Saturday, January 18, 2020

Sometimes I wonder

Is the English language changing right before my eyes?



In the newspaper, I'll see articles that skip verbs. Verbs, people, the lifeblood of sentences!

A couple of days ago, I read a blog post from a favorite author that left out several instances of the word "to." Essential instances.

Am I going batty? Are my eyes betraying me?

Or has the relaxed atmosphere of texts and social media spilled over to taint valuable information?

What do you think?

Am I just a curmudgeon?



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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Where did 2019 go?

As I sit here at my computer with New Year's Eve looming ahead of me, I have to wonder where the year 2019 went, and what I did therein.

I surely didn't publish any books!

I've spent time this afternoon reviewing goals for 2019 and looking at goals for next year, and realized that I did write and submit a story to an anthology, which was published by other people in September. But my own company did not publish in 2019. However, I spent much of the year working on what I expected to be a short story, which revealed itself to be a novel when it blew right past the novella stage. I hope I'm in the final stages of writing the novel. I've been happy to see the story unfold and the characters come to life.

I have to acknowledge that part of the year was spent recovering from illness and injury. Many other months were spent working on a reasonable solution to a failing computer.

It is a tremendous amount of work to preserve and to transfer as many files as I have, and to learn an upgraded operating system, which meant researching, acquiring, and using new software to deal with old processes. I believe that obstacle has been passed, and look forward to a smooth computer path for 2020.

I hope your path through life is smooth and accompanied with much happiness in 2020!

All my best!


Saturday, December 28, 2019

A Reminder for 2020 > for members of Relief Society

Do you have your Relief Society Study Notebook to organize and record your thoughts during the twice-monthly meetings in 2020?

A year ago I created the Relief Society Study Notebook in two sizes. One is five by eight inches, or pocket-sized, and the other is large print at seven by ten inches. Both notebooks have the same content. Only the covers, sizes, and prices are different.

This book can help you get the most out of your study of the messages from the most recent general conference as they are presented and discussed in Relief Society meetings. The books cover the entire year of meetings, and can be used during any calendar year.

The Study Notebooks ARE NOT AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Buy Relief Society Study Notebook: Pocket-Sized in Print at Amazon



Buy Relief Society Study Notebook: Large Print in Print at Amazon

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Study Notebooks for Latter-day Saint Women

All my life I've had a need to take notes. Knowing that in 2019 I would be faced with a brand-new curriculum in my church's women's meeting, I decided I needed a study notebook to help me organize my thoughts during the twice-monthly meetings. I created the Relief Society Study Notebook in two sizes. One is five by eight inches, or pocket-sized, and the other is large print at seven by ten inches. Both notebooks have the same content. Only the covers, sizes, and prices are different.

The notebook is offered to Latter-day Saint women to help them record significant thoughts that come during study of the messages from the most recent general conference as discussed in Relief Society meetings. The books cover the entire year of meetings, and can be used during any calendar year.

These Study Notebooks ARE NOT AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Buy Relief Society Study Notebook: Pocket-Sized in Print at Amazon



Buy Relief Society Study Notebook: Large Print in Print at Amazon

Friday, March 30, 2018

Fresh Book Friday - Lies & Secrets: Three Historical Short Stories

I released a collection of three previously-published stories this week. The ebook will be exclusive to Amazon Kindle for the next three months.


Title: Lies & Secrets: Three Historical Short Stories
Author: Marsha Ward
Genre: Historical Fiction with elements of romance
Published: March 29, 2018
Price: Read Free on KindleUnlimited, or Buy the ebook for $0.99 (limited time)

Purchase Link: Exclusively on Kindle

Description: Three Historical Short Stories that expand the Owen Family Universe!

Scandalous: An Owen Family Story

Young Julianna Owen didn't think flirting with Parley Morgan at the barn raising would lead him to put his hands where they ought not to be. But even worse, her sister discovers them, and Parley abandons her, running off into the woods.

Julianna's strict father has found where she is hiding, and her world on the Colorado frontier is crashing down around her ears. She thought love and romance was only about going on picnics and holding hands, not rough kisses and hurtful pawing.

Now the consequences of her actions might be beyond what she can bear.

In the 1866 Owen Family universe, Scandalous shines a light on teen hormones run amok during a trying time in the family's story, as it ties up a loose thread from the novel, Spinster's Folly.

Review: "Be careful what you wish for; you might just get it. I love the Owen Family stories. The love of family and the adventures are made so real in Mrs. Ward's writings. Details are so vivid a reader can feel themselves there."


Broken: A Shenandoah Neighbors Story

Rida Owen didn’t know married life on the Colorado frontier could be so difficult. Nothing in her Catholic upbringing prepared her for long, lonely nights when her husband, Bert, goes drinking. And womanizing. And then comes home to beat her.

Her mother-in-law thinks she’s stuck up when she doesn’t participate in homestead washday. Rida only wants to hide her bruises and preserve her marriage.

Then a neighbor from her past stops to say hello and reveals a secret of his own.

Broken is a Shenandoah Neighbors story that illuminates a dark corner of the Owen Family universe in 1875.

Review: "Marsha Ward writes a compelling story of strength and endurance, beautifully worded and detailed to the post Civil War era."


Bloodied Leather: A Shenandoah Neighbors Story

Isabelle Gilbert chafes against the restrictions that Victorian life puts on a young lady.

Forced to accept a betrothal to Percival Egmont, an English ex-patriot like her father, she is disturbed by his passion for prize-fighting—and other pursuits. And what if Mama spots the bruise on her cheek?

Then shared secrets perplex Isabelle even more.

A Shenandoah Neighbor story, Bloodied Leather extends the Owen Family universe into 1886.

Review: "An interesting short story with good characterization and dialogue that says more than the words alone. So worth the read."
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Read the stories free on KindleUnlimited, or get your copy today before the price goes up. Link to Amazon
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