Monday, September 24, 2018

A NEW MEMBER OF THE FAMILY-MAYBE

Quote for the week: 

Welcome Monday.  We haven't had an animal story for awhile, so I know you're just waiting for one. If not, you may stop reading here. You've met my cats many times. 

But now, quite by surprise, I'm fostering a dog. 


His is a sad story. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed this stray dog down by my gate. I was pretty sure I knew how he got there, but tried to ignore him, hoping he'd go away. No such luck. For three days he stayed by the gate, waiting for his family to come back for him. Finally, I had to feed him. Couldn't let him starve. He loved cat food. That was all I had. And, he followed me back to the house. So, I put him in the yard and have been debating ever since what to do with him. Oh, after a couple of days I did buy some dog food. He really didn't care.

Anyhow, he has never bothered the cats, but I kept them in the house, just in case.  And I decided to call the humane society and have them pick him up. They don't pick up and I had no way to take him to the shelter. He's a young dog but weighs almost as much as me, I imagine. So I thought I'd call our city shelter, but then, he looked at me with  those sad, sad eyes. His tail wagged back and forth faster than windshield wipers. So, yes, he's still with me. I'm trying to teach him to sit because he jumps on me when I go outside. I still may call someone to come get him. Undecided.

Patches is traumatized. Tiger is cool. But the dog doesn't like my son's dog, which could be a problem.

I'm asking for God's guidance, because I know what happens to a majority of animals taken to the shelters. The lucky ones are adopted. The others...

Anyhow, he's eating like a horse, my grocery budget is overdrawn, and he keeps looking at me with those sad, sad eyes.

Have a happy week!

Friday, September 21, 2018

THE SEER'S FATE REVIEW

Hey! It's Friday. Where did the week go? Remember the novella I mentioned earlier in the week? Of course. Here's my review. Enjoy. Have a super weekend.




THE SEER’S FATE


A Novella by Christine Amsden


What if you could see into the future? The good that would happen and also the bad? What if you had a gift of charisma where people did whatever you wanted them to? Sounds good? Well, perhaps. Perhaps not.


In Author Christine Amsden’s novella, THE SEER’S FATE, we meet Danielle, a seer who sees the future. Imagine telling a kid at school that you see her death in only a few months. That would not make for very many friends. And in her life is a boy named Adam, whose charisma results with most everyone liking him. The future Danielle sees for Adam and her is not a pleasant one, but she still loves him, even though she knows what happens.  


THE SEER’S FATE is the author’s first novella. I hope it won’t be her last because I enjoyed meeting Danielle and Adam and watching them face almost impossible situations. Living a magical life sounds exciting. There are downsides though. Danielle, even with her special abilities, is a girl who cares about others and tries to help whenever she can. She’s also confused about young men, like most teens are. Adam  has family problems to deal with, along with his feelings for Danielle. 


THE SEER’S FATE is a magical tale of love and hope, family and friends, trust and betrayal, disappointment and joy. Christine Amsden has done a beautiful job with characters that are so real I wanted to hug them and help them with each challenge they faced. I’ve enjoyed reading the author’s novels and look forward to more novellas from her. Recommended.


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Happy Reading!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

HALLOWEEN RIDE, A GREGORY GREEN ADVENTURE

Welcome. I'm so happy you stopped by today. We have a special treat for you.  Enjoy.

QUESTION: If the witch’s broom
could bring you anywhere in the world, where would you want it take you?



Gregory Green: Since the broom is magical, I wonder if it
could bring me under the sea so I can breathe. I’d be able to see mermaids,
sharks, whales, and all kinds of sea creatures. And then, way out in the ocean,
it could land me on a real pirate ship. Maybe even the Black Pearl with Captain
Jack Sparrow! He’s the reason why I dressed up as a pirate this year for
Halloween.



Sammy the Teddy Bear: The
moon! I have friends who live there. Actually, I have friends everywhere.
*whispers* Friends that Gregory doesn’t even know about. That’s just one of my
many secrets. *winks* My moon friends come to visit me when they can, but they
always say I need to come up there to see their home, and boy do I want to.
They also make the best cheese. Yum!



Elaine Kaye, Author: I would love the broom to take me to
Oahu, Hawaii because I lived there in the late '60s for about ten years. It
would be neat to see how things have changed since then. And, of course, I’d
love to make several trips to Waikiki Beach. 
When I was younger, I would go to beach
every weekend to tan on the white sands and stare out at the endless ocean. I’d
like to do that again. Now, if the broom could take me back in time, I’d like
to see Elvis play at the Honolulu International Center Arena for his world
tour. I saw that performance, and it’s my greatest memory from Hawaii.



Now, it’s
your turn! Where would you want to go on the witch’s broom?






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BLURB: One Halloween night,
Gregory and his teddy bear Sammy go trick-or-treating, hoping for lots and lots
of candy. But Sammy is scared of everything and is constantly asking, “What’s
that?” Gregory gets annoyed until one of those things turns out to be a flying
broomstick. And this broom wants them to go for a ride. Where will it take
them? 



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 


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.

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.









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Monday, September 17, 2018

THE SEER'S FATE BY CHRISTINE AMSDEN

Quote for the week: “You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” 
― Dr. Seuss
Thank you for visiting today. I'm so happy to share Author Christine Amsden's latest book,THE SEER'S FATE, a novella, with you. Review coming soon. Enjoy your visit.





The Seer’s Fate

A novella by: Christine Amsden

She can see the future, but she can’t escape it…
Danielle Hastings has lived countless possible futures, and getting involved with Adam Scot always ends in heartbreak. The gift of foresight has led her to one solid conclusion: avoid Adam at all costs. But when she sees a tornado tearing through downtown Eagle Rock – and Adam helping her save dozens of lives – she knows she has no choice.

Adam lives a charmed life; thanks to his powerful gift of charisma, everyone has a hard time saying no to him. Everyone, that is, except Danielle. Adam is determined to break through her shell…until he finds out the real reason she’s avoiding him. But by the time he realizes there’s no hope for a future for them, he’s in too deep to back out.

It seems there’s only one question the fates haven’t already answered: Will he break her heart, or will she break his?

Buy Links

·Barnes and Noble coming soon
Ebook Release: September 25, 2018

The Cassie Scot Series

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot Book One)
Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot Book Two)
Mind Games (Cassie Scot Book 3)
Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot Book 4)
Madison's Song (Cassie Scot Book 5)
Kaitlin’s Tale (Cassie Scot Book 6)




About the Author

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, which scars the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. In addition to being a writer, she's a mom and freelance editor.
Social Media Links:
· Website
· Blog
· Twitter
· Google+



 




Monday, September 10, 2018

NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS' DAY

Sunday was a special day, so if you forgot it or didn't celebrate, here is a gentle reminder from a grandmother.



HAPPY GRANDPARENTS' DAY



These are my grandparents on my mother's side of the family. You've probably seen this photo before. I don't have my dad's parents on this computer. But I wish them all a Happy Grandparents Day, my angels in Heaven. 



From National Geographic:
GRANDPARENTS PLAY A special role in their grandchildren’s lives—as bestowers of life lessons, personal values, family traditions, and unconditional love. Whether they are helping their own children parent or have taken on the role of full-time caretakers, grandparents nurture their grandchildren emotionally, physically, and socially.
Marian McQuade, a native West Virginian, appreciated the importance of these elders and their vital role in families. In the 1970s, she began campaigning for a designated day to honor grandparents. McQuade worked to raise awareness around the value and support of senior citizens, and West Virginia became the first state to celebrate Grandparents Day in 1973. Finally, through her persistence, President Jimmy Carter declared in 1978 that the first Sunday after Labor Day would be officially recognized as National Grandparents Day.
The day has since been adopted internationally, with celebrations in Australia, Poland, Hong Kong, Singapore, and many other countries, but the date of each holiday varies. For instance, in the United Kingdom, it is observed on the first Sunday in October, and Poland recognizes grandmothers and grandfathers separately—on January 21 and January 22, respectively.
Have a great week.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

THE INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP SEPTEMBER

Another month, another IWSG. Welcome!


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!

Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.


His awesome co-hosts for the September 5 posting of the IWSG are Toi Thomas, T. Powell Coltrin, M.J. Fifield, and Tara Tyler!

The question for September 5 is - What publishing path are you considering/did you take and why?

The question is optional.

My answer is easy. I never planned to be a writer. But while teaching children in grades two through five, my mind started having weird thoughts. What if I could write articles for children's magazines like the ones we had in class? What if I could write about the art projects and writing projects we did? What if is a powerful question, so I decided why not give it a try. And guess what? Children's magazines published some of my articles. And I guess you might say the writing bug bite me. I went on to write picture books, middle grade  and young adult novels. They were published too. And the girl who hated to read when she was a kid was now living in the world of her characters. I bet my high school teachers would faint if they saw one of my published books today. Maybe they have. Oh, my! I wonder what grade they'd give me.

How about you?

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

WHERE IN THE WORLD BLOGFEST


I am so excited today to host Author Sherry Ellis on her blogfest for her latest book Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China. Even the title sounds exciting. Welcome, Sherry.


Where in the World Blogfest



Prompt: If you could go through the Earth and end up in another country, where would you go?

I may be weird, but there's not any country I can think of that I'd like to visit. You know what I would like to do? Dig a hole back in time, when ladies wore those lovely long dresses. Think  Scarlet O'Hara, Gone With the Wind. I know they're not practical, hot in summer, easy to trip over, and imagine keeping them clean. But they fascinate me. And living on a plantation might be neat. And then dig another hole back even farther in time.  Anyone want to go with me?




Page Count: 93 
Digital Price: 3.99 
Print Price: 7.95

BUY LINKS:

BLURB: Squirt doesn’t believe Bubba can dig a hole to China. But when the hole swallows them, the kids find themselves in Xi’an, China, surrounded by Terracotta Warriors.

It gets worse when the ghost of the first emperor of China appears. He tells them they can’t go home until they find his missing pi. The kids don’t know where to begin until they meet a girl and her grandmother who promise to help find the pendant.

Soon they realize they are being followed. And they are no closer to finding the missing pi. Will Bubba and Squirt ever make it back home?



About the Author: Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Ellis, her husband, and their two children live in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Congratulations, Sherry.  Good luck to Bubba and Squirt on their quest.


Monday, September 3, 2018

HAPPY LABOR DAY

I hope you all are enjoying your holiday. If you have to work today, um, well it is Labor Day. I'm working, sort of. Revising my story. Last week was not a good one. My heart is sad. Sometimes it's hard to understand why life happens the way it does.  Only God knows.




Happy Reading!