Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Fall Calls for a New Tea Kettle

With fall and winter on the way it's time to add a new tea kettle to the household. I used to have an electric one but it stopped working. That was ok because I was hoping to find one that looked nice on the stove anyway. I would love to have a collection of antique tea kettles to match my antique tea cups, unfortunately I don't have the space where we live to accommodate that.

It came down to what type and what color tea kettle to get...after talking with my husband (yeah, I do have him help sometimes) this is the tea kettle we decided on, an AIDEA Ceramic Tea Kettle with a Wooden Handle. I thought the color was fabulous and I have never had a tea kettle with a wooden handle before, so that is also exciting. 

Sitting with a good book and a nice cup of tea (French Breakfast may be my favorite), are two of my all time favorite things to do. What about you? Are you a tea drinker? If so, what is your favorite brand/flavor?

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Monday, September 13, 2021



Cheryl Carpinello
 taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. When not writing, you can find her reading, spending time with family, and traveling.

“In 2008, my husband and I spent three weeks traveling around Egypt via train and visiting all those magnificent archeological sites. Since we returned home, Egypt has never been far from my thoughts. I truly believe that I left part of my soul in that ancient land. To satisfy my longing to return, I wrote Sons of the Sphinx and Tutankhamen Speaks.” Visit her on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing, I have plenty to fill up my time! Don’t we all?! We have 4 grandkids which keep us busy. I also love to read, both fiction and non-fiction. I love reading about the ancient worlds. When we can, my husband and I love to travel. We go to college football games around the country in the fall, and I’ve got a long list of countries overseas that we haven’t visited yet.

When did you start writing?

I’ve always written, but as a high school English teacher, I didn’t have time to write seriously until I retired in 2007. Since then I write as often as I’m able, and when I can’t physically write, I write in my head.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

Seeing my first book in print gave me the confidence to continue writing. Subsequently, each of my newly published books re-enforce that confidence and renews my creative brain.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

Where I write isn’t a concern of mine. In fact, going anywhere I wanted to in the world to write would be a distraction. I consider myself a life-long learner, so when I find myself in a new environment, I set out to discover the many treasures and wonders of that environment.

Now that said, we are frequent visitors to Mexico, and I’ve finished many a story there. It’s almost like a second home, so there are few distractions, except for the ocean, the beach, the Cajun-seasoned mahi- mahi, the margaritas, etc.!!

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Probably read, and try to finish up my newest picture book.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

One of the books of my upcoming series Feathers of the Phoenix takes place in Pompeii. It’s always intrigued me. Hoping for a visit there soon.

Another in that series is set in Egypt, and although, I’ve been there and done that, I’m looking forward to writing that story.

Back to your present books, Sons of the Sphinx and Tutankhamen Speaks, how did you publish those?

All of my books are published under the Silver Quill Publishing brand. It is an author-owned co-op based in England. I publish through Amazon, Ingrams, Draft2Digital, Hulu, and several other platforms.

In writing your books, did you travel anywhere for research?

Yes and no. We spent three weeks in Egypt in 2008. The country, its people, and its monuments and history really registered with my creative side. However, it was four years later before that influence led to writing Sons of the Sphinx and Tutankhamen Speaks.

Why was writing Sons of the Sphinx and Tutankhamen Speaks so important to you?

Our visit in Egypt temporarily sated my curiosity and thirst for exploring an ancient world. However, I continued to replay that visit over and over in my mind. Writing Sons and Tut allowed me to actually place myself back in ancient Egypt amid those monuments and those ancient pharaohs. Each time I read these stories, I experience the thrill I first felt when I beheld the Great Pyramid outside of Cairo.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

My story ideas come from my teaching and my love of medieval times and the ancient worlds. All of my characters are based on my intimate knowledge of teenagers, i.e. what excites them and/or scares them, their fears, longings, and expectations to name just a few. With so many tales hiding in the ancient stories, it’s easy to pick a favorite and develop my story.

Any final words?

Both Sons of the Sphinx and Tutankhamen Speaks are based on historical facts with a little literary license thrown in. If you enjoy a thrilling adventure and you’ve ever wondered what ancient Egypt would have been like, I hope you’ll pick up my Ancient Tales.

Also, I want to thank you for hosting me.


Title: Tutankhamen Speaks
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Beyond Today Educator
Pages: 81
Genre: Teen / YA / Ancient Egypt Historical Fiction


From over 3000 years ago comes the voice of the Boy King.

Scrolls found buried in the basement of the Egyptian Museum. Transcribed in an ancient hand. Record the words of King Tut for all to read.

Tutankhamen answers all of the lingering questions, including the big one.

Discover the real story behind this famous pharaoh. Transport yourself back to an Ancient Egypt filled with mystery, magic, and danger!


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Title: Sons of the Sphinx
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Beyond Today Educator
Pages: 189
Genre: Teen / YA / Ancient Egypt Historical Fiction


A grandmother’s gift usually bring happiness. Rosa’s gift: a very different story. Hearing the dead alienated her from classmates. Not good for a 15-year-old.

Many times very insistent, the dead cared little for her surroundings. They even bothered her in class. Dates? Forget that.

Then one day, he shows up in her room. An old dead guy. A really old famous dead guy. In living human form!

Thrilling story of battling good and evil in an ancient world.




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Wednesday, September 1, 2021



An insider’s look at what goes on in the mind of a psychotherapist and in the secret lives of his clients…

By Lynne Turner

Title: GROUP
Author: Lynne Turner
Publisher: Friesen Press
Pages: 101
Genre: Mystery / Crime Thriller

Dr. William Osgood, a Beverly Hills psychologist, must make a quick decision. Seventeen-year-old Loretta, his most troubled patient, has just fainted on his couch, and his Thursday night group is about to arrive. Knowing that allowing Loretta to stay is ethically murky and potentially perilous to the group’s dynamic, Dr. Osgood begins to consider what might happen once Loretta opens her eyes. He feels that Loretta will be safe – but even the good doctor can’t possibly predict the results of his decision.

Loretta, as it happens, has come to be Dr. Osgood’s patient under somewhat mysterious circumstances. Her story rivets the six members of Dr. Osgood’s weekly group, who themselves struggle with inner demons and life conflicts; when a bigtime talent agent is shot, the doctor recognizes that each of the group’s members may have had a motive. These psychological twists and turns – as well as Dr. Osgood’s own as he copes with a bitter divorce and downsized

lifestyle – pave the way for the captivating story told in the debut mystery GROUP, by Lynne Turner. The thriller’s author knows her subjects well: she herself is a psychotherapist in Beverly Hills, and deftly weaves the lives and maladies of her characters with elements of mystery and surprise, set against the backdrop of the fringes of Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

“None of the characters in the book are based on my actual clients. However, the many compelling cases in my work, along with my deep love for Los Angeles, inspired me to write GROUP,” explains Turner, a lifelong fan of mystery writers. “My years of practicing psychotherapy have enhanced my ability to create characters that readers experience as real people, as opposed to caricatures.

“What is underscored in GROUP is the discrepancy between outward appearance and the actual genesis of one’s dynamics and one’s pain. In writing it, I wanted to give readers a ringside seat inside a therapist’s office and allow them to ‘hear’ the intimate details of each group member’s life, as well as to give them the rare opportunity to hear a therapist’s internal dialogue and witness his private life.”

Equally authentic is the geographic setting Turner provides, in part because another of her passions, Los Angeles street photography, gives her a literal close-up view of the city and its denizens.

“The many cultural references drawn from life in Southern California are, on the surface, funny and absurd,” Turner notes. “However, they also reveal a great deal about the values and aspirations of many Americans. The social injustices are gently exposed with humor and compassion. I’d like to think readers will be entertained, especially in these troubled times.”

By book’s end, not only is the mystery solved, but the characters – psychologist and patients alike — have grown and begun to heal, and a romance has bloomed. “GROUP is indeed a story about a particular group,” Turner says. “However, the word ‘group’ accrues meaning as the story develops. It demonstrates what can be accomplished with group effort, strength and understanding.”

After the group had left, there was an eerie quiet. Even the wheezing of the cleaning crew’s vacuum cleaner had ceased. The doctor opened one of his desk’s secret compartments, which was empty save a single glass and a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black. He poured himself a generous double. His lips surprised him. They trembled as he took his first horrid swallow; the second one went down easier. He could see the Hollywood sign from his office window tonight. The Santa Ana winds had cleaned up the city. It was now flooded by an amber wash that was so devastatingly beautiful his throat tightened unexpectedly.

— GROUP (p. 54)

Lynne Turner is a psychotherapist in practice in Beverly Hills, California, where she has practiced for over 30 years. She grew up on the East Coast, in the aptly named seaside town of Point Pleasant, New Jersey. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Montclair State University, she moved to Los Angeles, where she earned her Master of Science degree in psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. In addition to her practice and her writing, she is a Los Angeles-focused street photographer, which has afforded her the opportunity to take a closer look at the human condition from yet another perspective. She lives with her daughter and two dogs in the Hollywood Hills. Visit her WEBSITE or connect with her on INSTAGRAM.

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