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Everyone Has a Story

Everyone Has a Story

Whether a bit of non-fiction or a piece of fiction, everyone has a story to tell. Whether writer, author, or neither, everyone has words to share. The Lily Cafe is a small blog, but I’d like it to be a place for anyone with a […]

Book Review: The Cosmic Misfortunes of the Furious Ginger by S. J. Maddock

Book Review: The Cosmic Misfortunes of the Furious Ginger by S. J. Maddock

Title: The Cosmic Misfortunes of the Furious Ginger Author: S. J. Maddock Publisher: Self-published Publication date: August 29, 2019 Genre: Science Fiction Summary: Ginger-haired Kimchi McQuade is a lackluster longevity scientist seeking the key to immortality. Due to his research interest, he is quickly tapped by the mysterious Order of the […]

Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 14

Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 14

(Chapter 6 continued) Robert smiled at her as he went to grab a pastry. “Congratulations. You survived meeting my mother. And you must have made an impression on her. She usually lingers, just to make my companion nervous.” Elaina smiled faintly, dipping a silver spoon […]

Balancing Blogging and Living, Part 2

Balancing Blogging and Living, Part 2

Life has a funny way of handing me lemons, sometimes asked for and sometimes not even close, and telling me to make lemonade. She’s determined to show me she knows what’s best for me, so who am I to argue? Apparently, it wasn’t enough for […]

The Damaging Effect a “Perfect Mother” Can Have on a Daughter

The Damaging Effect a “Perfect Mother” Can Have on a Daughter

A perfect mother is a woman who can cook, clean, care for her kids, love her husband, and get involved with the community with a seemingly unlimited amount of energy, good will, and a boundless grace. Not only does she dress well, but her kids […]

Pumpkin Quick Bread

Pumpkin Quick Bread

I must thank Clever Girl Writes for this idea. I’m not a big fan of pumpkin. I enjoy one pumpkin pie a year, right around Thanksgiving, otherwise I couldn’t care less about it. But now I have some guinea pigs…excuse me, my husband’s colleagues, who […]

Book Review: The Impossible Contract by K. A. Doore

Book Review: The Impossible Contract by K. A. Doore

Title: The Impossible Contract Author: K. A. Doore Publisher: Macmillan-Tor/Forge Publication date: November 12, 2019 Genre: Fantasy Summary: Book 2 in the Chronicles of Ghadid series, it takes place a few years after the events of the first book, The Perfect Assassin. This time, the story is centered on Thana, […]

Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 13

Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 13

(Chapter 6 continued) Robert laughed as he held out a chair to her, the one facing the door. “My mother’s idea. The women usually expect the grand dining room with the mile long table, extravagant foods, and servers at five foot intervals. This is her […]

Balancing Blogging and Living

Balancing Blogging and Living

On Tuesdays, I usually share the stories, writing related posts, book reviews, and book releases I’ve come across over the past week. Last week I was fortunate to host an author and his nonfiction book Taking Action for a Better Tomorrow. I had planned on doing another […]

Finding Magic in Motherhood, Part 9: The Moment of Truth

Finding Magic in Motherhood, Part 9: The Moment of Truth

The day of our 8 week ultrasound was cold and sunny with a thick layer of snow on the ground. Even though it had stopped snowing, my husband’s place of work was closed for the day. I can’t tell you how grateful I was because, […]

Adventures in Ratio Baking: Time for Muffins

Adventures in Ratio Baking: Time for Muffins

My husband has work meetings that occur right around lunchtime. He told me it was making him lose focus because he hadn’t eaten anything since breakfast, so I offered to start baking for his meetings. He thinks it’s nice of me. I think it’s nice […]

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