Romantic Suspense Giveaway, April Newsletter Winners & 2015 Redux

We have a lot going on. Let’s get started.

***I’m participating in a Romantic Suspense Giveaway with SECOND ACT. Besides me, you’ll find lots of great authors and books. Here’s the link to enter.

I’ve sent out a special edition of my Newsletter with this info. So you should already have received this unless you’re not signed up. If not, why not? 😊

***In the April Newsletter winners had a chance to win an e-copy or print copy of TAINTED. Drum roll, please, the winners are: Frieda Cooper and Maria Murray. Thanks to everyone who played along.

***We bought our lake house in 2015. We bought out lake house with 4 feet of beach because of a long standing drought. Bob considered buying extra sand to make it really nice for the grands. Well, he should’ve bought the sand, but saved it to make sandbags. May & June 2015 brought the end of the drought in the form of floods. A twenty-year flood we were told by those who’d lived a long time on the lake.


I’m telling you it was really scary watching the water rise and rise and rise. Watching the 4 feet of beach disappear. Watching the water lap up and over the retaining wall. Watching the water travel 3 feet into the yard.

Old boathouse & dock.
Debris pilling up at our dock. Took forever to clean out.
Over the retaining wall and into the yard.

It was scary not knowing when the rain would stop and how far the water would rise before the rain stopped.

We were fortunate the water didn’t come close to getting into our house, which is raised about 2 feet off the ground, which slopes up away from the lake. Others weren’t so lucky.

May 2021. The rains have come again. And yes, we were experiencing a drought. Not as bad as in 2015 by any means. In fact, now we’ve almost caught up on our rain fall amounts. But it’s still raining. We have water standing in our yard where we added an extra retaining wall to help keep the water out of our house. Well, the builder promised he’d put in weeping holes. He did not. At one point, we had water going over that wall, and it looked a little like an infinity pool. Enlarge the pic, and you’ll see.

Not coming up from the lake, but the rain coming down can’t get out.
Recent morning without rain & with new dock completed right as we went into lockdown in March 2020..

Now, all this rain has kept the temperatures way lower than usual. By now we’re normally hitting mid-80s, heading to 90, and we’ve been in the low 70s. I like that. And I know come July or August when it’s hitting 100 for the six straight day, I’ll be longing for these days again.

So how’s your May weather doing? Do you watch the weather? Do you keep up with it on your phone? Friends will rightfully call me on being a bit of a fanatic about the weather. I tell them it’s my Girl Scout training. Be prepared.

Thanks to the 3 of you who’ve volunteered to be a Beta Reader for COMPROMISE. I could use one more if anyone is interested. Close to being ready to send it out. Maybe another week or two.

Be safe, be well. Love to hear from you.

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9 responses to “Romantic Suspense Giveaway, April Newsletter Winners & 2015 Redux

  1. I’m sorry to hear about all the rain, Marsha. It is worrying watching water levels rise. We live near a river, but like you, fortunately our house is fairly high up. Others are not so lucky. We’ve had a lot of rain this May, and no sign of it letting up. Hope the rain stops soon for you. Take care.

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    • Hey, Helena. Yes, I’ve seen your photos. Water can be really scary. We’ve been blessed now with two days of little to no rain. That gives time for the water to go down before the next rains arrive. Stay dry and thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂


  2. I’ve never heard of weeping holes so there, I’ve learned one new thing already today. Twenty years of drought is a long time so I guess it was making up for it. Victoria was disgustingly nice yesterday although I did hear a couple more of people complaining it was cool n the shade.

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    • Hey, Pat. I’m so glad I was able to expand your knowledge base. Maybe it will come in handy in some Trivia game. LOL Happy, you’re having such beautiful weather. Some folks you just can’t please. We’ve actually had a break over what had been forecast. Even without more rain, the lake is rising. We are blessed to live in such beautiful places. Or maybe everyone things where they live is beautiful. ??? Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


    • Hey, Julie. I ran across Didi’s video of Stephen and the boys walking out to the old boat house with the walkway under water. It was eerie. And crazy to do. LOL The boys were small. Everyone has come a long way. Thanks for stopping by.:)


    • Hey, Vicki. Yes, why can’t we have medium? What’s wrong with medium? Why do we have to have such extremes? Okay, I feel better for getting that off my chest. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


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