Month: May 2018

A View From Siena

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I am so happy to hear that my little Bro is feeling much better!  If he chooses to not return from Italy, I won’t blame him!  The photos are just breathtaking! I had trouble narrowing down which pictures to share, so I thought a few photo montages were in order…



It sounds like Jay not only had a bit of wine, during his tour of the vineyards, but cleared all of the cherries off every cherry tree he could locate!



I apologize for not having more details about the photos.  Jay did not have a great connection.  His text messages were coming through mumbled and out of order…or maybe he just had a bit too much wine???  Now that I think about it, that makes a whole lot of sense!  I will let our amazing author man share the truth, when he returns…

While Jay is off wine tasting, I will be opening up the hives to observe the honey bees!  Feel free to check out today’s post, and see what I discovered!

What’s the Buzz?!





Jay Catches a Bug in Florence!

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If you are like me and love insects, today’s title might excite you.  But, don’t get too excited!  Jay did not catch a really cool spider or a beautify butterfly…Jay is sick!  While exploring the wonders of Florence, Jay caught a big, bad “Bug”.  This morning, I was happy to hear that he is feeling much better and enjoying Siena.  It sounds like there are some exciting wine tours coming up, in his near future, too.  Let’s send healthy and positive thoughts to our dear author friend, today!

Let’s take a look at what he was up to, while in Florence…





“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.”  ~ Author Unknown


An Update From Ravello

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I thought it was time for an update on Jay!   Where in the world is our amazing author man now!?  I have been informed that he has arrived safely to Ravello, in the village of Marmorata.  The photos are incredible…the perfect setting for a mystery novel, I do believe!

That magical mist!
A secret door…
Seaside villages
That View!!!
An Italian Stud Muffin!

As you can see, Jay appears to be having a miserable time!  I think we should all hop on a plane and cheer him up, with wine and gelato!





Mark Your Calendars!

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It is difficult to believe that the month of May is coming to an end.  The snow just melted, here in West Michigan…  How can it be almost June?  Well, June will not only usher in beautiful weather, but a very special blog tour for Jay’s latest novel, Father Figure, hosted by Reads & Reels Book Tours, June 4th – 8th

Father Figure Blog Tour: June 4th – June 8th



Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown and fall in love. Contemplating her loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia faces life-altering tragedies.

Brianna Porter, a sassy, angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to find her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. Desperate to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, Brianna accidentally finds out a shocking truth about her missing parent.

Set in alternating chapters two decades apart, the parallels between their lives and the subsequent collision that is bound to happen is revealed. FATHER FIGURE is an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense.


Granted, our dear friend needs to stop eating gelato and return from NYC, before the Blog Tour begins!! By the way, I have officially been caught! Although my little Bro seems pleased with the fact that I took it upon myself to help out with This Is My Truth Now, it sounds like retaliation is going to take place, in just a few weeks!  While I am away, I might need my own secret agents, looking over Growing Self!

img_3632Let’s just hope that Jay is so relaxed from his amazing vacation and excited about the Blog Tour, that he does not have time to even think about paybacks! A girl can hope…

Have a magical Wednesday!



An Update From Rome!

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Happy Tuesday!  From what I gather, our amazing and talented friend Jay had a fabulous time in Rome.   By the looks of it, he is going to return to NYC in the form of Nutella and espresso gelato!  It sounds like it has been his main meal, washed down with lots of extra strong grape juice!  My secret agents sent me some stunning shots that I have to share with everyone…

Gelato…Jay’s new best friend!
Look at that view!


We know he is having fun, when we see a little grin!
OMG…I have no words! (And that never happens!)

I was told that Jay spent the rest of his time in Rome, at the Vatican.  He even had  brunch with the Pope.  Of course, that is why my secret agents could not take any photos!  Stay tuned for more of our Author Man’s exciting travel updates, from Italy!


Growing Self






Blame the Cat!

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Happy Monday!  Last week, I shared how Murphy (the dog) kidnapped my precious copy of Father Figure.  It was returned, in perfect condition! Serious points to the dog! Yet, once again, it turned up missing.  As I started my book hunt, I stumbled upon this scene…



Merlin Enjoying Father Figure


She promised that there will be no drool on the book!  Time will tell!

As for our amazing author man, Jay…he has arrived safely in Italy!  It sounds like he is having a fabulous time!  My secret agents are working on snapping a few photos…  I will share as soon as possible.

Have a magical Monday!



Mine, mine, mine…



The Cat Catches the Mouse

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This was my face (this morning) when I noticed my little Bro had liked many of our comments, over the last few days…img_3392

He knows! The mouse has been caught!

The good news is, he did not take my access to his blog away, so we are golden!  Maybe he had a bit too much grape juice again and was just “liking” everything!?  Hmmmmmm… There were over 40 likes!  And, he never left a single comment.  We also chatted yesterday afternoon, and the topic NEVER came up!  Interesting… I just might be in the clear!

img_3391The good news is, I am still here!  Let me share a few photos, of what our amazing Author Man has been up to, while I still can…


This photo makes my heart happy!  Those smiles!

The adorable and extremely talented Claire from Brizzlelassbooks was one of my secret agents.  I knew she would keep Jay in line and out of trouble!  It looks like she showed up just in time!  As you can see, they had a fabulous time visiting the many sites of London!

Parthenon: The British Museum
London Eye
Prime Meridian
Navigating the Cutty Sark

By the look on Jay’s face, the wheels are turning! I know he has hundreds of story ideas floating around in that magical brain of his.  That is good news for us!

I would like to wish everyone a happy Friday!  While Jay is preparing for his next adventure, I will be checking on my new bee hives. I promise to be back on Monday (I hope) with more updates for you. I wonder where in the world Jay is going next!?