Monday, July 6, 2020


Today I'm excited to share with you a story that I recently read. 

Isn't this a gorgeous cover?

My thoughts.


By Yolanda Renee

Murder Just Because, A Detective Quaid mystery: The Return of the Snowman is the fifth book in the series. I haven’t read the first four books but kept hearing how good this one was so I had to try it. I purchased the eBook and discovered that everyone was right. And then I won a paperback copy of the book. Lucky me, because I’ll probably read it again. I do that with books I really enjoy to make sure I haven’t missed anything important.

This is a story that will stay with you, at least it has me, for a long time. Warning: be prepared. Some of the scenes are quite graphic, with sex or murder or both. The scenes are handled just right for the story, showing the life of a serial killer. I kept whispering, “No, no, don’t do it.” And closed my eyes.

Yolanda Renee has done a great job with Murder Just Because. Even the title warns the reader. If you have a weak stomach, take care. But I recommend the book for readers who have a tough stomach and enjoy a novel that will have you turning pages to see what happens next. Happy Reading.


Happy Reading

Wednesday, July 1, 2020


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.

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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!!!

July First Question:  

There have been many industry changes in the past decade. So what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

I really can't think of anything except something simple. One thing that bugs me, though, is my computer filling in ideas when I'm slow and thinking about what I want to say. It takes me awhile to figure out what I'm doing. In the meantime, the computer is adding words that have nothing to do with my post. Just keep it easy for people like me who grew up without a computer or a TV. Oh, no Cell Phone either.
How about you?

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Sunday, June 21, 2020


Thank you for being such wonderful parents. Oh, yes, we didn't always agree on the same things, but your love and patience was what I needed.

Happy Father's Day and Happy Mother's Day again.

God blessed me with you.

Love you forever.

Monday, June 15, 2020



By Jemi Fraser

Dementia, a word that no one wants to hear about a member of his or her family, or about anybody, for that matter. Unfortunately, we often have a family member, friend, or someone we know with this illness. Author Jemi Fraser knows all too well about Dementia, and she shares her experiences with this illness in her family in her book, DANCING WITH DEMENTIA.

You might want to keep a box of Kleenex with you when you read about the life of Jemi Fraser’s family. The author goes into great detail about the events that happen to her mother showing how she changes and the reader how the illness works, at least in her mother’s case. This is a story that will touch your heart, at least it does mine. It also makes me look at my family, including myself, in a different light. Are the signs there? If so, how can I help? If not, I’m thankful. This true story of a family who faces big decisions and strengthen each other as they do so. I recommend DANCING WITH DEMENTIA by Jemi Fraser.

Count your blessings.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020


Title: Bad Fairy
Series: A Bad Fairy Adventure (Book One)
Author: Elaine Kaye
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy Middle Grade
Length: 66 pages
Age Range: 8-12

BLURB: Thistle Greenbud is not a bad fairy. She simply doesn't like rules, and it's just her luck that her homework is to create a new rule for the fairy handbook. But first, she has more important things to do. Like figure out how to get back at Dusty and Moss for playing tricks on her.

Before she can carry out her plan, though, disaster strikes and she finds herself working alongside the very fairies she wanted revenge on. Can they work together and trust each other, or will things go from bad to worse?


What do fairies eat?

They enjoy honey and anything drizzled with the scrumptious, golden syrup. Wild berries of every kind—blackberries, blue berries, strawberries, etc.—are a favorite. Fairies have a big sweet tooth and make their own cakes, candies, and cookies.

If you have butter, you may want to keep a lid on it, because fairies love the yellow, creamy dairy. They also like proteins such as chestnuts and acorns and seeds (pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds). Of course, they like fruit.

As for what they like to drink, they enjoy a cup of nectar, teas from any flower, and milk. If you want to attract some fairies, leave out a bowl of milk.

In Bad Fairy, Thistle’s favorite meal is Cabbage Patch Stew, which is a stew full of tomatoes, cabbage, and Kidney beans. Rose, one of Thistle’s best friends, loves artichokes and trades clovers for spinach and artichoke salad, which upsets Clover, another friend, who loves clovers, of course.

Do you like cauliflower? Because Thistle’s dad does and will eat a plateful of it.
For breakfast, Thistle likes blueberry pancakes and pomegranate juice, while her parents have coffee made from chicory.

Dillweed biscuits, mushroom sandwiches, and dandelion salads are more favorites among the fairies in Pinecone Grove.

There’s even a unique cookie mentioned in Bad Fairy—chocolate chip sunflower seed cookies. Um!


I wander into the kitchen. A sweet smell touches my nose. Cookies! Tumble is in the kitchen wearing an apron. She takes a baking sheet out of the oven, filled with chocolate chip sunflower seed cookies.

“Hi, Mom. It sure smells good, Tumble.” She hands me a warm cookie that I eat in about three seconds flat.

Mom gives me a cup of cranberry juice before I choke. “Tell me about Mrs. Swirl. I’m so thankful you found her.”

“I am, too. She’s doing better and should get out of the hospital in a day or two. Her house is completely gone, but I heard that she plans to move to Gravel City with her daughter.”

“I think that would be best for her, especially since she’s getting older. One needs to be around family.” Mom sits down at our table with pen and paper. “Tumble, let’s plan our dinner for tonight. I want to make enough to give to our neighbors in need. I do appreciate all the cookies you have baked today.”

“Me too,” I say as I grab another.


3 Signed Paperback Picture Books –
Pea Soup Disaster, Doctor Mom, The Missing Alphabet

Eligibility: International

Number of Winners: One

Giveaway Ends: July 1, 2020 12:00am Eastern Standard Time



Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup, thus inspiring the story Pea Soup DisasterBad Fairy is her middle grade debut and the first of A Bad Fairy Adventure series.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.

This is an adorable story. You really want to read it.

My Review


Bad Fairy Adventures Book 1

                                                                 By Elaine Kaye    
Now how can a fairy be bad? They are kind and helpful and loving. Right? In Author Elaine Kaye’s story, Bad Fairy, we learn a lot about the world of the fairy.

Thistle is not a happy fairy. Why? Because she has to go to school to learn how to be a good fairy, since she is considered to be a bad fairy. To make matters even worse, the teacher gives them homework for the weekend.  She claims it will keep a lot of them out of trouble. They are to write a new rule for Fairy Land and the student who writes the best rule will have it published in their Book of Rules. And it’s not just the students writing the rules, the whole town is involved. As I read how each fairy deals with the situation, I learned a lot about them. I also learned more about the club rules, which might be good for any club.  When a twisty occurs (like a tornado) the good fairies and the bad learn to work together.

Each character is an individual with his or her own personality. The author has done a nice job of making them seem almost real, perhaps like children you know. This is a fun story for young readers, who might have some of the same thoughts as the fairy characters do.

I recommend Bad Fairy for young readers and for those who love fairies and their world, no matter their age.