About Nancy Radke

A USA Today bestselling author, Nancy Radke grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in SE Washinton State. She attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade. She learned to ride bareback at age 3 (Really! It was a common practice.) and when she got off or fell off, she would pull her horse's nose to the ground, get on behind its ears, and the horse would lift its head so she could scoot down onto its back. Nancy spent most of her childhood exploring the Blue Mountain trails that bordered the ranchlands. She and a friend once took a trail that turned out to be a two day trip. They always rode with matches and pocket knives, so made camp and returned the next day. These long rides worried her parents, but provided plenty of time to make up stories. Her first novel was set in the Blues, and is entitled APPALOOSA BLUES. TURNAGAIN LOVE was the first one published. It rated a four star review from Affaire de Coeur. Scribes World said "Turnagain Love has some fascinating twists and turns, unexpected complications, and charming scenes." It is light and humorous. Nancy currently has over 30 books written, both modern and western. All her stories are sweet and wholesome.  View website

Just What the Doctor Ordered by Nancy Radke #mgtab

“Put ice on it and sit and watch TV.” That advice from my doctor would have been great except he also told me to stay off the computer. I tore the ligament in my shoulder and needed to keep from using it while it healed, so I watched a lot of TV. Still not healed completely, still watching TV. Able to do a limited amount of computer work.

Thankfully I have Netflix and discovered the many Asian romantic TV series on that site. Subtitled, I didn’t know if I could get used to reading the words until I found myself turning up the sound when I didn’t quite catch something said. Needless to say, turning up the sound doesn’t help.

It is interesting to note how many different ways of meeting the writers come up with. My favorite meeting so far is in the series called “O2O.” The couple play online video games and their characters meet in the game and agree to act as a married team. She doesn’t know who he is, but he saw her playing at an Internet Cafe and knows who she is. She actually falls in love with him before they ever meet. This is the kindest couple and a delight to watch.

Another of my favorites is called “Cinderella and the Four Knights.” This one has the mean stepmother and stepsister, but it puts a funny twist on the Cinderella story with four guys interested in her. This one made me laugh, cry, and just feel good.

I wish I could put music into my books, as the music that accompanies the better ones of these heightens the emotions, so that I found myself laughing or crying on cue. I’ll mention some of my other favorites: “Fall in Love With Me,” “Good Morning Call,” “Meteor Garden,” “Crash Landing on You,” and “I Hear You,” about a violin maker.

Their last name is said first, they do a lot of bowing out of respect for each other, and some of the scenery in South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan is spectacular. Try some of these and see if you are as pleased as I am. Some are annoyingly juvenile, with the actors too old for their parts, but I’ve learned to watch at least 2-3 episodes, because often the first two episodes take place in high school, while the rest occur several years later and then the age is better.

I’ve recently put up a story entitled “The Golden Legacy, The Prisoner Returns.” The Golden Legacy books are still coming out, with a new story, Aurora’s Treasure, by an award-winning author, Jacquie Rogers, which involves magic and fairies. See if her magic makes your reading fun.

Jacquie’s book will be out around the 20th, so I don’t have a link for this now. To find it, search “Golden Legacy” on Amazon. All the series books are together there.

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Texting vs. Talking

God gave us tongues and ears to speak and hear, and skin and arms to touch and hug. When we stay away from other people, we aren’t able to hug them and give and/or get the psychological comfort that human touch can give. And when we stop talking to one another, we remove the sound of the human voice. This is why solitary confinement is so hard on many of us.

There is great comfort in the sound of another human’s voice. If you can’t go see your friend or relative, then call them on the phone. Better yet, Skype them so they can see you talk to them. Don’t send a text message. Especially if they are isolated, they need to hear a voice, even if you say the same thing you would have texted. The human voice has a huge range of inflection to it. You can say, “I love you,” in many ways, giving those simple words many meanings, even being sarcastic when said. Those meanings do not come across in the printed word of a text message. People need to HEAR the meaning, along with the words.

When I’m working I turn on talk radio. I can listen when I want to and not listen when I’m thinking about other things. But I can listen to talk radio a lot longer than I can listen to just music, as much as I love music. The radio commentators make me laugh and smile, and sometimes get me angry at an injustice done, or sad for someone else. I can read the same information, but reading the words usually doesn’t evoke the same kinds of feelings. So instead of just texting, use your phone to call, especially someone who you know is all alone during this time.

Do your part for mental health, which can be harder on people than poor physical health. Let them hear the sound of your voice, encouraging them onward. Reading a good story will also help. Send your friends a copy of a book you love.

Turnagain Love was the first book I had published. I wanted a story that had humor, pets, and a situation that people found funny. It makes an ideal read for someone who wants a gentle story that is rated PG. Send this to an elderly relative to give her a spot of cheer. This is also out in a print edition with large type.

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Using Your Imagination

One of the great blessings of childhood is a vivid imagination. A child can make a blanket into a tent or a robe, a stick into a sword or scepter, a couch into a castle or mountain. Give a child a cardboard box and he will find more uses for it than just a packing container.

The simpler the object, the easier it is to turn it into a versatile plaything. Give a child an object that is too refined, like a toy kitchen set, and it cannot be “imagined” into anything else. When I teach Bible classes, I use blocks and marbles for towns and people.

As we age we sometimes lose that kind of ability to imagine objects as anything but what they are. Instead, we go into our minds and travel or dream from there. With the present stay-in-place requests by the government, many of us understand what solitary confinement entails. It gives us plenty of time to dream. At least we have the Internet, with Netflix and online shopping.

What are you doing that uses your imagination? Cooking new recipes? Playing new games with your children? Becoming a schoolteacher since your children are staying at home? If you want a free way to teach your child to read, go to www.raisingupgiants@wixsite.com/free where I have a free reading program. My seven-year-old brother taught me to read at age four, so learning to read is fun, at least the way I show you.

My last book out was Avalanche Puppy, which is part of a new Authors’ Billboard Amazon 99 cent collection, Unforgettable Joy. I wanted to put some humor in it, so I made my dog, Brat, a Border Collie. Brat wants his own way, which includes building his “herd” of his owner/trainer and the young man who wants to act as his handler.

Border Collies are high-energy dogs with minds of their own, and it was fun to write about him. They will nip at your heels to try to herd you together, and when you protest, will just “smile.”

As usual I’m writing another story and planning more. My second-chance-at-love story takes place at a dude ranch, where the new cook turns out to be the woman the owner had dated in college. He hadn’t recognized her married name when he hired her. Then the woman he is currently interested in shows up as a guest. Her name has also been changed as she is in the witness protection program. This story will be part of “Sweet and Sassy in the Summertime”, which is due out in late June.

So use your imagination and chase away boredom. If you need help, remember to go to our Authors’ Billboard monthly board and join our Easter Egg Hunt contest. I have four books on the board, all of which will be free on different weeks, including this week.

The Turning Point: The Moment of Truth

Somewhere around the middle of every story, you should find the turning point, the moment when the character changes direction. It is usually not a physical turning, but rather a mental decision that he/she makes, which then often translates into physical action. Often the decision is to stop fleeing and to fight for what is right. Sometimes it results from something another character says or does.

This plot point is found in all good books, not just romances. The mental decision often is what turns the person into a hero, when he must face huge odds to win. Often it is called the Moment of Truth. Here is the Moment of Truth from my pioneer book, The Handsomest Man in the Country, which is free on all venues.

The heroine, Mally, is a beautiful girl who has always dreamed of marrying the handsomest man around. The neighboring Courtney boys are all handsome, but they leave home to fight in the Civil War and don’t come back. When forced to leave her home, Mally eventually joins a wagon train where events force her into either marrying one of the men from the train, or leaving it and returning back east.

She doesn’t want to marry any of them, but takes the advice of Web, the wagon train’s scout, to marry a man she has never seen before. He had been tortured by Indians and looked terrible when she married him. Here is the Moment of Truth when she makes her decision:

Uncle Dem had said to go to Web for advice. Web saw the men when they weren’t putting on a front for the women-folk. He would know them better’n I did. I’d ask him who to marry.

My mind had been struggling all this time to fight off sleep. When I decided to get Web’s advice, it just gave up and lit out. This time the mules kept up for there wasn’t any grass and all were traveling slowly because of the rocks. Web woke me as he rode by and I looked up to see the wagons ahead circling for the night. I couldn’t put it off any longer.

As in many stories, the moment is quickly over and is not dramatic. But it makes her decide that she must give up her dream of a handsome man and marry one who will be good to her, which is what Web says this man, Trey Trahern, will be. You will find this book on this month’s contest page, or go to Amazon, Kobo, or ibooks.

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