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Monday, April 25, 2016

Finding a Publisher

Many ask me how I found a publisher. I answer it and share today on Kim McMahill's blog. By the way, Kim has a new book out too, and you can't put her adventure books down. Check it out.

Here's my latest my book
On Amazon

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Flooding in Houston

Good morning friends,
What a day we had in the HTown area yesterday. We live west of Katy, and our area was hard hit, but so were many others... more so than us.

Here's a picture I took from the screened in back porch as water approached the rear entry. We are blessed it didn't come in, but it knocked on our door.
Our niece in Katy has two feet of water in their home. She and hubby are confined to the upstairs. Their cars are under water outside. I offered our home to her, but she has no way to get here, and the opening to our subdivision is closed. Before the waters came to dwell with her, she and hubby took food, water, and meds upstairs. They have flood insurance, but there is a large deductible. They've lived in their house for twenty plus years and this is the first time for this.
Now granted, the rain was fast and furious, but even during Alicia, when that storm parked herself over the Katy Freeway for days, their home didn't flood.  New subdivisions have gone in around them, and builders have built up the property for future homes. This may be one reason the water deluged them. The excess once had a place to go, but it doesn't any more. One would think city planners would consider these things.
Other friends have flooded houses and no flood insurance. They do have insurance on ruined cars but none on their homes. We are gathering supplies for them.
We've had drought and we've had floods. I'm sure the same is true with your area. Challenges come to everyone, this is ours at the moment.
Stay dry, and we'll try to do the same!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Gay's Days. Baking Treats


Do you like to cook? Bake?

I don’t, but my mom kept goodies available. I remember coming home from school and eagerly slicing a piece of Devil’s Food cake. I loved that cake but could never decide if I preferred the Seven Minute White Frosting or the chocolate icing

Have you ever had fried pies hot from a skillet of butter? Scrumptious. Mom made them from dehydrated fruit. Apricot was my favorite. I’m guessing she rehydrated the fruit, prepared it with sugar, pureed it, and then filled homemade pie crust. I wish I had her recipe, although I doubt I’d make them. The two pictured above look and sound similar to mom's. These pies are southern favorites, and maybe I'll get the nerve to try one of the recipes.

Another phenomenal treat on hot Texas days was to open the refrigerator and find strawberry short cake with fresh whipping cream. Yum.

For a time, my family lived in Irving, Texas. Mom and Dad lived a short distance away in Arlington, Texas. My hubby loved to eat at moms and we’d make the trip several times a week. He always did something for her—paint a bedroom, wallpaper a spot, etc. He loved to work and she enjoyed rewarding his labors with foods he fancied.

Date Cale
At Christmas, mom made fruit cakes—one baked, one unbaked, and one date cake. Hubby preferred the unbaked. It was more like candy. I never cared for either one, but I loved the date cake. The recipe for this one is over one hundred years old, and I do make it for holidays. You’ll find the recipe and story about the cake on Gail Pallotta’s blog.

By the way, I’m giving an ebook of your choice, so hop over to Gail’s, leave a comment for the book, and copy the recipe. I know your family will love it.

I have deep, southern roots. My mom came from Alabama and my dad's folks came from Tennessee. I'm a native Texan, and if you want to know more about life in Texas, try Anita Klumper’s link. She asked me some interesting questions.

Until next time, smile. You never know how much your happy face will mean to someone.



Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Gay's Days. Where would you take her in Texas?

Hi Friends,

I'm on Anita Klumper's blog today and she asked me interesting questions. She lives in Wisconsin and wanted to know about Texas. Where would I take her and what would I feed her?

If you're from Texas, what would you have said? Read my answers and leave your comments. I'd love to hear what you'd say.

Another friend, Gail Pallotta has me on her blog, and I'm giving away a book today. Pop over there after you visit with Anita and leave a comment. Let me know which book you prefer.

See you in both places!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Gay's Days Another Love Is

Good morning friends,

Beautiful day in Houston, and it is Good Friday. I heard Cardinal Dolan this morning on Fox and Friends. I'm going to paraphrase the statement he made. If I'd had a pen handy, I'd have written it down. It went something like this.

People of faith find it hard to understand and accept bad things. People without faith find it impossible.

Good Friday--the day of the Crucifixion--a bad day that brought good results. Not just good, but amazing results.

I'm excited to introduce you to another Love Is novella. This one is by the talented Lisa Lickel. Lisa not only writes, but edits manuscripts for other authors. She lives in Wisconsin and often finds herself snow bound. She says those are good days for writing and reading...unless the power goes off.

From the time boys became more than “tag” targets I was never without someone of the opposite sex to hang out with, call on the phone, escort me to dances or movies, even when Mom was the chauffeur. I was a drama queen flirt, histrionic friend, and disingenuous church group groupie. I’d love to say it changed in an instant when as a middle teen the Holy Spirit provided the answer to that infinite question of whether Christ was for real. Decades later, I am still working out who I am on many levels. That story won’t get the final edit until it’s over.

 In between, I went to college and joined not one, but two Christian groups, fell in love with the music, studying anything and everything, and the boy with the wispy blond mustache and highwater pants from one of the faith groups who prayed with me for John Denver’s soul. Seriously. We won’t know for a while if poor John received the benefit of our intervention. When the mustached boy didn’t run screaming after meeting my family for the first time when we got snowed in and ate turkey three days in a row, and his dad laughed in good humor when I dropped and broke dishes on the way from the table to the sink the first time I met his folks, I knew things would work out fine.
 Two grown up children and an odd assortment of grands—girls, boys, and kitties—later, life is full circle as our oldest son heeded the call to seminary and now serves as area director for the many branches of the campus faith organization his dad and I attended. Son number two followed in his father’s footsteps, attempting to encourage a better world through public education. “Love is not proud” is not an easy description to avoid when it comes to introducing family.

 Love has shown me all the attention I need has always surrounded me, filled me, poured out of me in ways I don’t have to control or manipulate, or understand. The Lord of life is in charge. My job is to leave behind a story that boasts only of God’s great mercy and grace exemplified in what He has done for me.

Check out Lisa’s contribution to Prism Book Group’s new Love Is series…

Everything About You
“Love is not proud…” 1 Corinthians: 13:4
She needs a movie set miracle, he needs cash...can a farmer morph into a movie star in five days? 

If Shelly has her way, Danny will become America’s next heartthrob and she’ll get her own promotions company. He’s already gorgeous, a little naive, and needs to work on that accent. To Danny, Shelly is on the pompous side, but holds the key to his real dreams...if he can figure out all the rules, say the right things for the daily vlog session, keep his heart strings in place, dodge Shelly’s vicious former boyfriend and the movie star diva. 

Shelly’s about to lose a lot more than her heart if she can’t get a handle on her wounded pride and learn who to trust.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Gay's Days Back Home

Good afternoon friends,

I couldn't believe the cold wind this morning and felt forced to bundle up before I walked. The bizarre thing is that I wore more clothes today than during the winter. Crazy.

Hubby and I returned from spring break last night, and I've got the 'don't want to do anything' syndrome. Does that happen to you?

We enjoyed a few days at our cabin, and then drove to Fort Worth to visit my sister and her husband. She prepared a delicious meal.


Mushroom steak, potatoes, green beans and banana pudding. I love home cooking, especially someone else's. I didn't take our picture or capture one of her meal, I wish I had. This one looks similar, and I like the recipe. Might try it sometime. Might not either. Do you enjoy preparing food?

After our visit with family, we drove to East Texas.

Delia and Gay
I met Delia Latham for the first time. Delia's my editor, and we correspond often. She also writes great books. Have you read any of Delia's?  Like me, she loves angels, and you'll find several of her stories have them. 

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2.99 on Amazon

Here's a book I really enjoyed (among the many, and it has a wonderful angel in it.
Two guys catching up.

Moving on to the lovely city of Tyler, We spent the night with long-time friends. We've known these wonderful people several decades...since we had babies....and now our kids are grown.

 Tyler, Texas is famous for the Azalea Tour and we drove the tour, even though it is a bit early, but we saw beautiful gardens. If you haven't been to Tyler during the spring, go.

While I was away, Clue into Kindness soared to number one on Amazon. It was free during those two days, and I was thrilled to see a number one in two different categories.  Did you get your copy?


2.99 on Amazon
Later, I've got more news, but the hour is late, and I've got a birthday party to attend. Glad it isn't mine!
Keep smiling!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Gay's Days Hot, Sunny Houston

Good Monday morning friends,

Daylight Saving Time began yesterday. Are you as confused as I am? Is that clock right or did it not get changed? Ugh. It is still dark outside. I awoke at the old time and realized I was late by the new time.

GRRRR. Why can't we leave it alone? Some states have opted out of it, and I wish Texas would.

We had a warm winter and now even warmer days are here. We expect to reach 90 degrees this afternoon. The fog cleared a little as I finished my two mile walk. I dread the heat to come.

I've got good news!  My book, Clue into Kindness, is free on Amazon today and tomorrow.  Here's the link.

Limited Time. Verify before purchase.
And guess what? I was the guest on several blogs last week.
I hope you'll visit these links. You'll learn something new about me and meet interesting authors: DiAne Gates, Victoris Pitts-Caine, and Carlene Havel.

Did you see my latest article in the Texas Hill Country magazine?  Here's the link.
Now that I've given you reading material, I'm heading to the closet to pack a few clothes.
I'm traveling  tomorrow on Bluebonnet filled roads and lanes.  Stay tuned for pictures!
I hope you'll go to Amazon for my free book, read the blogs listed above, as well as my article in the Texas Hill Country.