Wednesday, March 18, 2015

This is a link to my U-tube interview:


Hope you enjoy watching it! Totallyt new experience for me!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Home Again and Ready To Work

Hello. I haven't written on my blog for a very long time. Please forgive me. Book promotion has kept me busy traveling, conducting interviews, writing articles and speaking on the radio. Two trips this past year were to San Diego, CA and Miami, FL for international book signings with Isaac Bowers, my grandson, who co-authored Good Knights For California Football. The next big exciting and hopeful news is the book is being submitted to a group of screen writers in Hollywood. We shall see what doors this might open.  All in all, this has been a stretch in my comfort zone but a true adventure for our family. Other creative opportunities have also occurred with my paintings and illustrations. Several of my paintings have appeared in galleries in judged shows. It is rewarding that I've sold some. Three other artists and I traveled to Denali Park for an Art in the Park event and I was able to sell some art to some tourists. My blog is in need of some overhauling and one of my goals for 2015 is to make improvements so I can post pictures of my paintings for sale and to also make a way for people to purchase our books. Keep me posted with some of your activities and if you have any suggestions on how I may market my art. successfully.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The US Review of Books has just awarded Good Knights for California Football and Rebecca's Revenge with the Gold Seal of Literary Excellence Award. Michael Radon wrote a review of Good Knights for California Football and used a quote from the book: "Whenever the team wins, everyone wins and when the team loses, we do so as a team but we play giving 100% until the game is over."  He went on to say that the readers who are not into sports need not worry, this title focuses more on the off-field drama and personal lives of the players, parents, and coaches more than it does the on-field performance of the Knights team. Great for fans of the sport, parents, children, and readers who enjoy pre-adolescent drama fiction, this title is a fast, fun, and satisfying read.
Dylan Ward wrote in his review of Rebecca's Revenge that this is a creepy little adventure, combined with horror and humor that's perfect for the upcoming Halloween season. The themes of good and evil, revenge, family, and faith are all handled in a sophisticated way. It's a novel that can be enjoyed by teens and adults alike, making for a good old fashioned campfire story.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Author Solutions/Trafford Publishing Marketing Campaign Launched for Children's Books

I am happy to announce the children's books I have co-authored are involed in a major marketing campaign this summer that will occur throughout the fall and into the Christmas season. Google will have an ad for all three books: Catcoon by L.H. Bowers, Good Knights for California Football by Isaac Bowers and Rebecca's Revenge by S.D. Cargle. Ads will be placed in many of the major book buyer's catalogs and there will be a book signing by Isaac Bowers and me in San Diego for the AARP  Expo. on September 4, 2014 from 3-4:00 pm at the Convention Center. A video interview will be conducted at my home in Chugiak, Alaska and will be used for infomercials to be aired on television. I am very excited and hope you will be able to catch one or more or maybe all of the publicity projects. This is encouraging to me to help get these young authors started and to also promote my own writing career. Thanks for letting me toot my own horn!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I was having a day. I have been losing weight and am thrilled to be doing so but my disappointment is I still am plagued with Fibromyalgia pain. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will give me a poem to comfort me. My hope it will be an encouragement to whomever reads it.
Untitled:
    This gloom is weghing me down, I feel
             Like a ball and chain around my heel.
     I seem to be stuck upon my bed.
              With a constant sense of dismal dread.
      My body stirs to stand on its feet,
                While my hands are sweaty clutching the sheet.
      I hear my heart drumming a warning
                 My brain is buzzing like some bees are swarming.
       "Just get up," I say. "Stop all this self loathing,
                  Wash your face and put on some clothing.
        Listen to me, you can't let Fear win;
                   Get out of bed and let this new day begin."
        So I got right up and did what I said,
                   I thanked God for my life and His daily bread.
        Then I counted my blessings one by one;
                   The top of the listwas His only Son.
         I counted you, also, as a blessing to me
                    And thanked God for His LOVE that just set me free.
                    
           

Monday, August 26, 2013

Bye Bye Mr. Fear

Max Lucado is one of the best communicators alive today. In his book, Fear Not For I Am With You Always,  he writes and I quote, "Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease. Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry.
           FEAR NEVER SAVED A MARRIAGE OR A BUSINESS. COURAGE DID THAT!
           FAITH DID THAT!
People who refused to consult or cower to their timidities did that. But fear itself? Fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors.
            WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT TO WALK OUT?

Now you have heard what Max had to say, this is what I'm telling you right now, "Listen up Mr. Fear, Perfect Love lives within me now. You don't have a place to dwell within in me anymore! It's time for you to go away."

Monday, August 5, 2013

PERSISTENCE

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with tatent. Genius will not; unrecorded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not;  the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. -Calvin Coolidge
This is now my new favorite quote. I'm a collector, you know. I also just returned from another trip to LA, California to participate in a book to screen pitchfest. What an honor to be asked to attend and present Catcoon to seven Hollywood Executives to arouse their interest in making this text into a cartoon. It was a positive experience.  Even though they concluded that my theme has saturated the current market, they thought the idea should be developed further into children's picture books. Throughout the entire event the word persistence kept popping up in conversations. Another line I collected is, "Hollywood execs are as patient as a two year old in need of a nap." But for those of us that claim to be writers, we just have to put on our big girl panties and keep on writing and submitting and writing and writing. This is an important life lesson. Do what you love and love what you do, forever. That is the reward.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Home Again Home Again, Jiggity Joe

I was away from Alaska for almost a month. Logan Bowers, my grandson, and I were invited to the LA Times Book Festival at the University of Southern California campus. It was fun and we signed seventy books in less than an hour. He and I attended a book signing at Russo's Bookstore, the most fun bookstore in Bakersfield, CA, and I might add, the entire world. While in Southern California we were asked to present the book at three different school assemblies. During this time we told how and why the book was written. I also explained how I came up with the various pictures for the illustrations. Many questions pertained to the aliens coming up through the cracks in the sidewalks. What took me by surprise was how many students came up to me after the program and gave me a hug. Oh YES! I can get used to that.
Since I was in the neighborhood, I flew over to Oklahoma and visited my grandchildren in Bartlesville. Come to find out my grandson, Hayden, is an author also. I was so happy that I was there to attend his book signing of the eight books he has written and illustrated in his Kindergarten class. Drew participated in a musical program titled, Weathering the Weather. I was impressed with the cleverness of the songs they sang about all sorts of weather conditions. My favorite was the tornado song. As if on cue, a huge thunderstorm occurred that night following the school program.
Speaking of weather, while I was driving from Oklahoma up to Nebraska to visit my sister, I drove through a snow storm on May 3rd in Topeka, Kansas. There were 45 mile an hour winds and the snow was blowing horizontally. I felt like the US Postal Service: Through the rain, sleet and snow, I arrived to my sister's home tired but in good spirits.
Now that I am home, I have many more manuscripts to complete and on to the publisher. In June, some of my art work will be featured at Jitter's, a coffee shop and community meeting place in Eagle River, Alaska. Soon, I will be able to display my art and illustrations on this blog.