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April 2012

What did I learn this month - April 2012?

"We knew no time for sadness, that's a road we each had crossed
We were living a time meant for us, and even when it would rain
we would laugh it off.
I've got pieces of April, I keep them in a memory bouquet
I've got pieces of April, it's a morning in May."
- Dan Loggins; Performed by Three Dog Night
April,  was a very trying month in many ways, but it also carried with it a sense of awakening.
1. Never take family and friends for granted.


Today's guest blogger is Doug Simpson.  
Doug's writing is a pure, breath of fresh air, and lives up to his title. A retired high school teacher who has turned his talents to writing, his first novel is a spiritual mystery titled Soul Awakening, and was published in the United States in October of 2011, by Book Locker ( His magazine and website articles have been published in 2010 to 2012 in Australia, Canada, France, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

"One day..."

Today’s guestauthorisD. Jean Quarles.As a devout reader, D. Jean Quarles spent her young years with a book in hand. Later she owned a bookstore and while writing was something she did, it wasn't until her children were grown that she completed her first women's fiction book, Rocky's Mountains. She is also the author of Perception, Fire in the Hole and her latest book, for young adults to be released April 19, Flight From the Water Planet. You can find her books at:

Memories of Florida

Today’s guest author’s blog is from Amy McGuire. Amy lives in Toronto with her husband and their young daughter.  She fell in love with English Literature in high school but was creating poems and stories almost as soon as she could pick up a pencil.  Her first published novel,Sweet Love, a young adult romance set in British Columbia, was released on Amazon and Amy's site on February 12, 2012.

As the weather becomes colder in the fall and warmer in the spring I always either look forward to a vacation in Florida or look back on the one I just experienced with my family.

Friday Night Feature Blog: Emma, the Westie tells it like it is!

When I asked Maxi Shelton (author of "Sold into Marriage"; AuthorHouse:ISBN: 9781467889568)to participate in my Friday Night Feature Author Blog, her response was, "I'm not confortable talking about myself."  Little did she know, her Westie, Emma, is quite the talker and had no problem coming to Maxi's rescue. Here is Emma's telling of how Maxi Shelton became a published author.
I’m a Westie but my humans call me Emma. I like the name Emma, so Emma I will be.

The Finish Line

Maggie Singleton has been freelance editing for the past four years, and has provided professional technical editing for an Army contractor for the past 10 years... all while caring for three great kids under that age of seven! She is now discovering life on the other side of the red pen as a writer. She tells me she “couldn't be happier!”  I say, “Me, too!” Her debut book, “Milk Diaries”, should be finished some time this summer, and I for one can’t wait. Good luck, Maggie!
I have this rather nasty habit when I run.


James Strait is not just an author, pilot, broadcaster, avid cyclist, and devoted husband…he is a survivor who meets life head on and doesn’t take prisoners. I am so incredibly honored that he agreed to guest blog on my website. His moving and honest words come from his heart and soul. I know this because he has touched mine deeply.  
As a lifelong rule, I’ve refrained from tooting my own horn. I’ve always perceived myself as competent at everything I’ve done, but I’ve always baulked at promoting myself.

Lizzie & Clara shop for Tattoos

Today's Guest Blog was
 written by Betsy A. Riley. Betsy lives in Maryland, where she works for the federal government. In April of 2011, she ventured into self-publishing using CreateSpace’s Print On Demand (POD) option (Woo-hoo! Yeah, team!!). Since then, her imprint (Blue Dragon Press) has published 6 books. Betsy’s poems and short stories have also appeared in several magazines and anthologies by other publishers. Her Author site can be found at http://brws.comand her imprint site is


Looking for all authors, bloggers and wanna-be writers willing to share a bit of your time pontificating about something memorable to you.
Would love to see some posts on: cooking, hunting, tattooing, writing, reading, teaching, college days, love, martial arts. family, children, travel, and life in general.
Posting will be on a first come, first serve basis and will post in-between my own.
Please give me some info on yourself also, so I can give you a brief but uplifting intro to my readers.

A Necessary Evil

Pinterest has gone from a personal obsession to a necessary evil for me.
A first it was just a grown-ups play site where I could pin pretty pictures and ideas for fixing up my new home, or finding new recipes that I could alter and make my own...but now it's become so much more.
Creating a board for The Dante Chronicles started off on a whim; just another social time capsule of information past and present. Now it’s become my playground for visualizing the trail into the story...a space keeper.

What I Learned this month - March 2012

Life is funny.
It’s good, it’s bad…sometimes it’sreally bad, but in it all, is a lesson we learn about ourselves. We go through life with others around us, but when it comes down to it, we are all alone through it all from beginning to end. Every day, something happens, and it is up to us to either deal with it and move on, or wallow in it and stay put. This last month, I learned where my Achilles heel lies…it’s with family.
Usually, my own personal issues are; on a scale of one-to-ten; about a five, but it wasn’t always that way.