Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Memorial to my Mom

March 2, 1935, my mom can into this world the late-in-life child of Harry and Inez Selner.

April 12, 2014, my mom left this world to enter her next life in Heaven with all those who went before her and our Heavenly Father.

She will be sorely missed but our memories keep her alive in our hearts and our lives. We thank her for all she did for us as we grew up in her presence and influences. We thank God for our time together. Rest well, dear Mother, Grandmother, Grammy, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, Aunt, and Niece. You have lived a life full of joy, heart break, struggles, and victories. Your fingerprint will forever mark our habits and our hearts.



Obituary for JACKIE BRYAN

Jacquelynne (Jackie) Yvonne Bryan, 79, died early Saturday, April 12, 2014 at her home in Liberal, KS.

She was born March 2, 1935 inTampa, FL, the daughter of Harry and Inez (Lynn) Selner.

She married William Everett Bryan Jr. July 4, 1964 in Amarillo, TX. He preceded her in death on April 15, 2006.

Jackie graduated in 1953 from Wimauma High School in Ruskin, FL. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, cooking, shopping for knick knacks and her collection of wind chimes. She attended the Believers Ministry in Liberal, KS. She and her husband were some of the founding members of the Texas Deaf/Blind and Multi Handicap Association in Austin, TX.

Her survivors include two daughters - Lynn Donovan and husband Paul of Liberal, KS; LeeAnn Bryan also of Liberal, KS; two grandsons - Trent Gibson and wife Adrienne of Bastrop, TX; William Salvador of Liberal, KS; two granddaughters - Nisa Gibson and husband Jason Rushing of Amarillo, TX; Emily Salvador and husband Brandon Burback of Fritch, TX; eight great grandchildren; one sister - Alyce Ballanca of Tampa, FL; six nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, a sister, a nephew and a niece.

A Graveside Memorial Service will be 1:00 pm Tuesday April 15, 2014 at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, TX with Pastor Dalky Davis celebrating.

The family suggests memorials to Texas Deaf/Blind and Multi Handicap Association in Austin, TX in care of Miller Mortuary.

Monday, April 7, 2014

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Entertaining Angels, Cover Reveal by Emerald Barnes

I am super thrilled to show you the beautiful cover for Emerald Barnes's newest and upcoming novel, Entertaining Angels.  Again, my cover artist was Natasha Brown, and she is super talented.  She brought my disjointed vision to life, and I don't think I'll ever be able to thank her properly. 
I can't wait to publish it, which I'm hoping will be in May.  That's what I'm estimating anyway.  But, I couldn't wait any longer to show you my beautiful cover!

I asked Emerald to give me a Guest Post and boy did she write me a guest post. I LOVE God stories! Here's Emerald's: 

What happens when God tells you to write a story?  You write it.


I spent some time in prayer over my story, Entertaining Angels because I had no idea where to take my story.  I knew that I wanted it to be a sweet little romance for young adults to read so they could have clean fiction to read.  (I think it’s important to have clean fiction for young adults.)  My story wasn’t exactly what I wanted it to be.  There was something missing, and I knew that.  I sought God.


He planted the idea in my mind about Entertaining Angels.  He told me He wanted me to write a novel that would help young girls.  I wasn’t sure that I could do that.  You know how we are as humans, we doubt.  Here I am, doubting what God has told me.  I kept thinking, My gosh, what are people going to think about this?  What are they going to think?


Well, my hopes are that they’ll think about themselves a little differently.  Entertaining Angels focuses on Madison Andrews; she’s sixteen and overweight.  Basically, she’s me in high school minus the devastatingly hot new guy and nerdy best friend.  Well, I did have a nerdy best friend, but things were a bit different between us.


What I’m saying is that the thoughts and feelings that Madison feels, I felt.  This made it one intense and emotional ride for me as I wrote it.  I had to face how I felt about myself, but also, I had to face how I was looking at myself versus how God was looking at me. 


He’s told me before that I’m beautiful, but I didn’t let that sink in.  I didn’t let His words truly sink in.  So it was far past time that I started listening to Him, and it was my job to pass God’s words along.  He wants His children to know how much He loves them.  He sends people to us just to show us how much He cares.  He sent His only Son to die for our sins, so that should tell us how much He does love us.  Yet, we don’t always listen.  We push Him aside, and we focus on us and our emotions.  We should be focusing on God and how much He loves us.  You’re His Sons and Daughters.  He loves you, and He wants us to love ourselves.  If we can’t face ourselves, how can we help His kingdom?  We can’t.


Today, I hope that you look in the mirror and tell yourself how beautiful you are and also how lucky you are to have God as your Father.  He wants you to know He loves you.  Let’s start believing Him.

About Entertaining Angels:
Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror.  All she sees is a big, fat nobody.  Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep.
Along comes Zach, the new guy in school.  He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league.  She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once.  But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.
Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than what she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential.  Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?
Are you a book reviewer?  If so, please sign up for an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of my novel here.
 About Emerald:
Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women.  She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. 
  She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages!   She's constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with.  She blogs which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much!  She's also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is amazing, and she is a crazy grammar nazi who proofreads novels!
She's an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn't imagine spending her time in any other way! 
She's a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person.  God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor. 
Connect with Emerald: Website  Blog  Inspiration Blog  Facebook  Twitter  Goodreads   Google +  
Where am I touring?
March 17:
Rachelle's Window -- Guest Post
The Writing Realm -- Interview
March 18:
ssteinwriting -- Interview
Angel Breath Books -- Guest post
March 19:
Totally unrelated to this tour is my interview with Angie Brashear.
Sheila Deeth -- Guest post
Ever On Word -- Guest Post
March 20:
A.R. Silverberry -- Guest Post
March 21: