Thanks for the thumbs up on Jan Sikes’ book, Gracie! I’m sure others will also enjoy reading more about it. I’m also reblogging as a reminder to read Jan’s book this year.

GRACIE BRADFORD: Grandma Midnight Book Reviews - Sassy and Outspoken


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Jan reveals in her bio that she started writing when she was a young girl. She admits that her first writing was a gospel song. She also has an Uncle named Luke.  Surprise! Luke is her main character in this book. Is Luke real or fictional? According to Jan, the stories she writes are real stories about the journey of two people moving through adversity to grow and learn to become better humans. Jan hopes that her story might touch someone’s heart or life positively. I think this author might also be a music lover from Texas and a proud grandmother.


The Convict and the Rose by [Sikes, Jan]So, what did I think about the book?

I downloaded five books to my iPad before venturing off on a train trip to Canada. I flew into Vancouver and took the train from there to Jasper. I was on the…

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AND THIS IS THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED #thursdaythoughts @Pembrokeshire #poetrycommunity

Alex Ambercrombie wrote a fast-paced, rhythmic poem, dealing with a few serious issues. Thanks for this Judith Barrow. 💐💐

Judith Barrow

As some of you may know, as well as holding private creative writing workshops, I also tutor creative writing for the local council. Tutoring adults can be  rewarding (discovering wonderful writers), chaotic (my lesson plans are rarely followed – someone will inevitably take things off at a tangent) hilarious (the undiscovered comedian/ the completely unaware comedian) and thought-provoking (especially with memoir writing) Every now and then I like to share some of their work.

Here is a piece written by one of my students after I set them an exercise which ended with the last line, “And this is the room where it happened.”

This is a poem by Alex Abercrombie. 


You’re shaken awake from a jittery nap and

The mantelpiece clock shows a quarter to two.

The dog on the mat and the cat on your lap and

The owls in the attic are wakeful too.

There’s a rattle of chains and a loud ringing rap and

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Vienna Coffee for the Doomed

Thank you so much for including this wonderful performance by Yo-Yo Ma and George Horner in this poignant blogpost. I’m sure there will be others who follow my blog who will also be blown away by, not only the music, but also the contents of this post. Thank you KoolKosherKitchen.


I was privileged to attend a unique gala concert, “a tribute to artistic creativity and survival in Terezin.” The fortress Therezienstadt was built at the end of 18th century by the Austrian Emperor Joseph II who named it in honor of his mother Maria Theresa. However, the Nazis found another use for the quaint little town. In 1940 it became a concentration camp, mainly for Czechoslovakian Jews, but also for Jews from Austria and Germany. “More than 150,000 Jews were sent there, including 15,000 children, and held there for months or years, before being sent by rail transports to their deaths at Treblinka and Auschwitz extermination camps in occupied Poland, as well as to smaller camps elsewhere.  Less than 150 children survived” (

Entrance at the inner camp of Terezin.  "Arbeit macht frei" means "Works frees."

Barbed wire and the infamous concentration camp slogan “Work Frees” marked the entrance to the inner camp of Terezin. Conditions were dismal, and, even though Terezin…

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10 Ways To Shed The Pounds Quickly

Thanks Ula, These are excellent reminders which a few of my friends would like to see as well!

simple Ula

Weight loss can be a nightmare task; it can take months and months of hard labor. Hitting the gym every couple of days, eating an endless supply of lettuce and avoid your favorite takeaway can be difficult.

If you are coming up to a big event and want to squeeze into that dress, or even if you are just looking to lose the pounds for the holidays; losing weight rapidly is what we all crave. And there are some simple lifestyle changes you can implement to make your dreams come to fruition much quicker.

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Thanks Suzanne Kelman! I’m looking forward to reading THE REJECTED READERS’ BOOK CLUB soon! Thanks for the lovely post Gracie. I always love to see what you are giving us, next. 😁

GRACIE BRADFORD: Grandma Midnight Book Reviews - Sassy and Outspoken


Meet Author Suzanne Kelman.


Suzanne is an Amazon international best-selling author and a multi-award-winning screenwriter and playwright.

Suzanne is such a joy. Just look at her glowing smile. I am honored to introduce you to this dynamic and entertaining writer. She refers to her book as “Your laughing #workout for today.” Her book cover caught my eye because I am a tea-drinker. I added this book to  Gracie’s “To Read” Book List several months ago. Read the book to discover what is behind the smile!

51NUncEkikLThe author’s synopsis of her book:

Librarian Janet Johnson is puzzled when she is invited—and practically dragged—to her first meeting of the Rejected Writers’ Book Club. This quirky group of women would much rather celebrate one another’s rejected manuscripts over cups of tea and slices of lemon cake than actually publish a book. But good…

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Life can change in an instant. No misdeeds necessary. No signature required.💕 #RRBC #IARTG

You’ve got me with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, Natalie! My family has had its share of spinal chord injuries – husband had an accident and two operations later, still carries on. I live with a spine that makes life challenging every now and then, but reading your words uplift the heart. 💐💖💐 I’m reblogging, thank you so much. Kind regards 💐💖💐

Natalie Ducey

Life can change in an instant. Chances are, if you’re 20 years or older, you know this truth. Life, in its majestic wonder, can sometimes be unkind with its paths of uncertainty and forced goodbyes. In the blink of an eye, all that was once familiar, secure, and steady is now out of reach. No misdeeds necessary. No signature required. The current just suddenly shifts, setting us adrift in uncharted waters with no map or plan of rescue.

Today marks 25 years since the car accident. It’s rather surreal to say that. In 1992, I carried the belief that surely by the year 2000 there would be a cure for spinal cord injuries. That belief has been my saving grace in those early years. Science has advanced, of course, but we are not there yet. In my lifetime perhaps, but not today. Not tomorrow.

Regardless, I write this with a…

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Introducing #Author Judith Barrow – @barrow_judith

Thank you for this lovely introduction to your experiences in Pembrokeshire – I’ve not been there yet, but somewhere in my mind I seem to think that the welsh ponies are running free there? I hope so! Thanks Marlena and Judith. I’m reblogging not to forget to read everything! 🤗🤗

Life As I Know It

Hello, bloggers!!

Please help me welcome guest author, Judith Barrow, to the blog today. She has been on an exciting blog tour (more links below), and I am thrilled to take part! So without further ado, please enjoy…

Judith Barrow’s new book, A Hundred Tiny Threads, is the prequel of her Howarth trilogy. Pattern of Shadows is the first of the trilogy. Mary is a nursing sister at Lancashire prison camp for the housing and treatment of German POWs. Life at work is difficult but fulfilling, life at home a constant round of arguments, until Frank Shuttleworth, a guard at the camp turns up. Frank is difficult to love but persistent and won’t leave until Mary agrees to walk out with him.

Sequel to Pattern of the Shadows, Changing Patterns is set in May 1950, Britain is struggling with the hardships of rationing and the aftermath of the Second World…

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#RRBC DAY 29 CONGRATULATIONS @nonniejules & @AskTheGoodMommy – “DOES MY LIFE MATTER”

Thank you for sharing Nonnie’s thoughts here, Shirley. Kind regards 💐💐

Our Lady of Victory Remembered!

Because of the division that’s going on in our world right now, the hate that’s being stirred up and spewed by these White Supremacist groups, we felt it appropriate and extremely necessary that we share a piece from our President, Nonnie Jules, that needs to be wide-spread.



I am a black woman, and because of the shade of my skin and coarseness of my hair, because of the fullness of my hips, my lips and the bold colors I wear…some don’t find me as attractive as my fairer counterparts.  You see, I’m no longer your house-maid or here for your sexual pleasure; no longer Mamie to your children, I’m now someone’s Mother…a treasure.  But, does my life matter?


I am a black man, and because of my dark skin and the boldness of my stance, because of the kinky in my…

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Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Thanks for this lovely quote, Staci. I’ve reblogged it – it’s important to remember why we do what we do! Kind regards. 💐

Staci Troilo

Editing and FireThis week was all about editing. I edited for clients, I edited for friends. And now I’m going through three massive galley edits of my own work.

That’s a lot of editing.

I thought this quote was appropriate because of both its beauty and its accuracy. Writing is a passion—a burning need to share a message. But editing is what makes that message shine. This quote really spoke to me because of the imagery. And the truth of it.

And now, this week’s writing links:

WP DP Challenge Links

Links to My Posts/Posts on Sites I’m Affiliated With

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