No Book Review Today – It’s About Books

Unfortunately I haven’t finished any books for review this week although I seem to have started several and have not found the time to complete reading any of them. Interests occasionally fall in other areas instead.

Recently I responded to a new author about beta reading and that will soon be sent to my inbox to read and comment on. I am anticipating this author’s book with some excitement. The author has a nonfiction book out that is somewhere on my TBR list for the next month, after I finish the ones I’m currently reading. This is unusual for me. Normally I am a one book at a time reader and I finish them quickly. For some reason I have gotten distracted and started more than one. Life, I guess, sometimes gets in the way and I start a book then have to set it aside for life demands and forget I’ve started it. Then when the life demands are settled I decide to read again and picked up a new book. The cycle starts over and I repeat the same trend beginning a third book. I do believe that is how many I’ve started and haven’t finished.

This week I participated in some conversations on one of the Facebook groups for readers that I am a member of. Someone asked the group if they read indie authors and I was somewhat amazed at the number of people who actually do enjoy indie authors. The conversation turned to which indie authors they read. I of course had a long list of my favorite indie authors and their books of several genres that I wrote about. I got replies that some of them have read some of the authors I mentioned. I won’t list them here because I read a lot of indie authors and I could not list them all. But I did promote those that I feel are among the best of their genre.

I also had a private conversation with another reader asking about a certain genre and gave that reader the name of an author and a series that I felt would meet the expectation of the reader for that genre.

Am I being vague enough? That is meant to be funny. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings about not mentioning their books even though I may enjoy reading them. One can only promote so many names in a short time and how I choose those I do promote privately has little to do with the quality of other authors work. Thus, my public promotion is of those books I read and review. Even months after my reviews I see that those posts get viewed now and then and there is even an occasional click to the buy link. It sometimes surprises me that a book review I did in my early blog posts will get views. It is my hope that I’m becoming a better reviewer as time passes. Sometimes I wonder though. I’ll have to go back and read some of my earlier reviews and make an assessment myself.

Someone out there in my social media circles was talking about reading traditionally published books and indie published books. I seldom read a traditionally published book anymore. There are so many good indie authors and I like to help that struggling community of literary artists. My budget is limited so for me the best use of my money for reading is Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. I know there are a lot of people who are dissatisfied with Amazon and I wish I had the resources to buy books outright, but, like many retired grandmas I live on a limited budget. Occasionally at a thrift store or Half Price books I’ll find something that has been traditionally published that I want to read and I’ll buy it. I have four I purchased the last time I bought from a thrift store that I still haven’t read. I’ll get to them one day.

Hopefully this coming week I’ll finish at least one of the books I’m currently reading and have a book review for all my followers and readers. In the mean time, read something and write a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or some other forum for book reviews. It helps other readers decide whether they too want to read a book. Happy reading!


Grandma Peachy

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Monday Morning Reflections

Sometimes we take on things that seem to be easy and once we get started we realize that it isn’t as easy as we thought. That is what has happened with the “Fruit of the Spirit” series I decided to write. Maybe if I went back and looked at the first few I’d be inclined to rewrite them because as I’m going through, and there are only two more to write, I’m finding that I am learning more than I knew before I began. This has been causing me to delve into just what the verses in Galatian 5:22-23 really mean. I thought I knew, but, in delving into the meanings of the Greek words used I’m finding that my understanding was limited. Just like the part I wrote on kindness and goodness, I’m finding gentleness not as easy as I imagined. It is more complex than the English word would indicate. Hopefully by next week I’ll have it completed.

This week is supposed to be warmer than it has been for the last few days. I tend to spend more time outside when the weather is a bit warmer. It warmed up on Sunday afternoon a little and I spent time out in the sunshine to get some of that healthy sunshine vitamin. It made me feel better overall. The cold dreary days when I stay inside more tend to dampen my mood somewhat.  If it’s cold I only go out when I need something at the store, I even forget to pick up the mail. I’m not even sure when the mail box was last emptied.  I guess I really should do that today.

Over the weekend I decided that this winter I am not going to be cold all the time. For three years I’ve wanted to purchase myself insulated bib overalls much like my husband wears. The first year by the time I decided to look for some on-line they were  sold out of any that would fit me, be in a color I liked and was at a price I felt was reasonable. The next two years I did not feel I could afford it even at a reasonable price. This year I looked early, found a reasonable price in a color I liked and a size that should fit my short frame. So, I ordered them and they should be here before the weather gets too cold again. I’m happy, they should last for several years. After all I’m not going to be working in them, just keeping warm in them.

Again I review my life and find that I need to get myself on a schedule of some sort. Without some kind of plan I find that I waste a lot of time. My downfall is YouTube videos. I do watch those that I learn from, mostly Biblical based teachings, but, I need to start limiting the time I spend doing that because, honestly, I’m not getting much else done. I’ve got projects to complete and books to read and other things I’d like to do. Like re-pot several of my houseplants that really do need to be put in bigger pots.  I need to balance out the time I spend doing different things. I think I had this same problem last year too. Maybe it’s a lifelong problem, just different things capture my time and I become obsessed with something different at different times in my life.  Must be a personality flaw.

Well, that is my Monday morning ramblings. Have a great week everyone!


Grandma Peachy


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Author Interview: Pres Maxson

Author Interview: Pres Maxson


I want to welcome Pres Maxson here today on Peachy’s Insights. Pres is originally from Riverwoods, IL, got his degree in English from the University of Iowa, and currently lives outside Indianapolis. He just released his second novel, Pigeon, an absurd mystery set in Paris.

PM: Thank you so much for having me! I’m a big fan of yours. I’m wondering how I make this interview go viral in a “Tom Cruise standing on Oprah’s couch” kind of way. Can your readers tell I’m standing on my couch right now?

GP:  (laughing) I can see that we are going have fun today. But, let’s get into the Q&A.

Every author I know is an avid reader since childhood. What was it about the first book to capture your interest and launch you into a life of reading?

PM: <Still standing on couch> I’m not sure I remember. I suppose my earliest instance would have been my father reading Hardy Boys stories to me. Those were always gripping, and I loved them. I also loved biographies of historical figures and YA novels about baseball when I was in elementary school and junior high.

GP:   Biographies and historical stories seem to intrigue young minds, for me it was the mountain men and trappers in early American history.

Authors usually have personal stories of when they first began writing and often just how awful that first one was when they go back to look at it again.  When did you begin to write stories and how has your writing changed since that first story you ever wrote?

PM:  <Dancing around on couch with no music playing> I’ve really been writing stories as long as I can remember, and I feel as though they’ve always evolved. I think my first ones of any length probably started happening when I was 12 or 13. Although they weren’t good, I think I recognized even then that the only goal was to write for my own enjoyment. And in a way, that’s an important part of art I still believe in. With “Pigeon,” there was no agenda other than to write something I would want to read myself.

GP: Pres, if you were one of my grandchildren I’d tell you to stop jumping on the couch, but, it is your couch, so…

I think everyone has a mentor or two in their lives. Do you have author mentors and which authors have had the greatest influence on your writing and in what way did that influence manifest? Do you mentor anyone yourself?

PM: <Climbs off of couch, massages cramp out of leg> Sure, I’m inspired by many writers, almost everyone I’ve ever read in one way or another. I love reading classic literature: Hemingway, Hugo, Dashiell Hammett, Kurt Vonnegut—but I’m keenly aware I don’t write like any of them. And I can’t say I even try anymore. Here in Indianapolis, I’m inspired by Ryan Felton, who wrote “Good-bye Garden” and the upcoming “The Man Who Ran For God.” We’re co-workers who write for a living from 9-5, so I suppose it’s natural that he inspires me, but he’s clever and prolific with his writing in his passion projects, and I admire that.

GP:  The authors you read are some of the great classics. I think the only one I’ve not read is Hammett, but, who knows maybe I just don’t remember. Personally, reading your recent work, “Pigeon,” it reminded me of some Douglas Adams works I’ve read. Your characters were a bit on the eccentrically extreme.

What do you find the most difficult about character development, especially those of the opposite gender?

PM:  <Doing various stretches and lunges> I definitely think it’s harder for me to write for the opposite sex, or any other demographic that isn’t my own. But, I’ve been trying to stretch myself to do just that, especially in “Pigeon.” It’s difficult because those characters have a different perspective from my own, and that takes a lot of thought and care. I have definitely battled inauthenticity with those characters, and getting it 100% right is an ongoing learning process. But I think “Pigeon” is my best attempt yet.

GP:  I read “Pigeon” and reviewed it recently. It was a very humorous and light-hearted detective story. What would you call the style of writing and what inspired you to write in the style that you chose for “Pigeon?”

PM: <Starts baking a birthday cake> In terms of the style, I suppose it’s humor. Maybe absurdism. Is that a thing? For the voice itself, I wanted something easy to read. Irreverent but not disrespectful. I just felt that it had to be fun. I can’t say any one thing inspired me to approach the project that way, other than a desire to just write something true to my personality.

GP: “Pigeon was certainly all those things and a really fun read for me. Is there a birthday party after this?  Oh, yes, next question…

As a quilter I have a bunch of unfinished projects (over 10) that we like to call UFO’s for Un-Finished Objects. Do you as an author have unfinished written works that you’ve set aside? If so, what made you put them aside and what do you think would inspire you to finish them?

PM: <Does about 1.5 pushups, lies on floor panting> I actually don’t have very many unfinished creative projects, and none of them are writing. “Pigeon” wound up being the last step in a long evolution of an unfinished project. I also like to play music and do a little painting, and I have plenty of small projects in both of those veins that aren’t finished, but it’s just not what I’m gravitating towards in this moment. Maybe when our kids are older I’ll be able to devote some time to them. Maybe in 20 years.

GP:  You are going to exhaust yourself with all that activity. It’s a bit distracting, you know, when your interview guest won’t sit still. Much like my grandchildren.

Just for fun, here’s something I’d like to know. What would your ideal personal library look like? What books would be must haves in that library?

PM:  <Starts juggling a watermelon, banana cream pie, and a bowling ball> Dangerous question for people who love to read. Almost anything from Dashiell Hammett, “The Sun Also Rises” and “A Moveable Feast” from Hemingway, “Bel Ami” from Guy de Maupassant, “Mother Night” from Vonnegut, “The Iowa Baseball Confederacy” from W.P. Kinsella, just because it really sparked my imagination in college and is set in my beloved Iowa City. I’d also put a lot of historical nonfiction and biographies in it. Love reading about Lincoln and revolutionary-era America.

GP:  Great choices! I’m sure it would be a wonderful library. Now, could you give us some final thoughts that you would like to share and tell us how we can find your books and any author pages or blogs that you have.

PM:  <Does a hand stand, tap dances on ceiling> Final thought: Be excellent to one another, and party on, dude. Find “Pigeon” at, and see my author page at and hear my bad billion-dollar business ideas at

GP:  I want to thank you, Pres, for taking the time to be here today and sharing with my followers. It’s been fun and I hope everyone else enjoyed this time with you.

PM:  <out of breath from all the unnecessary physical work of this interview> Thank… you… for… having… me. Good luck!… with your 10… unfinished quilts.

GP: Can I say I told you so? Thank you for the encouraging word, quilts don’t finish themselves for sure. With winter coming upon us here maybe I’ll get a few done. But first, I think I’ll go read my daughter’s copy of “Bender At The Bon Parisien” now.

Hope my readers and followers have enjoyed this interview as much as I have.

Happy Reading and Blessings to all,

Grandma Peachy


Please check out my recent review of “Pigeon” here:

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Fruit of the Spirit (Part 6) Faith/Faithfulness

Galatians 5:22-23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,[a] 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

In the verses above the Holman translation uses faith, the King James Version uses faithfulness. From the Strong’s this is what we find:

G4102 πίστις pistis; … persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: – assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

I believe the more accurate translation is faith. Faith is spoken of often in the scripture. The apostle Paul defined faith in Hebrews 11:1 as the “substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.”  Some versions say the “reality of things hoped for and the proof of things unseen.” In either case, faith is the absolute belief that something is true. In this case that the Word of God, scripture is true, God is real, and that his Son, Yeshua, died for our sins and was raised on the third day to conquer sin and death. It is by our faith we have proof of the reality of what we believe. Yeshua said that he is the truth.

Yeshua said,  “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:16 HSCB)

Faith produces righteousness. In Habakkuk 2:4 it says that the righteous one lives by faith. Abraham is a good example. In Genesis 15 Abram was promised by God that he would have offspring that would be more numerous than the stars of the sky. It continues to say that Abram believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness. In my תא Cepher it says that “he believed in Yahuah; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” At that point Abram had faith that God would do what he said. Later, after his son was born, God told Abraham (his name God had changed by then) to sacrifice his son of promise and Abraham did not hesitate to obey. He knew that Yahuah would provide and I’m sure he knew God was capable of raising his son from the dead. He had faith in God that what he had already promised, he would do. God stopped Abraham when he already had his son on the alter and instead provided a ram instead.

I desire to have faith as strong as Abraham’s. My life however shows that I’m not there yet. To each is given a measure of faith, I ask for a greater measure, but, God knows my heart and he has only given me so much. To whom much is given, much is expected.

It is through faith in Yeshua that we are saved from sin. Faith is part of the armor we are to put on every day. It is our shield to protect us from the things that the evil one throws at us. Our faith keeps us from being fearful because we trust the one in whom we believe and have faith. The terrible things that happen in the world will not cause us to be fearful because of that faith. Truly, that is one thing that I personally have not experienced, being fearful. All my life I have not had fear even in times when maybe I would have had cause. In the midst of a robbery when I was in my 20’s in response to something the robber said to me when he had a gun pointed at my head I told him that God takes care of me, this, when I was still very much an infant in my faith. There have been many times in my life that for others the circumstances would cause them to be fearful, but, because of my faith in my Lord and Savior, Yeshua, Jesus, I never thought to be afraid of what would happen.

By faith I know that I am a child of God, that he has promised me eternal life with Yeshua in paradise. People without faith, who do not believe, will dismiss this as myth, wishful thinking, whatever. But, I know, I’ve seen his hand in my life, for big things and for small things, daily he makes his presence known. My faith shows me just how real our Creator God is and just how much he loves us. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that anyone who believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. There is much more to this thought in the 13th chapter of John.

Open your heart to Yeshua, Jesus, and believe in him, believe that he died for your sins. For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and the wages of sin is death. His death, as the only perfect and sinless man to ever walk the face of this planet, was the only sacrifice needed for all of us. He raised again from the dead to conquer sin and death for all of us. All we have to do is accept the free gift of salvation which is eternal life with him.  Anyone who confesses with his mouth that Jesus died for our sins and believes in his heart that God raised him from the dead will be saved. Once you’ve accepted that salvation, then faith will keep you. Read scripture daily, pray daily. Talk to God, he is your friend, he loves you, he listens to you and anything that you ask of him according to his will in the name of Yeshua, Jesus his Son, he will do. That isn’t a shopping list by the way, that is in reference to doing the things that Jesus did.

John 14:12-14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Praying in Jesus’ Name

12 “I assure you: The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

Believe in Yeshua and have faith.

Grandma Peachy

P.S.  I recommend for new believers the first thing to read would be the Book of John in the New Testament. Then use a plan to read the entire Bible. Then do it again and again and again. You get something new every time you read through it. Bible Gateway offers free online Bibles in a number of translations, as well as a couple of audio versions, several Bible reading plans, study resources including commentaries, ways to engage in scripture, and a blog. I like to listen to the King James Version because the reader, Max McLean, does a wonderful job.  There is another resource, e-Sword, that only has the King James Version, but, within that you can pull up scripture with the Strong’s Concordance references and see the Hebrew or Greek word that was translated and read the full definition.


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Book Review: Siren Song by Markie Madden

Siren Song (The Undead Unit Book #4) by Markie Madden

Siren Song by Markie Madden coverI’ve read all the previous books in The Undead Unit series. The relationships of the main characters is amazing.  A team that is exceptionally close as you would expect of law enforcement partners.  I love Kazz, the shifter, with her unquenchable appetite. She is quite an entertaining character. I’ve enjoyed the entire series though I did not feel this one was quite up to the quality of the previous books in the series. Don’t get me wrong, the plot was still good and her characters remained consistent with their development in the series.

I felt that there was an inordinate amount of dialogue used to promote the SPCA, assuming it will still be in existence in a hundred plus years. Too much about the character’s pets was included that I felt did not add to the story. There was also a number of mentions of service dogs in the story. Those moments were a little awkward in my opinion. The timing was rather early for the characters who would need them and nothing was said about the training the humans need when getting a service dog. This too did not substantially add to the plot. I’m not against the mission of these organizations, but, when their inclusion does not for the most part add to the plot or character development then a passing mention is more appropriate in my opinion.

Other than those elements I enjoyed the story and read it straight through. The idea of a siren in the role of a famous musician is consistent with the traditional mythology of sirens.  In a time when supernaturals are recognized and openly integrated into society the talents and abilities of those so gifted often would determine their occupational choices.

The series is appropriate for teens and adults who enjoy detective novels with a paranormal twist.


Grandma Peachy

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Divisiveness in Society

There is so much division within our society. Reading comments and heated arguments on various social media outlets I can see that things are declining. I would venture to guess pretty rapidly too. The recent mass shooting in Las Vegas has again brought the arguments about additional gun control laws to the forefront. Instead of being compassionate for the victims and their families affected by this tragedy people are arguing about banning the sort of weapons used. I say that is not the solution, but, those who are convinced that more gun laws are the solution simply do not want to listen to other opinions. They are blinded to reality. Criminals are just that, criminals, and no amount of gun laws will keep firearms out of the hands of criminals. The only thing gun laws do is keep the honest citizen from owning them. How does that help? It doesn’t.

Then there are the myriad opposing militant groups out there. I won’t even begin to list them, anyone who reads this will know the groups that are always on the forefront of the news. The divisive, angry, destructive and quite vocal people, who are most likely influenced by media, are always in the news. The people and groups who would like to unite us are not newsworthy. Instead the news outlets, both mainstream and alternative, cover the activities of these divisive groups ad nauseum. There are so few good reports of what people do who care and help one another, who are united in an effort for public good.

Politics, oh my! This has to be among the most divisive topic out there. Conservatives and liberals both, regardless of where they stand, refuse to listen to anything the another side has to say. Are there any truly free thinkers out there? So many are wrapped up in their own agendas that they can’t even begin to see another’s point of view.  Our government is corrupt on all sides. At this point I believe that politicians on both sides are in favor of the New World Order agenda. That agenda is not in the best interests of ordinary people. However, in the end the Bible does state that there will be a one world government and a one world religion (Revelation 13).  I’m not a Bible scholar, but, I don’t think that now is the time for that system to manifest, though it is not too far into the future.

What I do know is that rational, peaceful people need to distance themselves from those who cause divisions. Divisions are not healthy for us as individuals nor for society as a whole. In this age we are seeing much violence because of divisive influences in our world.

Romans 16:17-18 Revised Standard Version (RSV)
17 I appeal to you, brethren, to take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded.

To be united even in our diversity is a much better way of life. We are humans, created in the image of God.

Psalm 133:1 King James Version (KJV)
133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

This is what you get when I go onto a graveyard schedule with my DH. Middle of the night contemplations and ramblings. Blessing and peace to all of you my readers and followers.

Blessings and love,

Grandma Peachy

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Mass Shooting Thoughts

I was saddened to hear this morning about the mass shooting in Las Vegas at the outdoor concert festival. Looking at various news reports on-line and the myriad comments I felt that I would give my thoughts in a forum where there isn’t so much anger and hatred voiced.

First and foremost my prayers are going up to the Heavenly Father for all those who lost loved ones in this mass shooting, for healing for all those who were wounded, and for all those who are affected by this senseless act of violence. People who where there but managed to get out without being wounded will have emotional scars and my prayers for their healing are included.

There is some speculation that the man who did this was ex-military. I don’t know and won’t until reports confirm this. But, if that is the case, then my thought is that we are not providing enough support for our veterans. Could this act have been the result of mental illness suffered as the result of his military service? Possibly. (Update: it seems that he was not ex-military from news reports. We are being told he had antifa literature in his hotel room and ISIS claimed he had converted to Islam a couple months before. I have no clue if that claim is really true. Many are claiming there is something odd about the whole incident. To that I have no comment.) 

Many who hear about this will be talking about gun control. These people simply do not understand that gun control laws only keep guns out of the hands of ordinary, responsible citizens. Criminals can get their weapons on the black market and there is no law that could ever be passed that will prevent the black market from trading in weapons. Look at Chicago with the strictest gun control laws in the country and one of the highest violent crime rates in the country. Have those gun control laws helped at all? I think not. One individual with a cache of weapons does not mean that gun control laws will have any impact on the problem. I think the problem goes much deeper.

Months ago during my morning devotion and prayer time the Holy Spirit told me that the evil that is in this world is greater than any of us can imagine. When people speculate about a ‘deep state’ being behind things like this shooting, I can imagine that as a possibility. I can also imagine that the man was possessed of an evil spirit and he was not in control of his thoughts. There are many possibilities and we probably will never know why this man committed this heinous crime. He’s dead, they say he probably took his own life. There will be no answers that make sense.  (Update: According to later reports the police officers who were part of the take down team shot him because he was shooting at them. I wasn’t there so I just have to take their word for it.)

What do I think is really the cause? When Yeshua answered the question his disciples asked about the signs of his return and the end of the age he told them that lawlessness would increase.

Matthew 24:11-13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

11 Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.

We’ve been told, we need not be surprised when these acts of violence occur. Saddened, prayerful, but not surprised, we’ve been warned. More of these things will happen, regardless of what we do.  I don’t want to be a doom and gloom person. Individually we have hope. Our hope is in Yeshua, our redeemer and our salvation. The Son of God who came to earth as a man, preached repentance to his people, died on a cross for our sins, rose again conquering sin and death for us and was taken up into heaven. He will return again, this time not as a suffering savior, but as a conquering King.  Evil will have no place in his Kingdom.  Accept Yeshua as your Savior to be the Lord of your life so you can have eternal life in the place he prepares for you in paradise.

Blessings to all and prayers for all affected by the Las Vegas shooting,

Grandma Peachy

Romans 10:9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.


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