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Monday Mention

Congratulations to friend and debut author Kelly Deeny on the release of The Spirit Projector I hope you enjoy getting to know her, she’s fabulous.

Kelly obtained her B.A. in English from Temple University, and has worked in copywriting/editing and library services. Her love of the arts led to the creation of multiple blogs and writers’ group facilitation. When not writing, Kelly’s either binge-watching a new British TV series, attending a Broadway musical, or spending time with her nieces and nephews. When Kelly grows up, she wants to adopt a husky and travel – maybe not at the same time.

 

About the Book

Sixteen-year-old Graysea Wealer’s life changed in ways the female Spirit Projector couldn’t predict; her male counterpart fled without her and the Overseers bestowed upon her new tasks and responsibilities – ones that no longer included projecting her spirit back in time. When her beloved six-year-old brother’s health mysteriously deteriorates, Graysea realizes that in order to save him she must make the male Spirit Projector fall in love with her. If she can’t, then her brother will perish and she will become the next Usurper. While Graysea trains in the ways of her Alora Valley elders (learning about the four Cornerstones, the magic of nature’s energy, and significance of auras) she must also deal with an overbearing mother, a white-tailed deer/Guide who speaks but doesn’t always listen, and a recently-returned ex who broke her heart. Along her journey, she encounters ancestral spirits to help learn that sometimes looking back is necessary to move forward.

Interview Questions What was it like to hold your first published book in your hands? Where was the first place you put it and photographed it once you could put it down?

The day I received my package of books I waited a few hours until my PA nieces and nephew sat around me. We opened the box together and recorded it for posterity. As surreal of a moment as it was for me to see my “baby” in print, I was more excited to see the kids’ reactions. “Look, Mom, it’s Aunt Kelly’s book! Mom, she has your name in the Acknowledgements! This is so cool!” We took a family walk around the lake at the Falls Township park a day later, and I carried my birthed book with me. My sisters got a photographic talent, so she stopped along the path and placed my book on a fence with the water behind it. It’s become one of my favorite images.

If you could only choose one of your characters to have dinner with, who would you choose and why?

I’d choose HENRI for two reasons: 1) He’s got an interesting story to tell which has yet to be explored in the first book of the series and 2) I envision him as one with a warm smile, gentle manners, and a worn heart.

Which character would you scold for giving you a hard time?

Liam because he’s got no room to talk on that subject! 😉

From idea to finished manuscript, how long did it take you to write this book?

While I wrote the first “scene” of the book roughly eleven years ago, it was a trip to the Muckross House in Killarney National Park, Ireland back in 2004 which planted the story seeds. While I toured the historic estate, I stared out a window from what once was a young girl’s bedroom. Suddenly, I felt the presence of a child standing at my side, gazing out the window with me. I carried that moment and the sense of Irish heritage back with me across the large pond.

I’ve started and halted so many stories over the years for a variety of reasons, but THE SPIRIT PROJECTOR refused to be ignored. Graysea never left my imagination though I pushed her away for months at a time. I love the characters, setting, tone, and story so much that I kept second-guessing each “final” draft. I kept tweaking things that didn’t need tweaking, wondering if anyone else will love it as I do.

Do you have a ritual, something you do before you sit down to write? Your favorite space to write?

The short answer to this question – No. I’ve tested out different rituals over the years (like “Morning Pages” from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way), but none ever really caught on. If I’m reviewing or editing content, I can have vocal music (showtunes probably) in the background, but only instrumental when I’m drafting new content. I don’t really have a favorite place to write as I don’t have an office or writing workstation set up for myself, but I do enjoy taking a notebook to the beach or local park on a beautiful day, feel the sun’s rays on my skin, and let inspiration flow.

If you could be a member of any fantasy race, which would you choose? What would be your superpower and your weapon of choice?

It’s so funny that you asked this question because I know this answer without thinking too long or hard – I’d be part of the Rivendell Elves in J.R.R. Tolkien’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS. I love the magic, healing power of nature, and the costumes are phenomenal!!!!! The choice of a superpower is a difficult one because I typically respond with the common ones like flying or telekinesis. However, I think of Art Therapy as a type of superpower which is probably why I infused it into my novel.

What is your guilty TV pleasure?

I looooove baking competitions on cooking channels. I can’t cook or bake, but they make it look so easy and really showcase the artistry in what they can create. What’s the last show you binge watched and what did you like or dislike about it? That’d be LETTER FOR THE KING (a Netflix original series). There is but one season so far, and hope there are more to follow as it’s got a terrific blend of magic, medieval setting, diverse representation, and a hint of romance. I finished episode 1 and immediately knew it was my kind of series.

What is your favorite neighborhood takeout and what are you ordering?

My family adores DeLorenzo’s The Burg located in Levittown, PA. My favorite item(s) to order is the Margherita Pie (cooked light) with a side order of the Caprese Salad, because it is a-maz-ing!!!!!

What are you writing now?

I’m jumped in with both…hands…and am writing the second book in The Alorians series. I also create writing prompts, draft Motivational Monday poems, and study ancestry as character research.

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you first sat down to write this book and what advice would you give to yet unpublished writers who are writing their first book?

Trust in yourself and the story you have within you to craft. I wish I’d believed stronger and sooner in not only my talent but the significance of what I wanted to share with the world -that it mattered even if it only mattered to me. Buuuut, I finally realized that I had to stop editing based on what I assumed others thought. I had taken into account every piece of advice from each workshop instructor and guest speakers at writing/publishing conferences and events, attempting to fit it into my specific style/project. I am unique, as is my story. So, it should not have surprised me that my journey to publication would be just as unique. My journey was mine to take, and those of you out there writing your first book will follow your path. It’s ours to take – our decision on who gets to give directions or walk alongside. Keep your head up and pen down. Keep moving forward!!!!!

Thank you so much Kelly,

Doreen

You can find Kelly here:

https://kellydeeny.com/

Buy the book here:

https://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Projector-1-Alorians/dp/1543995691

 

 

Imagine That…#MondayMotivation

Imagine That…

Imagine that we American women united so no person or organization could control us by dividing us. Imagine that we actually did something other than persist. Imagine us coming together to solve problems. Imagine we built a bridge on what we have in common and our differences washed away under that bridge. Imagine that…

Imagine that on the topic of:

Schools- We agree we want the very best educational system for our children. We agree that every child has the right to an education regardless of race, religion, sex or disabilities. Imagine that we got together in our small towns and our cities and created a plan, we could make our school boards, administrators and educators accountable for every cent

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Gold Diggers and Dead Beat Dads/ Author Interview and Review…

I recently read Gold Diggers and Dead Beat Dads. I am excited that the author, Valerie Rind agreed to answer a few questions and I applaud her for writing an intelligent, important and due to the serious subject a surprisingly witty book.

Author Valerie Rind Book Cover

 

My Review: Smart, well written and eye opening…

The author had me at the title, Gold Diggers and Dead Beat Dad$. The book is a compilation of some extremely painful, personal stories of financial exploitation and ruin committed by those the victims most loved and trusted.

We are taught at a very young age that it’s not polite to ask someone about their financial status including how much they make, how much they save or their credit rating. The author shines a bright light on the financial wreckage that can happen if we don’t shake off the controversy and start asking personal financial questions before we say I-Do.

Valerie Rind writes from her heart as she shares her own devastating story of lending her deceptive husband money for a start-up business and discovering a financially devastating secret he kept from her for many years.

Along with the heartbreaking stories and valuable lessons learned by others the author offers common-sense tips on avoiding and overcoming financial ruin. It is written well and left me feeling like I was not alone after being devastated financially by loved ones, myself.

An important book for anyone considering marriage, caring for an elderly loved- one or blending a family.

Author bio:

Author Valerie Rind photo

 

During a hiatus from my career as a corporate attorney, I worked for a local housing authority, where I created its pilot personal finance program for 300 low-income individuals.

For fun, I served as one of the founding volunteer moderators for the my FICO community forum.

My resume is a checkerboard with gigs like sailing on Caribbean yachts, running the office of a TV and film casting company, and negotiating megabucks contracts for a Fortune 200 technology company.

Irrelevant credentials: BA in Russian Language & Literature from Duke University. LLB and Masters of Law degrees from the University of Sydney. Yes, in Australia. I currently live in the Washington, DC area.

Interview:

What 3 questions about finances would you suggest to ask before considering a serious relationship with someone?

In Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads, I list more than 50 questions, so it’s hard to narrow it down to three!

A key topic is how your potential mate handles debt.  Ask: Do you have any credit card or student loan debt? How much? What are the interest rates? Do you pay in full or only the minimum amount due? Do you ever pay late? Exceed the credit limit? Is it time to get a card with better terms? What’s your plan to eliminate your debt? (You should be worried if your sweetheart has no plan).

How can someone considering a midlife marriage that involves blending a family protect their own personal finances and their children’s inheritance?

Opinions vary on whether couples should have entirely separate or combined bank and investment accounts. It’s such an individual matter, and the best solution is often somewhere in the middle.

It’s critical to get your will or trust updated, along with the beneficiaries for your 401(k) accounts, IRAs, and life insurance policies. One couple delayed taking care of business, and the second wife was left with almost nothing when her husband died. Blended families are a challenge if people have different ideas about “entitlement” to inheritances.

Can you share your path to publication, any difficulties along the way, and why you chose the path you chose?

I tried the “traditional” route first. Agents were interested but none seemed like a good match. I was frustrated and put the manuscript on the virtual shelf for five years. Periodically it annoyed me that I hadn’t finished the project.  One day I read about self-publishing. Wow, all I have to do is push a button! If I had known how much time, effort, and money it would take to self-publish … but it’s definitely been worthwhile and a lot of fun.

What are three red flags one should watch for concerning a mate’s finances that might suggest we are being lied to or scammed?

money lock box

Your partner is evasive about certain bills, bank statements, or other mail. When you ask questions about money matters, you get dodgy answers.

Her phone rings often with urgent, private calls or texts from people you don’t know.

He is often inexplicably late, absent, or unavailable.

Do you listen to music or work in silence while writing?

I definitely need music to stay “in the zone.” I love an obscure Internet radio station called XPoNential Radio that plays “an eclectic blend of blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country.”  Sometimes I get temporarily distracted when I stop to download a song that’s playing!

Are you planning another book?

Yes. People are already sharing their stories with me for the sequel. I’m interviewing leading authorities on subjects such as child support enforcement.  There weren’t enough stories to fill a whole chapter on family businesses gone wrong, so I’m seeking more anecdotes on that topic.

 

Connect with Valerie here:

Blog:ValerieRind.com

Twitter: @ValerieRind

Facebook: Valerie Rind

Google Plus: +ValerieRind

Various purchase links:

Available on Amazon in paperback:

http://amzn.to/1qJMGuK

Amazon

Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads

Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads: True Stories of Friends, Family, and Financial Ruin

 

 

Monday:

 

Over at Java’s (where I was featured on Friday) we have Meet me on Monday : http://nevergrowingold.blogspot.com

The questions and my answers are:

1)  Favorite way to eat potatoes?   Baked with everything

2) Last package delivered to your house? Prescriptions/boring

3 ) What is your favorite scent that you love to smell?  Very tough one because I smell everything.  Right now I am loving the way Gain makes the house smell.

4) Do you smoke?  I quit on 8/28/2010 and it still makes me crazy at least 5 times every day but I am hanging tough!

5)  Are your parents married or divorced?  D-I-V-O-R-C-E; remember that song?  My mother played it for months when I was 11!

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I know it is Tuesday but I’m still working on…

The only good part about Monday is “I Love My Online Friends” : http://www.thethingswefindinside.com and I am still working on this one!

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February has turned into quite a busy little month…

It is Monday and that means “I love my Online Friends”.  If you would like to join us click here:  http://www.thethingswefindinside.com I am a bit slow so it usually takes me all week to get through this list!

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Meet Me On Monday…

Monday can be fun!  I am making a lot of new friends over at Give it To me Monday: http://www.graphicdesignbytara.blogspot.com

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