Emotional Roller Coaster


Just a few short minutes ago I penned the last words of the last book of my first trilogy. For me those last words are very emotional and tears spill down my cheeks. I’m not certain if all writers feel this way (if you’re a writer and you do let me know) but boy, I sure do. I guess it’s like saying goodbye to family, though I know I will see them again. Most certainly they will drive me nuts over the next few weeks as I begin the editing process, a process I am not really looking forward too, perhaps that’s why I cry :). In any event the stories are done and I am relieved as well as a bit sad. However, I have plenty of other characters waiting for their turn in the sun. So wish me luck as I soon begin the next phase of this writing journey as I lock myself up in my “office” to read my chapters out loud and wonder at times  – “what the hell was I thinking?”



Photo Challenge – Love this Photo

So it seems that the weekly photo challenge from The Daily Post has drawn to an end. For a final post we are to post an all time favourite. I have so many favourites but I promised to choose just one from previous posts. You can check out others here.


This really is one of my favourites taken the first (and so far the only) trip to P.E.I.  (but I will go back.) Anyway, back to the photo. It was taken at West Point Lighthouse. It was just supposed to be a day stop.  We toured the lighthouse, combed the beach, walked on the boardwalk. We were about to leave a couple of hours later when my husband asked if I wanted to stay the night at the motel attached to the lighthouse. He didn’t have to ask twice. The rooms were beautiful and this bench sitting on top of a sand dune was just outside our motel door. It was the perfect place to watch an amazing sunset and end a fantastic day.


Author Interview Faith Bloom

May’s interview is with Author and Poet Faith Bloom. Faith has been writing poetry for a number of years and will soon be releasing her first novel later this year.

I certainly can relate to Faith’s answer to the second part of question 4, as I am sure many authors can.

I hope you enjoy learning about Faith.

1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

I guess that would be The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I had to read it while in school and I loved the story. It became my favorite when I realized the story was an allegory of the story of Christ. I realized then that writing could be an adventure and wasn’t always something easily explained. It had to be understood by the reader.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

It was in elementary school, I believe in the fourth grade. I had to write a poem for my class’s participation in the Christmas program. I wrote a poem about Santa’s reindeer planning a Christmas party. My teacher loved it! I realized how much fun I had writing poetry. Then in the sixth grade, I started to write my first book. It was about some kids and a vampire. I had gotten up to seven chapters and a friend of mine wanted to read it and never gave it back. I hope she liked it!

3. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

I love Nicholas Sparks’ books. All of his stories are clean and have meaning to them. They have beautiful settings and are about relationships.

4. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing writing?

My favourite thing would be coming up with new ideas and new characters. It’s exciting to dive into something new with each story that I write. It’s fun coming up with plot ideas and how I want the story to end.

The thing I like the least would be distractions. I get distracted easily from writing. I get into something that needs done around the house or appointments I need to get to and I lose focus. I need to learn to spend time on a regular basis for writing.

5. Where do your ideas come from?

I’ve had a lot of ideas from life in general, things I’ve experienced. I got an idea for a story I want to write with my son from a dream I had. The whole book played out in my dream. I’ve gotten ideas from songs. Some songs I’ve loved have given me inspiration to write poetry or a short story. And sometimes I see something on television. In a movie or even the news.

6. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

One “talent” I have is I can walk into anyone’s house and rearrange, declutter and organize them within one day. I can play the flute, but I’m horrible at reading music. Over the past few years, I’ve been making videos, websites, publishing and editing books for friends. I happen to think I’m pretty good at it.

7. If you could jump inside of a book for one day (as an observer) what book would it be?

Maybe that would be Eat, Pray, Love. My husband and I separated 8 years ago and I had to start all over again at the age of 38. I should have read this book then! It is full of exciting characters, yummy food, spiritual insight, and a great sense of humor as the character, Elizabeth, is redefining herself. I would love to follow her journey as she travels to other countries on her quest for self discovery.

8. When you create characters are they completely made up or do they resemble or remind you of people you know? Sometimes I think I am completely making them up in my mind, but later I realize that they resemble someone in my life. Probably because I believe you write what you know. I think a lot of authors write characters about people they know or have met and don’t realize it right away.

9. Have you ever created a character “out of thin air” only to run into someone in real life that reminds you of that character either in personality or their features? So far, that hasn’t happened to me. But that would be awesome!

10. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

I’m working on my first novel. It’s going to be a series of books called Unbreakable. It’s the story of a young woman named Ava and her journey through life and abuse that she endures. It’s going to be a trigger for some people but I’m writing it in hopes it will help others who have gone through similar situations. It
will be released later this year.

You can find and follow Faith Bloom on the links below.







Caligula Reincarnate – Book Review

Caligula Reincarnate: Killer with a Thousand FacesCaligula Reincarnate: Killer with a Thousand Faces by Steve Peek

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gaius Caesar (Caligula) is the evil and sadistic emperor of Rome in 41 AD. With the aid of his magician, Okuni, his desire to become immortal will be a reality. And when Caligula dies, he will be reborn immediately; he will always be Caligula and he will always know who he is.

Author Steve Peek takes the reader on an interesting and sometimes harrowing journey in this unique multi-genre story where fact and fiction intertwine.

The characters are well developed and the story is well written. However, it is not a story for the faint of heart as there are some gory and disturbing sexually explicit bits. These scenes are not gratuitous but rather work to show the sadistic mind of Caligula.

I enjoyed this story though I found the ending a little rushed and it left me wondering if there was more to come.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Liquid

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge – liquid


I live in Ontario, a province in Canada that is abound with lakes, rivers,ponds, rivers, and streams. With 250,000 lakes and over 100,000 kilometers (62,000 mi) of rivers,  Ontario contains about 1/5 of the world’s fresh water.

Charleston Lake
St. Lawrence River
St. Lawrence River
Gananoque River
Gananoque River
Pond on our property
Rideau Canal Merrickville
Charleston Lake
St. Lawrence River
Lake Ontario – Kingston
Lake Ontario – Kingston
Lake Ontario – Kingston


Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Aretha Franklin, Late Spring Bulbs, Corned Beef and Esme’s Party Piece.. and that’s just for starters…

Thrilled to be a part of this weekly roundup. Thank you, Sally!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to the weekly round up with the posts that you might have missed. I have been editing Tales from the Irish Garden and breaking that up with time in said garden, planting pots and (if I am honest) sitting in patches of sunlight reading! It is another lovely day here so will be doing the same, as around here one is not really sure if this is ‘summer’ and you need to make the most of it.

We have some major work coming up with contractors in to lay a lawn and add some new fencing. We have been in the house two years in June and these will be the last of the major renovations…really looking forward to having the garden in bloom again.

As usual the posts this week do not all originate from my keyboard, and a huge thank you to the contributors for their commitment…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Lyn Horner, Sandra J. Jackson, Mae Clair and Lucinda E. Clarke.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore author update and time to share the recent reviews for more talented authors on the shelves.

The first author is multi-award winning  Lyn Horner with her latest release Tempting Adam: Romancing the Guardians, Book Seven

About the Book

He walked away from her once meaning to protect her and broke her heart.
Can she forgive him and overcome his stubborn resistance to love?

Guardian of Danu, Adam Dvorak has the power to make plants grow with a mere touch, but will he allow love to grow? An agronomist teaching better farming methods in a semi-desert region of northern Kenya, he has an accident and ends up in the local hospital where, to his shock, his former love Ellie Graham is a nurse. He’d never expected to see her again.

Ellie is equally shocked to see him. How could fate be…

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