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Last year at this time, my husband and II were in Tennessee near the Smoky Mountains. It’s a gorgeous time of year there. Blankets of yellow, brown, green, and orange cover the mountainsides. Crisp fall air caresses.Pumpkins are everywhere. It’s a great place to be.

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Photo via WANA courtesy of L.E. Carmichel

This year we’re living near Jacksonville, Florida. There are no mountains (or hills, even). The trees are pretty much the same as they were months ago. The temperature is cooler for here, which means it’s almost cool enough to want a jacket first thing in the morning.

Do I miss the the colors? Yes. The weather? Some. Knowing it will be very cold soon? No! I love the sun, the warmth, I may write about vampires, but I’m pretty much the opposite.

How’s the weather where you are? Do you like lots of sunlight, or do you hide from it? What’s your favorite season?

Enter  the givaway! (Comment on my blog for an extra entry, as well as a chance to win a free PDF of The Secrets of Ugly Creek!)
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Go visit the other blogs. There’s lots of fun and prizes!

You can find them here:

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Granny Updated

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Yep, I finally did it. Don’t faint, OK? I bought a new computer.

 

That’s all? You say. For me, this is a big deal. First, I don’t have money to spare. To pull this little update off, I had to push my single credit account into the atmosphere. I almost fainted! But I had to. It was time. OK, fine. It was way past time. I kind of use my computer almost every single day.

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My old computer was a little Acer 10 inch that I could slip into my purse. I had everything set up the way I wanted it. I had my favorite, most useful programs all ready. It’s taken days to set up the new one Sad smile It was necessary, though. My computer was about 7 years old. (Yes, 7, stop laughing). It worked pretty well, it still looked nice, and did I mention it was small and cute? But it was slow and getting slower. The cursor was jumping all over the place. The keyboard was looking rough (no idea why…) It was time.

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So I put my cute little baby aside and bought an inexpensive Asus laptop. It’s also black, an 11 plus inch screen. And the dreaded Windows 8.1. I was sure I wouldn’t like 8, but at least it was 8.1, so maybe they’d ironed out a few wrinkles. The weird thing: I really like 8.1. The bigger screen is great too. Easier to see what I’m doing. The keyboard is a bit stiff, but either I’ll get used to it, or it’ll loosen up—or both.

Bottom line, I wish I’d given in earlier. So Granny’s updated.

Wanna brag about a computer you love, or grumble about one you hate? Have you held on to things longer than you should? Traded “up” and wish you hadn’t?

Have a great week!

Cheryel

 

www.cheryelhutton.com

 

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Party Time!

I’m celebrating today. It’s worldwide release day for my newest title, Secrets of Ugly Creek!       

Secrets of Ugly Creek

Secrets of Ugly Creek

Come on in and have a good time.

 

Madison Clark comes home to Ugly Creek, Tennessee to protect her hometown from a hard-line journalist who ruined the life of a senator—what she didn’t count on was falling for the enemy.
Madison Clark is a successful journalist who volunteers for an assignment in her hometown in order to protect the quirky little place from the likes of Gibson McFain. He’s a hard-line journalist and documentary maker who has made his reputation exposing secrets. Ugly Creek has more than its share of secrets, and she knows revealing them would threaten the town’s way of life.
Gibson “Mac” McFain just wants to film a documentary in the little town, but Madison wants to make sure he doesn’t find out too much. Soon problems escalate when attacks begin against Mac and his crew. Madison seems to be as shocked as he is, but he can’t take any chances she might ruin what’s left of his career.
In spite of all this, their physical attraction pulls them together—and eventually they fall in love.
Neither trusts the other, but that doesn’t change the attraction they feel. It’s only a matter of time before they act on the desire, but will that mean sleeping with the enemy?

 

Now, let’s get this party started with Kool & the Gang:

 

 

Nearsighted Science

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I love science. To me scientists are rock stars. Still, there are some times when I don’t understand the circular logic mainstream science uses to “prove” the mainstream view of things. Like the logic of this article. The vector (link) that moves Lyme disease from animal to human is a certain stage in the life cycle of a certain type of tick, this tick doesn’t bite humans in the South during that particular stage of its life cycle, therefore there is no Lyme disease in the Southern United States.

I see several things wrong with this statement, for instance:

1.There have been cases of Lyme, or something with the same symptoms.

2. Ticks tend to bite no matter the stage or where they are.

3. There can be more than one vector.

4. There can be more than one type of bacteria that causes Lyme.

5. Not all cases of Lyme will present in the same way. Everybody is different.

Any other ideas, opinions?

This scientific debate, or lack thereof, is more to me than just academic. My daughter has a friend who has severe symptoms and blood test documented Lyme Disease, but because she lives in the Southern U.S., and has been repeatedly told her symptoms can’t be Lyme—there is no Lyme in the south. OK, she has Lyme, but there is no Lyme in the South, so she can’t have it. Circular logic.

Wake up, physicians and scientists, you are supposed to let the evidence guide you, not ignore evidence that doesn’t fit in your little world. Get the hell over it.

Anybody out there have Lyme or symptoms that could be Lyme related? Had trouble getting diagnosed with an unusual illness?

Hope your Monday is going well.

Cheryel

 

The Ugly Truth, now available. Secrets of Ugly Creek Secrets of Ugly Creek now available for Kindle and will release worldwide on June 25.

Ugly Creek Isn’t

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Those of you who read The Ugly Truth know about Ugly Creek. For those who don’t know, Ugly Creek is a tiny Tennessee town that exists somewhere between Knoxville and my imagination.

TheUglyTruth_7522_100After I wrote that book, I realized there were a lot more stories waiting to be told about the town and its inhabitants. In fact, Madison was yelling at me that she wanted her own story. So I gave it to her. The release date has come, and the second Ugly Creek story is now available exclusively for Kindle.

Here’s some info for anyone who is interested:

Ugly Creek’s residents tend to be a little, um, quirky. And then there are the unexplainable things. The unanswered questions. The creatures that may or may not exist.

In The Ugly Truth, Stephie discovers some amazing things about the odd little town and its unconventional  inhabitants. Now, in book 2, Madison tries to keep the Secrets of Ugly Creek hidden from the rest of the world.

SecretsofUglyCreek_w8314_300 (2)Here’s the short version of Secrets of Ugly Creek:

Madison Clark is a successful journalist who volunteers for an assignment in her hometown in order to protect the quirky little place from the likes of Gibson McFain. He’s a hard-line journalist and documentary maker who has made his reputation exposing secrets. Ugly Creek has more than its share of secrets, and she knows revealing them would threaten the town’s way of life.

Gibson “Mac” McFain just wants to film a documentary in the little town, but Madison wants to make sure he doesn’t find out too much. Soon problems escalate when attacks begin against Mac and his crew. Madison seems to be as shocked as he is, but he can’t take any chances she might ruin what’s left of his career.

In spite of all this, their physical attraction pulls them together—and eventually they fall in love.

Neither trusts the other, but that doesn’t change the attraction they feel. It’s only a matter of time before they act on the desire, but will that mean sleeping with the enemy?

Secrets of Ugly Creek is now available for Kindle, and will release worldwide on June 25.

Enjoy!

Cheryel

www.cheryelhutton.com