Tangled Tales Perfect for Summer Reading

2014 Summer Reading List.

Morning at the Vineyard

by Juliette Kings

A Vampire hung-over wakes up in the house of serial killers; poetry from a teenage girl brings a Greek god to his knees; elderly vampires, lost loves, a lunch date with zombies and opera singers, and modern vampire family life, fill the pages of this volume with humor, romance, adventure, parenting in this collection of unique tangled tales.

Now available on Amazon.com

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Goin’ Extinct: Tales From the Edge of Oblivion

Looking for something FUN to read this summer. Check out Goin’ Extinct: Tales From the Edge of Oblivion.


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Goin’ Extinct

Fun stuff. If you haven’t checked out the book Goin’ Extinct do yourself a favor and download a copy. It is FUN with a lot of great stories plus proceeds go to MS Research.

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Musings on Gassy Planets, High School and Uncle Max

Just a little back-to-school fun…

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Cat on Mars Cat on Mars

I was taking Clara to school this morning and traffic was backup up for about a mile and there was no place to go. All the side streets were backed up with people trying to get out of the backup.

We speculated on the cause of the backup. I assumed it was an accident. Clara looked over and saw one of her teachers in the traffic with us. And much to her shock he was smoking. She said three of her teachers smoked.

I guess I could have acted shocked but let’s be real. I bet he was having one of his two cigarettes of the day. The first is on the way to school to take the edge off and calm his nerves before he faces 200 students over a course of 6 periods. The second is after school to take off the edge and face…

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California Afternoon, Vampire Guys (again), Parenting and Modern Life

You know you’re from California when….

More fun about parenting, California and just being who you are (and loving who you love)

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Yellow Flip Flops Yellow Flip Flops

Michinori waited for his teenage twins in the school parking lot. I waited with him. We also had loads of books to donate for the library book sale (our tax dollars not at work.)

I welcomed the company of an old friend on a Friday afternoon as I waited but… as you know, anytime a male Vampire goes into a public place, especially in the middle of the day he’ll get a lot of looks. They just reek of a certain “you want me now.” I just hoped the librarian’s knees wouldn’t turn to jelly when we brought the books in. I could already hear the women in the office and the female teachers saying, “Michinori is here.” It was worse than someone bringing a box full of 6 week old Lab puppies or cake or anything that pulls you and makes you giddy for absolutely no…

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A Response to ‘Women Against Feminism.’

Read it and think about it. Good post.


Imagine this:

The year is 2014. You are a white Western woman. You wake up in the morning in a comfortably sized house or flat. You have a full or part-time job that enables you to pay your rent or mortgage. You have been to school and maybe even college or university as well. You can read and write and count. You own a car or have a driver’s licence. You have enough money in your own bank account to feed and clothe yourself. You have access to the Internet. You can vote. You have a boyfriend or girlfriend of your choosing, who you can also marry if you want to, and raise a family with. You walk down the street wearing whatever you feel like wearing. You can go to bars and clubs and sleep with whomever you want.

Your world is full of freedom and possibility.

Then you…

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How to write a response to a love letter (which is more fun if it isn’t addressed to YOU)

More fun…

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Part One: How to Write A Love Letter

How would I write a love letter?

As if I’d tell my teen that. Teens usually know but forget as they grow old and fearful.

I would write it by hand on a yellow legal pad with pencil. I would write it over and over until it was exactly right. Then I’d get a fine piece of stationary and write the perfect letter with perfect script.

There are different kinds of love letters. There are those that say:  Hey, I really like you a lot, lets get together. There are love letters that are heart breaking and say: I’m lost without you. There are those that say: You are the one, the only one, the absolute only one. And there are those that say: After all these years together I love you still and always and forever.

It is simple really.

  • Don’t…

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A Little Sweet and Simple: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Only 93 days until Halloween (my favorite holiday) but you can fix these treats ANYTIME. And if you aren’t following the blog “The Year of Halloween” you should be. You’ll thank me for it later.

The Year of Halloween

Peanut Butter Bars by AddAPinch

Indulgent and rich, the sweet, sinful saltiness of chocolate and peanut butter together just seem to evoke the feeling of Halloween.  Sure, Halloween may still be 95 days away, but if you start making this easy no-bake peanut butter bar recipe from Robyn at Add A Pinch now, just think how perfect you’ll have it down by October! Click on over for the complete recipe and more lusciously tempting photos. These look like a snap to whip up, so feel free to ship us, oh, let’s say five or six dozen if you make extras.

Related Posts:

– 5 Spooky Treats for Halloween

– Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Sandwiches

– Lips Like Sugar: Four Chocolate Peanut Butter Treats for Halloween

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Daily Diversion #219: My Book Family Keeps Growing, One Old Volume at a Time

A Small Press Life: Books. Art. Writing. Life. Tea.

Please welcome the newest member of my book family. A Western with a lovely cover, it’s at least mildly appropriate that I bought it at the State Fair. Note: The Antique Barn is next to the building where they display chickens, ducks, turkeys, and rabbits.

The Winning of Barbara WorthThe Winning of Barbara Worth by Harold Bell Wright. It was first published in 1911.

Fifteen years later, it was turned into a silent film starring Vilma Banky, Ronald Colman, and a fresh upstart named Gary Cooper in his first substantive role (but more on that another day).

“Not a line of Jefferson Worth’s countenance changed as the tall surveyor, pushing his way through the crowd about the new arrivals, greeted him. But Abe Lee felt the man from behind his gray mask reaching out to grasp his innermost thoughts and emotions.”-The Winning of Barbara Worth, Harold Bell Wright

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Foxy Mendoza the Earl of Suave

A fun post for those who like humor, weird friends and something different. Enjoy.

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He went by the name Foxy Mendoza but was neither Foxy or had any ethnic background that warranted then sir name Mendoza. The last time I saw him we was going by Mitchell Smyth-Robinson. Just imagine a Vampire in a cheap suit, no, please, don’t do that. Vampires don’t usually wear cheap suits. This time Mitch, excuse me Foxy, was wearing lime green skinny jeans, a tight black tee, a small black pork pie hat and had something that looked like a Yorkshire Terrier growing off of his chin. Gold hoops adorned his ears and he carried a bright red organically grown cotton man-purse. He called it a satchel. It was a man-purse. He still smelled of violet water. You can’t get the Victorian out of this Vampire who is always reinventing himself.

Foxy Mendoza is the epitome of ridiculous but he is also so successful at everything he does. Well, almost everything.

To make matters…

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