A Gentleman and a Rogue

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Release: Brady's Lost Blanket, children's book #newbookrelease



Welcome my new release: Brady's Lost Blanket from 4RV Publishing. Illustrator Bridget McKenna's drawing are whimiscal and heartfelt and a perfect compliment for the story.

BLURB:Brady is a sensitive young boy who takes his blankie wherever he goes. After traveling with his parents to visit his new cousin, Brady accidently leaves his blanket behind. Can Brady learn to get by without his blankie?

INSPIRATION:
I was one of those young kids who grew up with a blankie.  My blankie was blue and soft and I loved to rub the silky part against my cheeks. When my blankie was close, I felt very confident and secure. However, I think there comes a time when one "outgrows" a blankie and it's time to let go. Unfortunately, letting go can be hard to do. Learn how Brady lets go and grows up a little in my new children's story.

Author Bio:

Stephanie Burkhart was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, but now calls California her home. She currently works for LAPD as a 911 Dispatcher. Stephanie has been writing since she was five, when she crafted homemade comic books on the kitchen table. Her previous books with 4RV Publishing include: The Giving Meadow, and First Flag of New Hampshire.  Stephanie enjoys coffee, adores chocolate and is currently the Den Leader for her son's Cub Scout Den.

BRADY'S LOST BLANKET is available in print from 4RV Publishing.

BUY LINKS:

4RV PUBLISHING BOOKSTORE: http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/burkhart.php

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Bradys-Lost-Blanket-Stephanie-Burkhart/dp/1940310040/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1423445945&sr=8-8&keywords=stephanie+burkhart

BARNES & NOBLE:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bradys-lost-blanket-stephanie-burkhart/1121138037?ean=9781940310046




******If you are interested in reviewing the book, please send me an email at: Botrina_Buchanan@yahoo.com and I'll make arrangements with you to send you a review copy.****

Monday, February 23, 2015

February is NaHaWriMo! Enjoy #haiku



What a treat to discover February is National Haiku Writing Month. I’ve always enjoyed writing Haikus for their brevity, sensual imagery, and word play, but as I prepped my blog for today, I learned that haikus are a lot more complicated than they appear.
 A haiku is a short style of poetry from Japan. The actual presentation of a haiku is written in Japanese varies from its presentation in English. The big difference occurs with sound and while a “traditional” Japanese haiku strives for 17 sounds, it loosely becomes a 5-7-5 syllable scheme in English.
 I learned when translating haikus into English is a bit of an urban myth because counting sounds in Japanese and syllables in England don’t translate well. When writing haikus, don’t feel limited by the -7-5 scheme. 
Traditional haikus focuses on the human condition as it relates to the environment. It should strive to evoke an image or feeling. A haiku should include two juxtaposed (opposite) ideas that allow for a deeper interpretation and use language that involve the five scenes. What do you see or hear? What does it taste like? What’s the texture of the touch? What does scent evoke? Strive for subtle images and avoid clich├ęs. It’s easier said than done.
The challenge of NaHaWriMo is to write a haiku a day for a month. Don’t feel limited by believing you need to follow a 5-7-5 syllable scheme. It’s the thought put behind the words that is the haiku.
Enjoy some of these of these haiku.  Which one is your favorite? If you have a haiku to share, please do! 
 
PEACE
Flash fills my vison
Bang assaults my ears
Peace lingers in deeds
 
BUCKET
Drop in a bucket,
ripples inconsistent waves,
fleeting beauty fades

HEAVY
Snow in New England,
heavy, crushing, dominates-
oppressive beauty.
 
SHADOWS
Sun casts a dark shadow
against a clear blue sky,
bringing unwanted relief
 
RUST
Rust floats to the ground
coating beauty long past done


evoking bitterness. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Snippet Sunday: 99 cent contemporary sweet romance: A Polish Heart #snippetsunday

Hi all, I'm participating in the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday. This month, I'll be taking snippets from my sweet contemporary romance, perfect for the Easter season, A Polish Heart. You can find the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday list at:



This snippet:       Darrin steps off the plane and meets his translator, Sofia. 

*****


His leonine stride radiated self-confidence. His hair was sandy blond in a short, neat cut and his cobalt blue eyes pierced her professional armor.

He stopped in front of her and held out his flowers. "Dzien dobry."

A wide grin crossed her lips and she dropped the sign she was holding. "Hello, Mr. Riverton."

A look of relief passed over his face. "You know, I practiced that phrase all morning on the plane." 
****


"A Polish Heart" is a sweet contemporary romance.  Darrin Riverton, an architect from the United States is assigned to a challenging project which requires a trip to Poland. Sofia Buraczynski is assigned as his translator and his first sight of her heats his blood.


With Sofia as his guide, Darrin discovers Poland and many new things about himself, as well. When a chance is presented for him to remain in Poland, will he leave behind family and all that is familiar to follow his heart? 
****

Reviews for A Polish Heart:

5 Stars, Reader Lady, Amazon Reviewers
"This is an excellent read!"

5 Stars, Tara Manderino, Amazon Reviews
"A totally enjoyable read."

5 Stars, Diane Craver, Amazon Reviews
"A wonderful and fascinating read."

BUY LINKS: 
Amazon:
http://amzn.com/B007AS29AO

Barnes and Nobles:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-polish-heart-stephanie-burkhart/1111503774?ean=2940033247875

Smashwords
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/164429

Kobo:
https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-polish-heart

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Welcome Guest Author Janet K. Brown: Worth Her weight


Short BLURB FOR: Worth Her Weight:
How can a woman who gives to everyone but herself accept God’s love and healing when she believes she’s fat, unworthy, and unfixable? Can she be Worth Her Weight?

5 Questions for Janet K. Brown

STEPH: - What was the inspiration for the story?

 JANET:    I would probably have to say me. I suffered from food addiction and remained overweight much of my life. Twenty-one years ago, God healed me emotionally. I lost ninety-five pounds and have maintained the loss for 18 ½ years. Who knew that God might use me to write of many of my experiences?

     Of course, Lacey’s story in Worth Her Weight is totally fiction, but the fact is we all face emotional highs and lows and many of us suffer from low self esteem or caregiver burn-out. Others might turn to alcohol, gambling, or compulsive spending, but many of us turn to overeating. Any compulsion or addiction can ruin a life.

     Throw in a police chief that’s a hunk with control issues of his own, and I had a story.


STEPH: - How long did it take you to write?

    JANET:  I wrote the first draft in about nine months. That came about seven years ago. My local critique group at the time gave me great suggestions. I improved the story and pitched it to an agent at an American Christian Fiction Writers conference. I was billing it as a romance.
    He asked me, “Is the main goal of this story that the man and woman fall in love?”
     “No,” I said. “The main goal is that Lacey finds healing.”
     “Then you don’t have a romance. And if you don’t have a romance, you should add about twenty thousand words to the story.” It was about sixty thousand words.
     I added twenty thousand words and sent it to a publisher who told me. “We only publish romance, and that’s not a romance.”
     Discouraged, I put the manuscript away for five years. In 2012, I began to work on rewrites and spent another year doing that before I pitched it to Duke Pennell of Pen-L Publishing at the Oklahoma Writers Federated International conference in 2013. At last, I got a contract.
  
STEPH - How does the cover reflect the story?


   JANET:  I love the cover. Kelsey Rice with Pen-L came up with that, but I had some input. The woman is a plus-sized young woman who looks like she has a dream. She makes a perfect Lacey. The clouds with sunshine breaking through speaks of healing and hope.


STEPH: - How long have you been writing?

 JANET:    I’ve been writing something most of my life starting in junior high. I sold a few short stories when my kids were little, but it wasn’t until I retired that I joined writing groups, took workshops, and begun to attend conferences. I actually completed full length manuscripts and submitted them. That was nine years ago.


STEPH: - Fun Question: What's your favorite girl scout cookie?

JANET: Peanut butter patties. Anything with peanut butter in it catches my attention.

AUTHOR BIO:
 Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles. Writing became her second career after retirement from medical coding.

     Worth Her Weight will be the author’s debut inspirational women’s fiction, but it makes a perfect companion to her recently released, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. Both books encompass her passion for diet, fitness, and God’s Word.

Worth Her Weight marks Brown’s third book. Who knew she had a penchant for teens and ghosts? She released her debut novel, an inspirational young adult, Victoria and the Ghost, in July, 2012.

     Janet and her husband love to travel with their RV, visit their three daughters, two sons-in-law and three perfect grandchildren, and work in their church.


Buy links:

This inspirational women’s fiction is available through the publisher at http://www.pen-l.com/WorthHerWeight.html

Amazon:

http://tinyurl.com/kkw94b6

 Barnes & Noble

http://tinyurl.com/lk7cn4f

 Janet K. Brown
Twitter: @JanetKBrownTX
Victoria and the Ghost: Available at http://www.4RVpublishingcatalog.com/Janet-Brown.php
Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. Available at www.pen-l.com/DivineDining.html

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Time for Thin Mints #girlscoutcookies

Girl Scouts in NH selling cookies


Girl Scout cookies rocks! There’s a great variety and every box sold supports a great cause – scouting. While I don’t have a girl scout, I buy way too many boxes each season. The boxes I don’t eat, I share with coworkers or donate to charity.
Every February the Girl Scouts sell cookies. It’s a great way to support the organization. Local troops receive 10-15 percent, the council receives approximately 50% and the rest goes to the manufacturer. 
Trivia: What are the two most popular cookies?
The Girl Scouts of America contracts with 2 national commercial bakeries: Little Brownie Bakers which is owned by Kelloggs and ABC Bakers owned by George Weston Limited. ABC Bakers has been making Girl Scout cookies since 1936.
It wasn’t all so complicated. The Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma was the first troop to bake cookies in 1917 as a service project using the high school kitchen.
Did you know? All Girl Scout cookies are kosher. 
Pretty quickly, the Girl Scouts realized baking cookies was a great way to fundraise. In the early days, they sold door-to-door. Prices were .25 to .35 a dozen! Selling cookies helped the girls develop their business and marketing skills. In 1936, they started using national commercial bakeries to bake their cookies. By the 1950’s 3 varieties were sold – thin mints, peanut butter sandwiches, and shortbread.

Trivia: When was the “Samoa” added to the cookie catalog?
In the 2000’s, the Girl Scouts began using a healthier cookie formula due to the trans fats uproar. Also, the cookie size became smaller due to higher production costs.
Trivia: What is the highest number of boxes sold in a season?
A: 10,000
B: 18,000
C: 5,000
Question: What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie? How many boxes do you usually buy a season? 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mardi Gras Hard; Tomorrow is Lent #mardigras



Gotta' thank the French for bringing Mardi Gras to the states. They sure know how to party before Lent starts. Literally translated, "Mardi Gras" means Fat Tuesday in English. It's meant to be a celebration before the penitential season of Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, but the origins and traditions of Mardi Gras go all the way back to the heyday of Rome.

In ancient Rome, they celebrated a circus-type festival called "Lupercalia" which was very similar to Mardi Gras as we know it. Popular traditions and practices today include wearing masks, dancing, parades, and overturning social conventions along with a little general debauchery.   I remember when I was stationed in Germany, one tradition would be when the women would go into a bar and cut off a guy's tie with scissors. The guy was hers for the night to do whatever she wanted. Wild, huh? The Germans call Mardi Gras "Fasching" and traditions vary from place-to-place, country-to-country.

When Rome embraced Christianity, the early church decided it would be wise to incorporate some aspects f pagan rituals into the new faith. In regards to Lent, the ritual of Lupercalia evolved into the 'debauchery' of Mardi Gras.

Most of Europe and Brazil call Mardi Gras "Carnival." In some places it starts in November, and in other places, it starts the day after Epiphany.

Mardi Gras made its way to America in the early 1700's when the French explorer, Sieur d'Iberville, settled the Louisiana/Alabama area; however the 1st recognized Mardi Gras in the States wasn't until 1827 in New Orleans. A group of students, who had recently been to Paris, put on costumes and danced through the streets.

WHAT ABOUT THOSE COLORS?

In 1872, Russian Grand Duke Alexi Romanov visited New Orleans. He was given the opportunity to pick the Mardi Gras colors. He choose purple, representing justice, green for faith, and gold meaning power.

Me, personally, I'm a believer in moderation. I generally don't do much for Mardi Gras except wear beads and smile. Lol!!


Question for you: Do you celebrate Mardi Gras?  What do you to celebrate?

New Release: Brady's Lost Blanket, a children's story #newbookrelease



Welcome my new release: Brady's Lost Blanket from 4RV Publishing. Illustrator Bridget McKenna's drawing are whimiscal and heartfelt and a perfect compliment for the story.

BLURB:Brady is a sensitive young boy who takes his blankie wherever he goes. After traveling with his parents to visit his new cousin, Brady accidently leaves his blanket behind. Can Brady learn to get by without his blankie?

INSPIRATION:
I was one of those young kids who grew up with a blankie.  My blankie was blue and soft and I loved to rub the silky part against my cheeks. When my blankie was close, I felt very confident and secure. However, I think there comes a time when one "outgrows" a blankie and it's time to let go. Unfortunately, letting go can be hard to do. Learn how Brady lets go and grows up a little in my new children's story.

Author Bio:

Stephanie Burkhart was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, but now calls California her home. She currently works for LAPD as a 911 Dispatcher. Stephanie has been writing since she was five, when she crafted homemade comic books on the kitchen table. Her previous books with 4RV Publishing include: The Giving Meadow, and First Flag of New Hampshire.  Stephanie enjoys coffee, adores chocolate and is currently the Den Leader for her son's Cub Scout Den.

BRADY'S LOST BLANKET is available in print from 4RV Publishing.

BUY LINKS:

4RV PUBLISHING BOOKSTORE: http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/burkhart.php

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Bradys-Lost-Blanket-Stephanie-Burkhart/dp/1940310040/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1423445945&sr=8-8&keywords=stephanie+burkhart

BARNES & NOBLE:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bradys-lost-blanket-stephanie-burkhart/1121138037?ean=9781940310046




******If you are interested in reviewing the book, please send me an email at: Botrina_Buchanan@yahoo.com and I'll make arrangements with you to send you a review copy.****

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Snippet Sunday: 1.99 Fantasy Romance: The Green Rose #snippetsunday

Hi all, I'm participating in the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday. This month, I'll be taking snippets from my fantasy romance, The Green Rose. You can find the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday list at:



This snippet:      Ivanstan and Sonia have committed to their journey and share a private moment.

*****

He leaned forward, opening his lips, his mouth skirting hers, teasing, tempting, before he gently covered her. He kissed her slowly, heightening the pleasure that spiked in her body as her breasts tingled against the fabric of her clothes. One of his hands rested at the base of her spine, supporting her. The other hand he brought up to her face and brushed his fingers against her cheek as they kissed.

By Nyla, she could barely stand, so lost was she in the pleasure of his lips. Fear quickened through her. No man had ever kissed her like this before -- so tenderly, so reverently. She placed her hands over his chest and pushed him away gently, placing distance between them. 

****
This excerpt has been edited to fit the 8 sentence requirement. 

"The Green Rose" is a spicy fantasy romance.  The nations of Gaia are attacked. Ivanstan and Sonia are forced to go on a journey to find the mythical Green Rose to save their fathers, but will their attraction get in the way? 

****

Reviews for The Green Rose:

5 Stars, Joy Cagel, Amazon Reader
Stephanie Burkhart's incredible skill will keep you engaged and deeply interested. Give it a try; I recommend it.

4 Stars, It's Raining Books, Book Reviewer
I read this book cover-to-cover in one afternoon. 

4 Stars, Long and Short Reviews
Well written and engaging, The Green Rose is a book fans of fantasy and romance should enjoy.


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Friday, February 13, 2015

Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages #lovelanguages #valentines



“Love is a verb.” – Gary Chapman
Ah, February! The month of love! Centered around St. Valentines day, we all expect some token from our loved one, but true tokens of love are more than roses and chocolate. True tokens of love are found in love languages, developed by author and pastor Gary Chapman.
A few years ago I had an opportunity to read a book titled “The 5 Love Languages,” by Gary Chapman. He’s an associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After counseling numerous couples on their relationships, he began to notice several emotional patterns when it came to demonstrating/showing love. His book, “The 5 Love Languages,” defines what those expressions of love are. 
To determine what your primary “love language” is, take Chapman’s assessment on his website (http://www.5lovelanguages.com) or it’s available in his book.
Love is a deep, strong emotion. Chapman’s “love languages,” all contain an emotional component.
The first is “Words of Affirmation.” We all like to hear “I love you,” but other words are just as powerful. Words that encourage, speak to kindness, or are humble in nature are words that touch our soul. Unsolicited compliments say “I love you” in a stronger way than the actual words, “I love you.” By simply saying, “That dress looks great on you,” you’re saying “I love you.” 
The next love language is “Quality Time.” By spending time with your significant other and giving them your undivided attention, you can make them feel emotionally loved more than saying, “I love you.” Quality time might involve taking a walk or going out to eat and putting your cell phones in your back pockets. Quality time is about giving that other person in your life your undivided attention during the time you spend together. If this is your significant other’s primary love language than ask them for a list of things that the two of you can do together. 

The third love language is “Receiving Gifts.” The receiver believes the giver put a lot of thought and effort to select the gift and then give it to them. It’s not about the gift itself, (the money and materialism) - it’s the thought put into it. A gift makes the receiver think their significant other put a lot of effort into finding, then buying the item. You remembered them, and that’s what resonates with the receiver. Keep a notebook with gift ideas to help you become a good gift giver. Interestingly, giving gifts is a big part of relationships in many cultures throughout the world. 
The fourth love language is “Acts of Service.” Doing acts like cooking, mopping, even vacuuming tells your significant other you’re willing to help ease their burden of responsibilities. Doing these things require thought, planning, and effort. if your significant other asks you to do a certain task like take out the garbage or start homework with your child take time to consider its not because they want you to, it’s because they need you to, and that act of service says “I love you” more than the words do. 
The last love language is “Physical Touch.” A simple hug, holding hands, a pat on the back, or a casual touch on the elbow requires just a little thought, yet speaks volumes.
Let love shine in your words, your deeds, and actions this February.
QUESTION: What’s your primary love language? If you took the assessment, were you surprised at how accurate it was?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Book Review: The Scorch Trails by James Dashner #bookreview #mazerunner



Book Review for: The Scorch Trials
Written by: James Dashner
Delacorte Press
ISBN: 978-0-385-73876-7
Avail in ebook and print
5 Stars



Dashner crafts a taut, nail-biting dystopian story with “The Scorch Trials.” Thomas and the Gladers are given a near impossible task: to cross “the scorch” in two weeks if they want the cure to the Flare, but is two weeks enough time?

Thomas and his friends barely have enough time to recover from their trials in the maze when they’re thrown into another problem – cross the scorch in two weeks. Thomas learns the maze was a test and there were two test groups. The second group was all female with only one boy – Aris. Whereas the maze was more of a physical trial, the scorch ups the ante by involving complex emotions. Thomas’ loyalty, resolve, friendship, courage, love, and frustration are driven to their limits. How much can a young man take before his mind snaps? Is a cure to the Flare worth the emotional scars crossing the scorch promises to leave?

Dashner’s writing is fast-paced and easy to read. There’s plenty of action and suspense. Dashner infuses just the right amount of characterization and pulse-pounding plot that keeps the reader turning pages. Thomas is a true leader. He faces adversity with a stiff chin. Theresa, as a character, is hard to get a feel for as she has a role to play as ‘the betrayer’, yet there are hints that she wholeheartedly believes she must do what she does.


“The Scorch Trials” is the second book in the series, but stands alone well, though reading the first book will flush out the arc of the storyline better for the reader. I highly recommend this book for readers 12 and older. “The Scorch Trials” is a quick, engrossing read. I didn’t want to put it down. It’s a worthy sequel to the series.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Happy 105th Boy Scouts!! #scouting #boyscouts


Every year in America, scouting observes its birthday on 8 Feb. While I’m new to cub scouting, America is celebrating 105 years of rich scouting tradition.
So…without further ado: Happy Birthday Scouts!
 

I got involved in scouting when my husband’s work schedule was switched up and I had to be the parent who took Joe to his meetings. I soon discovered scouting was a lot of fun (even for parents!)  and introduced a lot of great values to the boys – reverence for the country and God, respect, courage, outdoor skills, respect for the environment, and I could go on. Scouting really does promote a positive atmosphere for boys at an early age that they can carry forward in life.
Lord Baden-Powell 

I have Lord Baden Powell to thank. His extraordinary vision began the scouting movement. He was a British officer who participated in the Boer War in the late 1800’s. Upon returning to England, he took 20 boys camping off the southern coast and scouting was born.
Baden Powell believed scouting built character, citizenship, physical fitness, spiritual, mental, and emotional strength. He wanted peace and believed that the values which promoted peace started with the young people of the world. He began a “cubbing” program in England in 1914 basing a lot of his cub scouting elements on Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book.”
Scouting in America had its start when Chicago businessman William D. Boyce got lost in the fog in England. An unnamed boy scout did a ‘good turn’ and helped Boyce find his way to his destination. 
William D. Boyce

Boyce was so impressed with the boy scout’s demeanor, he brought scouting to America. Upon his return from England, on 8 Feb 1910, Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America. 
“Cubbing” as it was called in America started in 1930, incorporating elements from Kipling’s “Jungle Book,” like “law of the pack,” “Akela,” “wolf,” “den,” and “pack” along with Native American elements such as “gold and silver arrow points,” “Webelos,” and “arrow of light.” 
As I begin my cub scouting adventures, I’m learning a lot about scouting and what a dynamic program it is. It’s changed several times over the years as the decades have changed. Cub scouting was originally known as “Cubbing.” In 1945, it became “Cub Scouting.” As early as 1912, “Boy’s Life” magazine was the official magazine of the scouts. In 1967, “Webelos,” replaced the Lion rank and in 1976, women were allowed to become Cubmasters. 
Nowadays you can find scouting in 190 countries. 8 Feb is the anniversary of scouting in the States. It’s also celebrated as Scout Sunday as approx.. 50 percent of charter organizations involved are churches, synagogues, and other religious organizations. Most Cub Scouting Packs host their Blue and Gold in February. The Blue & Gold banquet is intended to recognize the scouting anniversary in the U.S.
Me, Mr. Loo and Den 1
 
This year I attended the Blue and Gold as the full-fledged Den Leader of Den 1. It’s a bit overwhelming to think I’m in charge of 5 boys’ cub scouting adventures, but I hope to have fun and “teach” the boys without them realizing they’re “learning.” I introduced “Barry” the Bear (our den mascot) and made a Bear Board. I’ve planned several “go-see-its” including the Reagan Library, Castaic Lake, Mountain High for snow tubing, and a beach clean up at Carpentaria state beach.  I hope to share the adventures with you as the year goes on!

Joe, as a Tiger Cub, helping to plant a tree

Question for you: Do you have a scout? Boy or girl? Are you involved in scouting? I’d love to hear from you.