Archives for February 2016

Fun Friday Inspiration

Author Linda Bradley is here to share some pictures of her travels along with short inspirational quotes. Maybe one or two will resonate with you. I know they did with me.

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“Every exit is an entrance somewhere else.”- Author Unknown

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“Write your troubles in the sand. Carve your blessings in stone.”-Author Unknown

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“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”-Roger Caras

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“We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong.”-Author Unknown

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“Let a horse whisper in your ear and breathe on your heart. You will never regret it.”-Author Unknown

If you’d like to read Linda’s latest release, click on Maggie’s Way below. I know this one is next on my To Read List! Happy Friday Y’all!

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Erin Bevan

Cake Therapy

choc cake finished productThere was a time when Ryan Jo Summers didn’t know if she was going to live until her next birthday. Undergoing surgery after surgery on her pelvis, only to suffer from a stomach bug that nearly killed her.

After a two week stay in the hospital in a drug induced coma, she was finally able to go home.  She’s here on Fun Friday to share her sweet poem, Cake Therapy, and a lovely recipe about the cake that she had to bake as a symbol of her year of suffering. The cake was difficult to bake, but well worth it. Click on the picture to get the recipe!

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Cake Therapy

by Ryan Jo Summers

I had wanted to bake a cake, a hard one

a challenge, meant to be both therapy and fun.

A ‘difficult’ rated birthday cake, chocolate of course

To mark my birthday this year, my forty-forth.

Good intentions, I thought, to bake a grand layered cake

for my hard fought birthday, take to work, and celebrate

This year has brought many ups, down, trials and changes

and therapy I find often comes in phases.

 From measuring, leveling, mix and stir

until all the ingredients begin to blur

 A certain sense of unity

can be found by following the recipe

 Next into the oven, then the washing up

bowls, spoons, soapy water and the cups

Except something went unexpectedly wrong

overflowing, the pans set off the smoke alarm’s song

I know it’s part of what I had asked for—the challenge

so gamely the cake base I did try to salvage

 So tonight the failed effort goes into the trash bin

And tomorrow I shall attempt to bake a cake again

 Perhaps this foiled start is a symbol, a sign

Of the journey this year I have taken, the hills I have had to climb

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Books by Ryan Jo Summers

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Erin Bevan

Time Crunch

Untitled design-6This is me right now, and I have a feeling a few of my other writer friends feel the same. Claire Gem and Angela Archer, shout out to you wonderful ladies.

Much like the woman in the picture, I think I have fallen asleep in much the same way before. If anyone catches me, I just tell them I’m practicing child’s pose-the computer position.

Working against the clock for a deadline can be a real hassle, but add children, homeschooling, or a regular old day job to the mix, and well, the task becomes much more daunting.

My fingers and eyes are flying at super speed to make sure Wedding Day is the best book it can possibly be before release on April 13. So, if I’m super cranky or if I’ve seemed to disappear from social media, it’s because I’m working against a deadline, or because I am catching up on some zzz’s-office style.

To anyone working on a deadline: Writer’s, accountants, students, whoever you are, take a deep breath. Grab a cup of coffee, and let’s get ‘er done!

Erin Bevan

Spur of the Moment-The Silos

Don’t you just love spur of the moment things in life? If they are good things, that is? I do, and my mother-in-law is good at spur of the moment. We only live once, so let’s have some fun!

Well, if any of you wIMG_1313atch that show Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines, then you know exactly what “The Silos” are. You might also know that Chip and Joanna live in Waco, Texas with their lovely four children, and their giant, almost larger than life business adventures. The Silos being one of those adventures. Joanna get’s this grand idea, presents it to Chip and he helps make it happen for her. Almost like he’s a real life hero I could write about in one of my books. *Sigh*

Anyway, back to the story. We did a spur of the moment thing last week, and we decided to hightail it to the Silos and back all in one afternoon. I had to pick my children up from daycare after all, so we didn’t have much time. But, boy, did I do some damage in the little time I did have to shop.

If any of you ever have the chance to visit The Silos, you should. The Magnolia Market is a great, little quaint shop to do some shopping, some browsing, some dreaming, and to make matters even better, the staff are super nice. However, I expected nothing less. Nice seems to be the Chip and Joanna way. But, before you go, realize that when you get home, you are going to want all new stuff!! Please, Joanna Gaines, if you are reading this, just come to Houston. Just once! Please! I need you!

Do something spur of the moment, y’all, and enjoy life!

Erin Bevan