Welcoming my Author Friend, Sandra M Hart!

Happy to have my sweet friend, Sandra join me today. Sandra writes historical romance fiction. Be sure to check out her book at the links provided.

Tell us a little bit of how you were called, or began writing. Happenstance? A clear call? A chosen career?

I wanted to be a writer in elementary school. I found that books took readers on an adventure and wanted to write them by age eleven. When in sixth grade, I wrote my first novel. My favorite genre was mysteries and my story was called, The Mystery of the Missing Diamond Ring. You probably can’t guess what it was about! J  My sixth grade teacher encouraged my writings but few others did. No key people in my life bothered to read it so I released the dream. The stories never stopped coming, but I didn’t write them down.
Our choir director asked choir members to share devotions about our songs. Several years ago I wrote a devotion and shared it with the choir. The comments I received afterward reawakened the old dream.

It took some coaxing from God to accept the dream again, but I’m glad I did. I’m having a blast!

Do you like a definite spiritual theme or do you keep it less obvious as you write?

The story is what captures me first. I start with an idea and a vague notion of the ending before writing. Before long I notice a theme emerging. There is usually a main theme running through the entire novel as well as a couple of other issues. I pray over my stories before I begin and during the writing process. It amazes me to find messages I never consciously added.
What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it? JStranger cover_ new apple

A Stranger on My Land is a Civil War novella set on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. Carrie finds Adam, a wounded Union soldier, on her Southern property after a battle near her home. He will die if she turns her back on him. She takes him in her family’s cave hideaway but can’t remove the bullets. He needs a Union surgeon to survive, but how can she save his life and protect her family’s hideout?

My favorite part of this book was imagining the real life dramas that happened when two people on opposite sides of the war fell in love. Sometimes the war actually brought people together…
Give us three items about yourself: hobbies, loves, fun or weird habits, food/snack kicks you like, what would you be if not a writer–that sort of thing.

  • The first weird thing about me is that I don’t like coffee. My mom used to tell me that I’d like coffee when I became an adult. Unfortunately, she was wrong in her prediction. It didn’t make sense to “acquire” a taste for something that didn’t taste good. (I know – I’m in the minority.)
  • The second thing that I never outgrew my craving for chocolate milk. I love to begin my day with chocolate milk the same way countless others need coffee, including the Civil War soldiers I write about!
  • The third thing is that I’d love to learn how to cook the “old-fashioned” way over a fire or on a wood stove. I’ve started a blog, Historical Nibbles, where I try to decipher old recipes or talk about selecting the right wood for a particular type of fire, for example. I’d love for you to visit me at https://sandramervillehart.wordpress.com/.


A Stranger on My Land by Sandra Merville Hart
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Carrie and her little brother, Jay, find a wounded soldier on their land after a battle which later became known as “The Battle Above the Clouds.” Adam, a Union soldier, has been shot twice in the arm. Though Carrie is reluctant to take Adam to their cave where her family hides their livestock from both armies, she cannot turn her back on him. 

But her Aunt Lavinia, bitter over what Yankees have done to their land, urges Carrie to allow Adam to die. Carrie refuses, but cannot remove the bullets. Adam’s friendship with Jay softens her heart toward him. It’s not long until his gratitude and teasing manner spark a friendship between the young couple. Even though Carrie’s father fights for the Confederacy in far-off Virginia, her feelings for the handsome young soldier begin to blossom into love. 

When Adam’s condition worsens, Carrie knows a Union surgeon is needed to save his life. How can she accomplish this and keep her family’s hiding place a secret?

Buy her book here:
Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GM05TQQ/

Author Bio                                                                                                                                         KCP06Sandra Merville Hart is the column writer for “History in the Making” at the popular and growing site, www.AlmostanAuthor.com.

She is Assistant Editor for DevoKids.com where she contributes many historical articles.

Her debut book, A Stranger On My Land, IRCA Finalist 2015, released in 2014. She has written for several publications and blogs. Sandra loves to find unusual facts in her historical research to use in her stories and drags her husband along on her adventures. Thankfully, he also enjoys these fact-finding missions.
To connect with Sandra:

Assistant Editor at DevoKids: http://devokids.com/category/stories/
Contributing column writer for: http://www.almostanauthor.com/category/genre/history/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sandra.m.hart.7
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sandra_M_Hart
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sandramhart7/
Sandra’s Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8445068.Sandra_Merville_Hart
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100329215443000389705/posts
Sandra’s Historical Nibbles blog: https://sandramervillehart.wordpress.com/

Nosy Bits of Information About Andy and Caroline…

Undiscovered Treasures
(Book Three of the Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery series)
By Carole Brown

Why did I write this book?

Several years ago, my agent urged me to write a romance novel for a certain publishing group. I did, and while I was at it, decided to write about three friends, all living in the made up town of Appleton, WV. Each had their own story, but the romance books didn’t go anywhere (because I’m not a “per se” romance writer. But when a current editor asked me for a new series, I thought about these three books and wondered if I could turn them into light mysteries. Ta da: the Appleton, WV series was born!
How much of myself do I put into my books?

Almost always little dabs of this and that. I love antiques and flea markets, cats, flowers (including Caroline’s favorite: daisies) and coffee. If I drink tea, I’m a Tea Snob (same as Caroline). I’m clumsy and fall over practically nothing (Caroline too!).
What are your main characters like?

In Undiscovered Treasures, Caroline Gibson, is a “home-town” girl. She doesn’t have a lot of confidence in her own looks, is clumsy, and sometimes quite outspoken. But she’s loyal, trustworthy, and soft-hearted, always watching out for the “underdog,” helps her brother run a successful business, writes plays, and oversees the local youth organization at her church. palette2-free

Andy Carrington, on the other hand, is quiet, but confident in his own abilities, friendly, a dedicated Christian, and an up-and-coming famous artist. He’s best friends with Caroline’s brother, and grew up with him and Caroline. Best of all, he’s loved Caroline forever and trusts God to direct his and her life.
Where did I get the title for this book?

When I plotted for the third friend (Caroline), I decided a junk/antique/collectibles store would be fun and unique. It also fit her personality. Having a brother and sister run the store worked well with the plot and giving them both a bit of wittiness added interest to the novel. I also thought this title played into the emotional love story part of the plot. Caroline, always dreaming of a real live prince for her life, doesn’t realize that she already has one. It’s only when she discovers Andy’s virtues that she finally clasps the truth: Andy is her treasure, chosen by God, just for her.

Why a cat in the story?

It played into Caroline’s personality very well. I can just see her volunteering at the local pet shelter. Angel, the cat, also was a ready (or not) listener when Caroline needed a sounding board.

How does the music box play into the plot?music-box-free

It’s a constant reminder–and not a very welcome one–that her life is somewhat unsatisfactory. She thinks it’s because she doesn’t have a “prince” riding up to save her from a mundane existence, but really, it’s more like the proverbial ostrich inserting his head into the sand, and unwilling to accept the will of God for her life.
Why have Caroline travel out of the U.S. when she’s such a homebody?

Having her travel, which she isn’t totally fond of, forces her to climb out of her comfort zone. She knows what she has to do–make an apology–whether everything turns out the way she wants it to or not, and because she has to travel a distance, she has plenty of time to ruminate on her “follies.” Overall, a good disciplinarian action for her.



Is there a spiritual thread?

Yes. Accepting God’s will for our lives. We can’t make things happen the way we want, and if we force the issue, most times, it turns out to be an unsatisfactory situation. Caroline has to learn that, and once she does, she couldn’t be happier.



Happy Reading!

How Big is YOUR Fish?

by Carole Brown

“My Fish was this big. Honest!”

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead,
either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin
What kind of mundane life do you live?
One that flows along with no huge rocks to steer around?
One that avoids any shallows where your boat may get stuck?
Or the rapids where’s there’s a danger around every bend?
Or do you seek every day to find another reason to explore the excitement of living?
Do you gather good and bad things in your life
and those around you as fodder for your writing?
Is life too tame for you?
Do you run toward new adventures with arms wide open?
How big is YOUR fish?
Are all your aims and actions geared toward
what you believe is the right direction–for you?
Can you honestly say you’re doing things worth writing about?

Welcome, Sharyn Kopf!

by Carole Brown

It’s good to welcome Sharyn to our site today! She’s a talented person besides being an author, and a sweet fell0w Ohioian ACFWer. Here’s a bit about her:Headshot 4.1.14

Sharyn Kopf didn’t discover her voice until she found a way to turn grief into hope. For her, that meant realizing it was okay to be sad about her singleness. In doing so, she was finally able to move past her grief and find hope in God.

It also meant writing about the heartaches and hopes of being an older single woman. She published her first novel, Spinstered, in 2014, and a companion nonfiction version titled Spinstered: Surviving Singleness After 40, in 2015. Her work has also appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Splickety Love magazine.

Besides writing and speaking, Sharyn is an editor and marketing professional. She loves to connect with readers and singles on Facebook or email. In her spare time, she enjoys goofing off with her nieces and nephews, making—and eating!—the best fudge (CB: I can testify to that! Lol) ever, long hikes through the woods and playing the piano.

Connect with her here:


Read on to find out her thoughts about writing another book and how easy it is . . . or not! 

Sharyn . . .

Someone once told me when people say they want to write a novel what they mean is they want to have written a novel. They want it to be done without going through the pain and bleeding of actually doing it.

I totally get that.

As of August 24, I’ve officially finished four books—two novels, one nonfiction work and a novella. And each time, when I’m still getting started, I wonder how “the end” will ever happen. Seriously, if feels like an impossible task.

Now, I always have ideas. Scenes roll through my head, but they’re just pictures, snapshots, really, of what will happen but without substance or context. I wonder if I can find the words—the right and perfect words—to string all those photos together, adding more scenes until it comes to life, a dream turned into reality.

But until it’s done I don’t know what’s going to work. It’s a journey, an exploration of thoughts and words. Because even though I have those images, each sentence is a surprise, creating a new, unexpected photo.

All reasons why finishing a book is, to me, a tiny miracle. One moment I wonder if it’s ever going to come together and make sense and capture everything I intended … and the next moment it’s done.

It happened again when I recently finished my second novel, Inconceived. After years of it being nothing more than a scrapbook of ideas, it came together. I’m still somewhat in awe about that. Some incidents I knew were coming; others threw me as completely off-guard as they did my characters. Health issues. Relationships ending, beginning and starting over. Trips home and broken hearts and true forgiveness—the kind that can change a person’s life.

But somehow by the grace of God it did come together. I’m stunned, again, to have this moving picture of a story complete.

And now it’s time to start again with book three!


Inconceived Blurb:

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Realizing you’re a spinster is one thing; understanding what that means and how to handle it is another. And it would seem Jolene, Uli and Catie still have a ways to go before they truly comprehend what God is trying to show them not only in their desire to marry but in their longing to have children of their own.

As one relationship ends and another begins, Jolene Woods realizes she needs to finally deal with the guilt and regret of her past if she’s ever going to move on. And so she embarks on a journey she hopes will bring forgiveness … but may, in fact, only lead to more regret. Did the mistakes of her youth forever destroy her chance to be a mother?

Uli Odell has her own journey, though it’s more of an escape from the pain and embarrassment of a broken engagement. She ends up at her mother’s home in Iowa, separated from her friends and desperate for money. But there are some problems she just can’t run away from.

Though Catie’s heart is in a stronger place since she met God on a mountain three months ago, she still doesn’t have answers to many of her questions. Then the possibility of an unhealthy relationship and the reality of a life-altering medical diagnosis makes her wonder if she’s figured out anything at all.

As their lives head off in different directions, each of these friends will need God—and each other—to find their way to healing.


Readers, how hard do you think writing a book is? Have you ever thought you’d like to try to write one? 

Thanks for joining us, Sharyn. Readers, be sure to check out Sharyn’s books and her social links! 

A Warm Welcome to Multi-published Lisa Lickel!

by Carole Brown

Thrilled to have Lisa visiting today, and especially envious of her home! Nevertheless, I welcome her, and hope you readers enjoy her visit. I had the privilege of reading her book, and loved it. Troubling, well-written, and a book that made me think, it was, an attention grabber!

Here’s a bit about her Lisa Lickel A (3) 105 KBfirst:

Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a
Great Lakes ship captain. A multi-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, she also writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, a freelance editor, and sometimes magazine editor. Visit http://www.LisaLickel.com.

Personal social links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lisalickelauthor
Goodreads: http://www.facebook.com/lisalickel
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lisajlickel
Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/2bPxi2X


Now on to her interview:

Lisa, tell us a little bit of how you were called, or began writing. Happenstance? A clear call? A chosen career?

I didn’t begin considering writing as a career path until I was forty years old and gainfully employed. My youngest child was about to leave home, and I realized I needed something to do to fill in that time. I happened to see an article in a now defunct women’s Christian magazine for a now defunct writing program. It was an expensive online course, but like I said, I’d been gainfully employed. A lot of things changed pretty quickly and although I didn’t start making (any) replacement funds for over ten years, my husband very kindly didn’t remind me I told him I’d give this writing thing a year and a half, then find something else.

The wonder of a patient husband! What is the message(s) in the book you’re promoting today? Do you like a definite spiritual theme or do you keep it less obvious as you write? Can you give us a very brief scene (paragraph) as an example?

I was taught to start with a theme and grow the story from there. I began with a verse from Micah 6:8. There are several versions of it, of course, but basically it says the Lord requires us to practice mercy, be just, and walk humbly with Him. There are several messages in the book—how does God answer opposing prayers, for example—but the core is really mercy, and it really is a subtle thread woven throughout. Maybe too subtle, but I can’t give away one of the very last scenes in which the winding story finally comes to an end, so here’s a piece of the scene when the Alexian Brother, Able, who’s the narrator, realizes he can’t continue to stay silent, and his friend, Father Diego, is the one to start the mercy track rolling.

But, Father, I confessed.
Not everything.
Father Diego touched Able’s sleeve. “The Blessed Mother told me it was time to return.”
Able whispered, “Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.”
“Our sin is ever before Him, Able. Somehow I am convinced any absolution I can give you tonight will never be enough. You must also forgive yourself.”
Able still faced the altar. “My sin has a face, Diego. I spoke to the man in his grief over his wife. I know him. I prayed with and for him. I prayed with his wife, not knowing who she was. This time, I accept that what we are doing is wrong. I cannot allow the doctor to continue to use people, no matter the cost.”
“Admitting you have trouble is the first step, my friend. Come, let us reason together.”
Able followed Diego to his apartment.
I can just feel his passionate agony. Very good illustration. What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it? J

Ah, my favorite part and why you should read it don’t necessarily correspond, so I’ll settle for why I love it. I set out to explore how God answers prayers for everyone, even if they are in direct opposition. Someone has to win, and if he does, then someone has to lose, right? What if they both prayed to win, cause, really, who prays to lose? I wasn’t even sure how that works when I started writing the book, but the answer grew organically along with way. This story truly brought me closer to the Lord and helped me empathize with parents who are always out of step with their children, no matter what they try to do. It took me out of my comfort zone to research a different faith tradition and to think about boundaries in medical ethics.

Oh, my. That made me think too, almost as if I’d never considered it before: where two people (or more) may pray. Who should get their answer? Thankfully, God knows how to answer! Give us three items about yourself: hobbies, loves, fun or weird habits, food/snack kicks you like, what would you be if not a writer–that sort of thing.

  • Three pieces of me:
    My husband and I found an exclusive piece of Yellowstone National Park in which to camp, and I’m not telling anyone about it. We’ve stayed there twice now, and it’s one of my favorite places to visit.
  • I have to walk around and make sure all the kitchen cabinets and drawers are shut tight before I go to bed. I share the 160-year-old house with too many mice when we first moved in and got tired of washing things constantly after they’d been visited.
  • I would give up chocolate before I gave up eating bread. If I had to.

Oh, my. Those are interesting. I would beg to know your secret place, but fear you’d hold fast to keeping that secret! Lol. Lastly, share an incident when you’ve been very happy/excited or very disappointed/depressed during and because of your writing career? How were you able to get past the bad and move on to the good?

Here’s the importance of having friends, critique partners, and networking.

During the final critique phase with my buddy Gail Pallotta, I had to change computers, and…you guessed it, lost a lot of stuff, including the most recent version of Innocents Pray (I’ve been working at it for eight years). Nothing showed back up again after I reloaded my program, but…Gail to the rescue! She kept and sent back to me all the chapters we had worked on, so I was able to rebuild the book. But I wasn’t sure if that was another roadblock to getting this book out, or whether I should jump over it and keep going, in the dark, at breakneck speed, in unfamiliar territory.

You see, from my first agent years ago who told me intelligent women don’t buy serious issue books (I guess it was before Jodi Picoult, Francine Rivers, or Brandilyn Collins? Or maybe it was commercial fiction?) to the second agent who wouldn’t represent this manuscript, to the acquisitions editor who chased me across two publications we worked for, to the third agent who offered me a contract based on this manuscript but then took it back, to the fourth agent who finally got a contract which then fell apart after months of assurances, I have been wondering whether or not this story was worth it. But when I read the endorsements and reviews, I am blessed.

Ah, the pricelessness of excellent critique partners!


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Justice, mercy, and humbleness collide when four people pray for different answers to the same situation. How will God answer all of them?

What is wrong with trying to cure cancer? Brother Able, hospice chaplain, asks himself that question every day. His boss, Dr. Rich Bernard, performs closet genetic experiments at Paradise House. He blackmails Abl
e into keeping his secret. When a grieving husband asks Able to pray for his dying wife, Able finally breaks his silence.

Libby Davis might be prepared to accept death, to sacrifice herself for Rich’s greater cause but fails to comprehend the love of a husband who cannot let her go and the son who’s a whisper from the edge of reason. Brother Able wades into battle for those innocents in her life. If he wins, it won’t be only Libby’s family he saves.

Buy links
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Thank you so much for joining us, Lisa! I’m happy to host you today!

Readers, be sure to comment and let Lisa know how much you enjoyed her interview! 

Five Back to School Tips for the Should-Be Ardent Writer

by Carole Brownschool-bus free

Okay, Okay. I KNOW some of us don’t have children in school anymore. BUT that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the end of summer and soon-to-be Autumn season! So I compiled a few thoughts of how to breathe new enthusiasm into your writing work. Let me know what you think and if you have any other thoughts of how you renew your writing energy.


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1. Focus.

Make a general list of what you want to accomplish this season. 



2.  Go over–re-read–your unfinished manuscripts.

Some questiokeyboard-freens you need to think about before beginning your reading session: A) Do you have a deadline–either from your publisher or a
self-made one? If so, begin with that work as a priority. B) If A. isn’t a matter to be concerned with, then move on to: Is there one that will take more time for research? One that just doesn’t feel is the right time to work on it? Which one gives you a tug of interest?

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3.  Brainstorm.

Yes, I believe in having one or two special people that you can toss ideas at, OR that they can toss ideas back at you. It’s not so much that you’ll use their ideas. But they can help get the creative juices flowing again, and you can always adjust their ideas–if they are possibilities–to fit your story plot line. I’m almost always rejuvenated by brainstorming with my two best writing buddies. 🙂


4.  Take some nnotes2-freeotes.

Yeah, you’re pantster (maybe). I know. I am too (mostly). But it doesn’t EVER hurt to jot down some ideas of where you want to go (even if you change them later), some plot ideas of what could happen, how you want your protagonist to react or what good and bad quirks your antagonist has,  etc. You may use them, or not, you may change them, but they’re a start, and that’s what you need.


5.  Finalhappy2 freely, enjoy!

Set reasonable daily goals. Turn off your inner editor (as much as possible, and if you can’t, keep that editor under control! Lol). Realize that this is what you WANT to do, so proceed at YOUR own decision-making speed. Re-read a scene or chapter at the start of each writing session to get you going–then write. Don’t worry about whether it needs editing or that you might delete it later. Take a break when you need one or feel brain dead or discouraged. Remember, this is something you love, that you want to do, that you feel compelled to do, so don’t let anything discourage you. Do whatever you need to do to keep inspired. 

Hoping these thoughts encourage you to press on with a renewed writing vigor for the approaching Autumn season. More thoughts on this later . . .

What do you do to keep inspired?



It’s All About Me–NOT!

by Carole Brown

Why helping your fellow-authors is beneficial to YOUR writing career.

  • Don’t ever think one writer is more important than another. Why? The simple friends freeanswer is, because they’re not. We’re all equal. We’re all important in our own rights. We’re all traveling on different paths of this journey, whether by our own efforts, desires, decisions, God’s will, or whatever. No one should be able to say, I’m superior because of blah, blah, blah.
  • Promote other authors. But that takes time away from my own limited time frame, you say. Yep, but not much. So then, how?

1.  Begin with your local friends and local or close writer groups. These people are those who you no doubt associate with frequently or meet with often. They might be closer friends, those you talk with online more often than others. 

  • How long will it take to hit a share button for a new release or promotion? Requests to help by tweeting? Do it if you have a Twitter account.
  • When fellow/friend authors hold online promotions, try to take a few minutes and blog-freeshow up at their event site. Like a few posts, make a comment or two, let her/him know you’re there to support.
  • If you have a blog, host an author now and then, or maybe do like I do sometimes and have a post recommending (and promoting) another (or two or three) author’s book(s).
  • Share your knowledge, speak when the opportunity opens, help guide newbies with hints and ideas on how to they  can proceed successfully in their journey.

2.  Branch out. These are new people, those who’ve already “made it” and those who could be beneficial to your career. How to do this?

  • Be friendly, but not pushy. Almost everyone appreciates a smile, a complsmile_faceiment and a word of encouragement.
  • At conferences, sitting with others you might not know that well, be prepared to share a thought or two or, if the chance comes up, a question or two. Know how to phrase your own credentials in a positive, but unboasting way, even if you’re not a bestselling author yet.
  • Reach out when opportunities come up. Doesn’t matter what they are, if you’re comfortable with the offer, have the time (or can make the time), do it.


Extra thoughts:

Look for opportunities to do something nice.  An example:

At one conference, sitting at a table next to an editor I had thought I might want to approach about a book, I realized after a bit, that we wouldn’t be a good match. So when another author from across the table and the editor began talking and seemed to be on the same level, I offered my seat next to the editor to the author. I immediately saw how impressed the editor was that I would do that. No, at the time, we weren’t a good match. But down the road? Who knows what might/could happen?

Benefits for You:

  • Gets you attention. People notice when others do nice things. They may not let you know about it at the time, but believe me, they will see and remember. When you need a favor or an “in” you’ll already have established yourself in others’ eyes as a worthy person.
  • Gives you a leg-up on opportunities. You may not need or even want many that pop up, but occasionally you’ll find one that interests you or benefits your writing efforts. Grab it and to with it. You earned it.
  • Gives you Author Exposure. Whether you’re published now, or it’s in your future, you want to get known. Yes, this is similar to the first benefit I mentioned. That one feeling good freepointed primarily toward view you as a polite, charismatic person nice to be around. This one is more business-oriented. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is worthless when it comes to getting your name out there, and when you help others, you get noticed. More people will be encouraged to buy your books, ask you for endorsements and reviews and to write blog posts for their sites. You want all the exposure you can get.
  • Gives you a great feeling about yourself.

A couple warnings:

  • You’ll never be able to keep up with all the requests you’ll eventually getattention2 free from others wanting/needing endorsements and reviews. You’ll have to follow your heart on this one. Just remember that the one who might not be quite as popular may appreciate and need that review more than the more successful author. Think about it.
  • Secondly, a pet peeve confession! 🙂  I see on some of the author group sites I’m part of, that a person may share an achievement, an event or some other good news. Two, three, sometimes more will like and congratulations, but what do I see? Many who’ve viewed that post, but didn’t have time to hit, at the least, a like? Why? Well, I’m not God, not even a judge, but it makes me wonder, and it hurts me to think that people can see a wonderful happening in their “friend’s” life and not even show their happiness for them. Think about it.

Remember: It’s all about YOU and ME.