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Archive for August, 2013

The sheep from the goats…

While I love the story of Ani, the broader message here is great. Do read.

Thanksgiving Project – Whew!

I may have mentioned before that working with a board has its own set of challenges. It is difficult to make every board member feel connected and engaged all the time. So it takes a lot of time, energy and effort to seek them out and engage them regularly.

I had a meeting today with a board member who I have had a rocky time working with. But he and I really “clicked” today. I knew he was going to really like the direction we are heading in, but was still surprised how much he likes it.

Today I was thankful for my time spent with him one on one. I’m also thankful for my other meetings and what we were able to get done.

Debut Writer: “My Name is D” by Katie Sullivan

Beyond Dusk: Anne, a Crimson and Clover Novelette, Now Available!

...and then there was Sarah

My new Crimson and Clover novelette, Beyond Dusk: Anne, is now available on Amazon, for $.99. This will be the first of a series of companion novelettes, each giving glimpses into some of the secondary (but equally important) characters in the series.

So far the short is getting fantastic reviews, to my surprise and delight. One reviewer says it has “rich visual detail, naughty humor, agonizingly realistic characters, unexpected twists, and a generous dash of paranormal.”

Beyond Dusk is a fairly quick read, at just 10.5k words. Although it is a companion novelette to the larger novel, St. Charles at Dusk, it is not required that you have read anything else in the series to enjoy this. Several of the readers enjoying it now are coming into the series with this story as their entry point.



More Info on “Beyond Dusk: Anne”


Following the death of her dominating…

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I finally decided to stand up and say what I wanted to say.

I still have family members sending me emails about grandma’s diaries. I have just not answered them…until tonight. I’m tired of having this whole mess be a big deal. This is something I own. I will not be giving them up. I’ve talked it over with a couple of other family members and my dad. That’s just the way it is. I may, someday, have them scanned and digitized but there are nearly 60 journals so it would be an expensive proposition.

Tonight I sent an email response that told my cousin’s son that he was welcome to come to my house and read them, just like my mom did with her brothers. But in order to preserve the integrity of this valuable collection of family history, I was not allowing them to be removed from my house.

I have not gotten a response yet. But I’m ready. I don’t want a fight. But I’m not a doormat. They aren’t going to break into my house and steal them (that part of the family is dead) so they can ask nicely to sit at my house and read them of they can leave me alone. My mom had those diaries for over 20 years. And now, all of a sudden there is an interest?

I feel a peace now that I have quit hiding and answered. Let’s just hope the peace spreads.

I thought about removing comments from this because I really don’t need advice on how to “fix” this. Just needed to blow off some steam. So, if you are going to tell me how to “fix” this, please don’t.

The Storm and The Darkness by Sarah M. Cradit Blog Tour – Hosted by Girls Heart Books Tours

This is a great series. Love them. If you haven’t gotten the books yet, now is the time!

Sunshine and Mountains

Storm and the Darkness Blog Tour

blueandwhite cover

Storm and Darkness Front

blue&w Synopsis

Ana Deschanel has made a terrible mistake. The only chance of protecting the other people involved is to flee New Orleans, the only home she has ever known, for the quiet solitude of Summer Island.

Summer Island, Maine (population 202) is not the tranquil escape Ana imagined. The locals are distant and cold, especially her neighbor, the reclusive veterinarian Jonathan St. Andrews. Her only lifeline is the kind but odd caretaker Alex Whitman. Showing up at all the right moments, he warns her she is completely unprepared for a Maine winter. As the first winter storm approaches to whispers of an island shutdown- Ana realizes that she may soon be cut off from the rest of the world.

After a surprising encounter with Jonathan’s brother, Finn, Ana finds herself braving the storm to return something to him. Unprepared for the Maine storm, she slips and falls onto the jagged rocks…

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Thanksgiving Project – Positive Energy

I know I talk a lot about how crazy work is. But today was one of those days that the craziness started to show rewards.

I had a great meeting today that is starting to bring everything together. I get so much energy from those kind of positive interactions.

I’m thankful today that I’m seeing everything come together. But now I’m tired and don’t have much gas left in my tank. Tomorrow will be another great day.

Can’t Please Everyone

Clever and thoughtful

Labor Day Sale

This is my daughter’s collection. Have a look. Sundresses, corsets, swimsuits.

Tidal Cool Creations

Now that my new collection is finished and I’m counting down the days to New York Fashion Week, I’m looking around the workroom and surrounded by clothes! So its a perfect time to run a sale and move some inventory. Check out my sale album on Facebook, and pick up a great deal. All the items are 30% off, and if you mention the code TCCblog, I’ll give you an additional 10% off!

I spent a lot of the last week updated my portfolio, and with the exception of photos waiting to be published, everything has been added to Facebook. Take a look, there’s some fun, artsy, and beautiful photos. And as always, if you see something you like, please contact me about purchases and custom orders!

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Thanksgiving Project – Smarter than the average bear

I’m sitting in a “lunch ‘n learn” that was billed as “iPad in Business”.

Silly me, I thought I could actually learn something useful. I’ve had my iPad for nearly three years. I don’t use it that much for work so I was hoping for something related to business.

I could have been the presenter. I guess I either know more than I thought I did. Or this guy just isn’t giving out what I was looking for out of the session.

While it feels good to be smarter than the average bear, I’m disappointed I’m not learning something.

Today I’m thankful I’m as knowledgeable as I am…and completely self taught. I read lots of websites and articles relative to technology.

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