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Born in 1964, I was adopted into Sacramento, CA. family. After moving to southern California and starting school in the lovely mountain town of Crestline, my parents separated and we moved back to Sacramento One of the first of America’s broken families; my brother and I grew up in poverty in the hood of Sacramento. I lived a part of her life abroad; in W. Germany, were my daughter was born, and then back state side in a quiet community of Washington State, before we eventually ended up back in California. I am mother to two great people and one very awesome granddaughter. I live in a small gold rush and logging community in the foothills of the sierra. There we learned how to live without TV and video games. We replaced white sugar with honey and pasteurized cow milk for fresh from the goat milk. I am country girl who loves books, great stories, ghostie stories, growing my own food, animals of all shapes and sizes, sustainable living and family.

Story: Please don't run that way!

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Reviews

Sheila E

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Very Funny had me rolling....

Toolbox

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Fun Read. Good character development. I liked when Ernest fell off the cliff. Serves him right!

kellygurl

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I loved it!! It immediatly drew me in... I felt like I knew these people in this story;) way to go!! I can't wait to read more of your stories, great job!!

Jill Amber Menard

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I really enjoyed reading your bio and have to say there are quite a few similarities in our lifestyles (I grew up without TV and diet choices (I don't eat sugar or cow's dairy either)! I really loved your nature descriptions in this story - you really carried me away from civilization and put me deep in the woods. I was so scared at the end that something had happened when Ernest fell over the cliff - way to keep the reader on the edge of their seat!! I was a bit surprised by the magnitude of conflict between them at the campsite. Perhaps you could include a little more background into their relationship and his tendency to have anger management problems earlier in the story. It just seemed to appear out of nowhere and he seemed so incredibly angry and I wasn't sure why. There is some great dialogue but it doesn't appear until almost halfway into the story. It'd be good to engage us more with the characters right from the start with some strong dialogue. But overall I was pulled in and really enjoyed this story. I look forward to reading more of your work!!!

Wendy S

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Wow that was an amazing story and yes I agree, check your campsite for dangers in the daylight so you don't fall off a cliff or something at night! Very well written and very well done! I look forward to more stories from you! if you could spare a minute or two would you please read my story "Hiding in Plain Sight" and leave a review please? Thank you~

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