Autumn Newsy

Posted Wed, 11/22/17

Autumn has been very busy for me this year, as I'm certain it has for everyone else. The holiday season has begun in earnest. There are some days I wonder if it's a good or bad thing!

I spent late summer updating Halloween Cuisine, along with designing a new cover. Forty-two extra recipes were added, bringing a grand total of eight-six ghoulish dishes. Fun stuff for me.

I'm hoping for a year-end release of the paperback edition of Megan's Legacy, eighth and final book in the Collective Obsessions Saga. It would be a great way to finish off 2017.

In time for Christmas, a free view of Foofer & St. Nick will be available online for the month of December 2017.

For more, read my autumn newsletter (brief though it is) >

Happy Holidays!

Tags: Collective Obsessions Saga; Short Tales Collection

"The Twilight" in Print

Posted Sun, 10/29/17

The Twilight, 7th novel in the eight-part Collective Obsessions Saga, is now available in print.

"The Twilight" by Deborah O'Toole writing as Deidre Dalton is now available in paperback!

Shannon Larkin and Scott Page are happy in their long marriage, but a tragic loss forces her to delve into the past in order to face ugly truths about her husband. Devastated, she retreats into her own solitary world. A stranger brings Shannon out of self-imposed exile and shows her the beauty of unconditional love exists after all.

Please Note: Let me qualify that The Twilight (named such about nineteen years ago), has absolutely nothing to do with vampires and the like, but rather the sunset years of a long relationship.

Enjoy!

Tags: Collective Obsessions Saga

Hearts Cover History

Originally posted Wed, 02/27/13 - UPDATED Sat, 08/26/17 (upon release of the paperback edition of Hearts Desires).

This was the "working" cover for Hearts Desires for quite awhile, pre-book release:

First "working" cover for "Hearts Desires." Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

The red room was indicative of a bloody scene where Jack Sansovino rapes Jamie Page and then beats him to a near-pulp. The incident takes place in the bedroom of Jamie's cottage, a short distance from the Larkin mansion.

The second cover was rather vague, but I liked the design anyway:

Second cover for "Hearts Desires." Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

The third cover was a rendition of semi-main characters Brose Larkin and Bridget Gallagher in an embrace as they look out over Larkin City under a starry sky:

The third cover for "Hearts Desires" was a rendition of semi-main characters Brose Larkin and Bridget Gallagher in an embrace as they look out over Larkin City under a starry sky. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

The fourth - and official e-book cover - for Hearts Desires was rendered by T.L. Davison, which features Jamie, Jack and Jamie's dog in frame:

Final cover for "Hearts Desires." Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

I was uneasy about having two bare-chested men on the cover at first. Not because the men happen to be gay, but suggestive nudity - even with women - is just not my cup of tea.

And the cover for the paperback edition of Hearts Desires:

Cover for the paperback edition of "Hearts Desires." Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

None of the books in the Collective Obsessions Saga are heavy on sex scenes. How many ways can one write romantic interludes for a connecting series of books that span 140 years? I tried to be creative as the storyline progressed, which sometimes resulted in violence or mild kinkiness, but the scenes are a backdrop rather than the focus.

However, I've come to appreciate the cover for Hearts Desires. Not so much for the men depicted, but for the inclusion of the dog in a framed picture behind them. The image threads into the final part of the saga (Megan's Legacy) in subtle fashion, which will only be realized by readers when they finish the last book.

Blog Tags: Photos & Other Images

Tags: Collective Obsessions Saga; Photos & Other Images

Incense Love

Posted Fri, 08/11/17

Below is a photo of my eclectic collection of incense holders, which I use on a daily basis.

My eclectic collection of incense holders (picture taken February 2017). Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

The tray with the purple crystal is actually a candy dish my father brought back from Brazil years ago, and the crab was once used as an ashtray I found in Tucson during the 1980s.

I adore scented candles and incense, especially fruity (mango) and spicy (vanilla) aromas.

Blog Tags: Photos & Other Images

Tags: Photos & Other Images

Blog Sparsity

Posted Wed, 07/19/17

I've had a severe lack of blog posts since last month, but hope to remedy the situation shortly.

In June 2016, my longtime web host Tripod Lycos had a meltdown. I moved all of my writing-related websites to a new host (GoDaddy), where I've been very happy ever since, but left behind all of the cooking-related sites (Appetizing Muse, Food Fare, Food Fare Cookbooks, Food Fare Culinary Collection, and holiday articles that are available online such as Christmas Noel, Tea Time and Thanksgiving with Food Fare, among a few others).

Over the last week, I finally moved all of the remaining sites to my new web host. It was long, arduous and mostly tedious work to ensure all of the now-dead links were changed to the new pages. (Food Fare alone has more than 5,000 files). But, once and for all, I'm free of my old host and fully planted with the new. Boring, yes, but necessary for my peace of mind.

New valid links for the most recently migrated websites include:

I hope to spend the rest of this sweltering hot summer by writing.

Knock on wood.

*Related Blog Posts: Tech Anguish (06/18/16) and Blog Sparsity (07/19/17).

Web Design/Computer Misc

Tags: Web Design/Computer Misc

Keeper in Print

Posted Fri, 06/09/17

The Keeper's Journal, 5th novel in the Collective Obsessions Saga, is now available in print. The paperback edition has a slightly modified book cover designed by T.L. Davison.

"The Keeper's Journal" by Deborah O'Toole writing as Deidre Dalton is now available in paperback!

Shannon Larkin is forced to confront demons from her past, while her daughter Angie discovers Colm Sullivan's journal in the old lighthouse keeper's cottage. The diary sheds light on the history between the Larkin and Sullivan families, but may be too late to stop the sisters of Mike Sullivan from wreaking vengeance on the Larkin's for sins and tragedies from the past . . .

Enjoy!

Tags: Collective Obsessions Saga

Dice Game with Sound

Posted Sat, 04/22/17

My mother and I played the board game Yahtzee for many years until Alzheimer's robbed her of the ability. The other day I found old game software in a box, which was Hoyle's 2012 edition of board and puzzle games.

Included was "Yacht," Hoyle's version of Yahtzee. You can create your own face and voice, and then select opponents from a large group of characters who interact verbally. My favorites are Elayne (tough-talking lady with a Brooklyn accent), Jasper (soft-spoken but irritable man from Jamaica), and Captain Scurvy (a parrot who talks like a pissy pirate).

"Yacht," Hoyle's version of Yahtzee. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

The game is fun, and brings back many fond memories.

Tags: Games

B-Day Babies

Posted Fri, 03/31/17

Rainee turns thirteen today.

Rainee (picture taken June 2004). Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

And Kiki turns eleven:

Kiki (picture taken October 2006). Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

Happy birthday, babies!

Blog Tags: Photos & Other Images

Tags: Kiki; Photos & Other Images; Rainee

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