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Anywhere she wants – a Kitty story | by Linda Brendle

Published in the Rains County Leader on May 30, 2017:

GorillaThere’s an old joke that poses the questions “Where does a 900-pound gorilla sleep?” The answer, of course, is “anywhere he wants to.” That same principle applies in the Brendle household. The last time we managed to wrangle Kitty onto the scale, she only weighed in at fourteen pounds, but she still sleeps anywhere she wants to.

I set a bad precedence shortly after she evolved from Kitty in chargebeing an under-the –porch stray to queen of the castle. When she showed an interest in the TV table formerly known as my computer desk, I moved the computer to my ottoman or my lap. It is, after all, a laptop. We also cleared off various surfaces to allow her a clear view out the windows, and she was satisfied with her territory for a while. Lately, though, I’ve noticed subtle encroachments taking place. (more…)

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Book Review: The Purpose of Me by Molly Shaffer

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About the book:

After finding a misplaced diary at her local thrift store, Rigby Thomas pays twenty-five cents for another girl’s secrets. Reading the diary is wrong, but there is something about “ME’s” life that lures Rigby into the pages. Pages holding anguish, bitter regrets, and life-altering consequences for anyone brave enough to read the truth. “Sometimes, in order to have a future, a girl must walk through fire… and sometimes, if that girl is lucky, she rises again.” –ME

My thoughts:

The Purpose of Me, a young adult novel by Molly Shaffer, is a powerful and compelling story of abuse and its effects on the human spirit. She skillfully weaves together the stories of the mysterious ME and Rigby Thomas in a way that sometimes makes the reader forget whose story is whose – and for good reason. I am definitely not a young adult, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more offerings from Mrs. Shaffer.

About the author:

 

Head ShotMolly Shaffer adores the strange and unusual and obsesses over authentic stories where reality and rawness converge. She writes true-to-voice young adult novels, humorous sci-fi middle grade fiction, and whimsical picture books. Molly blogs at http://www.mollyshaffer.com and is represented by the fabulous Jessica Schmeidler at Golden Wheat Literary Agency.

You can follow her on Facebook: @authormollyshaffer or on Twitter: @mollyshafferWIP

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Blessings,

Linda

Counting My Blessings | by Linda Brendle

Published in the Rains County Leader on May 23, 2017:

David mowingThe last couple of weeks have been a bit rough for the Brendles. Actually, David has been struggling with one thing or another for most of this year.

He caught an upper respiratory infection from me toward the end of December, and he didn’t begin to really feel normal again until the end of March. Because of that, the early spring weather, and all the rain, the weeds were way ahead of him by the time he felt well enough to do anything about it.

Finally, about two weeks ago, he hauled out the mower, donned a protective mask and hat, and went to work. He knocked out the front yard in nothing flat, and the back yard up close to the house went well, too. Then, he ventured back a bit further where he made a couple of circuits before I heard him cut the engine and begin walking toward the house. I knew there must be trouble. If he was taking a water break, he would have driven up closer. I stepped out on the porch. (more…)

Aging Gracefully – More or Less | by Linda Brendle

Published by the Rains County Leader on May 16, 2017:

notforsaleI entered a new decade of my life on Easter Sunday this year, but the celebration of the Resurrection took precedence over my birthday. Still, it’s hard to ignore all the signs of the advance of time, especially when events conspire to remind you. There were several events like that this past week.

First, our next-door neighbor asked David if we would be interested in selling him the back part of our property, the part that borders the creek.

“I don’t think so,” said David. “But I’ll run it by Linda.” (more…)

Tatia’s Tattoo Quote – Trashing the Old Life | by Linda Brendle

Trashing the old life

As a successful D.C. lawyer, Tatia’s mission in life was to destroy the sex trafficking trade in small-town America. She knew where to find it. She’d been there. With only apathetic foster parents to protect her, she fell prey to the local pimp. Trapped in the sordid underbelly of a small Texas town, she survived by sheer will. Her friendship with her fellow victim Cindy was the only light of humanity in the darkness until she saw a familiar face. Would Mrs. G, a mama bear of an attorney, still think she had strength and potential? Would Jesse, the young Christian tattoo artist and biker, still look at her with a twinkle in his eyes? Or would they both see only the mark of shame Eric had etched onto her forearm?

Tatia’s Tattoo will be released by Crowdscribed this summer. To read sample chapters, go to my book page and click the link under the cover mock-up. Comments are always welcome.

Blessings,

Linda

Lessons from another storm | by Linda Brendle

Published in the Rains County Leader on May 9, 2017:

I need to writeWhen I sat down to write this week’s column, it was one of those times when I stared at the blank screen while the cursor blinked at me saying, “Well, write something.” Several hours later, I was still staring and it was still blinking, so I stopped and fixed dinner.

While I was staring, and while I was cooking, I was also thinking. I was thinking about all the stories I heard this past week about how our community has come together to help their neighbors in need. The stories were really good ones, but there are problems. First, many of the stories have already been reported and second, the people involved in the other stories are friends of mine. Most of my friends have, at one time or another, been the subject of one of my columns. Now when they tell me a story, they look at me with a grin and say, “Don’t you write about this.” (more…)

Tatia’s Tattoo – Quote | by Linda Brendle

Angry Eyes

As a successful D.C. lawyer, Tatia’s mission in life was to destroy the sex trafficking trade in small-town America. She knew where to find it. She’d been there. With only apathetic foster parents to protect her, she fell prey to the local pimp. Trapped in the sordid underbelly of a small Texas town, she survived by sheer will. Her friendship with her fellow victim Cindy was the only light of humanity in the darkness until she saw a familiar face. Would Mrs. G, a mama bear of an attorney, still think she had strength and potential? Would Jesse, the young Christian tattoo artist and biker, still look at her with a twinkle in his eyes? Or would they both see only the mark of shame Eric had etched onto her forearm?

Find a link to sample chapters on my Crowdscribed Book Page.

Blessings,

Linda

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