Friday, May 22, 2020


When we look around us, listen to the news, and hear people talking, the world looks pretty bleak but you know what. We've faced challenges before and always won. Let me give you another example to add to the ones I've been reading about lately: the polio challenge of the 50s. And that goes back to my years so the latest one is not my first.

My information is taken from Centers for Disease Control Prevention.-PolioEeliminate in the US.

Polio was nearly eradicated with the Salk vaccine in 1955. The US has been polio free since 1979. In early 1950's, before the polio vaccine, outbreaks caused more than15,000 cases of parallysis  each year.  In 1963 they had an oral polio vaccine. I remember standing in line with my husband at the nearby school, with other people, waiting for my sugar cube of the oral vaccination.

In the late 1940s an average of more than 35,000 people were crippled each year, Public health officials imposed quqrantines  to seperate and restrict  the movement of well people who might have been exposed  to a contageous person.

Since 1979 no cases of polio have originated in the US Vaccine have been given in the US since 2,000. A shot in the arm or leg has beem avaiable since 1955.

I imagine we'll be hearing similar vaccines for us. When? Who knows? Soon, I pray.

There is a big house on a hilltop in the town where I grew up. Legend says that the young girl who lived there was called The Girl in the Iron Lug because she had polio and was paralyzed the rest of her life, her only survival depending on the iron lung that breathead for her.

Franklin D. Roosevelt contracted polio 12 years before he became president. In 1938 he founded theNational Foundation for Infantile Paralysis and started the March of Dimes for polio research. US
recorded it's last case of polio in 19709. See. There is hope if we have the faith.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Kai Strand's Book Tour That I Missed

Due to circumstancies I could not solve, I 'm late with this review, but here it is, from my heart.


By Kai Strand

From the opening scene of DAY OF RECKONING, CONCORD CHRONICLES BOOK 1, to the end of the story I was hooked. How could I not be with the interesting characters I met. Take Terra, for instance, a girl who on her twelfth birthday discovers who she really is, and her whole life changes. The other characters are fantastic, too, like someone you’ve never encountered before, living in a strange new world.

DAY OF RECKONING is a lovely fantasy story that will keep you reading to see who Terra meets next and what happens in this new world she finds herself in. At least it did me. So, take a look and visit another world like none you’ve ever seen before.



And Other Places

I don't have the other information. It may be lost in what's known as my email from AOL. I don't know what's there because it won't open. Have a great tour, Kai, while I run and hide.

Happy Reading to All!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Visit With Toi Tomas Today


Today, Toi is launching Joe and Chip in Quarantine to the world. To celebrate this launch, she is offering a free ebook and a fundraising giveaway for #GivingTuesday.
Daddy, what’s a quarantine?
Mommy, why can’t I play with my friends?
Life in the time of a quarantine can be hard and sometimes kids have trouble understanding what to do and why. That’s why I’ve written this book. I want to help kids and adults cope with the “new normal” that is a quarantine.
Meant for educational purposes, but still an enjoyable, light, and colorful read, Joe and Chip in Quarantine leaves you with an overall impression that this is what we have to do, for now, so let’s make the most of it.
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All 5 of Toi's other children’s ebooks are on sale today for $0.99.
Enter to win a $20 (USD) donation for the
charity or cause of your choice.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020


Insecure Writer's Support Group

A database resource site and support group for writers and authors. Featuring weekly guests and tips, a monthly blogfest gathering, a Facebook group, a book club, and thousands of links – all to benefit writers! #IWSG
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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 - and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post. And please be sure your avatar links back to your blog! If it links to Google+, be sure to change it as Google+ is going away in January. Otherwise, when you leave a comment, people can't find you to comment back.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
The next posting day is May 6th. 

Sign up here.
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!!!
May 6 question - Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

My thoughts: I have no special rituals that I use to get into the ZONE. Sometimes I simply put the story I'm working on aside and work on something else. Other times, I take a day or two break, play with my critters, clean house, or play the piano  to clear my mind of writing. The funny thing is, sometimes ideas pop into my head when I'm least expecting them. I grab a pen and jot them down because I'd never remember them. That's it.

The awesome co-hosts for the May 6 posting of the IWSG are Feather Stone, Beverly Stowe McClure, Mary Aalgaard, Kim Lajevardi, and Chemist Ken!
The IWSG's Admin's Two Cents
Tips That Can Aid The Writing Pantser
By Juneta Key 
       I am a pantser when it comes to writing, but I have learned some new tricks that have helped me.  Knowing these well enough you don't have to look them up aids your muse, and the muse will use them.

Learn the first tip until it comes naturally and automatically to mind when you write.    Five to seven points is not outlining or a lot to memorize, and you still have a whole novel to write by the seat of your pants.

1. Learning to use the 5 or 7 plot points and understanding how they work can vastly improve your storytelling skills.   Structure is second to character development for me.  As a reader I am drawn to strong character based stories. 5 Plot Points    7 Plot Points

2.  You don't have to know everything to start writing but knowing a few things will keep the words flowing.  Why?  Because you have a road or at least a wild path to follow. You might not know what you will find and see but you have an idea where your destination ends.

3.  Cast your characters.  Visuals can make a huge difference and inspire story when you get stuck just by thinking of the character cast.  Sometimes naming them can work the same way.

4.  Write the middle is a recommendation James Scott Bell makes in his book, Write Your Novel From The Middle. Some pantsers find this helpful.

Juneta Key is a writer, publisher, and IWSG admin
Industry Pro Tip 

This month's tip is a quote by the talented, award-winning author, Hillary Mantel. Ms. Mantel's writing advice could have been meant for the IWSG as we are a group focused on sharing, thus expunging the fears brought on by writer insecurity.
When asked to give writers some advice, she said:

"The most helpful quality a writer can cultivate is self-confidence - arrogance, if you can manage it. You write to impose yourself on the world, and you have to believe in your own ability when the world shows you no sign of agreeing with you."
Hillary Mantel
If you have news you want to share with the group, let us know! Email and add IWSG News to the subject line. 
Mateo's Law  IWSG Member Sandra Cox. Mateo is a modern-day shape-shifting sheriff with a mystery to solve and a deputy to fall for. She's a lovely Southern transplant with the face of an angel and the mouth of a trucker. 

Murder, Just Because, IWSG Member Yolanda Renee's next book in the Detective Quaid Mystery: The Return of the Snowman. Stowy Jenkins is back on a murderous rampage, only this time it's personal. 
Available May 5th!
Journey into the past.
 Will the third ghost be found before fires take more lives? Can everyone be warned before Pompeii is buried again? What happens if a blizzard traps a family in East Germany?
Will the Firebird help Soviet 
 sisters outwit evil during WWII?
And sneaking off to see the first 
 aeroplane - what could go wrong?
Ten authors explore the past, sending their young protagonists on harrowing adventures. Featuring the talents of Yvonne Ventresca, Katharina Gerlach, Roland Clarke, Sherry Ellis, Rebecca M. Douglass,
Bish Denham, Charles Kowalski, Louise MacBeath Barbour, Beth Anderson Schuck, and L.T. Ward.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales will take readers on a voyage of wonder into history. Get ready for an exciting ride!
How to Publish Your Book Now (Publishing 101) is now a double webinar.
Register for May 19 here:
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Our April/May book will be Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development by K.M. Weiland.
Discussion Fun Day will be May 20, 2020.


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Friday, May 1, 2020


Better late than never, right?

If you're still touring, you don't want to miss these two blogs. Here they are.

Friday, May 1Pat Garcia Book Reviews - Review
Jazzy Book Reviews - Top Ten List

Have a super weekend.