Share Your Short Story – August 2019

If you’re a blogger who likes to write short fiction or poetry, here’s a great opportunity. You’ll also find an excerpt from Stevie’s novel. Enjoy and good luck.

Stevie Turner

Authors can share a link to their short stories (less than 2000 words please) or poetry, and it won’t cost you a penny! The deadline is 31st August. Stories or poems can be on any subject, but please keep them reasonably family friendly – nothing too graphic!  On 1st September I will pick a winner and a runner up and share the links to the stories on my website, MeWe and Twitter pages. The winner also has the choice of their story being included in an anthology of winners that I will compile when I have enough stories.

Please ensure that you add the link to your story to August’s submission page and not any previous month, or it may be missed.

I look forward to reading your efforts. The winners can use these laurels below to add to their story:

Short Story Winner Aug 19

Short Story Runner up Aug 19Here’s a 1300 word taste of my novel ‘Partners…

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Blog Tour and Book Giveaway #The Red Dress

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.

As I hope you know by now, my new novel, The Red Dress, is now available from Amazon and Smashwords. If it isn’t already, it’ll also be available from Apple, Barnes & Noble, and other resources. Smashwords offers books in a variety of accessible formats such as txt or pdf. But for those needing books in Daisy audio or text formats, it’ll eventually be available from Bookshare and through the Utah State Library’s talking book program.

I’m now looking for bloggers interested in featuring my book on their blog. I will provide a wraparound cover and a document containing a synopsis, excerpt, and more. If you’re interested, please use the contact form. I’ll need to know on what date you can post this information and a URL in case I’m not following you. When your feature goes live, I’ll re-blog it. If you’d like to review The Red Dress or interview me on your blog,, please let me know via the contact form, and I’ll send you an electronic copy.

Speaking of electronic copies, I’m giving one away to the first person who can answer this question. In My Ideal Partner, what was my late husband Bill’s favorite baseball team? If you haven’t read My Ideal Partner or need to refresh your memory, you can download it for free from Smashwords until the end of the month.. Once you have the answer, if you’re  the first person to leave it in the comment field for this post, you’ll win a free electronic copy of The Red Dress. Good luck. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

New! The Red Dress: A Novel

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

 

My Other Books

 

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

Click to purchase My Ideal Partner from Smashwords absolutely free!

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

My Other Links

Visit my website.

Like me on Facebook.

 

 

I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You #Monday Musical Memories

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In February of 2005, a month after my late husband Bill, living in Fowler, Colorado, proposed to me, living here in Sheridan, Wyoming, he sent me a care package. This included, among the obligatory chocolates and other items, a cassette of love songs he’d downloaded from the Internet. This song was one of them.

I was amazed that a man wanted to spend his lifetime loving me. After Bill suffered his first stroke, the song inspired me to write a poem, which appears at the end of My Ideal Partner. You’ll find it below the video link and can click on the title to hear me read it.

This song would be easy for me to sing. But even now, almost seven years after his death, I tear up when I hear it. So, I’m not even going to try. But I think you’ll be moved, as I was, by this stunning duet performance. Although Bill is no longer with me, I’ll spend the rest of my life loving him. By the way, My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds is still available free from Smashwords through Wednesday.

 

I WANT TO SPEND MY LIFETIME LOVING YOU – TINA ARENA DUET WITH MARC ANTHONY (YouTube)

THE RISE AND FALL OF MY ZORRO

 

With cape, hat, mask, rapier,
he rode out of the darkness.
“Take my hand. Dance with me,” he said,
“I want to spend my lifetime loving you,”
but happily–ever–after was not to be.
My hero fell and rose many times.
I felt the glory
until he fell for the last time.
Where there’s love, life begins again.
When life dies, love goes on.

 

***

How about you? Did your spouse have to convince you to marry? If you were the one proposing, how did you convince your spouse to marry you?

 

My Books

 

New! The Red Dress: A Novel

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

 

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

Click to purchase My Ideal Partner from Smashwords absolutely free!

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

My Other Links

Visit my website.

Like me on Facebook.

 

 

SIZZLING SUMMER SUPER RELEASE BOOK LAUNCH PARTY EVENT SCHEDULE WITH AUTHOR TAKEOVER GUEST LIST

Here’s another reminder about the Facebook event I’ll be participating in next week. This post contains a schedule of authors, me included, who will be appearing. I hope you can be there too.

Campbells World

***READER’S NOTE
If you’re viewing this in another place other than the Facebook event you may visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1084437158419463/?ti=ia
To attend.

TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD MARKETING (AUTHOR, BLOGGER, BUSINESS ASSIST) PRESENTS!!!

Hello everyone and thank you for dropping into our sizzling summer super book release launch party on this sizzling hot summer afternoon!
I’d like to take a moment to let you in on a few things which are coming up during this magnificent event.

First, on Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 2 to 4 P.M. Eastern we will be gathering together to celebrate a milestone for Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing.
On July 28, 2017, I began a journey which has succeeded far beyond my wildest expectations, and it is thanks to every single one of you that this is so.
So, on this Sunday afternoon grab your favorite celebratory beverage, and a comfy chair, and settle in for an afternoon of fun.

Then, on August…

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Guest Blogger: Leader Dog Willow

This guide dog provides an interesting perspective and important advice when encountering such a dog and handler.

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A Canine Perspective of Today’s Telephone

by guest blogger and resident guide dog Willow

Due to Alice’s being very, very busy with trying to learn how to use her new, pink i-phone, I have graciously agreed to be a guest blogger/dogger for WORDWALK this Wednesday, July 24, 2019.  Thank you, Alice, for the PUPportunity; and thanks to all of you WORDWALK readers for your attention on this lovely summer day.

First, I must tell you that I have been hearing a lot about “fingerprints.”  A-PUP-ently, the way Alice has to start this incredible telephone is with a fingerprint.  Trying to do so has been problematic.  I do want to help; but in the settings menu, we find no option for a PAWPRINT.  Well, this is not my idea of accessible!  After all, I, as a British Black Labrador, have smaller paws than most Labs.

Furthermore, Alice keeps telling somebody called…

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The Defiant Mind #Thursday Book Feature

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The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke

by Ron Smith

Copyright 2016.

 

In this memoir, Canadian author and publisher Ron Smith describes what it was like for him to have and recover from a stroke. He starts by describing, in great detail, the day he had his stroke in November of 2012. He then discusses his hospitalization and recovery: how he re-learned to eat, walk, and perform other personal care tasks and how he developed friendships with his roommates and other patients in the hospital.

Because of his determination and by some miraculous twist of fate, he was able to go home for Christmas that year. He describes the period After that when he went through several more months of outpatient rehabilitation, then tried other treatments such as acupuncture and massage therapy.

Throughout the book, he describes the love and support from his wife and other family and friends he received during his recovery. He explains how not being able to eat right after the stroke triggered memories of a trip to Europe fifty years earlier when he nearly starved to death. He shares other memories brought on by his experiences after the stroke. He quotes other sources of information about strokes and provides a bibliography at the end of the book.

Having been a caregiver to my late husband Bill, who suffered two strokes, I agree with many of the points made in this book, including the fact that the system often gives up on stroke victims too soon. In Mr. Smith’s case, he only had about six months of rehabilitation before he was left to fend for himself. With Bill, therapists claimed he’d reached a plateau two months after his first stroke. When I brought him home, we tried two outpatient facilities. They both gave up on him after a few months. I don’t know about Canada, but part of the problem here in the U.S. is that Medicare and other insurance programs don’t cover therapy if progress isn’t being shown. There’s no coverage for therapy to maintain the strength you have once you reach a plateau. So, unless you can afford $70.00 or more per session, you’re out of luck.

I wish Ron Smith’s book had been around when Bill was alive. Maybe if Bill had read it, he would have been inspired to write about his own experiences, with my help, of course. I’d suggested it to him, but he hadn’t been interested. So, after he passed, I wrote My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds, which is available from Smashwords free until the end of the month. I hope those who read both books will be encouraged, if they’ve suffered a stroke, or if they haven’t,  be persuaded to do all they can to prevent one. As Bill once said, strokes are no fun.

 

My Books

 

New: The Red Dress: A Novel

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

 

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

Click to purchase My Ideal Partner from Smashwords absolutely free!

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

My Other Links

Visit my website.

Like me on Facebook.

 

 

The Red Dress Now Available

It’s official. My new novel, The Red Dress, has been released and can now be purchased in print and eBook formats from Amazon and Smashwords. It’ll soon be available from Apple, Barnes & Noble, and other online resources. The Kindle version is text-to-speech enabled, as you’ll note in the following advertisement, written by Leonore Dvorkin, editor at DLD Books. It’ll eventually be available from Bookshare and through my regional talking book library. If you visit my website, you’ll find an excerpt, ordering links, and more. Happy reading!

Front cover image contains: young, dark-haired girl wearing red dress. Back cover contains: synopsis, bio, and author photo.

Just released!

 

THE RED DRESS

A novel by Abbie Johnson Taylor (C 2019)

 

In paperback ($11.95) and e-book ($3.99) from Amazon and Smashwords.

236 pages in print. The e-book is text-to-speech enabled.

Editing, print layout, e-book conversion, and cover design by DLD Books.

 

Synopsis:

 

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

Abbie Johnson Taylor lives in Sheridan, Wyoming. Please visit her website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com/

 

My Other Books

 

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

Click to purchase My Ideal Partner from Smashwords absolutely free!

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

My Other Links

Visit my website.

Like me on Facebook.