This Week on Not Your Usual Suspects

Friday, September 23, 2011

Maddie here. Carol blogged about her favorite fights scenes this week on Not Your Usual Suspects

The group also posted about their fall photos.

Carol will be back next week after making her deadline on the revisions on 'Her Dark Protector', a March 2012 release from Carina Press [first book in a new series The Justice Hunters].

Woof, Maddie

9-11 Never Forget

Sunday, September 11, 2011

On September 11, 2001 I was at work preparing for a deposition when I walked into the kitchen to get a cup of tea. A few co-workers were watching the TV and told me a plane had flown into one of the World Trade Center towers. We stood there watching the coverage and wondering how on earth a plane could hit the tower and what a tragic accident.

Then in disbelief we watched the second plane hit the other tower. I said, "That's no accident. That's an attack."

The horror continued to unfold but I had to go to my deposition on another floor. During the course of the deposition, an alert sounded and we had to vacate the building. Panic, fear and shock pervaded every aspect of our lives that day. I know I never want to feel so helpless, so out of control ever again.

Later I learned a few of the terrorists had stayed briefly at a motel only a few miles away from where I live, and it gave me the absolute creeps that those monsters could have been standing next to me in a grocery store and I never would have known it.

I hope that nothing mars the remembrances today. My heart goes out to all who lost loved ones that day. My prayers go to those in service who protect us. And no, we'll never forget. Carol

Ode to Vermont's Covered Bridges-Bennington to Burlington

Sunday, September 4, 2011

I've been fortunate to travel, but one of my all time favs was a trip in October 2003 to see Vermont's fall colors. My friend and I decided on a whim that rather than spend time in stores we would see how many of the infamous covered bridges we could find. What a blast.

We explored the twining back roads, saw sights we never would have from the main highways, lunched in country stores & met locals who calmly directed two crazy tourists to obscure bridge.

I know the people of Vermont have a steadfast fortitude and they will recover from the flooding. In fact, I'm setting my next book in Vermont so...I'm going to revisit that wonderful time when my friend and I managed to find dozens of bridges. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to locate the log/map that I wrote down all the bridges' names so I only have a few names matched up with the photos. :) Carol

Bennington: Silk Bridge (1840), Paper Mill Village Bridge (1889, rebuilt 20000, Henry Bridge (1840, replicated 1989)

The rest are those we found on our way from Bennington to Burlington.