The 2019 Christmas Charity Appeal – Help Me Raise £250 For Battersea Dogs & Cats Home By Leaving Me Links To Your Blogs and Books

Please take a minute or two to visit Hugh’s Views and News and check out his post on the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Not only can you help Hugh raise funds for the home, you can share your own links via his site. AND, if you are so inclined, you can visit the link to the home, yourself. This is a win/win opportunity to help animals in need. Plus, you get a chance to see Hugh’s adorable Christmas elves, Austin and Toby. I wouldn’t mind having them under MY tree! 🙂 Thanks for checking this one out, and for sharing with the Immediate World! And thank you, Hugh, for your kindness and generosity! Merry Christmas! 🙂

Hugh's Views & News  

The Christmas tree is up, but something is missing. There are no gifts under it, and I need your help to put that right.

For this year’s Christmas charity appeal, I’m asking you to help me raise some money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Since 1860, Battersea has been there for every dog and cat that finds themselves homeless. From the moment they welcomed their first stray dog, they have been placing animals at the centre of everything they do.

More than three million animals later, they’re still working hard to achieve the vision that every dog and cat should live in a home where they are treated with love, care and respect.

They believe that every dog and cat deserves the best. That’s why Battersea Dogs and Cats home have always helped every dog and cat in need.

Clickhereto visit the Battersea Dogs and Cats…

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Special Announcement! New Audio Books Available

Don Massenzio has just accomplished something I’ve been trying to do for a long time: he’s manged to get 8 of his 10 books published on audio. Check out his post! And don’t forget to share, too, thanks! Congratulations, Don! 🙂

Author Don Massenzio

I know I have been away from my blog for a bit and I’m starting to dive back in. That doesn’t mean that my author life went totally dormant during that time. I spent the time working with voice actors to work toward the release of my books as audio books. I’m happy to announce that eight of my ten books are now available as audio books with the last two currently in various stages of production.

This format seems to be popular and, without promoting them, sales have been surprisingly good. Most of this, I believe, is due to the talents of the wonderful voice actors that produced them.

Here is a list of the books with their Amazon links:

Frankly Speaking – Frank Rozzani Detective Series Book 1

A 16 year old girl has disappeared. The police believe she is a runaway. Her parents believe she has been…

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#BookRelease #CoverReveal and #News – The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4 is HERE!

I am beyond excited to let the world know my newest novel, The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4 is now available on Kindle! Because my doctor has said I’m well enough to travel, we are heading west for a few days, and I won’t be able to get the print book published, proofed, and made available until our return. However, you may rest assured it will be along very shortly thereafter. In the meantime, for those of you who enjoy reading on Kindle or simply can’t wait any longer, you should definitely rush straight to Amazon and download your copy today! 😀 This one has been a long time coming, but I hope it will prove to have been worth the wait. And by all means, please share my  happy news with the Immediate World! THANKS!

By the way, I hope to visit with some of you after I return from our trip. At that time, I’ll be absolutely shameless about begging to chat with any of you good folks who’d like to have me stop by.  Just sayin’ . . .

And now, here it is! TADA!

The Magic is Back!

For Robert MacKenzie Cole—or Rabbit, as he’s known to all—the chance to accompany his family to see North Carolina’s infamous Brown Mountain Lights has him nearly dizzy with excitement. And what better night to watch this unexplained phenomenon unfold than Halloween?

But when the entrancing, unpredictable lights show up, Rabbit gets far more than he bargained for. He’s gifted with what folks in the Appalachians call “the Sight,” and it’s this extrasensory perception that enables him to spot the one light different from all the rest.

In his biggest challenge to date, Rabbit—aided by his daddy and his newest friend, Austin Dupree— begins a quest to learn more about the mysterious light. Their investigation unveils a web of cons and corruption none of them expected and exposes a brutal murder along the way.

Throughout all, Rabbit is unfaltering in his commitment to do whatever it takes to understand the truth behind the glowing orb and to determine how he can help it.

After all, it followed him home.

Download The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4 HERE

Author Marcia Meara

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and one small dachshund.

When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. She enjoys nature. Really, really enjoys it. All of it! Well, almost all of it, anyway. From birds, to furry critters, to her very favorites, snakes. The exception would be spiders, which she truly loathes, convinced that anything with eight hairy legs is surely up to no good. She does not, however, kill spiders anymore, since she knows they have their place in the world. Besides, her husband now handles her Arachnid Catch and Release Program, and she’s good with that.

Spiders aside, the one thing Marcia would like to tell each of her readers is that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. If, at the age of 69, she could write and publish her first book (and thus fulfill 64 years of longing to do that very thing), you can make your own dreams a reality, too. Go for it! What have you got to lose?

Marcia has published six other novels to date, all of which are available on Amazon in both print and Kindle format. She has also published two spin-off novellas and a book of poetry, currently only available in Kindle format. 

Wake-Robin Ridge
A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2

Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel
Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2
That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spin-off Novella
The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

You can reach Marcia via email at
or on the following social media sites:


The Write Stuff:

Twitter: @marciameara

Happy Day After! Shopping, Anyone?

Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving or Thursday, whichever works for where you are. Anyone heading out to the stores on Black Friday? They’d have to be giving away boxes of actual cash before I’d go anywhere near a store today. Nope. Nothing would be worth wading through crowds like this day generates, as far as I’m concerned. However, it’s our tradition to put up the Christmas lights the day after Thanksgiving, so Mark will be doing that shortly. 

Sad to say, I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be able to handle our full Christmas House of A Thousand Decorations this year. The spirit is willing, but the flesh … well, you know what they say. Five Christmas trees (2 large, 3 small) and 300 Santas are more than I have the energy to deal with. We will definitely put up one of our big trees, and I’ll unpack enough Santas to fill the mantle. Probably. But I’m saving my energy for our upcoming trip to Denver, so I’ll really be able to enjoy our time with Erin & Crew.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to feel well enough to enjoy this?

By the time we return home, I plan to resume blogging, though I’ll start off slowly and work my way along. Blogging is one of the things that has enriched my life immensely, and I have hated being away so long! Lots to chat about, lots to share with you guys, and lots of blogging friends to visit, as well. *smiles at new blog header and whispers “Soon, my precious … sooooon.”*

In the meantime, hope you enjoy the start of the Christmas season, preferably someplace far from the madding crowd! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

For all my friends here in the U.S. who celebrate Thanksgiving, may this one be your best ever, filled with all the blessings of family and friends gathered to share the bounty of the season!

For those of you who have bolstered my spirits during my recovery from The Big Fall, I am so very grateful, and I love each and every one of you. I’m doing much, much better, and truly think I’ll soon be as good as new! 🙂 

And for those of you who’ve been pestering me … I mean, asking me … about my WIP, the good news is, The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4  is FINISHED, editing and all. I’ll be working on getting the Kindle version up before we leave to visit my daughter in Denver, so stay tuned for more news on that! Hoping to do a reveal on Monday, if all goes well. 

Now get those pies baked and those cranberries … errm … cranned! You’ve got a celebration coming up tomorrow!

May your blessings keep coming!

A Word About Today’s Header Image #HarryDresden #TheDresdenFiles #JimButcher

For those who don’t know how much I love the Dresden Files series, let my current header be a small indication. I do. Or maybe I just love Harry Dresden. Either way, I have followed this series for years.

Here’s the thing. I’ve been beating myself up figuratively (the slam on the head was NOT intentional!) for the two-year delay between my last novel and my soon to be published one. Two years! Between hurricanes and other disruptions, it has taken me far too long to get this one done. But then I realized that it has been FIVE years since the last Dresden File book. Five. Years.  And the last one left us hanging about several issues that are of great importance to Dresden fans.

If any of you live near Jim Butcher, could you please go light a fire under him? Or smack him on the head with a rolled up newspaper? Or at least scowl in his general direction? I’d like to find out what happens next in the life of my favorite wizard while I still have wits enough to READ. Just sayin’ …

The good news about this is I feel a lot better about my two-year delay, and I’m going to TRY to give Jim Butcher the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps he’s had hurricanes of one sort or another in his life, as well. I just hope he’s hard at work again, and that we really do get the next book very, very soon. I miss Harry!

In the meantime, the header above will have to do. 

Write on, Jim Butcher. Write on!

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

A little over two weeks ago, I was advised by my doctor to limit my computer time severely, and I took her advice seriously. I’ve been on a blog break ever since, and it’s not something I’ve enjoyed, frankly. So, I’m planning to work my way back into the blogosphere, bit by bit, with the thought in mind that no one will notice and tell on me.  😀

I probably won’t be resuming my weekly features just yet, as my energy level is still low, low, low. But I’ll try to stop by at least a couple of times a week to let you guys know what’s happening. 

To that end, let me say that I have finally–despite hurricanes, illness, and falling down with a loud BOOM–managed to finish The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4! My editor and I are about halfway done with making it presentable for public consumption, and I’m very eager to get this one “out there.” Hopefully, the eBook will be published within the next two weeks.

I will be revealing the beautiful new cover right here in the next day or so, and even though I’m not quite up to doing a cover reveal “tour,” I do hope you guys will share it far and wide. Stay tuned to see for yourself what a great job my cover designer did on this one. I think it’s my favorite, so far. 🙂

And finally, on a local note, in order to be sure I have the print version of this book IN HAND, I’ve moved the date of the Book Release Party to January 25, 1:00 to 4:00 at the Enterprise Museum. If you are in the area, please drop by to see us!

That’s it for now. Have a great evening, everyone! 




#Update & #TakingABreak

I have to write this now, before I chicken out! Here’s the deal. My visit with my doctor yesterday brought home some things I wasn’t aware of and a few more I’d been trying to ignore. I definitely have some concussion issues (read, brain injury/damages) that have not healed. YET. While I’m drastically improved over the first 48 hours, when I couldn’t read, because the words didn’t make sense, I’m still struggling with some cognitive issues and balance problems. A few other things, too, but those are the biggest ones.

I’ve learned that even six weeks (which I’d been shocked to read on several medical sites) isn’t always enough time for a brain to heal from the kind of blow mine suffered when I fell. It could be months or longer before everything that’s still not working well heals–if it ever does. On the plus side, because I’ve made pretty good progress so far, my doctor is optimistic that my brain will come back “online” fully over time. On the negative side, I’m trying to do too many things at once, and hindering my own recovery. 😦 

Noise and light are big issues. (I’d already stopped wearing my hearing aids while home alone because noise was bothering me so much.) Anything that over-stimulates the brain is a bad idea. She would like me to limit my time on the computer considerably. Okay, she’d like me to STOP using the computer at all, but I don’t think that’s doable. So we’ve compromised, more or less. I’m going to limit myself to an hour a day. Since I’m finishing up WRR4 for publication, that needs to be where I focus that time, for now.

With that in mind, I’m going to take a break (my first in 15 years or so) from blogging. I truly hate to do this, and know how much I will miss all of you (and your non-failing support), but I think in order to give myself the best possible odds to heal properly, I have to do it. I also know that you guys will understand.

I DO plan to check in as often as possible to let you know I’m still alive and kicking. But I won’t be able to follow and comment on all your wonderful blogs for a bit. 

How long this will last depends on how well I’m doing. I could be back in a week or two, or it might be a month or two. But I’m going to do my best NOT to push myself, as I don’t want to be my own worst enemy during this process.  

I WILL be checking my email daily, and will respond (via dictation, which helps reduce the light stimulation). So if you have any questions or need to reach me, you can reach me at 

I will NOT be unplugging anything! I’ll just be busy wrapping up my book, with plenty of breaks as needed so as not to tire myself. And as soon as I’m comfortable with how I’m doing, I’ll be right back here, up to my old tricks.

Thanks for understanding, and just know that your thoughts and prayers have sustained me throughout this mess (and many others). In the famous words of you-know-who:

#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – Twigs in my Hair by Cynthia Reyes

This afternoon, I’d like to welcome Cynthia Reyes to The Write Stuff,  with a lovely review/article about her gardening book, Twigs in my Hair. As a gardener, myself, I’m definitely going to be checking this one out. Hope you’ll enjoy this wonderful and thoughtful review, and will remember to share this on all your favorite social media sites. Thanks! 


A common Post-Enlightenment concept is that occupations have an art and science to them.  As a therapist, sometimes I approach an intervention from the science side, using the concept of evidence-based practice to guide the rehabilitation process.  Biological, neurological, or psychological theories set the pace of therapy.  At other times, I rely on the art of practice, usually when it comes to engaging and motivating a client to utilize the science.  I view gardening much the same way.  Ask me about soil health and I’ll give your two hour lecture on the benefits of fungus.  Then again, don’t ask me.  Let just take a stroll in the garden, enjoy the view, and I’ll show you some really cool mushrooms along the way.  That is the art of gardening.

I do find that gardeners do tend to fall into either the artists or the scientists when it comes to their occupation of growing.  In our region, if you ask someone if they keep a garden, that means that they grow a vegetable garden, in other words, they are scientist about growing food.  On the other hand, the artists have flowers.  Inevitably, the gardeners run the law mower that keeps the flowers in their bed, and the artists complain about the mowing that destroys those Spring Beauties and Forget-Me-Nots that runs free through the pastures of law.  Though animal husbandry is not in the discussion, the legend of Cane and Able plays out when artists set designs on the garden, and gardeners try to establish boundaries which nature ignores

A couple of weeks ago, a writer/blogger friend, Cynthia Reyes, sent an e-mail requesting to verify my address.  A new book was on its way (full disclosure, she figured that she would just send me a complementary copy to read as she knew that I would write a review, hence I am typing now).  A few days later, Twigs in My Hair, A Gardening Memoir arrived in our mail box.  I had just finished reading a volume on the biology of soil health (aka science), thus an artist tome about gardening was welcome.

You may recall, Cynthia is a writer of memoirs, A Good Home and An Honest House.  Twigs in my Hair is the gardening companion to these other recollections and reflections on life.  While the prior memoirs focused more on personal history in the context of the dwellings that Cynthia has occupied, Twigs in my Hair expands on the gardens (vegetable and flower) which provide the environments surrounding those structures and events.

Cynthia embodies that art of gardening.  Her husband, Hamlin, is the scientist of tomatoes, peppers, and onions.  I wonder if they combine their skills in the kitchen, or play out a Montague-and-Capulet rivalry with knifes, cutting boards, scissors and vases.  I think I shall wait out on the veranda for tea to be served.

Cynthia’s writing style is a delight to read.  Each chapter covers an aspect of gardening, flowers, design, vegetable, cooking, critters, fences and arbors.  More importantly, in Cynthia’s view, each chapter covers an aspect of living, magic, discovery, patience, and relationships.  Gardening is not merely about plants, it is about living.

“At church, at school, and especially at our dinner table, my sisters and I obeyed the rules and followed the belief of the adults around us.  But when we were together, alone, we lived by the rules of our own world, complete with magical flowers.”  Ah, the secret gardens of children and companions.

“Gardening, however, is much more than growing pretty flowers and nutritious vegetables.  Gardening forces us to consider how we live with nature.

“If you garden, and especially if you garden in the countryside, you will sooner or later find yourself clashing with the wild creatures that share our planet”  Ah, the bucolic garden besieged by bunnies!

“But let us not dwell on failures.  A new spring is a time of hope.  hope that the long winter is past, and that the summer will be heaven.  Hope that the garden season will be joyous, with just enough sunshine and just enough rain, and not too many aphids, cabbageworms, earwigs, or mosquitoes.” Ah, the seasons governing our time and moods and aspirations.

The Fall Harvest is currently is full swing with too many tasks that beg for time: picking, canning, cleaning garden beds, putting hay and manure form the goat barn down.  But, Winter will be here soon enough.  Be sure the order your copy of Twigs in my Hair now.  You will have time to read it on a cold, Winter’s day, or dark Winter’s night.  Let your mind winder to next Spring’s garden design or seed catalogues for discovering some new vegetables.

I do know of a garden that Cynthia and Hamlin have not visited.  Maybe next Spring we can stroll.  I may have to take two laps.  With Cynthia, I shall share the magic of flowers and winding pathways of life.  Hamlin and I shall take about the value of fungus on vegetable health and nutrition.  I suggest they stay out of the kitchen and enjoy the view from the deck until tea is served.


AUTHOR CYNTHIA REYES returns with Twigs in My Hair, a book about her lifelong passion for gardens and nature and the surprising relationships and events involved. Gorgeous photographs by Hamlin Grange complement a humorous and profound story. Readers will meet a variety of interesting creatures, both human and animal, some of whom compete for gardening produce or gardening glory. A beautiful gift for gardeners and non-gardeners. 

You may conclude, after reading Twigs in My Hair, that the gardener’s love for growing things swings from reverence to mania. But there is also a deeply emotional side to this story about what happens when a passionate gardener can no longer do what she loves.

Buy Twigs in my Hair HERE

Author Cynthia Reyes

CYNTHIA REYES, author of A Good Home, An Honest House and co-author with lauren Reyes-Grange of the children’s books Myrtle the Purple Turtle, Myrtle’s Game and Myrtle Makes a New Friend, returns to the gardens she loves with Twigs in My Hair – A Gardening Memoir.

A former television journalist, producer-director and executive producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Cynthia has also written feature stories for national and international publications. 

Twigs in My Hair is a collaboration between Cynthia and her husband HAMLIN GRANGE, whose photographic images provide a visual record of the gardens he and Cynthia have loved. 

Hamlin is a former journalist with Contrast Newspaper and the Toronto Star, spent most of his career in television as a reporter and TV presenter for Global News, TVO, and CBC Television, and now owns DiversiPro Inc., his consulting firm. For Hamlin, photography is a valued creative outlet. 

Cynthia and Hamlin live in a small town in Ontario, Canada. They have two beloved daughters and sons-in-law.


Cynthia Reyes’ books have all been highly acclaimed and two have won awards.Twigs in My Hair was a Number 1 New Release in its category on both and and on Kindle. All Cynthia’s books have been Amazon bestsellers.

Her second memoir, An Honest House, won the Diamond Award for Book of the Year and her children’s book, Myrtle the Purple Turtle, won a Purple Dragonfly Award.

In her earlier career in the media, Cynthia received The Children’s Broadcast Institute Award, The Trailblazer Award, The (CBC) President’s Award, and The Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film and Television. 

Cynthia was also honoured with The African Canadian Achievement Award for career achievements and community work, and has recently been inducted into the Order of Jamaica, Commander Level, for her work to improve the quality of international journalism.

Find Cynthia on Social Media here:

Amazon Author’s Page
Twitter: @CynthiaSReyes