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Tuesday, April 5, 2011



When I was younger, each spring and fall, my mother would haul out the heavy-duty cleaning supplies and the entire family would embark on the seasonal cleaning. Bedding would be aired, rugs taken out and beaten (or shampooed if too big), floors stripped, mopped, waxed, windows washed, screens either put up or taken down. Even dishes removed from cabinets and everything wiped down, cleaned, etc. It was several weeks of madness. Mom was a stickler for perfection. Even the tops of the doors and doorways had to be cleaned. I hated it. When I grew up, I swore I’d never be that strict about it. In later years, Mom used to tease me that I never bothered with spring or fall housecleaning, I just moved. She wasn’t that wrong.

In the first seventeen years of my life, my family moved only once and since I was only three years old at the time, I really don’t remember much about it. When I left for college, they moved back to the original village and I spent the next four years moving from dorm to home to new dorm, to home, to apartment. I could fit all my worldly belongings into the trunk and backseat of my folks' car.

When my husband and I married, we moved into a tiny apartment near the army depot where he worked and thus began our mobile early years. Over our first year, we moved to a larger apartment, then another, then our first house, then…let’s see, we moved a total of four times. Over the next ten years, a total of sixteen – yes, that’s right, sixteen more – times. And no, we were not in the military, though we were connected with it. It was mostly due to the job, growing family, and various other issues. We just completed move number twenty-two. I *hope* I’m finally done. One thing is certain, I can no longer fit my worldly belongings into the trunk and backseat of my car! Heck, my books alone take up more space than that.

If I’ve learned anything from all those moves, it’s the value of being flexible and of what is really necessary in our lives. In our next to the last move, we went from a five bedroom, three bathroom home with a huge garage to a two bedroom, one bath, no garage bungalow less than half the size of the old house. Paring down all that “stuff” was a chore, especially since we had less than a month to do it. We’d raised four kids in that house and had all their accumulated stuff as well. Plus my mother had just moved into a tiny elder apartment and I had a lot of her stuff too.

All that stuff. We pared, we sorted, we tossed, we donated, we sold. And still, there was way too much. But we managed to get it all in the new home. Then this move happened. We relocated to a much larger house, but moved in with our eldest son and his family so we actually have less space. In combining the two households, we have multiples of way too many things. In addition, we are clearing out my mother-in-law’s home where she lived for sixty years. She was a hoarder. Unfortunately.

So I am once again, inundated with stuff. I am done moving, though (According to my family, I’ve said this before. Several times.). I think it’s time to do some spring cleaning. My mom would be so proud.

In my story PRIME TIME, the characters don’t have to worry about spring cleaning. After all, there really aren’t any seasons on the moon, but they do have to get rid of some junk.

When it comes to righting wrongs, there's no time like Prime Time.

Deena is a Prime, born and raised to Porter parents in the Lunar habitats. Life is hard, but with a rag-tag group of friends, she gets by.

Jake is a wealthy Techie, part of an elite security force searching out the source of the deadly drug Utopia. He can't imagine the hardships Deena and other Porters have endured and is determined to make a difference.

Deena reluctantly teams up with the hunky Techie. With the help of other Primes, both realize that not only is the danger to them all far more deadly than Jake and his team first imagined, but that love doesn't care about class and status. Can they stop the seemingly untouchable Utopia suppliers before time runs out for them all?

Contains some sensual scenes of m/f sexuality.

Available from CAPTIVA PRESS

Vicky’s career includes work as a technical writer/editor, a stringer for a local newspaper, and an editor and copy editor for e-publishers. At various times in her life, she has been a teacher, a secretary, a short-order cook, a computer specialist, a DJ, and a librarian. She’s married to the most supportive guy in the universe, raised four great kids and is owned by a cat, Pixel. She currently has books with Ellora’s Cave, Draumr Publishing, and Captiva Press.Vicky Burkholder/Victoria Allen (if you like your fantasy warm) (for those who like it steamy hot)


Sarah Grimm said...


Prime Time sounds great! I do spring cleaning every year. There's just something wonderful about opening the windows, letting some fresh air in and cleaning out the gunk.


booklover0226 said...

I love to spring clean. Get rid of the stale winter scents and get all that spring freshness in.

I look forward in reading Prime Time.

Tracey D
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Maria said...'ve moved tons...I know I need to do a lot of "spring cleaning" and cull through all of the things that I have stored that I really don't need and would certainly not want to move!

Prime Time sounds a very interesting book!


Rebekah E. said...

I just started my spring cleaning this week. I hoping it helps to keep my house clean.


Faith said...

My mother was similar in her spring cleaning. I hated it too. And as for moving, UGH! Give me spring cleaning over moving a big household any day!


Jean P said...

Prime Time sounds like a great story. I have just started thinking about spring cleaning, I tend to like to throw out stuff, but my husband is a pack rat. So sometimes nothing gets thrown out.

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Ingeborg said...

I love spring cleaning. I love it when my home is clean and fresh

JoanneR said...

Prime Time sounds like such a good read. Spring seems to bring out the newness of things and I guess spring cleaning would be one of those things.

cheryl c said...

Spring cleaning is something that I need to get started on, but as yet, I can't get motivated! ;-)

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Judy said...

Prime Time looks like a very good read. We have moved about three times in my whole life. I am not sure I would know where I was if I moved that often:) My husband is the spring cleaner, he does it about 3 times a year!!!


Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Did I read right...did you say move # 22. My God...every time I've moved, I've cleaned, and gotten rid of things I wouldn't have otherwise gotten rid of if not for the move. I believe in 32 years, hubby and I have moved 6 times...and I wouldn't dare think of doing it again...I HATE moving...Anyways, great post. Continued blessings.

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Did I read right...did you say move # 22. My God...every time I've moved, I've cleaned, and gotten rid of things I wouldn't have otherwise gotten rid of if not for the move. I believe in 32 years, hubby and I have moved 6 times...and I wouldn't dare think of doing it again...I HATE moving...Anyways, great post. Continued blessings.

katsrus said...

Been during of bit of spring cleaning this past month. There always seems to be more. LOL. Your book sounds really good. I cannot imagine moving so many times. Wow.
Sue B

Kym said...

I spring clean as early as I can because as soon as I can Im out in the garden.


Cheryl said...

Oh my goodness, this post brings back memories. The entire family got involved in spring cleaning when I was a kid.

Prior to living in this house, the hubby lived with his parents and I lived in a four-room apartment. This house seems like a mansion. Even though we've been here for 11 years, I think my husband's old bedroom at his parents' house still has some of his stuff too.

Best of luck with your book,



Karen H in NC said...

I hate cleaning any other time of the year, but spring...well, when spring arrives, I get that old urge to open doors and windows and air everything from top to bottom as I go! I wonder why that is?

Your book sounds great too.

kkhaas at bellsouth dot net

DL Thomas said...

You have moved a lot.

I can sympathize with you. I started moving when I was 3 and even though the years in between have gotten longer, we are still moving. We thought this would be our last move, but I think we have one more coming.

Your book sounds great.


Carol Burge said...

I don't do a whole lot of spring cleaning, but I do what needs done. :)

When I was little, my family lived in the same house up until I was a teen. Then my parents divorced, and my mother, sister's and I moved to a new house. In my almost 27 year marriage, we've moved five times. We've been in our current home the longest, fourteen years.

In one of our moves, we moved from a four bedroom, two bathroom home to a three bedroom, one bath home, so I know what you went through. Lot's of getting rid of stuff. A bunch of aggravation, too. :) I don't know how you did it. All that packing and unpacking. UGH! I hate moving!

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Crystal said...

I hate spring cleaning... actually I hate cleaning PERIOD! I don't mind the hard work of it... I dislike that after you gear yourself up to do it and achieve it, that it all just has to be done all over again way too soon!

I moved 8 years ago and it took me FOREVER to both pack and unpack. I swore I was going to live here forever, lol. So far, so good.


Terra Pennington said...

Got to love that spring cleaning. I think that is the only time my house is clean from top to bottom.


EdgesAngel23 said...

Prime Time sounds like a great read! My mom is pretty big into spring cleaning...she even WASHES the siding on our house! :) but my mom is kindof a clean freak and likes to clean all the time lol...
Ashley A

Sarita said...

Prime Time sounds wonderful. Best of luck with it!

And I'm ready to tackle some closets and get down to spring cleaning here. :)

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

There's something good about having a ridiculously clean house. Of course, well at least for us, it never last more than a few days