Guitar Hero


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So this happened on Christmas Eve. You may remember that Guitar Hero asked his girlfriend to marry him in October. They said at the time that the future Mrs. Guitar Hero had always wanted to elope rather than spend tons of money on a big church wedding. (This was reinforced […]

Snippet Saturday – real life romance mimics fiction


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This weekend my eldest (Guitar Hero) came home to help celebrate his younger brother’s birthday. While we were talking, Guitar Hero’s girlfriend mentioned how GH had tried on a pair of Harry Potter-like glasses for a lark. It reminded me of a picture I’d put up on my personal FB […]

Some people’s kids


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It’s Guitar Hero’s 27th birthday today. When we went out to buy his birthday cake of choice (a Dairy Queen ice cream cake), we asked him if he wanted anything written on it. He replied in his usual droll fashion: “How about Happy Birthday, Princess.” So…as is usual for this […]

Happy Birthday “Princess”



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One of the presents I gave my family this Christmas was my undivided attention for a couple of days. I stayed out of my office and away from my computer, only allowing myself to quick check┬ámy email on my phone while I baked lots of cookies, along with preparing the […]

Happy Holidays


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Do you ever find that when you decide to start cleaning house (I’m talking decluttering, not just dusting and vacuuming) that partway through you’ve made more of a mess of the place than it was when you started? That’s my house right now. Guitar Hero decided to move out of […]

Office upheaval


Hmm, that title sounds rather dirty, doesn’t it? Or is it just my dirty mind? It was Thanksgiving this weekend here in Canada so I also had to plan and cook a Thanksgiving dinner. When I was in Texas back in 2007, I’d had my first taste of sweet potato […]

Plugging Back In



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Lots of good news in the Braemel household this week. First up, Miranda of Joyfully Reviewed has said that Deliberate Deceptions is “a stand-out in the contemporary erotic genre.” That was a lovely review to find on Wednesday morning. Miranda also says “Deliberate Deceptions is wrought with heady emotions and […]

Good news all around


Dear Guitar Hero: It’s hard to believe that twenty six years* have passed since you looked like this: Then this: and that you now look like this: Or this: Happy Birthday GH! *Yes I am still trying to figure out a way to explain how I can have a twenty-six […]

Twenty six? No, he can’t be…


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2010 has been a year of ups and downs. I could vent about all the downs that happened this year that included the death of my father and my mother’s stroke, but I think it’s too easy to get lost in negatives. I prefer to remember the positives. Like… On […]

Thinking Positive about 2010



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It’s Thanksgiving weekend here this weekend. So the Braemel family is kicking back a bit. When the boys were little we’d do a lot of family oriented things–apple picking, pumpkin picking. Driving north to look at the fall colors. But now the boys are grown and a lot of the […]

Happy Thanksgiving


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I’ve pulled up the “new post” page a couple times since Gizmo Guy’s post, but what a hard act that post was to follow. GG’s a little embarrassed by all the attention he drew — oh, don’t worry, he did say originally send it to me as a post, but […]

Sunday Round-Up


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I’m busy booking guest bloggers for the rest of the year, so hopefully I’ll have a nice long list again on my sidebar soon. There’ll be some new names and some more familiar, as always. Carina Press authors, Samhain authors, NY pubbed authors. All sorts of choices for you. I’m […]

Past, present and future