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The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men….

I’d hoped today would be release day for Lakota Dreaming, but sadly not. It’s still about a week away. So I thought I’d give you an excerpt from the upcoming novel, which will be available in print at the same time as on Amazon, Smashwords, and Nook. Excerpt from Lakota Dreaming: Zora had flown down this […]

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Marilyn Baron - April 24, 2014 - 3:59 am

This book sounds exciting. I love the cover. Good luck with the release.

Piper - April 24, 2014 - 7:54 am

Sorry to hear about the delay, Connie. Still looking forward to when it is released!

Connie Gillam - April 24, 2014 - 10:06 am


Thanks for the good wishes. I’m trying to time the release of the print and digital together. The print is the hold up.

Connie Gillam - April 24, 2014 - 10:09 am

Thanks, Piper. I’m looking forward to it also. LOL.

Tamara LeBlanc - April 24, 2014 - 10:18 am

Your writing is an inspiration. I always LOVE reading it!!
Have a great day!

Sandy Elzie - April 24, 2014 - 11:09 am

Hi Connie,
Gosh, I can’t wait to read this. Don’t you hate delays? But the story has me intrigued.

Susan Carlisle - April 24, 2014 - 11:17 am

Wow Connie. This sounds like an exciting one. I look forward to reading the entire book. Good luck on bring it out next week.

Constance Gillam - April 24, 2014 - 11:29 am

Thanks, Tamara.

No, you are the inspiration. Love you.

Constance Gillam - April 24, 2014 - 11:31 am

Thanks, Sandy. Yes, I hate delays. I want everything to be perfect and it rarely is.

Constance Gillam - April 24, 2014 - 11:32 am


It was an interesting book to write. It seemed as though I channeled it. Definitely, the easiest to write.

Carol Burnside - April 24, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Great action scene, Connie! I struggle through those, trying to find the right balance of details. As for the timing, a little anticipation is a good thing. :-)

Connie - April 24, 2014 - 3:37 pm


I love writing action scenes. That’s not to say I always get it right, but I love it.

Author – EVA GORDON is our guest today

    Thank you all for joining us today as we feature Hand of Miriam…Eva Gordon’s first book in a new steampunk series.   A Victorian world of supernatural creatures, magnificent airships, a secret society, and one bluestocking adventuress who, threatened by evil, seeks protection by awakening the golem.Book Blurb: On an archaeological expedition, Bayla […]

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Marilyn Baron - April 23, 2014 - 2:57 am

Wow. This sounds like an interesting book and series. I’ll have to check it out. Thank you for blogging with us. Best of luck.

Sandy Elzie - April 23, 2014 - 6:35 am

Hi Eva,
I’m with Marilyn, sounds very interesing and I’ll be downloading it. Protected by a golem, but tempted by a fallen angel. Yep, I can imagine some great romantic elements here. Good luck!

Piper - April 23, 2014 - 8:24 am

Hi Eva!

Thanks for visiting today! I like the sounds of this story very much. I want to read it just to see if Jack the Ripper gets his….I love that outfit she’s wearing on the cover! The hat really makes it. Please tell us if you had anything to do with that. I know how hit or miss cover design can be.

Eva Gordon - April 23, 2014 - 8:53 am

I love blogging here. :)

Thanks for liking my premise.

The cover artist Nicolene van Staten did a great job finding just the right model for my book cover.

Connie Gillam - April 23, 2014 - 9:39 am


Your premise sounds intriguing. I’m also a genre-bending writer so your story sounds like it’s one I’ll enjoy.

Eva Gordon - April 23, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Hi Connie,

Genre-bending is so much fun. :)

Susan Carlisle - April 23, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Thanks for joining us today. Your book sound like it will be an exciting read.

Carol Burnside - April 23, 2014 - 6:08 pm

Nice conflict. It’s set up to intrigue. :-)

Front-row Seats To History

by Sandra Elzie Did you know that recently…in fact, just last week…the Universe put on a show for you? Did you get the popcorn and a big soda and watch? Well, I have to admit that I didn’t do the popcorn thing at two in the morning, but I set the alarm and hubby and […]

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Marilyn Baron - April 22, 2014 - 5:42 am

I love watching these heavenly events but we live in a wooded area and you can’t see the stars that much unless they’re peeking through the trees. I missed the blood moon event because it was too cloudy. I once took my daughters somewhere to watch Halley’s Comet. I tried to watch the Lyrid Meteor Shower last night from inside the house through the window but couldn’t see it. I enjoyed your post.

Piper - April 22, 2014 - 8:49 am

I would love to witness these eclipses. However I pay close attention to when they say they are visible. If that doesn’t include Georgia, I stay in my warm and cozy bed…;)

However, the whole explanation that you provided about the Tetrad is fascinating. I see some thriller or mystery writer getting the plot bunnies dancing just thinking about it…

Connie Gillam - April 22, 2014 - 10:06 am

I didn’t stay up to watch the eclipses. I heard it would be too cloudy to see.
And yes, Piper, the Tetrad had my little brain whirling wondering how could I use that in a book.

Sandy Elzie - April 22, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Hi Marilyn,
Luckily for the U.S., all four of these are to be visible to us. (Unless it’s cloudy, of course) 3@$I love the trees around your home…even if they block out things like eclipses.

Oh, and I watched Haley’s Comet while I was in California….but I missed trying to see the meteor shower last night

Sandy Elzie - April 22, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Hey Piper, Good luck on seeing the next one. I’ll be up…and hopefully the clouds won’t ruin our front-row seat.

Sandy Elzie - April 22, 2014 - 1:53 pm

I can’t wait to see if you come up with a way to use the tetrad in a story. I thought about it, but I write family friendly…small town with kids and pets. Can’t see a good way to use it myself. Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

Sia Huff - April 22, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Very interesting post, Sandy. I heard of the Blood Moon, but also heard the sky was too cloudy to see it. Of course, with my crazy schedule, I’m still not sure I’d wake up to see the event. We’ll see how tired I’m feeling over the next 18 months. :)

Susan Carlisle - April 22, 2014 - 4:12 pm

My family stays up and wakes up to see these types of things. We have even driven to a open space so that we can see the sky clearly without trees. I was disappointed that it was so rainy that night that we couldn’t see it. I look forward to the next one.

Sandy Elzie - April 22, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Hi Sia,
Hope you get to see at least one of them. My goal is to see all of them, even if on the computer through one of the many high-powered telescopes around the world.

Sandy Elzie - April 22, 2014 - 6:56 pm

Like your family, as I was growing up my family made sure to see every one of nature’s many “shows”. We even stayed up all night one year to watch a butterfly fight it’s way out of it’s cacoon. Ah, the memories of childhood.

Mary Marvella Barfield - April 22, 2014 - 7:46 pm

Between the clouds and the towering trees around my house, I didn’t try. Maybe one day!

Don Young - April 22, 2014 - 8:31 pm

Yes, I was up set up in a chair outside in my back yard with camera. Got some good shots but not to the point of the reddening during the full eclipse. I was not as prepared as I thought I was and couldn’t get the camera to take the low light pictures during the best part! Darn!!
I watched the Lyrid Meteor Shower last night also. It reminded me of when you, Lanny, Tim, Marty, Marilyn and several other kids in our neighborhood would get together laying on the cars or backs of trucks and watch the “shooting” stars! I don’t know if they were specific showers or not but we did it a couple of times. What fun!
I hope to be able to watch the next three eclipses and will be better prepared with my tripod and camera ready for taking very low light pictures, timed exposures if necessary.

Sandy Elzie - April 23, 2014 - 6:28 am

Hi Mary,
Yep, it’s quite a sight if the sky is clear. Thanks for dropping by to comment.

Sandy Elzie - April 23, 2014 - 6:30 am

Hi Don,
Oh yes, I remember those night with you and the rest of the gang…not to mention some all-night Monopoly games. As I said before, ah, the memories of youth. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

Carol Burnside - April 24, 2014 - 2:53 pm

I’m not much of a sky watcher. We do live in an area where we can see the stars very well, but our luck with these rare occurrences hasn’t been very good. Mostly, I’ve gone out to check and see nothing very different at all. Maybe my timing is off.

The Best Decision I Ever Made by Sia Huff

Have you ever made a decision that impacted your world for good? Fifteen years later, I can look back and say… that was the best decision I ever made. Every boy needs a dog. That’s what I thought when my boys were small. They would learn responsibility, how to care for and nurture another living […]

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Connie Gillam - April 21, 2014 - 9:11 am


We had a golden retriever who like Honey was a part of the family. When she died, my husband and I swore we could still hear her bark at night.

Marilyn Baron - April 21, 2014 - 9:13 am

Honey sounds like a wonderful dog and I’m sorry she got that diagnosis. Our dog, Doogie, was amazing, too. She was a Bichon Frise and lived for almost 19 years. She was a member of our family. Everyone said to get another dog after she died, but we didn’t. I usually feature her as a character in my books. Our lives were certainly richer because of her.

Pam Asberry - April 21, 2014 - 9:49 am

I know exactly how you feel about Honey because I feel the same way about my dog Karma. He is 12, give or take, and I don’t know how I will bear losing him someday. Love and hugs to you and Honey!

Sandy Elzie - April 21, 2014 - 10:39 am

A very touching post today. We have a cat that has owned us for the past 12 years and quite frankly, we can’t imagine a day without Jack. His personality impacts the entire household…usually with laughter. I hope Honey’s cancer is VERY slow growing…and she remains pain-free.

Sia Huff - April 21, 2014 - 10:51 am

Wow, Connie. I hope her barks brought you and your hubby comfort.

Sia Huff - April 21, 2014 - 10:57 am

Thanks, Marilyn, Honey’s amazing. 19 years-that’s a long time for a dog. Doogie lived to over 133. We’ve been told to get a puppy. I just can’t even think about it. Not sure if I’ll ever have another dog, but if I do, it’ll be a long time from now.

Sia Huff - April 21, 2014 - 11:03 am

Thanks, Pam. What a great name, Karma. You grow attached after 12 years. It’s amazing what these critters bring into our life. Hugs and tail wags back at you.

Sia Huff - April 21, 2014 - 11:11 am

Thanks, Sandy. I remember hearing escapades of Jack. He’s quite a character.
The family just wants her to be pain-free for as long as possible. She still has about an hour in the afternoon where she like to trot around the yard and check out her domain.

Walt Mussell - April 21, 2014 - 11:25 am

Sia, we don’t have pets. Both my wife and my younger son have allergies. This absolutely devastates my younger son, who doesn’t give a hoot about his allergies when he has the chance to pet a dog or cat.

Carol Burnside - April 21, 2014 - 4:12 pm

We had 12 wonderful years with our Beau, but still miss him daily. Tabitha (18 – cat) is missed as well. I hate to see signs of age in Murphy and Guinness, our two older dogs, but know it will happen.

I’m so sorry to hear your Honey is approaching the rainbow bridge. Enjoy every day.

Sia Huff - April 21, 2014 - 4:46 pm

Walt, I’m sorry about your family’s allergies. Especially since your son seem to love animals. It doesn’t seem fair, but health comes first.

Sia Huff - April 21, 2014 - 4:52 pm

It’s incredible how our sweet pets worm their way into our heart and leave a hole. I remember you talking about Beau. I hate to see the signs of aging too and chalked some of Honey’s illness to that.
Thanks, Carol. We will continue to enjoy her.

Piper - April 21, 2014 - 8:20 pm

What a sweet dog! My son is an animal person and I can see how easily they can steal your heart! Thank you for your great post!

Sia Huff - April 21, 2014 - 8:50 pm

Hi Piper and thank you. There is something about a boy and his dog. My boys can attest to that.
Thanks for commenting and welcome to PFTH!

Susan Carlisle - April 22, 2014 - 4:15 pm

I’m sorry about Honey. When she goes I know she will be missed. The great thing is you have so many wonderful memories.

Sia Huff - April 22, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Thanks, Susan. You’re right-we’ve made some wonderful memories.

Where in the World (Japan) – Getting to Hokkaido (with thanks to Japan’s rail system)

One of the marvels of Japan is its train system. You could set your watch by the accuracy of the train schedule. Once, during my four years in Japan, I was on a train that experienced electrical failure and we were stuck for 20 minutes. When I reached my destination, I was greeted by a […]

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Mary Preston - April 18, 2014 - 3:45 am

I could have used a few notes in my time. Thank you for the fantastic post.

Marilyn Baron - April 18, 2014 - 5:03 am

What an interesting post. I wasn’t familiar with any of those cities so I learned a lot. The rail system sounds amazing.

Walt Mussell - April 18, 2014 - 8:11 am

Mary, when the train employee handed me the note, I looked at it and had to confirm what it was. I couldn’t believe it.

Walt Mussell - April 18, 2014 - 8:12 am


I love Hokkaido. The whole area is amazing and has so many things to see.

Piper - April 18, 2014 - 9:28 am

I’m not guessing, but I know that excuse stuff in America would go over like a lead balloon! The boys look as if they had a wonderful time! So handsome!

Pam Asberry - April 18, 2014 - 9:52 am

Unbelievable, Walt! It sounds like we could learn a thing or two from the Japanese!

Walt Mussell - April 18, 2014 - 10:28 am

Piper, excuses don’t go over anywhere. The train being late is the equivalent of “the dog ate my homework.”

Walt Mussell - April 18, 2014 - 10:43 am

Pam, in my four years in Japan, I never drove a car. Public transportation is amazing.

Susan Carlisle - April 18, 2014 - 11:33 am

Thanks for sharing your adventure. I’m enjoying it very much.

Walt Mussell - April 18, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Susan, glad you like it. I’ve enjoyed the trip down memory lane.

Maxine Davis - April 18, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Walt, I am very much enjoying the articles about Japan. It looks fascinating – and clean. Looks like your family really enjoys it, too. I would love to ride the bullet train. I think.

Walt Mussell - April 18, 2014 - 1:23 pm

Maxine, we so wish we could go back, but it will be awhile.

Granddaddy Strangled Chickens

During spring break last week, we took a trip to North Carolina to visit my parents. A cousin from the Maryland area happened to be in town while we there, so it was a good chance to catch up. At some point during this mini-family reunion, we got to talking about relatives long passed. My […]

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Connie Gillam - April 17, 2014 - 9:08 am


My grandparents lived in Mississippi. During the summers, my brothers, sister and I spent several weeks with my Big Mama and PawPaw.

Big Mama would chase down a chicken, wring its neck faster than I could blink, dunk it in hot water, pluck the feathers and fry it up for supper.
As an adult I remembered the chickens following the hound dogs around the yard, eating their poop. Yuck!

Pam Asberry - April 17, 2014 - 9:20 am

My great grandfather was a great baseball player. I am told he had major league potential. But then he fell in love with my great-grandmother; after they married and started having children, he gave up his dream. But on his 100th birthday, the St. Louis Cardinals invited him to come to Busch Stadium and be their guest. His health prevented him making the trip, but they gave him a shout-out which he heard on the radio. That story is shocking in a GOOD way!

Walt Mussell - April 17, 2014 - 9:21 am

And chickens are a staple of the American diet. :-)

Piper - April 17, 2014 - 9:22 am

I love these family stories, Walt. Shows the contrast between those who were hands on with their food and those of us who are used to getting it in wrappings and plastic. I remember when my father’s mother came to our new house where we had a fire place. My sister and I were fascinated by it and wanted my parents to light fires all the time in it. She looked at the fireplace and turned up her nose saying. “That’s fun for you. Looks like work to me.” It wasn’t until years later that I realized where her comment came from.

Walt Mussell - April 17, 2014 - 9:22 am

Connie, the “staple of American diet” comment was intended for you. :-)

Walt Mussell - April 17, 2014 - 9:23 am

Pam, that is a wonderful story. He gave up the baseball for the woman he loved. It was great of the Cardinals to give him a shout out.

Walt Mussell - April 17, 2014 - 9:25 am

Piper, I caqn understand that comment, though I’ve never thought about that saying before.

Walt Mussell - April 17, 2014 - 9:26 am

I cannot type today. Should be “can,” not “caqn.”

Maxine Davis - April 17, 2014 - 9:51 am

Walt, Thanks for the walk down memory lane. My grandmother followed the same steps as Connie’s, but also, after the first frost, my granddaddy would kill a hog. Some of it went in the “salt box” in the “smoke house”, some hung to smoke and grandmother made sausage. She also made wonderful Brunswick stew. I was told she scraped the inside of the head for that – never went to the trouble to know for sure. Ugh.

Walt Mussell - April 17, 2014 - 10:07 am

Maxine, that reminds me of a line from Charlotte’s Web. When it was discovered that one of the pigs was a runt, the famer picked up an ax and headed to the barn. The line I remember is about the little girl character being “about to learn where bacon comes from.”

Susan Carlisle - April 17, 2014 - 7:21 pm

My grandmother used to whisper that we had a horse thief in the family tree out west. I don’t know if it was true or not but by the time I knew about it people drove cars! I thought the idea was cool.

sandra Elzie - April 17, 2014 - 7:48 pm

When we lived in California, we were out in the country on 40 acres. We had horses, cows, rabbits…and chickens. I’m telling the honest truth when I say that my husband used to chop off the chicken’s head and throw the body in a new-unused garbage can to allow the bird to flop around. (gross to the max) Then he’d do all that other lovely stuff and deliver the ready-to-cook bird to me. Yes, I work as a medic on an ambulance, but I do draw the line at some things.

Loved the article…great job.

sandra Elzie - April 17, 2014 - 7:49 pm

Oh, and stories that shocked me? My father, when he was a kid, killed alligators and brought the hind quarters home for his mother to cook and serve. Yuck, yuck, yuck!

Marilyn Baron - April 17, 2014 - 9:22 pm

My father always told me that his grandmother “Granny,” who would be my great grandmother, a woman I’ve never met, was a chicken plucker. Not sure what that was.

Walt Mussell - April 17, 2014 - 10:57 pm

Susan, I agree it’s cool, but only if he didn’t get hanged. They used to do that to horse thieves back then.

Walt Mussell - April 17, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Sandy, I’m not sure I could handle either of those. However, I have occassionally watched Swamp People, so I know there are people out there who view gators as a delicacy.

Walt Mussell - April 17, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Marilyn, I think the title is pretty self-descriptive. I’ll go with that. :-)

Carol Burnside - April 18, 2014 - 11:52 pm

Walt, I used to help chase the chickens down before my Granny wrung their necks. We never called it strangling, but she’d grab them by the head and whirl them around in a circle until their neck snapped. Then came the flopping around the yard bit. Then we’d dip them in boiling water and pluck the feathers off. Smelly, messy business!

Welcome Author, Jenna Ives !!

PROGRAMMED TO PLEASE   I’m a traditionally-published author, but I’m stepping into the exciting world of self-publishing with a slightly-futuristic erotic romance series called The Tau Cetus Chronicles, in which police agents and Beautiful Dolls sex robots are primary characters. The first book in the series is titled Programmed To Please. Here’s the premise: Very […]

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Marilyn Baron - April 16, 2014 - 6:22 am

Yes to all of your “What do you think?” Questions. I love the cover and concept of your new series. Best of luck. Thanks for blogging with us.

Maxine Davis - April 16, 2014 - 9:18 am

Jenna, Again, Yes, to all questions. I think the cover is beautiful. Sounds like a fabulous storyline. Thank you for joining us today at PFHT.

Pam Asberry - April 16, 2014 - 9:23 am

Absolutely! I don’t often read paranormal but this is very intriguing! And the cover is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us today.

Walt Mussell - April 16, 2014 - 9:25 am

The cover does immediately suggest a futuristic situation (a la Stepford Wives appearance). Combined with the title, the whole package seems to target your market well and would get a lot of people to pick it up. Nicely done!

Carol Burnside - April 16, 2014 - 3:50 pm

I’m with the others here. I think you’ve done a fine job of representing your genre. The book info is intriguing. Best of luck!

Jenna Ives - April 17, 2014 - 8:42 am

Thanks so much for your feedback, everyone! And thanks to Sandy and all the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales for letting me blog :)


Connie Gillam - April 17, 2014 - 8:55 am

Sorry, I’m late to the party.


Your premise sounds great and a lot of fun. Yes, keep writing the series. I can’t wait to read Programmed to Please.

sandra Elzie - April 17, 2014 - 7:43 pm

I love the cover…and it’s perfect for the genre. I can’t wait to read it.

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