Mozark Press is a small publishing company in central Missouri and the publisher for the Shaker of Margaritas series. These anthologies are available in paperback and digital versions for Nook and Kindle.
I'm excited about my latest book project. My brother Jimmy Capps and I both like to write ghost stories and for several years, I've been floating the idea of a ghost/paranormal book. He has sent me his stories and now I'm combing through mine.
We hope to have the book finished in time for--you guessed it--Halloween.
Stay tuned for more info as the project progresses.
I've had a lot of writing distractions over the years, but the one I have now is beyond crazy. I have two cardinals attacking my office window on a steady basis. Instead of just looking at the relaxing lilac bush, I'm constantly hearing a peck, peck, peck as first the male cardinal attacks his reflection and then the female. I've tried putting more objects on my window ledge, but that doesn't seem to slow them down. Sometimes when I have the light on in the room, they falter for a while.
The first day I took pictures. Little did I know I would have countless opportunities to take them. Go away birds! It's so hard to concentrate.
Well, have you made one of those writing resolutions? Is this the year you vow to finish your novel? How about submitting your work on a regular basis? Writers have several options for meeting their writing goals.
With the four book projects I juggled throughout most of the year, my writing went by the wayside. In 2013, I made great progress on my unfinished novel, but in 2014, I abandoned the project. Will this be the year, I get back in gear and finish that darn thing? I hope so!
I enjoyed editing That Mysterious Woman and working with the talented authors in the book. In my opinion, it is the best Shaker book to date, and it had some fantastic predecessors.
I'm not editing Well Versed this year. Hopefully, that frees up a block of time to work on writing. In 2014, I didn't write much. Somehow I found time to write a short essay and submitted to Chicken Soup for the Soul. My story "Under Control" was accepted for Thanks to My Mom. I'm looking forward to the anthology and sharing a story that gives my mom the credit she deserves for keeping Jim company when he couldn't stay alone.
Happy New Year, writers, and wishing you a year of successful writing.
30 Years of Cultivating Soils, Souls &
Minds, is the result of
contributions from many people. The contributors are Master Gardeners
of Greene County (MGGC) volunteers, leaders, and individuals who were
at one time Master Gardeners or who continue to be a Master Gardener
in other locations. Much of the material in this book was documented
in the original Chapter newsletters, The
Grapevine, and in minutes from
Board meetings and general membership meetings as well as numerous
personal interviews. The Grapevines
were skillfully “untangled” to give readers a true picture of the
rich history of this volunteer organization.
Master Gardener programs are offered by
the University of Missouri
Extension is a partnership between the University of Missouri and the
United States Department of Agriculture in cooperation with local
governments and local people. The Board of Curators of the University
established the Extension Division in 1910. Ever since then,
University of Missouri Extension has been helping people make their
This Anthology includes history dating back to
the Civil War time and gives great detail about how the
Dial-A-Gardener volunteer service was born and later became the
skeleton for developing into a Master Gardener program.
Three University of Missouri Extension
specialists have coordinated the Master Gardeners of Greene County
Chapter since inception in 1984. Open the pages of this book and read
about the development of the Chapter under the capable coordination
of John Lower, Gaylord Moore, and current coordinator Patrick Byers.
The reach of the programming of these three specialists has been
greatly expanded by the service of the Master Gardeners of Greene
Read further and learn about this service.
Demonstration gardens have provided a “living laboratory” of
horticultural expertise shared with the public. Drought tolerant
plants, herbs, ornamentals, fruits, vegetables, turf - all are
displayed and described. The Hotline, the “go to” source for all
things horticultural, annually assists over 1500 gardeners.
Volunteer-organized and executed displays, presentations, workshops,
tours, and writings reach thousands more of our citizens with
science-based, locally relevant information.
The reader will also note significant events
and developments in the Chapter history. The Master Gardeners of
Greene County have hosted the Missouri Master Gardeners State
Conference three times, in 1998, 2006, 2013. And with style – the
most recent conference attracted over 400 attendees who went home
afterward with a greater appreciation of horticulture, Ozarks-style!
The Chapter was a founding partner in support of the
Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and enjoys a close
relationship with the many gardens and groups associated with the
In between the lines of this book are years of
dedicated service – intellectual, physical, sometimes sweaty,
always with style! This book is dedicated to the many volunteers of
the Master Gardeners of Greene County who have served our citizens so
If you enjoy gardening, volunteering or
history, you will certainly find this book an outstanding read.
My long awaited copies of That Mysterious Woman arrived today. I must say the cover is stunning and the stories are entertaining. It was my pleasure to edit these stories.
Some of the stories have a paranormal
flare—“An Aura of Death” by Carolyn Mulford, “The
Disappointment of Heaven” by David Aycock, “Trompe L’Oeil” by
Steven Clark, and “Rearview Mirror” by Sharon Woods Hopkins.
Humor is evident in several of the
stories including—“The Damn Diva” by Kari Wainwright and “Bob,
Old One Eye, and the Pirate Queen” by Cathy C. Hall.
Daughters solve mysteries in “Sins of
the Daughter” by Donna Volkenannt, “Wishing for Ignorance” by
E. B. Davis, “The Photograph,” by Susan E. Thomas, and “At
Storm’s End” by Harriette Sackler.
Husbands and wives vie for the upper
hand in “Trophy Wife,” by Frank Watson, “Sauna” by KM
Rockwood, and “Deception at Mallard Cove,” by Linda Fisher.
Retribution always has a place in
mysteries, and revenge is sweet in “Remember Me?” by Georgia
Ruth, “Triumvirate” by Suzanne Lilly, “The Hot Buns of Fate,”
by Jennifer Jank, “The Butterfly Dress,” by J.D. Frost, and
“Moving On” by Paula Gail Benson.
Watch as clues sprinkle the
investigative path as amateur detectives analyze information in
“Bess Harding, Mystery Queen” by Karen Mocker Dabson, “Pickled”
by Edith Maxwell, “Dictation of Death” by Lisa Ricard Claro, and
“Yolanda Karp Finds Her Inner Sleuth,” by Martha Rosenthal.
Stories fraught with twists and turns
include “The Zookeepers,” by Eileen Dunbaugh, “Trial Run” by
Mary Ellen Martin, “Cups” by Mitch Hale, “If Not for the Dog”
by Rosemary Shomaker, and “All Dressed Up” by Caroline Dohack &
Jodie Jackson, Jr.
Each author brings a particular talent
to his or her story in the anthology. That Mysterious Woman is
a great read!