Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wacky Wednesday


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017


This is a picture from not a family photo

In many regards my sister and I are polar opposites.
She's a blonde. I'm brunette.
She has blue eyes. I have brown.
She eats meat. I'm a vegetarian.
She's a conservative. I'm a liberal.
She's a gun advocate. I believe in gun control.
She wears blue toenail polish. I prefer purple.

Unbeknownst to the other, we both slipped gas money into my daughter's purse before she headed home.
On another occasion...
We looked at each other and said simultaneously, "I like your hair," then burst into giggles.
And one memorable birthday, she drove through a blizzard to celebrate with me.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy (B)earthday

Happy BearthDay, Elizabeth

Happy Earth Day

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wink and A Nod Thursday

This week's Wink and A Nod Recipient is Ann Bennett.
At her So Much To Choose From blog  she offers information on writing, writers factoids and life experiences.  She also has a science blog that is all sorts of fun.
At the moment, Ann is in the middle of A-Z at both blogs.  What a trooper.  Want to learn fun facts about science or writers? Try out Ann's blogs.

Wink, wink, Ann.

So many blogs. So little time.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Political Bumper Stickers

To my Republican friends, please feel free to ignore this. I try to avoid politics on this blog, because we all feel so deeply about our points of view and sadly there is such a huge divide between the parties. I'm posting this because it struck my funny bone:)
My brother and sis-in-law went with us when we traveled to Southern Illinois a few weeks ago. We had my brother pull his car in the garage, where it was parked next to mine.  He and I took one look at the bumper stickers, on the cars parked side by side, and burst out laughing. I don't know if you can make out the stickers, but his is a Bernie sticker  and mine is Hillary. We had both bases covered...even if it didn't do us any good:)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wink and A Nod Thursday

This week's Wink and Nod recipient is Barbara Fisher at March House Books.
Barbara posts on vintage books.  Why her interest in antiquated books? She used to be--wait for it--a bookseller. Definitely, one of our favorite occupations. She lives in the charming village of Somerset in the UK.  Best of all, she's a proud grandmother that occasionally shares lovely pictures of the grandchildren.

Wink, wink, Barbara.

So many blogs, so little time. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wacky Wednesday

Thanks, bro.
Borrowed:) from CJ.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

What Do You Do With Your Valentine's Day Flowers?

I stuck mine in the ground.

The HH gave me a dozen roses for Valentine's Day.  I kept them in water for about a month or so trying to get them to root. When they didn't,  I got impatient and stuck them in the ground.  That was about two weeks ago. They're still alive. We'll see......
I also took some seeds from a bell pepper and potted them.
After they sprouted I put a few in the garden. Again, we'll see.....
Pretend you don't see the weeds;)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Queen of Diamonds Promo

He's a bestselling author.  She's a premiere jewel thief.
Free April 9 -12 Amazon

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Piper Morgan Makes a Splash

We’re in for a treat today.  Our blogger bud Stephanie Morris is about to release another book in the Piper Morgan series:  Piper Morgan Makes a Splash


Piper Morgan tries her hand at acting in the fourth book of the charming Piper Morgan series.

Piper’s mom is helping out at a local pool shop, and the owner wants to shoot a commercial for his store. Piper thinks it’s the PERFECT opportunity to get in front of the camera and experience a little bit of showbiz. But will Piper’s contribution to the TV commercial make a splash—or will it go belly-up?


Stephanie Faris is the author of the middle grade books 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the Piper Morgan chapter book series. An accomplished freelance writer, her work has appeared in Writer's Digest, The Writer, Pacific Standard, Mental Floss, and The Week, among many others.



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I'm Back and Saying Goodbye

How is everyone? Did you have a great weekend and have you had a productive week so far?
Unfortunately, my time away wasn't for fun.  My uncle in Southern Illinois is rapidly declining so all the sibs went in to see him while we still could. I'm so glad we got to spend time with him but saying goodbye is difficult.
Aging is a tough business.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Wink and A Nod Thursday and Happy Birthday

Today's Wink and a Nod recipient is Jan at Jan's Junk Journal.
Jan creates beautiful paintings with lovely verse to go with them. She enjoys crafting, reading and photography.  I'm sure you'll enjoy her posts.
Wink, wink, Jan.
So many blogs, so little time.

tomorrow to the baby boy.
I'm going to be offline for a few days, buds.  Hope your days are productive and pleasant.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dracula's Mistress

Our blogging bud Carmen Stefanesco has a new release. Knowing Carmen it will be filled with all sorts of fun, hair-raising factoids.  Can’t wait to read this one. And... wait for's only .99¢
Below is an excerpt. 
Warning: Better read with the lights on.

Dracula’s Mistress
Angela smiled with fond indulgence and looked at her father. “Prepare for mother’s. . .” She
stopped as the words passed her lips, looked over her father’s shoulder, and started violently. The image behind her father made her words freeze on her lips. A sickening sense of dread overpowered her.
The pale light of the moon fell on a man’s face. A man dressed in torn clothes. Some ragged ends of silken thread were still attached to his arms, stretched towards them in begging.
His face, all covered in blood. His eyes were closed. His bluish lips mumbled something Angela couldn’t clearly understand. Slurred words reached her. She thought she heard, “Candle. . . candle. . . pleaaaase. . .” A sickening odor reached Angela’s nostrils. Slowly, the closed eyelids opened revealing two empty sockets instead of eyes.
A low moan of horror escaped her.
“What? What’s wrong?” Grigore asked.
But before he turned his head to see what triggered Angela’s reaction the apparition melted into the darkness.
Angela staggered a little, and then found her balance.
“Nothing,” she answered in a shaken voice. “I thought . . . Nothing, Father.” She pushed the horrible apparition from her mind. Perhaps all the stories about the souls of the young noblemen killed so cruelly here were not just stories.
Grigore shook his head and shrugged. Then reaching out his hand, he helped her climb into the carriage. She was barely able to move as she trembled from head to foot. She shrank back on the bear skin spread inside.
Grigore sat facing her, but looked absorbed by the things that had happened that night.
The neighing of the horses sounded strange to her ears. The sound of a tree branch scraping the roof of the carriage sent Angela’s heart into her mouth.
She leaned forward until her nose was touching the glass of the carriage window. Outside, on the side of the road, she glimpsed again the silhouette of the horrible man, dressed in tattered clothes. She peered into the darkness to see better. There was no doubt. The same specter. With begging hands stretched towards her. She covered her mouth with her hand to suppress a cry. And then she shook her head and passed a hand over her eyes and dared to look out again.
There was nobody in sight. A dark cloud had settled over the moon. All that met her eyes was the deep darkness. Her heart hammered as she gripped her fan harder, almost crushing the fragile spikes. Sweat collected at the base of her neck despite the cool evening. With a trembling hand, she covered the window of the carriage with the small curtain and leaned back on the carriage pillow. To fight the panic yammering in her head, Angela forced Vlad’s face back into her mind.
All through the rest of the journey home, the thought of Vlad’s enthralling smile and dark, intent eyes never left her.
From the day that the powerful, brave and merciless Vlad III Basarab, a descendant of the Draculesti family—better known to most people as the infamous vampire Dracula—ascends the throne, he knows only battles, betrayal and intrigue.
Evil grips the town of Targoviste, capital residence of Walachia. The secrets behind the stone walls of the palace are as dark and violent as a winter’s night, as terrifying as the prince’s deeds. Dead bodies, drained of blood and missing their little finger keep appearing in the streets at night.
Lovely, smart, determined, Angela Oltenescu ignores all the aggressive rumors and her mother’s warning regarding Vlad. Will she suffer the consequences of falling in love with a man nicknamed Dracula by his enemies—an infamous creature of the night?
Rich, sly, treacherous,  Marin Craioveanu, a powerful landlord, craves the same woman loved by Vlad. Marin's hatred toward the prince will make him an ally to Handsome Radu, Vlad’s brother and Sultan’s friend, ready to sell the country to the Ottomans to get rid of his rival.
Dracula’s Mistress will awe legions of fans of Gothic literature, paranormal and historical fiction.
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.
Author Carmen Stefanescu's Links
Trailer Dracula’s Mistress
Buy link

Monday, March 27, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017


The Cats of Catarau

Shardai is a large, sleek cat with attitude. He has the courage of a tiger and the disdain of a king. The fearless feline has only one weakness...his guardian.

Free @ Amazon   (US) March 25-March 29
Free @ Amazon (UK) March 26-March 30

Akasha is a pretty little calico who, along with two of her kittens, has drowned and passed on to Catarau. Now she must journey back to earth to save the kitten left behind.

On sale for .99 at Amazon (US) March 25-March 30
On sale for .99 at Amazon (UK) March 26-March 30

Sometimes it takes a cat to save a dog.

On sale for 1.99 at Amazon (US) March 25-30
On sale for 1.99 at Amazon (UK) March 26-30

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wink And A Nod Thursday

This week's Wink and A Nod Recipient is Jan at The Low Carb Diabetic.
For those of you who aren't familiar with this blog, I urge you to check it out.  On it you'll find healthy recipes, information on how to manage your weight and updates on news in the diabetic community.  Even if you don't have diabetes it offers info on how to stay fit.

Wink, wink, Jan.

So many blogs, so little time.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wacky Wednesday

This One Courtesy of Willie

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy Birthday

Johann Sebastian Bach
Without my morning cup of coffee I'm just like a dried up piece of roast goat. ~ J.S.Bach

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Marnie Sinclair has a secret that can rock the modern world.  
Two men have discovered it.  One is a scholar.  One is a madman.

On sale for .99¢ at Amazon through March 20th.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wink and A Nod Thursday

Today's Wink and A Nod Recipient is the Blue Grumpster. Blue always has something of note to say and  often gives us new perspectives on  traditional themes.  He has the best graphics ever. When you visit be sure and take a look at his blogger board on the right.  Awesome! Besides his interesting posts, the glue that cements him to this blogging community....he's a cat person.
Wink, wink, Blue:)

So many blogs, so little time.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wacky Wednesday

Today is the Ides of March