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Writer’s Digest Self-Published Authors Competition Results

Entered Wake-Robin Ridge in a self-published authors contest sponsored by Writer’s Digest, just to get the “brief critique” promised to all entrants. (I had no thoughts of winning, you understand. This contest is huge, and many contestants have been doing this a long, long time, and are very good.) Finally got my long-awaited critique, and was very pleased and Read more…

Still Here!!


The Naiad
St. Johns River Eco Tours
Moored at Highbanks Marina, DeBary Florida

So sorry I’ve been MIA for the last two weeks, but I have been spending most of my days at the hospital with my 89-year-old mother, who fell and broke her hip and her wrist. This has been a very exhausting time for all of us, her in particular, and she has had some ups and downs, requiring more than one procedure to help her get back on track. Today was a better day than yesterday, so I’m hoping she will soon be able to continue with her physical therapy and get back to her room and her friends at the nursing home where she lives. She misses her room & her things, and her friends there. And they miss her.

I’m hoping to have some time to get a few reviews up in the next day or two, if all goes well. In the meantime, I have a wonderful link I want to share with you. Some of you know I’m writing my 2nd book now, set in Florida, amidst our beautiful rivers and wildlife. My heroine runs an Eco-Tour boat on the St. Johns River, which is interesting in itself, being one of very few rivers in the country that flows north. The St. Johns is incredibly beautiful and teeming with all manner of wildlife and birds. There is a wonderful lady who has her own eco-tour boat, based at Highbanks Marina in DeBary, Florida. I’ve been on her tour, and she was my inspiration for my new heroine, Maggie Devlin. Monday I took a break from everything for a short time & drove to the marina to interview her about her life on the river. I had a list of questions for her, and she very graciously took me out for an hour’s ride in her smaller pontoon boat, while answering my questions and sharing some interesting stories about her tours.

If any of you are in this area, you really should do yourself a favor and go for a ride with Captain Jeanne Bell, on her lovely boat, The Naiad. You’ll enjoy every minute of the roughly 2-hour cruise, and you’ll see all sorts of fun stuff like alligators, wading birds, eagles, deer, and maybe even manatees or a bobcat. You never know what you might come across. Please check out her website to see some great photos. And on the main page is a terrific video showing you what the cruise is like. (Be sure to click the icon in the lower right corner to see it full sized.) And just think…that’s where I went to relax Monday, when the pressure of the last two weeks got to be too much. It was so beautiful! (We even saw purple gallinules, one of my favorite water birds. This is not my photo, but really shows what a gorgeous bird this is.)


Here’s the link for you. Check it out! And go see Captain Jeanne when you are in DeBary!   St.  Johns River Eco-Tours


A Couple of Things

Just wanted to update you guys on why it’s been slow here the last couple of days. First of all, I had cataract surgery a month ago, and was making a great recvoery, with much improved vision when a large floater broke loose and anchored itself directly over my pupil. This has compromised my vision greatly, and apparently, there is nothing to be done about it. I may consult a retinal specialist later on, when I see how well I adjust to my now severely limited vision, but I’ve been told that type of surgery is very risky, and I may not want to consider it. This wouldn’t be as bad if I could use my other eye at all, but I don’t. So I am now restricted in my actions, and even driving has become a challenge. I can still use my computer, but not for the number of hours I was used to spending here. THIS part will get better, though. I’m not going to give up, believe me. It’s just been hard to spend much time here, and I’ve been going back and forth to various doctors about this problem.

Then, late yesterday, my mother (who lives in a nursing home) had a bad fall and was taken to the ER. I wasn’t able to drive after dark, so I couldn’t get over there, but she has broken both her wrist and her hip, and is scheduled for major surgery for hip repair/replacement today. I can drive to the hospital this morning, in daylight hours. It’s close, and I can take little back roads the whole way, so it should be all right. (My eye doctor says I’m just to avoid driving very far until I get used to this issue and more comfortable with seeing “around” this blockage, so I’m not totally crazy in driving over there. I just have to be cautious). I will be there all day, and I’m not sure what the rest of the week will look like. My mother is 89 and has Parkinson’s, and I’m very worried about her recovery from this, so I will probably be over there a lot during the next few days.

So, if you wonder where I went, now you know. But I will try to post in the evenings when I’m back home. I have a few more books to get reviewed, for one thing. Take care of yourselves, O Wonderful Followers!! I’ll be back soon, I promise! In the meantime, stay safe!!

Bookin’ It News!


Good morning, Fellow Book Lovers! Just wanted to touch base quickly on two bits of news, both related to my new novel, Wake-Robin Ridge. Then it’s back to business as usual, with two new book reviews I hope to get up today.

First, if you purchased an early copy of Wake-Robin Ridge, you might find some typos that seem to have been generated by Book Gremlins during the upload process to Kindle. I think they slipped into my library in the dead of night and made nasty changes to punctuation and a few other things, while I slept innocently, dreaming only of my immense satisfaction of having finally finished the book. I’m sure–sure, I tell you–that those errors didn’t come from me! No, no. I won’t have that! At any rate, gremlins or no, I just want to let you purchasers who downloaded before 9/2/13  know you are entitled to a free, corrected update, and I definitely want to see that you get one. Stay tuned to this blog to find out more on that. Or email me privately, if you wish.

For those who haven’t downloaded the book yet, (notice I say “yet” … :D) it has been re-proofed, and I think it’s looking pretty good now. You should be safe! Download away!

The second bit of news is that I’m going to establish a separate page here on this blog for “Author News” on Wake-Robin Ridge, Summer Magic, and any other writing I publish in the months ahead, for those who want to track give-aways, news on new releases, and other things related to the writing part of my life now.  That way, I can keep the original part of this blog set up for those who are more interested in book reviews, and yet still have a way of sharing writing milestones with you.

Hope this will work out well for everyone. More as things take shape! Now, as you were, folks. Back to your Labor Day Weekend. Hope it’s a good one!

Go Granny, Go Granny, Go Granny, Go!


*me, humming the Beach Boys around here, as I finish packing*

Just a quick note to let you all know I’m off to San Diego in the morning, to meet the wise and serene Kaelen. I can hardly wait to get my hands on the little guy for some serious baby-to-granny bonding! I will have computer access and my iPhone, so I can check in from time to time, if I’m not too busy lovin’ on that baby, of course, but I won’t be posting any reviews or the like until I get home next week.  Thankfully, Gramps will hold down the fort until I’m back, but that doesn’t include doing my blogging for me, as I’m sure you understand. Gramps is a lot of handy things, but a blogger, he is not.

Can’t wait to share more photos and adventures, though not to worry. Kaelen will NOT become the focus of this blog, no matter how truly adorable he might be. I swear on a stack of Harry Dresden books, I will be back to my normal reviews and commentary, such as they are, shortly after my return. And the subsequent posting of a few hundred baby pictures, of course.


Be afraid. Be very afraid.

(Not really)

Yes, really.

(Shaking head “NO” here.)

(Nodding head “YES” here)





😀 😀 😀

Okay, I’m outta here!

Hello, World!


My name is Kaelen. (My Granny would never have seen that coming!) Kaelen is Celtic for Mighty Warrior, and after the way I spent the last forty-eight hours, I think my mommy and daddy called it right. It was a long battle, but I made it! And I think my mommy is a warrior, too! She and I struggled for a long, long time, but she got me here just fine. I met my daddy right away, and he looks like a warrior, himself, so I guess it’s a family thing! I weigh 8 pounds and 11 ounces, and I’m 21 inches long. I’m told that means I’m not only mighty but BIG, too. I can’t wait to get to know all about the world, but for now, I’m just going to take a wee nap. Even Mighty Warriors need their rest, you know. ‘Nite. 

(PS…I’m a boy, btw…I’ve heard it’s hard to tell at my age, but I’ll soon be flexing my Mighty Warrior muscles and performing prodigious feats of Boy-like strength, and it won’t be so confusing any more.)

Some Really Exciting News!


A Wonderful Collection of Poems, Short Stories,  Essays, Novel Excerpts, and Stage Play Scenes

(Fresh From Silver Birch Press)

One of the most exciting things in my whole life happened to me just before the end of 2012–I was invited to submit a poem to Silver Birch Press to be included in their new anthology, appropriately entitled Silver!  It was close to the submission deadline, and all I had pertaining to the overall silver theme was Read more…

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