Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

This week, I think back over the things I'm most thankful for. Many things come to mind, but I have to admit that this year, I'm truly truly thankful for the many friends and readers I've met over the past year. You guys are the best!

I'd like to share a family recipe for Pumpkin Pie if you'd like to have it. It's located at: http://www.markeeanderson.com/pumpkinpie.html. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful week!
SweetTale Books

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Upcoming Blog Posts

I've listed all my upcoming guest spots for blog posts. Some will be here, some elsewhere. Come join me for free books and contests!

The location of the blogs are listed on the news page.

Smiles!
Markee

Friday, November 11, 2011

Christmas comes early!

This is just the coolest story E-VER...and I'm not just blowing smoke.


This past week, I was talking to my buddy, Nancy O'Berry, about this site that wanted to collect a bunch of Christmas books. She tried to email, but the email bounced back and we took it as a sign that we weren't wanted. So I had this wild idea to start my OWN list, on a virtual Christmas bookshelf. The other site was nothing like this, and I could include ANYONE'S books, any genre, any heat or violence on the page. Granted, I wanted to get three Christmas books out before the end of the month that all needed editing, AND finish this YA I'm writing, also before Christmas. But hey...I think I'm getting ADD, so I shifted my attention to work on it, since I'd already done a bookshelf for the Spinning Wheel Amazon Forum.  I wanted it to be for everyone.  If you don't have a Kindle, don't despair...I've included the author website for other links to other ereader sales sites for their books.  Just click on their name and you'll go to the author page.  AND, if you don't have an ereader, you can always get a free Kindle to PC app or Nook to PC app from the selling websites (on the right-hand side on the Amazon page).





Now I'm getting a BUNCH of feedback about the bookshelf (click on the picture above to see the bookshelf page). I have met the most AMAZING people, sending me their books for the site. They're all WONDERFUL, the type of people you feel like you've been friends with for years, but just met. I can't thank them enough for introducing themselves. And besides that, I'm hearing that ever since their book's been on the 'shelf' their Amazon sales numbers have gotten better. The buzz is on yahoo groups, forums, the kindleboards, and emails, saying how cool this is. They're tweeting, facebooking, etc., to get the word out that here's where you need to do some Christmas shopping!

FANTASTIC!!! So I may have done something right and fun for once? If you're an author or a reader, feel free to visit that page. Send me your Christmas books...I'll take anything as long as the word 'Christmas' is in it and it's set at Christmastime.

Thank you, thank you, thank you all for sending me your fantastic books! I now have a Christmas list online for my husband. LOL!!!

Smiles,
Markee

Friday, November 4, 2011

Life just hands us plots...

I don't know why these things happen to me, but some of my friends think there's some cosmic force out there, directing all crazies my way.

Yesterday was proof of this force. I drove my two younger kids to school (the older kid is in college, far, far away...like three or so hours away). We were on time for our youngest's 7:00 class. If you've ever been up north, like in the tundra of Wisconsin (LOL...we have grass to mow, STILL), you know it gets dark really early in the fall/winter, especially when it's almost time to turn clocks back (this Sunday, by the way). So it was dark, and we're traveling to school.

There's a man a few blocks from here who is from a foreign country (I only mention that because I think he never really learned how to drive). He doesn't know how to read the word 'STOP,' I think, because he NEVER stops at stopsigns. I've witnessed this on numerous occasions when traveling to school before 7 to take my daughters to school. But yesterday, he was a minute earlier than normal. I passed his street, at the intersection he usually blows off, at the time he had to stop. He inched into the intersection when my car was right in front of him, so I honked, as to not be killed.

The guy took this on as his personal mission, to harass me. He tailgated me to school (another few blocks) and almost hit me in the school parking lot (no kidding...our youngest screamed thinking we'd die going fifteen or less mph). After that, I figured I'd take a different way home, not near this guy's house. But he was on a mission. He stalked me to the road near our house, right on my tail. When I had to take a street that leads to our street, he put on his left turn signal, as well. I was a victim, being stalked. I figured I'd just drive to a grocery store and call the cops, I was that scared. I watched him in my rearview mirror after I made the left turn onto the street, when I saw someone pass him on the right, back on that street. Crazy driver guy decided to go straight and cut that guy off, thus I heard a honking sound.



I was scared. I ran to my house, hid in the garage, and locked all the doors. Fortunately, the guy didn't see my face, since it was so dark outside. I emailed my husband at work and all my friends, telling them if they read about my obituary in the paper, this guy did it. Most of them told me to call the cops, but it would be crazy guy's word against mine.

A good friend of mine told me I should direct the guy to Starbucks, to meet this other crazy lady who wished me a 'Happy Fish Fry Friday.' HUH???? But that's another whole plot.

I could see crazy driver guy in a thriller plot. I know it's been done before, but what if the road rage made him bomb my house? Or what if he went after my daughters at school (someone told me to alert the school just in case)? Or what if he's really a serial killer, and I'd just become his new target because I honked so I wouldn't die? OR what if he's already in cahoots with fish fry Friday lady?

So, you see, plots are all around us. You just have to realize it or get out to find them. As for me, I'm hiding out until crazy driver guy finds a new victim...and I'll be at Starbucks, incognito, today, to see if he shows up to see fish fry Friday lady.


Ciao,
Andie

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Howdy do, Wednesday!



Since I have the coupons on Markee's Place blog until November 5, I thought I'd blog here. If you've been missing me, I'm alive and well, still writing as four (well, five, but one's currently inactive) different people, all bloggers here. LOL! YIKES! That means I must have a split personality disorder or something. HA! I try to make all my pen names have different personalities, but know they're all just me.

My middle kid went to the state capital today, for her political science class. Because of that, she wiped out all my cash in my purse, so she could get into some museum and eat lunch. Therefore, after dropping her and our youngest off at school (our oldest is in college, far, far away from here), I stopped at the bank's ATM. I had this weird feeling someone was watching me, just waiting for a criminal to try to steal my card as I put it into the ATM in the lit part outside the bank. It was strange, and I'd never had that feeling before. Have you? No one approached me and the sidewalks and streets were pretty empty (it was before seven this morning).

After that, I went to the gas station. The pumps had just gotten new software, so using a credit card at the pump was difficult, at best. I had to go inside to pay. Heaven forbid!

That's when I decided that today should have the motto, 'Take no prisoners,' in honor of the gas station that just bugged me.

Have you ever had a day that started out like this, where you just KNEW it was going to suck? If so, welcome to my world.

Off to edit...my goal is to get four books out by Christmas, for the new Kindle Fire release this month. Should be fun, and each of my pen names should have a new book out by Christmas. I hope you enjoy them!



Smiles,
Markee