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How are you all doing? I hope you’re staying safe and healthy. Thanks so much for joining us. We are always glad when you’re here! This week’s challenge comes from the incredible A.S. Fenichel:

Tell us about where you write, edit or create. Do you have a special place? Do you need a cup of tea or coffee? Set the writer scene for your writing time.

Okay, here it is.

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I know. Messy, right. But I know where everything is and I am really very organized. For example, meetings are taped to the monitor, research books to the left and general notes on the right side. Notes for my WIP are front and center, as are notes for stuff I need to deal with immediately.

If anyone were to come and re-arrange my desk, I would be lost.

What isn’t visible is the sewing table on the far wall behind me. That’s for when I get stuck on plot points and Annie isn’t talking. (She naps a lot).

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I usually have a bottle of water next to me, since writing (and editing) is thirsty work. Sometimes I wish I had a glass of wine, but it tends to muddy the process for me.

So, that’s it…not very exciting, I guess, but then no one ever said writing was glamorous.

Now let’s hop over to the amazing A.S. Fenichel…

But first, check out her fabulous book…

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It’s available on Kindle Unlimited. https://www.amazon.com/Earl-Taken-Wallflowers-West-Lane-ebook/dp/B081KSTK2N

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Hello and happy Tuesday. Thanks for joining us. We are always happy when you’re here and we hope you are safe and well. This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Brenda Margriet:

Recipe Swap time! Share your favourite dinner recipe. Can be as easy or complicated as you like.

If a recipe wants to make it to my list of favorites, it has to be simple and not require too many ingredients. So, I chose my meatloaf…

Salsa Meatloaf

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1 lb lean ground beef (93-7 is best)

1 jar (15.5 oz) Salsa (can be mild, medium or hot – your choice)

Seasoned bread crumbs

In a medium bowl, add half the salsa to the beef and mix well, then continue to add salsa until the mixture is very moist. (You may not use all the jar, so save what’s left and serve with chips). Slowly add bread crumbs until the meat mixture will hold a shape. Place in a loaf pan and cover the top with more bread crumbs. Cover with foil and bake for one hour, remove the cover and bake another half-hour.

Serve with mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

Now let’s hop over to the wonderful A.S. Fenichel and check out her favorite recipe.

And she has a fabulous novella available for free!!! Check it out!

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We hope this finds you well and safe. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you so much!

I came up with this week’s challenge:

Name five fun things to do while staying at home.

Who would have thought we’d be spending so much time inside in April? But, we know that by staying home, we help stop the spread of this terrible virus. Isolation is hard, but it’s also a good thing, since we now have time to do those things we always said we wanted to, but didn’t have time for. So, here are five of my suggestions for entertaining activities to push back the boredom.

  1. The first of these is to remember its spring outside. Turn off the TV, open a window and just breathe in the fresh air. Don’t rush away to do something else. Take a few minutes to appreciate the colors of new flowers, the warmth of the sun, and the chirping of the birds.
  2. You know that hobby you always wanted to try? Sewing, embroidery, scrapbooking, knitting, making jewelry…well, now’s the time. Any raw materials you need can be ordered online and U-Tube is a wealth of knowledge. You can watch a video on just about everything. And Christmas isn’t so far away. Take the things you make and save them for presents for the people you love.
  3. Cooking and baking. Try that new recipe, bake those muffins. Be creative. Take some of the ingredients you have in your kitchen and prepare something new you’ve never tried before. Open those old recipe books or get online and find something delicious to create.
  4. Talk to the people in your house. Really talk. Put down the devices and look each other in the eye as you communicate. Or, if you live alone, write a letter to someone you love. Tell them you care. No, not an email. A letter. An actual pen-to-paper letter. Write to yourself—about your dreams, your ambitions, all the possibilities in the world. Because you’re alive and that means you can try anything. Embrace that.
  5. Read a book or many books. Find a different genre and just read for pleasure. Discover new authors. And, if you’ve ever said “I want to write a book” – now’s the time to try. Or keep a journal. You might discover you have hidden talents.

The secret is to use this time to broaden your world, since you have the gift of time.

Now, let’s hop over to the fabulous Jenna DaSie and read her suggestions….and take care!

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It’s Tuesday again and I hope you are all safe and healthy! Thanks for taking the time to join us. We really appreciate it!

This week’s challenge comes from the amazing A.S. Fenichel:

Other than the genre you write, what kind of books do you love to read and why?

That’s an easy one for me: YA or young adult. “Twilight” “The Hunger Games” and, of course, “Harry Potter”. These books are amazing! I have read them all over and over. The characters, settings, and plots are all totally engrossing and the authors have created people I would love to hang out with. These stories made me laugh, cry, and sit on the edge of my seat at the suspenseful parts. That’s what great writing does and I love these books!

I also enjoy the early Stephen King books like “’Salem’s Lot”, “Misery”, “Pet Semetary” and the now prophetic “The Stand”. Again, wonderful characters, settings and very satisfying endings, even though they’re not exactly Happily Ever Afters.

My bookshelves ache with novels by wonderful authors and during these terrible times, when people are sick and dying, it is books that help me get through the day. I am not a doctor or a nurse or a first responder, but I hope that people will feel cheered up after reading something I have written. That’s the goal. To give some respite and make life a little better.

Stay home, stay safe and read!

Now let’s hop over to the fabulous Brenda Margriet and see what genres she likes…

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Happy (as much as possible) Tuesday and welcome. We are so glad when you spend time with us! I hope you are all staying safe and well!

I came up with this week’s challenge:

Spring is just around the corner. What are you most looking forward to?

My answer today is very different from the answer I would have given a month or so ago. I know…thanks, Captain Obvious. But, here goes…

I am looking forward to going out without worrying about getting too close to anyone. I am looking forward to visiting (in person) with my friends and neighbors again. Annie, my puppy, is looking forward to going back to the dog park.

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I am looking forward to not hearing the terrible statistics every day. It is so awful to know how many are suffering and dying.

I am home every day and, as a writer, my lifestyle hasn’t really changed so much. I haven’t lost my job and I have enough to eat, so I count myself among the lucky ones.  I don’t have family on the frontlines (doctors, nurses, first-responders). But that doesn’t mean I don’t worry about those wonderful people constantly. The incredibly brave men and women who are risking their own lives and facing this horrible virus head-on every day to help others.

When this is over, I am looking forward to remembering how many acts of kindness were done, how many courageous people stepped up and how we came together to fight an enemy. I am looking forward to being able to hug people again.

Most of all, I am looking forward to this virus ending and becoming only a (grim) memory.

In the meantime, how about a reading a good book…

Now, let’s pop over and see what the fabulous Clair Brett is looking forward to…

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Hello and welcome to our weekly hop. I hope you are all staying safe and well! This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous Brenda Margriet:

What’s your favourite book that “no one” has heard of? That’s a tongue in cheek way of asking you to name your favourite book that isn’t a classic or by an author that consistently sits on the best seller lists. It can be fiction or non-fiction.

I think there are lots of people who have heard of “Bluebird, Bluebird” by Attica Locke, but I don’t know if it’s as famous and well-known as it should be.  It did win the 2018 Edgar Award for Best Novel and that award is very well-deserved.

Let me give you a sample from the blurb:

East Texas plays by its own rules—a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well.

In the middle of a personal crisis that has put both his job and his marriage in jeopardy, Darren takes to Highway 59 on the trail of two seemingly related murders—a Black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman—that have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment in the small town of Lark.

This story has unexpected twists intertwined with the collision of race and justice in America.

The characters are complex and beautifully drawn and I couldn’t put this book down. Then, I immediately read the sequel: Heaven, My Home.

Sometimes I discover an author I haven’t read before and it’s like getting the best present of all. And nothing inspires my writing like reading a wonderfully written book.

I can’t wait to see what the incredible A.S. Fenichel recommends. Oh, and check out her sale:

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And there are more- seven in all! on sale for $.99…click below!

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Hello and happy Tuesday. I am praying you are all staying healthy! And thanks for joining us. This week’s challenge comes from the wonderful Jenna Da Sie:

What fictional characters (from tv, books, movies) would you be friends with if you could?

Lots of choices here, but I’ll try to narrow it down: Jamie and Clare from “Outlander”: Faced with time travel and historical calamity and all the other complications in their lives, they are courageous and strong and they survive, still managing to keep their love intact.

Bill, Bishop and actually all of the main characters from “Deputy”: What a special show. This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill shoot-‘em-up. These people face real-life difficult dilemmas and they are so brave.

There’s Darren Mathews in “Bluebird, Bluebird” who faces crises and tensions every day and yet, allows nothing deter him from finding the truth.

Gwen Proctor in “Stillhouse Lake”: Presented with an untenable challenge, this woman rises up, ever protecting her children and herself. Amazing!

All of these characters are brave, honorable, strong, and true to themselves. They are interesting, multi-dimensional and I would love to be friends with any of them.

That’s the thing about great characters. You want to meet them and spend time with them. You want to know more about them. When I create characters, I try to make them people you would want to hang out with. Even the villains, although you might want to keep a distance. But even bad guys have to have more than just one trait; no one is all bad or all good all the time. And good guys have flaws; otherwise, they’d be boring.

The fun would be to sit down with some of the above characters and learn even more about them. So, lacking that, I can use my imagination and that’s okay, too.

Now let’s hop over to the fabulous Brenda Margriet, who also has some news:

Brenda Margriet has joined the Night Owl Romance Spring Fling online romance reader scavenger hunt event Between March 17th and the 31st, find the missing word in participating author’s book blurbs and you could win a Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite, Reader Inspired Prize Bag & Amazon gift cards. Make sure to check out Brenda’s Romance, ALLEGRO COURT, along the way. Enter the giveaway at:
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Hello and happy Tuesday! Welcome to our hop. We are always so happy when you join us! I came up with this week’s challenge:

Flash Fiction Time! 500 words using rosebush, knees and mascara.

It was definitely getting to be spring. I nearly ran outside and into my small garden. I sank to my knees, ready to plant some new rosebushes and marveled again at the rich soil here, as black as mascara. I was just about to dig in when my neighbor stuck her head over the fence.

“Did you see the new guy who just moved in?” she asked. It was her way of saying ‘good morning’ I suppose.

“No thanks,” I answered, even though a tiny part of me was dying for details. I didn’t really want to encourage her. He was about my age and very good looking. Did I mention good looking?

“He’s single,” she announced, singsong, dragging the last word over ten syllables.

“Not interested, but again, thanks,” I responded, smiling to ease the sound of rejection. I had to admit, my heart did kick up a little at her declaration of his status.

“How do you know he’s single?” I asked, trying to sound merely curious.

“I asked him, of course.” Of course she did. Lydia had no filter and no hesitation. “I told him about you.” She looked victorious.

“Why would you do that?” Again, I worked to keep my voice neutral.

She shrugged. “He’s single, you’re single. Why not?”

Why not, indeed?

“Here you go,” she said, practically shoving a tray of cookies toward me. I stood, baffled, but didn’t reach to take it.

She sighed her frustration. “I made them so you could welcome him to the neighborhood.” She thrust the tray closer.

“Lydia? What are you doing?” I didn’t hate the idea, really.

“Go on. Put on some lipstick and comb your hair. Then take these over to him. What can it hurt?”

She had a point, but I couldn’t give in so easily. It would certainly encourage her nosy nature.

“What are you, my mother?” I asked, but I made the words sound gentle.

She put her free hand on her hip and lifted her chin. “Go on. I’ll wait here with the cookies while you fix yourself up. I baked all morning just for you.”

I laughed at that. There’s was something so inherently sweet about the woman, it was impossible to reject her. Or ignore her.

A few minutes later, freshly coiffed and painted, I found myself walking two doors down and ringing the bell. When he answered, my breath caught in my throat. He was even better looking close up. I held out the tray.

“Welcome to the neighborhood,” I said, my voice quavering a little.

He grinned and—wow. He flourished a bow, inviting me in. “What a pleasant surprise.” And I believe he meant it.

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Hello and welcome to the hop. So glad you’re here! This week’s challenge comes for the incredible Clair Brett:

How are we all doing on our New Year’s resolutions/goals? What are your tips for sticking to it. When do you decide to scream “Plot Twist” and go in a different direction.

I am very proud to say I am keeping up with my resolution, which was to write more. I am nearly finished with the first draft of Novel #14 (Memories Never Die) and I am having a great time. The characters pulled the plot in a different direction, but I’m okay with that. The villain is far more interesting this new way.

When it comes to being more disciplined and writing more, I hope I never scream “Plot Twist.” Being a writer is a very important part of who I am and I never want to stop. It isn’t always easy and many times it’s a challenge to prioritize, but there is such a feeling of accomplishment when I can write “The End” or “To Be Continued” when it’s a series. And I do love the process. Immersing myself in other places, other times, hanging out with other people is fabulous!

I’m considering several ideas for the next book. I think I have to find a time in history I want to visit and maybe have a ghost or two show up. You never know.

In the meantime, I need to finish this one. Look for it in late March or early April.

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Now let’s pop on over to the amazing A.S. Fenichel and hear how she’s doing on her resolutions. And, she has a fabulous new book on pre-order! Check it out!

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Hello and welcome to this week’s hop. Thanks so much for joining us!

This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous A.S. Fenichel:

Leap Year! This is it folks; you get an entire extra day to do with as you wish. We’re always wanting more time and this year we actually get it. I got married on Leap Day in 2008, so this year I get a “real” anniversary. What will you do with your extra day?

First – Happy Anniversary, Andie!

An extra day? Well, now I have no excuse not to sit down and write several thousand words. And do some sewing – and there’s the laundry and dinner to make. Wait. That sounds like every other day.

I think that unless there’s a reason for celebration – like a birthday or an anniversary on the 29th— it might just slip by as just another day. It even falls on a Saturday this year. But the idea of Leap Year has always fascinated me.  It’s like a savings account. You take a few hours out of every year for three years and presto—you get another whole day! And, while savings accounts are valuable, it’s more important to savor every day.

So, to those who only get to really celebrate once every four years, I raise my glass. And to those of us who don’t have a special event on the 29th—celebrate anyway. It’s one more day of life and it will be what you make it.

Oh, I did I mention coming soon…

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Now, let’s pop over to the fantastic Brenda Margriet and see what she had planned.

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