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Put Some Swash in Your Buckle!

A Woman of the Road, the first book in the Honest Thieves trilogy, is now available for pre-order at Amazon.

If you love Three Musketeers-style action, a badass woman hero, and a shouted “Stand and deliver!” , then get ye to the sight right now!

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Romance freaks: there’s a lot.
Action junkies: hold onto your flintlocks

Margaret Tanner’s in town, and she won’t stop until she empties your purse!

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The Good Samaritan

Today, I’d like to broach a non-writerly topic: the existence of good in this world. After all I’ve been through in my life (cancer X2, the fall of Washington Mutual and with it foreclosure, bankruptcy, repo, etc.) I was unprepared for what happened yesterday in an an inauspicious place: the parking lot of an outlet mall.

Since my layoff from Microsoft in March, money has been tight. My husband, who has Asperger’s, relies on a very small disability check to get by.

So, as we engaged in a heated argument in the above parking lot about his purchasing shoes, we were approached by a stranger. He was much like anyone else you’d see in the Seattle area: middle-aged, dressed in a tracksuit, his hair and full beard fully grey.

His next words to my husband sent me into literal shock: “May I buy a pair of shoes for you?”

After my Life of Job during the Great Recession, when I learned (painfully) that as you hit rock bottom, nobody really cares, this stranger’s simple offer struck me like the lava flow at Kilauea. Why did this man–a complete stranger–offer to render a kindness without being prompted? Why did he go with us into a store and insist that my husband buy two pairs of shoes (on sale), then selflessly remove his credit card and charge over $90? AGAIN-FOR A TOTAL STRANGER.

I asked if he were religious and he said he was a believer, though not a regular churchgoer.

Still, this act of unrandom kindness continues to reverberate. Just when I thought that in this age of lies and corruption, human goodness was dead, here came this middle-aged man in a parking lot to prove me decidedly wrong.

When I can, I’ll pay it forward. When I next get depressed, I’ll think about this man and his act.

I realize now that Good Samaritans live among us, and they emerge in the strangest of places.
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The Journey Begins

Here be dragons, knights, the Brontes, and a female highwayman!

With one tuchis you can’t dance at two weddings. — old Yiddish proverb

So nu, peeps?

Happy to announce I’ve just completed the FINAL (ha!) draft of my new novel, A Woman of the Road. Beta reader extraordinare R.E. Carr, fellow Kindle Scout winner for her Rules Undying 100-book series, is currently hiding under her desk. But have no fear: she will be found, my friends!

What else? You may have heard that Kindle Scout is no more: RIP, beloved program!

I am practicing my English B.A. skills by tutoring English, Reading, & Writing to prep our soldiers of the future for the looming ACT. I myself scored in ther 98th percentile, AND I EXPECT NOTHING LESS FROM MY PROTEGES! :>

This year has been interesting: I was laid off from Microsoft and freed from SQL but also from a regular paycheck.  On the upside, this has freed me to be a fulltime writer (for awhile). Book 2 of my Honest Thieves series shall commence shortly!

Try to navigate this world without screaming. That’s my current mantra.

Aloha!

Amy