Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Writers Room Author Harper Donohoe Spotlighted




Harper Donohue is a writer based in London, England with an academic background in Psychology and Counseling. Over the past fifty years she has been fortunate to find herself involved in many interesting communities. These have included; hospitals, prison, therapeutic groups, schools and nurseries.

Harper Donohoe,  says: - "some people say that you  dream at night it is your brain having to sort out mine. When I was 47, I went for a huge spring clean and I had a dream about a story that I was compelled to write. I was coming out of a strange time, having had a number of bereavements. Reflecting on that story, now I can see that many elements of my 47 years were coming together to create something new. I continue with my writing. To find out more about Harper, visit:  http://harperdonohoe.wordpress.com


Amazon Link


In this powerful novella from Harper Donohue, when Gina meets Sean she does not question why he behaves the way he does. She also avoids asking herself why she is prepared to settle for a relationship with no apparent future. On finding Sean again by chance some years later she is desperate to forge a new connection but first she has to make sense of the troubling changes in him.



Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 



Monday, October 27, 2014

Our true colors show up when.....


A conviction is a strong belief that so governs your decisions that you are willing to die for it. History is full of leaders who changed the world because of their convictions.

Convictions are a strong inward compass. Ethics result from this inward compass. They show us our true north. The go on vivid display when we are under pressure. Someone once said that humans like tea. Our colors show up when we get into hot water.

Convictions are stronger than ideas or feelings. Take a look at the following:

Idea – A thought or concept which is usually attractive because it is novel or because it is yours.

Opinion – An idea you feel emotionally tied to, but which might change as your emotions change.

Belief – A strong inclination not only tied to emotions but based upon thoughtful reflection.

Commitment – a decision to embrace a belief or principle based on your emotions, mind, and will.

Conviction -  A strong belief that so governs your decisions that you are willing to die for it.


What color are you when you get in hot water? 




  Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Writers Room Author Philip Dodd Spotlighted



Philip Dodd says:  I was born in 1952 in Liverpool, England. I have a degree in English literature from Newcastle University, and I have been writing songs, stories, and poems since I was twelve. War Angel is my first published novel.


I was 34when I began to write it in 1986 and I was 60 when I completed the final version of it in September 2012. As it took me twenty six years to write, I felt I owed it to my story to get it published. poems I have had  published in the local newspapers and two of my poems, 'Enki' and 'Searching For The Sangreal' will be published in This Year of 2013 The Dawntreader, a quarterly poetry magazine, published by Indigo Dreams Publishing. When it is completed, I hope to publish one day my light hearted science fiction story for older children and adults called. Turkle Klubbe the Golden Star and the Coracle .  Some of my prose and verse can be read on my website: Author Philip Dodd Angel of War.


Click here to go to US Amazon
From an early age, Azel, the Prince of the White Castle of the Angels of Light, plans what he calls his great rebellion against the Father. After his self-transformation into a four legged, scaled beast, he names himself the Dragon. At the head of his rebel angel army and his dragon flocks, he brings war to the angel lands. His intention is to dethrone the Father and rule in his place. Khem, the Child of the White Mountain, vows upon his Silver Sword to be his slayer. The lonely, perilous path of the dragonslayer, he takes. At its end, he stands alone, to challenge the Father's foe to combat.


Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 






Monday, October 20, 2014

11 Thinking Skills Every Successful Person Needs


Change your thinking and you can change your life. Few people take the time and effort to think deeply about their work or their faith. Move yourself into thinking well. It is worth the work it takes to make the change.

If you are a leader of a group, think about this: You must change the thinking of an individual before you can effect change to your group/community/world.

Let’s look at 11 thinking skills every successful person needs:

  • Acquire the wisdom of big picture thinking
  • Unleash the potential of focused thinking
  • Discover the joy of creative thinking
  • Recognize the importance of realistic thinking
  • Release the power of strategic thinking
  • Feel the energy of possibility thinking
  • Embrace the lessons of reflective thinking
  • Question the acceptance of popular thinking
  • Encourage the participation of shared thinking
  • Experience the satisfaction of unselfish thinking
  • Enjoy the return of bottom line thinking

Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 







Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Writers Room Author Isabelle Cottards Spotlighted

Isabelle  Cottards , was born in Hampshire. She has had a successful career in teaching, ranging from secondary education to university level.  Isabelle Cottards is currently teaching part time in an independent school in Hampshire, where she Teaches English and is in charge of the senior library. Her first novel, Ben Chambers and the Fisherman's Catch was published in 2010.

The wonderful locations on the shores of The Solent Have Been the inspiration for her books. She lives with her family on the Hampshire coast on the edge of the New Forest.

US Amazon Link

Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 














Monday, October 13, 2014

10 ways a leader can conduct healthy confrontation and resolution

Conflict. Some people love it and some people hate it, but it is safe to say that everyone will

have to either initiate it or be on the receiving end of it. Managing conflict goes with a

leader’s territory. Leadership is about relationships.



Let’s take a look at 10 ways a leader can conduct healthy confrontation and resolution to 

the issue they may encounter.

  • Don’t let emotion lead you. Wait until you can be objective.
  • Don’t wait for the other person.
  • Encourage first, and then receive permission to talk candidly.
  • Admit you have a problem; admit you are struggling.
  • Aim to clarify by bringing up the issue and explain you don’t understand what’s happening.
  • After you lay out the issue, let the individual speak from his/her angle.
  • Narrow the focus. Identify and prioritize the issues. Go after one change at a time.
  • Establish forgiveness. Don’t stop until change occurs.
  • Compromise on opinions, not on principles; be flexible with everything except truth.
  • Be gracious. 



Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Writers Room Author Tom Cooney Jr Spotlighted




Tom Cooney Jr., BA'72, Temple University, a veteran of the USAF, served 23 years on the Philadelphia PD Achieving executive rank

 In 1984, while a captain, I started a part-time business providing police and security services to Organizations. In 1993, I retired from the PPD to devote full-time to his business. While conducting seminars in 1999, he met his future wife, Irene, a Philadelphia police officer. When she was diagnosed with 4th stage cancer in 2003, he decided to fully withdraw to devote his time to support and care for Irene through her dreadful illness. 

For more information about Tom, visit his Website    



Click here to go to Amazon US.



Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 





Monday, October 6, 2014

#Leadership: Courage: One Person



When one person stands with God is Invincible

Jeremiah 15:15-21

Jeremiah asked God to remember the stand he took. This leader acted with courage when no one else seemed to be able to do so. In three short verses, we read what Jeremiah endured in his struggles to stand courageously.

Verse 15  - He was neglected
Verse 15 – He was mistreated
Verse 17 – He was lonely
Verse 18 – He endured continual discouragement
Verse 18 -  He felt let down by God

In verses 19-21 God gave His prophet courage by giving him a….

Picture of himself – God allowed him to stand and see a vision of Yahweh
Picture of the people – God confirms Jeremiah’s view: The people are stubborn
Picture of victory -  God reminds him that the Lord is greater than any circumstance.

New King James Version
15:15-18
O Lord, You know; Remember me and visit me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In Your enduring patience, do not take me away. Know that for Your sake I have suffered rebuke. Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. I did not sit in the assembly of the mockers, Nor did I rejoice; I sat alone because of Your hand, For You have filled me with indignation. Why is my pain perpetual and my wound incurable, Which refuses to be healed? Will you surely be to me like an unreliable stream, as waters that fail?

15: 19-21
“Therefore thus says the Lord: If you return then I will bring you back; You shall stand before Me; If you take out the precious from the vile, You shall be as My mouth. Let them return to you, but you must not return to them. And I will make you to this people a fortified bronze wall; and they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you; For I am with you to save you and deliver you,” says the Lord. “I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you from the grip of the terrible.”



Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 




Sunday, October 5, 2014

Princess Alexia: The Legend of the Trolls #Sunday #Snippet


 
I am having a lot of fun writing my second adventure for Princess Alexia and her friends. I am getting to research more about dragons, knights, trolls, gnomes, moles, and fairies.
Titus, Princess Alexia’s friend, is a dragon who dresses and speaks as a pirate. He lives in the forest and to this date, has not seen the ocean. He flies and breathes fire when he feels the need too. He is also finding himself in all sorts of trouble.

So without further ado, here is the rough draft of the beginning of Princess Alexia: The Legend of the Trolls.

Princess Alexia: The Legend of the Trolls

It was a dark and stormy night when the gnomes surrounded the tiny troll village set at the base of the mountain and on the edge of the forest. The gnomes stood at an imposing height of six feet with a bulky frame and a slight arch in their back. Beady black eyes peered into the night and their shaved head presented a frightful appearance.

The clouds moved in front of the moon blocking what little light there was. The leader gave the signal, a short whistle three times, and, as one, they attacked. In the midst of heavy fighting, the heavens opened and raindrops pelted the ground as the wind whipped around them.

Thunder boomed and drowned the noise of the battle as the gnomes passed through the outer barrier and went into the castle yard. A servant of the King and Queen ran into their bedchamber ushering them into a secret passage, but not before the Queen cried out for their deaf daughter, Rasha. The servant assured them that he would gather the girl and be right behind them.

Unbeknownst to the panicked trio, a gnome had reached her room, threw her over his shoulder and carried her off to Misty Hollow Swamp.





First book in the Princess Alexia series: Princess Alexia and the Dragon. Available in print, ebook, and audio.



Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. She enjoys history, aviation, writing, and romance. In addition, she enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.


Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has multiple published books which are available in paperback, eBook, audio and Spanish.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 




Saturday, October 4, 2014

10 Things to Consider when looking for an Agent #authors

Recently, I began wondering if I should find an agent for my books. I mean, really, I work two jobs and write and market and and and and ….

I know I am not alone in this situation

So, I began looking around on the internet.  What I found is that there is a ton of information out there about agents and it is easy to get overwhelmed. After reading for hours upon hours I came up with some things that I felt was helpful.
  •  Don’t query an agent who charges a reading fee. There are plenty out there to query that doesn’t charge and you work hard for your money so spend it wisely
  • Decide if you need an agent for fiction or non-fiction work; hardback or paperback; practical or narrative; literary or commercial
  • Decide what genre you need an agent for: Historical, Contemporary, Romance, Horror, Science Fiction, and Suspense are some categories that come to mind.
  • When searching for an agent, take a look at how many deals they have made in their career. While you are there, scrutinize the titles of the books and see if you recognize them.
  • What kind of publisher has the agent worked with? Were they small presses? Major presses? Did the agent use the same publisher repeatedly? (Ideally, choose an agent who has accomplished deals with major publishers because they pay better advances)
  • What kind of advances has the agent negotiated?
  •  Make sure as you are looking for an agent, you only query those who represented the genre you write in.
  • Is the agent receptive to new clients?
  • For a new author, target an agent who has had three years or less experience. 
  • Be patient with the agent and the process. 



Good luck if you decide to pursue this avenue! 


Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated. 



Friday, October 3, 2014

Pumpkin Lentil Curry


Ingredients:

2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
2 teaspoons Salt
3 tablespoons Ground Cumin
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
3 Bay Leaves
1 tablespoon Ginger Root, finely chopped
1 clove Garlic
1 teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper
1 can Tomato Paste
1 can Pumpkin
1 can Kidney Beans
1 can Lentils
1 can Light Coconut Milk


Directions:
Heat coconut oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook all spices in oil until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add tomato paste, pumpkin, kidney beans (rinsed and drained), and lentils.
Turn up heat to medium and cook until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Add cream and cook until heated through, about 2 to 4 minutes.
Cover saucepan and reduce heat to a simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm, over rice or quinoa.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 6 | Serving Size: about 1 cup

Per serving:
Calories: 285
otal Fat: 10g; 
Saturated Fat: 7g 
Monounsaturated Fat: 0g 
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 1238mg
Total Carbohydrate: 43g
Dietary Fiber: 12g
Sugars: 10g
Protein: 13g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 213 mg; Vitamin A: 187%; Vitamin C: 11%; Calcium: 8%; Iron: 36%


- See more at: http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/2014/09/6-delicious-ideas-for-pumpkins-squash/#sthash.dPQBfE7I.dpuf


Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.

Please leave a comment on this blog and share if you are so inclined.  Author K. Meador has six books published which are available in paperback, eBook, and four are on audio.  Thank you. Your support is truly appreciated.