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Wayward Reads
Wayward on Words
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Florida Crackers
The Surprise at the End!
Welcome April!

I plan to have the second book in the Downtown Divas series completed by the end of this month, with publication later this year. It's been quite a ride these past four or five years and I hope I can continue to write regularly now that I've gotten back into it.
Good luck to you and your pursuits!

Wayward Reads


Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia
"From 19th-century cigar factories to present-day detention centers, from Cuba to Mexico, Gabriela Garcia's Of Women and Salt is a kaleidoscopic portrait of betrayals—personal and political, self-inflicted and those done by others—that have shaped the lives of these extraordinary women. A haunting meditation on the choices of mothers, the legacy of the memories they carry, and the tenacity of women who choose to tell their stories despite those who wish to silence them, this is more than a diaspora story; it is a story of America’s most tangled, honest, human roots."  Not only that, it looks like a great read! So expensive, though. On the wish list it goes. 

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian
"A young Puritan woman--faithful, resourceful, but afraid of the demons that dog her soul--plots her escape from a violent marriage in this riveting and propulsive novel of historical suspense..." This sounds like an absorbing, and emotional read. Perfect!

Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny
"Jane falls in love with Duncan easily. He is charming, good-natured, and handsome but unfortunately, he has also slept with nearly every woman in Boyne City, Michigan. Jane sees Duncan's old girlfriends everywhere--at restaurants, at the grocery store, even three towns away. While Jane may be able to come to terms with dating the world's most prolific seducer of women, she wishes she did not have to share him quite so widely. But any notion Jane had of love and marriage changes with one terrible car crash. Soon Jane's life is permanently intertwined with Duncan's, Aggie's, and Jimmy's, and Jane knows she will never have Duncan to herself. But could it be possible that a deeper kind of happiness is right in front of Jane's eyes?" This one was difficult to get in summary, but that's the gist. There's no sneak peak yet; it'll be released on the 13. So, I'm just going to go ahead and admit it. I love the cover and think I'll love this book!

Girls with Bright Futures by Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman
"College admissions season at Seattle's Elliott Bay Academy is marked by glowing acceptances from top-tier institutions and students as impressive as their parents are ambitious. But when Stanford alerts the school it's allotting only one spot to EBA for their incoming class, three mothers discover the competition is more cutthroat than they could have imagined. [D]ays before applications are due, one of the girls suffers a near-fatal accident, one that doesn't appear to be an accident at all."  And yet, Real Simple calls this thriller a "A sharp, irresistibly fun fictional look at college admissions."  

This Close to Okay by Lisa Gardner
"On a rainy October night in Kentucky, recently divorced therapist Tallie Clark is on her way home from work when she spots a man precariously standing at the edge of a bridge. Without a second thought, Tallie pulls over and jumps out of the car into the pouring rain. She convinces the man to join her for a cup of coffee, and he eventually agrees to come back to her house, where he finally shares his name: Emmett. Over the course of the emotionally charged weekend that follows, Tallie makes it her mission to provide a safe space for Emmett, though she hesitates to confess that this is also her day job. What she doesn’t realize is that Emmett isn’t the only one who needs healing—and they both are harboring secrets." Oh, I like the sound of this one. And only $5.99 on Kindle. I bought it!

Read any good Westerns, lately?

Snaggle Tooth: A Patrick Flint Novel by Pamela Fagan Hutchins
"When a plane crashes at the base of Black Tooth Mountain during a wicked summer storm, Patrick Flint’s moral compass leads him away from a trail ride with his family and to the wreckage in a search for survivors. But what he finds may teach him that not everything is what it seems, and not every life is worth saving." You weren't expecting that, were you? This is a Western mystery thriller. And if you like it, there's plenty more where it came from!

Outlawed by Anna North
"The day of her wedding, 17 year old Ada's life looks good...But after a year of marriage and no pregnancy, in a town where barren women are routinely hanged as witches, her survival depends on leaving behind everything she knows. She joins up with the notorious Hole in the Wall Gang, a band of outlaws led by a preacher-turned-robber known to all as the Kid. Charismatic, grandiose, and mercurial, the Kid is determined to create a safe haven for outcast women. But to make this dream a reality, the Gang hatches a treacherous plan that may get them all killed. And Ada must decide whether she's willing to risk her life for the possibility of a new kind of future for them all." This sounds amazing!

How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang
"Ba dies in the night; Ma is already gone. Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence. Fleeing the threats of their western mining town, they set off to bury their father in the only way that will set them free from their past. Along the way, they encounter giant buffalo bones, tiger paw prints, and the specters of a ravaged landscape as well as family secrets, sibling rivalry, and glimpses of a different kind of future." This one's going on my wish list!

The Jensen Brand
 by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone
"It’s the dawn of a new century. But on the vast Sugarloaf Ranch not much has changed since legendary gunfighter Smoke Jensen and his wife Sally tamed the land two decades ago. Raising cattle is still a dangerous business—and just as deadly as ever. When Smoke is injured swapping bullets with some cow thieves, Sally puts out a call for help to Matt, Ace, and the rest of the Jensen clan. But time is running out. The bloodthirsty rustlers are ready to strike again—and there are lots more of them. And the Sugarloaf’s last defense is Smoke and Sally’s next of kin…" This is more your typical Western, and it sounds tense. It's the first in an expected series of four, so lots of good reading.

Mini Reviews

Adulting by Liz Talley
This was on the list of new books to check out last month. Well, I checked it out. It was slow, but an okay read.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
This was a charming, touching read! But it didn't blow me away so...
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

The Ice House by Laura Lee Smith
The ending was a bit pat, but a great read.
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

Wayward Recommends

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I loved every minute of this book.
My Goodreads rating: 5 stars

*Book descriptions taken from

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Two women. Two secrets. One road to redemption.

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Wayward on Words

Some more samples from Jeff Kacirk's Forgotten English page-a-day calendar.

wobbling: selling beer without a license. (I totally understand. You've got this beer. You don't want it. Why can't you just wobble it?)

malversation: evil conduct, improper or wicked behavior. Fraud. (Egad, there's a lot of malversation going on these days.)

sneddins: the pruning of twigs from trees. A pruner is a snedder, one who prunes. Sned is to prune. (The snedder snedded the sneddins and now my tree is bare.)

offaldment: thing of no value, also a mean, worthless person. (The offaldment spent all his time malversating...?)

afterwrath: wrath arising not at the time, but after reflection on an insult or injury, which seemed at the time light, has shown its enormity. (I want to say, 'jerk store!' but I'm not sure it's entirely apropos.*)

hingkponk: an imposter. (So, you could say you got hingkponked?)

Each page in this calendar has a paragraph or two relating to the word of the day. I highly recommend it. 

*Seinfeld reference

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Wayward Quotes

“Don't forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.”

                                                                        – Charles de Lint

Florida Crackers

Our neighborhood pair of sandhill cranes has two chicks this year! They come by our house every day and eat bugs out of our grass. April 2021



What You Will

By Edgar Lee Masters

  April rain, delicious weeping,
Washes white bones from the grave,
Long enough have they been sleeping.
They are cleansed, and now they crave
Once more on the earth to gather
Pleasure from the springtime weather.

The pine trees and the long dark grass
Feed on what is placed below.
Think you not that there doth pass
In them something we did know?
This spell, well, friends, I greet ye once again
With joy, but with a most unuttered pain.


The Surprise at the End!

Cuddle me. CUD. DLE. ME! 
This beautiful feline was photographed by Helgi Halldorsson and made available via Flickr
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