Argh Author: Jill Woodley’s Seeds of Power

Jill Woodley’s first book, also the first book in her series, is out now on Amazon:

Her unique skills keep her safe. Until her greatest strength becomes her fatal weakness.

Princess Christal of Larrochar learned long ago that to marry was to risk her life. At twenty-eight she’s resolutely unwed, trusted assistant to the King’s Cultivator and an expert in rare plants. Then, to her horror, she receives a marriage proposal she can’t refuse. All Prince Daire of Caldermor cares about is elan—the mysterious golden beans that bring his family untold wealth and power. If Daire wants Christal, elan must be at the root of his interest.

Christal’s father would sacrifice her to discover elan’s secrets. The Calderrans would kill to keep them secure. To save herself Christal will need every kernel of knowledge she’s ever gleaned. And the support of Kiran Randsen, elite soldier turned Calderran bodyguard, who may be something even rarer than elan—a man she’d trust with her life.


Learn more at Jill’s website.
Seeds of Power page with excerpt is

Or go straight to Amazon and hit that buy button.

Trust Me On This on sale for $1.99

I forgot to put this up on the 10th. As a business person, I fail.

Seems like we’ve done this before but what they hey: Bantam is putting Trust Me on This up for $1.99. It’s about a smart-mouthed, determined woman, a confused but competent man, and a dog. Seems like I’ve written that before, too.

Fun fact: This one didn’t have a dog until the art department put one on the cover, so I had to add one. Truth in advertising, people.

Oh well, Trust Me on This, two bucks.

Happiness is Fabulous Yarn*

*Or your guilty pleasure of choice.

Some of you may have noticed that there were a lot of sales last week. Usually, this does not tempt me. I have two of everything ever made by now, so banners that read “ELECTRONICS SALE” leave me cold. (“Chocolate Sale” banners could still get me, but you never see those.). But Knitpicks had a massive yarn sale that went on and on with new coupons and different deals, and Zulily had Zen Garden yarn at more than half off and that Lion Brand Jeans cotton at a great price, and then I got some Edition 3 at WEBS for 25% off and, Reader, I am broke. But my god, the yarn. I used to be that way about books, and before that about clothes, and before that . . . I don’t remember before that. But yarn has been my weakness ever since I was an undergrad art student with a weaving major. And now I am buried in it.

Tis the season to buy things to make people happy. How did you buy or make or give happiness for you or somebody else this week? Or you know, how were just happy?

Cherry Saturday, December 14, 2019

. Today is Gingerbread Decorating Day. Since I love gingerbread, I’m all over this one, although I do prefer ginger cake, still warm, with whipped cream dolloped on top. And ginger cookies, those are good. And ginger in my stir fry. And ginger tea . . .

(That glorious ginger cookie is from Spruce Eats, which has a History of Gingerbread posted. You should read that.)

Happy Gingerbread Decorating Day, even if you decide to skip the decorating and go straight to the eating part.

This is a Good Book Thursday, December 12, 2019

. I read a new book this week, but when I was done, I found I was annoyed with it and all the people in it, so I’m not going to be splashing the title about. Also I can’t remember the title. I also read some old books this week, including End Game because you people kept reminding me of it. And I read a magnificent book on pies by that woman who has that amazing Instagram account, Elegant Pies by Karin Pfeiff-Boschek. I would write more but I must go make pie.

Working Wednesday, December 11, 2019

My Christmas shopping is done (I know, I can’t believe it either), my cards are in the mail, my presents are ready to be wrapped, and I spruced up a gnome. I am not generally a gnome person, but I had to go looking for a gnome game and I came across these little fabric gnomes (14″ high) on Amazon for not-too-much ($15) and one of them had a green hat and I thought, “I could make that my Christmas tree this year” because I am not in a Christmas mood, so I bought him and he was darling, and then I saw the gnome-couple-with attitude and got those because they were so happy-making, and when they came, they looked like Pratchett’s elves in that only they could tell that girl gnome was a girl gnome, she looked like she had a handlebar mustache, so I cut the two swathes of hair into three pieces and braided it that still didn’t look right, so I added red yarn, and then gave her some eyelashes and made her an apron, and now I’m trying to figure out how to give her a basket of something like apples or bread because she’s too big for dollhouse food, but she needs to be carrying something nourishing.

Yes, that’s a run-on. That’s exactly how it happened, one thing after another, and the end I was left staring at Glam Gnome wondering when I’d lost my grip on the whole thing. (I’ll post a picture later when there’s light.)

Then I ordered four more gnomes (it was a set). I am NOT a gnome person, but now the little buggers are everywhere. I’m going to put one out on the front door wreathe. They’re Scandanavian. Cold holds no fear for them.

So what did you work on this week?

Argh Author: Krissie has a New Book, Return to Christmas

Krissie, my partner in crime and also Anne Stuart, has a wonderful new Christmas book out, called Return to Christmas. A young woman gets stuck in 1947 Macy’s and falls in love – you know the drill. But it’s a book of her heart and she loves it to pieces (and so do most readers). Other Cherry beta readers and I read it and loved it, so go hit that buy button. (Sorry for the abbreviated entry, I’m using Friendly’s WiFi and eating breakfast, so this is a hit and run.)