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Sunday Morning Musings: Waiting is the Worst

Hello. It’s May 28, and while we haven’t had any consistent warmth, we do have leaves on trees and the perennials are up and allergy season is in full bloom.  My sinuses are so clogged, they’ve plugged one ear. Ah! The joys of the season. I did have a furry visitor drop by this week. […]


Friday Featured Authors: Paying it Forward

Hello again! I’ve been MIA as I tackled edits for my book to be released July 31, 2017, but I did come out of my cave twice during that time to help my sister who is involved in Camp Erin, Eastern Ontario, by doing the voiceover for an application video for scholarship money to help defray […]


Thursday Trilogies and More: Marie Lavender and Magick!

Hello and welcome to Living the Dream. Today, I would like to highlight one of my favorite authors, Marie Lavender. One of the most difficult things for an author to do is write a series of books. The key is keeping the reader hooked from one book to another. J.K. Rowling mastered this with her […]


Tuesday Tales: From the Word Staple.

The world around us keeps getting uglier. The bombing in Manchester, England was a despicable act. No one will ever convince me that such a display of cowardice and lack of respect for humanity can advance a cause.  My heart goes out to all who were touched by the heinous actions of the perpetrator. Welcome to this […]


Saturday Special: Tuesday Tales Bookstore

As you know, I participate in a weekly Tuesday blog called Tuesday Tales. Well, this week, the blog has a Saturday edition. I’ve been participating in Tuesday Tales for a couple of years. During that time, my imagination and the wonderful word and picture prompts supplied by bestselling author, Jean Joachim, have led me to […]


Tuesday Tales: From a Picture

Hello! I will begin this morning by apologizing to all of my faithful followers. I haven’t dropped off the face of the Earth or forgotten you. I am currently in editing hell. With Simon and Schuster in the mix, Crimson Romance, their imprint now, has undergone a philosophical shift, and I have to make quite a […]


Midweek Tease: Revisiting an Old Favorite, In Plain Sight

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Midweek Tease, Many thanks to Angelica Dawson for hosting this weekly blog hop. This morning, I’m digging into my backlist for your tease as I get to work on the edits for my future release. The Blurb: In life, you pay a price for everything you do. Widowed, […]


Crazy Little Spring Called Love

Amazon | iBooks | Kobo The authors of the stories in Crazy Little Spring Called Love (order here) sat down to answer some questions for their readers. For links to the full list of interview questions, teasers, and more, visit the blog tour page. What’s your best advice about Writing? Traci Douglass First, read. As […]


Tuesday Tales: From the word GLASS, I mean MOTHER

Welcome to this week’s Tuesday Tales, a weekly blog based on work in progress using word or picture cues. I thought today’s word was GLASS. That’s what i had written on the calendar, but obviously, I made a mistake. So for today, the word is MOTHER. Today’s word is GLASS, I mean MOTHER. Enjoy.   […]


Sunday Morning Musings: Family Is Important

Hello. Well we’re back to the first day ofthe week. When I was teaching, I always thought of it as the last day since it meant the weekend was over, but now that I’m retired, time is measured differently. It seems to move much faster. I hope you’re having an enjoyable weekend. Today’s post is a […]


Spotlight Saturday: The Captain’s Promise and The Price of Honor

Good morning.  Considering what it’s like around here, I thought a little music was needed. As Annie Lennox says, says, here comes the rain again. Rainy days are perfect days for reading, In this week’s Saturday Spotlight, I want to feature two books, my historical romances: The Captain’s Promise and The Price of Honor. […]


Friday Featured Author: Melinda De Ross

During the A to Z Challenge, I endeavoured to introduce you to what I called “New to You” authors, and I would like to continue that practice for a while longer. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce you Melinda de Ross. Like myself, Melinda has a book in a Kindle Scout campaign, and since you […]


Throwback Thursday: Mother- Daughter Night

Good morning! I’m up early because I have a big day planned!  Tonight I will be attending the annual Mother-Daughter dinner at the Ramada with my natural daughter, Angela, the blonde in the photo, and my “chosen” daughter, Michelle, the brunette. The dinner is a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research, and each year, my wonderful […]


Midweek Tease: More From Sworn to Protect

THERE ARE 2 POSTS TODAY. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE INSECURE WRITER’S POST, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN! FEEL FREE TO READ THIS TOO! Hello again.  Thanks go out to Angelica Dawson and all the other fine authors who make this blog possible each week and include me in their midst. Reading their varied posts is […]


Insecure Writer’s Support Group Blog Post May 3, 2017

Hello. This is my first post in this monthly blog. I learned about it during this year’s A to Z Challenge Blog from a couple of bloggers when they posted their entries last month on April 5. When I signed up, I noticed quite a few blog names I recognized, some I already follow, so I’m […]


Tuesday Tales: From the Word CRY

Originally posted on susanne matthews:
Welcome to this week’s edition of Tuesday Tales, the blog made possible by Jean joachim and some very talented authors. Each week, we blog a scene from a work in progress based on a particular word. Once a month, we work with a image instead. I’m back with Paul and…


Monday, Monday: Thoughts on the Day

Well, the month of April was a busy and exciting one, and for me. Mother Nature’s been as erratic as ever and May doesn’t look to be a whole lot quieter. In essence the weatherman is calling for twelve straight days of rain. I know we need it, but couldn’t she spread it out a […]


Tuesday Tales: From the Word CRY

Welcome to this week’s edition of Tuesday Tales, the blog made possible by Jean joachim and some very talented authors. Each week, we blog a scene from a work in progress based on a particular word. Once a month, we work with a image instead. I’m back with Paul and MJ and Wedding Bell Blues, […]


Sunday Morning Musings: 2017 A to Z Challenge Blog– Z is Zulu

Good day! As you can see, I have flowers now. While it feels like -1C ( 30F) outside this morning, Thursday it was 31 (80). That’s Canada for you–a land of extremes at times, but the tulips, daffodils and hyacinths as well as the snowdrops are in bloom. Soon, I hope to have consistently warm temperatures, […]


2017 A to Z Challenge Blog: Y is for YA or Young Adult books like Prove It!

Well, we’re down the the last two letters of this year’s challenge.  I’m happy I made it to the end, posting on time each day. From the comments I’ve received, I know that my semi-theme of introducing others to “new to you” authors went over well. Hopefully, some of you will explore these authors. Every […]


2017 A to Z Challenge Blog: X is for Xaghra’s Revenge from Geoff Nelder

Let’s be honest today. How many people out there wondered what they were going to come up with for the letter X? The twenty-fourth letter of the alphabet isn’t exactly a popular one for the first letter in a word. In fact, when lexicographer Dr. Samuel Johnson published his Dictionary of the English Language in […]


2017 A to Z Challenge Blog: W for the Wildcat Crew and K.C. Sprayberry

Today, we face the twenty-third letter of the alphabet. Each letter presents its own challenge. With W, you have the five questions every writer seeks to answer in their novels: Who? What? When? Why? Where? A good novelist can’t just whistle into the wind, wishing for the information to   appear, nor can he/she solely […]


2017 A to Z Challenge Blog: V is for Voyage and “New to You” author, Stephen St. Clair

Welcome to the twenty-second day of this years’ blog. If you are new, thanks for dropping by. If you are a regular, it’s all nice to see you again. This year’s blog has been wonderful, educational, and enlightening. For my part, I’ve sought to introduce you to writers I know through my publishers who may […]


Midweek Tease: Sworn to Protect

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Midweek Tease. This has been the early morning from hell! It took over two hours for Windows 10 to upload its updates, that will supposedly keep me safer online. Whatever! My thanks again to Angelica Dawson and all the other fine writers who make this blog hop possible […]


2017 A to Z Challenge Blog: U is for Unbridled, Book 2 in A Harem Boy’s Saga

Well, we are definitely winding down our month of challenges. Today, we’ve arrived at one of the unsung heroes of the alphabet, the twenty-first letter, U. Think of it. U words include  usual, unique, ubiquitous, unanimous universal, united, uranium and other ultimately useful words, but the letter U is probably most famous for what it changes. Think about it. You can become […]

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