Wednesday, September 30, 2015


I don’t know how many of you have seen the TV series “Deadwood,” but in it a guy gets sick, and the baddies who run the town of Deadwood carry him out of town to prevent the panic of an epidemic. When Calamity Jane finds him out in the woods, he’s delirious and keeps saying, “I apologize. I apologize. I apologize,” over and over. That’s how I feel about this entire year. I’ve been sick with one thing or another all year long. In September I finally got bronchitis, gave up, spent about four days in bed, took antibiotics, Prednisone and cough suppressants, and now I feel better than I have in months! So I apologize about flaking off with my blogs several times this year. Guess I should have come down with bronchitis earlier.

However, now that I’m almost human again, I actually have something to write about! The nicest thing that happened in September was that my older daughter, Anni, and her long-time Significant Other, Razmik Avanesian, got married! Here’s a picture of the wedding party. I was unable to attend the wedding (because of the aforementioned various illnesses), but I did get to see the pictures. Here’s one with both of my daughters, both of my sons-in-law, and my younger grandson, Riki, who’s grinning up a storm in the back row toward the right.


And then I began a new Daisy book, which is (so far) called BRUISED SPIRITS. Don’t know when I’ll finish it, but I don’t think it’ll take me a whole year to write this one as it did for me to write UNSETTLED SPIRITS. That’s a Very Good Thing, except that the premise is based on reality, which isn’t good at all (it features an extremely battered woman).

Also, the narrators of two of my early historical romances (A PERFECT ROMANCE and SWEET CHARITY) finished reading the books in September, and they’re now available on Here are the covers and the links:

Audible claims A PERFECT ROMANCE was written by Anne Robins, but that’s only because it was. Anne Robins (a combination of my daughters’ names) was one of my several thousand pseudonyms.

Because I didn’t tell anyone who won copies of SPIRITS ONSTAGE at the end of August, I shall do so now: Kathleen Lauri-Lewis, Wendy Lee, and Susan Moody. I’ll send the books ASAP. Promise.

 At the end of October, I’ll be giving away copies of my two newest audiobooks. They’re both historical romances, so don’t enter if you don’t want to listen to an historical romance. I must say, however, that they’re kind of more funny than they are romantic. If you DO want to enter the contest, just send me your name and email address at:

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Allan J. Emerson said...

I always enjoy reading your blog, Alice, and catching up with what Daisy's doing, as well as the characters created by your pseudonyms. Glad to hear you're feeling better too!

Alice Duncan said...

Thank you on all counts! Me, too (on all counts).

Caroline Clemmons said...

The cover for Sweet Charity is gorgeous and so much better than the print cover I remember. That was the first of your books I read, but it wasn't because of the cover of the time. Glad this one is more what the book deserves.
I love your blog and you make me laugh there as well as in your books. I hope you are finally healthy and stay that way. You're much too nice to be sick.

Alice Duncan said...

Thanks, Caroline! I agree about the cover. I love it. And I'm glad my books (and I) make you laugh. I think that's my mission in life :-)

Unknown said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better! Picked up a few of your books from Amazon, just starting the first Daisy book, I am enjoying getting to know the characters, Look forward to reading more!! Thanks so much Alice :)

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Alice,

You sound much better! My novel THE KILLING LAND will be published Jan 21st I'm happy to say. I got the ARCs yesterday and am looking it over for errors, although we good a good job on the book, and it looks fine.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Oops! Didn't sleep enough last night. Meant to write: "we did a good job on the book."

Alice Duncan said...

Thanks, Susie! Hope you enjoy them. I also hope you guys get out to Roswell again one of these days. It was so much fun getting to know you better. I'd go to Flody, but I don't think there are any places there to eat. Maybe Priscilla's house :-)

Thanks, Jacquie! Glad your ARCs got there. Sometimes errors creep in when everyone involved believes the book's been gone over with a fine-tooth comb. A guy's name changed in the middle of one of my books once, and it got published that way. Whoops!

Cam said...

Glad that you are feeling better Alice. The whole world changes, doesn't it? The Daisy Gumm Majesty books have been great entertainment...interesting as the characters develop. Love the blog!

Alice Duncan said...

Thanks, Cam! You're right. The whole world DOES change when a person feels better. Glad you enjoy Daisy and the blog!