Love is in the air!

The days are getting longer and the outdoors call to those of us who live in the northern hemisphere.

Be sure to keep a book handy. You still need quiet time and what better way to fill it than with a book?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cover Reveal

I am pleased to announce The Designer Bride, book five in the Boundless Billionaire series, will be released in July!!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Busy Times!

May was a busy month! Two daughters in less than two weeks had to have major surgery. Both are fine, but it is very nerve racking for Mama.

Tomorrow a good friend is going into surgery. 

I don't write medical romance, nor do I watch medical shows on television, even though back in my club hopping days all my friends were in nursing school. (I refused to be in the lab when my biology partner dissected the earth worm and the frog, I just transcribed his notes into passable reading material. Which is why I didn't even consider being a nurse.)

Even though I do not write medical romance, I do enjoy reading a good one, thanks to years of reading Betty Neels.

Last week at the Maine Romance Writers Retreat I met the lovely Susan Carlisle. I highly recommend her newest book, THE SURGEON'S CINDERELLA.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Maine Retreat Intro

I love Maine!!! Especially when it allows me to enjoy a second spring.

My lilacs had just passed from blooms to none, but the ones in Maine opened to full glory while I was there.

I hope you are enjoying spring where you are.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Home Schooling Nanny

Sounds like an excellent title for an erotica, doesn't it? (I'll have to remember it just in case I decide to write one.)

However, this blog is not about that, it is about how I, in my dotage, have become a grandmother who is homeschooling three grands.

It is fun and invigorating, but it also eats up a great deal of energy.

We visit the library an average of three times a week. That's three times a week for the children, my own personal trips add another three visits a week. My library is only open five days, one of them is Saturday, and I don't go on Saturday and usually not on Fridays, so yes, I spend a lot of time there.

We also travel into Boston to attend art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, we have skating every other week, and weekly park days, which are about to become twice a week. 

We do not lack socializing opportunities.

We have organic classes in the car, at Starbucks, or walking on the beach.

The children are happier and learning things they would never get in school.

And best of all, I get to spend a lot of time with three wonderful children.

And occasionally I get to write.

Do you, or have you ever considered, home schooling?

Sunday, February 5, 2017

RIRW Retreat

Hello friends. Welcome back to Liberty's Spell Room.

I just arrived home from the Rhode Island Romance Writers Retreat. I would like to say it was the best retreat EVER, but that would be immodest since I organized it with the assistance of Christine Donovan.

The retreat began in the 90s and was organized by Blanche Marriott, author of April's Fool.

We used to go to our regular February meeting and then retire to a local hotel or bed and breakfast and do writerly stuff. 

After some time had passed other people took over the running of our "unofficial" retreat.

Eight years ago the baton was passed to me. I continued the Saturday night party for a few years, but I always dreamed of a retreat that lasted a weekend.

I approached the group and gently suggested the change. We now have a retreat that starts Friday evening and ends on Sunday. We have great food, wonderful speakers, and lots of writerly stuff.

Saturday night we had a Murder Mystery Bash written by our very own Jennilee Brown. She set it up perfectly, we all participated, and it was a great deal of fun. (If you would like Jennilee to write a Murder Mystery Bash for you, let me know and I will hook you up.)

So it is with a great deal of sadness, relief, and joy that I put Retreat 2017, The Magical Mystery Bash to bed.

Time to start planning for 2018.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Journal of Leah MacKinnon Walker

Today is release day for The Journal of Leah MacKinnon Walker. Leah came to me when I was in a class with Dr. Grace Fraser as my mentor.

The class was amazing it was called Women's Stories of the Westward Movement.

It's a shortie and a western, but I think you will like it. (At least I hope so.)

The Journal of Leah MacKinnon Walker
a short story by Liberty Blake

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Giving Season

Once again it is the season where every charity is looking to you for a donation. 

It's easy to toss some money into a bucket next to a bell ringer or to click a button to send money to another organization.

It's a little more difficult to pick out toys for the Toys for Tots boxes because you walk through the toy aisles searching for the right toys, and having to decide for what age group you are buying the toy for. (May I suggest something for a tween or teen, they are the forgotten children.)

I knit and crochet garments for the knitting box at AC Moore, and hats for the homeless and working poor which I give to a local church that ministers to the physical needs of the needy.)

Soup kitchens are always glad to welcome volunteers and it is something you can do all year long. (It's a good experience to take your teens to help out. It's a great time to bond.)

Donating to a food pantry isn't as much fun as picking out toys for tots, but the items handed out there are desperately needed and might ensure one family doesn't have to go to bed hungry for one night. Think beyond the usual jars of peanut butter, boxes of mac and cheese, and cans of tuna fish. They are welcome, but there is so much more that is needed such as feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, diapers, shampoo, soap, tooth paste, tooth brushes, laundry detergent, dish soap, socks, underwear, baby food.

My inbox is filled with every organization under the sun looking for money. "Give now and your donation will be matched by an anonymous donor." Great plan, but how much of that money trickles down to the needy in your community?

The holiday season isn't defined by what you call a decorated tree or if a store clerk wishes you a "Merry Christmas" or a "Happy Holiday". The season is defined by what is in your heart.

Give from the heart.

Give local!