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A tree atop a hill…

3 Mar

Here we are officially into the 3rd month of the year and once again I’m amazed how fast time just blows by. 

I remember as a kid back in communist Romania and going to school including Saturday, and how slow time crawled. Sometime after I turned 30 I experienced this rush and time did begin to move at a faster pace.

Anyway, this post is not about the lack of or how fast time moves but about how I chose to spend it. 

Last year I began March with a post that–in reading it now–brought back lots of memories. From having Mom here in the US, to my nephew’s health issues, to book appearances that post made me re-evaluate where I am a year later.

Right of the bat I can say I’m by far healthier. I began working out regularly and falling back in love with my own body. Anyone who struggles with her body image knows exactly what I’m talking about, right? I mean, we women have a tendency to be our worst critiques, aren’t we?

I’m also happier. I find that just looking at a cloudless sky  can make me really happy. Years ago, I was either too busy to observe the beauty surrounding me or that alone wasn’t enough; I needed something else or someone to make me happy. Now I can make myself happy with little things from a cup of coffee to a book to a manicure or as simple as holding my husband’s hand. 

I’m busier than a year ago. My day job is so crazy fast-paced that I find myself arriving at the office, blinking then 4pm hits the clock an voila: time to leave. I’m doing so much more that my job title no longer encompasses what I do: personal assistant, manager, travel agent, event planner, academic personnel coordinator and occasional shopper. A dear friend of mine who opened a spa asked me to help her getting it going in terms of front desk coverage. Between August  ’14 and January ’15 I worked 7 days a week. You read it right: seven days a week. The only time I took off was when I travelled or for book appearances. I’m now only on Saturdays at the spa, keeping my Sundays for all things household, hanging out with friends or (if the Muse strikes) writing all day.

In the evening I become mom and wife. Dates about two times a week, sometimes more. Patty Cakes (don’t tell my kid I posted this here, he’d be mortified) doesn’t need my help so much with homework since Tippy Toes really cracks the whip and pushes him to study more. I know the two nicknames totally grabbed your attention, but I promise to write another time how we came to nickname my son and his girlfriend. 

After dinner I once again become something else: writer. The places I go, the people I meet, the people I get to know inside and out, even their deepest secrets–there’s no way to really capture in words how writing makes me feel. With renewed energy, my fingers run over the keyboard, transforming the voices in my head in words on the paper, one story after another.

At times I envision myself a tree atop a hill, with deep roots, always loving, always feeding, always nurturing, always creating, always protecting, always growing…. I know Camelia is a flower but hey, if I wanna be a tree I sure can, right?

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Virtual Book Tour-Gem Stone by Dale Mayer

6 Dec

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Giveaway Info:
Prize is 15 eBook copies of “Gem Stone” (1 each to 15 winners). Contest is tour-wide, open internationally and ends Dec 10. For your chance to win enter HERE.

Gem Stone (A Gemma Stone Mystery, Book 1)

by Dale Mayer

Published by Valley Publishing (Indie)

Length: 200 pages (eBook format)

Contemporary YA

Contains elements of action, adventure and mystery/thriller

 

Available at:

Amazon  

Blurb:

A juvie kid trying to stay on the right path stumbles into trouble…

Gemma takes her camera everywhere. From juvie hall to a halfway home, the new hobby gives her a focus she’d never had before and… hope in a future. Until she takes pictures of something that could get her killed.

And not just her…after she and another juvie girl are chased by a stranger to the halfway home that same night, the other girl goes missing and Gemma knows she needs help. But who can she trust?

Not the authorities that’s for sure. Trusting them is impossible for a girl with her damaged history, and besides, who cares about a troubled kid…especially when trouble just naturally seems to find her. 

Excerpt #1:

Damn Misty. Forcibly keeping her expression neutral, she struggled to match it to her voice. “I’m sorry to hear that, sir.” 

“I’m going to ask you once and once only. Did you cheat?” 

“No, sir.” She didn’t need to cheat on exams. School was easy for her. 

“Did you help anyone else cheat on their exams?”

At least she could answer honestly again. She looked him straight in the eye. “No, sir.”

Silence.

“That’s not what I’m hearing from other sources.” He studied her intently as if hoping to read a different truth on her face. “I wouldn’t want you involved in anything that would make me reconsider your placement here.”

Shit. Misty was a bitch. The girl would do anything to avoid getting into trouble herself. Including throwing Gem into the mess to confuse the issue. Again.

“People will always talk, sir.”

“Yes. They will, won’t they? Well, we will leave it for the moment. As long as you realize, that if I receive one ounce of proof that you cheated, your permission to stay here will be rescinded. Got that?”

“Yes, sir.” She dropped her gaze to her feet and the almost-too-short jeans. There were a lot of good things happening here. She didn’t want to leave. She also didn’t dare let him know how much this mattered.

 Silence again.

Gemma risked a quick look at him. He was staring at a thick file open in front of him. Her file. Gemma groaned silently.

“I see you’re still busy with that camera of yours…”

Was that a question? Gemma didn’t know what she was supposed to say. “Yes, sir.”

“You know better than to take pictures of people and situations that you aren’t supposed to, right?” His pale gray eyes lifted from the desk, flicked to the field outside the window then back, catching hers.

Acid bubbled in her stomach. Did he know?

“We wouldn’t want you ignoring other people’s privacy now, would we? Even if the pictures don’t turn out well, people might think you captured events you weren’t entitled to see. Understand?”

A frisson of fear slid down her back. He couldn’t know, could he? She didn’t even know what she’d seen. She gulped and nodded once. “I’m very careful.”

“Yes. Careful. That describes you very well. Careful in what you say. Careful in what you do. Careful in how you act. Always. What goes on behind those big brown eyes of yours, Gemma? You’re always quiet. Deep. You’ve been here with the others for several months now and yet, you’re still essentially a loner.”

And what was she supposed to say to that? She remained silent.

“A word of warning, there will be several new girls arriving over the next few weeks, so expect to go back to sharing your room again.” He studied her carefully for a reaction. “And still you stand there and say nothing.” He closed the file before resting his interlocked fingers on top. He stared up at her, a frown creasing his forehead. “I’m not a big fan of mixing boys and girls at your age. Unleashed hormones and troubled kids make for a nasty mess.” He narrowed his gaze and added, “Make sure you don’t contribute to the problem.”

“No, sir. Are we done here, sir?” Gem stared down at her standard-issue running shoe. Like all her clothes. The home provided everything, slightly less institutionalized than at the center, but still generic. Soon she’d be allowed to get a job, then she could buy her own clothes.

He studied her bent head.

“Never an ounce of give in you, is there?”

“Sir?” She eyed him curiously.

“Never mind.” He picked up her file and added it to the stack on the right. “Yes, we’re done.”

She took that as a dismissal. “Thank you, sir.” Just before escaping down the hallway, she popped her head back in and said, “I don’t cheat.”

He looked up in surprise. “I know that. You don’t bother reading the textbooks either, do you? But not everyone here has your IQ. Make sure you aren’t helping the others cheat. It won’t do either of you any good in the long run.”

She nodded. She had no intention of helping anyone cheat, but that didn’t stop them from cheating off her. Though it would have been easy to point the finger in the right direction, she wasn’t Misty. She wasn’t going to turn anyone in to make it easier for herself.

Life here hadn’t changed the first rule, learned the hard way on the streets and reinforced in juvie. That rule was to keep your mouth shut – no matter what. Or else.

She bit her bottom lip as she raced down the hallway. She didn’t want to miss dinner. She’d already outstripped most other girls her age, for height. She could only hope one day, she’d match them for curves. At least she had them all beat for brains.

It was a relief to get out of there, but she’d feel better if she understood what was going on by the creek. And why Creepers cared.

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About the Author:

Dale Mayer is a prolific multi-published writer. She’s best known for her Psychic Visions series. Besides her romantic suspense/thrillers, Dale also writes paranormal romance and crossover young adult books in several different genres.  To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series . All her books are available in print format as well.

Visit Dale online at:

Website – http://www.dalemayer.com

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/dalemayer

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/dalemayer.author

 BOOKS BY DALE MAYER

Psychic Vision Series

Tuesday’s Child

Hide’n Go Seek

Maddy’s Floor

Garden of Sorrow – Out December 1, 2012

Single Title Romantic Suspense/thrillers

Touched by Death – out now!

Novellas

It’s a Dog’s Life- romantic comedy

Young Adult Books

In Cassie’s Corner

Dangerous Designs – Book I

Deadly Designs – Book 2 – out now!

Vampire in Denial – Book I of Blood Ties

Vampire in Distress – Book 2!

Gem Stone Mystery Series- out now!

Non-Fiction Books

Career Essentials: The Resume

Career Essentials: The Cover Letter

Career Essentials: The Interview

Career Essentials: 3 in 1