Saturday, September 10, 2011

My Smashwords eBook Wish List

I was introduced to Smashwords shortly after receiving my Nook Color this past Christmas. I was lucky enough to find this whole new world full of authors that most don't hear about. I would have been cheated out of reading some great books had I not find them. In fact, it was part of the inspiration for starting this share some of the books that I have found that I would not have otherwise read.

I have started compiling a list of books that I want to read from Smashwords. B&N offers a place to set up a "wish list", and this is my Smashwords wish list.

Scattered Pieces by Alice Lynn
The Jade Rabbit by Mark Matthews
The Unraveling of Abby Steele by Sylvia May
Price of Heaven by Lilly LaRue
Accepting Fate by Vanessa E. Kelman
A Spark of Courage by Rita S. Knight
Prodigal by Elizabeth Lee
Caring for Eleanor by Sonia Rumzi
Awakening by JoAnn Durgin
Toward a New Beginning by R. William Rogers
Rescuing Ladybugs by Diane Adams
From the Ashes by Carolyn R. Scheidies
Another Chance by Diane Adams
Fatima's Fate by Dana Sudboro
Come the End by William Creed
Texas Roads by Cathy Bryant
This Divine Night by Mary Caelsto
To Live Again by Lauralee Bliss
Home to Hart's Crossing by Robin Lee Hatcher
Only the Truth by Jeanne Desautel Foster

Don't forget....if you do check out smashwords or any Indie Authors....make sure you live a review or rating anywhere you can leave one. They depend on these ratings as feedback and it helps draw others in to read them as well.

Free ebooks for Kindle and Nook....List 1

I decided to compile a list of free ebooks for Kindle and Nook ereaders and for those who have the Kindle and Nook app on their computes and phones. I mainly list them on our Facebook page (Nook and Kindle eBook Deals) but there are many people who are in an internet group that I am a member of who do not do FB.

Make sure that you double check the price before downloading because the prices can change from FREE quickly.

I am inlcuding the links to Amazon and Barnes and Noble for each book. Make sure that you click on the book cover to get the Kindle edition and the link to get the Nook edition.

Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa (Love Finds YouTM)
Not free on Nook

Bright Young Things with Bonus Material
Nook link:

Nook Link:

A Thousand Lies: Lies Every Good American Must Believe
Nook Link:

Thunder in the Morning Calm (Pacific Rim Series)

Nook Link:

The Choice (Lancaster County Secrets, Book 1)
Nook Link:

The Preacher's Bride

Nook Link:

Hope Undaunted, A (Winds of Change)
Nook Link:

A Daughters Inheritance (Broadmoor Legacy, Book 1)
Nook Link:

No Place for a Lady (Heart of the West Series, Book 1)

Nook Link:

My Heart Remembers
Nook Link:

WHEN THE EAGLE SCREAMS - America's Vulnerability to Terrorism

Nook Link:

Monday, September 5, 2011

A Sanderson Family Reunion Dream

Have you ever had a dream that was so real and so amazing you just didn't want to wake up. Of course you have....we all have, but the one that I have had twice makes me want to cry when I wake up. It is the absolute epitome of peace and I feel more love while I'm asleep dreaming than I can explain.

I grew up in the most amazing family. My grandparents and great grandparents lived next door to each other with only a lot separating them. Then my great Uncle and his family lived about two football field lengths from them.

Before I go any further let me say that in our family "great" Uncle.....only means Uncle....."great" Aunt or "great" Grandparents....are not different. Second and third cousins are no different than first cousins and are often referred to as Aunt or Uncle depending on the relationship between those cousins....ex. Uncle Joey or Uncle Steven.

So back to the dream.....

Everyone in our family had gathered under the tree that we always gathered under on Sunday in Mamaw Great's yard. Noone was excluded. Uncle Sid and all of his family came from Oklahoma, Craig and Kristen came from up North, Dickie and Donna and all of their family came....Al was there...Debbie, Haley....Nancy and her family, Cheryl and her get the picture. Any bad blood between anyone was set aside. (We have an amazing family but we are human...we do have some serious personality conflicts at times).

There were chairs and lawn chairs spread out in a huge circle under the tree. There were quilts laid out across the thick grass for the babies to lay on. There was this huge slide that used to sit at Mamaw Great's and it was still there. There were tarp tents lined up going down the side of the house with tables, ice chests and wires galore. These tables were FULL of potluck dishes that everyone brought. They were set up in crockpots and warming trays. There were dips in bowls on ice and a HUGE tray of Aunt Dot's shrimp sandwiches graced the table that never emptied. There were tons of homemade biscuits and cornbread and a pot of Aunt Vie's potato soup with my name on it. (It's my dream...I get the soup)

In Mississippi, laying all of this food out all day is not exactly a reality. In my dream it was neither hot or cold...It was perfect weather. There was a breeze blowing and the smell of coffee lingered in the air.

The lot between Mamaw Great's and Mamaw's house hosted a softball game. There was no age limit on this game. Rusty, Chase, Donnie, and even Aunt Elaine participated right along with Brayden, Kellie Rae, Christopher and Adam.

The lot where Mamaw's house used to sit was full of kids and adults in a heated soccer game. The old tree out back where Mamaw built our tree house still stood with the old shed beside it. Hannah and Summer helped watch over some of the younger kids as they played house and babies and all the games we used to play out there.

In Mamaw Great's yard was one of those big inflatable slides that also entertained adults...mainly well as kids.

There were kids of all ages everywhere getting acquainted or reacquainted with each other doing all the things that we used to do as kids.

We were there for a long time. It seemed as if time had stood still just for all of us. As I sat in my chair in the circle looking around I looked and saw all of those who had gone on ahead of us sitting under the tree on the outside of our circle....our grandparents, Aunt Marge and Uncle Jim, Uncle Glenn, Uncle J.D., Jimmy in his many of our family sat there....some that us younger ones had never met. At our grandparent's feet and in their laps sat the babies that never made it full term and the ones who had left us to soon. When I turned and I saw all these people that I loved so dearly and who had made such a huge impact on my life...I jumped up and screamed for everyone to look and started running towards them. All I could think was wrapping my arms around my Mamaw and laying my head in her lap, but as I ran towards them they disappeared. I turned to look and I was the only one sitting under the tree in the yard.

I awoke trembling and I still get a knot in my throat thinking about it because I would give anything, absolutely anything to see my four grandparent's hear Papaw Great holler at me from the back porch, to play under the house or have a weenie roast with Mamaw, cook with Mamaw Great, to hear Papaw holler for me...."Oh Missy Lea",  to get teased by Uncle Glen, to hear Uncle Jim sing "All the Gold in California", to listen to Aunt Marge give our girls a lecture on how to be a lady.

In my dream I kept thinking "is this real?"...The love that was generated on that little strip of gravel road in the middle of farming country was so overwhelming. As I think about was never really a dream. The inflatable slide was a dream....but everything else was real. It was real to those of us who were fortunate enough to grow up in the time that we did. We experienced everything in my dream.... throughout our lives..... on Sunday afternoons on the Warren/Issaquena County line.