Designer Mask, Broken Toe, Creature in the Night: Monday Blog Post

Newest News:

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I ordered a mask with my author logo on it. It finally came in. That’s in in the above picture. I think I’ll use that for my avatar picture, at least for a while, on my Facebook page and elsewhere. Who knows when I’ll do another signing, but if I do, I may wear this mask.

Just as I was ramping up my exercise, last Thursday I slammed my bare foot into my recliner and broke the 4th toe on my right foot. Sigh. It’s crooked, so I went to the doc to see if he’d set it back into the correct position. He looked at it without touching it—commented that I did the right thing by taping it to the 3rd toe and sent me to get Xrays. Since it was late Friday afternoon, it will be today (Monday) before anything will be done about it. Aggravating.

I have been coordinating with my cover designer for Creature in the Night. I’m excited to see what the designer comes up with. Covers are just so exciting. I’m hoping to have the story up on Kindle Unlimited before Halloween. Stay tuned for release information.

Stay safe. Stay well.

Giveaways:

The Summer giveaway has ended! I’ll be posting my winners as soon as the organizer gets them sorted out.

The Halloween giveaway is up! You can check it out at: https://conniesrandomthoughts.com/giveaways-and-prizes/. As always, each author is giving away at least 2 prizes and there’s a Paypal cash grand prize.

Where will I Be?

Pine Library, 6124 W. Randall Place, Pine AZ, Friends of the Library meeting is October 26th, at 1pm. If you happen to be in Pine, AZ, on that date, come on by. I’ll have some books available for purchase and signing.

Newsletter Sign Up:

Click here to sign up for my newsletter. I’ve put sign-up gifts on the regular and the SciFi/Fantasy and the Cozy Mystery newsletter sign-ups. That’s right. If you sign up for my newsletter you get a free story from me. Be prepared for fun and contests! Click on the video link for a short video from me. Hear what I’m working on. Join my “A” Team to be the first to read my books and hear what new books are coming. Don’t forget to follow my blog, too. Different material goes in the blog as in the newsletter. You can share both, so spread the word!

Newest Releases:

Gold Dreams released May 13th, 2019. It is up on Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, (Direct link doesn’t work, copy the URL and paste it into your browser, or go directly to Kobo.com and search for Gold Dreams, Connie Cockrell), and Smashwords. The print version is available on Amazon. You can also see all my books on http://conniesrandomthoughts.com/my-books-and-other-published-work/. If you’ve read any of my books, please drop a short, honest, review on the site where you bought it or on Goodreads or BookBub. Your review is critical to help me promote the books to other readers. Thanks in advance.

Thank you for reading my blog. Like all of the other work I do as an author, it takes time and money. If you enjoy this Monday blog and the Friday free story and the recipe I put up on the 25th of every month, consider donating to https://www.paypal.me/ConniesRandomThought. I appreciate any donation to help support this blog.

Creature in the Night, Gardening, Lifestyle Change: Monday Blog Post

Newest News:

I’m working on formatting Creature in the Night for publishing on Kindle Unlimited. I’ve contacted a cover designer I know about getting an ebook cover done up. The cover is the thing that will take the longest to get done. I use Vellum, for those interested, to do my formatting and it hardly takes any time at all to do. Even less time than I usually take because I’m just doing an Amazon ebook, not trying to do a print version or cover any other sales site. Perhaps up by the end of the month for .99? Fun!

I’m still eating zucchini. I found a recipe for a summer squash casserole and we tried it last night. Delish. Hubby liked it too. This weekend the garden decided to ripen tomatoes. That’s my gathering basket with the morning’s pickings. Hope you’re luxuriating in your garden produce or have a chance to hit up your local farm stands and farmer’s markets for the best of the season.

I also have a few native Arizonan plants in my garden. One is a climbing plant. Beans. I’ve lost the packet so I don’t know the variety. I caught a picture, poor because a breeze was blowing. It has tiny purple bean flowers and cute little bean pods.

Dropped to about 212 this last week. This is my one month anniversary for the diet and I’ve lost 18 pounds. I’m settling into my eating pattern of green juice for breakfast and lunch with a paleo dinner in the evening. I actually like the green juice. I’ve always liked bitter greens and celery, so juicing them works very well for me. If you’re following along with me, yay for you. I hope it’s going well. Drop a comment below if you’d like to share your story!

Stay safe. Stay well.

Giveaways:

The Summer giveaway has ended! I’ll be posting my winners as soon as the organizer gets them sorted out.

That means, the Halloween giveaway is going up! I’ll put the link up as soon as she gets it to me. You can check it out here: https://conniesrandomthoughts.com/giveaways-and-prizes/. As always, each author is giving away at least 2 prizes and there’s a Paypal cash grand prize.

Where will I Be?

Pine Library, 6124 W. Randall Place, Pine AZ, Friends of the Library meeting is October 26th, at 1pm. If you happen to be in Pine, AZ, on that date, come on by. I’ll have some books available for purchase and signing.

Newsletter Sign Up:

Click here to sign up for my newsletter. I’ve put sign-up gifts on the regular and the SciFi/Fantasy and the Cozy Mystery newsletter sign-ups. That’s right. If you sign up for my newsletter you get a free story from me. Be prepared for fun and contests! Click on the video link for a short video from me. Hear what I’m working on. Join my “A” Team to be the first to read my books and hear what new books are coming. Don’t forget to follow my blog, too. Different material goes in the blog as in the newsletter. You can share both, so spread the word!

Newest Releases:

Gold Dreams released May 13th, 2019. It is up on Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, (Direct link doesn’t work, copy the URL and paste it into your browser, or go directly to Kobo.com and search for Gold Dreams, Connie Cockrell), and Smashwords. The print version is available on Amazon. You can also see all my books on http://conniesrandomthoughts.com/my-books-and-other-published-work/. If you’ve read any of my books, please drop a short, honest, review on the site where you bought it or on Goodreads or BookBub. Your review is critical to help me promote the books to other readers. Thanks in advance.

Thank you for reading my blog. Like all of the other work I do as an author, it takes time and money. If you enjoy this Monday blog and the Friday free story and the recipe I put up on the 25th of every month, consider donating to https://www.paypal.me/ConniesRandomThought. I appreciate any donation to help support this blog.

Critters, Garden News, Arizona Primary: Monday Blog Post

Photo by Randy Cockrell

Attack of the critters on Saturday. I watered my garden on Saturday and the peppers, which I’ve shared with you before, and my sunflowers in the front yard, were doing well. Above is a picture my husband took of the sunflowers. They were volunteers, probably planted by the chipmunks, but they looked very nice. On Saturday afternoon, I happened to be looking out of my patio door at the riot of hummingbirds and saw something in my tomato and pepper bed. A squirrel, sitting beside the pepper plant, holding a green tomato, munching away with a very small pepper on the ground at its feet. Well, I knocked on the glass doors but the squirrel, non-plussed, kept eating. I had to open the door and yell at the little thief before he’d run off. On Sunday morning, I glanced out into my front yard and every flowerhead on my sunflowers was gone. Since the stalks were still standing, I blame the elk. The javalina would have had to knock them over to get at the flowers. Sigh. That’s what we get, I guess, living in a National Forest.

In garden news I harvested the first of my peaches. It’s a small crop this year as we trimmed the peach tree back very hard early this spring. Still, there are plenty of peaches, even with the birds and the squirrel, taking bites out of ripe ones. I also picked my first yellow squash. I like the straight neck variety best. That will turn into grilled squash I expect. The above picture is from a previous year.

Have I mentioned that I had volunteered to be a poll worker? Arizona’s primary is Tuesday and I heard from the team leader for the polling place where I’ll be working, on Saturday. We discussed the set-up time on Monday and when to come to the polling place on Tuesday. Also, that we cannot leave all day, so I need to bring food and drink with me. I’m excited, actually, though Tuesday starts at 5am (to be there, I’ll have to get up earlier to get ready and drive there) and will end after we pack everything up at about 8pm. Still. I get to see a piece of critical American civil process in action. I’m pleased to be a volunteer for this.

In writing news, so far I’m still just writing this blog. I’m blaming it on the corona ennui. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Stay safe. Stay well.

Giveaways:

The spring giveaway, Spring Flings and Book Things, is over. I’ll let you know when the winners are drawn.

In the meantime, the Summer giveaway is now in progress! Check it out here: https://conniesrandomthoughts.com/giveaways-and-prizes/. As always, each author is giving away at least 2 prizes and there’s a Paypal cash grand prize.

Where will I Be?

Pine Library, 6124 W. Randall Place, Pine AZ, Friends of the Library meeting, has been officially rescheduled. The new date for my appearance is October 26th, still at 1pm. If you happen to be in Pine, AZ on that date, come on by. I’ll have some books available for purchase and signing.

Newsletter Sign Up:

Click here to sign up for my newsletter. I’ve put sign-up gifts on the regular and the SciFi/Fantasy and the Cozy Mystery newsletter sign-ups. That’s right. If you sign up for my newsletter you get a free story from me. Be prepared for fun and contests! Click on the video link for a short video from me. Hear what I’m working on. Join my “A” Team to be the first to read my books and hear what new books are coming. Don’t forget to follow my blog, too. Different material goes in the blog as in the newsletter. You can share both, so spread the word!

Newest Releases:

Gold Dreams released May 13th, 2019. It is up on Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, (Direct link doesn’t work, copy the URL and paste it into your browser, or go directly to Kobo.com and search for Gold Dreams, Connie Cockrell), and Smashwords. The print version is available on Amazon. You can also see all my books on http://conniesrandomthoughts.com/my-books-and-other-published-work/. If you’ve read any of my books, please drop a short, honest, review on the site where you bought it or on Goodreads or BookBub. Your review is critical to help me promote the books to other readers. Thanks in advance.

Thank you for reading my blog. Like all of the other work I do as an author, it takes time and money. If you enjoy this Monday blog and the Friday free story and the recipe I put up on the 25th of every month, consider donating to https://www.paypal.me/ConniesRandomThought. I appreciate any donation to help support this blog.

Wildlife, Hummingbirds, Smashwords July Summer/Winter Sale: Monday Blog Post

By Randy Cockrell

Newest News:

So while my husband and I are staying home, we continue to look at the wildlife that comes to our yard or wanders down our street. The other day, this tarantula crossed the street in front of us and wandered into our front yard. You can see tiny drops of water on him as it was sprinkling rain when hubby and I took the picture. He’s interesting and a little creepy. Sorry. It can’t be all Gambrel Quails and chipmunks all the time.

Last week I mentioned my garden and the tomatoes and the peppers. The zucchini and yellow squash had tiny squashes. Those are now gone. Eaten I suspect, since I didn’t see them do it, by the chipmunks, and maybe the squirrel. They eat the blossoms from the petunias, as well. Lovely, delicate diet these critters have. The hummingbirds are in full throttle, swarming our backyard, fighting and screaming at each other. Here’s an older video my husband took that shows what I mean. Here’s a video: https://youtu.be/XnNdv_BySOo

In writing news, so far I’m still just writing this blog. I’m blaming it on the corona ennui. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Stay safe. Stay well.

Giveaways:

Almost over, the Smashwords summer/winter sale runs for a few more days. Several of my books are on sale and I hope you get a chance to go to that site and check them out. Click on the link and scroll through the list to see books on discount sale. Have fun and check out some other authors while you’re there! https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/conniecockrell  Don’t forget. The sale ends on the 31st.

The spring giveaway, Spring Flings and Book Things, is over. I’ll let you know when the winners are drawn.

In the meantime, the Summer giveaway is now in progress! Check it out here: https://conniesrandomthoughts.com/giveaways-and-prizes/. As always, each author is giving away at least 2 prizes and there’s a Paypal cash grand prize.

Where will I Be?

Pine Library, 6124 W. Randall Place, Pine AZ, Friends of the Library meeting, has been officially rescheduled. The new date for my appearance is October 26th, still at 1pm.

Newsletter Sign Up:

Click here to sign up for my newsletter. I’ve put sign-up gifts on the regular and the SciFi/Fantasy and the Cozy Mystery newsletter sign-ups. That’s right. If you sign up for my newsletter you get a free story from me. Be prepared for fun and contests! Click on the video link for a short video from me. Hear what I’m working on. Join my “A” Team to be the first to read my books and hear what new books are coming. Don’t forget to follow my blog, too. Different material goes in the blog as in the newsletter. You can share both, so spread the word!

Newest Releases:

Gold Dreams released May 13th, 2019. It is up on Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, (Direct link doesn’t work, copy the URL and paste it into your browser, or go directly to Kobo.com and search for Gold Dreams, Connie Cockrell), and Smashwords. The print version is available on Amazon. You can also see all my books on http://conniesrandomthoughts.com/my-books-and-other-published-work/. If you’ve read any of my books, please drop a short, honest, review on the site where you bought it or on Goodreads or BookBub. Your review is critical to help me promote the books to other readers. Thanks in advance.

Thank you for reading my blog. Like all of the other work I do as an author, it takes time and money. If you enjoy this Monday blog and the Friday free story and the recipe I put up on the 25th of every month, consider donating to https://www.paypal.me/ConniesRandomThought. I appreciate any donation to help support this blog.

Sparky the Spiney Lizard: Flash Fiction Friday Story Post

Sparky lived in the desert. She liked it there. It was hot and dry and the sun beat down from the sky every day and make her feel all warm and sleepy.

Sparky set off on a trip, one day. She felt the need to find a new home. The one where she grew up was very crowded with her brothers and sisters. So she bid everyone farewell, and began to travel.

She came upon a very nice agave. It was just beginning to send up a flower stalk. The flower bud at the top of the stalk was at least ten times bigger than Sparky. Evening was coming on so she crawled under the lowest leaves and went to sleep.

In the morning, she crawled out, oh so slowly, as her blood was very cool, to lie in the sun. It felt very good there and as she warmed up, she whipped out her long tongue and caught a passing fly. Yum! Breakfast. This is a nice spot, Sparky thought to herself. A nice place to hide and bugs passing by to eat. What else can I ask for?

Sparky explored the area,  A rock wall was a short distance away with a nice flat top for sunning herself and great little cracks between the rocks for hiding if a bird happened to fly overhead. There was wooden fence as well which Sparky climbed. It went up very high but Sparky wasn’t afraid. Her toes had sticky pads and she could hang onto the wood of the wall very well. What surprised her though, was the sight in front of her when she peered over the top.

It was a riot of color and flowers. Sparky had never seen so many flowers in her whole life.

“Hi there.” Suddenly, a giant butterfly flew up from the flowers and hovered in front of the lizard.

Startled, Sparky blinked. “Um. Hi.”

“I’m Indigo,” the butterfly said.

Sparky watched the long lower wings shift and sway with the butterfly’s fluttering. “I’m Sparky,” she finally remembered to say. “What is all that?”

Indigo fluttered down to the flowers and back to the top of the fence. “That’s a flower garden. I just love it. All kinds of different flowers with lots of nectar for me to eat. It’s nice and moist, too. The human who grows the flowers, waters them often.”

“Oh.” Sparky rolled the thought of nectar and water around in her mind. “I don’t eat nectar.” She blinked and quick as a flash, lashed out her tongue and caught another fly. “And, I’m not partial to a lot of water, either.” She shivered a little at the thought of cold water on her warm, dry skin. “But if you like it, great.”

“Thanks.” Indigo fluttered down to the flowers. She settled on an orange one and Sparky thought Indigo’s purple and blue wings looked very nice against the orange. “There are a lot of bugs, too, if that’s what you like.”

Sparky nodded. “But what if the human waters?”

“Oh. Don’t worry. Humans make a lot of noise. You’ll have plenty of time to get away before you get wet.

So, Sparky lived in the front yard and Indigo lived in the back. They met every morning in the garden after they warmed up and ate, and played, and rested. Best friends for life.

Spring, Gold Dreams, Brown Rain Covers, Poetry, Giveaway: Monday Blog Post

Arizona wild flowers.

Newest News:

Spring has arrived in Central Arizona. The last few days the temperatures have been in the mid-eighties and I’m loving it. Windows are open, blankets are coming off of the beds, and in the evening, we can watch TV without three layers of clothes and an afghan over us. Hope spring is wonderful in your area too.

So, for weeks now I’ve been saying I need to get Gold Dreams formatted. Really. I need to do it this week. I’d like to have the book for Phoenix Fan Fusion.

The same goes for my Brown Rain series. I have new covers for the first three books and I just need to buckle down and do it. They also require a bit of interior reformatting, and I think that’s what’s making me procrastinate. On the bright side, I did do some work on these last week. So there’s that.

This is the last two days of National Poetry Month. I’ve been following the delightful author/poet, Stephanie Peterson Abney and her A Month Of Poetry “30 Poems in 30 Days” on Facebook. She gives us a different poetry form every day and I’ve been having so much fun with it. I’ve posted a few on my facebook page, so check it out. It all ends at midnight tomorrow.

Giveaways:

Still up for grabs! If you’ve looked at my “Where Am I” page on my website, you’ll have noticed that I’m going to be at the Phoenix Fan Fusion over Memorial Day weekend. (May 23rd – 26th) I’ve decided that I should do a giveaway. A free exhibitor pass for one of those days. I know that not everyone can take off for Phoenix at the drop of the hat. But if you’re in the area, and you’d like to come see me at my booth and spend the day at the event, sign up by emailing me at connie.cockrell@conniesrandomthoughts.com. Post a picture of you with one of my books. Use the subject, PFF Ticket. I’ll draw a name on May 10th and contact the winner with directions for picking up the pass.

Where will I Be?:

If you are a fan of most any genre, I’m participating in an on-line cyber conference here: http://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/about-ows-cycon/. The event is May 17th through May 19th. There are discussion forums, author giveaways, and so much more. Check out the link and sign up to participate. Sign up also gets you news on what’s happening and when. So sign up today. You might just be the person we want to have in our panel discussion!

Phoenix Fan Fusion! Oh My Gosh! If you haven’t ever been to this event you need to check it out. The catalog of things to do is humongous! I’ll be down in Artists Alley, Four Carat Press, booths AA930 and AA932. Come check it out. If you’ve never been, it will blow your minds. It’s May 23 – 26th. Come see me!

The Payson Book Festival this year is going to be more exciting than last year. Mark your calendars for July 20th. Be in Payson for the book festival. Go to www.paysonbookfestival.org for all of the details!

Newsletter Sign Up:

Click here to sign up for my newsletter. I’ve put sign-up gifts on the regular and the SciFi/Fantasy and the Cozy Mystery newsletter sign-ups. That’s right. If you sign up for my newsletter you get a free story from me. Be prepared for fun and contests! Click on the video link for a short video from me. Hear what I’m working on. Join my “A” Team to be the first to read my books and hear what new books are coming.

Don’t forget to follow my blog, too. Different material goes in the blog as in the newsletter. You can share both, so spread the word!

Newest Book Release:

Slave Elf released February 19th, 2019. It is finally up on all of my other retailers in ebook format. You can buy it at Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords today. You can also see all my books on https://conniesrandomthoughts.com/my-books-and-other-published-work/. If you’ve read any of my books, please drop a short, honest, review on the site where you bought it or on Goodreads or BookBub. It’s critical to help me promote the books to other readers. Thanks in advance.

Thank you for reading my blog. Like all of the other work I do as an author, it takes time and money. If you enjoy this Monday blog and the Friday free story and the recipe I put up on the 25th of every month, consider donating to https://www.paypal.me/ConniesRandomThought. I appreciate any donation to help support this blog.

Tested, Vision Board, Giveaways : Monday Blog Post

Our Tree

 

Newest News:

My new cover for Tested is coming along wonderfully. JA Marlow is designing the covers for the whole series and a couple of days ago she sent me two samples. It was hard to choose between them they both looked so good! But I finally made a choice and the final cover will be done in short order. So, I may get the book out by the end of December. Stay tuned.

We had a bit of rain Sunday which was very welcome. It hasn’t rained here since September and the plants really needed it. I’ve had to water my fruit trees to keep them going.

On my Vision Board business, I’ve found a great place to hold the workshop. I take a tour of it today. I still need to get the supplies (scissors, paste, etc.) but I can work on that this week. I’m prepping a page on my website for the business with links to a sign-up application and a PayPal button. I’m very excited about this.

Giveaways:

The Christmas Giveaway has begun. There are 70 authors giving away at least two prizes each and there’s $160 in PayPal cash for the grand prize winner. Check out https://conniesrandomthoughts.com/giveaways-and-prizes/ and click on the Rafflecopter link to enter the new contest. Books, ebooks, jewelry and more is being given away. You don’t want to miss out.

I have a January giveaway, Ring in the New Year with Mysteries, hosted by author Anne R. Tan. http://annertan.com/ It will run from January 5th to the 21st. Lots of new to you authors are also in the giveaway. I’ll post the link in January.

Shout Out:

Author Claudette Melanson has just released her 12 Terrors of Christmas and it’s already hitting best seller lists! She has a giveaway going on the Tome Tender blog, https://tometender.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-12-terrors-of-christmas-by.html?zx=df6bb21d8298b3e9, and it ends the 21st so you have a couple of days to get in on the fun and maybe win a prize! To reach the giveaway, scroll all the way down.

 

Where Will I Be?

Check my website, https://conniesrandomthoughts.com/where-will-i-be/ for my next engagements.

My book events for the year are now completed. Enjoy your holidays and come back in January to see the 2018 line-up.

Newsletter Sign Up:

Click here to sign up for my newsletter. I’ve put sign-up gifts on both the regular and the Brown Rain newsletter sign-ups. That’s right. If you sign up for my newsletter you get a free story from me. Be prepared for fun and contests! Click on the video link for a short video from me. Hear what I’m working on. Join my “A” Team to be the first to read my books and hear what new books are coming.

Don’t forget to follow my blog, too. Different material goes in the blog as in the newsletter. You can share both, so spread the word!

Newest Book Release:

Mystery at the Book Festival released June 1st and I’m pretty excited about it. You can buy it and my other books at: Apple, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords, today! You can also see all my books on https://conniesrandomthoughts.com/my-books-and-other-published-work/. If you’ve read any of my books, please drop a short, honest, review on the site where you bought it or on Goodreads. It’s critical to help me promote the books to other readers. Thanks in advance.

Payson Book Festival – Monday Blog Post

Part of the room at the Payson Book Festival

The book festival was last Saturday the 22nd. We had 80 authors there and about 582 visitors. Luckily it was at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino because it rained. It inevitably rains in Arizona in July, it’s monsoon season. We’d been very lucky the last 2 years at the Gila Community College but sooner or later, it was going to rain and I hated thinking about people and their books and art work out in the rain. Hooray! I’m glad we moved inside. There were presentations in two rooms, a children’s writing workshop, children’s storytimes and the band Windstrum on stage providing background music. Everyone, visitors and authors, seemed to have a good time.

Yellow squash hiding from the sun

Out in the garden I’m harvesting yellow squash almost daily. Pretty soon friends and neighbors are going to start getting surprise packages on their doorsteps. The tomatoes, the Early Girls, anyway, are beginning to ripen. I need to dig up the potatoes but it’s rained every day for the last ten days. The garlic in the big pot needs to be dug up too. Sigh. It’s just too wet. A strange thing to say in Arizona.

You can see my Brown Rain book cover on the banner!

I’m still waiting for the editor to get Tested back to me. I sent off an email asking for the status. I’m still stalled on my cover. I cannot find the notes for either First Encounter or The Downtrodden. I’ve looked all over the house several times now and can’t find them. The files have to be somewhere, my house isn’t that big.

Giveaways:

Would you like to win free ebooks, other prizes, or a $130 in Paypal cash? Drop by https://conniesrandomthoughts.com/giveaways-and-prizes/ and click on the Rafflecopter link for the Summer Blockbuster Giveaway.

An annual giveaway on the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale has one more week to run. You can go to my author page or search for Troubled Streets, Mystery at the Fair, First Encounter, or A New Start. Use code SW100 to claim these books for free on the checkout page. Go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/1 to browse all of the books on sale. Lots of great stories are ready for you!

Shout Out:

Author Roger Naylor

Today’s shout out goes to author Roger Naylor. Roger writes travel books and in a new direction, has just published a new book, The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon. He was asked by the Grand Canyon historical society if he’d write the book and he said yes. The Kolb Brothers is an amazing story and you’ll be glad to read it. It was a fascinating time in the canyon’s and the west’s history. You can check it out at  http://www.rogernaylor.com/. Check out the Books tab.

Where Will I Be?

Check my website, https://conniesrandomthoughts.com/where-will-i-be/ for my next engagements.

My next public appearance will be at the Pine Fall Festival October 14th and 15th. On both days I’ll be in the Community Hall with a few other authors selling and signing books with the antique dealers. On Saturday is the annual chili cook-off. Saturday hours are 9am – 5pm and the chili cook-off starts at 11am. Be there at 11am. The chili usually runs out by noon. Buy a ticket, taste the chili, vote for your fav top three! My hubby is usually there with his version. Sunday the hours are 9am – 4pm. Lot’s of crafters will be there and the weather is lovely in October. Come on by and say hello.

Newsletter Sign Up:

Click here to sign up for my newsletter. I’ve put sign-up gifts on both the regular and the Brown Rain newsletter sign-ups. That’s right. If you sign up for my newsletter you get a free story from me. Be prepared for fun and contests! Click on the video link for a short video from me. Hear what I’m working on. Join my “A” Team to be the first to read my books and hear what new books are coming.

Don’t forget to follow my blog, too. Different material goes in the blog as in the newsletter. You can share both, so spread the word!

Newest Book Release:

Mystery at the Book Festival released June 1st and I’m pretty excited about it. You can buy it and my other books at: Apple, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords, today! You can also see all my books on https://conniesrandomthoughts.com/my-books-and-other-published-work/. If you’ve read any of my books, please drop a short, honest, review on the site where you bought it or on Goodreads. It’s critical to help me promote the books to other readers. Thanks in advance.

Mystery at the Dog Park Part 3 of 7: Flash Fiction Friday Post

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Part 3 of 7. You can find Part 1 here. Part 2 here.

 

A man answered. “Animal Control, Scott speaking.”

“Hello, Scott. This is Karen Carver and I have you on speaker with my friend Jean Hays. We are looking into lost dogs. A friend of ours has lost her dog.”

“I haven’t picked any up in a couple of days. Lost dogs isn’t a big problem in Greyson.”

“What do you pick up?”

“A lot of cats. Javelina that have become a problem, the occasional rattlesnake. Reports of rabies. That kind of thing.”

Jean shivered at the thought of trying to corral a mad javelina. “Margaret at the Humane Society said there’s a growing problem with dogs being stolen.”

“Yep. I get reports on that but I wouldn’t get involved unless it was something like a dog fighting ring.”

“Those still exist?” Karen asked.

“Not in this area so much though two years ago the police busted one up. I had to pick up the dogs. They were a mess. We had to put some down immediately they were in such bad shape.”

Jean’s stomach rolled. She could see from the way Karen was making a face that she was horrified too. “What happened to the dogs?”

“We had to destroy the fighting dogs after the trials. They’d just been de-socialized. It wasn’t safe to adopt them out.”

“How awful.” Jean took a breath. “If we sent you a copy of the flyer, would you keep an eye out for the dog?”

“Sure. Be happy to.”

He gave them his email and Karen promised the flyer would be right to him. “So what now?” she asked Jean when she hung up.

“I have no idea.”

They were sitting at the kitchen table trying to come up with ways to find dog-nappers when Peggy came home. She hung her tote on the back of an empty chair and dropped into its neighbor with a sigh.

“Tough day?” Karen got up and poured her daughter a glass of iced tea, then set it in front of her.

“You could say that.” Peggy picked up the glass and drank half of it before putting it back on the table. “Some guy came in first thing this morning. His arm and leg were savaged. Dog bite he said.” She snorted. “More like dog attack.”

“What happened?” Jean asked.

Peggy shook her head. “He said he was out walking and a dog bit him. But the way his arms and his right leg looked, it was a vicious attack. Both me and the doc tried to get him to say where the dog was but he wouldn’t. We offered rabies shots but he refused. So we ended up patching him up and sending him on his way.”

“How horrible. Why wouldn’t he take the rabies shots. A strange dog attacking him for no reason? That sounds like rabies to me.” Jean crossed her arms and sat back in her chair.

“Me, too.” Peggy drank more of her tea. “We had to report it, but we can’t make people take a treatment.”

“What about the report? Won’t the Health department do something?” Karen poured her daughter another glassful of tea.

“Maybe.” Peggy sighed. “So what have you two been up to all day?”

Jean told her about the search, their conversation with Paul and the Animal Control guy.

“Dog fighting rings?” Peggy asked. She sat forward, her face a study in concern. “What if my dog bite guy was running fighting dogs?”

Jean and Karen both froze, staring at Peggy.

Peggy’s voice rose. Her face animated. “Yeah, dog fighting may do that to a guy trying to get a fighting dog out of the ring.”

Jean put a hand over her mouth, eyes wide. “But the Animal Control guy said there hasn’t been a dog fighting ring in the area in years.”

“Maybe so,” Peggy answered. “But that doesn’t mean there isn’t one now.”

“Can you get the guy’s name and address?”

Peggy’s head shook violently. “Oh no. I could be disqualified from nursing for giving out patient information. Even jail time.” She stood up and grabbed her bag. “I’m going to take a nice hot shower and study.”

“But…” Jean started.

Peggy raised her hand. “Nope! You two are going to have to sort this out for yourselves.”

Karen nodded. “Fine. I’ll call you when dinner’s ready.”

“Thanks, Mom.” Peggy left the kitchen after giving her mom a peck on the cheek.

Jean sighed. “Well that’s too bad.”

“True, but Peg is close to getting her license. She doesn’t want to jeopardize all the work she’s done.”

“I don’t blame her. I just wish we could get the guy’s name.”

“We’ll figure out a way.” She got up and rinsed out Peggy’s glass. “You staying for supper?”

Jean glanced at the crockpot. The roast beef smell had been making her hungry all afternoon. “No.” She got up from the table with a deep breath. “I think I’ll go home and give my brain a rest.”

“I have plenty.”

“I’m sure you do.” Jean grinned. “But I mooch over here too much. Thanks for the offer.” She headed for the kitchen door.

“Okay. Your loss.”

“Too true. Call me in the morning.”

“Will do.”

Jean left the kitchen and rambled to her car. How can we find out the dog-bite guy’s name? Who might know about dog fighting rings?

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The next morning Jean was sitting on her patio with her third cup of tea, a legal pad and pen on the table in front of her. The top page was half full of ideas on how to find dog fighting rings, half of them crossed out. She wasn’t surprised when the phone rang. The handset was on the table next to the pad. “Hello?”

“It’s Karen. You up and around?”

“Yeah. I’m on my third cup of tea. I’ve been trying to think how we can find this dog fighting ring.”

“I’ve been thinking about that too. I’ll be over in a minute.”

 

 

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AuGratin Potatoes: Chicklets in the Kitchen

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The Tools: Potatoes, Cheese Sauce, Mandolin and Oiled Casserole Dish.

I’ve done scalloped potatoes on this blog before and AuGratin Potatoes are a close relation to them. I won’t go into the making of a white sauce again but all you have to do for AuGratin sauce is add in a cup or two of shredded cheese and your sauce is done. I used left-over sauce that I’d made a few days earlier for macaroni and cheese.

I don’t usually get this fancy but I had friends coming over for dinner and thought this would be a great side dish. The rest of the meal was grilled chicken thighs and grilled asparagus. Yummy!

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