A Southern Historical Romantic Time Travel You’re Going to “Love”! #ValentinesDay #sweetreads #romanticnovels

 

“They say there is a path that winds through the forest that exists deep within our imaginations, in that childlike part of our minds…that gate is only open once. After this, the adult mind somehow closes it.” ~ Anna, “A River of Secrets, Summer of the Rose”

First book in the “River of Love’s  Rose” Time Travel Trilogy!
A RIVER OF SECRETS, SUMMER OF THE ROSE
– A Southern Historical Time Travel Fantasy with just the right touch of romance, this one is sure to appeal to young and old alike!
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(Anna is now 87 years old, and is telling the story reflecting back on her childhood. Here, in this scene, she was 12 years old, and her twin brothers, 15.)

Now, looking back, all I can say is, it’s just as old Sam said. It’s hard to really know because at first there is no change that you can notice around you—no obvious ones anyway. No one was ever really certain that it could be pinpointed to one exact location. But then, the folks around here had always known that the river has a kind of personality of its own. It was like the way things happened, it seemed to keep everyone guessing. After all, we all knew that the river had secrets it would never tell.

We got off of our horses and tied them to some nearby trees, then just walked around admiring the beauty of the place. All we were really thinking of at the time was that it was a nice place to stop. It didn’t seem a possibility in our minds at the time that we might have found the secret place. But then, the river itself wouldn’t have told us if we had.

We ran through the trees and climbed the rocks like silly children, laughing the whole time. But then, as we looked down into the water, once again, something about it seemed to beckon us.

I stood there, looking at my reflection in the water as we let our horses drink their fill of it. I looked every bit of my twelve years, although I had often been told I looked older than I was. But then, something in the water seemed to beckon me to come a little closer. It was like it suddenly seemed to take on a life of its own, like some sort of magical rippling effect in the water, making you want to reach down and touch it. Perhaps it was just that curiosity that seemed to have taken ahold of each of us. I would never know for sure. It was when I reached down with my fingers and touched the water that I knew immediately that something had changed.

The wind blew a little differently, somewhat stronger. All of a sudden it was late in the day. I looked around. The horses were gone. My brothers were gone. There was no one but me. It was later in the afternoon. At first it seemed nothing around me had changed that much. But then, as I looked around, I began to realize what my mind did not want to accept. I had somehow gone to another time.

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You’ll want to be sure to add this one to your summer reading collection! Then, check back soon for the second book in the series, “Return to the River, Scent of the Rose”! Subscribe to my email via the tab above, so you’ll be sure to get email updates and be sure you don’t miss out! Also, be sure to click the link on the side to follow my Facebook Author page! Know someone who would love this? Please share to your Facebook or Twitter, or  Email it to a friend!

Interview With “Anna”: “Summer of the Rose”#characterinterviews

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”
Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

An INTERVIEW with your STORY CHARACTER? Why not?!

This is an enchanting Southern Historical Fantasy that is also a bit of a Romantic Time Travel story that will take you on a journey you won’t soon forget! It was inspired by a movie that my son got me onto, which is a favorite of ours, adapted from a children’s book and starring Sissy Spacek, called “Tuck Everlasting”. The first book is available now, and the 2nd one is coming soon! Once more, since I’ve updated some things, I’ve decided to repost this one more time, for those who don’t know about my “Secrets of Rose River” Time Travel Trilogy. The first, book, which “Anna” is here to tell you about, is now available in print and Kindle versions on Amazon   Great news! It’s now available on B&N online in hard cover edition, as well as paperback and Nook, click here! So, here you go, and if you know someone who might enjoy this, please share the page to your Facebook or  Twitter!

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Here is the interview with “Anna” and I hope you enjoy it and tell a friend! But now, I have to warn you, she’s 87 now and she’s something else!

It is late in the summer of 1952, in this little town “somewhere in the south”. I am here, sitting out in front of the store with “Anna”, our story teller from my “Enchanted River of the Rose” series, the first of which is “A River of Secrets: Summer of the Rose”. Meanwhile, why don’t you go on into the store here and get you a drink and come back out and sit down here with “Anna” and me and we’ll just let her tell you a little of what to expect. I told her it would be nice if we gave everyone a little of what it’s all about so she agreed to let me interview her. Now, let me just say, before we get started, “Anna” is one of the best story tellers around, and folks here in town will tell you, she knows how to tell a story. So, without further ado, let’s see what she has to say..

WHAT IS IT?
ME: So, Anna, tell me, what is this “Secrets of Rose River” all about?

ANNA: “Well, you see, folks say there’s a place somewhere along the river that runs deep into the woods here alongside our town that holds a secret. They say the water there in that place is like magic. It can take you places. The story goes that if you were to find this place, and touch the water there in that certain place, you will look around and see that you’ve gone forward in time, or even backward. But now, as far as I know, nobody’s ever found it, at least that would admit to it.”

WHERE IS IT?
ME: So, nobody you know of has ever found this place?

ANNA: “Well now, that all depends on how much of this story you want to believe. Of course, not too many around here ever told their stories, but then, who would believe them anyway? So, you just have to read my story and then decide for yourself. But, if you are willing to look through the eyes of a child once again, there is a little place somewhere down that little path in that forest of imagination you took as a child, where you could believe that just about anything’s possible. But of course, you know too, that I’m not going to just come out and tell you that. Now, that would spoil the magic of the whole story, now wouldn’t it?

ME: OK, I can understand that. So, if you don’t mind me asking, how old are you, Anna?

ANNA: Oh, naw, I don’t mind a bit! I’m eighty-seven. I was born Anna Elizabeth Brownfield, the youngest of eight children. I was born in 1865 just as the Civil War was ending.

ME: Anna, what is the name of your town here?

ANNA: “Wouldn’t you love to know? Of course, I’m not going to tell you that! Then all you folks would be a tryin’ to get here and see if you could find that place, now wouldn’t you?”

ME: (Laughing) OK, well, that makes sense. I can understand that. So, tell me, why do they call it a “river of secrets”?

ANNA: “Folks have called it that because that river, well, they say it’s like this enchanted lady that’s out there just a windin’ her way through the forest. The way we all put it, old Lady River has secrets she will never tell. That’s the truth too. I can tell you that river’s got secrets she will never tell. One thing I can tell you for sure is, ain’t many ever been able to ignore her when she comes a callin’.

ME: So, the river has a way of calling you?

ANNA: Oh yes! That’s how she gets you. See, there’s just this way the water kind of takes on this sparkle to it that just makes you want to go just a little farther, until before you realize it, you’ve done and gone too far.”

ME: You talk about Tater telling his story after a while. So, what do folks around here think of his story?

ANNA: Now, that’s a mighty interesting question! Of course, now, you know I learned from the best. Old Tater knows how to tell a story. Course, now, everybody around here knows he’ll knit you a yarn a mile long if you’ve got time to sit and listen to him. But now, old Tater, he loves to tell tall tales. So, there again, you just have to kind of take what he says and put it through the strainer, if you know what I mean, and just decide for yourself what you believe and what you don’t.

ME: So, tell us a little bit about Flapjack.

ANNA: (Laughs) Oh, that old dog, he’s something else. He’s always just kind of belonged to himself in a way. All I can say is, he plays a big part in our whole story, and I know a few things about old Flapjack that you don’t, so you just have to come back and listen to the story and see.

ME: Alright. So, tell me, what do you mean by “summer of the rose”?

ANNA: “Oh, well, that’s the whole romantic part of the story. Most of us have some kind of interesting story of how we met our true love. The rose plays an important part of my story. But then, I can’t tell you much more than that, you see. It would spoil the story. So, just come on back sometime and I’ll tell it to you. Well, I’m getting tired. I’m gonna go on back in there and rest a bit. But now, come on back, you hear? Come on back sometime soon, and I’ll sit here and tell you the whole thing. Believe you me. It’s a story you won’t soon forget. But now, just remember, if you mess around here long enough, Lady River out there, she knows you’re here, and she’ll soon come a callin’. If you’re like most folks have been, you won’t be able to ignore her. Everybody around here knows she’ll keep on a callin’ until she gets what she wants out of you.

ME: Well, Anna, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me and answer my questions. I’m sure folks will enjoy your story!

ANNA: Oh, you’re quite welcome! Come on back now, and I’ll tell you all about it! You be careful going back through them woods, now. That old river, she’ll take you on a trip you won’t believe if you mess around her long enough! Bye now, y’all come back!

ME: Good bye, Anna! We’ll be back for more of your stories!

We close that gate for now, and return to the present. Be sure to look for the second book in the series, coming soon, titled, “Scent of the Rose”. But don’t let “Anna” fool you. She’s just getting started!

Interested in reading more? Preview & purchase the book here!

And now, here is the movie trailer for the movie that was the inspiration for the “Secrets of Rose River”  Time Travel Trilogy. Adapted from a children’s book by Natalie Babbit, it is a lovely little story that I found enjoyable. My son, Joshua, got me onto the movie, and I guess you could say it is one of those you could watch again and again and never get tired of. So here you go, enjoy!

Again, I have already started book 2 in the series, “Scent of the Rose”, which will be coming in the near future, but right now, I am still playing catch up, as my husband and I have had a lot going on, plus I am also a grandma to my awesome grandsons. Also, I am in the planning stages of some neat stuff for you to include here on the website for download in the near future, so check back, and be sure to subscribe to my email so you don’t miss out! As always, thanks for stopping by!

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Repost: Interview with “Anna” – River of Secrets, Summer of the Rose #NewCover #Update

Hi everyone! I just wanted to repost this in case you missed it before, especially since I have a new cover on it! This is my “interview” with “Anna”, just to give you a little idea of what the story is about. Here is the original post (with the new cover pic of course)…

Oh, and I am including at the end of this one, the link to the post I did on my inspiration for this story, which you might find interesting, along with a special treat for you at the end of that one. Link is at the end of this post!

My latest, first in the "Enchanted River of the Rose" series, now available in Kindle (Amazon) and Nook (B&N) versions for $1.99!
My latest, first in the “Enchanted River of the Rose” series, now available in Kindle (Amazon) and Nook (B&N) versions for $1.99!

It is late in the summer of 1952, in this little town “somewhere in the south”. I am here, sitting out in front of the store with “Anna”, our story teller from my upcoming “Enchanted River of the Rose” series, the first of which is “River of Secrets: Summer of the Rose”, which is now available in book and Kindle versions on Amazon.com and in ebook (Nook) online at B&N . Meanwhile, why don’t you go on into the store here and get you a drink and come back out and sit down here with “Anna” and me and we’ll just let her tell you a little of what to expect. I told her it would be nice if we gave everyone a little of what it’s all about so she agreed to let me interview her. Now, let me just say, before we get started, “Anna” is one of the best story tellers around, and folks here in town will tell you, she knows how to tell a story. So, without further ado, let’s see what she has to say..

WHAT IS IT?
ME: So, Anna, tell me, what is this “River of Secrets” all about?

ANNA: “Well, you see, folks say there’s a place somewhere along the river that runs deep into the woods here alongside our town that holds a secret. They say the water there in that place is like magic. It can take you places. The story goes that if you were to find this place, and touch the water there in that certain place, you will look around and see that you’ve gone forward in time, or even backward. But now, as far as I know, nobody’s ever found it, at least that would admit to it.”

WHERE IS IT?
ME: So, nobody you know of has ever found this place?

ANNA: “Well now, that all depends on how much of this story you want to believe. Of course, not too many around here ever told their stories, but then, who would believe them anyway? So, you just have to read my story and then decide for yourself. But, if you are willing to look through the eyes of a child once again, there is a little place somewhere down that little path in that forest of imagination you took as a child, where you could believe that just about anything’s possible. But of course, you know too, that I’m not going to just come out and tell you that. Now, that would spoil the magic of the whole story, now wouldn’t it?

ME: OK, I can understand that. So, if you don’t mind me asking, how old are you, Anna?

ANNA: Oh, naw, I don’t mind a bit! I’m eighty-seven. I was born Anna Elizabeth Brownfield, the youngest of eight children. I was born in 1865 just as the Civil War was ending.

ME: Anna, what is the name of your town here?

ANNA: “Wouldn’t you love to know? Of course, I’m not going to tell you that! Then all you folks would be a tryin’ to get here and see if you could find that place, now wouldn’t you?”

ME: (Laughing) OK, well, that makes sense. I can understand that. So, tell me, why do they call it a “river of secrets”?

ANNA: “Folks have called it that because that river, well, they say it’s like this enchanted lady that’s out there just a windin’ her way through the forest. The way we all put it, old Lady River has secrets she will never tell. That’s the truth too. I can tell you that river’s got secrets she will never tell. One thing I can tell you for sure is, ain’t many ever been able to ignore her when she comes a callin’.

ME: So, the river has a way of calling you?

ANNA: Oh yes! That’s how she gets you. See, there’s just this way the water kind of takes on this sparkle to it that just makes you want to go just a little farther, until before you realize it, you’ve done and gone too far.”

ME: You talk about Tater telling his story after a while. So, what do folks around here think of his story?

ANNA: Now, that’s a mighty interesting question! Of course, now, you know I learned from the best. Old Tater knows how to tell a story. Course, now, everybody around here knows he’ll knit you a yarn a mile long if you’ve got time to sit and listen to him. But now, old Tater, he loves to tell tall tales. So, there again, you just have to kind of take what he says and put it through the strainer, if you know what I mean, and just decide for yourself what you believe and what you don’t.

ME: So, tell us a little bit about Flapjack.

ANNA: (Laughs) Oh, that old dog, he’s something else. He’s always just kind of belonged to himself in a way. All I can say is, he plays a big part in our whole story, and I know a few things about old Flapjack that you don’t, so you just have to come back and listen to the story and see.

ME: Alright. So, tell me, what do you mean by “summer of the rose”?

ANNA: “Oh, well, that’s the whole romantic part of the story. Most of us have some kind of interesting story of how we met our true love. The rose plays an important part of my story. But then, I can’t tell you much more than that, you see. It would spoil the story. So, just come on back sometime and I’ll tell it to you. Well, I’m getting tired. I’m gonna go on back in there and rest a bit. But now, come on back, you hear? Come on back sometime soon, and I’ll sit here and tell you the whole thing. Believe you me. It’s a story you won’t soon forget. But now, just remember, if you mess around here long enough, Lady River out there, she knows you’re here, and she’ll soon come a callin’. If you’re like most folks have been, you won’t be able to ignore her. Everybody around here knows she’ll keep on a callin’ until she gets what she wants out of you.

ME: Well, Anna, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me and answer my questions. I’m sure folks will enjoy your story!

ANNA: Oh, you’re quite welcome! Come on back now, and I’ll tell you all about it! You be careful going back through them woods, now. That old river, she’ll take you on a trip you won’t believe if you mess around her long enough! Bye now, y’all come back!

ME: Good bye, Anna! We’ll be back for more of your stories!

We close that gate for now, and return to the present. Be sure to look for the second book in the series, coming soon, titled, “Return to the River, Scent of the Rose”. But don’t let “Anna” fool you. She’s just getting started!

Now, here for you is a short excerpt from the first chapter of “River of Secrets, Summer of the Rose”. Remember, here, Anna is talking to you:

“…The truth was, probably everyone had wondered about it at one time or other, maybe even talked about it. But they kept it quiet if they did.
As I sat there listening to Tater’s story, I began to think back to when I had been sitting on the river bank by the bridge earlier. That’s when it hit me, something I think I’d known, and probably everyone around there had, but no one wanted to admit. Or maybe most of us were afraid to. There were times when the wind would pick up a certain way, that there was just something about the way the water moved down stream that seemed almost as if it were enticing you to follow it. It was just something no one could really put their finger on, that made it seem the water itself had taken on a mysterious way about it that almost seemed to beckon you…
No one else seemed to notice when Flapjack suddenly lifted his head up, looked around, then got up and walked off, headed in that same direction he always took—no one but me that is…”

And now, click here to read the original post I did on the movie that was my inspiration for “River…”

If you’d like to read the first two chapters free, click the link below…

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Again, I have already started book 2 in the series, “Return to the River, Scent of the Rose”, which will be coming in the near future, but right now, I am still playing catch up, as I was pretty busy this past summer with my husband, who finally had his kidney transplant, and then we were back at the hospital when he went through a slight case of rejection, but he is better now and doing great. Also, I am in the planning stages of some neat stuff for you to include here on the website for download in the near future, so check back, and be sure to subscribe to my email so you don’t miss out! As always, thanks for stopping by!

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Books by Flossie Stewart #GreatSummerReads

First in the Enchanted River of the Rose Series! Click here to read about the inspiration behind the series!

River of Secrets, Summer of the Rose

My latest, first in the THE RIVER HAS SECRETS SHE WILL NEVER TELL… Somewhere deep in the forest, where not many have ventured to go, lies a secret. Most of the folks in Anna Brownfield’s little dirt-road town “somewhere in the south” don’t have time for fairy tales about some secret place in the river that can take you to another place and time if you touch the water there. Yet, Anna, who’s now eighty-seven years old, can tell you she knows the ones that have stories to tell. Take a journey back in time if you dare, back to a time when in many ways life was simpler. Go back to a time when you saw the world through the eyes of a child and dared to imagine the impossible.

Read more…                    Read now for free!

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Return to Freedom, Voices in the Wind

New Cover! Kindle (Amazon) and Nook (B&N) versions only $2.99
New Cover! Kindle (Amazon) and Nook (B&N) versions only $2.99

Become the eagle, and take a journey into the past… Back to 1740. Ten winters have passed since his people were taken to serve as slaves for the white men. Now, Soaring Eagle is a strong, proud, Lakota Sioux warrior who will stop at nothing to find his people and return them to their sacred lands.

Then back to the present…Joe “Dreaming Hawk” Thomason has no answers for the dreams he’s been having. Nor can he explain the strange sense of closeness he feels to the Native American elder who tells the stories by the fire at night for the guests at Windy Mountain Campground and Resort. The elusive story teller has given little information about himself, leaving Al and Naomi Edgewood to wonder about the future of the campground. Yet, it is this air of mystery about him that continues to draw the guests each year.

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“River of Secrets, Summer of the Rose” – Sneak Preview Excerpt #GreatSummerReading #BooksforSummer

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”
Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

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(Anna is now 87 years old, and is telling the story reflecting back on her childhood. Here, in this scene, she was 12 years old, and her twin brothers, 15.)

Now, looking back, all I can say is, it’s just as old Sam said. It’s hard to really know because at first there is no change that you can notice around you—no obvious ones anyway. No one was ever really certain that it could be pinpointed to one exact location. But then, the folks around here had always known that the river has a kind of personality of its own. It was like the way things happened, it seemed to keep everyone guessing. After all, we all knew that the river had secrets it would never tell.

We got off of our horses and tied them to some nearby trees, then just walked around admiring the beauty of the place. All we were really thinking of at the time was that it was a nice place to stop. It didn’t seem a possibility in our minds at the time that we might have found the secret place. But then, the river itself wouldn’t have told us if we had.

We ran through the trees and climbed the rocks like silly children, laughing the whole time. But then, as we looked down into the water, once again, something about it seemed to beckon us.

I stood there, looking at my reflection in the water as we let our horses drink their fill of it. I looked every bit of my twelve years, although I had often been told I looked older than I was. But then, something in the water seemed to beckon me to come a little closer. It was like it suddenly seemed to take on a life of its own, like some sort of magical rippling effect in the water, making you want to reach down and touch it. Perhaps it was just that curiosity that seemed to have taken ahold of each of us. I would never know for sure. It was when I reached down with my fingers and touched the water that I knew immediately that something had changed.

The wind blew a little differently, somewhat stronger. All of a sudden it was late in the day. I looked around. The horses were gone. My brothers were gone. There was no one but me. It was later in the afternoon. At first it seemed nothing around me had changed that much. But then, as I looked around, I began to realize what my mind did not want to accept. I had somehow gone to another time.

You’ll want to be sure to add this one to your summer reading collection! Then, check back soon for the second book in the series, “Return to the River, Scent of the Rose”! Subscribe to my email via the tab above, so you’ll be sure to get email updates and be sure you don’t miss out!

Now, for a special treat, here is a Trailer Preview for the movie, adapted from a children’s book by Natalie Babbit, which was the inspiration for the “Enchanted River of the Rose” series. Also, a big thank you goes to my wonderful son, Joshua, who got me addicted to this lovely and enchanting movie, which starred Sissy Spacek. Here it is, enjoy!

“Return to Freedom, Voices in the Wind”, a #timetravelfantasy #Sneakpreviewexcerpt #promexcerpt

Since this is “prom season”, I have decided to share this little excerpt from my first book, “Return to Freedom, Voices in the Wind”, with you. Although I assume most of the schools have had their proms by now, the memories we create at our high school proms are timeless treasures that we keep in our hearts for the rest of our lives. My first prom was very special to me, as my husband, who was also my high school sweetheart, was the one who took me. In this scene, Corey, who is a high school teacher, is talking with some of the other teachers as they wait for the students to begin arriving. As he and his wife, Karen, are both teachers, (Karen teaches middle school), they soon find themselves on a mission to create a “path for learning” for their children, as advised by the mysterious Native American friend he meets, who has a hand in preparing them for their upcoming vacation, one that will take them on a journey that they will never forget. So, without further ado, here is an excerpt from the prom scene in the book:

Also, the book now has a new cover, although you may still see the old version of it for a while until it has time to update in their system, however, if you order the print version, you will receive the new version. My books are also in the Kindle Matchbook program, which means if you buy the print version, or have in the past, the Kindle version is free. Visit the page for more info. Get your copy and join the Wilkersons as they are about to embark on a journey they will never forget!

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New Cover! Now available on Amazon!
New Cover! Now available on Amazon!

He drove cautiously through the neighborhoods. Already, limos were parked here and there, waiting for their passengers, elegantly dressed young men and women posing out in their yards as cameras snapped away, preserving the memories that would be treasured years down the road.

He showed his teacher’s ID badge to the security officer and drove into the already fast filling parking lot. It was still a little early but many were arriving early to get into the line where pictures were being made, although some had chosen to have theirs made professionally. A handful of teachers and staff had arrived and stood around sipping punch and talking as he walked into the elaborately decorated gym turned dance floor.

“Hi Corey!” a couple of them called out to him. A few parents had come to help serve refreshments and were helping to set up the table. The DJ for the evening was busily setting his equipment up. If he hadn’t known better, he would have never known it was a gymnasium. For this year’s theme, they had set it up to look as though one had walked onto a cruise liner.

“They did an excellent job on this didn’t they?” Kathy Harrelson, one of the eleventh grade English teachers, commented as he walked up and joined them.

“Yes, they certainly did!” he replied. “I would have never known the difference!”

“Makes you want to go and take a cruise doesn’t it?” James Edwards, an Algebra teacher added.

“It sure does!” Corey said, looking around really taking note of it all for the first time.

“Actually, my husband and I are supposed to be going on one this summer! We’re very excited about it!” Kathy said enthusiastically.

“I know you’re looking forward to it!” James said. “Well, it’s about time for our guests to begin arriving! Think I’ll go and sneak one more cup of this punch,” he continued, excusing himself.

“Now, save some for the students!” Kathy called after him, smiling.

“Seems like I heard someone say we were going to start having the prom at a hotel ballroom next year,” she said in a questioning tone.

“Yes, they were talking about it at the board meeting,” Corey answered.

“I didn’t know. I wasn’t able to make the meeting,” she said.

“Well, that would be a nice change,” Tom Knudson said. As students were beginning to arrive, they all made their way to various locations, some near the door to greet those coming in. Then, in the next moment, it happened.

The lights went down, now replaced by special lighting that made one think of being in the ballroom of a cruise ship. In an instant, the whole scene was transformed. The “magic” of the evening had begun. A local lighting business had even donated a couple of less expensive replicas of chandeliers such as those used on cruise liners for them to use for the evening. Suddenly, it was as though they had all been transported to another place. It was truly amazing how they could do this so well, that it was almost convincing.

Now came his favorite part. Being the outgoing, well-liked teacher that he was, he had taken a place near the door. He loved watching their faces light up as they came in, their expressions star-gazed as they looked around, taking it all in. They had even had some help in constructing something similar to the front end of a cruise ship. This was where the king and queen would be introduced later in the evening.

Just then, Rudy Jenkins, the school’s principal, walked over and said something to the DJ, who then handed him the microphone. After a quick welcome announcement along with a reminder to everyone to help make it a safe and fun evening for all, he handed it back to the DJ, who took it and immediately began speaking. He spoke quickly and enthusiastically, starting the song playing when he was halfway through.

“Alright, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this year’s prom, the event you’ve been waiting for all year long! This year’s theme is “Cruising”, so all aboard! Our “ship” is now departing, so hope this will be a wonderful evening for everyone! Now, to start things off, I’ve had a request to play this song in memory of Aiden Jacobson, who was last year’s prom king, so in his memory, and in honor of our theme for this year, here’s a special song to get this ship sailing, so take your lady or your man by the hand, get close, and hope everyone has a lovely evening!”

There were gasps and comments of approval as couples took to the dance floor and began moving slowly with the music. It was the love theme song from a movie about the Titanic. The enchantment of the evening had begun. It always had a way of working its “magic” on him. He stood sipping punch and watching as they let the music take them away. More continued to arrive, and each time, the same amazed expressions as they looked around. “Welcome aboard! Hope you enjoy the evening!” he said as they entered. He always enjoyed seeing all the new styles and designs of dresses and tuxedos. It was like a sea of colors as he watched them, their dresses swishing and swaying as they danced through the evening.

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If you enjoyed this sneak preview excerpt and would like to read more, you can purchase “Return to Freedom, Voices in the Wind” from Amazon. My other book, “River of Secrets, Summer of the Rose”, first in the “Enchanted River of the Rose” series, which is also a time travel fantasy, is also available for purchase. Check back or subscribe to my email via the tab above so you can receive an email as more titles become available in the near future!

Flossie Stewart, Author: Books Now a Part of JCC Library!

Every author has to start out small and work their way up. No doubt, many great authors who have achieved success started out small. Here are some examples.

With that said, I suppose I should not let it get to me that my latest two book readings have been less of a success than I would have liked them to be. Actually my first one, which was at the Breezeway Cafe’, next to the Dunn Library, had a fairly good turn out. I actually had a teacher who asked me if I would be interested in coming to read for his students. My books are also now a part of the Dunn Library, although I was in the process of redoing the covers at that time, so I still am intending to get them new updated copies.

As for the one at the Mary Duncan Public Library in Benson, it being cold and pouring rain had a lot to do with it. As for the one at the Johnston Community College Library, I suppose the laugh is on me here, as you would think that as a 2008 graduate of JCC, I would have realized that after 12:00 – 12:30, most of the students are out of class and heading off to lunch, work or home. So, of course, not one person showed up. But I still have to say, hats off to the ladies at the library, Leander Croker and Jaxie Bryan, who made me feel right at home, and also purchased my books for addition to the library!

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With Leander Croker (L) and Jaxie Bryan (R) at Johnston Community College Library

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With Jaxie Bryan, receiving my books for addition to the JCC Library! (Sorry, this one’s a little blurry.)

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My first book, Return to Freedom, Voices in the Wind, available on Amazon and B & N online.
My latest, first in the "Enchanted River of the Rose" series, now available in Kindle (Amazon) and Nook (B & N) versions for $2.99
My latest, first in the “Enchanted River of the Rose” series, now available in Kindle (Amazon) and Nook (B & N) versions for $2.99
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Believe in yourself and you will be on the “write path”, as the banner behind me says.

If there is one thing I have learned, it is that in most instances where things have not turned out the way I had planned, I have tended to have bad timing. At any rate, we live and learn. Meanwhile, you can bet that in future events and gatherings at my Alma Mater, where there is likely to be a good crowd of students present, or anywhere there is an opportunity to be an inspiration, yours truly will be there, with copies of my books available. After all, one of my main goals is to encourage others, especially other students, that there are always opportunities to use your skills and abilities, if you only believe in yourself. Walt Disney himself said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”.

My youngest daughter graduated high school in 2010 and has also attended JCC. She is currently working on her transfer degree, as is my eldest, my son (at Fayetteville Tech). My middle child recently completed her Associates through an online college and both of my daughters are working hard towards their goals, in addition to being excellent mothers to my grandsons. For my youngest daughter, for her 2010 high school graduation, I was able to use my skills from my training in Office Systems Technology to make her graduation announcements myself, which actually came out very nice. The quote I put on the back? “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

With that said, I am proud to be an alumna of Johnston Community College. A lot has happened since I walked across that stage, some of it good, some of it not so good, but I have learned from it. I have taken the lessons life has taught me and kept moving forward, and I’ve taken my skills I gained from my time at JCC and put them to use in whatever way I could. That is what has carried me to where I am now. After all, like the many other “Indie Authors” like myself out there, we can only hope that perhaps one day, we will take our place in the “Authors’ Hall of Fame”, along with the others who started out small. For now, if I look at this experience in the positive light, I know what to do differently in the future. That and the fact that in that light, it was a milestone on my path, seeing my books become a part of the selections at the JCC Library! From that viewpoint, I walk away a winner!

So, I will simply learn from my mistakes, and keep moving forward. I will keep on using the things life and experience teach me, and if there is an opportunity for me to be an inspiration to someone else, then I will take it and run with it. It is then, that I will be on the “write path”! Believe in yourself, and never give up on your dreams. You never know, a future best seller may be trapped inside you! What ever your talent is, give it all you’ve got. Decide you are going to make it happen, and never settle for anything less! And yes, that is my tassel hanging off of the rear view mirror of our car!

All of my best to you,

Flossie Stewart, Author, JCC Class of 2008

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Upcoming Event: Wednesday, March 18th at Johnston Community College!

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Author Event at Johnston Community College

Wednesday, March 18th

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

In the Library’s North Carolina Room,

I will be holding a book reading, along with an insightful talk on my reading inspirations, and question and answer session,

AND

I will have a few of my books handy! I have a few with the new covers, and some with the old ones.

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If you would like to come, but are not sure of where the college is, here is the address:

Learning Resource Building (LRC) Building E
Johnston Community College
245 College Road
PO Box 2350
Smithfield, NC 27577

919-464-2251

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I know, I meant to post this much sooner, but I have had a lot going on lately, sorry for that. But I am just posting it here now, for any of my local friends who would like to join us, you are most certainly welcome to come! The picture above is not very good, since I had to take it off my computer screen, but is a copy of the poster they are using to advertise for the event around the college, with the exception of the fact that I changed the pics of my books to the new covers I have just designed. So, consider this an invite! Feel free to reblog this or share it!

I hope to see you there!

“Return to Freedom, Voices in the Wind” – Another Sneak Peak…

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Hi again,
I know I haven’t been on in a week or so. A lot is happening in my life right now, and of course, I will try to catch you up on it all. For now, I thought you would like another sneak preview snippet of my current book, which is already published, “Return to Freedom, Voices in the Wind”. You have probably already read what it’s about on my ‘Books Available Now’ page here on my blog/site.

If you have, then you know that in this story, you are taken on a powerful journey into the past, where you follow “Soaring Eagle” and his people in the Lakota Sioux tribe on their journey, their “Return to Freedom” after they were taken to serve as slaves. You follow him as he grows from a small, frightened young boy to a strong, proud warrior and leader of his people, who will stop at nothing to find his people and bring them home.

Then, we return to the present, and follow Corey and Karen Wilkerson, both teachers, who have decided to take their children on an educational yet fun vacation. Little do they know, they are about to embark on a journey they will never forget. Here, we join the Wilkersons, as Corey and his family sit down to dinner. It is prom week at the high school, where Corey is a U.S. History teacher, so that might clue you in as to their discussion at the dinner table. In this little snippet I am including here for you, it is Corey, just getting home, who begins the discussion. Enjoy, and if you would like to read more, you can purchase it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Books-A-Million!

Just a little note here: Although Bryan, 13, and Stephanie, 10, are making progress on their journey to maturity, as Corey and Karen have been working to help prepare them for their upcoming vacation so that they will appreciate it and get what they want them to get out of it, you will see at this point that they are still somewhat in a sort of rivalry with each other, which proves at times to be downright entertaining. And now, we join the Wilkersons at their dinner table….

“This is great!” he said, as they all ate together.
“Yeah, this is awesome, Mom, thanks!” Bryan said as he wolfed down his food.
“Simply delicious, Mom, thank you for bringing it home!” Stephanie added as she politely ate her food.
“Well, you are all welcome! Glad you are enjoying it.”
“Can I have another taco?” Bryan asked.
“Sure, I bought plenty!” his mom said.
“So how was your day?” she asked Corey.
“It was pretty good. We were reviewing for the test Friday.” There was a short pause as they all ate quietly. “Tomorrow we are having the program in the auditorium, you know on being safe during prom weekend, not texting or drinking and driving.”
“Oh yes, that’s right, prom is this weekend,” she said.
“Yes, and that’s also why we set good examples for the kids on that too,” he said, wanting the kids to hear him.
“Well, I was sitting in the parking lot at the restaurant when I texted you,” she said, catching his hint.
“I’m glad you and dad are always doing things safe!” Stephanie said, reaching over and hugging her mom.
“When I get old enough to drive, I’m always going to be safe. I’m never going to text and drive!” Bryan exclaimed proudly.
“That’s my man!” his dad said, putting an arm around his shoulder.
A couple more minutes passed as they enjoyed the meal together. “I was thinking…” Karen said, reaching for another taco. “I thought it would be a good idea if we invited your mom and dad to go to the lake with us.”
“Alright! That would great if Grandma and Grandpa could go with us!” Bryan said, finishing his plate.
“Well, I think that would be a wonderful idea. We could bring the tents and camp out overnight, maybe even do a little fishing,” Corey said.
“Wow, that would be great!” Bryan said excitedly.
“That’ll be fun!” Stephanie said.
“Well, we’ll call them and see what they say,” their dad said, taking a sip of his tea. “Maybe we’ll even take the skillet and cook the fish we catch and I can teach you kids how to live off the land!”
“Oh, you mean all that boy scout stuff you learned?” Bryan asked, curiously.
“Sure, why not? It’s stuff you might need to know one day!” his dad answered.
“Sounds like fun!” Bryan said, getting up and taking his plate to the trash. “OK, I’m going upstairs to do my homework. Thanks mom! That was awesome!” he said hugging her.
“It sure was mom! Love you!” Stephanie said, hugging her from the other side.
“I’m glad you liked it!” she said.
“I’ll help you clean up, mom, before I go do my homework!”
“Thanks sweetie!” she said, as she took a sip of her tea, relaxing for a moment longer as Stephanie began clearing the table.
“Well, I’ll go ahead and call them in a little while,” Karen said, as she finished her tea and got up to help her daughter clean up.
“I think it will be good for them. We hardly ever get any time with them,” he said, putting an arm around her as he went to throw his plate away.
“Good thing I bought these disposable plates, not so many dishes to wash!” she said.
“Well, I’m going in here and sit down and relax for a bit, unless there’s something I can do for you first,” he said.
“No, I think we’ve got it,” she said, as she leaned up and kissed him. “Thanks, though. You go sit down and rest. I’ll be in there in a few minutes.”
“Alright, Hon,” he said, going into the living room as she and Stephanie finished up in the kitchen.
“Thanks for helping me, Stephanie!” she said.
“You’re welcome, Mom! I’m going up to my room to work on my homework.
“OK.” she answered.
With dinner over, they could all sit down and relax. She liked to make those good old fashioned home cooked meals whenever she could; but, with them both having busy schedules as teachers, sometimes a good quick meal from one of their favorite restaurants served the purpose just as well, and allowed them to have more family time. They liked to relax a little together before they planned their lessons for the next day.

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Well, that’s it for now. If you would like to read the rest and follow the Wilkersons on their journey, there are a couple of surprises at the end, that make this a powerful journey that you won’t soon forget! So head on over to get yours now, and join the guests around the campfire at Windy Mountain Campground and Resort, where the “wind seems to blow in whispers, almost like “…Voices in the Wind”…

Click here to purchase in book or Kindle on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Return-Freedom-Flossie-Hartshorn-Lowrance/dp/1492251720

Click here to purchase the (print) book on Barnes (and) Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/return-to-freedom-voices-in-the-wind-flossie-hartshorn-lowrance/1116893412?ean=9781492251729

Click here to purchase on Books A Million:

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Return-Freedom-Voices-Wind/Flossie-Hartshorn-Lowrance/9781492251729?id=6043290154314

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I hope you enjoyed this little sneak preview. Thanks again for stopping by, and do feel free to share this post on your FaceBook with your friends, or email it to a friend! If you have read it and enjoyed it, please consider stopping back by one of the above links where the book is sold, and leaving a review, which will help other customers. Thanks and I hope you enjoy the journey! I have started on a sequel to it which will be coming soon! Meanwhile, be sure to click on my ‘Books Coming Soon’ link to read more sneak previews of books coming in the near future! And again, please bear with me, as I had planned on having “River of Secrets, Summer of the Rose” available by now, but it is taking a bit more time since I am currently going through a name change. Thanks all, and come back soon!