Holiday Memories and Dear Santa

Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in an experience or event so that the lovely memories are retrievable, even in your last moments of life?

I’ve had the amazing joy of experiencing that with such a busy household, especially during holidays. I remember one specific memory, my second daughter was home from college at Christmas. She brought her roommate, an exchange student from Japan. Nayoko (sorry, probably spelling it wrong) wanted to experience an American Christmas. She did!

The memories of that Christmas with our children, friends, and family, all intent on showing the best kind of holiday season, were overflowing with love and laughter. It was truly a holiday season filled with all that we hope it will be. That memory I will cherish.

But I also love the times that the turkey was dry, the pumpkin was carved crookedly, costumes were missing bits, we were snowed in, the gifts were finally wrapped two hours before they were opened, and wondering if we could combine birthdays with holidays, just this once, and so much more because we were together. Priceless!

I hope your upcoming holidays, however they turn out, will be perfect memory makers. Not because they are filled with perfect dinners, and perfectly behaved children but because they are filled with family and friends to help you enjoy it.

And what are the holidays without a party? We are having a “Coming Out” party for our Box Set “DEAR SANTA” in preorder now. https://books2read.com/DearSanta

https://www.facebook.com/groups/414604506092518

I hope you add this book to your holiday quiet times, or in between crazy times. NOW, GO MAKE SOME MEMORIES!

LINKS:

https://books2read.com/DearSanta

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dear-santa-mimi-barbour/1137705223?ean=2940164513405

And if you would like to snack on the first chapter of every book, here you go:

Come on! You know you want to:

https://books2read.com/BookBitesDearSanta

HERE IS MY STORY IN THE COLLECTION!

Hope, Wishes, and Love it’s what Christmas is all about.
Beth wants a second chance.
She needs a little faith that wishes come true.

https://books2read.com/DearSanta

Thanks for hanging out with me today!

7 Inspiring Quotes About Speaking Up for What is Right

7 Inspiring Quotes on Standing Up for What is RightI have always been awe-struck by those who are smart enough to speak out using indelible words that have the ability to change the hearts and the behaviors of others. Here are seven inspiring quotes about speaking up for what is right. Have you found inspiring quotes that motivate you to live a better life?

“Strong people stand up for themselves; stronger people stand up for others.” ~Suzy Kassem

“Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.” ~Thurgood Marshall

“The only people who are angry at you for speaking the truth are those who are living a lie. Keep speaking the truth.” ~Unknown

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”  ~Elie Wiesel

“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.” ~Nelson Mandela

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ~Dr Martin Luther King Jr

“In a world that demands you obey the wrong rules, being rebellious is right.” ~Jenna Galbut

Feel free to add your favorite inspiring quotes in the comment section.

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To celebrate Mother’s Day, I am offering readers my 2-book duet set, FALLING FOR A SINGLE MOM, on sale for just 99¢. Two books for under a buck? You can’t beat this deal. Click on the cover to be taken to the Kindle Store.

7 Inspiring Quotes

Wishing you and yours health and happiness.

Party on!

Yesterday, The Authors’ Billboard had the first of three (at least) Cabin Fever Quarantine Reading Party. I kicked off the event at one o’clock Pacific Daylight Time with kudos to all who volunteer to help others. Rule number one for a hostess: make your guest feel at home. Well, since so many folks are tired of being at home, I did my best to make our guests feel comfortable with what they’ve done for others.

Loads of free ebooks and audiobooks were given away outright, plus there were contests to #win some of the bigger prizes. It was fun finding out what everyone was wearing (mostly sweats, pajamas, yoga pants, and tee-shirts), finding companionship with people around the world with our dress and attitudes.

Did you miss out? No worries. FIRST, three of our WEDDING BOX SETS are still #FREE until Sunday, April 19. SECOND, we’re having Facebook Parties at ABB PARTY PLACE for the next two Fridays, plus we’ll be giving away different box sets. Here are the links for the sets available now. Sweet and Sassy Weddings, Sweet and Sassy Brides, and A Wedding She’ll Remember.

FREE BOX SETS! For a limited time.


Remember: set your Calendar/Alexa/Google Home reminders (or put a note on the refrigerator) to come to Facebook’s ABB PARTY PLACE at one o’clock Pacific Daylight Time (which is otherwise known as four o’clock Eastern Daylight Time). We’ll have more #Giveaways and Safe Social Distancing diversions for you with more of the authors from The Authors’ Billboard.

For giggles and guffaws, check out CUTE BUT CRAZY – WACKY, WONDERFUL WOMEN

Here’s the first of The Authors’ Billboard Romantic Comedy sets. It’s a hit! Check out my story, HOW LOVE GROWS, and seven others for only #99cents or read for free with #KINDLEUNLIMITED.

Games and Kids by Mona Risk

Homework was done but Nine-year-old couldn’t watch her usual funny shows as Grandpa was monopolizing the TV with boring news. So what could a nine-year-old do when she had nothing to do and it was not bedtime yet?

Play, of course. Except that Grandma didn’t know many games. One wondered how Grandma graduated from school and college without learning simple games like Money-Money and Master Brain. So be it. Nine-year-old decided to take a few minutes and teach Grandma, not thoroughly mind you, so Nine-year-old could beat Grandma.

Later we played Monopoly. Now that was annoying because Grandma knew this game and started winning. Honestly, the game became boring. How could you enjoy a game when you were losing to your Grandma?

So Nine-year-old took a break to put her pj’s and to eat an ice cream, but Grandma kept winning. Very frustrating! That was when Nine-year-old decided she was tired and ended the game before Grandma could win again.

Now you know why I love writing about children and babies, and where I find my inspiration. Next week I hope to publish the following two books.

A Complete Family

This book is part of
Unforgettable Christmas Dreams

Nurse Melody is continuously late at work. Determined to find out the reason for her tardiness, Dr. Aidan visits her house, unintentionally scares her little daughter, and is attacked by her German shepherd. But attraction sizzles…

The Captain’s Christmas Leave

This book is part of
CHRISTMAS SHORTS

The wounded captain is resigned for the worst. But his soon-to-be ex-wife has some ideas to cheer him up.