Monday, February 29, 2016

Where in the World is Sue Badeau!

Trauma and Self-Care
for Professionals, Caregivers & Youth
ICL, NYC April 27, 2016

Mind, Body Spirit: Multi-sensory Approaches to Trauma Informed Parenting
and
Kinship Care Panel
Christian Alliance for Orphans Conference

Orlando, FL May 5-6 2016

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) Closing Keynote
and other workshops

NACAC Conference, Nashville, TN Aug 4-6, 2016

Keynote and Workshops
Virginia Association of Licensed Child Placing Agencies

Virginia Beach, VA Sept 11-13, 2016

Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Georgetown University, October 2016

More to Come
Stay Tuned

To keep up with Sue,go to her website and visit often: http://www.suebadeau.com/

What do the 5 STAR Reviews say about Flora Reigada's Devotional "Where Your Heart Meets God's"?

Readers have very strong opinions about Flora Reigada's Devotional "Where Your Heart Meets God's"!

"I'm fully, fully, fully absorbed in your devotional, Where Your Heart Meets God's. I'm heartened as I read and reread. I talk with God often throughout each day, throughout the year and experience His fatherliness, His love, His patience, His teaching and mentoring, and so on and so forth." - Dan

"In the front of my Bible I have written "Treasure this Wonder!" And that's exactly what Where Your Heart Meets God's does. It has been a great addition to my personal devotion time helping me delve deeper into God's word. And the deeper I go, the more treasure is revealed. I especially liked the jewels of Personal Pentecost, Dreams, and Symbolism. Not your typical topics." - Martha

"This is such a wonderful little book. It is so comforting to be reminded every day of God's love for one's self. In the day to day bustle of life it is calming to read these small "jewels" to bring one back to what's really important in life. Thank you for such a gem." - Annie

"The depth of the author's intimate communion with God has inspired me. I couldn't put the book down. A must-read for every woman!" - Nancy

Flora's Devotional is available in both ebook and paperback!

Here is the synopsis for the Devotional and also the Amazon links if you wish to purchase it:

If God had something to say to you, how would you know and what might He say? You may be surprised to find God's words of love hidden like jewels in everyday life, but also where we need to search and dig. Recognizing these heavenly messages can be compared to finding hidden treasure, one jewel at a time, each with many facets to explore. Where Your Heart Meets God's can help you discover this priceless treasure of the heart. Open the pages and begin an everlasting adventure in hearing and experiencing God. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21, NIV).

Flora Reigada is a journalist and novelist. She and husband, Dan, have been a reporter/photographer team for several newspapers including the Florida Today and currently, Senior Life of Brevard County, Florida. Flora has also written for Guideposts magazine, Decision magazine, the Upper Room daily devotional and more. She and Dan are proud parents and grandparents. The couple has traveled throughout the beautiful British Isles and visited Spain, where they stayed in a castle overlooking the ocean.

Paperback Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Where-Your-Heart-Meets-Gods/dp/1622085868/ref=sr_1_25?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450646558&sr=1-25&keywords=helping+hands+press#customerReviews

Ebook Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Where-Your-Heart-Meets-Gods-ebook/dp/B00X1LCFXK/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1456764018&sr=1-3

If You Like Reality TV, You Should Be Living In A Cave By Linda Massucci

I recently attended a conference on how the brain works. I learned we gravitate towards events that stimulate our brain to become aware of risky behaviors, distrustful people or the possibility of extinction. We enter a fight or flee mode-used during primitive times to protect ourselves from the enemy. Unfortunately, reality television has brought us back to this primitive time.

If you enjoy the Kardashian's, Bachelorette, or Survivor- consider yourself a sucker. You have been brainwashed by Hollywood to return to your primitive life-style. People who watch these shows are allowing their brains to connect neurons with experiences that validate it is okay to use others for personal gain, view intimate relationships as something that can be shared with millions of people, or justify that how you win isn't important- it just matters to win.

I remember a time when television informed us of these primitive behaviors- it was called the news. We were aware that mean people exist, and sometimes bad things happen to good people. However, our entertainment shows reminded us there are more good people in this world than bad, and being good should be everyone's purpose in life. We laughed at the comedies of Carol Burnette- yet she never had to swear or insult anyone's lifestyle. We admired the love shown between the actors portraying Charles & Caroline Ingalls and John & Olivia Walton, yet they never made a sex video. Even MASH showed how people placed in catastrophic environments still tried to maintain civility, and hoped for a greater good to come from a place of tragedy.

Today, I have over two hundred channels to choose from on my television. However, I am finding the majority of the time, there is nothing 'good' to watch. I don't care to see people shoot, insult or have sex with other people. I don't believe vulgarity or nudity in a film makes it more dramatic or 'plot effective'-as I heard from one director being interviewed after his film won a Grammy.

I understand that Hollywood is all about the money. After all, they cancelled Cedar Cove, but have no reservations in allowing the next generation of decision-makers to grow up with the Kardashians. I wonder what type of imagery is created when neurons are connecting, while watching selfish people make a lot of money?

Linda Massucci is the author of the Manciano Family Saga. The first story in the trilogy, ‘Legacy of Grandpa’s Grapevine’ is available for purchase and has been entered in the Mark Twain Award for First Novel published by an author. The second story in the trilogy, ‘Mama’s Bookends’, will be released in 2016.
Linda loves to travel and writes about all the wonders of America on her travel blog: Travels with Sissy. If you know of a destination in America Linda should visit, please let her know. She can be contacted via her website at www.lindamassucci.wordpress.com
Linda also loves dogs! At the beginning of each month, she writes ‘Maggie’s Thought for the Month’. Each lesson reflects on how her dog Maggie looks at life, and how humans would enjoy life so much more if they did the same. Maggie loves to get likes on her blog, so please be sure to leave one on Facebook via www.facebook.com/lmmassucci or www.twitter.com/@LindaMassucci



Thursday, February 25, 2016

New Release! The paperback of Flora Reigada's "Love's Sweetest Revenge"!


Flora Reigada has just released the paperback of "Love's Sweetest Revenge"!

You can purchase it anywhere wonderful paperbacks are sold online.

Here is the Amazon link for the paperback and below is the description and a brief author bio:http://www.amazon.com/Loves-Sweetest-Revenge-Flora-Reigada-ebook/dp/1622085884/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?
ie=UTF8&qid=1456408054&sr=8-1&keywords=flora+reigada


We never know when a minor change in our daily routine will alter the course of our lives. Thirty-something Liz Bertelli had other things on her mind that fateful day she ventured from her usual walking path into New York State's lush forest. Her husband had left for a plaything in her twenties and it had been far too long since the award-winning artist had picked up a paintbrush. Liz doesn't see the mother bear with cubs until it is too late. When the bear charges, she runs in blind panic, falling and striking her head against an old stone wall, knocking herself unconscious. Bruised, but relieved to awaken in this world with the bear gone, Liz spots something glittering in the wall. She tugs at it, releasing an old silver locket and the saga of forbidden love it contains. Uncovering the locket's secrets takes Liz and best friend Rosa Ramirez (a young widow) to a castle (the Castillo de San Marcos) in the romantic city of St. Augustine, Florida. More clues bring the friends to handsome Latino brothers, Carlos and Jack Martín. Sparks fly between Liz and Carlos, who has worked for the President and flown aboard Air Force One. Jack, a rugged Army hero, roars into Rosa's life on a gleaming Harley-Davidson motorcycle. But can Liz, embittered by her husband's betrayal, and Rosa grieving her husband's untimely passing, respond to love's overtures? Answers come on a snowy Christmas day, when an arduous trek through the frigid forest, leads to another surprise.

Flora Reigada is an award-winning journalist and novelist. She and husband, Dan, have been a reporter/photographer team for several newspapers, including the Florida Today and currently, Senior Life of Brevard County, Florida. Interesting places they have explored in pursuit of a story include a castle, the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida. They also toured Titusville, Florida's historic, Vassar B. Carlton Courthouse, climbing a hidden stairway, to a long-forgotten jail. Flora has also written for Guideposts magazine, Decision magazine, the Upper Room daily devotional and more. She and Dan are proud parents and grandparents. The couple has traveled throughout the beautiful British Isles and visited Spain, where they stayed in a castle overlooking the ocean.
FLORA INVITES YOU TO DROP BY HER BLOG: http://florareigada.blogspot.com/

What Do You Do When the “Idea Well” Dries Up? - Peggy Blann Phifer

Because I write blog articles once-a-month for two other sites, for HHP, and my own, I often struggle for new material. Such is the case this time.
Back in the late 1990’s-ear4ly 2000’s, I edited and published a rather successful online/e-mail newsletter, and wrote my own column I called The PegBoard. When thinking of what to write today, I dug back into those old articles, and I present one of my favorites for your enjoyment. (Note the date)
The PEGBOARD: by Peggy Phifer
April 19, 2004
"Was's and commas and adverbs . . . Oh, my!

I spent all last week working on my 2-page synopsis and first 10 pages of my wip (work in progress) for the Colorado Christian Writers Conference next month. I've become quite conscious of grammar usage, the overuse of adverbs, the all-too-frequent use of "was" and a dozen other things most of us do that we really know NOT to do. I even had some POV (point of view) problems. Oh, and the proper insertion of commas (some included where they didn't belong, and others omitted.)
Well, I made it through the synopsis, with a lot of wonderful help from some super people who took the time to review my writing – not just the synopsis, but my pages for submission, too. And, they're in the mail…on their way to the conference committee and the author who will be doing the paid critique…gone…done.
So, I'm a little brain-dead today and I'm going to borrow something I found that ties right in with this subject. I think you'll enjoy it as much as I did when I found it.

Here we go:
Here is today's CleanLaugh - Rules for Editing

1. Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.
4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
5. Avoid clichés like the plague. (They're old hat)
6. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.
7. Be more or less specific.
8. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
9. Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
10. No sentence fragments.
11. Contractions aren't necessary and shouldn't be used.
12. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
13. Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
14. One should NEVER generalize.
15. Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
16. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
17. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
18. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
19. The passive voice is to be ignored.
20. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.
21. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
22. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
23. Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earth-shaking ideas.
24. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
25. If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.
26. Puns are for children, not groan readers.
27. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
28. Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
29. Who needs rhetorical questions?
30. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.


And the last one...

31. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

Thanks to Pastor Tim's CleanLaugh List - http://www.cybersalt.org/entertainment. Pastor Tim I just checked this link, it’s still there!

And that clears the PegBoard for another week. God Bless.
"If you can't write -- write anyway!"
Peg Phifer-Copyright © 2004
I hope you had as much fun reading this as I did. And forgive me if I brag a little—I won the WRITER of the YEAR award that May for my newsletter. The conference director, Marlene Bagnull, was one of my biggest fans.

Visit Peg at www.peggyblannphifer.com

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Ella Font interviews "Shadow" of "The Posse"!

Ella Font: Hello! My name is Ella Font, and I’m sitting here with a mysterious man, The Shadow.
Shadow: [Shakes his head] Begging your pardon, ma’am, but that’s just “Shadow.”

EF: ‘Shadow,’ Is that your last name?
Shadow: When I’m on missions, it’s my only name.

EF: Missions? Well, that does sound exciting. What exactly do you do?
Shadow: The Posse and I dispense justice throughout The South. Now that the War Between the States has ended, there’s corruption in the court systems all over down there.

EF: Sort of like a police force?
Shadow: As well as the judge and, when necessary, the executioner.

EF: [Leans back] You’re not a vigilante, are you?
Shadow: [Shakes his head] Certainly not. We are acting under the authority of the US government, and we take our orders from our general. Our decisions are carefully weighed based on evidence. We’re no lynch mob.

EF: I see. Well, that’s good, I suppose. What is your job in The Posse?
Shadow: I can’t rightly say, ma’am. Our motto is Stealth, Swift, and Sure. Publicizing our specific talents would not be prudent.

EF: [Frowns] I suppose I can understand that. What can you tell us about the sorts of injustices your group takes care of?
Shadow: There isn’t just one kind of mission, but I suppose that’s harmless enough. A freedman was falsely accused and imprisoned for allegedly raping a white girl. Our research shows that was a lie. We’re there to clear his name and right the injustices.

EF: How’s that going?
Shadow: We’re making progress. That’s really all I can say about it.

EF: Is it true that The Posse has access to some amazing new technology?
Shadow: I’m afraid I can’t answer that, ma’am. Secrecy is the way we survive out there.
EF: [Sets aside all her notes and mumbles] Well, then I guess that’s all we have time for this evening. Thank you for stopping by.
Shadow: [Tips his hat] My pleasure. Thank you for having me over.


"The Posse - Volume 1 - Visions" is available right now as a PRE-SALE on Amazon Kindle.Here is the link for it. the Twitter handles of the authors, and a tweet you can share if you want to: http://ow.ly/YwE1I #PRESALE #Amazon #Western #Historical "The Posse-V1-Visions" @Gelatiscoop @HelpingHandsPre @ChrisScafidi @CCKoepp

There is an early review already from "Christian Fiction Review": http://ow.ly/YCRjd Check out Christian Fiction #Review@PeterWilliam117 of "Visions"! #Western #SciFi #Suspense

And here is another character interview: 1865-An interview w/Sam Winchester of "The Posse" from "Harper's Weekly"! @ChrisScafidi #Western #SciFi #Suspense http://ow.ly/YIaDX

1865-An interview with Sam Winchester of "The Posse" from "Harper's Weekly"!

Date: May 5, 2013
To: Archives Director, West Point Academy
Fm: The National Archives
Re: Archival evidence of Clandestine Operative Group code name, “The Posse.”

Attached is a recently discovered excerpt from a lost copy of a Harper’s Weekly anonymous interview with a Sam Winchester, 37 years old at the time and third member of the clandestine vigilante group known only as “The Posse.” They were indeed, according to this interview, to have had the tacit approval of the top brass at West Point and in the War Department, these men were given free rein to seek out enemies to the Union and dispense Justice at will, without a writ of habeas corpus and without oversight from the local Federal Marshalls. This brief excerpt was taken from an interview conducted by Harper’s long time political commentator Cornelius Whitman in the aftermath of the War Between the States. The Interview took place on a private rail car between New York City and Washington D.C. sometime in late December of 1865. As far as I can tell, the interview was never published by the magazine. I am including the portions pertinent only to your research:



“I write this interview with a man who’s identity I cannot reveal, but for whom many a citizen owes a debt of gratitude for serving his country during the most difficult period for this great Union.

“As an agent for the Union, Sir, my first question to you is how you became part of this organization for whom you render your special services for our the benefit of our great Union, the reporter inquired.

“First I want to say thank you to you and Harper’s Weekly for keeping my identity a secret and not asking for photographs. The kind of work that I do is secret by nature. I can’t really tell you anything other than I am a graduate of West Point. I am an also an engineer,” Sam replied

“Can you tell us what your mission is and who you work for?” The Reported asked.

“That would violate my oath of secrecy, Mr. Whitman. I can only say that the new frontier is wide open to the criminal element. With the expansion of the railroad the challenges are becoming even greater. The movement of settlers West is bringing with it profiteers of the worst kind from back East.

(Portion of hand-written text is illegible, so text skips to bottom of current page.)

“So this is your mission to eradicate these elements and maintain justice on the Frontier, by any means necessary?” the reporter asked.

“By any means necessary.”

“How does your family feel about your particular line of work?” the reporter press on.

“My family is not part of this discussion, next question.”

“Sorry, you just make the frontier safer for decent families to settle, I just thought I might.”

“You thought wrong.”

“Am I safe in assuming you have the approval of the highest levels of our government for the work you are doing?” The reporter asked hesitantly.

“Of that you can be certain.”


I hope this piece of information is the smoking gun that you were looking for in regards to establishing authenticity of the group known only as “The Posse and the dispensing vigilante justice in the American Frontier with the full approval of the Government. Let me know if I can be of further assistance to you.

RIGHT NOW "The Posse - Volume 1 - Visions" is up for PRE-SALE on Amazon Kindle! Here is the link and a tweet you can share complete with the Twitter handles of all three authors!

http://ow.ly/YwE1I #PRESALE #Amazon #Western #Historical "The Posse-V1-Visions" @Gelatiscoop @HelpingHandsPre @ChrisScafidi @CCKoepp

Thursday, February 11, 2016

What do you think of the cover for Big Jim William's "Jake Silverhorn's Revenge"?


What do you think of the full jacket paperback cover for Big Jim Williams "Jake Silverhorn's Revenge"?

The paperback will be available at the end of February.

When former Texas Ranger Jake Silverhorn is confronted with the rape and murder of his wife, he seeks justice and revenge against the outlaw Leviticus, an old enemy, in a series of deadly shootouts, fires, double-crosses, and narrow escapes in frontier Arizona.

Finding his Arizona ranch destroyed and his wife dead, Jack Silverhorn pursues and corners the four murders led by the notorious outlaw, Leviticus, Jake’s old enemy from the Civil War and days as a Texas Ranger.


You can read samples of the stories here on the HHP blog, or by clicking on the widgets on the blog sidebar.

Here is the Amazon Kindle link to the first story in the series "Jake Silverhorn's Revenge - Volume 1 - A Quiet Day Turns Deadly": http://www.amazon.com/Jake-Silverhorns-Revenge-Quiet-Deadly-ebook/dp/B00MZJ3PM4/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1455214387&sr=1-6&keywords=big+jim+williams+jake+silverhorn%27s+revenge

New Release! Flora Reigada - "Love’s Sweetest Revenge"

Flora Reigada has just released "Love’s Sweetest Revenge"

It is now available on Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook and Kobo.

On the HHP blog sidebar you will find an Amazon widget to click on if you wish to read a sample of the story.

Below you find the synopsis and the buy links.Enjoy!

We never know when a minor change in our daily routine will alter the course of our lives. Thirty-something Liz Bertelli had other things on her mind that fateful day she ventured from her usual walking path into New York State's lush forest. Her husband had left for a plaything in her twenties and it had been far too long since the award-winning artist had picked up a paintbrush.
Liz doesn't see the mother bear with cubs until it is too late. When the bear charges, she runs in blind panic, falling and striking her head against an old stone wall, knocking herself unconscious.
Bruised, but relieved to awaken in this world with the bear gone, Liz spots something glittering in the wall. She tugs at it, releasing an old silver locket and the saga of forbidden love it contains.
Uncovering the locket's secrets takes Liz and best friend Rosa Ramirez (a young widow) to a castle (the Castillo de San Marcos) in the romantic city of St. Augustine, Florida.
More clues bring the friends to handsome Latino brothers, Carlos and Jack Martín.
Sparks fly between Liz and Carlos, who has worked for the President and flown aboard Air Force One. Jack, a rugged Army hero, roars into Rosa's life on a gleaming Harley-Davidson motorcycle. But can Liz, embittered by her husband's betrayal, and Rosa grieving her husband's untimely passing, respond to love's overtures?
Answers come on a snowy Christmas day, when an arduous trek through the frigid forest, leads to another surprise.


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Loves-Sweetest-Revenge-Flora-Reigada-ebook/dp/B01BLKMLRC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1455197477&sr=8-2&keywords=flora+reigada

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/loves-sweetest-revenge-flora-reigada/1123387307?ean=2940157798888

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/love-s-sweetest-revenge


From the pages of the YA Paranormal series "The Demons of Abadon" by Larry Peterson - a character interview with Charlie Winters!

Meet Charlie Winters:
Background: Charles Joseph Winters (called Charlie by his friends) is a balding, 45 year old, 5 foot six inch, fire-plug of a man who weighs about 200 solid pounds and is as strong as an ox. Charlie, a kind hearted, generous man, will always fight for the “underdog”.
Charlie was born in 1921 on the west side of Manhattan, in the rough and tumble area known as “Hell’s Kitchen”. He lived there until 1959 when he and his wife, Eleanor (Ellie) moved from the city out to Northern New Jersey. They had seen an old Victorian house on the edge of the Abadon Forest and fallen in love with it.

Charlie was a very successful distributor of premium deli meats and supplied delicatessens and grocery stores in all the boroughs of New York City with his products. Life was good and life was peaceful, living in the “country”. Then along came the summer of 1966. That is when Bobbie and Joey Peach came to spend the summer. Like a moth to a flame, it was their arrival which drew Jacob Lightfoot to their front door. Joey and Jacob were subsequently followed by the Demons of Abadon. They hated the innocence of the children and the purity of their souls.

Charlie agreed to this interview because a lot of strange, inexplicable things have been going on since the boys arrived. Charlie and I have a mutual friend, Father Tim Sullivan, and he asked me (for documentation purposes) if I would interview Charlie. So, l should stop talking and start asking Mr. Winters if he can tell us what is going on.
For clarity Charlie will be C and I will be identified as L:
L : “Well Charlie, thanks for doing this interview. There has been some talk of strange goings on up here in the Abadon. Could you tell me about some of these so called, ‘going ons’?”
C: “Now look, Larry, let’s get something straight. If you’re being sarcastic with me or making fun of this situation you can take a hike right now. I ain’t in the mood. This is not funny and these kids are in danger.”


L: “Oh, hold on Mr. Winters. I apologize. I didn’t mean it that way. I am friends with Father Tim just like you are. That’s why I’m here. I am taking this very serious. Please, I didn’t mean anything negative or condescending. Believe me. I did not mean it like that.”
C: “Well, okay then. It started when Father Tim brought the boys up here a few weeks ago. They said a shadow man, or something like that, ran in front of the car and Father had to jam on the brakes to avoid hitting it and the thing ran across the road.”

L: “Sounds scary. Is there anything else?”
C: “Is there anything else? Are you kidding me? That was the very tip of the iceberg. There was this girl named Lily and she was all dressed in white and she brought Jacob here in a thunderstorm and then Bobby seen her upstairs. And then---“
L: “Whoa, Mr. Winters. Please slow down a bit. Who is Lily?”
C: “Oh man, look Larry. This has been going on for a few weeks now. I even had this vicious shadow wolf knock me clear off my porch. I went flying through the air and landed on the gravel driveway. I was all scraped up and bloody.”

L: “Oh my God. That’s unbelievable.”
C: “Tell me about it. I was face to face with this beast as it came at me. Scariest thing ever happened to me—EVER. I was told the force he used was the hatred within him. That was because he could not actually touch me. It was freaky man, very freaky.”

L: “So what is going on now? Has a way to stop this madness been found? What do you do to stop it.?”
C: “What do I DO to stop it? You told me you were friends with Father Tim. What did he tell you? Why did you come here? Why did he send you here? Look, wait right here. I’m getting him out here. This is ridiculous.”
Larry watched Charlie walk into the house. He waited a minute and then said to no-one in particular, “I better leave them alone for a while. After all, I have to figure it out first.”

Larry will be hosting a Facebook Party on the HHP Facebook Page 2/24@11AMEST!
If you would like to give Larry's series a try, start at the beginning with "The Demons of Abadon - Volume 1 - Shadows and Light"! Here is the Amazon Kindle link:http://www.amazon.com/Demons-Abadon-Shadows-Light-ebook/dp/B0146QWGB4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1455206545&sr=8-2&keywords=larry+peterson+the+demons+of+abadon

The Gift of Imagination By Linda Massucci

The year of 2015 found me attending book signings and interviews to discuss the characters in my book, ‘Legacy of Grandpa’s Grapevine’. The most frequent question, ‘Is this story a memoir or from your imagination?’ After I answered with ‘a little of both’, I always added, ‘and thank goodness I was given the time as a child to just imagine’.

Today’s world finds many children given the best toys, carpooled to lessons for sports, dance or musical instruments, and always kept to a schedule from sunrise to sunset- all with the purpose of given them the best childhood with no regrets. What decides the best childhood? What do our children really need to become adults who are socially and emotionally ready for the world they will inherit? I believe the gift of imagination instills the ability to be optimistic, sympathetic, and altruistic.

When we allow children to use their imagination, they can become someone other than themselves- the first stage of losing their egocentricity. A child develops the confidence to create without fear of any rules, or being critiqued- the experience of optimism. A blank piece of paper becomes a colorful drawing with rainbows and flowers to make a mother happy- a lesson in sympathy & altruism. The gift of allowing time for children to explore their imagination is a gift we must not replace with organized activities, longer school days, or the number one toy on the market.

One of my favorite childhood memories is playing in a television box. If you can recall the days when televisions were considered a piece of furniture, no further explanation is needed. The television boxes were huge, and my sister and I received one or two boxes a week- which made us the popular kids in the neighborhood. Those boxes would become time machines, forts in the Old West, or a secret club for all the Nancy Drew’s & Hardy Boy’s in the neighborhood solving important crimes. Where did all those boxes come from? My father worked for Zenith- a company that sold and repaired televisions. So, I guess I have my father to thank for instilling the gift of imagination in me. And, it was free!

Linda Massucci is the author of the Manciano Family Saga. The first story in the trilogy, ‘Legacy of Grandpa’s Grapevine’ is available for purchase and has been entered in the Mark Twain Award for First Novel published by an author. The second story in the trilogy, ‘Mama’s Bookends’, will be released in 2016.
Linda loves to travel and writes about all the wonders of America on her travel blog: Travels with Sissy. If you know of a destination in America Linda should visit, please let her know. She can be contacted via her website at www.lindamassucci.wordpress.com
Linda also loves dogs! At the beginning of each month, she writes ‘Maggie’s Thought for the Month’. Each lesson reflects on how her dog Maggie looks at life, and how humans would enjoy life so much more if they did the same. Maggie loves to get likes on her blog, so please be sure to leave one on Facebook via www.facebook.com/lmmassucci or www.twitter.com/@LindaMassucci

New Release! Clay More- "Mistletoe and Crime"


Clay More has just released "Mistletoe and Crime"!

It is now available on Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook and Kobo.

On the HHP blog sidebar you will find an Amazon widget to click on if you wish to read a sample of the story.

Below you find the synopsis and the buy links.Enjoy!

It is Christmas 1882 in London and Sir Roger Winstanley has died suddenly, leaving his fortune to his 17 year old son, Toby. But Toby is in the first flush of love and dare not allow his uncle and guardian, Tremaine Winstanley to know about the girl he adores. A kiss and a pledge under a very special mistletoe will change his life forever.
At least for as long as he can stay alive.


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Larry Peterson will be hosting a Facebook Party 2/24@11AMEST!

IT’S PARTY TIME 2/24@11AMEST!!!!!!

Larry Peterson will be hosting a Facebook Party!

He will be answering and asking questions, so please stop by and have some fun.

We hope to see you there!!!!!!!!

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Sound Effects with Feathers-Cindy Koepp

I’ve owned parrots – or perhaps more properly, been owned by parrots – since my 15th birthday. So far, I’ve had 3 cockatiels, 2 pionuses, and my current “turbo-chicken,” an African Grey named Masika D. Greyt.

Parrots who don’t have “issues” take a lot of work. They need their cages cleaned, their food and water changed out, toys to play with, and some TLC from their favorite human. Parrots with “issues” can be an even bigger challenge. With only two exceptions, all my parrots (including Masika) have been rescue babies. I am her 3rd owner since her rescue from a dismal warehouse where she was kept in the dark with no one to chirp at. In fact, I’m really not even sure how old she is. I and her previous owner can account for 30 years, but she’s developing cataracts in one eye, so I suspect she’s a good deal older than that. African Greys can go 80 years or more, so she might have been around on this planet longer than her human.

Parrots are real goofballs, and Masika is no exception. Many people ask me if she can talk, but she’s not much on speech. Sound effects, yes, she is a sound effect machine with feathers. She can do a few short phrases like “Hi there” and “Hello baby!” and her previous owner even heard her belt out “Howdy, pilgrim.”

That’s not all. She can whistle the first few bars of a few tunes, like the opening notes of Doctor Who and Airwolf. One of her favorite tunes is the first few notes of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Her previous owner was a western fan. In addition to tunes, she does beeps: car beeps, fire alarm beeps, microwave beeps, and timer beeps.

Masika is not cuddly. In fact, she only recently decided stepping onto my hand might be safe, as long as I stay still. Sometimes, though, you have to love the critter where they are and help them learn to trust humans again.

In the meantime, her library of sounds is very entertaining.

Stop by Cindy's Amazon Author Page:http://www.amazon.com/Cindy-Koepp/e/B008QXR2QI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_9?qid=1455199076&sr=8-9

Have you ever noticed how key scriptures frequently begin with the conjunction, “But”?- Tony Hilling

Have you ever noticed how key scriptures frequently begin with the conjunction, “But”? A good example is Ephesians 2:1-6 where Paul writes:

“And you being dead in your transgressions and sins in which you used to walk, according to the manner of this world, according to the ruler of the power of the air…among whom we also lived in the desires of our flesh …and were by nature children of wrath, as were the rest. But God being rich in mercy, on account of the great love with which He has loved us, even as we were dead in our transgressions made us alive together with Christ…”

Another scripture is Jeremiah 31:31-33, where the prophet hears God say:
“Behold the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers…which they broke… But this is the covenant which I will make with the House of Israel…I will put my law within them and write it in their hearts…”

An additional example is 1 Samuel 30:6. David had just returned from the ill-fated sojourn with the Philistines and found his camp at Ziklag in ruins and ashes because of an attack by the Amalekites. His wives are gone as well as the wives and children of his men and the Bible tells us that David and his men wept until they had no strength left to weep. David was also very distressed because his men were talking of stoning him; he had clearly erred in leaving their camp unprotected. The next verse reads, “…But David strengthened himself in the Lord His God.” What a telling phrase! David was probably at the lowest point of his life. He was hunted by Saul, hated by the Philistines, rejected by Achish, the king of Gath, and the Amalekites have just devastated his camp. Now his men want to stone him. David, however, turns to God, draws strength from Him and in a pivotal moment of his life, he sets out after the Amalekites, defeats them and recovers everything that was taken. This event will ultimately springboard him into the kingship of Israel that was prophesied to him over a decade before.

And please note that David was not a perfect man, as his later life shows dramatically. He had already ran to the Philistines earlier as told in 1 Samuel 21:10-15 and barely escaped with his life. Yet he goes back a second time as related in 1 Samuel 27:1, because of fear of Saul; a clear example of using his own wits instead of trusting in God. He made many mistakes and committed serious sins, yet God continued to bless him.

There is a similar theme evident in “The Voice of Aedistamen”. The hero of the story, Owa’en, is continually confronted with the choice of making decisions based on his own perception alone, rather than seeking the wisdom and strength of the Ghaedesh-Mor, the God of the enslaved Ma’apone people. It will prove to be an ultimate test for him too as the events are funnelled into an apocalyptic final battle.

Has there been lately a Ziklag experience in your life? Have you found that you have come to the end of your own strength as you face a giant that looks invincible? David had the answer: strengthen yourself in the Lord your God. Circumstances may seem to be out of control or completely unmanageable. Life may have dealt you an experience that has shattered all your strength and hopes. But God…! Find strength in Him alone.

If you wish to start Tony's series,why not start at the beginning,"The Voice of Aedistamen - Volume 1 - The Child's Arrival".
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New Release! Big Jim Williams "Jake Silverhorn's Revenge- V10 – Final Showdown"

Award-Winning author Big Jim Williams has just released "Jake Silverhorn's Revenge- Volume 10 – Final Showdown"

It is now available on Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook and Kobo.

On the HHP blog sidebar you will find an Amazon widget to click on if you wish to read a sample of the story.

Below you find the synopsis and the buy links.Enjoy!

Jake tracks Leviticus to a ranch near the Mexico border where his sons, Luke and Rusty, help avenge their Mother’s death in a final shootout near an old mine.




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Sue Badeau will be hosting a Facebook Party 2/18@7PMEST!!!!!!

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New Release! Big Jim Williams "Jake Silverhorn's Revenge-V9-A Deadly Fire"!

Award-Winning author Big Jim Williams has just released "Jake Silverhorn's Revenge- Volume 9 - A Deadly Fire"

It is now available on Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook and Kobo.

On the HHP blog sidebar you will find an Amazon widget to click on if you wish to read a sample of the story.

Below you find the synopsis and the buy links.Enjoy!

Leviticus murders, steals gambling money, and starts a fire that destroys Canaan, then seeks safety with an old “flame” near Mexico while Jake delays pursuit to save a sporting woman’s life.

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