Monday, August 30, 2021

Monday Check In

This week...

Writing Related: I wrote 26 pages of Ivan's story. I also booked a few blog visits in September for myself on other blogs and guests on this blog. 

Motivational Quote: “The world will drag you by the hand, yelling ‘This is important!’ Each day it is up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart, and say, ‘No. This is what’s important.’” ~ Iain S. Thomas

What I'm Reading: I'm still reading When Stars Collide by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I'm enjoying the book, but reading time has been scarce this past week. 

Random Things:  I stumbled on an episode of Martha's Vineyard Mysteries aired on the Hallmark Movie & Mystery channel. I liked it so much that now I'm trying to catch the other episodes as they're replayed.  

Random Photo:  

                       My blueberries and cream hydrangea is finally blossoming.


Monday, August 23, 2021

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related: I wrote 25 more pages of Ivan's story. I also went back rewrote the beginning again. I finally feel like the story is starting in the right place.

Motivational Quote: "The only boundaries to what you can achieve are the ones you set for yourself." ~ Margaret Spellings

What I'm Reading: I'll be starting When Stars Collide by Susan Elizabeth Phillips tonight. This is the 9th book in the Chicago Stars series. I'm looking forward to reading it. 

Random Things: As I'm sure I've mentioned previously, I am not a fan of the winter season. Because of that, I usually get a little down when summer ends and fall begins. I don't mind the fall season. In fact there are some things I love about it - the reds and golds of the leaves as they change color, apples are back in season, mulled apple cider, and pumpkin pie. (I'm not really a fan of pumpkin flavored coffee though.) It's been unbearably hot and humid this summer so I'm actually looking forward to fall if only for the cooler weather. 

Random Photo:

                                           Somebody trying to find a cool spot.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Please Welcome My Guest...

Please welcome my guest, Jeny Heckman. Jeny is here to talk about sunflowers and her new novel, Dee's Cornucopia, but first here's a little about her and her writing:

Jeny Heckman is an award winning fantasy paranormal romance author best known for her Heaven & Earth series, an award-winning fantasy-paranormal series. Her debut novel, The Sea Archer, won "Best in Category" at the Chanticleer International Book Awards. Her second book of the Heaven & Earth series, The Warrior's Progeny, won First Place Best in category at the 2020 OZMA Book Award and is a finalist in the 2021 RONE Awards Paranormal Long category.


Sunflowers in the design of Dee’s Cornucopia

Greek Mythology is such a giving source of inspiration for many aspects of our modern life. The never-ending soap opera-like saga of Greek gods and Greek Goddesses was the inspiration of my fantasy paranormal Heaven & Earth Series. Dee’s Cornucopia is a novella telling the story of Dee Taylor, the beloved grandmother who started the Quest in our modern lives when she communed with Demeter the Greek Goddess of Harvest and Agriculture. 

 Dee is a grower! She can grow anything! She has a nursery in Hawaii called Dee’s Cornucopia and also happens to be a descendant of Demeter!

 The sunflowers are the story of unconditional love! Dee lost everybody she loved the most. She lost her father at a very young age. She lost her beloved husband soon after they married. She lost her beloved mother and later her only child! She loved them unconditionally! Out of all this tragedy comes a story of love for Dee’s grandson Finn Taylor, the protagonist of the Sea Archer, book 1 of the Heaven & Earth Series.

 The Cornucopia is one of the only constants in Dee’s life. It is her passion! She loves to grow flowers, plants, and fruits. She loves to grow sunflowers!

.The History of Sunflowers

 The sunflowers’ effect is quite unique. The bright and vibrant flowers seem to always perk up our moods. They cheer us up every time we look at them. It may be something about their shape, size, and color. Their overall appearance never fails to evoke positivity.

While sunflowers’ origin is cited in Greek mythology, they are not necessarily native to ancient Greece. Sunflowers were considered indigenous to the Americas. In 1,000 BC, the indigenous population of the Americans cultivated these sunflowers as a source of valuable food. For centuries, they had been using the sunflowers as a source of food and for medicine, dye agent, and oil. 

 When European discovered America, the sunflowers became a popular commodity. They took the sunflowers back with them and they started to spread the flowers across continents. And so, the world’s introduction and adoration to sunflowers’ beauty and sustenance began.

 Sunflower Meanings and Symbolism

 People love sunflowers for many good reasons. They resemble the sun and have many meanings.

 Sunflowers also represent happiness and radiance. Who doesn’t improve their mood when they look at a sunflower? 

 The sunflower bright yellow, orange, and red colors symbolize the sun. But there are also many other species of sunflowers of different colors. Some are red or dark red, some are lighter yellow, strawberry blonde (my favorite hair color), gold, pink, and even chocolate brown. That’s why, a sunflower bouquet can be created for many joyous celebrations including weddings, engagement parties, baby showers, etc.

 In some countries like China, the sunflowers have a specific meaning like long life, good fortune, and vitality. This can be attributed to the flower’s ability to endure life. They can stay hardy for weeks even when they are already cut for vases and used in bouquets.

 Another example is found from centuries ago in the Inca civilization. The Incas believed that sunflowers were the representation of the Sun God. According to many literature excerpts, the Incas worshiped these flowers in their temples their priestesses decorated their clothes and crowns with sunflowers.


Here's more about Dee's Cornucopia --




Dee Walker can kick your ass. At least she thinks so and isn't afraid to say it.

 A no-nonsense spark plug, Dee keeps everyone around her hopping. When she meets fellow field hand, Arthur Taylor, her colorful world becomes even brighter when she makes him an offer he can't turn down.

 However, this story of a bright explosion of color in a monochromatic world isn't what you might imagine, as Dee's life doesn't exactly turn out like she thinks it will.

 This novella is the life story of Dee Taylor, the feisty and eccentric grandmother of Finn in the Heaven & Earth series. Her bright colorful muumuus and big floppy hat are her trademarks, and this story will tell you how it all began. She also has this little ability to see future developments. Oh, and commune with the greatest Greek family in history, but she just doesn't know it... yet.


“My God, it’s hotter than a billy goat’s ass in a pepper patch out there,” Dee announced as she entered the office furnished with the rich fragrance of leather, old wood, coffee, and tobacco smoke.

Her boss, Bert Norton, sat hunched at his desk, puffing on his ancient pipe. His gaze snapped to hers, and he gave the merest hint of a smile before frowning at her crass expression. The two fellows, also occupying the room, stood a little straighter at her appearance, but gave each other surreptitious glares. They wore identical uniforms of scarred leather boots, dusty work trousers and damp cotton shirts, right down to the sweat-stained field-hand hats squeezed together in their enormous fists.

“Ah, sorry?” Dee phrased it almost like a question and raised her eyebrows at all the testosterone in the small space.

“Deidre, please, take a seat.” Bert gestured to one of the broad wing-back chairs occupying the area in front of his desk.

The two imposing men shifted their weight from foot to foot in apparent agitation. If I sit in that chair, I’ll look weak. Possessing a vagina created enough of a disadvantage chasm already.

“Thanks, Mr. Norton, I’ll stand. No sense in giving anyone the upper hand, right?” she quipped and slapped her hands on her hips, shifting her own weight from side to side. The corner of her boss’s lips twitched, but he sighed, and they both looked over at the two workers.

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