Monday, October 23, 2017

Can't Fool Me

Kid's Playhouse
You can't fool Franky.  He knows a bird when he sees one. (Note the tail.  It's not fluffed up that's the actual size and well over a foot long.  It reminds me of a Vegas Showgirl's Feathers. Maybe because he swishes when he walks. He's very proud of it:)
Did you have a great weekend, blogster buds?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wink And Nod Thursday AND English Is Tough

For those who like to read romance and for author's looking for an editor, reviewer, virtual assistant or promos, you might want to check out Nas Dean's blog Romance Book Paradise.

Wink, wink, Nas.

So many blogs. So little time.


Here's some recommended fright reads from Dancing Lemur Press:

Parallels: Felix Was Here
Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life
Matowak: Woman Who Cries

Maski: Broken but not Dead


English. It's Tough.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Optical Illusions

And a little spook for Halloween

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Planting

Remember this? The mum Franky decimated last year.
I moved it to the garden and it made a comeback.

A friend who used to run a daylily farm gave me some new daylilies for my fall planting. And...we discovered a wonderful garden nursery outlet in Pineville. Most of their gallon perennials were 3.99. I found hollyhocks which I've been looking for since March. I also got columbine, bee balm and winter kale. Minus the kale, I'm ready for spring:)

See the hind leg of my little helper?  He loves to help dig the holes:)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wink And A Nod...AND...Astrology Signs

Like vampire comic strips? Then you'll love Heather Holden's blog. Heather is a very talented artist who has combined her skill with imagination and come up with some fun comic characters. Like online comic wallpaper with a bite to it? You can pick it up at Heather's for a dollar.

Wink, wink, Heather.

So many blogs. So little time.


A little fun with astrology signs.
(from Pinterest)
I'm grace. Not sure how that happened.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Look At Those Hands

Source: Pinterest

About as creative as I get with my hands is clear nail polish......

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Weekend Starts Now

This one has been shown before but the sentiment bears repeating.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Happy Birthday

Any other blogster buds that have birthdays this month?


Shameless Family Promo

My sister is commuting to work in a car that has 346, 000 miles on it.  She is trying to win a new Volvo.  If you just happen to be in the vicinity and would like to vote for her, I know she'd appreciate it:)  FYI: The trailer is a little difficult to hear.

FYI: The contest ends October 13th. If you have any problems with the link Allison is in the Illinois section.  You can vote for multiple entrants but only once per entrant.
Thanks to everyone who voted.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Show Us Your Insecurity

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.
This month we're having an IWSG meme contest.  We are to: post a photo of ourself or our alter ego with any of the IWSG swag or logo. Then leave a comment at either the website post or FB directing the administrators to our photo. They will visit each site and pick the top three.  Here's mine: 

I only get to say this once a year so...Ten-Four, Good Buddy.


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Talking Library

Eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow had no clue that moving from Manhattan to the small town of Ashpot, Connecticut, would lead to an unsolved mystery. Her parents’ dream of renovating a crumbling Victorian, called the Begonia House, into a bed and breakfast had seemed like treachery at the time. But Fairday found out that her new house kept secrets, and once inside its twisted front gates, anything was possible.

When mysterious notes start showing up warning that a librarian is in trouble and a bookworm is eating words, Fairday thinks the Begonia House has more skeletons in its closets. She notices a passage in her favorite book has been changed, and she’s certain something is dreadfully wrong. What happens to stories when their words get eaten?

The Detective Mystery Squad is ready to investigate! Fairday, Lizzy, and Marcus take off on a sticky trail and tumble into Nowhere. Like Alice in Wonderland, Fairday finds herself in a world where nothing makes sense and the lines of reality are blurred.

The three sleuths discover amazing things about themselves as they unravel more secrets within the walls of the Begonia House. Follow along with Fairday and friends as they open the next case in the DMS files to unlock the mystery of the Talking Library.
Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library

Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson, Co-authors 

Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson have been friends since they met freshman year of high school. After discovering they both loved the same books, their friendship grew, and they went on to co-author The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow. The first mystery in the Fairday Morrow series, released with Delacorte Press in December 2015. Stephanie and Jess are excited to present the next case in the DMS files. Having the brilliant illustrations created by their close high school friend, David SanAngelo, has made bringing the story to life magical. To contact Stephanie and Jess or learn more about their journey, please visit:

David SanAngelo, Illustrator

David SanAngelo is an award winning illustrator, and a two-time Emmy nominated director of animated shows for children and he won a kite flying contest in the fourth grade. Dave attended high school with Jessica and Stephanie, and they've all been friends for a billion years. Some of Dave's favorite things are: old monster movies, superheros and shred-a-licious rock music. Although he grew up in New England, Dave currently lives with his wife and sons in Decatur, GA. To learn more about Dave's illustrations, please visit:

Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library 
Book 2: Fairday Morrow series
Release date: October 2017
Age Range: 8 years old and up
Grade Level: 3-9
Publisher: Willow Press
Catch the first mystery before the next case in the DMS files opens on October 23rd!

The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow
Publish date: December 2015
Age Range: 8 years old and up
Grade Level: 3-9
Publisher: Delacorte Press

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Monday, October 2, 2017

I'm Back and Optical Illusions

I'm back!  First and foremost let me thank everyone for all the positive energy, thoughts, well wishes and prayers.  I don't know what I'd do without ya.
Surgery went fine.  I caught a little bug, probably from the hospital:), that slowed me down a bit, but overall I'm perking right along. But enough about me. What's been going on in the blogosphere and your corner of the world while I've been gone?  
And last but not least, thanks for the leaving the light on.  It made everything shine a little brighter.

More Optical Illusions:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


I'm on it.

I'm going to be offline for a bit.  I will be back by 10/3 for Jess and Stephanie's cover reveal.
Why am I going to be gone, you may or may not be asking?
I've been diagnosed with Cubital Tunnel.  Ever heard of it? For those who haven't  (I was clueless before the diagnosis) here's the deets:  Cubital Tunnel is nerve entrapment neuropathy in the elbow region that limits mobility along the ulnar nerve. This is the nerve that supplies feeling and movement to the arm and hand, i.e. the funny bone nerve. The symptoms are weakness, clumsiness, numbness and pain in the hand and if untreated can eventually lead to the hand atrophying in a claw-like position.  Other symptoms include tenderness of the inner elbow, tingling inside the forearm, numbness of the little finger or ring finger and inability to grip.
The cause, or one of them, is from having the elbow bent and resting on a hard surface for extended periods of time.  (A writerly thing).  It also affects people who play sports, don't warm up properly, have diabetes or an underactive thyroid.
FYI: It's recommended that the elbow remain straightened while sleeping to offset the risk of CT. 
To correct by surgery: an incision is made and the nerve is moved to an area with more fatty tissue that allows more freedom of movement and or cushioning.
I'm having (minor) surgery tomorrow. Leave the light on for me.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Happy Birthday



Friday, September 15, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wink and Nod AND SuperHero Name Generator

Today's Wink and Nod Recipient is Chrys Fey.
Chrys concentrates on igniting sparks in writers. Her goal: motivate, share information, and empower. Chrys writes romantic suspense and has published a disaster crime series: Hurricane Crimes and Seismic Crimes.  Check 'em out.

Wink, wink, Chrys.

So many blogs. So little time.

I'm Improbably Friendly Goat


Our friend C. Lee McKenzie's Double Negative is listed in the Readers Choice Awards for YA and Middle Grade Books (page 12/16). The voting ends Dec. 10. The link: