Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

Here we are the day before Christmas. I am still sitting next to a stove with a roaring fire and am preparing for a day of cookie making excitement with the family.  I am thinking about the people I am not near this holiday and missing you. Yet, I am so excited to be sharing this holiday with Casey, Ken, Raevyndaun, Vykktoria, Vladmier, and Valerie.  This is a Christmas present that  I have been enjoying for two weeks and I am still having a blast.

Sure, I found the Frozen tundra plague and have been coughing and hacking to beat that band, but I also have had some beautiful children bringing me cups of tea and pb&j sandwiches in order to make me feel better.  That makes the cold tolerable.

My gifts to the family will bring even more opportunities for snuggling together and I can’t wait to share them with the children.  Even as I miss my little Sarah and the Alabama kids as well as Jacob and Nathan, I am truly having a wonderful time. My heart is full.

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While I am here looking at a frozen Lake Michigan, and you are in another part of the world celebrating Christmas alone, know you are in my thoughts and my heart.

 

Snap chat holiday picture!

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Merry Christmas everyone!  

 

Many Miles in One Weekend, Going home for 2 Days

We traveled from Kentucky to Alabama to see family. Wow, what a quick and exhausting trip.Although, it was totally worth it. I was able to see my son, daughter-in-law and 6 grandchildren that live near Birmingham. This is 9 of 13 grandchildren visiting their great Grandmother on her 90th birthday. She is recovering from a broken hip and was although glad to see them, was probably glad to see the room clear out after the cake and ice cream.   visiting-nanny

The day we arrived in Alabama we traveled to Hanceville to see their cousin’s farm. He is raising cows, chickens and 3 pigs. Fred took us out to see the baby that arrived right after we got there. The baby was sweet and took its time getting to her feet. That was the 90th cow born this year on the farm.

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6 years old holding her first live chicken. 

On the way to my son’s house, we drove over the covered bridge in Rosa, Alabama. It was a beautifully protected bridge. covered-bridge

I picked up a new stereo audio cord by Gotor and when we were on the road, we tried the auxiliary cord out. Believe it or not made the already great sounding iPhone, sound even more amazing. The cord added so much to the quality of the sound. The tone was much richer than with the original cables. I was surprised how much better they sounded with the cables.  The flexible cord is really pretty, it is red with gold ends. The best part was the ends fit into the phone better than the original cables. I have a case on my phone and the plug was longer and slid into place perfectly.  My son in law is the audiophile in the house, but he was proud of my find. Now he wants them for his own car. I will probably loan them to him as I only use the car on occasion. See how pretty?  boxed pretty-cable

 

The last night we stayed with Kim, I tried a new thing called Tequila. Lime, salt, and the attractive bottle of Petrone. bottleWho expected it to be made from a cactus?  Not me.  I didn’t mind it after that first drink. It didn’t taste too strong. After a few small glasses of the cactus juice, we went downstairs and watched the teenagers play pool. It was nice seeing them learn how to play. Now they want a pool table of their own. We have potential sharks in our family.

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Before leaving the state we took the family to see my Dad in Decatur and took the kids and grandkids out to dinner.  It took 2 long tables to seat us all. It was a wonderful time with our loving family. Of the 13 grandchildren I had 9 altogether at one time. Quite the feat.

As we left Alabama and entered Kentucky we decided to stop and see Lincoln’s birthplace. I had no idea it was such an attractive park and museum. There was a film, articles from the family and paintings.  Then there was the Kentucky Lincoln Monument, complete with little cabin inside.  What a great find!

A quick recap of the trip. I have to thank my lovely friend Kim for housing us Friday night and Saturday. We had a laughter-filled two nights. She also treated me to a new to me “antique” reader and an “antique” history book.  I love having a friend who knows me so well.  It was so wonderful to see everyone. No matter how quick it is, it is always worth the effort. I leave a part of my heart there, every time I go back to Sweet home Alabama.

 

A Whole Wide World is Opening and I am Ready, Join me?

Reviews and word counts are one of the best parts of blogging for me. Until August, they were all I did, now I have added promoting. Adding  a few new aspects to my blog and they are opening doors I never expected.  Here I am at a certain age, watching the indie and literary world filling in the cracks and crevices which make me feel complete.  Connecting with authors, offering, and receiving reviews, is an amazingly beautiful process. Being aided by kind intelligent people and fellow bloggers on this learning curve. What a ride this is!  blog

Blogging, when I first signed up with WordPress, was nothing I understood. I thought it was similar to journaling. I signed up and sadly never came back. Not until October of 2015.  When WordPress congratulated me on my anniversary of six years, with not one post, I decided to post one. So I put up two small stories and walked away again for a month.  Then I noticed that I could connect my Goodreads book reviews to my blog and I posted that first bad boy, and never looked back.

Today, I use my blog to promote other authors, their books, their blogs,  and my own writing. Shockingly, I have made some wonderful friendships in less than one year. People that are friendly, supportive, talented, intelligent, kind, chatty, and basically,  just down right wonderful.

I will be gone over the weekend. I will be reading of course, while I tend to some personal business in Alabama. I am going to schedule a few posts just to keep my hand in and I will be back at it on Monday.

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September is beginning a whole new episode of this life story, and I am standing on the precipice ready to jump and see what happens when the current lifts me high in the air! From that height, I can crash and burn, or I can soar.

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I choose to soar, even if it is with singed wings! 

Book Blurb for Revised Edition of The Path of the Child by Sojourner McConnell

Seventeen-year-old Melanie Easton lives in a loveless home with her negligent, self-absorbed, and potentially dangerous mother. Consequently, she knows loneliness. Living in self-imposed anonymity, Melanie struggles to survive without becoming bitter and hate filled. Unexpectedly offered a ride with a classmate, Robert Reynolds, Melanie finds there is more to people than she ever imagined.

After being befriended by Robert Reynolds, windows of opportunity open for Melanie. Accordingly, the road to discovery divulges there may be reasons for her strange home life. The reasons she never imagined until she begins unraveling the documents hidden away.

Out of the discovery of the secrets, lies, and deceptions, come the possibility for exciting changes. Perhaps along with the answers, comes the opportunity for genuine happiness.

A suspenseful story that will engage your heart and mind with hopefulness and admiration for Melanie’s courage and willingness for self-discovery and personal growth.


Refrain from getting so excited by this new blurb that you attempt to run out and purchase the book today. There is almost a week before the reissue occurs.  If you purchase the book today, unfortunately, it will contain those annoying errors that I have been working diligently  to correct. In addition, the revised book accommodated my rewriting tendency. Consequentially, the new version has almost seven thousand new words spaced out over four new chapters. Nonetheless, I swear it was harder writing a blurb that  didn’t curl my lip, than writing the first chapter of the book.

That being said, I would love your input on this blurb. Did the blurb attract your attention? Did it provoke interest in the topic?  Did the blurb provide encouragement to  purchase and read the book?   Does it turn you off the book?

Resist buying today, however, don’t resist or hesitate  to comment. We all have opinions, I actually embrace hearing yours.  Please let me know what you think.

Coming up with a book blurb that works is more difficult than it appears. This is the official blurb as of today.  Thinking about today reminds me of what Scarlett O’Hara is known to say:

 “After all, tomorrow is another day!”  Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind.

As I complete the final details, I wanted to share the (hopefully improved) book blurb. I decided to show it today providing  time to  receive feedback.

Humble request:

As always, please be honest and forthcoming. A candid and honest opinion would be so appreciated.

On a side note:

If you are interested in providing a review for the reprint, it would thrill me to provide a copy in exchange for that honest review on Amazon, Goodreads, especially on your own blog.

Obviously, I am going with subtlety at this point.

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 Comment below:

Thank you in advance!