Friday, November 17, 2017


Celebrate the Small Things

If you're looking for a sweet Blog Hop that doesn't have to take a lot of your time, and can post about any little tidbit, then join in #CTST! Go to Lexa Cain's and sign up. 
Lexa's wonderful co-hosts are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

I'm traveling today to Lancaster, PA for an early Thanksgiving Celebration with my son. We rented a mini-van so we could all drive down together. We'll have a car load with my two daughters and my two grand babies. It should be interesting.

On Sunday, for the drive home, the weatherman is predicting a snow storm coming our way. I pray we make it home safe and sound. 

Have a pleasant weekend!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Prah, Constantine, and Baryeh Review The Bookshop on Autumn Lane #romance

November is a month were we think about giving thanks. I'm thankful for my fellow review friends, Nana Prah and Empi Baryeh. I'm also thankful for all my friends out there in blogger land.

This month we chose an appropriate book for autumn.
The Bookshop on Autumn Lane is part of the Truhart series by Cynthia Tennent

Big dreams can come true in a small town…
While some young women would jump through hoops to claim ownership of a bookshop, 
free-spirited Gertrude “Trudy” Brown wants nothing to do with the rundown store her late Aunt Gertrude left her.  Having suffered from dyslexia all her life, books aren’t exactly her friends. With not much more than a collie dog who’s scared of his own shadow, and a rusty but trusty ’74 Beetle, Trudy arrives in the tiny town of Truhart, determined to sell off her cumbersome inheritance as quickly as possible… 
But Trudy is not the only stranger in town. Christopher “Kit” Darlington, a professor of American Studies at Cambridge, is searching for an elusive manuscript—and he secretly thinks Trudy’s ramshackle bookshop might hold the key to its discovery. As these two opposites spend the autumn days together, cleaning out Trudy’s bookshop, they soon find that uncovering both literature and love can be equally mysterious… 
 Trudy’s never been  the type to stay in one spot too long, but something about Kit makes her consider starting a new chapter—and maybe even finding there’s a happily-ever-after…

Cathrina's Review:

When I began to read Bookshop On Autumn Lane I wasn't quite enamored with the main character, Trudy. She came off as uncaring and harsh. I did fall for Kit Darlington immediately. He is sincere, sweet, and I love a British accent.

However, as I delved deeper into the books pages I unearthed Trudy's problems. She had latent memories of her childhood and the small town of Truhart where she was a teenager and they weren't good ones. 

As with most children and teenagers, our memories can get skewed. And when Trudy realizes her memories are somewhat false, her character evolves and becomes quite lovely. 

In the end, I liked this sweet read and it's Happily Ever After.

Now let's head over to Nana and Empi's to read their reviews.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Join Alex J. Cavanaugh and a multitude of writer's in this monthly hop to help support one another!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Alex's awesome co-hosts are Tonja Drecker, Diane Burton, MJ Fifield, and Rebecca Douglass!

Due to more rejections that insecure feeling of doubt has been resurfacing and rearing its ugly head. My thoughts are in a downward spiral. What is wrong with my stories, with my writing. Each day I try to talk myself off the tipsy tightrope. 

If you're a writer than you know the long, long hours of writing and contemplation that goes into a novel, and that's only with the first draft. 

I think about taking a break, a long break. I've pondered this idea many times. But then I continue on~ saying to myself, I'll just finish this one final book. I have a few chapters left on my WIP. 

My intention is to take a sabbatical for the month of December. Whether I'll stick to my plans or dive into a round of edits, I don't know for sure. 

Perhaps this is true?