Sarah O'Shea is a sensible nine year-old with fiery red hair. Her life is lovely---uncomplicated, orderly and very comfortable---except for her hair, which has a mind of its own, and a very bad attitude! Sarah's hair is behaving badly, embarrassing Sarah, shocking her parents and trying the patience of her teacher and classmates. As she faces the challenges of trying to manage her unruly mane, Sarah discovers that sometimes the best remedy for a problem is the help of a friend.

As the day faded into night, the animals were amazed that the little manger remained bathed in a beautiful soft light. There was no lantern in the stable, no hearth for a fire, and outside the stable the night was darkening. But inside, the face of the woman seemed to glow. The man returned, and from the bundles they had carried prepared a small amount of bread and fruit for the woman. The donkey lay down close to his master, staring at the face of the woman.

It was December, and the snow danced under the rays of the setting sun bursting in a million fairy sparkles across the clearing. It covered the ground and trees A shimmering satiny cover of white sprinkled the trees and ground. Charlie loved winter. It was the most beautiful time in the forest.All the animals of the forest were Charlie’s friends. As he grew, they helped one another. Young fawns pranced about his trunk, first losing their spots, then scraping the velvet off their new antlers on Charlie’s bark.

The Power of Books–(and a couple of recommendations)!

I love books. Whether in the form of Nook, Kindle, paperback, hardback or audio book, they can eliminate stress, heal an injury, soothe a troubled soul, lead you on a wild adventure or plunge you into the middle of a mystery! Books are powerful and magical–no doubt about it.

I am currently reading a couple that keep me up late at night, simply because I can’t bear to close the cover on the pages! A FLOCK of SPARROWS by Helen Foster Reeves is a lovely story about 5 widows ,whose lives, ages and backgrounds are very different. They wait out an ice storm together during which time secrets are shared, personalities revealed, courage unleashed. The story was written by three women–friends—who collaborated on the writing. Read it–I think you’ll like the story, the women, and the message.

I’m also thoroughly enjoying The Matchmaker of Perigord by Julia Stuart. It is an endearing little tale about love. It is funny, it is sobering, it is imaginative.  Set in a tiny town in France, a master barber finds his once loyal customers travelling to a nearby hamlet to another barber. With delightful twists and turns and laughable scenarios, the tale of Guillaume Ladoucette and the unusual inhabitants of Amour-sur-Belle will lighten your mood! I think you’ll enjoy it immensely!

 

Sarah O’Shea is beachin’ it this summer!

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Nothing is more calming than the steady ebb and flow of waves against the shore, rhythmically lulling you to a peaceful place. That’s the feeling we get when we visit our lovely Nags Head each year!  It’s our letting go time. Letting go of routines, stress, work and home obligations, and a time to hang on to each other.

We love the beach in May–cool in the mornings and evenings, pleasant during the day. Even the thunderstorms take on a special feel. We feel free enough on the island to go bowling, play miniature golf, dig in the sand and play monopoly and ping pong into the wee hours of the morning! We are lousy at bowling, fair at miniature golf, and equally challenged at sandcastle building. But we have fun. And we rejuvenate ourselves and our marriage. And we leave the beautiful Outer Banks each year already looking forward to our return, planning excursions and anticipating adventures for the next year.

As Sarah O’Shea’s creator, I was pretty sure she would love the beach as well, so the Outer Banks is the setting of her next adventure. She and Claude enjoy the sun, sea and sand, and discover there’s more to the beach life than meets the eye! And it is anything but calm or peaceful! Join Sarah and Claude as they explore the Outer Banks in SARAH O’SHEA AND THE WACKY FAUCET. Check back next week for a preview of  the trip to Nags Head, Outer Banks, North Carolina with Sarah and Claude.  The new book will be coming out around the middle of September. You’ll love it!

Welcome to My New Home!

I’ve been busily trying to figure out the best way to let you know what I’m up to.  Finally, it came to me:  Create a new place where you can come to see not only what I’ve done, but what is coming next.

Please feel free to look around.  Buying one of my books has never been easier:  Just click on the cover when it appears, and you’ll be whisked off to an online bookstore where you can make your purchase.

Enjoy!  And, welcome to My New Home!