FUN DURING COVID-19?

 

Now that I’m I find myself in the group called the elderly, most people would think I should relax and enjoy my sunset years by staying at home and find something I would enjoy doing during the Covid-19 pandemic. That sounded like a good Idea, so I decided I’d give it a try. I began looking around for something to do to fill in my time when I wasn’t writing or planning a new book. I have no intention of giving up my book writing –  it’s a part of me and I love doing it. But everyone, including me, still thought I needed something else to fill my time. So, I started looking around for the answer.

I know some people like to experiment in their kitchen. But I’m not a person who likes to cook and bake a lot of new things. I like to eat what I like and I have no intention of changing my taste at this point. So, learning new recipes and ways to cook them was out.

I used to sew and enjoyed it, but I didn’t think I wanted to sew again, so I marked that off my list.

I hate housework, so deep cleaning, rearranging and making changes didn’t appeal to me. I find it easier to pay someone to do heavy cleaning for me.

I do love to travel, but it’s getting harder for me, not only because of the virus, but because of the arthritis in my knees. When I do travel, short trips are about all I can handle now.

After weighing all these options, and considering many others, I finally settled on what I was going to do. It didn’t bother me that I knew many people would think I was crazy to start such a project at my age. I plunged ahead and decided I would move out of my 2-bedroom condo and get myself a new house. One where I could have a guest room and an office.

I began looking around in the Kernersville – Sedge Garden area because I wanted to go back to the area I considered ‘home.’

I found a house in a development near my church, CVS, some friends, a neighborhood Walmart and not far from my daughter. I liked the looks of it from the outside, so, I called a realtor and asked for a tour.

My daughter and I met him there, and as soon as I went inside, I knew I loved the house. The size was right for me and I thought the floor plan perfect. But there was one problem. The house was on a hill. Though it had a pretty yard, I wasn’t sure I would be able to roll the trash can and the recycle can to the street with my bad knees. I know that may sound silly to some people, but as I said, I’m elderly and I wanted to consider everything. I decided not to make an offer.

Sometime later I found a house in an established neighborhood in the right area. It needed a little work but I liked it. The problem was, it had a swimming pool. My grandchildren assured me they’d keep it up, so I made an offer. The next day my realtor called and told me a cash had come in. The cash offer worked out and I lost out on that deal.

I kept looking, but I didn’t do anything for a while. One day my son-in-law, a builder, asked me if I’d like to build a house. He explained that I could get what I wanted and wouldn’t have to settle. The idea appealed to me and I began looking for lots.

Then the Covid19 struck and everything slowed down. Therefore, it took a while, but I eventually found a level lot near my daughter and made an offer on it. Again, it took a while to get it perked by the county and I began to wonder if this deal would fall through, too.

It didn’t. I finally closed on the lot, then began looking at floor plans. It didn’t take as long as I thought because I basically knew what I wanted.

This week I met with the carpenter who works with my son-in-law and he has the plan and a list of the changes I want. He will get back to me soon with his price list, and hopefully the work will begin in late August or September. In my mind I have a goal to be in my new house by Christmas.

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. I’ll also tell you whether it was fun or not and if I should have reconsidered some other project during this stay-at-home because of the vires period.

If you happen to be looking for something to fill in your time at home, My newest book, KENDRA’S SEARCH, the 4th book in the Barlow Wives came out this July.

Until next time, be safe!    Agnes

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My Roommate

The first pet I owned was a small dog named Murphy. I actually inherited him when my daughter, an only child, went to college. Murph and I grew close. We slept together, we traveled together and he often went to the beach with me. When he was 13 I rescued an abandoned kitten, I named Jefferson. I couldn’t stand to see the little thing suffer or be sent to the pound, though I wasn’t sure how the two would get along.

There was no need to worry. It didn’t take them long to become best friends. In fact, I believe they often conspired against me. Jefferson was the only cat I ever knew who thought he was a dog. He would stand on his back legs and beg, he would growl at other cats and he’d go on walks.

When Murphy was 19 he decided it was time to go to doggie heaven. I don’t know who grieved more, 6 year-old Jefferson or me. But the two of us managed and I had Jefferson with me for another 13 years. Ironically, he was 19 when he decided it was time to join Murphy.

I decided that was it for pets and me. It hurt too much to lose them. But after a while, I decided it would be nice to have an animal in the house again. By this time arthritis had developed in my knees, making it hard for me to walk, so I decided I’d get a cat.

But it wasn’t to be for a while. My sister was sick and I had moved her in with me.  She was using a walker at first and I was afraid a cat might trip her, so I put off getting another pet . When she became confined to her hospital bed, I was afraid a cat would try to sleep with her. Again, I decided to wait.

Last May, my sister went to her heavenly home. I was grieving and lonely. My wonderful daughter informed me she had rented an oceanfront condo for a week in July at Myrtle beach and she expected me to go on vacation with her family. Of course, I’ll go anywhere to be with my two grandchildren.

A week before we were to leave for the beach,  she called me  and said, “Mom, get on your computer and look at the picture of the cat a teacher friend of mine has to find a home for. She’s a 5 year-old long-hair like Jefferson was, and she needs a home. I think she’s just what you need.”

Talk about love at first sight….That’s the way I felt about the beautiful cat in the picture. I told my daughter to tell her friend, if she’d keep the cat until we got back from the beach, I’d take her. She agreed to do it.

We picked the cat up the day after we got home, and I had my new pet. I didn’t like her name, so I decided it would be Victoria. After all, Queen Victoria reigned during the time of my western historical novels, so I thought it fitting – Especially since Victoria soon ruled my household.

Victoria and I have been together almost a year now and she has me trained just the way she wants me. And I don’t mind at all. Only thing though, my daughter says she has rented a condo at the beach for the first week of August and wants me to go. I’m torn. I’m not sure I should travel during Covid19, but worse than that, I’m not sure I want to leave Victoria for a week.

 

Meet my roommate, Victoria.

 

 

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Catching up

Some, if not most, writers have a blog. Some publishers require that their authors have one. One of mine does, but the other two do not. But whether one is required or not, is not the problem. A blog can be a wonderful way to reach the pubic, if the bog is read. If it isn’t, then why bother? Therein lies the problem.

I started writing this a long time ago and life intervened. I was the oldest of three children. My brother was 4 years younger than me and my sister was 9 years younger than me. My brother’s wife died and a year later, he became very ill with COPD.  I spent several months running up and down I-85 between his home and mine. When he passed, I felt lost for some time.

The next year, my sister, who also suffered COPD, began to grow sicker. because she never married and had no children, I spent the next year going up and down I-77 weekly to help her. When she worsened, sand we learned she’d developed lung cancer, I moved her to my house so I could better take care of her. It was s long process. As she declined it took more and more of my time.

But it didn’t matter. She was my baby sister and the only sibling I had left.  I loved her dearly and she became my number one priority. Though, I still managed to get in some writing, this website and the blog kind of fell to the wayside. She went to her heavenly home last summer.

Now, I’m trying to take care of some of the things I’ve neglected. This WEBSITE was on my list. I think I’ve got it straight. I’ve updated the HOME PAGE, BOOKS, EVENTS, and I’ve written this BLOG.

Thanks for letting me share my story. Maybe I’ll talk about Covid19 next time. But maybe not. If you’re like me, you’d rather discuss. I know. I’ll tell you about my new roommate. Don’t get excited. It’s not a man.

My best to you.

 

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Why Bother With A Blog?

Some, if not most, writers have a blog. Some publishers require that their authors have one. One of mine does, but the other two do not. But whether one is required or not, is not the problem. A blog can be a wonderful way to reach the pubic, if the bog is read. If it isn’t, then why bother? There in lies the problem.

 

 

 

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Lydia’s Redemption

Now available in Ebook and Print at Amazon,

Now available for pre order from amazon. 

Publication date is June 28.

Can a saloon owner who is mad at God for letting her husband die and a dedicated widowed preacher who is trying to raise his eight-year-son alone find common ground and happiness?

 

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New Book Out – Zelda’s Guilt

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2nd Barlow Wives Book Available

Josephine Kirkpatrick needs a brand-new start…a challenge. Losing her husband—and then her business—were two hard blows. When her old friend, Myra Barlow, invites her to come West and be with her during the birth of Myra’s first baby, Josephine knows that’s just the change she needs—and she may never return to Charleston, South Carolina, if she finds a new life in Wyoming.

Ryder Barlow needs a redheaded woman around like he needs another hole in his head. He’s had enough of every redhead alive to last him a lifetime! But when his sister-in-law invites her beautiful friend to come for an extended visit, he finds he’s not done with dealing with flame-haired women yet—especially after he’s wounded, and Josephine must care for him…

 When a train robber kidnaps Josephine and hides her away, Ryder understands that love has crept up and stolen his own hard heart when he wasn’t looking—and Josephine means everything to him. Though he’s hot on the trail of the outlaw and the spitfire woman he’s taken, will Ryder be able to reach them in time? 

 

 

 

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Under A Western Sky

A new box set is now available for pre-order from Prairie Rose Publication and I’m thrilled that my book, XENIA’S RENEGADE was chosen to be included. The set will go on sale on January 11. For a limited time, it will be available foe $.99. There are blurbs about each book below.

OFFICIAL BLURBS FOR UNDER A WESTERN SKY 

Where do the very best love stories blossom? UNDER A WESTERN SKY, of course! This fabulous boxed set of six tales of danger and romance are sure to capture your imagination as you are carried away to the old west. Handsome marshals, Texas Rangers, gunslingers, and wealthy landowners meet their matches with the daring women they happen to fall in love with, and you won’t want to put this boxed set down until you’ve read the very last story!

Authors Cheryl Pierson, Celia Yeary, Kaye Spencer, Tracy Garrett, Patti Sherry-Crews, and Agnes Alexander spin six incredible novel-length love stories filled with danger, excitement, and romance that will keep you turning page after incredible page until the very end. Saddle up and kick back for some excellent reading, as star-studded romance finds you UNDER A WESTERN SKY!

FIRE EYES by Cheryl Pierson

Beaten and wounded by a band of sadistic renegades that rules the borderlands of Indian Territory, U.S. Marshal Kaed Turner understands what the inevitable outcome will be for him: death. But Fate and a war party of Choctaw Indians intervene, delivering him instead to a beautiful angel with the skill to heal him. Jessica Monroe has already lost a husband and a brother to these outlaws. Can she afford to gamble with her heart one last time?

 ALL MY HOPES AND DREAMS by Celia Yeary

To escape an arranged marriage, beautiful, proper Cynthia Harrington impulsively marries Ricardo Romero, a sensual Spaniard who ranches on the edge of the Texas frontier. She struggles to gain a foothold in the hostile household, determined to make a place for herself—but will she also find a way to make her husband love her?  

 TEXAS GOLD by Tracy Garrett

Texas Ranger Jake McCain is hot on the trail of a band of murderous outlaws when they ambush him and leave him for dead in the blinding snow. The last thing Rachel Hudson expects the blizzard to bring is a wounded Ranger with a pack of trouble. She and Jake have more than a powerful mutual attraction in common—the dangerous gunmen he’s been chasing intend to steal Rachel and her brother, Nathan. But Jake’s not about to lose the woman who means everything to him—Rachel, his TEXAS GOLD…(Previously published as TOUCH OF TEXAS)

 THE COMANCHERO’S BRIDE by Kaye Spencer

Beautiful heiress Elizabeth White is exiled to Texas until she agrees to marry the prominent politico her parents have chosen for her—Grayson Beal. When Elizabeth is approached at a fiesta by dark-eyed, handsome Mingo Valderas, her heart will never be her own again. But Mingo has a reputation as a Comanchero—a man who is as fast with his knives as he is with his gun. Still, Elizabeth gives her trust to him, and their whirlwind courtship begins. Beal will stop at nothing to claim Elizabeth—and only one man can protect her. Elizabeth and Mingo stay one step ahead of Beal…but will that be enough?

MARGARITA AND THE HIRED GUN by Patti Sherry-Crews

Pampered Margarita McIntosh is sent away by her father for her own safety—from what, she’s not sure. The long journey ahead and the secret she carries in her saddlebag could be the death of her. A rough Irish gunman, Rafferty, is entrusted with getting her to her destination—for a reward—his ticket to a new life. But will Rafferty’s protection be enough to save their lives? And will the heat of their passion seal their future—if they do survive?

XENIA’S RENEGADE by Agnes Alexander

An urgent plea for help from a family member calls for action from Xenia Poindexter and her sister. But traveling west to save their uncle, a raid on a stagecoach way station would have seen them dead if not for handsome half-Sioux rancher, Ty Eldridge. Ty wants to protect Xenia from her uncle’s schemes, but he’s been burned in the past by love. Though others say they’re all wrong for each other, Xenia has never felt more “right” than when she’s in Ty’s arms. Is true love worth the chance of becoming XENIA’S RENEGADE?

https://www.amazon.com/Under-Western-Sky-Historical-Romance-ebook/dp/B078SGY1HW/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1515087920&sr=8-21&keywords=Under+a+Western+Sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 3rd Coverton Mills Book

Julia Singleton has kept a secret for over 20 yeas and her feelings for her lover, Seath Armstong has never died. When he discovers they have a son, will the love he still has for her be enough for the two of them to have a life together at last. Or will a resentful inlaw destroy the happiness they could at last share? 

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NEW BOOK COMING SOON

I have a new Romantic Suspense Novel on it’s way. Here is a sneak preview of the cover and a bit about the story.

Heather Masterson writes best selling mystery novels about Alex Hargrove, her fictional Blue Ridge Mountain sheriff. She is shocked when at a book signing in Asheville, NC a 6 foot 4 cattleman lays a book in front of her and says, “Sign this to the real Alex Hargrove.” This is the beginning of a courtship that the two mature people were not looking for at this point in their lives.

Unbeknownst to Heather, Rachelle Albright, an unstable alcoholic fan, writes a book of her own with the character Alex marrying a woman named Rachelle. When the publishing company rejects her book, she is livid. Rachelle decides she must kill Heather so the character of Alex will be hers.

Can the real Alex protect his fictional creator? Will Heather survive to find love at last.

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