Cover Reveal for Donna Dillon’s Latest Book!

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Hi everyone! 

Special treat today! We have the privilege of showing you the cover reveal of Donna’s first book, The Snake Pit: Jr High Can be Torture!!  Woot!!

The Snake Pit: Jr High Can be Torture is an important piece of work because of its content and subject matter. It’s not an easy, fun read, but it is a book that every student, teacher and child advocate should read. Donna is very passionate to do what she can to stop bullying in the school system and MKSP has joined her in her quest.  Here is the story behind the story:

Donna Dillon published her first book in October 2010. When Master Koda Select Publishing approached her with a publishing contract, she took the opportunity in hopes to expand her reach and build her brand.

  1. What led you to publish your work with MKSP? I can write, but I suck at marketing. Kim and her team had some definite ideas about how we could get The Snake Pit books moving. It was a no-brainer for me.
  2. How has it felt being with a publisher compared to doing it all on your own? I have never been a loner. I much prefer being part of a team, so, so far, it has felt pretty good!

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Together, Donna and Master Koda Select Publishing will be re-releasing her first novel today with updated editing and a fresh new cover. Woot!!

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Nice job on the cover MKSP and Donna!!

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Donna, why did you write this book?

Cinda, the character in my book, The Snake Pit, was born with a cleft palate, and so was I. The things that happen in the book are fiction, but how she felt was exactly how I felt growing up. Being bullied for something you can’t possibly help, or change, is horrible. I chose to turn it into something positive, but many bullied children do not. I’m 47 years old now. I can still hear the bullies voice in my head. But, the thing I remember the most, the thing that bothers me the most: the silence from those who just stood by and let it happen, and did nothing to stop it. That is why I wrote this book.

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Author Bio:

Hello everyone! I am Donna Dillon: Author, Illustrator, and M&M connoisseur. I am the author of 5 and 1/4 books thus far. I have been writing in the young adult genre with The Snake Pit and Return to the Snake Pit which both deal with bullying in the public schools, and the children’s genre with Why Did It Have to Rain Today? and My Special Christmas Child. My new book is a leap into the thriller/suspense genre so I’m anxious to finish and see how that goes. All of my books, with the exception of the Christmas book will be discounted for this event, which I will be hosting for an hour on Saturday starting at 3 pm central time. I look forward to seeing you all there!!

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Fun facts about Donna:

Five things people might not know about Donna

5 things about myself that few people know:

  1. I can ride a unicycle.
  2. I can write as fast backwards as I can forward.
  3. I once played Miss Mona is a stage production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
  4. I can’t breathe through my nose and I have never had a sense of smell. I can taste, though, don’t ask me why, it’s a mystery.
  5. When I was 22 I was flown out to Hollywood and made a make up commercial for Victoria Jackson cosmetics that you can still catch on TV late at night. I also met Johnny Depp and had my picture taken with Heavy D on that same trip.

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The Snake Pit: Jr. High can be Torture Synopsis:

Cinda doesn’t look like other twelve-year-old girls. A facial defect, and the surgery to correct it has left her face scarred and disfigured. When she walks into Hargrove Junior High for the first time, Cinda knows the other kids won’t see how smart she is, or what a good friend she could be. The other kids will see her as a monster, and her life will be torture.

The school cafeteria, or The Snake Pit, as the kids call it, is the prime location for bullying. One pretty girl in particular takes an instant dislike to Cinda. Day after day she is pushed, tripped, and laughed at. Not all the other kids bully her, but only one tries to help.

Charlene Carsten is Cinda’s only friend. She tries to stop the bullying, but the other kids won’t listen. She tries to tell the Principal, but he only sees what he wants to. She tries to tell the teachers, but they all say the same thing, “kids will be kids.”

When Cinda falls victim to a vicious prank at a school dance, it sets off a series of events that will change the lives of everyone involved.

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Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NJCKFCO/

Thank you for joining us today and learning about Donna’s passion – to rid the world of bullies!

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

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Please Welcome Author and Speaker Karen Magill!!

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Hi everyone!

We have a special treat today. Author and speaker Karen Magill is in the house!!  Woot!!  She has some exciting news to share with us too. Her life experience has been anything but easy and Karen is starting a new business to help others going through life changing events. 

Award Winning Author Shows The Way To Success

When Karen Magill was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and forced to leave the best job she’s ever had, she thought her future was over. But fourteen years later, Ms. Magill is an award-winning author with five published books, including On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success, the story of her journey with MS.

Now Ms. Magill is ready to help others reach their goals after a life-changing event, which has disrupted their plans for the future. Or, in some cases, destroyed those goals.  She wants to assist people in taking the proper steps to ensure they can live a full life whether they have a chronic illness, are permanently injured from an accident, or are just having difficulty getting their live together.

Go to www.karenmagill.com and click on the yellow door to learn more. Enter a world where someone is there for you and will help you reach the seemingly unattainable goals.

For interviews or more information, Ms Magill can be reached at email address: karenmagill@karenmagill.com or by telephone: 604-255-8214

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AUTHOR BIO

Forced to leave the workforce in 2000 by the onslaught of MS, Karen saw this as an opportunity to explore her lifelong desire to write. In February of 2014, Karen independently published an inspiring story of her journey so far with MS entitled On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success.

Ms. Magill believes that anything is possible and when she writes fiction, she leans towards the paranormal. She writes about extrasensory powers as if they are commonplace because, in her mind, we are all capable of those gifts.

To date, Ms. Magill is the author of four published paranormal novels, including the award-winning The Bond, A Paranormal Love Story.

Karen lives in an eclectic area of Vancouver Canada and draws inspiration from the history and stories around her.

A personal note from Karen Magill:

Have you gone through a life-changing event such as being diagnosed with a chronic illness or being permanently injured in an accident? Are the plans you made for your future now in shreds? Do you envision the years ahead as being bleak and dismal? If so, I can help.

I’ve been there. In June of 2000, I was working for the Canadian federal government. It was the best job I had ever had – I was making good money with annual raises, I had benefits and there was room for advancement. Then the unthinkable happened. I woke partially paralysed on one side of my body, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and forced to go on disability. I thought my life was over, I saw myself sitting alone in my one bedroom apartment watching television, my MS getting worse, until the day I died.

That’s not what happened though. Today, I am an award-winning novelist with four novels and one non-fiction book published. I have had one of my books looked at by movie producers. I write a popular blog on Vancouver history and I am starting a new career as a motivational speaker and author.

Now I want to help others reach their goals and improve their lives. I want to help you. You will even get a copy of my book On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success.

For more information, and to sign up, please go to this page: http://karenmagill.com/metamorph_yellowstrips/ws.html. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Karen Magill
201-1851 E Pender Street
Vancouver, BC
V5L1W6

Karen is a true friend.  She works selflessly to help others.  You can trust her and rely on her discretion. If you are in need of some hope, we encourage you to get Karen’s book “On The Right Side” and to give her a call or send an email.  You won’t be disappointed. You can email her at karenmagill@karenmagill.com or see her website at www.karenmagill.com

 

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

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Red Flags Everywhere!

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Hi all!!

We just ran across this little beauty posted in an epaper called The Wrap.  In it, it talks about the latest book and it’s author being full of inconsistencies and out right lies about Marilyn Monroe.  Lies?  Really?  Not in the printed press????  We jest of course.  With the amount of time that has passed, and all of the material that has been published about her, it really is hard to tell the truth from the lie.  Here’s the link for you to decide for yourself.

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http://www.thewrap.com/outrageous-lies-about-marilyn-monroe-elizabeth-taylor-jackie-o-exposed-in-new-report/

Have a blessed day!!

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Book 3 is in the works!!

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Hey everyone!

We thought we would update you on our writing.  We are working on book three in the What She Knew Trilogy, and the tentative title is “Brightest Dawn.”  K.R. and I are so excited about this one.  Along with the usual plot twists, we plan on revealing Marilyn’s new future!  Woot!!

Here’s a snipit of what we have so far:

 

Jackie blew a smoke ring at her sister.  “Really Lee, why do you always think I’ve done something?”

            “Usually because you have,” Lee watched for a moment before her attention was drawn to the children laughing on the lawn.

            “You wouldn’t understand if I told you.  Besides it isn’t my fault.”

            “What ?” Lee smiled and waved at Caroline as she chased the ball John-John had kicked.

            “It wasn’t my fault and I’m not taking the blame.”  Jackie remained oddly defiant.

            “Fine.  No blame. What happened?”  Lee stubbed out the cigarette in the ashtray.  She picked up her iced tea from the table between their chairs.

            “I think Papa Doc drugged me with some type of truth serum.”

            Lee spewed the sip of tea into the air.  “Oh dear, you’ve been reading too many spy novels.  Or have you been seeing a secret agent?” Lee laughed for a moment but caught the frown on her sister’s face.  “Okay, I’m sorry.  Tell me when this happened.”

            “At the coffee shop a few days or maybe a week ago, I don’t really remember.  I do recall thinking I had seen Jack.  He was walking outside the coffee shop looking in and then he turned and walked away with his head hung.”

            “Jackie, darling, you’re not making sense.  Did you go see someone about your grief?”

            “It really happened.  I’ve told you he’s alive.  Why won’t you believe me?”  Jackie stood up and stormed into the house.

 We hope you’ve enjoyed this little teaser.

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

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Government Was Tapping Marilyn Monroe’s Phone

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Hi all!

Check out this link for some interesting tidbits on why Marilyn Monroe was murdered. Based on our research, this is not surprising at all. We’ve always said she was murdered. However, this article does add some extra spice.

http://barrytaff.net/2014/08/nightmare-alley-the-cia-memo-on-marilyn-monroe-jfk-ufos/

Blessings,
K.R. and T.L.

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Please Welcome Author and Musician John Emil Augustine

 

Hi all!!

John Emil Augustine and Write Is Right: Kalamazoo

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John Emil Augustine is the author of the From the Abyss book series. He also has two CDs out, and now there is an indication that there are writing workshops in store along with a Kickstarter campaign.

 

John, help us understand the writing workshops and how they relate to the Kickstarter initiative.

 

Let’s back up a bit to when my first book came out, so I can show the progression. I think people have a hard time seeing how everything I am doing fits together, so I will give my perspective.

 

Yes, you put out a book about your own abuse.

 

I did, and I had no idea the impact it would have. But I began having people write to me about their own abuse. I couldn’t believe people would do that at first, but then it occurred to me that writing to someone who understood an abusive situation was cathartic. There was healing involved.

 

Did you respond to these people?

 

I did. And I now realize I was responding much differently than someone who didn’t understand would have. The normal response is, “You’re just imagining things,” or, “Buck up.” And that’s what you tell your kids when they fall off their bike or something because we can’t dwell on the small stuff; we have to move on. However, for someone who has been raped, for example, there is a lot more trauma there to deal with than a skinned knee. But our society is stuck on “Get over it” because we really have no collective idea how to respond to a truly horrific story.

 

And what is the response?

 

I think the first response is to listen and understand. But before even that can happen, a person has to get the story out. That’s what I realized as well: I have a few people writing to me. What about those who aren’t writing but want to? What can I do for them?

 

Writing workshops.

 

Writing workshops. Having studied adult education, communications, writing, and the creative process extensively, and with my innate ability to be non-judgmental, I realized I am supposed to be encouraging people to write. When I realized that, I also realized I am doing exactly what I used to do in my writing classroom: modeling what I want people to do. In writing my book series, I am setting the stage for these workshops.

 

So the workshops are called Write is Right.

 

Yes, because writing can be the right way for people who can’t verbalize their own story to get it out. And if it’s your story, it’s only right that you should be able to own it. Getting that story out is a right that abuse victims often feel they are denied. In many ways, to write really is right.

 

And what is the Kalamazoo part of this?

 

As you can imagine, you don’t just rent a space and expect people to come for your writing workshop. You have to get the word out. Kalamazoo is hosting a fairly large book convention next year, and I am trying to get there to begin the next phase in getting the word out about my book series and the workshops. Everything is a step along the way, and this happens to be one I can’t do on my own yet. But with a little push, I will be able to.

 

Kalamazoo is basically a step in the right direction?

 

Exactly. My wife asks me, “You’re writing books, you’re recording CDs, you’re planning workshops…can’t you just settle on one thing?” I forget that it looks like I am all over the place to someone looking in. To me, everything is just part of the same goal: helping people to heal. The further I get into that cause, the more each of my little pursuits begins to fit together. Everything I do is a means to a larger end. The book convention in Kalamazoo is no different. It is just a part of the whole of my life’s work. I just happen to need a push to make this step happen.

 

So explain how Kickstart works to those who are unfamiliar.

 

You just go to my page, for example, and decide if you want to back the project. If you want to pledge a dollar or a zillion dollars, you just click the “Back this project” button and use your paypal or credit card. If you donate $10, $25, $100, or $250, there are thank you gifts I will send to you, which makes it kind of fun. Also, you will get updates as a backer and can follow the story of the project. It’s supposed to be fun and for a very good cause. There’s plenty more information about it on my Kickstarter page.

 

John, thank you for sharing this. The link to John’s project is https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/195668310/write-is-right-kalamazoo.

Also, John’s website is www.johnemilaugustine.com.

Thank you all for joining us today. Be sure and check out this exciting project from John and please consider supporting him as he reaches out to help those in abusive relationships.

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

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Joe and Marilyn

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Hi all!

Here’s a great article on an upcoming new book, Marilyn and Joe – Legends in Love. The book is problematic at best, but does shed some light on the never ending love that Joe DiMaggio had for Marilyn Monroe.

http://dld.bz/dv928

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Joe never stopped loving Marilyn.  At her funeral, his grieving face told it all.  Even after they were divorced, Marilyn turned to Joe for strength, comfort and hope.  On his death bed, Joe remarked “At least I will be able to see Marilyn again.”

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

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