A Challenging Year … Enter “Mattress Mack” by @TaylorLeeWrites

To say this has been a challenging year is a massive understatement. But then how do we describe, much less fathom, a year when half a million Americans have died from Covid 19? Add that millions of people have lost their jobs, foodbanks are running out of food, schools are operating at half-mast… the list goes on. A breathtakingly challenging year indeed.

But I’m an optimist at heart and was beginning to think we might be turning the corner. On a personal level, my “guy” underwent months of radiation treatment and his prognosis is encouraging. We made it through the holidays. Hopefully next year I will be able to celebrate with my daughters and grandsons. The election drama is over. Help from the federal government to people in desperate need seems to be on the way. I got my first vaccine shot. Yep, I thought, maybe the challenging year was behind us and things were beginning to look up. I decided we might be able to get back to living life again.

And then the storm of a decade (century?) hit Texas. As of Sunday, more than 14 million Texans were under orders to boil their water before drinking it–or did not have water. Millions lost power.  We saw pictures of families putting on all their clothes and huddling under covers with their kids in below zero temperatures. Across the state, neighbors lined up at municipal spigots for water, melted snow to flush their toilets, and lined up for food at poorly stocked grocery stores and food banks. The scenes were devastating. So much for optimism.

Just when I was about to give into depression, along came Mattress Mack! In case you missed the story, Mattress Mack, otherwise known as James F. McIngvale, is a Houston furniture store owner who was known to dress up in a mattress in his television commercials. According to the Associated Press, seeing his fellow Texans cold and hungry, with little shelter from the winter storm, Mattress Mack opened his doors. In the last week thousands spent a few hours on armchairs and couches to warm up, or slept on their choice of beds in the 100,000 square foot showroom. Little kids played on playground equipment. They ate donated food or food paid for by Mr. McIngvale. McIngvale said, “When my people are dying and freezing, I am going to take care of them,” he said. “That comes before profit every time.”

I don’t know about you, but knowing that there are people like Mattress Mack, selfless beacons of hope in decidedly crummy times, is inspiring.  It might even confirm that being a “cock-eyed” optimist is at least worth considering. Onward.

On a decidedly optimistic note, my latest book goes live today.

Challenging Year

He’s a hard as nails police chief.  She’s a feisty ADA. The one thing they have in common is arrogance.  Sparks flare when the challenging duo face off. You Can’t Always Get What You Want is the third standalone book in The Olive or Twist Saga, a steamy romantic suspense series. If you like smart characters, cops, courts, and scorching passion, then you’ll love this sizzling thrill-ride. Grab your copy of You Can’t Always Get What You Want to get hot under the collar today!

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.