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Navigating the Shadows of Life – February 7, 2024

Join me as I chat with authors Gerald Everett Jones, Merilee Kaufman and Richard Sparks.

Gerald Everett Jones, author of “Preacher Stalls the Second Coming: An Evan Wycliff Mystery – The most controversial Preacher Wycliff mystery yet! Fourth in the multiple-award-winning mystery series

A crazed scientist knocks on Evan’s door with a bizarre warning – the Deep State may be planning to fake the Second Coming of Christ with advanced virtual-reality technology. Meanwhile, a faith-healing evangelist is luring poor and homeless people to a religious retreat with promises of ample food, then exhorting them to prepare for the End Times by starving themselves to death. Evan can’t ignore these unbelievable stories when a young woman from his church disappears inside the cult leader’s farm.

Previous novels in the Evan Wycliff series have won 9 book awards, including Mystery Gold and Silver in the New York City Big Book Awards in the same year.

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Merilee Kaufman, author of “Valleys and Mountains: Navigating  ~  A Memoir” -Have you ever traveled life’s treadmill of disasters: hit valleys such as parental split and career aspirations? Then, did serious diseases such as insulin-dependent diabetes and heart disease become your everyday partner? Ascending mountains, the author has achieved academic and artistic accomplishments, developed lasting friendships, and found love. Award-winning writer/poet/actress and vocalist Merilee Kaufman has ascended to the top, sharing a marriage of 50 years and coping with her husband’s Parkinson’s Disease. Share the strength of this creative woman, and let her heart-warming account inspire your life.

Richard Sparks, author of “New Rock, New Role”The perfect blend of the gaming world and epic fantasy. With millions watching on live stream, Daxx and his teammates Krystal and Grell win the role-playing Games (RPG) Grand Championship. But winning the game was was a piece of cake compared with what comes next. Daxx wakes up to find he’s turned into his own avatar and is in the middle of a wilderness he doesn’t recognize. Armed with a crappy sword he has no idea how to use and dressed in beginner-level gear he must figure out how to survive quickly because he can already hear the blood-thirsty howls of wild animals from the jungle that surrounds him. Thus starts a fantastic epic fantasy adventure. Once the three friends finally find each other, they need to puzzle out their new world, gain skills, combat enemies, and make alliances with all kinds of characters and creatures from the different territories of this new world in order to survive.

RichardSparks.com

 

 

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Life is a Journey – November 15, 2023

Join me with authors Mary Connaughty-Sullivan, Laurie Condon, and Annamma Udaya Thomas.

 

 

Mary Connaughty-Sullivan, author of “Nudges from the Other Side”I received a lot of advice on what to do and how to do it after I lost my 20-year old son, Aaron, to a fatal car accident on Memorial Day in 2010. See a counselor, sign up for a grief group, go here, go there, do this, do that. But I was completely lost and the only thing I knew for sure was that I didn’t want to follow any of those suggestions. I was too exhausted because losing my only child was utterly debilitating on every level. One person, however, said something that resonated, “Listen, Mary; work if you want to. Don’t work if you don’t want to. Just do what you feel like doing for as long as you need to do it.” That felt like a license to do exactly what I needed to do and was immensely liberating to me. So I picked up an empty journal and began writing. And I did this because the day of Aaron’s funeral, the most amazing things began happening. I knew I had to write them down because otherwise I would risk forgetting them, or worse, I might later tell myself I imagined what was happening. Thirteen years later, I’m still experiencing my son communicating with me in the most creative and mind-bending ways. And others who have left our time have also nudged me and others from across the veil. Defying what we’ve all been taught about the finality of death and what we consider to be the very black-and-white laws of science, I have discovered that our loved ones can and do reach out to us to let us know they’re alive and well and to make sure we know they still care about us.

MaryConnaughty-Sullivan

Laurie Condon, author of “There’s No Place Like Home”Claire and Gary, college sweethearts, married for decades were at an impasse. They had been together forever and started taking each other for granted. When faced with problems they would normally tackle together, they turned elsewhere and struggled to find their way home. Gary finds his biological family, Claire struggles with identity issues, and their son is forced to become an adult. Will they be able to overcome sickness, addiction and deceit and remember what brought them together?

LaurieCondonAuthor.com

 

Annamma Udaya Thomas, author of “Car Talk-Body Talk: Integrative Primary Care for Adults Only” – This book is a self-care guide for adults utilizing the U.S. healthcare system. Inside you will find light-hearted comparisons to the different functions of cars. Phrases like “gaining traction”, getting “bodywork” done, and “where the rubber meets the road” point to how both practitioners and the general public use car analogies in daily discussions. Each chapter is rooted in a “vehicle” theme and divided up into the 7 principal energy centers of the body based on yoga principles. From root to crown, the themes/colors/7 chapters follow those 7 energies (colors of the rainbow). It’s far from linear; it’s a hybrid perspective and an Integrative Primary Care approach aimed at helping diverse U.S. adults navigate the system and reach optimal health (OH)!

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Discovering Truths – October 18, 2023

Please join me with authors Donna Keel-Armer, Michael Vecchione, and Susanah K. Pratt.

Donna Keel-Armer, author of “The Red Starfish”Kidnapped? Murdered? Or another publicity stunt? A gorgeous film star and her priceless starfish necklace disappear. What do the indecipherable clues she leaves behind mean? Desperate to find her missing friend, Cat Gabbiano abandons her home and business in (the) South Carolina (Lowcountry) to fly across the ocean to Italy where she and her best friend spent magical childhood summers. Will Cat solve the mystery of her friend’s disappearance or will she become the next victim? Woven against the alluring Adriatic coastline of Puglia, The Red Starfish mixes a dangerous cocktail of power, corruption, passion, and the forever friendship of two captivating women.

DonnaArmer.com

 

 

Michael Vecchione, author of “Fallen Angel Book II: The War for the Soul of Brooklyn”There’s a war for the very soul of Brooklyn … and the stakes are higher than ever! When perpetrators of particularly heinous and insidious crimes were acquitted after trial in an alarmingly large number across America, it caught the attention of a priest in the Vatican’s Office of Exorcisms in New York, who noticed that all preceded satanic exorcisms. His shuddering conclusion – Satan must be directly responsible for the crimes and their aftermath. In the United States, the Devil was winning, and causing anarchy, chaos, and the destruction of life.   The Fallen Angel series begins when Brooklyn becomes ground zero for the Evil One, and prosecutor Michael Gioca, Chief of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Rackets Division, is handpicked by a secret government agency to take on and defeat the Devil. In Book 1, Gioca gets the best of his evil adversary time and again, so Satan must up his game if he wants to succeed in his mission, the destruction of Brooklyn. For decades family has been the cornerstone of the rich, vibrant, life in Brooklyn, the Borough of Churches. Without it, life there would crumble. The Evil One has recognized this and has taken aim at that essential institution. If you love crime, fantasy, and delving into the unknown, Fallen Angel-A True Crime FantasyBook 2, tells the story of the war for the soul of Brooklyn. Will Satan succeed? Or will Michael Gioca once again prevail?

 

Susanah Pratt, author of “How Do You Do, My Name is Sue!” – It was 2020, and I was looking for something to ease the self-enforced quarantine of the COVID-19 lockdown. An attractive brochure from Hutton House Lectures arrived in the mail. I signed up for a ZOOM course called Write a Chapter of Your Life, given by Lisa Pulitzer. Writing for that course stirred so many memories of the 90 years of my life that I decided to extend the chapter into a book. Those memories saw me grow and develop from a depression baby born in 1933 into a naïve bride just out of high school. Suddenly, I was a housewife and a mother of four children, born over five short years, and then widowed at age 39. I began as a girl with virtually no knowledge of how the world worked, and eventually became an independent woman with a curiosity about life. I have traveled to many wonderful places on five continents. Then, at age 84, I entered into a new way of life with a second marriage. Our combined family of 60 children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren are very important to both of us. In this memoir, I have set forth some of the memories of my life’s journeys in hopes that a reader might get a glimpse of me as a growing, evolving woman, and appreciate some of the experiences and observations I have been able to recall. 

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Hello Fall! – October 4, 2023

Please join me with authors Lâle Davidson, Catherine Manett, and Rick Bobrick.

Lâle Davidson, author of “Beyond Sight”In scenic Saratoga Springs, where the past and present collide, dark secrets awaken, and the ghosts of capitalism wreak havoc on the young. Julie Sykes, a young woman with long-repressed supernatural powers, is inexplicably drawn to the enigmatic Damian Quinn, but when a malignant spirit possesses him, she must unlock her powers to save him. It all begins innocently enough when Julie and Damian explore an abandoned Victorian house built by a wealthy black farming family during the Gilded Age. Now slated for suburban renewal, the house mysteriously resists demolition. Little do Julie and Damian know that their actions will awaken vengeful spirits and set off a chain of events with dire consequences. As they fight for survival using a blend of energy work and quantum mechanics, they unwittingly unleash the powers of Henry Hilton, a dead white millionaire who came into his fortune by sinister means and scandalized the country when he banned Jews from his Grand Union Hotel in 1877 in Saratoga. Meanwhile, no one will tell Julie how her father died or why she can’t find any pictures of him. Will Julie succeed in saving Damian before he kills someone? Will she discover the cause of her father’s death? Or will they both be consumed by the relentless forces that haunt them? Luminous and heart-poundingly suspenseful, Beyond Sight traces how the ongoing struggle between the privileged and the marginalized haunts us to this day on both the physical and the spiritual planes.

LaleDavidson.com

 

Catherine Manett, author of “Runaway Home: Tempered – Peter and Hayley are two young adults who’re set to age out of Long Island’s foster care system together. It’s an exciting time for the two, and life should be fun without rules and the watchful eye of a foster parent. However, with the news of their foster mother’s terminal illness, Peter has decided to adopt Danny, a thirteen-year-old boy also in her care. Now, Peter’s life isn’t the same. The three must continue to live together in a new apartment. Peter hopes he has created the perfect family, despite their differences. He soon learns what a tremendous burden he’s taken on at the young age of twenty-one. Being the sole breadwinner and a new parent means giving up the opportunity to live a carefree life with Hayley. As she continues to struggle with addiction, Hayley competes with Danny for Peter’s attention and affection. When that seems to fail, she turns to her new boyfriend and opioid dealer, Tristian, to fill that void. Peter and Tristian clash immediately. With the prospect of his plans for a perfect family falling apart, Peter begins to hallucinate and flashback to a past he fled on a Scottish Island many years ago.

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Rick Bobrick, author of “Anything You Want!” illustrated by Lauren SullivanAnything You Want! is a modern-day fable that features Davy Crockett and his furry frenemy, the greedy grizzly bear. A battle of wits quickly unfolds when these two rivals are granted three wishes – with no compromise in sight. A break in the fourth wall invites children to be a part of a story that explores the wonder of words and the wisdom of wishing, while providing a simple reminder that there is magic all around us – but only if we believe.

RickBobrick.com

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Join us for a fabulous episode of Between The Covers TV – July 26, 2023

Please join me with authors Lindsey Kinsella and Carren Strock.

Lindsey Kinsella, author of “The Heart of Pangaea” – Robyn has a vivid imagination, even for a twelve-year-old. Vivid enough to create herself a companion—but Ed isn’t your ordinary imaginary friend. Ed is a Dimetrodon, an ancient beast from a forgotten age. When her mother falls ill, Robyn and Ed delve into her subconscious, to the prehistoric kingdom of Pangaea, in search of a cure. But in a world of dinosaurs, pirates, and ancient magic, can they find what they seek? Can they even save themselves from the creatures which inhabit this mysterious land? The Heart of Pangaea brings the wonders of palaeontology to a vivid and magical fantasy setting. In this novel, the reader will dig up scientific discoveries and be gripped by a story rich with the meaning of friendship, family, and love.

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Carren Strock, author of “Married Women Who Love Women”This accessible book offers support and advice for women in heterosexual marriages who discover, or are coming to terms with, their lesbianism or bisexuality. It also offers guidance for the single lovers of married women. In sharing the author’s personal story, as well as the descriptive experiences of others, this book provides validation and empowerment to multitudes of women in their search for their true identities. In this third edition of Married Women Who Love Women, the author gives women ways in which to structure and restructure their lives and their families after they realize their same-gender sexuality. Chapters consider questions such as how women make this discovery, reactions from loved ones, and the outcomes for marriages and families. Updated throughout with contemporary understandings of sexuality and gender, this book includes a wealth of information, fresh narratives, and stories offering insight into women’s experiences across the country. This is an essential read for women and their partners who are discovering their true identity, as well as therapists, helping professionals, and students of women’s studies, gender studies, sexuality studies, and LGBTQ studies programs.

CarrenStrock.com

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Welcome to the Launch Pad – The Countdown to Publishing Your Book – May 31, 2023

Meet Bette Lee Crosby, author of “Beyond Betrayal,” Robb Grindstaff, author of “Slade,” and Wilnona Marie, author of “A Thoughtful Collection” – all contributors for “LaunchPad – The Countdown to Publishing Your Book.”

 

Bette Lee Crosby, author of “Beyond Betrayal” – Bette Lee Crosby is the USA Today bestselling author of twenty-four novels and recipient of numerous literary awards. Often hailed as a masterful storyteller, her novel Baby Girl was named Best Chick Lit of 2016 by Huffington Post, and her 2019 release Emily, Gone won the International Book Award for Women’s Fiction. Her most recent release is The Fault Between Us, a historical novel based on a true story. Crosby, a lover of dogs and all things Southern, laughingly admits to being a night owl whose guilty pleasure is late-night chats with fans and friends on social media.

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Robb Grindstaff, author of “Slade”In addition to a career as a journalist, newspaper editor, publisher and media executive, Robb Grindstaff has written fiction most of his life. The newspaper biz has taken him and his family from Phoenix, Arizona, to small towns in North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin, from seven years in Washington, DC, to five years in Asia. Born and raised a small-town kid, he’s as comfortable in Tokyo or Tuna, Texas. The variety of places he’s lived serve as settings for the characters who invade his head. He has four novels published with Evolved Publishing – SladeTurning TrixieHannah’s Voice, and Carry Me Away. His novels are best classified as contemporary Southern lit. In 2022, Evolved also launched June Bug Gothic: Tales from the South, a collection of Robb’s short stories. Robb is also a sought-after fiction editor, with editing clients from around the world, including agented, traditionally published, and best-selling independent authors. His articles on the craft of writing fiction have appeared in various writer magazines and websites. He also has taught writing courses for the Romance Writers of America (even though he’s not a romance writer), and Romance Writers of Australia (even though he’s not Australian), and is an instructor at the Novel-in-Progress Book Camp. Robb now resides in the Ozarks of Missouri, where he writes and edits full-time.

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Wilnona Marie, author of “A Thoughtful Collection” – Wilnona is an, are awarded poet and member of The And I Thought Ladies. The And I Thought Ladies also have novels in romance, women’s fiction, and noire mystery.  She is a co-founder of 25 Hottest Authors Magazine & The And I Thought Literary Magazine, as well as the Thoughtful Book Festival. In early 2020 they served as judges on the scholastics writing and arts award. The pair have turned their writing career into a media empire.  Ranging from the written word to starring a reality show about authors which aired on channel 18 in four markets, as well as Amazon. They are principals in the Documentary.  Create, Aspire, and Inspire as well as How to Become a Lady? These shows share a place under the AITL umbrella alongside the four podcasts and the Inspirational Women in Literature Media and Journalism Awards.

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Join Us For a Thrilling Episode – May 26, 2023

Join us with authors M.A. Beasley, Janet Rudolph, and J.P. Quinn

M.A. Beasley, author of “The Warrior Angel” – Gracie and her eight-year-old son Lucas are out doing some last-minute Christmas shopping when a nasty car wreck interrupts their night. Lucas nearly dies when Gracie’s mother, Teresa, arrives at the hospital with a too-good-to-be-true suggestion. Say this prayer, and I promise your son will live. Her mother has always been very religious and quite superstitious about things. Gracie says the blessing is mainly to get her mom to drop it and be there for her and her son. The prayer works. It’s ten years later, and Gracie is haunted by something. She learns that the “prayer” she said wasn’t one at all. She had unknowingly made a bargain with a demon. In return for saving her son, Gracie now owes him a soul. Either she offers one, or he will take Lucas. The closer the deal’s anniversary, the scarier things get for Gracie and Lucas. Affiliations with this demon go back even further than she knew. Family secrets are coming out. She doesn’t know if she wants to know. This demon will stop at nothing to get what he is owed. How far will a mother go to save her son?

 

Janet Rudolph, author of “Desperately Seeking Persephone”Desperately Seeking Persephone is a thrilling autobiography that includes explorations of mythic worlds, fantastic adventures, encounters with extraordinary people, and the visitation of an archangel. It begins as Rudolph sets out on a quest for healing after a childhood of abuse and sexual assault. Her travels reveal a vision of what’s possible when seeking out the mysteries inherent in the world. This is the tale that could have been told if Indiana Jones had met Joseph Campbell. Rudolph forges her own pathway out of trauma and depression by using the Greek Goddess Persephone’s mythic trip to the Underworld as a map. Along the way, Rudolph earns two shamanic initiations, described in vivid detail. The shamanic journey is ultimately about discovering wholeness and harmony; wholeness of self, of relationships, of interacting with the natural world. Through the craft of storytelling, Rudolph reveals esoteric spiritual tools and processes that form a primer of shaman-craft. This is a journey that is personal, global, and accessible to all. Desperately Seeking Persephone is a humorous, engaging heroic journey with surprising twists and universal appeal. The adventures, themselves, offer a template of healing for anyone looking for their own pathway out of darkness and suffering.

 

J.P. Quinn, author of “When The Fans Go Home”Whether you are from the Ricky Bobby era of, “if you ain’t first you’re last,” or from the more recent decades of the “participation trophy kids,” When the Fans Go Home takes an easy-to-understand evidenced-based approach to healthy competition. This book is relatable to the most elite athlete as well as the casual fan of sports. It’s a guide to understanding healthy ways to compete and accepting loss as not only inevitable but a way to grow and get better for upcoming competitions. The second part of the book talks about my own personal experience as an aging adult competing with fans of baseball at a Dreamweek Camp with the Baltimore Orioles in Florida, which I now call home. So come, share this adventure with me, and find out how one of my most significant losses would emerge into one of my greatest wins and inspire the birth of a book.

QuinnItToWinIt.com

 

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An Insightful Episode – May 17, 2023

Please join us with authors M.M. De Voe, Maureen McNeil, and Robb Grindstaff.

M.M. De Voe, author of “A Flash of Darkness” – The dark, challenging stories of A Flash of Darkness represent some of M.M. De Voe’s best stories written from 2005 to the present. De Voe juggles literary fiction with fables, science fiction with horror, pagan satire with the fantastical. But what shines through is intelligence and daring. She leaves you wondering what is real and what is unreal. Dive into the haunted atmosphere of  “Shutter,” lingering on the outskirts of horror past or horror-to-be. “Tastemakers” satirizes a modern obsession with life as performance art. “The Mayor of Flashback” is pure literary fiction that intertwines memories of 9/11 in Manhattan and the elastic bonds of marriage. “Cake” is a frightening peek into a domestic world; where keeping an eye on the children may not necessarily be for their safety. “A Rose” delivers a knockout punch of shifting fables and narrators that shows in a single story what this author’s imagination can accomplish. M.M. De Voe is the founder of the literary nonprofit Pen Parentis, a process described in her memoir/productivity guidebook for writers who are parents, Book & Baby.

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Maureen McNeil, author of “Anna Magdalena”Performance artist Anna Magdalena splays her audience open and leaves them begging for more. More life. More freedom. More imagination. By redefining family, history, myth, time, and identity, she prompts readers to take action and forge a life of extraordinary beauty.  Anna Magdalena is a contemporary novel about the power of art, love, and imagination in its many forms. Reade Bordeaux, a forty-year-old Seattle plumber, married to Sgt. Becky Smith is smitten with Anna Magdalena, a New York City performance artist who retreated to Willapa, a forgotten Victorian town on the Washington coast. With a snap of her fingers, they land in the New York art world with her acquired family: Saxton, her ex-lover; Lulu, his mother; and Lulu’s partner, Kermit Fleur, an old master dealer who takes Reade under his wing. Honey Dearborn and her son Frank, Reade’s prickly neighbor in Willapa, drive the story with mischief, mystery, and good fortune even after their death. But Sgt. Becky Smith has some tricks of her own. While Anna Magdalena provokes audiences with disappearing acts, vows, secrets, and outrageous art pieces that take place on NYC rooftops and beds, Becky pulls a fast one. The whole family rallies around Reade and he is awed as Anna Magdalena clicks her heels.

 

Robb Grindstaff, author of “Turning Trixie” –  Trixie Burnett, a 23-year-old single mom and the only prostitute in the small northeast Texas town of Pineywoods, knows the winning lottery ticket in her purse is about to change things forever. Trixie retires from the world’s oldest profession and seeks a new life for herself and her eight-year-old son, Tyler. Trouble starts when she decides the rest of the town needs changing too. But reputations and attitudes don’t change as easily as bank accounts or hairstyles. Seems everyone in town has something to hide, and movers and shakers don’t give up their positions easily. Some will stop at nothing to protect their power, especially from a hooker-turned-philanthropist who knows their most intimate, embarrassing secrets and now dares to enter their sanctuaries.

RobbGrindstaff.com

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A Poignant Journey – May 10, 2023

Join us with authors Eric Friedmann, JD Ruffin, and Paul Joseph.

Eric Friedmann, author of “It’s Forever Strictly Personal: A Final Nostalgic Movie Memoir of 1992-1999”It’s Forever Strictly Personal concludes Eric Friedmann’s journey through the movies during the eight-year period of 1992 to 1999. While he and the rest of the world embraced blockbuster motion pictures like Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Independence Day, Titanic, and The Matrix, it was also alternative films like A River Runs Through It, Like Water For Chocolate, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects and Life Is Beautiful that captured the attention of his adulthood, and forever reminded him of the endless possibilities of cinema. Eric’s personal story about the movies is forever told with great memory and affection, for those who still remember when movies changed us, helped us to grow, and evolved into deep-rooted memories for all of us who loved sitting in front of the big screen and waited for the magic to unfold.

 

 

J.D. Ruffin, author of “Heir of Magic” As citizens begin to vanish, Guardsman investigator Keelan races to save those torn from their homes and discovers a sinister pattern: Only those with magic are being taken, but to what end? In a distant kingdom, the nation is rocked when the Crown Princess vanishes. Rumors of distant kidnappings fuel anger and speculation. Blame is laid on their neighbor. The King’s Council calls for war. Time is running out.

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Paul Joseph, author of “Precious Cargo” – At the end of the 19th century, Mark Twain, wife, Livy, and Clara, one of his daughters, traveled around the world for a year. Twain was on a lecture tour, and his experiences were later captured in Following the Equator. One hundred years later, Paul Joseph spent an academic sabbatical in New Zealand while also traveling in Fiji, Australia, and Indonesia with his wife, Linda, and three children, Ian, Sara, and Danny. Drawing upon Twain’s notebooks and letters, his children’s journals, intense experiences, contrasting sets of photographs, cross-cultural encounters, and a quirky sense of humor, Precious Cargo compares the geographic and emotional journeys of the two families as they move through the same places a century apart.

 

 

 

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Join Us For an Enlightening Episode – April 26, 2023

Please join me with authors Robert Loewen and Nicolette Elsie.

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Robert Loewen, author of “The Lioness of Leiden”When the Germans invade the Netherlands, Leiden University student Hetty’s boyfriend goes missing. But she has little time to grieve when she volunteers as a courier for the Dutch resistance, joined by her roommate, the beautiful Mimi, and seventeen-year-old Maria, the daughter of a slain resistance fighter. At great personal risk, the three women carry documents, secret messages, and cash to protect Jews, downed pilots, and others hiding from the Nazis. During five years of war, Hetty is challenged by a gauntlet of spies and betrayal. She heroically fights back as she and her friends accept increasingly dangerous assignments. All the while, Hetty worries about her family. She tries to forbid her younger brother from volunteering for combat in the resistance and argues with her father about becoming too cozy with the Nazis. As the Gestapo closes in, can Hetty and her family and friends make it through the war, free to live and love again? Inspired by true events, Robert Loewen’s debut novel pays tribute to the heroism of his mother-in-law, who served as a courier in the Dutch resistance during World War II.

TheLionessofLeiden.com

 

nicolette elsie, author of “seasons to bloom”a collection of poems, designed from a journey of anxiety, fear, grief, and seeking validation. nicolette elsie (she/hers) is a modern poet, creator, and hr professional. in everything she does she brings soft creative expression, compassion, and thoughtfulness for the subtle beauties in life. through her purposeful work of sharing ways to express, free and heal herself, she hopes to inspire others to find themselves. she aims to create visionary designs and poems around mental health, spirituality and expression in a society that’s trained us to prioritize others, stay small and not break the mold.