America’s 1st Samurai was a teen girl?

America's first Samurai was a teenage girl.

by Jamie Brazil, Portland
Her blog
Author of Prince Charming, Inc.

So here’s a random recap of, well, everything:

Fashion: The heat wave has touched down on Portland, Oregon, and I’m living in my strapless maxi-dress.  I might as well not own anything else! Maxi-dresses are a funny thing because while they’re cool and comfy, and lots of women wear them while running errands, I won’t leave the house in mine.  Because, for me, a bra and a maxi dress don’t quite seem to go together (besides, my Bloodhound ate my only bra that would work with this dress).  Maybe if the temps slip into triple digits I’ll venture out in my maxi-dress?

To garden or not to garden?  This is marvelous tomato weather, except we didn’t plant anything this year… for the first time in 13 years.  We’re buying tomatoes.  Decided the all the extra water just wasn’t worth it. Besides, after last week’s downpours, we’ve lost about 80% of our raspberries to mold and vine breakage.

Just yesterday, Sunday, my husband pressure washed the patio and outdoor furniture!  YAY, we have an outdoor living space again.

Which brings me to my favorite outdoor summer activity: READING. For me, the essence of summer is sitting on the patio in the evenings with an alcoholic beverage and a book.

In recent weeks, the Universe has showered me with books I’ve been waiting to read.  They just started turning up (friends, garage sales, online), including one book that took years to find.  From The Blue Cliff Records to Retail Hell: Confessions of a Tortured Sales Associate, BLISS has been achieved.

Re the latter book: HOW COMES ALL THE BEST HANDBAG MEMOIRS ARE WRITTEN BY MEN?  (Devoured Retail Hell in under 24 hours, ditto for Bringing Home the Birkin!)

And finally… (insert drum roll here)… The Commdore’s Daughter was released last week.  The story of Jennifer Perry, the daughter of Commodore Perry, is my first release with Windtree Press.  The novel took years to research and write (as in five years!) and I hope you will check it out!




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