Monday, February 24, 2020

Here's a book you don't want to miss.

So get a copy now.



By Darby Karchut

After reading Darby Karchut’s DEL TORO MOON a couple years ago, I’ve been waiting for more about the Del Toro family and their talking horses. Yes, their horses are very intelligent. They not only talk but watch over the family when they’re in trouble, which is often. Now, I have THE RED CASKET and, like DEL TORO MOON # 1, I’ve read it twice. I’m just not ready for the story to end, and now I’m waiting for Book #3.

For ten years I’ve been reading books by Darby Karchut, and each one gets better. THE RED CASKET, with twelve-year-old Matt Del Toro, his friend Perry, the horses with their own advice and opinions, his dad, and a witch take the reader on a wild adventure. There’s mystery, too. What is the Red Casket? And why does the witch want it?  Join Matt and the others as they make amazing discoveries. 


Monday, February 17, 2020


I have a treat for you today, a book that I just finished reading.
I won this book from the author J. Q. Rose, and
am so happy I did because it's exactly what I need.  Here is why.

I seem to have a bad memory. People I know sometimes talk about events in their past. Holidays, parties, visiting each other, celebrating Christmas and birthdays together. I bet a lot of you do that too. Except you really young folks who are doing all of these things at the present. Good grief, I do good to remember what I did yesterday. 

Now, I've done a lot of genealogy on my family and have discovered a lot about them. But when I try to remember visiting with Grandparents, cousins and such, it's vague, sometimes. And that's where J. Q. Rose's book comes in.

She asks a question. "Why Tell My Story?"
Ah-ha. I'm hooked. Why, indeed?  Who cares? She tells us. She also discusses the differences in an autobiography and a memoir. But one thing that is helping me is the timeline. Some blank pages are in the book for readers to discover their memories, and it is helping me.  You just mark the years and write the good things that happened that year and also the bad. And I won't say any more because you'll want to find out when you have your own book. Believe me, it's great. Some memories are already coming back to me when I look at a certain year. There are a lot of blank pages to fill up in the book. It's going to be a lot of fun doing it too. 

If you want to take a look, here are the links. It's at other places also.

Have a Great Week.
Happy Reading


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Welcome to February 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!

Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG

His awesome co-hosts for the February 5 posting of the IWSG are Lee Lowery, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Jennifer Hawes, Cathrina Constantine, and Tyrean Martinson!

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: Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

Yes, now that I think of it, a photo did inspire me to write a story.

These two little orphan girls who found a home.

And I wrote their story. Or as much of it as I knew, though a lot of this novel is fiction, the girls did have a foster family.
Yes, their story is finished, with a happy ending.


                         BARNES AND NOBLE

I'm looking forward to reading your stories.