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Super Bowl and a Super Deal! – Book Give Away

February 3, 2014

I was asked today which team I was rooting for. I asked who was playing. Yes. I did.

To be honest, I don’t pay much attention to sports. I enjoy watching a football game if I’m watching with a group. I usually root for the underdog.

Why? Because, I want people to win. I always feel bad for the loser. It’s as simple as that.

So, I have a deal for you! My new website at www.miriamjonesbradley launches tomorrow, February 3rd. I am delighted to share this beautiful new site with you. It is user-friendly, full of information, and you can order my books straight from the site–either via links to Amazon, or directly from me! You can also learn more about my speaking opportunities, and where I’m going to be.

“What’s the good deal,” you ask?

It’s a contest! You have the opportunity to win one of my newly released books! Below you will find the rules for entering. I hope you will visit and explore my new website and tell your friends and family to check it out too!

Miriam Jones Bradley Website Launch Official Book Giveaway Rules! 

 

I will give away five copies of my latest book, The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Rushmore Treasure.

Entries will be collected from February 3 -11, 2014.

Winners will be announced on my blog post Thursday, February 13, 2014 and will have one week to notify me of their mailing address.

In order to enter you must:

  1. Sign up for blog posts on my website.
  2. ONE of these three: Comment on this blog post, Share this message – Enter to win multiple copies of @AuthorMiriam’s new release in the #doublecousins series at http://ow.ly/tcQnz – on your twitter account, or Share this message – Enter to win multiple copies of Miriam Jones Bradley’s new release in the Double Cousins series at http://ow.ly/tcQnz on your Facebook page (tag Miriam Jones Bradley for verification).

Entries will only be accepted from United States due to shipping cost.

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Mount Rushmore from My Perspective!

January 17, 2014

Whenever I tell people that I am from Rapid City, the topic of Mount Rushmore comes up. Sometimes they mention it first, but often I’ll say “Rapid City, where Mount Rushmore is.”

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Now, I know that it is technically outside of Keystone, SD but for most of the country Rapid City is the more recognizable name. I’m thinking after this present Geico commercial I’ll have more people commenting when I mention Mount Rushmore.

Have you seen the commercial? The gecko is walking along talking when all of a sudden he comes out on a ledge overlooking beautiful mountain scenery. The first time I saw it I thought, that looks like home, just as the camera panned around showing the gecko standing in George Washington’s eye!

Then he says, “Do you think I could see Mount Rushmore from here?” I like the commercial, admittedly because it reminds me of home.

I love Mount Rushmore. I don’t remember the first time I ever saw it, but it is my opinion that it is the most amazing National Monument I’ve ever seen. The size, the natural beauty, the work involved, and did I mention the size? I try to go at least once a year but sometimes it is longer. It never fails to take my breath away. I especially love going for the lighting ceremony in the evening. Sitting there among people from all over the world while hearing again the history of the mountain always inspires me!

When I talk about Mount Rushmore I encourage people to go visit. One co-worker in Florida told me that she had heard that Mount Rushmore was falling apart so she didn’t go! I assured her that it was still intact and would be for, well. . . for a long, long time!

I wish every American could see Mount Rushmore at least once. Of course that isn’t possible, and none of us will ever see it from the perspective of the gecko!

So, as you can imagine, when I decided to set my latest book in Rapid City it had to have a connection to Mount Rushmore. Maybe you can’t get to Mount Rushmore, but you can get a little flavor of Rapid City and learn more about the history of the carving of the mountain by reading the latest Double Cousins Mystery, The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Rushmore Treasure.

Maybe, just maybe it will even inspire a family road trip!

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My Mr. Crosby

January 13, 2014

At last count I have lived in twenty-two houses over the course of my lifetime. That’s a lot, really. Maybe that’s why I remember with greater fondness the ones that I lived in the longest.

 

One of those was the house on 5th and Elm in North Platte, Nebraska. We lived there from the time I was in first grade until the summer after seventh.

 

The house was a rental property sitting right next to the owner’s home. It was one of the smaller homes on the block and it wasn’t small. There were five rooms on the main floor plus the bathroom. There was an upstairs with two huge rooms, one tiny room, and a walk-in closet. There was an unfinished basement underneath.

 

Our landlord lived next to us. Mr. Maynard Crosby—a lawyer—was my mother’s boss and one of the kindest, gentlest people I ever met. At one point, his son Robert—once governor of Nebraska—lived in the little house next door, our house.

 

Mr. Crosby lived all alone in that big house. There were four bedrooms in the upstairs of his house and he slept in a different room each week. That way his housekeeper could come in once a month and change the sheets. That fact greatly impressed me as a child! As my dad said the other day, “He had his systems.”

 

The basement of the house was a little apartment which he used as a guest house. I remember at least one occasion when my grandparents stayed in the apartment and I got a tour. It was really cool!

 

The backyards of the two houses were undivided. There were no fences and Mr. Crosby loved having the neighborhood kids play in his yard. There were a lot of us. Behind us was a family with ten children. Across the street was another with eight. On the other side of Mr. Crosby was a family with three. There were three of us. So, as you can see, Mr. Crosby was a generous man.

 

He had a fish pond in his backyard which he kept stocked with gold-fish. There were snails and in one end were cattails. I asked my sister what he did with the goldfish in the winter. She says he left them there and they hid out under the cattails when it got cold. We both remember one year when we tried to bring them in for the winter and they all died. We put our fish in there a couple of times, then had the best time at the end of the summer trying to decide which HUGE fish was ours.

 

Mr. Crosby also was hospitable and I’m afraid many of us kids took advantage of his hospitality. He kept a dish of candy on his table and pop—or soda if you prefer—in his fridge. It was known that he didn’t lock his back door that opened into his kitchen. Now, WE knew we were NOT allowed to go there when he wasn’t home and we were to WAIT for him to OFFER us something. That was hard sometimes, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t always properly express my gratitude. To this day, though I can’t eat hard peppermint or butterscotch candy without thinking of him.

 

He was Presbyterian. I wasn’t sure why anyone would want to be THAT. It was too hard to say and spell, but Daddy told me that Mr. Crosby loved Jesus just like we did. Sometimes he would come to our church because his didn’t have evening services. That was another strike against his church in my book. The evening services were my favorite.

 

So, when I decided to write a book—The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Rushmore Treasure—about a small town community store much like the one in our neighborhood in North Platte, it seemed the obvious choice to give the owner Mr. Crosby’s name.

 

Someday when I get to heaven I’m going to give him a big hug and properly thank him for the part he played in my life. And for all of that candy. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if he’ll have a bowl of candy on the table of his mansion.

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A Letter From Max and Carly!

January 4, 2014

Dear Fans,

We were looking through some old photos at Grandpa Johnson’s house this Christmas and look what we found! As you will see it’s us in Grandpa’s barn a couple of years ago. It was chilly that day!

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We were getting ready to go riding and Dorie came around with Grandma’s camera. Boy, was that a fun day.

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Here’s another picture. This one is of the front cover of our latest adventure!

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We are so excited that you can pre-order now on Amazon! Click the photo if you want to get your copy as soon as possible!
Happy New Year!
Love,
Max and Carly
P.S. I told Carly it’s ok she gets the cover. Next time it will be MY turn!  BYE,  MAX

The Double Cousins Strike Again!

December 4, 2013

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I am delighted to announce that the third in the Double Cousins Mystery Series has gained final approval and is being sent to press! I do not believe the books will be available for Christmas, as hoped, but they certainly will be available soon online for pre-orders on Amazon etc. They should be in your hand in about one month.

This time the Double Cousins are solving mysteries and learning lessons about the value of helping others in Max’s hometown of Rapid City, SD! With Mount Rushmore, Storybook Island, and the Flood of ’72 there is plenty of historical interest in this new mystery!

Stay tune! In the meantime. . . have you read the first two books in the series?

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Growing Pains Bring Good Deals!

November 29, 2013

Every once in a while one of my siblings will mention that a niece or nephew is suffering from growing pains. Their legs hurt and Mom knows it is probably related to the fact that her son or daughter has just grown an inch in the past week. No kidding.

 

Growing is great, isn’t it? But it can cause difficulty, even pain.

 

The third in my Double Cousins Mystery series is in the final stages of design. Within a few days we hope to have it off to the printer and while I don’t expect to have it out in time for Christmas it will be available shortly thereafter.

 

In addition, my first book for adults was released this summer. All I Have Needed-A Legacy for Life has been a delight to produce and share with others. It is opening up new opportunities for speaking. My writing and speaking ministry is growing.

 

However, with that come some growing pains. The main one at this point is the website. My wonderful husband built my website himself back when I had one book. When the second book was added he revised the site. He has worked hard to maintain an up-to-date site but it is now getting more time-consuming than he can handle.

 

For one thing, it needs to switch focus to encompass the entire scope of the ministry, not just the Double Cousins Mysteries. So, we are in the process of finding a web designer to help us build a new, long-term solution to the web-page need!

 

Now, Christmas is right around the corner and I have books to sell. I have the perfect gift, whether you are buying for a child, a teen, or an adult. The two Double Cousins Mysteries are written for ages 7-13. The Legacy book is written in such a way that pre-teens and up would enjoy the short pieces.

 

But, all of the books are not listed on my website for sale! What should we do?

 

I have decided to run a Social Media Sale this year. If you are connected to me through social media YOU will be made aware of the sale. So, here goes.

 

For the rest of the year I am offering a copy of each of my three books for a total of $25.00 plus shipping. That is a value of $35.89 for only $25.00 plus shipping. You will save over ten dollars for the three books! Of course, if you want bulk numbers of any of the books they are available at $10.00 per book plus shipping.

 

So, if you wish to order you can send a message via facebook or email to doublecousins.net@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to mail you the books and send an invoice with it which you can then pay. If you live close to me I would be happy to deliver and avoid the shipping charges.

 

Please include in your information the names you want inscribed in the books and I’ll be happy to personalize them and sign the copies for you!

 

As always, the books are also available on Amazon and through your local bookstore. They just need the name of the book and the author and they should be able to order them for you!

 

Read on!

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The Next Thing

November 14, 2013

“Just do the next thing you have to do.”

 

I’m sure you’ve heard this quote also. I depend on it often. It is a great reminder when I am stressed, depressed, overwhelmed, or busy! Sometimes it’s all you can do.

 

So the past few weeks that has been my motto.

 

Now, I don’t want to imply that I’ve had a depressing or stressful few weeks. Stressful at times, but stress CAN be good.

 

The truth is, much of my last month has been awesome! But, it has been busy and it did require many days of just doing the next thing on the list.

 

Blog posts were on the list—but obviously—they were never the next thing.

 

I have at least one encouraging friend who would tell me—and has before—that writing will come. When it is all over, I’ll have many wonderful things to write about!

 

I know for a fact that I have been inspired to write many times over the past month. After all, I had my twin nieces here for three weeks and we traveled all over the Southeast visiting family, saw the ocean, and just spent wonderful time together.

 

There were many blog-able moments. The problem is they slip away, don’t they? It flits through my head, I should blog about that, and then it is gone. Oh, I know. I should write it down. But, often those thoughts flit through my mind while I’m driving, as I doze off to sleep at night, in the middle of a conversation. Never when I can write them down.

 

I sometimes am sad at the stories I am not writing down. They could be lost forever.

 

Ah, but not forever. God remembers. If He reminds me of them, then I’ll write about them! How’s that for a plan? It works for me!

 

So, the next couple of months doesn’t look any less busy. I have work, a conference, a book signing, Thanksgiving, travel for Christmas, and hopefully the release of the third in the Double Cousins Mystery series with all of the hoopla that requires!

 

So, I’m going to put the blog posts on the to-do list again. This time closer to the top. We’ll see how that goes!

Virtual Book Tour – A Legacy of Women On God’s Mission!

July 25, 2013

Welcome back for day 5 of the Virtual Book Tour for All I Have Needed-A Legacy for Life.sara picture blog tour

I am delighted to announce that today’s post  can be found on my friend Sara Skinner’s site, Women on God’s Mission.

 

Sara and I were roommates at Northland Baptist Bible College more years ago than I want to admit. During that time we had the amazing opportunity to take a mission trip to Hungary and Romania.

 

I learned something about Sara I hadn’t appreciated in our normal environment. From the moment we stepped into the airport until the time we arrived back, Sara sailed through her days befriending everyone around her. It was as if she saw everyone as a new friend who needed to meet someone who loves Jesus! She was a woman on God’s mission.

 

After college we gradually drifted apart. A couple of years ago we reconnected via Facebook and her blog. As I’ve watched her posts I’ve been delighted to realize Sara is still Sara. In everything she does I see she still has one purpose—to show the love of Jesus to those with whom she comes in contact. Same mission, different time of life.

 

I am honored that Sara has agreed to host my blog today. I hope you take the time to read some of her other posts and think about how God might want to use your gifts and personality to fulfill His purpose. Click on the photo below to go to today’s post.

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Virtual Book Tour – On the Road Again!

July 24, 2013

Today we celebrate National Cousins Day! I am delighted because this post will go hand in hand with such a day. You see, the day I speak of in my post was made possible by my oldest Jones cousin, Gordon. I think that’s cool!

The host of today’s post is my friend, Carol Weeks. When I first met Carol at the Christian Communicators Conference I liked her. But, as I learned more about her I realized she is a bit of a dark horse. She came across as a mild, sweet lady. She is. But, her mild sweetness hides depths of wit and wisdom that sneak up on you and smack you right in the face like that old commercial. “Thanks, I needed that.”

I am delighted that my friend, Carol has agreed to be the host for the fourth installment of the virtual book tour for All I Have Needed-A Legacy for Life.

Click the photo below to be transported to Carol’s blog, Speaking Hope Ministry.

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Virtual Book Tour — The Words We Choose

July 23, 2013

Welcome to day three of the virtual book tour for All I Have Needed-A Legacy For Life.  We are going to flip the process today and I am posting the content on my pages. Our host, Lisa Heidrich is posting the link to my site on her blog at www.lisaheidrich.com. Lisa Heidrich is a speaker, author, and voice-over artist. In addition, she is a nurse! Lisa’s book Speaking Confidence was published by Chalfont House Publishing and is available in paperback and on Kindle. Welcome to Lisa’s readers as well as those who normally visit my blogs!  Enjoy!

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“Cousins”

My Grandma and Bin Laden—The Words We Choose

Colossians 4:6 ~ “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

I am so grateful that Osama bin Laden was brought to justice. I’m thankful to our wonderful military and the government leaders who made the necessary decisions that led to his death.

I couldn’t help but think of Grandma Jones when I heard the news. I think of her every time I hear bin Laden’s name.

Grandma was best known for one thing. She kept her peace. If she couldn’t think of anything nice to say, she just didn’t say anything. She was the epitome of the phrase from Proverbs 31:26 that says “In her tongue is the law of kindness.”

The worst thing I ever heard her say about anyone was what she said about bin Laden after 9/11. She tended toward short statements. Short and sweet, generally, but when it wasn’t sweet, it got even shorter. What she said about bin Laden that day struck me stronger than any long speech I’ve heard on the subject.

“That ornery guy.”

Three words. That’s all she had to say about him. The look on her face and her tone of voice said more than the words. In her voice was every bit of disregard she could muster. I thought about what she would say now, if she was still alive. I had an imaginary conversation with her. “Grandma, bin Laden was killed.”

“Good.”

One of my Jones cousins mentioned that her other grandpa was exactly like Grandma. He didn’t often say anything negative, either. In fact, the worst thing she ever heard him say was about bin Laden also. He said, “What a dirty dog.”

It started me thinking. We are surrounded every day by angry people making angry statements. People spout unkind, hurtful things. I’ve thought many times how much I wished I was more like Grandma. Imagine what the world would be like if the worst thing we said was “That ornery guy” or “What a dirty dog.” What if we saved the truly bad phrases for the people who deserved them?

What if we took a page from Grandma Jones’ and Granddad Edington’s book? What if …

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness (Proverbs 31:26).

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