Just yesterday, I finished listening to the audible version of The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. After reading through some of the blogs and opinions on this book, I had no choice but to write my own. I’ll admit I listened to this during a time I’ve been particularly angry with God. I didn’t want to buy the book. I kept hovering my cursor over it, telling myself I didn’t want it. Truly, I did not want it. But, for some reason, I felt compelled. I got three books that day and I didn’t listen to this one first. If you haven’t read this book yet and don’t like spoilers then I would stop right here. Go read it or listen to it and then come back. Notice I didn’t say to go watch the movie. Never watch the movie first. Books rule, plain and simple. Again, I don’t want to ruin … click here to read the full article.
Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay HagerYA contemporary romance Blurb: Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator’s son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon’s world and it doesn’t help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship … click here to read the full article.
Need a boost? Does your faith in humanity need restoration? Well, stick around! Lately, my motto in life has evolved into a simplistic view. Something like . . . Try to love everyone and surround yourself with the best possible people. There will never be a shortage of negative energy so it’s up to us as individuals to reach for the good. To BE the good. Mike MacMillan is definitely one of the good guys. And guess what! I got to interview him. If you’re one of the few people on the planet who hasn’t seen this video, then check it out and join us below. Thanks for being here, Mike. As a huge animal lover, I’m overjoyed to be speaking with you. MM: Thanks for having me! Where were you headed the morning you encountered this little skunk with a can stuck on his head? MM: I was on my way … click here to read the full article.
When I started this blog, I named it Ramblings because I didn’t ever want to be tied to one topic. When I started interviewing girls who self-harmed, I realized how much I preferred doing interviews over the basic blog write up. It’s a good thing I consider others way more interesting than blogging my own thoughts and opinions constantly, right? Since then, I’ve talked to numerous people and have covered a plethora of topics. My favorite is talking to people who are willing to share their stories. People who are willing to be honest and forthcoming about their circumstances and their history. I found another one of those individuals and I really enjoyed speaking with him. Take a look! This is Olusheyi Banjo. I saw his video on a friend’s timeline. After listening to his song that keeps you humming long after it’s done, I immediately wanted to know his story. … click here to read the full article.
Guest Post by Kate Golden Recently my 3-year-old Michael and I were at the local laundromat enduring our weekly washing ritual. This laundromat saves any items left behind by patrons on a large back table, and if no one claims them after several weeks they are donated to the Topeka Rescue Mission. (Yay!) There is usually some pretty nice stuff there, and likely where all of the lonely missing socks go when they enter the magic portals in your home washing machines, never to return! That day in the stack of clothes Michael found a pretty little girl’s skirt in three ruffled shades of his favorite color, purple. Ecstatic, he presented it to me and immediately began tugging it on over his jeans. When he had it on I watched him “swish” happily side to side and run off to play with the toy dump truck he’d brought to … click here to read the full article.
Hey, folks! Remember this little girl’s name and face because I’m certain you’ll be seeing her on your TV screen in the very near future! Kaliyah is a little girl with a big dream. Lucky for her, she has a mom who is willing to help her make it happen. Not long ago, I did an interview with Officer Deon Joseph, a.k.a. The Skid Row Cop. Well, he knows Kaliyah and her mom, Emmethia. A couple of weeks ago, I saw one of these videos below on his Facebook page and immediately became interested in Kaliyah’s story. Watch them and then see what Kaliyah’s mom has to say about her talented daughter. Hi, Emmethia! Glad to have you! E: I’m glad to be here. Thanks for having us. My pleasure! So, tell me, when did Kaliyah start showing signs of talent. E: Well, she originally started doing pageants at the age of eight months and continued … click here to read the full article.
Welcome back, folks. Today, my gift to you is an interview with Chris Martin, an author from Franklin, NC. Chris currently has six books available on Amazon. He is also a popular blogger, known for his no-nonsense approach to living and loving for Jesus. I’m a big fan of Chris’ blog so I was thrilled when he agreed to be interviewed. Chris, thanks for being here! CM: Thanks for having me. I’ve been following your blog a while now. I honestly think everyone should. I’m going to try to stay focused and not jump into one of the topics you’ve blogged about because then we’ll be all over the place! But I will say, that the first time I read one of your blogs, it was a breath of fresh air. What came first, blogging or book writing? CM: I began blogging long before I started writing books. It was … click here to read the full article.
Welcome back, everyone! Recently, I did a poetry run on my Facebook Author Page and met some very talented local poets. One of those individuals is a teen in my area. Through a private conversation, I found out her poetry is driven by some exceedingly difficult experiences. Later I was pleased when she’d accepted my offer to interview her. Here’s that interview. Hi, Rachel. Thank you for your willingness to give an interview. I know you gave it much thought. R: You’re welcome. Where are you originally from? R: I am from Topeka, Kansas. Though I spent most of my smaller childhood in a small town called Hunter. Mainly because it’s where my family lived and kind of originated. What grade are you in now? R: I am a Junior. When did you first realize you enjoy writing? R: I was really young. I was three, actually. I started writing songs. Then at the age of ten, … click here to read the full article.
Hi, everyone! Welcome to another edition in the ‘A Kansas Author’ blog series. Until the author fair at the Topeka Public Library, most of the authors I rubbed elbows with were all over the country and even the world. I didn’t really know too many of the folks here. It’s been a pleasure to get to know some authors who live right around the corner! Today my interview is with Jan Allison. Welcome, Jan. I’m so glad to have the opportunity to interview you. J: Thank you! Are you originally from Kansas? J: Yes, Dodge City. Have you lived in Kansas your whole life? J: Yes, for 73 years Wonderful! When did you start your writing journey? J: I was the curriculum person at McConnell AFB in Wichita and in charge of the preschool curriculum. I found a need for books on Kansas history written for a lower age level. I knew that … click here to read the full article.
Today we’re saying hello to the weekend with a lovely interview from a children’s author. Marcia is the author of the children’s picture book, The Pillow Fairy. Look at this cover! It’s absolutely adorable. Welcome, Marcia! Thank you for being here. Tell me about The Pillow Fairy. What is about and what inspired the story? M: It is the true story of our sons, Justin and Matt, and what we did to get them to sleep in their own beds when they were little. I wrote the book over 20 years ago, and with the encouragement of family and friends, self-published it on August of 2012. The beautiful illustrations of Joni E. Patterson have enabled The Pillow Fairy to become a family favorite. It has helped thousands of little ones sleep in their own beds, and is asked to be read over and over again. Wow! First of all, congratulations! Second, I’m glad your … click here to read the full article.