Thursday, May 30, 2013

Blog Hop!

My writer  friend Paula Mowery and I are participating in a blog hop.  We are talking about our
works in progress.  I have questions about my first mystery project listed below.  Please go to the link below to see Paula's blog about her latest project.  She's a very talented writer.  You know what they say, "Birds of a feather flock together."

What is the working title of your book?
Anointed With Uniqueness. I am still thinking of other title options.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
It just came to me.  I had been talking to my co-workers about how different and unique I am compared to the rest of my family.

What genre does your book fall under?
Cozy mystery with a little bit of romance and suspense sprinkled in.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
For the main character, I would pick Alyson Hannigan.  Her best friend would be played by Kaley Cuoco, and the love interest would be Taylor Lautner.

 What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A young woman, who is the family misfit, uses her uniqueness and her imagination when she uncovers a family mystery that led to murders.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I hope represented by an agency, but I am open to self-publishing.  Like most writers, I believe in my story and I want to see it make a difference.  It’s not always easy being the “different” one.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 
Still working on it.  I’m tying in family history with real history and trying to get it all to fit.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? 
Murder on the Ol' Bunions by S Dionne Moore
Fudge Lace Felonies by  Cynthia Hicky
Death Gets an F by Terri Main
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My own experiences of being “unique.”  I want people to know its okay to be the person God made you to be.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It takes place in early 80s before there were cell phones, iphones, internet, or lap tops.  Lot of leg work and adventure along the way

Friday, May 24, 2013


            Schleprock had something unique about him, besides his name.  No matter where he went, he had a rain cloud over his head.  In case you’re not familiar with Schleprock, he was a cartoon character on Hanna-Barbera’s Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show.  He was the one who always had bad luck, hence his rain cloud.
            Ever feel like Schleprock when you have a run of bad luck?  I felt like it on Mother’s Day.  Actually, the day started off well with cards and candy.  It went downhill from there.  I cracked my car window about 9 inches while at my mother’s house for lunch.  When I went to leave, a bird had managed to fly into the cracked window and had gotten trapped in my car. Once I managed to get the frazzled bird out, it took me a while to clean my car on the inside.
            I’m not done yet.  That morning I was running late for Sunday school and forgot to take the trash out to the garage.  While I was gone, my dog, Little John, got in the trash and had a hay day!  So I got to clean that mess up too.  Later on I opened up a Diet Dr. Pepper and it spewed everywhere!  It was as if a small volcano was erupting. God had placed a rain cloud over my head that day, or did He?
In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. Job 1:22(NIV)           
I’m the one who cracked a window big enough for a bird to fly in.  I’m the one who forgot to take out the trash.  I’m the one who went be-bopping through the house with a carbonated drink in my hand. I’m not going to blame God when I’m the one who made the wrong choices.  By the end of the day, I had to laugh. At that point, my cloud became a rainbow.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Flowers and a Grape Nehi

            On May 8th, 1982, Tim and I had our first date and we’ve been together ever since.  I want to commensurate that occasion with a sweet story. 
            We had been married about 3 years when Tim came in from work one day with a surprise for me.  He asked me to close my eyes and hold out my hands.  What he placed in my hands meant the world to me.  It was a grape Nehi can full of beautiful little pink and purple flowers. At that point, I realized just how much I was on his mind and in his heart.
            Tim used to work next to a railroad track.  On this fateful day, he noticed the beautiful little flowers growing next to the track and thought of me.  He picked them, but he knew he needed to put them in something.  The only thing he had was an empty grape Nehi can.  So he cut the top off, cleaned it, and put water and the flowers in it.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Ephesians 5:25 (NIV)
            He could have shrugged and walked away. He could have picked up the phone and called a florist.  But he didn’t.  He loved me enough to take the time to pick the flowers especially for me.  You see, it’s not the big things that really matter, but the little thoughtful things.  The little things that say, “I love you and I’m always thinking of you.”  What “little thing” have you done for somebody you love?  It may mean the world to them.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Gumball Machines

            I am still a kid at heart and I can prove it.  I took my grandmother out to lunch Sunday and we had to wait in the restaurant’s lobby for a table.  That’s where I saw the gumball machines.  My heart skipped a beat.  What wondrous prizes those glass spheres hold. There were bubblegum balls, bouncy balls, and my favorite, jewelry. It was all I could do not put quarters in them and turn the handles.
            I grew up on a farm and we had a well for our water supply. Anytime we had a problem with the well, my mom and mamaw (grandmother) would take the laundry to the laundry mat. I loved to do that.  In the back of the building were rows of gumball machines. Oh my goodness!  I couldn’t wait to waste their quarters.  It was so exciting to put the quarter in the slot and turn the handle.  What exotic prize awaited me? 
             Of course I went to different machines, but I always got a bouncy ball first.  If there were other kids there, we would play together with them.  Sometimes we wreaked a little havoc.  The ones that held jewelry were a different story.  Very rarely did I get the pretty piece of jewelry I saw on the front of the machine.  Then I would have to beg and plead for another quarter as I tried for the prize I wanted.
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21(NIV)
            Aren’t life’s happenings like the prizes in the gumball machines?  We see the pretty prizes we want and try our best to get them.  Sometimes we do get the little piece of jewelry or the pink glittery bouncy ball we want.  At other times, we never get the prize that we want regardless of how many quarters we may spend. God knows what prizes are best for us and which ones are not.  Thankfully, His plans will always prevail and not ours.  Besides, I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that many quarters.