Hello, everyone!

I’ve been MIA due to the internet problems in my area. I am currently at my Catskills (Upstate NY) residence, where Time Warner is the only high-speed internet game in town. Unfortunately, they gave me a defective modem, and so, I’ve been without access to the internet for over 2 weeks.

In addition, there was a wide-spread internet outage, all the way to Albany. The outage has been restored and today, I am sitting at a cafe in Oneonta, some 30 min. drive from my house, attempting to catch up on all my internet correspondence.

For a while, my access to the internet will be sporadic at best, as Time Warner is not promising a new modem until April 20.

As so much of my life and work is online, it is a MAJOR inconvenience and frustration, so I’ll try to get to Oneonta as much as possible to maintain my internet presence, but needless to say, some of my projects and plans are being delayed.

However frustrating, I guess, this is my opportunity to try out the new self-reliant, off-the-grid lifestyle, which, as this decade progresses, we may have to deal with more and more here, in the blessed US of A. Survivalist training anyone?

I want to remind everyone that the Catskills area was also hard hit with floods last August. My town of Stamford is the birthplace of the mighty Delaware River. Despite that, floods bypassed it, due to its elevated position and the new water main the town splurged on just one year prior. Here is to forward thinking!

When the floods hit, I was in Stamford and my husband was in New York City, where he works. Due to the road closures, he was unable to get back to me for over a week!

Below: a few images of my town and its gorgeous nature. As many of you know, I love photography and have taken lots of pics of the Catskills nature. Maybe one day, I’ll get around to posting them on my blog.

Meanwhile, you can enjoy my photos/videos of Stamford and its nature, accompanied by beautiful music, by visiting my Youtube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/LadaRay/videos Incidentally, here you can also view my book trailers.

Or view the videos directly:

Amazing Autumn Meditation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh8iU8OKFDI&feature=relmfu

Enchanted Autumn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpEGVHG0y5Y&feature=relmfu

So, we really lucked out with the flood, but some towns in the area had been devastated. A town only 6 miles away lost 16 homes; its Main Street still looks like a war zone, with houses torn, mountains of debris and uprooted trees. They did rebuild the supermarket and the local bar to their former glory. 😉 I know local farmers who lost their entire crops. Some roads in and out of the Catskills have only reopened recently.

On a much happier note:

As soon as I get a chance, I’ll post what I promised some time ago, namely, my new blog about my trip to Woodstock, NY, seat of the legendary Woodstock Festival of 1969 and the Buddhist Monastery, also located in Woodstock. I did take some awesome pics and can’t wait to share them.

I am thinking about starting a new category on my blog, called “The Cool America” where I’ll do posts about my favorite US towns.

I will also continue posting about my various travels around the world, and of course, about Russia.

Despite the inconvenience of the off-grid existence or, perhaps, because of it, I have not been wasting my time. I made some good progress with my upcoming books: DRAGON GATE, next Jade Snow Adventure set in Asia, and THE EARTH SHIFTER, new YA fantasy thriller. Both of these are shaping up into some pretty cool and gripping reads and I intend to start sharing excerpts soon. 😉

For up to date news on these and other projects, please check out my website: http://www.ladaray.com/

Other good news:

GOLD TRAIN paperback launch is looking good for April 25. There will a Blog Tour with some really awesome interviews and giveaways. Please make sure you stop by my blog stops, as we are planning lots of great things! I am also planning some very special new articles and posts on my own blog, as well as other publications.

Check out the preliminary BLOG TOUR schedule here: https://ladaray.wordpress.com/blog-tours/

In addition to the interviews and giveaways, I am also planning some major promotions throughout April and May. Please stop by my blog and website  @ http://www.ladaray.com/ after April 15 for all the details.

I am also reading some interesting books by fellow indie authors and will be posting reviews as soon as I can.

Till then,

Cheers, as always, and stay tuned!

Lada Ray

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