Saturday, January 7, 2017

Hit the New Year Running!!


Are you an RVer, or a wanna be RVer? Check out the Family Motor Coach Association Rally at the Indio fairgrounds in California January 11th through the 15th .
The rally is open to the public.  Everything for and about RVs and the RV lifestyle will be available at this rally. It is one of the largest rallies in the southwest region. It is not a sales lot, though there will be plenty of RVs to drool over. 
Attend the many  seminars and demonstrations covering recreational vehicles and the RV lifestyle and many other subjects.
I will be presenting two of my most popular seminars about how to pursue your inspirations and dreams of writing a book, blog or memoir.

Have you ever thought about writing? 
 What Makes A Good Story?


Bring your questions  to  the  seminars.  I’ll be presenting at the rally on Thursday January 12th at 9:30 am and Saturday January 14th at 10:00am. Did you know that 80% of the population has thought about writing?  I’ll cover the basics of how I began in this career and became a top ranking Amazon author, earning money on the road. Come early seating fills up fast. I hope to see you there.
And if you miss my workshops in Indio, come to the International FMCA Rally in Chandler, Az. March 7th  through March 11th. I will be presenting these two seminars as well as a third, Where is the Inspiration?


And finally, whether or not you have the RV fever, come to Quartzite, Arizona after Indio.
Quartzite, Arizona is the RVer’s mecca. Once a year, the little town whose population is less than 2000, becomes a BIG, little town during January boasting  a temporary population of over a million, mostly RVers.

 


Quartzite is a shopper’s mecca. If you like to shop for anything or everything, this is the place to be. It has been called the largest swap  and craft meet, gem and mineral show, and RV show in the country. Plan to spend several days to take it all in.  The phenomenon is indescribable…it must be experienced.


 Experiencing The Readers Oasis Bookstore is a must. The owner, Paul Winer was known as “Sweetie Pie” in his younger days as a strip dancer in Canada. These days Paul is known as the desert’s naked bookstore owner and operates his bookstore as naked as the law will allow.  Click on the link below to watch the video of his store. Nakedness aside, Paul has an amazing collection of rare books and hard to find editions.
the Readers Oasis Bookstore

 


Paul hosts an Authors Fair every year in January. I have participated in the past  and  enjoyed meeting  many other authors. This year Authors On The Road will be presenting  an authors' MEET AND GREET. The  attendance at this event of authors, readers and those who  just come by to meet Paul, the “main attraction”  is always high.  

Oh!! I almost forgot!!


You must squeeze the two little towns of Ajo and Why, Az. into your schedule!

As founders  of The new Authors On the Road Facebook Group, Deb Sanders and I  will be kicking off  the  debut of this new exciting group at the Ajo Library on Friday, January 20th.
 
 
Deb (D.S.) Sanders is a full time author and RVing nomad, meandering around America's back roads with her husband, Golden Retriever and Johnny Ringo, a daisy of a cat who also serves as her muse. When not researching local myth and lore for her next book, she enjoys hiking, taking countless photos of sunsets and washing them down with a good glass of wine.
Please stop by and support us!!








Here's what Deb has to say about Authors On The Road

"WELCOME!!! Traveling full time in an RV can be fun, hectic, confusing, quiet, reflective, and awesome . . . kind of like being an author. When you combine the two, it can also be challenging. Judy Howard and I are building an online community where members can offer suggestions and tips for balancing travel and writing. If members are in the same area, meet up. Share your thoughts with the group. Skype conference. Support each other. Organize a writer's retreat. This group will be as active and involved as its members.
So introduce yourself. Tell us a little about your projects and travels. Judy and I will start off."


 And while you are visiting the area. Discover all the things to do!!


 
Parks & Monuments
Recreation & Wilderness Areas
  • Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) Mexico
Historic & Points of Interest
  • The intersection of of Highways 85 and 86 from which Why, Arizona got its name. 
  • Ajo Plaza, a Spanish Colonial Revival town square in nearby AJO was built in 1917. The picturesque plaza is lined by tall palms and flanked by mission churches and Spanish-style buildings. Festivals are held in the plaza. It was built at the direction of mining pioneer John Greenway and his wife Isabella, who later became the first woman elected to Congress by Arizona
  • Ajo Historical Society Museum - mementos from Ajo's past 
  • Ajo Train Depot - 1915 - aka Ajo Depot - served the Tucson, Cornelia, Gila Bend railway.
  • Golden Ha:san Casino (1.5 miles east of Why)
 
For those of you in the Inland Empire area, Don't forget to drop in on the next meeting of  The Diamond Valley Writers Guild at the Hemet Library in Hemet, Calif. on January 28 from 10am to 12pm. Always a great bunch of writers at all stages of writing for you to talk your craft and ask questions.
 
JANUARY - Top Tips on Craft from a Panel of Expert Writers
 




"Happy New Year! For this first meeting of our program year, a panel of authors and writers will share their top tips on the writing life, craft, and business. Guild president Lynne Spreen will moderate, and the audience is encouraged to participate. Lets make sure 2017 is one of artistic and success for you, the writer. Please note that a short board meeting will be held after the main topic. All are welcome to attend."
 
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Coast to Coast with a Cat and a Ghost is an autobiographical account by Judy Howard, that follows the author's road trip across country after the death of her loving yet at times abusive husband.
When her husband of twenty-five years, Jack, passes away, Howard is faced with an overwhelming sense of loss. She takes to the road in her Winnebago on a journey of self-discovery accompanied by her cat, Sportster, and Jack Incarnate, a life-size stuffed doll she creates with an eerie resemblance to her late husband. During their travels she and Sportster experience the beauty of the land as she resolves her troubled memories through conversations with the doll. She comes to terms with her deep love for her husband despite the abuse that was part of their relationship and discovers how she became a stronger woman for it.
The audiobook is a narrative, both of physical travel and of emotional and spiritual evolvement, says Howard. It leads the reader through the hills and valleys and provides insights to fear and bravery. Howard aims to weave an emotionally-charged narrative with humorous anecdotes and a unique perspective on life, engaging and inspiring the listener.

 

Going Home With A Cat And A Ghost: In this mystery-romance, Judy Howard ( who shares her name with the author) drives alone on a journey into her past, encountering the ghosts of her teenage years when she was drugged, raped, and had an illegal abortion.
She discovers the ruins of Rt. 66 as she travels alone in her motorhome with her cat Sportster and a life-sized, stuffed doll named Cowboy Jack. Will she also discover who was responsible for raping her forty years ago? Will her attacker pay for his crime four decades later? And will she find the love she lost 40 years ago?
As a widowed baby boomer, Judy Howard approaches her tortured past, her old high school crush, and her 40th high school reunion. She reaches out for what seems impossible. Will she find justice… and love?


Activate Lion Mode:Sportster the cat had always envied the huge cats who lived the big life in the jungle until opportunity sends the motorhome in which he travels veering into a roadside ditch. When strangers whisk away not only his Winnebago, but also his chauffer, Judy, he is alarmed. However, once the dust settles, he purrs a happy tune as he discovers he is free! I He is in the wild! And he is in the Olympic Forest! ACTIVATE LION MODE is just what Sportster does as he spins this yarn in his own words. Living wild and free brings on encounters he never have imagined. The life he dreamed becomes an adventure full of bears, pit bulls, drugs and more. Sportster weaves this story of his incredible journey as only a coddled cat of leisure can do.
 


Masada's Marine:
Masada and her Marine were both born two decades and two thousand miles apart, and both aspired to do be the best that they could be. But first, they had to meet.
Masada began her journey in Illinois as a bumbling golden retriever puppy and emerged twenty months later as a proud, confident American Service Dog, ready and able to protect and preserve the life of Iraq veteran, Alex March, USMC.
Alex’s journey began in California as an ambitious boy who only dreamed of protecting and preserving life for the Corps, his country and his family. Twenty years later, he emerged as one of “a few good men,” and served with honor, courage and commitment …until he came home….
“An unseen attacker, camouflaged in the crowd, cooled its heels like a terrorist. It waited to follow Alex and his family home. How could he have known what lurked on the sidelines? Another war, an invisible war, he knew nothing about and had not been trained to fight.”
Follow Iraq veteran, Alex March, USMC and his American Service dog, Masada, who rescues the wounded warrior, as they become the best they can be.

MASADA’S MISSION

Walking Point For A Hero

The Making of A Service Dog

By Judy Howard

 

Masada's Mission: Masada, a bumbling golden retriever puppy, struggles through eighteen months of training to become a lifeline for a veteran with PTSD.

As part of her training, the puppy is assigned to prison life, where she matures and adapts to the cold concrete life of confinement and experiences hair-raising risks, tension, and the ache of loneliness.

She forms unusual bonds, first with Roy, her inmate trainer, and in the end, the total prison population as well.  

When she walks point for her veteran down the graduation aisle, an awe of respect silences the crowd.

Will the readers also be led down the wedding aisle?  Brad and Judy, founders of the K9s for Warriors training facility,  who have reunited after a forty-year separation, face monumental responsibilities that test their relationship as they try to build the dog-training program for veterans.

A touching yet educational story, about the world of service dogs who save veteran lives.
 
Click on the link below to reach
 

 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Limited Imaginations.


Where do I begin?
One year ago today?
January 2016, I sat at my computer  contemplating  my past and my future as I do every year and  I struggled for words to define  my  extraordinary 2015 experiences. Looking back that day I was humbled by the fact the universe had opened up a life to me beyond anything I could have imagined.

I remember laughing at my limited imaginations and understanding concerning the myriad paths which life can offer us. When forced to say good bye to my dying sister, I believed my future was inevitable, that my road would be a rough one, struggling  with loneliness and heartache as I trod into 2016.

The loss of my sister’s love and understanding was going to leave a hole that I was positive no one could fill.  She had made the grief of losing my husband bearable. Becoming my editor and sounding board for several of my novels, he picked and pushed me to be the best that I could be. She was my best friend and my best critic, always keeping me on track.
 
 
Another of Dali Lama’s principles of spirituality is, “Each moment in which something begins is the right moment.” (And I assume when something ends is the right moment, too, because “there are no mistakes according to the Dali Lama.)


 The very next day after my sister passed, my daughter, whom I had been estranged from for sixteen years, contacted me. From that perfect moment on, my daughter’s love rushed in, overwhelming me and   giving me no time to grieve.
If the sad thought of my sister’s loss popped into my head, it remained only a second, because the joy of my reunion with my daughter filled me.

I believe my sister’s new position in the place where kind generous people go when they cross over, gave her the power to arrange this miracle reunion. Her wonderful family, my son-in-law, two granddaughters and two great grandsons all embraced me.
In my limited thinking, when my sister was so ill,  I believed the only way for my fears of loneliness to be calmed and my dreams  to come true was  for my sister to survive her cancer.
“If you already know how to make your dream come true, you are thinking too small.” Jack Canfield.
I was dreaming too small.
Today as I sit  at my computer, gazing into my future,  I could not dare to  imagine what the new year holds for me. But I do know that  2017 is going to be the best year ever!!
How can I expect less?  
2016 blew me away.  

I
2016 became a year of reunions.
 I connected with my best friend, Jan Gingold, from high school. We were nearly inseparable then. And yet those whom  we loved with a purity and innocence when we are young somehow get lost in running and the races of growing up. But now as I dust off the memories, time is thin, and I treasure  the love and the laughter, every moment  then and now.
Because all us are connected, our reunion led to other classmates, some whom I didn’t remember and a few others whom I will always hold a place in my heart.

Check out the books of my fellow classmates!


The Lavonne Houlton Compendium
LEMON CREEK
 

The New Year is going to be monumental!
 
Click here: Something's Coming! 
 
 
Something good!



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Coast to Coast with a Cat and a Ghost is an autobiographical account by Judy Howard, that follows the author's road trip across country after the death of her loving yet at times abusive husband.
When her husband of twenty-five years, Jack, passes away, Howard is faced with an overwhelming sense of loss. She takes to the road in her Winnebago on a journey of self-discovery accompanied by her cat, Sportster, and Jack Incarnate, a life-size stuffed doll she creates with an eerie resemblance to her late husband. During their travels she and Sportster experience the beauty of the land as she resolves her troubled memories through conversations with the doll. She comes to terms with her deep love for her husband despite the abuse that was part of their relationship and discovers how she became a stronger woman for it.
The audiobook is a narrative, both of physical travel and of emotional and spiritual evolvement, says Howard. It leads the reader through the hills and valleys and provides insights to fear and bravery. Howard aims to weave an emotionally-charged narrative with humorous anecdotes and a unique perspective on life, engaging and inspiring the listener.

 

Going Home With A Cat And A Ghost: In this mystery-romance, Judy Howard ( who shares her name with the author) drives alone on a journey into her past, encountering the ghosts of her teenage years when she was drugged, raped, and had an illegal abortion.
She discovers the ruins of Rt. 66 as she travels alone in her motorhome with her cat Sportster and a life-sized, stuffed doll named Cowboy Jack. Will she also discover who was responsible for raping her forty years ago? Will her attacker pay for his crime four decades later? And will she find the love she lost 40 years ago?
As a widowed baby boomer, Judy Howard approaches her tortured past, her old high school crush, and her 40th high school reunion. She reaches out for what seems impossible. Will she find justice… and love?



Activate Lion Mode:Sportster the cat had always envied the huge cats who lived the big life in the jungle until opportunity sends the motorhome in which he travels veering into a roadside ditch. When strangers whisk away not only his Winnebago, but also his chauffer, Judy, he is alarmed. However, once the dust settles, he purrs a happy tune as he discovers he is free! I He is in the wild! And he is in the Olympic Forest! ACTIVATE LION MODE is just what Sportster does as he spins this yarn in his own words. Living wild and free brings on encounters he never have imagined. The life he dreamed becomes an adventure full of bears, pit bulls, drugs and more. Sportster weaves this story of his incredible journey as only a coddled cat of leisure can do.
 

Masada's Marine: Masada and her Marine were both born two decades and two thousand miles apart, and both aspired to do be the best that they could be. But first, they had to meet.
Masada began her journey in Illinois as a bumbling golden retriever puppy and emerged twenty months later as a proud, confident American Service Dog, ready and able to protect and preserve the life of Iraq veteran, Alex March, USMC.
Alex’s journey began in California as an ambitious boy who only dreamed of protecting and preserving life for the Corps, his country and his family. Twenty years later, he emerged as one of “a few good men,” and served with honor, courage and commitment …until he came home….
“An unseen attacker, camouflaged in the crowd, cooled its heels like a terrorist. It waited to follow Alex and his family home. How could he have known what lurked on the sidelines? Another war, an invisible war, he knew nothing about and had not been trained to fight.”
Follow Iraq veteran, Alex March, USMC and his American Service dog, Masada, who rescues the wounded warrior, as they become the best they can be.

MASADA’S MISSION

Walking Point For A Hero

The Making of A Service Dog

By Judy Howard

 

Masada's Mission: Masada, a bumbling golden retriever puppy, struggles through eighteen months of training to become a lifeline for a veteran with PTSD.

As part of her training, the puppy is assigned to prison life, where she matures and adapts to the cold concrete life of confinement and experiences hair-raising risks, tension, and the ache of loneliness.

She forms unusual bonds, first with Roy, her inmate trainer, and in the end, the total prison population as well.  

When she walks point for her veteran down the graduation aisle, an awe of respect silences the crowd.

Will the readers also be led down the wedding aisle?  Brad and Judy, founders of the K9s for Warriors training facility,  who have reunited after a forty-year separation, face monumental responsibilities that test their relationship as they try to build the dog-training program for veterans.

A touching yet educational story, about the world of service dogs who save veteran lives.
 
Click on the link below to reach
 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 










 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Friday, December 30, 2016

WISHING YOU INSPIRATION IN THE NEW YEAR!!

Sportster and I want to thank everyone who crossed our paths this wonderful and exciting  year. You all have contributed to my inspiration and success on my  journey as an author. Thank you for the  reviews. They  are five star!

I find it difficult to find the words to describe what I am feeling  as I review 2016.The adventures I experienced, the scenery that stirred me somewhere deep, and the friends I have formed all have changed me.

I am eager for 2017 as we all venture forward  with so much to share. My goal is to continue to inspire courage, through my seminars and workshops, that you, too, may share your  stories and adventures with family,  friends and the world.

Join Sportster and me  as we grab 2017 by the wheel and step on the accelerator. I hope to meet you, your friends and your families in the new year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
#grabthewheel #inspiration #courage 
 


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Coast to Coast with a Cat and a Ghost is an autobiographical account by Judy Howard, that follows the author's road trip across country after the death of her loving yet at times abusive husband.
When her husband of twenty-five years, Jack, passes away, Howard is faced with an overwhelming sense of loss. She takes to the road in her Winnebago on a journey of self-discovery accompanied by her cat, Sportster, and Jack Incarnate, a life-size stuffed doll she creates with an eerie resemblance to her late husband. During their travels she and Sportster experience the beauty of the land as she resolves her troubled memories through conversations with the doll. She comes to terms with her deep love for her husband despite the abuse that was part of their relationship and discovers how she became a stronger woman for it.
The audiobook is a narrative, both of physical travel and of emotional and spiritual evolvement, says Howard. It leads the reader through the hills and valleys and provides insights to fear and bravery. Howard aims to weave an emotionally-charged narrative with humorous anecdotes and a unique perspective on life, engaging and inspiring the listener.

 

Going Home With A Cat And A Ghost: In this mystery-romance, Judy Howard ( who shares her name with the author) drives alone on a journey into her past, encountering the ghosts of her teenage years when she was drugged, raped, and had an illegal abortion.
She discovers the ruins of Rt. 66 as she travels alone in her motorhome with her cat Sportster and a life-sized, stuffed doll named Cowboy Jack. Will she also discover who was responsible for raping her forty years ago? Will her attacker pay for his crime four decades later? And will she find the love she lost 40 years ago?
As a widowed baby boomer, Judy Howard approaches her tortured past, her old high school crush, and her 40th high school reunion. She reaches out for what seems impossible. Will she find justice… and love?



Activate Lion Mode:Sportster the cat had always envied the huge cats who lived the big life in the jungle until opportunity sends the motorhome in which he travels veering into a roadside ditch. When strangers whisk away not only his Winnebago, but also his chauffer, Judy, he is alarmed. However, once the dust settles, he purrs a happy tune as he discovers he is free! I He is in the wild! And he is in the Olympic Forest! ACTIVATE LION MODE is just what Sportster does as he spins this yarn in his own words. Living wild and free brings on encounters he never have imagined. The life he dreamed becomes an adventure full of bears, pit bulls, drugs and more. Sportster weaves this story of his incredible journey as only a coddled cat of leisure can do.
 

Masada's Marine:
Masada and her Marine were both born two decades and two thousand miles apart, and both aspired to do be the best that they could be. But first, they had to meet.
Masada began her journey in Illinois as a bumbling golden retriever puppy and emerged twenty months later as a proud, confident American Service Dog, ready and able to protect and preserve the life of Iraq veteran, Alex March, USMC.
Alex’s journey began in California as an ambitious boy who only dreamed of protecting and preserving life for the Corps, his country and his family. Twenty years later, he emerged as one of “a few good men,” and served with honor, courage and commitment …until he came home….
“An unseen attacker, camouflaged in the crowd, cooled its heels like a terrorist. It waited to follow Alex and his family home. How could he have known what lurked on the sidelines? Another war, an invisible war, he knew nothing about and had not been trained to fight.”
Follow Iraq veteran, Alex March, USMC and his American Service dog, Masada, who rescues the wounded warrior, as they become the best they can be.
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MASADA’S MISSION

Walking Point For A Hero

The Making of A Service Dog

By Judy Howard

 

Masada's Mission: Masada, a bumbling golden retriever puppy, struggles through eighteen months of training to become a lifeline for a veteran with PTSD.

As part of her training, the puppy is assigned to prison life, where she matures and adapts to the cold concrete life of confinement and experiences hair-raising risks, tension, and the ache of loneliness.

She forms unusual bonds, first with Roy, her inmate trainer, and in the end, the total prison population as well.  

When she walks point for her veteran down the graduation aisle, an awe of respect silences the crowd.

Will the readers also be led down the wedding aisle?  Brad and Judy, founders of the K9s for Warriors training facility,  who have reunited after a forty-year separation, face monumental responsibilities that test their relationship as they try to build the dog-training program for veterans.

A touching yet educational story, about the world of service dogs who save veteran lives.
 
Click on the link below to reach
 

 



#grabthewheel #inspiration #courage


Judy Howard
www.sportsterandme.com

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Last Minute, Heart Warming and Inspirational Holiday Books!!

LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY GIFTS
Heart Warming and Inspirational
 
 
ADD
 JUDY HOWARD'S BOOK COLLECTION
TO YOUR LIBRARY
OR TO YOUR LOVED ONE'S LIBRARY.
 
 
 
 
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
 TO GIVE THE  GIFT  OF  INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
THAT WILL WARM YOUR HEART.
 
 
 
THE CAT AND GHOST SERIES.
 
COAST TO COAST WITH A CAT AND A GHOST
GOING HOME WITH A CAT AND A GHOST
 
 THE MASADA SERIES
 
MASADA'S MARINE
 
 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Compare On This Day

 
 


 Thanksgiving is a day when we, as a country,   give thanks for not only the food on our plate and the material things that we have, but also for the freedom  we enjoy – a freedom that gives us a  lifestyle, which is unique to  the USA.  The turkey on the Thanksgiving table does not arrive without a price. 






As a nation, two weeks before this November day of thanksgiving, we pause on Veterans Day to give thanks to our veterans and their families –– the reason we remain strong –– that we live in peace

and enjoy all the bounties that Thanksgiving represents.



Because of their sacrifices, we have the luxury to appreciate a fiery sunset and have the time to contemplate the wonders of nature …







Instead of the flames of human destruction, that many others throughout the world live with on a daily basis.





Millions visit Yellowstone National Park. They come in peace from all over the world to observe the explosion of nature’s power…..



While others must witness explosions of unrest and destruction on a daily basis.





 



When I hike the hills surrounding my home in California I relish in the vastness, the serenity and the freedom the scene portrays. A feeling of indebtedness to our veterans overcomes me.



Because of our veterans' sacrifices, I do not have to experience this instead.

  










 
On this Veterans Day, please take a moment.  
Remember our veterans.


 
 
 


Let your voice be heard.

Thank a veteran.

Pay it forward with an act of kindness.
Judy Howard's two books in the
Masada Series  --

 Masada's Marine
and
 Masada's Mission  
will be available

 throughout this weekend 
for $ .99,
 beginning Friday , November  11th at 7pm through 7 am on Monday, November 14th.
 on Kindle
 
 
 
 on Kindle