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Pay It Forward – Author Diane Munier

22 Jun

Happy Friday everyone and a warm welcome to my blog!

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I joined a wonderful book club called Rave Reviews Book Club (RBBC). The RRBC is a virtual book club made up of many authors and readers. One of the club’s main objectives is to Profile, Promote and Propel their members. They do this many different ways and Pay It Forward day is one of those ways. So instead of doing my usual Haiku Friday post today I’m paying it forward.

What is Pay It Forward day?

On this day, members agree to give up ALL self-promotion and instead, promote one fellow member/author on their blog and social media forums. It is agreed that the MAJORITY of promotional tweets, Facebook shares and blog posts, etc., will be for the member/authors who has been assigned to the “promoting” member.

My assigned author for Pay It Forward is Diane Munier. As a new member of the Raves Review Book Club I’m just getting to know Diane and the other members of the club. I spent a good while looking through her blog and social media platforms yesterday and I liked what I saw. So here it goes.

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“There is no greater honor than to hear someone’s story. If you feel that way about the tales I tell, I would love to hear from you to keep you informed about upcoming work. Thanks for reading!”

~ Diane Munier

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“I write love!”

~ Diane Munier

Diane Munier broke into writing as a feature writer for a local newspaper. She spent the majority of her working life as a marriage and family counselor. These pursuits have done much to fuel her imagination and her passion/obsession for writing fiction. She grew up in a four-family-flat in the city of St. Louis but has lived rurally for most of her adult life with her husband on their beloved flat land in a small, fascinating farming community. This locale and a large, active family fuel her writing.

Diane Munier has written many books and you can see all her available work on her Amazon Profile Page.

Her latest novel, Running With Monkeys is now available on Amazon.

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BLURB:

1946. The boys are home from the war. Jules is looking for a way into polite society, but it seems like the moogs that didn’t go overseas have moved so far ahead he’ll never catch up. His luck seems to change when he goes to the movies with his buddies Bobby and Audie, the other two monkeys. They had marched across Europe together, and now they were picking up dames, drinking too much, and generally letting off steam, which translates into trouble. Jules meets Isbe at the movies. Close dancing in a smoky club leads to love. The same night, Jules hooks up with the Irish mob. Love is thawing his hard heart, the one needed for survival in his new and violent world. Isbe vows to stand by, but Jules likes it on the edge. That’s a good thing, because Isbe’s father is chief of police and it’s a tangled gray web he’s soon caught up in.

Review Excerpts:

~ Few people can tell a story like Diane. The way she describes people, places, dialogue, and events, is nothing short of transcendent.
~ Diane Munier is one of the most gifted writers I have ever encountered. Her first-person narratives are fascinating…
~ This author’s writing is so very rich. Lots of details that really demonstrate a level of research that is often not present in love stories.
~ Again I am mesmerized by this author and another awesome story. Great twists and turns…

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In her words . . .

Living comfortably in the heart of America with the people I love. I live an extroverted life, but I’m a genuine introvert. An urban kid, I spent much of my youth running in various neighborhood establishments. There I met many colorful characters and I learned to love them and be fascinated by them. My love of story comes from them. I learned to sit on a bar stool or a kitchen chair or in a pew and hear story. Hear the voices telling story. See the mouths move and the hands clutching glasses or cigarettes. See and hear the laughter. There is no greater honor than to hear someone’s story. If you feel that way about the tales I tell…what more could I ask.

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Be sure to check Diane’s blog, Diane Munier Author

 

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I hope you enjoyed this Author Spotlight. I will be back next week Friday with Haiku Friday! Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Short Stories

17 Feb

It’s the middle of the week and that means it’s time for Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Welcome everyone! I love short stories. I enjoy writing them and reading them as well. I have written several short stories for this blog, although it has been a little over a year since I wrote the last one. That’s because I’ve been so busy working on my Fantasy Angels Series and what little free time I have left after working on my series I use to work on my blog posts, social media, and blogging.

I haven’t had the time to write short stories in a while and that makes me sad because I love doing it. Anyway, I have gotten several new followers since I posted my last short story, so I decided to post the links to some of these stories. That way, those of you that have not read them can check them out, if you like.

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Raven’s Masterpiece

A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance, Part 2, Finale

The Cursed Tree, Part 2, Finale

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“I would also suggest that any aspiring writer begin with short stories. These days, I meet far too many young writers who try to start off with a novel right off, or a trilogy, or even a nine-book series. That’s like starting in at rock climbing by tackling Mt. Everest. Short stories help you learn your craft.”

~George R.R. Martin

“A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick – a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart.”

~Neil Gaiman

“I love short stories because I believe they are the way we live. They are what our friends tell us, in their pain and joy, their passion and rage, their yearning and their cry against injustice.”

~Andre Dubus

“I find it satisfying and intellectually stimulating to work with the intensity, brevity, balance and word play of the short story.”

~Annie Proulx

Colleen Chesebro is a writer, poet, and book reviewer. She hosts an inspiring event every Wednesday on her blog, Silver Threading, called Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer and posting it on your blog.

Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and Colleen have joined forces! He has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts feel free to do so and link them to Colleen’s post. She will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up she does each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

Enjoy your day! And don’t forget to read one of my short stories.

They will haunt you . . . 

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Really Good Writing . . .

20 Jan

Hello everyone! It’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday! I hope you are all doing well. My day has been hectic, as usual, but I wanted to take a little time to post this great quote by author Ann Voskamp. I can relate to what she says in her quote because when I write and read It’s like a movie playing out in my mind. Sometimes I don’t know where I’m going to go from a certain scene but as I see it play out I get ideas to go on. I guess that is what ‘being in the zone’ is. When you can hear the crunch of dirt giving under a character’s foot step and smell the fragrance or stench in the air––you’re there. 😉

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Author Ann Voskamp

Colleen Chesebro is a writer, poet, and book reviewer. She hosts an inspiring event every Wednesday on her blog, Silver Threading, called Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer and posting it on your blog. Check out her weekly wrap-up every Tuesday and be inspired by all the quotes.

Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and Colleen have joined forces! He has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts feel free to do so and link them to Colleen’s post. She will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up she does each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

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Quote by Ann Voskamp

Haiku Friday – Crystal & Hope

15 Jan

Happy Friday everyone! And a warm welcome to my blog. 

I have written very little about my work-in-progress which is the 2nd installment of my Fantasy Angels Series. It is tentatively called Dracúl. This book picks up where The Fall of Lilith ends. That is why I want to finish both books before publishing the first. Today’s prompt words provided by Ronovan Writes are Crystal and Hope. I decided to give you a light description of two of the characters in my novel Dracúl in today’s haiku. I hope you enjoy.

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Dracúl

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Good natured devil

Cast aside by lucid mom

Chase things with feathers

(Crystal = Lucid / Hope = things with feathers)

Kind devil’s desire

Transpicuous plans hindered

Love born of evil

(Crystal = Transpicuous / Hope = Desire)

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Silver angel hair

Vivid eyes of many hues

Reverie of  light

(Crystal = Vivid / Hope = Reverie)

 

**Ronovan is a writer and poet and he also does author interviews and much more. You can read some of his poetry and fiction pieces on his blog. He also hosts RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday. Anyone can participate. Check out his Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

Have a great weekend everyone! 😀

Haiku Friday – Vast & Clear

7 Jan

My theme and inspiration this week is the story of the rebel angels’ fall from Heaven. The prompt words this week are Vast and Clear provided by RonovanWrites.

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Illustration by artist Jeff Brown depicting a scene from my novel ‘The Fall of Lilith

God’s Silvery Voice

Bid exile in vast numbers

Angels fall like rain

Monstrous wingspan

blots out the sun at midday

Light turns to darkness

The fall from Heaven

Broken wings fixed by their side

Vast darkness now clears

***The 3rd Haiku was written by my husband, Juancarlo Vega who wanted to give haiku writing a try. I think he did a great job. 

Ronovan is a writer and poet and he also does author interviews and much more. You can read some of his poetry and fiction pieces on his blog. He also hosts RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday. Anyone can participate. Check out his Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

Remember to have fun this weekend!

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – AMBITION

28 Oct

Happy Wednesday everyone! Welcome to my blog. Colleen Chesebro is a writer, poet, and book reviewer. She hosts an inspiring event every Wednesday on her blog, Silver Threading, called Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer and posting it on your blog. Check out her weekly wrap-up every Tuesday and be inspired by all the quotes.

Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and Colleen have joined forces! He has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts feel free to do so and link them to Colleen’s post. She will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up she does each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

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Today I want to talk a little bit about ambition. Some people view ambition as a bad thing, while others consider it a more positive thing. I believe ambition could be both good and bad. I see ambition as the food that helps us grow as writers, artists, doctors, lawyers, teachers . . . If we eat the right kinds of food, in the right amounts our bodies become healthy and strong. If we eat too much food, especially unhealthy foods, we gain weight and potentially become morbidly obese, and become sick and eventually die of a heart-attack (okay––maybe a bit dramatic), but overeating is definitely a bad thing. If we do not consume the proper amounts of food our bodies require for the energy it expends, we starve.

It’s the same with ambition. A healthy dose of ambition can help us reach our goals and grow in whatever field we’re in. A lack of ambition will keep us stagnant, never moving forward, never achieving our goals––stuck.

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So lets work hard, become determined, eager to achieve our goals and lets motivate each other to do the same. Lets be ambitious!

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – LIFE

14 Oct

Happy Wednesday everyone! Welcome to my blog. Colleen Chesebro is a writer, poet, and book reviewer. She hosts an inspiring event every Wednesday on her blog, Silver Threading, called Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer and posting it on your blog. Check out her weekly wrap-up and be inspired by all the quotes.

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21 Keys to a Happy Life

1- Compliment three people every day.

2- Watch a sunrise.

3- Be the first to say “Hello.”

4- Live beneath your means.

5- Treat everyone as you want to be treated.

6- Never give up on anybody; miracles happen.

7- Forget the Jones’.

8- Remember someone’s name.

9- Pray not for things, but for wisdom and courage.

10- Be tough-minded, but tender hearted.

11- Be kinder than you have to be.

12- Don’t forget that a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.

13- Keep your promises.

14- Show cheerfulness even when you don’t feel it.

15- Remember that overnight success usually takes 15 years.

16- Leave everything better than you found it.

17- Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do.

18- When you arrive at your job in the morning, let the first thing you say brighten everyone’s day.

19- Don’t rain on other people’s parades.

20- Don’t waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.

21- Keep some things to yourself and don’t promote havoc by hurting people you love.

~My Soul << Power to Change

Enjoy your day!

Always be yourself

Haiku Friday – Harp & Clear

9 Oct

Hello everyone! Happy Haiku Friday! This week’s prompt words are Harp and Clear. The words were provided by Ron of RonovanWrites. Ronovan is a writer and poet and he also does author interviews and much more. You can read some of his poetry and fiction pieces on his blog. He also hosts RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday. Anyone can participate and he even teaches you what haiku poetry is and how to write it if you don’t already know.

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Mellifluous Sounds

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Crystalline and Soothing

Sweet Angels’ lullaby

Heavenly harp plays

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Illustrated by Phoenix Lu (null on DeviantART)

Haiku Friday – Tide & Flesh

2 Oct

Hello everyone! Happy Haiku Friday! This week’s prompt words are Tide and Flesh. The words were provided by Ron of RonovanWrites. Ronovan is a writer and poet and he also does author interviews and much more. You can read some of his poetry and fiction pieces on his blog. He also hosts RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday. Anyone can participate and he even teaches you what haiku poetry is and how to write it if you don’t already know.

Hudson River

Cosa Nostra

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

The low tide revealed

An eerie discovery

Flesh bobbing in waves

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I went a little macabre this week but when I read the prompt words I couldn’t help but think of the mob.

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Positive Thinking

30 Sep

It’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday! Welcome and thank you for visiting. Colleen Chesebro is a writer, poet, and book reviewer. She hosts an inspiring event every Wednesday on her blog, Silver Threading, called Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer and posting it on your blog. Check out her weekly wrap-up and be inspired by all the quotes.

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“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

With a positive attitude we experience pleasant and happy feelings. This brings brightness to the eyes, more energy, and happiness. Our whole being broadcasts good will, happiness and success. Even our health is affected in a beneficial way. We walk tall, our voice is more powerful, and our body language shows the way we feel. – The Power Of Positive Thinking and Attitude

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Positive thinking sounds useful on the surface. (Most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative.) But, “positive thinking” is also a soft and fluffy term that is easy to dismiss. In the real world, it rarely carries the same weight as words like “work ethic” or “persistence.”

But those views may be changing.

Research is beginning to reveal that positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. Positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile. – How Positive Thinking Builds Your Skills, Boosts Your Health, and Improves Your work

Positive Thinking is my Super Power