|Posted by T.E. Ridener on December 11, 2016 at 11:40 PM||comments (0)|
When you think of a hero, a person wearing a cape often comes to mind. But there are those of us who see heroes in a different light; wearing combat boots and dog tags, a badge and a blue uniform, or sometimes in turnout gear and a helmet. My hero is the latter - he is my brother.
Since my brother was 16 years old, he has had a love for helping the community, particularly through fighting fires, responding to the scene of an accident, searching for those who are missing, and when winter hits, he's one of the only ones willing to go out into the bitter cold to take someone groceries, medicine, and much-needed kerosene for heat.
He works full time as a dispatcher, he's a father of two, he's a great husband, and the most awesome brother a girl could ask for.
Even when he got really sick a few years back and had to step down for a few months until he got better (his heart was only functioning at 19% and he had to have a pacemaker put in), it didn't keep him down for very long. He wanted to get back out there to help those in their moment of need. That's just how he is. That's who he is. Always putting others before himself, that's my brother.
Many times over the years, I have seen him get out of bed even though he is completely exhausted after a long day at work, just because someone needed him.
During the holidays, he has left the table filled with turkey and the fixin's, because someone needed him.
On the rainiest, stormiest of nights, he has gone out to face fierce winds and terrifying threats of tornados, because someone needed him.
He's the bravest, most generous person I know, and right now, he needs us.
With another winter coming up quickly, his vehicle is in need of new tires so he can once again travel out into snow to help people who may be stranded at home and in need of food, medicine, or heat. This is not a personal need. This is for his community. This is so he can continue to do what he loves doing.
He has a GoFundMe set up for this exact cause, but there are other ways you can help him, too.
I am currently offering my premade covers (ebook AND paperback) for $25. I also have a graphics package of $10 that includes (3) teasers, (1) FB banner, and (2) 3-D graphics. Please contact me on my graphics page if either of these interest you.
I am also running a promotion for IABB, where you can buy a $5 promotion package and get another one FREE for a friend.
You can buy a mug or t-shirt from the IABB swag shop and those funds will go towards this cause.
And lastly, you can donate via #ADollarFromTheHeart. Send just $1 in the name of this cause and it will go straight to him. To do this, send it to my paypal via friends & family, include #ADFTH in your note. My paypal is [email protected]
If you've read this far, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
My brother is my hero, and your support means the world to both of us.
Thank you. <3
|Posted by T.E. Ridener on April 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
I wanted to take a few moments to thank you and to welcome you to my website. For the time being it seems bleak, but I am hoping that I can soon be adding a lot of really cool and interesting things for you to enjoy.
For the longest time, I was under the impression that an author had to have a professional looking website in order to get noticed-but seeing as I am a starving indie author, I can't possibly afford the rate of a 'professional looking' website. I have a little experience with webs.com, so I hope that this will suffice for any readers who may find their way here.
If you are reading this, I want to say thank you for your interest and thank you espesially for reading my work! The greatest joy next to writing for a writer, is to receive feedback. It is entirely your choice if you want to email me and tell me what you think; and I will not heckle you for a review. That is not how I "roll". I am just grateful that you wandered to the site at all.
I am Tonya Ridener and I am currently 27 years of age. I live in a teeny town called Corbin which is nestled very close to the Tennesee/Kentucky border in the Southeastern part. I have just taken a huge step that will make me or break me-I went down to only a few days a month at my job. It is not my dream job, you see, for my dream includes sitting in front of my computer with a large cup of french vanilla flavored coffee and my fingers going numb from typing so much! That is my dream. To share my stories, characters, and worlds with dreamers just like myself. It's what I've wanted to do for as far back as I can remember; to be a writer. Even at the age of 8, I'm fairly sure I wanted nothing more than to be an author.
At the moment I have published a few books that I am very proud of, but I don't believe anything will compare to my vampire Series, Blood Betrayal. Yes, I am aware that Twilight exists. I've seen the movies, I've read the books! I am also aware of the Vampire Chronicles (Anne Rice<3), Brom Stoker's Dracula, The Vampire Diaries (KLAUS<3), and even True Blood. I know that vampires are being overdone in this day and age, but I can't help that I have a love for them and that one of the strongest characters I have ever created just so happens to be one. The Blood Betrayal series will be an ongoing journey for me for as long as it takes. When they feel their stories have been told, then I will stop. Until then, I will continue writing each book with a smile on my face (with the occasional shaking of my fist to the screen.)
I have other works, too. Romance in Rodney is just that; Romance. I like writing romance and I'm quite good at it..but the vampires always call me back.
I love to write, and though I am no big name author that has thousands of fans, I do have a few fans and they mean the world to me. If you're a new fan, I welcome you with open arms and a huge smile upon my face. I thank you for being here. I thank you for reading the books and getting to know the characters. Leave a review, or drop me an email. Nothing would make my day brighter!