27 November 2011

The Winner Is....

The winner of Vicki Lane's, Sings In The Blood is: Lynne from Dovegreyreader.
Congratulations, Lynne!

Please send me your address~your book and a surprise will be mailed to you Tuesday.  My daughter drew the name from a hat Saturday night and a big "thank you" to her! Sorry the drawing was not Thursday so much has been going on and time slipped through my fingers.

Tracy :)

Signs in the Blood

18 November 2011

Book Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of meeting North Carolina's author Vicki Lane at Fountainhead Bookstore. I have just started reading Mrs. Lane's books and blog and I am taking with it all! Mrs Lane has written several books on Elizabeth Goodweather which are Appalachian mysteries and I have enjoyed her first book very much.
A Wonderful Independent Bookstore

Before, Mrs Lane read from her book, she asked "Where is Tracy Garcia?" It took a few seconds for me to realize she was asking for me! I was honor that she remembered me through her blog and it proved to me~yes you can have friends through blogging. I did speak with Mrs Lane after her reading and she is a very sweet and soft spoken person. She signed all her books for me and I have an extra copy of her first book.

Speaking With A Patron

Signing All My Books

Moi With Mrs Lane

If you would like for your name to be put in for the giveaway~just leave a comment and next Thursday I will have my daughter draw a name.

Wishing everyone a great weekend!

Tracy :)

11 November 2011

Good To Be Back

Sorry I have been gone for a while, but the last few months have been a learning experience and I am hoping to share a few things with you.

On 5 April my mom suffered a stroke and I have come to terms with seeing my mom not able to do all she could do at one time. I have seen the ugly side of health care and people who really don't care for their own, but tend to care more for people who never put into the system. I have also spoken with people who had to give up their parents home to get them into a nursing home. Most of all, I have come to understand this country needs to take better care of our senior citizens and medicare needs to do more!!!

Mom is improving everyday--she is in out patient physical therapy at Roger C Peace and I am so proud with all she has accomplished in the last six to seven months. She has some control in her right hand and her speech comes and goes. She is walking with help but with a bad knee and still weak from the stroke~walking is hard. I have learned by watching my mom~her speech is better earlier in the day. When she is tired, I can tell her brain is slowing down.

To help me with my feelings and hurt, I turned to canning this summer.(very good therapy for me). Mr G had a great garden and I canned green beans and tomatoes. I also made salsa~which did not last long. I also made vegetable soup which did not workout at all. Trust me when you walked into my house you could tell! Yes, mistakes were made but I did something I have always wanted to do.

I am also taking knitting lessons and have a great teacher in Hendersonville NC. I will share more about this later.

A few weeks back, I met Vicki Lane who writes mysteries. She is a sweet and very soft spoken person and I am very glad to have met her. She has a wonderful blog~Vicki Lane. In my next post, I will have a book give away singed by Mrs. Lane.

I still have so much to share~so please do come back. This year the Autumn leaves have been unreal!  
  Beautiful colors of red, yellow, and orange.

Tracy :)