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. 

Introducing Kyle Perkins, Indie Writer

Good morning everyone. Today I wanted to share with you a recent interview I had with Kyle Perkins. Kyle is a self published author of speculative fiction. With no less than 7 books under his belt and hundreds more in his head, he is quite successful, at least in my opinion and I wanted to get his views on the world around him and this amazing craft that we, as authors, love so much.

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Hello Kyle and welcome to my blog. But before we start the interview, Virginia Lee Johnson requested that I use this photo as the author photo so I’m adding it here.

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Okay, now that I have that out of the way, I have a few questions. Some are basic, others not so much.

Okay, just fire away.

Other than write, what is your everyday job?

I build websites, fix computers, and build bots(Twitter apps). You can find more info on that here:  https://kyleperkinsauthor.com/

That sounds like a pretty interesting job. Was that your first choice or have you always wanted to write?

No, not really. Honestly, you could have asked me at any point in my life before the end of last year if I wanted to be an author, and I would have looked at you like you were crazy. I am still a relatively new author, my first book was published at the end of January.

Congratulations on becoming published. That is always a great accomplishment. So when did you first KNOW that’s what you wanted to do?

Once I published my first book. I didn’t think much of it, and expected it to go largely unnoticed in a sea of other, better books. When I started accumulating fans, that’s when it hit me that I might have a talent for it, and a responsibility to keep writing.

Well it seems that you do have quite a knack for it. I know that authors usually need influences to inspire their writing. What has been your greatest creative influence thus far?

Most of my influences come from gaming. I write most of books in a way that they could be video games, because ultimately, I want to play one of my books on my PC. Lol.

It would be amazing to see one of your books made into a video game. It’s very possible it could happen. You  just have to grab the right person’s attention through marketing. Speaking of which, what’s your views on social media for marketing?

Without social media, you won’t make it as an indie author, so it’s pretty important. However, social media(all platforms) have been becoming more strict on authors and pimpers, so I decided to make my own social media, built exclusively for our community. Learn more here: www.indiebooknetwork.com

Wow. You made your own social media site. I’m impressed. That must take a lot of time and effort. I have checked it out and it looks even more impressive. I’ve recommended several friends to stop by and check it out as well. But as far as sites other than yours, which social network worked best for you?

So far, Facebook. There are just so many people there, and Facebook has been instrumental in my success. Though, like I said, the restrictions they impose on us has forced me to think outside of the box.

Sometimes I think it is better to think outside of the box. It allows for new and more interesting ideas than the usual, traditional ones. But it can’t be all work all of the time. Everyone needs downtime now and then. How do you relax?

I actually find working with computers relaxing. I have the ability to shut off the world and chaos around me, and get things done. What might seem like a very complicated process to others, is a form of relaxation for me. I just get it.

That’s great. To be able to find a moment or two of quiet and peace is super important to the mind and body. I have one more question about marketing before we move on to something else. Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?

Well, I built a Twitterbot app that retweets the latest hashtags in the indie community. It has sent countless people to my website, and increased my sales, not to mention brought me a ton of new followers. Find out more here:  https://kyleperkinsauthor.com/twitterbots/

That site looks amazing as well. It’s great that you are able to help other indie writers. It can difficult to be an author, both indie and traditionally published. In your opinion, what are some of the most common traps for aspiring writers?

So many. Getting involved with the wrong crowds, using a cheap looking website, not utilizing every form of social media they can, limiting themselves to one genre(then they are expected to keep reproducing the same shit over and over), refusing to properly edit their books, not being appreciative of their fans, wasting money on shitty services(meaning bad editors, book cover designers, or purchasing rights to images that the seller doesn’t own), getting a few fans but then expecting them to carry you to success, and finally… Treating their author platform as a personal social media account. Look, you know if you’re likable, or you have unpopular opinions. Why alienate your fan base by preaching about God? Or how gays are sinners? Or whatever other warped opinions you have. You’re running a business, and stuff like that doesn’t get posted to McDonald’s Twitter account for a reason. A lot of authors want to pretend like “it’s not about the money,” but I don’t know who they are trying to kid. They’re selling products. If it wasn’t about the money, all of their books would be free. I think some authors just need to work on professionalism.

I absolutely see your point. We write for several reasons. We enjoy it but many of us would love to make a career out of it. Which includes: making money from the books we sell. As a writer, what was the best money you ever spent?

Hosting my own wordpress. With wordpress.com’s free accounts, you are very limited as to what you can do. However, wordpress.org is also free. You just need to host it, but it has a ton of options, including selling from your site directly. The best and cheapest hosting I have found so far is: https://affiliate.fastcomet.com/scripts/click.php?a_aid=585985642dc3b&a_bid=aaf57ae2

If you need help, you can always visit my site. =)

Wow, I didn’t realize there was another wordpress site to use. I am definitely going to have to look into it as well as the other you suggested. As of right now, how many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I have hundreds of ideas and unfinished books in my head. lol

I know that feeling well. One question I like to ask other authors is what’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

I haven’t really found any difficulties, but I write the opposite sex the same way I would my own sex. Very human, very real.

Those make the best characters and the best books. Love, pain, joy, sadness, death. Things we actually deal with on a daily basis. Death is a part of life. We all know this. But my question for you is: what do you want to leave behind? What legacy would you like to remain after your gone?

Well, my work. I would like people to be able to read everything that I have written for centuries to come. I hope to keep people entertained long after I’m dead. I am also working on sites and things that I hope makes a big impact on the world while I am alive.

That is all most of us can ask for. Here’s a question: How do you think others perceive you?

Probably a dick head.

LOL. Seriously? Ok then, how do you see yourself?

A dick head. =D

Well that’s not what I expected but I’m glad you are being open enough to poke fun at yourself. Most people don’t. From what I’ve read, in most of books, yours included, there seems to be a thread of immediate danger. Life or death, time running out. Do you consider your own morality on a daily basis?

Funny you ask, I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one that thought about it on a daily basis.

Nope. I’m sure more people think about it. Probably more than they would like to admit. One last question. What pitfalls do you face as a self published author? Challenges? Victories?

Just getting noticed out of the million indie authors popping up daily is a success in itself. However, it’s all challenging. Never get into this hoping to make a ton of money right off the bat, or for anyone to give a shit about you. Do things to make them give a shit, and make them notice you.

Thank you Kyle for allowing me to interview you. It has been a pleasure.

For those of you that would like to  learn more about Kyle, his books, or his computer business, here is a list of his stalking links:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/KylePerkinsAuthor

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ReddenedWasteland/?fref=ts

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14924560.Kyle_Perkins

Website:  https://kyleperkinsauthor.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KylePAuthor

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kyle-Perkins/e/B01BO9SYUI/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Street: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KylesHarem/

IG:  https://www.instagram.com/kylepauthor/

The Indie Book Channel: https://youtube.com/channel/UCeGKDtCb8TpoCounkSK0rpg

Social media site:  www.indiebooknetwork.com

MUST SEE MOVIE

Good evening everybody. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted but after seeing this movie, I couldn’t help but give you a heads up on one of the best movies I’ve seen all year.

DEEPWATER HORIZON

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This movie has it all.
Suspense, tragedy, hope, fear, love, relief, even anger. If you are looking for a rollercoaster ride of a movie, this is it. And to make it even more intense is the fact that it is based on real events.

Deepwater Horizon was an ultra-deepwater, dynamically positioned,semi-submersible offshore drilling rig[8]owned by Transocean. Built in 2001 inSouth Korea by Hyundai Heavy Industries,[9] the rig was commissioned by R&B Falcon, a later asset of Transocean,[10] registered in Majuro and leased to BP from 2001 until September 2013.[11] In September 2009, the rig drilled the deepest oil well in history at a vertical depth of 35,050 ft (10,683 m) and measured depth of 35,055 ft (10,685 m)[12]in the Tiber Oil Field at Keathley Canyonblock 102, approximately 250 miles (400 km) southeast of Houston, in 4,132 feet (1,259 m) of water.[13]

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On 20 April 2010, while drilling at theMacondo Prospect, an uncontrollableblowout caused an explosion on the rigthat killed 11 crewmen and ignited a fireball visible from 40 miles (64 km) away.[14] The fire was inextinguishable and, two days later, on 22 April, theHorizon sank, leaving the well gushing at the seabed and causing the largest oil spill in U.S. waters.[15] A Mark Wahlbergmovie called Deepwater Horizonshowcasing the events of the explosion was released on 30 September 2016.

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A great array of actors only  deepened the intensity of this movie about the United States worst oil rig tragedy in history.

MARK WALBERG

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KURT RUSSELL

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KATE HUDSON

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JOHN MALCOVICH

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GINA RODRIGUEZ

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This movie is a MUST SEE! You will NOT be disappointed. And at the end, you get to see the actual people that both survived and lost their lives on DEEPWATER HORIZON.

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Here to tantalize us…Roni!

Good morning everyone. Today on my blog I have author Roni Hall and her newest book, Montana Wild.

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Hi there Roni. I am so excited to have you here today. I love the title of your book. Can you tell us about it?

Sure. Here’s the blurb.
Spiraling downward after losing two loved ones within one week, Jamie’s world was closing in…until she grabs an unexpected lifeline and escapes. Knowing only New York City, Montana is another world and she is unprepared by how the land, the people and even the animals touch her.
After risking her life to save a child, Jamie shares an undeniable bond and the beginning ripples of deep emotions with her co-rescuer, Kevin. However, her past follows her to Montana and threatens all that she loves there.
Jamie has no choice but to hurt Kevin in order to save his life and returns to New York with her ex, Derrick.
Broken, Kevin refuses to believe she doesn’t love him and searches for Jamie, only to find her in Derrick’s lair. Once again Jamie tries to protect Kevin but this time gets caught in the cross fire.

Wow. This sounds super exciting and like a definite page turner. One question I like to ask authors iswhat first inspired you to write?

As a nurse, I encountered numerous memorable patients but there were a few that forever settled into my heart. Montana Wild is fiction, but Jacob, the patient in the story was real. In the span of a human lifetime, I knew him a very short time, but his spirit had a lasting effect on me.

I’m so sorry to hear about Jacob but he sounds like an amazing person. Its wonderful that you continue to carry him with you and keep his memory alive through your writing.

Jacob died decades ago but he stays with me and inspired me to write.

That in itself is truely inspirational. I know that being an author carries with it a set of challenges but despite it all, what is the best thing about being an author? 

I can’t tell you how many people have told me that writing a book is on their bucket list. I am proud to say I did it!

LOL. I know it is something I have always wanted to do since I was a child. To be a published author is a dream come true. That and wanting to be able to be able to tell the future. That one hasn’t come true yet though.  😄 What about you? If you could have one super power,  what would you choose?

Fly, I would definitely fly. It would be the ultimate freedom to soar above the earth and tour the world!

I’ve heard that flying is wonderful but I am so scared of heights. Absolutely terrified. What is one thing that scares you the most?

Bears. I am deathly afraid of being mauled by a bear…started with a childhood dream.

Really? It’s crazy how much one single moment in time can affect us for the rest of our lives. And sometimes it’s really hard to overcome those obstacles. Speaking of which, what is one thing that aggravates you no matter how much you fight against it? What’s your pet peeve?

I have to say it is passivity. Be passionate. There is nothing worse than being passive.

I totally agree. Passion is what makes us strive for everything we want in life. Roni, I want to thank you for stopping by my blog today. I really enjoyed talking to you. But before you go, can you tell us where we can find you and your book, Montana Wild?

No problem. Readers can find me and my novel at one of the links below:

Facebook:      

Web site:        
http://ronihall.com

Email:              
roni@ronihall.com

Amazon buy link:      
http://amzn.to/1UZZb4V

Wanna see a great movie?

Hello everyone. Ok I am a lover of all kinds of things-books, music, movies. But once in awhile one of these things just stands out and continues to stay with me. This time it’s a movie called The Best of Me. Have you seen it? If not, you should. It is AMAZING!!

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It features an incredible cast:

James Marsden (Party of Five, 27 Dresses, Disturbing Behavior):

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Michelle Monaghan (Made of Honor, Eagle Eye, Ghost Protocol) as Amanda:

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Luke Bracey (Dance Academy, G.I.) as a young Dawson:

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Liana Liberato (Trust) as a young Amanda:

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And Gerald McRaney (Major Dad) as Tuck:

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First of all, this movie is from Nicholas Sparks, the king of Romance. You will know what I’m talking about if you have ever seen The Notebook, The Longest Ride, Dear John, or A Walk to Remember. So just by that alone, you know it’s going to be good. A real heart stopper and a real tear jerker. 

I don’t want to ruin the movie for you so I will just tell you the basics.

A boy from a bad family (Dawson) falls for a good girl from an upscale family (Amanda). She falls for him just as hard. And when Dawson’s father bears him, he runs away and finds shelter with a widower named Tuck.

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The teenager’s love is evident and you just know they will be together. But then, of course, tragedy strikes and rips the two apart.

20 years later, they have a second chance to be together. And it seems like they finally will but then tragedy strikes again. What happens next? You will have to watch it to find out.

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But let me say this. This movie will make you believe in the power of true love, the realness of destiny, and the mystery of life. It is one that will make you laugh, make you cry, steal your heart, and capture your soul. I have added the trailer link for you below. Do yourself a favor and check it out today. You won’t be sorry. Enjoy!!

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Just Teasing…With L.D. Rose

Good morning everyone. Today I’m giving you a taste of a new paranormal romance that absolutely sizzles with a clever mix of danger, sexual attraction, and good old fashioned suspense. This book has got it all and then some.  Please keep reading below for a sneak peek into the vampish world of Blaze and Valerie. Enjoy! 

   


SNIPPET:

A fleeting expression of confusion filled his face, but it quickly turned into shock as she lifted her gun and shouted, “Freeze, NYPD!” 
Gasps and shouts resounded as everyone turned their attention on her. Some people ducked while others gawked, and she wished they would just climb into their cars and get the hell out of here. She did her best to ignore them, keeping her focus solely on the man before her as she carefully approached him. He didn’t make any sudden movements, his brow furrowing as a muscle in his jaw ticked.

Valerie flashed her badge to prove she wasn’t bullshitting. “Get your hands in the air where I can see them.”
He slowly lifted his arms and spread his hands out wide. Then spoke with a voice like black gravel, matching his appearance all too well. “What’s going on here?”
BUY LINK: http://amzn.com/B013GVCC7I
 BIO:

L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but she’s been known to delve into horror, sci-fi, and medical suspense on occasion. L.D. Rose is a member of the RWA, FF&P, NEC-RWA and CoLoNY. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive boxer, and her two devious cats.

INTERESTING TIDBIT:

I got my motorcycle license at 21 and I’ve always wanted to start an all-girls motorcycle club. Although I don’t ride as much as I used to, I still think a female biker gang would be quite awesome!
Where to find her:

 Website: writerldrose.com

Facebook: facebook.com/writerldrose

Author page: facebook.com/ldroseauthorpage

Twitter:               twitter.com/ld_rose

Goodreads:      goodreads.com/ldrose

Pinterest: pinterest.com/writerldrose

Tumblr:            writerdoc.tumblr.com

Just Teasing…With Angela Scavone

Good morning everybody. Well it’s Tuesday and you know what that means. Tuesday Teasers! Today I have Angela Scavone and her riveting military romance, A Journey  Home. Keep reading below for a quick peek inside this emotionally charged book. Enjoy! 



Stephanie Tyler’s cheating, husband stealing, ex-best friend is killed in Afghanistan and Stephanie and D.A. must escort her body home. While executing this difficult duty alongside with ex-husband,  Captain “D.A.” Douglas Aston, a myriad of conflicting emotions makes Stephanie ponder how short life really is . . . and to question her own ability to forgive. 

Angela likes to concoct dairy free recipes from scratch. Sometimes she wins some and sometimes she loses some – tofu, banana and peanut butter pudding we are looking at you.


Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angela.scavone.52
Twitter: https://twitter.com/busterwhyte

Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6683076-angela-scavone

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/busterwhyte/

 Buy Link:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W3UK05A/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d16_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-1&pf_rd_r=1ECR1S1MKJY50BF4CEC5&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2079475242&pf_rd_i=desktop