From the small dog…

Small Dog is visiting with Sue Vincent today on Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo. I love when Ani decides to chat with Sue. Check it out. I can pretty much guarantee a smile. The picture alone is worth stopping by, but do yourself a favor, and read the poem, too, then pass it along. Thanks for this morning’s smile, Sue! 🙂 ❤

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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“The time has come,” the doglet said,
“to talk of many things;
Of tennis balls and squeaky ducks,
and sneaky bees with stings;
of why the sparrows fly so fast
and if that cat has wings.”
“Just wait a bit,” the writer said,
“I’m busy with these things.”

“But writer,“ said the small dog then,
“The sun will shortly set,
the pheasants will be playing out,
and rabbits too, I bet.
I really should be practising,
I haven’t caught one yet.”
“Hmm. Never mind, it’s raining
and you don’t like getting wet.”

“Ok then,” sighed the little dog,
“We could consider, please,
the therapeutic benefits
of sharing Cheddar cheese.
Or why that spider’s sitting there,
Or why do you have knees…”
“You scratch a lot,” the writer said,
“You sure it isn’t fleas?”

The clouds were turning dusky pink,
Upon the fading blue.
The writer sighed, put down the pen

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#PoetryReadathon #Bookreview – Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love by Marcia Meara

What a lovely surprise to find my book of poetry, Summer Magic, reviewed today on Robbie’s Insipiration. And what a truly lovely review, too. Hope you’ll check it out, and share far and wide. Robbie, you made my day! Thank so much!! 🙂 ❤

Robbie's inspiration

Poetry readathon

Marcia Meara

Marcia Meara is another amazing blogger, author and poet who is hugely supportive of other bloggers, writers and poets. Marcia blogs at Marcia Meara and shares lots of wonderful reviews of a wide spectrum of authors books.

What Amazon says

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love is a collection of contemporary poetry about exactly that–life and love. The first part of the book features poems about the magic a young boy discovers while camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The second part of the book has a sampling of poetry about love, life and death, autumn, and dreams coming true.

My review

This book comprises the most beautiful freestyle poetry by Marcia Meara. The poetry is divided into two sections, the first is about the magic of life as experienced by a ten year old boy and the second is about love.

I loved both sections of the book…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Buy a Book for Christmas #Mystery #Thriller #Series N.A. Granger, John W. Howell, Don Massenzio

Another in Sally’s terrific “Buy a Book for Christmas” series, today featuring N. A. Granger, John W. Howell, and Don Massenzio. Some great books here! Stop by Smorgasbord Blog Magazine for your Christmas book shopping, and don’t forget to share the link! Thanks, and thanks to Sally for these great posts! Ho, ho, ho! 🙂 ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to another of the Christmas book promotions and time for a little mystery…. and the first author with a wonderful series of books is N. A. Granger and the Rhe Brewster Mysteries. And the best way to start as a gift is the first book in the series which is Death in a Red Canvas Chair.. there are four books and all would make amazing gifts.

About the book

On a warm fall afternoon, the sweet odor of decay distracts Rhe Brewster from the noise and fury of her son’s soccer game. She’s a tall, attractive emergency room nurse with a type A personality, a nose for investigation and a yen for adrenalin. This time her nose leads her to the wet, decaying body of a young woman, sitting in a red canvas chair at the far end of the soccer field. Her first call is to…

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Exposing your work, on #LisaBurtonRadio

A great post this morening on Lisa Burton Radio, via Craig Boyack. Looking for ways to promote yourself and by extension, your work? Check out Lisa’s guests today, and take good notes. (Or save the handy links.) You’ll be glad you did And remember to share. Thanks!

Entertaining Stories

Lisa Burton

Hi, all, and welcome to another edition of Lisa Burton Radio. This week is a special edition, because it’s geared to all you authors out there. It might give some good ideas to bloggers who want to host guests too.

Today, I’ve collected a group of power bloggers who host authors on their sites. This gives an author a way to reach a larger audience than they might if they were simply posting about date-night or something. This means when you have a new book to promote, or maybe to give an older title a secondary push.

We’re going to start by addressing the three-hundred-pound gorilla in the room, and I mean that literally. Chris The Storyreading Ape, hosts one of the largest author blogs around. “Did you get my fruit basket, Chris?”

“Yes I did thanks, Lisa – very thoughtful of you to use edible leaves to weave the…

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Thanks to Marcia for allowing me to share Annika Perry’s wonderful five star review of No More Mulberries on her blog. I was thrilled to see it – and to see the lovely comments from people who have already read the book. I spent the day in a warm glow 🙂

Annika Perry's Writing Blog

The name alone of the country Afghanistan conjures up images of war, strife, death, despair and deprivation. Intellectually we know there is a life beyond the headlines, an everyday existence which is rarely written about. A few books in recent years have emerged to fill the gap of our lack of knowledge and one of the best of these is Mary Smith’s excellent ‘No More Mulberries’.

Although a fiction novel, it is evident that the author draws on her personal experience as a health worker for ten years in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

‘No More Mulberries’ follows the life of Scottish-born midwife Miriam, who has wholeheartedly embraced Afghanistan and relishes her work with the local people in the rural community of her second husband. Here she makes friends, finds fulfilment with her work however cracks quickly appear in her life.

Her husband Iqbal is struggling to cope with the return to…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Buy a Book for Christmas -#Supernatural #Fantasy – Marcia Meara, Charles E. Yallowitz, Stuart France and Sue Vincent

Sally’s Smorgasbord Magazine is running a series on books for Christmas, and my latest novella, The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody, is included in today’s selection–alongside Charles Yallowitz and Sue Vincent & Stuart France. Hope you’ll check it out, and pass it along. Three in one today! 🙂 And thanks, Sally! Have I told you lately that you ROCK? 🙂 ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Time to get a little supernatural in the Christmas book promotions and indulge in some paranormal and Fantasy…..and no better place to start the proceedings than with Marcia Meara – The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody.

About the Novella

In Marcia Meara’s second installment of The Emissary Trilogy, a Riverbend spinoff series of novellas, we find our three heroes at it again. Beautiful new places, exciting new adventures, and a whole assortment of new problems await them, bringing tears, laughter, and an extraordinary amount of love along with them.

Trouble never does a head count before showing up …They’re back!

Jake and Dodger, the first (and so far, only) Emissaries to the Angels, are on the road again.

They’re looking for mortals about to take a wrong turn. You know the ones—the kid thinking about stealing from a corner market or the man planning to lie about a coworker and…

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The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody by @MarciaMeara #UrbanFantasy

How lovely to find this super review of The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody from Cathy at Between the Lines. Hope you’ll check it out and consider passing it along. Thanks, and thank you, Cathy, for your kind words. So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 ❤

Between the Lines ~ Books’n’Stuff

Author: Marcia Meara

Kindle Edition

Category: Urban Fantasy, Novella, Book Review

They’re back!

Jake and Dodger, the first (and so far, only) Emissaries to the Angels, are on the road again.

They’re looking for mortals about to take a wrong turn. You know the ones—the kid thinking about stealing from a corner market or the man planning to lie about a coworker and destroy her career. Yeah, them. People on the brink of making a mistake that could send them down that wrong road and jeopardize their mortal souls.

Jake and his protégé, Dodger are learning more about being Emissaries—and about each other. Jake is saddened at Dodger’s confession that he has never felt loved and not only that, he’s also missed the chance of knowing what it’s like to fall in love. Dodger was a very troubled young man when Jake helped him and took him on. It ended…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the shelves for Christmas – #Shortstories – After Ever: Little Stories for Grown Children by D. Avery

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

D. Avery has a new release just in time for Christmas… A short story collection Ever After: Little Stories for Grown Children.

About After Ever

Big stories come in small packages. Told with the sure-footed brevity of fairy tales, After Ever is a collection of stories that explore dark depths and uncertain endings, flash fiction that often leaves room for interpretation and speculation. These are stories in which the grim tragedies of life befall characters of all ages. There are no happily ever after fairy tale endings, but there are flashes of resilience and hope. The heroes of these short stories are ordinary people who recognize the mystery, beauty, and small wonders contained in their ordinary lives.

Sample and savor each story individually or as a banquet of offerings both dark and light, tales of lives tragic and magical.

What the early readers are saying;

An interesting and eclectic…

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An Update on My Whereabouts – Longish, but Hopefully Beneficial for Some

In case you’re wondering where I’ve been lately, and even if you hadn’t noticed my somewhat spotty postings, I figured it was time for an update. Seems like ever since Irma smashed our garage and cars about 14 months ago, life around here has been full of what I’ll call “annoying interruptions.” I’ve seen what disaster looks like, thanks to events like Hurricane Michael’s rampage through the Florida panhandle and the truly horrific wildfires in California, so I’m smart enough to know we haven’t had anything close to a disaster here. But we have had a lot of interruptions, causing delays in everything from replanting our crushed garden to publishing my last novella, and a few of the interruptions have been health related.

Some of you know I have had a LONG history of skin cancer issues–and I have the scars to prove it, even on my face, where I’ve had four. This started when I was in my late 30’s, so I’m pretty familiar with the dangers, the treatments, and the surgeries. Most of mine have been basal cell carcinomas, the least likely to spread and the easiest to remove IF you catch them in time. (They can become very large & potentially disfiguring if you don’t.) Three months ago, I had my first (more dangerous) squamous cell cancer on my arm, which was removed successfully. At the same time, a melanoma (the most dangerous form) was found on my back, and that was successfully removed, as well.)

My most recent issue involved a sore on my ear that didn’t look at all like any other skin cancer I’d ever seen, and which I thought was an insect bite at first. After a few weeks, I realized it wasn’t healing, and had my dermatologist take a look. Turned out to be another basal cell. If it had been on my arm, it would have been an easy-peasy bit of trimming, and done. But it was located on my outer ear, in an area where there is very little skin or tissue to work with, without the risk of disfigurement. Continue reading