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Friday, January 10, 2014

Call of the Prairie by Vickie McDonough

I received an advance copy of Vickie McDonough's new book, "Call of the Prairie. However, when I read the back cover of the book, my first thought was, "What has Vickie done now?" I mean really, a book about a girl with asthma? I was NOT interested. 

I decided to put it aside and try to "get through it later," but because I was eating my lunch and sitting down, I opened up to the first page and started to read. Before my lunch was done, I was on page 35 and didn't want to stop.  By the next day, I had finished the book. So much for boring! On the contrary, the book was great! It was everything I look for in a book: romance, handsome heroes, and beautiful, independent heroines, mixed in with a touch of mystery and a very happy ending.

Vickie McDonough is one of the few writer's who can make any subject interesting, including a girl with asthma! You won't want to  miss this one! 

Note: Call of the Prairie is Book 2 in the Pioneer Promises series and will be in book stores in January 2014. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

One of my best days yet!

Today was a special day for me. I've been ill with the flu and had to find a substitute for my classes.  How excited it was to turn to my own daughter, Shelly, who has a Master's Degree in English, to take over my classes!

So, she did what she does best - she taught them a bit about Shakespeare. Next, she had them act out a portion of Star Wars in Shakespearean English. Finally, she had them write Get Well notes for me using what they learned. How much fun I had reading these notes! Here's two samples (some of them were pages long!):
"Hello thither, Mrs. Downes, I hearth thou hath fallen ill. Thou not weepeth, Maddam, for we be not shrewd in your absence. Thy daughter hath best us to learn greatly. Hark, we hath, and fain too. Cowish we hath obeyed thy spawn beautifully. I hopeth thou lurch over your illness and thou returneth soon. Alex"

"Harken unto me thither instructor. Word through the grapevine is that thou hast been bent by a cowish disease. Fie! To this abomination! Castest it out and returneth post haste. Joshiah"
Shelly had to give me a Shakespeare dictionary so I could interpret the letters. I sure am proud today of both my daughter for taking on all six of my classes and doing such a good job, and also of my students for being the best students in the state of Oklahoma!