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.

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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.