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.

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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:

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Author Spotlight #19 - Jil Plummer

Caravan to Armageddon
By Jil Plummer

Set in the year 2030, photo-journalist Kendra Savage, recovering from the loss of her husband and young son during a worldwide pandemic , reluctantly accepts the assignment to document a top secret journey across the United States. Celebrities from eleven countries will travel in trailers, hoping to convince the world, and themselves , that all is again safe.  But someone is out to sabotage the trip and Kendra must discover who before it is too late.   Caravan, besides excitement, shows the wonder of the human spirit under the most stressful circumstances as these diverse people bond and reveal their often surprising true selves.

Jil Plummer attended school on Vancouver Island then, after Finishing School in England, trained horses, acted off broadway New York, worked as secretary on a banana plantation in Jamaica, then for a clown show on ABCTV in Hollywood. After marriage to a photojournalist, they traveled to many countries on assignment . Jil also taught English as a Second Language to foreign adults and from all this emerged Caravan To Armageddon and other novels in line to be published.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Tim Tebowing in Las Vegas

Last week I went on a business trip to Las Vegas and I also got to visit my mom, who lives out there.  If you are not much of a gambler, there are many things to do and see on and off the strip. We went to the famous, "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada" sign and I wanted to get my picture taken in front of the sign.

Now, with a first name Tim, I always wanted to find a good spot to Tebow.  (Being from Colorado and a Broncos fan I appreciated Tim Tebow and really believe he is a good person and one day will prove everyone wrong about his quarterbacking in the NFL--but that is beside the point here.)

So, I was standing in line and decided, "Hey this would be a great place to Tebow."  So I did it. 

It was a neat moment.