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Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors

This is a “Top Ten Tuesday” exercise…

By ‘Auto-Buy’, I assume TTT means authors we would automatically buy just because of the author’s name on the cover.  I don’t give authors so much liberty in my world, but there are a few that seem to come up with plots that almost always go on my TBR.  Some of them I haven’t even begun to start reading, yet I consider them almost kindred spirits in way because of the way we tend to love the same sorts of subjects, plots and backdrops.  So here are a few of those KS:

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Posted by on July 15, 2019 in Book Shopping, Top Ten Tuesday


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June 2019 Scavenger Word List

Every month (and other alternative timelines), The Lost Challenges provide new scavenger lists of up to 50 words to look for while reading whatever you choose to read (for example, the current list includes the word “flavor”). If I come across that word while reading, I mark it down. It’s fun to see how many I can find by the end of the month. This works well if you have more than one book going at a time like me, or read very fast. I do it along with another person I know and we compare lists to see who found the most words.  THIS MONTH, I FINALLY WON!

1. Al Dente ~

2. Bake ~ Mamie was immersed in the kitchen, baking an abundance of Yule bread and black bun, the fragrance rivaling the confectionery on Water Street.  [Love’s Awakening]

3. Beat ~ “Opposition is growing fiercer toward those of us who help fugitives– more beatings, threats, torched homes and barns.” [LA]

4. Blend ~

5. Boil ~ One moment I was okay, the next, I was boiling with anger.  [Distinctly You]

6. Burn ~ But the sky above New Hope was clear and blue as a robin’s egg, and the letter she’d just received seemed to burn a hole in her pocket, spurring her on.  [LA]

7. Chill ~ A chill crept over Ellie despite the day’s heat.  [LA]

8. Chop ~

9. Cream ~ Not ebony but the hue of coffee with cream, born of a black mother and a white overseer.  [LA]

10. Cube ~

11. Dash ~

12. Dice ~

13. Drain ~ Oh, to rearrange time… drain the rivers dry so he couldn’t leave… send for Reverend Herron, who’d surely voice his objections to her wedding a rebllious Turlock when he’d expected a pious Cameron instead… becoming mistress of River Hill in the span of a blessed, passion-filled night… have Chloe returned to their care and begin a new life.  [LA]

14. Drizzle ~

15. Flavor ~ Zigzagging through a maze of short blocks, she made her way from the beach to the business area, a hodgepodge of beach culture and smalltown flavor.  [Between Us Girls]

16. Fold ~ Drawing her feet up on the stool’s edge, she wrapped her arms around her legs and the voluminous folds of her linen skirt, feeling like a little girl again.  [LA]

17. Freeze ~

18. Frost ~ A standing ovation soon freed the group from their balcony box, and they went out into the frosty night.  [LA]

19. Fry ~ They spoke of wild changes they would make to the restaurant, beginning with a French-themed decor, which made no sense at all unless they convinced people that the Eiffel Tower and French fries were somehow connected.  [BUG]

20. Grate ~ She snatched the shackles away and flung them into the hearth’s fire, where they clattered noisily against the grate.  [LA]

21. Grease ~

22. Grill ~

23. Grind ~ Inside the cavernous building, water poured over a huge mill wheel that operated alongside gears designed the century before for grinding grain.  [LA]

24. Hard ~ The hopelessness in her tone struck Ellie hard.  [LA]

25. Heat ~ see Chill.

26. Ice ~ Better to ponder the reality of the coming autumn with its corn stubble and spent fields… and winter’s rivers locked fast with ice, barring his way back to them.  [LA]

27. Knead ~ “It didn’t need nervous kneading.”  [BUG]

28. Layer ~ Biscuits layered with ham.  [LA]

29. Mash ~ They approached the bustling distillery, the scent of the mash tubs, seething with fermenting grain, overpowering and ripe.  [LA]

30. Measure ~ His balding pate shone in the dim light as he bent to measure a leg next, leaving Jack free to look about the tidy room.  [LA]

31. Melt ~ Something inside her melted.  [LA]

32. Mix ~ Ellie marveled that Mama almost made a game of it, having them practice their chosen names till they were comfortable as a well-worn garment, mixing up the slates and having everyone remember who they were with a great deal of high-spirited merriment.  [LA]

33. Mold ~

34. Oil ~ Taking her by the arm, he went inside the house, eyes trailing to the stairwell ceiling, where oil-brushed angels played their harps, reminding him again of Ellie.  [LA]

35. Oven ~ She wore flannel pajamas, ate homemade meatballs and spaghetti, and watched an evening newscast on the small television that sat next to the toaster oven on the countertop.  [BUG]

36. Pare ~

37. Peel ~

38. Pinch ~ She took a deep breath, feeling the pinch of her stays.  [LA]

39. Quarter ~ I did take my English teacher’s warning seriously and registered for a writing class each quarter.  [DY]

40. Raw ~ Why did she always feel so raw at the mere mention of him?  [LA]

41. Rise ~ “Nay, I prefer to swim sober,” Jack said, voice snatched by the rising wind.  [LA]

42. Scramble ~

43. Separate ~ Nothing could bridge the chasm that separated them.  [LA]

44. Skin ~ Strangely enough, his suit was comfortable as a second skin, the stock Sol had tied not overly tight.  [LA]

45. Smoke ~ He drew hard on his pipe and leaned back in his chair, studying her through skirls of smoke.  [LA]

46. Steam ~ “I’ve never ridden on a steamer.”  [LA]

47. Stir ~ The question, asked again and again, never failed to stir Ellie’s spirit.  [LA]

48. Toss ~ Then why did she feel so tossed about, her thoughts and emotions in a perpetual tangle?  [LA]

49. Warm ~ “It’s such a pretty day, not too warm.” [LA]

50. Whip ~ Smart as whips.  [BUG]


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Posted by on July 4, 2019 in Scavenger Word Lists



2018 ATC Seneca Awards

Like audio dramas?  Audio Theatre Central has announced the nominees for the 2018 Seneca Awards, which recognizes the best in the audio drama production industry.  Winners will be announced in July.  As a plus, these are all family friendly stories, so they can be enjoyed on those long summer vacation road trips!  There are so many exciting things happening in the audio world.  I’m really looking forward to The Adventum!  Posts to as many trailers as I can find are below:

Operation Mosul (The Brinkman Adventures)

The Treasure of the Secret Cove (Lamplighter Theatre)

The Adventum, Vol. 1

Black Rock (The Shadow Remake)

Escape from the Eagle’s Nest (Lamplighter Theatre)

Come and See

Heirloom Audio Productions have also come out with St. Bartholomew’s Eve and For the Temple, but unfortunately I could not find trailers for those.  And Lamplighter Theatre’s quality seems to be improving every year!


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Posted by on June 29, 2019 in Audio/Radio Dramas


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books from My Favorite Genre

This is a “Top Ten Tuesday” exercise…

I’ve almost always labeled my favorite genre as anything that includes “Adventure!”  But lately I’ve been shifting toward anything that gives me pleasurable thrills, namely “Atmospheric” stories that make me feel like I’m there.  Who doesn’t want that in a good book?  Nearly all of my favorites are memorable to me years after I’ve read them, because of landscapes or action scenes or humorous scenarios.  I’ve picked some of the sharpest-image ones to list below:

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Posted by on June 9, 2019 in Top Ten Tuesday


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May 2019 Scavenger Word List

Not to inundate with word lists, but I’m trying to catch up before the month gets too carried away..

Every month (and other alternative timelines), The Lost Challenges provide new scavenger lists of up to 50 words to look for while reading whatever you choose to read (for example, the current list includes the word “embellish”). If I come across that word while reading, I mark it down. It’s fun to see how many I can find by the end of the month. This works well if you have more than one book going at a time like me, or read very fast. I do it along with another person I know and we compare lists to see who found the most words.

1. Accent ~ “Yes, monsieur, quite so,” he replied, with a strong German accent.  [Arsene Lupin Versus Herlock Sholmes]

2. Alto ~

3. Bar ~ I turn to the bar lying on the ground in front of me: forty-five pounds of iron with two big twenty-five pound, rubber-padded plates stacked on the ends.  [This Is My Body]

4. Bass ~

5. Beat ~ I’d come to CrossFit to prepare my body for the beating it would take at the triathlon coming up in November.  [TIMB]

6. Blues ~ She stepped into his office without invitation and looked about with appraising blue eyes, her beauty undimmed by the passage of time.  [Love’s Awakening]

7. Brass ~ It was quite a large room, scrupulously clean, and presented a cheerful appearance with its varnished woodwork and polished brass.  [ALvHS]

8. Choir ~

9. County ~ And he was honest enough to admit he wanted to ingratiate himself with the most respected man in Allegheny County by bringing his beloved daughter home unharmed.  [LA]

10. Dance ~ This our, plural, reflects in the Christian interpretation the idea that God is not a lonely singularity but a community of three– a Trinity engaged in a constant dance of love, each member of the three moving in perfect, harmonious response to the others.  [TIMB]

11. Dominant ~

12. Drum ~ “Its citizens spend the Sabbath drinking, dueling, partying, and presenting slave dances to African drums in the public squares.”  [LA]

13. Duet ~

14. Eighth ~ A gift from his grandfather on his eighth birthday.  [LA]

15. Embellish ~ Ellie made a slight shadow in her ivory shawl, the lace embellishments shining beneath the light of moon and lantern.  [LA]

16. Encore ~

17. Flag ~ She dug for her handkerchief and dangled it before him like a white flag of truce, wondering if her family had erred in writing them off.  [LA]

18. Flat ~ As it was now almost dark, he walked close behind her and followed her into a five-story house of double flats and, therefore, occupied by numerous tenants.  [ALvHS]

19. Flute ~ A fluted glass held cherry pudding.  [LA]

20. Form ~ I observed his hands: they had been formed from a model of exceeding delicacy, long and slender; inoffensive, truly; and the hands of an artist…  [ALvHS]

21. Genre ~

22. Glee ~ He rubbed his hand, gleefully, at the thought that his duel with Lupin was drawing to a close, and he could not see any serious obstacle in the way of his success.  [ALvHS]

23. Grave ~ “One would imagine you were speaking over the grave of a friend.” [ALvHS]

24. Guitar ~ Friends and family came, and our reception featured local food and a swirling dance where fiddles, dulcimers, and guitars kept time together.  [TIMB]

25. Half ~A half hour passed away.  [ALvHS]

26. Harmony ~ A number of sandwich-men were parading through the street, one behind the other, carrying heavy canes with iron ferrules with which they struck the pavement in harmony, and, on their backs, they carried large posters, on which one could read the following notice: THE MATCH BETWEEN HERLOCK SHOLMES AND ARSENE LUPIN. ARRIVAL OF THE ENGLISH DETECTIVE CHAMPION. THE GREAT DETECTIVE ATTACKS THE MYSTERY OF THE BLUE DIAMOND. READ THE DETAILS IN THE ÉCHO DE FRANCE.'” [ALvHS]

27. Hymn ~ Someone was humming… a hymn?  [LA]

28. Improvise ~ Instead I began– in fits and starts with improvisations and tangents– to become a part of a bigger story.  [TIMB]

29. Interval ~ The crowd had grown larger, and Sholmes perceived only at intervals the accomplices of Arsene Lupin.  [ALvHS]

30. Jazz ~ Earnest and hardworking, he grew salad greens and educated customers about the virtues of biodynamic farming while his two children, named after jazz singers, played among the vendors.  [TIMB]

31. Key ~ In a small satchel, the key to which was always carried by the consul himself, they found a bottle of dentifrice, and in that bottle they found the ring.  [ALvHS]

32. Loud ~ The sale was attended by all those who usually appear at similar events in Paris; those who buy, and those who make a pretense of being able to buy; bankers, brokers, artists, women of all classes, two cabinet ministers, an Italian tenor, an exiled king who, in order to maintain his credit, bid, with much ostentation, and in a loud voice, as high as one hundred thousand francs.  [ALvHS]

33. Lyric ~

34. Major ~ I’d been an environmentalist from a young age; my first major school paper in ninth grade was a review of Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring, a classic of the environmental movement that led to the ban of the pesticide DDT.  [TIMB]

35. Measure ~ “Arsene Lupin, satisfied that he has given them a mild reproof, hopes these gentlemen will not force him to resort to more stringent measures.” [ALvHS]

36. Natural ~ “Wilson, you should conceal your astonishment at an incident which is one of the most natural in the world.” [ALvHS]

37. Note ~ “Yes; I received your note at the tavern.” [ALvHS]

38. Organ ~ “It refers to the Echo de France, Lupin’s newspaper, his official organ, the one in which he publishes his communications.” [ALvHS]

39. Phrase ~ He stood for a moment, silent, with staring eyes, and then muttered, in short, sharp phrases: “Yes, that’s it… that will explain all… right at my feet… and I didn’t see it… ah, parbleu!  I should have thought of it before…” [ALvHS]

40. Pitch ~ He was roused to a high pitch of excitement.  [ALvHS]

41. Play ~ To entertain her friends, the countess seated herself at the piano to play for them, after first placing her jewels on a small table near the pano, and, amongst them, was the ring of the Baron d’Hautrec.  [ALvHS]

42. Practice ~ He has perfected his form through daily practice spent moving his body closer and closer to the ideal form for each lift.  [TIMB]

43. Record ~ “Yesterday I came here to search the cupboard that contains all of Monsieur Destange’s old papers and records.” [ALvHS]

44. Rest ~ “You can buy some underwear and linen to replenish our wardrobe, while I take a rest.”  [ALvHS]

45. Rhythm ~ And yet even in the healing environment of this conviviality, I began to feel like the pace of urban life– an 8-hr workday spent twiddling time away before a blue screen– was out of pace with the rhythm of a truly human life.  [TIMB]

46. Score ~He knocked out the ashes, filled it, lighted it, pulled the skirts of his dressing-gown over his knees and drew from his pipe great puffs of smoke which ascended toward the ceiling in scores of shadow rings.  [ALvHS]

47. Sharp ~ There was a sharp, desperate struggle, in the course of which Sholmes suspected that the man was trying to draw a knife.  [ALvHS]

48. Song ~ “I’m half the man I used to be” goes the old Stone Temple Pilots song, and the ascetics believed exactly this: that sin eats away at what is truly human and leaves us as half hollow-persons.  [TIMB]

49. Time ~ “It is, moreover, the length of time that I require to make preparations for my safety in case the solution of that affair should give you certain dangerous advantages over me.”  [ALvHS]

50. Voice ~ see Loud

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Posted by on June 7, 2019 in Scavenger Word Lists



Christian Fiction for Summer 2019!

Memorial Day is the traditional start of the summer season here in the US but first we honor our soldiers, especially those who gave their lives for our country.  It may seem odd many choose to do so by going on vacation, but however we choose to celebrate our freedom is a way to honor the sacrifices made.

If you’re in need of a beach read, a country read, a plane or car ride read or just any ol’ summer read, here are the latest I’m eyeing that were featured in the CBD Fiction catalog of Summer 2019 (view entirely here).  I believe there have been more books peaking my interest in this issue than ever before!

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Posted by on May 26, 2019 in Uncategorized


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April 2019 Scavenger Word List

Every month (and other alternative timelines), The Lost Challenges provide new scavenger lists of up to 50 words to look for while reading whatever you choose to read (for example, the current list includes the word “finger”). If I come across that word while reading, I mark it down. It’s fun to see how many I can find by the end of the month. This works well if you have more than one book going at a time like me, or read very fast. I do it along with another person I know and we compare lists to see who found the most words.

Once again I’m belatedly posting last month’s word list.  I didn’t find as many this time around, and got skunked by my word hunter-partner.

1. Alley ~

2. Approach ~ “Have you any letter for the post, Miss Halcombe?” he asked, approaching me, with the bag.  [The Woman in White]

3. Automatic ~

4. Bag ~Another reason (if I had wanted one) for not trusting my letters to the post-bag in the hall.  [WiW]

5. Ball ~ Thtat’s like a ball for a gorilla in the zoo: entertainment in a cage.  [This Is My Body]

6. Beer ~ “Can I have a beer, Dad?” said Luke, coming into the kitchen.  [Ashenden]

7. Blind ~ When I ventured to look up at the windows itself, I found that the top of it only was open, and that the blind inside was drawn down.  [WiW]

8. Block ~ I hurt, I am exhausted, but I also feel like my body has begun to tap into a purpose and reality I could never find in an office chair or even in a jog around the block.  [TIMB]

9. Blow ~ “It breaks the blow, by meeting it half way, and so on.” [WiW]

10. Bowling ~ Malcolm’s spirits kept rising as they bowled over the bright, cold water.  [The Marquis’ Secret]

11. Clean ~ “Keep her, I tell you; and have a woman in from the village to do the cleaning, and go away again.”  [WiW]

12. Creeper ~

13. Curve ~ When he reached the top, they were just vanishing round a curve, when his advance was checked.  [TMS]

14. Finger ~ “I could draw your secret out of you if you liked, as I draw this finger out of the palm of my hand– you know I could!”  [WiW]

15. Foul ~

16. Frame ~ “Next comes a young gentleman– but this is a picture in another frame, although of the same night– a young gentleman in evening dress, sipping his wine warm and comfortable in the bland temper that should follow the best of dinners, his face beaming with satisfaction after some boast concerning himself or with silent success in the concoction of one or two compliments to have at hand when he joins the ladies in the drawing room.”  [TMS]

17. Gutter ~ I believed that to be an obese person was to be as much of an addict as any gutter alcoholic.  [TIMB]

18. Hand ~ Laura was sitting alone at the far end of the of the room, her arms resting wearily on a table, and her face hidden in her hands.  [WiW]

19. Head ~ Over this, I put my black travelling cloak, and pulled the hood on to my head.  [WiW]

20. Hole ~ Close against one side of it, under shelter of the projecting roof, I discovered a little hole in the sand,– a hole artificially made, beyond a doubt.  [WiW]

21. Hook ~ In the kitchen, he bolted the door leading to the garden, and, in the vestibule, he not only locked the door but hooked the chain as well.  [Arsene Lupin Versus Herlock Sholmes]

22. Lane ~

23. Lift ~ “My exalted sentiments lift me above it.” [WiW]

24. Loft ~ Yet all the time she had a doubt whether this young man, whom it would certainly be improper to encourage by addressing from any level but one of lofty superiority, did not belong to a higher sphere than theirs; while certainly no man could be more unpresuming or less forward, even when opposing this opinion to theirs.  [TMS]

25. Miss ~ “When he noticed, just now, that I looked distressed, it was my painful duty to tell him why I was distressed; and I frankly acknowledge to you, Miss Halcombe, that I have told him.”  [TMS]

26. Mixer ~

27. Open ~ In my haste and agitation, I left the door of the antechamber open– but I closed the door of the bedroom the moment I was inside it.  [WiW]

28. Perfect ~ I am threatened, if I fail to exert myself in the manner required, with consequences which I cannot so much as think of, without perfect prostration.  [WiW]

29. Pin ~

30. Pit ~ In other words, he descended immediately into a bottomless pit of confusion; and the Young Person followed him down.  [WiW]

31. Pocket ~ He stalked out into the verandah, put his hands in his pockets, and resumed the ‘recitativo of Moses,’ sotto voce, in the garden.  [WiW]

32. Rake ~

33. Reset ~

34. Roll ~ The gardener had heard him shouting and cursing att he lodge-keeper to get up and open the gate– had heard the wheels roll furiously on again, in the still of the night, when the gate was unlocked– and knew no more.  [WiW]

35. Score ~

36. Set ~ He brought on board with him a lad of Peter’s acquaintance and, now fully manned, they set sail again and by the time the sun appeared were not far from Peterhead.  [TMS]

37. Shirt ~ I was wearing a T-shirt I liked that had become a bit too small over the winter.  [TIMB]

38. Shoes ~ “Do her shoes creak?”  [WiW]

39. Soda ~ The station stands just before the last seven-mile stretch, floodlights in the woods illuminating tables stacked withe peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches, pickles, pretzels, gummy bears, Gatorade, soda, and water.  [TISB]

40. Spare ~ The first window belonged to a spare room, which was empty.  [WiW]

41. Split ~ Sausage and mash was a dish that hardly depended on split-second timing; even so, having the constituent parts ready within something approximating the same hour was proving a challenge.  [Ash.]

42. Straight ~ “Then, of course,” said Izzie, “you’ve also got to be perfectly straight with them.”  [Ash.]

43. Stand ~ “Stand back, Lizzy!” cried Malcolm.  [TMS]

44. Strike ~ So cold, so cold– oh, that rain last night!– and the strokes of the clock, the strokes I can’t count, keep striking in my head–  [WiW]

45. Sweep ~ Sweeping, incisive denunciation, logic and poetry combining in one torrent of genuine eloquence, poured confusion and dismay upon head and heart of all those who set themselves up for pillars of the church without first practicing the first principles of the doctrine of Christ.  [TMS]

46. Target ~ This form of “stalking” is an effective way to keep track of your targets, which could include current and prospective customers, competitors, or organizations with which you are seeking employment.  [The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success]

47. Team ~

48. Ten ~ I made no memorandum at the time, and I cannot therefore be sure to a day, of the date; but I believe I am correct in stating that Miss Halcombe’s serious illness began during the last fortnight or ten days in June.  [WiW]

49. Towel ~ When I finish my run this morning, I’m sweating so much I have to lay out a towel on the car seat to keep the fabric from getting soaked.  [TIMB]

50. Turkey ~ With rats and mice, cats and owls and creaks and cracks, there was no quiet about the place from night to morning; and with swallows and rooks, cocks and kine, horses and foals, dogs and pigeons, turkeys and geese and every farm creature but pigs– which, with all her zootrophy, Clementina did not like– no quiet from morning to night.  [TMS]



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Posted by on May 22, 2019 in Scavenger Word Lists