Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Author Maria Santomasso-Hyde is visiting today as part of her HE GAVE ME BARN CATS Blog Tour with MC Book Tours. Her book is scheduled to be released March 14 by Dancing Lemur Press.

If you’re looking for a story that will touch your heart, you’ve found it in this tender story of love, loss, and inspiration. You could win your own copy, just check out the giveaway details.

◊ He Gave Me BARN CATS
◊ by Maria Santomass0-Hyde
◊ Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
◊ Available March 14, 2017
◊ $10.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 134 pages
◊ Genres: Christian Fiction / Christian Life-Death, Grief, Bereavement
◊ Print ISBN 978-1-939844-21-7 eBook ISBN 978-1-939844-22-4
◊ Order through Ingram, Follett Library Resources, or from the publisher
◊ $3.99 eBook available in all formats

Inspired by true events...

        Maria has cared for her very ill mother for many years. Her burdens are heavy, causing a sadness bordering on darkness.  When she discovers her historic barn is now home to a mother cat and kittens, she feels lighter than she has in years. As the kittens grow, they teach her as only animals can do.
          Then tragedy strikes. As Maria loses her family, the darkness envelopes her like the heavy fog that blankets her Blue Ridge Mountain home each morning. She creates a scorecard:  God: 9, Maria: 0.  Her questions turn into anger at God.  She searches to find answers as to why her loving God would take away so much in such a short time.
          How will she learn to trust again? Can the kittens in her barn help her heal?

HE GAVE ME BARN CATS is available for pre-order in print format at following sites: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, Everything Cats, Foyles, and Chapters-Indigo.

HE GAVE ME BARN CATS is available for order in eBook format at the following sites: Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, and Amazon.

Be sure to add HE GAVE ME BARN CATS to your shelf on Goodreads.

Maria's Facebook Page.

Formerly a newspaper reporter, Maria Santomasso-Hyde now owns Alta Vista Fine Art Gallery.

She lives in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, with her husband, Lee, and The Queen of the Universe (Roma, their Black Cat) … and other Black Cats who decide to move in.

Come join the blog tour and learn more about Maria and HE GAVE ME BARN CATS by visiting the following blog:

March 8 - Rockin' Book Reviews - Guest Post

March 10 - Defending The Pen - Excerpt

March 13 - Reviews by CrystalQ&A
Alex J. Cavanaugh - Guest Post

March 14 - Thoughts in Progress - Review

March 15 - Open

March 16 - A Bluestocking's Place - Excerpt
deal sharing aunt - Review

March 17 - Juneta @ Writer's Gambit - Q&A

March 20 - Reviews From the Heart - Review
The Story of a Writer - Feature
CBY Book Club - Excerpt

March 21 - bookworm1102 - Excerpt
Storey Book Reviews - Excerpt
Celticlady's Reviews - Feature

Giveaway Details:

This is a tour-wide giveaway for two (2) print copies (U.S only) and two (2) eBooks (international). To enter just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hiatus in Bucerias

Due to some technical difficulties, I'm going off line for March unless I find myself near wifi. I will be posting for the release of HE GAVE ME BARN CATS by Maria Santomasso-Hyde on March 7th. I won't be available for comments. Please do take the opportunity to enter to win a copy of Maria's book.

IWSG March 27 I there to introduce Luis Carlos Fuentes Avila, screenwriter, editor, friend. Luis has a film coming out in June.

Meanwhile, I hope you all stay healthy and happy. Talk to you on Facebook when I'm near wifi. I've turned off comments because I can't comment back.

For your viewing pleasure, the sights and sounds of Mexico.

Wandering the beach of Banderas Bay on a warm evening.

If you haven't visited the botanical gardens south of Puerto Vallarta, it's well worth the trip. They finished the church this year. A walk back in history. 

Another worthwhile is adventure is the San Blas Estuary in Nayarit.

View from our terrace

PV Botanical Garden

Crocodile nesting

San Blas

La Cruz Marina
PV Botanical Garden

Bucerias restaurant

Tepic Highway northeast through Bucerias

Banderas Bay

Mexican Beach Bar in Bucerias

Someone's front steps

Bookstore in PV

Bucerias apartments

Marina at PV

pigeon chicks on our terrace


Fireworks on the beach 


Part of the boat ride through the estuary at San Blas


Route 66 Restaurant and Bar at PV Marina


The flightpath of bats past our terrace every evening