Making Your Reading Fun!

I promised earlier this week that I would share with you the type of books that I am reading since I have retired after 34 long years of devoted service. They range from sleazy to sexy to adventurous. To be politically correct, I do still read a few books related to the business world.

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My Daily Routine.

Sleep until 10 A.M. CST after staying up most of the night reading a new book I downloaded to my iPad.

Go to the gym to do stepping, senior exercise and strength exercise – So much fun with the older group.

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Visit with new-found friends. I clean the house, but it is not a priority!

Back home to take care of the garden and visit with my lizard, XELA.

 

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Meet X-E-LA!  He visits on the patio every morning while I am drinking my tea.

 

It’s time for lunch. My meals have changed dramatically. I eat like a bird.

After lunch, I am usually on the laptop or reading my book for the day.

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I do carve out time in the afternoon to give my healthcare consulting business quality time and to plan my next trip to exotic places that I haven’t seen before.

I make a point to write no less than 500 words per day for my next book. One day, I’m going to have a NY Times bestseller.

Let’s talk books.

Here is a list of some of the books on my Kindle that I have already read. Some are from traditional bestseller authors, but most are from independently published authors, a hidden treasure of writers. I have downloaded 80 more on my laptop. As you can see, a drastic change from leadership books.

  1. Divorcees Biz by Eileen Thornton – Recommended for the over 60-year-old crowd; hot and a page turner
  2. Step on the Crack by James Patterson and Michael Bennett – James is my favorite writer
  3. The President is Missing: A novel by James Patterson and President Bill Clinton – The suspense keeps you on the edge of your seats
  4. Confessions of a Geriatric Prom Queen by Lila Silvern – Recommended for women over 60 years old – get ready for some steamy advice about sex
  5. With Angel’s Wings by Stephanie A. Collins – Recommended for all adults who adore their kids; has won many book awards
  6. Mama’s Heart: A true to life story of tragedy and love by VJJ Dunn – It will leave you in tears
  7. Flame and Hope: An African Adventure Fauna Park Tales by Maretha Botha – Primarily for Middle-School Children but suitable for adults to read to their children
  8. Finding Katie by Harmony Kent – Recommended for any young adult struggling to find themselves
  9. Letting Go into Perfect Love: Discovering the Extraordinary after Abuse by Gwendolyn Plano – Recommended for anyone who has suffered from abuse or knows someone is currently suffering from abuse; guarantee to inspire and motivate
  10. Flowers and Stone by Jan Sikes – Recommended for all adults; one of the last books she published before passing
  11. Empty Chairs by Stacey Danson (Suzanne Burke) – A Must Read for all adults
  12. The Ultimate Betrayal (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel Book 12) by Kimberla Lawson Roby – Recommended for church-going folks
  13. Popcorn Behind the Bush (The Gracie Series) by Grace LaJoy Henderson – Recommended for Middle grade
  14. A Mother’s Heart: Memoir of a Special Needs Parent by Elchin Chang-Lim – Recommended for anyone who has a child with special needs
  15. Non-Profit by Larry Hyatt – Recommended for all adults looking for a sprinkle of humor
  16. To The Top by Deontae Henderson – Picture Book Recommended for K – 3rd Grade
  17. Acts Beyond Redemption – Book 1 by Suzanne Burke – Recommended for those who like to read suspense books
  18. Circus Tarot by Charles W. Jones – Recommended for adults; if you like the circus, you will enjoy this suspense thriller and learn more than you thought you knew about the circus
  19. The Old House: An Everlasting Love Story by Karl Morgan – Recommended for adults
  20. Has Anyone Seen My Brain? By Kan Nimak – Recommended for healthcare workers and teachers; appropriate for middle school and young adults
  21. Children of the Future by Jane Suen – Recommended for young adults
  22. There is a Reaper: Losing a Child to Cancer – This one is very emotional; recommended for all males who are facing the ordeal of coping with the loss of a child with cancer
  23. The Neon Houses by Linda Mims – Recommended for all adults
  24. Adventures in Mother-Sitting by Doreen Cox – This is filled with techniques for caregivers
  25. Type and Cross – Book 1 by Staci Troilo – Recommended for all adults if you like suspense and for healthcare personnel who works in emergency rooms
  26. Allergic to Life: My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope by Kathryn Chastain Treat (deceased) – Recommended for healthcare workers

All Kindle books on this list are available on Amazon.com

If you have read any of the books on this list, please share your thoughts with my followers in the comment or Reply section of this post.

 

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WRITERS BLOCK-WHAT SHALL I DO?

Here are some funny quotes that may identify how you are feeling when you are experiencing writer’s block and worrying about poor book sales?  Laughter is like medicine for writers.

“When you’re looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, a buddy doesn’t just have your back… A buddy brings the map.” from Stephen Geez’s book BEEN THERE, NOTED THAT: ESSAYS IN TRIBUTE TO LIFE.

Been There, Noted That: Essays In Tribute To Life: Observations, Inspiration, Remembrance, & Noteworthies To Share

Find your buddy by joining a book club. Tell them that I sent you.

 

Feast upon these quotes from the book, BUTTER MY BUTT AND CALL ME A BISCUIT by Alan Zullo and Gene Cheek.

Butter My Butt and Call Me a Biscuit: And Other Country Sayings, Say-So's, Hoots and Hollers

Concerning consequences: “Don’t let your mouth write checks that your rear end can’t cash.”

Concerning ego: “Some people are so full of themselves, you’d like to buy “em for what they’re worth and sell ’em for what they think they’re worth.”

Concerning poverty: If you are flat broke and want to run off the bill collector say, “I don’t have a pot to pee in nor a window to throw it out of.”

Do you have any favorite quotes that make you laugh when you are in a writing slump? Share with my readers in the comment section.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH – FEATURED AFRICAN AMERICAN YOUNG ADULT AUTHOR

G-MOM PICK OF THE MONTH – 5 of 5 Stars – “TO THE TOP” BY DEONTAE HENDERSON

You are one of those people who surf the net and becomes elated when you find a gem?  I get excited to the point of wanting to share my big discovery with everyone. Do you want to share in my excitement? Read on!

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Looking for new stories, I came across an interview that a blogger did with a college student from Tennessee State University. His name is Deontae Henderson. Immediately, I re-blogged his story to my page. I went to high school in Louisiana and grew up with tons of children with the last name of Henderson. Naturally, I  researched his social media sites to see if I knew him. Even though I did not find him in my family tree, the connection was there. He must be a distant relative of the Henderson’s that I know. Looks just like the bloodline! This is Kevin, his brother, who inspired Deontae to write the story.

And this is the author, Deonate.

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I headed over to Amazon.com and downloaded a copy of his book, “TO THE TOP.” The fact that it is a children book with only 18 pages and written by an African American Male heightened my excitement.

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The main character is a Turtle named Koa. If you write the name Koa backward, it is A-OK!  Koa decides that he wants to go to the top of the mountain to see the rest of the world. On his way, Koa meets a monkey, a snake, and an eagle that discourage him.  With each encounter, Koa hears excuses as to why a turtle should stay in his place and not follow his dream. But Koa doesn’t stop! Then, Koa meets a goat.

Now, here comes the good part.

ARE YOU PREPARED TO GO TO A PLACE THAT IS TOO FAR, TOO HIGH, AND TOO GREAT?

READ THE BOOK AND HEAR THE GOAT’S MESSAGE. A whopping $2.99 for an e-book that will change your child’s way of thinking. Buying this book is an investment that you don’t want to miss.

Click here to purchase your copy of “To The Top”: http://amzn.to/2Gz7jsa

If you like To The Top,” you might want to pick up Deontae’s latest book, Momma Bear. I haven’t read this one, but you can expect my review later next month.

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Click here to purchase your copy of “Momma Bear.” http://amzn.to/2ool1GX

Follow this author’s writing journey on Twitter @JustDeontae.

Congratulations Deontae. You make this midnight grandmother very proud. Follow your dreams.  Don’t let anyone stop you! Go to the top of the mountain and see the world.

 

A MILLION DOLLAR INSURANCE POLICY?

What is your dog worth?

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MISS CUTIE

I am sitting next to a lovely lady on the airplane who has her dog in a seat next to her. We start to talk about the role her pet plays in her life. She said, “I always buy a first class seat for my dog.” She then tells me the worth of her pet, I almost choked.

After returning home, preparing to write my next book in the Lady Bird series, I assembled a focus group to get an idea of what a pet meant to each person. I  want to share some of their comments with you. It was a lively discussion. Some of the answers I can’t print on my blog.

THE RESULTS! A FEW EXAMPLES…..

♥ A companion that do not leave the toilet seat up ( A middle aged married female)

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5 “Must Do” Tips For Traveling With Middle School Kids

Life can be dramatic and funny all in the same day… Jennifer Aniston #quote

Technology has taken control of your vacation. You think you are in control. Think again. Prepare to get stressed out or embrace the changes with a little laughter.

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Hello. The school is out for most kids. Summer and vacation time are upon you. Every time school is out you make a promise to prepare early for the family vacation. But, are you ever really prepared? Whether taking a road trip or by train or by bus or by air, these basic tips apply in any situation. Of course, when you decide to take the family pet with you, depending upon the kind of pet, prepare to expect the unexpected. These adorable pets love to travel and want to thank you.

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When my two kids were growing up, we would spend a whole week packing to prepare for the big day mentally. Inevitably, we would forget something. My little girl was the menace of the family. You probably have one in yours. She would pack and unpack so many times until she took all the fun out of getting ready. My son, on the other hand, packed in one hour and rarely changed what he packed in the first place. I recall one vacation when my daughter taped her cat’s mouth shut, stuffed him inside her coat, and made it all the way through customs without being discovered.

“Girls will be girls and boys will be boys.”

Vacation Checklist for Middle School Kids

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Gracie Bradford, M.S.-MBA        June 30, 2017    

Tip Number 1: Take the iPad loaded with a minimum of a dozen games and songs. You may not know how to operate the iPad, but trust me, the Middle School Kid does. Invest in a pair of earphones or “Beats” to avoid the noise. Download at least three long chapter books – they act as a sedative.

Tip Number 2: Pack the kid’s cell phone. Limit the number of snap chats, facetime, and texts even if you have an unlimited plan. The purpose of a vacation is to talk to each other face-to-face.

Tip Number 3: Be prepared for a snack attack. Most kids do not like generic food as most adults don’t either. Make sure the meals are their favorite nutritious snacks like fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, and beverage (pick up after clearing security if in the airport).

Tip Number 4: Never, never leave home without insect repellant.

Tip Number 5: Pack the backpack as if it is a survivor bag. Include an empty thermal cup, straws, napkins, individually wrapped wipes, a roll of traveling toilet tissue, bandage, a whistle, a small flashlight, single package of Kleenex tissue, their favorite spoon for taking meds, and chewing gum if riding on the airplane. Always insert a card inside the backpack with pertinent information about the child. I’m a senior citizen, and I do the same with my backpack with a few modifications.

My Name is:                                                                  I am ___years old.
My parents are:
My parent telephone numbers are:

My sister or brother name is:

I am allergic to:
I live in:
I take the following prescribed medications daily:
  • Writing this information on a colorful index card is ideal

Safety Alert: Find the child’s favorite wristband, turn it inside out, using a permanent marker, write the child’s name, your name, your telephone number, and destination for when they disappear without telling you. It’s normal for kids to get so excited that they do not pay close attention to where they are and may wonder off. It only takes a split second. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

 

 

 

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LIES SELL BOOKS – TRUE CONFESSIONS SELL BOOKS – ILLUSTRATIONS SELL BOOKS

Books are written to #educate, #entertain, #make money, and deliver a #powerful message. Books are written to be #read. Let’s have some midnight fun! When the morning crowd wakes up to this blog, they just might send Grandma a nastygram.

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity by Amelia Earhart.

Grandma is sassy tonight and stepping out on tenacity.

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