TALES FROM THE BAYOU: Killing Those Little Darlings




Some people think the stories I tell about my childhood HAS to be made up. I swear they are all true and just goes to show how strong-willed my mother was to raise four children on a poor man’s salary. Mother supplemented all our meals with produce from a homegrown garden, and even an occasional roadkill offering.

One Sunday after church, my siblings and I were making our way home when we had the fortunate opportunity (or misfortune as the case may be) to see a car hit and kill an armadillo in front of us. This was before armadillos started carrying diseases that could kill you, so the only thing we saw was our next meal being hand delivered to us.

All we had to do is get it home.

The four of us took turns dragging the beast down main streets and back alleys. Imagine my mother’s surprise when I walked into the house tugging on the tail of that roadkill like I was the founder of the feast!

Writers also have a warped sense of what needs killing. We spend countless hours, if not days, searching for just the right words to share the characters in our heads with the world…only to kill off those little darlings if they don’t serve the better purpose of our stories. And in the end, our words and our worlds are the stronger for it…





Amelia Earmouse travels back through time to uncover little known secrets. You may THINK you know your history, but wait until you see what Amelia uncovers in this latest volume of HISTORY’S MYSTERIES!

In Book One, Ship of Dreams, ten-year-old Margaret can hardly wait to see the largest ship ever built visit Southampton! Life is already hard for her family in the spring of 1912, but the coal workers’ strike could turn a bad situation into a deadly one. Margaret hopes to see the great Titanic leave on its maiden voyage, but will the strike prevent it from happening?




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Best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, HISTORY’S MYSTERIES: Ship of Dreams, will be available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers on October 14th, 2019.



Donna L

Hybrid award winning author; aspiring sketch artist; and 4th Degree Senior Certified Taekwondo Instructor. Host of BOOK NOOK REVIEWS. Member of SCBWI. Mom to fabulous son and adventurer delving into the tricky world of indie-publishing.

2 thoughts on “TALES FROM THE BAYOU: Killing Those Little Darlings

  • August 28, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    I can’t remember what it tasted like. Chicken, maybe?

    • August 29, 2019 at 3:31 am

      I can’t remember either, Janet, and maybe THAT is a good thing…lol…

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!


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