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Archive for February, 2014

Cover Reveal: Princess of the Light by N.N. Light

I am excited to be part of another Anaiah Press cover reveal. Princess of the Light, a paranormal romance by N.N. Light, will be released August 26.


Here’s a peek at what you’ll find behind this gorgeous cover: (more…)

Happy Birthday in Photos to David! | by Linda Brendle

Today we’re celebrating the life of the very special man who is my husband. Here is a brief look at David Pearson Brendle.


Plain wheels.

Plain wheels.

Fancy wheels.

Fancy wheels.

Working wheels.

Working wheels.


In the Navy.

In the Navy.

In the Virgin Islands.

In the Virgin Islands.

In his memories.

In his memories.


Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Litchfield, IL

Litchfield, IL





Happy Birthday with love today and always,








Unusual Beginnings Can Yield Beautiful Fruit | by Linda Brendle

Saturday Afternoon Dreams 003If you live in an area where you’re still shoveling snow and scraping ice, please don’t hate me when I tell you that Saturday was sunny with a high of 73 here in Emory. It was a good day to be outside and to learn a valuable lesson about tomatoes and spiritual fruit.

As soon as we finished breakfast, David grabbed his tools and headed to the back of the lot where he’s winning the war against years of fallen trees and tangled underbrush. With a little more cutting and a few more bonfires, we’ll be able to see the creek bank all the way along the property line. I went outside, too, but I opted for the lighter duty of working in the garden. However, after 5 hours of weeding and planting, muscles that are more accustomed to sitting at a keyboard than bending and squatting are not sure it was such light duty. (more…)

Another Cover Reveal by Anaiah Press: Winter in the Soul by Jennifer Novotney

Jennifer Novotney, another member of the Anaiah Press family, is revealing the cover of her new novel today.

winter in the soul 1600x2400 cover

Winter in the Soul is a young adult fantasy and will be released July 15, 2014. Here’s a hint of the excitement and intrigue you will find in its pages: (more…)

The Cover Reveal Date for A LONG AND WINDING ROAD Has Been Set | by Linda Brendle

image001I may have mentioned that my memoir, A LONG AND WINDING ROAD: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos, is being published by Anaiah Press  – but I don’t think I’ve mentioned it in the last 24 hours. It’s almost five months until the release date of July 1, but a lot will be going on between now and then.

The first thing on the agenda is the cover reveal. Last week I got to see the artwork for the first time. The first mock-up was beautiful, but the final version brought tears to my eyes. I wish I could share it with you today, but I have to be patient and wait until the official cover reveal on March 7. (more…)

“Alone Yet Not Alone” by Joni Eareckson Tada Needs to Be Heard

Joni Eareckson TadaWhen the nominations for the upcoming Academy Awards were announced, there was a surprise in the Best Original Song category, “Alone Yet Not Alone.” The song is the creation of composer Bruce Broughton and lyricist Dustin Spiegel and is the title song of the movie by the same name. This little known film is scheduled for major release in June of this year, but it had a limited run last September. The run was just long enough to qualify it for eligibility, and the haunting voice of Joni Eareckson Tada caught the attention of enough Academy voters to qualify it for nomination. (more…)

Beatlemania Affected Even Small Town Texas | by Linda Brendle

Group shot from Mesquite High School yearbook - 1965

Group shot from Mesquite High School yearbook – 1965

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, Yahoo has published the first-person accounts from some Americans who remember how that appearance helped spark changes across the nation. Here’s my story.

I was a 16-year-old high school junior in Mesquite, Texas when the Beatles burst into the living rooms of America on the Ed Sullivan show. Mesquite was a sleepy bedroom community southeast of Dallas that was relatively untouched by the outside world, but even Mesquite felt the effects of Beatlemania. (more…)

Anaiah Press Reveals Cover of Runaway by Renee Donne

Today I have the honor of participating in the cover reveal for Runaway, a novel by Renee Donne.


Runaway, a historical romance, will be released by Anaiah Press on July 29, 2014. Here is just a taste of what you can expect in this intriguing story of betrayal, peril, and deliverance.

After Marianne discovers her bankrupt stepfather sold her into marriage to the highest bidder, she flees Philadelphia and heads west to start a new life. (more…)

Five Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients | by Linda Brendle

Just resting!Keeping Alzheimer’s patients active and involved is one of the big challenges a caregiver faces. A few months ago I found a page on the Alzheimer’s Association website that offers suggestions for activities, and I referenced it in a post about what can go wrong with these suggestions. 

Today I’m sharing five more that might work out a little better.

Color pictures

Mom and Dad were not the coloring kind, but I met a man in Florida who was. On Valentine’s Day, a group from my church made cupcakes and Valentines for the residents of a local veterans’ home. Our liaison at the home timed our visit to coincide with morning coffee so most of the veterans were in the common area. I visited with several people, and then one gentleman asked me to sit and talk with him. I listened to his stories about his family and his adventures, and before I left he said he wanted to give me something. He disappeared to his room and returned with a beautifully colored picture of an Indian chief that had been carefully torn from a coloring book. (more…)

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