Thursday, July 24, 2014

What Messages Do You Receive From Your Dreams? by Donna McDine



What Messages Do You Receive From Your Dreams?
By Donna M. McDine

While working on your latest manuscript do you feel like you are living and breathing your characters? To the point, where you can’t get them out of your head, even in your dreams. What do you think your dreams are trying to tell you about your characters? Do you think they are trying to relay specific messages to you to include in your manuscript?

I know the non-writer’s out there who are reading this may think the above statements are outlandish and should land me in the local psych ward or at the very least to a therapist’s office. Please know I’m not delusional, I’m practical in this case. As an author, the creation of our characters is personal and they do indeed become part of us. Making it often times difficult for us to shake our characters actions and moods even in the twilight state of sleep.

One particular instance when my dreams began knocking me upside the head about one of my characters was the slave Jenkins I created for my first children’s book, The GoldenPathway. Jenkins originally was created for the Institute of Children’s Literature book course, but for one reason or another I shelved this manuscript. Quite some time passed and for what I thought was bizarre at first I began dreaming about the Underground Railroad and having dogs chase after me in the dark woods. When I shared this recurring dream with my sister, she was the one that connected the dots and brought up my long shelved manuscript. After her encouragement I “dusted” off this manuscript and resurrected Jenkins and David, hence the birth of The GoldenPathway.

I also had a similar experience with the creation of A Sandy Grave. After reading the news article of a washed up dead whale on a California beach I began dreaming about the ocean repeatedly. This time, I didn’t need anyone to put two and two together. I took my dreams as a positive force to get down to the nitty-gritty of the non-fiction research aspect and then creating engaging characters and storyline to be intertwined into one story.

I encourage you to keep pen, paper, and small flashlight (so you don’t wake your significant other) by your bedside for these often inspiring moments. This way you can write down your dreams immediately upon waking or for the times you are jolted awake by your characters screaming at you. Don’t ignore these instances, instead grab these creative outcries and use them to your advantage.


I’d enjoy hearing about your experiences with your dreams, whether they are writing related or not.

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author


Connect with

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Farvorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist












Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Guest Author, Diahana Barnes Visits Write What Inspires You!

A big part of my blog is to feature fellow author's through guest posts, often times fittingly around the them as to what inspires them to write. I'm delighted to host Diahana Barnes today with her guest post. Welcome Diahana! 

What Inspires Me to Write 
by Diahana Barnes
Author of Mommy Summer Camp
  
What inspires me to write?  Hmmm that’s an interesting question.  I am a super busy working mom with a health coaching business, a corporate job, a small business with my husband, two kids, two dogs, two chickens and a bunny rabbit and with all that I’m always looking for ways to find balance in my life, to save time, and ways to save money.  When I find ways to accomplish those things, whether it’s a new easy recipe, or a way to get my kids to do chores, I love to share those ideas with others. 

I find that I am inspired to write when people ask me, “How did you do that?” or when a problem presents itself and I want to find a fun solution.  I tend to write when an idea keeps niggling in my brain and I feel the need to let it out.  I am my most creative right before I fall asleep and it is not uncommon for me to sit up, jot a few notes down, then go back to sleep.  I have a passion for technology and crafts and I love finding new ways to inspire my kids and in turn that inspires me.

With, Mommy Summer Camp I created the camp out of a desperate need to get them to stop fighting all the time, to get my kids to do chores and stay out of my hair when I was working from home.  Then once a few friends heard about it and asked me what I did, I decided to compile my findings.  Each year I would design a newer version of the camp for my own use and occasionally lend some of the ideas out to friends.  I actually didn’t even realize there was such a thing as, “printables” until this year when I discovered it on Etsy.  That’s when I was inspired to publish the ebook and files as printables to share with anyone else who maybe had a crazy busy life like mine.

 About the Book:

Mommy Summer Camp started in 2011 when as a busy working mom with both a corporate job and a small business. Summer was fast approaching, what could we do?

So, one Saturday as my kids were complaining about something…not wanted to do whatever chore they were supposed to be doing…inspiration hit. I sat down and outlined my idea for a stay at home, Mommy Summer Camp where the kids earned, "mommy bucks" in order to attend camp by doing chores, being nice and various other good deeds.
It became so popular other mom's asked me how I ran it, so here is everything I have. Over the years I've refined the program and created a custom camp that you can use too!

Once you purchase you will receive nine (9) flies, five of which are 100% editable in word format that you can use your own activities, children's names, etc. I really hope you enjoy it. The nine files are:

1. Mommy bucks template
2. Mommy Summer Camp template
3. Mommy Summer Camp Activities for Kids
4. Mommy Summer Camp Journal
5. Mommy Summer Camp Catalog for Kids
6. Mommy Summer Camp Recipes
7. Mommy Summer Camp Sticker template
8. Mommy Summer Camp weekly checklist template
9. Read Me First - How to Run Mommy Summer Camp a step by step guide
10. Mommy Summer Camp eBook - this 142 page book goes into a bit more detail how I started Mommy Summer Camp and how I used the templates. It combines some of the above into one easy to read ebook.

Where to find Mommy Summer Camp: http://etsy.me/1oosbBM

About the Author

Diahana Barnes
Mom. Health Coach. Corporate Woman. Small Business Owner.

Diahana loves coffee (and a newly found favorite - tea), spending the day at the beach with family, and her iPad Mini!  She is energetic and passionate about creating a community that leaves you feeling energized, focused, happy and purposeful.  She loves being a coach, a cheerleader, a positive and inspirational influence to everyone around her.

Her formal bio includes a Master's Degree in Organizational Management & Development, eLearning Certification, and Coaching certifications while currently authoring a book called, "Design Your Bliss in Work & Life".
She has over 20 years of experience working in the technology and insurance industries in training & development, sales strategy, enablement, marketing, and communications. She is an award winning speaker and trainer and has spoken at events hosted by the American Society of Training & Development, Training Magazine, eLearnting Guild and the Learning Consortium.


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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author


Connect with

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Farvorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist












Thursday, July 17, 2014

Children's Book Review - Magical Mea by Penelope Anne Cole

Author: Penelope Cole
Artist: Kevin Collier
Hardcover ISBN: 9781616333942; 1616333944
Paperback ISBN: 9781616333959; 1616333952
eBook ISBN: 9781616333966; 1616333960

Sisters can be mischievous and Mea is no exception when she takes her antics to a new level. Having obtained magical powers to fix things with her mind, Mea turned the wheels to cause chaos of hiding items instead. Ignoring her old brother Matthew’s steadfast warnings of her magical powers, Mea insists to do things her way. Matthew’s every growing frustration with Mea escalates when Mea goes off alone to most likely create havoc throughout the neighborhood. Will Matthew and his best friend, Lily, find Mea in time before she causes irreparable damage. Find out in Magical Mea by award-winning children’s author, Penelope Anne Cole.


Ms. Cole’s second book in the magical series teaches a valuable lesson to not only Mea, but to the reader of the importance of listening to others with more life experience and destructive decisions often conclude with disastrous results. Illustrator, Kevin Collier once again creates the quirky characters that have become the trademark of Ms. Cole’s Magical Matthew and Magical Mea series.

Visit Penelope Anne Cole at http://penelopeannecole.blogspot.com/.


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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multiple Award-winning Children's Author


Connect with

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Farvorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist












Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Get to Know Series by Nancy I. Sanders, published by ZonderKidz



The Get to Know Series of biographies by Nancy I. Sanders and published by Zonderkidz includes Get to Know Mary, Get to Know King David, Get to Know Jesus and Get to Know Apostle Paul. From the moment you turn the first page to the end you are transported to a time of discovering each of these unique individuals. Sanders’ expert story telling skills brings to life the stories of Mary, King David, Jesus and Apostle with clarity and mesmerizing detail the reader will surely find lightness and warmth in their hearts at the conclusion of each. A must read for households and religious study programs. 

Visit Nancy… http://gettoknowbiographies.wordpress.com.





Thank you for your time and interest!

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multiple Award-winning Children's Author


Connect with

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Farvorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist