Friday, September 13, 2019

Dolly Sods and the Life on the Allegheny Front Series

Hey Y'all!

I can't believe its already the middle of September! Here on the Creek, family life has been crazy busy, so time is flying right by - but once again, I'm ready to pick up my pen and get back to my fictional family!

Speaking of fictional families, recently someone asked what in the world ever prompted me to start writing...let alone a create a family, map out a location, and write an entire series! Seriously, what was I thinking?

Well, their question stumped me so I had to rack my brain, asking myself that same question: "Why did I start writing?" 

Then it hit me: talking to my sister about our Granddaddy's red mitten!

Grandfather Alfred Moyer's wool mitten

The answer to how just one wool mitten ended up in our mom's cedar chest remains a mystery, lack of information has fueled my imagination. The result: a typical mountain-farm family facing life head on - yet holding on to things they'd best let go. 

Like Miss Molly Sivits in Molly's Cabin...


Molly can't seem to let go of her self-imposed spinsterhood, even after Pete Evans declares his love for her! I'm mean, come on lady, give the poor man a break! Years later, she finally does just that...if only she had a nursemaid...


Like Julia Mae Moyer in After Storms...


This 'frumpy nursemaid' has a ton of insecurities and she's holding on to them with both hands! When she catches the eye of the devilishly handsome Bo Evans, Julia's temper flares, and he falls head-over-heals. But it'll take some persuading, and the introduction of rotten beauty Georgette Chamberlin to set Julia and Bo on track. 

How rotten is the beautiful Georgie? 
She seems pretty rotten...maybe she can be Redeemed by Faith?


When the youngest Evans brother, Nicholas, helps reveal Georgette's true colors, he brings more to light than he'd bargained for - like closets full of skeletons. Skeletons Georgette has spent a lifetime hiding...even from her older sister, Emily...

Emily...Nathaniel...James...what's going on with her and these guys anyway? 



Well...to be honest, I haven't figured that out yet. 

So the other evening, when I needed a little creative inspiration, I grabbed these books and my camera, slapped together a sandwich or two, and headed to another spot of inspiration for the series: Dolly Sods Wilderness...hoping that somewhere along the path, I'd find the right ending for book 4 - Sacred Vows! I'll keep ya posted on how this turns out! 😊


Until next time - Happy Reading y'all!

~ Dreama ~
(AKA: Jordan J. Patterson)

For more on the series or to order, click here! --->> Jordan J. Patterson





Saturday, July 27, 2019

Just Released! Redeemed by Faith



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"Can life really change people in such drastic ways?" (Nicholas Evans, Redeemed by Faith, 2019).

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Hey Y'all! 

Redeemed by Faith is now live for purchase! Here are a few of my early morning thoughts on the book:

Have you ever done something that went against your true nature? Something that eats at your gut, making you question who you are as a person? It happens...and in Redeemed by Faith, we get a front row seat as life changing events are faced head-on, but not without questions, tears, fear, and faith. 

Books 1 and 2 of the Life on the Allegheny Front Series gave us a good feel for who Nicholas "Nicky" Evans and Georgette "Georgie" Chamberlin were as individuals (one is thoughtful and one is selfish; one is grounded and one is unsettled), but in book 3 we see them morph from self-absorbed individuals, into a selfless and responsive couple!


Happy reading, Y'all ~ Jordan

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Life on the Allegheny Front - the series



I am happy to announce that 'After Storms' is FINALLY under final review by the author! 

And y'all...if I've learned one thing about self-publishing it is this: Editing is not fun and can actually kill creative drive! With that said, I've registered for a couple writers conferences and courses to help me better understand this daunting task.

In the mean time, I picked up a copy of book 1, 'Molly's Cabin', and sat down to criticize my own work...instead I found myself caught up in the story! 

Happy reading y'all ~ Jordan


Hey y'all!

Just wanted to take a moment to share a little more about the Life on the Allegheny Front series. 

Featuring the Evans family farms, located in a clannish rural community, the series deals with a variety of hard life lessons and painful choices.

While the characters and story lines are fictional, I choose to 'recycle' a few family names as a tribute to my late parents, grandparents, and great-grandfather. But, once again, the story line and characters are fictional. The situations they face, however, are sadly enough true to real life...

So far, plans for the series include the kickoff novella, Molly's Cabin (released 2/26/19) to be followed by book 2, After Storms (scheduled release - March, 2019). 

For Summer, I'm torn between the exact sequence of release...originally, I had planned on releasing book 3 - Sacred Vows, (featuring Nate's battle with PTSD and his best friend, Emily's, family demise) and then this fall, book 4 - Redeemed by Faith (featuring Nick's rite of passage into adulthood with a twist even I didn't see coming!). But creative flow may dictate that the sequence of release change when summer rolls around :-)

Although I released a sneak preview of After Storms in the novella, I wanted to share this scene with y'all - as a mother to adult children, it really spoke to me:

Rhee’s words still struck a chord with Harrison.  Glancing over at Bo's truck, Harrison recollected how Rhee had moved in front of  Bo, forcing the boy to look at her. There was a look on his face of sheer panic, and his tightly clinched jaw quivered. When Bo finally met Rhee's eyes, Harrison watched on – taking in every perfectly enunciated word. “Benjamin Ora, I’m tired. I’m tired of the drinking. I’m tired of the fighting. And I’m tired of trying to be your conscience. That’s God’s role in your life – not mine – I’m just your mother. Son, you have a choice to make.” After giving Bo time to absorb her words, Rhee had asked him one simple question. “What are you going to do to set your life in order?”  [excerpt from After Storms - scheduled release March, 2019]

Wow! I don't know about anyone else, but these words resonated with me. That Rhee, she must be pretty smart...

Happy Reading ~Jordan

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

New Novel Series by Jordan J. Patterson

I'm pleased to announce that the kickoff novella for the series

"Life on the Allegheny Front"

Molly's Cabin

has been published as an e-book and on sale at Amazon.com!


If you're looking for a novel series that isn't afraid to address the issues we're currently facing right here in the Mountain State - this series is for you!


The short of it:
Following the fire that killed spinster Molly Sivits’ parents, neighbor Pete Evans organizes their community to rally around Molly, offering her hope, healing, a home, and love that defies all odds.


Just a little more than that:
"When her family home is destroyed by fire, Spinster Molly Sivits is left orphaned and homeless. Once she is physically on the mend, her neighbors clean up the ruins, building her a cabin nearby. But fear of being alone holds Molly captive, and she only visits the cabin, never moving in. 

Not wanting Molly to continue on the slippery slope of depression, while she is recuperating in his family's home, Pete Evans, the very man who found her during the fire, helps her overcome a potential opioid addiction and reintroduces her to life. A decade younger than Molly, Pete is determined to literally give her beauty for ashes. 

Years later, although it takes some convincing on Pete's part, the two marry and Spinster Sivits becomes not only a wife and mother, but a matriarch of the Evans family. As the years pass, Molly's cabin becomes a safe haven on what she deems Serenity Farm."

And the rest of the story:
Molly's Cabin is the novella that will kick off the novel series Life on the Allegheny Front.

**The series by author Jordan J. Patterson is available as an e-book Amazon. com with softcover books being developed for release soon!

~ Happy reading y'all - Coach Kelly writing as Jordan J. Patterson ~


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Time-Out


Hey, y'all!

I hope 2019 started out well for ya. 

I decided early on that this was going to be a great year...and then I got out of bed.

Seriously though, twenty-three days in, and I'm already wanting to ask God for a time-out - a reprieve - a break. Can we do that? I sure hope so.

Be blessed, 
Coach Kelly

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Touching Jesus week 41


“Touching Jesus”


REFLECTION

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."
(Luke 9:23, KJV)

IMAGINE THIS
A Friday-spur-of-the-moment picnic with my husband was exactly what I needed. I figured I’d write while he fished.
But...it was hot. The insects were plentiful and loud.
My trusty car blanket, now covered in dust and twigs, was hardly a cushion against the hard October ground.
Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea after all, and my writer’s notebook lay untouched.


Suddenly, my husband’s voice carried to me from across the lake. I looked up and took in the scene before me. He was grinning like a little boy, holding up a big bass as his ‘yak rocked on the water.
I laughed as two swans squawked at guys trolling past their ‘ugly ducking’.
I noticed a flock of mallards flying high overhead. I even saw a butterfly dipping dangerously close to the water’s surface as the wake from a jumping fish reached the shore.
Then, as a pleasant warm breeze cooled my brow, I knew the answer to my question of the week. When we enjoy the first gift He ever gave us, life, we touch Jesus.
Uncapping my pen, I answered the question that had been plaguing me: how can I touch Jesus? Answer: by enjoying the gift of life.
When we enjoy life (nature and people), then acknowledge the presence of God, we touch Jesus. 
When we acknowledge God in our real lives, we'll commune with Him. When we commune with Him, we build relationship. As we build our relationship, we get to know Him. When we get to know Him, Jesus becomes a friend. When He becomes our friend, we seek Him out. When we seek Him out, we find Him. When we find Him.




A DEEPER LOOK

Daily Focus Scripture
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MY THOUGHTS
Journal your thoughts here


The ability to touch Jesus is a gift that we have to open and use. This week, consider ways in which you can touch Jesus through quality time with Him, listening expectantly, and allowing God Himself to break the silence.

We can touch Jesus when:
1) our heart and head are in agreement within His will as revealed in scriptures
(Lamentations 3:25)
2) when we have a sincere heart
(1 John 1:9)
3) when we push through our crowded soul (mind-will-emotions) and let the Holy Spirit have His way
(Psalm 23:3)
4) when we look to Him for guidance in our real lives
(Proverbs 3:5-6)
5) when we keep going through and persevere in faith regardless of life’s circumstances
(Psalm 9:10)
6) when we are honest with ourselves, God, and others
(Psalm 139:4)

Be blessed this week y'all,
In Christ with love and compassion,
Coach Kelly
#BeyondTheMirror
#YourLifeCoachingWV

Published:
[2018-10-10;
2017-10-7]

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

We've Only Just Begun week 38


REFLECTION
" Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. 
Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 
and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. 
Do you believe this?”
(John 11:225-26, ESV).

A DEEPER LOOK

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Fri.
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IMAGINE THIS
Our daughter handed me an acorn. 
“It's perfect, mom.  I knew you’d like it.” 
I looked down at the treasure in my hand; she was right. 
It was perfect. So was her timing on finding it. 
As I studied it, I nudged her husband saying it was just like him – a nut. 
But unlike him (and his mother-in-law) it seemed perfect.  Us…not so much. 
After a chuckle, we talked about how this ‘perfect’ acorn, just like the hundreds of imperfect ones, had buried potential. 
Potential to become a timeless oak. 
Strong. 
Resourceful. 
Flexible. 
Resilient. 
Although we have no way of knowing if oaks come from only the perfect acorn, while the others become squirrel food, thankfully, when it comes to us, we know the answer. 
God is still Lord of the imperfect. 
Imperfect days. 
Imperfect attitudes. 
Imperfect souls. 
So He uses one imperfect day at a time to transform us into His image. 


And we’ve only just begun.
It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day life. Someone makes us mad and our day is ruined. Something cuts into our plans and our day is ruined. Somehow we make a mistake…and you got it: our day is ruined. One ruined day after another soon adds up to ruined life…right? Not according to the Bible. 

According to the Bible, God takes those not-so-good life seasons and transposes them into something good…if we let Him. Things we go through, if not for our own benefit, then for that of others, are just life lessons. Nothing more - and certainly nothing less.  It doesn’t matter if our time on earth can be measured in hours or decades, He uses it, because when compared to eternity...we’ve just started this journey.  As long as we are breathing, He can and will use our life as a witness. Just as the acorn dies in order to sprout new life, so must we die to our fleshly nature and adapt His spiritual nature. This journey isn't easy at times, but truly we've only just begun. 

MY THOUGHTS
Journal your thoughts here

Dying to self is a scary concept.  The ability to give up control. Wisdom on how to bend to God's will, and the fortitude to bounce back after a setback - these are just a few attributes of a more Christlike life.  This week, consider things you need to hand up to God.  When we seek Him in our everyday lives, release will be easier than we may have thought. Not easy...but easier.

​In Christ with love and compassion
Coach Kelly#YourLifeCoachingWV
#BeyondTheMirror
Your Life Coaching WV, llc

"Where hope becomes faith and faith becomes sight - because you matter."


Published:
2018-09-18
2017-09-18

Dolly Sods and the Life on the Allegheny Front Series

Hey Y'all! I can't believe its already the middle of September! Here on the Creek, family life has been crazy busy, so time is fly...