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With 365 Days Of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers, there’s no need for additional notepads or places to store your ideas

Saturday, June 27th, 2020
365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers
Savvy Writers Book 1
by Kim Knight
Genre: Writing, Self Help
With 365 Days Of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers, there’s no need for additional notepads or places to store your ideas. For each day of the year there’s a dedicated space for plotting your ideas, with a writing prompt to create an outline for a romance short story, novella, novel or even flash fiction. All you need to do is adapt the characters or setting to your sub-genre of romance. For each day of the year you’ll find a creative, engaging, fun and challenging writing prompt, with situations or people to craft your next story. There is also a personal blogging challenge with writing prompts, for romance writers to engage with their readers, grow their following, find new readers and allow their audience to get to know them via their own personal blog or author site. With 356 Days Of Writing Prompts For Romance Writers you’ll never be stuck for a romance story idea, or blog topic again! Each month has a focus and fully adaptable to your sub-genre, dip in and out of each day, week, month as you wish.
January- New Directions Love
February- Unexpected New Love
March- Fresh Starts and New Beginnings
April- Love in Unexpected Places
May- Historical, Regency and Multicultural
June- Contemporary Romance
July- Paranormal, Horror and Dark Romance
August- Christmas and Holiday Love
September- Mixed Bag of Goodies!
October- December Romance Writers’ Blog Writing Challenge Prompts
Award-Winning Romantic Suspense and Thriller Author Kim Knight, also shares her secrets on writing realistic, page-turning romance. Also her experience with writing prompts, which has allowed her to co-author two novels, and seventeen short-stories to date. So, romance writers around the world, grab your pen and your copy and get ready to write every day of the year and never run out of creativity. Note the paperback version will allow you to plot your ideas all in one space in the book, and let go of your hundreds of different idea notepads.
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MY REVIEW

365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers by Kim Knight is a great source of inspiration. I was able to copy selected tips from her to write great romances in any genre into my own document for fast referral. It strikes me as good advice as I have written my own romance series the same way she recommends.

The other thing I like about Kim Knight’s book is that after each day’s prompt, she left space for the readers to outline the prompt for a new story of your own making. At the end of the year you will have 365 stories to develop and publish later.

In my case, since I publish about two romances a year that would mean I have enough material for 183 years. In another case I suppose I could use some of the prompts as subplots in the same story. Either way, it’s a lot of inspiration for a writer. You may be able to forget writers’ block thanks to this book’s content.

I will say that this book is a must for romance writers everywhere. You’ll be glad you have it in your personal library.

Kim is born in 1983 and from London in the UK. She’s a mother to a beautiful little boy, and a proud award winning author (awarded Best Romance 2017 title for A Stranger In France). Kim started her journey as a traditionally published author and later dived into self-publishing also.
As a reader she’s head over heels in love with romance, historical fiction, crime fiction, African- American, suspense and thriller genre books. As a writer, Kim enjoys creating stories with a diverse and multi-cultural line up, within the romance, romantic suspense and general thriller and crime genres. When she’s not reading, or writing stories of her own her other passions include practising her French, astrology, fashion, make-up artistry, drawing, spending time at her sewing machine dressmaking, watching make -up and beauty tutorials on YouTube, letter writing and being a mum.
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The journey just begins with the event, the healing is a lifetime

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

ABOUT THE BOOK:

 

 

  • Finding Your Voice is a personal and comprehensive guide for survivors of abuse making the journey toward healing. Led by an author who has walked the path for more than three decades, readers will find encouragement and hope as they move step-by-step to a place of recovery.
  • Part memoir, part blueprint for recovery, Finding Your Voice uses a mix of personal anecdotes, accumulated knowledge, expert techniques and good, common sense to help readers navigate a new path in the aftermath of abuse.
  • With clear instructions and insightful examples, the author leads the readers through the five stages of healing—built upon the foundation of years of self-help work, therapy and reflection, and the author’s own transformative approach to healing.

 

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WHY IT’S A MUST-READ:

 

  • Finding Your Voice is an amazing resource not only for abuse survivors but for all women who wish to develop a stronger sense of self-worth. Regardless of your life experiences, this book is a wonderful guide to becoming who you want to be.
    • Mannette’s empowering and uplifting personal stories combine empathy, practicality, and encouragement. The book is a powerful reminder that no one has to remain a victim of their past.
    • With a companion workbook and audiobook available, Finding Your Voice puts the power to heal in your own hands. It’s a comprehensive blueprint guide that offers step-by-step strategies, encouraging personal anecdotes, and easy-to-understand, manageable steps to follow. It includes exercises and questions for self-reflection that prompt readers to think about their own experiences in a way they may not have done in the past.
    • This book is unlike other self-help books for survivors. Praised for its unique perspective on healing and breaking the cycle of abuse, the book speaks to not only survivors but to society-at-large.
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR, MANNETTE MORGAN

 

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    • Mannette Morgan is a speaker, author, coach, and survivor. She teaches critical skills and techniques to other survivors with her books, workbook, workshops, retreats, and coaching. Her mission is to stop the cycle of abuse and provide survivors with accessibility to healing. She is sharing her inspiring story, research-based strategies, and free resources survivors can use to heal and thrive. . From the emotional and physical abuse as a child to an abusive marriage, Mannette comes from a place of great understanding. She empowers other abuse survivors to find their voice and thrive as they learn to heal their past.
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      • Facebook: @mannettemorganauthor 

       

     

    ENDORSEMENTS:

    • “An excellent book which can help not only survivors of abuse, but all women who are feeling like victims. This book has a powerful story with real-time exercises and a workbook that will help walk victims through their healing process and help them become survivors. The journey just begins with the event, the healing is a lifetime.”
    • -Library Journal

The Comprehensive List of International Book Fairs in 2020

Friday, February 21st, 2020

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that every book lover feels more at home surrounded by books. This is why we brought you our updated 2020 international book fairs list, to help guide you home. Our annual book fair list includes events with everything a book lover could ever dream of, books, authors, publishers and a bunch of book-related goodies.

International Book Fairs

No matter where you are in the world, there are bound to be international book fairs close to you happening in 2020. This list will help you pinpoint the exact one and give you the chance to make a note of it so that you don’t forget when the time comes.

Fallow the link to all Book Fairs in the world:

https://www.kotobee.com/blog/international-book-fairs-2020/

Lisa’s new memoir, A Light in the Darkness: Transcending Chronic Illness through the Power of Art and Attitude, chronicles 10 years living with chronic illness while creating to heal

Sunday, February 9th, 2020

 

A Light in the Darkness
by Lisa A. Sniderman
Genre: Inspirational Memoir
What can we do when we struggle with an illness that doesn’t go away?
An inspirational story of the healing power of music, creativity, following your dreams and finding your true purpose.
In 2008, singer-songwriter Lisa Sniderman was living the dream in California. As Aoede, the Muse of Song, her star as a gifted recording artist was rising fast. Lisa’s quirky folk-pop performance style electrified audiences up and down the West Coast, and the albums just kept flowing. But just when her career was rocketing skyward, a health crisis brought all of her dreams crashing to the ground. Diagnosed with a rare, debilitating immune disorder called dermatomyositis (DM), Lisa struggled to maintain a normal life with a body in revolt and, eventually, to accept a new normal. Living with a chronic illness challenged Lisa to see DM as a gift in disguise that has opened the door to new dreams, new songs, and new opportunities. Lisa’s story is for you if you seek strength, new inspiration, hope, joy, healing, and if you or someone you love struggle with a chronic illness, disability, or unexpected life events. Her insights and reflections on her journey inspire hope and the courage to keep dreaming and living to the fullest no matter what life hurls at you.
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Lisa Sniderman, aka Aoede, is an award-winning, quirky, folk-pop artist, playwright, filmmaker, and author from San Francisco who creates to heal. She creates and records unique, original full-length fantasy musicals on audiobooks that she adapts to musical theater stage plays. She’s been honored with more than 80 awards for songwriting, audiobooks, films, stage plays and books since 2012 all while suffering from a rare autoimmune disease: dermatomyositis, acprogressive muscle weakness disease. Lisa’s mission is to be a light and a muse by inspiring, engaging, empowering, connecting with, encouraging, and supporting young adults and kids at heart of all ages, challenges, and abilities through original art and music. She fosters healing by “giving your creative spirit wings and inspiring you to share your story.”
Lisa’s new memoir, A Light in the Darkness: Transcending Chronic Illness through the Power of Art and Attitude, chronicles 10 years living with chronic illness while creating to heal. Through confessions and life lessons, Lisa offers support, compassion, strength, connection, encouragement, motivation, and hope-a light in the darkness-to those battling chronic illness, disability and unexpected life challenges.
Lisa founded an online community of artists creating to heal and collaborated with more than 50 artists who are also creating to heal, culminating in an online video showcase and live multi-media performances in December 2018.
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A. C. Dye a new author of bilingual children picture books

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Meet A. C. Dye a new author of Bilingual children’s books:

A. C. Dye has been a panelist at LTUE Writers Symposium. Panelist at ConDuit. Presenter at the League of Utah Writers. Given school Presentations in English and Spanish and at Literary art festivals.

She is a member of ANWA-Salt Lake Storytellers, where she has served as Vice-president for 3 years. And former member of the League of Utah Writers, where se has served as Contest Chairwoman and president of the Oquirrh Chapter.

Award for some of her YA work:

Fiction 2nd place – Amarine-Fairy Princess, 2009

First Page Contest Young Adult Romance, 2nd place – Kingdom by the Sea, 2010

League of Utah Writers, Children/Young Adult, BronzeAward – Elfs in a Conquered Realm, 2010

First Page Contest, Children/young adult, First Place – Fairy Prince, 2011

 

A.C.Dye is now trying her hand at Bilingual children’s book and here are the results for your perusal .

“Such Clean Teeth – Que Dientes Tan Limpios”

“Ponies, Picky Eaters – Los Ponis Mañosos”

“Wash Your Hands – Lava Tus Manos”

“Potty – Usar el Baño”

“Baths – Bañarse”

 

 

 

A. C. Dye is a bilingual author fluent in English and Spanish. She was born by the beaches of Valparaiso, Chile where she grow up among her four siblings. She is married to her best friend and is the mother of four. She lives in Salt Lake City Utah.

She also writes YA and Middle Grade novels as Anna del C. Dye where she has published more than ten books.

You can fin her YA books here:

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Anna+del+C.+Dye&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_2 

For more visit her website:

http://www.annadelc.com 

 

Contact:

anna@annadelc.com

Isn’t oatmeal that boring goop that nobody really eats if there’s anything else available?  NOT ANYMORE!

Sunday, October 13th, 2019
Once Upon a Bowl of Oatmeal (paperback cover)

My latest writing project is very different from anything else I’ve written. It’s a cookbook! But those who know how much I love fantasy might not be surprised that this cookbook ended up with a fantasy theme. Many of the recipes have names inspired by fairy tales or fantasy stories, and I love the hints of fantasy in the two covers designed by the awesome Savannah Jezowski


Why two different covers? The paperback version of the cookbook is an unusual shape, due to the unusual recipe format (more information about that below), so it couldn’t share a cover with the ebook.

Once Upon a Bowl of Oatmeal (ebook cover)

Some people might be surprised, though, that the whole book is focused on oatmeal. After all, isn’t oatmeal that boring goop that nobody really eats if there’s anything else available? 

NOT ANYMORE! In this book, you’ll find recipes for delectable dishes like creamy mango coconut spice oatmeal, cinnamon almond oatmeal, blueberry cream cheese oatmeal, and (my personal favorite:) caramel banana oatmeal with peanut butter. (Okay, so that one is a little closer to the dessert end of the spectrum than the porridge end!) 


Take a look at the book blurb below for more details:

Are you tired of high-sugar, low-health-value instant oatmeals in tiny serving packets full of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives? Once Upon a Bowl of Oatmeal contains 70 hearty recipes packed with natural ingredients and brimful of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. All are gluten free, assuming you use gluten-free oats, and vegan (or they come with a vegan option). Most require no salt so are perfect for a low sodium diet. Almost all of these recipes can be prepared in ten minutes or less, saving you time in your busy morning.
 
Oh … and no more math! Whether you’re cooking just for yourself, for a family of six, or any number in between, every recipe comes in the form of a handy table that shows exactly how much of each ingredient you’ll need for however many servings you want.
 
Tasty enough for kids to crave, but wholesome enough to appeal to health-conscious parents, these mouth-watering recipes will give you plenty of energy for your day while pleasing your taste buds too. Download Once Upon a Bowl of Oatmeal now and say goodbye to artificial breakfasts that don’t fully satisfy.

Take a peek at a few of the fun recipe titles (with pictures courtesy of photographer Denise Johnson). Then scroll down for a free recipe!

And now for a free oatmeal recipe in the unique format I use in Once Upon a Bowl of Oatmeal:

 

Ready to grab your copy? Click here to download the ebook for your Kindle or to order the paperback cookbook. And if you enjoy the recipes, please consider leaving a review on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or Bookbub!

About the Author:

 

Annie Douglass Lima considers herself fortunate to have traveled in twenty different countries and lived in four of them. A fifth-grade teacher in her “other” life, she loves reading to her students and sparking their imaginations. Her books include science fiction, fantasy, YA action and adventure novels, a puppet script, anthologies of her students’ poetry, Bible verse coloring and activity books, and now a cookbook. When she isn’t teaching, writing, or experimenting with new flavors of oatmeal, Annie can often be found sipping spiced chai or pomegranate green tea in exotic locations, some of which exist in this world.

Connect with Annie Douglass Lima Online:
Sign up for her mailing list so she can let you know when new books are available. When you sign up, she’ll send you a free copy of one of her fantasy books! http://bit.ly/LimaUpdates
 

 

BookTube is a community ofcontent creators on YouTube that film videos about books

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
The
BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader turns one year old this March. [Cue
the party music!] The time has flown by so quickly. My to-be-read
list has expanded even faster. As a reader, you know that is both a
good and bad thing. LOL!
 
YouTube
for the Bookish?
YouTube.com
is the second most visited website in the world – where over 1.9
billion logged-in users visit each month. And each day, people watch
over a billion hours of video and generate billions of views. While
many people are aware of the music videos, make-up channels and
gaming channels on the platform, far fewer know about the great
bookish content available on YouTube. BookTube is a community of
content creators on YouTube that film videos about books. The
BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader is a daily online newspaper
featuring social shares from booktubers (including authortubers) and
some bookish neighbors (like bloggers and readers). Are you familiar
with BookTube?
 
Once
Upon A Time…
Between
changes in YouTube’s algorithm and my book reading taste, it was a
struggle for me to keep up with my favorite booktubers and keep
a look-out for new booktubers. I knew many other fans of BookTube
were having similar problems.
When
YouTube changed it’s monetization rules in early 2018, many people,
including myself, worried about it’s overall impact on small content
creators. As I looked at my personal BookTube channel list, I
thought, “What can I do to help support and encourage bookish
content creators?” Then poof! The idea for The BookTube Your
Shelf Daily Reader popped into my head. [Yes, with a poof]. What
started out as an idea in March of 2018 has morphed into a passion
project with an online newspaper and email newsletter.
Find
Your Next Favorite…
One
of the goals of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader project is to
help you find your next favorite booktuber. Check out the Videos
section of TBYSDR for suggestions on bookish YouTube videos to watch.
It features over 25 videos each
day. 
https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/videos
Another goal of the
project is to help you find your next great read. In The BookTube
Your Shelf web newspaper, you’ll find a variety of posts like:
  • Book
    News
  • Book
    Giveaways
  • Book
    Reviews
  • Videos
    about Books
  • Videos
    about Reading
  • Videos
    about Writing
  • Book Trailers
Don’t
Miss A Thing.
Don’t
struggle with searching for book-related videos in the YouTube hay
stack. Subscribe to The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader Email
Newsletter to have the paper delivered to
your email inbox. 
https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/
Be
sure to “Like” the TBYSDR Facebook page to stay
up-to-date on the latest
edition. 
https://www.facebook.com/BookTubeYourShelf/
But
wait… there’s more!
During
March I will be hosting a month-long event called BookTube Z to A,
highlighting BookTube channels on YouTube, at the Readeropolis book
blog. Look for the hashtag #BookTubeZtoA on your favorite social
sites.  
You
can follow all of the anniversary celebration events by joining the
Facebook anniversary event page (click “Going” to get
updates): 
https://www.facebook.com/events/358689728051151/
So,
let’s chat in in the comments.
Do
you watch book-related videos on YouTube? What are some of your
favorite BookTube Channels?
Have you checked
out the latest edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily
Reader?
BookTube,
keep doing what you’re doing. You’re hands down amazing!
 
 
 
Mayor
Sonni: Reader extraordinaire. Mayor of the Readeropolis book blog.
Content curator. Lover of books, lists, sweet tea, and vacations.
Well, not necessarily in that order.
Are you connected?
You can find her all over the Internet under the handle Readeropolis.

 

 

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Kotobee International Book Fair Calendar for 2019

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Nothing warms a book lover’s heart more than a good book. And nothing excites a book addict more than a book fair, overflowing with publishers and booksellers.

Every year Kotobee compiles for you the dates of the biggest and best book fairs around the world, and post them on their website, to see the completed blog click here, https://www.kotobee.com/blog/international-book-fairs-2019/

(This blog, https://annadelc.com/blog/?p=9327  is meant to be informative about book fairs and does not endorse any nor part of them.)

 

 

Healthy foods and exercise didn’t make you fat and they won’t make you thin UNTIL you face the emotional issues underneath the weight

Sunday, February 24th, 2019
Now
That’s Just Stupid: Weight, What?
By
Debra Taylor
Genre:
Self-Help
 
The
F-Word: A three letter word that carries the greatest impact to the
deepest void inside the soul…Fat there I said it.Just the word
alone makes every hurt, pain, failure or haunting memory rise to the
surface and food is the only thing that will quiet the storm.You
don’t have a problem with food! You have problems, issues,
behaviors and you go to food. There is a big difference!WEIGHT, What?
is the third release in the Now That’s Just Stupid, Inc. book
series. It’s a journey through real weight loss using regular,
every day foods only this time you will solve the issues and keep the
food. No one should tell you what to eat, what not to eat or how much
to eat. YOU know how to do that! What you don’t know is how to
solve the reasons why you overeat. Healthy foods and exercise didn’t
make you fat and they won’t make you thin UNTIL you face the
emotional issues underneath the weight. This book will show you how
to use your food to guide you toward your C.O.R.E. issues and take
the steps to solve them.
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Author,
Debra Taylor has battled obesity since childhood topping out at
almost 400 pounds before learning to manage her adiction to food. She
now holds a Masters of Science with an emphasis in Applied Behavioral
Analysis and a Ph.D. In Psychology, with an emphasis in addiction.
Her specialty is working with clients who struggle with behavioral or
emotional eating before, during and after their weight loss. She has
traveled nationally and internationally as a motivational speaker and
was Director over several hospital surgical and non-surgical weight
loss programs. While working with tousands of obese individuals she
designed the meaning behind food groups that explain and solve
emotional eating while teaching people to lose weight eating
regular every day foods.
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Cancer and a love one… This story is uplifting and often humorous while symbolizing hope

Saturday, October 6th, 2018
 Nana and the “c” is a book for all ages and all cultures as it is about family and the ability to support a loved one through the challenges of cancer. It is told from a seven-year-old’s perspective as she gathers the courage to face her grandmother’s illness and learns that her irritating younger sister is perhaps smarter than she seems. Together they also learn how to conquer their biggest fear and replace worry with wonder. 

The story is uplifting and often humorous while symbolizing hope. It will make readers of all ages laugh, cry, and remember their own childhood and the relationships and events that influenced who they have become. The goal of this story is to help children through health crises in their family. The illustrator, editor and designer donated their time to help with the project in order to make possible the donation of copies of the book to waiting rooms of cancer clinics.

 

 

Thank you so much for your generosity. We’re donating books to hospitals and children’s centers. Anywhere people might benefit from an uplifting story dealing with cancer.

~ Universal Amazon Link ~ 

 

 

Doris Schneider is an artist, scene designer, writer, and educator. She taught at William Carey University and was a tenured professor of theatre at North Carolina Central University. She published two novels: Borrowed Things and By Way of Water. 
 
After her own bout with breast cancer, she wrote this story based on a real event with her granddaughters. While the illustrator, Wenhai Ma, was teaching at Duke University, the two became long term friends—culminating in their collaboration on Nana and the “c”.

 

Meet the Illustrator:
Wenhai Ma – AmericanChinese scene designer, illustrator and educator. He was granted tenured professorship at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He graduated from the Central Academy of Drama, China and Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He has taught at Duke University, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Purdue University and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Central Academy of Drama, China and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. He is the author of Scene Design Rendering and Media (Focus Publishing, USA) and illustrator for 10 children’s picture books in the US. He has designed sets and costumes for various dramas, operas and musicals in the United States, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia. His first novel Such An Enchanted Night was published in Taiwan, 2017.

 

 

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The grand prize for the 2-day event is a KINDLE FIRE!

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
Welcome everyone, we are so excited to introduce you to all our new updates!!!  We have been working hard to redesign, remodel and rejuvenate Loving The Book and we want to share this exciting new look with you!
 
Join the Party for loads of games on March 15th
 
Today we are featuring a treasure hunt on the same Party and Blitz page and 
The grand prize for the 2-day event is a KINDLE FIRE!
 
Join all the Fun and get a chance to enter to win loads of prizes here
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The World’s Greatest Guide to Making, Staging, and Performing with Puppets

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Where are the authors from?

All 3 authors, Amy White, Mark H. Pulham, and Dallin Blankenship are currently in Utah.

Amy White

Amy

Mark H. Pulham

Mark

Dallin Blankenship

Dallin

Amy if you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

There are two people that I would love to spend some time with — Aristotle and/or Albert Einstein — oh for a time machine!

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would be? What food would you serve?

I think Kevin (the blue monster on the back cover) would be my dinner companion of choice. I’m certain he would share my love of chocolates.

Kevin

On the other hand, I must warn anyone wanting dinner with a certain single-toothed old lady (bottom right, pg 81), she’s a bit hard of hearing, won’t take no for an answer, and is known for her Hairy Toe stew.

Little Old Lady and a meantforthestewpot Hairy Toe

If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?

Oh, I’d definitely have the Commander (found on the back of the title page) take me to realms and worlds unknown.

Describe your dream writing spot.

Oh, to dream!  My spot is in a warm and bright open-to-the-air Hawaiian seaside room with a resting couch, the walls filled with my library of reference books, stocked with my favorite office supplies, a never-fail computer, and ever full-of-ink printer.

How did you find enough commitment to complete your book?

I wondered myself at times. More than anything, you need to understand why you want to write a book. Deadlines come and go. Complications multiply like rabbits, despair looms menacingly on an almost daily basis, but what keeps you going is that goal, that deep down inside you reason to not just ‘want’ to write, but the ‘need’ to have written.

What is the name of your book?

Dressing the Naked Hand: The World’s Greatest Guide to Making, Staging, and Performing with Puppets

Give us a back blurb of your book

Created by a team of master puppet builders and performers, Dressing the Naked Hand is the go-to manual for all things puppet. With workshops on stuffets, hand puppets, advanced puppets, stages, acting, voices, and much more, it’s the world’s most comprehensive puppetry guide–ever!

What genre is it?

Non-fiction How-to / Crafting

What kind of research did you do for this book?

After years of being a children’s librarian, and years watching Mark’s puppet shows entertain hundreds of kids and adults, I finally convinced him to teach me puppetry. I also joined the Utah Puppetry Arts Guild, attended guild workshops, and dedicated myself to learning from every expert I could find.

Additionally, in the final months of creating images and editing, I realized, for this particular image-heavy and image-specific book, I’d need to teach myself Adobe Photoshop. That was a learning curve!

Any special appearances or events coming up that you want to mention?

Puppetry is a hobby–a beloved, obsessive hobby–for each of us. This curtails our performance and workshop opportunities. We traditionally perform in June at the Orem Library’s Teddy Bear Picnic; on Labor Day weekend at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival; and the 3rd week of December at the SCERA Center for the Arts. Outside of those venues, Dallin and Mark do commission work for Imagine Learning, and Amy lectures on script and text analysis, as well as non-fiction at writing conferences such as Life the Universe and Everything (LTUE.net), World Horror Con 2016 (WHC2016.org), and Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers (WIFYR.com)

Updated information can be found on the DTNH website at http://dressingthenakedhand.com/

Where can we find your books? 

Wherever books are sold–

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Dressing-Naked-Hand-Book-DVD/dp/1938301137/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1451504961&sr=8-1&keywords=dressing+the+naked+hand

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dressing-the-naked-hand-amy-white/1121708200

Direct for the Publisher- Familius

https://www.familius.com/dressing-the-naked-hand

Climb your own personal mount Everest, it will change your world.

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Today we have Jeff Griffin, Author & Speaker visiting our blog.

Jeff, how long have you been writing? This is my first book!  I started it in 2004 and published it this summer

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Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.  I was born in cache valley Utah in God’s country!  I currently live in West Jordan Utah

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A Conversations with Mother Goddess?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

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The contest:

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About the author:

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Natalie Kawai is a Spiritual Teacher and Guide. Born on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, she now lives in Hawaii. Clairaudient from birth, she has always been haunted by the mysteries of life, why we are here, and our role in the universe. Moved by her intense desire always to go deeper in understanding the whys of the whys, she found the voice of the Great Mother of Creation twelve years ago. Since then, she has studied relentlessly with the Supreme Being in a constant and intense dialogue. This practice led her to understand why a gulf still exists between our divinity and our humanity. Under the Great Mother of Creations’ guidance, she founded LST™—Light Speed Transmutation— a radical system to restore our lost consciousness and drive out the last part of our ego.

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Genre – Self Help

Back cover blurb:

Buried in our soul forever, there is a piece of us that has not as yet been activated. That piece is (more…)

Missionary Possible… Your mission, should you choose to accept it…

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Missionary Possible (Preparations tip from new testament heroes)  the new book by Eric Rigby is out.

SYNOPSIS:

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, starts with you and the scriptures. Learn how ordinary people became extraordinary and how their stories can build your testimony and prepare you for serving the Lord. Funny and full of practical ideas you can use, this book is perfect for teens and young adults as it leads them through the scriptures and solidifies their testimonies and preparedness.

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AUTHOR BIO:

ERIC RIGBY finished his first book in the second grade. It was called The Holey Street and centered on the attempts of each student in his class as they tried to cross a street pockmarked with supernatural sinkholes (none survived). He has made great strides in storytelling since then. He and his wife are the proud parents of two sons and currently live in Utah. You can learn more about his upcoming creative projects at at www.ericrigby.com.

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To get the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Missionary-Possible-Preparation-Testament-Heroes/dp/1462116345

The Paleo Cardiologist is not a Band-Aid fix of the conventional medicine

Monday, June 8th, 2015
Dr. Jack Wolfson was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His father was the
first osteopathic physician at the Cleveland Clinic. The family moved to
Chicago where Dr. Wolfson was raised and did all of his training. He
received his B.S. in Biology from The University of Illinois with dreams
of following in his father’s footsteps. He then enrolled at Midwestern
University for his medical school training. He did a subsequent
three-year residency in Internal Medicine and three year fellowship in
Cardiology. In his final year, Dr. Wolfson was appointed Chief Fellow.
After
finishing his training, Dr. Wolfson moved to Arizona in 2002. He joined
a large cardiology group and was elected as a senior partner in 2006.
After years of angiograms, pacemakers, and other procedures, Dr. Wolfson
met the woman who opened his eyes to the wellness paradigm. Dr. Jack
and Dr. Heather now practice as The Drs. Wolfson.In 2012, Dr.
Wolfson opened his own private practice with the idea of providing
patients in-depth information about their health and the risks and
benefits of all treatments. The focus is to use nutrition,
evidence-based supplements, chemical avoidance, exercise, and relaxation
to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. Patients seek his
consultation from all over the world.The Drs. Wolfson have two
beautiful boys and live in Arizona. They have a rescue lab-mix named
Sal. They love to hike and bike as a family. They are active soccer
parents. The family eats organic food, grass-fed meats, and wild
seafood. Both boys were born at home and breastfed for over three years.
The Drs. Wolfson practice attachment parenting and co-sleep with their
boys.

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Can Moms live guilt free?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Amy, what is your typical day like?

Mine is not the day of a full-time author, but rather of a full-time mom (of a small army).  My day begins with some qi gong and stretching, followed by meditation, then pondering my day over a mug of hot lemon water.  Depending on how much sleep I got the night before, I might eat and get ready for my day next, but with a new baby – school time can often find me still in my pjs.  I am currently homeschooling five of my children, with one preschooler, one infant and two graduated and on their own.  Regardless of the subject, we do a lot of reading – together or alone.  I answer questions, discuss assignments, put out fires, and keep everyone off the fridge.

School time is over by 1 pm where we all grab a quick bite, then I (more…)

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Lisa, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio where I still reside

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What makes you passionate about writing?

It’s best how I can communicate. I can say things better with words than I can verbally

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

12 years because I never thought that I was good enough.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Friends because I would have NEVER thought of it on my own

What is the title of your book?

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His Eye is on the Sparrow

 

Could you give us a back cover blurb?

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13) Lisa Sparrow has never felt loved or wanted. Born into a family that she never quite fit into, her childhood was spent alternating between the foster care system and various mental health institutions. How could the very people charged to protect her make her feel so worthless? How do you put the pieces of a shattered heart back together again; is it even possible? From the agony of multiple miscarriages to the pain of never feeling love from anyone, Lisa Y. Sparrow reveals the most intimate of details of her life in the hopes that someone is freed from their own prison of mental illness.

What genre does your book fall under?

Mental health

What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

That mental illness is truly an illness and not a death sentence and to find a good support network

What else might pique the reader’s interest in your book?

That this is a very open and candid book about the life of a mentally ill woman

Where can we find your book?

http://www.amazon.com/His-Eye-Sparrow-Lisa-Y/dp/0988625938/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427931785&sr=1-4&keywords=his+eye+is+on+the+sparrow

What do you mean The Urban Bike Story?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Michael, what makes you passionate about writing?
That depends a bit on what I am writing! For my Urban Bike books, I think the passion comes from just believing in the subject. Bikes don’t pollute, they help you stay healthier and they let you be “out there” with your fellow humans even as they get you back and forth to work or just down to grab a few things from the local store! My passion comes from believing in that subject so much that I want to share it with others!
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Do you have a writing routine?
Yes, my writing routine has changed once or twice, and might change again for 2015. I have plans to really get serious about the amount of work I publish this year so my current routine might need to change a bit to meet those expectations.
So right now, Because I commute to work on public transportation and/or by bike, I have found that for me, the Ipad is my best friend! It allows me to read relevant books, blogs or other articles wherever I happen to be. It also allows me to write most anywhere! Some writers complain about writers block or taking a while to “get into” the story. I understand that, but  also believe if you create a routine, weather that’s just writing at a certain time every day, when you do that a few times, you train your brain that her, it’s time to get to work! I find it very easy now as soon as I open that Ipad in a coffee shop or better yet in a quiet corner of the smithsonian, (What a great writing room right?) My brain is pretty much ready to go!

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Sugarbabies and Feel Better for the New Year?

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Sugarbabies” and “The Feel Better Book” by Andi E. Golub

What is your typical day like? My days are generally very long and varied. After taking care of my own cats and my boarding cats at CatNurse Cottage, I often go out and do house calls for pets needing in-home nursing care. If the weather is good when I return home, I often sneak in some gardening (even in the winter!) and finally settle down to try and write for an hour or two in the late afternoons.

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Do you write with music or not? Always, although sometimes it takes me a while to find exactly what fits my musical mood. (more…)