Articles for the Month of December 2015

Winter’s Mystery: Time to Go Within by Patricia R. Blumhagen


This is definitely the most powerful, inspiring and amazing poetry book I have ever read.

In Winter’s Mystery: Time To Go Within, the author, Patricia Blumhagen writes in a very powerful yet open way. I loved the title, since, loving nature myself I could immediately connect to the fact that in winter everything is exposed in its raw detail. Gone are the flowers which distract, the leaves which hide, in winter there is only what is…

The author has a lovely way of exploring the frailties and strengths of humanity. Her poetry is simply beautiful, looking at the myriad of emotions which make us who we are, our hopes, fears, dreams etc., opening them up for us in an amazing way and exposing the nucleus for us to consider.
That she is an Interfaith Minister is not really surprising, she has a wonderful way with words and I loved the strength of belief which is shown in the poem ‘Calling.’

There are many inspirational poems and one, which I loved was The Vessel which tells of being broken, yet still there lies the possibility of healing.

In this busy world there are many people who will criticise you, but sometimes you can be your strongest critic and this can cause a lot of emotional pain, and lead to self-destruction; the poem the ‘Inner Critic’ inspires you to let go of these thoughts.

‘I Let Go’ is a short, yet very powerful poem about coming to terms with loss which is just simply beautiful.

However, I have to say that my favourite is Open the Door’ which is about facing your demons and gaining inner peace, something, many people lack the strength to do.

Simply, this book is a joy to read and to own, I know that I shall pick it up many times from now on, whether to gain inspiration, search for answers, or just to enjoy the wonderful words within.


About the Author: Patricia is an Interfaith Minister, Registered Nurse, and Certified Nutritional Consultant, as well as a grower of organic herbs. As an Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Coach, her concern is finding the best approach to assist clients in connecting with their souls and in birthing their hidden potentials.She works with healing the trauma of loss. Many have been touched and healed by reading her book. She also offers transforming rituals for celebrating personal growth. For twenty-one years she lived and serviced as a nun in a Catholic Community, out growing the conditioning she found herself outside of the religious organization, and, began her search to release the old and reclaim her authentic self.

Winter’s Mystery-Time To Go Within:Spiritual Journeying is her poetic memoir. Here, she tells
her story from loss to freedom, and finding purpose and meaning in writing. In her poetic memoir
she shows how the emotional pain was the medicine for her healing towards wholeness.
Her book is the spiritual journey within for honoring the darkness and moving towards new beginnings.

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Dobyns Chronicles by Shirley McLain


This book is fascinating, it tells the life of Charley Dobyn, and what a life. If you think we have it hard now, you should read this book about what life was really like in Texas in the 1800/1900.

Before reading it, I would have just have thought cowboys and Indians, not really considering how they interacted when they weren’t riding around on horses shooting each other with bullets and bows and arrows.

This book is a real eye opener.

To say that in those days children had to grow up quick is an understatement, and reading this book was humbling. You think we work hard these days, think again! These children had to cope with conditions unheard of now, and take on responsibilities which would not even be an option in this day and age. If they were lucky, with their parents by their side, if not, well their parents taught them well. As adults they shouldered their responsibility without a second though and family was everything.

The life of Charley Dobyn and his family is amazing, and I can understand why this author wrote this book, and the pride she must have felt when it was published. To think she actually met her Great, Great, Grandfather and heard the stories of his life first hand, what a privilege!

It was so interesting to read about how changes in the world, inventions, and events affected people who had no idea they were even going on.

The author gave me a copy of this book for an honest review and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to read it. Well done Shirley McLain for writing such an interesting and informative book.


About the Author: Shirley McLain is a retired RN, wife, mother, and grandmother of six, currently living in Sapulpa,Oklahoma where she is enjoying her retirement to the fullest. She was born in California but lived her growing years in Oklahoma. She done extensive travel within the United States and learned to appreciate each state for its own beauty. Her dream trip is to see Spain and Italy at a slow pace.

Shirley has published a young adult mystery called “The Tower”, a book of short stories called, “Shirley’s Short’s and Flashes and a Christian poetry book called, “Verses For My King.” She has published her historical fiction, “Dobyns Chronicles.” She is now working on a young adult fantasy called Princess Adele’s Dragon. Shirley’s love of travel, adventure and writing has created works that will hold your attention, and leave you wanting more.

About the Book:

Here is a Treat for HISTORICAL FICTION fans as well as those who are fascinated by late 19th century and early 20th century historical events in both Texas and OKLAHOMA.  This Historical novel is loosely based on a true life story of a brave Oklahoman from the mid 1880’s to 1955.  This dramatic story also showcases the struggles and intermarriage of an American cowboy and an American Indian.

Dobyns Chronicles is a captivating celebration of the life of Charlie Dobyns. His life began in northeast Texas near Bonham, on the Red River. His Cherokee mother and cowboy father strove to survive on their river valley ranch. Tragedy ended this way of life for Charlie in 1888. Follow him through Chickasaw Territory and on to McAlester in eastern Oklahoma. This is a story of a changing way of life and adaptations made to survive. Charlie’s strong passion for life and dignity equipped him for survival as he raised his siblings with, likeability and dignity. It’s a story of loss, misfortune, hard times and heartbreak, but also love, determination, kindness, joy and spirituality. Follow Charlie’s life through the adventures that shaped the man he became, and that of his family for generations.

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and Audible

Busy Dizzy by Dr Orly Katz

Great news for parents with children either speaking or learning Spanish.

Seven authors have got together to offer their books in Spanish, in Kindle format FREE on the 18th, 19th and 20th December, 2015. You can find out more about it here

Por si les interesa comentarlo entre sus seguidores, un grupo de autores nos hemos puesto de acuerdo para regalar nuestros libros electrónicos para niños en Amazon este 18, 19 y 20 de diciembre. Todos los detalles los podrán encontrar en“)


Children’s book in Spanish: Busy Dizzy: (Historia motivacional ilustrada para niños de 4 a 8 años)(Cuentos para Niños)(Books for Kids in Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition


“Este es uno de los MEJORES libros para niños que he leído. Enseña muy bien la lección de cómo deshacerse de las DIZZIES (los pensamientos negativos). ¡Las imágenes son coloridas y fáciles de ver, incluso en el Kindle más pequeño! Papás y mamás: este es un libro que disfrutarán leer con sus hijos e incluso lo disfrutarán leyéndolo solos. ¡A mí me tocó el corazón y realmente disfruté su lectura!

¡Recomiendo mucho este libro!”

Este libro motivacional ilustrado para niños está escrito especialmente para pequeños de 4 a 8 años de edad y es adecuado tanto para leerse en voz alta en el kinder y en los primeros años de la primaria, como para que los lectores jóvenes y principiantes en casa practiquen su lectura.

No olvides regresar a la parte superior de esta página para comprar este hermoso libro ilustrado, mientras aún está a precio de oferta.


About the Author:         

Best seller author, Dr. Orly Katz ( is an expert on children and youth empowerment and the founder of the
Simply Me Center for Leadership, Empowerment and Self Esteem.She is the author of numerous books on Amazon under the “Simply Me” series:
(Surviving Junior High, Surviving Primary School and Busy Dizzy for ages 4-8).Orly is also the creator and developer of the Simply Me- Digital Programs:
For teachers, parents and workshops facilitators:
“Empowering Adults to Empower Children”.

Orly lives in Haifa, with her Husband and three children.

To get the “Supper Quiz” for Parents and find how well you know your children, go to:

You can watch Orly’s TEDx talk- “Raising a star- not a celebrity” at:


The Time Traveler by Joe Corso

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Fans of The Time Portal series know that the main character is called Lucky Campo, and that he gained the power of time travel after a horrific accident. In this book the author, Joe Corso, takes the reader back to Lucky’s terrible ‘accident,’ and explains how, and why it happened.

The story is told in the form of a meeting at the Astoria Safe House between Lucky and Professor Lindstrom. At the meeting, Lucky recounts to the professor what happened when he was kidnapped, and woke up in a hospital room, at an unknown location, securely tied to the metal frame of his bed.

Eventually, he discovers that he is in a medical facility in Huntingdon, Long Island owned by Ivan Stross. He is being questioned by a Dr Gustav Abrams, and finds himself enjoying recounting how he gained his powers, and explaining what they are to the doctor.

Of course, the doctor doesn’t believe him. However, after consideration, he cannot resist humouring Lucky, by taking him up his offer to travel with him to another time through one of the portals.

Stepping with Lucky into the portal, the doctor soon discovers to his amazement that Lucky is telling the truth, as they travel back through the centuries, stopping off in Egypt and ancient Rome, before going to Medieval England, where he meets Lucky’s wife and children.

However, he is soon to learn that everything has a price, Lucky needs to know who captured him and why. After reassurance that he, and his family can be protected, the doctor agrees to help…

Back in the present time, Lucky and friends have to first get the doctor and his family safe, then they set about teaching Ivan Stross, and Lionel Sturm, his assistant, and the person who kidnapped Lucky a lesson, or two.

It doesn’t matter whether you have read Joe Corso’s The Time Portal series of books or not, this book stands alone. I have read them all, and yet thoroughly enjoyed learning all about Lucky’s accident. One thing I am sure of though is that once you have read this book, you will not be able to resist The Time Portal series, and trust me, you will not be disappointed!

About the Author: Korean Veteran, Retired FDNY. Grew up in Queens, New York and started writing late in life hoping to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. I found to my surprise that I could tell a good story which resulted in my writing 27 books (so far) while garnering 18 awards.
Go figure. If I would have known that I could tell a good story. I would have started writing a half century ago.
1 AWARDED SILVER in the 2012 eLit contest in the ‘TRUE CRIME’ category’.
2 Won HONORABLE MENTION in the 2013 Reader’s Favorite ‘HISTORICAL FICTION’ category’.
3 IPPY award FINALIST in 2014.
4 AWARDED the Gold Seal in 2014 as a Eric Hoffer MONTAINGE MEDAL FINALIST.
5 Won FINALIST in the 2014 (NIEA) National Indie Excellence Awards in the CRIME-FICTION CATEGORY
6 Won BRONZE on August 25, 2014 in the CIPA (Colorado Independant Publishers Association) in the HISTORICAL FICTION category.
7 AWARDED FINALIST in the 2015 USA Regional Excellence Book awards.
8 Included in Shelf Unbound’s 100 best Indie Books of 2015 as a NOTABLE INDIE
AWARDED ‘FINALIST’ in the 2013 READER’S FAVORITE in the ‘WESTERN’ category.
Awarded 2nd place in the 2015, 21st annual C.I.P.A. E.V.V.Y. Book awards in the FICTION/WESTERN category.
FIRE: BOX 598′ (Short Story)
won BRONZE in the 2013 Readers Favorite contest in the ‘HISTORICAL NON FICTION’ category.
1 ‘AWARDED GOLD in the 2015 eLit contest in the HISTORICAL FICTION category.
2 ‘COVER won DaVINCI FINALIST in the 2015 ERIC HOFFER book contest.
3 ‘Given a 5 STAR REVIEW by READER’S FAVORITE in May 2015
4 “2015 BEST COVER AWARD by and was awarded a cash prize by Lawrence O’Brian of Dublan, Ireland. Voting performed by the public and judges.
5 Awarded 3rd place in the 2015, 21st annual C.I.P.A. E.V.V.Y. Book awards in the FICTION/HISTORICAL category.
Was given a 5 STAR REVIEW by Readers Favorite.
Awarded FINALIST at the 2015 READER’S FAVORITE AWARD CEREMONY held in Miami.
Awarded SILVER in the 2015 eLit contest in the ‘ESSAY/CREATIVE NON-FICTION category.
THE OLD MAN AND THE KING: Golden Earphones Award Winner
by Joe Corso | Read by Al Benelli
Mystery & Suspense * 5.75 hrs. * Unabridged * © 2013
This entertaining thriller features an improbable hero, Lom, a 72-year-old Korean war veteran who’s still a crack shot. He quickly sets out to save Toby, the king of a fictitious country who’s hiding out in Lom’s favorite diner after dodging an attempted assassination on a New York City street. Narrator Al Benelli portrays the male characters in this slightly wacky story with verve and a spirit of adventure. He sets the stage for Lom’s adventures with a fluid delivery and excellent pacing. Further, his interpretations intensify the political machinations and international chicanery in the king’s fictitious country. He intensifies the brutality of the mobster and his hired killers and sounds fittingly concerned as Lom’s girlfriend, Martha. Overall, Benelli presents a completely entertaining audio. S.C.A. Winner of AudioFile Golden Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2015]

About the Book: Because of his skills, the CIA coerced Lucky Campo, jewel thief extraordinaire into joining the agency. Time passed, and one morning he awakened to find himself handcuffed to a bed without any recollection of how he got there. After being drugged and questioned, he discovered that his kidnappers had received stolen top-secret CIA information that Campo is a time traveler. His captives eager to learn if the information they have received is true use a new type of truth serum in an attempt to get him to divulge his secret, the secret of how he can travel in time.

While Lucky languishes in the hospital prison, his thoughts drift to when he was captured during a robbery and given a choice. It was either jail or join the CIA, so with no other option he joined… but with the proviso that his pal Mickey was a part of the deal.

He thought of how his boss Dirk Sommerville tried to assassinate him by rigging the building with explosives and timing it to explode when he entered the building. The explosion almost killed him. His brain and eyesight were severely injured. Upon recovering he discovered that when the doctors operated on his brain they inadvertently did something during the operation, which allowed him to see the curtains of light, the gateways that cut a wormhole through time itself. He remembered how the gateways took him from the CIA to the Crusades, from the Gladiators in ancient Rome, from nuclear weapons to safe houses, until he found himself in the situation he was now in.
How Lucky escapes is only the beginning of his adventures.

Available from:

Amazon in Paperback

and Kindle format

and Barnes & Noble in Paperback