Welcome to Day 8 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors June Series! @EmptySeatsNovel #EmptySeats @RRBC_Org #RRBC @NonnieJules

This is a reblog of an interview with Wanda Fischer that was published at Welcome to Day 8 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors June Series! I found her interview to be compelling and hope you enjoy it, too!

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12 Days of Authors Wanda Fischer

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On the 8th day of the June“12 Days of Authors” Series…Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, WANDA FISCHER!

Author bio:

Born in Kingsport, Tennessee yet raised in the Boston area (one parent from each area), I developed a love of folk and traditional music at an early age, making my singing debut at the age of four at a family reunion. Following a 40-year-plus career in public relations/marketing/media relations, as well as dabbling in broadcasting, I decided to do something I’d always aspired to: write novel. In the 1960s, I’d always wanted to be a…

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Celtic Lore: Exploring the Otherworld

The follow is a reblog of an article entitled, “Celtic Lore: Exploring the Otherworld,” posted on JUNE 25, 2021 BY ZTEVETEVANS. The concept of a magical, mysterious, “Otherworld” has been a common component in many myths and legends of diverse human cultures all around the world throughout history. The ancient Celtic people also had their own ideas of this enigmatic and ethereal region, which is discussed in this article.

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Image by Varun Maharaj from Pixabay

This article was first published on #FolkoreThursday.com under the title, Exploring the Otherworld of the Celts, on 18 March, 20211, written by zteve t evans.

The concept of a magical, mysterious, “Otherworld” has been a common component in many myths and legends of diverse human cultures all around the world throughout history. The ancient Celtic people also had their own ideas of this enigmatic and ethereal region. Their territories included Ireland, the United Kingdom and a swathe of continental Europe, including areas of the Iberian Peninsula and Anatolia. As such there were variations in philosophies concerning this world and the next from region to region. Presented here is a brief exploration of their idea of the Otherworld and how it appears in different Celtic regions.

Celtic Mythology

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW PAUL SCHUMACHER BOOK REVIEW THE IMPORTANCE OF NOW

FEATURED AUTHOR: PAUL SCHUMACHER

It is my honor to feature Paul Schumacher, Colorado author of the coming-of-age novel, The Importance of Now, which was recently released by Black Rose Writing on May 27, 2021 (234 pages). I first met Paul at a writing workshop sponsored by the Northern Colorado Writers and was moved by his heartfelt, poignant writing style in his first book, The Tattered Box, at which time I interviewed him (See Paul Schumacher Interview). 

Below are highlights of The Importance of Now, Paul Schumacher’s author bio, author interview, and my review of his book.

HIGHLIGHTS: THE IMPORTANCE OF NOW

The Importance of Now

by Paul Schumacher

At 14, Shawn Stevens commits a horrible crime the day after his father’s funeral. These two events define his life. After leaving juvenile detention, he starts life over but is haunted by his past, unable to forgive anybody, including himself. When Shawn becomes a mentor, he finally confronts what he’s done, questioning everything.

In a parallel story from the present, Shawn’s 13-year-old son, Aidan, finds letters in the attic introducing him to the father he never met. Aidan discovers the secrets his mom kept all these years and uncovers what drove his dad to finally forgive before it was too late.

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Amazon US  ♠  Amazon UK  ♠  Amazon AU   Amazon CA  ♠  Barnes & Noble

The Tattered Box

by Paul Schumacher

Eighteen-year-old John receives a peculiar gift from his elderly grandpa: a timeworn box filled with items from the past. John soon discovers what they all mean when he travels back to 1941 and suddenly finds himself the same age as his grandpa. They play baseball together, enjoy a double date, yet endure hardships and the imminent threat of war. As the items in the box become the ultimate storytellers, John hopes to appreciate his grandpa for who he is.

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AUTHOR BIO: PAUL SCHUMACHER

Paul Schumacher was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife, Gail, and their three children. He has authored more than twenty technical papers and is an inventor on more than forty patents. His first novel, The Tattered Box, was published in December 2016, and his second book, The Importance of Now, was published in May 2021.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: PAUL SCHUMACHER

1) What’s the first line in your newest book, “The Importance of Now?”

I hated going up, but I had to.

2) What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.

The back cover summary will speak for itself. To me, it’s about learning to forgive, both others and yourself. The protagonist, Shawn, is a flawed guy with a good heart. He’s trying to move beyond his past, but it’s difficult in so many ways. Like us, he finds inspiration and love in unexpected places, which makes for an interesting road to recovery.

3) What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

I mentored six boys at my church back in Minnesota in the late 1990s, and it really opened my eyes to the love and forgiveness that everyone wants and needs, especially youth. While kids require a lot, they can also be very open-minded and willing to accept others, much more so than many adults. As I was the only mentor who was not a parent, I wondered how I would have been treated if I had a shady past, if I needed some oft-mentioned forgiveness but the church was reluctant to give it. I have also been to many of the places described in the book, so they provided a great backdrop for the story.

4) What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

We all struggle with learning to forgive, and it’s especially hard when the person in need of forgiveness is yourself. This story also makes you think about redemption and your unforeseen impact on others. We could all use some reminders of that now and then.

5) What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character? Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?

Shawn seems so real to me, partly because he is composed of many people I know, including myself. I purposely made his road to recovery an up and down rollercoaster, as that is what most personal roads are like. I’ve experienced it myself. I love how he fights his way through his struggles. I was rooting for him the whole time I wrote it. I hope you will, too.

6) Is this the first book you’ve written?

It’s my second book. My first novel, The Tattered Box, was published in December 2016. It’s a story about a grandson who travels back in time to hang out with his grandpa.  

7) When did you first decide to become an author?

I had often considered it but never really got around to finding the time (I’m sure you can relate). The day before my farther-in-law passed away, I was taking my oldest to school. During the short drive, he said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if I could somehow travel back in time to hang out with Grandpa. We’d golf, bowl, fish, you name it.” Well, needless to say, I was hooked. I knew right away that’d make a great story, so that’s where the inspiration for my first book came from. I then had to convince myself I could do it again, so in some ways this second one was more difficult to write. But I love how it turned out. 

8) What’s a great piece of advice that you can share with fellow indie authors?

Write to an audience of one: yourself. Especially in early drafts, don’t think about what will sell or what others will want to read or think of you. Don’t care, just write. Write the story that only you can write, and do it with enough passion that others will want to come along for the ride.

9) Which book do you wish you could have written?

I’m going to cheat and name two:

  • A Separate Peaceby John Knowles
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John IrvinG

BOOK REVIEW: THE IMPORTANCE OF NOW

5 of 5 Stars 

The Importance of Now by Paul Schumacher is a coming-of-age literary fiction with themes of forgiveness, redemption, and unconditional love. The story is told primarily by Aiden and his father, Shawn, as a young man in a time/slip narrative. Both of their stories unfold after thirteen-year-old Aiden finds letters about his father in an attic, and he confronts his mother, Grace, to find out more about him. As Aiden uncovers the truth, Shawn’s story is told in parallel in the past after returning from a boy’s detention home for a crime he committed shortly after his own father’s death. Shawn struggles to redeem himself by mentoring teen boys at a church and learning how to forgive others to set him free from bitterness. Falling deeply in love, Shawn looks forward to a bright future, but he must grasp happiness at the moment before it escapes him.

Author Paul Schumacher has written a poignant, beautifully written story with the powerful themes of forgiveness, redemption, and unconditional love. The prose is rich with sensory descriptions and metaphors. It is a character-driven story with the unique structure of time/slip narratives, letters, and police records. The author nails the character’s voices through internal thoughts, natural dialogue, and descriptions. Both Shawn and Aiden are relatable characters as they struggle to understand themselves in their coming-of-age life journeys. I was particularly moved by Shawn, who finally understands why he made reckless decisions as a teen and what he needs to move forward in the depths of his despair. Grace helps light the way for Shawn through her forgiveness and unconditional love for him. Finally, Aidan learns by vicariously experiencing what his father went through so he can accept his mother.

The Importance of Now speaks to the heart about redemption, forgiveness, and unconditional love. These themes resonated with me long after I read the story—characteristics of a classic novel. Highly recommended.

Medicinal Plants of Brittany

The following is a reblog of an articled entitled, Medicinal Plants of Brittany,” posted on 5th Jun 2021 Posted on Bonjour From Brittania. It is a fascinating overview of various plants used for medicinal uses before modern medicine.

Bonjour From Brittany

In the rural Brittany of yesteryear, where doctors were very rare, the populace were happy to utilise the healing power of plants and other natural remedies. Sometimes, the intervention of the local healer or witch was sought but often people were content to apply the ancient wisdom that had been transmitted within the family from generation to generation. The remedies needed to treat the most common diseases and ailments were well known and families had long learned what plants were essential to cultivate near the home.

In Brittany, healers were generally believed to have been bestowed with their curative powers at birth although certain circumstances were thought more auspicious than others. The most powerful healers were held to be found amongst those born on Good Friday or on the first day of August or on a Friday in March, provided that day was one of the odd days of the…

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Welcome to Day 12 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! @Pdoggbiker #Cherries @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

The following is a reblog of Day 12, the last day of Nonnie Jules’s blog tour: NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! The featured author on Day 12 is John Podlaski, a Viet Nam War veteran who has written books using the war as a backdrop to his stories. If you leave a comment at Nonnie’s website, you will be entered into a giveaway to win a 12 e-book package, all titles being featured in the series, along with a $10 Amazon gift card.

There is a ton of information being shared by the various authors each day, and some of it could benefit you and your own writing. Click on the link to check out each featured author: https://nonniewrites.wordpress.com/nonnies-12-days-of-authors-series/

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12 Days of Authors John Podlaski

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At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 12th day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, JOHN PODLASKI!

Author bio:

I served in Vietnam in 1970 and received numerous military recognitions including (Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, two Air Medals, and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry).  After my military service, I spent 45+ years working in management positions within the automotive supplier sector. My wife, Janice, and I retired in 2013 and live in Sterling Heights, MI. During our retirement, we’re happily watching our only grandchild, 3-year-old Scarlett, while daughter, Nicole Patrick, works. What a joy seeing her grow both physically and…

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Welcome to Day 10 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! @LinneaTanner @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #DaggersDestiny

This is a reblog of my interview with Nonnie Jules, an author who loves supporting other authors. This is why she has revived her “12 Days of Authors” series which she began in 2014, but stopped due to the sudden passing of a very dear online friend. Today, I am featured as part of the May “12 Days of Authors” series and would greatly appreciate it if you would support each author featured in the series. If you leave a comment along with the event, you will be entered into a giveaway to win a 12 e-book package, all titles being featured in the series, along with a $10 Amazon gift card, courtesy of Nonnie Jules!

Check out the various authors along with each day’s feature. There is a ton of information being shared by the various authors and some of it could benefit you and your own writing. Click on the link to follow: https://nonniewrites.wordpress.com/nonnies-12-days-of-authors-series/

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nea12 Days of Authors Linnea Tanner

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On the 10th day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, LINNEA TANNER!

Author bio:

Award-winning author, Linnea Tanner, weaves Celtic tales of love, magical adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia. Since childhood, she has passionately read about ancient civilizations and mythology. She has also extensively researched ancient and medieval history, mythology, and archaeology to support her writing and has traveled to sites described within each of her books in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series. Of particular interest to her are the enigmatic Celts, reputed as fierce warriors and mystical…

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Thursday Doors – Dover Castle

This is a reblog of a post entitled, “Thursday Doors – Dover Castle.” published by RobertaWrites. The Dover cliffs and the castle has been one of my favorite places to visit in the United Kingdom. As can seen be the photos, its a historical site that dates back to the Roman and Anglo-Saxon occupation. The medieval castle has great exhibitions.

Welcome to Thursday Doors, a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).

Dover Castle is a medieval Castle in Dover, Kent, England. This is my favourite English castle to date and I have visited it three times during three separate visits to the UK. There is a lot to see at Dover Castle including the underground hospital that was established and used during WW2, the Roman lighthouse and a Saxon Church.

Today, I am going to show you a few of my pictures of the castle and its doors.

Dover Castle from the road

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Celtic Lore: Shapeshifters of Myth and Legend

The is a reblog of a MAY 27, 2021 Post entitled, Celtic Lore: Shapeshifters of Myth and Legend,” BY ZTEVETEVANS at the website UNDER THE INFLUENCE. It is a summary of some of my favorite Celtic myths which I think you will enjoy.

Under the influence!

This article was first published 11 March 2021 on #FolkloreThursday.com titled, Shapeshifters from the Celtic World by zteve t evans.

Shapeshifters

Shapeshifters are found in most mythologies and folk traditions around the world from ancient to modern times. In such traditions, humans change into vampires, werewolves, frogs, insects, and just any about any other creature imaginable and back again. Sometimes the transformation is controlled by the transformer who shifts shape at will.  Other times it is an unwelcome event such as a punishment and sometimes it is forced by a magical spell but there are many other reasons besides. Shapeshifters can be good or bad, often moving the story forward in a novel way or have some kind of symbolism that the teller wants to get across to their audience. There are many different kinds of shapeshifting and here…

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Welcome to Day 1 of Nonnie’s “12 Days Of Authors” (May) Series! @AuthorFleur

The following is a reblog from WATCH NONNIE WRITE! This is Day 1 of Nonnie’s “12 Days Of Authors” (May) Series featuring AUTHOR, CAROLINE FLEUR!

Author Nonnie Jules loves supporting other authors. This is why she has revived her “12 Days of Authors” series which she began in 2014, but stopped due to the sudden passing of a very dear online friend.

I will be featured during this May “12 Days of Authors” series and would appreciate greatly if you would support each author who is featured each day of the series. If you leave a comment along the event, you will be entered into a giveaway to win a 12 e-book package, all titles being featured in the series, along with a $10 Amazon gift card, courtesy of Nonnie Jules!

I hope to see you following along with each day’s feature. There is a ton of information being shared by the various authors and some of it could benefit you and your own writing. Here’s the link to follow along… – https://nonniewrites.wordpress.com/nonnies-12-days-of-authors-series/

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12 Days of Authors Caroline Fleur

GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series+ a $10 Amazon gift card! Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the first day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, CAROLINE FLEUR!

Author bio:

Caroline Fleur lives in the Dallas, Texas, area with her husband and son. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as traveling through the quite easy-to-reach DFW Airport. She is passionate about writing and has a personal interest in food allergy research. Caroline hopes that in addition to reading this fun and flirty story, readers will also gain a deeper understanding of the constant balancing act that those living with food allergies have to perform. She is dedicated to the…

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The Druids of Brittany

The following is a reblog of an article entitled, “The Druids of Britanny,” posted on the website: Bonjour From Brittany. The druids of antiquity remain an enigma and a constant source of, sometimes, fanciful speculation. Their roles in Celtic society were as broad as they were integral to daily life; story-teller, sage, teacher, priest, judge, sorcerer and keeper of the tribe’s traditions. Yet, very little is known for certain about them; they did not share their knowledge with the uninitiated and kept no records of their own but their influence lingered longest in the remotest realms of the Celts, such as in Brittany.

Bonjour From Brittany

The druids of antiquity remain an enigma and a constant source of, sometimes, fanciful speculation. Their roles in Celtic society were as broad as they were integral to daily life; story-teller, sage, teacher, priest, judge, sorcerer and keeper of the tribe’s traditions. Yet, very little is known for certain about them; they did not share their knowledge with the uninitiated and kept no records of their own but their influence lingered longest in the remotest realms of the Celts, such as in Brittany.

The little that we know about the mysterious druids comes from comments made about them in the writings of the Greek historians Strabo and Diodorus of Sicily who drew upon earlier works by Timagenes of Alexandria and Alexander of Miletus. Unfortunately, these earliest sources are now lost but the writings of their Roman contemporary, Julius Caesar, remain in print to this day. His account of the Gallic…

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