Crush on Words

Crush on Words #13

Purple + flowers = perfection 

Crush on Words #13 | Toni Umbarger | #Words #Definitions

My Books

Old Mac – Now You See Him, Now You Don’t

Self-promotion is not something I enjoy. That, to me, is the worst part of being an author. I love sharing my work, but I don’t enjoy promoting it. Any of you out there feel the same? I published this book almost a year ago, yet I have done almost nothing to promote it. It isn’t that I don’t think it’s any good. If I felt that way, I wouldn’t have published it. My problem is more that promotion feels so much like bragging; that bothers me. Also, I don’t have much of a competitive spirit. I don’t just want success for myself, I want it for all of you as well!

Old Mac – Now You See Him, Now You Don’t, my first book, is now available in paperback. In my meager attempt to promote the book, which I more joyfully think of as sharing my work, I am posting this link. Old Mac, which is a mystery, would make a great Christmas gift for a middle-grade or middle-school young person between the ages of 9 and 14.

Old Mac - Now You See Him, Now You Don't | Toni Umbarger | Children's Mystery

Old Mac Waverly is a carefree, somewhat absent-minded, science-obsessed inventor.  He has an uncanny knack for putting himself in harm’s way whenever he plunges into creative mode.  The people of his hometown of Sunflower, in order to prevent Old Mac from potential danger, have set up a scheduled system to keep an eye on him – the Old Mac Watch.  When this most beloved citizen disappears, twelve-year-old Ben Lewis and his deputy sheriff father lead the baffling, week-long search to find him.  For Ben, this offers an opportunity to spend precious time bonding with his father.  In the process of investigating Old Mac’s disappearance, Ben learns some valuable lessons about responsibility, friendship, and respect.

You can order a sample section of the book on Kindle or read a few sample pages on Amazon. Please check out Old Mac and let me know what you think. Thank you so much!


Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award

Toni Umbarger | Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award

I’m sending another big thank you to the sweet and lovely Maira,, for nominating me for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award. She has been generous with her nominations! She actually nominated me some time ago, but I was unable to respond before now. Thank you, Maira, for your patience.

Here are my answers to her questions:

Who is your favorite author?

This is a tough one. I have so many favorites – from Charles Dickens to Beverly Cleary. I would have to say, though, that C. S. Lewis would have to be my all-time favorite. Everything he writes exudes wisdom, whether it is written for an adult audience or for children. (I absolutely adore The Chronicles of Narnia!)

Describe your perfect day.

This is the easy one. I am home – alone – the phone doesn’t ring, no one comes to the door, and I am free to write, uninterrupted, all day! To make it even more perfect, no housework would need doing.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Ten years from now I hope to be smarter, wiser, kinder, more loving and more successful. Anything less would not be progress.

Nonconformist that I am, I will keep it simple. My nomination is for one blogger only for this award, L.M. Nelson, lmnelsonscorner.

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog.
  2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
  3. Nominate four other bloggers.
  4. Create 10 questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination. (Again, to keep it simple, I’ll follow Maira’s lead on this one and use only three questions.)

My questions for L.M. Nelson:

  1. If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?
  2. What would be a good estimate of the number of books you have read in your lifetime?
  3. What historical figure would you enjoy meeting and interviewing?

Thanks to my fellow WordPressers out there, you’ve all been so kind since I began this blog! Thanks again, Maira, for the nomination!  God Bless!



I must apologize for my long absences lately.  The demands of a full-time job along with some family obligations recently have left me little time for writing. 😦

I truly have missed reading the work of my many new friends here. Hopefully there will be time in the near future to get back to regularly keeping up with everyone and writing some fresh posts. Until then, here’s a repeat of a former post. It’s one of my favorites. Thank you for being patient with me!

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