Friday, July 3, 2020

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Did You Know

Did you know the flower foxglove was originally called folksglove, the glove of fairies? The flowers mottlings were where elves had placed their fingers. (Mottlings are the spots or blotches.)

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

IWSG Wednesday

The first Wednesday of every month is officially IWSG day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.

Thanks, as always, to Alex Cavanaugh, founder and Ninja Captain extraordinaire and our awesome co-hosts.

The IWSG monthly question can be found under the IWSG Sign-up tab on the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog.  Remember it’s optional.

July 1 question-There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

On a very contained level, I would like to see Kindle Countdown offered in Australia. Hopefully, in the near future.


AND…June’s reviews in no particular order.



To fit in, a young girl must hide her abilities from everyone. She thinks she’s alone in the universe till a new boy moves into her neighborhood.

The characters are well-developed as is the world building and the storyline is  strong. A recommended read, I enjoyed this story enough to get the second—and last—in the series.  Amazon


TIMELESS ECHOES by Balroop Singh

I find this author's work moving. This is the second book of her poetry I've read and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the first. Her writing takes the reader from joy to despair and back again. It reminds us to find the delight of being as well as to enjoy the wonders of nature. My favorite poem is YEARNINGS.  I highly recommend this author and this read.  Amazon.



I enjoyed everything about this delightful collection, from poetry to micro-fiction to shorts. I especially enjoyed the author's ability to create a story with a beginning, middle and end  in ninety-nine words.  The subject matter is eclectic and a joy to read. Highly recommended. Amazon



Some books I have problems getting into. This wasn't one of them. In this series, the author has crafted a sophisticated, cigar-smoking female PI and her sidekick brother. The duo never disappoints.  Their characters are flushed out, unique and likeable.  The relationships the two develop are heart-warming. The story well-crafted. Hawes can take the mundane and make it interesting. I found myself fascinated with what was on the menu at each meal. The plot moves along nicely and the story flows.  I very much enjoyed the read and highly recommend it. Amazon.


LEFTOVERS by Joe Congel

Joe Congel is one of my favorite PI mystery authors. He has an easy style that draws me in from page one.  These shorts are no exception. The topics intrigue. Whether it's falling from an airplane or a protagonist that's a hitman. If you haven't tried Congel, you're in for a treat. And what better way to try a new author than a book of short stories. Highly recommended. Amazon.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020


Due to COVID we hadn't seen the grands since February. When my son sent me the grand girl's softball schedule, I took  it as a hint to come in:)  
Above. The boy and grand girl.
They got two new dogs. One weighs eighty-seven pounds and the other is seven months old. Throw in three kids and their household is always hopping.
The day after we got home, we picked up Callie Rose. She's a year old and had already had a litter of kittens. So far none of the critters are particularly pleased with the arrangement. Penny and Frank are in one section of the house. Callie is in another. Luckily, Faux has no opinion one way or another.
Same flowers. Different view.
The little memorial rose bush.

What about you? Have you ventured out since COVID?  How's your critters? Your garden? How are you?

Bye-bye June.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Friday's Great Read

Our Friday great read is:
Lost Helix
By Scott Coon

Lost Helix is the key…

Stuck on an asteroid mining facility, DJ dreams of writing music. His dad is a corporate hacker and his best friend Paul intends to escape to become a settler in a planet-wide land rush, but neither interests DJ.

When his dad goes missing, DJ finds a file containing evidence of a secret war of industrial sabotage, a file encrypted by his dad using DJ's song Lost Helix. Caught in a crossfire of lies, DJ must find his father and the mother he never knew.

When the mining company sends Agent Coreman after DJ and his guitar, DJ and Paul escape the facility and make a run for civilization. Will DJ discover the truth before Coreman catches him?

Release date – June 2, 2020
$17.95, 6x9 trade paperback, 268 pages
Print ISBN 9781939844682 / EBook ISBN 9781939844699
Science Fiction – Action & Adventure / Crime & Mystery / YA Science Fiction

Scott Coon has enjoyed success as a science fiction short story writer, winning accolades and publishing over a dozen works in various magazines. Formally a U.S. Army Intelligence Analyst and currently a software developer, Scott brings his technical experience into his work, along with a sense of spectacle.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Did You Know

Did you know that the marshmallow dates back to ancient Egypt where the marsh mallow's root sap was mixed with honey to produce this sweet treat?


Wednesday, June 24, 2020