Wednesday, April 26, 2017

NATIONAL KIDS AND PETS DAY

Welcome Wednesday. Did you know that today is National Kids and Pets Day? Yes, it is. What can be cuter than kids and pets? Coleen Paige, Celebrity Family and Pet Lifestyle Expert, founded National Kids and Pets Day in 2005.  Check out her page for more information and adorable pictures.

So I searched through my photo albums to find pictures of kids and pets and want to share these with you. Enjoy.


Me a few years ago.
 
 
My sister and me. I don't think this was a pet, but we were intrigued.
 
 
A neighbor and his dog, again a few years ago.
 
 
So, do you or your children have a pet? You know, of course about my two cats. Even grownups need pets, in my opinion.
 
Happy Reading!

Monday, April 24, 2017

THE BEAUTY OF SPRINGTIME


Quote for the week: 


Today I'd like to share some of the reasons I like spring. Enjoy.
 
There are the flowers.
 

Iris at our gate.
 
I don't know what these are. They grow wild in the pasture.
 
 
 
Paintbrush. Most years we have a lot. Only a few this year. I think it was too dry.
 
 
Thistles are beginning to bloom. There are a lot of them in the pasture. I cut down the ones in the yard because they are real sticky. But the hummingbirds like them as do the butterflies.
 
Then there are the birds. The beautiful birds.
 
This little bird has her nest in the light fixture at the corner of the house. I've been watching and one day saw two tiny heads, their beaks wide open waiting for mama to feed them. Tried to get a picture, but they were scared and ducked down in the nest. The mama flies away every time I go outside. Haven't seen the babies today. They may have flown away too.
 
This little fly catcher has her nest on our electric meter, just under the roof of the house. She was taking food to it, but I haven't seen any babies yet. I'm watching closely to keep the cats in the house.
 
Robin in the mesquite tree.
 
The hummingbirds are back, but I haven't taken their pictures. They aren't coming to the feeders often, too many wildflowers for them. They like the thistles and also milkweed that we have lots of.
 
I hope you enjoyed this touch of spring.
 
Remember to smell the roses and listen to the birds singing.
 
 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

MASKI:BROKEN BUT NOT DEAD BY JOYLENE NOWELL BUTLER

Welcome Wednesday and welcome Joylene Nowell Butler. Her latest book, MASKI: BROKEN BUT NOT DEAD, celebrated it's birth day on April 18, but Joylene was not able to enjoy her day. So her friends are helping her with this exciting occasion.

 
Great cover.

Maski: Broken But Not Dead
By Joylene Nowell Butler
Psychological Thriller
eBook ISBN 9781939844385
IPPY Silver Medalist

Blurb:

To the Breaking Point...

When Brendell Meshango resigns from her university professor position and retreats to her isolated cabin to repair her psyche, she is confronted by a masked intruder. His racial comments lead her to believe she is the solitary victim of a hate crime.

However, is all as it appears? After two bizarre days, the intruder mysteriously disappears but continues to play mind games with her. Taught by her mother to distrust the mainstream-based power structures, and with her stalker possibly linked to a high level of government, Brendell conceals the incident from the police. But will her silence keep her safe?

Then her beloved daughter, Zoë, is threatened and Brendell takes matters into her own hands. To save Zoë, Brendell searches for the stalker and confronts not just a depraved madman but her own fears and prejudices


Available at: at Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, and Amazon, as well as the publisher Dancing Lemur Press.

Congratulations, Joylene.

Happy Reading.

Monday, April 17, 2017

PIRATE ISLAND COVER REVEAL

Quote for the week:  This is National Library Week, and Chronicle Publishers has five Unforgettable Love Letters to Libraries. Here is one: The only thing that you absolutely need to know is the location of the library. Albert Einstein

Now, it is my pleasure to reveal the cover of PIRATE ISLAND by Author Katie L. Carroll. The cover is fantastic, and the blurb... well, see for yourself. I love pirate stories. How about you?



PIRATE ISLAND
by Katie L. Carroll (katielcarroll.com)
Cover Illustration
by Susan Tait Porcaro (susantaitporcaro.com)
Coming October 2017!

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PIRATE ISLAND blurb:

A thrice cursed island, a
legendary pirate treasure, and one not-so-brave boy. What could possibly go
wrong?

For centuries, the whereabouts
of Captain William Kidd’s lost pirate treasure has remained a mystery. When
Billy’s best friend, Andy, proposes they look for it on nearby Pirate Island,
Billy thinks it’s just another one of their crazy adventures. It’s usually
Billy who ends up in trouble as a result, but he goes along for the ride…like
always. The more he delves into the life and death of Kidd, the more he thinks
the treasure is real and that it might be buried on the small island in Long
Island Sound. Billy—nope, call him William—becomes obsessed with the captain of
the same first name. He even believes he’s possessed by Kidd’s restless soul.
Now he and the spirit of a long-dead pirate are leading the crazy adventure on
Pirate Island. And what they find is far bigger than the treasure they
imagined.





About the Author:

Katie L. Carroll always says she began writing at a very sad time her life
after her sister Kylene unexpectedly passed away. The truth is Katie has been
writing her whole life, and it was only after Kylene’s death that she realized
she wanted to pursue writing for kids and teens as a career. Since then writing
has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She has had many
jobs in her lifetime, including newspaper deliverer, hardware store cashier,
physical therapy assistant, and puzzle magazine editor. She works from her home
in Connecticut that is filled with the love and laughter of her sons and
husband.

In addition to PIRATE
ISLAND, Katie is the author of the YA fantasy ELIXIR BOUND.
Find Katie on her websiteTwitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

REVIEWS, REVIEWS, REVIEWS

Welcome Wednesday. I've been reading and reviewing and thought I'd share some of the great stories I've read recently. Slowing down now until my eyes decide what they want to do. So, here goes.

CASSADAWN by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Have you ever dreamed of being a pilot and flying through the skies? Did you follow your dreams? If so, great. If not, maybe you enjoy reading stories where you can experience the excitement of flying through the eyes of the characters. Even if you have no desire to pilot a plane, I think you’ll enjoy reading Author Alex J. Cavanaugh’s CASSADAWN, the Prequel to the Cassa series. I did.

Byron is almost halfway through training and is looking forward to piloting a real Cosbolt fighter. He’s doing great, but there is a problem. His partner and navigator, Arenth, and he don’t care for each other so much. And trouble with Arenth could keep Byron from completing his training. Along with the conflict between the men, there’s also plenty of action in the air.

So, how about getting a copy of Alex J. Cavanaugh’s CASSADAWN, as well as the other books in the series and enjoy the ride, uh, the flight. Recommended.

CHILDREN OF THE SNOW by Kevin Hopson
 
 
Do you enjoy a good mystery? Do you like Indian legends? If so, take a look at CHILDREN OF THE SNOW by Author Kevin Hopson. I think you’ll enjoy this story too.

CHILDREN OF THE SNOW takes place in a jail. A snowstorm has pretty much paralyzed the town. And it’s the middle of spring. Weird. If that’s not bad enough, Bix, a prisoner, is found dead in his cell, no evidence of trauma. Even weirder, his fingertips are black like he’s been exposed to frostbite, but the rest of his body doesn’t show frostbite. What caused Bix’s death? Then something is discovered on the back of Bix’s neck that could be traced to an Indian legend of the nineteenth century and answer some of their questions.

The author has created a tale that will keep you reading, at least it did me, to the very last words. Recommended.
Enjoy.
 
MY SNOWMAN PAUL by Yossi Lapid
 
 

What do many kids like to do when it snows? Right. Build a snowman. MY SNOWMAN, PAUL, by Author Yossi Lapid, is the story of a boy and a snowman, but not just any snowman. This snowman is different.

Dan, his mom and sister, and an adorable dog are watching the snow, and Dan is in the mood to play. So, Mom suggests he build a snowman. He does and makes an amazing discovery. I don’t want to give anything away, but what follows is a fun afternoon for Dan and his new friend. The author has written a story that will have young readers laughing and wanting to build a snowman like Dan’s.

Written in rhyme, with adorable illustrations by Joanna Pasek, MY SNOWMAN, PAUL is an ideal story for those long winter days or for sunny summer days. The book is an ideal addition for school libraries, public libraries, and your own library. Even better, it’s the first book of a series. Recommended.
 
THE SCARLET THREAD by D. S. Murphy
 
 
What if you lived in an institution where children were sent when their parents could no longer stand to look at them? What if you were a murderer? What if you were cursed? And you’re only seventeen-years-old. It doesn’t sound like a pretty life, does it?

In THE SCARLET THREAD, by D. S. Murphy, we meet Kaidance Monroe, the girl who killed her brother. But in this novel, nothing is as it seems. Kaidance sees things before they happen. If she touches someone, they die, and she can’t stop it. Poor Kai, caught in a world she has no control over.

Kai is tough; she’s also vulnerable. How does a teen deal with gods, immortals, and magic? In a way only Kai could. I really like her and hoped she’d find happiness. She faces life the best she can, and there are a lot of surprises awaiting her.

The story is not complete. But there’s more to come.

THE SCARLET THREAD is a good read. I don’t know a lot about mythology, but I met some interesting characters in this book. The author did a nice job of creating suspense, along with characters I either liked or hoped got what they deserved.
Have you read any of these novels? I still have a list a mile long to read. And to think, when I was a kid, yes, I was once upon a time, I hated to read. Go figure. I'm also trying to finish my WIP and a list of other thoughts dancing through my brain.
 
Happy Reading.

Monday, April 10, 2017

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO LIES WE TELL

Quote for the week: Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. Earl Nightingale.

What a great way to start the week, with Author Kelly Hashway's latest novel book blitz for LIES We TELL.
A mysterious cover with an intriguing title, don't you think?
 

About the Book:

 

Madison Kramer thought her past was behind her. With a new name and a career as a best-selling author, what could go wrong?

 

She never expected Trevor Lockhardt to walk into her book signing, offering his services as her publicist, or that she’d end up falling for him. But what she really didn’t expect was a stalker sending her messages, both written and in the form of dead bodies.

 

Madison can’t escape her parents’ murder any longer. But is it their killer coming to finish what he started fifteen years ago? How long can she keep her past a secret before her lies come back to get her?

 





 
 
 


 


 

Stay up to date: fhttp://.com/KellyHashway

 

Sign up for Kelly’s newsletter! http://bit.ly/HashwayNewsletter
 
 
 
Congratulations, Kelly. Watch for more about LIES WE TELL on all social media.
 
Happy Reading!
 
 

 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

APRIL IWSG AND PIPER MORGAN BOOK TOUR

Welcome Wednesday! Today is a busy day. First, I'm so excited to share the latest book from Stephanie Faris, PIPER MORGAN MAKES A SPLASH. Piper is one of my favorite characters.
It's also Insecure Writer's Support Group Day, so let's get started.

 
Isn't she adorable!
 
 
Blurb:

Piper Morgan tries her hand at acting in the fourth book of the charming Piper Morgan series.
 
Piper’s mom is helping out at a local pool shop, and the owner wants to shoot a commercial for his store. Piper thinks it’s the PERFECT opportunity to get in front of the camera and experience a little bit of showbiz. But will Piper’s contribution to the TV commercial make a splash—or will it go belly-up?
 

Bio:
 
Stephanie Faris is the author of the middle grade books 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the Piper Morgan chapter book series. An accomplished freelance writer, her work has appeared in Writer's Digest, The Writer, Pacific Standard, Mental Floss, and The Week, among many others.

Links:
Congratulations, Stephanie, on another Piper story.
 
Next, we have The Insecure Writer's Support Group.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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.
 
Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!
 
Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG. His awesome co-hosts for the April 5 posting of the IWSG will be Christopher D. Votey, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Fundy Blue, and Chrys Fey!
 
And the question is: Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?

Outside of tweeting and adding to Face Book, I haven't used the A to Z Challenge for publicity.  Why not? I ask myself. I haven't a clue. Looking forward to what everyone else has to say.

Happy Reading!
 

 


Monday, April 3, 2017

INKRIPPLES REVISION, AND A WINNER

Quote for the week: Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light. Helen Keller

This is the first Monday of the month of April. Ink Ripples time. #InkRipples is a monthly meme created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll. They post on the first Monday of every month with a new topic. They're all authors, but you don't have to be to participate.

You can spread your own ripples by blogging about the topic any day of the month that fits your schedule, just be sure to include links back to Katie, Kai, and Mary.

The topic for April is REVISION. My first thought when I saw this month's word was revision in writing. In fact that's exactly what I've been doing for weeks and weeks and weeks. Does it ever end? When do you stop? For me, I always find something that needs changing in my stories.

Are there other kinds of revision, besides in writing a novel, poem, song, or other?

Yes, I think there are. I'm a list maker. Every day I write down the things I plan/hope to do that day. When I complete a task, I check it off. I usually want to do more than I accomplish. No problem. Just revise my list and add them to the next day's list. That's revision.

Another revision that comes to mind is my attitude or opinion about something. For instance, one day I think a book I'm reading is great. Then I get to a part I'm not crazy about which changes my mind. Or I might eat some delicious dessert, but the next time I taste it, I wonder why I thought it was so good.

I just had a good laugh at my next thought. Sometimes I dig to the back of my closet and find a dress I haven't worn since the ... well, several years ago, and I think What on earth possessed me to buy that ugly thing? It likely was in style back in those days, but now it looks so funny. My taste in clothes, perhaps, has been revised.

So the word revision may mean different things to different people. What do you revise?

If you're interested in #InkRipples, you can also share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #InkRipples.

The topic for May is Fairy Tales. That's a good one.


BIG ANNOUNCEMENT
 
We also have the winner of DUCK AND COVER by Janet Smart.
 
Congratulations, Karin Larson.
 
To receive the copy of your book send an email to Janet, with the address you want the book sent to and how you'd like the author to autograph it. Her email is wvsmarties (at) yahoo (dot) com
 
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

STILL ME ... AFTER ALL THESE YEARS BLOG TOUR



Rev. Clara Alexander is an ordained New Thought minister who creates and performs sacred ceremonies, including unique weddings, funerals, memorial services, baby blessings and house blessings. She is also a popular speaker, inspiring groups with her talks on how we cling to our grudges, how we overuse the phrase “ I’m sorry” and how we can live the life we love.
Wendy Brown recently retired from a career in wildlife biology, where she studied sandhill cranes and whooping cranes as they migrated from Idaho to New Mexico. Wendy eventually found a permanent home in Albuquerque, where she and her husband enjoy the sounds of sandhill cranes from their deck. Since retiring from state government in 2014. 

Valerie Capps
has bypassed the porch rocking chair to pursue her life-long passion for writing, thereby proving that in today’s world, life can begin again at 65! Valerie lives in Nashville with her husband and their spoiled-rotten Welsh Corgi. www.amazon.com/Valerie-Capps/e/B016VD9V72
Mary W. Clark retired from her law practice in 2007 and transferred her observation and composition skills to travel writing. She is currently working on a book about her father’s World War II experience flying “ the Hump” from India to China over the Himalayas. Mary lives in Paris, Texas. www.maryclarktraveler.com
Fran Fischer: “ I was born at a very young age and that happened 82 years ago, so I don’t remember much about it. I’ve crammed as much living into my life as possible, and I’m not through yet. I’ve traveled extensively and I even flew in the same zero-gravity plane that the astronauts trained in. I live in California with my first (and only) husband, and we celebrated our 62nd anniversary this year.”
Pat Garcia (Patricia Anne Pierce-Garcia Schaack) is an American expatriate living in Europe. An accomplished musician as well
as a writer, she has been writing (and reading) since childhood.
Mark David Gerson is the author of more than a dozen books, including critically acclaimed titles for writers, award-winning fiction, and compelling memoirs. Known as “ The Birthing Your Book Guru,” Mark David works with an international roster of clients as coach and consultant, helping them get their stories onto the page and into the world with ease. www.markdavidgerson.com
Holly Deuel Gilster plays “ make believe” for a living. In other words, she is a professional actress and musician. Holly also loves painting with words as an accomplished poet, an award-winning short-story writer and a book reviewer for The Or Echo.
Aaron Gordon is a retired social sciences community college professor. He and his wife, Ellie, have been married for 65 years and have three children and grandchildren.
Ellie Gordon is a retired public school teacher who spent the best 20 years of her life in the classroom. A Chicago native, she now lives in New Mexico.
Karla “ Rosie” Harper recently retired from teaching elementary school, freeing her to return to her early love of dancing. Today, when not helping out with her grandchildren, Rosie is taking dance lessons, spinning on a dance floor or performing in senior centers and retirement communities with Albuquerque’s Sugartime, as a singer as well as a dancer.
Linda Hoye is the author of Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief to Gratitude, available through major online retailers. A native of Saskatchewan, Linda currently lives in British Columbia (by way of Washington State) with her husband and doted-upon Yorkshire Terrier. www.lindahoye.com
E.V. Legters hasn’t so much retired as she has exchanged one life for another — from rewarding years with career and children (while pursuing the arts on the fly) to a life with the arts at its center. She is the author of Vanishing Point and Connected Underneath and is currently hard at work on her third novel. www.evlegters.com
LD Masterson lived on both coasts before becoming landlocked in Ohio. After twenty years managing computers for the American Red Cross, she now divides her time between writing, volunteer work and enjoying her grandchildren. Her short stories have been published in several magazines and anthologies, and she is currently working on a new novel. www.ldmasterson.com
Kathleen Messmer not only runs a film production company with offices in the UK and the US, she is an avid photographer and wildlife advocate. In the unlikely event that she ever retires, Kathleen plans to live on a ranch with draft horses and pygmy goats and vineyards and fruit orchards, somewhere near the water. Oh, and a cowboy...maybe. www.kathleenmessmer.com
Karen Norstad has worked as cashier/gift wrapper, secretary, boutique seamstress, administrative assistant, manager of employee stock options, executive assistant, and budget analyst. Now retired, Karen’s life revolves around lounging about, wearing PJs until four in the afternoon, obsessing over the news, reading, fusing and slumping glass, practicing piano, keeping a small balcony garden and cooking.
Matt Nyman’s nonlinear career path has included working in the geological sciences, teaching high school, stay-at-home parenting and, currently, training tomorrow’s teachers. Poetry equently resides near the surface of his existence, occasionally erupting onto paper.
Jill Plaman was born and began aging in Milwaukee, but she has lived and worked in Albuquerque since 1977. She holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MSW from the University of Minnesota. Her special interests are travel, international folk dancing, reading, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Maureen
Polikoff
is a clinical social worker/ therapist who has always pursued many other creative endeavors, including painting, playing music and, now, writing. A Connecticut native, she lives in New Mexico with her husband, Michael.
MaryFrank Sanborn left Boston 33 years ago, to apprentice with photographer Walter Chappell in Santa Fe. Still in love with the beauty of the Southwest, MaryFrank photographs, writes, hikes, travels, teaches yoga and meditation, makes soups on Sundays, and dreams of the ocean and whales.
Patricia Stoltey is the author of four mystery novels. The most recent is Wishing Caswell Dead. She lives in Northern Colorado with Sassy Dog, Katie Cat and her husband, Bill. www.patriciastolteybooks.com
Susan Swiderski grew up in Dundalk, Maryland, where everybody calls everybody hon and eating steamed crabs is a sacrament. Although she’s happy in her adopted Georgia, part of her heart still lingers on the shores of Chesapeake Bay, explaining the setting for her novel, Hot Flashes and Cold
Lemonade
. Susan is currently working on a trilogy, proof that this old gal is still a pathological optimist. www.susan-swiderski.blogspot.com
Jan Castle Walker is a retired teacher and an active artist. She lives in Davis, California with her husband, Mack. www.jancastlewalker.com
Karen Helene Walker is a novelist, memoirist and essayist and the author of The Wishing Steps and Following the Whispers. When not writing, Karen is tap dancing, folk dancing or performing with the musical group Sugartime at retirement communities. Karen is currently working on her second memoir. www.karenfollowingthewhispers.blogspot.com 

You can follow Karen and the other authors along on their tour by checking out the schedule HERE.



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Monday, March 27, 2017

DUCK AND COVER BY JANET SMART

Quote for the week: 

I'm so excited today to host Author Janet F. Smart and her latest novel DUCK AND COVER. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy your visit.


Isn't this an adorable cover? Sure makes me wonder what's about to happen.
Duck and Cover
Published by Saguaro Books
By Janet F. Smart
Released February 2017
 
BOOK BLURB
After his dad dies in an accident at work, twelve-year-old Teddy Haynes and his mom come back to live with family in rural West Virginia.  They hope to start over, but some people say the Russians are going to blow up the United States. How can they start over, if the world comes to an end?
He finds his life filled with talk of bomb shelters, a cat and dog that don’t get along, clinging two-year-old twin nephews and a pretty girl he’s too shy to talk to. To help cope with their fears, Teddy and his friends convert an old cave in the woods into a bomb shelter.  Will they be able to work together and pull through the tense-filled months during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the fall of 1962? And will Teddy be able to overcome his grief from the loss of his dad?
 
The Inspiration:
The inspiration for this middle grade book came from a flicker of a childhood memory. When I was young, I remember going to my aunt’s house with my mom and another aunt. I remember them being afraid and saying that the world was coming to an end. It took me a while to figure out what this memory could be about, but I finally realized that it must have been during the Cuban Missile Crisis. So, I wrote about the incident from the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy. I added three friends, a cat, a pregnant dog—and a brownie recipe.
The first paragraph hook:
I survived the long drive from Cleveland. Now if I could just survive the Russians, I’d be okay. Some people worried they were going to blow up the United States. Mom and I had come back to West Virginia to start over. How could we start over if the world was coming to an end?
 
The history
The first version of this manuscript that I can find is dated 2012. It was only 20,000 words. And 360 of those words were the lyrics to a song (Monster Mash). Of course, that had to be taken out. There have been many more changes to this story since then. It took first place in a writing contest in 2015. At one time, there were five recipes in the book. Now there is only one – brownies!
Fun Facts
Teddy is the main character, but I really love his best friend, Melvin—he is quite a character. Teddy’s family has a naming tradition. They name their children (and pets) after presidents and/or their wives. Teddy carries a worry stone with him wherever he goes.
 
My advice to writers:
Never give up.  Get critique partners, keep improving on your manuscripts and send them out. They can’t be published if the only one who sees them are you, your critique partners and the insides of your computer.
You can find Duck and Cover on Amazon in paperback and kindle.

A little about Janet:
The author, Janet F. Smart, lives in picturesque West Virginia. She is the mother of three grown boys. She enjoys writing for children, bringing her thoughts, dreams and imagination to life. When not outside enjoying nature, she sits at her writing desk, her inner child flowing onto the paper. She writes a monthly children’s column for a regional magazine, belongs to WVWriters and loves writing poetry, picture books and middle grade manuscripts.
Connect with Janet on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/wvsmarties, her writing blog http://creativewritingintheblackberrypatch.blogspot.com and her author page www.janetfsmart.blogspot.com 
Janet is giving away a copy of her book to one lucky commenter on this post, continental US only. Get extra entries when you share this post to Facebook and/or follow her writing blog. Janet will select the winner next Monday and we'll post it here.
Congratulations, Janet.
 
Happy Reading!
 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

SOMETIMES YOU JUST GOTTA LAUGH

Welcome Wednesday. First, a huge thank you to everyone that attended our birthday party, whether you just visited or left a comment. The kids and I hope you enjoyed your cake and ice cream. Also the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I must share the funny thing that happened so you'll understand why we sometimes just gotta laugh. Life is funny, and we need to accept the fact that often we are not in control. Yes, I'm talking about the Rafflecopter. I tried and tried to get it to show up. It wasn't about to, until Wednesday, the last day. And suddenly, there it was. I laughed. Well, better late than never, right? And that's enough about that.

One day last week, I looked out the window of my writing room, and this is what I saw.




Seven white-tailed deer were grazing in the pasture.
I watched them for awhile, and they slowly moseyed along toward the mesquite trees and vanished.
Haven't seen them since. I guess they were just passing through. I was happy to see that some of them survived hunting season. There are a lot of hunters in the area.
 
Happy Reading and Writing.

Monday, March 20, 2017

HE GAVE ME BARN CATS BOOK TOUR





Author Maria Santomasso-Hyde is visiting today as part of her HE GAVE ME BARN CATS Blog Tour with MC Book Tours. Her book was released March 14 by Dancing Lemur Press.





If you’re looking for a story that will touch your heart, you’ve found it in this tender story of love, loss, and inspiration. You could win your own copy, just check out the giveaway details.





◊ He Gave Me BARN CATS
◊ by Maria Santomass0-Hyde


◊ Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.


◊ Available March 14, 2017


◊ $10.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 134 pages


◊ Genres: Christian Fiction / Christian Life-Death, Grief, Bereavement


◊ Print ISBN 978-1-939844-21-7 eBook ISBN 978-1-939844-22-4


◊ Order through Ingram, Follett Library Resources, or from the publisher


◊ $3.99 eBook available in all formats





Inspired by true events...





        Maria has cared for her very ill mother for many years. Her burdens are heavy, causing a sadness bordering on darkness.  When she discovers her historic barn is now home to a mother cat and kittens, she feels lighter than she has in years. As the kittens grow, they teach her as only animals can do.


          Then tragedy strikes. As Maria loses her family, the darkness envelopes her like the heavy fog that blankets her Blue Ridge Mountain home each morning. She creates a scorecard:  God: 9, Maria: 0.  Her questions turn into anger at God.  She searches to find answers as to why her loving God would take away so much in such a short time.


          How will she learn to trust again? Can the kittens in her barn help her heal?





HE GAVE ME BARN CATS is available for order in print format at following sites: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, Everything Cats, Foyles, and Chapters-Indigo.





HE GAVE ME BARN CATS is available for order in eBook format at the following sites: Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, and Amazon.





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Formerly a newspaper reporter, Maria Santomasso-Hyde now owns Alta Vista Fine Art Gallery.



She lives in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, with her husband, Lee, and The Queen of the Universe (Roma, their Black Cat) … and other Black Cats who decide to move in.





Come join the blog tour and learn more about Maria and HE GAVE ME BARN CATS by visiting the following blog:







March 8 - Rockin' Book Reviews - Guest Post




March 10 - Defending The Pen - Excerpt


March 13 - Reviews by Crystal - Q&A

Alex J. Cavanaugh - Guest Post


March 14 - Thoughts in Progress - Review


March 15 - Open


March 16 - A Bluestocking's Place - Excerpt



March 17 - Juneta @ Writer's Gambit - Q&A


March 20 - Reviews From the Heart - Review


CBY Book Club - Excerpt


March 21 - bookworm1102 - Excerpt











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