MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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CLASSICS–A STEP BACK IN TIME

ROBERT & CARI love classic cars!  The picture here is of my late uncle Robert.  I think the car is a Dodge Charger.  Uncle Robert was one of my favorite uncles because he always took time to try to help me in whatever way he could.  When I was in school, I had a really hard time learning division.  I recall him spending many hours trying to help me, and with his patient assistance, I finally did!

Then when I got older and had graduated from technical school, he was the one who encouraged me to apply for a job with the State of Georgia.  And that is how my nearly 34-year career as a secretary with the State began!

His wife Angela was also very encouraging to me as well.  I recall one time I either wanted to go to Brunswick, GA, to visit my author cousin Jacquelin Thomas during our summer break from school or to annual staff camp.  Of course, I wanted some extra spending money, but my mama and stepdad did not have the funds available to give me as much as I wanted.  Even though I was babysitting for my uncle and aunt at the time and it would have meant that they would have to find a replacement babysitter in my absence, Aunt Angela did not hesitate to offer me an advance for babysitting so that I would have the money I wanted.

Even though this post started out about classic cars, talking about them made me think of my uncle and aunt and how supportive they were of me and my family.  As many of you know, I love writing stories about family and relationships.  And I also like to add flavors of things that I enjoy, and classic cars are included among those things.  For instance, in my first published fictional novel A MEASURE OF FAITH, AMOFI had Lynn take her husband Robert to a classic car show in the parking lot of a nearby grocery store.  That idea came to me because where I live, these car shows are sometimes held in such locations.  Also, in my novels ONE OF A KIND and DH COVER 4_8.25.14DESPERATE HEARTS, Brad is the proud owner of a classic car.

My husband, son, and I love classic cars, and often when we travel, weOOAK stop by muscle car museums to see them.  One of our favorite ones is Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville, TN.  Also, if we’re visiting the area around July 4th or Labor Day, we can usually come across car shows along both sides of Tennessee Highway 441 in Pigeon Forge.  Of course, these are free, and you just walk around and look at the ones you want to see.  During all of these times, I have taken many pictures and would like to take this time to share some with you.  Enjoy, and have an awesome day!

From my heart to yours,

Maxine

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MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

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“Let the mountains shout joyfully together.”

(Psalm 98:8)

I am a country girl, pure and simple, and I love, love, love the mountains!  They are truly a testament to the power and creativity of our awesome Creator and bring shouts of praise, honor, and glory to His holy name!  This past weekend, my husband, our son, and I took our annual family vacation to our favorite location, the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina.  Last year, my husband and I drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway for the first time, and we were in such awe that we wanted our son to also experience it firsthand.  The trip going was fabulous, but as we made our way back to Pigeon Forge along the Parkway, our son suddenly became very ill (nauseated and sick to his stomach.)  He attributed it to the high altitude.

Well, in writing this post, I came across some articles on acute mountain sickness and decided to research the subject a little further.  While I love the awe-inspiring scenery found in the gargantuan mountain ranges and seem to get sick when I can’t be in their presence, acute mountain sickness is a real condition that a lot of people suffer from.  However, it is possible to enjoy the beauty of these magnificent masses of creation if we travel with care as an article in today’s New York Times points out.

With that said, please enjoy some of my photos that I took during our recent family vacation.

As always, this is from my heart to yours!

Maxine 🙂

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SO WHAT’S NEXT?

WOMAN THINKINGWell, now that I’ve finished DESPERATE HEARTS and will be releasing it soon, I’ve been trying to decide which book to publish next.  Some of you probably know that I currently have two in progress, FOR RICHER OR FOR POORER and CHANGES.

FOR RICHER OR FOR POORER  is my second sequel in THE BREAKING POINT series.  It will be Justin and Shayna’s story.  Justin is Estelle and Roger’s son, and Shayna is his wife.  For a brief overview of what this story will be about, please visit the BOOKS page of my website. 

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CHANGES is my first sequel in the MEASURE OF FAITH series.  Yes, you guessed it.  I love sequels 🙂 !  Anyway, in it, Lynn and Robert are now empty-nesters.  But instead of living and enjoying the life they dreamed they would during this time, they are both experiencing a whole lot of unexpected changes.  In this story, I will be taking the reader to a part of Tennessee that my husband and I have come to love–Wears Valley–in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains!  We visited this area for the first time several years ago when one of my then co-workers told me about it.  Ever since, we have been visiting the area (which includes Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Townsend, and Cades Cove) at least two or three times a year.  Our son loves it, too, and we have even made it our family vacation getaway spot.

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Here are a few pictures I took last weekend when my husband and I visited.  My idea of paradise is to live on top of the mountains in Wears Valley in a modern-day styled tent–with plumbing and electricity, of course :).   I’m sure that compared to a lot of places in the world, there are many that some would consider more beautiful than this area, but to me, the scenery and landscape here are simply breathtaking.  They remind me of some of the pictures I used to see on calendars as a child.  The town is so picturesque, and even though it is small and quaint, I love it because I am a simple girl.  But I also like it because I am extremely fascinated with and intrigued by the wonder, beauty, and awesomeness of God’s creation!  (Psalm 104)

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Below are a few photos of some tents or yurts that I can just picture myself and my family living in if we had our own little piece of paradise in the mountains of Wears Valley.

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Pigeon Forge is also known for its classic car shows.  And since my husband, son, and I love classic cars, I just could not resist snapping some pictures.  Check out some of the ones I took last weekend up and down U. S. Highway 441.  These are only a few drops in the bucket of the numerous ones lined up and down the highway.

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So have you figured out which book I’m planning to publish next?  If you guessed CHANGES, you’re right!  In addition, my mama and I are also working on a book together.  As a child, I loved hearing Mama tell stories about how life was when she was coming up and when she got older.  I still enjoy listening to them.  At the moment, I have not a clue what the title of our book will be, but it will be fictional based on real-life issues.  So stay tuned for updates!

Well, that’s all for now.  I hope you’ve had an awesome day, and remember–HAPPY READING!  And as always, this is from my heart to yours.

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com