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This is me. The butterflies have escaped my tummy and are sitting on my face. I still look happy.
Anyway, we're in the middle of packing for a camping trip. Well, sort of camping. I spent my childhood in the wilds of the Sawtooth Mountains, hiking 15 miles in to a nice spot and stay a week before hiking back out. I won't say I'm scarred. We'll just say I'm over my need to sleep on the ground and eat Rice-A-Roni every meal.
So, we're staying here. It's the old caretaker's cabin outside of a ghost town called Granite. About 3 hours from us in the middle of the Wallowa Mountains. It has beds. Not fancy, but actual off-the-ground sleeping accomodations. Suits me. A lake nearby. Some abandoned buildings. Gold mining equipment sitting around. You know... country stuff.
You don't think that sounds good?
*pouts for a while*
Fine, I admit that's a stock photo from foodrepublic.com. I'm sure it's something really tasty. Or at least, it's very colorful. And well-engineered.
(anvari.com)I admit that I don't know what I cooked this week. I definitely ate something because I didn't lose weight. And I'm assuming children were eating something around here because they get really loud and obnoxious when hungry. But we did buy about 10 pounds of popsicles so maybe that's why they're so quiet.
The only thing I have to show for the week is a new cover. (I know, lame. But at least I can tell you how they made it. That's something, right?) These are the photos I sent the Killion Group from dreamstime.com, along with some ideas and the story synopsis.
Hero is a cop in above-mentioned small town. Lane lost his brother in an accident and his close-knit family still bears the scars of grief, forgiveness, and moving forward. His home town is second only to his family. It's the place he loves more than any other, the place he'll never leave. Everyone gets a second chance in a small town, even old drunks like Rocky McConnell. Once he stops drinking, they actually get along pretty well. In fact, they're pretty good friends.
When Marie dies, Daisy comes home for the funeral and to retrieve her inheritance, an old quilt. She finds out the library is scheduled to close because flood insurance and repairs would cost too much for the small town. Daisy can't let that happen, right? She gives up her summer to write grants and run the summer reading program and try to save the only place she's ever loved.
Nothing can go wrong with this plan... Only that she's renting Lane's cabin, he's winning her heart, her dad wants to reconcile, and it just won't stop raining.
By the time the river jumps the banks, there's a whole lot more drama going in Liberty than a spring flood. The town pulls together to save the library, the quilt holds a startling secret, and two young people in love must decide if NEVER really means FOREVER.
Anyway, so this is the cover The Killion Group came up with from all the rambling plot and pictures and vague hand-waving I did by way of explaining what I wanted...
And then I rushed back an re-wrote her as a skinny-Minnie, since the original Daisy was a little more curvy. Now she's more runtish. And heroines come in all sizes so we love her just the same. I love the Carnegie library they chose for the background. Since the library in the story is an old Carnegie based off the one in my town, I really wanted the library to be the focus. (Of course, nobody minds a cute guy, either. But we love books, so we'll take it.)
Anyway, that's all I got for this week. Leaving Liberty will be available on Amazon July 1st, starting with a free run. Whoohoo! Love those giveaways!
So, not much to eat this week, but maybe that picture of my footwear will keep you all satisfied until I find something to cook.
Oh, and the oven is broken. Did I mention that? It died a few weeks ago. Huh. I never thought about it being related. But there ya go. Appliance shopping rates right up there with root canals for me, so I'm hoping hubby will just stop asking me what I want and go pick something out. Not holding my breath, though. It would be like me trying to buy him some nice tools. *eye boggle*
So, until next time! This week, enjoy the sunshine and wear some fantastically embarrassing footwear!