Bellevue Elementary School – Richmond, Virginia

Standing in one of Richmond’s most distinguished spots is Bellevue Elementary School. Located in the St. Johns Church Historic District (of Church Hill) at 2301 East Grace Street, the school also houses a museum recognizing the site’s esteemed history. On that lot in 1801, John Adams, the mayor of Richmond, built his mansion. In 1836, … Continue reading Bellevue Elementary School – Richmond, Virginia

How to Visit Scotland, Aspen, Atlanta, Kentucky, Virginia, Syria, Turkey, and England in a Month by Never Leaving Home!

I wanted to share an enticing review of my short, Burying the Bitter, by my online friend, Janet Morrison. (Thanks again, Janet!) It’s in great company with other books, especially the thriller involving farmlands and the government (!). I’ve added a few to my TBR. Check out Janet’s blog, too ( She offers great reviews on some interesting books and motivating writing updates on her upcoming novel, also set in the South.

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The books I read in October took me on a virtual world tour!

I’m a newsaholic, and October was packed with “breaking news” here in the United States every day. It was a juggling act for me to keep up with the news, write my blog posts, and read as many books as I could. I hope my remarks about the books I read last month will pique your interest in one or more of the books or authors.

I had such a pleasant time reading books in October that I had to break my blog post into two posts. In case you missed it, here’s a link to last Monday’s post:

One Mile Under, by Andrew Gross

One Mile Under, by Andrew Gross

This 2015 environmental thriller by Andrew Gross started with a mysterious death in Aspen, Colorado and morphed into the story of a…

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Introducing NovelEssence Writing Academy

Several years ago, after writing and publishing my stories and meeting and working with other writers - budding and those who've been on the journey for years like me - while helping to run our family-owned business, I decided to further my education and pursue my masters with the concentration in writing fiction. I knew … Continue reading Introducing NovelEssence Writing Academy

A Paranormal Romance – Arnie Somers by Tonya Rice

My short novel, Arnie Somers: A Novelette, is a sweet, fantasy story that's great for a Halloween time read. Right now, you can get your copy for free! Details below: Beloved veterinarian, Arnie Somers, is faced with the horrible possibility of losing his wife to a devastating auto accident. As she struggles to survive, Violet tells … Continue reading A Paranormal Romance – Arnie Somers by Tonya Rice

I Read Banned Books, Too – 2019 edition

Each year around this time, the American Library Association encourages bibliophiles like me to acknowledge the erroneous judgment of those who continue to seek censorship in our schools and libraries. It calls on us to celebrate the list of banned books, which lengthens every decade, during Banned Books Week, which is going on now (September … Continue reading I Read Banned Books, Too – 2019 edition