Peddlers On The Alley – July 13th and 14th!

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Come out and support your friends and local businesses! Two full days of shopping!

I have an inside booth. So, don’t forget to swing by and say, “Hi!” I’ll be selling books and telling stories both days.

Hope to see you there!

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Will You Be My Valentine?

download     Recently, my parents started cleaning out their basement. As a result, I received a few bags of what I will call “stuff.” In one of those bags, I found all sorts of treasures. No, nothing that would make me rich monetarily. However, they will provide a wealth of blog article topics.
     Appropriate for this time of year, I discovered stacks of Valentine’s Day cards. You know—the kind you trade as kids. They were from Kindergarten through 4th grade.20160208_104652
     And before you think this should be the beginning of a hoarding article, we are not hoarders. We are pack rats. There is a big difference. And our stuff fit neatly in the basement.
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     As I reflected on these tokens of friendship, I read the names on the back of each card. I tried to remember all of those friends. Some were from school or Brownies. Others were from my neighborhood.
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     I laughed at how the handwriting improved over the years too. Barely legible Kindergarten scrawl to 4th grade cursive writing. Thank you, Sister Mary Carmel, for teaching us to write in cursive.
     Sister Mary Carmel wore the complete habit. I clearly remember one June day when the boys were rolling up their long-sleeved shirts, due to the heat.
     Sister said, “If I can be dressed this way and tolerate the heat, so can you. Roll down those sleeves.”
     Amid theatrics and heavy sighs, all of the boys rolled down their sleeves.
     Okay, back to the Valentine’s Day cards. The girls tended to decorate the envelopes with hearts and smiling faces. The boys just stuck to names, plain and simple. I was amazed that there were not many duplicate card designs in a single year. Obviously, there were a couple. But overall, each card was unique.
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     One of my favorites was a paper doll that you cut out and dressed in paper clothes. Hey, don’t judge me. It was the 1970s. Times were simpler then.
     In addition to the discipline and guilt taught in Catholic grammar school, we were also taught the importance of including everyone, so no one was left out. During the year, some of the kids teased me and called me, “nerd” or “teacher’s pet.” However, I still received a Valentine from each and every one of those kids. At the end of the day, we were all still friends.
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     Once we entered our dating years, Valentine’s Day became less about friends, and more about the subjects of our romantic affection. Naturally.
     Fast forward to present day. Primarily, adults buy things for their significant others and their kids. Which reminds me—Thank you, Mom and Dad, for the Valentine’s Day card. I just got it in the mail. It’s very pretty. And I love you, too.
     The question I pose is this: Why don’t we acknowledge our friends on Valentine’s Day anymore?
     We have ample capacity to love our significant others, parents and children as well as our friends. So, why not share the love with our friends?
     We can partially blame advertisers who bombard us with ads urging us to buy gifts for our significant others. I have not seen a single ad telling me to buy Valentine’s Day gifts for my friends.
     Many unattached people dread Valentine’s Day. All of the fanfare and hoopla are huge “in your face” reminders of their single status. As if single people need a reminder. We do not need reminders, people. We know.
     Some lonely hearts resort to throwing anti-Valentine’s Day parties. I’ve seen invitations that declare, “Love Sucks,” “Love Bites,” and “Love Stinks, Let’s Drink.”
     Well, in my opinion, those parties just create a lot of negative energy. So, that’s not for me. Instead, I look forward to February 15th, when chocolate is half-price.

     What I am challenging you to do this year is to remember your friends on Valentine’s Day.

     I am not saying you have to run out and buy everyone flowers, candy or a card. Although those would be nice, and I would never turn them down. But a simple text, phone call or shout out on Facebook could really brighten someone’s day.

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     Be a good friend this Valentine’s Day, and share the love!

Copyright © 2016 by Suzanne Purewal

My Cyber Monday Deal

     It’s that time of year again! If you’re struggling to find a perfect gift from someone who already has everything, then look no further! Signed and dedicated books make great gifts for anyone on your list.

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     And to make your decision even easier, I’m offering FREE SHIPPING on all copies of my romantic suspense novel, Embracing Destiny, and my poetry book, From 14 to 41.

     If you prefer e-books, both romantic suspense novels, Embracing Destiny and Challenging Destiny, are in e-book format. Just click on the Kindle icon on my Books Page.

     Wondering what my books are about? Check out the teasers on my website: http://www.suzannepurewal.com/books.html

     Don’t delay! This offer won’t last forever!

     Happy Cyber Shopping!

Cyber Monday Book Deals

     Happy Cyber Monday to you all! While you are browsing and purchasing gifts for your loved ones and yourself, remember not to break the bank. Shop smart!

cover_master_1 092810     In that spirit, I am offering the e-book version of my romantic suspense novel, Embracing Destiny, for only $0.99! Here’s the link: http://goo.gl/htnedN

     I am also offering the print copies of Embracing Destiny and my poetry book, From 14 to 41, for a combined total of $14!

     They make great personalized gifts because I can dedicate the books before I ship them. And to top it off, you get Free Shipping too! Here is that link: http://www.suzannepurewal.com/shop.html
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     Happy Cyber Shopping!

Local Authors Appearing at The 65th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show

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     This is the signing schedule for the Local Authors’ Booth at the 65th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion. The street address is: 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205.

     Our booth number is #310. We are located in the center aisle, across from Santa and his reindeer.

     I have attached a discount coupon for $3 off admission. It can be used any day of the show. And here is a link to the show’s website: http://hsishows.com/wp/christmasgiftandhobbyshow/

     Please come out and support your local authors! Signed and dedicated books make great Christmas, birthday and other occasion gifts!

Wednesday, November 5th, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – M. Katherine Clark, Suzanne Purewal
Wednesday, November 5th, 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM – M. Katherine Clark, Suzanne Purewal

Thursday, November 6th, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Tia Catalina, M. Katherine Clark, Jillian Jacobs, Suzanne Purewal
Thursday, November 6th, 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Molly Daniels, Suzanne Purewal

Friday, November 7th, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM – Kermit N. Paddack, Suzanne Purewal
Friday, November 7th, 3:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Ruth Ann Hanley, Terry Hutchens, Suzanne Purewal, Phillip B. Wilson

Saturday, November 8th, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM – M. Katherine Clark, Kristen Mott, Phillip B. Wilson
Saturday, November 8th, 3:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Ruth Ann Hanley, Suzanne Purewal, Phillip B. Wilson

Sunday, November 9th, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM – M. Katherine Clark, Suzanne Purewal, Morgan K. Wyatt

Local Authors at the 65th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show

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     I am pleased to announce the awesome lineup of local authors at this year’s show. The 65th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show runs from Wednesday, November 5th through Sunday, November 9th, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion. The Local Authors’ Booth is Booth #310. It is located in the center aisle, across from Santa and his reindeer.
     I will be featuring each of the local authors this week right here on my blog. So, check back every day to read more about our fantastic local talent! You will be glad you did.
     Here is the signing schedule. Don’t miss out on meeting and supporting your favorite authors!

     Wednesday, November 5th
     10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
     M. Katherine Clark, Suzanne Purewal

     Thursday, November 6th
     10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
     M. Katherine Clark, Suzanne Purewal

     Thursday, November 6th
     3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
     Molly Daniels, Suzanne Purewal

     Friday, November 7th
     10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
     Kermit N. Paddack, Suzanne Purewal

     Friday, November 7th
     3:30 PM – 9:00 PM
     Ruth Ann Hanley, Suzanne Purewal, Phillip B. Wilson

     Saturday, November 8th
     10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
     M. Katherine Clark, Kristen Mott, Phillip B. Wilson

     Saturday, November 8th
     3:30 PM – 9:00 PM
     Ruth Ann Hanley, Suzanne Purewal, Phillip B. Wilson

     Sunday, November 9th
     10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
     M. Katherine Clark, Suzanne Purewal, Morgan K. Wyatt

     For more information on the show, including how to purchase tickets, click on the link http://hsishows.com/wp/christmasgiftandhobbyshow/

Copyright © 2014 by Suzanne Purewal

Do Your Christmas Shopping With Me!

santaFor those of you who already know me, you know I love to shop. And I enjoy a good bargain even better. You will find hundreds of bargains this week during the 64th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show. It’s being held in the West Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, starting tomorrow, November 6th. This fun-filled event runs through Sunday, November 10th.

There will be live performances daily – magic shows, local schools’ holiday performances, singers, dancers and more. And get your Christmas lists ready because Santa Claus is coming to town! This year he brought along his elves and reindeer too!Veterans-Day_SQ

On Friday, November 8th, all Veterans and Active Duty Military will be admitted to the show for FREE!

Click here for the complete schedule of the week’s events → http://www.christmasgiftandhobbyshow.com

In the spirit of the event, I am offering great bargains on my two books – my romance novel, Embracing Destiny, and my poetry book, From 14 to 41.

You have bought enough towels and impersonal gift cards for your loved ones over the years. This year, give them something special. Autographed and personalized books make great Christmas gifts!

I will be signing and selling books Wednesday through Saturday. My hours are listed below.

Wednesday, Nov. 6th – 10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Thursday, Nov. 7th – 10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Friday, Nov. 8th – 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Saturday, Nov. 9th – 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
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Get your discount coupon for your ticket here→ http://tinyurl.com/l5gewpj

Come out and join the fun! There really is something for everyone at this event.