My First Car!

"Use the clutch!" Words  coming from Mr. Cato, my high school driver's ed instructor, that still echo in my ear. Clutch? I don't see no stinkin' clutch! Which is probably why the "training" car with the manual (on the steering column back then) transmission died halfway up the steep Southern Indiana hill. (In case you're …

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The Importance of a Great Cover!

I've been extremely lucky in my writing career. Two publishers. Two fabulous graphic artists. While I've always had input on covers, my "eye" usually defers to the professionals. I believe, on MM&M, I suggested a margaritas glass and Ryan ran with it! With Cynthia's Attic, the original concept with the clock showing, subtly, in the …

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Resolution Revolution

As we prepare for Baby New Year to visit, once again , I notice the groundswell leading to 2018 Resolutions lists. For instance, a morning program did a segment on the probability of keeping certain resolutions, with 1 being highly likely to 5 being Not in this world, Toots. Surprisingly, travel was the only item …

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Sneaking Up On Santa

I was four or five-years-old, and determined this would be the year. That jolly old man wasn't going to get past me; not this year!  I had a perfect view of our Christmas tree as I perched on the 4th step down from the top. In fact, I could peek through the balusters without being …

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Q & A with Christine Verstrate, author: Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter

Christine (C.A.) Verstraete is the author of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter. Thanks Mary for letting me guest on your blog! I wanted to share a little about the infamous accused axe murderess Lizzie Borden. You know that old rhyme—Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her father 40 whacks… For those who don’t know the …

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Holiday Inspiration by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Mary and I have been online chums for many years, so it’s always a pleasure when she hosts me at her blog. Considering this is the holiday season, I wanted to share how holidays inspire my writing. Holiday gatherings were a big event in my childhood home. Long tables heaving with food. The air filled …

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Thankful!!

Although Thanksgiving has come and gone, I find myself feeling grateful after the fact, the turkey, and the cranberry sauce. Oh, and the cherry pie! After years of writing, dismissing, rewriting, agonizing, and finally getting published, Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder: Andi Anna Jones Book # 1, is up and running! I have so many people …

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Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder RELEASE!

Finally, after about five years of writing about Andi Anna Jones; putting her away for a couple of years, then starting up, again, It's RELEASE DAY! The first (of many, I hope) mystery, Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder, is available to read, download, purchase and order at all your favorite online sites and your favorite bookstores. …

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Blog Tour – Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder!

Join in the fun! Author interviews, guest posts, reviews, giveaways, and even an interview with the ultimate protagonist, herself, Andi Anna Jones! Visit these sites: November 26 – Laura's Interests - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY November 26 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT November 27 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY November 27 – Books a Plenty Book …

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Prosecco Christmas – Sylvia Ashby

BLURB:  Family is where life begins. And what better time to spend with your family than Christmas week? Ashley and Giacomo go to Upper Swainswick, a postcard village ten minutes’ drive from Bath, to stay with Ashley’s mum and stepdad. It’s their last visit before the arrival of their first child. But babies have a …

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