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Friday, February 5, 2016

Gay's Days: Hounded by Love


Good morning friends!
 
The tree surgeon is here again today. I'll post pictures later. My poor tree grows smaller with each cut.
 
Prism Book Group, my publisher, kicks off our Love Is series today.  I've read this article by Antiat Klumpers and enjoyed it. You will too. Her book, Hounded is officially released today. It's a good one!
 
Her article below is a true story and will bring a smile to your lips. And who doesn't need one?
 
Pop over to the Prism Book Group website and join our Valentine party. Chocolate...yum. I'm craving it these days. Prism Book Group is giving other prizes too. Don't you love Valentine's Day?   http://prismbookgroup.com/
 
My book, Clue into Kindness officially releases next Friday, but right now, enjoy Anita Klumpers.
 
 
Old Maid, Do-Si-Do, and the Bottomless Cup of Love

Anita Klumpers

 


 
 

 By the time I was twenty-five my mother had given up on the hope that I would marry. She bought me pots and pans and Pfaltzgraf and flatware because, she reasoned, even single women need to live. And, Lord willing, I wouldn’t live with her and Daddy forever.

 

Dad wasn’t too concerned. After all, he hadn’t married Mom till he was in his early 40’s. And if God didn’t want me to wed, then I could follow in Cousin Angie’s footsteps and be a missionary in Africa.

 

The idea of a single life filled me with dread. Please, please, PLEASE God, don’t be equipping me to remain unmarried. I developed crushes. Friends tried setting me up with their relatives. I went out dancing with friends. To bars. After all, I was a nice Christian lady at a bar. Why couldn’t there be nice Christian guys there too? Maybe there were. I never met one.

 

A few months shy of my 27th birthday I decided I was tired of looking for potential mates. Although not at the point of picking up books on how to enjoy the gift of singleness, I figured it might be time to focus on my relationship with God. So, along with several wonderful single girlfriends I went to a spiritual winter retreat for young adults from a dozen churches across our state. Did I mention I’d determined not to check out every eligible young man also in attendance?


I meant it. So when I took note of a devastatingly handsome man with dark eyes and a dimpled chin sitting across the room, it wasn’t his good looks that got my attention. Arms crossed, looking bored, he was the only one sitting out the square dance mixer. In gracious and generous Christian-girl fashion I thought ‘Jerk,’ and went back to dancing my little size 9’s off and trying to remember my allemande left from my do-si-do right.

 

Later that night, after devotions, a group of us played cards. A game I didn’t know, called euchre. I’m a dab hand at Old Maid but this one had me flummoxed, and a group of generous friends tag-teamed trying to teach me to play. It was hilarious. Really hilarious.

 

Later that night a group of us went into town for coffee. The dark-eyed square-dance-boycotter came too. He sat across from me and told me he got a kick out of watching me laugh over euchre. He flirted just enough to make me feel interesting but not so much as to make himself look insincere or lecherous.

 

We went our separate ways after that weekend and didn’t meet up till early summer. It took him till late summer to ask me out and in the meantime one of my major crushes from the previous few years, a Christian marathon runner and photographer I’d met at work, finally returned my interest and began asking me out. After I lectured God about his timing I realized maybe He knew what He was doing. I had to make a decision between two attractive men (my daydream back in the days before I realized it would be painful) and I chose the right one.

 

Wouldn’t my story make a fine romance movie? Sort of an ‘At Long Last Love’ type of life? But now, three sons, four grandsons and countless prayers and tears and rejoicings later, I realize that my entire life has been filled with love.

 

From birth, before my birth, my parents loved me, and continued until their last breath on earth. Aunts and uncles and cousins by the dozens meant extended love and the kind of safety net children long for but don’t always enjoy. Then there is my family in Christ. Brothers and sisters more than the sands on the shore, and wherever there are God’s children there is my family, and we love each other. We don’t always play well together, but the love is there.

 

My friends—oh, my friends! When I bemoan my limited practical skills and meager dose of common sense I remember my glorious friendships with some of the most godly, delightful, gracious, fault-overlooking women as can be found. I would rather have my friends than an artist’s eye, a singer’s silver tongue, or an athlete’s supple limbs.

 

On all this abundance of love God set a gem of a husband. He is as attractive, open, and affirming as when I first met him, and he still refuses to dance. Those three sons love me in spite of a plethora of faults and mistakes and my little grandsons still give me smooches in public.

 

Do I know I have been gifted far and above anything I could think or ask, much less deserve? You bet. But what if God had not seen fit to give me a husband, children, grandbabies? What if my parents had been cold, negligent, absent, and I didn’t have some sort of strange ability to find wonderful friends? Would I be any less blessed? No. Not a bit.

 

God loves me. God has loved me before I knew what love was. If I had never known human love, God’s love would be beyond the heights and depths and breadths of what I think I need. Jesus prayed for me the night before His death and prays for me today and the Spirit intercedes for me with sighs too deep for words and the Father’s love is vast beyond all measure. What wondrous love is this?!

 

Family, friends, husband and children have all hemmed me in love, and the love that comes from God is greater than these.

 

 

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

 

Hounded

“Love is patient…” 1 Corinthians: 13:4

 

Elise Amberson’s husbands always die before she can get the marriage momentum going. At least this last one left her with lots of money. Now she can hang out with her dogs, avoid men, and try to keep off God’s radar.

 

But her dogs are behaving oddly, a pesky pastor can’t keep his hands off her soul, and God is backing her into a corner.

 

It’s all more than a rich, beautiful young woman should have to bear. But when someone begins targeting Elise, she’ll have to figure out why before she becomes the late Widow Amberson.

 


Available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1nIiqWm.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Gay's Days A wonderful review

Good morning everyone,

We have a diamond day in Houston. Cool temps earlier, but we should climb to warm before day's end.

Are you caught up with all the stuff that comes your way? I'm not. About the time I can see the top of my desk, another batch of stuff arrives.

I must share this with you. You can't imagine how happy this five star review made me. A friend of mine posted it on my Facebook timeline.  I would have missed it if she hadn't. 

Do you read Readers' Favorite?  You can find excellent reviews on that site and choose well before a purchase of a book.

Sarah and a Midnight Cruise to Catalina Island was reviewed by for Readers' Favorite. Ms. Bradford writes well, and I really like the way she wrote about my book.  Please read what she wrote. You'll be happy for me.  You'll like this site too.

 


See you tomorrow! Smile today!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Gay's Days in Texas

February 1, 2016

Good morning!

We’ll have a warm Texas day, but the weather should turn seasonal tomorrow.   Before you pack and leave Blizzard country, keep in mind that Texas is the number three state for tornados.


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 And don’t forget our famous hurricanes. Yep, we have those too. Oh! And how about the unbearable heat? You can fry the soles of your feet in a heartbeat.

    

Now don’t get me wrong. We are real friendly down here and will make you welcome. Once you get here, you’ll love it.


Photo: Dale Lewis
 
 
Have you seen our beautiful Texas Hill Country In the spring? You’ll gaze on our famous state flower, the Bluebonnet. Their fields  can resemble vast oceans.  In the fall, you’ll see rolling hills ablaze with color.

 

 
Like other states, Texas has assets and liabilities. Don't you love your area too? Most people do, although there may be a few who would prefer to live in another place. If so, come on to Texas!
I'm partial to Texas. Can't you tell? I've lived here all my life except for one year in Oklahoma, but I found that state lovely too.
Texas is a grand place to write books. I enjoy sitting in the A/C at my computer. (We usually keep the A/C going year around.) I awake, grab coffee, and then I allow my imagination to run away with me.
My author/editor friend, Jacqui Hopper made this banner for me. Isn't it lovely? I've added two more books to the collection since this time, but this gives you an idea of who I am and what I do. Sarah, the angel pictured above is the star of my series, and she prefers to stay in Texas.
In a book coming soon, Sarah and the Double Wedding Woes, Sarah must fly to Chicago. Horrors! She's terrified and begs to stay in Texas. The Superiors don't grant her request. You see, she needs to grow and experience new things. She thought Chicago lovely, but believe me, she was happy to return to familiar territory. She's stays lost in our area, but Texas is her comfort zone.

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Here's the newest Sarah book.
Sarah and Double Wedding Woes is a sequel to Sarah and a Date for Mackenzie.
 
Well, okay everyone. Ya'll have a good day and I hope it brings a smile.

check out this site. You might find an article or two from me.

 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Gay's Days. The Bullies


 

January 29, 2016

Good morning!

So how will you spend your day? I’ll be running errands, and it is beautiful outside, so that makes it easier and more pleasant.  We are to have temps in the 70’s by afternoon. The weather lady says we'll have 80 on Monday. Oh joy! I dread our Houston summer.

 



I’m excited about my two books.
 
 
Sarah and a Date for Mackenzie is another novel about my dyslexic angel who comes to earth and makes a mess while doing good. She intervenes with a high school bully and the event is hilarious.

But bullies aren’t funny—they are mean and cause pain. I saw on TV this morning where a group of high school kids are putting together an APP for their phone to help each other with such things. Proud of them.
Product Details

 

Clue into Kindness will be released on February 12. No angels in this story, but the husband in the story bullies his wife and she handles it.

If you know someone who faces a tormenter, do what you can to bring relief. Both of my new books offer suggestions.

Sometimes we need help with our problems. Let’s give it, or get it. Life is too short to suffer when assistance is available.

Keep smiling—even if you’d rather cry. A smile can chase tears...so can a talk with a friend.
 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Gay's Days. Clue into Kindness


 
 
 
 
                   Look what I found!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I've been telling you about Prism Book Group's Love Is...theme, and this is my contribution! You can preorder it now.  Here's a blurb.
 

Georgia loves her husband, Alan. She shows him kindness with actions and words, but Alan responds in a heartless, selfish way. To receive respect and admiration from people, he believes he must have a perfect wife—so he criticizes Georgia at every opportunity—even tells her she’s fat! Alan’s best friend Ken and his wife Jana, reassure Georgia that she remains the gorgeous beauty queen she was during her college days. Who will Georgia believe—her friends or the mysterious, handsome stranger who comes into her life?  Circumstances bring a change to Alan’s attitudes. But is it too late to save this marriage?
 
This book, as several others in the series, are available now through preorder. A new one is released each Friday. Prepare to enjoy these entertaining reads.
 
2.99 on Amazon


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Gay's Days. Love Is Coming


Hi guys and gals,
We're gonna be cloudy with mild temps today. I think our friends in the northeast are thawing out. They've had it rough, and after seeing what they have, I'm glad to be in Texas.

I missed blogging yesterday. My hubby generously shared his sick bug with me, and I’m trying to recover from it.

I wrote my personal love story for the Love Is theme that Prism Book Group is publishing. I’m posting our schedule. There are a total of fifteen books, and as you can see from the list below. Mine is number two. My release date is 2/12/16.

You are going to want them all!  These authors write entertaining stories and all are based on I Corinthians 13—but we don’t preach. We tell stories. I don’t have the cover for mine yet, but I have a few of the others. Each one has a common theme—inside and out. After these stories come out in eBook, they will be grouped together for print. Some prefer print. Prism Book Group publishes many of their books in eBook, print, and audio.

Get ready! Every Friday beginning February 5, you’ll have a new book to enjoy!
 

#
Verse
Title
Author
Editor
RD
1
Love is patient
Hounded
Klumpers
SB
2/5/2016
2
Love is kind
Clue Into Kindness
Lewis
SB
2/12/2016
3
Love does not envy
Greener Grass
Cosgrove
SB
2/19/2016
4
Love does not boast
Work In Progress
Bolton
SB
2/26/2016
5
Love is not proud
Everything About You
Lickel
SB
3/25/2016
6
Love does not dishonor others
Crux of Honor
Mowery
SB
4/29/2016
7
Love is not self-seeking
Navy Blues
Cosgrove
SB
5/27/2016
8
Love is not easily angered
Love Makes Waves
Pallota
 
6/24/2016
9
Love keeps no record of wrongs
Evidence Not Seen
Havel
SB
7/15/2016
10
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth
Truffles and Traffic
Baganz
SS
8/26/2016
11
Love always protects
 
Bolton
SB
9/30/2016
12
Love always trusts
Racing Hearts
Blare
SB
10/28/2016
13
Love always hopes
Hoping for Joy
Marzec
SB
12/16/2016
14
Love perseveres
 
Hopper
 
1//2017 TBT
15
Love never fails
For Better or for Worse
  Skeen    JH  2/20/2017



Each eBook is $2.99 on Amazon and these are available for preorder.

  

 

 

Remember to keep a smile. Even if your day is cloudy. A smile brings cheer.