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What’s your Opinion?

Hello Friends!
Would you like to share your opinions with me? I’m running some surveys, just for fun!

For Readers: https://goo.gl/forms/THr3wJFAXshO6Kpa2
For Writers: https://goo.gl/forms/bZUcdeYqds2nkOmW2

I’d love to hear your answers!

Make sure to check back here next week if you’re interested in hearing some of the responses.

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It’s a Raffle!

My audiobook came out two days ago, and I am so excited. The narrator, Henry Longwinter, did an amazing job, making the story come to life. Some parts literally gave me chills when he read them.

I love writing, and I love telling stories, but there’s something else I love as well.

Giving stuff away!

I have so many great fans who have given me so much and I realize that it’s time for me to give back to them! I’m giving away money, free audiobooks, and free ebooks for my newest short story, Weights. Check out the raffle, linked at the bottom or if you came here from the raffle, leave a comment. Here are some fun things to think about or comment on. You can answer as many or as few as you want:

  • Have you ever read one of my books, or are you new to the wonderful world of L.P. Masters?
  • What’s your preference? Audiobook, eBook, or paper?
  • What would you do with $25 if you were given it?
  • Let’s dream! What would you do with $2,500? (Pretend you don’t have work or kids to worry about, so you can go on vacation if you want!)
  • Let’s dream! If you had a library that went from ceiling to floor, what books would be on the shelf? What authors?

Thanks for visiting my blog. Have fun, and enjoy the writing!
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Love Is Death Is Live

It’s just over half a month away until my debut novel gets to its official release date, but thank heavens for pre-orders! If you can’t wait to find out all about Gina and Alec in Love is Death, then feel free to pop over to my author page and stake your claim on your very own ebook!

November 16th is the official release date for both ebook and paperback from Amazon. I can’t wait to share this story with all of my readers!

Wildfires, Apples, and Dishes

Time for another post, Since it’s been quite a while since my last one. I have a goal to actually start blogging regularly, but I’ve got a confession to make. I’m kind of addicted to breaking things.

But…We’re up and running again, after picking the brain of my brother-in-law who is good with computers for numerous hours and then finally resorting to good old Fiverr again to fix my woes, I once again have a working website.

No excuses not to blog, now, right?

Well…Except all the thousands of excuses other than a broken website. I could list them. But then this blog would be a post about nothing but a list of excuses.

I still feel like I’m trying to get the hang of blogging, so please bear with me if I sound a little rambling on my first few posts. Trust me. I’ll get better.

I’ve got a few things on my mind today. Fires. (Currently there are two large wildfires burning in my area). Fresh fruit. And house cleaning.

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The fires scare the crap out of me. I’m going to be honest. I mean…Yes. I realize the closest one is still several miles away. But when you wake up in the morning and your house smells like a campground, you look out the window and think there’s a storm coming but then realize it’s just the smoke…It just creeps me out. It’s not as bad as last year, when there were…what, six, or ten fires? I literally was surrounded by fire the whole summer. (And then a garage caught fire in the apartment complex we lived at. So that didn’t help.)

I have a writer’s group I enjoy attending once a month, but it’s held at a fire station. (Yes. Our writing is on fire! We thought we’d work on it somewhere safe…) And there are questions going around on the site right now as to whether or not we’re going to actually hold the meeting tomorrow night because of all the fires. I think we should. See…I’m scared of fires, but when fires threaten to come between me and my writing…I’m like, “eah…It’s just a little scorched earth…Don’t worry about it! Let’s just write!!!”

Of course if it were a fruit orchard being burned to the ground, I might have to put my writing on hold for that.

Because…I love fresh fruit.

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Still, I have to ask myself, Why do I do this to myself every year? Some friend mentions that they’re going to buy a bunch of fruit, and, hey! would I like to pitch in and get a box or two? Sure! Peaches, apples, pears? Sounds yummy.

And then here come a bunch of big boxes of fruit and I realize. Oh, yeah. I signed up to preserve this stuff.

My family loves dried fruit, so out comes the dehydrator. Lemon juice, sticky fingers. And when you do peaches, you have to do peach stone jelly. It’s like…a law. (according to my grandmother, at least.) So out comes the boxes of pectin, the three pounds of sugar, the canning bottles and water bath. By that time my kitchen is a disaster, which brings me to my last thought…

House cleaning. Sometimes I feel like I load the dishwasher and unload it. Load the dishwasher again and unload it. Do it yet again and look at my poor sink and the thing is overflowing with dirty dishes. When Did I Get So Many Dishes? It’s the same with clothes, but I really do have too many of those.

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Okay. This post was more a train of thought post than anything. But I do promise to get better. I’m working on it. What about you? Do wildfires scare you? Do you always get bullied into buying fresh fruit this time of year? Do your dishes participate in a mud wrestling competition while you’re not watching?

Have fun, and enjoy the writing.

Technically Broken

SpaceLaptopI thought my debut blog post would be all about writing or kids or my plans for the future, but after the experience I just had setting up my blog I decided that was what I needed to write about first. This post will be all about ignoring things and broken things, and ignoring broken things—still appropriate as a mother of two.

It all started three years ago when I set up my website. I made it look all pretty, added some content and then…kind of just ignored it. Which in turn broke it.

Yes. It broke my website. I ignored updates, I ignored plugins, I ignored everything related to that beautiful little website, until one day I logged into my admin account and the thing was broken. So what did I do?

I ignored my broken website.

Fast forward a year or so and I decided that maybe I should actually use my website for something more. I really wanted to try blogging, which meant I had to stop ignoring things and actually try to make the website work.
Only problem? I had no idea how to do so. I spent my entire day doing something I had a lot of practice with: ignoring. This time, though, it was my poor children I ignored. I probably spent five hours on the internet, trying to understand things like FTP and PHP and CPanel…trying to remember passwords that had been invented three years ago, and then trying to fix things I didn’t understand. In the end I got on a live chat with someone and hoped they could help me fix it.

Oh, I love Tech Support!

Of course, they told me that I had to do it all myself, so what happened? I broke it worse.

Man. I hate Tech Support.

After hours of trying to fix it and asking about the problem on a support forum where the responses told me to do exactly what I’d done, I decided to hand it over to someone who actually knew what they were doing. So I went to Fiverr and paid fifteen bucks for someone to fix it for me. It was done in less than two hours. Best fifteen bucks I’ve ever spent.

We made an excellent dinner to celebrate my working website, but we thoughtlessly put a bowl of boiled eggs on the table, right above my laptop. Fate would have it, the eggs fell off, the water in the bowl landed right on top of my keyboard, and now I’m writing this paragraph without the use of the letters i, r, s, u, w, a bunch of numbers, and no delete button or left arrow. I get to copy and paste all the letters I’m missing, which is incredibly difficult and annoying, so I’ll simply finish this on another computer.

Ah. That’s better. It took me about half an hour to write that darn paragraph. You don’t realize how much you use a few letters until they’re missing. Of course, if I had a brain like Mark Dunn (Author of Ella Minnow Pea) I could have simply written that paragraph without the use of any of those letters. I was simply amazed that anyone could write a book like that, however, so I don’t think I’ll give it a try right now. (Never read Ella Minnow Pea? Perhaps I will write a book review of it soon. It was a wonderful novel where each chapter uses progressively less and less letters in the alphabet. An excellent read.)

Oh yes. That’s another thing about my blog posts. I will probably–actually, most likely–ramble.

That said, I hope you’ll join me on this adventure…and I hope a miracle will happen and my laptop’s keyboard will somehow be resurrected.

Have fun, and enjoy the writing.