Mama Diaries

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Frozen Crimes Blog Hop


Today, I am participating in the Frozen Crimes blog hop, celebrating the release of Chrys Fey's new book, Frozen Crimes. Participants have to answer the question, whom would you want to be stuck with during a blizzard, and what would you do?

My Answer:  I'd choose the guy I call "the piano man." He accompanies me for a lot of recitals and music-making. If I had to be stuck somewhere in a blizzard, I'd like to be able to do something fun like make music.  Who would you want to be stuck with? 

Hop around to the other participants listed at the bottom to read their answers.

(I apologize for the strange wrap-around text that Blogger did with this post. I spent hours trying to fix it but to no avail. I think you'll still understand what it says.) 


When disasters strike around every corner, is it possible to have a happily-


BLURB: Beth and Donovan are expecting their first child. Life couldn’t get any

better…until a stalker makes his presence known. This person sends

disturbing messages and unsettling items, but it isn’t long before his menacing

goes too far.

Hoping for a peaceful Christmas, Donovan takes Beth to Michigan. Days into

their trip, a winter storm named Nemesis moves in with the goal of burying the

state. Snowdrifts surround their house, and the temperature drops below


Except, the storm isn’t the only nemesis they must face. Everyone’s lives are

at stake—especially that of their unborn child. Will they survive, or will they

become a frozen crime?

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The crunch of the shovel pounding into the snow and ice filled his ears. It was

all he could hear. The rest of the street was silent beneath its wintry blanket.

Breathing was difficult with the icy air clogging his lungs. His nose burned. His

throat was dry and on fire. But he ignored it, focusing on his task.

Crack, crack, crack.

He jabbed the shovel into a hunk of snow. On the third hit, it shattered into

several pieces. He scooped them up and flung them to the side. He surveyed

what remained. There was one big ball in the middle of the path that needed

to be dealt with next. He moved over to it and struck it. That one impact had it

severing in two. He was about to hit it again when something crashed into the

back of his head.

Explosions of white light danced over his vision. Pain enveloped his skull.

The shovel slipped from his fingers. Blackness cloaked his mind, coaxing him

into its depths.

Beth. Her name was a whisper in his head, as if his thoughts were being

sucked into a wormhole.

His legs collapsed under his weight.

Cold. It seeped into him, consuming him. And then his consciousness fled

down that same void that ate his thoughts.




Prizes: 4 eBooks (Disaster Crimes 1-4: Hurricane Crimes, Seismic Crimes,

Tsunami Crimes, Flaming Crimes) + Girl Boss Magnets (4), Inflatable Cup

Holder (1), Adventure Fuel To-Go Cups (2), Anchor Fashion Scarf (1),

Mermaid Nail Clippers (2), Citrus and Sea Salt Scented Candle (1), Snowflake

Handmade Bookmark (1), Insulated Cooler Bag (1)


Eligibility: International

Number of Winners: One

Giveaway Ends: October 30, 2020 12:00am EST



To get the exclusive prequel to the Disaster Crimes series, sign up for Chrys’

newsletter. By signing up, you agree to receive Chrys Fey’s newsletter. After

you confirm the subscription, you will receive an email (so check your inbox and

spam folder) with directions on where to snag your eBook copy of THE


Click here to sign up and get The Crime Before the Storm FREE!



Chrys Fey is author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept that

blends disasters, crimes, and romance. She runs the Insecure Writer’s

Support Group Book Club on Goodreads and edits for Dancing Lemur Press.

Author Links:

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Latin Flavors Blog Hop


Latin Flavors Blogfest

Today we're celebrating the release of my new book, Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure! As part of the festivities, we're doing a Latin Flavors blog hop. Participants will share their favorite Latin-inspired recipes.  



Prompt: What is your favorite Latin-flavor recipe?

Chicken Tortilla Soup!

You can get the printable recipe here.

What's your favorite Latin flavored recipe?




Page Count: 96 

Digital Price: 3.99 
Print Price: 7.95



Amazon/ Barnes and Noble


Smashwords, Kobo


Amazon UK/ Amazon CA


BLURB: An Ancient Mayan civilization!


That’s what Bubba and Squirt find when they travel through the mysterious vortex for another wild adventure. There they meet archeologists who are unearthing priceless artifacts.


But someone is stealing them. And an encounter with the Tate Duende awakens magic within Bubba. Throw in the mysterious Alux and a new discovery and things get sticky.


Will Bubba and Squirt solve the mystery, or will they be stuck forever in the jungles of Belize?



About the Author: Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Ellis has previously published, Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China; Don’t Feed the Elephant; Ten Zany Birds; That Mama is a Grouch; and That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN. Ellis lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


Author Links:

Website / Blog / Goodreads

Facebook / Twitter / Amazon


If you'd like to be part of the fun, please visit these bloggers. And if you'd like to participate, feel free to sign up!

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to those who signed up!

One more thing:  I'm on tour through Mason Canyon Book Tours until October 14th. The schedule is listed here.  Please stop by for chances to win a free autographed copy of Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

IWSG and Latin Flavors Blog Hop Sign Up


I nearly forgot about the IWSG post. As I was outside jogging, the thought popped into my head that I needed to do the post. Must've had a few brain cells that needed to be knocked into place!

So, this month's question is, "If you could choose one author living or dead to be a Beta Partner, who would you choose and why?"

One author? I guess I would choose Rick Riordan. He's the author of the Kane Chronicles and the Olympians series. If you don't know middle-grade authors, you've probably never heard of him. I like this guy's writing style. He has well-developed, multi-faceted characters, lots of action, imagination, and he manages to teach kids about Egyptian and Greek mythology. Since I strive to do similar things in my Bubba and Squirt series, I think he'd be ideal as a Beta reader.

Now, if I could choose more, I'd chose Mitch Albom (author of Tuesdays with Morrie) because he's a great story-teller and creates characters that evoke emotional responses. And I would choose Frances Hardinge (author of a Face Like Glass) because this woman is a serious wordsmith! I've never read such vivid descriptive writing. She makes scenes come to life.

Do you know these authors? Who would you want as your Beta Partner?

If you saw my previous post, you know I'm doing a Latin Flavor blog hop to help get the word out about my upcoming release, Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure.  If you'd like to learn more or participate, visit my previous post. Thanks to all who have already signed up!