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Thursday, March 26, 2020

California Dreamin' and a Vietnam Era Romance

Welcome to K.C. Sprayberry this morning, who will share some highlights of her new book, California Dreamin', with us. Thank you for stopping by!


“We are fighting a war with no front lines, since the enemy hides among the people,
 in the jungles and mountains, and uses covertly border areas of neutral countries. 
One cannot measure our progress by lines on a map.”
—General William C. Westmoreland.


Vietnam–the name of a country that still evokes strong emotions even forty-seven years after our troops left that region. For far too many people, the memories of their time there are as fresh today as they were when they were fighting in those jungles. Back home, families not only had to contend with the horrific images on nightly news reports, but also the hatred generated by the anti-war protestors.
                        
Tish says goodbye to her long-time boyfriend, Steve, hoping and praying she will see him when his thirteen months in country are over. When she’s told he’s MIA, status unknown, her world shatters. But she never gives up on him, and always believes they will one day reunite…



Excerpt from California Dreamin':

Dear Steve, I can’t say this out loud. If I do, I might start crying, and I don’t want your last sight of me for the next thirteen months to be of tears. I also don’t want you to go, but I understand that you must. Keep your head down, darling. Love you always and forever, Tish.

***
We don’t speak for most of the ride. I can’t help myself. My birthday is coming up soon but I don’t feel happy to be turning eighteen. Instead, I’m ready to cry for the rest of my life, or the thirteen months my guy, Steve Mason, is in Vietnam.

Amazon Print Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086B8FKKT/
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ-djjk2Uj0

About K.C. Sprayberry

“I have a secret… a very special secret. Perhaps you’ve heard this one before… from the time I was a child, I wanted to write stories for people to read.” K.C. Sprayberry

Former California native, K.C. Sprayberry, traveled the U.S. and Europe before finally settling in the mountains of Northwest Georgia. She’s been married to her soulmate for more than a quarter of a century and they enjoy spoiling their grandchildren along with many other activities.

Inspiration strikes at the weirdest times and drives her to grab notebook and pen to jot down her ideas. Those close to her swear nothing or no one is safe if she’s smiling gently in a corner and watching those in the same room interact. Her observations have often given her ideas for her next story, set not only in the South but wherever the characters demand they settle.

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Twitter:
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Blog:
http://outofcontrolcharacters.blogspot.com/

Spotify:
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Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5011219.K_C_Sprayberry

Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005DI1YOU

Pinterest:
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AUTHORSdB:
http://authorsdb.com/authors-directory/5230-k-c-sprayberry

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Purge

The purge!

I'm not talking about that movie or the TV show. I'm talking about cleaning up your space. I'm no Marie Kondo or Martha Stewart, but I've been trying to clear years of unused stuff from my cupboards, my closets and my life.

I don't care whether it sparks joy, like Kondo believes. I care whether I use it, whether I wear it, and whether it looks good in my home.

My sister Shauna and I also abide by the rule of Swedish Death Cleaning. With that concept, you pare down what you own so when we're no longer here, children, spouses or caregivers don't have to sort through all the junk. 

I feel lighter and tighter. Now if I could just get my body to feel the same!

Do you ever go through a purge phase? Does it make you feel better?

Friday, February 14, 2020

Dreaming of spring

Tired of the ice and snow? Have a look at a summer photo of this bee enjoying the bounty of nature. I'm ready for some warm weather! I'm dreaming of beaches, sunshine and flip flops.

How about you?

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Old dogs, new books

I got a new dog for Christmas!

Well, she's a new old dog, really. Morgan is my son Jordon's pup and she's come to stay at my house before, so she knows her way around. A boxer, she has the funniest expressions! She's 12 and has a pretty saucy and sweet personality.

Morgan, AKA "The Morganator"

Ewok, my little 14 year old poodle Shih Tzu mix isn't terribly thrilled, but they have been sisters before and they get along well.

Also, I've got a new book out! Solstice Publishing released my third title in the Wysteria Hedge Haven witch sisters saga, "Witch Tease."



It's a fun, romantic adventure about Elizabeth "Lizzie" Rose, the oldest of the seven sisters. She and her former flame, Kincaid McAllister, need to send a swarm of Scottish banshees packing in order to save her clan.

It just so happens that Kincaid is also part wulver, and when the need arises, he can transform into a wolf. At many points during their travels in the Faery Realm, his ability comes in handy. Yes, this is a fantasy romance, but sometimes isn't it great fun to set aside the realities of life and allow some magic into our worlds?

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy reading my work.



Tuesday, December 3, 2019

They Feel Alone, latest book release from K.C. Sprayberry


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0826VTQDX/


Welcome to K.C. Sprayberry who is going to share information about her latest fabulous release. You will be entertained from the beginning to the end of this book, available in print and e-format!

"They Feel Alone" K.C. Sprayberry

Memories of the past and present take Cali Hinton on a special journey of discovery. She needs to release the past and reconcile with the present.

Dex Marino sees a woman and remembers her as a teenager. He has plans to renew their relationship, even if she isn’t willing.

Brad Mason still grieves the loss of his wife and child on 9/11. After meeting Cali, he learns how to release the sadness.

The holidays often bring the saddest of memories. Can Cali stop a predator from her past and prove her worth to her family? Will Dex understand the girl he nearly destroyed can no longer be conquered? Will Brad discover the magic of this special woman?             Click for Book Trailer 
  
About K.C. Sprayberry
  
“I have a secret… a very special secret. Perhaps you’ve heard this one before… from the time I was a child, I wanted to write stories for people to read. “ K.C. Sprayberry

Former California native, K.C. Sprayberry traveled the U.S. and Europe before finally settling in the mountains of Northwest Georgia. She’s been married to her soulmate for more than a quarter of a century and they enjoy spoiling their grandchildren along with many other activities.

Inspiration strikes at the weirdest times and drives her to grab notebook and pen to jot down her ideas. Those close to her swear nothing or no one is safe if she’s smiling gently in a corner and watching those in the same room interact. Her observations have often given her ideas for her next story, set not only in the South but wherever the characters demand they settle.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Who's the dishwasher whisperer in your house?

It was recently brought to my attention that I'm a fool when it comes to loading my dishwasher.

According to the hubs, there is a right and a wrong way to load and unload the contraption.

Since I am the inquisitive type, I Googled it. Rest easy, sports fans--there are YouTube tutorials!
God bless America, I'm saved from the dark side.

There are right and wrong ways to load. Really? Like, I've been doing it all wrong for 40 years? Be still my heart.

I'll share a few tips:

Todays dishwashers don't require a pre rinse, so they say. With no food particles on dishes, soap attacks the items, leaving spots on glasses and cracks on plates.

I beg to differ--I still like to rinse off the gunk.

The top rack is for glasses, soup bowls and large utensils. The bottom rack is for plates, (facing toward center) then pots and pans. Place knives down in the silverware baskets, so no one gets an ouchie whilst unloading, which is another topic.

For unloading, start with the bottom rack first and sort items as you go (no kidding?) Supposedly the proper loading of a dishwasher makes it easier for the proper unloading. Wow, I have chills running up and down my spine!

Well, now I have received an education about the proper way to work with a dishwasher. News flash--Mom handled the task without a tutorial or without my hubs griping at her.

Since my sisters and I learned from Mom, with her guidance, we instinctively knew the right way from the wrong way.

Regardless of my recent dishwasher education, hubs still likes to give me crap about how I conduct DW duty.

Guess who does the job now?

You got it! Hubs has been ordained Head Dishwasher Guru. He's retired, so he's got the time--plus, he does the job brilliantly.

Am I right?


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Steve Jobs, classroom success!

Today, I saw a short article about entepreneur Steve Jobs that made me stop and ponder what exactly drives people to achieve their dreams.

Jobs had very supportive parents. His mother taught him to read at an early age and he became bored in school, therefore, he said he became the terror of his classroom. He credited his fourth-grade teacher with understanding him and setting him on a pathway of learning.

His expectations were high and he challenged himself, along with those around him, to dream big and work hard to achieve. An inspirational man, he  learned about the world by questioning and exploring his interests.

Jobs was born in February, 1955. His family and the world lost him in October, 2011.

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something--your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."  --Steve Jobs

For more information about Steve Jobs and his incredible journey, go to: