Grand Lilies Doily

As promised, I have a beautiful new piece of filet crochet to share with you today! I went at a much slower pace with this one and it was very relaxing. This is the Grand Lilies doily from Hass Design.

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It’s quite a bit smaller than the Leipzig doily and much less complicated. This design was nothing but open and filled squares with very few increases and decreases and I definitely recommend it if you’re just starting out. I used a size 7 hook and #10 thread and I think it came out well. It’ll look even better once I’ve blocked it but I need to get some blocking board and starch.

I highly recommend Hass Design for filet crochet patterns. They’re very reasonably priced, absolutely gorgeous, and supporting an independent designer is always a win. They also have crochet-alongs so you can learn filet crochet – that’s how I learned, years ago!

I’ve got something of a surprise for next week that I’m extremely excited about. It was a surprise to me as well. See you then!

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Cats in Sweaters

I’m still working on my current filet crochet project so this week I’m going to show you something else I recently finished!

A cat I know was getting a shavedown because he was so matted (he’s 19 and not grooming as well as he used to) and it’s strangely cold in Texas right now that I decided to make him a little sweater! He doesn’t like his feet touched and I couldn’t find a pattern for what I was looking for so I chose to wing it!This is my cat Strider modeling the finished sweater. My shaved buddy is significantly bigger so it’s kind of long. Strider was very patient with me as usual.

I wanted to make a more “sweatery” sweater for our paraplegic clinic cat’s birthday so I used this pattern from Ravelry and Min Pin Sweaters and some greens that would compliment her eyes.

Strider once again helped me out when my other cats fled because he’s such a handsome and helpful boy. This is before I attached the sleeves. Please excuse the mess, we’re cleaning.

The finished sweater! Strider looks so handsome in this sweater I was a little sad I had to give it away. I settled for making it my phone’s wallpaper instead. And now for the birthday girl!

She looked so cute! Unfortunately that was the same day I had to go home with the second half of my flu so I missed the party but I’d like to believe she appreciates it.

Next week I’ll have my new filet project to show off! And…today is MY birthday! Woo!

The Flu is Good for Something, I Guess

So this year I managed to get the flu. Not just any flu, the new one that’s making people super sick. Good old H3N2. I was so sick, in fact, that I was stuck at home for two weeks and spent another week attempting not to cough and terrify our clients. However, I did use my time wisely. I got addicted to Gotham, watched all of Romero’s zombie movies, and rediscovered my love of filet crochet!

If you don’t know what filet crochet is, it’s a type of crochet done with tiny steel hooks that are measured in millimeters, and thread. It’s actually easy once you get the hang of it and looks very pretty. The hard part is reading the patterns, if you have a short attention span like me. Thankfully they’re almost always symmetrical. This is an example of a filet crochet pattern:

I found this one on Pinterest and would love to try it at some point! This is the one I did, though, and it took me exactly 3 weeks to finish!

I also included one with my obnoxious but adorable teenage cat Lemondrop for scale. It was a beast! And also very educational. I learned that a) filet is like riding a bike and b) ALWAYS look at the size of a pattern before you buy the damn thing.

I’m working on a new one now with lilies that’s much smaller and plan to share some progress pictures here so if you’ve been missing my crochet updates, you’ll be pleased!

Presenting…Drowned History!

I was getting a little panicked because I wasn’t exactly done with the first book in the vampire series, which I was hoping to release in March. But never fear! I will have a book out in March and it’s one that’s very close to my heart.

Drowned History is the story of four people who get drawn into a search for a mysterious artifact buried in India in the fall of 1940. They quickly discover that some things are not what they appear, and the past comes back to haunt two of them. A lost love binds them together, but their trip into the far past may well tear them apart.

The release date for Drowned History is March 13, and I’ll open pre-orders at the end of February. There will be both print and e-book copies and I plan to have them available at every retailer. I’m so excited!

 

Only a Rogue Knows -Excerpt 

The thick curtains that covered the window in Cordelia Whittemore’s bedroom made it almost
impossible for any light to get through, and that suited her just fine. She didn’t want anyone to see her crying, especially a passing servant. She looked up, clutching her handkerchief, and the image of what she’d just seen came back into her head and started a fresh wave of tears.  

She’d trusted him, and he’d gone and done something like this. They’d hardly been married a month and now she had no idea what was she supposed to do with the rest of her life. Cordelia put her face in her hands. It felt as if she’d never stop crying. 

“Cordelia!” Her door burst open and Arthur came hurrying through, tucking his neatly pressed white shirt into his pants. “I’m so sorry, my dear, I didn’t intend for you to see that.” She looked away from him, hiding most of her face in shadow. She didn’t want him to see how upset she was, but the tears in her voice couldn’t be hidden. 

“How long has this been going on?

“Since long before we were married. I didn’t want you to find out this way.” Arthur took a step toward her and she stood up and moved further away. “I’m truly sorry.” Of this Cordelia had no doubt but she didn’t know how to forgive him for infidelity, much less infidelity of this sort.  

“I’m sure you are,” she said, recovering enough to put a note of ice in her voice. “What am I supposed to do now?”

“Don’t tell anyone,” he said, his voice almost pleading. “Please. It would kill my father.”

“You know I could divorce you for this,” Cordelia said, turning her back on him. “And the Court would allow it, as would the Church. It’s a mortal sin, Arthur.”

“I know, and I’m begging you not to. I never wanted to get married in the first place,” he said. “Father said that if I didn’t marry and give him an heir he would disown me. Once he dies, I’ll be Lord Whittemore and we won’t have to worry about him. You can divorce me then if you want.”

“And if he doesn’t die soon? What then?” Cordelia shook her head. “I can’t believe you would ask something like this of me.”

“I know,” Arthur said. “It’s not fair to you. There’s nothing else for it, though. If you want to ruin me, then by all means petition for a divorce. You’re right, no one would deny it to you and if that’s what you wish to do I won’t deny you.” He came around to where she was facing the wall, forcing Cordelia to look at him. She turned her face toward him, her jaw set in a way that she knew her own father would be proud of. 

“All right,” she said finally. “I’ll keep your secret, but at least keep your affairs out of the house. Find somewhere else to do it or I really will tell your father about it.”

“Yes, of course. Whatever you want.” Arthur leaned forward to kiss her on the cheek and she shrank away from him. She couldn’t bring herself to let him kiss her after seeing him with another man. Cheating aside, she’d brought up to believe that it was unnatural and she didn’t know how she’d be able to look at him after this. He didn’t try to kiss her again and she looked away, unable to believe she was agreeing to this. “Thank you, my darling. You won’t regret this. I’ll make sure you have everything you could ever desire.”

“Mm.” Cordelia kept her face turned away from his and he finally stepped away from her. 

“Well, I suppose I should go visit my father. He’ll be expecting me later but there’s nothing wrong with showing up earlier.”

Of course not, thought Cordelia. Unless you come home early and find your husband with another man.

“Be careful,” Cordelia said, trying not to sound irritable. Arthur paused for a moment, then
walked out of the room quickly, as if he was running away from her.  

Once he was gone and the door was closed, Cordelia went behind him and locked it. Then she went back to her place by the window where there was a handsome wooden rocker. She sat down and began to rock back and forth slowly. Her anger was dissipating, being replaced by a deep sadness. 

She’d brought the chair with her at her mother’s urging, and had been dreaming since she was a girl of sitting in the rocker and rocking her baby to sleep. Now that dream looked to have been shattered. If he wasn’t interested in her, then she didn’t know how they were going to have a baby. The only time they’d come close to making love was on their wedding night and it had taken quite a lot of effort. She’d attributed it to his being nervous and having had a lot to drink but now she knew better.  

Cordelia started to rock faster, focusing on the sliver of light that was coming through the crack in the curtains and not the image of her husband with another man on his knees in front of him. She didn’t know if she’d ever be able to get it out of her head. More tears threatened to fall and she tried to will them away. She’d have to deal with the staff before too long and she didn’t want it to look like she’d been crying. They were all so kind, they’d want to know what was going on and she didn’t want to have to lie to them.  

 It suddenly occurred to her that they may have known about this all along. Feeling betrayed by both her staff and her husband, Cordelia sighed heavily and leaned her head back against the chair. She was really stuck now. The longer she stayed in her marriage, the less likely it would be for her to be able to get a divorce. All she could do was hope for her father-in-law to die soon so she could get out of her marriage, and that made her feel even worse.  

I’m well and truly trapped now, she thought. I wish Father had never made this arrangement.

 Every Rogue’s Heart is available at Amazon for $2.99 from now until December! Buy it here or get it free with Kindle Unlimited.

All Sorts of News

Guess who’s back with a brand new logo, a new release, and a new WIP?

You guessed it, it’s me! I haven’t been very active online for a while for various reasons, but I’m back now and have plenty of news to share.

 First off, you may have noticed that my site has a new look. I got a beautiful logo from Chelsea Barnes and I think it gives my site a personal look and tells new readers exactly what I’m about. I absolutely love it!

Next, I have a new series in the works! It’s going to be a paranormal romance series with an association of vampires called the Night Lodge. The first three books are going to be a trilogy, and I plan to do a couple of standalones after that. I’ve been working on some teaser images for Facebook and Twitter, so follow me there and you’ll get a taste of the series as I work on it.

Last but not least, I had the good fortune to be included in a Victorian box set with a Rogue theme with the same amazing ladies who were in the Treasured Love box set, and it’s been doing really well! It’s currently on Amazon for $2.99 or free on KU, and there are six all-new stories to enjoy. Mine is a full length novel called Only a Rogue Knows, which will be released on its own in January. Get your copy now!

That’s all for now. If you’re interested in a sample chapter, I’ll be posting that next week so stay tuned!