Goddess Fish Tour for “Phantom Hearts” by Minnette Meador

I am honoured to be part of the Goddess Fish Blog Tour for Minnette Meador’s paranormal romance, Phantom Hearts,  which I read and am now reviewing.

(Please note: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.)

My Review:

This paranormal romance by Minnette Meador is quite an imaginative tale. A lot happens in less than 200 pages – love, trips to hell, meeting demons, going up against the Prince of Hell.

There are interesting characters – Brianna and her dead grandma, Sgt. Thompson, Reggie and Charon to name a few. There are several encounters between good vs evil characters. And there was a fascinating look at tarot card reading.

Brianna doesn’t know her won power and has hidden away for most of her life. But with the help of her grandmother, ghosts and her new love Sgt. Thompson, she attempts to access that power and face Reggie, Prince of Hell.

That attempt had me reading to find out how they could escape hell. I did enjoy reading this paranormal romance.


Somewhere between thirty and dust…red hair, blue eyes…six kids, one slightly used husband, and any number of pets from time to time… wanttabe hippy… wanttheirmoney yuppie… pro musician and actress for 20 Years… native Oregonian… lover of music, beauty, and all things green. Willing slave to the venerable muse. Minnette currently resides in Lincoln City, Oregon with her husband, having replaced the children with one dog and two cats. The dog, Milo, pretty much runs the show.




Her novels include:

Starsight, Volume I, II, epic fantasy, (Amazon)

The Centurion & The Queen, Book I in the Centurion Series, historical romance (Amazon)

The Edge of Honor, historical romance, Book II in the Centurion Series (Amazon)

The Gladiator Prince, historical romance, Book III in the Centurion Series (Amazon)

A Ghost of a Chance, paranormal romantic comedy, Book I in the Ghost Series (Amazon)

The Belle Stalker, urban fantasy thriller (Amazon)

Nogero, alternate universe fantasy (Amazon Kindle Villa)

Phantom Hearts, paranormal romantic comedy, a Ghost Series Book (Amazon Kindle


Coming Soon:

The Pirate Prince, historical romance, Book IV (Amazon) 2023

Haunted Hearts, Book II in the Ghost Series, paranormal romantic comedy (Amazon) 2023

Wy’east, urban fantasy thriller (TBD) 2023

Arpeggios in the Dark, sci-fi 2023

Wy’east, Book II, urban fantasy thriller 2024

Starsight, The God Wars (prequel), epic fantasy – 2024

Starsight, The Restless Seed (sequel), epic fantasy – 2025


Brianna’s house is filled with ghosts, the neighborhood association is trying to get her evicted,
and she just found out she’s pregnant with a demon child. Not even her tarot cards can help
her. To top everything off, officer Thompson, her new love, thinks he can make it go away, but
he’s just making it worse! When she winds up touring the 9 levels of Hell with her baby daddy,
only Thompson and her dead grandmother can help her. But they better do it quick… A Ghost
Series Book


Bri watched the ghost cat climb the drapes and then vanish. The cat was a frequent visitor and was soon joined by a ragged clown with melting makeup who walked on the ceiling juggling four more cats, all on fire. She had named him The Bounce since that’s about all he did. It was amazing how easy it was to accept the bizarre as a matter of course. She was even getting used to the hundreds that roamed her home.

“… and like I told him,” the woman across the table prattled on, “… if I needed advice, I’d ask… anyone else.” She adjusted the fifties retro glasses and craned her neck to examine the card Bri had set down with the others. “What’s that one mean, hon?”

Bri stared at the miserable fellow lying on the ground with ten blades sticking out of his back, his blood soaking the surrounding earth. “The Ten of Swords,” she stated, watching Charles the Beggar’s translucent specter float over the woman’s beehive hairstyle, stopping only to pull down his zipper to piss on it. Bri suppressed a smile and push on. “It denotes pain, afflictions, sadness and desolation.”

The woman pulled the globe of fur from her lap to turn the little black nose toward her face. A pink tongue flicked out and licked her lips several times. “Oh, my poor little Tumbleweed,” she whined. “Desolation. Are you sure?”

Bri nodded once. “I’m afraid so.”

Minnette Meador will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

<a href=”http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f4489″>Enter to win a $25 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway</a>

It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme, “It’s Monday! What are You Reading?” hosted at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

It was a good week, especially for reading, We went from -26 Friday night to 4C today!. Yesterday our hot water pipe in the basement was frozen all day, but it is now okay. All week we’ll have above 0C weather. What a strange winter.

I read 8 books (my most in a while – although one was a partner read and 2 were review books) – 3 romances, a paranormal, a fantasy, a magical realism, an historical fiction and a YA .

It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover. Loved this – the sequel and so well done. I was so far down on the library wait list I just had to buy the book – couldn’t wait.

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles. This historical fiction was read with my writing partner over several weeks. So enjoyed this dual timeline story, focusing on the American Library in Paris during WWII.

Court of the Vampire Queen by Katee Robert, Robert’s books are extremely steamy – but enjoyed this one.

So Hard to Do by Sally Basmajian. This was a review book for Goddess Fish (my review here) which I enjoyed.

Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne. This was the second of the series and enjoyed this one as well.

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle. This book’s magical realism was fascinating and a great read.

Whispering Through Water by Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler. This was a review book through WOW (check my review here)

What I’m Reading Now 

Sweep with Me by Ilona Andrews

Running Wild by K.A. Tucker

What I am Reading Next

The Choice by Nora Roberts

Free Verse Friday #2 – Winter

Free Verse Friday is our year long poetry practice. On the first Friday of each month, Linda and I (and anyone else who joins in) will be writing a poem based on the theme of the month along with the photo taken relating to that theme or that inspired the poem..

I am choosing to write 30 word poems.

This month the theme is “Winter”. There are so many options.! And we are definitely getting the cold weather and snow that signals winter!.

I noticed this pile of snow after our last snowstorm last week and I was inspired to write this poem.


A seated snowman

Sculpted by wind

Appearing overnight

Caged in the corner

A block head

Rounded by wind

Legs and feet disappearing

Blown by wind


What are you thinking?

Be sure to check out Linda’s poem here.

Be sure to check out poets who have joined in the creative fun!

Cheriee Weichel here

We’d love for you to participate as well. Add a link (or your poem) in the comments.

Our next poems are due Friday March 3rd.

Goddess Fish Blog Tour For “So Hard To Do” by Sally Basmajian

I am honoured to be part of the Goddess Fish Blog Tour for Sally Bamajian’s romantic comedy So Hard To Do,  which I read and am now reviewing.

(Please note: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.)

My Review:

Sally Basmajian’s romantic comedy, So Hard To Do, is a fascinating, enjoyable read.

Written through the viewpoints of Suze, a 58 year old unemployed single mother and her autistic daughter Jannie, we get a close look at how each responds to the twists and turns in the story.

Add in a tall dark, handsome neighbour, who is older than the daughter and 10 years younger than Suze and the resulting trianglee gives us a story full of twists and turs and misunderstandings.

There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, from Jannie trying to flirt with Aram (“What’s wrong?”) to Suze’s interactions with Lola, the transvestite.

The secondary characters are diverse as well and provide an interesting blend of quirky and sympathetic.

I thoroughly enjoyed Basmajian’s novel. I found many insights to be gained about neurodiversity. I highly recommend this rom-com.

About the Novel:


Suze Foster has always been devoted to her daughter. As a child, Jannie required extra support
in school, but now-at age 29-she’s a rising executive. Suze, thrilled with Jannie’s success, is
finally free to follow her own dreams.

Without Suze’s dedicated attention, though, Jannie flounders. In a careless moment, she floods
her apartment. Enter our hero, Aram-her hot but significantly older neighbor. He saves the day,
and for Jannie, it’s love at first sight.

Not so much for Aram, though, who falls head over heels for Suze when they accidentally meet.
Unaware of Jannie’s feelings, Suze is equally smitten.

In this twisted triangle, can a happily-ever-after be achieved? Or will someone’s heart
break and the mother-daughter bond be severed forever?

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After leaving the corporate world, Sally Basmajian discovered the joy of writing. Her fiction and
nonfiction stories have appeared in newspapers such as The Globe & Mail and in several
anthologies. In 2022 she won prizes for memoir pieces (Northwestern Ontario Writers
Workshop, Gulf Coast Writers Association), and was thrilled to have a poem selected by the
journal Antithesis. She expects to be busy in 2023, when her first two novels appear: in January,
a light-hearted romance, So Hard to Do (published by Creative James Media) and in October, a
much darker one, Fountain of Evil (Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC).

Website: https://www.sallybasmajian.com

Book Link: https://books2read.com/u/mVAXE5


Buy link:


He was the most good-looking man she’d ever seen. Luxuriant locks. She bet that’s how a
Harlequin Romance would describe his hair. And under the full beard, maybe even a cleft chin.
And most definitely, a sensuous lower lip. Ooh la la.
As she mused in an X-rated way about his mouth, Jannie remembered something from a book
she’d read where the heroine had a habit of biting her lower lip. It drove men mad.
So she tried it. Nibble, nibble.

Aram just looked at her. His breathing didn’t accelerate. His chest didn’t heave.
She tried again. Nibble, nibble. The prolonged silence was beginning to be uncomfortable.
“Are you all right, Jannie?” Aram finally asked. He studied her.
Well, that hadn’t gone so well. But she’d never tried to flirt with an older man before. Maybe they
needed something more obvious.
She attempted to look coyly up at Aram through her eyelashes. This wasn’t as easy as all those
romance authors made it sound. She felt her forehead contract, her nose wrinkle and her upper
lip pull away from her teeth in her effort to do the impossible.
“Jannie, are you having an allergic reaction? Shellfish, maybe? Isn’t that crab I smell coming
from your condo? Do you carry an EpiPen?”
She stamped her foot in frustration. It was supposed to look fierce and cute, but she could tell
from Aram’s face that he was way more startled than turned on.

Be sure to visit all the stops on the blog tour!

January 30: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
January 30: The Avid Reader
January 31: Literary Gold
January 31: Long and Short Reviews
February 1: All the Ups and Downs
February 2: Westveil Publishing
February 2: D. S. Dehel – review only
February 3: Joanne Guidoccio
February 3: Beverley A Baird – review only

And – enter the giveaway!


Sally Basmajian will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn
winner via rafflecopter<a href="http:// during the tour.

WOW Blog Tour for “Whispering Through Water” by Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler

I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler’s YA novel Whispering Through Water,, which I read and am now reviewing.

(Please note: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.)

My Review:

Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler has written an engaging YA coming-of-age story that draws us back the the late 1990’s. It is set in a small town, full of interesting characters. Wheeler highlights a number of issues – family dynamics, parent-child relationships, secrets, love in its many forms.

We are quickly drawn into Gwyn’s life and her relationships with the aunt and uncle she lives with, and with her mother. She is an independent young woman, soon to be 18 and eager to head to Boston for college. But when her aunt cuts her funding, she is determined to find out why. This begins a search for Gwyn to uncover secrets – secrets that have been buried for decades.

Gwyn accepts responsibility for her mistakes and matures through the novel, especially with her interactions with her aunt and Isaac.

I enjoyed this YA novel and feel young people will as well. I recommend it as well.

Book Summary

The coming-of-age story follows Gwyn Madison, the summer after her high school graduation, as she grapples with her fast-approaching future. She’ll have to face more than she bargained for with her Aunt Delia, the family matriarch, who holds the purse strings and the final word.  In the meantime, Gwyn stumbles upon a tightly held family secret. Could a mysterious letter provide Gwyn the leverage she desires? Will it only bring more family division? Or, maybe, the past was never meant to stay buried after all. Whispering Through Water navigates family dynamics, young love, and female autonomy with a little 1990s nostalgia.

Publisher: Monarch Educational Services, L.L.C

ISBN-10: 1957656052

ISBN-13: 978-1957656052


Print length: 265 pages

Purchase a copy of Whispering Through Water on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Bookshop.org. You can also add this to your GoodReads reading list.

About the Author

Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler was raised in West Point, a small town in the Tidewater region of Virginia. From the moment she submitted her first short story to a young author’s contest in second grade, Rebecca knew she wanted to be a writer. Her love of writing led her to earn a BA in English and an MEd in English education. She spent several years as a high school teacher, during which she also developed a passion for mental health advocacy. Rebecca completed an MA in professional counseling and now works in the school-based mental health field and as a college adjunct psychology instructor. Rebecca also teaches yoga for the young and the young at heart, and she likes to infuse yoga and breathwork in her counseling practice wherever she can. 

She believes the most valuable use of her time is teaching youth how to love and care for each other and the world around them. Her stories share her focus on positive relationships and a love of nature. Rebecca now lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, and two spoiled Siamese cats.

Whispering Through Water is her first YA novel and second book. Her picture book When Daddy Shows Me the Sky was released November 2021. You can follow Rebecca on Instagram @rebeccawwheeler_author and www.rebeccawwheeler.com.

Be sure to check all the stops along the blog tour:

Blog Tour Calendar

January 9th @ The Muffin

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Whispering Through Water by Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler. We interview the author and give away a copy of the book to one lucky reader.


January 10th @ Mindy McGinnis’ blog

Visit Mindy’s blog to read Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler’s guest post about things she’s learned about the author and editor relationship.


January 10th @ Rockin’ Book Reviews

Visit Lu Ann’s blog for her review of Whispering Through Water. You also have the chance to win a copy of the book!

January 11th @ Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews

Visit Lisa’s blog for an interview with author Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler.


January 12th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Join Anthony as he shares his thoughts about Whispering Through Water.

January 13th @ A Storybook World

Deirdre features Whispering Through Water in a book spotlight.


January 14th @ Just Katherine

Katherine treats us to an excerpt of Whispering Through Water.


January 15th @ Reading is My Remedy

Join Chelsie for a review of Whispering Through Water.


January 16th @ One Writer’s Journey

Sue shares a guest post by Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler about how her graduate program in counseling helped her write fiction.


January 18th @ Word Magic

Fiona spotlights Whispering Through Water by Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler.


January 19th @ Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

Visit Joan’s blog for her insights about Whispering Through Water.


January 21st @ Life According to Jamie

Visit Jamie’s blog for her thoughts about Whispering Through Water by Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler.


January 24th @ Author Anthony Avina’s blog

Join Anthony as he shares a guest post by Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler about her different processes when writing young adult versus picture books.

January 26th @ World of My Imagination

Nicole reviews the book Whispering Through Water.


January 27th @ Storeybook Reviews

Come by Leslie’s blog and read her review of Whispering Through Water.


January 28th @ Reading is My Remedy

Cheslie shares a guest post from Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler about gardening.


February 1st @ Beverley A. Baird

Join Beverley as she reviews Whispering Through Water.


February 2nd @ Celticlady’s Reviews

Check out a book spotlight of Whispering Through Water. A must-read book to add to your collection!


February 2nd @ Knotty Needle

Visit Judy’s blog and read her review of Whispering Through Water.


February 3rd @ Beverley A. Baird

Visit Beverley’s blog again for a guest post by Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler about growing up in a small town.


February 5th @ The Mommies Reviews

Join Glenda as she reviews Whispering Through Water by Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler.


February 6th @ One Writer’s Journey

Sue will be interviewing Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler. Learn more about this prolific writer!


February 7th @ Liberate and Lather

Join Angela as she reviews Whispering Through Water. She also shares a guest post by Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler about simple things to do at home to be more eco-friendly.


February 9th @ Chapter Break

Julie interviews author Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler about books, writing, life, and more. 


February 10th @ From the TBR Pile

Visit Kari’s blog for a review of Whispering Through Water.


February 11th @ Boots, Shoes and Fashion

Visit Linda’s blog for an in-depth interview with author Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler and her book Whispering Through Water.


It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme, “It’s Monday! What are You Reading?” hosted at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

It was a good week, especially for reading, We got a foot of snow over the past few days and had 2 neighbours help with shoveling, as well as my son. Hard to believe we are almost at the end of January. Hope everyone as a good week.

I read 5 books plus 4 picture books – 2 women’s fiction, a romance a fantasy and a YA fantasy.

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover. Loved this – my first read by this author. Have already checked out more books.

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune. A new author to me and I’ll be looking for more of her work. Really enjoyed this one.

Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca Finally finished this and so enjoyed the last of the series (so far)

Ruby Fever by Iloan Andrews. Have so enjoyed this series. Hope they will continue with more books in this world.

Radiance by Alyson Noel. This was a read for a book challenge (one word title) and it was okay – a YA fantasy. Interesting world she created though.

I have been taking part in Storystorm this month – a picture book challenge, to create a pb idea each day as well as read inspiring posts. I’m trying to read more pbs as well. Here are 4 I rea this past week, all excellent reads.

Oceans by Carron Brown and Becky Thorns

The Unbreakable Thread by Emily Joof, illus by Asma Enayeh

The One Thing You’d Save by Linda Sue Park, illus by Robert Sae-Hrng

Yetis are the Worst by Alex Willan

What I’m Reading Now 

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

Whispering Through Water by Rebecca W. Wheeler

What I am Reading Next

The Choice by Nora Roberts

5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 Book Tag

5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 Book Tag

I saw this book tag at “The Corner of Laura” and thought this would be a good one to start the year. (This originated at Madeline’s of The Bookish Mutant


The first 3 books I have reread, and will probably reread the final two. All were wonderful reads with stories that drew me in completely.

Written in Red by Anne Bishop (actually the whole Others series)

The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

The Forgotten Cottage by Courtney Ellis

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig


Anne Bishop

Susanna Kearsley

Katherine Center

Louise Penny


Romance (Contemporary, historical, fantasy)

Fantasy and Paranormal



Usually at the dining room table, which is were I usually work and srite.

And in the car – I always have a book with me.


The Choice by Nora Roberts

I have been waiting forever for the library copy. Finally, I saw it at Costco and decided to just buy it. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series.

I won’t single out anyone – but join in. It was fun to look back over the past year of books read and enjoyed.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Amazing Sports From Around the World. Written by Douglas McLaughlin and illustrated by Michelle Griffis

I am very excited to be participating in and reviewing a book for the 10th Multicultural Children’s Book Day (Jan. 26). to shine a spotlight on all the great diverse KidLit books and people.!

This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators.

Ten years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about their Mission & History HERE.

Be sure you scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out about the virtual party where you can join the discussion and enter to win prizes and also to see other participating reviewers!

*Please note:I received this book free from the publisher via Multicultural Children’s Book Day so I could provide an honest review. )

MCBD Book:

Amazing Sports From Around the World. Written by Douglas McLaughlin, illustrated by Michelle Griffis

Published by:

Language Lizard, LLC
“Inspiring Kids Through Language!”

My Review

People around the world, from young to old, enjoy a love of games and sports. Douglas McLaughlin has given us a book that features 18 unique sports that range from individual sports, like the Caber Toss (Scotland) or Tuna Toss (Australia) to team sports like Nzango (Africa) of Kho Kho (South Asia).

There are even sports that involve animals described in the book. Can you imagine playing polo on an elephant (Nepal, India, Thailand) or riding on an ostrich (South Africa)?

The book gives a quick overview of all these spots with links in the back to learn more. So many fascinating sports , some that are centuries old(like Bokh – From Genghis Khan) to newer sports like Quidditch (from Harry Potter fame).

The books are available in several different languages, in dual language format as well.

Games are truly international now – it really is a small world. Reading about these amazing sports will introduce you to such a wide world of sports and may lead you to a new, wonderful world of play.

I enjoyed learning about these international sports, many of which I had never heard of, but want to investigate further.I highly recommend this interesting and informative book

Be sure to check out all the info below!

MCBD 2023 is honored to be Supported by these Medallion Sponsors!

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE: Mia Wenjen (Pragmaticmom) and Valarie Budayr’s (Audreypress.com)

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Authors: Sivan HongAmanda Hsiung-BlodgettJosh Funk Stephanie M. WildmanGwen JacksonDiana HuangAfsaneh MoradianKathleen BurkinshawEugenia ChuJacqueline JulesAlejandra DomenzainGaia CornwallRuth SpiroEvelyn Sanchez-ToledoTonya Duncan EllisKiyanda and Benjamin Young/Twin Powers BooksKimberly Lee Tameka Fryer BrownTalia Aikens-NuñezMarcia Argueta MickelsonKerry O’Malley CerraJennie LiuHeather Murphy CappsDiane Wilson, Sun Yung Shin, Shannon Gibney, John CoyIrene Latham and Charles WatersMaritza M MejiaLois PetrenJ.C. Kato and J.C.²CultureGrooveLindsey Rowe ParkerRed Comet PressShifa Saltagi SafadiNancy Tupper LingDeborah AcioAsha HagoodPriya KumariChris SingletonPadma VenkatramanTeresa RobesonValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena PublishingMartha Seif SimpsonRochelle MelanderAlva SachsMoni Ritchie HadleyGea MeijeringFrances Díaz EvansMichael GenhartAngela H. DaleCourtney KellyQueenbe MonyeiJamia WilsonCharnaie GordonDebbie Ridpath OhiDebbie ZapataJacquetta Nammar FeldmanNatasha Yim, Tracy T. Agnelli, Kitty Feld, Anna Maria DiDio, Ko Kim, Shachi Kaushik 

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Register for the MCBD Read Your World Virtual Party

Join us on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 9 pm EST for the 10th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Read Your World Virtual Party!

This epically fun and fast-paced hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas.

We will be giving away a 10-Book Bundle during the virtual party plus Bonus Prizes as well! *** US and Global participants welcome. **

Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join the conversation, and connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians. We look forward to seeing you all on January 26, 2023, at our virtual party!

Register for the MCBD Read Your World Virtual Party

Join us on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 9 pm EST for the 10th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Read Your World Virtual Party!

This epically fun and fast-paced hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas.

We will be giving away a 10-Book Bundle during the virtual party plus Bonus Prizes as well! *** US and Global participants welcome. **

Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join the conversation, and connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians. We look forward to seeing you all on January 26, 2023, at our virtual party!

One Word 2023 – First Check-in

Get More Familiar with Your New One Word

In this first month with our new words, we are asked to answer these questions. (Check here for how to participate)


Where have you already seen your word? Where can you put it so you can see it more often?

It is surprising how the word stretch jumps out – whether it is about different stretches we need to do to keep us limber or how we need to stretch our abilities.


What does your word look like to you? Take a photo or draw a picture or create a graphic to visualize your word.

Since I have been using OLW, I have created a canvas for my word – to keep it visible and front and centre in my workroom.

I have also created a journal, to write in quotes and thoughts about the word.

Here are a couple of new quotes I have found:

Keep stretching yourself beyond your level of comfort

Stretch yourself beyond what you think is possible


Why did you choose this word? 

I have been collecting ideas, books and supplies over the years and have visited blogs , signed up for courses and dreamed of being published or having an art show.

But the past few years, with covid and my husband’s health, I have done little to move myself forward. I dream with little follow through

So I thought about what I needed to do to move forward and I realized I really needed to stretch myself. To actually take those dreams and DO something.

I have taken an inventory:

 of art and spiritual books I want to read and work through;

 of ideas of art prompts I want to do; 

of courses I’ve started and want to finish.

I’ve also been hesitant to reach out to others . I watched a show recently where Jane Fonda said she reached out to people she admired and said “Let’s be friends.” I need to stretch a hand to others and make new friends.

So – stretch, grow, be fearless, get uncomfortable.

It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme, “It’s Monday! What are You Reading?” hosted at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

It was a good week – for reading, and for hearing good news abot my hubby. lungs have improved. Yeah. Now, we are getting the first of the bigger dumps of snow – a couple of inches today but at least a 6 inches on Wed. Not as bad as the States tho. And friends and family are heading south for a few weeks! .Because hubby is on dialysis, we won’t be able to travel easily for sometime..

I read 8 books –3 romances, a woman’s fiction a fantasy., a NF, an historical romance and a pix book of poetry.

2 books by Lauren Layne.: Made in Manhattan and Passion on Park Avenue.

So enjoyed them both. Now on to the next 2 in the series when they are available from the library.

The Dangers of Loving a Rogue by Jeri Black, I read this for a review (check here) and I really enjoyed this historical romance.

84, Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff. This is a reread but I enjoyed it now, as much as I did when I first read it years ago. An epistolary, NF.

Something Wilder by Christina Lauren. So enjoy their books and this was a fun read.

Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid. An enjoyable romance novella by an author I enjoy.

Wicked Beauty by Katee Robert. I have read and enjoyed all the books in this series. Be warned, they are all very steamy fantasies, with the Greek myths turned into a unique world.

The 20 Little Poems for 20 Little Gnomes by Raven Howell. This was for a WOW review – a lovely, sweet book of poetry for children.

What I’m Reading Now 

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca ( I am still reading this, just slowly. Hope to finish it this week)

What I am Reading Next

The Choice by Nora Roberts (I had to return this to the library last week, so I finally bought it at Costco on Friday.)