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Have a Merry Christmas with these Old Fa...

It’s time for some hot chocolate and some winter reading! Both of these titles will warm your heart! Our Christmas Anthology of short stories and poems can be found here.An Anthology of Christmas Short Stories and Poems… *This edition for December 2013 contains “The Winter Road”, a new story. Short Stories Included: The Tale of the Christmas Angel is about the mortal life of Sabrina and her gradual transformation into a Christmas Angel based on her kindness and generosity to others. The Ghosts of Christmas Past is about a Christmas Eve...
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The Wit and Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin

One of my favorite things to do is go to thrift stores and pick up books. I found this one at a local thrift store for twenty-five cents. Recently my daughters recommended that I cull my collection, and since this was a hardcover that I hadn’t visited at all it should go into the box. As with all my books, I had to give it further examination. It is a Barnes & Noble release that highlights the many quotes and letters by Benjamin Franklin. After perusing this book, I came to the conclusion that this man was a genius. Here are some highlights from a segment I...
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Not Everyone Can Become a Great Author b...

In preparation for tomorrow’s free Kindle eBook promotion of my WWII Memoir, Strictly G.I., I would like to provide some background regarding why this book is so special to me. The letters I’ve transcribed in the book were written by my Grandmother Wanda who served as a WAC during WWII. It’s also the first book I ever completed to the point of publishing, making it a very important milestone in my journey as an author. Soon, it will also become an audio book! It’s existence has been a gift to me ever since I pressed the publish button through...
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Launching a Novel

My novel, The Illuminiers has its first Amazon promotion today. If you haven’t had a chance to download it, get it here.  To be sure, launching a novel involves a number of steps. To begin with, the story was written during NaNoWriMo, so I was really crunching words by the end of November 2012. From there, I spent months editing my work. Next, I added my illustrations; but something was missing. I decided to give one of my five free print copies (a reward from Createspace for meeting and exceeding my 50K word goal – awesome deal by the way) to my daughter, who...
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Art + Writing + Design = My Story

I’m working on the cover for my newest novel “The Illuminiers.” This is my illustration of my main character, Morgan Fey Achron. Drawing is a great diversion from endless editing, and it allows me to add art into my written works. I’m not sure if I would ever be able to release the creative reigns of my project to a team of designers. Since I’ve been a graphic and web designer for over a decade, and an artist/writer since about the age of ten, adding my own visual interpretations to a story I’ve written comes natural to me. It’s...
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Nobody Can Take My Happy Away by Jessica...

A Confidence Builder for Kids! Nobody Can Take My Happy Away by Jessica Arnold A book with a positive message about bullying written for kids (and adults too) by a kid!Emily is the new girl at school. She learns quickly that her first day at a new school isn’t going to go the way she expected. She gets teased about her appearance among other things. At first, Emily thinks that there is something wrong with her, and wonders if there is something she can fix about herself to get the other kids to stop teasing. She soon learns that the problem isn’t her,...