Monday, December 30, 2013

New Year...new me?


I had a lovely Christmas season, frantic as it was part of the time. I wouldn't change a thing, except to be more organized for the meal I served at noon(ish) on Christmas Day. Because I wasn't ready ahead of time, I had to skip a champagne brunch. Drat. Next year, I'll try to be more prepared. I had to talk myself through this, because when I was running around trying to get food ready and furniture moved for my eight guests, the thought occurred to me that next Christmas we could just meet at the Chinese place instead.

But I loved having everyone in my little apartment! It was cozy and fun--so much better than meeting at a restaurant. I loved making lasagna, which takes a while, but is infinitely worth it. They overall key was preparation, and I was just a smidge behind on that, which made me nervous.

I try to prepare myself for each day, too. Before getting out of bed, I make a list of five things I'm grateful for. Sometimes my list is silent, and sometimes I say it out loud to share it with Spot and Attila. So far they don't share theirs with me, though. I've decided that I need to make a list at night too. Kind of a wrap-up of the day, so I am certain not to hit the pillow with negative thoughts on my mind. That is part of my New Year's resolution.

Today I bought a book that I hope will help in my path to be the best person I can be. I still read Simple Abundance by Sarah ban Breathnach almost every day, and beginning January 1, I'll be adding A Year with Thomas Merton: Daily Meditations from His Journals

Besides starting and ending each day with gratitude, my resolution is to spend each day doing the best I can with what I have. That was my mantra when my husband was ill, and I'm reclaiming it.

Hoping the best for all of us in 2014...

Happy New Year!
Magdalena




Monday, December 23, 2013



I'm a quiet person. At a party, at work, and even in a small group you can usually pick me out easily--I'm the one who isn't talking. Maybe that's part of why I feel so jangled right now. So many things are going on with my day job, my author self; there are so many Christmas gatherings, trips back and forth into busy, noisy shopping and eating venues. I'm out of my element.

I also feel pulled apart by the merriment of the season as it intersects with both my occasional widow moments and happiness to be with people I care about.

Please understand that I'm thankful for each person, each invitation, each opportunity to be here and do that.

But because of my introversion and things weighing on my mind this season, I may not seem "merry and bright." I've talked with a lot of people who are having difficulty with this ho-ho-ho season. For the most part we keep smiling, inviting, taking food here and there, eating more than we need to eat, because it's the holidays and it's expected.

Give me a couple feet of snow outside, some quiet music, a cup of tea and a book to read (or write), and I'm a very happy girl. I was surprised to realize I have some free time for exactly that kind of evening tonight (minus the snow), the night before Christmas Eve. I think it will help get me centered again, and make "merry and bright" more likely.

I found this in a search for "silence" on quotesgarden.com:
"Not merely an absence of noise, Real Silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary. " ~Peter Minard

That's me this evening. With a cat sleeping on my leg, a dog curled in the corner guarding the door, and Vince Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" playing softly. I feel better already.

Happy Christmas!

Magdalena

Monday, December 16, 2013

It's all good


A friend recently asked me how it works for sweet romance authors to work together to promote each other. Isn't competition a problem?

My take on it is that an author cannot write as quickly as most people can read, which means that her readers will be looking for another sweet romance novel, while waiting for her favorite author's next story. And voila - Sweet Romance Reads authors are available to fill that void.

So many exciting things are happening at the Sweet Romance Reads website! You can follow the links to discover new authors. Check out the New Releases page to see what you might miss if you hadn't stopped in. Watch the Amazon widget to find a book cover that looks interesting. You can also fill out a survey to join the Sweet Team - the read and review group that's just getting started.

If you haven't already liked the Sweet Romance Reads facebook page, please hop over and do that. We had a tremendous time at our Christmas bash, and there is hushed discussion about another event... If you Like that page, and then hover over the Like button and click Get Notifications, you'll get all of our news as soon as it is released.

Twitter much?  Just follow @SweetRomanceRds.

That was a long way of saying, no, competition doesn't seem to be a problem. I have loaded up my Kindle with a bunch of their Christmas stories. It's a treat to be included in this fabulous group of authors. Lucky, lucky me!

Magdalena

Saturday, December 14, 2013

That warm, satisfying glow


Read about "the making of" A Legendary Christmas Past on the 111 Publishing website. It was fun for Jan Scarbrough, Janet Eaves and me to do this interview, and it gives potential readers some real insight into these six Ladies of Legend Christmas novellas, which are set in the 1940s, 1960s and 1970s.

To quote a reviewer of this boxed set, "These novels won't set the literary world on fire, but they do just what they were written to do; put that warm, satisfying glow in your core."

I'm very okay with that. :)

Mags

Monday, December 2, 2013

Road block, revisited


It's highly unlikely that anyone remembers this, but eons ago I wrote a post about the giant road block I placed squarely in my path to success as an author. It's so interesting to me that I wrote the post in October 2008, and the flasher on the road block sign is still flashing.

Seriously. Click on this link and take a look. It is so daggone cute.

Anyway, approximately five years after I wrote that post, I did something positive about the road block. I joined up with a bunch of other authors of sweet (G/PG) romance. A website/blog exists now, where readers can learn about new releases and the various authors. There's even a book cover carousel with one cover for each of us. Go here to check out the Sweet Romance Reads website. If you sit there long enough (like I've done, um, a few times) you'll see my cover for Under the Mistletoe. Whee!

This Thursday, December 5, twelve of us are hosting an all-day Facebook party. We'll share Christmas book covers and excerpts, have Christmas-theme games, and give away lots of prizes. Books are among the prizes, but other things too. The grand prize is a $100 Amazon gift certificate. So if you're on Facebook and like sweet romance, check it out. Click here to check out the party.

I hope you can be there and meet some of my new friends.

Magdalena

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving is, as I've said before, my favorite holiday. I love that it's still about gratitude instead of about stuff.

I try to take time each day, not just in November, but every single day, to be grateful. There are many wonderful people in my life, I have a pretty little place to live, and two entertaining pets who share it with me. I am healthy, have enough to eat and drink, and books to read. Remembering to always be grateful makes me a better person, and makes each day better.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Magdalena

Monday, November 25, 2013

Legendary Christmas Past



A Legendary Christmas Past Boxed Set is out and available for your holiday reading pleasure. Two 1940s era novellas by Janet Eaves, two 1960s era novellas by Jan Scarbrough, and two 1970s era novellas by yours truly.

For a limited time, the set is only 99 cents. I bought my copy as soon as I saw it. Cannot get enough of this cover. Or, for that matter, the cover of the 9-book boxed set, or pretty much all of my book covers. I don't know if there is a recovery group for people who are in love with their book covers or not.

Oops. There I go, digressing again.

I had so much fun researching the 1970s for my two stories. Not that the 70s were before my time, of course. Sheesh. I was in school back then, and it was neat to choose the songs to play on the juke box in Jim Bob's Saloon, for instance.

For those of you who have read Midnight in Legend, TN, Jim Bob's Saloon is the building that Midnight Shelby bought when she moved to Legend. Isn't that cool? You'll see the place in its former incarnation, and meet Jim Bob, his wife Sylvie, and their spoiled daughter who is a waitress there... Better yet, here is the book blurb for Under the Mistletoe:


***
Christmas Season, 1975

Dorothy Robbins is working hard to build up her Leaving Legend Fund. She wants to finish college, become a pharmacist, and never see her boring little hometown again. But her source of income is a meager hourly wage and tips at Jim Bob’s Saloon, where the only thing worse than the tips are the songs on the jukebox.

Charles McClain has been gone from Legend for years—first serving in Vietnam as a Marine, then finishing college and getting a job in Los Angeles. But his new life hit a snag, and suddenly he has time for a long holiday visit with his family, back in the beautiful mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Too bad there’s nothing interesting going on in Legend.

But it’s Christmas... The air is cold, hearts are warm, and mistletoe is overhead when you least expect it. Besides, sometimes the path that leads you away can also bring you home.


***

Sigh.

Thank you for reading!
Magdalena

Monday, November 18, 2013

We can almost see it


This last couple of weeks has been an exciting ride, watching our nine-book set, LOVE IN A SMALL TOWN, climb rather steadily in the Amazon rankings. Saturday night we hit a new list, one that made us bestsellers. This was my first time ever to have a bestseller ranking. What a thrill!

I wanted to post a picture of Maddie, Jan, and Janet and me throwing our arms up in the air as we rode a roller coaster. But since that picture doesn't exist, here is one depicting a slightly different depiction of our sales "ride."

We can almost see it--the Amazon promised land, if you will.

We were at #207 in the Amazon sales ranking, and it looked as if we might break into the magical 100. It really seemed possible. I believe in this series, and having it finally sell well means a lot of new readers are getting to know our imaginary town of Legend, Tennessee.

Then Sunday evening the ranking went the other direction. Ouch. As of this writing, it hasn't been a plummet, but more of a gentle slide.

If you haven't bought your copy of the set, now is the time. For one thing, the price goes up in mid-December or so.

For another thing, if we hit the top 100, you will have four very excited romance writers doing happy dances, shouting, laughing, crying.

Arms up!

Magdalena

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Birthday


Saturday was my mother's birthday. She would have been 100 years old.

She was a small woman with a big personality, and strength of character that was as much a part of her style as high heels, circle skirts, and unique hairstyle.

A cousin recently said about my parents that they thought outside the box way before it was cool. While always good and kind, they were also unapologetically themselves.

I do the best I can with what I have. That's my mantra, on good days and through the dark ones too. Lessons learned by example are often the best ones, aren't they?

Magdalena


Monday, November 4, 2013

Boxed sets

Boxed sets of romance ebooks seem to be taking over the world.

Or maybe that's a slight exaggeration.

My previous experience with boxed sets was reading to my son when he was small...darling little cardboard boxed sets of hardback Beatrix Potter and A. A. Milne. Those beloved books survived the sale of our house and tons of belongings, and are tucked away for the next generation.

But I digress.

Bargains galore are yours these days, via boxed sets of ebooks--generally you get a large number of ebooks for a much smaller price than if you bought them individually.

(Have I mentioned recently how much I love romance writers? It's this great big sisterhood working together, instead of acting all unpleasantly competitive. Which is why I'm giving you some links to boxed sets of books I did not write. And it is also why the authors of these other books are willing to help support me, and my fellow Legend writers, and lots of other writers. We want to help readers find books of which they might otherwise be unaware.)

Sorry. I digressed again, didn't I?

After posting this blog once, I'm updating it - I think it's best to share this information with a different demonstration of how authors help each other.

So please visit Maddie James' newsletter by clicking here. Lots of information about some new boxed sets from a variety of authors, at a variety of heat levels. (Yeah. warning that some of these may not be suitable for an underage audience.)

Happy shopping, and as always, thank you for reading.

Magdalena



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Peddling and pedaling


I've been peddling books. I spent part of my lunch hour, and some time after work, giving out promo pieces for our 99 cent collection, Love in a Small Town. They are just little slips of paper with the image of the digital boxed set and where to buy it. I enjoy doing this type of promo, because I get to talk to people one on one. I try not to be too pushy, but I want to share these stories with as many people as possible because I believe in them. Today most of the people I talked to would not have learned about it via social media. Most of them seemed interested, too, which was fun.

I've also been thinking about another type of pedaling--the bicycle kind. I'm concerned about health problems related to sitting too much. I've gained weight in the last couple of years, due to a more sedentary job, shorter walk to work, and many fewer steps inside my apartment compared to the biggish house we used to live in. I've become intrigued with the idea of having a standing desk, and maybe even bicycle-type pedals on my big tall stool (for when I'm not standing at my standing desk.) The Mayo Clinic website, among other things, suggests: "Position your work surface above a treadmill — with a computer screen and keyboard on a stand or a specialized treadmill-ready vertical desk — so that you can be in motion throughout the day."

We should all be walking or bicycling while working. Doesn't that sound like fun?

I know it won't happen, because it's unusual, and expensive, and probably more complicated than I realize. Maybe I should propose it this way: my pedals could be hooked up to a generator, so I could generate the electricity to run my computer. Win-win, right?

Mags


Monday, October 21, 2013

Love in a small town


For a limited time, buy this 9-book collection of Ladies of Legend books for only 99 cents.

"Seriously," you say. "Eleven cents per book?"

Yep. Click here to buy at Amazon.  Enjoy! (Other ebook retailers soon.)

Three of my books are in it, including the NEW, REVISED AND BETTER THAN BEFORE version of Midnight in Legend, TN!

Ahem. Pardon my enthusiasm.

:)

Mags

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Happy birthday to me! Today I was having a little early birthday celebration, and in my email came notice that The Holly and the Ivy was out. Yeehaw, but I love release day.

And I love this cover.

And I really love surprises--the happy kind.

If you didn't get a chance to read this novella in its previous form, take a chance on it now. (It's better than before.)
*****

Jeannie Adams has a pain in her neck, and its name is Eli McClain. The school board is honoring him at a big community dinner, and Eli has done nothing to deserve all the fanfare. Nothing, that is, except leave their hometown of Legend, Tennessee right after high school, and become a nationally known singer. Why make a big deal over somebody who walked out on everything that’s important?

For Eli, Christmas in Legend is a way to placate the family he left years ago, and impress the very impressionable people of Legend. As far as they’ll know, Eli has everything. But at twenty-five years old, he’s feeling burned out with fame and fortune, and doesn’t understand why life is so hollow.


All through school, Eli and Jeannie were the bane of each other’s existence. Yet the fleeting kiss he left her with right after graduation has never quite faded for either of them. Like a lost pair of warm winter gloves, their happiness will be in the last place they look for it. Back home in Legend, and just in time for Christmas.

*****

Buy...read...love...post a review if you can. :)

Magdalena

Friday, October 4, 2013

Small town charm


I don't know about you, but I needed a new picture here on the blog. Here is a cute house. There's definite small town charm, yes? Even though I love being a renter and living in my very small space, I often see houses that I catch my interest and imagination. Someone(s) seem(s) to love this one(two).

It reminds me of a story I didn't quite finish several years ago, set in Columbus, Indiana. The hero and heroine were next door neighbors.

I have finished Midnight's rewrite, and am so happy with the improved version! I'll let you know when it's up and available for sale. I think that if you own the current Kindle version, you will get a  notification of the new version's availability.

The Holly and the Ivy will be out sometime in the next few weeks, too. Legend, Tennessee is a busy place these days.

And I started writing something new last weekend. More about that later...


Happy Friday!
Mags

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Some highlights from this past week

I have begun re-reading, for the umpteenth time, Sarah ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance. One would think I'd have learned all these lessons about appreciating the small things in order to live a happier, more authentic life. (Photo above is not a photo of a small thing.)

So I trudge on, a constant work in progress, trying to be the best me that I can be. I pointedly do not try to be the best anybody else. Because when I do try to be like somebody else, it goes badly. So if you don't mind, I will let you be you, and I will be me.

I feel better now that we have that cleared up. Don't you?

In other news, I have tweaked--I will even say improved--a Christmas novella that is to come out in October. The Holly and the Ivy is not new, but judging from previous royalties, the chances are very, very good that you haven't read it. How exciting for all of us! (How's that for re-framing?) (Photo above is not a representation of the new book cover.)

And. Last Saturday in the beautiful little river town of Madison, Indiana I toured the visiting LST 325which is simply awesome. (Photo, above.) Very much enjoyed talking to some of the men who donate their time and talent to keeping this piece of history afloat!

Thank you for reading...
Mags




Thursday, September 12, 2013

One Year



Today marks one year since my husband died. One year since my son, his fiancee, and I stood at the hospital bed, holding his hands and watching this wonderful man breathe his last earthly breath. He is at peace, and for that I am thankful.

I thought of  writing an epitaph for today's blog. But that could easily become volumes, since he was such an interesting and unique person. Bits of his personality will continue to flow into my stories, I'm sure.

I thought of writing a blog about our many milestones since that day. It has been a tough year, in a different way than the three years of his illness were tough. I am occasionally surprised by the fact that we persevered through it all. That book may eventually be written, but not yet.

Instead, I just want to express gratitude for this year of personal growth, the making of new memories, and renewed appreciation of the past as we experience the present, and cautiously look toward the future.

He is gone, but always with us. And I do think he's pleased to know that we're doing okay.

Much love,
Magdalena



Friday, September 6, 2013

The Road

I recently drove to the city where The Progeny works, to have lunch with him. Instead of zooming up the interstate, I chose to travel on its predecessor--a nice two-lane highway with very little traffic. Took a bit longer, but it was a beautiful drive on a gloriously sunny day. I've lived here all my life, but still love the rolling hills of Southern Indiana.

What a blessing to have such a wonderful son. Not just that he bought lunch (and ice cream!), or that he gave me a tour of his workplace...but that he was truly glad for us to spend that time together.

He's engaged, you know, to a wonderful young woman. Someday they may live too far away for me to drive up and have lunch, or to spend an afternoon. That will be a big adjustment, but we've certainly had a lot of those. I'm confident we will do the best we can with what we have.

I keep learning, or trying to learn, how to appreciate what I have. To live each moment more fully. One thing that helps is to be mindful in what I do.

I make coffee in a French press instead of something instanteous. I cook in my tiny kitchen as often as possible, attempting to create healthful meals. I clean the Jewel Box on Sunday morning. It's a meditation of thankfulness, not a chore.

Like working on Midnight's story. I'm not dashing through it (as if I could), but I'm enjoying the process. I am a better person when I'm a thankful person. I hope it makes my stories better too.

Happy Friday!
Mags

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Progress


Believe it or not, I am writing. I am still working on Midnight in Legend, TN, which needed to be a more complete story. Have you ever read a 90,000-word novella? You may get a chance soon.

Kidding. It won't be that long. But when I started working on it, Midnight and Martin's story was 20,000 words. It is almost 30,000 words now. I keep thinking of things that are important to the main characters, and to Martin's son Daniel, and, well, to the entire Town of Legend, and I wonder at what point I can wrap up and move on to the next story. I owe a lot to Legend and its people (even though they are imaginary). I want to do right by them, and that means making my first story in the series the best it can possibly be.

I know. It is a lot of work to do for a book that's already out there. But this is important to me. I hope you'll want to revisit the story when it's available in its impending incarnation. I think that if you own the Kindle version, you'll get a notice when the new one is ready, and all you have to do is click to get the bigger-better content for free (assuming you already bought it once).

In the meantime, as you wait expectantly for the updated version of that story, I wanted to show you (see above) the new cover for Betsy and Mike McClain's story. Where Her Heart Is occurs about three years after Midnight in Legend, TN. I love this new cover because it has a more Betsy-ish Betsy. As I'm writing Betsy's scenes in Midnight's book, I'm picturing the Betsy on this cover.

I'll let you know when Midnight and Martin's story is ready for your enjoyment. Then I move on to the polishing of a Christmas story for this year, and then...not sure. I love Legend so much, and hope you love it, too. Legend, Tennessee--where romance lives next door.


...
Talk soon,
Mags


P.S.: In case you hadn't guessed it, I am so incredibly happy to be writing again! 

Monday, August 26, 2013

What do you think?


I took this picture a couple of weeks ago when Spot and I were out for a walk.

I'm sure there is a lesson here for me.

What do you think it is?

Mags

Sunday, August 11, 2013

A Magical Collection


Available now for pre-order at some ebook retailers. Smashwords, for instance.

Release date is September 5. And the best part--it's only 99 cents!

Nah, that's not the best part! The best part is the lovely cover!

NOPE! The Best Part is seeing a story go out into the world again. Sigh.

About A Piece of Her Soul:
Jacqueline has a special gift. She senses what is missing from people’s souls, and helps them fill the void to become truly happy. After years of this highly emotional, exhausting work, she needs a break. But the little cottage on a quiet street in Indiana isn’t quite the retreat she expected. Because there’s a handsome police chief next door, and her sixth sense tells her he needs something. How she wishes that something was her…



Mags

Monday, July 29, 2013

Having entirely too much fun


In case you wondered, I am working on the rewrite. Again. After starting the rewrite, and getting caught up in real life (which is happier these days), and then beating myself up about not working on the rewrite, and then reading two terrific books by Marcia Willett.

Then Spot got a flea, and it was pretty much downhill from there.

But I'm back at the rewrite, and what better to accompany my endeavors than a brand new gorgeous cover?

Love it, and just had to share.

Mags

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Christmas in July


Outdoor temperatures here in Magdalenaville are rising, which makes it a GREAT time to stay indoors and read.

Why not treat yourself to a little Christmas in July? Four of our Legend, Tennessee Christmas novellas are marked down to just 99 cents each for this promotion.

Gotta love a good story about snowstorms, cabins, falling in love...and, well, you know...cuddling and stuff.

The Christmas Gift - Janet Eaves
Home for the Holidays - Maddie James
Santa's Kiss - Jan Scarbrough
Christmas Collision - me!

:)

Mags

Little known fact: I am the only person who has a story entitled Christmas Collision in all of Amazon. Hmmmmm

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Making peace with the past


The Progeny and I recently had the unique opportunity of touring our own home. The home where I was a wife for 30 years, the home where my son grew up, and his dad before him. Due to my husband's illness, the house sold at auction last summer.

The interior renovations are complete, and the new owners very kindly let us do a self-guided tour. They encouraged us to take our time at it. What a gift! We were surprised at how much had not been changed, and enjoyed seeing the many creative improvements. The 150+ year old house had lots of character, and lots of potential. Now its potential has been realized. The house is changed, but in a good way. The Progeny and I have undergone changes too, because of my husband's illness and death. We've come out on the other side, as stronger and better people.

Also this weekend I started working on a bigger, better version of Midnight in Legend, TN. It's fun to spend time again with Midnight Shelby and Martin McClain. They're some of my favorite characters, and have "walk-on parts" in most of my Legend stories. Still, Midnight and Martin's love story deserves more. I hope that my writing has evolved, and that their story will be stronger and better when I've finished it this time.

There's no way to go forward without making peace with the past, right?

Mags



Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Feel better

Our local farmers' markets have started up, and I'm not sure anyone is more excited about it than I am. Breakfast this morning included this bowl of yummy strawberries with just a little turbinado sugar sprinkled on them. The bread is white sourdough. Mmmmm. And for lunch many days in the summer, I saute' zucchini, yellow squash, and diced onion in olive oil, with some creole seasoning. In the last couple of minutes I add cashews.

I'm eating healthier because of the farmers' markets, and now that my springtime allergies have abated somewhat, I'm also able to walk for exercise. I feel better, and have more energy.

I also feel good when I give away a copy of Genevieve Davis Ginsburg's book, Widow to Widow. At the office where I work, occasionally I meet a woman who is a recent widow, and I have a box of these books under my desk to give away. That happened today. It is one tiny thing I can do, to make the world a little brighter.

Eventually I'll be able to write again, and I hope those books will brighten someone's day, too. Author: A pretty terrific job if you can get it.  :)

Mags

PS: Finding Home is still free on Kindle and Nook.


Friday, May 17, 2013

Digital stuff


So, my point is that everything, everywhere, is all about technology, and digital stuff. But when I typed "router" to look for clip art, this is the only picture that came up. Yay for clip art that's less techy-looking than it actually is. (I'm sure I'd be boggled by the technology behind me typing a word into a search box and a picture popping up. Or even how one would program a page, onto which one puts a search box which people can later type words into. OR how a digital camera takes and stores a picture for which that search box can later search... Thank you, geeks of the world, for making life easier/more complicated. I appreciate you. Mostly.)

Tonight I'm doing a booksigning at Salem Apothecary. Whee! It's a great place, with a soda fountain that serves yummy ice cream treats all day--and delicious gourmet lunches Monday through Friday. They have compounding pharmacy, a gift boutique, and a staff of wonderfully friendly people. Tonight the store is open late for the local festival, Friday Night on the Square.

How is this digital? Besides signing copies of Home Sweet Legend tonight, I'll also be giving away little slips of paper telling people how to get a FREE digital copy of Finding Home on either Kindle or Nook. Free items sell extremely well at Friday Night on the Square.

Other digital stuff on my mind this week is that my daggone cell phone keeps locking up, which makes me wonder yet again if I'd be happier with a phone that was just a phone. I don't really need to read and send email with my phone, for instance. Maybe it would simplify my life to have a basic phone again. After all, I have a laptop and fast wireless internet from a local provider. Which is another thing that's been brought up recently. Does one share one's router, or does one keep it password protected?

Best of all, technology-wise: The Progeny, who recently graduated from college(!), is working in a new job that he really enjoys, doing computerish stuff that I don't understand, but which helps other people and makes him happy. Many thanks to our friends and neighbors who gave him old computers to take apart and put back together again, back in his formative years.

Happy Friday!

Mags

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Genevieve


This evening I learned that a friend of mine had died. She got me through lots of dark days and nights, confusion and uncertainty. She did the same for countless other women, too.

Widow to Widow was written by Genevieve Davis Ginsburg, MS, a woman I never met except in the pages of a book that changed my life. In preparing to write a short post about the book, I discovered the reason she doesn't have an Amazon page, and she isn't tweeting or popping up on facebook with cute pictures of her pets like so many authors I know (including myself).

According to this brief mention about The Women's Plaza of Honor at the University of Arizona, she died in 1996. When I saw that, I was stunned. After all, she was just "talking to me" through the pages of the book a couple of months ago. I sat here with the laptop and cried for the first time in a while. (Widows cry at unexpected times. This is normal. I read that in Genevieve's book.)

I'll continue to give copies of the book to recent widows I know. There's a copy in our local library now, too. If someone in your life has recently lost a spouse, I would recommend you consider this as a gift.

I wish I could have said thank you to Genevieve. But when she died (1996) I had no inkling I would ever need to read a "widow book." How grateful I am that she knew it!

Shedding tears is okay, even when it's unexpected. Each of us grieves in our own way, and at our own rate of speed. My friend Genevieve told me so.

Mags

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Finding the quiet center

I could sit the way this lady is sitting. I could not, however, have actual flaming candles because there's no telling what Attila (the Kitten from Heck) would do with them. Which is why I gave away all my candles. And after a few minutes I'd need to stagger to my feet, and get my circulation going again. So instead, I'm settled into my big squishy couch, where I can glance out the window once in a while, and maintain this peaceful mindset...

For the first time in many years, my outlook is rather serene. I don't think I've felt this peaceful since childhood. Yes, I'm a worrier with decades of practice. But I don't do much of that anymore. Drama? Conflict? No thank you.

I imagine this change of heart occurred mostly because I finally realized how little control I ever had over any circumstance. (I never said I was a quick learner.)

Feeling at peace... Over the years I wondered what that would be like. Now it seems I'm looking at the world through thick safety glass. I try in my own small, quiet ways to help make it a better place. But I won't try to control it.

Magdalenaville is pretty daggone close to Nirvana right now. Even though the Kitten from Heck lives here.


Mags

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Free


You may now go directly to your favorite ebookstore and purchase Finding Home free. To buy the Kindle version at Amazon, click here.

Finding Home contains the first four novellas of the Ladies of Legend series, woven together into one big fat juicy novel. Mmmmm.

Did I mention it's free?

And did I mention that as of this writing, it is
AND. Did I mention that we are ahead of another famous author of Kindle Store>Kindle eBooks>Nonfiction>Travel>United States>Regions>South>East South Central, Mark Twain!?! Woohoo!

(Though, to be honest, I have no idea how that categorization occurred. Especially since Finding Home is fiction. But who am I to quibble?)

Please help yourself to a copy, and it's okay with me if you post a rave review afterward, if you are so inclined. 

And hey--tell all your friends. Legend, Tennessee is big enough for everyone!

Magdalena 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Empathy

I saw this beautiful video Sunday afternoon, while looking at the website for National Public Radio's On Being

As an author, it's fun to imagine my characters' inner struggles.

As a caring human being, I must try to remember that everyone carries their own mental burdens through the day. Each of us can be someone's next positive--or negative--experience. What is the worth of a sincere smile, caring word or touch to someone who is suffering?

Magdalena



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Win a copy of HOME SWEET LEGEND

Enter. Win. Read.

Are you a member of the very cool site GOODREADS? If so, check out the giveaway I'm doing there. Two copies of Home Sweet Legend in paperback.

Oooooh. Aaaaaah.

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Magdalena

Monday, February 11, 2013

In paperback for the first time


For the first time ever, these two stories are now available in paperback. Yesterday you got the back cover blurb for Building a Dream. Here is the blurb for Where Her Heart Is...



Betsy McClain left Legend, Tennessee two years ago, with a broken heart, a baby to care for, and precious little else. She’s done well in the city, and so has daughter LizBeth Ann. A heartfelt request from Dorothy McClain is the only thing that could bring them back to Legend even temporarily.

Mike McClain wants to get to know his only child, but Betsy isn’t cutting him any slack. Good looks and the old McClain charm seem to be failing him. Betsy is not the same lovestruck girl he married, nor the girl who left Legend in a flurry of anger and tears. But he’s changed too. Can’t she see that?

Mike is renovating the house where Betsy and LizBeth Ann are staying. Everyone in Legend would like to see them get back together. The only thing standing in the way is Betsy’s stubbornness…or is it Mike’s?
 
If you love a beautiful paperback, may I suggest that Home Sweet Legend would look terrific on your bedside table or bookshelf. Go ahead and give yourself a little love for Valentine's Day. Click on the title to go to the Amazon page.

Isn't it nifty? My own little anthology.

Mags

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Building a Dream



Chloe McClain is an artist, so she’s used to creating something from nothing. This time, though, the project is bigger than her usual canvas—this time she’s bought a big dilapidated building to rehab into a classy art gallery. Should be easy enough; she’ll hire Greg Andrews and his construction crew. Greg’s work has gotten good reviews from everyone in Legend. Of course there is kind of a rush on the project…

Greg is a professional, and his professional opinion is that Chloe’s pile of bricks should be put out of its misery. There’s no way he can bring the place up to code by her deadline, let alone turn it into the showplace she has in mind. But Chloe’s a McClain, and besides a wide stubborn streak, that means deep pockets. Speaking of which, Greg can’t keep his eyes off the back pockets of Chloe’s jeans...

When you live in Legend, Tennessee, there are certain things to remember. People in Legend pull together. Community before self. And you never want to take a wrong step around a McClain—even the cute females.

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Available now at Smashwords and All Romance Ebooks. It will show up (maybe by the time you read this) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, ibooks, and others.   

My publisher is Turquoise Morning Press. Visit their site to buy my stories, and to shop the variety of books available there.

What a way to start a week, huh? WOW.

Mags