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Sites and Sights in the Canadian Rockies

                                            By Marilyn Baron The hotels we stayed at on our trip to Western Canada and the Canadian Rockies made our trip memorable. They were: The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria […]

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sandra Elzie - July 25, 2014 - 5:38 am

Hi Marilyn,
Fabulous pictures. Hey, what travel agency did you use? I’d love to find out more about the trip, like how long it was and costs and ….well, who the agent was so I can check out the possibly of a trip like this in the future.

Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Marilyn Baron - July 25, 2014 - 6:35 am


We didn’t use a travel agent. It was a Tauck Tour. I took a Tauck Tour to Spain and loved it and was very happy with this trip.

Walt Mussell - July 25, 2014 - 7:43 am


You’ve made me want to return to the Canadian Rockies. My wife used to live in Canada, but she lived in Toronto and wants to take the boys to eastern Canada first.

What is a Tauck Tour?

Marilyn Baron - July 25, 2014 - 8:03 am

Tauck is a company that has tours all over the world. They stay at the best hotels and always have really neat, extra experiences. They also have special family trips. I like them because they take care of your bags and almost everything is included. My sister took a Tauck tour last month to Paris and Normandy and the year before to Italy.

RebeccaG - July 25, 2014 - 9:42 am

Marilyn — Vancouver and Victoria are among my all time favorite places to visit. The train trip through the Canadian Rockies sounds fabulous. It’s definitely going on my bucket list!

sandra Elzie - July 25, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Thanks, Marilyn, I’ll check them out.

Marilyn Baron - July 26, 2014 - 8:39 am

Those cities are gems, I agree. I think I could live in Victoria. The train ride was unique. I had always wanted to do that and that was one of the reasons we took the trip.

BOOK REVIEW: Protector S.O. S. by Susan Kearney

How many of you like reading a good suspense novel?  Well, there are a lot of good ones available, but if you’re looking for a GREAT suspense novel, look no further.  Go to Amazon and purchase any of the numerous Harlequin Intrigue books written by Susan Kearney and you can’t possibly go wrong. I recently […]

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Marilyn Baron - July 24, 2014 - 3:08 am

Susan’s books sound very interesting. Thanks for introducing me to them.

sandra Elzie - July 24, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Hi Marilyn,
Hope you get a chance to read at least one…you just might get hooked also !!

Sia Huff - July 24, 2014 - 8:21 pm

Sounds like a good read, Sandy. Thanks for sharing.

sandra Elzie - July 24, 2014 - 8:49 pm

Hi Sia,
Thanks for dropping by & commenting.

Welcome to author LORELIE BROWN

RIDING THE WAVE takes place in Southern California, in a town called San Sebastian. It’s make believe, in case you were about to look it up on Google Maps, but I grew up all over California, with a big emphasis on SoCal. I miss California. It’s got a different feel, a different kind of atmosphere […]

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Marilyn Baron - July 23, 2014 - 3:20 am

You”ve led and lead an interesting life.i love your cover it reminds me of a scene in the movie From Here to Eternity. We had an In and Out Burger where I went to college and it was amazing. Love the burgers and vanilla base shakes. Your story sounds great best of luck.

Sandy Elzie - July 23, 2014 - 9:55 am

Beautiful cover. I lived in Calif for decades and I know all about the authenic Mexican food versus Taco Bell. lol I also loved In & Out burgers. If I was dieting I’d ask for a lettuce wrap and they’d wrap the meat, cheese, etc in a lettuce leaf instead of the bun.

The Chaos of Summer

I love peace and solitude, especially when I write. I haven’t found it this summer. The week after my husband and I returned from a vacation out of the country, we moved my youngest daughter and our three-year-old grandson back into our house. My seven-year-old granddaughter was to come for a week or two before school […]

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Sandy Elzie - July 21, 2014 - 7:02 am

Hi connie,
Wow, what a summer you’ve had. By comparison, mind has been a breeze. We’ve taken a couple of short trips, had our kids down for a visit over July 4th and I started singing (and playing the wash board) in a Hillbilly Band visiting senior citizen’s places and assisted living places. You might say I’m just one of the Otters in the Otter Jug Band.

Marilyn Baron - July 21, 2014 - 7:35 am

My summer has been relatively calm compared to yours. My daughters are grown and out of the house. We took a nice vacation in Western Canada and a week in Florida. And we’re going to a wedding in Washinton, DC this weekend. But even in calm writing doesn’t necessarily come easy. I’ve been trying to finish one of my books for a while and haven’t managed it.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 8:09 am

Geez, Louise. The editing fairy was on vacation when I wrote this post.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 8:11 am


You need to video one of your performances. It sounds like a lot of fun. Carry on.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 8:16 am


So, I won’t see you at Nationals? Have a great time in DC.

I have to give myself permission to write if only for 15 minutes a day. My problem is I have two projects I’m working on and nothing is getting done on either.

Pam Asberry - July 21, 2014 - 9:32 am

I am having a chaotic summer myself. I’m not teaching much but I am on a mission to deep clean and declutter my house and do some much needed home improvements projects. My whole body hurts from all the physical exertion but I am knocking it out-and looking forward to returning to “normal” life when school starts again!

Piper - July 21, 2014 - 12:31 pm

Uh, oh. Sounds like too much family love!! Well, I’ll be glad to see you in a few days so that you may escape! :)

Niambi Davis - July 21, 2014 - 1:25 pm

My summer has been pretty smooth sailing, and I’m glad to say that the end of the season will take place on a catamaran sailing in the British Virgin Islands! And I look forward to reading this book – I’m a history-holic!:)

Maxine Davis - July 21, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Connie, I’m sorry, but I laughed when I read your post! I like quiet when I write. I’ve had quiet his summer, but I just haven’t been up to writing much. Hopefully, I will be able to get back with it soon. Good luck! I love the title and cover of the book.

Walt Mussell - July 21, 2014 - 3:18 pm


I’m having an interesting summer myself. For starters, my grandmother passed. It made for an impromptu family reunion. She had 9 kids (all present), 17 grandkids (14 made it), ten great-grandchildren (six made it).

We’re finishing the basement. While we were on vacation (we suspended work while we wer gone), our fridge broke, ruining our hardwood floor in our kitchen and flooding our basement.

Marching band has started for my older son. Football practice begins soon for my younger one. The school year is starting again.

Julie - July 21, 2014 - 3:43 pm

You are living my summer. And your books sounds great. How do you find time to write?

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Pam, do you want to come and de-clutter my house? It needs it badly.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:05 pm


Looking forward to escaping to San Antonio. See you there.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:07 pm

Glad you like the cover, Maxine. I’m also not writing. I’m hoping I’ll find the time at Nationals.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:11 pm


I’m sorry about your grandmother’s passing. Funerals often turn into a celebration and they’re better attended than the real family reunions.

As far as the flooding that ruined the basement, been there, done that. I know it’s a real set back.

Constance Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:39 pm


I admire your fortitude for sailing. I’m cheering you on from the sidelines. Hope you enjoy the book.

Constance Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:41 pm

Julie, I’m sorry you’re living my summer. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Well, the out of country trip maybe but not the house full of people.

And as far as finding time to write, I’m not doing so well at that. But things are looking up.

Tanya A. - July 21, 2014 - 10:32 pm

Dear Connie,
You certainly do have a lot happening at your house.
The summer seems to go by so quickly. I have four kids, each with their own personality and temperament. There have been times I’ve walked into a chaotic situation and wanted to turn out and leave as well.
I will be traveling to RWA Nationals in San Antonio. I leave on Wednesday. I hope all my fellow GRW and RWA members have safe travels, and to those members not traveling, I hope they get some writing done!

Sia Huff - July 24, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Wow, Connie. Your summer sounds like mine. Chaotic! Enjoy Nationals and hopefully you’ll have some quiet time when you get back.

No Lions or Tigers, but Bears, Oh My!

By Marilyn Baron On our trip to the Grand Canadian Rockies, we came across wildlife of all types, which we saw from our motor coach, walking near our hotel, or on a wildlife tour. One man on our tour was hiking in the woods and was confronted by a black bear and her two cubs. […]

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Walt Mussell - July 18, 2014 - 5:38 am

Some of the memories I have from my two trips to the Canadian Rockies is all the wildlife that crossed the road. In the southern U.S., I’m used to signs that warn of deer. The variety in the Canadian Rockies is amazing.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 6:52 am

Aren’t the Canadian Rockies amazing? But at the same time our subdivision has so many deer I feel like I’m in a wildlife preserve and it’s pretty cool to see them right in our neighborhood.

Ashantay Peters - July 18, 2014 - 8:36 am

Marilyn, so glad you were able to see some of the abundant wildlife out West! Enjoyed your post and the photos.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 8:47 am

Thank you so much for visiting the blog. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and pictures.

Piper - July 18, 2014 - 12:41 pm

I’ve not gotten along well with wildlife in my life, which is why God blessed me with an animal- crazy son. :) I know he would have enjoyed your sights. Great pictures!

M.J. Schiller, Romance Author - July 18, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Wow! These are some pretty incredible pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Thanks for commenting. I love wildlife. We have a birdfeeder on our back deck and we get all kinds of birds from woodpeckers to cardinals, bluejays, and goldfinch. And as I said deer are everywhere.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Thanks for visiting. I’m glad you like the pictures.

Connie Gillam - July 18, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Beautiful pictures, Marilyn. The Canadian Rockies sound like a wonderful place to visit. Like you, my subdivision abound with deer. Our house backs up to a nature preserve. We have owls, blue heron, fox, coyote, but thankfully, no bears.

Diane Burton - July 18, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Great pictures.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 2:22 pm

Yes, Western Canada was amazing. I would love it if my house backed up to a nature preserve. We actually do have owls, I only saw a coyote I think once, but no blue heron. And no bears!
The people in Canada called their geese, American geese like we call ours Canada geese. Or maybe that’s just a joke.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by the blog.

Sandy Elzie - July 18, 2014 - 3:16 pm

love the pictures…your trip sounds absolutely wonderful. I love being out in nature. Thanks so much for sharing.

Maxine Davis - July 18, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Marilyn, It is amazing at the different wildlife you saw – well, except for the tour :)
Beautiful pictures! I’m sure it is a trip that you’ll always remember. I’m enjoying it through your eyes.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 6:35 pm

Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures and the trip was wonderful.


Yes it was a great trip and especially seeing the two types of bears.

Sia Huff - July 24, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Beautiful pictures, Marilyn. Sounds like an incredible trip – just glad you went during the summer. Thanks for sharing.

Single Again

By Pam Asberry A broken engagement is 100% better than a broken marriage. ~ Unknown Yep, you guessed it. My engagement is off. Since our break-up in June, I have been playing the tape of our six months together over and over in my head, trying to pinpoint exactly what went wrong and what we might […]

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Marilyn Baron - July 17, 2014 - 12:22 am

I’m sorry you had to go through this but you have a good attitude and when you’re ready I know there is someone out there who will be perfect for you.

Carol Burnside - July 17, 2014 - 1:30 am

Marilyn said it well, Pam. My sentiments exactly. We’re all giving you cyber hugs and wishing you the happiness you so deserve. Those single months are important. Love and take care of yourself. You’ll know when you’re ready to get out there again.

Sandy Elzie - July 17, 2014 - 6:48 am

I’m proud of you for having the guts to take off the rose-colored glasses and face life as it really is…and thank goodness it was before, not after, the wedding bells. Breaking up any relationship isn’t fun, but divorce is hell.

Like Carol, sending you a cyber hug and a pat on the back for bouncing well. Better days await…go forth and enjoy them.

Pam Asberry - July 17, 2014 - 8:49 am

To be honest, Marilyn, I am beginning to wonder whether or not there *IS* anybody out there for me. If not, I am willing to accept it and will make the most of being single. :-)

Pam Asberry - July 17, 2014 - 8:51 am

Keep those cyber hugs coming, Carol! I need every one of them!

Pam Asberry - July 17, 2014 - 8:53 am

Having experienced it thirteen years ago, Sandy, I can confirm that divorce is hell. Before I get married again, I want to be absolutely certain that it is for keeps.

Maxine Davis - July 17, 2014 - 11:07 am

Pam, Bless your heart, I am so vey sorry, but I’ll tell you something, I do believe you are one strong lady! I know it has been rough and there will still be rough patches, but I also really believe you will come through this much stronger – and happier. You are in my prayers.

Anonymous - July 17, 2014 - 11:24 am

So sorry, Pam. I hope love surprises you when you’re not looking one day soon! Take care, and carry on. You are one tough and wonderful woman!

Pam Asberry - July 17, 2014 - 11:46 am

Thanks, Maxine! I’m just taking it one day at a time…

Piper - July 17, 2014 - 12:56 pm

I’ve been through a broken engagement before myself and it does take some time to come around. Be good to yourself and take care of yourself. One day, you’ll look up and find yourself in a new, but pleasing circumstance. Blessings to you.

Debbie Kaufman - July 17, 2014 - 1:03 pm

I’m so sorry. I know it will look better down the road, but I also know that despite the encouragement and understanding, there must be times it is just still awful.

Pam Asberry - July 17, 2014 - 9:09 pm

Thank you so much, Anonymous! One never knows…

Pam Asberry - July 17, 2014 - 9:11 pm

That means a lot, Piper. This is actually my SECOND broken engagement since my divorce – sigh – so I know that time really does heal the wound, although there is still a scar remaining…

Pam Asberry - July 17, 2014 - 9:12 pm

That is so true, Debbie. But every day I feel a little bit stronger. :-)

Anonymous - July 18, 2014 - 3:50 pm

I don’t know the circumstances, but from reading your other posts you seemed happy and in love. True love never dies – but sometimes needs a reset! My husband and I broke up during our engagement, but we talked and worked out what was wrong – and we just celebrated our 28th year of marriage. Best of luck to you.

Pam Asberry - July 18, 2014 - 10:57 pm

Thanks, Anonymous! The outcome remains to be seen…

Sia Huff - July 24, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Ahh, Pam, I’m so sorry that things didn’t work out. You’re one smart lady to follow your gut as well as your heart. One day at a time, my friend. Glad your treating yourself well. And good luck on the declutter. {{{Hugs}}} I understand about needing an extra few hugs.

In-house Guest Chef: Carol Burnside

You can ask any indie published author, getting reviews these days isn’t easy. The market is glutted with books competing for  reviewer attentions, so unless you’ve already got a big following, the reviews will trickle in. We authors give books away as prizes and gently suggest the reader could leave a review on various sites […]

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Marilyn Baron - July 16, 2014 - 8:25 am


I’m so glad to hear all the good news about your books. And it’s not just difficult to get reviews for indie books. It’s just as difficult to get them for traditionally published books. About a year ago someone at a book festival told me they really loved one of my books and it kept them up all night reading. I just contacted that person (after a year) and asked if they wouldn’t mind posting a review about the book and they did it immediately and gave me a 5-star review. Sometimes I think we have to ask for reviews because people may enjoy the book but don’t think to post a review. I’m just as guilty. I read books constantly and don’t necessarily post reviews. But I was thrilled to get this and each one is exciting.

Pam Asberry - July 16, 2014 - 9:19 am

Congrats on all the good press, Carol! It is richly deserved. I loved both novels in your series; I reviewed the first one and voted several times for the second. Keep ‘em coming!

Maxine Davis - July 16, 2014 - 9:30 am

Carol, Congratulations!! I know you must be thrilled. I hope you keep turning out these winners.

Carol Burnside - July 16, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Oh, Marilyn, isn’t it wonderful when readers say that your book kept them up reading? I love it when I’m the reader, too.

Debbie Kaufman - July 16, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Wow, girl! I haven’t read A Suitable Wife yet, but really loved Her Unexpected Family. So happy for you :)

Carol Burnside - July 16, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Pam, I’m sitting here smiling because you wrote, “I loved both novels in your series” and I just wanted to soak that in for a few seconds. I’m such a goof! Thank you for saying that. Remarks like that get me through writing the next when I worry it won’t be as good.

Carol Burnside - July 16, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Yes, I am thrilled, Maxine. As for the other…I’m trying. :-)

Carol Burnside - July 16, 2014 - 12:31 pm

Thank you, Debbie!

Piper - July 16, 2014 - 12:40 pm

So glad to help support you in the contest Carol! It was fun watching your climb (and you were very deserving). I love the sounds of these books! Awesome! Big congrats to you on your output!

Sandy Elzie - July 16, 2014 - 8:39 pm

congrats Carol!! I know all about hard-to-get reviews and I don’t participate in Street Teams and such, so………… But that is absolutely fabulous about being recognized for your work. Can’t wait to read your book, it sounds right down my alley.

Connie Gillam - July 16, 2014 - 10:17 pm

I agree with you, Carol, about reviews. It’s like pulling teeth. I also gave away free books on Goodreads and hope I receive some reviews from the freebies.

Congratulations on the Book of the Month award!

Walt Mussell - July 16, 2014 - 10:50 pm


Congratulations on your success.

I have to admit that I’m guilty of getting books for free and not doing a review. I do reviews when I can. Sometimes they are quick. I rarely do long ones.

Carol Burnside - July 17, 2014 - 1:27 am

Piper, it was fun to watch for me too. Thanks for your help!

Carol Burnside - July 17, 2014 - 1:31 am

Sandy, I don’t think any of us have time to participate in Street Teams. Heck, I don’t even have time to coordinate one right now. LOL!

Carol Burnside - July 17, 2014 - 1:34 am

Connie, let’s compare notes in a few weeks and see what results we’ve gotten off the giveaways, okay? One thing I do know is that the Goodreads campaign gave my book a lot more exposure sitewide and that’s worth the price of mailing out books, though I might not include Canada again next time unless I can mail direct through Amazon. $$$!

Carol Burnside - July 17, 2014 - 1:35 am

Oh, Walt, we all are. I have dozens I haven’t even read yet, though I can’t resist new ones as they come available. So many books, so little time.

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