What I’ve Learned in Nine Years of #Blogging #WritingCommunity


Nine years of blogging! The best thing I’ve learned from blogging is the sense of community. Bloggers come from all over the world and from different walks of life and are from a wide range of ethnic and religious backgrounds. I think that’s what makes each post uniquely entertaining and beneficial from a learning standpoint-…

Preparing for a #NewRelease #Authortips


It’s a little less than a month, October 21st-eeek, before my new release hits the shelves and there’s so much to do! Here’s a short checklist of what I’ve done, and what is left. I hope it helps you with your book baby. 3. 1 month out, I booked a blog tour. Xpresso Tours provides…

Four Decades of #love- It’s Our #Anniversary


DH and I have been together for forty years- hard to believe! We met July 9, 1982, on his eighteenth birthday. It was also our high school’s graduation party. There was a huge after-dance party out at a friend’s farm with at least half of the grads attending. So many people, loud music, alcohol (the…

In the Pink- #SundayStills #PhotoChallenge


This week’s Sunday Stills Challenge is one I couldn’t resist- PINK! You can check out Terri Webster Schrandt’s post and join the challenge here. We’re having a cool start to summer here in the Pacific Northwest, but the plants are loving the weather. My garden has exploded into a jungle! lol Pink is one of…

Amethyst, the color of Tranquility- #SundayStills #Photography


Amethyst (purple quartz) carries a tremendous amount of spiritual and metaphysical power. According to crystal healing experts, it emits a high vibration, infusing it with divine energy for purification, wisdom, balance, and tranquility. Attribution Link: https://eragem.com/news/amethyst-symbolism-meaning/ Most appropriate to those who wear amethyst as their birthstone, this gorgeous purple quartz remains closely associated with St. Valentine….

My 2021 #Writing and #Reading Wrap-up


That’s my inner wild child above. In reality, we were tucked away between the covers by 9pm, lol I’ve seen a few wrap-up posts around the blogging sphere and thought it would be a good idea to do the same- maybe it will motivate me for 2022! Writing Wrap-up It was a middle of the…

#NewRelease- A Gambling Hearts short story #WholesomeReads


A Magical Christmas When a little girl goes missing, it takes faith, love, and the help of a Christmas angel to guide her to safety. Excerpt Madeline hugged the stallion’s thick neck and kept her eyes closed against the wind-whipped mane stinging her face like sharp little needles. The horse, sensing her urgency, flew over…

The Shades of Autumn- #SundayStills #Photography


Autumn is as rich and mellow as fine wine, so it’s fitting this week’s Sunday Stills Challenge is ‘Ruby Wine’. I received a new iPhone 13 Pro this month and have been practicing with its many camera features. The photo above is one of our Japanese maples taken in portrait stage mode. “The leaves are…

#NewRelease- Love, Me- A Christmas Wish #HolidayRomance


It’s release day for Love, Me- A Christmas Wish romance! A brave little girl inspired this story. I met Luna via Instagram. She is battling Leukemia with humor and grace and leaves her mark on many hearts. You can follow Luna here. Love, Me: A Christmas Wish Novel Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B099PLKTM8 Universal: https://books2read.com/Love-Me-A-Christmas-Wish-Novel BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/love-me-a-christmas-wish-novel-by-jacquie-biggar GoodReads:…

#SundayStills- In the Pink #Photography #Gardenlife


This week’s Sunday Stills photography challenge is focused on PINK. You can find out more on Terri Webster Schrandt’s blog here. I always called the plant above my Rose of Sharon, and only just recently learned it’s actually a variety of Azalea. Pink is one of my favorite shades in the garden, beginning with this…

Counting my Blessings #Inspirational #Life


This holiday season I’m counting my blessings With so much craziness in the world, I’m finding it more important than ever to be grateful for what I have such as a relatively healthy family, food for our tummies, and a warm roof over our heads. There are many who lack these basic necessities, and there…

Enjoying the Outdoors- #SundayStills #Lifestyle


The Sunday Stills Challenge hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt is sports and hobbies this week. You can join the challenge here. Being Canadian, hockey stands out as one of our favorite sport activities. From Wikipedia The contemporary sport of ice hockey was developed in Canada, most notably in Montreal, where the first indoor game was played on March…

#Autumn colors #SundayStills in the #PacificNorthwest


Autumn has arrived in the Pacific Northwest- my favorite time of the year! This week’s Sunday Stills Challenge from Terri Webster Schrandt is Signs of Autumn. You can see her wonderful photos and join in here. The photo above is one of our maple trees. The leaves are picking up a leathery, worn look. I…

Facing Life’s Challenges Head-On- #Inspirational #FamilyFirst


No one said it would be easy… Why is it some people seem to breeze through life as though they’re blessed by every good luck charm known to man? Gorgeous, popular, healthy, rich, if you want it, they’ve got it. Obviously, there’s more to these divine beings than what we lower humans see, but it’s…

Geometry in Nature #SundayStills #photography


Terri Webster Schrandt gave us a challenge to find geometric angles in this week’s Sunday Stills. You can join in here. There are plenty of interesting shapes in the rocks and seed pods from a dandelion in the picture above. I think the universe is pure geometry – basically, a beautiful shape twisting around and…

#Free Summer #Reading Deal- Perfectly Imperfect #RomCom


Perfectly Imperfect is Free for a limited time! This is a fun rom-com between two stubborn personalities who think they are immune to love- until they meet and the sparks fly! What happens when Miss Perfection clashes with Mr. Casual? Chaos! Georgina’s in trouble. The startup money she borrowed from her parents’ retirement fund is…