ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

By Elsie Varn Harrell

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I know I have told you over and over that Shattered Dreams is coming.  This time, I really mean it.  It will be coming soon.  Just a few more steps before it’s ready to print.   In the last few blogs I’ve mentioned that the book is in the hands of my publisher, meaning, I’ve done my part, now he needs to get off his butt and do his. I guess I should feel guilty about putting all the blame on him.   He and I had a long talk this morning and now I understand just a little of what he’s been going through.

Besides working full time, he has a grown son with disabilities and thanks to COVID-19, Eric’s had to devote more hours in his day to care for him.  George Floyd’s death also hit him hard. The civil unrest in the country has affected all of us, but darn it, enough is enough.

Our great country is suffering.  I pray everyday that God will heal our land.  I think we need to clean house in Washington.  Personally, I feel that term limits is the way to go.  We need to vote out of office, those who are destroying the very ideals this country was founded on.  As a patriot, I want to do my part.  Therefore, I am donating $1.00 from the sale of  every copy of Shattered Dreams purchased on Kindle to help fund the re-election of Donald Trump as President of the United States in 2020.

Those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter might have noticed that I’ve been silent on anything political.  I’ve not posted anything on social media that indicates how I feel, but it’s time to take a stand. No matter your ethnicity, if you love our country -it’s time more than ever to stand with President Trump in his fight to make America great again. Partner with me. Get your copy of Shattered Dreams today.


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When Josh Howard, special agent for the FBI, discovers that members of his high school football team are systematically being killed, he wonders if he’ll be next. It’s been nearly twenty years since high school, but someone is sure carrying a grudge. Three of his old teammates were murdered just this past year.

Tru Cochrane is owner and CEO of the country’s most successful online dating service, Friends and Lovers. Blonde and beautiful, she can’t take her eyes off Josh, at the high school reunion where the mysterious deaths of their classmates are discovered.

As Josh struggles to find the link between the murders, no one else at the FBI thinks there is any connection. Were these just random killings, or was there more to it than meets the eye? Will Josh be next? How does Tru fit in? The answer to these questions plus many more will be answered in Shattered Dreams, the third novel in the Dream Never Lie series.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

My favorite month of the year. June, is already over with.  There are many reasons why June is my favorite month of the year.   Not only is my birthday in  June, the 23rd to be exact, but so many other things happen this month.  The 21st is the longest day of the year.  Daylight when we wake up, and still daylight when we go to bed.  Long, long day.

When I was a kid, I loved June because school was out for the summer.  Summer fun was just beginning.  Swimming, picnics, vacations, June just so much fun.

Father’s day is also in June.  My father went to be with the Lord many years ago, but there’s not a day goes by that I don’t think about him.  I also have a very dear cousin named June.

This year, an exciting event will be happened on my birthday.  The ebook of Shattered Dreams was released on June 23rd.  Shattered Dreams is the 3rd book in the Dreams Never Lie series.  Now remember, only the ebook was released on the 23rd.

But, good news.  Those of you who like to actually hold the book in your hands and turn the pages as you read, the soft cover edition will be available on soon.

I’m so excited about Shattered Dreams.  It is my most action packed thriller to date.  If you kept up with my progress writing Shattered Dreams, you may remember how confused I became, as I tried to figure out the ending.  I had written such impossibly complex crimes, that even the FBI had no idea “who done it”.

I normally can write a book in roughly a year, but it took me two full years to finish Shattered Dreams.  I think the ending will surprise you.  Be sure and let me know if you figure it out before the last page.

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“I discovered your books through my dad, and fell in love with Josh in the Dreams Are Forever series. You’ve become my favorite author and I’ll never forget actually getting to meet you when you came to Arkansas to promote your books. I haven’t read The Color of Thunder yet, but I can’t wait to dig in. Love you Elsie!” -JAIA

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CONFUSION

When I first signed up with TGIM Digital Publishing I told Eric (my publisher) that I was computer challenged.  I am simply a button pusher.  I don’t know anything about the workings of a computer.  I don’t know or care what a gigabytes is. I don’t want to know how many gigathingies I have, all I want to do is write.

He has been very patient with me during the three years we have collaborated together.  He’ shown me how to use many features, plus he’s had me sign up to things like Twitter, Instagram, etc etc.

He helped me set up a website which I love, because it lets me blog to my hearts content.  Yesterday was a biggie.  He told me how to do something new on my website.  Of course, all I got were error messages.  He advised that I should go to the help desk, he said they were very helpful.

So I sent the help desk an email, telling them that I needed to change the email address on my account.  The address they have for me doesn’t work, so please send instructions on how to change it to my new email address which I furnished.

I then went to Yahoo and attempted to sign on to my email address there.  Got message that this account doesn’t exist.  So I attempted to create a new account, got message that this account already exists.  I went around in circles for a while and finally was able to change my password and miraculously my account was reactivated.

When it pulled up my inbox, there was a note from my website administrator telling me how to change my password.  The message was sent to the emal address that I told them NOT to use.  But anyway, bottom line is I got the deactivated email address activated again, so I had no need to change it.

The changes my publisher wanted me to make to my website have all been done, so now I can relax and enjoy the rest of my weekend.

How do I plan to relax?  Well by writing, of course.  I’m over 100 pages into Hidden Dreams, book #4 in the Dreams Never Lie series.

Book #3, Shattered Dreams is set up to release the ebook on June 23rd, which is my birthday.  This is only the ebook.  The plans call for the release of the soft cover edition on July 5th.

I hope you enjoy Shattered Dreams.  It’s the most puzzling, complex mystery to date.  Lots of murder and mayhem, leaving the FBI agents with no clue.

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“I discovered your books through my dad, and fell in love with Josh in the Dreams Are Forever series. You’ve become my favorite author and I’ll never forget actually getting to meet you when you came to Arkansas to promote your books. I haven’t read The Color of Thunder yet, but I can’t wait to dig in. Love you Elsie!” -JAIA

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Way to go. Write on!

I tried unsuccessfully for several years to find an agent to help get my books published.  Finally, one of my customers told me he had found a publisher without going through an agent.  He connected me with Eric at TGIM Digital Publishing in Little Rock, Arkansas.  We talked on the phone several times over a period of a few weeks and came to an agreement about who would contribute what to our partnership.

Neither my husband nor my kids knew anything about it at that point.  Once Eric and I reached our agreement, I told my husband.  He and I together planned a party to celebrate and to break the news to my kids and grandkids.

The first Saturday that I wanted to have the party, my son had to work.  The next week, one of my daughters couldn’t make it.  As you can imagine, I’m about to burst with the news, but somehow held it in.  The third Saturday everyone was available and they all arrived at my house.

We had pizza and lots of fun visiting.  It was a beautiful day and we sat on the porch enjoying each other.  I finally told them it was time to go in, that I had something serious to discuss with them.  They all looked at each other wondering what in the world was going on.

After they all got seated in the living room, my husband Ronnie went into the kitchen and brought out a cake that we had HEB decorate in a special way.  The wording was:  Way to go! Write on!

I told them they had to figure out what it meant before we would cut the cake.  I wish I had taken a photo of it, it was really cool.  They just kept repeating it over and over, way to go, write on.  Way to go write on.  After about 15-20 minutes, my grand daughter Oliva shouted.  “I get it!  WRITE on.  Mema, your books!  Are you getting published?

That’s a special day I’ll never forget.

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REVIEWS”
“I discovered your books through my dad, and fell in love with Josh in the Dreams Are Forever series. You’ve become my favorite author and I’ll never forget actually getting to meet you when you came to Arkansas to promote your books. I haven’t read The Color of Thunder yet, but I can’t wait to dig in. Love you Elsie!” -JAIA

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Happy Mother’s Day

My oldest daughter  stopped by my office Thursday and we had a good visit for Mother’s Day.  She does home health so her work schedule and my work schedule make it very difficult for us to have any quality time.

I wish all three of my kids and their families could come over for a Mother’s day  get together, but I guess that’s not a good idea with several of us being high risk for the covid-19 virus.  I hope you are all doing everything you can to stay safe.

One of my sweet customers was in the office a few days ago.  Her son was with her.  He was undecided what to get her for Mother’s day.  She showed him my books, (I always keep a supply on hand) and he ended up buying all four for her.  I had a good time signing the books for her.

If you still haven’t found what to do for your mother, it’s not too late.  Go to my Amazon page by clicking the link below.  All four of my ebooks are on special for only $2.99 each.   If she doesn’t like to read ebooks, they are all still available in softcover.   Order today and give her an IOU stating that they are “on the way”.

I keep telling you that Shattered Dreams will be released soon, and it is still in the works.  It’s just taking a little longer to get it ready for release than we thought.  But, I promise, it won’t be much longer.  Please be patient.  It is coming soon.

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REVIEWS”
“I discovered your books through my dad, and fell in love with Josh in the Dreams Are Forever series. You’ve become my favorite author and I’ll never forget actually getting to meet you when you came to Arkansas to promote your books. I haven’t read The Color of Thunder yet, but I can’t wait to dig in. Love you Elsie!” -JAIA

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