Sunday, April 12, 2015

If Walls Could Talk

I love speculating about old homes. Think of the stories they could tell us about the lives of the people who lived there many years ago.

A few weeks back my husband and I went for a drive in southern Idaho and I took these two pictures. These old homes fascinate me.  One is just sitting there empty, and it made me wonder what happened. Did the family move away? Did they just grow old and die and no one wanted the home? What did they do while they lived there? Did they have a big family?

So many questions went through my mind. The home felt empty and lost in this world and I just had to snap its pictures.

A few miles down the road I saw this old home and thought it interesting. It has been renovated and looks like someone still lives there. I still wondered about its history and the family who originally built it.
Why does one home get remodeled and continue to be lived in and the other doesn't?

Can you feel the difference? One has life, the other feels empty.
Wouldn't you just love to hear the stories about the lives of those who worked here, baked bread, ate together as a family in days gone by?

The other day I was doing some research on Cripple Creek and found this picture of an old house in that area. I wonder what secrets it could tell us.

I know most of the stories are long dead and gone, and probably we won't ever get to hear them, but I still wanted to share one of my passions with you. I'll keep wondering, and when I do hear stories about families of the old west and early days of settlers, I'll listen closely and enjoy them while I picture the old homes that were built with loving hands, hours of work, to house a young family or a hard-working settler with big dreams.

What about you? Do you ever wonder what stories you'd hear if the walls could talk?

Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey

www.KRBailey.com

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Reach For The Sky!

Dare to dream. Dare to reach for the sky.

The first step on the road to success is to DREAM IT.

Creating goals - both business and personal - are very important.  Do you want to succeed?  Take a moment and do this.

1.  Write down your goals.  Write down what you want to achieve, both in the short-term and long-term. Get on the right track - DO THIS! I know, I hate writing down goals too, but I think it is important to identify what it is you want to achieve.

What do you want to accomplish?
When do you want to achieve this?
Will you allow others to help you?
What do you want for yourself and your family?

BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR GOALS!!!
(Taken from Choice Financial training manual)

By making a commitment to succeed, you're making a statement to yourself and others.

I remember hearing this and it struck a cord.  I'd like to share it with you.

If you want to do something bad enough
  No one can stop you.
If you don't want to do something bad enough
   No one can help you.
     -----James Owens

So true.  Here's another saying:

You can achieve anything but sometimes it comes at a cost.  ---Annie Oortman

When you say yes to something, you say no to something else.  Unknown

Make a choice to be successful.  There's still time this year to accomplish something you've wanted to do.  For me, obviously, it's finishing a book or perhaps a set of short stories.  Right now, I'll take the challenge with you and make a commitment.  Will you join me?

Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey

www.KRBailey.com

Monday, February 23, 2015

I have news!

My newest story, A Perfect Catch, is now available on Amazon.com in kindle format.

Here's a short excerpt:


They pulled the chairs closer to the fireplace. K.C. sensed that Erin relaxed as she stared into the flickering flames. He watched the way her delicate fingers held the coffee mug. He fantasized about her fingers with their neatly trimmed nails. Desire coursed through him, and he longed to hold her hand and kiss her palm, perhaps feel them running over his body.

            He wanted to touch her, to connect with her. When he reached for her hand, he was pleased she let him hold it and clasped her fingers in his. Her skin was soft and warm, her hands small and delicate. She smelled of powder, her hair filled with the scent of lilacs, and he ached to run his hands through her sun-streaked brown hair.

            “You look deep in thought,” Erin said.

            K.C. glanced at their clasped hands then looked at her. “Thinking I’d like to kiss you.”

            Erin attempted to pull her hand away, but he held tightly.

“Don’t pull away from me.” He waited, and when she didn’t move, he leaned over and placed a soft kiss on her mouth.

He heard her quick intake of breath before she pulled her hand from his hold. “It’s late.”

He watched her stand abruptly, and for just a moment, regretted kissing her. When she paused before walking away, he saw the slight blush on her cheeks and relished the feel and taste of her on his mouth.

“Goodnight.” Her voice was businesslike, and she hurried from the room.

He realized he was in trouble. This woman was so different than most of the fluffy, soft, perfumed ladies he dated, and yet he was drawn to her brusque ways. He loved watching the way she smiled or how her face lit up when she talked about fishing. She wasn’t as buxom as many of the women he spent time with, but she had all the right curves. Even though she didn’t try to be, she was all woman.

He sighed.

Why in the hell did she have to be the one he knew would get hurt by what he had to do?

*****

A Perfect Catch should be available in paperback shortly.  I'm also working to have it available in other formats and hopefully that will happen this month.

Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey
www.KRBailey.com

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Go For It!

I'm often asked what advice I'd give to someone. After thinking about it, I'd tell them - Go For It! Whatever you've dreamed of or wanted to achieve, the world is an open book and you are your only limitation. None of us know what tomorrow will bring so use today wisely. Take a small step toward achieving greatness.

On of my favorite sayings is:

If it is to be
It's up to me.

It's so true. No one can tell you what to do. Oh, sure, you have bosses where you work and you probably should heed what they tell you. But only you can take control of your own destiny. So do it!

I always wanted to be an author. I let a lot of years go by without doing anything about it. When I finally made up my mind to do it, I can't tell you how excited I was to get my first acceptance letter (email in my case) from an editor. Holding my first published book was a feeling I can't describe.

Remember though, I said got for it - you need to take the steps along your journey alone, and it's not always easy, but it can be very rewarding once you start to succeed.

I also didn't promise you'd get rich - no one knows if what you've wanted and strived for will bring you riches. Satisfaction, yes. A sense of self-worth, absolutely. But wealth? So many things determine whether you'll get rich.

I've accomplished my goal of being a published author and the feeling of satisfaction is great. Does that mean I'm done. Heavens no. I have more books to publish, best-selling lists to hit, and so many more goals so I'm not through. I try to do something each day to move forward.

I hope you can accomplish whatever you want to do. It's a new year. Make the decision. Take the first steps to accomplish whatever it is you've wanted and dreamed about. You can do it! So go for it!

Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey
www.KRBailey.com

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Smile For the New Year

Just wanted to start the new year off with a few smiles.
A friend of mine sent this to me and I wanted to share it with all of you.
 
Gotta love them...


Wouldn't it be great if we could put
ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes;
come out wrinkle-free and
three sizes smaller!

Last year I joined a support group
for procrastinators.
We haven't met yet!

I don't trip over things,
I do random gravity checks!

I don't need anger management.
I need people to stop pissing me off!

Old age is coming at a really bad time!

When I was a child I thought Nap Time
was a punishment ... now, as a grown up,
it just feels like a small vacation!

The biggest lie I tell myself is ...
"I don't need to write that down,
I'll remember it."

Lord grant me the strength to accept
the things I cannot change, the courage
to change the things I can & the friends
to post my bail when I finally snap!

I don't have gray hair.
I have "wisdom highlights".
And I'm very wise.

My people skills are just fine.
It's my tolerance to idiots that needs work.

If God wanted me to touch my toes,
he would've put them on my knees.

The kids text me "plz" which is shorter than please.
I text back "no" which is shorter than "yes".

I'm going to retire and live off of my savings.
Not sure what I'll do that second week.

When did it change from
"We the people"
to "screw the people"?

I've lost my mind and
I'm pretty sure my kids took it!

Even duct tape can't fix stupid ...
but it can muffle the sound!

Why do I have to press one for English
when you're just gonna transfer me to
someone I can't understand anyway?

Lord, Give me patience
and give it to me NOW.

Of course I talk to myself,
sometimes I need expert advice.

Oops! Did I roll my eyes out loud?

At my age "Getting lucky" means
walking into a room and remembering
what I came in there for.

Chocolate comes from cocoa which is a tree ...
that makes it a plant which means ...
chocolate is Salad !!!
 
I hope this brightened your day.
 
Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey

 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My Guardian Angel

We're in the midst of the holiday season, a time for giving, of thinking of others, of giving thanks for what we have. And, for me, the holiday season is a time when I love to take some time for me and read a new book, or perhaps reread one of my old favorites.

I just want to remind all of you about my first Christmas story - My Guardian Angel. It's a sweet story about two people who have lost their spouses and are trying to find a way to move on during this holiday season.
My Guardian Angel has had some great reviews. Here's a couple of them:

This is a wonderful short story, which K. R. Bailey penned of loss, and learning to
live and love again. Can these two hearts find each other and fill the
void that their hearts need. Christmas is a lonely time when the one
you have loved and spent your life with is gone. Family and friends mean
well but it is not the same. This is a short but heart-warming story. I
really enjoyed it and know you will to. -- Debra, Between The Lines Review



MY GUARDIAN ANGEL is a book that steps outside of the mould of young nubile protagonists, that have all the energy and zest to make things happen. This is a read where both people have already lived a good life - a life they were happy with, satisfied in and while not perfect would not change any aspect of it.


 
 
Emma and Joe are perfect, living life at a slower pace and with enough experience of life to know and value what is important and what makes them happy.
MY GUARDIAN ANGEL is a truly impressive read from author K.R. Bailey, a must buy.


Here's a brief excerpt:

Emma felt suddenly shy like a high school girl on her first date.  She scampered towards the house, pausing as she opened the door to look and see if Joe was following her. He was so close she gasped when his tall lean body brushed up against hers.

“Sorry,” he mumbled and held the door open.

Emma drank in the masculine smell of him, looked up at his full mouth, then ran through the door. “Have a seat. Oh, let me take your coat.” She reached quickly and nearly pulled it from his shoulders. “Would you like some hot chocolate?” She pushed nervously at her hair, suddenly uncomfortable. He was a stranger in her house. She paced, eyes darting over her shoulder to see what he was doing.

“Are you uncomfortable with me here?” Joe asked quietly, his eyes never leaving her face.

“What?  No. I…would you prefer I make coffee?” Emma turned towards the sink.  She didn’t wait for his reply as she put water in a cup. Just having him in her home was making her jittery and uncomfortable.

“I’d love hot chocolate.”

“You would?”

“Yes, if it’s not an imposition.” This time he chuckled at her unease. “Can I help you with anything?”

“Oh, no. Just have a seat. Hope you don’t mind sitting in the kitchen.”

He pulled out a wooden kitchen chair with a red-checkered cushion and sat down. “Not at all.”  He noticed the chair cushions matched the bright curtains, thinking it was a very comfortable room. It fit Emma. He could picture her serving her family in this room. A pang of longing filled him.

“Here’s some cookies. Wish I could say I made them, but my neighbor brought ‘em by.” Emma sat them on the table. She stood staring at the man sitting in her kitchen, not sure why she felt so nervous.

“They’re great.” Joe smiled up at Emma. “Aren’t you going to join me?”

“Ah, yeah.” Emma nodded and retrieved the cups of hot chocolate fresh from the microwave. She glanced uneasily around her kitchen, thinking everything looked a little dated. Perhaps she should consider some remodeling. It was something she and Henry had discussed many times but never seemed to find the time or money to do. She wondered what Joe thought about being in her old kitchen, then pushed the thought from her mind.  Did it really matter what he thought?
 
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My Guardian Angel is available in most all ebook formats through:

 

Happy Reading!

          K. R. Bailey
 
               www.KRBailey.com
 

 

 
 
 
 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sale! Sale!

For a short time only (Nov 21 through Nov 28), my kindle ebook, A Tug At My Heart is on sale for 99 cents at Amazon.com. It's a great time to get your copy and save some money.


In 1892 only a strong woman can survive alone after her husband’s death.  Catherine McHenry is determined to do just that, and amidst the torrential rain and storms, threats of wild animals, and hard work, she finds a way to deliver her baby and survive the long winter.  Determined to raise her child and keep the memory of her husband alive, she’s not prepared for the turbulent feelings she has whenever Zed Logan is around.

Zed Logan is the foreman of the Sundown Mine and Ore Company and hopes one day to be the boss.  Zed struggles to keep the LaPlata mine operating efficiently, keeping miners working, and producing the ore his boss is expecting. He’s also a man of honor who is betrothed to the boss’s daughter, but whenever he thinks about the beautiful grieving widow, something about her tugs at his heart.

Just when Zed feels like he’s on the path to gain everything he planned for, his life spirals out of control and he must face some difficult decisions. But that’s the easy part as life throws several obstacles his way and right into Catherine’s world.

She now holds his life and his fate in her hands.
Happy Reading!

K. R. Bailey
http://www.KRBailey.com