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Important Notice!!! We are currently dealing with a serious health crisis involving David. Computer time and blogging will be taking a backseat until we can get this situation under control and, hopefully, save his leg. Please bear with us as we go through this difficult time. Thank you for any prayers that you can offer up.

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17 December 2017

Press Release: Forgotten Violets by Martin Niewood

Forgotten Violets
by Martin Niewood
Sometimes things are not as they seem…
DEBUT FANTASY Y.A. NOVEL TACKLES DECEIT, BETRAYAL AND AN UNCONVENTIONAL LOOK AT THE AFTERLIFE 
 
http://amzn.to/2ibT6Hu
What would you do if you suddenly realized everything in your life was a complete lie? That is just what protagonist Meadow Noone is facing in the thrilling new Y.A. fantasy novel, Forgotten Violets [November 2017], by standout debut author Martin Niewood.
The book opens just as Meadow is being released from her captor’s cellar. But she soon realizes that this isn’t the end of her problems, but only the beginning as she is quickly arrested for a crime she didn’t commit. Feigning amnesia, she is determined to hide her secret at all costs – one too terrible to reveal.
In a place where nothing is as it appears, her trial in Thornbridge is unnerving, as the formidable interrogator, Quinn Cerpen, knows more than he is letting on. Pursued by real and legendary demons, Meadow’s enemies are closer than she could imagine.
With no one to turn to, she relies upon her friends, Parker and Elizabeth, to retain her sanity. Overwhelmed by anxiety, she succumbs to Elsyn, a mysterious and addictive fruit. She wonders if the Elsyn is powerful enough to free her from the past that haunts her. Before long, she realizes that there is more to this sinister plot than her abduction and that the Elsyn is part of the puzzle.
Forgotten Violets is the story of Meadow’s journey through a psychological landscape of deceit and betrayal that causes her to question her relationships and beliefs. She knows that she is changing, but changing into what?
Things are not always as they appear at face value, especially for young adults these days with the added pressure of social media,” Niewood says. “Sometimes in an effort to fit in or to make ourselves seem more important, we buy into the lie that everything must be perfect. But we can all benefit from learning how to look past facades to ascertain what is truly happening in someone’s life.”
MARTIN NIEWOOD lives just outside of Philadelphia where he is a full-time writer. He attended Johnson & Wales University before moving to Los Angeles to work in the talent industry. An avid sports fan, Niewood loves all Philadelphia teams but especially the Eagles. His writing partner is his dog, Mattie.
Forgotten Violets is Niewood’s debut novel and the first book in a three-part series. He has two additional novels releasing in 2018 as well.
Connect with Niewood on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and at www.martinniewood.com.
Forgotten Violets will be available on Amazon and in select brick-and-mortar retailers as of November 2017.







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Author Q&A: To Hear the Forest Sing: Some Musings on the Divine by Margaret Dulaney

Q&A with Margaret Dulaney, 
the author of To Hear the Forest Sing: Some Musings of the Divine and founder of www.listenwell.org.

1. Tell us about how you came to finding faith?

I don't remember a time when I did not have faith. Though my understanding of God, and how God works in the world, has shifted greatly over time. When I was young, I suspected God was either punishing or rewarding me when things went badly or well. I know now that this was a false notion and that God is love, comforting me in the dark times and celebrating my joy in the good times.

2. What do you do to maintain joy when life gets difficult?

Simply put, I walk. And, if possible, I do so in nature. Walking has always had the power to free my mind, and lift me. This is where I am most likely to commune with God. I walk and talk to God.

3. When you feel like life is falling apart, how do you keep from falling apart also?

I think the best thing one can do when things are falling apart is to run to the places, people, philosophy where one belongs. This could be your family, spouse, patch of woods, church, or the heart of a friend. We all belong somewhere.

4. Tell us about your book, To Hear the Forest Sing. What do you hope readers get from it?

I always hope, both with my spoken word website Listenwell.org, and my book To Hear the Forest Sing, to lift the reader to a place where they might find their own unique view of God. I don't believe that any of us has the exact same perspective. This depends too much on who we are and where we happen to be standing at the moment. I hope to walk alongside my readers, not lead them. I want them to turn on their own searchlights and uncover their own truths.

5. What is one message of hope and faith you would like to share with our readers this holiday season?

These are not times for cynicism and despair, rather hope and forward movement. If the point of this life is to awaken, enlighten each individual soul, then we must try and hold on to this understanding. We must continue to pray for the world, the earth, and the individual awakening of all of the souls on earth. The real progress on planet earth is measured by the tiny lights in the hearts of man. This is how God sees us.

It is possible to light one's heart with good thoughts: prayers, generosities, kindnesses, gratitudes, love. These are the true gifts of the season.






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15 December 2017

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Sorry for the formatting issues here, folks. We are at the hospital and trying to blog from our phone. It seems there are some things that these two old folks maybe shouldn’t be doing. 😊
1. Snow___________________.
Snow is beautiful! I love it and wish we got more of it here. We got a little bit awhile back. 

2. I _____________________.
I am tired of hospitals and diabetes and all it takes from us and others. I wish that Heavenly Father would heal David and erase this battle from our lives from our lives.

3. One holiday memory that I cherish is                   .
I cherish the memories that were made going to Granny’s house for each of the big holidays. Thanksgiving was always my favorite. I remember one year the broken tree in her front yard was covered with thousands of ladybugs. It was an awesome sight.

4. I always thought that Santa          .

I always thought that Santa was one really fast dude. I also wondered who got the dollhouse that I always asked for, because it sure wasn’t me. We were told the “truth” about Santa at a fairly young age because of our family’s economic status. On years with a layoff, they were concerned that they wouldn’t be able to provide gifts for us. I always looked for Santa -and the presents- anyway. I don’t remember any years without presents in my childhood. Unfortunately, our own children cannot say the same.

These responses would have had pictures, but I can’t get it to get them from my phone. Please pardon tge typos. I am having a hard time seeing what I am doing on this little screen.

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!



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