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Archive for May, 2014

Oh, what a beautiful day!

Another perfect day. I thought it was a little cool this morning though so I ran to the grocery store. I hate grocery shopping anyway and doing it on Saturday is just insane. But at least we have food now.

My plan was to head over to the winery and just enjoy the day, but after I got home from grocery shopping, I sat in the chaise lounge….and fell asleep in the sun. Then I had no interest in going anywhere. So I stayed where I was and read my book.

My cousin, who is quickly feeling more like a sister, stopped by tonight for a glass of wine. We really do enjoy their company. Her husband us one of the funniest guys I know and he makes me laugh. Tonight was no exception.

So thankful for another perfect day outside. And for good wine and good company.

Mozart’s Last Aria by Matt Rees Review

I must confess that I really like Mozart’s Sister and I’m sure that played a factor in my views of this book. Both were historically based but this one was truly a book of crime and intrigue as Nannerl makes a trip to Vienna and investigates the death of her brother, Wolfgang. She uncovers first one conspiracy and then another. Throw in a little bit of romance, music and Mozart and you have a good book.

I enjoyed this book and felt like the character of Nannerl was treated with all of the historical information that was available. I did get a bit confused toward the end but I would still recommend this book. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.


Author Charles Yallowitz just released a new novella. Download it today!

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The Hopeteller (Cover by Tracy Carrig) The Hopeteller (Cover by Tracy Carrig)


Book Blurb:

Humanity has been driven into the wilderness by the ‘Invaders’. They have been forced to live as colonies in the wilderness where survival is a daily struggle. Hope becomes harder and harder to hold onto as the years pass.

Then one day, a young man tells a story to an injured friend and the Hopeteller is born. Unsure of the power of his words, he finds himself moving the colony with his fairy tales. He will see his people through death and fear as they continue to fight for survival.

Enjoy this novella that is half post-apocalyptic journal and half fairy tales.

Perfect for a quick & entertaining read!

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I finally bought some flowers today to make my hanging baskets. Warren had a gift card for his birthday that I used. Of course, that only paid for half of what I bought though. He made up the baskets tonight. They look very nice.

Tomorrow I have the day to myself. I think I’m going to see if I can buy a small table for the deck off the barn. And I need to spray paint the glider (but that depends on if it is too breezy or not). Then I’m going to head to the winery. I figure I can sit in the sun there and drink a glass or two of wine and have some fruit with cheese and crackers. And if I don’t have anyone join me, I can read. Looking forward to that. Although if I stayed home and sat in the sun and read, I could do it in a swimsuit so I could work on my tan. Such choices ☺️

Tonight was a wonderful evening to just sit outside. It was a little cooler than I like but it was so pleasant.

My peony bush has really opened up. This was two days ago.

And this was this morning.

And then tonight.


I was worried that my peony wouldn’t survive the winter. It seemed it had snow piled on it for months. I’m thankful it made it. And still only half of it has bloomed. It makes me happy.

I have so many flowers that are my favorites. But mostly sunflowers, irises and lilacs. What are your favorite flowers?

Hero Teaser Excerpt: Timoran Wrath the Noble Barbarian

Have you started reading the Legends of Windemere series yet? These teasers should definitely put you in the mood to get started. Download them today – you can get all four for less than the cost of a glass of wine out with dinner.

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Check out Timoran Wrath’s big debut in Legends of Windemere: Family of the Tri-Rune available on Amazon Kindle for $2.99.  *Potential Spoilers.  Hard to really explain on this one.* (Reminder that tomorrow is the first named debut of the 5th champion who debuts in Family of the Tri-Rune. It will be marked as Spoilers, but I’ll be using the character’s name in future posts.  Sorry, but it’s getting really hard to market the books without naming the main characters.)

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

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Catching Up

A few years ago I connected with a woman on a weight loss website. We encouraged each other. We still both struggle. As it turned out she grew up in a town less than an hour from me. Her dad still lives there and she comes back here for a long vacation every summer.

So we made plans to meet in person. That was six or so years ago. We make it a point to get together when she is here. We talk like long lost friends for hours.

Today was my day to meet up with her. We sat for over three hours in a restaurant in a town between her dad’s house and mine. It happened to be a town with the world’s worst cell phone service. I have Verizon and it kicks me into roaming and no data. She had something else and she couldn’t get anything either. That was a bit of a challenge when she couldn’t find the restaurant and couldn’t get ahold of me. But she made it!

Again it was a fun day of just jabbering away. I love how I’ve been able to connect with people all over. I am so appreciative that she takes precious time to spend a few hours with me when she is here.

I think today I’m thankful for the internet. It has allowed me to make some really good friends. The loss of service today also made me appreciate having it.

How about you? Have you made some long term friends because of the internet?

Rant. Be Warned

I’m sitting in a Bob Evans in another town waiting to meet a friend I haven’t seen in a year. I’m early. Lucky me. I get to listen to what I’m characterizing the local redneck crackpot.

He is regaling the manager with some political lies. I don’t care what side of the aisle you are on, just keep the FACTS straight. This guy can PROVE that Obama was born in Kenya…for the sole purpose of becoming President. Funny, nobody else can PROVE this. Just this very loud old man. I thought about buying his meal and having the waitress tell him with a delivered message. But I’m out of town and in redneck country. I could end up getting the air let out of my tires.

The birther fantasy is just the tip of the iceberg. He went on to talk about other things. Then that Hillary is ugly. Attack the politics of someone.  Don’t attack their physical appearance and certainly don’t use lies/mistruths.

He is across the restaurant and so loud I can hear every word. I’ve yet to hear him attack the politics. And, yes, he used the “n” word. I’m angry. I’m embarrassed. I’m ashamed that in 2014 we have attitudes like this.

I’ve decided that there are ignorant people who cannot be bothered with facts.

Rant over. Comments are closed because I do not want this to turn into a political discussion. Just had to get this off my chest.

Hero Teaser Excerpt: Sari the Orphaned Gypsy

Another teaser from Allure of the Gypsies – Give it a read and then download the books

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This is part of Sari’s debut in Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies available on Amazon Kindle for $2.99 cents.

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New Acquaintance

Today I’m thankful I met someone. Bear with me, I will try and explain but it might end up being a long story.

I sell Avon. Yep, I’m an Avon lady. But I’ve never really bothered too much with it. I do it mostly for me. Anyway, one day I got a phone call from a number I didn’t recognize. I didn’t answer. They left a message. It was someone named Susan and she got my number from Avon as someone who she could order from. I don’t typically bother in my hometown because I work in the opposite direction. But I figured why not. I called her back and made arrangements to drop off a book to her.

About an hour later I got another phone call from yet another number. What the heck? Where were these people coming from? I called that lady back. She said her name was Celestine but everyone calls her Toots. Susan gave her my phone number. Now I’m starting to get a little skeptical but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to drop off a book.

So, I did just that. Susan wasn’t home so I left her book in the mailbox. But Toots was home. I introduced myself and she invited me in to her tiny very smoke filled apartment. The stale cigarette smell just about gagged me. But Toots was just charming. She’s probably 75 years old (maybe less, maybe more. I’m a horrible judge of age). A dried up thing who is legally blind. She wears these glasses that make coke bottles look thin. We chatted for a bit and I really liked her.

She called me with an order, as did Susan. They both needed to wait until their social security checks came before they could pay me. I figured I would take a chance…just once. So I called to deliver and make sure they were home.

I got to Susan’s twenty minutes after I told her I’d be there. While I was driving she called and left me a voicemail and told me since I didn’t get there to just cancel her order. WHAT???? I ignored the voicemail and stopped at her apartment. She answered the door and yelled at me. I stood there in shock. I very politely told her I was sorry I got delayed at my last stop and if she didn’t want the products, I wouldn’t leave them. She took them and paid for them. But what a crank!!!!

Next stop, Toots’ apartment. What a delightful old lady. But that stale cigarette smell in her apt about kills me. I asked about Susan. She told me not to worry about it because she can be really mean sometimes.

I did just ignore it. Next visit though, Toots told me that Susan told her that she didn’t think I liked her. Are we in junior high? I keep dropping books off and praying I don’t have to actually see her. So far I’ve been lucky.

But Toots found me another customer (her daughter) and I so enjoy chatting with her when I stop over. She is a hoot. She says whatever she’s thinking and calls a spade a spade. My kind of woman ☺️

I’m thankful I met Toots. She makes me laugh. Just goes to show you that you shouldn’t have preconceived ideas about people. Susan is another matter entirely though.

Hero Teaser Excerpt: Nyx the Temperamental Caster

Who doesn’t like a temperamental woman? Read all about her in Prodigy of Rainbow Tower

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This is part of Nyx’s debut in Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower available on Amazon Kindle for 99 cents.

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