Sunday, October 23, 2016

The #science of #fear on the SNARKOLOGY HALLOWEEN HOP!


We all have it, don't we?

Whether it's a fear of spiders...


or snakes...


Can anyone say, " go first!"

 Okay, Indiana Jones moment aside (and YES, that is why I fear snakes!), you gotta ask...why do we have fear at all?

Is it Nature?

Or is it Nurture?

Maybe a bit of both...

I had two dogs. No fear of thunderstorms. But then I took in an older dog who was terrified of storms. Would pant on my face and shake on the bed the whole time. Guess what? She TAUGHT our other two dogs to do the same thing! It was a LEARNED fear. PS - anyone with a dog who is scared of storms, you have my sympathy!


What if we were killed by falling off a cliff in a past life? Would we be born with an innate fear of heights?

Past lives, you say!!?!?!?! I don't believe in past lives! Okay, well, how about science? Our DNA carries memories of our ancestors. What if our great-great-great-great grandfather was killed in a sword fight? Would we have a fear of knives?


Here is a link to a great article on the SCIENCE OF FEAR:

To sum it up: we are BORN with an innate fear of falling and loud sounds. EVERYTHING else is learned...

Tell me in the comments what you are MOST scared of for a chance to win a FREE SIGNED COPY of FIRST CONTACT OR THE SEER'S LOVER in paperback or ebook!

I'm mostly scared of what I think is out there that I can't see. I suppose that is why I write about angels, demons, and ghosts...


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Review of READING BETWEEN THE LIVES by Ashantay Peters #timetravel #romance #5starread

Supernatural skeptic Gabriella Jung sees a psychic for answers to romance questions. Can't hurt, right? She scoffs at the prediction that she faces parallel lives and alternate dimensions. Hours later, she's having visions, and not from too much wine.

Adrian Comstock can't explain his instant attraction to Gabby. Although she's off limits, she haunts his dreams. But when the dreams change from seductive to realistic depictions of tense showdowns in the 1860s, Adrian is baffled, yet still unable to stay away.

Gabby's reality unravels as the flood of visions increases. Can computer geek Adrian help her navigate time, space, and the 1860s? Or will they remain forever trapped in a time loop?

Well, I'm super excited to give an enthusiastic 
to Ashantay Peter's time travel romance! 
Here's my review...

Check your Karma at the door!

Hold up - this book was a lot of fun! I love my share of romances, but this was one I couldn't put down. Peters lends such depth and dedication to her characters that draws you in so far, that when you're reading, it's like you really are standing next to them living everything they live and feeling everything they feel. I loved how the author pulled the time-travel aspects into this book, an expert weave of leaving you wanting more. The idea of karma and being able to fix things from past lives was wonderful. The book is well-written and one where you'll carry the characters with you forever and wonder what you need to do in your life to make up your own past lives mistakes.

Here's more from Ashantay herself on karma, the book's origins, and past lives...leave a comment and tell us if you've led any exciting past lives!

Welcome to Quill or Pill!  

Tell us, how do you define "karma."

1. Karma, as many of us have heard or experienced, can be a bitch. But you've asked me for my definition so here goes. Buddhists and Hindus believe karma is the sum of all of a person's actions in all their lives. How they've acted determines what they will face in the future. After a lot of experimentation (read "acting out"), I  understand that because karma is the result of my actions, I can change my life by controlling my reactions, thoughts, and actions. If karma is a bitch, it's because that's what I've been. 

Where did you get the idea for the book?

2. The idea for the book came to me, well...I'm not sure. I'd seen the movie"Sliding Doors" years earlier, and wanted to try my own take on the idea of parallel lives. I'd done just enough reading on quantum mechanics to be dangerous, and then there was Big Bang Theory awakening my slumbering interest in science. So, long story in one phrase - it was time. Still, from start to finish the book took over two years.

Do you think you've lived past lives? Can you share?

3.  Yes, I know I've lived many times before. No, I wasn't Cleopatra or Napoleon, though I did live in both Egypt and France around those eras. And in Greece as a man. Mongolia as a hermit-type male. There are a number of books outlining how to research past lives for those interested. It's not scary and can be quite helpful in understanding deep-seated fears. 

Author Bio:

Ashantay Peters loves escaping into a well-written book. Her reading addiction also has her perusing magazines, newspapers, Internet articles and even food labels. The last is often feebly excused as an attempt to maintain health, but her friends know the truth.

She lives in the mountains of western North Carolina, a happy transplant from the much colder (and flatter) Midwest. She loves to hear from readers! Give her a holler via and she'll get back with you as soon as she comes in from gardening or takes a break from writing her next book. You have her solemn promise that she will not stalk you.


Friday, July 22, 2016

The Wild Rose Press Blog Hop! #giveaway #kindlefire #Rafflecopter My #PINK summer tricks!

I'm super excited to join my fellow Roses for a GREAT Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY this summer!

I just threw a baby shower for my friend Melissa who is having a baby girl this Winter and went ALL IN on the pink decorations! (Melissa is on the left) - don't these two look absolutely ravishing?!?

So my 11 year old who is obsessed with DIY everything did some Pinterest research and helped me out  A LOT with the pink theme. We bought a cute onesie and had everyone sign it:

My favorite was these mason drinking jars with cute daisy cut out lids and straws I got from Amazon. I filled them with pink lemonade and Sprite - so cute and what a hit!

Add in a plate of pink cookies, pink covered strawberries, pink goldfish (who knew!) and there you have it. I also made pink POPCORN - super cute. I used the pink candy melts from JoAnne Fabrics to coat the popcorn and dip the strawberries:

My daughter also dressed up the straws for the pink cake:

Last but not least, we covered Hershey's bars in pink wrapping paper and cut out the SHE and gave it a little ribbon....what do you think?

So there you have it - your pink summer hacks for a baby shower or for just a girlie afternoon with your friends! Leave a comment and you'll be entered to win a book of choice by yours truly!

Have a GREAT rest of your summer and HOP ALONG and enjoy the rest of the blog hop brought to you by my awesome publisher...The Wild Rose Press!!!


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Monday, February 22, 2016

WI Author Festival - Author Spotlight Susan Baganz

Another amazing author coming to West Allis Library event on March 19th, 2016 at 1:00pm -

Today's spotlight is on: Susan Baganz

Susan M. Baganz chases after three Hobbits, and is a native of Wisconsin. She is an Acquisitions Editor with Prism Book Group, specializing in bringing great romance novels and novellas to publication. Susan writes adventurous historical and contemporary romances with a biblical world-view.

She has written Pesto & Potholes and Salsa & Speedbumps, the first two books in her contemporary romance series. Feta & Freeways is due out later this year. She is also the author of Fragile Blessings, a historical novella. 

Susan speaks, teaches, and encourages others to follow God in being all He has created them to be. With her seminary degree in counseling psychology, a background in the field of mental health, and years serving in church ministry, she understands the complexities and pain of life as well as its craziness. She serves behind-the-scenes in various capacities at her church. Her favorite pastimes are lazy…snuggling with her dog while reading a good book, or sitting with a friend chatting over a cup of spiced chai latte.
You can learn more by following her blog, her Twitter feed @susanbaganz or her fan page,

Sunday, February 21, 2016

WI Author Festival - Author Spotlight Kelley Lynn

Another amazing author coming to West Allis Library event on March 19th, 2016 at 1:00pm -

Today's spotlight is on: Kelley Lynn

Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer and wrote. Somewhere along the way she became a young adult author. 

Kelley's enjoyed working with Bloomsbury Spark (ROAD TO SOMEWHERE and ONE WISH AWAY) as well as publishing work on her own (THE FRACTION SERIES).

 Feel free to hang out with Kelley at her Facebook Page or see what she's tweeting about. (@KelleyLynn1) She loves to get feedback  on her work through