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#Gardening and #Raspberries

We’re getting a steady influx of vegetables these days, but nothing much to preserve yet. There are a few tomatoes ripening on the kitchen windowsill.firsttomatoes Last night I grilled zucchini and green peppers. Cucumbers are trickling in, but not enough to turn into pickles and relish. Usually this waiting period occurs in late June, but here in western Pennsylvania, we’re about three later with everything.

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#Florida Setting for My Novels

#Florida Setting for My Novels

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Florida Setting 1I’m featured today on Francis Guenette’s blog Disappearing in Plain Sight in a guest post on the location of my novels. Please check it out and Francis’s wonderful review of Trails in the Sand. 3-D1

Check out the guest post and the insightful blog.

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Florida Fiction with P.C. Zick – Location, Location, Location

Florida Fiction with P.C. Zick – Location, Location, Location

P. C. Zick:

Here’s an essay on why I write about Florida, which includes Francis Guenette’s lovely review of Trails in the Sand.

Originally posted on disappearinginplainsight:

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I have been fortune enough to be featured on P.C. Zick’s, no less than four times! An incredibly generous blogger, P.C. does interviews with authors on Wednesday and features her book review of that author’s work on…

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Book Review Friday - Gone Girl

Book Review Friday – Gone Girl

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn surprised me. I thought it was simply a novel about a disintegrating marriage. There is nothing “simply” about this story. Since my review is the 19,852nd of Gone Girl, others must have some strong feelings about the novel as well.

I really don’t know how I feel about it. Is it well written? Absolutely. Is it suspenseful? Without a doubt. Is it…

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Author Wednesday - J.J. DiBenedetto

Author Wednesday – J.J. DiBenedetto

???????????????????????????????I welcome J.J. (James) DiBenedetto to Author Wednesday. James is the author of the paranormal romance Dream Series. The seven books in this series are James’ first published work, but it’s a prolific batch of fiction. The titles: Dream Student, Dream Doctor, Dream Child, Dream Family, Waking Dream, Dream Reunion, and Dream Home.EbookDreamStudentCoverSmallerDreamDoctorCoverSmaller

 

 

Hello, James. It’s nice to have you here today. You’ve…

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Book Review Friday - Go Away Home

Book Review Friday – Go Away Home

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In an Author Wednesday interview with author Carol Brodensteiner, I asked her the best thing someone could say about her novel Go Away Home. She said, “I think the best thing someone could tell me is that they were touched by the characters and the story. That would mean they felt the story was well told, which was my goal in the first place. The second best thing is that…

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#New Release - Murderous Lies by Chantel Rhondeau

#New Release – Murderous Lies by Chantel Rhondeau

Title: Murderous Lies Released: July 11, 2014 Author: Chantel Rhondeau Genre: Romantic
Suspense/Murder Mystery Length: 61,000 words

Imprisoned for murders he
didn’t commit, Max Kensington is exonerated after eight years when a new
witness steps forward. He returns to his hometown and no one’s happy to see him,
least of all his ex-fiancée, Rosemary Spelling.
Max’s return…

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Jul 9

Author Wednesday - Carol Bodensteiner

Author Wednesday – Carol Bodensteiner

???????????????????????????????Welcome to Author Wednesday. Today I’m pleased to introduce you to Carol Bodensteiner. Carol released her first novel, Go Away Home, this past month, and she’s stopped by to talk a little bit about writing this World War I-era novel set in rural eastern Iowa. Her first book, Growing Up Country, is a memoir of growing up in Iowa in the 1950s. It’s so nice to have you visit today, Carol.…

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Jul 2

Author Wednesday - Courtney Giardina

Author Wednesday – Courtney Giardina

???????????????????????????????Welcome to Author Wednesday. Courtney Giardina stops by today to discuss her novel Tear Stained Beaches. The novel explores what happens when a marriage the ideal marriage suddenly isn’t. Courtney says that “Tear Stained Beaches, is the story of one woman’s strength to stand up for what she believes is best for her despite the thoughts and words of others. This novel gives women hope and courage…

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#Book Review Friday - Time to Let Go by Christoph Fischer

#Book Review Friday – Time to Let Go by Christoph Fischer

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I’m used to being transported to another era when I read a novel by Christoph Fischer. Set in England, his latest offering, Time to Let Go, transports the reader, not through the years, but into the lives of one family dealing with the splintered effects of Alzheimers.

I’ve lost several relatives and friends to this devastating disease. I’m familiar with the stages for the patient…

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