Blog of the Year 2013

Blog of the Year 2013

It is hard to believe we are already nearing the end of 2013. Time has passed oh-so quickly with reflections of happiness, sorrow, hardships and miracles but not a single one without many, many blessings in their midst. Today my day was made even more joyous when Raani York  and her BLOG nominated Lori’s Song Blog for Blog of the Year Award 2013. This earned me my first star of the six. Thank you so much, Raani. I’d like to give this star back to you. Visit her blog, be inspired and follow her for you will never be disappointed! God bless you and thank you for your many, many visits and most of all, for recognizing Lori’s Song Blog for the Blog of the Year 2013 award.

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

Lori’s Song star from Raani York

Now, on to the best part…paying the award forward.

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award.

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link –

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars! You can either ‘swap’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!


CONGRATULATIONS to the following, here is your first star (may be your second, could even be your third) but it is the first from me!  Each of you carries your own special talents and words of wisdom. Thank you for your inspiration, which always seems to arrive when needed. And do not pay any attention to the order the names are presented, God bless you all!

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

You are all dear to my heart!


I hope I’ve done this right!!!

Thank you all for your unending support and being part of a circle of friends that mean a lot to me.  I hope I haven’t left anyone out.


Thanksgiving Traditions

I found a neat story the other day and decided to get kernels of corn for my family to utilize so we could complete this traditional event at each Thanksgiving in the future as well.

The story goes that once Thanksgiving became a holiday, the Pilgrims would start their meal with five kernels of corn on their plate.

These five golden kernels represented all the pilgrims had to eat for the entire day during difficult winter. The corn that remained was planted in the spring.

At Thanksgiving the five kernels of corn was a reminder that many had nearly starved because of lack of food.

Each pilgrim would stand up and one by one pick up each kernel of corn and share five things they were thankful for on Thanksgiving.

This tradition has been passed on from the early times.

To this day, many families place five kernels of corn on each plate to honor and remember the suffering and spirit of Thanksgiving of our Pilgrim ancestors. They also take turns sharing five blessings for which they are grateful.

The story of the five kernels of corn is a touching tradition to start with your family.

Nowadays we have added our own THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS involving everything from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, cornucopia centerpieces, to homemade pumpkin pie. Though Thanksgiving Day is unique to the U.S., many different nations have their own way and reasons for dedicating a day to gratitude. From mooncakes in China and Vietnam, to a festival honoring yams in Ghana, a number of countries around the world have unique traditions to celebrate the harvest.

Regardless of your traditions or your meals, please make sure to give thanks not only to those that came before us that made our lives possible and fruitful but to God as well, because we are not truly blessed unless we are blessed by HIM!


10 Thanksgiving Celebrations Around the World

Featured Author series was FABULOUS!!

(Me and my MAIN MAN)

Hello everyone, authors/readers:

I just wanted to THANK all of the AUTHORS that participated in my series of featuring authors.  ALL the authors were outstanding and had so much to share not just with readers but other authors as well…( we all like to know our competition) 🙂

It’s come to a close for now but I leave the door open to any other authors that would like to be featured on my blog, I’m sure I can fit you in somewhere 🙂



Featured Author: Laurence O’Bryan

Featured Author:

Laurence O’Bryan


1.  Will there be more ‘Puzzle’ books? If so, do you know where they will be set?

I have plans for a Nuremberg Puzzle, a Turin Puzzle and a Kashmir Puzzle. When they will come out I do not know!

2.  You often get likened to Dan Brown. How do you feel about this?

I thought The Da Vinci Code was very entertaining. I don’t have any role in deciding who I get compared to. So I just ignore it mostly.

3.  Do you find it difficult to write the violent scenes in your books?

It’s difficult and easy. Difficult because I know violence is hard to stop once it has started and easy because there really is a lot of it around. If you open your newspaper any day you can read about horrible murders. Reality is a sickening place for a lot of people.

4.  Do readers’ expectations influence you?

The publisher’s expectation, through the editors do, and the sense of people waiting to see what’s in the new novel does too. It leads to a few sleepless nights, as I pushed myself to the limit with The Manhattan Puzzle.

5.  You’ve used your very popular blog to showcase many new and emerging writers.  Did this initiative go as you expected?

There has been a huge interest in being showcased and I am happy with that. I didn’t know what to expect, but I have been pleasantly surprised. I enjoy helping other writers and this is such a small thing.

6.  What tips do you have for other writers?

Work on your craft, be patient and join a good writing group.

7.  You use your own photos to enhance your blog.  Does this mean you’re also an amateur photographer? What gear do you use?

Well almost all of us are amateur photographers now. I bought a dedicated camera, but now all I use is my iPhone. The pictures are certainly good enough for the web and you have it with you at all times.






The Themes of The Manhattan Puzzle

By Laurence O’Bryan


What has been hidden in Manhattan by the most powerful people on earth?

What would you do to a Manhattan banker who treated ordinary people like slaves?

What magic is buried under Manhattan that allows it to rise again from anything the world throws at it?

BXH Bank building, Manhattan, vehicle entrance visible under the arch.

Image © LP O’Bryan

These are the themes of The Manhattan Puzzle. The story sees Sean and Isabel (my characters from The Istanbul Puzzle and The Jerusalem Puzzle) reunited in Manhattan at the headquarters of one of the world’s largest banks, BXH. There’s been some grisly murders, and now the plot takes a new twist. The contents of the book they found in Istanbul are revealed.

My personal journey with this story grew out of my disgust at the financial crisis that has brought many so low. I am interested in the myths and the beliefs of those who value money above everything.

But The Manhattan Puzzle is about other things too. For instance, what would you do if your partner didn’t come home one night? And what would you think if the police turned up at your door the next day looking for him?

Relationships are under stress everywhere, because of the demands placed on us by our jobs, but few of us will face what Isabel has to face when Sean goes missing.

There is violence from the start in The Manhattan Puzzle too, but the opening has a woman inflicting it on a man. I am tired of reading about men inflicting sexual violence on women. I think it’s time for the handcuffs to swop wrists. And they certainly do in The Manhattan Puzzle. You can download the first chapter here as a pdf.

But don’t get me wrong. I love Manhattan. It’s a city in a snow globe of dollar bills. So look in your bookstore and on your E-readers and order it too, if you want.

To order The Manhattan Puzzle click here.

Or to visit my website click here.

And thanks for reading this and for buying The Manhattan Puzzle, if you do. I hope you find it entertaining and the themes interesting.

Featured Author: Peter John

Featured Author:

Peter John

Peter John

  1. Please introduce yourself. Tell us a little about the person behind the pen.

I was born blue (I am not a smurf) back in 1973. My Mother had a hysterectomy straight after giving birth to me, which I has always felt a little insecure about. It was as if she had taken one look at me and decided, there and then, that she wasn’t going to have another one of me. Coupled with the fact that I have been told that I was an accident, I am left wondering if I am even supposed to be here on this Earth. When she got back to the ward, a nurse had sat her down and explained that I had stopped breathing and had turned a funny blue colour, while she was in the operating theatre; it was only by chance that another patent had seen me laying there and had alerted the hospital staff of my condition. I had survived my first day alive by the skin of teeth that I had yet to grow and each following day seemed easy by comparison.

It wasn’t until I had reached the ripe old age of fourteen that I discovered the desire to write and I have been indulging that desire ever since.


2.   What made you decide to write (the genre of your book), were there any influencing factors, or were any of the stories based on true events.   

I decided to write a paranormal comedy because of all the years that I have spent listening to my mother talk about the many spiritual readings that she has attended in her life. While the main plot of my book is not based on true events, several incidents within it most definitely are.


3.   How do you promote your book, and do you find that difficult or just par for the course.

I find that book promotion is harder and more time consuming that the actual writing itself. My view on promotion techniques fall down to a simple concept: People will hear the sound of one voice but the sound of many voices will make people listen. Independent doesn’t mean that you have to face this world alone.


4.   Do you remember your first review and how it made you feel?  (If it was a bad one, also tell about your good one too).

My first review was a wonderful one that suddenly appeared halfway through my first ever free promotion. The timing couldn’t have been better and, if I ever get the chance, I would like to thank that individual from the bottom of my heart. I was inexperienced and unsure of myself, that first review gave me a sense of hope that I have yet to lose.


5.   Tell us about your book and if it’s a series and how the public is reacting to this book.

Dead Medium Cover Art

Dead Medium is a humorous look at life after death. It revolves around May Elizabeth Trump, a grouchy old woman with little time for other people. May dies and becomes the rarest of ghosts, a dead medium: a ghost who can communicate with the living. It’s filled with larger than life characters, humorous one liners and an ever encroaching darkness.


6.     Can you share any and all links that are important to you as a person and the book?  (You can relate more to a book if you know more about the author).   

 The Trump Diary Blog is my Blog-site and it is also the home of my serialised prequel to Dead Medium. The Trump Diary is a documentation of May Trump’s final months prior to her untimely death. I am rather impressed by this video by Puddingtane Productions.

The Rekindled Affair Kindle Cover Scaled c    This is my perma-free Dead Medium Spin-Off Short Story

Wrapped Up In Brown Paper Cover RK


7.    I’ll wrap it up with this question since “7” is a lucky numberJ.   Can you share an excerpt from your book, and I’d like to thank you so much for taking time to share your book with me. Please share as much as you’d like.

This is one of my favorite scenes where The Thursday Night Club first meet the late May Trump.


May watched as the four old ladies shuffled out of their coats and sat around the coffee table on. Chloe returned a few moments later with five glasses. She had left the box in the kitchen; it was obviously cake. She placed a glass in front of each of her guests and then collected their coats, which were being held up expectantly. She took them to the wall hooks in the hallway. The coats were thick and heavy, she seemed to struggle a little with the burden. When she returned she took the only vacant seat, which was opposite Barbara.

“Oh do you need a corkscrew?” Chloe said as she started to rise back out of her seat.

“No dear, it’s not a posh plonk.” Victoria said as she unscrewed the wine bottle.

“So we should start with introductions I guess,” Barbara said as Victoria filled the waiting glasses.

“Of course,” Chloe agreed. “My name is Chloe Saunders and I’m so very glad you all were able to come tonight.”

“Yes I remember you from Gracie’s don’t I?” Deborah said. “I’m Deborah but you can call me Debs if you like.” Margaret reached out for her glass.

“My name’s Margaret,” she greeted as she sipped her wine.

“And Victoria you met earlier today as well,” Barbara pointed out. “Now what seems to be the problem?” Chloe took a deep breath; they had gone over this initial statement many times.

“My mum has recently passed away,” Chloe announced.

“God bless her soul,” Deborah interrupted her with the best of intentions.

“Yes bless her soul,” Victoria agreed, raising her glass. They gave a toast to Penny and then Chloe continued.

“It has been a hard time for me, which has been made even more disturbing by some strange events that have recently been occurring in this very house.” Each of the group leaned forward in their seats.

“Ever since my mother died, I’ve been hearing strange sounds and even voices in the night. Things that I have never previously experienced. To tell you the truth, I’m beginning to feel quite uneasy living here.” May and Penny listened intently, the speech had been a joint effort.

“I need to know if the spirit of my dear departed mother still resides here. I‘m at the end of my tether, I‘m worried I might be losing my mind.” Margaret reached over and patted Chloe lightly on the hand.

“You’re not going mad dear,” she soothed. “During time of stress, your judgement can become clouded. If we can’t find any evidence of your mother’s spirit here, don’t worry yourself. You’re probably just reacting normally; this is a particularly traumatic time in your life.” The rest of the group nodded in agreement.

“That’s only if we don’t discover anything supernatural here tonight” Barbara confidently added.

“Drink some wine, settle your nerves,” Victoria suggested. “It’s alright; I’ve got another bottle in my bag.” Chloe picked up her glass and took a token sip.

“I think we should start by lighting some candles,” Barbara suggested.

“Always with the candles, I don’t see how they help?” Victoria groaned. Barbara pulled four small, red tea-light candles from her bag.

“They work I tell you!” Barbara said as she placed the candles on the table. She put coasters underneath them to protect the wooden surface.

“How do you know?” Victoria asked, “Have you ever tried without them?”

“We have never had a reaction from the spirit world without them,” Margaret pointed out. Victoria looked over at her.

“We have never been without them to know!” Victoria said. Deborah put her hand in the air.

“I quite like them; I think they’re rather pretty,” she announced.

“They calm the spirits and make them more amiable and approachable.” Barbara explained as she begun to light the candles. May watched the candles burn and felt no calming effects; she was more worried about them becoming a fire hazard. Penny seemed to like them, however, so maybe Barbara did have something there.

“We should all hold hands around the table now,” Barbara said, reaching out to Deborah and Victoria who were sitting either side of her on the sofa. Victoria swapped her wine glass to her free hand. Margaret, who was in one of the arm chairs, could just reach Deborah’s other hand. Victoria quickly downed the last of her wine before putting the empty glass down and taking Chloe’s hand across the table; she had to move one of the candles for fear of burning herself. Chloe reached out with her other hand and held Margaret’s free hand at an uncomfortable stretch. They looked a little awkward and unevenly stretched.

“It’s usually more comfortable with a round table,” Barbara pointed out, even though she had the position of greatest comfort. May walked around the group and tried to work out who was going to fall out of their seat first. Her money was on Chloe; she seemed to be making the most effort to be within reach.

“Right then, if you would all now try to relax,” Barbara instructed.

“Not likely!” Victoria pointed out.

“Well try your best, it helps.”

“What as much as the candles?”

“Please Vicky we are trying to help young Chloe put her demons to rest. Can you please concentrate,” Barbara closed her eyes. She started to hum softly and sway a little, or as much as the conditions would allow.

“Come hither to us restless spirits. Tell us your woes and let us help guide you on the path to peace and contentment.” Margaret leaned towards Chloe slightly, which in turn threatened to lift Deborah from her seat.

“She wrote those chants herself,” Margaret whispered. “They’re rather good don’t you think?” Chloe smiled back at her, either way the words were pointless. The ghosts were already present and waiting.

May still wasn’t sure about the initial greeting that they had finally agreed upon. She was worried that it was a corny, stereotypical way to instigate communication. She Stood by the doorway and cupped her hands over her mouth, in an attempt to create a muffled echoic voice.

“Woo!” she called out self consciously. The group reacted with surprise and Chloe tried to mimic them.

“What was that?” Margaret yelled in shock.

“Keep concentrating everyone; I think we’ve got something here,” Barbara said.

“Woo…woo! Who disturbs the cosmic forces and summons me to this place?” May said as she began to get into the swing of it. Margaret‘s shock seemed to give way to nervous confusion.

“It is I, Madam Smith of the Inner Circle of Sacred Seers, who summons you here today,” Barbara replied. Her voice sounded confident but her facial expression suggested that this was probably her first real spectral encounter.

“For what reason do you summon me into your presence?” May was beginning to ad-lib a little. Margaret kept trying to grab Barbara’s attention. Deborah was a white as a sheet and Victoria was trying to reach for the wine bottle, while still not releasing Chloe’s hand.

“Barbara!” Margaret called but appeared to be ignored. She tugged at Deborah’s arm to get her attention but Deborah was as stiff as a pole.

“We summon you here today to help Young Chloe Saunders ease her suffering after the passing of her mother. Are we speaking to Penny Saunders?” Barbara called out.

“No I am not she,” May replied through her cupped hands. “She’s standing over by the window.” Margaret clearly wasn’t having any more of this charade as she released her grip from Deborah’s and Chloe’s hands and stood up from her chair. Victoria took the opportunity to release Chloe’s other hand and make a grab for the wine bottle.

***Peter John is a colleague of mine and I strongly recommend you perusing his books 🙂 

Thank you Peter for accepting my interview request.

Featured Author: Elbert Alberson

Featured Author:



  1.  Please introduce yourself. Tell us a little about the person behind the pen.

My name is Elbert Alberson, I was born in Memphis Tennessee My writing has been influenced by the sights and sounds of Memphis as a child growing up. I placed on a railroad track putting penny’s on the rails for a train to mash into big penny’s.   I dreamed of riding a train with the hobo’s to see where it went.  I listened to the sounds as the coal fired trains chugged and chugged to get started.I Dreamed of the Mississippi River and its big tug boats and paddle wheelers. I wanted to ride a boat down the river all the way to the ocean.  I dreamed of flying from watching the Blimps and planes flying overhead.  I later joined the Air Force, bought a boat, and took train trips. My books include all of these.

2.   What made you decide to write (the genre of your book), were there any influencing factors, or were any of the stories based on true events.


My books are based on my life, my travels, and the adventures I have enjoyed.  The Characters are mostly real people with the names changed.   Other characters are purely fiction.  The locations and places mostly are real, as I have traveled to 14 foreign countries.   I have 8,000 hours of flying time.  Thus there is a lot of historical drama portrayed as fiction occurring in real places.

3.   How do you promote your book, and do you find that difficult or just par for the course.

I actively participate in Facebook.  And its many pages affording more and more exposure, like Books, Books and more Books.  TITAN pages. Vanity Fair is a great venue, and I am happy to participate as Tammie Gibbs was such a great help in getting me off on the right foot as a mentor. I am on Twitter, with daily tweets.

4.   Do you remember your first review and how it made you feel?  (If it was a bad one, also tell about your good one too).

I haven’t had a review of any of my books to speak of professionally. I have had the surprise  phone calls congratulating me, telling me they really enjoyed  my book. I had one very memorable review in an email that really excited me from a person I had never met.  I haven’t had any bad reviews of the sort.  They will occur as time goes on as I understand from other authors.

5.    Tell us about your book and if it’s a series and how the public is reacting to this book.


Years ago, while working and living in Florida, three friends and I got into Scuba Diving in rivers and later in the ocean. Four years of diving every weekend somewhere, gave me a lifetime of experiences and adventures to write the rest of my life. Combined with my travels, I have dramatized my stories with places all over the world I have visited.  CAY SAL, the Discovery generated book 2 called Diamonds and Gold and that generated a third book in this series called Old Gold.  The main character is Morgan Young and his three friends. They live through many adventures of life and death experiences that keep you captivated wondering what will happen next.

6.    Can you share any and all links that are important to you as a person and the book?  (You can relate more to a book if you know more about the author).

My author page at: tells all about me personally and holds excerpts of all my books. I have six books published now and I am very proud of each one. Those being RED BULL, a military book.   COTTON TOP, my memories from 1941 to present. And CHASING SECOND CHANCES, an adventure of a couple chasing happiness and finding it under sad circumstances.

7.    I’ll wrap it up with this question since “7” is a lucky numberJ.   Can you share an excerpt from your book, and I’d like to thank you so much for taking time to share your book with me. Please share as much as you’d like.


Excerpt from CAY SAL, the Discovery.   Cay Sal is an island in the Bahamas.   Morgan gave the signal to start their descent. The plane got bigger and bigger until they were at the door behind the pilots seat.  They slowly eased into the plane and it was a stripped down Gooney Bird,
called a C-47 by some. Morgan noticed a shiny metal suit case wedged behind the pilot’s seat. Morgan headed for it and the plane seemed to move but he ignored it for the moment.  He was well aware this plane was sitting on a ledge  and if it slipped off the ledge for any reason, it would drop another 3000 feet into dark green water.

Jake watched as Morgan pulled it free and head back to the door.   Morgan gave the signal to head for the surface.  It was apparent, the next hurricane   would probably knock the plane off the ledge to never be seen again.

They made it back to the surface and pried open the locked case. It was packed with Bundles of hundred dollar bills, fifty dollar bills, twenty’s and ten’s.

They couldn’t wait to count it, but the wind was getting up and the sea got white caps on it.  Inside and thirty minutes later, they realized they was two Million dollars richer than earlier that morning.

Jake noticed Al seemed to be in deep thought.  Jake asked:  “Al, what are you thinking so hard about?”

“That money has got to be laundered.  We can’t spend any of that.   We don’t know who it belongs to.    We can’t even talk about it to anybody.   If we do, word could get back to the owners and I would bet it is mob money.    We need to launder it and it will probably only bring 50 % of the face value.    Hell, we even have to worry about who are we going to even launder it.”

Now greed is creeping into the picture and they could see the hesitation on everybody’s face that they were going to end up with a lesser amount.

Morgan pointed out, “We will still end up with $250,000 each.

That seemed to make everybody smile again.  After getting back to the friend of Al’s house where they were staying, he was a lawyer and had connections to the underworld. Arrangements were made to meet with a man at midnight to launder the money.

About midnight, three shady characters arrived that looked like they just got up from a poker game and probably did.  They came into the room but nobody shook hands or mentioned names and the lead man ask: “Where is the money?”

Another man saying nothing, had in one hand a briefcase and in the other, he held a Mac-11 automatic capable of massive destruction, under his coat.

***Albert is a fine colleague of mine and I urge you to check out his book(s).

Honor our Veterans and current Military.

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in armed service, also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.)

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.[1]

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”[2]

The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies.[2] A Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the “Father of Veterans Day.”

U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954.[3]

Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.[4][5]

The National Veterans Award, created in 1954, also started in Birmingham. Congressman Rees of Kansas was honored in Alabama as the first recipient of the award for his support offering legislation to make Veterans Day a federal holiday, which marked nine years of effort by Raymond Weeks. Weeks conceived the idea in 1945, petitioned Gen. Eisenhower in 1946, and led the first Veterans Day celebration in 1947 (keeping the official name Armistice Day until Veterans Day was legal in 1954).

Although originally scheduled for celebration on November 11 of every year, starting in 1971 in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. In 1978, it was moved back to its original celebration on November 11. While the legal holiday remains on November 11, if that date happens to be on a Saturday or Sunday, then organizations that formally observe the holiday will normally be closed on the adjacent Friday or Monday, respectively.

*** On a personal note, John’s father (my fiancé), Walter Hinderer was a WW2 veteran who served his country proud.  He has since passed and while we mourn his passing we also feel proud of his service.

*** Most Veterans suffer from PTSD.  I also have a page on my blog for this that you should read as well.  While my Dad wasn’t a veteran, he died on 11-11-11 which makes Veterans Day very hard for me.  I suffer from PTSD too, while not related to the military, I was in a POW camp in Iran during 911.  Those SIX weeks of my life have affected/effected it ever since then and as I’m told by my therapist will have substantial impact on the rest of my life.  AMAZING how such a short moment in our life can change our life forever.

GOD BLESS and THANK YOU VETERANS and those serving currently !

Please see this link for more information on PTSD:


Support “Enthusiasm” and “My First Travel Book” For A Cause: Super Typhoon Haiyan

With your loving thought and support upon purchasing Enthusiam and My First Travel Book, the author of Enthusiasm, Fida Abbott and the author of My First Travel Book, Anna Othitis,  would love to donate to the Philippines, towards the victims of the recent “Super Typhoon Haiyan” disaster (natures fury) who lost all, their hearts go out to them. You can purchase these books for Christmas/Thanksgiving gift if you have already had or read them.
Support “Enthusiasm” and “My First Travel Book” For A Cause: Super Typhoon Haiyan  (Go to this site to get INVOLVED).


This site is also looking for other authors to share their books as well.  Any one interested contact Anna George Othitis on FB.

Featured Author: Cherrye Vasquez

Featured Author:

 Cherrye S. Vasquez, Ph.D.


1.   Please introduce yourself. Tell us a little about the person behind the pen.

My name is Dr. Cherrye Vasquez. I love children, so my plight is not to see them hurting as the expense of others. My platform topics centers on diversity and bullying issues.  It is my desire for children to realize that they are very important and unique.  I believe that all children should learn about each other’s similarities as well as differences. 

I maintain that when children learn from one another they also learn that others are just as unique, beautiful, and important as they are. Children will become more diversified in their communities, and in our schools while learning and engaging in activities that can be useful in their own lives. I also trust that adults/educators can promote diversity awareness among children by role modeling and creating an atmosphere of respect and care for others while implementing appropriate culturally relevant materials/activities in the classroom setting in an orderly, consistent and systematic fashion.  By doing so, perhaps bullying in our nation’s schools will become a record low.

2.    What made you decide to write (the genre of your book), were there any influencing factors, or were any of the stories based on true events.   

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You’ll find that my books will center on my platform topics. I wrote No Tildes on Tuesday” because I want people to understand the complexities children endure when they aren’t taught to embrace all of who they are from birth onward. It is my desire to see children embracing themselves totally. Children should love all of who they are.


Clique, Clique, Stop” should be released any day now. It is actually a “take-off” from “No Tildes on Tuesday” but can very well stand on its own. Now, Isabella, main character realizes the importance of diverse groups to the point she wants to start a Heritage Club at her new school.Affirmation Daybook Revised Cover August 2013

I’ve also written two Journals: Affirmation Daybook: Journal & Diversity Daybook: Journal. These titles attest to my plight for building strength, positive character and diversity awareness in the minds of children. In addition, I co-created a little girl’s diary with my young daughter, Kelly. The diary is titled: Guess What? Dear Diary,”

Diversity Daybook Journal Revised cover August 2013


Please stay tuned for Teacher, Teacher Can’t You See?” This elementary aged book is about bullying. A young boy eagerly begins school, but suddenly his new friend turns into a bully. All the little boy wants is for the teacher to pay attention and do something.

3.    How do you promote your book, and do you find that difficult or just par for the course.


My books are promoted on my website. I use my site to draw attention to my blogs, articles, You Tube videos, helpful activities and my books. I also use social networks: Facebook, Facebook fan page, Twitter, Google +, Reddit, Stumble upon, Digg, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. I love being featured on other author’s blogs as well. Soon, I’ll venture into Webinar presentations, so this next step should be very exciting.


I believe that hard work pays off, so it’s “par for the course” for me as an author.


4.    Do you remember your first review and how it made you feel?  (If it was a bad one, also tell about your good one too).


Yes, I remember my very first review of “No Tildes on Tuesday.” It was an excellent review, and I was very pleased with it because I feel that the reviewer was very honest and gave her true perspective of the overall book.

5.   Tell us about your book and if it’s a series and how the public is reacting to this book.

No Tildes on Tuesday is a book that touches on the lives of children who need positive influences, empowerment, encouragement, and self-identity boosters. Since my main character, Isabella, is biracial and has discarded one of her heritages, her grandmother (Abuela) becomes concerned and feels that Isabella needs to learn her father’s first language, Spanish, and should begin learning it ASAP.

At her father’s firm request, Isabella begins her Spanish lessons with her grandmother (Abuela), but the lessons aren’t as easy as she’d hope they would be. When over the weekend grandmother (Abuela) learns that Isabella really isn’t interested in learning Spanish, she speaks to Isabella about her discovery, and then suddenly decides to halt the lessons. Actually, Isabella becomes relieved and silently says, “No Tildes on Tuesday”.

As one can readily surmise from the brief synopsis, Isabella primarily identifies with her other heritage, at first. Follow Isabella on a journey as she avoids one of her heritages, why she chooses to do so, and finally how she comes to grip with her multi-racial life.

Overall, I believe the public loved my book, No Tildes on Tuesday.

Clique, Clique, Stop will also capture their love as readers learn more about Isabella’s strengths and talents.

6.     Can you share any and all links that are important to you as a person and the book?  (You can relate more to a book if you know more about the author).  


Well, since you asked, here goes (smile).

No Tildes on Tuesday




Tate Publishing Online Product Store

Book Trailer

Scavenger Hunt Book Contest – No Tildes on Tuesday




BTS Opt in Page link



Amazon Author Page

Book Club Reading

Pinterest Boards for Selected Twitter Group




Affirmation Daybook Journal
CreateSpace eStore

KDP – Affirmation Daybook: Journal

Diversity Daybook Journal

CreateSpace eStore

Guess What? Dear Diary, (diary and ink pen set)

CreateSpace eStore

7.      I’ll wrap it up with this question since “7” is a lucky numberJ.   Can you share an excerpt from your book, and I’d like to thank you so much for taking time to share your book with me. Please share as much as you’d like.

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“I thought you forgot your notes, so over the weekend I picked up the pad and thumbed through it. I was very shocked to see what you had written.”

Abuela. Let me––”

“I believe that if you tried hard enough, you’d probably get it,” Abuela interrupted. “But that’s it. You don’t care to learn Spanish, do you?”

“Isabella, you can come to Abuela’s house anytime you want to, but not for Spanish lessons anymore.”

I don’t care. My lessons with Abuela are finally over forever! No tildes on Tuesday!


So there you have it, Lori. No, it is I who should thank you for this wonderful and fun opportunity to have shared about me and my work with you and your viewing audience all over.

***Cherrye is a very good friend and colleague of mine and I guarantee that you will LOVE her book(s).


Featured Author: D.P. Memory

Featured Author:

D.P. Memory


1. Please introduce yourself. Tell us a little about the person behind the pen.

I am D. P. Memory and I live in Mars, Pennsylvania with my husband Jerry.  My passion for books began at a very young age.  After reading voraciously for many, many years I decided to tell my own story.  ‘Love is Patient’ is a work of fiction, but I strived to make the characters as real as you and me. I am working on a second novel ‘Love is Kind’, so you will hear more escapades involving all of the characters you loved in ‘Love is Patient’.

2. What made you decide to write (the genre of your book), were there any influencing factors, or were any of the stories based on true events.

I love the works of Nora Roberts and Judith McNaught.  I wanted my characters to be real to my readers and to be loved by them.   Over the course of several years, I just kept putting the story together.  When 9/11 happened, I added it to my story to make the book suspenseful.  It’s not just a story about 9/11, it is an exciting, heart wrenching love story and full of intense suspense.

3. How do you promote your book, and do you find that difficult or just par for the course.

I promote my book via Facebook & Twitter and I have a blog.  I find those very time consuming but necessary.  I also purchase ads on some of the companies sending out e-mails to readers.  Some of those have been very successful and others have been a waste of funds.  I do get more sales when I advertise.

4. Do you remember your first review and how it made you feel? (If it was a bad one, also tell about your good one too).

I had to go back and see which review was first.   It was 4 stars and a very nice write up so I was very pleased with it.

5. Tell us about your book and if it’s a series and how the public is reacting to this book.

LOVE IS PATIENT is not a series even though I’m writing about some of the same characters in my next novel.  LOVE IS PATIENT is a suspenseful thriller and a heart wrenching love story.  You will laugh and cry as the story unfolds.  The characters will win your heart and of course there are a few villains you will love to hate.

The book is getting good reviews and I have sold over 2,000 copies for kindles.  It is coming out in paperback now, so I will be curious how the public will react to those.  Sales definitely improve when I advertise.  I would be very happy to see sales sky rocket with work of mouth instead.

6. Can you share any and all links that are important to you as a person and the book? (You can relate more to a book if you know more about the author).




7. I’ll wrap it up with this question since “7” is a lucky numberJ. Can you share an excerpt from your book, and I’d like to thank you so much for taking time to share your book with me. Please share as much as you’d like.


Fran Kadylak is recovering from surgery that has stripped her of any hope she had of ever bearing the children she and her husband Ken have been praying for.  She is going to leave her darling husband because she loves him too much to deprive him of the children he longs for.

Fran’s mother and Ken’s aunt are scheming together to get the young couple back together again.  Aunt Alicia came up with the perfect solution to their broken hearts.  She volunteers to be a surrogate mother for Fran and Ken.  Alicia’s family is dumbfounded that she would be willing to go through a risky pregnancy when her own two sons are already teens.  Her husband, Jonathan, is demanding guarantees that his own wife’s health won’t be sacrificed in the bargain.

Fran and Ken can’t believe their good fortune when Aunt Alicia’s invitro fertilization goes so well she is pregnant with not one, but twin infants.  Now Fran and Ken have gotten their lives back on track.  Aunt Alicia’s pregnancy is well underway at home in Mars, PA. Fran and Ken are taking off to New York City for a job interview that could mean a big promotion for Ken. They will be meeting with a financial advisor at the famous WorldTradeCenter to discuss how to invest some money Fran inherited from her grandmother.  Fran and Ken are rejoicing; life is perfect.

The date is September 10, 2001.

***D.P. is a colleague of mine and a fantastic writer, I urge you to check her work out.