Book Lover’s Tag – for Lovers of reading


Book Lover’s Tag – for lovers of reading

Robbie Cheadle, author, reader, mother, teacher, and blogger at Robbie’s Inspiration, tagged me in this Book Lover’s Tag Tour. You can read Robbie’s answers to the Book Lover’s Tag post here:

As an avid reader, I just had to participate. Thank you for inviting me, Robbie!


Do you have a specific place for writing?

I mainly write on my computer in the computer room. as I am usually alone during the day and I tend to stay up late at night, I get a good bit of quality thinking / creative time.

Book mark or random pieces of paper?

I use scraps of paper and book marks, and many times envelopes. I realize I am hungry, thirsty or need to take Beau out for a potty break after hours of devouring books and grab up the first thing I find to mark my spot.

Can you stop anywhere or must it be at the end of a chapter?

I can stop anywhere. If I am invested in the story, I can pick right back up. If I decide to write or interact with the family, I might have to catch back up.  I am a bit of a flibberty gibbet. I bounce up and I bounce around, so I have to skim to find my last point.

Do you eat or drink whilst reading?

I do keep a bottle of water nearby. I do not eat while reading. I find it a distraction. When I read, I am all in.

Music or TV whilst reading?

Not usually. On occasion I have a song enter my head and dance around so I have to search it out and play it, but usually, I read in the quiet.  Otherwise, I am singing along not following the story.  I do sometimes listen to an audiobook while writing my own books. I listen to Thriller audiobooks and I write feel good fiction. So it somehow works.

One book at a time or several

I tend to have several going at a time. I keep a book on my bedside table for those have to hold a physical book in my hand moments, I keep one on my Kindle on my phone, one on my Kindle Fire, and one on my desktop in the Kindle reader.  I have to admit I have some also on iBooks on my phone.  I am not even going to mention the audiobooks I love to listen to.


Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?

I prefer to read anywhere I happen to be. I love that we can now read on the phone and Kindle as we stay mobile. It makes road trips so much more fun. Funny thing, I sometimes get carsick when reading on a long trip. Especially if there are curvy roads involved. Having a Kindle and phone means I can read at night without light.

Read out loud or silently?

I read silently, I will, however, scoff about a sentence and read it aloud to make myself laugh. My grandchildren think that is funny when I am in my room alone reading funny bits to myself.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

It is quite funny, I am intimidated by massive books so I will skim a bit until I am involved, then I will go back and reread. If it is a bit slow at the start, I skim. I don’t ever read the ending first. I am a bit of a purist about spoilers.

Break the spine or keep it new?

I try to keep them looking beautiful. I love having them on my shelves after reading and I do not want them looking scruffy.

Do you write in your books?

I do not write in books. I have journals for note taking and reference.

What books have you read recently?

I have been really involved in Children’s books and so I have been a bit heavy on the children and middle-grade books. I also have been enjoying :

last read


All time favorite book?

Every time I open a book I run into the possibility of a new favorite, that’s how I found,  Jessica Lost her Wobble by J. Schlenker and The BeeKeepers Daughter by Jane Jordan. But Dickens is the torch bearer. He is the one that begins and ends the favorites at the end of the day.

Jessica Lost Her Wobble by [Schlenker, J.]The Beekeeper's Daughter

My nominations for the Book Lover’s Tag are:

Colin Garrow – Author and reviewer

Orangutan Librarian Reviewer extraordinaire

Book Club Mom Prolific reader and reviewer

If you want to join in, please answer the above questions, link back to this page and then tag three new book lovers.

Have fun!

Vicki / /Sojourner


Books by Sojourner:

Pre-order When a Pachyderm Comes to Visit now for only .99. Prices go up after the September 26th launch. Find out what Michael needs a fairy intervention about. Dolcey is ready to help Michael recapture his dream. Won’t you come along for the adventure?


Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas?  Book 1 in the Docley series. Meet Docley and find out how her special brand of magic allows children to find the answers they seek.  Fun for all ages.


The Path of the Child. The coming of age story about Melanie and her struggle for freedom, happiness, and an opportunity for a real life. Uplifting with strong characters.

The Path of the Child by [McConnell, Sojourner]

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Character Vs. Role, & How to Apply One to the Other

Excellent character and character role lesson in this post.

A Wordie Discovery

There are two elements that make up every character ever – character and role.

Character refers to personality and nature, whereas role refers to the function and purpose that characters have in the grand scheme of things.

The two are of equal importance when crafting a literary character, and can be used to compliment or deflect each other in your writing.

For example, if you’re writing a suspense or mystery and do not wish to reveal who is the antagonist until toward the end of your story, you wouldn’t weave the antagonist’s vices and malicious intent into the literature in a way that blatantly exposes his/her role; not until you want to expose him/her. You would hide the antagonist’s purpose by masking his/her true character until a climactic confrontation is due, and you’d do that by sugar-coating the antagonist’s behavior and actions or completely keeping him/her out of the spotlight…

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Trouble in Thinks She Knows So Much Land. 

Had too much time on my hands.  So what else should I do but run about willy nilly on my admin settings?

Which means I clicked something that makes no sense to me. The question of the day becomes, “Why should I  be surprised when suddenly everything behaves wonky?”

Lesson learned, for today, anyway.

Crash “#$#$#” went the comments and notifications. I am still not sure what I clicked. At this point, I am just glad I found it to unclicked.  Comments and notifications are right back where they belong.

admin tools

Vicki’s Admin Tools







A Lovely Award Nomination!


Blogger recognition award


Thank you, Robbie Cheadle from Robbie’s Inspiration for nominating me for this award. Robbie was sweet enough to nominate me for this as I was recuperating from Mystery Thriller Week.  I really appreciate you thinking of me.
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While I was engrossed in MTW This happened!


Yes! I have over 1000 followers now. I love each one of you too. I mean you took the time to follow me and in return, I follow your blogs too.  I hope you are still happy with the content of the posts.

I am still loving reviewing books. Maybe I should explain that I am not a reviewer of analytical discussion and grammar policing. I am a reviewer that tells you why I loved, liked, or tolerated a book.

If I do not like the book or found it unappealing while reading, I do not post about it. My personal philosophy is: Why should I waste my energy and time to share a book that I found terrible?  Why even clutter my friend’s brains with the mundane and bad? You can go to other sites for that. Goodreads and Amazon are where you can find bad books.  Not on The Page Turner.

I also hope that you enjoy my little misadventures with my family, writing and learning processes.  There is something freeing about sharing a vacation, a productive day of writing, or just a fun day.

Thank you all for following me.  I enjoy your pages immensely and I hope you find something entertaining about mine.

Here is a rare picture: 


Mufasa sharing a Sweet Boy moment. (few and far between) 



Snap Chat Pop Quiz!


The correct answer is worth 50 points! 

Who’s that hiding under those glasses, that toboggan, and beard?



Why it’s Audrey Hepburn of course!  



An Hour with Vicki and Sojourner McConnell. Fun with Yvonne Mason

I was so honored to be asked by Yvonne Mason to be on her online radio program. She is a mystery/thriller writer in her own right, and I was excited to say yes.  I am starting her book The Mad Hatter this evening and I can’t wait.

The hour-long event was so fun. Once I put my nerves aside. I am not the most outgoing person, but I am in line for the most talkative award.  The interview was about my writing as Sojourner McConnell and I was able to share the story behind The Path of the Child. I was also able to discuss Mystery Thriller Week and my WIPs .

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WordPress Anniversary today!


7 Years


Seven years ago I found WordPress and I signed up. I had heard about blogs, but I had no true grasp of what they were. Nonetheless, I signed up. I posted 2 poems that I had written a couple of years before and had posted on my domain site, TontoCreations.

TontoCreations  was a fun place for me to write poetry, short stories, and colorful birthday pages to my family. A place to learn HTML and practice it on an unsuspecting family. In 2008 when I let that name domain go, I nosedived. It was a terrible time, an uncertain time and a time of fear. It was also a time of hiding. I did not want anyone to know I was sick. I tried to hide it. It was no use. I wasn’t able to function. Everyone knew I loved to write, create, and now I was not able to.  It was the elephant in the room. No one mentioned it yet, it was not to be overlooked.

I was in the process of getting sick that year. I was not functioning well at all and I was not able to focus enough to write, read or do my job. Especially no reading,  no  magazines, no books, no Bible, No reading at all. The words made me physically ill and I couldn’t understand the words.  It became obvious, Phoenix, we have a problem.

I was one sick puppy. Finding this website in 2009 made me feel that I could perhaps I could become active, alive and interested again. I had two poems from the TontoCreations days that I shared one on that day and one a few days later, after that, I never returned. It had not worked. I was breaking apart. Seven years ago next month I wrote my first book. I was becoming sicker and sicker as I wrote. That NoNoWriMo 2009 product was the last thing I wrote. I would get much sicker before I began to get better.

Everyone in Phoenix witnessed my decline. There was no more hiding the fact. Unable to work, unable to function in society or even in my own home  in 2010 I gave up my broken life in Arizona and relocated to my daughter’s house in Kentucky. For a year, I struggled, fought, and clung to the hope for a normal and happy life. It was not looking good even in a new state. I had brought my illness with me. It was not environmental I realized. It was internal.My life should have been good now. All three of my children were in the same state. I was with all my grandchildren. I expected miracles that never materialized. I was clinging to hope that I could find peace in writing, I began to write a new story in November 2011 during NaNoWriMo. I was able to write 50,000 words. I began to believe in hope.

I made a doctors appointment in October with a new and different type of doctor and saw her the first time in December. I had dreams of getting better. Until I had a personally devastating loss on December 2,2011 and I was once again unable to write. I again was broken and unable to function after only one month of writing. That NaNoWriMo 2011 story is lost and I suppose I am ok with that.

I saw  a new doctor for the first time the week of Christmas, December of 2011. She said she thought she knew what was wrong. She began to work with me to make me better, to make me come back to life. I have been working on coming back to life since that first appointment. I had to make some hard decisions and face some terrible truths. I struggled to regain joy and happiness. I struggled and lost myself into a pit of emptiness and numbness.I wasn’t living now, I was only breathing. Yet she continued to work with me, seeking answers trying various methods, encouraging me back to health.

The tide turned in December 2014, my sister and brother gave me a trip to see them in the Pacific Northwest. It was lovely to see them, but hard to hear that they could see the emptiness. I was a shell now and they saw it.They not only saw it they individually called me on it.  I visited, laughed, remembered silly memories, I listened to them, and longed to fight. I wanted to come back to life, my real life.

My sister gave me some reading glasses and a book and I was surprised to find I was able to read and enjoy a small book on the airplane from Washington to Kentucky.


I stumbled through that one book which took almost 5 hours to read. I finished the book on the plane and I picked up another book from my dusty bookcase as soon as I arrived home. I read it in four hours. It had been 6 years since I was able to read anything. Unable to find joy in words, to lose myself in reading. I began to hope I was going to be better. I knew I would not be well. Knowing that I would not be sick and miserable and cut off from reading made me feel hopeful for the first time in years.

May 2015, I had been reading the books in my bookcase for almost five months. I requested a library card and began to frequent the stacks picking up some of my favorite authors from the eighties and nineties, from an earlier time in which I enjoyed reading.

icon_goodreads_01   I remembered finding Goodreads in 2012, so I  returned, three years later and began documenting my books. In June, I began writing simple reviews. Letting me know what I had found interesting or good about a book. It found that I loved writing small simple reviews. I also liked the feeling of people liking my reviews. So I took more time with them. Added more feeling to the reviews and including what emotions the book created in me. I began to take pride in my reviews. I wanted the books to be loved by others as they were by me. It might only be fifty or one hundred words, but I was actually writing.

Last October 20, 2015, I was given a nice happy anniversary note from WordPress and decided to check it out, again. I found my abandoned poems and I posted a review of a book I had just finished reading. I wrote a few more reviews over the next few weeks and I was hooked.

It has been a fun year, with plenty of changes about how I write and what I write on here. Maybe now you understand why I was back home a year before telling about my Alaskan cruise. I long to share the beauty that is out in the world. The beauty of words, and the joy I find in discovery. I can’t stop writing. I am like a waterfall, words are flowing by the ton over my keyboard, and I find the beauty in it. The words are healing, perhaps they aren’t curative, but they are healing.

Life is funny, it takes you on twists and turns and sometimes you realize you have been going in a circle. From writing to mute, and back to writing.

One year later. I am still here. Writing, enjoying writing and totally engrossed in my daily life of writing, blogging and more writing.  It is a good place to be. I am finding joy in reading and writing. I may still struggle with the other aspects of life, but I have found joy and a lot of amazing and fun people, here on The Page Turner. Thank you for sharing my year!

I hope we share more funny moments, a lot more books, likes, comments, happiness, announcements,and visits. This is my story. I only share it with you. I do not share it on Facebook or other social places. I want my friends to know me, and to understand my journey.

Thank you for showing me love. I have felt your love and friendship and I give it right back to you.


500 Followers! Wow! I am so Honored!

I was about to log out for the night, and what happened when I checked my blog? I had 500 followers to start my day off right!  Thank you all and thanks to Kazelee28 for tipping me over to 501!


I can not tell you how thankful I am that you wanted to follow my blog. I am touched with the kindness and friendship that has been extended by everyone I have met here. WordPress is truly a wonderful place, filled with the cream of the crop when it comes to bloggers and visitors.

Thank you all again! I hope we keep visiting each other’s blogs and finding out more and more things we have in common.  I love you all! That is truly from my heart.


Blogger U Student

I am taking the Blogger U course that WordPress offers. This might help as I attempt to grow my blog.   It is going to be chock full of ideas, I can just feel it.  It starts off simple, but then don’t we all?   I am going to invite my daughter Casey, and my friend Cathy to attend with me. They are learning one post at a time to blog. As are we all!

I will also get a groovy little badge when I finish. I am all about the groovy badges!  If you are interested in learning more about blogging,  join me at the WordPress University. Perhaps I will learn how to compose a comment that doesn’t go directly into the blog spam folder.

The first lesson was to write a blog post, I have done that! YAY, easy peasy. This might be like taking a six-year-old Dalmation to obedience school for the first time. I hope I am able to change my spots and produce better, more interesting blog posts.  After all who ever heard of a leopard attending obedience training, therefore it had to be a dalmatian.

Wait, there was a change in plan. I am taking the basics of commenting. That is where I need help.  Plus I decided that since multitasking is so imperative to my lifestyle, I will take three courses at one.  On to photography, developing a good eye.  And Intermediate custom design. This will allow me to improve my HTML.

Just adding that to my Production Plan, July – October. Everything has a place on this list.  It makes me more organized and less stressed. If you can, you should make a nice three-month production plan. It allows you to see exactly what needs to be done.  Here is mine, small so you can’t see my super secret plans.    🙂

Production plan 7-10 2016

Enjoy your Sunday!  I may have a review coming later today. I have to finish writing it first.

Spam Folder Blues

If I were a songwriter, I would be grabbing my guitar and propping it in my lap in order to compose a little bluesy ditty I would call the Spam Folder Blues. It would begin with the simple verse:

I am a commenting fool when it comes to you. 

I comment when you make me smile.

I comment when it is worth my while.

All the words I write are true,

Yet  categorically considered Spam, by the Word Press Crew

I must write like a spammer, my words must be too few. 

I have the Spam Folder Blues! Oh yes, I’ver got the spam folder blues.


Take a moment to check your Spam folder and see what clever (in my mind) messages I left on your page.

Lyrics must be attributed to me. No one else would claim them!  I never said I was a songwriter.