Tuesday, November 28, 2017


If you want to be a writer, write about something you know,
and one day I started writing about cooking. I have cooked more in my life I think than I have done anything else. And I learned to cook simply, with little money.
Then someone told me, "If I were you, I would write a cookbook."
So after a great deal of hesitation, I did.
I hope these cookbooks have been something people can use,and I want to thank people for letting me know this is so.
As the Holiday's go forward, I am thinking back on all of this,and so I am sharing this with my friends and fans today.....

Thursday, September 28, 2017



Find this in Best Sellers: categories of top 100 in Kindle Store, Kindle Worlds, Teen and Young Adults. It is number 2,190 as of this date, in Kindle Store, Kindle Books Movie Tie-ins, and is found also under Vampires.
The book is titled: The Vampire Diaries: Klaus' Fiery Love Potion (Kindle World Short)
Featuring Klaus Mikaelson of The Originals and Caroline Forbes of The Vampire Diaries!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


The Ninth Annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale is being held July 1 through July 31.

As a Writer, I have been a member of Smashwords since November of the Year 2010.

I am featuring three of my novels there during this blog party.

They are:

Desperate Dream of a Viking

Called Back By His Tangled Promise


When Shadows Fall

We Invite you to check out all of the great books during this time.


Romance Novelist Anna Patterson

Video for book Desperate Dream of a Viking.......

Summer Reading List



Part of the July Event at Smashwords......



This book is listed in the Smashwords annual Summer/Winter Sale July 1 - July 31.

Sunday, April 30, 2017



Much of my life I have been a fan of the great mystery writer Agatha Christie. I read so many books of hers and eventually I would buy videos of her greatest mysteries.
Then I decided to try to write a mystery myself. I found much material from the Internet sources, about the great mystery writers and I happened to stumble upon a great blog all about how to write like that great mystery writer of long ago.
It described how she developed dialogue, setting, and things like that and the who done it murders which she did so well. I had read much of her own life’s history, but thought one day, well I would like to try this genre myself.
So, in the year   January 18, 2012, I published in Smashwords The Case of the Magic Gold Mirror.
This novel is 27,240 words. It is listed as a fiction thriller and suspense novel and as a psychological thriller.
I really believe trying to determine a cover for this book was almost as hard as writing it. Finally, in total anguish I enlisted some dear friends to help with this.
So together we set up the picture of this beautiful starlet murdered with her gold mirror in her hand.
I still have fond memories and an appreciation too deep to fathom for my model and her patience throughout this stint with friends serving as assistance throughout the whole process. Without these friends, I could never have finished this project at all!
IN July of 2012, I decided to do a rewrite on this book.
This is on Amazon. The model, of the late screen star is the same.
OF mystery writing, I believe the book I wrote can speak for itself in this way, “There is a place of magic with sand and torch lit rooms. There is gold and rare and costly material and opulent furniture. And it is there a curse and a promise begins.”
Excerpt from The Case of the Magic Gold Mirror, The Late Screen Star’s Murder.”
By Romance Novelist Anna Patterson

at Smashwords

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Poem in Your Pocket Day Coming up April 27!


As the month of April slips away, let’s not forget April is National Poetry Month. I have always tried to participate in some way.

Many do recognize this and because of this the National Poetry Month with the Academy of American Poets is considered the largest celebration in the world of this kind. It was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets.

Many celebrations planned!






*twitter hashtag #pocketpoem


New York City: The Office of Mayor with partnership of the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education has been holding events since year 2002! This is part of events in this city’s National Poetry Month Celebration.


Friday, April 7, 2017




 name drawn:  Magic.........

Thanks to all who participated!

Anna Patterson



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017


It is just a personal thing with me, but I have loved gardening all of my life.
Many years ago, a garden meant planting on a very large scale, vegetables, and all things we needed for canning.
Now, gardening means looking over the flowers planted for years and which grow here and there in tight spaces in the yard.
I cannot pass any display at the grocery store which has fresh flowers or fresh vegetables displayed there even today.
But sooner or later, one has to make decisions of what to spend a lot of time on and what to not spend so much on. The gardens got smaller as the desire to write books got bigger.
Every year, I look so forward to this blog party created by a dear writer friend. She knows a lot about writing AND about gardening, so hence we get to have this blog party which is kind of like a garden party also since I can give a good look at the flowers and flowering trees outside and see how they have made it through this Winter. It has been a mild winter here, so the cactus has not lost even inches, and the flowering trees still bloomed.
I am interested now in these little miniature gardens, sometimes in small containers in the house. I am enjoying studying examples of these I find on the Internet.
I have a few pots and old cups in the house which have their own plants growing there. I am not very good at indoor cactus and have to hold off watering them and even get suggestions from friends and family on how to water these without drowning them.
Right now, I am enjoying reading the work of others and so like to look over the list of authors participating in this blog and pick out a Summer Reading List. I suggest you do so.
I am also currently reading a book furnished by The Project Gutenberg, published first in 1898 called “Elizabeth and Her German Garden”: by Elizabeth Marie Annette Beauchamp
I would also like to turn your attention to a new book, a short read, because we are all so busy it seems as the weather gets warmer, and my new book is a G. I. Joe Kindle Worlds book, “G. I. Joe: Busted Star Commander”. This book features a female villain famous in the G. I. Joe series written works since the 1970s. I so appreciate the publication of this book and since I love dolls, I thought it exciting that there are dolls of the character The Baroness and have been for many years. I do invite you to look for my own short read at Amazon Kindle Worlds, Teen and Young Adult now.

Meanwhile, SWEETPEA’s CHATTERHOUSE is going to have a drawing for a Ten Dollar gift certificate from Amazon in a drawing at the end of our blog and be sure to go over and register for the other prizes all along this wonderful blog event! Leave a comment with us to get your name in the hat for the drawing. Wait until event starts Monday please!

Authors are having a Garden Blog Hop now!


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 Plus a GRAND PRIZE you’ll be digging to win!
How it will work:
Authors participating will post their giveaway, gardening tip, recipe or both on their website, beginning March 27th and leaving their contest open through April 5th.  You will have 10 days to enter each individual author contest and then submit your entry for the grand prize!!  To win the grand prize, you must visit each and every author on the hop.  Each site will post the links of participating authors but please feel free to visit www.diannevenetta.com to find the author link list at any point in time. Some authors might offer more than one entry to win like a “follow” on Twitter or a “tweet,” maybe even a visit to their Facebook or Pinterest page. However, only one is required to enter.
What will be given away?
Everything from books to swag, promotional products and more! The GRAND PRIZE is an ereader of your choice (up to $200 value). A second prize of $25 gift card for winner’s choice of book retailers, available to US and INTL residents, except where prohibited by law.
Authors will note US or INTL for their giveaway eligibility. Where US or INTL is not specifically noted, US eligibility will apply. The grand prize is available for US entrants only. Winners will be announced on the landing page, BloominThyme.
How do I submit my grand prize entry?
Grand prize entrants will be entered via a Rafflecopter giveaway widget, available on the initial and final landing page of this hop, located on BloominThyme.  All entries (and actions) will be verified to deem winners.
What can I expect out of this hop?
Each author will be posting a giveaway, gardening tip, recipe or both!  It’s a spring celebration designed to introduce you to authors and give you a chance to win prizes. Individual authors may offer more than one chance to win their individual giveaway, so increase your odds and enter them all!
What do I do when it’s all over?
By April 7th we will post the grand prize winners on the main page and the landing page.  Individual authors will announce and contact the winners of their author-specific giveaways. You will be required to claim your prize according to each giveaway’s terms and conditions.
Please feel free to contact me!  dianne@diannevenetta.com
“Giveaway ends April 7th at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by Rafflecotper.com and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that Dianne Venetta, host of the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop, is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.” VOID where prohibited by law

Monday, January 16, 2017




Posted by Anna Patterson. Writer, Journalist, Book Reviewer, January of 2017.

I am a blogger and reviewer. I was privileged to read this book as a professional reviewer on NetGalley.

I would give this book Five Stars because this is a story of war and life after serving in a war. Many soldiers suffer for some time after their stint in battle. This is a book of one man’s journey on this difficult road. It deals with his memories and the horror of warfare, and also dealing with an illness called PTSD. This book is timely and I would suggest it as a must read because of its explanation of those who fight and overcome it all.

I am posting a book review on my own blog site, which is linked to my Goodreads site and linked to a few other blog sites of mine.
I have told friends of how interesting I found this book and suggested they might want to read it.

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This is a Book Review of the book BLACK KNIGHTS, DARK DAYS: The True Story of Sadr City’s Black Sunday. It was written by J. Matthew Fisk, and published by Warriors Publishing Group. This is a nonfiction book of 245 pages. This is a War story by a combat veteran of this war.

In the beginning of this tale, the soldier/turned writer says simply: “Someone had to get it right. Someone who had actually pulled a trigger should tell this tale. Why not me?”

So, this is the story. It’s a story about the Task Force Lancer, Operation Iraq: Freedom II. Dig deeper into this true combat story and you have what really happened April 4, 2004 when a First Cavalry Platoon suffered an ambush in Sadr City. Matt Fisk, left with PTSD, remembers what was later dubbed the Black Sunday Ambush of Sadr City.

He told of one soldier, who would have been celebrating a wedding anniversary. Now he was in the middle of an ambush and trying to protect everyone he could from the attack on their group. In that heavy fight the author explains the reality of the soldier who although in grave danger, ran in a somewhat reckless foot race to recover a machine gun he had left back in their stalled vehicle.

Later as the fight continued in the packed city area, he described how one soldier saw his situation at that point. He remembered it in this way: “They had lost two vehicles, probably one Soldier, and were cut off from escape by a force that outnumbered them about five hundred to one in that heavily populated city.”

This is the story of a man who transformed from teacher in a small school to soldier fighting in combat duty in two war torn countries, Iraq and Afghanistan. It is also the story of how very hard it was to come back from the violence of this situation. This was a real and total part of his life for some time. Leaving it physically and returning to the life of a civilian was one thing, but the brutal challenge of recovering from those scenes and those painful moments and memories, well that is something again.

This soldier and writer has been diagnosed with a PTSD disorder. This is a Post-traumatic stress disorder and can derive from living through a traumatic event including that occurring in war.

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Matt Fisk of Arkansas, began his service in the Army in 1997. For eight years, he was in infantry and then for eight more years he served as an officer. He also has a degree in Criminal Justice.
The writer now enjoys life on a self-sufficient homestead.