They Arrived…

Two of our fellow bloggers released their second books lately. And both of their first books were poetry books. Now, with their latest works, they have something else in common: Both fulfilled themselves a dream with their preferred genre.

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Marriage Unarranged #ReleaseDay #PubDay

Today is the day and the first novella of my blog sister is published. Hop over and get your copy!

Ritu Bhathal

Finally, the day has come!


No, not sit in a drinking establishment and sup a gin or three all day (though that may be quite fun!) but Publication Day.

After all this time, my book baby has finally been delivered!

Yes, Marriage Unarranged is finally out there, in the world, delivered to at least fifty Kindles this morning, and the paperback is also available too.

How am I feeling?

A bag of nerves. The feedback will hopefully start to filter in soon, and I know I love my book baby, but I really want you to love it too!

Described as Chickpea Curry Lit – Chick Lit with an Indian twist! And not just for chicks, you chap(patti)s too!

Graphic made by Kate Rock ❤

‘Chick Pea Curry’ Lit, Chick Lit with an Indian twist

It all started ended with that box…

Aashi’s life was all set.


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New Release: Mom Plus Nine Cooks

A lot of you know our lovely Lynn. And those who don’t… why? Oh, perhaps because she was not very present for the past year. But you know what? She is back with the best explanation ever about her absence. Silently and humble, as she is, she was working on her cookbook.

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I proudly present: The Fairy Whisperer – Colleen M. Chesebro


I know Colleen for more than two years. She always kept me glued with her fairy stories. She even was blessed to take a picture of one of those natural spirits. I was absolutely delighted when she decided to start writing a book about the fairy world. Today I am even more delighted that Colleen shares the magic and background information of her amazing book here on my blog:

I would like to give many thanks to my friend, Erika Kind, for allowing me time to share about my new book and how to use gems, healing stones, and symbolism in your writing.

Calcite is a fairy stone, and it is believed that it bestows upon the wearer, the magical properties of prophecy and healing. It was the perfect gem to feature in my novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy.

Colleen's book cover.jpgAbby Forester, my protagonist, inherits from her mother, a calcite pendant which is a piece of a mystical heart shaped stone found on the swampland of her ancestors. The necklace has been handed down for generations in her family from the first-born daughter to her daughter. The pendant responds to Abby and often appears to have a life of its own. I used the calcite pendant as a medium for Abby to channel strength from the collective community of the fairy nymphs.

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My research on calcite explained that these fairy stones aid in the channeling process when it is grounded and practical, but not when the work is ungrounded or not for the good of others. In addition, the stones offer protection from evil spirits, offers psychic security, and protects the wearer by helping them to stay connected to the Earth’s center. Fairy stones often adopt the people they wish to help, giving the adoptees the nickname of “little helpers.”

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I portrayed Abby Forester as following the hero’s journey. Since Calcite brings positivity to a person’s mental and emotional life, the gemstone was necessary to the story telling.

At the beginning of the story, Abby is fourteen years old and has left her hometown of Chicago, IL to travel to her Aunt Magnolia’s home in Blackberry Ridge, Florida. Her mother is dead, and her father has disappeared due to drug addiction. Her aunt becomes her legal guardian.

Abby is not a typical teenager, and her family circumstances have aged her. She is used to being on her own and dealing with life head-on. In fact, Abby is quite unusual. She is clairaudient and can communicate and understand the languages of all creatures, birds, and insects. This unique ability allows her to communicate with all the fairy nymph clans, making her a fairy whisperer.

As you can see, the use of a symbol in your writing can become part of your hero’s identity. For Abby, the calcite pendant stands for a tangible connection to her mother and family. Since her mother is dead, the stone brings her comfort when nothing else can. It also represents her connection and responsibility to protect the fairy nymph clans which becomes a symbol of her ability to survive impossible circumstances.

A symbol, like Abby’s calcite pendant, also gives your readers a way to connect with the hero in your novel. I contacted my friend, Irene, from IreneDesign2011, and asked for her help in bringing Abby’s calcite pendant to life. Irene outdid herself!

The small calcite heart stone pendant is pictured below. Here is the link to Irene’s Etsy site where you can buy your own jewelry:

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The large calcite heart stone pendant is also pictured below. Here is the link:

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Symbolism in a YA fantasy/magical realism novel can be powerful to your readers and helps to reinforce your story line. The symbol or branding will live on in the hearts of your readers.


I am a veteran of the United States Air Force, and a retired bookkeeper. When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with my husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, I also love gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into complex works of art.

I live in the mountains of Colorado with my husband, and my two, sweet little-old-lady Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can stop by and visit me on my website I’d love hearing from you.

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Sugar and Spice


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