Tuesday, November 20, 2018
6:55 pm cst
A lot has happened since I posted on this site. Like many others, I have used Face Book as a blog.
My website needs a complete overhaul. In the meantime there is a new book, UNTIL SUNSET. It is a a memior of my marriage.
Joe and I have been married almost 55 years. A friend from high school has urged me for years to write some of our stories,
and she finally won. Nonfiction - you just write what happened, right? I soon found that it is much harder than writing fiction
stories. I started trying to follow a timeline by years. In some cases that worked, but much of our story is grouped
by catagories. I included many pictures. If nothing else, it will be a keepsake for my children to help remember their early
years and a timecapsule for the grandchildren.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Red River Family Encampment
3:30 pm cdt
Joe and I just returned from the chruch encampment in Red River, New Mexico. As always, it was uplifting. It
runs from Saturday night until Wednesday. There are around 1,500 for Sunday morning services under the big (and I do
mean BIG) tent. Everyone brings lawn chairs.
Joe and I both had some health issues, but are home and
on the mend.
I had a table in the conference room for my books. It was a great place to visit with
everyone between the speakers and classes we attended. I sold quite a few books and heard feedback from people who bought
from me last year. It is always fun to talk to the young people and listen to their hopes and dreams.
grandson went with us. He is an avid fisherman, and caught his limit most days.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Thoughts of Spring
10:39 am cdt
Winter went by in a blur. It keeps coughing out one more cold spell, but I think it is about done. The grass is
greening and the buds on the trees are ready to pop. We have had rain this year, and hopefully the drougth of the last
three years is finished. I met several more authors over the cold season. It is always exciting to meet others
in one's field of interest. I am behind in reading the books I collected.
There is a lot of concern that
ebooks will kill the use of regular books. The ebooks and all the devises they can be downloaded on are the rage.
I still like to hold a "real" book in my hand. There are no batteries to die, and if you drop it, it doesn't
break. The more I talk to people, the more I find ones that still like printed books. My daughter thought she
wanted a Kindle until she tried her daughter's. Now she says she will stay with reading the printed books.
Here is a review I did on a local author's book this winter.
Old Acquaintances, by Ursula Gorman
Gorman has created an intriguing mystery in Old Acquaintances. It is easy to picture the main
character, Rissa Neil, from the first paragraph. This image expands as other characters are added to the
plot. Rissa and her friend Matt have developed an unusual relationship which complicates the investigation
of the mysterious events surrounding Rissa. When Detective Stone tries to piece the many connections and
leads together he finds it hard to concentrate on the case. His attraction to the young victim makes it
hard to remain objective while trying to keep her safe.
The characters in the story are believable, and easy to follow as the suspense
builds. The author weaves two unusual twists into the mystery that keeps the reader guessing.
Ms. Gorman has combined strong characters, mystery, and romance into a page-turning read.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
XIT (Dalhart) signing
9:26 pm cdt
On August 4, we attended the XIT Rodeo Reunion in Dalhart, Texas. Having a booth at the craft fair seemed logical.
After contacting all the appropriate people and obtaining a Texas tax license, I was set. Dalhart was my first teaching
job. In the fall of 1963, my small apartment sized house sat less than a block north of where my booth was located.
The house is still there. I had hoped to reconnect with some of my students, but no one admitted to having been
in my classes.
Another teacher I had known still lives there, and we had a good visit. Several other
people that had some connection or knew some of my husband's family visited with us.
Wind is always expected in
the panhandle, but during set-up, several booth covers were blown down. A light shower had eveyone rushing around to
cover merchandise. Things finally settled, and we had a good crowd after the parade. Instead of selling in singles,
my Corn Cave series was selling in sets. Since Shadow of the Hawk is set not far from that area, it also sold well.
Two people bought one of everything I had.
Since then, two people have contacted me. One of them had
bought the series, read it, and ordered the other book. It was a good trip in every way.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
5:19 pm cdt
Never underestimate a signing opportunity. This past week the bank we use was having a bake sale for a memorial
scholarship fund. The memorial is for a deceased young president of the bank. He was also my neighbor. I
offered to sell books and donate half of the proceeds to the fund. This was something in my line of work where I could
help. It was a great day in many ways. It was a chance to visit with local people who had known the man.
Sales turned out to be really good.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Review of Gray Wolf by author Kitty Sutton
8:43 pm cst
At the November meeting of Ozarks Writers League, I met a kindred spirit. Her name is Kitty Sutton.
She reviewed the first book of the Corn Cave Series.
Gray Wolf by Zona Crabtree
Gray Wolf is the beginning of a saga. It opens with us getting to know Little Bear who is out one day in the forest
when he witnesses a group of men who have captured a young Native girl. The girl is not of his tribe, but he helps her escape
anyway. Little Bear becomes attracted to her while she lives with his family for several weeks through the hard winter. However,
she must go home because her people have given her up for dead. Little Bear's older brother, Gray Wolf, is chosen to escort
the girl back home along with another more experienced warrior and the possibility that they will not make it to her tribe
becomes very real when a deadly chase ensues after the traveling group is observed by the original three white men. Protection
comes from an unexpected source.
I liked this book very much and it will be interesting to read the other installments
in the saga. In the line-up is The Travelers, White Dove, and The Return. I hope to read and review them all. Kudos for Zona
Learn more about Kitty Sutton's Native American historical fiction mystery, Wheezer and the Painted Frog,
Friday, July 15, 2011
7:59 pm cdt Since I was the youngest grandchild on both sides of a large family, there were several cousins I didn’t
meet as a child. Most of them were grown and scattered from Kentucky to California before I arrived on
the scene. After Joe and I moved to Missouri, my parents followed us here and built next to us.
As relatives traveled through the area they stopped to visit. One year Mother’s nephew and
his wife stayed a few days. I had never met Curt and Connie, but had heard stories about Curt from my oldest
brother and sister. We liked them immediately. My children were very young and inquisitive. One
evening at my parents’ house, we heard the sound of a kitten. Since none of us kept animals in the
house, the children ran to the door to investigate. The sound continued as the three children ran through
the house from door to door searching for the kitten. The adults soon discovered the source, and Curt’s
wife Connie could not keep a straight face. The children were somewhat disappointed to learn the “kitten”
was Connie.Later that evening,
our two year old son crawled onto Curt’s lap. Curt had grandchildren of his own, and the rowdiness
got wilder by the minute as the two tormented each other. Paul poked and grabbed at Curt as he giggled
and laughed. Curt tickled the boy as he told him, “If you don’t behave, I’m going to
yank out my teeth and pull out all my hair.” Having just met Curt, I didn’t think much about
the statement. The children had seen my parents take out their false teeth. Paul continued
to tease. Suddenly, Curt whipped out his dentures with one hand, grabbed a handful of hair with the other
hand, and yanked off a toupee. None of us had realized the hair was fake. The boy stopped
as if frozen in space. His mouth dropped open, and his eyes widened in shock. When the
rest of us laughed, Paul finally grinned. After that, Paul was never sure about how to act around the man,
but wasn’t afraid of him. None of my children ever forgot the woman who sounded like a cat or the
man who yanked off his hair.
Friday, March 25, 2011
7:26 pm cdt
I have met several different authors this winter. Many of them are local ones that I met at book signings, and many
are FB friends. It is amazing how many authors are in this area that people really don't know. Seeing what others
are writing about and the different approaches to the craft keeps life exciting.
Next month, during Library
Week, I have two speaking engagements at a library. The first is for adults that would like to record their family
history. That is what the library people plan. There is no way of knowing who will attend or what they will want
to know. The second session is for middle school students (or others that show on Saturday). Both should be fun.
Young audiences are always fun. One never knows what they will ask or say.
Friday, December 17, 2010
9:44 pm cst
There have been several book signings. The new book is being well received, but it hasn't been out long enough
to hear back from my readers. The next book is going slow. It is not about Indians, and I seem to still be in
Indian mode. It is hard to convince my characters from Shadow to move out of the way for the new book characters.
I have met and worked with several local authors I had not met before. There are so many in this area.
We are trying to get somewhat organized to set up signings and keep each other informed of events.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
11:13 am cdt
Shadow of the Hawk
is just out. Read more
about it on my home page. It is not part of the Corn Cave Series, but it is still about Indians (Native Americans).
A family is traveling with their village when things start going wrong. They have to stay behind and face problems without
the help of their people. Just before they reach the safety of the winter camp, one of the family members disappears.
Several local authors are joining for a book signing in Aurora, MO, Nov. 13. It will be in the Aurora community building
at the corner of Chruch (business 60) and Washington from 10:00 until 3:00. Come by and see us. Several have new