Saturday, June 9, 2012

For Love or Duty

RELEASED!
Growing up in the military is not always peaches and cream. Valerie knows it first hand. That's why she has spent an entire lifetime avoiding men in uniform. But meeting Captain Morgan is more than she counted on because he makes her laugh and shows her that sometimes love comes before duty.


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So the question is, what do I do next?

I wait for the money to roll in. *wink* ...very slowly. :D

And then I get back to work, right?

Always the writer.
Always working.
Always finding inspiration and moving forward.

And keeping my fingers crossed for the submission I have out there...
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For Love or Duty

Growing up the proverbial military brat, Valerie Standish has shed her old ways. Yet, she’s been around long enough to recognize that familiar arrogance when Kevin Morgan walks through the door. This time she is drawn to the persistent captain like she hasn’t been to any man before, making it harder to keep her promise—never get involved with an officer.

Kevin doesn’t have a problem with her unwillingness to commit long term. He isn’t quite ready to settle either. For years, he’s worked hard to earn a promotion to Major. He wants one last fling before tying himself to a wife for the rest of his life.

But time proves them both liars as they begin to fall for each other. Neither is prepared for the ache of betrayal as they come face to face with the truth about one another.

Will either of them be able to walk away unscathed or have the trenches of love already been dug?


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Saturday, June 2, 2012

It's a big week in the UK

Things in the UK are hotting up -- even while the weather is cooling down again.
Today was the Epsom Derby. A big event on the horse racing diary, and one attended by the Queen.
Unfortunately for those of us who happen to live here...it's a day when we don't venture near the town center if we can avoid it. Tens of thousands of people descend on Epsom Downs, and only a complete lunatic ventures into that kind of traffic.
This year, the Derby also signals the beginning of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

Yep, 60 years on the throne. That's no mean feat. The Queen is 85 years old now, and still up and about all the time. You honestly wouldn't know it to look at her.
Heck, Prince Philip turned 90 last year, still supporting her the same as ever.

Tomorrow is the official start, marked by a river pageant along the Thames. I've seen some pictures of the boats moored up overnight...and it's going to be a corker. There were hundreds and hundreds of boats, ships, barges and whatnot. It should be pretty awesome.
Jubilee Beacon
River Pageant
Then on Monday it's the Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace. People like Tom Jones, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Shirley Bassey and lots of others performing. This is followed at 10:30pm  by the Queen lighting the first of thousands of beacons across Great Britain.
If you happen to fly over England on Monday night -- make SURE you look out of that window.
If you don't know why... take a look at this map here. Because
you'll only see this once in a lifetime.
Throughout the day, there will be entire communities who have a big Jubilee get together, referred to as the "Big Lunch" -- Street parties with all the neighbors. Local councils have received requests for over 9,500 road closures -- because it's a bit of a bother to have cars try to swerve around tables and bunting. ;)

On Tuesday morning, there is a service at St. Paul's Cathedral to finish things up. (My own neighborhood is having "The Big Lunch" on Tuesday instead of Monday.)

And yes -- everything is shut and people are on vacation until Wednesday.
And while I'm a little jealous of my better half because he is covering all those events this weekend, I also feel sorry for him -- because after the concert is finally done tomorrow...he'll get about 2 hours sleep before he has to go to St. Paul's.
Me?
I'll probably watch it on TV like millions of other people, join my neighbors for lunch, and generally try to have a good time. Yes, London is 30 minutes by train...but there will be millions of people on the streets and at the events. I might go, I'd love to see the beacons, but I don't fancy being crushed. :)

Have a great weekend, everyone!