Friday, August 27, 2021

Ever dream of being a mountain man?


Ever wondered what it would be like to be a mountain man? 

These daring individuals survived starvation, dehydration, harsh cold and burning heat. They had to steer clear of wild, predatory animals in the wilderness. It was a lonely life of extreme isolation.

Their lives were full of danger, considering they lived in the wilds of America's Old West. Fur trapping was their trade because fur was in great demand back east for fashionable clothing and gentlemen's top hats. 

Mountain men made very little contact with the outside world, except when they visited remote trading posts or attended rendezvous. Jim Bridger was one of the most famous mountain men, along with Jedediah Smith. 

The above photo was taken in Riverton, Wyoming, located in the historic 1838 Rendezvous site where mountain men met to trade animal pelts for supplies. The site lies at the confluence of the Big and Little Wind Rivers. The area has also been a meeting place for Native Americans since pre-history. 

Every year in July, members of Riverton's Chamber of Commerce put on a rendezvous re-enactment at this river sandbar. During the annual gathering, they offer seminars on fur trapping methods, demonstrate Dutch oven cooking, flint knapping, fire starting, and much more. 

My visit was in August, so the area was deserted, yet it held silent historic significance. Signs tell visitors the area has been left much as it was back in the past. 

If you can plan a trip to Riverton in July during the rendezvous, you will get to see and experience some amazing things!

If time allows, plan a visit to the Wind River Heritage Center Wind River Heritage Center - Travel Wyoming where you'll get to see an actual trapper's cabin, a 1908 homesteaders' cabin, along with a display of Wyoming's wildlife and a wax museum featuring historical characters who were pivotal to Wyoming's settlement. 

Would you have wanted to be a pioneer of the Old West?

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Crazy Horse Memorial visit

     During a recent trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota, we stopped by to visit the Crazy Horse Memorial. It's been decades since we've seen it, and it was a pleasant surprise to evaluate the progress made on the huge sculpture. The photo above shows what it currently looks like.

This photo shows a bust of Crazy Horse Memorial,
depicting what it will look like when it's completed. 

     It's so magnificent and awe-inspiring! People say it is the eighth wonder of the world in progress.

     We also strolled through the museum located in the area and it was full of historical artifacts and information about the Plains Indians. 

If you ever have a chance to stop and see the memorial, it's definitely worth the time. Here's the link to their website: Home of the Crazy Horse Memorial : Crazy Horse Memorial®

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Time's Relative, book giveaway by author Debbie De Louise


Genre: Time Travel Thriller

    It's the fall of 1998, and librarian Samantha Stewart is looking for a new job. After seeing an ad for a high-paying position at a company called Virtual Software that entails research and travel, Sam investigates the company and learns that its president has gone missing, and that it's currently being run by the vice-president, Greg Parsons.

    Before Sam makes it to the interview, she's visited by a strange woman who introduces herself as Jane Oldsfield: a time traveler whose mission Greg Parsons is trying to prevent.

    Sam ignores the woman and goes on the job interview anyway. Soon, she finds herself involved not only with Greg Parsons, but also Philip Montmart, a chain-smoking detective with a vendetta for his wife's killer, and the time-traveling Oldsfield and her feline accomplice.

    Witnessing world events that have yet to happen in her lifetime, including 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, Y2K hysteria and the COVID pandemic, can Samantha figure out Oldsfield's plans?

    Amazon, Time's Relative:

    “Jane and I were involved in a very special project, Miss Stewart. We were trying to create a software program that would allow individuals to travel to places both local and foreign without the aid of commonplace transportation systems such as airplanes, trains, or cars. If we succeeded, the benefits to mankind would have been astronomical. Can you imagine the time and cost savings of such travel? It would’ve been the answer to traffic jams and jet lag. We were on the brink of bringing this new technology to fruition when Jane discovered the program had some major bugs. I won’t bore you with the technical details. Let’s just say my partner found that our travel program had the capacity to not only transport individuals to other places but also to other times.”

    Parsons stared at her as if transfixed by his story, regardless of the fact that it sounded rehearsed. She wondered if he’d told this story to anyone else or had memorized it especially for her. She pictured Detective Montmart in his Toyota laughing so hard his scar was cracking.

    “That’s quite a story. Is that where Jane Oldsfield disappeared to – another time period?”

    Parsons must’ve known she didn’t believe a word he said. She gave him credit for continuing the tale.

    “Jane travels back and forth between many time periods. She’s trying to stabilize the program so that the proper coordinates are aligned. You see, presently the time travel feature of the program is defective. When it’s activated, one never knows exactly to what year he or she will be transported.”


Debbie De Louise is a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She’s the award-winning author of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series that consists of five books and four stories.

She has also published six other standalone novels and a nonfiction cat book. All my books are available on Amazon in paperback and as eBooks and are part of the Kindle Unlimited program. A few are also in large print and audio.

De Louise has a bachelor’s degree English and an MLS in library science.

You can read more about De Louise and her books, at:

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Downtown birdie sings its song

As I walked downtown today to conduct some errands, a little birdie told me spring is on its way.

I'm excited for warm sunshine and flowers. Are you excited as well?

As we choose to be vaccinated, I hope for an end to COVID-19 restrictions, masks and other guidelines that have kept us apart.

Here's to spring!


Friday, February 19, 2021

Author Henry Anderson, former Australian "jackaroo," chats about new book release


Author Henry Anderson is here today talking about his latest release: “Cape Misfortune II: Agata’s Story,” the second novel in the “Cape Misfortune” trilogy.

A former news reporter, Anderson has written for national UK newspapers. He spent time as a "jackaroo" (trainee farmer) working on farms in Australia before working in publishing and journalism.

He likes art, coffee, reading, painting, landscapes, folklore and cinema.

The second novel in the "Cape Misfortune" trilogy, "Cape Misfortune II: Agata's Story" was recently published by Solstice Publishing.

"Cape Misfortune II: Agata's Story"

“Welcome to beautiful Cape Misfortune. Come for the rugged coastline and unspoiled beaches. Stay for the quaint customs and friendly welcome.”

Don’t ask about the coming apocalypse!

Sergeant Agata Dollar should have a great future–newly promoted, recently married, just moved into her first apartment, and recent winner of the ‘Venice County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.’

But this is Cape Misfortune. Mysteries are piling up, and her dead sister, Cassandra, is trying to warn her about the end of the world.

In the exciting standalone second book in the “Cape Misfortune” trilogy, Agata Dollar’s actions will decide the fate not just our world, but countless others.


Henry Anderson’s website:

Buy “Cape Misfortune II: Agata's Story" on Amazon:


Wednesday, February 10, 2021


From Saturday, Feb. 13, through Monday, Feb. 15, my paranormal romances are free! Find them here:

The magical Rose witch sisters Miranda, Cassie and Lizzie are tasked with helping mankind. They never expected to find romance along the way.

Download these free novels for Valentine's Day so you don't miss out on the fun!

Monday, January 25, 2021

Nestor Eguez and his children's stories about a determined little Kenyan Zebra named Kalima


    Today, author Nestor Eguez talks about his children's books, "Kalima: The Secret of the 

Jungle," and "Kalima: The Gift." 

    Eguez said he's always been interested in writing. One day, while helping his children with a school 

project, the idea for his stories was born. Over the years, Eguez transformed his original idea into a 

beautiful and inspirational book collection for young readers. He hopes to continue his writing journey 

with many touching stories.

    Kalima is a young zebra born in a Kenyan jungle. She is the last descendant of a special breed called The Guides, who are well known for being protectors of the herd. When her mother is killed by a lion, her wise grandmother cares for her. Throughout the stories, Kalima confronts her heritage and her dreams, eventually finding her destiny. 

    "I’m a technical education teacher, originally from Uruguay, South America," Eguez said. "Twenty-five years ago I came with my family to California in search of a better life. One which we found, thanks to the many opportunities that came to us as well as the many people who helped us along the way.   

    I wrote a few short tales in my country, but nothing with a great content or that can inspire people. One day, more than ten years ago, while helping my kids with a puppet play for their school, Kalima’s story was born.    

    I wrote 12 pages of a small fantasy story that was meant for a playground, in front of a few students and teachers. I never imagined that instead of that, one day the tale would be so close to touch millions around the world.   

    I self-published the Vol. I & II with Amazon in 20152018 because it was my only option, back in the day, without taking a second mortgage. I couldn’t afford marketing at that time. Anyway the story by itself was reaching a bigger and bigger audience here in the USA. and internationally.

    Honestly, my goal was to find a traditional publisher that might be interested on the trilogy. In October 2019 Goodreads selected Vol. II of the book collection for their Y.A. must read list. This changed the game completely.   

    After that, Terry Tamminen, the DiCaprio Foundation’s CEO, approached me, interested on the story’s strong message on the environment and animal rights. On December, The Barojoun Studio from Dubai sent me a proposal for a co-production based on Vol. I.

    Unfortunately, the pandemic came and everything was put on hold. My friend Katherine Applegate that had her beautiful book, “The One and Only Ivan” choosen by Disney for an inspirational movie, encouraged me to continue pursuing the dream.

    Right now, I’m finishing the third and final Vol. We hope that will be out around March 2021. I’m very excited about what is coming next for this amazing tale."