August 20, 2014

Rebate, Summer, Books & Moving

Finally, the Verizon rebate arrived in the form of a $50 Visa card, much appreciated by me.
As I wrote in my last post I'd been battling to get this rebate for several weeks, sending in a variety of requested forms with receipt and all being the wrong ones.
The last ones I sent were simply a repeat of the ones before and VOILA. They were the exact ones they wanted.
Enough said.
I'm going back to my life now that that issue has been put to rest.
Speaking of going back to my life, it appears a move for me may be on the horizon.
This summer has been an uphill battle to get the lawn work done. Services in this area have not returned my calls. I've been depending on family to cut my two acres all summer and battle the weeds that grow in abundance here in the country. It's been an uphill struggle for all of us. I'm throwing in the towel. I simply can't do it anymore. Mostly I worry and someone else does the actual work! And I don't much like either.
Tomorrow I'm going to look at a condo back in the city. And though I'll be sad to see this phase of my life over, I'm excited to begin life anew where I'll have sidewalks and trails to walk,  a shopping center that isn't miles and miles of driving through the country to get to and so many other amenities I can't begin to name them. Last but not least will be moving back near old friends and a community I know so well.
That's it for now. I'm sad to see the end of summer looming so fast and hard. The weather here has been the best ever. Cool mornings and evenings with sunny afternoons with lovely blue skies.
I have a book signing coming up at Tamarack Aug. 29, I actually worked on a few chapters of Sweet Baby James and can see myself completing it before the year's end when I can get settled somewhere and have the time to concentrate.
Happy end of August to you. What are you into? I've read some stories by fellow bloggers Teresa Coltrain who wrote GRIM TALES OF THE RURALHOOD, loved it, and am reading a novel titled HOT FLASHES AND COLD LEMONADE by Susan Flett Swiderski. I'm loving the book.
Have a great day all. Hope to hear from you. Hugs!



Both available on Amazon!




August 3, 2014

WHERE IS THE REAL MR. VERIZON???

I have spent much time since the beginning of July trying to get through the process of getting a rebate from Verizon, you know, the company that sells communication supplies and services. Mostly they sell supplies for which they offer very little service. And the service is sketchy at best.
I guess I sound miffed. Ummm, yep, I am.
First, I called Verizon about my slow wifi service. We live in the country and don't get great reception. I've limped along with the box (modem)  I had for a couple of years.
When I called the first time, the tech told me I needed a new box and an upgrade and to agree to a new two year contract. Okay. Yep I was in. For just $30 she would ship a new box that would provide me with faster service.
I got the upgraded box in two days and was singing the praises of Mr. Verizon. Yay. I was going to be up and going and could google everything and anything I wanted. I could shop, ebay, go to Snopes to my heart's content, facebook, twitter, pinterest, you name it I was gonna be able to do it ALL. Not!
The new jetpack wouldn't let me get online - when it did - it knocked me off instantly.
I called Verizon and the tech said, "Why, guess what? --- you have the wrong jetpack. I checked the service in your area, and it's very slow. It's goes from a 2 to a 3 then to 4 and back to 3. Whatever that meant. The jetpack, I had, had to have a higher number signal.
I needed to return the jetpack to the closest Verizon store and to ask for a specific jetpack, which I was given the stock number for. My LONG journey through the maze called verizon "the communication company" began. The communications part slays me. Like I said, the supplies are great. it's the service that is lacking.
I went to the store, stood in line, and was finally called to the holy shrine, otherwise known as the computer/desk where they plugged in my info. Yep, wrong jetpack! After several trips back to the stock room, the salesman came out with the wonderful new jetpack which was going to put an end to my misery. If only!
I had also brought in the new jetpack that didn't work in my area and that I'd had for two days. I had to pay a $35 restocking fee for an item that cost me $30. (I'm sure Verizon would say it cost them hundreds of dollars!) Still haven't figured that one out. Restocking free indeed, for sending me the wrong item in the first place. Anyway, the new jetpack ended up costing $99.99 + restocking fee of $35. Total cost to me $143.04. Oh, but the salesman said you'll get a $50.00 rebate when you send in your receipt. Oh goody, I said and headed home with my new jetpack and receipt, sure that the quality of my life would improve by 100%.
NOT. The jetpack worked well. I was never pushed offline and the service was faster. 
Then I started the rebate process. I had only a store receipt which did not contain any info about a rebate. I called the store. Oh, an oversight on the salesman's part. If I wanted to trek back the 20 miles they'd give me what I needed or I could "simply" go into my verizon account and in my documents and receipts file print off the necessary paperwork and get the rebate form online. According to the rebate form, I needed a copy of my customer agreement with Verizon and a receipt titled "the Verizon wireless small business receipt. Along with the store receipt. WHICH should all be in my documents and receipts folder. None of which were in the folder.
I managed to get online and get the rebate form. I sent that in with my receipt and a similar receipt form from my documents folder.
Nope they said. Not the right documents. I was told that in an email, also telling me to go back online and into the documents folder where I'd find the necessary paperwork. WHICH GUESS WHAT??? IS STILL not there!!!
So I'm waiting on an email reply - in the meantime I made approx one dozen phone calls to Verizon where one rep said he had made a complaint in my name expressing all the trouble I'd had trying to get a simple rebate. DO I love Verizon. Nope. Their personal communications with the customer is a HOOT. And that's all I have to say about that.
Barbara A. Whittington
www.barbwhitti.blogspot.com


June 25, 2014

BOOK GIVEAWAY. GET YOUR NAME IN!

I'd like to offer a book free - free book + free shipping- for a review left on Amazon. I'm not asking for five star reviews. Instead I'm asking for an honest review, honest opinion. No strings attached. It can be as little as a few sentences to a paragraph or two. I'm only interested in your opinion of the story/or stories.

Not all readers leave reviews and reviews are important to the sales of a book. While selling my books is not the most important element of my work, I want people to read my books and if I don't sell them, they are not read.

Thanks to anyone who wants to email his or her address to me for a book to review. I'll be giving away a total of six books, deadline for getting me your name and address is  July 4th.

Email me at barbwhitti@aol.com
I'll need your name and mailing address in full.

Thanks a bunch.

Here is a summary of each book offered.

Vada Faith - novel


Lee Smith said of Vada Faith, “...the combination of the tight, funny, punchy writing and the serious theme (surrogacy) make this an unusual and memorable novel. The sisters’ relationship...is wonderful as ever, and Mama is simply a dream....great characters and great narrative energy.” Vada Faith is the story of a young wife and mother with issues. She decides by becoming the first surrogate mother in Shady Creek, West Virginia, she will get the recognition she has longed for. Instead, the fight is on! Vada Faith, her family, and the townspeople draw up sides, leaving Vada Faith's life full of hurt and even more discontent. Read this novel about family members learning to love better, to accept and to forgive each other.


Ezra and Other Stories - short stories




Enjoy the romance, suspense, and humor in this collection of short stories. In award winning “Mabel and the Garage Sale,” Mabel’s house rests in the path of a proposed highway. As Mabel sorts her things to move, she recalls the colorful characters who’ve passed through her life. 
The story, “Delphine and Rainelle,” poses the question, is a marriage worth saving at all costs?
In “Joy Ruth and Minnie Hendrix” the ladies find more than arrangements for a funeral over at Miller’s Funeral home. 
Newlyweds, “Wally and Bun,” are set for life as they fly off in a hot air balloon, leaving their friend, Murphy, to figure out where he stands with the girl he left behind many years ago.
“Eve and Marcus Welby” finds Eve searching for love in college classes given to her by her mother. But, is Eve somehow destined to have only her cats to love?
It’s hard to soar like an eagle when you’re working with turkeys, Stevie writes with his label maker, as he tries to win Macon over as they work together. And, can only the young find the kind of love that makes your pulse race and your palms sweat? “Ezra” offers hope for those who feel they may have missed the love boat.

June 19, 2014

Zen, Yoga, and Other ways to slow down!



I've decided to simplify my life. 

Recently, I realized I've lived most of my life in a state of panic. As a result I'm looking at things I can realistically change. I found the list below of 12 zen things on facebook. It seems a good place to start. 

Zen Defined.

noun: a Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism emphasizing the value of meditation and intuition.



SOUND GOOD? I agree!

I dug out my old yoga tape, the basics of yoga with Rodney Yee, and I intend to start that program again. The peaceful music alone makes me feel better. Then when I do the stretches and easy yoga poses I know I'm on the right track to better health.


 Is anyone willing to make a few changes with me? Maybe slow our lives down just a bit. Rather than going through life on a zip line without taking time to even breathe - correctly - that's right. When I pause to check my breathing, it's even rapid as if I'm running a race and with nowhere to go. I feel it's time I started fresh and gave my life a jumpstart. Do you feel that way too?

Let me know if you're interested in sharing ways to live your life a little bit better, and a bit less rushed.I'll be letting you know how I do in slowing down, letting go of old habits, and basically renewing my vows to get healthier. Mentally. Physically.

AND Spiritually.

I've added prayer three times a day to my schedule. After reading The Healing Code by Alexander Loyd and already believing in the benefits of prayer, I pray daily for healing of the health issues in my life and for the bad memory-issues that keep me from living my life to the fullest. This is a book that describes a healing code that can lead to better health. Fascinating. YES, and it's not even one of my books. But I recommend it highly.

WHAT are you doing this summer?
I'll be ultra busy in July. My daughter is coming with two of the triplets and they are staying after she leaves for two weeks. Or so they tell me. Then the third one will join me a few weeks later. Whew! I need to get 100% rested and feeling great. I have a little over two weeks to do it. Wish me luck.
Then after the kiddies leave, I plan to finish the long awaited sequel to Vada Faith, Missing: Sweet Baby James.

Now, tell me what your plans are...











June 13, 2014

Barbara Null Whittington at Tamarack, Beckley, WV signing books June 14, 11-4.


I'll be at the Tamarack, Beckley, WV on June 14 from 11 to 4 signing my books: Vada Faith and Ezra and Other Stories.
Would love to see you there!!!



My latest story is an ebook only on Kindle at Amazon.com.
Dear Anne: Love Letters from Nam. Hope you'll stop by Amazon and take a look. It's story length - not novel length - a quicker read for those of you who have little time to devote to reading and is dedicated to those who served in the Vietnam War. Leave your comments about any of my books here. Would love to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by.


June 8, 2014

FREE JUNE 8-12th DEAR ANNE: LOVE LETTERS FROM NAM


            


                 SHORT STORY

            ON AMAZON KINDLE











COMMENTS WELCOME.

THIS STORY IS CLOSE TO MY HEART -
READ AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.

May 10, 2014

Dear Anne: Love Letters from Nam $1.99...





My new story (fiction) is available on Amazon as a Kindle ebook for $1.99. Dear Anne will probably never be in book form as it's too short to stand alone. However, the love letters are part of a novel, and I decided to make the letters into a short story. Thus, Dear Anne was born.  The larger work is still on the back burner, waiting to have more scenes written.

Dear Anne has had some positive reviews so far and I'm delighted with the reception it's getting. It's a romance and set during the heat of the Vietnam War.

I hope if you have time to read the love story about newlyweds Anne in WV and Rob in Vietnam, you'll leave a review on Amazon. Reviews help in so many ways. Not only do they help get a story noticed but it helps the author's other books get recognition as well. My goal is to move up in the ranks and have more and more readers. I don't care if the readers are from free books or Amazon sales. A writer wants his or her work read and appreciated, free or otherwise.

On a personal note, I'm taking one step forward and two back as I move along without my husband.
His loss in November has changed all areas of my life. I'm in new territory every single day. A new challenge arises. A new adventure comes along. Or I face an occasional bump in the road and have to deal with it. Alone.

I've bought a car without him, made out a new budget, changed some decorations in the house and rearranged furniture. I've added a new piece here or there. Small changes. The house feels different. I suppose to go with the different person I am becoming. Not sure I am comfortable with this new person. But I have no choice. The changes that have come uninvited have made me different. I'm the same but different if that makes sense.

There are many pros in my life right now. I've had lots of time with family and friends and my writing is beginning to bubble on that back burner. Projects are beginning to call my name.

Chores I've let go for months are now getting done. I have energy again. I'm ready for whatever comes my way.

How about you? Have you had changes in your life lately? Are you ready as our spring rapidly turns to summer?

Do have a lovely Mother's Day! Be kind! Courteous! AND hug someone today.

May God bless your life richly as He has mine. Comment and let me know what's new with you.
Hugs, Barb


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