Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wii (are not) FIT

When a friend told me she bought a Wii Fit on Kijiji, I was a bit jealous. I'd been wanting one for a while. So I hit Kijiji and actually found what I wanted, and very close by.
I happily set it up today after work. 
And, I am even happier to report that I did not need anyone under the age of 25 to figure it out for me.
Then the thing had the gall to weigh me.
THEN the thing had the even bigger gall to take my perfectly fine Mii avatar and plump her up a bit!
THEN THEN it assigned me a trainer! Some young bobble head pup with more muscles that should be allowed.
Miffed, I decided I would deem to allow it to show me its games and such.
And I loved it!
I liked hula hooping, throwing snowballs, and jogging with some stray dog.
I did not like those tone your arm exercises that young pup of a trainer did with ease. But I did some, and for the most part, my butt didn't touch the evil Wii scales, board thingimijig.
But I will try it again tomorrow. I set a schedule of weight loss, am aiming to match that muscle pup, even though we all know we shouldn't be comparing ourselves to photoshopped images, or imaginary Wii images.
So if you see some bobble head character bouncing through town one day, take note. It may be Mii.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Forward Observer

Do you know what a forward observer is? In basic terms, it's a military position whereas a soldier is situated forward of the fire line to observe where artillery fire is hitting. Advice radioed back from this soldier aids the next volley.
Yup, it's a guy who can climb a tree, hide in plain site, do anything to gain information to correct an action. 

It's also the title of my newest Sherlock Holmes novella, written under the pen name of that wild woman Georgina Lee, the title taken from the souvenir book given to those soldiers who completed Canada's last tour of Cyprus, back in 1993. And in my tale, our hero gives us one paragraph that sums up his thoughts on the military position and his mother, (our own Doctor Watson). 

He'd also noticed that the last few days, she hadn't worked at all on her biography. She'd pored over the proof of The Forward Observer, as if taking the military title to heart. Holmes wanted to tell her that it was just a name for a front line observation post for artillery fire, and not a suggested action.

View it at Amazon here

Sherlock Holmes in The Forward Observer is #2 in my Sherlock Holmes Fan Fiction series. Holmes and his mother, Watson, find the Base Photographer murdered, and the evidence leads them to a single souvenir book published twenty years before. But as Holmes closes in on a killer, he soon realizes that his own mother is keeping just as many secrets.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Good news! I have secured an ad at BookBlast for my romantic suspense, Hard Target, and part of the ad's requirements was to lower the price. 
Under siege, her life and her heart...

So, Hard Target is now only $1.99! You save $2.00! If you prefer the Epub format, you can find the book here. But remember, this kind of ad will only appear for one day, so don't look for it on Bookblast tomorrow. 
The good news is that my sale price will linger for a bit longer!
So, please check it out and if you enjoy it, feel free to review it.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

I mean no disrespect...

Okay, occasionally, I watch those reality shows on TV that claim they are filming a ghost. The cameras are rolling at night, and something happens.
I'm sorry, but I have to take this stuff with a grain of salt. A door closes in an upstairs bedroom? A wisp of something dances across the screen? A murmur is heard in the distance?
Give me a break.
My house is only 10 years old and every time the furnace kicks in, or the back door is opened, some other door in the house shuts. And with my proximity to a short wave transmitter, heck, my copper pipes have been talking to me for a decade.
And wisps of light? Haven't these people heard of insects? Those critters love to crawl on anything warm and staticky.
Yes, I know those shows are purely for entertainment, but we need to watch so-called reality shows with a jaundiced eye. Not everything is the result of other-worldly spirits or UFOs. Most of the time, it's just a result of good editing and even better acting.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Be Careful!!

This is just a warning. Today I received a Google alert saying that my book, The Catch, was mentioned on a Yahoo blog that offers downloads of mostly Christian articles. 
Well, it turned out that they are offering my book, The Catch as a free download. It's free anyway, so I'm hardly losing any money, but when I clicked on the link, my anti virus program refused to open it, saying that there was a virus imbedded into the file.
This in itself isn't unusual. You see, some people offer free books this way in order to slip a virus into your computer that may steal valuable information from it. Sometimes the virus is benign, too, but if my ESET program says no, I usually defer to its wisdom.
But the fact that my book is associated with this suspicious download and blog is disconcerting. So please, fellow readers, protect yourselves and your favourite authors. Download your books from reputable sites, and if the deal (ie free ebook) seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Besides, there are loads of free ebooks available everyday. Take BookBlast for instance. They offer loads of great and free ebooks, downloaded through reputable sites like Amazon. All you have to do is sign up for it and each day in your inbox is a nice list to choose from. And with  Bookbub, you can choose your genres. So protect your computer. 
And if you want The Catch, try downloading it from Amazon or from Barnes and Noble. Just stay safe.

I shouldn't have left her alone!

That crazy Georgina has done it again!  I left her alone for a few minutes, and now another one of her books is free ! Get it here! ...