Video Trailer: Back to the Table with My Country Kitchen

My Country Kitchen is all about the home kitchens from across the world. Families are no longer able to cook gourmet meals due to time constraints, instead they are trying to get a home cooked meal on the table for their family fast. Families are now focusing on simple down-home cooking that adds simple meals and lots of love to make dinner time a special time for the family without wasting precious moments preparing the meals. Back to the Table with My Country Kitchen will be your go to cookbook for those week-day meals.

Back to the Table with My Country Kitchen
is available from Amazon in print or Kindle format.


Sneak Peek: Surviving the Battleground of Childhood

Today we have a sneak peek from author T.D. McKinnon’s  book, Surviving the Battleground of Childhood.

This is the true story of the first fifteen years of a boy’s life – growing up in the coal mining communities of Scotland and England in the 1950s and 60s and how he survives the adversities of that battleground.

Enduring the interminable beatings and psychological tribulations at home and facing the predators, antagonists and bullies in his immediate environment; will his inner courage, determination and indomitable sense of adventure carry him through? Surviving near death experiences, and in spite of all adversities, will Thomas reach young adulthood, and still keep the balance of his mind?

Surviving the Battleground of Childhood is available at, Amazon UK, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and other major online retailers. Continue reading “Sneak Peek: Surviving the Battleground of Childhood”


Author Madison Johns

Madison Johns is a self taught writer who started writing at the age of 44 for no apparent reason, as if it were preordained. She then pounded out a book a year for the next three years and published her first novel May 1, 2012.

Her caring nature led her to the healthcare field where she was employed as a nursing care assistant at a nursing home, and it was there that she was inspired to write her first cozy mystery, Armed and Outrageous.

She resides in Saginaw, MI, with her husband, two children, and delightful cat Misty.

Her novel, Armed and Outrageous is a murder mystery. She says of her main character, “Agnes Barton is not your typical senior citizen living in Tadium, MI, on the shores of Lake Huron. She drives a red hot Mustang, shops at Victoria’s Secret, rankles local police officials, and has a knack for sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong.”

Armed and Outrageous is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK or Smashwords.

What does a murder that happened forty-three years ago have to do with missing tourist Jennifer Martin? Agnes makes it her personal mission to find out, and she’s not letting the fact she’s seventy-two get in the way.

Butting heads with Sheriff Clem Peterson is something she’s accustomed to, but lately Clem seems to be acting even more strange, making Agnes wonder what he may be hiding ala the Martin disappearance.

Agnes’ partner in crime, Eleanor Mason tags along, Watson to her Holmes.

Together, they unearth clues. If only Eleanor would behave, as although lovable, she has a knack for getting into trouble by tangling with her rival, Dorothy Alton, or flirting with anyone—male or female—and gossiping! She’s incorrigible, but she does carry a Pink Lady revolver in her purse, one that has proved useful at times.

Life for Agnes and Eleanor is shaken up when Agnes’ former boss and secret crush comes to Tadium. Before long, the lady sleuths have more on their hands to contend with as goons roll into town and bullets begin to fly.

It is time, the walrus said, to speak of Pros and amateurs…

I had the unlovely experience last week of being contacted by another author via Facebook chat. Mind you, I didn’t initiate this conversation, and I truly, truly hate being contacted via Chat by someone I don’t know in order to berate me. It seems I had committed the unpardonable crime of deleting the ‘gentleman’s’ – and I use the term loosely – post for a violation of the rules of the Facebook page I administer.  It seems that he has the best book since the invention of the printing press and I was damaging his career by not allowing him to promote on my page in clear violation of the no-promotion rule. Oh dear. He also said unflattering things about my personality and character, but that’s neither here nor there.

There seems to be an odd rash of authors doing that sort of thing lately. Another self-published/Indie author – although apparently he’s FAR too good to be lumped in with the rest of us – went off on a rant in a forum, protesting the fact that his posts kept getting moved to the self-published thread. His books are published by himself under his own imprint. That would seem to make him self-published I would think, but apparently he disagreed. Vehemently. His book, too, was supposed to be the best thing since Gutenberg.  What an amateur.

So, how do you tell a professional Indie writer from an amateur? Continue reading “It is time, the walrus said, to speak of Pros and amateurs…”