Monday, February 28, 2011

Weathergirl Galbiati

For Valentine's Day, my husband gave me a little weather station. Oh how I love everything to do with weather...always have. The contraption that Steve erected way above our house, secured to a pole, now sends its data to a small console in my office, which is connected to my computer. And also, I'm now registered with NOAA. How cool is that? I now understand why the weather guys on tv get it wrong so often...not exactly their fault. My equipment says "rain, possibly heavy over the next 6 hours," and it doesn't. So they're reading the same mis-information that I am. LOL! That's okay, because at least it gets the temperature, humidity, dew point, and heat index right. I'm a happy camper! (now if I can just figure out all the charts and graphs. Smilin' big) 

This is the novel I had to write after Hurrican Ike came whistling through, tearing up everything in its path. It's also the reason I insisted on getting a little weather station. It's been two and half years since Ike, but my nightmares still persist. To combat those demons, I wrote IMPACT FOR MURDER, which holds the humorous side of the human spirit during tragedy. I loved writing this novel and welcomed the characters in my head right on inside our home. All the people in this story are real to me and I've grown to love them like I do my own family. :>) 

Wishing all of you a great week ahead. If you're in the mood for a little murder, which dashes of humor, and some stealth crossing over to the darkside...may I suggest IMPACT FOR MURDER. I think you'll enjoy reading it almost as much as I had fun writing it! 

Weathergirl Galbiati signing off for now--it's a sunny week ahead,

Monday, February 21, 2011

Writers' Night Out x's Three

Cool Beans! Diana Driver, D. Nathan Hilliard, and I spent a good portion of the night and wee hours of the morning at Denny's Restaurant doing what we do best. Discussing the world of writing and our works. 

First, let me introduce Nate's latest: SHADES: The Mushroom Man. If ever there were a story that revvs up the "creep value" on a short story--this is the one. Here's an excerpt: 

Finding a body in the backwoods of a city park, Tamara Quail is about to make the most serious mistake of her young life…and just maybe her last.

Faced with a choice between doing the right thing or following her muse, she decides on the latter. Now she discovers that something has followed her home—something that is relentless, heartless, and anticipates her every move—and that something intends to make her pay the ultimate price. Time is running out, but Tamara is trapped by the worst of all nightmares…a nightmare called the Mushroom Man.

Seems like my group of friends are quite prolific and keeping up with them is, how do I say, at times intimidating. But, I shall prevail. HA! 

Diana has released her Ninth Lord of the Night novel and has also put up one of the cutest short stories--a "cozy mystery" to die for--The End of the Tour.  

Another close friend of mine, who happens to live on the other side of the planet, is Vicki Tyley. Her novels are written mystery in the finest, with all the flavors of Australia, her home. Want to sit up all night reading a book you just CAN'T put down? Try Brittle Shadows. It's a gripper! 

I have some news of my own, and will announce it soon--it's all in the timing, ya know. lol! So stay tuned, because I'll be lighting some fireworks!! 

Let's raise our glasses high for these fine writers--

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Cozy Romance for Valentine's Day

For a sweet, different kind of romance--as in; an older couple--this one will touch your heart, make you laugh, and most importantly, remember the good old days. 

Share Charlie Gardner's life as she finds the one man she believed to be her "soul mate" when she was just a young college girl, and what happens to them when they run into each other...thirty-six years later. 

May all your wishes come true this Valentine's Day,

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Case of the Sad Flag

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of our Nation's September 11, 2001 disaster. For kids coming of age to understand and question what happened that dreadful day, which is referred to as: 9/11, this story tells so much. The Case of the Sad Flag is told through the eyes of two loving German shepherds, Ritz and Cheyenne. They lived right there in NY while the world around them crumbled to its knees. 

Iona McAvoy wrote this incredible story for children and adults alike. Her emotions, her voice, her words...are reflected in this story and I wish were placed in every person's hands across the planet. This is an absolute must read. On a scale of 1 to 5 stars, The case of the Sad Flag rates TEN. 

Here's the excerpt:  The two German Shepherds living just outside New York City on September 11, 2001 didn't anticipate the day would be much different from usual. Instead they learned of a great tragedy very close to their home, with the sounds and smells reaching them in ways Humans could never experience. When their neighbor asked for help with her flag, which would not move, they were given much more than a simple mystery to solve. There was no doubt in the mind of the older dog Ritz and the pup Cheyenne, that they’d met their match in a flag that refused to fly because it was too sad. Would they convince the flag to fly, when it would mean so much to so many? As the nation approaches the tenth anniversary of this historic day, the gentle voices of these characters tell the story of that day to young and old alike.

Let us never forget,Cherri

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Writing To Be Read

Last night, D. Nathan Hilliard and I made it to Denny's Restaurant, our usual hang-out. We decided this week on Saturday night instead of our usual Sunday, so we'd be free to stay home and watch the Superbowl Game. :D 

We brainstormed on his latest, The Mushroom Man, and gotta tell everyone--this is one high-creep-factored short story! I loved the ending. This is all I'm going to say on this for now until he gets it "published" on Kindle. So watch for it folks, should be going up this coming week. 

I'm almost finished with Intrigue in Italics by Gayle Wigglesworth. Her mysteries will delight you with prose, with laughs, with travels abroad, and a need to want to get your hands on her next novel. I tip my cap to you, Gayle, you've delivered another great read! "Tea is for Terror" is also by Gayle, and that's the one to start with...then read all her others. :>) 

And Diana L. Driver's Ninth Lord of the Night is so captivating, you'll swear you can hear the buzz of gnats and mosquitoes. Her elements she's included in her novel will literally sweep you away into Guatemala, losing all time being absorbed in this fantastical novel. 

If any of you haven't read, Vicki Tyley's Brittle Shadows, you are missing out! It's the 3rd in her installment of "mystery-most-deceptive" and I can't wait for her next book.  xxx 

Okay gang, finally gotta mention my own two short stories, "Halo and Holly" and "Yesterday's Chance" ;)  And for a GREAT murder mystery, read my "Impact for Murder" where once again, German shepherds rule. 

For those of you with Kindles, or Kindle for PC, head on over to Amazon and find some pretty decent reading for yourself on this Superbowl Sunday day! You won't be disappointed!

Enoy the game, the day, and some of the finest writing by some of the finest authors out there,

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Yesterday's Chance--Up, Running, and Live!

Yesterday's Chance is up running and live! 

In every woman's heart, she yearns to turn back the clock to touch another moment, to have one more second to taste another...Yesterday's Chance. 

Charlie Gardner embraced her recent retirement, packed up herself and her dog, and moved back to her childhood hometown of Norris, Texas. Now widowed, she looked forward to settle into a slower paced lifestyle. So what happens when Charlie runs into the man who broke her heart, stole her rifle, and used her car behind her back to move his ex-wife into the same apartment complex she lived in…thirty six years ago? Turns out Driscoll Parker is now the Chief of Police.

In every woman’s heart lies the question; what would she do if given the opportunity to run into her old sweetheart…not by a class re-union, but by happenstance? To be given another…yesterday’s chance. 

Ahhh, sweet, tender, old-fashioned romance...nothing lifts the spirit more on a cozy afternoon.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A sneak peek at what's coming

Here's a quick look-see at what's coming on just a few more days. 

I've never written romance and out of a challenge I did. It's a romantic short story, but not the kind you'd imagine. This one is about two young people, so much in love, but through what ended their relationship in a final misunderstanding, find each other--thrity-six years later.
As soon as "Yesterday's Chance" comes live, I'll post the link to Kindle!

Cover art by: Digital Donna at:  

Skippin' and hummin',