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This is what The Chief looks like from the bottom:

If you use your imagination, it looks like an Indian Chief lying/laying on his back. The first bump on the right is his head, the middle bump is his belly and the left bump is his legs/feet. I don't rock climb, but I'm told it's one of the premiere places to climb in North America.

And here's the view looking down from the nose of The Chief:

The boys and I hiked up it today and now I remember why it's been 25 years since I've hiked that thing! Holy crap, Frank!! I'm told the trail is "only" 4 km (approx 2.5 miles) but it's almost straight up. I can't whine too much because our 7-year old managed it without too much trouble. . . and now they want to hike to the belly and then the feet! God help me.

My New Cover!

Here it is - the cover for Deacon's story "Dancing with the Devil."

As usual, the art department at Dorchester has pulled in bits of the story itself to mesh with the cover and I think it's brilliant. And they even kept the same font as they used for The Devil's Daughter, which I just love!

And just because I'm here doing shameless self promotion, look at how pretty both books are side-by-side! :)


One Real Man

One Real Man by Janette Kenny

Lost And Found…

Gil Yancy is a man with a mission: claim his share of Rocky Point Ranch and build a herd of his own. What Gil doesn’t count on is the greeting he gets—in the form of a stove lid upside the head—from the mistress of the place. She’s the prettiest thing Gil’s ever laid eyes—and more—on. When last they met, the shady lady seduced him and stole his last red cent, so now it might just be time for a little sweet revenge…

Josie can’t believe Rocky Point’s new cowboy is that cowboy—the one with the strongest-yet-gentlest hands ever to mark a trail down her body. She robbed Gil blind out of sheer desperation, and years later, Josie still has something of his…but that’s not her only secret. She wants him just as much as ever—and she knows he’d do anything to please a lady…

Praise for One Real Man–

“Janette Kenny has, once again, written a winning novel.” Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio

“Kenny utilizes a standard western theme - two strong-willed characters fighting for ranch ownership - and adds a twist or two, changing the typical to the unique.” Kathe Robin, Romantic Times

“One word - awesome!” Merri Crawford, Merrimon Book Reviews

my new office

What a day I've had!! Started off as any other Saturday with having to get the kids ready for soccer, but I was also blogging over at Petticoats & Pistols which was a lot of fun! Anyway, I went to soccer, ran a few errands and came home to find my BIL's truck in front of the house. Not unusual, really, I just figured he and the DH were loading the boat to go fishing.


Inside the house, the BIL and my sisters had completely done an "Extreme Home MakeOver" on my office. You have to understand that for the first 16 months or so after we moved into this house, I was working out of the crawl space which was fine, just cramped.

So last month, the boys moved all their toys and gaming systems out of the little hobbit room upstairs and I moved all my stuff up there. I did have pictures, but for some reason I deleted them. RRRRR Anyway, it's a very small window-less room that has a sloped wall and patched together carpeting. But it got me out of the crawl space and up to where it was warm.

So when I left for soccer this morning, my office was a thrown together little room. When I got home, this is what I found:

Look at that - a real desk!!! They took a door (yes, a door!) sanded it down, stained it and turned it into a real desk for me! My laptop and keyboard can both fit on the same surface now without me having to sit sideways!!

I have a shelf to put things on. That picture you see there was from my sister's 40th birthday and we were all crammed in one of those photo booths. Hilarious!! And that little devil guy was a gift from my buddy Lori Devoti.

They hung my coverflats EVENLY (I can't hang anything in a straight line) and the BIL drew, cut out and painted the Marlboro Man for me. How hilarious is that??

My neices found this super cool mirror and then used glitter to write "home of happy endings" around it (might be hard to see with the angle this picture's at)

And here you can see how the wall slants over my desk. Look at that fun lamp and that clock! Oh, those are paper flowers my kids made me hanging off the wall. I hang all sorts of their art work and gifts up there.

Now I ask you - is there a better gift for a writer than coming home and finding a real office waiting for her? I think not! I LOVE IT!!!! Apparently, my DH was a little concerned because they swooped in and took all my books off my shelves, which is fine, but they weren't going back in the same order. Apparently I've given people the impression that I"m an anal freak of some kind. ha! I don't care because they built me a shelf for the books,too!!! Everything fits in here now and I actually have more room to cram more stuff!

It's a beautiful thing!!!

Lisa Manuel's "Fortune's Kiss"

FORTUNE’S KISS by Lisa Manuel
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Medallion Press
Release Date: March 2008
ISBN: 978-193383635-5

Practical, country-bred Moira Hughes must fight for the family fortune she believes her stepfather’s heir has unlawfully withheld from her. Graham Foster, treasure hunter and Egyptian antiquities expert, returns to London to claim his barony only to find himself accused of foul play by Moira and her widowed mother. Coming to a wary truce, Graham agrees to help Moira find her lost fortune, and together they follow a trail of fraud, deceit and murder that leads them through the streets of London—and into each other’s arms.

“The characters are full of depth and vitality and you feel like you are with them every step of the way. Fortune’s Kiss is definitely one for the keeper shelves.” – Night Owl Reviews

“…A cunning story of love and treachery… Settle down with some tea and cakes and put up your feet. Fortune’s Kiss is an excellent Sunday afternoon read.” – Novel Spot

“…An excellent historical romantic suspense. This is an exciting and enjoyable book and one you don’t want to miss.” – Romance Junkies

“…An amusing, engaging historical romance starring two likable heroes and a zany out of control support cast.” – Harriet Klausner

“…Unique and sinfully delicious…” – Romance Reviews Today

Visit Lisa at www.lisamanuel.com


My husband brought home a Golf Digest the other day. So I was flipping through it tonight as I watched one of my favourite shows, Dirty Jobs and here's what occured to me.

Tiger Woods made $122,702,706 last year. Yes, that's right. Over one hundred and twenty-two MILLION dollars for PLAYING GOLF! Okay, in truth, he only made a measly $22.9 million playing golf. The other $99 million he made in endorsements, appearances, etc. Now, don't get me wrong, I think Tiger's great. He's done amazing things to the world of golf and brought in a whole new audience. He's an amazing athlete and he deserves to be paid well.

But what about the poor guy in the waste water treatment plant Mike Rowe was working with today? He spends over 40 hours a week making sure our poop gets taken care of. Think about that job. Think about spending every day walking through poop. And the smell. . . .!!!! Oh my disgusting-ness. These workers see every disgusting thing people flush down their toilets (because apparently they don't "see" the waste baskets right beside the toilets) and then these workers make sure it all gets cleaned out before it gets dumped into the ocean.

Now call me crazy, but don't you think these guys deserve the $100 million for doing their job? I don't know what they get paid, all I know is that it's not nearly enough!! How does this make sense to anyone??

There is something wrong with this world, I'm tellin' ya!!

And boo to all those idiots on Survivor who voted off Yau Man! Boo hiss!!