Tuesday, July 18, 2017


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Friday, July 14, 2017


Celebrate the Small Things

If you're looking for a sweet Blog Hop that doesn't have to take a lot of your time, and can post about any little tidbit, then join in #CTST! Go to Lexa Cain's and sign up. Lexa's wonderful co-hosts are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

As I'm writing this post, I'm sitting by the large picture window in my living room, the bucketing downpour is saturating the glass. We needed the rain, but after 3 days of rain, I believe we've had our fair share...

This Saturday we'll be at my daughters house for dinner with the entire family. I'm so looking forward to a relaxing evening filled with good food and good conversation.

This has been a very rough week in my personal life. Please send a few prayers in my direction.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


I can't believe it's July 11th already! Are you reading any good books this summer? Do you have vacation plans with a book in tow? I hope you're enjoying the weather as I am, and reading some awesome books. 
This month our team read SNOW WHITE RED-HANDED by Maia Chance. I'd like to thank Maia for generously gracing me with a paperback copy of her book. I love reading an actual book more so than my kindle.

Miss Ophelia Flax is a Victorian actress who knows all about making quick changes and even quicker exits. But to solve a fairy-tale crime in the haunted Black Forest, she’ll need more than a bit of charm…
1867: After being fired from her latest variety hall engagement, Ophelia acts her way into a lady’s maid position for a crass American millionaire. But when her new job whisks her off to a foreboding castle straight out of a Grimm tale, she begins to wonder if her fast-talking ways might have been too hasty. The vast grounds contain the suspected remains of Snow White’s cottage, along with a disturbing dwarf skeleton. And when her millionaire boss turns up dead—poisoned by an apple—the fantastic setting turns into a once upon a crime scene.
To keep from rising to the top of the suspect list, Ophelia fights through a bramble of elegant lies, sinister folklore, and priceless treasure, with only a dashing but mysterious scholar as her ally. And as the clock ticks towards midnight, she’ll have to break a cunning killer’s spell before her own time runs out…

Cathrina's Review:

Snow White Red-Handed is a delightful book. What a unique twist. In fact, after reading Maia Chance's novel, she has me convinced in the authenticity of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs. That fairytales and legends are based on true occurrences and people who lived through them.

Poor Ophelia Flax and her young friend, Prudence Bright get caught up in a murder mystery. As do the Professors that had traveled from London to rule out the possibility that a small cottage behind the castle might actually be where Snow White and the Dwarfs lived. If you've read the excellent blurb than I need not repeat it.

The novel is set in a time period I also enjoy, and I liked the tinges of awkward romantic gestures between Ophelia and Professor Gabriel Penrose. Of course, I was waiting with bated breath for their first kiss... Also, the lovely infatuation between Prue and Hansel was adorable. And what a twist when it came to him and.....I must stop because I never reveal spoilers.

I wouldn't say it was action-packed, but a nicely paced story. A bout of gun shooting and galloping horses set the scene and poor Penrose....Oops, you'll have to read Snow White Red-Handed to learn what happens. 

I was enthralled with Ms. Chance's writing and I look forward to reading more of her books.

Head over to Nana Prah and Empi Baryeh to read their reviews!!

Sunday, July 9, 2017


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Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Join Alex J. Cavanaugh and a multitude of writer's in this monthly hop to help support one another!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

July 5 Question: What is one valuable lesson you've learned 
since you started writing?

is a valuable lesson. 

Once you begin your story, you are a writer. It doesn't matter what genre or if you write flash fiction, short stories, articles, or novels. If you wish to pursue traditional publishing, small independent presses, or self-publishing, it can be quite daunting. 

The lonely and long hours you put into your work and self-sacrificing your time can be a joy and/or a drudgery. You need to persevere.

It's your first draft, and you type those phenomenal two words: *THE ENDBut really it's the beginning. A second draft, a third draft, editing, revising, beta readers and so on...persistence

Then if you seek an agent or submit to publishing houses it's another path filled with road blocks of disappointments and rejections. 

But my mantra is: "It only takes one YES" and for that one yes you need: **PERSEVERANCE**