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.

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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 . . .


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!

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Tags: Kiki; Photos & Other Images; Rainee

Spring Book Promos

Posted Sun, 03/05/17

To celebrate Read an E-Book Week, Smashwords is offering discounts on books in their catalog. The promotion runs from March 5-11, 2017.

Four of my books (writing as Deborah O'Toole and Deidre Dalton) are part of the event:

Coupon codes will remain valid until March 11, 2017, after which the books will return to their normal prices. Coupon codes only work at Smashwords, not at retailers served by Smashwords.

Deborah O'Toole @ Smashwords

Happy reading!

Speaking of "spring" - and totally unrelated to the book promos - my Spring 2017 Newsletter is now online >

Irish Eyes: Book Promotions

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Enthrallment Cover History

Posted Fri, 03/03/17

As with other tomes in the Collective Obsessions Saga, Enthrallment has a history of different book covers. This was the original working cover:

Original working cover for "Enthrallment." Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

Followed by:

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

The first cover (designed by T.L. Davison) came when Enthrallment was first released by Club Lighthouse Publishing in 2012:

 The first cover designed by T.L. Davison came about when "Enthrallment" was first released by Club Lighthouse Publishing in 2012. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

The new and current cover for both the e-book and upcoming print edition of Enthrallment is my favorite (again by T.L. Davison):

The new and current cover for the both electronic and print editions of "Enthrallment" is my favorite (again designed by T.L. Davison). Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

Click on above images to view their larger sizes in a new window.

Front and back cover design for paperback edition of "Enthrallment." Click on image to view larger size in a new window.*POSTSCRIPT (03/04/17): Enthrallment (book #4 in the Collective Obsessions Saga) became available in paperback at Amazon today. George Sullivan reunites with his long-lost love Susan O'Reilly. Their daughter Carly enters into an unholy alliance to secure her position as Liam Larkin's wife. As secrets unfold and more madness takes root, Carly plots a twisted scheme to exact revenge on the Larkin family. Four novels down, four more to go!

*Related Blog Posts: Nervous Rattles (06/22/16) and Enthrallment Cover History (03/03/17).

Tags: Collective Obsessions Saga

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