Thursday, March 11, 2010

It's a Mystery!!!

And I do mean a MYSTERY -- the past few months have found me scouring books on rocks and semi-precious stones to no avail.

When I received an order from Fire Mountain Gems in January, I was so excited to discover just what would be in a large assortment of cabochons. I was able to determine all of the others but the majority of the stones I received were those pictured here.

I emailed Fire Mountain Gems to see if they could answer my riddle. The first contact thought the stones might be brown zebra stones. The second response was certain they were red "malachite". After researching both suggestions, I doubt seriously these stones are either of these.

Thoroughly frustrated, I began to wonder if the wood-grain appearance was a faux finish. So, being a good detective at heart, I took a hammer to one of them and sure enough, the surface grain runs straight through the stone.

If anyone has any idea what these stones are, I would love to hear from you. In the meantime, I am still trying to puzzle out just what to do with them!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

And the winner of the OWOH Giveaway is . . .

The random number generator worked it's magic and spun up post number 113 as the winner! A signed copy of my novel, Tierra Red, will be riding the magic carpet to Diane of Turn Left at the Pigs in the next few days.

Congratulations, Diane!

This year's OWOH was a blast -- I can't believe that I visited over a thousand blogs in the past few weeks. That sure was one heckuva carpet ride . . . .

Monday, January 25, 2010

One World One Heart Giveaway 2010

Wow -- it's hard to believe a whole year has flown by and here we are participating in the fabulous OWOH giveaway again! A huge thank you to Lisa for organizing this "magic carpet ride" and the biggest get-together on the internet.

I will be giving away a signed copy of my novel, Tierra Red -- 428 pages of mystery, adventure, and romance at a thrilling roller-coaster ride pace. Set against the backdrop of territorial days in New Mexico, a Gibson Girl heroine and an unforgettable cast of characters sift through clues on two continents in their search for truth, justice, and love.

The full synopsis for Tierra Red can be found at or simply click on the book cover in the right-hand column of this blog.

I will also include a Victorian-inspired beaded bookmark with the book.

Be sure to leave a comment and a way to reach you if you are a winner of my giveaway. Have a happy ride on Lisa's magic carpet and I am looking forward to meeting all of you!