“Too smart to be human.”
That is a direct quote my father used to say when I was in high school when I would balk at what he’d say or any sort of sage advice he’d give me. Advice I chalked up to being nosy, old school, had no idea who I was, or had no idea what I was going through. It was those times that I look back on now and completely understand what he was saying and totally wished I’d listened.
As a teenage girl, I wanted so bad for everyone to like me. I wanted to be everyone’s best friend. I’d spent the days thinking about what I wanted to do and instead did what everyone else wanted to do. I wanted to go abroad and go to school for a semester when it was presented to me. My friends scoffed at it and ridiculed it, making me brush it off as stupid when my parents were telling me how to experience the world before I grew up. It was the peer pressure that held me back. Looking back, I’d tell my high school self to continue to be nice and like everyone, but be good to me. Nurture me. Don’t be afraid of the life I want. Make those friends that will last a lifetime and support you in your goals and values. That might be one good friend, but that one good friend is worth their weight in gold.
I think he gave me a curse of sorts. I have four boys. Though three of them are now in college and the fourth is in his senior year of high school, I find/found myself saying to my husband, “they’re too smart to be human.” At the term I cringed hearing at their age, was almost everyday speak in my house. But I think my oldest (24 years old) is getting it. He has started having those adult conversations about life, that one good friend, finances and future of what he really wants to do with his life. No matter what, I’m beyond excited with the knowing that one day they will all get it and I can’t wait to see what impact they have on this world.
About The Book
A Ghostly Reunion by Tonya Kappes
Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries #5
Published by Witness
Published on: December 27, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Mystery
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Proprietor of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, Emma Lee can see, hear, and talk to ghosts of murdered folks. And when her high school nemesis is found dead, Jade Lee Peel is the same old mean girl—trying to come between Emma Lee and her hot boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, all over again.
There’s only one way for Emma Lee to be free of the trash-talking ghost—solve the murder so the former prom queen can cross over.
But the last thing Jade Lee wants is to leave the town where she had her glory days. And the more Emma Lee investigates on her own, the more complicated Miss Popularity turns out to be. Now Emma Lee will have to work extra closely with her hunky lawman to get to the twisty truth.
Hettie Bell didn’t seem so sexy in her hot pink leggings and matching top as she gasped for breath in her downward dog position in the middle of Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky. Her butt stuck straight up in the air, right there on display for everyone to see. Her black, chin-length bob was falling out of the small ponytail on both sides and her bangs hung down in her eyes.
“Sexy is confidence and self-acceptance. It’s exactly what yoga provides.”
Hettie Bell curled up on her tiptoes with her palms planted on one of the mats she provided for us. The rickety old floor of the gazebo, in the middle of the town square, groaned as we all tried to mimic her pose. “Yes!” Beulah Paige Bellefry hollered out like we were in the first pew of the Sleepy Hollow Baptist Church getting a good Bible beating from Pastor Brown himself.
“Amen to a good pose!”
Beulah continued to adjust her feet and hands each time she started to slip. If she wasn’t a bit overweight, I’d say it was her eighties silk sweat suit that was slicker than cat’s guts giving her problems. Or it could’ve been those pearls around her wrist, neck and ears weighing her down. Beulah never took off those pearls. She said pearls were a staple for a Southern gal.
“You said it, sister,” Mary Anna Hardy gasped. She teetered side to side, nearly knocking into Granny. Her sweat left streaks down her makeup. Who on earth got up this early and put makeup on to do yoga? Mary Anna Hardy, that’s who.
“God help us!”
I pushed back off my heels and crossed my legs, staring at all the Auxiliary women’s derrieres at my eye level.
“I’m here to do some relaxing, not Sunday school.”
Sleepy Hollow was smack-dab in the middle of the Bible Belt and if God wasn’t thrown in our conversations, then we weren’t breathing. But the last thing I wanted to think about was my butt stuck up to the high heavens and everyone up in the Great Beyond looking down upon me.
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The author’s father gave wise advice. Great post!
Great post! I love this author and would love to win this series, I haven’t had the chance to read this series yet. I got book one on my kindle and will be reading it this year as part of the Author Luv challenge! So getting some more of them would be awesome! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!
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Love this series…
Nice post just love this series
Love this series. Great advice. Don’t we all wish that we listened more to our parents at least once when we were younger!
Great post. I love this series and can’t wait to read “A Ghostly Reunion”.
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I love this series and author!