Tuesday, September 19, 2017


I'm on it.

I'm going to be offline for a bit.  I will be back by 10/3 for Jess and Stephanie's cover reveal.
Why am I going to be gone, you may or may not be asking?
I've been diagnosed with Cubital Tunnel.  Ever heard of it? For those who haven't  (I was clueless before the diagnosis) here's the deets:  Cubital Tunnel is nerve entrapment neuropathy in the elbow region that limits mobility along the ulnar nerve. This is the nerve that supplies feeling and movement to the arm and hand, i.e. the funny bone nerve. The symptoms are weakness, clumsiness, numbness and pain in the hand and if untreated can eventually lead to the hand atrophying in a claw-like position.  Other symptoms include tenderness of the inner elbow, tingling inside the forearm, numbness of the little finger or ring finger and inability to grip.
The cause, or one of them, is from having the elbow bent and resting on a hard surface for extended periods of time.  (A writerly thing).  It also affects people who play sports, don't warm up properly, have diabetes or an underactive thyroid.
FYI: It's recommended that the elbow remain straightened while sleeping to offset the risk of CT. 
To correct by surgery: an incision is made and the nerve is moved to an area with more fatty tissue that allows more freedom of movement and or cushioning.
I'm having (minor) surgery tomorrow. Leave the light on for me.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Happy Birthday



Friday, September 15, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wink and Nod AND SuperHero Name Generator

Today's Wink and Nod Recipient is Chrys Fey.
Chrys concentrates on igniting sparks in writers. Her goal: motivate, share information, and empower. Chrys writes romantic suspense and has published a disaster crime series: Hurricane Crimes and Seismic Crimes.  Check 'em out.

Wink, wink, Chrys.

So many blogs. So little time.

I'm Improbably Friendly Goat


Our friend C. Lee McKenzie's Double Negative is listed in the Readers Choice Awards for YA and Middle Grade Books (page 12/16). The voting ends Dec. 10. The link: https://www.tckpublishing.com/readers-choice-voting

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Optical Illusions

Hint: Old Man/Young Couple


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Wink and A Nod AND Your Astrology Sign

Today's Wink and A Nod Recipient is Nicola Burggraf. Nicola writes murder mysteries while her alter ego  Tessa Castello writes short stories. For all you murder mystery aficionados who haven't read Nicola's Ultimate Principle and are looking to discover a new author this might be a good time to take a peek.

Who do you share your astrology sign with?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

IWSG Wednesday and Very

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

September 6 Question: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn't think you'd be comfortable in??
When I surprise myself is: when I'm editing one thing, writing another, and come across something in my editing I've written and liked. My reaction is...'Dang (well close enough:) why can't I come up with something like that now?'
Has that ever happened to you?

Question:  Does anyone out there use grammarly and how do you like it?

Looking for a word to use beside very:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

More Optical Illusions

Look for Words In The Tiger's Stripes





Monday, September 4, 2017

Shadows of the Past

Our friend Carmen has another spine-tingling release out. Isn't the title intriguing? Here’re the highlights:
                         Paranormal/light romance/light historical/light horror

Anne's relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.
The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world--one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil's vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve's soul from its torment.
Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest?
A touching, compelling story of tragedy, loss and the power of endless love and good magic.
The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.
Buy link:
Author Bio and links
Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire  Count Dracula  where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble - the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.
          High-school teacher of English and German in her native country, and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression  by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books. Reading was, is and will always be her greatest hobby.
          The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989, and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.
          She likes to blend genres and thus she writes paranormal stories with a smidgen of mystery, history and romance. The reader will find suspense, dark themes, adventure, danger as well as sweet revenge. She calls her stories  “gothic” romance. Her writing focuses on rebirth, past life regression, karmic retribution.
          Carmen joined the volunteer staff at Marketing For Romance Writers Author blog and is the coordinator of #Thursday13 posts.
Author Carmen Stefanescu's Links
https://twitter.com/Carmen_Books Carmen_Books
Other books by Carmen:
Till Life Do Us Part
Dracula’s Mistress
Dracula’s Prodigy

Our friend is currently facing health challenges and could use any positive thoughts and energy you can send her way.

Happy Labor Day, All.

Trailer Below

Shadows of the Past Trailer....

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Weekend Starts Now

Happy September 1. Can you believe it?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wink and A Nod...And Roses

Whoops! Went a day early here.

Today's Wink and Nod Recipient is Sharon Squall's. Her blog Now You See Me is a fun one that talks about the joys and simplicities in life such as: dogs, cats and tomatoes. 

Wink, wink, Sharon. 

So many blogs. So little time.


Who needs curtains when you have roses.

Wacky Wednesday


Monday, August 28, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wink and A Nod

Today's Wink and a Nod Recipient is Misha Gerick (spelled Gerrick on her books), a versatile author from South Africa who's on the five-year plan. Misha blogs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays about her goal of turning her writing into a paying career.

I have no doubts she'll do it.

Wink, wink, Misha.

So many blogs. So little time.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wacky Wednesday

Caption: Reality Continues To Ruin My Life

Thanks to Val and Pinterest

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Backyard Treasurers

We had baby bluebirds this year.  I was lucky enough to see the first little guy take his solo flight.  I was surprised that the babies aren't blue but brown with spotted chests.  A few weeks later they revisited the fence 'in their neighborhood' and I saw some blue feathers coming in but they were still predominantly brown.  (The below picture is not mine.)

My cardinal babies also start out brown. Mrs. Cardinal and I were both having panic attacks when both babies decided to spend the night in the animal zone where both the dog and Monster Kitty like to hang. Since Faux Paw and Captain Stubby, who hang on the porch, are both fifteen, they are no longer a threat to the bird populace.  Monster Kitty was curtailed to indoors and the dog went out on a leash until they moved on.

Do you see him? He blends doesn't he? Maybe that's the point. Actually both birds (cardinal and finch) blend.

I just threw this in because I thought it was pretty. The hibiscus bush has gone crazy this year. We need an outdoor light worked on that's right over it.  The electrician said he'd return when the flowers died back:)

What's going on in your backyard?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wink and A Nod Thursday

Today's Wink and A Nod Recipient is one I have just recently become aware of. I learned about it through Alex Cavanaugh's blog.  Christopher Votey at Madness of A Modern Writer is an author facing some overwhelming challenges. On the plus side, he has just released  Character Astrology ProfilesA book that sounds like a toolbox item for most writers. I can't wait to read mine!

Wink, Wink Christopher.

So many blogs. So little time.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017