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Peace Amidst the Chaos

This is the fourth post in our series called "Connection Reflections." We hope these messages will warm your heart and make you smile during these times of "distancing." Guest Post by teacher and author Maria Rooney Finding hope in times of despair is difficult, and the past weeks have seriously tested the faith of all of us. No one has escaped this pandemic. At times, I’m sure that most of us, including myself, have questioned why? Why...

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What Day Is It?

This the third post in our series called "Connection Reflections." We hope these messages will warm your heart and make you smile during these times of "distancing." Guest Post by author, singer, songwriter, and humorist Bruce Blackman Some self-promoting twit chick celebrity stood on the third-story balcony of her yellow brick house with a red-tiled roof that overlooked a wide avenue, which was dotted with palm trees, and said, “You should use this time to take up painting...

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Shadows of Winter

This the second post in our series called "Connection Reflections." We hope these messages will warm your heart and make you smile during these times of "distancing." Guest Post by author, artist, and teacher Rick Sanders I've been told that March is a fickle month here in Tennessee. It can't figure out if it's winter or spring. On this day in mid-March, it was both. The day started off warm and sunny, full of promise. By late afternoon...

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Pause and Reset in Today’s World

This begins our series called "Connection Reflections." We hope these messages will warm your heart and make you smile during these times of "distancing." Guest Post by author Angie Gallion The 13th of April marks one month since my kids’ school closed down. We have been here in the house together since then. My husband didn’t start working from home until a week later, but since then, it’s been the four of us, finding places for alone time, coming together...

From a Dream to the Real Deal: One Author’s Story Covers It All

Photo Credit: Beeba Lekkas When we think of a survivor, a warrior, we can think of several men and women, but at the top of that list is always Demetra Tsavaris-Lecourezos. Demetra went from a dream to write kids' books, to a published author of several books, to a cancer survivor, and to an in-demand public speaker in what seems to be like a blink of an eye. But it wasn't just a blink; it was incredibly hard work. Today, she wraps...

When You Think It’s Baseball, But It’s Love

John Nuckel, contributing writer, 02/14/2018 We welcome Manhattan author John Nuckel as our latest contributing writer with his endearing love story ** flash non-fiction ** that just happens to involve baseball. John is a former Wall Street insider and current financial adviser, who writes white-collar crime fiction. But he also writes some beautiful, endearing short pieces, which reveal another side to the depths of his heart and mind. Enjoy his super-short story, Game Six, this Valentine’s Day, and every day....

Marketers with Verve: Leslie Whitaker, Party Girl

A  year or so I stumbled upon this woman, LESLIE WHITAKER, through an author connection (Greg James of the UK--crazy great writer). Leslie was hosting a book-launch party on Facebook for Greg, and he invited me to join the party. Which I did. I was blown away by the engagement. I'd never really considered such a thing for my authors before. And it doesn't fit everyone, but for those it does, it's an uplifting experience. A lot of fun, engaging the author...

Reader’s Circle: Virtual Fan Engagement

You’ve heard of book clubs (you read a variety of books, chat about them with others, face to face, over wine and cheese . . . something like that.) You’ve heard of virtual book clubs (same as above, but not face to face). On July 15, right on Facebook, between 6-8 p.m. EST, we are doing our first (as a publisher) virtual Reader's Circle, focusing on one book only: Last Exit to Montauk by Phillip Vega. This is the link to join...

Editors as Artists: Using the Red Pen to Create a Masterpiece

Oh, the many times I’ve heard writers worrying themselves over the editing process. They’re not sure if it’s good enough. They’re not sure if it’s grammatically accurate, even though a good friend, who is an English teacher, proofread it. They’re not sure everything coordinates. They’re protective of their work and don’t want to change its essence. Their friends read it and think it’s awesome. Do they really need a professional editor? And this is before they’ve even arrived at the...

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