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Didi Oviatt

Author of suspense novels Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians. As well as the short story collection Time Wasters and (co-author of) The Suspenseful Collection. Columnist for The Conscious Talk Magazine.

The Holiday Madness Is Officially Here!

It’s a bitter sweet week that lays ahead in my house. The whole Thanksgiving weekend is completely insane for us Oviatts. There are parties and real Christmas tree chopping with family and such, much like most other families. But, we also have added in some fairly large household projects to our to-do list, AND it’s my daughters third birthday! We’ll be having a Barbie Bash this weekend at a bowling ally to celebrate, and she’s “jus’ so excited ta’ contain it anymore! *squeals*.” (wish me luck on the cake!  It could get tricky!)

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You see we’re in the middle of remodeling and moving around bedrooms in my house. And, of course one simple project can never actually be a simple project. Things tend to snowball very easily around here. What started out as, “Hey Husband, I think we should move our bedroom downstairs so that our kids can each have their own room,” very quickly turned into a list that looks something like this:

  • Renovate basement…. by  completely ripping apart walls and ceilings, then fresh new water sealing ($$$), drywall, paint and trim, and new closet shelving system and bar setup. (I suppose we’ll have to save the flooring for later, because holy crap this is so much more than what we had intend lol.)
  • Laying carpet and painting kids rooms.
  • Bed Sets, curtains, and décor on a budget… at Christmas time *rolls eyes*

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Then, what went from, “Lets make it all as a ‘done by Christmas’ goal.” Soon turned into, “Hey husband, lets have it finished by THIS SATURDAY so that Kimber can have all her new birthday stuff in her own room!!”

Don’t ask me what the hell I was thinking! Sometimes the excitement side of my brain tends to take over the practical side.  If we play our cards right, then it’s totally doable. But, we’ve really stretched ourselves thin!  I think it’ll all be worth it looking back, but for now it’s a matter of keeping our heads on straight throughout the process… well, that and not kill each other.

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So yeah, that pretty much covers my week! Luckily, for the big Thanksgiving family celebration on Thursday I’ve only been assigned Cranberries LMAO… So I think I should be able to pull that off fairly smoothly.  You never know though, sometimes complicated comes easily and the simple stuff winds up an utter mess. That’s kind of the story of my life really!

Also, I’ll have three E-books on sale for .99 cents, Black Friday throughout Cyber Monday, so stay tuned for that!!!  More info to come on this exciting news!!!

Ultimately, my hopes excitement and expectations for the next five days has skyrocketed to all new heights. Wish me luck, I may be needing a vacation very very soon! 🙂

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Three Simple Steps to Writing Content Your Audience Will Love

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If you love to write, but you’re not yet sure what to write about, or who is going to read what you have to say, consider taking the 3 steps outlined below.  These 3 simple steps will help you gain some clarity on which direction your writing should go so that you can find an attentive, engaged audience who keeps coming back to read more of what you have to say.

Step 1:  Make a list of all the things you do really well.  You know, the things your close friends and family are always getting your advice about.  

Step 2:  Ask all your close friends and family what kinds of things they think you do really well.  (This really just helps you reinforce what you discovered on your own in Step 1.)    *Here’s a tip*:  Pose this question on Facebook or whatever social…

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NEW RELEASE: Farraway Mist, by Tani Hanes

I’m so excited to announce this new release!  I’m absolutely in love with Tani Hanes’ writing style as you can see in an article revolving around her Seven Book Adult Romance Series Worth Looking  Into in the Conscious Talk Magazine!

Farraway Mist is paranormal romance (one of my favorite genres!) It was released a couple days ago on Nov. 17th, and I’m already half way finished reading it, so hold your breath for my review. My reading time has been limited as of late, so it will be a few days, but I can tell already that it’s bound to be a good one!

Check out this read, you won’t be disappointed!

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DESCRIPTION:

Scout Lawson is fleeing an unhappy past, and thinks she’s run as far as she can from Yale University when she lands a job restoring a library in Cornwall, England for reclusive rock star George Wilder, who dropped out of sight after the death of his beautiful wife the year before. As soon as she arrives at his estate, Farraway Mist, however, strange things start to happen. As the couple’s feelings for each other grow, the events become more harrowing, until everything they hold dear is in peril.

 

 

Holiday Deliciousness!

Every couple of weeks when a new edition is released, it seems like The Conscious Talk has really been outdoing itself! Setting the bar higher and higher in foodie perfection! On the 15th of Nov. a few new recipes went live, and today I feel like sharing. Enjoy foodie bloggers!!!  I know I will!

Christmas special: Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lasagne

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Pumpkin Pie Cake: A Different Thanksgiving Dessert

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Home-Made Holiday Kahlua

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Healthy And Delicious Low Calories And Low Fat Dish

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365 Challenge: Day 250 – Relentless (Author Alert: Didi Oviatt)

I’m delighted to be featured as an ‘Author Alert’ on This Is My Truth Now blog!! RELENTLESS is the 365 word challenge choice, go check it out! I’ve also knocked the price of SEARCH FOR MAYLEE down to $.99 today only for Jay’s readers, so don’t miss out! 😍😍

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Relentless: (a) ‘a force to be reckoned with’ or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Didi Oviatt

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If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who she is, what she’s writing and how to buy her future work.

Today is extra special due to an offer from the author to everyone reading this post… read below to find out… and you can thank her yourself by following her!

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Hello there This Is My Truth Now readers (and hi Ryder!).  Allow me to introduce myself before I proceed to barge my way…

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Five Positive Affirmations To Say With Our Children

Do you believe in using affirmations? If so, do you say them daily with your children?  If you DO believe in this concept then please I NEED YOUR HELP!  I’m on a mission to spread the message to give the our next generation the gift of confidence and self-love this Holiday season!

I wrote an article that went live in the Conscious Talk Magazine today.

Five Positive Affirmations To Say With Our Children

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“The things we say to our kids daily affects their lives forever. A child’s subconscious thought is a direct result of their day to day lifestyle, conversation, and routine. Speaking to our kids in a positive manner is imperative for their confidence and growth. A helpful step that can often be missed is teaching children about the meaning and importance of Affirmations. In other words, showing our kids how to speak to and about themselves.

It can be said that setting an example of self-love and positive reassurance can be among the most impact-full aspects of parenting. The way a child views themselves plays a part of their developing healthy social skills, self confidence, as well as ….”

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If you agree and believe in the power of this message then please, CLICK THROUGH AND SHARE this article on ALL your social media outlets!

Help me to get this article viral and spread the important message of giving our children the gift of confidence and self-love this holiday season!

Thank you!!!

Review: Don’t Tell A Soul, by D.K Hood. 3 stars

MY REVIEW:

3 stars

Thank You NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There is a lot going on with Don’t Tell A Soul… probably too much. I was really excited to read it based on the description, some awesome reviews, along with the first fifteen pages or so.  But, after that it was kind of rocky for me. It took me quite a while to get through this book, and it drove me nuts that I couldn’t just get attached enough to finish it faster. Some parts sucked me right in and were SO well written, but then some parts I really had to force myself to get through.

For the first half of the book I blamed it on a reading slump, but once I got over halfway through I realized it wasn’t me so much, as my dislike for the main characters and the chaos of too many angles contributing to the suspense. I would have been happy if it would have only been about the missing people with regular ol’ police force on the case, rather than both the Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff having such outrageous backstories. Their characters felt a little too convenient, and yet still rather irritatingly inconsistent.

There are two factors I loved about this book: 1. The opening was creative and sharp and it sucked me right in. 2. Each time it jumped into the disappeared victim’s stories, it was absolutely engaging. (if D.K. Hood ever wrote a horror story without the investigative aspect, I’d be the first in line to read it!!!)

Now, I really hate writing reviews that just list all the things I don’t like, so I’ll cut this short. Jenna’s character I struggled with. Sometimes she was a rock solid, brilliantly a don’t mess with me type, and I loved that… But then she would flip a switch and make weird rookie mistakes and turn into a helpless damsel. As for Kane, he drove me insane. All technical (paranoid over-thinker type), no personality.

At this point I’m about 70% sure I’ll read the next in the series. But, only because of the aspects I liked, I REALLY liked… Also out of curiosity in the potential that D.K. Hood’s writing truly has.. Not so much emotional or personal investment in the story.

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When a body is found stuffed into a barrel at the local dump, covered in long red cuts, Detective Jenna Alton and her new deputy, David Kane, rush to the scene.

Nothing ever happens in the small town of Black Rock Falls, so Jenna believes the victim must be one of two recent missing persons, and she fears for the life of the other.

Both were strangers to the town, but there’s nothing else to link them. Jenna knows someone must have seen something, but no one’s talking; how well does she really know the people around her?

Then a disturbing clue makes Jenna suspect a connection with other disappearances in the town’s history. Just when she begins asking the right questions, she realises she’s being followed. Is she next on the killer’s list?

In a race against time, Jenna and David must unlock the dark secret at the heart of the town, before it’s too late…

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Author Name: Angelina Kerner

Book Title: Follow the Snowflakes: A Christmas Novella

Date Published: December 15, 2017

Genre: Chick-lit, contemporary romance

Publisher: KDP Select

Synopsis:

At 28, it’s bad to be single. After four years of relationship struggles, Cat is ready to try anything.

That’s when her friend tells her about her class’ Dear Santa letters. One little boy asked for a new mommy, and she suggests Cat meets the kid’s dad, just to see where things go. Cat figures it can’t hurt…until she meets a stranger in the midst of a car accident. The man is handsome with a sad look in his eyes. He still wears a wedding band and she’s not sure his heart’s available, even if he makes her heart race. But, maybe he’s a widower? Cat wonders if she should resign herself to being an old maid, or whether she could possibly be the answer to a little boy’s Christmas wish, unless there’s a third option – a future with the stranger.

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Author Bio:

Angelina Kerner’s writing career started at a young age when she discovered that her creativity could be channeled through a bit of ink and paper.

She moved around during her younger years from Novosibirsk and Kaluga Russia to finally settle in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. This startling contrast between the fierce snow of Siberia and the bright sun of the American West is a crucial source of inspiration and humility: the forces of people is to be found not only in their spirits, but in their land too.

Angelina’s curiosity in the human condition led her to pursue courses in psychology and blossomed into a master’s degree in Topographical science. It was with a burning fire that she rejected the status quo offered to her generation, and after many meaningless jobs, she decided that writing could be the canvas in which she could express this dichotomy. While working full time behind counters and registers, she persisted in supporting her family, her full-time coursework, and her creative dreams.

She dared to believe in her talents, and most importantly, in her ability to make a real mark on this world.

Like any creative soul, there was time for doubts, self-loathing, and loneliness, but never fear. She worked on countless experimental narratives, universes, genres, until her voice crystallized into her first published narrative. She is now the author of Deity’s Soulmate and Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted. Her next project involves a competition for a beautiful phoenix. Angelina currently divides her time between her family, work, writing, lots of cats, and two celestial dragons.

Author Links:

http://www.kernerangelina.com/ (Website)

https://www.facebook.com/AngelinaKernerFiction (Facebook)

https://twitter.com/kernerangelina (Twitter)

https://kernerangelina.live/ (Blog)

https://www.pinterest.ca/angelinakerner/ (Pinterest)

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14651070.Angelina_Kerner (Goodreads)

Pre-order Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07733X13J?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/follow-the-snowflakes

Book Trailer Link:

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