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Wedding Planner Anyone?

Wedding Planner Yay or Nay?

If you are married or have been married, did you have a wedding planner? I sort of did but really didn’t for my small event many years ago. She was either a volunteer (which I strongly suspect) or a member of the staff of the church. (My family and I referred to her as “Sarge” behind her back.) Unlike my understanding of the way modern wedding planners work, her job was to make sure everyone was ready to march down the church’s aisle in the right order. She may have been there to oversee the reception (those were the days when it was more common for the reception to be held at the church), although my aunt, who was also a bit of a taskmaster and whose gift was our wedding cake, probably gave Sarge a run for her money.

Ironically, the one area where we could have used the woman’s assistance was in helping the minister keep our wedding rings in his Bible instead of dropping them. Ah well, everyone needs something special to remember from their wedding service.

We had a small wedding.

Not much work for a wedding planner. The cake had been determined already, as mentioned above, although I did get to pick the accent colors and the topper. The organist was already lined up, because that was my cousin’s gift. We got to select the processional and recessional. My brother-in-law played the piano for the reception. I made my dress, my mother made the two bridesmaids’ dresses. The groom and his two groomsmen wore their own dress suits. Though we had limited funds but still managed to purchase a few flowers and a photographer.

For my daughter’s wedding, though larger (purchased dress, paid string quartet, paid duet, reception off-site, and many more flowers), we still didn’t use a wedding planner.

All of which is to say that my description of my heroine’s work as a wedding planner in Love in the Third Act is based on two things: films which have featured wedding planners and my own ideas of what I would do in such a position. Not necessarily my own experience. Ever seen “The Wedding Planner” with Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey? (Check out that poster. Matthew in glasses. All right, all right, all right?) In this film, the wedding planner is attracted to the groom. But with McConaughey as the groom, who wouldn’t be? The heroine’s integrity is sorely tested as she battles her feelings for him versus her commitment to the couple. I borrowed the idea of integrity for my heroine.

On the other hand

“Father of the Bride,” the more recent version with Steve Martin, featured a wedding planner similar to Sarge other than this one was flamboyant as well as overbearing. Thank you, Martin Short, for your interpretation of Franck, a character that was supposedly based on a famous Hollywood event planner. Franck was my measuring stick to assure my planner didn’t go overboard. However, I liked that he maintained control of the planning process. My heroine isn’t anywhere near as directive, but she has learned she can’t let her clients walk all over her.

My heroine’s organizational and people skills are her strengths. Over time, she has developed a solid knowledge base about weddings. But she hasn’t been called upon to utilize the knowledge, skills and creativity she developed in film school. The chance to write and help produce a TV show along comes just as she’s begun to question her current career.

You are cordially invited to her weddings!

Wedding planner Hadley Mayhew makes the mistake of sharing with a new client her mother’s bizarre request to help her find a man, never contemplating the woman will think the idea of a mature child helping their parent reenter the dating game might be great fodder for a reality TV show. Even more surprising, her client wants Hadley and her mother to be her first subjects.

Kevin Barkley had every reason to believe he’d be a huge success as a filmmaker when he won his film school’s most prestigious award. But for reasons he doesn’t understand, fate, or what seems to be fate, keeps working against him. Several producing jobs have eluded him, notably a recent offer that was withdrawn at the last minute. To make matters worse, the showrunner has been spreading rumors that Kevin is difficult.

Temporarily unemployed, Kevin is unable to refuse his aunt’s offer to executive produce and direct her latest project, a reality show about senior dating, especially since the money involved is obscene. There’s just one catch: He must agree to hire Hadley Mayhew, his former best friend in college, as his writer and assistant producer. If they are to work together, can his forgive her for revealing his fiancée was cheating on him?

Excerpt

Bethany rose and shook hands with Hadley. “This has been a great first meeting. I’ll review this contract with my fiancé and get back to you with any questions or comments before our next meeting.” She glanced at her watch. “I’d better get going. I have a fitting to supervise.”

She was out the door before Hadley could reply. Kevin remained behind to pack his equipment, even though the way he was slamming things together, it was obvious he was anxious to leave as soon as possible.

“Is she always like that? All business one minute and gone the next?” She didn’t care about the response as much as she wanted him to speak directly to her. If he opted out of his videographer duties, this might be the only chance she’d ever have to talk to him again. Awkward as things still appeared between them, for some reason, it was important they clear the air.

He stared at the door. “Yeah, more or less.” He slung the straps of two cases over his shoulders and made ready to leave.

Desperation forced her to be direct. “Are you really okay with this?”

His back was to her, but he stopped, set down his equipment and pivoted to face her. “Hell, no.”

 

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How To Handle Writing Stress

Ups and Downs of Writing

I hadn’t written a new word since June. I mainly stopped writing because my current WIP is the fourth book in a series, and the third was in months of limbo with the publisher. I didn’t see the point of writing book four, if three got rejected. Then, after a few more months, I decided to return to writing the forth book. Just as I started, I received a response on book three. Needless to say, the wind was completely blown from my ‘writing’ sails. The managing editor didn’t reject the book, but she didn’t offer a contract either. She had lots of comments, most about emotion. My writing high was crushed. I shut down my computer and I didn’t open the screen for a few days.

The sofa, my blanket, a book,

and a warm cup of hot chocolate were the escape I needed.

I thought about what I could do to up the emotion in this story. I considered the possibility that maybe I was focused more on plot than the emotion. After a few days of sulking and thinking, I put on my big girl pants and decided to try again.

I know what needs to be reworked in this story, and I’m ready to get going. Book four patiently waits my return while I get emotionally involved in book three. In the end, I’m certain the outcome will strengthen both books.

How do you handle writing stress?

The tip I want to share with writers, is writing isn’t easy. Getting the words from your head into print takes time, as does waiting to hear from a manuscript submission. Then, after all your hard work and time, maybe you won’t receive the response you were hoping for. The life of a writer has a lot of ‘ups’and even more ‘downs’. We have to take a step back, shrug off the negativity sitting on our shoulders, then return to the keyboard. Sometimes receiving bad news is just the kick in the butt we need. In the end, I believe it not only makes us stronger, but our writing as well.

Return to beautiful Redford Falls where a woman who knows what she wants and a man who knows what he needs. Nothing thaws the chill faster than a warm winter kiss.

She’s been on a flight from hell for over eight hours, lost four hours of daylight, and arrived in temperatures twenty degrees lower than accustomed to. Disliking winter for a reason she refuses to discuss, Danielle Lerato would rather be anywhere than in Redford Falls. She needs to get the job done and return home before getting caught up in the small town’s charm…and the arms of the handsome, brown-eyed restaurant owner.

Andrew Haley’s first encounter with the buttery blonde didn’t go so well, and he well-remembers the chill of the glass of water she dumped over his head. Now, two years later, a raging storm drops Danielle back into his life. She’s determined to leave, but he’ll do whatever it takes to convince her to fall in love with Redford Falls…and him.

About Darlene:

An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to put a pencil to paper and plot out stories of her own. She writes heartwarming contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners. When Darlene isn’t writing, editing, or reading, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab.

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Holiday Writing Warms The Soul

Holiday Stories are Fun to Write

‘Journey of the Magi’ was my first attempt at a Holiday story and I found a really enjoyable area of writing. My usual genre is paranormal romance and has a dark edge. After awhile it can be heavy. The lighter love story with cute children and a nice hero gave me a lift I didn’t know I needed. It was fun to plot the fulfillment of a dream.

So in this time of the year I noticed many of my fellow authors put out a sweet story. My next short for The Wild Rose Press was ‘Late for the Wedding, part of a larger anthology. It was fascinating how a dozen authors took the same idea and wrote such variety. I loved every one of them.

The next was ‘Dixie’s Gift’ a story inspired by the loyalty and love of my beloved pet. This was another story to lift me from a dark place. My furry friend had cancer and crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. I was so sad I took that emotion and wrote a story about how my pet would have reacted. It warmed a cold place in me and I hope if you read it, you’ll find the same joy at the end.

I’m working on another short story. I hope to have it ready for next year. It has a Mom and a child waiting for their military dad to come home. Holiday writing warms the soul.

Dixie’s Gift by Barbara Edwards

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Ellen Carter deeply grieves for her husband Dan, but at least she still has Dixie, her beloved Malinois. However, soon Dixie leaves her too. But the faithful dog cannot rest easy in heaven while her mistress is unhappy. Dixie pleads with the Archangel Michael to let her send help, and intercedes for Ellen in the only way she can. But will Ellen get the message, and more importantly, will she accept Dixie’s gift?

Sexy newcomer Michael Burke can barely take enough time from his successful restaurant for a decent night’s sleep, let alone romance. Still, he is intrigued by the beautiful widow and can’t resist entering her shop. Sparks fly, and when Ellen has an accident in a snowstorm, he comes to her rescue. Trapped by a blizzard and aided by Dixie’s Gift, Ellen and Michael find more than shelter–they find love.

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Can We Defuse Political Divisiveness?

We Can Learn from The Middle

Defuse Political DivisivenessI don’t know if any of you are TV addicts like I am, but I love watching all kinds of shows. Sitcoms especially appeal to me, because they are a light-hearted escape and in today’s world, we all need laughter.

Speaking of today’s world, I have grown weary of all the hate and negativity that seems to be the norm lately. Social media allows us to hide behind a computer and spew venom that we likely wouldn’t do face to face. There are horrible, tragic events happening all around us, and the political climate has brought about divide and conflict, but it doesn’t mean we have to live our lives filled with fear and hatred.

The most recent

episode of the sitcom “The Middle” was not only funny, it conveyed a lesson we all need to learn. Each member of the Heck family was dealing with their own contentious mini crisis and they had collectively decided the world basically sucked. They were on their way to a holiday meal and became stuck on the highway for what would be a few hours. They were starving and none too pleased about the latest development.

Frankie, the mom, got out of the car and took her pan of sweet potatoes and set it on the hood, and began eating. Another person saw her and brought out a dish they had in their car. Then another and another…and before long, the entire line of stranded motorists were partaking of a huge holiday feast, strangers who were forced together by a frustrating predicament shared and made the most of it.

Can we-the-people defuse political divisivness?

I wish we would all be grateful for the good things in our lives and realize that while we might have different views and lifestyles, we are all human beings just trying to survive. There are enough uncontrollable events and calamities. Can we difuse political divisivness? There is no reason for us to create additional disharmony. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and please remember to truly be thankful for all of life’s blessings.

About Alicia:

Alicia Dean began writing stories as a child. At age 10, she wrote her first ever romance (featuring a hero who looked just like Elvis Presley, and who shared the name of Elvis’ character in the movie, Tickle Me), and she still has the tattered, pencil-written copy. Alicia is from Moore, Oklahoma and now lives in Edmond. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals. She is a freelance editor in addition to being an editor for The Wild Rose Press.

Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching (and rewatching) her favorite televisions shows like The Walking Dead, Dexter, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, Vampire Diaries, and The Originals. Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.

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Writer Camille Burditt arrives at a remote Bed and Breakfast in Oklahoma to research a spook light phenomenon, intent on debunking its existence. But she soon discovers that, not only is the spook light real, a ghostly apparition is haunting the inn. The spirit wants something from Camille…and is willing to kill to get it.

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A Contemporary Culture Junkie

Do you have habits that are part of you? 

In one of my bios I refer to myself as a contemporary culture junkie, a fancy way of explaining the inordinate amount of time I spend watching television. The habit goes back to my childhood and our first TV set, a black and white that couldn’t have been bigger than 13 inches. I grew up watching first-run episodes of “I Love Lucy.” I remember first-run watching her stomp the grapes in Italy and causing havoc in a chocolate factory. In our home we had “rabbit ears” and the tri-colored acrylic sheet to be attached to the screen to give the impression of “color television,” which didn’t fool anyone.

Since I brought home good grades throughout my school years, my parents allowed me to watch the boob tube when I was studying. The habit, for better or worse, held throughout college and grad school, and it continues to this day. I have my set on as background sound as I write. I only turn it off when I read copy out loud.

Why this admission?

Because this is a large part of who I now am. I have a friend who refers to me as the “go-to” person whenever the subject of TV or entertainment comes up in trivia games we play. The first time I heard this I wondered if I should take it as a compliment or a putdown. When it came time to develop my first self-published books this past summer, I decided to use this knowledge to my benefit and frame the series around television production.

I readily admit my “expertise” comes as a viewer. I’ve never studied the technical part of the medium nor worked in the industry. In UnderWright Productions I focus on the developmental and conceptual elements of the TV shows which are the subjects of each book. In fact, each book’s title is the same as the title of the featured TV show.

I also set this up so that UnderWright Productions is just getting started and operating on a shoestring budget. That’s why the first few books feature different versions of reality shows, because production costs with those can be significantly lower than scripted shows. Thus far, these shows include an elimination game show (Don’t Toy with Me), an interior decoration show (Change Up) and now, with Love in the Third Act, senior dating.

One of the best sources I found

on this subject is Mediabistro.com Presents Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer’s Guide to the TV Business by Chad Gervich, 2008. He explains the basic steps of TV production, but he also points out that the industry is changing at an ever-increasing rate. Evolving technology has begun to make production less expensive and therefore more accessible to those with the creativity but fewer financial resources. (I wish he’d update his first edition, because I suspect the rate of change he described has been even more pronounced in recent years.) With this premise in mind, I felt I could create my own world for the UnderWright Production company and still be plausible.

I can’t be the only TV addict out there or the business would have tanked years ago. The cultural anthropologist in me (yes, that was my first major as an undergraduate) finds the evolution of the industry fascinating. If you into TV as well, or just like a good love story, I invite you to check out this recent release.

Wedding planner Hadley Mayhew makes the mistake of sharing with a new client her mother’s bizarre request to help her find a man, never contemplating the woman will think the idea of a mature child helping their parent reenter the dating game might be great fodder for a reality TV show. Even more surprising, her client wants Hadley and her mother to be her first subjects.

Kevin Barkley had every reason to believe he’d be a huge success as a filmmaker when he won his film school’s most prestigious award. But for reasons he doesn’t understand, fate, or what seems to be fate, keeps working against him. Several producing jobs have eluded him, notably a recent offer that was withdrawn at the last minute. To make matters worse, the showrunner has been spreading rumors that Kevin is difficult.

Temporarily unemployed, Kevin is unable to refuse his aunt’s offer to executive produce and direct her latest project, a reality show about senior dating, especially since the money involved is obscene. There’s just one catch: He must agree to hire Hadley Mayhew, his former best friend in college, as his writer and assistant producer. If they are to work together, can his forgive her for revealing his fiancée was cheating on him?

Excerpt

Bethany rose and shook hands with Hadley. “This has been a great first meeting. I’ll review this contract with my fiancé and get back to you with any questions or comments before our next meeting.” She glanced at her watch. “I’d better get going. I have a fitting to supervise.”

She was out the door before Hadley could reply. Kevin remained behind to pack his equipment, even though the way he was slamming things together, it was obvious he was anxious to leave as soon as possible.

“Is she always like that? All business one minute and gone the next?” She didn’t care about the response as much as she wanted him to speak directly to her. If he opted out of his videographer duties, this might be the only chance she’d ever have to talk to him again. Awkward as things still appeared between them, for some reason, it was important they clear the air.

He stared at the door. “Yeah, more or less.” He slung the straps of two cases over his shoulders and made ready to leave.

Desperation forced her to be direct. “Are you really okay with this?”

His back was to her, but he stopped, set down his equipment and pivoted to face her. “Hell, no.”

 

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Stepping outside the comfort zone

Let’s Step Outside

These days pretty much everything feels like it’s outside my comfort zone. Except napping. I love a good nap. And my cat, Luna, is always trying to sucker me into a nice long nap in the middle of the day.

But, I can’t spend all my time sleeping. (Sorry, Luna!) And when I do step outside that safety zone, I almost always find the excursion was worth any initial discomfort. It’s the first steps that are the hardest.

In writing, authors are often told to “write what you know.” Seems simple, right? Nice and tidy, and no need to step outside of that oh-so-comfortable zone we all love. But it can also be, well, boring.

So what’s an author to do?

Make shit up, of course. It’s what we do, right?

Not so quick. Characters, their stories, and imaginative new worlds they live in are only limited by our imagination—eh, that’s not entirely true. Ever have a character do something in a book that you know is wrong? (Like a Regency duke deciding to bypass his wastrel eldest son so the dutiful youngest could inherit the title—couldn’t have happened.

This one will drive some avid Regency readers insane!) Probably pulled you right out of the story. Authors absolutely HATE it when readers get pulled out of the story. Whether due to shoddy research or cute kittens who like to nap, we don’t want you to put that book down until you’re sighing with happiness at the ending.

By now you’ve probably realized I’m something of a worry-wart.

I live in fear of the questions I never even thought to ask while I research something or other. My most recent story, ON HER OWN (featured in SNOWBOUND IN HAVENPORT) has me biting my nails because the heroine is not of the same race as me.

The story is not about her race, but obviously, her race is part of who she is and I hope I’ve done her justice without falling prey to stereotypes. I’m nervous as hell about it, but felt compelled to step out of my zone and write her story. She started as a secondary character in a previous Havenport story and by the end of that book, I knew she was going to have to get a book of her own. Her hero wouldn’t have it any other way.

And even though I freak out every time I step out of my comfort zone, I know I’m going to do it again.

ON HER OWN

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Stepping outside the comfort zone

Finally free of her abusive ex-husband, and the magick that bound her to him, Jennifer Venkat returns to Havenport for a wedding. She never planned on going back to the scene of so much pain, but she couldn’t help but think about the man who’d helped her through it all. Will she rekindle the spark she felt with the groom’s best man, or is she not yet ready to risk her heart?

Braeden Tiede can’t wait to see Jennifer again. Ever since their one weekend together, he hasn’t been able to get her out of his mind. She’s been through a lot, and he’s determined to prove he’s nothing like her ex. But is he man enough to be there for her when she needs him the most?

When Jennifer receives threatening messages, her latent power turns a gentle snowfall into a raging blizzard. Snowed in and terrified, Jennifer can’t control her magick. Can Braeden help Jennifer through her fear, or will she run from her past and destroy any hope for their future?

Check out more Havenport books

  

A Romance Novella Anthology

Ghosts have taken over Havenport! Four restless ghosts…four tales of love.

The Witching Hour by Ruth A. Casie ~ Lost: One locket filled with memories. Will finding it lead to peace and happiness?

The Ghost of You by Emma Kaye ~ A ghost saved his life, then broke his heart. Years later, he may have found a way to bring her back, but will the act of saving her destroy him?

A Spirit’s Bond by Nicole S. Patrick ~ A connection, which knows no boundaries, helps a couple find their way to love.

Kindred Spirits by Lita Harris ~ A young widow must find a way to work through her grief in order to move on and find happiness once again.

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Does NaNo Help Or Hinder Your Muse

NaNO till You Can’t Write Mo

It’s November, that magical thankful month when writers decide to push themselves and complete a novel in one month. Many complete the challenge. Others do not. But that’s not what this is about. This about my personal journey last year through NaNoWriteMo and the sixty-thousand-word behemoth currently residing under the working title of “What Hath I Done?”

I shouldn’t have tried last year to participate. I wasn’t in the right head space. I had too much personal drama going on. I had no idea what to write. But, as a good friend who is also a writer told me many times, just put the words down. Then you can edit later.

So as soon as the last little Halloween chocolate mini was given away, I sat down at my computer to start my magnum opus. I chose a set of characters, I devised a general plot, and I developed a bad guy. With a full pitcher of ice tea, and a clean notebook for jotting down notes, I set about writing.

First, I am not a planner.

I’ve been a pantser since elementary school and book report deadlines that always seemed to leap up and surprise me. So it wasn’t long, November 6th of last year to be precise, when I realized that my topic had veered wildly off course.

My heroine was having lustful thoughts about the bad guy, the hero was just not into saving anyone, and the most interesting character was a golden retriever who barked at empty corners. Since I was more than three chapters into this mess I was attempting to craft into a book, I decided to keep going and see just how weird this thing could get.

I set a forest on fire to cover up a break-in. I exploded a landmine under an SUV on a narrow mountain road only to flip up against a tree, thereby saving everyone from falling a thousand feet into a gorge filled with poison ivy. I built mining tunnels throughout the mountains, filled with secret rooms used for hiding moonshine and holding mystic ritual ceremonies.

There were love scenes

that could have inspire a gymnastic routine. Car chases around town in rush hour traffic, where the entire chase moved no faster than fifteen miles per hour and the trick was to keep moving from lane to lane without crossing in front of the bad guys. Oh, the penultimate moment when the hero and his lady had to raft down a slow-moving river while hiding from a gunship drone looking for them.

By Thanksgiving I had reached my word count goal, and stuck my tongue at all those who said I couldn’t make it. After hitting save for the final time, I closed the document and haven’t looked at it since.

I’ve concluded that while I always feel the stories weaving themselves inside my head, not every thread is a gem. I’ve also discovered that I cannot push my muse. She’s a capricious wench, and to deny her the time to build her stories her way, is to court literary goulash of a horrific manner.

Someday I will open this file again…

read through the gumbo of a story I threw together in honor of the great November writing exercise. There might actually be a real book in there, once I get past all the gadgets and gimmicks and lame interactions that I threw into the mix to make daily word counts. But never again will I push myself to commit to something I don’t feel inside. Without that commitment from my inner guide, nothing happens.

I applaud all those who are participating and wish them great success. They possess an ability I find lacking in myself.

But if you know anyone interested in a story with international terrorists running a gold mining operation in the wilds of Northern Georgia, discovered by a team doing a modeling shoot at a secluded mountain chalet, have I got a book for them!

Nancy’s Best Author Advice:

So, I plod forward a few paragraphs at a time. It’s progress, and I am definitely not complaining. I will take them as they come and work them into sentences. Slowly but surely the pages of the stories in my life will creep forward. That is the direction I choose, and I thank all that is holy for the ability to do so.

In the end, that is all I need.

About Nancy:

Nancy Reece won her first writing contest in seventh grade, and a life long passion was awakened. Born in Pennsylvania, but raised in the South, Nancy studied Psychology at Wesleyan College in Macon Georgia and Computer Information Systems at Southern Polytechnical College. She is married, and lives in the Atlanta area along with two children, two dogs, and a cat. In her spare time she is very active in animal rescue, especially horses, and is on the Board of Directors for Blue Skies Riding Academy, a 501c3 equine rescue dedicated to rehabilitating and retraining horses which have been redeemed from slaughter pens and other abusive situations.

To everything there is a season

Raised in a dysfunctional family, Cassandra Devlyn Ferguson has tried to leave the past behind and carve out a new life with her husband, former Black Ops specialist, Sean Ferguson. Her family’s shady business dealings never involved her, and she intends to keep it that way.

Sean wants nothing more than to be a devoted, loving husband. But his new job sends him to the front lines at some of the world’s most dangerous spots. For years, he’s blamed his Irish wanderlust for the risks, but the truth is ‘ he enjoys the rush of adrenaline danger brings. When the Devlyn family’s mistakes come looking for Cassie, it’s up to Sean to bring her home safely.

The one positive? Cassie knows all about her family’s true nature and is willing to walk away from everything to stay with him. The negative? Someone wants them dead and will stop at nothing to keep all the skeletons in the closet.

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Seeing Thanksgiving Differently

I’m Seeing Thanksgiving Differently This Year

Judy Ann DavisAmong many things I’m thankful for as Thanksgiving rolls around is the ability of being able to see.

Humans have a multitude of senses, and these senses are our contact to the environment. Traditionally, sight (vision), hearing (audition), taste (gustation), smell (olfaction), and touch (somatosensation) are the five recognized senses.

But by far, the most important organs of sense are our eyes since we perceive up to 80% of all impressions by means of our sight. And if other senses such as taste or smell stop working, it’s the eyes that best protect us from danger.

I received two new lenses for my eyes in October and, though it wasn’t a difficult procedure, it was something that made me stop and reanalyze how much I take my sight for granted.

Think about it.

Daily, we use our eyes from the moment we awake each morning to when we retire for the night. We use them to eat, play, and work. As writers, we use our sight continually when reading, writing, using the computer, doing research, or when taking a break to grab a snack or to watch television or even dial the phone.

Our eyes are also a recorder of all events that take place in our lives. If it’s said, our eyes are windows to our souls, isn’t our sight actually a window to our entire world around us?

This Thanksgiving, when we glance around our table at our cherished folk who are celebrating with us, let’s give thanks for our eyesight which allows us to enjoy the celebration—along with all the other gifts and blessings The Almighty has bestowed upon us. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Writing Short Stories

I am showcasing my newest release this year, called “Four White Roses.” I am happy to announce that it was a finalist in the Book Excellence Awards. The Book Excellence Awards were founded by Literary Excellence Incorporated. Books that have received a Book Excellence Award have been recognized for their high quality design, writing and overall market appeal. It is a cross genre novel that includes mystery, romance, and a paranormal element.

BLURB:

When widower Rich Redman returns to Pennsylvania with his young daughter to sell his deceased grandmother’s house, he discovers Grandmother Gertie’s final request was for him to find a missing relative and a stash of WWI jewels.

Torrie Larson, single mom, is trying to make her landscape center and flower arranging business succeed while attempting to save the lineage of a rare white rose brought from Austria in the 1900s.

Together, the rich Texas lawyer and poor landscape owner team up to rescue the last rose and fulfill a dead woman’s wishes. But in their search to discover answers to the mysteries plaguing them, will Rich and Torrie also discover love in each other’s arms? Or will a meddling ghost, a pompous banker, and an elusive stray cat get in their way?

A WORD ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Judy Ann DavisJudy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, PA. She holds a degree in Journalism and Communications and has written for industry and education throughout her career.

Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines and anthologies, and have received numerous award. Nineteen of them have been collected in “Up on the Roof and Other Stories.”

When Judy Ann is not behind a computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are few.

She is a member of Pennwriters, Inc. and Romance Writers of America, and divides her time between Central Pennsylvania and New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Visit Judy:

Her blog: www.judyanndavis.blogspot.com

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Other Judy Ann Davis Titles:

RED FOX WOMAN

UNDER STARRY SKIES

KEY TO LOVE

SWEET KISS

UP ON THE ROOF AND OTHER STORIES

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Moonlight And Mystery

It’s all about the moments

And For My Next Trick…

Ever feel like life wants you to entertain it? Or that the Universe has a fetish for creating obstacles on the simplest path? Well, join the club. I’ll impart to you the wisdom gained in all my years of living: life changes. That’s it’s MO, it’s deep secret. As soon as you think you’ve got it, it moves. It’s like those stores that you frequent where you think you know all the aisles and what’s on them. Then you enter one day, and some demented designer has “remodeled” the entire place. You’re left standing in the center, wanting to scream because you can’t find the socks you’re looking for.

That’s a bit what it’s like when you’re a writer.

Sometimes I swear the publishing business is nothing but shifting sand. What they want, what they feel readers want, it’s all a guessing game. It also depends on exactly that: what they want. What appeals to a particular editor, or what the publishing house wants to focus on. It’s the same in other professions. I worked as a pre-school teacher for several years, and what’s considered best practices too often depends on how much money the state has to spend and what the latest fad is.

It’s easy to get wrapped up

…trying to figure this out, both in life and in your work. There is another gem of wisdom, however, that I’ve found mitigates some of the craziness: enjoy the moment. If you’re writing a story that captivates you, or makes you laugh, write on. Enjoy the process. If you’re teaching little children and they cart you off schedule into the wonderland in their heads (they are worse than the Pied Piper at this), then enjoy the trip. At its best, life is a collection of those moments. They change, with some repeating themselves years later and some never coming again. It’s the journey that counts, so sit back and enjoy the crazy trip.

About Debra Doggett

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Being a writer is more than something I do. It is the way I see the world, the way I process it. I believe in the power of stories. They make us smile, make us think, and give us untold moments of enjoyment. My stories come from the landscape around me and the worlds I build in my head. I am proud to be a storyteller, and I hope my work leaves you both satisfied and entertained.

It's all about the moments.

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Moonlight And Mystery

Writing A double-edge sword

Fall is a double-edge sword

Fall is a double-edge sword…for me. Summer’s hot and humid temperatures are a fading memory. In my neck of the woods, Northern Wisconsin, the leaves are changing, giving us a last hurrah before winter sets in.

Cooler temperatures also mean the loss of something I absolutely love to do – be outdoors. I love to camp, hike, bike, and most of all write outdoors. I either sit on our back deck or go to a park. Every fall I spend a week camping by myself where I can sit beneath the camper’s awning and type away while listening to the birds and the leaves fall.

But with temperatures dropping

…I have to ween myself from writing outside and back in the house. It’s difficult. The past few weeks, we’ve had above seasonal temps, but not warm enough to sit on the deck. So, I’ve been driving to a park and writing in my van. I park near a pond or lake, crack the windows to hear nature’s sounds, and work away, taking a few breaks to walk around. It’s amazing how many words I can get written in a few hours.

But I know that’s going to change

and change quickly. I hate writing at my desk, so I’m easing myself to writing on the couch in the living room or basement. I had my husband bring up one of my favorite comfy recliners from the basement, giving me another option for where to write.

I dread the quickly approaching day when I have to say goodbye to my favorite place to write, and as winter starts and wears on, I’ll be dreaming of spring and I can take my laptop back onto the deck and work away.

 

Missing My Heart

 

Can hidden love notes and money bring two people together or tear them apart.

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Blurb: Time: 1975. Place: Bourbonville

After the death of the grandmother Ellie Farrell had lived with since she was sixteen, she is tasked with the job of cleaning out the over-packed house. When Ellie begins to find love notes and money from a Burt to Randi spanning over four decades, she sets out to find out who these people are and what they have to do with her. An unexpected check for $100,000 dollars delivered to her house, ramps up the mystery – especially when death threats begin to arrive.

Patton Trullinger, an investigative reporter, comes to Chandler County to research bootleggers for a book he’s contracted for. As a Vietnam veteran, he’s dealing with PTSD. When he meets Ellie, he finds her mystery too good to pass up.

Who are Burt and Randi? Who is sending death threats? Will Ellie and Patton’s love bloom as the mystery deepens?

About the Author:

As a child, Tina Susedik always had stories floating around in her head, but had no idea those stories could be put down in book form as writing stories wasn’t taught in her classes. One day her brother (yes, her brother) introduced her to Kathleen Woodiwiss’ The Flame and the Flower. Tina was hooked and a love of reading, and eventually writing romance, began. Besides her romances, she is also a non-fiction writer with seven history books in print. She also has written and published two children’s books. She also writes under her pen name, Anita Kidesu. This winter she will begin hosting a radio talk show, “Your Book Garden” on Authors on the Air Radio Network.

Tina has been married for forty-four years and lives in Northwestern Wisconsin. She has two children and five grandchildren. After careers in accounting and teaching (not necessarily at the same time), she found her career in writing is what fulfills her the most. When not writing, she loves camping, hiking, photography, reading, and playing with her five grandchildren.

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