Piping Hot Prints

Wild at Heart Volume I and Wild at Heart Volume II are now available in print on Amazon!! These collections of multiple authors’ short stories captivate the imagination, soothe the soul, and benefit the residence of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, AR. TCWR provides a lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected “Big Cats.”

Please remember, these animals both majestic and intriguing should never be kept as pets. In the wild they regularly roam twenty miles in a day, hunt live game and forcibly defend their territory against encroachers.

Though soft and sleek, they are not made for cuddling. Though acrobatic and agile, they are not made to preform.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is wonderful. Wouldn’t it be better, if they weren’t necessary? What if circuses, breeders, and regular citizens respected the wild in these creatures? What if people around the world respected and protected their habitats?

Maybe then they would be preserved in their natural habitats for our children and their great grandchildren.

Until that time, TCWR is here providing eight to twelve hundred pounds of meat, habitats, and healthcare daily to the more than 100 “big cats” they have rescued.

Read a book and help out a “big cat” at the same time. 100% of the proceeds go to TCWR to aid in the care and feeding of their rescues.

Business Card Bonanza

After starting and scrapping three different business card designs on Vistaprints, I decided to hire a professional. Sounds expensive, right? But no, a mere $15 on an Etsy design shop got me a fully designed ready to upload and print business card from a professional in the design business for over eighteen years. Her website and design examples rocked my socks off. Yay!

I like simple designs and already have a logo which I use on my website and would use on my blog…if I were more tech savvy. My criteria to the designer: My logo front and center with my tagline below. Add my website and email, please.

I decided not to include my phone number for privacy reasons.

I was on the fence about adding the genre and types of work I write. After conversing with the designer via e-mail we decided to leave it off. My logo speaks to my avocation and the tagline hints at the types of work I write. (Words excite. Imagination thrills. – tells someone I don’t write technical manuals. No?)

Below are two final options. Sorry, the second one is in pdf format. You’ll have to click on the link to see it. PLEASE, tell me what you think. Anything missing? Too drab? Hate it? Love it? Option one or two?

Tears in a Bottle

Please, tell me there’s a song that makes you cry every time you hear it!

For me, there are several:

  • Jim Croce, Time in a Bottle
  • James Taylor, Fire and Rain
  • Fievel & Tanya, Somewhere Out There (An American Tail)
  • Michael Joncas, On Eagles’ Wings
  • Bone Thugs N Harmony, The Crossroads

I could go on, especially now with the pregnancy hormones, but you get the picture. The other day I popped in my James Taylor Greatest Hits not even thinking. Five minutes in I furiously blinked back tears not wanting my son to see me cry for no apparent reason. That experience got me to thinking. What is it about certain songs that syphon tears out of our heads and hearts?

I suppose the answer is different for every person and every song. Often, it’s a melancholy or happy but extinct memory we’ve attached to the tune. Sometimes it’s the strum of the guitar, the beat of the drum, or the perfect voice carrying into our ear. Other times, it’s the lyrics.

The words of songs transport us to different times and specific emotions. What novelist try to do with eighty thousand words, lyricists can accomplish in two hundred fifty with nearly one hundred of the count repeating in the refrain.

I’m amazed at the ability.


What song(s) make you grab the tissues?

Lions. Tigers. Bears. Oh My!!!

Do you get gooey for a gummy bear? Have a soft spot for The Lion King? A weakness for Tony the Tiger? Yeah, me too.

How about the real things?

If you love to relax with a good book and help out majestic creatures, voiceless and in need, you’re in luck.

Wild at Heart Volume I & Wild at Heart Volume II are available on Amazon! These collections of multiple authors’ short stories captivate the imagination, soothe the soul, and benefit the residence of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, AR. TCWR provides a lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected “Big Cats.”

Contents Volume I:

A Boy, A Girl, A Tiger  – Cynthia D’Alba 
Storm Haven – Vanessa North
Saving Akira – Candace Sams
True Instinct – Charlene Roberts
Beached – Dustin Stevens
Spirit of a Tiger – Elle James
Sunlight and Solace – Gina Wilkins
Archer Falls – Lauren Smith
Wedding Crasher – Lindy Dierks
Saving Angel – Lynda Frazier
Buck – M Marie

Contents Volume II:

Freedom – Connie Wilkins
Cat’s Rule – Aileen Fish 
Salveje – Anna Meadows
Home by Midnight – Brinda Berry
In the Piney Woods – Delilah Devlin
The Girl and the Puma –  Jane Hansen
Vision Quest – Karis Walsh
Refugee – Lori Freeland
Teens Gone Wild – Margaret Ethridge
Fierce Wild – Megan Mitcham
Heart’s Solace  – Tara Fox Hall