Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dear Reader, With Love from Anne K. Edwards

Dear Reader…

I am happy to have written these two children’s books, One, Dominick and the Dragon, is about a little boy of seven who meets a perpetually hungry dragon and outsmarts him.  The story shows that children can think their way through some situations without an adult constantly telling them what to do.  I hope you will find it also funny and entertaining as I doubt the dragon can be considered scary.

The second book, Changing Places, is based on two real characters that met by accident one summer day. The story shows that instead of running away from each other as happened in reality, the two should have been able to talk their meeting over and try to find a solution for both problems they faced. A child reading this book would learn that, while things don’t always work out, the two could still be friends. I hope you will enjoy both books as they are written to make you smile.

A dragon can live forever in our imaginations and be a symbol for any problem we might encounter in life, teaching us no matter how large a problem seems, we can overcome it if we take the time to think it through as Dominick must do, no matter how scared we might be.

We might also be lucky to encounter a stranger and wind up with a new forever friend as in Changing Places.  Two more diverse characters would be hard to imagine as friends but to a child anything is possible in their hearts and minds.  A cat and a snake do seem an unlikely pairing for a small life lesson, but I am happy to say I think it works nicely.  I hope you will also think the tale has merit and enjoy reading it.

With love,  
Anne K. Edwards

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Dear Reader, Love Evy Journey

Dear Reader…

It’s a privilege and my great pleasure to have this chance to talk to you, thanks to the idea behind this unique blog. I still haven’t fully gotten into the groove of social media so this opportunity is doubly welcome.

I’d like to be able to answer the questions that interest you most, but I can only guess at what those are. So maybe, I’ll just take a stab at what the first one might be, based on the questions I often get asked by book bloggers.

Why write?

When you get down to it, writing is unrewarding, based on the criterion of number of sales—arguably a criterion less weighty than that of making enough money to live on. An enlightening 2013 article in the Huffington Post ( gives a two percent probability that a book will sell 5,000 copies. The average book sells 500. And those were statistics gathered at the start of the self-publishing explosion. That probability might be lower now.

So why write? Every author has unique reasons for persisting in the face of such odds. I didn’t really know why I’ve persisted. When asked this question, I’ve given the facile answer that it’s because I love words. In fact, it’s more than that. And it wasn’t until I was painting a large picture a couple of years ago that I realized what the deeper reason might be. Why did  that insight come at that moment? Because the subject of that painting is essentially what I deal with when I write fiction.
I start every new novel the way I start a new painting. Essentially, I’m facing a large blank canvas, sometimes intimidated by the empty, titanium whiteness of it. When any painter starts to fill a blank canvas, there’s always some central question—often a philosophical one that goes to the core of who she is—which intrudes into that work. I realized then that the central question for me is what being a woman means in this society at the time I’m working on a piece. A question I’ve turned over in my head many times and to which I’ll keep seeking answers. As in the picture I was painting, it’s the issue at the heart of novels I’ve written.

A love story is often the pivot around which my stories revolve because in life, love of one form or another is what most often drives us. My stories hardly ever satisfy the format of romance novels because of what I focus on. So I call them Women’s Fiction. My goal is to nuance what it means to love, mostly from the woman’s point of view. But loving is not something you can take outside the context of how a particular life is lived. So, ultimately, the story becomes one about life, about issues women and men face, and the changes we inevitably go through.

I hope that in knowing why I write, you’re likelier to find something that will connect us through the story you are or will be reading. In Hello Agnieszka, you’ll find at least three love stories. Two of them between Agnieszka and two different men at different times and the third, between a mother and her daughter.

But that isn’t all. There’s also Agnieszka’s passion for music, a passion that leads to shattered dreams but which also sustains her in her heartaches.

All the best and—as Elizabeth Bennet writes to an aunt in Pride and Prejudice—all the love I can spare from my husband and my son.


P.S. If you’re curious about my painting, it’s at

About the Author

Evy Journey has always been fascinated with words and seduced by beautiful prose. She loves Jane Austen and invokes her spirit every time she spins tales of love, loss, and finding one's way—stories she interweaves with mystery or intrigue and sets in various locales. SPR (Self Publishing Review) awarded Evy the 2015 Independent Woman Author bronze for her writing.
She's lived and traveled in many places, from Asia to Europe. Often she's ended up in Paris, though—her favorite place in the world. She's an observer-wanderer. A flâneuse, as the French would say.
The mind is what fascinates her most. Armed with a Ph.D., she researched and spearheaded the development of mental health programs. And wrote like an academic. Not a good thing if you want to sound like a normal person. So, in 2012, she began to write fiction (mostly happy fiction) as an antidote.



About the Book:

Elise thought she knew her mother. Agnieszka Halverson is a caring woman, a great cook, and an exceptional piano player; but living in a secure, predictable world, she’s also a little dull. Her world is devastated when her oldest son attempts suicide, and Elise finds her mother has a past—both sweet and bitter—that she must now reveal to explain the suicide attempt. A past rich with a passion for music and shattered dreams, betrayal of a sweet but tragic first love, second chances and renewed hopes.

Born to immigrant parents weighed down by their roots, Agnieszka takes solace in learning to play the piano, taught by a sympathetic aunt who was a concert pianist in Poland before World War II. But when her aunt betrays her and her parents cast her aside for violating their traditional values, can Agnieszka’s music sustain her? Can she, at eighteen, build a life on her own?

When she finally bares her soul to her children, Agnieszka hopes they can accept that she has a past that’s as complex as theirs; that she’s just as human, just as vulnerable as they are. But do her revelations alienate her husband and can they push Elise farther away from her?


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Dear Reader, Love Kelley Pryor Amrien & Becki Stevens

Dear Reader…

We are so pleased to meet you and we invite you to read and use our book so you may experience the empowering benefits of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or Tapping. We created this book with college students in mind, because we know how stressful college is and we wanted to find a way to help. After searching for any easy, do-it-yourself resources to calm college stress, and discovering there weren’t any out there, we decided to write Tapped Out For College Students: Stress Relief Using EFT (Tapped Out).

You are probably wondering about EFT and what it is. EFT is an amazing healing tool that alleviates stress, reduces physical pain and increases your potential for success. It is a non-invasive energy therapy using gentle finger tapping on specific meridian points beneath the surface of the skin. We explain the process fully in the book. We also have videos on our website to guide you as you tap. The most important thing to remember, besides how effective this process is, is how easy it is to do on your own, especially once you’ve learned our BESD system.

BESD stands for Because, Emotions, Sensations, and Distress. Remembering this simple acronym will allow you to quickly determine why you’re stressed, the specific emotions you are feeling, what, if any, physical sensations you’re experiencing, and rate your level of distress. Once you’ve determined your BESD, you can start tapping out your negative emotions and the accompanying stress. If you’re not ready to create your own tapping experience, the book is full of tapping scripts relating to the most common stress-inducing issues students face. You can use the scripts in the book as they are, or you can easily personalize them.  Don’t worry, we show you how. 

You might wonder why we chose to write a book to show college students how to use EFT and alleviate stress. We wrote Tapped Out because we’re both EFT practitioners and moms. Our kids span the age gamut, from middle school to high school to college. We understand the pressure young adults are under, how many demands are made on your time, and how involved and committed you are to your studies, your friends, your community, and your future. We know you’re overcommitted and that leads to more stress. We also know that the last thing you need is a text-book style self-help guide. You’ve got enough reading to do as it is. That’s why we wrote Tapped Out to be a workbook, with a detailed Table of Contents to help you find your stressor, turn to the script, and tap it out fast. You need something that works quickly, so you can get on with your day. Tapped Out is that something, and it is powerfully effective.

Before we say good-bye, we’d like to wish you well in your studies and your future. We hope you’ll give Tapped Out and the BESD process a try. This unique book, intended to be used as and when needed, empowers you to let go of stress and respond to every situation calmly and successfully. College is stressful. Tapped Out for College Students can help.

Kelley and Becki

About the Authors

Kelley Pryor Amrein is a writer and EFT practitioner. Kelley first discovered Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in 2007. She used EFT personally and with her family before becoming certified as an AAMET Level Two practitioner in 2014. As a coach, Kelley has witnessed the power of EFT to release negative emotions, relieve stress, and lessen physical pain. As the parent of college students, Kelley believes that Tapped Out is a much-needed resource on college campuses, where stress levels are on the rise. The book provides students with a life-long tool, allowing them to easily alleviate stress and enjoy a healthy and successful life.
You can find Kelley on Amazon at and

Becki Stevens is an AAMET certified Advanced EFT Practitioner. For the past two years she has owned a successful EFT practice in southern New Hampshire. She works with people of all ages, including college students, to ease their physical and emotional distress. Becki focuses on how a person’s emotions can sabotage their success. Becki believes that Tapped Out For College Students is an empowering introduction to EFT for college students, giving them a tool they can use throughout their lives to relieve stress and foster healthy relationships, creativity, and overall health.



About the Book:

You’re in college and college is stressful. Your stress impacts every facet of life, from classes to grades to work commitments. Even your physical health can be affected. Studies show that college students like you now face more stress than ever, leaving you with less time for relaxation and self-care. When you’re already overburdened, the idea of finding a way to relieve stress sounds like one more way to add extra stress to your life. But, what if you can relieve the stress of college in minutes? What if homework didn’t have to be so hard, and you did have time for school and fun? Tapped Out For College Students: Stress Relief Using EFT, is a guidebook that empowers college students like you, allowing you to reduce your level of stress and opening the door to success in college and in life.

In Tapped Out, college students are introduced to our unique BESD (Because, Emotions, Sensations, and Distress) system, which easily guides them through the tapping process. Once you’ve defined your personal BESD related to a specific issue, you can easily translate this into a tapping session. The book is full of tapping scripts relating to the most common stress-inducing issues you face in college. Students can tap through the scripts as they are written, or they can personalize them, using the responses they develop using the BESD system. 

The Table of Contents is the perfect starting place, allowing students to pinpoint their issue and flip to the appropriate section of the book. Some of the topics covered in the book include time management, homework, exams, relationships, money, health, and preparing for the real world following college.
Students no longer have to be stressed throughout their college career. With Tapped Out as a companion, college students can face the college landscape calmly. This unique book, intended to be used as and when needed, empowers students to control their reactions and respond to each situation successfully. College is stressful. Tapped Out for College Students can help.



Friday, June 16, 2017

Dear Reader, With Love from Darden North

Dear Reader…

Ever thought about the ways to die? In my other life, I’m a physician, not a fiction author, so I avoid the prospect of death for my patients. However, in plotting and executing my fifth novel and thriller, The Five Manners of Death, I decided to play around a bit with the idea. The fun part was tossing my main character, surgeon Diana Bratton, right in the middle of all the craziness. 

Doctors think they know everything or can do anything—maybe not everything—but they carry around a ton of confidence—and that’s a good thing most of the time. (Why do you think I decided I could write novels?) As bodies pile up around her, Diana sees the five ways to die—the five manners of death—checked off a list one-by-one: natural causes, accident, suicide, and undetermined—leaving only homicide. Diana’s problem is that her aunt Phoebe, one of the sole survivors of her shrinking family, is suspected of murder and could have completed that list. What’s worse is that Phoebe makes herself appear really, really guilty.

Research was required to tell Phoebe’s story and that of the other conflicted characters around her. Non-fiction writers, biographers, and historical fiction novelists aren’t the only authors required to dig for facts or explore other time periods or settings. There is an important backstory in The Five Manners of Death set at the University of Mississippi in the mid 1960s. I was a student at Ole Miss a decade later, so I interviewed a couple of friends who preceded me to describe student life accurately in 1965-66. That quest for realism also led me to explore the intricacies of playing poker and what is required of bee keeping.

Another question for you, my reader …ever been to a real morgue? If you’re writing a novel about the ways to die, it stands to reason that you might want to expand the study and soak up a little atmosphere, so I did. One Friday afternoon a friend and I visited the Mississippi State Examiner’s Office, a beautiful, expansive building set in a grove of pine trees in a rural setting off Interstate 20 south of Jackson. From the approach, the place reminded me of the facility in the movie Coma where the bad guys stored the organ donor bodies. There were no patients that afternoon in the autopsy room, but the glistening steel examination tables and the lingering scent of chemicals were enough to get the idea. And no trip to the morgue is complete without a peek into the skeleton and bone fragments storage room. The ME explained that hunting season always turns up more missing bones than other times of the year and that 2016-17 had yielded a banner crop. He and his staff still have a lot of sorting out to do.

I hope you’ll enjoy the “sorting out” I put into The Five Manners of Death where family loyalty trumps truth every time, and my protagonist, Diana Bratton, learns that murder is her family secret.

All the best,

Darden North


About the Author

A board-certified physician in obstetrics and gynecology, Darden North writes murder mysteries and medical thrillers. His novels have received national awards, most notably an IPPY in Southern Fiction for Points of Origin. A native of the Mississippi Delta, Darden lives with his wife Sally in Jackson, Mississippi, where he practices medicine

Connect with the author on the web:
Instagram and Twitter: @dardennorth

Genre: Mystery
Author: Darden North
Publisher: WordCrafts Press
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About the Book: The Five Manners of Death is a taut, tense, and gripping tale about a long-buried secret that once unleashed will begin a countdown of the five ways to die.  For Mississippi surgeon Diana Bratton, the novel’s protagonist, pages torn from a 1960s college yearbook reveal that murder is a family affair…

About The Five Manners of Death:  When a construction worker unearths  a decades-old human skull on the campus of the University of Mississippi, he sets in motion an eerie chain of events that leaves one  woman desperate to rewrite history and another woman desperate to find the truth.

After the discovery of her Aunt Phoebe’s 50-year-old note detailing the five manners of death, surgeon Diana Bratton is surrounded by bodies.  Suicide, accident, natural cause, and one death classified undetermined are soon crossed off this grisly list—leaving Diana to believe that only homicide remains. But the police prove her wrong:  Phoebe is linked to murder—not only by those skeletal fragments uncovered on the University campus but also to the recent deaths of two local men. Diana is torn:  should she try to prove her aunt’s innocence or accept police theory that her beautiful, beloved aunt is a woman who harbors dark and deadly secrets?

Stealing precious time from her young daughter, her surgical practice, and her hopes for a renewed romance, Diana launches a pulse-quickening quest to clear Phoebe’s name.  However, as she searches for evidence, Diana finds that her desire to reach the truth may be eclipsed by Aunt Phoebe’s need to rebury the past. When reality finally emerges, Diana faces the cold fact that murder is a family affair.  After all, things aren’t always what they seem. And some things never die…

With the precision of a surgeon, Darden North has crafted a confident and chilling tale about lies, secrets, deception and the conflict that erupts when the past and present collide.  Meticulous plotting, richly-drawn, engaging characters and a shocking storyline combine to create an extraordinary thriller resplendent with twists, turns, and the unexpected.  A unique but realistic story teeming with the right mix of medical authenticity, The Five Manners of Death plunges readers deep into the minds of the novel’s characters as each learns that no one can be trusted—and that everyone has his own agenda. With this sensational, skillful and highly suspenseful tale, Darden North claims a solid spot among today’s finest thriller writers.