2016 finally ended by Barbara Edwards

2016 was a rollercoaster ride. Not the fun one at an amusement park, but a shock after shock. My husband was diagnosed with bladder cancer. He started with chemo that hurt his kidneys and he had his bladder removed along with his prostate, two lymph nodes and six inches of his small intestine to rebuild the drainage duct. I learned more than I wanted to know.

img_0215He had complications that resulted in his gall bladder being removed and a collapsed lung. Four months later he was home and doing better. It took him all summer and fall to get back his strength and routine.

During the summer I got an inquiry on my ancestry.com account asking about my deceased daughter. It turned out to be my grand-daughter, her child, looking for family. She’d been adopted and her father had claimed there was no family for her. Just grandparents, five uncles with spouses, a dozen cousins and a half brother they didn’t know about.

Thank you, God, for answering twenty years of prayer that her children would be taken care of. I now have spoken with my three grand-daughters. It is difficult to know what to say. They are scattered across country and my husband and I are thinking about a road trip to at least the closest.

My book was rejected by a big publisher. Sigh. Another asked me to remove a sub-plot and its back to work. Otherwise my writing has been slow. Even my blogs have been difficult.

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Most of my family gathered for Christmas Eve and did a silly grab bag involving colorful socks. My oldest son and his wife had her son for company in another state.

On Christmas morning my oldest son’s wife Linda had a massive heart attack and later died. She was a wonderful woman who loved my son as much as he loved her. She called me her Mom. I don’t know why things like this happen. I don’t blame God. I may never understand.

So here I am. At my computer, determined to write my stories. To have a good year. To remember Linda with love. To welcome my grand-daughters, and in another sweet moment, my grand-son’s wife calls her two children my great-grand-children.

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#Sale Dixie’s Gift by Barbara Edwards #TWRP

Dixie's Gift
Dixie’s Gift
Dixie’s Gift
Digital ISBN 978-1-5092-
Buy Links: http://amzn.com/B017OJGVI
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Author: Barbara Edwards
Dixie was my friend and companion for years after we adopted her. She kept me exercising by insisting I get up from my chair and take her out. She would eat anything I ate except for clams in marinara sauce. When she crossed the Rainbow Bridge I cried for days. Then I took the memories and wrote this story. I hope you enjoy it.

Blurb: Ellen Carter deeply grieves for her husband Dan, but at least she still has Dixie, her beloved Malinois. However, soon Dixie leaves her too. But the faithful dog cannot rest easy in heaven while her mistress is unhappy. Dixie pleads with the Archangel Michael to let her send help, and intercedes for Ellen in the only way she can. But will Ellen get the message, and more importantly, will she accept Dixie’s gift?
Sexy newcomer Michael Burke can barely take enough time from his successful restaurant for a decent night’s sleep, let alone romance. Still, he is intrigued by the beautiful widow and can’t resist entering her shop. Sparks fly, and when Ellen has an accident in a snowstorm, he comes to her rescue. Trapped by a blizzard and aided by Dixie’s Gift, Ellen and Michael find more than shelter–they find love.

Excerpt:
He brushed a wisp of her hair from her cheek. It clung like spider silk to his fingers.
He rubbed the strand and his heart raced. When her lips parted, he bent forward to taste their soft curve.
Sweet, so sweet, he thought as her mouth melded with his. His hands slowly slid from her slender shoulders to her waist. Soft as a feather, she sighed. Her curves fit against his hard chest like matching puzzle pieces.
The lights blinked, dimmed, and then flared back on.

The real Dixie
The real Dixie

Comments:
Dixie’s Gift tugs at your heart, and though the snow threatens, you can’t help but be warmed by this sweet story. A must read! — Kara O’Neal, Author

“Dog lovers, do not read this book . . . without a box of tissues nearby. A touching story of love and compassion.” – Diane Burton, author of the Outer Rim series.

“Delightful. . .Barbara Edwards weaves a heartwarming holiday tale of rediscovering love after the death of a spouse and the loss of a beloved pet. It’s a refreshing story with a theme of joy and peace and filled with engaging characters. And who can resist a romantic winter setting with lots and lots of snow?” ~ Judy Ann Davis, Author and Educator

Dixie’s Gift by Barbara Edwards is a gift of a read. Sweet, romantic, poignant, and touching, it will bring a lump to your throat and satisfaction to your heart. If you don’t shed a tear, you’re a robot.” ~ Award winning author Alicia Dean

Guest Alison Henderson author of Small Town Christmas Tales – #Holidayrelease

Welcome Alison Henderson to my blog. I love Christmas stories and this collection is great.

Small town Christmas Tales
Small town Christmas Tales

Barb, thanks so much for inviting me to share a little about the inception of my new book Small Town Christmas Tales: Ten Short Holiday Romances. This is my fifth published book but my first collection of short stories. It was inspired by the December short stories our group blog, The Roses of Prose, have been writing for the past three years. I had never written a short story before we began this annual holiday tradition, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it!

Writing ten individual stories turned out to be quite a challenge. When I write a full length novel, I start with a general premise and some ideas about the two main characters. Setting is also important, but it’s usually part of the premise. I used a somewhat different approach with the stories in Small Town Christmas Tales. Because each story in this collection is set in a fictional small town in a different state, I the setting influenced the story in several cases.

For example: A couple of years ago, my husband and I stopped in the town of Lusk, Wyoming for lunch when we were in the process of moving cross country from Minnesota to California. Because it was Easter Sunday, everything was closed. We ended up eating prepared sandwiches from the hotel in the car because I could barely stand against the gale winds blowing giant tumbleweeds across the barren landscape. I’ll never forget the look and feel of eastern Wyoming that morning. When I sat down to plan my stories, I asked myself, why might a young woman be driving through a town like that, and what might make her stop? The answers became the basis of “A Hard Luck Christmas.”

Each story in the collection has a colorful and distinctive setting. I hope you’ll check them out!

Buy Link: http://amzn.to/1M5m2J9

Author Bio:
I haven’t always been a writer, but I have always embraced creativity and relished new experiences. Seeking to expand my horizons beyond Kansas City, I chose a college in upstate New York. By the time I was twenty-one I had traveled the world from Tunisia to Japan. Little did I suspect I was collecting material for future characters and stories along the way.

I began writing when my daughter entered preschool (she’s now a full-fledged adult) and became addicted to the challenge of translating the living, breathing images in my mind into words. I write romance because that’s what I like to read. The world provides more than enough drama and tragedy. I want to give my readers the happily-ever-after we all crave.

#Holiday release Brides of Christmas Volume I Anthology #Twrp

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ISBN Digital: 978-1-5092-0555-4
ISBN Print: 978-1-5092-0505-9
Page Count: 226
Word Count: 56687
Rating: Sensual

Enjoy these wonderful stories in time for Christmas.

There’s time to read and relax with The Twelve Brides of Christmas

Big on Christmas by Jan Romes

Cassie Newman left L.A. with a secret and finds herself in Woodstock, Vermont – a town rich with Christmas tradition. She tries to forget the world she knew, but the small-town charm makes her even more aware of the life she never had.
Luke Stennett doesn’t have time for relationships. Things are starting to go right but he has a secret of his own that could potentially turn everything upside down.
Once their secrets are revealed, will it kill the chemistry and send Cassie back to LA? Or will she fight for her happiness and stay firmly planted in a place big on Christmas?

Late for the Wedding by Barbara Edwards

Despite an impending nor’easter, Heather Green sets out for her twin sister’s wedding with the dress, cake, and favors. As the snow piles up, she wrecks her car in an accident.
Driving a tow truck, Nicholas Burnes has the task of helping Heather. When the storm closes the roads, he ends up offering her shelter. Warm and rested, Nick and Heather explore their attraction to each other, only to part when he delivers her to her sister’s wedding. But weddings breed weddings…

Till the World Is Safe for Dreams by Fleeta Cunningham

Dreams were put on hold when the bombs hit Pearl Harbor, including Kay and Jeremy’s wedding plans. Now he’s half a world away, and Kay is spending her days in a war plant, forging bonds with other women who worry and wait. Then she receives the news that Jeremy has life threatening injuries. Will he come back? If he does, will he be the same? Will the world ever be safe for dreams?

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Why do I think my home is creepy? by Barbara Edwards #Halloweenbloghop #Giveaway

It’s no surprise that living in Connecticut contributed to my interest in the paranormal. this small state is a hotbed of weird and unusual happenings. Where do I start?
Snarlolgy Halloween Blog Hop Yellow 2Many towns have cemeteries that host grave from the early 1700s. Settlers had their own superstitions that they brought from their countries of origins. When a town had reports of a family dying from no known cause, the village elders and family concluded it was a vampire. the first girl who died was dug up and her bones burned tot stop the deaths. Strangely, it worked. Hmmm.
A sandbank collapsed to reveal coffins buried away from consecrated land. When open the coffins held skeletons with he bones rearranged. The femurs were on the chest in the shape of a cross, the skull, placed on the pelvis. This was a European belief to keep the dead from returning as a vampire.
Many cemeteries like the one in Burlington have a resident ghost. This one is called the Green Lady. No one knows if she is buried there or if her murdered body was dumped in the swamp where she hovers. She cries for justice. My sons actually went there to debunk the legend and got scared spit-less by her screams. or maybe they scared each other.
How about the famous Charter Oak? when the first farmer plowed the land around the massive oak, the local Indian Chief approached him to ask the tree be left to grow. The reason? It was vital to their magic ceremonies. The farmer wisely let it alone and it became a part of history.
Have you heard of the Moodus moans? loud sounds come from under the earth at random times. hunters have looked into caves, but found no real reason for the sounds.
The Connecticut Trail from the Boston area to Windsor and Hartford is haunted by those seeking a new home who died and were buried in graves long lost to memory.

Dudleyville, CT
Dudleyville, CT

Dudleytown is famous for its haunted memory. the town had a history of madness and no longer exists. People ofter visit the site and return reports of odd feelings, an atmosphere of fear and loathing.
How about the beach on the Long Island Shore where the British chained convicts to rocks at low tide and left them to drown when the tide came in. People hear their screams of anguish when the tide is rising. Creepy.
Did you notice I didn’t give you the names of the towns? Many residents don’t want to have their town known for paranormal activity. I can respect that. I don’t want anyone checking out my house because its haunted.
I’m learning more and more about my home state as I continue research on “Jacob” my next Rhodes End Series book and “Daniel” the following book.

AncientAwakening_w2417_300Ancient Awakening by Barbara Edwards Rhodes End Series Book 1 
Link: http://amzn.com/B002TG4NFG
Blurb:
In Ancient Awakening, Police Officer ‘Mel’ Petersen investigates a death only she believes is murder. By disobeying direct orders from the Rhodes End Chief, she risks her career to follow clues that twist in circles to her backyard and lead the killer to her.
Her neighbor Stephen Zoriak is a prime suspect. Steve worked for a major pharmaceutical company where he discovered a weapon so dangerous he destroys the research. He is exposed to the dangerous organism. He suspects he is the killer and agrees to help her find the truth.
In the course of their investigation Mel and Steve find the real killer and a love that defies death.

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Promo? I forgot to add these, by Barbara Edwards #TWRP, #MFRWAuthor

Barbara Edwards
Barbara Edwards
Since we’ve been talking about promo for what seems like forever, I shared my last post. I hoped to save you all some time. And I got a number of thanks. One of my friends mentioned another spot I use often called romance books4us that I forgot.
Awk. I then realized I have a slew more places, some you’re familiar with like Facebook and Twitter. Others like Triberr are not so popular any more.

Each of these places is special. Check out what you think will help.
Ask if you need more information.

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http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/

http://www.authorjd.com/aha-program/

https://www.tumblr.com/dashboard

https://www.stumbleupon.com/login

http://www.tsu.co

https://plus.google.com/

http://www.bookgorilla.com

https://www.tumblr.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/home?trk=nav_responsive_tab_home

https://www.librarything.com

http://www.authorsden.com

http://www.shelfari.com/

https://www.pinterest.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rrradio/

http://triberr.com/

http://www.paranormalromanceguild.com

http://bookblow.com/submit-book/?ref=bookblowc-24

http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/610037685802608/
Book snippets

https://www.facebook.com/groups/253716288016054/
Book Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/324474741072693/
Readers and authors

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1145813822102356/
authors critique group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/PRGgroup/
Paranormal romance guild

https://www.facebook.com/groups/kindle.goodreads/
Amazon kindle goodread

https://www.facebook.com/groups/407112352820850/
Beta readers cave

https://www.facebook.com/groups/creativedesignerswriters/
Creative designers and writers

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bookfairbuddies/

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/manicreaders/

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/novelsisterhood/

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/romancebooks4us/

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/romcritgroup/

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Vonnie_Davis_for_Romance/

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Guess where I found promo by Barbara Edwards

Barbara Edwards
Barbara Edwards
Alright, I wanted a catchy hook to drag you to this post.
I’m sharing info with you today.
It’s not easy to find those promo sites where you can post your new release, get a review or cheaply send tweets to thousands.
I didn’t purposely collect so many places.
When I knew my short Christmas story, Dixie’s Gift, would be released this autumn, I started collecting places. Theses are all from my twitter feed. Every one of them followed me and I followed them back. When a likely place popped up, I added it to my favorites with a bookmark.
Yikes! Little did I know I’d find such a varied treasure lode.
I’m not saying I’ve used them all, or recommend one or the other. I’m saying I checked all of them and am using a few I found good for me.
So, with my best wishes, here:

http://readersavenuepark.weebly.com

http://booktweep.com

http://shoutmybook.com

http://shoutmybook.com

http://ereadernewstoday.com

Brag my Book : Promotional Plans

http://northamericanwordcat.booklikes.com/blog

http://booklikes.com

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044aada72eaafb6-thankful
(Thankful author blog)

http://www.newsmeback.com/?category=Books

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rrradio/2015/08/27/rrrtales-from-the-pages-presents-barbara-edwards Available for interviews on this site

https://bookreviewdirectory.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/grey-book-review/

http://www.thebingbing.com

http://bragmybook.com

http://authorsdb.com

Crowdspeaking

Like thunderclap

http://www.authorsden.com

Book Promotion | Sign Up

https://storyfinds.com/subscribe

http://www.sleepybookworm.com

http://www.bookgorilla.com

http://legitlitbooks.com

http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ro/p/blog-page_3.html
(reviews)

https://booklaunch.io/discover/staffpicks

http://rippling.info

http://promocave.com

http://www.realmofthegeek.com

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/romcritgroup/info

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1145813822102356/

http://readersgazette.com/world/join

https://feed140.net/home

https://scriggler.com/PeekInside

http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/for-authors/

http://bargainebookhunter.com

A Book Marketing Truth Few Experts Will Admit

http://www.elephantrockbooks.com/roarseries.html

http://www.kboards.com/book-discovery-promo/

http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2015/04/interview-of-i-smell-sheep-winner-of-p.html?zx=1a8e004f91e4caff

http://www.authorjd.com/aha-program/

https://www.tumblr.com/dashboard

https://www.stumbleupon.com/login

http://www.tsu.co

http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/

Coming soon from The Wild Rose Press, Dixie’s Gift.

Dixie's Gift
Dixie’s Gift

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