Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Knock, Crieff Hydro, Perthshire





Merry Christmas!

We're in Scotland and everyone in my immediate family is/was sick. Fingers crossed we make it through Christmas Day without any incidents :) Staying at Crieff Hydro and as it has actually stopped raining for the first time in days (yippee) I'll try and take some photos to post later.

Happy Christmas!!! and a healthy and prosperous New Year when it comes.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cosford RAF Museum

 
It has been many years since I went to Cosford. As the daughter of a man who loves airplanes I certainly went a lot as a kid, but not since. The first obvious change is the enormous new hangar (below). The whole thing is great, and as I don't know all the names of the planes here's a pictorial of our trip instead.













Complete with interactive displays it was a great day out for the kids and, aside from spending 2.50 on parking, the museum itself is FREE!



Saturday, December 15, 2012

All Saints Church

This morning, I visited my Grandad and Granny's grave and laid a wreath. Poignant, but such a lovely setting. Couldn't help thinking about the people in Connecticut and seeing history repeat itself. There are no words for what happened there, just as there were no words for Dunblane. Very sad times.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Home

Great to be home but the weather went from frosty (nice) to rain (bleh). I did manage to raid Marks & Spencers though. I've wrapped most of the presents and even bought some cards--oh, and I finished the longest running Sudoku puzzle ever on the plane after DH put in a couple of numbers. The family are all in good spirits and it is great to see them.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Packing

Big trip tomorrow. Getting up at OMG early. Which reminds me, anyone going to see that new movie, Zero Dark Thirty? I only heard about it yesterday. It appeals to my inner storyteller especially the role of the female protagonist in a male dominated arena. I want to see it.

Back to my trip. I'm charging cameras, ereaders, iPods. Cleaning kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms. Doing all the last minute washing. Stocking the cupboards up for the peeps staying here, and the dog. Trying to preempt any possible disaster scenario (which naturally I will fail at given the nature of disasters). For the first time ever I'm probably not going to take a physical book--although there is a craft book I might throw in... trying to keep our luggage down to 2 suitcases which gets tricky when you have Christmas gifts and two kids. Anyway, totally doable.

I'll be away from the blog for a few days. Here's my first (post airport) destination. Shropshire.


Monday, December 10, 2012

20 Day Blog Tour--Dangerous Waters--FINALE

The final stop on my Blog Tour is an interview at Books-n-Kisses. Thanks for sticking with me through this exciting time. We fly back to the UK in two days and I'm excited to see my family again. I'll try and post regular photo updates while I'm away :)

As a thank you for sticking with me on this exhausting tour, I'm giving away a copy of an ebook from my backlist drawn at random from any comments on my blog today.

 "Dark and intriguing, Anderson's tightly plotted story keeps you guessing. A captivating mix of suspense and romance, DANGEROUS WATERS will pull you under."-Laura Griffin, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author.
 

 
DANGEROUS WATERS, November 20th, 2012.
Known as the Graveyard of the Pacific, Barkley Sound is notorious for surging swells with the power to pull helpless victims into its merciless abyss…

Sergeant Holly Rudd arrives in the coastal community of Bamfield after local divers discover a body with a knife jutting from its chest in the waters of Barkley Sound. As she investigates the crime, Holly soon realizes the sleepy town is rife with secrets. But what unsettles her most is the residents’ insistence that she bears a striking resemblance to the victim of a murder from three decades earlier. She shrugs off the uncanny likeness as a coincidence. But her simmering attraction to Finn Carver, one of the divers who discovered the corpse, isn’t so easy to ignore.

Finn, a former Special Forces soldier, knows it’s best to keep his distance from Holly. Yet it isn’t long before they both give in to the consuming desire they share. And as the danger escalates, Finn and Holly must rely on each other to thwart the plans of a cold-blooded killer who’s intent on keeping the past buried.

From Amazon USA or UK. Also, Canada, France, and Germany.
Also in print from Barnes & Noble (US) and McNally Robinson (Canada).
Audio from Brilliance Audio.
  • ISBN-10: 1612186076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612186078

Friday, December 07, 2012

20 Day Blog Tour--Dangerous Waters

Nearing the end of my blog tour for Dangerous Waters and today I'm interviewed on A Passion for Romance blog. Please join me and Krista there.


Bamfield Inlet, 2012


DANGEROUS WATERS, November 20th, 2012.
Known as the Graveyard of the Pacific, Barkley Sound is notorious for surging swells with the power to pull helpless victims into its merciless abyss…
Sergeant Holly Rudd arrives in the coastal community of Bamfield after local divers discover a body with a knife jutting from its chest in the waters of Barkley Sound. As she investigates the crime, Holly soon realizes the sleepy town is rife with secrets. But what unsettles her most is the residents’ insistence that she bears a striking resemblance to the victim of a murder from three decades earlier. She shrugs off the uncanny likeness as a coincidence. But her simmering attraction to Finn Carver, one of the divers who discovered the corpse, isn’t so easy to ignore.
Finn, a former Special Forces soldier, knows it’s best to keep his distance from Holly. Yet it isn’t long before they both give in to the consuming desire they share. And as the danger escalates, Finn and Holly must rely on each other to thwart the plans of a cold-blooded killer who’s intent on keeping the past buried.

From Amazon USA or UK. Also, Canada, France, and Germany.
Also in print from Barnes & Noble (US) and McNally Robinson (Canada).
Audio from Brilliance Audio.
  • ISBN-10: 1612186076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612186078

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Christmas cards

I need to apologize in advance to all friends and family this year. The chance of getting a Christmas card from us is up there with me finishing the Sudoku puzzle I've been working on since July. Basically, not going to happen unless someone else does it for me :) So please don't feel like you have to send us one. The feelings of 'wishing you the happiest and healthiest festive season' are very much alive and well, albeit in invisible form.

Ok--have to go and dust the bedroom for the dog/house sitter. Waiting on edits on DARK WATERS and trying to do as much preemptive packing and planning as possible. That's a lot of 'p's :)
 



Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

20 Day Blog Tour--Dangerous Waters

Starfish
Today there's Spotlight and Review at Lindsay's Scribbling (maybe :)) and an interview at Krystal Shannan's blog.
I'm also on the lovely Catherine Bybee's blog today.


We're having an early Christmas gift exchange on the weekend, mainly to prevent luggage issues as we are in the UK for Christmas. I'm excited on the kids' behalf :)What are you hoping to get??

Monday, December 03, 2012

New Goodreads Giveaway



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dangerous Waters by Toni Anderson

Dangerous Waters

by Toni Anderson

Giveaway ends December 31, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Doing second round edits on DARK WATERS, hoping to get it sent off to my editor tomorrow. Wish me luck!

A hotel sign in Bamfield
(under repair)

I can't believe it's the December 3rd. Leaving for the UK in nine days!!!