Monday, May 30, 2016

Butterfly Bushes With Flyaway Prices

So I went to one of the popular chains that has a garden center with the intention of buying a butterfly bush.  I picked it up and put it in the cart then glanced at the price tag, forty-two bucks.  WT_?  And promptly put it back. Last weekend we went to the same store in a different town. Their butterfly bushes (a size smaller) were $6.98.  Needless to say that one went in my cart and stayed there.
I also picked up this little coleus.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Star of Seismic Crimes Is A Catfish

With us today is our blog buddy Chrys Fey with a fun post on a....catfish!  Welcome Chrys. Let's hear about that catfish.

 In 2008, Tropical Storm Fay hit Florida. She became the first storm in recorded history to make landfall in Florida four times! She released so much rain from her cloudy hands that the road and field across from my trailer flooded, making it look like I lived in the middle of a lake. I watched the water rise with growing anticipation. When the water lapped at the top step, I was afraid it would spill over and leak across my living room.

While I nervously kept an eye on the water, a cat fish swam up to greet me. He hung out around my front steps for several minutes before swimming away. I remember hoping he’d find a lake or pond before the earth swallowed the rain, but it continued to rain for days. I was strained in my trailer for about a week, writing and suffering from cabin fever.
Tropical Storm Fay (as well as Hurricane Francis) inspired Hurricane Crimes. She also had another impact on me. Shortly after she finally decided to leave I came up with the last name for my pen name: Fey. Although I chose it for its magical meaning, I still believe the storm gave my muse a nudge in the right direction.
And that cat fish I saw later became the star of Seismic Crimes.
Mosquitoes swarmed inside the car, attracted to the foot of murky water at the bottom. The hum of their music beat against her eardrums.
She moved to the driver’s door and bent down to peer through the window. For a moment, she saw Donovan sitting there, his body hunched over the steering wheel. She nearly lifted her hands to bang on the window as she had done before, but she heard his voice behind her and knew the vision wasn’t real. When she blinked, her eyelids swiped the vision away like windshield wipers. Movement caught her attention. Cupping her hands against the glass, she saw ripples dance along the water’s surface. She squinted to see better and vaulted backward when something leapt out of the water, somersaulted in the air, and landed with a splash. A catfish had made Donovan’s car into a swimming pool. She couldn’t stop the laughter from bubbling out of her mouth.
Donovan came up beside her. “What’s so funny?”
Beth pointed. “You have a catfish in your car.”
Donovan bent down to have a look for himself. “So I do.”

Title: Seismic Crimes
Author: Chrys Fey
Series: Disaster Crimes Series (Book Two)
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Format: Digital and Print


An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.

Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.

When a tip reveals the killer's location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?



Monday, May 23, 2016


I heard my cat cry and went to investigate, afraid something was wrong. She was in the kitchen, staring up at the cabinet her treats are kept in. Really?  When my daughter was young, I heard her confide in a friend that if she cried, she'd  get what she wanted.  Now this sounds like my kids were spoiled.  They really weren't, but they knew how to play me:) Apparently, she let Bella in on the secret.
On sale at Amazon for 99¢ in US and UK May 23-30.
My name is Zoe Tempest. I'm a vampire hunter.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Baby Bluebirds, Money Monster and a Ninety-nine Center
After all the hoopla over this bird house (see below), both parties decided they didn't want it.  Yup just like humans.
The bluebirds moved into what CJ so aptly described as the Frank Lloyd Wright(Ha.Ha) house. (See below).
Well there's all kinds of activity this week. Both mama and papa are flying in and out with birdie food, so I've got to believe the happy day has arrived, congratulations are in order, and Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird are now proud parents.  I can't wait to see those little heads popping out:)

Akasha is on sale this week for .99¢ at Amazon.  (US and UK)
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.

We went to see Money Monster over the weekend.  A thumbs up movie.
Roberts, Clooney and the entire cast delivered.

Monday, May 9, 2016


Nothing of note going on here today

Flower Gardens and More
on sale this week
for .99¢
at Amazon


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

I historically mention Scarlett on Mother's Day because I can't think of any person or creature who more exemplifies Mother love.

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful moms, and mom substitutes, out there. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016


The other day, the HH came home from work and we all fell asleep in front of the TV. He. I. The dog and the cats. Slugs.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

IWSG Wednesday

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. 
You will probably be seeing this on other sites today, but I'd like to mention the release of Parallels.

Parallels: Felix Was Here
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Enter the realm of parallel universes!

What if the government tried to create the perfect utopia? Could a society linked to a supercomputer survive on its own? Do our reflections control secret lives on the other side of the mirror? Can one moment split a person’s world forever?

Exploring the fantastic, ten authors offer incredible visions and captivating tales of diverse reality. Featuring the talents of L. G. Keltner, Crystal Collier, Hart Johnson, Cherie Reich, Sandra Cox, Yolanda Renee, Melanie Schulz, Sylvia Ney, Michael Abayomi, and Tamara Narayan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will expand your imagination and twist the tropes of science fiction. Step through the portal and enter another dimension!

Release date: May 3, 2016
$14.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 218 pages, Freedom Fox Press
Science Fiction/General ( FIC028000) and Fiction/Alternative History (FIC040000)
Print ISBN 978-1-939844-19-4 eBook ISBN 978-1-939844-20-0
Order through Ingram, Follett Library Resources, or from the publisher
$4.99 EBook available in all formats
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“Pensive and manifold views into parallel earth not without a glimmer of hope.”
- Edi’s Book Lighthouse
Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, two Facebook groups, and a monthly newsletter.

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