Author Feature – Weave for Me a Dream by Kathryn Lynn Davis

Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C., 1895

In this emotional story of love and loss, anger and forgiveness, self-discovery and triumph, the characters in the Ivy family struggle against the adversities and realities of a time filled with bigotry and fear, as well as violence and danger, and secrets embodied in the people they once loved, but cannot now understand. Saylah Ivy, once shaman of her Salish tribe, now wife and mother, follows her white husband Julian as he seeks new adventure in the city.  Their love is their strength, but is it enough to help them face the conflicts that arise as Julian begins to make his mark fighting for the people who are too weak or too poor to fight for themselves? Meanwhile Saylah, with her gentle, sensitive nature and mystical sensibilities, continues to heal those she can, while the rhythm of her Native past calls out to her.

Saylah and their daughter Illiann must meet the challenge of living two lives—both Salish and White—while facing prejudice, discovery and danger along the way. Julian and their son Kit confront a powerful enemy who threatens their existence. Both adults must face the revelations of secrets long-suppressed by close friends and Julian’s missing mother, and the confused feelings that overwhelm them as they try to make sense of the new world they live in and the new challenges they face. But neither is prepared for the effect of the danger and disclosures on their children.

Sensuous and sorrowful Simone Ivy—who mysteriously left her husband and son over 20 years ago—holds in her heart more secrets than she can bear. She grieves for the loss of her son Julian, but is afraid to face him after so long. Will she find the courage to return to Vancouver Island? Will she tell her son the truth? Or does someone else know that truth, and dare he reveal it when it might destroy him?

The family must protect themselves from threats to both their bodies and their souls. They must battle their enemies to stay true to who they have become, and to discover a place where their hearts are at peace. Perhaps hardest of all, they must find a way to forgive those who hurt them long ago.

It takes all the understanding, strength and love each member of the Ivy family and their friends can gather to overcome the emotional and physical challenges that threaten both their peace and their very lives, in this novel about many relationships: from young boys discovering their first friendship, to first love, to married couples struggling with unexpected travails, to older characters trying to right old wrongs—interwoven with the story of Saylah’s quest to comprehend and follow the dictates of her soul and her history.

An Excerpt from the Book

THE STORYTELLER

Amidst the soft dark movement of the water, among the green and swaying trees, Old Grandmother sat at her ancient loom.
With her gnarled and spotted hands she worked the shuttle, weaving wordless stories in the wind, weaving the water’s light, through the fine-spun warp of the sturdy loom.
Her silver head bent to her task, she watched and listened, heard the voices of Time gone and Time to come, saw the faces of the children whose colored threads, interlaced and intertwined, were caught one by one in the ever-changing patterns that she wove into the living loom.
Her back was strong, if curved from years of toil, and this her great and final task, to echo weavers of another time, to create the fabric of lives lived, through the warp and woof of the enchanted loom.
She smiled, the old woman with the knowledge of the rhythm of the waters and the stars, and wept, and wove the stories that were lifted from the loom.

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About the Author

Kathryn Lynn Davis is a New York Times, Doubleday Book Club, Washington Post & #1 Amazon best-selling novelist. She is a multiple award-winner, including the Indy’s RONE. About her novel Too Deep for Tears (#5 on the Times): “A debut so stunning it will remind you of The Far Pavilions and The Thornbirds.” (The Chicago Tribune) Her first published novel received nationwide attention when it was banned in Medora, ND, the town where it is set. She began in traditional publishing, where her first eight novels were published, including her best-seller Sing to Me of Dreams (1990). But she became frustrated and stopped writing until she discovered Indy publishing in 2013. Now, 27 years in the making, she has finally published the long awaited sequel to Sing to Me–WEAVE FOR ME A DREAM. It feels to her like a miracle. “Davis has done for the Salish of British Columbia what Tony Hillerman did for the Navajo…Sing to Me of Dreams will establish her once and for all as a major novelist.” (San Bernardino Sun) She has now published nine novels, two novellas and one short story.

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Author Feature – Dream Frequency by S.J. Lomas

Christine would never have considered herself new recruit material for a secret U.S. agency. Until recently, she’s just been an ordinary girl graduating from high school and wondering if a relationship with Gabriel, a mysterious coworker, would grow into something romantic. When Christine’s fascination with Gabriel leads to her discovery of dreamworlds, she learns that she’s anything but ordinary. In this thrilling conclusion to Dream Girl Christine and Gabriel must choose their allegiances and face corruption, conspiracy, and the complexities of love in order to save themselves and everyone who matters most to them – or die trying.

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About the Author

S.J. Lomas, author of young adult novels Dream Girl and Dream Frequency has been entertaining people with her stories since she was four years old. She started writing them in 2nd grade and hasn’t stopped since.

She received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Eastern Michigan University, and attended a summer abroad at Oxford University where she found herself walking in the footsteps of Lewis Carroll and loved every second of it. She did a stint in advertising before getting her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.

The original concept for Dream Girl came to her in a dream during her undergrad years. She knew the idea would make a great story but didn’t know how to structure it until a few years later when she read A Crack in the Line by Michael Lawrence. Unfortunately, that epiphany came a few weeks before her wedding. She likes to tell people that she recalls thinking, “If I didn’t have to go on my honeymoon, I could probably get this whole book written in a couple weeks.” Luckily for her and her husband, she went on the honeymoon. The book took the backseat to life for a few more years while she was busy with her growing family. After encouragement from a former Literature professor, mentor, and friend, Paul McGlynn, and from a wonderful SCBWI first chapter critique from New York Times Bestselling author, Jay Asher, S.J. buckled down to complete the book. It was published in 2013 by Scribe Publishing in Royal Oak, MI.

Dream Girl received great reviews from Voice of Youth Advocates and The San Francisco Book Review.

Disappointment struck while in the middle of writing the sequel, Dream Frequency. Her publisher announced they would no longer publish fiction. After taking a few months off to regroup and strategize, S.J. was encouraged by her fans who kept asking, “What happens next?” To answer that question, S.J. formed 8N Publishing and decided to publish Dream Frequency, the sequel and the conclusion of the Dream Girl duology, on her own. Seven years of membership in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and twenty-one years of working in libraries have prepared her for this leap into publishing. She hopes readers will enjoy this new book and be inspired to follow their own dreams.

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Author Feature – Zackery Henderson Pandora’s Hope by R.B. Reardon

Zackery Henderson has always wanted to be the hero, much like the ones he’s played in the video games he loved so much – and he loved them for the simple distraction they provided during yet another painful deployment that separated him from his father. Now that his father was almost home from Afghanistan, Zack thought he would be able to get his life back on track. Back on track like, perhaps, any other teenager. You know, the mundane – school, homework, girls…

Yeah, right.

When Zack’s father returns home with a strange souvenir from the Middle East – a smooth, bronze stone with a powerful draw – his world is about to change… and not for the better. Zack is thrust into an inter-dimensional battle that will change the shape of reality as he, and the world, know it. He must stand between worlds – literally – as he fights to master the changes going on inside him, and the forces that have been set forth to stop those changes. Will he succeed or will the world as we know it cease to exist?

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R.B. Reardon was gracious enough to do an interview. Let’s learn a little more about the author.

What do you think is your very best feature or characteristic?

My wife would say my Wit and Humor. When I’m writing I like to think like the character, in this case a 16-year-old boy, and think of something clever a boy would say that not only entertains the reader but gives them a chance to laugh, grin, or giggle. That’s why I write.

Do you save trinkets and mementos?

I have a couple things from my grandfather that passed away a few years ago but besides that I don’t hold onto much. I’m not a minimalist but I don’t like clutter.

Do you like to plan things or do you like to be more spontaneous?

Life needs to be a good mix of plans and spontaneity. There’s no excitement when everything is planned and it’s too chaotic if you let the sails take over.

If you could have any superhero power, what would it be and why?

Invulnerability. I’ve grown up idolizing superhero’s like Superman and Wolverine and always thought to myself “If I were invincible I would save the world.” Which is why I joined the Army and served ten years. It was as close to helping to save the world as I could get.

What is one goal you plan to accomplish during your lifetime?

Making a living through my stories. My son loves to write. My wife loves to write. If we can live comfortably off our stories I’d say we “Made it.”

Did you choose writing or did it choose you?

I’ve written stories since I was in second grade. I used to draw comics. I wrote a 35 page story in Second grade and won a Creative Writing contest. I wouldn’t say it’s in my blood but its definitely what I was meant to do. I’ll do it regardless if I “Make it.”

What makes you laugh the most?

Witty one-liners and happy endings. Everyone gets a laugh out of fails on YouTube or kitten’s doing goofy things. I appreciate those video’s but I laugh far more at Bad Dad Jokes and happy endings of a story than I do any of the usual slapstick comedy.

What is your biggest pet peeve with modern technology?

The reliance. I’d like to sit in a cabin in the woods and write with no care, but now-a-days I have to have my email up. I have to be active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram in order to get a following and even then it’s incredibly hard.

What advice would you offer an aspiring writer?

Write. Doesn’t matter if it’s awful or full of errors. Just write. Even if its on a notepad that you throw away eventually. If you’re not willing to write when you do not have the motivation too; your writing when you do have the motivation won’t be as good if you were practicing all along.

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R.B. Reardon grew up a comic book and video game junkie. Stemming from those passions came a love for reading and mythology. The idea to combine all of those elements into a novel of his own did not sprout until ‘Elpys’ floated from a 2015 nighttime dream onto paper. Cliché, sure, but all of the best story ideas come from dreams.

As a U.S. Army war veteran, Mr. Reardon has seen the real heroes in action. He served three overseas tours in the Army, separated from his wife and children for months at a time. While the fantastical adventures Zack embarks on are fiction, the emotions felt during the deployment reunion described in this novel are as real as pages of this book.

Mr. Reardon lives in Georgia with his wife, their three children, and spastic Boxer, Moose.

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Author Feature – Perfect Stranger by Lindsey Powell

Wrong Choices… Bad judgements… Despair…

Stacey Paris is in a relationship with the arrogant Charles Montpellior. Charles is controlling, leaving Stacey no room to breathe. She needs to make some major changes in her life, but it isn’t until a familiar face from her past resurfaces that she is able to seriously re-evaluate the choices that she has made so far. Jake Waters is mysterious, handsome, charming and intriguing. Stacey first met Jake six months ago, when they shared a passionate encounter together. Since then, she has tried to forget about how he made her feel. She is trying to concentrate on her relationship with Charles, but she is fighting a losing battle.
Jake’s reappearance will make Stacey feel emotions that she has never experienced before. Is Jake as perfect as she thinks he is?
Stacey seems to think so.
So, why is it that she ends up fighting for her life?

Only one way to find out….

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Let’s learn a little more about the author, Lindsey Powell.

What do you think is your very best feature or characteristic?

My ability to empathise with others in their hour of need.

Do you save trinkets and mementos?

I keep any cards or mementos that my two beautiful children have given me.

Do you like to plan things or do you like to be more spontaneous?

Before becoming a mother I would say that I was more spontaneous in my decisions. However, now I tend to plan more. Although when the odd occasion arises for an evening out with friends, I like to put on my gladrags and go with the flow.

If you could have any superhero power, what would it be and why?

Telekinesis would be my super power as this would enable me to write without being interrupted to do things.

What advice would you offer an aspiring writer?

Follow your own path and don’t let anyone dissuade you from your goals. I never thought that my book would be read by others, but now that it is, I am so glad that I put aside my fears. Dreams can be achieved, so just go for it.

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Lindsey lives in South West, England, with her partner and two children, and she works within a family run business. She started working on Perfect Stranger in 2013. Her love of reading inspired her to write her own novel.

Lindsey has been friends with Victoria, the designer, since 2005. The Perfect Series has become a reality as a result of their combined talents. Lindsey being able to work with a close friend, has made the journey through this more personal and rewarding. Seeing their work come to life is incredible.

Perfect Stranger is the first book of The Perfect Series.

 

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Book Two in the Perfect series, Perfect Memories, is being released this month! Look for details and connect with Lindsey on Social Media:

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Author Feature – More Beginnings by Iris Blobel

Zach Taylor, an escort in Sydney, living in Hobart, enlists the help of Natasha Peterson when his teenage friend, Mia, runs away. He soon finds out that the ‘dragon’ is really more of a kitten. And although Natasha, Mia’s teacher, is attracted to him as well, she has her own problems to deal with, not to mention her initial reaction to Zach’s occupation.

Will Zach’s job keep him from a chance to be with Natasha?

Life is good for teenager Mia Levesque. But when Darren Schuster shows up in Hobart, she knows something is up once Sophie and Mark cut their weekend away short and rush home in the middle of the night. When Sophie won’t answer Mia’s questions, emotions run high, and Zach confirms Darren’s identity to Mia. Disappointed, angry, and feeling alone, Mia runs away.

Will life settle back into a routine for Mia once she finds out about the stranger in her life?

New Beginnings have given the Levesque girls a new start in life, will More Beginnings be another chance for them?

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Story Excerpt:

Zach Taylor’s young neighbour, Mia, let out a long sigh as she joined him on his front porch and sat next to him on the swing. Enjoying a cool lemonade, he invited her to grab a soft drink from the fridge as well. It was a warm summer day, and the air showed no sign of cooling down. A lot of people in Hobart were weary of the unusual hot spell for the very southern Australian city.
With another hefty sigh, Mia raked through her long, blond hair and stared into the distance.

“Honestly, Zach, she’s a dragon. I’m sure she does it on purpose. She doesn’t like me. She thinks I’m spoilt.”

The dragon in question was Miss Peterson, Mia’s high school English teacher. There was no doubt that Mia liked school, and she enjoyed her classes. And even though English wasn’t her worst subject, it certainly was the toughest one, with Miss Peterson piling on homework one after the other.

Zach took a sip of his drink before he replied, “Hey, pumpkin, settle down. What’s that supposed to mean you’re ‘spoilt’?”

She lifted her shoulder in a slight shrug. “You know!”

Raising his brows, he replied, “Actually I don’t know! Isn’t she Sophie’s good friend?”

Another shrug. “Kind of, I suppose. They used to do the boxing stuff together, and since Soph’s carrying a baby, they go and enjoy coffee and cake instead every once in a while.”

Ignoring his chuckle, she went inside and helped herself to cold lemonade. She opened the can with a simple click as she returned outside and took a long sip.

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Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.
Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.
Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.

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