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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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:)
Another day lily
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?
Bad hair day flowers. Heh.
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?
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
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.
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.