Perseverance is the key to meeting ones goals, and life is what you make it!
Easy to say, hard to follow! Patience is something we can all use more of, and making
life uphill instead of down is tricky at best, but worth it. Follow your dreams, follow
your heart and by all means make use of that imagination. Love to all.
I'll bet you all get tired of reading the same old thing in a bio. Went to this school, married my soulmate, had 2 .1 children, and live in a wonderful home in yada,yada,yada. Well, I tried to be truthful in my bio. But you have to understand, I'm human. I make mistakes just like the next person.
If you've read about me, you've already come to the conclusion that I was a born stretching the truth a little. I've done it so many times I can't remember what the truth was. But honestly folks.....
On a more serious note, writing is a freedom I don't take lightly. And I hope I never will. Perhaps that's why I'm e-published instead of New York published. I don't want to be dictated to. I don't want someone telling me that you don't want to read about a singer, or a politician.Although right row, who wants to read more about politicians? I want the freedom to pick and chose my characters, and subject matter. I want the freedom to write as my heart dictates. I love being an American. Knowing I can write and get it published, my way. E-publishing allows this freedom to continue for writers.
Did you realize that about half the things written are formulated for you. Ah...come on now, you think I'm lying? I'm not. It's the truth. People are constantly taking polls on what you think, how you eat, what you dress in, and they know as much about you as your friends.....
You see all those surveyors at the malls, what do you think they do with all that info? They're trying to read you like a book. You are a statistic. So am I. Think about that, is that what you want to be?
I don't happen to think writers are normal in many ways. I think we are a little wacky in some ways. Okay, maybe a lot of ways.
We are perpetual hermits, that live in fantasy worlds most of the time. Or perhaps we merely escape to our fantasy world more often than not.
Come on, we work in our pj's, drink way too much coffee, nibble most of the time, and spend a lot of time carrying on conversations with fictional people. But of course you have to realize, they aren't fictional to us. When we write, we live thier lives.
The discovery of TV and movies influenced my thinking from day one. Unless you are my age or older you can't imagine the impact that television had on people when it first came out. Well, maybe you can, it's like the addiction you have with solitare on the computer! I was in love with the silver screen, and who knew I was soaking up ideas and stories at such a young age.
As I realized that others had written scripts for TV and movies I decided I could write them myself, with my own outcomes. As a young girl, biographical books about real people spun my imagination.
Not my cup of tea!
Writing takes a lot out of me, because while I'm doing it, I live it with my characters. Creative writing in high school taught me that originality is a must in writing.
My father was a storyteller and I suppose I took off on that. When he would put to words a picture of a person I could see that person in my mind. I began to develop a keen eye for people and my new hobby began as a people watcher. Fascinating material. I began to notice how people walked, talked, gestured, even ate.
I still do.
If you'll remember, I wrote I'm no different than you, well, than some of you at least, I lost my dear husband and soul mate not long ago, and now I find I have trouble writing my romances as easily as I did. So I ask for your prayers that I can go on and write again, maybe even better, because to hurt means ones feels emotions and romance is full of emotions.
I am still a mother, and a grandmother. I still spend a lot of my time with my grandchildren. I run them here and there, we do things together.
I've joined the ranks of the retired. And I personally love it. I've only slept late twice, and that's because the nights before I stayed up till 3 in the morning getting a manuscript out.
I have endeavored to write children's plays for schools and you can find them up at ScriptsforSchools.com. These are morally based short plays for school children. I'm also making a mid-grade book with poetry and short stories. This is in the works and I hope will be available soon.
I'm currently working on the last of the Travers brothers series, two western romances, and more children's books.
I'm a pretty big family person, and most of my books reflect this kind of life. I had so much fun creating the Travers Brothers series I'm thinking of starting another series.
Retrack that, I'm already writing a sequel to Heart of the Wild.
One of the questions I get all the time, is...Why do you write Romance. And they ask that question, like, get real, why would anyone want to write that stuff? My reasoning for it is this....I love romance. It makes my day. So sue me. Spreading love never hurt anyone, that I know of. I find it odd that so many people turn their noses up at Romance, when that is the very element in life that sustains us.Love is what keeps this world turning. Think about this...what would it be like if you loved no one on this whole earth? If no one loved you? So spread the love, everyone, I promise it won't hurt.
I love sending my readers bookmarks, keychains, and magnets. So if you haven't gotten yours drop me an e-mail.
I hope you try and enjoy some of my books, and that you'll drop me a line every now and then. I so enjoy hearing from readers.
Love and blessings
Birth Place: Corpus Christi, TX USA
Accomplishments: I graduated from the Institute of Children's Literature. I can't believe I graduated. Wow!
Pretend Mom by Rita P Hestand Dixie Rose Kincaid had come home. Trying to rid herself of the past and get on with the future, Dixie wants to see Kevin.
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Nick's Baby by Rita P Hestand She was Chairman of the Board of her own company. He worked for the New York
City sewer. She wanted a baby. He needed the money. It seemed simple but could Park Avenue and Hell's Kitchen find a common ground? Kelsey O'Sullivan knew absolutely nothing about being a mother. Nick Leonetti on the other hand knew everything about being a family. They both realized they had nothing in common, but K... Kindle (eBook)
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Always Remember by Rita P Hestand Rose and Josey Anderson had to keep the farm going while the civil war played it's deathly music. Life on the farm had changed since the war began, while Josey pined for Leroy's love, Rose made sure everyone on the farm was satisfied and happy.... Barnes & Noble.com
Love Rules by Rita P Hestand Jesse had been sent to bring the Black Widow in, trouble was, he was falling for her fast. Years later Maggie and Jesse meet up again and Maggie has a surprise for Jesse.... Kindle (eBook)
Just One Kiss by Rita P Hestand Lee Nelson didn't realize until much later that when he stopped to help two suddenly orphaned children that it would change his life. Hattie Tanner challenged him in every way, and when she dared him to kiss her, he didn't refuse.... Kindle (eBook)
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Jodi's Journey by Rita P Hestand The war was over. The town of Esser Crossing
ebbed closer to a slow death while Jodi Parker
and Hunter Johnson fought desperately with
one last chance to save it, and themselves.
Two unlikely people came together against
their own will and struggled to carve a new
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Hannah's Man by Rita P Hestand Hannah had just lost her father, now she was losing the ranch, too. Could it get any worse? Maybe, because Rusty Travers was her reluctant hero who insisted they had to get married to boot.... Amazon.comBarnes & Noble.comCreate Space
Chief Cook and Bottle Washer by Rita P Hestand Deke Travers hired Emma Smith as his housekeeper and cook for the 4 Barn None ranch. But he had a different idea for Emma, he was going to marry her off to one of his brothers. That was the plan.
Emma hadn't exactly been square with her new boss, but he didn't give her much chance. If there was one thing Deke Travers couldn't tolerate it was
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Short Stories Distracted by Rita P Hestand Tara Simmons calls 911 when she finds a rattle snaked coiled on her bathtub faucet.... Halloween Witness by Rita P Hestand When the town drunk sees a murder on Halloween night who is gonna believe him?... Fast Forwarding Love by Rita P Hestand Love comes unexpected sometimes. And sometimes it dosen't come at all. Meet
Connie Martin....... A Special Present for James by Rita P Hestand James doesn't seem to be fitting into the Martin household
even though he was excited about it at first. Sandra Martin
intends to find out why.... Going Backwards by Rita P Hestand Facing the divorce of your parents can be traumatic,
but learning what love from your family is all about can
be a reward. Going Backwards takes you back to childhood
memories and good ti...
Poetry In Answer to a Suicide by Rita P Hestand My youngest daughter Liz went through a strange teenage
time when she was pre-occupied with why anyone would
commit sucide and worried about this concept. So this
prompted me to write this... For the Love of Chocolate by Rita P Hestand Who loves chocolate, ah...come on admit, you love the dark, silky luscious stuff. So here's to you chocolate lovers... Why Texas by Rita P Hestand
Where Our Heroes Ashes Lay(Enter in poetry contest, please) by Rita P Hestand A hundred and sixty five years ago, in an old Spanish mission torn with strife,
A hundred and eighty-five men or so, for Texas laid down their life.
Now the question has long remained, why the... I Remember Grandma(revised to print copy) by Rita P Hestand Children always remember their Grandma's. I'm no different.
This poem is to all Grandmas.
The last two lines of this poem were changed as they are the ones
that were published by Sparro... Naughty Sally by Rita P Hestand Throughout the ages men have adored the charms of
the prostitute. So I salute you Sally with a poem!... Beyond by Rita P Hestand Why is it that scientists argue so much over
evolution, and yet there is so much they
just don't understand?... Ode to a Mockingbird by Rita P Hestand This little fella gave me so much pleasure each year I had to write about
him in some way. In Texas, the Mockingbird is not only the state bird,
but a treasure. A Mockingbird can mimic other b... What the Seasons Mean to Me by Rita P Hestand This little poem gives feelings and moods to the seasons.... Looking From Within by Rita P Hestand What is creation all about? And who came to save us
from ourselves? To find the answer we must look within.... The Wisdoms by Rita P Hestand Just how far have we come? What have we accomplished.
Perhaps full circle?... Visiting Grandma by Rita P Hestand Putting Grandma in a home is hard when all you can think
about is the memories you shared with this wonderful
woman. ... Being Me by Rita P Hestand Whimsical poem about a child's own acceptance of self...
Articles Helpful Tips for Parents by Rita P Hestand These ideas aren't new, but they have been lost due to today's
lifestyles. Let us go back....... 7 Points of Writing by Rita P Hestand A quick, easy to understand guide to writing. 7 Points of Writing
outlines the seven most important things in writing a book.... Dealing With Writer's Block by Rita P Hestand Some people never experience this...that's wonderful. But for those who do
I hope I can help a little!... Write a Romance Now by Rita P Hestand To all unpublished, struggling writers. Come over to my homepage and read my article on
Writing a Romance Now. There are no magic steps to getting published, but there are a lot
of things y... Make Up A Character by Rita P Hestand One of the best ways to sell a book is being able to bring characters to life on the
page. Master characterization and you will sell your books. Make-Up a Character
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I'm published under romance and children's here. Check out Heart of the
Wild, and then look at Willy's Valentine! And I'm proud to say that Willy & the Spider has come out now, don't miss it. Poor Mo is next.
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Heart of the Wild, Chief Cook & Bottle Washer, Willy's Valentine...coming soon
here will be all my other books.
Chief Cook & Bottle Washer is a series about four Texas brothers (yes, I'm a Texan). The second in the series is Courting Abby, and I've completed the third, Hannah's Man and it's now out in print. This is quite a special set of books to me, and I can't wait to see if you (the readers out there like it) I'm now working on the last of the series, Along Came Love. Jake Travers is going to be a little different than what you might expect, and I hope I don't disappoint anyone.
Nick's Baby has been re-released and is climbing the charts over at Fictionwise as we speak. It is also in print at Publish America, but I can't apologize enough for the price increase, not my doing, blame the publisher for that one.
Also don't miss the release of Wandering Heart, Pretend Mom, Suspicions of the Heart, or Strictly Busines all coming soon from Writer's Exchange. My newest completed romance is, Runaway Bride, I hope you catch this one.It has a little bit different take than most of my books.
There's also several books in the Willy series coming out from Writer's Exchange.
I've got lots of works in progress and I hope you will check them all out and let me know what you thought of each and every one of them.
I'd like to thank all my faithful readers and hope I never disappoint you with a book!
Last tidbit of info: Hannah's Man is out in print, Pretend Mom is coming out very shortly.
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