Kaylin’s Amazing Book Give-away Contest!

Want a free autographed copy of Flaherty’s Crossing?? 🙂

Here’s your chance to get one, by following four “very” simple rules.

1. Visit Kaylin McFarren’s website (http://www.kaylinmcfarren.com/) or book site (http://www.flahertyscrossing.com/), read the excerpt, and sign up for her monthly newsletter.

2. View her Flaherty’s Crossing video trailer and leave a comment on the YouTube site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Idl7XJijKRA

3. Recommend Flaherty’s Crossing to your book club and send a note to: kaylin@kaylinmcfarren.com, indicating the name of your group.

4. Become a fan at Goodreads.com by visiting: http://www.goodreads.com/kaylinmcfarren

On July 31st, four winners will be selected from those individuals who have successfully performed all of these tasks. These participants will receive autographed copies of Flaherty’s Crossing. They will also qualify for Kaylin’s “amazing goodie basket” drawing – a hamper filled with some of her favorite fragrances, munchies and collectibles, which will be given away on August 5th!

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What’s Your Favorite Popular Song??

I was recently asked the name of my favorite song, a tune that I’d look forward to hearing every time it came on the radio. Now I’m one of those eclectic types. I love everything from country western to classical, Enya to U-2. But sometimes music transcends all genres and simply melts your heart. “Home” by Michael Buble has this affect on me. Maybe it’s the thought of being able to return back to my roots, back to my childhood when life seemed less complicated. Or perhaps it’s just the idea of being with the one you love when so much of your time is spent apart. But no matter, this song has me singing along every time I hear it and I thank Michael Buble for reaching into my soul and touching my heart…

So what’s your favorite song? What tune stays in your mind all day after hearing it on the radio? 🙂


The Pastor’s Ass :P

A Pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won.
The Pastor was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the race
again, and it won again.

The local paper read:


The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the Pastor
not to enter the donkey in another race..

The next day, the local paper headline read:


This was too much for the Bishop, so he ordered the Pastor to get rid
of the donkey..

The Pastor decided to give it to a Nun in a nearby Convent..

The local paper, hearing of the news, posted the following headline the next day:


The Bishop fainted!

He informed the Nun that she would have to get rid of the donkey, so she
sold it to a farmer for $10.

The next day the pa pers read:


This was too much for the Bishop, so he ordered the nun to buy back the
donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run wild.

The next day the headlines read:


The Bishop was buried the next day.

The moral of the story is ….
Being concerned about public opinion can
bring you much grief and misery. It can even shorten your life…

..So be yourself and enjoy life to the fullest.

Stop worrying about everyone else’s Ass and
you’ll be a lot happier and live longer!

Have a nice day

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Nice Article in the Gresham Outlook Today :)

Yoshida Pens a Charitable Book

(news photo)

By Mark Garber

The Gresham Outlook, May 1, 2010

Proceeds from Linda Yoshida’s book ‘Flaherty’s Crossing’ will be donated to the fight against colon cancer. She wrote the book while sitting by her father’s bedside while he was dying of colon cancer.

East County seems to offer fertile ground for budding authors. As reported on the front page today, Gresham Police Officer Barry Ozeroff has his third book off the press. He joins a lengthy list of local residents — including the likes of Gresham Planning Director Mike Abbate, “The Shack” author William P. Young and former Mayor Gussie McRobert — who’ve recently ventured into the world of publishing.

And now comes Troutdale resident Linda Yoshida, who not only has a book in hand, but a worthy cause to promote with her words. Writing under the pen name “Kaylin McFarren,” Yoshida has conjured a fictional story based on her own experiences as she watched her 63-year-old father die of colon cancer. The result is “Flaherty’s Crossing,” which is out in trade paperback from Champagne Books — a small press that typically publishes romance novels.

The genesis for the book came, Yoshida says, when colon cancer was taking her father’s life.

“I started writing originally when I sat at my dad’s bedside while he was dying,” she says.

Her intent was to record the story of his life and death, “but it evolved into a fictional account.” That account still includes elements of biography, but also mystery, romance, family relationships and just plain human emotion. But beyond plot twists, there’s another element to this book that makes it noteworthy — Yoshida is donating the proceeds from its sale toward research being done to cure the disease that claimed her father’s life.

The book, with an initial press run of 2,000 copies, is being sold online now and will be available at all Fred Meyer stores come June. The money raised will go to the cancer research institute at Portland’s Providence Medical Center. Researchers there — 60 in total — are investigating how the body’s immune system can be used to treat and prevent cancer. For more information, visit http://www.flahertyscrossing.com, a website that includes a link to the cancer research center.

Once the first 2,000 copies of her book are sold, Yoshida says, the publisher will proceed with a hardback version whose sales also will be dedicated to cancer research.

“I wrote it as a labor of love,” Yoshida says, “and to create attention for a cause.”

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