At long last…summer!

GEAhhh, summertime. Doesn’t that word conjure happy childhood memories of catching fireflies in a Mason jar, sleeping in a tent in the backyard, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs, and playing hide-and-seek until it was too dark to see? All of us have different recollections, to be sure, but most people love summer because of its inherent potential. Each year we dig out white shoes, ball caps and pedal-pushers (now called capris) in hopes that this summer will be the best one ever. I happen to love hot weather. I try not to complain about high humidity, triple-digit temperatures, and impromptu thunderstorms. Why? Because I live in Ohio where it’s cold and rainy (or snowy!) for most of the year. We can go weeks without seeing that round, yellow orb known as the sun. I know one can have too much of a good thing, and I sympathize with drought stricken, heat scorched areas of the country. But for me, I know exactly how fleeting these long, hot days of summer can be. I intend to put my sunglasses on, slather on the sunblock, and enjoy! Because before we Ohioans know it, it’ll be time to drag out the snow shovel, rock salt, flannel sheets, and thermal socks again. These photos were taken over the weekend, on the longest day of the year in Cleveland.GE

Enjoy summer, and happy reading! MaryGEGE

We have a winner of Dog Tags by Heidi Glick

Happy Wednesday, readers,

Sorry for the delay in picking a winner for Heidi’s military romantic suspense. Without further ado, Janet K. Brown, you’re the winner of Dog Tags by Heidi Glick. She will be contacting soon about your copy of Dog Tags.Heidi Glick

DogTags_h11265_680This has been a bizarre weekend, rounding out a bizarre week. On a happy note, I got to spend time with Amish fiction authors Kathleen Fuller and Amanda Flower at the Sparrow bookstore in Middlefield, Ohio. I also got to celebrate our wedding anniversary with good friends at the Outback Steakhouse. (actually, we honed in our friend’s retirement party…) But a great time was had by one and all!

Then Sunday brought Father’s Day, and I was acutely reminded how much I still miss my father. Dad has been gone for sixteen years, yet the pain still hasn’t gone away. Does a child ever get over losing a parent? I don’t know, but for everyone who still has their parents, enjoy them. Life is short.

Happy final week of Spring, readers. Summer is just days away. And I am so ready!

Welcome Heidi Glick to Home Thoughts-Win a copy of Dog Tags

Happy Monday morning, readers,

Today I am welcoming fellow Ohio author Heidi Glick to my blog. DogTags_h11265_680

Heidi has written an intriguing romantic suspense that is so my cup of tea! Here’s a short summary of Dog Tags: When disabled ex-Marine Mark Graham reconnects with his best friend’s sister, he finds himself falling in love. But Beth Martindale’s presence is a constant reminder of events he’d rather forget. Mark wants to move forward, but the secrets surrounding her brother’s death as well as his own confinement to a wheelchair threaten to tear them apart. When a psychopath who calls himself The Knight fixates on Beth, Mark is determined to give her the protection he failed to give her brother on the battlefield, yet he discovers that a wheelchair isn’t the only impediment he has to keeping Beth safe. Will terror win or can Mark find the strength of mind and body to rescue Beth and find his own redemption?

I asked Heidi a couple questions about Dog Tags:

What provided the inspiration for this story? I wanted a villain with certain weaknesses that might help lead to his demise, but at the same time, I wanted the villain to be able to capitalize on the weaknesses of the hero. Also, I wanted a strong female as my heroine. I used my husband as part of my inspiration for my hero. My husband is quite the history buff and can spout off trivia facts at random. Also, one of my dogs served as the inspiration for the dog in the novel. And like the heroine, I’m a free spirit.

What are you working on now? I’m working on a Dog Tags sequel, a romance novella, and a new suspense series.

Heidi Glick has a B.A. in biology, a minor in Bible from Cedarville University, and a passion for writing Christian fiction. She has over seven years of technical editing experience, a certificate in technical writing from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, and is working towards her Master of English at Utah State University. Additionally, she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and has written two articles for Intercom. When not working, Heidi spends time with her husband, son, and two dogs, Cocoa and Sparky. She attends Grace Chapel in Mason, Ohio. 
Please leave a comment for Heidi to congratulate her for her first published book. I will draw one luck winner next Monday to win a copy of Dog Tags.
Have a lovely week readers. The weather is great here in Ohio, and I hope it is where you are too.  Mary

Is our society deteriorating?

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of listening to Veronica Morales GElecture about psychological disorders at a meeting of our Ohio chapter of ACFW. Mrs. Morales will soon graduate with a degree in psychology and will purse her master’s degree and then a counselor’s license. Her excellent presentation was geared to authors so that we might create realistic characters for our novels. Since my sole education in this area was Psychology 101 many years ago, I was shocked by the number of different disorders: generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive, post-traumatic stress, various dissociative disorders including amnesia and fugues, depersonalization disorder, dissociative identities, borderline personality disorders, antisocial disorder, and others. These were only the ones Mrs. Morales felt we might need for our stories, and didn’t include those in the category of psychosis such as schizophrenia.

I was shocked, and not in a good way. Is there anyone normal left in the world? Did all of these crippling traumas exist years ago, but we simply hadn’t named and gathered data about them yet? Or has our society deteriorated due to the constant onslaught of violence in our movies, on TV, in the news, in children’s video games, and just about everywhere. I have no answer. But I would love to hear your opinion.

Thanks, Mrs. Morales, for a real eye-opener. Have a great week, readers. And focus on pleasant thoughts today.  Mary