40 years and counting…

Good morning all. As I sit here writing this, I can’t help but to watch the clock, waiting for midnight, for October 2nd to roll over into October 3rd. Why? No, not for my break time (I work nights). The reason is simple:

On October 3rd, I will forever leave my 30’s behind. Yep, that’s right, I will join the group of 40 year olds.

By the time you read this, you will no longer be reading a blog post written by a 39 year old woman but from a 40 year old woman.

Big difference? Maybe….

There are those familiar sayings about a person turning forty. You know the ones:

  • Over the hill
  • Your life is half over
  • One foot in the grave
  • It’s all downhill from here

They go on and on. Now I’m not going to lie. Turning 40 makes me feel a tad bit depressed. I mean, I have been alive and on this Earth for 40 years and I don’t know, I just thought I would have done more with my time.

BUT….

I refuse to dig myself into a pit of despair about all of the things I have not done or the places I’ve never been. Instead, I want to think about everything I have experienced in my last 40 years.

1. I didn’t finish high school

BUT…

I got my G.E.D.

2. I worked on a stinky chicken farm

BUT…

I met my best friend in the whole world

3. Unfortunately I had to quit college

BUT…

I have a very good paying job

WITH…

A great partner

4. I got married…and divorced

BUT…

I met and married my soul mate

5. I didn’t have the twins I always wanted

BUT…

I did have two beautiful children

AND…

became a step mom to another beautiful child

6. I’m not living in some million dollar mansion

BUT…

I did purchase an even better, cozy, loving home with my wonderful husband

7. I didn’t get on become a NY Times Bestsellers List or sign a movie deal based on my books (YET…)

BUT…

I did become a published author!

P.S. The 3rd full length book in The Perfect Order series is in the early stages…

So, to sum it all up:

I may not have accomplished everything I wanted to in the way I wanted to…

And I may not have “The Perfect Life”…

But what I have accomplished is amazing to me

And what I do have, the LIFE I have, is perfect for me.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Enjoy!

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You can’t go home again….

To most, Greenfield, Oklahoma is a nothing town. It always has been, it always will be. But to some Greenfield was, and is, home. And up until I was was 15, it was my home as well. 

What was once a vital, prospering town when it was founded in 1892 has now become a virtual ghost town with the latest census siting less than 90 people living in the .1 square mile area. (Yes, it’s really that small.)  But it wasn’t always so desolate.

Established at noon on April 19, 1892, Greenfield, Oklahoma was founded when the Cheyenne-Arapaho Reservation was opened for non-Indian occupation. 
Named in honor of the first postmaster, William Henry Greenfield, the town’s first post office was established on January 30, 1900. 

The Enid and Anadarko Railway (later the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway) built the first railroad line in 1901. Two freight and four passenger trains served the community on a daily basis.

Greenfield provided a trade center for the surrounding agricultural area. The town had two hardware stores, four general merchandise stores, garages, filling stations, cafés, a cotton gin, an elevator, and a bank.

The first bank, established in 1908, failed and closed in 1923. Another bank, founded in 1924, was later sold to Watonga State Bank. 

Early-day newspapers included the Greenfield Hustler and the Greenfield Booster. 

In 1908 in anticipation of an oil boom, several other businesses opened, including a hotel, a general store, a pool hall, and a butcher shop. Settlers organized Baptist, Nazarene, and Presbyterian congregations.
Twelve students attended classes during the winter months in the first schoolhouse. The teacher’s salary, usually fifty dollars, was paid on a voluntary basis. Eventually, a four-room building was constructed and enlarged as additional space was needed. 

A high school was erected in 1921 and a grade school in 1930. At that time there were twelve teachers. The Greenfield schools held their last commencement in May 1991.

No census was made until 1940,when the residents numbered 303. In 1960 Greenfield had 128 residents. With a population of 123 at the turn of the twenty-first century, Greenfield served as a “bedroom” community.

As you can see, the population declined sharply. And when the school system shut down in 1991, the numbers fell even more drastically. 

Going back to my hometown and seeing it as it is now was both shocking and heartbreaking because I remember what it used to be. 

I was shy, quiet and my nose was always in a book. (Not much has changed there huh?)

But I remember riding my bike to school and all around town. I remember my friends. (My best friend was named Jessica a.k.a. Punky). I remember the basketball games, the track meets, the school plays, and softball games. 

So much has changed over the last 20 years, the town is almost unrecongizable. 

Here are a few pics of my hometown now:

My old house

The church

The post office

The town park (this is a new addition by the way)

The only remaining store in the town. (Can you believe my friends and I used to climb to the very top of these towers?)

The railroad

My grade school

My high school

It’s in a sad state now. Nothing like it used to be of course. 

Absolutely heartbreaking….

I hate to see how much my hometown has fallen. How lonely and forgotten it is. But I will always have the memories of how it used to be. I will always remember the good times. And I will never forget where I came from.

Introducing…Colette!

Good morning all. It’s been awhile since I have posted anything but I wanted you to meet Colette Cox.

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Before we get started, here is a little bit about the author in her own words:

Hi, my name is Colette. 

I am 24 years old and on the outside I look pretty normal but in reality I have cerebral palsy and I have a       hearing impairment. 
I want to help others which is why    I'm a listener on 7cups but most       importantly I want to help you guys and read your amazing books            because messages from you really   helps me get through the day.
I like people commenting on my      books to help me grow and smile     and writing about real stuff that hashappened and that has meant a lot  to me.
I also like writing fictional stuff but of course some are based on real      events.
I love everyone and I do not judge....trust me I'm a nice person! So send me some nice messages of support and read and comment on my bookbecause that really makes my day!
Now without further ado, check     out these books by  Colette!

The Story of the Suicidal Girl

Meet Catherine Rhodes or (Cathy for short.). She’s a 20 something girl who should be out there enjoying life, Instead she faces loneliness and depression and not only that but a family who constantly puts her down and she feels as if this family doesn’t love her.

She suffers from mental and physical abuse from her mother as she tries desprately to build a relationship with her mother.

Cathy knows she’s clumsy and that she isn’t perfect but she decides she needs to stop lying to herself so she turns to look for a way out.

This is her story told from the very beginning and her battle to beat it.

This is the story of a Suicidal girl.
 Clouded Minds

There’s a girl named Corlina. Just an ordinary teenager or is she?  

7 years ago she had to go into hospital and the nurses said she had to have an MRI scan. The nurses looked worried because they noticed a cloud on her brain. 

Suddenly with no warning the MRI scanner stopped working, the computers shut down and sparks started to fly. Corlina was stuck in the MRI metal tube for an hour. 

Now 16 years old and starting high school. She begins to discover that she isn’t as ordinary as she thought. 

Suddenly overnight she loses her hearing. Now she has a hearing aid and an identity. She struggles between who she is and who she was and along the way she isn’t sure who to trust. 

She finally makes a friend and begins to trust someone only to be betrayed. Is there such a thing as a happy ending?


You can find Colette at the links       below:
INSTAGRAM: @creativecolette14
TWITTER: @creativearse
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/WattpadAreadersdelight/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/colette14

Tumblr:  https://www.tumblr.com/blog/colettesvalentines

**AND HERE'S SOMETHING ELSE! 
COLETTE WILL REVIEW AND          ADVERTISE YOUR BOOKS ON THE FOLLOWING SITE IN EXCHANGE   FOR YOU READING ONE OF HER    BOOKS!!
http://colettesbooksandbits.weebly.com/ 
If you enjoy Colette's books, please share to Instagram and Twitter. If you like a quote, please highlight and hold downon that quote and share it to Twitter and Instagram. 
Look for a new post next week featuring more books by       Colette plus an in depth      interview with the author! 

**Thanks so much for the        support!!


 

 

 

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

Here to tantalize us…Linda!

Good morning everyone!! Today I am happy to have author Linda Bradley and her book, Maggie’s Way. Be sure to leave a comment with your email address at the bottom for a chance to win a free E-book from Linda. 2 books will be chosen at random and Linda will personally contact you. Enjoy!

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Hi Linda. It’s great to have you here. Please, tell us about your book.

Middle-aged, Maggie Abernathy just wants to recuperate from cancer during the solitude of summer vacation after a tiresome year of teaching second grade. 
Maggie’s plans are foiled when precocious seven-year-old Chloe McIntyre moves in next door with her dad, John.
Maggie’s life changes in a way she could never imagine when the pesky new neighbors steal her heart. With Maggie’s grown son away, her ex-husband in the shadows, her meddling mother’s unannounced visits, and Chloe McIntyre on her heels, somehow Maggie’s empty house becomes home again. 

This sounds like a wonderful, heart warming novel. What are some of the things people are saying about it so far?

I am thrilled by some of the reviews I have gotten. Here, let me share a couple with you:

“Linda Bradley’s fresh voice will keep readers riveted from beginning to end. Bradley delivers a heart-warming story full of disarming honesty and beautiful drama…This one stands out!” Jane Porter, New York Times and USA Today Best Seller, Author of Flirting With Forty and It’s You

“Maggie’s Way is a heart-warming tale of love and loss, fear and friendship. With charming characters and a moving plot, Linda Bradley’s lovely debut gently reminds us that it’s never too late for second chances.” Lori Nelson Spielman, International Best Seller, Author of The Love List and Sweet Forgiveness

Wow, those reviews are great! You should be very proud. They definitely are a good part of being a writer. Tell me, what is your absolute favorite thing about being an author?

I love writing stories that connect with readers and inspiring others.

I love reading those type of stories. The ones that lift you up and make you feel good. No d of like listening to a good song. Speaking of music, do you remember your first concert?

Of course. I saw Chicago. I went with my girlfriends and we were teenagers. We were right in front of the stage and had the best time ever. 😄

I used to love Chicago! I remember putting their cd in my radioand blaring it, singing along with every song 😌 Good times. Hey, what about a favorite drink?

My favorite would have to be Kir Royal.

Kir Royal?

Yeah. It’s champagne with a shot of Crème de cassiss with a lemon twist. I learned about these on a trip to France with my mom and sister in my younger years.

That sounds delicious! 😋 What else can you make? Do you cook?

I’d consider myself a baker rather than a cook.

A few of my specialties include: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Bread, Blueberry Buckle

Oh man, my mouth is watering just thinking about all of those sweets. I’m going to have hit the grocery store now. LOL. I do have one more question before you go. Do you have a favorite animal?

My dog Maisey. We adopted her from a rescue shelter, but my husband and I really think she did more of the rescuing than we did.
 
I have a rescue pet too. His name’s Tucker and he’s a shih tzu. And I know what you mean about the pet rescuing  you instead. 😌

Linda, I’m so glad you took the time to stop by and visit with me today. Can you tell the readers where they can find you and your book?

Absolutely. I can be found by clicking one of the following links:

CONTACT LINKS:

Twitter

Facebook

Website

BUY LINKS:

Barnes and Noble

Amazon

Schuler Books

 

 

 

 

Here to tantalize us…Linda!

Good morning everyone!! Today I am happy to have author Linda Bradley and her book, Maggie’s Way. Be sure to leave a comment with your email address at the bottom for a chance to win a free E-book from Linda. 2 books will be chosen at random and Linda will personally contact you. Enjoy!

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Hi Linda. It’s great to have you here. Please, tell us about your book.

Middle-aged, Maggie Abernathy just wants to recuperate from cancer during the solitude of summer vacation after a tiresome year of teaching second grade. 
Maggie’s plans are foiled when precocious seven-year-old Chloe McIntyre moves in next door with her dad, John.
Maggie’s life changes in a way she could never imagine when the pesky new neighbors steal her heart. With Maggie’s grown son away, her ex-husband in the shadows, her meddling mother’s unannounced visits, and Chloe McIntyre on her heels, somehow Maggie’s empty house becomes home again. 

This sounds like a wonderful, heart warming novel. What are some of the things people are saying about it so far?

I am thrilled by some of the reviews I have gotten. Here, let me share a couple with you:

“Linda Bradley’s fresh voice will keep readers riveted from beginning to end. Bradley delivers a heart-warming story full of disarming honesty and beautiful drama…This one stands out!” Jane Porter, New York Times and USA Today Best Seller, Author of Flirting With Forty and It’s You

“Maggie’s Way is a heart-warming tale of love and loss, fear and friendship. With charming characters and a moving plot, Linda Bradley’s lovely debut gently reminds us that it’s never too late for second chances.” Lori Nelson Spielman, International Best Seller, Author of The Love List and Sweet Forgiveness

Wow, those reviews are great! You should be very proud. They definitely are a good part of being a writer. Tell me, what is your absolute favorite thing about being an author?

I love writing stories that connect with readers and inspiring others.

I love reading those type of stories. The ones that lift you up and make you feel good. No d of like listening to a good song. Speaking of music, do you remember your first concert?

Of course. I saw Chicago. I went with my girlfriends and we were teenagers. We were right in front of the stage and had the best time ever. 😄

I used to love Chicago! I remember putting their cd in my radioand blaring it, singing along with every song 😌 Good times. Hey, what about a favorite drink?

My favorite would have to be Kir Royal.

Kir Royal?

Yeah. It’s champagne with a shot of Crème de cassiss with a lemon twist. I learned about these on a trip to France with my mom and sister in my younger years.

That sounds delicious! 😋 What else can you make? Do you cook?

I’d consider myself a baker rather than a cook.

A few of my specialties include: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Bread, Blueberry Buckle

Oh man, my mouth is watering just thinking about all of those sweets. I’m going to have hit the grocery store now. LOL. I do have one more question before you go. Do you have a favorite animal?

My dog Maisey. We adopted her from a rescue shelter, but my husband and I really think she did more of the rescuing than we did.
 
I have a rescue pet too. His name’s Tucker and he’s a shih tzu. And I know what you mean about the pet rescuing  you instead. 😌

Linda, I’m so glad you took the time to stop by and visit with me today. Can you tell the readers where they can find you and your book?

Absolutely. I can be found by clicking one of the following links:

CONTACT LINKS:

Twitter

Facebook

Website

BUY LINKS:

Barnes and Noble

Amazon

Schuler Books