Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Honoring a real-life hero . . .

My father-in-law, Donald Murray, was a linguist who took a hiatus from his career to serve as a cryptographer during WWII. Fluent in several languages and a prolific writer, Don penned over 400 pages of letters to his cousin during his service (1942-1945). I'm transcribing those letters and adding historical research notes to produce a book that adds Don's voice to the chorus of the "Greatest Generation".

My plan is to make this book available within the next month.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Healing Hearts is now Available

I loaded it up to Amazon last night, and this morning I already had sales!

The books should be read in this order: Unbroken Hearts, Healing Hearts, Untamed Hearts, Undaunted Hearts.

Friday, January 13, 2012

New Cover Art

Kimberly Killion has created beautiful new covers for the Easton Hearts series. The original covers were beautiful landscapes, but they didn't convey the genre (western romance) the way these clutch covers do. I love the use of live models, and the colors really pop!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Joe Konrath and Me

The intersection of my Anna Murray-Joe Konrath Venn diagram just got a bit larger.

There's always been the fact that we both live between the coasts. Joe and I also like to read and write books, and we sell them on Amazon, mostly for $2.99.

And now, we're both trying to lose weight.

Joe is going with a 30-day beer diet.

I don't have the cojones (or the beer cellar) for such an endeavor, but today I did something I'm rather proud of, given the fact I'm an engineer by osmosis only (husband has the skills).

Today I made a desk for my stationary bike, out of a clear acrylic 12" x 18" panel I found in the basement and an old Mac Unix guide (any 1-2 inch thick book will work). I wedged the flat acrylic slice between the handlebar and the display panel of the machine. Wedging a book between the display panel and the desk, I was able to adjust for proper height/ergonomics.

Because the desk is tipped at a slight angle (toward the user), I recommend using 3M Safety Walk (TM) tape or other non-slip interface on the panel, so that your laptop doesn't slide forward.

Total cost: $0. I made this with materials we had around the house.

I"m posting from my bike right now.