Wednesday, May 28, 2014
I would like to send a SHOUT OUT to two of my childhood friends.
Debbie used to live down the street from me about three houses and then across the road. She was the same age as me and we went through elementary school together. In five years we were only in the same class twice. We both liked the same boy at one point (Mike Hendricks) but that didn't come between us. We had a "cat call" that we used to see if each other was home. All we did was go outside and make this funny scream. If I heard it or if she heard it we would reciprocate and send it back and then we knew it was time to play. They had an Alaskan Eskimo dog named Blaze. I still remember those ice blue eyes. She moved to Florida at one point but was back a year later but lived in a different neighborhood. I still saw quite a lot of her and we both were wild about Shaun Cassidy. We even saw him in concert. How funny is that!
Yvonne lived on the same side of the street that we lived on. There was one house between us where the Valentine's lived. Even though Yvonne was two years younger than me, we had a lot in common. Her mom and dad were from West Virginia and they liked Beagles, just like my mom and dad. They had a swimming pool for a while but once the side busted open and the water flooded their backyard. She had a chihuahua named Becky and we used to dress her up in doll clothes. Poor Becky. She was such a trooper. We moved away to another neighborhood and left Yvonne behind but we still talk from time-to-time and I look forward to getting her Christmas card every year.
I usually don't mention names in my posts and if I do, I don't mention last names to protect the privacy of those I speak about. But both of you know who you are. I have known you since I was 4 years old and I still consider you some of my closest friends.
R. K. Avery
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
and on it goes. For those of you who remember that song, I bet you just sang it in your head. It's okay. I did the same thing.
The minute I smell Coppertone I am transported back to when my family and I would go to the beach. Living in Northeast Ohio, the ocean is not near but we do have the Great Lakes and several wonderful beaches. Playing in the sand with my older sister while mom and dad watched with a dutiful eye.
Then you have the smell of charcoal. I love it! When I smell it I am reminded of when I was young and the first cookout of the summer season - hamburgers, hot dogs, and more side dishes and condiments than you can imagine. Cookouts were one of the few times we were allowed to have actual soda pop. Mom would bring a bottle of RC cola out, crack the lid open and that wonderful brown liquid would splash over ice cubes while my mouth watered waiting for the first taste. We weren't raised like the kids of today. Soda pop was only for special occasions and they all came in glass bottles. When you bought them you had to pay a deposit for the bottles and when they were empty, you took them back to store and got your deposit back so they could be recycled and refilled.
I remember so many mornings waking up in my bed with the windows cranked wide open as the curtains billowed with the breeze. We didn't have air conditioning so this was the only way to keep cool. The sound of robins chirping meant it was summer vacation and the whole day lay ahead and we could do whatever we wanted. We went outside until lunchtime and then came in only long enough to eat. The outdoors was our playground - riding bikes, playing hopscotch, swinging on the swing set and playing kickball.
When you are young you can't wait to grow up. When you are older you wish you could go back. Enjoy each minute and make as many memories as you can.
R. K. Avery
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Now that that's said, this is blatant self-promotion. I currently have two books in print and in e-book format. Some bookstores carry them but even if they don't you can go into any bookstore in the world and request them and they will order them for you.
If you would rather shop from the privacy of your own home while wearing your PJ's, there are several sites that carry my books. Just click on one of the tabs at the top of this page and you will be redirected to the site.
Amazon is having a sale right now and you can get both books for less than $25. That's a pretty good deal considering if you bought them directly from me, it would cost you $26.
If you would like an autographed copy, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work out some type of arrangement.
In case you are not familiar with my books, the first one, Be Careful What You Wish For, starts out as a true story. I was kidnapped from a beach when I was 25 months old. My story, thank goodness, had a happy ending but I wanted to write a book about what may of happened if it didn't.
Here are the back cover blurbs for both of my books. It is a series and the third book is at the publisher as I write this. It is due out mid-2014 so stay tuned.
My second book, Not My Mother's Son, is a continuation of book one. It picks up where the first one left off. The reason I wrote the second book was because I had so many fans asking me what happened to the characters and I thought the best way to tell it was to write another book. This one was released in 2012.
NOT MY MOTHER'S SON
There have been numerous reviews posted and blog musings and press releases about me and my books. Google R. K. Avery sometime when you have a moment and check them out. In the meantime, follow me on twitter at @RKAvery1. Have a wonderful day! R. K. Avery @RKAvery1
There have been numerous reviews posted and blog musings and press releases about me and my books. Google R. K. Avery sometime when you have a moment and check them out. In the meantime, follow me on twitter at @RKAvery1.
Have a wonderful day!
R. K. Avery