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Under The Knife

Nope, that’s not the title of a new book, I wish. My muse has been on an indefinite vacation, first due to the move, then due to the job search (which is still ongoing, although I am working part-time), and finally due to my health.

Last month I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ. Given my family history and my own personal history, I will be going under the knife on Monday and having a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction.

So, my blog, this journal, my twitter, etc, are on hiatus until I feel well enough to deal with social media again. I won’t even attempt to catch up when I come back. I’d rather not have the stress of being behind and frankly, I’d just like to start fresh. I may or may not reply to comments, it will depend on how I’m feeling both physically and mentally. Please understand, I will read them and I do appreciate them.

I will miss all of you and I will see you on the flip side.

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Katherine

Torquere Anniversary

So this month is Torquere’s 11th Anniversary. WOO HOOOOO ๐Ÿ˜€

They asked the authors to blog/tweet/whatnot about their first experience with Torquere. So here goes….

I am blessed to call Torquere home because they were the first publisher to give me a chance when they said yes to my short story A Watched Demon Always Boils. I got my start with them and I will be forever grateful for that. I chose them because I had been reading their books for years *coughSeanMichael’sJarheadscough* So you could probably say that I might have been overly excited when I got that ‘yes’ email. Because the same place that published some of my FAVORITE books would be publishing ME!

I couldn’t have asked for a nicer, friendlier first time publisher.

Happy Anniversary Torquere!

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Katherine

P.S. For those of you interested in A Watched Demon Always Boils, unfortunately it’s no longer available. The rights have reverted back to me and I’m looking at options. I’ll keep you posted. (I might also be working on a novel-length sequel)

Rembering 9/11 and Info on New Release

Hi all.

I debated long and hard about posting today and what exactly I would post about. I originally thought it would just be the blurb, cover, and release date for my novella from Torquere. But then I spent almost 90 minutes at the gym this morning and most of the televisions were showing footage from the 9/11 Memorial services in New York, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, PA. And I thought, I can’t post about my new release as if I don’t even know what today is. But then I thought, those terrorists wanted to kill what makes this country so great. OUR FREEDOM. MY freedom to write about something that in some countries is punishable by death. Love between two men. Because that’s what I wrote, a love story, that just happens to be about two men.

9/11 wasn’t just an American tragedy. There were FIFTY-ONE other countries that lost people that day. Three hundred and seventy three foreign nationals were killed making up twelve percent of the loss of life that day.

So let’s take a moment and remember all those people who lost their lives thirteen years ago today.
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My heart goes out to the families of all the victims of 9/11.

I’ll post my unofficial blurb, cover art, and release date tomorrow.

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Katherine

Free Read Out TODAY!!

Hey all,

Remember that free read I told you about last week? Well, today is the day! It is officially out! You can pick it up HERE Full description and list of contributors below!

My story is entitled Marshmallows and it’s about a bonded pair that runs into a bit of trouble when they run afoul of a local. You’ll have to check it out to see what happens ๐Ÿ˜€

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KH

Please Donโ€™t Feed the Alligators

Contributed to by Torquere Press Authors

What happens when a bunch of authors at a convention see a sign on the pier in Savannah that reads, โ€œPlease Donโ€™t Feed the Alligators?โ€

Well, we found out at Authors After Dark in 2013 that such a sign can evoke strong images for a lot of people. BA Tortuga, Kiernan Kelly and I wanted to do an anthology, but we just didnโ€™t have the time to write long stories. So we asked the great authors at Torquere Press Inc. to write us some flash fiction so we could use the theme.

Everyone came up with something wonderful, and I personally want to thank all the amazing authors who donated their time to this free read!

We hope you love the stories, too, but be careful around that pier in Savannah.

XXOO
Julia Talbot

Contributors Include

Julia Talbot
John Amory
Jane Davitt
Lorne Rodman
BA Tortuga
Giselle Renarde
CB Potts
Alexa Snow
Shannon West
Berengaria Brown
Morwen Navarre
Sean Michael
Jessica Chase
Katherine Halle
Tray Ellis
Mychael Black
Kiernan Kelly
EM Ben Shaul
Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae
Winnie Jerome
T Strange
LJ Hamlin

Free Read Coming Soon!

Hey all!

As expected summer vacation has kept me pretty busy. I’m in the middle of edits for Cast The First Stone, a novella coming out from Torquere this fall and expecting edits for Fixing the Hole, a novella coming out from Dreamspinner this fall, any day now.

Summer has been fun. We’ve done a bunch of family stuff, including a mini-reunion over the Fourth of July week/weekend that was a lot of fun. Got to see some family we haven’t seen in a couple years. Now we’re back, the summer is drawing to a close (my how time flies!), we’ve already bought school supplies, I’m brow-beating my kid to finish the summer read From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – which I’m reading as well never having read it before.

And enjoying all the summer tv! When did that become a thing? LOL. Teen Wolf, The Last Ship – those two are clearly my favorites. The jury is still out on Dominion, The Strain, and Extant. Although I had a HUGE blast live-tweeting Sharknado2 The Second One ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, I have a free read coming out next week! It will be available on the Torquere shopping cart and I will provide plenty of links. It’s part of an anthology, Don’t Feed The Alligators – a collection of flash fiction from a LOT of different authors. Mine is just shy of 1000 words (the max limit) and is a brief look at the lives of Brian and Duncan and what happens when Brian gets a little too careless with some marshmallows. I can’t wait for you to check it out and let me know what you think!

For now, I’ll leave you with the cover ๐Ÿ˜€

Have a great weekend!

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KH

Thursday Tizzy

Hi everyone!

And once again I’m apologizing for the lack of posts. Summer is turning out to be way busier then I expected. We are leaving tomorrow to spend time with family so there definitely won’t be a post next week.

I think, for now, I’m just going to say, until school starts again, I’ll post when I can and if I can’t, it’s because I’m busy with my kid doing fun summer stuff. I do promise that the next post will be pictures of my flowers – before, during, and after they were planted ๐Ÿ˜€

TTFN and Enjoy your summer!

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KH

Spring Break Part 2 – Busch Gardens

Wow! Sorry it took me so long to get back to this topic /o\ and it’s almost summer vacay!!!

I came home from my trip to LA to find that we were NOT in fact leaving for Busch Gardens that day because the park was closed! Turns out they were only open for two weeks in April during the week and those two weeks did NOT include the week we wanted to go. Fortunately, the hotel was more than happy to push back our reservation and we left on Thursday instead of Monday so I was able to get some rest.

We spent Friday and Saturday at the park. I’ll be honest, if I’d based my opinion on Friday – I would have been sorely disappointed. The park was busy, people were rude, it was hot and stormy and we barely got any rides in. It was kind of a huge disappointment. We went into Saturday expecting it to be worse because it was a Saturday and the weather was MUCH nicer. Boy were we wrong.

We arrived early and the little kiddie land was already open & rides were running. We slammed in almost ten rides in 20 minutes in the little kiddie area – there’a a mini roller coaster there that is a BLAST! Then we hit the water rides, Pompeii and Roman Rapids and NO WAIT! We hit Apollo’s Chariot (the largest coaster the kid was tall enough to ride on) and we waited maybe ten minutes? WOW – REALLY INTENSE ride, the first drop is so far and the pressure is so great that about 2/3 of the way down I couldn’t force air out to scream! LOL. It was awesome! But not something I would ride more than once a trip.

We managed to ride everything we wanted to ride, (sometimes more than once) before we even had lunch! After lunch, we hit a couple of shops and then it was game time. The kid had won two small dogs the day before and I had won a little Minion and kid was determined to win another Minion. Well, it was Mommy that won the BIG MINION! Threw the ball and it landed in the center red sparkly cup – giving me the prize of my choice. Obviously, I picked Dave, the big Minion. The kid and hubs played basketball enough to win two small prizes and trade them in for a medium which was Fluffy, the Unicorn, and we called it a day.

So based on our experience on Saturday, Busch Gardens Williamsburg was a HIT. We went back and hit the pool, relaxed in the room, went out for REALLY GOOD ITALIAN and crashed hard.

Sorry for the lack of ride pics but all the ones I took had the kid in them and I don’t post pics of the kid online. So you get the pics I took of the wolf and the bald Eagle and the boat that the kid and hubs were driving by the Pompeii water ride.

It was LOADS of fun, I would totally go back. But I think Universal Orlando might be our next trip. We’ll see.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Next week – my gardening adventures – before and after pics!

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KH

My winning ball being redeemed!

All our booty!