2022 Articles

Christmas Short Story: O Holy Night

by Elena E. Smith

When I was a kid, nobody thought it was cool to live on a farm. I’ve heard some people think growing up on a farm is fun. At times, it could be. But it definitely had its down side --- getting up at four a.m. to feed the cows, or walking to school with the grey muck on your shoes still drying. Boys don’t care about that stuff, but when you’re a girl, like me, it can be embarrassing to show up at school smelling like a barnyard.

Bread Over Troubled Water By Winnie Archer: Review/Giveaway/Recipe

by Cynthia Chow
& Winnie Archer

Ivy Culpepper’s to-do list is growing longer by the day, and it’s getting harder for her to decide what should take priority. Not only haven’t they finalized the menu or bread wall for Ivy’s engagement party to celebrate her upcoming nuptials to Miguel Baptista, they still haven’t even decided which of their respective dream homes to live in.

Munchies: Snacks and More

by Jim Mulligan

As the holiday season is in full swing and Christmas fast approaching, eating and snacking is surely a prominent feature of many of our lives. While not specializing in holiday eats specifically, a new shop is open in Reedley that seeks to quench your thirst, satisfy your sweet tooth, and satiate your craving for a tasty treat.

Christmas Mystery Short Story: Home for Christmas

by C.B. Peterson

The iron taste of blood filled Lyndsey’s mouth. The hit to her jaw must have been harder than she thought. She couldn’t see much more than large shapes out of her right eye. It was closing fast due to the swelling. The eye throbbed and burned at the same time. She held her arm across her abdomen where her ribs stabbed with pain. It hurt to breathe. She hoped they weren’t broken. Probably just severely bruised.

The Last Party By Clare Mackintosh: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa

Thirty-year-old Ffion (F?-on) Morgan has been divorced for a year and now living with her “mam” Elen. She is an adult, and in her defense, mentions it often, but her mother continues to be the same nosy, overprotective woman she was when Ffi Wyllt (Wild Ffion) earned her moniker. She has no children, doesn’t want any, but her sister Seren is a teenaged handful. Her dating life is more the “no entanglement” kind. But, of course, there are always surprises.

Murder on the Widow’s Walk By Christine Knapp: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Kathleen Costa

Maeve O’Reilly Kensington is a midwife, a career often misunderstood in the modern world of medicine, but she and her colleagues are quite popular at Creighton Hospital in the seaside town of Langford, Massachusetts. Her husband Will Kensington decided to follow his culinary dreams instead of joining his family’s investment firm, but recently his business took a huge blow to its reputation after being connected to a murder.