Tuesday, July 30, 2019


English, ain't it a bitch?
My mother drummed her ideas of right and wrong, correct and incorrect, into my head when I was a child. Or tried to. Some took. Some didn't. One of the things that did take was never use the word ain't. To this day, I have a problem using it in my writing, even when its the right word to use. I can use the four letter words easier than I can use ain't. So I had to chuckle when an English teacher who was kind enough to beta read for me, changed my isn't to ain't. I'm going to have to break old habits. If it's good enough for an English teacher, it's good enough for me:)

Flowers, just not from the garden.
Thanks to the lovely and talented author Jacqui Murray for giving ThunderTree its first review. Here. Much appreciated.

I'm looking forward to reading The Quest for Home, Book 2 in her prehistoric trilogy when it comes out in October. I read the first one and was completely pulled into the story. The characters were well-developed and the world building amazing. I can't imagine the countless hours that went into research. If you are interested in prehistoric history, I highly recommend Survival of the Fittest.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Did You Know

Did you know that Boji Stones were first discovered in Kansas? Some people think they were left by aliens, some people think they are parts of meteorites. They are sold in pairs. The  male is a rough textured stone. And the  female is a smooth textured stone. They supposedly have so much energy, some people have compared them to holding jumping beans.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Tuesday, July 23, 2019


Flowers and Grands

The grandson
The grand nephew. With that cap, doesn't he look like he should be hanging out with Sean Connery?

At Amazon

*Warning. Content contains six-guns, hand-tooled boots, strong women and an eagle.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Weekend Wishes

Thanks to Stacy at Magic Love Crow for hosting me. Here.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Did You Know


Did you know George Washington had his slaves and his men in the Revolutionary army vaccinated for smallpox? This was done by running a thread through the pustule then inserting it under the skin of the individual being inoculated.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Magic At Midnight

I'm pleased to be able to share in the release of Magic At Midnight.
I read and reviewed this gem:
I loved this story. I think anyone with a passion for horses and/or mythology will enjoy it. I was touched that the dedication included her horses. This novella takes an old theme and adds a new twist, along with its own unique storyline.
Amy lives on a farm and cares for the winged-horses to which she has a strange affinity. Besides this affinity she has magical abilities which she's learned to hide. Her entire world is turned upside down when a stranger shows up at the farm and whisks her away to a castle where danger and intrigue abound. Amy must keep her wits about her to save the kingdom, herself and her beloved pegasi. I recommend this lovely read.





Amy has only known one life. Now she needs to put it all on the line to save what is precious to her. Can this simple farm girl survive court-life? Can she stop a war from burning down her world? And what of the mysterious princess of Hazel Wood and her covert glances…? Not to mention the prince of Acacia Wood who might or might not be involved with the prophecies ruling their kingdoms. With mysteries and secrets threatening the life she longs to return to, can she separate her feelings from the mission?



Author Bio

Award-winning author Ronel Janse van Vuuren mainly writes for teens and tweens, though she is known to write mythology-filled short stories for anthologies aimed at older readers. Her dark fantasy works, usually full of folklore, can be viewed on her website and on Goodreads.

Ronel can be found tweeting about writing and other things that interest her, arguing with her characters, researching folklore for her newest story or playing with her Rottweilers when she’s not actually writing.

All of her books are available for purchase from major online retailers.

Sign up to be notified of new releases, giveaways and pre-release specials – plus get a free eBook – when you join Ronel’s newsletter. https://mailchi.mp/020d96f05055/ronelthemythmakernewslettersignup

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Ronel the Mythmaker, Website of Dark Fantasy Author Ronel Janse van Vuuren: http://www.ronelthemythmaker.com/  

Congrats to Ronel.

Monday, July 15, 2019


Diane Wolfe for hosting me today. Here.

Ronel Janse van Vurren  for hosting me today. Here.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Did You Know

Did you know there is now clothing you can buy with insect repellent built into it?
Thanks to Valeria at Bastelmania for hosting a cover reveal for ThunderTree yesterday.
Thanks to D.L. Finn for hosting a cover reveal for ThunderTree today. Here.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wacky Wednesday

(A repeat but I like it:)


Author Jacqui Murray is hosting a cover reveal For ThunderTree at her blog today. Here. Thanks, Jacqui.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019



The HH and I went to see the Grands this weekend. The little five-year-old girl had broken her arm awhile back. (All better now.)  The HH asked her if she cried. She gave him a you-can't-be-serious look and said, "Of course, I cried."

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Fourth and Did You Know

Did you know that Philadelphia was the capitol city  between 1790 and 1800 AND that in 1793 one tenth of Philadephia's population died of yellow fever?

Wednesday, July 3, 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. The awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Natalie Aguirre, Jennifer Lane, MJ Fifield, Lisa Buie-Collard, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!
FYI: The IWSG monthly question can be found under the IWSG Sign-up tab on the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog.
The July 3 question: What personal traits have you written into your characters?
The one trait of myself I've written in is a love of animals.
As far as their other traits: My female protagonists are often strong, brave, adventurous and often pack heat. I'm more of a wannabe and a gun control advocate. Heh.


If you can help me get the word out, there's a sign up sheet on the right bar. Mega thanks.


Read this month from the IWSG community: Dark Desires

This is a well-written short about a fae that is attending a human high school and the chaos that ensues when the masks come off.
Available at Amazon