Mist over the mountain

This is a very short video to show you the pretty mist yesterday.

Today was snowing and blowing, so it was a good day to finish up some indoor projects.

The news is that California is due for an average or even an above average amount of precipitation over the next three months. I’m told as California goes, so goes Australia, so here’s hoping for a (gentle) end to the drought here, and in Australia.

Who is Nicci Carrera?

Me.

Long story, but I created a new pen name for Nicci Carrera, and my book came out last Monday! It’s a  spicy romantic comedy.

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Blurb:

When hard-driving CEO Rick Nordan arrives in Lobster Cove under strict orders from the family doctor to take a break, he discovers the rental house comes with a family attached, including one sexy dynamo of a caterer. She’s nothing like his ex-fiancée who wouldn’t sign a pre-nup, but maybe that means she’s the real deal and not a gold digger.

Maya Cruz wants life for her widowed mother to get easier by renting out her house during the summer. But teaching Mama business means explaining Rick isn’t a “guest,” he’s a “customer.” And the first thing Mama does is invite Rick to join their family activities. Having Rick around wouldn’t be so bad if Maya didn’t find him so attractive. The last time she fell for a vacationing millionaire, she had her heart broken.

She swore off his type, and he’s not looking, but this might be a recipe for love.

Short Excerpt:

Get a grip. She was just proving Rick right about her footwear with her clumsy performance.

“Those shoes aren’t made for lifting,” Rick said.

“These shoes make me your height. Perhaps you don’t like that.”

He chuckled. “Still got a few inches on you, Maya.”

“Still got a few hands on me too.”

He grinned, leaving his hands where they were. “Sorry.”

“Somehow your smile belies your apology.”

“Are you sorry?” His brows rose in inquiry, but his tight half-smile showed confidence that her answer would be no.

About Lobster Cove

Love Caters All is part of The Wild Rose Press Lobster Cove series. This is a multi-author, multi-sub genre series. Lobster Cove is a fictional small town on the coast of Maine, near Bar Harbor. It is quaint and quirky with a colorful history, a friendly population of charming residents, and a vibrant tourist business. It is home to research scientists and small shop owners, grumpy cops and sassy chefs. Back in the day, it was a bustling fishing town and home to many immigrants, from both the state cabins and the lowest decks.

Available at:

The Wild Rose Press ebook:

http://bit.ly/1yXCl3W

Print:

http://bit.ly/1vKsTjo

Amazon Kindle:

http://amzn.to/12RSEUi

Amazon Print:

http://amzn.to/12RSEUi

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/1upOIRl

Avenue of the Giants, and something small living in the shadows

We were traveling during the lead-up to the big storm. We drove through some rain, heading here from Sonoma, figuring no problem, the canopy in the forest will protect us from the rain. When we arrived, the sun came out!

Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt California

Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt California

This mushroom was growing below the fallen stump you see above.

A mushroom in Avenue of the Giants

The trees have an emanation. It is very peaceful here. I want to go back and stay longer.

Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt County California

Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt County California

Mendocino memories

We did some research to see if we could just move here. But then I realized, if we moved here, we couldn’t stay at the Brewery Gulch Inn any more, and that’s what I really want to do.

Brewery Gulch Inn

Brewery Gulch Inn

What was outside our window on the side. (Brewery Gulch Inn, King room.)

The side window of the Madrone room,

Our deck.

Our deck.

This was a great place for a writing retreat.

Plotting my next novel

Plotting my next novel,

What you see when you're driving down the road.

What you see when you’re driving down the road.

Little River gas station.

Little River (the next town) gas station and market,

Little River Post Office

Little River Post Office,

A view from Wild Fish

A view from Wild Fish

Another view from Wild Fish

Another view from Wild Fish.

Seafood rissotto

Seafood risotto.

Crab cakes

Crab cakes.

A dessert tart with the recommended dessert wine at Wild Fish.

A dessert tart with the recommended dessert wine at Wild Fish.

A park in Mendocino

A park in Mendocino.

The museum at the park.

The museum at the park.

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Brewery Gulch Inn. No, it's not a brewery! But they do provide plenty of beer...and wine.

Brewery Gulch Inn. No, it’s not a brewery! But they do provide plenty of beer…and wine.

Brewery Gulch Inn

Brewery Gulch Inn

Look at my crowning glory.

Mendocino, a pileated woodpecker and other birds

The pileated woodpecker is very cautious. He took a long time to come down to the bird feeder.

Here is my left profile

Here is my left profile.

I think I'm pretty handsome from this angle too

I think I’m pretty handsome from this angle too.

Look at my crowning glory.

Look at my crowning glory.

Finally I get to eat, and you get to see my red head.

Finally I get to eat, and you get to see my scarlet crest and shiny black tuxedo.

I think this bird lived up on this branch, but I don’t know what she’s doing now, because there’s a huge storm buffeting the area now.

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Turkeys are beautiful.

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The ravens in Mendocino are huge.

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We had to cut our trip short due to a huge storm hitting today. It’s exciting to be getting some rain and snow in California!