Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Ketch-up and IWSG Day


As you can see, I'm combining Ketch-up Day and IWSG. The HH is having surgery tomorrow. He'll be in the hospital a few days and when he gets out: no bending, lifting or twisting for awhile, so my blogging will be limited. I'm going to shoot for once a week through December then hopefully back to a normal blogging schedule in January:)



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


Twitter handle: @TheIWSG  

Hashtag: #IWSG

The awesome co-hosts for the December 6 posting of the IWSG are C. Lee McKenzie, JQ Rose, Jennifer Lane, and Jacqui Murray!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional!
December 6 question: Book reviews are for the readers. When you leave a book reviews do you review for the Reader or the Author? Is it about what you liked and enjoyed about your reading experience, or do you critique the author?


J. Q. Rose has a new release

“well-organized, easy-to-understand writing guide”
“Biblical references with prompts are excellent”
“topic aimed at women from a Christian perspective”
“content engages the reader to recognize the power of her own stories”Buy links:

Universal link eBook  






November/December Reviews in no particular order.

Disclaimer: The occasional typo is not factored in to my reviews.


THE SEAS OF TIME by D. Wallace Peach

Taila is a young woman who wants to make a difference. When she arrives at the inn, she has no idea just how much of a difference she is going to make…

With her usual delicate touch and impressive descriptions, Ms. Peach has taken a difficult topic and brought a sobering reality to fantasy as she transports a young black woman back to the days of slavery in the fourth book of the Harbor Pointe series. I was very nervous while reading this story, not knowing what Taila might encounter, but the author handled the situation deftly and didn’t put the reader into any untenable situations, which could have been easily done given the subject matter. It was an engrossing story with a positive ending and as with all of Ms. Peach’s stories a well- told tale.

Here are just a few of Ms. Peach’s prose that enticed this reader.

‘The deck pitched to starboard on a rogue wave.’

‘A gray scratch of foggy Oregon coast lapsed in and out of view, its barren sea stacks rising from a froth of breakers like Africa’s bull elephants.’

‘His grip tightened on the rail, knuckles bloodless and tendons strung like rigging under a heavy strain.’

Once again, D. Wallace Peach has produced a winner. THE SEAS OF TIMES is a great addition to the series.

Available at Amazon



RATTLESNAKE by C. Lee McKenzie

A haunting time travel YA

He’s only seventeen, but Jonah Guthrie has had his share of trouble. His dad has been accused of embezzlement and disappeared. He has issues at school. His sister Allie is a pain and his aunt Margaret, who is now their guardian, moves them from New Hampshire to the dying town of Rattlesnake, Nevada—a place as sinister as its name—where they’ve inherited a house that’s fallen into disuse and a silver mine that’s defunct. And if that’s not enough to deal with Jonah discovers the house comes with its own ghost.

The ghost is a beautiful young woman named Catherine who needs his help. Jonah is drawn to her as she is to him. To help her he must find a way to clear her uncle’s name. A task that’s not only difficult, but dangerous as well.

Both young people are trying to come to grips with family scandals. One in the present. One over a hundred years ago.

I found myself enthralled with this story from beginning to end. The author deftly weaves the strands of past and present into an intriguing mystery that leaves the reader wondering what’s going to happen next.

Ms. McKenzie’s tales never fail to entertain and Rattlesnake is no exception.

Available at Amazon



A book to add to your Christmas reads.

On a mission, the devil visits London Christmas Eve. He has a specific list of folks he wants to call on and his reasons for doing so may surprise you.

As we saunter through London with the devil, we meet the lost and the hopeless, the degenerate, and those that have knowingly sold their souls. We are also reminded that Lucifer was once an angel.

While we stroll, the author tosses us historical tidbits of the city that add a layer to the story. Then as Christmas Eve ends, so does this Christmas tale or so we think. But the author has one more surprise waiting for us before the story reaches its conclusion.

I found this read to be delightful. It held my attention from beginning to end. The voice was unique and gave a nontraditional twist to Satan.

If you are mining for a new book, this one’s a definite gem. I’ll be keeping a look out for more stories by this author in the future.

Available at Amazon



In the Harbor Pointe Series, it is now 1967 and best friends Lacey and Sandy are heading to the Pointe for a getaway vacation, unaware of the terror that awaits them as a killer lurks in the shadows.  

Once the two friends arrive at the Inn, the reader is reconnected to characters from Book 2. The author handles the reconnection in a seamless manner, capturing the endearing qualities of the previous characters.

Besides believable characters, Ms. Finn’s descriptions are rich and highly visual. And as an added bonus she gives the reader information about sea life. IE How to tell the age of a sand dollar—by counting its rings—in one of her visuals.

The story is full of unforeseen twists and surprising turns that keep the reader on his/her toes. All in all, a grand addition to the Series.

Available at Amazon


Friday, December 1, 2023

Your Weekend Read: RATTLESNAKE

 Awesome author C. Lee McKenzie has a new release.


The desert town of Rattlesnake isn’t a destination. It’s a last resort. Seventeen-year-old Jonah Guthrie’s aunt sold their home in New England and fled to this place to escape the humiliation of his dad’s indictment for embezzlement and subsequent disappearance. 

While their late uncle left them a house and a silver mine, the house is a shambles and the mine is defunct. They’re almost out of money, so they have no choice but to stay in Rattlesnake. And then Jonah discovers they’ve inherited something else. Her name is Catherine, and she’s been dead for over a hundred year. Now, she needs his help.


I’ll take pie over cake any day.
I never order pasta dishes when I go out to dinner.
I love picnics as much as candlelight dinners.
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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Ketch-up Day



I'm back....... 

If you celebrate, how was your Thanksgiving? We went to Philly via an eleven hour train ride to spend it with our daughter and SIL. The train we travel on is old, has bathroom issues and several cranky conductors. To be fair, there were a couple of nice ones. One was a model conductor, very helpful, so I shouldn't grumble too much.  I wanted to take pictures for Andrew, but that didn't work out. Anyhoo, we made it to Philly safe and sound.

The next morning we spent a little time at University of Pennsylvania then went back to the house where M and J prepared Thanksgiving dinner and the HH and I stretched out on the couch and watched the Christmas parade and movies.

This is the feeder my SIL made.

And this is a frequent visitor. Look how chunky he's getting.

This lovely little pond is located at Penn.

Can you see the sparrows? There's several in the leaves.

This little guy was a show stopper. He'd come right up to you and beg for food.

Back to the house and the cooks are hard at work.

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

Ah, dinner.

It was a lovely day and luscious dinner.

What about you blogger buds? Catch me up on what you've been doing.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving

 To those that celebrate, have a Happy Thanksgiving week.

 Wishing you all much bounty. I'll be back next week.


Friday, November 17, 2023

Weekend Wishes



I'm posting today on the Peacemaker at Cowboy Kisses. If you're in the vicinity, and so inclined, stop by and say 'hey'.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Did You Know


 Did you know, that if your freezer bag is just a tiny bit too small, you can put the object you wanted in the freezer bag inside one bag, take another freezer bag and turn it inside out. Put the two together and then zip them shut, tongue and grove method, and you have doubled the size of your freezer bag.


Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Writerly Wednesday

 What's your synonym or sentence for:

 Example: Hide your books. The biblioklept is coming for a visit.