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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.

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Writer of suspense, inspiration, poetry, and short stories.

Silence

My sweet sweet Grandma passed away yesterday, and my children are also sick. It’s been a rough couple of days in my house and will likely be all week. I’m putting this out there just so you all know that I’m not ignoring my posts or yours, but I’ll likely spend little time here, at least until after this coming weekend when my family has had a chance to spend the time needed together.  She was the nicest most loving lady, and will be missed dearly. Your thoughts, love and prayers are appreciated. Thank you.

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Honey,

Where families smile, that’s where I’ll be,

You’ll feel the breeze and know it’s me.

The softest touch, a brush of love,

A sun kissed song, the purest dove.

 

With colors shining all around,

I see them now, no longer bound.

In peace I’ll let my body perish,

My soul hugs tightly to those I cherish.

 

My children… when you need to feel me there,

I’ll be in your hands, your hearts, your air.

When tears fall down and souls do bleed,

Remember inside you is a part of me.

 

Along with my memories, I leave this plea.

To search inside, find you’re just like me.

You have my laugh, my mischievous smile,

My humble determination, you’ll go the whole mile.

 

You know how to love, you know how to dance,

Nothing can break you, not even, no chance.

The strength that I had was quiet and real,

I left that in you, and I know it’s there still.

 

My grandbabies… know that you’re part of me too,

I’ve touched the hearts of each of you.

I see everything in you that’s nice and sweet,

Honey, I’m with you. Remember me.

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Cover Reveal: Danu (line of Enya, book 2), by T.L Harty

Danu, by T.L. Harty is the second book in a YA Historical Fantasy packed to the brim with fascinating insight to a dangerously magical blood line. It was released just a few days ago and I can’t wait to read it. Stay tuned for a review, it’ll definitely be sooner than later!  I finished up the first book in the series just over a week ago and it was an excellent read.

Read the review for book one here: Review: Behold Ellowee: Destiny is Rarely Your Own, by T L Harty

Muriel is whisked away, safely nestled in Danu castle so she can’t be found.

Still coming to terms with her abilities, she begins to understand their importance, and gains more insight about her ancestry, as historical errors are revealed in a powerful way.

With so much to learn and loved ones to protect, she can’t afford to ignore the inevitable responsibility of her lineage.
Muriel is destined to complete the Council, which has been missing the Line of Enya seat for over 500 years.

Sometimes, life has to fall apart before it can finally come together.

Beauty of Beta Readers, Some Tips and Tricks.

There’s much to be said about Beta reads, and in my opinion, none of it is bad!  The first time I had a REAL GOOD beta read completed on a manuscript of  my own, I was absolutely blown away!  This reader was amazing!! She helped me take my own writing style and transform it into exactly what I wanted it to be. This woman is a saint, teetering the edge of genius.

All the Beta readers I’ve had before her were in no way as professional.  They read the entire book and then pointed out a few plot points that could be improved on.  They gave honest opinions about characters, and about certain scenes that could use a little bit of work.  This does help, because all criticism HELPS.  I’ll take any and every opinion I can squeeze out of a reader, its imperative in order to improve and incorporate fixes before publication. But, once I worked with this almighty woman of wonders, my opinion on Beta flipped.  I put the entire process of Beta Reading on a pedestal, and I’m sure it will remain there for the duration of my writing career!

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Here are a just few things my favorite Beta Reader does that makes her the best!

  1. My work is broken down sentence by sentence.  She points out how often I use ‘ing’ and ‘said’ and ‘he’s, she’s’. Replacement words and phrases are always offered in a nice complimenting way when I overuse irritating mundane words and/or references.
  2. Describing emotions rather than stating them is sometimes a weakness for me.  This particular Beta Reader points out each time I say words like “angry” or “happy” She offers suggestions on describing body language and/or facial expressions that describe the characters emotions and paints a much clearer picture.
  3. My Beta Reader is the master of dialogue. She breaks down each and every conversation, making sure the flow is perfected, and that every part of it is grammatically accurate.  Even slang has a certain approach.
  4. She catches any over abundance of short choppy sentences. When ever I have a paragraph that reads too much like a list, my Beta pounces right on it without missing a beat! The said paragraph is cut apart and she gives several options for changes so that I can toy with it and make proper changes in my own words and with my own style later on.
  5. Time lines! A good Beta reader double checks on the time line of your plot to make sure that the characters aging matches perfect.  Months, seasons, days, and even weeks should match up. Some timeline details can be tedious and easily mixed up. As the writer we are often times to close to the story. Paying close attention to timeline details is imperative.
  6. One great thing about my Beta Reader is that she absolutely hates stereotypical, racists, bigots, and sexists.  Often times as writers, we can explain people and situations in ways that may be offensive without intending to. Sometimes we don’t even realize that our words can be so easily misconstrued.  We may have pure intentions and clean hearts but our readers can perceive it differently.  The hardest character I’ve ever written was actually racist. As much as I hated painting her that way, it was imperative in the diversity of her personality. (she wasn’t a victim, or a killer, but she had to knowingly fit somewhere in between. She had to be secretly dark spirited and a phony, yet on the surface she was confident in ways that made her likeable.) Writing her as a slight racist was a fine line that I went ahead and risked walking because at the end of the day it pulled the storyline together.  My Beta reader helped me SO much with this difficult situation.  I wanted my character to show this disgusting side of herself without it reflecting on myself, or making me out to be something that I am most definitely not.  I couldn’t over do it, or under do it!  I was walking a tight rope and my Beta Reader gave me my balance I needed in order to make it from one side to the other without tipping.

Can I just say again that I LOVE my Beta Reader?!?!  If you can ever find a Beta Reader that follows through with all of these things then keep them!!  Pay them, praise them, and by all means KEEP them for your own!!  Honestly I would sell my soul to this woman!!

The Time Has Come

The time has come to stop acting as our own rock to trip on. To run free in confidence without the burden of fearing failure. To teach the next generation how dreams can easily be achieved by actively seeking out the wisest path available… because it IS available. We live in a time that the world is at our fingertips and by using our skills and aspirations in a positive way, we can grasp amazing things with the help of patience and persistence.

The time has come to win some and learn some, because there is no room for loss in a place where there are so many lessons to learn from. It’s time to stop holding ourselves back. It’s time to find a way, and to move forward daily. It’s time to be a better person than we were yesterday, as an individual, as families, as nations, as a planet packed with emotion driven humans. Just think of the limitless achievements we could harness if only we stopped with the doubt and self loathing as a people.

The time has come to be our own person in our own place, and stop comparing ourselves with others. There is a reason they are them and we are we. The time has come to focus on today, by reaching forward in positivism and stop focusing our energy on the past. The time has come love fully and deeply without reservation. To appreciate ourselves for the good in us, and to appreciate the good in those around us.

The time has come to make things happen. To stop wallowing in pity. The time has come for the simplicity in positive interactions, to change lives starting with our own. Let’s make today, tomorrow, and everyday forward a success. Our lives are worth it.  The time has come!

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If you Can, You Are

I love the simplicity in this! It’s beautiful!

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If you can hate someone, you have the ability to love them.
If you love someone, they have the ability to break your heart.
If your heart is broken,you and Time are able to repair it.
If you are complete, you can give all you’ve got.

And when you can give all that you’ve got, and it is all that you have,

you are giving yourself
a life of love.

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Review: Deity’s Soulmate, by Angelina Kerner 4 of 5 stars

My Review:

4 of 5 stars.

Deity’s Soulmate has the most uniquely modern twist on mythological aspects I’ve ever read. It’s different, and I love different. Gardenia is the daughter of Athena and Zeus. She has a bit of a temper, and often makes rash decisions. She lets her family and the fates press her buttons, and she’s known to act on emotions rather than thinking things through.

Her stubborn bull-headedness isn’t all bad though. After breaking the rules, checking out human kind in war without permission, and listening to some negative comments of belittlement from her family and one of the fates, Gardenia makes a split decision to create a Galaxy of her own. Such a task usually requires years of extensive training. It’s extremely taxing on the body and soul, and the complexities of creating life is far to overwhelming for a teenage goddess to understand.

Luckily Gardenia survives the first step. But, for punishment Zeus places her creation in a limbo state and requires her to train for quite an extensive period of time. Everyone is expecting her to fail. After her choice to seek out the help of dragons as her trainers rather than the obvious choice of her family, they all seem to stand against her even more. Gardenia uses the lack of faith in herself by her family to feed her determination. She seeks out the help of dragons to train her for the task at hand. What she finds in her journey is far from what she expected.

I really enjoyed the style of this story and am excited to read the next books in the series!  I enjoyed the fates. They’re deceptive and weave a path of destruction. It’s kind of like they are irritating in a perfect way. I love the approach Angelina took with Dragons! I felt like Gardenia was a bit juvenile. A part of me felt like that was necessary to the plot, and part of me not so much. Ultimately I really enjoyed the read, and will definitely be reading the next in the series!

Description:

From author Angelina Kerner (Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted) comes an all-new fantasy series about Gardenia, a daughter of Athena, and her 100 years of coursework on how to create whole new worlds and subjects of her own.

A sheltered schoolchild in a realm of condescending gods and goddesses, Gardenia goes to Earth on a dare to witness the unsavory side of mankind for herself. Believing she can do better, she undertakes the formation of an entire galaxy, but without permission from Zeus.

Zeus disciplines her by assigning an epic 13-fold creational lesson destined to take her a century to complete. But he is taken aback once more when she makes an odd choice. She vows to fulfill this knowledge quest by tracking down a lost race of dragons, and discovering the secrets they’ve kept since time began.

Searching the universe to meet even one dragon may be a fool’s errand, but that’s the least of her worries. For ancient wartime resentments linger between the nations of dragons and deities, and some dragons would attack Gardenia on sight!

Yet she ventures out undaunted, learning unexpected things about nomadic life, tender love, and mortal peril along the way. The biggest surprise of all, though, goes by the name of Ri. Ri may be the man of her dreams, the voice in her head, the dragon she’s seeking, or all these things and more…

Meanwhile, the Fates brew sordid plans of their own and Hera jealously sets traps and trials for Gardenia at every chance. What’s a young goddess to do? Flight or fight?

The Stone Arch Secret, by K. D. Dowdall @shanannigans81 #blogtour #thriller #giveaway

Genre:  Mystery/ Thriller/ Romance

Publication Date: January 2018

Blurb:

Twenty-eight-year-old cultural anthropologist, Lilly Allaire, receives a phone call telling her that Dax is dead.  The cause of death is unknown.

At the age of fourteen, best friends, Lilly and Dax, experience a traumatic incident. After the incident, Dax is institutionalized in a psychiatric hospital with total memory loss.  For Dax, his memory loss is an act of self-preservation.  Lilly still suffers a blocked memory of that day and has frequent nightmares.

Lilly decides to go back to Salmon Brook, her hometown, to find out the truth about the mysterious incident that left Dax in a catatonic state. Lilly has a chance meeting with a former high school classmate, Noah Hawthorne.

Noah remembers Lilly as his high school secret crush and offers to help her. Together, they try to unravel the mysterious incident that plagues Lilly’s dreams and turns them into nightmares.

However, Noah has a secret of his own, a dangerous secret, that will put Lilly in harm’s way.

Available on Amazon

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About the Author

D. Dowdall, PhD, MSN, RN was born in New England and spent her elementary-grade school years in Granby, Connecticut. She graduated from FAU with a master’s degree in Clinical Research Nursing and has a PhD in clinical nutrition. K. D. is also a lover of ballet, jazz, ballroom dance, contemporary dance, and has had her own dance studio.  She has written songs, poetry, short stories, and now several fiction novels; a children’s fantasy adventure story, a historical mystery/murder with a dash romance and a third fiction novel almost complete;  a mystery thriller with romance. All are standalone novels.  Her next book is a series.

Along the way, it was her good fortune to live in the Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, and England. Each culture she experienced reinforced her belief that all cultures are rich in storytelling to explain their human hopes, dreams, struggles, and life experiences, often in magical fantasy presentations. K. D. still dances, loves swimming, scuba diving, and theatre.

KD Dowdall

https://karendowdall.com/

Giveaway: 2 Print Copies of The Stone Arch Secret

Review: Behold Ellowee: Destiny is Rarely Your Own, by T L Harty

4 of 5 stars. My Review:

Behold Ellowee was a very pleasant surprise for me. It’s far from your typical fantasy involving magical heritage and secret societies. I’m also very glad that the second book in the series will be coming out soon so that I don’t have to wait long to see what happens next. I felt like most of this book is actually the back story, necessary in order to understand exactly what an Oris is and to feel the family ties before diving into the adventure and danger of what is to come. We get to know the origins of the family and the magic that’s weaved within. The history and angle of Muriel’s (the main character) blood line is told in a unique way. It has a very realistic and relate-able feel to it, I actually felt emotionally connected to her, and to her Grammy, which I absolutely love in a book.

Muriel spends the summers with her Grammy and Gramps every year. Her mother abandon her when she was three years old, so the bond that she has with her Grammy is much more like a mother daughter relationship. When Muriel is fifteen, and her body is changing into womanhood a chain of events forces the truth of her blood line and who she really is to the surface. She begins having visions. The things she sees are shocking and disturbing, mostly involving her mother. Muriel sees the nasty thoughts and the truly selfish ways of her mom. Dealing with the realities of her moms history and inner demons is a troubling feat.

Luckily the first of Muriel’s visions began to show up during one of her summer visits. Grammy recognized this issue right away, familiar with what was happening to Muriel on an extremely personal level. Grammy is a wise woman, I really love her! She’s my favorite character in this book, and without her Muriel (as well as many many others) would be lost.

The book bounces from past to present. Explaining that summer, as well as what Muriel’s life has become as an adult. Muriel winds up married with a child, living a regular life. She’s tried everything she can to live her life as far away from the facts of her heritage and the burdens of her visions as she can get. Fate has different plans for her! Much much different. When tragedy strikes Muriel is forced to face her heritage head on. There are many hints of lies, deceit, danger, and secrets through out the journey, and the build up for what is to come is immense. I can’t wait to see what happens with the Oris society, especially with Muriel’s child!

Description:

Muriel was shipped off to her grandparent’s house every summer. She enjoyed the break from school and loved her grandparents dearly, but would describe these months as uneventful…even boring. Not this time.

Strange changes in Muriel ensured this summer would be different from the very beginning. Grammy’s history lessons hold many answers, but Muriel is too busy awkwardly coming of age to comprehend the full weight of their meaning.

As the summer progresses, she reluctantly navigates her new reality while learning long-kept family secrets. These secrets explain why her mother left when she was three, and how a normal life may never be attainable.

Now as an adult, Muriel is still attempting to deny her lineage- until tragedy strikes. It is then that Muriel receives the final piece of the puzzle and understands what is required of her. The temporary guide that has been assigned to her can only help so much. Muriel must first embrace a history she has tried so desperately to forget.

Destiny is rarely your own.

Blogger Appreciation Award!

The amazingly talented writer Charles French (Author of Maledicus) nominated me for the Blogger Appreciation Award, and I couldn’t be any more thrilled! Charles’ book was one of my favorite scary reads last year, I even featured it in my News Letter, so you can imagine how excited I was that he was kind enough to include me in this beautiful award! Thank you so much Charles, you’re such an inspiration to readers and writers alike!

The Rules of the Award:

The rules are simple.

(1) Thank the blogger who nominated you, link back to their site.

(2) Write a paragraph of something positive about yourself.

(3) Nominate and notify as many bloggers as you wish.

(4) Use the award image.

Something Positive About Myself:

Wow, this is a much harder question than you’d think. I like to consider myself a positive and giving person in general, but when asked I really struggle to pin something down and brag about it. Some days I even have a hard time accepting compliments, I feel a little awkward about it every time.  So, in a way this award is good for me, because afterall self-love and self-awareness is key to success as an artist!!!  So, I’ll actually run with this aspect in particular… I strive to motivate and inspire without the burden of an overbearing Ego. I do everything in my power to portray confidence in a humble way, and encourage others to do the same! 🙂

My nominees: (If you have not visited these blogs, please make a trip to them.)

  1. Darque Dreamer 
  2. Touch My Spine Book Reviews
  3. When Women Inspire
  4. The Writer In Me
  5. Raistlin0903
  6. Where Dragons Reside

Check out these awesome blogs!!!  Each and every one of them are wonderful!

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