Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sipping Sangria!

When I first wrote NO SWEAT PANTS ALLOWED- WINE CLUB I knew I wanted to also write a sequel. In the course of writing, sometimes a writer's muse takes a detour. Mine did. I wrote another book (I'd Rather Be Growing Grapes) instead of the sequel. For that, I could kick myself in the butt because it delayed things and some readers have forgotten the characters. One good thing came of the delay, instead of just a sequel I decided to make it a 3-book series -- appropriately named: Wine and Sweat Pants Series.

It's been an incredible journey creating Elaina Samuels and her band of unruly cohorts -- Tawny Westerfield, Stephanie Mathews, and Grace Cordray. These women had me in stitches a lot of the time, but I admit to a few tears as well. The humor is plentiful. The situations I put them in are realistic, although some may not share the same opinion. If those folks only knew my fun-loving, quirky relatives that these characters are fashioned after. (Truth. I swear.)

Through Elaina, Tawny, Stephanie, and Grace, I wanted to convey the message that life will always be unpredictable but when you surround yourself with positive energy you can survive just about anything that comes your way. These women found themselves single at a time when they should've already weathered most of the storms in their lives. But the big guy in the sky had alternate plans for them. In their forties, with no clear plans for starting over, fate stepped in and put them together at a cash-for-gold event. Their destinies began at that moment. They formed the No Sweat Pants Allowed - Wine Club in book one. In this book - book two - Sipping Sangria - they teasingly and affectionately call themselves The 4 Hussy Homestead as they move forward in their attempt to get life right-side-up. You can expect some surprises, mischief, chaos, tender moments, and laughter.    

I hope you'll discover (or rediscover if you read book one) and connect with Elaina, Tawny, Steph, and Grace. 

Side note: I've started book three -- Merlot in Maine.







Friday, August 12, 2016

Meet author Pamela Cummins!

Today I have the pleasure of introducing and interviewing author Pamela Cummins! I met Pamela on Twitter. She's a fun, positive personality. You can count on her to tweet something that will make you smile. I look forward to her tweets that begin with 'Happiness Is...'


Meet Pamela



On with the interview so you can get to know Pamela.

Q: Pamela, you write in a very different genre than me. Can you tell our readers about your genre and how you came to write it?

A:  I write in the self-help nonfiction genre to help people with their personal growth, spirituality, and love relationships. The way I came about writing in this genre is through my own self-growth and spiritual journey that began in 1989. My life went from misery to acceptance, love, and happiness; intuitively I knew that I had to share what I learned with the world. I opened my practice in 1993 and have been a teacher/student ever since. My articles, blogs, columns, and books are a reflection of what has and hasn't worked with mine and my clients' lives. I do best to explain complicated techniques in an uncomplicated way with easy to do steps. My hope is that my written words encourage my readers to make positive changes in their lives.

Q: Your new book is titled, Learn the Secret Language of Dreams. Many of us have been baffled by our dreams. Can you share a little bit about your book regarding our dreams without giving too much away?

A:  Yes, Jan, dreams can be baffling at times, and yet they are so fascinating! Learn the Secret Language of Dreams teaches about our different dream categories, which has a variety of styles within each category. The book has close to fifty dreams and interpretations to help the reader understand these dream categories further. The dreams and their interpretations are from mine and my client's dreams and my column In the Dreamtime in Bellesprit Magazine. My intention for writing this book was for my readers to learn and comprehend what their dreams are communicating to them. And their dreams are communicating: answers to their problems, issues they have been in denial about, glimpse of the future, and much more information to help them grow. 



Q:  This is your 4th published book. Could you say a few words about the first 3 books?

A:  In a nutshell; all three books educate the reader to look within and grow so they can attract a long lasting, committed love relationship or improve their current one.

Q:  You host a radio program. Can you enlighten us regarding it?

A:  I just love hosting The Love Channel Show because it's fun doing internet radio! Since love is everything, there is a wide range of topics from relationships, spirituality, healing modalities, bringing more abundance into our lives, owning your own business, self-growth topics, and much more. I do some shows by myself with a topic and do one question readings for listeners who call in. I also have guests whose lives and specialties I find interesting, which is one of the bonuses of being the host.

Q: You're a very focused, positive woman that I met on Twitter. How do you maintain such an upbeat frame of mind?

A: Oh, I have my very human moments! LOL! The number one thing that helps me stay upbeat is my relationship with God. I trust God even if I don't like what is going on in my life. I wasn't always like that and had to learn how to be positive and trust God's will for me. That took years and brought life experience wisdom. I ask God every day, "Please keep my thoughts positive and filled with hope so you and I can create an awesome life filled with love..." What helps me to stay positive is prayer, meditation, and trusting my intuition. I do my best to stay away from negativity, whether that is the news, books, movies, and people. Another thing that helps is when something upsets me: I allow my feelings to come up, release my emotions, and at times I focus on what's wrong with the person or situation for a little while (hey, I am human). Then I look within myself to see my part: did I cause it, is it a reflection of me, is there an issue I need to resolve, what steps I need to take, and what I learned from it. A wise woman once told me, "Out of horror can come beauty," and I look for the beauty. 

Q: When you're not writing, what do you do for fun?

A: The physical activities I enjoy are yoga and long walks in nature because it keeps me grounded in a meditative way and makes my body, mind and spirit feel great. These days my fun is the simple things in life: being with friends and family, good conversations, and quiet nights at home with my man. I do love going out to eat at different types of ethnic restaurants and Eastern NC shrimp and oyster burgers - yummy. Travel is fun once I get there; I'm looking forward to the day I can say, "Beam me up and beam me down, Scotty." My favorite thing in life has always been reading; a day reading in bed is a day of joy!

Q: You have awesome pets. Share a few words about the joy they bring.

A:  You got a couple of hours? Just kidding. I have two spoiled rotten cats. Merlin is very outgoing, can have The Bruiser moments, so loving and almost human at times. He is well known in social media because he doesn't mind his picture taken; shy Rhiannon on the other hand, hates it and runs away. They bring me joy by being their cat selves, loving me, and letting me love them.

It's been great getting to know you better, Pamela!

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