Friday, December 19, 2014

READ, READ, READ

Friday Fun
One of the funnest (is that a word) things I like to do is read. This wasn't always true. When I was a kid, I hated to read. Thank heavens I learned what I was missing.
Books I read recently:
 
THE STAG LORD by Darby Kaye (You saw the review here.)
 
QUEST OF THE HART by Mary Waibel (Also reviewed.)
 
THE LUMPY DUCKLING by Kai Strand (Reviewed)
 
NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Patsy Collins (Reviewed on Amazon)
 
POWDER MONKEY by Donna M. McDine (Reviewed)
 
THE HOUND AT THE GATE by Darby Karchut (ARC Reviewed on Good Reads - Due out in Jan.)
 
THE ONLY GAME by Mike Lupica (ARC due out in Feb. Working on Review)
 
I would recommend them all for great Christmas gifts or just because you like someone and want to make them happy.
 
There may be others I can't remember. But as you can see, I'm now a reader.
 
I still have a mountain of books to read, but have slowed down a bit to finish my latest.
 
A reminder that MuseItUp Publishing is having a big sale.
 
Also, enter here to win a copy of I LIVE IN A DOGHOUSE. Deadline is Jan. 1, 2015. 
 
 
And last, though this isn't a book, see what visited my house on Thursday.
 
 
Have a great weekend.
 
Happy Reading.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I DIDN'T COUNT ON THIS

Welcome Wednesday!
 
Normally, I leave my Christmas tree up until New Year's Day. I just enjoy looking at it. This year, however, the tree had other ideas. This is what happened. So the tree is now in the garage.
 

Tiger looks guilty, but he's innocent. He and Patches were in the den with me when we heard it fall. The stand broke. It was old. Goodbye, dear tree. You were a good one.

Happy Reading!




Monday, December 15, 2014

CARDINALS

Monday Musings
 
This week I'm going to finish the story I've been working on for at least two years. I am. I am. I think I'm on the right track now. It's gone through a lot of changes, and I really like the characters now.
 
Addressing Christmas cards is also on my to do list.
 
Send cards to family in California and South Carolina.
 
Some of the cards I'm mailing have Cardinals on them. Well, I have my own Cardinals. Take a look. This one was on the fence outside the back door.
 
 
 
The crest isn't noticeable on this one. I don't know why.
Maybe he's having a bad hair day.
 

 
Happy Reading and Writing!


Friday, December 12, 2014

GIVEAWAY - I LIVE IN A DOGHOUSE

Friday Fun.
And today I have a fun offer for you.
MuseItUp Publishing is giving away 5 e-copies of my middle grade fiction
I LIVE IN A DOGHOUSE.
 
Sometimes a boy just needs a safe place to hide, like in a doghouse.
 
Deadline to enter is January 1st, 2015.
Just fill out the form here:
https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/about-us/contests-a-events/win-i-live-in-a-doghouse
 
Have a great weekend.
 
Happy Reading!
 
 


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MEET JANET K BROWN AND HER LATEST NOVEL

Welcome Wednesday
Today, I have the pleasure of spotlighting my dear friend and fantastic Author Janet K. Brown's latest novel.
 
This is a lovely cover. Such a sweet smile.
 
 
Back Cover Blurb:
 
How can a woman who gives to everyone but herself accept God’s love and healing when she believes she’s fat, unworthy, and unfixable? Can she be Worth Her Weight?
 
     LACEY CHANDLER helps her mother, her sister, her friend, and then she binges on food and wonders is there really a God?
 
     BETTY CHANDLER hates being handicapped and useless, so she lashes out at the daughter that helps, and the God who doesn’t seem to care.
 
     TOBY WHEELER loves being police chief in Wharton Rock, but when the devil invades the small town, he can’t release control.
 
Is God enough in Wharton Rock?
 
Excerpt from Worth Her Weight
 
By six, Lacey arrived home, ready to flop. Her mother sat on a chair in the kitchen, her cane propped against her.
Lacey carried in the pizza boxes and set them on the table.
Rachel clapped her hands and climbed into a chair beside her grandma.
Without a word, Mom held out a letter to Lacey.
A cold shiver shook her—the same foreboding she had sensed in the morning. “What’s this?”
Her mother shrugged. “Came in today’s mail.”
Lacey opened it, her Mom watching as she read.
She threw the paper across the room. It bounced halfway back to her. “Well, if that doesn’t take the cake.” She paced, her heels clicking on the scratched and scarred kitchen tiles. The noise level grew louder when she snatched plates from the cabinet and dropped them to the table.
“Save the dishes.” Mom’s tone was dry, with no humor.
Something like a growl escaped Lacey’s lips. “Katie makes the messes. Lacey cleans them up. Isn’t that right, Mom?” She crossed her arms over her chest and glared at her mother. “Did you know about this?” Her fingers began drumming on her opposite forearm. Her jaw got so tight, it hurt.
Her mother shook her head. She glanced at Rachel.
The anger was difficult for Lacey to swallow, but she tried. “Sweetie, go wash your hands before we eat.”
The child scooted a chair toward the sink.
Lacey halted her. “Go to the bathroom and use the stool there.” Her voice shook from her effort at control.
Rachel looked at the pizza with longing, but she obeyed.
The pepperoni and mozzarella aroma permeated the house. Nausea churned in Lacey’s stomach despite how good it smelled.
“Has Katie gone?” Mom asked with a soft tone.
In contrast, Lacey nearly yelled. “Of course, she has!”
The lines in Mom’s face seemed to deepen. Her skin paled. Lacey was sure the cane was the only thing that kept Mom from falling as she coped with the pain inflicted by her favorite daughter.
The fight had gone out of Lacey. Her knees wobbled. She eased into a chair and nodded. “She wants me to have custody of Rachel. She doesn’t even want her own daughter, Mom. What kind of woman walks away from her flesh and blood?”
Both women turned when a whimper came from the living room.
Heat rushed up Lacey’s neck. She jumped up and ran, wishing she could erase her careless words.
Rachel curled into a ball on the sofa, her right thumb inserted firmly in her mouth.
“Aunt Lacey’s sorry. I didn’t mean what I said.”
Rachel sucked harder, pulling it out momentarily to speak. “Is my mama coming to get me today?”
“No, sweetheart, not today. Maybe another day.” She patted her niece’s bare legs.
There was no sound except the sucking. Lacey sat on the floor patting and wondering what to say or do. A clap of thunder reminded her of the unsettled clouds. “I need to go close my car windows. I’ll be right back.”
She ran outside, started the car, and raised her driver’s side window. Just as she got back inside, the downpour began.
Mom still sat at the kitchen table, her head in her hands. She rose, grabbing her cane. Red puffy eyes alerted Lacey to her mother’s tears, something that seldom happened.
Compassion knocked at Lacey’s heart, but she locked it out, when she realized the tears were all for Katie.
Lacey sat on the floor beside Rachel. “You ready for some pizza?” Lacey wanted kids one day, but she wanted her own with a husband by her side. She couldn’t attract a man, but now she had a child.
Mom plopped into her recliner. “Do you think food will fix everything?”
“Works for me.” Lacey tried a teasing note. “Whenever things go wrong, food makes it better.” She huffed at Mom and grimaced. “Didn’t you know that?” Good thing she hadn’t planned on the cruise. She crunched up the pamphlet and threw it in the trash along with a few other dreams. She’d stay fat and lonely.
What was she going to do with a four-year-old?
 
 
PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT AVAILABLE NOW
 
 
This inspirational women’s fiction is available now for pre-order at http://www.pen-l.com/WorthHerWeight.html
Pen-L is offering a 10% discount if pre-ordered before Christmas. Since it will release on Dec. 16, in most cases, it can still be shipped and received in time for Christmas delivery.
 
Author Bio:


Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles. Writing became her second career after retirement from medical coding.
     Worth Her Weight will be the author’s debut inspirational women’s fiction, but it makes a perfect companion to her recently released, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. Both books encompass her passion for diet, fitness, and God’s Word.
Worth Her Weight marks Brown’s third book. Who knew she had a penchant for teens and ghosts? She released her debut novel, an inspirational young adult, Victoria and the Ghost, in July, 2012.
     Janet and her husband love to travel with their RV, visit their three daughters, two sons-in-law and three perfect grandchildren, and work in their church. Find her at http:/ /www.janetkbrown.com on Twitter, @janetkbrowntx , on Facebook @  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Janet-K-Brown-Author/143915285641707 
 
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Happy Reading!





Monday, December 8, 2014

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS EVERYWHERE WE GO

Monday Musings
As  I look at the calendar I wonder where 2014 has gone. What have I accomplished this year? What will the new year bring? My house is beginning to look festive. Here are a couple of examples.
 


Now, I must start shopping.
If you're still looking for the perfect gift for the young ones in your family, don't forget books. I'm having a special on my print books. $10.00 a copy, signed, and I pay the shipping. The titles are all listed in the links above. I have most of them, except for Star of the Team. Have ordered more copies, but have no idea when they'll arrive. I can also send ebook copies in all formats of A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat, as well as I Life in a Doghouse. The ebooks are only $1.00. If you're interested, email me Beverlysmcclure (at) aol (dot) com.
Here comes Santa Clause.
 
Happy Reading.
 


Friday, December 5, 2014

MUSEITUP NEWSLETTER AND THE INSECURE WRITER'S GROUP GUIDE TO PUBLISHING AND BEYOND

Friday Fun!
Here's more great reading for you.
First, from my publisher at MuseItUp
 
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Second, it's out, yay, the book we've all been waiting for.
 
 
 
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond is available for downloading. Thanks to everyone who contributed – it is packed with information! Please help us spread the word about this awesome book.
 
Tapping into the expertise of over a hundred talented authors from around the globe, The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond contains something for every writer. Whether you are starting out and need tips on the craft of writing, looking for encouragement as an already established author, taking the plunge into self-publishing, or seeking innovative ways to market and promote your work, this guide is a useful tool. Compiled into three key areas of writing, publishing, and marketing, this valuable resource offers inspirational articles, helpful anecdotes, and excellent advice on dos and don'ts that we all wish we knew when we first started out on this writing journey.

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Happy Reading.