Category Archives: reading

Don’t You Just Love Advice?

Hi there, guys and dolls! And just like that, it’s Friday! Time for one of my favorite pastimes, doling out advice. The best part is that it’s wanted. Now, to be honest, I don’t care. I’ll share my vast and … Continue reading

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Weekends are Made for Intrigue

Hi there, guys and dolls! Already Thursday’s here. My goodness, I just got over Monday. With the next weekend almost upon us, it’s time for my Raves and Faves, and this week I’m so excited to talk about the Lane … Continue reading

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New Season, New Changes

Hi there, guys and dolls! Yes, it has been a while, hasn’t it? Lordy, I’ve missed being out and about in the social swirl. My girls have been so busy, but not forgetting me. Yes, they are at work on … Continue reading

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A Terrific Twelvetide to You!

Hi there, guys and dolls! Well, it has been a while, hasn’t it? My girls, Andrea and Heather, have finally let me come out and play again. They left me swivelling on a rather precarious (yet entertaining) barstool while they … Continue reading

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The Girl Means the World to Us…

Hi there guys and dolls, Andrea and Heather here. Slowly but surely we’ve been getting back to Barbara Jean’s Poppy Cove Mysteries set in her beloved Santa Lucia. From what we’ve seen in recent news, its alternative reality of Santa … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Magic

Hi there, guys and dolls! As writers, my girls Andrea and Heather make things up. They pull ideas out of what seems like thin air, making up tales of trails that twist along and lead somewhere. There is plenty of … Continue reading

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I Wonder as I Wander

Hi there, guys and dolls! Isn’t September such a beautiful month? In most places, the days are still warm, but the nights have a little crisp snap to them, and the sunlight has a wonderful glow. Everything’s a little quieter, … Continue reading

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Marilyn Takes 5 with Barbara Jean

Hi there, guys and dolls! Sigh, the end of summer is nigh. Hasn’t it been such a lovely one? Yours truly has had such a golden time; it was just so peachy with my time so beachy. However, the month … Continue reading

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I Wonder About Them

Hi there, guys and dolls! Hope your summer has been going along swimmingly. Yours truly has been having such a fantabulous one, I’m always up to something. Which makes me think about my Santa Lucians in my Poppy Cove Mysteries and what they do. Everyone’s … Continue reading

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Just What Have You Been Up To, Barbara Jean?

Hi there, guys and dolls! I’m happy to report that my Andrea’s very much on the mend and that Heather is still not been driven crazy and pleased to be that Nightingale gal for a bit longer. Now yours truly … Continue reading

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