Friday, August 18, 2017


Celebrate the Small Things

If you're looking for a sweet Blog Hop that doesn't have to take a lot of your time, and can post about any little tidbit, then join in #CTST! Go to Lexa Cain's and sign up. 
Lexa's wonderful co-hosts are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

I couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather this week. My gardens are flourishing with pink and white phlox, hydrangea bushes, black eyed susans, hibiscus, and more.

Thursday was book club night. My cousin always makes a delectable meal, and then this month we discussed the book, A MAN CALLED OVE. I absolutely loved that book. 

This coming weekend we're moving my mother into my house. We're getting ready for the treatments, which begin next week. I pray all goes well.

What small celebrations do you have?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Release: BEST. NIGHT EVER #mglit

Best. Night. Ever
By Rachele Alpine, Ronni Arno, Alison Cherry, Stephanie Faris, Jen Malone, Gail Nall, and Dee Romito

Love Actually meets Adventures in Babysitting in this hilarious novel written by seven authors about seven classmates who are preparing for a crazy night at their middle school dance.

Lynnfield Middle School is prepped and ready for a dance to remember, including an awesome performance from Heart Grenade, the all-girl band who recently won a Battle of the Bands contest. Seven classmates—Carmen, Genevieve, Tess, Ryan, Ellie, Ashlyn, and Jade—intend to make the most of the night…or at least the five of them who are able to attend do. The other two would sacrifice almost anything to be there.

One thing’s for sure—this entire crew is in for one epic night! Gail Nall, Dee Romito, Rachele Alpine, Ronni Arno, Alison Cherry, Stephanie Faris, and Jen Malone have created a charming, hilarious, and relatable novel that’s perfect for anyone who can’t wait to dance the night away.

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One of Rachele Alpine’s first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. Rachele is a high school English teacher by day, a wife and mother by night, and a writer during any time she can find in between.  She lives in Cleveland, Ohio where she writes middle grade and young adult novels. Visit her at

Ronni Arno Blaisdell is the author of Ruby Reinvented. She has written for several magazines, blogs, and websites. In a previous life she worked as a publicist in Hollywood, and eventually built a home in Maine. She is a keen SCBWI member and contributor to the blog. Visit her online at

Alison Cherry is the author of the YA novels RedFor Real and Look Both Ways, and the middle grade novels Willows vs. Wolverines and The Classy Crooks Club. She is a professional photographer and spent many years working as a lighting designer for theater, dance, and opera productions. This whole “writing books” thing is just a cover for the international crime ring she runs out of her Brooklyn apartment. (Shhh, don’t tell.) Visit her online at

Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing. When she isn’t crafting fiction, Stephanie is indulging her gadget geek side by writing for online technology sites. Her work is regularly featured on the small business blogs for Intuit and Go Payment and she is a featured columnist for She lives in Nashville with her husband. Visit her online at

Jen Malone is a former Hollywood publicist who once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star’s tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books. Jen is also the author of the middle grade novels At Your Service and The Art of the Swap, coauthor of the You’re Invited series, and wrote the YA novels Map to the Stars and Wanderlost. You can visit her online at

Gail Nall lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her family and more cats than necessary. She once drove a Zamboni, has camped in the snow in June, and almost got trampled in Paris. Gail is the author of the middle grade novel Breaking the Ice, the coauthor of You’re Invited and You’re Invited Too, and the author of the young adult novel Exit Stage Left. You can find her online at and on Twitter as @GaileCN. Visit her online at

Dee Romito lives in her hometown of Buffalo, New York, where she and her family are steadily checking items off their own bucket list of adventures. You’re likely to find her at the local ice cream shop, writing at a cafĂ©, or curled up on the couch with her cats. And while she does her best to be a grown-up most of the time, giggling with her BFFs is still one of her all-time favorite things. To join the fun and create your own bucket list, visit

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Friday, August 11, 2017


Celebrate the Small Things

If you're looking for a sweet Blog Hop that doesn't have to take a lot of your time, and can post about any little tidbit, then join in #CTST! Go to Lexa Cain's and sign up. Lexa's wonderful co-hosts are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

My small celebration is hitting the 30k mark on my WIP. I'd been really hoping to have the first draft completed by September, but it's a long shot since I write like a sluggish snail.

A few weeks ago I asked for prayers. And I'm asking again. Within the next 2 weeks my mother will be undergoing radiation and chemo treatment for the second time in her life. She's older and frail and praying she doesn't suffer. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Prah, Constantine, Baryeh Book Reviews #timetravel #romance

I feel as if Summer is slipping through my fingers. We had a wonderful family vacation on Chautauqua Lake. I see that school is starting for some children while here in Buffalo, NY we have three weeks of vacation left.
This month our team picked 
by Christy Sloat.

He’s from 1892 England, she’s in a small library in 2017. And that's just the start of their troubles.

Emme never meant to stay in Maine. She'd come only to find a librarian for her Gram's library, a custodian for the collection of mysterious books she'd promised to protect. On a dark, wintery night, alone in the library, she takes her first glance into one of the antique novels and finds herself transported to 1892 England staring into the eyes of handsome and dashing hero Jack Ridgewell. As each chapter passes she learns you can truly fall in love with a character in a book, that book boyfriends are real and Emme must choose between the real world, and his.

When the last page is read he's gone and Emme feels the cold loneliness of lost love. Will she find Jack again, or will their love be forever lost? The answer lies within the pages…

Cathrina's Review:

I absolutely love the cover of THE LIBRARIAN. 

I don't believe I've had the pleasure of reading too many time travel novels. And this book is somewhat unique as to how and why Emme goes back in time. And later learning of the threat of never coming back home has Emme worried until she discovers more of how time travel works.

I especially liked the sequences when Emme goes back to 1892 and meets Jack. He's quite charming and debonair, and a girl from 2017 doesn't get the gist of his ways. However, she immediately falls for him. But she soon disappears and is home again. It's a case of trail and error, with her body being in one place while she's discovering the past. The more time she spends with Jack, the harder it is to leave him. Can she, and will she take a chance and leave her life in 2017 behind for love?

It's a fast, imaginative, easy read. And I was torn between 1892 and present time, and I wonder what I would've chosen if I had the chance...

I guess you'll have to read THE LIBRARIAN to find out what Emme decided upon.

Now hop over to Nana Prah and Empi Baryeh's blog and read their reviews. 

Friday, August 4, 2017


Celebrate the Small Things

If you're looking for a sweet Blog Hop that doesn't have to take a lot of your time, and can post about any little tidbit, then join in #CTST! Go to Lexa Cain's and sign up. Lexa's wonderful co-hosts are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

I'm celebrating the Winner's who signed up for my Newsletter. Each person will receive an 
$5.00 Gift Card!!

The Winners Are:

HS ~ Kraftmaking
Mary Ann Cloud
Lisa Brown
Bridget Wilbur

Congratulations!! And Thank you for signing up to receive special offers of various book releases, sales, and giveaways!!

I hope everyone is enjoying summer. The weather's been beautiful. Have a great week.