E-Book vs. Print – A Diversion

This post may seem frivolous, given the horrible news of the past week, but, for the sake of my sanity, I needed to change the subject; if only for a moment. Recently, I polled my Facebook friends about their preference; E-Book or print, and I got some interesting responses. Esther said, "I like Ebooks for …

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The Bridge of Love

Any dog lover...actually any animal lover knows that to lose a beloved pet is an indescribable grief. I can only relate to dogs because I've never had a pet cat, bird, hamster, Guinea pig, etc. So, my experience comes from the canine variety. Although I had dogs growing up; cocker spaniels, Taffy # 1 and  Taffy …

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Spirited Friends

Almost thirteen years ago, I met Dana Taylor. She was a fairly new author with a small publishing company and I had just gotten published  by the same publisher. That was my first experience with actually having my words...MY WORDS...in print and I was lost. If you'd looked in the dictionary under the word, "Newbie"  …

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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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