I Recommend Lindsay Townsend’s Historical Fiction

0aa3dbd8-1486-4da0-b2f8-34d7d9619a80-2384-00000684cd29b34b_tmpLindsay Townsend has several 99cents books check her writing out with these .99 cent titles:

Sir Baldwin and the Christmas Ghosts, Night of the Storm, The English Daughter, Voices in the Dark, A Christmas Sleeping Beauty.

Lindsay writes historically accurate fiction with interesting characters and plots. I enjoy her writing style.

Lindsay has a new book coming out on March 17, 2017 www.lindsaytownsend.com

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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.

Spring Valley High School in Spring Valley MN My 2015 Gift to You

Pizza Night August 2015 Class Reunion at The Pizza Place in Spring Valley MN

Pizza Night August 2015 Class Reunion at The Pizza Place in Spring Valley MN

To all the Class of Spring Valley High School and Faculty of SVHS in Spring Valley MN. I’m giving prints of pictures from the 1980 Class Reunion which was on a weekend in August, 2015. A special event in time as it was the last time we all had with Cheryl Oftedahl-Keehn.
Check out the pictures at this link: https://www.pinterest.com/mblanchdev1/svhs-class-of-1980-pictures-to-share/

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Sincerely,
Melissa Blanchard
Connect with me at https://www.facebook.com/melissa.blanchard.3158

An Open Letter to Whoopi Goldberg….We most certainly WERE Listening

Thank you Becky. I’m in Health Care too, a Technical Analyst that helps Nurses and Doctors and Instrument Technicians use software to improve patient care. I know first hand just how much compassion, strength and courage each nurse I’ve worked with posses and all the heart they bring to patient care and keeping the patient safe. I also have friends that nurses and they love and hug and accept as no other friend I have. God bless all that choose this profession and stand up when one of their own is disrespected. Thank you. Sincerely, Melissa Blanchard Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis MN.

Rebecca's Ramblings

Since I saw The View’s so-called “apology” clip on social media, I’ve given this post a tremendous amount of thought. My first instinct and knee-jerk reaction was to sit down with my laptop and blast them with full force…unload my anger  and outrage onto the page…err…computer screen…so I could purge it and get all of that negativity out of my system. I’ll admit, I even got about a quarter of the way through that piece, when I stopped to re-read it. It was a scathing, searing diatribe that quite frankly, made me ashamed of myself. It sounded like something that the View Crew would say…it was petty, spiteful, angry and distasteful. That’s not who I am as a person, a writer or more specifically, a nurse. Quite frequently, I end my blog posts with a sentence urging my readers to be kind to each other. I am a tireless advocate for tolerance, peaceful coexistence and doing…

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“The Informant” by James Grippando and Narrated by George Guidall

A story written to help you understand the criminal mind and the women in authority that search them down relentlessly.

A story written to help you understand the criminal mind and the women in authority that search them down relentlessly.

I just finished the Audiobook “The Informant” by James Grippando & narrated by George Guidall
Wow this story was an indepth study of a serial killer.

There were many twists & turns so in the end you are surprised by why Mike was selected as the reporter getting inside information.

Well developed characters & a plot that dug deep but kept the story moving. Very well done.

George Guidall’s voice is easy to listen to.  He gives voice to the characters.  I recognize them from the vocal tones alone.  The narration reminds me very much of a one man play.

I recommend this book to all that don’t mind finding out about the criminal mind & enjoy understanding the woman in authority that go after them relentlessly.

Enjoy.

I got my Digital copy from Hennepin County library on OneClickDigital but I wouldn’t mind owning & revisiting these characters from time to time.

Review of Slated for Death (Penny Brannigan Book 6) by Elizabeth J. Duncan read by Anne Flosnik

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Guest ‪#‎audiobook‬ Review of Slated for Death (Penny Brannigan Book 6) by Elizabeth J. Duncan read by Anne Flosnik

http://audiobookreviewer.com/…/guest-review-slated-death-p…/

Anne Flosnik Thank you so much for your generous words Melissa! This is part of a delightful traditional mystery series set in Wales. Each book stands alone or builds on the others. The focus of each changes, with the spotlight being on a slate mine in this one. They are beautifully wriiten by Elizabeth J. Duncan, and completely absorbing.

Note from Melissa Blanchard:

I’m sharing this post from my Facebook account from an Anne Flosnik share. Anne Flosnik is an excellent narrator providing voices for all the characters. I enjoy her narrations and will be picking up this audiobook to add to me reading list.  I’ll let you know how I like it blog followers but for now this is an Audio Book Reviews link above shared by Anne and then by me on Facebook.  Enjoy.

10 Christmas Lights – Linkis.com

10 Christmas Lights – Linkis.com Check out Regina Puckett’s writing at this link.

Melissa Blanchard Book Corner

10 Christmas Lights – Linkis.com.

Check out this poet – she’s the best:) Regina Puckett’s writing moves the soul and spirit.

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Recommend – “My Words into the Beyond,” by Regina Puckett

Poetry at it’s best Check out “My Words into the Beyond,” by Regina Puckett

Melissa Blanchard Book Corner

I recommend – “My Words into the Beyond,” audiobook by Regina Puckett
The narrator, George Taylor, is the perfect choice for reading this audiobook of poetry.
His voice is deep and comforting as he tells Regina’s poems of life with all of the loves, dreams, disappointments and triumphs expressed so vividly.
So much of what I’ve experienced in life is communicated in the words of this book.
Thank you Regina, for finding a way to articulate so truly the human journey. It was beautiful to listen to over and over, every time finding something new to reflect on.
I haven’t read poetry for many years, I’m so glad I connected with you on Twitter (@ReginaPucket) and found your writing – so fresh – so true – so inspiring.
Keep on writing Regina Puckett.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/my-words-into-beyond-unabridged/id777502019
http://www.amazon.com/Words-into-Beyond-Regina-Puckett-ebook/dp/B00FQ441EQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393467979&sr=8-1&keywords=My+Words+into+the+beyond+by+Regina+puckett

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Spring Valley High School in Minnesota – Class of 1980

Hi SVHS Class of 1980,

I’m sending out a message to all of the Spring Valley HS Class of 1980 to join us on our secure Class Creator website at this link:

Spring Valley High School Class of 1980

This will help us keep in touch for class reunions and other events.  Its a good way to connect people that don’t really want to get on Facebook.

Please leave comments if you like – I moderate the messages and won’t publish if you don’t want me too.

Here’s some pictures from the last reunion – one of our last chances to chat with Cheryl Oftedahl-Keehn before her sudden death on August 19th, 2015.

1980 Class Reunion Pictures - Saturday Event 1.

Heidi Esklund, Pamela Cloutier​, Shelley Balbach Galvan​, Cheryl Oftedahl-Keehn, Debbie Carr at the Four Daughters Winery on Saturday’s Event at the 35th Class Reunion picture

1980 Class Reunion Reconnect for Spring Valley High School

Richard and Nona Cummings from Friday Event for the 35th Class reunion 8/14/15

Spring Valley High School 1980 Class Reconnect

Debbie Carr, Patty Davids Shoemaker, Melissa Blanchard at the Pizza dinner event for Saturday on the 35th Class Reunion

 

 

www.aspelundwinery.com Peony Garden Winery Kenyon MN

Bruce and Dawn Rohl’s Aspelund Peony Winery and Peony Gardens. Sunday Event for the 35 Class Reunion for SVHS 1980 Graduates

Bruce & Dawn Rohl’s Aspelund Winery Website

Melissa Blanchard’s Book Corner Website is leased by me so feel free to let me know what you think of this post, Class of 1980.  I hope you all register on the Class Creator website and reconnect with your classmates.

Here’s what the SVHS Class of 1980 sent in memory of Cheryl Oftedahl-Keehn:

1980 reconnect efforts Spring Valley Class of 1980

Flowers for Cheryl from the Class of 1980

Sincerely,

Melissa Blanchard

April 11, 2015 Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe Book Signing Event with Nora Roberts

I just realized I hadn’t published my April 11th, 2015 Book Signing Event.  The July 18th Event announcements reminded me that I have pictures to share so I’m posting them now.

When I go to the book signing events in Boonsboro Maryland I go for a long weekend.  In April I left Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 9th and arrived at Washington, DC the same day courtesy of Delta Airlines.  I had a beautiful flight, from rainy and snowy weather to white fluffy clouds.

View from my airplane window as my plane prepared for take off from Minneapolis MN.  Left rainy and snowy weather for Maryland.

View from my airplane window as my plane prepared for take off from Minneapolis MN. Left rainy and snowy weather for Maryland.

Fluffy cloud view from my Airplane window as I travel to Washington, DC.

Fluffy cloud view from my Airplane window as I travel to Washington, DC.

View from shuttle from Reagan Airport in Washington, DC - Cherry Blossom weekend was in full swing.

View from shuttle from Reagan Airport in Washington, DC – Cherry Blossom weekend was in full swing.

South Mountain Welcome Center close to Hagerstown, MD

South Mountain Welcome Center close to Hagerstown, MD

I have more pictures from the trip I’ll share on my picture sharing blog at Moments to Share Along the Way

Now I’ll share the pictures from Turn the Page Bookstore April 11th, 2015 book signing event.

Standing in line for the April 2015 book signing event at Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe in Boonsboro MD

Standing in line for the April 2015 book signing event at Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe in Boonsboro MD

Two ladies, Connie and Sharon, I met while waiting in line for tickets to the book signing.  Every event I meet new book lovers.  This time one of the ladies is in Health Care too.

Two ladies, Connie and Sharon, I met while waiting in line for tickets to the book signing. Every event I meet new book lovers. This time one of the ladies is in Health Care profession too.

Picking out our books after we have our tickets.  I picked most of mine out on the Friday before the event.

Picking out our books after we have our tickets.

Robin Kaye thanks for signing books and letting me take your picture.

Robin Kaye thanks for signing books and letting me take your picture.

2nd Author in line.

Jennifer Probst thanks for the signature and the picture.

Table of Authors

From Left to Right Christine Trent, Adam Pelzman, Shayla Black

 

3rd Author in line.

Thanks Christine Trent for writing great books, posing for pictures and signing books.

4th Author in line

Shayla Black thanks for the picture, signing my book and writing excellent stories.

Kat Martin Author signing books.

Kat Martin thanks for posing for the picture, signing your book and sharing your stories with your fans.

Nora Roberts signing "The Liar" the book I bought at Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe.   I enjoyed the story of Shelby Foxworth and her search for truth about herself and her life.  Well written book that keeps you attention riveted.

Nora Roberts signing “The Liar” the book I bought at Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe. I enjoyed the story of Shelby Foxworth and her search for truth about herself and her life. Well written book that keeps your attention riveted.  My thanks to all of the Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe staff that do so much to make the book signing events a success every time I attend. Thanks to the authors that smile and sign all the books all day long.

 

Eva - thanks for being at the events and making the whole experience meaningful beyond the book signing to getting to know the whole area.  I'm glad I met you.

Eva – thanks for being at the events and making the whole experience meaningful beyond the book signing to getting to know the whole area. I’m glad I met you.