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I’m trying to figure out Amazon. I know, I know, good luck there! Because I’m trying to figure out how to put my books on sale for my birthday!

I’ll be double nickels this year. HOW DID I GET SO OLD? So I’m looking to share my landmark, lol. I still have a bit of time to figure it out. I’ll be 55 on 11. (Remember the slogan, Stay Alive Drive 55?) Way past my golden birthday! Tomorrow will be the final check of Willow’s Cry. When that is done, I’ll have to do the blurb and finish the cover. I’m trying to do that myself. It might not work, so we’ll see!

Today I’m working the AMVETS Spaghetti dinner. It is our largest fundraiser. I always enjoy helping out, knowing most of our proceeds go towards assisting veterans and active duty military. I am a Veteran and always appreciated the help and knowledge of those that have gone before me.

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Here’s a picture from one of my shipmates! I’m on the right hand side with the blonde hair and big 80’s glasses, lol.

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fRoM Me tO YoU

Boy o boy! I have some sales coming your way tomorrow! I’ll have to fill up my kindle!

I’m 1/2 way through my edits for Willow’s Cry. I’m happy, it is turning out well. Then I’ll have to do a read through on my kindle, see if I catch any errors. I probably will and no matter how many people go over it before it’s published I’ll still find one or two after. I’m been making time to work on it. Not so easy when it’s cold and I don’t want to go outside so I work on it surrounded by my family.

Two year olds don’t listen to the word no! LOL. And it is great fun to shut the computer when you want Grandma’s attention. Thank goodness for autosave!

So, on the other front, my daughter and I have decided to do a 30 day Paleo Diet. Stepping on the scale was a shocker when I reached a number I never, ever, wanted to see. I’d done fantastic at losing weight, slowly, after my brain tumor was removed. For Two years I was creeping off the weight. The surgery did something that triggered the diabetes I was teetering toward. Emergency insulin had to be administered. Then I was told I would be diabetic within the next year. That sucked! It gave me a reason to really watch what I ate.

But bad habits crept back in. It truly is a matter of portions for me. But I was so tired of feeling hungry all the time I went over board. I doubled back up and in the past two years I gained back all I’d lost.

So, I’m going caveman! I feel worse than ever, my diabetes is bouncing from high to low and I don’t want to have to give myself shots! Pills are bad enough. It is time to take control of my life. We’re buying things I never wanted to eat, lol. Our grocery list is made and we are heading to the store. Kale (gag) is in my future!

My husbands too and he isn’t happy, lol. But lately we’ve been eating more a paleo diet without even realizing it. So, let’s see how well I do!

Do any of you follow a Paleo lifestyle? How has it changed your life? Any recipes you love and are willing to share?

Let me know!

From Me to You

It’s 2:00 am in the morning and I am falling asleep sitting up in bed! I’ve been playing on Ancestry.com for close to 5 hours!

My paternal grandfather is still a mystery. I remember meeting his sister, my great aunt Sue years ago. We were all scared of her! They talked about their brother, Lincoln, so I know I’m on the right track. Plus, I know that my great-grandmothers first name was Grace. But looking at the written birth, death and marriage records has my head spinning.

It shows grandpa got married at 19. Some of the records show his spouse as 21, others show as 31! So far I haven’t found a divorce record, which I surely hope I will as some 12 years later he married my grandmother! I know there are 3 children from his first marriage and 7 to my grandma.

I was told he was raised in an orphanage when his father died and his mother lost it then passed away mysteriously. According to the records I’m finding his father lived long after his wife passed. Yet he put his sons in an orphanage and at least one was adopted by another family. It boggles my mind.

I’ve been told (by my great aunt Sue) that she was taken in by family. But she never spoke more about it. I don’t think they even really know what happened for sure. My grandfather was only 8 when his mother died and he had 2 older siblings and 2 younger. Then I find hints of yet another sibling. And that my great grandma possibly had a previous marriage and child.

And I find no marriage certificate to my great grandpa. You know, the one that gave his children away.

My family history alone could spin one heck of a book, lol.

The pictures alone are enough to scare you!

This is a picture of my great great grandparents. Not sure where it was taken, but definitely typical of the day!

From Me to You!

 

Better late than never! I couldn’t miss posting on the last Saturday of the year!

It is bitter sweet. I just came back from the second retirement party of the week. Both employees had over 30 years of service. One day it will be me, but not yet. Instead I had to say goodbye to two wonderful workers. Each person that retires takes a little piece with them, changing the workplace forever.

It’s not all sad, I hire new employees that add their own personality to the mix. In an ever changing workplace everyone contributes. It keeps me hopping!

So, now that I said goodbye, I’m home.

I’m trying to finish up Willow’s Cry. I have my beta readers info and I’ll be editing based on their input. I’m still waiting for one to get back to me, so I’ll have to email her, but I have two of them to get started. I’m also trying a crash course of photoshop, lol. I know what I want for my cover and I just need a little help to get it done.

It’s harder than it looks! At least for me.

So, have a Happy New Year and I hope 2018 is filled with new and joyful experiences!

 

Happy Saturday or so I thought…

 

I’ve a few more gifts to wrap. Nothing big, and some just for the stockings. Is everyone else ready? I don’t decorate much at all! The tree is up. That’s it, lol. We didn’t even decorate the tree. That was more for the safety of our decorations since we have an inquisitive two year old living here!

This is all I wrote before windows started updating! It finished just about an hour ago. It started yesterday, Saturday and continued. Every time I thought it was done, it started again, lol. BEWARE the Window 10 update! Don’t need your computer for a while. In my case, almost 2 days!

I won’t be posting until Tuesday this coming week. I’m going to enjoy the rest of the holidays.

Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and whatever else you may celebrate!

 

From Me to You

Ahhh! The coming down from the food coma from Thanksgiving! I held it here at home. My parents came up and it was just the six of us with mountains of food. Luckily nothing will go to waste. I’ve learned a lot of ways for turkey to be reused, lol.

Thanksgiving cooking and clean up were easy. I did everything but the turkey and desserts in the slow cooker. I had 5 of them lined up on the counter. I’d have used more but I lost the lid to one. Probably given a new home when my husband put the dishes away. It is a matter of finding it!

So, what do you normally have? My lineup star was the Turkey, followed by stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, cranberries and green bean casserole. For dessert we had pumpkin pie, apple pie, mint chocolate cheesecake and rocky road fudge.

We have leftovers of everything! I cooked enough for at least twelve when we only had six. So thanksgiving dinner will be what we have for the next few days, lol.

I made everything from scratch. Trial and error guided me. I will never attempt cranberries again! Store bought for me. I followed an online recipe and it was way too sour for me. I tried saving it, but that was a no go! They were the only leftovers I didn’t save. The carrots and sweet potatoes were candied. Brown sugar and butter were nummy! Since we are diabetic (hubby and I) I used the splenda brown suger. You couldn’t even tell.

The cheesecake (it is soooo good), came from a recipe book from the cheesecake contest that is held here yearly. We have a Kraft plant in town, so it is one of the highlights I look forward to. You can taste test all of the cheesecakes that day. Yummy, yummy! I only changed it up a little. I made the crust from oreo cookies. You can purchase the cook book of previous winners. Since I love cheesecake and I collect recipe books I couldn’t pass it up. It turned out delicious. Of course it WAS one of previous winners!

So on top of that, I’ve been sick all week. I’ve been crawling out of bed each day to work. Black Friday I took the day off of work to shop, but didn’t even head out until 900 am. My first stop was the mattress company here in town. They had mattresses on sale for $98 and I needed a bed. My son is coming home to visit and there is no bed for him since my daughter and granddaughter moved home in March. Then I bought a frame online for a platform bed with storage. Since we’re cleaning out the spare room to return it to the bedroom it originally was, storage is definitely needed.

Later, when I can breath and think, I’ll be going over my edits from Willow’s Cry. I’m only waiting on one beta reader to get back to me. I’ll fix the errors the others found before going over it again before official edits! Then the blurb and cover have to be completed. A never ending cycle. As slow as I’m going, and with Christmas ramping up (I work for the Post Office) I’m shooting for a January release date. That way I’m not frantic trying to get everything done at once.

So relax! Enjoy the holidays, and read up!

Oops! Sorry, I was reading…

I’ve been so busy reading I forgot to post!

WHAT? NO WAY? you say…

Okay, I was at a book signing in Milwaukee and found Winter Travers. Okay, so I knew her, but I sat across the room from her and stared at the life size poster of her covers. (Maybe not life size, but damn, I could easily see it across the room!) Of her newest series. Skid Row Kings

It was intriguing. So, I got it.

Ever hear of Skid Row Kings? God I love the name. The first book is Downshift. The second book is Powershift. I finished Downshift the night before last. Bought Powershift and am reading that. I should finish it shortly. I took a break for Project Runway and to write this post, lol.

I sure hope the third book is out because Kurt looks like his story will be a wild one! If not, I’ll be waiting. Maybe if its on preorder… But first I have to finish Mitch’s story!

So, grab a couple of great books!

***Book 1 in The Skid Row Kings Series***

Luke Jensen lived on the wrong side of the tracks all his life, but that never stopped him from realizing his dream and making it a reality. Now, the King of the Street Racing scene, he finally has everything he wants and he won’t let anyone take it away from him.
Violet Barnes lived a sheltered life growing up, never fitting in except in the books that she loved. After losing her parents, she forges forward, creating her own little world, content in being alone.
When Violet stumbles into Luke’s shop, sparks fly but neither can let go of the hard lessons they learned growing up.
Will Violet give Luke a chance to prove he’s not just another gear head? Or will Luke write Violet off before they even have a chance to see that they both need to let go of their past, and focus on the future?

Due to sexual content and profanity, this book is recommended for ages 18+.

 

Mitch Jensen knows what it’s like to have nothing and claw your way up from the bottom. Living with nothing growing up, he always strives to help those in need. Except, he’s never met someone who didn’t want his help.

Scarlett James is running from a life she never wanted but was too afraid to leave. Free from the man who was destroying her, she now has to find her way and build a new life for her and her son.

All Mitch wants to do is give Scarlett what she needs and deserves but with the walls Scarlett has built around her heart, Mitch can’t find a way in.
Will Scarlett let Mitch in, discovering that not all men are bad? Or will her past consume her, keeping her from what she’s always wanted?

Yay! Book 3, Bangshift is available!

*Skid Row Kings Series, Book 3

Kurt Jensen has had enough. Tired of being under his brother’s thumb and having the one person he wanted push him away, Kurt knew it was time to leave. California was supposed to be the new start he craved and needed, but one wrong turn brought everything crashing down around him, literally.

Leelee Perez messed up any chance she had with Kurt by pushing him away and has regretted it since. Kurt had been Leelee’s knight in shining armor a year ago, saving not only her, but also the small family she clung to.

Now is her chance to make things right.

Relationships will be tested, and bonds will be broken in this thrilling conclusion of the Skid Row Kings Series.

 

And now, my Amazon settlement is gone, lol!

Enjoy! I’ll hopefully finish book 2 tonight and start on book 3. See if you can catch me!