Saturday, November 9, 2019

You're A Dog,Chase!

My book of the day is fun. Did I say fun? Yep! Fun! I love finding new children's books for my grandchildren to read or for me to read to them. It is so much fun. But wait! The book I have chosen for the book of the day is published in both English and in Spanish. That is important to me as I challenge all of my multi-racial grandchildren to learn multiple languages. Two of my grandchildren are Greek and speak that language. I have one that is from Honduras and speaks Spanish and I have three that learned sign language. My granddaughter is hooked on Blippie, in Spanish, and some Russian cartoons that captivate her. She also watches Paw Patrol in Spanish. Needless to say, when I came across this book, I got excited. It is really cute. Take a look.




ABOUT THE BOOK

An innocent game of backyard Frisbee takes a scary turn when Tyson's feisty Yorkshire terrier Chase runs into a barn and loses his memory.








 Un juego inocente del disco volador del patio trasero toma una vuelta asustadiza cuando el terrier de Yorkshire decidido de Tyson, caza corre en un granero y pierde su memoria.
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You Should Read Me Near the Sea by Chelsea J. Murphy



If you have been following my blog for awhile, you know that there are two places in the entire world where I feel the freest and comfortable -- at the beach or on a cruise ship. There is something about the fresh air purified by the ocean. It doesn't get any better for me then looking at the ocean. That is why when I discovered today's author, Chelsea J. Murphy, and her book, "You Should Read Me Near the Sea," I got chills all over my body and couldn't wait to learn more and read the book. But wait! The book isn't available yet, but soon will be. That doesn't keep me for posting. Why? I am scheduled for another cruise in December with my mom and two sisters and I plan on taking this book with me. I hope you enjoy reading about Chelsea and her book. While you're at it, take a deep breath and relax and imagine that you're sitting on a beach somewhere.


ABOUT THE BOOK


"You should read me Near the Sea" is a poetry experience that tells the story of a young girl dying to get out of her small town and explore the world. She falls madly in love and then falls madly apart. It is a coming of age story including themes of hero's, cities, heartbreak and most importantly discovering universal-love. The voyage is told through ocean imagery and metaphors, in five chapters. Each chapter is divided by the five stages of the development of a hurricane: Tropical disturbance, tropical depression, tropical storm, tropical cyclone, and hurricane.






CHELSEA J. MURPHY





Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I grew up in small-town Wisconsin and like the young heroine of my book wanted nothing more than to get out. Ever-loving storytelling in any form and coastline cities-- I embarked to the east for film school in New York before switching coasts to Los Angeles where I’ve been mostly writing screen and stage plays. I am quite simply overjoyed to debut my first ever published anthology.

What inspired you to author this book?

Oh easy, reading Julia Cameron’s "The artist's way” workbook. She has an exercise there called “morning pages” where you free-write three pages every morning, and once I started, I couldn't stop. The book practically wrote itself. It is jaw-dropping astonishing what you can do once you step out of your own way and trust your art.

With age 30 fast approaching I began to feel an extreme sense of fleeting time. That, coinciding with unexpectedly almost losing someone extremely close to me became blindingly aware of my own immortality. The days of forever young are still here but I feel them slipping, you know? There is so much of the world I want to see and so many things I want to be. For starters, I’ve always wanted to publish a book, especially poetry. It’s been on every bucket list I’ve written since I was 10. There is absolutely no reason to not do the things you want to do.


Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

This is a great question. The long answer is: I wanted a minimalist cover to bring to the beach that would not compete with, but instead harmonize with the ocean. I wanted a cover that I could imagine lying in the sun, hearing the crashing of the waves while getting lost in the words on the page. For me reading a poetry book is a complete experience and I wanted a cover that would enhance and complement that experience. There is something magical about settling into your favorite place and reading a book. I wanted a cover that would inspire readers to read it in their very favorite place, wherever that may be--for me it is anywhere near the sea.

The short answer: Mykonos, Greece is the inspiration for my cover.


Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

Writing this book was very healing, and it is largely in part a gift to myself. It’s for the little girl who felt so insignificant and worthless and feared she’d never amount to anything. It’s everything she needed to hear when she was drowning in the undertow, so technically 16-year-old Chelsea should get the influence credit. I’m caring for her now in a way I should have back then.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

Growing up with dyslexia in the 90s left me with a large lack of confidence and a little to show for it when it, especially when it came to writing. It is challenging for a child to imagine a career controlling words when those very words keep moving around on the page. Dyslexic research has taken huge strides in recent years and, I think is much better handled as teachers have a better understanding of what it is and how to help students that have it. I thought it meant I was dumb and could never be a writer so I cast that idea away early on, writing only secretly in my room at night. What's wonderful and therapeutic for me about this book is some of those words that were strung together in shame at age 15 actually made it into "You Should Read me Near the Sea". When I decided to write this one of the first things I did was dig up old notebooks and see if there was anything salvageable from those early vulnerable years. Those notebooks were filled up with truthful organic vulnerability and beautiful naivety. I remembered being that 15-year-old who was so unafraid to dive headfirst into love because she had yet to be hurt. It’s nearly impossible to love like that as an adult with battle wounds. Those writings, which I thought were terrible because "a dyslexic can’t write\sx" turned out to be the foundation of the first chapter that launched the very arch of the book. All I had to do were fix a few spelling mistakes and switch b's around to d's. That being said, the biggest obstacle to overcome was those moments when I'd get that old wispier in my head telling me "who do you think you are? You can hardly spell why do you think you can write a book". That's the funny thing about healing; it an ongoing process. Old shipwrecked whispers from the past jump out when you begin to push your boundaries. Luckily I now have the tools to realize those words have no meaning and actually take them as a sign I’m headed in the right direction. Shipwrecks don’t want you to grow, and the whispers get louder when you’re close.

Tell your readers about your book.

"You should read me Near the Sea" is a poetry experience that tells the story of a young girl dying to get out of her small town and explore the world. She falls madly in love and then falls madly apart. It is a coming of age story including themes of hero's, cities, heartbreak and, most importantly, discovering universal-love. The voyage is told through ocean imagery and metaphors, in five chapters. Each chapter is divided by the five stages of the development of a hurricane: Tropical disturbance, tropical depression, tropical storm, tropical cyclone, and hurricane.

Who is your target audience, and why?

Readers from all walks of life can get joy and evoke emotions from this book, but my target audience is teens and young adults--specifically those battling codependency. I know firsthand how hard it is to not only become self-aware of codependent behaviors but even more so finding the strength to break through them and discover how powerful it is to be with yourself and not settle for someone just because you can’t be alone. Codependency really is an addiction that isn't spoken about enough, especially in today's instant gratification social media age. I wish I were better informed of what codependency was earlier on. The more I talk about it, the more people tell me they, too struggle with not feeling enough in their own skin and so this book is for everyone whose ever felt that way, for everyone whose ever been afraid of the storm inside them, so they settled for the familiar and the comfortable. That is my target audience, that’s who the book is for--that and of course, for the ocean lovers.


What do you consider your greatest success in life?

Still being here, pushing through depression, pushing my comfort zone. Hey maybe even publishing this book. I am most proud of using my voice authentically, unapologetically, and with vulnerable truth. I used to quiet my voice and diminish any strength and power I felt building up as a storm inside me because I didn’t want to offend anyone. Now I see it’s the people that embrace their storm that inspire me to embrace mine as well. That is the main factor I want this book to leave readers with. As Marianne Williamson so perfectly put it “as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same”. Hurricanes are a brilliant force, once they learn to control the wind. Make waves.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

As this being my first compete published poetry works, I went back and forth with finding my voice as a poet. I fell madly in love with poetry through acting school by reading Shakespeare and sonnets, and a lot of my earlier writing has the spirit of that rhythm and structure. With the new poetry boom that has exploded in the last few years that is mostly thanks to the "insta and tumbler poets” a great deal of the general public now wants to read poetry! It’s a modern poetry renaissance movement, and I'm overjoyed to add my voice to it. That is why I decided to represent my generation by using the lack of capital letters but with a twist. I decided to capitalize on cities and oceans. So that is different, but I think the biggest thing that sets me apart from other writers in my genera is I use real photographs instead of the highly popular sketch artwork, which makes my book somewhat anthropology coffee table book hybrid. My color photographs enhance my poetry to fully immerse readers in the sea-inspired ride.




Grahpic Novels Are the Latest Thing


This Saturday morning is spectacular. There is a cool crispness in the air, I'm sitting in front of my small electrical fireplace which is generating heat, a fresh cup of coffee, and two of my grandchildren are here visiting for the weekend. Of course, they woke me up at sunrise ready for breakfast, but those smiling faces greeted me and I was happy to make it for them. After that, they wanted to watch cartoons.

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Interesting enough, I don't know when the last time that I watched or had cartoons playing on the television. I think I might have been a child. I remember getting up very early on Saturday mornings and tuning into the Jetsons, Flintstones, and Tom and Jerry. Mym my have times have changed. There are tons and tons to entertain.

Another favorite activity was when I read my comic books. I am a small collector of sorts and have many Archie comic books and some of the first original Star Trek comic books. Nowadays, new graphic artists have emerged and when you find young talent, you wan to let people know and that is who I am introducing to you today. Meco Brown is a graphic novelist with a new paperback called COPIOUS: VOL 1. If you like graphic novels, I think you will like this one and I hope you enjoy learning about the creator and author.

ABOUT THE GRAPHIC NOVEL

Years after bonding with the DNA of several powerful animals, Franklin Forbes takes on a secret persona after a chemical explosion not only destroyed his city, but also mutated nearly every man, woman and child into bloodthirsty, night dwelling killers, and he plans on ending their rain of terror.With man and animal connected, it means but one thing: Either join him or bow down; but do not stand in his way or risk the chaotic wrath of COPIOUS.



Meco Brown

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Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I was born in September to Michael and Vanessa Brown. My father is a United States Air Force, and Army medic turned music producer, and my mother is a screenwriter who has also successfully written a book for children.

Fueled by the artistic endeavors of my parents, I attended Tulane University where I majored in Journalism, Creative Writing, and Psychology. I combined my passion for writing and fascination with superheroes to pen my first handful of novels and currently finished my very first comic book.

What inspired you to author this book?

After watching a poorly ended movie during my childhood, I was motivated to write something better than what I saw. This drove me to create a handful of fan-fiction type stories about my favorite television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Charmed.



Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

I was actually listening to the song, We Need A Resolution, by the artist Aaliyah while scrolling through Google images. Halfway through the song, the idea popped out at me. I ended up getting with my illustrator, Vab, and after sending him a few motivational pictures we came up with something spectacular.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

Besides the amazing talent my father has as a music producer and the creative mind of my mother... I would honestly have to give it to Joss Whedon and what he did on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That show was literally a huge inspiration growing up.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

To be honest the real struggle was finding an illustrator. I've been writing from age nine, so creating my comic book Copious wasn't difficult at all. It was finding the right person to help bring my words to life. I think Vab is doing just that, so I am happy.


Tell your readers about your book.

Years after bonding with the DNA of several powerful animals, Franklin Forbes takes on a secret persona after a chemical explosion not only destroyed his city, but also mutated nearly every man, woman, and child into bloodthirsty, night dwelling killers, and he plans on ending their rain of terror. With man and animal connected, it means but one thing -- either join him or bow down; but do not stand in his way or risk the chaotic wrath of COPIOUS.


Who is your target audience, and why?

My targeted audience is most definitely between the ages of 14 - 40. I remember when I was a young kid, my older brother had entire stacks of comic books that I probably shouldn't have seen until I was a teenager, but little rebellious me wanted to just read that 'big kid' stuff. A lot of comics can be a bit gruesome, and in some panels, mine doesn't hold back. So I do feel 14 and up would be good.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

The greatest success in life.... definitely being able to wake up every day and write. Being able to sit in my office with a good hot cup of coffee and just create new and fresh worlds is everything to me. I thank God, my parents, partner and close friends because honestly without any of them and their support... I wouldn't be here right now.


What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I've honestly never really thought about that before. I'm 31 years old, and I've experienced a lot of beautiful things in this life of mine, but at the same time, I've been extremely blessed to have also battled my share of difficulties. I've learned that tackling all the hardships in life has made me a much stronger person. The strength I've built, the determination and wisdom.. but also the amount of patience I've learned I actually had.. it all made me who I am and I truly believe it speaks through my novels as well as my comic book.

At the end of the day, I'm a writer. I guess I just play on my strengths when I create stories. I have coffee (or wine), I play Aaliyah, I walk in circles lol... I just use my natural God-given abilities. A lot of people who read my previous novels say that I have a unique talent for taking what's old and twisting it into something interesting and new. They like it, I love it, and I won't stop for anything.


Friday, November 8, 2019

Struck: Myth of Eros and Psyche (Origin of Love Book 1)

Hold the horses! Wait! Do I have a novel for you. The book I am going to introduce you to isn't your run of the mill romance but rather one with a unique setting and even more unique characters. You'll get my drift as soon as you read the synopsis below. Now let me introduce you to the novel Struck: Myth of Eros and Psyche (Origin of Love Book 1) by Jendela Tryst. Happy reading.



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He thought he knew everything about love, until she made him redefine it.

When Eros, the devil-may-care God of Love is pricked by his own arrow, he falls for the most unsuitable of mates, a mortal woman he has been ordered to destroy.

Without knowing Eros’s true identity, spirited, intelligent Psyche shows the God just what it means to be on the receiving end of his arrows, with all its sweet pain and torment, and all its rapture. Eros soon discovers what love can mean to mortals, what it should mean to the Gods, and that he could quite possibly be one of the most powerful beings in Olympus.

Not all the Gods admire this young upstart’s newly discovered powers. The laws forbid their union, and Aphrodite, Goddess of Beauty and Passion, is determined to see Psyche destroyed. Furthermore, the two must deal with their own doubts about themselves and each other which threatens their fragile relationship as much as Zeus’s wrath. Will Eros and Psyche become the canon of all that love has the potential to be, or will they follow a tragic path, with lessons learned too late to save them?

Based on the Greco-Roman myth of Eros and Psyche, the heart of ancient Greece is explored, where the world of imperfect gods and goddesses are fatefully intertwined with the humans they rule.





Memoirs of the Senator's Wife by S. M. Ford

Dear Readers:

Do I have a book recommendation for you today and I can't wait to tell you about it. Today's book of the day is "Memoirs of the Senator's Wife" by S. M. Ford and it is everything that I expected it to be -- hot, sizzling, and full of political angst. This book is one you will want to grab and cuddle up in your favorite reading nook and read until the very last word. It will keep you locked in.



ABOUT THE BOOK



Memoirs Of The Senator's Wife is the international best selling saga of a dark romance involving a handsome politician, a forbidden love affair between the politician's wife with a sensuous Secret Service agent, and the magic that influenced history. Set during the '50s to the present-day; their romance spans decades of the most turbulent times in America.  




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