Friday, November 30, 2007

Guest Author ~ Debra Beck

I am excited to announce my guest author for today!

Welcome to Debra Beck, author of "My Feet Aren't Ugly ~ A Girl's Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out"

Girls Standing in Their Power

“I don’t care what others think of me, I want to make decisions for myself, based on how I feel, not based on what someone else thinks.” This is a statement from a teenage girl standing in her power

I was a very insecure teenager. I was one big ball of anxiety, everyday during the school year, and it only diminished slightly when school was out. I was always looking outside of myself for approval and because I rarely received it, I felt like something was desperately wrong with me.
It wasn’t until I had two daughters of my own, did I realize that this wasn’t exclusive to me; it was a universal issue among teenage girls.

My passion is helping girls learn to fill that big hole in themselves that makes them feel so worthless. When we have a big hole in us that we have not filled with our own love and confidence, we are always looking outside of ourselves to get it filled. All of our decisions are based on getting someone to like us, instead of making decisions that are good for us. If we have confidence in ourselves it’s easy for us to say no to the things that aren’t good for us.

An example of this could be as simple as: a couple of kids in school ask you to ditch school, and go party. Inside you don’t really want to do this, but you do because you don’t want them to dislike you. If you felt good about yourself it would be easy to say, “no thanks, but have fun.” When we are confident, we come from a different place inside ourselves, we carry ourselves differently. People have respect for us and don’t question the decisions we make for ourselves.

I love it when I see these shifts in girls, and they love it too. When young women start filling that hole with satisfaction and confidence in themselves, their whole life changes. They are no longer making decisions for the wrong reasons; the decisions they make are decisions that are good for them. I get to watch their appearance actually change too. They stand straighter, they walk with a sense of sureness, and they speak with confidence, because they are. There is nothing more inspiring to me than a girl learning how to stand in her power or a girl standing strong in her power. I feel so lucky in my life to be able to witness these miraculous changes in girls who start loving themselves. It reminds me how big love is.

For 15 years, Debra Beck has mentored teenage girls, doing workshops with Girl Power, as well as creating and facilitating Spirited Youth. She drew upon her own life experiences for her book, My Feet Aren't Ugly, which is an Award-Winner in the Young Adult Non-Fiction category of the National Best Books 2007 Awards. Learn more at

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Guest Author - Dyan Garris

Hello all...I'm thrilled to have Dyan Garris, author of "Voice of the Angels Cookbook ~ Talk to Your Food! ~ Intuitive Cooking," as my guest author today.

We’ve all heard of and perhaps have experienced that mysterious, frustrating, and inexplicable phenomenon of writer’s block. What is this exactly and how do we get beyond it?

All writing takes place first in the higher dimensions of the heart, soul, and mind of the author and then gets translated to the two dimensional piece of paper. So when one is experiencing writer’s block, whether you are fully aware of it or not, it means that somewhere along those points of energy, or energy meridians, exists energy blockage.

One of the keys to unlocking the doors to creativity lies in the ability to clear and rebalance the energy field and/or chakras. When the energy field is balanced, one discovers with joy that the hinge on the door of the creative mind once again swings open as easily as a newly oiled gate.

The first step in clearing the field is as simple as identifying what is really bothering you or affecting you on a very physical level. We start with this because this is the energy that resides in the first or root chakra. Issues and challenges regarding money, time, family, and relationships can have quite a negative effect upon creative flow.

The second chakra is the seat of creativity. If we are writing and creating something that we have no audience for or have challenges in bringing to market, then we may find the creative flow being stifled or staunched. It is akin to being in a constant state of pregnancy and never giving birth.

The third chakra is the resting place of the soul. If you aren’t able to express, communicate, and impart what is in your very core, you will perhaps experience a wedge of stagnation and frustration.

Most writers write from the heart, from their imaginations and upper chakras. When experiencing writer’s block it isn’t that the heart and mind are closed. It’s that the flow to these is temporarily blocked. If the flow is blocked by the static energy being generated from the lower chakras, nothing brilliant or inspirational can get through or get translated to paper. It’s similar to a clogged pipe. It is necessary to eliminate the obstruction in the system.

Clearing the energy field and balancing the chakras is not a difficult task if one understands that one must start at the base and work up from there. I used to teach a class on how to do it, and then in 2005 I developed a music and meditation series for vibrational attunement of mind, body and soul. This does the all the work for you and one doesn’t consciously have to do anything at all except listen to very soothing music. I designed it to clear the chakras and balance the entire system. Among other things, I had it independently tested by National Health & Wellness, where it earned their Stamp of Approval.

I also incorporated this vibrational attunement work into my new cookbook, Voice of the Angels – Talk To Your Food! Intuitive Cooking. Cooking and preparing food is a basic root chakra function; however the creative procedure of doing so is an upper chakra operation. When you tie those together, you’re opening and balancing all of your chakras easily and effortlessly.

One of the most important goals of my body of work is to make chakra balancing and energy clearing into a completely natural and enjoyable process. In learning to do this we can become our best selves and our whole selves. Let the creativity flow!

Dyan Garris publishes a free Daily Channeled Message on her website:

Wednesday, November 21, 2007



Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Book Review - My Feet Aren't Ugly ~ A Girl's Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out by Debra Beck

Title: My Feet Aren’t Ugly ~ A Girl’s Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out
Written by: Debra Beck
Genre: Self-help.
Publisher: Beaufort Books
ISBN: 978-0-8253-0542-9
Pages: 129 Price: $12.95
Publication: April 2007

Debra Beck’s My Feet Aren’t Ugly ~ A Girl’s Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out is chock full of information that not only your daughter will find useful in navigating the adolescent years into young adult hood....

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Guest Author: Darrell Bain

I am happy to have Darrell Bain as my guest author today, through Pump Up Your Book Promotion. He shares with us his synopsis of his latest book, Savage Survival:

SAVAGE SURVIVAL is not just another testosterone driven science fiction novel. At the basic level, it explores the personalities and attitudes of men, women and children when stripped of the comforting insulation of organized society. Invulnerable aliens have captured millions of humans and are subjecting them to the most brutal and horrible environments ever encountered, in essence a survival test of a magnitude heretofore undreamed of.

Lyda Brightner is an eleven year old girl when she is suddenly and without warning separated from her parents and thrown into the midst of undisciplined humans in a harsh desert environment. Food and water and clothing are fought over. Those who control it can do as they wish—and their wishes are terrible.

Lyda is weaponless and alone, like almost everyone. Raped at eleven. Forced to kill. Grieving for her parents. All that stands between Lyda and death is her own innate bravery, her quick mind, her unwavering integrity and ultimately, her belief that someday she will find someone to love.

Lyda's strength of character and fighting spirit make her a leader, even at a very young age. Over the next six years she must constantly fight the ever changing and ever more dangerous environments the aliens subject them to. But she must fight other humans as well, those who have survived by brute strength and ruthless plundering of the weak.

But even if she lives through all this, Lyda must still face the final question: What do the aliens have in mind for the few hundred remaining humans, those few left of all the millions who died?

SAVAGE SURVIVAL is a coming of age novel like no other and Lyda Brightner is a character you'll never forget.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Voice of the Angels Cookbook ~ Talk to Your Food! ~ Intuitive Cooking by Dyan Garris

Hello All...a personal note from Dyan... It's a pleasure to be here today as a guest on your blog. Thank you for hosting me and for your review of my cookbook. I'm here and available to answer any questions anyone has about the book...Dyan

Title: Voice of the Angels Cookbook ~ Talk To Your Food! ~ Intuitive Cooking
Written by: Dyan Garris
Hardback: 157 pages
Publisher: Journeymakers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-9776140-2-8
Publication: August 2007

What better time to have the cookbook, “Voice of the Angels Cookbook Talk to Your Food!” by Dyan Garris on hand at the holiday season!

Spiritual thoughts are sprinkled throughout the cookbook to remind you to slow down and savor life, especially when cooking. The components of taking the time to enjoy the process of cooking and taking slow satisfying bits are key to enjoying your food. Also, incorporating mental clarity and love are important in obtaining the best results with the recipes you prepare.

Recipes include desserts; salads and sides; appetizers and dips; entrees; pastas and layered dishes; seafood dishes, and soups. The abundance of recipes are sure to please the most seasoned cook’s taste buds.

Dyan Garris is a clairvoyant, clairsentient, and clairaudient. She is also the author and developer of “Voice of the Angels – A Healing Journey Spiritual Cards.” Please visit Dyan Garris at: or to read and discover more wonderful information about Dyan.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Guest Author - Holly Fretwell

Guest author for December:

Holly Fretwell, author of the children's book (ages 8 - 10) about global warming called THE SKY'S NOT FALLING!: Why It's Ok to Chill About Global Warming.

Check back for my book review on December 13th and Guest Post on December 14th.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Middle Grade Book Review - Hiss Me Deadly by Bruce Hale

My middle grade book review of Hiss Me Deadly by Bruce Hale will be posted for review after November 13th at The National Writing for Children Center -

Cruise on by and view the article and the many other exciting writing for children articles.

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Children Non-Fiction Ice Fishing Article ~ Accepted!

I'm thrilled to share with you all that my non-fiction article on ice fishing entitled, "Fishing Through a Frozen Lake," has been accepted for publication by children's magazine: Boys' Quest - issue December 2012!!!