New Family Member: Goffin’s Cockatoo, Memphis!

10922519_1538951323055584_2706017299611945980_n This is my new baby, Memphis. Memphis is a Goffin’s Cockatoo, the smallest of the cockatoos, but packed with all the personality and charm and love of the cockatoo breed.

I’d been looking to get another bird for some time now, really, over a year. But I didn’t want just ‘any’ bird. So I started by researching breeds. I was almost 100% certain I wanted a caique. I love their cheeky personalities, and though they are a little bigger than Conner, they aren’t so much bigger I was worried Conner would be afraid of them. So next I set out for the second criteria for my next bird: I wanted to rescue one, not buy one.

It’s a bit of a pickle of mine, but as long lived as birds are, it’s likely they will go through multiple homes throughout their lives, and as highly intelligent as they are, but not being able to communicate with us like we can with each other, the changing of homes for birds is traumatic. I personally would be happy if they outlawed buying birds and made them only available through rescue. There would be enough black market breeders and birds in need of homes–when birds can live upwards of 70 to 90 years depending on breed–that there will ALWAYS be birds in need of rescue/adoption, and there is no need to sell or breed birds again.

That said, it’s interesting to note that the only reason th...

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If I Was A Bird…What Kind Of Flock Would I Fly With? Lessons For Living Right

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If I Was A Bird…What Kind Of Flock Would I Fly With? Lessons For Living Right

New York, NY, February 9, 2015 – Teaching kids to accept others is a lesson no one can afford to ignore. If I Was A Bird…What Kind Of Flock Would I Fly With? (DoctorZed Publishing) by Peter Sacco offers a light touch on a serious topic.

Tragedies resulting from bullying seem to be multiplying, and intolerance of cultural and religious differences is all too common. Author, professor and therapist Peter Sacco asks teachers, parents and counselors, how will this negative phenomenon ever change?

Simple: Through kids!

In If I Was A Bird, Billy is taken on a journey, encountering many different birds, their habits, their lifestyles, and their own unique quirks...

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Cover Reveal & Pre-order: CRESCENT CITY, by Chariss K. Walker

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24011412-crescent-city

Author website: http://chariss.com/Crescent-City.php

Crescent City 1st chapterhttp://chariss.com/Excerpt.php

Genre: Adult, dark urban fantasy

The wicked are punished and the oppressed are freed on the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana. Warning: This novel is very graphic. It includes V for Violence; M for Murder; P for Pedophiles and Priests; A for Angel-Avenger; D for Demon-Destroyer; R for Rape.

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Author Interview: Candy Rayne

10711093_691627540933442_6568954232856501722_nCandy Rayne was raised as a Navy brat moving to various places during her childhood. She has lived in Lemoore, Visalia, and San Diego in California before moving to Norfolk Virginia where she graduated high school and went on to get an Associate’s Degree in Social Science from Tidewater Community College. From there she moved to Pascagoula Mississippi, where she currently resides. She joined the electrical apprenticeship program through Northrop Grumman which is now Huntington Ingalls. She has been building naval ships for close to seven years now.

She is married to a very loving husband and has three gorgeous children. She got her big break as a published author from Glenda Wallace, owner of Pink Kiss Publishing. Candy Rayne’s first novel Tangled Web was published on December 25th 2011. Yes Christmas day! What a wonderful gift. She went on to have Concrete Rose published in June of 2013. With this being her dream she has no plans of stopping anytime soon.

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Author Interview: Alicia D’Aversa

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Alicia D’Aversa:  No actually. I used to want to be the equivalent to Steve Irwin when I was younger, he was my idol. Then he died and I got scared out of my mind, and around the same time I was really into Harry Potter. So when I finished the first book of that series, I said to myself, this is what I want to do. I want to make people feel alive with words. To make them feel something with people that aren’t weird.

Tell us a little bit about your book/s.

Alici...

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Book Review: SEEKER, by Arwen Elys Dayton

SEEKER, by Arwen Elys Dayton

Quin, Shinobu and John—three very different young people with three very different destinies that are compelled to intertwine. All three train to be a Seeker, but each for a different reason. Quin seeks to bring about justice and set things right. Shinobu wants to please his father and be near Quin. John has ulterior motives and a promise he needs to keep to someone. The only problem is: None of them have any clue what’s in store for them, and becoming a Seeker isn’t what any of them believe it to be.

Fast-paced, quick action and never a really dull moment can be found in this book. While I wouldn’t necessarily call it a page-turner, you definitely won’t find many moments in which you’re compelled to skim or skip anything, because everything has a purpose and the action just never lets up.

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Author Interview: Yza-Dora

Yza-Dora Author Interview:

author image 3My mom and I are a mother and daughter writing team and chose the pen name Yza-Dora, utilizing both our names incorporated together. We currently live in Nevada and this is our first attempt at writing a book. My mom is an established artist and I have taken writing as a full time career.

It’s rare today to find an author who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a ‘real’ job other than writing, and if so, what is it? What are some other jobs you’ve had in your life?

Yza: I think writing full-time is a real job. It takes just as much effort to sit and think about what you’re next sentence is going to be or your next idea. And it can take a toll physically sometimes as well as emotionally. But no, I’ve never had a job working for someone else and I believe if you can, always try to find a career where you can be your own boss.

Dora: I’ve worked in several positions in my life and over the past 20 years, worked in different departments at various Las Vegas hotels but had to retire due to arthritic conditions so now, I work with my daughter as co-author and it really is just another form of utilizing a talent.

What compelled you to w...

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Author Interview: Scott Coren

Scott Coren, Author of Matthew 13:44

Tell us about your book Matthew 13:44:

Matthew 13:44 is a novel which is influenced by true events. It is about strength in the face of adversity and how good can sometimes come from the bleakest of circumstances, though you wouldn’t know it until the darkness has lifted. Like many of us making our way through life, Lucy Sinclair will stumble, fall, get up and walk, all because there is no other alternative but to carry on; in her case for the sake of her critically ill daughter. And all the while, like the last days of Christ, she will be betrayed, tried and publicly humiliated by those who would do her harm for no other reason than their own personal gain...

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Reviews Mean Nothing to a Writer (or they shouldn’t)

I suppose one of the hardest things for me to get across to writers has been that they should not read the reviews on their books–for so many reasons. The main reason, how, comes down to my post I wrote called They’re Not For You! In this post, I talk about how book reviews are written from the consumer perspective to other consumers, and the only way their reviews can be written is the same way your book gets written: with bias based on personal experiences.

How do I know? Well, how about, one of my books that was written based off a real-life experience, in which a reviewer said, “No man would ever do that….” and I have to laugh, ’cause I know two men who did it! Or another who said a line of dialogue that was actually spoken in real life was unrealistic. But then I turn around and in a review two days later, someone says that my story was completely believable and that what she loved the most was how the dialogue was so much like real life conversations.

One person said I used the word ‘giggle’ too frequently, to the point that she said if the main character giggled one more time, she was going to throw the book or something… I searched the entire novella, over 70 completed page, and the word ‘giggle’ (or any derivative or conjugation thereof) appears exactly 7 times in the entire manuscript. Nice, huh?

Or when another person tells me that the story is completely unre...

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Inexperienced Football Fan

football-5-655092-mJust a short bit of humor to brighten your day that is a blast from my past with my son.

When my son was 11…he’ wasn’t much up on football. The person I was living with at the time was watching the game…my son was trying to “get into the game” and share it with him, but my son just flat didn’t understand the concept.

I’m sitting at my desk working, and here is what I am hearing in the background:

Son: So who are the Sooner’s?

Answer: Oklahoma.

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