Saturday, February 27, 2021

 


Hello!

One of these days I'm going to remember I should post here more often. I'm trying, really I am.

With things going the way they are, and the vaccine released, people signing up to get the vaccine and covid-19 (with any luck at all) moving toward the horizon for its sunset goodbye, we need to remember to be grateful for everything in our lives.

Be grateful for your family and friends, the fact that your needs are met, (providing of course that they are met), and most of all be grateful to be alive. There are some out there who aren't as lucky as we are. Remember, no matter how difficult you might think your life is, there is always someone out there who isn't as lucky as you are. It might be hard to believe sometimes but it's true.

Before my husband and I got our truck and camper we used to think people who had trucks and campers were lucky, rich even. Then we got our camper and we were happy for a while. Then, after a few months, that happiness wore off. Why? Because now that we had a camper and truck, we wanted a better camper and truck. 

It wasn't because we bought a handyman special, though we did. Now that we've fixed it up it's awesome! The reason we were no longer happy was that we had gotten used to being able to hitch-up and go. One day, we were in our rig on our way to a campground and watching a nice Class A motorhome drive by us. My husband looked at me and said, "Wow, that's nice. Wouldn't it be nice to be that lucky?"

It made me think for a minute. Since I've always been a glass-half-full kind of girl, I looked at him and replied, "Remember when we didn't have a truck and camper and we thought those with even the oldest, and most rundown campers were lucky to have what they had because we didn't have it?"

Hubby: "Yes." I could tell by the look on his face that he thought he was about to be schooled. LOL

He got quiet for a minute and then said, "Do you think there are people who look at us and think we're lucky because they don't have what we have?" Smart man!

Me: "I'm sure there is someone out there somewhere thinking that. Because we have the time and the wherewithal to do what we want and they don't."

The moral of my story is, to try to be happy with what you have because THINGS are never going to make you truly happy. Only YOU can do that. YOU are the only person who can make you happy. Sure things and certain people can make you happy for a time, but when push comes to shove, YOU can choose to be happy even if you have nothing. Some of the happiest people in the world have had less than we do right now.


Until next time,

Tianna



Friday, January 01, 2021

 Happy New Year! 




It's snowing, the wind is blowing, and it's cold, both inside and outside. But today is still a beautiful day! The ground is white with fresh snow, the kids are having fun outside and away from their video games and this is the first day of a New Year.

With luck, gone are the trials of last year and I am hoping 2021 will be a year to remember. Not because of the bad things that happen, but because of the good. The aligning of the planets on the solstice and the good energy so many people have shared around the world.

That said, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and everyone around the world has learned that sharing good things filled with hope and laughter is what the world needs instead of concentrating on the negative and bringing everyone down with you.

Love yourself, and love your family, friends and neighbors, and we will fill this year with love and joy around the world.

Happiness comes from within, not without. The poorest people in the world have been happy because they surround themselves with those they love.

Happy New Year!

Tianna


Monday, November 30, 2020

Substitute Santa


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Excerpt:

“What’s this?” Kat glanced down at the pamphlet and flipped through the three narrow pages of literature and photos.

The images caught Kat by surprise. There were tropical islands, mountain retreats and even a Santa’s Village where she could spend a few days with her daughter. It might go a long way to helping her get a bit of holiday cheer. Getting into the Christmas spirit wasn’t going to be easy this year.

Kat had always loved Christmas and to her, the holidays always started the day after Halloween when everyone took down their ghoulish decorations and prepared for the end of the year celebrations.

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“Fantasy vacation, huh?” After boxing up her lunch, Kat stuffed her check into the pamphlet and headed for the register. At this point, she didn’t care if she won a free trip. Her priority was to make sure Bella experienced the magic of Christmas, no matter what her mother’s hardships might be. Everything else paled in comparison.

 

“So, are you going to apply for a spot before they fill up for the holidays? I would if I were you. That Santa’s Village thing is right up your alley.” Brenda guzzled her wine and set her glass on the counter before reaching for the bottle. “Listen to your best friend and go.”

“Do you really think I should?” Kat chopped up two more carrots and threw them into a bowl on top of some lettuce and celery. Picking up the small onion she’d peeled, she sliced it into thin strips and tossed that into the bowl.

“Do you really want to know what I think?” Brenda raised a brow and poured a generous amount of red wine into her glass before holding it up in a mock toast. “Bon voyage.”

“Thanks for the encouragement, but I’d rather talk to sober Brenda right now, thankyouverymuch.”

“I’m sober. At least for the time being.” Brenda set down her glass, rested her hands flat on the counter and leveled her gaze. “Go. You deserve a break and some time away before you start a new job. You work harder than anyone else I know. Besides, when was the last time you had a vacation, anyway?”

“It’s been a while,” Kat said with a sigh. She didn’t mind working hard. Not if it meant providing for her daughter and making her happy.

Still, it had been too long since Kat had gone anywhere. The last time she had taken more than a day or two off work had been when Bella was born, and then again, when she’d discovered her daughter had a rare blood disorder.

Bella’s condition was so rare, her daughter was the only known case.

“At least I can keep my company insurance for another six months. I don’t know what I’d do without it.” That was the thing that had frightened her the most.

“Stop thinking about the money.” Brenda rolled her eyes. “Think with your heart for once, instead of your head.”

“Don’t you think I want to take Bella to the village? I just don’t know if I can justify the expense. I should probably be careful what I spend my money on from here on out.”

Kat had called Brenda and headed home after picking up her daughter from her kindergarten class, intending to make the reservations before she’d changed her mind.

As luck would have it, she hadn’t made it halfway home before the doubts started settling in. She’d changed her mind when she’d thought about how much the trip would cost, along with the gifts she planned to purchase her daughter for Christmas. Her mind had changed yet again, the moment Bella had wrapped her arms around her neck and said, “I love you, Mommy,” for no apparent reason.

“I love you, Mommy.” Bella skipped into the kitchen. Her daughter had practically chanted those words since she’d gotten in the car after school.

“Alright, what do you want?” Kat grinned as she scooped the rest of the veggies up off the counter and tossed them into the bowl. Those words always preceded a request for something expensive or nearly impossible to attain.

“I just love you.” Bella shrugged, took the stool next to Brenda and watched Kat from the corner of her big, dark-violet eyes. “Mom?”

“Yes?” Kat glanced up, giving her daughter her undivided attention, her wine glass stalled at her lips.

They studied each other for a moment before Bella said, “Can I have a daddy?”

“A what?” Kat almost spit red wine all over her mother’s snow-white, hand crocheted tablecloth she’d draped over the chair at the end of the table before she’d started chopping vegetables.

“I want a daddy.” Bella slouched in her seat, crossed her arms and stuck out her bottom lip in an adorable pout.

“You’re going to sprain that lip if you stick it out any farther, squirt.” Brenda reached over and patted Bella’s head. “Keep it up. You might wear her down one day.”

“She will not wear me down. Ever.” Kat glared at Brenda. “You’re supposed to be on my side. I thought we both agreed we need men in our lives about as much as the stupid televised sports that usually comes with them.”

“Maybe I changed my mind.” Brenda swayed on her stool for a moment. “Hey, when’s dinner going to be ready? I think I need to eat something.”

“I told you not to drink so much.” Kat grabbed the bottle of wine just as Brenda reached for it again. “You have had enough.” She pointed at Brenda before turning her attention back to her daughter. “I can’t promise you a daddy, sweetie, but how would you like to take a trip to Santa’s Village?”

A loud crack sounded just as she made her offer to Bella. “What was that?” Kat rushed to the window, searching the power lines, and wondering if they would lose their electricity. That was all she needed. “It sounded like a transformer had exploded.”

“No, Mommy.” Bella bounced up and down in her seat. “That’s the magic sound I that heared before. That means Santa is going to bring me a daddy."


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Friday, October 30, 2020

What Scares Me

It’s Halloween again so I compiled a list of things that scare me. I figured this was a good time.

1.     1.  Movies with cliffhanger endings, because you know damn well it’s going to take at least two years to know what the hell happens next. And that’s if the movie does well and they even come out with the sequel. The same for books. Isn't everyone terrified of this?

2.    2.   Eating the last slice of cake, pie or any other family favorite food. You know damn well if you eat it, someone else is going to complain that it was supposed to have been theirs.


3.    3.   Spending money on car repairs. It never fails that once you put five-hundred-dollars into that old clunker, something else is going to break on it and your shelling out another five bills.

4.     4.  Babies. It’s been so long since I held a baby, I think I might be afraid I’d drop it.

5.     5.  Checking the bank account has been especially scary during these trying times. No one has any money to buy anything, yet the prices on everything has doubled or tripled. Figure that one out.



.     6.  Breaking down on the side of the road scares me because of all the unnecessary violence against innocents.

7.    7.  Spiders. I hate those creepy buggers.

   

8.    8.   Mice. They might be cute in their own creepy little way but they’re nasty little creatures that poop on everything.

9.   9.  It scares me that it appears as though the entire world is losing its sense of humor.

      10. At the risk of sounding like a rant, what really scares me is when someone accuses me of copying an author I've never heard of, who published in 2017 when I released my first book with the same concept in 2012. Now, that scares me.

      11. What scares me the most these days is losing someone to Covid-19. 

       I am trying to be funny in this new and strange, strange world. Please bear with me until I get my usual irreverence back.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Fixing our Fifth Wheel



A little over two years ago, we bought a fifth wheel camper. It wasn’t expensive, it wasn’t new, and it certainly wasn’t perfect, but we managed to scrape all of our savings together and pay cash for it, so it’s ours.

Last winter, we got the nose and the roof fixed, which means I won’t get rained on in the middle of the night again this year. Awesome! We got it cheap because it had a wall missing in the back. We fixed that, too. The man did such a good job you can barely tell it needed to be repaired.

Then, came the wall border.

Unfortunately, the trailer came from the factory with a wall border along the wall at a height where you might see a chair rail in someone’s home. Do you think we could find a border to match?

No. Of course not.

Could we find a border that was even close?

No. Of course, we couldn’t.

Can we even find an easy-to-apply stick-on border? Do they even make that? They sure do! But do they make it in a design that I would like in the main room of my home away from home?
Nope. Unless, of course, I wanted Disney characters, hunting scenes, or something you’d find in a pub bathroom. Umm… no thanks.

Instead, we are compelled to purchase a pre-pasted wallpaper border and hang it ourselves.
Uh, oh.

After an exhaustive two days of deciding what our selection would be, we settled on an unobtrusive border with flowers and hummingbirds. It might match our curtains, or it might not. It’s difficult to tell when trying to hold the laptop up to the wall. Still, we liked it, so into the digital cart it went, and we waited. Ten days, we waited for the pretty hummingbird wallpaper border to arrive at our home.

Me: “The border is here!”

The man: “Great! Does it look as good as it did online?”

Me: “Yes.” Frowning. “I’m not sure this color is going to match the curtains, though.”

The man: “It’s too late now. We’ve already spent our budget on it.”

Me: “True.” Sigh.

The man: “What’s the matter now?”

Me: “I’m afraid to hang it.”

The man: “Why?” He looks at me as though I’ve lost my mind.

Actually, I think I lost it a while ago. I just haven’t given him the update.

Me: “Because I have this horrible feeling we’re going to be in here looking like Lucy and Ethel in that episode where they try to wallpaper Lucy’s bedroom and end up covering everything in wallpaper and glue.”

Does anyone remember seeing that old episode of I Love Lucy, where Lucy and Ethel hang the wallpaper in Lucy’s bedroom? If you haven’t, you should watch it. It might give you an idea of our first couple of attempts at hanging that damned border.

The man: “Who’s who?”

Me: “Well, it’s obvious that I’m Lucy.” I pointed to my hair. “Red hair. Duh.”

The man: “So I’m Ethel, huh?”

Me: “Well, you can’t be Ricky or Fred, neither of them would ever get up to this kind of mischief with Lucy. That’s strictly Ethel. Ethel.”

The man: “Well, if I’m Ethel, she’s going to do something right for a change.” He pulls out his tablet, taps on the screen for a few seconds and grins as he brings up a YouTube how-to video on hanging wallpaper border.

He’s so smart. He might drive me crazy with his tendency to over plan things sometimes, but for this project, his usually annoying habit really paid off.

We finished our border, and it looks great. Now I just need to finish making those curtains. I look at my daughter…

“Hey, Ethel!”

Thursday, June 20, 2019

New Release


The Zolon warriors are back in another humorous and sexy tale! Meet Charly's sister in this thrilling continuation in the Zolon Warriors Magic, New Mexico series.

She was purrfectly content until he came into her life.

Tabitha Campbell has lived mostbe of her life as a cat. For the last few years, she's been posing as her long-lost sister's pet. She's perfectly content being her sister's protector and avoiding having to deal with the headaches of being human. Life was going well until he showed up and ruined everything.

He was having the time of his life, tomcatting around until she came into his life.

Deno Brewerigeron, formerly of the faraway planet Zolon, has always been the happy-go-lucky twin. He was certain he would always be a raider since he loves women--all kinds of women--he refused to think about settling down with just one and evolving into a shapeshifting warrior until he met her.

Tabitha is at her wit's end. Her identity has been revealed, and she has a sexy alien shapeshifter from outer space who is trying to convince her that being normal is highly overrated. What's a girl to do when life suddenly no longer makes sense?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Author Spotlight: RONIN’S BONDMATE by Mardi Maxwell (M/F, steamy sci-fi romance)



By 

Mardi Maxwell


Blurb:
Krystali enchantress Belle of the House of Arlyn stands accused of spying and has been banished from her community. The truth would exonerate her but she doesn’t dare tell it. As an enchantress she can provide for herself except when it comes to defense. For that she needs a worthy warrior.

Zarronian warrior Ronin Hughson recognized Belle as his mate the moment he saw her. Eager to bond, he approached her and was immediately put off by her spoiled behavior. After consulting with the starship’s doctor, he believes Krystali will produce a kinder mate for him. In the meantime, he feels drawn to protect the spoiled enchantress.

Belle makes sure he knows she doesn’t want him anywhere near her. Ronin makes sure she knows he’s the only warrior willing to protect her. Resigned to traveling together they try to ignore each other, but Ronin’s mating fever and Belle’s troubles set them up for a destiny they can’t avoid.



Excerpt:
Ronin Hughson shoved his way through the crowd of hostile Krystali warriors and their enchantresses. With his pack hooked over his shoulder, and freedom just a meter away, he hesitated then moved another step closer to the exit. The battle beginning behind him was one he had every intention of missing. A rarity for a Zarronian warrior who spent his life fighting and searching for his mate.
Behind him, Bellya of the House of Arlyn, stood alone in the center of the room. Angry Krystalis surrounded her, determined to deliver the punishment she’d worked so long and hard to earn.
He told himself to keep going. Don’t look back. Don’t look at her. Don’t—damn, too late. His head swiveled as if he had no control over it.
She stood alone, surrounded but in no way defenseless. Still Zarronian warriors were taught to protect females and she was quite a sight. Tall and curvaceous with long dark wavy hair and soft brown eyes. Plump lips made for kissing and hips a warrior could hold onto during the most intense moments of passion.
Her chin was up and the expression on her face dared the crowd to do their worst. Although he abhorred her arrogance he couldn’t help but admire her bravado. He took another step toward freedom then with a curse he turned back. Honor forced him to stay because whether he liked it or not the blasted female was his mate!
The moment he’d seen her he’d known she was the one female in the universe who could save him. The joy, relief and excitement he’d felt had been overwhelming until he’d actually met her. She’d been rude and obnoxious and had treated him like saber cat scat.
He’d made allowances for her. Telling himself she was young and inexperienced. That they’d just gotten off to a bad start, and he needed to go slowly with her. Now, after spending more time with her, he knew she was the last female he wanted as a mate
He had six moon phases before the Zarronian mating fever blazed out of control and killed him. Bonding with Bellya would save him but he’d rather choose a warriors’ death in battle. Ironically, either choice would have him fighting for his life.
Disappointed that he’d finally met his mate and she was so wrong for him, he’d spoken to one of the starship’s doctors.  Borg Veeson had advised him to wait a while in case another Krystali female drew him to her. He’d traveled from one encampment to another, meeting hundreds of Krystali females. None had caught his attention, or raised his fever a single degree. Discouraged, he’d returned to Bellya’s village.
Now, looking around he wondered if one of the other Zarronian warriors would step forward to protect her. Most of them weren’t even paying attention to the proceedings. The few who were appeared to do so only out of curiosity.
Cursing them, he watched as the crowd closed in around her. She, of course, appeared bored and put out with the entire proceedings. An attitude that increased the tension in the room. It also increased the rage of the people around her who were ready for a bit of well-earned revenge.
Sighing, he moved to within a few meters of her and prepared himself to save her.
His movement drew her attention and for a moment their eyes met. Her eyes hardened as she gave him a disdainful get lost look then turned her back on him. He growled with anger and clenched his hands to keep from reaching out and pulling her over his knee so he could swat her delectable bottom


About the Author:

I have four siblings but I've always been the odd ball of the family. My parents used to tell people they had two sons, two daughters, and Mardi. lol I love looking at life from many points of view so that must be why I love the quirky and unique. I believe in UFOs, ghosts and that we have a space station on the dark side of the moon. 

When I read I like romance with BDSM, suspense, and lots of tears and laughter, as well as a happy ending. That's also what I write.

People ask what I do when I'm not writing. I'm just running around, living my life. I'm a terrible gardener (everything dies) but I refuse to give it up. I like to cook but only when I'm in the mood so most of the time its microwavable veggies and cold fruit with cheese. And don't forget that glass of wine during my evening Wine and Reading Hour. I love to travel, but then who doesn't, and I love just hanging out with family and friends

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