Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tidbits of My Life

Highlights from this summer and September!

Smiling at the grandboys swim and play! 
Wild water creatures. :)

Enjoying watching hubby 
work in the snack shack at camp

Grandson Jonathan making 
his own invention at S.S.

Making Memes for book promotion!

Book Table at the Dayton Scribes one day conference 
where I spoke this month.

Finished third book in 
Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery series
Waiting on release date!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

On Passionate Writing: Conversation

The real art of conversation
is not only to say the right thing at the right time,
but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing
at the tempting moment.

How true!

It's so easy to say what we think--or not think.
Those of us who are "chatter boxes," rattle on and on,
sometimes not realizing how boring, how irritating
our constant speech
about our life, our problems, our ideas
can be.

Sometimes we say hurtful things, meaning to
or not.
But is it because we talk too much?
Is it because we're too thoughtless?

When someone insults us
or cuts us off
or betrays us
or whatever.

How do we respond?
How do we react?

Prayer is the key.
Ask God to guard our lips and our tongue.
To say only what he would have us to say

It could possibly be the hardest thing we've been called to do.
The Bible cautions us to guard our tongue.
To not wound
To keep the peace
To encourage
To uplift.

In so doing, we've climbed that ladder to heaven
just a bit higher!


Wednesday, September 07, 2016

From Amish Author to Suspense, Mary Ellis woos the reader into her scenarios and coaxes the enjoyment from them. Talented and dedicated to producing authentic and great books, Mary is an award winning author. Enjoy this sample of one of her suspenses I'm recommending this month!

What Happened on Beale Street by Mary Ellis
Blurb:                                                                                                                                                What Happened on Beale St.         What Happened on Beale Street is an exciting addition to the Secrets of the South Mysteries from bestselling author Mary Ellis. These standalone, complex crime dramas follow a private investigator’s quest to make the world a better place…solving one case at a time.                                                                                                                                                                                   A cryptic plea for help from a childhood friend sends cousins Nate and Nicki Price from New Orleans to Memphis, the home of scrumptious barbecue and soulful blues music. When they arrive at Danny Andre’s last known address, they discover signs of a struggle and a lifestyle not in keeping with the former choirboy they fondly remember.                           
                                                                                                                Danny’s sister, Isabelle, reluctantly accepts their help. She and Nate aren’t on the best of terms due to a complicated past, yet they will have to get beyond that if they want to save Danny.                                                                                                                                                             
On top of Danny’s alarming disappearance and his troubled relationship with Isabelle, Nate also has to rein in his favorite cousin’s overzealousness as a new and eager PI. Confronted with a possible murder, mystery, and mayhem in the land of the Delta blues, Nate must rely on his faith and investigative experience to keep one or more of them from getting killed.amas follow a 
My Review:                                                                                                                                                As usual, Ellis delivers well developed characters and a carefully crafted plot. The tension between Nikki and her boss is believable and real. the setting in a historic hotel in Memphis, alive and rich with musical blues and delicious southern cooking, the reader will sense the placing of the story and will firmly feel themselves a part of the story. With two ongoing mysteries--the death of friend Danny and the stolen jewels, the novel is sure to keep the attention of any lover of mysteries. Well done again, Mrs Ellis.

About Mary:
Mary Ellis has written twelve award-winning novels set in the Amish community and several historical romances set during the Civil War. Her latest, Midnight on the Mississippi, first of a new mystery series, Secrets of the South, is set in New Orleans. Before "retiring" to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate, a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. Mary enjoys traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming, and lives in Ohio with her husband, dog and cat. 

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Happy Reading!