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New #Review for #Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

Luna Saint ClaireThis is my second thrill of the day! Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire received another 5-star review. Luna Saint Claire, author of the thrilling novel, The Sleeping Serpent, has posted her review to Goodreads and Amazon.  Luna is a costume designer and author who loves Indie music, has an eclectic bohemian style, and studied ballet in her youth.  Read my interview with Luna here.

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Luna’s review for Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

I Couldn’t Put it Down!
I have always had a fondness for Vampire stories. It began with Dracula. Twilight was mesmerizing. Vampire Diaries captivated me from the start, and The Originals, my favorite, enthralled me. Vampyrie is a complex, contemporary page-turner that I couldn’t put down! Phoebe, the protagonist is a strong, intelligent, compassionate and fearless character and her passion and perseverance make her a compelling character. What makes this story especially fascinating is the in-depth science, woven in with such elegance that it never detracts from the thrilling suspense. I can totally see this book becoming the next off-the-chart TV series. Well done Tina Frisco

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Love, Fear, and Gratitude – Guest Post by Tina Frisco…

Thank you to Chris The Story Reading Ape for his monthly feature of authors and bloggers. I am honored to be among them 💚

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What is love? Not romantic love, but the essence of love, pure and unadulterated. Pure love lightens and enlightens. But what is it? In truth, love can’t be defined; we can only talk around it. In attempting to de-fine it, we con-fine it and thus lose it. Love simply is. And love is our true nature.

What is the opposite of love? Many would say hate. Seems logical, right? When we’re not sitting in love, expanded and with an open heart, we’re struggling to keep our heads above the quicksand of raw emotion. Truth is: the opposite of love is fear. All that isn’t love stems from fear. Love and fear are our primeval baseline emotions.

So what is this seemingly ubiquitous, all-consuming emotion we call fear? When we constrict – when our hearts close, our muscles tighten, our thoughts ricochet, our spirits dim – we sit in…

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New #Review for #Gabby and the Quads

D.G. Kaye WriterIt was such a thrill to receive another 5-star review for Gabby and the Quads, this time from my lovely friend and fellow author, Debby Gies aka D.G. Kaye. Debby consistently supports and features authors on her blog. She also regularly dons her FBI hat and goes about sleuthing the Internet and blogging world for articles she knows will be of interest to her fellow authors, and then posts these as well. Read my interview with Debby here.

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Debby’s review for Gabby and the Quads

Gabby and the Quads

This book is an absolutely wonderful story book for parents and
little children alike. The author takes us on a little life lesson journey of a little child about to become the big sister to quadruplets. Frisco manages to incorporate important lessons for parents while demonstrating with her words and illustrations by subtly instilling messages about safety, sharing and compassion within the storyline. Her method of showing how the parents ready Gabby for the babies’ arrival, asking her how she would feel about being a big sister and a helper, encouraging the child to love her new siblings, easing her into her new role without being left to feel she is no longer ‘the only child’, but a necessary component to being a helper, a very important role as big sister.

If you have little ones, or about to become parents for a second time, I highly recommend this book as a guide to parents and an enjoyable and entertaining read with educational meaning and reference that is easily understood by young children.

You can also read Debby’s review on Goodreads and Amazon 
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Calling all Kid Lit Authors and Book Bloggers #PBPiO #MARCHingBookstoKids

Michelle Eastman is collecting children’s books throughout the month of March to benefit children of incarcerated parents. This is part of the MARCHing Books to Kids initiative for the VNS of Iowa Storybook Project. She is reaching out to kid lit authors and book bloggers to get quality books into the hands of deserving kids.
TAKE THE PLEDGE TO DONATE A BOOK and keep passing it on!  You can make a difference to a child in need… 
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I would like to reach out to kid lit authors and book bloggers to get quality books into the hands of deserving kids.

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Throughout the month of March, I am collecting new children’s books to benefit children of incarcerated parents. Authors, I hope you will consider donating signed copies of your books. Book bloggers, please help us by sharing this information with your readers.

I am a children’s author, teacher, and mom who is passionate about children’s literacy and the power of children’s books. When I learned nearly 2/3 of children, living in poverty, DO NOT own books, I was moved to act. I founded the literacy initiative, Picture Book Pass it On, to raise awareness for literacy issues and get books to kids in need.

Three years ago, the Picture Book Pass it On initiative grew to include a month-long book drive called MARCHing Books to Kids.

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A Short Story For You – From Guest Blogger Ann Rochelle Aben

Fantastic short story by Annette Rochelle Aben​ on the subject of bullying, graciously hosted by Dan Alatorre​ on his blog 💜

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From time to time here on the blog we’ll feature a profile of an author or their writing. Today, it’s my privilege to introduce Ellis the elephant, a bullying story for children.

Ann Rochelle Aben gets introduced, too, as Ellis’ creator. Have a read and give me her thoughts!

Ellis the elephant was big and fat. For this, he was snubbed by many; imagine that. Yet he’d go through his day smiling at the trees and enjoying the songs of the happy honey bees. There were rivers to splash in and rocks upon which to sun, Ellis the elephant, knew how to have fun.

One day when he was playing shadow tag with low hanging branches a group of wild cats were giving Ellis funny glances. Never had they seen something so big and fat try to move as quickly and agile as a cat. Watching him…

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Guest #Author #Shehanne Moore

Shehanne MooreShehanne Moore writes dark and smexy historical romance, featuring bad boys who need a bad girl to sort them out. She firmly believes everyone deserves a little love, forgiveness, and a second chance in life.  When not cuddling inn signs in her beloved Scottish mountains alongside Mr. Shey, and spending time with her lovely daughters and grandbaby, Shehanne can be found playing the odd musical instrument and relishing, what in any other country would not be defined as hill-walking. The dudes are her wee companions, hamsters (excuse me, hamstahs) who have a penchant for telling it like it is 🙂

** Find Shehanne’s books here and here. **

Welcome, Shey and Dudes!

 

So Tina, first of all can I just thank you for asking me here today to talk about myself and my work. And not just me. You were kind enough to ask the dudes. As you can see they are very happy. Thrilled, in fact, to be here.

Shey, I’m thrilled to host you and the dudes. All of you were such gracious hosts when I visited your blog, so I’m even more delighted you accepted my invitation to visit mine.

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I’m nothing if not sensible, my dear dudes. Thank you for noticing! 

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D.G. Kaye Uh-oh . . . 

Shehanne MooreOf course! That goes without saying. 

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Dudes, little guys, can we just can it, thank you?

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Tina didn’t ask you here to talk about you.

Um . . . Shey? It’s okay if the dudes talk a little about themselves, because our followers adore them 

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But dudes, we never.

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But guys……

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Dudes, you haven’t mentioned the Time Mutants.

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Well…….. I wouldn’t exactly say—

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Err….. Tina, what can I say, but sorry?

No need for apologies, Shey. I think the dudes did a fine job promoting you and your books. All of you are welcome here anytime. Thank you for being such lively and charismatic guests. 

Excerpt from The Viking and The Courtesan
            She glided closer. She had come to speak with him, wife to husband. And she had chosen here to do it because it was public. Those who thought the sun shone from the backend of his brown velvet breeches had a lot to learn.  Was it enough to propel her forward into the alcove though? Or should she turn, make her excuses and go?  Foisting a foundling on a man, even a man as bad as Cyril, did seem a hugely significant step to take. One that probably did not speak well of her character. Think of the life it would have though.  She closed her eyes, letting the jasmine scented pleasantry waft through her senses. That room off the Ratcliff Highway seethed with every smell imaginable. Not one of them was nice. She must do this. She opened her eyes, took a deep breath.
               “My lord.”
              Of course, she might have known Cyril would be more interested in looking at her breasts than her face. Maybe she should have ventured in here topless? Still, at least he was looking at her.
              “Cyril. Husband.”
              Now that jerked his chin up. If ever there was a way to bring a dog to heel, this was surely it.
              “I knew I should find you here before me, my dearest. And involved in a wager too. My lords, you must excuse Cyril, especially when he does not possess the money to pay any debts. And, we are shortly to require every penny we own.”
              “Malice?” He peered at her closely. “Malice? Is that you?”
              “Most certainly it’s not Aunt Carter’s silver teapot, my dearest husband.”
              She would keep with the endearments for the time being. It would not do for anyone here to think she was anything less than fond—the sole reason she clasped his wrist. “I know you find every time you see me like a first time, but caution yourself. It is not seemly to behave in this manner here.”
              “Malice, what the hell are you doing here? Let go of my—”
              She lowered her voice to a whisper. “When I have come to talk divorce, I advise you to stop tugging. I will let go when I am good and ready to let go.”
              “Divorce?”
              One little word to guarantee complete obedience from the damned dog.
              He cleared his throat, elegant in the fall of lace. Then he stood up. “You want to talk divorce? Divorce with me, Malice?”
              “I am looking, but I don’t see any other man here I am married to. Do you?”
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I hope you enjoyed this colorful post of the dudes defying promoting their human with charm and flavor. Please visit Shehanne’s sites, like and share. Thank you so much for stopping by  ❤
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Smorgasbord short story – The System Administrator by Sally Cronin

I’m a big fan of #Sally Cronin‘s short stories and have thoroughly enjoyed all I’ve read. But this one takes the gold. Depending on which side of the fence you sit regarding A.I. technology, this will either unnerve or impress you 🙂

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The System Administrator by Sally Cronin

Jennifer stood in the middle of the lift and stared at her black leather pumps. She noticed a scuff on the left side of the toe of the right shoe, realising that she had kicked the full waste basket a little harder than she thought at the time. She was weary and unusually tearful. It had been a tough week all round with particularly hard advertising revenue to achieve, but it had ended on the sourest note of all.

She managed a team of fifty telephone sales canvassers who sold high end car and luxury property advertising for the national online paper she worked for. These days both those markets were tough going. It seemed that people were hanging onto high ticket items waiting for a rise in demand for both.

However, her boss who lived in his ivory tower of an office on…

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Smorgasbord Blog Sitting Special – I Spy by author D. G. Kaye

“I feel this technological era has surpassed its scope of being informative and graduated into the extremely invasive.” This quote from Debby Gies‘ article on Sally Cronin‘s Blog Sitting Special is utterly gripping. Entitled I Spy, Debby’s post discusses the many means by which our privacy is not only compromised, but also encroached upon.

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blog-sittingI am delighted to welcome author D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) to the Blog Sitting team and Debby has been very much a part of Smorgasbord since I began posting in 2013. Hugely supportive of all those that she follows, her presence is a constant reminder that virtual friendships are as real as those that are face to face.

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D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction memoir writer who writes about life, matters of the heart and women’s issues. She writes to inspire others by sharing her stories about events she’s encountered, and the lessons that come along with them.

In her post today Debby explores how the innocent childhood game of I Spy that we would play in the car on long journeys has become a monster…..

I Spy – Is There Any Privacy Left Anywhere?

Remember that little game we used to play when we were kids in the car to…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Interview – Tina Frisco

Please join me in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore for my Book Reading and Interview, a new series on Sally Cronin‘s blog. For those of you who don’t know Sally ~ and I’m sure you are few in number ~ she is a prolific writer and fervent supporter of authors, bloggers, and all creative artists. I am so appreciative of her, the passion she brings to blogging, and the open heart that informs her life 💜

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Welcome to the new series that is connected to Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore. After setting the cafe up last year I intend now to use as the focal point for all book promotions here on Smorgasbord. Once in the cafe, authors can be updated in the twice weekly posts with their new releases and also excellent reviews… but they can now also do a book reading and interview as they might do in a real bookstore.

I can think of no better author to kicke this new series off than Tina Frisco who is so supportive of all who follow her blog and on social media.  She is a friend, confidente and at times our conscience. Multi-talented with a deep understanding about all aspects of humanity, Tina is an example to us all of how we should treat people and animals.

This is intended to be an interactive interview with…

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Blog Of The Day: Introducing Terri Webster Schrandt of Second Wind Leisure

Elena Peters features the fabulous Terri Webster Schrandt. Terri is the author of Better Blogging with Photography and offers many of her own photos gratis for use by other bloggers. Terri’s blog, Second Wind Leisure Perspectives, features many outdoor activities that not only are great fun, but also help keep us healthy and in shape😊

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o-vrczy2_400x400I have the pleasure of introducing to you today one of my favourite bloggers. Terri Webster Schrandt is a leisure educator, self-published author, blogger, and retired recreation and parks practitioner living in Northern California. Her blog, Second Wind Leisure Perspectives is about living a leisure lifestyle plus so much more!

Terri’s blog inspired her to publish her own ebook on Amazon in July of 2016. Seeing the importance of featuring a compelling image to illustrate every post on her blog and not wanting to risk copyright infringement by just grabbing images off of the internet, she honed her photography skills so that she could use her own images. Thus the idea of a guidebook for other bloggers came to mind.  Check out Terri’s ebook Better Blogging with Photography: How to Maximize Your Blog Using Your Own Images on Amazon.

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Terri is so passionate about photography and sharing her tips with other…

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Tina Frisco and the origin of the Vampire………

Shehanne Moore and the dudes had me over for an interview and a little fun 🙂 What can I say? The hamstah dudes are colorful, creative, clever, and captivating. Heartfelt thanks to Shey and the dudes for featuring me on their blog with this brilliant interview. You rock, dudes! And Shey, you are exquisite. Hugs all around 

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Dudes, I don’t want to burst your bubble, but I need to tell you something. The Golden Age of Enlightenment is in emergence. It’s dawning but hasn’t yet fully crested the horizon (I use those terms metaphorically rather than literally). You see, all of this is…

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Guest #Author #Luna Saint Claire

Luna Saint ClaireI’m delighted to feature Luna Saint Claire, an author and costume designer who describes herself as an eclectic bohemian. She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, a philosophy professor. Luna’s début novel is The Sleeping Serpent.  Purchase it HERE. Welcome, Luna!

 

Tell us a little about yourself.  I recently left a career as a Hollywood costume designer for film and television, and I am currently splitting my time between New York and Los Angeles. My darling husband of a great many years is a philosophy professor and author. I enjoy a variety of musical styles. I was a ballet dancer, so classical music is a big part of my life. My fashion style can best be described as eclectic bohemian, mixing vintage pieces and well-worn jeans. I was adopted as an infant and learned quite early about my Native American heritage, which informs my life and my work.

What is the title and genre of your latest book? Who published it?  The Sleeping Serpent is a woman’s struggle to break an obsessive bond with her yoga master. Published by Compelled Books.

Tell us a little about your book.  Bored with her conventional and circumscribed existence, Luna feels herself becoming invisible. When she meets Nico Romero, a charismatic yoga guru, his attentions awaken her passions and desires. Infatuated, she becomes entangled in Nico’s life as he uses his mesmerizing sexuality to manipulate everyone around him in his pursuit of women, wealth, and celebrity. Immensely erotic and psychologically captivating, it is the story of a woman’s obsession with a spellbinding guru and the struggle to reclaim her life.

Purchase Luna’s books HERE.  
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Gazing into his eyes, she descended into a dark green pool of
memories and familiar feelings from long-ago. Again, she heard her name in the foreign tongue Nico was chanting. Tumbling deeper and deeper, she spiraled down a funnel of undulating rivers, fragrant pine trees, and the sweet scent of oranges. She felt a flood of understanding and knowledge—that time no longer existed, and there was no self and no other, they were one. Nico reached over and placed a garland of herbs around her neck, then he wrapped them around her wrists, like bracelets. Stroking her hair, he held the staff above her head while chanting her name, and she descended further into the elliptical galaxy of his eyes—right into his soul.

What inspired you to write it?  I became embroiled in the lives of a The Sleeping Serpentspellbinding yoga guru and his entourage of beautiful, intelligent, successful women in Hollywood. Luckily, I wasn’t in a romantic relationship with him. Yet, he still had influence over me. Nico is a gifted healer but uses his power for the dark side of self-interest—to acquire wealth and fame. Luna believes she can heal him because he has awakened something inside her she thought was lost. He has made her feel that anything is possible.

What inspires you to write in general?  I love the creative process. I have been a dancer, a painter, and costume designer, and now an author. I consider myself a creator and I cherish the introspection that writing offers. Reading other authors’ fiction that is well crafted and thought provoking gives me the motivation. But ideas that come from the universe and poke me in my soul are the inspiration.

When and what did you first start writing?  A college friend I hadn’t spoken with in years helped me understand that I had become an addict. I never considered my obsession with a person as an addiction. As I researched relationship abuse, I began to comprehend how one becomes compelled and loses themselves in the process. She encouraged me to write the book as a healing device. All the characters, places, and events are fiction but I drew emotionally from my experience to create the characters.

What authors have most influenced you? How and why?  A few authors that come to mind are Isak Dinesen. Her stunning memoir Out of Africa is a work of beauty and sorrow. Everything by Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake, Interpreter of Maladies, and Unaccustomed Earth. There is one book, Cold Mountain by James Frazier, whose stunning characters leave you breathless. Another extraordinary stylist I idolize is Ian McEwan (Atonement, Chesil Beach, Comfort of Strangers), and I mustn’t forget to include Cormac McCarthy’s brutal coming of age Border Trilogy. I have always been inspired by Jim Harrison (Legends of the Fall is a favorite) whose style and stories are not unlike Hemingway.

How do you write – outline or free flow?  The Sleeping Serpent was written with an outline. My WIP is being written with a Hero’s Journey arc, but no outline.

What genres do you like to read? For the most part I read Literary Fiction and Memoir.

In what genres do you write?  My debut novel, The Sleeping Serpent, is psychological women’s fiction because it is a woman’s journey to reclaim her life. Women’s Fiction are stories women can talk about, and say, “Hey, I’ve gone through that.” I hope with my story women will learn they are not alone.

Black, Blue, & Purple PainWhere and what time of day do you like to write? Why?  I like to begin just after breakfast. Shut down my phone and Facebook and write all day until I stop and go to the gym. But there are days, like this one, where I am doing an interview instead.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?  I recently hit a wall and I suppose you can call it writer’s block. I read authors that inspire me and hope I am mystically communing with the inspiration gods and calling them to me.

If you have a blog, what subjects do write about?  I don’t have a blog. I do have Tumblr where I post book reviews, interviews, excerpts, and often pieces about relationship abuse and narcissistic personality disorder.

How do you schedule your time between writing and keeping your physical life together?  My husband and I do a lot together and we have some flexible time. For myself, I go to the gym to stay healthy and in shape.

Do you have other publishing credits? If so, what are they?  I am a contributing author in Black, Blue & Purple Pain – a domestic violence anthology.

How and where have you marketed your work?  My book is available worldwide on Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, IBookstore, and Kobo. As for marketing, I have done eight interviews and been featured on nearly fifty blogs. I am active in the author/blogger/ reader/reviewer community on Facebook, participate in Facebook events, and do author takeovers on Facebook Blog pages and in groups.

E-book or paper – do you have a preference?  I am probably about 50/50.

What is your current writing project?  My WIP, tentatively titled The Serpent Awakens, is also a psychological spiritual journey. I have been researching the mystical shamans of the Andes as well as the shamans of the Amazon jungle that utilize psychotropic substances such as ayahuasca to heal.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?  My husband and I enjoy traveling when time allows. We enjoy hiking as much as we enjoy art gallery hopping. We love cooking (which includes dancing around the living room) almost as much as dining at our favorite restaurants.

What advice would you give a new writer?  I would ask myself why I want to write? If you find it is a necessity that you must write, I believe you will be fulfilled. The esteemed Anne Patchett, whose books never fail, wrote a little memoir titled, Truth and Beauty, about her friendship with Lucy Grealy. In it she writes, “Writing is a job, a talent, but it’s also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.”

What do you wish to say to your readers?  I hope you find my book moves you in unexpected ways. I hope it challenges your views on love and friendship and that you leave it having a greater understanding and even compassion for those afflicted with narcissistic personality disorder, a devastating mental illness. Sociopaths target victims by keenly identifying their vulnerabilities, and playing to their desires. Charming and magnetic, they appear to be perfect—the answer to your prayers. Truth is, they have targeted you.

What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book?  I am always honored when a review reads, “Incredibly well written and vividly told!”  “A suspenseful seduction!” or… “Great storytelling with richly written and exposed characters. You won’t forget this book.” It would also be lovely if they put the thought out into the universe, “This would be such a compelling TV series!”

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I hope you enjoyed learning more about Luna, her writing, and her books. Please visit her sites, like and share. Thank you so much for stopping by  ❤ 
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The Bee Talks With… Tina Frisco

I want to thank Bee Halton for the beautiful feature of me and my books on her blog. Bee was born in Germany, lives in Norfolk, England, and is a writer and aspiring beekeeper. Please visit her blog and learn more about this interesting and wonderful woman 💜

The Bee Writes...

tina-4aToday I am honoured to have Tina Frisco answering my pesky questions for writers :-). With no further ado over to Tina:

  1. How would you describe yourself in one paragraph?

I’m a heart-centered person. Some might see me as a bleeding heart, but I’m actually an empath. It took me many years to accept this and many more years to learn how to manage it. I’m still learning. Writing and music are my passion, and they inform my daily life. I walk in nature every day and have a spiritual practice that sustains me. I’m an optimist by nature and tend to seek the positive in everything – especially in challenges, as I see them as opportunities to grow. I’ll face them head on, because I’ve learned that what we choose not to look at is what controls our lives. I work hard at keeping my heart open to all…

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