Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Gift

I’ll share a few fun facts that I found on the internet about St. Valentine's Day.

  • About 3% send Valentine gifts to their pet
  • Each year, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day.
  • On Valentine’s Day twist the stem of an apple while reciting five or six names, then at the moment the stem breaks, the one whose name was recited will be your spouse.
  • On Valentine’s Day counting the number of seeds found inside an apple indicates the number of children you will have.
  • You will marry a cheapskate if you see a squirrel on Valentine’s Day.
  • On St. Valentine’s Day, you will marry a millionaire if you see a goldfinch, if you see a robin, you will marry a crime fighter, if you see a flock of doves, your marriage will be happy and peaceful.
There’s much more, but I’ll stop here, with the brighter side of Valentine’s Day and look at the February month of love magic and ancient Pagan celebrations.                                                  


Roman’s most ancient festival was a mid-February holiday called Lupercalia (Latin for wolf) when many of the noble youths and officials ran through the city naked. They physically abused infertile women believing it would help make babies. At the end of the celebration, they covered their bodies with blood from sacrificial goats and a dog which were thought to have the strongest sexual instinct for sacrifice to the god of fertility.

St. Valentine’s Day was named after Saint Valentine, the saint exalted as a patron of love and happy marriages. Then history gets a somewhat muddy. During the Roman Empire in the 3rd century, Emperor Claudius II (known as Claudius the Cruel) on February 14, executed two Valentines in the name of Christianity. The first was Valentine of Rome who was said to have married people illegally. The second execution was Valentine of Terni who was a spiritual leader and faith healer. Sometimes within the next two hundred years, Pope Gelasius I purified the month of February, abolishing the Lupercalia celebration (the one mentioned above), leading to St. Valentine’s Day. 

Now, fast forward to Chicago, 1929, February 14, St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. This day of compassion and love was filled with murder, abuse and failed romances.

While doing some research for my first Yellow Creek novel, Secret Past, I found a St. Valentine’s Day Massacre that took place during the days of lawlessness and violence. The crime lord Al Capone gunned down his rivals on Valentine’s Day. Lining seven of Bugs Moran’s men up against the wall, firing into them seventy rounds of ammo.  Though no one was caught or brought to trial for murder, Capone was labelled the most notorious gangster, making him the “Public Enemy No 1.” Ironically, the man that instigated the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre was sent to jail for evasion of federal income tax.

Here’s a few quotes to bright up or thoughts for St. Valentine's Day.  I found on this site: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_valentinesday.html

Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.  Lord Byron

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you. A.A. Milne

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love. Maya Angelou

They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything. Bill Keane

Valentine Gift for you, 
To wish all  my friends a Happy Valentine's Day, I have the first Silver Sage Creek Book,
Better She Die on for FREE, download today at AMAZON 

Regardless of the Valentine’s Day history, it is a day we now celebrate those we love with gifts of flowers and chocolates.

 Happy Valentine's Day
Judy

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice

The First Day of Winter for 2016, December 21. Winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, as well as the longest night of the year! Oh, I should clarify…in the Northern Hemisphere. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, then you have to wait until June!

If you don’t think about the actual astronomical phenomenon, or the Northern Hemisphere tilting the farthest from the sun, or the fact that the Southern Hemisphere is now having 12 hours of daylight while we here in the Northern part of the earth are having just the opposite, and pleeese, let’s not even think about Nasa’s research on how the tilt of our planet resulted from collisions with proto-planets and other formation in the solar system billions of years ago! As I said, don't think about those things, just be excited that now the first day of Winter means our daylight starts to get longer again – yeah, well, I know it’s slow, but as the days spread their daylight longer that means, spring is around the corner. (I'm thinking positive!) For now, I’m going to enjoy the beauty of the white fluffy flakes drifting down turning my backyard into a winter wonderland.   

Attribution: Jecowa at the English language Wikipedia 

You still have time to enter the drawing for my Christmas Box giveaway:  


A Christmas mug, a Christmas bear, and the three author's signed Christmas Books: Santa's Pretty Lady, Santa's Secret Gift, Mainland Santa
How to put your name in the drawing, Go to HERE

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and may you and your family be blessed with happiness, love and good health.  Judy


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Merry Christmas

   
Can you believe December is here? Where has the year gone? They said we had six inches of snow on Monday! I thought it was more like three inches! But, still the ground was white and my dogs love running through the white powdery stuff. You can imagine the snowballs sticking to their fur. Anyway, moving on - I spent the weekend after Thanksgiving putting up my Christmas trees. I love this time of year. And, yes, I’ve been playing Christmas music for the last two months. 

To celebrate the Christmas Season, I’ve updated my Christmas book covers to the Santa Series and wanted to share with you (the first covers are the original):



Link

What do you think? I loved the old ones, but I’m also thrilled with the new covers, created by Sheri McGathy, http://sherimcgathy.com/

I’m also thrilled to announce the book cover, Santa’s Pretty Lady’s won first place in the Still Moments Magazine Winter Holiday Cover Contest. Thank you to all of you that voted for my cover.






I’m having a Christmas Giveaway Drawing during the month of December, here’s what in the Christmas box:

A Christmas mug, a Christmas bear, and the three author's signed Christmas Books: Santa's Pretty Lady, Santa's Secret Gift, Mainland Santa.  How to put your name in the drawing...Go to http://anna_sugg.coffeecup.com/Contests.html

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and may you and your family be blessed with happiness, love, and good health.   Judy

Friday, November 18, 2016

Nano Month

November is the month of Thanksgiving. There’s much that I have to be thankful for and I’m sure all those of you participating in the Nanowrimo are thankful too. Many of you already know, but for those of you that aren’t sure, I thought I’d share a little about Nanowrimo?

The word stands for National Novel Writing Month (Nano), a nonprofit organization that offers a fun approach to creative writing starting on November 1, with thousands of writers participating.


Their Mission Statement "National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds--on and off the page." http://nanowrimo.org

During this Nano month, many people of all ages around the world are writing at this moment advancing toward a goal of completing a 50,000 word novel by the deadline, 11:59 PM November 30.  Anyone can participate, all it takes is lots of determination and enthusiasm to write your story by the deadline, even if this is the first story you’ve ever written.
If you’re thinking you might like to participate next year, go to their website for all the help you need to prepare for the month. If this is all new to you, Sign up – it’s free. Read about it, ask others about it, and get ready, you have next year to look forward to as one of those participants. Who knows, you’re first novel could be written in one month. 

Now, you may be asking if I’m participating in Nano.  No. I tried once, but discovered November is too busy of a month for me to commit. When I commit to doing a project, I work until it’s done, but when I tried Nano, it took more time than I was willing to give because the holidays were approaching. My family is number one in my life and my writing takes second place, so to get ready for the holidays and my family, especially those coming from out of town, I didn’t make the deadline. So, with that said, I do wish all those participating in Nano the very best of luck in your completion of your novel during November. 

I love Thanksgiving. We always have our family sitting around a large dining room table with our best china plates and Brett’s yummy turkey with all the trimmings, and all the pies, goodies, and my traditional homemade carrot cake to help put on the extra ten pound even before Christmas. I’ve been blessed.

 Blessings to all of you and yours this Thanksgiving Day.  Judy


       

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Hacked?

Has your computer been hacked? Or, crashed because you opened an attachment? I think we’ve all been there.

I ran across an article from the Department of Homeland Security the other day discussing how to protect myself from a cyber-attack. The department talked about how important their role was in the threats to our cyber network. Their purpose is to secure the infrastructure of our cyberspace network which has become essential to our lives. The Official website of the Department of Homeland Security Click Here  listed several steps we as private and public individuals should take.

Here a few:

Never click on links in emails or open an attachment unless you know it’s legitimate. If you’re not sure, go to the site and log on directly. Turn off the option to automatically download attachments in your email.

Do not give out personal information over the phone or in email unless you’re sure. Remember social malicious actors will seem trustworthy, even if they have some of your information. Good ideal to ask them for their name so you can have a call back number.

Set secure passwords. Don’t Share.

Keep your software up to date – security updates are free from major software companies.

Contact companies or individuals directly to verify their authenticity of requests.

Stop. Think. Connect. Is a national public awareness campaign to increase the understanding of cyber threats to help the American public to be safer and more secure online. Click

Don’t use passwords based on personal information, this makes it easier for attackers. Examples: intentionally misspell words (for date, use daytt), or mnemonics, for example, “hoops” use “IlTpbb” for "[I] [l]ike [T]o [p]lay [b]asket[b]all." (I think this is a great idea)


Let me throw out another question. 

What would happen if an EMP struck our nation? Is our government ready? 

Or, would we be thrown back into the dark ages? Hmmm 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Autumn!

I hope you enjoyed the last month of summer, August. It seems, once September makes its way into our valley, the lazy days of summer ends. Now, the leaves are turning, and fall is arriving too quickly. I love Fall, but around here, Winter 

bounces upon us before we have a chance to really enjoy the fall temperatures. 


Here’s what’s happening this month…

The League of Utah Writers 
Fall Conference
September 23-24, 2016
Provo Marriott 101 West 100 North
Provo, Utah


Register here...  

On Saturday September 24, 4:30pm Mary Martinez and I will be presenting a class on "You can Write a Series too." Hope to see you there.




Also, mark your calendar on October 4, 2016, 7 to 9:00 pm for the following:
 






October 4, 2016
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Brigham City Library
26 E Forest Street
Brigham City, UT

You’ll have a chance to interact with the following authors and ask questions, so please stop by if you’re in the area.

JudyBaker                      Joy Spraycar                 

Update on my Christmas novel, Karibou Magic...weeeeell, I'm still writing and nearly ready to send it off to my editor. So, stay tune for a soon to be release date.   

Have a great Autumn and enjoy the beautiful leaves turning...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Happy July



Loads of things happening during this summer month of July. For one thing, it’s my Birthday Month and to celebrate, I’ve decide to put my Silver Sage Creek Novels and Yellow Creeks books on sale to celebrate my entire birthday month. 
Just click on the title and it will take you to Amazon.  I appreciate all of you that have supported me throughout the writings of my books. 
                           Better She Die       Better She Live   Better She Love     Secret Past      Ghost Thunder      Spirit Catcher


Please mark your calendar on July 10 to visit Mary Martinez’s blog
She asked me to make a cooking video for her blog. It wasn’t easy, but it was fun...once I finished!  Please stop by and watch it and let me know if you tried my recipe.

I’m still working on my Christmas story and aiming at an August release. Stay tune.

 Karibou Magic

Christmas is magic. At least that's what Eva Mars Bowman thought until that tragic night. Running from her past, she accepts a job with an old veterinarian in a small town in Wyoming. Now with Doc's help, and his magical reindeer, she has a reason to believe in Christmas magic once again.
Nothing stays the same. Her newly found Christmas magic shatters. Doc becomes ill. His estranged son, Trebek Nickolas, returns with plans to change all that his father has built, including getting rid of the reindeer.

Compared to Doc, Trebek is coldhearted and wants nothing to do with Christmas? Can she convince him that forgiving and loving will bring back the Christmas magic he knew as a child? Or, will she have to move? Will Christmas magic be stripped away from her life again, forever?

An old veterinarian and his special reindeer brings Christmas magic back into her life, but will his handsome son shatter that belief?
Thank you Sheri McGathy for such a lovely book cover.

I’m giving away a free ebook, Secret Past to celebrate with Romance Books 4 Us. Head over to RB4U and check out all the prizes to celebrate Christmas in July.  http://www.romancebooks4us.com/ Lots of authors giving away lots of free stuff. 


Authors in the Round: 
Salt Lake County Libraries
—July 26, 2016 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Kearns Library

5350 South 4220 West

Kearns, Utah 84118

Young Adult and Paranormal


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