Sunday, February 14, 2016


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Thursday, January 14, 2016


1. Car Heater

Margaret A. Wilcox invented the car heater in 1893. She also invented a combined clothes and dishwasher machine which evidently did not go over well.

2. Monopoly

This popular board game was designed by Elizabeth Magie in 1904. Originally called The Landlord's Game, it's purpose was to expose the injustices of unchecked capitalism. Charles Darrow stole the game and sold it to Parker Brothers 30 years later, but she did receive $500 from Parker Brothers.

3. The Fire escape
The fire escape was invented by Anna Connelly in 1887.

4. Residential Solar Heating

Solar heating for residential housing was invented by Dr. Maria Telkes in 1947. She was a Psychiatrist in addition to being a Solar-Power Pioneer


5. The Life Raft

The Life Raft was invented by Maria Beasely in 1882 (Maria also invented a machine that makes barrels).

 6.  Medical Syringe 

The medical syringe which could be operated with only one hand was invented by a woman by the name of Letitia Geer in 1899

7. The Modern Electric Refrigerator

The electric refrigerator was invented by Florence Parpart in 1914 (She also invented an improved street cleaning machine).


8. The Ice Cream Maker

The ice cream maker was invented by a woman named Nancy Johnson in 1843. Her patented design is still used today.

9. The Computer Algorithm
Ada Lovelace is essentially the first computer programmer due to her work with Charles Babbage at the University of London in 1842. In fact, her notes were an essential key to helping Alan Turing's work on the first modern computers in the 1940s.

10. Telecommunications Technology

 Some of the Telecommunication Technology developed by Dr. Shirley Jackson include portable fax, touch tone telephone, solar cells, fiber optic cables and the technology behind caller ID and call waiting.

11. The Dishwasher
The dishwasher was invented by Josephine Cochrane in 1887. She even marketed her machine to hotel owners and opened her own factory without the help of a man.

12. Wireless Transmission Technology

Hedy Lamarr, world famous film star, invented a secret communications system during WWII for radio-controlling torpedoes. This technology also paved the way for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS.

13. Closed-Circuit Television Security (CCTV)

Marie Van Brittan Brown invented CCTV because of the slow response of police officers in 1969 to help people ensure their own security. This invention influenced modern CCTV systems used for home security and police work today.

14. The Modern Paper Bag
 Margaret Knight invented a machine that makes square-bottomed paper bags in 1871. She almost didn't get credit when Charles Anan tried to steal her work claiming it wasn't possible for a woman to create this brilliant invention (Margaret also invented a safety device for cotton mills when she was 12 which is still being used today)

 15. Central Heating

 Although Alice Parker's invention in 1919 of a gas powered central heater was never manufactured, her idea was the first that allowed use of natural gas to heat a home, inspiring the central heating systems used today.

16. Kevlar

This life-saving material which is five times stronger than steel and used to make bulletproof vests was invented in 1965 by Stephanie Kwolek.


17.  Computer Software
 Dr. Grace Murray Hopper, a computer scientist, invented COBOL, the first user-friendly business computer software system in the 1940s. She was also a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy and the first person to use the term "bug" in reference to a glitch in a computer system when she literally found a bug (moth) causing problems with her computer.

18. Beer

According to Bear Historian Jane Peyton, Mesopotamian women were the first to develop, sell and drink beer.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

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Sunday, October 11, 2015


I am so proud to announce G. A. VanDruff's first book, ESCAPE CLAUSE. VanDruff offers a refreshing new voice to the world of paranormal romance mysteries. Funny and gripping at the same time. I read her book and loved it. I'm betting you will too.


Oscar night. Jaqie Shanahan’s roommate and best friend, Jeep McBain, wins the statue for best screenplay. And disappears.
Murdered? An accident? Fear of success? Whatever the reason, her fun-loving, womanizing, self-centered Jeep McBain vanishes without a trace—without even a good-bye.

One year later, Jaqie has a successful screenplay of her own, and finds a new best friend in Madrille Keiser, Hollywood’s biggest star. But without Jeep to share in her success, Jaqie realizes it’s time to take a break. Time to come to grips with the hard truth that Jeep is forever gone.
Turns out, she’s half-right.
Jaqie, her dog, and her gecko sail away for a working vacation in the Caribbean. She and her little tribe anchor offshore and decide it’s a great day to take the dinghy and do some old-fashioned beachcombing for seashells—like the pictures in the brochure.

What they find is a dead guy in a great suit bobbing just shy of high tide, and a sort-of-dead guy in baggy shorts and a Hawaiian shirt chasing seagulls off the body.

Jeep McBain may not be alive and well in Puerto Rico, but his ghost is.

And he’s engaged.

“Jaqie, her name is Clarice. She’s real. Like me, real. We’re going to spend the rest of whatever this is,” he outlined his transparent torso, “together. We like all the same things. Plus, we were both bludgeoned to death. How great is that?”

But, first ...
Jaqie must find out who murdered Jeep and the love of his afterlife so the happy couple can Move On.
Provided ...
Jaqie can convince the chief of police that she did not kill Jeep. That she can keep the killers from killing her. That she can get the job done without Madrille’s head of security, Paul Bracken, getting in her way and under her skin. Constantly. Paul with the sea-green eyes and hair that is way too long and far too unruly for former military.
None of which is listed in the brochure about seashells.



The weird thing about the ghost who stood watching the seagulls eat the corpse's nose was that the corpse wasn't his. The body, just shy of high tide, lay spread-eagled on its back in a finely tailored suit. The ghost, on the other hand, was dressed for the beach, slender, clean-shaven and transparent. I mean, you couldn't see his liver, or anything unsettling like that, but you could definitely watch the sunrise through where his liver probably was—or had been.
I’d left my pocketbook back on my boat, hanging on a hook in the galley. It was stuffed with brochures promising me a Caribbean paradise. Typical turquoise waters, tropical breezes, palm fronds kind of fare. Birds brunching on a middle-aged, white male stretched out surfside had not been among the images promoted by Puerto Rico's Board of Tourism. Guaranteed.
I pushed the outboard’s throttle and backed up ever so slowly. We puttered beyond the folds of whitecaps and ducked behind a lone, house-sized rock tossed down by an ancient glacier two or three eons before I blundered onto this beach. I shut off the engine. Doofus wanted to swim. Labradors always want to swim, but I shook my head no, so he sighed and stared off in the opposite direction. I needed to pull myself together.
I creased a mental sheet of paper and made two columns. PLAUSIBLE and CALL A THERAPIST.
Ten minutes later, the only item under PLAUSIBLE was a man in a suit dead on the beach. The suit was unusual but I’m sure business men enjoyed a stroll along the shifting sands like anybody else. He must be dead because he had made no attempt to shoo the seagulls off his face.
The ghost had assumed that responsibility.
Acknowledging I was studying the activities of a ghost, checked the first box in the Therapy column. And the ghost reminded me of Jeep McBain.
Box number two. Check.
It was the way he danced around flapping at the gulls. But considering that for the past year, everything reminded me of my best friend and roommate did not make that a startling conclusion.
Since the night he won the Oscar for best screenplay—Jeep had taken me as his Plus One—I’d not stopped searching for him at every turn. Around every glacial rock.
The last six weeks sailing to Puerto Rico had given me other things to think about—sinking, sharks, pirates—but Jeep was always at the periphery. Like a ghost.
Like this ghost.
The water pulsed off the rock and kept kicking us seaward so I set the oars and pulled long, silent strokes toward the beach until the gentle surf carried us to shore. I fanned myself with my straw hat, wiped the sweat from my eyes, grabbed the bow line and stepped off into the cool Caribbean up to my knees.
Like they say, the first step to recovery is admitting there was a problem. And Jeep McBain was a big problem. If I was hallucinating, I’d call the Hot Line in the morning. If this ghost was Jeep, who would I call about that? Jeep would say Ghostbusters and roll around on the sand laughing.
I turned to wrestle the dinghy further up on the beach. My ninety-pound dog acting as ballast wasn't making the job any easier. “Doofus, out!” He jumped overboard and headed out to sea.
“Hey! Get back here!” Men. At least this one came back when I called.

GA VanDruff started writing at twelve. First published at thirty-two. Life does get in the way. What happens is—experiences creep up behind you and you get to put them in books.
She sailed the Chesapeake Bay, crewed in the Caribbean, loved her Lab, Dexter, and never once met a ghost. The gecko in her life? They shared many a sunset on the deck in St. Augustine.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015


My book TAMING JENNA IS ON SALE....$ .99


Deserted by her father at the tender age of seven, Jenna Leigh-Whittington had taught herself to ride, shoot, brawl…and steer clear of the opposite sex. But now, in a lonely Utah canyon, the Pinkerton agent has drawn her gun on a rugged stranger—only to discover that, far from the dangerous outlaw she’d been tracking, he is Branch McCauley, hired gun…and the most irresistible rascal ever to tempt and torment a woman!

If there’s one thing McCauley trusts less than a female, it’s a female who packs a six-gun. But what a woman! Vowing to bring the sensuous hellcat to heel, McCauley has no inkling that their passionate battle of wills has just begun. Taming Jenna will be the most seductive—and satisfying—job he’s ever taken on.

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Check out Mail Order Bride Tess (Book 2), on sale this week!

Leah is a school teacher in Albany, New York during the 1880s who was devoted to her mother until she passed away. Her father lost his business and Leah did not want to spend the rest of her life living with her protective brother. She begins to correspond with a man from Montana who ran an ad for a mail order bride. Could she have found someone who also loves literature and shares so many of her interests?

How does Leah handle her brother's negative reactions to the correspondence that now was the focus and light of her life? Can she leave the desperate situation in New York and find that joy that her heart dreams? Or is she destined to live a life without fulfillment?

Will Leah find happiness in Montana? What secrets does her love keep to himself that makes him so hard to reach and read? Can Leah help Henry open up his heart or will she give up? Can his scars heal from the past?

This is a stand-alone story without a cliffhanger and a clean wholesome romance. Note that Mail Order Bride Tess which is Book 2 in the series is now available as well as Mail Order Bride Felicity which is Book 3 at Amazon and that all of these books are free to read if you belong to Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime. Each can be read by itself independently.