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Day is Done

What a day. What a weekend. I’m putting the labor into Labor Day for sure.

Trying to set up a garage sale. I worked 7 hours yesterday sorting through boxes of junk treasures. And then pricing everything. Dad will, of course, tell us we priced it all too low.

Then today I worked an additional 4 hours sorting my own priceless possessions. I cleaned out every kitchen cupboard, two linen closets, one catch-all guest room closet, the closet under the stairs and other cabinets. Who buys all this stuff????

We are having a ginormous sale. Of course, I won’t make much money since I am pricing it all to sell. I also know that I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of stuff I should get rid of.

I’m exhausted. I’m hot. I’m sweaty. But it has been a good couple of days. I’ve accomplished a ton of stuff. One more day of cleaning before I go back to work. But I feel good about it all.

Kindle Countdown Offer – The Initiate

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A Kindle Countdown price promotion will be running from 30th August to 5th September on Amazon UKand

The Initiate:

Adventures in Sacred Chromatography

The Initiate is the first book in the Triad of Albion series, an adventure in the landscape of the sacred heart of England… Albion… a place where giants dance in stone, where trees whisper secrets and ancient sites are layered deep in the earth.

“We are… without question…going to get locked up!”

BookCoverPreviewinitiate forntA trip to the ancient White Horse at Uffington, carved into the chalk in millennia past; a track, five thousand years old, that through the mists to a magic of Wayland’s Smithy and the gnarled stones of the circle at Rollright… overhead the hawks wheel… it is just supposed to be a day out in the landscape for Don and Wen.

But a chance visit to a medieval church leads the friends to…

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Daddy’s Girl

Whew! What a day.

Work was insane today. Had a couple of back to back special meetings. They went really well, but left me drained.

Then off to see my dad. I think he truly is happy. He has laughed more lately than he has for years. He’s eating great and generally has a great attitude. This all makes me happy. I’m grateful that now he and I can just enjoy each other’s company. I still have to take care if his affairs, but it’s mostly routine stuff. He and I giggled tonight when he was telling me a story of someone he saw in therapy today. And again when something happened with his roommate. I do love my dad and this time together is precious.

And did you see my feature on The Story Reading Ape’s blog? Tell me what you think.

The Compass Key review
This is the 5th book in the Legends of Windemere series. And I think one of my favorites.

Luke, Nyx, Fizzle and others all return for another grand adventure. I felt like I got to know the characters better through the events in this book. There was no lack of excitement. Yallowitz is a master of the epic battle scenes. His descriptions make me feel as if I was in the ice chamber or the swamp with the champions. I especially liked the expanded role for my favorite – Fizzle.

If you haven’t read this series yet, I would encourage you to get started. They are a delight. Definitely a five star book.


I really haven’t been in the blogging habit of late. I have been reading your blogs (at least a few of them), I have taken time to “like” some of the posts, I have even reblogged a few. But my WP app on my iPhone is screwy and prevents me from commenting as much as I would like. But I’ve been here and I will try and be better.


So, what’s new with me? Not really a lot. Visiting my dad in the nursing home every day, but at least I’m able to get home every evening and even go out with friends from time to time.

I have been complaining that my van doesn’t drive right (not always though). It has felt like it wasn’t always getting gas. Of course, I’m just a dumb woman. Warren noticed a time or two but he would fiddle with something or other under the hood and it seemed to be okay. I think that was just dumb luck because the next day it would happen again. Well, tonight we went to the dreaded mall (I hate shopping). It is about 40-45 miles away from home. I drove. We came out and got in the van and I started it – well, I tried to start it. It wouldn’t start for anything. 

The good news is that Warren was with me. The bad news is that it didn’t matter and I couldn’t call him to come and get me. I did call a friend who lives nearby and she came and picked us up and drove us home. The other good thing is that my dad has his ramp van at the nursing home. Since he can’t drive, he obviously doesn’t need it. So, we went down there again tonight and I picked it up so I could get to work.

We suspected it was the fuel pump. I looked online and pulled up symptoms of a fuel pump going out. Guess what – every single symptom are the things I’ve been complaining about.

Next step, find a fuel pump. Well, really the next step is for him to rent a car dolly and drive up to get my van tomorrow and tow it home. But THEN we need a fuel pump. Called Auto Zone and they want $321.99 for the parts. OUCH!!!!! Again, back online – I can order the exact same thing for between $60-$80. Of course it means waiting for the part. But for that much of a difference I will just drive my dad’s van. Warren can replace the part thankfully.

So, it has been an eventful night – I think it is a sign that I should go to bed and pull the covers over my head. But first, I have two chapters to finish in Charles Yallowitz’ The Compass Key and a review to write. It seems I have only been reading late at night and I keep falling asleep. Tonight I will finish it no matter what though. Watch for a review later.

Review: Red Clay and Roses by S.K. Nicholls

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At first glance you might be forgiven for thinking this a ‘woman’s book’. Its characters revolve around women and some of the issues raised are certainly primarily feminine; though even there the writer challenges preconceptions for these issues should be primarily human. It is not the literary equivalent of a chic flick… it is a book that makes you think. It is not always a comfortable read, but it is well written, well told and engrossing.

I saw a post by S.K. Nicolls on her website. Susan tells a good story, even within the limited scope of a blog post, and the details of her personal journey of discovery intrigued me. I bought the book.

Without giving the story away Red Clay and Roses explores the culture of the Southern States at a time in history when the various strata of society were as distinctly separate as oil and water…

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The Compass Key by Charles Yallowitz

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Available on Amazon for $2.99!

Listed on Goodreads!

Dive back into a world of fantasy adventure with Legends of Windemere: The Compass Key!

Book Blurb:

Swords will clash and spells will fly in the newest adventure of young warrior Luke Callindor, Nyx the magic-flinging caster, and their friends.

With Sari captured by their enemies, the champions of Windemere are determined to get her back and destroy the Lich’s castle. Little do they realize, their battles in the Caster Swamp are only the beginning of this adventure. Trinity and her Chaos Elves have invaded the city of Gaia in search of a relic called the Compass Key. Rumored to be the key to rescuing Sari from a magical island, our heroes are in a race to find the mysterious artifact.

Which side will claim the Compass Key? And, what will our heroes do when they’re faced with an enemy whose evil power overshadows anything they have ever faced?

New to Windemere? Then check it Volumes 1-4 of this exciting series by CLICKING ON THEIR COVERS!

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

“I greatly enjoyed the vivid characters, the gripping plot, and the refreshingly unique writing style (present tense).

“This the start of a great series and i cant wait to read to read more.

“FANTASTIC, RIVETING READING. Great characters, fantasy, magic, mystery and adventure all in one series.” – S/F Old Reader 1962


Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

“There is plenty of drama and action; everyone has a battle or crisis at some point in the story. The adventure, betrayal, loss, and grief throughout this installment makes it a must read for any upper MG or YA.” – Lilysback

“The series kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for more.” – C. Dewey

“This book is a wonderful mix of magic, mystery and adventure. With well developed characters. I look forward to the next installment.” – Amazon Customer


Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

“The action is very well written and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Also the story is engaging and it flows very well and it keeps your attention right up until the very last page.” –

“This book is alive with great action new characters and unexpected twists.” -Eugene Chambliss

“One of the things I love most about this series are all the characters! They are developed so well that I feel like I know them personally. Even the newly introduced characters fit in immediately.” -BarbBookWorm


Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

“This book follows a linear path from the last book in the series, and this series has everything; intrigue, battles, romance(but not too mushy), plot intelligence, and great storytelling. Really looking forward to the next book!” -lala

“This book would easily compare to Brooks, and sets a good pace. Looks forward to next chapters.” -Mark Potterf Sr

“I really enjoy the battle scenes and the inventiveness and creativity of the author. There is also further character development as we get to know them just a little bit more. The fights are fast paced and held my interest.” -Pamela Beckford

Enjoy the adventure!

A Little Inside Information About My Book -My GRL

Give this a read (the blog and the book)

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I have been asked a number of times about the inspiration for My GRL and I have decided to begin discussing some of the aspects of the book. One reason is to take advantage of this space to help promote the book (gasp). The other is to give some information about the book hoping those who have read it and those who have not may find some interest in background information. So everyone is on the same page here is a brief synopsis of the book. My GRL is the story of a successful San Francisco lawyer who wants to take a break from practicing law. He thinks it would be nice to run a fishing charter business and decides to buy a really nice boat. he is totally unaware that his new boat has been earmarked by a group of terrorists to be used to launch an attack on…

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…is Master Gallacher really that nuts?… or, how I nurture part of my SOSYAL NETWURK… #TBSU…

Crazy or not, Seamus definitely has a handle on marketing.

Seumas Gallacher


…I’ve been asked by a few SOSYAL NETWURK pals to share again what I’m up to with my loopy ‘Awards’ system… now, be warned, this should not be read alone at home, and certainly not without a safety net… it has long been surmised that I may have a few bats loose in my cerebral belfry… the following exposition may prove that to be the case… be that as it may, they say there’s often much method in one’s madness… and here’s mine… ever since clambering aboard the whirligig that constitutes the self-publishing universe a few years ago, I decided to embrace 100% the tenet that an author, independent scribbler or otherwise, is well-advised to be immersed in the SOSYAL NETWURKS… it’s a major part of being present and accounted for in our industry… I indulge several aspects of that, including Twitter, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Tumbler, Stumbleupon, and others…

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Weekend plans

I’m so thankful today is Friday. I’m ready for a quiet weekend.

It felt like a productive week. It also felt like a long week. I hope I can rest this weekend. In fact, my plan is to lay in the sun and read and sleep.

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