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Home stretch

FINALLY! I never thought I would be so happy to say my dad is eligible for Medicaid.

It has been EIGHT long weeks. I haven’t had one single night in a bed in that time. I’ve been here 12 hours a day on weekdays and close to 18 hours a day on weekends.

It’s a circus here. Always someone coming and going. They are here to help but tired of people. Tired of activity. I just need to be left alone.

Lots has been happening. Let me give you the highlights.

I went to see dad’s room yesterday. He is scheduled to move in on Monday. He had requested a single room. As much as I can’t handle people around all the time, he’s ten times worse. My worst fear was there wouldn’t be any single rooms open. And there aren’t. He is in a double room. With a roommate. Telling him was sheer agony. He spiraled downward very quickly. He asked to be put in bed early. He didn’t sleep. I heard deep sighs from him all through the night.

The girl we pay to get him out of bed called at 6:30 this morning. She was sick and wouldn’t be here. Yikes. I called Warren to see if he could help but he was already out of town. I called another guy. He didn’t answer his phone. Finally called my sister. She isn’t supposed to lift but I needed to leave for work early. She was in bed. But I guess I’ve been doing this long enough that I don’t care. It’s her turn. I have a contingency plan for tomorrow if this girl is still sick.

So much more happening but I won’t bore you with it all now. Just moving ahead finally.

I’m tired. No, I’m exhausted. I’m worn out. But we are in the home stretch.

Last Day of 99 Cent Pricing! PRODIGY OF RAINBOW TOWER SALE!

What the Dreck?


Slush Pile

The Dreaded Slush Pile

Two popular terms among authors and readers make me cringe every time I see them—which is much too frequently. There are some very strong opinions about this subject, too.

  • dreck
  • slush pile

These terms generally refer to the ‘worst’ of the books, but this definition by itself creates some problems.

  • There is more than one way to define the word ‘worst.’ Do you mean editing, subject matter, sales rank, very short books, web content disguised as books, or something else entirely?
  • Thus, some authors take this the wrong way. “Are you talking about my book?”

Any one of these things, by itself, doesn’t necessarily make a book bad:

  • Maybe an author has a fantastic story, but on a low budget, chose not to invest in an editor without knowing if the book would sell. Given a choice, I’d rather have a great story that needs editing…

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Noah giveaway

Chance to win a DVD – share the news

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In case you haven’t heard, “Noah” is in stores today! 

The much talked about, somewhat controversial movie has finally been released and is available at a retail store near you.

Here is your chance to win a DVD/Blue Ray combo of your very own. Simply share this post to your favourite social media outlet and then drop a comment here  letting me know you did. A winner will be chosen at random in the following week and notified by email so the proper shipping address can be given.

US residents only (Sorry everyone else 😦 )

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Legends of Windemere Book Trailer!

Awesome trailer for Legends of Windemere series by the way Charles Yallowitz. Have you read any of them yet? I have and they are really good fantasy books. Looking forward to The Compass Key.

Legends of Windemere



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Elude (Reave Series #2) by C. Miller

Here is a review of the second in the Reave series. It’s in my TBR stack so I’m sure I will have my own review soon





Escaping is hard. Surviving is harder.

Aster has lived a life of servitude for ten years, but now she is determined to be free. Countless Reapers stand between her and the gate to New Bethel, and more await just past the walls. She’s spent her life being invisible, but in a world full of assassins, becoming close to any of them only makes you a target for the rest. Every step she takes puts her in more danger, closer to Reapers with unknown intentions. Unexpected friendships develop, but can she really trust any Reaper when they’ve all been trained to deceive? Aster and Chase know what awaits them outside the city, but can they get past it?

In Aster’s journey for freedom, she learns there are some things in life you can’t ever truly escape from, and that some steps can’t ever be taken back.

My Review:

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Rosie’s Book Review Challenge – A review from Susan

Review of Sue Vincent’s book ‘The Heart of Albion’

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Today I bring you a review from Susan. She blogs at

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Susan chose to review “The Heart of Albion” by Sue Vincent and Stuart France


Here is her review.

Extraordinary, in a word! ‘Unusual’ for another, and definitely original and thought provoking.
It begins with the fable of Jack and the Beanstalk which I was happy to revisit. I appreciated the psychological insight given by the two adventurers, Wen and Don as they discuss it. Fairy tales and fables, myths and legends contain hidden meanings and it is in this vein that their journey begins.
Wen and Don set off in the Silver Bullet (their car) with map in hand to find Albion somewhere in Devon; or so I was led to believe in the beginning. They are often in conversation making perceptive and imaginative leaps linking ancient tales with contemporary lives.
There is much play on words where…

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Blog Tour Poetry–Love: Lost and Found by Pamela Beckford

TIonia writes fair and honest reviews. If you aren’t reading them, you may be missing out on some great books to read. Thank you, Ionia, for spreading the word on my latest book.

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Alone (double cinquain)


So incomplete

Gazing at the moonlight

Wondering just when you’ll be here


With me

To start our lives

Never to leave again

Becoming whole and not just half

As one

Pamela has written a second collection of love poems. Poetry is an expression from deep within the soul. It can be therapeutic and healing. It can bring out all the best or the worst in life. Her poetry comes from the heart, not the head. It is an outpouring of emotion and she exposes it to the reader in the pages. Love: Lost and Found contains over 90 poems representing over a dozen different forms of poetry. The poems span the angst and despair of love lost to the exhilaration and ecstasy of a deep abiding love.

Love: Lost and Found has already received a five star review that says

“Pamela Beckford writes with…

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Guest Author TJ Therien

Great interview with a great guy. Hurry and get his book if you haven’t yet.

Rosie Amber

Today our guest is TJ Therien author of yesterday’s book The Scrolls of Scion: The Dark Queen Rising. Here is a link to my post.

TJ Therien

Let’s fins out more about TJ.

First I would like to thank Rosie for having me here and thank her for reading and reviewing my debut novel. I really do appreciate her taking the time out of her busy schedule for an obscure independent author.

1) Where is your home town?

I was born in East York and raised in North York, cities which no longer exist, having been absorbed by the Megacity of Metropolitan Toronto when it was created. I have also lived in Calgary, Alberta, Perry Sound, Ontario, Montreal, Quebec and made my home in the Eastern Townships of Quebec for most of the last decade before returning to Toronto at the end of June this year in order to promote my writing…

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The Heist by Daniel Silva Review

Gabriel Allon not only restores another painting, but he finds stolen paintings and solves a mystery

This is one of the best Allon mysteries. While you know it will all be okay in the end, you don’t know about the journey. And the journey is the best part of the story. It was an engaging story. And even though it is part of a series, they are written in such a way that someone who has not read them from the beginning will still know what has happened in other books.

One disappointment was the use of Gabriel’s team. I always enjoyed all the spycraft and their process. It just seemed to be lighter in that area.

I do recommend this, and all the other, Gabriel Allon book. I gave it five of five stars. Silva never disappoints

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