Great News: Library Requisition Form

How wonderful to be recognized in Robin’s post and to be among the other writers that I admire and read with great joy. I will be forever grateful, blessing in the coming year.


When I filled out requests

for multiple friends who

have published books,

each form had a



reason book would

appeal to library patrons.

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Their names are:

1. Luanne Castle,
Fellow blogger of two blogs
and a published author.

Her poetry book,
“Doll God.”

It won the award at the
2015 New Mexico-Arizona
Book Awards.

2. Anneli Purchase,
Her books are,

~ “Julia’s Violinist”
~ “Orion’s Gift”
~ “The Wind Weeps”
~ “Reckoning Tide”

3. Carol Balawyder,
Carol has a background in criminology.

~ “Mourning Has Broken,”
This is a memoir expressing loss with
realization of Joy in memories healing.

Here is her trio of books-
~ “Cafe Paradise”
~ “Missi’s Dating Adventures”
~ “Getting to Mr. Right”

4. Lana Broussard,
author L.T. Garvin.

~ “Dancing with the Sandman”
(Adult fiction)
~ “Confessions of a…

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FREE – Beyond the Voices – December 19- 23



Free for the holidays – Kindle –  Beyond the Voices – December 19 – 23

A collection of  poems by Ann Johnson-Murphree


Lost Little Girl

I do not know if you are alive or dead.

I see your face your voice never


The sun does not rise in the morning, nor

fade into the west without a thought of you.

I mourn, nights are sleepless and morning

eyes fill with fire.

No one more cherished, more loved, my

heart bears scars of torture. Where are you

my lost little girl?


Wild Mountain Rose

There is a legend upon Mossy Ridge children hear

while listening to the old folks weaves their tales around

their supper table at night –


Two gentle spirits walking the rutty mountain roads under

the mystical Tennessee moonlight. These stories begin

many years ago about an old Cherokee and a little girl

he called his Wild Mountain Rose –

Folks …

First saw her drinking from a cool mountain stream all legs

and dirty yellow hair, abandoned by her family, so the story

goes, but no one is sure of that, if the truth were told. The

first time the old Cherokee saw her she was sleeping under

a bush folks call the Wild Mountain Rose –


She was with him no matter where he would go. Folks would

say that without old Willie Youngblood she would not have

survived –


Knew that without her, he himself would have died. The years

went by quickly and they both grew old, time had touched their

hair with gray –


They could only dream about their younger days. One cool spring

morning, Willie woke to find her gone from his side; he sat for

hours head hung low as he cried –


He found her lying peacefully; she had died under a familiar bush

on a soft bed of leaves, a mournful death chant was the only way

the old Cherokee knew how to grieve.

Now if you know where to look, it is in the Tennessee Mountains

where Willie Youngblood’s Wild Mountain Rose can be found –


The damp rotting forest floor in a shallow grave, up on Mossy Ridge

near the entrance of Chicopee Cave. The following winter Old Willie

died, and they buried him next to his Wild Mountain Rose –


Say in the moonlight two ghostly spirits can be seen sitting on the

banks of Chestnut Creek, or floating along the rutty mountain roads.

When the sun comes up, they disappear…

Or so the legend goes, but everyone on Mossy Ridge knows that it

is Old Willie and that golden haired pup he found many years ago that

he called his…

Wild Mountain Rose.


Veterans Day 2015


The “Cost of Freedom” written in tribute to three young men who all served their country during WWII and Korea in the Alabama National Guard.  Brothers who believed in protecting home and country; this is their beginning story.

 A special thanks to my son Chuck in his service to his country in the US Air Force.

The Cost of Freedom

Standing in a sea of white as a warm Alabama breeze touched their bronzed faces three young men rode home in an old wagon through fields of cotton unaware that their youth would one day be forgotten. There was a time when they were all babies crawling at their mothers feet waiting patiently for warm sweet milk and tea cakes luxuries in their world, a poor man’s’ treat.

Their mother insisted they go to school and discover their own dreams; she vowed at their birth that her children would not break their backs or sell their souls working as poor farmers in the cotton fields planting, hoeing and picking the south’s white gold. Eighteen, nineteen and twenty years old, they had never known anything but working the red southern soil day after day sacrificing their mothers’ dream for very little pay.

Threadbare overalls shirtless and shoeless they stopped at the dirt road leading to the farm they called home, knowing that this way of life was quickly to end their decisions saddened their father broke their mothers’ heart leaving it so crushed that it would never mend. They reached a nearby creek at setting sun sipped on moonshine, laughed and had one last day of fun then left for home. It was no more than a shack but supper of fried chicken and cornbread always a feast for kings, then they crawled into cornhusk beds it was a hard life but a life where they knew that they belonged.

Then one fall day it all changed as proud Americans that wore their pride like armor; there was no question they would answer the call, not only for them but also for us all. It was early morning when their father stood quietly drawing on his pipe under an old oak tree, thinking of the warmth of the next spring while their mother sat in her rocking chair afraid of what the future would bring. One by one, they walk out the door childish faces, broad smiles, shinny shoes, starched uniforms. Three young men proudly walked down the old dirt road that day no one knew when or if they would ever return; but these young men knew it was to defend freedom an gift blessed with the day they were born. Mother and father held each other as they slowly walked into their home and closed the door while their three young sons walked away straight and tall ready to fight a war in a land they did not know on a faraway shore.

The window of their house proudly displayed three gold stars the days gradually turned into years their mothers’ heart had stopped beating, death had finally stopped her tears. Their father grew old as he walked fallow land with his life consumed by his many fears. Then one day as he stood beneath the old oak tree, drawing in the smoke from his pipe, while long ago thoughts begin to drift back on his life.   He wondered where the time had gone; but knowing that their mother at last is happy that her young sons were finally coming home.

He stared down the road as three shadowy figures grew closer he barely recognize them, he could not even remember how long it had been. Their youth was gone their smiles were drawn the war returned his sons now three broken and scarred old men.

One would think the story of these three brothers would end; yet even as broken and scarred old men they answered the call to serve time and time again.


Thank you Uncle Author, Buddy and Franklin Vest and the Alabama National Guard