Newest Book: My Ukraine, One Year of Memories

Walking Chernigov
Walking Chernigov

Finally, memoir. After writing fiction for so many years, I am in love with writing about life. Here, in e-book form is my experience of living in Ukraine before crisis took control. I hope you will read these entries from a calmer time in that beautiful country’s history.

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My Ukraine: One Year of Memories  




Want a Quirky Read?

IMG_0381Something happened on the way to finishing a book. I realized how much I enjoyed reading. Join me in a new guilty pleasure: reviewing books that have quirky women characters.

Writing contest for everyone

Deadline:  March 31st, 2013
1st Place Prize-$200,  2nd Place Price-$150,  3rd Place Prize-$75
Honorable Mention Certificates
Entries must include the first line “A perfect storm.”
 OR be based on that theme:
Interpret as broadly as you like.
Entry Fee – $10 per entry
You may enter in more than one category and with as many entries as you like.
Go to for payment and contest information.
SHORT STORY/MEMOIR 750 max word limit – must be double spaced and, where applicable, will be judged on:  1)Beginning/Ending,  2)Character,  3)Dialogue,  4)Narrative Voice & Point of View,  5)Description of Setting, 6)Emotional Impact,  7)Plot / Story Arc,  8)Use of Language
POETRY 40 line max limit – may be creatively spaced and formatted and, where applicable, will be judged on:  1)Power/Emotional Impact,  2)Message,  3)Form and Flow,  4)Use of Language
All rights belong to the author.  SLO NightWriters may request permission
to announce and publish the winning entries on its website and other media.
Our judges are published authors, teachers, librarians, and laureates.
Complete Rules and Format Guidelines are found below or visit
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More Boots

"Can't Judge a Boot"Congratulations to Susan Vasquez upon the publication of her newest Grace Callado mystery, “Can’t Judge a Boot.” Check it out at  or

Goodreads Books Galore

I was a winner again. For the third time, I received an email at 12:06 AM letting me know that I was a Goodreads winner. I didn’t rush to my computer at 12:06 AM, even though I truly have been tempted a couple times. I saw the email the next morning. I would be receiving Carla Neggars’ new book free. I like free. Especially when it comes rapidly in the mail the way this book did.

Turns out I am liking Carla Neggars’ book, too. They sent me two: a hard bound of her last book written with the same character, and a paperback of the latest. I had thought of her as a romance writer, but I notice on the front of the paperback is written the word ‘Suspense.’ I like suspense. Carla Neggars. Who knew?


The Insider by Reece HirschWhile waiting for our first official visit to the bungalow/cottage, I partook in some amusement. Awhile back, a friend introduced me to ‘Goodreads.’ I explored. I liked. I especially liked the free books this website offers in their giveaways. The idea is a good one: publishers and authors send free copies of their books with the hope that whoever receives the book will write a favorable review. Continue reading “I WON”