10 Statements – Luciana Cavallaro

 

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, likes to meander between contemporary life to the realms of mythology and history. Luciana has always been interested in Mythology and Ancient History but her passion wasn’t realised until seeing the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. From then on, she was inspired to write Historical Fantasy.

She has spent many lessons promoting literature and the merits of ancient history. Today, you will still find Luciana in the classroom, teaching ancient history and promoting literature. To keep up-to-date with her ramblings, ahem, that is meanderings subscribe to her mailing list.

You can also join her street team http://eepurl.com/bjVhkL.

 

Find me…

Website:  www.luccav.com

Mailing list:  http://eepurl.com/brIbFf

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luciana-Cavallaro-Writer/304218202959903

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ClucianaLuciana

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6567841.Luciana_Cavallaro

 

My personal mottoes:

“Persevere until you bleed!”

“Keep your goal always at the forefront of your mind, and never give up!”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… waking to the alarm at 5am, showering, eating breakfast and driving to work at 7am! Spend the day teaching high school students, attend meetings, head home, exercise, shower, get dinner ready, prepare lunches, then eat dinner, spend an hour or two in the office, sit and watch a little TV before hitting the sack!
  2. I lose track of time when I am writing, creating promos on Canva, reading and being out taking photographs.
  3. I have always… loved drawing, working with clay, reading and writing!
  4. I have never… smoked a cigarette.
  5. Home means to me… being safe, secure and surrounded by my family.
  6. I am inspired by… extraordinary people who endure so much to overcome their disabilities and disadvantages in life, and live it to fullest without bitterness.
  7. I would like to meet… Cleopatra. She achieved so much in a world dominated by men.
  8. My worst character trait… lack of patience, which I am working to be better at!
  9. My best character trait… generosity and listening to people.
  10. The best advice I was given… “No-one knows anything.”

 

Search for the Golden Serpent
(Servants of the Gods, Book 1)

Evan has been having some very strange dreams.
The Perth-based architect dismissed an unexpected phone call from an entrepreneur in Greece, asking him to restore his family home, as the ravings of a crank. Until, that is, the dreams begin, each more vivid than the last. A dream encounter with a mysterious character called Zeus sees him catapulted back in time to 500 years before the birth of Christ.

Evan finds himself quickly embroiled in a plot to prevent the birth of Christianity, an unwilling player in an epic struggle between the old gods and the new, fighting for his life.

Print length:  426 pages

Published:  2015-03-27

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Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/520605
B & N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121251960?ean=2940046584288
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Createspace – https://www.createspace.com/5346063

 

Accursed Women

Five stories, five women, five legends.

Phaedra, a Minoan princess, marries out of duty and to safeguard her precious home. She falls in love with Hippolytos, her husband’s son and asks the Goddess Aphrodite for help. He spurns her affections.

The Trojan War, one of history’s greatest stories ever told. What if the legend as told is wrong? History is told by the victors, and facts changed to twist the truth. Is it possible Helen of Sparta never went to Troy?

Hera, Queen of the Gods, is the most powerful goddess on Mount Olympos. For the first time ever in a candid interview, Hera shares what it’s like to be a goddess and wife to Zeus, the King of the Gods.

Created by the gods as a gift to humanity, Pandora is the first woman on Earth. Did she know what Zeus intended when he presented an urn as a wedding dowry to her husband? Neither she nor Epimetheus knew what it contained, but they were told never to open it.

All Medousa wanted was a life of love and acceptance but one fateful night it changed. While she’s alone in the Temple of Athene tending to the sacred fire, Poseidon pays a visit. No human can stop an immortal from taking what they want.

Print length:  218 pages

Published:  2013-12-02

Amazon – http://mybook.to/AccursedWomen
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/386995
Createspace – https://www.createspace.com/4418625

 

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10 Statements – Terry Lynne Hale

 

Terry Lynne Hale is an author and freelance writer with a passion for, well, a lot of things! She is passionate about reading, writing, the Internet, family, friends, pets, vibrant health, the environment, wildlife preservation, protecting 2nd amendment rights, and death with dignity-to name some passions.

Her first book, Ageless Internet – Internet Basics for Boomers and Seniors, won the 2012 Indie Excellence Award in its genre.

This year she self-published The Straightforward Internet – Your Simplified Guide to Exploring Everything from Basics to Social Media to the Deep Web, geared for Gen-Exers and everyone else who’s been reluctant to embrace all that the digital universe offers. The Straightforward Internet earned her Indie Reader Approved status with a 4 star review.

Hale became interested in alternative health and optimal nutrition when she embarked on self-employment in 2001. In addition to freelancing, she became a wellness consultant and has voraciously studied the work of many doctors, authors, nutritionists, and scientists since. Her calling has revolved around helping, and sharing information that benefits others.

Hale lives in Kansas City with her husband and their extremely willful cat, Stinker. Her 3rd book, Interview 2017, is scheduled to be published later this summer.

 

Find me…

https://terrylynnehale.com/

The Straightforward Internet on Amazon

Ageless Internet on Amazon

https://www.linkedin.com/in/terrylynnehale

https://www.facebook.com/care2ShareTer/

 

My personal mottoes:

“To Thine Own Self Be True.”

“This too, will pass.”

10 statements

  1. A typical (work) day begins with… coffee – doctored with a touch of milk and Pure Monk fruit sweetener.
  2. I lose track of time when engrossed in a creative project.
  3. I have always… gotten back up after being knocked down.
  4. I have never… been pregnant but have been blessed with many fur-babies in this lifetime.
  5. Home means to me… my sanctuary.
  6. I am inspired by… music, sunrises, sunsets, the mountain, and the ocean.
  7. I would like to meet… author Steven Pressfield.
  8. My worst character trait… impatience.
  9. My best character trait… persistence.
  10. The best advice I was given… was by my oldest sister after my first divorce “Everyone is entitled to make their own mistakes.”

The Straightforward Internet

Did you know the average human attention span is 8 seconds? Did you know it was 12 seconds in Y2K? Did you know that a goldfish has a longer attention span by one second? Great Scott!

The Straightforward Internet is an easy-going read, intended for the Gen-Xer – formerly reluctant to accept the Internet but now knows it’s here to stay – AND the technologically competent Gen-Xer who grasps the fluid landscape of the Digital Universe and wants to keep up with it! And this book is intended for anyone else who falls into one of these categories.

The Straightforward Internet covers a lot in a few pages (that attention span thing..)

Are you looking for Basics like:
* Internet, and device (desktop/laptop/smart phone/tablet) basics?
* differences between DSL, Satellite, Wi-Fi or 4G?
* how to spot and avoid scams?
* how viruses spread and how to protect your identity from thieves?
* Instant Messaging, and emails that disappear?

Are you fascinated by Intermediate subjects like:
* social media and dating sites?
* Internet auctions?
* photo, and media sites?
* cloud storage, and zip utilities?
* the naughty side of social media, illegal auctions, and shock sites?

Are you intrigued about Advanced information like:
* Easter Egg Hunts?
* catfishing?
* Virtual Private Networks (VPN)?
* the Darknet Marketplace?
* the economics of Bitcoins and how to use?

You’ll get answers to these topics and more in The Straightforward Internet.

If you are one of the millions that appreciated the film Back to the Future, you will enjoy the friendly, easy-going writing style of this author. Join her on a cyberspace exploration (with occasional reflection on the experiences of Marty & Doc.)

Print length:  110 pages

Published:  2017-02-03

Buy links:  books2read.com/u/478Za7

 

Ageless Internet

THE WONDROUS WORLD WIDE WEB – SIMPLIFIED!

Ageless Internet is a simplified guide to the wondrous world wide web. Geared for Baby Boomers and Seniors, this book will benefit anyone who has stood on the cyber sidelines too long.

Like ROUTE 66, the famous 2448 mile highway that ran through 8 states connecting farmers and vacationers from the 1920s through the 1950s, the Information Superhighway is just too cool to miss!

Your daughter “friended you” on Facebook, your nephew sent a Tweet, your granddaughter wants to use a webcam to keep in touch in real time, and your sister wants to keep you in the loop via email. The 21st century seems overwhelming. Relax, the solution is within reach.

YOU WILL LEARN:

* Which security programs will keep you safe online
* Terminology you need to know to have fun on the Net
* How to effectively and efficiently perform an Internet Search
* How to maximize your productivity online
* How to separate authentic review sites from affiliate landing pages
* You will learn about websites of interest to Boomers and Seniors and much, much more!

Whether for yourself or a loved one, Ageless Internet simplifies a complex world, navigating the Net so you can enjoy the Wondrous World Wide Web.

Print length:  134 pages

Published:  2012-03-09

Buy links:  books2read.com/u/3nOYl6


 

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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

 

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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!

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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.

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Blurb

“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.

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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

 

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
Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/mschmidtphotography/
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

 

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