Come on now… is climate change really REAL??

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For many years I’ve had this ongoing discussion with neighbors, acquaintances, and friends, and many have argued that what’s been happening in our world is just the normal cycle of the planet’s climate. That we’ve always had changes in our weather, and maybe we shouldn’t freak out over this natural occurrence.

Me being a stubborn… ahhh lady 😊 I would make a rude sound and get right in their face, reminding them that being interested is not… “freaking out”.

SERIOUSLY!!??

I’d point out that having a record of ‘this or that’ is fine, accepted, and not something to worry about. But when the last 18 out of 20 years shows a total rise in normal temperatures, pretty much across the globe, then to me… that is a TREND. And a trend is not something we want to see happening this quickly. If these weather changes were to occur over hundreds, even thousands of years…. No biggie. Right??

But that’s not what is happening, is it? These changes have been transpiring much faster than even our maligned scientists have predicted. They said there’d be consequences. They warned us.

And they were right. It scares the living bejesus out of me. Oh, not so much for myself as I’m in my twilight years. But what about my son, my daughter, their kids, and those beautiful little babies being born in the world today? Who’s going to protect them? 

Who’s going to keep our world safe for them?

My son says I’m Mrs. Doomsday. He’s probably right. But I have a heat pump in my house and when our temperatures hit the unfamiliar high ranges again this summer as it did last year… and when he comes over to cool off, I’ll remind him of my fears. 😊

Mrs. Doomsday – bah!!

In my book called “Dear Hottie” I couldn’t help myself… I did add in a weather anomaly just because they’re…. well…. real!

Link for book: Amazon International https://mybook.to/dearhottie

Family memories and secrets #RachelleAyala @Mimisgang1 #mgtab

Have you ever been amazed at family get togethers on how a single event you vividly remember is entirely different in another family member’s memory? Or how stories are not the way you remembered? Or even that you’ve reinterpreted some happening now with the distance of wisdom and experience?

These questions are ever present for me as I am now a grandmother and asked to write down memories in a book for my granddaughter. I most certainly want to present her with as much “truth” as I know or am aware of, but I’m afraid I cannot capture everything outside of my perspective. I recently read a memoir of an author who was shocked that the stories her parents told her were not what she uncovered in their paperwork, and I realized the fragility of childhood memories when research showed that many more people during world war II reported unexploded bombs dropped into their homes, even in regions with no aerial bombing.

Is it because we are suggestable people? Especially as children where we’ve heard a story and then believe it to have happened to ourselves? I know that’s the case in our family where our children to this day claim things that happened to them but we “know” were things that happended to us when we were kids and we told about them. Could it be that “dog bite” story was actually transmitted from great-grandfather to grandfather to father to son, and none of them had actually been bitten? This question has haunted me as I recall my mom’s wartime stories and witness my children thinking certain things happened to them exactly like described in a time and place they didn’t exist.

As a writer, these mismatched family memories are fertile grounds for stories, especially those in which a child was lied to their entire life. In my latest book, Going to Find Love, Penny Barnes has a big shock when she finds out her religious parents lied to her by omitting her adoption and then denying it. What are they covering up? Compelled to find the truth, Penny leaves everything behind, including her high school sweetheart, to find the answers long denied her.

I know how she feels because I know real life people who have had a similar shock [too close for me to reveal who] of finding out they weren’t who they thought they were. I hope these musings will encourage you to dig into your memories, old pictures, and documents to make a sense of your past to reexamine and preserve what you hope is closest to the truth.

Going to Find Love by Rachelle Ayala

Penny Barnes has never left home. She’s a pastor’s daughter, has a long time boyfriend, and is a hometown sweetheart. Her fairytale life is upended when she discovers she’s adopted.

Excited by the discovery of a genetic match, Penny is lured to a distant town with secrets of its own. She meets another lonely young woman who has more questions than answers. Her adoptive parents disappear. She runs into roadblocks and dead-ends, and someone powerful is determined to stop her from finding the truth.

Mike drops everything to find Penny as she digs through old secrets. When disaster strikes, will Penny leave everyone she loves behind—including her hometown sweetheart or find love on her own terms? [Pre-order Going to Find Love for 99c]

Celebrating the Season

What is your favorite holiday to celebrate? Is it Christmas, when everything around us is sparkling lights, mistletoe, and evergreen? Or is it New Year, where you get to toast to new beginnings? What about Memorial Day, where everyone is ready for the sun and sand of the summer?

Personally, I’m a Memorial Day and 4th of July kind of girl. Celebrating freedom and spending time remembering those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for that freedom. Plus, I’m totally a summer sun person!

Several years ago, I wrote a book called, Tangled in Tinsel. It was a sweet little Christmas romance, and one of my readers told me that she loved the little town of Celebration that it was set in. She said it would be so awesome to have a series there.

I thought that was a great idea too, and thanks to her, Tangled in Tinsel became the first of a thirteen books series!!

Celebration Township is made for family, friends, falling in love, and don’t forget celebrating the holidays. The first twelve books bring two people onto center stage as they overcome odds and figure out what their futures may hold. There is laughter, love, romance, and even suspense when you join these couples as they each find a happily ever after over a holiday. The thirteenth book brings all twelve couples, and even a few special guests, into final focus as the first couple in Tangled in Tinsel prepares for their wedding one year after they met.


Tangled in Tinsel, Book 1 (Christmas) – Download this one for FREE!
Tears to Cheers, Book 2 (New Year’s)
Heathens to Hearts, Book 3 (Valentines)
Rainbows bring Riches, Book 4 (St. Patrick’s Day)
Sweet as Sugar, Book 5 (Easter)
Making Mom Mad, Book 6 (Mother’s Day)
Sparklers or Spankings, Book 7 (Memorial Day)
Raffles to Rattles, Book 8 (Father’s Day)
Flirting with Fireworks, Book 9 (4th of July)
Working with Wheels, Book 10 (Labor Day)
Masquerading at Midnight, Book 11 (Halloween)
Blessings & Beans, Book 12 (Thanksgiving)
Velvet & Vows, Book 13 (Christmas one year later)

The End of a Series

During my ten years of writing, I have written over 70 books, but there is something very special about publishing the final book in a series.

On Friday, September 10th, I published Bradley. It was the sixth and final book in the Loving a Young Series. A series that helps six siblings find their forever loves.

I can’t quite remember how I got the idea for the series, but once I started writing Wesley, Book 1, the rest of the series just flew right onto the pages. Some stories can be difficult to write, but all six of these books practically wrote themselves.

It’s important when I write the final book to make sure that I give updates on the rest of the couples so that readers can see how happy they are all doing, and what their lives are like now. Writing a series that deals with siblings, made this particular last book easier in that regard.

Since they are all related, they are constantly being seen from one book to the next, so tying up the loss ends for this series was easy. I know some of my readers were sad that the series was over, but happily, it’s not the end of the Young’s, because you will see them again when the spin-off series, Loving a Winston, starts publishing next year.

If you love to binge read an entires series, now you can with the Loving A Young series on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.