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Great news updates for Kathi Daley fans!!

Random Thoughts and Meaningless Musings


Happy Friday everyone. I am in Missouri for the Tonya Kappes Mystery Train this weekend. I know a lot of you plan to attend as well and I am superexcited to meet everyone. Even if you aren’t planning to attend the train event we will be doing a book signing at the Cape Girardeau Barnes and Noble on Sunday at noon so please do stop by if you are in the area.


In other news, the Whodunit Group that I was previously involved with has disbanded. Six of us from the group joined together and created Cozy Characters, a new Facebook group where Tonya, Julie, Laura, Tracy, Lynn, and I can share our books and our lives with the readers we love. Here is the link to join if you haven’t already done so https://www.facebook.com/groups/1781437155457873/


The Pumpkins in Paradise Book Club is complete and I think everyone really had a lot of…

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Mini Computer = Easier Writing on the Road

I bought this Dell computer last Friday afternoon. I was looking for a computer that I could just put in my purse and go, but still be able to write books, short stories, etc. when I’m on the road. I am now in love with this one! It also caDell Inspiron 2016 Model 11.6-inch HD Laptop Premium High Performance | Intel Dual-Core | 2GB RAM | 32GB SSD | Bluetooth | WiFi | Windows 10 (Blue)me with a free 1-year subscription to Office 365.

I bought it, rushed home, ripped it out of the packaging and fired it up. I created a home group in my big computer and hooked them together. And, just like MAGIC, when I was out of town over the weekend, I was able to pull this nice little mini computer out of my purse and do some writing. No muss. No fuss. SO much easier than lugging the big 17 inch screen laptop around. This mini me computer weighs next to nothing! If you’re looking to downsize, this would be a great choice!! This little guy is less than 12 inches wide which made it SO easy to slip into the side pocket of my purse.

Here is it right next to a paperback copy of Death of a Wolfman so you can get a really good idea of the size of it. It did take me a minute to get used to the smaller keyboard, but it was so worth it! What do you think?




Nice to read about one of the attending authors so far in advance! I’m hoping to attend this one myself. Keep a look out to see if I make it. 🙂

Bookworm Coalition


I am so excited I was able to have a chat with Ozarks Indie Book Fest 2017 attending author, Elise Faber! See the brief interview below to get to know a little more about this amazing author!


Please tell us a little about yourself 🙂
I’m a huge Star Wars and Dancing with the Stars fan (though fingers crossed this season gets better!) and I love chocolate . . . like really, really love it! I live in sunny California but play ice hockey for fun. Quilting is my secret passion and I love writing books with a happily ever after. Because in this day and age, we could all use a few more HEAs! Aside from that, I have two boys—4 and 6—who keep me hopping and my hubby is awesome!
Will this be your first time at Ozarks Indie Book Fest?
Yes! I’ll be a newbie, but I’m looking…

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Using Canva to Create

I created this promotional piece using Canva.com. It’s a pretty good tool for creating your own promotional pieces. I’m not the most tech savvy person in the world and I think this one looks pretty good. What do you think? Do any of you use this tool? This is from DEATH OF A WOLFMAN and comes from a scene where Lily Gayle is at It’ll Grow Back, the hair salon belonging to her best friend, Dixie. As you can see from the promo, the girls are up to some gossip about the goings on in town.death-of-a-wolfman-snippetcover-pinterest


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I have been #reviewing #books for many years now. Its a hobby.I love to #read so why not combine the two and help authors to get their hard work “out there”

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My New Favorite Reading, Dreaming, Thinking Place…

Backyard swingI am so in love with this new swing in my backyard. There’s nothing better on a soft, warm, breezy afternoon than swinging. With a good book. Thinking about the plot of my own next book. Or just dreaming in a hazy manner.

Now that the worst of the summer heat has passed, I’m really looking forward to spending some afternoons here. It took my BF and I the better part of two days to put it together. In the garage. Because it rained the weekend we had planned to put it together. We thought we were being so smart. Y’all already know how this story is going to go, right?

We set up a couple of saw horses with some wide wood as a platform to put the swing itself together, looked at the pictures and proceeded to put the frame pieces together. Then, when we were ready to put on the slats, the holes did not line up. We tried turning the slats in over, around, upside down. The holes would NOT line up. So, we looked at the directions again and saw that there were some very specific measurements for the skeleton of the swing that we hadn’t followed.So. we took the frame apart and reassemble per the specific instructions. And, what do you know? Jsut like magic the holes in the slats lined up perfectly with the holes in the frame.

This part had taken 6 hours, so we were pretty much over putting the swing together for the day and decided to do the frame for the swing to hang from the next day. Which went very smoothly. We checked for specific measurements to make sure everyting fit together right the first time and when it was finished I was so happy! Time to move it to the back yard. But since it was raining cats and dogs, we just hooked the swing into the fram and did some garage swinging for the evening.

Monday late afternoon, it had quit raining so we unhooked the swing and got ready to move the frame into the back yard. Unfortunately, we didn’t allow for the drop of the garage door when we decided we could build the swing in the garage and just carry it to the back yard. We didnt want to disassemble the top and side so we spent an hour trying to turn, flip, squeeze that darn frame past the garage door drop. No working. Frustration station and short tempers. So we quit for the day to think it over.

Tuesday late afternoon, we are back in the gargage assessing the sitution. You can’t see it in the picture, but the board that runs across the bottom of the frame is about a foot longer in front and two feet longer in back than the sides. So, we took those bottom boards off and, WOOOOO HOOOOO! We were able to rotate frame 180 degrees and get it out of the garage and into the back yard.

I really, really love the swing. And I love it even more because I have sweat equity in it. I can proudly say I helped build this beautiful thing!