Friday’s Odds and Ends

#FridayReads and Writing Advice

A week ago I went to the library to get my library card renewed, and of course I couldn’t leave without a book. I wandered through the young adult and children’s section because I really enjoy those stories, and I saw a young adult novel titled Like Nothing Amazing Ever Happened by Emily Blejwas. It …

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Flowers and Christmas in Spring- An Update

One of the best parts of spring for me is finding the “gift” of a lovely wildflower when I’m out walking with my dog in the morning. These white ones are popping up along the RR easement and in some yards. Not mine, however. 🙁 I wish I had some. Because of the shade, the …

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#FridayReads – Excerpt from Brutal Season

As things move down the path toward the release of this fourth book in the Seasons Mystery Series, I’m happy to share another excerpt from the story. This is the beginning of Chapter Four, following the shooting downtown Dallas in the midst of protests over the killing of an unarmed young black man by a …

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Friday Fun and Discount Books

How is your Friday shaping up? Mine will be busy as I try to catch up on work that got delayed while I was sick. No need for details, but the good news is that I’m better, so it’s full steam ahead. Or maybe part steam ahead. I don’t work, or move, as fast as …

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#FridayReads – The Doctor’s Wife & Brutal Season Sample

What I’m Currently Reading The Doctor’s WifeMyra Hargrave McIlvainIndies United PublishingJanuary 24, 2023 Amelia Anton leaves Germany in 1845 on an immigrant ship bound for Texas. After the death at sea of the child she is hired to tutor, her employer abandons her in Galveston. Reduced to emptying hotel chamber pots, Amelia quickly accepts the …

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#FridayReads – Book Preview – The Life of Plants in a Changing Environment

Recently I received a request for a review or spotlight feature for this book. I read the sample pages on Amazon and decided that the academic style of the writing was too much for me to enjoy reading. Still, it is a good book, especially for people of a more scientific bent, and certainly for …

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#Fridayreads – Commentary and Humor

Something to make us smile before the heavy stuff. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Remembering January 6th. This from NBC News in Washington “Two years after the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, faith leaders, lawmakers and those who defended the U.S. Capitol will gather in Washington, D.C., to reflect on events that are still reverberating through the country’s political and judicial …

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Countdown to the Holidays

When the calendar turns from November 30 to December 1, there’s always a quickening in my heart as I look forward to the holiday season. The gathering with family and friends. The good meals. The cookies. More cookies. Presents. I love giving them as much as receiving them. As Kate, the main character in my …

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Post-Thanksgiving Thoughts

Happy Day after Thanksgiving and Black Friday and all that. Lots of folks have been out and about, shopping for the great bargains, and better them than me. I’ve been happy to be home, reading a good book and eating yummy leftovers from our feast yesterday. I’ve been reading No Strangers Here by Carlene O’Connor, …

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