Vengeance Chapter 1

This is my first novel. The protagonist, Fawn Larson, is a Cherokee half-breed, educated in a finishing school for girls, paid for by a local state senator. Fawn’s grandmother lives alone and is slightly disabled. Fawn gets word at school that her parents have been killed in an accident so she leaves school to go home and take care of her grandmother. The setting is post Civil War in Mercer County, West Virginia. The book is available in paperback from and The link is for the amazon site. Also, clicking on the picture of the book doesn’t take you to the order page. You must scroll down through the blog roll and click on “Vengeance.”

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An Unexpected Sunrise

I’m a night owl, or late night bear, whichever wildlife you prefer. I love both animals. But I digress. Last night was one of those typical nights in which I just couldn’t get comfortable. I tossed and turned, thought about my grandkids and their struggles, and tried to ignore aches and pains. At close to 5:30 this morning I gave up and got up. I turned on the pre-set coffee pot, made myself a cup of Red Zinger tea, turned on my computer, and took my husband his coffee and I-pad. As I sat down at my computer and looked out the window, the colors of the dawn began settling on the leaves of the trees. There is nothing quite like the color of dawn gold outlining tree leaves. What a beautiful way to start the day. Hope your is wonderful.

Writing Prompt:

“When I fell through the cracks I landed in the hospital.”

What would you write after this opening? If it was the title for a story, what would the story be about?

Meet My Characters from my novel, Mending Fences

Robert McGinn–Viet Nam vet. Became pastor of a medium-sized church in Christmasville, TN. I chose the name of the town because Christmas is a time of hope and happiness. Readers must read to the end of the story to discover if this in fact the end result. He’s a workaholic and often fills in for other preachers when needed, leaving his family to fend for themselves. He has a wife and two children.

April McGinn–wife of Robert McGinn, pastor’s wife, mother, striving to be the PERFECT pastor’s wife and example of a godly woman. Find out what pressures are often put on a pastor’s wife and kids. What will April do after the divorce?

Cassie–precocious daughter, six years old, in love with life and riding a bicycle

Jack–Cassie’s eleven-year-old brother, deeply affected by the family turmoil. How will the family break-up change his outlook as and adult? What will it mean for his own family when he is married?

This novel is available for free kindle download on Check it out. Let me know what you think.


Canals of Time

This is a poem I wrote and had published in CycloFlame magazine in 1970.

Canals of time twist through

the misty trails of my mind,

reminding me of the star Algol

I once saw glimmering, glowing

like a light foreshadowed.

Suddenly the light went out

and I laughed to think that

I had wanted time to wait.



Well, I messed up yesterday, but I’m learning here. I’m an author; I make mistakes and save them so I’ll know what not to do the next time.

If you have any [positive] comments or suggestions about this site, please feel free to share. There are many bloggers out there who have greater experience than I. However I am on a limited budget so may not be able to implement some suggestions. Still, all suggestions are welcome.

I will be posting excerpts from my own writing (novels and short stories), as well as some of my poetry, and quotes that are public domain.

My intent is to showcase my writing, not for my own glory, but rather that I may pass along something I have learned that may benefit someone else. After all, the reason for our foibles and personal catastrophes due to our own choices, I believe, is to help others. We are a human community in need of each other. Sharing is a great thing! So feel to share. If you have had an experience that may help someone else, again, feel free to share here.


Aleta kay


Okay, let’s get started. Some of you have heard of me; most have not. All my life my family and close friends have called me Aleta Kay or Kay. My maiden name was Lipsius. Went through elementary school in Green Ridge, Pennsylvania and high school in Cambridge, MD. I was an awkward kid and it seemed the only time I wasn’t in trouble was when I was in my room with my nose in a book. Reading was my passion. It took me to far away places and I’d get so lost I wouldn’t hear my mom calling me for supper. Then she’d get mad. I loved Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie, and Victoria Holt. I loved walking along the catwalks with my friends on the way home from school in the Ridge. I loved the Beatles and lazy summer days, cream sodas and creamsicles. I loved our Siamese cats and hated moving from the Ridge to Maryland. But more than anything, I always wanted to write. So I’ll put a few samples here, and ask you to please give me your honest feedback, as long as it’s constructive. It can be negative as long as it’s helpful. It’s okay if you don’t like what I write. We all have different tastes and life has taught me to be thick-skinned. However, please be respectful. I do not like profanity so please don’t use it here. You don’t have to agree with all of my opinions. That is okay. It would be a dull world, indeed, if everyone always agreed. So I’ll now say goodnight and start again in the morning light. Have a blessed sleep.