Some Love for My Home Town

Every day I thank God that I live in Denver, Colorado. I love everything about the city, from its great year-round weather to its beautiful scenery. I even featured part of the downtown skyline on the cover of my novel, Ask Me Again (that’s the “cash register” building in the background on the left, as seen from Washington Park).

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Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks Denver is downright awesome. Today U.S. News and World Report released their annual list of the best places to live, and Denver drew the Number 1 spot! You can read the article here.

I’ve always been a little partial to the place myself, and I love taking advantage of all the city has to offer. Just last weekend I was in my usual center seat at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts when they presented A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the 2014 Tony winner for Best Musical. Here’s a performance of one of my favorite scenes from the play:

I had such a good time and laughed a lot! I hope you get a chance to see a production of this clever, music-filled romp about love, murder, and the British aristocracy.

And please come visit Denver and see for yourself how great a place it is to live. There’s always room for more!

More Gifts for Book Lovers

I love getting catalogs in the mail, especially at Christmas time. Often, catalogs have items that I haven’t found anywhere else, or they spark a gift-giving idea I wouldn’t have been able to come up with on my own.

Since I’m a book lover, most of my friends and loved ones are, too (birds of a feather, you know), so I was glad to find these gifts that are perfect for writers and/or readers, and still fit my budget.

I found these nightshirts in a catalog from Catalog Favorites (you can click on any of the images to be taken to their website):

Nightshirt Dont Bug Me

Nightshirt

I found these socks at CatalogFavorites.com. I saw them on Amazon, too, where they have more color options:

Book Socks

And since we can never have too many tee shirts in our wardrobes, these book-themed shirts are on Amazon, too:

Tee Shirt Bibliophile

Tee Shirt Buy Books

Tee Shirt Emotionally Crippled

Tee Shirt Jane Austen Quote

Tee Shirt

As I was putting this post together, I realized that I wouldn’t mind getting one of these book-themed gifts myself. Hopefully, whoever drew my name for Secret Santa is paying attention (hint!).

Happy shopping, everyone!

p.s. I should mention that I’m not an affiliate of Amazon or Catalog Favorites.

With Winter in Mind

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Once the calendar turns to November, I get the urge to hibernate. As soon as I get the signal that cooler temps and the first snow fall are on their way, I switch to cabin-in-the-woods mode. It’s time to hunker down beside the fireplace with a cup of tea, my favorite throw across my legs, and a book.

Pinterest 02Rather, books.

Lots and lots of books.

Stocking up on reading material is part of my ritual. I spend the month of October browsing bookstores (brick-and-mortar as well as on-line) and gather stacks of books like squirrels gather nuts. My To-Be-Read pile grows to an impressive height.

I collect new novels by authors I love. I choose books by authors I’ve not yet read, and I make a point of selecting books by fellow indie authors.

Today I engaged in my annual Kindle eenie-meenie-minee-mo ceremony and my finger landed on the book that will inaugurate my personal 2015 Winter Reading Fest:

Cover A Man of Some ReputeA Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson.  I have high hopes for this book and I’m ready to dive in. It already ticks a couple of boxes for me:

  1. It’s by an author I’ve never read before
  2. It’s an Agatha Christie-ish mystery (somehow, mysteries just read better in cooler months)

Now that I have my pile of books (that will grow and ebb over the next five months), and I’ve selected my first read of the season, I’m officially ready for winter. My cabin in the woods is complete.

How about you? Are you ready to spend your winter reading?

It’s National Coffee Day

It’s National Coffee Day and I’m enjoying my first cup of the day right now.

Coffee

I like my coffee strong and scalding hot. And I need it to get my day going right. Given these criteria, it’s a good bet I’m a little addicted to the stuff.

Dave Barry Quote

I’m proud to say I brew it up every day in my own kitchen using my Mr. Coffee machine. No single K-cup servings for me. And no trips to the barrista. I take my first sip within minutes of getting out of bed in the morning.

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More Interesting Names

An update on my family tree research. I came across some interesting names of brides in the county marriage records dating back to about 1810. Among the countless Hannahs, Rachels, and Elizabeths were these gems:

Experience Read
Tamzen Smyllie
Catherine Heritage
Atlantic Chambers
Submittee Saul
Experience Richman
Hester Heritage
Temperance Counsellor
Melissant Holladay

These names put my imagination into overdrive, just thinking about what kind of personality and background each bride might have had. So far I haven’t come across equally interesting names in my family. We were very vanilla; our brides were among the Hannah, Rachel, and Elizabeth variety. Oh, how I wish I had a Submittee somewhere in my family tree just to put a little pepper in the gene pool!