Thursday, March 15, 2018

Aesop's Fables - The Fox and The Goat

So I'm trying something new for a while - on a suggestion or dare however you want to look at it.
 I'm calling it - Aesop's Fables Retold

The Fox and The Goat (the real story)
A Fox fell into a well, and though it was not very deep, he found that he could not get out again. After he had been in the well a long time, a thirsty Goat came by. The Goat thought the Fox had gone down to drink, and so he asked if the water was good.
"The finest in the whole country," said the crafty Fox, "jump in and try it. There is more than enough for both of us."
The thirsty Goat immediately jumped in and began to drink. The Fox just as quickly jumped on the Goat's back and leaped from the tip of the Goat's horns out of the well.
The foolish Goat now saw what a plight he had got into, and begged the Fox to help him out. But the Fox was already on his way to the woods.
"If you had as much sense as you have beard, old fellow," he said as he ran, "you would have been more cautious about finding a way to get out again before you jumped in."
The Vicki Version:
Red, the big bushy tailed fox from the northeast corner of the forest, was out for his morning stroll. He had spent hours grooming his thick dense fur, the final touch a paw drawn across his long slender nose.

He was on his way to see the old grandma who lived at the edge of the forest. He’d gotten it on good word from the bear that Little Red Riding Hood would be coming for a visit this very morning.

Just as the fox stepped out of his den he heard the baying of dogs, the thunder of hooves, and a distinctive flash of red. The fox scurried across the field and fell into the poor farmer’s well. As he took has final breath he sighed, “All that primping for nothing and alas, no grandmother to eat or her pesky little granddaughter.”

Write On!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Aesop's Fable The Miser

So I'm trying something new for a while - on a suggestion or dare however you want to look at it.
 I'm calling it - Aesop's Fables Retold

The Miser (the real story):

A Miser had buried his gold in a secret place in his garden. Every day he went to the spot, dug up the treasure and counted it piece by piece to make sure it was all there. He made so many trips that a Thief, who had been observing him, guessed what it was the Miser had hidden, and one night quietly dug up the treasure and made off with it.
When the Miser discovered his loss, he was overcome with grief and despair. He groaned and cried and tore his hair.
A passerby heard his cries and asked what had happened.
“My gold! O my gold!” cried the Miser, wildly, “someone has robbed me!”
“Your gold! There in that hole? Why did you put it there? Why did you not keep it in the house where you could easily get it when you had to buy things?”
“Buy!” screamed the Miser angrily. “Why, I never touched the gold. I couldn’t think of spending any of it.”
The stranger picked up a large stone and threw it into the hole.
“If that is the case,” he said, “cover up that stone. It is worth just as much to you as the treasure you lost!
The Vicki Version:
Dear Workers –

I am truly grateful to you as employees. I have made a vast fortune because of you. I live in a mansion; I have beautiful clothing, and eat the finest imported foods.

I do not believe in investing my money, only in making it and saving it away. Except for what I lavishly spend upon myself and family.

Therefore, I decree tomorrow a holiday for you, since it is Sunday anyway, I would not expect you to work since the factory is closed. I hope you find this given in a gesture of good fortune.

The Miser.

After his employees received the letter, they promptly dug up his money and spent it on themselves.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Aesop's Fables - The Kingdom of the Lion

So I'm trying something new for a while - on a suggestion or dare however you want to look at it.
 I'm calling it - Aesop's Fables Retold

The Kingdom of the Lion (the real story):

The beasts of the field and forest had a Lion as their king. He was neither wrathful, cruel, nor tyrannical, but just and gentle as a king could be. During his reign he made a royal proclamation for a general assembly of all the birds and beasts, and drew up conditions for a universal league, in which the Wolf and the Lamb, the Panther and the Kid, the Tiger and the Stag, the Dog and the Hare, should live together in perfect peace and amity. The Hare said, "Oh, how I have longed to see this day, in which the weak shall take their place with impunity by the side of the strong." And after the Hare said this, he ran for his life.

The Vicki Version:

This fable immediately took me to the words from the Bible, “When the lion lies down with the lamb.”

But – it didn’t happen that way – the wolf had to be buddies with the lamb in this fable. So what’s up with the lamb anyway? He didn’t mouth off like the hare. What was up with him? The stag and the kid kept quiet, too.

So the hare was brave and spoke his piece, but then he ran not able to stand his ground. Was he suspicious from some past experience with the wolves – probably so. But he should have been courageous – put your money where your mouth is so to speak.

So I’m thinking the Lion should rewrite his proclamation, everyone should get along or you’ll have me to answer to. I am King after all.
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So Until Next time Write on!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Centrifugal Force by Lisa J. Lickel

Centrifugal Force
by Lisa J. Lickel

In the turmoil of 2011, an American college administrator and a German socio-economics expert attempt to rectify the past to save their children and preserve the fragile world in crisis.
Rachel Michels made a poor choice which resulted in her biggest blessing, her daughter, Maeve. When the father of that blessing returns decades later, she knows he wants something she’d taken from him. Rachel has lived in near seclusion and mistrust, fearful of losing the one person who’s kept her life from coming unglued.
Professor Gervas Friedemann returns to Wisconsin, seeking a missing ancient artifact, along with help for his oldest daughter who is suffering from a rare genetic blood disorder. With the European Union at stake, blackmail could negatively impact a crucial vote in the German Parliament unless Gervas recovers an irreplaceable relic he left in the United States on a lecture tour a lifetime ago. He knows who took the piece of history he once flaunted—the woman who had stolen his soul. He only hopes she still has the ring.

My Review:  Two broken people, harboring their own secrets, entangled in a love affair spanning decades reconnect in the town where they met years prior. The theft of a priceless ring creates an international plot of intrigue and suspense. The conspiracy to tear apart the European Union, blackmail, and espionage leave them racing for their lives.

Ms. Lickel writes a profound and compelling story which is hard to put down. I thoroughly recommend this novel which is slightly different from the author’s other endeavors. The plot is well thought out with underlying stories and a tremendous amount of political and historical research. Centrifugal Force is the best of the best.

Lisa Lickel lives in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book #reviewer and #reader, writing mentor, workshop leader, freelance #editor, and blogger. She loves to encourage new #authors and is a member of Chicago Writers Association and Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp & Writers Retreat. Find more at

Friday, December 22, 2017

Threes, Sixes & Thieves by Julie B. Cosgrove

Julie B. Cosgrove latest Bunco Biddies Mystery


Sunset Acres isn't safe. Thieves are targeting homes with threes and sixes in their house numbers. Caught in the act, one robber is arrested, but later found hanged in his jail cell. The police claim it's a suicide. Janie and her Bunco Biddies worry there might be dirty cops in Alamoville...but who can they convince?

My Review:  The ringleader of the Bunco Biddies, Janie and her son-in-law, Detective Blake Johnson, are recovering from their last case which landed them in the hospital. Now Blake is finally going to take a much needed vacation to reconnect with his family.

Before he leaves, there’s a robbery at Sunset Acres and of course, Janie is knee deep in solving it, so much so that the chief of police asks for her help. He’s a little too friendly and 

Janie isn’t sure of his intentions. Something is going on and she’s determined to find out what it is.

In book three of the series, Ms. Cosgrove continues with the laughable but skillful, Bunco Biddies. Janie and her friends are true amateur sleuths. While the light comedic format flows through the three novels in this series, this particular plot is more complex. You really don’t know who committed the crime until the very end. Great suspense with a heartwarming ending.

A little bit about Julie:  Freelance writer, author and speaker Julie B Cosgrove leads retreats, workshops, and Bible studies. She writes regularly for several Christian websites and publications as an Internet Missionary for Campus Crusades for Christ Canada's The Life Project.

Julie has won "one of the 50 Writers You should be Reading" in 2015 &2016, is a Grace Award finalist, Best Religious Fiction 2106 winner, and Best Cozy Mystery 2017 winner.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Song of the Shepherd Woman

In the first century, Channa’s stepfather gives her to her maternal great-uncle Avram to raise. Avram is known to be a peculiar, perhaps dangerous, man. His wife Yael cannot speak. Nevertheless, they are kind to Channah and teach her how to care for sheep. When her stepfather unexpectedly announces her betrothal to a Jerusalem tanner, the girl is forced to leave the only home she knows. 

Channah looks forward to a loving husband, but soon learns she is to be Enos the tanner’s second wife. The beautiful first wife is barren, and she resents her youthful rival. Channa struggles to adjust to marriage and city life, cherishing the hope of someday having her own child to love.

My Review:  The writing team of Havel and Faucheux does not disappoint with another Historical Fiction.  

Channa’s stepfather considers her a burden and another mouth to feed. He takes her to her maternal uncle, a shepherd. She is a happy helpful child and learns to care for the sheep, but within a few years her stepfather arrives telling her she’s betrothed. Channa is excited to return to the city for her marriage, but sorry to leave her aunt and uncle.  

The story portrays the struggles of women in the first century. Channa finds herself in one circumstance after another where she’s required to perform duties others will not accept. She longs for a child of her own, but embraces her responsibilities putting her longings aside.

The underlying story centers on the last days of Christ and Channa’s desire to follow the Way.

Carlene Havel has a degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She writes Christian-themed romances and historical novels. Carlene has lived in Turkey, Republic of the Philippines, and numerous US states. After a career in human resources and software development, she began writing in 2005. The Havels make their home in Texas, surrounded by their extended family. You are invited to connect with Carlene through her FaceBook author page, 

Sharon Faucheux was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Raised in Austin, Texas, she graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Psychology. After living in several others states and countries, she now resides in San Antonio, Texas. Sharon’s favorite activity is traveling with her always entertaining family.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

A New Romance From Carrie Padgett

Carrie Padgett's latest romance novella Brooke Runs Away
A Hart's Leap Romance Novella

Brooke Adler’s family warns her that the chances of finding love on reality television are about 87%. She’s a fourth grade teacher, not a statistician, but if she takes the offered opportunity, an 87% chance of a tropical vacation sounds pretty good. 

Austin Richmond isn’t interested in finding love—whatever that is—anywhere, much less on television. But his mom pleads for the publicity the show will give her non-profit foundation, so he reluctantly agrees. 

When Brooke and Austin meet on the set of Date My Son! more than sparks fly. Volleyballs and bowling balls whiz around, narrowly missing heads and hearts. Surprise visitors from home arrive on set. Engagements are announced. And withdrawn. 

Both Brooke and Austin must face past choices before they can embrace their future—and each other. 

My Review:  After her father’s death, Brooke runs from the only place she’s every known to busy Los Angeles. While filling out what she thinks is a survey, Brooke accidentally is cast in a reality dating show.

Austin the hunk on the show isn’t looking for love. He’s agreed to take the job to please his mother and promote her foundation. Brooke catches his eye at the interviews and their tumultuous journey begins.

Ms. Padgett writes an engaging and heartwarming romance. The characters spring to life from the page with appealing descriptions and dialogue set against the backdrop of a reality show where things aren’t often as they seem. I love, love, love the novella – I might just have to read it again!

Meet Carrie: Carrie Padgett is a second generation native Californian married to a third generation native. She's lived in northern, central, and southern California and declares them all wonderful places. Carrie writes contemporary fiction with romance. She believes in families, fun, and happily ever after. She and her husband live in Central California with their cat and dog and within driving distance of their grand-children.