NaNoWriMo 2019


Are you doing it this year? I skipped 2018 because I was too busy editing. I’m trying my hand at it again because last time, I wrote the novel that will be published. So, my first NaNo experience was successful. I’m hoping the second one will be as well.

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Good luck to you all!

I’ll be back

It’s time for some down time, to press ‘refresh’ on the brain button.

I’ll be back soon!


Book review: Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky

2011775Among the things I want to do with this blog are reviews. BUT… I want to review less recent books as well as new ones.

Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky came out in 2007 through Anchor Publishing.

Here’s the blurb.

For as long as she can remember, Dana Clarke has longed for the stability of home and family. Now she has married a man she adores, whose heritage can be traced back to the Mayflower, and she is about to give birth to their first child. But what should be the happiest day of her life becomes the day her world falls apart. Her daughter is born beautiful and healthy, and in addition, unmistakably African-American in appearance. Dana’s determination to discover the truth about her baby’s heritage becomes a shocking, poignant journey. A superbly crafted novel, Family Tree asks penetrating questions about family and the choices people make in times of crisis.

I could NOT put this book down. I came home from work, started reading, and didn’t stop until I was done. It is fantastic, a great lesson in life to never judge a situation you know nothing about. Dana and Hugh are in a pickle and it puts a strain on their marriage, obviously, but around them as well.

I truly enjoyed myself reading this!

Also, if you’re a knitter, you’ll want to knit like never before. It’s not part of the plot but talked about enough that you’ll want to pick up your knitting after reading…or during, if you can hold your book at the same time.

We know the truth. Do you?


Happy book birthday to me and to all of us who’ve participated in this Area 51 Raid anthology.

We worked hard and fast to put together these stories and we have high hopes you’ll enjoy them. Also know that all the money made from sales will benefit US Veterans. Thank you for them!

Join us Sunday in Red Hatter’s Book Hangout to know more about the stories!


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Muffled creativity

creativity-3207268_1280Anything can muffle your creativity.

Work, family, friends, inane things you don’t even notice until it’s right there in your face.

I’ve been carrying something with me for a long time now, something deeply personal, and today I finally let it out.

I’m hoping that by freeing myself, I’ll be able to write properly again. Maybe even paint or loom as well.

Anything can muffle your creativity. You’ve just got to hold on.

The Light Prince by Che Gilson

Today is book release day for The Light Prince by Che Gilson!


A new twist on a classic fairy tale…

Princess Aminira of Qadarh is on a quest when she finds herself in the small kingdom of Lagobel. What starts as a resupply stop for her caravan becomes much more when she chances upon the cursed Prince Eadmund. Without emotional and physical gravity, Eadmund finds everything funny, even as he’s blowing away on a breeze, sending the court into a panic.

Despite his limitations, something about him tugs at Aminira’s heart. As they grow closer, their affections don’t go unnoticed, and the one that cursed him unfurls a new spell that just might end poor Prince Eadmund.

The princess already fled her own home to avoid destruction and now, she is faced with a similar decision. Will Princess Aminira stay and fight for her love or flee once again?

Who is Che Gilson?

Che Gilson is the author of Avigon and Avigon: Gods and Demons, graphic novels published by Image Comics and illustrated by Jimmy Robinson. She went on to write Dark Moon Diary volume 1 and 2 published by TOKYOPOP and illustrated by Brett Uher. Her short fiction has appeared twice in Luna Station Quarterly. Most recently her urban fantasy novella Carmine Rojas: Dog Fight and novel Tea Times Three, a contemporary fantasy, both published by Black Opal Books. Her passion is fantasy, witches, monsters, werewolves and witches. Besides writing, she loves to take photos of moss and is lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest where moss grows on literally everything.     

Review: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw


Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself. Goodreads

I bought this book a bit by accident. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular and was attracted by the beautiful cover. I didn’t really read through the blurb and ordered it online.

When it got to me, I was disappointed, realizing it was YA. I don’t usually enjoy YA anymore, finding them all too predictable. But hey, it was here and I had nothing else to read.

Six hours later, I put it down, completely finished. It had sucked me in with great writing and fun plot twists. I must admit, I did see some of the end coming but not the main plot twist, which surprised me.

I felt totally immersed in the book, sucked into the water like the people living in that small haunted town. Great buy if you want something to read.

I know the rights to the book have been bought by Netflix so look for it in a couple of years.