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This or That with Joyce
TV or Movies?
TV, although if it’s Star Trek, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or a Marvel movie, I’m heading out to a theater!
Hot or Cold?
Hot. Bred in Arizona, I’m a dyed-in-the-fur desert rat.
Black or White?
Black. From childhood, I was more attracted to the shiny black keys on a piano than the blah-white keys. I’ve always liked black, especially if it’s shiny.
Print or Ebook?
Does “both” sound like a copout?
Things I miss with e-books:
~ The ability to flip back multiple pages at a time to look up something you didn’t know was important when you read it the first time but later realize was important and want to reread before you continue the rest of the story. I don’t like the way with e-books you can only “flip” back one page at a time or have to try to do a word/phrase search, when for me I can find a previous scene much faster in a print book usually.
~ The back cover copy. I didn’t realize how often I like to reread the back cover copy during the course of a book until I didn’t have a back cover copy to read.
Things I like about e-books:
~ Paying less for a book that turns out to be a clunker.
~ They leave more room in the house for my hardcopy research books.
~ It’s easier to turn the pages with one finger on my iPad when I’m lying in bed and there’s a cat purring on my chest.
Coke or Pepsi?
Pepsi. I mostly drink them for headaches. The last time I had to drink a Coke, I almost chose the headache.
Horror or Romance?
Romance. Gotta have that happy ending.
Pizza or Pasta?
I’m Italian. Choosing one over the other would be blasphemous.
Harry Potter or Twilight?
Harry Potter. Yes, even though Twilight is a romance. I also like more action in my stories, which HP delivered over Twilight.
Shoes or Sandals?
Sandals. My toes want to be free.
Cats or Dog?
Cats! I like dogs too, but I’m convinced I should have been born with a cat in my arms.
A Candlelight Courting: A Short Christmas Romance
When Burthred comes courting on Christmas Eve, Meg rejects his advances. She has her heart set on becoming a nun and insists that he call her Christina, the spiritual name she has chosen for herself. She tries to make him swear on her box of holy relics that he will not pursue her, but he carefully words his oath to allow him to stay in her candlelit chamber and try to change her mind.
What Meg does not confess is that her reliquary box holds a secret.
Burthred needs a wife, and no one will satisfy him except Meg. He swore on his father’s deathbed that he would marry her. But Burthred has a secret, too. When they come together before the Yule fire, their shared revelations will either join their hearts together or tear them apart.
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