Friday, September 20, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Did You Know

Did you know lilac bushes can live for hundreds of years and were in both George Washington's and Thomas Jefferson's gardens?


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Mums The Word
Unfortunately, I don't remember what color this guy is.
A black swallowtail.
Just for fun.
I jumped on the pumpkin spice bandwagon. I've been using it on my peanut butter toast.
This is probably the closest I'll ever get to Nora aka J.D. Robb. Heh.


Friday, September 13, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Did You Know

Did you know, that included in George Washington's will was the release of his slaves upon his wife's death? This was a dramatic precedence for a plantation owner. He also specified that the young slaves be taught to read and write and taught a useful occupation before being released.  Another precedent, since it threatened white supremacy. For the old and the sick slaves that would have problems taking care of themselves he set aside money. AND...he left money to found a university in the District of Columbia. AND...Over fifty relatives were also included in his will.
AND...When he became seriously ill, the doctors bled him and took approximately FIVE pints of blood in a short amount of time.
*Information gleaned from Washington a Life by Ron Chernow which I have almost finished! I've been reading it since January:)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Ninja Captain's Landing Port

Our own Ninja Captain is flying the blogosphere on a tour of his Cassa Series. I'm very pleased, he's landing his ship here today. Here he comes now. Welcome, Captain. It's an honor to have you.
Races of the Cassa Universe
When CassaStar begins, there are nine known races: Cassan, Vindicarn, Narcon, Fesell, Arellan, Charren, Torbeth, Jerril, and Lorvendera. This expands to ten in CassaFire with the introduction of the Tgren, and there is hint of yet an eleventh race.
While aliens will most likely come in a wide variety of appearances, people still relate best to other humanoid creatures. We need that familiar ground. So I didn’t want to vary far from it.
I did give some of the races unique, non-earth features though. Vindicarn are bald, ash-black in color, and their skin wrinkled like a Mexican Hairless dog/Sphynx cat mix. Arellans are slender with pale hair and almost bluish skin.
A little different, but still human enough!
Series Prequel
Alex J Cavanaugh
SciFi Adventure, Space Opera 
prequel to the Amazon best-selling Cassa series!


pilot in training...

the odds, Byron is determined to complete Cosbolt training and join
the Cassan space fleet. Poised at the top of his class, only one
situation holds him back–his inability to work with anyone in the
cockpit. Byron’s excellent piloting skills won’t be enough
without a good navigator…

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Series Book 1 
pilot the fleet’s finest ship…
options remain for Byron. A talented but stubborn
young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude, his
cockpit skills are his only hope. Slated to train as a Cosbolt
fighter pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new
life as he sets off for the moon base of Guaard.
to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf,
as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many
novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful
protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult
fans of space wars.” -
Library Journal

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Series Book 2
the Amazon best-selling author -
CassaStar was just the
Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron’s days of piloting
Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his
fallen mentor and friend - to probe space on an exploration vessel.
Shuttle work is dull, but it’s a free and solitary existence. The
senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather.
detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant
planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they
can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren’s
civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as
their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan’s technology and
strange mental abilities.

Series Book 3
storm gathers across the galaxy…
the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle
behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet,
Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the
Tgrens and the Cassans.
a talent for worldbuilding and a compelling cast of characters, Alex
J. Cavanaugh combines high powered space battles and the challenges
of family dynamics to provide readers a space opera with heart.” -
Elizabeth S. Craig, author of the Southern Quilting and Myrtle Clover

the CassaSeries Boxed Set Here! 

J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web
design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science
fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and
games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the
award-winning site, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the
author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, CassaStorm, and
Dragon of the Stars. The author lives in the Carolinas with his wife.

the tour HERE
for exclusive content and a giveaway!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Weekend Wishes

AND...The lovely and talented Jacqui Murray has posted a review of ThunderTree on her blog today.
She also has reviewed D.L. Finn's Red Eye's in the Darkness and Mae Clair's Cusp of Night. ALSO it's her release day for Quest. If you have a moment, toddle on over.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Did You Know

Did you know, lawmakers haven't provided funding to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) for studying gun control violence in more than two decades even though the House and some crucial doctors' groups are in favor of it.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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 September 4th question: If you could pick one place in the world to write your next story where would it be and why?
A beach in Hawaii. I've always wanted to go to Hawaii and watching the ocean frees my mind and long as the weather is cooperating.

TumbleStar, a western romance, is coming out next month. If you can help with the cover reveal or an early review please jot me a line on the signup on the right. If you are also interested in getting the newsletter once it's up and running, just make note of that too.  Thank you:)

A sneak peak:
I had the honor of looking at two arcs this month. Different genres, but both wonderful reads.

Jacqui Murray's prehistoric novel, is the second in a magnetic trilogy. Why magnetic? The characters stick long after you close the book. If you are interested in this era, it's a must read. You can pre-order Quest at Amazon.

C. Lee McKenzie has written another young adult drama, Not Guilty,  that will grab your interest and hook your heart. It's do out next month. So  keep an eye out for it.

What have you been doing this month? Writing, editing, reading or creating in a different vein?

Friday, August 30, 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Did You Know

Did you know that plants and trees don't need oxygen so they expel it for us to use? They do this through photosynthesis when they take in energy from the sun and convert it to chemical energy. Plants are great.

Happy Birthday to my lovely, ninety-one year old aunt. You wear it well.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Tuesday, August 27, 2019


The Swallowtail population is flourishing. Including the Black Swallowtail, I counted six. Unfortunately, three was all I could get in the picture.
AND... Other species.
 If anyone is curious about cat fencing, it's the black mesh over the privacy fence.


A view from the window.