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What’s New for 2018?

SnowmenI have been busy completing my next two projects and working on the second novel in the series following “When Shadows Linger.”  I’m hoping to have it completed in the next few months. If you haven’t read Shadows, the book is available on Amazon in e-book and paperback formats. The story is heart-warming and a wonderful read for a cold afternoon. Aside from the story itself, there are scenes that are perfect for the holidays and winter season. So, curl up on a cold afternoon with a cup of hot chocolate or tea, and enjoy!! And oh–it’s also a thoughtful gift for the readers on your gift list.                                                                       

On January 9th I will publish my second novelette and I think you will like it. Just to give you a hint, it’s based on the story of my family coming to this country in the early 1900s, a story that many of us can relate to. So, stay tuned for news about giveaways and more details.

And while I’m posting this, I have to mention “Envelopes of Hope.” As I’ve mentioned before, the story was inspired by someone in my family who thanked me for not giving up on her. I’m not sure whether or not I revealed that the person is my daughter. I am beyond proud to report that she has been on the right track for almost 21 months. There is a lot to her story and recovery. Maybe a sequel would be a thought? Tell me what you think.

Take care and have fun getting ready for the holidays.

Phyllis

Painting by Sherry Babrove

 

Holiday Season

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Now that the holiday season is officially upon us, everyone is going to be busy getting ready for the festivities. It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is approaching so quickly but here we are. I’ve been working on promoting my two books and writing some stories, and on the second novel in my series. I’m also going to make some changes in my marketing to improve sales. Maybe a new look? Anyway, I’d love to hear what other people are doing to increase their sales, get ready for the holidays, etc.

Photo: Mount Hood in Oregon

Compliments of Frank Babrove

 

 

 

 

Holidays

Untitled 2With Thanksgiving in two weeks, we are on a countdown to 2018. But not so fast! There are still days to celebrate in 2017. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I wasmarried (47 years ago!) on Thanksgiving, in the middle of a blizzard in Wisconsin. Of course the holiday falls on different dates every year; but every few years we celebrate our anniversary on Thanksgiving. After that is Chanukah, which begins the night of December 12th. That, too, falls on different dates every year. Sometimes it coincides with Christmas, which always makes both holidays more fun. And of course Christmas is on the same date every year.

I like all of the holidays, whether they are observed by my religion or not. The lit candles on Chanukah are not only a part of my religion, but bring back many memories of my childhood. My father had a giant Star of David made out of wood when I was seven. Every year the bulbs were changed and it was lit for eight days. I love Christmas. I love the lights and the music and the peace surrounding it. The twinkling lights on the snow were just a part of the beauty to me. (I’ve lived in Florida for 46 years and don’t see the lights sparkling. Actually, I don’t see the snow!)

It has been a frustrating year in many ways and also a fulfilling one. On a personal level, I’ve self-published my novelette and novel; I’m progressing in my book promoting, and my writing is improving. The frustration is with the things going on in our society, such as increased drug use and the deadly violence. So with these, I hope that 2018 will be better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drug Epidemic


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Have you ever known anyone who has become involved in the sordid world of drugs? We all know that we are in the midst of an epidemic of opiate abuse. But have you ever known anyone personally? I have and that’s why I wrote “Envelopes of Hope.” Amanda’s story, and that of her family, is similar to what many people go through. While many parents and other family members become weary of the person with the problem, some don’t give up hope that they will turn their life around. This novelette is meant to inspire people and give them hope that there is —-hope. It is geared to any problem, not just drugs. So, if you are experiencing or have experienced a family member or friend who has gone through any type of difficulty, you will be inspired by Amanda’s story not to give up hope. And share it with those who may be struggling with a problem.
The giveaway for “Envelopes of Hope” ends in a few weeks. It is also available on Amazon in e-book and paperback formats.
Phyllis

Halloween Memories

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With Halloween a few hours away, I just want to share how Halloween used to be. We didn’t have store bought costumes that tore as soon as we put them on. My most memorable costume was my mother’s wedding gown (I was 10) and she didn’t mind that I wore it throughout the rain that fell in Burlington, Ontario that Halloween. My brother was either a hobo or a pirate–all hand made costumes.  Makeup was done by Mom and Dad. We didn’t have to take our candy through an x-ray machine because our neighbors could be trusted. Who on earth would have wanted to hurt a child? And there was the Halloween when my siblings and I all had the flu. It was in the days before plastic grocery bags; my Dad came home with the brown paper bags (one for each of us) filled with all kinds of Halloween treats.

Do you have any special memories to share? I’d love to hear them.

Phyllis

Photo by Sherry Babrove

End or Beginning?

cropped-img_1053-e14965006745141.jpgWhen I was a little girl, the time dragged slowly, except for summer vacation; then it just flew past. But now the opposite is true. It is hard to believe that 2017 is drawing to an end. With Halloween approaching in a little over two weeks, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it. So, I ask myself: is the end of the year the end or the beginning? To me, the answer is both. It is the end of 2017 and everything that it brought to us–the good and the bad. Nationally, it has been strange and stressful. On a personal level, it has been a good year. I have grown more confident with my writing. If I had to choose my “proudest” moment as a new writer, it would be when I received the email that my story, “My Joe: A Reflection,” was going to be published in the June issue of Edify Magazine. If you haven’t read it, click on edifyfiction.com/issues and it’s on page 17 of the June issue. (But read through all of the issues. The stories and poems are wonderful). Anyway, I’ve since self-published a novelette and novel, have been learning a lot about promoting, and continue to work on my writing. So, as it comes to an end, I can say I have had a good year; and it is the beginning of a lot more of these good things to come. How has your year been?

Phyllis

 

One Of Those Days. . .

Do you ever have one of those days where you just want to hide and not let anyone see you? And where you feel like you’re spinning your wheels? That’s how my day was today. Running around, doing things that had to be done; and here it is almost 10:30 PM and I feel as though nothing was accomplished. But, there’s always tomorrow!  By the way, meet Lars. He had one of those days, too.

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