Wendy's favorite quotes

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."— Dr. Seuss

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Do You Remember?

Christmas is a time of family and tradition, of love, laughter and memories. Like many of you, I'm missing someone this year and I keep thinking it's been too long since I've called--that I should call. . . . But then I remember why I haven't and that little piece of my heart breaks again. My mother's project this year was sort all the photos grandmother kept and divide them into 6 Tupperware boxes (one for each of her siblings). She asked for my help in writing a poem that would help her brothers and sisters remember their parents and the good times they shared. I thought I'd share my poem with you.
Do You Remember? 

Do you remember sweet caramel corn
And donuts by the bag full,
Mom perched on Dad’s lap like newlyweds
Embarrassed kids, loving fools.  

Do you remember Fall country drives
And lazy days by the lake
Love shared with bear hugs and BBQ’s
Coffee cake and rolls she baked.
Do you remember making snowmen
When snow fell on our lashes
The hunt of fresh snow for donut spins
Those days, our fun was matchless. 

Do you remember joy and laughter
As cards piled o’er the table
We played, Demon, Spoons, and Hearts all night
Together when ‘ere able.  

Do you remember she loved us all,
Our children, her life’s treasures
She saved each child’s card and little note,
Her love, too great to measure. 

You remember how she’d wait for us,
Count the hours till our next visit,
A smile, a touch, just holding your hand,
She ne’er wanted to miss it. 

Please do remember to share their love
With those in your lives today
Tell them a story of times gone by
Of our family’s joys those days.
Remember, though Mom and Dad are gone,
They gave us all they could give.
Our lives, each other, kind hearts and souls
In our memories, they both live.
And then Someday when we meet again
Oh the joys and sweet laughter
We’ll share new memories of times they missed
And have our own happily ever after.

By Wendy Swore, Dec 6th 2012

Some of our traditions are silly. Each year, my dad reads the Night Before Christmas . . . wrong. (Away to the windows I threw up on the sash...made a terrible mess) And the grandchildren protest and make him read the correct words. "No Grandpa! Not like that!"

We open PJ's on Christmas Eve, and trek across the field for breakfast Christmas morning at my husband's parents. One year we were snowed in and they sent snowmobiles to fetch us through the blowing snow.

In short, in quiet moments, I miss the ones we've lost, but I focus on the here and now so my children will have many happy memories as well.

My friends, this year, I wish you many happy memories. May you be surrounded by friends and family. Presents are a dime a dozen, often broken or discarded within the week, but family traditions keep you warm long after the fire burns down.

Do you have any special memories or traditions in your family? What do you love most about the holidays?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Desolation series Finale: Destined

Have you heard of Ali Cross’s Desolation series, if not, you are missing out. I was lucky enough to read a copy of her newest book, Destined, last month and I'm happy to say that it was awesome!

In Become, we follow Desi (Lucifer’s daughter) as she leaves the comfortable familiarity of Hell and travels to the real world on a mission for her father. Once there, she finds that even the Devil’s daughter can choose to become something more than what she is.

In Desolate, Desi is haunted by choices she made in the first book and dreams of her loved one being tormented in the same Hell she used to call home. When a strange demon injures her, she starts to see that choices are not as permanent as she thought—and that the power of choice is that you can make a new one every day. In order to save her friends, she must grasp them from the jaws of Hell, even if it means losing herself.

Destined is the thrilling conclusion where Desi’s friends move heaven and earth to save her. She has lived her whole life with two warring powers, darkness and light, inside her—both fighting for her loyalty. In Destined she embraces them both, recognizing that none of us are all bad or good—that our abilities do not rule our destiny, but rather our choices define us. In great battle for Asgard, involving all nine worlds, Desi finds her purpose and makes her final choice.

All three books use myths like Asgard, Loki, Valkyrie, and the Rainbow Bridge. These fantastic elements are part of her everyday life—they are family after all.  

If you enjoy a series with some deep soul searching and a constant struggle between the pull of darkness and light, then this is it.

When I first read Become, I had my daughter wait a year or two because one of the challenges Desi faces is the lure of seduction. She feels the desire and wants it, but still has a choice. I think this series is more suited to 14 years and up rather than the young YA market. My daughter loves it, but understands why I had her wait a couple years.

The author is Ali Cross, excellent writer and blog expert extraordinaire. You can check out her writers dojo here.  Notice her covers are all original work? I think they are pretty cool.

So in celebration of winter, (my most favorite time of the year because there is no farming to do) I’m giving away a kindle copy of the first two books, Become and Desolate. You can read sample pages on Amazon.
Don't forget to put Destined on your to-read list on goodreads. And snag it when it becomes available on December 12th, 2012.

 How to enter:
Just leave a comment with your email (Like: myemail AT wherever DOT com) saying which book you want! (Though I'm sure loads of good Karma will follow you if you share this to FB or Twitter or goodreads, please do, but it's not required) We'll choose a winner on Wednesday, December 12th because that's release day for Destined!