Heir Force: a Recap

Dear Readers,

So my homeschool year has started and I’m exhausted. I won’t bore you with the details, but it’s going to be a loooong year.

Good thing we’re on chapter 14 of Heir Force! We left off with Kate, Sarah and all preparing for Christmas. Snow covers the ground, it’s cold and Kate has the nuisance of her cast to work around.

This is the final chapter of Heir Force, so stay tuned to find out how it ends. There will be a cover contest late next week and other announcements. Please stay with me, I think you will like the ‘next chapter’!

Thanks for being patient with my starts and stops along the way. You can’t always plan for things that happen in life. Feel free to ask questions or leave comments about the story. I’d love to hear from you! I know you’re out there 🙂

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Until next time,

Michelle

 

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Scott AFB Security Forces K-9 Demo

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Last week I had the opportunity to watch a K-9 demonstration by some of the Scott AFB Security Force troops. They showed us some of the equipment they use and how they train their working dogs.

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Kate Released from Hospital

The next morning, Kate woke up stiff and sore. She was instantly worried about Sarah as soon as she realized she was in the hospital. But Spencer told her what happened and reassured her that Mrs. P had everything under control. After getting Kate’s cast in place, some prescriptions for pain, and discharge instructions, she was released.

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Spencer Calms Down

Spencer found the room Kate was assigned to and walked in quietly. She looked okay, except for her arm in a sling and scratches and bruises on her face and neck from the airbag. Spencer knew she would be sore for a few days at least.

A nurse came in to check her temperature. “Do you have any idea how she is?” Spencer asked, not too hopeful.

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Spencer Arrives at the Hospital

Spencer pulled into the nearest Emergency Room parking spot and whipped out his ID from his wallet. He would get answers and he would get them now.

As soon as the receptionist behind the check in desk saw Spencer striding toward him in his uniform, he knew who we was looking for. He picked up his phone and held up a hand toward Spencer to let him know he was on it.

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Mrs. P Gets Worried

Mrs. P and Sarah were having a great time, listening to Christmas carols and making a card for Kate. Then Mrs. P brought out the sugar cookies she made at home and the items needed to frost and decorate them. Sarah had fun eating as many decorations as those that made it on the cookies. Buttons made himself useful by eating the crumbs off the floor.

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Spencer Considers Proposing

That night’s dinner had been by candle light and very simple. Kate had made a meatloaf and baked potatoes while Spencer made a Romaine salad. Now relaxing by the fire, they sat close, lost in their own thoughts.

Kate tried not to worry about leaving the safety and security of her beloved country, but found it difficult to say the least. She had to leave Sarah behind with Spencer, Mrs. P and other friends. She sat in front of the movie, but her thoughts and worries played around in her head.

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For Fun Fridays!

Occasionally, I will post something fun on Fridays.  This is the first.  I hope you enjoy it!

Seven Fun Questions with Author Michelle Connell

Just for fun, I thought I’d make up a fan, and name him Arthur Fan (a fun take on author) and let him ask me questions that readers might like to know the answers to. So here is what he asked:

1.  Arthur Fan (AF): What is your favorite movie?

MC: My favorite movie is Charade, starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. It’s part mystery, part romance with music by the great Henry Mancini. A more modern favorite is You’ve Got Mail, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

2.  AF: Who are your favorite authors?

MC: Some of them are Agatha Christie, Anne Perry, Rhys Bowen, James Scott Bell, Emily Brightwell, David Rosenfelt, Jacqueline Winspear, Mindy S Clark, Dorothy Gilman, Sarah Sundin, Susan MacNeal, Margaret Truman and Mignon Ballard.

3.  AF: What other activities do you enjoy besides writing?

MC: I love to travel, I read a lot, bake, scrapbook, bowl and occasionally play racquetball, though it has been a while.

4.  How long have you been writing?

MC: A long time! All my life really. I sold my first article 17 years ago and have kept going ever since. I didn’t try novels though until November of 2006.

5.  What are some of your favorite things?

MC: Colorful pens and folders; school supplies (especially good pencils, and fun notebooks); dark chocolate; English/Victorian things, including tea, antiques; Pink Panther, James Bond and Alfred Hitchcock movies; documentaries and movies about WW II.

some of my folders and favorite pens

some of my folders and favorite pens

 

  1. What is your writing schedule?

MC: Schedule?! Is that a thing? Seriously, whenever I can get to it around four children and homeschooling. In the summers, I can usually get away a couple mornings or afternoons. Otherwise, I try to escape to the nearest library or St. Louis Bread Company (perhaps Panera where you are) for a couple hours.

my writing books

my writing books

my home office

my home office

  1. What is one of your quirks?

MC: One? I cannot-for the life of me-read Alice in Wonderland. I can’t ever get past page 1. I just can’t.

Arthur would like to know if you have any questions for Michelle. If so, leave them in the comments and she’ll answer them in future posts.

I hope you enjoyed this ‘mock interview’ with myself.  Let me know if you have any questions of your own, I’d love to answer them!

Michelle

An Announcement!!

Dear Readers,

I have some exciting news about a new project I’m working on that I’ll share in a few weeks.  My posts of Heir Force may be hit or miss, but rest assured the story will wrap up in the next couple of months.  I appreciate all of you and your likes and follows.  (BTW, WordPress notified me recently that I hit the 500 like milestone–thank you!)

Stay tuned for updates on my latest project.

I welcome your likes, comments and spreading the word about Heir Force.

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Looking forward to sharing my news,

Michelle

Kate and Spencer Watch the News

“Kate, honey, the news is on. Kate,” Spencer whispered. He stretched on the bed behind her, wincing at the squeak his movement made. He gently rubbed her shoulder, trying to rouse her. “What?” she asked, turning over.

“The news is on, do you want to watch?”

She nodded and got up and stretched out her arms. “Did everybody go home?” she whispered.

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