Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A trip turns fun with Wine and Paint










This has been a busy day. 


Charles and I decided to travel to see his mother in Arkansas. Did I mention we live in Oklahoma? A seven hour trip loomed before us. With three dogs. In the snow. And 20 degree weather.




After battling road grime and frozen wiper fluid, we finally made it into Arkansas where we stopped to have lunch with Charles' daughter, Alyssa. 


Yes, sometimes, best laid plans can turn into quite the adventure. 

After a nice lunch, a short trip around the center of town revealed Walton's five and dime which is the first Walmart ever. With red and white striped gracing its exterior, it is a far cry from the Walmart we know today. 


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Where Walmart first began
After many winding and hill infested roads with breathtaking landscape, we arrived at his mother's house. It was a delight to learn that she was attending a Wine and Paint activity at the local country club.  


We went with Ara and had fun watching the group. We were able to meet and interact with people we probably wouldn't have ever cross paths with otherwise. Afterwards we all enjoyed a delicious meal and continued the visit. Over the space of two hours, people who were once strangers had become friends. 

Ara Banks
My recommendation is for you to attend one even if you can't paint. The instructor did a great job in leading and directing the class while helping each individual to create something unique and fabulous. 


Here is the proud class showing off their work.


      
                                                         





Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. She enjoys history, aviation, writing, and romance. In addition, she enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

#IndieBooksBeSeen United...or not. That is the question...

When I was in High School, my sport of choice was Basketball. In addition, I  participated in Band, Cross Country, and Track.

I found that team interactions helped to build confidence, strength, skills, and courage. But, I also found that if you weren't part of the "in" crowd then you were tolerated not accepted. 

How often can something be better when a united front is given than when personal inflection and prejudices are interjected. And it didn't come from the peers only; coaches had (and have) a large impact on how a team functions. 

IndieBooksBeSeen is a team project. It is not about a certain person or a certain genre. Sometimes, in the wave of the moment when a large mass of individuals collide it becomes chaotic, unorganized and supportive persons are often overlooked. Don't be that person who makes it all about themselves. 

As independent authors we need to stand together, in all genres, to build a force which will be able to stand in front of the Big Publishers and say, "Here we are and here we will stay." 

Join and be active in the #IndieBooksBeSeen movement. 

Start today by: 

  • Search for the hashtag #IndieBooksBeSeen on social media
  • Buy Indie Books
  • Read and write reviews for indie authors
  • Post reviews on twitter, linked in, instagram, facebook, google plus and more
  • join the goodreads book club
  • Spotlight Indie Authors on your blog
Support one another by sharing their posts without keeping score on who is, or isn't, sharing yours. 


Monday, February 9, 2015

#aviation Taiwanesa TransAsia GE235 passenger plane crashes in river







HONG KONG (AP) — TransAsia Airways, Taiwan's third biggest airline by fleet size, is reeling from its second major accident in less than a year. The two disasters in quick succession come as the up-and-coming carrier is expanding to become a more formidable rival to its bigger domestic competitors, China Airlines and Eva Air. To keep up with competition from a growing crop of budget carriers in the region, it started its own discount airline, V Air, in December.

HISTORY: The airline was founded in 1951 and was Taiwan's first private commercial airline, initially flying domestic routes. It was originally known as Foshing Airlines. It suspended scheduled flights in 1958 to focus on working as an agent for foreign airlines. Taiwan cement company Goldsun Development & Construction Co. bought it in 1983 and resumed flights in 1988. TransAsia went public on the Taiwan Stock Exchange in 2011.

FLEET: The airline operates about 20 planes from its base at Taipei's Sungshan Airport and has been planning to double that with new aircraft orders over the next five years. Half of its current fleet is made up of ATR 72-500 and 72-600 turboprops used on domestic routes and which came into service in 1991. The plane that crashed Wednesday was an ATR 72-600 on its way to Kinmen near mainland China. It also operates Airbus A320, A321 and A330 jets serving short-haul routes around Asia.

SAFETY RECORD: There have been four accidents involving TransAsia ATR aircraft since 1995, according to the Aviation Safety Network. The most serious was last July, when 48 people died when an ATR-72 crashed in the Penghu archipelago in stormy weather. The plane had been carrying 58 people. In December 2002, a TransAsia ATR cargo plane crashed into the sea, killing the two pilots. In January 1995 four people died when another ATR slammed into a hillside. TransAsia's Airbus jets were also involved in three incidents including a crash landing and a hijacking but those did not result in any deaths.

FAST GROWTH: Chairman Vincent Lin, who took over the job in 2010 and whose father heads the airline's major shareholder Goldsun, has been adding new routes at a furious pace. Since the carrier went public in 2011, it has added about two dozen routes to mainland China and other Asia cities from different Taiwanese airports, although a few were later dropped.







Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. She enjoys history, aviation, writing, and romance. In addition, she enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has multiple books which are published in paperback, eBook, audio and Spanish. Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 





Sunday, February 8, 2015

#IndieBooksBeSeen #Snippet Princess Alexia and the Dragon by Author K. Meador @authorkmeador


Today's Sunday Snippet is from my children's book Princess Alexia and the Dragon. Enjoy! 



Jasmine Marie, wearing her new nightgown, carried a blanket and her favorite doll over to Papa and climbed in his lap. She loved cuddling with Papa, especially on stormy nights. He wrapped his arms around her in a big hug.

"Jasmine. Your mom tells me you are not sharing well with others in school. Is this true?”

She fidgeted, and with a quiet voice whispered, “Sometimes.”

“I have a story I want to tell you about sharing.”

“Does it have a princess in it?” Jasmine asked.

“As a matter of fact, it does. But the important part is how she rescued her country from a flying, fire-breathing dragon because she understood that sharing is important.”
He smiled at his granddaughter and began…

In a land far, far away there was a small country called Benton. Deep in the heart of Benton was a thriving town named Gravetteville. It had a Main Street with many connecting side roads. In the middle of town loomed a large castle with towering peaks that reached the low hovering clouds. Inside the castle lived the King and Queen, along with their nine-year-old daughter, Alexia.

                 Available Formats:      Paperback $11.26            Kindle  $2.99         Audio $3.95




Princess Alexia and the Dragon Book Trailer



Listen to a short excerpt





Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. She enjoys history, aviation, writing, and romance. In addition, she enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has multiple books which are published in paperback, eBook, audio and Spanish. Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 







Saturday, February 7, 2015

#IndieBooksBeSeen Book Spotlight Timeline by Author Mary Ann Bernal @BritonandDane


About the Author:




Historical fiction author, Mary Ann Bernal, fell in love with medieval England after reading Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe. Then came the great Hollywood epics such as Knights of the Round Table, Prince Valiant, The Black Shield of Falworth and The Vikings, to name a few. Add to the mix Camelot, and an incurable romantic Anglophile was born!






About the Book:

Dr. Gwyneth Franger, a renowned expert in early medieval England, is set upon learning the truth about the death of Lord Erik, the last descendant of the powerful House of Wareham. Her quest becomes an obsession, a condition that began with the discovery of a portrait of the tall and valiant warrior. Digesting troves of mildewed scrolls and source documentation only enhances her belief that Lord Erik was brutally assassinated by a cabal of traitors in the pay of William the Bastard, shortly before the onslaught of the Norman Invasion.

On an archeological dig in Southern England, Dr. Franger finds herself transported back to the Dark Ages and at the side of the noble Lord Erik who commands an army of elite Saxon warriors. Witnessing the unrest firsthand, Gwyneth senses that her instincts had been right all along, and she is determined to learn the identities of the treacherous blackguards hiding in the shadows, villains who may well be posing as Lord Erik’s friends and counselors.

Gwyneth knows it is wrong to stop the assassins, but isn’t sure she can find the strength to walk away and watch her beloved Erik die. Will she intervene, change the course of history and wipe out an entire timeline to save the man she loves? 

What Readers think:

~ Compelling and satisfying historical romance novels that I have read in a long time

~ The love story between the main characters is eternal and transcendent.

~ The characters are well rounded, witty, and sometimes even comical. 


Formats: Paperback: 8.99      Kindle: 1.99      Audio 17.95


Book Trailer



Listen to 13:22 minutes of the book for free here!







Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. She enjoys history, aviation, writing, and romance. In addition, she enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has multiple books which are published in paperback, eBook, audio and Spanish. Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 





Friday, February 6, 2015

Avocado Cherry Tomato Toast!





This is simplicity at it’s best!  A delicious spread…

Melted on whole-grain crunchy toast…
Topped with creamy, buttery, green avocado slices…
Layered with sweet, juicy red cherry tomato halves…

Enhanced with a sprinkle of Sriracha salt (or sea salt) and freshly ground black pepper…
and there you have it – simple, easy to make, and glorious in flavor – Avocado Cherry Tomato Toast!

Yield: makes 2 toasts
Ingredients:
·         1/2 avocado
·         2 pieces of bread (I like sprouted rye or any multi-grain), or gluten-free bread
·         8-10 cherry tomatoes
·         your favorite spread (my favorite is Healthy Creamy Garlic Spread by Raw Vegan, or veganaise, etc.)
·         sriracha salt (or sea salt) - see notes below
·         freshly ground pepper
          
Directions:
1.      Thinly slice half an avocado lengthwise into small sections. Using your knife, pry each slice out. It should slide out from the core pretty easily. After you have each slice, peel the skin off before using.
2.      Slice each cherry tomato in half.
3.      Toast both slices of bread. Immediately spread a thin layer of your favorite spread on both slices of warm crunchy toast. I prefer to apply the spread while the toast is still warm so that the spread is somewhat melted.
4.      Arrange each slice of avocado on top of the crunchy toast. Arrange the cherry tomato halves on top of the slices of avocado.
5.      Sprinkle Sriracha Salt or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy!
Notes:
If you don't have Sriracha Salt already made in your fridge (which I highly recommend), you can easily substitute it for sea salt. If you want that extra spicy kick, feel free to top it off with red pepper flakes or a few drops of Sriracha Sauce.



Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. She enjoys history, aviation, writing, and romance. In addition, she enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has multiple books which are published in paperback, eBook, audio and Spanish. Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 




Thursday, February 5, 2015

#IndieBooksBeSeen Book Spotlight Kristen Mott Author of Odie’s Best Friend and Odie the Stray Kitten @KristenMMott



About the Author:




Kristen Mott has loved animals since she was a child. She graduated in 2008 from the Indiana University School of Journalism. She now lives on a small farm in Indiana with her family where she cares for two cats, Odie and Bandit, and two horses, Dorothy and Jace.





About the Books:

Odie’s Best Friend:

Odie the stray kitten has always wondered how his best friend Bandit came to live on the farm. Bandit tells his tale and Odie finds that not every animal has a happy story. Follow Bandit on his adventures through an animal shelter and as a stray cat before he finds his forever home with Odie on the farm.

What readers have to say:

~ This book teaches compassion

~ A thoughtful little story that demonstrates the importance of giving pets plenty of affection and a sense of belonging

~ teach valuable lessons in friendship, compassion and tenderness toward animals




Odie the Stray Kitten

A little orange and white kitten lost his family on a cold winter night. He never expected to find a loving forever home in a horse barn. But he also found hope, new friends and a name. This is the heartwarming true story of Odie the stray kitten, to be enjoyed by children of all ages.

What readers have to say:

~ the story is tender and feels real and loving

~ His little tale is one of truth, for some of us know the abandoned and lost cat stories personally

~ "Odie the Stray Kitten" is a sweet read for young readers or as a read-aloud









Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. She enjoys history, aviation, writing, and romance. In addition, she enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has multiple books which are published in paperback, eBook, audio and Spanish. Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 






Wednesday, February 4, 2015

#IndieBooksBeSeen Book Spotlight Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals @PeggyMcAloon



About Peggy McAloon

I grew up in a small farming community in the Midwest. After a debilitating traumatic brain injury in 1978, I went through 5 years of agonizing rehab. I re-entered the field of commercial credit and retired from a full-time career in sales, training, and public speaking. 

I used stories of suspense and fantasy as a way to escape my own abuse as a child. This Coming of Age Fantasy will inspire kids to stand up to social injustices and empower them to help others.

Elle is the type of role model every parent wants their child to be and this ya novel will delight parents as they attempt to prepare their children for the unexpected challenges of life. 

"Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals" is the first book in the "Lessons from Fiori" series. A free discussion sheet for parents to accompany the book is provided on my website www.peggymcaloon.com You can find it under the Books/Review tab on the website, simply scroll down to download it. 

I also participated in a collaborative effort with New York Times Best Selling Author Joel Comm and 39 other amazing people to release "So What Do You Do?: Discovering the Genius Next Door with One Simple Question, Vol. 2" in October, 2015. This book will enlighten and encourage you are you recognize the genius within yourself through the passions, talents, skills, abilities, and perseverance of the writers who have shared their journey to help impact your life through this book. 

Over the years, I have participated in numerous youth organizations and helped raise scholarship funds for young women. National and state awards have been presented to me for my water conservation and restoration efforts in Wisconsin.

One of my favorite activities as a National Account Manager for my employer, the Minneapolis affiliate of the National Association of Credit Management was presenting seminars and training commercial credit managers in fraud, credit investigation techniques, negotiation, and collection techniques.


About Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals:

Elle Burton is an ordinary kid...or so she thinks. On her tenth birthday, she encounters Eunie Mae, a tiny, fairylike being who comes from a world called Fiori. Other than some children under the age of eight, the only human beings who can see Fiorins are guides—people who have been chosen to help protect the children of Earth. 


Being a guide seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. Elle has always loved helping others, and now she'll have magical assistance. But not everybody wants her to succeed. There are evil forces who do everything in their power to keep the guides from offering support to those in need. Can Elle be brave enough to oppose them? 


21, 5 star reviews and 3, 4 star reviews on Amazon:


~ Elle Burton is a great modern day role model who is just trying to help others and make a difference in the world.

~ Elle is fun and feisty and brave.

~ The characters are likable (and I especially love Irma), but the evil villains are true villains.

~ a beautiful story about universal struggles of children

~ packed with adventure and real life problems

~ an engrossing story to entertain younger teenagers 










Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. She enjoys history, aviation, writing, and romance. In addition, she enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined. Author K. Meador has multiple books which are published in paperback, eBook, audio and Spanish. Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated.