Thursday, October 19, 2017


So my husband likes to leave the garage door open because he goes out there to smoke.  A little while back he tells me that he went out one evening to smoke and he heard a noise.  When he went to check it out, he found a little bandit trying to get into the 40 pound bag of dog food he'd just bought at the store.  It ran out when it saw my husband.

So he picks up the bag of dog food and puts it on top of the 4-drawer file cabinets we have out there.  The next night he finds the little rascal has climbed up onto the cabinets and is trying to get in the dog food again. 

My husband cusses and chases him out of the garage.  He runs out into the night on the driveway looking for the masked bandito, but doesn't see him.  When he turns to come back into the garage, he sees his nemesis sitting on the fence.  So he says, "I'm going to go get my shovel and beat you to death."  My husband swears the critter was giving him the finger....LOL 

I know, but you had to be there because this went on for a couple of days and it was hysterical.

We found out about a week later that a neighbor from across the street had a coon trap and he caught the little guy and took him to a field nearby and set him free.


Sunday, October 8, 2017



I know it's been a while and I apologize.  Spring and Summer came, we picked up our daughter from college, and nothing was ever the same after that.  She is done with college and home doing her own thing.  You'd think I would be able to get back to my own thing.....Nope!

It's not her fault.  It's mine.  I am easily distracted sometimes, and family always comes first.  So, if there is a problem that needs solving for anyone, including my day job, I'm there trying to help solve it.  That has happened a lot over the summer. 

I'm excited now that the cooler weather is on the horizon.  I cannot stand the heat and the cooler Fall weather will put me back in a writing place.

Actually for the last couple of weeks, I have been meeting one of my critique partners at the local library on Saturday afternoon.  We find a quiet place (something I don't get at home), and we work on our books.  That's been pretty awesome.

I've done a lot of exciting things over the summer in the writing industry.  Right now, I'm working with a new group to make an audiobook for "The Treasure."  I'm very excited that this is happening.  My biggest problem is trying to pick the right narrator.  The narrator for "The Fury," was wonderful and he spoiled me with his talent. He had a different voice for every female and every male character in the book.  It truly was like radio theatre from the olden days before televisions.  Alas, he is no longer working on audiobooks, at least right now, because his life ventures have changed and he's pursuing his career.  I'm very happy that things have turned for him.

Anyway, I just started Chapter 11 of the new book. While I know I have some more research to do, I'm going to focus on getting the first draft completed.  Once I do that, the research and the editing will get easier.  Still, I have at least 50,000 more words to write.  I'm determined to get this first draft done before the end of the year, which is a drastic change from the beginning of the year where I had a goal of getting 2 books done. (Hah! Pipe dream!)  Things are hopefully falling into place allowing me to do just that.

I will try to not such a long gap go by before I post more about the writing adventure.  I hope you'll keep checking back.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Just For Fun #2

So here's another one I did just for fun.  Again, I'll give you the first clue.  If you can't guess who it is, I have one more clue to give you.

Good luck!!!!!


His eyes are hypnotic and he has a winning smile.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

McBride Moxy Book Review

            Close to the Skin by Zara West

Bella escaped to New York from the small Greek island where she grew up to get away from the boyfriend she loved, but knew was wrong for her, and to start a new life.  For eight years she hid away in her quaint little tattoo shop creating her art through the tattoos.

The boyfriend found her, using his billions and connections to do it.  While she tries to tell herself he’s no good for her, she can’t deny her reaction when he kisses her, touches her, loves her.  Still his wealth is gained through illegal dealings and she wants nothing to do with that.  The last time Vernon did what was best for her, she was kidnapped, and worse.

Vernon doesn’t believe Bella when she says she won’t marry him.  He’s convinced that if he whisks her away to one of his private properties on a beach in the Caymans that she’ll change her mind.  He can give her everything, and he loves her.

Unfortunately, Vernon’s past catches up to him and endangers not only his wealth, but all that is important to him, including Bella.  It’s time for him to make hard decisions to protect not only his life, but Bella’s life as well.  They will use her to get to him.

I like that Bella Bell made the right decisions for herself and ran to a place she thought she could disappear.  I understand her wanting to have something of her own that she worked for, and made successful.  I like the cast of friends she has made.

Vernon really loves Bella, and honestly believes that since he can give her anything and everything she could ever want she will come around and agree to marry him.  He doesn’t understand her at all, and I love that about him.  He actually believes he is doing the right thing.

This is a highly entertaining story with a cast of characters that will make you smile.

It gets a 6 on the McBride Moxy Meter

Check out more of Ms. West’s books at: