books 9 and 10 in the series

 

Books 9 and 10 in the series.

Sandcastles back cover: 

                           A new town. A new beginning. A Christmas he’ll never forget. 

Quentin Blackwood has come to Pelican Pointe to replace Jack Prescott as the town’s one and only doctor. But he’s in for a tough time, especially since nurse Sydney Reed doesn’t quite trust him. But that’s just one of the many problems Quentin must face as he tries to help a teenage boy and his grandmother going through hard times.

It’s all happening with Christmas approaching—a holiday that should mean hearth, home, and plenty of family. But with Quentin, it only brings up haunting memories of a past he’s tried to forget.

Will Pelican Pointe be able to work its magic on the new doctor in time for him to find a new meaning to the holiday? Or will despair win out one more time?

A doctor at a crossroads. A woman who’s given up. And the boy who brings them together.

Beneath Winter Sand back cover:

        A brother who disappeared. A mystery worth solving. A love worth finding.

Hannah Summers lost her innocence the day she came home from school and found police cars in front of her house. Her parents are dead, her loss is deep, but its more than that—her baby brother, Micah, is missing.

Vowing to find Micah no matter what she has to do or how long she has to search, Hannah ends up in Pelican Pointe with more questions than answers. She’s holding on to a shred of hope that Micah is still alive. While Hannah isn’t looking for love, one resident has other ideas. Caleb Jennings has his own demons to deal with, but he wants more than anything to help Hannah find her brother.

Little do they know they’re about to embark on a life-changing course, a course that will end her twenty-year long search and solve a mystery of what happened the day her parents died. Along the way, they’ll uncover a former politician’s scandalous life, and reveal secrets long buried.

 

flu shots, Halloween, & teal pumpkins

Every fall I try to do the right thing and get a flu shot. Bad move! Twenty -four hours later, I broke out in hives—a reaction I’ve never had before—and for several days I was splotchy red, itching, and feverish. Not only that, the site of the shot still hurts like blazes. And it isn’t just me. My hubby, who never has a reaction to anything, also broke out in hives and experienced terrible arm pain. Which tells me something is really seriously jacked with this year’s vaccine.

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Anyhoo, after alternating between slathering aloe vera and cortisone cream on my arms and legs for several days, I’m now getting ready for Halloween, dragging out the witches and building my traditional hay bale stack with pumpkins for the front porch.

Which brings me to a question. Anyone out there know about teal pumpkins? I had never heard of them until last week. Yes, I know, I must’ve had my head buried in the sand. However, I prefer to think of it as having my head down, hard at work on my next story. But I digress.

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Displaying teal pumpkins on the porch means you’re offering non-food items in lieu of sugary candy or chocolate. Now even though this breaks this chocoholic’s little heart somewhat, when the doorbell rings Tuesday night, I’ll be offering trick-or-treaters, not one but two bowls. One with the tried and true assorted chocolate candy bars I love, AND another with trinkets I picked up at Target near the Halloween section. Corny stuff like plastic fangs, glow sticks, little plastic bracelets, costume necklaces, spider rings, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, Halloween erasers, mini notepads, and stickers. Cool huh? It’s not a bad plan trading orange for teal. If this chocolate lover can switch out Butterfingers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for a few  nontraditional giveaways that cut down on sugar, I’m all for it. And it  might actually be cheaper. Amazon offers a 100-piece toy assortment for only $18 bucks. Not a bad deal instead of buying bags and bags of sugar-laden candy.

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Whatever you decide, is okay by me. Here’s hoping you have a happy and safe Halloween!!! And if you must get a flu shot, ask them ahead of time if your arm might fall off before they stick that needle in you. I wish I had.

 

Sunday Kindness

Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.

Amelia Barr

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Pay it forward: To repay a good deed or act of kindness to someone other than the original giver.

It doesn’t cost a thing to be kind. Most people think you have to have money to be a philanthropist. But the truth is you don’t have to have a vast amount of wealth. Think of it in terms of paying simple things forward. A random act of kindness, no matter how small, goes a long way. Even a smile could make someone’s day. Below are 14 things you can do today to make a difference.

  1. Volunteer to read to a sick child in the cancer unit at your local hospital or volunteer at a nursing home and read to the elderly.
  2. Send a care package to a serviceman or woman serving overseas.
  3. Write an encouraging note and leave it where people can find it. Encourage others to follow their dreams. Don’t belittle them for their efforts.
  4. Donate to your local thrift stores and shop there. The money remains in your community.
  5. Have an old pair of eyeglasses sitting around? Donate them to LensCrafters. The retailer participates in the OneSight Program which offers free eye exams and eyewear to people who need it.
  6. If it’s possible, donate blood. Most of your local hospitals have a donation center. If there isn’t one in your area, there’s always the Red Cross.
  7. Donate a bag of dog or cat food to your local animal shelter.
  8. Donate a professional outfit to Dress For Success and you’ll help a disadvantaged woman get back on her feet. By looking her best in an interview, your donation could help her nail the job she needs to move forward.
  9. Start a donation box at your workplace and ask others to bring in canned goods. Then deliver the food you’ve collected to your local food bank or to someone you know personally having a hard time making ends meet.
  10. Make simple sandwiches, put them in sacks, and hand them out to the homeless in the park.
  11. Pay for the person’s coffee behind you in line.
  12. When you’re shopping, let someone else go ahead of you in the checkout line with less items than you have.
  13. Volunteer to clean up trash in a park or along the beach.
  14. Speak up if you see someone who needs help or is being bullied.

These are just a few suggestions to get you started. If you’ve already made your own, list them in the comments section.