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John W. Howell – A Tribute

John Fioravanti writes an outstanding tribute to John Howell on the occasion of his birthday. I’m sure I speak for all in our blogging community in wishing John a very Happy Birthday and many more to come ❤

Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti

It is May 22nd – Happy Birthday, John!

I have known John for almost three years and I can’t think of another friend that commands my respect like this man does. I met him online through Rave Reviews Book Club not long after I joined in July of 2014. Not only was I new to the club, but I was also totally inept in using Twitter which is the social medium of choice there. It was John who took pity on me and began to give me informal lessons to master “Twitterese” – a bastardized form of English. I learned – after a fashion.

Not long after I assumed the position of Producer of the club’s Rave Waves BlogTalkRadio shows, John joined us as a host of the SPOTLIGHT HONORS show. It turned out that John is a natural behind the mike after spending some time in his youth spinning…

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The Decision to Go Dark (Guest Post)

Christy Birmingham hosts Charles Yallowitz talking about the 13th book in his fantasy series, Legends of Windemere: Ritual of the Lost Lamb. Is it acceptable for a Young Adult author to go dark? Nowadays, it seems young adults thrive on the gruesome, but read what Charles has to say…

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Profile Photo of Charles Yallowitz Meet Charles E. Yallowitz, Author of the Legends of Windemere Series.

Please join me in welcoming author Charles E. Yallowitz to the blog today! His fantasy stories are truly one of a kind, as shown by the Legends of Windemere Series. With the newest book in his series, Ritual of the Lost Lamb, going live within the past week, it’s an exciting time for Charles! He’s here with a guest post that talks about the darker side of this newest novel and why he chose to go that way with the series. Take it away, Charles:

The Decision to go Dark

Thank you to Christy for letting me write a guest post to help promote my newest book, Legends of Windemere: Ritual of the Lost Lamb.  This is the 13th book of my fantasy series and it’s where things start to take a dark turn for the heroes. Luke…

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Splendor. (London Jewel Thieves.) Shehanne Moore Chapter One

Shehanne Moore ~ prolific Smexy Historical Romance author and human mother to The Dudes ~ has released her 6th novel. The Dudes introduce Chapter One of Splendor in their charming and amusing style. Congratulations, Shey!

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Splendor CHAPTER ONE

London 1810

There was nothing wrong with pistols at seven paces at dawn. Except dawn was at eight o’clock tomorrow, and Splendor had a dressmaker’s appointment then. Three thimbles and the scissors had smacked into the back of the Chinese dressing screen the last time she’d wandered in ten minutes late. Madame Renare had said these were meant for her assistant, that paying customers, even those who were behind with their bills, were sacrosanct. Splendor knew she lied, that Lady Haskins, who always had the next appointment, would depart wearing Splendor’s guts for garters if she were late again. And if she didn’t bring the money to pay her the bill.

Despite the pulse beating in her throat and her desire for the black-and-white checkered floor she stood upon to open up and swallow her, she’d promised Gabe there was nothing to this. She wouldn’t do anything…

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Problem, Lesson, or Opportunity? – Guest Post by, Tina Frisco…

Our generous Story Reading Ape has granted me another guest post on his most informative blog. Thank you, Chris, for giving me the opportunity to share the little wisdom I have acquired throughout this earthly journey we call Life. And, if you haven’t already done so, remember to stop by the pearly gates and pick up your angel wings 💜

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When faced with an inexorable problem where emotions run high, knowing what to do can be a challenge. Rational thinking becomes obfuscated, forcing us into a holding pattern of circular thought.

Anger wants to place blame on others. Obsession with fine points masks the big picture. Abject frustration insists we bury our heads in the sand. Emotions churn and become ill-defined. Focus obscures. Common sense derails. Indigestion, insomnia, or worse take up residence.

None of these gets us anywhere. All of them threaten our sanity and plunge us into a maelstrom of inimical emotion. What to do?

Taking in a few deep breaths is a good first step toward relaxing. Listening to soothing music, meditating, or taking a long bath are a few ways to ease the constriction felt in the midsection. Relaxing the body helps mitigate mental and emotional distress. We all know…

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Meet Guest Author, Patrick A. Roland…

Patrick A. Roland had been the victim of pranks, slurs, beatings, and deadly games all of his life. His self-esteem was nonexistent, and he increasingly yearned to die. At the age of 40, he nearly realized this desire, but providence intervened. Visit The Story Reading Ape‘s blog and read about Patrick’s excruciating journey through darkness and emergence into light…

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My name is Patrick A. Roland. I am a bi-polar, alcoholic, drug addict widow who is sober happy and healthy.

I use these powerful, stigma-filled words and identify myself in the brave and powerful way I do because I am taking my life back. If I own who I am, I can no longer be undone and broken by others in the way that I have been all my life before I boldly and loudly proclaimed my truth. I am no longer a victim of my past. I am now a survivor, dancing swiftly and joyfully into a future filled with possibility.

I’m doing what I do to save myself and others like me from the pain and hurt caused by name calling and abuse. I am beautifully broken and perfectly imperfect and I don’t care if you know it. I am not afraid of who I am, and it…

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Tell Me a Story Returns

Annette Rochelle Aben kindly invited me to be interviewed on her blog talk radio show, Tell Me a Story. Annette is such a delight to talk with. Her extensive experience in the media industry is obvious in the way she presents herself and puts her guests at ease. We talked about my books and music, and she invited me to share one of my songs. I’m posting the lyrics below, as I’ve found it frustrating when listening to a song I really enjoy but cannot understand the words being sung.
Thank you, Annette, for all the support you give to so many. Your Angel Messages and Attitude of Gratitude are but a few ways by which you share your bright light with the world. It was an honor to be on your show.  
Please visit Annette’s lovely blog and leave your comments there

 © 2001Tina Frisco

Weaver of light

Maybe it’s a matter of time, maybe it’s a matter of place
Matter it’s a matter of heart
For the ones left behind, insufficient of mind
Who are eased by your grace

Maybe it’s a matter of chance, maybe it’s a matter of plan
Maybe it’s a matter of love
For the ones who can’t speak, who sit silent and weep
And reach out for your hand

Rest your heart a while
Rest your heart a while
Dreamer and knight
Weaver of light
Cast your smile
And rest your heart a while

Maybe it’s a matter of will, maybe it’s a matter of yield
Maybe it’s a matter of hope
For the ones we intern, disremember and spurn
Who inspire your ideal

Maybe it’s a matter of worth, maybe it’s a matter of flair
Maybe it’s a matter of joy
Knowing all that you give, in the way that you live
Is a consummate prayer  

Maybe it’s a matter of pure, maybe it’s a matter of rare
Maybe it’s a matter of peace
To receive who we are, every virtue and scar
And acknowledge we dare

Rest your heart a while . . .

Annette Rochelle Aben

Following a hiatus for The Magic Happens Radio Network, we are bringing ourselves back into your ears!  A fresh podcast of Tell Me a Story is up and ready to enjoy.

The original program was a LIVE radio show which then went into archive, however we are taping everything (no more live, sorry) and it goes into podcast for listening pleasure when the time works best for you!

This half hour program is scheduled to be new each week, featuring a fascinating guest and you will be able to visit the page on the site of The Magic Happens Magazine to access ALL the podcasts in one place.

Here is the LINK to the PAGETell Me a Story

So, who is my first guest?  The darling and delightful, Tina Frisco!  Who else but a dear friend to allow me to get my feet wet again in…

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Choosing Keywords – Guest Post by Jaq D Hawkins…

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Jaq D Hawkins has a fabulous guest post on The Story Reading Ape about choosing keywords. How can we learn which words readers are using to search for books? Jaq has some excellent suggestions. I also found this post by The Wildheart team, where they suggest using Google’s Keyword Planner 😊

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We’ve all dealt with it. We get our book files ready, check one last time for any typos that might have slipped through, get a cover file ready and write the crucial blurb that will sell or fail to sell our book… once someone actually sees it.

Then we get down to the line for selecting keywords and the fate of the book’s discoverability lies in the careful selection of a few words or terms that we predict people will use to search for a book just like the one we’re about to upload.

On Amazon, usually the seller that results in the largest percentage of sales, we get a limit of seven words or terms. How do we choose the keywords that will bring our book to the attention of our target audience?

I’ve read countless articles on choosing keywords from blogs and author groups, all giving advice on…

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#Book Review – #Better Blogging with Photography by Terri Webster Schrandt

Terri Webster SchrandtAlthough I don’t own a smart phone or digital camera (yet!), I’m very interested in photography for many reasons, not the least of which is to generate my own photos for use on my blog. I’m so impressed by Terri Webster Schrandt‘s book, Better Blogging with Photography, that a digital camera has just moved to the top of my Absolutely Have to Purchase bucket list! Read on and learn why… 

Purchase Better Blogging with Photography  HERE 

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My 5-Star Review  

Better Blogging with Photography by Terri Webster Schrandt

A Gem of a Little Guidebook 

If you’re considering using photos on your blog to generate readership/sales, or simply to make your website more attractive and appealing, reading this book will ignite your enthusiasm and give you the tools needed to begin. 

Terri Webster Schrandt has condensed her knowledge of photography and blogging into a terrific little resource guide. Better Blogging with Photography  outlines how to upload print copies of photos, take and curate photos using a mobile phone or digital camera, and acquire photos from contacts or garner them from the Internet. Included are websites that offer free images, and the author wisely cautions to always check the rights and restrictions for each image. She also describes how to edit your photos and suggests downloadable software that’s either free or at minimal cost. An added perk is the chapter on links and resources. 

Schrandt has managed to encapsulate the basics of her subject matter into a 50-page comprehensive guidebook. Whether you’re new to blogging or well-seasoned, Better Blogging with Photography  will set you on the right track to enhancing the appearance of your website and increasing your readership. I highly recommend this book. 

Terri Webster Schrandt’s Links:  Website/Blog   Amazon   Facebook   Twitter   LinkedIn   Google+

#Book Review – #Meno-What? by D.G. Kaye

D.G. Kaye WriterAs I read  D.G. Kaye‘s memoir, Meno-What?  my mind flooded with images of the hilariously popular Carol Burnett Show. I saw Carol Burnett and Vickie Lawrence spoofing all the physical and emotional changes a woman can expect upon reaching menopause. Candor, humor, and helpful hints abound. I found this book incredibly valuable.

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My 5-Star Review 

Meno-What? by D.G. Kaye

Navigating Menopause with Poise and Humor 

I wish I’d had this book when I was going through menopause! It would have validated all I was feeling and given me some inventive ways of coping with the inevitable changes looming on the threshold of female maturity. 

In her memoir, Meno-What?  D.G. Kaye speaks frankly about the hormonal changes that launch a war against our physical, emotional, and behavioral stability. She humorously refers to them as the “meno dragons,” a term that will be appreciated by any woman who has reached this stage in life. 

Kaye outlines, chapter by chapter, the various changes that challenge our bodies as well as our sanity and self-image. With candor and humor, she tells us how each change affected her body, threatened her vanity, and braced her determination to face each one with an eye toward melioration. 

She coins some pretty hilarious terms in describing these changes. “Circumference expansion” and “meno muffin” refer to our broadening midsections. “Fatback” and “muffin tops” describe the love handles bestowed to our bra lines. “Bottoms down” laments the loss of firmness in our posteriors. “Fred Flintstone feet” bemoans the abhorrent increase in shoe size. And “the Sahara effect” aptly portrays those dreaded, uncomfortable hot flashes. 

Avowing “That isn’t going to happen to me” did not preclude menopausal changes for the author, but it did firm her resolve to deal with them naturally and creatively. When all is said and done, Kaye states, “. . . we should always just be grateful that we are still on the right side of the green.” 

Being an R.N., I knew quite well what lay ahead in my life. What I didn’t know was how menopause would affect me personally. Chock-full of helpful hints, this book serves as both an eye-opener and a lifesaver. It is compact, easily read within an hour or two, and I couldn’t recommend it more highly.  

D.G. Kaye’s Links:  Website/Blog   Amazon   Facebook   Twitter    LinkedIn   Google+

#Author Interview – Annette Rochelle Aben

Annette Rochelle AbenAnnette Rochelle Aben was first published while a sophomore in high school. She has since published nine books and has a story included in  The Indies Unlimited 2014 Flash Fiction Anthology.  Her latest book,  A Haiku Perspective 2017,  was released on March 30th of this year in celebration of National Poetry Month (April). She also is an editor of/ contributor to  The Magic Happens Magazine  and is a host on the blog talk radio show,  The Magic Happens. Please join me in celebrating the publication of Annette’s 9th book!

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Annette Rochelle Aben

Now let’s learn more about Annette . . .

Thank you, Tina, for this opportunity to share a bit of me with those who care to read this interview. As I have always thought I could hide behind my words, much like Cyrano De Bergerac, I now, nose better!

Most welcome, Annette. It’s my pleasure to host you.

Tell us a little about yourself, Annette.  In my youth, a set of Golden Book Encyclopedias cast a spell on me. Ever since, I have been at the beckon call of words. They use my mind as a gathering place and I am honored to present them in physical form.

What is the title and genre of your latest book?  Who published it? A Haiku Perspective 2017  A Haiku Perspective 2017 is the book I released April of 2017 in recognition of National Poetry Month. As I have with the previous 8 books I have written, I self-published through Create Space.

Tell us a little about your books.  Five of my books are books of poetry. The rest fall under the Spirituality or Self-Help genres. My very first book, Perspective, it’s all about replacing one thought with another, is filled with prose, poetry and photographs. Here is one of my favorite entries: “Run it past your heart and if you wouldn’t salute it, don’t do it.”

Go YouWhat inspired you to write them?  I believe the books have written themselves.  They required me to do the typing, etc. So, with A Haiku Perspective 2017 (for example) I assembled nearly all the haiku I wrote in 2016 and published them in a book.

What inspires you to write in general?  Thoughts inspire me. I would love to say I am a wildly gifted artist, meaning that I can take a pencil and replicate something I see in a visual. I have mastered a couple stick figures but basically that’s not my forte. So, turning words into pictures that your mind can see is how I contribute to the artistic community. I may hear a song, grab a lyric line and “poof” it becomes a haiku. Recently a conversation became a magazine article. Everything is fair game.

In what genres do you write?  Basically, I am a poet. Books of aBooKu spiritual nature and self-help are also genres I have published. However, the very first book I created nearly 30 years ago, was an activity book for children. I don’t say I wrote that book, only because I created it for my employer. They dared me, just to shut me up and eventually it became a national award winner with a first printing of 250,000. It was fun, I learned a lot from that experience.

When and what did you first start writing?  I wrote because I had school assignments of book reports and essays. Seriously, I found that I could express myself in ways that gave me good grades, so I took that as a cue. Then the emotional stress of childhood confusion began to surface as poetry and I found I enjoyed that as a release.

Angel MessagesWhat authors have most influenced you?  How and why?  I remember loving the works of Taylor Caldwell when I was a teenager. She made me feel as though I were experiencing her books as my own life. Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein showed me that word usage could be fun as well as wise.

How do you write – outline or free flow?  Writing my poetry, is free flow. Putting my books together, I outline. I use index cards. For Christmas, last year, a friend gave me index cards. I could have kissed her as I was nearly out and in the middle of putting 2 books together. I arrange the cards in the order I want them to appear in the books, then type accordingly. I think that is a throwback to when I wrote television commercials and we would create a story board to show the client how the we saw the final product coming to fruition.

What genres do you like to read?  I enjoy autobiographies and PhoKubiographies. Reference books are always a hit with me too. If they make me laugh, it’s a bonus!  Books on self-help, poetry and quantum physics line my shelves.

If you have a blog, what subjects do write about?  I started my blog because I wanted to share the Angel Messages with more people. It was also an outlet for my poetry. Since then I have expanded to share and cross promote the works of others. There is a lot of good stuff out there and I am happy to spread the words.

PerspectiveWhat is your current writing project?  Ah, yes…  I have written a short story about self-esteem. It’s working title is Just Like Me, although it has been shared as Ellis the Elephant. I wrote it 2 years ago, in response to a comment about bullying. It’s such a personal thing for me that I have had to allow it to come together in its time frame. But yeah, that’s the biggie right now. I have always seen it becoming a picture book.

What advice would you give a new writer?  READ and WRITE!  Let it all flow. Put it on paper, a journal on your computer, wherever you can, but WRITE. Write to please yourself, entertain yourself, soothe yourself and to challenge yourself. Then, self-publish your works if that is what you wish. You may be the next best-selling author but you’ll never know unless you WRITE and PUBLISH! Remember, something someone else has written, has influenced YOU.

What do you wish to say to your readers?  Thank you for allowingChoose me to rent space in your grey matter. Thank you for your feedback. Thank you for sharing my works. Thank you for buying my books, and reading my blog. I wish for you the success of your heart’s desire. I wish that you receive, in return, all the kindness you have ever bestowed upon another. I wish you love.

What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book?  That they find a bit of themselves in what I have written. And to that end, that it is our similarities that mean more than our differences.

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I hope you enjoyed learning more about Annette, her writing, and her books. Please visit her sites, like and share. Thank you so much for stopping by ❤
Annette’s Sites:  Website   Amazon   Facebook   Twitter   Pinterest    The Magic Happens Magazine   The Magic Happens Radio   

Sunday #Book Reviews by D.G. Kaye

The talented memoir author, D.G. Kaye  (aka Debby Gies), has returned from her vacation ~ tanned and relaxed ~ and has resumed her weekly blog posts. Today, her Sunday Book Review series features 5-star reviews for Sally Cronin‘s short story collection , What’s in a Name? and my children’s book,  Gabby and the Quads.  Thank you to Debby for this wonderful showcase, especially so soon after getting back in the saddle! 
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It’s April now and I’m back home! It’s back to work and with my Sunday book reviews! 

I didn’t manage to get a tremendous amount of work done while I was away, but I did manage to get some good reading done while I worked on my tan at the pool, taking in the warm, desert sun. 

I’m going to kick off my Sunday reviews today with a double-header, two books I’ve read and highly recommend, one by the talented short story teller, Sally Cronin What’s in a Name? and another, Gabby and the Quads, by the versatile, multi-genre and compassionate writer, Tina Frisco.

What's n a Name? by Sally Cronin

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Blurb: 

There are names that have been passed down through thousands of years which have powerful and deep-rooted meaning to their bearers. Other names have been adopted from other languages, cultures and from the big screen. They all have one thing in common. They are with us from birth until the grave and they are how we are known to everyone that we meet. 

There are classical names such as Adam, David and Sarah that will grace millions of babies in the future. There are also names that parents have invented or borrowed from places or events in their lives which may last just one lifetime or may become the classic names of tomorrow. 

Whatever the name there is always a story behind it. In What’s in a Name? – Volume One, twenty men and women face danger, love, loss, romance, fear, revenge and rebirth as they move through their lives. 

Anne changes her name because of associations with her childhood, Brian carries the mark of ancient man, Jane discovers that her life is about to take a very different direction, and what is Isobel’s secret? 

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A WRITER’S STORY – Natalie Ducey

When we weather the storms of life and continue on, undaunted and bearing our wounds like armor, we become wounded warriors, ready and able to cast our light into the world as a beacon of hope. 
Natalie Ducey is one such warrior. She acknowledged her fears and met the challenges life tossed at her feet, with grace and firm resolve. She is one of myriad unsung heroes in the world, as her story will enlighten and give hope to so many.

The Heart's Journey Home by Natalie Ducey

Purchase her book here. Please visit her site and share in her accomplishments. #Recommended 
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Writing is my passion and my saving grace, as I discovered in 2014. ♥

In January 2014, at the age of 39, I embraced the stillness and, without judgement or fear, listened to my soul. I really listened.

The truth is…I was tired. The sheer weight of the compilation of my heart’s journey was about to break me. The vast remnants of loss, sorrow, and regret suddenly chose to show their presence after I thought I had nestled them away in a place where they could no longer touch me. I felt everything with such acuity, it was as if I stepped back in time. My mind knew I couldn’t dwell there, but my heart seemed eager to stay. So…I began to write. It was my saving grace; as the words flowed so did my healing.

I tell you this because maybe you can relate. I believe we are connected by similar and relatable experiences. We all love/loved deeply and most likely have been on both sides of goodbye. We know the exquisite and profound beauty of love. We know the immobilizing force of grief and the anguish between letting go and holding on. We know the acute distinction between second chances and new beginnings. These trials could easily dishearten us, but instead we choose to be more loving, compassionate, and kind. Isn’t that incredible?

We all have moments in our lives that unequivocally leave a divisive mark; life is now conveyed in terms of before and after. Many of us have more than one of these divisive marks. I know I do.

On August 30, 1992, I sustained a spinal cord injury as the result of a car accident returning home after a fun weekend away with friends. I was 18 years old and just four days shy of starting University. Life changed in an instant.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Author Inteview – John Fioravanti

John Fioravanti, teacher and author, is Sally Cronin‘s guest on her Book Reading and Author Interview series. John is a multi-genre author who also writes inspirational articles. One that touched me deeply is What Price, Freedom? #Recommended

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

Please extend a warm welcome to my guest today on the Cafe Book Reading.. author John Fioravanti. I know that having read John’s interview you will have your own questions and please put those in the comments section of the post.

First something about John Fioravanti in his own words.

I taught high school history for thirty-five years in just two schools in the Waterloo, Ontario region. My wife and business partner, Anne, and I have been married for more than 40 years. We have three adult children and three grandchildren. In 2002, I wrote an educational book for high school students about writing skills in the discipline of History. “Getting it Right In History Class” is available in Canadian and International editions at Wintertickle Press.

In 2006, Iceberg Publishing commissioned me to write an inspirational book about my years in the classroom. “A Personal Journey to the…

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