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I post on Monday with an occasional random blog thrown in for good measure. I do my best to answer all comments via email and visit around on the days I post.

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Grand Tour Begins for The Bowl and the Stone

I'm so excited!
is finally here.

Below is the list of the wonderful, fabulous people who will be hosting me on their blogs during the month of October. I hope you'll stop by and visit with me as I share the history and mystery, the stories and insights, that went to into the writing of The Bowl and the Stone.

Although some posts are about the same subject (particularly those mischievous jumbies) each post is different, many with an excerpt from the book. Hope that piques your interest.

Also, for your reading enjoyment, I'm offering up my first Rafflecopter giveaway and crossing my fingers that I did it right! Plus, during week three, there will two other chances to win a copy.

Thanks EVERYONE for all your help. I couldn't have done it without you.

To kick off the tour, today I'm visiting with Carol Kilgore, Under the Tiki Hut, in which you will be introduced to Jumbies, those mischievous spirits that have nothing better to do than cause problems.

4th - Robyn Campbell - Interview with moi
5th - Alex Cavanaugh - The Dungeon at Annaberg
      - Joylene Butler - St. John in 1962
7th - Roland Yeomans, Writing in the Crosshairs - Moko Jumbies (protective spirits)

10th - Jacqui Murray, Word Dreams - Interview with Sam (Samantha, who tells the story)
11th - Barbara Fisher, March of Time Books - Yard Culture (and we're not talking plants)
12th - Juneta Key, Writer's Gambit - Jumbies
14th - Chrys Fey, Write With Fey - Lignum vitae - The hardest tree in the world

17th - Diane Wolfe, Spunk on a Stick - Manchineel - A deadly tree
18th - Clara Gillow Clark - Earliest known ghost stories (I'll be giving away a print copy)
19th - Crystal Collier - 2 Truths and a Lie (I'll be giving away an ebook)
        - Nicola Burggraf, Burggraf's Blog - Interview with Sam and her best friend Nick
20th - Erik, This Kid Reviews Books - Review
        - Diane Burton - The Long Road to Freedom
21st - Yolanda Renee, Defending the Pen - Interview with moi

24th - Meradeth Houston, Write Stuff - A brief history of slavery
        - Natalie Aguirre, Literary Rambles - Follower News
26th - Shannon Lawrence, The Warrior Muse - Jumbies
27th - Jessica Height, The Secret Files of Fairday Marrow - Annaberg, a sugar plantation
28th - Karen Walker, Following the Whispers - The St. John slave revolt of 1733

31st - Lee McKenzie, The Write Game - The Mysterious Moving Grave


Pirates. Explorers. And spooky ghost hunters.

It’s 1962. Sam and her best friend, Nick, have the whole island of St. John, in the U. S. Virgin Islands, as their playground. They’ve got 240 year-old sugar plantation ruins to explore, beaches to swim, and trails to hike.

But when a man disappears like a vapor right in front of them, they must confront a scary new reality. They’re being haunted. By whom? And why? He’s even creeping into Nick’s dreams.

They need help, but the one who might be able to give it is Trumps, a reclusive hunchback who doesn’t like people, especially kids. Are Sam and Nick brave enough to face him? And if they do, will he listen to them? 

As carefree summer games turn into eerie hauntings, Sam and Nick learn more about themselves and life than they could ever have imagined.
Available now at:

LOOK! A chance to win a signed copy! (Mailing only within the USA)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


I've joined this monthly bloghop because answering thoughtful/challenging questions is one way to expand one's mind. It's osted by Michael D'Agostino at A Life Examined .

This could be the last Question of the Month as Michael will be retiring from blogging. He's asked if someone will take over the bloghop and I rather hope someone does. 

 The question this month is: 
“What’s a decision you’ve made in the past that you know, logically, was the right decision to make, but which you still feel guilty or regretful about?”

In my youth I made some rather rash decisions that turned out to be for the best. There may have been a point where I regretted what I did, but days of regret are long gone. Every step I took led me to where I am now, which is a very good place indeed. So there's nothing to regret. Some decisions I made unintentionally and temporarily hurt people, but I made amends and have a clear conscience. 


  1. Congratulations Bish, I'm sure your blog tour is going to be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to hosting you.

  2. Congratulations! That is one awesome tour. My post is all ready for Wednesday.
    Like you, I'm past regret now when it comes to decisions.

    1. I'm ready for Wednesday too... I think, I hope. :)

  3. Congrats, Bish! It's a delightful and enchanting story.

  4. Good luck with your book tour! I'll let you know when I put my review out.

  5. You've lined up quite the tour, congratulations! I'll try to keep up!
    Boy that is a good question and I really like your answer. So true about regrets, and yet sometimes it's hard to get away from them. I'm happy where I am too, but would all roads have led here? :)

    1. We can never know if all roads would have led to where we are, but we CAN be sure that the one we took did. And for me, that's all that matters. :)

  6. Thank you for including my blog on your grand tour. You're going to be a very busy woman this month. Have fun! And stay clear of those Jumbies :)

    1. I'm thrilled to be on your blog, Carol! Thank YOU.

  7. Congratulations and good luck on your tour! Your posts are going to be so fascinating. :)

  8. You are going to be busy on that tour. I'm sure I'll be seeing you everywhere. I like your answer to the the QotM. I like where I've ended up too.

  9. Youth is the time for those brash decisions to happen. I'm much more circumspect now that age has set in and I have a backlog of experience to draw from. Good luck on your tour, Bish. So glad to be a part of it.

  10. My goodness, you're going to be a busy lady! Many congratulations on the book and hope all your hard work generates sales. :)

    Susan at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  11. Oooo Bish! What a fun premise. Congrats. Love the cover. *creepy*

  12. If past mistakes are lessons learned then they were worth making. Sometimes we just have to make a decision, accept the consequences, and then just move on.

    Good luck with the book.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  13. Congrats, Bish. How exciting for you. I'm doing the happy dance! Can't wait until you stop at my blog on your tour. Have fun!

  14. Congratulations on your new book.
    You seem to have quite the level head concerning past decision.

  15. Congrats! Hard work always pays off.

  16. Congratulations on the new book! Our experiences exist so we can learn, and they bring us where we are now. I'm pretty much past the regret and guilt stage in my life.


  17. Congratulations, Bish! We are so excited for you and can't wait to be part of the fun. Wishing you all the best!

  18. Hi Bish - gosh .. how wonderful loads of friends for your tour .. and I'll be enjoying the snippets of information and lore you offer us - cheers Hilary

  19. How awesome for you! Wonderful tour and stops! Congratulations on the release of your book!


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