Hard to believe that 2018 is just around the corner. This past year has definitely had some huge challenges on all fronts, as well as having to say goodbye to some dear friends and loved family members. There have been days that have seemed darker than others, but there comes a point where you have to take what you’ve learned, pick yourself up and do your best to make your own happiness. Personally, I am looking forward to 2018 and I am hopeful for what it brings. Although this year saw some plans change or be delayed, I have found that challenges often provide windows of opportunity and I am so thankful for those. I am setting goals and will be exploring those opportunities in 2018!
In the new year, I hope to resume studying, volunteering and writing as well as launching some new coaching programs over at IgniteYourCreativity.net. Both of my coaching programs:“Ignite Your Core Creativity” & “Art As Therapy” will be relaunching and I will be adding several new e-courses in the Spring.
This year I also beat my 2017 Goodreads Challenge of reading 125 books in the year. I don’t know if anyone else finds reading fantastic therapy, but it definitely helped this year. I also began doing more book reviews for NetGalley and I plan to continue. 🙂
Over at Professor Owl’s Book Corner, we recently published our December 2017 Newsletter. This month features some great book recommendations, literacy tutoring and writing inspiration for our young writers.
On November 24th, we celebrated our ninth instalment of the “We Are The World Blogfest” #WATWB. We are so thrilled about the fantastic response we are getting and send out a huge thank you to all those who have participated.
My November post was titled “It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do about it.”~W. Mitchell #WATWB” about an inspirational man who overcame two back-to-back tragedies with grace and humour became a motivation speaker helping others.
Wondering what #WATWB is all about? 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. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their positive stories led by five co-hosts. If you are interested in learning more about this or to join us please click here for details. #WATWB is taking a break this month but we’ll be back on January 26th, 2018!
I would like to thank all those who have been so supportive this year, your love and kindness mean the world to me (you all know who you are).❤
Wishing everyone a wonderful December and Happy Holidays!
Cherish your loved ones and may you make some new and heartwarming memories! Wherever you may be in your day or evening, I hope you are making each and every moment count.
Live, laugh & love! ❤
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Hello, my name is Sylvia Stein and I am an Indie Author. 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 with this book for awhile. It is a story I have been doing extensive research one and because of the topic I am covering, I want to be sure I do it justice. 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 so much,
Sadie Martin Carlyle is on trial for the murder of her husband Dante Caryle. She claims she killed him in self-defense and that he was a monster. She was a battered woman and if she had not defended herself he would have killed both their young daughter and her. In short, She feared for their lives.
However, there is more to this case than meets the eye. Sadie Martin is not your typical woman. Her family consists of her Criminal lawyer father Jackson Martin from Atlanta and her mother Barbara Reece Martin is one of the main leaders of the Southern Belles of Atlanta. From the very start, there are secrets that are hidden that no one will see coming. Sadie’s story will take the reader through a very emotional journey throughout. Once the case begins, everything you think you know about what happened between Sadie and Dante Carlyle will have you asking many questions and is everything being said the truth?
Excerpt from Battered Mind:
“As I lie here holding on to my sanity. I have to say never in a million years would I have thought all would turn out the way it did. You see for most of my life I had been searching and hoping that one day I would find the one and be able to finally lead “the normal life.” However, nothing could be farther from the truth. My name is Sadie Martin Carlyle and on May 27, 2010, I was charged with the murder of my husband Dante Carlyle.
The thing that makes this so horrific is that I do not even remember committing the crime.
All I know is that when I awoke the next morning, My husband Dante was dead and I was found next to his body and the murder weapon. As of now all I can do is await my trial which will not be for a few months.
Sadly because of the circumstance of the crime, I will have to sit in a jail cell until my trial.
You must be wondering why I seem to know so much about the law in particular. One second, “Can you please let me finish talking.” Sorry being locked away in this cell has made me a bit paranoid. Well in any case as I was saying. The reason I know so much was that my beloved husband was a lawyer and before I got married. We both met in law school. Oh, it was so simple back then. If only I could go back to the beginning. Things were easier. At least I thought they were. However maybe if I can just go back to the beginning I can try to salvage a bit of my dignity. Besides, I was born and raised to be a good girl. But right now I am really placing a damper on all the years my parents spent trying to make me something I never wanted to be.
You see I was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia. It’s too damn bad I was never able to lead a normal life. Thanks to my dear parents! My mother was born to parents of money and my father was no different. However, he was known for being one of the best criminal defense attorneys in all of the state of Georgia. He was deeply admired for his hardcore antics. My father was never one to give up on his client and he is both loved and hated throughout the community. On the other hand, my dear mother Barbara Reece Martin has always been in the public eye.
As a child, her parents owned several wineries all over the state of Georgia and North Carolina and she was left with a trust fund and decided to invest in stock and has done pretty well. She is now the CEO of The Reece Winery and overlooks them along with my father and she is also one of the main members of the Women of Atlanta social club. All in all, she is always busy and thinks that I am just spoiled. My mother and I are not close. She was always gone when I needed her. The only person that seemed to care and worry about me was my father Jackson.
He always made time to see me and for that, I am very grateful. My father has always said I was his everything. At the time I thought I was but then I discovered it was all lies. I will get to that later. As I was saying my mother was never around as a kid. She was always out and busy with all her numerous work and charitable events. “I hated her, and I still do!” As you can see I get a bit angry being cooped up in here. I mean there are many criminals in here and I know they are women like me. But I am not one of them. I am different and I want to do is start over again.
Let me outta here.”
About the Author:
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. Her latest book is entitled, The Diary of a Broken Father that came Out in February 2017. Her new thriller that she has been working on since 2014 will be out late 2018 and is entitled Battered Mind.
About the Artist:
My name is Michael Dangremond and I am mostly 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 I am blessed with my daughter, Sophia. This story of mine continues as I continue growing in my passion to my brand of art.