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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

New Books to Release This Year

It's interesting to see a story evolve and characters grow, as one writes a book.  In writing my third book, Coming Home, I have grown leaps and bounds as an author.  I've been stretched and refined, which I think will result in wonderful things for this book.

Initially, my intent was to weave a great storyline around Anne La Sal, a character from my first two books, Finding Kylie & Facing Redemption.  In both books, she is the ever supportive best friend who is developed more in Facing Redemption to garner the character to withstand her own story.

Coming Home was originally going to be a dual story line about Anne and her estranged sister Grace, however I started to fall in love with Grace's character so much that I decided to give her a stand alone book, hence ... Saving Grace.

That being said I've got two books releasing this year .... Coming Home & Saving Grace.  They will release at the time so that readers do not have to wait to finish their family saga.

So far, within my trusted circle, I've let three different persons read Coming Home for character content and flow.  Each one has given me some great feedback, some constructive ... some just glowing reviews.  The end result is the same though ... all three people have said that Coming Home is the best book I've written yet.

I'm very excited to see how my readers respond, and will keep you all up to date.  Thanks for following me here, on this journey.  I'll let you know any updates as soon as I have them.

Also, for those wanting to read Facing Redemption, you can download the e-book at Smashwords for $1.99.  Click here to buy your copy today.

Thank you and have a great week!!!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Noah Trailer

I've been patiently waiting and can now officially say it's here... a movie of gigantic proportions, starring Russel Crowe.

The synopsis is such:
After visions of an apocalyptic deluge, Noah, the world’s only righteous man, is chosen to undertake a divine mission to build a massive ark to save his family and all of creation before the impending rains fall and the flood waters rise. 
Joining Russell, are such highly acclaimed stars Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.  This cast will no doubt surprise us with their gifts and their dedication to their craft...

However, the staff isn't the only exciting thing about this film.  The imagery and music is amazing.  Director Darren Aronofsky's creative genious set the bar high with this film.

Watch the trailer and see for yourself.  It had me on the edge of my seat.

To view the trailer click here



Sunday, June 02, 2013


In the car this morning, while we were driving to church, my son and I were having a nice little heart to heart.

We were talking about the difference between boasting and being humble, and I asked him if he knew why it was important to show class and humility.  However that it was okay to be confident about your abilities as long as he was humble about them ... no one likes a bragger.

He nodded his head, and said nothing.

I then asked him if he knew what some of his special abilities were.  I try to bolster his confidence when I can.

He said, "My abilities to play video games?  I'm great at video games!"

I laughed, and said, "Yes, but I was thinking along the lines of your kind spirit, your willingness to share, the way you make people laugh..."

Then I asked him if he could think of any other special gifts that he had, just to see if he could think of anything else other than how good he was at video games.

When we stopped at a red light, I turned to him and waited for his answer.

He got a silly grin and nodded, saying, "My abilities with the ladies is pretty special."

I about lost it!  LOL.  He's a funny kid.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

When Will it Stop?

So, it seems that every Wednesday that rolls though brings severe weather and tornadic possiblities.

The tornado that hit last night was a nail biter ... like all of them are.  But this one hit a little closer to home than I'm comfortable with.

First let me state that we, in Oklahoma, have some of the most amazing meteorologists in the world.  They predict this terrible stuff hours before clouds even roll through our sky.  So when they say, 'it will hit within the hour - find your safe spot', and you look up to the sky and see nothing but blue sky ... you heed their warning as they're usually on target.

Now yesterday, there were conflicting reports on when it was going to hit.  Some stations said 3:45 while others said 6:15.  But all said find your safe spot by their predicted time.  And as a mother ... I'd rather be safe than sorry, so I took my kid (at a time somewhere in between the two), packed him in the car, stopped at home to pack up our animals and necessary items, and then drove to my husband's office, where there is a bomb shelter from the 60's .

Most offices closed early to let employees out, which was very thoughtful as we all wanted to put our heads down and get somewhere secure.  However for some, it caused a large jam along the highways and roads,  which meant some were stuck in traffic trying to get somewhere safe.  Sadly, they were left out in the open as targets.  The saddest report to date is of a mother and her newborn that perished.  :(

My mind instantly flew to my sister,who was driving back from a work trip from Kansas and as storms blanketed I-35, she was in the middle of it all.  (many prayers said)

Then it was like the dominos started falling.  My mother texted me to let me know that she was safe in a neighbor's tornado shelter, but there wasn't enough room for my dad, so he went back home.  At that point there was a tornado that was headed for them. (many more prayers said)

Then after my family came out from our shelter , my best friend, mentioned in this post here, texted that she'd left her house to avoid the storm, as they had no shelter to be safe in.  On the way back into town, after the storm, they got stranded.  The highways were shut down with flooding and tornado damage.  (and even more prayers said)

... and many friends and family were in the path of what was to come. (vigilant prayers all night)

Thankfully, all my loved ones are accounted for and safe today.  However Tuesday and Wednesay they're saying more storms are to come.

Please continue to pray for our state ... I'm ready for a repreive from this stuff.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tornado Alley Still Full of Blessings

Since I moved here in 1990, I've been asked multiple times, 'Why do you live in Oklahoma?' 

And, as the weather has become more and more extreme, here in tornado alley, my friends across the nation shake their head saying, "Why would you stay there knowing you could get blown away by a tornado?"

Here's my answer ... every state or region has their issues.  I've lived in other countries and nationwide through the U.S.  I've lived through typhoons, tropical storms, earthquakes, ice storms, blizzards, and tornados.  So, to not live in Oklahoma due to tornado would be riduculous because when it's your time ... it's your time.

Here's why I live here.  The heart of this community is like none other.  We rise in the face of defeat.  We lift eachother up.  We breathe determination.  We love with a heart bigger than the heartland itself.  We smile when we pass a stranger in the street.  We give eye contact and say hello.  We show our neighbor kindess.

And when something as horrific as the Moore tornado devestates and rocks our state to the core, our hearts break ... but we push forward and circle around the victims to heal  and support.  I've never been more proud to be an Oklahoman than I am today.

And as devestated as I am for the families that are suffering from this tragedy, I know we will lift them up so that they may live with strength again.   And because we'll rally around our fellow Oklahomans, they will feel our love for them and know they matter.

Tornados have nothing on the spirit of survival, which every true Oklahoman displays.

That being said, please pray for my sweet state.  Please contact the red cross and donate in Oklahoma's name.  And please feel free to leave me a comment, letting me know where you live and what you've seen about our state. 

Look for your blessings in the madness - they're there!  And if we, Oklahomans, can find them ... you can too.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Evolution of Bullying

Bullying is such a hot topic in the media and amongst celebrity talk shows.  We see thousands of kids, who suffer from it long term ... and sadly some of them do the unthinkable, by taking their life to escape it.

My kid has had a run in or two with an aggressive kid, but what really constitutes bullying?

Some parents I've talked to say, "Oh, kids are just mean.  They're always going to be that way.  It's part of growing up."

Now, I get that.  I know we all have to go through dealing with our fare share of meanies. Even as adults, we still have those mean spirited types to deal with as bullies eventually grow up and  infiltrate the upper academic scene and work place.  I've been employed by a bully or two, who made it their mission to make others feel bad about themselves.

I think a bully is someone, who doesn't care about other's feelings.  They, out of insecurity, push those insecurites outward by taunting others.  By taunting others, it makes them feel better about themelves.

My son is currently dealing with a child, that I've tried to coach my son through.  How do you coach someone through another person?

Well, for starters if the communication lines are open between you and your child, you listen to what is going on daily in his/her life in regards to the bully - and help them learn to cope and coach them to speak up for themselves ... to take a stand.

At first, it seemed harmless with this other kid at my child's school.  This other ten year old was hot one day ...or cold the next.  My son would come home weekly either up or down depending on this other child's mood.  Either he'd made my son's day by being friendly, or made him upset by being cruel.

My answer to my child when seeing and hearing this go on for a long period of time:  "Kiddo, you can not get on that emotional rollercoaster.  You need to value yourself more - than to look to someone else for approval.  You're an amazing kid, and a great friend to others.  If this other kid valued you, as a true friend, he would not treat you this way.  A true friend would be there for you, not keep you guessing."

With that advice, my kid learned to cope pretty quick.

Then once my kid stopped reacting to the emotional rollercoaster, this other child started name calling.  He told my child that he was 'weak', 'small', or 'tiny'. 

Again, I coached my kid by telling him that he was none of those things, but on the contrary he was big .... in heart and spirit.  And that only 'small' minded people called others names and made fun of them.  I told him again... that a true friend wouldn't tear him down.  I told him to tell this other child to stop the name calling, and go to the teacher.

Again, my kid learned to cope and it seemed to even out.

Then last week, I learned that this child teasingly said, "You're so small that I could put you in the hospital because I know tae kwon do."

Okay.  If the other behavior didn't cross the 'bully line' ... this certainly did.  Looking back, instead of trying to keep my kid centered and strong through it ... I should have called this other child's mother sooner.  However, like other parents, I thought ... he's going to have to deal with a portion of this type of behavior as there will always be that kid, who gives others a hard time.

And no matter how old kids get ... that kid is there causing trouble ... stirring it up.

However, I also want my kid to get the balance that he can come to me if needed, knowing that I'll take care of it.  I want my kid fight his own battles, but know that if it's too hard - I'm there to back him up.

Through this experience, I think he's learned that.  He's learned what he can handle, and when to come to me.  Once I learned he was threatened (even if this kid swears it was joke), I called in the calvary with the other child's parent and other faculty members.  You see it doesn't matter if this kid was teasing ... after the year my son had in dealing with the other issues ... my son didn't feel safe. 

Thankfully, my child has other friends to spend time with... friends that lift him up.  He's not letting this kid get to him anymore.  I'm proud of how my kiddo handled this. 

And it warmed my heart to hear in the end of all of this he told my mother, his nana, "I'm so glad I told my mom.  Somehow she always makes thing better."

I love that rugrat... Parenting is a day by day adventure and we don't always have the roadmap to success but at least my kid knows he has me to fall back on.