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We welcome Phyllis McManus today. She is an author who turned painful loss into rainbows. Will you share with us your story? My writing started as therapy when I lost both my parents in a car wre…


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Fun for Mother’s Day? You Bet!

What mom would not like all the attention on her for a day? Let’s face it. It is a wonderful day for mom’s. At least it was for me.

My daughters came from out-of-town, spent the day, took me to lunch, showered me with hugs and kisses and wonderful words of how much they loved me.

The laughter, the wonderful feeling of being with people who love you unconditionally, and even know all your flaws and still love you and seek out your company…what a gift!

My girls

My girls

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Other Guest at Author’s Luncheon

Didn’t mean to leave you hanging…but when you come down with something it is best to rest. Now that I am back here is the other wonderful authors guest at the luncheon.

Steve Bradshaw

Steve Bradshaw

Steve Bradshaw, author of the Bell Trilogy-Bluff City Butcher, The Skies Roared, Blood Lines

Merle Temple

 Merle Temple

Merle Temple, author of A Ghostly Shade of Pale and a Rented World.


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Frank Tuttle, author of The Markhat Series. Here are a few of his, Dead Man’s Rain, Paths of Shadow, saving the Sammi. Frank is a Fantasy Writer.

Portrait of Lisa Turner


Lisa Turner writes riveting Southern mysteries. She is the author of The Gone Dead Train and a Little Death in Dixie.



rob sangster


Rob Sangster, a thriller author, newest novel Ground Truth.

londa hayden


Londa Hayden, author of Date, Pray, and Wait and Candy Moon.


We were very fortunate to have these authors along with Marie Moore. The people at the luncheon got to meet each one of them and spend time talking with them .


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Marie Moore Author Guest at Luncheon

Marie Moore

Marie Moore

In this new adventure, travel agent Sidney Marsh has her job on the line as she and her irrepressible colleague Jay Wilson escort an international collection of the rich and near-famous on a merry chase through mystical northern India and Nepal, into the jungle home of the Bengal tiger, and through the twisting roads od the Himalayas.  Sidney’s socialite friend and client Brooke Shyler invites her to join an elaborate moving house party, but Sidney soon learns that the true purpose of the trip is to help Brooke discover which one of Brooke’s dear friends may have made an attempt on her life.  Are Brooke’s fears real or only her imagination? In the crowded streets of Old Delhi, the one member of the group who may know all the secrets of  the others drops dead, and Sidney becomes convinced that one of her rich and powerful fellow guests is surely responsible.  The problem is, which one?  On the banks of the Ganges, Sidney learns about the ritual of death and the art  of baksheesh before finding her own  karma at an exuberant festival in Nepal.  Sidney’s persistent digging into matters thought closed forever is rewarded with answers, but those answers put Sidney in deadly peril.  Before this exotic journey ends Sidney meets her match in the ancient streets of medieval Kathmandu.

sidetrip to kathmandu392161This is the third book in her Sidney Marsh series which just released. It was very interesting to hear Marie explain her techniques and how she incorporated her travels to exotic locations into the settings of her Mystery Series.

For more information on Marie Moore and her books visit her website at


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Author’s Luncheon-Interesting andFun

author lucnhI don’t know if you’ve ever been to an “Author’s Luncheon” where you actually get a chance to sit with authors and talk to them, and hear about their books–and get to ask them all sorts of questions…but if you haven’t, you don’t know what you are missing.

Yesterday was a fabulous day. Had lunch, literally, with seven authors. They were such down to earth and interesting people. It’s one thing for someone to tell you they read the book and liked it…that normally makes you want to buy it, right? But let me tell you, sitting at the same table with an author, gives you this up close and personal connection.

I got to meet and talk with Merle Temple, Steve Bradshaw, Marie Moore, Londa Hayden, Rob Sangster, Lisa Turner and Frank Tuttle. To tell you it was fun, is an understatement.

They were delightful and after meeting them and hearing how they came to write the particular book or the genre; talk about the characters and settings really brought the books alive.

The venue was at a museum in Collierville, TN called Morton Museum.

If you ever get a chance to go and have lunch with an author, be sure and do that, it is well worth your time.

Tomorrow will introduce you to the authors.


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Name a Paper? Why Not! Yellow? Orange?

Okay. I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but laugh every time somebody “coins” a new word.

Follow along:

Here are some words:  White Paper–Green Paper– Grey literature.

We all hear the phrase “white paper” but I was curious as to how many people know what it means and what its origin was.

So of course, I went over to our standby, Wikipedia to see what they said.

Here you go:

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White Paperauthoritative report or guide informing in a concise manner about a complex issue and presenting the issuing body’s philosophy on the matter.

It goes on to say… meant to help readers understand an issue, solve a problem, or make a decision.

Well, that might have been true when used supposedly beginning with 1922, in its originating country, Great Britain.

Now, it has a new meaning–and it is used in the business world…to put it bluntly, it’s used to market. No matter what they call it, it’s just another word for persuading people to buy your product and/or persuade them to see your point.

This began in the 90’s. I guess using it in this term makes it sound more sophisticated.


Green Paper… tentative government report of policy proposals and this term is used with the European Union, United Kingdom, us and a few more countries. This ‘green paper’ is presented and used for policy debates and proposals. (I’m paraphrasing)


Grey Literature…academic literature not formally published.


Well, thought I would just mention a few of these. If you are interested in looking into more in-depth meanings you can find a great deal more information than I did.

Today is just a trivia kind of day for me.









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3 Things to Remember About April

Wouldn’t it be nice if we celebrated “Reaching as high as you can go in life” day or month?

Let’s face it none of us knows how far we could go in our lives…some of us have big dreams, some have no dreams and some just want to get by.









The thing is, we were created to scale mountain tops, reach the peaks and help others do the same.

Today, make your dream list…then when you get to the end of the list, count back three, and circle that one.

Out beside it–put a date, and then list 5 things you would have to do today in order to begin working on achieving that goal.

It’s not hard…keep it simple…don’t let it become complex.

This would be a good time to begin!



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4 Things We Choose Today That Makes A Difference

Every day that is born into the world comes like a burst of music and rings the whole day through, and you make of it a dance, a dirge, or a life march, as you will. by Thomas Carlyle

So will your music today be
Notes of Happiness?

Or will it be a music of Dance?

or perhaps you will choose a life march?

or alas, will it be a dirge?

Choose wisely, that is the music you will hear all day.

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5 of the Greatest Quotes!



Tom Landry, a phenomenal football coach, as everyone knows, was also a great motivator. He also was a strong Christian that believed in a human beings potential.  Here are two of his quotes:

“Today, you have 100% of your life left.”- Tom Landry

“Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.” – Tom Landry

Perhaps we don’t have a coach in our ears telling us these things but we can put these quotes on cards and stick them on the mirror in the bathroom, on the kitchen cabinet by the coffee pot and on the refrigerator. Perhaps on our lamp shade by our bed so we will see it when we get up in the morning and go to bed at night. Here are three more quotes that just may help you today. They are Anonymous.

“Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results.” – Anonymous

“Do not throw in the towel; use it for wiping the sweat off your face.” – Anonymous

“Losers look at what they’re going through. Winners look where they’re going to. “– Anonymous

Now you have five, one for each day of the week. Write them in your heart and in your mind. Be a good coach to you today!

Have a great week!

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