If you build it…



Friday was officially the first day of spring, and though the temperatures haven’t quite caught on yet (last night was a chilly eighteen degrees!) my thoughts have turned to all things outdoorsy and I am eagerly awaiting the flurry of activity my five acres will soon become. As the earth begins to awaken, I sit on my back porch, binoculars in hand, watching as mothers of every kind begin preparing homes for their young.


I do my best to help the process along. I plant honeysuckle and cone flowers to attract birds and butterflies to my backyard sanctuary, leaving plenty of brushy areas to provide shelter and privacy for deer, rabbits and skunks.


This winter was a tough one all the way around and the shortage of building materials brought us some uninvited guests. A family of beavers crossed the creek and helped themselves to many of our poplars. Living in the country, you take the good with the bad, I suppose.



If I had to advertise to attract desirable tenants, I suppose my ad would look something like this:

Luxury High Rise Condos
Luxury High Rise Condos



Coming this Spring — Luxury High-Rise Condos with Creek-Side View!

Twelve clean, comfortable units. Great for families. Within walking distance to wildflower gardens. Nightly all you can eat Mosquito buffet!



Quaint cottage in peaceful, private setting. Move-in condition!


Charming older home
Charming older home



This older home located in beautiful Lily Gardens offers three charming units. Rain-proof. Cat-proof. Nearby baths and feeders. Nesting materials not included.


But of course, that wouldn’t be necessary. Like the famous line from Field of Dreams says: If you build it, they will come.


I have built it.

And I’m so looking forward to their arrival.  


New Review for WFTR

I just got this awesome review from The Ebook Guru. Check it out!


Waiting for the Rain by M. Jean Pike – Fiction eBook Review

Here’s a book that anyone who enjoys a great Romance novel will not want to miss. It’s actually a Paranormal/Romance published by Champagne Books. The book is called Waiting for the Rain, by M.Jean Pike, and I am highly recommending this one to anyone who enjoys either genre.

 On a normal day I likely wouldn’t say that I am a Romance reader, but I did enjoy this book.

Waiting for the Rain tells the story of Willow Mackenzie. A woman who is suffering from, and possibly dying from, cancer and who is generally lost on what path her life should take. That is until she meets Darby Sullivan, and her life begins to take a turn for the better. I’m not going to give away the storyline. All I will say beyond what I already have is that this one is a Romance novel with a paranormal twist. The book contains just the right mix of suspense, paranormal, and romance to make it one that will appeal to many readers and not just romance fans.

This was another one of those books that I had trouble putting down. I finished from front to back in 2 days (I had to sleep somewhere in between), and with every page I found myself wanting to read more. All-in-all Waiting for the rain is a great read, and this is one book that I think anyone could enjoy. It’s especially one that romance readers won’t want to miss! An Excerpt from Waiting for the Rain

“This is it, an inner voice whispered. This is the home I have searched for. The home I have waited a lifetime to find. The thought came with an intensity that surprised her. She certainly hadn’t come up Baker’s Gully Road looking for a cottage to rent.

A crack of thunder tore through the quiet, pulling her from her thoughts. The dog barked. Gazing across the yard, she saw him waiting just beyond the house, at the end of a rutted dirt path, his tail beating furiously. Feeling the first drops of rain splash her face, she opened her umbrella and hurried toward him.

The path led through a grove of pine trees, then to a covered bridge that spanned a wide, chortling river. Just beyond the bridge, Willy could see another cabin, this one made of logs. Most of the dwelling was concealed by trees, but the thin curl of smoke escaping the chimney told Willy the cabin was inhabited. The dog stopped in mid-stride and pricked up its ears, then took off on a dead run toward the cabin. Willy followed at a slower pace, wondering where the old dog got his energy.”


First Pro-review For Shadow Lake!!

My first professional review has come in for Shadow Lake and I’m over the moon!

Shadow Lake

By M. Jean Pike

Black Lyon, April 2009

Contemporary Romance

Buy Link: Available April 1

Shadow Lake
Shadow Lake

Author website: http://mjeanpike.freewebs.com



Finding time to read is a priority for me—after the hubby, the kids, the house, errands, work…etc. I’m sure every woman out there is in the same fix. Finding time to do anything just for us is nearly impossible and for all us avid readers with a huge TBR (to be read) pile, it can be a little frustrating. Once I start a really great book, it’s hard for me to put it down and then come back to it later. I want to read it straight through, but that’s not always possible, especially with the longer stories. That’s why finding those shorter, little gems is always a thrill. M.Jean Pike’s Shadow Lake is a true gem. It’s the perfect length for unwinding with at the end of a long day or relaxing with on the weekend. Best of all, although a stand-alone story, it’s the first in a series.


In the year since her husband’s death, Emma Beckman has tried hard to regain some control over her life. After paying the hospital bills and other debts, she’s broke and living in a horrible apartment in an even worse neighborhood. Several failed job attempts have only added to her frustration and feeling of insecurity. Determined to give it one more try before being forced to seek help from her controlling mother, Emma drives out to Shadow Lake to apply for a position in the camp store.


A disastrous interview with the owner, sexy Shane Lucy, sends an angry Emma scurrying. Although hesitant when Shane offers a second chance and a new beginning, Emma knows she has little choice. Settling into her new job and making friends with Shane’s teenaged son, Mick, Emma is filled with hope that she can finally put her painful past behind her and move on.


When his ex-wife walked out on him and Mick years before, Shane built a protective wall around his heart and he intends to keep it intact. But then he hadn’t counted on meeting someone like Emma. He tries to fight his desire for her beauty, but her vulnerability and caring personality cracks his protective shell as nothing else could. Unfortunately Emma’s heart is still bruised and although terribly attracted to Shane, she isn’t ready for another relationship.


Romance lovers of all genres will adore Shadow Lake. It’s a true romance, but delves into the deeper issues of family, divorce, betrayal, loss, and suicide. M. Jean Pike’s writing has a magical way of drawing the reader in and holding them there until the final page is turned. The skillful plotting, lush descriptions, and charming cast of characters are enchanting. When turning that last page, readers will be left with wonderful sense of satisfaction and will eagerly look forward to the next in the series.



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