Wandering Wednesdays

I’ve always been someone who loved a good treehouse, a secret clubhouse, or a secluded writing nook. About the time I started reading Trixie Belden books, and wishing I had a secret clubhouse like the one in those books, we moved to a house with a tree that already had a kind of crow’s nest treehouse. It fit one person well, two if all you were going to do up there was talk or read, but it became one of my favorite spots of my childhood.

When my daughter wanted a treehouse, my husband got right on it. I think he was creating the kind of kid’s retreat he always wanted growing up. He put the platform within some tree branches, but low enough to the ground that she could jump down if she wanted to, then double-reinforced it’s strength with posts. Truthfully, I think he didn’t want his little girl to accidentally fall and hurt herself, but I played along with his thinking. It was about five and a half feet off the ground, and besides the rope ladder to climb inside he recycled a bunch of railroad ties to make a long, easy climbing set of stairs so her dog could go up there with her. I was ready to move in immediately, but my daughter stubbornly insisted the treehouse belonged to her.

Now, I’ve moved on to the idea of tiny homes. A few years ago, I tried to talk hubby into selling out completely and moving into a fifth wheel and just live wherever we wanted. He wasn’t gung ho about the idea because every one we liked had showers he felt were also too tiny, but lately he is coming over to my way of thinking a little more. I’ve been sending videos to his Kindle so he can see some of the amazing tiny homes available now with custom designers. If you haven’t seen these videos, you might truly be surprised–he was. And if you already like the idea, these two are my current favorites. I think I could be happy in either one.

The first is designed and built by a husband and wife team in Alaska who truly understands function. I love the way this woman thinks!

Here’s the link to the short video tour —  Open Concept Modern Tiny House with Elevator Bed

 

And this next one is as artistic as it is functional. This tiny house company is out of Olympia, Washington, so I guess there might just be something about the Northwestern US that inspires terrific tiny home designers. The kitchens & bathrooms in both of these homes floored me at their spaciousness in such a small footprint, but in this second one there’s even a full sized refrigerator!

The video for this home is Damselfly Tour – A Jewel of Functional Craftsmanship (Note: he gives a brief informational bit about the damselfly, the insect this model is named for, but the intro is very short, then there’s just pretty music and views of the interior of the tiny home.

So what do you think? Could you live in a tiny home?

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What’s New and Free Wednesday?

I realize it’s been a while since this blog has posted one of the Wednesday info blasts for new and free. It’s not from lack of trying, but rather from an extraordinarily challenging year that has seemed to derail my writing projects with a kind of focused consistency of a toddler walking through a shop filled with crystal.

Organized for Labor Day Foul PlayI’ll switch things up a little and start with What’s Free.  For anyone who hasn’t read the summer Organized Mystery short story “Organized for Labor Day Foul Play,” that was available for a short time in ebook, and later as a quick fun giveaway here on my blog, it’s available free again right now on Wattpad at  https://www.wattpad.com/story/118778329-organized-for-labor-day-foul-play?   You will have to be signed up to Wattpad, but membership is free and the story read is free. I’ll only have it available there a few more weeks, so don’t miss it.

Not free, but definitely a great bargain — a Halloween mystery short in the Organized Mysteries series is also included in the Midnight Mysteries cozy Halloween anthology we released for only a few months last fall during the trick-or-treat season. We’d all planned to use the stories later for our own individual marketing efforts, but we had so many fans ask us to put the anthology up again that we’ve put it back on sale at all booksellers in all eformats for another short run.  And it’s even available this time to libraries on Overdrive. So please feel free to ask your favorite librarian to order it. If you’d like more information on the nine cozy mysteries in this anthology, look to the preview post I added to this blog last fall at  https://ritterames.com/2016/09/02/friday-preview-midnight-mysteries/ . And if you missed your chance to get a copy of this 400 page anthology, or know someone who wanted one of their own, here’s a second–and probably last–opportunity. It will be available until the first week in November, then it will likely be gone for good.

And we’ll finish this Wednesday post off with what is new and in preorder at the moment. With all those challenges Life has been flinging my way over the past year or so, ORGANIZED FOR SCHEDULED SABOTAGE stayed in limbo all summer. I apologize to everyone who’s been waiting for this newest adventure for Kate & Meg. However, it’s just been set up for preorder and specially priced right now at only $1.99 until release day (then it goes up to full price). So if you have friends you know like this series of cozy mysteries, please feel free to share the news while the sale price is available. The Amazon buy link is live now, but the other booksellers will have the book up for preorder soon. http://smarturl.it/O4SSamz

I’ll try to start posting regularly again about What’s New and Free on Wednesdays. Hope you’re keeping cool this summer and finding lots of great books to read and reread!

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National Coloring Book Day…was Yesterday–Oops!

Darn it, I missed it! Yesterday was National Coloring Book Day and I didn’t post anything about the national observance, despite having a slew of downloadable coloring pages available on my website that tie to my Bodies of Art Mysteries. Sheesh! You’d think I was under the gun to get the next manuscript completed on the series–oh, yeah, I am. Okay, I was too busy to catch the news, but you can always catch the free downloads on my website page reserved specifically for those lovely designs. Click the link below to get zapped over there automatically, or you can always click the Coloring Pages link in the black toolbar on any page of my website. Happy coloring all year, everyone!

Downloadable coloring pages on my website

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Hi, and Welcome!

I hope you’ve landed here because you love to read and you might even be fans of my Bodies of Art Mysteries or my Organized Mysteries. If you are, take a look at the black toolbar above and see if some of my pages would interest you.

For instance, you can read the early chapter excerpts of all my books, find free downloadable coloring pages that tie with my series, wander through interviews where my work has been featured, read reviews and even whole chapter samples. Also, of course, there’s a Where to Buy My Books page offering easy clickable links to your favorite booksellers for each of my titles.

Oh, and one more thing: when I’m not on a writing deadline (like I am at the moment) I try to post to my blog–just page down on this page and you’ll see the recent posts. These blog posts have been a little sparse lately, sorry about that, but the situation should change soon when my early August deadline zips past (and I’ve hopefully made it). But even when I’m busy I use my blog to let readers know about giveaways and special events I’m involved in at the moment, so feel free to subscribe to this blog for updates.

You can also subscribe to my newsletter–you’ll find a link for that on the toolbar above as well–and don’t worry, I only send one out when there’s something of interest. You won’t get flooded with weekly missive from me 🙂

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Good Day for a Giveaway Hop!

It’s summertime around my house and the living is HOT! And the temps are even higher where my publisher, Henery Press, offices. So, to take everyone’s minds off the thermostat, how about another Giveaway Hop — this time with a summer theme. Really easy to participate, just go to my FB Author page and look for the post pinned to the top of the page that also includes this picture. Entering is easy, but there are some instructions, so read them thoroughly, then do what they say. After you’re entered for my giveaway, click the link in the post for the next author stop and hop on over there 🙂 Good luck, everyone! Here’s the link to enter on  My Facebook Page .

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Travel Tuesday, Anyone?

Here in the states we’re celebrating the 4th of July, and hubby and I are heading for the lake to spend some quality time eating BBQ and talking to friends. But the joy of the internet is that I can also be online too, so I’m over at the Reade & Write blog today getting interviewed by Amy and sharing insights about writing and my latest release. Drop by if you have a minute and feel free to leave a comment if you’d like to ask a question, make an observation, or tell us how you’re spending the day — here’s the link Reade & Write interview. In the meantime, I’ll be the one in the lounge chair under the shade tree, waiting for the fireworks to start, and grabbing the Lab to keep her from jumping in the lake then shaking water off on everyone around her–and trying to keep the opportunistic canine away from everyone’s hamburgers. Happy Birthday, U.S.A! Here’s fireworks with a London twist 🙂

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Goodreads Giveaway Ends This Week

 

Interested in a signed copy of FATAL FORGERIES?  Henery Press has a GoodReads Giveaway going right now, but the contest ends the middle of this week. Sign up today! To enter, click this link —

GoodReads Giveaway on FATAL FORGERIES

Good luck, everyone!

 

 

 

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