Tag Archives: literature

Death to Dandelion: A Ballad of Lost Petals

11 May

The smell of fertilizer taints the air of my front yard, and where I hate the smell, I love that it will kill the hundred-plus dandelion’s that have flourished there. It’s always too cold to fertilize before the grass begins to grow, so every year we end up with this less than beautiful bed of yellow flowers – definitely not the romantic bed of flowers I was hoping for.

Pre-season herb-o-cidal bouts come in the form of a gas powered Honda, going about the yard like the Queen of Hearts and chopping their heads off while I smile with murderous delight…

I even hear they’re edible… but for this bunch, not anymore.

Shrivel little yellow hat ladies… feel the acid burn.

On a better, less herb-o-cidal note, the unnaturally trained apple by my front door is blooming! I bought one that was grown on wires so it looks like a grape vine. It matched the twenty foot tall one in the back yard that has the same flowers all over it.

Massive pink. Massive Hummingbird utopia.

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A Little Love ♥ A Little Luck ♣

3 May

Here is a new review of my book Knight Angels in case you haven’t seen it!

Then you should, ya know, go read it! And improve my luck of becoming a best seller!

Windowpane Memoirs Review

visit her site

 

If by any chance you ever had your doubts against self published books, Knight Angels Book of Love will make you forget them. Knight Angels narrates the story of: Jane, Emily, Wes, Max, Greg, Erik and Sarah. This circle of friends and family is bound by supernatural forces and the secrets among them. The chapters are narrated in different POVs where each character’s “voice” shines for their singularity and contrast. Even though the Angel Theme has been recently explored in young literature, Knight Angels breaks the stereotype not only on narration format, but also in the story’s structural format that results a little bit darker than what’s being considered commercial at such moment. What’s interesting about the story is that it is composed by a supernatural world where human characters are key pieces in the story. Angelology in the story is not that complex, but more conventional. However, regarding the mystery where the forces of heaven, earth and hell collapse, it’s certainly elaborated. Abra Ebner is an author not afraid to explore taboo topics like drugs, sexuality, hate, among others and I consider this respectable. It’s worth pointing that her storytelling skills are excellent. Story’s romances are certainly different and maybe one of them a little controversial. Knight Angel Book of Love is the first chapter of a promising series where as a reader you’ll be able to look with different eyes self published material and where the supernatural world is not only inhabited by angels or demons, but much more … and way beyond.

Check out other stellar reviews on Goodreads, and let the fans speak for themselves…

Re-Living My Childhood ♥ Part 5

29 Apr
 

Copa Cabana!

 

My parents have finally made a blog for their Cabana (well, I made it, but still…) I think it’s so CUTE! You should go be friends with them now, so that they have followers. I’m trying to walk my mother through the blogging process, hopefully she learns quick!

Visit Their Blog Here

 

The Story

This is where I grew up: Fishing, swimming, wakeboarding, and of course writing! I was a lucky girl – blessed!

I wouldn’t trade anything for the memories I have from this place. I still remember it before it was ever remodeled: Horrid blue glass. Blue. Blue. Blue!!!

My favorite part is the port holes in the floor where you can see through the glass to the fish under the house. The waves at night lull you to sleep, and I love the kitchen!!

This is just the guest house, but to me it was my play house!

 

Re-Living My Childhood ♥ Part 2

20 Apr

Kix Cereal

My dad used to wake me up everyday at five. I’d hang out with him while he shaved and then we’d have breakfast together before going back to bed and waking up for second breakfast later. I always had cereal, and though it was sometimes ‘Yucky Charms’ (I couldn’t say my ‘L’), I usually had Kix cereal.

Yum!

I love the subtle sugary flavor, and the fact that they stay crispy for a really long time. I keep thinking that Kix would make a good substitute for rice crispies in rice crispy treats… I guess I need to go get some marshmallows!

Cereal Love!

Idle Hands doing Not So Idle Things…

15 Apr

I had an immense amount of nervous energy yesterday, so I decided to do something about it!

I re-painted and re-organized the bathroom!

It used to have flat paint, and let me be the first to say that flat paint NEVER works in a bathroom. All the water flying around leaves some serious stains on the walls! Always get a paint that can be washed, like eggshell finish.

Here is the before Image:

Here is the after:

Not that much different, just tidy and clean! I love tidy and clean.

Do you like my sink? I made it myself! I went to an antique store a few years ago and bought that mahogany dresser for $100. My husband modified the drawers to work around the piping, and we bought a basin sink from overstock. I love it! total cost was around $200, which is a steal considering buying a vanity cabinet (just the cabinet) is $400. Trust me, I did that in another bathroom…

Coming later today:

I’m starting a new posting series, so be sure to check back!

The Anxiety of Waiting on Reviews…

14 Apr

So, you’re a book reviewer, and to you, reviewing a book is nothing but a relaxing afternoon reading…

Your an Author: That pack of eggs is beginning to look a lot like you…

There’s a relationship we have between our reviewers, and it quite literally decides the fate of all our hopes and dreams for the past however long we’ve been writing. Days spent being smelly because stopping to take a shower seems like a waste… and now we find out if it really was.

What will they say?

And at the same time, I hope it’s good.

Let’s face it, I don’t look good scrambled…

Before the Sun Comes Up: Contests

14 Apr

 

I love getting up before the sun. It feels like your little secret, doesn’t it?

So, back to business! For my sunrise post today it’s all about beginnings! Brenda Pandos is a friend of mine, and she is currently in the throws of the third round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, beating out close to 9,500 other writers to get there! She is a new author, and has been working on her book for over a year now.

What can you do to help?

That is a novel (get it, novel?) question! Go to this link below and read her excerpt and write a review! It’s actually really fun to be a part of this. Think American Idol without the weird outfits and hair…

CLICK HERE

you can also visit the website and read the excerpt here:

www.TheEmeraldTalisman.com

And look at that. Now the sun is up and shinning on my chair by the window… This bites. Time to make the coffee!!