A Study in Summer: Hide and Seek


A beautiful post on family and the simple pleasures of summer by Sharon Wray​ on Word by Word​

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“Summer set lip to earth’s bosom bare, And left the flushed print in a poppy there. ” ~ Francis Thompson,“The Poppy,” 1891

(This is a repost of a blog journal entry I wrote years ago, pre-pandemic. But I wanted to share it because while it’s slightly melancholic it’s also filled with hope. I hope you enjoy it.)

Although Summer is half over, I’ve been collecting days like drifting leaves, both in my memory and with my camera. It’s a bittersweet chore because I know these days will be gone in a single breath, replaced by school clothes, pumpkin carvings, and Christmas plays. Hopefully these summer journals will one day remind my children that although summers in Virginia were hot and lethargic and almost unbearably humid, they once found an unbounded joy in just being.

Hide and seek was a favorite with my children and their cousins. A lot of…

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enter to win on @BookSweeps today — plus the rest of the exciting High-Tech Crime Solvers Series from a great collection of authors… AND a brand new eReader :D #amreading #Giveaway


BookSweeps Thriller BookGiveaway! Today, I have a fun surprise to share with you... I’ve teamed up with the rest of the fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of High-Tech Crime Solvers Series to 2 lucky winners! Oh, and did I mention the Grand Prize winner gets a BRAND NEW eReader? 😁  You can …

#TuesdayBookReview- No More Mulberries by @MarySmithWriter #WomensFic


Scottish-born midwife, Miriam loves her work at a health clinic in rural Afghanistan and the warmth and humour of her women friends in the village, but she can no longer ignore the cracks appearing in her marriage. Her doctor husband has changed from the loving, easy-going man she married and she fears he regrets taking …

Introducing THE STONES #newrelease #scifi #aliens


It’s here! The second book in the Astral Conspiracy series by Staci Smith Troilo​ writing as D. L. Cross is available today!

Staci Troilo

Ciao, amici! I know I was starting to sound like a tease. But this time, I mean it. The wait is over.

Astral Conspiracy Book 2, The Stones, has been released!

I know I recently mentioned a “binge drop” of the whole series. Well, for various reasons, that didn’t happen. I apologize. But rest assured, the rest of the series will release soon.

Until then, for more information, you can:

  • view the product page on my site (here), where you can also see a slideshow of pull quotes from the book
  • view the product page on my publisher’s site (here), where you can navigate to other Invasion Universe offerings
  • go directly to Amazon to get your copy (here)

The Stones will be available at other vendors soon.

I’m so excited to finally share this installment of the Astral Conspiracy Series with the world…

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Sunday Lines: Sunday, July 26


The Word by Word​ crew are sharing lines to inspire and encourage on this last Sunday of July.

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Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors with the theme IN TIMES OF TROUBLEand ideas for finding joy, peace, humor, and inspiration.

Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight about each author.


Tell someone they’ve made a difference. Perhaps they did or said something that moved you or someone else.

Kathryn Jane


Unplug all electronics including the television a half hour before bed and you’ll sleep more soundly and wake refreshed.

Marian Lanouette


If you’re sad, add more lipstick, and attack. ~ Coco Chanel

S.A. Taylor


Learn to laugh at yourself. None of us is perfect.

Marsha West


If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.~Robert Frost

Sharon Wray


Enjoy the simple things like ice-cream on a sunny day.

Pat Amsden


Before dark, listen to classical music and take a nice walk.

Vicki Batman


No occupation is so…

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2020 Mid-Summer Middle Grade & Young Adult Book List


Sharon Wray​ shares a comprehensive list of books for summer reading on Word by Word​. Stop by and share your favorite Middle grade and YA books-we’d love to hear from you 🙂

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I’m so happy about the new direction this blog has taken, and we’re all working hard behind the scenes to make this a place of beauty and courage and perseverance. One of the things we’re all passionate about is literacy. So, with that in mind, I’m posting my bi-annual reading list for preteen and teen readers: 2020 Mid-Summer Middle Grade & Young Adult Book List

As I’ve mentioned before, this is NOT a best-seller or new release list. A few of the books on this summer’s list won’t be released until early fall while others were published more than five years ago but only recently discovered. This is an ongoing, cumulative list of books the kids in my reading army have read that is updated twice a year.

We’ve all worked hard this year to read new-to-us authors and to search for books outside our comfort zones. With so many…

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Sunday Lines: Sunday, July 19


Word by Word​ is sharing lines of encouragement Sundays in July with the theme In These Troubled Times. Stop by for a visit, we’d love to hear from you.

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Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors with the theme IN TIMES OF TROUBLE and ideas for finding joy, peace, humor, and inspiration.

Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight about each author.


“Without our memories, what do we have really? A fancy house, a nice car, those are all well and fine, but at the end of the day home is where the heart is and that means family.”

Jacquie Biggar, The Sister Pact


Before you go to sleep, choose one thing you can look forward to the next day.

Kathryn Jane


There’s nothing like 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to bring your problems and life back into focus.

Marian Lanouette


Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our most accurate measure of courage. ~Brene’ Brown

S.A. Taylor


Before you go to sleep, write your to-do list for the next day.

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Sacred Ground #Tanka Tuesday


And this is why I LOVE D. Wallace Peach!

Myths of the Mirror

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The soil is charmed, morning-cool, and damp from last night’s dew. Droplets of light embroider a rose’s scarlet petals, and the zucchini by the stone wall lifts its giant green hands to catch the midsummer sun. Warmth drips like a fountain. The trees clap their leaves in approval. I don’t wear gloves and my fingernails are caked with dirt. Today, I’ll plant another batch of wrinkled kale and buttery coreopsis. I’ll pick broccoli and make a bouquet of wild daisies to brighten my kitchen sill. The bees hum a symphony. As I brush my fingers on my jeans, the enchantment of the hallowed earth sustains me for another day.

Despair cannot bind
A spirit to hopelessness
A heart to darkness
When rooted in sacred ground
Consecrated by the Earth

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A haibun/tanka for Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday.

We had to use synonyms of Hex and Blessed (enchantment…

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#Gardening- Nature’s version of Yoga #Meditation #Health @jacqbiggar


Gardening is Good for Your Health! Sharing my tips for staying healthy on Word by Word​

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Gardening is Good for Your Health!

Even though we’re going through an unprecedented time, there are ways to enrich your mental and physical health.

Growing your own garden is beneficial to your well-being.

Fruits and vegetables picked fresh from the vine taste better, are nutritious, and gives intense satisfaction. You don’t need a lot of room to create a good food forest.

This is a 4×4 ft bed. It is home to a tree with five different varieties of apples, a peach tree, sage, oregano, thyme, lavender, strawberries, and blueberries.

The trick is to fertilize every two weeks and water regularly- not too hard, right?

This strawberry square is made with fresh berries from my yard.

Even if you don’t have room for a small garden, there are community plots in most cities. Caring for your own plants feeds your soul and is a healthy decision for your family…

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You READ – but do you leave REVIEWS? – by Chris Graham (aka The Story Reading Ape)


Great post by Christopher Graham (The Story Reading Ape) on the reasons to leave a #bookreview. Thank you, Chris!

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PLEASE

A stack of books and words Read - Review - RepeatIf not, why not?

I don’t have time

The author probably spent a heck of a lot more time writing the story than you took to read it, no matter how slow you think you are, so why not take a few minutes to record your feelings about it.

I can’t write long fancy reviews like those I see on book review blogs

You don’t have to, Amazon, for example, only ask you to use a minimum of 25 non repeating words.

I can’t express myself very well

No-one is asking you to produce a literary masterpiece, start off with things you liked, didn’t like or a mix of both about the book, e.g.,

I liked this book because –

it reminded me of –

it made me think about –

it made me so scared I couldn’t sleep for –

it made me feel homesick for –

it…

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WORD BY WORD #1


Transition and a new perspective on Word by Word. Join us for encouraging and uplifting posts- we’d love to see you!

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Hopefully, you’ve read the last post on the Sisterhood of Suspense blog by Kathryn Jane, called Change. She explained exactly what’s happened here: https://sisterhoodofsuspense.com/2020/07/02/change/https:/ We’ve morphed into a new entity. One we hope you will continue to follow as we strive to be positive, uplifting, and encouraging in trying times. Truth be told, all times are trying in one way or another to one person or another. Our attitude about those times is what makes the difference.

Sometimes, we need help adjusting our attitude. Sometimes, one person’s smile or words make all the difference and can lift our spirits. And then we can pass on that more positive attitude to others, lighting their world, too.

Nature Revives Me

We’re continuing our Sunday Lines on Facebook, but now they won’t necessarily be from our books. They may be other people’s wisdom or ideas we’ve internalized and found helpful. Each month we’ll…

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Christmas in July- #FreeReads #Romance


Photo by Melissa on Pexels.com I'm Celebrating Christmas in July! I almost forgot to share this, but my holiday novella, Mistletoe Inn, is available for #Free today! Mistletoe Inn https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HY69RPL International link: http://books2read.com/MistletoeInn TBR List- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42204464-mistletoe-inn BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/mistletoe-inn-by-jacquie-biggar A grieving man finds the greatest gift is love in this heartwarming holiday romance. Molly McCarty is in …

Sunday Lines: In Times of Trouble


Inspirational lines shared by the Word by Word authors.

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Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors with the theme IN TIMES OF TROUBLE

Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight about each author.


Find solace in a good book.

Vicki Batman


At the end of every day, write down just one thing you are grateful for.

Kathryn Jane


Enjoy the simple pleasures in life–a walk, talking to a friend, being kind to others.

Marian Lanouette


“Make your mess your message.” ~ Robin Roberts

S.A.Taylor


Watch a sunrise or sunset.

Marsha West


“Have courage, dear heart, for there is nothing to be afraid of and never has been.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Sharon Wray


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