Monday, August 19, 2019


Welcome to a new week. If you or your kids have started back to school, have a good year. And don't forget to read those great books. If you don't have a weak stomach, here's a good novel to take a look at. It is sad because history shows that the events are mostly true. Happy Reading!


By Vivian Zabel

If you want to read a story that will bring tears to your eyes and also make you angry, take a look at BURNT OFFERING by Vivian Zabel. This is a novel that will stay with me for a long time. It’s sad, yet it has its moments of happiness, too. In this story, based on research, we see the evil side of humanity. Anyone who can watch their baby being burned alive is beyond me. Thank heavens we also see the good side. The author describes the scenes so vividly that I almost felt like I was there, experiencing what the characters were feeling.

The novel also shows the bravery of those who fought this evil to protect their children and stop the slaughter. The author’s research brings the story to life and makes me thankful for the brave people that fought against these horrible deeds. And now, as I watch the violence in today’s world over the TV, I wonder if we’re so far away from the past. I pray so.


Available at:

AMAZON      BARNES AND NOBLE and Other Places

Wednesday, August 7, 2019


Welcome to the first Wednesday in August and 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!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.

Ninja Alex J. Cavenaugh is the founder of IWSG

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post.  Remember, the question is optional!!!

His awesome co-hosts for the August 7 posting of the IWSG are Renee Scattergood,Sadira Stone, Jacqui Murray, Tamara Narayan, and LG Keltner!

Now for the fun!

August 7 question: Has your writing ever taken you by surprise, for example, a positive and belated response to a submission you'd forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?

Great question! My thoughts.Sometimes a character will surprise me by being more important in the story than I had planned. What are you going to do? Listen to him/her, of course. Also, sometimes I'm not sure about the ending and try different things to see what the characters like. They usually know better than I do.

How about you?

Happy says, "I think I"ll sleep on it."

Monday, July 22, 2019


How about starting the new week off with a couple of books I've read recently. I finally found time to read and write the reviews. Been doing a lot of writing myself. And having fun with my critters.

By Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Turn on the lights, lock the doors, and settle down for a mystery that will make you check all of the locks more than once. When Abigail moves to the town of Spookie to find happiness, she discovers a scrap of paper that changes her life forever, although not in the way she had planned. Kathryn Meyer Griffith has written a story of love, adventure, and danger, along with a cast of characters that I think you’ll remember for a long time after reading about their lives.

SCRAPS OF PAPER is the story of people that live in a small town and how they face the dangers that threaten to destroy them. This is good mystery that kept me wondering what would happen next. I recommend it for readers who enjoy suspense and mystery. This is the first book in a series, so You’ll want to check out the others, too. Happy Reading.

Available at AMAZON and other places

By Kathryn Meyer Griffith

ALL THINGS SLIP AWAY, book #2 in the Spookie Town Mysteries begins with a Prologue, ten years earlier, where police officer Frank Lester is on the trail of a kidnapper and killer, which then brings the reader to the present. And when a teen girl goes missing, we are caught in the middle of a mystery that affects the entire town. Did she run away? Is she lost, or kidnapped, or worse? This isn’t the first time that people have vanished, with no trace. And it won’t be the last.

So, turn on the lights, lock all the doors and snuggle up in a comfy chair to see what is going on in the small town of Spookie. Katheryn Meyer Griffith has written another mystery that will keep you guessing why people are disappearing. We met some of the characters in SCRAPS OF PAPER, the first book in the series, so they seemed like old friends. If you enjoy adventure, suspense, mystery, and a bit of romance, this is the book for you. Happy reading.

AMAZON and other places

Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019


Welcome to July. This year is speeding past. Hope you all enjoy each day. And you know what today is. Yes!

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!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.

Ninja Alex J Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG

His awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Natalie Aguirre, Jennifer Lane, MJ Fifield, Lisa Buie-Collard, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!

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 3 question: What personal traits have you written into your character(s)?

Good question. I'm thinking. Not easy to do.

Goodness. This is tough. I haven't on purpose written any of my personal traits in a book, but as I think about it I'd have to say honesty, caring about others, or like in one of my books, dissatisfied with the way I looked and acted. I'd have to think some more about this.

How about you?

Have a safe 4th of July. 

Monday, June 24, 2019


The joys of living in the country.

I've been invaded. 
Spiders and Scorpions.
I guess they don't like the hot days we've been having, so they came inside. I've been spraying poison, but have to be careful because of the kitties. You know how nosy they are, wanting to inspect everything I do. 
Now I have nothing against the critters, until they attack my territory. Then, it's war. Not sure who'll win this one.

I have to say something that's kind of funny. Happy, the dog, was barking one evening, so I went outside to see what was upsetting him. He was watching something on the patio  and just having a fit. So, I took a look and it was a scorpion. He was warning me, I think. I'm wondering if one stung him at some point, and he recognized the thing that did it. That's a guess on my part. Who says he's not a good watch dog?

Anyhow, have a great week.

Sunday, June 16, 2019


It's been years since you went away, Dad, to your final resting place. But my memories of you are still fresh in my mind. God gave my sister and me the best father a girl could have. And I wanted to take this special day to say, "I love you, Dad." 

Anyone remember 25 cent haircuts?
If you do, you're as old as me. 
(He's the barber.)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019


Here we go. Another month. Another Insecure Writers Support Group. 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!

We post the first Wednesday of every month.  Awesome Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.

His awesome co-hosts this month are: Diane Burton, Kim Lajevardi, Sylvia Ney, Sarah Foster, Jennifer Hawes, 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!!!

June 5 Question: Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write and why? 

This is a tough one, and my answer is it's really a tie between contemporary YA and historical fiction MG and YA.

I love historical fiction because in my research it introduces me to men, women, and young people that lived a totally different life than I live today.  Life in the past was tough, as I see it. Of course different eras had their problems, as we do today. But seeing the bravery of young women and men, caught in a war that threatens their very life makes me thankful for what I have and also admire the people that made the best of their situation. Seeing children being sent across the country to new homes, new families, and way of life makes me appreciate what I have in my home and family. There are so many stories out there from our past. They are fascinating.

I love contemporary because I can relate to it. Present times change fast, so research is necessary in this genre too. I try to show young people that they're not alone with the problems in their lives.  And there is help in every situation. I read books for YA in this time period to learn about their lives. I learn a lot too.

How about you? What do you enjoy writing the most?

Happy Reading!

Monday, May 27, 2019


Today we celebrate memorial day


On both Memorial Day and Veterans Day, it’s customary to spend time remembering and honoring the countless veterans who have served the United States throughout the country’s history. However, there is a distinction between the two holidays:
  • Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. In other words, the purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today. We might consider how we can support and safeguard their grieving families and loved ones who are left behind.
  • Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL who served—in wartime or peacetime—regardless of whether they died or survived. Veterans Day is always observed officially on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. Read more about Veterans Day.

Traditionally, on Memorial Day (U.S.), people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries.  A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.
The custom of honoring ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition, but the specific origin of Memorial Day—or Decoration Day, as it was first known—is unclear.
In early rural America, this duty was usually performed in late summer and was an occasion for family reunions and picnics. After the Civil War, America’s need for a secular, patriotic ceremony to honor its military dead became prominent, as monuments to fallen soldiers were erected and dedicated, and ceremonies centering on the decoration of soldiers’ graves were held in towns and cities throughout the nation.
After World War I, the day expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars.
Since it all started with the Civil War, you might want to brush up on your knowledge of this event by visiting the Library of Congress Civil War collection, which includes more than a thousand photographs from the time.
This information came from THE OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC.
To learn more, go here. Where you'll meet the Poppy flower, the Poppy lady, and learn about Flanders Fields.



Monday, May 20, 2019


Welcome to Monday. I've read another lovely novel I'd like to share with you.


By Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo

Sometimes, it seems as though everything goes wrong in a person’s life. Is it asking too much to want a true forever home? In Author Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo’s novel RUBY IN THE SKY, Ruby and her mother are moving to their forever home. Only it doesn’t work out the way they had planned. Ruby’s mother is arrested, and that’s only the beginning of events in Ruby’s life. As she befriends an old lady and a boy in school, she learns that people are not always what they seem.

RUBY IN THE SKY is a story of family and friendship, forgiveness and bravery, along with a touch of magic and the realization that everyone has his or her own story. I also learned something about the real “Ruby Moon", which is very rare, sort of like Ruby Moon Hayes in the story. Do you know what it is? 

This novel is ideal for school libraries, as well as your own private library. Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo has written a story that will make you smile. It will also bring tears to your eyes, at least it did to mine. I also  want to learn more about this girl. Happy Reading!

Available at AMAZON     BARNES AND NOBLE and other places

Have a good week!

Monday, May 13, 2019


Welcome Monday and a new week. We have a new book to tell you about. Relax and enjoy.

Big Red
By Damien Larkin

We have always been here...

Traumatized by the effects of Compression travel, soldier Darren Loughlin holds the key to the fate of Earth’s Martian colonies. With his Battalion decimated, his fractured memory holds the only clues to the colony-wide communications blackout.
With time running out, Darren pieces together his year-long tour of duty with the Mars Occupation Force. Stationed in the Nazi-founded New Berlin colony, ruled by the brutal MARSCORP, he recounts his part in the vicious, genocidal war against the hostile alien natives and all who question Terran supremacy.
But as his memories return, Darren suspects he is at the centre of a plot spanning forty years. He has one last mission to carry out. And his alien enemies may be more human than he is…

Release date - May 14, 2019
$18.95, 6x9 trade paperback, 304 pages
Science Fiction – Military/Alien Contact/Alternative History
Print ISBN 9781939844606 / EBook ISBN 9781939844613
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

Damien Larkin is a part-time Planning Analyst and a full-time stay-at-home father of two young children. He enjoys turning terrifying nightmares into novels and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland.

I don't know about you, but I want to read the book.

Happy Reading!

Monday, May 6, 2019


Yes, the Golden Years, when a person can retire and just enjoy life. Or so some think. Yes, I'm retired from my teaching job and I do enjoy life. If I could only remember what I'm supposed to do each day, it would be great. I'm joking, sort of. But my memory sometimes does take a holiday. Like last week. I totally forgot about May IWSG day. Here are my excuses.

Tiger has been sick for a couple of weeks, and I stay busy trying to give him his medicine. Have you ever tried to make a cat swallow something he knows you want him to eat so he's determined not to eat it? If not, you have no idea the fun you're missing.

Patches, though she is well, has decided my lap is the perfect place for her nap. Have you ever tried to type with a cat lying on your lap? It can be done, but it's not easy.

Happy, the dog, has decided he doesn't like the food I've been feeding him, so he looks at it, sniffs it, and sticks up his nose and turns away. Have you ever had a dog that looked at you like he's starving, and thinking, shame on you, mom?

In the midst of all this excitement, I've been a bit under the weather and also working like crazy to finish my story, which I thought would be easy, until I started making changes. You know how that goes. One change leads to another, leads to another, etc. I think I'm almost there.

I hope I'm not breaking the rules  by posting this late. If I am, please tell me and I'll delete. But here's a later Insecure Writer's Support Group for May.

May 1 question: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power? 
I think when I started school and learned to listen to the teacher or I'd be in trouble.

The  awesome co-hosts for the May 1 posting of the IWSG are Lee Lowery, Juneta Key, Yvonne Ventresca, and T. Powell Coltrin!

Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.

And, have you read the newest Anthology? I have, and it's great.

Masquerade: Oddly Suited - An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Young Adult Fiction: Romance - General/Paranormal/Contemporary
Print ISBN 9781939844644 $14.95
EBook ISBN 9781939844651 $4.99

Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual companion or a date to the ball? 

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard. 

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…

Find Masquerade: Oddly Suited here - Barnes and Noble, Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, and Kobo

You can find out more about the authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited here.

Happy Reading. I'll try to be on time in June.

Monday, April 29, 2019


Hello! Another month is almost past. Where did it go? This week, we are celebrating CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK. April 29 - May 5, 2019.

This year’s poster is designed by Yuyi Morales, creator of 2019 winner of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award for Dreamers and the 2015 Caldecott Honor for Viva Frida. The 2019 poster features this year’s Children’s Book Week slogan, Read Now ● Read Forever highlighting the celebration of 100 years of Children’s Book Week.

You can find a lot more here: Children's Book Week. Some neat stuff you can use on your blog or print out for schools and other places.

I was not a reader when I was young. Now, I'm trying to make up for lost time.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, April 21, 2019


Quote for the week: "The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy."  Henry Ward Beecher

Have a lovely Easter Day.

We're also having lovely spring weather. Sunshine mixed with rain.
Wildflowers blooming in the pastures.
Bluebonnets along the roadsides.
The state plants the Bluebonnets, since they are our State Flower.

The Bluebonnets are not in my pasture.
The others, forget what they're called, are.

Birds are building their nests. Saw a hummingbird the other day. Must put out feeders, though they have plenty of flowers for nectar. Should be seeing baby rabbits soon.

Have a great week.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019


Oh, my, it's Wednesday. I'm running behind. (Working on taxes) Must catch up. Welcome to IWSG.

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!

Awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.

His awesome co-hosts for the April 3 posting of the IWSG are J.H. Moncrieff, Natalie Aguirre, Patsy Collins, and Chemist Ken!

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!!!

Question for April 3. If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be? (Examples: fight scene/ first kiss scene/ death scene/first chapter/ middle chapter/ end chapter, etc. Good question. I'm thinking.

My wish would be for the first chapter of my book because that one is so important. If it's boring the reader will stop reading and never know if the rest of the book is worthwhile.

How about you?

Happy Writing. 

Monday, April 1, 2019


Join me today in celebrating National Poetry Month.


National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.
We hope National Poetry Month’s events and activities will inspire you to keep celebrating poetry all year long!
The above is from the American Poets' Website.
The following is from me.
Have you written any poems? If so, would you like to share them with us? Thanks. Looking forward to reading your work.
I'm not a poet, but my first ever published work was a poem. You may have heard this before, but when I was in eighth grade our English teacher had us write poems. Then she sent our work to a contest. And, to my shock, my poem was one that was chosen to be published. So, my first and only poem is in a small anthology of school students' poetry.

I often lie awake at night
Watching stars that are so bright.
They sparkle and twinkle in the cool night air 
And look like ladies with lovely golden hair.
You see the little dipper and the big dipper too,
Away up there in the deep, dark blue.
But then come the morning rays of light, 
And all the little stars are gone until the night.

Happy Writing.

Monday, March 25, 2019


Welcome. I'm happy to start the new week with TASTING THE APPLE TOUR, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the second book of The Bootleggers' Chronicles.

Tasting the Apple (+ Giveaway)
When you hear the word Prohibition, images of Flappers, gangsters and jazz. But there was also a lot of mystery in the Roaring 20s. Today we get a chance to see how the ghost of a policeman helps a widow deal with criminal elements.

Author Sherilyn Decter is visiting today to share her latest release, TASTING THE APPLE, the second installment in her Bootleggers’ Chronicles. She also has an exciting giveaway she’s hosting for the tour. Be sure to check it out at the end of the post.

A young widow on the edge. A policeman back from the dead. Together, can they take down the city’s most notorious bootlegger?

          Philadelphia, 1925. With a son to raise and boarders to feed, Maggie Barnes is at her wit’s end. But when a criminal element infiltrates the police force, the single mother puts her cares aside to help. As she tries to dig up dirt on bootlegger mastermind Mickey Duffey, Maggie realizes she can’t take on the case alone…
          Inspector Frank Geyer used to patrol the streets of Philadelphia before Maggie was born. As he attempts to clean up crime from beyond the grave, the spirit uses his Victorian sensibilities to fight back against lawbreakers. But with corruption throughout the police force, can the phantom informant save his city and Maggie’s livelihood?
          With the roof leaking and the lawlessness spiraling, Maggie and Frank have one chance to take down a criminal and prevent the unthinkable…

Check out TASTING THE APPLE on Amazon.

Those readers that aren’t familiar with the author, here’s some background information on her.

The Roaring Twenties and Prohibition were a fantasy land, coming right after the horrors and social upheaval of World War I. Even a century later, it all seems so exotic.

Women got the vote, started working outside the home, and (horrors!) smoked and drank in public places. They even went on unchaperoned dates (gasp)! Corsets were thrown into the back of the closets, and shoes were discovered to be an addictive fashion accessory after hemlines started to rise. And thanks to Prohibition, suddenly it was fashionable to break the law. The music was made in America- ragtime, delta blues, and of course jazz. Cocktails were created to hide the taste of the bathtub gin. Flappers were dancing, beads and fringes flying. Fedoras were tipped. And everyone was riding around in automobiles (aka struggle buggies and I leave it to your imagination why- wink.)

Bootleggers’ Chronicles grew out of that fascination. Writing as Sherilyn Decter, I will eventually have a series of historical crime fiction novels dealing with the bootleggers, gangsters, flappers, and general lawlessness that defined Prohibition. The Bootlegger blog rose out of all the research that I’ve been doing about this incredible era.

Growing up on the prairies and living next to the ocean, I am a creature of endless horizons. Writing allows me to discover what’s just over the next one. My husband and I have three amazing daughters, a spoiled grandson, and two bad dogs.

Sherilyn Decter is enthralled with the flashing flappers and dangerous bootleggers from the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition. Through meticulous research, that lawless era is brought to life. Living in a century-old house, maybe the creaking pipes whisper stories in her ear.

To get the inside skinny on the Bootlegger’s Chronicles, you can reach Sherilyn at the following links:


Author Sherilyn Decter is giving away an autographed paperback copy of TASTING THE APPLE and INNOCENCE LOST. Click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instruction to enter. If you can’t see the widget, just click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to comment on the post and enter to win your copy of this intriguing tale. What do you think of when you hear the word Prohibition?