New Reviews for P.S. I Forgive You and Conflicted Hearts by D.G. Kaye

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There is only one thing more rewarding for an author than receiving a five star review, and for me, that is learning that my books have touched the hearts of those who read my stories. Today I’m sharing two new recent reviews I received last week, one each for Conflicted Hearts and P.S. I Forgive You. Thank you.

P.S. I Forgive You

 

5 Stars –  P.S. I Forgive You

on April 13, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Why forgive? Isn’t it extremely hard to do so? This question reverberates around me even after reading the most poignant account of D.G. Kaye who had nobody to turn to for love, care and affection.

When a child’s mother is selfish and self-centered, when she blames and threatens her own daughter, when emotional abuse almost breaks the spirit of a girl who tries her best to please her mother, forgiveness is a far cry.

Forgiveness is the most intransigent emotion, the most hurting feeling, rekindling the sensation of being victimized; highlighting the supremacy and the arrogance of our perpetrator yet Kaye emerges resilient, responsible, benevolent and at peace after she decides to let go all the grief that had eaten into the best hours of her life.

‘P.S. I Forgive You’ is the story of every child who is deprived of a loving childhood due to insensitive parenting. It could inspire a thousand mothers to be emotionally present, to be more understanding and loving and pay attention to the little concerns of their children.

My heart missed a beat when I read how Kaye is torn between guilt and duty to go and see her dying mother and decides to go to her father’s grave “to speak to my dad about current goings on in my life and update him on family matters,” she confides.

“I feel lifeless, I miss you, mama. I miss everything I didn’t have from you. Still I am sorry. I forgive you.”…That sums up the distressing memories of the author whose grief and guilt merge into each other at the death of her mother.

 

Conflicted Hearts, D.G. Kaye

 

5 Stars – Conflicted Hearts  

 

By R. Wolfe on 8 April 2017

Format: Paperback

This is a powerful journey with the author. A journey of life, love, struggle and death. Written in a style that makes you keep turning the pages, turning a reluctant and fussy reader into a bookworm leaving scorch marks on the pages!
I was hooked. Perhaps I identify with aspects of the life story, perhaps it is a purely engaging tale, vividly painted and expertly told.
This is the first book I have read by this author, it will not be the last.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Book Reading and Interview – D.G. Kaye | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

D.G. Kaye interviews

I’ve just had the pleasure of being interviewed over at Sally Cronin’s Virtual Cafe and Bookstore!

 

Sally’s blog is truly a Smorgasbord of delights, full of daily goodies such as author interviews, new books by authors, updates on great reviews, short stories, health advice, laughter, and so much more. I promise you, there is something for everyone at Sal’s place!

 

It’s so true that we can never know enough about a person. I follow Sally’s blog daily and find I learn more about the people I’m friends with, make friends with new bloggers and writers, and learn new things from cooking to self publishing by reading Sally’s blog. And for those who aren’t yet aware, Sally always has an open invitation for writers and bloggers to join her Book Cafe and introduce yourselves and your books there to be added to her virtual shelves.

 

I invite you to read my interview here with Sally, and continue reading at her blog. And while you’re there, do have a look around her menu at some of the wonderful promotions of others she offers.

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Book Reading and Interview – D.G. Kaye

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

My guest today has become a friend on and offline and along with Tina Frisco form a little group called the Three Musketeers.. Oh sorry has that name been taken!  Anyway D. G. Kaye – Debby Gies has been popping in to the blog for over three years and has been a huge support during highs and lows. We are finally going to be face to face for the first time at the Blogger’s Bash in June and I am so excited to meet her finally.

Debby writes as D.G. Kaye and has struck many a chord with her frank and down to earth memoirs and non-fiction books. Before we enjoy Debby’s interview I thought I would let her tell you all about herself.

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Now time to put Debby in the hot seat and she is also looking forward to answering your questions in the comment section.

 

Welcome Debby and can you tell us about your chosen genre of books that you write and why?

I think I was born to be a nonfiction writer because I’ve always been a great observer of my surroundings and people. I have an undeniable urge to share info with others. I like to talk and write about real life issues and I’m always in search of resolution for problems. I feel by sharing my stories and findings, I can enlighten others and hopefully help them through sharing my own experiences. . . Please continue reading

 

Source: Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Book Reading and Interview – D.G. Kaye | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Sunday Book Review – Poggibonsi by Dan Alatorre – An Italian Adventure

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

 

Happy Easter all! Today’s book review is a little different, because it’s Easter Sunday today and because the book I’m reviewing has not yet been launched to the world yet, but it is on special pre-order price now off just .99 cents!

 

Friend and author Dan Alatorre had invited me to beta read for his newest book, Poggibonsi, and because the book is on pre-order right now, I highly recommend that if you’re looking for a fun escape with plenty of laugh out loud moments, to grab yourself a copy.

Poggibonsi by Dan Alatorre

 

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Blurb:

 

When family man Mike Torino lands a project in Italy, home of naked art, Valentino, and taxi-crashing yoga pants, he brings along his wife, hoping to rekindle their marriage. But romance gets derailed by head colds, constant bickering, and assaults from ankle-breaking cobblestone streets. Their daughter develops a gelato addiction. Mike’s Italian partner has a coronary. And as for amore . . . Mattie tells Mike to handle things himself—and storms back to America.

Mike is trapped. Leaving Italy will blow a promotion; staying might cost him his wife and family.

While reeling from Mattie’s frantic departure, a replacement liaison is assigned—a top-notch, beautiful young Italian woman who is instantly smitten with Mike and determined to reveal the passions of her homeland—whether he wants to see them or not! Normally immune, Mike is tempted—but is headstrong, voluptuous Julietta worth the risk?

 

Here are a few early editorial reviews:

“Funny, Sexy, Heartbreaking, Hilarious”
In Poggibonsi, Dan Alatorre tells a compelling and hilarious story while giving its serious and heartfelt themes fair treatment. Protagonist Mike Torino is a hard-working family man who is struggling in his marriage, and when temptation looms on a business trip in Italy, he can’t help but indulge. His winding and sometimes bumbling misadventure leads him on a journey that ends only when he discovers what is truly important to him.
Funny, sexy, and at times heartbreaking, Poggibonsi is much more than a riotous romp. It’s an exploration into what makes us human and drives us through life.
– Allison Maruska, The Fourth Descendant and Project Renovatio trilogy

“Outrageously funny”
Poggibonsi is disarmingly charming; a laugh-out-loud, bumbling romp through lust and love in central Italy. Alatorre captures the breathtaking romance of the novel’s namesake perfectly, peeling back each layer of story until all that remains is genuine, raw emotion. An outrageously funny, guilty pleasure of a read.

 

My 5 Star Review

 

A laugh out loud, sexy, humorous book with heart!

Alatorre has a gift for great storytelling. Poggibonsi is a richly woven story with humor, and hilarious sexual connotations with smoldering sex scenes done with class, but more than that!

The heart of the story centers around business and family man, Mike Torino, who is excited at the prospect to advance his career by taking a job opportunity jaunt to Poggibonsi, Italy. As Mike strives to be the perfect family man he’s deflated by his failure to please his standoffish wife and becomes vulnerable prey to a beautiful woman who brings new excitement to his humdrum manhood and ego.

Besides the shenanigans (plenty of them) going on in Italy, Mike’s confidante and personal assistant Sam, back at home, is trying to the run ship for him in his absence, encountering some crafty shenanigans herself while she tries to defend her boss’s position when things begin to go awry with the project, at the same time while trying to help him mend fences with his angry wife, who just happens to be Sam’s best friend.

Each character in the story holds a strong identity of his own and helps to round off this entertaining, fast paced, sexy. yet, family oriented story that will have you both laughing, and stifling back heartfelt tears with compassion right to the end.

Smorgasbord Short Stories – The Easter Eggs by Sally Cronin | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Happy Easter

 

A Sunday Easter special extra feature today.

 

I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter and thought I’d share Sally Cronin’s most beautiful short story of an Easter tale.

 

Smorgasbord Short Stories – The Easter Eggs by Sally Cronin

The Easter Eggs by Sally Cronin

 

Lily dusted off her hands. They had been covered in soil from planting the three little primulas that she and her mother had picked up at the nursery today. Her mother always let Lily pick the colours and this year the purple petals with their golden centres danced in the soft evening breeze. She picked up her small watering can and gently moistened around the base of the plants like her mum had shown her.

“There you go Daddy, I promise to look after them all summer, watering them every day and picking off the dead flowers to let others grow like mum showed me.”

It was Easter and tomorrow, Lily and her little brother Michael would race around the house looking for the small cream eggs that her mother had bought at the supermarket yesterday. Both of them were very excited and it was really the first year that her brother understood what the egg hunt was all about. Mum said that three each was more than enough especially as they were going to the dentist soon for a check-up.

However, the real prize was the two large chocolate eggs that were hidden in very special places. In her father’s wardrobe perhaps, or his study where he would read them a story before they went up to bed, or even the garden shed that her mum laughingly called his man cave.

The next day Lily and Michael got up early and began searching the house. It took them an hour to find the six small creamy eggs and by the time they had rushed into the kitchen to show off their finds, two of them had already been eaten. Their mother looked at the smeared evidence of their successful hunt around their mouths and took the remainder off them for later. . . Continue Reading

 

Source: Smorgasbord Short Stories – The Easter Eggs by Sally Cronin | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Writing Chapter One – Tips | Myths of the Mirror

Reblog Share

 

Today’s share is a fantastic reblog from Diana Peach of Mythsofthemirror . Diana is sharing with us about the importance of the first chapter of our books, writing tips about what elements should be part of those first chapters, and her take on when the rules can be broken.

 

Writing Chapter One – Tips

chapter-one-tips

I’ve wanted to write about first chapters for a while, primarily because they’re so important. After all, they’re the gateway to Chapter 2 and getting a reader to Chapter 2 is a fantastic idea.

I did some research and almost instantly the rule-resistant rebel in me kicked in. She’s the writer who scowls at formulas, who insists that form has to fit the story, not the other way around. She’s the reader who doesn’t want to read the same story over and over with different titles.

Well, I suppressed the first-born smarty-pants part of my personality and learned a few things.

First, I learned that there are actually a number of perfectly legitimate types of first chapters. Writer’s Digest has a great article by Jeff Gerke that describes 4 approaches with examples (summarized here):

  • The Prolog – A prolog is an episode that pertains to your story but does not include the hero (or includes the hero at a time well before the story proper begins, when he’s a child). It might not be “Chapter 1” per se, but it can serve as a legitimate opening—if it works.
  • The Hero Action Beginning – In a hero action beginning, the hero is onstage, doing something active and interesting related to the launching of the core story (it need not involve explosions and car chases, but it certainly can).
  • The In Medias Res Beginning (in the middle of things ) – With in medias res, you start at a point deep in the story, show a bit of activity to intrigue the reader, and then you hit the rewind button and spend some or all of the rest of the book catching up to that moment.
  • The Frame Device – The final major way of beginning your first chapter is to use a frame device. In this, your story is bookended on the front and back (and usually a few instances in the middle) by a story that is outside the main story. The primary tale is framed by this other story.

With that out of the way, I went in search of tips that apply to Chapter 1’s regardless of the book, tips that I could apply as I conceive of, write, and edit my stories. As usual, there are exceptions to these tips, and the list is not exhaustive. Continue Reading . . .

 

Source: Writing Chapter One – Tips | Myths of the Mirror

Who Has a New Book? – The Swamp Fairy – Colleen Cheseboro

New book feature

 

 Today’s featured guest with her debut book, The Swamp Fairy, is Colleen Chesebro.

Colleen has been a blogger and a contributer to Litworldinterviews for some time, where she shares her reviews on books she has read. On one of her two blogs, The Fairy Whisperer, she offers interesting writing prompts and challenges,  and on her blog, Mindful Journeys you will find insightful posts on life, diet and health, weight loss and mindfulness. She labels herself as s a visual word artist and poet, and she recently published her first book, The Swamp Fairy, Book 1 in her Heart Stone Chronicles series. I’ve recently read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it and have the review lined up for my Sunday book reviews, but you can find it already posted on Amazon. Apparently, my name is ‘Amazon customer’, lol

 

Today we’re going to learn more about Colleen’s writing and her book, and about a fascinating tidbit of a real occurrence that led Colleen to the idea of writing this book!

 

About Colleen:

 

Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.

Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.

When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry. She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website colleenchesebro.com.

Colleen Cheseboro author

The Swamp Fairy - Colleen Cheseboro

 

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Blurb:

Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations.

Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy. The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors.

But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.

As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her love of horses with friends, Savanna, and Blake, the swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets. She is summoned by a primeval nymph, who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.

Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?

 

Let’s get to know more about Colleen!

“Thank you, Debby, for the opportunity to visit with you about my debut novel. It is a great pleasure to spend some time with you on your blog.”

I’m thrilled to have you over and share all your wonderful information about your knowledge and experience in the fairy world!

 

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I must have been about six years old when I found out I had a high propensity for reading. Writing came next, and I wrote silly little stories in first grade that my grandmother loved. That was all it took. In high school, I took every English course and business course I could get my hands on. After high school, I volunteered and served in the U. S. Air Force. Initially, I went in as a chaplain’s assistant and ended up writing an archival paper each year about the chapel and activities that became part of the archived records on the base. It was my first “paid” writing job. In college, I knew I wanted to be a writer but also knew it didn’t put food on the table. After many years of working in the accounting field as a bookkeeper, I retired and decided to find my writing voice again.

 

Can you tell us a little about your blog and the challenges you put up for your readers?

I started my blog three years ago. In the beginning, I called it Silver Threading because I felt it was a liberation of sorts to grow my hair out and let the silver shine through. It was much the same with my writing. It was all about finding my voice. I started writing blog posts and the next thing I knew… I wanted to write a novel! I changed the name to colleenchesebro.com, (which has become my author blog) when I became an author to make it easier for people to find me.

Currently, I offer a weekly poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday. I suggest two prompt words to use (synonyms always welcome) and a photo if the poet needs more visual inspiration. The participants have a week to week to write their Tanka poetry.

I have had a keen interest in this poetry form for a long while. It is written in five lines, of which the syllables of each line are as such: 5/7/5/7/7. A Tanka poem is like writing a Haiku with two extra lines at the end for the poet to give their opinions or thoughts.

Here is an example of one of my Tanka poems where the words were fog and change. It is also a sneak peek into Book 2 of The Heart Stone Chronicles, called The Meadow Fairy.

Tanka

 

A meadow nymph –
fragile and lissome of wing,
the lark bunting flies.
Change is coming to the fields
after the mountain fogs clear.

©2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

 

I understand that you came across a real fairy. Please tell us about that experience. And what about that experience inspired you to write your book, The Swamp Fairy?

While on a walk during a warm, foggy morning in November 2014, I had a close encounter of the fairy kind. At the time, we were living in Pensacola, Florida. I still remember the day, as if it has been carved into my memory; something I will never forget.

Colleen's walk

The road I took on my morning walk

 

As I walked along the road, I heard a sound that instantly caught my attention. At first, I considered the possibility that the sound might be an injured bird rustling in the thick underbrush. I peered into the foliage and drew back in surprise. At first glance, I thought I saw a ruby-throated hummingbird with brilliant green feathers. However, that was not so.

Instead, appearing in front of my eyes was a tiny green swamp fairy fluttering on delicate wings that looked like transparent leaves. She had hair the color and consistency of corn silk. Bottle green leaves adorned her small body. The heady fragrance of lavender, patchouli, and sandalwood wafted on the air.

I stood there at the edge of the road transfixed by the vision. I realized then, I had witnessed a miracle. I had been given the gift of fairy vision.

fairy swamp spotting

The spot where I saw the swamp fairy

 

The petite winged-being stared at me with eyes as green as the leaves she was hiding in. I must tell you, this meeting felt something akin to a spiritual encounter. An overwhelming feeling of peace and love surrounded me and held me within its grasp. In an instant, she was gone. The swamp fairy vanished into the fog that swirled around me.

I shook my head and continued my walk. But, you know what? My feet felt lighter that day. I knew something had changed. The swamp fairy had ignited my imagination. I knew what this fairy encounter meant. I had been granted the ability to become a fairy whisperer.

Soon after, I started to write stories about the swamp fairies which I posted to my blog. The stories came in quick succession. Next, the dreams started. I began to channel the stories of the fairy nymphs that had inspired me that day long ago. Each day on my walks, I observed the real swamp as it was crowded out by the building of new homes. The natural wetlands were disappearing at a rapid rate. Slowly, a story began to form in my mind.

Fairy site

Fairy Swamp is found behind this development site in Pensacola, Florida

 

By fall of 2015, we moved to Colorado. The dreams continued and grew even stronger. The stories changed. The fairy nymphs wanted me to tell their stories. And, that is exactly what I have done. The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy is that story, which I published this year.

From what I’ve read, the book offers some wonderful positive messages. It includes family relationships and ecological good practice. Can you elaborate on the why you chose to focus on including these issues in the book?

I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and I remember my first introduction to conservation and ecology occurred when I was in sixth grade. Lake Michigan and the rest of the Great Lakes were polluted, and in the 1970’s, environmental issues were everywhere in the news. Through the years those issues have always been dear to my heart.

What I saw in Florida, was the encroachment of housing areas built on land near native swamps and wetlands. It occurred to me that these native environments would soon disappear, placing many of the plants and animals on the endangered species list. I have always felt the fairy nymphs wanted me to write these stories to bring attention to the issues. What a better place to start than with our young people. I am planting the seeds of action for the kids of today to handle the problems of tomorrow.

I chose to write about family relationships because I grew up in a dysfunctional family. My mother died when I was young, and I have no memories of her. In many ways, Abby’s story features many of the hardships I experienced. I became a foster child at sixteen when my father gave me up to the State of Wisconsin. Just like Abby, I had to figure out my way into the world. Family and acceptance of who you are as a person is a core premise of my book. I did this for several reasons.

Firstly, the book is written for children and teens. Children in this age group still identify with their family unit. Second, they understand what family stands for, and they also comprehend how it would feel to not have a mother or father to take care of them. In this way, they are able to empathize with my protagonist, Abby Forester.

The story centers around Fourteen-year-old Abby, whose mother is dead, and whose father has disappeared from her life due to drug addiction. Abby experiences the pain of separation as she becomes a ward of the State of Illinois. Her mother’s best friend, Maxine, steps in for a time and looks after her until Abby’s Aunt Magnolia can become her legal guardian.

Abby and her aunt bond immediately, and they establish a new family unit. Eventually, Abby realizes that family is more than just the love from a mother and father. She finds family can also be the love of friends based on loyalty and trust.

Even with her horse, Sand Dollar, she finds a universal acceptance because she is clairaudient and has the ability to communicate with the creatures, birds, and insects. In this way, Abby and the animals share a mutual understanding of their world and become part of a family unit because of it.

I also use the fairy nymphs to reinforce the concept of family. I envision the realm of the swamp fairies to be a benevolent collective unit of beings that connect on a higher plane much like bees in a hive. Everyone has a place in their reality. Abby is welcomed into the fairy community because of her family inheritance and the responsibility that comes with her duties to protect the fairy nymphs.

Children learn the lessons of life from their family unit. In this way, family teaches us how to respond to interpersonal conflicts and how to get along with others. When you incorporate a family theme in your novels, it gives the reader something to identify with and provides a learning opportunity of how other families deal with life. It also gives your reader a way to remember and connect with your novel.

 

How many  more books do you anticipate there will be in The Heart Stone Chronicles series?

I plan on writing three novels in the book series. But, who knows? Like I’ve said, the fairies whisper their tales to me. I am not sure where this path or journey will take me. I do know there are many more stories to be told.

 

Please tell us a bit about the book and share an excerpt with us.

Swamp fairy book cover

Cover Design by graphic artist, Wendy Anne Darling of Bookxeedo Book Covers

 

An excerpt from The Heart Stone Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy

The swamp fairy hovered, her delicate wings fanning the air, making soft swooshing noises. She waited for the amber-haired girl to approach. A mixture of the scents of lavender, patchouli, and sandalwood, wafted through the glade. The disturbances in the swamp hushed as if to recognize the girl’s stealthy footsteps. The child crept nearer to the half-submerged remains of a massive live oak tree.

The stump was hollow in the center, a lone sentinel to the age of the watery depths beneath its roots. Green lichen and moss covered the remaining bark like a second skin. At the verge of the water rested a green stone weathered by the elements. It resembled a rough-hewn heart.

The girl reached the end of the slough where the black water sunk to a murky depth. She was deliberate not to tread near the water’s edge. She spun herself around, scanning the area.

“Eleionomae, are you here? Where are you?”

Eleionomae, the swamp fairy, materialized in a swirling mist before the girl, shiny droplets of water suspended in the air surrounding her. She smiled as she watched the child clapping her hands in glee.

“There you are, Eleionomae. Do you want to play our game? I will stop talking, and you can speak in my head.”

The fairy fluttered above the green heart stone and perched on the jagged edge. She made herself comfortable and crossed her legs. Her corn silk-colored hair drifted about her shoulders. She smiled and began to speak in the language of the Naiad fairy nymphs, silent words meant only for the amber-haired girl.

The child cocked her head listening as she settled on the ground where a carpet of dead leaves made a comfortable seat. She sat still, her eyes focused on a remote area of the watery slough. A look of pure delight shimmered in her eyes.

I understand you have tended the Pink Sundew plants. They have grown in abundance.

The girl smiled, pride shining in her hazel eyes. I did everything you told me, Eleionomae. Every day I have taken care of the plants. I also have herbs growing nearby that mama said I must tend. I have been careful to add the leaves of the Pink Sundew to our tea, just as you said.

You have become an adept pupil. Before long, it will be time for you to receive your mother’s heart stone pendant.

The girl scrunched up her face, puzzlement showing in her pursed lips. Mama’s pendant? Why would I wear her heart stone? You’ve both taught me the ways of the fairy nymphs who live here in the swamp. I know the necklace belongs to her. She nodded her head in the direction of the fairy.

The fairy stretched her long legs and stood on the heart stone. She turned her tiny body to face toward the girl.  A bright light glittered in her eyes. She crouched and placed her hand on the rock.

Your mother’s pendant is a piece of this sacred calcite heart stone. These stones lay in specific locations around the earth guarding the gifts the gods have bestowed on humankind. Each heart stone is powerful and surrounded by a fairy Rath, a circular wall of magical protection. That is why the Pink Sundew grows here protected from harm on your land.

The girl listened to Eleionomae’s words. She stared at the green calcite stone resting in the swamp’s watery depths.

So, mama’s pendant is unique. I always knew that. When do I get my heart stone pendant?

The fairy hovered with wings resembling the seeds of the giant oak trees, translucent and taupe in color. They fluttered, beating in a gentle rhythm. The child spread her hands open, and Eleionomae flew forward, her tiny feet tickling her palms as she landed. A look of rapture appeared on the child’s face, her eye’s crinkling at the corners with joy.

Your mother knows her fate. She chose her path. She lived to bring you into this world and to teach you the ways of the fairy nymphs. Each generation brings forth empathic people who are trained to preserve the gifts from the gods. When the time is right, you will unite the collective awareness of the Naiad nymph clan. You will inherit your mother’s calcite pendant, just as the firstborn women in your family have done since the beginning of time.

The child pondered the words and shook her head. And so, it will be up to me to protect the swamp and the Pink Sundew plants? But, I don’t want Mama to leave. She rubbed her eyes with a fist as tears streaked down her cheeks. Eleionomae stood erect and took flight. She alighted on her shoulder and brushed her feathery wings against the young girl’s face.

She is never gone, child. She will always stay in your heart. The gods have promised that you will also be a mother one day. You too will choose your life path and will serve the fairy nymphs. Remember this is your destiny.

The girl’s tears continued to fall while her small shoulders shook with emotion. A twig snapped startling her with the unexpected interruption. She glanced both ways searching for the source of the sound. There before her, walking out of the bushes, appeared many species of animals. There were deer, squirrels, possums, armadillos, too many breeds to consider.

Overhead, birds clustered in the trees and snakes hung suspended from thick branches. Frogs hopped toward the girl as they escaped from the depths of the turbid water. In the bushes, giant spiders clung to their webs and dangled from silk threads. The entire living world from the swamp had gathered to witness the wonder of the new prodigy of the Naiad fairy clan.

Eleionomae flew back to the calcite heart stone. She raised her arms and sang the song of the swamp fairies. Butterflies of every shape and color ascended from the interior of the stump. Next, dragonflies flew into the breeze, their wings, and bodies bejeweled in the colors of the rainbow.

The girl smiled, her tears glistening on her cheeks. She held out her hands, and the butterflies and dragonflies fluttered near her form. A feeling of overwhelming love and compassion filled her soul. Her communion was complete.

 

Here is Colleen’s book trailer: https://youtu.be/o8LIRSWbVf8 

 

Anything else you want to find about the book you can find here: https://colleenchesebro.com/about-the-heart-stone-chronicles-the-swamp-fairy/

 

Many thanks to you Debby for the great visit. ❤

 

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I’ve Been Musically Challenged – Songs bringing back Memories

Musical blog challenge

 

There’s a new blog challenge going on in town and Sue Vincent invited Sally Cronin to this challenge, then Sally invited me to participate, and then Sue invited me too on Day 3 of her challenge! It’s a musical challenge. Do visit both Sally and Sue’s musical challenge posts and have a look at their beautiful song choices.

 

Today’s song choice from Sue was Stairway to Heaven

 

Today’s song choice from Sally was A Woman in Love

 

The challenge is titled: Music that Means Something to you

The challenge rules are: to post a song (video) a day for five days and what the songs means to you, name of the song, and to challenge one or two other bloggers each day.

 

Well, as time is short for me these days, I choose not to post for five days, but to post two songs here today one for each challenge I’ve been invited to participate in.

These two songs hold great meaning for me. And as always, I invite any of you here to join in this challenge and post your own songs which have deep meaning for you. And if you do, please leave me a link in comments here, or ping me back so I can visit!

 

heart holding love

 

I’m a romantic at heart and since I was a child, always loved all the ‘mushy’ love songs. When I was in my twenties I fell in love with the beautiful, voice of Luther Vandross. I had many favorite songs sung by him, but one in particular always resonated with me, So Amazing, because not only his smooth, romantic, passionate voice moved me, but the lyrics are about a love song that speaks about finally finding a true love. At that time in my life, I had yet to find my true love but the song had me dreaming of that one day that I might.

 

When I finally did get married, I chose this song as my ‘untraditional’ song to walk down the aisle to, The lyrics begin:

 

Lyrics can be read here:  http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/118330/

 

 

The second song that holds a treasured place in my heart is What a Wonderful World, sung by Louis Armstrong.

 

This song takes me back to my childhood. I’m not quite sure of why this particular song out of so many always reminds me of when I was a little girl riding in the car with my dad. I’m not sure if it was the melody or the lyrics, but I do know that whenever I’d hear the song it brought me fond memories of the special times I’d spent with my father.

 

Fast forward to 2006, the day I found out the devastating news that I had a tumor on my heart, I had just returned home after having the echo cardiagram on my heart and receiving the diagnosis. I was petrified, still in shock, trying to figure out how I would tell my husband, while wondering at the same conflicting moment, if I was going to die.

Instinctively, I’d turned on the radio to help sooth my jangled nerves and the song that played was What a Wonderful World. Something within me just knew in that moment that my father was around to comfort me and I knew I was going to be alright. Many more times through the years, particularly in difficult times, I will hear that song come on at a most needed moment. For me, it’s a visit from my dad, always letting me know he’s still around.

 

Lyrics can be read here:

 https://genius.com/Louis-armstrong-what-a-wonderful-world-lyrics 

 

Don’t forget to share your links here if you want to jump in and share some of your own favorite songs holding great meaning to you.

A List of Blogging Goals for My Hobby Blog – Marsha Ingrao

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Author, friend and prolific blogger, Marsha Ingrao, of all things travel and blogging is looking for help. Marsha’s two informative blogs are: Always Write and TC History Gal. Marsha is also starting up what I think will be a most informative and entertaining newsletter and is asking fellow bloggers to help her come up with a name for this newsletter and one of her blogs. She has also generously offered to pick a few favorite suggestions and offer a copy of MY little travel book, Have Bags, Will Travel to some lucky winners. She also offers a FREE PDF list of influential bloggers with suggestions of what you can expect to find from those blogs.

 

Read Marsha’s post below and visit some of her posts while you’re there. I promise there is something for everyone.

 

Have Bags, Will Travel D.G. Kaye

 

I Need a New Name

 

Ok, I want a new name for my blog. I don’t need a new URL. That remains tchistorygal.net because I was the Tulare County History Gal for a long time, and I love that identity.

Vincie picked out the name for my other blog, Always Write. I thought it was cute considering how bossy he thinks I am. ? I MAY be a little bossy.

Do you have any ideas you can share with me? Vincie and I need help. ?

If you have any blogging questions, head over to Always Write and or sign up for my blogging newsletter and grab your free PDF list of Influencer Bloggers. Or do both.

Or sign up for this brand new newsletter, yet to be named by you. It will be about traveling opportunities in Tulare County and beyond and fun posts about local events. Click here or click the picture to register.

blogging and traveling near and far
My old blog with a new name. Tagline: Blogging and Traveling Near and Far

Continue reading here.

 

Source: A List of Blogging Goals for My Hobby Blog – Marsha Ingrao