Meet James


James was the bus driver on our wine tour in San Francisco. I told James, when I took his picture, that I was going to blog about him. See how happy he looks? Ha.

The tour left from the pier in San Francisco in the morning. As we drove through San Francisco on our way out of town, James gave us some history of the city and famous landmarks that we passed. About 15 minutes into the tour, he told us about the richest part of town and the mansions there, and one house in particular.

“The largest mansion belongs to an author—and I use the term loosely—Danielle Steel.”

Yes, he “used the term loosely”. I guess all those books she wrote don’t qualify her as an author. All those books that earned her that money that bought that mansion.

Win books! Get hooked on a new series!

This is a great contest, really fabulous idea and way to find new authors and series. Check it out:

What do Sharon Cullen, Misty Evans, Carolan Ivey, Kate Johnson, Melissa Lopez, TJ Michaels, Michelle Pillow, Moira Rogers, Renee Wildes and Linda Winfree have in common? They’re all authors with Samhain Publishing, and they all want to hook you on a new series!

Below you’ll find covers for eleven books, each the first installment in a series. You can click on the covers to view information about each book. Some have been out for years, and some are brand-new. They range from paranormal romance to romantic suspense, and are sure to entertain you. If you’d like a chance to win one, fill out the form below and you’ll be entered in the Get Hooked On a Series drawing. Eleven lucky winners will discover a new series! Winners will be announced on October 20th, in honor of the three authors who have October 21st release dates.

Visit Moira Rogers’ website to enter.

7 Deadly Zins

IMG_0836 I’ve been going through my pictures from my travels of the past few months. I’m going to be posting my family reunion pictures on Brianna’s blog, and my work photos here. San Francisco (RWA Nationals is first). I got there early since I was coming direct from my family reunion, and one of the first things we did was take a bus tour of wine country. We visited three wineries, but my favorite bottle of wine (which I’m now extremely ticked I didn’t buy) was one that I saw in a store after we stopped in Sedona for lunch. Seven Deadly Zins by Michael David Winery totally caught my eye because of the name, and when I turned it over and read the back label, I was completely enchanted. I can’t even remember now why I didn’t buy it.

IMG_0839 Schulenburg’s vines, grubby with GREED,
Embrace Lodi’s soil, to drink and to feed.
Oh Lord, forgive me my zin.
Secure in it’s strength, weathered with PRIDE,
Standing like soldiers, the forest of Snyde.
Oh Lord, forgive me my zin.
Hearts filled with LUST, ole Maley’s trees.
Court Lodi’s sun, and flirt with it’s breeze.
Oh Lord, forgive me my zin.
Good Bishofberger did raise some GLUTTONOUS beast,
Vines fattened like turkeys before Thanksgiving feast.
Oh Lord, forgive me my zin.
With the tilt of the glass, I commit seven zins,
Oh Lord, with your help… I’ll do it again.

Seven of Lodi’s best growers gave their souls and the first fruits of each of their old vine vineyards to contribute to the layered complexity of this fanciful blend. Soft, supple pepper and licorice-clove notes merge into a sinful marriage of deep, brambly blackberries and lustful cherries. The finish is clean on the palate with hints of rich vanilla, cocoa, and mild tannins.

Isn’t that fun? Visit their website to check out some of their other uniquely named wines, including 7 Heavenly Chards, 6th Sense Syrah, and Icognito Pink. I would totally order some if the freaking state of Maryland would allow alcohol to be shipped in. Bastards.

Are you registered to vote?

Or even if you are registered to vote, do you want to double check to make sure you’re all set to vote (some states have recently had thousands of people declared ineligible to vote, so you might want to double check, just to be sure).

Whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent, please visit this site and take a few minutes to get your voter registration in place. Exercise the amazing privilege we’ve been given in this country to vote and help determine the future of our country, the future of our children!

This is a site launched by Barack Obama’s campaign, but using it doesn’t mean you’re voting for him or have to vote for him! This is just an opportunity for everyone to check their voter registration or register to vote, or get an absentee ballot.


The Obama campaign just launched a new one-stop voter registration website called Vote for Change:

You can check your registration status, register to vote, look up early-vote information for your state, apply to vote absentee, or even find your polling place.

It’s the easiest and most important thing you can do to bring the change we need. Make sure your voice is heard:

Thanks — see you at the polls.

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