Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Goodbye, Lorrie

Lorrie in Happier Times
My dear friend, Lorrie, died yesterday. She’d been having a lot of health problems, one piled on top of another. The final straw was lung cancer. She already had lung problems with a fairly rare disease of the lungs which required her to carry around oxygen with her. Between the two diseases in the same organs, she didn’t have much time left. She told me about this latest diagnosis in early November. She had maybe six weeks, the doctor said. Well, she didn’t get much more than that, but I really don’t think she wanted any extra weeks.


She had her family gathered around her and she peacefully passed away on January 5th. A mutual friend who lived near her let me know.
It’s always sad to lose a loved one. The funny thing is that Lorrie and I have known each other for around ten years, but we never met face to face. Only toward the end did we even speak on the phone. I’m not a good speaker (I don’t get much practice), so I was trying to convince her to at least keep her email account open. But, no, she was done with it.
A lot of people condemn the internet for making close friendships too difficult. You know what? Lorrie and I beg to differ. We stayed in constant contact and even worked together on writing projects for those many years. I first met her in an on-line critique group. When the group went off in a different direction, many of us dropped out, but stayed in touch. Liz, Lorrie, Emmy for sure and most likely several more who I’m still in contact with, but many have wandered off in other directions.
I’m going to miss Lorrie a lot. She was funny, loving, and kind. She had many, many friends. However, she told very few people of her health situation. I asked her if I could privately contact a few we’d known together for years, but she said she didn’t want anybody to know, so I swore a vow of silence.
When she did pass on, I put up a post on her page in Facebook to let everybody know. I especially want to thank Darla for being my liaison in Lorrie’s town. She visited her often and passed along information to me through Facebook messaging. See. The evil internet helped us see Lorrie through her last few weeks even though she had dropped out of any email or posting.
I don’t know what will happen with Lorrie’s books she still has on sale on Amazon and other places. I imagine her publisher will arrange something with Lorrie’s daughter to either continue selling the books or unpublish them. I hope they don’t do that. Her series on a wacky old lady who grants dead people their last wishes is a total hoot. Lorrie always said she was Winnie in those books (Call On the Dead Series).
A few months back, I tried to get her to do one more Winnie book and I’d collaborate. I even volunteered to be the dead person. We were trying to come up with a really good last wish. Not magical wishes, but practical things like letting the family know where the deceased had hidden the family jewels. That kind of thing.
She also wrote a western involving a shy sheriff and a thieving monkey. Again with the funny business.
So, good-bye, my friend. Damn you for not finishing the Winnie book we were doing together. You weren’t the one who was supposed to die. Then, you could call on me and make it all better.
See her books on Amazon. I’m sure you’ll like Winnie’s tales in “The Call on the Dead Club” anthology.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Final Free Day for Blood Ties Tested

BLOOD TIES TESTED FREE ON AMAZON JANUARY 6TH

Unfortunate events lead a half vampire boy into indulging his vampire side, leaving him with regret and sadness. Can dear old Dad help him forgive himself?

Following the events in the series Witches of Galdorheim, this additional tale relates what happens to Katrina the Witch's younger brother, Rune. Half vampire and half warlock, he faces life with a wisecrack and some powerful magic. Whatever happens, he does not want to be a vampire like his father. Unfortunate events lead him to fatally call on his vampire half. This failure leaves him in anguish. How can he assuage the guilt he feels? His mother thinks he needs to visit dead old dad, a vampire residing in the Tatras Mountains of Slovakia.




Saturday, January 05, 2019

Free Book Days Today and Tomorrow

BLOOD TIES TESTED FREE ON AMAZON JANUARY 5TH-6TH

Unfortunate events lead a half vampire boy into indulging his vampire side, leaving him with regret and sadness. Can dear old Dad help him forgive himself?

Following the events in the series Witches of Galdorheim, this additional tale relates what happens to Katrina the Witch's younger brother, Rune. Half vampire and half warlock, he faces life with a wisecrack and some powerful magic. Whatever happens, he does not want to be a vampire like his father. Unfortunate events lead him to fatally call on his vampire half. This failure leaves him in anguish. How can he assuage the guilt he feels? His mother thinks he needs to visit dead old dad, a vampire residing in the Tatras Mountains of Slovakia.




Friday, January 04, 2019

Sue Perkins Asks the Questions

(Free Book Special January 5th and 6th - See the end of the post for details.)

And I do my best to answer them. Sue is a fantasy writer from one of the most fantastical places on earth: New Zealand. Yeah, her neighbors are definitely hobbits.

Sue (brave woman) is starting a Friday Focus feature on her blog telling the world about authors she's bumped into over the years. Since I was the only person not completely wrapped up in Christmas wrapping, I jumped up waving my hand to let her know I'd be happy to go first just to kick things off.

Visit SUE PERKINS, AUTHOR blog today January 4th, but it's probably already January 5th where she lives.

About Sue

Hi, I'm Sue and I grew up in Devon, England. My husband and I spent some years travelling the world before starting a family. In 1986 we emigrated to New Zealand and subsequently became New Zealand citizens. My children are now the world travellers while my husband and I live at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. My interests include writing, reading, genealogy and aqua jogging.

To check out Sue's books, click to her Amazon Author page for the full list. She writes fantasy stories for kids like I do. I guess that's why we've stayed in contact for so many years. My favorite of Sue's books is the Dragon World series. She's got a handy box set available on Amazon for a bargain price of $3.99 for all three books.

Dragon Flames tells how Talei and Adri rescue the dragons and save her people at the same time.

Dragon Clans is Sie and Byron's story. Together they solve the problem of the fighting dragon clans.

Dragon Ice is the story of Neisha and Tane's rescue of Neisha' people who are being held captive by the Ice Dragons.





BLOOD TIES TESTED FREE ON AMAZON JANUARY 5TH-6TH
Unfortunate events lead a half vampire boy into indulging his vampire side, leaving him with regret and sadness. Can dear old Dad help him forgive himself?

Following the events in the series Witches of Galdorheim, this additional tale relates what happens to Katrina the Witch's younger brother, Rune. Half vampire and half warlock, he faces life with a wisecrack and some powerful magic. Whatever happens, he does not want to be a vampire like his father. Unfortunate events lead him to fatally call on his vampire half. This failure leaves him in anguish. How can he assuage the guilt he feels? His mother thinks he needs to visit dead old dad, a vampire residing in the Tatras Mountains of Slovakia.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Resolutions 2019

Hey, I actually did accomplish one of my 2018 Resolutions. I finished writing and published the 4th book in the Witches of Galdorheim series. "Blood Ties Tested" is now being ignored with the same fervor as the rest of the series. Nothing ever changes except the date. The whole series is now bundled on Amazon. A pretty good discount applies if you buy the entire set at one go.

For 2019, I resolve to study the requirements for living out my life in some other country. I don't need citizenship, just a semi-permanent resident status. Suggestions gladly accepted.

What about you? Are you making any resolutions? If so, do you have any I might contemplate borrowing since I can't think of anything else on my own.

Oh, right. Happy Birthdays coming up this month:

January 5th: My brother, Darrel (no, I don't have another brother named Daryl). Here's a great shot of Darrel as the Eclipse King from 2017. Everybody got to wear the crown at some point or other, so he shouldn't get a swelled head.

January 16th: My longest running time friend, Beth Aylworth. I found this old picture from back in the days when we all played league darts. Eventually, Beth and her husband, Chuck, moved to Salem. No more darts, but we're all still friends.

January 25th: My hubby, Jack Dasef. Here he is on one of our visits to London. We've since visited a number of other countries. We cruised around the Grecian Isles, then hit Ireland and Scotland. That was barely a taste test, so we definitely need to go back. But the Panama Canal calls and I still want to go below the Antarctic circle since I've been north of the Arctic circle. The symmetry would be pleasing.