Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Susan Whitfield author of The Logan Hunter Mystery Series

Author Susan Whitfield joined me on Page Readers to discuss "The Logan Hunter Mystery Series" and her upcoming project "Killer Recipes".

When Susan Whitfield decided it was time to become an author, she carried around with her a pen and a notepad waiting for her muse to find her.

Which it did.  She was on a vacation the ideas started flowing. And from that creative burst she has written a series around Logan Hunter, beginning with her rookie year on the police force and carrying us through some harder cases and her career progresses. 

There are currently three books in the series, with a fourth about to be released.  Visit her website at http://susanwhitfieldonline.com for more about The Logan Hunter Mystery Series.

Susan has also put together a cook book, "Killer Recipes," which is set to be released soon.  The proceeds from this book will be donated to cancer research.  In it she gives much credit (and links) to all the authors who contributed to the book.  Great job Susan!  Find out more about this book on Susan's blog

Diana Raab shares "Healing with Words" on Page Readers

Diana Raab joined me on Page Readers to discuss her book "Healing with Words, A Writer's Cancer Journey.

Diana's journey into writing began early in life.  She was just 10 years old when her grandmother committed suicide, and her mother bought her a journal for Diana to record her feelings surrounding this tragedy. 

Throughout the years, Diana continued to journal events in her life.  When she was pregnant and confined to bed, her journals became her way of getting through the long hours of waiting, or sorting through all of her emotions in experiencing a high risk pregnancy.  It was through these journals that her book "Getting Pregnant and Staying Pregnant: Overcoming Infertility and Managing Your High Risk Pregnancy," was born.

When she was diagnosed with DCIS, ductal carcinoma in suti, her life was forever changed.  She took to her journals as a way to record the events happening around her, her fears, hopes and dreams for herself and her young family. 

Turning her journals into a book for others to read about her experience, gives the reader an up close and personal view into Diana's life, at what was a highly emotional time.  While reading the book I found myself full of emotion too - feeling her pain, fear, sadness, along with the joys she encountered along the way.

This book is more than just the telling of Diana's own story.  In it, she offers prompts for readers to journal their own journey, questions to ponder and even small writing exercises created to prod the reader into some serious thought. 

While the subject matter was emotional, I did enjoy this book.  I feel like Diana is a friend of mine now, a very strong and powerful example of the human spirit.

Visit Diana's website at http://dianaraab.com/ to find links to all of Diana's work.

Dr. Sandra Ceren author and counselor on Page Readers

Author Dr. Sandra Ceren joined me on Page Readers to discuss two of her books (and more) on Page Readers.

Dr. Ceren is the author of two Premarital Guide books, one for counselors, the other for couples.  Both offer great information to take into consideration when taking the Plunge. 

"Look Before You Leap, A Premarital Guide," is for couples, helping them with their decision to marry.  She starts off by offering two Quizzes, one Personality Quiz one Relationship Quiz.  Both are discussed with answers and responses broken down giving the reader some really great food for thought. 

"Essentials of Premarital Counseling" is a guide book for the marriage counselor, something to help the professional work with couples who are preparing for marriage.

Dr. Ceren is also the author of two fictional stories, "Prescription for Terror," and    "Confessions from the Couch".  Writing fiction gave her a way to vent frustrations she's encountered in her practice and work her creative side for awhile!

Visit Dr. Ceren's website at http://drsandralevyceren.com/ and buy her books on Amazon.

Interview with Kathleen G. Collins author of "Suspended"

Blog Interview with Kathleen G. Collins
Short bio: Born in September, 1962, Kathleen G. Collins struggled her entire adult life with Bipolar Disorder. After being properly diagnosed in 1994, she began the difficult journey to recovery. The long and uphill battle began shortly after her marriage and the birth of her beloved son. She spent the next 15 years in a haze of constant mood swings, hundreds of medication combinations, suicidal tendencies and even hospitalizations. With the loving support of her family and friends, she finally stumbled upon several medications and a series of therapy sessions that proved to be effective. She is now happily living with her husband and son in the quiet San Joaquin Valley of California.

In the past, Kathleen had never professionally written anything, let alone a novella. However during her ordeal, she came to realize that she might actually be “right brained” and she found a great deal of comfort in writing. She had many poems published and wrote of her experience with Bipolar Disorder in her short memoir published at www.Storyhouse.org/Kathleen.html as well as in the Mar/Apr 2005 edition of Today’s Health and Wellness magazine.

Then the time came for her to let out her anger and frustration with the many side effects that often come with taking so many different mind altering medications. The result of her efforts was the completion of the novella Suspended. It is the perfect medication science fiction story based on fact and personal experience.

Tell us about the story of "Suspended"

The novella Suspended is the story of two unwitting victims who become entangled in a conspiracy to test a new and powerful drug that in theory would allow it’s user to travel to different times and places. All that remains for completion of the formula for the drug is field research. This is where Beth and Bobby become involved. Without their knowledge they become the test subjects. The experiments eventually go terribly wrong ant the two desperately try to find answers after a series of mysterious deaths.

How did you come up with this story?

The story for Suspended actually came to me after years of medication therapy, hospitalizations and psychotherapy for my bipolar disorder. I was told to always journal my feelings. I had that journal in my face every chance I could, After a while I found I really enjoyed writing. After my memoir was published I thought, hey, why not go a little further and let my imagination run amok? You write what you know and I know medication. The side effects can be brutal. The story blossomed from there.

Do you have a favorite character?

I do have a favorite character. I know it sounds a little strange but my favorite is the evil Dr. Schott who is the man behind the entire experiment. When he goes on his murderous killing spree is my favorite part of the book, mainly because you get a real idea of what’s going on in his sick little head! I think it’s one of the more exciting parts of the book, except for the end. I like the ending.

How long did it take you to write the story?

The process of writing Suspended took almost 2 years. I know that sounds excessive for a novella but I’m constantly at the mercy of my moods. Obviously I can get more done when I’m at the beginning stages of mania but even that can get out of control and I can’t sit still long enough to write. Still, I got through it and finally completed it. All I had to really do was get mad enough at the all the medications! Now finding a reputable publisher took even longer. The book was either too short for a novel or too long for a short story. I could have gone the self publishing route, but I wanted to do this the right way. Contract and all. I believed in Suspended and knew it was a good story so I relentlessly e-mailed, called, mailed via US mail, you name it. I was almost a two year process in itself. I then received an e-mail from Shells Walter at Sonar4Publications, a safe/secure website on the Internet found at www.sonar4publications.com . She showed great interest in the story and saw potential and possibilities and she decided to take me on. It’s been nothing but a positive experience with Shells. This is my first attempt at writing a novella and she’s guided me the entire way.

So, the first book I write becomes a Sci-fi Mystery thriller with drugs, conspiracy and murder. Go figure. A little different from my personality but I’m having a blast! You write what you know, right? It is currently is in affordable and eco-friendly e-book format for only $3.50. A great price for a great book. So that makes it perfect for those who prefer their books on line and great for Kindle and the new IPad.

Do you have other projects in the works?

I currently have not started another book, though I do have some interesting ideas floating around in this bipolar head of mine. I like fiction and I enjoy telling a story that has some basis of truth to it. I absolutely love to research when writing. I like my readers to come away with a good story but with a little information too!

Do you have other works that are completed?

I have no other books out there that I have written. I do however have the memoir I mentioned above and many poems published. I like to write fun and playful poems. They always make me feel better and that’s the best part of writing. Making people go somewhere else for a while and have a good time! Here is an example of a poem I wrote when young my son was a tad restless that day

One of Kathleen's poems:

Home from School

My little boy Brent who won’t sit still.

What’s a mom to do?

I’ve already taken my tiny blue pill.

The pink and green ones too.

Why’d it have to rain today?

He hates being trapped inside.

None of his friends are able to play.

My every nerve is fried.

All the toys in his room

just aren’t good enough.

I too feel stuck in a cocoon.

Days like this are rough.

I’d better think of something quick

before I pull out my hair.

I think I know what will do the trick.

I’ll tie him to a chair.

~ Kathleen

Where can we find you on the web?

Readers can find out more about me and my book at http://www.sonar4publications.com/ , www.myspace.com/suspendedebook , Cold Coffee Books at http://www.ccbooks.ning.com// (under Sci-Fi) and an interview at conversationswithwriters.blogspot.com . I’m under the calendar Dec. 2009.

I have a Facebook page but it’s mostly friends and family and we really don't discuss the book much. My AIM is Kas38410 so if you’d like to pop in to see I’m here I’d love to discuss the book!

Remember: Mystery thriller novella Suspended is available in e-book format at http://www.sonar4publications.com/ only $3.50!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Alan Smith Shares his book "Unbreak Your Health" on Page Readers

Today author and public speaker Alan Smith shared his book "UnBreak Your Health" on Page Readers.

It was through his own experience with western medicine and a disappointing diagnosis that prompted Alan to take control of his own health and find relief when doctors at the Mayo Clinic failed to help.  Along they way he found many books and resources to be helpful, but so many were overwhelming or outdated and that is what gave him the idea to write his own.

In "UnBreak Your Health", Alan breaks down many alternative and complimentary therapies that are available to anyone in search of another way to treat what ails them.  His first edition of the book was barely off his desk when he realized that he had enough for a second book, and he even decided to reformat the second book into an easier to read version.  Each therapy is described in a page or two, along with links to more information.

There is even a third edition in the works!  Scheduled to be released January 2011, Alan will share even more ways to take control of your well being. 

Visit Alan's website, follow him on Twitter, and check out his blog.  This is all great information!

Chynna Laird author of "I'm Not Weird, I have SPD" on Page Readers

Mother and author, Chynna Laird, joined me today to talk about her book "I'm Not Weird, I have SPD."

This was an emotional interview for me!  Chynna wrote this book for her daughter who was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, to help explain what she was experiencing, and for friends and family who might not understand what was happening.

After sharing the book at school with classmates and parents, and Chynna received so many "Thank Yous" for sharing the story, she saw that there was in fact a need for a book like hers that could help other children and parents handle situations like this.

Chynna is also the author of more books about SPD: a memoir (Not Just Spirited: A Mom’s Sensational Journey With SPD) and a reference book about the Sensory Diet (coming January 2011).


Please visit Chynna’s website, as well as her blog , to see more more her work and more information about SPD.  And be sure to sign up for her newsletter where she offers tips for caregivers who might need help in caring for a loved one with Sensory Processing Disorder.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Carolyn Howard-Johnson "Frugal and Focused Tweeting for Retailers"

Today was a fun interview with author Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of "Frugal and Focused Tweeting for Retailers", and creator of the How To Do It Frugally series.

Having personally read Carolyns' new book, I can say that it has helped me figure out the micro-blogging sensation Twitter.  I've increased my followers by 2/3rds since following her advice, and I'm having so much more FUN doing it!

If you haven't started using Twitter to promote yourself, your product or your business because you weren't sure how to do it, then this is the book for you.  Don't be fooled by the word "Retailer" in the title.  If you are promoting a product or business of any kind, then you are a retailer!  And even if you feel you are a seasoned pro, read the book anyways and I'm sure you'll learn something new.

I will warn you though - the book is an easy read, but that doesn't mean you'll breeze through it.  You will keep putting it down so you can go DO what Carolyn says to do!  My advice - keep a note pad handy, because when you get in front of the computer you will have lots to do.

Carolyns' series, "How To Do It Frugally", is for writers and retailers alike who want to learn how to do for themselves without breaking the bank.  Carolyn's advice is easy to understand and follow, and will get you excited about marketing, promotion and doing business online.

Visit the How To Do It Frugally website for more information.

Tweet On!

Rick Schamber author of "Wild Turkey Spring Fling"

Rick Schamber, author of several hunting books, his latest being "Wild Turkey Spring Fling, Vol. 2" joined me for his second guest appearance on Page Readers.

Rick is an avid hunter and professional guide, taking people to where the action is across several states into some of the most beautiful areas our country has to offer.

And while hunting may not be for everyone, Rick points out that it is an important part of keeping the balance when it comes to human and animals sharing the land.  For example he talks about the Wild Hog population and how their numbers have increased so much that they are reeking havoc on farm lands throughout Texas and beyond.  Without hunters like Rick to help thin populations of such animals, they would begin to take over more than just farmlands. 

On Ricks website he also offers items that boast his book covers, from t-shirts to aprons to coffee mugs.  Find out more about Rick, his books and his business of being a professional hunting guide on his website, connect with him on Twitter and Facebook too

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Author Meeting Place Contest Winner Alessandrina Lerner on Page Readers

At Author Meeting Place, authors can join for free to receive their own promotional web page and the opportunity to meet authors from their area so they may join forces in putting together promotional events.


Author Meeting Place also holds monthly contests in several different categories. Winners in all categories are offered the opportunity to discuss their work on Page Readers.

Listen to Author Meeting Place Contest Winners Alessandrina Lerner discuss her work on Page Readers.

Alessandrina Lerner is the author of ks. “The Essence of Love” (Sep’09) is a beautiful poetry book illustrated by a precocious 10-year old Artist and daughter to
the author, Amandine Love Lerner. It aspires to take the readers on a journey to the core of themselves through inspirational poems of a meditative nature.

Alessandrina’s first novel, Spiritual Enlightenment in the Age of Cybersex: Werd to the Wise (Volume 1) (Dec’ 09), is a comedic spiritual gem which introduces Spiritual teachings with humor and a real urban flavor, making them accessible to a modern, and maybe a little less spiritually inclined crowd. Visit Alessandrina at http://www.letloverule.us

Janice Clark author of Mountains of the Moon on Page Readers

Author Janice Clark author of Mountains of the Moon joined me on Page Readers.


Mountains of the Moon is a wonderful story about the acceptance of loss, written for children. Janice is an accomplished author and Mountains of the Moon is just a small part of her work. Join us as we discuss this book and other projects Janice is working on. Visit her website at http://www.janiceclark.net/

Romy Nelson author and Fitness Expert on Page Readers

Page Readers Guest Romy Nelson author of "Be Lean. How to Get the Body You Love and Love the Body You Have". Listen to Romys interview on Page Readers.

On this show I will talk with Romy Nelson, MEd, DTR, author of "Be Lean, How to get the Body You Love, and Love the Body You Have". Romy is a nutritionist, media consultant and author, specializing in corporate consulting. She educates audiences on many health and wellness topics including nutrition, fitness, and the importance of balancing the body, mind and soul to achieve optimal health and wellness.

Her book, Be Lean: How to Get the Body You Love and Love the Body You Have, was written to guide readers towards achieving peace with their bodies through positive affirmations, proper nutrition, and natural health. Visit her website at http://www.4naturalfitness.com

Book Review: "Drawn to the Land"

Drawn to the Land


by Elizabeth J. and Barton M. Cockey

“Drawn to the Land”, the second book from the Elizabeth and Barton Cockey, is a wonderful blend of present day farming in upstate New York, the history of the land and beautiful art depicting the peaceful colors and scenes of the area.

When I started reading the book I thought this would read more like the journal of the couple as they traipsed around, but it is so much more. I learned the history of families who have farmed, milked and raised families for generations in this area rich with history.

Bottom line, this book is going to be listed as one of my favorites - because it is more than just a story; it is the telling of life in another beautiful area of our country, the stories of strong families who are still doing the work of their great grandparents, and who look forward to the day when the next generation keep the traditions alive.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Jean Holloway author of Black Jack

Jean Holloway was my guest on Page Readers to discuss her latest novel "Black Jack." Her latest novel is the second in her Deck of Cards Series, which continues the story of Detective Shevaghn Robinson as she not only has to track down a terrifying murderer, she also has to deal with some changes in her personal life.

Jean is a fantastic story teller, letting her characters tell her their story, which means that even though Jean might think she knows where the story is going, her characters might protest and take her down another path.

Jean is such an inspiration to talk with!  She is a great-grandmother (!!!) now, and has a large family who have supported her dream of being an author.  It's not been an easy journey, but it is one where she has cherished each step.

Visit the official Deck of Cardz website for more about Jean and her work.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Claire Gillian wins VAJ Hushed Recall Writing Contest in Amateur Category

Backroads Errand
by Claire Gillian


“When you see the red wagon wheel on the left side of the road, turn right and you’re there.” My mother’s thin voice had detailed the ten mile route to the only country store that carried her beloved Tastee Cakes. During her better days, she drove herself once a week.

I hadn’t lived in the back woods of North Carolina in over two decades, so I’d taken meticulous notes. Five turns, she’d told me, marked by a graffiti-covered boulder, a burnt trailer, a bait shop named Frosty’s, a volunteer fire station and a red wagon wheel.

After several wrong turns, I pulled into Lou’s Little Store and began my search. I scanned the most logical places, but couldn’t find any Tastee Cakes.

“Can I help you find somethin’, honey?” A blonde wearing foundation a shade too dark called out from behind the counter.

“I’m looking for Tastee Cakes.” I don’t normally ask for help in convenience stores. I shouldn’t have to because it’s supposed to be convenient which is supposed to mean easy to find.

“Sorry, we’re all out.” The woman walked to where I stood and pointed to a rack on my left. “But we got Little Debbie’s right here. They’s just as good.”

“No. I don’t want anything but Tastee Cakes. Are you sure you don’t have any in the back?” I began to gnaw on the inside of my mouth as I considered the consequences of returning empty-handed.

“I’m sure.” She shrugged and returned to her station behind the counter.

“Could you please check?” My breath came faster and my voice rose.

“There’s nowhere to check, honey. What you see is all we got.”

I caught a glimpse of a nearly naked man on the pages of the magazine she flipped. “Do you know any other places near here that sell Tastee Cakes?”

“No. Sorry. I think you should just try the Little Debbie’s. They’re fine.” Another naked man flashed by on a new page.

Hysteria shoved at the edge of my self-control. Between clenched teeth I said, “I don’t want Little Debbie. I want Tastee Cake! My mother used to come here every week for them. She doesn’t eat much these days, but I know she’ll eat one of those.” I choked back the tears that formed. If I hadn’t allowed myself to cry thus far, I’d be damned if I’d do it over a cupcake.

She put down her magazine and looked at me with new interest. “Is your mamma Miz Carolyn Teague?”

“Yes.”

“Oh, well why didn’t you say so? I got Miz Teague’s cakes right here.” She pulled out five packages of chocolate cup cakes and two coffee cakes from a box beneath the counter.

The cellophane wrapped treats caught the light and winked at me. “Oh. Oh, thank you so much.”

“You tell your mamma we’re prayin’ real hard for her.”

I nodded and fished out my wallet. “How much?”

She patted my hand, smiled and shook her head. “We don’t never charge for these.”

I exhaled the breath I hadn’t even realized I’d held and gave her a long teary smile. “Thank you.”

“See you next week?”

“I hope so.”

My mother’s cakes in hand, I began my trip home, making a left at the red wagon wheel.



Bio: Claire Gillian, The Word Busker, is a number-crunching executive by profession but an after hours writer by passion. With three completed novels, a fourth in process and countless short stories and flash fictions to her name, she’s currently dipping her toe into the publishing arena. Though her parents have lived in rural North Carolina for over thirty-five years, she’s been a Pacific Northwest transplant for the past sixteen, with previous stops in New Mexico and Texas.

Heather Spiva wins VAJ Hushed Recall Writing Contest in Professional Category

Moving
by Heather Spiva


I didn’t see it at first.

Maybe it was because the sun was setting and the endless spread of wheat in the sky blinded me. Even if this had been my view for almost twenty years, it still made me stop.

I hadn’t been gone forever; only away from the farm for a year. But when I rounded past the barn and took a short cut to the house, I tripped.

No one saw me fall. And if they did, I didn’t care. If living on my own taught me anything it was “get over yourself.” You know, as in, forget about your mistakes, keep moving forward; that type of thing. I wasn’t embarrassed by anything anymore; I didn’t have time for regrets.

I lay still, like the oak trees lining the perimeter to our property. With the cool, damp floor and smell of dry grass awaiting the dew of night, I don’t know, it was like I couldn’t get up. The grass had claws or something and this time, they had tied me to their fortress; waiting to eat me alive. I’m not sure how long I was there. But it was long enough to see the sky move, and watch the stars poke through their thick tapestry.

“Ellie? Ellie where are you?” I could hear anxiety in my sister’s voice. Sam was looking for me, but I could do it. I couldn’t get up. What was wrong with me? Maybe, I’d hurt my head harder than I thought.

I reached up to feel my head, but felt nothing.

Rolling onto my back, I breathed deep. The sky was fuchsia now, just like Mrs. Nelson’s flowers in her front patio. Surely, she would’ve cared to see me on the ground, floundering. Living with her had been different. She was old and senile; hated my skinny jeans and red lipstick. But it was her love of flowers; that was the tie that kept me paying $600 a month for a studio above the garage without a washroom.

I reached out, hitting my hand on metal. The sound of my mother’s engagement ring pinged softly on it. Flecks of rust tumbled off the rim, like crumpled sycamore leaves from November before the snow and after the heat.

Dad was the last one to use the tractor. He was the reason I tripped over it.

His stroke was unforeseen.

The cancer in mom, also unforeseen.

“Ellie? For Pete’s sake, I don’t have all night. I’ve got to get back home to the kids.”

I sighed. The only reason we were here was to figure out what to do with the house. I looked at the rust on the ring and put my hand behind my head, grinding the two elements into the dirt. The sky was black now, except for a faint glint of a sparkle on the horizon.

I wanted dad. I wanted him in his overalls. I wanted mom and her pies, and her thin hands working on the tractor engine.

“Ellie? What, are you dead?”

I raised my hand, heavy in memories and rust and diamonds. “Sam, I’m here.”

I got up, walked in and turned on the porch light. I paid over my share of the life insurance to Sam.

The house and barn had a new owner.



Bio: Heather Spiva is a freelance writer from Sacramento, CA. She loves reading and writing and spending lots of time with her two young boys and firefighter husband. When she has free time, which is rare, she spends it gardening or eating chocolate. heatherji@hotmail.com

Cornelia Amiri author of "Druid Bride" on Page Readers

Author Cornelia Amiri joined me today to talk about her latest book "Druid Bride"

Cornelia has nine books to her name, most of them fictional stories based around Celtic History which she claims to be her favorite subject.  Based on what we talked about, I'd say she is an expert in the field.

When asked where she gets her ideas for her stories, she said that while she's doing her research, character will form, ideas will come to her, and sometimes a small piece of myth will find its way to her mixed in with current writings. 

She loves that in Celtic times, women where treated as equals to men, giving her voice to create strong women characters who are not held back by the normal chains of gender. 

Visit her official website to learn more about her collection of books.  And also look for her around the web at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/surfthenet/

http://www.facebook.com/CelticRomanceQueen

http://twitter.com/CelticRomanzqEn

Monday, July 12, 2010

Carolyn Howard-Johnson "Frugal and Focused Tweeting for Retailers"

Carolyn Howard-Johnson's book “Frugal and Focused Tweeting for Retailers” has totally changed the way I use twitter. Having used to micro blogging service for some time now, I still didn’t really “get” what it was really all about. Reading Carolyn's book put it all into perspective, one step at a time. The funny part of this book is that it took me forever to get through it – I kept having to put it down to go do what she says to do! Now that I know what to do, my followers are increasing and I’m enjoying the “Tweets” Rewards!


Be sure to mark your calendars for Thursday July 22nd at 10am Pacific when Carolyn will join me on Page Readers to discuss this book and others from her How To Do It Frugally Series.

Visit her website at http://howtodoitfrugally.com to view all the books from the series.

Victoria Howard on Page Readers

Author Victoria Howard joined me from the UK to discuss her books "The House on The Shore" and "Three Weeks Last Spring", and her new book "Ring Of Lies" which will be released soon.

Victoria is an inspiration to anyone who finds themselves taking on their dreams mid-life.  She didn't begin her career as a writer until after she retired from a career from the National Health Service, which has come in useful when crafting her stories.

She gets her inspiration from her vacations spent in some of the worlds beautiful places like the beach in Florida and Puget Sound, and of course the beautiful area in which she is so lucky to live, the English country side.

In her spare time she knits and creates knitting patterns, walks her dog Rosie and is of course, an avid reader.

Visit her website to learn more about her work - she's got a new novel coming out later this year, "Ring of Lies".

Friday, July 9, 2010

Pamela Hearon author of "His Hotness" on Page Readers

Author Pamela Hearon joined me in her first radio interview (and did very well!) to discuss her newest book "His Hotness".  Since I am still only about half way through the book - I can't give away the ending!

I will say that it is very well written.  Pamela tells a great story, keeping the reader entertained and involved by creating fun characters that spring to life. 

But even more fun is in store for Pamela.  This year she will be at the Romance Writers of America National Conference on July 28th, as part of the the "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing her book from 5:30- 7:30pm at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in the Pacific Exhibit Hall. The list of authors who will be signing is phenomenal, including some huge stars like Linda Howard and Nora Roberts! You can find the complete list under the conference events list at www.rwanational.org. All of the proceeds will go to literacy programs in Orlando.

Visit Pamela's official website to learn more about her work!

Professor David Floyd author of "Through My Mother's Tears"


"I will NOT measure my success by monetary values, but the contributions to another person’s success." ~ David Floyd ~

Listen to Professor Floyd talk about his life, his book and his newest mission and you will know that he truly lives by these words.
 
David was the rumor you heared about, but never really knew if it was true. The kids who gets passed from grade to grade without ever having to actually learn - because he's the star athlete.


As a star basketball player in a small town, David was allowed promotion to the next grade without learning to read past the Second Grade level. Even though he was allowed to graduate High School, and had the opportunity to go to college, he knew his secret would be out. Instead, he took a job mopping floors at a local restaurant.

Two years passed and then one night a friend from high school came into the restaurant with friends and pointed David out as someone who used to be something, but now was just a looser mopping floors.

This motivated David to make the necessary changes to pursue his dream of college. With the help of teachers who taught David to believe in himself, he was able to graduate and has gone on to become a college level professor.

Now he is working on a new consulting business that will turn the educational community into a power house, if only he can get the powers that be to get their heads around the concept of treating students like a customer!

If a manager was unable to train their employees to understand a concept, the manager would be deemed a failure. It should be the same I. The classroom - if half the class of students are failing a subject, how can then teacher be deemed a success?

Visit David's website to learn more about his story and his mission.

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