know, it’s like an author tradition to have a bunch of cool writer stuff but everything I own is put away. You might say I’m a bit of a neat freak. So instead of what’s ON my desk, I’ll show you what’s NEAR my desk and that’s books.


I’ll pause while you pick yourself up off the floor from the shock.

And now I’m back. Show (or tell us) what’s on your desk!

My friend KD Fleming has a new release out this month–don’t miss this!HerHometownReporter

Toby Hendricks Has The Inside Scoop on Gina Lawson 

The reporter is looking for a story that’ll be his ticket out of his small Georgia town.  With her political connections, legal assistant Gina Lawson could help Toby realize his aspirations. Their friendship is just an added bonus, but falling in love isn’t part of his five-year plan.

Gina’s devoted to her family and community, and doesn’t plan to ever leave. Though she finds her favorite reporter maddeningly irresistible, she must guard her heart. But when a betrayal of trust threatens to shatter both their dreams, will Gina and Toby learn that they share the same values after all?

Excerpt on KD’s website: http://kdfleming.com/my-books/

Want to see more pictures of romance writer’s workspaces? Clickity click below!

**Writer Wednesday Participants

Tamra Baumann – Jamie Wesley – Kat Cantrell – Priscilla Kissinger   Lauren ChristopherKay Hudson – Pamela Kopfler  Carol Post – Sharon Wray  Natalie Meg Evans – Jean Willett  KD Fleming – Kristen EthridgeKathleen Bittner-Roth – Wendy LaCapra

Writer Wednesdays: Tell Us About Your Wedding Day

Wedding Day.gray borderHey, ya’ll–I’m blogging! No it’s not the apocalypse, it’s April. It’s raining weddings this time of year, and because I love weddings, this week’s Writer Wednesday is about that very thing. What’s Writer Wednesdays? It’s a year-long blog hop I’m doing with some good friends and wonderful authors. **

Without further ado: I’m a gonna tell you a tale about my wedding day. My then-fiance and I were adamant that we didn’t want a lot of hoopla over our wedding. So much so, that we decided to pseudo-elope! We didn’t tell anyone, picked a day and hired a preacher to meet us at the Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens. We were feeling pretty smug about our secret wedding and it was a dream come true to marry the love of my life in such beautiful surroundings. The simple ceremony was about expressing our vows to love and cherish each other, not about whether the DJ played the right song at the reception.

We had a disposable camera for pictures (this was before the advent of smart phones, ya’ll–give me a break) and all was good…until we asked the preacher to take some photographs for us. This is where it comes in handy to know that the preacher was an amputee. That’s right–he was missing his left arm, which is fine for signing a marriage licence, but operating a camera? Not so much. Have you ever tried to take a picture with one hand? It’s hard. Apparently. Because all of our wedding photos are of the preacher’s pinky finger.

That’s okay. I can still remember it like it was yesterday, even though it was fifteen years ago. It so happens that April is my anniversary month, by the way, and yes, I did get married when I was twelve, why do you ask?

Tells us a highlight of YOUR wedding day or a wedding you’ve attended in the comments.

Want to read more about romance writers’ wedding days? Clickity click below!

**Writer Wednesday Participants

Tamra Baumann – Jamie Wesley – Kat Cantrell – Priscilla Kissinger   Lauren ChristopherKay Hudson – Pamela Kopfler  Carol Post – Sharon Wray  Natalie Meg Evans – Jean Willett  KD Fleming – Kristen EthridgeKathleen Bittner-Roth – Wendy LaCapra

Writer Wednesday ListWriter Wednesdays is a year-long blog hop, so come back for more show and tell!

Like reading about weddings? I’ve got two new releases out this month!

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FREE Online Read Serial is now live!

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Marcus was a geek in high school. Now he owns a billion-dollar company. And the only thing he needs to make his life complete is the perfect wife. So he signs up with the matchmaker at EA International, because she has a reputation for finding soul mates…. But instead of providing the promised perfect match, he’s paired with the girl who once crushed his heart in high school—former head cheerleader Adriana! Now, though, the tables are turned. His beautiful nemesis may have fallen on hard times but that’s not enough atonement for her mean-girl past. Marcus will woo her—and exact his revenge. Yet Adriana isn’t the girl she once was, and soon Marcus is tempted to forgive her mistakes and appreciate the woman she’s become…

If you like it, don’t miss the companion stories starring three more couples matched by EA International.Matched To A Billionaire

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