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KABAM Book Festival 2016

What a trip…and I do mean what a trip. The 4 hour drive was almost a piece of cake. If it hadn’t been for the wind and a trucker who really wanted me off the road it would have been uneventful 😉



So I got to Kingman without any trouble, did I mention wind and truckers? Anywhoo, checked into my hotel and asked where exactly Metcalfe Park was. The lady looked out the window and pointed….I was literally across the street. Within walking distance. So Saturday morning I walked over. The festival was just starting and people were still getting their tables set up. The first table I came to just happened to be my dear friend Victoria Kaer.

 
At the table next to Tori were my friends Alexia Purdy and Katie Salidas 

 

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Katie’s Links
Well this one came out a little dark and you can’t really see these amazing ladies and if I try to brighten it up I lose the book covers. Anyway, My friends Deborah Dorchak and Wendi Kelly. Co-authors of the Bonds of Blood and Spirit saga. Deb lives in Las Vegas and Wendi in Chicagoland. 2 very amazing people and great friends. 
 
 
 
Check out the books..
 
Coming soon to the saga….
 
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I actually got to hold it….
 
I was also introduced to Tom Keller, an author from Las Vegas, and I picked up his book “Return of the High Fae” I look forward to reading it.
 
 
 
 
It was a really great time. I went home with more books than I can possibly read in one lifetime…ok not really I will read them all but still.
 
My give away loot
 
My precious….and the only reason I am still speaking to Katie….read the series to understand 😉
Glad I brought a big bag 
 
This was also in the stash I was given and as it turns out Lacey only lives about 15 minutes from me.
 
So there you have it, a fun filled day spent with friends and books. What else is there.

Being The New Girl

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Let’s face it….We’ve all been the new kid on the block. Whether it has been a new neighborhood, a new school, or even a new church bible study class. I’ve been there many times in my life. Recently, 2 years ago, I was the new kid, or adult kid, in a new church, in a new class. Now….I haven’t had much luck in churches, making friends and such. I am very shy and introverted. Any attention put on me is cause for panic. So I’ve had a rough time making friends and getting to know people (My whole life really). Thankfully for me this church makes it easy to make friends, which I have and I love them all to pieces.

Anyway,

Yesterday a new girl walked into our church. She wasn’t sure where to go or what class she should be in. Well that is really a personal choice, there are several awesome classes, the class I’m in is perfectly awesome. So I asked the confused girl if she needed help and she said she wasn’t sure where she was going. So I asked her age, close to mine, so I said “follow me” and brought her to my class and introduced her to my friends.

So many times I have needed that. Someone to step up and say “Hey you’re new come be my friend” So many times it hasn’t happened, to me or others like me. We get forgotten, we’re the nameless people in the room. (FYI, I don’t feel this way at my current church) so it really felt good to step out of my comfort zone and lend a hand 🙂

 

 

 

Finding The One…

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Did you think I was talking about a man? Ha! No, well kinda…2 years ago my family and I left the church we were attending. There was a political uprising and our Pastor was fired. Sadly the whole thing was a mess and there was another pastor waiting in the wings…not how it’s suppose to be done but that’s life. Our pastor went about things and eventually started his own church. Anyway, my family and I decided to look at other churches. Our first choice stuck. I’ve been going to church my whole life and never, since childhood, have I felt so at home in a church. The people are are amazing. Everyone is so friendly. They actually make you feel as if you are a family.  We’ve been at this church for 2 years now and I can’t imagine ever going somewhere else. Yesterday, after 2 1/2 years we voted in our new pastor. The previous pastor left to start his own church, at least that is my understanding. Pastor Heath answered the  view of call and came to preach. He was awesome. Kind of nervous, which is understandable, but his message was awesome. It was about unrealistic expectations, which I found to be very fitting. As you can imagine there are people out there who will expect the new pastor to be just like the previous pastor or the interim pastor we have had. I kind of feel like he was saying “I am me, I am not them and don’t expect me to be.” Anyhoo, after the service we had a luncheon and Pastor gave his testimony. After a Q&A session he and his family were taken upstairs and we cast our votes. It was a silent vote. We marked yes or no on a slip of paper we were given and they were counted. It was almost a unanimous vote yes.

We are all so excited to have Pastor Mike as our shepherd. His first official Sunday will be April 24th and sadly I will be out of town at a book festival.

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Holiday Weekend 2015

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Did you have a great holiday weekend? I sure did. Though there are a few aspects of the weekend I can’t seem to understand, it was, all in all, a great weekend.

Thursday started with some fun at my moms house. Trying to make my grandma’s Norwegian pancakes turned out to be a disaster, which is odd since they have come out every other time we’ve made them. Oh well, we had regular pancakes instead. Then we watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving day Parade. When I watch parades I always get transported back in time to my high school days when we, a marching show band, played holiday parades in between competitions. What is a show band you ask…Glee for high school marching bands in California. Then came the dog show. That is always a fun thing to watch. Congrats to Best in Show winner Charlie the Skye Terrier, he was adorable.

Thanksgiving dinner was really good. Rather than spending all day cooking a meal that takes 10 minutes to eat, and since it was just 3 of us, we decided to let the casino do the cooking. The line was long but it moved fast. I took these while waiting.

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They always do awesome holiday decorations.

Friday, even though I had to work, was just a quiet day for me. Sometimes a girl just needs to take a day and keep the socializing to a minimum and just be. There is nothing wrong with doing that. It has nothing to do with anyone or anything other than the person who just needs to sit back and “Be”. I did get a few blog posts done for my book blog. That was a fun thing to do.

Saturday I did some shopping 🙂 Got a few Christmas decorations. Hug out 🙂 did basically a whole lot of nothing really since I had woken up with a migraine. I just keep a low key and chilled.

That brings us to this Sunday morning…..

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Have a glorious day 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving

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What are you thankful for?

I am thankful for my loving family, the good health of all I love, and a great life.

I am also thankful for some wonderful friends old and new. Friends I barely knew who have turned into dear friends. Wonderful talks, even if they did go from instagram to comparing aches and pains 😉

I am also very thankful for my church, my church family and the love of an AWESOME God.

Happy Thanksgiving all and here’s to a wonderful holiday season.

My 2013 Year Review

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My year started out just like any other year. Same ole same ole. Work was going well, aside from the loss of my boss and friend. That broke my heart. Family was good. As we did the year before my niece and I started our plans for our trip to Comic-Con in San Diego. In March my volunteer work came to an end as I was kicked out of the group for reasons I am still unclear of. No big loss there really.

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In may my mom and I made a trip to Phoenix to see Chris Tomlin in concert at Grand Canyon University. Check one off my bucket list. It was a great couple of days with my mom shopping and seeing this concert. The energy in the stadium as we all praised God was amazing.

Finally July came and my niece and I were off on our road trip to San Diego.

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This trip is always so much fun. There is never a minute that there isn’t something happening somewhere in downtown San Diego. Once we arrived we hung out at the convention center for a while as we had some time before picking up our friend at the airport.

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I found this while going upstairs to pick up our badges 🙂

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Ballroom 20 line

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Inside ballroom 20

We saw the Vampire Diaries cast again

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We saw the Once Upon a Time cast

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We also got to see part of the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland pilot.

and there there were the headless horsemen from Sleepy Hollow

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The whole trip started with a midnight showing of “Psych The Musical”

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We also saw the True Blood panel…minus Alexander Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer.

I could spend hours going on about what we did and who we saw.

The Walking Dead cast showed up at the Hilton

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In at the end of August my heart fell apart and part of my world ended.  My dad passed away. I can’t tell you how it feels to be 2 states away when your parent is slipping away. That was the worst phone call I’ve ever gotten. I really had no idea what to do. I just sat here waiting for a call back that my dad made it. Sadly that wasn’t the second call I got. So I went to my moms house and cried on her shoulder.  In September I flew to Houston to say goodbye to my dad for the last time.

In the process I did get to see some family I hadn’t seen in a long time

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My favorite cousin and I

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My amazing uncle 🙂

And THEN…In October my mom and I again went to Phoenix. This time to see Stephen Curtis Chapman with Laura Story and Jason Gray.

So as you can see it’s been a good year mixed with a lot of sadness.

A Little Promo..

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As a writer or, one who thinks of herself as a writer, I think it’s important to help my fellow writers promote their work. With that said, If you are an avid reader and  enjoy the supernatural world and fantasy genre please check out the works of some friends of mine.

Wendy Kelly and Deborah Dorchak

Check out their website http://bondsofbloodandspirit.com/

You can also follow them on Twitter for updates https://twitter.com/BoBaS_Loyalties

and last but never least they also have a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/bondsofbloodandspirit

I know you won’t be disappointed.