Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

It's Tuesday

Greetings Blogger Buds. How was your weekend? Your Monday?

We took a day trip into the mountains with a couple of buds and had all kinds of fun. We walked around Blowing Rock where I picked up a rain gauge. Frank is putting his seal of approval on it.

From there we went to the shopping outlet. And then to Boone for lunch.

The flowers in the mountains are absolutely gorgeous. 

One of the buds chauffeured us in her Tesla. Have you ever ridden in one? Oh my gosh. It's an amazing car. If I was in a different income bracket (heh) I'd buy one in a heartbeat. Plenty of leg room in the backseat. This one had two sunroofs. One in the front. One in the back. A computer screen up front that showed the car and the traffic around it. Since it doesn't have an engine, it has two trunks. And pickup. Wowzers. There's not that few second delay before the car takes off.  The foot goes down, the car zips forward.

We arrived home tired but happy.


Frank taking a break from patrolling the parameters of his property:)


Frank loves canned chicken cat food with carrots, but turns up his nose at canned chicken food with greens. Go figure.


A Home Remedy That Worked For Me.

I got stung by a big ole, bad-tempered, mean, nasty bumble bee. May he find his way to Bumble Bee hell. You know the huge ones with wide black and yellow stripes. Almost immediately my arm swelled up and turned brick red. I tried an over the counter cream for two days. The third I was contemplating going to Urgent Care when I decided to try a baking soda paste. By the end of the day nearly all the swelling was gone and the redness down to a small blotch.

What about you, blogger buds? How was your weekend and/or your Monday? Do anything fun? Had any run ins with bumble bees?

Friday, June 18, 2021

Friday's Great Read

 Our friend and prehistoric author Jacqui Murray has a new book coming out and she's giving us a sneak peak at the cover and a link where we can pre-order it. 
Isn't this a great cover?

A boy blinded by fire. A woman raised by wolves. An avowed enemy offers help.



In this second of the Dawn of Humanity trilogy, the first trilogy in the Man vs. Nature saga, Lucy and her eclectic group escape the treacherous tribe that has been hunting them and find a safe haven in the famous Wonderwerk caves in South Africa. Though they don’t know it, they will be the oldest known occupation of caves by humans. They don’t have clothing, fire, or weapons, but the caves keep them warm and food is plentiful. But they can't stay, not with the rest of the tribe enslaved by an enemy. To free them requires not only the prodigious skills of Lucy's unique group--which includes a proto-wolf and a female raised by the pack--but others who have no reason to assist her and instinct tells Lucy she shouldn't trust.


Set 1.8 million years ago in Africa, Lucy and her tribe struggle against the harsh reality of a world ruled by nature, where predators stalk them and a violent new species of man threatens to destroy their world. Only by changing can they prevail. If you ever wondered how earliest man survived but couldn’t get through the academic discussions, this book is for you. Prepare to see this violent and beautiful world in a way you never imagined.


A perfect book for fans of Jean Auel and the Gears!

Author bio:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022.


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 Available for pre-order at Amazon.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Did You Know

Did you know when John Adams was vice president, he and Abigail lived in a neighborhood that would later be called Greenwich Village? 

*Information gleaned from Jon Meacham's THOMAS JEFFERSON THE ART OF POWER.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

It's Tuesday

 Greetings, blogger buds. Ever had a senior moment?

I had one last week and got my days visiting Val and EC mixed up. Both are great buds and both were kind enough to offer to help me get the word out on Keeper. Apologies ladies and thanks for your understanding and patience.


House Arrest 

Frank and Penny were under house arrest and this is the reason. Do you see him sitting over in the corner?

Last week Frank and Penny and I went out for our morning constitutional and Frank discovered a baby bird. Actually, I think it was momma, who looks like she's barely an adult herself, trying to lead Frank away from the baby. She flew up and couldn't figure out how to get out of the cat fencing. I scooped up Frank, who kindly dropped the baby or momma (I'm still trying to figure that out), then yelled for Penny, who being the stubborn hound she is, ignored me. I was starting to get frantic. She's more dangerous than Frank because she jumps on them. All seventy pounds of her. About the second time I bellowed, she fell in with me and I hustled them both inside. From there Penny could only go out on the leash and Frank on the porch. Baby and his momma took over the backyard, hopping all over the place. The second day, baby tried to flap his way out, but he couldn't figure out the cat fence either. Finally, in the evening he figured it out, much to Frank's joy as it meant Freeedom:)


Garden Pics

Day lily

 Another day lily



Lazy cats 

And if you are wondering, yes that recliner is awfully comfortable:)


For the first time in longer than I care to remember the immediate family was together. The baby girl and SIL--who came in from Philly--and the HH and I converged in Greenville to spend time with the baby boy and family. Unfortunately, the baby's counts were down, which meant his immune system was too, and there was fear of new germs being introduced to his system, so we stayed at the hotel our daughter and SIL did instead of with the boy and fam. The next day we donned masks and kept a distance from the baby and we all got to spend some quality time together.  It was brief but wonderful.  What about you blogger buds? How did you spend your weekend?

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Did You Know


Did you know, although seldom represented in fictional books and movies a quarter of the Old West cowboys were black?

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Writerly Wednesday

Thanks to Val for helping me get the word out on KEEPER.



FYI: C. Lee is running a fun giveaway on Wednesdays. Check it out. 


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

It's Tuesday

 Happy Tuesday, Blogger Buds. Hope your weekend and Monday were wondrous.

Garden pics. Something new and different. 😁

Bad hair day flowers. Heh.

Lazy Callie


Looky. Looky. Author and excellent bud, D.L. Finn surprised me with a copy of her wonderful new book.


A belated happy to our blogger bud Birgit.

Got flowers? Cats? Good books? Birthdays?

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Did You Know

 Did you know, Michael Douglas produced One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest?

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

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.

June 2 question - For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?

My approach is a little different. I try to keep three stories in the hopper. I'll work on a story one month then move to another the next, etc. When I rotate back to a story I reread what I've written, clean it up and continue on. So I get a fresh perspective every time I approach it. What about you?

The awesome co-hosts for the June 2 posting of the IWSG are J Lenni Dorner, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, Lee Lowery, and Rachna Chhabria!




May/June reviews in no particular order


GIRLS SUCCEED!  Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women by J.Q. Rose

This book was just wonderful and very motivating. It shows young women they can become anything they want. What was really fun about these motivational stories, the women didn't have the typical nine to five jobs and included a horse trainer, an Olympic winner, a personal chef and so on. Girls from nine to ninety will love this book and feel inspired. Available at Amazon







This is a warm, wonderful tale about humans whose world intersects with fairies, when two children—Danny and Colette—discover and are drawn into the world of tree fairies. What’s really special about this book is the emphasis on the environment and the creatures of the wild, and the lesson that protecting both is a trust we are called upon to honor. Another treat in this story is that it includes one of D. L. Finn’s delicious poems. It entwines perfectly with the story.  A lovely read for children and adults alike. Available at Amazon





Military melds with Sci Fi

INSURRECTION takes up where FALLEN NATION ends. This chiller’s focus is not only on a viral outbreak but a military coup and civil war, as well.  What I found particularly frightening, especially in the times we live in, is that the premise is entirely credible.

The descriptions are well done and the characters believable. Every time I read this author I am struck by his military and arms knowledge. His field artillery expertise shines through in his writing. This story will appeal to readers with a military background or just enjoy a believable, apocalyptic tale. Available at Amazon


CHROME PINK by Sherri Hollister

This story successfully weaves a steamy romance, drama and suspense into an edge-of-your-seat story. It follows Ray Lynne Grimes, a rape survivor whose trauma takes her on a journey of too much alcohol and one night stands to pulling herself together and fighting whoever is trying to destroy her and cripple the town she lives in.

The story really hooked me and I ended up staying up way past bedtime;) The writer's character development and world building was amazing.

I've got the next book in the series sitting on my Kindle. Available at Amazon






HIDEAWAY by Nora Roberts

I occasionally like to read Nora, not just for the storyline, but because her writing style fascinates me. She has a unique bold way of describing her characters’ surroundings and the characters themselves. This story is typical Nora and centers around Cate, a young woman whose childhood nightmare carries over into  modern day. Spoiler alert: The heroine’s mom isn’t going to win any June Cleaver awards.




I have a new release coming out. I'm doing Cover Release till June 25th, then book release till July 25th. If you can help me get the word out just shoot me a note in my contact form.  Thanks to any and all who are willing to help. Appreciate ya.

An aging bounty hunter and a woman bent on vengeance form an unlikely alliance.


Ever suffer from Writer's Block? This has got some helpful tips to work through it. Thanks to Sherri Hollister for tweeting it.