The Power of Words

Glad Abernathy is a character amongst the misfits in my debut novel, Maggie’s Way. She occasionally oversteps her boundaries as mother’s sometimes do when love spills over.

“When you are ready to accept those things that only loved ones can give you, your heart will be whole again. You do not choose life. Life chooses you.” -Glad Abernathy

As I prepared a social media post last night her sentiment about life spurred me to reread the book. Tiny green Post-It notes peeked out from the pages. Each one marked a notable chunk of text drawing me into Maggie’s journey one more time.

Maggie’s Way is the story of middle-aged, second grade teacher, Maggie Abernathy who wants to recuperate from breast cancer during the solitude of summer. Her plans are foiled when seven-year-old, Chloe McIntyre moves in next door with her father John. With Maggie’s grown son away, her ex-husband in the shadows, and her meddling mother’s unannounced visits, her life changes in a way she never could imagine.

One of my favorite scenes comes from Maggie’s point of view when reads Beckett’s journal, an insight into her ex-husband’s journey. The words remind me we are never alone. Love blossoms even if humans aren’t compatible for a lifetime. Hurt bridges the dark and leads those willing to face the unknown into the light. 

“I got up, made sure Beckett’s journal was out of sight like so many things had been for years, and continued to be. A ladybug landed on my forearm. I marveled at its spots dreaming of a time when everything seemed so innocent, unscathed. And in that time period of discovering life, I went wading on the shores of my youth to having the foresight to run from raging waves ready to knock me down into the big blue sea of contentment, where I chose to ignore life changing experiences so I could float along with my nose pressed to the sky, not seeing the shark fins that circled around me. I closed my eyes, made a wish, then blew the ladybug from my arm. I watched the insect flutter in the sunshine before landing on my perch in the chaise lounge.” 

If your TBR pile needs an addition. Here’s the link to a freebie.

Maggie’s Way on Kindle

Image may contain: 1 person, text that says 'LINDA BRADLEY FREE on Amazon Kindle August 30- September epry Montana Bound Series 2016 Booksellers Best Award FINALIST Middle-aged Maggie Abernathy just wants to recuperate from cancer during the solitude summer vacation after tiresome year teaching second grade. Maggie's plans are foiled precocious seven-year-old Chloe Mcintyre moves in next door with her dad, Maggie's life changes way she could never imagine when pesky new neighbors steal her heart With Maggie's grown son away, her ex-husband in the shadows, her meddling mother's unannounced visits, and Chloe Mcintyre on her heels, somehow Maggie's empty house becomes home again.'

Maggie's Way (Montana Bound Series Book 1) Kindle Edition Maggie's Fork in the Road (Montana Bound Series Book 2) Kindle Edition Maggie's Montana (Montana Bound Book 3) Kindle EditionA Montana Bound Christmas: Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays (Montana Bound Series Book 4) Kindle EditionPedal Kindle Edition


All Things Susan B. James

I’m sitting under a happy cloud.

It’s raining good things. I have so much to be thankful for.
Maybe This Time is free on Amazon August 12-14.
This link will only show as free on August 12-14
And August 12 it will be on BookBub which is amazing.
Those promos are hard to get. This is my first.

Beach Reads
Irish Magic and Maybe This Time are both participating in the Beach Reads Promo. There are over fifty books in the promo and I found a few I want to try.
Please check it out.

Susan J Berger website
I have a new website for my children’s books designed by the very talented Sarah Kaja.

There is a tab for free stories. One day I hope to go in and illustrate them and make them into downloadable picture books. First I have to learn to illustrate. Or hire an illustrator.

My picture book Sunday Cat is coming out later this year. Followed by My Sister Ella in late 2020 or early 2021.

Looks That Kill Poster
A movie I did in 2018, Looks That Kill came out in June.
Due to COVID, it released to Amazon Prime and other streaming services.
Another movie I am in, Kazillionare releases in September. Where? I don’t know. But I’ve seen the preview and it’s delightful.  

Kajillionaire Poster

Last week I wrapped on Joel Coen’s Macbeth which will hopefully hit actual theatres in 2021. The Tragedy of Macbeth stars Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth and Denzel Washington as Macbeth. Working on it was a magical experience. I loved everyone on the cast and crew and I am so glad that we were able to finish the film with COVID precautions. I can show costumes, But here’s my wig before dressing (Note shaved forehead.) Wig dressed and what I look like one the way home with spirit gummed hair and my KN95 mask. Everyone was masked when not performing. It’s weird seeing marvellously dressed and wigged performers all wearing kN95 masks in a medieval banquet hall. I wish I had a picture of that.
Grandchild blessings. Eugene is BIG 7 months old and creeping. Walter had a haircut courtesy of his dad. He’s a wonderful Monopoly player. Ella’s tired of  COVID restrictions. On Saturday she got to go to the Splashpad which made her very happy. I miss Ella. But I am getting to spend a lot of time with Walter and Eugene. Chris brings them and himself over Monday-Friday so that Melanie can work from home.
I want to share my favorite Salmon recipe. And I thought the best way would be a downloadable pdf. I checked and it works!

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Writer Linda Bradley – #FREEbook #Bookbub – Montana Bound

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to welcome Linda Bradley as a guest writer today, sharing her research for her books in the Montana Bound series. Also there is an FREEoffer on Maggie’s Way on BookBub and details of that later in the post.

Montana Bound by Linda Bradley

Montana Bound is more than the name of my book series telling the story of a middle-aged Midwestern woman finding her way.

When I began writing Maggie’s story, I knew she’d encounter a sprawling ranch alive with horses and cattle, a place much different than her suburban Michigan home. A faint childhood memory of being in the back of a 1972 Buick station wagon staring into the blue Montana skies prodded me to embed the beautiful land into my work.

My first research trip took me to Gallatin Gateway, Montana. My twenty-two-year-old son was my travel companion and just as eager for the adventure. We…

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