Open Book Blog Hop – 15th November #SocialMediaMonday #Reblogs #Inspiration

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This week’s Open Book Blog Hop topic is holiday television programs. I don’t watch television anymore, but the family in my latest book, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, has a tradition of watching a specific movie the night after Thanksgiving. So, tune in here Wednesday and/or read the book to find out what that movie is. Meanwhile, here’s Stevie to tell you about holiday programs she likes to watch.

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To be honest Sam and I are not avid TV watchers. We prefer to be outside walking or cycling if the weather is good and there’s any spare time when we’re not meeting up with the family.

 

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Friday Spotlight 29th October – Abbie Johnson Taylor #FridayFinds #Reblogs #Inspiration

Thanks to fellow author and blogger Stevie Turner for spotlighting my new book, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, today. You’ll find more information about the book, ordering links, and more. Happy reading!

Stevie Turner

Today the spotlight falls upon Abbie Johnson Taylor. Abbie is the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me is her sixth book. Her work has appeared in The Weekly Avocet, Magnets and Ladders, and other publications. She lives in Sheridan, Wyoming.

If you would like your book in the spotlight, then like Abbie did please email stevie@stevie-turner-author.co.uk and write ‘Friday Spotlight‘ in the subject box.

Synopsis of ‘Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me.’

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people…

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Ninety Nine – August 18th #WordPressWednesday

Today, fellow blogger Stevie Turner offers an interesting challenge, to write a story in ninety-nine words, starting with a given sentence. I don’t have time to participate in this, but I’m passing it on in case anyone else does. Happy writing!

Stevie Turner

Each Wednesday I’ll post a sentence to start the ‘Ninety Nine’ story off, and then anyone can join in and finish it so that the story has a total of 99 words. Some Ninety Nines will be more difficult to finish than others. Please keep it reasonably clean. Thanks.

Last week there were only two entries, and one of them was mine! This one and the next will be scheduled, but if there are no takers for both of them then I’ll stop doing any more as there’s obviously no interest.

Here’s the first sentence…

Moonlight shone down upon a silver trail of slime across the kitchen floor.

And here’s my effort:

Moonlight shone down upon a silver trail of slime across the kitchen floor. Annie, half asleep, made the unfortunate decision not to turn on the fluorescent light. Picking her way in the dark towards the kettle…

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Prologues and Epilogues #Open Book Blog Hop #Wednesday Words

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Welcome to another installment of fellow blogger Stevie Turner’s Open Book Blog Hop. If you’d like to participate, click here. Her prompt for this week is: ‘Prologues and Epilogues. Yes or no?”

In my opinion, it depends on the story. My young adult novel in progress, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, has no prologue. But I felt it necessary to tie up loose ends with an epilogue.

On the other hand, The Red Dress has a prologue that provides the back story through dialog. Since I was able to bring the story to a satisfactory conclusion in the last chapter, I decided I didn’t need an epilogue. So, to whet your appetite, here’s an excerpt from my prologue.

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“Oh, Eve, don’t tell me you’re going to work on that creative writing assignment now instead of going to the homecoming dance.”

In her dorm room at the University of Colorado, Eve Barry was staring at the blank piece of paper in her typewriter, waiting for her poised fingers to produce something. She sighed and ran her fingers through her long, black hair as she turned to her roommate, Charlene Tucker, who was fresh from the shower, clad only in a black terry–cloth robe, her dark, wet curls plastered to her head.

“I’m really not interested in going to the dance, and this assignment’s due Monday. I went to the game this afternoon.”

“Yeah, wasn’t that awesome? We creamed the Wyoming Cowboys.”

“Wait a minute! You’re from Wyoming.”

“Yeah, but I’m in Colorado, now, and we have something to celebrate. You really should come to the dance. I know you don’t have a date, but I’m sure Alex wouldn’t mind if you came with us.”

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Eve isn’t just being a goody two-shoes, doing her homework instead of going to the homecoming dance. She has an underlying reason for not wanting to go. If you want to know what that is, I suggest you read the book.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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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.

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Me, An Action Figure #Open Book Blog Hop #Wednesday Words

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Welcome to this week’s Open Book Blog Hop from Stevie Turner. Here’s her prompt. “They’re making an action figure of you. Describe the toy and accessories. (Do you have a catch phrase? Favourite items, clothes, hair style?)

My profile picture above should give you some idea of what my action figure would look like. It would have the same brown hair and brown eyes and be wearing the same red turtleneck with accompanying scarf, the color of which I’m not sure. I don’t remember what color pants I was wearing when that photo was taken, but most likely, I would be wearing black pants with a red turtleneck and black shoes and white socks.

My most important accessory would be a folding white cane, which I use most of the time when walking in public. Oh, I almost forgot about the mask. Made of cotton, it’s blue on the inside and with a blue and white print pattern on the outside.

I would also have a backpack which would include water shoes, a towel, and other items I’d need for my water exercise classes at the YMCA. A neck pouch would hold my phone, Kleenex, and other items I’d need when just taking a walk or in situations when I don’t need a lot of stuff handy. There would also be a fanny pack, holding a billfold, coin purse, and such items for shopping and other excursions. Last, but not least, I recently ordered a shoulder bag in which I’ll carry my Braille display, water bottle, and other things I’ll need when attending in-person writing workshops.

So, what would your action figure look like? To participate in Stevie Turner’s blog hop on the subject, click here.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Image 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.

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