New #shortstory: WHY ALWAYS CHOCOLATE, MOM? @vocal_creators

Ciao, amici! Las time, I told you Vocal is running an eight-stories-in-eight-weeks challenge and I hoped to do all eight. Well, I’m two for two so far. Once again, a quick reminder: The entries are judged by a qualified panel, but if there’s a tie, votes are the tie-breaker, so if you click the [♡]Continue reading “New #shortstory: WHY ALWAYS CHOCOLATE, MOM? @vocal_creators”

New #shortstory: FAMILY LEGACY @vocal_creators

Ciao, amici! Not long ago, I told you I (belatedly) discovered Vocal Media. So far, I’ve published four short stories on my page, some of which are part of challenges they offer (in which I might possibly win money and bragging rights). Other stories are just because I had something to say and wanted aContinue reading “New #shortstory: FAMILY LEGACY @vocal_creators”

Two #BookReviews: TELL ME by @Anne_Frasier #TellMe #NetGalley and VOODOO OR DESTINY by @JanSikes3 #mystery #thriller

Ciao, amici! Welcome to July. I hope those of you who celebrated America’s Independence Day had a wonderful holiday. I attended a couple of family picnics and watched some fireworks. I missed my kids and my dogs (and my pool), but I’m choosing to count my blessings rather than dwell on the things I missed.Continue reading “Two #BookReviews: TELL ME by @Anne_Frasier #TellMe #NetGalley and VOODOO OR DESTINY by @JanSikes3 #mystery #thriller”

New Look for Cathedral Lake Series

Ciao, amici! I’ve been trying to write this post for a while, but every time I start to write it, something intervenes. So, before I get derailed again, I’m taking a few minutes and scheduling this post because I have news I’ve been excited to share for what feels like an eternity. My Cathedral LakeContinue reading “New Look for Cathedral Lake Series”

VOCAL just got a little more GOLDEN #shortstory

Ciao, amici! I’m embarrassed to admit that, once again, I’m slow to discover something wonderful. Have you heard of It’s an online platform for content creators (like writers and poets) to highlight their work and possibly get paid for it. What I like about it is not only the exposure to new audiences butContinue reading “VOCAL just got a little more GOLDEN #shortstory”

Two #BookReviews: LUNAR BOOGIE and THE FERRYMAN AND THE SEA WITCH #fantasy #paranormal

Ciao, amici! I’ve got two book reviews for you today. Sorry if I’m a bit long-winded, but I really enjoyed both of them. Bear with me while I share my thoughts. Without further ado… My Review: Things Just Got Real In the latest installment of this must-read series, Boyack upped the stakes. The creature onContinue reading “Two #BookReviews: LUNAR BOOGIE and THE FERRYMAN AND THE SEA WITCH #fantasy #paranormal”

Joan Hall’s #newrelease COLD DARK NIGHT #suspense

Ciao, amici! I’m happy to welcome back to my corner of the blogosphere one of my first online writer buddies. We “met” oh-so-many years ago and connected over our love of fiction. Since then, we’ve bonded over so much more. She’s a talented writer, a Story Empire collaborator, and a dear, dear friend. Let’s giveContinue reading “Joan Hall’s #newrelease COLD DARK NIGHT #suspense”

RABBITS by Terry Miles #bookreview

Ciao, amici! It wasn’t long ago that I saw a book review on Teri Polen’s site for a book called Rabbits by Terry Miles. Her description and comments fascinated me. It sounded like something that would intrigue me. Teri’s reading tastes are more varied than mine, but our television and film tastes often align, andContinue reading “RABBITS by Terry Miles #bookreview”

Introducing D.L. Finn and Her #NewRelease, Tree Fairies #kidlit

Ciao, amici! Today, I’m so happy to have back on the blog a friend who doesn’t visit nearly often enough. Still, I hope you recognize her. If you don’t, you’ve been missing out on one of the kindest souls and most generous bloggers I know. Not to mention a truly gifted poet and fiction writer.Continue reading “Introducing D.L. Finn and Her #NewRelease, Tree Fairies #kidlit”

Going on Tour Across the Pond!

Ciao, amici! I’m a bit giddy today. No, it’s not travel sickness, though I did go pretty far, virtually speaking. I’m across the Atlantic today. Chris the Story Reading Ape has graciously opened his site to me, and I couldn’t be more honored. The post went live Friday evening, Eastern time, but I didn’t shareContinue reading “Going on Tour Across the Pond!”