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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Finding an Everlasting Love by Vonnie Davis


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LOVE is a single syllable with infinite emotion. As authors, we write about it. As readers, you enjoy turning the pages until the characters find it. And as human beings, we desire it for ourselves.

I'd been single for 12 years before I ventured into the dating scene again. Oh boy, was I ever nervous. What if I found another cheating, lying man? Or worse, what if the guy turned out to be married and I'd be too dumb to see the signs. Nope. I wanted no parts of setting myself for another pain-filled relationship.

Then I met Calvin. We'd both majored in English and he taught it for 40 years We both wrote books. We were both sentimental. We were a strange matched set. He was dark; I was light. He was tall; I was short. He spoke with a deep southern accent; I was more nasal North in accent. He had a fabulous singing voice, while I sounded like a moose in heat. He was thin; I was fluffy. But we clicked.




My Calvin passed away on Saturday night...at least I think it was Saturday...I have no clue what day it really is. You see, Calvin had a heart of gold, a soft mental. In the end, it was his heart, operating at 10% and a stroke that caused his death.

Even in his weakened state where he could barely form words, he slowly spoke "I ,,, Love ... You."

We had him transported home, so I ould care for him and he'd be more content. Three days later, I held his hand as he crossed over, sending him off with words of love. He was the best husband and on May 2nd we would have been married for fifteen years.

If my post is not the greatest or written in a herky-jerky way, forgive me. My eyes are pretty puffy from the crying. So, hug your loved ones hard and make your love everlasting. Next month, I'll be more together.





Tuesday, April 24, 2018

CREATIVITY HAS DISAPPOINTMENTS


By Judy Ann Davis

Musicians, writers, painters, scientists, and many more people share a skill that many call creativity. Where does it come from besides the activated frontal lobe of the brain? It’s a tough question that has been explored for years and has often been linked with mood disorders. Many artists, when their brains or hands are busy, have learned to channel depression into some type of creation.

First Steps
March 30, 1953, was the birthday of well-known painter, Vincent Van Gogh, who lived to be only 37 years old. At the age of 27, he abandoned his unsuccessful careers as an art dealer and a missionary and concentrated on his painting and drawing. When he began painting, he used peasants and farmers as models and then flowers, landscapes and himself because he was too poor to pay his subjects.

Noon Rest
In less than ten years of his life, he painted almost 900 paintings. One of his best known works, Starry Night, was painted in in an asylum at Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France where he voluntarily admitted himself there to recover from his 1888 nervous breakdown and his ear-cutting incident. The painting depicts the view from his bedroom window.

The Pink Peach Tree
Ironically, he sold only one painting in his life time. The Red Vineyard which went for 400 francs in Belgium seven months before his death. His most expensive painting Portrait of Dr. Gachet was sold for $148.6 million in 1990.

Why Vincent Van Gogh?  Because he’s just one of scores of visual artists, writers, musicians and other creative people, including Ludwig van Beethoven, Mark Rothko, Sylvia Plath, T.S. Eliot, Irving Berlin, Virginia Woolf, and Ernest Hemingway, who are known or believed to have suffered from mental illness. He was a prolific artist—not recognized until after his death. Yet, his paintings are marvelous. I particularly like many of his lesser known works.

I also mention Vincent Van Gogh because we celebrate Mental Health Month in May. We need to realize that mood disorders occur in all people in all walks of life, but more particularly in creative people. So, as a writer, if you’re feeling a little down and out with your current situation, please realize you are not alone. Everyone suffers mood disorders and feelings of failure, but the key to thwarting them is activity. So write gobble-gook, paint, ponder, hand wash the dishes, clean out a closet, try your hand at a knitting, take a walk, but stay active until those next brilliant thoughts pop up.

I have chosen some pictures by Vincent Van Gogh that are my favorites. Enjoy!
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

3 Surprising Reasons Why You Overeat

By Josie Riviera

Have you noticed that everywhere we go, we are surrounded by food?  Here's 3 reasons why you may be overeating, and how you can curb yourself. Please add to the list and share your comments below.




1.  Is your favorite activity going out to eat? (Mine is!)  Instead of going out to dinner with friends, consider a physical activity--perhaps bowling or roller skating.

2.  Are you eating the correct amount? Read the serving size on the label. You may be surprised to learn you're eating twice the recommended serving size.

3.  Are you eating enough fat? Fat-free foods don't control your appetite. Consider eating more healthy fats like olives, nuts, avocados, and salmon.

Rest and relaxation is important. At the end of the day, grab a cup of tea and curl up with a good book. A perfect read for April, The Seeking Series Box Set is a set of my 3 Christian and Historical Romances. Free on KU!



*Five Star Amazon Reader Reviews are saying:

"I loved this series. I have always enjoyed books featuring the Romany. Each selection is well written with a good plot and and believable characters. I thoroughly enjoy this author’s writing. If you enjoy historical fiction I recommend this set." 

Enjoy your copy of The Seeking Series today and Happy Reading!

Friday, April 20, 2018

From A Cornfield To A Carnival -- by Laurean Brooks

What does the last week of April mean to you? To many in my hometown, it means a trip to Paris, Tennessee to the “World's Biggest Fish Fry.” Along with huge vats of perfectly-fried golden catfish, it also means a colorful parade and carnival rides.


We didn't give the fish a second thought. Just take me to the carnival. One particular year, my sister's friend Rosalynn, spent the last Friday night in April at our house. We hoped she could persuade our dad to take us to the carnival the next day. Jewell and I had tried, to no avail.

Early the next morning we nudged Rosalynn toward our dad. “Ask him,” I whispered.

Rosalynn, notorious for talking with her hands, dramatically flung them up and out as she began in her sing-song voice. “Mr. Tims, could you possibly find time to take us to the carnival? We would very much appreciate it.”

Daddy grinned and nodded. “Tell you what, girls; I got an acre of corn that needs plantin' in that bottom field.” He pointed through the kitchen window. “If you will plant that field, I'll drive you to the carnival.”


It was all the encouragement we needed. Jewell, Rosalynn and I grabbed hoes and headed down to the already-plowed field. Daddy followed with a heavy sack of corn on one shoulder and set it on the ground at the end of the middle row. “Remember what I told you. Take one short step, drop two grains, take another and drop two more grains. Keep the corn evenly spaced. When the field is planted, I will drive you girls to the Fish Fry.”

Eagerly nodding our understanding, we filled our coffee cans with corn seed. Jewell, Rosalynn and I began stepping off our selected rows, dropping the corn, and covering it with a hoe. Daddy left for the house. I took a deep breath and inhaled the scent of freshly-turned earth. Ah-h... country living.

Before Jewell and I dropped corn halfway down our first rows, Rosalynn reached the far end of hers. She waited for us then started again. Two rows later she had to refill her can.

What was she doing with all that corn? My sister and I looked at each other with a question, but we decided not to vocalize our concerns. A couple of hours later, Jewell and I had refilled our cans. Rosalynn had already refilled hers for the sixth time. With only three unplanted rows remaining, she rushed up to us with her empty can. “ Y'all got any more corn? The sack's empty.”

The sack is empty? Must have been 25 pounds of seed in it.

We don't have much left,” I warned. “We need to make sure it's enough to finish.” Rosalynn nodded as Jewell and I divided the remainder of our grain with her. Soon we had finished the entire field.

We washed up and changed into fresh clothes before approaching Daddy. He stood up from his easy chair. “You girls ready?”

After girlish squeals, we raced out to the truck, letting the screen door slap to behind us.
True to his word, Daddy climbed behind the wheel of our rickety old Chevrolet pickup while we hopped up in the truck bed and got comfortable.

At the carnival, he gave each of us money for the rides and instructed, “I'll be back in a couple of hours. Meet me at the front gate.”

We rode the Tilt-a-Whirl, Scrambler, Ferris Wheel, and every other thrilling ride we could find. Some of them twice. 

When our time was up and our money gone, Jewell, Rosalynn and I trudged to the gate where Daddy waited. Exhausted from a long day, we climbed into the bed of the truck and relaxed. I leaned back and relaxed, relishing the cool air on my face during the twenty-mile drive home.

I think it was six weeks later when Daddy and I stood in the backyard facing the bottom field. He pulled a pouch of Country Gentleman from his pocket and began to roll a cigarette. When the cigarette was rolled, he stuck it in his mouth and took a puff. His gaze drifting over the cornfield, he pointed. “I'll bet I can tell you every row Rosalynn planted.”


Scanning the corn rows, I smothered a giggle. Every third row was as crooked as the 21-curves on Highway 190 to Latham, and grew as thick as Johnson grass. In a hurry to get through and get on the road to the carnival, Rosalynn had generously strewn corn by the handfuls in the furrows.

Daddy was not smiling as he took another deep draw off his cigarette./





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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Something For Your Sweet Tooth

Hi, everyone. I don't know if it's because I'm trying to eat healthier due to my PMR (polymyalgia rheumatica) or what, but I've been craving sweets. Grrr So to keep me from baking and eating some of my faves, I thought I'd share a favorite family recipe with you.

My Grandfather, John Garland Carr, was, among other things, an engineer for the Santa Fe Railroad. He started at Santa Fe during the depression and retired about 1965. His hours were anything but routine depending on the runs he made. He loved his black coffee and my grandmother's pound cake, which she made before every trip. She packed slices in his lunches and he would grab a slice on his way out the kitchen door. In addition to the cake, there was always a pot of coffee sitting on the stove, and he would always stop and take a swig of hot coffee straight from the spout of the pot. I remember watching and wondering how he kept from burning his mouth! Yikes!

The name of the recipe is Crisco Cake, but we all called it John Cake. I hope you'll try the recipe and love it as much as our family does.




John Cake aka Crisco Cake
1 3/4   cup    sugar
2        cups  flour
1        cup    Crisco shortening
5            eggs
1     tsp  vanilla
1/2  tsp  salt
Procedure
1   Cream sugar and shortening
2   add eggs one at a time, beating well, to make batter fluffier
3   add vanilla
4   Mix salt into sifted flour and add to creamed sugar, shortening and egg mixture
5   Bake one hour at 350 degrees in greased and floured tube pan
Servings: 12

Now it's your turn to share with all of us. What's your fave recipe?
Hugs and Love to all y'all!
Carra


Monday, April 16, 2018

Do You Want Romance? by @JoanReeves

I wanted to share something with you that I'm participating in this month.

It's the I WANT ROMANCE GIVEAWAY.

There are such great prizes that I'm trying to get everyone to enter. Plus, there's a Book Fair with romance novels, of course.

I mean, who couldn’t use a little more romance right about now considering you've probably all been working on income tax returns this past week--if you live in the U.S.? I thought I'd never get mine done!

Prizes: Hurray for Rafflecopter

* Kindle Fire 7 Tablet
* Marc Jacobs Leather Zip Phone Wristlet ($155 retail value)
* $25 worth of ebooks from Amazon (winner's choice, up to 5 total books)
* $20 worth of ebooks from Amazon (winner's choice, up to 4 total books)
* $15 worth of ebooks from Amazon (winner's choice, up to 3 total books - 2 of these prize packs will be awarded)
* $10 Amazon gift card (2 will be awarded)

Just visit the Giveaway page on I WANT ROMANCE GIVEAWAY and click "Read More." The page will open with pictures of the great prizes, the Rafflecopter entry form, and more.

Then there's the Book Fair filled with amazing novels where you can shop. Choose from books in genres from contemporary romance to romantic suspense to PNR for $2.99 or less.

You’ll even find a bonus giveaway so be looking for it!

The Giveaway ends April 22 so enter today and tell your friends too. You could be one of 8 lucky winners to add new ‘romance’ to their lives!

Sponsoring Authors

Alexia Adams • Allyson R Abbott • Amy Ruttan • Anne Stone • Aubrey Wynne • Becky Lower • Bethany-Kris • Brenda Whiteside • Brighton Walsh

Cailin Briste • Calinda B • Candace Sams • Carla Krae • Carrie Whitethorne • Cate Tayler • CB Samet • Cecy Robson • Charmaine Ross • Crystal Dawn • Donna R. Mercer • E.B. Black • Eliza Daly • Elizabeth Meyette • Elizabeth Rose • Holly Cortelyou

J. L. Lora • J.E. Parker • Jacquie Biggar • JC Andrijeski • Jen Doyle • Jennifer Dawson • Joan Reeves • Joanne Dannon • Josie Riviera • Julieann Dove

Karly Morgan • Kim Petersen • Kris Michaels • Kristin Holt • Kristy Tate • L A Cotton • Lana Campbell • Laurel Greer • Linda Carroll-Bradd • Lola Karns

Madeline Iva • Mari Carr • Marilyn Peake • Megyn Ward • Melissa Belle • Melissa McClone • Michele Barrow-Belisle • Nancy C. Weeks • Patrice Wilton • PG Forte • Renee Ann Miller • Ruth A. Casie

Sarah Williams • Shereen Vedam • Soraya Naomi • Stacey Joy Netzel • Stacy Gold • Susan Jean Ricci • Susanne Matthews • Sydney Aaliyah Michelle • Victoria Saccenti • Aileen Harkwood

Remember, shop our book fair where you can choose from books in genres from contemporary romance to romantic suspense to PNR for 2.99 or less. You’ll even find a bonus giveaway!

This event is a great one, Readers. Enter the I WANT ROMANCE GIVEAWAY today, and Party Hearty!


Joan Reeves lives her Happily Ever After with her Hero, her husband, in a book-cluttered home in Texas. Visit her Amazon Author Page for a list of her books. While you're there, click to Follow her. To receive a free ebook (download link sent to your inbox) and be the first to know about new books and giveaways, sign up for Joan's mailing list.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fun project for a great cause! by Paty Jager

My story in the anthology
I believe I've talked about Wild Deadwood Reads here before. It is an author/reader event held in Deadwood South Dakota in June. Last year was the first year. I took my niece (assistant) and her mother. We took our time driving from Oregon to South Dakota, stopping at the Little Bighorn and seeing sights.

Once we arrived there were fun events hosted by authors spread out over the weekend with a booksigning One of the events I sponsored was the PBR rodeo.This year they have taken the whole rodeo event to a higher level of entertainment. The VIP rodeo event package starts on Saturday with a bus picking up the people who purchased the package at the hotel at 4:45 pm.  It takes everyone to the rodeo grounds were they are taken on a behind the chutes tour of running a bull into the chutes and cowboys will show us how they prepare to make the ride. There will be the announcer and the bull fighters to answer our questions. Everyone receives an official Deadwood t-shirt and swag bag. A dinner prepared by Number 10 Saloon will be served in a special VIP tent on the rodeo grounds. After dinner we'll take our VIP seats to watch the action. The bus that brought everyone to the rodeo grounds will take us to Number 10 Saloon to party with the PBR cowboys afterwards.

Most of the authors who are hosting the Rodeo VIP package are also featured authors in the Wild Deadwood Tales Anthology.

 Rodeos and romance, Old West adventure, and even a few ghostly tales. Deadwood's wild past and exciting present come alive in seventeen original short stories written by USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors to benefit the Western Sports Foundation. Contributing authors: E.E. Elisabeth BurkeZoe BlakePaty Norman JagerTeresa KeeferMegan KellySylvia McDanielAmanda McIntyrePeggy McKenzieAngi MorganNancy NaigleJacqui NelsonTerri OsburnGinger RingMaggie RyanLizbeth SelvigTina Susedik and A.C. Wilson

Proceeds from this limited edition collection go to benefit the Western Sports Foundation, an organization providing critical assistance to athletes competing in Western lifestyle sports. Whether they need help recuperating from an injury or planning for the future, WSF is there for them.


The book is available for preorder now and will be publish May st, and you can purchase autographed print copies at the PBR Rodeo in Deadwood, SD on June 8th and 9th.

CASH’S CLAIM
Zoe Blake
She was his...and it was past time he staked his claim.
Jessamine Cooper was determined to stay independent and run her late uncle's ranch on her own. When she shows up in Deadwood with an ill-advised plan to win the money she needs playing poker, Cash decides it is past time for him to stake his claim.
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UNEXPECTED CALAMITY
E.E. Burke
A friendship that never died.
Calamity Jane is drawn back to Deadwood by a force more powerful than death, and becomes an unexpected savior in the midst of an epidemic.
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SAVING DALLIE
Paty Jager 
Everyone deserves a chance.
When a miner tosses his daughter into the pot at a poker game and the winner is a brothel owner, Beau Gentry is determined to keep the young woman out of the man’s hands.
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THE GAMBLER AND THE PREACHER’S DAUGHTER
Teresa Keefer
Can a preacher's daughter play poker with a gambler and win?
Leticia Chasteen was always getting dragged into situations she didn't want to be in. Rusty McGraw the gambler was always coming to her rescue. Who will end up with the winning hand?
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A RISKY PROPOSAL
Megan Kelly
He loves her. She loves him. A proposal should be good news, right?
Callie Jones never wanted to date a bull rider. Now she’s fallen in love with Rome Anderson, who’s intent on winning the PBR Championship buckle. When he asks her to marry him, she has to decide: Does she break his heart with a no or doom her future with a yes?
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LOVE ACROSS TIME
Sylvia McDaniel
Is it possible to love someone in another time? Are dreams real?
Sadie Mae Miller is hanging up her barrel racing crown and beginning a new life. But when her grandmother asks her to sleep under a new wedding ring quilt with promises of visions of the love of her life, she doesn’t quite believe her. Until she falls asleep. Only problem is, he lived in 1880. Does time separate the lovers?
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ONCE UPON A DEADWOOD DREAM
Amanda McIntyre
Sometimes to find your future you must face the past.
Past and present meld together in Deadwood when a woman who discovers true love must fight to escape a deadly twist of fate.
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THE BROTHERHOOD
Peggy McKenzie
Sometimes, love is hiding in the most peculiar places.
Major Lucas Hamilton, widower and father of four boys, insists on the disciplined order of a regimented household. But when a bumbling young woman falls at his feet, will he take a chance on her or send her packing before she burns his house down to the ground.
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MAVERICK SEDUCTION
Angi Morgan
Teenage crush or true love. You decide.
Sean Maverick is on a charity auction block until a beautiful woman from his past buys him for the night. Em Stone believed in love at first sight even if she had to lasso and knock Sean off his feet.
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TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Nancy Naigle
Always a bridesmaid, never a bride? Never say never.
Kendra is fine with being a bridesmaid. She hung up her wedding hopes and dreams eight years ago when her cowboy chose the rodeo over her, but when these two cross paths in Deadwood it looks like the timing just might be right for a reconciliation.
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RESCUING RAVEN
Jacqui Nelson
In a gold rush storm, can an unlikely pair rescue each other?
Raven wants to save one person. Charlie wants to save the world. Their warring nations thrust them together but duty pulled them apart—until their paths crossed again in Deadwood for a fight for love.
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AFTER THE FALL
Terri Osburn
When it comes to love, sometimes falling is the easy part.
Aspyn Fielding blames Tucker Stargill for not talking her brother, Colt, out of riding bulls. When Colt is gravely injured during a ride, Aspyn is hopeful Tucker will finally see things her way, but Aspyn is the one who has a change of heart.
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BEST RESULTS
Ginger Ring
Finding the perfect results from one simple test.
Orphaned at a young age, both Adam and River yearn to find a living relative from either of their families. After finally deciding to put down roots in Deadwood, a simple DNA test brings a result that is more than they ever expected.
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A GIFT OF GOLD
Maggie Ryan
There may be gold in the Black Hills, but Bennett had his eyes on a far more valuable prize.
Not one to be deterred by the dictates of society, Lorelai Samuels had a dream to open a restaurant in the bustling new town of Deadwood and no one was going to stand in her way, especially not the infuriatingly handsome and stubborn Bennett Redding.
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GOTTA HAVE FAITH
Lizbeth Selvig
Win or lose, she’s about to take on the big boys.
Faith “Rabbit” Redmond forms an extreme plan at the Deadwood rodeo to convince a champion bull rider that women can excel at the dangerous sport. If she wins his respect, she might also win his love. .
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THE SCHOOL MARM
Tina Susedik
Can a schoolmarm with dreams of a better life, fall for a disreputable man?
Suzanna Lindstrom travels as a schoolmarm in fledgling Deadwood. Having left her parents’ struggling farm, she dreams of a better life in Deadwood with a man who’s struck it rich in the gold fields. Fresh off the stagecoach, she meets Kingston Winson, whom she disregards as disreputable. Is he who she thinks he is? What lesson will she learn?
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TRICKS
A.C. Wilson
Tricks inspire courage and new love while daring others to dream.
Pushed to choose a direction for her life, Tandi discovers that some crossroads are necessary. Surprisingly, each marker leads her to an arena of spectators with her talented horse and a handsome guy who gives her hope to do the impossible.


Here are the links to the book to prerorder at the various retailers. It is available May 1st.