Friday, January 22, 2021

Yesterday's Tears in Audio

Yesterday's Tears, Book 1 in A Slip in Time

 Exciting news!! Yesterday's Tears is now offered as an audio book! I know most of you are die-hard book readers, but you may know someone who listens to audios or perhaps an older person with failing vision who would love to listen. Or you can read at home, and listen to it when you're on the go. It's really easy. You can do a free trial and get my first book for no charge. If you are a Primer member you get two free audible books of your choice. The cost is $14.95 a month but you are free to cancel at any time. This book is priced at $19.95, so even with a subscription you still get a $5 savings. Simply get the Audibles app or listen through iTunes. This is all new to me, so I hope you will help me share it with your friends.

Here's a code to help you get started.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Winter and Chocolates

 Let's face it.  It hasn't been the best winter of our lives.  Too much is going on in the news and then add COVID thrown in for good measure.  Reading is one way to take yourself to another time and place to forget about it all. If you haven't read the A Slip in Time series, it's a must.  A great distraction.  But if you have read it, why not start all over again? Read Book 1 through Book 6 and get yourself ready for Book 7 coming in the Spring.  At the back of book 6, you'll find a list of characters in case you have forgotten who someone is and how they relate to the families. But please don't look at it if you haven't read through book 5, because you may find you have spoiled a plot line. 

So sit back, get some chocolate, whether it's in the form of candy or in a mug of a steaming hot beverage.  Perhaps you'd rather have some wine.  Either way settle in for a fun ride back in time.

Reading books a second time is not your thing, you say.  Then try one of my other series.  Check them all out here.  Jane O'Brien Books

Monday, January 4, 2021

Book Inspiration

 Did you ever wonder how I get inspired to write a story? I'll tell you how I thought of Yesterday's Tears. Over twenty years ago I went to an estate sale, and as I often do, I looked for antique quilts and stashes of old fabric. This quilt top is what I found that day. I believe it is from the thirties. The seams are pulling apart in some places so I always thought I would tighten them up someday and then finish the quilt the way it was meant to be. I began to wonder who had made it and I also wondered why she never finished it. Did she get sick and pass away? Did she begin to have trouble with her vision and couldn't see to quilt anymore? Or was she a procrastinator and just never got around to it? No one at the sale knew anything about it, and since it was the only quilt there, I began to think something had happened to prevent her from finishing. The fabric is still pristine. As a matter of fact it feels as though it was ironed and starched. There is a small rust stain along the edge which is what started my thought process about the story, but I never wrote it down until 2019. Now Yesterday's Tears is my best seller. How I wish she had had a moment to write her name on the back. This year my New Year's resolution, (which I never make) is to finish this quilt. I will quilt it by hand the same way she would have done, and with every stitch I will thank her for my inspiration.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Cover of the Month

 I've entered the cover of Yesterday's Moon in a book of the month contest. Over 450 covers were submitted and mine was one chosen to take part this month. Each week there will be eliminations until the fourth week when the final winner is selected. If you would like to help me, please vote here.

Thanks so much!

Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year!

We did it! We made it to 2021! Happy New Year! Whoo hoo!
All I know is that this year seemed impossible to achieve when I was a little kid. I thought we would all be flying around in space ships like the Jetsons. But things pretty much seem the same as they have for the last few decades.
I have spent this past year reading all of Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum mysteries. I finally caught up to the newest one, book 27, Fortune and Glory, and am looking forward to it. These books are light-hearted, sometimes to the point of being silly, but they make me laugh while I'm solving a crime. I have never found anything quotable in any of the 26 books I've read before, but in Book 26 I came across something that really said it all for me considering this past year. Once again it's silly, but it's just the way I think. Let me know your thoughts. Evanovich's character Stephanie Plum said: "I found a Fred Astair movie on the old movie channel and watched him dance with Ginger Rogers. Ginger was slim and Fred was slim and instead of talking all the time, sometimes they would sing. And then they would dance for no special reason and they'd be in perfect step without practicing. How cool is this? This is the planet I want to live on."
Me too! May the year 2021 be one where we can all dance perfectly together without practicing!