Friday, September 21, 2018

Ladies Honor Lost Competitor at the #Symetra Tour in #Mongomery #Alabama @Road2LPGA

The Guardian Championship for the Symetra tour is going on this weekend September 20 - 23.


The tournament is being held at the Robert Trent Jones Capital Hill course in Montgomery, Alabama. The 120 players will compete for a purse of $160,000. The winner will win $24,000.  The championship is one of the qualifying tours for the LPGA.
A free event for everyone. It's a great way to follow these incredible athletes. Their golf game is something I can only dream about.

This year started off with a sad note with the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena, who was killed on an Iowa golf course while playing alone. To remember their friend and competitor, players wore Iowa State Caps during their rounds.

For more pictures from the tournament, check out my youtube channel.

Guardian Championship Symetra Tour https://youtu.be/TFJalO7PsLY 


Best of luck to all these wonderful ladies,

Tina


Monday, September 3, 2018

A #CoonHound Resting Place - Labor Day Celebration #Dog #MemoriesMonday




Traveling off the beaten path in northern Alabama near Florence, I discovered a Coon Dog Cemetery and had to stop by for a visit. This unique place was created Sept. 4, 1937 after Key Underwood's legendary coonhound died. Choosing a spot in a popular hunting camp where hunters gather to plan their trips, Key decided his beloved dog Troop would enjoy having his final resting place in this special place.



From this act of love the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard was born. Other hunters soon decided to do the same, creating a one of kind place for both hunters and their devoted friends.

Check out more about the place at  http://coondogcemetery.com/index.html



To commemorate the beginning of this special place, every year on Labor Day, the cemetery hold a special event where there is music, dancing, food and liar's contest.

As only coon dogs are

For those of you who might know more about this than I do, I have a question.  Why do people leave coins and what-nots on Troop's headstone.



If you'd like to see more pictures visit my youtube video.


https://youtu.be/7oRznWNASiw


Have a wonderful Labor Day,

Tina




Saturday, September 1, 2018

Editing Pacing - Too Fast ... Too Slow... Just Right

For years, I read about pacing, how to make your story come alive by increase the readability of my work.


Shorter sentences and smaller words takes the reader less time to read so the intensity is increased. The problem is to not only learn how to make this happen but to do it in such a way the reader enjoys the ride.

One of the tools I use to help me is "words" readability scale. After doing a spell check, a screen pops up that gives you information about whether or not the writing is easy to read.

Sentence Complexity/Words per sentence(avg.) gives you the length of the sentence. The lower the number, the easier the writing is to read.

"The judgmental narrator subposition infuriated the commando."

Seven words it should be easy.

Wrong

The words you use can make a story difficult to read too.

This is where Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid level can help. These two number can help you see how easy what you've written can be understood.

Learning to use this can help you understand where you maybe losing your readers.

Also, there is a free software program that you can use that gives you a lot of information about your writing.

Try it out at
http://prowritingaid.com/Free-Editing-Software.aspx#






Have an awesome day,

Tina

Thursday, August 30, 2018

One of The Rituals of Mating Rituals by @AuthorTinaGayle #MFRWauthor


How to decide on who should married is only one of the rituals in society. In this story, a battle between the man and woman sets the stage of how they can learn to deal with each other.


 Excerpt -

Palms sweaty—heart steady—battle ready—Marohka reviewed her strategy for the fight. A crowd sat watching her from the observation deck. One of the elders read the rules over the loud speaker. “The person who pins his or her opponent for ten itons . . .”

Her gaze darted to the man standing in the middle of the mating arena. Orange padded walls framed Stihl’s body. Sizewise, he stood over four leg-lengths’ tall, giving him a half of leg advantage. Weightwise, he out matched her by at least a hundred pounds. Yet, neither his size nor his weight worried her. She’d beaten bigger men before at the gym where she worked out.

Bigger, but soft, she amended.

Under his skintight workout suit, she recognized a strong athletic man who worked out regularly. Her stomach churned at his muscle mass. The odds of her winning against a seasoned opponent ground to zero.

A blinding force of reality struck her—she could lose.

Unwilling to accept the possibility, she struggled with a way to win. She had two options, trick him with a fast maneuver or draw blood. Per the rules, any blood spilled disqualified him. Then, if she were lucky, the match over, and she’d be free forever.

She smiled at the reassuring thought. A strangely sweet odor hit her senses. With a quick glance at her target, she caught sight of his mischievous grin. A dimple flashed from the corner of his mouth.

Recognition dawned. Her opponent, none other than the guy by the staircase last night, winked at her. A fleeting notion sped through her head. Does she really want to win?

“Marohka Taunton meet your future mate, Stihl Fermesium,” the formal voice rang from the speakers.

With a nod of greeting, Marohka placed herself under tight control. Every muscle on alert, she waited for the contest to begin. She clenched her teeth to hide the spark of fear vibrating through her nervous system.

“Now after being introduced and read the rules, let’s see a fair fight.”

“Looks like you were wrong. It’s not over.” Stihl grinned.

She shifted into her fighting stance. Knees bent, one foot a step behind the other. She pictured ways to defeat him. “It soon will be.”

Read the 1st chapter at http://www.tinagayle.net/mrchapter.html

or purchase at  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005Q0CGCO/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tingay-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005Q0CGCO

Have a great day,

Tina

Monday, August 27, 2018

Simple Marinade for #Seafood or #Pork #recipe



Are you looking for a simple marinade?

Here is one I like to use on both seafood and pork.


1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup apricot jam
pinch of cayenne pepper.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can adjust it easily if you have more or less meat.

The pork takes about an hour to marinade while the seafood can be done in as little as half an hour
I do not throw away the marinade, but use it in the cook process.

First, fry up the meat then add the marinade with a little cornstarch or flour. This makes a nice sauce to go with the dish.

Other items you can add when frying up the meat is vegetables like onions, carrots, peppers,cabbage, etc., or fruits such as pineapple.  The cooked meat and sauce can also put over rice or place it on top of a salad for a special treat.

Hope you enjoy,


Tina

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Executives' Wives' Club #Romance #Series #HappyEndings @authorTinaGayle



Executives' Wives' Club series

Genre: Contemporary Romance with strong women fiction elements
Four women...
One fatal car wreck...
Everyone's lives changed...



Marketing Exec’s Widow
Jennifer Larson, having lost her husband, friends and the perfect life she’d had plan, now faces the biggest challenge of her life, moving into an unplanned future. While the rest of the Executive Wife Club is still wallowing in the past, Jen is tempted into the future by a sexy chiropractor, Hagan Chaney.

But does he really love her or is he only after her money?

Available at amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Romance-Marketing-Executive-Fiction-Elements-ebook/dp/B007AARGPA

Check out the 5 star review at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/marketing-execs-widow



CEO’s Widow
Tagline: Facing the possibility of having breast cancer, Marianne must decide if she wants to give love another chance and build a future with whatever time she may have left.

 Blurb:
After surviving the grief from her husband’s death, Marianne Clark has built a new life with the help of the other Executive Wives. She plans to enjoy grandchildren and friends until her doctor tells her he found a lump in her breast. Her world turned upside down. She re-evaluates her priorities and decides she grab hold of life with both hands.
Knox Turner lost is first wife to cancer. He’s determined not to let Marianne face this challenge alone. 
Can this couple face the trails ahead and build a future together?

Excerpt:
“Wait—”
“Marianne, what are you doing here?” Sylvia Wilshire stood in the middle of the hallway. Tall and slender, she offered a radiant smile and brushed a wayward hand through her dark auburn hair. As beautiful as ever, Marianne couldn’t help but marvel at how her friend had changed in the last two years. She’d lost over a hundred pounds and had married Vince Wilshire. He also happened to be like both of their deceased husbands, an executive for Knox.
Sylvia strolled forward with the grace of a model, her green-eyed gaze full of curiosity. “I just drop by to talk to Vince for a minute.”
The man in question walked through the doorway of another office. He winked at Marianne and slid an arm around Sylvia’s shoulder. “It looks like these two beauties are keeping us from our conference call.”
 “Damn,” Knox groaned and checked his watch. “We better get in there before Foster has a cow because we’re late.”
Marianne stepped aside to give him room to walk around her.
He paused next to her and glared. “I’ll call you later, and we’ll work out a time for us to get together.”
Tempted to disagree with his plan, she proposed instead, “As long as it doesn’t interfere with my other social plans.”
He groaned and dropped a kiss on her cheek. “Someday I’m going to be the first and last thing you see every day. Then your activity calendar won’t matter.”
She lifted her hand ready to point out he shouldn’t say things like that to her in front of their friends. “Knox—”
Vince tugged on Knox’s arm and interrupted, “Come on, buddy before you get yourself in more trouble than you can get out of.”


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Author Bio:
Tina Gayle grew up a dreamer and loved to escape into the world of books.

After years of working in the business world doing a variety of jobs, she decided to try her hand at writing and hope to incorporate the joy of being a mother into her books.

Currently working on a series about four executive wives, she is excited about combining elements of women fiction with the passion of romance. The first three books have been released and the last one is coming out in 2015.

Married twenty-five years, she and her husband love to travel and play golf.  She can’t wait for Mike to retire so they can do more of both.
Read the first chapter of any of her books by visiting her website.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Small #Winery in #Alabama - Grapes to Tempt Your Palate - #julesjbertavineyards


As most of you know, there are wineries in every state in the U.S. My husband and I enjoy discovering new ones. Recently, we were running around Alabama. We had just play a round of golf at the Robert Trent Jones Course in Huntsville and decided to do a drive by of the Jules J. Berta winery in Albertsville.


One of the things that I look for in a local winery is that they grow their own grapes and use other regional fruits, which in my book makes them representatives of the area in which they live. Jules J. Berta winery was this and much more. Why?

They are on the cutting edge of introducing several new types of grapes to the Alabama region. Their SYLVANER is an ancient varietal often associated with being wild.  It is a flavorful wine that is sweet but finishes with a dry edge.

They also have several other varieties that were brought over from Hungary. The oldest varietal is Blaufrankisch, but they also are growing Sauvignon blanc, Petit Syrah, and a varietal known as Red Chardonnay. This is exciting news for growers outside the state of California. 

 
The selection offered both sweet wines for me and dry wines for my husband. Of all the wines we tasted, there were few that didn't please us. The hard part was narrowing it down to only a few bottles.

So if you are in Alabama and looking for a new wine to try, you might want to drop by

 Jules J. Berta winery.


Or visit them online    www.julesjbertavineyards.com


Hope you enjoyed the visit as much as we did,

Tina