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Month: January 2018

Jade’s Match, Book 7 in the Jewel Series, Releases Today!!

Second Generation Jewel Series! Meet the daughter of Barry and Maxine Anderson of Emerald Fire!

Athletes CORA ANDERSON and DAVIS ELLIOTT live their romance very publicly through social media, but hate and racism threaten to destroy the relationship. Can the Olympians overcome the obstacles, or will they have to concede the match?

Securely purchase Jade’s Match directly from Hallee for $2.99 by clicking the Paypal button below (Kentucky residents will have 6% sales tax added).

Jade’s Match, is also available at the following retailers:

Olivia Kimbrell Press
EBook ISBN: 978-1-68190-119-0

Ask your local library to order this title:

Olivia Kimbrell Press
ISBN 13: 978-1-68190-122-0
ISBN-10: 1-68190-122-6

The Back Cover:

Two Olympians are matched in a media campaign that turns into something more than a game.

Rio Games silver medalist and social media darling CORA “JADE” ANDERSON is approached by a popular cell phone company to launch a flirty but fake media campaign with ice hockey star DAVIS ELLIOTT. When things get off to a rocky start, Cora and Davis both wonder what they’ve gotten into and how they’ll get through the months until the Korean games.

It’s not long until things start to warm up between the athletes and soon this fake romance becomes something much more real. Cora knows just how to work social media and engage her fans, and as the world watches and interacts with them, their love grows. When Davis is selected for Team USA, the opposition starts. As a Korean American, he’s already facing odds Cora can never comprehend, but he takes his frustration at the racism to the ice and lets the puck take the beating.

Things come to a head just weeks before the games begin. Can Davis and Cora’s very public relationship survive the aftermath of a very public confrontation, or are they going to have to let their love go when the Olympic flame is extinguished at the closing ceremonies?

Jade’s Match, Book 7 of the Jewel Series, is now available!!

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The Mama Bear Had to Rise Up – Parenting and Autism and Big Bullies

It’s hard sometimes, to know what to do and when to intervene. Scott is 11-1/2. Most 11-1/2-year-olds can fight their own battles, know how to stand up for themselves, or how to extract their way out of a situation.

Scott doesn’t. He shuts down. Emotionally, spiritually, physically shuts down.

Most 11-1/2-year-old boys don’t need their little brothers to stand up for them. But, Scott does. His brother, Jeb, is 9 and his defender and protector.  He understands, even at 9, that sometimes he needs to be the one to step in and take charge of a situation that Scott is in. He also understands that as they get older, that will remain his responsibility. Because Scott has autism and the social nuances of life are a total mystery to him. It’s not something we’re going to be able to teach him. It’s something he’s going to have to navigate on his own — well, not on his own. With his brother by his side.

The other night, we were at a party at a friend’s house. There were about 15 kids present, including our own. They were all playing upstairs in the kids’ area. At some point later in the night, I could hear Jeb’s voice – very distraught – but I couldn’t hear his words.

I ran up the stairs and into the room and found Jeb in between two big (I mean, seriously big) preteens and Scott, telling them to leave Scott alone. Only, Jeb is small and these boys were big and they were just reaching around him, picking at Scott (I think poking him with a wooden knife) as if Jeb wasn’t even there.

Imagine the concept of “poking the bear”. I could totally see these kids doing this to a caged animal at the zoo with a stick.

Scott had his back to them. His hands were fisted and his eyes were closed and he was so tense that he was probably sore the next morning. I immediately ascertained the situation and firmly told the boys to stop.

They didn’t stop at first.

I know! What?

What kid doesn’t stop when an adult catches them in bad behavior? And, I’ll tell you something — I’m not nice. Or sweet. In this situation, I was downright mean. So, there’s no reason they didn’t stop.

Back to the zoo scenario — mama bear suddenly took charge.

I stepped between them. I am not a small woman. So, I bowed up and stepped between them and told them to find somewhere else to be. The leader of the kids hesitated – I don’t know what he thought the outcome could possibly be that didn’t end with him in tears, but after I repeated myself, he eventually backed down and left the room.

I sent Jeb downstairs to start making sure that we were in a position to leave, to find our neighbor’s son who had come with us, and to get everything together he’d brought with him.

Scott was done. D-O-N-E. I touched him and he jerked away and whispered, “No.” I tried to talk to him and he just said, “No.” I asked him if I could do anything to help him, and all he could do was say, over and over again, “No.”

Finally, I said, “We’re going home now. Let’s leave this place.”

That was what pulled him out of the internalized meltdown that had him in a spiral. I took him downstairs and he waited on the stairs to the front door (the house was split level, so the front door was at the bottom of the stairs), sitting on a step in the middle, covering his ears with his hands and just waited, giving me a chance to find Gregg and Jeb and say our goodbyes.

I found the mom of the kid and told her what happened, but she was honestly unconcerned. I truly think she didn’t understand the level of wrong her kid had just perpetrated. Because, most 11-1/2-year-old can handle that situation and it won’t have a detrimental affect on the rest of their day or night or week or life. Unfortunately, that isn’t our situation. She didn’t even react when I told her how he didn’t listen to me at first. But, maybe the issue is that she was about 6 inches shorter than the oldest son and he’s obviously a bully. Anyway, at least I told her.

Jeb and I went outside to make sure his glasses were in our van and not lost inside  somewhere , and on our way back inside, I caught the biggest of the two kids sneaking down the stairs, holding the wooden knife thing , about to poke Scott from behind.

I rushed up the stairs, got in his face, and told him, “Find somewhere away from me. Right now.”

“Fine,” he said, but didn’t move.

What did he think I’d do? Trust him to comply and continue about my business?

I went up another step and now I had to bend to stay face-to-face with him.  “I said, find another place to be. Now.”

He turned around and I didn’t see him the rest of the night.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?

How was this something a kid would even think to do?

It’s agonizing to think that Jeb is sad because he couldn’t stop them. It’s infuriating to think what might have happened if Jeb hadn’t been there. And it’s scary to think about the next time something like that happens, and the next time, and the next time.

Helicopter-parenting isn’t going to make it easier for Scott. He has to learn how to navigate that, he has to learn coping skills.

Jeb has to know he can step up and get between Scott and two big kids and not be afraid of them – even when he’s not sure if we’re going to be there to help them.

But that doesn’t make it easier to experience. It doesn’t take the hurt away or the clenching of my heart when I think back to the image of Scott so tense and shut down, and Jeb so brave and ineffective.

This world…UGH

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Monday Morning Chat 1/29/18 – Jade’s Match Release!

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

I really appreciate all of the questions that I get from my readers. Today I’m talking about my new release, JADE’S MATCH!

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Emerald Fire Is On Sale for Just $0.99!

On Tuesday, January 30th, Jade’s Match will release! In preparation for that, Emerald Fire has been marked down to $0.99 for the ebook! Click here to read the book description.

Jade’s Match is the story of Cora Anderson — daughter of Maxine Bartlett and Barry Anderson from Emerald Fire and Davis  Elliott – Team USA hockey player. It is a Second Generation Jewel Series Novella that celebrates Team USA for the upcoming Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea, and Valentine’s Day.

Securely purchase an ebook copy of Emerald Fire directly from Hallee for $0.99 by clicking the Paypal button:




Emerald Fire can be purchased in e-book format at the following booksellers:

Emerald Fire, Book 2 of the Jewel Series
Emerald Fire, Book 2 of the Jewel Series

Also, if you want a copy of Emerald Fire in paperback with the old cover — it’s still free! Click here to go to my store. All you have to do is pay the postage (you can actually get almost all of the Jewel Series books free in the old covers for one postage payment. Click the link to go to my Square store to see what is still available.)

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New Keyboard Makes Me Happy

I go through a keyboard about once a year. I’ve bought really expensive keyboards and really cheap ones. It doesn’t seem to matter what I pay for them – they wear out, or a certain key loses its sensitivity to my touch, or whatever happens that makes it a stumbling point for me in writing.

I tried a different brand last time — a gaming keyboard designed to take the impact of a gamer, and the keys lit up in a neat way. It had wonderful sound when I clicked the keys. They were a little less sensitive to touch – I had to press a little harder – and in the last year I had it, the pain in the joints of my fingers has increased. I don’t know how much of that has to do with my age and my profession, or the keyboard.

I went back to my old brand for my new keyboard. I paid a fraction of the cost, but it feels perfect as I type on it. It’s like my brain remembers exactly how to press on the keys. The clickety-clack is what my ears is listening for.  The longer I type on it, the more familiar it becomes and the faster my fingers can fly.

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Monday Morning Chat – What Inspires My Stories?

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I really appreciate all of the questions that I get from my readers. Today I’m answering the question:

What inspires your book ideas?

That was fun unpacking! 🙂 I hope you learn more about me as a writer through my response:

 

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