People of the Morning Star: A People of Cahokia Novel (Book One of the Morning Star Series) (North America’s Forgotten Past 21) W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear

I’ve been a fan of the Gears since I picked up their first book many years ago. This new series begins with People of the Morning Star, a saga of the Cahokian people. Cahokia was an enormous city that “at its height, covered more than six square miles around what is now St. Louis.” Ancient people often packed up and moved to the great city. … Continue reading People of the Morning Star: A People of Cahokia Novel (Book One of the Morning Star Series) (North America’s Forgotten Past 21) W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear

Domestic Violence Awareness

Originally posted on Between the Beats:
As we come to the end of October and fall begins to take hold of those of us here in the United States I want to take the time to reflect on Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Personally I don’t think one month is enough time to focus on this devastating international problem. Domestic Violence is not relegated only to… Continue reading Domestic Violence Awareness

bruised.

Originally posted on Blending Chaos:
Trigger warning: This article contains accounts of domestic violence. The timeline is blurred, but the results are the same. In 2013, I took in a stray. This stray came in the form of a house-hopping, shaggy haired guitarist who I worked with serving tables. I was in nursing school and admired his “didn’t-give-a-damn” attitude and lack of obligations to anyone… Continue reading bruised.

“The Battered Wife And Her Five Little Kids All Dressed In White” by George Garrigues

I was attracted to “The Battered Wife And Her Five Little Kids All Dressed In White”, a work of non-fiction by George Garrigues, because I was a battered wife for ten years. The fact that these events took place in the early 1900’s piqued my curiosity. I wondered how different things were in those days. This is the story of Margaret Claire Beutinger and her husband, … Continue reading “The Battered Wife And Her Five Little Kids All Dressed In White” by George Garrigues

5 Things to Expect as the Parent of a Preemie

Originally posted on Blending Chaos:
When my son was born at 28 weeks gestation, my husband and I were completely unprepared. Being a first time mother and having a perfectly healthy pregnancy up until the day my water broke (in the middle of the psychiatric hospital in which I worked), we had not planned for a situation in which my son would spend his first seven weeks post-birth in… Continue reading 5 Things to Expect as the Parent of a Preemie

Hurricanes, Margaritas, and Caffeine

Every year around the first week in September, my sister and I take a short trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Her birthday is September 1st, and it’s a “girls weekend” birthday celebration.  We’ve always managed to dodge hurricanes. And since that is hurricane season I’d say we’ve been fortunate. This year as we prepared for our trip we learned that Hurricane Florence was bearing … Continue reading Hurricanes, Margaritas, and Caffeine

“Maze Master” by Kathleen O’Neal Gear

 Maze Master by Kathleen O’Neal Gear fulfills my requirements for a great read. Brilliantly linking the past with a possible future, she lays the groundwork for a thrilling and terrifying apocalyptic journey. At first, I was slightly daunted by the scientific and mathematical references in the story. But, Gear skillfully provides plenty of clarification for even the most intimidated reader. Gradually linking what at first … Continue reading “Maze Master” by Kathleen O’Neal Gear

Stolen Gypsy

Originally posted on Karen's Book Buzz Blog:
Genre: Crime/Mystery/Thriller Description Her parents are dead. The government has failed her. Now she doesn’t even know who she is. Terza Blackstone is rescued by handsome Irishman Tristan Devlin and that begins the search for her true identity. When everything you thought was yours has been stolen from you, there’s only one thing to do. Steal it… Continue reading Stolen Gypsy