Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Serious Wednesday: It's Coming Soon...


Wills Mason is loved by everyone but Claire Rayner who cannot forgive him for his and her sister's unmerciful, youthful teasing. But now, grown up and serving as a civilian spy, Wills must prove that Claire is not willingly relaying messages to the enemy, as his colonel believes, even when all evidence points that way. Can he prove he's changed and can be trusted to cherish her heart as she deserves to be loved?

From childhood up, Claire Anne Rayner has despised the man who's like a brother and son to the rest of the Rayner House residents. But when she puts her musical training on hold and begins singing to the troops as a means of helping support and encourage them, she is pulled into a mysterious spy's efforts to destroy a certain high-ranking man.

Will the web of deceit the mysterious German spy is weaving destroy their one chance of happiness with each other, or can they both let go of the past and work together to bring the spy to justice?


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Sunday Morning Sunshine: A Brave Thing

 It is a brave thing to have courage to be an individual.

It is also, perhaps, a lonely thing.

But it is better than not being an individual,

which is to be nobody at all.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday, September 25, 2020

Rambling Friday: I Love Our Country

I love our country! In spite of the troubles we go through, our desires that sometimes aren't fulfilled, and the unrest in the world, we are still very, very much blest to have the opportunities and privileges given to us. 

My desires are simple:
  • share life with my family: talking, traveling, laughing, enjoying time spent together
  • writing the books on my heart as long as our good God gives me the mind and ability to do so.
  • Living a simple, peaceful life with all things I enjoy around me. A porch swing, flowers and plants and trees, good, healthy food, visits with friends and family, church, and books. 
  • traveling as able. It doesn't have to be a continent away. There are so many places still needing to be visited! 
  • Church and God. Last on the list, but first in my heart. A way to encourage the peace God gives to grow in strength. 
When I grumble, when I complain, when I'm upset, worried, fretful, or afraid, I remember that I have so much. 

What are your 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Serious Wednesday: Variations of Mystery Books

 What are some, if not all, types of mystery books?  

  • traditional, cozy, malice:  cozy settings (which can be in a city as long as the setting is confined and cozy) 
  • Golden Age: took place (roughly) from the late 1900s thru the end of WWII. 
  • Hardboiled PI:  a loner who works for justice in a corrupt world.
  • Noir:  works carrying a pessimistic view of the world; emerged during the 1930s.
  • Paranormal/urban fantasy:  echoes of nineteenth-century Gothic works.
  • Police Procedural:  follows cops in their investigations.
There are more...and subgenres that include suspense and other genres in the writing. 

Are you writing a mystery book? 
What subgenre are you using? 
Want to share a line of your work?  

Here's mine:
No pulse. But I had known there wouldn't be. The bullet hole in his head said it all.

Happy mystery book writing! 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sunday Morning Sunshine: If You Want to Be Loved

Don't contradict people
, even if you're sure you are right.

Don't be inquisitive about the affairs of even your most intimate friends., even

Don't underrate anything because you don't possess it.

Don't believe that everybody else in the world is happier than you.

Don't conclude that you have never had any opportunities in life.

Don't be rude to your inferiors in social position.

Don't repeat gossip, even if it does interest a crowd.

Learn to hide your aches and pains under a pleasant smile. Few care whethere you have earache, headache, or rheumatism.

Learn to attend to your own business.

Do not try to be anything else but a gentleman or a gentlewoman, and that means one who has consideration for the whole world, and whose life is governed by the Golden Rule. "Do unto others as you would be done by."

Ouch?  or Amen?

Friday, September 18, 2020

Rambling Friday: Friends

 74 Inspiring Friendship Quotes

I've been thinking of two of my best friends: Jamin and Sharon, and what they mean to me. So those thoughts led me to this:

What are the three types of friendship according to Aristotle?

  • A friendship of utility: it exists between you and someone who is useful to you in some way.
  • A friendship of pleasure: which exists between you and someone whose company you enjoy.
  • A friendship of the good:  this is based on mutual respect and admiration.
In my estimation, all three are good and beneficial to life. 
Now which category do my two best friends fit into? 

All of them! 
  • Sharon and Jamin are both useful to me, as I hope I am to them in one way or another. We all love to write, we share our work, we share suggestions, critiques and thoughts about our writing. We can talk of other things too when we need to.
  • We can giggle and laugh, talk seriously or not at all for days at a time, but when we do, it's sisterly and friendly.
  • I know I certainly do respect and admire them, and I believe they do me. 

  • A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

  • If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.

  • The scripture says:
  • Jesus is a friend who sticks closer than a brother! 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Serious Wednesday: How do I Review a Book for an Author?

Reviews are like handing an author a hunk of gold!

                                             Reviews make an author smile or cry.

Reviews are good for the book.

One review is really nice. Fifty reviews are perfection.

The question: How can readers review and share about an author's book?

Here are a few ideas:

  • When an author has a new book out, buy (if you can) the book and write a review as soon as
    you can! If you win a copy or are given one, write a review. Share about it on your social media links, tell others about it. When you see the author post something relative to the book, share it with others. Anything to help the author promote their new product is helpful. If you win or given a copy, always make sure you include words that "you were under no obligation to give a good review" or "This is my honest review. I was under no obligation to review." 
Remember:   Being an author is like running a business. Reviews help their credibility, integrity, and encourage other readers to buy the book. 

Your author will thank you!

Serious Wednesday: It's Coming Soon...

  Wills Mason is loved by everyone but Claire Rayner who cannot forgive him for his and her sister's unmerciful, youthful teasing. But n...