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Endless Possibilities … Coming Soon!

So, I got word from the editor today that her part in finalizing my book is D.O.N.E.  In conjunction, my amazing graphic designer will be done as well within the week.  This is the first time I’ve hired someone to do one of my covers.  Usually I handle them myself, but with my full-time job I knew I wouldn’t have the time to dedicate to the cover.  If the mock cover is a fraction of what the final will be – it’s going to look great.

Stay posted to my main blog at http://www.wornoutwoman.blogspot.com or my author page  for updates.  For the synopsis for Endless Possibilities – read below:

After the tragic loss of her husband, Alexis Mathers packs up her clairvoyant, seven-year-old daughter and heads for home only to find out that her Grandmother, Evelyn Bozeman, has died in a mysterious accident. As Evelyn’s life was an enigma before her marriage into the Bozeman family, Alexis makes it her sole mission to understand who her grandmother was and what kind of life she left behind.

Although Tyler Jameson grew up on a neighboring ranch, he was a staple on the Bozeman farm, where he, Alexis, and her brother, were thick as thieves.  Until one day they weren’t. His friendship with Alexis always stopped short of flirting but now that she’s back in town she’s more of a distraction that he could ever imagine.

 Before they both know it, Evelyn’s secrets draw them into a power struggle with a family from Evelyn’s past, which will stop at nothing to keep their secrets buried even if that means taking more lives.

 See what happens when Alexis and Tyler are reintroduced after life has molded them into perfect partners whether they know it or not. Read along to learn how a little heavenly help, via a deceased grandmother, helps give them a push.  And find out if Evelyn can protect her granddaughter from the wheels she put in motion before it’s too late?

 

 

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Welcome Home

screen-shot-2017-02-16-at-9-32-55-amThis year started out so differently than the last, but through both the drama that unfolded on Jan 1 in 2016 and the much quieter start to 2017 – God has been evidently clear.

This time last year, we were dealing with remodeling after an accident resulted in some minor damage to our home.  And while I dealt with contractors and vendors that came into my circle, I realized how each had the exact skill set I needed and offered options that were a precisely what I needed within the small budget we had.

A couple years prior to this I’d been in the building industry.  (Every writer has a day job unless they’re James Patterson.)  When the oil and gas industry took a dive, I was laid off.  I never understood the ‘why’ behind it.  We all ask ourselves ‘why’ things happen.  Why do I have to go through this valley?  Why me?  Why now?

Well, it was never more clear in the ‘why’ when I was knee-deep in home repairs and contractors, knowing that I could speak the lingo and check their work – ‘knowing what to look for’ so that it was well done.

God immersed me in those moments with his presence giving me a strong sense of his answer to the ‘why’ that I’d asked only two years prior.  He let me go work in an industry that I was destined to be laid off from to allow me the knowledge to navigate through a sea of what could be unknowns only to have the knowledge needed to get it done right.  After the repairs were done, it was left in better condition than when we first moved in.

He gave me very clear insight of his gifts to me and blessings through the chaos when we finally sold our home and landed in an area that we loved but couldn’t afford.  The house we made an offer on appraised lower than the area called for and coincidentally for one hundred dollars LESS than the top dollar that we could afford.

God showed up in so many ways in details that I won’t bore you with that go deeper than what I describe here but just know this…  His presence and peace wrapped around us like nothing I’d experienced before.

Fast forward to this new year and I woke up in our ‘new to us’ home on a quiet day, much different than the year prior, and felt his whisper in my heart, which said, ‘Welcome Home’.  It had been a year to remember and one for the record books – and God’s hand was evident through the entire process.  Through darkness, chaos, and fatigue, He lifted us up, led us through, and brought us home.

Whoever says God is not active in our lives has blinders on.  He is with every single one of us through it all things, good and bad.  All we have to do is look to him, ask for Him, and rely on Him.  His gentle love and tender embrace is there – just lean into it.

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Not Ready

Please send prayers for this family …

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I had no idea on Thursday when we checked Matt into the hospital for a neutropenic fever that tonight I would bring my love home to die.  Did Matt and I know he was terminal?  Yes.  Did we think we still had months together, hopefully a couple of years? Yes.

My heart is breaking over and over and over again.  Just when I think I cannot shed another tear, another flood comes pouring out of me.  When I look at his face, the face that has loved me through so much life these last 17 years I am overwhelmed.  I can’t see a future without him in it. I can’t picture a night without him next to me.  Do you know that in 17 years we have spent 4 nights apart?  FOUR.  Our lives are so woven together like a beautiful tapestry that I do not know where I begin…

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Last Season of American Idol

Is it just me or has American Idol finally pulled off a season that has enough variety and talent to keep us captivated?  Usually, I just like the audition phase and afterward (until the final shows airs) I’m totally bored.

The only thing that may have kept me tuning in were the dynamics between Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr.  Well, that and Jenny from the Block’s fashion choices.  Even then, I’d skip through the performances as they weren’t that spectacular.

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This season, though – they have mixed it up a bit giving us a whole new show.  Why haven’t they done this over the last five years?  If they had, maybe the VOICE wouldn’t have been most of America’s choice in singing competitions?

 

A few of my favorites for this year? Dalton Rappattoni for one.  This kid is one to watch for sure.  Tonight’s performance of Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell was perfection.  Olivia Rox is another contender that I think has a bright future, and after tonight’s song, Confident, I think she’s going through.

Your thoughts??  Who are some of your favorites?  Have you seen a difference with this last season?

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Gluten Free Fan Not a Fad

Some of you who have read my blogs from time to time know that my husband is highly and deathly allergic to wheat.  Within ten minutes of ingesting wheat – he’ll swell up and stop breathing.

Well – most recently (as of January of this year) my 12 year old son grew into these same allergies. I’m pretty sure as his body chemistry is changing and his external allergies are out of control, his food allergies just kicked in.  So now – we have gluten free and nut free everything.

For us it’s not a dietary fad or a diet we’re trying.  Most people assume my family suffers from celiacs – which would be a blessing compared to what my family goes through if they ingest the wrong item.  It’s an Epi-pen, and ambulance, and a lot of prayers for survival if my family eats the wrong thing.

Needless to say – food is not something we take for granted.  It’s a luxury for us to be able to eat something.  And it’s just in the last 5 years that gluten free cooking has become so popular, to which now I have a lot of recipes available to me.  I’m so thankful that people are hopping on the gluten free train – whether it’s for a fad diet or  a digestive need.

This week I stumbled across a really great gluten free chicken pot pie recipe and I’ve made it twice.  My son is usually a very picky eater, which now he doesn’t have the luxury of.   Now he has to eat what I make for him, as he doesn’t have many options at his disposal.  Imagine how heartwarming it is when you can feed your child something that won’t take him to the ER, and it doubles as something that he goes back for seconds, thirds, and fourth helpings.

I am one happy momma today.  And if the meantime, if any of you want the recipe – read below:

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2 Tb butter

1 md onion

Whatever veggies you choose to include – it will vary depending on what is in your refridge and use whatever quantity you choose to taste.

I chose the following: One chopped potato, Chopped broccoli, Sliced carrots, Sliced celery, ¼ of the medium onion – chopped

1 ½ cup cut cup-cooked chicken

1 ¾ cup Progresso chicken broth

1 tsp seasoned salt

½ dill and lemon seasoning

¾ cup milk

3 Tb rice flour

Topping ( I doubled the order for this part )

¾ cup Bisquick Gluten free mix (comes in a small orange box)

½ milk

1 egg

2 Tb melted butter

1 Tb Italian seasoning

1 Tb shredded parmesan

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In 3 qt saucepan – melt 2 Tb of butter over medium heat and add onions. Cook and stir frequently until butter is slightly boiling and onions are tender. Stir in all your veggies, chicken, chicken broth, and dill and lemon seasoning. Heat until it boils.

In small bowl, mix ¾ cup milk and the rice flour with wire whisk until smooth. Then stir it into the chicken mixture until it all boils. Once at a slight boil, pour your saucepan full of all that good stuff into an ungreased 2 qt casserole dish.

In a small bowl, stir all topping ingredients together until perfectly blended. As I’ve called for you to double the mixture – drop the mixture by as many spoonfuls as it takes over the casserole chicken pie.

Bake at 25-30 minutes or until your knife or toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.

Enjoy.

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A Bit More About the Script

Everyone has a ‘what if’ in life. As I took mine and put it paper with FINDING KYLIE, I wrote it visually.  So much so that when you read it –  it’s very easy to picture it in your own mind as you unravel Chastity’s story.  To give you a look into FINDING KYLIE – it is a dual storyline that gently segues between past and present, following two women, weaving a tale about the ultimate love of a mother for a child, and how far a mother would go to keep her daughter safe.

After the release of FINDING KYLIE, film producer and my friend, John Schwab, reached out in efforts to convince me to allow permission to convert the book to a script.

Over the last six years we’ve adapted the novel into a 3-part miniseries. The script has been worked and has gained a lot of ground, but the stars hadn’t aligned until just recently for a monumental step in our journey, which was the hard read for the script.

Recently, we have had an opportunity present itself for our script. This past weekend, a nationally known drama department made room within their packed school schedule to perform a week-long dress rehearsal which led to this past Sunday, in which a hard read was preformed.  It was essentially a reading or a workshopped script, which allows us the means to listen to the script develop and ensure it will have the time needed to grow.

Below is the photo of the most AMAZING cast, which breathed life into the characters and poured themselves into this script.  We were so blessed by them.

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Now that this stage is complete – next come the edits to finish the final touches.  And we’ll have video clips for PR purposes – and a final product to hit the film market with.

Since John’s still in London, we’ll skype around his schedule to wrap this up but it will most likely still take months.  However, with John’s accomplishments in the film industry as an actor, producer and award-winning film director he has the right contacts to reach out to after this important step in the life of the script.

Don’t wish me luck – please say, ‘break a leg’ and keep our project in your prayers.