Skip to main content



Good morning! It’s 3:14 am here at the Rios house, and I’ve already downed my first cup of coffee. Ahhh, old age.

Speaking of, I’m still stuck in the house. In pain, on medication, trying my hardest just to walk out the front door. Waiting for five months to get better. It’s been...enlightening. I’ve definitely gotten in touch with my feelings, lol.

And I finally made some new art. Greg helped me by shaking the spray paint cans. He’s been such a peach, there’s no one you’d rather have supporting you through times of crisis, that’s for sure.

So enjoy the color of this new piece - Rats and Roses - 11 x 14”, spray paint on canvas, and watch for another - as soon as I can get Greg to shake the cans!


The Landscapes Between

Hello dear blog readers, I hope your autumn is full of goodness. I do love this season, so full of color and cozy comfort. I am writing today to fill you in on my personal situation, because I dont share much about it on social media, and I think some of you are starting to wonder where the heck I am.

Those who have followed my blog for a while probably know about my terrible back. It’s been an issue for 15 years now, and the subject does pop up from time to time, especially when it keeps me from doing something I really want to do.

For most of the past 15 years I’ve been able to downplay it and focus on what I CAN do rather than hat I can’t. But’s much worse and I haven’t been able to do anything at all, even leave the house or my bed - for almost 3 months. I’m 53 years old and I feel like I’m in my 90’s. I often feel so depressed and bored and frightened that I don’t know why I’m even alive. I don’t dwell on things as a rule, I’ve never been a gloomy person. I don’t like t…

Thank you Dorothy

When I was eight years old my mother moved us into a house built on the back of a truck. It was driven by a man in a leather hat who did not necessarily love children, but who had a magical collection of books waiting for me to discover them. On a bookshelf made of carefully carved wood, securely held in place so they would not fall when the truck bumped over dirt roads and potholes, were abut a dozen of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. I did not know then there was more to the story than the well-known book The Wizard of Oz, and I had not even read that book, but only seen the movie that was shown on television once a year. But these were the days before computers, cell phones and tablets, and with no siblings and no school, no friends and nothing to do but drive all day, wherever my parents wanted to go, I readily turned to the curious books and totally lost myself in their magical pages.

Never before or since have I encountered such genius. Not only in storytelling and imagination, but in…


I woke up the other day to incredible news - Return of the Evening  Star won the American Fiction Award for Pre-teen Fiction! Woo hoo, time to celebrate!!!! Cheers to all and my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has read and loves Chloe’s story. It means the world to me! πŸŽ‰✨🌠🌿🐁🌺✨

Bookworms Unite!

This gorgeous photo from openasabookworm makes my day, it's got all the summer feels! I wanted to thank the almost 1300 people who entered our Goodreads giveaway - you rock!!! And congratulations to the winners! If you love Return of the Evening Star or Bridge of the Gods - please consider leaving a review. Personally, I love reading reviews for everything - they really make a difference to my choices of what to read or buy or book. Thank you in advance! Here's to a great week and a super-groovy summer. Cheers! xoxoxo
View this post on Instagram
What are you reading next? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy #stacksaturday everyone! I had a fantastic book haul this month thanks to gifted books from those tagged in today’s photo. I’ve already read several of the books from this stack but with so many great options I’m not sure what to read next. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bookqueensjune19 #allthebooksjune19 #rfabjune19 #creativebookstagram #fireheartjune19 #bookravensjune19 #la…

More Insta love!

Book Launch!

Save the date! Book party on the horizon! There will be cookies! 🌠🦜🌿πŸͺπŸŒΈπŸ’•πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸŒŸ