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Published in the Rains County Leader on January 15, 2019:

blanketOne of my favorite Christmas presents this year is a blanket or, more accurately, a throw. The love seat where I usually sit in the living room is in one of the colder spots in the house, and I always have an afghan or other cover within reach in case of a sudden chill. Kitty has a fondness for warm covers, but she generally prefers them to be neatly folded and on the end of the couch where David sits – until now, that is.

The new throw was given to me by Pastor Jason, my soon-to-be ex-boss, and his wife Stacy. They said I might need it to keep me warm while I spend my free time either reading or writing a book. It’s microfiber with a soft plush finish on one side and a woolly look on the other, and it’s very warm.

Kitty didn’t pay any attention to it at first, so I had it all to myself until one night last week. I couldn’t sleep, so I went into the living room to read. Kitty followed me and made the rounds of her usual roosting spots, looking out the windows into the darkened yard to be sure there were no intruders. Satisfied that her kingdom was safe, she came over to see what I was doing. She sniffed my book and rubbed her whiskers against the edges until she lost interest. Then, she discovered the blanket. Read the rest of this entry »

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Published in the Rains County Leader on January 8, 2019:

january dietJanuary is the time when everyone goes on a diet – or at least talks about it. Even the grocery store ads focus on items that have “Lo” in the description. I have to admit that, as the calendar rolls over, I have thoughts of eating better and exercising more, but circumstances usually conspire to derail my plans before they’re even made. Here are just a few reasons why the scale probably won’t go down this year, at least in January.

  1. I still have brownies, chips, and a few other goodies left from the holidays, and I was raised not to waste food. After all, there are starving children all over the world!

 

  1. I visited the close-out sale at Emory Food Mart where I found Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla, a Mrs. Smith’s Peach Cobbler, and an Edward’s Key Lime Pie for half price. Bargain shopping is good for the budget – right?

 

  1. January’s schedule includes Volunteer Dessert Day every other Wednesday at the Senior Center, Home Group Dinner and Bible Study every Friday night, a fund-raiser lunch after church on January 20, and the annual family celebration of Aunt Fay’s birthday at AJ’s Fish House.

 

  1. One of my retirement projects is to organize recipes I have collected over the years and others that I inherited from Mom. I know that, in the process, I’ll come across recipes I want to make because I didn’t have time to try them when I was working and others I’ll make because I remember them fondly from my childhood.

 

  1. I was excited when the new Anytime Fitness opened in Emory, but then I discovered that my health insurance doesn’t have the Silver Sneakers benefit. I know I could buy a membership, but since I’ll soon be unemployed…

 

  1. You might ask why I don’t use the perfectly good treadmill a friend gave me a few years ago. Well, it’s wedged into a corner in the middle bedroom that we euphemistically called a storage room, and I’m claustrophobic.

 

  1. Some people also mention that we live on a circle that would be a perfect place to walk. True, but there are several dogs that roam loose in the neighborhood, and I don’t run fast enough to get away from them if they should decide to give chase.

 

  1. David and I plan to spend more time on the road when I’ve retired. Part of the fun of taking your kitchen with you is cooking – and eating – all your favorite dishes.

 

  1. I always get at least one pair of new jeans for Christmas. My new Lee Riders are a size larger than normal, and the extra comfort gives me a false sense of thinness.

 

  1. Instead of going to the gym or walking, I plan to edit two books and write another one. All that sitting at the computer will probably lead to a writer’s spread and another size larger on next year’s new jeans.

So there you have it. I once figured out that, between ages 20 and 60 I put on an averagescale of five pounds per decade. I managed to hold steady while I was in my 60s, but since I hit 70, I’ve been losing the battle. I know the most effective exercise when it comes to weight control is pushing away from the table, but that’s not much fun. If anyone out there has a miracle diet where you can eat the goodies, sit in your easy chair, and keep the pounds away, please let me know.

Blessings,

Linda

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Published in the Rains County Leader on January 1, 2019:

wasted time on facebookI spend too much time on Facebook. I don’t stay up until the wee hours looking at cute kittens or comparing what actors looked like then and now, but I do lose writing time, cleaning time, and other productive moments while keeping up with the current activities of my family and friends. Still, I do occasionally find little bits of inspiration like the one I saw on Sunday.

One of my friends posted a cartoon in which two mouse-like creatures were perched on the three-dimensional numerals “2019.” The first mouse was standing with his arms crossed, worry lines around his eyes, and drops of sweat popping off his forehead. The second was on his knees with an eager look on his face as he dug into the surface of the big zero. Their conversation went like this: Read the rest of this entry »

Final_Tatia's Tattoo Cover trim sizeSome people have expressed reluctance to read Tatia’s Tattoo because of the subject matter – sex trafficking in small-town America. Following are some excerpt from a Facebook conversation with a recent reader:
 
Very good! 5 stars so far. I’m about half way through. I didn’t get my nap in today because I couldn’t put the book down.
 
I’m not done, but already find myself looking forward to the sequel.
 
I really like your writing style, not too wordy.
 
Being a victim of abuse myself, I was a little worried going into it, being a book about sex trafficking. A lot of writers these days go for shock value. But you’ve handled those bits and pieces very tactfully and I appreciate that.
 
Thank you for being respectful and not making us that are victims re-live it and proving that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
 
You can read the Preface and the first two chapters by clicking HERE and then clicking Download a Sample below the book cover. There is also a buy link there.
 
You can also find it at AMAZON.
Blessings,
Linda

I was on the road yesterday and missed sharing the post for Day 11. The Rafflecopter is still live, though. You have 13 more hours to click over to Sara’s blog and click on the link at the bottom of her post for a chance to win. The prize is an ebook of Holly Cohen’s Christmas novel, The Christmas Angel in Apt 3C along with a cute Angel bookmark! Don’t miss it!

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Welcome to DAY ELEVEN of the 12 days of Christmas Multi-Author Giveaway

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DAY ELEVEN

I can’t believe we’re one day away from the end of 12 days of Christmas giveaways.

Today, I’m excited to introduce to you author, Holly Cohen, and her Christmas novel, The Christmas Angel in Apt 3C. She’s giving away a copy of her new book, along with a cute Angel bookmark! This is the perfect prize to win right before Christmas.

The christmas angel in apt 3C(I love this cover! So cute.)

Without Mama, Christmas has ceased to exist for Papa, but this year, Angel is determined to bring some Yuletide joy back into their lives. With little money, no decorations, and not much time left until the big day, she is facing an uphill climb all the way. Help comes one night in the form of an ethereal voice that drifts through her window, singing words of comfort. Angel vows…

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DAY 10 OF THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAYS. Today you have a chance to win two ebooks – Unanchored by Stephanie Eding and Saving Mount Rushmore by Andrea Jo Rodgers. Click over to Sara’s blog where you can enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win. Don’t forget to click over to yesterday’s link which is still live through today. Winning two Christmas packages would be extra special!

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Welcome to DAY TEN of the 12 days of Christmas Multi-Author Giveaway

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DAY TEN

Today it’s all about YA action and adventure. (One of my favorite genres. Even more so when a little romance is thrown into the plot).) We’ve got a double e-book prize for you from two wonderful authors.

Unanchored by Stephanie Eding and Saving Mount Ruschmore by Andrea Jo Rodgers.

Saving Mount Rushmore by [Rodgers, Andrea Jo]

When John Jenkins’ parents ship him ff to stay with his aunt, he’s certain it will be the worst summer ever—until he learns he’s been accepted into a top-secret school. St. Michael’s Academy is home to gifted students with extraordinary talents. Although John has no idea why he’s there, he’s assigned to Team Liberty, who assist authorities with solving low-level crimes. Their first mission: stop a trio of mischief-making teens from vandalizing Mount Rushmore.

John battles feelings of inferiority as he and Team Liberty compete against Devlin…

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Welcome to DAY NINE of the 12 days of Christmas Multi-Author Giveaway DAY NINE Today we have an incredibly special treat for you, my friends. Our featured author, Jackie Minniti, is giving away a signed paperback of her children’s chapter book, Jacqueline. Jacqueline recently won the Gold medal in…

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