Hump Day Kick Start – Death’s Shadow Edition

October 19, 2016

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.



Still October, still spooky prompts. A step over to the freaky side.

What’s the story? Is the setting modern day or from a time long past? Is the shadow real or could a ghost playing a trick or issuing a warning? Who was she? Witch? Victim of the voices in her head or something or someone more nefarious? Was this intentional or a murder? No matter the answer, the next question would be why. This could be a real horror story. *shivers*

What’s your take?

Link Of The Week-Throw Downs!

October 18, 2016

There was no one quite like the Bard himself to throw down the best insults ever. No matter what you write, this is a great place to get unique ideas about insulting someone.

“Thou puking pottle-deep coxcomb!”

“If you spend word for word with me, I shall make your wit bankrupt.”


Friday Fun Facts-Do You Know Abraham Lincoln?

October 14, 2016

This president is on our penny. We read about him all through grade school. We think we know all about him…but do we?

  1. Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender.pitch_dark-cocktail-20_zpsc29eb665
  2. Lincoln’s assassin was a famous actor of the time and the President was a big fan of his.
  3. Here’s a weird one- Abraham’s son was saved from a train accident by John Wilkes Booth’s brother. There’s some kind of karma going on there!
  4. He was the first major leader of the U.S. that felt women should have the right to vote. Go Abe!!
  5. Abe Lincoln is enshrined in The Wrestling Hall of Fame having only lost once in 300 matches!!maxresdefault
  6. His dog was also assassinated.😦
  7. Abraham Lincoln did NOT have a college degree.
  8. He dreamt of his assassination before it happened.
  9. In 1876, a gang tried to steal his body and hold it for a $200,000 ransom.
  10. Abe Lincoln had a secret message engraved into his pocket watch. It was not discovered until 2009.abraham-lincoln-watch-hidden-message-631-jpg__800x600_q85_crop
  12. Did you know that President Lincoln created the Balloon Corps to help fight in the Civil War? Hot Air Balloons!int-inflate-balloon1

Hump Day Kick Start – Broken Edition

October 12, 2016

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.


In keeping with the October theme, I give you today’s prompt.

Who are they? What is going on? Is he pleading for his life? For forgiveness? Could this be a controlling father breaking his son? Death come to collect on a debt? Maybe the suit has promised there is no way out of the nightmare the bloody man created. What if a vampire has come to dinner?

What’s your take. Tell me a tale or caption the pic.


Link of the Week – History Undressed – Ghost Ship Mary Celeste

October 11, 2016

cc-1024px-mary_celeste_as_amazon_in_1861I love October. Not just for the mild weather (though I am a summer girl through and through), the colors, the seasonal foods, and the Christmas decorations, but for Halloween and all associated with the holiday. Black cats, costumes, haunted houses, and bad horror movies. I love a good ghost story, too.

This week’s link is to History Undressed where I blog every second Tuesday of the month about pirates. But today, I’m talking about the mysterious ghost ship, Mary Celeste. In 1872, Mary Celeste set sail across the moody Atlantic bound for Italy. One month later, the ship, in relatively good condition, was found drifting. There was not a soul on board. Nothing to suggest what happened. Ten people just…vanished.

Read more at History Undressed.

Massive Giveaway-Small Town Romances

October 10, 2016

Hi Musetrackers!

I am participating in a fantastic giveaway timed just right for fall weather! I know you love to read and here’s your chance to win over 60 books and a Kindle Fire. My Book, Echoes of the Heart, will be there as will novels by authors such as Jean Brashear, Ciara Knight, and Cait London!

What could be better? This will only be open for a few days and then it will go “poof” into the night.

Echoes of the Heart



Friday Fun Facts- Hurricanes Again

October 7, 2016

I know we had facts on these mammoth storms once before, but in light of Michael, I thought it’d be good to learn some more tidbits for interest and special knowledge for your next book.

  1. A Category 5 hurricane has sustained winds of higher than 155 mph. There is talk among scientist that we will soon need a Category 6 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
  2. Category 3 is where they describe “devastating damage”.saffir-simpson_hurricane_wind_scale_2014
  3. Category 5 is catastrophic and power would be out for weeks, maybe months. And they think we need a 6?
  4. They can unleash 2.4 trillion gallons of water per day!
  5. In 1900 a Category 4 hurricane slammed into Galveston. Over 8000 people lost their lives…it’s a Category 4 that just devastated Haiti and is now pounding Florida.hurricanes-17-728
  6. Remember: Run from water, hide from wind. (Can you hide from 155 mph winds??)
  7. 40% of all hurricanes that hit the United States go to Florida.
  8. Hurricane Katrina cost us $108 Billion.
  9. The Hurricane Hunters fly directly into cyclonic storms to gather data and study these huge weather beasts.hurricane_hunters
  10. They are from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of the US Air Force Reserves.
  11. They are based out of MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida.


    Inside the eye of a hurricane. Can you imagine being in the clouds with this storm swirling around you?

  12. Great story: During WWII, a group of British pilots were training in the US. There was a surprise Hurricane, dubbed so because there was limited information distributed due to the war and it was a surprise to most, and the Brits were shocked that the planes were evacuating their planes. Some smack talk later and the leader of the US squadron took the trainer plane and flew it directly into the hurricane. He survived and came home, only to switch places with his navigator and fly right back out into the storm again. This showed that hurricane reconnaissance was possible and a few more flights occurred until someone gave them the name Hurricane Hunters.