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Monday Meeting ~~ Sept. 14, 2015

Good morning people!

I do hope everyone’s weekend was a good one. I know mine was. So let’s get this meeting started.

Monday Meeting

 

As everyone probably knows by now, Saturday was my birthday. It was a glorious day all thanks to you nice people. So I want to say a big THANK YOU to each and every one of you that stopped by to wish me a happy birthday and for those of you who downloaded a free copy of The Canine Caper. Today the book goes back to the original price.

Over the weekend, you guys made it possible for me to move up the ranks on Amazon short stories to number two in their mystery-thriller category! I was never so shocked and pleased all at the same time! I even took a screenshot to show you. Here it is again because this morning I was back up to number two after falling down the ranks yesterday. Whoohoooo! Thank you again!

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That was the best present I could have gotten. 🙂 It didn’t stop there! A few people mentioned me in their blogs, (thank you Frank and Marlene!) It made my day perfect!

Here at home the weather cooperated and it was warm and sunny. I even treated myself to an extra-large cup of Tim Horton’s coffee! Now that was good. I didn’t get a picture of it, but I did manage to remember to get a picture of my birthday cake! Yes, I had birthday cake too! Well, kind of….

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It really was just a small chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting. Oh, my it was so good though! I had it with my coffee! Nom nom nom…

One more picture and then I’m done showing off (ha!). It’s me holding my proof copy A Case of Deceit! It came in the mail a couple of weeks ago, but Saturday I finally got brave enough to show a picture of me holding it in my hot little hands. So pay no attention to the tired old woman behind the book…take a look at that awesome cover Tiny did for me! The insides of the book still need work, but I got it for the cover anyway. Doesn’t it look great?

 

 

Jackiesbook

 

I would have to say it was the best birthday I’ve ever had. Even my mother wished me a happy birthday on the phone and she never does that! Well, ok, maybe never is a strong word, but it’s been a lot of years since she has. She usually forgets. 😉

Even with all the excitement, I did manage to do more edits on the Deceit book, so it wasn’t all play. I’m going to start asking for beta readers now. I should have it ready for them the end of this week. So, if you are interested in being a beta reader for the Deceit book, let me know ASAP! I will send you a doc or pdf version for you to read. You don’t have to worry about grammar or spelling issues (unless it slaps you along side the head!). I’m looking for plot holes, inconsistencies within the story, things like that.

What do you get for being my beta reader? Besides my undying gratitude, you will receive a free copy of the book either in e-book or paperback form when it’s out. I’ll even try to autograph it for you if you wish! You also get a big old virtual hug from yours truly! What more could a person want?

So, enough about me. How has your weekend been? Have another cup or glass of whatever you are drinking and sit a spell. We’ll have a good conversation, good drinks with good friends.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Mi Vida Loca, My Books, nonfiction, postaday, Stories of my life, writing

Thank you for Making Me #2! One More Day for Free eBook!

Hello people!

I want to thank all of you wonderful people for helping me make yesterday’s birthday the best one I’ve ever had! You guys are fabulous! I was smiling so much throughout the day my cheeks were sore when I finally went to bed. It was great!

I just wanted to remind everyone that today, The Canine Caper is still free. Today will be the last day for this, tomorrow, Monday, September 14th, it goes back to full price. So if you haven’t gotten your copy get it now while you can! Also, while you’re there you can pre-order the next book in the series, A Case of Deceit, which will go live the end of October.

I also wanted to show you where I stand in the Amazon ratings this morning. I’m #2!!

Yes, you have that correct. Because of you fine people, I am number 2 in the Best Sellers, short stories-30 to 45-minute reads – Mystery-Thriller category! Yeah, me!! I had to take another screen shot to show you. This has been the most wonderful birthday!

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Tomorrow, when I do the Monday Meeting post, I will tell you all about my magical day. Until then, have a wonderful day as I know I will! Thanks again for everyone’s support and partying with me!

YOU GUYS ROCK!

 

 

Posted in Blogging, Mi Vida Loca, nonfiction, postaday, Stories of my life

Happy Birthday to my Sister

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Today is my older sister’s birthday. She is 2 years older than I am. Her and I used to be really close, but we have drifted apart through the years. Since my dad died years ago things have not been the same between us.

Family dynamics sometimes can be strange. They ebb and flow like the ocean waves. At least in my family they do. I know that part of the problem is that I’ve lived so far away most of my adult life. I”m the only sibling out of four to do so.  My younger brother did for a while, but even he eventually went home. My problem I think is that ‘home’ has never really been home to me. Sometimes I get the urge to go back, but it passes. It usually only comes around the holidays anyway, which happens to many. I also know it would be a bad idea.

My sister is a wonderful person, she really is. She’s very caring and nurturing. She loves kids and she’s very patient. Her name is Jill, well, that’s what everyone calls her. It’s her middle name. She wasn’t able to get pregnant, which she always wanted to do once she got married. But she did the next best thing. First she was a foster parent, with my brother-in-law. They made great foster parents and I lost count on how many children she took in. She specialized in children that were at risk at home from parents that couldn’t handle the kids for whatever reason, be it drugs or mental or emotional problems. Most were babies when she received them. Some had special needs themselves.

I lost track on how many kids she fostered through the years. I do know she is still in touch with a few of them. Three of the children she fostered her and my BIL ended up adopting. Three boys from different backgrounds, but all needing a good set of parents. Which they got from my sister and her husband.

Now when she should be enjoying peace and quiet she is taking care of my younger brothers twin girls. He and his then wife weren’t in any position to care for them, so my sister with my mom’s help took them in and raised them. Now they do have a relationship with my brother, but they still live with my sister and consider her ‘mom’.

I don’t even have a picture of my sister. Another long story there for another time. She’s a wonderful friend to her friends, a great mother to her kids, an amazing wife to her husband. She’s my sister and I’m proud of her.

So Happy Birthday Jill! Hope it’s a great one for you and I hope that husband of yours treats you well on this special day.

I love you sister.

 

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Posted in Blog challenge, Blogging, Fiction, Friday Fictioneers, Humor, writing

Friday Fictioneers ~~ September 6, 2013

THE CHALLENGE:

Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and an end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.)

THE KEY:

Make every word count.

This week we have a special picture from a special lady. Our hostess for this wing-dig is the owner of this week’s picture. And, she has/had a very special day this week. It is her birthday week! So from the bottom of my heart I wish Rochelle Wisoff-Fields a most happy birthday!! Hope it is something wonderful!

If any readers want to join us or just read some wonderful flash fiction, click on Rochelle’s name and go have a look. You won’t regret it!

Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 

Genre/ Poetry – 100 words (well I’m a terrible poet, so please excuse me. I wanted to try something different. I think I will leave the poetry to the ones that do it so well.) 😉

 

Memories lovingly tucked away

Each one special in its own way

Dusted each week with care

Some of those memories come in pairs

The shelf itself an antique

The owner’s eclectic taste is magnifique!

From the shells to the tiny little shoe

I think there is a story or two

So everyone take a look

At the heart of a lady who writes books

She is as kind as she is smart

Her words are always an art

Come give her a smile or maybe a hug

It’s her birthday week and she’s cute as a bug!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Mi Vida Loca, nonfiction, Stories of my life, Uncategorized, writing

5 best gifts anyone ever gave me

Yesterday’s post dealt with lists. The idea for today’s writing is in response to that posting. You can read it here. Name the 5 best gifts anyone ever gave me. This one stuck in my mind last night. I don’t know why, maybe I was feeling nostalgic. It sometimes amazes me how  I get sappy and melancholy  the closer my birthday gets. So the next 11 days I will be looking back more  than I  will be looking forward. Once that day has passed I will be back to my normal self.  (whatever that is)

 

The first gift is not something material. It was from my high school English teacher. For the life of me I am sorry to say I can’t remember her name. I’ve always been terrible with names. But, in my mind’s eye I see her as if it was yesterday.  She was a tiny, African-American woman. She had really short grey hair, and she always wore African dresses. They were always brightly colored and cheerful. They suited her very well.  Every summer she would go to Africa to teach English to children who couldn’t afford to go to school. She did this for free. She did this because she loved teaching and she loved kids. She has always been my favorite teacher.

 

Her gift to me? It was confidence. Confidence in myself. Confidence in my writing skills, and  her belief that I could be a writer someday. How do  I know this? She told me herself. I will never forget that. In her way she blessed me.

 

Not only did she tell me if I worked at it I could become a fine writer. She kept all my English papers. The ones where our assignments were to write stories. She kept every single one! She explained to me that the reason she kept them was because she was working on her second book (the first being about her experiences in Africa). The second book had to do with her years of being an English teacher and some of her better students. She wanted my papers to show how story telling should be done! I was walking on cloud nine for weeks after she told me. I wasn’t use to praise, so when I did get it, it was a bit overwhelming!

 

The second best gift was a dog. It was my sixteenth birthday. My mother and I hadn’t been getting along, as usual. So I really never thought I would be getting anything special for my birthday. Hell,  I didn’t think I would be getting anything! My parents had left early that morning (it was a Saturday). They never said where they were going. I never thought about it. Later that afternoon they came home. With them was the smallest, cutest Shih Tzu puppy I had ever seen! He was black and white and his little pink tongue stuck out of his cute flat face. I was instantly in love! He even had papers! He was a registered pure bred!

 

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Shih-Tzu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

My dad put him in my lap and said, “He’s yours. Happy Birthday.” I have to say that one gift was one of the best gifts in my life. He gave me unconditional love. I miss him to this day.

 

The third best gift is one I gave myself. The gift of freedom. The day I walked out on an abusive marriage. One of the best days of my life indeed!

 

The fourth gift would have to be friendship. The day I met one of the best friends of my life. Also probably the love of my life. He was a very special man. I met him shortly after my divorce. He gave me his friendship first and his love later. He was smart and funny and cute and compassionate.  We talked about everything and anything. Nothing was taboo.  He had one of the finest minds I ever knew. He gave me his undying friendship when I needed it so much.  He gave me his undying love when I finally could accept it. I miss him so much that my heart aches. He died of complications of diabetes much too  young.

 

The fifth gift. The fifth gift is a gift received and given. A gift of  forgiveness. The day several months after my father died. When a rare occasion happened. My mother called me here in Canada. She offered me the olive branch and I accepted. My mother and I have had a very stormy past. The year my father died we had not talked at all. She refused my  phone calls. But that day I forgave her, she forgave me. We moved on to be friends. Now  we talk at least once a week, sometimes more.

 

So there are 5 of the best gifts I have been given. What are yours?