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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.

You can also find me here:

 

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ProfessorOwlsBookCorner.com

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 Bella’s Creations

 

Personal Development Blog

 COMING SOON!

Pleased to announce the launch of our publishing company…

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McGrath Witzenhausen Publishing! 

“The Diary of a Broken Father” Cover Reveal by Sylvia Stein ( @sylvia_stein07 )

The Diary of a Broken Father

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Expected release date: June of 2016

Hello everyone,

I am so happy to be able to reveal the cover to my upcoming book, “The Diary of a Broken Father.”

This is a prequel to my novella Closure which was published in July 31, 2014.    This details the story from Garrison James point of view and this story will deal with his struggles through AA and direct the story from his own eyes. 

The main reason I wanted to write his story is because I did have readers ask me about him and felt they wanted me to have expanded on him more. This is his story and all the laments he has for what he is done. 

For now, I hope you enjoy the amazing cover designed by the awesome Natasha Brown.  

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 About Sylvia Stein

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Sylvia Stein is a published author with several anthologies with her Writer’s group 750 on LinkedIn. Stein obtained a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University this past July 2015.   She is a mother of three beautiful children Paul 10, Michael 9 and Consuelo 6.   She resides in the city of Fuquay Varina with her amazing husband Jeremy.  Stein has also published two solo books one was her first novella Closure which she worked on while attending SNHU and published in July of 2014 and the other her first YA, Chasing Clarity was published this past October 2015 and it was created during National Novel Month (Nano) in 2013. When she is not writing she enjoys time with her children and husband.   Her latest work will be out this summer 2016.   A Prequel to Closure entitled, “ The Diary of a Broken Father.”

 About Sylvia Stein

If you would like to know more about Author Sylvia Stein:

Website: http://sylviawriter07.wix.com/sylvia-author

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Closure-Sylvia-Stein-ebook/dp/B00MAYXETI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407162467&sr=8-1&keywords=Closure+Sylvia+Stein

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/closure-sylvia-stein/1120141100?ean=2940150535725

Kobo e-books: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/closure-23

Itunes: Sylvia Stein  https://itun.es/i6gy4yX #iTunes

Twitter Link: @sylvia_stein07

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sylwriter07

It’s February Already?

 

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Wow, it’s February already!  Busy month ahead, going to need lotsa #coffee!☕ ;)  I have so many projects on the go but I’m loving every minute! :) #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading #creating  & #volunteering .

No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope you’re counting your blessings not your burdens! Wishing everyone a #WonderfulWeek!
Live, laugh & love! ❤

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

This week’s #AmWriting Playlist on Spotify…

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#amwriting #amreading #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #celticmythology #archaeology #literature #egyptology #paleography #transcribing #painting #crocheting #makingdreamsareality

Catching up with Author Glenn Starkey (@GStarkeybooks)

I’m so pleased to have been given the opportunity to catch up with a familiar face on our site, the brilliant and very talented author Glenn Starkey. I know Glenn’s been very busy with a new release and another due out later this winter. I would like to thank him for taking some of his time to chat with us, it is always appreciated!

Welcome back Glenn!

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I understand you’re pursuing a different genre…tell us a bit about your new release?

MR. CHARON is my first Young Adult paranormal novel of the six books I’ve written. It’s the story of five teenage boys whose fates become entwined in the dying town of Thornton, Texas during the summer of 1962. Their home lives are disturbingly different. Eddie has an abusive father, while Andy is the child of a single mother with debts too high for money alone to pay. They decide to right what they consider wrong in their lives.

A long forgotten Ouija board in a deserted barn becomes their answer. Together, they call upon a spirit but never expected the appearance of Mr. Charon, a demon who comes to haunt their small town with the help of his pets. Terror is unleashed and although Eddie and Andy are to blame, their friends agree to help.

With Mr. Charon released, somehow the boys must find a way to send him back to Hell and end the horror. Good and evil collide as they fight not only for their own lives, but also for the souls of the entire community. When all hope seems lost, help is found in a deputy sheriff, an Indian shaman, and their fathers. Too late, the five boys have learned that where demons roam, no one is safe.

I’m also very proud of the cover artwork by Patti Roberts of Paradox Book Cover Designs. In the short time MR. CHARON has been out, the cover has received numerous compliments.

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What inspired you to change genres?

A new publishing company asked me to write a YA novel as part of their startup line. I balked at first. I’d never written a YA work, but in time I grew interested in the challenge. My belief is that if I’m to be a true writer, I must be able to tackle a variety of genres. Unfortunately, the company had operational issues so I withdrew the completed work from them.

What challenges do you find (if any) writing YA?

I had never written a YA book and needed to educate myself about the genre, age groups comprising the readers, then decide which group I wished to target. My experience is in hard-hitting thrillers and action adventure novels with equally tough characters that mark the books as “mature content.” I had dozens of questions and the same number of self-doubts. But after a long talk with my young grandson, ideas formed and the pieces of the puzzle began to fit.

Upon completing MR. CHARON, I was fortunate to have a high school English Literature teacher use the novel as a graded semester project for her senior ‘gifted and talented’ level students. They reviewed every aspect of the book—its characters, storyline, my writing style, and so forth. They were at liberty to say anything they wished as long as it was done in a professional manner. That was a wonderful experience for me to obtain such great feedback, and upon the project’s conclusion, I held a Q & A session with them. I hope to do that again one day.

Do you think you will write in this genre again?

“Never say Never.” It depends upon finding the right story within me. While I may prefer other genres, I learned that the innocence of youth in my YA characters held a certain writing appeal. Adult characters must think with maturity and age appropriate intents, while children and teenagers may say or do most anything and it’s accepted as their youth, lack of experience and maturity. But as with all of my novels, I must have confidence in the storyline before embarking upon the long journey of writing it.

What does your average work/writing day look like?

Since retirement from the security world, there are not enough hours in the day for all I want to do, much less what I need to or must do. I may be an author, but I’m also a husband and grandfather with their responsibilities. The coordinated calendars (with their beeping alarms) in my computer, iPad, and iPhone, keep me on track.

Mornings (with coffee in hand) are primarily for emails, social media, and reviewing scheduled activities—followed (with more coffee) by research for my writing projects. Three days a week I try to be in the gym at noon. After a short afternoon break, I catch up on all the honey-do’s that I forgot. More reading after dinner, watch a few programs on the History Channel, write notes about my current projects, and around 9 P.M. I’m in my office to write. Between 2 or 3 A.M., I wake up Willie, my Labradoodle who shadows me everywhere, and retire for four or five hours of sleep. I’m up at 7 or 7:30 A.M. and start over again. Tuesdays are dedicated solely to my volunteer work at two elementary schools where I mentor students with their reading skills—and every Thursday afternoon, I pick up my grandson from school so we can share some quality time. My days involve a lot of juggling!

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

Proper time management is always a killer. Overcoming self-doubts about my writing is another stumbling block. I’m critical of my work, often overly critical. And as if developing a story, writing it, editing and more editing are not enough then comes the marketing. I’m not good at ringing my own bell and shouting, “Buy my book. It’s the best!” Another minefield to walk through is the good and bad people/companies that offer publicity and marketing plans. Even the major houses expect you to aggressively hawk your work, so, the challenges are never ending.

How to overcome these? Perseverance and self-discipline. You take one thing at a time. Forget about marketing until you have a completed work. Writing and editing a book is the biggest mountain to climb. Pay attention to what other authors do to market their work. Learn from their mistakes. Don’t live on social media all day or night. It takes away from your writing. The list goes on, and I could probably write a thesis on the challenges confronting an author.

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

A reader once told me they appreciated the themes of deep family loyalty and love, strength and hope to overcome the adversities of evil, and the tests of honor and personal faith in God that my characters undergo. I do not intentionally set out to have blatant messages in my novels, but find that one or all are present upon completion of a project. One reader said, “…it made me pause and think…” It was then I knew the long hours of writing were worthwhile.

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

In two months I believe my historical fiction BLACK SUN will be released. It’s a novel I have worked on for years.

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Set in Mexico during the Revolution of 1910, a young man working in the mines is accused of a murder he didn’t commit and is forced to flee into the Sierra Madre Mountains. There he must survive and grow into manhood through a turbulent decade that erupted into the bloodiest revolution of the twentieth century. He’s swept into a maelstrom of tragedy as revolutionaries, led by his mentor and friend Pancho Villa, battle the forces of a corrupt dictator. BLACK SUN is based on actual events.

I’m proud of this novel for several reasons. First, I used my grandfather as the model for the protagonist. Next, my son, Jake Starkey, designed a wonderful cover after I obtained permission to use Diego Rivera’s famous mural art “Liberation of the Peon.” Art is one of my many passions and I take great pride in every book cover. Jake also designed two other covers for me: SOLOMON’S MEN and YEAR OF THE RAM.

My novels are available through every major online bookseller; Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks in Apple iTunes, and more. I appreciate reviews and welcome emails from all. Feel free to contact me through my website, “Follow Me” on Twitter, or stop by and click a “Like” on my Facebook page.

Thank you for the opportunity to discuss my writings with your readers.

Glenn Starkey
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Glenn-Starkey/e/B005ILFI12/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1452369870&sr=1-2-ent

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Glenn+Starkey?_requestid=311133

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/search?Query=Glenn+Starkey

 

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http://GlennStarkey.net

http://www.Twitter.com/GStarkeyBooks

http://www.Facebook.com/GlennStarkeyAuthor

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 To learn more about Glenn, please check out his links, not to mention his wonderful work!

 

For previous posts about Glenn please check here: https://bwitzenhausen.wordpress.com/?s=Glenn+Starkey

Wishing all a wonderful and inspiring week!

 

Lotsa #coffee ☕ and looking forward to a productive week! #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading #creating & #volunteering.

No matter where you may be in your day or evening, I hope your making each moment matter.  Strive to make your fondest dreams a reality! Live, laugh & love! ❤

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“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~Oprah Winfrey

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

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#amwriting #amreading #studying #researching #volunteering #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #celticmythology #historicalliterature #egyptology #palaeography #graphics #crocheting #transcribing #makingdreamsareality

An Impossible Rescue by Annamaria Bazzi ( @AMBazzi )

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The first review is in you can find it on Amazon

I’m hoping for more reviews because it’s the reviews that help sell books

 

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Synopsis:

Christmas is no joy for Julia who’s husband, a high-risk investor, comes around only to ask for money. When a handsome stranger and his cute Pomeranian puppy move in next-door, Julia feels guilty for their mutual attraction.

Michael’s not the rescuing type, but when he spies Julia’s husband haranguing her for holiday cash, anger flares and he is determined to rescue Julia from another miserable Christmas.

 

Purchase links:

Amazon ~ Smashwords ~ Barnes & Noble

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Excerpt

Julia sat on the sofa, reading the book she’d checked out of the library as soon as she’d heard it was available. Any kind of romancealways settled her nerves. Damien had called earlier to let her know he wouldn’t be coming home yet again. She closed the book and leaned her head back on the pillow.
Why hasn’t he signed the divorce papers? Money, that’s why. The no good lowlife always wants money from me.
Just three months after the wedding, she’d realized he’d married her for her wealth. Thank God her father was still alive and owned the business her mother had created and turned into a multimillion-dollar company. Dad had supported Mother and had taken care of all the accounting for the business.
Rising, Julia sauntered to the kitchen. She glanced around the open architecture, which had made her fall in love with the house to begin with. Dad always wanted to see her happy, so he’d bought her the five thousand square foot home as a wedding present, with just one catch—the house would remain in his name.
“Why would you do such a thing?” Her voice rose.
“Calm down. You’re a woman in love and don’t see what I see. One day, you’ll thank me.”
Those words kept coming back, and she praised God for her father’s wisdom. Every time Damien ran dry, he came back and asked her for money then disappeared for weeks at a time, sometimes months.
Another conversation came to the forefront, and she leaned on the island, playing it through her mind.
“Why are you doing this? We love each other.”
“Your business is not profitable yet, but one day it will be,” her dad said. “You’re too much like your mother, God rest hersoul, and your business will bring in millions. I don’t want him to walk away with the sweat of your brow.”
She waved the papers she held at him. “This is a prenuptial agreement, are you serious?”
“I’m dead serious. Mark my words, the day will come when you’ll thank me.”
Julia sighed. “Thank you, Daddy,” she whispered. “Mom, you married a wise man. Not like me, who married a complete jerk.”
She opened the refrigerator andtook out the bottle of white wine she’d opened a few nights ago, pouring some in a Waterford wineglass. After corking the bottle and placing it back in the fridge, she curled up on the sofa. Staring into the shadows of evening, she beat herself for having been so blind with respect to Damien. “Love is blind” turned out to be so true. Damn! Could I have been more stupid?
Disgusted with herself to the point she couldn’t enjoy the book, she placed the paperback back on the bookshelf and went up to the master suite to enjoy a hot bath. Julia lit all the aromatic candles and filled the tub. While the water poured into it, she ran downstairs to pick up the wineglass she’d forgotten in the gathering room.
Almost asleep in the jetted tuband with steam filling the large room, it took a while before she heard her cell buzzing. Who could possibly be calling at this hour? She tightened her lips, and scrunched her brow. She stood and wrapped her body in a plush white towel. This was supposed to be her time to relax. Anger and anxiety rushed through her.
“Hello?” she said with a bit more force than she wanted.
“Hey, babe, I’ll be home for Christmas.”
“Damien, where are you?”
“I’m in the middle of an investment deal in Qatar.”
Had she heard right? “Where?”
“Qatar, baby. You know, the Middle East.”
Not in the mood to hear about his new gamble in whatever kind of business venture he’d embroiled himself in, she hung up and shut off her iPhone, returning to the tub of lukewarm water. Letting some of it out, she refilled the tub with steaming water then sank down to her chin and closed her eyes. If anyone needed her, they could just show up at the house.
When her bath cooled again, she slipped into her robe, tied it at her waist, and stretched out on the bed.
Cold crept into her bones, and she shivered. Darkness surrounded her. How long had she slept? Sitting up, she grabbed her cell phone and turned it back on. Goodness, it was 8:15 p.m. Pangs of hunger burned her stomach, but she didn’t feel like cooking at such a late hour. She dialed for delivery.
“Hello, I’d like to order veal Parmesan….”
With the order on the way, she slipped into silky pajamas, French braided her milk-chocolate brown hair, and went downstairs to wait for the food to arrive.
The gourmet kitchen surrounding her had been a joy to create with the help of Marcello DiStoia, a wonderful designer of kitchens and baths. A place where she’d dreamed of cooking with her newlywed husband. He did help for the first few months of marriage, but then all his failed ventures took him to different corners of the earth as he looked to gamble in varied “business opportunities” as he called them. Apparently, now he
was in Qatar, of all places. She rolled her eyes and closed her hands in tight fists. A few deep breaths and she let it all go, reminding herself Damien was not worth a single thought.
A sigh of relief escaped her when the doorbell rang announcing the arrival of the food.
Reviewer’s Comment
“I love how the author wove the joy of Christmas through out the story.” – Goodreads review

 

“This is one to read while in your pjs with a mug of hot chocolate. It’s all about falling in love – from the first encounter to the increased heart beats and breathless feeling when you’re together.” – Amazon review

 

About the Author

annamaria bazzi authorAlthough born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country. Upon returning to the States, she promised herself she would speak without an accent. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish. Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.

 

Happy New Year~ Live with passion and purpose!

“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.” -Donovan Bailey 

 

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Wishing all a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!  After a few years of overcoming challenges I am looking forward to a happy, healthy & productive 2016~I’m pulling out all the stops! No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope your living with passion and purpose! Work on making your fondest dreams your reality in 2016! Live, laugh & love! ❤

“Never set limits, go after your dreams, don’t be afraid to push the boundaries, & laugh a lot, it’s good for you!”~Paula Radcliffe

This week’s #AmWriting Playlist on Spotify…

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 #amwriting #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #researching #creating #studying #amreading #volunteering #celticmythology #historicalliterature #archaeology #transcribing #makingdreamsareality #workinghard #dreamingbig #pursuingmypassion

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Just wanted to wish everyone who celebrates….

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Wishing you and yours all the love and joy the season has to offer.

I will be back in the new year with some old favourites as well as new and unique content.  🎄⛄❄🎁

Time flies…

December Writing

It’s hard to believe we  are well into December, time flies!  Busy weeks ahead #holidays #creating #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading & #volunteering #waitingforgrades (*nail biting*). No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope you’re making your fondest dreams your reality! Wishing everyone a joyous holiday season! :)
Live, laugh & love! ❤

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”~Harriet Tubman

This week’s #AmWriting Playlist on Spotify…

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#amwriting #amreading #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #celticmythology #historicalliterature #egyptology #transcribing #makingdreamsareality

Wishing all a #WonderfulWeek!

 

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This November has been a whirlwind  #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading & #volunteering. No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope you’re living with passion and purpose!
Live, laugh & love! ❤

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” ~Ella Fitzgerald

This week’s #AmWriting Playlist on Spotify…

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#amwriting #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #studying #celticmythology #egyptology #volunteering #transcribing

Wishing all a #wonderfulweek!

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Happy November! Looking forward to a busy & productive week!  #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading & #volunteering. No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope your blessings outnumber your burdens!
Live, laugh & love! ❤

“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”~Enid Bagnold

This week’s #AmWriting Playlist on Spotify…

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#amwriting #amreading #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #celticmythology #historicalliterature #egyptology #transcribing #makingdreamsareality

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