Monthly Archives: December 2013



Above all this bustle you hear… a Christmas Ditty

Above all this bustle you hear… a Christmas Ditty

He smiled and gave a single nod as if to say thank you. “Do you play?”

She shook her head. “Not at all. I love music but I’m not talented.”

“I wouldn’t say that,” he argued. “Look at what you do every day. You do a lot for these kids that I couldn’t do. That’s a gift, right there.”

Olivia blushed a deep crimson. “I never thought of it that way.” She checked her watch and groaned. “Speaking of that gift, I have to go use it.”

The music stopped as JC brought his hands to his lap. “I hope I didn’t get you into trouble.”

“I was on a break. It would have been worth it, if I did. It was nice of you to check on me.”

He laughed. “I’ll be honest, it was Joey’s idea. But I did want to make sure you were okay.”

Olivia beamed. “And do I look okay?”

He studied her for a long, quiet moment, from her long dark hair pulled into a high ponytail to deep brown eyes and clear, peaches and cream skin. “You look great, Liv.”




The Plague by Lisa C. Hinsley [Review]

The Plague by Lisa C. Hinsley [Review]

The Plague by Lisa C. Hinsley Expected publication: December 9th 2013 Summary:  A new strain of the bubonic plague is diagnosed in London. Before it can be contained it spreads through the population, faster and deadlier than anyone could have imagined. Three weeks is all it takes to decimate the country. Johnny and Liz are devastated when their young son, Nathan, starts to show symptoms, but Liz phones the authorities anyway, and a few hours later the army arrives and boards up their house. Now Nathan is dying and there is nothing they can do to help him. Hours pass like weeks as their little boy grows weaker and weaker. All Liz wants is for them to die with some dignity, but the authorities refuse to help. Then their Internet and phones stop working. Cut off from the world and stuck inside their house, the family tries its best to cope-but there is nothing they can do to stop the lethal epidemic. My Review:  My rating: 4 of 5 stars First of all I would not recommend that mamas of babies read this. Also if you’re very sensitive or have a weak stomach, skim skim skim or skip this one. That said, I guess I am morbid and perverse because I just could not stop reading. This was really short but very descriptive account of a terrifying ‘what if’– what if there was another outbreak of The Plague, but in these modern times? What if your government turned its back on you? What if they abandoned you and left you to die? Lisa Hinsley immediately dumps her readers into this world by introducing her son, young Nathan, who has been sick for a few days. No worries though, because while there is an outbreak, it’s contained to the southern part of the country…. isn’t it? Too late, the residents of this small, close-knit village find that not only has the plague spread beyond the south, but it is nowhere near […]