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Memorial Day Memories

Does anyone remember when this holiday was fondly called Decoration Day?  You'd most likely need to be over 55 to have a first hand memory of that. When I was a child Decoration Day was a holiday of remembrance of our deceased war veterans and we would decorate their graves in memory of their service [...]

By | 2017-05-28T20:38:15+00:00 May 28th, 2017|General Observations|0 Comments

Book Review: Bad Kitty Takes The Test by Nick Bruel

This is the first book of this series that I've read and I must say I wasn't impressed. Maybe I'm too old for this kind of schtick (I'm over 50) but I don't think so. As a cat owner, I also found the book to be a bit overly critical of a cat's intelligence. Why [...]

By | 2017-05-27T20:21:51+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Children's Book Review|0 Comments

Book Review: Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion

Grand Central Station in New York City is a crossroads of life and has been for many generations. This collection of ten short stories centers on Thursday, September 20, 1945 and follows the individual yet intertwined stories of different people as they each arrive at a cross-road in their lives. All of their stories involve [...]

By | 2017-05-27T19:54:41+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Book Reviews|0 Comments

Book Review: Master of Blackmoor by Julie Shelton

Danielle DuLac is desperate. With her father recently deceased and her position as a teacher no longer viable after her father's recent death, she accepted a position as governess to a pompous Lord whose only goal was seduction. She left his employ, as did many others, but he refused to provide her with a reference [...]

By | 2017-05-27T18:54:25+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Book Reviews|0 Comments

Overseas by Beatriz Williams (Book Review)

I finally pulled this book down from my bookshelf where it has sat for the past three years. I am delighted to say I have found a wonderful new author (at least new to me). Overseas is the debut novel of Beatriz Williams and it is a time travel book unlike any other I’ve read. [...]

By | 2017-05-13T19:12:37+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Book Reviews|0 Comments

A Celebration of Mediocrity

Excerpt from A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman:        "Nowadays people changed their stuff so often that any expertise in how to make things last was becoming superfluous. Quality: no one cared about that anymore.... No one could change tires. Install a dimmer switch. Lay some tiles. Plaster a wall. File their [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:11+00:00 May 5th, 2017|General Observations|0 Comments

Adult Coloring Craze for Relaxation

So, when I'm not reading, writing, reviewing, or doing anything literary related I've jumped on the coloring craze bandwagon. As a child I used to color - always keeping within the lines LOL - and I thought the best thing in the world was the 64 color box of Crayola Crayons with a sharpener embedded [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:12+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Author Artwork|1 Comment

Book Review: A Bridge Across The Ocean by Susan Meissner

Set between two eras – the present and World War II – this is the story of three European war brides who come to America on the RMS Queen Mary and of the modern-day woman who reconnects them. Annaliese Lange is a German girl living near the Belgian border. She loves to dance and becomes [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:12+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Book Reviews|1 Comment

Book Review: Titanic Affair by Amanda Grange

The more Titanic-based stories I read, the more they sound alike. Anyone wishing to write a Titanic story truly has most of their work done for them as the facts of the event are never-changing. In Titanic Affair by Amanda Grange we have another of these romances set against the backdrop of the tragic Titanic [...]

By | 2017-05-18T21:35:12+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Book Reviews, ebook review|0 Comments

Book Review: The Lucky Hat Mine by J.v.L. Bell

Millie Virginia is a Southern bred young woman trapped in a dead-end position as governess to two irascible children whose mama is a delicate but deadly New Orleans flower. As a child she was orphaned and has no family to turn to. To escape her situation, Millie answers a newspaper ad for a wife. After [...]

By | 2017-04-18T17:28:41+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Book Reviews|1 Comment