Thursday, August 31, 2017


I normally do not post on Thursday, but today is a special occasion, the reason I did not post on Wednesday. I'd like to introduce you to a lovely story about Halloween that releases today. Yes, the holiday will be here before we know it. Anyhow, enjoy.

This is an adorable cover, with not too spooky characters for young readers.


By Yosi Lapid

Illustrated by Joanna Pasek

Halloween, a night for spooks and ghosts, witches and pumpkins with eyes and mouths.  As I read through the pages of HALLOWEEN WITH SNOWMAN PAUL, Author Yosi Lapid’s latest picture book, along with the boy, we encounter a sign that says: WARNING # 1. Ooh! What does that mean? Dare we go on? Or should we stop and go no farther?

The boy is brave and so am I, and we decide to ignore the sign and move on. What do we see next? Warning #2. It warns us there’s a witch ahead.  But we really want to see, so we go ahead, ignoring the warnings.

I’m glad we kept on reading because … well, you’ll have to read the book to see what we got to do at the end.  Such fun. So, come along with us. You'll be glad you did.

HALLOWEEN WITH SNOWMAN PAUL is a fun book for young readers, with characters that will delight children. Joanna Pasek’s illustrations are perfect for the story, and readers will enjoy meeting the Halloween spooks that are not too spooky after all.

Recommended for your library and school libraries as well . I was provided with a copy of the book for my honest review.


Happy Reading!  

Monday, August 28, 2017


Quote for the week:

Have you ever researched your family? If not, you might want to. You can discover amazing things about your ancestors. You might even write a book about them.

Several years ago I had a distant cousin that was researching one of my family lines. She sent me a lot of great information. I sent her what little I had. It was so much fun learning about my kin that I was hooked. Yep, the genealogy bug bit me, and today I have a whole bookcase filled with albums of different families. This was all on my dad's side of the family. But I knew nothing about my mom. So, she came next. Her background led me down a path I never had imagined. And, yes, I wrote a book, loosely based on her story. 

Many of you already know Mom was not an orphan. She lived with her mother, father, and five siblings in a tenement in Brooklyn, New York. 

This is where they lived.

Her mother died, but her father was still alive. In today's culture, the dads would keep the family together, at least they'd try to. Times were different in the early 1920's and her father could not take care of his six children, so he gave them up and they went to an orphanage. 

The children were scattered in different directions. My mom and the youngest girl were sent West on what is now called the Orphan Train. That's how she went from Brooklyn to Texas. So you see why I had to tell her story, although most of it is fictional because I do not know what her early life was like. She never talked about it. But she had a caring foster family. I changed the names of the characters for privacy, and events may or may not have happened. Mom's mother and father were my grandparents, as far as I knew. I never heard them say the word "foster children." I hope my mom would approve of the way I told her story.

So, how about it? Are you ready to learn about your ancestors? Or have you already researched your family? Every family has a story. What is yours?

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Welcome Wednesday and do I have a treat for you today. Please say "Hello" to Author Kim Baccellia and her latest novel for teens, GODDESSES CAN WAIT (Myths and Mayhem #2). First, take a look at this gorgeous cover.

Isn't this beautiful, and it gives you a hint where the story takes place, at least part of it.

Blurb from Good Reads:

Jordan Lake, a fifteen-year-old Audrey Hepburn-olic who's a magnet for goddesses, has a chance to go to Paris with her grandmother and BFF Selena Garza. Even though she senses something is off, she decides to make the trip.

But when she kisses a cute Parisian boy a la Roman Holiday, she switches bodies with Aphrodite and is sent to the Greek netherworld. She must enlist the help of the Greek god (in more ways than one) Ares then complete seven trials set by his sister Artemis in order to return home.

Except time is running out, and if she can't get Aphrodite back to the Eiffel Tower by midnight, she'll be stuck in Greek mythology forever.

My Thoughts:

GODDESSES CAN WAIT (Myth and Mayhem #2)

By Kim Baccellia

Do you consider yourself “normal” or do you have exciting adventures, say with goddesses, for example? Even if you aren’t acquainted with gods or goddesses you can still have an adventure by reading Author Kim Baccellia’s latest novel GODDESSES CAN WAIT. And let me tell you, this author will take you on a wild adventure that you won’t soon forget.

Jordan Lake’s evening starts out dining with her family and best friend, Selena Garza, a simple family affair.  Jordan is remembering her recent encounter with two Egyptian goddesses that thankfully had a happy ending. Now, she just wants to be normal, if that was possible. When Jordan’s grandmother joins them for dinner with a gift for Jordan her life changes, however, and she soon finds herself on a flight to Paris, along with Selena and Jordan’s grandmother. Jordan is ecstatic. 

Images of Audrey Hepburn (her heroine), the River Seine, and macaroons dance in her head.  But she also has an uneasy feeling. She can’t forget her encounter with the Goddess Hathorn, not so long ago. She doesn’t want a repeat.

As the girls explore Paris, while Grams takes care of some business, Jordan and Selena meet rude guys, eat yummy food, and discover surprises about Grams life. No doubt about it, they’re in a different world, which soon proves to be more than just the city of Paris. I won’t tell what happens to them, but it’s not quite what they expected.

Kim Baccellia has done a beautiful job with her characters, bringing them to life so that I worried when they kept getting into trouble. Would they get out of the situations they found themselves in? The author kept me guessing, which added to the suspense and enjoyment of the story.

I know very little about mythology, but by reading GODDESSES CAN WAIT and NO MORE GODDESSES, the first book in the series, I’ve learned a lot and find mythology interesting. Who doesn’t like gods and goddesses, whether good ones or bad ones? Ms. Baccellia writes with such detail that the characters, both goddesses and humans, came to life for me. I always like to have a good villain in a story, and we have them here.

Now I’m wondering what Jordan’s next adventure will be. And what would Audrey Hepburn think about the girls and their visit to Paris? In my mind, I picture Ms. Hepburn smiling. What do you think?

The author has written a story that not only teens but older readers, as well, will enjoy. GODDESSES CAN WAIT (Myth and Mayhem #2) will make a nice addition to your personal library and high school libraries as well. It would make a good study for classes on mythology. 

Happy Reading. 

Available at Amazon and other places where books are sold.

Monday, August 21, 2017


Quote for the week:

Do you like rainy weather? 
I do, as long as I can stay inside and watch it.
Here's one of the reasons why.

Our pasture is filled with flowers I call Rain Lillies.   A couple of days ago the rains came down. And the flowers sprouted up. The ground looks like a light snow has fallen.

Here is a closer look. This time of year, the wild flowers are gone, so these are a beautiful sight.  My pictures don't show them as lovely as they really are, but imagine almost 25 acres of white spread across the earth.

Have a great week. Happy reading and writing or just doing what your heart desires.

Monday, August 14, 2017


Quote for the week: Middle School stories seem to be popular lately. Thought this was cute. Awkward Middle School Dance.

I am delighted to share an adorable new novel about Middle School with you.. The authors are listed below.

Best. Night. Ever
By Rachele Alpine, Ronni Arno, Alison Cherry, Stephanie Faris, Jen Malone, Gail Nall, and Dee Romito

From the cover I can tell the book will be lots of fun. The blurb below confirms my thoughts.


Love Actually meets Adventures in Babysitting in this hilarious novel written by seven authors about seven classmates who are preparing for a crazy night at their middle school dance.

Lynnfield Middle School is prepped and ready for a dance to remember, including an awesome performance from Heart Grenade, the all-girl band who recently won a Battle of the Bands contest. Seven classmates—Carmen, Genevieve, Tess, Ryan, Ellie, Ashlyn, and Jade—intend to make the most of the night…or at least the five of them who are able to attend do. The other two would sacrifice almost anything to be there.

One thing’s for sure—this entire crew is in for one epic night! Gail Nall, Dee Romito, Rachele Alpine, Ronni Arno, Alison Cherry, Stephanie Faris, and Jen Malone have created a charming, hilarious, and relatable novel that’s perfect for anyone who can’t wait to dance the night away.

Buy Links:


One of Rachele Alpine’s first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. Rachele is a high school English teacher by day, a wife and mother by night, and a writer during any time she can find in between.  She lives in Cleveland, Ohio where she writes middle grade and young adult novels. Visit her at

Ronni Arno Blaisdell is the author of Ruby Reinvented. She has written for several magazines, blogs, and websites. In a previous life she worked as a publicist in Hollywood, and eventually built a home in Maine. She is a keen SCBWI member and contributor to the blog. Visit her online at

Alison Cherry is the author of the YA novels RedFor Real and Look Both Ways, and the middle grade novels Willows vs. Wolverines and The Classy Crooks Club. She is a professional photographer and spent many years working as a lighting designer for theater, dance, and opera productions. This whole “writing books” thing is just a cover for the international crime ring she runs out of her Brooklyn apartment. (Shhh, don’t tell.) Visit her online at

Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing. When she isn’t crafting fiction, Stephanie is indulging her gadget geek side by writing for online technology sites. Her work is regularly featured on the small business blogs for Intuit and Go Payment and she is a featured columnist for She lives in Nashville with her husband. Visit her online at

Jen Malone is a former Hollywood publicist who once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star’s tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books. Jen is also the author of the middle grade novels At Your Service and The Art of the Swap, coauthor of the You’re Invited series, and wrote the YA novels Map to the Stars and Wanderlost. You can visit her online at

Gail Nall lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her family and more cats than necessary. She once drove a Zamboni, has camped in the snow in June, and almost got trampled in Paris. Gail is the author of the middle grade novel Breaking the Ice, the coauthor of You’re Invited and You’re Invited Too, and the author of the young adult novel Exit Stage Left. You can find her online at and on Twitter as @GaileCN. Visit her online at

Dee Romito lives in her hometown of Buffalo, New York, where she and her family are steadily checking items off their own bucket list of adventures. You’re likely to find her at the local ice cream shop, writing at a cafĂ©, or curled up on the couch with her cats. And while she does her best to be a grown-up most of the time, giggling with her BFFs is still one of her all-time favorite things. To join the fun and create your own bucket list, visit

The Rafflecopter giveaway is for a free hardback copy of Best. Night. Ever. (signed by Stephanie Faris). 


Wednesday, August 9, 2017


I am delighted to share Author Kelly Hashway's latest novel with you today. Enjoy.

SECRETS WE KEEP is coming October 2nd! 

Make sure you don’t miss the preorder!

Madison Kramer’s life is finally coming together. With her

boyfriend and publicist, Trevor, by her side, her career as a best-
selling author is sure to really take off.
But one thing hasn’t changed. Death follows Maddie wherever
she goes, and a night that should have been nothing but
celebrating the New Year in the arms of the man she loves, turns
into the scene of another murder.

The bodies are piling up, and the murder suspect wants Maddie’s
help in freeing his name. Her secret past continues to come to the
surface, putting her life at risk in a deadly game where Maddie
doesn’t know whom she can trust.

*Cover by Uplifting Designs*


Kelly Hashway fully admits to being one of the most accident-prone people on the planet, but that didn’t stop her from jumping out of an airplane at ten thousand feet one Halloween. Maybe it was growing up reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books that instilled a love of all things scary and a desire to live in a world filled with supernatural creatures, but she spends her days writing speculative fiction. Kelly’s also a sucker for first love, which is why she writes romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she’s not writing, Kelly works as an editor, and also as Mom, which she believes is a job title that deserves to be capitalized.


Website: ww.kellyhashway.comFacebook: & http:// &

Monday, August 7, 2017


Quote for the week:

Today I'd like to share one of the funniest books for middle-grade readers I've read. Welcome Babymouse in her latest novel, BABYMOUSE TALES FROM THE LOCKER.


By Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Middle School. The years between being children and teens. The years where everything changes. In BABYMOUSE: TALES FROM THE LOCKER by best-selling authors Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, Babymouse is now in middle school, and it’s like a “monster movie” with “spooky creatures” to quote Babymouse in her own words. And then there’s the whiskers. Yeah, the whiskers.

Babymouse tells her story of what middle school is like, and what a story it is. From whiskers, to wanting to be famous, to wanting a private jet, to a locker that possibly contains a monster, and trying to figure out who her friends are, Babymouse keeps the reader, at least this reader, laughing and turning pages to see what she does next.

Then she decides to join the Film Club, and when problems arise Babymouse has her own unique ways of solving them.

I can picture not only middle school kids but teens and even adults following each adventure as middle school readers realize they may be facing the same or similar situations that Babymouse faces. And older readers might nod as they remember those confusing years.

Black and white drawings by B&W illustrations add humor to the scenes. If anyone can read this story without laughing and perhaps even learning a thing or two about middle school, they need to read it again. BABYMOUSE: Tales from the Locker would make a great addition to middle school classrooms and libraries, as well as your own library. Highly recommended.

I was sent an ARC of the novel.

Happy Reading. (And I'm not fond of mice. This one is different.)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


A new month. A new IWSG.

Yes, it's that time.
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 put the badge on your post.

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

His awesome co-hosts for the August 2 posting of the IWSG are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!

We have a question every month, which is optional for you to answer or not.

August's question is: 

What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?


A scene that has too much detail that isn't necessary to the plot. Like, she wakes up in the morning, fine. But do we need to know that she yawns, scratches her head, how she puts on her makeup and chooses her clothes? Yes, if the details add to the plot. No, if they aren't necessary.


Thinking my chapter is just right until I read it back and discover it doesn't make a lot of sense.


Commas. Enough said.

Happy Reading and Writing.