Interview with Robert Coots,
Interviewed by Tarak Ghosh
1.How do you like to introduce yourself - as a poet or as a novelist?
"I am both; I suppose if I had to choose it would be as an Author first. I love poetry ad well; making a thread of imagination blossom into a life of it's own. I have not completes a full book of poetry but I have two novels."
2.Where do you feel more comfortable? In the world of poems or in the
world of novels?
"That is hard to say; I am comfortable in both. I enjoy both. The work for an author is a little harder than that of a poet. A lot more to edit."
3. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
"My novel's are written for all to enjoy. I suppose young adult is my target audience. They should read my book because I think they would find them exciting and entertaining."
4.Do you think writing is a passion more than a profession?
"It has to be a passion; as far as I am concerned, to be a worthy profession."
5.How do you assess your writings as a reader?
"I need work of course; my grammar skills are not my strength. My imagination is beyond most in my field. If there were a school of the imagination I would have a Masters Degree."
6.You were in the U.S. army; did your background help you to be an
author? If yes, how?
"I would have to say yes for Sara's Quest; my first novel. it would not be as well written without my service. many of the military values are incorporated into the main character Sara."
7.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who is your inspiration?
"I am a very creative person. I love RPG's. In fact I am working on one of my own. My inspiration is a little different than most people I suppose. I had difficulty, and still do; with grammar. Several kind people; Ralph Knight and my mother helped me threw some of it. J.R.R. Tolkien was a major contributor. He created a language from his imagination. Along with some of the creatures we read about today."
8.When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
"I just started writing one day. I got so into it, I didn't stop until I hit a writers block. That is probably when I decided. Trying to get past it
Was an experience in itself."
9.Who is your favorite character from your books? Is there anything
that you would like to say to your readers and why? What does she/he
do that is so special?
"I would have to say Spade for Sara's Quest and Sebastian for Spell Thief. To my readers, I say never stop learning. Always try to learn something everyday. If you don't you get tired of the same things day in and day out. I also want to thank them for reading my novels; without them I would be just some guy that writes a lot."
11.How did you choose the genre you write in?
"Sara's Quest just sort of happened, it chose me I guess. Spell thief is a different story. I have always loved fantasy."
12.Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any
way either growing up or as an adult?
"The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien is one of my favorites and the first real novel I read. The way he put words to paper is remarkable "
13.Give us an idea about your 'Sara's Quest' and 'Spell Thief'.
"Sara's Quest is more a science fiction mystery. Sara has to find her father when he vanishes coming back from a mission to Mars. She spends her young adult life learning about her father; Space Marshal Jack ( The Hammer) Smith."
"Spell Thief is a story based on the Character class for Advanced Dungeons and Dragons created by a friend of mine named Danny. He brought the character to our gaming table to test. He gave me permission to write a story based on it."
14.Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely
"Every story has some truth to it. But I wouldn't want to give away to much. The reality is; the readers would have to decide that for themselves."
15.Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is
there a theme or idea you'd love to work with?
"Of course, they are both very good story lines. I love all the characters I created. I do have my favorites. Sebastian is the maim character for Spell Assassin, the second book for Spell Thief. So far it is more from his perspective and allows the readers to toy with their own darker side."
16.Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers?
"So much to say with so little time to say it. The aspect of time in relation with the possibility of things to come; generate a drive within my soul to put pin to paper. I have so many stories within me, I can barley stand to stay on track with a particular tale. I am currently working on many tales that needs to escape my imagination. To free them is my job; nay, my duty to the world. I just hope the world will be ready for my work before my story ends."
W'Hyani, a 15-year-old tribal female, was born strong, willful, and the predestined Keeper of the Crystal Heart. She is unaware of the shard’s universal significance and that it heralds the realization of her destiny.
W'Hyani discovers her strengths and power by overcoming myriad adversities, while in keeping with her tribal customs and honoring the wisdom of her elders. Her will, fortitude, and ingenuity are repeatedly and - at times - brutally tested by the cosmic forces that sculpted her destiny. She must learn to trust blindly and overcome fear exhaustively, without fully knowing why she was born the Keeper of the Crystal Heart, the requisite key to unlocking the mystery of the Great Mosaic of Life.
She ultimately comes face-to-face with herself in a battle that would shrink the will of the most intrepid warrior, unaware that the realization of her destiny will irrevocably impact all beings on earth and beyond.
Website - http://tinafrisco.com/
1. How did you come up with the title of Plateau?
I had originally named the manuscript "Beyond the Trees." Then one day while I was working a crossword puzzle, the word "publish" appeared, followed by the word "plateau." A light-bulb moment! It was then that I renamed my novel "Plateau" and subtitled it "Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012."
2. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
The Crystal Heart is a dominant symbol throughout the story, and I envisioned it as being prismatic. I asked a dear friend to draw the cover art, and the end product was exquisite.
3. Who is your favorite character from your books and why?
I don't have a favorite. I took great care in developing all of them, and each holds a special place in my heart.
4. How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
I don't have a least favorite either. Each one is unique and vital to the story's integrity.
5. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
Plateau is intended for Young Adult and Adult. It's a novel of hope, conveyed through mystery and adventure. Its underlying message is that we must keep our hearts open and act from love instead of reacting from fear, and we must practice gratitude and compassion within every moment and with every breath. In so doing, we’ll raise our vibratory rate and help elevate the human species to a higher consciousness, facilitating both personal and global peace. And above all, we must harm none and walk in beauty…
6. If you could change 'one' thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
I would flesh out the story, adding more events and characters. Deepening the mystery and escalating the adventure would, I think, give the book a broader appeal.
I began writing the book in early 2012 after watching one too many "doomsday" documentaries regarding the supposed end of the Mayan calendar on December 21st of that year. I don't embrace apocalyptic theories and was compelled to write a novel of hope. But for it to be timely, I needed to publish by mid-year. This shortened time schedule impeded writing a longer manuscript.
7. What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Recommending it to others is top of list, because word-of-mouth is most effective in growing an audience. Also, folks could write a review on Amazon, promote it on their social networks, feature it on their websites, interview me on their blogs, and ask their local libraries and bookstores to carry it. I've had one middle school put it on their mandatory reading list, so introducing it to schools is another option. And the list goes on!
8. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Plateau?
I learned that the use of shorter, everyday words are more effective than use of the esoteric or arcane. I love words, and I enjoy learning new ones. But most readers don't want to have to consult a dictionary while reading for amusement.
9. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Many readers have thanked me for writing Plateau. And most of my reviews have been highly favorable. Here are a few excerpts: "Tina not only has a unique style in her writing: her different view on some values that we thought were written in stone is refreshing and unsettling." "Your writing is beautiful and there are so many wise insights there. I found myself wanting to underline as is my habit with good books." "The message imparted is an important one...Only by extinguishing all thoughts of greed, hate and envy, as well as any desires to cause harm to others or nature can we once again return to the ideals imparted by our ancestors." "The author is a natural storyteller, and the action quickly flows along with a lyrical sense of optimism and wild adventure..."
10. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Many of the emotions felt and dilemmas faced by my characters are a reflection of my own life experiences. The story line, however, is a product of my vivid and undaunted imagination!
11. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Here's a quote from one of my reviews that encapsulates the criticism I've received: "The only faults one could find with this work are perhaps an over-abundance of adjectives that tend to make reading somewhat cumbersome. It also takes some time to get used to the characters' names and positions within the tribe. Some flipping back to an index is definitely required."
And here's a quote that I consider my best compliment to date: "Tina Frisco has penned a riveting little book that packs a big message as it gently challenges the reader to search for answers on how to restore and sustain our Mother Earth."
12. What can we expect from you in future.
I'm working on a sequel to Plateau, which has taken a back burner to my series of children's books. The reason for this is that one of my nieces had quadruplets in late 2012, and another had triplets in early 2014. To say that I've been "inspired" is a bit of an understatement! I now have 12 great nieces/nephews, who are providing plenty of fodder for the stories. I've completed the first book in the series and have submitted it to several publishers. If none of them pick it up, I'll self-publish.
13. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers?
Don't give up! Don't ever get discouraged by writer's block. Sometimes we have to walk away from our writing for a day or so, and when we return to it refreshed, we find that our thoughts are free-flowing once again. And don't get discouraged by publisher rejections. There's a plethora of reputable self-publishing options available nowadays, as well as myriad online support groups, websites, etc. Follow your passion and allow it to lead you to your goal.
Sharon C. Williams is Face 2 Face
1. ACIT :You have a B.S. degree but you love writing. When did you start
writing? Were you inspired by anyone or it was an instinct ?
In 2009, my husband told a friend of mine that he felt I wrote well. She then told me. Mulling that over, a story began to form in my mind that summer. Later that year, I had two surgeries within 6 weeks of each other. Having time while recuperating, I started to write.
I wrote on what I knew, my parrot Jasper. He adopted us in 1999 at the age of five. His antics and personality practically wrote the book, for the mannerisms that are in my book I have observed by watching Jasper. He was my inspiration along with my husband's third party nudge.
2. ACIT : Why did you choose writing, especially for the children? You like
birds and you are also a birdwatcher. Are they and their untold
stories inspire you to write? Do you find any chemistry between the
beauty of nature and a writer's imagination?
To be honest, I'm uncertain why I chose this genre to write my first book. It just seemed natural that Jasper would be meant for children. It would be, I felt , a great opportunity for me to educate kids on the rainforest and Amazon parrots. Especially since my main character was a living breathing member of my family.
You nailed it; their untold stories. I like to educate people about birds if I can. Most people are familiar with dogs, cats, and fish as the average pets. Well, at least, when I was growing up. It's not often I come across someone in my area that has a bird. It's a perfect opportunity to share with the world how amazing and loving they can be. They each have their own distinct personalities, and will love you to pieces if you only let them which I have.
I absolutely find chemistry between the beauty of nature and a writer's imagination. I love to get inspiration from writing and picture prompts. Most of my short stories and smaller books have come from these, but nature is a whole new world. My book, Squirrel Mafia, that I will be releasing myself in February, is a true story based on my year long war with the squirrels in my back yard. It's something people might not think to write on if they did not take a step back, and look outside at our wonderful world.
The chemistry is there, and it flows so brilliantly. I love tapping into this source, for it is never-ending, and you never know where it will take you. That, alone, fascinates me to look outside.
3. ACIT : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I would love to have my books in a library and in the schools. My big dream, and we should all have them, is to have Jasper made into a movie. I’d like my career to grow as more people learn about my books. For them to read and enjoy something I wrote. To me, that’s such a amazing feeling. One, that doesn’t get old. I hope to entertain people for a long time.
4. ACIT :What genre are your books?
I range from fiction to non-fiction. The genres are children, true-life, comedy, action, and mystery. On occasion, I do dabble in other genres. This is mostly due to writing to any prompts I see/are given to me.
5. So, what have you written?
These are the ones that have been released to the public so far.
Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rainforest Adventure
Dragons In The Attic
I will be self publishing my book, Squirrel Mafia, in February 2014.
The books that I need to revise and edit are my three NaNoWriMo books, which are:
A Woman of Color
Numerous short stories have been written, and my editor and I are working on making them into anthologies that are to be released when time permits.
I'm also writing the third installment of the Jasper series.
6.Where can the book lovers buy or see them?
Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.
7.Give us an insight into your main characters. ( A Rainforest
Adventure, Jasper, Amazon Parrot) What does he/she do that is so
Jasper is an Amazon parrot living in the rainforest alongside his mother and brother. The story starts off as he hatches. Being the older brother, it’s up to him to watch over his younger sibling, Willie, and make sure he’s okay as the two venture out to explore with their friends, George, the sloth, and Charlie, a spider monkey.
As the boys start to grow and emerge fully feathered, hard lessons are learned. Their good friend, Charlie, who is a bit older and has been around the jungle longer, helps the brothers navigate through perils, and keep them from harm. Without his help and knowledge, the two brothers would surely come to harm.
8. What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of
self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
Before my book was picked up, I would have to say that with self-publishing you have total control of your book, while with traditional publishing you have to give up a little bit.
I have done both ends of the spectrum, published traditionally and self-published.
As an author, I feel we need to embrace both avenues. When one self-publishes, you have total control of your product. How you want to present and market it is all on you. Having final say is a powerful thing to have when it comes to one's book. Traditional publishing does take some of the weight off your shoulders. My book, Jasper, was picked up by a traditional publisher, and with that came an illustrator that made the beautiful cover for my book. This might have been something I could not have had if I had self-published.
A misconception, though, in traditional publishing, is they will take care of all of the PR for you. That is no longer true. Authors are required to do the leg work as well regardless of what format they get their book out in.
What I did like with my publisher is having the final say on things as if I was self-publishing it. That was reassuring as well as frightening. A wrong decision along the way can determine how well your book does, and the person you have to answer to is staring back at you in the mirror.
Not all publishers give you that much say in the process of getting a book out. I was very fortunate on that account. It all depends on what your strengths are as a writer, and how much you are willing to do for your book.
9. For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional
Easy question–a real book. I have always told people the only way I was getting a tablet to read a book was if someone bought me one. My husband got me one this year. I just prefer a real book, the smell the feel, and the actual turning of a page. Not an ereader turning it for me. To go into a used bookstore, and spend hours there is one of life's simple pleasures, something you can’t get from a ebook.
I get the point of one, you can store many, many, many books on a tablet. When I am on vacation, I will use mine. But it can, and never will, take away my love for a real book. It, and I, have bonded from a young age, and I don't see that changing any time soon.
10. Do you think that you have a social duty as an author?
I believe if we are able to make a difference, then by all means, we should. There are so many injustices being done in the world that a lot of us know nothing about. Making awareness through our writings is a great way, so long as it is done in a way that isn't harmful. My book, A Woman of Color, addresses an issue that few people know about.
11. What sociological problem hurts you more?
Any issue that affects children is hard on my heart. They are our future that will lead us into the next generation. If we stifle that, be it through abuse, education, or lack of basic necessities, we are doing the world a great disservice.
Another one that is hard is abuse on animals. My birds are not my pets, they are my family. I can't watch the ASPCA commercials on TV because it reduces me to tears when I see what humans are capable of. There are so many beautiful creatures who will love us unconditionally. Loving them back should be automatic. Knowing how my birds love me, and visa versa, I truly can't comprehend why anyone would want to hurt animals.
Environmental issues . . . I'm a tree hugger in spirit, and seeing our great world being treated like a throwaway piece of equipment is something else that breaks my heart. We have one Earth, and we need to all share and take care of it. Last time I checked, we don't have another place to go to when our present world gives up on us.
12. Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?
I have to say I have two–Agatha Christie and Stephen King.
I have all of Christie's books, minus the ones that are no longer in print. She was a lady who could masterfully weave a story so tight that it kept you turning the pages. I would love to talk to her about her profession, and how she penned such amazing stories.
Anyone who talks to me knows how much I love King. He and I are from the same state, which makes me a bit biased, but I love horror. I absolutely love horror books and movies. To me, there is no one better than him when it comes to making me jump out of my skin while reading a book. I would love to be able to sit down and just listen, to soak up the crumbs he’s spilled.
A tidbit people outside of the state might not know about is King's generosity. He has donated quite a lot of money to local libraries in my state. In fact, my small town of 800 only, has a library due to his huge contribution. He was called upon, and he delivered. To just say thank you to him face to face would mean a lot to me. He is more than just a writer to the people of Maine.
13. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
One piece of advice?
Write on what you know, even if it's just one sentence. The beauty is wrapping a book around that one piece of knowledge.
It's okay to write outside the box, though. Heck, I'm wrapping up a novelette whose genre is that of paranormal, which I had no clue on how or what to write about. It’s based on a storm door stuck in a tree. I might not know paranormal, but I know about storm doors and what they look like.
When I write about something I know and am passionate about, it is a work of love. The pages fly by for me when this happens, and before I know it, I am typing the end. It's not work at all.
Also, don't give up. Define what success means to you, and work toward that. Everyone has a different definition of meaning.
If at all possible, hang out with fellow writers, whether that’s through groups in town or online. Who better understands us than other writers?
14.What do you say about 'Hook the reader'?
I believe this is essential to any book, regardless of genre. We have such a short window to entice the reader. If you don't draw your readers in, they will only go so far into the book before putting it down. There are so many books out there they can easily turn to. So by all means, get a hook by the first page if you can help it. For once you do, you might just keep your reader all the way to the end.
15. What type of story you like to write more and why?
I love to write from writing and picture prompts. From that, comes stories of different genres.
The anthology that was just released by my writing group has a story by me that came from a picture of a door in a tree. From there, I developed a 10k paranormal short story. It’s a genre I have never written in, and didn't think I would be able to. My point is, my stories vary from genre to genre. I let the story take a lead on wherever it wants to go.
Which one do I like to write more on, well . . . that’s a tough question. I don't lean toward any one in particular. I like to write outside the box, and see where it takes me.
A Chapter in TIME & Tina Frisco
1. You started writing when you were just a child. Why did you pick and choose writing?
It wasn’t really a choice. Writing is part of who I am. It’s second nature to me.
2. You’re a writer, a singer, a songwriter. Which do you prefer in introducing yourself? What impresses you more?
None of those impresses me more than any of the others. I am a writer, I am a singer, I am a songwriter – all of which are part of who I am. To say that I prefer one over any of the others would be equivalent to saying that I prefer living to breathing!
3. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I plan to write a sequel to my novel Plateau: Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012. Also, I’m currently writing a series of children’s books, inspired by one of my niece’s having quadruplets. The first book is completed, and I’m waiting to hear from publishers. The series will be traditionally as well as ethically educational. Children learn morality at a very early age, and I feel a responsibility to address this. Another of my nieces just had triplets, so I have plenty of fodder for the series!
4. Which writers inspire you?
Lynn Andrews has inspired me not only by the content of her writing, but also by her tenacious dedication to her craft. Her willingness to write about her spiritual growth in a detailed and personal way profoundly encouraged my writing. I’m also inspired by the myriad of Indie writers I’ve come to know on social networks. These folks literally walk through fire to publish and promote their work. They persevere beyond measure and are resolute in achieving their goals. And there’s a plethora of other writers, both classic and modern, who inspire me – too many to name.
5. What genre are your books?
My novel is fiction - subcategorized as Fantasy and Young Adult - with a spiritual bent. And I’m currently engaged in writing is a series of children’s books.
6. So, what have you written?
Aside from my novel and the children’s-book series, I’ve written book reports, essays, songs, articles in the medical field, human-interest pieces, and essays for a spiritual journal.
7. Where can book lovers buy or see them?
My novel can be previewed/purchased through the following sites: Amazon Amazon UK FriesenPress Barnes & Noble Chapters Indigo Smashwords Spangaloo iTunes Google Books eBookPie Book Club Reading List Ask David Tina Frisco
8. Give us an insight into your main characters. What does s/he do that is so special?
W’Hyani, the protagonist in Plateau, is a 15-year-old tribal female who discovers her strengths and destiny by overcoming adversity while honoring the wisdom of her elders. Her will, fortitude, and ingenuity are tested relentlessly. She must learn to trust blindly and overcome fear exhaustively, without fully knowing why she was born the Keeper of the Crystal Heart, the requisite key to the Great Mosaic of Life. She ultimately comes face-to-face with herself in a battle that would shrink the will of the most intrepid warrior, unaware that realizing her destiny will irrevocably impact all beings on earth and beyond. W'Hyani's people, the E'Ghali, inject humor and wisdom throughout this tale of adventure and hope.
9. As a reader, what's your opinion about Plateau: Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012?
I doubt that I can be objective! Plateau was my début novel, and I took great care in crafting it. I like its format, and it is well-written. I’m also pleased with its underlying message: “We must keep our hearts open and act from love instead of reacting from fear, and we must practice gratitude and compassion within every moment and with every breath. In so doing, we'll help elevate the human species to a higher consciousness, facilitating both personal and global peace.”
However, one thing I would change is the number and form of adjectives – I’d use fewer and more common ones. Also, I’d like to flesh out the novel, deepening the mysterious aspect and broadening the adventurous to include more of the characters.
10. Between the central character of Plateau and you, do you find any similarity?
Yes, many similarities. Like W’Hyani, I’m a tenacious being, strong and ingenious. One of my mantras is, “There’s always an alternative to the present situation.” I’m clever and creative and will usually find a way around any obstacle. I’ll defy fear by facing it, regardless if I’m shaking in my boots! I have great stamina and draw on my inner fortitude when hindered or faced with a risky dilemma. And like W’Hyani, conceding is not an option!
11. What inspires you to be a writer?
I’m influenced by the people and events in my life and in the world, as well as by my spiritual path. Everything happens for a reason, and I use this as a platform for developing plots and intrigue. I also feel a responsibility to share my spiritual insights, and I infuse these into the theme throughout my writing.
12. What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing versus being traditionally published?
Self-publishing allows the author to maintain all rights to her/his work. It offers greater freedom in layout and editing, in choosing a cover image and illustrations, and in setting a deadline for publication. Drawbacks can include financing – having to pay for all aspects of the publication process – as well as having to bear the full burden of marketing and promotion.
Traditional publishing is easier on the wallet, since the publisher bears the cost of publishing. It also has a broader marketing reach. But many traditional publishers are now asking the author to share in promotion of the work, and most require relinquishment of certain rights.
13. For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hardback books?
I don’t own an eReader and doubt that I ever will. I prefer holding a book in my hands, turning pages, and inserting an actual bookmark. I love the smell of a new book. And I take pleasure in seeing a book sitting on my desk, waiting for me to pick it up once again.
14. Do you think that you have a social duty as an author since you are a social activist?
Yes. As I’ve explained above, I feel a responsibility to share my insights. It’s the nature of the activist to share. However, there is a caveat: sharing insights must be done with respect for others’ opinions and beliefs; otherwise, your words fall on deaf ears at best, and garner enemies at worst.
15. As a writer, what sociological problem hurts you most?
Intolerance. There are as many opinions and ways of life as there are people in the world. As long as peoples’ words and actions do no harm, we need to practice tolerance for others’ beliefs and ways of being. And if we want to create change for the betterment of Mother Earth and all her beings, we need first to move into a place of gratitude in our hearts; this fosters tolerance, and once in gratitude, we can go anywhere.
16. Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet, and why?
I’d love to meet Albert Einstein. His genius afforded him insight into the spiritual realm, and I’d love to spend a day with him walking in nature.
17. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don't give up! Don't ever get discouraged by writer's block. Sometimes we have to walk away from our writing for a day or so, and when we return to it refreshed, we find that our thoughts are free-flowing once again. And don't get discouraged by publisher rejections. There's a plethora of reputable self-publishing options available nowadays, as well as myriad online support groups, websites, etc. Follow your passion and allow it to lead you to your goal!
18. What do you say about “Hook the reader”?
Unfortunately, given the millions of books available today, an author needs to employ this tactic in order to interest and garner readers. I call it “unfortunate” because it smacks of an advertising scam. If the book is well-written, one would hope that it could stand on its own merit. However, there are many genre readers out there, and it can be difficult to lure them away from their first love. A good “hook” may encourage them to look elsewhere for entertainment that will leave them pleasantly surprised.
19. What type of story and novel do you prefer to write, and why?
I prefer to write books that have a message to impart rather than merely entertain. I feel this deepens the impact of the story and in and of itself is entertainment.
20. What should be the precious quality of a person to be a real human being?
Gratitude. When one sits in gratitude, all else falls into place.
21. As a singer, what is your ambition?
None at the moment. I’m too busy writing stories!
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Winston the Duck and HIs Big Orange Bill
Winston the duck is born on Cady Cove Lake to Mr. and Mrs. Mallard Duck. All the animals come to see the blessed event. But when Winston is born, he has a big orange bill that makes him different. Winston knows God made him different for a reason and is determined to find out why.
One night after the family goes to sleep, Winston heads out on a journey around Cady Cove Lake. He meets Mr. Turtle who laughs at him, but Winston just keeps walking. He meets Mr. Raccoon and together they search for the reason Winston has a big orange bill. The two get into trouble with an owl that wants to eat them for dinner!
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Sharon C. William
Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rainforest Adventure
by Sharon C. Williams (Goodreads Author)
Jasper learns the importance of family and friendship through a rainforest adventure.
Sharon C.William has penned an absolutely delightful book, that will be loved by children of all ages or adults young at heart.
Jasper learns the importance of family and friendship through a rainforest adventure
CEO/Owner/Writer at Rainbows of Happiness LLC
HONESTY IN WW2 by Chris Jean Clarke
Where The Mind Is Without Fear
Where The Mind Is Without Fear
Rabindra Nath Tagore
It was translated in English from his original Bengali poem, 'Chitto Jetha bhoy shunyo'
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
CHRIS JEAN Memorable Story and Flash fiction
The Hand of Fate [Kindle Edition]
Chris-Jean Clarke (Author)
Blurb: Stan loved his solitude, and would slay all who disregarded this.
This story contains acts of violence.
Wielding his fork and making stabbing motions in the air, he looked around furtively awaiting the first of many victims that evening
Honesty in WW2 . (Extended version) http://www.bookrix.com/_ebook-chris-clarke-honesty-in-ww2/ Mid-summer, 1944 Britain was embroiled in war. Many were grieving as they had lost loved ones, yet the city and towns' folk needed to make another sacrifice. They felt emotionally compelled to send...
The moral of this story is to show compassion and politeness to anyone, regardless of their status as you never know when or how it will be returned.
'PLATEAU' By Tina Frisco
Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012 by Tina Frisco
W’Hyani was born strong, willful, and the predestined Keeper of the Crystal Heart, the key to unlocking the mystery of the Great Mosaic of Life. Unaware of the shard’s significance, W’Hyani’s fortitude begins being tested by the cosmic forces that sculpted her destiny. She ultimately comes face-to-face with herself in a battle Plateau: Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012(Link)
April 2011 – Present
PLATEAU is a novel of adventure and hope. It's underlying message is that if we keep our hearts open and act from love instead of react from fear - if we practice gratitude and compassion within every moment and with every breath - we'll raise our vibratory rate and help elevate the human species to a higher consciousness, facilitating personal and global peace.
Tina Frisco is an author, singer-songwriter-performer, RN, shaman apprentice, and activist. Born in the USA in Pennsylvania, she attended nursing school in New York and lives in California. She began writing as a child and received her first guitar at age 14, which launched her passion for music and song-writing. She has performed publicly in many local venues. Her publishing history includes book reviews, essays, articles in the field of medicine, and her début novel - Plateau: Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012 - published in July 2012. Included in her pursuits are writing, reading, music, crossword puzzles, and exploring nature.Plateau - A Novel of Adventure and Hope Beyond 2012
Evil Eyes by Tarak Ghosh
The Hand of Fate