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October November, 2017
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ENTER IF YOU DARE. A new Ghostly Writes Anthology for 2017, gives you sixteen authors from around the world with ghostly stories and poems for you to read. Each short story will take you to a new place, be it the future, present or past.
Plaisted Publishing House is happy to present this book to you – our readers. Please note that all stories are written in the English of the country the Author resides in.
Amazon Link eBook
https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/ghostly-writes-anthology-2017 – Kobo says it isn’t available in UK…
Print on Createspace
Ghostly Writes is a group of Indie Authors from around the world who get together to produce an ebook for Halloween.
You can find them at http://www.facebook.com/ghostlywritesanthology
Wanda Luthman has her M.A. in Mental Health and Guidance Counseling and has worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Adjunct Professor, and Hospice Counselor for teens. She’s currently a High School Guidance Counselor. She has published 5 children’s books (The Lilac Princess, A Turtle’s Magical Adventure, Gloria and the Unicorn, Little Birdie Grows Up, and Franky The Finicky Flamingo
) She belongs to the National Pen Women Organization; the Florida’s Writers Association; Space Coast Authors; and Brevard Authors Forum. She resides in Brevard County, Florida with her husband and 2 dogs. To download a free ebook, visit her website http://www.wandaluthmanwordpress.com
Here’s a review of one of Wanda’s most awesome books, A Turtle’s Magical Adventure…
5.0 out of 5 starsRooted in Tried-and-True Children’s LIt Choices
ByCarolyn Howard-JohnsonVINE VOICEon March 5, 2017
What more could a parent want in a read-aloud book for children in an age range (guessing here!) anywhere from two to eight? This little turtle adventure is an an introduction to chapter books and it has plenty of symbolism and metaphors for parents to discuss with their tots. It is a mix of fantasy and nature and incorporates a bit of Norwegian troll influence and wizardry from from the Gawain era of English lit. That makes it a nice introduction to more advanced classic stories found on the bookshelves of any good library.
Just so I don’t mislead, eight year olds may be able to read “A Turtle’s Magical Adventure” on their own.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: A Daughter’s Memoir
by Mary Hiland / C 2017
E-book: $3.99 / Paperback: $11.95 (209 pages)
Available from Amazon, Smashwords, and multiple other online sellers.
As a blind only child, the author enjoyed the single-minded love and devotion of her parents. So when her mother, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, was going blind and deaf and needed to move into assisted living, it was time for Ms. Hiland to assume the duties and role reversals required for her mother. She wrote her book with the hope of being helpful to others in this tough place in life.
Just one of the many glowing review quotes that accompany the book: “Most of us have faced, or will face, the problems of dealing with an aging parent, but Mary Hiland did it blind. Her book The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living captures the frustration, rewards, and incredible complications of the ordeal with feeling and humor. I was impressed that Mary handled it so well—and thankful that she tells us about it so vividly!”—Daniel Boyd, author of ’Nada and Easy Death
For a longer synopsis, author’s bio and photo, cover photo, text preview, full review quotes, and buying links, please go to: http://www.dldbooks.com/maryhiland/
Where Sheep May Safely Graze
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Jim, the pastor of a prestigious city church, is blinded in Iraq, he and his organist wife, Amy, find their faith challenged. Not only must they adjust to Jim’s blindness and a new marriage, but to the loss of his pulpit, when the congregation asks him to step down because of his blindness, in spite of his successful rehab training.
They go to serve a congregation in a rural village, where in addition to the usual duties of a pastor and his wife, they pray for animals, cope with a huge drafty parsonage, befriend a young couple, secretly married, and help bring a baby into the world in the middle of a flood. The characters are like animals and people the reader may meet every day, those people who will invite you in for iced tea and the latest news
The reader will laugh, and cry and find inspiration as Pastor Jim and Amy struggle and find the will of God.
I’ve just finished Where Sheep May Safely Graze.
This is, the second time reading for me.
Here is a review, and a slightly edited letter I wrote to the author.
I cannot encourage you strongly enough to pick up a copy of this most awesome book.
Not since the Mitford Series have I read such a delightful book, and had its message speak so deeply to me.
I’d originally read this book for the soul purpose of giving a review.
This time when I read, I had prayer each time I read, and asked to be shown the message meant for me as an individual reader that was surely locked within the pages, just waiting to come out and speak to my heart.
All throughout the book, as I read about the love of God, and the constant faith of those who believe, I found myself praying about different things in my life.
One thing kept coming back to me over and over again.
As the book neared its end, I found myself in tears, on my knees, praying and asking God for something I’ve been afraid to pray for, for a long many years.
I had, closed my heart’s door to certain things in my life. Convinced myself I did not need those things. Could do without them, and that I was happy just as I was, but it was a lie, is a lie, and I could do that no longer.
I want to thank you, Mrs. Phyllis Campbell for writing this book, and for allowing me the privilege of promoting it to others.
I thank you for your faith, and for your courage and ability to write such a book of faith, and love.
May you be truly blessed with tons of book orders, and may this book end up on the top ten bestseller list, so that all may know its beauty, humor, and most of all love.
May you be truly blessed for sharing your gift as a writer with those who would but read your work.
I was given a copy of this book for the purpose of a review.
Patty L. Fletcher
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phyllis Staton Campbell, who was born blind, writes about the world she knows best. She calls on her experience as teacher of the blind, peer counselor and youth transition coordinator. She says that she lives the lives of her characters: lives of sorrow and joy; triumph and failure; hope and despair. That she and her characters sometimes see the world in a different way, adds depth to the story. She sees color in the warmth of the sun on her face, the smell of rain, the call of a cardinal, and God, in a rainbow of love and grace.
Although she was born in Amherst County, Virginia, she has lived most of her life in Staunton, Virginia, where she serves as organist at historic Faith Lutheran church, not far from the home she shared with her husband, Chuck, who waits beyond that door called death.
“I’ll do the eggs,” he said, opening the refrigerator and taking out the egg keeper. “Glad you haven’t moved the eggs. Are the pans still where they were when I lived here?”
“Yes,” she said, stifling the impulse to lead him to the cabinet, or worse still, tell him to be careful of the gas stove.
“Yes, here’s the one I want,” he said. “I haven’t had much training in kitchen skills,” he added as he set the pan on the stove and carefully adjusted the flame, “but Anne says I’ll get a lot at the Rehab Center. I can make coffee, do eggs, and use the microwave.”
“Showoff,” she said, fighting the lump in her throat. Then her love and pride won out. “I’m so proud of you. Maybe I shouldn’t say it, but I can’t help it.”
“Oh, keep saying it,” he said, touching the hands of his Braille watch as the eggs started to boil.
“Here,” she said, handing him the package of chicken. “Put this in the microwave, and keep an eye on it as it thaws.”
Then, with horror, she realized what she’d said.
“Oh, Jim,” she wailed. “I’m so sorry.”
“Sorry about what?” he asked, taking the microwave-safe package.
“About what I said.”
“What did you say? Oh, you mean keep an eye on it. Honey, that’s a normal way to speak. You could hardly say keep a finger on it. Remember, Anne told us that we’ll have to use normal expressions. You didn’t do anything wrong. Now, will you kindly set this thing? We need to get some dots on it.”
“Where on earth does one get dots?” she asked as she set the dial to defrost.
“I think there are some in my briefcase,” he said, starting toward the hall. “I just grabbed it the way it was when I left yesterday, and I think there are some in there. You just peel off the back and stick them on.”
“Jim,” she said without really meaning to, “you seem so different.”
“In what way?” he asked as he handed her the package of dots.
“When I visited you at the Center, you, I don’t exactly know, you were different. Now you’re like the old Jim, confident. Maybe that’s the wrong word, but whatever it is I like it.”
“Maybe confident is exactly the right word,” he said. “I’m not sure I can explain it, but I think I needed to know I can still function as myself, and the trip yesterday proved that I can. Amy, I know I still have a long way to go, but for the first time since my blindness, I really believe I can do all the things Anne and Emily have been telling me I can.”
“It is going to be all right,” she said.
“Last night,” he hesitated, “thank you for last night, Amy, it was wonderful.”
And just then the intercom chimed.
“Who on earth can that be?” Amy almost shrieked., lowering the flame under the potatoes which had just started to boil.
“Probably somebody selling something,” he said, going to the refrigerator. “Why don’t I clean and cut the celery while you see who it is?”
“Good thinking,” she agreed just as the doorbell rang.
“Must be somebody Joe knows,” he said, “or they wouldn’t have gotten past him.”
A look through the peephole filled Amy with near horror and a feeling of dread. There, smiling as though she knew she was being observed by an audience, stood Sarah.
“Jim, it’s your mother!”
“Well, let her in.”
“But Jim, I’m wearing my bathrobe.”
“I expect she’s seen one before,” he told her, starting to cut the celery into neat pieces.
“It isn’t that,” she said in panic as the bell rang again. “It’s my old one. To tell the truth, I bought it at The Dollar Store.”
“Oh, never mind,” and sighing she opened the door to reveal a beautifully groomed Sarah accompanied by another woman. Amy felt she should know the woman, but for the life of her, she didn’t know where she’d seen her before.
“Sarah, what a surprise!” she couldn’t bring herself to call it a pleasant surprise.
“Caroline was driving down to see Vernon and Sharon, and I decided that, since Jim was home, I’d come along and surprise you.”
“Well, you did just that.”
Good Heavens! had she really said that!
“Sarah, perhaps we’ve come at an inconvenient time,” the still almost nameless woman said in a deep contralto which spoke of the Deep South. She was tall and wore her snow-white hair in a soft cloud around her face. Her eyes were an incredible violet, and Amy wondered if they were colored with contacts. The soft green pantsuit she wore spoke of simplicity, but Amy would have bet it cost more than she spent for clothes in two months. Vernon and Sharon? Then the penny dropped. Vernon and Sharon. The Breckenridges. Vernon was the president of the church council. Oh, mercy, this was getting worse by the second.
“Oh, no, no,” she stammered, realizing that, not only hadn’t she invited them in, but was standing blocking the door. “Come in. I’m so glad to see both of you. Sit down. Can I get you anything?”
She was sounding like a fool, she knew it, but she couldn’t help herself. The house was a mess, she was a mess, and Jim wouldn’t come out of the kitchen.
“Where’s my boy?” Sarah asked, looking around the room as though she expected him to pop up from behind the couch.
“Darling!” she called. “Surprise! it’s your mother and Mrs. Breckenridge come to call.”
Thank goodness she had remembered the woman’s name.
“I’m doing the celery,” he called through the swinging door. “Be right there.”
“He’s doing what?” Sarah said, pushing through the door with Mrs. Breckenridge behind her. Feeling something like the way a caboose must feel, Amy followed.
It couldn’t have been timed more perfectly for disaster if it had been orchestrated. Later she accused Jim of doing just that. As they all went through the door, Jim turned from the stove with the pan of eggs. Mrs. Breckenridge gasped, apparently at the sight of a blind man carrying a pan emitting puffs of steam, Sarah screamed, and Jim, forgetting the knife on the counter, set down the pan of eggs in what he thought was an empty spot. He might have gotten by with it if it had been a knife with a small, flat handle, but it was one of a set with large wooden handles. The pan teetered, seemed to stop for a minute, and landed on the floor, water, eggs, and all.
Then, as Jim irreverently put it later, everything went south. Sarah rushed to clasp Jim in her arms, only she slipped in her high heels, Amy thought it was on part of an egg, and landed with a solid thump on the wet tiles. Mrs. Breckenridge rushed to help her and landed with an equally loud thump beside her. At that moment, the smoke alarm went off with a deafening screech, and the room was filled with the smell of burning.
“Amy, I was going to tell you that I don’t think you put enough water in the potatoes,” Jim spoke calmly, and for one horrible minute Amy thought he was going to laugh. To tell the truth, she felt more than a little hysterical herself.
“I’ll get it,” he said, and moved toward the smoke alarm, only to fall flat over Sarah and Mrs. Breckenridge.
“Oh, my boy!” Sarah was screaming in her high soprano, just as Mrs. Breckenridge’s alto shouted, “Move off my head, young man!”
“Mrs. Miller, is everything all right up here?”Harry the security man stood in the doorway staring with the strangest expression on his face that Amy had ever seen.
Later, she couldn’t believe she had said, “What do you think?” in answer to his question.
“No, ma’am,” he said, in a reasonable voice,“ I don’t believe it is.”
He walked to the stove and shut off the burner, moving the pan with the blackened potatoes to the center of the stove. Then he shut off the smoke alarm and turned to the tangle on the floor.
Amy moved toward them, feeling that she must be dreaming.
“No, Mrs. Miller,” Harry said, “If I was you, I’d just stand still. There’s enough people on the floor. Now, Pastor, if you just give me your hand, and mind, don’t step on the lady’s dress, we’ll get everybody sorted out. Is anybody hurt?”
“Amy, this is ridiculous,” Sarah said later as she sat on the sofa drinking the tea Amy had brought her. “Goodness knows what Caroline thinks, and I must admit that I don’t know what to think for that matter. I came expecting to have a quiet morning with my son and find chaos. You had no business giving Jim chores in the kitchen, Amy. He’s blind!”
Mrs. Breckenridge had done the best she could to remove eggshells from her pantsuit, and had departed almost without a word, saying that she would pick Sarah up after lunch.
“And as for you, Jim,” Sarah was in full cry, “I can’t believe you would behave in such an undignified manner. There wasn’t a thing funny about that whole horrible thing. Yes, I saw you smile. We could all have been hurt badly.”
“But no one was hurt,” Jim said.
“You aren’t a bit sorry, either of you!” Sarah looked about ready to burst into tears.
Amy wanted to say she was sorry, but Jim didn’t give her a chance.
“Yes, we are, Mother, but you know the chaos as you call it could have been prevented if you had called ahead. As for my being in the kitchen, maybe my skills aren’t perfect yet, but I’m learning, and wasn’t doing badly until you and Mrs. Breckenridge came charging in. Yes, I am sorry it happened, but it did happen, and now it’s over.”
“You surely don’t mean that you are blaming us?”
“I’m not actually blaming anybody, Mother,” he spoke gently. “I think, though, that you need to learn that I have to be myself, and that doesn’t mean sitting in my recliner as the world goes by. Now, finish your tea, and we’ll take you out to lunch.”
“No, thank you, dear. I think I’ll just get a taxi. I’ll call Caroline, do a bit of shopping, and then meet her at Vernon’s. No, Amy, stay where you are. I’ll have your doorman find a taxi for me.”
Before either of them could move or utter a protest, she was gone.
Other books by Phyllis Campbell…
COME HOME MY HEART, 1985.
REPRINTED IN 2001
FRIENDSHIPS IN THE DARK, 1996 Reprint 1997
The Evil Men Do 2006, true crime, written under contract for the family of the victim.
Who Will hear Them Cry, April, 2012
A Place To Belong August, 2012
Out of the Night February, 2014
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Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile
by David L. Faucheux / C 2017 / 510 pages
In e-book ($4.99) and print ($19.95) from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers.
What the book is about:
Friends and family. Restaurants and recipes. Hobbies and history. TV programs the author loved when he could still see and music he enjoys. The schools he attended and the two degrees he attained. The career that eluded him and the physical problems that challenge him. And books, books, books: over 230 of them quoted from or reviewed. All in all, an astonishing work of erudition and remembrance.
More details, cover photo, 10% text preview, author bio, review quotes, and more: http://www.dldbooks.com/davidfaucheux/
A Happy Reader Review!
From the very beginning of Faucheux’s book, with its touching dedication to the author’s guide dog, Nader, who once “helped chase away some of life’s aloneness,” to the very end of this one−year journal, readers will find their emotions stretched and eyes opened to what life is like for a person without sight. Superbly written, Faucheux’s account details the daily ups and downs he faces as a blind man with honesty, insight—and oftentimes, a delightful dose of humor.
I felt his frustration waiting for the Paratransit van to arrive, understood his fear of being stranded, and empathized with the instances where he found himself alone or disoriented. All is not grim, however—not by a long shot. Faucheux loves getting together with his family and friends, enjoys lectures like the ones on Henry VIII at the library, and is always game to try a new hobby or craft that can occupy his hands while listening to a book or podcast.
Throughout his journal, Faucheux also delights readers with a stream of trivia and colorful commentary on his favorite meals, often those from a popular local Thai restaurant, or the Cajun dishes, like cracker custard and pralines, made by his grandmother, or those cooked by a blind neighbor, including her cabbage casserole and corn maque choux, which Faucheux instructs is pronounced “mock shoe.”
Despite enormous challenges, Faucheux has conquered technology on many fronts, and his many book reviews, included in the book, are full of brightly written and insightful comments. The quotes he sprinkles throughout his journal are stellar, including this one from Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives, by Dan Millman: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Thank you, David Faucheux, for your spirit and tenacity, your lovely writing, and this inspiring journal.
Priscilla Cummings, author of 23 children’s books, including the young adult novels Blindsided, A Face First, and the Red Kayak series.
The Misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse
by Susan Bourrie
In print ($7.95) and e-book ($3.99) from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers.
For Pre-K through 4th Grade—and children of all ages.
About the book:
After Mistletoe Mouse befriends a doll that has been left behind in Santa’s workshop on Christmas Day, he experiences a year of adventures and misadventures. With the help of Molly Dolly and an express reindeer, he works to make terrible Christmases terrific. Together, they tackle every challenge with energy and imagination.
About the author:
Susan Bourrie is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is a certified teacher/librarian who taught children’s literature, reading, and writing courses at several universities in Michigan.
For more details, cover photo, text preview, buying links, and longer author bio and photo, see:
Breaking it Down-and Connecting the Dots: Creating Common Ground Where Contention Rules
In this book of compact essays, Peter Altschul, MS, explores topics ranging from psychology, sports, and diversity to family life, politics, and Christianity. Peruse this book, and you’ll find personal stories, political analysis, and satire. You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; you’ll think. You might find connections you’ve never seen before and common ground where you think none is possible. And perhaps you’ll be influenced to behave a little differently in order to make things a little – or a lot – better.
Peter Altschul, MS, assists groups and organizations to become better at influencing people, resolving conflicts, managing diversity, and planning for the future. A published author and composer, he lives with his guide dog, Heath, in Columbia, Missouri.
Information and review from Peter’s first book…
From the National Library For the Blind and Physically Handicap website
Breaking barriers: working and loving while blind : a memoir DB76081
Altschul, Peter. Reading time: 6 hours, 50 minutes.
Read by Jack Fox.
Autobiography of blind musician, composer, and social worker Altschul. Describes his youth in New York state, education at Princeton University and the New England Conservatory, and career and marriage. Also discusses his experience obtaining dogs through the Guiding Eyes for the Blind. 2012.
Download Breaking barriers: working and loving while blind : a memoir
Breaking Barriers by Peter Altschul – Reviewed by Patty Fletcher
When I found this book on the NLS website happy,
didn’t quite qualify me. I downloaded, and read the entire thing in a day and half. It was wonderfully spectacular!
Reading about Peter, and learning all about his life, was a treasure.
When you read someone’s book, especially if it is one they’ve written of themselves, you really get a look inside, and get to see what makes them tick. Turned out, some of what I thought of Peter, wasn’t quite on the mark, and once I read him, I understood him some better.
As I finished his work, and filed it away, I wondered, “So, when he read my book, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life, did he understand me any better?”
I like to think that is the case. Here, in the case of Peter’s book, I have to say, I understood him way lots, and to the good.
I enjoyed learning of his hit and miss romance, job search etc. It made me feel better to see that someone who seemed to always have it together, and was so very smart, could have troubles and trials, like the rest. I loved also, reading of his attending a convention, and how he dealt with things.
I enjoyed the descriptions of his Guide Dog experience. I enjoyed learning the similarities, and differences we have as Guide Dog handlers. That’s just how I am. Some people like to compare cars, I like to compare dogs. Why not? That’s what I drive… 4-On-the-Floor, and slick for sure!
Download and Enjoy this most awesome excellent book.
This review was recently published in the ‘Indie Publishing News Magazine’
Created, and Maintained by, Claire Plaisted of Plaisted Publishing House http://plaistedpublishinghouse.com/ .
DOZEN: The Best of Breath and Shadow
Edited by Chris Kuell / C 2017 / 365 pages
In e-book and paperback on Amazon and other selling sites.
From the back cover:
Breath and Shadow is a literary journal of disability culture, written and edited exclusively by people with disabilities.
In this collection, editor Chris Kuell presents the best writing from the magazine’s first 12 years. This collection of our best essays, poems, and short stories shines a light on the many gifts, ideas, and voices of writers who are disabled and removes many of the hurdles faced in mainstream publications.
100% of the proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go back to Breath and Shadow, allowing us to increase contributor payments and reach a wider and more diverse audience.
To learn more, visit us at: http://www.abilitymaine.org/breathh
Brief portraits of the Halperts’ Books
Abracadabra Moonshine, Stephen Halpert’s first short story collection is an opportunity for the reader to enjoy his unique, original imagination and the characters and situations that evolve from it. His chief intention is to tickle the funnybone and shiver the spine of readers everywhere. Most of the stories are short and quick to read, each one a unique jewel in a sparkling collection. Readers report that they find them entertaining and original, and in some respects reminiscent of the old Twilight Zone TV series.
Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life by Tasha Halpert is a book to inspire comfort and Joy. It combines poetry, essays and simple spiritual exercises to present a positive way of looking at and coping with everyday life. Tasha Halpert uses examples from her own life to illuminate a positive way for others to see theirs. Her poetry, one poem for each short essay, reflects her poetic view of life and all that goes into making it joyous. The exercises that accompany each chapter can be helpful in creating more positive feelings for the reader.
To purchase copies send $17. to cover postage and handling to Tasha Halpert, PO Box 171, North Grafton, MA 01536 and if you wish an autographed copy please let us know to whom to dedicate it. Copies are also available on Amazon, Tasha’s book is available for kindle as well, and on order from Barnes and Noble.
Here, is just one, fine example of Tasha Halpert’s work.
Heartwings Love Notes 794 Time for the Harvest
Heartwings says, “What will you harvest from this year?”
I remember my mother cutting up fruits and vegetables and filling the steaming canning kettle with jars. These were later stored in our cellar against the cold winter months. There was also a small barrel of potatoes down there. One of my tasks was to go down and pick off their sprouts. At that time of year too, my mother made wonderful jellies from the fruit that grew on my great aunt Alice’s trees. A lawyer, my great grandfather was also an amateur student of horticulture. He planted all sorts of fruit trees as well as grape vines, vegetables and flowers, all of which were tended to by a gardener.
I think of my mom and her tasks at this time of year when fruits and vegetables reach their peak and are harvested. Long ago Pilgrims and Native peoples dried food to preserve it. Later on housewives like my mom filled glass jars, heating them until the food within could be kept for use in the winter. Today people who might in the past have canned and preserved it will freeze the extra produce that they are not using right away. People with gardens are “putting food by,” as it is called in order to have healthy, homegrown meals for the winter months. We who live where the seasons prevail have always done this.
These days food of all kinds is plentiful in every season year round, and if we do not have a garden from which to harvest, we are less likely to preserve food against the winter. However, there is more than one kind of harvest to be made at this time. If we have planted ideas in the spring, and tended them in the summer, they may have matured enough by the fall to be gathered in and made use of during the rest of the year. If we have projects we have worked on, ideas we have been developing, stories or poetry we have been evolving; now is the time to get them out there for the final testing, checking or editing.
We no longer live in an agrarian society, and yet the seasons are still a part of us. Their energy need not be confined to the actual planting, tending and harvesting of food. For while we may not plant actual seeds to grow, tend, harvest and preserve, we can use the energy of the seasons to generate what we need to nourish our own lives and the lives of others. The seeds of our efforts whether edible, useful, or otherwise productive can be sown in the spring for our eventual harvest and use in the fall. Then during the winter months they can supply what we need to sustain us and keep us from the cold.
May you harvest what you have grown for yourself and enjoy it in the future.
Blessings and best Regards, Tasha Halpert
PS What have you harvested this year? I’d love to hear. Your communications mean a lot to me, so please feel free to comment or ask questions.
by Shelley McMullen / C 2016
In e-book and paperback from Amazon and other online sellers.
November 1996 through May 2000 was a very dark time for the author. This book details her challenges, the people involved, and their lasting effects. In hindsight, the author sees herself as having been driven by determination and pride, rather than allowing herself to be guided by God. Now she can see that those years helped her to change and grow, to learn anew how to trust in and go with God.
Full details: http://www.dvorkin.com/smcmullen/
My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds by Abbie Johnson Taylor / C 2016
For sale in e-book ($3.99) and print ($11.95) on Amazon, Smashwords, and other buying sites.
In September of 2005, Abbie Johnson married Bill Taylor, who was blind and 19 years her senior. Three months later, Bill suffered the first of two strokes that paralyzed his left side and confined him to a wheelchair. In My Ideal Partner, Abbie Johnson Taylor, once a registered music therapist, uses prose and poetry to tell the story of how she met and married her husband, then cared for him for six years despite her own visual impairment. After she made the painful decision to move him to a nursing home in September of 2012, he seemed to give up on life and passed away a month later.
About the author:
Abbie Johnson Taylor lives in Sheridan, Wyoming, where she writes full time. She holds a BA degree in music performance and worked for 15 years in a nursing home as an activities assistant. This is her fourth published book. Her others are a romance novel and two books of poetry. Her work has appeared in Serendipity Poets Journal, Emerging Voices, and Magnets and Ladders. For details, please visit her website: http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com
Meet the Characters who will keep the human world safe from the Shadow Realm.
They thought they were human…and though their DNA was similar and they each had human ancestry their lives were about to change…so you could live.
Farron – Bul’ith – British living in America
Praxel – Bul’ith – American with Egyptian Ancestry
Briar – Bul’ith – American
Ruben – Human American with European heritage
Fleur – Bul’ith – French Canadian
Mitsuoshi – Bul’ith – Japanese heritage
Maxwell – Bul’ith – New Zealander with British & Maori Blood
Bunita – Bul’ith – Indian
Meet their Trainers and the Animals they will be matched with.
Qwain and the Wolf
Quawn and the Falcon
Ngaire and the Cheetah
Avron and the Black Bear
Avrain and the Anaconda
Nikau and the Komodo Dragon
Kendrall and overall leader and the Wild Boar
Meet the Shadow Master and be careful of his minions…They are daring and act quicker than most can move. Their claws could grab your ankles at any moment and suck your soul.
The Shadow Realm had found a gap in space and time, a place where they could observe the Human world before they claimed it as their own.
Farron is one of six, chosen to embark of an epic adventure against the Shadow King and his evil Realm; but how can six Humans fight against the perils of the Shadows of Death?
Because they’re not really Human…
First born sons and daughters of the Bul’ith, Farron and the others must accept the truth and the animal energies they inherit, heed the words of their trainers and defeat the Realm of the Shadow King.
if they ever wish to restore their world
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If you like a fantasy book with a fast-paced action-packed suspenseful tale, this book is for you.
Enchantments grabbed my attention from sentence one, and it did not let me go until the end.
I’d started the book earlier in the month, as a beta reader, and was side-tracked by circumstance beyond my control, so when I picked it back up just a day or so ago, I began again at the beginning.
I sat down in my favorite chair, and began to read. I was immediately pulled into the story, and I did not put it down until the very last words had been read.
The hint of romance, gave this most awesome book a sweetness, and charm, that, only served to make the whole thing more desirable.
The ending will leave you yelling for more, and I understand from the author, that there is, most assuredly more to come sometime in the future.
I was given a copy of this book, for the purpose of a review, and I’m certainly a fortunate soul for having been picked to read this most magnificent story.
The character development is spot-on, and even though this is a quick read, it only took a moment for me to become completely involved in each and every one of their lives.
The concept of animals giving energy to beings to help them fight the Shadow Realm was brilliant, and I found myself wishing that there were truly such beings as are described here, in our world.
To me, the Shadow Realm, represented evil, beings that would, if allowed, destroy the very fabric of society as the inhabitents of earth know it, and so the possibility of the Bul’ith sounded pretty awesome to me.
I cannot say enough about this book, and I’m not at all doing it justice.
My suggestion? Buy this book today!
You will not at all regret it if you do.
THE PADDY STORIES, BOOK ONE
© 2016 by John Justice / 371 pages
In e-book ($4.99) and print ($15.95) from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers.
Full details, free text preview, author bio, buying links, and information about John’s other books (both published and forthcoming) are at: http://www.dldbooks.com/johnjustice/
Blind Paddy Flynn, orphaned at age eight, travels by train from Philadelphia to California in 1947 to live with his childless aunt and uncle, Doreen and Bob Chandler. Part One tells of his mother’s death, his time in a children’s home, the good friends he makes there, and then his long and eventful journey to California.
In Part Two, by a wonderful twist of fate, Paddy and his closest friend from Philadelphia, Lucy Candelaria, are reunited in California. Their unusual and loving relationship and their special form of communication make up a major part of the story.
The well-drawn cast of characters includes the residents and staff of the children’s home, the friendly family Paddy stays overnight with in Chicago, the train staff, the several adults who accompany him on different legs of his journey, his kind and welcoming relatives and their wonderful dog, and various neighbors there in California. It’s clear that one neighbor family leads a very different life from the peaceful and prosperous one enjoyed by the Chandlers.
With his loving nature, courage, and can-do spirit, Paddy brings joy and inspiration to many others and even stands up to two memorable bullies, one at the children’s home and one in California. But how will he adjust to life at a school for the blind? Book One of The Paddy Stories ends with Paddy once again having to face an uncertain future.
To be continued in Book Two.
Edited by David Dvorkin and Leonore H. Dvorkin
Cover by David Dvorkin
Love Letters in the Grand: The Adventures and Misadventures of a Big-City Piano Tuner
Nonfiction by John Justice, C 2017 / 133 pages in print
Here are 30 true tales, variously funny, touching, and dramatic, from the author’s 28 years of piano tuning in New York and Philadelphia, from 1965 to 1993. Whether he’s telling about tuning a piano for Elvis Presley, clobbering a vicious dog with his tool kit, or finding Tommy guns and love letters in pianos, the author’s dedication to his craft, his love of people and music, his strong work ethic, and his caring nature all shine through.
In e-book ($2.99) and print ($9.50) from Amazon and multiple other online sellers.
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John Justice is the author of two other books, both fiction. Full details are on his website.
“The Bright Side of Darkness” Is an award-winning novel, Available in Kindle, audio, and paperback formats.
About the author…
J. E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.
Pinto’s Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. J. E. Pinto lives with her family in Colorado where she works as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audio books. One of her favorite pastimes is taking a nature walk with her service dog.
The Bright Side of Darkness won a first place Indie Book Award for “First Novel over Eighty Thousand Words,” as well as First Place for “Inspirational Fiction.” The novel also won several awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association: First Place for “Inspirational Fiction,” Second Place for “Audio Book,” and First Place for “Literary and Contemporary Fiction.
“I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on my life while I’ve been on the mend, and this is where it’s at. Alice’s dad caught me on my way down. I pulled you back from the brink, and you gave Tim a hand up. Now Tim is reaching out to Jake.” The judge ran his fingers through his damp hair. “My friends and neighbors have questioned my sanity for years. They say taking in troubled kids is like dropping ice cubes into hell and hoping to quench the flames, but I believe you can save the world one person at a time.”
“It sure beats sitting around griping about the high crime rate and the way teenagers will never amount to anything.”
“You have to pick your cases carefully, and I guess I made a big mistake with Travis. But most kids respond well when I let them know I care about them and expect success.”
If you would like to contact Author Jo E Pinto please feel free to e-mail: at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see her guest blog posts, please check out https://blindmotherhood.com/.
Please see her on her Facebook page at j.e.pinto or @authorjepinto
From Patty L. Fletcher
Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye,
Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life
Welcome to my Media Kit King Campbell and I are pleased to present
some wondrous stories and art work to you all. Enjoy.
Bubba Tails from the Puppy Nursery at The Seeing Eye Written by Patty L. Fletcher Told by, King Campbell Lee – The Seeing Eye Dog AKA Bubba
In this magical and love filled tail, King Campbell AKA Bubba travels
to the puppy nursery at The Seeing Eye to help ready a group of
puppies who are just about to embark on the fabulous journey of
learning to become Seeing Eye dogs. Just as he is about to finish his
tail, a wee pup becomes very frightened of all that lies ahead, and one
frightfully stormy night she runs away! Will King Campbell hear the
urgent call from the puppy nursery in time? Will they find her and save
her so she can fulfill her destiny?
The use of Tail instead of Tale for story and Magik instead of Magic is intended for these short stories. A great play on words from King Campbell
Patty Lyne Fletcher in her own words (October 2017
About me and my crew
I’m a 49-year-old single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom I am very proud. I have a great son-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren. Three girls,
and two boys. I hope to be able to write more about them later on.
I own and handle a Black Labrador from The Seeing Eye™ named Campbell Lee—a.k.a. Bubba Lee or King Campbell, to give just a couple of his nicknames.
When and where I was born
I was born on November 9, 1967 in Kingsport, Tenn., where I also grew up.
About my blindness
I was born one and a half months premature. My blindness was caused by my being given too much oxygen in the incubator. I was partially sighted until 1991,
at which time I lost my sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. I used a cane for 31 years before making the change to
a guide dog.
Where I live and work
Currently, I live and work in Kingsport, Tenn.
I used to work for CONTACT-CONCERN of Northeast Tennessee, Inc. I left that position in order to spend time with family and pursue my writing full time.
Why I write.
I wrote Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life to tell the story of how going to The Seeing Eye™ and getting Campbell, learning to
love, handle, and work him, then coming home and adding him to my life, gave me true freedom.
I tell of how changing from being a 31-year cane user to being a guide dog handler taught me things about myself I had never known before. I tell of the
wonderment I experienced when I finally took that chance.
A major goal of mine is to help others who find themselves in domestic violence situations. I also want to help others learn more
about mental illnesses and how different situations and environments can drastically affect those with such challenges.
I tell how training affected me physically as a result of the fibromyalgia I deal with, along with the side effects of the medications I take.
I focus on bipolar disorder, on how it can go horribly wrong and cause a person to behave in ways they normally would not.
Another thing I have attempted to show is how, in certain institutional settings, attachments can develop—and how those attachments can become unhealthy
for all concerned if they are not handled correctly.
Most simply, I want others to know more about me.
In Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye, it is King Campbell Super Seeing Eye Dog A.K.A Bubba’s turn to tell his tale.
While helping to ready a group of pups to go and meet their puppy raiser families, so they too, might one-day become Seeing Eye dogs, he tells of what
it was like for him, to grow up and become a Seeing Eye dog.
My hobbies include reading, writing, music, and standup comedy. I also like nature walks, light hiking, tent camping, and fishing. No, I am not afraid
to bait a hook.
Music I enjoy
My favorite types of music are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country, as well as some present-day country music. I also like meditation music.
My favorite books and authors
I enjoy fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. I love the books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and many more. My favorite books include
Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.
My spiritual faith
I am a spiritual walker. I claim no particular faith, either Christian or pagan. I simply know that there is God and Goddess, or Mother Father God, as
some call her/him. I lean toward the natural approach, or Druidism (Druidry), as it promotes harmony and respect for all beings, including the environment.
I am also very interested in herbs and their healing properties. I recently enrolled in a course that will allow me to earn a certificate in the field
of working with herbs.
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Patty & Pals
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