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Friday, June 28, 2013

Red River Family Encampment

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.

One grandson went with us.  He is an avid fisherman, and caught his limit most days. 

3:30 pm cdt 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Thoughts of Spring
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

Ursula 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.

 
10:39 am cdt 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

XIT (Dalhart) signing
covers/XITbooth.JPGOn 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.
9:26 pm cdt 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

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.

5:19 pm cdt 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Review of Gray Wolf by author Kitty Sutton
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 Crabtree.
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Learn more about Kitty Sutton's Native American historical fiction mystery, Wheezer and the Painted Frog,  at http://www.inknbeans.com/kitty-sutton.html.
8:43 pm cst 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Meeting Relatives
    
  Smile    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.           
7:59 pm cdt 

Friday, March 25, 2011

New contacts

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.

7:26 pm cdt 

Friday, December 17, 2010

  Smile 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.
9:44 pm cst 

Saturday, November 6, 2010

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 books.

11:13 am cdt 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I will be at a local authors' signing in Aurora, MO., on Nov. 13.
It will be held in the Aurora Community Center starting at 10 am.  There will be a dozen or more authors.  This is an ideal time to shop for those special Christmas gifts, or stock up on winter reading material.

3:41 pm cdt 

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