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March 2011 Blog Posts (42)

A heart warming story

I would also like to share this story with you. Whilst emailing talk shows I sent an email to a particular lady host. It was strange as it took me some time to find her email address, but something told me to keep looking. Once found I emailed her the original email more or less that I sent to you. Within ten minutes I received an urgent reply, and the response was something I could never have hoped or dreamed of. It seems that her son had tried to kill himself the previous week. After a few… Continue

Added by Teresa Joyce on March 30, 2011 at 6:03am — No Comments

Unspoken Words of Every Child

Many of us, myself included, have suffered through difficult childhoods.  It is with greater clarity that we are able to evaluate our past from an adult perspective.  Though we may be cognizant of the root of our pain, our childhood experiences were tightly woven into the cloth that made us who we are today; they are imbedded in the…


Added by Randi G. Fine on March 29, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Zealous? or Jealous?

Zealous? or Jealous?


As we continue our look at love in 1 Corinthians 13 we come a across a fascinating Greek word, “Zēlōō”. What makes this word so interesting is that it can be translated either “Zealous”, or “Jealous”,

depending on the context it is used in. “Zēlōō” is defined as “Warm feeling for or against”.  What

starts out positive can end up negative. How might that be on your mountain?

It’s been said that all of man’s accomplishments are the result of…


Added by Carl Jenks on March 28, 2011 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Love Is As Love Does

The desire to love is not itself love.  Love is as love does. ~ M. Scott Peck, M.D.

Love is often characterized by the overwhelming feeling that is commonly associated with it.   We have all experienced the giddy feeling of…


Added by Randi G. Fine on March 26, 2011 at 7:33pm — No Comments

Path to Publication

Path to Publication is a writers group for all genres. The Path to Publication writers group is a critique group that meets on the second Tuesday of every month. We also publish a literary magazine, The Path, twice per year. Visit our website:…


Added by Mary J Nickum on March 26, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Kita's Gentle Message: A Little Note Goes a Long Way (Saturday, March 26, 2011)

Don't you just love receiving an actual letter in the mail? Most of us rifle through the batch of advertisements and never-ending bills only to find - nothing. There's a momentary sense of disappointment that not one person has remembered you. And just as quickly, this feeling of abandonment disappears as you go about your day. But when a letter happens to appear within the folds of car ads, the sense of satisfaction that comes with the opening of that unexpected… Continue

Added by Kita Szpak on March 26, 2011 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Savvy Authors

I am now a Premier Member of Savvy Authors (

Added by Mary J Nickum on March 23, 2011 at 7:48pm — No Comments

Picture book update

More work to do on "Where Did My Sand Castle Go?" I got my edits back from my peer reviewers. Bottom line (or to make a long story short), I don't know as much about tides as I thought I did. But, I've got some valuable information now. I'll rework the story again...

Added by Mary J Nickum on March 22, 2011 at 11:58am — No Comments

Xlibris Published Author Fida R. Abbott Shows “Enthusiasm” on The Authors Show TV

The Authors Show TV interview of Xlibris author Fida R. Abbott -- sharing her thoughts and her story.

Bloomington, IN -- Mar 21, 2011-- It is every author’s dream to share their story, and sharing her inspiring…


Added by Fida Abbott on March 22, 2011 at 11:56am — No Comments

A Rare Quality You Have

A Rare Quality You Have

A cursory look at human history reveals that there is has always been a dearth of a quality fellow

Mountain Taker that you and I possess in abundance. This characteristic is so needed, and yet in such short supply that an insurance company here in the United States has actually tried to set itself apart from its competitors with a branding campaign built around it, entitled, “Doing the Right Thing”. Various

organizations, even Hollywood, have…


Added by Carl Jenks on March 22, 2011 at 10:43am — No Comments

Yesterday's Tomorrow - a review

Gripping, heart wrenching, poignant, fast paced, tender, descriptive … these are all adjectives that aptly describe Catharine West’s debut novel Yesterday’s Tomorrow. It’s the story of Kristin Taylor, a young reporter out to prove herself by going into the field during the Vietnam War. In the midst of the horror and carnage she finds out what it means to be a friend, a lover, a Christian - a human being. This unfortunate era in US history is well researched yet never pedantic.…


Added by Tracy Krauss on March 21, 2011 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Latest Review

My third novel, Ring of Lies has just been reviewed by You Gotta read reviews.  This is what they had to say:



Review - Ring of Lies by Victoria Howard

Title: Ring of Lies

Author: Victoria Howard

Published by: Vanilla Heart Publishing…


Added by Victoria Howard on March 21, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Mindbender -- a story about telepaths

I'm excited to announce the release of my latest ebook, Mindbender.



When Taralyn flees persecution on Earth, she is pursued by Asher, an Enforcer of the dreaded psychic police force.  Asher hunts fugitive mindbenders with an enthusiasm usually reserved for mass murderers. …


Added by Roxanne Smolen on March 20, 2011 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Picture book

Moving forward on preparing my picture book "Where did my sand castle go?" to be resubmitted for publication. Wish me luck!!!

Added by Mary J Nickum on March 20, 2011 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Interview with Lily of Good Gumbo Radio

You can here my interview on Good Gumbo Radio is was very uplifting.

Added by Teresa Joyce on March 20, 2011 at 8:20am — No Comments

Suffering for Your Art and the Question of the MFA Degree

It’s an old line. You must suffer for your art. It’s been said by famous artists and struggling students alike. Is it true? It can be. For me, the moment that was suffering on what felt like a cataclysmic level occurred in the summer of 2004. I was recently divorced, and was just settling into my own place. I loved living alone, and I spent every minute I could on my novel, The Veiled Mirror. It started out in first person, as it is now. But while listening to my classmates in a…


Added by Christine Frost on March 19, 2011 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Kita's Gentle Message: Baby Pink Roses (Saturday, March 19, 2011)

I know a ballet dancer who is making her last professional appearance at the beginning of April. Tara will be dancing Coppelia before hanging up her slippers and embarking on a new phase in her life. Only in her mid 30s, she has her whole life in front of her but I expect this change will be significant for her. A group of us is planning to give Tara a bouquet of baby pink roses once the applause dies down and she takes the last curtain call. I wish I could offer you… Continue

Added by Kita Szpak on March 19, 2011 at 11:26am — No Comments

Should You Outline Your Book First?

Suzy Prudden and I have written books without complete outlines and we have written books with complete outlines. I can assure you that working from a comprehensive outline that you and the publisher and editor have agreed on before hand is better than working from a verbal agreement with no outline. A good outline guides you. It lets the publisher know exactly what you’re going to do before the fact, so there is no chance of a misunderstanding that could cost you your advance. Without an…


Added by Joan Meijer on March 18, 2011 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Synchronicity: Recognizing the Stream of Consciousness Through Which Life Flows

“Coincidences are spiritual puns”~ G.K. Chesterton

We’ve all heard the common mantra, “There are no coincidences.”  Whether believer or skeptic, we have all experienced these fascinating and seemingly random occurrences in life that seem too improbable to be chalked up to just chance. …


Added by Randi G. Fine on March 18, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Path, a literary magazine

This literary magazine is not something written by and for the "elite." It's a down-to-earth vehicle for writers of fiction and non-fiction to express themselves about a given theme. The theme of this first issue is, "It's a crime."

Added by Mary J Nickum on March 16, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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