5 Minute Fiction

Bloodline

It should have been you,

Not her.

Your visits a thunderstorm.

Dust of hatred follows.

A failed soul amongst the others.

There is zero hope for you.

I’ll save myself,

I’ve done so before.

For I see the beauty,

You are blind to.

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Good Eats

Magnolia Journal Vegan Modification – Cinnamon + Nut

20190203_133126The latest issue of Magnolia Journal (spring 2019) has several quick bread recipes. And I know I promised a lot more vegan and plant-based modification recipes from Magnolia Table Cookbook. (Writing life has kind of taken over a bit more lately).

So on this rainy day, with the newest issue in hand, I dove in and turned the recipe vegan.

The cinnamon and nut bread recipe called for 1 egg, which I switched out for chia seeds along with 1 cup milk which I substituted with soy milk. The recipe also called for vegetable oil, but I didn’t have any on hand, so I used olive oil. The baking time didn’t change with these modifications. I did add a bit of clove spice, which was not in the recipe.2019

I give this recipe a gold star. Even with the modifications. Not only was it easy to make, but it tasted absolutely delicious. (Even if it doesn’t look anything like the picture in the magazine)

 

Book Reviews

Lovely Picture Books About Love

Somebunny Loves You by Melinda Rumbaugh and illustrations by Cee Biscoe

available Feb 12

My Mom Always Looks After Me So Much! by Sean Taylor, illustrations by David Barrow

available Feb 5

I Love You, Little One by Holly Surplice

available Jan 29th

You’re My Little Sweet Pea by Zondervan, and illustrations by  Kit Chase 

available Jan 22nd

 

Dragon’s in Love by Alexandre Lacroix and Ronan Badel

available Jan 15th 

Image result for You Make Me Happy bookYou Make Me Happy by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Alison Brown 

available Jan 15th 

Spotlight on Writing

Why. Do. We. Do. This?!

 

Writers, have you ever been working on a story and stopped to check something, anything else? You should be writing, but you’re not. I’m doing it right now! Manuscript open, pen in hand, mid-edit, when I decide I need to write this post, check social media, oh look dishes need to be washed.

Why. Do. We. Do. This?

Why does the procrastination switch flip so flipping often? (say that ten times fast)

I tried to answer this question on my own. My response is fear, it must be the fear of finishing or fear of finding out that I can’t finish.

The story needs to be worked on, yet there we are, checking this or that.

Now the question is, how do we stop?

I know many put their cell phones away, or turn off their internet. Sometimes that is not enough, because look dishes! Look the floor needs to be cleaned. Oh, laundry!

Does it come down to doubt within our work and our selves? That once we remind ourselves we can do it and not be afraid we can power through the distractions and finish the manuscript?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on WHY. DO. WE. DO. THIS?!

Book Reviews

January Picture Books to Read

A new year, and a new book…books. Regardless of how many books you have set to read this year, here are a few picture books to keep your little ones feeling rather, mostly…furry, and laughing in the new year.

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How Tickles Saved Pickles by Maddie Johnson: this true story picture book is full of uber cute piglet and pig photos. And even a few dogs. This story is pigfect for all animal lovers.

 

 

Image result for zola's elephantZola’s Elephant by Randall de Seve, illustrations by Pamela Zagarenski: The story and colors comes alive in this imaginative story about new neighbors. Readers will be enchanted by the story and illustrations. Kids will absolutely relate, maybe even some adults who think the grass is greener on the other side.

 

 

Image result for walk your dog the bookWalk Your Dog by Elizabeth Stevens Omlor, illustrations by Neesha Hudson: As I write this I’m still trying to decide if I liked this story or not. The illustrations are cute, but you’ll need to decide if this is a winner or not when you read it.

 

 

I Mustache You to Read with Me by Andrea Vilemont Moreau, illustrations by Clinton G.Image result for i mustache you to read to me Bowers: This book could not be any punnier! (see what I did there). Kids will love this book enough to LOL and parents won’t mind reading it over…and over…and over again.

 

 

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The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee: This unique story had me hooked! Since I am a fan of the author’s other books, including It’s Only Stanley, I had high expectations. I think little ones will even pick up on the sarcastic tone of the book. A must read for sure!

 

Spotlight on Writing

Cover Reveal for Grounded in January!

The day is finally here! Please join me over on The Biblio Blonde blog for the cover reveal of my first sweet romance novel, coming in spring of 2019.

Normally, I break for the holidays with the blog, but this year will be different. I will take a short break, but I will be back before January 1st. Of course, as always, I will have a new look for the New Year, but this year it will be before the New Year! So stay tuned!

I wish all my readers a wonderful Thanksgiving, and just in case, a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy Kwanzaa.

Book Reviews

Hallmark Books!

Did y’all know that Hallmark (yes, Hallmark movies, cards, ornaments) launched a publishing division? Yes, it’s true.

screenshot_20181114-075514_twitter1They have multiple books written/published based on some of the Hallmark Christmas movies, but in September of this year they released their first original (not based on a movie) book. In fact, since September they have released four new books.

The first was Stacey Donovan’s Sunrise Cabin. The story is set in Colorado during Halloween, however, it being Hallmark, it’s nothing worth scaring yourself over. The main characters, Paige and Dylan, are as cozy as the cabin they’re both hoping to keep. Paige is an amazingly positive character and the story is so well written that you can envision every sentence you read.20181114_0759111

The second book is by Alys Murray titled, The Christmas Company. This story follows Kate and Clark (and I must admit with it being about Christmas, I kept thinking Clark Griswold) in the town of Miller’s Point, Texas. If you are looking for a different story about Christmas then this is the one for you. The story takes place from Christmas Eve-Eve through Christmas morning as Kate tries to convince a very Scrooge’y’ Clark about the importance of the Dickensian Christmas festival.

The best part about these books, and other Hallmark books, is….you can find them at Target and Hallmark stores!!! and of course also online.