Friday, June 14, 2024

Flag Day by Merrillee Whren

Today is Flag Day in the United States. I have blogged about Flag Day on June 14th several times. The Flag Day celebration commemorates the adoption of the United States flag by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The flag above has fifteen stars and fifteen stripes and is the image of the flag raised at Fort McHenry near Baltimore, Maryland, during the War of 1812, when the words of the  United States national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," was penned by Francis Scott Key. Today's flag has fifty stars to represent the fifty states in the US. The flag now has thirteen stripes that represent the thirteen original colonies. 

The first Flag Day was celebrated on June 14, 1877, but it wasn't until 1949 that Congress made the day permanent. There is a wealth of information about the United States flag at the National Parks Service website. If you are a US citizen, you might like to find out some things you didn't know about our flag. I didn't know that you could contact your senator or representative to request to buy a flag that has flown over the US Capitol.

Although I've never written a book in which the characters celebrate Flag Day, I have written a couple of books in which I mention the Independence Day celebration also known as the Fourth of July. One of those books has a flag on the cover, Hometown Proposal.

You can click or tap on the photo or this link for more information on the book or for buy links. 

What do you like best your country's flag?

Merrillee Whren is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award presented by Romance Writers of American. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty-plus years, and has two grown daughters. Connect with her on her Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

DIY Sweetgrass Basket Craft Inspired by Gullah Tradition by Josie Riviera

Welcome to Daufuskie Island, where every corner tells a story. This island is off the coast of South Carolina and is a 1 hour ferry ride from Hilton Head Island.

 Today I'm sharing how to make a sweetgrass basket:


  • Coiled rope or raffia
  • Colored yarn or embroidery thread
  • Large-eye needle
  • Scissors


  1. Start by coiling the rope or raffia into a tight circle, securing the end with a small stitch.
  2. Using the needle, weave the colored yarn or embroidery thread in and out of the coils, creating intricate patterns.
  3. Continue coiling and weaving, shaping the basket as you go.
  4. Experiment with different colors and patterns to add a personal touch.
  5. Once you reach the desired size, secure the end with a final stitch and trim any excess.

This simple sweetgrass basket craft allows you to bring a piece of Gullah tradition into your own creative space. Enjoy the relaxing process of crafting while connecting to the island's cultural heritage!

I'm thrilled that my sweet beach romance, Pink Coral Island, is available on Amazon. Immersed in Gullah culture, this book has a mystery that may or may not be solved by the end of the story! Grab your copy today.


If you prefer episodic reading, Pink Coral Island is also available on Kindle Vella.


Josie Riviera is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, historical, and inspirational romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully support husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovation.

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Sunday, June 9, 2024

Special Moments.... by Christine Bush


I’m not exactly writing about “writing” today.  We’ve just gone through a “special moment” with a granddaughter and that’s my top thought today.

My grandchildren are key to my life, and watching them grow has been one of the greatest joys of my life.  To date, I have 14, and have one great on the way.

Today, I'm celebrating Graduations!

Sarah Mae just graduated high school.  So proud and so amazed at how fast the time has flown.

Before that, it was Rebecca Ann

Before that, it was Catherine Marie

Before that, it was Mary Frances.

There are many still to go, much to look forward to. 

I am so very proud of these strong, smart, beautiful inside -and out young people, and also excited to see what the next phases of their lives will bring.  I’m sure there will be many “special moments.”

Today, I just want to celebrate life, and these wonderful gifts.  May these young women find whatever makes them feel joy in their lives.  May they be the heroines of their own stories, and always know how much they are loved!

Any special moments in your life?  I’d love to hear….

Love, Christine

Christine Bush is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance, romantic mystery, and suspense.  She can be found living in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 lazy cats, and spending time with her 14 grandchildren.   When she’s not writing, she’s teaching Psychology at a local college, and working with clients in her private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to hear from readers and writers!

Check out these 2 romantic mysteries from my "Strawberry Manor" series. #3 is on its way!

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Friday, June 7, 2024

My Book Retrospective Continues ~ Jean C. Gordon

My Retrospective continues with 2001. Each month, until I run out of years in which I had a published book, I'm sharing a retrospective of my books and tidbits about writing them here on my usual monthly blogging date.

My Second Sale

While I was writing my second Avalon Romance, Love Undercover, I called it my bowling alley book. The story has nothing to do with bowling. Rather, I wrote it long hand at bowling alleys. My son was in a travel bowling league and wasn't old enough to drive. So I wrote while he bowled all over the tri-county Capital District (Albany) area in addition to at our local bowling alley during Saturday morning regular league. 

Another Tidbit

I fashioned my heroine's father in the story after my dad. To keep the characterization in my mind, I used my dad's name, Herb, as the father's name. Before I submitted my finished manuscript, I did a Word search and replace to change the name to Kurt. And I caught them all.

The Hardcover Release

A few too many messy divorce cases and custody battles have convinced Tina Cannon to change her specialty from family law to financial planning and move her young daughter out of the city to a place that has the small-town values Tina grew up with. So the offer from her Uncle Jack to join his planning practice in Genesee, her hometown, couldn't have come at a better time. Tina is in for a few surprises, though, not the least of which is her perplexingly uncooperative and devastatingly attractive first client Devon O'Neil.

Devon has ties to Genesee too. But they aren't as pleasant as Tina's. This is where his grandmother died nearly penniless, bilked out of her hard-earned nest egg by an unscrupulous financial planner--Uncle Jack. Devon, a private investigator, devises a plan to expose Jack by posing as a lottery winner looking for financial guidance. Tina, however, is upsetting his plan. She's Jack's niece and in business with him, so she must be a crook, too, right? So, why does he seem so intent on proving her innocent instead of guilty?

With Tina's widowed father playing matchmaker in the background, she faces off with Devon in the securities fraud investigation that raises more than a few sparks and teaches them both that while appearances can be deceiving, love shines true.

The Paperback and eBook

I readily admit that I like the cover of the 2016 paperback and eBook release a lot better than the original hardcover one. Don't you?

All Versions

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Summer sunshine, fun plans...and a free book!

Despite the recent severe weather in our state, we had brilliant sunshine today. 

After several years of drought, some heavy rains have brought us a green lawn and blooming perennials. I love all of the color. What's it like where you live? 

Do you have some plans for this summer? Times with family or friends? Travel? 

Now that high school graduations are behind us, we have weddings to look forward to and some travel to see family in other states. It's so much fun to spend time with them all!

Where would your dreams take you if you could go anywhere in the world this year? 

Just a heads-up:  my next two books are up on Amazon for pre-order. They are both part of my Northern Pines clean, small-town romantic suspense series.

DANGEROUS MOVE will be released June 18th.  

Has she just made the worst decision of her life?
Erin's husband walked out on her and their three, recently adopted children--children who desperately need a sense of security. 
The children are her world, and she will do anything to keep them safe.

Now she has moved far away to a quaint, small town in Northern Wisconsin, to start her new career as the administrator of Blackberry Hill Hospital. 

But all is not what it seemed when she took the job. 

The hospital death count is rising. And when a man from her past shows up, she must keep a dark secret from him...or risk everything she holds dear.

Click here to read more about DANGEROUS MOVE!

is also available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released August 20th, 2024.

Here is a link if you would like to find out about it!
Click here.

 Best wishes to you for a wonderful summer.

Leave a comment, and you will be entered in a drawing for a free book!

All my best,

Roxanne Rustand