Saturday, December 20, 2014

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop

Hosted by Bookhounds and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
Welcome to the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop
& Mary's Cup of Tea!
I have a book that is a collection of Amish Christmas stories written by Cindy Woodsmall called Christmas in Apple Ridge, it's a collection of 3 stories that I thought you would like to read. This is a print copy book and opened in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!
Don't forget to follow the Linky List to enter other blogger's book giveaways!
1.) Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall (click to read about the book from my review)

Christmas Past Book Review

I have a really special book to share with you today called Christmas Past written by Sharyn McCrumb.
When someone buys the old Honeycutt house, Nora Bonesteel is glad to see some life brought back to the old mansion, even if it is by summer people. But when the new owners decide to stay in their summer home through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the walls.  Nora agrees to help sort things out, and is drawn into a time and place she never expected to revisit.  
Meanwhile, Sheriff Spencer Arrowood and Deputy Joe LeDonne find themselves on an unwelcome call to arrest an elderly man for a minor offense. As the officers attempt to do their duty, it begins to look like they may spend Christmas away from home.  
In a story of spirits, memories, and angels unaware, Sharyn McCrumb revisits the mountains we call home, the folk we call family, and a familiar message that there is more to this world than the eye can see... especially at Christmastime.
Purchase your copy on Amazon. 

My Review:

What a book this was to read! It's a great mystery in the spirit of Christmas and it will become one of your favorite stories to share at this special time of year.

Nora really is a good person and she just wants to help the new people who bought the Honeycutt's old house. She decides to give them some advice on gardening because the Honeycutt's garden used to be so beautiful and Nora would love to see it restored.

Of course, she is a little nervous about butting in and her friend, Jane Arrowood is not so sure she should offer her services. Even one of the other ladies who lives there named Shirley is hounding Nora not to do it but for different reasons.

She claims the house is haunted!

You will love reading this awesome book and will want to share it with your family and friends. It's a great book to share as it has no foul language and is good for young adults to read.

Happy Reading!
About the Author:
Sharyn McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, including the New York Times best sellers The Ballad of Tom Dooley, The Ballad of Frankie Silver, and Ghost RidersNora Bonesteel's Christmas Past, releasing in October 2014 by Abingdon Press, is McCrumb's first Christmas novella in the Ballad series.
McCrumb was recently awarded the Mary Hobson Literary Prize for Southern Literature by North Carolina’s Chowan University. She has been named “Best Mountain Writer” by Blue Ridge Country Magazine and a “Virginia Woman of History” by the Library of Virginia. In 2006, she was a guest author at the National Festival of the Book in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the White House. McCrumb’s other honors include the AWA Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature Award and AWA’s Best Appalachian Novel, the Chaffin Award for Southern Literature, and the Plattner Award for Short Story.
McCrumb has presented programs and workshops at universities, libraries, and other organizations throughout the US and abroad. She lives and writes in the Virginia Blue Ridge, less than a hundred miles from where her family settled in 1790 in the Smoky Mountains that divide North Carolina and Tennessee.
Connect on her Website | Facebook |
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. 

Undercover Cat Book Review

I have another book in the cat mysteries called Undercover Cat written by Patricia Fry. This is the 4th book in the series and it's just as hilarious as all the others!

A popular local journalist goes missing just before she has the opportunity to turn in her story exposing unscrupulous cat hoarders. Not only is Colbi a friend of Savannah and Michael Ivey, Damon (now out of prison and employed by the local newspaper) has a strong personal interest in her. In fact, Damon breaks some rules and some trusts in his search for Colbi.  
Is this a love connection? It’s doubtful because Colbi is a strong advocate for the feral cat population and Damon hates cats—or so he believes. Will a kitten in need change his heart?  
Colbi’s rescue is almost too late. She needs time to heal both physically and emotionally. So the Iveys invite her to recuperate in their home. Just when Colbi begins to feel safe, a body is discovered in the Iveys’ orchard and Rags (their kleptomaniac cat) goes missing.  
Can someone in a nearby homeless camp shed some light on the evolving mystery? Does Rags have a secret of his own?
Purchase your copy on Amazon. 
My Review:

These Klepto Cat Mysteries are really awesome to read and they are for all ages, which makes them a great book to give to anyone who loves reading mysteries and loves animals. It's like getting a twofer for the price of one!

This latest mystery involves a man who looks like Dracula and he murdered a homeless woman named Beverly and Rags, the Klepto Cat, is bringing home clues.

Like I said, it's a murder mystery but a clean one that I think anyone would enjoy reading and not have to worry about really bad language or too graphic crime scenes popping up to scare you or your young adults.

Rags, the Klepto Cat, is the hero of the book, just as he should be!

Happy Reading!

About the Author: 
Patricia Fry is the author of 37 books (and counting), including "Publish Your Book, Proven Strategies and Resources for the Enterprising Author," "Promote Your Book, Over 250 Proven, Low-Cost Tips and Techniques for the Enterprising Author," "Talk Up Your Book, How to Sell Your Book Through Public Speaking, Interviews, Signings, Festivals, Conferences and More" and "Catscapades, True Cat Tales." She started her writing career in 1973 and had her first book published by a New York publisher five years later. She established her own publishing company, Matilija Press, in 1983, before it was fashionable or even convenient.
Patricia supported herself for many years by writing magazine articles, and currently spends most of her time working with other authors on their projects. She is the executive director of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network), a networking organization for anyone interested in or involved in publishing.
Her interests, outside of writing and publishing, include grandchildren, her kitty cats, travel, gardening and her daily meditation walk.
You can connect with the author on: Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Facebook |
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. 

When Mercy Rains Book Review

Well, it looks like Kim Vogel Sawyer has written once again a really awesome new book called When Mercy Rains!

She left, heavily weighted with secrets.
But God reveals all things, in His timing.
And He redeems them.
Suzanne Zimmerman was only seventeen and pregnant when her shamed mother quietly sent her away from their Old Order Mennonite community in Kansas. With her old home, family, and first love firmly behind her, Suzanne moved to Indiana, became a nurse, and raised a daughter, Alexa, on her own.

Now, nearly twenty years later, an unexpected letter arrives from Kansas. Her brother asks her to bring her nursing abilities home and care for their ailing mother. His request requires that Suzanne face a family that may not have forgiven her and a strict faith community. It also means seeing Paul Aldrich, her first love.   

Paul, widowed with an eight-year-old son, is relieved to see Suzanne again, giving him the chance to beg her forgiveness for his past indiscretion. But when he meets Alexa, his guilt flickers in the glare of Suzanne’s prolonged secret—one that changes everything.

Suzanne had let go of any expectation for forgiveness long ago. Does she dare hope in mercy–and how will her uncovered past affect the people she loves the most?
Purchase your copy on Amazon. 

My Review:

You are really going to love reading this book! It has everything in it starting with a romance gone wrong 20 something years ago and one of the lovers left town in shame, ever to return. It's a shame that people don't sit down and talk things out before they make such life altering changes in their life.

Suzanne has kept a secret for quite awhile and when Paul sees Alexa, he wonders if she is his daughter and confronts Suzanne about it. It's not what Paul or her mother thought at all and the shock will definitely be confusing!

Suzanne returns back to Indiana, but for how long and will she come back to her hometown in Kansas and rekindle the love she felt for Paul? She will definitely have to come back some time as Alexa had decided to stay and help her grandmother.

Happy Reading!

About the Author: 
Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling, award-winning author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives in central Kansas where she and her retired military husband, Don, enjoy spoiling their ten granddarlings.

Disclaimer:  "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." It did not affect my review of the book in any way.  I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Attract Your Ideal Weight Book Review & Giveaway

I have a different kind of book to share with you guys today called Attract Your Ideal Weight written by Zaheen Nanji.
What would life be like if you no longer struggled with your weight? What if you could look good, feel good, and most importantly, end the mind chatter about your weight and how you look! With these revolutionary insights to weight loss, you can! And best of all, you can kiss dieting goodbye forever.  
No matter what sort of history you have with weight gain and dieting, you can attract your ideal weight. And it s easier than you might imagine. If you want to stop struggling with your weight and start attracting your ideal body instead, this is the book you've been waiting for. This book is NOT based on a diet or exercise program. It dives into the behavior changes and mind set of people who have been successful and provides real life experiences of people who have lost weight and maintained their ideal weight. It reveals the 8 secrets to attracting your ideal weight and includes inspiring success stories, helpful self-assessment questions and fun food experiments.  
This print book now has a Daily Intentions Journal included so you can easily attract your ideal weight.
What you will discover in the book:
  • Understand how motivation may be keeping you from achieving your weight goal
  • Discover 6 ways to end your struggle with weight
  • Gain 5 tools to change your relationship with food forever 

  • My Review:

    This book is more of a self help book that helps you deal with distractions and bad behavior in you life that can lead down some dangerous paths, including eating too much and gaining weight. I think these lessons are good for just about anything you have an obsession with, especially if you over indulge in whatever your vice is, such as eating, drinking, gambling, dating, etc.

    Please be aware that there are no recipes, diet plans or anything of that nature in this book. It's more like a pep talk or rally to get you to understand why you are eating what you eat and to give you some extra tools to use in addition to whatever diet you go on.

    This approach may not be for everyone, but for those of you who like self help books, this will be one to read if you are also trying to lose some extra weight.

    Happy Reading!

    Purchase your copy on Amazon.
    About the Author: 
    People who don't know Zaheen's background sometimes assume that achieving success was easy for her. That couldn't be further from the truth. She grew up in Kenya, East Africa, and moved to Canada at the age 15 without her parents. Suddenly immersed in a different land and culture, Zaheen taught herself to triumph over fears and use obstacles as stepping stones because she had one more thing to overcome - her speech impediment!

    Zaheen stuttered from the age 5 and sometimes it still crops up, but she has conquered that fear and is now a professional speaker. Her family still lives in Kenya, but she lives with her husband and daughter in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada.

    "Unlock the Power of You" is her first co-authored book and she is now writing her memoir to be released soon. She has recently published her own e-book - Attract Your Ideal Weight: 8 Secrets of People Who Lose Weight and Keep it off. Zaheen hosts a radio show on blog talk radio called. "Fat to Thin: Attract Your Ideal Weight."

    Zaheen also co-owns Shanti Wellness Centre with her husband who is a full-time massage therapist.
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    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    A Dream of Home Book Review

    I have a new Amish book to share with all of you called A Dream of Home written by Amy Clipston.

    When she moves to Amish country to find peace and healing, Madeleine finds a special community—and a special man—who pull her out of her solitude into a new life.
    Moving to Pennsylvania wasn’t in Madeleine’s original plans. She should still be in California and should have married her pilot fiancĂ© a year ago—but death has a way of changing everything. Now the former Air Force flight nurse is living alone in Paradise, Pennsylvania, and working as a maid at the Lancaster Grand Hotel. She isn’t exactly a widow . . . but she sure feels like one. 
    Saul Beiler isn’t exactly a widower . . . but his wife is long gone. His eleven-year-old daughter, Emma, doesn’t know that her mother fled the Amish community—and married another man—but she does know that her dat is lonely, and that a pretty young maedel just moved in next door. Madeline’s numb heart begins to thaw as she spends more time with the innocent and ever optimistic Emma. The stronger her friendship grows with the young girl, the more intrigued Madeline grows about the humble, strong, man raising her on his own. 
    But even as a strange attraction pulls Saul and Madeleine across a stark cultural divide, they—and everybody else—have to wonder: What could they possibly have in common besides heartache? Will love allow Madeleine to finally find the home she’s been dreaming of all along?
    Purchase your copy on Amazon. 

    My Review:

    This is another heartwarming story set in the Lancaster Grand Hotel where Madeline works after losing her fiancé. She used to live in California and wasn't Amish so this is an adjustment for her.

    Of course, Saul is not in the mood for courting either as his wife had left him, so Madeline doesn't have to worry about him in the beginning. But, his daughter, Emma is the one hoping and praying that something will happen between them.

    Because of their different cultures, Madeline isn't sure and several other people are wondering the same thing. After much prodding from Emma and a helping hand from fate, Saul and Madeline spend time together and that is the beginning of something that Emma has always dreamed of.

    Hopefully, Saul nor Madeline will do something to ruin what Emma wants more than anything!

    Happy Reading!

    About the Author:

    Amy Clipston is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats.

    Visit her online at | Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks | Twitter: @AmyClipston

    Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

    A Leg To Stand On Book Review

    I have a new book to share with you that is called A Leg To Stand On written by Colleen Haggerty. This is the author's story of how she became disabled and how she managed to cope with the loss of her leg.

    When Colleen Haggerty lost her leg in an accident during her senior year of high school, she could have retreated from life and let her disability become her defining quality—and no one would have blamed her for it. Instead, she went the opposite way. In the years following her accident, Haggerty explored her physical world with vigor, testing the limits of her body by joining a ski team, playing with a co-ed soccer team, and taking up kayaking and backpacking. She also tested the limits of her heart, pursuing love and passion with restless men.

    In A Leg to Stand On, Haggerty recounts her life as a disabled woman, from redefining herself as a young woman after tragedy—fierce and able, but haunted by hard choices and suppressed grief—to choosing marriage and motherhood. That choice comes at great cost to the physical freedom Haggerty has fought for, but ultimately she redemption, fulfillment, and self-acceptance in the bargain. No one will read this book without being inspired to accept their past and create the future they always wanted.
    Purchase your copy on Amazon.

    My Review:

    You will be inspired by this true story of a girl who was out one night with friends in the snow and a tragic car accident left her with only one leg. It was a hard battle at first and she really had a hard time. It didn't help that she met 2 guys who really weren't there for her or gave her what she really needed.

    The man she ended up marrying was a godsend for her and her first pregnancy wasn't very pretty but it was well worth it in the end. Follow Colleen's story and cheer her on each time she meets a hurdle that might derail her life if not for her stubbornness to make it.

    I've always believed that you have to make a conscience decision to either let your past define you and swallow you whole or punch through it and become something different than what you or other people thought you would be. Just because your childhood or your teen years were not the best, you can still have a good life and be successful in whatever you decide to do. Colleen is a good example of that. I applaud her for not letting that accident be the end of her story.

    Happy Reading!

    About the Author:

    Colleen Haggerty is a writer of memoir and personal essay. She has contributed to four anthologies: The Spirit of a WomanHe Said What? (penned as Coleen Robinson), Dancing at the Shame Prom, and Beyond Belief. After Colleen lost her leg at seventeen years old she found feeling marginalized. She developed a deep empathy for and desire to help others living on the fringe of society, which led to her twenty-year career in non-profit management.

    She is an inspiring public speaker and was a speaker at the 2013 Bellingham TEDx event where she talked about the power of forgiveness. Colleen writes about walking through life as an amputee at

    She makes her home in Bellingham, WA with her husband and two teenagers. 

    Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    The Unholy Book Review

    I have a truly Supernatural/Horror book to tell you about called The Unholy written by Paul DeBlassie III. I don't know how he came up with the idea of this story or the imagination to make it so darn real, but it sure did scare me!
    A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, The Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer.  
    Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.
    Okay, like I said in the beginning, this book is really graphic and very scary! Of course, the idea that some priests or bishops in the church are not as innocent as they may like for us to believe, but this story goes a lot further than that.

    One in particular is so delusional that I think he really believes he is serving God and that he is going to Heaven. He says he is doing all of the sacrifices and other evil things that he has his church doing to help spread the word that people can truly be saved! It's like a church cult out in the open and he brain washes them all into doing things that they normally wouldn't do.

    Claire is what the old natives used to call a Medicine Woman and she has ancient powers but she denies them most of her life because it got her mother killed but when it's her life on the line, she needs all the help she can get and she has a choice to make if she has any hope of defeating this evil fanatic.

    All of you Horror/Gothic fans will simply love this book to death!

    Happy Reading!
    About the Author: 
    Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D., is a psychologist and writer living in Albuquerque, New Mexico who has treated survivors of the dark side of religion for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
    Dr. DeBlassie writes psychological thrillers with an emphasis on the dark side of the human psyche. In The Unholy, a young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, the Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.
    Connect with him on his: Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |
    Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. 

    Winter Warm Up Cocoa & Coffee Giveaway

    Winter Warm Up Cocoa & Coffee Giveaway

    Hosted by:  Savory Savings

    Sponsored by: Southwest Beverages

    Southwest Beverages Sippity Hot Cocoa Giveaway Dec 17 - 31

    Snow angels, snowball fights, sledding and getting cold while just walking ot the car are getting to be the norm for Krista over at Savory Savings. When she and her family want to warm up, they turn to the quick and delicious warm drinks from Southwest Beverages including Sippity Hot Cocoa & Kemosabe Instant Coffee!

    Would you like to win an assortment of instant hot cocoas and coffees from Southwest Beverages?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a giveaway from Southwest Beverages from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win. 

    The giveaway will run from December 17 through December 31, 2014 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents (excluding HI/AK), ages 18 and older.  Entries will be verified.  Winners will be notified via email (consider adding to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

    Good Luck Everyone!

    Krista from Gloriously Green Gal and Savory Savings received products from this sponsor to facilitate her review, no other compensation was received. All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

    For The Eye Sees Not Itself Promo Blitz

    Urban Fantasy / Erotica / Menage / MMF
    Date Published: November 12, 2014

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    The SIS team has dealt with all sorts of things that go bump in the night--vampires, zombies, even demons. But not everything odd or occult walks or breathes. The CIA calls on SIS leader John Benchley to alert him to a strange set of occurrences around an abandoned house in Baltimore.

    Investigating, the SIS team stumbles on to something unprecedented and deadly. And not every SIS member gets away from their encounters unscathed.
    Life continues to go on--even around vampires, mad scientists and demons. SIS FBI liaison Gabrielle Dichenz, who is the lover of both John Benchley and Evan Garrett, John’s boyfriend, is coming to terms with her new life.  Recovering from her past with an abusive ex means looking closely at her present. Evan’s waiting patiently to integrate both of his lovers into his wider life. John, on the other hand, isn’t the sort of personality who takes well to waiting.

    There’s something really good growing between the three of them. Gabrielle just has to decide whether to truly grab for the brass ring or let her past dictate the shape of her future.

    John placed a hand on the doorknob. He already had a slightly creepy feeling about this place and he wondered if it had to with the reputed ley lines that Fiona had indicated might be beneath the house. The knob twisted with moderate ease and he pushed the door open.  “No need to break out the lock picks.”
    There were signs of scuffed footprints through the dust and dirt in the foyer and he stood motionless for a moment just looking inside.
    “Are we going in or what?” asked Todd.
    “Yeah, yeah. Todd, you and Cecelia check upstairs. Rich, circle around back and see if there’s a door there. Evan and I will start on this floor.
    There was a murmur of assent from the team members, and they began to head in separate directions. Evan was left standing a few feet behind John.
    “Is it just me or does this place kind of make your skin crawl?” asked Evan.
    John glanced back at him. “No, it’s not just you. Any thoughts as to why?”
    Evan stepped in the direction of the front room and stood studying the decorative molding above the door. “Take a look at the corners,” he said pointing to the square blocks topping the corners. “Those look like Thelemic stars to me.” He pointed to the two overlapping chevron’s carved into the wood. It was all stained the same color and the symbols were not immediately apparent.
    “Thelemic… that ritual magic stuff right?”

    “Not just ritual, more along the lines of ceremonial, and more specifically utilized heavily by the Crowley crowd. I think theremight be more than one version of the stars, but I don’t know offhand what the differences might indicate.”
    “Okay this definitely leans in the direction of supporting some of last few things that Fiona found. You take the right hand rooms as we move toward the back of the house and I’ll take the left. It should only take us a few minutes to go through,” said John.
    Evan walked into the dimly lit room near the back of the house. It had one window, much smudged and cobwebbed that let some daylight in. Along the wall was a dusty broken chair, a fabric duffle bag and a pair of beer cans. He turned around to glance at the walls behind him, near the door. On the right hand side of the door hung a long narrow mirror in a heavy, dark, carved frame. He was standing at a sharp angle to it and couldn’t see his own reflection. Heading toward the duffle bag, he glanced at the mirror again. His image was wavy, distorted and he idly wondered how old the glass was. Something drew his eye.
    In the reflection Evan saw a man behind him, and he whirled around to face the stranger. Gabrielle’s body was sprawled limply on the floor. Tom Garner, Brie’s psycho ex-boyfriend, was kneeling beside her, a knife in his hand, stabbing her again and again. Evan screamed, “NO!” He tackled the man and knocked him backward to the floor.
    As John reached the back door and met Rich in the narrow kitchen, he wondered if Evan had found anything. “Go check upstairs and see if Todd and Cecelia need any help. I wonder of this place has a basement or just a crawl space. Look for a door that goes down,” he said to Rich.
    “On it.”
    John backtracked and veered into the very abbreviated hallway that separated two of the rear rooms. He glanced into the left hand one, empty, unless you counted dust and a squashed soda can.
    “Yo, Evan. Find anything?” he called out. He looked into the right hand one. Evan was standing motionless, staring into an empty corner, his hand outstretched. John started toward him.  “Ev’?”
    Suddenly Evan lunged at him, screaming. They went down in a tangle. Evan’s hands wrapped around John’s throat, and he began banging John’s head on the edge of the door frame. The first blow stunned John and he flailed helplessly against the floor. The second was a bolt of agony through the back of his head. He could barely breathe, Evan’s hands were wrapped so tightly around his throat. The blows continued and consciousness was fading into blackness. Evan was still screaming at him, “No! NO! You killed her! Oh God you killed her!”

    About the Author

    A.R. Moler is a chemistry professor at a community college, a homeschooling mom and an avid science fiction fan. She is a devotee of first hand research for her writing whenever possible and to this end has - learned to fire a handgun, been rappelling, ridden with both EMS and the police, flown a helicopter, bought a motorcycle and learned to ride it.

    She has traveled to nearly all the places where her stories are set and taken hundreds of photos for documentation. She has been writing since her high school years, but only recently has become published.

    She recently launched a website for her writing

    Her blog is and is entitled Playdoh, Legos and Stoichiometry. When asked why such a name for her blog, she commented that it reflects 3 of the many phases of her life. Her daughter has been an avid playdoh artist, her son owns enough Legos is fill a 55-gallon drum and the stoichiometry--one of the most challenging topics to many chemistry students. Her husband's only contribution to chemistry is brewing beer.

    Author Links:    Website |Facebook
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