Saturday, March 17, 2018

Live Life To The Fullest

When I read this, it made me stop and think. I recently lost my dad, and so many things I should have done or could have done went through my mind.  When I reread this message, I knew I had to share it. Perhaps it will be something for you to think about too:

One day a woman's husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't "anymore." No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more "just one minute."

Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return before we can say good-bye or say "I love you." So while we have it, it's best we love it, care for it, fix it when it's broken and heal it when it's sick. This is true for marriage ... and old cars, and children with bad report cards, and dogs with bad hips, family and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it ..... because we are worth it. Some things we keep -- like a best friend who moved away or a sister-in-law after divorce.

There are just some things that make us happy, no matter what. Life is important. We only have one. We only have one Mom, one Dad, one unique brother or sister or friend.

I was thinking....I could die today, tomorrow or next week, and I wondered if I had any wounds needing to be healed, friendships that needed rekindling or words needing to be said.

I don't know who wrote the above, but it is definitely worth thinking about. Don't let life get so busy you don't have time to enjoy those that make you happy.

Live today to the fullest because tomorrow is not promised.

K. R. Bailey

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Whispoers by Cindy Stark

Whispers (An Argent Springs Novel) Small Town Romance by [Stark, Cindy]

Don't you love it when you find a new book and it pulls you in and you can't put it down until you reach the end? I found Whispers by Author Cindy Stark and loved it. It was the type of book I couldn't quit, stayed up most of the night, reading until I finished it.

Here's the blurb on Whispers--

Erin Silvestri longs for a place to call home, and she thinks she’s found it in the small mining town of Argent Springs, Colorado. Towering mountains and golden sunshine greet her when she visits her aunt’s Victorian brothel-turned-bed and breakfast. She soon discovers it’s not the former madam of the house who haunts her most. It’s the off-limits, devastatingly handsome mechanic who moonlights as her aunt’s handyman.

Rick Hartigan wants nothing more than to do his job while he awaits the return of the woman he loves. But his employer insists it’s time to move on, and she’s hell-bent on pairing him with her too-tempting niece.

Just when they both start to believe they might have a future, Rick’s former girlfriend returns, and Erin fears she may lose everything she’s come to love.

If you have a chance, pick up a copy. You will be glad you did.

Happy Reading!
K. R. Bailey


Monday, July 10, 2017

Helpful Hints

I bought a small pocket calendar with several helpful hints each month which I've enjoyed. I thought I'd share a few with you.

1. Use rubbing alcohol as a permanent marker remover. Pour on a cotton ball and rub on stains.

2. Use onions as a basement deodorizer. Cut the onion in half and put on a plate and leave overnight.

3. Remove gunk from your iron with dryer sheets. With low setting, rub iron over the dryer sheet.

4. Use coaster under jars of messy honey, jam or olive oil.

5. Salt and lemon juice mixed together remove mildew stains.

6. Use a muffin tin to serve condiments at an outdoor party.

7. A frozen saturated sponge in a Ziplock bag makes an icepack that won't drip.

8. Use dryer sheets to wipe down a smelly, wet dog for a springtime scent.

9. Pour a bit of vinegar into your wash with detergent. It brightens colors and eliminates odors.

10. To get rid of the bouquet residue at the bottom of a vase, fill vase with water and add two anti-acid tablets.

Kind of interesting. I haven't tried them all so if you do, I'd love to hear if it worked. Perhaps it will give you more time to do what you love -- if it's reading, I have a new book released in April - Cherry Wood Place. Give it a try in your spare time!

Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey

Friday, May 26, 2017

Tribute to A Wonderful Friend

It's been nearly a year since I got the call that my good friend Terri J. Lynn passed away. It broke my heart. Today, for some reason, she's been on my mind.

I remember the first day we met. She walked into one of our Utah Chapter of Romance Writers of America meeting and the only chair available was next to me. She stood, looking around the room, not knowing anyone -- ever been there? I have. You're a bit nervous, anxious to be seated, but wanting to feel comfortable.

I motioned to the chair by me. I asked her the usual get to know you questions -- introduced myself, asked where she was from, etc. We started to chat. We bonded. From there a friendship grew. Come to find out she and her family only lived a few miles away. I asked her if she was interested in joining a critique group. She jumped at the chance, and that's when I found out what a fantastic author she was, and how knowledgeable she was. What a great addition to our critique group.

We laughed. We criticized and made recommendations. We brainstormed along with Alysia S. Knight. Our group just clicked. We had fun. We got work done. She even suggested the name of my story, Dark Secrets. After reading it, she called me and said that had to be the name because of all the secrets revealed in my story. As soon as she said that, I knew it was what I'd name that book. Dark Secrets.

About three years ago she and her husband moved to Las Vegas. I missed her so much, but we talked now and again. We still shared bits and pieces of the books we were working on. Then I couldn't get hold of her. I worried about her, and a few months later, I received the call from her sister. Broke my heart. She had passed away.

Funny how a stranger walks into your life and your world changes. She was that type of person. Encouraged me to do better. Helped me along the way with suggestions. Pushed me at times to work a bit harder. Became a friend and mentor, and I can't thank her enough. She was a wonderful lady, and I still miss her so much.

So I wanted to write this as a tribute to her - my good friend, a wonderful critique partner, a super great person and gifted author. Rest in peace with God.

K. R. Bailey

Friday, May 19, 2017

School Is Nearly Out!

It's that time of year when school is nearly out. You can feel the electricity in the air whenever you are around any school kids. They are counting the days left, looking forward to getting their yearbooks, reading the comments made by their friends. Seniors are in the midst of getting those senior pictures, getting their caps and gowns for graduation, sending out invitations and perhaps attending their last dance. Oh, as summer approaches, they aren't sure what they are planning for the rest of their lives. Fun, exciting time.

I'm looking forward to my oldest grandson's graduation day next week. It's fun to see him shrug when you ask if he is planning to go on to school, get a job, just what his plans are. I remember those same feelings so long ago I won't tell you how long it has been. It's a fun time of year.  Kids getting out of school, memorial day camping trip, and looking forward to the warm summer days.

My granddaughter is excited for yearbook camp, girls camp, family vacation. It's a time to spent at the pool or perhaps boating at one of the lakes in the area, having backyard BBQs, and when I was a kid - oh my so long ago- looking forward to nights at the drive in. Remember those?

Whatever you are looking forward to doing, I hope you enjoy family and friends and whatever plans you have made. Perhaps be lazy and curl up on your patio with a glass of ice tea or cool lemonade and read a good book. That's probably my most favorite time, and if I may, I would suggest my newest book, Cherry Wood Place.

Whatever summer days bring, enjoy!

Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey

Friday, May 12, 2017

Spring is for Flowers!

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I think Spring is for flowers - and, of course, beautiful clear blue skies, nice temperatures, and looking forward to spending time on my patio, grilling a good steak or just enjoying the break from winter before the hot temperatures of summer arrive.

Image may contain: plant and outdoorToday was just that type of day. Actually, yesterday was too. My husband and I spent yesterday on a nice, long drive, enjoying the beautiful day. Today, it was time to get busy and get my flowers planted on my patio.

I think they turned out nice, and it felt so good to clean up the leaves that had blown in, wipe off the patio tables, and spruce things up with some color.

What do you do to bring in the warmer days and enjoy the springtime before the hot summer is on us?

Now I've got my patio just about ready to enjoy, it will be a perfect place to relax, play with my yellow lab, Shilo, or open up a good book, or in my case, turn on my kindle.  And don't forget my newest story - Cherry Wood Place - is now available in both kindle and paperback.

Enjoy the spring. Smell the lovely flowers and perhaps plant a few yourself, and don't forget to curl up and relax with a good book.

Happy Spring! Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Writer Is A Writer

I'm a member of the Romance Writers of America and in our chapter newsletter last month, I found a little saying and I wanted to share it with you.

A Writer is a Writer not because she writes well and easily,
because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden.
A Writer is a Writer because, even when there is no hope,
even when nothing you do shows at sign of promise,
you keep writing anyway.

This really hit home for me. I love writing. I enjoy the process, but not everything flows easily. Somedays it would be easier to just give up, throw away my work, and find something else to do. But I can't. I can't explain why. There's just something in me that keeps coming up with stories I want to write and share with my readers, so I keep writing.

Today I received a box of my newest books in the mail. Cherry Wood Place. They look great. I'm excited for you the read them, and then I knew why that saying fit.

A writer is a writer -- and I'm one of them.

Happy Reading!
K. R. Bailey