Wednesday, April 26, 2017


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


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


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


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


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?

by Katie L. Carroll (
Cover Illustration
by Susan Tait Porcaro (
Coming October 2017!

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

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

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

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


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.

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.
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.
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


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?





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Happy Reading!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017


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!

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?

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.

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


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.

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!