Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Nervous Birds!


When I look at the birds, I feel sorry for them. Outside in the cold, they sit on barren trees, exposed to the elements, in what folks in California describe as cold weather. 

In ancient times, way before they had fast-talking meteorologists, there were natural ways to figure out upcoming changes in the weather. I don’t mean fast-talking as a slur, but here, during Golden State winters, we have a lot going on.  Periodically, I even worry the forecasters need to take a breath, lest they keel over on camera.

Arms gesticulating in front of a giant map, they inhale and explain how rain is swooping in from the north, while heat is coming in from the south. There’s a dangerous current blowing in from the east, snow in the mountains with light precipitation in the valleys, a heat wave in the desert, and hazardous rip currents at the beach, with an onshore flow that will bring coastal fog to low-lying communities.

Oh, my goodness, it all sounds so exciting, even my heart begins to race! (It doesn’t take much during this stay at home order and pandemic.)

As a viewer, we try deciphering the diagrams pertaining to our area, but somehow, the predictions rarely match reality.  Maybe we live in a micro-climate? While the doppler radar can foresee our future, we scratch our heads wondering where our home fits into the analytical scheme of things. Still, we’re a sucker for entertainment so we keep watching the weather report.

But outside, there’s something different going on. “Relax,” the birds outside my window seem to chirp. “You have a home— so stop complaining—stay inside. Sure, it’s cold—it’s winter—duh. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re busy. We need to build a nest as soon as possible. I need a twig. I need to call my friends. How am I supposed to raise a family? I need to sing to warn the others that bad weather is coming, and I need to find food to sustain me when it’s cold.”

Every night at 5pm, hundreds of crows fly overhead.

Okay, I see their point. Just like weatherpersons speaking faster in winter, they fly and flit with a greater urgency. Time is of the essence. Based on what I see, it’s going to rain tomorrow.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Beyond the Story with Author Sandra Jackson


 Gorgeous Giulia

I have a question for some of my writer friends. Have you ever come across a character who was annoying and obnoxious from the moment they popped into your head?

Let me introduce you to gorgeous but naughty Giulia. This is a character I don’t know much about but she sure knew how to start trouble in my novel. When author Sandra Jackson asked to interview one of my characters, I thought it would be hilarious to find out more about Giulia.

The best part of the interview is that Sandra seamlessly was able to read between the lines of my vague responses. Giulia is Juan’s sweetheart, but her heart is all over the place, as you'll see in this funny and entertaining interview.

Sandra Jackson's Blog--Expressions

Sandra J. Jackson

Monday, January 4, 2021

The Happy War Reviews/January SALE



Take a look at these tidbits from some amazing reviews!

Don't let the cover fool you.
This isn't your every day romance-
-it's a Machiavellian tale about changing the world!

This is a fantasy romance wrapped in the Impossible Dream.”-Marilyn J. Collier

“This book is true escapist fare, giving readers a “Gee, I wish we could really do this!” fantasy, and a time-out from all the current world chaos.”-Bjonsmom

“The author took me on a two-week, worldwide journey filled with twists and turns that kept me riveted.”-Arch Font

“Captivating and smartly written, it is another of the author’s “I can’t wait to see what happens next” books. Gaal’s writing is fearless and fast-paced. I love her quirky humor and heartwarming moments!”-Sunny Simon

Will happiness be achieved? What a fun ride this was... -L. Carmichael

“The story is well-crafted, the characters believable, and the plot moves quickly to keep you engaged.”-Gina R. Mitchell

“Read it to discover whether the girl gets the man, the man gets the girl, or if the world gets peace”-Kenna McKinnon


ON SALE for ereaders through January 8th for .99 cents.

FREE for Kindle Unlimited users. Available in paperback for $10.26 and the hard copies are almost half price at $23.37 for a limited time.

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I can’t wait to hear what YOU think!