Friday, April 21, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things


This weekly blog hop is sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .


1) My oldest son's birthday! It was a rainy day, but we had fun driving here and there, going out to eat, shopping, and having a family game evening. With his birthday comes the end of our birthday rush (four birthdays in four weeks).

2) Easter! It was a lovely one. We did the traditional egg dying, Easter Bunny baskets, Sunday service, Sunday family lunch and egg hunting. The day ended with several rounds of games...just a nice day.

Otherwise, it was simply a nice, calm week. . .and that's something to celebrate too!

What about you? What put a smile on your face? Have dinner with someone? Run across something you'd completely forgotten you'd had? Finally touch those toes?

What are you celebrating this week?








Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Happy Book Bday, Masaki Broken But Not Dead by Joylene Nowell Butler!

An amazing writer, author, blogger and supporter of all is releasing her book today! I'm so excited to be helping her announce it to the world because this is one to look out for.





MASKI
BROKEN BUT NOT DEAD
by Joylene Nowell Butler
Psychological Thriller

An IPPY Silver Medalist!



When Brendell Meshango resigns from her university professor position and retreats to her isolated cabin to repair her psyche, she is confronted by a masked intruder. His racial comments lead her to believe she is the solitary victim of a hate crime.

However, is all as it appears? After two bizarre days, the intruder mysteriously disappears but continues to play mind games with her. Taught by her mother to distrust the mainstream-based power structures, and with her stalker possibly linked to a high level of government, Brendell conceals the incident from the police. But will her silence keep her safe?

Then her beloved daughter, Zoë, is threatened and Brendell takes matters into her own hands. To save Zoë, Brendell searches for the stalker and confronts not just a depraved madman but her own fears and prejudices.

You can find it . . .

Barnes & Noble
Kobo
iTunes
Amazon



Book Buzz!

“Joylene Nowell Butler gets straight to the story, taking you from one happening to the next and keeps you turning the page.” - Martha A. Cheves, author

“A psychological thriller filled with suspense, action and drama...” - John Bell, 93.1 CFIS-FM: Prince George, BC

“Riveting and beautifully written. You won't be able to set it down.” Judith S. Avila, author





All about. . .

Joylene, Métis, is the author of Dead Witness, Broken But Not Dead, and Break Time. She and her husband and their two cats reside in Canada for the summers and Nayarit for the winters. They believe life should be an adventure. https://cluculzwriter.blogspot.com/


Friday, April 14, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things with Spring Rolling In!

This weekly blog hop is sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .

A lot. This was a pretty packed week.

1) My daughter's weekend (I'll just call it that because, basically, that's what it was.) It was Prom and her 18th birthday. So we had lots of smiles and celebrations going on. And just because I am a mom, and we are known to get proud of our kids at times (Mom thing), here's a Prom picture of her and her boyfriend.



2) My mother also had her birthday this last week. . .yes, it's a birthday run-down from March through April in our household. Tons of cake. Tons. But it's nice to finally be able to spend time with her.

3) Everything's growing outside! I've been spending a lot more time outdoors working on fence lines, weeding, cleaning...all those great Spring time duties. While working, I love to simply gaze at nature and try to take it all in. Although I am a Winter girl, I can't deny the beauty and warmth Spring brings.  OH! And to let you guys in on a little of it, I have pictures!

Pictures? Yeah, I know I'm not usually the huge picture person, but thanks to one other celebration this past week, I can finally push that end up a little. My tablet died a couple weeks back and with it, my only camera. (I don't own a cell phone *gasp* We don't have coverage out here, making little sense to own one). This week, my new Kindle arrived! Among other things, I can take pictures - Yippee!



Yep, those are my cows in the background.
Lexa asked last week how I move them from one pasture to the next (I currently have 16 head). Believe it or not, these are super sweet  cows. . .they have to be for a silly, city girl like me.  All I do is call 'Oh girls!', and they follow me in a single-file line where ever I go. 

Now, back when my parents had a ranch in Nebraska (notice I say parents. I am really a complete born and raised big city girl, and they decided to leave the city and go rustic after I moved out), my brother actually had to use a horse and rope. Cowboy style (He was a fast learner). Those cows could have cared less how much you called them and trust me, you NEVER turned your back on one. Or front. Let's just say it was a good idea to stay on your horse or have a fence nearby, which you could scale very quickly if necessary. (Oh, I got monster bruises from the few times I tried to help out!) Anyway, the only reason I can keep my 'girls' is because they are SO much more tame here in the Ozarks. Bringing them in for shots or loading or sorting is still an adventure (especially since it's usually just little ole me, several prayers and some quick knot tying to get gates to open and close as needed...and yes, I have loads of respect for a 1200 pound animal)...but normal 'cattle movement' is usually as easy as a breeze.

Thank heavens.



The wildflowers popping up in the grass are so pretty, I can't get myself to mow over them yet.


So that's a sneak peek of my world and celebrations (as said, it was a BUSY week). What about you? Ready for Easter? Planning on a great vacation this summer? Smell a flower? Get a new hairbrush?

What are you celebrating???

Friday, April 7, 2017

Celebrate Those Small Things


This weekly blog hop is sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .

1) Walking through the forest! With the grassing growing, it was time to move the cattle to the 'upper' field. To get there, I have to walk up a dirt road through a band of forest. It's not a long walk (5-7 mins), but it's lovely to hear the bugs and wildlife, see the trees and simply suck in the moment of nature and solitude. 

2) Morel Mushrooms! Since we moved here a few years ago, neighbors have been gushing about the large amounts of morels which grow in the area. They come back with bags full. Us? We've looked and searched and never found a single one. But two days ago, my husband stumbled across a patch on a secluded hill on our property. Last night, we had our first taste of our very own morels! 

3) Chocolate! (This is ALWAYS one of my favorite things to celebrate) I received a box on my bday last week and have been enjoying a piece or two every afternoon with a cup of tea. These are moments of heaven!


And what about you? What put a smile on your face this last week? See a pretty bird? Hear a song you haven't heard in ages? Get some new socks?

What are you celebrating?



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

IWSG - Sailing along


It's time for another meeting of THE INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP . . .Better known as IWSG because otherwise, it is a mouthful.

For those who don't know (And you don't???), this is an awesome group of writers, started by the just as awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh, with the purpose to support, help, assist, offer advice, offer a shoulder, cheer on, and about anything else you can think of along these lines. Writing is a roller coaster ride, and writers need all the support they can get.

If you want to join in, head over to the main site and sign up.

Tons of thanks goes to the co-hosts this month: Chris D. Votey, Madeline Mora-Summonte,Fundy Blue, and Chrys Fey!

I'll just start with this month's question:  Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?

I've been apart of A-Z in the past, but not the last couple of years because....wow! I can't keep up! So tons of kudos and bonus points to those who make it through. BUT I didn't use it for book publicity. Never even thought of that. Huh.


As to the rest of the writing world. . .

Things are stumbling along. I'm expecting a release of something small in May/June, and a short story around August. There are several MSs in the works, one which I hope to have done and edited by June, and another sometime this coming Fall (if not earlier).

The main problem is simple sitting down and writing...and some hiccups in plot areas. I'm hoping with Spring's garden weeding, those missing inspirations will click. (For some reason, I get my best story ideas while pulling weeds.)


That's it for this month! Rather calm but that's good.

And what about you? Off in A-Z? Writing moving smoothly? Waiting for something on the edge of your seat? Frustrated? About to give up (we've all been there!)?



How has this last month treated you?