Monday, July 25, 2011

Debbie Macomber's 'A Turn in the Road' and Winner Announced

WINNER for last weeks ecopy of ' Follow an Angel' by Marilyn Baron is Leslie ! Congratulations !!

Debbie Macomber 'A Turn in the Road'

From Seattle’s Blossom Street, Bethanne Hamlin, her daughter Annie, and her ex-Mother-in-law, Ruth, take a road trip of a lifetime !

Ruth was determined to drive to her 50th class reunion in Florida. She has secret hopes to also see her high school sweetheart, Bryce. Ruth wants to make amends with her first love, all these years she has felt horrible for the way she left him.

Bethanne agreed to accompany Ruth on the trip, she needed time to reflect on the fact that her ex-husband, that left her six years ago for another woman, wants a chance to reconcile.

The adventure brings them to many turns in the road, like their first stop, Pendleton Oregon. It brought Ruth back to the place she lived as a newlywed, and she was able to connect with a long lost friend. Bethanne also meets a biker, Max whom she cant get out of her mind. This makes her decision to reconcile even more complicated.

This book is an amazing example of the saying “It isn’t the ending, but the journey that matters” You will fall in love with the characters, and feel like part of the family. Debbie Macomber has a wonderful ability of drawing you into her character’s lives. Her books stay with me, even after I have closed the cover.

Thanks for taking the time to vist my blog ! ~Kym

Friday, July 22, 2011

An Interview with Marilyn Baron Author of Follow an Angel

Q: Please begin by telling us about yourself and how you became a writer.
A: I was born in Miami and started writing when I was 11 and had a poem published in Highlights, the magazine you get in a dentist’s office. In fourth grade, I wrote a story called “East WestIsland,” featuring all the students in my class. My teacher read it during the break in class every day and all the kids liked being
included in the book. I was editor of my junior high school newspaper and feature editor of my high school newspaper. After I graduated with a major in Journalism (Public Relations) and a minor in English
(Creative Writing) from University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., I went straight to work for AT&T as editor of their Southern Region newspaper and held various jobs there in employee communications, media relations and community relations for 13 years. Then I formed my own PR firm and have been doing public relations consulting for corporate clients ever since. This includes copywriting in such areas as the Web, advertising, magazines, brochures, newsletters, marketing campaigns, etc.  My most unusual job was a one-year stint in the prison system – actually it was doing PR for the Florida Department of Offender Rehabilitation in Tallahassee, Florida. On my first day at work there was a prison break from the women’s correctional institute.It was an exciting time. We lived through a “tent city,” where the inmates were housed in tents because of the overcrowding conditions in the system. I’m married and live in Roswell, Georgia. We have two daughters: one lives in New York City and one in Atlanta. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, and I serve on the board of Georgia Romance Writers as editor of The Galley, our chapter’s
online newsletter. I write humorous women’s fiction, romantic suspense and supernatural. Many of my heroines are older, because, let’s face it, we’re not getting any younger.I blog at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales at and the Roswell Patch, part of, a national network of online newsletters that cover community life in 800 towns across the country on the new Local Voices platform, at

Q: Who has been your biggest supporter in your writing career?
A: I’d have to say Georgia Romance Writers. I’ve never met a more supportive group of women. Everyone is eager to help you on your journey to publication. My critique partners have been wonderful and my children are very supportive of my writing career. Of course, there have been wonderful supportive English teachers who nurtured my love of writing and my parents. My husband doesn’t normally read my work, which is why I write a lot about him and tell him if you want to find out what I’m saying about you, you’d better read it!

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
A: I’d have to say read. I read any chance I get. I take a book to the post office, the doctor’s office and even read while I’m watching TV. I fall asleep reading a book. I also love to travel for business and pleasure and eat Italian food. I make a great spaghetti alla carbonara, a recipe I learned when I lived in Florence, Italy, for sixth months in my junior year of college.

Q: Tell us about your latest eBook, the humorous supernatural, “Follow an Angel.”
A: Here’s the blurb for “Follow an Angel.”

Eden Eastman is giving up on love. Despairing she’ll ever find her soul mate, she flees New York City for the Atlantic coast of Florida where she hopes to pick up the pieces of her broken heart. When an angel on a mission drops into her 5th floor condo, all Heaven breaks loose.“Follow an Angel” has a very high-tech touch. It features Facebook and Twitter but also touches on the universal themes of love, loneliness and finding your soul mate. It is very humorous and has a surprise twist at the end that makes many people cry (including my editor – who admitted he teared up). A lot of women identify with Eden and think the book is about them. The story strikes an emotional chord with people (men and women) who invariably ask me how they can find such an angel.

I do take a lot of material from real life, which supports the adage, write what you know.

Q: How did you get the idea for this story?
A: When I visit my Florida Beach condo, I wake up every day to watch the sunrise. One morning, I saw a
deep purple cloud  formation with a distinct scalloped wing pattern descending on the horizon. I took a picture with my cell phone and my publisher ended up using it as background for the book cover.

That’s when the idea for Gabe was born. I wondered what would happen if an angel actually dropped into my condo with a mission to find a million Twitter followers before Eden could Tweet her universal message of love and find her soul mate.

Q: Both of your stories have an Angel theme, will this continue in your writing?
A: Yes, both stories are about angels and both feature or reference a wedding. Both are humorous. Follow an Angel begins with a death and ends with a birth. A Choir of Angels begins with a death and references a birth in the future. It is a heartwarming tale of a family’s tragedy and a wedding promise unfulfilled. How far will a mother go to sing at her daughter’s wedding? Nothing, not even a little thing like death, is going to cheat Rhonda Paver out of celebrating the happiest day of her daughter’s life. Even if she has to cross over to the other side to do it. I just finished my third in the Angel series and it is under consideration with the publisher right now. I think I began focusing on the angel theme after my father died last year. My mother and sisters and I see signs all over of my father’s presence, which I think has subconsciously influenced me. I will finish this trilogy and then return to my romantic suspense and women’s fiction projects.

Q: Can we hear about your latest work?
A: I am currently working on a romantic suspense called “Sixth Sense.” Reluctant Psychic Katherine Crystal, dubbed “Crystal Ball Kate,” is thrust into the national spotlight when she accurately predicts that the young son of actor Vince Rivers will die in a private plane crash. Skeptical Atlanta Police Detective Beauregard Lee Jackson Hale (Jack), who has a deep-seated distrust of psychics, is the by-the-book officer who ignores Katherine’s warnings when shecalls to report her premonition, with disastrous consequences. When Katherine and Jack are invited to Sydney, Australia, to help catch a serial killer who recently fled Atlanta, the brief and fruitful chase leads to romance and the ultimate discovery of a mystery and a murder surrounding Kate’s birth in the quaint spiritualist community of Cassadaga, Florida.

Q: Where can we find your books?
A:  I write for TWB Press, an electronic publisher of science fiction, supernatural, thriller and horror stories and novels. Currently, I have two releases:


Thanks Marilyn for taking the time to do the interview on my blog ! I have enjoyed both of your stories, and look forward 'Sixth Sense.'

One commenter will win a free download of a PDF eBook copy of Follow an Angel. Please leave your email address, so we can contact you !

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Choir of Angels by Marilyn Baron is a MUST read !

Rhonda Paver’s dream was to sing at her daughter Hayley’s wedding. Rhonda was relentless, a bull dog, and never backed down .. Even if it meant selling her soul, to cross over and help her daughter celebrate the happiest day of her life.

This may be considered a short story, but Marilyn gives a fast-paced plot line with  wonderful conflict as Hayley learns to cope with the loss of her Mother and prepare for her wedding.  A supernatural, humorous, heartfelt ebook which exemplifies a  Mothers Love that will prevail, even after death. This is one wedding I wouldn’t want to miss!

Make sure and check out her second ebook ' Follow an Angel' it is one twitterific story ! You can find my review here on the blog. Check back on Friday for a wonderful interview with Marilyn, and a chance to win a copy of ' Follow an Angel'

This review was originally posted on

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Daylilly - An Easy to grow beauty

Its botanical name is Hemerocallis, which means "beautiful for a day." The name reflects the reality that daylilies' blooms last for only one day.

Did you know the Ancient Chinese people used them for food ? The flower buds were palatable, digestible and nutritious. The root and crown were found to be good pain reliever.

Originally, they only came in were yellow, orange, and fulvous red, and today we have colours ranging from near-whites, pastels, yellows, oranges, pinks, vivid reds, crimson, purple, nearly true blue and fabulous blends. There is now over 32,000 registered daylillies. You will find  many types to choose from which includes double daylilies, dwarf daylilies, and spider daylilies.

Daylilies(zones 4-9) love sun  and will tolerate part-shade, need well-drained soil enriched with organic matter to bloom well. They need a 10-10-10 fertilizer just once a year---in early spring. Feeding too much causes excess foliage and no flowers. Daylilies need weekly watering when there is no rainfall. Mulching with wood chips, grass clippings or shredded leaves is also recommended.

Proliferations are those little "plants" you may find growing on the bloom scape. When the scape starts to turn brown below the proliferation, cut the scape above and below the proliferation and root. This will be a clone of the "mother" plant.

Daylilies are easy to grow perennials which multiply each year. Dividing should be done when ever the "clump" gets too big as crowding will result in a decrease in the number of blooms. Dividing is usually necessary every 4-5 years.

Dig a hole, make a mound of dirt in the bottom of the hole, spread the roots over the mound, final planting depth should be no more than one inch above where the foliage and roots meet, fill in with dirt making sure there are no air pockets, water and watch them grow!

There are numerous varieties of daylilies which includes dormant, evergreen, and semi-evergreen daylilies. Dormant daylilies are robust and capable of flowering through the whole summer season.

Although, they halt growing after the season of flowering. Evergreen daylilies are capable of creating brand-new foliage in hotter winter weather.

Its petals are ruffled and they also consist of several colors but dormant daylilies have more shades. Semi-evergreen daylilies normally turn dormant during wintry climates however retain their leaves in warmer winter climates. Same as dormant and evergreen daylilies, some semi-evergreen daylilies have ruffled petals.

~Happy Planting ~
The photos are from my garden

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Follow An Angel by Marilyn Baron: One Twitterific Story

After being stood up two weeks before turning 30, Eden decides to take
a leave of absence from work, love, and her life in New York. She goes
to her parents’ beachfront condo in Florida.
Eden curls up on a recliner outside, and, after polishing off a bottle of
Shiraz, falls asleep to the lull of a delicious ocean breeze. She
wakes up and sees a beautiful cloud formation, which she believes
looks like an Angel. She rubs her eyes and realizes she is seeing a
man with wings, wearing a sexy pair of Aviators. She blinks her eyes
in disbelief. Maybe drinking a whole bottle of wine last night wasn’t
one of her better ideas.
Maybe this Angel was heaven-sent to help her mend her broken heart and
fix her messed up life.
Grab your Kindle, Nook, or e-Reader and download this story by Marilyn
Baron, to find out how an Angel-in-training changes Eden's life with
a tweet that says, “Is anybody out there?” This is one Twitterific
story you won’t want to miss!

You can find the book here !