Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Frog stompin'

It was a knee-jerk reaction, literally. My sons were outside, and my oldest had scooped up a small frog. My youngest, a two-year-old, probably couldn't remember seeing a frog ever before in his lifetime. My oldest son held out the frog, and I was encouraging my youngest to touch it (without touching it myself). The frog, apparently sensing the combined apprehension of both me and my youngest, hopped out of my son's hands and onto the patio. My youngest son promptly lifted his knee and brought his foot down on the frog, squishing it. Killing it instantly. And my older son erupted in screams that I'm sure could be heard several blocks away. The frog was dead. The two-year-old didn't understand what he'd done, and the six-year-old sobbed, devastated that his newest friend's carcass was flattened before him on the cement.

I'm not sure why I'm telling this story now. Maybe because it's spring, and the frogs and bugs already are taking over my backyard. Maybe because next week the frog killer is meeting a bunny killer (my sister-in-law's dog) and I just can't wait to see what fun those two have together. Or maybe because there's a lesson in the story somewhere. It remains, vivid, in my mind.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Daffodils on the brain

It's been spring for weeks where I live in central North Carolina. The flowers have been blooming, the buds sprouting. Despite the occasional cold shock, the daffodils continue to radiate golden beauty. I find it difficult not to smile during these first truly warm days of spring.

One of the first flowers of spring, the daffodil, is one of the reasons I can't help smiling. The color reminds me of my mother (yellow is her favorite, and she's usually happy and smiling, herself). But my favorite flower is the daisy. It's plain and simple, and hardy, too. The soft white petals unfurl from the yellow core. I carried daisies down the aisle to meet my groom... despite feeling a bit of pressure from those who said that a daisy really is just a glorified weed.

I wasn't too surprised when I filled out a quiz on "What type of flower are you?" Turns out, I'm a daffodil! I've just got daffodils on my mind! And I am an awful lot like my mother, for better or worse! You can take the quiz, too, at But if you take the quiz, you must leave a comment on this blog and let me know what type of flower you end up with.

And I'll promise not to read too much into it. (Daffodil=unrequited love; daisy=innocence; calla lily=magnificent beauty; carnation=pride and beauty. At least if you believe what one internet site says!)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

What a ride!

It's day three of Storm Surge's free Kindle ebook promotion, and it's quite a ride. Yesterday, I reached #3 in the bestseller charts. Currently, I'm hanging out at #6. I'm ecstatic! My publisher keeps updating me with the number of downloads, and the numbers make my head spin. Can my book possibly be in the hands of more than 20,000 readers? It's amazing. What's more, I'm receiving emails from readers who want to know when my next book is released!

If you happen to be one of those readers, and you want to know when my next book is released, I'll send you an email! Simply fill out the form on the right side of my blog. Or email me directly at tamara(dot)ward(at)rocketmail(dot)com. All I ask for is your email address, and I promise that I will not share your address with anyone or spam you. Thanks so much for checking out Storm Surge!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wow! Day One of the free promo

As I write this, Storm Surge sits at #23 on the Kindle free ebook bestseller's list! I'm flabbergasted, amazed, and so grateful. I'm thankful to my friends who helped me get the word out about the free book, to the people I don't know who retweeted tweets and posted my novel on Facebook. I'm thankful for author Jamie Salisbury, who is hosting me on her blog at I'm thankful for Must Read Mysteries,, who gave me a mid-day boost in sales. I'm thankful for my publisher, Peak City Publishing, who had confidence in me. Most of all, I'm thankful for all the readers out there who are giving my book a chance and downloading it.

Storm Surge is free through Sunday. I hope you can drop by Amazon and download a free Kindle ebook! Here's the linke: