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Lyn Cote here at the beginning of summer~Yes, finally, the “white stuff” has all melted! And I have some interesting info for you.

First, Don’t forget that my historical novelette, “Where Honor Began,” is included in a free giveaway of SUMMER READ STOCK UP promotion.Be selective after you click this following link because it is a mix of all kinds of fiction. But you can tell from the cover and blurb when you click the cover if it’s something you’d enjoy or not. Be picky and see if something fits what you like to read. Click the link below to look over the books offered and snag a free copy of mine. (BTW, it will ask you to sign up for my newsletter, so go ahead. Duplicates are winnowed out at my end so no problem.) BUT PLEASE TELL A FRIEND OR TWO!

Now to hear from my readers! My May question was: Do you have a special memory of your mother that you would like to share?  

Here are a few of the replies I received:

Alison Boss:

I remember when I was about 7 years old, I asked my mother if I could bike to the Five & Dime Store. My brothers were both busy and so my mother didn’t want me to bike there by myself for safety reasons. I remember being so disappointed and hanging my head in sadness. Then my mother lovingly said, “Why don’t you come to my store?”. I raised my head in wonder and curiousity. My mother reached up to a cupboard above the stove and brought down various candy treats…pixie sticks, tootsie rolls, gum balls, etc. She laid the candy out on the counter as she explained that each piece of candy was a penny per piece. I was so excited and ran to my bedroom to collect my change from my bank. I remember thinking what a wonderful mother I had, who invited me to her special store! It was way more fun then going to the Five & Dime Store. I still recall that fond memory like it was yesterday. My heart swells with love for my mom, for her love & for the creative alternative she made for me that day. I still experience that moment of awe and wonder that she did that for me. It is that example that I have sought to emmulate with my own children…a creative & loving alternative when sometimes something just doesn’t work out. Thanks, Mom!

Jo Jones:

My Mother was on up in years and had quit traveling when I invited her to go to Maui with me. I said we would just lay around and I would rest up from my job. We did not rest. Every morning Mother go up and said where are we going today and we went somewhere on Maui every day.

Shirl Halverson:

Before I started school my mother stayed at home and got her GED cause she married at 15 and quit to raise a family. After I started she went to work to help get us out of debt as my father wasn’t too good at finances. I remember mom reading to me at nap time and this is where I’ve gotten my love for books. But most of all I remember the time she made a pencil can for my collection from a yellow plastic comet can. She drew flowers and a phrase I’ll never forget. “Pretty is as pretty does, But ugly is to the bone. She never explained the saying to me as a child but later I came to realize in her unspoken way she was letting me know that now matter what I looked like on the outside it was what was on the inside that counts the most. I learned not to let bitterness and anger stray me and form me into an ugly person. Mom was by no means predigest but years later we were taking a trip and in the conversation she told me that there are good and bad in every race. Mom’s been gone about 3 years now but her legacy lives on.

Lyn~ Thanks, Alison, Jo and Shirl. I really appreciate all the comments and these are just a few that told stories that caught my attention. I offered these readers free Kindle gift codes to one of my books. And if you didn’t go to read my memory and more from other readers, here is the link:

So what’s June’s question–”Have you ever visited a national park? If so, which one or which one was your favorite and why?” Here’s the link to weigh in and perhaps win a Kindle gift code.…-a-national-park Edit

Finally about my books and ones written by my friends. If you haven’t dowloaded a copy of one or both of my free ebooks, why not? And have you told a friend? I don’t know about you but when a friend recommends a book, I take a long look at it and usually end up reading it. Here is the link to my book page on my website. The two free ebooks are available there. 

Now for my friends’ books:

Homecoming Blessings

Price:  99 cents for preorder

Merrillee Whren

On a mission to please his boss, Peter Dalton is thinking about how to help those in need, instead of money. He’s changed but not enough to let Ashley, the boss’s daughter, win his heart.

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Hunted, Book One in Everyday Heroes—99¢ through June 16th

By Margaret Daley

Murder. On the Run. Second Chances.

Luke Michaels’ relaxing camping trip ends when he witnesses a woman being thrown from a bridge. He dives into the river to save her, shocked to find her wrapped in chains. As a canine search and rescue volunteer, Luke has assisted many victims, but never a beauty whose defeated gaze ignites his primal urge to protect. When Megan Witherspoon’s killers make it clear they won’t stop, Luke fights to save her, but can he keep her alive long enough to find out who is after her?

Buy links:AmazonBarnes and NobleAppleKoboand Google Play

So that’s another newsletter. I hope I am including “stuff” you find interesting and helpful. Thanks for being a faithful reader and hope your summer is starting out well! Hope you have fun times with family and friends. Take time to enjoy the season. Blessings, Lyn Cote

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Lyn Reviews Gallagher Gray’s Hubbert and Lil

Hubbert & Lil: The Complete Series

Hubbert & Lil: The Complete Series by Gallagher Gray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In a sea of baking sleuths, magical cats, therapy dogs and women dumped by their dreadful spouses and moVing back to hometown comes HUBBERT AND LIL. Loved this series. I wish there were more. We’re not in a small town with Amish buggies in it, we’re in NYC, the Big Apple. I learned a lot about NYC and enjoyed the tour, peopled with quirky and memorable characters. Theodore S Hubbert–who has just retired from his job on Wall Street–and his Auntie Lil who at 84 should be slowing down but isn’t–are a force to be “feared” if you’re a murderer..

Each mystery progresses our knowledge of this unlikely couple. And we pick up new characters too like the rich Lila Cheswick and Herbert Wong. The only fly in my ointment was that I skimmed some pages with graphic details that I didn’t want to picture in my mind–I have along memory. But each story rang true and I devoured these UNUSUAL, WITTY, AND CAPTIVATING mysteries. I just wish there were more than four! I looked at the other books by this author under other names and was warned by the reviewers of the foul language. Sigh… To each his own I guess. But I may re-read this collection. You may enjoy it!

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Have You Ever Visited a National Park?

I have! I love seeing how many National Parks I can visit. So far I’ve visited Yosemite, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Rocky Mt, Mt Ranier, Jean Lafitte’s, Apostle Islands, Skagway, and San Marco Fort. And maybe some I don’t recall! Oh, the Everglades too!

Mt. Ranier

Mt. Ranier, Oregon


Skagway, Alaska

Bayfield sandstone caves

Apostle Islands, Wisconsin

So have you visited a national park? Which one impressed you most or at which one did something funny or memorable take place for you and your family? I’m about to go to another one in June. I will tell you all about it when I return. Leave a comment today and drop back in a month to see what I have to relate!–Lyn

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Lyn Reviews Miranda James’

Out of Circulation (Cat in the Stacks, #4)Out of Circulation by Miranda James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve finaly figured out why Miranda James has captured me as a faithful reader. She begins with the portrayal of the murder victim so we see someone who forgets that actions have consequences and people who make others suffer often get what’s coming to them. It’s as if we’re prepared and waiting to see the hateful person killed. That’s interesting because we usually are more concerned about making the guilty party pay. However, Miranda James also satisfies our need for justice. And I love Charlie Harris and his Maine coon cat, Diesel!–Lyn

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Only Her Heart

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Drop by and see who the other authors are! And click an icon and win a free KINDLE ebook!–Lyn




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Then I have good news for you! I belong to Sweet Romance Reads, a group of authors who write sweet romance and insprational romance. WE’RE HOLDING OUT FIRST PARTY THIS YEAR! THIS THURSDAY, May 9th 2-8 p.m. EST on Facebook. In order to attend you need to join. So first click here.

Then you will be accepted and then you need to click here to come. I know–2 steps but that’s Facebook for you. If they can make it harder, they do! Anyway join the group and drop in on Thursday and join the fun!–Lyn

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Special Book 1 Sale! May 1-5

May Flowers Christian Fiction Sale

 My book ONLY HER HEART is on sale for  99cents May 1-5. And I’m participating in this promotions with  +20 MORE Christian Contemporary Romance authors~ Click below and look over the book bargains. You may find a new author to love! I can’t write fast enough to be your only author! 🙂

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I Remember Mama

4 generations of Baker FamilyWe’re heading into May, the month we celebrate our Mother’s. I’m going to share a memory of my mother and would you like to share one too? Please do! I will feature some in my late May newsletter and do a drawing for Kindle gift codes for some of my ebooks to a few random winners.

In the photo above, you see my grandfather, his mother (seated) holding my first cousin Marilyn and behind, her mother my aunt. I don’t have any photos of my mother digitized. I must do that soon. But this is her father and sister and gradmother. I never met my great-grandmother but the other three I knew. Family is so important and sometimes so difficult–you know what i mean!

Now a fond story of my complex mother. I must have been around 10 years old. That spring I found a baby robin sitting featherless in its broken shell on the ground. The destroyed nest lying nearby. I looked around and saw no other bird. I quickly cradled the little robin in my hand an ran home. Of course, my mother had a bird cage in the basement and soon Billy Boy (named by Mama) was in the cage. Mama fed him bread soaked in milk–probably not what a biologist would have suggested.

But Billy Boy survived and thrived on it as Mama fed him around the clock. When the time came, Mama took him out to the clothesline pole (remember those?) and sat him on it and before long he was coasting down to a landing and then he flew!

For the next three years Billy Boy returned to that clothesline every spring and would sing there until Mama came out to “talk” to him. Then the fourth spring he didn’t return. Sad but Billy Boy had three good years and no doubt a story to share with other robins along his way. I could tell you many more stories about my mother’s love for all animals and how she was their friend. She taught me much. I remember Mama. What about yours?–Lyn






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Lyn Reviews Sofie Kelly’s Copycat Killing

Copycat Killing (A Magical Cats Mystery, #3)Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first Sofie Kelly mystery I’ve read and I will definitely read more of hers. The setting is a small town in Minnesota, which seems to be a popular locale for cozy mysteries. Who knows why? ‘-) Anyway the spring storms have filled the basement of the community art co-op and everyone is trying to deal with the local flooding. Our heroine, the librarian Kathleen, is also involved in caring for a colony of feral cats that have been housed in an old house outside of town.

In the course of this, she manages to step in just the wrong place outside and ends up dislodging most of a slope behind the house and ALSO A SKELETON. I’m really happy I don’t go around finding dead bodies or skeletons, but of course, no mystery without a body, right? ‘-) The hero is the local detective Marcus and I liked him. And so does Kathleen! The Magical Cats aspect was fine. I think Ms. Kelly did a good job giving the cats personalities, yet leaving them as real cats.

Of course, Lilian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who series started the bent of cats in mysteries. If you haven’t read them, you’re missing a great series–5 star. Anyway if you enjoy a cozy mystery with lively characters and a plot full of unexpected twists, go ahead and try this one!-Lyn Cote

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