Monday, May 2, 2022

Happy May Giveaway.

 This month's giveaway features over 30 prizes!                           Thank you N.N. Light


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Portence: Fae Warriors Book 3

In the final battle to save the Earth, Fae Warrior, Portence Goodeve stands ready to serve Mother Nature. But as she fights for the future of the planet, she’s haunted by her past. One near-death experience and a betrayal that goes deep become weapons that could get her killed.
 
Malachi, a cross/breed, half-sorcerer and half-Fae, is back to help fight the Reptile invaders. Once upon a time, his sexy Fae-half stole Portence's heart, breath, and good sense. Then he abandoned her—what if it happens again? Should she surrender to desire, giving both Malachi and love another chance? Or seek retribution and be done with him forever?
 
Portence and her sisters, as well as their Earth partners, are in a fight for their lives. When Malachi's magic is stolen and his life is in danger, will she discover the path to her future is bound by both love and duty?
SuperKam reviews says: Portence and Malachi’s love scene: It has fun, sexy, creative….. magical. Most importantly, it was memorable and that says a lot because, as an avid reader, I have read A LOT of love scenes.



Monday, April 18, 2022

Goat notes and Donkey Tales #3 Donkey fun facts.

From the facebook post of 
Fox Run Equine Center
www.foxrunequine.com


 15 fun facts about donkeys:

1. A donkey is stronger than a horse of the same size.
2. Donkeys can see all four of their feet at the same time.
3. Donkeys can vary hugely in size, from 26 inches to 68 inches tall
4. A donkey's bray can carry up to 60 miles in the desert.
5. Donkeys have incredibly efficient digestive systems, utilizing 95% of what they eat.

6. Donkeys do not like being in the rain for long periods as their hair is not waterproof.

7. Donkeys have been used as working animals for at least 5,000 years and they are still a lifeline to families in parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America
8. Healthy donkeys can live well into their 50s
9. A blind donkey will often bond with a seeing donkey who will act as their guide
10. Donkeys can be a calming influence on other animals.
11. Donkeys are very clever with a keen sense of curiosity.
Watching the gat go in.
12. Donkeys are not stubborn but can be reluctant to do anything that might be unsafe - they consider situations before deciding what to do
13. Donkeys are extremely nimble and can cross tricky terrain

14. Donkeys are very sociable and form strong bonds - you will often see pairs of best friends within a herd
15. Donkeys are different to horses in their physiology, communication, thinking and behavior - they do their best with other donkeys as companions.
My donkeys, Rosie and Jack, are from the Long Hopes Donkey Shelter in Bennett, Colorado. M

Monday, April 11, 2022

Tartan Day 2022

       
            
 Quite a blustery day, 
                  perfect for seeing men in kilts! 


And spending time out of doors with my sister.
Tartan Day is a North American celebration of Scottish heritage on 6 April, the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320, the Scottish Declaration of Independence. It also recognizes achievements of Americans of Scottish descent.
                          

There was myth..... 
And music.....
and monsters!
Lots of cool weaponry to look at and wish for. 



        I especially enjoyed the weaving tent. 
   Here is a four harness floor loom, the tartan being made was amazingly complicated. I'm still making tea towels and scarves on my rigid heddle loom!  


we were about to see the spinners at work, but their tent started blowing away! 

The most interesting and authentically dressed person I met was this gentleman. He said he'd been doing reenacting for 30 years. Wish we'd had more time to chat. 



Remember to always Persevere. 
Looking forward to the next Tartan Day. 


















































Friday, April 1, 2022

Giveaway over 30 prizes, Happy Spring.

 

N.N. Light Book Heaven has done it again.
Over 30 prizes including an E-book copy of 
Bliss: Fae Warriors Book 2 



Bliss: Fae Warriors Book 2
A prize winning trilogy
 where each book stands alone for 
a fun and adventurous romance.
Fae Warrior, Bliss Goodeve, fires up her empath skills to help Mother Nature battle the Reptiles invading Earth. But when it comes to her new human partner, Nathaniel Winston Calhoun, Bliss would rather make love than wage war. A man of mystery, he even makes horn-rimmed glasses and a white lab coat sexy. 

    Nate admits to being a brainiac, at least that’s the persona he shows the outside world. If his boss discovered his checkered past, life could get complicated. The bad boy in Nate wants Bliss in the worst way. The scientist in him calculates high odds of being left brokenhearted.    

   After one Reptile goes rogue, it’s up to Bliss, Nate, and an alien critter named Noodge to bring him down. But time is running out, and things are heating up—especially romantically. Bliss is all for living in the moment. But will that be enough for either one of them? 

Noodge, Bliss' Rapran other-worldly partner. 
He can smell a reptile a mile away. 
Then he looks like this. 

N.N. Light review: Exciting, superbly written, an edge of the seat thriller with many times you can pump your fist and cheer. Just a fantastic book.

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

Great Scott!

 



   Where did the saying "Great Scott!" come from? This familiar old inoffensive exclamation, was popular in the second half of the 1800’s and the early 1900’s. Possibly a substitution for Great G-d, the phrase was also resurrected in 1985 by Christopher Lloyd’s Doc Brown character in the first Back to the Future movie. 

    In 1971 the largest lunar sample brought back to earth was named Great Scott after the mission commander David Scott. But where did the term originate?

     Historically, the phrase is generally associated with two specific "Scotts": Scottish author Sir Walter Scott and, US general Winfield Scott, also known as Old Fuss and Feathers.

    An explicit connection of Sir Walter Scott's name is found in a poem published 15 August 1871, on the 100th anniversary of Scott's birth:

Whose wild free charms, he chanted forth Great Scott! When shall we see thy like again? Great Scott!


  


   Apparently Mark Twain held Sir Walter in distain as indicated by his repeated use of the phrase in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889). And in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), where he names a sinking boat the Walter Scott.

   The phrase also appears in a 3 May1864 diary entry by Private Robert Knox Sneden (Eye of the Storm: a Civil War Odyssey)"Great Scott," who would have thought that this would be the destiny of the Union Volunteer in 1861.

                       General Winfield Scott
                                *********

    In my next historical romance, my heroine Una McLaren, is a Scottish immigrant. While she doesn’t utter the phase, I think she qualifies as being a Great Scott!

 


Check out my current western Undercover Outlaw winner of The Beverley Award. https://books2read.com/u/me7J9A  http://ginirifkin.blogspot.com

 

Great Scott from Back to the Future

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX4ZguOZjhs



Tuesday, March 1, 2022

March Giveaway, grab a book to read in the re-immerging sunhine and warmth.

                                   Enter contest here



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Over 40 prizes, including an E-copy of.......
SOLACE 
Fae Warriors book one
(although a trilogy, each book stands alone)

Solace Goodeve, one of Mother Nature’s favorite Fae Warriors, is assigned to Earth to help save the planet. Reptile invaders, disguising themselves as humans, are waging a takeover—and Mother is mad enough to eat asteroids. Solace is ready to prove herself as a warrior, but having a human for a partner is not in her battle plan—even if the man is rugged, ripped, and ready for action. 

Army Ranger, Tanner Jackson, has seen his share of black op missions. The last one took a toll on both body and soul. Tanner isn’t looking for love, even though his new partner is six-foot-tall and drop dead gorgeous. However, after Solace shows him a new meaning to working undercover, he may have to reconsider that possibility.

As the Reps plan to sabotage NOAA, Tanner and Solace must learn to trust one another. But as they're trying to save the world, Solace and Tanner might just lose their hearts—and that takes the most courage of all.
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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Goat notes and Donkey tales No. 2 Where did donkeys originate?

            
                                        Jack and Rosie 
     There were two separate species of the African ass: the Nubian wild ass and the Somali wild ass. Our modern domesticated donkeys are all descended from these African wild ancestors. 
   Donkeys were first domesticated around 6,000 years ago in North Africa and Egypt for meat and milk. Around 2,000 years ago donkeys were among the hardworking animals used to carry silk from the Pacific Ocean to the Mediterranean along the Silk Road.         
   The African wild donkey is a member of the horse family.

They live in the deserts and arid areas of the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia and Somalia, also in the Arabian Peninsula and in the Middle East. Many are endangered, especially the subspecies of the Somali and Nubian ass. 
  
   Other than on the French Poitou donkey, there is a slender, dark dorsal stripe in all subspecies. The Nubian wild ass, as well as the domestic donkey, also has a stripe across the shoulder creating the legendary cross.
   The legs of the Somali wild ass are striped with black. My donkey Rosie, has faint leg stripes! 
      Wild asses can run almost as fast as a horse. However, unlike most hoofed mammals, their tendency is to not flee right away from a potentially dangerous situation, but to investigate first before deciding what to do.
   My two donkeys are much more laidback than the horses I've been around. I think this contributes to the mistaken idea that donkeys are stubborn. Perhaps they are being thoughtful. Sometimes their consideration of a situation can save not only themselves, but you. 
   When necessary, donkeys defend themselves with powerful bites, and kicks from both their front and hind legs
A wall of stacked donkey hides. 
   Donkeys have long been abused, whether by being used for roping practice, currently being slaughtered by the thousands for hide glue used in cosmetics, or being rounded up by in American by the BLM Bureau of Land Management. 
    Yet they remain loving and forgiving animals.     
                                                                                                            
      Jack and Rosie are both rescues from 
                 Longhopes Donkey Shelter

                                    
                          Go here to read about 
                            the horrific hide glue
                             cosmetic industry
                
  #donkeys #wilddonkeys #hideglueincosmetics 
#Longhopesdonkeyshelter