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Ignite Your Creativity…adding spark to your creative life! 

More and more people are becoming aware of the healing powers of creativity.  Human nature makes people want to strive to feel good, and keep their bodies free from illness and dysfunction.  Two goals most people hope for are to be creative and to improve/maintain health.  Taking our cue from physics, the first law of thermodynamics states that energy is neither created nor destroyed but is changed from one form into another. Expressing your creative energy means the energy within you is given an outlet; it is redirected into a more positive energy.  Everyone is inheritably born with the potential for creativity.  Drawing, painting, writing, acting, sculpting, knitting, dancing, cooking and playing an instrument are all creative activities that can ignite that creative spark.  Many people already embrace their creativity while others are in the realm of “I am just not creative”.  The key to being creative is taking action!

“Another word for creativity is courage”  ~ George Prince

May flowers and lots of #writing! :)

“Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.”
~Louis Pasteur

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Busy month ahead! #amwriting #studying #revising #volunteering #creating #catchingup
No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope you have the courage to reach for your dreams! Never give up on your dreams, work hard to make your fondest ones a reality!

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Live, laugh & love! ❤

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined!”
~ Henry David Thoreau

This week’s #AmWriting/#Studying Playlist on Spotify…

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“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
~ Maya Angelou

#amwriting #urbanfantasy #revising #researching #creating #studying #amreading #volunteering #transcribing #paleography #celticmythology #literature #ancienthistory #archaeology #screenwriting #photography #makingdreamsareality #pursuingmypassion

One of my favourite quotes on #writing…

Sometimes I think we all need some inspiration, something to remind us that no matter how old we are there is always a chance for a new beginning.:)

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Photograph © Belinda Witzenhausen 2016

“Writing is not like dancing or modeling; it’s not something where — if you missed it by age 19 — you’re finished. It’s never too late. Your writing will only get better as you get older and wiser. If you write something beautiful and important, and the right person somehow discovers it, they will clear room for you on the bookshelves of the world — at any age. At least try.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Wishing all an inspired April!

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Looking  forward  to a very creative & productive April! #Coffee  required…☕😉  I have my hands in quite a few  creative projects and I’m absolutely loving every minute!:) #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading #creating #photography  & #volunteering .

No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope you’re making each moment matter! Wishing everyone a fantastic  April!
Live, laugh & love! ❤

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ~Maya Angelou

This week’s #AmWriting Playlist on Spotify…

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#amwriting #amreading #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #Celticmythology #archaeology #literature #egyptology #AncientGreece #paleography #transcribing #painting #photography #crocheting #makingdreamsareality

Christmas in March party! via @MimiBarbour

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Calling all Christmas lovers!


Do you love the music of the holiday season? If so, the Authors’ Billboard needs your attention! This coming 2016 Christmas, twenty of our authors—New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers—will be putting together a multi-author box collection of brand new, never before published stories to dazzle everyone, but we require your participation.


The title of our collection will be LOVE, CHRISTMAS and the theme of this bundle will be Christmas carols. We want to use YOUR favorite holiday songs. If you and your song title are chosen, one of the 20 novellas will be dedicated to you.


Sound like fun? Please enter the contest by naming your special carols in the contest entry form.

http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=8118

You may enter as many times as you like. So what are you waiting for?

Here’s what the winners will receive:

1.Twenty winners will have his/her favorite song chosen as the title and possibly the theme for one of the novellas.
2. That particular story will be dedicated to the winner— twenty in total.
3. And the winners will receive a free copy of the box set (eBook only).

 

xmasii Ho, ho, ho! And good luck!

 

The authors involved in this great contest are:

Leanne Banks – NY Times & USAToday, National #1 Best-selling author

Mimi Barbour – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author 

Nina Bruhns – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Joan Reeves – NY Times & USAToday, Best-selling author

Mona Risk – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Patricia Rosemoor – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Rebecca York – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Denise Devine – USA Today, Best-selling author

Donna Fasano – USA Today,Best-selling author

Traci Hall – USA Today,Best-selling author

Taylor Lee – USA Today,Best-selling author

 Stephanie Queen – USA Today,Best-selling author

 Jennifer St. Giles – USA Today,Best-selling author

 Alicia Street – USA Today,Best-selling author

 Ari Thatcher – USA Today,Best-selling author

Rachelle Ayala – Best-selling author

Jacquie Biggar – Best-selling author

Michele Hauf – Best-selling author

 Dani Haviland – Best-selling author

Nancy Radke – Best-selling author

 

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The Christmas Carol (Box Collection) Contest

http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=8118

 

Live with passion and purpose!

“Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion.”
— Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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Busy weeks ahead! #amwriting #studying #volunteering #creating  
No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope your living with passion and purpose! Work towards making your fondest dreams your reality!
Live, laugh & love! ❤

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”
~ Julia Child 

This week’s #AmWriting Playlist on Spotify…

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 #amwriting #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #researching #creating #studying #amreading #volunteering #celticmythology #literature #archaeology#screenwriting #transcribing  #paleography #makingdreamsareality #workinghard #dreamingbig #pursuingmypassion

Wishing all a #WonderfulWeek!

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Very busy week ahead!  Plenty of #coffee ☕&  #tea needed but looking forward to a productive week! #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading #creating & #volunteering.
No matter where you may be in your day or evening, I hope your making each moment matter. Strive to make your fondest dreams a reality!

Live, laugh & love! ❤

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” ~ James Baldwin
#amwriting #amreading #studying #researching #volunteering #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #celticmythology #historicalliterature #Greco-Romanhistory #archaeology #palaeography #graphics #crocheting #transcribing #makingdreamsareality

“The Diary of a Broken Father” Cover Reveal by Sylvia Stein ( @sylvia_stein07 )

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Expected release date: June of 2016

Hello everyone,

I am so happy to be able to reveal the cover to my upcoming book, “The Diary of a Broken Father.”

This is a prequel to my novella Closure which was published in July 31, 2014.    This details the story from Garrison James point of view and this story will deal with his struggles through AA and direct the story from his own eyes. 

The main reason I wanted to write his story is because I did have readers ask me about him and felt they wanted me to have expanded on him more. This is his story and all the laments he has for what he is done. 

For now, I hope you enjoy the amazing cover designed by the awesome Natasha Brown.  

 

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 About Sylvia Stein

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Sylvia Stein is a published author with several anthologies with her Writer’s group 750 on LinkedIn. Stein obtained a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University this past July 2015.   She is a mother of three beautiful children Paul 10, Michael 9 and Consuelo 6.   She resides in the city of Fuquay Varina with her amazing husband Jeremy.  Stein has also published two solo books one was her first novella Closure which she worked on while attending SNHU and published in July of 2014 and the other her first YA, Chasing Clarity was published this past October 2015 and it was created during National Novel Month (Nano) in 2013. When she is not writing she enjoys time with her children and husband.   Her latest work will be out this summer 2016.   A Prequel to Closure entitled, “ The Diary of a Broken Father.”

 About Sylvia Stein

If you would like to know more about Author Sylvia Stein:

Website: http://sylviawriter07.wix.com/sylvia-author

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Closure-Sylvia-Stein-ebook/dp/B00MAYXETI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407162467&sr=8-1&keywords=Closure+Sylvia+Stein

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/closure-sylvia-stein/1120141100?ean=2940150535725

Kobo e-books: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/closure-23

Itunes: Sylvia Stein  https://itun.es/i6gy4yX #iTunes

Twitter Link: @sylvia_stein07

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sylwriter07

It’s February Already?

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Wow, it’s February already!  Busy month ahead, going to need lotsa #coffee!☕😉  I have so many projects on the go but I’m loving every minute!:) #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading #creating  & #volunteering .

No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope you’re counting your blessings not your burdens! Wishing everyone a #WonderfulWeek!
Live, laugh & love! ❤

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

This week’s #AmWriting Playlist on Spotify…

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#amwriting #amreading #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #celticmythology #archaeology #literature #egyptology #paleography #transcribing #painting #crocheting #makingdreamsareality

Catching up with Author Glenn Starkey (@GStarkeybooks)

I’m so pleased to have been given the opportunity to catch up with a familiar face on our site, the brilliant and very talented author Glenn Starkey. I know Glenn’s been very busy with a new release and another due out later this winter. I would like to thank him for taking some of his time to chat with us, it is always appreciated!

Welcome back Glenn!

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I understand you’re pursuing a different genre…tell us a bit about your new release?

MR. CHARON is my first Young Adult paranormal novel of the six books I’ve written. It’s the story of five teenage boys whose fates become entwined in the dying town of Thornton, Texas during the summer of 1962. Their home lives are disturbingly different. Eddie has an abusive father, while Andy is the child of a single mother with debts too high for money alone to pay. They decide to right what they consider wrong in their lives.

A long forgotten Ouija board in a deserted barn becomes their answer. Together, they call upon a spirit but never expected the appearance of Mr. Charon, a demon who comes to haunt their small town with the help of his pets. Terror is unleashed and although Eddie and Andy are to blame, their friends agree to help.

With Mr. Charon released, somehow the boys must find a way to send him back to Hell and end the horror. Good and evil collide as they fight not only for their own lives, but also for the souls of the entire community. When all hope seems lost, help is found in a deputy sheriff, an Indian shaman, and their fathers. Too late, the five boys have learned that where demons roam, no one is safe.

I’m also very proud of the cover artwork by Patti Roberts of Paradox Book Cover Designs. In the short time MR. CHARON has been out, the cover has received numerous compliments.

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What inspired you to change genres?

A new publishing company asked me to write a YA novel as part of their startup line. I balked at first. I’d never written a YA work, but in time I grew interested in the challenge. My belief is that if I’m to be a true writer, I must be able to tackle a variety of genres. Unfortunately, the company had operational issues so I withdrew the completed work from them.

What challenges do you find (if any) writing YA?

I had never written a YA book and needed to educate myself about the genre, age groups comprising the readers, then decide which group I wished to target. My experience is in hard-hitting thrillers and action adventure novels with equally tough characters that mark the books as “mature content.” I had dozens of questions and the same number of self-doubts. But after a long talk with my young grandson, ideas formed and the pieces of the puzzle began to fit.

Upon completing MR. CHARON, I was fortunate to have a high school English Literature teacher use the novel as a graded semester project for her senior ‘gifted and talented’ level students. They reviewed every aspect of the book—its characters, storyline, my writing style, and so forth. They were at liberty to say anything they wished as long as it was done in a professional manner. That was a wonderful experience for me to obtain such great feedback, and upon the project’s conclusion, I held a Q & A session with them. I hope to do that again one day.

Do you think you will write in this genre again?

“Never say Never.” It depends upon finding the right story within me. While I may prefer other genres, I learned that the innocence of youth in my YA characters held a certain writing appeal. Adult characters must think with maturity and age appropriate intents, while children and teenagers may say or do most anything and it’s accepted as their youth, lack of experience and maturity. But as with all of my novels, I must have confidence in the storyline before embarking upon the long journey of writing it.

What does your average work/writing day look like?

Since retirement from the security world, there are not enough hours in the day for all I want to do, much less what I need to or must do. I may be an author, but I’m also a husband and grandfather with their responsibilities. The coordinated calendars (with their beeping alarms) in my computer, iPad, and iPhone, keep me on track.

Mornings (with coffee in hand) are primarily for emails, social media, and reviewing scheduled activities—followed (with more coffee) by research for my writing projects. Three days a week I try to be in the gym at noon. After a short afternoon break, I catch up on all the honey-do’s that I forgot. More reading after dinner, watch a few programs on the History Channel, write notes about my current projects, and around 9 P.M. I’m in my office to write. Between 2 or 3 A.M., I wake up Willie, my Labradoodle who shadows me everywhere, and retire for four or five hours of sleep. I’m up at 7 or 7:30 A.M. and start over again. Tuesdays are dedicated solely to my volunteer work at two elementary schools where I mentor students with their reading skills—and every Thursday afternoon, I pick up my grandson from school so we can share some quality time. My days involve a lot of juggling!

What are some of the biggest challenges you face as a writer and how do you overcome them?

Proper time management is always a killer. Overcoming self-doubts about my writing is another stumbling block. I’m critical of my work, often overly critical. And as if developing a story, writing it, editing and more editing are not enough then comes the marketing. I’m not good at ringing my own bell and shouting, “Buy my book. It’s the best!” Another minefield to walk through is the good and bad people/companies that offer publicity and marketing plans. Even the major houses expect you to aggressively hawk your work, so, the challenges are never ending.

How to overcome these? Perseverance and self-discipline. You take one thing at a time. Forget about marketing until you have a completed work. Writing and editing a book is the biggest mountain to climb. Pay attention to what other authors do to market their work. Learn from their mistakes. Don’t live on social media all day or night. It takes away from your writing. The list goes on, and I could probably write a thesis on the challenges confronting an author.

What message do you hope your readers walk away with after reading your books?

A reader once told me they appreciated the themes of deep family loyalty and love, strength and hope to overcome the adversities of evil, and the tests of honor and personal faith in God that my characters undergo. I do not intentionally set out to have blatant messages in my novels, but find that one or all are present upon completion of a project. One reader said, “…it made me pause and think…” It was then I knew the long hours of writing were worthwhile.

Can you tell us what is coming up for you and where can we find you online?

In two months I believe my historical fiction BLACK SUN will be released. It’s a novel I have worked on for years.

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Set in Mexico during the Revolution of 1910, a young man working in the mines is accused of a murder he didn’t commit and is forced to flee into the Sierra Madre Mountains. There he must survive and grow into manhood through a turbulent decade that erupted into the bloodiest revolution of the twentieth century. He’s swept into a maelstrom of tragedy as revolutionaries, led by his mentor and friend Pancho Villa, battle the forces of a corrupt dictator. BLACK SUN is based on actual events.

I’m proud of this novel for several reasons. First, I used my grandfather as the model for the protagonist. Next, my son, Jake Starkey, designed a wonderful cover after I obtained permission to use Diego Rivera’s famous mural art “Liberation of the Peon.” Art is one of my many passions and I take great pride in every book cover. Jake also designed two other covers for me: SOLOMON’S MEN and YEAR OF THE RAM.

My novels are available through every major online bookseller; Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks in Apple iTunes, and more. I appreciate reviews and welcome emails from all. Feel free to contact me through my website, “Follow Me” on Twitter, or stop by and click a “Like” on my Facebook page.

Thank you for the opportunity to discuss my writings with your readers.

Glenn Starkey
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Glenn-Starkey/e/B005ILFI12/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1452369870&sr=1-2-ent

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Glenn+Starkey?_requestid=311133

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/search?Query=Glenn+Starkey

 

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http://GlennStarkey.net

http://www.Twitter.com/GStarkeyBooks

http://www.Facebook.com/GlennStarkeyAuthor

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 To learn more about Glenn, please check out his links, not to mention his wonderful work!

 

For previous posts about Glenn please check here: https://igniteyourcreativity.wordpress.com/?s=glenn+starkey

Wishing all a wonderful and inspiring week!

Lotsa #coffee ☕ and looking forward to a productive week! #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading #creating & #volunteering.

No matter where you may be in your day or evening, I hope your making each moment matter.  Strive to make your fondest dreams a reality! Live, laugh & love! ❤

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“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~Oprah Winfrey

This week’s #AmWriting~#Studying Playlist on Spotify…

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#amwriting #amreading #studying #researching #volunteering #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #celticmythology #historicalliterature #egyptology #palaeography #graphics #crocheting #transcribing #makingdreamsareality

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