Sunday, August 31, 2014

#Sunday #Snippet: The Knight of the Dixie Wilds


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About The Knight of the Dixie Wilds:

Buck Tyler, a man on the run…
With hope of a new beginning, Buck and his family relocate from Mississippi to Texas, after the Civil War ends. The United Sates is rebuilding, and military law has been instilled. He learns to defend himself and his family, against the tyrants of the new country, and finds himself on the wrong side of the law.

Maggie…
Dark skinned, yodeling Maggie, as good with a gun and a horse as any man, is Buck’s childhood friend. Simply, uneducated, and in love with Buck, she watches him grow from a boy to a man while hoping and waiting for the time he returns her love.

Kate…
Fair skinned, innocent Kate comes into Buck’s life unexpectedly and captures his attention immediately. Delicate and na├»ve, her innocence is captivating. He becomes her protector, coming to her rescue in the wild woods, but is held at a distance due to his transgressions. She swears is love for him until Buck’s personal enemy drives a wedge between them, and he leaves the country.

A timeless story…
A harrowing adventure based on true events, Buck is plagued by the uncertainty of survival as he faces battles, death, betrayal and sorrows. Will his acts against the law keep him from home forever? If he is able to return, will he win the heart of the one he loves? Or will she choose a life without him?

Snippet:

The second day after Buck met May Castle, he found himself waiting impatiently for the afternoon to come. Absence from the entrancing girl had increased his desire to be with her again. He also felt an urge to appear as attractive as possible when they met again, if indeed she cared enough for him to come.

He scraped the mud off his boots and tightened his hatband, which lately had become slack and allowed the brim to droop. He sewed a button on his shirt when he found one missing.

Using a gourd of clear water as a mirror, he discovered a thin, downy coat of fuzz on his chin and quarter of an inch growth on his upper lip. He had no razor, so there was nothing he could do about that.

At about four o’clock in the afternoon, he climbed his lookout tree and scanned the open places in the nearby swamp.

His heart beat faster when he saw May ride slowly into one of the openings about half a mile away.

The Knight of the Dixie Wilds is available on kindle, and in paperback. 

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Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

#Sunday #Snippet On Top of the Rainbow


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About:

Five year old Gabe runs away from home. While in the forest, he meets Lep and Elita. After answering a riddle, he climbs a rainbow. On Top of the Rainbow, Gabe must choose to cross over to a land of delight or go back to his family.

Come visit with Gabe, Lep, and Elita as they discover the importance of facing your problems and not running away.


Snippet:

Gabe crept up to take a closer look. He noticed the critter had purple shoes, blue pants that stopped at the ankle, and a brow shirt with orange suspenders. Its arms were long and had bony fingers. Beside the critter sat a huge black pot filled to the brim with shiny gold coins. Gabe’s eyes grew large at the sight. Curious to see more, he tiptoes towards the pot.



On Top of the Rainbow is available on Kindle, in paperback and on audio (Audible and Itunes). It has also been translated into Spanish and is currently available in kindle, and will be available in audio (Audible and ITunes) by September 15, 2014. 



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Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 


Saturday, August 23, 2014

#Writing for Successful Publication


Before he worked as Director of Marketing for iUniverse's parent company Author Solutions, Keith Ogorek was an aspiring author. He developed six tips for successfully publishing your book:

Set a date you want to hold a finished copy of your book – Before you start, pick a date on which you want to hold the first copy of your completed book. Choose a significant day like your 50th birthday; your wedding anniversary or a day that coincides with a life event like a speaking engagement.

Pay attention to the best time/place for writing productively – Pay attention to the time and place that allows you to do your most productive writing. One author found that he worked best in the morning, stating that he could get more done in the hour between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. than he could in the three hours between 2 and 5 p.m.

Set a schedule that will allow you to hit your target date – So you’ve decided that you work best late at night. Block off that time as YOUR time for writing and stick to it to keep your self publishing goal. Make writing just another part of your daily routine, like eating breakfast or taking a shower.

Make yourself accountable to someone for finishing your book – Designate someone who will hold you accountable for reaching your goal. It can be a friend or family member; or someone familiar with the process. For example, Publishing Service Associates at iUniverse have served in this role for thousands of authors. A firm but gentle hand can be all the encouragement you need to stay on track.

Have a plan for promoting your book once it’s finished – This can serve two purposes. First and foremost, from a practical standpoint marketing your book effectively can be the most important step in getting it into the hands of thousands of interested readers. Secondly, as a creative person, cooking up innovative and exciting ways for promoting your book once it’s completed can drive you to remain focused on the job at hand. iUniverse offers many options for helping authors push their books to the masses.

Plan an event to celebrate the book’s completion – For many authors, writing and publishing a book is one of the greatest accomplishments of their lives. Celebrate this feat. Throw a launch party at your home for friends and family. Give out copies of your book to those who’ve inspired you. This is more than a book, it's part of your legacy. Take a few moments to pat yourself on the back and enjoy your achievement.

 For additional tips on writing and publishing, please visit Keith Ogorek's Indie Book Writers Blog.




Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 



Thursday, August 21, 2014

#History: Sack and Rule


Sweet wines went by the name of “sack” in the early days, and a “rule” for making Sack Posset appeared in the New York Gazette of February 13, 1744:

“A Receipt for All Young Ladies That Are Going to be Married to Make a Sack Posset”
From famed Barbadoes on the Western main
Fetch sugar, half a pound; fetch sack from Spain
A pint; and from the Eastern Indian Coast
Nutmeg, the glory of our Northern toast.
O’er flaming coals together let them heat
Till the all-conquering sack dissolves the sweet.
O’er such another fire, set eggs, twice ten,
Newborn from the crowing cock and clucking hen;
Stir them with a steady hand and conscience pricking
To see the untimely end of twenty chicken.
From shining shelf take down your brazen skillet.
A quart of milk from gentle cow will fill it
When boiled and cooked, put milk and sack to egg,
Unite them firmly like the triple league,
Then covered close, together let them dwell
Till Miss Twice sings; you must not kiss and tell.
Each lad and lass snatch up their murdering spoon
And fall on fiercely like a starved dragon.

Nutmeg was the favorite flavoring for the flips, slings, and bounces that gladdened Colonial hearts. A nutmeg tied with ribbon was a treasured gift, and many people carried their own pocket sized nutmeg boxes, complete with a miniature grater. Thus “the exquisite traveler could always be sure of a dainty, flavored wine.” Elegant nutmeg boxes came in Battersea enamel, with graters of silver.


Information contributed by authors Leslie Dorsey and Janice Devine in the book Fare Thee Well


Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Author K Meador Book Signing December 6th in Bethany, Oklahoma

6740 NW 39th Expressway Bethany, Oklahoma 73008
appletree@coxinet.net

Today, I went shopping to the local stores. I encountered this one run by Carol and Shatzy. Shoot them an email and tell them hello and where you are emailing them from!

Anyway, as I was talking with them I asked them about a book signing and so here it is:

You are invited!

Where: Apple Tree Antique Gallery

When: December 6th 2014

Time: 9 am until 6 pm.

Why? Because Christmas is right around the corner.

In addition, if you will join my facebook even that I created for this event, you could win a free ebook or audio book of mine and some fellow authors. Facebook Link

I am looking forward to interacting with you!



Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 


 
  




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Vintage book with #audio...


   Vintage books 

   with Audio.....


Today, I was shopping at a used book store. When I walked in the store I took a deep breath inhaling the scent of ink posted to paper. It was the best smell ever. Yes, I am a book lover. As I walked past rows and rows of books from floor to ceiling, I didn’t want to have to leave….ever. But I did, and I wound up going to another store and then, yet, another.

And hidden in the midst of several stores and thousands of books was the one that caught my eye. It was published in the early 1900’s and what surprised me the most about this find that I could not afford, was the record that was situated in between its pages.

Could you say this was the first attempt at adding audio to books? It wasn’t an audio of the book, but an addition. Speeches. Was the publishing company looking forward to the time when books would be available in audio or was this a fluke? I don’t know but I couldn’t resist taking pictures of the book and record that I couldn’t afford. J

Moving on into the present day, are you a reader? Do you listen to audio books? Are you an author? Have you considered putting your books to audio?

I have recently journeyed down the path of audio with my books. Thanks to the electronic industry and the world wide web, I was able to put six of my books on audio by the end on September 2014.

Their Journey Begins is an historical anthology. Click here for Audible. Click here for ITunes.

Transcendence is spiritual poetry. Click here for Audible. Click here for ITunes. 

On Top of the Rainbow is for children. Click here for Audible. Click here for ITunes.

Encima Del Arco Iris is for children. (coming soon)

Princess Alexia and the Dragon is for children.   Click here  for Audible. Click here for ITunes

La Princesa y el Dragon is for children.(coming soon)



All will be available both on Audible and ITunes by the end of September 2014. Their Journey Begins, Transcendence, On Top of the Rainbow, and Princess Alexia and the Dragon is available now.  



Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

#History Who said: He stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk


With the United States in a uproar about illegal immigrants, I thought I would present some facts about the Civil War period. It was a time in history that brought out the worst and the best in people. In addition, it was a time when unsung heroes emerged.



Question: How many soldiers who fought in the civil war were immigrants?


Answer: One-third and nearly one in ten was African American.




Question: What was the pay scale for soldiers?

Answer: White soldiers earned 13$ a month with officers making more. Negro Soldiers earned 10$ a month and were charged a $3 monthly fee for clothing. In September 1864, Negro soldiers persuaded Congress to fix the pay scale and made it retroactive from time of their service.

          
         
Question: Who is Harriet Tubman?

         
Answer: an escaped slave who led others to the Underground Railroad prior to the War. She taught freed slave women skills that earned them wages in the Union Army. Soon, she became a spy for the North.



Quote by Harriet Tubman:

"I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me into the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land."







        
Question: Two years prior to Lincoln being assassinated, there was an attempt on his life – How?

          
Answer: August 1863, Lincoln rode to his summer residence alone. Close to the residence a guard heard a gunshot and Lincoln galloped into the compound without his hat on. Two soldiers went to the area where he heard the gunshot and retrieved his hat which had a bullet hole in it.



       
 Question: What was the great Union General, William Tecumseh Sherman, demoted for?
       
Answer: Apparent Insanity. In October 1861, he told US Secretary of War that he needed 60,000 men to defend his territory and 200,000 to go on the offensive. The US Secretary of War thought the request was “insane” and removed him from command. In a letter to his brother, William Sherman wrote: “I do think I should have committed suicide were it not for my children. I do not think that I can again be trusted with command." 

However, in Feb 1862, Sherman was reassigned under Ulysses S. Grant who did not see insanity buy competence. 

The two became friends and General Sherman once said, “General Grant is a great general. He stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk; and now, sir, we stand by each other always.




Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated.