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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Pronoun users - don't fear!!!

So, I just expanded my distribution with Pronoun ... like a month ago.  Yesterday, they announced they were shutting down and yelling timber all the way.  Sigh.

To all my fellow authors or would be authors, don't fear.  Digital2Draft is a great replacement.  They've got a larger distribution channel and a real LIVE person you can talk to.

My biggest issue with Pronoun was how UN-user-friendly they were.  It was a pain in my big behind to get something to upload correct the first, second or third time.  If you didn't use the right heading style or have a page break at the perfect spot, you'd spend hours trying to wrap your head around where the mistake was without the ability to talk to someone.  All you could do was send an email for help, hoping they'd get back to you.

So, far with one day under my belt with Draft2Digital - I am over the MOON with delight.

So, if you were like me yesterday ... in a bit of shock - don't stress.  You're back up option (Draft2Digital) probably should have been your starter option to begin with.

Call them up ... ask questions ... and don't wait until Jan 15th, when Pronoun to set to delete all books from their system.  Delete them now and transfer them over.  Then, watch how much easier it is to upload your files without a blip or a hassle.  And guess what?  If you get confused, there is a live person in a customer service call center where you can actually get some real help.


Monday, September 11, 2017

5 STARS


I found my first review on Goodreads today.  I was like - YES!  People are surprised and feeling - truly feeling - the emotion that I poured into every page.

So far Amazon has 4 reviews - all 5 stars.

From the day I started writing this one - God whispered in my heart, 'This is the one.'  I don't know the extent of what that means until all the chips fall, but so far this is starting out much better than the other books I've released!

If you've never read any of my books --- YOU NEED TO START WITH THIS ONE.

It's something special ...  the synopsis tells a bit of the story, but by no means delves into the whole thing.  There's not enough room on the back cover of a book to give readers a glimpse of what truly is between the pages.

If you're able to read this one - please leave me a review.  Reviews are how other readers find me.
So, I thank you in advance!

AND THANK YOU, NELL!  I'm honored you like my books.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Book Give-away!


If you'd like a shot at receiving a signed paperback of ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES - CLICK HERE!

This contest is open to readers in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Australia - and will run between the dates of Sept 12th - October 15th, 2017.

Be the first to read this new book! Winners are picked randomly at the end of the giveaway.
Once you've read the book, kindly leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads.

Also, if you enter to win - I'd love to hear from you. Message me, tweet me, or leave me a message here.  



Synopsis




After the tragic loss of her husband, Alexis Mathers packs up her clairvoyant, seven-year-old daughter and heads for home only to find that her grandmother, Evelyn Bozeman, has died in a mysterious accident. As Evelyn’s life was an enigma before her marriage into the Bozeman family, Alexis makes it her sole mission to understand who her grandmother was and the kind of life she left behind.

Although Tyler Jameson grew up on a neighboring ranch, he was a staple on the Bozeman farm, where he, Alexis, and her brother were constant companions - until the day they weren’t. His appreciation for Alexis always stopped just short of flirting, but now that she’s back in town, she’s more of a distraction that he could ever imagine.

Before they realize it, Evelyn’s secrets draw them into a power struggle with a family from Evelyn’s past. A family that will stop at nothing to keep their secrets buried, even if that means taking more lives.

See what happens when Alexis and Tyler are reintroduced after life has molded them into perfect partners whether they know it or not. Read along to learn how a little heavenly help via a deceased grandmother, helps give them a push. And, find out if Evelyn can protect her granddaughter from the wheels she put in motion before it's too late?

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

In the Electronic Age

How many of us are so attached to our phones or our games that we would have a sense of anxiety without them?  Studies show iPhone anxiety is a real condition, and, trust me, most of us feel it on some level every day.

How many times do you wander the house when you can't remember where you put your phone? How about when your phone slips between the seats of your car?  It's a mini-panic attack in the making.

Imagine this times a thousand if for some reason we lost access to power.  How would your world change?  How would medicine get sent to the pharmacy in a timely manner?  If computers were a thing of the past, how would we stay connected or get our jobs done?  It gives me chills to think of how our lives would change.

Well,  a very smart group of people decided to write, produce, and make a series about this very thing with 'Our Daily Bread'.

The show highlights two segments of groups - Millennials, whose concern is solely for themselves and the entertainment-driven world they live in, and a bunch of loveable preppers, who realize the world we live in is moving too fast for anyone's good and are trying to prepare for the worst.

The series opens on seven millennial women who are fixated on the electronics in their lives to either aid them with their downtime or their careers, which happens to be producing a television cooking show.  Due to the result of a sun-flare, which comes a bit too close to earth, all power, including the batteries in the cars, are affected.  Everything shuts down in an instant and all lives change forever.


The goal is no longer instant gratification.  The focus in finding food, fighting for survival, and rebuilding their community/civilization in a new world.


This series premieres THIS WEEK and it looks to be one that everyone will connect with.


Take some time to watch it with your family.  Let it start discussions.  Put away your electronics ... okay, not the television ...but all handheld or desktop personal devices and use this show as a tool to open discussion.

Check out the trailer here and stay tuned!






Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pre-Order Endless Possibilities Now


A few updates for you all...

The launch party is set for October 1st in Oklahoma City.  If prizes, a signed copy of my latest book, and a fun atmosphere sound like a good time to you - then go to my author site and subscribe to get details on the party.

For now, for those of you who are not local and can not travel to OKC for your own signed copy - you can pre-order it here so when September 24th rolls around the e-book will download to your Ipad or Kindle.

**You can use a Kindle app on any smart phone or device ... so don't think you need a Kindle to pre-order it.

I hope to hear from you or see you soon!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Victory for Victoria


Although this is not typically my kind of genre, I stepped outside my box to experience something new, with the Warble by Victoria Simcox.  And, am I glad I did.

The Warble is a pleasant surprise in that it's not just a tale of fantasy.  It holds truth and real life principles that are steadfast in our real lives.  The main character, Kristina, holds the pain of rejection from society or her peers.  Through her suffering, one person sees her potential and offers her a gift in the Warble - an unsuspecting metal ball that is the key to her destiny through another world - one where Kristina is labeled 'The Chosen One'.

There are threads that point to God and his everlasting love in this book.  The story parallels Jesus' return and his victory over a fallen world.  Those that have the faith - will see it.  Those that don't want religion thrown in their face don't have to worry because it's so slight all you'll uncover is a really good book that offers a story of good triumphing over evil.

Any parent looking for an intriguing and thoughtful series for their kids should look at this one.  The Warble is book one of the Bernovem series. You can rest assured this story is a shining light in the dark sea of kid series, which are far more graphic than they should be.

The Warble holds truths that we all carry near to our heart with friendships that form through tragedy and triumph, confidence that builds through self-discovery, and triumph that allow us all to cheer for the victor who's slain the proverbial dragon.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Stay Tuned

Stay tuned for a release date for my sixth novel.  Thanks to all of you, who read and support my books.  I appreciate each one of you!

Friday, June 16, 2017

A State of Mind


I was raised running around barefoot on an island, where we only wore shoes when we had to.  When I absolutely was forced to wear shoes - I slipped my toes into my favorite slippah's.

Then, I moved to Oklahoma and as far as the eye could see - people wore boots.  Although I think cowboy boots are great, it just wasn't what I had grown up in.  So in the dead of winter - I was still rocking my flip flops whenever I could.

Now 27 years later - they're everywhere!  And, it makes my heart happy to see how many jet around in those small shoes that are so freeing.  They not only allow our feet to breath during a hot summer but they instill a vacation mindset.  I think everyone has an extra pep in their step when the slip on theirs.  Nowadays, they come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are blinged out. Some are furry or fluffy.  And some are cushioned and comfy.

While here I am - still rocking my island girl style with the basic plastic slippah's ... or to most everyone else - flip flops.

So HAPPY NATIONAL FLIP FLOP DAY to all of you, who embrace this amazing lifestyle.  Because they're not just shoes - they're a state of mind.  The only bad part about them is that they make me miss the beach!  

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Wonder Woman - Must See Film This Summer

From start to finish, this film was spellbinding.  From the second it came on screen, an action-filled soundtrack paired with flat two-dimensional graphics flooded the screen & allowed a glimpse of Wonder Woman’s journey in life before she evolved into a pop culture world-while phenomenon.   Her Amazon spirit set an entirely different tone for anyone who was used to the television version of Diana Prince.

Gal Gadot, an Isreali actress, martial arts expert, and model easily stepped into the tall boots of the warrior princess and made the transition making us feel she wasn’t just an actress playing a part.  She breathed the essence of Diana, Princess of Themyscira - originally known in DC comics as Paradise Island. 

This film starts in today’s time with a mysterious photo delivery from a WWI era.  It’s Diana posing center with two soldiers on either side of her – all with a victorious smile.  One of those soldiers being Chris Pine. 

Without giving away too many details of the film, which centers around the dated photo mentioned earlier, this story spans the gamut of Diana’s life.  It gives a peek into her life from her precarious youth, as she yearned to be a warrior princess like the other Amazonian warriors on the island, to her adult years as she accompanied Chris Pine, a Brittish spy masquerading as a German pilot, from the beaches of Themyscira, her home island, to the real world, where she attempts to hunt down her nemesis, Aries, the god of war.

Wonder Woman showcases how loyal and fierce women can be in the same breath.  It colors a bold picture of how hard we fight when there’s a cause while still respecting the softer side of life.  Diana showcases this brilliantly as she champions forth in her battles kicking ass and saving the world all in the name of love.

The romantic chemistry between Gadot and Pine was just enough to paint a vivid picture of what happens behind closed doors, without being blatant or obscene.  I loved the tenderness between these two.  Their love symbolized so much in this film ... but again, I don't want to give any of the details away.  

I highly recommend this film for men and women alike as there’s plenty of gore, action, and fight scenes that will satisfy the male population while providing insight into the female psyche offering a glimpse of humanity, tenderness, and passion for humankind.  (okay and a glimpse of Chris Pine’s almost naked body – that alone makes this is a must-see film).

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

No, Dude! I Really Don't Want to See That!

Yesterday was one for the books ... 

I was in a meeting with a sales manager at a car dealership, which was almost coming to a close when someone from the lobby alerted the manager that someone had driven up on the lot.  From the look on his face, I could tell that whoever this person was - was not exactly welcome.

He promptly apologized and excused himself so that he could deal with the person we'll call 'Dude'.  Within seconds I heard Dude and could tell that he was high maintenance from the commotion in the lobby.  He had not only shown up in a test drive truck but had a ton of his belongings inside and a trailer hitched to the back.

Patiently, I waited inside hoping that whatever went down wouldn't be a 'situation' as the energy felt in the dealership was a bit heightened.

A few minutes later, the manager returned to process a paperwork for Dude when Dude stepped into the inner office for a quick question.  I smelled him before I saw him as smoke rolled in like waves.

When he saw me sitting inside, it was like I was the flame to his inner-moth and Dude went from drama-dude to offer your rocker crazy.  Dude proceeded to dump all his belongings in my lap and said, "Hold this sweetheart."

I stared at the prison orange stained sweatshirt and some personal papers in my lap with shock as he proceeded to empty his pockets to drop his keys there too.  My first instinct was to dump them onto the floor but this was a business environment and I didn't want to make it hard for the general manager across from me, who was trying to process paperwork faster than I'd ever seen anyone in my life.  I could tell he wanted this guy to leave more than I did.

Just when I thought I'd seen it all, DUDE slipped a small tube of lotion from a pocket, opened up his shirt, and exposed his chest.  Then, he lowered himself so he was only inches from my face so he could rub lotion on a tattoo, saying, "Do you see my tattoo?"

Imagine me - blinking - and trying not to either punch this guy in the throat or knee him in the groin as I search for the exit, which he was promptly blocking.  I had no way out and I was trapped in a chair sitting beneath DUDE and his ginormous and crazy ego.

I thought that would be the end of it, but I guess he didn't get the response he wanted from me as I thoroughly ignored him.  Because he then took off his ball cap and leaned over to rub his almost bald head in my face, saying, "See my prison haircut? You like it?"

I responded with, "That's a high and tight, sir."  
"Oh, it's a prison cut."

I'm thinking to myself - and you probably know first hand.

DUDE proceeds to start digging in his pants, saying, "You want to see something?"

And all I can think of is - Dear God, please don't let him expose himself any further.

Relief washes over me as he pulls out his driver's license saying, "I just got this cut two days ago.  Look what I used to look like here!"  He points to the picture of him with a heavy beard and shaggy hair.  

I narrow my eyes at the picture and glance to his face, saying, "Your eyes are the same and I'd be able to recognize you anywhere."
My intent was - I could pick you out of a line-up, Dude. So back off!!!

However, subtle flys right over DUDE's head.

He leans in once more and talks about what a warm heart I must have, to which I respond, "No, not all the time."

While my responses were limited and not at all inviting - Dude goes further and begins to tell me his life story.  All I can think about is getting this lotion-rubbing, exposed guy away from me. 

Finally, the manager handed Dude some extra paperwork and gave him a polite send off just before turning to me with an apology and a bottle of sanitizer, which I generously slathered on my hands.

By the time I left - I was more than ready for someone get me a wire scrub brush and a can of bleach so I could scrape my eyes free and cleanse my mind of the image of him rubbing himself down with his beady eyes and wide creepy grin.

All this being said - why does a man think a lady needs to see any of that?

Needless to say - I made sure he was long gone before I walked to my car and drove away.

Be careful out there ladies ...







Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bon Jovi and the POPO

In college, I had this life-sized cardboard cut out of Bon Jovi.  It adorned my dorm room until I was on summer or Christmas breaks and then it would sit in my grandmother's attic waiting patiently for my return to school.

I don't remember how I got it.  I worked at the mall so I could have sweet talked someone at Spencers or a record store.  (Yes, I'm that old)

Unfortunately, during my junior year - my grandmother passed.  This meant cleaning out her house, which set a couple blocks from campus, and determine what to do with her household goods, clothing, etc.  My mother flew in from Hawaii, so she, my sister, and I could handle the task of going through decades of stuff together.

After a full day and night of doing just that, we decided to go out to eat.  Upon returning to grandmother's home, we noticed the front door was ajar.  Did we forget to lock it?  Or had someone broken in?

We called the local police, who ordered us, with guns drawn, to stay safely outside.  The next moments were pretty tense - especially when we heard a lot of commotion coming from the second story of her home (her attic).  We heard a yell and gathered closer together in grandma's yard, not knowing what to expect.

Imagine our surprise when one officer bound out her front door laughing so hard he was crying.  Not one minute later, the second officer begrudgingly came out with a sour look on his face.  He was mortified.

WHY?  Apparently, he saw the 6 foot Bon Jovi cardboard cut out in the attic, thought he was a perp, and ordered him to freeze and raise his hands.  Imagine this officer - heart pounding, trigger finger ready, and not understanding why this handsome fellow was just staring at him without listening to his bark - unwilling to submit to him.

When the second officer rushed upstairs, he immediately recognized Bon Jovi's famous mug and burst out laughing, making fun of his partner.

I don't know about officer number 1, but that was exactly the comedic relief my family needed.  We couldn't contain our giggles which turned into belly busting, side hurting, tears streaming laughs.  It was one of those labile reactions that every emotion pushed through and flooded our hearts - laughing when we could have been crying.  Tears of joy shed instead of tears filled with pain.

So, thank you, Bon Jovi for always giving me that memory during such a rough time in my life.  Although you were almost shot by the POPO - you were our hero.

We were living on a prayer and that officer came bounding out in a blaze of glory - okay not glory - more like mortified, but that's okay.

I'm heading to see Bon Jovi in concert tonight in OKC and can't wait.  This will be my second time and my husband's third.  No matter what age he turns, he ages with grace and his voice is always on point.

And everytime I see his beautiful face, I think of that cardboard cut out and how it almost met it's demise in my grandmother's attic.