“Demons & Pearls,” by P. S. Bartlett is Ready to Board! Join the Crew Mates! Raise the Flag! FIRE!

Ahoy and welcome aboard the Hi-Ho Silver Threading! Arrgh Matey! Glad you could make it today to meet my friend and author, Peggy Bartlett. I managed to hold her hostage here for a bit, so that we could learn more about her new book, “Demons & Pearls,” which was released on April 14, 2015!

“Had I known the repercussions of murdering the captain of a pirate ship, I may have taken the time necessary to rethink the act. As if I’ve ever had a choice that didn’t involve a fight or at the very least, defending myself against some man, hell-bent on destroying me or my kin.”

Peggy tells us about “Demons & Pearls:” “All we wanted was our freedom. All we found were demons disguised as men. A woman pirate needs friends, big strong male friends, to survive in this unforgiving land of thieves and murderers—at least until she gets on her feet. Of course, trying to find one person you can trust is like finding an oyster with a perfect pearl in it—you have to break a few shells and get your hands dirty. We were lucky. I found the biggest, baddest, and most honorable man in the Caribbean and he just happened to be in the pearl business.”

Peggy is the author of “Fire Flies,” “Hope from the Ocean,” and “The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge.” Check out this page to see book excerpts and video clips from her novels. She writes historical fiction, paranormal romance, adventure, and romance. Peggy writes about what interests her. In addition, she is an avid reader too! Click here to visit her blog and learn more about her novels.

I am really excited about this new book that Peggy has written. It sounds electrifying! Plus, it has all the exciting adventure (I love Pirates!) I look for in a historical romance novel. Sun, sea, sand, and pirates! What more could a girl ask for? Did I forget to mention buried treasure and pearls! You can find the book here on Amazon and Goodreads.

Once I got Peggy subdued, I managed to ask her some questions about her new novel. We just had too much fun!

Peggy, what was your inspiration for your new book, “Demon’s and Pearls?”

I’ve dubbed myself the backwards writer. Now, to explain that I’ll say that twice, I’ve written a book with the intention of continuing forward with the story and ended up wondering why the characters ended up in that situation. So, again with this book, I went backwards in time instead of forward. I began wondering how these four girls became pirates in the first place and the rest is now the real book one.

Is there a specific message that you want your readers to get from this new novel?

As with all of my novels so far, I just want the reader to take away whatever part or parts of the story that moves them. The only message I feel should carry on after the book is read is that women are strong and independent, but we are also deep and loving, as well as protective. Women can do anything they set their minds to.

What was the hardest part about writing your latest book?

Finding time to write. My life is insanely busy most of the time and while I’m writing, I don’t get much sleep.

What advice can you give other aspiring authors?

Besides making time to write, start building your relationships before you even start your first novel. The best place to start is through social media. Follow, friend, stalk or whatever other authors who are getting it done. Do your research. Don’t set limits for yourself when it comes to publishing either. I have worked with a publisher for two years and this is my first completely self-published book. In the future, I may decide to try traditional publishing but do your homework on all counts. Then, write your heart out.

Peggy was born on Valentine’s Day a long, a long time ago in South Baltimore, Maryland, less than a mile from Fort McHenry and Federal Hill. She says she is a very simple person. She loves her life and she is always striving to make it better for herself and her family.

Peggy says, “I write, I draw, and I still work full-time. I’ve been married for 20 years and together we have two sons, a daughter, three beautiful granddaughters and a ten year old Maine Coon cat named Columbus.”

Peggy is a multifaceted author. She dedicates much of her time to Lit World Interviews helping other authors. As an example, here is a video of Peggy teaching other authors how to use text to speech to edit their manuscripts. Please click on the link below:


Thanks for stopping by to meet Peggy Bartlett. Don’t forget to check out her new book, “Demons & Pearls.” As you can see Peggy and I are busy with her book sales, although you can always find her on social media!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PSBartlett

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PSBartlett

Amazon: Fireflies 

Amazon: Hope From the Ocean

Amazon: The Blue Diamond

Fireflies Trailer: http://youtu.be/TlsIZ2vSpDw

The Blue Diamond Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozCTlg4wg6k

A Visit to Fairy Swamp

After the last week of rain, I could not wait to get out the door this morning for a walk!

The rain brought out many of the local wildlife. These sea gulls have come inland to feast on the bugs in the helicopter field behind my house.

Down the road, another neighbor’s horses were out early drinking from the puddles that formed ponds overnight.

Fairy Swamp was wet and wonderful this morning. The rains brought much needed relief to the fairy population.

Water filled the slough. The sounds of bull frogs croaking in deep bass filled the air.

Bugs swam in the murky depths of the black water.

The brilliant greens beckoned to me. It was only a month ago, the trees were still naked.

This is my first attempt at a video. I wanted to share Fairy Swamp in all its glory! I hope you enjoy! (Next time I will turn the volume up more).


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Reality Creeps Into Fiction – #DeepwaterHorizon

Silver Threading:

This is another of my favorite authors! Her writing will move you!

Originally posted on P.C. Zick:

seaturtle7 Oil spread to the beaches where sea turtle hatchlings would soon make their way into the oil-laden waters in 2010.

Five years ago today, the oil rig Deepwater Horizon caught on fire.  Even though the newscasters downplayed its significance that morning, I felt a black cloud deepen. I’d just moved to southwestern Pennsylvania where news of the Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster a few hours away in West Virginia still dominated local news. Twenty-nine men died in that explosion on April 5.

We soon learned that BP’s project in the Gulf of Project gushed uncappable oil and eleven men lost their lives. As I’ve done for the past two decades, when something bothers me, I start to write. The result from my sorrow and unease with both disasters resulted in the novel, Trails in the Sand.  The novel serves as a reminder of two preventable disasters that occurred within…

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Mindful Monday – The Art of Mindfulness for Children

Welcome to Mindful Monday! I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to. Each week I try to self-discover new things about myself.

This week, I noticed an increase in the articles I have been reading about mindfulness and how it pertains to children. This awareness in our lives can be a great tool in the upbringing of children. I believe that if kids are taught things at an early age, they have the tendency to bring those things with them into their adult lives. The other thing I like about teaching children mindfulness is that it gives you the opportunity to spend some quality time with your kids. They grow up so quickly. Spend as much time with them as you can. Of course, this is a great activity for grandparents too! <3

One of my favorite sites to visit about mindfulness is LeftBrainBuddha.com. You will find a plethora of encouragement and inspiration on this wonderful site. The image below is from that site.

I love mantras and use them in my daily life to ground myself, especially in my weight loss efforts. I can see where a mantra would be useful for a child too. There are always times when we need to calm ourselves and repeating a mantra really helps with that, both for young and old! Please visit the link above to find coloring sheets to accompany the various mantras. I can see this as a great way to teach gratitude and thankfulness to kids.

Just remember, mindfulness is not about suppressing our feelings and emotions. It is about learning to deal with those feelings. Make sure you take time to talk with your child about those kinds of feelings. They learn how to deal in life from you, paving the way for them. Communication is critical to learning.

I found the image above on Facebook and immediately thought about how great it would be if kids understood mindfulness at an early age. I bet it would make the teenage years a bit more bearable! These instructions are quoted from LeftBrainBuddha.com and are meant to share the information with my readers. Please visit the site for more information:

“Mind in a Jar”

  • Purpose:
    • To teach children that they can calm their bodies and minds with deep breathing
  • Supplies needed:
    • Jars (I used Ball canning jars)
    • Water
    • Glitter
      • (Hint: Glitter is with the bracelet-making kits at Target. I searched forever to find it!)

My children (ages 3 and 6) were very excited about the project. To make the project more fun, this control-freak mama let them do all of the work {including pouring the water and dumping in the glitter. Allowing glitter in my house has been a huge step forward for me in my parenting… but that’s another post!}.”

“Using the Mind Jars

“Think about a time when you were really, really mad or upset,” I told them. It took about 3 nanoseconds for them to come up with examples.

“What did you feel like?” I asked.

“I feel like I want to hit someone,” my daughter said.

“I want to say ‘stupid, stupid, stupid’ to someone,” was my son’s response.

“Okay, let’s shake up our jars really fast!” They loved shaking the jars and watching the glitter swirl around. “That’s what your mind is like when you’re really mad. Those thoughts about being mean or saying mean words are all over!”

The swirl of emotion and anger in our minds

“But we can calm down those angry thoughts and calm our bodies, instead of acting or talking in a way that would hurt people’s feelings,” I told them. I instructed them to breathe deeply {which we’ve done together before}. As we breathed, we watched what happened to the swirling glitter.

The mind settles with calming breaths
{probably should have used heavier glitter?}

I reinforced the message to my children that it’s okay to get mad ~ that’s just part of life, and there will always be things and people who upset us. What is important, I tell them, is how we respond. We can take some deep breaths, and then instead of hitting someone, or calling them stupid, we can calmly talk to them about what has frustrated us.”

“Making it a Practice

When we did this project, the kids were naturally more interested in just shaking the jars and watching the glitter swirl around than listening to mom’s lecture on mindfulness. But this exercise was really helpful in a number of ways. Here’s how we continue to use the Mind Jars:

  • We practice our deep, calming breathing at times when the kids are already calm ~ we shake the jars, and then breathe calmly while we watch the glitter settle.
  • We keep the jars in the kitchen, or at our Quiet Place {in the Study} where the kids can reach them, and they can get them if they need to use them to calm down.
  • When they get upset, we encourage them to remember this exercise {or go get their jar} ~and this part only works if we continually use the jars at times when they are NOT mad. {I smiled when, as my son threw a tantrum yesterday morning, his big sister grabbed his mind jar to help him calm down.}

I found this activity to be a great art project, a fun way to spend mindful time with my children, and a great age-appropriate way to teach them about mindfulness!”

(READ MORE By: Sarah Rudell Beach
Sarah is a writer, teacher, and mother. At Left Brain Buddha, she writes about her journey to live and parent mindfully, joyfully, and thought-fully in her left-brain analytical life. When not working, she enjoys dancing, reading, and hanging out with her little Buddhas).

Mindful Manners from Our Girl Scout Troup

What are your mindful goals for this week? Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so however, it is not necessary.  My main objective here is to give, and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

Thank you for all the fabulous blog posts I am seeing in our WordPress community about mindfulness. It is a joy to see so many of you sharing your mindful goals. Thank you for enriching my life with your experiences.

Thank you so much for joining me in my pursuit of becoming more mindful.  I appreciate your support!  I wish much peace and joy to everyone this week.




The Darkness of an Early Morning

The storm rolled through northwest Pensacola, Florida this morning with a fury of raindrops tearing at my windows. Deep resounding thunder boomed in the background, while fierce slashes of lightning tore through the dark skies. Flocks of cranes swarmed to the fields near my home, waiting for the rain to make temporary lakes filled with bugs ready for the taking. It was a glorious morning and I reveled in the beauty exploding all around me. The trees heavy with bloom, drooped in the rain.

The gloom was deep in the field. My flash went off for the top picture.

This was closer to how it looked. At 8 am the street lights out front of our houses were still lit. Tornado watches and flash flood watches were issued quickly.

Through the horse-hole after the rains departed.

The cranes were air born! Breakfast time!

The trees heavy in bloom smell like lilacs.

This Sunday interlude to your day was inspired by, The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge, “Early Bird.”

Thanks for stopping by for a visit, I loved seeing you all!


Happy – Happy, Joy – Joy!

Today is my birthday (and my blog birthday was on April 15th)! I want everyone to share in my happiness and joy! So, listen to the song, eat some cake, raise a glass, and enjoy whoever you are with!

All I want on my birthday is for you to spread some joy and happiness around your life. Thanks to Ronovan Writes for the inspiration, and sorry I am late with my BeWoW post!


RonovanWrites Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt Challenge #40 New & Time

Ron’s prompt words to us this week were, “new and time.” I am fully immersed in my writing of the Swamp Fairy and find my dreams filled with shadowy visions of plot lines, and tales yearning to be told. I struggle to find enough time to write. It is almost consuming!

Join us in the best haiku writing challenge on WordPress sponsored by Ronovan Writes. Click here to find out more.


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