Spend some time with a good book!


All Author Christmas


In the Best Interest of the Child

That day forever changed Olivia’s life.

Severely injured in an accident that forever changed her life, 10-year-old Olivia becomes another faceless, under-served child in foster care. With no time to mourn or grieve, the young girl is easy prey for uncaring social workers and ambivalent foster families.

Olivia quickly learns to hold her tongue and mask her emotions. Even when exposed to neglect, bullying, and assault, no one seems to care. Holding fast to the teachings of her late father, Olivia ages out of the system broken, but no longer a victim.

Now a successful child advocate attorney, Olivia is a passionate voice for children. However, a routine case assignment by the court plunges Olivia back into the trauma of her childhood. If she doesn’t face her demons, a child will be sent into foster care.

Foster care for her young client is not an option. But Olivia’s emotional scars run even deeper than she realized. Reconciling with her past means Olivia must confront the one woman she blames for her battered soul.

A woman who has no idea who Olivia is.

NOTE: This book is intended for mature readers – 18+.

What Readers are saying…

Each page left you wanting to read more to find out what would happen next.” -Kotrish W., Amazon review

I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction or contemporary fiction.” -Kathy G., Amazon review

“I can’t wait to read the next installment, and I highly recommend this book to everyone.” -A.C.M., Amazon review

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Free, a Novella

Lenore Porter’s life had not gone as she planned.

The marriage she put her heart and soul into failed.

The man she sacrificed so much for abandoned her.

But Lennie refused to be broken. She pushed on, running a successful business and raising her three sons alone.

Through health scares, severe family dysfunction and trauma which forever changed their lives, the Porter family clung to each other to keep from sinking into the darkness.

With her marriage over long ago and her adult sons living their own lives, Lenore Porter decides to sell the cold fortress she worked so hard to make a warm, loving home.

A short, final inspection of her former home turns into a confrontation with ghosts from the past, and decisions and events Lennie felt she’d dealt with and moved on from.

Free, a Novella is a short, clean read recounting one woman’s determination to not be broken by life or lose her identity.

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Bessie Coleman, Pilot


Bessie Coleman


The first licensed African American Female pilot was named Bessie Coleman.

Born in Atlanta, Texas in 1892, Bessie Coleman grew up in a world of harsh poverty, discrimination and segregation. She moved to Chicago at 23 to seek her fortune, but found little opportunity there as well. Wild tales of flying exploits from returning WWI soldiers first inspired her to explore aviation, but she faced a double stigma in that dream being both African American and a woman.

She set her sights on France in order to reach her dreams and began studying French. In 1920, Coleman crossed the ocean with all of her savings and the financial support of Robert Abbott, one of the first African American millionaires. Over the next seven months, she learned to fly and in June of 1921, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale awarded her an international pilot’s license. Wildly celebrated upon her return to the United States, reporters turned out in droves to greet her.

Coleman performed at numerous airshows over the next five years, performing heart thrilling stunts, encouraging other African Americans to pursue flying, and refusing to perform where Blacks were not admitted. When she tragically died in a plane accident in 1926, famous writer and equal rights advocate Ida B. Wells presided over her funeral. An editorial in the “Dallas Express” stated, “There is reason to believe that the general public did not completely sense the size of her contribution to the achievements of the race as such.”

Image: Bessie Coleman and her plane in 1922, Monash University 

From pbs.org

A Fresh Start… to Old Worries?


New Year


Our personal problems didn’t disappear at the stroke of midnight, but how we deal with them can change today.

Stop worrying about things you cannot change… and change the things you can. It’s that simple.

Problems have many faces—health issues/(lack of) health insurance, finances, family dysfunction, marital problems, education/tuition, workplace issues, unemployment, and substance abuse—and as life-changing, as some of them can be, they still only have the power you give them by worrying about them.

Worrying only increases stress and stress renders you even more incapable of dealing with anything—and one problem can become many.

Make a plan, set a goal and deal with the problem(s)… or don’t. Walk away and leave it behind you. (Don’t be a drama llama!)

Don’t get so bogged down by life that you forget to live.

Happy New Year!


 

Sparkling Citrus Cocktail


Sparkling Citrus Cocktail


We tested cocktails for our New Year’s Celebration and Sparkling Citrus Cocktail from MyRecipes was the favorite!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice, strained (from a large grapefruit)
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, strained (from 2 large oranges)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, strained (from 4 large lemons)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 750ml bottle sparkling wine or cava, chilled

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir all juices and sugar in a pitcher until sugar dissolves. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to overnight.

Step 2

Divide juice among 8 flutes; top each with sparkling wine. Serve immediately.


I have already juiced the fruit! 😀

Please remember to drink responsibly!

 

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