Friday, December 31, 2021

A Whole New Year

 As we say goodbye to the year 2021 and hello to 2022, I wonder, do you make New Year Resolutions? 

Me, not so much. I will however think about some realistic things I would like to try and accomplish, like, finish five illustrations by the end of summer or create at least five blog posts. 

I think for most of us, the last few years have been different and more stressful than ever. I do try to think of everything I'm truly thankful for through the hard times though, which helps with the stress. 

This year, I want to start it out with some fun and inspirational quotes. I don't own the rights to any of the images, they were all found on and I don't know if the quote was actually said by the author listed but I'm not too concerned about that anyway. 

Enjoy! 😊

Happy New            Year! 

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Christmas Gift Ideas

December is here, cooler weather has settled into most of North America, and 2021 has almost come to an end. It has been one heck of a year. Way harder than last year ever was, at least for me. I'm hoping for happier times in 2022!

Christmas is almost here, and Hanukah has begun, for all that celebrate.  Need a gift idea?  Books make great gifts for all ages! So, I decided to share some of my favorites. 

Childrens Books

Maxy-Moo Flies to the Moon by Julie Schooler 

“Maxy-Moo, it’s time for bed!”
“No!” he stomps, shaking his head.
“No bed yet, it’s way too soon.
Instead, I want to fly to the moon.”

Maxy-Moo escapes his bed and flies to the moon where an amazing adventure awaits him.

Young and old will enjoy the simple rhymes and bold illustrations in this fun and whimsical bedtime story.

 Amazon Link

Stella and the Four Seasons by Rosie Russell 

Using beautiful acrostic poems, Stella shares her love of the four seasons.
Young readers will enjoy searching for Stella's favorite things.
Fun facts and learning activities are included in the back of this book.

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Sweet T and the Turtle Team by Cat Michaels

Summering on Gull Island is lonely until nine-year-old Sweet T meets Billy, a boy with a secret. He knows a lot about sea animals, so T can't figure out why he won’t help her watch over endangered sea turtle nests. Then a tropical storm hits. Will the children stay safe? Can they work together to save the hatchlings from an angry ocean? Join Little Red Bear and his friends on a series of thrilling and sometimes offbeat adventures in the scenic Ozarks Mountain Country. You never know who (or what) you may encounter while searching for honey or in an afternoon of fishing. 

Cat Michaels Webpage

The Adventures of Little Red Bear: The First Holler by James Milson 

Join Little Red Bear and his friends on a series of thrilling and sometimes offbeat adventures in the scenic Ozarks Mountain Country. You never know who (or what) you may encounter while searching for honey or in an afternoon of fishing. 

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Into the Ocean by Rebecca Lyndsey 

Join GW on an undersea tour. Into the Ocean is a fun, educational early reader chapter book that takes you and your children on a submarine voyage into our world's oceans with tour guide, GW (the friendliest shark you'll ever meet). Discover some of the amazing marine animals that call the sea their home and other fantastic ocean facts during your tour. Along the way, GW will entertain you with all his ocean knowledge and silly jokes.

Rebecca Lyndsey Webpage

Adult Books

Jackrabbit Jingle Bells by Ann Charles 

Holiday Recipe for Madcap Merrymaking in Jackrabbit Junction
Start with a bawdy night sprinkled with tinsel tassels and jingle balls, toss in a missing pair of underwear, and top it all off with plenty of sugary shenanigans. Serve with a side of naughty and nice.

Claire Morgan and her sisters are a tad twitchy. Their father is on his way for their first Christmas in Arizona, but the tidings of joy are few and far between. For one thing, their mother is pissed about her ex-husband flying in to play Santa. For another, their mother is just pissed. Period.

Christmas will never be the same again for the Morgan sisters.

(Note: This is volume 4.7 in the Jackrabbit Junction Mystery series.)

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Ancient Winds (The Pathway Series Book 3) by Kristy McCaffrey

Brynn Galloway doesn’t know it, but her academic career in archaeology is about to become a laughingstock. When a rare Sumerian artifact surfaces, her presence is requested in Bolivia, but nothing is as it seems. Soon, she’s entangled in a desperate hunt not only for a valuable antiquity but also for answers to humanity that might stretch across time. And by her side is a sexy mercenary physicist with a maddening belief in space aliens.

Dr. Tristan Magee is in a bad mood. When his latest acquisition—an unusual and as yet untranslated Sumerian cuneiform tablet—is stolen right out from under him and spirited away to the Bolivian jungle, he’ll do whatever it takes to get it back. Unfortunately, that includes partnering with a female archaeologist who proves to be the kind of distraction that brought down civilizations.

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RoomMaid by Sariah Wilson 

Madison Huntington is determined to live her dreams. That means getting out from under her family’s wealth and influence by saying no to the family business, her allowance, and her home. But on a teacher’s salary, the real world comes as a rude awakening—especially when she wakes up every morning on a colleague’s couch. To get a place of her own (without cockroaches, mold, or crime scene tape), Madison accepts a position as a roommaid. In exchange for free room and board, all she needs to do is keep her busy roommate’s penthouse clean and his dog company. So what if she’s never washed a dish in her life. She can figure this out, right?

Madison is pretty confident she can fake it well enough that Tyler Roth will never know the difference. The finance whiz is rich and privileged and navigates the same social circles as her parents—but to him she’s just a teacher in need of an apartment. He’s everything Madison has run from, but his kindhearted nature, stomach-fluttering smile, and unexpected insecurities only make her want to get closer. And Tyler is warming to the move.

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That Second Chance by Meghan Quinn 

It was supposed to be an innocent night, celebrating my brother’s birthday. Nothing was supposed to go wrong. We’d vowed to be on our best behavior after all…

But it only took one rowdy night with my brothers to flip my world upside down. One unlucky encounter saddled us with a family curse and the promise of doomed relationships. I laughed it off immediately. “Yeah, right,” I thought. “A love curse. Ha!”

Boy, was I wrong.

Word spreads quickly in a town like mine; rumors about that night soon made us the most eligible yet untouchable bachelors in Port Snow, Maine. As a subject of endless gossip and speculation, I could kiss my dating life goodbye.

It would have stayed that way if Ren Winters, the new girl in town, hadn’t crashed into my life. Brave, beautiful, and smart—her vivacious thirst for a fresh start has given me hope that maybe, just maybe, I can have one too.

Everyone wishes for that second chance…but could this really be mine?

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Endless Shadows: Shadows Landing Book 7 by Kathleen Brooks

Ryker Faulkner has built his empire by being ruthless. No one knows the full extent Ryker has gone to in order to build himself up from nothing to one of the most powerful men in the country. So when someone comes after him, everyone knows the last thing Ryker will do is sit back and watch it burn. Kenzie Carys was used to being in the shadows. She was a nurse on night shift. Then you save the life of the man one of the hospital wings is named after and suddenly Kenzie finds herself face to face with Ryker Faulkner being gifted an award for saving his life. She’d heard the whispers about the dark, dangerous, powerful, and ruthless Ryker before. However, when Kenzie looked at him, she saw under the ruthlessness. She saw something much deeper—a damaged man looking for redemption. But will Ryker’s ruthlessness in going after the person trying to crumble his empire cause him to lose the one woman who has made him feel alive again?

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These are just a few of my favorites but if the descriptions don't really entice you, all these authors have many books out and I'm sure you will find the one that will make the perfect gift!  Maybe even a gift for yourself. I won't tell!

Hope you all have a Very Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Fall Favorites

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Summer is officially gone for the year and the season of fall has arrived here in North America.  Are you a fall fan? I’m super sad to see the warm temperatures slowly fade away but I love Halloween and Thanksgiving, then soon it will be Christmas and snow isn’t far away. 

What are your fall favorites? My blogger friends and I are listing some of the things we love about this season and maybe some new things we want to try. 

Do you have any favorite fall traditions that are a must do activity? Fall Festivals are all around and always fun to attend. My favorite is browsing through all of the arts and crafts. They make perfect Christmas gifts. 

White water rafting is a popular outdoor adrenaline pumping outdoor activity here in West Virginia and in the fall, certain dams are released, making for an even more intense adventure. 

If you have read my blog in the past, you know Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. I love doing fun, green screen videos with my students and Halloween makes the perfect theme. I haven't sat down and decided on what I'm going to plan this year but I'm sure I'll come up with something spooktacular.

Fall foliage is gorgeous here and WV offers many different scenic drives for this. 

Here are a few pictures I have taken over the years. 

If you're in the area this season, check out this site for some fun ideas. Fall - Almost Heaven - West Virginia : Almost Heaven – West Virginia (

Although I am not a fan of the cooler temperatures, I do love a warm campfire and s'mores! Fall is a wonderful time for them.  At Halloween, I've seen families who set up a campfire together and tell ghost stories as they pass out candy to to all the Trick-or-Treaters out that evening. That sounds like a fun tradition to start. 

Do you tend to read more in the fall and winter months? I do read many books throughout the cooler seasons but summer is when I really make a dent in my tbr pile. Of course, I love a good spooky mystery in the fall. I'm in search of good read, or maybe I'll reread one of my favorites from Ann Charles, Terri Reid, Tonya Kappes, CC Hunter, Jana Deleon, of Carolyn Fardig. I may even have to go old school and read some Goosebumps books! Any good spooky books you recommend?

Comment below your favorite fall things to do. 

Happy fall, y'all!! 

Check out these other fantastic blogs and learn about some other fun fall ideas and more. #gr8blogs

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

FINtastic July

 The most Jawsome time of the year for shark lovers like me is here! Nat Geo's Shark Fest started this week and Shark Week begins this Sunday, July 11.  Woohoo!!  I have been fascinated with all kinds of marine life for as long as I can remember. Which is why Into the Ocean is so special to me. 

I have spoken about a FINtastic organization called Sharks4Kids in the past and they are worth mentioning again. They offer so many educational materials for free. Games, coloring pages, crafts, activities and more to help inspire a new generation of shark advocates. I have even been lucky enough to create a few coloring/activity sheets and Sharky crafts for this wonderful group. Check them out and more here

My latest summer shark creation. 

Have a FINtastic July!