What kind of books do I read?

I always want to learn something new. Since I did not have much time to read during my working days, I’m trying to catch up on my search for knowledge. I feel I missed something along the way. There are so much to learn in one’s lifetime and to do this, I have to read more to supplement what I already know. History book in itself written in a textbook form can be so boring but written within the context of a historical fiction can be both entertaining and educational. So as much as possible, I veer toward historical fiction.

I also like memoirs especially with an inspirational theme. Historical novels and memoirs are my favorite genres and they are also the genres that I write. Both the books I have published so far are in historical fiction category based on real-life events.

Iron Butterfly

BAHALA NA (Come What May)

Both books are available at www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan.

You can check the books I read at www.goodreads.com.

What kind of books do you read? Leave a comment.

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Kindle Countdown Deals for “BAHALA NA (Come What May)” is set to begin on May 25, 2015 (Memorial Day)

Kindle Countdown Deals for BAHALA NA (Come What May)” is set to begin on May 25, 2015 (Memorial Day) at 8:00:00 AM PST.

In remembrance of all veterans, I’m offering my book, “BAHALA NA (Come What May)”, (a WWII novel dedicated to my parents and soldiers who fought in the Philippines during WWII) at a discount price of $.99 on Monday, May 25, 2015 (Memorial Day) at www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan. The best deal!

“BAHALA NA (Come What May)” is a gripping tale of WWII based on my father’s life and struggles before and during WWII. Gain insight about the Philippines and the Filipino people and how their faith helps them in their struggle through life. “Bahala Na”, “Leave it to God” is one dictum they cling to when they are in trouble.

The price goes up to $1.99 on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the price will be $2.99.

On Thursday, May 28, 2015, the price goes up to $3.99, still a dollar off the regular price.

On Friday, May 29, 2015 which happens to be my 45th wedding anniversary, the price goes back to the regular price of $4.99.

So take advantage of the discounted price at www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan. Price is also discounted at www.amazon.co.uk from £.99 on May 25, 2015, 8:00 AM GMT to £3.96 on May 29, 2015, 8:00 AM GMT.

Kindle Countdown Deals for “BAHALA NA (COME WHAT MAY)”

In remembrance of Pearl Harbor, I’m offering a Kindle Countdown Deals for “BAHALA NA (COME WHAT MAY)” – a gripping tale of WWII based on actual events that happened in the Philippines. At the same time Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, they were also bombing the Philippines. “BAHALA NA (Come What May) is based on my father’s life during WWII. “Bahala na” “Leave it to God” is a Filipino motto that sustains the Filipinos in times of trouble.

Here is your chance to know about the other “Pearl Harbor” on the other side of the world. Kindle Countdown Deals are set to begin on Dec. 7, 2014, Pearl Harbor Day, at 8:00 AM PST at http://www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan.

You can buy your Kindle copy of my book, “Bahala Na (Come What May)” at a discount price of $.99 on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. The best deal!
The price goes up to $1.99 on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.
On Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, the price will be $2.99.
On Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, the price goes up to $3.99, still a dollar off the regular price.
On Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, the price goes back to the regular price of $4.99.
It’s also available at http://www.amazon.co.uk starting on Dec. 7, 2014 at £.99 and ending on Dec. 9, 2014 at the regular price of £3.30.

So take advantage of the discounted price at http://www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan and http://www.amazon.co.uk. It is also available in print at Amazon.com for $15.27 and at Amazon.co.uk for £10.87. A great Christmas present for history buffs!

BAHALA NA (Come What May) FREE Download at KINDLE on 9-11-2013

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To honor the spirit of the men and women whose lives were lost in New York, at the Pentagon, and at a field in Shade Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, you can download “BAHALA NA (Come What May)” FREE on 9/11/13 only at Kindle Lending Library starting at  approximately 12 AM Pacific Standard Time to approximately 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.

 

“Bahala Na (Come What May)” is a fresh look at the traditions and social mores of the era just before and during World War II. It also describes eyewitness accounts of World War II events that were never written before.  “Bahala Na (Come What May)” is a WWII novel dedicated to WWII veterans, full of human drama, suspense and action.

 

When World War II starts, Benjamin is caught in a place 465 kilometers away from home as the Japanese are landing everywhere. How will he get home? What happens if he encounters the Japanese on the way? Will he see his family again? How about the girl he cares deeply? These are questions looming in his head as he starts his long journey back home.

 

Copyright © 2013. By Rosalinda R Morgan, author of BAHALA NA (Come What May.

All rights reserved. BAHALA NA (Come What May) FREE DOWNLOAD AT KINDLE LENDING LIBRARY on 9-11-2013 .

What motivated you to become an indie author?

When I started, I had no idea what publishing a book entailed. So I began reading about it when I was almost finished writing my manuscript. Then I sent out a letter to a publisher, thinking it was the same as sending an application letter to a company. I worked in a corporate world before and I had written enough job application letters during my business career. Then the more I read about publishing, the more I found out you need a literary agent. I suppose just like selling your home, you need a real estate agent. I can’t argue with that. I was also a real estate agent before.

I read Chuck Sambuchino’s book on Formatting and Submitting your Manuscript and started studying it thoroughly and then started working on my manuscript format and all kinds of things. I sent a query to a literary agent just before Labor Day in 2012. I waited a month but never heard from him. Since it was going into the holidays, I decided to postpone sending queries till the beginning of 2013 and instead started rewriting, editing, and polishing my manuscript. I sent an email query in January and got my first rejection letter. Then I filled up a blank form on a website for another agent. I never heard from her. I found an agent dealing with WWII subject, sent her my query and got a rejection letter within the hour. She could not do anything either.

I was not to be defeated. I started reading about self publishing. That was when I realized I didn’t have to wait years and years to get published. The publishing world is changing. As a former accountant, I analyzed the numbers and the numbers don’t lie. I decided to self-publish. Besides getting more royalty on self publishing, I’m not waiting for twenty years to be published. I don’t have that luxury of time. I’ll be dead by then. I’m 69. I want my book published now before my mother died. She’s 90 and “BAHALA NA (Come What May)” is based on her story. Formatting a manuscript for publication took a lot out of me but I learned a lot and enjoyed the journey. Rewrite, edit, rewrite, edit, rewrite, edit for few more times until I thought it was done. I felt like I was doing my garden. It was constantly changing but the experience was exhilarating seeing my name on the cover of a finished book and I made it to happen. It was all my effort. I created a beautiful book and I did it from start to finish. I sent a copy of “BAHALA NA (Come What May)” to my mother whose story the book was based on. When my mother read the book, she was thrilled and told me she could not help smile seeing her life story in print, I felt it was my best reward. But wait, she said I missed a few things. I guess I have to do a revision someday.

Copyright © 2013. By Rosalinda R Morgan, author of BAHALA NA (Come What May.

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What is the meaning of BAHALA NA?

When we were editing my book, “BAHALA NA (Come What May)”, a phrase popped up few times and caught our attention. That was when we decided to change the title of the book and published it with the new title, “BAHALA NA (Come What May)”.

“Bahala na” is a philosophical expression Filipinos used when they are confronted with problems. They will say “Bahala Na”, meaning “come what may,” “whatever will be, will be,” ‘leave it to God’, like the Spanish word “que sera, sera”.  

“Bahala na”,comes from the phrase Bathala na, where Bathala means God. Bahala also means trust or custody. Na is used as an adverb of time just like already. So it can literally be translated as God already or God will take care already. It is used in the context of “Trust in God”, “God will take control”,“Leave it to God” because God will provide. In a sense, it can be construed as a negative attitude in life, a defeatist or fatalistic attitude where you are only willing to do so much and leave the rest to God. Some people believe it makes you irresponsible, careless and lazy. On the other hand, it stops you from worrying about your problem during uncertain times. It relieves stress knowing you did everything you could and God will take control of the rest.

When faced with challenging situations, Filipinos can do a daring act and they leave everything to God hoping God will take care of them. They accept what comes their way, appreciate what they have, and God will take care of the rest. In time of tragedy, they are not easily discouraged. They know they have done their best and with a strong faith, they leave everything to God, knowing God is on their side. True, the term signifies an attitude intended to surrender to fate which can be construed as a negative attitude but it enables them to take a chance and accept what fate has to offer. It can also be viewed as a positive thinking, in the sense that it gives them strength and confidence to tackle any job head on in the hope that everything will turn out for the best if God wills it.  

“Bahala na” is used in different ways such as:

  • Bahala na come what may
  • Akong bahala sa ‘yo.I’ll take care of you
  • Bahalawhatever
  • Bahala ka na – it’s up to you
  • Bahala ka na ngait’s up to you
  • Bahala na ang Diosit’s up to God
  • Bahala na kayoit’s up to you or the decision is yours
  •  Bahala na silaleave it to them
  • Bahala ka na sa akin – you’ll take care of me
  • Bahala na sina nanay at nanay – it’s up to mom and dad
  • Bahala na kayong lahat – it’s up to all of you
  • Bahala na kong anong mangyari.he/she will accept whatever will happen
  • Ikaw ang bahala d’yan you’re in charge of that.
  • Ipabahalato leave the responsibility to someone else
  • mabahala to be concerned, to feel worried.
  • Palagi ka nalang bahala nayou are always saying come what may
  • magwalang-bahalato disregard
  • walang-bahalignorant,negligent
  • Nabahala ako sa narinig koI was distressed by what I heard

In Cebuano, a dialect of Cebu province, “Bahala Na”  is translated as mahitabo kung mahitabo; dili na mahinungdanon kung unsa pa may mahitabo o dangatan. I think I’ll stay with Bahala Na. It’s easier to remember.

Copyright © 2013. By Rosalinda R Morgan, author of BAHALA NA (Come What May.

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A Winner’s Creed

I was cleaning some of my old files and came across this quotation called “A Winner’s Creed” that my manager handed to all the agents while I was selling insurance years ago.  These affirmations can apply to any situation in life, not just insurance agents. So think like a winner, feel like a winner and act like a winner.

I am a winner because I think like a winner, prepare like a winner, and perform like a winner.

I am a winner because I set high, but attainable goals, work toward those goals with determination and persistence, and never stop until I reach them.

I am a winner because I am strong enough to say “No!” to those things that would make me less than my best, and say “Yes!” to the challenges and opportunities that will make me grow and improve my life.

I am a winner because total commitment is my constant companion, and personal integrity is my life time mentor.

I am a winner because I am learning to avoid the tempting shortcuts that can lead to disappointment, and the unhealthy habits that could result in defeat.

I am a winner because I have a well-earned confidence in myself, a high regard for my teammates and co-workers, and a healthy respect for those in authority over me.

I am a winner because I have learned to accept criticism, not as a threat, but as an opportunity to examine my attitudes and to improve my skills.

I am a winner because I persevere in the midst of obstacles and fight on in the face of defeat.

I am a winner because I am made in the image and likeness of my Creator, who gave me a burning desire, a measure of talent, and a strong faith to attempt the difficult and to overcome the seemingly impossible.

I am a winner because of my enthusiasm for life, my enjoyment of the present and my trust in the future.

Copyright © 2013. By Rosalinda R Morgan, author of BAHALA NA (Come What May.

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