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Posts Tagged ‘Priscilla Oliveras’

Nourishment for My Latino Soul

Hi everyone! I’m blogging over on Limecello’s A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet site as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hope you can hop on over there to hear about the role food plays in my culture and see if you want to try the Fernandez sisters’ family recipe for Asopao de Gandules (pigeon pea soup)– I promise it’s tasty!

Here’s the link to Limecello’s blog: http://wp.me/p2PzGm-2zg

My Favorite Phone App

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It’s Writer Wednesdays again!!

This time, my friends and I are chatting about our favorite apps on our phone. I have to admit, my phone is overloaded with apps—some I rarely open, others I don’t go a day without using. Some I’ll cry if they’re accidentally deleted. 😀

Which one is my favorite? Heck, that’s impossible for me to answer. In part because it depends on the time of year or the season or the moment…

But to keep this blog short, let’s see if I can narrow it down.

I have the usual suspects—Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—all of which I check multiple times a day. Especially if there’s something special going on like an author FB party or a release day. And because I enjoy staying in touch with family, friends and readers.

My daughters have also turned me on to Snapchat. My snaps are limited to select family members and few friends, though. We like to take silly pics and make each other laugh. So those pics are usually the ones we don’t wanna post on social media, we just send to share a chuckle with one another.

But what are a few apps that might not be as common among my author friends and me? Let’s see…

During college football season, you’ll find me checking my University of Florida Alumni Association app before game days. They’ll share updates and news about game day events and times.
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You’ll also commonly here the ESPN theme chiming on my cell as I get a score or news alert from my ESPN app.

But my absolute favorite sports app is my MLB (Major League Baseball) app. We are weeks away from MLB’s 2017 Opening Day. Once it’s upon us, my MLB app joins the battle for my absolute all-around favorite. That’s because, if my Chicago Cubs are playing, the MLB app allows me to listen to the live radio broadcast. Or checking the score. Or reading the highlights. And hoping to fly my “W” flag!
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Right up there with my MLB app, gunning for the Top App billing, is my Kindle app. I never thought I’d like reading on my cell, but I love that if I’m waiting in line at the grocery store, or meeting someone who’s running late, or wind up with a quiet break at some point in my hectic day, I’ve got multiple books on my phone, waiting to be read.

 

His Perfect PartnerAnd finally, because my debut novel, His Perfect Partner, Book 1 in my new Matched to Perfection series, is now up for pre-order, my Amazon app has become one of my favorites! This debut is a long time coming, so it’s fun to click over to my author page and see my book on-line. 😀

Wanna check out what can’t-miss apps the other Writer Wednesdays authors are sharing? Click on over and see the fun they’re chatting about on their blogs.


Sharon Wray, Tamra Baumann, Pamela Kopfler, Kay Hudson, TL Sumner

Happy New Year Facebook Hop Hosted by @LoveKissedBookBargains!

 

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Welcome to the Happy New Year Facebook Hop, hosted by @Love Kissed Book Bargains!

 

Featuring tons of prizes from over 150 authors and bloggers, including Amazon gift cards, it’s a great way to spend New Year’s Weekend!

At the end of the hop I’ll be giving away a $20 Starbucks gift card, in honor of the many Starbucks drinks that powered me through hours of writing. 😀

 

Please join the fun by visiting my author Facebook page and following the instructions provided. The giveaway is open from 12pm EST on 12/31 until 12pm EST on 1/2 and winners will be chosen at random.

 

In case of a broken link and to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway, visit the website for a complete list of participants:

http://lovekissedbookbargains.com/join-the-happy-new-year-hop-here/   Win a Kindle or Amazon Gift Cards!

 

Good luck and I hope everyone has a Happy New Year weekend!

 

Facebook giveaways are in NO way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Information collected is NOT collected by Facebook. In signing up for this promotion, participants release and indemnify Facebook from all liability.

My Sweet Baby Girl (GoldenDoodle)–Addi

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So if you didn’t already guess by my blog title,  the Writer Wednesdays image sums up today’s common theme amongst all the Writer Wednesdays blogs– our pets.

 

I have to start by saying I didn’t grow up with animals. As a military family we moved around quite a bit so we never had pets.

 

Flash forward to married life with children. We had two dogs at different times. One was a stray golden retriever, quite old yet loyal, but she died about two years after we found her. Another was a black lab whose owner had started traveling with a new job so we adopted her into our house. Unfortunately five years later she developed liver cancer that was too aggressive and she passed, too.

 

Both of those dogs came to our family already grown. And to be honest, while they were both great dogs and I loved them, as a non-pet owner for most of my life I was sometimes intimidated by their size.

 

Enter my youngest baby girl– the goldendoodle my daughters and I picked out from a litter seven years ago this past summer.

 

You see, Addison—Addi for short—came to me as a baby.

 

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That first night when she was whimpering in her kennel, I’m the one who came downstairs, opened the kennel door, laid her pillow in the opening and slept on the carpeted floor with her to keep her company. I did that for several nights. Then closed the door and slept on the floor close by a couple more nights. Then I moved to the couch, little by little moving farther away until she was used to sleeping alone.

 

I got that idea from a parenting book about solving your child’s sleep issues. The technique had worked for my oldest daughter, why not for my baby girl puppy?

 

Like all kids do, my little puppy grew up fast. Quadrupling or quintupling, heck probably sextupling her size. Her puppy size is about the size of her head now that she’s all grown.

 

And while my girls have all gone off to college and now adult life, Addi’s still at home with me.

Still ready to greet me with excitement and love after a long work day.

 

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Ready to hit the beach with me for a little creative and emotional well refilling.

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Ready to go out for a run as we try to stay in shape.

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Ready for a ride in the car—she thinks she can drive,

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but it’s really seldom that I even let her ride shotgun…

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And of course, she’s always ready to take a nap like the champion nappers we are.

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Overall, this non-pet person has become a pet-lover. I can’t imagine my life without Addi.

 

She’s the last of my little girls. The one who never talks back to me. The one who listens to me most of the time.

 

And when the opportunity to have all my girls together presents itself, like this pic we took last Christmas morning, I count my blessings.

 

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Do you have a pet in your house? The Writer Wednesday authors and I would love to hear about it.

 

And please don’t forget to stop by the other Writer Wednesday author sites to hear what they’re sharing.

Tamra BaumannSharon Wray / Carol J Post

Hope to hear from you!! And we’ll see you back here next month!!

When I Grow Up…

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As soon as I typed the four words of my title, I knew my post was probably going in a different direction than most of the others in the Writer Wednesdays group.

You see, if you’re a musical theatre aficionado like I am,

the title probably brought to mind the song from the Tony-winning production of “Matilda.”

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Well, it did for this theatre buff, anyway. 😀

If you’re not familiar with song and you wanna hear a catchy tune, let me oblige you: “When I Grow Up

I challenge you not to find yourself humming this later today.

If so, drop me a comment below or shoot me a tweet via @prisoliveras to let me know.

The lyrics  offer a cute look at how kids often (mistakenly) think life will be easier when they’re adults.  ‘Cuz, you know, when you’re grown up you’ll get to do fun things like “eat sweets every day, on the way to work”, “go to bed late every night” or “spend all day just lying in the sun” and not burn ‘cause you’ll “be all grown up.”

Even better, as the song says, you’ll “be smart enough to answer all the questions that you need to know the answers to.” And you’ll be “strong enough to carry all the heavy things you have to haul around with you.” Even better, you’ll be “brave enough to fight the creatures, that you have to fight beneath the bed each night to be a grown up.”

If only life and our adult decisions were that simple.

Figuring out what we want to be when we grow up can often be pretty mind boggling. But like the wise man he was, Dr. Seuss put a positive spin on  the idea in one of the childhood books my daughters loved:

Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should be a Vet!

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Here are two of my favorite, often-remembered pages:

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“Want to be a ticket taker? Want to be a pizza maker?”

Maybe you

How about a wrestler… a writer… or a waiter?”

The rhyming and rhythmic list of jobs Dr. Seuss offers—some silly, some more practical— is a reminder to kids that they can be whatever they want to be, whatever they dream to be.

But the thing is, I think the book offers an important message for all of us no matter what age we are. Because it’s never too late try something different. To stretch our wings. To seek a path we’ve thought about, but never pursued.

Because life doesn’t have to be set in stone.

Like Matilda says at the end of “When I Grow Up” and in another song titled “Naughty“: “Just because I find myself in this story, it doesn’t mean that everything is written for me.”

I see both songs as a call to action.

A reminder that we’re never too old or too young or too little to try a new adventure.

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Like one of the musical’s tag lines says: To change the world it takes a little genius.

And a little gumption, too!  😀

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So, whether life has thrown you a curve and you need to re-evaluate, or if you’re trucking along just fine but wanna try adding something new in your life. It’s never too late to go for it.

What’s something you’d like to try or do “when you grow up”—I’d love to hear some of your ideas!

And don’t forget to check out what the other Writer Wednesday bloggers are sharing about “When They Grow  Up”!

Romantic Suspense author: Carol Post
Paranormal Romance author: Kay Hudson
Contemporary Romance author: Tamra Baumann
YA romance author: TL Sumner

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