Book Sale!

Hello Readers,

Just wanted to let you know that I chose the blue/white cover of Cookie Encounter and it is now available on Kindle for .99!  Cookie Encounter: A Chance Encounter Inspirational Romance

Cookie Encounter cover

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Cover Contest! Win Prizes!

Yay! I’m all ready to start the cover contest tomorrow morning. Spread the word to your friends! One lucky winner will win a floral bouquet from Teleflora and another lucky winner will win a cookie delivery.

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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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An Heir Force Update

Hello Readers!

As Kate, Sarah, Spencer and Mrs. P prepare for Christmas, I am at a crossroads. I need to decide where I am going to go (and how) at the conclusion of Heir Force.

Some of my decisions include whether to stay here at the Heir Force site and turn it into more of a writer’s life blog, start a whole new blog and hope you move with me, or stop blogging altogether.

My next novel coming out in September, Cookie Encounter, is part of my Chance Encounter Inspirational Romance series and is not related to Heir Force at all, except for being a novel written by me. I could start a new blog using the Chance Encounter Romance theme, but am not sure that is what I want. I also have a part of me that includes scrapbooking, homeschooling, traveling and reading dozens of books a year that I could include in this new venture.

So, I will be thinking about this over the next several weeks and will continue to post Heir Force, but maybe not as regularly. Speaking of Heir Force, last week I had the opportunity to see a Scott Air Force Base K-9 demonstration and took pictures I will post later this week.  I was so excited!

Bear with me as I navigate the turns in my life and thank you for reading, and liking this blog. I am thankful for you. I welcome any input you may have, questions, suggestions, etc.

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Michelle,

living a writer’s life, which is crazy at times

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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Going Home

During their flight home Kate fretted about her upcoming deployment. She made a mental list of things to do. She needed to write out a plan for Sarah’s routine and leave contact information, etc for Spencer. It hadn’t been that long ago she went on her last TDY when she went to Germany, so she had all her shots, but had to update her will (now Spencer was named legal guardian) if anything happened to her. Spencer would keep Buttons for her and would check on Sarah on weekends when he could.

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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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At the Cabin

The fireplace glowed tangerine orange and crackled like miniature firecrackers. The night outside was cold and black as ink. Northern winds blew against the windows, but inside the log cabin, Kate and Spencer kept warm.

They nestled under a blanket on the sofa and watched a Christmas movie. It was just as Kate imagined the other day when she took the tour of the cabin. The two of them were comfy and it was quiet. She was wearing blue flannel pajamas with a miniature snowflakes pattern and her new robe Spencer gave her for her birthday.

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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

Dinner with John’s Brother

That night, Timothy and Judy joined them for dinner. It was good to see Judy again, and Sarah remembered her when she and Lauren cleared out John’s apartment. Sarah chatted away about her first time playing in the snow, talking about the snowman she and her grandpa and Spencer made together.

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