Pacific Northwest Books and Flowers #MayFlowers #PNWAuthors

Hope everyone is enjoying May and here in the great Pacific Northwest we have tons of flowers blooming.  We’ve had a strange May with tons of rain and some sun (not so unusual), but several really hot days (one came in at over 90 degrees) and then dropping down to 60 degrees the next day.

Here’s a bunch of flowers that are in my yard this week.


And then to top it off the bumblebees have moved into the birdhouse gourd that I took from my dad’s house.  Unlike the rest of my family, I’m thrilled.  (They hate that it’s a few feet from the front door, but it doesn’t bother me as much.)


Hope you’re enjoying some May flowers of your own.

If you’re looking for some great reading materials, there’s a few more days left of the BookFunnel promotion I’m in with fellow Pacific Northwest authors.  Check out these fabulous free reads.

Happy May and Happy Reading!



Poetry posts and Review of Events

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This morning my post is up on the Writer’s Cooperative of the Pacific Northwest.  It’s a song lyric from my first Shredded Orphans novel “Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans”.  Check it out here:

In other news, I had two great events in the past few weeks.  At the end of April I had a delightful time with 14 other authors at a book signing at the University Bookstore in Mill Creek.  It was a fun evening filled with books and food.

The other was my very first book reading at the Neverending Bookshop in Bothell.  It was  so nice to see everyone who turned out for it and the owner, Annie, did a great job of setting up for the event and making me feel welcome and comfortable.  I read the first chapter of “Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans“, part of “The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates” and a smattering of poems from “Requite Me: Poems of Love Jealousy and Angst“.  The two hours just flew by.  Also, there were brownies and banana muffins.  What more could you want?

13 Days Left in the GoodReads Giveaway! #Freebook


Win a paperback Copy of Space Tripping!

Celebrating the release of The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates I have a GoodReads giveaway for book 1 in the series.  See where it all began.

There are 13 days left (and counting) in the Goodreads Giveaway for Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans.  I have two actual, smell-the-new-paper, paperback copies to send to a lucky winner.

Click here to enter!

Then scroll down and click on the “Enter Giveaway” button.  Good luck and Happy Tripping!

“The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates” Book Release and #FREEBOOKS

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Hi all, just wanted to let you know that I am celebrating the release of my second book in the humorous Shredded Orphan series with free books.

They can best be described as an intergalactic “road” trip with the seismic rock band, the Shredded Orphans.

Last day to get book one TODAY, July 31st –  “Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans”, for free on Smashwords with the code “SFREE” here.…

Or look for the Goodreads giveaway for a paperback book starting on August 2nd.…

Book 2, “The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates”, will be free on Amazon Kindle from July 29th to August 2nd. (Always free on on Kindle Unlimited.)…
Happy Reading!


3 Days, 3 Quotes: Day 2

Again thanks to Liz Fountain for her nomination for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes.

Growing up I always loved Winnie the Pooh.  I may possibly have been the only high schooler to invite friends over to watch Winnie the Pooh on VHS.  Okay, that was a while ago…  anyhow… there are just so many great Winnie the Pooh quotes, “There’s a rumbly in my tumbly”, etc. it was hard to choose, but here is my quote for today.


“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

For my second nomination for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge I nominate Ottilie Weber.  Ottilie is the author of several novels and short stories.  Check out her wonderful blog to find out what’s going on with her and read about the books she’s written.

Check back tomorrow for my last quote!

3 Days, 3 Quotes: Day One

Thanks go to Liz Fountain for tagging me in the 3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge.  She has two great books out, An Aliens Guide to World Domination and You, Jane, which you can read an excerpt of on her site.  Also, be sure to check her site for the 3 quotes she posted.  She has a great sense of humor and compassion and it’s always a delight to read her blogs.


One of my favorite books is Griffin Loves Phoenix.  It was adapted from the TV movie Griffin and Phoenix, starring Peter Falk and Jill Clayburgh, which is also good.  It is a humorous look at two people with cancer (as funny as that can be.)  Apparently, this was also remade as a movie in 2006, which I did not see.  I love this scene and I know it’s not exactly a quotable quote, but it was just great.

Phoenix: [while they’re sitting on a bench waiting for the sun to rise facing west] You ever not want a new day to start?

Griffin: Why do you think we’re facing in this direction?

I will nominate three people who may or may not choose to accept it.  (Even if they don’t post a quote, their sites are worth reading!)  For my first tag of three other bloggers for the challenge I nominate:

Bianca Bowers  – She has a great blog with life, writing advice and poetry.  Definitely worth checking out!

Book Giveaway

Just a short post.  Fellow author, Blakely Bennett,  is having a Book Release Day Giveaway party on Facebook. Looking forward to it.  For those of you that don’t know about the party, you can check it out on the link below and enter to win ebooks and other great prizes.  I have 5 ebooks of “Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans” in the pot for prizes.  Good luck!