2021

Like most people, 2020 started off for me with a bang. My short-story edits were going good. Then…the pandemic.

I just realized that I hadn’t posted in seven months.

What have I been doing for the last year?

Well, instead of talking about all the negatives, I will say this…

I grew as a writer last year and will continue to push forward hopeful to get my short story collection into readers hands this year. I am still editing my work with my editor, Polly Alice McCann at Flying Ketchup Press.

To improve my writing, I recently purchased a subscription to Prowriting Aid.

It was between this and Grammarly, which is an awesome writer’s tool also.

Do you use one of these aids? If so, which one and why?

May 2021 bring blessings of good health and prosperity!

May we all choose love and respect for one another this new year!

Snow Showers in May and Mother’s Day

In Northwestern, PA, we had snow flurries today.  We had a trace amount in 2017, but the last recorded accumulating snowfall in my city occurred in May of 1925 and in 1966, we had 3.1 inches. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for sunny, warm weather.

What can we do indoors on this chilly day?

Simon says “Stop”

Mom gives the “Green light”

And together we build

Boxes piled high

Towers of love

Gathered printed pictures

Create a puzzle scene

Cards of “Old Maid” and “Go Fish”

Freeze

You’re “board”

Mom’s “game”

Memory items

Hide and then seek

No sports on tv

Mom scores

A bucket and balled up socks

Masking tape on the basement floor

The hopscotch games begin

“The sun is shining let’s go outside and play.”

“But mom I enjoyed staying in with you all day”

– Carole Lynn Jones

A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take – Cardinal Mermillod

Happy Mother’s Day

Love to all the moms out there!

Coming to Print

2019 was a busy year!  I am excited to announce that a collection of my short cozy mysteries will be coming out in the Fall of 2020 published by Flying Ketchup Press.

As we progress toward publication, I will post editing updates, sneak peeks and announcements regarding where and when my book will be available. You can also find me on Twitter @CaroleJonesy.

https://www.flyingketchuppress.com/ourauthors

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Check out Flying Ketchup Press for opportunities for your writing.

Happy Writing and Reading always!

The 9th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest

It’s Halloween and time for one of my favorite contests.

Thank you Susanna Leonard Hill for once again offering your annual Halloweensie contest.  This year’s Halloween stories must be appropriate for children and no more than 100 words. You must use the words potioncobweb and trick.  Please check out the below link for the full rules to Susanna’s contest and the other fabulous entries.

Here is my entry –

Grounded

I watched all my sisters
Above me in the sky
Moonlight casting shadows
Off their brooms as they fly.

My broom in the corner
Cobwebs cover it thick
To get me to join them
They attempt every trick.

Mixing up dark potions
Casting a flight time spell
Cackling voices chanting
“It’s go time” they all yell.

“Come on now sister witch
There is haunting to do
You need to be airborne
We can’t fly without you.”

Instead of joining them
And causing ghastly fright
I am the only witch
Who is afraid of height.

Cozy Book Review

For a second time, I was lucky to win a free book from katiescottagebooks.com

A huge “Thank you” goes out for this giveaway.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, click on the link above.

This is my first read of this author and also my first Amish mystery.  The book centers around a small quaint town in Pennsylvania which has a predominantly Amish population.  It is Christmas and the main character/amateur sleuth who is “English” (non-Amish) is planning a holiday celebration for the entire community.  When a double murder takes place, some of her closest friends are suspects and she must solve the murder before it jeopardizes the way of life she knows and the people she loves in her town.

I enjoyed this book very much.  It kept me interested and I learned several interesting things I didn’t know about the Amish culture.

There are a lot of suspects/characters in the story.  I must admit at first I was confused as to who was who when it came to some of the characters in the book but as the story progressed, I began to sort them out.  This character-driven story is very well-written and well-plotted.  Toward the end, I will say I had an inkling of who the killer was, but the way the story played out made this a page-turning cozy for me.  I am anxious to pick up another book by this author.

Thank you Berkley Prime Crime/Penguin and katiescottagebooks.com for offering me a chance to read a book I might not have otherwise picked up. I will be sure to keep an eye out for other reads by Laura Bradford.

Cozy Review- Dying for Devil’s Food

Recently the luck of the draw made me a winner in a free book contest. – katiescottagebooks.com

The book was the new release- Dying for Devil’s Food – Jenn McKinlay

This book was the eleventh in the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries (but my first read by this author).  –jennmckinlay.com

The book centers around a 15 year high school reunion.  The protagonist owns a cupcake shop and is hired to provide cupcakes for her own class reunion.  Not being one of the popular kids and suffering from intense bullying throughout school by the popular crowd who are now the reunion organizers, she has zero interest in attending but does to promote her business and also to standup to her old enemies.

At the beginning I have to admit I guessed who would be found dead and was not surprised where.  However, Jennifer McKinlay’s characters and storyline are so clearly formed that even though as the story developed, I had an inkling of who the murderer/murderess might be, I dove into her well-written plot like I would my favorite can of frosting.  A real page turner-especially the ending.

After this read I am definitely going to pick up another book by this author!

A New Year-A New Beginning

In 2019 – May all your stories even if they start bad, end good.

The 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest

Thank you Susanna Leonard Hill for once again offering your annual Halloweensie contest.  This year’s Halloween stories must be appropriate for children and no more than 100 words. You must use the words cauldronhowl and shiver.  Please check out the below link for the full rules to Susanna’s contest and the wonderful entries.

The 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest

My two entries are listed below.

ThMonsters

A loud knock on my door signaled dinner was here,
but what stood on my porch made me shiver in fear.

At my door was a monster whose name was Big Fred.
In his hands were my pizza, my soda and bread.

From a cauldron he handed out napkins and plates,
to the werewolves who toasted each other as mates.

Then together the monsters inhaled my whole meal.
Each one growling and howling, “It’s Halloween – deal.”

The Soccer Team

The soccer team that played on Halloween night
was manned by players causing shivering fright.

The vampires roamed as strikers baring sharp skills,
with crows for wingers who attacked with their bills.

The sweepers flew around. They all held a broom,
to stir their potion-filled hot cauldrons of doom.

Their zombie coach was lumbering by his net,
as werewolves howlingly defended the threat.

No shot on goal got past their keeper that day,
a six-foot monster who came ready to play.

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Rhythm and Rhyme

I have been absent from blogging for several months as I have been working on my latest story written in verse.

Today however I came across sad news that one of the true geniuses of meter and rhyme has passed away.

Jean Marzollo,  Author of more than 150 books.  Among these books a series which originally published in 1992 by Scholastic entitled “I Spy.”

This series of books present more than a game of search and find with rhyming text, it is a visual adventure.  Accompanying her perfectly metered text are elaborate scenes with photography by Walter Wick.

These books teach children word/object association, vocabulary and rhyme.

If you haven’t enjoyed this series, it is well-worth spending some enjoyable reading time with your little ones.

 

 

The 7th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest

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The 7th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill.

The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words).  You must use the words candy corn, monster and shadow.  Here is my entry below:

The Candy Corn Monster

Lily’s favorite day had arrived. At exactly 5:30 p.m. she dressed in a spiky-hair white wig, bright orange dress and canary yellow high-top tennis shoes. Smiling in the mirror, she was proud of her homemade candy corn costume. Once outside, she shadowed behind the other trick-or-treating children as they ran from house to house. Lily held out her sack and the homeowners filled it with treats. Not a single person noticing that under Lily’s outfit she was a real two-horned, five teeth, three-foot tall, blue haired purple monster who loved Halloween.

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