Friday, July 21, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things

It's Friday, which depending on how things are going, can be a celebration in and of itself. Thank you to our host, Lexa Cain, and her awesome cohosts: L.G. Keltner and Tonja Drecker.

Here's the good things:

1. This was the next to last week of having a few quiet hours for writing. For the month of August, the kids will be home and I'm 

Image: Sheep purple


2. I didn't buy the farm on Monday. I did wreck my bike by hitting a small, but deep pothole, the jolt of which caused me to lose the handlebars. 


KEE-RASH! (With emphasis on the rash--road rash that is.) Most of the damage is to my left side: left leg resembles a cat scratching post, left elbow sore 'cause a huge something (me) landed on it, left palm scratched and scraped, and left side of chin swollen and purple. Note to self: Noses are not good brake pads. I'm celebrating the fact that while I did land in the road, there was no car there at the time to finish me off. Now that's luck! (And, unlike the giphy above, my bike is fine.)

3. New covers. Here's one from C. Lee Mckenzie--free Kindle Edition!

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Scarred. Scared. Alone. Can sixteen-year-old Shawna Stone overcome her inner suffering and transcend the past? 

Shawna has spent the first sixteen years of her life in Las Vegas and learned to handle anything from a Las Vegas hustle to skipping out on the rent. Damaged inside and out, she's survived with a tough, hardened attitude. When her mother abandons her, with only a bus ticket and the name and number of stranger to call, this troubled , desperate teen finds herself on a California horse ranch with Kay Stone, the steely, youngish grandmother she's never known. 

Kay overwhelms Shawna with rules and daily barn chores, and Shawna baffles Kay with her foul-mouthed anger and shrugging indifference to everything--except the maltreated horse on the ranch next door. But it's worse than even Kay suspects: Shawna's driven to cut herself by Monster, that strange voice inside her head. Kay struggles to keep the ranch going and fears that unless she helps this girl, she could lose her last living family member.

As this unlikely pair struggles to co-exist, will they overcome their suffering and transcend the past?



What's the last serious injury you've experienced? Ever update a book cover? 


  1. Sorry you crashed. At least if it had happened in winter, you would've had some padding.
    I caught my finger with the hedge trimmer once. Fortunately, I still have all of my fingers.
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  2. Sorry about your fall. I hope you are better and are back on the bike. I had my first fall on a bike in years a few weeks ago. Thankfully, I only had scratches on one arm (the gloves helped).

    I've read "Sliding on the Edge" and even though I don't think I was Lee's intended audience (an aging balding guy) I enjoyed it.

    1. I love it when aging, balding guys read my stuff and like it. Maybe you are my intended audience!

  3. Yikes on the bike crash! Glad you're okay overall. :)

  4. I've crashed like that. Now I feel better that I landed in a bush instead. Good news you're only scraped.

  5. Oweeeeeeee

    I'm hoping you are much better by now. I hit a car one time as a kid on a bike. My little group, we decided to ride our bikes with our eyes closed. I was an 8 year old Darwin award contender.

  6. Eeek. You're right, that could have been so much worse. Still, it's bad enough. You've got weeks of complaining from this ;)

  7. Ouch! I've had four falls in the street, myself, recently, though not on a bike. It could have been worse, I suppose, if a car had been coming!

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  8. EGADS!!! I'm so sorry to hear this. When I was 19, I also had a bicycle accident. I fell on my face. Beside a brush burned body and face and distorted chin, I knocked out my front teeth. I feel your pain. Take care!

  9. I am so sorry to hear about your spill! I don't ride a bike anymore, but I remember a bad fall I had and now I have scars from it. I hope you heal quickly.

    Nice cover, Lee!!!

    1. Thanks, Chrys. Hope it passes the professional designer test with at least a C

  10. Yikes! That sucks about crashing your bike and I hope you heal fast.

  11. So sorry about the bike. That must not have been a lot of fun. Glad you weren't hurt. Thanks for the shout out about my new cover. Appreciate being included in your post today!

  12. I winced reading about that. My last injury was when I stepped in a pot hole in Boston. Badly sprained ankle, cracked ribs, and a lot of black and blue sore spots. Glad you have nothing broken. Did you have your helmet on?

  13. Oh wow. So sorry about your bike accident. I broke my cheekbone as a kid riding my bike. Those things are no joke!

  14. Poor you that bike crash did not sound like fun. I did something much the same some years ago only in my case I hit a large stone (rock!) and went over the handlebars. I was cycling fast downhill and finished the descent on my face … OUCH!

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