Guest Fox — Tonya Kappes

By Jeff Salter

            I’m delighted to welcome my very first Guest Fox on the Thursday ‘Hound’ Day for this relatively new blog.  But this is not just any ole fox — I’ve booked the talented, energetic, and lovely Tonya Kappes!

            Tonya has stories out in two anthologies from Turquoise Morning Press and this industrious author also has FIVE new books scheduled for release in the upcoming months.  [See her titles and links in the bio sketch below].

            As a bonus, Tonya brought along some music!  Not exactly a golden oldie, but a catchy cross-over classic.

            With no further delay, please welcome Guest Fox Tonya Kappes:

About President’s Day

By Tonya Kappes

When hound dog, Jeff, asked if I would guest post on Four Foxes and A Hound, I couldn’t resist to say YES! But when he emailed back to say it was about President’s Day…I thought, “no wonder, he wants out of this one.”

I’ve always tried to keep anything political (including my choice for president) out of writing and blogging. I find it doesn’t make good for the old branding image and potential readers. So I decided against talking politics.

BUT….

then, I thought about the time I was PTA president. Cue Jeannie C. Riley please….

Yes! I was Stella Johnson of my son’s school. Needless to say, I didn’t get coke machines in school or candy bar in the lunch line, but I did make one helluva yearbook. And I decided not to write about that…because it wasn’t as glamorous as I thought it was going to be.

I still didn’t know what to write about for President’s week blog for my dear friend, Chuck…err…Jeff, until I tied it to writing. One thing I do know, I love to write and read funny blogs and President’s week blog is hitting me below the knees and I took to the internet.

I googled Presidents or facts about Presidents (do you capitalize Presidents?), anyways, I found some really funny facts that might interest you, if not…at least you’ll smile!

Funny Quotes:

  • “Washington, DC is 12 square miles bordered by reality.” – Andrew Johnson
  • “Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.” – James A. Garfield
  • “I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.” – George W. Bush
  • “I know only two tunes: One of them is ‘Yankee Doodle’ and the other isn’t.” – Ulysses S. Grant
  • “An atheist is a guy who watches a Notre Dame-SMU football game and doesn’t care who wins.”- Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • “Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening.” –Bill Clinton
  • “Politics makes me sick.” – William Howard Taft
  • “Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “You lose.” – Calvin Coolidge after a woman told him she made a bet that she could get at least three words of conversation from him
  • “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” -Harry Truman
  • “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'” – Ronald Reagan

 One more fun fact: President’s Day was originally to honor our first President, George Washington’s birthday. He was our first president and turned sixty-five years old while in office. The country wanted to celebrate the “father of our country” and named the day in honor of him.

Abe Lincoln sauntered into the picture and the nation LOVED him. So, they didn’t just want to celebrate Washington on Washington’s birthday, so they decided to honor Lincoln’s birthday after he was assassinated.

Washington’s birthday was celebrated every year on February 22nd, until 1971 when congress thought it’d be a great idea just to make PRESIDENT’S DAY as we know it, the third Monday every February.

Hmm…little did you know this High-Class Hillbilly had a few knowledgeable facts up her overalls!

Tonya’s bio:

Tonya Kappes is the co-founder of The Naked Hero: http://thenakedhero.com/ , and The Writer’s Guide to E-publishing :  http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/. She is the author of Masked Souls and Another Quirky Christmas in the anthologies Something Spooky This Way Comes and Believe. Tonya co-authored The Tricked Out Toolbox~Promotional and Marketing Tools Every Writer Needs,  available April 2011. Her women’s fiction novel Carpe Bead ‘Em will be released May 23, 2011 and The Ladybug Jinx July 4, 2011 through Turquoise Morning Press. Never Tell Your Dreams Before Breakfast will be self published in August 2011 as well as Happy New Life in November 2011. Visit her today at TonyaKappes.com , http://twitter.com/, and http://www.facebook.com/.

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About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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83 Responses to Guest Fox — Tonya Kappes

  1. Maria Geraci says:

    Love the quotes! cute post 🙂

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Glad to see you again, Maria. We’ve corresponded before. Thanks for visiting.

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    • tonya kappes says:

      Thanks, Maria! I love quotes and I’m always dishing them out, so when Jeff asked me to blog this week on Presidents Day I was thrown for a loop ~ which NEVER happens. Finally in the wee hours of the night (thanks Jeff for causing me to lose my beauty sleep) I thought aobout some type of quotes…funny of course;) Glad you are here!

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  2. tonya kappes says:

    Thanks for having me here, Jeff!!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Tonya, it’s my pleasure. And look how many new visitors you brought with you! I had 8 comments to moderate before my coffee brewed!
      I enjoyed your column also. And the lovely Barbara Eden is always welcome by this hound.

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  3. Dru says:

    Hey Tonya,

    I learned something new….I didn’t know about the last two books.

    I remember celebrating both President’s Day and leading up to their big day, their history was taught and we had did plays and speeches to honor them.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Welcome, Dru, and thanks for commenting.

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    • tonya kappes says:

      Dru! Hi *waving* I’m so glad to see you. YES! I’m going to be inding pubbing the last two books in cross-pollination. If your not familiar with cross-pollination, Never Tell Your Dreams is a chick-lit, Happy New Life is romance and the third book in the series is a yoga cozy mystery. All of them are based around a sweet town, Grandberry Falls. I’m super excited to bring those to all things e-readable (is that a word?)!

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  4. D. D. Scott says:

    OMG! I’ll never think about President’s Day in quite the same way, Tonya!!!

    These quotes are a hoot…

    My fave…the Bill Clinton one:

    ■“Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening.” –Bill Clinton

    Thanks, Tonya, and Jeff too!

    I’m enjoying your new blog!!!

    Sexy Sassy Smart Four Foxes One Hound Wishes — D. D. Scott

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    • jeff7salter says:

      D.D.
      Thanks for the ‘sexy sassy smart four foxes one hound wishes’ !
      I think I can safely say that’s the first time I’ve heard that. LOL.
      You’re always welcome here on Hound Day.

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    • tonya kappes says:

      Hey, D.D! There are so many more, but some of them might not be rated for this site;) Plus I try not to put anything out there my kids can’t read. But I do love ALL of Clinton’s.

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  5. JM Madden says:

    Hi Tonya! Great Post! You manged to work something up for presidents day. And I have to say, I love all the quotes. They are all so true! Isn’t it sad when the president says he hate politics?
    Congratulations on all the work you have coming out!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks for visiting, J.M.
      Not only did Tonya ‘manage’ to come up with a great Pres. Day post … but I had let her off that hook (if she wanted). I told her she could write about anything.
      Talk about dedication to the topic!

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    • tonya kappes says:

      Hi, JM!! Thanks for stopping by! I had so many quotes, it was hard to pick a few. And of course most of them were anti-politics and too funny! oxymoron?

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  6. JM Madden says:

    That’s managed, not manged dear. Sorry!

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  7. Hi Tonya!
    Stopped by to say hi. Loved the quotes (Grant’s is my favorite).

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  8. Terri says:

    Hi Tonya! I thought your blog was hilarious! The Harper Valley PTA video was great… loved it! The presidential quotes were great. Always love your blogs.

    Terri

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  9. Misa Ramirez says:

    SO funny! I don’t remember Harper Valley PTA (yes, we’ve talked about this many times), but I can totally see you running things, telling people to pipe down, and generally being the fireball you are as you multitask.

    Fun post!

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  10. Taryn Raye says:

    Morning Tonya!

    Cool and funny facts and quotes from our Presidents. I didn’t know President’s Day was created in ’71.

    Probably because when I was in grade school here in KY- even in the 80’s- we always got out for Lincoln’s birthday and Washington’s separately. I seem to remember my school system switching over to just the one day sometime toward the end of the 80’s/beginning of the 90’s. I thought it was just the school’s way of combining the two so we didn’t have so many days out in February! LOL

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Hi, Taryn. The gov’t has done crazy things with holidays. Most of them have changed since I was in grade school.
      Thanks for visiting today; come back often.

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      • tonya kappes says:

        Hey, Tayrn! I do remember getting both birthdays here in KY when I was growing up. But as for 1971, I was born so I don’t remember that one. It is a fact though, just like these crazy quotes.

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  11. danicaavet says:

    Great post, Tanya! Jeff, you sly hound!

    I loved the quotes, LOL. Thanks for stopping by, Tonya!

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  12. Pamela K. says:

    Tonya – Loved the Harper Valley PTA clip. Thanks for making President’s Day interesting. Love your book titles too, btw.

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  13. Laurie Ryan says:

    Love the quotes, Tonya. That was a fun way to start my day. Thanks!

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  14. Great post- Love it. AND Carpe Bead Em is a wicked cool title!!

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  15. Great job, Tonya. Not an easy thing to do, but you managed to make Presidents Day an interesting subject. Such good quotes, too. If only someone would have listened to Thomas Jefferson years ago about the banking establishments.

    “Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.” – Thomas Jefferson

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  16. tonya kappes says:

    Jeff~this is President quotes…not banks….stay on task, chuckie;0)

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  17. Lynn Rush says:

    LOVED this post. The quotes were fun. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Oh, I LOVE it! Got a good laugh out of a couple of them. Especially “you lose” and Clinton’s reference to the cemetery. Come to think of it, that applies to having a herd of young children, too! LOL.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Glad you could stop by, Sarah. I’m guessing uninterrupted computer time in your household is relatively rare (at least during daylight).

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    • tonya kappes says:

      Oh, Sarah! YES! It could apply to children….sounds like you have a herd like I have a herd for four teenage boys. Right now at this moment, I have NINE teenage boys in my house~WAIT! I think they are eating my house!!

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  19. CBlaire says:

    Agree w/ Christina…WTG, Tonya! Finding quotes to make our presidents rock w/ humor. Clinton’s quote was hilarious :)))

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  20. Tracy March says:

    Hi, Tonya.
    Loved your post. My husband and I lived in D.C. from 2008-2010. When we first moved there, we saw a kid with a t-shirt that said, “Washington, D.C.–12 square miles surrounded by reality,” just like you note in your post. Let me just say, after living there for two years, no truer words were ever spoken! It’s a zany place!
    Tracy 🙂

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  21. linda says:

    whoa you little hillbilly you know your stuff! love the quotes. great blog. can’t wait for your books to come out.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Welcome, Linda … and thanks for reminding me with the word ‘hillbilly’.
      I had intended to introduce Tonya — not that she NEEDS any intro, obviously — to everyone today with her own tag, “High-class hillbilly”.
      But I forgot.

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    • tonya kappes says:

      YEEE HAW!! Thanks, Linda. This hillbilly is ready for those to come out and send some swag your way!! You’re going to love the new stuff I’m adding to the pile of give-aways!

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  22. Congrats on being the inaugural guest, Tonya! Of course my smutty little mind thought “virgin” guest but that would…never mind. *snort*

    And I love the whole idea of fourfoxesandahound! Clever fun, you go!

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  23. jeff7salter says:

    We’ve still got nearly two hours left in this blogging day, but I want to extend my appreciation to Tonya Kappes (the “highclass hillbilly” as she describes herself) for being my very first Guest Fox.

    Tonya was one of the first few to welcome me into the Chick Lit Writers of the World chapter (in her own very colorful way) and has always been gracious and encouraging. She was no less cordial when I was fortunate enough to meet her — among some dozen other KY authors — at a book-signing in Lexington this past November. Tonya is the real deal, folks.

    We had a lot of new faces here today and broke records on ‘views’ and posts.

    Thanks, Tonya!

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    • tonya kappes says:

      Shucks…Jeff…chuck! You know how to make this country gal feel welcome! Hey, momma always told me to extend my southern hospitality. I love writing and writers! I believe in Karma and quid pro quo! I truly think authors should really be PR buddies for each other and I think it’s exactly what we did here today! Jeff, thank you for having me. I’ve had a wonderful day! Cheers to you and the four foxes AND great success in 2011!

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  24. jeff7salter says:

    Well, folks, it’s been a long day and I’ve enjoyed everybody’s participation.
    Thanks to all who commented and to those many others who stopped in to ‘view’.
    You’re all welcome back … any week day. Our four resident foxes have a lot to share.
    The Hound will be here on most Thursdays.

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  25. Waaaay at the end of the line comes me! Sorry Jeff and Tonya, I was waylaid by an uncooperative computer. It literally made a ‘blliiittzzz’ razzberry-ish sound and died on me. Quite the vulgar little critter.

    I loved the quotes, T0nya! Almost makes Presidents seem like real people! I’m teasing with that remark. President is one job you couldn’t chase me down to give it to me.

    Can’t wait to read your books, woman. Impressive list!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Runere! I knew you’d show up. Thanks … even if a bit late.
      Better late than never? So they say.

      Waylaid by a vulgar computer and given a raspberry to boot?
      What a great concept for a new story!

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      • tonya kappes says:

        Hi, Runere! Sorry about the rubbish your computer was spitting at you. Sounds like a couple of my teenage sons! LOL…
        Yes, those quotes do sound like our fearless leaders are real…truth is stranger than fiction;)

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  26. Tonya, I loved reading those funny quotes. Some I’ve heard of but some I didn’t. My favorite one was:
    “You lose.” – Calvin Coolidge after a woman told him she made a bet that she could get at least three words of conversation from him.
    Too funny!

    Gerat post, Tonya, as always!
    *waving to Jeff* Hey darlin! Great blog! Tonya sure knows how to draw a crowd doesn’t she!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Welcome aboard, Renee. Sorry I didn’t get to this sooner, but got tied up this morning. Very glad you stopped by.
      Tonya brought in some wonderful new folks to our new-ish blog … and I hope some will return. Especially on Thursday Hound Days.
      Hope YOU will come back often, Renee.

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  27. Lee Lopez says:

    Hey great facts! I can see you in Haper Valley PTA!!

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  28. Anne says:

    Great guest post! Made me laugh out loud 🙂 And the quotes were the best…

    Anne Kemp

    http://www.facebook.com/anneinprogress
    http://www.annekemp.com

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks for visiting, Anne. A friend of Tonya’s is a friend of mine.
      Ha. Well, that’s presumptious of me.
      I meant … you’re welcome here anytime.
      I blog on Hound Day (Thursdays).

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  29. Tonya – Great blog! You are such a hard worker, even when you’ve been sick. You are EVERYWHERE! Congratulations on all your book sales – 2011 is going to be a memorable year for you!

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    • tonya kappes says:

      Thanks you, Becke for the nice compliments. You are a true go-getter gal and I’ve seen it first hand. Thank you for being so kind!!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks for visiting, Becke. Sorry it took so long for me to get back to my computer this evening. Hope you’ll return often. I’m here every Thursday and the Foxes have the other weekdays. You’re welcome anytime.

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