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Making Magic for Pediatric Cancer Patients #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Michelle Wallace, Peter Nena, Emerald Barnes, Andrea Michaels and Shilpa Garg. To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!


A fellow #WATWB blogger, Lynn Hallbrooks, forwarded this story to me knowing I am an avid crocheter and that this story would be right up my alley. A huge shout out to Lynn for thinking of me. 🙂

In 2014 oncology nurse, Holly Christensen heard of a friend’s child being diagnosed with cancer and wanted to do something to help. She wanted to help her friend’s little girl find a light in the scary darkness of the disease. Holly decided to recreate the Princess wigs she had made for her daughters for Halloween. One wig led to thousands more in a movement called the Magic Yarn Project that not only changed the lives of Holly and her family but many peoples’ lives throughout the world.

Watch here to view Holly’s amazing story:

The Magic Yarn Project GoFundMe page: https://medium.com/giving-matters-notes-from-gofundme/the-magic-yarn-project-4e6c6ce688fe

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”~ Sir Winston Churchill

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Review of The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti ( @KateMoretti1 ) #Suspense #Mystery

 

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The Blackbird Season

by Kate Moretti

Release date: September 26th, 2017

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti from NetGalley in order to read and give an honest review.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading “The Blackbird Season” by Kate Moretti. This is a unique well-written, atmospheric read that is character driven and although it has a familiar plot, the author still manages to surprise you at the end.

It starts with a mysterious incident where blackbirds begin falling from the sky, which, seems to have little to do with the plot that unfolds but instead acts as a lead into a bigger event.  A widowed teacher, Brigit, her old friend Nate, and his troubled family life captivate the first part of the book. Nate, a fellow teacher is trying to cope with an unhappy spouse while she struggles to care for their autistic son. Nate a very respected and adored teacher known for going above and beyond for his students becomes prime suspect when a student, Lucia, goes missing.  Lucia due to years of abuse and absentee parents is different from other girls, dark and melancholic and considered an outcast to peers.  When Lucia turns to Nate for help his world is turned upside down and he goes from being well-respected to becoming the town pariah.

The best part for me was the authentic characters who were written in such a compelling way. The characters viewpoint change chapter to chapter which in my opinion gives an interesting perspective to the plot.  Just when you think you understand what’s happening another viewpoint sheds a different light on events making the reader second guess.

This is the first book I’ve read by Kate Moretti but I have become a fan and will definitely be reading all of her work!

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September Surprise via @CSWCLynn

Since September is a significant month to them, it was decided that the series David McKoy and Lynn Hallbrooks created should go on sale. If you’ve missed the previous blog posts about them, simply put, the stories center around six teammates who were former US Special Forces. They combined their talents to become a CIA Special Operations team know by their call sign: Wrecking Crew.

CSWCLLC logo by Grindhouse Media

In the first book of the series, the team is sent on a mission that would forever change their lives and the way they view their oath, including the part about enemies foreign and domestic.

In the second book, the team uses their knowledge both past and present to help defend their hometown. A few obstacles prevent them from completing that task.

The third book shares some of the team’s backstory and how they became a tight-knit unit. Fighting for your country is one thing, fighting your “family” is quite another.

CSWCSW via Amazon

Call Sign: Wrecking Crew Storm Warning (book 1)

Amazon U.S. link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004INHK2G

Universal link to Amazon marketplace nearest you: myBook.to/CSWCSW

CSWCWOE via Amazon

Call Sign: Wrecking Crew Wings of Eagles (book 2)

Amazon U.S. link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FH94MPS

Universal link to Amazon marketplace nearest you: myBook.to/CSWCWOE

CSWCSOL via Amazon

Genesis: Call Sign: Wrecking Crew Slice of Life (book 3)

Amazon U.S. link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JOZDW98

Universal link to Amazon marketplace nearest you: myBook.to/GenesisCSWCSOL

This series is exclusive to Amazon in all marketplaces for purchase or download via Kindle Unlimited. If you prefer a print version over an electronic one, the price is more but can be found in some of the Amazon locations alongside the electronic one. The series is also part of the Kindle Match program, so if you want both a print and electronic version of the book, that will be no problem. Just indicate that when purchasing. With the sale on, you might be pleasantly surprised at the current eBook price.

Below are some locations where you can follow David McKoy and Lynn Hallbrooks:

Lynn Hallbrooks posing
Lynn Hallbrooks

Amazon:

David McKoy: https://www.amazon.com/David-McKoy/e/B0051LMR54

Lynn Hallbrooks: https://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Hallbrooks/e/B0050ZOGAA

Google+:

Call Sign: Wrecking Crew: https://plus.google.com/b/102552383467235441572/+Callsignwreckingcrew

Lynn Hallbrooks: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LynnHallbrooks

Twitter:

@CSWCLynn: https://twitter.com/CSWCLynn

@LynnHallbrooks: https://twitter.com/LynnHallbrooks

Website:

http://cswcllc.weebly.com/

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Review of The Devil’s Wedding Ring by Vidar Sundstøl via @UMinnPress ‏

 

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The Devil’s Wedding Ring

by Vidar Sundstøl

Release date: September 26th, 2017

Book Cover The Devils Wedding Ring

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Devil’s Wedding Ring from NetGalley & University of Minnesota Press in order to read and give an honest review.

I’m a huge fan of Nordic Noir and The Devil’s Wedding Ring by Vidar Sundstøl is a perfect example. Dark, edgy and brilliantly plotted, this novel captures your attention and holds it through to its very satisfying conclusion.

When Knut Abrahamson, a Police Officer is found a victim of apparent suicide, his former partner Max Fjellanger returns from the US to pay his respects but finds that all is not what it seems. Max, now a private investigator in Florida, doesn’t believe Knut would choose to end his life especially when the pieces surrounding his death don’t seem to fit. Thirty years ago the last case Knut and Max investigated, the mysterious disappearance of Peter Schram, a case that would drive Max from the force and still seems to still weigh heavily on Max’s soul. In 1985, Schram a folklore researcher writing about Pagan rituals and the Stave Church in Eidsborg disappears without a trace on Midsummer Eve, an important date in Pagan culture.  The Stave Church is a tourist stop, although a Christian Church today was notorious for its Pagan history and rumours of a ghostly Monk who walks the grounds. The case of Schram’s disappearance remained unsolved but when Knut’s death looks like it is possibly related to the disappearance of a young grad student, Cecilie Weiborg as well as Schram, a shocking mystery begins to unravel. With the help of a quirky young librarian and mystery buff,  Tirill Vesterli, Max sets out to solve the mystery but not before putting his and Tirill’s life in danger.

This story has it all, mystery, murder, Norse myths and the mysterious ghostly Monk. Vidar Sundstøl ( Translated by Tiina Nunnally)  has written a story that is fast paced, well written and contains multi faceted characters. It has that great atmosphere that is indicative of Nordic Noir.  I would definitely recommend this read to anyone looking for an exciting Nordic Noir thriller that perfectly blends murder and mythology.

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Studious in September ~ #amwriting #studying #creativitycoaching

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

September Writing

It’s hard to believe the summer is almost over and autumn, my favourite season, is almost upon us!  I see cool evenings, warm blankets, pumpkin spice lattes (yes, I’m a pumpkin person…don’t judge😉 ) and lots of reading in my future.  Many of my projects are falling into place, I’m looking forward to some busy months ahead working hard, pursuing my passions and making my dreams a reality.  This month writing, studying, coaching, volunteering and reviewing will be keeping me very busy as well as my usual blog posts.

Stuck in a #creative slump? Check out my recently launched creativity coaching programs at IgniteYourCreativity.net~ “Ignite Your Core Creativity” & “Art As Therapy” both of which are designed to help you embrace your passion, put your dreams into action, and ignite your creativity!

Over at Professor Owl’s Book Corner, we recently published our Back-to-School Newsletter. This month features some great book recommendations, literacy tutoring and creative writing inspiration for our young writers. 

 

On August 25th, we celebrated our sixth month of the “We Are The World Blogfest” #WATWB  We are getting a fantastic response and a huge thank you to everyone who participated.  My post was about the inspiring artist, writer, model and  UN ambassador, Muniba Mazari. Read my post The Art Of Converting Adversities Into Opportunities #WATWB”  here. Next post is September 29th, 2017!

Wondering what #WATWB is all about? The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their positive stories led by five co-hosts. If you are interested in learning more about this or to join us please click here for details. 

Wishing everyone a successful September…wherever you may be in your day or evening, I hope you are making your fondest dreams a reality!

Live, laugh & love! ❤

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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