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Belle BWHello I’m Belinda (McGrath) Witzenhausen~in a nutshell; I am a Writer,Editor,Creativity Coach, Artist, Amateur Photographer,Online Radio Show Producer, Lover of Psychology/Neuroscience, Armchair Archaeologist, Coffee Connoisseur, Bibliophile & Hubby’s Grossly Under-Paid Bass Roadie.😉

I have always enjoyed helping others, both my education and work history have revolved around social services and as a result, I have been blessed to cross paths with many interesting, inspiring and creative people. I love life and try to make sure that each of my days is touched by the creative process.  I make it my mission to help others heal and ignite their creativity. I also am an advocate for children and adults with special needs, chronic illness, and learning challenges.

Currently, I am working on an Urban Fantasy novel to be released  2015/16, am a contributing writer for various mainstream websites, main writer/creator/coach at www.IgniteYourCreativity.net, www.WriterzBlox.net, partner at Professor Owl’s Book Corner and a producer for Blogtalk’s Radio show Conscious Choices (currently on hiatus). Also stay tuned for a new anti-bullying initiative to raise awareness and help victims of cyber-bullies.

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ProfessorOwlsBookCorner.com

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Pleased to announce the launch of our publishing company…

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McGrath Witzenhausen Publishing! 

Interview with Author Mari L. McCarthy of @CreateWriteNow

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I am thrilled to  interview Mari L. McCarthy, Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of CreateWriteNow and discuss her new book Journaling Power! Welcome Mari! 

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Please tell us a bit about yourself and your new book Journaling Power.

I’m the Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of CreateWriteNow.com. It’s also known as The Journaling Power Center: I show people how to use the ultimate holistic health tool–Journaling, to heal, grow and transform themselves. I’ve authored 18 Journaling Power eWorkbooks and created numerous Journaling Power Challenges on topics ranging from Love Your Body to Life Transitions to Spirituality.

I began journaling 18 years ago to deal with a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) symptom flare-up that had caused me to lose most feeling and function on my body’s right side.  I needed a “procedure” (I was a left brain controlled businesswoman) to teach myself how to write with my left hand, like, yesterday. A hypnotherapist suggested Julia Cameron’s “Morning Pages” and I was off. But I soon discovered that my daily pen-to-paper writing therapy practice helped me improve not only my physical health but my psychological and spiritual health as well. I’ve realized many other benefits from this awesome self-healing tool like reconnecting with my creativity, my wisdom and my personal power.

In Journaling Power: How To Create The Happy, Healthy Life You Want To Live I’ve written a self-help memoir that shares my experiences of how I’m using Journaling to heal my diseases and also gives my readers everything (including challenging exercises) they need to set up and keep a Journaling Power Practice.

What was the inspiration behind Journaling Power?

I often get what I call “universal messages” in my Journal and one day, “Journaling Power” came up and later the message, “now is the time to write the book that must be written.” Then I started using my Journal to help me find resources to mentor me as I’d never written a “real” book before.

What does your average work/writing day look like?

First thing after showering, I do my ambidextrous Morning Pages, breakfast (I’m a pesca-vegetarian and eat only non-processed food, thanks to Journaling). Then log onto my computer and do 250-500 words in my Daily Page account. Then onto writing blog posts and other writing projects. In the afternoon, I meet with clients and finish the day with a page of Night Notes which helps me express my gratitudes and turn off the brain so I can enjoy a night of healing sleep and dreams.

What are some of the biggest challenges you face as a writer and how do you overcome them?

I’d say my biggest challenge is me. I’m so experienced at self-sabotage etc. I find the best thing for dealing with my “issues” is to keep to my routine Monday through Friday and make my weekends for me, my inner kids, singer and artist only.

What message do you hope your readers walk away with after reading your book?

That they have the power, creativity, wisdom and intelligence to create the life that they want to live. That they have a free therapist in their Journal that will help them to eliminate the baggage they’ve been carrying around since childhood, reconnect with their true self (the one they came into this life with!) and live, love and laugh. A lot.

Can you tell us what is coming up for you and where can we find you online?

My Journal and I are discussing my next self-help memoir, Thinking With My Heart (working title). It looks like it’ll focus on healing our physical diseases and becoming our own healthcare advocate/provider, partnering with healthcare professionals to reduce doctor visits and drugs and become and stay healthier longer.

I’m at www.CreateWriteNow.com.

Falling into Autumn

 

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It’s hard to believe the summer is almost over and my favourite season is almost upon us!  Looking forward to some busy months ahead following some new paths, continuing along some old ones and enjoying the journey. #amwriting #researching #learning #studying #archaeology #palaeography #egyptology #history #transcribing #amreading #photography #blogging #authorinterviews #journaling #organizing #volunteering

Wherever you may be in your day or evening, I hope you’re creating the life you’ve always dreamed of!  :)
Live, laugh & love! ❤

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

My #AmWriting & #Studying Playlist on Spotify…

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Interview with Author Laurie Buchanan PhD ( @TuesWithLaurie )

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to interview  holistic health practitioner, coach and author Laurie Buchanan PhD. Welcome Laurie! 

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Please tell us a bit about yourself and your new book, Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth

Board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, I’m a holistic health practitioner and transformational life coach. My areas of interest include energy medicine, inner alchemy, spiritual awareness, and laughter. Definitely laughter!

Embracing the belief that life is an expression of the choices we make, I’m a teacher and student of purposeful living. With tremendous respect for the earth’s natural resources, I strive to leave the slightest footprint on the planet while at the same time making a lasting impression on its inhabitants—one that’s positive, uplifting, constructive, and healing.

A minimalist by intent, I live a beautiful life with fewer things—simple yet full.

What was the inspiration behind Note to Self?

Note to Self  is based on the Life Harmony wellness program I designed to help people turn intention into action—the discipline of getting on track and staying there—a program that takes people from where they are to where they want to be.

Like the program, Note to Self  facilitates empowerment by identifying the baggage we carry and illuminating the path to whole, unencumbered health—body, mind, and spirit. Using real-life examples, it provides practical tips, techniques, and exercises to help readers offload their bags.

What does your average work/writing day look like?

Every artist (writer, photographer, sculptor, painter, musician, dancer, gardener, potter, chef, and so forth), has a “muse”—their source of inspiration. Each week I set aside protected time for writing at my home office. My muse—my source of artistic inspiration—is space. Unencumbered space.

I typically start writing at 10:00am, purposely giving myself the early morning to tidy up and do what needs doing so that nothing is left to niggle at the edges of my mind, potentially distracting me from the task at hand. Then I sit down at my loft-sized desk that’s clear except for two items—my laptop and a tea light candle. Once lit, the flame is my “contract” to stay seated and continue writing until it goes out of its own accord.

What are some of the biggest challenges you face as a writer and how do you overcome them?

Most writers—people who put words on paper in order to survive; people who write because they know if they don’t they’ll either implode or explode—have a fear of encountering writer’s block. For most writers, that means anything that stops the flow of writing.

Years ago after attending my first writer’s conference and watching other people getting wide-eyed with fear about this “dark inner-demon we would all encounter at some point,” I decided to make a preemptive strike and get myself a writer’s block so I could shift my perspective and embrace this thing, rather than run scared.

I had just put my intent out to the Universe when a friend with a phenomenal collection of crystals gifted  me with a small basket of gemstones. Hidden among the treasures was an oblong piece of olive-colored Nephrite Jade. My writer’s block!

Jade (or “yu” as it’s called in China), is rich with tradition. It symbolizes the five virtues of humanity: wisdom, compassion, justice, modesty, and courage. I love my writer’s block—it’s all about flow!

As a holistic health practitioner, I know that the use of color therapy plays a part in your practice. What is color therapy and how does it work?

Color is simply energy, energy made visible. Different colors stimulate or inhibit the functioning of different parts of our body. Color Therapy—treatment with the appropriate color—can restore balance and normal functioning.

Every color has a different wavelength and individual energetic properties that produce a biochemical reaction within our bodies directly stimulating important glands, like the pituitary gland, which produce hormones regulating sleep, libido, metabolism, moods, emotions, and behavior. For instance:

RED enhances our sense of groundedness

ORANGE increases our sense of delight

YELLOW cultivates our inner landscape

GREEN developed our emotional empowerment

BLUE unleashes our creative flair

INDIGO boosts our insight

VIOLET strengthens the connection with our high self

What are some of the perfect colors writers/creatives should consider having in their work-space to improve flow and productivity?

Any shade of BLUE is associated with self-expression and creativity. It enhances knowledge, relaxation, and health. It’s the color of a cloudless summer sky. Think of your favorite faded denim jacket, a robin’s eggs in a nest, an exquisite piece of turquoise, or the inviting water of a swimming pool on a hot day.

The properties of BLUE are expressed as peaceful, calming, tactful, sincere, trustworthy, fluent, introspective, and responsible.

When you need a boost in the areas of creativity and self-expression, indulge yourself with the color BLUE. Buy a piece of  BLUE clothing. Add a splash of  BLUE to your décor with flowers, pillows, a candle or a throw. Buy BLUE sheets that will gently encourage you to sleep at night. Or take advantage of the healing frequency of BLUE crystals such as aquamarine, turquoise, chrysocolla, or blue topaz.

What other holistic practices could you suggest that would be beneficial for writers/creatives? 

I suggest having therapeutic treatment done on the “bookends” of the body — head and feet — because those two areas address everything in-between:

HEAD — Cranial Therapy

The lines of junction between the bones of the skull are known as cranial sutures. This is where the natural movement between the skull bones takes place. Sometimes a restriction can occur.

Using very gentle finger pressure and hand holds to the cranial sutures, the practitioner’s intent is to facilitate a release. That is when a restriction is unblocked and the bones are able to resume their natural movement pattern. This allows the subtle natural rhythms of the central nervous system to express themselves in a balanced fashion.

FEET — Reflexology

Reflexology is not a foot massage. Massage and Reflexology have one thing in common—touch. Beyond that, the difference is immense.

Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive treatment that relaxes, restores, revitalizes, and brings about a state of healing. The nerves in each foot contain a representation or “map” of the entire body. When direct thumb or finger pressure is applied to these neurological-reflex points, the corresponding area in the body is stimulated, cleared of congestion, and the natural healing process is enhanced.

What message do you hope your readers walk away with after reading your book?

People who read Note to Self  will have a clear understanding of actionable ways to unpack and offload emotional baggage that’s weighing them down and move forward unencumbered into lighter, joy-filled living.

Can you tell us what is coming up for you and where we can find you online?

Although Note to Self  is available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel for pre-order, Note to Self  actually hits the shelves November 1. I start my book tour shortly after that with stops on both coasts and at least one in the great Chicagoland area that I called home for over 20 years.

I can be found online at Tuesdays With LaurieTwitterFacebookGoogle+, and LinkedIn. I look forward to connecting with you.

About Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth

Book CoverBaggage! We all carry it with us through life. It comes in a wide variety of styles, shapes, and colors; and no matter how we dress it up, it’s frustrating, inconvenient, and slows us down. In fact, it’s downright disruptive.

Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth is about offloading emotional baggage—something that’s especially important when we realize that we don’t just pack for one; we pack for seven of our selves—self-preservation, self-gratification, self-definition, self-acceptance, self-expression, self-reflection, and self-knowledge. Each plays a vital rose in harmony, overall health, and well-being.

Chock full of real-life emotional examples, as well as “keys” at the end of each chapter offering actionable tips to help you offload it permanently,Note to Self will help you discover a lighter, joy-filled you!

New Release: Delivered by Angels by @EmeraldBarnes

 

Delivered by Angels by Emerald Barnes

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About the Book

Determined to escape her abusive father and drunken mother, Lexi Johnson turns to the blade to numb her pain, but it isn’t enough to end her misery. She’s convinced that not even God could save her now.

Roxy Taylor is the new girl in town, and Lexi doesn’t trust her, especially when she teams up with DJ Tucker to try and break down the barriers that Lexi has put in place.

Little does Lexi know, there are greater forces battling for her life, and as Lexi begins to open up to both Roxy and DJ, she’ll see that she isn’t alone in this world.

In the heart-pounding sequel to Entertaining Angels, everyone’s favorite angel, Zach Taylor, is back, and he’s there to make sure that Madison and Chase Sanders are on the path that God has chosen for them, a path that could deliver Lexi from the demons who want her soul.

**Delivered by Angels is a Christian fiction novel that deals with depression, suicide, and self-harm. It’s meant to show people that they aren’t alone. If they’re feeling this suicidal, there is help. You can always call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can reach out to local pastors for help. You can even submit a prayer request to Emerald. You are not alone.

About Emerald:

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Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and three handsome nephews. She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

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Wishing all an inspirational June!

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“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” ~ Jesse Owens

Busy month ahead, going to need lotsa #coffee!☕😉  I have some exciting creative and academic projects on the go… I’m loving every minute!🙂  #amwriting #researching #studying #paleography #archaeology #mythology #amreading #creating  #transcribing #painting #volunteering #makingdreamsareality

No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope you’re making your fondest dreams a reality! Wishing everyone an inspirational June!
Live, laugh & love! ❤

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”~Anatole France

This month’s #AmWriting Playlist on Spotify…

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Dead Last ~ A New Release by Author @MaryAnnKempher

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Every year Reno hosts a huge bicycle race, hundreds enter. When Max Holland, the man everyone is betting on to win the ten thousand dollar purse, is shot dead in Jack’s office, there’s concern that racers are being targeted. Jack is discreetly hired to find the killer.

When Victor Burch stopped by the bakery to drop off a box for Mr. Bryan, he had no idea he was about to go on a treasure hunt with, of all people, Nene Albright. This unlikely duo will follow one clue after another to find an unknown prize—which they’d find a lot sooner if they’d quit stopping for food.

On her own, Gaga Albright has her own problems. She has reason to believe that somehow she’s managed to rent the upstairs apartment to weirdos, again. “What?” She wonders. “Am I some sort of magnet for perverts?” While the lady of the “house” is away, the husband is playing around with a leggy blonde.

Will Jack find Max’s killer before another racer loses more than a race? Will Nene and Burch find the treasure, or just have another snack? And Gaga—will she turn a blind eye to the cheating hubby upstairs, or kick some butt and take some names.

About MaryAnn Kempher

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MaryAnn Kempher is the bestselling author of the Under the Moonlight murder mystery series; with quirky characters and witty dialogue, her books will test your crime-solving skills, tickle your funny bone, and keep you guessing until the very end.

MaryAnn lives in Tampa Florida with her husband, two children, two dogs, two guinea pigs, and one cat.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryAnnKempher

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryAnnKempher?filter=1

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/maryannkempher/boards/

Character Interview and Upcoming Release by Author @MaryAnnKempher

Today I’m interviewing two of the main characters from MaryAnn Kempher‘s exciting series, Under the Moonlight.  Ladies & Gentlemen Jack Harvey & Curt Noble… Welcome!

You two have been friends through thick and thin?  Has there ever been a moment when you both wondered if your friendship would stand the test of time? What is the secret?
“I’ll take this one,” Curt said. “I have to say after getting shot during the Virginia Lake murder investigation, I really questioned whether or not being friends with Jack was worth it.”
“Thanks a lot buddy.”
“No, but seriously,” Curt said, smiling over at Jack. “we lost contact for a few years, but Jack was there for me when I needed him. I don’t forget that kind of loyalty. And now with the detective agency, I think we might be stuck with each other.”
“Oh great,” Jack said..
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Jack, you’re quite…ahem….”appreciated” by your female fans and rumour has it you might just have a love interest in MaryAnn’s new book Dead Last? Inquiring minds need to know? What about Amy, do you still think about her, do you foresee her making an appearance in the future?
“I do still think about Amy, a lot, but you know these things happen. People want different things and we just were never on the same page, if you know what I mean. I’ll always think fondly of Amy though. I thought she would one day be my wife, but it wasn’t meant to be. As for seeing her again, never say never, but I get the feeling I won’t see her in the near future.”
Curt, in Dead Last you endure a hair raising experience how (if at all) does it change you? How do you see the world now?
 
“Working as a private detective comes with inherent risks. I knew this before we opened. Let’s just say, I’m re-evaluating my future with the Harney/Noble Detective agency.”
Jack, you’ve taken the scenic route working in law enforcement first Reno PD then Security on a cruise ship now a PI, what’s next, secret agent, Bond, Jack Bond? What do you prefer?
Jack laughs. “Well, I did get offered a job with the FBI, but I turned them down. So who knows, if the detective gig doesn’t pan out, maybe I’ll take them up on their offer.”
 
Ok guys…we want the dirt on Nene & Gaga, what do they get up to next and are they really as uh….”quirky” as they seem?
Jack and Curt looked at each other and chuckled. “I don’t know which of those ladies is the most, as you put it, quirky,” Jack answered, “but they are both a lot of fun to be around. You never know what they’ll be up to next. I think I heard Nene say they might be going on another cruise.”
“Oh,” Curt said, “I feel sorry for the security team on that cruise. I’m kidding, I’m kidding.”
Final question, where do you hope to find yourself in the next book, do you think you have any sway with MaryAnn? Perhaps if you beg she’ll put you on a nice beach in Tahiti? What do you think?”
“Heaven knows I could use a vacation,” Jack said, “but I don’t see that in the cards anytime soon. What about you Curt? You planning on taking a vacation?”
“What? And leave all this?” He laughed.
Check back next week for more info on MaryAnn’s New Release ~ Dead Last!

More about Author MaryAnn Kempher

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MaryAnn Kempher is the bestselling author of the Under the Moonlight murder mystery series; with quirky characters and witty dialogue, her books will test your crime-solving skills, tickle your funny bone, and keep you guessing until the very end.

MaryAnn lives in Tampa Florida with her husband, two children, two dogs, two guinea pigs, and one cat.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryAnnKempher

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryAnnKempher?filter=1

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/maryannkempher/boards/

I would like to thank Jack, Curt and MaryAnn  for taking a few moments to catch up with us!😉 If you’re looking for a great read, please stop by her links to find out more about her wonderful work.

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Round Table Chat with Author Karina Thomas ( @friedgatortail )

Round Table ChatChatting and discovering new things about our favorite authors is an activity we all enjoy. All we need is a cup of coffee, maybe a cappuccino and tune into the Round Table Chat to discover the latest news about an author.

Appearing on the Round Table Chat is Karina Thomas, introducing her latest romance One Last Chapter. To indulge in this latest news, grab your favorite drink and join Annamaria Bazzi on the Round Table Chat.

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Karina’s newest book:

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May flowers and lots of #writing! :)

“Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.”
~Louis Pasteur

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Busy month ahead! #amwriting #studying #revising #volunteering #creating #catchingup
No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope you have the courage to reach for your dreams! Never give up on your dreams, work hard to make your fondest ones a reality!

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Live, laugh & love! ❤

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined!”
~ Henry David Thoreau

This week’s #AmWriting/#Studying Playlist on Spotify…

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“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
~ Maya Angelou

#amwriting #urbanfantasy #revising #researching #creating #studying #amreading #volunteering #transcribing #paleography #celticmythology #literature #ancienthistory #archaeology #screenwriting #photography #makingdreamsareality #pursuingmypassion

One of my favourite quotes on #writing…

Sometimes I think we all need some inspiration, something to remind us that no matter how old we are there is always a chance for a new beginning.🙂

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“Writing is not like dancing or modeling; it’s not something where — if you missed it by age 19 — you’re finished. It’s never too late. Your writing will only get better as you get older and wiser. If you write something beautiful and important, and the right person somehow discovers it, they will clear room for you on the bookshelves of the world — at any age. At least try.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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