Monday, December 31, 2012

Life Happens!

"In life we do things.  Some we wish we had never done.  Some we wish we could replay a million times in our heads.  But they all make us who we are.  And in the end they shape every detail about us.  If we were to reverse any of them we wouldn't be the person we are.  So just live.  Make mistakes.  Have wonderful memories.  But never ever second guess who you are.  Where you have been.  And most importantly where it is you're going."


This is one of my favorite quotes, that I think about this time every year.  As I move into the new year, I try to remember that what has happened last year is in the past.  I remind myself to let it go.  What has happened, has happened and it has shaped who I am today.  But ever so importantly it reminds me to live into the future I want because my imagination and my hard work are my only limits. I must also remind myself to take things as they come. Life throws curves balls at me and that even with the best laid plans, I might have to take a detour.  Nevertheless, I am living. 

Remember:  Life Happens!

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Author Spotlight #27 - Rita Monette

The Legend of Ghost Dog Island
by Rita Monette

Moving is nothing new for ten-year-old Nikki Landry. Her fisherman father relocates their raggedy old houseboat several times a year in search of better crab fishing spots. However, their latest move has brought her to a mysterious bayou, where she feels like something is watching her from a nearby island. But when Papa tells her about a local legend that something sinister might be living nearby and stealing the souls of dogs, she fears for her beloved beagle’s life. Join Nikki as she seeks to discover the truth behind the legend…before it’s too late.

Twitter: @ritamonette
Rita Monette was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana. After retiring from her “real” job as an administrative assistant for the State of Michigan, Rita began doing what she always wanted to do…write and paint. Five long years later, Musa Publishing offered her a contract for her debut middle grade novel, The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, which also includes her artwork. Her stories are set in the beautiful, yet mysterious, bayous and swamps of her home state. Rita now lives with her husband, four lap dogs, and one lap cat, in the mountains of Tennessee.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Author Spotlight #26 - Kizmo Macoubrie

More Than a Wish
By Kizmo Macoubrie 

More Than a Wish is a true story about a stressed out television producer devastated by the death of her child. She reaches out to God in prayer and in a moment of clarity, God grants her three wishes. What if God stepped into your life and granted you three wishes? What would your three wishes be?

Don't doubt that God answers wishes, God relates to everyone, including everyday people and people with unusual, quirky or eclectic views. No one is left out. God has plans for your future and this includes answering your wishes and prayers. More Than a Wish is a collection of powerful stories that shows how to find your destiny and understand your true propose. Discovering your true purpose allows you to place your trust and security in God. More Than a Wish shows you how to magnify and develop an enlightened relationship with God. The book is filled with spiritual tales that will sink deep into your spiritual subconscious giving you the confidence, trust and courage to accomplish a fulfilling everyday life. Only 100 pages, every chapter reveals a lesson that releases stress and gives you comfort.

More Than a Wish has stories of recovery and hope, and shows how God helps everyone triumph over everyday obstacles. The book is for Christians and non-Christians who feel they are spiritually unique. Get answers to your prayers and find out how God understands your wishes, right away!

Visit:  More Than a Wish

Authors Comment
After writing Chapter Six in my book I was moved to compose a song.

I'd never written a song before and I wasn't a musician or a singer, but I believed the song was divine inspiration and as His gift, it would be an amazing song. However, I had no clue how this would come to be. I trusted my faith in God, and simply believed. 

That tiny reflection of faith reached out and attracted the attention of Ira Walker, a two-time Grammy nominated songwriter. Ira read my site and he was moved to contact me. It amazed me how easily God had connected me to a songwriter and someone so talented. After all, Ira had recently been nominated for a Grammy as a producer, singer/songwriter and he had co-written a song with Eddie Money. Ira is a mentor and a musician, God had made an amazing connection for me by giving me a mentor. 

Ira was already recording a sound track for an author and famous musician, Dann Rogers. They invited me to the television taping of that concert. It was almost a year before Ira and I collaborated on the song God had given me but once our collaboration started it was worth the wait.


A native Californian, Kizmo grew up as a “surfer girl” in San Diego where her father worked in the aircraft industry. His love of airplanes motivated her to receive a degree in travel. While modeling and working in film, she soon entered the world of television and this led to her hosting her own television show. It was during her time in television Kim Macoubrie assumed her nickname, Kizmo

Through the popularity of her television show Kizmo met world renowned religious leaders, celebrities, musicians, politicians and leaders in the fields of science, religion and spirituality. Although her understanding of spirituality includes advice from experts she includes the Bible's spiritual teachings in her stories. Kizmo's book is based on personal experiences and includes glimpses into her television show. She interviewed numerous personalities including Dennis Weaver, Arlo Guthrie and several members from: Star Trek: The Next Generation. You can see her in pictures with guests from her television show on her website. (

She now maintains a quiet lifestyle in Northern California while writing the sequel to More Than a Wish. When asked to describe herself, she replies, “I love to laugh.” Kizmo writes a brand of Christian books for non-Christians and for people who feel they are spiritually unique. Kizmo shares perspectives that are both practical and spiritual and can be applied to stress, health, work, relationships, unemployment, illness, and other common everyday situations and experiences.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Author Spotlight #25 - Robert Dorang

The Schoolmistress
by Robert Dorang
It is 1897. Anne Marie Laforge rebels against her doting and domineering French-born father and impulsively accepts a teaching position in a one-room schoolhouse in upper Appalachia, home of her late mother. Far from the comfort and refinement of her native Quebec, she is soon confronted with the ruggedness and idiosyncrasies of the inhabitants of a small village. She encounters Ned Pennant, an elective mute trapper-poacher. First repulsed by this near-illiterate, then intrigued, she challenges herself to make him speak again. They will fall in love but their romance is short lived when Ned is accused of murder. Will Anne Marie be dismissed from her teaching position for having consorted with an alleged criminal? International events, matrimonial proposals, travels and personal crisis will shape her and Ned’s destinies.


(It can be purchased on the web site and is also available on Amazon, Amazon Kindle, and Kindle Prime)

ROBERT DORANG was born and grew up in Pennsylvania. After training as a military pilot, he studied journalism at Lehigh University and the University of Oregon. He started his career reporting for the Caldwell News Tribune,the Oregon Journal and the Buffalo Evening News before doing an internship in Washington, D.C. with the American Political Science Association working with Congressmen and Senators.  He returned to the Buffalo Evening News and subsequently reported for the Wall Street Journal before going to Europe.  He was the first American to serve as spokesman for the European Economic Community. Thereafter Robert Dorang acted as Bureau Chief for McGraw Hill and World Report Business Week in Bonn, Germany, then as Foreign and Washington Correspondent in Paris, France and Washington, D.C. He later worked at the OECD in Paris as editor and audio-visual scriptwriter. He was fluent in French and German.  Robert Dorang retired and moved back to Pennsylvania where he and his wife, Geneviève, owned a one-room schoolhouse they lovingly restored and was also the inspiration for The Schoolmistress. Prior to The Schoolmistress, he wrote several short stories.  Besides writing, Robert’s other interests were fly fishing, camping, bird watching, and especially the visual arts. He excelled in watercolor. He exhibited in Paris, France and in the U.S. He was a signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society.  

Robert was professional writer who died of cancer before he was traditionally published.  Robert passed away in 1999.
His wife Genevieve, published his book.

That's true love for you!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Author Spotligh #24 - Nancy Lynn Jarvis

Mags and the AARP Gang
By Nancy Lynn Jarvis

Mags and her gang of renegade octogenarians have a deadline. They have to rob Bayside Community Bank, the bank about to foreclose on the mobile home park where they live, by a week from Friday so they can pay off the mortgage and save their homes. They've cased the joint, planned carefully, assembled their disguises, rehearsed their every move - what could possibly go wrong? Plenty.

Some people think they can take advantage of the elderly. They haven't met Mags and the AARP gang or they'd know better. Sure, they're older, but not too old for the adventure of a lifetime or to risk everything for the sake of friendship.

Check out Nancy's other books:

Nancy Lynn Jarvis was a Santa Cruz, California, Realtor® for more than twenty years and is still licensed but she’s enjoying writing so much, she may never sell another house.After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, she worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager for Shakespeare Santa Cruz at UCSC. Nancy’s work history reflects her philosophy: people should try something radically different every few years. “Mags and the AARP Gang” represents a new direction in her writing adventure. After four Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries, Nancy put her characters, Regan, Tom, and Dave, on hiatus so she could let Mags and her gang, characters who had been forming in her mind for the past year, tell you their story.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Author Spotlight #23 - Robert Patrick Lewis

Love Me When I' Gone
By Robert Patrick Lewis

Love Me When I’m Gone is a tale for the ages, the perfect blend of action, romance, heroes, villains, patriotism and valor.  What holds this story above all others?  This one is true.

Rob had a pretty rough childhood: given up for adoption as an infant, brought into a family of highly decorated military men, suffering the loss of his mother to cancer, and his rebellion which landed him in military school.  When he finally returns home he meets Cindy, who quickly becomes his best friend.  After graduation, however, the two go off to college at opposite ends of Texas, and their paths separate.

Eight years later, when Rob returns home from SERE school and being a POW in the cold North Carolina woods, he wakes up one morning to discover that Cindy has contacted him on Myspace; he is very surprised, as he has been searching for Cindy for the past few years.  The two reunite to spend Rob’s month of leave together, both knowing at the end he will be leaving for the illustrious 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), the elite Battalion of Green Berets stationed in Germany for quick-reaction missions around the globe.

Rob’s time in Germany is a whirlwind; his first trip to Iraq, in which he encounters three distinct situations which will haunt him for the rest of his life; HAVE-ACE, the Special Operations school which Rob attends with his team and finally becomes one of them; Africa, where Rob learns many valuable lessons about life, and Afghanistan, where Rob and his team are tested in many life-or-death situations, including Operation Payback where he and The Captain are wounded in a sustained firefight in the middle of a village, and his final trip to Iraq with 3rd Battallion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

The culmination of the story is the quintessential fairy-tale ending; Rob moves to California to spend the rest of his days, and the final chapter is the full military wedding, complete with his teammates as groomsman and sword bearers.

Robert Patrick Lewis grew up in Kingwood, Texas, where he met his wife Cindy their freshmen year of high school.  After graduation from high school he attended Texas State University to pursue a Marketing degree.  Shortly after September 11th, 2001, he enlisted in the Army’s Delayed Entry program, which allowed him to finish out his college degree, and a few weeks after graduation he left for Infantry Basic Training at Ft. Benning, GA.  Initially intended to be an Army Ranger, he was accepted into the 18 X-ray program, which sent him directly to Special Forces Assessment and Selection after attending Airborne school.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Author Spotlight #22 - Jessie B. Tyson

White Heaven Women
A Gripping Tale Set in Whiteheaven Northern England
By Jessie B. Tyson

Many people believe that we have all been here on earth before, with a different name, different life. Some live their current lives believing they’ll be reincarnated after death. This past life theme is prevalent in movies, television ad novels, including the new supernatural suspense White Heaven Women by British author Jessie B. Tyson.

White Heaven Women is a gripping tale set in Whitehaven, Cumbria, UK. Flashing between 1899/early 1900s to 2000, readers are introduced to two sisters, Beth and Sarah, and the fate that awaits them.

In the year 1899, in Whitehaven, Cumbria, UK, Lady Constance Witherspoon, only 14 years of age, gives birth to twin girls during a tumultuous storm. Lady Elisa (Beth) is born with a diagnosis of demonic possession, while her twin, Lady Sarah, is crushed and killed when the ceiling collapses in the storm.

In the year 2000, Sally Witherspane returns home to Whitehaven and is haunted by relentless nightmares about demons and a baby crushed at birth. To discover the meaning of these dreams, she seeks the help of the local psychic, who instructs Sally to attend a past life meeting. It is there that Sally meets Beth Witherspoon.

Persuaded by a ghostly blue apparition, Sally documents a family history filled with deception, abuse and an ancient evil, and she must summon strength and faith to become the woman she is destined to be, one of the last descendants of the White Heaven Women.

Jessie B Tyson was born at Scalegill Place near Moor Row - a tiny village between the coast and the mountains in N.W. Cumbria England but lives in British Columbia, Canada.  In what year? She's a senior and will not divulge that - ladies prerogative but she will be collecting a pension in a few years (grin.) She was educated in her natal area and moved to Canada in the year 2000. Jessie wrote children's and fantasy stories as a teenager. When she matured she moved on to writing adult stories. She has a great imagination and enjoys turning her vision-like dreams into enjoyable tales. Jessie considers herself as a Spiritual Christian who believes in the Power of God - but that doesn't stop her writing paranormal fiction with ghosts and demons!  Jessie has a wonderful sense of humour, and loves to laugh and tease her friends. She has a generous spirit and will help anyone in need. She has an affinity with animals, especially dogs, cats, horses and dolphins. Jessie abhors all forms of cruelty to any living breathing creature. White Heaven Women is her debut novel.

Friday, November 23, 2012

You Get As You Give

I was at the cell phone store the other day and I was astounded by the event that played out in front of my eyes.  I was there to return the car charger, I bought just a month ago, that had broke.  It was a busy day and everyone was with a customer, so I browsed around and waited my turn.

When my name was called, I approached the kiosk and the “new guy” and his trainer helped me. Now, there were three other customers being helped and another employee was on the phone with someone who called in with a problem.

I explained what was wrong with the charger and they said, “No problem, we will just exchange it for you.”  I was pleased.

Just then I heard a pounding noise to my right.  It was a lady with a broken hand, who was fishing something out of her massive purse with her good hand, and talking on the cell phone she had sandwiched between her shoulder and her ear.  She was kicking the door to the store. She didn't just kick it once but over and over again seven or eight times.

Not believing my eyes, I walked over to the door and opened it for her.  She barged right in.  Here was the rest of her conversation to the person on the phone:

The Lady:  I can’t believe that no one would open the door for me.  There is nine people working here and they are all standing around watching me at the door and none of them would open the door for me.

(No thank you—nothing!)

Me:  Mam, I am sorry, but I don’t work here and I just opened the door for you, besides all of the employees are busy helping customers.

The Lady:  (Looking aghast) Oh, well, thanks.  (Back to her phone pacing back and forth) No, I can’t believe it.  Nine of them and I had to bang on the door for someone to open it for me.  Oh, and my doctor . . . they screwed up my appointment time . . . yeah, I am at the cell phone place . . . we’ll see if they can help me.

I could not believe this grown woman. Yes, I understood she had a broken arm, but her other one worked perfectly fine.  I guess whatever she was grabbing out of her purse was way more important than opening the door on her own.  What shocked me most was not that she kicked the door, but she didn't even have the decency to say thank you when I opened the door for her.

I am sorry lady, but if you ever wonder “Why do bad things happen to me?” Well, maybe there is a reason why you have so many problems in your life. Maybe because the crap you dish out is just like a boomerang.

Lady, have you heard the saying, “You get as you give!”  Maybe you should put down your phone, put away your twenty gallon purse and open your own door.  Or, maybe you should say thanks without being prompted to do so.  Maybe good things will happen in your life.

The whole thing made me stop and think. I wondered if I had ever acted that way. I am not perfect, but I will definitely try to put more good things out there.

I thanked the gentlemen who helped me exchange my charger and wished them a nice day.

You get as you give!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Author Spotlight #21 - Kit DeCanti

Cobb Mountain Mystery Series
By Kit DeCanti

Secret On Cobb Mountain

The mysterious death of a young woman is deemed a suicide, but a young sheriff deputy starts his own investigation which leads him into danger and romance with a beautiful mysterious woman, climaxing with a surprising answer to all the mysteries.

View her other books at:  Kit DeCanti Amazon Profile

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Kit DeCanti's background is in television, and has written and produced dozens of TV ads and several quality programs. Kit is also a artist, however, her real love is writing. She was first published in third grade when she wrote and essay about the Navajo Indians, and continued to write ever since. This book, Secret On Cobb Mountain is just one of several that she is in the process of publishing.      

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

2013 Goal Setting


I have been setting yearly goals and tracking them since 1996. It is amazing at the end of the year how many goals I have crossed out. The challenge isn't sitting down and setting goals. It is looking at them on a daily or weekly basis and focusing on the things you want to accomplish.

If you don't set goals first it is impossible to reach them. I took the tools I used each year, to set goals and monitor them, and put them into this handy goals workbook.


Realize It! Goals Workbook

What is "it?" Anything you want in life is "it" and becomes the focus of your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. You may have goals to reach, but you may not write them down, monitor them on a daily basis, and work towards achieving them. This workbook will help you, understand your purpose, identify what success means to you, and set short and long-term goals to help you monitor and realize "it" in all areas of your life. Now, realize it!

So . . .

Set Goals . . .

Look at them daily . . .

Monitor your progress . . .

And you will fuel the furnace if success and reach them!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Author Spotlight #20 - Brian Shirley

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Club
By Brian Shirley


"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Club" portrays a little known side of stand-up comedy. Road Dogs are comics who run the road doing their thing, driving from one end of the country to the other. Take a ride on the comedy bus with comedian Brian T. Shirley and see what happens off stage during the hours, days & sometimes weeks on a Road Dog tour.

Comedian Brian T Shirley has toured the U.S., Canada and The Bahamas for nearly twenty years and is also the author of two comedy books "Make Love Not Warts" and "Four Score and Seven Beers Ago..." Brian also writes for the online comedy site "Amock", which can be found at Brian is the only American writer on Amocks staff as it originates in the U.K. He also has contributed short stories to the online book "Intertwine", which is a collabrative effort from several different authors. Brian is also featured in the book "Author Interviews" by Ethen Carrell and "The Write Balance" by D. Jean Quarles. Brian is also the co-host of the new internet radio program "The Triangle Variety Comedy Show" with veteran radio personality Patrick Walters. You can go to Brian's website to see videos, pics,links to all his sites and get signed copies of his first two books at

Here is a YouTube trailer for all three books: