Lucy!

I am happy to announce that my third ebook, Lucy:  A Campground Chronicles Short Story (No. 2), is now live on Amazon’s ebooks site.  You can acquire the book by visiting Amazon directly and searching for the title, or you can find it through one of the links I have provided at the bottom of this post.

For those who may be interested in ebooks but who do not have a Kindle, keep in mind that ebooks can be read on a number of electronic devices.  Amazon provides free apps for download so that you can use things like your computer or tablet as an e-reader.

I hope that you enjoy this story and, if so, that you share a review on Amazon.  Reviews are both encouraging to the author and help tremendously in Amazon rankings.

Thank you for reading!

Link to Lucy:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B076LM9LLF

Link to my Amazon author page:  http://www.amazon.com/author/carolevans

 

Toot Toot

On the one hand, if you toot your own horn, it can look self-serving and narcissistic.

On the other hand, if you don’t toot it, who will?  Besides, who cares how it looks?  We’re beyond looks here!

With that in mind and with Christmas around the corner, I offer up two suggestions for anyone on your list who enjoys ebooks.  Both are short, easy reads and both are very reasonably priced.  They can be found at my author page on Amazon’s ebooks site, which is pictured at the start of this post (link:  http://www.amazon.com/author/carolevans).

The 30th Day:  A Life Journey Novella is centered around the true story of a dear friend I interviewed earlier this year at our winter campground in Florida.  Rebeccah’s life journey shows how generational struggles and family connections mold the clay of our being and, most importantly, how forgiveness can free and inspire us to reach beyond.  The interviewer in the story is a fictional character who is inspired by Rebeccah to reconcile her own family history with her life choices of today.

Billy:  A Campground Chronicles Short Story is my own story, based on experiences this past summer while camp hosting at a campground in Tennessee.  Billy, a special needs teen, stayed at the campground with his family for two weeks.  The story offers an inside view as camp hosts, rangers, and campers all must find ways to deal with Billy’s antics and behavior.  It also shares a life lesson and a beautiful gift that he gave to me.

Whether you purchase the ebooks or not, thank you for reading my blog and keeping me company on my little journey.  A friend and blog-reader once commented that he was surprised at how such a private person would publicly share and reveal so much.  I hadn’t thought of that before, but after giving it some consideration, my response is threefold.

First, as a solo traveler, writing is a natural and cathartic way to share my thoughts and give voice to my words.  Even a loner gets a little loopy after too long a time talking to thin air (or the dog–love you Dawny).

Second, when my friend made that comment, I was slightly flummoxed.  I didn’t realize that I was sharing that much personal stuff.  My main goal has been to remain honest and real, but I suppose if you read between the lines, you can find some personal tidbits.

Finally, this blog has been a safe place where the readers, many of whom are friends, offer caring support and respect.  Just simply by “listening.”  I do appreciate that.  I appreciate you.  And it surely does ease the sharing part of things.

On that note, here is a toot-toot to all of you, wishing you a very merry Christmas, the happiest of holidays, and bountiful blessings in the coming new year.  Tooooooot!

Billy

 

 

 

I am happy to report that I have written and published a second ebook.

Billy:  A Campground Chronicles Short Story” is now available on Amazon’s ebooks for $1.49.  Here is a direct link to the story on Amazon’s ebooks site if you are interested:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KNDV0FM.

Anyone who has been following this blog recently knows that it has been a bit of a struggle workamping for such a long stretch at the same place and, as an introvert, dealing with so many people–a few of them quite difficult–as part of the job.  Well, the bright side to all of that is that it has given me time and material for this short story.  I have also gained fresh appreciation for the connections that tie us together.

Despite the challenges of the job, there are so many things I love about my stay here in Tennessee.  I have grown especially fond of the people.  You see, I am a city girl for the most part.  To sit for a spell in the countryside where people visit with a stranger until they discover just when and how they know each other’s people was quite foreign to me.  Heck, even though no one here is likely to ever discover a link with “my people,” I have been accepted and loved.  I suppose that makes me the first of my people in this neck of the woods.

But let’s get back to Billy.  Billy and his family also came to this campground without having local roots and branches.  They came with a very large family to camp for a couple of weeks while the parents went off during the day to… well, I don’t know for certain, but I always guessed it was to look for a livelihood somewhere in the surrounding community.  Perhaps they were looking to plant some roots in this rich soil.

Billy himself was a delight and a challenge, a devil and an angel.  As a camp host, I did my best to deal with him directly, as well as with the campers with whom he made contact.  It wasn’t always easy, but in the end it was totally worthwhile.

This short story is an attempt to convey to the reader how we connect with one another in our daily lives.  It is also a reminder to take care.  Take care how we treat each other, take care with our assumptions and our judgements, and take care of our own little worlds and those in our orbit.  Finally, take care to be open to precious gifts when and where you least expect to find them.

I hope some of you will give this story a try and, if you enjoy it, please consider giving it a review on Amazon’s ebooks site.  Positive reviews are very helpful to an aspiring author’s endeavors and enable future readers to find the book more easily.

Thanks, and happy reading!

(Link to my Amazon author page:  https://www.amazon.com/author/carolevans.)