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Be the Fountain

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            Fountains attract people. Water sprays upward, falling gently in eye-catching splendor. Bubbling fountains gurgle soft whispers, soothing one’s very soul.

Fountains renew and refresh, even heal. Spend time at the heart of a fountain. Depart rejuvenated.

The Heartland Fountain anthology project is offering a free class on June 6, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. This class is open to those who wish to have their writing considered for inclusion in our second volume of Oklahoma: The Fountain of the Heartland. The presentation will be held at the Clubhouse at Hunter’s Creek located at 1000 Villas Creek Drive in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Come learn how to “Be the Fountain.”

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 DIRECTIONS:

Go north on Kelly Avenue from downtown Edmond.  Just before arriving at the intersection of Kelly Avenue and Coffee Creek Road, you will notice, on the west side of Kelly, an entrance into the residential community of Villas at Hunter’s Creek.  That street turning in is Villas Creek Drive.  As you go through the gates, you will see the Clubhouse directly ahead, next to the swimming pool.  (Note:  On the east side of Kelly Avenue, directly across from the entrance to Villas at Hunter’s Creek, you will notice the Coffee Creek Golf Club.)

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Meet the Authors

Maria Veres

Maria Veres

 

I grew up on the edge of the Colorado Rockies. Our backyard bordered Pike National Forest, and wild irises nestled in the corners beneath aspen trees. Living in such beauty gave me a sense of wonder that finds its way into everything I write. 

At age eleven, I set up a studio in my bedroom closet and started my first novel. I have no clue what it was about. Since then I’ve published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for kids and adults in more than fifty magazines. I’m the author of two poetry chapbooks, Waiting for Miracles (Village Books Press, 2007) and Wake Up Singing (Village Books Press, 2013). I post creative writing ideas for kids at AmazingWritingPrompts.com. 

I’ve read my poetry at several Oklahoma venues, and am one of the hosts of the Last Sunday Poetry Reading series at Full Circle Bookstore. I teach two short-term classes, “The Joy of Writing” and “How to Publish Your Writing,” at Francis Tuttle Technology Center. I’m a former officer of Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc., and a proud member of Oklahoma City Writers. 

My family came to Oklahoma in 1999. We now live north of Edmond with a few too many pets. When I’m not writing or enjoying my family, I take walks, sing, and experiment with new ways to cook lentils. 

Visit me online at mariapolsonveres.com.

 

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Charles W. Sasser

Adventure writer Charles W. Sasser has been a full-time freelance writer/journalist/photographer since 1979. He is a veteran of both the U.S. Navy (journalist) and U.S. Army (Special Forces, the Green Berets) and is retired from the military after 29 years active and reserve service. A former combat correspondent wounded in action, he also served fourteen years as a police officer (in Miami, Florida, and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was a homicide detective). He has taught at universities, lectured nationwide, and traveled extensively throughout the world. He is author of more than 50 published books, 3-4,000 magazine articles and short stories, and is a contributor to at least 30 anthologies. His books have been translated into Chinese, Russian, Serbian, Thai, French, Spanish and other languages.

     At various times, Sasser has solo-canoed the Yukon; solo-sailed the Caribbean; motorbiked across the continent; raced camels in the Egyptian desert; dog-sledded the Arctic; floated the Amazon River; dived for pirate treasure; ridden horses across Alaska; ran with the bulls in Spain; climbed Mt. Rainier; guided missionaries into the Algerian Sahara; solo-kayaked Canada’s Inside Passage. In 1986, he was a finalist to fly into space with NASA Journalist-in-Space Project. In 2001, he set a world’s record by making the first transcontinental flight in an ultralite Powered Parachute aircraft.

     In addition, he has been a professional rodeo clown and bronc rider; professional kickboxer; rancher and horse trainer; newspaperman; anthropologist. He is a professional motivational speaker and stars in dinner theater. He has appeared as a guest on national TV on Good Morning, America; Inside Edition; On the Record with Greta Van Susteren; Discovery ID; History Channel; Geraldo Rivera; FOX; CNN .

     He publishes a twice-monthly adventure/travel blog at http://www.charlessasser.com/wordpress.

     Contact him for speaking engagements, or just to chat, at: Charlessas@msn .com

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Sherry L. Blaylock

Writing as S. L. Winchester

            I was born and raised in NW Arkansas, graduated from Pea Ridge High School as valedictorian, married my high school sweetheart, and later attended the University of Oklahoma. In the spring of 1966 my husband and I moved to Moore, Oklahoma where we bought our first home. The small brick house was recently destroyed in the May 19, 2013 tornado disaster. We raised two wonderful daughters and managed to get them both through college. After years of saving, we bought our 100 acre farm in Elmore City to raise cattle and stable our daughter’s horses. Fifteen years later, my husband passed away from pancreatic cancer,  and I was left with a farm trying to feed cattle during the worse drought that Oklahoma had seen since the 30’s, doing the farm chores alone while working a full time job in Duncan. I was in my early fifties and getting tired real quick. I wasn’t built to haul hay and break ice in ponds, especially with chronic asthma. I taught Sunday school in Pauls Valley, played the piano for the choir, and assisted the pastor giving sermons when he was sick or out of town. A few years later, I sold the farm and moved to Yukon to be closer to my grandchildren. So many good memories were gathered in this great state as we traveled along its roads building our lives. Even though times could be hard, the experiences I gained, both good and bad, provided the foundation for my writing career.

            Although I spent most of my early years working as an accountant to support the family,  I always kept the hope alive of writing a book some day. In the spare moments between bathing the girls and bedtime, I wrote short stories. One of the stories I wrote about my brother got me into the Fine Arts program at the University of Oklahoma. I wrote several articles for the Yukon Review, and the Oklahoma City Observer. But I wanted to  write a full length novel. Eventually, with no children in the nest, and my husband gone, I finally had time to begin writing my novel. The result was The Flame Master’s Chronicles – Ailith’s Quest, a fantasy tale of a young woman fighting against impossible odds to save her homeland. A publishing firm in Los Angeles, California offered a contract for the book, and I officially became a  published author. However, the publisher only offered eBooks, so when my contract expired with Wild Child Publishing, I revamped the book, added 15,000 words, changed the title to Flame Lord Chronicles – Book of Lorrial, and published the book in both paperback and eBook format. I am nearing completion of the second in the series titled The Flame Lord Chronicles: Book of Faolan, and looking forward to publication within the next few months. The books are available for sale on amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com, or by ordering directly through me at sl_winchester@yahoo.com

            A couple of years ago, I joined a group of authors wanting to publish an anthology of works by Oklahoma writers. This project was a dream come true. It felt so good when I held that special little book in my hand. We titled it Oklahoma: The Fountain of the Heartland. The anthology included my short stories; Okla Humma, The Rooster and the Boy, and Meadowlark Breeze.

My  life is full and I write every day now. I feel blessed to have been able to contribute to the grand endeavor which Oklahoma: The Fountain of the Heartland has provided. I hope within the next year we can start another project to allow talented authors a chance to publish their works.

Good reading to all.

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Front Cover-Oklahoma_The Fountain of the Heartland

Back Cover-Oklahoma_The Fountain of the Heartland

Heartland Fountain LLC is proud to announce the release of its first Anthology book, Oklahoma: The Fountain of the Heartland.
Twenty-two Oklahoma authors and artists participated in this project with short stories, poems and prose, photography, and original works of art by Robby McMurtry.

Many of you are aware that Robby McMurtry’s spirit left this dimension for Heaven on l August 2012.  Seen above on the back cover is one of the original works of art he prepared for this anthology. Oklahoma: The Fountain of the Heartland has been dedicated to the memory and spirit of our dear friend.

Shortly, we will begin a “Meet the Authors” series on this website, giving you a broader perspective of the individuals who contributed the outstanding literary and artistic works for this anthology.

The anthology is available through Amazon in both soft-cover and Kindle at the following address:  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_19?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=oklahoma%20the%20fountain%20of%20the%20heartland&sprefix=oklahoma%3A+the+fount%2Caps%2C289&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aoklahoma%20the%20fountain%20of%20the%20heartland

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Officers of the Heartland Fountain LLC have been visiting with writers groups and the public throughout Oklahoma for several months, promoting and providing information about the anthology project, Oklahoma: The Fountain of the Heartland.  Recently, authors Michael Hinkle and vehoae visited with the Stillwater Contemporary Writer’s Group at the Stillwater Public Library.

Stillwater Public Library

Participating in the Oklahoma Genealogical Society’s fifth annual fair held at the Oklahoma History Center, authors Donna Le and vehoae spoke with many who visited from areas around the state, as well as neighboring states.

Oklahoma History Center

The following weekend, Donna Le and vehoae traveled to the City of Mangum to meet with the Southwest Oklahoma Writers League at the Margaret Carder Library.

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