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Taking a Sabbatical

While I wish my time away was to be spent at a beautiful, secluded Italian villa where I would finish my latest book in a lovely, peaceful setting, the next couple of weeks, or more, will be mostly spent recovering from hip surgery. I won’t go into all the gory details, but I know the …

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Book Tour and Giveaway

SHAHRAZAD’S GIFT byGretchen McCullough Contemporary Fiction / Linked Short Stories / Humor Publisher: Cune PressDate of Publication: February 20, 2024Number of Pages: 198 pages  Scroll down for Giveaway! Shahrazad’s Gift is a collection of linked short stories set in contemporary Cairo—magical, absurd, and humorous. The author focuses on the off-beat, little-known stories, far from CNN …

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Friday Reads: Excerpt From Brutal Season

In this fourth, and perhaps final book, in the Seasons Mystery Series, Sarah is contemplating her relationship with LaVon, Angel’s brother. After a bit of a dustup at first about it, Angel is finally okay with Sarah dating her brother. That was worked out in the previous book, but now the question is whether Sarah …

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Friday Reads – #Humor from Slim Randles

How did your week go? As planned? Mine did for the most part, and today I have some real brain clarity, so I hope to get some work done on the book I’ve been writing. So glad when my friend, Slim Randles can take over the blog for a day when I’m super busy, and …

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Friday Reads

Because the world may expect, even demand perfection, we can be hard on ourselves, expecting only perfection. Guess what? We are human, we are not perfect, we will fail. And when we do, it is alright to get up and try again. Just because we fail does not mean we are a failure. Every mistake …

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No Black Friday Shopping for Me

This essay was written in 2010, and sadly it is still relevant. As anyone in retail can attest to, the day after Thanksgiving is like a zoo that has had all the cages opened. I remember a time when shopping the day after Thanksgiving was fun. A lot of people were doing the same thing, …

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