Merry Christmas – 2019

Christmas time to me is a month of reflection back to the year. 2019 was a busy, very eventful year.

I published the second book in my ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series, Sundance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy the books here:

https://books2read.com/u/m2roOj              https://books2read.com/u/mgGGeX


I moved:

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I quit smoking


progressed immensely in my writing, had my first book signing, I’m open to author visits, did some promotion, blogged… 

Writer’s Chest developed too and I have to thank you all for that! 

Thank you very much for being a part of my writing adventure and for making my writing life interesting, happy and enjoyable.


However, not everything worked out as smoothly as I hoped it would! 2019 was a particularly eventful, but also difficult year in many ways! Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers and hope that in 2020 there will be more progress in my life. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers now and every moment I can.

The coming Holidays are important to me as they are to you! 

I wish you and your families and loved ones:

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Christmas Party – Just one Wish – Food, cocktails and some dancing – December 21st 2019 – Written By Sally Cronin

Check out Sally Cronin’s invitation to participate in her Christmas party. Thanks so much, Sally!


The theme for this year’s party is ‘Just One Wish’. We are all familiar with the story of Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, who was pretty liberal with that magic wand of hers and managed to turn a pumpkin into a golden carriage.

Unfortunately, she has long since retired and hung up her wand, but because I asked nicely (and she would like me to promote her memoir – The Prince Charmings I have Known!) she has agreed to allow you all one wish.

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Truly Grateful – A Poem For Thanksgiving 2019

For many things I’m grateful,

one of them is health

I don’t need to leave it fateful

health to me means wealth.

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Part of being wealthy is family and friends

having a home is also great to me

It’s important that love never ends

and that I’m truly safe and free.

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So many people don’t have anything to eat

They barely have water and the bit they have is unclean

Where I live in nature is giving and still neat

I have clothes to wear and the grass is green.

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I’m grateful for my education for the chances given to me

I’m thankful I can travel in planes and in my car

How glad I am that I have music, I can hear and I can see

that I have my dreams, moon and sun and wind and star.

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Life has given me so much to thank for

civilization, technology, a home and pets

what else do I need, what to I want more?

I am lucky, with me and my three cats.

**

It’s time for saying prayers

to be thankful and feeling blessed

And to send our thanks to the One

and see them properly addressed.

*****

(Copyright: Aurora Jean Alexander, November 2019)

 

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Soul Taker 50% Off On Smashwords

The second book in ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series, ‘Sundance’ is going to be published in only a few days.

In case you didn’t read the first book in the series yet – now it’s the time.

I set up a Coupon Code for the Soul Taker e-book on Smashwords.

Smashwords is easy and free. Just register, pick your e-book and buy it.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/911964

Soul Taker is available now 50% off.

Use the coupon code JP33W 

This offer is only valid for a very short time!

Or buy ‘Soul Taker’ here:

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Independence Day 2019

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, poet, and lecturer who lived from 1803-1882. He spoke and wrote about Transcendentalism, which is a belief system that puts importance on an individual rather than a whole society. He was a leader of this movement. This poem is a showcase of that belief. Emerson believed people were the ones who made a nation strong. It wasn’t because of the wealth or societal structures like politics and religion. In Transcendentalism, the value is placed on a person, and following one’s own instincts rather than conforming to what a society orders is encouraged. Emerson’s motto was, “Trust thyself.”

A Nation’s Strength

By Ralph Waldo Emerson

What makes a nation’s pillars high
And its foundations strong?
What makes it mighty to defy
The foes that round it throng?

It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand
Go down in battle shock;
Its shafts are laid on sinking sand,
Not on abiding rock.

Is it the sword? Ask the red dust
Of empires passed away;
The blood has turned their stones to rust,
Their glory to decay.

And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown
Has seemed to nations sweet;
But God has struck its luster down
In ashes at his feet.

Not gold but only men can make
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honor’s sake
Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly…
They build a nation’s pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.


Late Spring – Almost Summer 2019

The color of grass is a lush green

more vibrant than we’ve ever seen.

Life is fast, quite in a hurry

activeness makes the world seem blurry.

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While the one birds still sit on their eggs

other baby birds are on their legs

feeling like they are spring kings

almost ready to use their tiny wings.

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We hear the twittering of all the birds

rants and scolds, like they used words.

On the ground, we hear a fox mother bark

in the morning and shortly before it is dark.

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Fawns can be seen in higher grass

walk slowly, they’re as delicate as glass!

There’s life all around us, spring in its prime

already it’s June, almost summer time.

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We should all be grateful for natures gift

it seems life is taking an extra shift

to show us new life, new health a new start

this amazing springtime touches my heart.

*****

(Copyright Aurora Jean Alexander, June 2019)

 

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Memorial Day 2019

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Please, pray with me for the ones who are out there, facing the danger to fight for us, for our freedom, for our Country. 

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America Will Always Stand
Randy Travis
Album :America Will Always Stand

She stands in the face of evil
And will not lose hope or faith
America, the land of freedom
Still the home of the brave.

So raise the banner, called Old Glory
Let us join our fellow man
History will write the story,
America will always stand.

Walking through the fires of danger
There are those who gave their lives
They’re the world’s greatest heroes,
And we won’t forget their sacrifice.

So raise the banner, called Old Glory
Let us join our fellow man
History will write the story,
America will always stand.

America is not divided
Our enemies they will be stopped.
‘Cause, we the people are united
And still, one nation Under God.

So raise the banner, called Old Glory
Let us join our fellow man
History will write the story,
America will always stand.

History will write the story,
America will always stand…

Songwriters: Becky Bluefield / Doc Walley / Michael Anthony Curtis / Randy Travis / Yvonne Sanson
America Will Always Stand lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

May & June 2019 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests] – Written By Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli provides us with the May/June 2019 writing contests. Thank you very much for all your efforts to keep us updated, Rachel.


Here is the updated list for May & June 2019 writing submissions. I try to find submissions and contests with no fee (or on the cheaper side at least), which is surprisingly hard. As always, if you know any places that run contests and accept general submissions that are not on my list, please let me know and I’ll check it out to add it.

May 2019

Genre: Fiction, Poetry (list of categories are on website)
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: May 6, 2019 (early-bird deadline)
Entry Fee: $20 for Poetry, $30 for manuscript
Prize: Grand – $5,000

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Forgiveness
Website: Chicken Soup
Deadline: May 30, 2019
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200

June 2019

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: June 3, 2019
Entry Fee: $25 for Poetry, $35 for Manuscript
Prize: Grand – $5,000

Read the entire blog post here

 

Happy Easter 2019

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Weather gets warmer and the wind is a breeze

The flying pollen makes some of us sneeze.

But spring is a season where nature re-starts

the warm air and the sunshine warm our hearts.

Then the holiday gets closer, Easter it’s called

where children search for the nests we installed.

They find bunnies, and eggs, chocolate and sweets

a holiday for all of us, where the family eats.

Gone is the scarf, the coat and the glove.

We all share the  warmth, the laughter and love.

(Copyright, Aurora Jean Alexander, April 2019)


I wish you and your loved ones:

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