Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Today is the first Wednesday in September, which means it's Insecure Writer's Support Group day.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Awesome Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of the IWSG.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

His awesome cohosts for September 2 are  Julie Flanders, Murees DupĂ©, Dolorah at Book Lover, Christine Rains, and Heather Gardner!

 Be sure to visit theInsecure Writer’s Support Group Website!!!


Am I insecure? It depends. Sometimes yes. Sometimes no.
How about you? Do you have mixed days?

As I was wondering what to write about today, the words to a song came to me. Many of you probably haven't heard of it because the song was copyrighted in 1952, before you were born. The title is I BELIEVE, words and music by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al Stillman. Yeah, I know. Who are they?

Anyway, the opening lines are "I believe for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows." And the song goes on with other lovely thoughts. So I got to thinking. Yes, that's scary, I know. But why not apply this idea to my writing?

So I can say: "I believe for every word I write, a story grows. I believe that in the darkest times, a light will glow. I believe that when I lose the way, a little voice will save the day. When I type the last line of the story, then I know why I believe.

Do you believe?

Happy Writing!  

Monday, August 31, 2015


Quote for the week: Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results. Willie Nelson

If you're looking for a way to stay cool these final hot days of summer, how about a dip in the water with Author Kelly Hashway's adorable characters from her new picture book, FISH DETECTIVES? Well, not literally, but when we read we can pretend we're there, right?

Don't you feel cooler already just looking at this lovely cover?
Here are my thoughts about this fun story.

By Kelly Hashway
Illustrations by K C Snyder
Fish tanks have fish in them, right? Most tanks also contain plants and water and perhaps small pebbles lining the bottom. Author Kelly Hashway has written a story about a fish tank that contains all of these things and more. In FISH DETECTIVES, Ms. Hashway’s picture book for young readers, we meet Alexander and Horatio, Fish Detectives. Now you might wonder what a fish detective does.
Well, Alexander and Horatio are new in the detective business and finally have their first case: a treasure chest in the tank that suddenly appears out of nowhere.  How did it get there? What’s inside it? And who is the figure standing beside the chest? Is it a fish or a human? The way the fish detectives go about solving the mystery will have you cheering for them to succeed. Young readers might even have a word or two of advice to help the detectives in their search for the answer.
Illustrator K C Snyder’s lovely artwork of blue water, green plants and colorful flowers make the reader feel like he or she is underwater along with the detectives. Alexander and Horatio’s bright orange and white colors remind me of goldfish we once had. Will our hero detectives discover what’s in the treasure chest and who the figure is, or will they lose their very first case? To find the answer, you must read FISH DETECTIVES. I think you’ll be glad you did.
Kelly Hashway has written a fun story that would make a nice addition to school libraries, public libraries and of course your own library. Books also make great gifts for the children you know. 
And now for the big announcement.
The winners of my Back to School Giveaway have been notified, and they are:
I LIVE IN A DOGHOUSE eBook - Chrys Fey
WEIRD NOISES IN THE NIGHT paperback - Medeia Sharif
FRANKIE'S PERFECT HOME - paperback - Kelly Hashway
Congratulations, ladies.
A huge thank you to everyone that entered. You're the best.
Happy reading!


Friday, August 28, 2015


Today's Fun Friday is a little different. No reviews or cover reveals, but a bicycle race. That's right, those two wheel bicycles are taking over the town, along with their riders and families.
2015 is the 34th annual ride of the Hotter 'N Hell Hundred. This weekend hundreds of bicycles will follow the trails to see who's the fastest.

There are a lot of other events too, such as the 13 mile Wee-Chi-Tah Mountain Race and shorter races too.

The road I live on is the 50-mile course and it's fun to watch the riders go past. These are some pictures I took last year.

This is a more leisurely race.
I'm tired watching them.

They do have tents set up along the way for heat stroke, medication, drinks and what medical care is needed because the weather promises to live up to the name of the race.

Happy Racing.

Stay cool.

Don't forget, today is the last day to enter my Back to School Giveaway. See it here. Winners will be announced on Monday.

Happy Reading.

Monday, August 24, 2015


Quote for the WeekJoy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift. Albert Einstein

Today, I'd like to share my thoughts on the latest book I've read, DRAGON OF THE STARS by Alex J. Cavanaugh.


By Alex J. Cavanaugh


Do you like space ships and dragons? How about war and danger and an ambitious lieutenant commander who wants a ship of his own? If you enjoy stories with all of these, then take a look at Author Alex J. Cavanaugh’s latest novel, DRAGON OF THE STARS. I think you’ll be happy you did.


Now, space stories are not what I normally read, but this one intrigued me. First of all, it has dragons. Yes, Lieutenant Commander Aden Pendar’s mother raises pet dragons. I would have liked to see more of the lady and her pets. Before reading this novel, I’d heard a lot about the Kargrandes, but hadn’t a clue what they were. Now I know. Nope, I’m not telling. That’s part of the enjoyment of the book, making these fascinating discoveries.


The author also adds a tiny bit of romance, Aden has a thing for Arabella, the queen’s daughter, though he realizes nothing is about to happen between them unless he can get a ship of his own. There’s also Ensign Pavott, who I really like and think that she’s a better match for Aden than Arrabella. Nope, not telling what happens there either.


DRAGON OF THE STARS is never dull. Something’s always happening. There’s fighting, but no gory details. There’s suspense. Will Aden’s dreams of having his own ship and the lovely princess come true? When it comes time to make a crucial decision, will Aden make the right one?  You may be surprised. A very good read. Enjoy.

Also, I'd like to remind you of my Back to School Giveaway. Just click on the link.  Winners will be announced Monday, August 31, so enter soon. Just leave a comment and tell me which book you'd like to win.
Don't forget Kai Strand's giveaway.
There's also this one on Amazon, free as of Sunday. I'm not sure how long it lasts.

From twelve USA Today, Amazon and award-winning authors comes Future Tense, an electrifying YA sci-fi boxed set.

Happy Reading.

Friday, August 21, 2015


Today I have another great release to share with you. Take a look at Medeia Sharif's latest HOT PINK IN THE CITY.

HOT PINK IN THE CITY, Prizm Books/Torquere Press

Release Date: August 19, 2015


Purchase from PrizmAmazon (vendor links will be updated on the author's site)

Asma Bashir wants two things: a summer fling and her favorite '80s songs. During a trip to New York City to stay with relatives, she messes up in her pursuit of both. She loses track of the hunk she met on her airplane ride, and she does the most terrible thing she could possibly do to her strict uncle... ruin his most prized possession, a rare cassette tape.

A wild goose chase around Manhattan and Brooklyn to find a replacement tape yields many adventures -- blackmail, theft, a chance to be a TV star, and so much more. Amid all this turmoil, Asma just might be able to find her crush in the busiest, most exciting city in the world.

Find Medeia – YA and MG Author

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015


I am excited today to host Kai Strand on her book blast for her Super Villain Academy novel number III, SUPER BAD. Take a look. You don't want to miss this one. It will keep you turning pages.

Super Bad

Super Bad by Kai Strand
The world is in chaos. Violence and thievery reign. And with the supers still balanced, it’s only getting worse. Without good versus evil, the supers care less and less. In order to restore purpose, the world needs its super heroes and its super villains, but the one who balanced them in the first place is missing.

Sandra’s concern over finding her brother, Jeff, isn’t her only problem. Her pathetic excuse for super powers has left her needing a new ankle. And though she’s still very much committed to her boyfriend, Source, she’s growing unreasonably attracted to Set, the boy who double crossed Jeff by stealing his girlfriend.

When Sandra is taken and held as bait by some kids who want to unbalance the super world, it becomes the inciting event that changes things for supers everywhere and forces them to answer the question, “Hero or villain?”

The classroom door opened and Sandra glanced toward it, along with the thirty other kids in the room. She snickered and raised her eyebrows at Lexa when a young man wearing a Hermes costume, complete with wings fluttering on his heels, floated in.
“I’m not gonna lie,” Lexa leaned over to whisper. “I hope a draft lifts his skirt so we can see what’s underneath.”
Sandra giggled. “My guess is bun huggers. Gold lame to match his shiny winged cap.”
Lexa waggled her eyebrows. “Shiny gold buns. I like.”
The teacher frowned at the young man. “Can I help you?”
“I have a delivery for Sandra Tohler.”
Sandra gulped. This couldn’t be anything besides embarrassing. A tidal wave of heads turned toward her causing her cheeks to flush with heat.
Seeing where everyone’s attention settled, the Hermes guy floated between the rows of desks and came to rest near hers. “Sandra Tohler?”
Reluctantly, she nodded.
He cleared his throat before delivering a soliloquy in a clear, resonating voice that Sandra was sure the students in classrooms across campus would hear.
“Sandra, oh Sandra, my lovely, stormy vixen, hear my humble plea. Your essence has absorbed into my every thought and now I wonder how I will sit for my exams. Will I answer essay questions by describing the intense sable color of your hair, or the enticing moss of your eyes that makes me imagine us lying in each others arms in a fairy forest?”
Sandra’s forehead hit her desk with a loud thunk, her voice a mumble against the surface. “Please stop. Go away.”
But the Hermes guy continued in his orator’s voice. “I’ve relived our kiss uncountable times. Your lips were velvet soft, but demanding.”
A chorus of “Ooo,” erupted through the room.
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Praise for the Book
I have enjoyed every minute I've spent with the characters of the Super Villain Academy world, but I have to say that this is my favorite book of the series. There's action, romance, and a show down I didn't see coming. –Mary Waibel, author

This is a great series and I am disappointed that it’s over. I will miss these characters. I may just have to reread the three books again! – Amazon customer

[Y]ou’re in for an exciting ride with Jeff and the other superheroes. Told from different point of view characters you get to see inside the heads of the major players. Sometimes that’s a bit scary. –Beverly McClure, author

kaiAuthor Kai Strand
When her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and a short story blog, Lightning Quick Reads, Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults.

Book Blast Giveaway

$100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 9/6/15

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Monday, August 17, 2015


Quote for the week:  Family is not an important thing. It's everything. Michael J. Fox

School bells are ringing. Kids are excited. Some schools have already started. Others will be soon.

I miss those days, but retirement has its good points. So to all teachers and students, have a great year.

To celebrate I'm having an old fashioned giveaway. By old fashioned I mean no Rafflecopter, (however it's spelled) just an old fashioned drawing. My cats will do the honor. If they decide not to cooperate, I'll draw the winners. It's very easy to enter. All you have to do is leave a comment and tell which book you'd like to win. Don't forget your email so I can contact the lucky winners.

The prizes:

1 paperback copy of WEIRD NOISES IN THE NIGHT, my latest story, a mystery for children 6-9.

1 paperback copy of FRANKIE'S PERFECT HOME, a story about a young armadillo looking for the perfect home, for ages 4-8.

And for the older readers in the family an ebook copy of my MG/Tween contemporary story, I LIVE IN A DOGHOUSE, about a boy adjusting to a new, blended family.

Watch for more giveaways this fall. I need to clean closets and they're filled with brand new books.

Happy Reading.