Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Thanksgiving Day Story


It’s a Thanksgiving Day Story
            (To the tune of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”)

On Thanksgiving morning, when all through the house, every creature was stirring, or whirring, or thumping and dashing.

The turkey was roasting, all snug in the pan, a bag of his juices snuggle up to his...his...what's that thingie, Mom?

Oh, yeah, wattle. Except dad cut if off.

That's okay, honey. Let's hear some more of your story.

'Kay. Let's see.

Um, like anything's gonna rhyme with wattle.


The cranberries were bubbling in orange sauce, all tingly and smashing,

And Gram's got her arms bared, rolling crusts with her old soda bottle!

I count up the fillings ready for pies - there's cherry and pumpkin, mincemeat

and pecan. Shoefly is Gramp's favorite, but he won't get any this year cuz he broke the seat.


Giggles.

Hey, that's pretty silly.

It rhymes, Mommy.

It sure does.


The stuffing is stinky, like Aunt Jan's creamed beans,

But jello and cherries my favorite aunt Caro brings

I sneak the sweet potatoes to my dog mister clean,

And steal Jakie’s butter roll when he pretends to sing

We all say we’re thankful for what we got

Then we gnaw on the turkey and drink cider a lot

Cleaning and football and eating more pie

Wearing aprons and pilgrim hats and laughing till we ’bout die

Grams saves the wishbone

She gives it when we go home

Oh how I love being Thankful this day

That’s very nice, honey. Why don’t you color a turkey on it and we’ll send it to Grams?

Okay, Mommy. I love you.
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Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives with her husband in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her published novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She has penned dozens of feature newspaper stories, short stories, magazine articles and radio theater. She is the editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin magazine. Lisa also is an avid book reviewer, a freelance editor, a writing mentor, a hostess at Clash of the Titles.com, and enjoys blogging at theBarnDoor.net and AuthorCulture.blogspot.com. She loves to encourage new authors. Find more at LisaLickel.com.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Meet the Characters



I want you to get to know some of the characters of my novel Claiming Peace, Book 3 in the Caney Creek Series. For several Mondays I’ll interview one of the characters and you can leave comments if you want. I think this might help you when you read my novel to know how these characters feel as they move through the story. If you leave a comment on this blog that is totally related to the interview I'll give you an extra entry in the next Thursday book drawing.

Today I’m talking with James Callaway in Newton, Tennessee

Hello, James. Thank you for meeting me here at the drugstore. Can we talk for a little while?

Yes, ma’am, I have all afternoon.

Thank you. You don’t work any place?

Not yet. I’ve just finished my master’s degree at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and am visiting my parents here. I’m looking for a job.

What kind of job are you looking for? This is a small town. Do you expect to find a job here?

I got my master’s degree in business administration. The main reason I’m here is to visit my parents. Dad hinted the other day that he might hire me. Wouldn’t that be something? I expect I’ll have to go to a big city to use my degree to its best advantage.

What does your dad own that he could hire you?

Dad owns Southeastern Hosiery here in Newton. I don’t know if he was kidding or not when he mentioned working with him.

Do you have a girlfriend who might enter the picture when you decide where you’ll work?

Yes, ma’am, I do. Evelyn is her name. Of course, I’ll consider her when I decide where I will work. We’ll talk it over. She’s just graduated also.

Does your mother work outside the home?

No, Mom has never had to work. When I was growing up she always told me my daddy worked for the railroad and died in a train accident. She said he left her enough life insurance money so she’s never worked. But she didn’t tell me the whole truth. I've never been mad at her for that.

What do you mean?

It was her aunt Martha whose husband worked for the railroad and left money for his widow. My mom and I lived with her aunt when I was a baby. When her aunt died she left her home in Knoxville and a bunch of money to Mom. Oh, this is a long story you may not have time to hear.

James, I have all afternoon as you do.

I think most people in town know this so I guess it won’t hurt anyone if I tell you. My dad and mom dated when they were young. Mom got pregnant and her daddy made her move to his sister’s in Knoxville to have the baby and give it up for adoption. If she didn’t give the baby away he said she could never return to Newton. When she couldn’t give away her baby her daddy basically disowned her.

And that baby was you?

Yes, ma’am, that’s right. When Mom’s daddy sent her to Knoxville, she had no way to even get a note to Dad. He believed she left and didn’t care about him. Anyway Dad married and they had a daughter, named Lynn. But his wife died when their child was two years old. Okay, I’ll try to make this short. Lynn enrolled in Tennessee when I was a junior there. We were attracted to each other—she really felt like family to me.

I guess you found out later that Lynn was family.

Yes, I did. Anyway she and her daddy came to Knoxville to spend a couple of days with Mom and me after Christmas. I’ve never seen my mom at a loss for words, but when she first saw my dad that day she couldn’t say anything. So bottom line, they got back together and told Lynn and me that we were half brother and sister. We’re all one big happy family now—all her aunts, uncles, and cousins.

You felt like Lynn was like family when you met her. What a great story with a happy ending.

Yes, ma’am.


The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of  Trouble in Store by Carol Cox is bookworm.... I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Book Drawing



When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Wednesday, November 24, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book I review below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers. 

Trouble in Store by Carol Cox

Author of nearly 30 novels and novellas, Carol Cox has an abiding love for history and romance, especially when it’s set in her native Southwest. As a third-generation Arizonan, she takes a keen interest in the Old West and hopes to make it live again in the hearts of her readers. A pastor’s wife, Carol lives with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where the deer and the antelope really do play—within view of the family’s front porch.

From the book's back cover:
Fired from her most recent governess position, Melanie Ross must embrace her last resort: The Arizona mercantile she inherited from her cousin. But Caleb Nelson is positive he  inherited the mercantile, and he’s not about to let an obstinate woman with newfangled ideas ruin all he’s worked for. In hope of turning her interest elsewhere, he determines to get Melanie married off, and luckily, there are many single men in town quite willing to take her off his hands.

The problem is, Caleb soon realizes he doesn’t want her to marry any of them. He’s drawn to her more every day, and he has to admit some of her ideas for the store offer unexpectedly positive results.

But someone doesn’t want the mercantile to succeed, and threatening words have escalated into destruction and danger. Will Melanie and Caleb’s business—and budding romance—survive the trouble that’s about to come their way?

From Jo:
Fired from her job as governess in Ohio when the parents side with the spoiled child and against Melanie Ross, Melanie has only one choice. She goes to Arizona to the mercantile store she believes she inherited from her cousin. Carol Cox fills this story with two obstinate people, a murder mystery, threatening notes for Melanie to leave town, and romance between two most unlikely people. Cox gives the reader strong characterizations, vivid settings, and the historical setting of Arizona in 1885. An enjoyable read.


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, Sunday November 24, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Trouble in Store by Carol Cox. Please, please remember to leave your email address. I’ll need your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post appeared in this past Monday’s blog. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


Till next time … keep on smiling.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Meet the Characters



I want you to get to know some of the characters of my novel Claiming Peace, Book 3 in the Caney Creek Series. For several Mondays I’ll interview one of the characters and you can leave comments if you want. I think this might help you when you read my novel to know how these characters feel as they move through the story. If you leave a comment on this blog that is totally related to the interview I'll give you an extra entry in the next Thursday book drawing.


Today I’m talking with Lynn Callaway in Newton, Tennessee.

Hello, Lynn. Can you stop and talk to me a short while?

Yes, ma’am, for a little while. I’m meeting someone shortly.

Thank you.  Have you lived in Newton long?

Yes, ma’am, I lived here all my life except before I went to college.

Where did you go to college?

In Knoxville, at the University of Tennessee.

You mentioned you went there. Have you graduated?

Yes, ma’am, I have. I graduated in June with a degree in education. I’ve moved back here, hoping the Sanford County school board will hire me to teach in the elementary school.

Do you like to spend time with children?

Yes, I do. While in college I did some practice teaching as part of my curriculum. I loved my time in the school with the children.

You seem dedicated to a goal. I hope the school board will select you.

Thank you.

Where will you live if you work here?

Right now I’m living at my daddy and Caroline’s house. It’s a large house and I try to stay out of their way as much as possible. They only been married a couple of years and they need their privacy. They both insist that I stay there after I start work.

They’re not bothered by you being there and interrupting their privacy?

They say they aren’t and I believe them. Daddy and Caroline knew each other twenty years ago then lost touch with one another. But they accidentally met while I was in school in Knoxville. That meeting rekindled their love and the next year they married.

You’re such a beautiful girl. Are you dating anyone in particular?

Yes, ma’am, I am. Phillip just finished his master’s degree in business and he’s also looking for a job. I’m sure he’ll find one. He’s smart and good looking. He’s good to me.

Do you think he might get a job here in Newton?

Newton is such a small town, I don’t see that happening. But, who knows? Maybe so. I would love for him to live closer. Long distance relationships sometimes don’t last too long. And I really want to spend time with him.

Lynn, are you the daughter of Mr. Callaway who owns the hosiery mill here?

Yes, ma’am. I am. Daddy raised me after my mother died when I was two years old. He did have help from my aunts and uncles. I don’t remember my mother but I look at her pictures often. Caroline loves my daddy and fits right into our family. I’m glad he found her. I didn’t like growing up seeing him always alone.

Didn’t he date as you grew up?

No, he didn’t. He stayed faithful to the memory of my mother. But he and Caroline met a long time ago and I’m glad they are so happy together.

You don’t resent sharing your daddy with Caroline ?

Absolutely not. I didn’t like seeing him so lonely. They’re both good together.

Lynn, thank you for talking with me. Good luck with getting that teaching job.

Thank you.

The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of A Time to Say Goodbye by J.M. Downey is MaryB. I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time ... keep on smiling.