Sunday, November 28, 2010

No more Freedom of Speech on the Internet?

"Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather."

John Perry Barlow, "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace"

Think this quote is melodramatic? Well, Homeland Security has just seized 70+ Websites for Copyright and Trademark Violations without any warning and without due process. Yes, pirating has become a huge problem on the Internet but I'm concerned with all of the site seizures without due process. What's next? If the government doesn't like what you say, will your site be next?

Please feel free to discuss your concerns here.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Final Act of Love

Every morning, for 14 years, Patches ran around the outside of the house three times. This morning she threw herself into the activity until she was just a brown streak but after her run she fell to the ground. Her eyes were unfocused and she seemed disoriented. She struggled to get up but each time she collapsed.

Sadly, Mary picked her up and took her to the vet. As the vet injected the shot, Mary sobbed. Although she knew there was nothing more she could do for her old and loyal friend, she felt like she was betraying a trust.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Dymo LabelWriter 450 Duo is so fun & easy to use

The bookplate of Sir John ForrestImage via Wikipedia

I received my Dymo LabelWriter 450 Duo from BzzAgent yesterday and I found it easy to setup. The software is fun and easy to use. It is going to be so convenient to be able to print one or many labels at once and I just love that I never have to buy any expensive ink.

The labels are available in a wide variety of sizes and can be used in so many ways. I have already printed up address labels for envelopes and shipping labels for packages.

i am looking forward to also making my own bookplates for customers who purchase my books on sites other than my website.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rudolph, A Child's Love Story to be Released

My husband took me out to a lovely lunch at my favorite restaurant Salty's in Fond du Lac today to celebrate Rudolph.

The official release date for my second book, Rudolph, a Child's Love Story, is November 9th,2010. Although it has been available on my publisher's site and my own website for some time now, as of Nov. 9, it should also be available on Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Borders. You should also be able to order it through any book store. You can also ask for it from your local library. Although they will most likely not have it, they should be able to order it. Rudolph is appropriate for ages 8 and over.

The above is also for Flickertail & Paint, Barnyard Sleuths, my first published book: release date April, 2010. Flickertail is also appropriate for ages 8 and over.

Sleuth & Scribe Book 1: The Cold Case will soon be available for purchase on my site, (probably within the next two weeks). I have ordered advance copies and will be happy to autograph them. Currently, I have no official release date on The Cold Case but it will most likely be released in December or January. cold Case is appropriate for ages 13 and over and is considered a Cozy Mystery.

I will be thrilled to autograph all books purchased from my website.

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Review From Floyd the Dog on Rudolph, a Child's Love Story

An intriguing story. The problems of a child's perception of acceptance versus rejection are delicately explored in a relatively joyful part one and ruthlessly exposed in the contrasting second part. Rudolph is the symbolic vessel of the continuity of love.

Be sure to check out Floyd's website to sign up for a free animal story every month.