Just My Gambling Recovery Ramblings About “Life Happens Unexpected.” So, Be Ready For It …

Most of my readers know I am a CAT who maintains Recovery along with Mental Health Challenges. Sharing a little of the personal side of this Cat and Thankful for The Help of all my Friends and Readers!


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I have always been a believer that ‘God’ brings peopleand interactions with others in our lives at certain times on our journey called life while maintaining recovery from gambling addiction. It might be for a season or a lifetime. Either way, it happens for a reason.

Let me explain.

In 2013 we had to move from Southern Oregon to Arizona for my husband who got a new manager position, but here in Arizona and we were struggling financially.  We moved into the cheapest complex at the time and what we could afford. We have been living in only in a 525 square foot apartment and have lived here for the past six yearsNow, the complex is getting ready to go under full reconstruction and chosen not to renew ANY current tenants leases and ours ends October 31st, 2019. We finally got our notice letting us know.

So now…

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Who doesn’t need a fresh start? That’s exactly what Shelby Burch was looking for. What she didn’t expect to find was Spencer Webster. Find out how Shelby’s fresh start led to finding true love, in this sexy love story.

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Leaning On Love, book 2 in the Strong Hearts Collection is available now at Amazon and free on Kindle Unlimited!

Six months ago, a letter from my mother changed my life.

With plans to relocate to be closer to my father and brother, I never imagined it would put me in the same city as the one person I never knew existed until recently. Nor did I believe that I would find the love I had always wished for.

When faced with tragedy, I never dreamed that the family I had always known would extend to include so many. Now I have learned that family is more than blood, and their love is always there for you to lean on.

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‘Share your Summer & Fall On The Patio With Rusty Blackwood’ as She Has an Ongoing Literary Series Happening ~ Just for Avid Readers…


“Get On The Patio With Your Reading Friends and Join Author, Rusty Blackwood on her patio as she shares all things Literary!”




Join eclectic author Rusty Blackwood, known primarily for her romantic fiction dramas that will leave you breathless, in her first impromptu video taking part on her patio.  This is the first in a series of impersonal, ongoing visits with the Canadian author, and she invites you to take part through comments on the video, or through her official website: https://www.rusty-blackwood.com

You may also subscribe to her Youtube Page here watch the first to watch the videos of “Get On The Patio With Rusty Blackwood!” She shares her poetry, writing process of her romance novels, more about her life and pretty much all things “Literary.”


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Now up are videos One thru Eleven of her Patio Series …So grab a fresh cup of coffee in the morning and sit on the patio to watch her presentations or even the evening with a cold glass of wine and relax awhile with Rusty …


Get On the Patio with Rusty Blackwood – Video 3 
Get On the Patio with Rusty Blackwood – Video 2
Got On the Patio with Rusty Blackwood – Video 1








New Release REVIEWS Only for Author, Joe Siccardi and His New Book “My Name Is Sam” …The Novel Follow-Up of ‘Heaven Shining Through.”



Sit down with a cup of coffee or a nice wine and visit with Sam as she shares a lifetime of memories in this new Christian-themed fictional memoir. My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through is a follow-up to the breakout novella, Heaven Shining Through. It introduces Sam (Samantha), her family and friends in more detail than the original, and picks up where the novella left off. I hope readers get to know Sam as a friend, a life long friend. Share her life … complete with some drama, some humor, some heart tugs. Just a free-willed suburban Jersey girl trying to figure out this journey called life with the presence of God in her ordinary life as the underlying theme.

Pages: 193
Publication Date: June 30, 2019
Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/My-Name-Sam-Shining-Through-ebook/dp/B07SRX1HGV/
Purchase Price ~ Ebook: $2.99 – Paperback: $13.99
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Amy rated it … “It was amazing” ~ July 9, 2019

My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through is another fabulous read by Joe Siccardi.
This is an amazing light Christian based fictional memoir about Sam and her life struggles. It is quite an emotional but yet inspiring journey. I enjoyed getting to know Sam and seeing how she was able to cope with her life struggles.  I give My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through five-plus stars.
I highly recommend Sam’s story to all other readers.
I loved it! I received this book from the author but was not required to write a review.


Mary rated it on Goodreads ~ Aug. 3, 2019

I give 5 stars to “My Name is Sam…and Heaven Is Still Shining Through,” a fictional memoir, written by Joe Siccardi. This is a great book! I felt like it started a bit slow, just (my opinion) too many conversations, but about a quarter of the book later, I was hooked!

Our main character, of course, is Sam. The author starts the story in her college days but gives us plenty of glimpses of her younger years also. When Sam meets the love of her life, we are able to follow their marriage, the heartache of breaking various news to both sets of parents, and watching the choices that they all make as they are combining families.

Sam shares her decisions and rationalizations with us as we fall in love with her! We get to follow her throughout her life, share in her joys and sorrows, (yes, I am being intentionally vague, sorry). All the while we are knowing that God is on His throne, and nothing will happen in Sam’s life without His knowing.

I don’t want to say too much and give away the storyline, but I can say, if you don’t pick up this book, you will be missing out. I feel like the back of the book really doesn’t do the story justice! My Name is Sam, is a clean story. I think it would be suitable for teens and up. It is an easy read and a must-read! (This review contains my own opinions.)



July 1, 2019. ~Amazon Reviewer 

4.0 out of 5 stars  Page turning, enjoyable read

While there is a Christian worldview to the book, it isn’t preachy and the focus stays on navigating the joys and sorrows of life. Some laughter, some tears, which is my personal preference in a book. The characters were reasonably developed and authentic. Definitely recommend reading, especially for a beach read this summer or fall reading!



Editorial Media Amazon Review:

Exceptional Fiction Memoir …

If you happened to have read Author Joe Siccardi’s debut book of “Heaven Shining Through” like I did, then you are going to enjoy reading this new full-length novel, the follow-up and the full story about the main character ‘Samantha,’ actually the backstory to her life. The perils and the fun of Sam’slife, if you will, is written, flows, and is told as if you and Sam are sitting in a coffee shop and reminiscing about life memories. It’s a definite 5 stars!
Right from the first chapter, the author draws you in, and as I was reading, I felt as though I was reading about my own life and primarily through my 20s of meeting friends at a dance club mixing it up over some drinks and having fun. But that is just the tip of the story iceberg of Sam’slife. With a Christian filter, the story unfolds, and Sam begins to learn that Gods presence has always been within her life as she looks back and even when she was never aware.

When a writer makes you feel apart of the story, it means a great job with the writing was accomplished which is offered in this novel and so much more. By the time you learn all about Sam’s life, you will wish she was real as you could be life-long friends! This read has a little of everything about relationships, marriage, even parenting trials. The mother and daughter drama, some humor, and a few tissue moments are a few of the highlights.

Even though Sam has gone through some perils and beauty in her life through the years, Sam is consistently reminded that even in the worst of days, God has always been with her in protection and love through her life storms and as well as all the good life brings.

Just a fantastic read for anyone, especially for women. Even though it is a work of fiction, it reads like a real-life story if you enjoy memoirs or a unique fictional biography.

Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon ~ “Lyon Media Services and Cat Lyon’s Reading Den”


See All Books By Author, Joe Siccardi …Now Available From His Amazon Author Page.

Another New Release Garnshng Amazing Book Reviews by Joe is “Wisdom From A Father! Now Ebook Just .99 Cents and read FREE with Kindle Unlimted!



Life Coach Maureen Scanlon Appears on Arizona ABC-15 Good Morning and Shares All About Her New Book …


Watch the full interview here below: Maureen Scanlon Life Coach: My Dog is More Enlightened Than I am



Maureen Scanlon Life Coach: My Dog is More Enlightened Than I am – – 
Posted: 8:20 AM, 2019 – ABC 15 Lifestyle Arizona



Maureen Scanlon Life Coaching Visits Good Morning AZ – Sonoran Living.

Most of us go through our daily routines oblivious to the beauty of life and others around us-oblivious of the impact we have on the world. So it’s only natural that we consider patterning ourselves after our pets!

These beautiful furry creatures are fully connected to their highest selves while giving unconditional love to those who cherish and care for them. By taking our lead from the animals in our lives, we learn how to live our best and fullest lives as well.

The book, My Dog is More Enlightened Than I Am, examines the ways we all struggle and experience difficulties in our journey. You will learn to understand the lessons and meaning behind each past moment you have endured thus far and how to change your mindset and focus on the change you can make.

You will come to admire the ways our animals live a life of purpose and how to be more like them. The author will show you through her own past experiences as well as those she coaches, that real change is possible and your best life is NOW!


New Author & Book by Maureen Scanlon

This heartfelt, enlightening guide also offers tips on relaxation, spontaneity, developing an appreciation for our differences, caretaking, and nurturing relationships. Readers will feel a renewed sense of well-being and knowledge of how to embrace the journey like the pure souls of our furry companions.

Maureen Scanlon is the founder and CEO of Maureen Scanlon Life Coaching.  She is passionate about helping others. She is an author, relationship expert, motivational speaker, positive change integrator, and spiritual coach who has successfully helped many people, from experienced professionals to young adults, make positive changes to overcome past experiences and negative thinking.

She lives with her husband, Dennis in Mesa, Az and her furry babies, Jade and Brodie.

For more information, call 480-258-9765, or go to www.lifecoachmaureen.com




Jill G.  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

“Maureen is a very delightful, positive, uplifting and motivating life coach. She quickly identified my concerns about a romantic relationship and the overall stagnation of my life. Instead of giving me directed advice, she drew out from me the strategy I needed for change. Her style is reassuring when confronting the uncertainty of change and she facilitated how to reframe that fear into excitement. I love working with Maureen!

She’s very spiritual without being at all pushy. She has a good head on her shoulders and a natural knack for this line of work. I look forward to having her support through this time and in the future as I continue and explore how to actualize my potential and live a happier and more fulfilling life.”  HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER!



Robyn F.  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

“Maureen gave the perfect encouragement and guidance for those tough situations that felt like they were beyond my control. Her energy and passion for life are an absolute boost every time I get to see her because she genuinely loves everyone she meets. If you’re looking for a life coach who gives you her all, you’ve found her!!

I absolutely recommend her services!

Del C.  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Maureen was able to help me put my past in perspective and focus on my future, and what in my future is the most important for me. She has done it herself and she has helped me see what my personal potential is, making the tough, hard decisions, and choices that are in my best interest. She has helped me with those decisions and choices, that are the most important for me and my well being. Thank you, “Coach”

Maureen Scanlon


Lyon Media, Raven South Publishing, and Kim Carter Mysteries Present a Sneek Peek of Kim Carter’s soon to release new Historical Mystery.

So many friends and reader fans of Kim Carter who visit my book blog have been asking me of late, where has Kim been? Kim has been writing and working hard on her new book for months. Since I have been working with Kim over 4-years now, beginning in 2015, I can tell you she puts an amazing amount of research in each mystery she writes. I received permission from Kim to share the Prologue of her new book! A special peek of this fantastic mystery Exclusively for my book blog readers.

I’ve also had the privilege to read the first 25 chapters, and I can tell you it’s nothing like you’ve read by Kim before. Even though it leans toward a historical mystery, it has all the elements of a thrilling, twisty plot and is packed with suspense and surprises page after page!

This sneak peek consists of the backstories of two families and their history as Kim weaves it all into the present day at the opening of chapter one. As you follow the lineages of these families, more and more of their dark family secrets emerge.

How can a crime that happened in the 1800’s return to happen again in 2018 when all of the original characters are deceased?

Some deep and deadly family secrets are floating around the BAYOU … 

I do hope you enjoy it! It pulls you in and leaves you wanting to read more, just like it did Cat. Kim will be having a special “Cover Reveal” soon as well, so keep coming back for more updates of this new mystery book or visit her Official Author Website of upcoming events.




Kane, Louisiana


…..Emmanuel Sinclair stood back and surveyed the sprawling plantation home that had encompassed his life for the past two years. What had simply begun as a vast creation in his mind, had soon become an obsession, just as Lucretia, his soon-to-be bride had been.

He nodded his head with pleasure as if someone were there awaiting his approval. The estate was splendid, that couldn’t be denied. She was placed perfectly amidst rows of river oaks, magnolias, and sycamores in the front, contrasting sharply with the stately smooth-trunked, bald cypress and coastal willows rising prominently from the waters in the bayou behind.

There was no doubt Lucretia would be delighted with her new home. She was scheduled to depart from Maine within the next twenty-four hours and begin her journey down the mighty Mississippi River to New Orleans, where Emmanuel would be expecting her at the port.

Lucretia’s trip would be grueling, but she’d experienced many changes over her eighteen years of life. Her grandparents had been part of the Expulsion of 1755 when the British ejected all French Acadians refusing to pledge allegiance to the King of England. Originally settling in Massachusetts, before moving to Connecticut, then finally putting up permanent stakes in Maine, young Lucretia longed for constancy. It was stability that’d first attracted her to Emmanuel Sinclair.

By the age of thirty-five, he’d already made his fortune in the cotton business. His father had died seven years earlier, leaving Emmanuel a sizeable concession of land and a fledgling cotton crop which, at best, kept the plantation self-sufficient. But it was the combination of Emmanuel’s business savvy, the increase of cotton production, and Louisiana’s strategic ports that’d quickly increased his wealth.

As Emmanuel had been steadily building a prosperous empire, on an equally sprawling plantation a few miles away, Thaddeus Jackson was constructing a flourishing kingdom of his own. He’d had his father to thank for being born a free man of color. Mathias had caught the eye and respect of General Andrew Jackson as a standout on the battlefield during the War of 1812. His grueling work ethic and leadership skills had been pivotal in the construction of breastworks, later referred to as Line Jackson.

Thaddeus had quickly tired of the story, even as a young boy, and considered his father nothing more than an Uncle Tom who’d covered cotton bales with logs and mud to protect the white army. However, the general had been quite impressed, enough so in fact, that he’d facilitated Mathias’s freedom. Not one to take any blessing for granted, Mathias had chosen to acquire Jackson’s surname out of gratitude.

Thaddeus had found much to dislike about his father, but he’d inherited many of his best traits. He was a powerful leader and quick learner when it came to amassing a fortune which made him a natural as a privateer along the Mississippi. His tall frame and good looks didn’t work against him either. Both his appearance and his slick-talking skills had captured Fatima Whitman’s attention, followed by her heart.

Fatima came with quite the story of her own. With a shortage of white women in the state of Louisiana and laws forbidding interracial marriage, it was the institution of placage at that time enabled her to be a mistress to the very wealthy, and very old, Benjamin Whitman. She’d been merely a teenager when he’d spotted her working his fields and quickly arranged for her to be a kept woman. Having been accustomed to hard labor and the unrelenting heat, she hadn’t objected to being at his beck and call, and his bed, when he’d insisted.

Fortunately for Fatima, she’d only had to suffer through a few sessions of his sexual desires before he’d dropped dead of a heart attack at the ripe age of 78. With Benjamin being a childless widower and having no other heirs with whom to split his fortune, Fatima became the proud owner of, not only his cotton plantation, but his slaves as well.

It wasn’t her attractiveness as a mulatto that’d lured Thaddeus to pursue her, it’d been her property and the glorious cotton fields that promised years and years of wealth. Once he’d set his sights on her, there was little she could do but concede to his advances. After all, who wouldn’t want a bright, handsome, young husband to take care of things?

A rabbit scurried beneath some underbrush, drawing Emmanuel’s attention to the cool, damp breeze and dark clouds gathering in the afternoon sky, promising an impending storm. He walked to the front porch, pausing long enough to get his oil lamp, light it, and make his way inside.


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Emmanuel hesitated briefly to take in the magnificence of the grand staircase that wound its way, like an ornate ribbon, up to the second and third floors. One of the slaves, who’d been trained as a blacksmith, had spent the past few months creating it, and he hadn’t disappointed. It would surely take Lucretia’s breath away.

Aside from a bed and the necessities for his office, the remaining furnishings would be left to her desires. Yet another of Emmanuel’s wedding gifts to her.

Although it was mid-day, and the many windows gave way to ample light, thunder clouds had begun to darken the interior of the home. Carrying the oil lamp, he made his way up the stairs and down the corridor leading to the west wing where he entered his office.

Sliding the mantle a smidgen to the left released the mechanism holding the entire faux fireplace intact, enabling him to unlock the steel door leading to an array of complex tunnels and ultimately, his concealed vault. This was where the story of two greedy and shrewd businessmen merged.

This was the beginning of a story older than time… a story they’d both take to their graves.


New Orleans is well known for its haunted cemeteries, like the pictured St. Louis Cemetery No. 1