Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Dear Reader, Love Connie Berry

Dear Reader,

You probably don’t know this, but you’ve been on my mind from the day I typed “The Art of Betrayal, Chapter One.” 

It’s perfectly true. I remember thinking before I’d published my first book that all I really wanted was for people to read and enjoy my stories. I wanted to entertain and enlighten. I still feel that way. As I put words on the page, I ask myself questions: Will readers be able to picture this scene? Will they laugh at the wit? Get the irony? Will they see the clues, both genuine and red herrings, so that in the end they can honestly say, “I never saw that coming,” followed quickly by, “But, of course. It had to be.”

My favorite part of writing is creating a world—taking my readers somewhere they’ve never been, introducing them to people they’ve never met, and immersing them in a plot that keeps them turning pages. That’s why I read. The world I’ve created in the Kate Hamilton Mysteries is the world I grew up in—the high-end antiques trade. Kate is an American antiques dealer who finds herself spending time in the UK, where eccentricity is a virtue, akin to strength of character and moral courage. I want readers to experience life in a small Suffolk village, where history is never more than an inch deep, where a hundred miles is a very long way to drive, and where the local pub is a place to rub shoulders with the entire strata of society, from the clerk at Tesco and the local constable to the Lady-of-the-Manor.

Writing is a collaboration between writer and reader—no profound insight there. Readers need writers to write books. Writers need readers to read them. We’re in this together. 

So thank you for picking up my book.

I wish I could ask how that happened. Were you drawn in by the cover? Did you read the blurb on the inside cover and decide that a murder mystery set in an English village with a backdrop of antiques and Anglo-Saxon history was for you? Or did you read the first line?

The fourth of May was one of those glorious spring days in England that almost convince you nothing evil could ever happen again.

Whatever it was that prompted you to pick up my book, I thank you—and look forward to sharing more adventures with you in the future.

With love, Connie Berry

The Art of Betrayal 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Dear Reader, Love Tom Roy

Dear Reader…

Thank you for taking the time to read my book FLOCK. You must have some interest in becoming the leader that God has made you to be. Your destiny is an exciting one and I hope that this book will make you think in a deeper and new way about how you might honor King Jesus with all of your gifts and talents. 

God has a plan for your life and we all are in process. As a 71 year old male, I am still excited to advance in knowledge and wisdom to become all I can be for the kingdom of God. You seem to also fit that description.

Please attempt to read FLOCK with a new set of eyes. Eyes that come hungry, inquisitive and fresh. We have all heard a lot about leadership, but much of what we read comes from a secular point of view. The typical end game is money, fame or comfort. With FLOCK my intent is to change it to SROI. Spiritual return on investment. The seeds planted today by you may not sprout for years, but will be well worth the labor.

PLEASE take your time as you read. In our world we are so geared to finish rather than meditate. Please take time after each chapter to apply principles personally. I would encourage you to keep a journal of each chapter with take aways, things to consider and application. This is not a bible, but it is a story built on a life of leadership lived in a real way with many mistakes along the path. 

God has a specific path, purpose, people group and destiny for you. Please to not fortiet that to become a copy of me or anyone else. Be you, living out thru the Holy Spirit the God given interests, talents and gifts he has individually given to you.

Enjoy and lead well!


Tom Roy was the president and is founder of Unlimited Potential Inc., a ministry to professional baseball players. He has been a voice in major league baseball for almost 4 decades.  Tom also served as a head high school baseball coach for three years as well as having 15 yrs coaching experience as a pitching coach and head coach at the college level. He is currently the president of SHEPHERD COACH NETWORK. Tom and his wife, Carin, Live in Winona Lake, Indiana and are the parents of two adult daughters.





There are few titles as honored as “Coach.” Players often take on the attitudes and swagger they see in a coach. Coaches are leaders, role models and authority figures all rolled into one. Receiving such a title is one thing… measuring up to the accolade is another. This book will attempt to help us all become better at our honored position of “Christian Coach” by examining our calling, motives, and processes. The workbook will ask questions and give ideas that will help us lead the men and women given to us in a way that models how Jesus would define “winning.” A book for coaches from little league to the major leagues!


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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Dear Reader, Love TK Ray

Dear Reader…

Thank you for taking the time out the read my story. I am sure the captivating cover reeled you in to see what might’ve happened! I am glad you are here. I wrote this book in order to capture and embody the spirit of familial ties that soon come faced with adversity. The spirit of family, unity and loyalty are all concepts that rain true within my own family structure and I hope that you too find similarities within your own family dynamics. This book was written with heart. I wanted to capture the deeply rooted emotions of what families in today’s society are dealing with. From family secrets to coming together and lastly death, this family is exposed in truth and faced with the greatest decision of their lives. Please understand that deeply rooted history comes deeply rooted emotion so you may reach a point in the story that just hits too close to home and you may become emotional. When it becomes a bit too heavy, I advise to put the book down, process your emotion and pick it back up when you are ready. The heaviness in emotion doesn’t last the entire book but the connection with the family will. You will fall in love with each character and find yourself in awe of the strength of the women in the story.

The story was fun to write. I found joy in creating new ways to express similar emotions for each character. In doing research and journalism interviews I found my passion ignite as the human experience has always been a fascinating topic. I took my time with each character. I really studied the way I wanted each character to be portrayed. I wanted strength to the be the common denominator within the women, and honor to be the common denominator with the men of the story.

I encourage you to have fun reading the story, put yourself in it and ask yourself how you would handle the bombshell that comes in part two! Allow yourself to be submerged into the lives of the struggling family and see what thoughts, emotions and reflections come up! I sincerely thank you for taking the time out to read my book and understanding my story. I hope you find yourself unable to put it down as many have said! Happy reading!



“Write what hurts and watch it heal.” That is the mantra that has empowered the imagination and willpower to tell her story for upcoming Author, TK Ray. Using colorful language and descriptive tone, Tk provides a safe space to unpack a beautiful and twisted tale based on a true story of real family dynamics.

TK Ray was born in San Diego, California to a fifteen-year-old mother and fourteen-year-old father in the late eighties. Born to two young teens, TK found herself tainted by the statistics of becoming a teen mother herself. She found solace in the world of literature as her own private journals became her voice when shyness took over.  She began to understand the world in more intuitive way and birthed that intuition into an imagination that has fueled much of her writing. Much of her writing is personal however as the years have gone by, have included poetry, music, obituaries, blog posts and now literature.

TK is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner and practicing Massage Therapist in southern California. She fuses her knowledge in holistic health with that of her knowledge of her bachelor’s degree in health science to better serve her community in wellness and education. Her wellness blog embodies all of who she is as she has expanded on her writing style to help others follow their passion, peace and purpose. Tk’s writing style is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat as she paints a portrait of pain drawn out by the light in her own fighting spirit.





A Bird’s Eye View is a twisted tale of deception with acts of love overshadowed by the pains of a trouble teen. As traces of laughter and love are left amongst the whispers of chilling prayers, this once tight knit family faces a rollercoaster of emotions and a call to heal. This blindsided attack leaves the family devastated and takes this family on a journey none

of them could prepare for.


“If you are looking for an edge of your seat, what happens next, I can’t stop reading book, well STOP & LOOK NO FURTHER. This is exactly the book you are looking for. As you are reading you will be able to vividly paint a picture as you turn the pages, diving deeper and deeper into the story. It’s so good you could read it over and still have the excitement as if it were the first time. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.” – AMAZON READER/REVIEWER

This book was a great read! The family dynamic in this book took me through all kinds of emotions that families have! The writing was amazing and very descriptive! Highly recommend it!” – AMAZON READER/REVIEWER

What an amazing read. I love the short chapters because I have a hard time putting a book down in the middle of a chapter. Very easy to read and such an amazing story. WOW….Very well written and easy to follow. I hope there is a 2nd book soon. You can tell that the author poured her heart out and really wanted to capture the reader. I recommend this book 100000%.” – AMAZON READER/REVIEWER


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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Dear Reader, Love Lucy Adkins & Becky Breed

Dear Reader…

            Have you ever felt you’re missing out on life? Noticed you’re no longer singing in the shower and can’t shake the I-don’t-want-to-get-out-of-bed-feeling? That there is something in you that’s unfulfilled and wanting? Deep down, maybe you’re wondering if you are living out your dreams and honoring your talents and gifts. I know it’s complicated, that restlessness could mean a lot of things, but it might have to do with how you are nurturing the deep relationship you have with yourself. The innate desire to make and do. As authors of The Fire Inside, we believe if you’re asking these questions, we think we have answers.

            As babies, we are born with an insatiable curiosity, a need to explore and seek. Wonder was a moment to moment experience, our world to connect and uncover. We had a fire inside, urging us to move our bodies, rise up on our feet and walk, use the heat of language to satisfy our needs, “Cookie,” we said. “More” and “up.” Those impulses to link with and be part of the vibrant world are still with us today. That fire inside can be called different things: desire, passion, an indescribable yearning. We call it the amazing gift of creativity, the seeds of desire to bring forth something new in our world. “We are whole creatures in potential,” as Eric Butterworth said, “and the true purpose of desire is to unfold that wholeness to become what we can be.”

            The Fire Inside was written with you in mind—to encourage you to latch onto the wonder of creativity with greater power, more feeling. To crack you open to new worlds, different perspectives, and to learn to trust your own potential as a creative. And if you do, once again you’ll feel roller coaster excitement like you’re a child let out of a stuffy classroom into a blue-sky spring day.

            We believe creativity is an innate gift, part of your DNA, and in order to live a fulfilled and satisfying life, you must pay attention to it. The Fire Inside is jam-packed full of ideas and tips, daily meditations and writing/creativity exercises to help you find new ways to explore, dig deep—uncover a bigger life. Maybe even have some fun. Our book looks at traditional ways of being creative, painting, music, dance and the like, but it also includes the everyday ways that we can live our lives more imaginatively.

            We hope you pick up The Fire Inside today, browse its contents for a while. Does it speak to you? Remember you have the life force of creativity inside. We hope you continue to nurture it.

Wishing you all the best in your creative life.


Lucy Adkins and Becky Breed



Lucy Adkins
 earned her MFA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and her first poetry chapbook, One Life Shining, was published by Pudding House Press. She co-presents the Nebraska Humanities program “Diaries and Letters of Early Nebraska Settlers,” and is a frequent writing instructor for OLLI, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and the Larksong Writers’ Workshops. Her book, Two-Toned Dress, was the winner of the 2019 Blue Light Press poetry chapbook contest.




Becky Breed, a veteran educator, poet, and essayist, co-wrote and facilitated “Women at the Springs,” a Nebraska Humanities program empowering women to live more courageously, as well as “The Intergenerational Project” connecting elders and teens through stories to promote communication, writing, and use of the media. She has an Ed.D. in Education, and in addition to teaching at the university level, was the principal of a Gold Star School which was awarded recognition for significant improvements in reading, writing, and math. The students’ resiliency and drive to be the best they can be helped shape the fabric for several of the enclosed essays.

Together the two co-authored Writing in Community: Say Goodbye to Writer’s Block and Transform Your Life, which was awarded an “IPPY” in the Independent Publishers Book Awards. Writing in Community, the first book in their “Essential Writing and Creativity” series, along with the impact of Adkins’ and Breed’s many presentations and workshops led to their being named winners of the 2020 Lincoln, Nebraska Mayor’s Arts Award in Artistic Achievement in Literature.





The underlying principle of The Fire Inside is that we all have within us vast untapped reservoirs of creativity, and when we recognize and begin

to connect with that potential, our lives will open in ways we cannot begin to imagine. Many books have been written about the art and craft of individual disciplines of creativity. Yet few are so inclusive, so welcoming as this book, offering insight not only for furthering ones abilities in the traditional arts, but also in our day to day creativity, which so enriches our lives.

Based on the authors’ combined fifty-five years of teaching, working with writing groups and providing workshops on writing and creativity, The Fire Inside is written in a spirit of warmth and generosity. It invites the reader to:

Say yes to creativity and the nurturing it provides

Choose to live a bigger life

Uncover inner sources of inspiration and discover how “the magic” happens

Become a part of the creative community

Let go of forces that try to limit you

Develop skills for what it takes to live more creatively

Locate the “sweet spot” needed to build your life as an artist and creative being

Wherever  one may be in his or her creative life—just tiptoeing in or fully immersed in the life of the imagination, The Fire Inside will be a companion in that life, a source of encouragement and inspiration. The manuscript is composed short essays designed to provide a daily dose of support and motivation. It includes anecdotes, inspirational quotations and end of chapter meditations and exercises which ask Why not me? What gets in my way of being creative? In what unknown ways am I waiting to blossom. 

More and more, we hunger for meaning and for opportunities of self-expression. The Fire Inside, in its bite-sized essays which can be read in five or ten minute increments, speaks to that hunger, and provides a source of the creative nourishment we all need.


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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Dear Reader, Love Lyla Oweds

Dear Reader…

I want to be the first to welcome you to The Grimm Cases universe! The Grimm Cases is set in a fictional alternate reality where some people have been born with abilities categorized within a fantasy version of Chinese Five Element medical philosophy. However, as the settings is in the modern-day world—and there’s just a hint of reality—it’s easy to fall into Grimm.

My main character, Bianca Brosnan, is someone who has suffered through and survived some of the evillest things that exist in our world. However, even though she has emotional and physical scars as the result of her ordeal, she’s managed to make it to adulthood without ever truly coming to terms with the bad in her past. As the result, she’s a unique character from any other series in the fact that she’s meant to be an unreliable narrator. We’re truly seeing the world from trauma-based lenses.

Book one, Origins, is entirely from her point-of-view. Which means, the reader is thrown into the thoughts of someone who is plagued with crippling anxiety, PTSD, extreme paranoia, and a heavy amount of avoidance disorder. What’s especially unique is that as she gains confidence throughout the series, the reader learns that what might be considered character flaws are actually her biggest strengths. Her faltering grip on reality is especially obvious as, starting in book two, Ghost, we have the point-of-views from the other four main characters added to the mix, which helps the readers further uncover the mystery that is Bianca.

This is a young adult urban fantasy, with some elements of romance, but even before that, this is a story about character growth, overcoming trauma, and being true to yourself as move through life and have to navigate through both the good and the bad.

I hope that you all enjoy this series as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it! And I hope it inspires everyone to love themselves.


Lyla Oweds


Lyla Oweds is an Amazon bestselling paranormal romance and urban fantasy author who resides in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania. She grew up near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and has a deep appreciation for the paranormal, hauntings, and Edgar Allan Poe. As such, she loves all things fantasy, mystery, crime, and horror.

When not reading, writing, or working as a web programmer, Lyla can be found doing adult-y things such as being a mom to small children, cleaning, and gardening. She also frequently enjoys makeup videos, massages, wine, and coffee.





The things I see aren’t for the faint of heart.

And I am no longer willing to ignore them. Not even when my family, and my best friend, tell me to keep quiet about what’s happening. They say people will think I’m crazy.

Maybe I am.

But the spirit haunting my professor’s house is definitely trying to tell me something, and I’m the only one who can see it.

The one person who can help me is my best friend’s brother. But I don’t know if I can trust him or his friends. Or if I can step outside the protective bubble I’ve built around myself.

At this point it’s a toss up: the ghosts will kill me or my panic attacks will.

Either way, I figure I’m going to die.



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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Dear Reader, Love Kevin D. Miller


One of the many joys of being a writer is the ability to build expansive worlds that our readers get to explore as they tag along with the storys main character. I, myself have loved running along the streets of Chicago with Harry Dresden in Jim Butchers, The Dresden Files and watched as Minalan the Spellmonger fought the forces of darkness in The Spellmonger Series by Terry Mancour. These and many other authors skillfully crafted massive and immersive worlds of wonder that we as readers get to experience first hand.  It was from these masters of the art that I took my cue when writing Awakening. With the main character Leif needing to traverse many of the nine realms from Norse mythology. I wanted to create awe inspiring realms that my readers, long after they finished Awakening found themselves thinking about the natural splendor of the forest city of Karcoa or the alien beauty of Helheim. I want them to wish they could travel back to the  Svartalfar capital city of Mykheim to stare out over the architectural marvel of the city. Because thats exactly what I do for those books and movies I love.

      It was through a little trick I discovered In the early stages of developing my story that I was able to create the immersive realms that Leif had to travel through. I would close my eyes, turn up my music and just imagine myself as Leif walking through these alien realms. Picturing in my minds eye what it must have been like to see Karcoa and its massive trees for the first time or the untold mysteries of the forest realm of Alfhiem. It was one of my favorite past times in the early days. I would just close my eyes and explore the realms with Leif for hours. It is an easy trick to learn to master and one I would recommend ally Fantasy and Science Fiction lovers try with your favorite story, I promise you it will have fun.


A megalomaniac god is pursuing a millennia-old vendetta, and Leif must learn to wrangle a newly awakened power to either become a hero or a villain. He will leave his old life and run from creatures he believed were reserved for myth and legend. He travels across the realms while struggling to tame the blinding rage that comes with his new demi-god like power. Will Leif survive the intra-realm quest and prevent Ragnarok or will he fail to control his awakening?



Kevin D. Miller is an attorney in Southern California who spends his two hour commute listening to Science Fiction and Fantasy books on Audible or dreaming up plots for future book ideas. When he isn’t working, Kevin can be found spending time with his girlfriend Amy, and their two dogs Pepper and Riley or hiking and kayaking in Big Bear.




Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Dear Reader, Love Rev. Dr. Leonidas A. Johnson

Dear Reader…

Life is full of ups and downs. At the end of the day, after all is said and done, it would be nice if, on the scales of life, the ups outweigh the downs. I’ve made a wonderful discovery. I‘ve discovered something about vision that allows me to guarantee to you that you can live a phenomenal life and at the end of the day, after all is said and done, that your life’s ups will outweigh the downs.

This is why I wrote this book. I believe I have discovered something about vision that will help you view yourself and the world God created more clearly and in a new light. This new way of looking at yourself and the world can help you live a more fulfilling, more productive, a more exciting, and more meaningful life. It will also help you develop a strong decision-making strategy that can impact the different paths you take in life. It is hard to make good decisions in life if you cannot see the factors influencing the decisions you make.

I am a licensed optometrist and a third-generation preacher. I’ve spent a lifetime helping people to see. Vision is what I know, vision is what I do and I want to help you see more clearly.

Vision, what is it? Vision is a physical, mental and spiritual phenomena of enlightenment. What I have discovered is that physical vision is very similar to spiritual vision and the mind is the bridge between the two. By using a process called learning by comparison, I will teach you certain aspects about physical vision and use that information to help you compare physical vision with spiritual vision. This process can lead you to a sight of life that produces phenomenal results.

With the way the things are going in the world I believe it is critical that more and more people become aware of the importance of spiritual vision. I encourage people of all races, tribes, nations and languages to invest in improving not only their natural vision but their spiritual vision and overall spiritual health and wellbeing. 

Next to life itself, God’s greatest gift is vision - the window to this mysterious thing called life!

 About the Author

Rev. Dr. Johnson attended Evanston Township High School. From there he went on to study at Illinois Wesleyan University.  His professional education for his Doctor of Optometry degree was completed at the Southern California College of Optometry, now known as Marshall B. Ketchum University.  Rev. Dr. Johnson received his Master’s degree at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. “I plan on leading a crusade against blindness due to age related cataracts. I’m able to do all these things because I serve a great God who does great things and He has allowed me to do great things,” commented Rev. Dr. Johnson. He has set up a foundation known as the Rev. Dr. Leonidas The Optometrist and The Miracle Eyes Foundation. See this web site for more information Due to his work demands – Dr. Johnson lives in both Chicago and Los Angeles.

Visit his website at Books | Christian Faith Publishing | Free Publishing Kit | Christian Faith Publishing and

About the Book

“I’ve spent my life helping people to see, both as a licensed optometrist and also as an ordained minister,” said author Rev. Dr. Leonidas Johnson. “Vision, what is it? I discovered that physical vision is very similar to spiritual vision and the mind is the bridge between the two.”

In Rev. Dr. Johnson’s book, readers will experience a concept called learning by comparison. Comparing physical vision with spiritual vision will help the readers see themselves and the world God created in a whole new light. Readers will see the world God created from a physical, mental, and spiritual vantage point that will enrich their lives, Rev. Dr. Johnson says. These vantage points help build a foundation for developing a decision-making strategy that is both liberating and biblically sound.

Rev. Dr. Johnson went on to say “The title of my book – – Phenomenal Vision: Eyesight To Life Sight – – came after contemplating the impact vision has on one’s life, not just physical but eternal. It leans into the concept of one’s worldview. A proper view of oneself and the world can deeply impact the outcome of one’s life. Jesus said I come that might have life and have it more abundantly. How can you see physical beauty if you are physically blind? Conversely, how can you have an abundant life if you are spiritually blind?  Vision should never be taken for granted and vision that incorporates physical, mental and spiritual vantage points is not ordinary but phenomenal and lead to a phenomenal life.”


I just read Phenomenal Vision Eyesight to Life Sight by Rev. Dr. Leonidas A. Johnson.  It is a delightful book written thoughtfully.  He linked the physical aspects of vision with the metaphysical aspects of vision in a creative way.  I share a common perspective as Rev. Dr. Johnson because I am also an Optometrist and a Christian minister.  He has captured both the physical science of vision and the metaphysical science of vision.  I am confident that there will be “aha moments” for readers who may not have a foot in either area.

This author so wonderfully explained the spiritual nature of vision.  His linking of disorders or disease to both the physical and spiritual makes it easy for the reader to “get it.”  His use of graphs, diagrams, pictures, and charts is also very creative.  Often books are “dumbed down” and don’t trust the intellect of the reader.  This book soars in bringing light to something that has often been opaque.  This book is a must-read.  It will be a blessing for those who desire to have a more in-depth understanding of the link between the physical and metaphysical aspects of life.

— Rev. Dr. Clyde W. Oden, Jr.

The title of this book, Phenomenal Vision: Eyesight to Life Sight, written by Rev. Dr. Leonidas A. Johnson, is one that entices the reader’s curiosity towards further exploration of its content. The author is an Optometrist and an Ordained Minister, therefore, this book is a valuable resource for various professional and religious environments, i.e. universities, colleges, seminaries, along with local churches for both clergy and laity. It is an insightful reference for readers interested in the relationship between eyesight and life sight. In other words, the reader will gain a wealth of knowledge concerning physical, mental and spiritual vision.

Rev. Dr. Johnson presents a thorough explanation regarding the connection between the mind, body, spirit and soul. His approach is holistic as he delves into the medical terminology towards understanding physical vision and creatively references biblical scriptures and stories to engage the reader in components of spiritual vision. Furthermore, Rev. Dr. Johnson has included several graphics, i.e. diagrams, charts and pictures to assist the reader “to see” and comprehend the three major areas emphasized in the text: 1.) inter-relatedness of physical vision, 2.) mental vision cognitive, and 3.) spiritual vision.

It is evident that the author has a passion for the love of God and God’s people as he reveals the depths of his knowledge, research, spirituality and life experiences as an Optometrist and Minister of the Gospel. Rev. Dr. Leonidas Johnson has written a phenomenal book that is a true treasure as each written page is most enlightening!

–Rev. Dr. Venus L. Butler, Associate Minister, Second Baptist Church, Los Angeles

Optometry is a calling. We safeguard one of Life’s most precious senses. Rev. Dr. Johnson captures the connection between seeing and vision that goes beyond the light energy entering the pupil, blessing the spirits fortunate enough to be in his care.

–Millicent Knight, OD, FAAO, FAARM


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