NO! NO! I am done with the Destiny series!!!! So, I woke up this morning at 5:25 and had to put this down on paper. These Destiny stories came to me in my dreams and again last night. NO...I don't want to write anymore! BOOK 7 Chicago, September 1915 The slender handsome man, wandered about Marshall Fields store in Chicago, waiting for his wife who was being fitted for a gown. He was very fashionably dressed in a lightweight brown suit. He wore a felt homburg hat which brought attention to his startling hazel eyes. His mustache was nicely trimmed. His gold watch chain held a gold pocket watch safe in his vest pocket.The beautiful gold headed walking stick was held in a hand wearing a large gold ring bearing his family crest. As the man casually wandered through the beautiful store, he found himself in the store's Art Gallery. In front of the entry was a poster depicting a bearded man whose name was Michael DuKane. It read, SEE THE BEAUTIFUL PAINTINGS OF WOMAN BY THE FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS ARTIST. Still wearing his hat, the attractive man walked into the gallery. The walls were filled with portraits of various sizes, all with beautiful women. The man stood in front of a long painting of a red-haired woman. He studied the face. It was as if someone from his past was looking at him. Of course, it couldn't be Katya, the woman in this portrait was wearing a pale blue floor length gown. His cousin would have been wearing a peasant skirt and blouse. Still...the resemblance was amazing. As he slowly walked though the gallery looking at the paintings, he was impressed with the display and noticed that some of the paintings had a gold dot on the frames, indicating they had already been sold. He looked about to see if the artist was in the gallery, but he only saw a salesperson. At the far end of the gallery was a painting featured on an easel. It stood apart from the other pieces of artworks. There on the canvas was a stunning portrait of a red-haired woman, her hair in the style of a Gibson girl. The sunlight caught her beauty, just as the artist had intended. Staring at the painting, the man's jaw dropped. He swayed slightly as he recognized the woman. How could it be?
Count Vladislav was staring at a painting of the wife he had left in Zagreb and had ignored at the Gary Hotel three years earlier. ... See MoreSee Less
The books have arrived! Will have them at the Crown Point Court House at Edda Taylor's Studio on the 3rd floor for signing, on Sunday, Dec. 10. We will be there from 10am to 2:30pm. Come join us for refreshments, music, and always laughter. ... See MoreSee Less
Let's see how powerful positive thinking can be! Problem with the printer order for Danica's Destiny. Can't be sure books will arrive before the 10th. Help me by sending out your powerful thoughts that the books come this week! ... See MoreSee Less
The Meet & Greet on Friday in Miami is the night before the awards on Sat. I met some delightful authors and some very interesting people. Here I am with a most wonderful author and her husband. We talked for a long time. I have lost her card and am annoyed that I can't tell you her name. When she was a baby in Germany, important papers were hidden in her carriage and transported out of the country. ... See MoreSee Less
Indie authors write to me and ask my advice on promotions, etc. The best I can tell any author who has a book to promote, go to READERS FAVORITE. I won an award for my first book and it has changed my life. READERS FAVORITE is a prestigious group. Since then, I have received two more awards.
Readers' Favorite is the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Penguin and Harper Collins, and have received the Best Websites for Authors and Honoring Excellence awards from the Association of Independent Authors. In addition to providing free reviews to authors who range from the first-time self-published author to seasoned professionals like James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks, we also host a respected annual award contest to help authors obtain more recognition and exposure ... See MoreSee Less
I am reading a book by Twist Phelan (that really is her name, I've met her). The title is FAKE. It's a mystery that is set in Croatia! Her descriptions of the land are rhapsodic. I'm 25% through the book and learning quite a bit about present-day conditions there. 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
Here I am with Kimberly Flowers, a new friend. She was the adorable beertender at the Khoffner Brewery in Ft. Lauderdale. She is an avid reader of period books and we became instant friends. This brewery reminded me of the old taverns that were, once upon a time, family friendly when I was a young girl. ... See MoreSee Less
Of the many awards given at the Reader's Favorite event in Miami, only one book title sticks in my mind. I hope you find it as funny as I do. Here it is: YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE STILL ALIVE!. ... See MoreSee Less
I am so very lucky to have special people in my life. Edda Taylor had this book mark made up for me. She dropped them off last evening because she wanted me to have them for our trip to the book fair in Miami tomorrow. My name and Destiny books is on the reverse. ... See MoreSee Less
Book will not be out until December, but here is the cover of Danica's Destiny. The LAST of the Destiny Series. Again I have to credit son, Michael for his help. He designed this book cover for me. ... See MoreSee Less
Miami International book fair. We already have our hotel and air tickets for Nov. 17 - 19. this month. I so enjoy the speakers and the awards night at Readers Favorite at the Regency Hotel. This pic is from the night I got my Award for Destiny's Dance with Grandson, Kevin Browne, daughter, Kristina Gard Browne and son, Michael Gard. We had a great time that week-end. ... See MoreSee Less
There is an author page on the internet with questions. One such question is why do you write? My reply was...I have to! Simple as that. The stories have been since I was a child and are still in my head...even in my dreams. Last week I had just completed proof reading Danica's Destiny. Sent it to be edited AND that night, I couldn't sleep...another story...modern mystery is invading my thoughts! I absolutely, positively am not writing another book. (FOR NOW) ... See MoreSee Less
Danica's Destiny is definitely the last of the Destiny series. For the third time, I have been going over the book, though it is already being proof read and formatted. In all the books I have used people and stories that I knew and fictionalized. This evening, as I read this last and 6th book, I was surprised by, without knowing it...how much of myself I have woven into this story. ... See MoreSee Less
I wish I could list the names of all the people who have been and are very kind to me regarding my writing. Here is an example: When speaking at the Milwaukee Hilton at the TAA event...by the way, my 15 minute talk went on to 45 minutes! A woman in the audience told me that she had read all five of my books on kindle. She said she was "Happy to support me." Then she asked how much I got for each kindle sale. She was shocked when I told her "1.00" The next day she came to our table and bought ALL five hardcover copies. I wish I knew her name! See what I mean when I say people support me! ... See MoreSee Less