I WON!

I had to share my great news! I never win at contests or drawings… but today I did! I won an Amazon Gift Card!

Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

Meet Lorinda J. Taylor, the author of:

The Termite Queen, Vol I, The Speaking of the Dead, and The Termite Queen, Vol II, The Wound That Has No Healing.


“In the 30th century, an off-world expedition returns to Earth with a specimen of giant termite whose behavior suggests intelligence. Kaitrin Oliva, a strong-willed and ambitious young linguistic anthropologist, is charged with finding a way to access its unique form of bioelectric communication. However, the insect dies and the team members realize too late that they have unintentionally murdered an intelligent lifeform. A second expedition is mounted with the purpose of making first contact and reparations. Griffen Gwidian, the entomologist heading the expedition, is a complex man with a dark personal secret. He falls in love with Kaitrin and against her better instincts Kaitrin responds. The result is a love story by turns turbulent and funny, passionate, tender, and troubled.
Meanwhile, civil discord is brewing on the termite planet. Mo’gri’ta’tu, the Queen’s Chamberlain, resents the power of the Holy Seer Kwi’ga’ga’tei and plots to assassinate her. She has engaged the services of an outland Champion, Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head, to fight this terrifying entity which has descended on them from the skies, murdered one of the fortress’s citizens, and abducted another. This alienates the aging Commander Hi’ta’fu the Unconquered, who is lured by the word-crafty Chamberlain into joining the conspiracy.
At the very moment that the murder is about to be committed, the second expedition arrives at the planet …
Discover the exciting conclusion of the adventure in Volume Two, “The Wound That Has No Healing.”


“In The Termite Queen: Volume One: The Speaking of the Dead, the death of a specimen of intelligent giant termite impels a team of scientists to mount a new expedition to the alien planet where the specimen was captured. During the voyage out, the linguistic anthropologist Kaitrin Oliva and the expedition’s chief, the entomologist Griffen Gwidian, fall in love and form a union, after which Prf. Gwidian begins to exhibit some troubling changes of mood and behavior. Meanwhile, on the alien planet, civil discord is brewing among the termites; Mo’gri’ta’tu, the Queen’s Chamberlain, hatches a plot to murder the Holy Seer Kwi’ga’ga’tei, a plot foiled only by the sudden reappearance of the Flying Monster.
In Volume Two, the team arrives at the planet to a combative reception, but, aided by Kaitrin’s insights into the termites’ unique language, the “Star-Beings” and the Shshi are soon communicating and learning to know each other. The Shshi accept Kaitrin as a friend and even come to revere her as the Mother of her people. Meanwhile, Griffen’s inexplicable insecurities escalate, while the dastardly Mo’gri’ta’tu continues to foment conspiracies. Ultimately, the two plotlines intersect in an explosive climax, after which the team must return to Earth and try to come to terms with what they have experienced.”

About Lorinda J. Taylor

“A former catalogue librarian with two graduate degrees, Lorinda J. Taylor was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and worked in several different academic libraries before returning to the place of her birth, where she now lives. She has written fantasy and science fiction for years but began to self-publish only in 2011. To this point, she has published eleven science fiction/fantasy novels, including seven volumes of a series retelling myths in terms of her intelligent termite civilization. Her writings combine many aspects of science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, future history, off-world adventure, psychological fiction, and even a love story. She always strives to engage readers emotionally and give them something to think about at the end of each book.”

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I met Lorinda on Facebook last year and have watched her writing progress as she pens novel after novel. Currently, she has written 11 books.

The best part is we live in the same city of Colorado Springs but have never met. I can see that changing in the near future.

If you are looking for a great science fiction/fantasy series to read please check out Lorinda’s books. You can find her on her blog at termitewriter.blogspot.com or on Facebook at Lorinda J. Taylor (Termite Writer).

Thank you again, Lorinda. You made my day!

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Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 22 – “Group”

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For this week’s photo challenge from Hugh’s Views and News, we are to show what “Group” means to you. Maybe it’s a pop group or a group of people all of whom have something in common? Maybe it’s a group of animals or a group of objects in a store?

Want to join the fun? Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Take or choose a photo that you’ve taken which, for you, depicts Group.
    2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 22 – “Group”
    3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
    4. Create a *pingback to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section below so that other participants can view the post.

Not sure how to create a pingback? Click here for a step by step guide on how to create one.

*As Pingbacks have not been working on WordPress over the last few weeks, Hugh asks that we please leave a link to our post in the comments section so he and other participants can view the post. 

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This is a “group of apple blossoms” I photographed last week here in Colorado Springs. Of course, over the past weekend, we got snow so that took care of the spectacular show that nature had prepared for us. Many of the trees in my neighborhood have buds starting to appear. I can only hope that our oak tree will soon follow suit.

Happy Spring everyone!

Thanks for stopping by,

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The Weather Witch

I have been told that I am a weather witch, a purveyor of the elements. Strange weather events take place where ever we live. Somehow I maneuver the climate. Like the blizzard that blew into Colorado Springs last evening through this morning…

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The winds blew hard, battering the north side of the house. Boards creaked and groaned as the upstairs part of the house swayed in the wind.

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Snow flew sideways down the road. The cold winds of autumn blew the early snow into drifts deep enough to swallow a man.

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Great clumps of cold, wet snow filled the glass on the windows making it impossible to see outside. A dark gloom settled within the house.

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Hard icy pellets of snow battered the back door.

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The wind blew harder, burying everything in its path in a silent white death. Ice daggers hung from the shutters on the house.

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Suddenly, the sky cleared into a deep crystal blue while the snow crystals glistened on the drifts below.

Winter is Coming

Truth be told… it’s not even winter yet!

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll see you all again!

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Silver Threading is Going DARK!

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As hard as Silver tried, she could not convince Comcast to install her WiFi any sooner than next week! So, Silver Threading is going off the grid as of tonight. She will not be able to comment or post until her WiFi is restored.

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In the meantime, please enjoy this breathtaking view by Patrick Chin. His photography is spectacular!

Thinking of you

See you soon!

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WE Made It!

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Silver moves in this week!

We made it to Colorado Springs early this afternoon. Ron and I and Sugar and Spice are exhausted but exhilarated that we have finally achieved our destination. Here are a few photos from the trip north through New Mexico into Colorado: (I took these through the car window. The quality is not the best). Don’t forget to click on the photos to enlarge them. 😀

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New Mexico

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Climbing in elevation

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Welcome to Colorado!

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Up Ahead… a dusting of snow on the Rocky Mountains

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The scenery continues to change

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The sign says… BEAR Crossing!

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Colorado Springs – Straight Ahead!

I want to say a special THANK YOU to Melissa Barker-Simpson who not only is an amazing author, she is also a fantastic friend. I could not have accomplished this move without her kindness and friendship. Mel wrote numerous articles and stories for my blog while I was on the road traveling this last few weeks. I am forever grateful for such a great friend. ❤

Tomorrow, we get the keys to our new house. I have no idea how long it will be until I have WiFi, so please be patient and know that I miss you all. Thank you for reading and I will see you all soon.

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Welcome to Our New House

It has been a busy, crazy couple of days here in Colorado Springs house hunting. The weather has been amazing with cool mornings and warm afternoons. We have stayed in the Quality Inn and loved the location and the friendly attitude of the people who stay here and the employees. They accept dogs and Sugar and Spice have loved all the attention.

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I know this photo is not the best, but the mountains and the sky are amazing. The rolling prairies are everywhere here within the backdrop of the looming rocky mountains (Pikes Peak). Fall brings the colors into focus with splashes of color.

After a thorough search and much negotiating with the builder, Ron and I are happy to share our new abode! It is a lovely shade of dusty blue with white trim and butter-yellow accents. I love the colors! This is truly our last best house!

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We will start back on our trip to Florida tomorrow morning. Once back in Florida, I need to finish packing and prepare for the house closing on October 29th. Then, it is back on the road heading to our new house in Colorado. The builder graciously is allowing us to move in immediately (we pay rent until we close on the Colorado house) which is an amazing benefit that we are grateful for.

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Sugar and Spice LOVE the backyard! So do I. Not much to mow! We will plant a few trees, add a few pots with veggies and flowers, and our Colorado paradise will be perfect. Wait till I share pictures of the snow in winter. 🙂

Here is a link to the Top 10 Things to do in Colorado Springs.

Thanks for visiting and seeing our new house. The next few weeks will be crazy and I will post when I can. ❤

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Hi from Colorado Springs

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Hi, everyone! We made it to Colorado Springs. Whew! 1300 miles in two and a half days! Ron is worn out from all the driving, and Sugar and Spice are tired from sleeping in the back seat.

I am the navigator and my trip planner took us right through the heart of Dallas, TX yesterday morning. The traffic was outrageous at 10:30 a.m. Never again! Somehow, I navigated us through total gridlock, bumper to bumper. Poor Ron does all the driving since I hate it. I am one kick-butt navigator, though!

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Sugar and Spice relaxing at our motel

We are kicking back before the house hunt tomorrow. I will take a few pictures and add them tomorrow evening. The mountains are spectacular! Ron and I love that the area looks and reminds us of Montana. This is going to be our last best place!

We are excited and looking forward to finding the home of our dreams. I have chosen a few great homes to check out! I can’t wait!

Thanks to all of you for participating in Mindful Monday and Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Just please know that if I do not reply in a quick fashion I will try to get to you all as soon as I can.

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WHO Wants to Help Us MOVE? #BeWoW

We had an exciting day on Monday. First I had to go to one of my favorite places… the dentist! NOT! I survived my teeth cleaning and came home to find a message on our phone.

A couple was coming by at 4:30 P.M. to view our house – on a Monday afternoon! I kicked in the afterburners and ran around in a frenzy cleaning floors, dusting, and making everything spic and span. Ron manned the vacuum and took care of that issue for me. Meanwhile, Sugar and Spice slept on the couch!

Our real estate agent thought he would be there for the appointment to see if he could get a read on their intentions. At the exact time, we had agreed to let them view the house, Ron and I, including Sugar and Spice, jumped in the car and drove around for about a half hour.

After the couple left, we returned home and talked with our agent. He said this couple sure asked more questions than the other folks did that viewed the house recently! He said you just never know in these instances. The couple had not made a bid. L We were sad to say the least.

At 6:30 P.M. Monday evening, our agent called and said the couple’s real estate agent had texted him saying they were writing up a contract!! By 8:30 P.M. they had made a verbal offer and we accepted it. We now have a written contract to sell our house! WOO HOO!!

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I kept telling Ron that we had to make it through both of those September eclipses before our luck would change! It was interesting because last week we ran around getting all the things done that we needed to do before we moved, even though we had no idea when it would happen. Doctor appointments, vet appointments (for Sugar & Spice) and the dreaded dentist appointments were all completed and out-of-the-way for our cosmic energy to flow.

Many, many thanks to all of you who supported me through this crazy time. You guys kept me going when I felt the stress build up. I cannot thank you all enough. You know who all of you are, too! ❤

By next Tuesday, October 6th, we will be on the road Colorado-bound to do some house hunting. I am not sure just what the date will be for the house closing, but it tentatively  is set for October 29th!

This will impact my blog and some of my regular posts (Writer’s Quote Wednesday, Mindful Monday, etc.) so please bear with me. Book reviews will also slip in the schedule. Rest assured, I will review your book in due time.

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Just think of all the pictures of our trip I will be able to share!

Thanks again for letting me share my exciting news! Many thanks to Cherokee Billie for her accurate prediction of exciting changes that would happen after the Mega Moon Eclipse.

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Stay tuned for more exciting developments!