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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, May 22, 2017

Twenty-Four Days by Jacqui Murray, Being Thankful

Please welcome Jacqui Murray and her latest book, 
the nail-biting thriller...

Twenty-four Days
A former SEAL, a brilliant scientist, a love-besotted nerd, and a quirky AI have twenty-four days to stop a terrorist attack. The problems: They don't know what it is, where it is, or who's involved.

An unlikely team is America's only chance
World-renowned paleoanthropologist, Dr. Zeke Rowe is surprised when a friend from his SEAL past shows up in his Columbia lab and asks for help: Two submarines have been hijacked and Rowe might be the only man who can find them.

At first he refuses, fearing a return to his former life will end a sputtering romance with fellow scientist and love of his life, Kali Delamagente, but when one of his closest friends is killed by the hijackers, he changes his mind. He asks Delamagente for the use of her one-of-a-kind AI Otto who possesses the unique skill of being able to follow anything with a digital trail.

In a matter of hours, Otto finds one of the subs and it is neutralized.

But the second, Otto can’t locate.

Piece by piece, Rowe uncovers a bizarre nexus between Salah Al-Zahrawi--the world’s most dangerous terrorist and a man Rowe thought he had killed a year ago, a North Korean communications satellite America believes is a nuclear-tipped weapon, an ideologue that cares only about revenge, and the USS Bunker Hill (a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser) tasked with supervising the satellite launch.

And a deadline that expires in twenty-four days.

As America teeters on the brink of destruction, Zeke finally realizes that Al-Zahrawi’s goal isn’t nuclear war, but payback against the country that cost him so much.

What pick-up line does Eitan (the geek in the story) use to attract his first wife?

The line that persuaded Eitan’s first wife (now dead) to fall in love with him, happened when both were attending the Twelfth Conference on Calculus Variations in Vienna. When he said, 'I wish I was a derivative so I could lay tangent to your curves', true love blossomed.

Kirkus Review:
A blistering pace is set from the beginning: dates open each new chapter/section, generating a countdown that intensifies the title’s time limit. Murray skillfully bounces from scene to scene, handling numerous characters, from hijackers to MI6 special agent Haster. ... A steady tempo and indelible menace form a stirring nautical tale
Book information:
Title and author: Twenty-four Days by J. Murray
Genre: Thriller, military thriller
Available at: Kindle USKindle UKKindle Canada
Author bio:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipmanthe story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and  Twenty-four DaysShe is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.
You can find Jacqui hanging out at these places:

Being Thankful
Today I'm thankful for things seen and unseen.
Seen: The blue sky, made of an atmosphere (air) which I cannot see.
Seen: What is on my computer screen. Unseen: The invisible waves that make it possible.
Seen: The manifestation of actions caused by the unseen energy called Love.
What seen and unseen things are you thankful for? What pick-up lines have you used or had used on you? Do you enjoy a good thriller?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Origins, Being Thankful - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and moreOrigins is an occasionally recurring post in which I delve into the history of a word or phrase.

For no particular reason, today's word is:
(I closed my eyes, opened the dictionary and stabbed my finger at the page.)

Graphic means to describe accurately, vividly and dates from the 1570s. It comes from the Latin graphicus meaning "picturesque" and the Greek graphikos meaning "of or for writing, belonging to drawing, picturesque." The suffix -graphy means "the process of writing or recording." 

I shouldn't have been, but I was shocked at the number of words ending with -graphy. You can check out one list HERE. I could only think of a few, photography, geography, biography, bibliography, calligraphy...

Some synonyms for graphic include: concrete, stirring, striking, colorful, telling, compelling, comprehensive, eloquent, lucid, lively, realistic

All of us who write are, in my opinion, graphic artists. We try our best to write compelling, striking, stirring, colorful, realistic and/or lively stories. 

It seems to me that nowadays graphic tends to mean something that is violent, bloody or sexual. "Due to graphic nature of this program, viewer discretion is advised." Sad, when the word has some many wonderful synonyms.

No need for "viewer discretion" here. Below are three examples of abstract graphic drawings I did with a graphite pencil. I don't draw much anymore, but when I did I enjoyed playing with shapes and shades of white to black.

Being Thankful

Today I'm thankful for the Gladiolas blooming in our yard.
What are you thankful for? Do you, or did you used to draw? Have any pretty flowers in your yard? What do you think about the word, "graphic?"

Monday, May 8, 2017

Hero Lost, Ink Ripples, Fairies, Being Thankful

Please welcome Elizabeth Seckman, a contributor to the new Insecure Writer's Support Group Anthology, Hero Lost!

Elizabeth is a multi-published author of women’s fiction and romance. The mother of four boys, five if you count their father, she needs all the fantasy girl time she can get. A graduate of Marshall University, she is a licensed social worker who spent years working with at-risk teens. She is a member of WV Writers Association and an active blogger.

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Mind Body Soul

For the sake of her people, his queen sacrificed love for duty when she married the stern king of the highlands over the jovial intended of her youth. Their marriage brought peace and unity to the people for so long that the resulting complacency gave the idle king time to ponder—would his devoted queen be happier with her first love? Didn’t a woman whose life was spent in sacrifice deserve true love? In an attempt to do right by his loyal wife, the king consorts with a sorcerer and dabbles in dark magic.

The result is chaos and the possible destruction of himself, his queen, and their kingdom.

Why did they do that? 

Is it magic…

Throw a pinch of salt over your left shoulder to stop evil and its bad luck from sneaking up on you.

Knock on wood to wake up tree spirits who will share some luck or ward off some bad luck for you.

Cross your fingers. For Christians, any reminder of the cross is good luck, whether you’re crossing fingers with another as a bond or yourself for some divine intervention.

Chop off a rabbit’s foot. Catch a rabbit on the 13th day of the month in a cemetery and kill it for its left hind foot and all its bad luck reverses to good luck for you.

Wear red to ward off evil according to Chinese superstition. Evidently evil and bulls think alike.

Choose the #7 for luck. Its constant use in the Bible has to be a good omen. No to mention the 7th day is the day of rest and that’s pretty sweet.

Pick a four-leaf clover. The Celts believed a four-leaf clover allowed the owner to distinguish bad fairies, thus eliminating a lot of bad luck. The four leaves stand for faith, hope, love, and luck. If you own all of these, you’re lucky indeed!

Hang a horse shoe, ends up—if not your luck might run out. The story is that St. Dunstan nailed a horseshoe to the devil’s foot, thus scaring him away from horseshoes forever.

 …or maybe it’s not so much magic—perhaps it’s simple confirmation bias— a psychological term for the brain’s tendency to confirm theories that reinforce thinking. We all want to think we can increase our chances of good luck and eliminate as much bad as we can, so we create magical charms in order to empower our psyche then reinforce the belief in them every time we notice they work.

Hero Lost
Mysteries of Death and Life
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Can a lost hero find redemption?

What if Death himself wanted to die? Can deliverance be found on a bloody battlefield? Could the gift of silvering become a prison for those who possessed it? Will an ancient warrior be forever the caretaker of a house of mystery?

Delving into the depths of the tortured hero, twelve authors explore the realms of fantasy in this enthralling and thought-provoking collection. Featuring the talents of Jen Chandler, L. Nahay, Renee Cheung, Roland Yeomans, Elizabeth Seckman, Olga Godim, Yvonne Ventresca, Ellen Jacobson, Sean McLachlan, Erika Beebe, Tyrean Martinson, and Sarah Foster.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these twelve tales will take you into the heart of heroes who have fallen from grace. Join the journey and discover a hero’s redemption!

Hero Lost Website

The idea of #InkRipples is to toss a word, idea, image, whatever into the inkwell and see what kind of ripples it makes. We provide the topics and will be blogging about them on the first Monday of the month. You can spread your own ripples by blogging about the topic any day of the month that fits your schedule, just be sure to include links back to KatieKai, and Mary.

This month's subject is FAIRY TALES. One of my favorite subjects.

I started out thinking I'd list my fairy tale books, but I have so many it soon became obvious I'd be at it far too long. Instead I'll share a few of my favorites.

Image result for a doorway to fairylandImage result for the world guide to gnomes, fairies, elves and other little peopleThe World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves and Other little People, by Thomas Keightley, first printed in 1878, my copy is from 1978 - the hundred year anniversary.

A Doorway to Fairyland, by Laurence Housman. My ancient copy has no print date, but is probably from around 1904. 

Little Brother Little Sister. I'm particularly fond of this collection of Grimm fairy tales because the illustrations are by Arthur Rackham. It dates from 1917.

I could go on with: 
Irish Fairy Tales, by James Stephens. 
Legends from Fairyland by Holme Lee. 
A Field Guild to the Little People by Nancy Arrowsmith and George Moorse. 
Myths and Folk-Lore of Ireland by Jeremiah Curtin. 
Hero Tales of Ireland by Jeremiah Curtin. 
Wonder-Tales from Russian by Jeremiah Curtin. 

Why all these books by Curtin? My husband's family was related to Jeremiah and the books were passed on to him. Jeremiah was an amazing linguist who knew over 70 languages and their dialects. He traveled all over the world collecting and translating stories from various peoples, including the Mongols and Seneca Indians. (We have those books too.)

I could go on and on, but I won't. Suffice it to say that somewhere in my childhood I was given strong infusions of fairy juice and liberally sprinkled with fairy dust which forever endeared me to their magic, mystery, and wonder.
Being Thankful
Today I'm thankful for... FAIRIES!
'Fairy Islands' from the book Elves and Fairies 1916 by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

What are you thankful for? Are you reading to going to soon read the Hero Lost anthology? Do you have a favorite fairy tale or book about fairies? Do you like fairies?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

IWSG and an Excerpt from Yolanda Renee's Latest!

Posting the First Wednesday of every month, the Insecure Writer's Support Group, is the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh. YOU can sign up HERE to participate.

Every month a question will be posed that may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Remember, the question is optional. You can write about anything that relates to your writing journey.

Let's give a warm welcome to our co-hosts,  Nancy Gideon, Tamara Narayan, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Michelle .Wallace, and Feather Stone!

This month's question is: What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?

Well... For my historical fantasy novel about Tibet, A PIECE OF THE SKY, which took -- off and on --about ten years to research, I ran across a lot of cool stuff. One of the more interesting things was the epic oral poem about King Gesar of Ling. It's believed to date from the 12th century and is considered the longest poem in the world. To date the stories of the massive epic have been compiled in 120 volumes, more than one million verses! And this is just from Tibet. Stories of King Gesar can be found from Nepal to Mongolia and are as varied as the people.
Alexandra David-Neels
King Gesar is the original superhero, come to do battle against the demons and evils of the world. He spends his life as a great and fearless warrior bringing hope to all, teaching love and compassion. His birth is miraculous and, at his death he is lifted into heaven. It is believed, he will come again one day to save humanity from itself. 

I read a "shortened" version THE SUPERHUMAN LIFE OF GESAR OF LING compiled and translated by the astonishing Alexandra David-Neel, the first European woman to visit Lhasa in 1924 disguised as a beggar-monk. Alexandra is a story unto herself, a most remarkable explorer and Buddhist who traveled all over the Orient and India, spent several years as a hermit in a cave, and wrote many books about Tibet and Buddhism.
It’s a pleasure to be participating in author Yolanda Renée’s THE SNOWMAN Blog Tour through MC Book Tours today.

At one time Alaska called to me, and I answered. I learned to sleep under the midnight sun, survive in below zero temperatures, and hike the Mountain Ranges. I've traveled from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, and the memories are some of my most valued. The wonders, mysteries and incredible beauty that is Alaska has never left me and thus now influence my writing.

Despite my adventurous spirit, I achieved my educational goals, married, and I have two handsome sons. Writing is now my focus, my newest adventure!

You can connect with me here:
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A prequel to the author’s Detective Steven Quaid Mysteries, THE SNOWMAN tells of Steven's first case as a rookie detective. It takes place 10 years before the events in MURDER, MADNESS & LOVE, the first book in the series.

The author is offering a tour-wide giveaway featuring both print and eBook copies from her series. More information on the giveaway is listed below.

It takes a true artist to pursue his victims in the art of seduction, and Stowy Jenkins is no exception, especially with blood as his medium.

          Stowy Jenkins, aka, Stone, and as Alaskans refer to him, the Snowman, is a true artist. His muse, Gigi, is the ultimate inspiration for his painting. Her rejection inspires him to use a very unusual medium...blood.
          While art may be his passion, the taste for blood is his obsession, and multiple murders, the result.
          Rookie, Detective Steven Quaid, is no fan of the Snowman’s murderous exhibitions. A twisted and deadly relationship bond the two men and neither knows who will come out of it alive.

An Excerpt from THE SNOWMAN
Chapter II
Dead Weight
June 10th

Although the morning was frigid, Stone knew summer would soon arrive. Always grateful for the reprieve from the darkness, he took a deep breath and blew it out slowly. Good riddance to winter: the gloom, the extra-thick clothing, icy streets, and biting winds. “God, I hate Alaska. Damn you, mother. Keeping me in this frozen tundra because of a stupid job. I need the warmth. I want to go home. This is June, and I’m still freezing.”

Stone grunted when he threw the body over his shoulder. “Shit, Maggy, for such a tiny thing you suddenly weigh a ton.” After placing her body on the bed of the truck and covering it with a tarp, he slammed the tailgate. The sound echoed in the stillness.

The drive back to Anchorage took an hour. Singing along to his favorite country tunes, Stone made it to town without any trouble. “Who would know the difference between a dead animal and a dead woman in the back of my truck anyway? Especially this early in the morning.”

The park was empty. In the distance, the tide pulled away from the shore, but the subtle splash could barely be heard. No cops were in the area. Stone’s police radio scanner informed him they were busy working a hit-and-run near Merrill Field. He checked for intruders, and then took the body to the exact spot he'd scouted a week earlier.

◊ by Yolanda Renée
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
◊ Publisher: TRACE Enterprises
◊ Series: Detective Quaid Mystery
◊ Novella
◊ Print & eBooks
◊ Contains explicit sex & violence

You can find out more about the author and her other books by following the tour HERE.

This tour-wide giveaway features both print and eBook copies of the four books in the Detective Quaid Series. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, June 6.

The prizes include:

* Grand prize - Winner receives a print copy of all four books in the Detective Quaid Series (U.S. and Canada only).
* First place - Winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate.
* Second place - Winner will receive eBook copies of all four books in the Detective Quaid Series.
* There will be 3 runner-up winners and each will win an eBook copy of THE SNOWMAN or one of the other books in the series (winner's choice).

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow Yolanda on her month-long tour. You never know what you might find out.

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Ever heard of King Gesar? Of Alexandra David-Neel? Doesn't Yolanda's books sound spooky scary? What's the most interesting/weird thing you've researched for a novel?

Monday, May 1, 2017

She's Baaaack!

Yes, she is.

I hope all who participated in the A to Z Challenge had a good time, made new friends and became reacquainted with old ones.

It took some doing, what with spring arriving (which meant pleasant mornings weeding and prunning) but I did manage to finish the first round of edits to my book A Piece of the Sky. Now on to second round. Here's my messy work area which I submit as proof.

It's kind of amazing I got it done what with yard work, running errand, and generally being lazy.

One of several weed piles. Hubby takes care of all the plants - watering, planting, fertilizing, etc. I weed, prune, and work with rocks... we make a good team.

Left to right: Pavonia, brown-eyed Susan, horse mint, standing cypress, purple cone flower, in the back on the trellis, a purple morning glory. Behind the Cone flowers, a purple sage. (Do we like purple or what?)

 In the tropics we call it coral shower, in Texas it's queen's wreath.

 More brown-eyed susans and corn flower - volunteers.

 More cone flowers and yarrow putting on buds, with rain gauge waiting patiently.

 Honeysuckle and, on the fence, clematis aka leather cap. We have a total of nine different kinds of vines in our yard. I'm in charge of vining and pruning - except for the ivy, Hubby and I have to work together on that one!
Being Thankful
Today I'm thankful for, what else? SPRING! As Eloise would say, Ooooooooooo I absolutely LOVE spring!
What are you thankful for? Been working on any writing projects? Working in the yard? Do you like to weed and/or prune? And tell me, how do you feel about vines? :) 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Transfer Day, Taking Time Off, A Winner, and Being Thankful

March 31st marks the 100th anniversary of Transfer Day, the day when the Danish Virgin Islands became the United States Virgin Islands. This rare film from 1917 show the ceremonies.

I've thought long and hard about it... And here's how it's gonna be.

For the first time since it's inception by Arlee Bird, I will not be participating the the A to Z Challenge.

There are several reasons.
1. I'm trying to work on revisions for A PIECE OF THE SKY and it's taking longer than I thought it would. (There's some laziness and lack motivation involved but I'm determined.)
2. I couldn't come up with a theme.
3. I just can't seem to motivate myself to do it, plus do justice to all the participants and go around an visit everyone.
4. I feel like I'm loosing steam and inspiration. I'll be taking time off in July/August, too, but for other reasons. Maybe these breaks will be good for me.

So, I won't be around again until May 1st. While you wait eagerly for my return, you'll find me lurking around Facebook and Goodreads.

To everyone who is participating in the Challenge, have fun!
A Winner! 
As a Featured Follower on C. Lee McKenzie's blog The Write Game,  one lucky person has won an ecopy of one of my books. Click on over and see who it is! Thank you, Lee, for sharing your space and time with me.
Being Thankful
Today and everyday, I'm thankful to wake up each morning next to my Sweetie and fall asleep by his side.
What are you thankful for? Ever been to a 100th anniversary celebration for something? Are you participating in the Challenge? (Will you miss me while I'm away? Will you come back to visit when I return?)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Karen Walker, Still Me After All These Years

Please welcome Karen Walker and her latest contribution to the world of reading. This anthology is special in that it deals with the reality of aging.

STILL ME … AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 24 Authors Reflect on Aging by Karen Helene Walker through MC Book Tours.

This is a charming, funny, and enlightening collection of essays about aging. In addition, Karen is offering a tour-wide giveaway featuring two (2) print copies (U.S. entries only) of STILL ME and two (2) eBook copies of STILL ME (International entries). See how you can enter to win below.

Poignant...Humorous...Brutally Honest!

A collection of personal reflections guaranteed to keep you inspired and entertained on that journey we all travel together: The Journey of Aging.

With a blend of grace, dignity, warmth and humor, women and men from 60 to 90 and from all walks of life candidly share the blessings and pitfalls of aging – from keeping dreams alive and keeping sex lives active to dealing with retirement, loss of independence and a growing sense of mortality.

STILL ME is available at the following sites: Amazon (print and Kindle), Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes. Be sure to add it to your shelf on Goodreads.

Here are bios about each of the contributor's!

Rev. Clara Alexander is an ordained New Thought minister who creates and performs sacred ceremonies, including unique weddings, funerals, memorial services, baby blessings and house blessings. She is also a popular speaker, inspiring groups with her talks on how we cling to our grudges, how we overuse the phrase “I’m sorry” and how we can live the life we love.
Wendy Brown recently retired from a career in wildlife biology, where she studied sandhill cranes and whooping cranes as they migrated from Idaho to New Mexico. Wendy eventually found a permanent home in Albuquerque, where she and her husband enjoy the sounds of sandhill cranes from their deck. Since retiring from state government in 2014. 
Valerie Capps has bypassed the porch rocking chair to pursue her life-long passion for writing, thereby proving that in today’s world, life can begin again at 65! Valerie lives in Nashville with her husband and their spoiled-rotten Welsh Corgi.
Mary W. Clark retired from her law practice in 2007 and transferred her observation and composition skills to travel writing. She is currently working on a book about her father’s World War II experience flying “the Hump” from India to China over the Himalayas. Mary lives in Paris, Texas.
Fran Fischer: “I was born at a very young age and that happened 82 years ago, so I don’t remember much about it. I’ve crammed as much living into my life as possible, and I’m not through yet. I’ve traveled extensively and I even flew in the same zero-gravity plane that the astronauts trained in. I live in California with my first (and only) husband, and we celebrated our 62nd anniversary this year.”
Pat Garcia (Patricia Anne Pierce-Garcia Schaack) is an American expatriate living in Europe. An accomplished musician as well as a writer, she has been writing (and reading) since childhood.
Mark David Gerson is the author of more than a dozen books, including critically acclaimed titles for writers, award-winning fiction, and compelling memoirs. Known as “The Birthing Your Book Guru,” Mark David works with an international roster of clients as coach and consultant, helping them get their stories onto the page and into the world with ease.

An excerpt from Mark's contribution.
It’s Never Too Late to Follow Your Dreams
By Mark David Gerson

I turned sixty-two a few weeks ago, making me a few months older than my mother when she died and six years older than my father when he passed away. In less than two weeks, I will visit my urologist with the full expectation that he will order a prostate biopsy, my third biopsy in as many years. Given the post-election uncertainty that exists at this writing around Obamacare, which provided me with my first health insurance in nearly two decades, it is impossible to know what my options will be should the biopsy reveal a problem or, even if it doesn’t, whether it will be possible for that potential problem to be monitored in years to come.

I don’t share this here in order to paint a poor-me, doom-and-gloom scenario. I always do my best to remain positive in the face of life’s vicissitudes, and I am certain that things will work out for the best for me, whatever that turns out to mean. Rather, I share it because although I am not old by twenty-first-century standards, aging brings with it certain risks, whoever we are. Whoever we are, those same risks also offer opportunities. Perhaps one of the most powerful is the gift of focus.

When my mother was sixty-one, not long after she was diagnosed with cancer, she and I were sitting together on her living floor one evening, our only light the sickly sodium-vapor yellow filtering in through the venetian blinds from the street light outside. I had been over for my weekly dinner and Scrabble game and we were waiting for my stepfather to return from a class so he could drive me to the subway.
Holly Deuel Gilster plays “make believe” for a living. In other words, she is a professional actress and musician. Holly also loves painting with words as an accomplished poet, an award-winning short-story writer and a book reviewer for The Or Echo.
Aaron Gordon is a retired social sciences community college professor. He and his wife, Ellie, have been married for 65 years and have three children and grandchildren.
Ellie Gordon is a retired public school teacher who spent the best 20 years of her life in the classroom. A Chicago native, she now lives in New Mexico.
Karla “Rosie” Harper recently retired from teaching elementary school, freeing her to return to her early love of dancing. Today, when not helping out with her grandchildren, Rosie is taking dance lessons, spinning on a dance floor or performing in senior centers and retirement communities with Albuquerque’s Sugartime, as a singer as well as a dancer.
Linda Hoye is the author of Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief to Gratitude, available through major online retailers. A native of Saskatchewan, Linda currently lives in British Columbia (by way of Washington State) with her husband and doted-upon Yorkshire Terrier.
E.V. Legters hasn’t so much retired as she has exchanged one life for another — from rewarding years with career and children (while pursuing the arts on the fly) to a life with the arts at its center. She is the author of Vanishing Point and Connected Underneath and is currently hard at work on her third novel.
LD Masterson lived on both coasts before becoming landlocked in Ohio. After twenty years managing computers for the American Red Cross, she now divides her time between writing, volunteer work and enjoying her grandchildren. Her short stories have been published in several magazines and anthologies, and she is currently working on a new novel.
Kathleen Messmer not only runs a film production company with offices in the UK and the US, she is an avid photographer and wildlife advocate. In the unlikely event that she ever retires, Kathleen plans to live on a ranch with draft horses and pygmy goats and vineyards and fruit orchards, somewhere near the water. Oh, and a cowboy...maybe.
Karen Norstad has worked as cashier/gift wrapper, secretary, boutique seamstress, administrative assistant, manager of employee stock options, executive assistant, and budget analyst. Now retired, Karen’s life revolves around lounging about, wearing PJs until four in the afternoon, obsessing over the news, reading, fusing and slumping glass, practicing piano, keeping a small balcony garden and cooking.
Matt Nyman’s nonlinear career path has included working in the geological sciences, teaching high school, stay-at-home parenting and, currently, training tomorrow’s teachers. Poetry equently resides near the surface of his existence, occasionally erupting onto paper.
Jill Plaman was born and began aging in Milwaukee, but she has lived and worked in Albuquerque since 1977. She holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MSW from the University of Minnesota. Her special interests are travel, international folk dancing, reading, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Maureen Polikoff is a clinical social worker/ therapist who has always pursued many other creative endeavors, including painting, playing music and, now, writing. A Connecticut native, she lives in New Mexico with her husband, Michael.
MaryFrank Sanborn left Boston 33 years ago, to apprentice with photographer Walter Chappell in Santa Fe. Still in love with the beauty of the Southwest, MaryFrank photographs, writes, hikes, travels, teaches yoga and meditation, makes soups on Sundays, and dreams of the ocean and whales.
Patricia Stoltey is the author of four mystery novels. The most recent is Wishing Caswell Dead. She lives in Northern Colorado with Sassy Dog, Katie Cat and her husband, Bill.
Susan Swiderski grew up in Dundalk, Maryland, where everybody calls everybody hon and eating steamed crabs is a sacrament. Although she’s happy in her adopted Georgia, part of her heart still lingers on the shores of Chesapeake Bay, explaining the setting for her novel, Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade. Susan is currently working on a trilogy, proof that this old gal is still a pathological optimist.
Jan Castle Walker is a retired teacher and an active artist. She lives in Davis, California with her husband, Mack.
Karen Helene Walker is a novelist, memoirist and essayist and the author of The Wishing Steps and Following the Whispers. When not writing, Karen is tap dancing, folk dancing or performing with the musical group Sugartime at retirement communities. Karen is currently working on her second memoir. 

You can follow Karen and the other authors along on their tour by checking out the schedule HERE.

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Do you know Karen? Follower her? Are you familiar with any of the contributors?