Friday, March 27, 2020


I hope everyone is doing as well as possible.

The kitties say, "Have a good Friday and weekend."

Patches likes to read.

Butterflies have arrived.

Tiger says, "Let's mow."

Tiger says, "When do we eat?"

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Today is the big day. Gabe and friends are available. 

They can be found at:

And other stores.



Oh, and it's not just for teens. Adults can enjoy it too. A friend and librarian that I worked with for many years at school pre ordered a copy from Barnes & Noble.  It's really for most ages. Even adults can be bullied.

Monday, March 16, 2020


Welcome. So happy you stopped by.

Today, Natalie Aguire interviewed me on her blog. She always has such interesting authors and agents, along with giveaways. A great place to visit. Take a look, if you haven't already, and see all the great information there. 
Here's the link.

And don't forget. Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day!


has a birthday.

See you then.

Saturday, March 14, 2020


Getting Closer.

He studied the huge rocks below, the sharp tops of them peeking above the water. He turned his face away and looked at the sky which seemed to welcome him with warm sunshine and a gentle breeze. He looked back at the waterfall and sucked in a deep breath. No more delays. "Okay, this is it, guys. I'll miss you. More than you know. Goodbye, Lindy. Goodbye, Grandpa. Take care of each other.

Water rushed against his legs, pushing, pushing him toward the edge. He stretched his arms above him. He sucked in air and closed his eyes. "Now," he whispered and-


Wednesday, March 11, 2020


Gabe Montana's clumsy. He's overweight, and he's dyslexic. Worse yet, the bullies make his fifteen-year-old life even more miserable-so miserable he wants to die.


Monday, March 9, 2020


Here's just a taste of what I know you're waiting patiently for. The new Anthology from Dancing Lemur Press. Enjoy the sample. Soon you can read the whole book. Enjoy


This Anthology has some spooky stories so you might want to read them with the lights on. The authors did a beautiful job with their individual work.  You’ll meet some very interesting characters, especially if you like ghosts. Here’s a taste of what you’ll discover.

By Yvonne Ventresca

In the first story, THE THIRD GHOST, we meet Lewis who is worried as he gets ready to sneak out in the middle of the night and leave his not quite thirteen-year-old sister alone, since their mom works the late shift at the train depot. He goes there to watch for her, but he smells smoke, and his troubles are just beginning.
By Sherry Ellis

In this story, we meet again the adorable characters, Squirt and Bubba, from the author’s book Bubba and Squirt’s Dig to China. Here, the kids dig a hole with a magical shovel Grandpa gave them and it can take him anywhere he wants to go. How about to Italy for pizza? Squirt has reasons why they shouldn’t go. Bubba won’t listen. So, they soon are off on another adventure. All he wants is pizza, but they discover a lot more. I learned some history, too.

By Bish Denham

A twelve-year-old boy named Jacques is off to visit his father on an island in the Caribbean. His mother gives him a journal to describe his journey. But he doesn’t expect what happens on the ship that puts his life in danger?

By Louise MacBeath Barbour

Eleven-year-old Sara and twelve-year-old Kelsey double dare each other when they go to explore what’s behind the forbidden door. And what do they find on the other side?  More than they expected. A dare and a double-dare sure can cause a lot of excitement.

By L. T. Ward

It’s spring and Tonalli, her mama, and siblings are returning home after being away for eight months. Father has to stay behind with his brother. So the family travels above the clouds. Sounds interesting, if a bit scary, right? They brave storms, clouds, and lightning. They sleep in the thin white fluff of the clouds. So, travel along with the family to see what happens. Will they arrive home safely? Or does danger lie ahead of them? Enjoy the read.

By Roland Clarke

This is a story about war and a girl named Vasey, who has goats. Her older sister, Kalyna, was a pilot that the Germans feared, along with her female comrades that they called Night Witches. The sad thing is her parents had been executed. And Vasey tells a tale about the rare Firebird girl named Maryushka, an an evil sorcerer. You sure want to read this interesting story.

By Beth Anderson Schuck

Eleven-year-old Nels lives in a Utah community where she’s not really wanted. She takes care of six orchards and the trees. Her papa lost his life in a flood and his body was never found. The trees talk to Nels. When school starts Miss Falk is the teacher and I love her description.  She really tries to teach her students, but being a former teacher myself I have to laugh when she sees a parade approaching the schoolhouse. I’m not telling.

By Charles Kowalski

Oyuki and Simon were born with the ability to see ghosts and spirits. They tried to escape by sea, and in 1620 they signed up as  cabin boy, but the ship wrecked and they became castaways, then fugitives on their way to the  English trading post. Along the way they find a fox caught in a trap and also meet some interesting people and what do you think they discover?

By Rebecca Douglass

Mattie Mae Scott is in a world of trouble, and it’s her daddy’s fault. It’s raining, flooding. Eleven-year-old Mattie and her best friend Gordon are trying to move the logs jamming into the creek. They should have stayed home instead of going to see the aeroplane at the fair. Now, how do they get out of this mess? Luckily, they have General, the horse, with them. Can they get home safely? And can they pretend they’ve been home all the time?

By Katharina Gerlach

Tim and Katie are about to cross the border with their mother and father. Father tells them not to talk. Mother is afraid they’ll be sent to prison. Will they make it safely to their destination, or will Mother’s fear come true. A story that will keep you holding your breath to see what happens to this family.

Enjoy these ten stories. Happy Reading.
I apologize if I misspelled any names. I tried to check.


Wait! We're not finished. This is an exciting time for me, too. My latest novel will soon be out, and we  have some very nice comments I want to share with you the next couple of weeks.

Today, Angela Brown has a guest post on her blog. Stop by and see what she has to say. Here's the link. Thanks.

See you soon!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020


Welcome! Here it is another month and IWSG!

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!

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.

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!!!

March 4 question:

Other than the obvious holiday traditions,  have you ever included any personal  or family traditions in your stories? 

Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh founded the IWSG.

His awesome co-hosts for the March 4 posting of the IWSG are Jacqui Murray, Lisa Buie-Collard, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!

Now, back to the question. Mmm.

Well! I've thought and thought but can not remember a family tradition I've used in a story. Guess I ought to do that in my next story. Interesting thought. Thanks for the idea.

How about you? Looking forward to reading about your traditions in your books.

Happy Reading and Writing.