Thursday, August 16, 2012

OUT in Print!!! WOOHOO......

The Tale of Two Toodlegnomes....

From the imagination of a small child and put together by her grandma!!! This is a long children's action adventure, mini-series...which when I ask the grand how many books she thought we would end up with, she replied "About fifteen!" LOL She is now 6 years old. ; )

She will be doing her first book signing this fall in our home town and she is very excited. We started working on this when she was just 2 and a half while on vacation, and grandma put it together when she was five. To her it is a brand new adventure even though she remembers pretending to fight the Bumble Bee Dragons with our little plastic swords and creating the Purple Murples when she first saw a Dragonfly..LOL We now have new swords and have started our new adventure in finding the home of the dreaded Queen of the Bumble Bee Dragons which she named after seeing a huge Bumble Bee.

In this 38 page tale there are creatures of all kinds, from horrid spiders that tower over the tiny Toodlegnomes who live in the magical forest to the slimy Gordilines that she named after playing with a fat worm. In book two she told me we would have to have a Mole that would dig a tunnel for the two toodlegnomes because the Queen Bumble Bee Dragon lived in a honey-comb castle and they had to find a way in from under so they wouldn't be seen and captured. I love how she thinks!

You can find this wonderful read at amazon and soon other sites where you can get it with her autograph. She is published through Hellfire Publishing, their first children's book and their youngest!

In time we will be looking into sending this tale to Pixar and are now looking into ways to do so....If you do pick up this story up we would love your input and a review. Believe me...A.L. Mcbee reads everything that anyone says about her little books...good or bad. Grandma has always told her the bad can be as good as the good and to never let it get her down. ; )

Have a most wonderful day!

Big Hugs to you all~

Monday, August 13, 2012

Ever Feel Like You Are Lost in the Crowd?

Hi all.....

Things have been so crazy that I haven't had, or wanted to give my laptop the time of day for almost two months...but now that all is calming down, it is time to get back on track. I have loads of work to do, stories to create that are banging around in my brain, blogs to make look more up to date, friends to re-connect with...and more promo work than I care to think about. NOW I am finally understanding what all of you pros have to deal with!

I lost my Hero, the greatest man I had and will ever meet on July 19, Lt. Col. Darel M. Ray. But I can hear him telling me to get my butt in gear and hit it hard!

I had planned on doing the Summer Bash Giveaway, but it looks like it will be a Fall Bash Giveaway..LOL One can never help the happenings of life, and it truly hit us hard. I haven't done any promo on any of my books and it shows in the rankings. With an angel like Dad, I think things will be turning aroung...if anyone had faith in this old drop-out making it out in this big ole world...this man sure did. ; ) And the one thing that I do not want to do is let him down!!!

I hope you all have the best day ever! Now that things have kind of sort of calmed, you should be seeing me a whole lot more. I will be (doing my best) to make this blog more inviting! But most know my love of writing revolves around it may go back to looking a bit spooky...LOL

Well, have the best whatever and I will be back tomorrow...May God Bless you all in the ways you need it the most!!!

Big Hugs and Many Thanks to those who have taken the time to stop by a see my cob-web site. ; ) It will get better soon....I hope! Then maybe I will feel like one of the gang again??? Then again I do very much enjoy being a reclusive person..LOL


Friday, August 3, 2012

In Honor of: Lt. Col. Darel M. Ray (Retired)

It truly has been a very long month, then some. My poor dad/father-in-law faught for his life, battling cancer for two years. Phenomena finally knocking him down to a point that he couldn't get back up and took his last breath. Lt. Col. Darel M. Ray (Retired) lost his biggest fight on the evening of July the 19th. 2012...Of sound mind to the very end, this GREAT man without complaint, took a silent breath and slipped past those who stood around his hospital bed. Not as much as a slight twitch to show he had made his final departure. The ladies praying, his sons glancing around, gloom on their brows with dismay locked in their thoughts.

It took a full week to complete the cremation due to the Military paper work that had to be filed...along with several others. The Funeral was beautiful...

                                Born   Oct. 20th, 1933  Died July. 19th, 2012

Darel's life career began by attending the University of Oklahoma on an athletic scholarship, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1960. He later earned his master's degree from Webster University.

His military career began with the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served two years. He later joined the U.S. Air Force, where he enjoyed a prestigious career as a field maintenance commander serving three isolated tours in Vietnam. He was officer in charge of the Thunderbird crash investigative team in Nevada and was a military adviser to Saudi Arabia.

He was recognized with numerous awards and medals, including the Bronze Star Medal, FTD Commander of the Year and the Meritorious Service Award. He was a Roman Catholic convert active in religious instruction and member of several committees. Darel was a member of the 1956 national champion Oklahoma Sooners football team and was awarded a game ball from the 1959 Orange Bowl.

He was also a Division I college quarterback coach at the University of Oklahoma, Baylor University and Arizona State University.

His interests included football, thoroughbred race horses, classic cars, gold panning with lifelong friend Don Marr, pool, model trains, guns and he loved to go to garage sales.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mabel L. Ray; sons Darel Duane Ray, of Ruidoso, David Ray and wife, Robin, of Eunice, and Dennis Ray, of Alamogordo; five grandchildren, Darel Duane Jr. (D.J.) and wife, Angie, of Medford, Ore., Kysha McBee and husband, Robby, of Eunice, Jordan Ray, of Ruidoso, and Brittany and Denise Ray, of Alamogordo; five great-grandchildren, Madison, Kyron, Akasha, Shya and Carson; and sisters-in-law Terrie Ray, JoAnn Marrujo and Lilly Aguilar.

He will be forever missed...and forever Loved!!!