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When Grandma read Fifty Shades – A poem by Granddad.

Tall Tale Tuesdays are usually all about books, but this week, It’s all about this little ditty I found this morning. I think we can all use a good laugh to start the day. Enjoy!


The missus bought a paperback

down Shepton Mallet way.

I had a look inside her bag;

T’was Fifty shades of Grey.

Well, I just left her to it,

and at ten I went to bed.

An hour later she appeared;

the sight filled me with dread….

In her left she held a rope;

and in her right a whip!

She threw them down on the floor,

and then began to strip.

Well, Fifty years or so ago;

I might have had a peek.

But Mabel hasn’t weathered well

She’s eighty four next week.

Watching Mabel bump and grind,

could not have been much grimmer.

And then things went from bad to worse.

She toppled off her zimmer!

She struggled back upon her feet;

a couple of minutes later.

She put her teeth back in and said

“I am a Dominator!”

Now if you knew our Mabel.

you’d see just why…

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A Hairy Situation #TallTaleTuesdays

This Tuesday I’m sharing a little something I wrote back when I fancied myself to be an unknown writer. I had several of these little super short stories written for inclusion in the book that never was. So now I’ll share them with you one at a time here. Who knows, maybe one of these days if enough people like my little silly posts I’ll work up the courage to publish Not Quite Middle Finger Normal

Sketch272205510My goal for the last several years has been to grow my red hair long enough to snatch back in a ponytail and go on with my life. I just brush, catch, wrap, and I’m ready to hit the road. Unfortunately, I found a flaw in my perfect little plan. I didn’t think about my dry hair and split ends.

What passes for my ponytail looks more like a pom-pom on steroids. That lustrous straight ponytail hanging perfectly in place I had envisioned for myself has turned into the largest ball of frizz in the universe. Seriously, this thing has its own gravity field. I mean, small moons and space junk orbit this thing. I’m sure there are little people living on the great red planet with satellite TV and wireless internet, which actually gives them better lives than I have in that department. I’m almost afraid to brush it out for fear of destroying life on their planet as they know it.

I also balk at washing my hair for the same reason. Well, that and I’m afraid I’m going to be electrocuted by the satellites when they get wet. I don’t have a choice, though, because my hair gets so dry if I don’t wash it, I’ll have to put a burn ban on the little guys. I’m pretty sure none of them are willing to leave the safety of their ponytail world just to make the hike all the way around my head and climb Mt. Killer-man-snot-wad to get a permit to burn anyway. I think of it like this, it rains on our planet and we make do, even with flooding and such. They should get the same enjoyment out of life we do. They already have it made back there, can’t make it too soft for them or they’ll never leave. Maybe next washing I’ll try flea shampoo. I’m telling you now; if I hear little screams when I use it, I’m calling my shrink.

#TallTaleTuesdays – “Scribbler Tales (Volume Three)” Available Now!

Congratulations to my good friend (who just happens to be a very talented author) Mary Ann Bernal on publishing and launching her latest book, Scribbler Tales (Volume Three). It’s available in paperback and electronic versions, so there is no reason not to pick up a copy to cozy up with on those cold winter nights. Available now through Amazon.

"Scribbler Tales (Volume Three)"


About the book:

Scribbler Tales is a unique mix of genres in one anthology rich with tension, humanity and genuine emotion. Unconventional settings and unexpected twists are bound to leave you pondering long after you close this book.

  • When a highly classified schematic of a prototype engine is stolen, the evidence points to an inside job in “Hidden Lies.”
  • “In Nightmare,” Melanie’s childhood demons carry over into adulthood when she returns to her ancestral home.
  • Detective Newport races against time to apprehend a killer targeting prosecuting attorneys in “Payback.”
  • “The Night Stalker” is not a figment of Pamela’s imagination as she tries to convince the police that her life is in danger.
  • While trying to identify a serial arsonist, a Fire Marshall suspects a highly decorated firefighter in “Turning Point.”

Check out the Scribble Tales (Volume Three) book trailer.

If you like what you’ve seen, you can buy the book at the following links:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

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#TallTaleTuesdays “Star Rider On The Razor’s Edge” The New Book By Heidi Skarie

Congratulations to my good friend Heidi Skarie for publishing her new book Star Rider On The Razor’s Edge! I have to admit Toemeka and Michio have a special place in my heart, as do all of the characters in Star Rider On The Razor’s Edge. I worked closely with Heidi as we edited this book and fell in love with the characters, (good guys and bad, and I don’t usually like the bad guys) the rich settings where the story takes place, and the science fiction of it all. Now I am proud to help spread the word about its publication to both Kindle and paperback.



Available for Kindle and paperback at

About the book:

Agent Toemeka Ganti, code-named Star Rider, lives on the edge.

Her latest spy mission is to overthrow General Bhandar, the despot of Jaipar, who’s being controlled by Samrat Condor, a mighty sorcerer and interplanetary conqueror. And Samrat Condor isn’t about to loosen his stranglehold on Jaipar.
Toemeka is only too aware of Condor: she remembers the time his space fleet destroyed her home planet, killing her family while she barely escaped with her life.
Toemeka must preserve her cover, despite secretly taking on many side operations that threaten to derail her primary mission. Her main work of creating a shield-destroying oscillator prototype is a key to winning the conflict. However, her overbearing boss, Commander Rochambeau disrupts her and pressures Toemeka daily with thinly veiled bullying tactics: either become his mistress or face certain death at the hands of Condor.

Michio Kimes, a handsome, spiritual warrior training to battle sorcery, seriously complicates Toemeka’s mission. Her only hope of surviving these tremendous odds lies with her trusted Coalition partner Erling Fenian and their rogue team, who band together with the local underground resistance in the fight to free the people of Jaipar and restore the rightful heir to the throne.

You can read the first chapter of Star Rider On The Razor’s Edge here. And don’t forget to sign up for Heidi’s newsletter while you’re there so you don’t miss any of the happenings around her place. She doesn’t send out a lot of them, but when you get one, it’s worth the wait.

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