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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Special Guest Spotlight - Mary Ricksen

Hello Friends,

Please issue a warm welcome to my special guest, Mary Ricksen.

I am a Vermonter. I was born in Burlington and the mountains and Lake Champlain are in my blood. I have lived in several places, from Vermont, to New York, Canada, Texas and finally Florida. I have lived here in Florida for the last twenty five years. Although it is a beautiful place, the hurricanes and the heat are hard to take.

I have been married forever to my husband Chris. He spends most of his time in front of his computer. A computer engineer by career, he is addicted to them. My dog Junior, a huge black German Shepherd, is my baby. One hundred and thirty pounds of adoring love, he is a beloved character in my first book. And he is very spoiled. My garden is a jungle of tropical plants, the sweet smell of their fragrances filled my yard and my nose! There's nothing at all like planting something and watching it grow. It's like writing in that way.

I have spent years trying to find my special ability. Finally, I think I have it. I love to write and I love to interact with other authors and I'm hoping to say the same thing about readers when my book is finally published.

Tripping Through Time is a time travel novel that takes place on the Islands in Lake Champlain, Vermont. It surrounds you in the imagery and story of a young woman who learns that love is truly timeless.


What the hell? She knew this wasn’t still in some part of that nightmare trip she’d taken. It was too real, the place too old fashioned. She heard crickets and saw lightning bugs twinkle outside the window. A fly buzzed over her head and she listened to a mosquito or two, droning in their search for the rich red blood beneath her skin.

She didn’t hear blast of car horns, the tire sounds on pavement, or the grinding noise from trucks changing gears, as they flew up and down the hilly countryside. It was so quiet, no music, no talking, nothing. Then she heard a latch lift, and one hundred and twenty pounds of fur jumped up onto the bed, knocking the breath out of her.

Anxiety left her speechless, as the light from the open door spilled into the room, and onto the bed, she lay in. The dog lay next to her warm and wild smelling, doing her no harm. The large figure approaching her now made her breathless, anxious. She knew it was a man; his silhouette outlined by the light behind him.

When he reached the bed, he bent toward her, only to pick up the tiny piece of candle still barely burning. He lit a stained glass-covered lantern placed on the bed stand beside it. Keealyn stared into a pair of green eyes that reminded her of misty mornings.

Clean-shaven, thick dark chestnut hair flowed past the collar of his navy muslin shirt opened halfway down the front, to reveal a smooth muscular chest. Very tall, lean, and brawny, well defined, biceps, triceps, and pecks filled his shirt. He had a slim waist and strong shoulders. His worn blue jeans were held up with a handmade leather belt, hung low on his hips. His skin seemed to glow in the lamplight in a warm bronzed tone.

He was gorgeous.

"Tripping Through Time" ISBN#1-60154-392-1
Available Through The Wild Rose Press


Autumn Jordon said...

Mary, I love Vermont. My husband and I were married by Killington lake. Just us, the JP, his secretary and twenty people from a California photography group who were walking by at the time. You can guess it was October. I had pictures, I didn't think I'd have. LOL.

Tripping Through Time sounds like a winner. I wish you many sales.



Mary Ricksen said...

Thanks Autumn, Vermont is indeed just beautiful. Thanks for commenting!
Thanks for having me Pam.

Linda Swift said...

Hi Mary, I thought I'd just pop in here and offer my support again. And I'm glad I did. Now I can put a face with your words. And so you live in FL now. I've been there part time for about twenty years since my husband began doing private consulting for power plants and traveling all over the world. We are on the Gulf Coast. Tripping Through Time is a very enticing title. I'll be waiting for the book. Best of luck,

Mary Ricksen said...

Thanks Linda I so appreciate it, that picture stinks, I'd like a better one taken someday.

Mary Ricksen said...

People have told me it's hard to find the comment area. It's there below today's blog in the small print. Thanks for reading today's blog and commenting!

Mary Ricksen said...

Thanks Pam for having me.
I hope each day that things get easier and easier for you. You have a lot of people who care about you. People you have not even met.
But we're out there, I promise you.
And we care.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thank you, Mary for your sweet words and thank you ALL for supporting her spotlight.


Mona Risk said...

Mary, you are an amazing person, a good friend, a great writer, and an excelent promoter. Are all the native from Vermont so great or only those who move to Florida and work as hard as you do to be the best at so many things? I want to meet your little German Sheperd. I used to have one many years ago.

Mary Marvella said...

Hey, Mary! Busy, aren't you! Great blog, as usual!

Mary M

Jana Richards said...

Hi Mary,
Nice to learn a little more about you and put a face to your name.

Congrats on your book. I wish you much success with "Tripping through Time".

Jana Richards

Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Mary

Sorry to be late popping in here, it's been a bit crazy with me lately! I love the excerpt from 'Tripping Through Time', one book I'm going to have to add to my ever growing list!

You are so supportive of other authors you deserve to have the same support yourself. I'd love to give Junior a hug too!

Pam, I can only echo Mary's words and say I hope the care and affection of your on-line friends as well as your 'real life' family and friends is helping you through this difficult time.

Mary Ricksen said...

Thanks for stopping by Mona, Mary, Jane and Lyn, you don't know how much I appreciate your doing so.
Big smile from Mary!

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Mary and Pam,
My but you're popular today, Mary! I had no idea Pam was spotlighting you today too! I wish you mega sales and support you wildly, girl! Pam, dear, I hope each day brings you comfort. We are all here for you and send you lots of love.