Gambling On Love is now available from Riptide, revised and updated.

To celebrate, there's a blog tour with prizes! I'm giving away a $25 Amazon voucher to one winner and four others will receive their choice of one ebook from my backlist.

Today, the tour kicks off in style at these sites. There's a blog post from me at MM Good Books too, explaining why this book won't work for everyone, but I hope it hits the mark for some of you.

Sinfully Gay Romance

Boy Meets Boy Reviews

Diverse Reader

Guilty Pleasures

MM Good Book Reviews

Many thanks to the sites for hosting me; much appreciated!
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( Sep. 17th, 2016 05:04 pm)
Eleanor was very resistant to changing her bathroom so it hasn't been decorated since she was 8. Now she's 21 I put my foot down. :-)

Not a reno; the flooring and fixtures need changing but we can't afford it right now. Just a refresh, but I like it.

I dug the fitted toilet roll holder out of the wall, put in new drywall and plastered, painted the walls lilac, painted the old wooden doors white, changed the handles, the mirror, the lights, and got a rug to hide the hideous vinyl floor a bit.

bathroom )
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( Sep. 15th, 2016 05:27 pm)
...though super nervous. The two Gr 11 English teachers at Lauren's school asked me to come in and talk to their classes today about writing and my love of reading. Went really well. The kids were friendly, polite, and asked lots of really good questions.

So glad it went well. Now I can relax after fretting all week :-)
Asked Eleanor to do Transformers vid to theme of Mighty Machines (Prowl/Jazz 4eva!) She did. So funny.

We're all hooked on those Robots in Disguise... My favorite iteration is Transformers Prime; brilliant animation. Working our way through the original G1 series. Very cheesy but fun.
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( Aug. 24th, 2016 10:09 pm)
Out of the blue, some guy took me to task for my negative review of a book on GR that I posted years back.

It was the book that the Surveyfail guys wrote. I defended my review (he was all, but you didn't REEEEAD it!!! and I was all, didn't bloody need to, thank you) then browsed some of the Surveyfail links. Sadly, many links dead now, but ooh, that was a quality wank! :;munches reminiscent popcorn::
I found my copy of Jane Eyre for Lauren to look at. It's very old; inscribed "To the best sister a chap could have."

It was a gift to my grandmother from her brother. It must be about eighty years old.

There's a preface from the author and I usually skip those, but this bit caught my eye.

"I turn to another class [...] in whose eyes whatever is unusual is wrong: whose ears detect in each protest against bigotry--that parent of crime--an insult to piety, that regent of God on earth. I would suggest to such doubters certain obvious distinctions; I would remind them of certain simple truths.

Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last."
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( Jul. 26th, 2016 09:04 am)
Got back yesterday after two trouble-free flights and a wonderful five days relaxing. Very hot here and double jetlag means my body isn't sure what the hell is going on, but I'll soon adjust.
trip )
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( Jul. 18th, 2016 04:16 pm)
David leaves for Edinburgh on business tomorrow, coming back next Monday...and I'm going too! The girls are plenty old enough to be left (20, 15) and I can get the flight free on air miles and the hotel and breakfast free too so it's really well worth it. David has to work Thur/Fri but we'll have the weekend to do stuff.

We're staying somewhere David's been before, a lovely hotel about ten mins from the city; very posh, spa attached, acres of land. We've been upgraded to an executive room.

Looking forward to chilling out until they can use me to ice the gin and tonics ;-) Weather considerably cooler than here with rain forecast, but I'm used to that; holidayed in Scotland throughout my childhood. Sad a bookshop I planned to visit has gone but there are many more to browse through.
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( Jun. 30th, 2016 02:54 pm)
Eleanor has a Redbubble account where she uploads art and it gets put onto stuff. I asked her to upload a photo of mine and I bought it as a chiffon top, very light and cool.

So happy with how it turned out! Though it needs ironing :-) It's a maple leaf on the pavement outside the Ottawa Parliament buildings.

T-shirt )
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( Jun. 27th, 2016 10:02 am)
We got a new kitten from the shelter; tiny scrap of ginger fur and purr, a stray found with her brothers and sisters. We've called her Peach, partly because of her color and partly as a nod to Tally and Mac since we buried them under the peach tree. She's incredibly affectionate and brave.

Willow is aghast, horrified, hissing, growling, running away, but we will let them get used to each other slowly.

See David's fitbit? It has gone all bulgy on the strap. They're sending him another which is nice since we can't find the receipt.

Peach )
so I guess I can voice my opinion and it's one of sheer disgust at the gamble of buying your way into power by promising a referendum that you assumed would go your way.

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

And coming out of the EU was deeply stupid.

Devastated. The implications are huge and scary. Scotland is now unhappy; I'm guessing if they could vote today the result would be different than last time; they'd pull out of the UK and join the EU as a separate nation.

Oh, this year. I can't even.

Comments off. I'm venting from 4000 miles away.
Lat night was Eleanor's grad ceremony at Sheridan College. She got a diploma, with honors, in Visual Creative Arts and in Sept she starts animation at Seneca Uni.

So we all drove to Oakville. Eleanor needed to be in the robing room at 6.30, we needed to be in our seats at 7.15, and we arrived at 5.45 so we split up, E to meet with a friend who lives two mins from the college, us to shop in the vicinity.

At 6.40 get a frantic call from E; WRONG CAMPUS. She'd met another student in similar pickle and turns out we should've been 37km away by Square One Mall at the Living Arts Center.

It said LAC on printout but no address and E assumed it was part of the campus she didn't know.


Cue frantic dash, googling address, begging Garmin to find the bloody satellites. Got there at 7.01, dropped E off outside building (wrong building but not too far away from the place) and parked.

All went well in the end but stressful as heck.

And she got a job for the summer washing dishes in the local bar. Which is something and she's still earning steadily from sales on Redbubble.
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( Jun. 6th, 2016 07:57 pm)
A friend of ours for many years, Rob, lost his battle against colon cancer today. He was one of those people who are the focal point in any room. He was tall, handsome, kind, always smiling, and he made you feel special and interesting.

He was a therapist who dealt with some high profile cases because he was so good at his job. He had a wife and young son and I can't imagine what they're feeling right now, or his dad and stepmother, lovely people who've already suffered losses themselves.

When he found out about the cancer, his first reaction was to fight it, to raise money to research it, to go on with his life. I never once heard him complain.

He said when he went, to raise a glass to him. We'll do that. And shed some tears.No, many tears.
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( Jun. 2nd, 2016 07:06 pm)
Lauren, who's 15 now, openly bi, fiercely political, and a total fashionista, volunteers at the library. They asked the young volunteers to send in 7 photos, the best to be used on a poster advertising an upcoming selfie/snapchat competition run by the city (or something. I'm vague on what snapchat even is, lol).

She was volunteering today tidying shelves and a lady came up to her and said, you're the girl from the poster! Brilliant photo; you should make it a career!

Lauren said '???' and the woman took her to the poster on the wall at the top of the stairs and they'd chosen three of L's photos on the poster, including a selfie of her. So proud!

Here it is, plus the original selfie. She did the books on a chair, the book with a ripped page, and herself.

poster )
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( Jun. 2nd, 2016 04:52 pm)
Thank you all for the outpouring of sympathy for Macallan's loss. I won't reply individually because I'm tearing up thinking of him, but the family read them all and were very touched and grateful.

::hugs you all::
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( Jun. 1st, 2016 05:48 pm)
Mac died here at home this afternoon. Eleanor, Lauren and I were with him. He had a seizure and was in distress for a few minutes then died with us there beside him. We think he was about twenty. He was from the humane society so we're not sure exactly.

We're devastated. It doesn't matter how old and frail he was, it seems too soon to lose him.

He's playing with Talisker now.

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( May. 31st, 2016 12:53 pm)
David and I got WAY behind on SPN and decided to watch an episode a night to catch up. We just watched the one where a kiss seals your fate.

Am I the only one who was hoping for a Sam/Dean smooch b/c Sam didn't want Dean to die? A desperate, grabby, hard kiss that left them reeling?

Say it isn't so!
I drabbled! A pure impulse one.

Ashes to Ashes

Peter is like mountain ash. Deadly, poisonous, and when it’s living green, beautiful.

Stiles knows it. Can’t bring himself to care. Not with Peter’s fingers grinding deep into a place Stiles had never realized had so many possibilities for making him howl, making space for his cock, not when Peter’s instructions, lewd, explicit, are everything he’s been waiting to hear his whole fucking life.

He tastes blood where he’s bitten his lip, arches his ass just so, and grins with delight at Peter’s hiss of pleasure.

He’s no werewolf. He’ll take the risk.

It’ll only kill him if Peter leaves.
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( May. 26th, 2016 11:47 am)
A year ago my friend and I signed up for a gym. It was 30 mins away but they assured us a new one would be opening five mins away from my house in September and we could transfer our membership then. It's taken until now, but the new place was finally open so we went to transfer.

It's a $25 fee. Well, okay. Then she tried to get us to go from the basic $10 a month fee to the $20 VIP package to avoid the transfer fee.

I said no, wasn't interested in guest passes, massage, tanning; I basically just want to do the Zumba.

Oh, she said, Zumba classes aren't covered and by the time you pay for them singly, you might as well pay the VIP fee and get all classes included.

Needle scratch time. We've NEVER paid for Zumba/yoga at the other location. We told her and she got sniffy and said we should've done and it was breaking the rules. I checked when I got home and the website does say classes are extra but Jackie and I could've sworn they were all included and we never got asked for money; just beeped our card and walked on in.

I decided to cancel altogether. I haven't been going and it was just getting pricey. I was told since I'd been a member for six days over a year I needed to give them 60 days notice in writing.

Me: Please give me a piece of paper.

They handed over s sheet and I wrote on it: I want to cancel my membership, signed and dated it, and left.

Never again signing up for something so hard to cancel.
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( May. 23rd, 2016 04:31 pm)
Well, apart from a new lighting fixture and threshold, but the door is on, the loo flushes, and it no longer leaks under the sink!

We did it all ourselves, taking hours here and there over the last three weeks.

Word of advice; avoid Ralph Lauren metallic paint. It's hellishly expensive and goes on terribly.

Totally gutted the room, replaced bits of drywall, painted (ten bloody coats, thank you for nothing, RL) replastered, put down new subfloor and granite tiles, installed new loo and granite topped vanity.

Total cost, around $1500, which isn't bad. The vanity was 80% off b/c it's last year's color or something.

pix )


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