CHICO'S HOPE - Click on the book if you like.

CHICO'S HOPE - Click on the book if you like.
Based on a true story about our disabled Jack Russell who was in a shelter for two years and never gave up hope of finding a forever home.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Preparing Your Pets For Disasters!

Hurricanes, floods, fires, tornados are always a tragedy. We worry about our loved ones and keeping safe. But, what about our pets? How should we prepare? Please don't leave your pet(s) behind. Our pets are family too! Here's what Blue Pearl suggest.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Are YOU In The KC Metro On September 16th??

 I will be in Olathe at  the Open House of Canine Solutions Dog School from 11 am- on Saturday, September 16th. I'll be there to autograph my books, and for every book sold a portion goes to Mosaic of North Kansas City and Covenant Children's Homes, India. Two great charities. I'll also be having a raffle for a splendid goody basket worth at least $30! Come see me! I'll have free Bookmarks too! My husband and I are also Realtors with KW Realty Diamond Partners Inc. and for every home we close on we give back to charity as well. This is a dog friendly event with a dog costume contest, dog photo contest, agility area and much more! Help me give back HOPE!

Canine Solutions DogSchool
417 N Rawhide Rd. Ste H, Olathe, Kansas 66061








Sunday, August 6, 2017

Dogs, Millinnials, and Home Buying!

These days Millennials (ages 18-36), seem to like their technology, their fast casual dining, and their dogs! They love their fur babies so much that dogs beat out expecting a baby or having one already, upcoming marriage, or marriage.This is according to a recent survey done by CEO and Sun Trust Mortgage President, Dorinda Smith. Only two things came before dogs. More living space, and building equity.
Pet ownership is what millennials are deciding on before getting married and starting a family these days. When they are looking to buy they are keeping their furry friend in mind. Yard space, if it’s fenced, and or near a dog park are all considerations more now instead of a nursery. Their dog is like treated like a family member and in many cases and can influence what they buy. Especially; when renting with a dog can be more expensive and there can be breed/weight restrictions.
We are a dog family ourselves. We have two dogs ( seen in the picture) and can understand this point of view. We love our dogs and do consider them apart of our family, so it makes perfect sense to make sure that a place one buys would take their furry family member into consideration. At least you know one thing. Dogs are so loyal that when it comes to narrowing down your choices you don’t have to worry about what they think about kitchen, as long as they’re getting fed!


Friday, August 4, 2017

And This Is Why You Don't Lose Hope!

SOMETHING AMAZING HAPPENED TODAY! (My coach urged me to share this story and so I am.) My husband and I got up early today, and I did not want to! I was exhausted from yesterday and hadn't slept well. But, it was a blessing in disguise. Let me explain why. We both have our real estate license with Keller Williams Realty Diamond Partners Inc, and he wanted us to go to a networking meeting. We were there as guests. When we had introduced ourselves my husband also pointed out that I was an author of a book. This then led to people asking what my book was about, which led me to a conversation with someone who has an autistic adult son who was adopted at the age 4. My children's book, "Chico's Hope" resonated with this father.
As many of you know my book is based on a TRUE story about our disabled Jack Russell who was waiting to be adopted for two years in a shelter. Chico never gave up hope.It's also a story of giving and how my children got Chico. This man seemed touched and hadn't even seen the book. He then put in an order of 100 books. I thought he was joking since that was his personality. He wasn't! He then offered some other help/suggestions/introductions!! This led to a conversation with someone else, that domino-ed after I left with someone else we had a meeting with, that's interested in investing in me. ME? Yes of course; there's work to be done, but you know that butterfly feeling you get that this may be IT! I had that feeling.
As I sit here in shock, and some tears I realize now that I need to stop fearing success. When all you've known is struggle, you might think you don't deserve success. You make excuses, whether legitimate or not, and then allow each day to end up like the last. I didn't have the passion for real estate because I hadn't figured out how to get my message of hope out and to help the charities I am passionate about. Today changed that. Because my husband wanted me to go with him this morning as Real Estate agents (though I didn't want to go), and because he not only said we were agents with a wonderful company ,but said I was an author, it led to peoples interest in my book. Because I got to talk about my book,(which; I have not been self promoting much, because I felt like I was bragging, plus this last year was crazy) an opportunity came out of it with other opportunities very possible. Because we got to say we wanted to come from contribution as agents we met some great people. Because this man I had never met decided to buy 100 books he hasn't even seen, he ignited conversations, he ignited my passion for charities I've been wanting to help, and it may help us help people with Real Estate needs too. Because of my husband Eric, my prayer mentor Ryan, my coach Jodi, my publisher Radion Media, and this stranger I met today, my world may be changing. A huge thank you to them, and to my dog Chico, who I lost too soon, because he is still teaching me about Hope! www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chicos-hope-julia-king-donovan/1125369561?ean=9781946496003

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Want To Hear Me Brag About Stephen King?

Listen to my podcast interview with Bookish Ventures to hear me brag about Stephen King and my book, "Chico's Hope!"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFfBWU3Li1Q&feature=share Also, for two weeks only you can download my book for JUST .$99! Just go to Amazon.com and search Children's Book Chico's Hope!

Monday, May 1, 2017

What Do I Think About Marriage???

considering that Im still martied to my high school sweetheart for for 21 years it may be worth reading about here! (Click to read the article and see a recent oicture of my husband and I.) Radion Media Inc.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

My Interview With PawAbilities

PawAbilities is a company that employs people with disabilities. They are based in Olathe, Kansas and are also apart of Inclusion Connections. They make homemade dog treats, toys, and bow ties.You can order from them too at icpawsabilities.org. My dogs love them! I enjoyed my time with them and will be going back. I also got to share my children's book,"Chico's Hope" with them. It was first interview in a while. I was a little nervous, and so were some of them.  It's ok though. At the end we are smiling and striking a pose!