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.
The US Review of Books has just awardedGood 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 ofRebecca'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.
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, GoodKnights for CaliforniaFootball by Isaac Bowers and Rebecca'sRevenge 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!
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Thomas Mann once said, "Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil."
"A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man will have to seek Him first in order to find her."
"For it has pleased God to tell His people that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. For this is the secret: Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in His glory." Colossians 1:27
"I couldn't wait for success, so I went on without it." Johanathan Winters
Poetry from Led Zepplin
I just love this line in the song Ten Years Gone:
Then as it was-then again it will be, and though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea.
Tilly's Song is all about Courage
I like this quote from Mary Ann Radmacher: "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow."
Tilly's Song available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble web-site, Border's Bookstore web-site, Russo's Bookstore in Bakersfield, CA, and Apple Tree Book Shop in Eagle River, AK. Now featured in Hastings bookstore in Duncan,OK, Divine Truth and Parables in Omaha, NE. Shalom Christian Bookstore and Pandemonium Booksellers both in Wasilla, AK. Another location added this December is Chester Park Living Center in the gift shop. Price: $14.95 Contact information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IS TILLY'S SONG ABOUT?
Countless stories of today tell of the darkness within the human soul. Yet the stories that must live on, to be told to each generation, are the tales of victorious living that call to the human heart to achieve more in life than anyone can think or dream possible. These are the stories of over-comers, whom faced with adversity and crisis choose goodness, mercy, love, and life in every circumstance. This novel is a universal and timeless story of restoration worthy of being retold. An audience of readers within the age group of mid-teen and older will discover how hope is found by the characters of this story.
Tilly’s Song, the first book of a trilogy, is about a woman who never thought of herself as brave, courageous, or heroic. Often she believed herself to be easily frightened and lacking strength. The story begins in the 1890’s when Mathilda Baumann and her daughter, Marie, are left as sole survivors of a terrible illness that kills their entire village in northern Germany. Inspired to leave all she has known in life, Mathilda and her young child leave Europe and travel to America. Every part of their journey is met with grave challenges, as well as adventures. The rural life of Germany is soon replaced with city living full of different kinds of people, customs, and languages. The grief that follows them into their new land gives way to an abundant life neither could have ever imagined. The physical journey becomes a spiritual one that tests and refines Mathilda’s faith. People, with whom she meets along the way, encourage her personal faith. This increased faith then propels healing within her heart and spirit, allowing restoration necessary to build a new life. Once Mathilda’s grief is resolved, she then chooses to live and love again. She recognizes what God has done throughout her life is what makes life great.
I love my life! At 20, I traveled to Europe and saw everything I wanted to see and experience.30, my dream of Alaska, in part, came true; I took a cruise up the inland passage. By the time I was 40, I was working in Alaska, married and had 5 children. Also when I turned 40, I wanted to see the South Pacific. Our family traveled to the Cook Islands and visited Paradise. I told myself that when I turned 50 I wanted to do something with space travel. In 2000, Phil and I went to French Guiana, South America, to watch the launching of his company's satellite.I have had a secret desire to go to Israel and Greece. In 1999 we went to Israel and this year we are going to Greece. Now that I'm 60, I decided to swim with the dolphins. So Isaac my grandson and I went to San Diego and swam with some adult and baby dolphins. I am currently learning Tai Chi and Qui gong so I can make my body strong enough to learn how to tap dance. My children and grandchildren are healthy and prospering, my husband is wonderful, I have great friends, church, home, money, food, and cars that work. I am rich in love and life experiences and I am grateful. Now you can see why I love my life!