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2Here’s a short story for the 12 Indies Christmas Blog Hop and Giveaway. Merry Christmas Everybody! I hope you  have the best holidays ever!


Be sure and enter the Giveaway at the bottom of the post! Great prizes!


Jingle All the Way


Three days before Christmas, Amelia Martin stood naked before her full length mirror and accessed the damage. Two skinned knees. Two bruised palms. One scraped elbow. And a destroyed ego in a pear tree.

She should sue the bastards. If they were going to keep a rubber mat in front of their doorway, they should make sure the thing lay flat, if for no other reason than to protect the klutzes of the world.

It was almost Christmas, for Santa’s sake, everyone is in a hurry. We don’t have time to make safety checks. That’s the job of the shop owner. Well, so much for responsibility. She shook the thought from her head and tried to regain what little holiday spirit she’d had.

After placing bandages on her wounds, she grabbed the lime green jogging suit and pulled the pants on. Thinking back on the incident, from the time her toe caught on the rug until she hit the ground, only a matter of seconds passed, but seemed as if everything went into slow motion. She landed on all fours and her butt projected a full view for the gathering crowd of onlookers.

Nice of them to take time out of their shopping to enjoy the embarrassment of a middle-aged, overweight, recently divorced, depressed woman with a bad dye job.

 And just when she thought things couldn’t get worse, a member of the crowd stepped forward and leaned over her. “Are you okay?”

Amelia looked over her shoulder as she struggled to upright herself. Oh dear Lord. Could it be? Please, no.

“Oh my God! Amelia? “

Quinton Wakefield, the one that got away, six feet three of broad shoulders, chiseled features, and teeth like Chiclets, offered his hand.

 Amelia’s heart faltered, but she managed to grab his fingers and he pulled her to her feet. She looked down at her palms. Both were bruised, swelling already toward her wrists.

The crowd broke up and left just the two of them standing together.

“Are you okay? I almost didn’t recognize you. Gosh, I don’t remember your hair being . . . “his voice trailed off.

“Orange? Yeah, well, about that. I should have known a color with the name of Wildfire had a strong possibility of getting out of control.”

Quinton took one of her hands and held it as if he were going to tell her fortune. Amelia’s knees shook like a bowl full of Jell-o. She wasn’t sure if it was a residual effect of the fall, or from his touch.

Get control of yourself, you’re a forty-six-year old woman for Christ’s sake. She pulled her hand away.

“Well, it was nice seeing you again, Quint. Have a Merry Christmas.”

“Wait. I heard about your divorce. Why don’t we grab a cup of coffee and catch up. It’s been what . . . ?“

“Nine years. Last class reunion. She thought how delicious his two hundred thirty pounds of heart-break-waiting-to-happen would feel, but then remembered how he’d dumped her after six dates back in college. “I don’t think so, Quint. As I recall, I wasn’t your type when I was younger, thinner, and prettier. I don’t see the need to catch up. Maybe when my hair gets back to a normal color, and I lose fifteen pounds, and get a facelift, and the holidays are over, and I’m not depressed anymore, then we can catch up. I’m in the book.” She walked away.

Amelia shook the encounter from her head and put the sweatshirt on. God, I look like the Grinch. She ran her fingers through her hair. If there was one thing she didn’t need in her life, it was a man. She’d dedicated herself to the one she’d had for over twenty years and look where that had gotten her.

She walked into the living room. Miranda, her twenty-two-year-old daughter snuggled on the couch watching one of those music channels. A new age band sang their rendition of Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.

“I hate Christmas,” Amelia said. “I’ll be glad when it’s over.”

“I remember when you loved it. Is it because of Dad?”

“No. It’s everything. You and your sister are grown, so I don’t have the Santa factor anymore to get me excited.  Music, decorations, parties, they all depress me.  White Christmas, Bing Crosby. Dead. Blue Christmas, Elvis. Dead. Christmas trees. Soon to be dead.” Your dad, should be dead. Amelia smiled at the unspoken thought.

Miranda muted the program and gave her mother full attention. “You know what you need?”

“A good stiff drink?”

“Oh, I’m thinking of something stiff, but it’s not a drink.”


“Good grief, Mom. You know what they say; the best way to get over a man is to get under a new one. I think you should have coffee with that guy you told me about. He sounded interested. You should have some fun. Get your bells jingled.”

“Miranda! You are terrible. Apparently, I’m not fun. Your dad didn’t think so.”

“I love Dad, but he’s a jerk. You’re fun. You’ve always been fun. He just let a younger woman turn his head. He’ll regret it. I promise you that. A few more years when he’s too tired to keep up with her pace, she’ll leave him behind. Then, I bet he wants you back. Besides, it been almost a year.”

“Almost a year,” Amelia repeated. “Yeah, how could I forget? He gave me that wonderful two day spa package for Valentines, and while I was getting peeled and waxed, he was packing and leaving.”

The phone rang and Miranda answered it. “Yes, she’s right here,” she put her hand over the receiver and whispered. “It’s Quinton.” She handed the phone to her mother.


“I like the color of your hair. It’s festive. And I always thought you were too thin. As for the facelift, you don’t need one. You’re more beautiful now than when you were young, and here’s the best part. Since I’m a psychologist, I can help you with the depression, so I think we should go out to dinner.”

“Quint . . .”

He interrupted. “I’m not taking no for an answer. It’s Christmas. Goodwill toward men. Show me some goodwill. It’s the least you can do.”

  She smiled. Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!


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irene hamiltonToday I’m so happy to introduce you to one of my cyber Canadian friends, Irene Hamilton. She and I belong to the same on-line writing site, where we review each other’s work. Her brand of “naughty” humor will leave you rolling in the aisles. I especially love the risqué scrabble game the members of the retirement center, Senior Lodge of Brothers and Sisters play in her stories. 

Take my word, Irene is a HOOT!!!

Thank you so much, Irene for taking part in my Five on Friday.

Now for her five selected questions and answers, and don’t forget to see and purchase her books listed at the link below, and watch her book video!



If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I enjoy visiting other countries and getting to know people from different cultures. I live in a city of 60,000 in northern Alberta, Canada and this is where I want to be. We have four distinct seasons; the cost of living is reasonable and travel opportunities easily accessible.

What is your favorite thing to do during your spare time, besides writing?

I enjoy knitting, walking, renovating and hanging out with friends and family.

What is the one strong memory that has stuck with you since childhood…and why?

My strongest memory is going to Saturday afternoon matinees with my sister. The memory has stuck with me because of the ice cream cone that was included in the outing. One Saturday my finger got caught between the sliding theatre doors. I almost lost that finger and every time I look at the scar I still see the fear in my sister’s eyes. We didn’t get to see the movie that day…off to the hospital for stitches.


What is your favorite dessert?

 My favorite dessert is angel food cake, loaded with real whip cream.

Do you belong to a critique group?

 I’ve belonged to the present critique group for several years and have learned and shared writing and personal experiences with awesome men and women.

 What’s the best advice you can give a new writer.

 Never give up on yourself. If you take a break from writing for any reason, stay in touch with other writers. Nothing can take the place of awesome friendships, sharing ideas, and enhancing the work of others.


More about Irene:

Irene was born Gladys Irene Byrnes in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. She and her hubby Ken hang out with grown children, grandchildren, friends and animals. She began her life with a stubby pencil clutched in her raised fist and she will die the same way. Early retirement from several exciting business ventures allows her time to write novels and screenplays. She has completed three novellas, available on Amazon:

Humor, generously laced with racy components is her preferred genre. 

All three novellas are available on Amazon:



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Gladys Tripalong’s Private Journal is the first of the Gladys Tripalong series and takes us back to the year 1983, where it all began. The wacky life of (single mom) thirty-four-year-old Gladys provides side-splitting entertainment with her enthusiastic zest for life, the terrors of raising her son, and tripping through questionable career choices, including driving a get-a-way car. Hilarious schemes and unexpected romance guarantees a wild ride.  



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Warning: If you hate humor with a racy component, don’t read this book.

What does this novella offer?

>Sex in a tree >Cross-dresser ranch hand >Naked Picnics >Senior Chaos >Skunkape and Princess Firestarter






Heads Up

The story is about the people who live, love, lust, lie and laugh at the (fictitious) Senior Lodge of Brothers and Sisters. Ongoing is a scrabble game restricted to words of sexual connotation and cheating is encouraged.


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Born with Spina Bifida, Edward Hancock II says he was always a dreamer. These dreams became a reality at the age of 10 when he wrote what he considers to be his first short story. By the age of 14, Hancock developed a deep love for writing poetry. By 19, he was a staff member of the Kilgore College Ranger Yearbook and Flare newspaper. Edward Hancock II is a graduate of Sabine High School and Kilgore College. While in attendance at Kilgore, Hancock was Assistant Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Ranger Yearbook, for which he won more than 20 awards from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association. He is a member of the Northeast Texas Writers Organization (NETWO), the East Texas Writers Association (ETWA) as well as the East Texas Christian Writers and others. He is also a speaker for hire, regularly speaking to children’s and disabled groups on such topics as “life with no excuses” and “never give up on a dream”. His hobbies include reading, traveling, genealogy research and movies. He currently lives in Gilmer, Texas with a house full of four-legged children.




        If you could snap your fingers and make one thing happen, what would it be and why?

  1. I’d have an endless supply of money so that I could finally take care of my mother and give back to all the people who’ve helped me along the way.

  2. If you could choose your last meal, and you weren’t in prison, what would it be?

    Either my mom’s thanksgiving feast or simply an endless supply of chocolate in its various forms…

  3. Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks?

    I keep Facebook open when I am writing. I will occasionally post random thoughts throughout the day or take a few minutes to answer an email. For some, this would be a distraction. For me, it clears the cobwebs, refocuses me and, ultimately, it leads to more production because I’m not sitting there distracted by the thought of what am I missing in the outside world. I always have a connection and that, to me anyway, is soothing.

  4. What makes you laugh?

    This will sound vain, I suppose, but oh well. I make me laugh. I find many comedians funny. I’ve seen many funny movies and been around many funny things that have happened. But I make me laugh and I think that’s important for a person who is single and lives life in relative solitude. (Aside from 2 dogs and 2 cats of course! LOL). Not everyone gets my sense of humor and that’s okay. I learned long ago that, if I’m laughing, that’s all that matters.

  5. Who would you choose to play the two lead roles in your book, if it was made into a movie?

    My lead characters are a married couple. I actually have picture folders on facebook of potential characters to play each of them. For Alex Mendez, either Jay Hernandez or Jon Seda. For Lisa Mendez, there would be several I’d like. Evangeline Lilly for one. Ashley Greene maybe. Just today, I came across Leighton Meester. She’s got the look and she’s from Texas, where the stories are set. She could well be the winner.


I want to thank Eddie for taking part in Five on Friday! Please check out his novels on the link listed above. One of his books may be perfect for someone on your Christmas list!

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Hey Y’all, come back each day and check out some great authors and register for the prize giveaway. On December 22, I’ll be posting a Christmas Short Story to celebrate the season!

December 12th – Zane Sachs
December 13th – Kira Adams
December 14th – Chess Desalls
December 15th – Kai Strand
December 16th – Zoe Dawson
December 17th – A.G. Porter
December 18th – Joy Penny
December 19th – Mary Waibel
December 20th – Cynthia Witherspoon
December 21st – K.K. Allen
December 22nd – Ann Everett
December 23rd – Erin Rhew & Deek Rhew
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Caryl McAdoo


Today, I am thrilled to have the most accomplished author I know personally…Caryl McAdoo! She’s been on both ends of the publishing spectrum and everything in between. Having been contracted with Simon&Schuster, she’s also published with a small press, as well as Indie published. I take every opportunity to learn from her!!

I never read an author’s questions and answers until I get ready to post them, and I thoroughly enjoyed Caryl’s. I know you will, too! 

Thank you, Caryl for taking part in Five on Friday! :+)

Caryl’s Bio:

With eleven titles released by five publishers, Caryl McAdoo now enjoys being a ‘Simon & Schuster’ author with her historical Christian romance VOW UNBROKEN set in 1832 Texas. In September 2014, book two HEARTS STOLEN set in 1844 debuted. It features Levi (teen from VOW) as its hero Texas Ranger. The novelist also edits, paints, and writes new songs. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-five years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and fourteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. She hopes that her books will minister His love, mercy, and grace to all their readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.


Caryl’s Five on Friday questions and answers:


What is the most romantic thing a man has ever done for you? Have you put it in a book?

My husband Ron, my best friend since we were sixteen (48 years ago), got me a rock for my anniversary. To anyone else, it probably looked like an ordinary rock, and I suppose it truly was, but he made it so special. He carved a heart on it. And inside the universal symbol for love, he carved Ron + Caryl! He gave it to me on an anniversary when dollars were as tight welded bolt. I thought he did good!

Do you remember your first kiss? Care to elaborate? 

My first kiss came on New Year’s Eve (I wonder how many got their first kiss on that stroke of midnight excuse to kiss it up) at the Starlite Roller Rink on Harry Hines Boulevard when I was twelve. Oh, dear. That was too young! J Hmph, didn’t think so back then! The boy—I can’t even remember his name—came skating a lot and I thought he was a dreamboat.

If you could snap your fingers and make anything happen, what would it be and why? 

Now Ann, I know that this is supposed to be some syrupy answer about peace on  earth, and if I got more than one snap—actually, you didn’t limit me—I would snap for world peace. I would snap again for abortion to be forever banned. But being totally honest, I would also snap for a house keeper/cook combination to work at my house for the rest of my days. I’d surely enjoy that!

Where were you when JFK was shot?

In the eighth grade at Crockett Junior High in Irving, Texas. In Speech. We were having to give presentations and the announcement was made during my talk. They dismissed school and I stayed home for the next few days.

 What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Only God writes in stone, the rest of us re-write.” I love it. I went to Google to see who said it and they said “I” did! Ah ha ha ha ha And speaking of laughing – YOU make me laugh with your awesome quick wit, Ann Everett. I giggle all the way through your books!

Vow Unbroken: A Novel


Hearts Stolen (A Texas Romance Book 2)

 Above are just two of Caryl’s beautiful book covers. She has more!!! See and purchase all of Caryl’s books here:



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  Help me welcome children’s author, Galand Nuchols. She is the author of numerous children’s books, and they make great stocking stuffers for those kids on your list. So please take time to look them over, then head over to Amazon and purchase! Link listed below.


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Dragons for Kris, and Dragon Hatchling, deal with emotional abuse and bullying in school and at home.


second chanceleroy's chance

Second Chance and Leroy’s Chance are set in Kilgore, Texas when the Discovery Oil Well brought in by Dad Joiner in 1930. The idea of a novel for young adults came to me when my eighth grade class visited the Kilgore Oil Museum in Kilgore, Texas.  Dad Joiner and his stubborn belief that oil lay beneath the drought stricken land set fire to my imagination.


two bloods

Two Bloods is a long short story or a short novel set in East Texas frontier days. Ralph Windsong is feared and hated by the whites but is not accepted by the Indians either.  What will he do when he receives word his white, half brother may be dying?



where did that come from
Now Where Did That Come From?,  just recently published, is an anthology of short stories with a paragraph or two following each tale explaining where the seed for the story originated.

All of Galand’s books are available on Amazon in paperback and ebooks. Buy here:

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Galand is a retired teacher, a career she loved. Her other interests include travel, writing stories and novels for children and young adults. She lives in Northeast Texas with her husband, Tom. She’s an active member of Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization, where she chairs their annual short story contest.

Take a look at Galand’s answers to her chosen five questions. I love her quotes!

What is my greatest fear?

Snakes – big ones, little ones, poisonous and non poisonous. My brain knows there are beneficial snakes but my heart and feet don’t believe it.


What are my favorite quotes?

I especially like Helen Kellers’ Statement. I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.

Another quote is from Zig Ziglar’s book of Favorite Quotations. The author is not listed. Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.


What is my favorite dessert?

Chocolate anything. Chocolate cookies, brownies with that yummy layer of creamy chocolate sandwiched between the top and bottom, Rocky Road ice cream, dark chocolate candy bars. You get the message.


Do I write in silence or listen to music?

I write in total silence except for the sound of a fan blowing on me when I’m having hot flashes. People walking through the house, dogs barking, husband talking on phone, husband banging around in kitchen etc. rips at my brain like claws on a cat.

What is the best advice I ever got?

Mother shared the advice she got from a high school teacher. Be not the first by whom the new is tried, nor the last to lay the old aside. It was about fashion, but can be applied to many aspects of life.

What is the best advice I can give a new writer?

Read, read, read. Immerse yourself in the genre you wish to write in and for the audience you write for. Read about writing, character development, dialogue, creating scenes. Read the newspaper, the Bible, popular novels, biographies. A wise person continues learning all his/her life.

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Jeff Leitch Photo - Saving Our Pennys Jeff Leitch lives with his family in Maple Ridge, a proud community at the base of the majestic Golden Ears Mountain in British Columbia, Canada. Honored to be a teacher in his native Coquitlam, British Columbia, Jeff’s passions include his wife Linda, their three kids, Amanda, Matthew and Adam, his Dad and Mom (always), brothers Greg and James, in-laws Pauline and Joe, his teammates,

colleagues, friends, and the countless stories they all share.

You can find him at any sporting venue or live theatre, with coffee in hand, cheering and coaching those who display courage and dare to chase greatness. Along with writing occasional articles for local papers, Jeff’s current restlessness has him dreaming of many more novels, while writing at least one musical hit as he goes beyond the three chords he knows on his acoustic guitar.

Roy Dimond’s Blog

Jeff Leitch’s Blog

Link to purchasing Saving Our Pennys on Amazon

#1. Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks?


Before I answer Ann, I would just like to Thank-you on behalf of Roy and myself for doing this interview.   We love the idea behind ‘Five on Friday.’ Odd or interesting writing quirks?   You could say so. Anytime I am writing during the creative process, I imagine the computer keyboard is a grand piano, or an electric keyboard. I will then load up a music playlist on the computer and visualize I am “center –stage” in a concert. I am Billy Joel entertaining the masses or whatever musician is inspiring me at the time. The songs may not even have a piano or keyboard in it – but the keys I hit pound away to the rhythm and the harmonies of the moment and the creativity flows.   And yes there is a “Thank-you! Goodnight!” echoed when the desk lamp turns off. Gotta leave ‘em wanting more…


#2. Who would you choose to play the two lead roles in your book, if it was made into a movie?


Great question! Roy and I have talked about this as we have always seen Saving Our Pennys as a fantastic movie script. I imagine Matt Damon as the teacher trying to find his way, and his Scottish mentor as the great Sean Connery. How incredible would it be to have two of the best ever to hit the silver screen to honour this story? I get chills thinking about it.


#3. What is your favorite thing to do during your spare time…besides writing?


Besides writing, I love lifting a scalding hot coffee with my wife and the hockey parents at the local rink, or raising a glass with them in the evening post-game. There is nothing quite as special as watching your kids chase their passion, and sharing that bond with others.  


#4. If you could choose your last meal, and you weren’t in prison, what would it be?


I’m going with the prime rib smothered in gravy with a sidecar of the hottest horse-radish you could imagine. Add mixed steam vegetables with a side order of prawns, coupled with garlic potatoes and caesar salad. Bring on the ice-cold pints of Canadian Ale to savour the magic. Sharing this experience with family and friends would make it perfect.


#5. What’s the best advice you ever got…doesn’t have to be about writing.


Don’t complain about the results you didn’t get for the work you didn’t do. (Thanks Mom and Dad.)

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Welcome to Five on Friday! Today I have Jake dh offering his five questions along with information about his book. Jake and I met through another blog promotion a few weeks back when we did an author exchange. Be sure to check his book out on Amazon, and remember to leave a comment here.

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  1. If there was one person, real, fiction or fantasy, you could spend time with, who would it be and why?

    Spider-Man/Peter Parker. I know it’s a little childish since I could spend time with a historical figure, but Peter Parker would be an insightful person to meet. He was a normal person who was given extraordinary powers and used them for a selfish reason. He paid a steep, steep price for being stupid and greedy. Since then he has spent his existence trying to make up for something he did as a teen. Spider-Man has flaws, but tries his best to do the right thing, even if it isn’t the easy thing.

  1. What are the top three things on your bucket list?

Visit Japan, turn The BulletProof Ghost into some sort of visual medium (web series seems the most likely), and take my son to Disney World (he’s 5 months old).

  1. What’s the one thing you do every day that you enjoy the least, but do it anyway?

If by everyday, you mean every workday, go to work. I absolutely hate going to work. It’s on third shift. It is extremely physical. I have two college degrees, but due to a handful of bad things happening to me all in a row, I’ve ended up in the current situation I’m in. I write because I have a story to tell, but my hope is that it is a ticket to quitting my current job.

  1. Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks?

I brew coffee around midnight or one in the morning. I like to buy caffeinated. I also play music that resembles the emotions I’m trying to convey in the scene I’m writing.

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

That’s a hard one. If I didn’t need my current job and wrote for a living, I really could live anywhere I wanted. I might stay close to where I’m at (southern Indiana) so my parents and parents-in-law can see my son as much as possible. They really do love him and it would be selfish of me to take that away from them. I might move to Illinois, but that isn’t that far away.

Blurb –  Kyle Richard is constantly picked on by a group of bullies. One day, they took it too far and killed the young boy. Kyle awakens as a cybernetic killing machine created by a mysterious man only known as William. Kyle makes new alliances and reforges connections with old friends as the action packed climax comes to a fever pitch. Will Kyle obey his creator’s will or forge his own destiny?

Excerpt –  Four saw Kyle on the gym floor bleeding to death in Irene’s arms. She was screaming, “No,no no nononono,” Kyle was coughing up blood. The other younger, uninjured Kyle was still at Four’s side staring at him with angry tears rolling down his face.

Four turned away. He never had been disturbed by anything before, but this… “No… make it disappear, Kyle.”

“Why? Isn’t this what you wanted?!” His eyes were filled with tears of rage. “This is how I died! Bleeding and scared. I didn’t understand.” Kyle dropped to his knees and screamed in rage, pounding the floor. The gym shattered when his fist hit the linoleum. “Why did I have to die…?” The white nothingness Four inhabited at the beginning remained,

Author Bio -  Jake dh has written for Examiner for years, but now he delves into the world of fiction. He just released his first book, The BulletProof Ghost: Prototypes. This is the first book of many in this riveting new Sci-Fi series.  Jake lives with his wife Sarah and baby son, Xander in Evansville, IN. He enjoys gaming, genre movies, anime and comics. He also roller blades when he gets the chance.

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           This morning while checking for reviews of my New Adult Romance, Tell Me a Secret, I discovered my reference book, Strong Verbs Strong Voice, was #1 Best Seller on Amazon!!



Are you impressed? Don’t be. I’m not sure how many books are in the categories of Vocabulary, Slang and Word Lists, and Writing Reference, but it can’t be many.


I knew the book was selling because my manager…Tom, aka, my husband, checks my book sales every morning! I just didn’t know it was going well enough to get a ranking.


Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled about the status, but you must understand, when you have a book in an obscure category, it can soar in rankings, so it’s a bit misleading.

Anyway, I just checked and it’s already slipped to #2. Since they update those rankings every hour, I thought I’d better claim best seller status while I could!!


Now I wonder if this is like an author reaching the NYT or USA Best Seller list with only one book, yet will always be listed as a Best Seller on every future book.

Can I now forevermore claim Amazon best seller status even if it was only for a few days?  

I think not. :+)






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 I’m featuring five Halloween ideas I found that are FABULOUS! So I guess today, it’s a FRIGHTFUL-FABULOUS-FIVE ON FRIDAY.




These apple shrunken heads look fantastic floating in punch. I think this picture came from


2 cups lemon juice

2 tablespoons coarse salt

8 large Granny Smith apples

 whole cloves

 1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix together lemon juice and salt; set aside.

2. Peel apples and cut each in half through the stem; remove seeds and core. Using a sharp paring knife, carve a face, as desired, on the rounded side of each apple half.

Place apples in lemon mixture for one minute; transfer to paper towels to drain.

3. Place apples, face-side up on prepared baking sheet and transfer to oven. Let bake until apples are dry and begin to brown around the edges, about 90 minutes. Remove apples from baking sheets and press cloves into the “eye” sockets.


outdoor-halloween-ideas10Dresses formed out of chicken wire and sprayed with glow-in-the-dark paint. Absolutely beautiful!!! I got these from Pinterest. If you’ve not joined that site, you should because the ideas are endless.


bite-night-how-to-throw-a-vampire-themed-party.htmlAnother Pinterest idea. A snappy napkin holder. I love this…so simple!



fake bloodWhat could be scarier than blood dripping from a glass? kids love this!!


1 cup sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon red food coloring

You’ll also need a candy thermometer, oven mitt, and cutting board covered with foil.


Combine sugar, corn syrup & water in pot. Stir to combine.

 When candy thermometer reaches 300 degrees F***must reach this temp or the blood won’t set… add food coloring. Turn heat to low.

Put on oven mitt.***You must wear the mitt because when you turn the glass upright after dipping, hot mixture will drip onto your hand. DON’T skip putting on the mitt!!

 Once mixture is deep red, dip rim of each glass into mixture 2-3 three times until you have the desired effect. Turn upright onto covered cutting board.


jar with spidersWant a simple decoration for your desk at work? Put some moss in a jar and add fake spiders! For a larger area, just add more jars to make a grouping.

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