Official Book trailer for my friend A.G. Howard’s next YA Novel.


Whiteout conditions, howling winds 75 mph, 3 ft snow drifts: north Texas paralyzed by ‘historic blizzard’

Why I am so keen on Scentsy

I am very aware of the memories and feelings certain scents evoke. I can get a whiff of bread or sugar cookies, and am back in my Granny’s kitchen. The rich, lucious scent of pumpkin pie and coffee transport me to my childhood, when, on any given Thanksgiving or Christmas I would awaken to the aroma of my Mama’s baking and Daddy’s coffee brewing. Sometimes, the scent of sawdust or of a certain soap reminds me of sweeping up after my Pawpaw in his workshop. A seductive masculine fragrance stirs memories of summer evenings under the stars. The fragrance of warm, clean laundry fills me with a sense of comfort and accomplishment. The smell of fresh, rain-cleansed air infuses me with happiness. I love surrounding myself with things that make me happy. These memories I speak of are a big part of that, and I would often strive to find scents that worked for me.

That’s why, after long and careful consideration, I chose to become a Scentsy Independent Consultant. Not only for the wonderful products, but the flexibility too. As a busy mom of four, it allows me a source of income, and a good company to work with, to go along with my enjoyment of the product. Becoming a part of the Scentsy family allows me to help other people find pleasure for their lives too. I’m not a natural salesperson, but am eager to share products I believe in; if I didn’t absolutely love it, I wouldn’t invest so much into telling others about these great products!

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Gone Missing

Gone Missing: A Novel (Kate Burkholder, #4)Gone Missing: A Novel by Linda Castillo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In her latest novel, Linda Castillo again creates a world of thrilling suspense and intrigue flavored with a spicy side of sizzle that leaves readers hungry for more!

Her strong protagonist,Kate Burkholder, approaches her latest case with tenacity tempered with compassion. Her complicated and precarious balance as a small town police cheif, who happens to be formerly Amish,is challenged in new and uncertain directions as her relationship with the edgy state agent John Tomasetti begins to take on a life of its own, threatening to tear down some very hard won barriers she’s built around her soul.

Unwilling to let her tumultuous feelings for Tomasetti become a distraction, Kate never loses focus in her search for a missing Amish teen. As the investigation unfolds, several cold cases rise to the top, adding a fresh sense of urgency to all involved in the hunt. Can they find the missing girl in time? Or will the innocent fall prey to the same evil as the others?

I am in love with Kate and Tomasetti, as well as the well-rounded supporting cast of this Amish series. Linda Castillo builds a world I eagerly visit and reluctantly leave with each book in this series.

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A little fun for your day

In the quest for cleverness…

coffeeI got nothin’.

Things are surprisingly quiet at the moment, and I can’t seem to come up with any cleverness to astound you with. Not that I ever DID. 🙂

Our house now has a foundation. It sure looks tiny…yet it is supposed to  be 500 sq. ft. more than we have at present. Those I’ve spoken to that have had homes built assure me that this is normal. To just wait it out and have faith. Yeah, well, okay. I’m still not going to breathe a sigh of relief until we are actually living in the home. We’ve had our house on the market for a YEAR now.  I hope  something  unforseen doesn’t happen to screw us out  of this deal.

I’m starting to let myself get excited. Something I didn’t do when we picked out colors and tile and all that good stuff.

Ladybug and Girlchild have fun going by the land and seeing te progress. They are supposed  to have it finished by the end of August, but I’ll be shocked to my toes if that happens.

Speaking  of the girls–

They are doing splendidly. Ladybug has knocked off telling lies so much. Either that,or she’s getting better at it. The kind of fibs we had problems with her telling  stemmed from insecurity and the need to make herself more that she thought she was. The fact that she has started to let that habit go is encouraging. Girlchild is seeming more secure too, more relaxed with  us. Morewilling to go withthe fact we are fulfilling a parental role, without trying to replace her natural parents. Which I wouldn’t hesitate to do, if asked.

But both still speak  of missing their parents, which is only natural. I pray,  for the sake of these kids, that the parents can get it together.


I’m having a summer lull in my business. Ick. You know, if someone with some dough laying around wanted to toss a few thousand my way, it would be greatly appreciated. I have PayPal, just let me know. RIGHT…..

The ol’ second job at the grocery store isn’t really helping out. Much. Between my availability and their scheduling…5 hours a week isn’t going to cut it. I’m thinking about turning in my notice.


I was so excited when a  friend  at the salon gave me a copy of the latest PEOPLE magazine (well, last week’s anyway),  pointing out Linda Castillo’s great placement and review for SWORN TO SILENCE in the “books” section.  I’m  tellin’ ya, this book, and Linda, really deserve all the kudos that are popping up everywhere. This is an exciting series, and  not to be missed! Read this article in Cleveland.com! And this letter from Linda  at a cool website I just found, She Loves Hot Reads.com!


Jennifer Archer and Mary Schramski’s new blog, Menopause Musing: Writing Without Periods, is getting better and better! If  you need a lift to your day, make sure  and stop  by!


My own writing has been nil, as usual. I just don’t know what to say about that. The excuses just aren’t cutting it any more.  They are tiresome,  in fact.  Blah.

But it feels good to blog again, even when  I don’t really have anything to say.

Happy Father’s Day!


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