A fringe benefit for writers is meeting others at workshops, conferences and book signings.
I enjoyed meeting Linda Trout at a recent book signing in Claremore. She writes romantic novels including Last Hope Alaska.
I traded books with inspirational author Margery Warder at a weekend conference in Kansas.
I’ve also traded books with my friend and faith family member Cynda Thomas. She wrote Hell Of A Ride, the biographical tribute to her late husband, test pilot Richard “Dick” Thomas. Cynda has also joined me in writing features for the Will Rogers Memorial docent newsletter, Roper.
Then there’s my inspirational writer friend and prayer partner Carol Round. Her book Journaling With Jesus motivated me to keep a prayer journal.
And now my longtime dear friend Sandy Bennett Logan has completed her beautiful and Biblical story of Micah, now available at Amazon.com. If you purchase just one book to read to your children or grandchildren, it should be Micah.
You all know by now that I am an animal lover and I encourage others to acquire pets by adoption or rescue. A few weeks ago I provided a gift basket to go with a kitty from the Claremore Animal Shelter. That basket went home with Amy Powers, who adopted two kittens. Congrats Amy!
I am blessed to hear about children who love my book Four Furry Friends. To find more readers among animal loving families, I have placed bookmarks at PetSense in Claremore. Stop by and get one. Copies of the book are available at Boarding House Books in Claremore and it’s a fun place to shop.
*Line from the hymn All Creatures of Our God and King, written by Francis of Assisi.
I grew up as a singleton (That’s my kids’ name for an only child.) and probably would have been lonely and bored if I hadn’t found good friends between the pages of my favorite books. As a little girl, I loved stories about animals and my affection for furred or feathered critters continues.
Just recently I made a new feathered friend. Our neighbors have chickens. The birds have a mansion level chicken coop and the best of care. I simply get to enjoy the happy sounds of clucking hens. The chickens are allowed out briefly each afternoon to scratch for insects and run about the yard. When some found their way under the fence to our squirrel feeder, their owner put up a blockade. She didn’t want them robbing our feeder.
I asked her to let them come, as it was fun to watch them. Then, I couldn’t resist walking close, hoping I could just touch one, feel the fluffy feathers. My new friend comes under the fence and across the yard to meet me and allows me to stroke her feathers in exchange for a few kernels of corn. I’ve named her after a much-loved Little Golden Book, The Little Red Hen.
I’ve recently been thinking of another book I loved long ago. It was about a little terrier type dog that tried to guard pies cooling on a windowsill. There was a butterscotch pie in the plot. Does this sound familiar? If you can name the book and give me a tip about finding it, I’ll send you a copy of my book, Four Furry Friends.
I love to help animals in need.
There are some beautiful cats from Zoi’s Animal Rescue now waiting for new families at Claremore’s PetSense Store. A copy of my book, Four Furry Friends, will go home with each cat adopted this month. Stop by and meet the waiting cats.
If you want to know more about the book, send me your address and I’ll mail you a bookmark.
I am privileged to partner with others who promote rescue and adoption of orphaned and abandoned animals. At a recent book signing and sale event I met the kind caregiver of Maple, a cute dark gray and white longhair kitty. She was named for the tree she clung to after a terrifying thunderstorm. I was happy to send a kitty gift basket home for Maple. Another such basket is waiting at Claremore Animal Shelter. It will go home with a family who adopts a cat during the special half price adoption program now underway at the Shelter.
Both kitty baskets include a copy of my book, Four Furry Friends, the true tale of four newborn kittens adopted by a special friend. I have been blessed to hear stories about little children liking the story. I hope they grow up loving All Creatures of Our God and King,* and participating in rescue and adoption programs for them.
*Title of hymn written by Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) shortly before his death and unpublished for almost 400 years.
Those who know me best and those who have read either of my books already know I love animals. I have planned some giveaways to help animals in need of a loving home.
Claremore Animal Shelter is full and is starting a special 1/2 price adoption program. Names of those who adopt will go in a hat, and the name drawn from the hat will receive a kitty basket including a copy of Four Furry Friends. A copy of Four Furry Friends will also go to those who adopt a cat or kitten at the new PetSense store in Claremore next week.
This Saturday, June 25, I will be signing and selling books at my church fundraising event. Come to the Inside Sale at Claremore FUMC, visit my booth and say Hi. If you bring me a picture of your cat, I’ll have a little gift for you.
*from the Anglican Hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful, first published in 1848