DRAGONBRIDE Cover reveal

kelihasablog:

Check out my friend Raani’s new book BRAGONBRIDE. The cove is absolutely AMAZING (in my opinion)… Congratulations Raani! <3 it !!

Originally posted on raaniyork:

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Do you remember the DRAGONBRIDE announcement? We’re getting closer!

DRAGONBRIDE is the first book of my Trilogy “The Dragon Chronicles”.

You can see the DRAGONBRIDE trailer here:

http://youtu.be/-WVQPcLc2Lk

Or visit my personal Website: http://www.raaniyork.com/, where you will be able to watch it as you open the Site.

DRAGONBRIDE is planned to be published September 25, 2014.

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But for now, let’s talk about the cover of DRAGONBRIDE:

It was hard to get the DRAGONBRIDE cover. I was searching for an artist for a long time. I met someone who said he could do it. He was recommended by a friend and I was happy and agreed for him to try. The suggestions he made were all right – but they did not meet neither my needs nor did he stick to the descriptions of the protagonist. I was quite disappointed and decided to “call it quits” and look for someone else.

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Self-Publishing Expenses Gone Wild!

kelihasablog:

Great information for my writer friends from my genius friend Chris! :D

Originally posted on chrismcmullen:

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SELF-PUBLISHING EXPENSES

One of the major benefits of self-publishing is that you can do it (virtually) for FREE.

And, if you set a reasonable list price, the royalty rates are very high.

So with high royalties and minimal costs, if you can stimulate any sales at all, you should easily make something.

There is very little risk.

However, the number of authors who are investing big $$$ in self-publishing and who are losing big $$$ because their self-publishing expenses greatly outweigh their profits is staggering.

HOW MUCH DOES SELF-PUBLISHING COST?

It can cost next to nothing:

  • Zero set-up fees at print-on-demand indie publishing companies like CreateSpace.
  • Zero set-up fees at most major e-book publishing services like Kindle Direct Publishing, Nook, and Kobo.
  • Minimal cost to order one or more printed proofs for paperback books.

If it costs you next to nothing, you don’t…

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Football, Pet Peeves, & Growing older all with Humor

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Needless to say, I got this from a friend on Facebook…. and NO, I do NOT Twitter……

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Have you ever tried to hold in a giggle or a smile?

It’s really harder than you might think.

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My outside animals do this to me every morning…. No sleeping late at my house….

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Now THIS is MY kind of cat!  :D

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It’s finally FRIDAY!!!!!!  Yippee….

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I’ve thought several times this week to try to take the time to write something in my blog….  What can I say?  I’ve spent 4 days out of 5 with my mom… which have been nice days, but as my kids tell me….” there are times mom when you act like Grand-mother”… OH MY GOSH, while I love my mom 100%, there are several “habits” or “behaviors” that accompany her personality that I REALLY don’t want to have.  I begged my kids to tell me cuz I really don’t want to drive them crazy when I get older.  Yikes……

What if I fall?

(I just love this picture, have no idea where it came from, but it’s perfect in my opinion!)

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They were NO help what so ever….. Sooooo, I thought I’d just post blurbs, pet peeves, photography, and favorite posters.

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Just in case any of you wanted to know about Blood Pressure numbers…..

(My mom has Orthostatic blood-pressure…..  Where you BP changes depending if you’re sitting, standing, or laying down.  It’s annoying, and can be tricky cuz it can easily cause one to loose consciousness or blackout.

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This I would LOVE to do so I could honk at all those idiots who NEVER use their BLINKERS! They are NOT  optional, they are put there FOR A REASON! This is obviously a pet peeve since I spend way too much time waiting for cars in the other lane, coming toward me, to pass me so I can turn left.  If I KNEW they were gonna turn left I could have surely made the turn without incident.

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Just because I love my country, even though I do sometimes disagree with some (okay, the majority) of our leaders.  But then, since I don’t get the money they’re paid…. I try to be “Concerned” about things instead of “Worrying” about things, especially if it’s something I cannot change.

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Fairy Tales - Einstein

This is SO true!  You would be amazed at how many kids come to school without ever having heard a single fairytale.  The have distinct problems trying to use their imagination to write “pretend” stories….

They just have NO imagination!

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It’s good to set a few GROUND RULES in a relationship before diving in!

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Life is a memory about to happen

Life is filled with Memories….. Try to make as many GOOD ones as you can.  One day they will be all that’s left.

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Do NOT let yourself JUDGE others!

You never know what they’re going through at home, work, in their personal life, or faith.

Everyone is NOT the same…. Only those who live in glass houses can throw stones.

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Well, I’m going to go READ and enjoy my evening.

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Tomorrow is FOOTBALL…. yeah…

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Go Big Blue (Univ. of Michigan) – my hubby

Go Yellow Jackets (Georgia Tech) – my father

Go Dogs (Univ. of Georgia) – too many people in the family to list…LOL

Go Tigers – Auburn – (my sister)

Go Game Cocks – University of South Carolina – my son & his wife… my daughter for Masters

I’m probably leaving someone out but…..

My favorite NFL is The Detroit Lions…. CALVIN JOHNSON aka MEGATRON is my absolute favorite.

(Nope, never met him, but he played for Ga. Tech, and he always seems so level headed in interviews.)

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HOPE EVERYONE HAS A WONDERFUL WEEKEND & A GREAT WEEK NEXT WEEK!

“A Message to ISIS for 9/11: We Will Stand Up and Defend America” copyright 2014, John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator

Originally posted on Texas Poetry:

My Concealed Carry Gun, a Ruger P90, a semi-auto 45,  copyright 2014 John J. Rigo

My Concealed Carry Gun, a Ruger P90, a semi-auto 45, copyright 2014 John J. Rigo

Of all the civilized countries in the world, the population of the United States has the most well-armed  citizens in the world.  We have something in the Constitution of the United States called the Second Amendment that allows us to be so armed. 

9/11 is a day of sorrow for our nation in remembering the almost 3,000 innocent Americans that were killed by terrorist.  9/11 is also a day, that we as American citizens can demonstrate our will to stand up and defend our country from the likes of killers such as the evil face of ISIS.

My wife and I have had concealed carry licenses for almost 15 years.  We are both proficient in handling a semi-automatic pistol.  This coming 9/11 we will be insuring our carry that day.  Any terrorist involved in attempting a terrorist act in our presence will be…

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Life’s Broken promises, Black & White and head on a pike?

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I purposely haven’t written a blog for a while because I don’t like being so negative about things. Perhaps it’s periodic depression mixed in with the ups and downs of regular life… Who knows….

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“To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” ~ Confucius

Today I found out that many hospitals and doctors now have a FEE for just walking in the door.  Often, that is imposed on the patients (us) not always by the doctor’s choice, but often by the “Corporate” or “Conglomeration” of Hospitals & Doctor’s offices, Therapy hospitals, etc. that are grouped together under one “Heading” or whatever name they choose for their umbrella of services.  So I’m not meaning to be rude or disrespectful when I say, “Thanks a lot Obama”.

Due to Obamacare, my monthly premiums tripled, my cancer medication is $550 a month for just that one prescription (I have several others, a few over $100 a month) and I DID get to keep my Oncologist (cancer doctor) but I did not get to keep my Insurance policy with United. “The powers that be”, decided to shift all of the state employees to Blue Cross Blue Shield.  We had no choice between companies as we have always had before for the last 37 or so years that I can remember.  We did however get to choose which level… Gold, Silver or Bronze, which of course relates directly to however much your policy covers or will pay.

Having Gold…. I knew I’d have to begin paying “co-pays” which I have never had to pay before, and the costs I pay for my prescriptions will not go toward my deductible, as they did before…. but now I have to pay $45.00 co-pay to see my Cancer doctor (Oncologist) per visit, plus a $200 dollar fee for WALKING INTO THE BUILDING, so consequently, I will be paying $250 each time I have to go to see my cancer doctor.  Sounds like they just would like for those of us with pre-existing or dire conditions just go on and die off.  Looking at their numbers, it’s more cost effective I’m sure.

Now I know there are so many people there who are financially worse off than I am (I at least have a husband who still works) and I’m thinking of all these extra costs that they will have to now pay. Perhaps Medicare will help some of them with part of the costs, but then there are many, like me, who aren’t old enough to qualify for Medicare.

So I guess I need Obama to tell me specifically how he helped me “keep my doctor, and at the same time, lowered the price of my insurance by $2,400 a year with Obama care”,  Not to even mention, the whole “Pre-existing Conditions” part that was suppose to be helpful.  I have talked to ONE person who said it had helped his wife, so I know there will be instances where it has helped, but before….. anyone that went to the emergency room… had to be treated whether or not they had insurance.  The rest of us absorbed that extra cost. I agree some people need help and I don’t mind helping those who can’t help themselves, but being forced to pay for those who CHOOSE to not even TRY to help themselves is another matter entirely.

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I won’t even go into the “Hospitalist”, instead of having your own doctor come to the hospital, you get a “Hospitalist”… someone you don’t know, who doesn’t know your history, come in and try to treat you for what they see at the moment…. but 4 or 5 days later, they rotate off and you get a NEW Hospitalist or Physician’s Assistant (Who is actually lower on the pay scale/knowledge scale than my daughter who is a Certified Nurse Practioner – Went to medical school for about 8 years…. Each state may have different requirements for these degrees or what they can or can’t do).

Oh well, enough of that ….

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“I am free, no matter what rules surround me…. I am free because I know that I alone am
morally responsible for everything I do.” ~ Robert Heinlein

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My thoughts as to having videos of two Americans having their heads cut off posted on the internet?  They were journalist, not “warriors”… to me (in my opinion) that is like trying to compare apples to oranges. I’m pretty sure they did that just because they were Americans, to try to “shame” the President or the Country, but I’m afraid they don’t realize just how angry American’s can be, once riled up.  Sort of like poking a rattle snakes nest I guess.  There is nothing that brings American’s together faster than “non-political” issues they see as wrong.  I could be wrong….  Actually, as you know, our President is not on my Christmas card list, however….. I do respect the fact that he says publicly that he/we have no “plan” on what to do or that we need to “manage” terrorists…. since I feel it is rather stupid to tell them exactly what your plans ARE before you act. (I’m praying he DOES have a plan but is just not planning to expose that plan until AFTER it’s done) Perhaps that is the reasoning behind the actions…. to have people demand what he’s going to do about it… In my opinion, that is what got us into this trouble in the first place…. announcing beforehand what we planned to do strategy wise, for example announcing a withdrawal date, but then, I’m no military expert. Seems to me like there is a question as to if these “people” have grown through out history or are still living in the Middle Ages where people were beheaded more often than not. Just saying… It makes me wonder…

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“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.” ~ Chester W. Nimitz

I wonder about any religion/society even, that demeans women to such a degree as being worthless, can’t vote, can’t even go out into public alone, can’t go to school to learn to read and write (they might actually become intelligent I guess) when they (the women) are the very ones who sustain their (the men’s) lives. The women cook and have babies (oh yippee… yes, I’m being sarcastic) but then I’m told in their “Heaven” or it’s equivalent in their religion, they get a million (I don’t really know the number) virgins as their reward for getting there.  Well…..  You can only be a virgin once, so what happens when they aren’t virgins anymore?  Do they get kicked to the curb or thrown out of the heavenly spot? Perhaps that is why some cultures allow grown men to marry children…. cuz you’re only a virgin once… (they’d probably be hard pressed here to find too many virgins over the age of 11 or so… sorry parents, don’t freak out… but it’s true. Kids don’t tell you, but many, many, many, become sexually active by that age) As I said… I just wonder about these things… why people do the things they do, what drives them to make that particular choice or what drives them to do whatever it is they do… Do they face trial and difficulties or do they just stick their heads in the sad and wish for good results?

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“It is better to believe than to disbelieve.
In so doing, you bring everything to the realm of possibility.” ~ Albert Einstein

Oh the home front, almost everything is going well… Every life has hiccups now and then, but over all… I’m happy to be alive, in this body, in this house (though I would like to move soon), with my children, my pets, my grand-daughter, and with my husband (even though he can be a pill sometimes…LOL). I’ve thought about trading him in on occasion, but if I did, I’d have to get a fish, and they don’t cook or cut the grass… LOL.

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“Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong” ~ Unknown

We are still waiting to see what might or might not happen on the legal front… Of course there is the Civil and Criminal side of things that have to be done separately, so I’ve given the lawyer everything I have and hope to be able to settle the dispute without having to go to trial. (I keep giving that over to God to handle, but slip occasionally and begin to worry, then shove it back in His direction, LOL)

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I found a great black and white photo program that I wanted and downloaded the trial version, but of course I have a Mac OS  X  10.6.8 and it needs a Mac OS  X 10.8  ….. ARGGGG  I DO NOT want to buy a new computer right now… Dear Santa…. KElizabeth needs a new Mac computer for Christmas….LOL.  Guess I’ll just have to wait LOL.

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Supposedly haunted Poogan's Porch, Charleston S. C.

Supposedly haunted Poogan’s Porch, Charleston S. C.

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(Photos above were taken by myself unless otherwise noted)

“That you may retain your self-respect,

it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right,

than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.”

~William J. H. Boetcker

A comedy of errors, a study of weird photography…. LOL

You know….. most people are striving to get a certain type of picture when they are shooting their camera…. I’m not unlike  the rest..LOL, however…. I hate reading the directions on how to use the cameras because the writing is so tiny and I have such a short attention span that I find myself “drifting off” and forgetting what I’ve read…  I just thought I’d post a couple of funny pictures I’ve taken… The first two are of the same waterfall with different settings…. The last one looks like a ghost floating along, but it’s suppose to be fireworks… LOL

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Seriously??? Ask yourself …….

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, Live the life you’ve imagined.” ~David Thoreau

I wonder if it’s true that if you have high expectations for your self, or your children, success would be much more likely, gaining more confidence and having a more successful chance of achieving your goal. Does it simulate the self-full-filling prophecy – if you don’t think you are able to succeed, then you probably won’t be successful. It seems to me that most people generally achieve close to their own expectations if they honestly do their best, along with trying to dismiss any negativity, from others… including your own family.

Believe in your dreams and goals of success! If you are able to truly convince yourself to go after your dream, dream BIG. Provided you supply your own efforts, and don’t stand by and wait for someone else to “give” you everything, you will be much more likely to reach and accomplish those big dreams. First you must decide on your goal, then decide how you will attempt to go about achieving it. Taking something from others, will not satisfy that inner feeling you have that supplies contentment. You put a higher value on things you have worked to achieve in life. Waiting for your government, parents, or other’s, to supply what you want or need, only emboldens the “Entitlement” society. (Those who want everything in life given to them for free just because they want it. I wonder if they have ever thought about what is going to happen when the “suppliers” run out of money? Does anyone really believe that the world will one day have total equality? You need “achievers” to fund the “Non-Achievers & the Entitled”.

Seriously, if you see that everyone in your neighborhood, and all the other neighborhoods for that matter, have exactly what you have, what you’ve worked so hard to achieve, without them even raising a hand, breaking a sweat, or exerting ANY type of behavior to be “rewarded with” what you have And yet, they somehow seem to continue to be“given” all they think they need to “survive”… or to be equal with you. You get a loaf of bread from the store, pay for it, and get home only to see a truck going through your neighborhood giving everyone a loaf of bread so all will be equal… how long would you continue to work, sacrifice for your family and children, only so that “others” could have what you’ve worked so hard for? Seriously now….. how is that gonna work????

Does no one ever ponder this besides me????

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There can never by equality for everyone, there will always be “someone making decisions as to what you can or cannot have, no matter what YOU wish. You WILL have “A Controller”…. There will ALWAYS be at least one person, if not several, who see themselves as “The Rockstar”, “The BIG Leader”, the person who is better and smarter than you, the one who has the right to tell you what you can and cannot eat…. what you can and cannot drive, what medicines you can and cannot have… regardless of if you need that drug to survive, which doctor you WILL have to go to because they have forced out all the others who refused to agree to work hard every day and yet, are only able to be the same as those who do not work. Why should they work? Who can explain that?

It reminds me of those who continue to spend money THEY DO NOT HAVE….. I was shocked to hear a student who had gone to college by getting “Student Loans” actually say, to a reporter, that they feel they should not have to pay those back. Either they did not understand the concept of what a loan is, or they believe money falls from the sky.

As the Queen of Alice in Wonderland said, “If you don’t know your destination, any road will take you there.” That seems to me that without vision and direction, you will always be lost in the sea of your own life. Your direction, in my opinion, comes from within, your hope and dreams and visions of what you want to be your destiny.

Are you honestly willing to work toward(for) that goal/dream? Do you have that “feeling” inside of you of “Satisfaction or Pride” whenever you do well?

There will always be “Right” and “Wrong” in life…. occasionally, you may run into that “gray” area where the line between the two seems to be somewhat blurred or distorted. You can’t decide, you face doubt and question yourself or your intentions. You cannot live “ON TOP OF THE FENCE” hoping you won’t have to make a decision, possibly hurt someone’s feelings, or actually decide to do something only to find out later that as it turns out, you chose the “Wrong” fork in the road, made a decision that at the time seemed to be the right one, only later to find it was not. Are you willing to ever accept SELF-RESPONSIBILITY ???? To accept the consequences of your decisions, be they GOOD or BAD? Just wondering?????

“Doing what is right is the greatest gift you can give.” ~ R. Bennett

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I have a print of this particular picture by Michael Parks hanging in my house.

The longer you look at it, the more you see. 

 

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