Monday, February 26, 2018

Quote for the week: Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor. Marge Kennedy

Have fun at the Hop.

BLURB: Gregory Green loves his mom’s pea soup, but when he eats it at school, all of his friends make fun of how it looks. He doesn’t think it looks like bugs, and it tastes good! Then at recess, his friends run from him, screaming, “He’s a monster!” Gregory doesn’t know why his friends are being mean until he sees his skin is green. The teasing gets worse until an unlikely friend comes to the rescue—his teddy bear, Sammy. Sammy usually only comes to life for Gregory and his family, but Sammy has an important lesson to teach Gregory and his classmates.

Available in Print:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elaine Kaye got the idea for Pea Soup Disaster from her son who loved to eat her homemade pea soup. Pea Soup Disaster is the first of many fun stories featuring Gregory Green and his teddy bear, Sammy, as part of the Gregory Green 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.

Find Elaine:
Website / Instagram / Litsy - @ElaineKaye

So, what is your favorite soup? Mine is Chicken with vegetables, especially on cold, rainy days like we've had recently. 

Add croutons and/or potato chips.

Congratulations to Elaine on an adorable book.
Happy Reading!
And Eating Soup!

Monday, February 19, 2018



In Washington’s youth, he famously chopped down a cherry tree, so some people like to eat cherry pie on the day.

How did the name Presidents Day come about? The National Archives say the federal government has never stipulated that that's what the holiday should be called. Officially, it's Washington's Birthday though the federal government acknowledges that state and local governments and private businesses may use "other names." The fact-checking website Snopes has rated the claim that the holiday is officially designated as Presidents Day false. Snopes breaks down some of the confusion behind the name in detail but it has to do with the fact that the government had considered combining Washington and President Abraham Lincoln's birthday into one holiday known as "Presidents Day," something which never came to fruition.

And now we know. 

Watch for reviews coming soon. I also just received more books. Yay! Who wants to clean house, anyhow? A couple of the books are research for my WIP. Not telling, but I want my character to act the way he should for what's happening in his life.

All for now.
Happy Reading and Writing!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018


From me and the doggies and the kitties. Have a wonderful day. 

Now, I shall work on my WIP. On chapter 6.

Then I shall tackle Mail Chimp again. So far he's winning the battle. But I'm stubborn and will not give up. Yes, I'm trying to create a Newsletter. So far, the results are not good.

Also, since my eyes are giving me trouble, I'm limiting my time on the computer, but I'm still visiting blogs and commenting and doing all the fun stuff.

On to my story, if the cats will stop wanting to play. Back later.

Happy Reading and Writing.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Welcome to the first Wednesday of February.

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.

Link to this page and display the badge in your post. Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.

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

His awesome co-hosts for the February 7 posting of the IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

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!!!

February 7 question is "What do you love about the genre you write in most often?"

Interesting question. I think I love writing for children and teens because I've never grown up. In some ways I still think like a child. Okay, don't laugh. I mean I'm trusting and love birthday parties and the simple things in life, although I have to admit the teen years were sometimes traumatic. You know, I like this guy, but he likes my friend, so what do I do? Or I'm flunking algebra. Or I need a new dress for the dance. Makes for good story ideas, right.

I'm looking forward to reading your answers to the question. And I'm writing this at midnight because I forgot about it so go easy on the misspelled words and stuff okay? Sounds like a teen and homework, no?

Happy Reading.

Monday, February 5, 2018


Quote for the week: "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." by Mahatma Gandhi

Be prepared! Be alert! For on May 15, 2018, we're celebrating a book birthday, and you do not want to miss it. So mark your calendars now. Thank you.

Lucky me had a chance to read an early copy. I"m so happy I did. Here are my thoughts.


By C. Lee McKenzie

Do you enjoy meeting witches, wizards, familiars, and other interesting characters? Do you like to travel back in time and meet people from centuries ago? If you answered yes, then I have the book for you. Author C. Lee McKenzie’s latest novel for middle grade readers, SOME VERY MESSY MEDIEVAL MAGIC, gives you all of the above and more. And you may be familiar with the main characters. Yes, Pete and Weasel are back. What? You haven’t met them yet? Well, you’re in for a treat.

In SOME VERY MESSY MEDIEVAL MAGIC, Pete and Weasel have to journey back in time to help a young page, Peter of Bramwell, get where he’s supposed to be when he should be there to prevent history from being changed. Since everyone blames Pete for the mix up, he and Weasel are responsible for correcting the problem. And time is limited. Will the boys succeed in their mission? Or will they fail and be responsible for changing history? Things are not always what they seem, and surprises await Pete and Weasel, and the reader too.

C. Lee McKenzie has created characters that will keep you guessing who the good guys are and who are the bad. Don’t be so sure you think you know. There’s plenty of action, never a dull moment, and also a guess as to what Pete and Weasel will be up to next. The story is perfect for middle-grade readers who should enjoy trying to solve the boys’ problems before the boys find the answers.

Pete and Weasel, along with the reader (this reader anyhow), learn a bit of history too. SOME VERY MESSY MEDIEVAL MAGIC would make a great addition to middle school classrooms and libraries, as well as your own private library. Recommended for teens and for adults who enjoy adventure and time travel as well.

Congratulations to C. Lee McKenzie for another fascinating story young readers should have fun with. 

More good news for this week.

I ordered my copy. Have you? Notice there's only a few days left.

Happy Reading!