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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Anniversary Blog Fest: C.C. Marks


Top Ten Best Things About This Summer

10. Put a dent in the towering TBR pile of books I collected over the year.

9. Put my toes in the sand on Myrtle Beach while denting the TBR pile of books.

8. Played, swam, laughed with the fantastic four--my three kiddos and the hubster.

7. Got hit on (and not in a creepy way at all) while sitting in a restaurant, waiting for my daughter. At my age and with what I’ve recently gone through, it was a needed ego boost.

6. Though Dean and Sam Winchester’s pictures are everywhere and gorgey gorgeous, I just discovered Supernatural on Netflix, and now, like everyone else, am hopelessly addicted.

5. The past few summers, my health has been an issue, but this summer was surgery-and-treatment free. Sweet!

4. Grew some good-looking and tasty tomatoes in my little garden plot. Now I just have to learn more ways to use them other than on my sandwiches. Suggestions?

3. Got more freckles (I use sunscreen responsibly, but I love the sunlight).

2. Bought sundresses, wore a bathing suit, and sported halter tops. After a breast reconstruction last summer with various procedures throughout the year, I felt confident again.

1. Published Edge of Mercy, where a girl hides in a community, pretends to be a boy, and protects her baby sister from the hideous monsters outside the walls, as well as the human ones inside.

About the Author:
It all started with an old fashioned typewriter. When my family brought it home, for the first time, I knew what I wanted to do. All those stories rolling around in my head could finally get out. The press and click of the keys were satisfying in their own right, but when I pulled out a finished page, I knew this was for me. Since then, I've graduated to a laptop, but the stories still find a way out.

I'm a breast cancer survivor, a teacher, a wife, a mother, and a writer. I continue to strive for less procrastination and more tact. The battle wages on.

Find the author online at

Charlie hides her true identity, but her very presence places everyone around her in danger. With no other choice but to remain where she is, she stays with a community that might not be as benevolent as it appears. In this new and dangerous version of the world, where a friend might be an enemy and an enemy might be a friend, seventeen-year-old Charlie protects her baby sister and herself from grotesque monsters outside the community as well as human ones inside. Will the truth she discovers about her protectors save her or ultimately doom her to a fate worse than death?

I hope you’ll check out Edge of Mercy.

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If you just can’t wait that long, you can get a free sneak peek with my short, Mercy, which is available now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords. Amazon Free Download
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  1. Sounds like you had a wonderfully rewarding summer this year. Congratulations on being a Breast Cancer Survivor! That's worth a stand-up shout out!

    I love tomatoes too. And instead of a nightly salad of assorted greens, cucumbers and tomatoes, I've been chunking up the cucumbers and tomatoes, throwing them in a bowl and dressing them lightly with a flavored vinegar (tarragon is good) and olive oil and a little sea salt and pepper. Makes a great change of pace to the usual salad!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  2. Sounds like a lovely summer. Congrats on being a breast cancer survivor.

    Yum on the tomatoes. I had to leave mine behind when I moved. I hope the neighbors had luck with them. I was starting to see some lovelies on the plant when I left.

    Enjoy the rest of your summer.


  3. Love your top ten list.
    Wishing you the best of health.

  4. Love the Top Ten list. Wishing you all the best on your health.

  5. Congrats on being a survivor. I am too!
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  6. Karen-Thanks for the suggestion with the tomatoes. It sounds really tasty. I will definitely give it a try.

    Toni-Ugh on leaving your lovely tomatoes behind. Hope wherever you moved, there is room for gardening.

    Debby-I love that word, "survivor." I'm always glad to meet a fellow one. Congrats to you too.

    Thank you to all for stopping by and commenting.