Category Archives: 5 Stars

YouTube Favorite Video Series: “Laura’s Prairie Summer” July, 2020 Recorded Live from Walnut Grove, Minnesota

Hi All,

I enjoy watching movies and TV Series based on books. I believe the characters have more depth and the plots more developed when books drive the creative process of screen play creations.

My featured YouTube Video series for COVID-19 2020 Summer is “Laura’s Prairie Summer”. It is free for a little while and I hope you take the time to check out the series from the banks of Plum Creek.

This series is is straight from Walnut Grove, Minnesota and features people from all over the US that have studied or read the Laura Ingalls Wilder Books and one interview in the series was from one of the actresses that started in the “Little House on the Prairie” TV Series. The play scenes include actors from the community.

Here are the links to the shows:

Laura’s Prairie Summer Episode 1

Laura’s Prairie Summer Episode 2

Laura’s Prairie Summer Episode 3

Laura’s Prairie Summer Episode 4

Laura’s Prairie Summer Episode 5

Laura’s Prairie Summer Episode 6

I hope I have all the links correct but if in doubt just search YouTube for Laura’s Prairie Summer and all the videos will come up for you.

It’s a well done series by local people in Western Minnesota in a small town where farming is the main source of income so anything you can contribute toward the efforts to keep the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum going along with the theater group will be appreciated.

The shows are for the whole family with new scenes included – every year the community puts on a pageant with an outdoor play that is very well done. Tune in and let the kids see entertainment for the whole family. Stay safe everyone.

Photo taken on a July 26, 2014 Trip to Walnut Grove, MN Book Signing event.
Photo taken on a July 26, 2014 Trip to Walnut Grove, MN Book Signing event.
I met Sarah Uthoff featured interviewee from “Laura’s Prairie Summer Episode 2” at this July 26, 2014 Book Signing event while waiting in line
I also met Alison Arngrim at the July 26, 2014 Book signing event in Walnut Grove, Minnesota she was featured in “Laura’s Prairie Summer Episode 5” this July 24, 2020.

Recommend “The Master Cook and the Maiden”

I just completed reading “The Master Cook and the Maiden”. The story was full of adventure and happenstance that led to romance and hope. I hope you take some time to learn of Alfwen and Swain as they meet and explore the purpose for their time on earth with all the beauty and danger that comes with living. 

I recommend reading Lindsay Townsend’s books. The reader travels back in time to a place full of magic and love.

To learn more about where to find books by Lindsay check out here website at: Www.lindsaytownsend.co.uk

Travel back in time as you stay safely in your home. Life is full of possibilities you just have to look for them.

The Latest from Historical Author Lindsay Townsend

Historic Romance to Checkout

Historical Romance well written adventures into the past. Follow the link above to learn more.

Enjoy

Happy Mother’s Day

Hi All,

I hope you are enjoying the Spring where you are. It’s sunny in Minneapolis. I’ve been gardening see pictures here: https://photos2shareblog.com/2019/05/12/happy-mothers-day-all-especially-those-in-heaven/

I’ve been listening to JD Robb’s latest In Death Book too, “Connections In Death”. Very well written & narrated by Susan Erickson. This series is about developing family connections beyond those related to you. It’s a community of characters helping one another out while doing their jobs. I recommend this series to all that enjoy crime drama & finding connections worth holding onto.

Check out another great author here:

https://www.fantasticfiction.com/t/lindsay-townsend/

Lindsay Townsend never disappoints with her witty & timely stories of suspense & romance. Stories that inspire. Worth a click to check out her stories.

May you all find the hope of Spring & enjoy some outside time maybe with family, friends, passerby or a friendly clerk. Smile not only do you feel better doing it you find wonderful connections.

A beautiful view from my terrace garden. Find your view

Spring Reading Ideas

Hi All,

The green is appearing once again in Minnesota so its time to bring some Spring reading ideas.

Here’s the latest from one one of my favorite authors:

Lindsay’s Book Chat

I’m enjoying a mystery thriller that makes you think of things that go bump in the night and laugh out loud at some at Kathy Reichs’s witticisms in her book “Deja Dead”. I like the audiobook so the narrator Barbara Rosenblat is also a favorite of mine. It’s like listening to a one woman play very well done.

Smile Amazon Deja Dead Book Link

If you use Amazon and audible for your audiobook purchases remember to link to Smile.amazon.com where you can pick the charity of your choice while getting much enjoyment from all the products available on Amazon.

Take some time today to begin a new book and take an arm chair journey to places near and far.

Reading is fundamental to leaning about the world around you and the many personalities all around you.

Sincerely,

Melissa Blanchard

I Recommend Murder on the Orient Express [Movie Tie-in] by Agatha Christie, narrated by Kenneth Branagh

Hi All,

I love a good mystery and Agatha Christie is a favorite author of mine.

I saw this audiobook on Amazon when I was looking for something new to listen too. I was not disappointed.

It seems like every generation of fine actors come together to adapt this book to a movie script and this time they have a another great cast to add their interpretation to this masterpiece of suspense and intrigue.

This cast is all star for the movie and Kenneth Branagh does an excellent narration for the audiobook as well as play the lead in the movie.

I rented the movie from Xfinity too and I’m enjoying it on a cold winter’s night in Minneapolis MN. That’s right snow fall and cold conditions in April here in Minnesota. I hope you enjoy the book and the movie and if you’re in the path of the Minnesota snow storm you’ll be able to relate to those souls on the train trapped by snow.

Here’s a link for the audiobook:

Murder on the Orient Express via Audible

Lindsay Townsend’s New Titles Now Available.

Plain Harry – I recommend Check Out Kindle version follow Link.

Click link above to check out Lindsay’s latest book.

Lindsay Townsend Great Books to check out

http://www.lindsaytownsend.co.uk/2017/07/new-plain-harry-sweet-medieval.html

New title out Plain Harry Sweet Medieval – I’m going to check out this book for my summer reading – see the links above to do the same.

Lindsay delivers interesting characters and well researched historical fiction.  I enjoy her writing.  The dialog is believable and the rhythm of the words flows with no effort from the reader.

 

Check Out a Great Author, Lindsay Townsend and her latest, “The Virgin, The Knight and the Dragon”

Hi Readers,

There’s a new book out there for all that enjoy historical romance.  Check out the link below to find out more:

Link to Lindsay’s Website

Enjoy,

Sinderely,

Melissa Blanchard

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When Calls The Heart – Book Based TV

Happy 1st Saturday in March,

I hope all are enjoying the 1st TV book based series from a Christian author, Janette Oke.

The story lines bring topics that help us understand one another no matter our background or physical limitations.

This is a show devoted to creating TV that all members of the family can watch together.

Follow this link to learn more about discovering how to watch where you live:

When Calls The Heart Season 4 TV from the Heart

My thanks to Hallmark Channel for bringing families together to enjoy stories from the heart.

Sincerely,

Melissa Blanchard

From:  Minneapolis, MN

 

July 9th Book Signing Event at Turn The Page Bookstore in Boonsboro, MD

Book Signing, Boonsboro, Maryland, Nora Roberts

Line for tickets at the July 9th Turn The Page Bookstore Book Signing Event in Boonsboro Maryland

Beautiful weather and people at the July 9th Event at Turn The Page Bookstore at 18 N. Main Street, Boonsboro MD  21713 – follow this link for more information about the event:  http://ttpbooks.com/category/VB.html

The authors all the authors and staff had smiles.  I enjoyed talking about the books they write and the libraries we both support.

Here are the pictures from the event with the authors:

Book Store, Maryland, Boonsboro, Nora Roberts

July 9th, 2016 Books on Display for the Book Signing at Turn The Page Book Store

Gage Shepherd children's book author

Gage Shepherd 1st in line and busy with book signing.

Stephen Bockmiller, Boonsboro, Maryland, Book Signing, Turn The Page Bookstore

Hagerstown and Washington County historical account of how the Civil War impacted the people living in the war zone.

Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Seritella

Mom and daughter writing team. Lisa loves libraries and said Hi to my librarians in Minneapolis, Minnesota – Hennepin County Library.

Maya Banks, Kendra Castle

Maya Banks writes great books with excellently developed characters. I haven’t read any from Kendra yet more to follow as I work my way through her book.

Samantha Chase, Turn The Page Bookstore

Samantha Chase greeted us in the line and gave us a very nice pen with stylus top for tablets – thanks much, Samantha. The book I bought during the event will be the first I’ve read from you.

Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb, Turn The Page Bookstore

Thanks for the picture and signatures, Nora and for hosting the event for the Fans of your writing. I’m glad you support libraries and literacy for everyone.

Laura is Nora Roberts' personal publicist

Thanks to Laura for taking all the pictures with Nora and organizing the social media accounts and Fan events.

Eva, Boonsboro, Book Signing, Friends

Eva and I after the book signing event – happy to have met so many of the Authors we enjoy reading.

Troops, USA, Support

Support for the troops evident in Boonsboro on all the lights along the downtown street. Thanks for all that have served and continue to serve USA.

Water Lilly, flowers, Boonsboro, Maryland

Boonsboro Flowers I found after the Book Signing Event

Sunflowers, Boonsboro Maryland

Sunflower plants found after the book signing in Boonsboro, Maryland

Rose, Boonsboro, Maryland, local gardens

Rose at the perfect point to before the peddles start to fall.  I found this Rose in Boonsboro, Maryland backyard garden – thanks to those that garden.