Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Princess Buttermilk Biscuit recommends Alaska Awakening by E. B. Sullivan

I just did a "review swap" with E. B. Sullivan, author of the forthcoming Alaska Awakening (Kindle, October 14). Amazon apparently doesn't allow pre-pub reviews, and Goodreads doesn't have it yet, so I'm posting it here. (She did a lovely review for Fairy Gold.)

Lies, deceit, treachery, gratuitous cruelty, courage, selflessness, love and redemption

Disclaimer: I received a free PDF of this book for review.

Three wealthy couples embark on an Alaskan wilderness adventure that turns out to be more adventurous than they expected. Their guides are thugs who demand an enormous ransom. Once the money’s paid, everyone will be released. Or so they claim.

A stressful situation can bring out the best in people, or the worst. Sullivan takes us by turns into the minds of hostages, captors and the family members who are expected to pay. Some grow; some are forever trapped in their own inadequacies. We see their hopes and dreams, their fears and failings. She teases with glimmers of hope, then snatches them away, leaping from one tense situation to another in a compelling read that will keep you guessing all the way through.

Five stars (or maybe I should dock her one star for keeping me awake half the night)


Monday, August 18, 2014



I promised a giveaway to celebrate the August 20 publication of The Hall of Doors, in a five-book print edition. I meant to get this up sooner, but I’ve been dealing with other issues (family stuff, mostly—you know how that goes). So I’m going to run the contest/drawing whatever you choose to call it for a  week past the publication date. It will end at midnight, my time (Pacific Daylight Time) on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. I’ll notify winners ASAP—within a couple of days if I can.  There will be three winners, chosen at random in a drawing. Scroll down for details.


First place: The whole Hall of Doors collection in two reading formats. Autographed paper copies of The Door in the Sky and The Mirror Door (out-of-print singles with J. W. Kalin’s wonderful color covers), and the new Hall of Doors five-book combo; electronic copies of the Hall of Doors three-book combo, The Secret Door, and The Water Door. PLUS paper and electronic copies of Fairy Gold, and a dozen note cards with cover art. PLUS a cat puppet, one of Princess Buttermilk Biscuit’s many friends. And bookmarks. Always bookmarks. (Please note that while I can access everything else right away, there may be some waiting time on the new book, as I have to order copies and then ship to the winner.)

Second Place: Same as above, minus the puppet (I only have one.)

Third Place: The electronic books listed above. If you really, really want bookmarks and promise to share, I will mail you some. 

If anyone else wants autographed copies of any of the paper books, contact me for cost, including shipping, or watch for announcements of in-person sales opportunities. I do plan to be at Rustycon and Norwescon with books and hope to line up other venues. I have only a few left of the original editions of The Door in the Sky and The Mirror Door, and The Mountains of the Moon is no longer available as a single (except at a couple of local schools and libraries), unless someone has a few hidden somewhere.

I will post a link to this blog on both my personal Facebook timeline and my author’s page at https://www.facebook.com/PrincessButtermilkBiscuit. You will need to go to the author’s page to enter, so that I’ll have all the entries in one string. I’ll pin the post so it’s easy to find. Like and share the post, and enter the words “free books” in the comments. The drawing entries will be taken from that comment list; I’ll contact the winners for email (for the electronic books) and snail mail addresses. 

That’s all for the contest, but here are some links for the books. I had mixed up some of them in an earlier post when I tried to get too fancy with the listings, so I’m going to keep it simple this time. 

Hall of Doors books 1-3, print and Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J86RBXQ/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

The Secret Door, various electronic formats:

The Water Door, various electronic formats:

Fairy Gold, print and Kindle:

All links have been checked. The “bookgoodies” seems to go to Amazon; I’m not yet familiar with that site, but the publisher furnished the link. It’s on my “to do” list of things to check out.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Snow peas and other garden commentary

Don’t those silly snow peas know it’s mid-August and they should have been done long ago? Not that I’m complaining, mind you. They did get a late start, and maybe they’re confused by climatic ups and downs. The vines on the sunnier side of the planter box are definitely beginning to shrivel up, but still they keep making pods.

Perhaps they’re aware, on some level, of their imminent demise. They’re definitely getting better at hiding the pods under the leaves, with more lurking close to the ground where I’m less likely to spot them. They’re maturing faster, too, as if in a last frenzied rush to reproduce. Sorry,  peas; your only authorized options are on the plate today or into the freezer.

The pumpkins are coming along nicely; zucchini continues to be slow. Okra, beans, peppers and cantaloupe are blossoming. The leaf lettuce, alas, is bolting, but tomatoes are ripening, and the cucumbers continue to be prolific. I shall have to make more sweet relish.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014




Books four and five of the Hall of Doors series went live today (August 6) as ebooks in various venues. Both are bargains at only 99 cents. They will also be included in the forthcoming five-in-one paper edition. Paper or ebook? Why not both?


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Book Review The Seer's Stone

Review of The Seer’s Stone
Twelve adventures for children under La Palma's starry sky
by Sheila Crosby

Cover for The Seer's StoneA very enjoyable book

Nicely illustrated by Jorge Beda and Mercedes Martin; many of the delightful interior illustrations make me think of old wood-cuts.

This is meant to be a collection of stories for children, and I’m sure the grandchildren will enjoy it, but I liked it, too. Crosby presents a dozen stories, closely tied to the history and legends of La Palma in the Canary Islands. The mysterious seer’s stone is a unifying thread for the stories, which cover events from 1493 to a little past the present day. Of course, as a fantasy and science fiction writer, Crosby throws in such elements as dragons, time travel, space ships,  and visiting aliens.

The Seer’s Stone, as well as Crosby’s other books, A Breathtaking Window on the Universe; and The Dodo Dragon and other Stories can be purchased at http://dragontree.sheilacrosby.com/blog/products-page/A Breathtaking Window is a fascinating view of the many observatories on La Palma, with all sorts of scientific details explained in clear, understandable English. Crosby is a scientist (and an observatory tour guide) as well as a writer, which is a fortuitous combination for her readers. The Dodo Dragon is also available on Kindle from Amazon.com (see my review).

See also:
http://lapalma-island.com - The island of La Palma, and http://starisland.co.uk its amazing night sky. 

The cover of the second editio of "A Breathtaking Window on the Universe"