10 Statements – Carmen Ashe



Carmen lives in Manhattan near her beloved adult children. She owns a consulting firm and also contributes to her community by bringing to those who may have lost hope her story of strength as a demonstration that everyone has a purpose.



Find me…

Website:  https://www.ihaveapurpose.com/
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/OfficialIHaveAPurpose
Instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/OfficialIHaveAPurpose
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/_IHaveAPurpose
Amazon:  Carmen Ashe


My personal motto:

“I am not competing with anyone other than myself. I want to be excellent at whatever I do.” (Maya Angelou)

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… a punch list of things I want to accomplish that day.
  2. I lost track of time once I lost my husband.
  3. I have always… wanted to skydive.
  4. I have never… believed your past determines your future.
  5. Home means to me… a place of love and inner peace.
  6. I am inspired by… women who despite their circumstance manage to prevail.
  7. I would like to meet… my younger self now.
  8. My worst character trait… is I am neurotic with time.
  9. My best character trait… is my honesty and loyalty.
  10. The best advice I was given… was “everything is not for everybody.”

I Have a Purpose

Carmen has always been a fighter. She has fought to escape the control of her dominating father, carried the dark secret of an abusive family member, and been beaten by a boyfriend who would rather see her dead than let her go. Her mother can’t protect her, and Carmen knows that she is the only one who can save herself.
All that changes when she meets Tony. From their first conversation, they know that they’ve found something special in one another. But when a confrontation with a family friend sends Tony to prison, Carmen is forced to make a difficult choice. Should she give up the love of her life, or risk everything to save her marriage?

Through one tragedy after another, Carmen is forced to rely on her own inner strength to keep herself and her family from falling apart forever.

In this uplifting narrative, Carmen and Tony face betrayal, loss, and hardship. I Have a Purpose celebrates the lessons pain can teach us and the joy that true love can bring to our lives, no matter what the circumstances may be.

Print length:  242 pages

Published:  2017-04-05

Buy link Amazon:   books2read.com/u/3L90J5

Buy link B&N:  Barnes & Noble








Vashti Quiroz-Vega: The Fall of Lilith – #free until 2017-08-05! @VashtiQV

Dear friends and readers,

Please welcome author Vashti Quiroz-Vega and her latest book! Today is her birthday and Vashti has a wonderful surprise for us:

The Fall of Lilith is free on Amazon – today and tomorrow!

Happy birthday, dear Vashti!


Hello everyone! I’m excited to be here at ‘My Train of Thoughts On…’ Blog. Thanks for having me, Karen!

My name is Vashti Quiroz-Vega and I’m a writer of Fantasy, Horror and Thriller. If you enjoy reading short stories in those genres and poetry you can do so on my blog, The Writer Next Door | Vashti Q. I’m here today to tell you a little about myself and to introduce my new novel, The Fall of Lilith.

I began reading, writing and storytelling early. In elementary school I drew pictures and wrote stories in comic book form and sold them for a quarter a piece. I grew up in a religious home, attended a religious private school and went to church regularly with my parents. I read many religious books. I also enjoyed fairy tales and mythology and devoured many of these types of books. I’ve always been curious about angels and other supernatural creatures. The combination of all of the above was the inspiration for The Fall of Lilith.

The Fall of Lilith is an adult (18+) epic fantasy with dark elements about angels. It is the first installment of my Fantasy Angels Series. The characters in this story are angels depicted in a very unique way. It is a story of many twists, surprises and a bit of controversy.



“I merely assisted you in doing what you desired all along.”

So says Lilith, the most exquisite of the angels. The two most important pledges an angel makes to God are those of obedience and celibacy, and dire consequences await any who break their oaths.

At first, the angels are happy in their celestial home, learning and exploring together. As they grow older, though, Lilith begins to question these pledges, which now seem arbitrary and stifling. Her challenge of the status quo leads to disagreement, jealousy, and strife among her peers. As the arguing and acrimony grow, lines are drawn and sides are chosen. Is war inevitable?

Filled with robust characters, incredible landscapes, and exciting action, The Fall of Lilith is an epic tale of seduction, betrayal, and revenge.

Free Will involves asking difficult questions and making hard choices, choices that require strength and sacrifice. These decisions can tear apart friendships and cause rifts between allies.

They can even threaten the foundations of Heaven.


The Fall of Lilith is a compelling narrative that provides background on several well-known, supernatural figures. Though obviously religious in nature, Quiroz-Vega’s book strays far from traditional biblical text. Sea monsters, mermaids, and vampires share the stage with angels and demons. And illicit (and explicit) affairs, violent battles, and graphic injuries abound. Quiroz-Vega’s prose is incredibly descriptive.

A well-written, descriptive, and dark creation story.”–– Kirkus Reviews

Print length:  527 pages

Published:  2017-08-01

Buy link:  books2read.com/u/bWZzdz

Author Links

Blog:  http://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com

Facebook:  http://on.fb.me/1g0da7d

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/VashtiQV

Google+:  https://plus.google.com/+VashtiQVega

Tumblr:  http://vashtiq.tumblr.com

Amazon Profile:  https://www.amazon.com/Vashti-Quiroz-Vega/e/B00GTXG5W4/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

10 Statements – Vashti Quiroz-Vega


2017-08-02: Song of the day

The Corrs – Toss the Feathers

Dear friends and readers,

This time I share this beautiful instrumental with you. The first time I saw and heard someone playing the Bhódran – I fell in love with this instrument. One day in the near future, a Bhódran will hopefully come my way. As udemy.com offers online trainings – I am rather confident that it is going to work out.  😉


Peace, black coffee, and a cheesecake.  ☘


10 Statements – S. Jackson

Mary L. Schmidt writes under the pen name of S. Jackson, and she is a retired registered nurse, who won the coveted Leora B. Stroup Bachelor of Science in Nursing Award for outstanding clinical performance, community involvement and academic achievement in Nursing Award, while at Fort Hays State University. She is a member of the Catholic Church, and has taught kindergarten Catechism; she has worked in various capacities for The American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Cub and Boy Scouts, (son, Gene, is an Eagle Scout), and sponsored trips for high school children music. She loves all forms of art but mostly focuses on the visual arts; amateur photography, traditional, and graphic art as her disabilities allow. She has published fifteen books since retirement; the first a memoir, When Angels Fly, followed by an Art Picture book featuring her own works of art, one cookbook, and thirteen books for children of which seven are a part of a full series. Protecting children from molestation is important to her, and with that in mind she wrote Suzy Has A Secret. Seeing what bullies can do to a child inspired her to write the book, The Big Cheese Festival. Schmidt has designed all of her book covers. She loves spending time with her husband (and co-author under the pen name A. Raymond) Michael, and especially their first grandchild, Austin, age 21 months. She is a Member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: The international professional organization for writers and illustrators of children’s literature, and Sigma Theta Tau International: The Honor Society of Nursing, which is the second-largest nursing organization in the world with approximately 135,000 active members.

Find me…

Website:  https://whenangelsfly.wordpress.com/
Amazon Author PageS. Jackson
Facebook Author Page:  www.facebook.com/MMSchmidtAuthorGDDonley
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MaryLSchmidt
Art Gallery:  http://mschmidtdesigns.deviantart.com/?rnrd=168398
Mailing List: http://wordpress.us15.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=e0ee1fac82f1a61eadffc9df1&id=3e4c8998c6


My personal mottoes:

“When life knocks you down, just get back up and keep on going!”

“Have faith and believe in yourself; don’t compare yourself to others, you are unique!”


10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… waking around 7:30am, making morning coffee and having a light breakfast, followed by answering email, jumping on Twitter followed by Facebook, and then I either spend time writing or designing until a late lunch with husband, followed by downtime for the two of us for about three hours, then social media – usually Instagram, morning writing, late dinner, movie with hubby, shower and bedtime.
  2. I lose track of time when I’m seriously creating new book covers and art works. Occasionally, I will glance out the window in front of my desk just to see what the cardinals and wild squirrels are to.
  3. I have always…loved reading since time began for me, and I read most genres.
  4. I have never… been to Europe and I would love to visit England, Ireland, Scotland, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Spain, The Vatican, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. I would love seeing all of the old castles. The foods and cultures are/would be amazing.
  5. Home means to me… spending quality time with my husband, and our children and grandson when they come visiting. My husband and I love to cook meals together!
  6. I am inspired by… strong women who persevere no matter what comes their way. Women who get back up after being struck down by whatever way/situation are inspiring; and women who nourish their children in a loving, full of hugs family – total love!
  7. I would like to meet… the Pope as he is inspiring to me.
  8. My worst character trait… reserved when meeting new people. It takes me a bit to warm up to those I meet.
  9. My best character trait… compassion and empathy which I learned early on during my nursing career and afterwards.
  10. The best advice I was given… “Don’t give up, the best is yet to come.”


When Angels Fly

We often find ourselves daydreaming about what our futures will be like. This may be especially true if one lives in an environment most would consider less than desirable. Some are lucky to find their futures much like their childhood dreams. Others find the paths to their dreams strewn with hurdles.

Growing up, Sarah dodged her mother’s blows. She often hid in her room crying about her life. Still, she believes in her future and the happiness it can bring. In their book When Angels Fly, authors S. Stevens and A. Raymond tell Sarah’s story–their stories. The authors use their journals to describe Sarah’s experiences of family dysfunction, strength, courage, faith, abuse, grief, and so much more. You’ll read how, like many, she attempts to escape from her mother’s abuse through marriage. And like many, she learns it is not a viable alternative. Then Sarah experiences a parent’s ultimate tragedy twice, the deaths of her sons, Joshua and Eli.

When Angels Fly is about much more than the telling of a family’s tragedy. It is also the story of finding faith after it has wavered. Most of all, it’s a story of love lost and found.

After reading When Angels Fly, I realized how fortunate I am that my two children are alive and well.

–J. Thayer McKinney, author, Haunting of LaBelle

Print length:  333 pages

Published:  2015-11-10

Buy links (eReader):  books2read.com/u/b5MMYp

Shadow and Friends
Celebrate Ellsworth, KS
150th Birthday!

In this children’s picture book and seventh book in our ‘Shadow and Friends Series’, Shadow and Friends Celebrate Ellsworth, KS, 150th Birthday, two dogs and a family of squirrels decide to help Ellsworth celebrate the 150th birthday of the town’s history. This book coincides with the actual 150th birthday of Ellsworth in the summer of 2017. Illustrations are found on each page, most of them painted. Big Whitey tells the history of Ellsworth, and Fort Harker, with historical buildings, notable landmarks, and scenes painted by the author. At the end of this story, Little Whitey asks his father if they can re-enact the old west, dress like cowboys, and do a pretend cattle drive just like Ellsworth, KS. The squirrels dress in cowboy and cowgirl gear, and they even have a chuck wagon cook. They herd longhorn cattle, sing the state song of Kansas, and have lots of fun during their re-enactment. At the end of the story, they enjoyed a barn dance, celebrated the 150th birthday of Ellsworth, and Uncle Stubby took pictures and ‘selfies’. Children will love seeing the old west come alive with two dogs and a family of squirrels dressed in western attire, and using a small amount of cowboy slang. This delightful and funny book for children, targeted at ages 4-8, is easy to read and perfect for home or classroom. The story illustrates how cattle drives worked, the long dusty trails, life in the old west, and illustrations that produce pure imagination in children. Note: Actual gunfights and ‘adult type’ history were left out in this wild western history of Ellsworth, KS.

Print length:  39 pages

Published:  2017-06-17

Buy link (eReader):  books2read.com/u/bPJJDj







The Magician’s Workshop, Vol. Two by Christopher Hansen and J. R. Fehr #BookReview @HansenFehr


The authors sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

Return to the world of The Magician’s Workshop: Where Dreams Become Reality.

In Volume Two, the Festival of Stars has finally arrived, and the Color Ceremony is about to commence. As children from all over the islands gather to stand before a puller, one question remains: who will have a Color, and who will be found void?

Rejoin your favorite characters as they step forward and receive a label that will have the power to dramatically alter the course of their lives forever.

Genre(s): Books
> Teens > SciFi & Fantasy > Fantasy > Coming of Age
Kindle eBooks
> SciFi & Fantasy > Fantasy > Metaphysical & Visionary
> Teen & YA > SciFi & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
Series: The Magician’s Workshop, # 2
Length: 396 pages
Release date: 2016-11-22



Aaro is-a Tree didn’t understand why he felt compelled to get on this boat in the dark of night. He didn’t have any clear reason to go where it was sailing; in fact, he’d really rather not be going there at all.

“Are you sure it’s a good idea to come with me to the festival?” asked Malroy is-a Shield. “You hate the Color Ceremony.”

“I don’t hate it. I hate what it does to kids,” Aaro answered as he stepped of the wooden dock and onto Malroy’s sailboat, a small cutter that looked to be twice as old as the two men were. …

My Opinion

This book reintroduces you to the group of kids living in the magical islands of O’Ceea. The upcoming Color Ceremony and the possible results affect all O’Ceea inhabitants.

With The Magician’s Workshop, Volume Two, authors Hansen and Fehr continue the wonderful fantasy story about O’Ceea and the importance of colours. It is a very enjoyable and compelling read, drawing you in as the kids and their clans prepare for the Color Ceremony. Hansen and Fehr carefully elaborated the characters, and their stories and interactions, still leaving the readers room for imagination; I still adore the blue wallaroo. I was drawn rather close to the kids – it was fun being an invisible friend. The characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues; the authors’ care for each of them shows. The story is very nicely woven and has a wonderful flow. I am eager to read volume 3 – as soon as the story is continued!

This is a book for you if you like magic, urban fantasy, food for thought, believable and very likeable characters, and/or the teen and young adult genre.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen: – 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen:


About the authors

The first glimmering Chris Hansen had that there was far more to reality than he had ever imagined occurred six days after his ninth birthday.
“Christopher!” cried a wise, old sage. “Life is full of deep magic. Miraculous things happen all the time and all around us, if you know where to look for them.”
Full of expectation and childlike optimism, Chris began searching for this magic, prepared to be surprised and amazed by it. And he was: he found Wonder! Now he’s chosen to write stories about it.

When J.R. Fehr popped out of the womb, he knew there was more to the world than the four boring hospital walls that he was seeing. “Zango!” his newborn mind exclaimed as he saw people appear and disappear through a mysterious portal in the wall. As a child he found life wowtazzling, but as he grew older the cold water of reality hit him, and the magic he once knew vanished. After spending some wet and shivering years lost in a joyless wasteland, he once again began to see magic in the world. He writes because the Wonder of true life is far grander than anything he ever thought possible


Connect with the authors:

Website:  www.oceea.com
Amazon:  J. R. Fehr

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Magician’s Workshop, Volume Two?  Or – if you did not yet read The Magician’s Workshop, Volume Two – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂