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I’m not too into Halloween. But as part of my job, I passed out bookmarks at Boo in Bluffton. The kids loved them which surprised me a little. I thought they would be disappointed it wasn’t candy. I even had one little boy exclaim “yay a bookmark. I read more than any human on earth!” That made me smile.

But my biggest smiles were the pictures from my grandson. He wanted to be an astronaut. So, of course, his fashion designer mother created an awesome costume. The helmet even lights up. I was disappointed I couldn’t see him in person but the pictures were pretty amazing.




Plus when I took candy for my dad to pass out, I told him he needed to wear his orange shirt for Halloween. I snapped a picture of him because I thought he looked really good.

Check out my Trick or Treat poem over at Poetry by Pamela

Help An Author

My friend Katie, of D/A Dialogues fame, has written a book. She is crowd sourcing it at IndieGoGo. Take a look at all the options for supporting an author (and getting a copy of her book at the same time!) here And don’t forget to watch the video too while you are there.

And spread the word. Let’s get Katie to her goals quickly.

Guardian Angels

Today I’m sooooo thankful that my daughter’s guardian angel was watching out for her. She and Soren were in her van all loaded for a weekend camping trip. Driving down the highway (at highway speeds), her tire fell off. Just fell off. I am so grateful that they didn’t get hurt or cause an accident.

It did mean a tow truck and the expense of getting it fixed. But that is way better than them being in an accident. She said that she’s heard it has been happening around her a lot. What is the point in loosening someone’s lug nuts?????

I was up at 4:30 am (who knew that was really a valid setting on an alarm clock???) because I was volunteering for our county health fair today. The good news is that I was able to get a complete blood workup done for free so I took advantage of that. Then I got to basically babysit the kids of parents who attended the health fair. We never had more than 6 children at a time so it wasn’t too bad.

Is a Series the new thing?

As you know, if you’ve read much of my blog at all, I read a lot. I always have. One of my favorite authors is Stephen King. Almost all of his books are individual, stand alone books. Other authors produce books that don’t have to have multiple books to tell their story.

I’m not talking about the same character in many books (Patterson’s Alex Cross, Silva’s Gabriel Allon and others). Those books can be read without having read any other books with the same character.

But the trend seems to be writing a multi book series. Is this a thing now? I have series fatigue. I want to enjoy a book…not necessarily a library of the same thing. There are sequels. And there are trilogies. But that’s where I really wish it would end. And no more 600 page books please. Is that really necessary?

Expand yourself. Write a book about something different than an expansion of an existing storyline.

One notable exception to a long series is Sarah Cradit’s House of Crimson and Clover series. Not only are they well written books and novellas, but they are not never ending books. And there is plenty of variety in the writing and story.

These are just the opinions of one reader so don’t bash me for not wanting to read 15 books about one thing. I’m sure there are those who will disagree with my opinion. (Isn’t that what makes the world so fun…we aren’t all alike).

Social Butterfly

I just have a few comments (strictly my opinion) about social media.

Do you have a Facebook page? Is it an author page? I follow several authors on Facebook. The best ones are those that let me know about their books, as well as enlighten me about something that may pertain to writing or a particular genre or topic. I (again this is just my personal opinion) think that personal topics are best left to personal pages. I’m not the author’s friend (and if I am I will be their personal Facebook friend) so I don’t think I should be involved in personal stuff. That doesn’t mean an author can’t talk about how they are motivated, their muses, their writing process, etc. But it does mean I don’t want to read about their trip to the grocery store or their cat’s hair balls.

And, if you want people to follow your blog AND your Facebook page, you need to make them different. Different content or at least added content on one or the other.

Social media takes time to make each platform unique. Not everyone can do all platforms. Nor should they try. Oh, and please don’t post on Facebook a bajillion times a day. Save it for your friends. Not your (potential) readers.

Twitter just complicates things. In order to get any traction with Twitter, you have to be prepared to post…a lot…at different times of the day and night.

And if the only thing I ever see from someone on any platform is them promoting their own book, I’m quickly disinterested. Life is so beautiful and filled with so many interesting stories and events. Plenty to talk about on Twitter besides your own book.

By the way, the extreme examples I have seen are not any of my blogging friends. But in case you are looking at spreading your wings into social media, these are the opinions of one person.

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I had a good weekend. How about you?

Time to play around with some graphics for an upcoming project. Time to clean dad’s house one last time (auction is scheduled for 11/12). Time to have lunch with a friend. Time to have dinner with another friend visiting from Florida. Time to visit with my dad every day. Time to do laundry. Time to have leisurely mornings (very important for us non morning type people). Time to grocery shop (one of my least favorite activities). Time to just putter around.

What I didn’t have time for was to read. BooHoo! I need a reading vacation. Preferably somewhere warm. I’m working on making that happen, although realistically probably not until February or March. By then I will be more than ready for some warmer weather. So maybe I should aim for November.

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The Night Ones: Legacy of the Night Ones by Gwen Bristol Review
What a charming book. I kept imagining reading this if I was a young girl. I know I would have been pulled into the story immediately. I would have identified with Lily. I know that because even now I enjoyed the story. I was cheering for Lily and Brand and Seth throughout the book as they had various adventures.

I particularly enjoyed the fact that there wasn’t a lot of graphic battling in the book. I’m not a big reader of fantasies and I really don’t need all the graphic details of bloodshed. Bristol did a great job of describing every scene in a way that even children could enjoy it.

My only disappointment with the book was that there seemed to be too many (more than a few) either missing words or duplicated words. It slowed down my reading because I would have to re-read a passage.

I gave this four out of five stars because the story was captivating, the book was easy to read, and the characters felt like friends.

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