They said it’s your birthday

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In October of 1999 we adopted a five-year old by the name of Jasper. We truly did not foresee how much he would infiltrate every aspect of our lives when he came home. His first owner, an Army soldier, either didn’t research her purchase in advance, didn’t have time to take care of one or just thought, “Oh, it be cool to have a parrot.” Just glad she gave him up so he could come home with us.

Here is Jasper T. Williams and he is 20 years old. We don’t know his birthday so we celebrate a day in October as Oh My Gosh It’s You Came Home To Your Forever Family We’re Never Letting You Go You Are Safe With Us We Love You day. LOL

And he is. No longer will he be stuck inside a cage, never getting out, and not able to stretch his wings. No more will he not be loved. No more will he spend his time alone.

My second children’s book: Picked up for publication

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I received wonderful news this past Saturday. My second children’s book has been picked up for publication.

WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I read the email while riding with my hubby in his truck while doing errands most of the day. It was hard to contain myself as I leaned back in the seat and smiled BIG.

My mind is already going a thousand miles an hour on things as it is but now needs to focus on this project after the contract is signed.

Jasper and I will be at it again in Jasper: Rainforest Friends and Family.

My reviews on Amazon

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When I do a review for a book I place it on eight sites. I don’t get paid to do this, I just do it. Getting a recent email from Amazon I discovered I had reviewed 133 books for them. That number blew my mind. I’m not even sure when I first started to do it, but it sure has added up.

But in the email they sent me was an interesting fact. Customers have found your reviews helpful 123 times. Say what? That blew my mind again. When I did the math, if it can be done this way mind you, that gives me a rating of over 92%. I think this is pretty neat.

I don’t place reviews with any ulterior motive. As a reviewer for Booksneeze I am required to place a review on a commercial site. Being so use to doing this I now review books that are asked of me from fellow writers and books I just read for fun.

Reviewing not only helps the author and the readers, it helps me as well. It homes in on my skills as an author when I critique other people’s works and when I am going over mine. That is something that you can’t learn in a class. It is perfected by doing actual reviews and doing them over and over again.

But the fact that 123 customers have found my review helpful makes me smile.