“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” ~ Buddha


“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” ~ Helen Keller


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy


“Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.” ~ Les Brown


“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .’” ~ C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Thanksgiving gratitude

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving
and enjoyable weekend!

There are LOTS of terrific reads from Vanilla Heart Publishing starting as low as $0.99, so fill up your Kindles and curl up under a warm blanket on these chilly nights and let these authors take you away.


by Lauren Shiro
What happens to love when life changes? Two women in love,
one debilitating change…

Believing in Santa
by Chelle Cordero

Dini didn’t want to think about her past and Seth wasn’t thinking about anything but his past. They’re thrown together as Santa and his Number One Elf at the homeless shelter. Her past is catching up to her, and Seth may risk his future to protect her.

Cora’s Crossing
by Malcolm R. Campbell

Two young men are mysteriously drawn to an old bridge during a rogue thunderstorm, where they discover the dead are waiting to speak and their lives are in jeopardy when they help an injured young woman they find beside the road.

First Christmas: A Holiday Short Story
by Lauren Shiro
Darryl is coming home from the military. Corrine has changed… grown… become a woman he barely knows… a woman who amazes him at every turn. He’s coming home for their first Christmas… together.

Holiday Happiness: A Short Story
by Chelle Cordero
A short story about finding holiday happiness when you didn’t realize it was right there with you all along.

The Holiday Secret
by Neva Squires-Rodriguez
When Evaliz’s parents send her to New York to visit her sister, Tatiana. After Tatiana reveals a shocking secret, Evaliz wonders how her life will ever be the same. 

Home for the Holidays: A Holiday Short Story
by Charmaine Gordon
Eight year old twin sisters were placed in a private religious school
in Utah years ago. Ten years later, they reach out to the kind aunt
and uncle who raised their older sister and brother. 

Jock Talks…Outlandish Happenings
by Malcolm R. Campbell
Jock Stewart has chosen to make his stand for old-fashioned reporting at the Junction City Star-Gazer, a newspaper that—while run by fools and buffoons—knows the difference between real news and “stuff that sounds like real news.”

Jock Talks…Strange People
by Malcolm R. Campbell
The stories in this book represent a selection of the good, the weird and the absurd of investigative reporter Jock Stewart’s Night Beat columns.

Jock Who? Jock’s Holiday Musings
by Malcolm R. Campbell
Jock Stewart, known for his wit and sarcasm, shares a few satirical news stories he’s written about this holiday.

Moonlight and Ghosts, a short story 
by Malcolm R. Campbell
Randy and his friend, Alice, have heard ghost hunter claims that an abandoned psychiatric hospital is haunted. The haunts point Randy and Alice to a crime in progress and there’s not much time to save the victim.

Nightlife: Stories from the Shadows Short Story
by Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard
Seattle Homicide half-vampire Detective Lilah Evans gets called to a dead body. She must find out if there’s a connection to a missing girl, and do her damnedest to solve the crime, all while protecting her secret.

Romancing the Grinch
by Tamara Philip

Lenora Winslow absolutely despises holiday cheer. Logan Darling thrives in the festive season. When the two meet by chance on Christmas Eve, will love be in the air or will it be a case of the winter blues?

Scarlet’s Tears, A Short Story
by Angela Kay Austin

When you lose everything you love, how are you supposed to believe it won’t happen again?

The Smoke that Thunders: A Piet van Zyl Adventure
by Paul Zunckel

For Piet and Peggy, taking care of their friends’ daughter for a few days should be easy… until thunder rolls across the African sky, sending out a warning to those who would care to take heed.

by Lauren Shiro

Joe Davis has spent the last four years of his life behind a
turret scope as a sniper for the Detroit PD’s SWAT Team.

Until the Ambulance Arrives
by Chelle Cordero

Until the Ambulance Arrives gives information for
the consumer on how to handle emergencies

17 Books at $0.99 each

Total $16.83 instant download from Amazon 

Quality reading material ~ PRICELESS



“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt


“Be the hero of your children’s story. Never let them believe for a minute that honor, courage and doing what is right is only reserved for other fathers and mothers.” ~ Shannon L. Alder


“The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?” ~ George Orwell, 1984


 “Pain is a pesky part of being human, I’ve learned it feels like a stab wound to the heart, something I wish we could all do without, in our lives here. Pain is a sudden hurt that can’t be escaped. But then I have also learned that because of pain, I can feel the beauty, tenderness, and freedom of healing. Pain feels like a fast stab wound to the heart. But then healing feels like the wind against your face when you are spreading your wings and flying through the air! We may not have wings growing out of our backs, but healing is the closest thing that will give us that wind against our faces.” ~ C. JoyBell C.


“Recovery begins from the darkest moment.” ~ John Major

EMS Novels Bundle Pack by Chelle Cordero

featuring award winning EMS suspense novels by Author Chelle Cordero

Final Sin

Deputy Sheriff Commander Jake Carson has his hands full… investigation of a brutal multiple homicide, a troubled son and a vindictive ex-wife. He meets young, free-spirited paramedic Julie Jennings. When Julie becomes the subject of an obsession, it puts both of them in danger…


Matt Garratti, a paramedic from New York, moves his wife and son to North Carolina to work at his dream job as a flight medic. Pakistani born Sudah, his wife, receives frosty stares and insensitive comments from their new neighbors… Matt wonders if he is pursuing his dream or bringing his family into a nightmare from which they may never wake

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“Parents are like God because you wanna know they’re out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something.” — Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters


“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” — Tom Bodett


“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” — Victor Hugo


“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” — Maya Angelou


“Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness, and he who is a leader must always act alone. And acting alone, accept everything alone.” — Ferdinand Marcos

flashy roses



“What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself – for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.” ~ Maya Angelou


“There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch.” ~ Robert Brault


“Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening.” ~ Greta Garbo


“I have a sweet tooth for reading, so books migrate to my zip code en mass.” ~ Dawn Olivieri


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson




“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” ~ Benjamin Franklin


“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” ~ 14th Dalai Lama


“You can always tell about somebody by the way they put their hands on an animal.” ~ Betty White


“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” ~ Anais Nin


“Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.” ~ Mark Twain



“We met for a reason, either you’re a blessing or a lesson.” ~ Frank Ocean


“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
~ William W. Purkey


“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” ~ Oscar Wilde


As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~ John F. Kennedy


The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. ~ Henry Miller




“I’ll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.” ~ Author Unknown


“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” ~ John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic, 1928


“Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond fields of the mind.” ~ William R. Alger


“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.” ~ Will Rogers


“When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.” ~ Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Source: Authors with Flair: Chelle Cordero

Author Tamara Philip interviewed me last year on her blog Where Love Blossoms (Thanks Tamara!)

My favorite Q&A:

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

I Planned, God Laughed (and the cover would be a BIG smiley face)


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