Joan H. Young Anastasia Raven Mystery Books Adventure


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Today I would like to introduce Anastasia Raven Mystery books written by Joan H. Young to you. I love this series. Joan H. Young is a talented author. I have had the pleasure to meet her at an authors event I organized. I downloaded one of her books and enjoyed this series.

Anastasia Raven recently divorced after discovering her husband is gay and wants to be with his lover. Her son is away at college. She purchases a fixer upper  home in a small town in Michigan and discovers all kinds of characters while rebuilding her life.  While hiking at Dead Mule Swamp she also seems to stumble onto murder and assists with solving the mystery. It is pure pleasure to become part of Anastasia Raven’s adventures. When I read these mystery novels by Joan H. Young, I feel I am right there with Anastasia Raven, making new friends, renovating her farmhouse, getting involved with community events and wondering about each mystery she discovers. I highly recommend these books. I am patiently waiting for book 5 in this series.  Joan H. Young also writes about her true adventures while hiking. A little about Joan. Check her authors page on Amazon.


Joan Young has enjoyed the out-of-doors her entire life. Highlights of her outdoor adventures include Girl Scouting, which provided yearly training in camp skills, and the opportunity to engage in a 10-day canoe trip, and numerous short backpacking excursions. She was selected to attend the 1965 Senior Scout Roundup in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, an international event to which 10,000 girls were invited. She has ridden a bicycle from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean in 1986, and completed the North Country National Scenic Trail on August 3, 2010. Her total mileage was 4395 miles. Young is the first woman to hike the entire trail, and the 9th person overall to complete it on foot.

She also writes a monthly column for the Ludington Daily News called “Get Off the Couch.”

Hope you enjoyed getting to know Anastasia Raven Mystery series and the talented author Joan H. Young. Thanks for dropping in today. Enjoy the Adventures the day brings you! WB





What Happened to the Boy Who Wanted to Touch the Moon

James Saves the Moon

James Saves the Moon

Good Day Folks,

Today, I woke up wondering what happened to the boy who wanted to touch the moon and inspired me to dream again. Every morning this smart imaginative child would tell me all the places he went during the night. I remember him telling a doctor in kindergarten how he wanted to be an archeologists and he said it correctly. He wanted to visit the pyramids and told him all about them and other information about Egypt. The doctor was so impressed with this little boy, he took him back to his lab to show him how he tested the blood to find out what could be wrong with people. The little boy who went missing one day in Akureyri, Iceland, who got lost but excitedly told me about all the people and places he discovered finding his way home.

I wonder when did I lose the boy who dreamed big things and wanted adventure. This little boy is now an young adult and headed down a raggedy path full of gnarly branches that keep grabbing him.  I wonder will he find a smoother path and look up see the light glittering on a drip of water, with the dragons reflection  that floats down and lands on his forehead from the cold ice melting on those crooked branches as new colorful leaves begin to bud to  release the dreams and see the beauty of wonder and adventure again. When he wipes the drip will the dragon be there for him to take flight.  Hope


Online events, water and sickies adventure!


Good Day Folks,


authorspotlightThis week I am hosting a Children’s Author Spotlight. There is a new one every week. This is fun as well. Authors, parents join to find out about children’s books. Folks have the opportunity to ask about my books, and writing adventures. Authors ask about the writing business.  I really enjoy chatting, sharing with folks. Tonight at 9pm EST, I will be randomly giving away two ebooks from amazon. Join the event and find the post that gets you in the drawing by just leaving a comment on the post. Here is the link Wendy Nystrom Children’s Author Spotlight.

springflingAnchor Group Publishing, my publisher is hosting a Spring Fling all month. Last week I had a blast hosting a day. The participates are so much fun. If you are looking for new authors, books, prizes join the FB event here is the link a different author each day many genres. Anchor Group Publishing Spring Fling

bethalexMy two dragonets(twin daughters)  have been sick this week each. Daughter B, two days behind Daughter A. Both are back in school today. Interesting last night my daughter informed me that my treatment suggestions for fever, sore throat and cough she discovered online at some site. I said, so now do you think I know what I am talking about. Sure is a different. When I was a kid, pretty much what mom or dad suggested to feel better was believed even if the cough medicine tasted awful, we took it no questions asked. Now, kids check online to confirm family remedies. I don’t use over the counter cold and flu medicines. I have not for many years now. I find they do very little and often make things worse. Although if a temperature goes over 101 I will give them a Tylenol or Advil. In most cases a low temperature is a good thing, it means your body is naturally fighting the illness. Of course if it lasts more than 5 days, a doctors visit maybe needed to see if it is a bacterial infection.  Here is my recipe for most cold and flu issues

1/2 teaspoon of honey

1/4 teaspoon ginger and turmeric

1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice

Warm or cold water (fill glass)

Now my girls do not care for honey so I mask the taste by adding 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.

Mix with a spoon and ask them to drink it. You can give them as many glasses they will drink. It does make them feel better. By the way my husband and  I drink a glass of this every morning.

I also give everyone a cod liver supplement daily. During the winter months I take 2 to 3 a day. Kids just one a day if they will take it. It is important to get vitamin D in your diet during the dark months of the year. Besides vitamin C. Our bodies do not store D and the sun is one of the sources for Vitamin D. It is needed to keep your immune system strong. Cod liver is a good source for this. The girls were better in 4 days. I am lucky my family does not get ill that often.

The other thing I suggest is gargle with salt water. Helps clear flem, and heal the sore throat. I also have my family drop a couple of drops of saline nasal spray. I just drop a couple drops on their fingers and they sniff them up.  This way I do not have to purchase a bottle for each person.  Now my kids are old enough to take care of this themselves. Helps with stuffed up noses. My favorite brand of saline nasal spray is Ocean. 

All these remedies I use confirmed by my daughters research online. So happy.

My other adventure is being part of the Water Protectors in my county. A couple of months ago I saw a post of an informational meeting about a permit for an injection well to dump toxic brine waste caused from fracking.  By the end of the meeting I was on the board of the water protectors. What an adventure this is turning into. This group of people have done so much research and keep at it to stop the injection well permit. It appears since states around us are putting a stop to dumping toxic waste underground from fracking in injection wells. Due to poisoning water and earthquakes. Michigan and my county have been targeted to become a dumping ground for oil and gas companies to transport this toxic brine waste from fracking. We have already had earthqakes happen in another area from injection wells in my state. Water has been poisoned and will be poisoned. Now why would our department MIDEQ who is suppose to protect our water been allowing a state with 20% of the worlds fresh water supply to become a toxic waste site. And the EPA also has to sign off on this stuff why would they allow it too. Instead of creating our own non-profit group, we have now become a committee under the Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation. Link and will continue to fight against becoming a toxic waste site.

Well that is my adventures lately. Thank you for stopping in. Enjoy the Adventure the day brings you. WB WendyBookcaseLogo


Authorpalooza Grand Adventure!


Good Day Folks,

Well, I did good. Successfully organized another authorpalooza event in my small city. It went very smoothly and everyone seemed to enjoy the event. I sure enjoyed meeting more authors in person. The visitors were fun too. We added Ferris State Theatre Students. They dressed up as characters from books. They were awesome.



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My wonderful PA Candice Simpson from It Girls P.R., who helped me, was able to attend this event. She kept me focused and helped woman my table when I needed to be away. Midway through the event she called me over and whispered in my ear. Look at that teenager with the folder. He is talking to all the authors. He wants to be a writer. It made me smile.

Later I saw him 944008_10154525344728056_5509511732237447250_n12715739_10154525706393056_271849495800417129_nsitting at a table outside the room with his Grandmother.  I stopped and asked him did he enjoy meeting the authors. His face lit up and so did his Grandmothers. They both told me it was wonderful to talk with them. He showed his Grandmother all the notes he took and some of the things he learned. He wants to be a writer some day. This is what it is all about! It made my entire day. I was tired and wondering if I would ever organize another one before I chatted with the teenager and his grandmother.  Inspiring young people to go after their dreams is a wonderful feeling. I found out later from a friend they drove a hour and half to come to authorpalooza. Makes me tear up with joy.

I would like to thank all the authors for talking with this young person. I also want to thank Festival of Arts Board members for organizing a month long celebration of arts and including authorpalooza this year.  Thank you Candice for letting me know about him too.

I would like to thank our host A.J at the Gate. He was fabulous. The Gate is a fabulous place to hold an event.


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Final thought. One of the reasons I write epic adventures chapter books for ages 7-12  is the hope that when the dragon flies so will children’s imagination as they read .  Wild imagination allowed to be free brings us new ideas, things and enjoyment.

3 of my books are currently on sale.


Wendy Nystrom Amazon authors page link



I currently have 5 children epic adventure illustrated chapter books available for kids ages 7-12. Hope you enjoyed today’s adventure. Thanks for stopping in. Enjoy the adventure the day brings you. WB  WendyBookcaseLogo


Many Many Adventures more than writing!


Good Day Folks,

I always say I need to blog every week but seem to have so many things come up. I will try to get better at letting you know what my latest adventure is.

ac promo 1First my publisher Anchor Group Publishing has my book 4, Amongst the Clouds on sale this month. This adventure is for ages 7-12. What could be hidden in a cloud? Epic Adventure of Course.

Wow, I have been busy. I am still editing book 6 working title Magic Carousel. Sure is a fun adventure. I introduce two new characters,Tina and Timothy.

Mermaid_Tina  Ogre_TimothyI also been editing and writing my novel New Moon Brethren. I had to take a break from my writers group, rather bummed. But just not enough time for it right now. 

I was asked by Big Rapids Festival of Arts to organize an Authorpalooza Event for them. What a a fun adventure it has become. 40+ authors are coming February 20th to Big Rapids 1pm to 4PM. Plus classic book characters will be wandering around to interact with you. Thanks to Ferris State University Theatre Students. 12506484_10154417437838056_1951026028_n

This is going to be a fun event. We have a month full of art activities. If you are in the area here is Festival of Arts website. Check out the booklet with all the Art Activities.

Authorpalooza is on page 59. I have an event page here is the link for it.  This has been a blast organizing.

I am also looking for a children’s literary agent. Been sending out many queries. Gotten a few rejections, The rejections have been much nicer than 10 years ago. So I am getting better.  I do hope a agent will want to work with me in the near future, so I can dedicate more time for writing.

I also started a Facebook Weekly Children’s Author Spotlight from the FB group Kids Read-Author Promo Group. I put up the dates and authors sign up for a spotlight. Then for a week folks have the opportunity to get to know children’s authors and their book, experiences etc. Check them out and interact with the authors. We love to chat, answer questions with folks.

January 31 – February 6 PJ LaRue

February 7 – February 13 Lori Moore https://www

February 14 – February 20 Margretchin Chantal

February 21 – February 27 Janet Balletta


Recently, I have become involved with keeping our water safe. Joined a group who right now are trying to stop an injection well go active in my county. An oil and gas company wants to dump toxic waste from their oil fracking and drilling activities. So I have been educating myself on the issues and going to many meetings and writing many statements and speaking up to our public leaders about how dangerous it really is.  At an EPA Public Hearing, a tear jerking moment. A few HS Students  spoke and asked us adults to protect the water for them and the future.

Of course taking care of my family needs takes priority. Now with three teenagers in the house, we have many drama adventures. Fun fun!

Well you are up to date on things. Just a reminder I currently have 5 children epic adventure illustrated chapter books available for kids ages 7-12. Hope you enjoyed my many adventures. Thanks for stopping in. Enjoy the adventure the day brings you. WB WendyBookcaseLogo


Author Shelby White’s Ouija Board Adventure!


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How many of you played with a Ouija Board. I look forward to this book from Anchor Group Publishing author Shelby White. Ouija Board. Check it out now only 99 cents for a limited time on Amazon.



Alycia and her three best friends buy a Ouija board for some late night entertainment, they come in contact with something that defies all reason. They find themselves faced with questions that would make others run in fear. Delving into this frightening unknown, they soon discover they are dealing with a force more powerful than they could possibly understand.

Enlisting some knowledgeable help on supernatural entities, they are introduced to a world they never thought existed.  As they try to maintain the normalcy of their summer break and figure out how to rid themselves of this other worldly being they realize their lives will never be the same and that some games aren’t meant to be played with. 

Amazon link for Ouija Board

About the Author Shelby White

Shelby White was born and raised in Northern California.  At a very young age she fell in love with the arts and began writing short stories for fun in her spare time anywhere she could.  As time went on she found her passion in Television and Film and the art of storytelling. She was fascinated with the stories, the lives that characters lead and the way that each story could be told. She soon found a way to combine her interests in high school writing film reviews for the local newspaper.  This love of writing and expression through TV, Film and eventually in college working behind the scenes in theatre led her to pursue a Bachelors of Arts in Communications with a minor in Film Studies from the University of California, Davis.  Shelby currently resides in Northern California where she continues to write and pursue the creative world around her.

Stay up to date on Shelby White’s Adventures:

Twitter, @swhitewrites

Hope you enjoyed the getting to know Anchor Group Publishing Author Shelby White, and check out  her new book  The Ouija Board. Thanks for dropping in. Enjoy the adventure day brings you, WB  WendyBookcaseLogo10672063_696445830440443_7679188720990872076_n


Author Judith Wade’s A Mermaid in Whitecap Bay Adventure.


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Today’s adventure, I have the honor to introduce a new talented author at Anchor Group Publishing. Judith Wade/ aka  Loraine Hudson. Her book A Mermaid in Whitecap Bay is now available.  Love mermaids. Looks like a fabulous adventure.
A Mermaid in Whitecap Bay
by Judith Wade
Runner Jennifer Miller tries to ignore the mysterious happenings down at Whitecap Bay. 
 She has other things to worry about—a new school, new friends and an upcoming track
meet to name a few. But why is Darrell Hanley spending so much time at the beach, and
what are the strange things he keeps carrying back and forth? When Jennifer’s curiosity
gets the best of her and she follows Darrell, she finds more than she bargained for. There
is a mermaid trapped in the Bay, and Darrell and Jennifer, along with Jennifer’s
unruly dog, Tyrone, embark on a quest to free the mermaid before she is found or worse.
  Can they win this race against time?

Loraine Hudson lives and writes in Eagle, Michigan. She enjoys writing middle grades chapter books, and has published five titles under her pen name,  Judith Wade:  A Mermaid in Whitecap Bay (2011); Faelen, the Horse from the Sea (2009); Mermaid Dreams (2006); The Mermaid’s Gift (2004); and The Secret of Mermaid Island (2003).   She is also the author of numerous short fiction pieces,  including  “My Mother’s House,” in A Cup of Comfort for Families Touched by Alzheimer’s;  “The Birthday Mirror” in Patchwork Path: Treasure Box; and “The Starting Line,” in A Cup of Comfort for Horse Lovers.  Two of her short pieces about her equine adventures were also published in Down the Aisle Stories (, and she has dabbled in poetry with “Wind Visiting” published in River Poets Journal.  She is a member of “Writing at the Ledges,” an active writer’s group in Grand Ledge, Michigan, and has contributed short fiction pieces to the group’s three anthologies.   She is often at her most creative when she is taking her ex-racehorse out for an amble through the woods.
Loraine also writes under the pen name Judith Wade.

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Hope you enjoyed the getting to know Judith Wade, and her new book A Mermaid in Whitecap Bay. Thanks for dropping in. Enjoy the adventure every day brings you, WB