On the Bookshelves

Passage of Promise closeup bookstore pic

 

Once there was a twelve-year-old girl who used her index fingers to peck the keys of her dad’s electric typewriter to write her first book, A Stuffed House. Then in her mid teen years, she wrote a historical romance trilogy set during the US Civil War. She went on to write a novel in her early to mid twenties, took a long seventeen-year hiatus for marriage and family, and came back to writing in 2014. She wrote her debut novel, Passage of Promise, in 2015 and finished revising and editing it in 2019. It was published May 1, 2020.

Passage of Promise midview bookstore pic

Today, she stopped by the local bookstore in her town and saw her book on one of their bookshelves. This was a new experience for her. A joyful and proud experience. She’s thankful to Sudden Fiction Books for carrying her work.

Passage of Promise local authors pics bookstore

If you are in the Denver, Castle Rock, or Colorado Springs area, stop by Sudden Fiction Books in Castle Rock if you like to help local bookstores. You can buy my book there or online via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound.

 

Thank you, God, for giving me this talent to share with others.

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Pick up your copy of Passage of Promise  at Sudden Fiction Books in Castle Rock, CO, if you’re local. If not, try Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

Me with PofP final print copy April 27 2020

Most Popular Christmas Gifts Over the Past 70 Years

retro toys

Do you remember what you desperately wanted for Christmas when you were a child? Were they toys that were the “In” thing?

For fun, I put together some data on popular toys kids wanted for Christmas through the decades.

Let’s start with the 1950s.

Children then seemed eager for such toys as that ol’ rubber guy, Gumby, the bouncy Pogo Stick, and the timeless Play-Doh. And what kid could go without the corn popper? I think many didn’t!

Gumby            pogo stick

corn popper toy

I actually had all of those, except Gumby, but I had them later on in my childhood era. 🙂

 

1960s

Little girls were gaga over the Chatty Cathy doll and the amazing Easy-Bake Oven.

chatty cathy doll     easy bake oven toy

While boys found an interest in GI Joe action figures and Hot Wheels. Well…I would say both sexes were interested in these and other toys throughout these eras.

GI Joe toy        hot wheels 1968

 

1970s

In this decade, kids were fascinated with the first foam Nerf ball, and the flexibility and durability of Stretch Armstrong. I remember the latter very well. A few of my friends had this elasticized dude, and it was wildly fun pulling him yards apart and watching him slide back into a normal-sized guy once we tired of torturing him. Haha.

nerf ball        stretch armstrong

And the cool Evil Knievel Stunt Cycle was all the roar in the early 1970s.

Evil Knievel stunt cycle

Also, a huge invention: the Atari video game system came out in this decade. The first game, I remember, was Pong. Haha. But later on, we enjoyed Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Astroids, Centipede, Pit Fall, and others!

The View Master was big then too. I had several slides from the Scooby-Doo show when I was a kid. Christmas was complete when kids got these fun toys in the 1970s.

view master

 

1980s

How could anyone around that time forget about the fights on Black Fridays over the Cabbage Patch Kids? Goodness. The scrambling across the slippery toy stores, and the unbelievable tug-o-war over the last couple of dolls was both astonishing and insane. Those certainly were a HUGE want for lots of children in the 1980s.

cabbage patch kids 1

Then, for the more nerdy kids, the Rubik’s Cube came out and teased and worked kids’ brains in a good way. I mean, who didn’t have a Rubik’s Cube then? We were all cool nerds! What fun that was!

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This was also the decade when the Nintendo video game system came out! My sons are loyal Nintendo fans.

 

1990s

Goodness. Do you remember all the hubbub over the Tickle Me Elmo doll? I do. Although I was in my twenties then, I still remember the craze over his giggling. And then there was the bizarre-looking Furby dolls. Many parents scrambled for these dolls during Christmastime.

tickle me elmo        Furby doll

And don’t forget the Beanie Babies! Believe it or not, they started off in McDonalds’ Happy Meals but caught on like wildfire, becoming one of the most wanted and collected items in the decade.

beanie babies

 

2000s

Looks like Zhu Zhu Pets came out in this time period, as well as those ugly…er, I mean, nice dolls, the Bratz. My sons actually each had a Zhu Zhu Pet. They were hamsters. The Razor Scooter was a biggie in the early 2000s.

zhu zhu pets               razor scooter

 

My Christmas toy memories

Some of the most awesome toys I got for Christmas in the late 1970s and 1980s were the Barbie Dream House and several of the Muppets characters. They were puppets where you stuck your hand in and could move their mouths, but in the case of the character, Animal, I could move his eyebrows too. What fun those were!

barbie dream house    Muppets

 

What were special gifts you loved when you were growing up?

 

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A Writer’s Blessing in a Season of Blessings

pink glitter wallpaper for walls

A couple of days ago, I received an email response to my query letter emailed to a publisher, re-presenting my novel, Passage of Promise, via a blurb, to them.

I’d sent them a query last year in March, and their editor said it had promise (I know… great pun, but it wasn’t intended, I’m sure :D), and to work on my story and resubmit it later.

This current email requested a synopsis and the first thirty pages of my manuscript. Yea!

I got it out to them the next afternoon, with a LOT of help from my editor (polished my synopsis and formatted my document for the publisher to read). She’s invaluable!

They answered me a couple hours later to confirm they received my attached documents and would get back to me as soon as they could. They also wished me a blessed Nativity. In return I thanked them for this opportunity and wished them the same.

Now, I wait.

A few of my friends I told this to were anxious for me, telling me I must be on “pins and needles” waiting to hear. Actually, I’m quite calm, doing all right.

This whole process… the fact that they wanted to see samples of my work… is a blessing in its own.

I will understand if I don’t hear anything until after the New Year because of the upcoming holidays.

If they respond before the holidays, and my work is accepted, it’ll be the biggest, most exciting Christmas present I’ve gotten in years.

sparkly gold present

This whole process has been surreal and thrilling. Whatever happens, I know my work is worth something. Worth a lot. My writing is a gift from God.

A Season of Blessings. What Joy.

 

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