Book Review: A Vegetable Garden is not for Cows by Anita Stafford

Farmer Ben’s cows have everything they need. They have a shade tree for sunny days, a barn for rainy days, and a fence to keep them safe. They have all the tasty green grass they want to eat.But one of the cows has been eating the vegetables in Farmer Ben’s garden. How will he find out which one?Annabelle knows someone needs to step up and be honest.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Annabelle is told to stay out of Farmer Ben’s vegetable garden, but she goes in anyway. When he asks all of the cows who destroyed his garden, she comes forward. Farmer Brown is impressed that Annabelle came forward, and he says that she’s curious and honest but to stay out.

Annabelle doesn’t like how she feels when Farmer Brown shows his disappointment, but she feels proud of herself for being called a curious and honest cow. She realizes that she has all she needs and stays out of the vegetable garden from then on.

I like Annabelle’s personality and the illustrations are colorful. The cow illustrations are great. This is a sweet story that children will enjoy.

About the Author

Anita Stafford makes her home in the peaceful hills of northern Arkansas. She grew up on a dairy farm surrounded by a large, loving, and always entertaining extended family. She is a wife and the mother of a son and two daughters. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked in public school as a teacher and a counselor.

Books by Anita Stafford:
The Legend of Sassafras House
The Legend of Sassafras House Teacher Guide
Treasure in Catclaw Canyon
Treasure in Catclaw Canyon Teacher Guide
A Vegetable Garden is Not for Cows
Confessions of a Cell Phone Loser

Also find Anita at:
Twitter: @staffordanita

Book Review & Giveaway: The Rue Stone by Janet Stock

The rue is a mysterious and rare being who is rarely seen, and Janna is amazed when one arrives at the inn where she works, looking for a room. The next morning, her life has changed, and she is left wondering whether she will ever see him again, but only time and the rue stone know the answer to that question.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Rue Stone is a short and sweet fantasy story, right around 100 pages. The world is a lot like our own but there are a few differences, such as the rue. I enjoyed the history of the rue, and Arval’s reaction when he meets Janna for the first time at the inn. Can you imagine waiting on someone whose hair and eyes keep changing colors? I would think it’d be difficult to concentrate on what they were ordering.

I liked The Rue Stone as far as it went. I wish there had been more about Janna and Arval’s relationship and more about Arval himself. Hopefully, there’s more to come in this world. One thing that would have made the story even better for me is if it had been edited.

About the Author

Having written all of my life, I decided to self-publish my writing when I turned 50. I have published four books since then. Two are collections of short stories; Dark & Fluffy; Dark & Fluffy II and 500 Words, which is flash fiction. My latest book The Rue Stone is a fantasy novella.

My passion is medieval fiction, and I am working on my first novel The Little Servant – The Wait’s Son, set in the 12th century, in Lincoln, where I live.

All four books are available on Amazon.

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Book Review: Flood and Fire by Deirdra Eden

Flood and Fire (Book #3 of The Watchers Series) by Deirdra Eden

About the Book

Auriella joins the ranks of the Immortals, but Azrael has vanished in the depths of war.

She is forced to choose between love or loyalty when the druids charge her with finding Alamar, an unruly Watcher who can control the seas. Though witty and charming, Alamar and his blood thirsty friends can’t be trusted.

Now, it’s a race against time to find Azrael before he is killed, and Alamar before he is recruited by the Shadow Legion.

Available on Amazon.


The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural. The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Traditional Apocrypha, the Pearl of Great Price and the Kabbalah. The Watchers are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad.


Deirdra Eden’s, The Watcher’s Series, is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.

My Review

I chose to read book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read the first three books in The Watchers Series, Knight of Light and Hidden Fire, Flood and Fire. I had written a review of Flood and Fire in 2017, and the author contacted me because she had made some changes and offered to send me a copy to read the updated one.

Auriella has been asleep for 50 years while her body recovers from death. When she awakens, Azreal, the love of her life, is not there. She eventually finds out that Azreal thought that she would choose not to return to Earth as an Immortal so he left to fight against Erebus and the Shadow Legion. Since being with Azreal is the only reason Auriella chose to be an Immortal, she is devastated. Her main goal is to find him but first she has to learn to control her fire powers.

After training for a short time, Auriella is sent on her first mission and then she plans on finding Azreal. Her mission is to find Alamar, whose power is water. If Erebus gets a hold of him first, and he joins the Shadow Legion, all hope could be lost.

I like the character of Auriella. She is a little impulsive at times but she knows what she wants and she’s determined to get it. Alamar is a complex character who has a good soul even though he’s a pirate. The love/hate relationship between the two of them makes an interesting read, but poor Auriella doesn’t know what to make of it.

She did it! The changes that she made were perfect. Now I have three more books that I have to fit in my schedule because I can’t wait to read them!


About The Author


Deirdra Eden has spent the last decade captivating audiences of all ages with her Amazon Bestselling novels and fairy tales. Her specialty is paranormal theology that delves into documented historical phenomenon and natural disasters of biblical proportions that entices indulgence of a fine line between fact and fantasy.

Deirdra enjoys jousting in arenas, sword fighting and archery, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures with her family.

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Cynical Wordsmith

There are rules.
They’ve kept me alive,
They’ve kept me sane,
And I don’t remember
How I ingrained them so

They were specific,
Meant to protect everyone,
Myself included.
Dire consequences
Drastic measures.

But I can’t see for my fingers
At the path laid ahead of me,
And rains wash away
The notes etched on my arms.
Lost is a four letter word,
And here we are, again,
Searching cobblestones
Searching for anything,

I try and think of what’s changed,
But I’m rarely honest with myself,
So I’ll probably never figure it out.
Maybe only children are malleable.
Maybe I’ll figure it out in a couple years.
Maybe I’m just stuck on

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Book Review: Dog Haiku by James Weir

A dog is a man’s (or woman’s) best friend. No companion is more loyal, more trust-worthy, and more devoted. They won’t judge you. They’ll love you if you’re rich, or if you’re poor. They love you when you’re happy, and when you’re sad. They’re always glad to see you. They won’t make fun of your clothes.But getting there isn’t always easy. Remember house-training? The chewing? The vet bills? The messes you had to clean up?Join us as we use funny haikus to celebrate the bond between humans and dogs. Get the human’s perspective, then get the dog’s response back. Bet you never thought about what they think about you. You’ll be surprised.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read Coronavirus Haiku by James Weir a month or so ago and enjoyed it, so when he offered this book and Cat Haiku, I was happy to read a copy. Dog Haiku has a great format: a haiku from the human’s point of view followed by a haiku from the dog about the same subject. Some are cute and some are laugh out loud funny! A couple examples (I had a hard time picking just two):

Dog eats everything
Especially likes his cheese
Cheddar makes him nuts

Cheese! Cheese! I LOVE CHEESE!
You give me cheese and I will
Kiss you forever!


Dog drinks from toilet
He thinks it is a fountain
Like he’s ‘raised by wolves’

Dad sits on toilet
That’s not how the fountain works
My dad is silly

One of our dogs is exactly like that with cheese. This is my favorite book of haiku that I received from James Weir. I definitely recommend Dog Haiku.

About the Author

When he’s not busy being a poet (and we use the term poet very loosely here), James Weir is a small animal veterinarian. In addition to clinical practice, he holds graduate degrees in pathology and in public health. He has also worked as a stand-up comedian. He has been published before, but mostly boring science crap. He has four works of funny haikus listed on Amazon, and is currently writing a book of funny stories from his 30 years in veterinary practice.