At The Vero Beach Yacht Club…

Following is the latest press release on my speaking engagements…the release tells what I spoke about, but the real joy in this speaking engagement was the wonderful people I had the chance to meet and an unforgetable luncheon. A special shout-out to Helga McCahan for her delightful company and hospitality.

Crosby is shown here with Helga McCahan

Three-timeaward-winning Author, Bette Lee Crosby was the guest speaker at the May luncheon meeting of the Vero Beach Yacht Club Ladies Group. She spoke about the joy of writing and the real life situations that inspire her work.

Crosby, who is well-known for her sensitive portrayals of family relationships, delighted the audience with stories of her own Southern heritage, and the true-to-life experiences that bring poignancy to the stories that readers easily equate with their own lives. She spoke in depth about her latest release, Cracks in the Sidewalk, the novel that received the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writer’s Association. “This story,” Crosby told the audience, “is taken from a tragic incident that happened in the life of a dear friend. The loss of this woman’s grandchildren was such a moving tale that, once told to me, it stayed in my mind for nearly ten years before I summoned the courage to actually write about it. Yes, in some ways this is a sad story, but in the end it’s life affirming. It’s the type of story that proves just how much a single person can change the lives of so many others.”

In 2007 Crosby’s first release Girl Child received the National League of American Pen Women Award for Fiction. She now has two other novels that are awaiting publication – What Matters Most and Spare Change, the novel that in manuscript form won a 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award for unpublished fiction. A prolific writer who spends a good part of every day at the computer, she is currently focusing on the collection of family stories and inspirational thoughts being published on her blog and on the biography of Lani Deauville, the world’s longest living quadriplegic. “Lani’s story,” said Crosby “is one that will inspire virtually everyone. She is a perfect example of the If you can dream it, you can do it philosophy. Injured in a diving accident when she was only seventeen, she overcame unimaginable challenges and achieved successes that most people only dream of, both in her business career and in her personal life.”

IN THE NEWS …A VISIT WITH THE PORT ST. LUCIE GFWC WOMEN

I was honored to speak at the September meeting of the Port Saint Lucie Women’s Club, a group that is part of the International GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs.) The luncheon meeting was held at the Holiday Inn on Federal Highway.

In addition to a wonderful lunch, these lovely ladies listened to my stories of family relationships, plus a reading from my latest release, Cracks in the Sidewalk, the novel that received the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writer’s Association. This storyis taken from a tragic incident that happened in the life of a dear friend. The loss of this woman’s grandchildren was such a moving tale that, once told to me, it stayed in my mind for nearly ten years before I summoned the courage to actually write about it. Yes, in some ways this is a sad story, but in the end it’s life affirming. It’s the type of story that proves just how much a single person can change the lives of so many others.

I currently have two more novels that are awaiting publication – What Matters Most and Spare Change, the manuscript that is now a finalist in the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award Competition. As a writer I spend a good part of every day at the computer, and right now I am focusing on an autobiography of Lani Verner Deauville, a Sebastian resident and the planet’s longest living quadriplegic. Working with Lani, is a truly wonderful experience. Her attitude and outlook on life is so inspiring that it a story begging to be told.

Lani believes in the moment of IS—it’s the reality of right here and right now. According to her, you can’t do anything about the past, but you can do something about the future—she has not only done more than most people every dream of doing, but she’s done it from a wheelchair! It is little wonder,that I am enthralled to be working with such a woman?

Signing books with (L-R) Evelyn Martin, Janet Oliver, Jean Hamilton, Sheila Mawdsley and Betty Lou Finch

At The Temple Beth El Israel Sisterhood

At The Temple Beth El Israel Sisterhood

In September, Author Bette Lee Crosby, made a personal appearance at the First Annual Meeting of the Temple Beth El Israel Sisterhood, the women’s group involved in numerous charitable endeavors. The luncheon meeting was held at the Temple on Bethany Drive in Saint Lucie West.

Crosby, who is well-known for her sensitive portrayals of family relationships, spoke in depth about her latest release, Cracks in the Sidewalk, the novel that received the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writer’s Association. “This story,” Crosby told the audience, “is taken from a tragic incident that happened in the life of a dear friend. The loss of this woman’s grandchildren was such a moving tale that, once told to me, it stayed in my mind for nearly ten years before I summoned the courage to actually write about it. Yes, in some ways this is a sad story, but in the end it’s life affirming. It’s the type of story that proves just how much a single person can change the lives of so many others.”

Crosby has two more completed novels that are currently awaiting publication – What Matters Most and Spare Change, the manuscript that is currently a finalist in the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award Competition. A prolific writer who spends a good part of every day at the computer, she is currently focusing on an autobiography of Lani Verner Deauville, the planet’s longest living quadriplegic. “Working with Lani,” Crosby says, “is a truly wonderful experience. Her attitude and outlook on life is so inspiring that it a story begging to be told.”

Crosby went on to explain, “Lani believes in the moment of IS—it’s the reality of right here and right now. According to Lani, you can’t do anything about the past, but you can do something about the future—she has not only done more than most people every dream of doing, but she’s done it from a wheelchair! It is little wonder,” Crosby asks, “that I am enthralled to be working with such a woman?”

In 2007 Crosby’s first release Girl Child received the National League of American Pen Women Award for Fiction. For speaking engagements please contact Bette through her “Let's Connect” page or visit her on Facebook or Goodreads.

Photo Caption:

(L-R) Program Chair Linda Chasen is shown with Bette Lee Crosby

A Wonderful Saturday At Westside…

Carol Cox invited me to be the guest speaker

Ladies love parties, and there is nothing more fun than an afternoon Tea where we wear our party dresses, fancy hats and best smiles. Such was the case at the Westside Baptist Church Spring Tea held this past Saturday. The theme of the Tea was Reflecting God’s Glory so every table was decorated with mirrored centerpieces, pink and green spring flowers and fans of pink napkins. Festive beyond belief! The event was sold out with 300 guests.

Tammy Moore, A big-time Blessing and my co-teacher of 1st Grade Sunday School

The Tea began with delightful music by Fred Dias as we greeted one another and hugged friends doing the cheek to cheek thing women do when we’re wearing lipstick. Once we’d settled into our seats, tea was served by waiters wearing black trousers, white shirts and a remarkable look of familiarity. (The volunteer waiters were our own sons and husbands, mine included.) Although some of these gents may duck kitchen duty at home, they served pots of tea and restaurant-sized trays of tea sandwiches like pros. I couldn’t help but notice a smile of poetic justice on many a wife’s face as hubby bent to serve her. After a slice of notoriously rich cake, the entertainment began.

Shari Bentley, Program Organizer not only looked lovely in a wide-brimmed black hat, but also kept the entire program running smoothly and on time. Kathryn Priest (who is gorgeously slender and has no right to look as young as she does) served as Master of Ceremonies and provided our opening and closing prayers.  The program started with a parade of hats…funny, original, homemade, hand decorated and beautiful. Then the vote for favorites, with prizes for the winners. Next up, a quintet of beautiful young ladies singing “That’s What I See” a song describing how the face in their mirror reflects the love of Jesus. Last on the program was the guest speaker, which I am honored to say was ME!

I have spoken to many groups and although I enjoy every opportunity to share thoughts and ideas with other women, this opportunity to speak to the women of Westside was by far the greatest. It is such a joyous occasion when I can share my love of Jesus and Our Heavenly Father with others. I spoke about the things that inspire me and how after a great deal of thought I came to the realization that I best reflect God’s Glory by the way I live my life. God’s Glory is in each and every one of us; it’s in our kindness to one another, our faithfulness in marriage, our love for children.

Of course being the consummate writer, I also told stories of my sometimes irreverent Southern family and the sources that help me to create characters. I spoke about my love for elderly characters and children because they are so delightfully honest, and there was a great deal of laughter from the audience when I mentioned a few situations we’ve all known. As if the thrill of speaking to this wonderful group were not enough, they honored me with the gift of a beautiful mirror decorated with the script “Reflecting God’s Glory” …it was a very memorable day.

Friends Jan & Georgia

My sweet husband (who has the patience of a Saint) videotaped my presentation, but our camcorder is new and both of us are still learning how to avoid those unwanted ceiling shots. Despite a few ceiling shots and rollercoaster ride transitions, most of the tape is terrific, so if I can get my brain wrapped around the video-editing program and can whittle it down to the best 10 minutes, I’ll post it on Facebook.

Just one last question…is it okay to ask God for help in mastering a video-editing program?

Teri Pinney joined in the funAnd the winning hats were…

And the winning hats were…

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At the GWFC Of Vero Beach

At the GWFC Of Vero Beach

I'm shown here with Anne Beyerle, President of the Vero GFWC

What fun it is for an author to speak to such a delightful audience as the ladies of the Vero Beach Women's Club. Not only did they regale me with lots of applause, laughter, nods of agreement and smiles, but they also provided a delicious lunch with an easy-on-the-conscience three-point weight-watchers cake for desert. What more could I ask?

I in turn, shared stories about my Southern heritage, my always funny, always inspiring Mama, and the events that enable me to create the stories readers so readily relate to their own lives.

I also talked about the true-story behind “Cracks in the Sidewalk” the novel that received the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writer’s Association. I explained that this story came to me as a part of a tragedy that took place in the life of a dear friend and how I held the story in my heart for nearly ten years before summoning the courage to write about it. A good part of why I did that is because this is in some ways a sad story, but in the end the tale is life affirming. It’s the type of story that proves how much a single person can change the lives of so many others.

A number of listeners wanted to know what I was working on right now.I  mentioned that  What Matters Most and Spare Change are both ready for publication, but the date has not yet been established and asked who would like to be notified when the books go to press. Lots of hands shot up into the air!

My current project has been and for the immediate future will continue to be the collection of family stories and inspirational thoughts currently being published on the blog. A lot of these are stories near and dear to my heart…stories of my own childhood, my friends, and the things of life that inspire me most. I have been extremely blessed to live the life I live and nothing brings me more joy than sharing it with my readers.

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