With Clay dead, Viktoria plots to end another chapter in this sorted adventure by taking the life of Jenny. Her aim is to hook-up loose ends and leave the Christmas Cottage Inn with her father. However, the best laid plans can often go awry!
Foolishly Clay listens to Viktoria and ventures out into the woods armed with only a small revolver. A revolver that only contains regular bullets!
The Christmas Cottage Inn, Beware! No one lives that abides there. The howl of the wolf is very near. The time will come to run in fear! So bolt your doors and give a cry. For tonight someone is bound to die!
Deception leads to more deception. The stakes are high against Jenny but with the help of Hugo and Webster, the odds are about to even-up!
What secrets does the inn hide? And, who will be it's next victim?
Life has many turns and twists and sometimes things happen in ways we don't expect. Eventually, all stories must come to an end!
Alexandria visits the tombs of her ancestors for the first time. She contemplates all that was loss by Sadie Bakersfield's life and all that was gained after Sadie Bakersfield's death!
With the Blood-Red Ruby permanently out of commission; the Duprees, Vandermiers and Latimoores can live a wonderfully normal life!
After a terrible storm, the sun comes out and ushers in a beautiful day! Whether morning or evening, it is a refreshing change that renews the spirit. And, so it was with Andrea and her beautiful daughter Renee!
Now that the story of Andrea's perilous past is coming to it's close; Renee prepares for a new beginning herself!
When Sadie found that there was nothing she could do to end the relationship between Alex and Andrea, she sought assistance from the only thing she knew had helped her in the past … sorcery!
In her heart, Andrea knew that it would be one last good-bye. There would be no way that she would risk returning to France and the duties of Jon-Pierre kept him stationary at the chateau!
It's always nice to have someone who understands you, trust you, and will give you sound advice regardless of how close you are. Andrea has such a friend in Mr. Vandermier!
Andrea's heart ached for Jon-Pierre her French lover— but she also was in love with Alex as well. The only fact that endured was one would be her husband and the other would be her secret desire—but who?
Destiny has dealt Andrea a second chance at life. Not many people are give such a wonderful opportunity. But what she does with this gift is entirely up to her!
Jon-Pierre was unsuccessful in hiding his true feelings from Andrea. Unfortunately, Mr. Vandermier was well aware of this fact, too!
It would be time for the lovers to part. Jon-Pierre knew in his heart that he could never let Andrea go but it would be impossible for her to stay. How do you say good-bye to the perfect affair?
Andrea was deeply touched by the Memorial Services in her honor. However, had it not been for a twist of Fate, the services would have been authentic.
Andrea finds herself in the grips of an emotion just as strong as hate … love! Will she be able to resist the past or will she play the symphony of long lost desire?
There is no where in urban France where Andrea can be safe. Other plans will have to be made.
An attempt was made on Andrea's life. It happened not too long after her conversation with Sadie Bakersfield. Beyond a doubt … the woman works fast. Money talks!
A fatal car mishap and the victims are presumed to be Andrea Dupree and a male companion. Was this a tragic coincidence?
The nervous clerk insists that Andrea take the rental car but she decides that the Baileys need it more than she does. Why does this upset the clerk so much?
Sadie Bakersfield never made an idle threat. You could depend on her to follow through on anything she said!
After getting over the shock that her mother was yet alive, Renee begins the healing process by listening to her mother's portrayal of what happened so many years ago!
The evil influence of the Blood-Red Ruby has been destroyed and Renee is embarking on a journey of discovery and intrigue!
It will take a ceremony which consists of Renee putting the infamous Blood-Red Ruby back on. Will it finally claim her as its victim or will she triumph?
Sometimes its easier to get into trouble than it is to get out of it. Alex has found someone who can help destroy the curse of the Blood-Red Ruby but at what cost?
Although Renee survived the onslaught of the Blood-Red Ruby she was not completely safe from its affects.
The Blood-Red Ruby was determined to make Renee its next victim out of punishment for not submitting to it! Sadie Bakersfield's influence was no longer a factor!
Suddenly, Renée became hysterical, choking violently and uncontrollably sobbing while trying to tear the pendant from its evil grasp around her neck!
Even in death it seemed that Sadie Bakersfield's grip was tight on Renee. After all, she had paid the ultimate price to possess the Blood-Red Ruby and to pass it on to Renee Latimoore. Death was but a door and the Ruby holds the key!
Your utmost and melancholiest fears surface when you are the recipient of the Blood-Red Ruby as it slowly takes you on the path of madness and DEATH!
The Blood-Red Ruby was no longer under the contract with Sadie since her demise but it still was steep in its history of murder and manipulation.
"You got to know when to hold them … know when to fold them!" -- The Gambler
All good things must come to an end … and bad things as well!
Even the safest of locations can be filled with hidden perils!
Getting away from home may not be easy but it can be the only alternative!
Sadie could do nothing to deter Renee from being proud of her European and Haitian Roots.
Some memories are like a gentle breeze that soon departs while others are much stronger and can last a lifetime.
There were times when Renee found herself completely unable to refuse her Marme anything. Then there were other times when she was so rebellious that she confined herself in her apartment for days.
The Blood-Red Ruby ... a jewel of exquisite beauty and infamous history. Many through the years have possessed it with the same consequences--madness and death!
The power of the Blood-Red Ruby is being slowly concentrated on Renee. Because she acquired it as a gift and the giver is deceased the effects vary in extremity.
Even her Uncle Curtis thought that Sadie's interest in the Bakersfield Foundation leaned toward the paranoid. She would never accept his help although there were times when it was greatly needed.
Diamonds may be forever—Sadie Bakersfield isn’t! The Blood-Red Ruby slowly drains the life of the owner until they go mad and then they DIE! This releases their body but NOT their soul!
Never underestimate the abilities of your adversary. You may be playing with "a full deck of cards" but that doesn't mean he or she is. Besides, have you ever heard of "the dead man's hand?"
When the cat's away … the mice will PARTY!
Closing an iron fist takes a lot of effort and Sadie Bakersfield has a plan brewing to tighten her grip on Renée.
It is never wise to continue to count your chickens before they hatch. It may be an old cliché but as Sadie Bakersfield discovered, there is a ring of truth in it!
Sadie Bakersfield ruled her dynasty with an iron hand disguised in a velvet glove. No one was allowed to stand in her way when she wanted something and heaven help the man or woman who tried!
The Blood-Red Ruby … the mere mention of the jewel provoked both fear and admiration. It had been equally coveted and shunned. It is said that to possess it the owner must perform an act of extreme violence!
When playing with fire; not only is there a possibility that you will get burned but you could get scorched.
When a plan goes awry; it's bothersome. However, when a plan goes well … then "it's on!"
Whenever you think you have everything under control; something always happens to reassure you that you don't!
You never know who you'll meet when you pull the covers back!
When cleaning house, make sure you know what to keep and what to pitch out!
There may be no rest for the weary but there is also no rest for the bad either!
In the harbor sits a beautifully majestic craft. Tipp assists his goddaughter while Brandon escorts Victoria aboard the yacht. Victoria acutely notices the name of the yacht. It reads The Day Bed.
If there is one thing you can expect from life; it is the unexpected!
Brandon is determined to hold on to a faltering marriage while Victoria is weighing her options.
It's not easy ending a relationship. There can be permanent scars on both sides. Some obvious … others not so.
Systematic planning is the key to acquiring any endeavor … especially when choosing that ideal job!
When doing house cleaning, there will always be a spot missed or overlooked!
There will always be a need to take out the trash after cleaning up!
You can find an ally in the most unsuspecting places! Still, that doesn't mean that Steve is out of the woods ...
Someone may have clipped our little bird's wings but it seems that she has acquired some brand new feathers!
Finally, the silver lining in Steve's dark cloud is peeking through! Just when Steve thought things couldn't get any worse; they start to in fact improve!
Even good intentions can have devastating consequences. Sabrina is learning that in the course of life, choices can reap unexpected results!
Leave it to Stephanie Merewether to involve the entire DAs office, a couple of SWAT professionals and two different precincts in her latest peril.
What is Bobby up to and where is he speeding off in such a hurry?
Things are not looking good for our favorite blonde. Is Uncle Bobby somehow involved in this caper? Will Hamilton ever see his love interest again? Read on, gentle reader!
Some people seem to draw trouble like a magnet while others avoid it constantly. Steve was definitely magnetic!
Let’s take another look at writing the series short or novel. This one is in the small fictional town of Dripping Springs, PA. Dripping will be the setting for intrigue and suspense when a young woman is held captive in this new mini-series.
When an old chapter closes, it's sometimes a signal to begin a new one!
Sometimes just wishing on a star isn’t enough. One day we have to evaluate our expectations and determine whether or not they are realistic.
Everyone has an ideal job or company that is believed to be a "perfect match" and nothing else will satisfy. When those expectations are shattered; there are still very good alternatives!
When your audience is mainly mature individuals; writing a romatic short story with them as your lead characters can be a satisfying undertaking.
Love at any age is a beautiful experience--especially when discovered in the Autumn of Life
It’s time for another series short—this one is again about discovering you are never to old to find true love.
When writing novels seems far away; a beautiful poem will save the day!
If you have always taken the "strait-jacket" approach to Budget Planning--it's time to look at it from a completely unique perspective.
If given the opportunity to change one instance in your life, would you? Some would be quick to answer: yes! The changes that would occur would not only affect you; it would affect others as well.
Some situations are man-made and man-controlled. Other situations may be man-made but require Divine Intervention. Knowing how to differentiate between the two is crucial when combatting worry.
Life should never be rushed but enjoyed slowly and deliberately like a good vintage wine. Relish the wonder of it—savor the moment, it comes but once!
There is a difference between just putting words down on paper or in a computer and writing meaningful content. If you want your writing to be taken seriously, think meaningful content.
When love is in the air only Cupid knows where the arrow will fall. Brijet is in for an unexpected surprise!
In writing, there is no “one size fits all.” You must develop your own style of writing. Identifying that style is not as daunting as it may seem.
Stepping away from your problems, even embracing a completely new environment can be the best thing in the world when facing unpleasant issues. Brijet will soon make this discovery in Part 4.
Midlife Crisis and Empty Nest Syndrome are difficult enough to face separately but together they can be overwhelming. Great friends however, can help buffer the effects.
Being alone and being lonely are not the same. One can be a choice while the other an unfortunate turn of events. Life has a way of presenting interesting alternatives.
Autumn can be the best time of the year. We start to reflect, reminisce, and recollect. The pace is steady; but not urgent. We begin to appreciate what we have left. So it is with mature love.
A Lead Story must set the pace for the series. It must also capture your targeted viewers attention. Always make sure that you both capture and hold the interest of that chosen audience.
A Fashionista is an ardent follower and consumer of high fashion clothes. Her aim is to always please herself in style and manner.
Like a wolf on the prowl ... Octavius is poised for the battle. But, has he bitten off more than he can chew! We shall see.
Never become too self confident. Sometimes, even the most cunning of predators can find himself prey to a more powerful adversary! Never, ever underestimate your opponent!
What’s a true thriller without a bit of the unexplained? There are unique times when we want to use our imagination regarding an issue. Things don't always have to be explained!
Solving murder mysteries, Tiffany found, is hard work. Tiffany looked forward to a new type of assignment. One that entailed much less drama!
Nora considered it a fitting end to a woman whose life was filled with hate and disgust. There was no remorse—only relief when it was over.
The orange lipstick had belonged to a woman who had lived nearby for years and this was the only kind she used. Find the owner and you would find the killer.
Discovering a family member can be both a time of joy and pain. All the years lost because of a spiteful woman ...
When a journalist has finished a great story, all she wants to do is rest. Solving a murder mystery is hard work. So is writing one!
Nothing can be harder than watching your best friend being raped and then brutally murdered. Your thoughts are set on revenge even if it means your own life!
Sometimes you can wait a lifetime for something good to happen to you. Sometimes you find yourself tripping over love under the strangest circumstances!
The note read: 2346 Carpenter Lane … I’ll be waiting for you … Come alone if you value your life … The Sparrow.
Who called 911, and why? Suddenly, he noticed Mrs. Andrews’ cane standing upright in the corner of the room next to a small table where the contents of her purse was strewn and spilled out ...
It was quite evident that someone wanted to stop Tiffany from "sticking her nose where it didn't belong" even if it meant DEATH!
Old Margaret and Albert buried poor Annabelle in the family graveyard. However, if you visit the Andrews Family Cemetery, you won't find a marker for Annabell.
We still don't know what Matthew may have been looking for in that attic. We do know that he had a 9mm Smith and Wesson ...
"You know who I am. That is very unfortunate for you. Because I also know who you are and where you live. A word of caution—keep your nose out of the Andrews Estate affair."
The mansion on the Andrew’s estate was in complete darkness except for a dim light that flickered in the attic.
Murder by the Written Word is a series filled with intrigue and deception. What is really going on at the Andrews Estate?
In order to know whether your students have fully comprehended the lesson taught there must be a vehicle in place to measure their understanding.
It is important that students receive the best education possible. This will equip them for the challenges they may face in life.
Are you preoccupied with the desire of becoming a success writer? Remember, it takes hard work, careful planning and being at the right place at the right time to succeed as a wruter.
Everyone is familiar with the “To Do List. Very few of us consider creating a list that takes into consideration the things that we need to do in order to experience a better quality of life.
A long life should be an accumulation of facts that can be used in positive ways in assisting not only ourselves but others as well.
There always is unforeseen issues involving adult offspring; whether or not they turn to you or someone else for advice will no doubt depend on the relationship you had with them as children.
Being a home entrepreneurial takes an individual who doesn’t get discouraged when the clients don’t come in as expected. It can be both challenging and rewarding!
Managing the classroom means that the teacher is actively participating in every aspect of the learning environment. Positive reinforcement proves most effective.
There is a distinct difference between living with any type of physiological complaint and merely coping with it. One requires taking a more proactive part. The other does not.
When writing background character information in your suspense thriller; it is important to interject long standing rivalry.
The incorporation of Direct Instruction as an effective teaching tool should be used to introduce an organized and intellectually oriented learning experience.
Outsourcing has become an avenue in which organizations minimize production cost as well as decreasing consumer prices. However, who is really profiting?
By comparing actual performance against established performance standards, teachers can determine how competent the performance is.
You never know who you'll meet when you're working out of a shoe box. Pigeon's luck begins to change when he has a chance encounter with a stranger.
Extraordinarily beautiful and indulged shamelessly by her British husband, Lord Galen Alexander (Tipp) Covington II, Lauren Covington exemplifies social grace and decorum.
Victoria never thought that watching her brother board the plane meant the conclusion of a lifetime friendship.
Some male protagonist have a very dark and domineering nature. Developing this type into a dynamic love/hate relationship can be challenging.
Oral Review can be a versatile and effective teaching/learning technique. Students retain more of what they learn through repetition and review.
Whether you use 2D or 3D materials; the more innovative you are as an instructor, the more life you bring to the learning experience.
Being a Graphic Designer is a pure labor of love! What other job allows you the joy of "doodling all day" and getting paid for it!
Understanding individual needs, interests, and abilities make teaching more effective. Thus, identifying these traits are very important.
Perfect Peace can only be discovered when you are truly satisfied with who you are!
Jealousy and envy are twin sisters. You will not find one without the other. They are inseparable! It doesn’t matter about age, color, race or background.
In this final article discussing recognizing and observing of behavioral patterns, I cover the Rational-Emotive Theory and the Theory of Personality.
Self-Management will stimulate and encourage you to maintain change by rewarding desirable behavior and discouraging undesirable behavior.
Being the victim of either a Clique or Negative Peer Pressure is very unpleasant. There is something teachers can do to help.
By studying both the teaching techniques and influences of other Instructors; we can reflect on our own methods and determine whether or not they are effective.
Sometime the uniqueness of the students, the instructor’s teaching style or methods, or the lesson objectives require the use of materials that do not exist—or are not in the form you require.
Teachers who work in vocational and technical schools are faced with similar issues as those in the purely academic arena . How do I prepare myself to teach others?
Hugo masterfully takes control of the situation and Amber feels that she is floating on a cloud of ecstasy. Anthony had made her feel alive, but this can't compare. She is lost; she is his.
For long moments we are both silent. I feel completely at peace nestled in the passionate embrace of Hugo. For I am compelled to follow him into a journey of endless ecstasy.
A bureaucracy is characterized by a highly developed division of labor, an authority structure, the assignment of certain tasks to specific individuals, and regulations established for operation.
I will compare concepts from the Self-Determination Theory with Sexuality Education to determine if students can be Intrinsically Motivated to abstinence.
Don't think about it tonight … tomorrow is another day!
Not all romantic short stories have to feature a young woman as the heroine. Sometimes your audience prefers a more mature protagonist.
If writing a lead story for a series, establish your main character and the particular goal s/he wishes to accomplish. This pilot story may be the introduction to a romance, an adventure or a tragedy.
It sometimes seems that in society, individuals are categorized in neat little boxes according to their age, ethnical background or environmental circumstances.
Some years ago I wrote an article on the morphing of tradition methods of instruction into distance learning. Here is the article … has it survived the test of time? Is the conclusion still valid?
Was he really henpecked or was he just an overly generous spouse. The difference is that henpecked spouses seldom get upset; they are much too busy pleasing the "better half."
Welcome to the Economic Way of Thinking. My name is Equilibrium and I will be your guide throughout a simplified economic experience. Just relax and we'll get through this together!
Demonstrating a concept or principle is not teaching students how to perform an operation in a particular way. It is teaching students why something works the way it does.
Direct Instruction is not the only method teachers should use in introducing new issues, problems, or ideas into a classroom environment.
An Innovative Instructor uses the imagination as a vehicle for transporting students to undiscovered lands of learning.
This module is designed to help an instructor plan and direct individual and group field trips that will enrich students’ classroom learning experiences; spark their interest in the world of work; and provides concrete, real-world applications of their learning.
When adults are enrolled in formal educational programs, it is usually for a specific purpose.
This article discusses recognizing and observing behavioraal patterns with regards to the Person Centered Theory, the Behavioral Theory and the Reality Theory
According to Hans Strupp, Ph. D., Vanderbilt University Psychologist: “Psychotherapy is the systematic use of a human relationship for therapeutic purposes.”
Teachers should always explore many different methods of enhancing the learning experience.
To be a success at teaching, there must be student participation. An innovative instructor is conscious of the needs of each student and can incorporate that knowledge into effective learning.
One day you wake up and realized that its time to retire but the beautiful dream of living happily ever after didn't materialized the way you thought it would.
After your students have left vocational training, whether by graduating or merely deciding not to complete their training; its good to have an understanding of their experiences.
There comes a time when discretion is the only course to take.
It's time for a new diversion.
There was something brewing at the 43rd Precinct … TROUBLE!
Simulation techniques are gaining increased popularity in the classroom as a means of preparing students to function effectively in their chosen occupations.
By including verbal and visual illustrations in the presentation and by delivering the presentation with skill and enthusiasm, you can make the lecture/talk an absorbing, stimulating, and effective instructional technique.
A course of study is an essential guide to an instructor in any academic or vocational-technical program.
Whether you teach elementary, middle or high school, your students require individual instruction to be effective.
Are you aware of the importance of providing safety and first aid to your students? If your students were involved in an emergency situation, would you be able to administer the proper care?
When you understand the rationale of creating effective units of instruction, you can experience better teacher performance.
Being an investigative reporter takes Linda around the world and makes quite a few people more than a little upset with her because of her hard-hitting, fact-finding techniques.
The goal of any instructor should be to empower their students for employment or the pursuit of higher education. Deciding which to do first may be a dilemma for some.
No longer is just teaching a concept satisfactory. Reinforcement is necessary to ensure that concepts are understood. Developing positive reinforcement techniques pay big dividends.
One reason students don't do well on exams is because they don't have effective study habits. This is how teachers can assist in the process.
Program goals can be described as statements of “where you want to go”. Program objectives are statements of “how you are going to get there.”
The exceptional learner needs an exceptional instructor! Teaching the "one size fits all" method may be less complicated but it will not address the unique needs of the exceptional student.
The journey continues with a revelation: who is Jill and what is her real involvement with "The Order?"
Claire Davenport’s unassailable voice is silenced forever ... but why? Everyone had a motive but who did it? Let's find out! Its a bit long … but that's because its one suspense story!
The Wild, Wild West: let your fingers do the walking and your gun do the talking!
Your adult learners may need more feedback than your younger students. Don't wait until it's crucial to address problem issues.
Once you have decided to be an Adult Instructor, the continuous process begins in managing your learners.
There are significant differences between teaching youth and teaching adult learners.
Whether you are an instructor of children, teens or adults it is very important to have the necessary keys for effective instructing.
Choosing whether to be a godly single or married woman rest upon your shoulders.
When it seems difficult to see the light; we have illumination in the Word of God! It shows us a path that is clear and safe.
Take if you will, a journey into madness! A tale of extraordinary events that leaves one man dead and another into an adventure that will change his life FOREVER!
The one underlying ingredient shared by both genres is the introduction of adversity whether in the guise of a person or a predicament.
All changes are made within our thoughts. You can mentally program yourself to failure or you can "grab life by the horns" and turn I can't into I will!
You could be in an emotionally suicidal situation and not even realize it until it starts to manifest in physical ways.
Make sure you know what you need in a Mentor. Like shoes, a good fit is crucial to a happy outcome. And, don't think Mentors are only needed by youth.
It is important as Christian young women to display an image of integrate, humility and morality. These qualities will never go out of style.
A great novel begins with a good outline. In the beginning, it does seem like a lot of work. However, your story will flow and your audience will experience a captivating tale.
Paranormal or Mind Manipulation are good choices when deciding to create an effective mystery novel. There is nothing more intriguing than the supernatural!
By adding conflict to a story, you enhance it's readability to your audience. Try it with your romantic novel!