Monday, October 31, 2022

Release Day! Atticus Everheart, Fifth Grade Tutor and Monster Hunter?

It's release day! A huge thanks to my publisher for adding ATTICUS EVERHEART, FIFTH GRADE TUTOR AND MONSTER HUNTER? to their library, to my amazing editor for ushering this book through the editorial process, and to the talented cover artist, she did an amazing job of incorporating different story elements into this adorable cover.

In this middle-grade mystery, Atticus Everheart will brave monsters, something he's deathly afraid of. Will he stick around to unravel the mystery of the missing tutors? If he does, will he make it out alive? You'll have to read the book to find out! 

What readers are saying!

"It's the perfect Halloween read as it presents creepy elements without being scary or dreary. I loved the characters and the mystery." - The Real Word to Sam

Atticus is a cute kid and the other supporting characters were interesting and funny. I could totally picture this as a movie!" - Goodreads Reviewer

Sometimes it takes an ordinary ten-year-old to save the day.

Book Blurb:

Nothing frightens Atticus Everheart more than monsters, thanks to his older brothers, who often threaten to feed him to the beastly creatures.

Fearing that’s what they will do if he doesn’t replace the book he accidentally ruined, he takes a job tutoring a boy in his neighborhood.

Although nervous about the job, Atticus soon discovers there’s a lot more in store for him than teaching. Never in a trillion years would he have imagined he’d be hiding from monsters, working with ghosts, or searching for werewolves and witches. He’s not brave, and he has no plans to change.

Until he’s forced to.

I'm celebrating the release of ATTICUS EVERHEART, FIFTH GRADE TUTOR AND MONSTER HUNTER? with a book tour hosted by Rock Star Book Tours. There are plenty of fun stops and a giveaway. 

Follow the tour:

October 24 – Two Chicks on Books – Excerpt 
October 25 – A Dream Within a Dream – Meet the Characters
October 25 – #BRVL Book Review – Excerpt /IG Post
October 26 – Nerdophiles – Spotlight
October 27 – YA Books Central – Guest Post
October 28 – Little Red Reads – Review/IG Post

October 31 – Real World According to Sue – Review/IG
October 31 – The Momma Spot – Review/IG Post
November 1 – Review Thick and Thing – Review/IG Post
November 1 – Wanderingwitchreads – TikTokReview/IG
November 2 – Pick a Good Book -Review/IG Post
November 2 – A Blue Box Full of Books – IG Review
November 3 – @wendyreadsforfun – IG Review
November 3 – @enjoyingbooksagain – IG Review
November 4 – OneMoreExclamation – Review/IG Post
November 4 – @allylubsbooksalatte – IG Review/TikTok

Are you dressing up for Halloween? What is your favorite costume? Do you a favorite treat?

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Friends to the End is a Scary Reads for Halloween pick!

I'm delighted to have my middle-grade ghost story spotlighted in N.N. Light Book Heaven's Third Annual  Scary Reads for Halloween Bookish Event. This event features spooky reads from top-rated and award-winning authors ranging from middle grade to adult with varying scream levels. The official schedule is on N.N. Light's Book Heaven's page. She'll be updating the post every day by 5 pm EST with more spooky books. Good luck and happy reading!

Giveaway is open internationally. The winner will be drawn on November 4, 2022.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Cover Reveal: Mother of the River by Emily McPherson

Today Emily McPherson and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for MOTHER OF THE RIVER the first book in her new YA Fantasy series which releases March 7, 2023! Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!

On to the reveal!

About The Book:

Title: MOTHER OF THE RIVER (Protectors #1)

Author: Emily McPherson

Pub. Date: March 7, 2023

Publisher: Eyebright Books

Formats:  Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo

Inspired by traditional Irish Mythology, Mother of the River tells the story of a 17 year old girl in search of her missing mother when she stumbles upon a forgotten legend.

Ianthe was only six years old when her mother vanished and the strange statue appeared in the river near her home. Now, eleven years later, the statue stands as a memorial and a place where Ianthe often visits to tell her mother about her life. But when an old acquaintance returns to town and suggests the statue isn't just a statue, the presence of a mythical creature comes into question, and Ianthe begins to wonder what really happened all those years ago.

With her best friend Fintan by her side, Ianthe searches for a lost legend and discovers fantastical dangers, family secrets, and the magic of Ireland. But finding the myth may not be enough to mend the past. And finding the truth just may threaten her future.

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far- Irish proverb

Peek between the pages...

Mother of the River, chapter two excerpt

Ianthe slid a cup and scone to her side of the small table and slathered butter onto the bread while Dubheasa eyed her carefully.

“Well then,” Dubheasa said, thankfully moving on to a new topic, “when did we last see each other, dear? Do you remember?”

“Um.” Ianthe paused to take a bite of her scone. “Two summers ago, I think.”

“And has much changed since then?” Dubheasa asked, stirring cream into her tea.

“Besides growing a bit taller, nothing at all.”

“Well, I’m glad to see you’re still here.”

“Why wouldn’t I be here?”

Dubheasa sipped her tea and waited for Ianthe to come to some sort of conclusion, but Ianthe stared back, lost as ever.

“Well, the Scréch Sídhe, of course,” Dubheasa finally said.

Ianthe couldn’t help but subtly roll her eyes, feeling a sliver of annoyance in her gut.

“Oh, right. Of course,” she said flatly. “How could I forget.”

“You still don’t believe in the Sídhe, do you?” Dubheasa asked, though she already knew the answer.

“No, I must admit. I don’t.”

“If you don’t mind me asking, why is that?”

“You told me the Scréch Sídhe would come for me after my mother disappeared, but it’s been eleven years. Do you really believe a magical faerie would need this much time to find a person?”

Dubheasa continued to sip her tea with squinted eyes before offering another question.

“Then how do you think your mother turned to stone?”

“Oh, this again?” Ianthe said, reminding herself a bit of her dad. “My mother didn’t turn to stone.”

“I’ve seen her, Ianthe. I know she stands in the river.”

“I’ve told you,” Ianthe said, dropping her hands to the table and rattling the teacups. “My father had that statue made in remembrance of her. It’s not actually her.”

“And yet, he never visits her to remember her.”

“N—no, you’ve got it wrong, Dubheasa. My mother disappeared.”

“And disappearing into thin air is a more acceptable explanation for you?” Dubheasa asked, studying Ianthe’s face.

“Certainly more acceptable than ‘cursed by a faerie’,” she said in a failed whisper.


About Emily McPherson:

Emily McPherson is an author for young adult readers with several fantasy projects in the works. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, she strives to normalize seeing characters of the rainbow on the page without harmful stereotypes. She is an Irish dancer with a slight obsession with mythological creatures. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, son, and - the real mythological creatures - her two rescue pugs.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon GC, International.

Ends November 1st, midnight EST.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Book Tour & Giveaway: THE LORDS OF NIGHT by J.C. Cervantes

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE LORDS OF NIGHT by J.C. Cervantes Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:

Title: THE LORDS OF NIGHT (A Shadow Bruja Novel Book 1)

Author: J.C. Cervantes

Pub. Date: October 4, 2022

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 320

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD,

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents J. C. Cervantes's exciting new spin-off from the best-selling STORMRUNNER trilogy.

"This duology opener is accessible to readers who are new to this world. An engrossing, god-filled delight."--Kirkus Reviews

Fourteen-year-old Renata Santiago is the most powerful godborn of them all, a bruja with a unique combination of DNA. The Mexica blood from her dad's side gives her the ability to manipulate shadows. Her mom Pacific, a Maya goddess, gifted her a magical rope that controls time, and Ren recently used it to save a few gods from getting stuck forever in 1987. She brought them back to the present, but her BFF Ah Puch, the once fearsome god of death, darkness, and destruction, is now a teenager with no divine powers.

Ren is also a girl with ordinary hopes and dreams. She wishes, for example, that her blog about alien sightings would garner more respect. She's always been absolutely convinced that there's a connection between aliens and the Maya civilization. Plenty of online haters feel differently, and they call her a fake, a liar, and a loser.

When Ren receives an email about an alien sighting in Kansas, she thinks it may support her theory. She also suspects that the cinco--five renegade godborns--are up to no good. Soon she finds herself embroiled in a quest to prevent the troublemakers from awakening the nine Aztec Lords of Night. Problem is, none of Ren's friends are available to help her hunt down the cinco and the dangerous gods they are resurrecting. Ren has no choice but to team up with two strangers recruited by Ah Puch: Edison, a teen hybrid demon, and Montero, an eleven-year-old Aztec hunter. Succeeding in this quest will prove that Ren is no fake, liar, or loser. But it isn't just another challenge. It could well be an impossible one that leaves Ren questioning her very existence.

Anyone who enjoys fast-paced myth-based adventures will be swept up in this one featuring Maya and Mexica gods and their magical offspring.

Peek between the pages...

In the beginning (sort of)

Seven months before

Once upon a night, there was a girl who didn’t know who she really was. She didn’t know how her shadow magic worked, or even where it came from. Only that it was there, deep in her blood and bones, and maybe even deeper than that. 


But to understand everything, it’s important to go all the way back to the sort of beginning. 

It started like this. 


There she was, all cuddled up on her bed with her weighted blanket, reading a book about Maya gods and magic and curses and some overly dramatic kid named Zane Obispo. She didn’t want the story to end, but it was inevitable. The end always comes. 


Ren was just about to close the book when the last words on the last page started to glow a greenish gold. She blinked over and over, thinking—hoping—she could pretend the iridescent glow wasn’t really there. No such luck. 


Someday when you least expect it, the magic will call to you.  Then, like the need for breath, Ren had a sudden urge to say the words out loud. “The magic will call to me . . .” At first, nothing happened. But then, four minutes and fifteen sighs later, a familiar tune being played on viola rushed from the kitchen, down the hall, and under Ren’s closed bedroom door. 

Ren’s heart ballooned so big and so fast she thought it was entirely possible it might explode. This wasn’t just any song—it was her dad’s favorite, and he had written it, especially for her.  But that was impossible! He had died six years earlier and been buried with his beloved instrument. 


Jagged stripes of lightning flashed outside. Anyone paying half attention would have thought an electrical storm was approaching. They weren’t unusual in Galveston, Texas. Something indeed was approaching. 


The music grew faster, louder, more urgent. Ren was sure now. The melody was definitely coming from her father’s viola,  the one that creaked when he played it. 


In that first moment of panic, Ren wondered if she could take the words back, unsay them. Maybe if I repeat them backward . . . she thought just as another blinding white light flashed across the night sky. 


Then came the scratching on the pitched roof. Her mind immediately conjured the image of a corpse trying to claw its way out of a wood coffin. Not that she would know firsthand what that looked like, but she had, regrettably, watched too many zombie movies in her thirteen years. 


Ren knew the drill. She had practiced for this exact moment.  She threw off her blanket, swung her legs over the side of the bed, and tugged on her red cowboy boots. 


Just as she opened her bedroom door, her abuelo appeared in the hall. His gray hair was sticking up all over like a storm cloud. “It’s happening.” His low voice carried a strange tone that sent a shudder down Ren’s spine. 


There will come a day when your shadow magic is discovered,  her abuelo had told her. On that day you will have to leave. To run. To hide. 


Ren felt sick. Had she done this? Just by saying those words?  But it’s just a book. A book still in her grasp. 


Ren was breathing heavily now. “Do you hear Papá’s music,  too? It’s my song!” 


Abuelo shook his head, his eyes roving the ceiling. “Mira,”  he whispered, “we are going to get in the car very quietly just like we’ve practiced. ¿Me escuchas? And we are going to follow the music. Your music.” 


There was no time for arguing or explaining, no time to grab her laptop with her alien blog articles or even change out of her spaceship-patterned pajamas before her grandpa nudged her into the garage and into the car. 


About J. C. Cervantes:

J.C. is a New York Times best-selling author of books for children and young adults. Her books have appeared on national lists, including the American Booksellers Association New Voices, Barnes and Noble’s Best Young Reader Books, as well as Amazon’s Best Books of the Month. She has earned multiple awards and recognitions, including the New Mexico Book Award, the Zia Book Award, and most recently the 2021 New Mexico Land of Enchantment Readers’ Choice Award. 

She currently resides in the Land of Enchantment with her family, three spoiled dogs, and a lifetime collection of books. But she keeps part of her heart in Southern California, where she was born and raised. When she isn’t writing she is haunting bookstores and searching for magic in all corners of the world.

Her work is represented by Holly Root at Root Literary.


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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of THE LORDS OF NIGHT, US Only.

Ends November 5th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:


A Dream Within A Dream

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Week Two:



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Ya Books Central

Excerpt/IG Post


The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post



TikTok Review/IG Post


YA Book Nerd

Review/IG Post


Eye-Rolling Demigod's Book Blog

Review/IG Post



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Week Three:



IG Review


The Bookwyrm's Den



Nonbinary Knight Reads

Review/IG Post



IG Review


A Backwards Story

Review/IG Post



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Week Four:



IG Review


The Moon Phoenix

Review/IG Post


Write. Read. Live

Excerpt/IG Post


The Chatty Bookworm

TikTok Review/IG Post



Review/IG Post


Lifestyle of Me



Kait Plus Books

Excerpt/IG Post

Week Five:



IG Spotlight



Review/IG Post


Enthralled Bookworm Blog

Review/IG Post


Two Points of Interest

Review/IG Post



Review/IG Post


PopTheButterfly Reads

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Books with Brandie Shanae

YouTube Review/IG Post

Week Six:



IG Spotlight


The Erudite Labyrinth


Friday, October 14, 2022

Something Spooky This Way Comes: Books for Fall

Autumn is my favorite time of year. The weather is cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and Halloween is just around the corner. In honor of all things that go bump in the night, I have seven spooky reads for you. From time-traveling wizards to ghosts and werewolves. These are all on my TBR List. 

Title: Shadows Across Time
by Mariah Lynne
Genre: Paranormal Time Travel Romance

When a royal wizard casts a spell that sends Danielle deforest back to 1559, she learns she’s the crucial link for a royal spell. Her only hope is a fortune-telling mannequin. But if the wizard discovers their plans to escape, he’ll destroy them all.

Why Mariah loves this time of year: With no seasons in Florida, we love to overdecorate, have large Halloween parties, and wear costumes.

Title: Divine Vintage
Series: First in a new series
by Sandra L. Young
Genre: Ghosts and psychic visions

Ghostly visions linked to an Edwardian bride’s trousseau drive Tess to investigate a century-old crime-of-passion. While he’s drawn to her, the handsome descendant of the accused husband isn’t thrilled at plunging into the mind-blowing images. Emotions from the past bring them together - and may drive them apart.

Why Sandra loves this time of year: Besides the beauty of fall and the tang of pumpkin spice, I love a little ghostly sizzle!

Title: Scarlet at Crystal River
Series: Haunted Shores Mysteries
by Randy Overbook
Genre: Paranormal Mystery

Darrell and Erin thought they were heading to Florida for a carefree honeymoon, but the ghosts of two immigrants children haunt them, pleading for help.

Why Randy loves this time of year: There is no better time than when the crisp autumn air meets the foggy haunted nights of October.

Title: Fatal Hunt
Series: The Fatal Series Book One
by Michelle Godard-Richer
Genre: Romantic Thriller

After surviving the wrath of a serial killer, Jessica believes her misfortunes are over. She's reunited with her first love, Jon, and they‚ are living happily ever after on their ranch in Montana. That is until secrets, lies, and a formidable foe from Jon's past emerge to shake the foundation of their relationship, forcing them to flee for their lives.

Why Michelle loves this time of year: Fall is my favourite time of year because the trees are colourful and it's horror book and movie season.

Title: Haunted Serenade
Series: Haunted Harlem
by Anna M. Taylor
Genre: Contemporary Gothic Romance

What is a ghost except a longing that will not die or a love that has yet to be born? When an unseen force manifests itself during a family reunion Anora Madison must turn to the man whose heart she broke for help.

Why Anna loves this time of year: Indian summer. The unexpected warmth coupled with the colors of autumn always warms my heart.

Title: Moonlight Becomes You
Series: The Eidola Project
by Robert Herold
Genre: Horror

The Eidola Project investigates murders in a Black community rumored to be caused by a werewolf. The KKK objects to the team's activities, and the group is falling apart. Can they defeat the evil that surrounds them? Winner of Best novel award from the Southeastern Writers Association. On sale! $0.99

Why Robert loves this time of year: I love the creative decorations and the Halloween spirit!

Title: Spooky Tutti Frutti
by Margaret L. Carter

A midsummer sailboat race is coming to Annapolis, and Celia's 1950s-themed ice cream parlor will have a booth at the waterfront celebration. She receives unexpected help from a part-time worker who pops up out of nowhere. Suzie proves to have an almost magical gift for the craft of artisanal ice cream, yet she acts clueless about some ordinary details of everyday life. And why is she so determined to churn up the perfect batch of tutti frutti?

What Margaret loves about this time of year: Since I specialize in vampires, having written many vampire novels and stories as well as nonfiction books and articles about vampires in literature, naturally I'm a big fan of Halloween.

Have you read any of these books? Do you have a favorite book featuring things that go bump in the night? Let me know in the comments

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Guest Post: D.V. Stone author of Jazz House

I'm delighted to welcome D.V. Stone back to my blog for a guest post and a peek between the pages of her new book Jazz House.

Without further ado, please help me welcome D.V. Stone.

Standing The Gap

Several years ago, I took the NaNoWriMo challenge. November is National Novel Writing
Month. Thirty days-fifty Thousand words. Long story short, I accomplished the task only
because of writing what I knew. What did I know?

I’ve been surrounded by blue uniforms, okay, sometimes black, for forty years. Some with
stripes, some without. Some have helmets, and some don’t. But all have one thing in common.
They willingly give of themselves twenty-four hours a day, three hundred sixty-five days a year.
Leave the family gatherings on holidays. Snow, ice, temperatures either too hot or too cold. They
protect, rescue, and often pick up the pieces of someone’s life.

Early in the 1980s, I began my First Responder life as a professional and volunteer Emergency
Medical Technician. One of my strongest memories is responding to a call in my coverage area.
My partner and I were the only all-female crew at the time. The tones went off, and so did we. A
short while later, a simple unconscious male became a potentially violent situation. The man
woke, and people from all the housing around us came out and egged him on to strike out at us.
My partner got rolled by him, but I was able to radio for help. Let me tell you, I was never so
happy to see red lights and blue uniforms.

First Responders, from EMTs to Firefighters and Law Enforcement, have a special bond. When
things go south as they often do, we count on each other to protect, minister, and save each other
from tricky situations.

One of my long-term positions was as an EMT in an NJ State Prison. In 1994 I married a
Correction Officer and volunteer Firefighter. Now we’re both retired.
My first book Rock House Grill was the fifty-thousand-word novel I alluded to above. It’s
considered romantic suspense and has, you guessed it, EMTs, paramedics, and police. The
second book now under contract is titled Jazz House. Police Officer Michael Machau is the main

Michael is a composite of so many officers in my life. He’s honorable, compassionate, and kind.
He loves friends and family. He goes above and beyond to help his community. In today’s
climate, so many believe the opposite. One evening, in a chat with other authors, another writer
stated she was researching in a county jail. She said she was more afraid of the cops than the
inmates. I called her out on it because if we don’t as a society hold people accountable for their
reckless vernacular, they can influence others.

You know, not every cop is great. Neither is any EMT, Firefighter, or citizen. The fraction of a
percent who are, unfortunately, are the ones we hear about. That’s what makes the news, news.
Because the other ninety-nine percent are a Michael Machau. Honorable, compassionate, and

Shh, I’m going to tell a secret. I know you. Most of you anyway. You love, care, and run to
danger every day despite the world’s ugliness. You make a difference even when others don’t or refuse to see it. Through my writing, sorry but I’m going to out you, tell the world you all are big
teddy bears. Many are grizzlies on the outside, but inside, where it counts? Koala bears.

Though I no longer respond to calls (I gave it up quite a few years ago), the blue uniform
continues to be a constant in my life. My son is now a correction officer as well. Many of our
friends still suit up every day. Hubby is a Life Member of the fire department and, until last year,
still taught fire prevention in the local schools. Me? I tell stories about superheroes. Ones who
don’t wear capes but uniforms. Who don’t leap tall buildings but rush into those buildings. Who
when others are running from danger, run to it.

Thank you to all those who stand the gap. Protecting, serving, consoling, and keeping the rest of
us from harm.

About the book

Jazz House
Author: D. V. Stone
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Heat level (if over PG13): PG


Jordan Vasilakis is on the run, living under an assumed name. After a disastrous marriage to a notorious Greek business tycoon, she flees to the States and starts rebuilding her life. But her ruthless husband is determined to destroy her…once he finds her.

Michael Machau is drawn to the new singer at Jazz House restaurant, but the guarded woman is harboring dangerous secrets. The dedicated police officer may have to risk more than just his heart to forge a connection with the woman he knows as Madeline Cielo, especially when he discovers she’s living a lie.

Worlds collide. Lies entangle. Survival, much less love, is in question. They must quickly distinguish friends from enemies or risk losing everything—including a future together.

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Jordan scrambled to the other side of the limo.

“You sing good tonight.” He scrolled through his phone.

“Yes, Kyrios.”

Outside the window, massive cruise ships docked in the port. Happy older people made their way up the gangplanks toting bags filled with souvenirs, while the younger ones debarked dressed for the nightlife. Sparkly sequins flashed like diamonds as one young woman twirled on the pier.

God, how had she come to this life? She willed her hovering tears not to fall. Kyrios wouldn’t approve.

When she was offered a place in the touring group ten years ago, she thought it was the beginning of great things. Standing in the cabaret with the lights shining down was her dream come true. When she was the woman in the sparkly dress.

Until he showed up.

Each night, Kyrios Vasilakis, Greek business tycoon, sat at the front table watching her. Yes, he was older but so very handsome. Dark hair with silver at the temples, he cut a dashing figure in his black suits.

Jordan began to sing to him. It was the beginning of the end. After a whirlwind romance, she found herself a prisoner in marriage to a brute.

About the author:

D. V. Stone is an award-winning, multi-genre, traditionally and independently published author. She writes books people want to read. Whether romance or fantasy, her stories are about the importance of friends and family. About overcoming obstacles while doing it with humor.

Around the Fire is a popular weekly blog where she introduces both established and new authors giving an insider’s look into their lives and books as well as tidbits about her own life.

After retiring, she is now a full-time author and incorporates her life experiences into her books.

A former Emergency Medical Technician, she volunteered in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. At the same time, she worked as a professional EMT in a women’s state prison. She was the proprietor of a coffee shop and a small restaurant/ice cream stand in the years that followed. The years following were as a manager in an animal emergency hospital, while her last position was in a human medical office.

When not behind the wheel of 2Hoots—a 41 foot long 13.2 feet high 5th Wheel camper, she rambles around town in Northern New Jersey in a white Camaro. She also loves travel and history.

D.V. is wife to an amazing husband, mother to one son, and not your average grandma to three beautiful grands. A woman of faith, she believes and trusts in God.

“My greatest pleasures are spending time outside with friends and family, cooking over the open fire, sipping a glass of wine, and reading.”

Hali, her rescue dog, always reminds her to let readers know, “Woof, woof.” Which is loosely translated as support your local animal rescue.

You can find out more about D. V. by following her on Social Media.

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