Thursday, October 23, 2014

Canon PowerShot S2 IS: No Cost Quick Fix for Blank LCD Monitor

I have a Canon S2 that I've owned for several years. This week, all the sudden, the LCD screen goes black and any photos I took were blank. Just black images when I downloaded them. From what I read online, it does cost about $150 to get this fixed. I do have another camera and I'm not interested in putting that much money into this camera due to its age. Then, I ran across a little trick that does get the camera to working again. This is not like a permanent fix or it hasn't been for my camera, but the camera does work every time I do it and sometimes I can turn the camera on and off a few times before I get the black LCD screen again. Here's what you do:

This is how my camera looks when it isn't working. 

Keep camera on. Turn the Mode Dial to TV or Auto. I've
tried both and got the same result. 
Once you've done that, you need to slide the lock forward on the
battery cover. Just enough to that it shuts off the camera. Then
you press the battery cover closed and camera restarts. 
So far each time I've done this the
camera restarts with the LCD monitor working. 

And it takes photos just like always. 

The important thing seems to be sliding the battery cover lock slightly forward enough to shut off camera and then closing it so the camera restarts. I'm not a camera expert, so I have no idea if this will work for your camera or not. It has for mine.

Of course, you can't take spur-of-the-moment photos with it, unless you have it working and don't turn the camera off. I have turned my camera off, turned it on and it works. Other times, I have to do the battery cover unlock/lock to get the monitor working. 

So, if you're not looking to spend repair money on this model, but still want to use it, maybe this will be a way you can do that! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Interview with Betty Bolte

Today, my interview guest is Betty Bolte, who writes both historical and contemporary stories featuring strong, loving women and brave, compassionate men. 

No matter whether the stories are set in the past or the present, she loves to include a touch of the paranormal. In addition to her romantic fiction, she’s the author of several nonfiction books and earned a Master’s in English in 2008. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and the Authors Guild. Get to know her at

1. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I write using my laptop on my lap in the family room, with the TV turned on as background noise. I don’t currently have a desk where I could work, but this arrangement is comfortable, and I love old westerns for their wonderful soundtrack!

2. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Mostly read and research, but also needlework (crochet and counted cross-stitch), play my guitar, or take a long walk. Creative endeavors to help me relax and recharge. Of course, there’s always watching TV or movies with my supportive hubby, always with an eye to the story and the romance. I call it research as well!

3. What do you like most about writing?
The flexibility of where I work and when. Although I do have deadlines, some that force me to keep to the keyboard, there are also lulls when I can take a day to read and research. Or take time away to handle family obligations and needs. In other words, it’s the kind of job you can do and still have a fulfilling life.

4. What do you think makes a good story?
Strong characters who are striving to overcome some emotional hurdle to achieve their goal. Each character should have both an internal and external goal they must reach before the story ends in order to make the tale complex and satisfying.

5. What does your family think of your writing?
They are very supportive of my desire and effort to write books. However, I do occasionally get ribbed for writing “dirty books”; not that I DO! It’s the same kind of teasing I heard at work when folks found I write romances, and they called me “Dirty Betty” until I put my foot down. Just because a book contains sex does not make it porn, after all!

6. What is your guilty pleasure?
A dry gin martini with one olive after a long day. Or any day, for that matter!

7. What movie best describes your life?
The Incredible Journey, because it’s been filled with animals, caring friends and family, as well as many mountains to climb.

Emily’s Vow

Emily Sullivan’s greatest fear is dying in childbirth, as did her twin sister and their mother. Then she’s thrown in a loyalist prison for her privateering father’s raids on the British, and her accuser--a former beau--promises to recant if she will marry him.

Frank Thomson always loved Emily despite her refusal to return his affections. A patriot spy posing as a loyalist officer, when Frank learns of Emily’s plight, he challenges her accuser to a duel.

Freed from prison, Emily ponders returning the affections of her rescuer--the only man she's ever loved and who married her twin to save the Sullivan family's reputation. But Frank cannot afford to be discovered. For the sake of young America, he must deliver his secrets.

Amy’s Choice

Without a goodbye, Amy Abernathy's childhood sweetheart, Benjamin Hanson, leaves to fight in the American War for Independence. Amy chooses to pick up the pieces of her heart and leave Charles Town to help her sister who is with child.

Benjamin knows he hurt Amy, but he plans to make it up to her after his mission is completed. Then he learns that Amy has been captured by renegade soldiers. Now Benjamin faces his own choice: free the sassy yet obstinate woman he's never stopped loving or protect Charles Town from vengeful British occupation.

Social Media Links
Twitter: @BettyBolte

Monday, October 20, 2014

Win a Fleur de Lis Necklace This December

In celebration of my new series, French Quarter Brides, I'm going to give away a pretty fleur de lis necklace on December 10th, which is the day that Jesse and Elise met in TO SAVE A LADY.

Today I am at Jenna Jaxon's blog doing a cover reveal and an interview.

You can leave a comment to be entered in the drawing. You can leave a comment here as well for an extra entry!  And sign up for my newsletter, follow me on Twitter, or Facebook for extra entries. 

Pre-order TO SAVE A LADY 

Much more coming later!!