I’m dealing with mountains of boxes and trying to blend my life with my Bookstore Beau now that I’ve moved to Colorado Springs and deal with contractors and insurance adjusters to get our home repaired!
I am so grateful for the help of the book community and all the authors and readers who have helped me smile and just keep breathing. Kathy Bryson definitely made me smile!
She shares some of her housing calamities and tips for dealing with the restoration. I’m going to take her advice! *nods* Enjoy and make sure you take a look at her novel Restless Spirits and enter my Saving The Book Tart From Moving Madness! She’s added an ecopy of Restless Spirits too! 😀
The Queen of Tarts
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♥ Guest Post ♥
By Kathy Bryson
When I read about your adventures, Kat, with popcorn ceilings and insurance companies, you had my complete sympathy. Been there, done that! When I bought my house, it was newly renovated, but all the faucets broke the first month. I moved there from a condo where rats had set up housekeeping in the walls, but no one could decide who was responsible.
These were both a step up from renting. My first apartment was cheap in a run-down neighborhood, and the kitchen sink fell off the wall during Thanksgiving dinner. To this day, I can’t look at turkey without picturing ants swimming. At my last apartment, the police department stopped taking calls because they had so many complaints. The owner was fighting with the city over garbage pickup, and again, there were rats involved.
Naturally, I channeled all this experience into my writing (and got a cat). Renovating your characters’ homes is the ideal way to decorate while avoiding fuss and expense! After all, what could possibly go wrong converting a hundred-year-old, former hospital into a bed and breakfast? Cue the sinister laughter!
In Restless Spirits, Marilee Harper finds electricity and plumbing are the least of her worries. Her usual practical directness doesn’t always succeed while working with a cook who channels Elvis, contractors who act like paparazzi, and her difficult mother. Sometimes you bring your troubles with you. Then the haunting goes too far!
Now my advice won’t necessarily help because after all, you’re the one living through this. But for what it’s worth, I suggest concentrating on what’s broken first. The rest will follow in good time. Always get multiple estimates, and always take breaks. Walking away for a good dinner and cold drinks will help!
On the plus side, you got that popcorn ceiling down. I could never find a contractor willing to do that! And if it should turn out to be more than asbestos, I have the email of some really good psychics.
Release date: June 18th 2014 |
Publisher: SoulMate Publishing |
Format: Ebook |
Marilee Harper is desperate to find another job after she accidentally set fire to the home of the richest woman in town. Converting an old hospital into a bed and breakfast seems like a golden opportunity. But faucets and lights turn themselves off and on, and old baseballs fly without help. Stressed and aggravated, Marilee wants nothing more than to redeem herself, even if it means hands off her sympathetic boss!
John Smith has every confidence in the bossy, strong woman he hired to launch his bed & breakfast. She handled difficult customers at the bank and now she’s handling electricity and plumbing and whatever unseen force keeps throwing baseballs. Who can blame him if he starts to admire the woman in more than strictly professional terms? But when the angry, treacherous King of the Fairies shows up, can Marilee become his champion?
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By Kathy Bryson
John commented on the décor when he stopped by after school. I stood up from painting the wood paneling where it met the inside of the staircase, stepped back to check my work, and bumped into him. “It looks nice,” John said simply, catching my elbow and steadying me.
“Thanks.” I smiled at him. Standing one step up, I was eye level with John. It was a potentially intimate moment, and I watched him carefully to see some spark of interest, but I was disappointed. He examined the stairwell, frowning, and didn’t seem aware of me at all, but his next statement seemed genuinely remorseful.
“I’m sorry I can’t be here to help more. You’re getting stuck with the painting after all.”
I shrugged. “It was inevitable. I did something bad in a previous life.”
Kathy Bryson knew she wanted to be a writer when she finished reading through her school and local children’s libraries. She spent 20 years honing her writing skills on marketing brochures, websites, and several unfinished manuscripts before going into teaching and finishing a book with all the stuff she enjoys most – from coffee to love to Shakespeare! Kathy lives in Florida where she caters to the whims of two spoiled cats and wonders what possessed her to put in 75 feet of flower beds.
Her first book, Feeling Lucky, won the 2014 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award for Best First Book.
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What: $40 Gift Card to Amazon or B&N
Steph Nuss is giving
two eBooks of Fantasized By You !!!
Lynn Cahoon is giving away
an ebook of The Bull Rider’s Keeper!!!
Amy Lane is giving away e-book copies
of the three novellas in The Granby Knitting Menagerie,
as well as an e-book copy of Blackbird Knitting in a Bunny’s Lair!!!
Kristina Knight is giving away winner’s choice
of an ebook from her backlist +
a Rocker cham bracelet!!!
Jocelyn Dex is giving two ebook copies
of Araya’s Addiction away to two lucky commenters!
Kathy Bryson is giving one lucky commenter
an ebook copy of Restless Spirits!
When: Now- August 16th
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