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Checking Out the Local Geese-13 Facts

Lately, I’ve had fun watching geese parade goslings around our local park. Perhaps you have some geese near you, and you might be interested in the facts I’ve gleaned about them.

  1. In 2015, the geese population in North America 2015 was between 4.2 and 5.6 million.
  2. Geese like to eat grass, but they’ll also wolf down seeds, berries, skunk cabbage, and eel grass.
  3. Believe it or not, but more than one site reported that geese really enjoy blueberries.
  4. Many experts believe Canadian Geese mate for life.
  5. After they hook up, they like to build nests on the ground in a slightly elated area that is near water.
  6. Many times, they make their nests on lawns. You might see them on golf courses. They prefer short grass heights because it gives them an unobstructed view so it’s easy for them to spot predators.
  7. Their nests are bowls of weeds, grass, and sticks that they line in down.
  8. Goose moms lay about 2-8 creamy white eggs.
  9. Mom incubates these eggs for 42-50 days, while Dad guards her.
  10. Hatchlings are born with their eyes open and covered in yellowish down.
  11. After only a day or two, they can toddle out of the nest.
  12. At about four weeks old, the gosling’s wing and tail feathers sprout. They’re black, but the gosling hasn’t lost the fluffy yellow down on his back.
  13. A baby goose won’t be about to fly until they are seven to nine weeks old. At which time, he’s lost his yellow feathers, and grown. He resembles his parents. Even though he looks like mom and dad, he will likely remain with them until he’s around a year old.

Do you like to watch geese? Or do you find them annoying? I know several of my neighbors do. They ask me not to feed them. Don’t worry. I don’t, but I will confess to photographing them. Here a few of my favorite shots.

Sources

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Canada_Goose/lifehistory

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_goose

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/canada-goose

http://www.about.lovecanadageese.com/gosling.html

The Safest Lies–A Goodreads Review

The Safest LiesThe Safest Lies by Megan Miranda
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Safest Lies
Although Kelsey goes to high school and has a part-time job, she knows her life is the farthest thing from normal. She lives in a gated fortress that her mom hasn’t left since Kelsey’s birth. Apparently, Kelsey’s mom is afraid the bad people who kidnapped her so many years ago are still searching for her, so she trains Kelsey in survival techniques including bomb-making. Kelsey’s mom has only one friend, her therapist, who studies Kelsey and her mom to gain data on whether fear can be inherited.


My favorite part of this book is the beginning when, after swerving off the road to avoid another vehicle, Kelsey and her car are dangling over a cliff. Ryan, the guy from her trigonometry class, tries to calm her from the backseat. This worries her because he wasn’t in the car earlier. He explains. He’s a volunteer firefighter and he repelled into her car to save her from plummeting to her death. This also worries her because he’s likely flunking math and her rescue would be a practical application of the very subject he struggles to comprehend. I’m not going to tell you what happens but this whole scene sets the bad guys on Kelsey’s trail. Soon they attack the fortress, and Kelsey’s mom disappears, leaving Kelsey and Ryan to fight off or evade the villains while piecing together what happened to Kelsey’s mom.


I loved All the Missing Girls and this tale is similar in that the characters must unravel the what happened in the past to save themselves and those they love in the present. Lots of danger and action occur as the characters put clues together.


My least favorite part of this story was the end as parts of the wrap up disappointed me. Still, I enjoyed the action and intrigue at the heart of the story and would recommend The Safest Lies to readers, who like carefully planned mysteries and page-turning suspense.



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Happy Mother’s Day!

Every woman is like a beautiful flower.

We all bloom differently, and that makes for an exquisite bouquet. Happy Mother’s Day!

Jane Barton

Other Than Book Tour

We are super excited to be part of the Book Tour for OTHER THAN, a thrilling gaslamp fantasy by Mia Jo Celeste. The new audiobook version is now available. Check it out!
Other Than
Genre: Gaslamp Fantasy, Paranormal Historical Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: January 27, 2017
Other Than #PNR A purgatory as dangerous as Dr. Moreau’s Island with zombies and romance.
It only takes one drink from the Water of Immortality to kill Evie Woods—halfway. Trapped in undead flesh, the world’s last skin-slider wakens on an island purgatory where a cursed spring bubbles with immortality, and zombie cannibals crave living flesh.
Her only hope of escape rests in the hands of the one man who would see her fail. Bound to her by cords stronger than death, Lord Victor Lowell is both the man of her dreams, and her darkest nightmares. Contrary and intractable, Victor preys on others to maintain his angelic charisma and preternatural prowess. Drawn to the compellingly gallant and vulnerable soul behind his mercurial humors, Evie can only watch as protecting her forces Victor to sacrifice yet more of himself to the ancient evil long tethered to his soul.
Trapped in an ever-escalating war they can’t stop, Victor and Evie fight time for a cure, but as the long days pass blackness tears at Evie, ripping her thoughts from her one memory at a time. Victor will to do whatever it takes to prevent her from deteriorating into a rotting husk, even if it means dooming himself, but Evie won’t surrender his soul without a fight. Battle lines drawn, the soul mates resolve to find redemption or die trying.

Book Tour Schedule

Follow the book tour from April 15 – 27, 2019.
Visit each tour stop daily and discover more features, excerpts, reviews, interviews, fun facts and more! To check the latest tour schedule, visit the Other Than Book Page at Book Unleashed.
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About Mia Jo Celeste

Mia Jo Celeste
Mia Jo Celeste comes from a family of writers and English teachers, so it was no surprise when she chose to pursue both careers. She grew up watching horror movies and reading romances. To her, the two genres go together like salty and sweet in kettle corn.
Social media links: Facebook | Twitter | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads

Giveaway

WIN $5 AMAZON GIFT CARDS
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Prizes up for grabs:
Five (5) $5 Amazon Gift Cards
Contest runs from April 3 – 27, 2019.

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Other Than Is An Audiobook!

Other Than
Genre: Gaslamp Fantasy, Paranormal Historical Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: January 27, 2017
Other Than #PNR A purgatory as dangerous as Dr. Moreau’s Island with zombies and romance.
It only takes one drink from the Water of Immortality to kill Evie Woods—halfway. Trapped in undead flesh, the world’s last skin-slider wakens on an island purgatory where a cursed spring bubbles with immortality, and zombie cannibals crave living flesh.
Her only hope of escape rests in the hands of the one man who would see her fail. Bound to her by cords stronger than death, Lord Victor Lowell is both the man of her dreams, and her darkest nightmares. Contrary and intractable, Victor preys on others to maintain his angelic charisma and preternatural prowess. Drawn to the compellingly gallant and vulnerable soul behind his mercurial humors, Evie can only watch as protecting her forces Victor to sacrifice yet more of himself to the ancient evil long tethered to his soul.
Trapped in an ever-escalating war they can’t stop, Victor and Evie fight time for a cure, but as the long days pass blackness tears at Evie, ripping her thoughts from her one memory at a time. Victor will to do whatever it takes to prevent her from deteriorating into a rotting husk, even if it means dooming himself, but Evie won’t surrender his soul without a fight. Battle lines drawn, the soul mates resolve to find redemption or die trying.

Book Tour Schedule

Follow the book tour from April 15 – 27, 2019.
Visit each tour stop daily and discover more features, excerpts, reviews, interviews, fun facts and more! To check the latest tour schedule, visit the Other Than Book Page at Book Unleashed.
Other Than Tour Graphic

About Mia Jo Celeste

Mia Jo Celeste
Mia Jo Celeste comes from a family of writers and English teachers, so it was no surprise when she chose to pursue both careers. She grew up watching horror movies and reading romances. To her, the two genres go together like salty and sweet in kettle corn.
Social media links: Facebook | Twitter | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads

Giveaway

WIN $5 AMAZON GIFT CARDS
Other Than Giveaway Graphic
Prizes up for grabs:
Five (5) $5 Amazon Gift Cards
Contest runs from April 3 – 27, 2019.

In partnership with
Book Unleashed Logo

Baskets for the Write Touch Conference

The Write Touch Conference is April 5th and 6th. This weekend, Wisconsin Romance Writers were busy packing baskets for the silent auction, where proceeds will go to Literacy Services of Milwaukee.

Here are some of the baskets.

Other Than is now an Audiobook!

Heads Up! I love listening to stories. For many years, my dream has been to write a novel that could be turned an audiobook. Well, my dream has become a reality.  The most wonderful narrator Keira Stevens brings the characters in Other Than alive.

I’d love for you to hear it! And take part in the cover reveal celebration, which you can find at this link—

https://bookunleashed.com/books/other-than/

If you’d like to sign up for the tour, you can find details at this link—

https://bookunleashed.com/post/blog_tour/sign-up-other-than/

Also, to add to the party, we’re offering the digital version for $ 0.99 and the audiobook for $7.49.

Featured On Bound To Be Me

I’m honored to be featured on Bound To Be Me!

Snowmageddon


Bob Warner’s Snowmageddon

With all the snow lately, you might need something to keep your spirits up. Here’s a picture my friend created and posted. It made me smile. Hope it has the same effect for you.

Thirteen Ways to Celebrate Random Acts of Poetry and Art Day!

One of the postcards Cristina gives out for RAPA/

It’s February 20! Happy Random Acts of Poetry and Art Day! (RAPA) What’s Random Acts of Poetry and Art Day? Cristina M. R. Norcross, its founder, says, “RAPA Day is about coming together, wherever you live, and paying it forward through random gifts of art and poetry.”

About eight years ago, Cristina got the idea of the day when she wrote lines of poetry on the post-it notes Office Max puts out for customers to test markers. She wanted to brighten people’s day. The idea worked. The smiles she saw inspired her to create a holiday and then to recruit “a rebel crew of kindness people,” to spread art or encouraging words.

Cristina M. R. Norcross

Cristina gave several suggestions about how to celebrate this event. She said she puts poems on postcards and bookmarks that she leaves in restaurants and libraries while another friend knits scarves. She pins notes to them which say—if you’re cold, please take me, and then she hangs them on coat racks in public places.

Cristina says, “RAPA is a free and fun event people can do anywhere.”

I know it’s already halfway through February 20th, but I think this holiday is like an adult’s birthday. Never mind its actual date. Birthdays can be celebrated for a week or a month or, really, any time you want.

Thursday Thirteen Polyhedron courtesy of M.C.

Not sure how you’d celebrate? Well, here are some suggestions.

  1. Doodle a funny cartoon to include in your loved one’s lunchbox.
  2. Write a sentence expressing your sentiments about a loved one and then leave it on his/her pillow, door or window. You get the idea.
  3. Buy a bouquet of tulips or daffodils and then share them with neighbors.
  4. Write a letter to a friend.
  5. Snap a humorous photo and share it.
  6. Take a picture of your pet and text it to someone who loves pets.
  7. Pick up a bag of your favorite candies and hand them out to people you know.
  8. Compliment yourself, write it down and post it on your mirror. You deserve love too.
  9. Write some kind words on the box of cereal or the can of beans you donate in the grocery store’s food barrels.
  10. Make a point of smiling at people you meet especially those who aren’t used to being noticed like: fast food workers, road maintenance engineers, and store clerks.
  11. If you can afford it, pay for the coffee, meal or cart of groceries for the person behind you in line.
  12. Leave your favorite paperback in a public waiting room along with note inviting someone to enjoy it.
  13. Tell someone else about RAPA.

That’s what I’m doing. I’m also looking for other ideas for celebrating. Do you have any thoughts? Please share.

If you’d like to more about RAPA, check out its Facebook site:

https://www.facebook.com/Random-Acts-of-Poetry-and-Art-383933244955442/