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Self Publishing

I am going to enter my mystery novel for the Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards (wish me luck) so the link will be “sticky” for a while.  Look for several blogs at the end of June that are connected to the Peru earthquake entries found on my pages 2 and 3.

Saving the Toad

Yesterday while I was examining my strawberry plant after realizing that an animal had dragged the only ripe one halfway across the garden, my daughter noticed that there was a toad floating in the pond.


We thought he (or she) was dead at first because it was just floating.  But then it started moving.  Unfortunately, any animal that falls – for this is what we assume happens – into our pond will always have a hard time getting out…


And indeed, the poor thing did attempt to scramble out…


There it is at the far end.  Maybe I should move that toad house…


So naturally, I did the first thing that popped into my head.  I ran for the camera.


Then, of course, I screamed for my husband to come get the toad out with the net.  He was in a teleconference.  No help from that quarter… so I got a board and stuck it in the pond.


And the toad did what I thought he (or she) might…


There it is jumping off of the board 🙂


Looking disgruntled at me – hey, I just saved you Mr. (or Ms.) toad…


Here’s the pond at a more peaceful moment.  I hope no more animals fall into the pond this year!!!

The Shattered Swan

I am very excited to have some new reviews on Amazon.  Thank you to the people who take the time to comment – and of course, thank you for reading The Shattered Swan 🙂

I am excited about my upcoming trip to Peru where I will be gathering material for the third book in the series, as well as firming up some of the descriptive details for The Crumbled Pyramid which is the second book and will (hopefully) be finished by Fall of this year.

As soon as I get back, I’ll have more pictures for this blog – including status reports on the earthquake affected area.  

Thank you to everyone for all the support and keep reading!  

Have a great day.