Thursday, January 21, 2016

7th Grade Essay Over Tone Starring Donald Trump

So my kid wrote an original story tonight for his English class, and I just had to share it.  Courtesy of Lil' T - here you go:

The Menacing, Suspenseful Story of...
                                    DONALD TRUMP


            It was a dark and stormy morning… What did you expect? A dark and story night?  Come on, I’m more original than that! Wow. Just wow.

Anyway, It was a dark and stormy morning. When a group of kids went to Donald Trump’s house to do research for their horror game in the making, ‘5 nights at Donald Trump’s’.

When they crept to the house, it had creaked and groaned. Then, the doors mysteriously opened. And when they went in, the doors behind them disappeared. (What did you expect? For them to close and lock on their own? We’ve been over this! Originality!)
 They decided it was too late to turn back and went down the dark and spooky halls. In the distance, they thought they saw a light. They headed over, and Donald Trump’s face appeared on a screen. He said, “This is my house. Now you’ll be stuck here and never find your way out. How about a real life experience of 5 nights at Donald Trump’s? Also, you’d better vote for me, or you will be stuck here foreverrrrrrr
              So, it was too late to turn back. They found a large open room, where tons and tons and tons of walls appeared. Then Trump’s face appeared again saying: “I will build a wall to keep illegal immigrants out of America. I have made these walls because you are the illegal immigrants of my house.”
They had to find their way around a maze of walls, or they would never escape. Then, suddenly, without warning, Donald Trump came and gave them a jump-scare. He laughed and said, “Lol, get good noobs, you can’t even pass night one!”
They had to survive 5 nights in the mysterious maze room. They decided to stay where they were, and then, a bunch of illegal immigrants came through and jump-scared them. Night one was hard for them, but they decided to try again. They made it through many challenges, running from many immigrants, T.V. women in his campaign (We need change, REAL CHANGE! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! - yeah, those T.V. campaign ladies), and Trump himself.  Suddenly, they were cornered. They could not escape. They were trapped, doomed!  Then, they made a deal. They would forge many fake ID’s and use them all to vote for Trump. He agreed and let them out.   
Vote for Donald Trump or you may end up stuck in his house running from T.V. campaign women, illegal immigrants, and Donald Trump.

The End.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Second Chances is Live!

Today is the day!  Make sure to get your copy on amazon HERE if you prefer a kindle copy.  If you're a fan of paperbacks, which I am, you can get it HERE.  Please leave a review when you're done, as it helps other readers find my books.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Oklahoma Explosion and the Power of Prayer

Some of you may have seen it on the national news.  Some of you live here in Oklahoma City and heard the blast for yourself.  This weekend has been one for the books as far as I'm concerned.

At 3:15 a.m. on Saturday morning, my husband and I shot up from our bed as a loud sound boomed through our home.  A split second later, our home alarm squealed through the air as the previous noise had triggered the 'break glass' function near our back door.

What we didn't know then was that deafening noise that filled our house was the result of a gas explosion only a street or two away.  The impact shook the back of our home, triggering our alarm and shaking loose some of our framing and exterior.

As I crept through the dark interior of our house, my husband talked the alarm company through what we heard not knowing if it was an intruder or something else.  They said they'd send out a cruiser, but without the siren as our concern was that it would wake the neighbors.

Within seconds, we heard a multitude of sirens quickly approaching and quizzically looked to one another wondering if they were on their way to our house.  However, when what seemed to be about a hundred police cruisers and fire trucks rushed to our area, we soon realized this was much bigger than our house.

My husband stepped out to join the other neighbors, who were filtering to their yards hoping for more information.  As he turned to look over his shoulder toward our home, he was shocked to see amber flames burning giving our roofline a glowing profile.

From my vantage point, I saw attic insulation and roof shingles falling from the sky all over our cars and lawn.  The immediate concern was - where was the fire and how close was it to my home?  Did we need to evacuate?

My other half, as wise as he is, immediately came inside - checked our pilot light to make sure it was still lit and turned off the heater.  He then loaded us all up just in case the gas leak wasn't just a one-time event.  In his mind, one explosion could have lead to others, and the last thing he wanted was to expose us to a dangerous home where another explosion could spark.

At this point, we have some damage that will need some extensive work, but at least, our home is livable.  We didn't lose it and were not injured.  For that we're grateful, however to date - ONG has not set up a hotline or given an official statement for the cause.  They've admitted to having a couple of trucks in the area fixing a gas leak but have said they're doing a thorough investigation of the cause before releasing a statement.

I respect that they want a definitive answer before plunging forward.  I get it.  But it would be nice to give the residents in this area a hotline so we can get in touch with someone or, at least, be able to leave a message.

As it is now, our state is expecting some rain on Thursday and I need to get my roof and the side of my home tarped off, so we don't add water damage inside to the list of things to fix.  However, with all that we have to do - we are still so much better off than the ones closest to the blast  ... and of course than the house which was leveled.

The man who was renting that particular home was thrown from his mattress and miraculously escaped with some 1st and 2nd-degree burns.  All I can do is shake my head in amazement that he survived and thank God that his protective hand was over all involved.

You all know I'm a big believer in God's blessings through the chaos we call life.  SO what's the silver lining in the explosion that rocked my neighborhood?  Well, the obvious is that our home was only damaged and not the one leveled or blown to bits.
BUT the biggest blessing is that we were able to pray for those in the directly affected area in the back of my husband's truck.  As my son squeezed his eyes tight and folded his hands, we asked God to spare the people in that home.   When we found out the man who lived there survived and then saw the house - we were shocked.  It seemed physically impossible for anyone to survive that!  But God is in the business of the impossible every day!  He not only answered our prayers but kept the injuries down to a minimum.  It could have been so much worse.

 It was truly a miraculous event and a great lesson for my kid, in that no matter how scared he is (and he was shaken up big time) - God is there in the midst bringing us through.

ALSO - a big thank you goes out to fire station #34 (There may have been more firehouses in the community, but I only saw #34 on my street) and the OKC Police Dept for their immediate response and swift action to protect our little hood.  We appreciate ALL OF YOU.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Years Reflection

I saw this today and had to share it. As we start a new year, we look back to where we have come from.
And, we all have our story. For some it's addiction - for others it's depression. Your neighbor might be fighting a battle with a physical affliction. You may have too many skeletons in your closet to feel that God could love a sinner, like you.
I've been there! And He does love us!!
We can go through life saying 'why me' - or we can choose to embrace our life exactly the way it is knowing we're going to be used for good - His good.
Your journey may help save someone else's life - physically or spiritually. Don't let circumstances get you stuck on a path of self-loathing or pity when you can mentally champion them through Christ and shine his light.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A New Christmas Memory

Each Christmas brings us new phases and surprises as a family.  I still remember when dancing Elmo was the hit of our season, as my 18-month-old laugh and squealed with delight.  Then, we moved to the 'Is Santa real?' phase.  There were many years in between the two, but those two Christmases stick out the most.  I lovingly reflect on our family moments as we put up our tree, and hang our family moments on each artificial branch.

This year, my son spent way less time with me as we decked the halls.  As an almost thirteen-year-old, he's more interested in glancing down the hall as I wrap up the presents and decorate the tree.  But I know he's still invested in our family, as he proved today.

My heart warms thinking of what happened today.

We were shopping at Kohls when suddenly he diverted down another aisle, telling me to give him a few minutes.  Apparently, he spotted something really special that did not need me in the immediate vicinity for.  He spent a few minutes laboring over his choice (of whatever it was he was looking at) and found me a couple of minutes later with his arm behind his back, saying, "Whatever you do, promise me you won't look at what is behind my back."  My heart smiled as he was obviously  picking out something for me.

We finished up our list within about twenty more minutes and found ourselves at the counter, where he halted me at the register with pleading eyes.  He told me to turn around until he was done paying for his merchandise.  And since he just opened his own checking account, he had his first debit card, which meant he was making his first purchase all. by. himself.

I overheard him asking the checkout girl to make sure she put it in a bag to where I wouldn't be able to see and to make sure to hand him the receipt.  He struggled a bit with the terminal that sat on the corner, but he managed to muddle through the prompts and sign for his first purchase.

After I was allowed to turn around to make my own purchase - I gave him a hug as a thanks.  This new family tradition where we actually shop together, and he buys his own gifts is pretty cool.  He makes my heart smile with his giving spirit.  I love that kid and I adore our new Christmas memory we made today.

Pre-Order It Now ....

Hey all, 
I just wanted to give you an update.  The kindle version of Second Chances is up for pre-order on Amazon today!  It will release on January 15th, 2016!  Thanks to all of you who continually support my work.  I appreciate you all very much.  Here's the link!

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Second Chances Preview

Unexpectedly, my fifth book, Second Chances, has come together pretty quick.  I had a long timeline scheduled to make sure I'd stay on track for a Spring of 2016 release.  However, the cover came together faster than initially thought, and the person reviewing the book got me her write-up today versus the end of the month.

Here is what she has to say about Second Chances:

"Second Chances is one of those books you can't help but finish in a day or two, but the characters will stay with you long after that. McKay has created a story that is grounded by realistic people and familiar situations, with just enough drama, romance, and humor to keep readers interested. 

Paige finds herself starting over after years of marriage to a cold, controlling man.  Her divorce gives her the chance to rediscover herself, her family, her hometown, and most importantly, the star football player from her high school.  They'd always secretly had eyes for each other, and while I can't say the ending came as any sort of surprise, I enjoyed how McKay got them there.  

Second Chances is an engaging read that may even have you thinking about your own life and decisions you've made.  I hope this isn't the last we see of these characters, because I can't wait to see what happens to them next."  

                             Cara Rice, host/producer of 107.7 The Franchise

Cara's review made my heart smile, and I'm so grateful for her honest candor.  As someone who works with former pro athletes, I thought she was the perfect person to review it as the main character's love interest is also a former pro athlete.

For the synopsis of the book - you click HERE to read it.

Stay tuned to this blog and my twitter or facebook - for release a release date for SECOND CHANCES.  In the meantime, here is a glimpse of the cover.

Look for a release sometime in the next two months (or maybe sooner)!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My First Reader Photo for Saving Grace

This week - I received one my first submission from Saving Grace cover shots.
I love getting creative photos from my readers from all over the globe and am so blessed to see where they come from.

Thank you, Chicago!