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.”
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.
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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.
Hello this is Indie Author Sylvia Stein and for today I am continuing on my post of the Share an excerpt Tuesday and I hope you all have been enjoying my WIP, Coping. Here is the continuation of Meeting Gertie.
While Gertie remained outside the restaurant. She heard a voice hollering at her.
“ Gertie, we have a long shift ahead again today.”
Gertie took a big sigh and came back inside.
Max the cook had called her back inside. He did not want her to get hollered at by Vic their boss.
After all, Max really liked Gertie but he was too shy to let her know.
All he wanted was for her to be happy. She worked so hard and those in the town of Duncan knew all that she earned went towards helping her ailing father.
However, the owner of the restaurant Vic was way harsh with Gertie. He overworked her too much and sometimes Gertie felt like quitting but she knew it would hurt her father.
So, for now, work would have to take over and her dreams of another life would have to wait.
Sadly inside Gertie was holding a secret. She kept to herself.
It was filled with sadness and depression.
Each night that her work ended and she headed to care for her dad.
Gertie would go outside and drink her sorrows away with tequila. It wasn’t every night but when she drank it was excessive.
Alcohol seemed to numb the pain.
She knew it was wrong.
But when she closed her eyes.
Gertie could envision her lying in the middle of a field covered with wild flowers as she walked right through it as she dreamt of the life in college that she never got.
Daddy must come first!
He needs me.
Then she overheard Vic hollering from the back.
” Coming Vic,” she replied.
Not sure how much longer I can do this.
Lord help me find a way.
She dried her tears. Then Gertie took a deep breath and went about her day.
Join us next week for another Share an excerpt Tuesday.
Welcome to my fifth 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. Each month we bring to you the We Are the World Blogfest, along with these fabulous co-hosts:Simon Falk, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Inderpreet Uppal,Damyanti Biswas and myself Sylvia Stein.
For this week’s post, I decided to focus ona family piece. I read this story and also viewed it on Inside Edition. For me, Family is the most important and I am sure it is for many of us. When I read about this story and also saw the video I was moved to tears of joy.
I read about this young boy named Dawson 8 years old who was being adopted by The Brydges of Jacksonville Florida. However, what made it even more special for him was the fact that the Brydges decided to also adopt his older brother Dalton who has cerebral palsy and also suffers from Epilepsy. “I wanted to keep my brother, so what I did was pray and pray for many years,” Dawson told InsideEdition.com, “I was like, ‘I hope that they’re going to adopt Dalton too.’”
This was so important to Dawson. He wanted his brother to be adopted with him. So he waited to see after the Brydges discussed Dalton’s special needs. As Robin Brydges later stated, “ the most important thing for us was to keep the brothers together.
She also added, ““Dalton has made leaps and bounds from when we first got him.” The Brydges also stated how Dawson works so hard in school and is always looking after his brother. Dawson added: “I was so excited they were adopting Dalton and me so that we can stay together., I thought that was pretty awesome.”
As I read this story I thought how amazing it was to have a child like Dawson care so deeply for his brother. So much that he prayed that both of them would get adopted and he did not want to ever be separated from him. This story was such a happy one to read because now both boys are in a loving and happy home thanks to the Brydges and the love of one little boy towards his older brother. In the end love again conquered all.