Friday, May 29, 2020

Rambling Friday: The End!

Are there any happier words to write for an author than "The End"?

I think not.

Now I'm not talking about my personal life nor my spiritual life. I'm talking about my writing life. And when I say, I'm delirious with delight at writing those two simple words, I mean it! :) 

Having a rather unfruitful 2019 in accomplishing much writing, this year has been a total delight when I set my goals and finish a 90,000-word fiction book in about two and a half months.

Amazing! I'm on a roll!

MORE information on the book (and it's a doozy!) later.

I must remember: editing slows me down. Promotions will slow me down. BUT...

I have my Chore and Word Crawl list, and...
I can do this!


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Serious Wednesday: Welcome, Linda Weaver Clarke!

It's always a pleasure to welcome Linda to Sunnybank Secrets blog. Today, we'll learn more about her newest cozy mystery book, Amelia Moore Mysteries. It sounds fantastic! Read on!

In this mystery series, Amelia Moore is the founder of the Moore Detective Agency and specializes
in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations. With the help of Rick Bonito, her business is flourishing. This series is available as seven individual novels or as three volumes.

In Amelia Moore Mysteries, Volume 1, they travel to exotic places such as Bali Island in Indonesia, Ireland where she gets to kiss the Blarney Stone, and Mexico where she experiences what a rain forest is really like. Volume 1 includes three cozy mysteries.

If you have longed to visit an exotic island, The Bali Mystery will take you there. When Mrs. Brody hires Amelia and Rick to find her missing brother, they find themselves in Bali, Indonesia. They are mystified why her brother quit his job, put his home up for sale, and ran off to this mysterious and exotic island without telling a soul.

Ireland is the next place you can visit with Amelia and Rick. When Amelia is hired to search for her client’s grandparents in The Shamrock Case, the case takes them to Ireland. Kate must learn about her heritage. Who are her grandparents and could they still be alive after all these years? Why did her parents leave Ireland suddenly and move to America? Is there more to this case than meets the eye?

The last place Amelia was thinking of visiting was Mexico. In The Missing Heir, Dell Murphy has passed on and left a fortune to his nephew. He wants his nephew to continue his work at the orphanage in Mexico, but there is one problem. Neal Woods is missing! If Amelia and Rick can’t find him soon, the fortune will be turned over to Dell’s brother and sister who intend to close down “Uncle Dell’s Orphanage.” If that happens, where will the children go?

In Amelia Moore Mysteries, Volume 2, they travel to the haunted Stanley Hotel at Estes Park in Colorado and Color Country in Southern Utah where they visit Zion National Park. Volume 2 includes two cozy mysteries.

In The Mysterious Doll, Pauline Jones is confused about why her boyfriend took off without telling a soul where he was going. But that isn’t all. Sam Whitaker is accused of stealing a valuable porcelain doll from the museum. His disappearance makes him look guilty, but Pauline is convinced he is innocent. When Amelia finds Sam, she realizes they need to prove his innocence. Where is the antique doll and who has taken it?

In Her Lost Love, Julie Anderson feels a need to find the man she fell deeply in love with during her youth. That was twenty-five years ago. When Julie went off to college to become a lawyer, she lost contact with her high school sweetheart. She now wants to know what became of Joey and why he stopped writing to her? This is an assignment that intrigues Amelia. The thought of finding a long-lost love seems quite romantic.

In Amelia Moore Mysteries, Volume 3, they travel to the beautiful Louisiana Bayous and visit many intriguing lighthouses along the coast. Volume 3 includes two cozy mysteries.

In Mystery on the Bayou, Amelia is approached by a woman who is concerned about the son she gave up for adoption sixteen years ago. Millie fears he has inherited Marfan’s Syndrome from her side of the family. Not only that, but she has been having nightmares that make her fear he is in danger. She petitioned the court to view the sealed records but was refused. Will Amelia and Rick be able to convince the courts to help them? If her son is in danger, will they get there in time?

In The Lighthouse Secret, Rick Bonito’s uncle supposedly drowned five years ago and his body was never found, but something did not seem right about the report. Uncle Antonio was an excellent swimmer. His disappearance seems quite suspicious to Rick’s father. He never felt the complete truth had come out about his brother. It is now up to Amelia and Rick to find out the truth about his uncle.

“This is a cozy mystery, but there is also suspense, danger and, of course, romance. You have all the makings of an exciting novel.” --Library of Clean Reads

“Amelia and Rick have the makings of being a lasting couple that readers will adore and root for. Clarke knows both her characters and locations well and it shines through each word she writes.” --Socrates Book Review

Author Bio: 

Linda Weaver Clarke was raised in the Rocky Mountains of Southern Idaho and now lives among the red hills of southern Utah. She is the author of Historical Romances, Swashbuckling Romances, Cozy Mysteries, Mystery Suspense, a Children’s Book, and Nonfiction. Linda is a missionary at the Family Search Center where she helps people find their ancestors so they can learn about their heritage. To learn more, visit

Linda’s Website:
Historical Romance Blog:

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Sunday Morning Sunshine: Pink Flower Sunshine!

According to the story, it was the dogwood that provided the wood, Jesus was crucified on.
Not true!
Dogwood trees do not grow naturally in Israel.

The flower, however, symbolizes 
affection and love, 
reliability and durability. 

Do you know what a honeysuckle flower means?
Pure and simple:  HAPPINESS!

The delicate Azalea is said to protray
femininity and gentleness in a woman.

Wow! What a flower!
Pink roses indicate:
femininity, elegance, refinement, gentleness.
What better way to express your love to your favorite person? 

Happy Day!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Rambling Friday: And This, too, Shall Pass

Pandemic. Day after day of rain. Unemployment for many. Unpaid bills. Sickness. Death.

Problems come. That's for sure. And for some, it seems to never end. But there's always an end. It might not be what we want, what we've looked for, what we hoped for, but an end does come.

As I've watched the weather this week, day after day of rain, cold weather, a return to warm clothes and heat, I wondered when we'd see that warm spring weather again. As I saw a break in the rain, I thought, "Is this it? Is this the end of this period of rain?" But it wasn't. Minutes later, rain began to pour from the skies.

I used to love to ice skate, to play and walk in the snow, but not so much anymore. It's a beautiful season, untouched snow-yards, hanging branches laden with wet snow, snowmen dressed up in humans' finest outdoor wear. But my love has waned for that season. Now I prefer warm weather, beaches, walking in the sand, flowers and all that goes with spring, summer and fall.

But I also know winter will pass. As will summer, spring and fall. All things circle back to what we love, to what we dislike/hate, to, again, what we like/enjoy. It's the circle of life.

What's next? Who knows? But what I do know, God has control. He sees us, He cares for us. He knows what is needed, and will give what we need, whether it's strength, encouragement, hope, assurance, or whatever.

Whatever the problem, THIS TOO SHALL PASS!

Right now, Rejoice and be glad. We can do this!

Stay positive!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Serious Wednesday: A Winner, and More About Suspense!

Time to announce a WINNER!
Dawn Psik
You are the winner of Shirley Reye Redmond's 
Courageous World Changers!


More About Suspense...

Let's talk about some examples of suspense. 

If you want to create suspense in your books, use Words. Certain words are powerful in creating atmospheres and emotions. Take a book like Tarzan. When the gorilla is described by Jane as an antagonist, what is brought to mind? A powerful beast? A creature who is much stronger than mankind? Something to be feared? A danger? Use your words to bring images to the readers' minds. 

Use Irony. For example, the reader will know that such and such is not guilty, is not in the wrong, is not unworthy, etc. BUT by using a character who constantly drills into the other person's head that his companion is guilty, tension will build in that character's life. The reader will feel the stress, the sense that any moment something is going to cause a serious problem. Look at Shakespeare's Othello. It's a perfect example.

*  And if you like fantasy, consider a vampire and a normal girl who fall in love. Think about the always-present temptation to suck the blood from his beloved. Twilight would come under this situation and be a good one to study. 

Remember, whether it's internal or external tension, it keeps your readers on the edge of their seats. Study it, write it, use it. Your readers will love it! 

Happy writing!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday Morning Sunshine: It's all about May!

May it is!
May Quotes...

I'm only wishing to go a'fishing, 
For this the month of May was made.
--Henry Van Dyke

You are as welcome as the flowers of May!
--Charles Macklin

Tis a month before the month of May
And the spring comes slowly up this way.
--Samuel Taylor Coleridge

May more than any other month of the year,
wants us to feel most alive.
--Fennel Hudson

Let all thy joys be as the month of May,
And all thy days be as a marriage day.
--Francis Quarles

The world's favorite season is the Spring,
All things seem possible in May.
--Edwin Way Teale

I thought that Spring must last forevermore,
For I was young and loved and it was May.
--Vera Brittain

A great difference between May and Day is the M and D!
Be a good managing Director of your life in the month of May.
--Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Serious Wednesday: Winner! And Normal Gail is sharing about her upcoming new book release!


Roxanne C, you are the winner of Susan Page Davis' book:
The Scottish Lass

You have until May 20th to contact me with your email address. 

Now on to our next post with Norma Gail!

Readers! I'm happy to announce Norma Gail's next book is releasing soon. 

Your choice:
Her first one: Land of my Dreams
or (if you don't mind waiting till release day)
her upcoming second one: Within Golden Bands
to have a chance to win a book!


Now let's see what she has to say about her newest book!

Within Golden Bands
by Norma Gail

Within Golden Bands was a long time coming. Life often interferes with our plans in ways we never imagined. Six years following the first book in my A Home for My Heart series, Land of My Dreams, the sequel will release on May 19th. The book stands alone, but almost all the beloved characters are back. This is an exciting return to the misty, emerald Scottish Highlands, which stole my heart when we visited in 2006.

This book is the story of my heart. You see, I have been waiting too, through many family and personal situations. When I finished, I knew God had given me the story. Sometimes, when an author sits down to write, the characters act on their own, new people pop up from nowhere, and events appear on the page almost before they enter the writer’s mind. Such was the case for Within Golden Bands.

As the mother of two adopted children, the topics of infertility and adoption are close to my heart. More of that emotion remains inside me than I knew, and though it isn’t my story, it fits the mold of the anguish couples feel when a family doesn’t come easy. Such decisions can place a lot of pressure on a marriage. When those emotions are compounded by attacks that threaten not only the livelihood but the lives of the characters, it brings unimaginable pressure on a newly married couple.

It is my intention to write in a way that reveals how faith in God carries us through any trial we face and brings us out stronger on the other side. Kieran and Bonny MacDonell know what the Bible says about marriage but they must learn to apply it when their hearts are bleeding and someone wants them dead.

Book Blurb:
Newly married Bonny MacDonell finds the transition from American college professor to Scottish sheep farmer’s wife more difficult than she expected. When her miracle pregnancy ends in a devastating miscarriage, she fears her husband's reaction will hurt more than the loss of their child.

But Kieran never shows up at the hospital. When found, he is beaten and unconscious. The only memory of his attacker is the words, “Get off my land.” Reeling from the threat to her husband and the loss of their child, Bonny struggles to hold her marriage together. When faith in love is not enough, where do you turn?

Author Bio:

Norma Gail writes Fiction to Refresh Your Spirit. Her contemporary novels, Land of My Dreams, which won the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award, and Within Golden Bands, explore the theme of women whose faith triumphs over trials. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, she enjoys reading, writing, family history, and writer’s conferences. She lives in the New Mexico mountains with her husband of 44 years. They have two adult children.

Social media links:
Author website –

Book Links:

Thanks for joining me here today, Norma! 
Readers, please check back here on this blog within two weeks, May 27, (on a Wednesday) to find out if YOU won her book! 

Rambling Friday: The End!

Are there any happier words to write for an author than "The End"? I think not. Now I'm not talking about my personal li...