Monthly Archives: January 2016

~Spotlight: Miscalculated Risks by Maria Riegger~

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What would you do if you met someone who defied all of your stereotypes?

Outspoken and abrasive, law student Isabel enjoys arguing with just about everyone, including her friends. It’s 2010, and her strained relationship with her mother, less-than-stellar job prospects and frustrations with the conformist political culture of Washington, DC have left her resentful and unfulfilled. Only her sisters and a few good friends are able to keep her semi-grounded. When she meets a new fellow student who dares to challenge her, she is intrigued but skeptical. While Isabel is risk-averse where her feelings are concerned, she is also becoming increasingly curious. She’s afraid to get close, because being vulnerable always lead to being hurt, doesn’t it?

Where you can find Miscalculated Risks:

http://www.amazon.com/Miscalculated-Risks-School-Heretic-Book-ebook/dp/B014N9SJLU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453879152&sr=8-1&keywords=miscalculated+risks

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/miscalculated-risks-maria-riegger/1122823090?ean=2940151015813

Where you can find Maria:

Author website/blog: www.lawschoolheretic.com
Twitter: @RieggerM
Google+ Maria Riegger
Interview with Maria:
1. What prompted you to write your book?

The storyline came to me all at once. I had some ideas for scenes, and then everything coalesced one day. I wanted to write a book with Washington, DC, my hometown, as a setting, and also wanted to write about what it was like to go to law school there as a young professional.

 

I also wanted to experiment with characters who didn’t act the way people expect. The main character, Isabel, doesn’t always act as you would expect a woman to act; however, there are reasons for that. Isabel also applies her own stereotypes to people, which end up turning out to be untrue. This novel was a lot of fun to write.

2. What is your favorite genre-to read and write?

I love to read thrillers. When I was younger, I read a ton of Agatha Christie. Ken Follett is my favorite author. Eye of the Needle is a classic spy novel, and Pillars of the Earth is an epic. Follett writes a fast-paced thriller, but also has the ability to write in different genres. His novels always include strong female leads. I also enjoy reading Neil Gaiman; he is a great storyteller. His novel American Gods is incredible.
 
I enjoy writing women’s fiction with a brash, independent edge. I really enjoy getting into the characters’ heads. I prefer characters who have a mix of positive and negative traits, who have some redeeming qualities but also (sometimes major) flaws. I also enjoy writing witty, sarcastic exchanges between characters.

3. Do you have any works in progress? If so, what are they?
I’m working on Acceptable Misconduct, the sequel to Miscalculated Risks; and I’m working on a political fiction novel. You can’t get away from politics in the Washington, DC area.

4. What do you hope to accomplish as an author?
I write because I have something to say. If my books make people think about things, then I consider my job done. Writing is also cathartic for me, since I draw on some of my own experiences and feelings.

5. What are your favorites-food, color, place, activity?
Hmmm, it’s difficult to narrow it down. Coming from an Argentine family, I love pasta. My favorite color is deep red. My favorite place depends on my mood, but right now that would be Toledo, Spain, a medieval walled city that is packed with tourists during the day but silent at night (perfect for writing in solitude!). My favorite activity is spending time with my young son. As the child of an attorney, he is always giving me a piece of his mind.

6. What would you like your readers to know about you?
I work full-time, write, volunteer and take care of my family. People ask me how I have the time. I make time for the things that matter to me. If you want something badly enough, you will find a way to do it.

7. If you could give one piece of advice about life, what would it be?
Do your own thing, and don’t let other people’s words of discouragement affect you. You are the master of your own destiny.

Serenity by Diamante Lavendar

 

ClearSerenity by Diamante Lavendar

Today I’m posting one of my older pieces. It is entitled Serenity. I drew this abstract piece with colored pencils.

I titled this piece Serenity because I drew it from a place of serenity. Serenity is a special place within our hearts where anything is possible. It is the site of origin…the center of our being. Serenity is a space within us that connects with Divine presence; a place where we truly know exactly who and what we are.

We all crave serenity. It is actually a need created in us to commune with Divinity. When we don’t have serenity, we feel the emptiness and the loss in our lives. To fill that empty space is what we yearn and search for. However, all we really need to do is connect with the love within! Then Divinity begins to fill the emptiness with the beautiful energy of love, compassion and peace! Thus serenity blooms and grows along with a sense of purpose and fulfillment!

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~Review: Silence Under The Blue Sky by Rajalakshmi Prithviraj~

Set against the backdrop of the Jamnagar Helicopter crash on 30 August 2012, where two helicopters of the Indian Air Force had a mid-air collision, this story is a reality fiction, loosely based on the true story of an Air Warrior from the Indian Air Force. Narrated through the silent echo of the sorrowful heart of one the shattered families, their pain is best expressed as silent streams of tears flowing noiselessly down a pair of eyes that have intensely loved and sadly lost. Sometimes, when the heart weeps, there is only language that it understands…..Silence.

My Rating:  3 Stars

This book was based on a very touching story about a woman who lost her husband while she was pregnant.  The dream entries were quite poignant but I had a bit of trouble with the rest of the manuscript as it was written in a very formal manner.

This book was interesting as it came from the perspective of an Indian woman.  It speaks of the Indian culture and the expectations towards women as well as the subculture of the Indian Air Force.  At times I was confused as to some of the lingo because it was written from that perspective.  However, the book speaks in a humanistic way as well when it describes the tragedy and pain of losing someone close to one’s heart.

Overall, I would recommend this story because it gives unique insight into India’s cultural expectations towards women.  It also speaks of the tragedy of love lost and dreams coming to an end-something everyone can relate to.  If you enjoy studying other cultures or can relate to the pain of loss, this story is for you.

Where you can find Silence Under A Blue Sky:

http://www.amazon.com/Silence-Under-Blue-Rajalakshmi-Prithviraj-ebook/dp/B00ZSHPLJU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453529678&sr=8-1&keywords=silence+under+the+blue+sky

https://www.flipkart.com/silence-english/p/itme9hb4grkyhku6?pid=9781514348345

https://www.createspace.com/5559629

https://pothi.com/pothi/book/rajalakshmi-prithviraj-silence

 

Interview with Rajalakshmi:

 

1.  What prompted you to write your story?

I had always wanted to do something for my husband; something that would make him proud. This story is a tribute to him, a homage to what he did for his country and the principles he stood for. Also, the support that I got from my organization helped me and my family bounce back and start living again. Hence, this book is my way of expressing my gratitude to all the men and women in blue and their families.

2.  Is there anything autobiographical in your story?

Yes, it is my story. I re-live a particular event in my life through Apoorva. All the characters exist in reality. Hence, names have been changed to protect their identity. Since the story is based on a real-life incident and narrated as a  fiction, hence the genre is reality fiction.

3.  What would you like to accomplish as an author?

My sole aim as an author is to narrate stories that can evoke emotions and touch a chord in the reader’s heart. I wish to write about events in my organization which would bring out its humane side. Also, I want to write about things, people and places that have touched my life and brought about a positive change in me. I believe that every story has something good to offer its readers. I dream of my stories to have something to share with the readers.

4.  What would you like your readers to know about you?

I would like my readers to accept me as I am. I am but one of the woman in blue who would do anything for her organization. I am a wife of a martyr and wish to continue being acknowledged as his spouse and not a widow; after all, his not being physically present in my life does not mean that he is no longer my husband. Why label me a widow, when I am still married to the man I call my husband? Above all, I am a mother who wants her children to remember their father as a man who loved his family, loved his country and loved his uniform. In short, I am like any other woman who wants to live a life of dignity and retain her sanity inspite of changes in ccircumstances.

5.  If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?

If I could have one wish granted to me it would be to make sure that no woman whose spouse is dead is called a Widow. The very existence of this word acts as a stigma and makes a woman vulnerable. Its bad enough to have a spouse missing from one’s life, but it is worse to be thought of as readily available for lecherous men.

6.  If you had one day in life to do whatever you wished, , regardless of cost, what would it be?

I would want a time machine to take me and my two kids into the past so as to spend that whole day with my husband. I was pregnant with my second child when he had died. I wish I could get him to meet his baby, now grown up, in person.

 

~Spotlight: Images Of America: West Columbus by Sean V. Lehosit~

West Columbus Cover

Present-day West Columbus is a collective of neighborhoods born from the western banks of the Scioto River in what became Franklin County on April 30, 1803. The first settlement, Franklinton, was founded by Lucas Sullivant in 1797, platted two years after he received 6,000 acres in payment for surveying the central Ohio portion of the Virginia Military District. Later expansions included the areas of Sullivant’s Hill, Rome, and Camp Chase. While the first settlers were farmers and ex-soldiers, the land would also attract Quakers, rail men, real estate moguls, and manufacturers. The neighborhoods found success even though the Scioto River, which birthed the region, on multiple occasions threatened to wash them off the map during three great floods. Characterized by a hardworking and driven population, the community attracted major investments by the mid-1900s, including the expanded operations of the General Motors Fisher Body Plant.

Where you can find Images Of America:  West Columbus:

http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/9781467114639/West-Columbus

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/west-columbus-ohio-sean-v-lehosit/1122367222?ean=9781467114639

http://www.amazon.com/West-Columbus-Images-America-Lehosit/dp/1467114634/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441435868&sr=8-1&keywords=west+columbus       

Where you can find Sean:  

https://www.facebook.com/svlehosit

https://www.twitter.com/svlehosit

Interview with Sean:

  1. What prompted you to write your book?  

I worked as a freelance writer for two publications during college, a campus magazine called UWeekly at OSU and a community rag, Columbus Messenger Newspapers. I attended The Ohio State University, and graduated in 2010 with a bachelor degree in English. Around the same time I graduated, I also was hired as a full-time news editor for the community newspaper.

I was charged with producing content for the west side edition, and as part of my duties,       regularly attended government meetings, school functions and other happenings. I also grew up in this neighborhood. I began meeting so many amazing people, ranging from longtime residents, to military veterans and business leaders.

The community has suffered economic problems for decades, and I realized many people forgot about its rich history. It was the training grounds for Union soldiers during the Civil War, later turned into a Confederate prison and cemetery; birthed the largest school district in Ohio; survived fatal floods; and was the location of a historic insane asylum and so much more.

I was inspired to write this book to not only preserve its history, but in hopes of creating some community pride for the younger generations.

  1. Please explain the story line and why you believe it to be an important story to tell?

Following the American Revolutionary War, the country did not have the money to pay those who served, but what they did have was land – lots of land, referred to as the Virginia Military District. Former soldiers quickly hired surveyors to descend upon the lands to lay claims, many times paying the surveyors with pieces of the land they were scouting.

Lucas Sullivant, one such surveyor, chose a little area on the banks of the Scioto River to settle the community of Franklinton. A year later he had to move it a few miles, due to heavy flooding. One of the first streets was Gift Street – named because anyone who agreed to settle there received the land as a gift – this of course, was to entice people to relocate to Franklinton; remember, at the time it was still dangerous due to attacks by Native Americans.

West Columbus continued to grow over the decades, creating new neighborhoods, which were under the constant threat of being washed off the map by flooding waters of the Scioto River. However, they always bounced back.

This is why the story is important: some people want to write off the present-day area; because of the economic turmoil it’s suffered. But it has always been a resilient community, and I believe they can be inspired by their ancestors and reminded it’s never too late, nor impossible to either rebuild or redefine their selves.

  1. Your personal history….does it have anything to do with why you wrote your story?

My family came from Austria-Hungary, present-day Slovakia, just prior to World War I. They moved to West Virginia, where they worked in the coal mines. It was not an easy livelihood. My great-uncle, Karoly “Charles” Lehosit was killed in a mine collapse in the 1920s, but you won’t find a grave for him, his body was never recovered, something not unusual for the time period and his social class.

However, the hard life of a coal miner was still better than the world they emigrated from. Austria-Hungary Dual Monarchy was one of the last feudal systems still functioning in the world; many times family’s like mine were the property of the land’s Baron, and most times were born, raised, worked, and died without stepping foot off the farmland. They were not considered freemen until the late 1860s and then they flocked to America searching for a better life.

My family’s story doesn’t have specific links to the community I write about, but it shares the theme of wanting to build a better life. The early settlers of West Columbus arrived in hopes of redefining their legacy and building a better future for their children.

  1. Do you prefer to write nonfiction?  Is there another genre you may be interested in writing?

I began concentrating on nonfiction a couple years ago. I’m a huge history nerd, but not about the topics people are most familiar with. It annoys me there’s so many stories in history that go overlooked. For instance, both World Wars were heavily influenced and took place in Eastern Europe – but how much do you know about Slovenia, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Croatia, etc.?

The same with local history like my book talks about the Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery. While most locals know the story behind the cemetery and its annual memorial service, if you ask a resident in the next city over, odds are they’ve never even heard of the historic cemetery that’s nestled between an ice-cream stand and a church. I want to shed light on these topics.

However, I do enjoy writing in other genres. Other genres I have interest in writing are horror and crime fiction. Those are tricky areas though, especially horror, because public interest goes in and out of fads, so you have to time your project perfectly. For instance, now would be a difficult time to write a vampire book, but 10 years ago, publishers were looking for the “next Twilight.”

You really need to predict what the next fad will be. Pop culture usually goes in 20-year cycles, so look at what was popular 20 years ago, and you could make a smart bet it’ll be popular again soon.

  1. What would you like your readers to know about you?

I attended The Ohio State University as a transfer student; I entered the university as a senior. I first attended Columbus State Community College, where I graduated with as associate’s degree. While I was there, I wrote a one-act comedy called “Dysfunct” that a faculty member asked to use for their summer production in 2007. I also directed the play, and it remains one of the highlights of my writing career – so far.

I also have a four-month old son, Kade. Having my first child really changed my perspective on the world, and I actually think my writing and story ideas matured once he came into this world. I also have a five-year old beagle, Freya. I rescued her from an abusive home and she was pregnant – little did I know. I came home one night and she was giving birth on my bed. It was a surreal experience, although ruined the bed and I had to throw the whole thing out.

  1. What are the affects you hope that your published book will accomplish?

My hope is the book serves as a time machine for readers. I hope the stories they learn about echo through their daily lives; and when they pass a building, park, or drive by a school or church, they have a deeper appreciation for where it all came from.

I also hope it inspires them to further develop the community. It took the city more than 100 years to create a flood wall to stop businesses from being washed away. While the community has seen hard times, it’s not a lifetime sentence, even if it takes some years, things always get better.

 

~Review: Bloodline by Tara Ellis~

Bloodline cover

Sixteen-year-old Alex is your average teen who thought she’d be spending the next few years suffering through high school…not saving the world from an alien plague. But when a rare meteor shower unleashes something otherworldly, she finds herself at the center of a five thousand-year-old conspiracy.
Guided by cryptic clues left from her deceased father, Alex is plunged into a strange world predestined since ancient times. As the mystery unravels, she discovers her bloodline is anything but average.
Pursued by both the people she loves and unknown enemies, Alex is forced to rely upon her instincts and the help of her friend, Chis and loyal dog, Baxter. Together, they race against time to find a cure.
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Bloodline is the first book in The Forgotten Origins Trilogy (all three books available).

My Rating:  4 Stars!

This is a fantasy adventure story that any fantasy buff would love!  With plenty of action and adventure, it keeps you riveted from the very beginning!

When a virus affects the town that Alex and Jake live in, they find themselves in the middle of a confusing scenario of intrigue and evil.  Destined to find the answer to the equation, as the virus quickly spreads across the globe, they set out on an adventure to bring peace back to their town and to the entire world.

Armed with only sparse tidbits of information, they are forced to piece a puzzle together that looms larger than their wildest dreams!

I loved this book!  It kept me intrigued from beginning to end.  It was very well written and the plot was captivating.  The only reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was because of some minor editing issues I found in the manuscript.

If you enjoy fantastic, paranormal adventures, this one’s definitely for you!

Where you can find Bloodline:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Bloodline-Book-Forgotten-Origins-Trilogy/dp/1492169676/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453108875&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=bloodline+tara+ellils

Where you can find Tara:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Tara-Ellis/e/B00IVF1JQK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/taraellisblood

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/forgottenoriginsbloodlineHeritageDescent

Interview with Tara:

1.  What prompted you to write this book?
This isn’t the first book that I’ve written, but it’s the first one that I completed and published! I think the difference with this particular story, is how much time and thought I put into the plot and in writing the outline. I have always loved science fiction, and since my daughter was fourteen when I started writing this, it was just natural for me to write a young adult scifi novel!
2.  Do you have any works in progress?  If so, what are they?
Yes! I just released the third book in my middle grade mystery series a little over a month ago (July), and I am working on the audiobook for the 2nd book in that same series. I will then move on to the second audiobook in my trilogy.(the audiobook for Bloodline is already out). I just released a short story this month (September), and I am now turning my attention to rewriting an adult thriller that features a female FBI profiler.
3.  Who are your favorite authors and why?
Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Ken Follet and Suzanne Collins rank at the top. I feel that Stephen King is one of the best writers ever, but I prefer to read Dean Koonz due to the darker side of King’s stories. Ken Follet is just a masterful storyteller and Collins is one of the reason I chose to write in the first person.
4.  What is your favorite:  color, food, place, activity?
My favorite color is hunter green, food is probably pizza or nachos, place is Blue Bay at Flathead Lake in  Montana and activity would be (other than writing!) hiking.
5.  What would you like your readers to know about you?
Reading has always been a form of escape for me, ever since I was a child. My goal as a writer has always been to offer that same level of entertainment to someone else. Because of this, I take my storytelling very seriously, and always give 100%. You’ll find that my trilogy, The Forgotten Origins, is very involved and unlike other trilogies, gets better as it goes, rather than tapering off. I don’t think there’s anything worse as a reader who’s invested so many hours into a saga, to be disappointed at the end or feel like the author gave up. When I finished the last sentence of the last book….I’m not ashamed to say that I cried a little. I hope that the passion I have for this story comes through!
6.  Is your story in any way autobiographical?
Thank goodness…no. However, if an alien virus were to infect the world when I was that age, I would have likely behaved the same way! I will say, that when a couple of people asked if I based the main character, Alex, on my daughter, my answer is that some of the characteristics are more similar to myself. I think that’s a natural aspect of writing in the first person…at least for me, it was. I thoroughly enjoyed narrating the book. When I write, I visualize it as if it’s a movie, so I already ‘heard’ all of the voices in my head!
7.  If you could give one piece of advice about life, what would it be?
To never give up! Pursue what makes you happy, and if anyone tells you that you aren’t good enough….just get better!

 

~Spotlight: Empty Fists by Mangalam Shiva~

Empty Fists by Mangalam Shiva

“God, why has this happened to me? I have never hurt anybody in my life. I have been sincere to God, to my work, to my husband….Yet, I have to suffer this cruel brutality. Why?”

A software professional who led a charmed life, finds that life destroyed by a single brutal incident…
A man on his deathbed realizes a life spent in the US chasing money, filled his pockets but left him empty…
An ambitious reporter with her dreams within grasp, finds them turning into dust…
A beautiful woman is locked in a battle against unwanted male attention with shocking results…
Meet these characters – strong, inspiring, wayward, cynical, ambitious, and share their journey, in this contemporary anthology of ordinary lives, extraordinary insights.

Reviews:  

Empty Fists is an anthology. A collection of short stories reflecting on the different aspects of life faced by every individual. There is love, friendship, struggle, even loss. This is a collection of stories that will truly touch your heart from beginning to end.

 

One of the best parts of Siva’s writing is his ability to convey emotion through each of his characters. Even though there’s a mix of male, female, or even animal, I still felt something tug at my heart with every story. A different message was conveyed in each tale but it wasn’t hard to find them and to learn from them. Shiva paints a very plain and clear picture of what he wants to say and he does it in such a way that readers of all ages can enjoy his work.

Valicity Garris

Empty Fists is a collection of short stories that tackle multiple themes but the primary focus of the stories is on the difficulties faced by women in their daily lives. Many women are ostracized and exploited in today’s world in spite of the progress of civilization. The stories in this collection highlight the struggles and tragedies in the lives of women while also venturing to portray the desires, failures, agony and ecstasy which are part of human existence.

I liked most of the stories. They have a lot of depth and emotions are expressed brilliantly. The author has a good grip on language though at times he uses unnecessary adjectives and that affects the flow of the story. I was particularly impressed with the story about a stray dog and how the dog understands the things that happen around him. This unique point of view surprised me pleasantly. These stories need attention not just because they are commendable pieces of literary fiction, but also because they expose the dark side of society defined by oppression and violence.

Saradia Chatterjee

Where you can find Empty Fists:

http://www.amazon.com/Empty-Fists-Mangalam-Shiva-ebook/dp/B010NNOQI0/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

Interview with Mangalam:

1.  Tell me about your book and why you decided to write it.
EMPTY FISTS, book by me in my pen name MANGALAM SHIVA, has short stories. We human beings always think that we are superior to animals and they are all dumb just because the other living things cannot think like humans or talk. Raju the intelligent stray dog proves that even animals are clever, can think and save human beings from their disasters. Raju feels and regrets the atrocities committed by people around him.
There are other stories in the book which reflect the social injustices in India affecting weaker sections of the society like Children and Women.
I watched many atrocities happening in our society daily reported in News TV channels. Newspapers etc. As my age did not permit me to take any direct action to stop these atrocities like corruption, rape, kidnaps, loots and social discrimination, I decided to write stories with a hope that some of the readers of my book can bring change to Indian situations.
2.  Who are your favorite authors and why?
My favorite authors are—
ROBERT LUDLUM
ROBIN COOK
SIDNEY SHELDON
JEFFREY ARCHER
FREDRICK FORSYTH
JAMES PATTERSON
TOM CLANCY
I like fictions by these authors as their characters, situations, style and stories are thrilling, interesting and captivating.
3.  What would you like your readers to know about you?
I would like my readers to understand that a retired person has written a moving message giving book of stories. There are moral and social messages which can be implemented wherever there is a scope for these.
4.  Where would you go on your dream vacation?  Who would you bring with you?
I would like my dream vacation in Switzerland, with my dear wife.
5.  Do you have any works in progress?  What are they?
I have got the manuscript of short stories for my second book ready for editing & publication. I am writing more stories for third book to be published at a later date.
6.  If you could give me one piece of advice about life, what would it be?
I am not competent to give any advice to my reader friends. One advice I would give myself is “TOLERANCE WITH ALL”.

Addictions by Diamante Lavendar

This is one of the first art pieces I posted online.  It is a colored pencil work entitled Addictions.

Cropped Addictions by Diamante Lavendar

This is a personal piece for me since I struggled under the weight of addictions for years. Substance abuse was the way I coped with the pain I endured as a child…a very ineffective coping mechanism indeed!

I used dark colors to depict the weight and the pain that addictions have on our souls.  It is a heaviness and a darkness that can only be known by a fellow addict.

Addictions have a debilitating effect on the psyche and spirit of a person.  They deaden our senses and dull our perceptiveness.  We see the world through different eyes…many times eyes of apathy and depression when we are living under the weight of our addictions.

I created this drawing to bring awareness to the fact of the pain that addictions bring to life. Many times we believe they are a means of escape when in reality they are a road to destruction.  It is my hope that this drawing will bring to light the devastation addictions cause in the lives of those who suffer.

Here are some of the products created with my drawing entitled Addictions:

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Addictions duvet RBAddictions shower curtain

Addictions tote FAA

 

This piece can be found and purchased in many different items at these locations:

Red Bubble:  http://www.redbubble.com/people/diamantelavenda/works/14031947-addictions-by-diamante-lavendar?grid_pos=8&p=sticker

Fine Art America:  http://fineartamerica.com/featured/addictions-diamante-lavendar.html

Zazzle:  http://www.zazzle.com/collections/addictions_by_diamante_lavendar-119037889821001092

 

Thank you!

Highlights of 2015 by Diamante Lavendar

I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the authors who participated in my blog in 2015! It was a memorable, wonderful year with great variety!

I had a lot of fun posting your spotlights, reviews and interviews! I look forward to much more in 2016! May the new year find you healthy, happy and prosperous!

Bless you all! Cheers!

~Review: Piggy Sense by Reed Abbitt Moore~

Front cover

Piggy Sense! …. is a fun educational children’s book that will instill in children the basic fundamentals of work ethics, saving money, and spending wisely. Age Level: 4 – 11 Grade Level: P – 5. Parents will love reading this book to their children – Grandparents will love reading this book to their grandchildren, and school teacher’s will love teaching young children about work ethics and sound wisdom for financial success found in this cute children’s book.

My Review:  5 Stars!

This is a wonderful book created to introduce children to the concept of saving money.  In a society where credit is ample and savings are dwindling, this book is timely and inspiring.  Being that this story is written for children, this book is even more valuable!  What a wonderful way to explain the concept of “saving for a rainy day” to a child!

With bright colors and well thought out illustrations that bring meaning to Reed Abbott’s manuscript, this book is sure to please both children and parents alike. Reed also includes pictures of money to help children grasp the concept even more fully.  

This book would be a wonderful gift or educational tool for any child!  I highly recommend this book on many different levels (educational, motivational and future planning) for any younger child through age ten or eleven.  

Where you can find Piggy Sense:

http://www.amazon.com/Piggy-Sense-Save-rainy-day/dp/1517655528/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452468133&sr=8-1&keywords=piggy+sense

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/piggy-sense-reed-abbitt-moore/1123103729?ean=9781517655525

Where you can find Reed:

Email:  reedabbittmoore@yahoo.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/reedabbittmoore

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ReedAbbittMoore

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/50087867-reed-moore

Interview with Reed:

1.  What prompted you to write your book? 
I would have to say the economy.  Yes, the economy and a desire to see it change.  
It seems as though people are borrowing further and further into their future.  
We are coming to a point  of breaking the economics of this country and perhaps
even the world!
The best way I can see to change it is to change the way our children view money.  
Money is a symbol of value, but how we spend it reflects our values.  You can
tell a whole lot about a person by how they earn money, but even more by
the way they spend it!
2.  Do you have any works in progress?  What are they?
Why yes, yes I do.  I’m working on two books right now…no…three books.  The
Zoo Is Rockin’, Hansel and Gretel:  A Retelling In Rhyme and Jibber Jabber.
3.  What do you hope to accomplish as an author?
Oh I suppose to pass on my experiences, impart some wisdom and give a good laugh!
4.  What would you like your readers to know about you?
Well… Now that’s a deep subject isn’t it. I’m trying to make a difference if only
a small one.  Just  ripple in this pond we call life.
5.  If you could have one wish granted, what would it be and why?
I would wish that people could see the magnificence within them so they could be
free to see the wonder around them.  
6.  If you could give me one piece of advice about life, what would it be?
Hmmm…the only way you can keep something is if you give it away.

To Dish Or Not To Dish by Diamante Lavendar!

To Dish Or Not To Dish with kiss by Diamante Lavendar

A humorous quote about life! Also a great quote for any cook you might know!

This is my fun way of saying “Be yourself! Enjoy your life!” We all have our own unique talents and abilities so we need to share them with the world! If we don’t, nobody will ever know our strengths and contributions! So don’t be shy! Step out and be who God made you to be! This world can be a better place just because you’re in it!

I originally designed this piece to be similar to Just Dishy because I was going to create dishes with both designs together. But then I decided to keep them separate. So take your pick! Whichever one tickles your fancy is just fine!

Here are some cute products made with To Dish Or Not To Dish:

To Dish Or Not To Dish wrapping paper on ZazzleTo Dish Or Not To Dish card FAA

To Dish Or Not To Dish duvet FAATo Dish Or Not To Dish Pillow FAA

There are hundreds of products to choose from in this design as with all of my designs.

You can find all sorts of things made from To Dish Or Not To Dish here:

http://www.redbubble.com/people/diamantelavenda/works/19449511-to-dish-or-not-to-dish-by-diamante-lavendar

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/to-dish-or-not-to-dish-diamante-lavendar.html

http://www.zazzle.com/collections/to_dish_or_not_to_dish_by_diamante_lavendar-119339415280644997