Wednesday, December 5, 2012




LINDA BARNETT-JOHNSON, Editor, writing friend, and people lover.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ever Wonder What's it Like Being Married to Mr. America? She tells all...

I recently read an amazing and inspirational true story by Lindy Tefft, MS. I think you're going to love it! It's all about how Lindy was raised by controlling parents that demanded perfection, so Lindy thought that she was getting “Mr. Perfect” when she married body building superstar, Greg Tefft. She soon found herself immersed in a crazy world of duplicity, all-consuming competitiveness, violence, greed, and deception. With a life that was a roller-coaster of physical abuse and financial ruin, she crawled through a tunnel of terror that she thought would never end. Forced to reach into the depths of her soul, she finally broke free. Her insightful guidance will inspire others to find hope where there seems to be none. She offers an insightful hand-up to others facing abuse and despair.

Don’t miss this riveting, inspirational true story of personal redemption beyond trauma.

"This is an extraordinary story of personal courage and ultimate triumph over some of humanity's obstacles and betrayals. To take this journey with Lindy - who withholds nothing-is sometimes harrowing, sometimes absurd, sometimes incomprehensibly mean...but ultimately wonderful as we walk with her through too many years of living in the darkness of fear and finally emerging into the sunshine of enlightenment, joy, and freedom. It is a truly remarkable story of our times and our culture."

~Jeff Rense, Host of the Nationally Syndicated Jeff Rense Radio Program

"Lindy Tefft's book is simply a literary jewel. It brings an electrifying charge of spirituality that empowers women to break out of the enclaves of silence. The author's revealing life, marked almost since birth by the hand of abuse, shows us how fragile we all can be when faced with fear. Her decisive struggle represents a shining light at the end of the tunnel and hope for all humans."

~Salomon Gill, Movie Producer



Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Here's a book you've got to read. Read the synopsis

From the Author
This book germinated as a result of the many times people have asked me how I lost my sight. What can I say? People are curious. Whether I was speaking to a group of adults or telling stories to children, there was bound to be one person in the crowd bold enough to ask.

The first few years I could not answer them. I was still grieving and much too close to the events to stand on stage before hundreds of people and bare my soul. Time heals. My journey from sighted to blind has taught me many things about embracing change, even when it isn't the change you want.

Helen Keller made the point that the only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. This book is as much about living the blind life as about changing one's perspective. It is about looking at what you have and figuring out what you can do with it.

Some people live in denial, which can be comfortable. For many years I lived in denial of my blindness. It worked for me while I silently grieved my loss. Denial had its time and place in my grieving process, but I learned I didn't need to live a life of denial. Thank God.

Standing still in life doesn't work for me. For twenty-four years, I've been living with blindness, but I haven't been living in the dark. I have noticed certain changes in my perspective. I began to see people, things and situations differently, accepting the challenges I faced with new vision...a true vision.

My inability to see others' facial expressions and body language really hit me hard. I recall participating in a storytelling class taught by Atlanta's beloved Chuck Larkin. he was a nationally known entertainer who generously mentored other storytellers. Chuck confirmed that two-thirds of communication is body language. The rest is inflection and words. This became of of the truths I told myself to break through the denial to live more fully: Fiona, you are now communicating with a third of the information you once had as a sighted person. At first, I was depending solely on words. It took a long time before I began to pick up on tone and pitch of voices or refine my other senses.

In the early years of being blind, I felt like I was pedaling hard and fast to stay connected to the world as I tried to interpret the one-third of what I could perceive. But the constant and intense concentration was wearing me out.

Oddly, I can hear much of what my sighted friends can't hear. In contrast, I am limited with what I hear at certain pitches. As I become older, soft voices are almost impossible to interpret. The good news is my ability to separate sounds, like in a noisy restaurant, has improved. Perhaps this illustrates a way my discernment is better.

My sister Sandra laughs at that statement. My family has long debated my need for a hearing aid. "Oh, I don't want to be blind and deaf!" That reminds me too much of our Labrador retriever who became blind, deaf, and unable to stand. I don't want to succumb to Trek's fate!

I have grown spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. You may think this book is about living with blindness. It's more about self-discovery in the face of adversity. Turn the pages and you will see these stories will enlighten and entertain you.

My hope, dear reader, is that this book connects with you...that it touches you at some deep level, perhaps with a laugh or a tear or even a reflection of yourself.

~Fiona Page


Tuesday, November 6, 2012



Ten-year-old Wyatt and eleven-year-old Hannah uncover the dark world of illegal dog fights when they trespass at a Vermont farm and peep through a barn window. And when crochety old lester Cranshaw's dog, Paddy, turns up missing, there is no holding him back from investigating the situation and the kids join in. In the dead of night after the trio are captured and held hostage at the Inglis farm, Wyatt will need all of his wits and courage to escape, in order to save the lives of his Friends.

THE DOG MEN draws the reader into a tempest of animal abuse, lawlessness, and kidnapping within the confines of small-town happenings. A Chilling plot and a peerless relationship between kids, adults and pets.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

HOT CHOCOLATE by Dawn Greenfield Ireland


I recently read a great book I just had to share with you. If you like Grandma Mazur in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, you'll love Hot Chocolate. The characters are all quirky and funny, and, when you aren't laughing out loud, you'll be smiling! It’s a hilarious cozy mystery novel set in the very wealthy Houston suburb of River Oaks. Filled with quirky, eccentric characters involved in murder and chocolate, this book is like watching a Woody Allen movie - even the minor characters are quirky and wonderful.

Here’s the plot: The middle-aged Alcott sisters, heiresses to the Alcott chocolate fortune--Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea--are fit to be tied. In the midst of busy lives, they must deal with their ninety-two year old father, Bernie, who has become quite the handful. His nurse Bambi, is another kind of handful, but when they decide they must move Bernie to an assisted living facility, the generous severance package they offer to Bambi is not enough to ward off a lawsuit brought by Bambi's husband, Jimmy Ray Chaline. Luckily, the Alcotts, very wealthy and well-known in Houston society, have a great lawyer. Chances are good that the suit will be dismissed as frivolous.

Hot Chocolate is a captivating tale with vivid and fun characters. I could almost visualize myself socializing with them, and I definitely enjoyed their interactions with one another. They felt like real sisters, albeit high-society ones. Dorothea is typically the "baby" of the family, and definitely likes being the center of attention. Lila Mae relies on astrology and believes that proper Feng Shui arrangements in a room can make all the difference. Madge, as the oldest, has some unusual habits. Even the peripheral characters, like the staff at each of their homes, as well as Lila Mae's astrologer, felt like important pieces of the production. I also enjoyed close-ups of the relationship between Chance (a detective with the police force) and Lila Mae, not a typical pairing.

Anyway, I know you will love this book, so grab a copy and you’ll also get about 60 bonuses including a preview of many other new and exciting novels along with terrific self-help tools. ENJOY!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Blissful Lies by Jennifer Brown-Thomas


Bestselling novel
film produced by the author was chosen for distribution at the
Cannes Film Festival 2012!

Things are often not what they seem in the decadent lifestyles of the rich and famous. Life can be messy and at times people do what feels wrong, because in the end it may turn out to be the best decision ever made. A close bond between 5 lifelong friends, now of college age, find the limits of their relationships are tested when multiple secrets and lies begin to surface, which ultimately leave them wondering if it is all too much to move forward as the family they once were. Forbidden love, drug dealing, date rape, betrayal, cheating, and more begin to unravel the strong ties between friends. Can they overcome secrets which warrant a very difficult life altering response?

To see more: BLISSFUL LIES

Monday, August 27, 2012

Radio Interview on Catherine MacDonald by Portia Allen

Catherine MacDonald author of Seasons of the Vineyard was interviewed by Portia Allen on blogtalkradio Friday, August 24, 2012. You can hear it at

If you want to know more about Catherine and her book, please tune in and listen to this interesting interview.

Monday, August 13, 2012

The New Book Review

THE NEW BOOK REVIEW by Carolyn Howard-Johnson - embodies the new idea that a book should not be judged by its cover or its press. If a reviewer thinks a book is great, The New Book Review lets readers know about it. Please submit your own favorite review. It makes no difference whether you're an author, reviewer or reader, I want to post your favorite reviews. See guidelines. And please note: It was named to Online Unversties' 101 Best Blogs for Readers.

The New Book Review is blogged by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. It is a free service offered to those who want to encourage the reading of books they love. That includes authors who want to share their favorite reviews, reviewers who'd like to see their reviews get more exposure, and readers who want to shout out praise of books they've read. Please see submission guidelines on the left of this page. Reviews and essays are indexed by genre, reviewer names, and review sites. Writers will find the search engine handy for gleaning the names of small publishers. Find other writer-related blogs at Sharing with Writers and The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor.

There is a review today: 8/13/12 on Seasons of the Vineyard by Catherine MacDonald. Please check it out today.

On August 15th, please visit The New Book Review for The Dog Men by Patricia Crandall. My grandson, age 14, read it and really liked it. It's a book that is good for that age group and adults.

Please tell your friends to join my blog and also Carolyn Howard-Johnson's blog. We keep you informed.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012



Win a gift certificate of $50.00 to Read Seasons of the Vineyard by Catherine MacDonald. Francesca Bernard is trying to create a new wine, one that will take the wine world by storm and she needs your help. Do you know your wines? Choose your favorite flavors and ingredients and a wine name, and you could be the winner of this romance book. Send to: The deadline is August 31, 2012. The one that Catherine MacDonald, author, and Linda Barnett-Johnson, editor, like the best, will win the $50.00 Amazon gift certificate. Winner will be contacted September 6, 2012, and posted to her website and blog. )

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Question of Proof by Joseph Amiel


If you love a great murder mystery, Joseph Amiel’s A Question of Proof is for you! Rife with characters of every ilk, the tumultuous novel takes you on a ride to remember. I haven’t found a book that so thoroughly fools the reader in years. I thought I had this figured four different times and each time another suspect caught my attention and threw me for a loop. I never guessed the ending – terrific read!

From international best-selling author of Birthright, Deeds, and Star Time, Joseph Amiel, comes his most compelling work yet. A Question of Proof is a spell-binding and profoundly moving courtroom drama in which a lawyer struggles to defend the woman he loves against the accusation that she murdered her husband. Tough and street-smart, a principled rebel against an establishment he has always scorned, Dan Lazar has risen from the working class to become one of Philadelphia's top criminal defenders. But now divorced and badly missing his young son, disillusioned by years of representing vicious criminals, humiliated by the politically ambitious DA's charge that he bribed a witness in a brutal rape-homicide case, Dan is burned out, depressed, and ready to call it quits.

On the surface he would seem to have nothing in common with Susan Boelter, the beautiful and patrician wife of Peter Boelter, who runs the city's dominant newspaper and heads one of its most powerful families. But when Peter deserts her and files for divorce, moving to seize everything that is precious to her, including custody of their thirteen-year-old daughter, Susan turns to a reluctant Dan for help. Suddenly, Peter is found dead. Susan becomes the prime suspect in his murder. Driven by his new-found love for her and by an inner need to defend someone in whose innocence he can truly believe, Dan starts to investigate. He soon discovers a maze of conflicting evidence and of growing doubts and mystery about the woman he thought he knew and loved. And he realizes that the truth he desperately seeks - especially about Peter Boelter's death - depends on finding the answer to a question of proof.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Check this out:
Read interview on Catherine MacDonald

Interview with Author Catherine MacDonald



1) Please tell us about what you like to write? List your websites, what you do and anything else you'd like our readers and writers to know about you. (Please list your accomplishments too).

I like to write stories about women who overcome odds, who look struggles squarely in the face and go forward. My own website is and my daily blog is where I illustrate my struggles with following the seven steps of The Way, which was a number one best seller on Amazon in July 2010. A former teacher for twenty-five years, I have taught everything from first grade to English 102 in college. I created the first novel writing course at Truckee Meadows Community College and taught the Artist Way. I was the former vice-president of the Romance Writers of Nevada, before we disbanded. I have a Masters Degree in Education, which has come in handy, as I own, operate, and manage (along with my husband) Sierra RV Super Center. I write my own radio commercials, and am known around the industry as the RV Lady.

2) Tell us about your new book, Seasons of the Vineyard.

Seasons of the Vineyard is about a woman coming home to herself, her family, and coming to terms with her past. Like all of us, Francesca has parts of her past she doesn't want to acknowledge, but life is funny. It puts them in our face, whether we want to deal with them or not. She must deal with the failing vineyard, her father's dementia, her old lover, and her teenage son. Francesca is a collector of famous quotes, and she gathers her daily strength from them. Francesca rediscovers that the rhythms of the vineyard are deeply restorative and she becomes convinced she wants to resurrect the vineyard and prove everyone wrong. She is willing to do just about anything to prove she can be a world-class vintner--even if that means sleeping with the bad boy of the Sonoma Valley. Of course this develops problems with Enrico, the foreman and her former lover. He abandons her and the besieged vineyard and she is left to fend for herself, but is determined to uncover the secret of the Zinfandel wine that once made the vineyard famous. This wine will allow her to become a renowned vintner, but the secret is buried with her mother. The progression of the book follows Francesca as she saves the vineyard, uncovers the secret of the Zinfandel, deals with the past, and comes to terms with her true love.

3) Do you have anything else in the works? Can you tell us about that?

Yes. I have been working on a book called The Divorce Ranch, set in Nevada in the 1930s. Not far from my house, are several former divorce ranches. Divorce was big business in Nevada in the 1930s and the time period fascinates me. I've also started thinking about a sequel to Seasons of the Vineyard: Bella Serrano, The Tale of the Zin. For the moment, it's marinating in my mind.

4) Can you tell us a bit about yourself? What are your interests and what do you do for fun?

My interests are varied. I love to hike. I practice yoga. I love to play in my art studio and of course I'm always reading. I own and operate my own business, and in my free time I love to spend with my family. I've been happily married for thirty-five years and I am the mother of two grown children. I have a wonderful son-in-law and two adorable grandchildren to which I am Nana.

5) I am excited about a possible sequel to Seasons of the Vineyard. I really enjoyed that book. The Divorce Ranch sounds fascinating. Can you tell us a bit more about it? Was the ranch for getting divorces?

The Divorce Ranch, set in the 30s, is set on a ranch where people did come and wait out their six weeks to obtain a divorce. Nevada passed a law in 1931 (I think) that required six weeks residency to obtain a divorce. This was during the depression, and was a huge boom for the economy. An entire cottage industry developed. Many famous people came from around the world to get a quickie divorce. In my novel, I have three main characters: an actress, a New York socialite, and a woman from San Francisco. The owner of the ranch accompanied women (and men) to the courthouse to inform the judge that the person was indeed in residency for the required six weeks.

6) What kind of challenges do you find in writing?

Time proves to be a challenge for me. In the slower season, I take writing Tuesdays when I don't leave the mountain and stay up there and write. Currently, it is prime season and writing takes more effort. I find I am more creative in the morning before the noise of the day gets me.

7) What do you find more difficult about the writing process? Characters? Dialogue? Setting? Etc.?

I know it might sound funny, but for me, I need a working title. My subconscious flows when the right cornerstone is in my mind. Then, the "shitty first draft" (Anne Lamott) is the next hurdle. Once I have a template, it's easier. I think of the first draft as the frame of the story. It changes from there.

8) What writing processes do you like the best?

Writing Processes: making the time to "sit". Which I interpret, is spend the time actually writing. Many people want to write. We all have "that story" inside us, but we need to take the time to write. Yep--that self-discipline. Thank God for the nuns!

9) Do you have a set formula you use? Outline?

No. I don't use a formula, although, the hero's journey, for me, has followed the story arch for some of my novels. Maybe I'm a three-act layperson, but Joseph Campbell's work has been a template.

10) What advice would you give a first time writer?

WRITE! Many years ago I told a person I wanted to be a writer and she suggested I carve out a half hour a day and start writing. At that point, and I was very young. I had two little kids, a full time teaching career, a husband and business, and I couldn't wrap my head around that profound statement. But several years later, I read The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron, and I started writing. My life didn't change, but I changed.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Living Consciously In An Ego Driven Society by Karen Monteverdi

I just found a book that aligns with my thinking and I wanted to share it with you. There are a few of books out there that talk about this subject, but none so easy to understand, and simple to use. In writing Living Consciously In An Ego Driven Society, Karen Monteverdi, is offering a shortcut, a possibility… you won’t have to wait years to “get it”!

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A life that you can’t wait to get into each day.
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Karen Monteverdi sets the stage for a new way to look at health, a new way to express ourselves. We call the complex system the Total Holistic Integrated System, and we see it as a expression of how you experience life. You can change your mind, heart, spiritual awareness, become emotionally intelligent and improve your body awareness to create a positive experience of life, letting go of the distress.

Living Consciously in an Ego Driven Society is a guide to understand what that means, how different aspects of “Self” being expressed can affect our quality of life. When we live in ego, we may create unwanted symptoms in our mind/body/spirit and emotional body. The "Ego Driven Society" is a "Stress Full Society!"

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Individuals who have frequent moments of stress and do not take steps to manage their stress are prone to developing stress induced illnesses. Here are some stress-related diseases.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Stop Bullies - teach your kids about bullying while they are young!


I had to share this important book with you – hopefully it will save some of your children the pain of bullying or being bullied.

One day after major surgery, my friend Nadia Sahari was looking out her window and began to think of what to do during her six month recovery. There it was right in front of her face! She saw him - THE BULLY CAT. The title came instantly and the story began.

Star was a bully cat and he was mean to all the other cats in her yard. She pulled out the laptop and wrote the story as she lived it and as she saw it for the next six months. All the cats were her inspiration as well as the news on TV and in papers. She could not stand the idea of another child being bullied and then possibly committing suicide. Her heart broke each time and each time it caused a setback for her. She thought of the children and the animals that are so innocent and have no control over what happens to them. Something had to be done!

I knew her children’s book, THE BULLY CAT would definitely help younger children understand, learn and give them the teachings from an interesting cat story since all kids seem to love cats. She made it fun and colorful, too.

The statistics are alarming. According to the ASPCC each day an estimated 160,000 in the USA refuse to go to school because they dread the physical and verbal aggression of their peers. Many more attend school in a chronic state of anxiety and depression. It's reported that 6 out of 10 American youth witness bully at least once a day.

Buy this book for your own family or someone else, but spread the word and help stop this terrible trend. Thanks for your care and concern.
Give your little kids’ teachers this excellent book on bullying – The Bully Cat. RT Pls
Help your little kids learn how to handle bullying – it’s a big problem in schools nowadays. RT Pls

Wednesday, June 13, 2012



1) Please tell us about your and your book. What is the genre? What’s the book about? (If you have any websites of other links, please post them.)

Women Writing on Family:Teaching and Publishing
Editors: Carol Smallwood & Suzann Holland
Foreword: Supriya Bhatnagar, The Writer's Chronicle editor
Publisher: The Key Publishing House Inc. ISBN: 978-1-926780-13-9 26780132/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321978679&sr=1
Release: February, 2012; Price: $27.99
Dimension: 6x9, 343 pp.

Book Review,

Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing provides guidance and insight for women who write about family. Award winning women writers from all walks of life share their experiences in planning, composing, editing, publishing, teaching, and promoting work in a variety of writing genres. Readers will learn to tackle sensitive family issues and avoid pitfalls in memoir writing, poetry, fiction, and others. Filled with tips, exercises, and anecdotes, this anthology is appropriate for both well-seasoned writers and those just beginning.

2) I love that you wrote with women in mind. What challenges did you face? What did you learn?

There are so many talented women writers it was difficult to turn them away because of space limitations. Women have a lot of important things to share and do often find it very challenging to be published.

3) What challenges did you find in getting published? Did you find a publisher or self-publish? What do you prefer?

It took quite a few months to find a publisher. It ended up being accepted by a Canadian publisher in Toronto.

4) Do you have anything you’re working on at the moment?

I'm working on co-editing or editing various anthologies for librarians for Scarecrow Press and the American Library Association. I'm trying to get another anthology for women accepted but am not sure it will find a publisher.

5) I face lots of challenges as an editor. What would you say most writers seem to struggle with?

Getting their work accepted.

6) What is the most important element of writing, in your opinion?

You enjoy it.

7) I am always curious about the working surroundings of a writer. Could you describe that for us? What do you see from your working station?

It really is anywhere--that is, ideas can filter in at odd times away from a computer or paper.

8) Where do you get your inspirations? Who inspires you?

Opposites--things that don't match encourage the making of links.

9) How do you develop your characters?

Try and use people I've known.

10) Do you have any last comments or advice for all of us?

Trial and error--we learn the most from our mistakes!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ann McCauley Interview, by Carol Smallwood

1. How did Runaway Grandma gain the seal of: Top 100 Book Club Choices?

It happened about 8 months after the book’s release and on its own momentum because several book clubs around the country were reading it at the same time. These book clubs used to record and rate the books they were reading. Of course, I’d done a considerable amount of marketing.

2. How is one nominated for the Foreword Book of the Year Award?

I placed an ad for Runaway Grandma in ForeWord, a literary magazine, they read the book and nominated it for Book of the Year in Women’s Issues, since it deals with elder financial abuse. Another very nice surprise!

3. When did you begin writing for publication?

I had done some freelance work for the local newspapers and a few church and nursing journals while still working as an RN. I stopped working full time in 2002. I’d been trying to write my first novel, Mother Love, for five years, in my spare time and had only completed 40 pages! It took me nine months of writing at least four to five hours a day, five days a week to complete the first draft.

4. What are you working on now?

Actually, I am in the end of preparing a revised edition of Mother Love. The ownership of the novel reverted back to me last year, but through a series of stressful errors I discovered I did not own the cover or the formatting, only the words! My grandson, a college art student, created my new cover which I like it much better than the old one anyway…and then after the reformatting was completed, I ended up doing major edits since my writing has improved considerably since the early days. Initially I only planned to make it available for ebooks but now it will be available online in paperback on B&N and Amazon in a few weeks.
I also have a collection of short stories, almost ready for a publisher and another novel in second draft stage.

5. I am really enjoying reading your novel, Mother Love. Can you tell us how it
came about?

I had the idea in my head for many years before it became a novel. I didn’t need a story outline because I’d worked out nearly everything in my head. I do not get bored, when I am in situations that hold little interest for me, I d simply tune out with a pleasant expression, nod my head occasionally when someone looks at me questioningly and plot my stories! As a young girl, I’d gone through a stage of wanting to be a missionary, and later a Peace Corps volunteer. When I read that Jimmy Carter’s mother was a Peace Corps volunteer…and slowly over the years it evolved.

6. Mother Love is 111,764 words. How did you manage keeping it such a page

I’m glad most of Mother Love’s readers felt it was a page turner; I tried to maintain a pace that would not allow the reader’s mind to drift away from my characters and their problems. Barbara, her parents, mother in-law, all had their foibles but it made them more real. Family was everything to them as it is to me.
Being the oldest of seven children, I especially enjoyed writing the parts of the sibling interactions because that’s kind of how it is. We all live in different parts of the U.S. and yet when there is a family crisis of any kind, even though we may not have spoken to each other in weeks or even months, we pull together, irritating and loving each other all at the same time!
One day my sister called while I was writing Mother Love, and asked, “How are the kids?”
I answered, “Do you mean the real ones or the ones from my book?”

7. What suggestions do you have for writers just starting out?

First of all, if a person wants to write, he/she must write! I have met many people since my books n have been published who say things like, “Oh I should/could write a book with everything that’s happened to me.”
Secondly, writers must be readers. Read all kind of books and a wide variety of authors. Also read books about writing.
Finally all writers need a support group of other writers. It may take some time to find the right one for you.

Carol Smallwood co-edited (Molly Peacock, foreword) Women on Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets (McFarland, 2012); Compartments: Poems on Nature, Femininity and Other Realms (Anaphora Literary Press, 2011) was nominated for the Pushcart. Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing, (Key Publishing House, 2012) is her most recent book. Bringing Arts into the Library, (American Library Association) is forthcoming.

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Delight in 136 picturesque "travel back to classic car time" photos, each depicting a strength.

Savor 24 uniquely inspiring "how to engage your strengths" human interest stories.
Infuse more meaning into your life with soul-searching questions at the end of each chapter.
Imagine yourself smiling in the photos sporting a whole new strengths wardrobe.
Feel transformed with gratitude by Cuba's thriving spirit.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Seasons of the Vineyard by Catherine MacDonald

Francesca Bernard ran away from her family vineyard because she was determined to live a different life--one without the grapes and her secrets. But when Enrico, the foreman, calls her home because her father's dementia is making it impossible for him to manage the vineyard, she and her son return and discover the vineyard and her father in dire need. She assumes her father's role and deals with the complexities of running the vineyard, his aging, and Enrico's advances. The grapes are struggling. Money is tight. Her father is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Her teenaged son experiments with drugs, and Enrico is still in love with her. Through sweat and hard work, Francesca rediscovers that the rhythms of the vineyard are deeply restorative. She becomes certain of one thing: she wants to resurrect the vineyard and prove everyone wrong. She is willing to do just about anything to prove she can be a world-class vintner--even if that means sleeping with the competition. Her relationship with the bad boy of the Sonoma Valley sparks jealously in Enrico, and he abandons her and the besieged vineyard. Francesca is left to fend for herself, but is determined to uncover the secret of the Zinfandel wine that once made the vineyard famous. This wine will allow her to become a renowned vintner, but the secret is buried with her mother. How is Francesca able to save the vineyard and uncover the secret of the Zinfandel, deal with the past, and come to terms with her true love?

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Here's my review - I give this a 5-Star Recommendation

I have read and written reviews for a few books. None have left me wanting more than this book, Seasons of the Vineyard. If you like a strong woman character, this is the book for you. I couldn't put it down. There are twists and turns throughout. I spoke out loud in a few places. Pleading or getting angry at some of the events. But that's a sign of a great book. You get involved. You can't help it.

If you love learning too, this book will take you to wine country where the author, Catherine MacDonald, shows you how grapes are grown and how wine is made. You know that Ms. MacDonald has done her research. It's very educational as well as a great romance. I laughed in spots and got mad in others. That's the sign of a well-written book. Ms. MacDonald has a knack for pulling you in from the beginning and makes you want more when you are finished.

This book is for women and men. Men can learn about the wine making process and how a strong woman can achieve through hard work and determination. Women will love and identify with the main character, Francesca, as she is pulled in many different directions, but finally does what she is meant to do, run a successful vineyard. I don't want to give anything away, so get the book today. You'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Interview With Author Aline Soules

May 23, 2012

1) Please tell us about you and your book. What is the genre? What's the book about? (If you have any websites or other links, please post them).

My book is a collection of prose poems and flash fiction pieces that both stand alone and work together to create a universal woman. Each piece begins with "A woman" and a verb and continues from there. My goal was to emphasize the complexity of a woman and communicate that to my readers. The pieces express a range of emotions, stretch from the elements of daily life to the fantastical, and connect a woman to the world. I begin with a piece that breaks everything apart, after which, each piece examines one aspect of the prism that I split. One of the best compliments I received about my book was from a male writer, Al Garrotto, who provided a blurb for my book, but later wrote an unsolicited review on his blog. He wrote: "Every man who cares about a woman at any level of relationship will come away enriched and grateful." ( As an author, what better gift could I receive?

Aline Soules, Author
Meditation on Woman
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2) Your book sounds wonderful. What made you decide to write about women?

I think I've always written about women in some way--sometimes more overtly, as in Meditation on Woman; sometimes more subtly, reflecting a woman's perspective (e.g., The Size of the World, which came out in 2000 or my section of Variations on the Ordinary, which came out in 1995).

I grew out of the feminist movement of the 1960s and the effort to pass the ERA in the 1970s. I've not lost that internal fire to draw attention to the nature of women and to women's rights, which I think are in danger of slipping backwards these days. The obvious aspects of anyone's rights are easier to pursue than the discrimination that's more subtle. The glass ceiling, for example, is much harder to define than a specific right that's quantifiable, despite the struggles our forebears experienced as they sought the vote or fought for the ERA. This may seem quite removed from my book, but for me, it's part of ensuring that the complexity of women and their many struggles with our societal norms and our human condition are brought into focus.

3) Tell us about you? What do you like to do besides writing?

As a writer of non-traditional formats, I haven't relied on my writing to earn a living. I'm a librarian and I hold the rank of librarian/professor at California State University, East Bay. In that role, I teach, practice librarianship, conduct research and publish academically, and participate in my academic community. That takes up a good deal of time. For pleasure and another form of community, I sing in choirs. I love to sing. One of the pieces in my book is entitled "Sing." I wrote it quite early in my process because I am aware that many are silenced from singing, which distresses me. People used to sing all the time, in rhythm with their work. Now we sit at desks and face computers. For exercise, I like to walk and hike. I do my best thinking and get my best ideas when I'm striding along.

4) Do you have any projects you're working on at the moment?

I recently finished a 30-page chapbook called Evening Sun: A Widow's Journey, which I hope will be published sometime this year. These are poems in the more traditional vein--with line breaks. Now, I'm plotting out a novel based on my choir experiences.

5) Where can we buy a copy of your book?

My book is available from amazon at or directly from my publisher at

6) What is the most challenging for you as a writer?

The biggest challenge is devoting enough time to my work. As a poet, I haven't given up my day job (I am a librarian and professor at California State University, East Bay). I work by choice and I love my work and our students, but there are times when I just have to face the fact that I don't have as much time to write poetry or other creative work that requires reasonable space and time. This usually happens when I have student assignments to grade or must complete an academic paper by deadline (although that, too, is writing, albeit of a different sort). Even if I don't have time for new work at certain points, I still work on something every day to maintain my practice--editing, revising, planning, something.

7) How do you manage your writing time?

Mornings are best for me and that can mean as early as 5 a.m. I engage with new work and ideas at that time. I can be more flexible with editing and revising, engaging in that during the day or evening or in small "spaces of time," as I like to call them. I also consider walking to be writing time because its rhythm frees my thoughts. If I hit a snag, I head out for a walk with the specific purpose of thinking about the problem and something always breaks loose, enabling me to return and continue.

8) Can you describe your surroundings where you write?

My computer is in my living room and I use that space for my morning blocks of time. I face a southeast window that looks out over my tiny garden and I often see the day break as I write. I confess that the table around my computer is severely cluttered, but that doesn't bother me while I am writing, unless things drop off into my recycling bin! The rest of the time, I write anywhere--lunch break in my office at work, coffee shop, in bed when I wake up in the middle of the night, anyplace I can scribble with a pencil or pen or get on my little netbook.

9) Who inspires you?

I'm inspired by great writers, particularly poets, so many of whom we've lost lately, like Wisława Szymborska, who died earlier this year. I could list many, many inspiring poets--Seamus Heaney, Tomas Tranströmer, Adrienne Rich (whom we also lost recently), Jane Kenyon (long gone), Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, W. S. Merwin, the list goes on. I am inspired by any writer who writes well, whether poetry or prose. Alan Lightman, physicist and creative writer, wrote Einstein's Dream, which I reread every couple of years. Fabulous book. I read a wonderful book called Neutrino, by a British physicist named Frank Close. The writing was so good that I'm now tackling his new book, The Infinity Puzzle. And the classics--Chekhov, De Maupassant, Dickens, Trollope. Any good writing is a gift.

10) Do you have any last words for a beginning writer?

Elmore Leonard once gave a keynote address at a conference I attended. I don't remember his speech, but I do remember the Q&A that followed. A young man asked him what he did about writers' block. Leonard leaned over the podium, glaring. "Writers' block? Writers' block? You either want to write or you don't!" This has stayed with me for decades. I'd add these points. Read. I am continually amazed by creative writing students who do not read. Revise. Most writers do not revise enough. Persist. In the face of rejection, keep going and develop a practice. Enjoy it. What's the point, if you don't?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What do Age, Experience and Wisdom have in common?

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Barnes says, “Life is somewhat like a tree that branches out limb after limb. Some trees grow and are full-blown in every respect, while others are short without many limbs. branches out limb after limb. Some trees grow and are full-blown in every respect, while others are short without many limbs.“Those that generally grow are constantly reaching out and gathering in nutrients in the way of sunshine and water. “Which one are you? Are you adding limbs and branching out? Watch a new small tree as it grows. It reaches out unto the heavens, gathering its nourishment from nature.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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The Dog Men by Patricia Crandall

The Dog Men by Patricia Crandall

Ten-year-old Wyatt and eleven-year-old Hannah uncover the dark world of illegal dog fights when they trespass at a Vermont farm and peep through a barn window. And when crotchety old Lester Cranshaw’s dog, Paddy, turns up missing, there is no holding him back from investigating the situation and the kids join in. In the dead of night, after the trio are captured and held hostage at the Inglis farm, Wyatt will need all of his wits and courage to escape in order to save the lives of his friends. The Dog Men draws the reader into a tempest of animal abuse, lawlessness, and kidnapping within the confines of small-town happenings. A chilling plot and a peerless relationship between kids, adults and pets.

This is the third published book by Patricia Crandall. She has two books in print: Melrose, Then and Now, a historical volume, and I Passed This Way, a poetry book. She is currently working on an adventure/thriller novel and a book of bottle mining adventures. She lives with her husband, art, at Babcock lake in the Grafton Mountains near Petersburgh, New York.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Plus Size Woman's Guide to Nurturing Confidence and Self Esteem

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  In the author's own words: "In my family, being fat was considered a sin. Well, to be honest, being overweight was a sin and fat--well THAT was just completely unacceptable! From a very early age, I got the message that something was wrong with my size and that it was all my fault. I learned very early in life that my body was something to be ashamed of, and I unconsciously adopted the belief that I, as a human being, was a failure because of how I looked. Of course, the bad news for me was that, at that time, food was the only sense of nurturing and comfort that was available to me. And, needing that nurturing and comfort as badly as I did, I "failed" every weekly weigh-in in my teenage years and didn't learn to drive until I was 22 and had been out of my parents' house for 5 years! It's taken me the better part of 50 years to finally get the message that my value as a human being is not defined by a number on the scale or the size of my clothes. And to also understand that my size is nothing to be ashamed of, and therefore -- neither is yours!"






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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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