Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Hello Everybody,

I hope you all had a great Christmas and that you're back to normal, whatever normal is for you. My family had a super Christmas, but I didn't get to see everyone I wanted to see. Sickness swept in and eliminated some of our visiting.

Now that Christmas is over, our next big day is Valentine's Day. That's a whopper of a big day in my family. That's my 40th wedding anniversary. Can you believe it? Vividly I still remember a man telling me he'd give our marriage 6 months. I only knew who he was because he worked at the men's retail store beside Ben Franklin where I worked at the time. He passed away a long time ago, but I still remember his words like it was yesterday. Boy, was he ever wrong!

If you haven't thought about it, it's time to start thinking of the perfect gift to give your honey on Valentine's Day. My first book-WALK SOFTLY (YOU'RE STEPPIN' ON MY HEART!)-is perfect to give as a gift to your sweetheart. An award-winning book containing an award-winning poem. You can't miss. When men and women both tell me they cried when they read it, then MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. It was written to touch the core of the heart, to show what a BIG God we serve, how He can handle any situation and it's packed with encouragement. You can purchase that affordable book at any of the retail stores in my book network that are selling it and you can purchase it from AMAZON.

My new children's book, TRIPP'S RIDICULOUS ROAD TRIP, will be released in the next few months. This is a fun book. Just wait until you see the front cover. You'll know what I mean.

I am currently talking to several stores in various states about becoming part of my retail book network. Stay tuned to Facebook. That's where I make my announcements. There just might be a store near you about to sell my books. If there's not a store in your area, you can always purchase my books, so don't get discouraged.

I'm already booking speaking engagements and signings for 2015. If you want to talk to me about doing something in your area, I'm easy to contact. Yesterday I added two new events for March. I hope you'll check them out on my website under EVENTS. And, check out my books while you're there.

Did you know that Violet's Not-So-Velvet Voice was endorsed by the men (Cary Solomon & Chuck Konzelman of Believe Entertainment) who wrote the script for the blockbuster Christian film GOD'S NOT DEAD? What an honor that was! I'm still giddy over that endorsement and will probably never get over it. I'm sure I'll be relishing that moment for the rest of my life.

Well, I have much work to do today and you probably do too. Have a great day!

Until the next time,


Friday, January 2, 2015


 January 2, 2015

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year, everyone! What a great day the Lord has given us! Let's make sure we don't waste this precious gift we call time. 

I had an awesome 2014 and I hope you did too. I received great medical reports from my doctors and that alone makes me giddy inside and very thankful to the GOOD LORD for taking such good care of me.

I sold a whoppin' amount of books to friends and strangers last year and I loved every minute of it. Last year I delved into the retail business in a different way. I started contacting retail stores to sell my books and it has proven to be a huge success. I just added two new stores last week: SHOE CHOO TRAIN in Conway, AR and PICKENS' FLOWERS & GIFTS in Star City, AR. I'm excited about working with the owners and staff at these fine stores. It's a great possibility if you live in these areas that you'll have the opportunity sometime this year to come see me at a book signing. I hope you will. If there are no stores in your area selling my books, let's see if we can work together and change that.

Last year I renewed my distributorship with the Juice Plus company and I'm off and running. I love sharing with folks how to get healthy. It's a passion I have to see folks feel better and know they are getting the nutrients their body needs to stay healthy. 

Book-wise this year is already showing great promise. I have a new children's book that will come out in a few months and I have a surprise to announce later that I'm excited about. You don't want to miss it.  

Nearly 40 years ago I decided to teach myself to crochet. I can do some of the basic stitches, but I'm not great by any means. So, this year I want to get great. I have some mentors near me that I plan to contact to help me get better. I'm stretching my wings and trying to learn something new this year.

I had hoped to hear at least one of my songs on the radio last year, but it hasn't happened yet. Maybe this year will be the year for that to happen. When it does, rest assured you WILL know. I'll make sure of that. 

I'm still trying to put my house back together after Christmas. That will come in time. I love the holidays, but I also love getting back to normal. Back to normal for me means loving and taking care of my family and friends, doing book-related things, sharing good health with others and mainly sharing the GOOD NEWS of JESUS CHRIST with everyone I can. To those of you who don't know, I am a miracle 5 times. That's something I stay excited about. The Lord continues to keep me on this earth for a reason. I'm ready and willing to do whatever He wants me to do. I love this quote: "If you have a pulse, you have a purpose." Yes, that sums me up nicely. 

Well, friends I need to get up and get moving. I enjoy my time with you. Please feel free to send me a comment or a question anytime you like.

Enjoy your day! Enjoy your year! 

Until next time,