Just When You Think the News Couldn’t Get Any Worse…

•October 24, 2014 • 11 Comments
Maybe I watched too much TV news when I was a kid and got punished for it, so now I'm just reliving the haunting memories. All's I know is I am majorly news-averse.

Maybe I watched too much TV news when I was a kid and got punished for it, so now I’m just reliving the haunting memories. All’s I know is I am majorly news-averse.

Most of you know that I do my best to avoid mainstream news.

It depresses me.

Like I need that right now…

You know thing are getting rough for me when I start using images of Lucille Ball rather than Marilyn Monroe or Princess Di. I need help, People!

You know thing are getting rough for me when I start using images of Lucille Ball and not Marilyn Monroe or Princess Di. I need help, People!

Well, I just saw this (while taking a break from fixing my book) and had to share it with you.

Maybe it will give you a bit of perspective on what “disaster” really means.

Maybe it won’t.

At the very least, it might make you laugh. And that’s worth the look-see.

For those of you not familiar with The Onion, it is the finest news source ever. Don’t take my word for it–that’s their slogan.

Have a great weekend, People!

What are your plans? I’m finishing up my book fixes so I never have to read my novel again!

I love the novel, don't get me wrong, but I'm at the point where I think I can recite it.

I love the novel, don’t get me wrong, but I’m at the point where I think I can recite it. In my sleep.

The Trick is Knowing When Enough is Enough

•October 22, 2014 • 25 Comments
Magic. Housework. None of it works for me.

Magic tricks. Housework. None of it works for me.

I’ve never been particularly good at magic or tricks.

With me, what you see is what you get.

The jury is still out on whether that’s always such a good thing.

Never trust an honest woman. She's playing you for a fool! A fool, I say!

Never trust an honest woman. She’s playing you for a fool! A fool, I say! Can’t we at least all agree on that?

Anyway, if the trick is knowing when “enough is enough,” I’m sunk.

This is my round-about way of telling you that my plate platter table is filling up faster than a Thanksgiving feast at the White House.

Where's the casserole with the mini-marshmallows and sweet potatoes? I need my vitamin A.

Where’s the casserole with the mini-marshmallows and sweet potatoes? I need my vitamin A.

We bought a house in the Portland area today.

I have to sell my condo and get ready for a move across the vast country of the U.S.A.

I know how vast it is because I just traveled across it this weekend and the jet lag is a bummer. At least the early American pioneers (the ones who arrived here, not the ones that were already here) traveled by horse and wagon, so they took it slowly and the time difference wasn’t so hard on them. But the seats were probably just as uncomfortable as Economy Class seats.

What do you think? Was this first class back then or economy class?

What do you think? Was this first class back then or economy class?

I’m still proofing my paper back version of Never Turn Back.

Guess what?

I’m finding teeny tiny gaffes of the “why didn’t I see that when I was proofing the e-book?” variety.

Yeah. No. Two hands are not enough to covered this ashamed faced.

Another typo! I’m too brilliant for this kind of thing to bring me down. And here’s another one! Was I sleeping when I proof read this thing for the ninth time? No, it’s too good. I got caught up in the story. That must be it.

Not to worry. I’ll fix them and reload the book onto (into? up to?) Kindle and you can snag it again since you already own it–if you already own it. I’ll let you know when the corrected version is ready, deal?

I’m a perfectionist and want it as clean for your reading pleasure as possible. You’d do the same for me. I know it.

So I’m a bit a little majorly stressed right now.

That's after meditation...or was that medication? I can never remember anymore.

And that’s after meditation…or was that medication? I can never remember anymore.

If I don’t get to reading your blog posts, don’t think I’m an ungrateful louse. I just feel like the wheels are coming off the wagon–my wagon. Thank goodness I don’t have to pack a wagon!

I know I’m not the only one who doesn’t know when enough is enough.

Take a look at this very funny video. You’ll see what I mean.

Do you feel a bit over-extended? It’s okay to vent if you like. I can at least try to read, empathize quickly and put up a sad face.

Sorry. That's the best I can do for now.

Sorry. That’s the best I can do for now.

 

 

 

 

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents… Lorna Earl!

•October 18, 2014 • 8 Comments

Lorna's Voice:

Thought you might enjoy this awesome interview with ME! Apparently I’m not the only super-duper interviewer in town (and by “town I mean the world).
Remember the FREE downloads of my books end on SUNDAY.
Back to house hunting!

Originally posted on Kev's Blog:

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents:

Framed photo for promo Lorna Earl

Kev: In a generalized way Lorna, tell us a little about yourself. Where you grew up, siblings, family life, education, and how you got to where you are now.

Lorna: I grew up in the North Eastern part of the U.S., mostly in a very rural part of New York State near the Canadian border. But the only French I speak is “eh?” I’m the middle of three daughters, so I have a classic case of Middle Child Syndrome that I’ve never been able to shake.

My father killed himself when I was four years old. (I don’t think I pushed him over the edge or anything. He was already headed there before I was born.) So I grew up in an all-female household. How the heck was I supposed to stand out in that kind of a family dynamic?

I decided to…

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Free, Free, Free. Did I mention Free?

•October 17, 2014 • 20 Comments
This is worse than when I had dial-up access.

This is worse than when I had dial-up access.

Is your internet slow today?

Well no wonder!

Ka-tons (that is a scientific term for “a lot”) of people should be downloading copies of both of my books FOR FREE.

Starting TODAY (Friday the 17th) and ending at midnight on Sunday, the 19th the only two books I ever wrote are yours, free, in e-book form, on Amazon.

If you don’t have a Kindle, then get yourself a Kindle Ap. I hear they’re everywhere. Amazon offers one for free, go figure.

You want Kindle Ap? We got Kindle Ap.

You want Kindle Ap? We got Kindle Ap. What else you need?

Just don’t miss this opportunity to save yourself some $$$$ and snag some extra-fine reading for your pile of books you’ve been meaning to read.

 

This is a 412 page-turner!

This is a 412 page-turner! So you’re getting your money’s worth.

This is my new novel. It’s serious historical fiction set mainly in Paris (France, not Paris Island or Paris, Texas or Paris Hilton) during the early to mid-1900’s.

Just because it’s based on the real life of my grandmother, don’t think that this is some kind of “chick lit.” Yes, women will love it. But men will enjoy it too. Think Hitler, guys. And sex. Yes. I said sex. I’m not saying that this is like a James Bond thriller, but, men, there’s intrigue, and sex. Did I mention sex?

For your free copy in the US, click here.

For your free copy in the UK, click here.

For you free copy in France, click here.

Although the book is available worldwide, those are really the only markets Amazon gave me links to. If they give me more, I’ll put them on my Never Turn Back Book Page

Still not sure? Let me share one of the 5-star reviews I already have gotten on the book.

“Dreaming of becoming a famous designer, the protagonist, Meri, burns through on the page in a once vibrant Paris bracing for Hitler’s invasion. Faced with a pregnancy by a Jewish man, Meri is intent on keeping the secret and surviving at all costs in an increasingly hostile environment. Never Turn Back is a captivating narrative, a metaphor for the longing and conviction of youth that surmounts horrors and tragedies. In one heart-wrenching turn after another the brilliant writing of Lorna Lee weaves a compelling tale—based on real people—that glues the reader to the page and keeps the imagery of this story in our minds, and hearts, for days after the last page is shut.” Review by Paulette Mauhrin, author of The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap and the newly released His Name Was Ben.

I decided to give away free copies of the second edition of my award-winning memoir because…well, why not?

I'm in the book.  I'm also available for social gatherings. No cats, please. They distract me from my general cuteness.

I’m in the book. I’m also available for social gatherings. No cats, please. They distract me from my general cuteness.

Many of you may not have read it, and, believe me and lots of other readers, it’s one funny yet poignant book.

I mean, how could you resist reading about how this clueless kid grew up to be this clueless blogger?

I mean, how could you resist reading about how this clueless kid grew up to be this clueless blogger?

Just because this book is about me, don’t think it’s not about you–even you guys out there. It’s about how life throws lightning bolts at you (well it did at me–twice), but you have to stop smoldering and get on with living the best life you know how. Okay, if you’ve never, ever, had a bad day or a problem in your life, then this book isn’t for you. Everyone else, you’ll probably find something inspiring in this funny book.

I'm thinking I don't need to read this book about life's ups and downs. I've only ever known the ups.

I’m thinking I don’t need to read this book about life’s ups and downs. I’ve only ever known the ups.

Don’t believe me? Fine. How about this 5-star review from a reader named Doris?

“How Was I Supposed to Know? The Adventures of a Girl Whose Name Means Lost is a story about love, life and second chances.

It was not what I expected; I thought it was going to be another boring memoir; it was not boring at all Lorna is very funny and approached her memories in a different way this made the book very appealing, it seems I was reading a novel not a memoir. The book is beautifully written, easy to read, and the pictures help the chapters as they progress. I was there through the entire ride, her childhood, marriage, the drinking, the pain and lessons.

Please Read this book…The book is about love the kind of love that we often forget but is the most important.”

For your free copy in the US, click here.

For your free copy in the UK, click here.

Go to my How Was I Supposed To Know Book Page on my blog to learn more about the book and for links to other markets.

No free lunches, though, People!

Wha...? Dis ivn't ree? Gulp!

Wha…? Dis foo ivn’t ree? Gulp!

I really need your honest reviews on Amazon. If you do a review on your blog, send me the link via email so I know about it and I can reblog to send traffic to you, okay? You’ll find my email on each book’s page referenced above.

Um. Where's my thesaurus? I need more superlative adjectives for my reviews of Lorna's writing. Frankly, I'm blown away. I have to get these books on the pre-school summer reading list.

Um. Where’s my thesaurus? I need more superlative adjectives for my reviews of Lorna’s writing. Frankly, I’m blown away. I have to get these books on the pre-school summer reading list.

Only I could turn a reminder into a 900 word post. Sorry!

His Name Was Ben and Her Name is Paulette Mahurin

•October 15, 2014 • 35 Comments
You're not gonna want to miss a word of what I'm hearing!

You’re not gonna want to miss a word of what I’m hearing!

Are you ready for another dizzy blonde interview with an accomplished author-blogger?

Too bad. I know you’re already hooked because of my dizzy blondeness and her literary famosity.

A mixture like ours is kersplosive…in a good way.

Hang on! This is no ordinary blah-blah interview.

Hang on! This is no ordinary blah-blah fall-asleep-in-your-chair interview.

I kept this interview short because Paulette is one busy person. Actually, she’s more like three busy people. Just take a gander (look) at her part of her bio:

Semi-retired, she continues to work part-time as a Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County. When she’s not writing, she does pro-bono consultation work with women with cancer, works in the Westminister Free Clinic as a volunteer provider, volunteers as a mediator in the Ventura County Courthouse for small claims cases, and involves herself, along with her husband, in dog rescue.

And she has a fantastic blog, plus she writes award-winning books like The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap and, now, the soon-t-be-award-winning, His Name Was Ben. Which this interview is about.

I bet you're already wondering where you can buy a copy of this beauty.

I bet you’re already wondering where you can buy a copy of this beauty.

Not so fast! Aren’t you wondering what it’s about?

Lorna: Paulette, I know you’re headed out the door to save someone, so I’m going to keep this brief, well, as brief as I can for a retired sociologist who has no one to talk to but a grumpy 13-year-old Scrappy dog who wants to sleep all day. Okay. I’m already rambling. No need to check your watch. I’m a practicing Buddhist. I’m self-aware enough to know how awful I am at certain things. So we know his name is Ben. What else can you tell us about this book?

Paulette: Lorna, thank you so much for stopping me on my way out of the door and for your interest in my new book. You’re a sweetheart. Um. I have an appointment but can spare a few minutes. A few.

Lorna: You have a lovely stoop. Porch stoop, that is. I wasn’t commenting on your posture…

Paulette: Ah, thanks. Back to the book. You wanted to know what it’s about, right? Okay. Hearing the words “it’s cancer,” threw Sara Phillips’ life into chaos, until an unexpected turn of events and a chance encounter with a stranger changed everything—his name was Ben. Based on real events, Ben and Sara discover that when all else fails, healing can come in the most unexpected ways. Chilling and heart wrenching, His Name Was Ben is a triumph over the devastating circumstances and fear experienced when faced with a terminal illness. In this narrative, the power of love conquers shadows and transforms the very nature and meaning of what it is to be fully alive. Yes, that sums it up.

Lorna: Wow. You’re very articulate. Do you take Ginko Biloba? I hear that’s real good for your memory. I need some of that. Are there any herbs that help with dizziness…stopping it, not making you more of it–dizzy that is?

Paulette: I really don’t know. I’m more familiar with pharmaceuticals.

Lorna: Yeah. So am I!

Paulette: I don’t mean to be rude and I’d love to stay and chat, Lorna, but you caught me at a busy time. Was there anything else you wanted to know about?

Lorna: Oh, yes, the book…What prompted you to write this particular book, given that it is so different from your first, wildly successful book. Basically, what’s the story behind this story?

Paulette: Before I went to graduate school at UCLA in their nurse practitioner (NP) program, when I was doing oncology nursing, I met a couple, both with terminal illness, who met and developed an incredible relationship. Then one of them hit upon a miracle. That took relationship to a whole other level. They fell in love and I fell in love with them. They taught me by their relationship, their attitudes, what it is to be alive. Fully alive. They inspired me to write about them and I did when in college, a short story. It won a national award and was published. I didn’t think I had it in me to extend this to a full-length novel until I ventured into novel-writing with my first, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, and, from that, the sparks ignited for this story. From that point on it pretty well wrote itself.

Lorna: Wow! That’s quite a story…and it wrote itself. I’ll say there was more than a few miracles happening around this story. (Wink, wink)

Paulette: Oh, Lorna! You know what I mean. It flowed out of me.

Lorna: Yeah. I was just teasing you. But there must have been times when it didn’t. What was the most challenging part of writing this story and how did you deal with it?

Paulette: (Leaning against her porch railing) The emotions were tough. You know, the downside of having cancer and painful past relationships and how they block our hearts from opening. That triggered some of my own personal issues, growing up with a schizophrenic brother (who I incorporated into this story), and areas of my own sense of inadequacy and painful past rejections. To go deep in this story, I felt my own pain and that was not easy. Then I had to write, rewrite, regurg, all the editing, and it kept stirring it up over and over until it all calmed down. Honestly, I’m glad the write is over and I’m done with the rewrites. That was tough.

Lorna: Did you know I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling. We could set something up if you really feel the need to deal with some of these issues. I’m here for you.

Paulette: (Standing up straight again) Um, thanks, Lorna. I’m good. Writing, as you know, is cathartic.

Lorna: Sure, sure. I was just offering. Things got a bit heavy there. Not every interviewer is equipped to handle these emotional volcanos from the past.

Paulette: Really. I’m fine. All that rewriting took my mind off the emotions.

Lorna: Yeah! If anything will pull you out of one slump and put you in another, it’s all that editing! So, what brought you the most joy while writing this story?

Paulette: Finishing! (Laughing) No really, the joy is that I got to know this couple. I got to experience an incredible intimacy with them, as I do with so many of my other patients. Writing this novel brought back so much of the joy I feel with so many people, all the hugs, looks of appreciation, the little simple things that are so important fill me up. This is a story filled with that heart and it made my heart feel good remembering those aspects of my work. It was an interesting dichotomy, the triggers of my past trauma and the joy of the depth of these beautiful people. And such is life. The Yin & Yang.

Lorna: A humanitarian and a philosophertarian, too. What aren’t you good at? I see that your gardens are lovely and that you’re a snappy dresser. Can you share a fun fact about this book or the writing of it that you haven’t told anyone else?

Paulette: This should make you feel better about your vision of me as “Saint Paulette,” Lorna. The sex parts were a lot of fun to write. I didn’t hold back and that felt good. It was raw and real and I didn’t allow my own inhibitions to edit what flowed out. Also was fun researching some of the legal minutiae with Terry, my hubby, and incorporating it. And then there’s a lawyer joke in the dialogue in the middle of the book that’s pretty funny and I’ve had some hilarious feedback from readers with lawyers in their families writing they want to send them the book just for that one joke.

Lorna: Oh, that does make me feel better. Sex, drugs (Advil counts, right?), and rock and roll! Yeah, Baby! One last question and you can go off on your mission of mercy. What question do you wish interviewers would ask you, but never do? Now’s your chance! Ask and answer it!

Paulette: Can I buy your book?

Paulette: Yes, please.

Lorna: My, my. You are in a hurry!

Paulette: (Hugging me) Lorna: you’re a sweetheart, my cyber writing sister, and I thank you for ambushing me at my front door and for your generosity to share my book with others. All profits are going to help save dogs from kill shelters. I hope that if anyone does pick up this book they are inspired in some way to do an act of kindness to a dog, or cat, or another human being. That’s what will change the world, one decent kind act at a time. Love you!

Lorna: I love you, too, Paulette!

Support this angel among us and no-kill shelters by buying this wonderful book with tons of 5-star reviews (including mine)!

Support this angel among us and no-kill shelters by buying this wonderful book with tons of 5-star reviews (including mine)!

Here’s where you can find His Name Was Ben:

BEN: AMAZON U.S.:

http://www.amazon.com/His-Name-was-Paulette-Mahurin-ebook/dp/B00NTACZ5Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413304938&sr=1-1&keywords=his+name+was+ben

BEN AMAZON UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/His-Name-was-Paulette-Mahurin/dp/0692264698/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1411271225&sr=8-2&keywords=paulette+mahurin

BEN GOODREADS:

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23255291-his-name-was-ben

BEN SHELFARI:

http://www.shelfari.com/books/38013543/His-Name-was-Ben

BEN FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/His-Name-Was-Ben/277140049142291

AUTHOR’S BLOGSITE:

http://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/

AUTHOR’S TWITTER:

https://twitter.com/MahurinPaulette

 

 

 
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