A GREAT-ER kind of movie….

Good morning all. I’m here to share an amazing movie with you. If you haven’t heard of it, then please take the time to look it up, rent it, watch it. You will not be disappointed. The movie I’m talking about is                 

                          GREATER

The story of Brandon Burlsworth, possibly the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.

You do not have to be a football fan to enjoy this movie because although Brandon’s goals were to become an Arkansas Razorback and eventually for an NFL team, the movie is about much more than that. 

It’s about faith, family, ambition, determination, drive, and beliving in yourself when no one else does. And if after watching it, you aren’t touched, then you better check your pulse because you may not be alive.

Brandon Burlsworth worked hard for everything he had and everything he wanted. But one of the best things was that unlike a lot of people, he was not only focused on himself but also on his friends and family. He made those around him believe not only in him but in themselves as well. 

He was living his dream-playing for the Razorback team, graduating with a master’s degree, and signing with a NFL team when out of no where, tragedy struck.

Sadly, Brandon was killed in a car accident one day in April 1999 while on his way to pick up his mom for church services. 

His death rocked not only his family, friends, fellow players, and coaches but also the the entire football industry and fans. 

It was a tragic loss of great man. A kind and and gentle giant with the biggest heart and soul anyone had ever known.

In the months following his death, there were several things done to honor Brandon:

  • Brandon’s jersey #77 is retired at the University of Arkansas. It is only the second retired football jersey in school history.
  • His locker is enclosed in a glass case in the Razorback locker room.[7]
  • The Harrison Youth Center in Harrison, Arkansas, was renamed the Brandon Burlsworth Youth Center in May 1999.

The Indianapolis Colts wore his initials, BB, on their helmets for the 1999 season.


In addition to these, Brandon’s family and friends created several charities and organizations in his name:

  • Brandon Burlsworth Foundation

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brandon-Burlsworth-Foundation/191029321118

In honor of his work ethic and Christian values, the Christian organization’s mission is to support the physical and spiritual needs of children, in particular those children who have limited opportunities. The foundation’s logo prominently features Brandon’s signature boack-framed glasses. 

  • Burl’s Kids

http://www.brandonburlsworth.org/burlskids.html
For this program, the Burlsworth Foundation provides underprivileged youth a chance to attend Razorback and Colts football games. Since 2000, the Foundation has bought 30 tickets to each Arkansas Razorbacks home football game. The tickets are distributed through Razorback Clubs across the state. The children are a big part to the foundation. The children are given an official “Burls Kid” T-shirt and replica glasses similar to what Brandon wore on the field.

  • Eyes of a Champion

http://www.brandonburlsworth.org/eyeschampion.html
The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation, in partnership with Walmart/Sam’s Optical Department and independent optometrists across Arkansas, provides eye care to thousands of pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade students. Primarily they come from working families that cannot afford extras like eye care and do not qualify for state funded programs. Applications must be submitted by school nurses or counselors and are available in English, French, and Spanish.

  • The Brandon Burlsworth Football Camps

http://www.brandonburlsworth.org/footballcamp.html

These camps are for youngsters going into 3rd grade through 9th grade. They are held once each summer at F.S. Garrison Stadium in Harrison, Arkansas, and War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas. Children are given a chance to learn from former Razorbacks. Past participants included Anthony Lucas, Clint StoernerJoe Dean DavenportMadre Hill, Grant Garrett, Russ Brown, Barry Lunney Jr., Chad Abernathy, Michael Smith, Lucas Miller and others. The campers learn football skills but more importantly, they are taught throughout the day about character, attitude, morals, priorities and the desire to do it “The Burls Way.”

Memorial ScholarshipsEdit

Each year the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation gives out several awards and scholarships at various school levels. Eighteen students at the University of Arkansas who are primarily from smaller towns and who are characterized as academic “overachievers” receive $5,000 scholarships. Additionally, a Razorback football player who began his career as a walk-on, but then earned a football scholarship, is honored as the year’s Burlsworth Athletic Scholar. The students are selected by the University of Arkansas Scholarship Committee and are recognized in a ceremony in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

High School Football AwardsEdit

High School awards include the Brandon Burlsworth High School Football Awards. Every high school football coach in Arkansas has the opportunity to nominate one player from the team. Those players receive a plaque and a copy of “Through the Eyes of A Champion, the Brandon Burlsworth Story” autographed by Brandon’s mother, Barbara Burlsworth. An even greater honor, the Brandon Burlsworth Championship Award is presented at the Arkansas state football championships games to one player from each team for conduct above and beyond expectations.

State Championship AwardsEdit

Harrison (Arkansas) High School continues to award the Brandon Burlsworth Award to one male and female athlete who best exemplify the strength of character and work ethic known as “The Burls Way”.

The Brandon Burlsworth Award is given out yearly to a male and female at Harrison High School and the University of Arkansas.

In 2010, the Burlsworth Trophy was created and named in his honor.[13] The award is given yearly to the most outstanding Division I FBS college football player who began his career as a walk-on.

TO SOME, BRANDON BURLSWORTH WAS A HERO. TO MANY, HE WAS AN INSPIRATION. TO ALL, HE IS GREATER. 

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Well the weather outside is frightful….

Hello everyone. I haven’t posted much lately. I’ve been working like crazy and getting ready for Christmas. And this weather is nuts! One day it’s sunny and the next, it’s below freezing.

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We just got our first snow last night here in Arkansas. Some worse than others. But besides the ton of snow (ha ha ha-we just got a dusting), the temperatures are sooooo cold. Brrrrr.

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Everyone stay warm and have a Merry Christmas from my family to yours!!

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Summertime is here again…

Good morning everyone! Wow, what a day. The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and the birds are chirping. At least they are where I live. Good ‘ol Arkansas. With weather like this, it makes me think about the upcoming summer months and how much fun it used to be for us when we were kids. And being a writer, one good thought leads to another and another and another and so on…

As my brain drifted from one thing to another, it occurred to me that as summer is approaching, it is time to get our children going on some favorite activities. No, not what most kids nowadays consider fun–sleeping in, playing video games, staying indoors watching movies, streaming music, and surfing the web. I’m talking about REAL summer fun.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here, let me remind you.

CATCHING FIREFLIES:

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CAMPING IN THE BACKYARD:

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PLAYING IN THE CREEK:

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ROASTING MARSHMELLOWS:

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STAR GAZING:

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PICKING BERRIES:

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MAKING HOMEMADE ICE CREAM:

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SWIMMING WITH YOUR FRIENDS:

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BIKE RIDING:

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BLOWING BUBBLES:

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FISHING:

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PICKING WILDFLOWERS:

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HAVING A  PICNIC:

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RUNNING THROUGH THE SPRINKLER:

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These are the type of summer activities I was talking about. Simple, fun, and everlasting. So this summer, put the tablet, phone, pager, laptop away and take a few moments to relive the real meaning of summer. Drag your family along with you. They may grumble a bit but in the end, they will thank you. Enjoy!!

I’M FAMOUS…well sort of…

Hi everyone. Like it says above, I’m famous! Well, not really. But I feel kind of important today. Why? I am in the newspaper.

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                        TA-DA!!

No, it’s not the New York Times but still, this paper circulates around all of NW Arkansas which for me, is big.

I hope it might be the beginning for more exposure for my first full length novel, Angel in the Shadows , and also for my short story, Second Chances, A Christmas Story, which is one of 8 Chritmas themed stories in the Soul Mate publication, Sizzle in the Snow.

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I am currently working on the second book in the Angel series, tentatively titled, Stone Cold Angel.

Also, when Angel in the Shadows becomes available in print version, (around May or June of this year), I plan to begin do book signings. I am in the process of contacting a few places around NW Arkansas that would allow me to set up a book signing table.

But in the meantime, if you’re interested in a good book, please check out Angel in the Shadows or Sizzle in the Snow. Both are currently available on Amazon. And if you do purchase one of these incredible titles, please leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews help us authors more than you can possibly know.

Angel in the Shadows buy link:

http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Shadows-Amy-Deason-ebook/dp/B013KWTIUW/ref=sr_1_2

Sizzle in the Snow buy link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0186SCT74/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_o86exb7GW05YD

I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at one of the links below:

JustABookWorm1977@yahoo.com
DeasonDozier13011@yahoo.com
Facebook.com/amydeason
Facebook.com/amygdeason

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy!!

Saturday’s Special…Erin!!

Good morning all! Today I have Erin Bevan and her book, Wedding Day.

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Hi Erin! I’m so glad to have you here today. So your book is called Wedding Day. Can you tell us a little about it?

Sure, here’s the blurb.

Famous Bull Rider Dallas Day met Cassie Bailey briefly in high school, but her plain looks and quiet personality left no lasting impression on him. Cassie, however, couldn’t say the same about Dallas.

Their paths cross again ten years later when Dallas is home recovering from an injury, and Cassie is the only veterinarian who volunteers her services at the home-town rodeo. She’s jump-starting her new practice, and every eligible man within a ten-mile radius is trying to land a date with the attractive vet.

Dallas’ older brother bets him that, even with all his charm and fame, Dallas can’t land a date with the reserved lady vet. Not one to turn down a challenge, Dallas makes it his mission to win a date with Cassie. After seeing her, he realizes they’ve met before, but he doesn’t remember her being so pretty. His persistence pays off, but when Cassie finds out about the bet, their new love is put to the test.

That sounds pretty intriquing. And like a fun read. How about a small taste?

Alright, here’s a sample. 🙂

“Is there anything I can help you with?” A deep voice asked from behind her.
“No, I think we have it.” She hopped down from the pen. Glacier blue eyes locked with hers. She would know his eyes anywhere. Her heart quickened just as it did the first time she’d ever laid her gaze upon him, and a tingling sensation shot through her.
Dallas looked older than she remembered, broader, gruffer, but still sexy.
Tucker, you have Tucker.
Where was he, anyway? In her haste to get ready, she’d forgotten to call him.
“Dallas? Yeah, we can use a hand.” Chevy still fumbled with the lock. “Can you come over here and help me with Knuckle Head? Dr. Bailey wants him to walk around so she can get a closer look.”
“I really don’t think that’s necessary–”
“I would love to help. That’s why I’m here.” Dallas jogged to the front of the bull and grabbed the lead rope with his left hand. A plastered cast circled his right wrist and rose halfway up his forearm.
She turned to Spencer and furrowed her brow.
Spencer stared back at her and displayed her pageant winning 2005 Miss Frisbee smile, her thumb up in the air. Some friend she was.
Dallas and Chevy led the bull out of the pen while she observed the bull’s gait.
“Let’s get him over by a water hose. I want to get a closer look at his foot.” She pointed toward a washing station and followed behind the men as they led the bull, sure to steer clear of Knuckle Head’s hind legs in the event he wanted to kick her.
From her position, she had a clear view of Dallas’s backside. Everything appeared to be as tight as she remembered, which did nothing to settle those distracting tingling sensations.
Focus.

Oh my…I think I’m falling in love with this book already. Do you have a particular book you remember? Like the first one you ever read?

Well, this is a tricky one because I can give you all the ones I had to read in school, but to me, those don’t count. I had no desire to read those books, so the first book I picked up because I wanted to read was something by Nicholas Sparks. I think The Rescue. From then on, I was hooked. 

I love Nicholas Sparks. Curling up with one of his books and a cup of hot cocoa or coffee…perfect. Hey, do you drink coffee? How do you take it?

At home, I put honey and almond milk in it. From Starbucks, I get an Iced Americano (depending on the day depends on the size, usually Grande, sometimes Venti) with two percent milk and two pumps of classic. 

Yum. Other than coffee, do you ever have a drink to relax or unwind? Pick your poison. What is your favorite alcoholic drink? 

43 with coke! 

I can’t say I’ve ever tried that one but it sounds good. Hey, I almost forgot, it’s Saturday. What are you. going to be doing tonight?

After putting my kids to bed, I usually go to bed, too. Boring, I know! But, despite the day, I’m pretty tired chasing everyone around so I sleep!

I hear you there. I’m actually at work right now. Just for fun, what is one job you would never want to do?

Trash Pickup. Yuck!

I don’t blame you there. But I have had some dirtier jobs than that believe it or not…:roll:

Can you give us a little background on yourself?

I was born and raised in Southwest Arkansas. I spent my teenage years working for my aunt at the local gas station flipping burgers and making milkshakes, dreaming of the day when something better would come my way, and it did in the form of a five foot six, one hundred and fifty pound engineer.

Nice….:mrgreen:

Fast forward ten years later, I found myself stuck inside an apartment in South Korea while my daughter went to preschool and my husband went to work. Alone and unable to speak the local language I turned to books for a friend. After reading a few hundred in such a short time, I decided to try my hand at writing one.

That’s always fun and scary rolled into one. ☺

Yeah. Well that first one sucked, but by the fifth and sixth book, I started to get the hang of this writing thing. Getting the first contract in the mail was a dream come true. Now, with three babies at home, I squeeze in stories one word at a time, one sentence at a time, one day at a time.

It’s hard to do when you have a family but you definitely prove it can be done. What about now? What’s your home life like?

I’ma full time mom, a full time wife, with a little writer sprinkled in whenever I can get the chance. And the laundry? Well, it’s best not to open the washroom door!

LOL! Erin, I want to thank you again for stopping by today. Before you go, where can we reach you? And buy your books?

I can be reached at one of the links below:

http://www.erinbevan.com

Facebook:

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/ErinBevan

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6927178.Erin_Bevan

And you can get my book here:

http://www.amazon.com/Wedding-Day-Erin-Bevan-ebook/dp/B01CSM9M92/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1458588952&sr=8-3&keywords=Erin+Bevan