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Darby’s blog receives the Sunshine Blog Award!

Blog Award - SunshineI want to thank Sandra McLeod Humphrey for passing on the Sunshine Award to Darby’s Story and More Blog! –what an unexpected honor!

Sandra posts drop right into my inbox, just one of those simple pleasures to read. I enjoy Sandra’s writing style a blend of mystery with the history intrigues you to want to know… who was this person!!! Each post reflects the beauty within that featured person. Visit Sandra’s Blog ~ Dare to Dream Big! http://www.kidscandoit.com/blog/

Now it’s my turn to share the Sunshine and pass this award on by paying it forward again to ten bloggers who inspire me and bring Sunshine into my blogging life.

1. http://10daybookclub.wordpress.com/ promotes reading, writing, and the visual arts online

2. http://scottspinks.wordpress.com/  Humor/fun Cartoons and children illustrator

3. http://raychelle-writes.blogspot.com/ interviewing authors and illustrators (budding, traditionally published, and indies)

4. http://momblog.momschoiceawards.com/  (Honoring Excellance) a resource for selecting quality materials for children and families

5. The Cows Are Coming Blog  Martin Rothery, this gentleman from the UK adds humor like no other, The blog is the ramblings of a bovine obsessed writer. His newly published book, ‘Cows” ~ Cows are trying to take over the world! But how would these normally docile creatures do such a thing?

6. Net Working Chick Elizabeth ~ The networking chick blog is for the 20 something woman and will discuss workplace issues, startups, social networking, and careers. Her articles are incredible insightful and joy to read. I could not resist, in my reply to Elizabeth, I mentioned what a great resource for boys and girls graduating from High School and College  looking to get out in the world.

7. The Illustrators Onion Blog Greg Jackson Freelance Illustrator Australia ~ Illustration can make you laugh, it can make you cry but it can’t make your lunch! Everday illustrators tackle the big questions…life? …love? …breakfast cereal? Greg posted his project ” Sketch Book Project 2012″. I so appreciate the arts. Thought this global art project needed to be shared for all ages to participate. You can review Greg’s work here: “The King of Toast”

8. http://lunadogslife.blogspot.com/ Adorable Beagle blogger inspiring hope for all furry creatures great and small.

9. http://community.blogpaws.com/ a gathering place for pet blogger

10.  http://www.dicymcculloughbooks.com/blog/ Dicy McCullough books are included in my Read Across America List for an all time great family read.

June 5, 2012 at 7:33 am Leave a comment

The Beautiful Blogger Award

Blog Award - Beautiful Blogger AwardThe complete joy to have a dear friend send you an award such as this….Sandra McLeod Humphry is an incredible author and blogger. A successful author her stories inspire greatness. Sandra’s blogg is a reflection of her work. A collection of 25 person personal “Who Dared to Dream Big” Please visit her blog http://www.kidscandoit.com/blog   Thank you Sandra : )

Instructions for the award:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award
2. Paste the award on your blog
3. Link the person who nominated you for the award
4. Nominate 7 bloggers
5. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominated

So here are 7 random things about me:

1) While I was growing up, I lived on a farm in Topsfield, Mass.
2)  By the time I entered junior high, horses were my best friends.
3) For my son, I recaptured the joy and raised him on a farm with plenty of horses.
4) We made an effort to rescue or adopt the animals on the farm.
5) I’ve ridden  a motorbike, rather be on a horse.
6) I’m a Homeschool mopther and a Marine Mum.
7) During the summer I tend to my edible garden and the farm animals, kayak when we get the chance.

And here are some blogs worthy of the Beautiful Blogger Award and I’m passing the award on to them Please visit ~

1. http://scottspinks.wordpress.com/  Humor/fun Cartoons and children illustrator

2. http://raychelle-writes.blogspot.com/ interviewing authors and illustrators (budding, traditionally published, and indies)

3. http://momblog.momschoiceawards.com/  (Honoring Excellance) a resource for selecting quality materials for children and families

4. The Cows Are Coming Blog  Martin Rothery, this gentleman from the UK adds humor like no other, The blog is the ramblings of a bovine obsessed writer. His newly published book, ‘Cows” ~ Cows are trying to take over the world! But how would these normally docile creatures do such a thing?

5. Net Working Chick Elizabeth ~ The networking chick blog is for the 20 something woman and will discuss workplace issues, startups, social networking, and careers. Her articles are incredible insightful and joy to read. I could not resist, in my reply to Elizabeth, I mentioned what a great resource for boys and girls graduating from High School and College  looking to get out in the world.

6. The Illustrators Onion Blog Greg Jackson Freelance Illustrator Australia ~ Illustration can make you laugh, it can make you cry but it can’t make your lunch! Everday illustrators tackle the big questions…life? …love? …breakfast cereal? Greg posted his project ” Sketch Book Project 2012″. I so appreciate the arts. Thought this global art project needed to be shared for all ages to participate. You can review Greg’s work here: “The King of Toast”

7. http://lunadogslife.blogspot.com/   Adorable Beagle blogger inspiring hope for all furry creatures great and small.

Wow, there we go! Seven things about me you didn’t know and seven great blogs I visit regularly or I receive an email notice on their latest work.

June 1, 2012 at 7:26 am Leave a comment

Press Releases. Can we help you reach more…

 
Darby’s Story and Bangle Bear both MCA Silver Book Award Winners for Best in Pet and Animal Care, inspiring books for all ages.
 
 In the spirit of “paying forward” the author wishes to help nonprofit 501 c3 animal rescue groups and Litracy programs. 
 
Here are two links, for your review on the books with the Book Trailers. You are encourage to share the Book Trailers and information provided to assist your efforts to educate the public ‘rescue animals make great pets’.
 
Bangle Bear encouraging Cat Adoption
 
 
Darby’s Story encouraging Dog Adoption
 
 
Fill in the information below, The Author will reply back. Please have your 501 C3 information. Your organization must have a current and valid IRS number to receive free books for your event, include when your event is, the purpose for the event… and your address.
Martha will send a signed book in time for your event, ie, ‘Happy Trails Fundraiser June 2012, signed by Author’
  

This offer expires June 2012.

June 1, 2012 at 1:51 am Leave a comment

Green Acres Report

Where have you been? One may ask….

Over the past several weeks, spring is abundant with green grass ripe for mowing, the barn is prepped for a fresh coat of paint. The geese have had their babies, and with 2 more female (doe) pigmy goats have arrived. The edible garden in the backyard is flourishing with large delicious artichokes, the squash is growing wild, the roses are in full bloom.

 Life is good.

The few short moments in the office, several projects have been completed, emails from dear friends have been replied, so I am taking this early morning hours to share with you. A book trailer near and dear to me. Bangle Bear our Manx cat has a message for you. I hope and so does she that you will share with others her special message.

Enjoy this book trailer and please share with others.

Have  great day!

 

May 31, 2012 at 7:50 am Leave a comment

Celebrate Life, takes a moment in time….

To celebrate or not to celebrate is the question of the moment for those who loss a love one. The past month was a moment I knew one day would happen, just not so soon on that day. April 16th my Dad past away. A week later, the family gathered for a beautiful grave service then to the church for a memorial service. Dad enjoyed the moment for the each moment to celebrate and honor him was short and sweet. He was not one for fluff.

Afterwards family and the extended family, friends from elementrary school through his most current  came to share the grief of a great man at the social. The day and into the afternoon was a beautiful and peaceful sunny New England day. Those who have visited New England can relate to this weather report, ” Wait five minutes” the weather will most likely change. The weather held up for Dad’s Day.

This is why I have been so quiet, attempting to live by the moment, cause a day was just too long. I was lost in the fog of loss. I did not pay attention to the day or the hour. Upon my return I contacted several business projects to let them know… I’ll get my groove back on….. one at a time.

So here I am share a tender moment of my life. Gleening from Darby’s Story, I shall share with you a most befitting from his book.

Positive Healing

I have no idea how long I stayed over my best friend’s body, caressing his soft ears and just telling him, over and over again, how thankful I was to have had him in my life and how much I loved him. I was so going to miss this wonderful dog, and I needed to celebrate his life and find joy and comfort in knowing that he would always be with me. Death is not bad in the circle of life; death will happen to us all. I needed to remember and picture the memories we had shared. The joy and laughter this family had experienced. Would I miss Darby? Always. Could there be another dog to replace himno way. Maybe, just maybe, another dog needing a good home with lots of love would cross my path, just like Darby had. His collar and leash still hang by the front door.”

Dad, I miss you so much, Thank you for being the first to read Darby’s manuscript. Your words of encouragement, thoughtful tender suggestions helped me make the book.

In loving memory with buttons and bows

 

 

May 8, 2012 at 9:07 am 4 comments

“S” … And The Whippoorwill Sang

Read Across America has been an incredible journey for me. In my pursuits to discover the undiscovered, I have met some incredible people who are inspiring, have placed their lives within pages, and opened their lives to us. Here is another amazing Author, Micki Peluso and her book. . . . And The Whippoorwill Sang–, which will offer moments of placing your heart on your sleeve with humor.

When I asked Micki Peluso to participate, I encourage the Author to submit any or all information, I like the opportunity to read the book reviews, interviews, and other media coverage on the book and author. Then I pick what touches my heart-strings, so here is one 5 star book review by John Evan for … And The Whippoorwill Sang.

. . . And the Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso

For those of you who could never imagine having to say good-bye to a special loved one, especially a precious young child, take the time to read And the Whippoorwill Sang.  Prepare yourself to laugh hysterically one moment, to yourself or even out-loud, and then sink into your seat with consolation as you embark upon a twenty-two year journey through the lives of Micki and Butch, as seen through Micki’s eyes.

The author, Micki Peluso, has a true gift for storytelling. It is genuinely difficult to set the book down once you begin to identify with its characters; you wish to read on and on. It was a rocky beginning for the couple, as we become onlookers into their personal lives just entering into adulthood, but you are soon to identify that this precious couple were blessed with the instincts of survival.

There are two journals intertwined within the pages of . . .And the Whippoorwill Sang; one that spans two decades of the couple’s trials and triumphs clearly chronicled by historic date, and another that spans a shorter, ten-day journey that, had you personally been there, and you feel you are as you read on, would seem to last an eternity.

I encourage you to get your copy and find a quiet place to absorb Micki’s personal true-life memories, the memories
which urge us to Weep, to Laugh, to Grieve, to Dance.

John M. Evans
National Victim Services Training Manager
Mothers Against Drunk Driving – MADD
511 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 700
Irving, Texas 75062
469-420-4564   Direct Line

Please follow Micki’s Blog A Writers Journey ~ Blog

To Purchase your copy of … And The Whippoorwill Sang Amazon book & Ebook

March 21, 2012 at 8:20 am 1 comment

“O” Ode To Lake County Authors

Our adventures to Read Across America, takes us to my community of Lake County, California, a nugget of Authors reside here. I would like to take a moment to introduce some of my nearest author friends. In hope you too will appreciate these talented writers.

Steve Bartholomew, effectually known as  Bart is an old fashion kind of guy, and I mean when I say that. His dress is very suited to the 1880′ style of dress, hat boots and of course the jacket with tie. Here a bit of Bart’s dry humor from an excerpt from his profile on Amazon “Learned a lot about people, including me. Then I gave up my day job. Now I’m an outlaw writer in an outlaw county. I mean I like to write about outlaws. Lake County has always been an outlaw–blessedly isolated from the rest of the State by a ring of mountains that allows only a few ways in or out. The county is notorious for its flakes, weirdos and crackpots, which is why I ended up here. It’s also one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Bart’s novels have a delightful dry humor, the setting are a wonderful journey to the days of old. Several of his book I have read and are part of my treasure collection. Here are my top three book, Bart has a great selection on his Amazon page. First review my favorites, then visit his page, Ok.

The Terrorist Plot at Gopherville Now the cover does not do the story justice… your are up for a wild tale of government intrigue and a story that take you deep into the mastery of intelligence…

Journey To Rhyolite A journey back in the time when outlaws and damsels in distress. The setting of the story takes you make to a town that was, and how life can change a town….

Gold: A Tale Of The California Gold Rush History done no other way Bart does it again, he takes you there, you will feel and breathe the days of the Gold Rush of California.

For more information on Bart’s Book’s Please visit Bart’s Amazon Page

 

Another wonderful Author is Kit Decanti, her suspenseful mysteries could stand on their own- Kit typically wraps an intriguing romance around them. As if a mystery and romance weren’t enough- Kit DeCanti also takes you on a vivid word tour of the fascinating Lake County, California where she and her husband has lived since 1996.

Take a walk or a drive after reading one of Kit’s books and you will experience the da sha vue.

Secret On Cobb Mountain Her first books Secret on Cobb Mountain set the tone for the following, her second book

Return To Cobb Mountain Return to Cobb Mountain, is a cliff hanger, it’s not until the third book rolled off her desk, That I was asked to do a write up.

Konocti Caves Here is my write up: “… I found myself glued to the pages, a the story unfolds. An incredible story for teens and adult readers alike.”

For more information on Kit’s books visit  Kit’s Amazon Page

Collectively the list of lake county authors is long, each have their own style including self help and poetry. A good spot to see the variety is Konocti Writer Author Circle ( KWAC) on FB Visit KWAC

March 17, 2012 at 8:09 am 1 comment

“I” Indie Authors’ Got Talent

Our adventures to Read Across America, takes us to my community of Lake County, California, a nugget of Authors reside here. I would like to take a moment to introduce some of my nearest author friends. In hope you too will appreciate these talented writers.

Steve Bartholomew, effectually known as  Bart is an old fashion kind of guy, and I mean when I say that. His dress is very suited to the 1880′ style of dress, hat boots and of course the jacket. Here a bit of Bart’s dry humor from an excerpt from his profile on Amazon “Learned a lot about people, including me. Then I gave up my day job. Now I’m an outlaw writer in an outlaw county. I mean I like to write about outlaws. Lake County has always been an outlaw–blessedly isolated from the rest of the State by a ring of mountains that allows only a few ways in or out. The county is notorious for its flakes, weirdos and crackpots, which is why I ended up here. It’s also one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Bart’s novels have a delightful dry humor, the setting are a wonderful journey to the days of old. Several of his book I have read and are part of my treasure collection. Here are my top three book, Bart has a great selection on his Amazon page. First review my favorites, then visit his page, Ok.

The Terrorist Plot at Gopherville Now the cover does not do the story justice… your are up for a wild tale of government intrigue and a story that take you deep into the mastery of intelligence…

Journey To Rhyolite A journey back in the time when outlaws and damsels in distress. The setting of the story takes you make to a town that was, and how life can change a town….

Gold: A Tale Of The California Gold Rush History done no other way Bart does it again, he takes you there, you will feel and breathe the days of the Gold Rush of California.

For more information on Bart’s Book’s Please visit Bart’s Amazon Page

Another wonderful Author is Kit Decanti, her suspenseful mysteries could stand on their own- Kit typically wraps an intriguing romance around them. As if a mystery and romance weren’t enough- Kit DeCanti also takes you on a vivid word tour of the fascinating Lake County, California where she and her husband has lived since 1996.

Take a walk or a drive after reading one of Kit’s books and you will experience the da sha vue.

Secret On Cobb Mountain Her first books Secret on Cobb Mountain set the tone for the following, her second book

Return To Cobb Mountain Return to Cobb Mountain, is a cliff hanger, it’s not until the third book rolled off her desk, That I was asked to do a write up.

Konocti Caves Here is my write up: “… I found myself glued to the pages, a the story unfolds. An incredible story for teens and adult readers alike.”

For more information on Kit’s books visit  Kit’s Amazon Page

Collectively the list of lake county authors is long, each have their own style including self help and poetry. A good spot to see the variety is Konocti Writer Author Circle ( KWAC) on FB Visit KWAC

March 11, 2012 at 8:18 am Leave a comment

Grateful for “B” Brookwood

Inspiring teacher with incredible book can change your life.

The setting: A shy and uncertain little girl enters  kindergarten my teacher Madam Gibbons taught French and English. A bit over whelming and yet pleasant memories linger. The french songs still run through my head once in awhile “FARA JAQUA FARA JAQUA DORMAY VUE DORMAY VUE SONE LE…”. That is my first memory of Brookwood school started with Madam Gibbons.  The Head Master at that time was Pip Cutler, a wonderful man, who loved children and you knew it. Each student could visit his office, because you could. If you lost your tooth during school hours, the school nurse or office staff Nancy O’ Brien, would wash the tooth. Mr Cutler than would reach into his desk and pull out a little plastic treasure box, place the tooth with in, tell you a story. You take the treasure box home for the tooth fairy. So funny what you remember : )

The last year was a wonderful experience, who would be my head room teacher… Madam Gibbons, now that to me is poetry in the finest. One special teacher that year Bob Kay, the English teacher, a note after 37 years Mr Kay retired, and yet he continues to inspire students to be great teachers. Mr Kay’s English class was an accomplishment for us both, you see I had a fear of reading, books left me frozen. Just the notion to pick up a book and reading for a book report was not pleasant.

With fear and trepidation in my heart, I knew that the spring semester, the required reading book… ” The yearling” By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, (now celebrating 50th edition) my word the book is big, over four hundred pages, I wanted to run and hide. There was no way I could finish, let alone start this book.

Now, Being big and brave I took on the challenge that griped my heart with pounding thunder. I had settled in the living room on the coach with a blanket, and opened to the first page. I was hooked like a gold-fish, turning the pages turned into chapters. Stopping was not an option, I was transformed to the setting Florida, the boy in the story and the aventures… I wanted more.

I finished the book in two weeks, and thought about the book for a few days before I took a pencil in hand. The book report a required part of Mr Bob Kay’s 8th grade English class was the best mountain I could climb. I submitted the book report on time and waited. The waiting just killed me, not good at writing and felt so less of a person because of my weak writing skills. I dredged the poor grade I just knew I was going to receive.

The day approached, the book report were handed back, not sure if Mr Kay wanted to torcher me or what, but I got the paper last and with a not so pleasing expression on Mr Kay’s face. The report had been folded in half, to provide privacy. I looked up at my teacher… and opened to find…….. a large “A”.

You see it take an inspiring teacher with an inspiring book, to feed your inspirations.

Thank you Mr Bob Kay for all you did for me and my fellow classmates. Your efforts will remain with me forever.

~ Martha Steward

March 4, 2012 at 8:05 am Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Dr Seuss

Read Across America Day

Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Once I was a little girl, who loved to read Dr Seuss book, then I became a mother and continued to read Dr Seuss books to my son. Now an adult I still enjoy the wonder stories and the lessons Dr Seuss provided.

Celebrate with me and continue to read. Read to your children, to yourself, your spouse, your dog and cats. Keep reading and celebrate the gifts authors share with us, there words.

Fourteen years ago the National Education Association designated March 2 as “Read Across America Day.” That date was chosen in celebration of the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

Each of the 48 books authored by the good Dr. contained a lesson wrapped in magic. There is Horton the egg hatching elephant who remained loyal to his cause; the Loraxes who fought for the environment; and perhaps most famous of all, the ubiquitous Cat in the Hat, who brought sunshine to a rainy day.

All of these characters operated in a world of brilliant colors, fantastical feats and inventive wordplay.

The celebration will continue Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts, Geisel’s hometown.

#Dr Seuss#catinthehat#horton#bestbooks#childrensbook

March 2, 2012 at 10:40 am Leave a comment

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