20 01, 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day = National Day of Service

By |2020-01-17T13:14:17-06:00January 20th, 2020|Holidays, Make Me Think Monday|1 Comment

Martin Luther King, Jr. believed life’s most persistent and urgent question was:

‘What are you doing for others?’

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the federally established day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy.

On the National Day of Service everyone is encouraged to volunteer to improve our communities. Something, in my opinion, we should consider more than one day a year.

If you can only manage one day, then make it this one.

And, whatever you choose to do today, think about this excerpt from one of my favorite King quotes:

“… anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.
You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.
You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Looking for ideas on how you can serve? Find opportunities available in your  community here you’ll need to enter your zip code.

17 01, 2020

Morning Snuggles

By |2020-01-15T20:55:09-06:00January 17th, 2020|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|0 Comments

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

Not all of our chickens have names.  Lili, however, is special.  She is the only D’Uccle, or dusseldorfer as I call her, in the flock.  I must confess, she is my favorite.

She is much smaller than the other chickens and has wonderful long feathers on her feet.

Lately she has taken to hanging out on the roost in the coop in the mornings.  She runs back and forth as though she is afraid to get down.

So I gently pick her up and set her on the ground.  Actually I give her a little hug first.

I’m not sure how she feels about this but these morning snuggles get my day off to a nice start.

Especially now that I have no children left at home.

16 01, 2020

Good Reading – Guest Author Leeann Betts

By |2020-01-03T13:27:33-06:00January 16th, 2020|Good Read Thursday, Good Reading Thursday|2 Comments

Welcome Leeann Betts who joins us today to share her new release.

Spotlight on Missing Deposits – with a giveaway

Carly looks forward to a vacation when Mike is hired to help an association of ranchers in western Colorado catalogue their various mineral rights following the discovery of several large deposits.

However, Carly soon learns that the real wealth—and the real danger—aren’t below ground.

Someone is out to keep a secret bigger and more profitable than gold and copper. And they’re willing to kill for it.


Missing Deposits  is available from Amazon and Smashwords

Leave a comment, and Leann will randomly draw for a print copy (US only) or ebook version (winner’s choice) of Missing Deposits.

Leeann Betts writes contemporary romantic suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical romantic suspense.

Together she and Donna have published more than 30 novellas and full-length novels. They ghostwrite, judge writing contests, edit, facilitate a critique group, and are members of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, and Sisters in Crime.

Leeann travels extensively to research her stories, and is proud to be represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary LLC.

Website  (Receive a free ebook when you sign up for their quarterly newsletter.)




15 01, 2020

Thoughts for the New Year – Panara

By |2020-01-13T16:37:16-06:00January 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|2 Comments

About the graphic

This graphic was in a Signing Savvy newsletter I received recently and the quote resonated with my writer self. I love that written words can ring out loud and free when verbal words are unheard by deaf.

About Robert Panara

I first heard Robert Panara’s name in my sign language classes. He was a pioneer in deaf education who developed new ways to teach those who are deaf. Interesting fact, his wife Shirley was the first deaf librarian at the Library of Congress. Read his full biography here

13 01, 2020

What Day Is It?

By |2020-01-13T16:08:03-06:00January 13th, 2020|Make Me Think Monday|0 Comments

Besides Monday, I mean.

According to National Day Calendar, it’s National Rubber Ducky Day.

The friend of Ernie and Big Bird made his debut on Sesame Street in the 1970s. Ernie sat in a tub and sang the rubber duck song.

My kids loved playing with their rubber duckies in the bathtub and singing Ernie’s song. Our dogs destroyed at least a thousand rubber duck squeakers over the years.

Then were all the rubber duck races. We’ve purchased floating yellow ducks for fundraiser events then watched the duckies float down the Rio Grande River.

Our ducks never won the race, but I didn’t mind what we spent went to a charity.

So, what’s the best way to celebrate this auspicious day? Take a bath with a yellow rubber duck while singing the Rubber Duck song, of course.

Now that you know, how will you celebrate National Rubber Duck Day?

So many ducks... Ducking hell

10 01, 2020

Look Up

By |2020-01-09T07:44:36-06:00January 10th, 2020|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|6 Comments

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

One thing I enjoy over the Christmas break was having the time to breathe and notice my surroundings. When I am teaching classes and private students, I find myself in survival mode only thinking of the next thing that needs to be done.

I seldom stop long enough to see what is around me.

For example, one morning, as I was coming in from feeding the chickens, I noticed a bird’s nest above the garage door.

There was no sign of occupants and I wondered what type of bird had lived there, whether it laid eggs and how many, where it went, etc.  It would have been fun to watch the whole process if only I had taken the time to look up above the door.

So as I head into a new year I am planning to look up more often.  Hopefully I will have another chance to see something wonderful right in my own back yard.

9 01, 2020

Good Reading – Guest Author – Donna Schlachter

By |2020-01-05T11:13:04-06:00January 9th, 2020|Good Reading Thursday, Guest author|1 Comment

Donna Schlachter’s visiting to tell us the story behind her new release, Double Jeopardy.

Donna will randomly draw one name from all who leave a comment for a free ebook copy of Double Jeopardy.

The Story Behind the Story- Double Jeopardy

The story behind the story is often told in the form of back cover copy on the book, but I think it goes way beyond that. Sure, that bit on the back tells us a little about the main characters, the overall plot, and perhaps some about the decisions the main characters must make, because always—let me repeat this—always the choices they are faced with conflict with each other. At first glance, it seems they cannot have everything.

So let’s delve a little deeper into the story behind the story.

Rebecca Campbell was born in New York City, the only child of wealthy socialite Matilda Applewhite Campbell and Robert Campbell. Her mother is everything Rebecca—Becky to her friends—wants to be. Beautiful. Poised. Confident. Instead, she seems doomed to inherit all her traits from her father, who she adores. Reckless. Impulsive. A daredevil.

Becky’s father is gone more than he’s home. When a year passes with no word from him, she sets out, on her own, for his last known location—Silver Valley, Colorado. On her arrival, she learns he has been murdered. Determined to make his mine a success—his last letter promised that as soon as he struck it rich, he’d send for her and her mother—and to find his killer, she settles in at the mine.

But somebody doesn’t want her to succeed. And after a series of accidents and near-misses, she admits she’s in over her head. And the only person she can trust is Zeke—or can she?

The hero is Ezekial Graumann. Most everybody calls him Zeke. Zeke and his family own a fairly large piece of land in southwestern Colorado near the town of Silver Valley. Zeke has two married brothers, as well as two unmarried sisters. In good years, with enough rain, their land can support the three families if they are diligent and careful with their stock. However, the last few years have seen droughts and not enough snowfall, and the grazing is poor. Zeke wants to build his own house, maybe get married and have his own family, but the land won’t support another household.

Unless he can buy water rights from a spread upstream. But he doesn’t have the money to do that. So he looks around town for some weekly work to earn enough to buy the water rights and receive his share of the family land.

And along comes Miss Rebecca Campbell. She is feisty, stubborn, and doesn’t know anything about mining. Yet her determination to find her father’s killer and her resolve to make his mine successful gnaws at Zeke’s heart. And soon he finds himself imagining what it would be like to have her at his side as his wife. Except she’s obviously not ranching material, either.

But when accidents happen at the mine that threaten her safety, he must acknowledge that his feelings for her are more than mere curiosity. Now he must choose between saving his ranch or saving this woman who has stolen his heart.

So what keeps them from getting what they want? The villain, of course. Suffice it to say, it is a man. This man is one of the longest-term residents of Silver Valley, a man of impeccable reputation. On the outside, he looks wealthy. Wears nice clothes. Speaks well. Sounds well-traveled and educated.

But on the inside, he’s dark, greedy, and lazy. Well, lazy only in the sense he wants to get rich quick. He actually spends a lot of energy trying to cheat and steal his way into wealth. If only he’d use his superpowers for good.

As with any good romance, our two main characters figure out a way through all the hurdles and obstacles in their path to solve the mystery of who killed Becky’s father, as well as resolve the problem of not killing her mother who is coming to town to see her daughter married to the wrong man as the result of switched letters. In the process, Becky and Zeke establish a solid foundation for their marriage of clearing up miscommunication quickly and forgiving promptly.

Which all of us married and want-to-be married folks should remember.

Donna Schlachter loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Home is in Denver with her husband, who is her first-line editor and biggest fan.

A hybrid author, she publishes historical suspense under her own name and contemporary suspense as Leeann Betts. She’s also a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction. Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management represents Donna.


Double Jeopardy  is available at https://shoplpc.com/double-jeopardy/ Amazon.com, and fine booksellers in your area.

6 01, 2020

New Year – Let’s Begin

By |2020-01-06T06:36:32-06:00January 6th, 2020|Make Me Think Monday, Writer's Life|0 Comments

We’re almost one week into 2020. It’s gonna be an awesome year! New Years always excite me.

Fresh slate!

New focus!

I refuse to make New Year’s resolutions cause I tend to abandon those by the end of the first month.

I’m saying FOCUS.

My primary 2020 focus is to finish book 3 in the Fitzpatrick Family series to make up to all my faithful readers for not getting  a book out last year.

You see, 2019’s manuscript – Seeing Clearly – was a finalist in the West Houston RWA Emily Contest Romantic Suspense category. Hoping for good news in February when finalists are announced.

Click here to see all the other category finalists.

So, what’s your focus for 2020? Are you starting something new? Or finishing something from 2019?

13 12, 2019

Miller Farm Friday Countdown to the most viewed blog of 2019

By |2019-12-09T11:50:33-06:00December 13th, 2019|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|0 Comments

Countdowns are supposed to build suspense. Are you excited to know which Miller Farm blog got the second most reads?

On July 7 2019 reader wanted to know about the shrinking household at Miller Farm. Not Quite Empty Nest

And, drum roll, please, for Chicken Wrangler Sara’s most read blog ….

On June 21, 2019, the most readers of 2019 read Gertie the Great White Whale.


This will be Chicken Wrangler Sara’s last blog post for 2019 before we head to our holiday break. See you in 2020.

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