Sunday, October 5, 2014

Joyce Shaughnessy, author: MIDLAND/ODESSA BOOKS IN THE BASIN

Joyce Shaughnessy, author: MIDLAND/ODESSA BOOKS IN THE BASIN: We have an exciting event happening Oct. 10-11. Our second bi-annual Books in the Basin is being held to benefit the Midland and Odessa Coun...


We have an exciting event happening Oct. 10-11. Our second bi-annual Books in the Basin is being held to benefit the Midland and Odessa County libraries. Come join us and show your support for the local libraries! Our times to sell books are:

Friday, October 10th                                                         Saturday, October 11
Midland College                                                               Odessa College
Library - Murray Fasken Learning Center                       Wood Building
2nd Floor                                                                           Room 119
1:00 - 6:00 p.m.                                                                 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sara Barnard's "The Saga of Indian Em'ly" two-part series!

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The first book in the series, "The Saga of Indian Em'ly:" The Apache and The Pale Face Soldier by author Sara Barnard, is a fascinating story about Indian Em'ly who died near Fort Davis, Texas trying to protect her children. She was married to a pale faced story who was one of her two children, Cactus Flower. Her other child, Wind that Knocks Down Lodges, is a young warrior, only age twelve, who fiercely protects his younger sister. This middle grade book is wonderfully told by the author. I was reminded of the elder storytellers in the Indian tribes who passed down stories through generations. This book will captivate young readers while teaching them the customs and traditions of the Apache Indians and the ways of the pale face settlers and soldiers.

This is a book that your middle grader will love reading.

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The second book in the series, "The Saga of Indian Em'ly:" On the Colorado Trail  by author Sara Barnard, is the continuing saga of Cactus Flower and her older brother, Wind That Knocks Down Lodges, who are left orphans by the death of their mother, Indian Em'ly. Indian Em'ly is a legend told by the Indians and white settler ancestors around Fort Davis. Cactus Flower is the daughter of a pale-face soldier who Indian Em'ly married after the death of Wind That Knocks Down Lodges, father, Shining Waters. After their death, the soldiers take the two Indian children on the Colorado Trail. Their adventures while travelling with people whom Wind That Knocks Down Lodges considers the enemy, is a page-turner! It's also educational.

The author is a gifted storyteller, and your middle grader will love this series!

This wonderful series may be found at:

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Rude Dude’s Book of Food is a delightful book written for Middle Grade, but any adult will thoroughly enjoy it. I know I did. The author relates a humorous history of food, so funny that the I forgot that I was learning about history in the process. Every page is full of funny tales, illustrations, and even some poems. But the author never strays from the subject of food—specifically, chocolate, noodles, hamburgers, pizza, egg rolls, and fortune cookies. Mr. Myers reminds the reader that a diet of only these foods wouldn’t be healthy and to eat our vegetables.

There is absolutely no way that I could do this review justice. The book is chock full of so many funny, sweet, interesting, and helpful information that I can’t imagine writing an accurate review. In a word, the book is flawless. In the beginning, the author wrote this warning to the reader:

This book will probably make you very, very hungry! Good luck with that.

It did exactly that. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to order pizza or Chinese food for dinner or both.

Run, don’t walk. to order this book from Amazon. Whether you have children or not is entirely irrelevant. You will laugh and smile the entire time that you are reading it. If you do happen to have children, then they will enjoy it, too!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

LILAC LANE by Ann Swann!!

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  Oh I so wish I would have read the first book before this one, I had it too and didn't realize!! So when I offered to read and review this for Ann Swann and give my honest opinion, I wish I had remembered, but, I will be going back and reading the first book in this series. 

Ella and her son move into their new home. Its a safe place for them and they are just beginning to relax a bit. 

The trouble is, not long after moving in, Nick her son hears some disturbance in the attic, which alarming he wakens Ella.

Both go in search of the source but find nothing.

After a couple of times of this happening Ella calls for the Police to come out and investigate, but it looks like its the wild life that are getting in. Even that didn't stop the antics in the attic though.

This was a gripping read, what with the husband now out, it could be him? Or could it?

Throw in a bit of romance too and you have a winner! I really did enjoy this book, so much so I have to go read the first book as it will tie up some loose thoughts in my head. 

I don't know why I didn't read this authors book before, she has an absolutely lovely way of writing.

Highly recommended.

LILAC LANE s a captivating, great book by an even more amazing author! It’s a must-read for every reader who enjoys a good mystery book, and it has a romantic twist that makes it even better. I knew that Ann Swann was an amazing talent, but this book took my breath away. The author’s talent was really showcased in this novel. I started it one morning and literally couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Absolutely fantastic book!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Blessing Way, Dangerous Days

In Joyce Shaughnessy's short story from DANGEROUS DAYS, The Blessing Way, Kate Eagle Feather watches her tribal reservation being destroyed by forest fires. She is a yenene or healer in the Navajo tradition, saves their tribal chief and brings her people through the blessing way.

Dangerous Days, Giant Tales Book 4

Fifty exciting three minute fictional tales from 35 authors about climate change and crowns. Debuts on 6/25/14 edited by Joyce Shaughnessy.

Sunday, June 1, 2014


I hope that some of you will take the time to look at the reviews and decide to look at the books.

Joyce Shaughnessy, author: AUTHOR EXPRESS PROMOTIONSCindy Bauer has done a ...

Joyce Shaughnessy, author: AUTHOR EXPRESS PROMOTIONS

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: AUTHOR EXPRESS PROMOTIONS Cindy Bauer has done a beautiful job again! She has gathered reviews of most of my books. I would like to thank ...

Cindy Bauer has done a beautiful job again! She has gathered reviews of most of my books. I would like to thank her again for the great job she is doing. Here is the link:

Thank you, Cindy!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

In the near future, a great earthquake triggered a worldwide lava storm, destroying over half of the trees on Earth. Action, drama, and apocalyptic adventure flow from twenty-three short stories where the theme is My Brother's Keeper, written by twenty-three talented authors. Characters find out if life will ever be the same.

Written by twenty-three talented fiction writers from Schuldt,Shaughnessy, Freed, Alexiou, Stafford, White, Lemon, Boggia, Dutton, Harkins, Stein, Bond, Clarke, Lacy, Reynolds, and Parker all return with more Giant Tales. New authors include Hamrick, Scavitto, Baskerville, Willett, Davis, Drew, and Tozer.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


It was such a pleasure to read this book! Tonya is a very talented writer and a good friend.
I hope that you will take the time to read her debut novel, WHITENED SEPULCHRES.
Look for it on Amazon and get to know the author in my interview with her.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

    ANTHOLOGY EDITED BY ME TO BE ON THE                                                                                SHELVES IN JUNE, 2014!  

                                         EXCERPT:   AWARD WINNING SHORT STORY



Joyce Shaughnessy
As she stepped out on the deck, Kate could see the enormous fire covering the horizon. The blaze was so close to her house that she could feel the intense heat and hear the crackling of the huge inferno. Her long, silky black hair was pulled in the back and tied with a leather string in which rested a single eagle feather.

Tears of sadness rolled down her high cheekbones as she witnessed the destruction of the land handed down for generations by her Navajo tribe. The dry pine trees only added fuel to the inferno. Kate Eagle Feather was known as a Yenene or “healer” among her tribe. Her ancestors had been well respected medicine men and women, and as such, they possessed mystical powers.

Kate walked into the house and put her arm around her daughter. Nuna was only eight but understood what the fires meant. She knew she’d never return to this house again, but she didn’t mourn it the way her Mama did. There would always be room for them in someone else’s home, because they were all of the same Navajo family.

Last night, Kate had seen a black raven looking directly at her and heard a rooster crow. Both signs meant death was near. Somehow she needed to show Nuna the Blessing Way, the return to harmony between nature and Mother Earth unsettled by drought and hot conditions. 

Kate looked up and saw a small house in the corner of the room. It was surrounded by burning fire, and she fell onto her knees, lost in time and reality. As she stared at the vision, strange men with torches appeared, and Kate saw her own body being held captive by ropes. The men were yelling, “Devil! Witch!” 

Kate instinctively knew what it meant. This was her past, when people outside her world hadn’t understood the healing powers she possessed. She had heard tales about it all her life – how people had burned healers at the stake, because they believed they were possessed by the Devil. She felt that this vision meant that she must sacrifice her own life in order to return harmony to her world, but for now she had to consider Nuna. What would happen to her? She put her head in her hands.

“Mama, what do you see now?” 

“I see death, Nuna.”

“Whose death, Mama?” 

Still seeing the vision before her, she answered, “Mine.”   

There was a forceful knock on the door, and the vision disappeared. Kate answered the door, and a trooper was there. “You need to leave, ma’am.” 

“We were just leaving.” 

The trooper nodded and left. 

Kate turned and said, “Nuna, do you have everything you want? Your teddy?” 

“Yes, ma’am.” Tears were welling up in her eyes. “Are you going to die, Mama?”

“No, sweetheart. Not yet at least. Let’s go.  

Once in the car, Kate stopped at the end of the driveway and stared at the only house she had known her entire life. She knew that in an hour or so, the fire would be eating away at the roof. 

When they arrived at the Council House, Kate noticed everyone was there except their Council Chief, Tom Running Water. 

Kate asked Mary, “Where’s Tom?” 

“I have no idea. I talked to him earlier this morning and he said he was loading his Jeep. He should have been here by now.” 

“Has anyone tried to call him since then?” 

“Yes, but there was no answer.” 

Kate said, “I’m going to check on him. Nuna, you stay close to the others.” 

Nuna replied, “Be careful, Mama,” still nervous about the vision.

“Don’t worry, sweetheart. I’ll be careful. I just need to check on Tom.” She knew her vision this morning, her purpose, was somehow connected to finding Tom. 

Kate was met with a burning house when she reached Tom’s. She jumped out of the car and ran toward it yelling, “Tom! Tom, it’s Kate!”

Two firefighters ran up to her, and she frantically asked, “Where’s Tom? He lives here by himself.”

One of them said, “Don’t know. You need to leave right now for your own safety!” 

“I can’t. I have no choice.” 

Kate ran back to her car and grabbed a blanket to cover her body. She ran for the garage, hoping that Tom was in there and got caught before he could leave.

“Tom!  Tom!” 

She could barely see anything but fire and smoke, but she kept running inside. She saw him inside, lying on the step from his house to the garage. “Tom, get up! Get up!”

Kate was coughing uncontrollably, inhaling smoke when she reached him. Trying to stay as close to the ground as possible, she dragged him across the floor. As she reached the garage door the firemen ran to them and took them to paramedics. 

After she was satisfied that Tom was okay and she was able to see, Kate looked up and saw a lone eagle sitting at the very edge of the burning forest. 

She thought, “Why? He would know better than to come here.” Then she realized that he was there for a purpose. Seeing an eagle meant luck, a savior. She knew why. It was there as a sign that she had brought all them through The Blessing Way into life. 

Kate couldn’t wait to see Nuna. They had a life now. They had come through the burning fire.

Saturday, February 22, 2014


Comfort of Fences is a must read for anyone interested in women's fiction! It is Stacy Overman Morrison's debut novel. I found it impossible to put down.  It can be found at Barnes & Noble. com,, smashwords, and other online retailers. It may also be purchased at the Midland Barnes & Noble.
Her entire interview can be read under Interview with Authors.
You can also check out Comfort of Fences at : and

Friday, February 21, 2014


Dennis and I are holding a Storytime reading of Mr. Grumpy Lizard Meets the Giggling Girls!
The Storytime will be on Saturday, March 1 from 1:00 - 3:00.

We hope you and your children will join us!


GRYFFON MASTER can now be found on B&N website and the local Midland store.  It has become popular on Amazon.  Hope you guys will check it out. It is really a good book, and I have learned a lot just writing with other authors who are so amazing!

Site at B&N:


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Joyce Shaughnessy, author: MARIA McCUTCHEN, AUTHOR, NEEDS OUR HELP!

Joyce Shaughnessy, author: MARIA McCUTCHEN, AUTHOR, NEEDS OUR HELP!: There is a special author and friend of mine desperately who needs all of our help. She suffers from a rare disorder of the brain in which a...


There is a special author and friend of mine desperately who needs all of our help. She suffers from a rare disorder of the brain in which a brain cyst grows and puts pressure on a part of the brain, causing partial blindness, pain, difficulty with her gait, etc. She needs an expensive and delicate brain surgery to remove the cyst before the symptoms become permanent. If you can help her with any small amount, she would greatly appreciate it. Her name is Maria McCutchen, and she is divorced and raising two young boys. The site to contribute any amount is below.
Thank you!