Tap The App will be at the Indianapolis Christmas Gift and Hobby Show November 6th, 2019

Hello Friends!

Moji’s author, Becky Blystone, will be at The Indianapolis Holiday Gift and Hobby Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on November 6th!

You can find her at The Local Authors Booth #306 on Wednesday, November 6th with plenty of copies of THE DRIVE and TAP THE APP.

Several other local authors will be selling a variety of books during all FIVE days of the show…November 6-10th.

Stop by our booth on WEDNESDAY November 6th for a FREE ebook copy of THE DRIVE.

We hope to see you at the fairgrounds!

Happy Shopping!


Spring Updates on Moji’s next book . . . and more!


Ah….the daffodils are finally blooming in Central Indiana! It’s great to see the birds and squirrels scampering around in green grass instead of snow.

love the snow….but I’m ready for spring!

My second Moji Book, Moji Gets a Gift, is currently in the hands of my awesome illustrator, Heath Hilton.  Here’s a sneak peek at one of the pages in progress…Check out the green grass!

Front porch screen shot

(This is only a screen shot so the image is not as perfect as it will be in the book.)

To this day, my three kids LOVE getting packages in the mail from Grandma so naturally I wanted to write a story about Moji receiving a gift from Grandma.

In Moji Gets A Gift, preschool-age children learn the importance of taking care of their possessions and an appreciation of gifts given to them.  Here’s the teaser…

Moji LOVES Grandma’s gift of a backpack and  carries it everywhere, but becomes careless and loses it.

What will Moji Do?

I plan to release Moji Gets A Gift this summer in BOTH paperback and KINDLE edition on Amazon.

Interested in my Thriller/Suspense novels?

I’ve started the editing process on the “Second Book” in my Protector Series…

The Code: Protector Book II

Click HERE for a peek!

Have a wonderful spring and I’ll update again soon.




Moji’s Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies!


Moji LOVES Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I’ve been busy working on ideas for future Moji books as well as writing the second novel in my Protector Series…..sometimes I need a writing ‘pick-me-up’ and I run to the kitchen and make a batch of cookies. When they come out of the oven, I wait for that perfect moment when the cookies are just cool enough to pick up without falling apart. Nothing is better than a warm chocolate chip cookie!

Today I want to share with you Moji’s Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I’ve been making cookies since I was a child and this recipe has been modified from numerous recipes that I’ve used over the years. There are hundreds of variations on the standard chocolate chip cookie recipe. I’ve tried and tested most of them! My kids tell me that this one is their favorite because the cookies are buttery, yet have a soft bakery style texture.

I need to give credit to the following … Nestle Toll House Cookies, Allrecipes.com, and Sugarspunrun.com. I used secrets behind each of their chocolate chip cookie recipes to create Moji’s.

Before we get started….anyone can make good chocolate chip cookies….IF they know a few tricks. Here are my top five secrets to make REALLY yummy cookies!

  1. Use real butter. Unsalted is best. After you melt it…LET IT COOL to room temperature before adding it to the sugars. If you don’t wait….the heat from the butter will ‘melt’ the sugar crystals, making flat cookies.
  2. A little cornstarch gives cookies a lighter texture.
  3. An extra egg yolk gives these cookies the ‘bakery taste” I crave.
  4. I use Domino Sugar….in my opinion, no other sugar brand compares to its baking quality.
  5. Parchment paper is my friend in the kitchen. Clean up is easier and the cookies bake more evenly when I line my cookie sheets with parchment paper. The extra expense is worth it to me.

Let’s get to the recipe!

Moji’s  Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup unsalted butter (melted and cooled to room temperature)

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup white granulated sugar

1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract—don’t even think about using imitation!

1 egg

1 egg yolk

2 cups chocolate chips (I used Hershey’s Dark chocolate chips, but you can use semi-sweet OR butterscotch chips OR M&M candies.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream both sugars and melted butter together until well blended. Stir in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the flour mixture until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon so the chips don’t get crushed. Make sure the dough is well blended. I’ve had gooey dough stuck to the bottom of the bowl and those cookies didn’t turn out as nice.

Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoons (I use a medium sized cookie scoop) onto parchment lined sheets. Cookies should be 1 to 2 inches apart.

Bake for 9-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly toasted. My family like their cookies a touch underdone so check often after 8 minutes.

Cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.


This recipe makes about 30  two-inch cookies. You can make them bigger or smaller—adjust baking times. My kids also like M&Ms or butterscotch chips in these cookies in place of chocolate chips.









I hope you try Moji’s Yummy Cookies! I love hearing from fellow bakers, so let me know what you think of the recipe!



The Untold Story of Charles M. Schultz

I love working with kids and Peanuts is one of my favorite cartoons!
Here is a short video my author friend, Joanne Guidoccio posted recently sharing the real story behind Charlie Brown.
It reminds us that life isn’t always easy and that we need to teach our kids how to persevere.

Joanne Guidoccio

On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost.

A while back, a good friend sent me this video about a man who persevered despite his circumstances. An inspiration for all of us!

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Almost There…


The learninpage 28 Ag curve on formatting a document for self-publishing a children’s picture book through Createspace is HUGE. There is so much to know about layout, spacing, margins, bleed, font, dpi…and much, much more. My brain feels like it has been crammed with an overload of info. To put it in a nut shell….technology changes rapidly.  Each computer that touches a file makes slight changes to accommodate the software being used or being converted to. What I may see on my screen may not be what my illustrator sees on his. Settings are different and sometimes issues can’t be avoided. The trick is in finding a way around the issues.

Do I understand it all? Nope. What I do know is how to ask questions and let experts do their thing. Creatspace has a great support network with real people answering phones. The issues I’m having looked MASSIVE….even project ending….

After talking to the support staff at Createspace,  I feel confident that if I can’t fix my formatting issues, I will be able to find a person who can help me. I think I can, I think I can. I think I can.

Tap the App is….almost there.