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Here’s a list of interviews and books events coinciding with tomorrow’s release of “Murder on the Horizon.” Hope some of you can tune in or to see some of you in person!

Radio Interviews

WMT, Cedar Rapids, IA, Aug. 5, 6:25 AM MST

WMST, Mt. Sterling, KY, Aug. 6, 7:00 AM MST

KCMX, Medford, OR, Aug. 6, 9:15 AM MST

WNCT, Greenville, NC, Aug. 11, 1:15 PM MST

KJFF, St. Louis, MO, Aug. 18, 8:40 AM, MST

WILY, St. Louis, MO, Aug. 19, 8:30 AM MST

KHEN, Salida, CO, Aug. 28, 1:00 PM MST

Book Event/Signings

Barnes & Noble-Denver, 960 S. Colorado Blvd., Glendale, CO, Aug. 15, 1-3 PM

Barnes & Noble-Pueblo, 4300 N. Freeway Road, Pueblo, CO, Aug. 29, 1-4 PM

Dies Librorum, The Book Haven, 135 F St, Salida, CO, $10. Dinner included. RSVP: 719-539-9629, Sept. 8, 6-8 PM

Barnes & Noble-Colorado Springs, Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Dr E, Colorado Springs, CO, Sept. 12, 12-3 PM

ReadConBooks & Brews, Zoe’s Café, 715 10th Street, Greeley, CO, Sept. 12, 6-8 PM

Tattered Cover-LoDo, 1628 16th St., Denver, CO, Sept. 15, 7-9 PM

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“What has influenced my life more than any other thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature.”

W. Somerset Maugham said these words.

Instead of Cambridge, “Of Human Bondage.” In spite of a stammer, “The Razor’s Edge” and “The Moon and Sixpence.”

What’s your “stammer?” What’s your “club foot?” What holds you back? In your writing? At work? School? In personal relationships? In life itself?

Disapproval? Self-doubt? Embarrassment? Self-pity or self-love? Fear? Anger? Shyness? Bitterness?

What would happen if you looked at whatever your stammer is from another angle? What if you stopped playing those same old damaging scripts in your head–those scripts that tell you you’re not good enough for this? Or too good for this?!

What if you stopped listening to and believing those negative influences in your life? What new possibilities can you see? How can it be used to your or someone else’s advantage? How could it turn your life around? How would it influence what you write? Or how you write?

What would happen if you took control? If you did it anyway…regardless?

What if you said, ‘No?’ What if you said, ‘Yes?’ What if, instead of saying “Poor me,” you said “Poor you,” then did something about it?

What if, instead of reacting in anger, you acted with kindness? Instead of self-pity, with generosity? Instead of fear, strength? What if, instead of judgement, you sought to understand?

What if you did or wrote what you wanted to instead of what you thought you should? What if, instead of standing back, saying nothing, you spoke out or wrote in support of someone or something about which you feel passionate? What if, instead of letting a wrong or cruelty or indifference slide by unchallenged, you spoke or wrote against it?

What if…?

Think about it.

Imagine it.

Practice it.

Do it.

Somerset Maugham turned the lead of his stammer into solid gold prose.

Lucky him.

Lucky us.

Lucky world.

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“Murder on the Horizon,” the third book in my Search and Rescue Mystery Series featuring Gracie Kinkaid, releases August 4.

“Murder on the Horizon” as well as the first two books in the series, “Zero-Degree Murder” and “Murder Off the Beaten Path,” are available at select Barnes and Noble bookstores, and local bookstores and libraries. (If they don’t have a copy, they can order it for you.) Both soft cover and e-versions are also available at http://www.barnesandnoble.com and http://www.amazon.com.

Happy reading!

 

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This is a simple demonstration on how effectively and completely everyday words can evoke emotions.

Slowly read the following list of words.

Tear

Rage

Fear

Death

Shatter

Hatred

Anger

Kill

Cold

Crash

Evil

Lies

Scream

Harsh

Maim

Horror

Darkness

Terror

Blare

Pound

Deceit

Ice

Black

Stab

Rip

Hard

Chaos

Destroy

 

How do you feel after reading this list?

Unsettled?

Disturbed?

 

Now read this second list.

Soft

Calm

Heal

Smile

Friend

Breeze

Puppy

Truth

Music

Sunshine

Trees

Green

Cuddle

Lush

Flower

Kitten

Happy

Bright

Kindness

River

Laugh

Light

Gentle

Yellow

Warmth

Love

Nuzzle

Peace

 

Notice a difference in how you feel after reading each list?

 

No fancy descriptions. No flowery adjectives.

Simple words.

One after another.

Interesting and thought-provoking, isn’t it?

Be careful of what you say. And write.

You have the power to build, to uplift, to heal, to help.

And you have to power to hurt, to cripple, to tear apart, to destroy.

It’s your choice.

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“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'”

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Some of the time, most of the time or all the time, we live our lives in fear. Fear of what has happened in our past. Fear of what might happen in the future. Always looking over our shoulders. Always waiting for something bad to happen or perhaps for ANYTHING to happen.

Recognizing your fear, then facing your fear, are the first steps to conquering that fear.

Whatever that fear might be.

Fear of making someone angry. Fear of making a mistake or failing. Fear of letting someone down. Fear of looking bad or foolish. Fear of someone not liking you or thinking you’re perfect. Fear of someone not loving you.

If any of these things happened, what’s the worst that could happen? Really. Would you survive? Could you come out on the other end of it a stronger, better person.

Of course, you could.

What would happen if today, instead of walking through life with your head down, with your shoulders hunched, tiptoeing around, walking on eggshells, looking back over your shoulder, waiting for something bad to happen, or for anything to happen, you walked with your head held high, shoulders back, looking straight ahead?

What if today you recognized what your fear is? What if today you faced your fear head on, looked it in the face and stared it down?

You might just win the contest.

Taking it a step further, what would happen if today, instead of waiting passively for something, anything, to happen, you actively focused on and worked on making something happen? What if today you stopped thinking of yourself as a victim, that something bad always happens to you, passively waiting for your life to change and get better? What if today you started thinking of yourself as a winner, that something great or good or wonderful can and will happen, that you can take part in making that something great or good or wonderful happen?

Something great or good or wonderful might just happen.

Some of the time, most of the time or all of the time, we’re stronger than we think.

Face your fear.

Conquer your fear.

Change your perspective.

Change your life.

Make it happen.

Do it today.

Do it now.

Do it anyway and make a difference.

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Be careful what you say…and write.

“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”

–Yehuda Berg

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Woman Climber

“Far better it is to dare mighty things,

to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure,

than to rank with those poor spirits

who neither enjoy nor suffer much

because they live in the gray twilight

that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

–Teddy Roosevelt

Do It Anyway and Make a Difference

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