Where the Yellow Violets Grow

And so this weekend I introduce to you my newest novel.

Where the Yellow Violets Grow.

Maybe we’ll be home by Christmas. It’s so lovely in Pennsylvania at Christmas time. And then you and I could walk in the woods. The forest is beautiful in the winter. I’ll show you where the yellow violets grow. We’ll dig in the snow and find the trailing arbutus. They have a lovely fragrance.

-Lieutenant Janet Castner

A WWII historical romance based on a true story.

Book Signing at the Kitsap Home and Garden Show March 16 through 18.

Book Signing at Olympia Barnes and Noble March 31.

I am signing at Barnes and Noble March 3, but the store was unable to acquire Where the Yellow Violets Grow so I will be signing my other books at that time.

The eBook is distributed worldwide. Kobo, iTunes, Etc . It is on sale as a pre order for .99 and will remain .99 until March 10. perf6.000x9.000.indd

You can read more about the book on my website.

This book has come about as an effort of a lot of people. My sister-in-law, my wonderful editors, John Renehan cartographer, Les Solot Les for cover art. And right now we are making an audio narrator by actors Cheyenne Bizon and Paul Bugallo.

I hope you enjoy it! Please leave your thoughts as a review where you purchase the book. I do appreciate it! Thanks.

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Sweet Romance


I have a new book coming out March 3, 2018 based on a stack of letters my sister-in-law handed me with the words, “write the story!” It concerns her mother who was a nurse stationed in England during WWII.
The book is on pre order until release date, and on sale for .99. Those of you who know me know that I don’t discount my books very often, so if you want that price, now’s the time!

perf6.000x9.000.inddPetworth, England 1944. First Lieutenant Janet Castner is assigned to a small hospital unit when Operation Overload begins. Amid the turbulence of nursing the critically wounded GIs arriving from Normandy, her arrogant commanding officer takes her aside and asserts his love for her. Passions flare when he wrongly suspects she and another officer are having an affair.

Unbeknown to the major, Janet has instead sworn her love to a seriously injured infantry man, Sergeant Lou Morrissey. When the major discovers their clandestine romance, he wields his authority in order to destroy their lives forever.

Based on actual letters written by Lieutenant Janet Castner during WWII.

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Making Believe

I must let you all know that I’m going to be downsizing this blog and doing my blogging from my website. The reason being I feel the need to work from one location. You can follow my blog there by subscribing to my website and whenever I post, you’ll get an email. You’ll also get my newsletter which I post once a week, usually on Tuesday.

Sometimes I’ll be giving away coupons for my books and other what-nots in my newsletter so you may enjoy it more.

So, if you still love me and what nonsense I have to say…see you over there!


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Making Believe

Summer is winding down. The grandsons have come and gone.

Remember when people would talk about how hot the summer protests would be? The newscasters used to predict how much violence would happen in the summer. Usually they hit their mark pretty square on. Now the violence is all year long so we can’t really say the tempers are cooling off for winter.


However, I can honestly say I’m glad football season is almost here. I’m watching the preseason for the Seahawks right now.

What do I see in football? Aside from the game itself, I see mild entertainment, sort of like the gladiators, only without the killing.


There’s something about fellas that makes them want to wrestle and play rough with each other. It’s a guy thing. Yes, that statement is politically incorrect, however having raised both boys and girls, I can tell you, what I just said is naturally accurate. Boys like to play rough.

In the old days they played rough with swords and clubs and killed each other.

Today we have football. And I’d much rather see strong young men roughing it up on a football field than out in a war zone. And I’d much rather see people getting behind their teams instead of throwing stones through windows.


If the leaders of the world really wanted peace, whenever there was a disagreement they’d put together a football team and have them duke it out on the football field with the neutral countries as referees. Then we could all watch and enjoy.

Have a peaceful week!


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Making Music

41R0RcUwLjL._AA300_When I was thirteen years old I was given an album of Shakespeare’s Hamlet starring Richard Burton. I know, it sounds funny to give a young teen something so sophisticated, but I must have requested it, or someone in the family knew me better than I thought. I swear that old 33 must have been worn paper thin by the time I grew up. I wish I knew what happened to it over the years.

The entire reading was music to my ears.



Yes. Music. There is something which well-versed authors utilize in their writing that makes their work sing. It’s called rhythm.  Shakespeare was a master of rhythm with his words. J.R.R. Tolkien also.

I’m not sure if it’s a natural instinct or something that is learned but could be a combination of both. It is, perhaps, why being versed in poetry is so important in a writer’s  training. There’s a beat to learn that can be incorporated into a piece of work. Different beats can be applied for different moods, or atmosphere.

Rhythm in a literary work is captivating. Mesmerizing. It draws the reader or listener like sweet honey draws a bear, and holds them captive. Rhythm gives flavor to words and sensuality to concepts.

I can recognize a Shakespearean actor by how he picks up on the rhythm of a piece. Whether they are playing a villain or the protagonist, there is something sweet to the sound of their voice. Richard Burton was a virtuoso in his reading of Hamlet. I can still hear this O too solid flesh melting…my heart!

Listen to the voices of Sean Beam as Boromir, or Brad Dourif as Grimma Wormtongue in Peter Jackson’s production of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

In the trailer for Cassandra’s Castle you will hear the voice-over by Robert Miano. Listen closely. A master of rhythm in his own right, Robert gave the prose that I wrote soul. It sings. I could listen to his voice for a long time and that is why I’m in the midst of negotiation to have him read one of my books as an audio.


Coming soon, (August 31) I will be releasing an audio book of Thread of a Spider. A voice actor named Lee Brophy is the producer, and on top of being Irish with a wonderful Irish accent, Lee has the talent to sense the beat in a story. His reading is captivating. I’m very excited to be releasing this audio-book especially since he’s told me he loves the story.

Lee Brophy

Lee Brophy is from the capital town of Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland. He’s a Zoologist, Voice Actor, Stand-up, Actor, Writer, Tour Guide, Performance Artist, and Clown. Yes, a Zoologist.

In 2012, Lee began taking comedy lessons in Hong Kong with Takeout Comedy and has since trained with The Annoyance Theatre, The Second City, Chekhov Studio Chicago, Beijing Improv, AUSA Comedy Society, Quids Theatre, Green Shirt Studio, Acting Studio Chicago, Chicago Physical Theatre and Such A Voice productions.  Yes, a Zoologist. Read more and Check out his website to find upcoming performances:

Thread of a Spider on Audio will be released August 31 (or there about).



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Making a Hero

When the movie was over I waited for my husband as he used the restroom. I stood on the plush carpets, the ambient lights glittering around me. Brilliantly lit posters heralded upcoming movies. Their bright colors, handsome actors, magic wielding gestures drew my eye. Star Wars, Thor Ragnarok, The Justice League. Movies no doubt about good versus evil,  about the impending doom that mankind faces from some unknown evil force. Movies that boast of supernatural beings with supernatural powers fighting to save us mortals.

And then there was Dunkirk.



I don’t have to look to my imagination to find heroes. They don’t need supernatural powers (though an awesome British Spitfire helps). They don’t need bright neon lights to flash out their names, because being a hero doesn’t boast. There’s no pomp and circumstance in doing the right thing. There’s no red carpet but only the stain of blood seeping through the flesh of the man whose hands the hero pulls out of the water. There’s no grand finale when he lands on the beach because there’s no knowing if the beach will be blown to smithereens two seconds later. Four hundred thousand men. Four hundred thousand heroes fighting to save a continent, a nation, a squadron, an individual, your son or brother or sister.

These are the heroes and Dunkirk, the movie paid a righteous tribute to them-and to the men and women who are still enduring the hardship of sleepless nights, fighting fear not knowing if they will live to see tomorrow-braving the sight of their friends, their partners, their commanders die in their arms. The heroes we forget about in our cushioned chairs, our air-conditioners or heated homes in the winter, our cars, our luxuries, our full refrigerators.


A movie everyone should see. You, your spouse, your brothers and sisters, your children.


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Don’t give me an honest book review

Thank you for this! I am an author too, and would appreciate the same thought process in reviews that I give in my books. It takes months to years to research, write, edit, and market a book. Respect comes with truthfulness as well. Well said. I would like to reblog!

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The problem with honesty

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

As some of you know, I urgently seek book reviews on Amazon.com for my debut book, Francesco Augustine Bernadone as I compete for a finalist position for Amazon’s 2017 Storyteller contest. Over the years, I have given and received reviews on products, services and other things. This blog post serves for reflection on what makes a review, relevant, meaningful and useful.

Please don’t give me an honest book review. Be truthful, start a new conversation with me, and be an encouragement that I will take to my heart. Don’t be the problem. There’s too much misunderstanding, discouragement, indifference, envy, contempt, violence, pain and hate in the world. Let us endeavor not to add to it.

Lest we destroy the world, each other and our selves.

What is truth?

Truth is not just your or my view of the facts…

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