Friday, June 16, 2017

Happy Friday!

I don't normally blog on Fridays, but this is a special day. Two awesome bloggers reviewed my book this week. First up is talented novelist and elementary school master teacher Jacqui Murray. Click here (or on the picture below) to check it out!

Also, another talented author, Beverly Stowe McClure, gave Piper some love on Wednesday. Go check out her review.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Too Old for Long Hair?

All my life, I've heard there's an age limit for long hair. At first it was 35...

Then it was 40...

45 surely is way too old for long hair...

Surely 50 means it's time for a drastic haircut.

Okay, then...60?

(I'd go older, but not many actresses survive past 65 in the business.)

I've asked my past two hairstylists what the age limit for long hair is. Both were over 40--one was over 50. Both had long hair. The answer? As long as it looks good, rock that look! Unfortunately, past a certain age, long hair can look stringy instead of full like this:

One article has good news for me. Apparently, if you have a full face (as I ALWAYS have), you can pull off long hair for much longer, with the right layering and styling (and maybe some hair color). Long hair pulls down the face, which is perfect if your face is round. If it's narrow, you could end up looking like this:

Granted, after a certain age, I'll probably go closer to shoulder length, but short hair won't work on me with my round face. What do you think about middle-aged/older women and long hair? Is there a mandatory age for chopping it all off?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Introducing A Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

Joining a new writer's group can be tough, especially when you logged your newbie years in a completely different genre. But Kristin O'Donnell Tubb was always warm and welcoming. So I've been eagerly awaiting the release of her latest book because I can't wait to support her by buying my copy. Well...also...DOG!!! Check out her cover and scroll down to read all about her new book.


Max meets A Dog Called Homeless in this sweet and poignant middle grade novel told from the humorous, thoughtful perspective of a rescued pit bull as she trains to be a service dog for an injured veteran and his family.

Daisy has only ten weeks to prove her usefulness or else be sent back to the pound. Yet if she goes back, who will protect Colonel Victor from his PTSD attacks? Or save the littler human, Micah, from those infernal ear muzzles he calls earphones? What if no one ever adopts her again?

Determined to become the elite protector the colonel needs, Daisy vows to ace the service dog test. She’ll accept the ridiculous leash and learn to sit, heel, shake, even do your business, Daisy when told to. But Daisy must first learn how to face her own fears from the past or risk losing the family she’s so desperate to guard—again.

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Kristin O'Donnell Tubb is the author of several books for young readers, including A Dog Like Daisy, John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy (written as E. F. Abbott), The 13th Sign, Selling Hope, and Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different. She’s also written many activity books featuring well-loved characters such as Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny, the Powerpuff Girls, and Strawberry Shortcake. Kristin lives near Nashville, Tennessee, with her bouncy-loud family. Just like her two dogs, she can be bribed with cheese. You can visit her online at

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Mystery Monday: Mary Morris

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...

On October 12, 2000, Mary Lou Morris said goodbye to her husband and left for work. She was never seen again.

Mary Lou Morris

When her husband couldn't reach her throughout the day, he became concerned. Later that day, after learning she never showed up for work, he reported her missing. It was around that time that a body was found incinerated in a car. Later, the name of the victim was released: Mary Morris.

Just three days later, the body of another Mary Morris was found in a car nearby. The second Mary had been shot in the head.

Although the first Mary had little drama in her life, the second Mary, Mary McGinnis Morris, had plenty to spare. She was having marital problems, as well as dealing with a disgruntled employee at work. Soon before her death, she saw that the fired employee had written "Death to Mary" on his desk calendar. She'd begun carrying a gun to protect herself.

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To this day, police have been unable to officially link the two murders. But they happened in Houston, where millions of people live. What are the odds that two women named Mary Morris would be murdered within days of each other in the same small geographical area?

They look it possible a professional killed the wrong Mary? Then when the killer realized the mistake, they went back to fix the situation?