College Application Responses

We’re done with Valentine Day and Super Bowl. Monday is President Day. But these are not important days for three young adults in my family.

“February 25 and 26 are the most important days of my life, Nonna,” my granddaughter declared this past weekend, her voice shaky.

This young girl who’s seventeen and two of her relatives who already turned eighteen are anxiously waiting for college application responses, the emails that would change their lives, or at least decide of their futures, and announce if they have been accepted or rejected by the colleges of their choices.

  • Review for college admission is based on:
  • Secondary School Academic Performance
  • SAT or ACT scores.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Consistent involvement throughout high school that demonstrates a student’s interests and passions, as well as how applicants contributed to their school, community and/or family.
  • The quality of thought in the admission essay.
  • Personal Background and Experiences: Students who show the potential and desire to succeed in an academic environment. Students who can be learners, leaders and thinkers.
  • No one single factor determines an admission decision.

I remembered my own children receiving the famous long-awaited letters with admission decisions from various colleges. Now everything is electronic.

So here I am, waiting and fretting with my first grandkid who is about to leave the family nest.

While the children are worried about the next steps in their lives, their parents are tabulating their bank accounts. “Do you realize how expensive colleges are now?” they often complain, conveniently forgetting that their own parents have gone through these anxious moments to pay their tuitions. “Oh, but now, fees are outrageous. They better get some scholarships to help.” Do they realize how much pressure they put on these young ones?

As a loving grandmother, I’m siding with my grandkids and praying they get accepted to the colleges of their choice, and start the next phase of their lives on the right foot.

I still have my tassels worn on graduation day caps, the yellow from Northeastern University in Boston, and the blue one for my Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. They are proudly displayed in our home office.

Wishing our young ones good luck for next week and best wishes for a successful and happy future.

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7 Lessons for 2022

We’re already into the second month of a new year, but I’m still learning from the stuff I did and didn’t do last year. Here are a few things I’ve come to recognize.

Some things will never get done, no matter how hard I push. Even though I diligently put them on a list, somehow I can’t seem to get those jobs ticked off. I’ve learned that nothing gets done before it is ordained for me to complete it – even if I fight to accept what is.

I can do anything, if I stay focused. Lists work wonderfully well for me, as long as I stick to them and actually look at them once in a while. 2021 taught me that I am a master at slaying impossible deadlines, but I’m aiming to be more focused in 2022.

Knowing when to say ‘Stop!’ Many of us would be amazed at the amount of time we waste aimlessly scrolling through social media sites. After realizing how many minutes I was using up by gawking at things that didn’t concern me, I developed the habit of saying, no more, you’re wasting time! That has been enough to get me to pull back and continue with some productive activity I should have been doing anyhow.

Stop comparing. Besides being a time suck, gazing over the fence can lead to comparison. Gee, Suzy Success is doing so well … and here I am, not even making a dot on this landscape. Comparison will steal contentment every time. I’ve tried over the past year to be more grateful. It is important to realize we’re all on different journeys and that life is a marathon and not a sprint.

Choose friends and associates with care. At times, we get caught in the trap of drifting into relationships that are not always mutually beneficial. Sometimes, it’s only when I’m in the boat and rowing like mad that I realize not everybody is moving those oars in the same direction. I’ve learned that less can be more, and synergy is super important when I’m aiming for my version of success.

And the bonus stuff I learned this year—When God says yes, no man can or will say no. I’ve proven this so many times in one year that it’s unreal and I’m grateful for the many mountains He has moved for me.

Also, even in small things, I can be a source of inspiration for others. When I don’t believe anyone sees what I’m about, a random comment reminds me that while people might not say anything most of the time, they notice what I do.  I also tell people around me to operate with a spirit of excellence. Go beyond what’s expected, even if you’re the only one who knows about it. This way of doing things has rewarded me in amazing ways. I’m sure you can say the same thing as well.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of Unforgettable Courage, be sure to do so. This #0.99 boxed set is a sweet romantic suspense deal you won’t want to miss.

Together, they’re like oil and water, but they can’t stay away from each other.

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Enjoy the rest of your week!

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)

American Heartland: Sweet Country Hearts

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American Heartland is my latest romantic theme: a collection of books that celebrate all that is both good and true across our rugged and heroic land. Desiree is the new girl in town, a sleepy hamlet in Southern Indiana. Kyle Landon’s roots run long and deep in the rich land his ancestors settled. He’s a mystery writer, a collector of stories and a teller of tales, but he has a big problem. His eldest cousin, Trey, is the big man in town and his grandmother is actively matchmaking with Desiree’s father to get her and Trey together. Kyle befriends Desiree as the groom to her horses, but as he takes on spooky trail rides into the deep, dark woods and tells her folktales of love gone by, he draws her imagination into his orbit and weaves a romance both magic and tragic: of passion, of sin, of lust, of vengeance, and sometimes … death.

Life in the past was not as sanitized as our twenty-first century sensibilities. Wars, disease, injustice, and trauma mar the lives of those who’ve gone before. From the ancient Greek dramas to the murder ballads of the old American mountain folks, man has soared to heights of heroism while confronting the darkness in his heart. The age old quest for love is a tug of war between surface pleasures and societal niceties and the frightening passions that plunge deep like a vein of coal. The question is, which would you rather have? A sanitized Disney version of love with a superficial veneer of heroism or the monster that tips your heart in a tragic balance between heaven and hell?

Admittedly, my story is not that dark and it is a sweet romance taking place in the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July festival. But check it out. It’s on sale for 99c from August 14 to August 31. [Book Link]

Is summer hot enough for you? Don’t forget to check the ABB monthly board for great books and prizes. Oh, and check out this week’s ABB newsletter where you’ll find lots of free and bargain ebooks.