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Faulty Bones- A Goodreads Review

This wasn’t my typical read. What I know about gambling is close to nothing, yet I didn’t feel out of my depth. The author kept cluing me in, and the hero and heroine’s first and subsequent encounters compelled me to find out what would happen next. Mike is a down-and-out gambler living in his car and hoping he can set things right with his next poker game. He meets Amy in a New Orleans casino and she scams him out of $200. Then when he meets her again and she has no memory of him. Why? Because against his will or understanding, Mike is tumbling back and forth in time.

I love a good mystery, and if magic’s involved, it’s even better, but what pulled me into this story most was Amy. She’s spunky and certain no matter how bad her circumstances are that she can save others. When she looks at Mike, she sees a guy worth jumping into crazy-hot-water for. That said, Amy gets into trouble everywhere as she tries to understand and care for others: from a creepy Russian mobster, to a homeless panhandler, to a grieving wannabe-terrorist, to Mike himself. She’s a misunderstood and sometimes too-funny force of good, which from her point of view works. It worked for me, too. She’s the wild, off-the-wall friend many of us probably remember fondly. Her comments and world view inspired laughter and then reflection.

Mystery, romance and humor flowed together in this story like butter and salt on State Fair sweet corn. In my humble opinion, Faulty Bones is definitely worth reading.

Other Than -New Release Events

Hi, I’m so excited that Other Than is coming out this month that I’m celebrating. You can join the party at any of this sites.

1-25-17 or 1-26-17 The Call

1-27-17 Facebook Party and blog blitz.

1-28-17 All About Mia Jo

1-29-17-Ten Questions and Answers about My New Release-Other Than

1-29-17- Talking revision with Jennifer Faye

1-31-17-Author Spotlight

2-2-17-Writing Craft Advice-Don’t Quit

2-2-17-Want to Succeed? Keep Trying

2-2-17  Talking Other Than and Mia Jo

2-7-17 -Talking Zombies


Something New-A Goodreads Review

A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, I finished this book a few days ago, but it was so good and I was so moved that I’m reading it again. This is an amazing story that certainly touched my heart.

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I’m Somebody and So Are You

A while ago, I received an exciting package, a box full of paperbacks— early copies of my new release Other Than. I was and I still am thrilled. The cover is to die for and inside that gorgeous cover there is the tangible proof that my hours of putting words on paper has yielded something real, something worthwhile and something that can be shared.

For years, a college friend, who is a high school librarian has used me as her example. I’m her modern day Emily Dickenson, a woman who writes passionately and presumably well, then squirrels away her finished works.

This technique worked for Emily if we’re to believe her poem.

I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise –you know!

How dreary—to be—Somebody!
How public—like a Frog—
To tell one’s name—the livelong June—
To an admiring Bog!

But it doesn’t work for me.
Although it’s true that I have journals and stories that may never see the light of day, it’s always been my hope to be able to share my stuff with others. I feel like Navin R. Johnson, the main character in The Jerk when he finds his name in the phone book.

I am somebody! In fact, I’m about to become a published author.

These early copies are a small start. Still, I’m ridiculously excited. How about you? Do you have a beginning in 2017 that has revved you up? A diet? An experience plan? A new pet or even an upcoming release of your own? Please share.


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