Author Sylvia Stein began her path to writing when she joined the Writer’s Group on Linked in 750 in 2012 and she also started to connect with other authors through the World Literary Café. She continued her journey by creating short stories, which were published, in the Giant tales Anthology series. While obtaining her Masters degree at Southern New Hampshire University online author Stein built a solid foundation with her colleagues who encouraged her to continue on her writing. That’s when Closure was born. With the help of her editor Closure grew from a short story to a full novella that Author Stein is excited to share. Her First Debut Novel came in July 31, 2014 entitled, Closure and now she has just released her first YA called Chasing Clarity out October 5th 2015 . “ This is the first of many to come.”
Hello, this is Indie Author Sylvia Stein and I have exciting news. This week I am doing the cover reveal of my book which I hope will be released in late 2018. I have been working on this book for awhile. It is a story I have been doing extensive research on. It is a work of fiction and for today I will be revealing the book cover which was designed by the very talented and amazing Michael Dangremond and his title of his artwork The Cost of love. When I saw this portrait I immediately saw what I was looking for for my main character of Sadie Martin Carlyle. The title of this my first thriller is Battered Mind and I hope you all enjoy the cover reveal. I absolutely was blown away by it. I hope you are too! Thank you for your help on the cover reveal. I do appreciate it so much. Here is a little bit about my cover designer.
Thank you so much,
My name is Michael Dangremond and I am a self-taught artist. My professional Media is tattooing. I’ve been involved in art for the better span of my life. I grew up in a small town called Hopkins in the state of Michigan. Growing up had its challenges and equally; it’s lessons. After high school I lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan to begin a career in the culinary arts. After bouncing from kitchen to kitchen and climbing the ladder, I decided to reinvest myself in the art my heart called me to pursue. I am happily married to my wife, Alanna and we are blessed with a daughter, Sophia This story of mine continues as I grow in my passion for my brand of art.
Here is where you can find his work: https://www.facebook.com/artbymykaldangerous/
The Cost of Love Artwork: Battered Mind by Sylvia Stein cover designed by Michael Dangremond. Copyright 2017
Welcome to the ninth official “We are the Blog fest post”. 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. Each month we bring to you the We Are the World Blogfest, My name is Sylvia Stein and I along with my fabulous cohosts Inderpreet Uppal, Damyanti Biswas, Andrea Michaels, Shilpa Garg and Susan Scott.
In this week’s WATWB post I decided to focus on a story about two blind brothers by the name of Bradford and Bryan Manning who were diagnosed with degenerative eye disease since they were children which are called Stargardt’s which has slowly caused both brothers to lose all of their vision.
However what is most inspiring about their story is that rather than hold them back, being blind has actually become what drives them to push forward.
The main focus and mission of these two brothers were to raise awareness and help others victims and rely on their strongest sense which was touch. Then they decided to develop a company they call Two Blind Brothers, which is a clothing company with a purpose to cure blindness and they work on placing the profits of their line into developing research to help raise awareness and provide a cure.
In addition, the Manning Brothers who are also designers, have incorporated braille within their clothing to represent the struggle with this disease.
“ We use a lot of this in our brand because it really symbolizes the way Bryan and I grew up reading,” stated Bradford.
What is truly remarkable about their story is that they only embarked on this venture about 10 months ago, and their company Two Blind Brothers have already won over and garnered endorsements from celebrity activists such as Ellen DeGeneres and Sir Richard Branson.
Bryan adds, ““There are amazingly intelligent people who are so driven to cure these diseases, it just takes funding to get them through these trials to get us these cures. That’s why we donate 100 percent of our profits to these pre-clinical trials, call me optimistic but there’s a cure in there.”
Lastly, I chose this story because I found it amazing and so inspiring how these two young men while facing their own challenges with the loss of their vision decided to start on a company for the search of a cure for this illness and they have redefined what is normal to be normal and help start a community for people to look up to. Their eyesight may be impaired, but it is clear these two brothers want to make sure to bring awareness and it is clear their field of vision is quite extraordinary.
In the land of fairy tales, there’s no road too long, nor a sky too high to search for your one true love. They may be next door, in another town, or a realm away… but just when you think all hope’s lost, you’ll find true loves first kiss.
Join 12 authors in an adventure into the world of fairy tales. Abandon all you know, and find out what could have been. The men and women, beasts, and all-out alphas in these stories are not for the faint of heart… but the dirty of mind.
Embrace the lust, feel the passion, and take a wild ride into a land unlike our own.
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I hope to see you there and my thanks to the amazing Rachael Brownell for being the Hostess of this Fabulous event. I look forward to seeing all of the amazing and talented authors along with our fabulous readers!
Welcome to the sixth official “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ) post. 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. https://simonfalk28.wordpress.com/“Simon Falk, https://inderpreetuppal.com/“Inderpreet Uppal, http://cswcllc.weebly.com/blog“Lynn Hallbrooks, https://ericlahti.wordpress.com/“Eric Lahti, and https://maryjmelange.wordpress.com/ Mary J Giese.
For this post I am focusing on a story I read about on today.com it came out in November 23rd, 2016 and it was a story about an 86 year old grandfather named Ed Mosley from Acworth, Georgia, who doesn’t believe you are ever too old to learn something new. This is why when he found out that his assisted living facility community was going to take on a challenge of knitting caps to the premature babies of the local hospital, he decided to take action and did not want to be left out because he could not knit.
Ed Mosley a retired engineer decided to tell his daughter he wanted to learn how to knit. So she went to a local craft store and bought him a kit with a loom, needles, and yarn. He says, ” I can read and so I just followed the directions and there was a bit of a trial and error but eventually I got the hang of it.”
Once he got started Mosley was on a roll and unstoppable. He was able to make around 55 preemie caps all by himself. His enthusiasm quickly drew many others to join in this effort. There were so many who were inspired by Mosley’s effort but the biggest thing in this story was that Ed Mosley was able to deliver 300 Northside Hospital Atlanta. This hospital delivers more babies than any hospital in the nation and sees 2,000 babies in its neonatal intensive care unit ( NICU) every year according to hospital spokesperson Aldo Nahed.
“It’s important for families to see their baby as a baby and not as a patient. This will help to get the families to that spot,” Kelly said.
Moseley said he wanted the project to have true value to other families. “It’s really nice to make a product that somebody really needs and has a purpose,” he said.
In addition, Moseley says, “I have been touched by strangers who are sending him skeins of yarn, sometimes anonymously, to help him continue his work.”
What drew me to this story is how this elderly man Ed Mosley wanted so much to give back to his community he took on the challenge of learning to knit and his act of love for those babies is something which inspires us all.
Welcome to another Author Spotlight. I am Indie Author Sylvia Stein and it is my pleasure to have the amazing and talented author Emerald Barnes joining us today and she is here to tell us more about her latest book, The Hunted. Without further ado here she is.
SS: Welcome back Emerald, I heard you have just released the second book in your series of Knight’s Academy, The Hunted?
Emerald Barnes: Thanks for having me back! I always enjoy being here. Yes, I did. Back in July, my publisher and I released the second Knight’s Academy book.
SS: What can you tell us about your new book?
Emerald Barnes: The Hunted follows Myka after she has left Knight’s Academy with Brent, her protector. She’s on the run from Preston and Marcus who have plans to use her and others like her to start a hybrid army. While she’s on the run, she learns about her past and her future.
SS: Without giving away too much of your new book where do we see your main protagonist Myka?
Emerald Barnes: We see Myka learning about her past, the truth of who she is, and the truth of what she will become. Her journey of self-discovery is just beginning, and when she finds out the truth, she isn’t exactly sure it’s what she wanted to hear. We also see her maybe falling for someone else.
SS: How did the idea of this series come to you?
Emerald Barnes: Honestly, I was obsessed with vampire stories a few years back, still am really, and while I was reading anything and everything vampirish, I had a dream about being kidnapped by vampires and one of them saving me. That’s how it started. I took this dream and added to it, and well, Knight’s Academy was born.
SS: What can you tell us about your characters?
Emerald Barnes: My characters are some of my favorites. They’re truly relatable, in my opinion. Myka, she’s been fun to write because she’s in search of who she is, and I think that as a young adult, that’s how most of us felt (or feel). We are always looking for our identity, and that’s what Myka is searching for. I can say the same about Milo. He’s torn between feeling like a monster and striving to be human. He just wants to be normal, but he can’t find that happy medium of normal. Brent. He accepts himself for who he is, but he struggles with the line of duty or following his heart. Olivia, she’s just fun to write. She’s the human who everyone loves and cares about, and she has such a fiery spirit. Luka—He accepts who he is, but he refuses to be the monster others want him to be.
SS: Since this is a series have you started on the next book?
Emerald Barnes: I have. I’m close to halfway finished with it.
SS: What can you tell us about this book?
Emerald Barnes: This book picks up where book two ends, immediately throwing us into what happens after the end of book two. Myka is still struggling with who she is and who her heart wants most. And without giving anything else away, it’s tying up a lot of pieces that have been left open throughout books one and two.
SS: What is the message you try to bring out in your books?
Emerald Barnes: I always want the message in my books to be that of hope. There is always hope in even the direst of situations, and I want my readers to know they aren’t alone. No matter what you’re going through, there is someone else out there who understands and has been through something similar.
SS: What is one piece of advice that has helped you over the years?
Emerald Barnes: Never give up. I haven’t let one dream die, though I have thought about giving up. I never did because of encouragement from others. It may be hard, but it’s worth it.
SS: What is something about you we do not know already?
Emerald Barnes: Oh goodness. That’s pretty tough. I’m an open book, or I try to be at least. I guess I would have to say that I’m super shy. I’m not sure a lot of people know that about me, but I have a difficult time starting a conversation with people. I have a tendency to stand around without making conversations. It’s not because I don’t like people. It’s because I have no idea how to start and maintain a conversation without sounding like a fool.
It is time for another Share an excerpt Tuesday. I hope you enjoy another character for my story, ” Coping.”
Andres age 25
It was another late night for Andres Rojas. He had worked the long shift at the club as the new opening act on Thursday night.
Andres had worked hard at the club as a bartender and as one of the waiters when they were shorthanded.
For now, his only concern was making his big debut on Thursday. However, as he strummed his guitar in the back room old ghosts began taking over his mind.
It was five years earlier. Andres was arguing with a woman.
She stormed off. He ran out to reach to her but it did not seem to matter.
He kept telling her he was sorry but she still left.
In the present Andres kept playing his guitar and then began singing his song.
“Sometimes sorry is not enough, and you must carry the guilt with you every night and no matter how much time has gone by, I wish I could take it back.”
Once Andres got done with his song. He packed his guitar and began walking out the door.
His walk home was not long. He was renting one of the apartments near the club. Besides he knew Alberto his cousin and his brother Tomas would be waiting for him to get some drinks and go and enjoy a night of cards.
He would be the only one not drinking. Besides, it was being a drunk that caused all his problems.