Happy Halloween


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A great big thank you to Joel & Carol Tomlin of Landmark Booksellers in Franklin, Tennessee, for including me in their author signings at Saturday's Pumpkin Fest.  Except for the 85 degree heat (it's October in Tennessee, folks. What's with that???), which melted the chocolate candy I had out for the trick-or treaters, it was a great day. Lots of imaginative costumes parading by...my favorite was a homemade Smores where Mom and Dad were the Graham Crackers (cardboard with black holes) and the daughter was the melting mushroom, all dressed in white tulle. I didn't get a photo of that one, but I got a picture of another cutie.     I had all three anthologies (which are available on Amazon) and sold some of each! Also a big shout out to a sorority…
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Mark your calendar — Halloween events!


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I love Fall--the colors, the weather, our anniversary, Halloween. Well, Halloween, isn't that big of a deal, though it's fun watching the kiddies in their costumes. But I don't like scary. I really don't like scary. (I have nightmares.) Along those lines, I don't read horror; I don't watch horror.  Apparently, however, I can write horror. Go figure! Last year I had a short story, The Trolls, published in an anthology published by Elephant's Bookpress I had a great experience with a different publisher when I published a contemporary short story Good Friday in an anthology by Inkception Books: The Inception editors were so delightful to work with when they announced a Halloween anthology, I thought, "What the heck, I'll try to write another horror story." Knowing horror isn't my forte, I created…
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New York Adventures


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We visited middle son and family this summer, but had not spent any quality time with our oldest or youngest, so we decided to take them to NYC. Youngest had never been and with a pregnant wife, this might be his last chance without a baby on board which would change the dynamics of the trip. Youngest and DIL live near here so we flew up on Thursday, arriving mid-day. We stayed at the Doubletree Suites on Time Square on the 32nd floor so our views were spectacular. We could see Central Park/mid-uptown out one window and Broadway in all of her splendor out the other. Oldest son lives in Baltimore, but travels a good bit so he is in the City a lot. He couldn't join us until Friday…
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Baby, I Need your Loving


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Oldest son is in Baltimore and still single, middle son is married with two sons, and youngest son and his wife are expecting their first in early February. Hubby and I were honored to host their  Gender Reveal Party. We had a blast planning and executing it. We started with a pink and blue tulle wreath for the front door. Our playlist was thirty songs with the word "baby" in the title. Guests came inside and signed a picture of the sonogram with either pink or blue ink. They also picked a pink or blue clothes pin to wear indicating their guess as to gender. Dauthter-in-law made a chalk board of "old wives tales" to assist with the voting. (Of course the vote count didn't matter; it didn't change anything.)   We…
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Grandsons are fun-sons…


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We are the proud grandparents of two grandSONS, ages 4 1/2 and 1 1/2. Unfortunately, we don't get to see them as often as we'd like as they live in North Carolina with middle son (the Marine) and his beautiful wife. We visited them in their home for a long weekend this summer and had some quality Grammy and Pappy time. We took books and read them over and over and over. The older one is into trucks -- any size, shape, kind. The younger one follows in big brothers footsteps, literally. They've learned to ride their bike and trike. Here are a few pictures from to help us remember this special weekend.                                      …
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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band… still rocking after all these years


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A couple of weeks ago a writing friend and her husband invited us to a concert at The Schermerhorn. It was the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 50 year anniversary tour. Wow! My friend's husband owns a recording studio on Music Row and is an accomplished musician himself. Lead singer Jeff Hannah and his wife, country music star Matraca Berg (who was out of town and missed the concert,) are personal friends of the couple. Jeff gave them back stage passes so after the (fabulous) show we got to "hang out" with the band. So cool. After traversing the bowels of the Schermerhorn to find them (with the aide of a security guard and someone from the band's staff), we got to their dressing room. There weren't a lot of people, so we got to…
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Killer Nashville…Yes, it was


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This post is a bit late (can we say 6 weeks?), but better late than never. "They" say a picture is worth a thousand words. I think I have a short story here!   Hobnobbing with the Stars:           Robert Randisi   Anne Perry             Kris Calvin                                    Kevin O'Brien & Janet Evanovich Clay Stafford, Kevin O'Brien,  Janet Evanovich, and Robert Randisi                                                            Hubby & me with Janet Evanovich     On a couple of panels:          …
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