Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Teri Polen, Colleen Chesebro and Sally Cronin


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Welcome to the first update of the week.. and as an author on the bookshelves I get to share my news too today.  But first a catch up with two other authors.  I am taking a look at some of the authors who have entered the bookstore since the begining of December over the next week. Unless of course any of you reading this who are in the bookstore have news of a recent release or great review.  Get in touch sallygcronin@gmail.com

The first author update is for Teri Polen who released her debut novel Sarah at the beginning of December 2016. Since then she has received 26 reviews and here is one that is right up to date.

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About Sarah

Seventeen-year-old horror fan Cain Shannon thought helping a ghost find her killers would be the supernatural adventure of a lifetime. Now, he just hopes to survive long enough to protect his family and friends from her.

A bet between friends goes horribly wrong, resulting in Sarah’s death. When she returns to seek justice against those responsible, Cain agrees to help her. But when he discovers Sarah has been hijacking his body, he realizes she wants retribution instead of justice.

Terrified of what could have happened when he wasn’t in control, Cain commands Sarah to leave his house – but exorcising her isn’t that easy. She retaliates against her murderers in bloody, horrific ways, each death making her stronger, then sets her sights on Cain. With the help of friends, Cain fights to save himself and his loved ones and searches for a way to stop Sarah before she kills again.

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Teri Polen’s SARAH is the stuff that will keep you up at night. It’s the perfect blend of lighthearted teenage banter and blood-curdling horror elements. Shades of the television show Supernatural will keep fans of theWinchester brothers engrossed from the beginning through the last spine-tingling word of the epilogue.

Cain starts out as an affable teenage boy who too soon has become the man of the house because of the untimely death of his father. The addition of his best friend Finn creates a dynamic duo—the two clearly are as thick as biological brothers and their interactions are so enjoyable. Cain has typical teenage problems—love, academics, sports—until his life changes for the worse.

There is a ghost in his house.

The ghost, Sarah, has a dramatic character arc, something that infatuated me. Her change from beginning to end was something I couldn’t tear my attention from. Cain, Finn, and Lindsey are a trio that rivals Harry, Ron, and Hermione. The barbs they exchange are funny and believable, but these kids are loyal to each other to a fault. Watching those relationships solidify was a true pleasure.

I love a good ghost story, and SARAH is one of the best ones I’ve read in a while. I blew through it—it was such an easy and exciting read that I finished it in one afternoon. But I’m left fervently wishing for a sequel, because I don’t want to say goodbye to these characters.

If you like horror, you’ll love SARAH. It’s a must read.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Teri-Polen/e/B01MYOUA6V

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Connect to Teri via her Website:  https://teripolen.com/

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We head over to Marjorie Mallon’s wonderfully eclectic blog about books, writing, photography, magic haiku and inspiration. Not only has Marjorie posted a terrific view for the recently released The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy by Colleen M. Chesebro, but she has also availed herself of the exclusively designed pendant.

the-heart-stone-chroniclesAbout The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy

Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations.

Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy. The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors.

But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.

As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her love of horses with friends, Savanna, and Blake, the swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets. She is summoned by a primeval nymph, who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.

Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?

Marjorie Mallon’s Review for the book.

What’s not to love? I knew I would love The Swamp Fairy and I did. For me, it has two magical ingredients: a crystal pendant, ( I just love crystals!!!) and fairies! My only regret is that when I turned the last page of The Swamp Fairy I was left feeling bereft. I wanted more!!! Thank goodness Colleen will satisfy this sense of loss with the second book in this series…

I’d recommend The Swamp Fairy to young ‘tween’ girls who love the magical realm of fairies, and the power and mystery of crystals exemplified in Abigale’s pendant , a precious piece of the sacred calcite heart stone.

Gutsy young heroine Abigale Forester will do anything to save the swamp fairies and the Pink Sundew plants. Right from the start, it’s obvious that she’s no pushover, even though she has had to deal with more pain and loss than the average fourteen-year-old. After her mother Kathryn’s death and her drug addict father’s disappearance she is sent away to stay with her distant aunt Magnolia. It’s not just the weather that changes. Chicago girl Abigale’s new destination is Blackberry Ridge, Florida. She has to get to know her aunt, acquaint herself with a new school, meet new friends, Savanna Brook, Blake Barrett, and Cash Book, (Savanna’s brother.) But all that’s nothing compared with having to cope with the nasty jibes of the mean Kramer brothers, and it doesn’t end there. A greedy, ruthless land developer, Rafe Cobb is determined to get hold of the swamp land bequeathed to her by her deceased mother.

Abigale refuses to buckle under Rafe Cobb’s threats even when she realises that he will go to the most desperate and deadly ends to get what he wants.

Abigale has a special relationship with the fairies, (the Naiad Nymph Clan,) a unique bond with horses, (especially Sand Dollar,) and the many other animals in the story. She can hear what they are saying, and can speak to them too!

This is such an enthralling, sweet story, with excitement a-plenty. There are beautiful descriptions of the swamp fairies, dragonflies, and hummingbirds. Plus the added bonus of beautifully crafted haiku poems at the start of each chapter. 

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Read the other recent reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy/dp/1541015967

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Now I get to do a little self-promotion since I am on the shelves of the bookstore!  I released my latest short story collection, What’s in a Name, last Friday and was delighted that Linda Bethea dived in and gave the book its first review over the weekend.. Absolutely thrilled as you can imagine.

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About What’s in a Name

There are names that have been passed down through thousands of years which have powerful and deep-rooted meaning to their bearers. Other names have been adopted from other languages, cultures and from the big screen. They all have one thing in common. They are with us from birth until the grave and they are how we are known to everyone that we meet.

There are classical names such as Adam, David and Sarah that will grace millions of babies in the future. There are also names that parents have invented or borrowed from places or events in their lives which may last just one lifetime or may become the classic names of tomorrow.

Whatever the name there is always a story behind it. In What’s in a Name? – Volume One, twenty men and women face danger, love, loss, romance, fear, revenge and rebirth as they move through their lives.

Anne changes her name because of associations with her childhood, Brian carries the mark of ancient man, Jane discovers that her life is about to take a very different direction, and what is Isobel’s secret?

I rushed to buy this as soon as I saw it was released. I have read and loved Sally’s books before and this one did not disappoint. Read it through in one sitting. I loved the crooks and twists. The characterizations are wonderful. Do yourself a favor and grab this one, but I doubt you’ll get much done once you start!

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2

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Connect with me here and on social media: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/connect-with-me-on-social-media/

If you would like to be in the bookstore then here are the promotions that might interest you.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

Thank you for dropping by and as always your feedback is appreciated.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy by Colleen M. Chesebro


New on the shelvesWelcome to the first of the 2017 Book Promotions here on Smorgasbord.. New on the Shelves is for authors who are not already in the Cafe and Bookstore offering an opportunity to get to know the author and their work in more detail.

Delighted to showcase the debut YA Fantasy novel – The Heart Stone Chronicles –  The Swamp Fairy by Colleen M. Chesebro.  As you will see Colleen has come up with a wonderful way to add sparkle to the launch of her book with a specially commissioned piece of jewellery by Irene Design.

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About the book

Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations.

Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy. The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors.

But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.

As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her love of horses with friends, Savanna, and Blake, the swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets. She is summoned by a primeval nymph, who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.

Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?

Buy The Swamp Fairy in print and Kindle versions: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy/dp/1541015967

Something to accompany the book.

To accompany the book it would make a lovely gift to also buy the specially designed necklaces.

And, if you or that special “tween” in your life would like to experience a bit of their own fairy magic, The calcite fairy stone necklaces, made by https://irenedesign2011.com/ are available to order. One look at these magical pendants and you too will want a fairy  stone like Abby wears in the novel.

Where to buy the necklaces.

The small calcite heart stone pendant is in the photo below. Here is the link to Irene’s Etsy site where you can buy your own jewelry:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/480852170/black-silk-necklace-with-silver-wrapped

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The large calcite heart stone pendant is shown below. Here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/480852682/black-silk-necklace-with-silver-wrapped

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About Colleen M. Chesebro

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series is called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy.” The novel reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.

Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.

A retired bookkeeper, she has an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her love for all things creative.

When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of art. She lives in the United States with her husband, Ron and her two Pomeranians, Sugar and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website

Connect to Colleen.

Website: https://colleenchesebro.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/16254415.Colleen_M_Chesebro
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ColleenChesebro
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/colleen.chesebro.3

Thank you for dropping in and it would be great if you could share the news about Colleen’s debut novel.

If you have a recent book and have not yet featured in the Cafe and Bookstore… then here is the link.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/new-series-sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves/

See you again soon I hope.. Thanks Sally

Mention in Dispatches – Posts from the bloggers I follow – Aliens, Police Thrillers, Tips for organising your holidays.


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The first of two round-ups today.. this one is a small selection of the posts that I have read this week from the talented bloggers that I follow. There does not seem to be enough time at the moment but I am looking forward to a few months ahead when we are moved into our new home, the work is completed and we can settle back into our own routine.  One thing I now realise is that we have become creatures of habit.. so a little shake-up was in order.

Anyway on with today’s pick of the posts you might like to visit.

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Colleen Chesebro with a round up of celebrations, book releases and excellent posts from around the global village of the writing community – head over and you will find some great new blogs to follow.  https://silverthreading.com/2016/05/29/silvers-tea-party-a-monthly-tea-sharing-event/

Hugh Roberts

Hugh Roberts reviews Children’s author Janice Spina’s thriller Davey & Derek, Junior Detectives. The case of the Missing Cell Phone..Janice has a new novel for adults coming very soon.  https://litworldinterviews.com/2016/05/25/book-review-by-roberthughes05-of-davey-derek-junior-detectives-the-case-of-the-missing-cell-phone-by-janice_spina/

Be Organised with Pamela… Is on hand to give you some great tips to help make your next vacation go smoothly.  For those of you who are planning vacations these tips are for you.  Are you going on a road trip with the family this summer? http://beeorganizedwithpamela.com/2016/05/31/tuesday-trivial-knowledge-or-is-it/

Angie Quantrell

Angie Quantrell has been a contributor to my Cook From Scratch series and make incredible sounding whole wheat, multi-grain bread.. She is sharing the recipe and I for one will be making. Warm with a little butter…lovely.  http://angiequantrell.blogspot.ie/2016/05/whole-wheat-multi-grain-bread-recipe.html?spref=fb

chris_the_story_reading_ape.jpgThe Story Reading Ape with 44 facts about New York that are fascinating. We have visited the city a number of times and done the usual touristy things but for example did you know “ More than 1,300 old NYC subway cars have been dumped into the Atlantic Ocean to help build an artificial reef to serve as a habitat for marine life”? Head over and catch up with the rest of the post.  https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2016/06/02/44-things-new-yorkers-dont-know/

judithbarrow (2)Judith Barrow is interviewing fellow authors who will be attending the Tenby Book Fair and today it is the turn of Matt Johnson who has written a police thriller. With a background of serving in the army and then the police force for over 25 years, he has plenty of experience to draw on.  http://www.judithbarrow.co.uk/today-with-matt-johnson/

There are many wonders in the world that seem impossible to attribute to humans.. The pyramids, crop circles and in this post W.C. Cunningham explores these mysteries.. I’m not saying it was aliens… http://wccunningham.com/2015/09/20/im-not-saying-it-was-aliens-but/

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Jane Dougherty taking part in one of Sue Vincent’s Photo challegees #writephoto- Isolated. A very atmospheric image..   https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/writephoto-isolated/comment-page-1/

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As we head towards the Olympics in July it would seem that there are some interesting training sessions taking place as Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge illustrates very entertainingly.  https://philosophermouseofthehedge.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/questionable-motivational-practice/

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It is always interesting to find out about the books that have inspired writers and bloggers and Ritu shares her reading background in Saturday Stream of Consciousness.  https://butismileanyway.wordpress.com/

If you are not already following these authors then I hope you will head over and take a look. Thanks for dropping in and later today I will do my usual Saturday Round Up of my own posts you might have missed, along with an update on my week of fun and frivolity!! Sally

Mention in Dispatches – Zombies, Goblins and Humming Birds.


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Welcome to this week’s very small selection of blogs that I have visited this week. Such a wide range of topics available, and a huge volume of work that even five years ago we would not have had access to. It has been a very busy two weeks and thank goodness for this talented group of writers that have given me an excuse to down tools for short periods and recharge my batteries.

chris_the_story_reading_ape.jpgThe Story Reading Ape with author and actor Jack Wallen who brings us the alternative afterlife with his Zombie and horror books.. Thirty of them so far… that is what I call prolific. http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2016/03/20/read-about-guest-author-jack-wallen/

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Ali Isaac​ with another wonderful post on Ancient Irish Culture. Most of the codes of conduct still exist today with a warm hospitality and loyal friendship.   There are some codes that should still be practised today and illustrate how civilised our ancestors were in that age. http://aliisaacstoryteller.com/2016/03/21/6-founding-principles-of-ancient-irish-society/

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Meet the cast of the Hummer movies courtesy of Cindy Knokes. It is an aeronautical display that few of us are privileged to see but in the Holler these beautiful birds gather in the spring migration and can be seen through the magic of Cindy’s camera lens.. Meet Star, Piloto, Darth, Flash and Star  http://cindyknoke.com/2016/03/22/hummer-locals/

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A very in depth article on the pros and cons of submitting your manuscript to a large publishing house or going the Indie route. In fact traditional publishing was always self-publishing. I believe that a successful indie author with two or three books out there proving themselves with good independent reviews and reasonable sales is more likely to do well with a major publisher. The experience is certainly worthwhile as it gives you a better perspective on the benefits of both. http://silverthreading.com/2016/03/22/to-self-publish-or-try-the-publishing-option-that-is-the-question/

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Jack Eason is offering his Goblin Tales FREE over Easter.. And to whet your appetite

The Siren’s Song In which Globular Van der Graff, (Glob), Makepeace Terranova (Make), Byzantine Du Lac (Byz), Eponymous Tringthicky (Mous), Bejuss the one eyed lisping raven with the twisted beak, and finally, curmudgeonly old Neopol Stranglethigh (Neo) are visited by a beautiful stranger. Read the short story over at Have We Had Help https://havewehadhelp.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/a-timeless-tale-2/

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Annette Rochelle Aben with a response to Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge with the theme #Magic.. And some great background stories as well as her thoughts on the subject. https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/writers-quote-wednesday-writing-challenge-magic/

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Some Truisms about aging from Elfkat.. I can relate to most of them… What fun it is to be old and cranky. https://elfkat.wordpress.com/2016/03/24/yep-277/

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Deanie Humphrys Dunne posted a blog on Thursday that I think is worth reading by all parents not just those with children facing challenges through physical or mental disabilities. As Deanie writes…“As some of you may know, I was born with cerebral palsy. It only affects my legs, so I’m blessed in that regard. One of the most amazing benefits I had was my parents’ philosophy. They constantly reassured me that I could do anything. Admittedly, certain things would take longer, but they never focused on my limitations.” https://deaniehumphrysdunne.wordpress.com/2016/03/24/children-with-cerebral-palsy-what-would-you-do/

Jo Robinson

Every day millions of people are looking for new books to read. Getting their attention is a challenge but with the Internet at our fingertips there are strategies we can use to bring them to us. Read Jo Robinson’s very useful post and put her strategies into action. http://litworldinterviews.com/2016/03/24/finding-new-readers/

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Debby Gies – author D.G. Kaye reblogs a post that will strike a chord with many writers who face similar comments even from friends and family… I certainly would be a little miffed if I overheard this particular comment and would not be half as restrained!! http://dgkayewriter.com/writers-lazy-a-s-winchester-2/

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Jean Cogdell with an excellent post on the debate of writing in the first person or third person. I prefer to write my longer stories in the first person but tend to write my short stories in the third person.. I am just on book 8 of Bernard Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom series and they are all in the first person.. I know Uhtred far better because of this technique that I ever would if written in the third person as I get inside his head. So much so that my husband now fails to react when I say I am off to bed with Uhtred and that I will see him in an hour or so!!  http://jeanswriting.com/2016/03/25/writing-in-the-first-person-can-produce-amazing-results/

So there is a small selection from the week of bloggers who have kept me sane!  A couple of posts coming up today that I have scheduled and I will back in with my coffee and tea to make sure you are all behaving yourselves….or not!

Please feel free to comment and share.  I’ll be back!  Sally

 

 

A mention in despatches – A few posts I have enjoyed this week.


I spend way too much time online that is for sure. But in my defence I have to say that I learn something new everyday, I get to write everyday, I meet new and interesting people everyday and I get to laugh a…. lot.

I do not have the time to mention every post that I have read this week but here is a small selection and time permitting I shall do likewise every week from now on before I post my own round up.

Do head over and take a look at these posts and enjoy and hopefully if you are not already following the blogger you will now.

Some book reviews

Olga Núñez Miret with her Friday look at new books.. this week Cleansing Evil by Derek Dorr.

http://authortranslatorolga.com/2016/01/29/blogtour-cleansing-evil-by-derek-dorr-i-cant-resist-interesting-psychiatrists/

Cathy Ryan with a review of 7 Years Bad Sex.. A Romcom.

http://betweenthelinesbookblog.com/2016/01/30/7-years-bad-sex-by-wellsnicky-romcom/

Kurt Springs with a review of Fantasy novel The Phoenix Ring by Alexander Brockman

https://kurtsfrontier.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/the-phoenix-ring-by-alexander-brockman-kurtsprings1-review-highfantasy/

Colleen Chesebro with a review of Chasing Feathers in the Wind by Diane Hall.

http://silverthreading.com/2016/01/30/silvers-book-reviews-chasing-feathers-in-the-wind-by-diane-hall/

Short Stories

 Hugh Roberts Part One and Two of Where…

 Warning – this two-part short story contains sexual references and scenes, so is of an adult nature.

 http://hughsviewsandnews.com/2016/01/30/the-wordpress-weekly-photo-challenge-vibrant/

http://hughsviewsandnews.com/2016/01/28/ticket-to-where-part-2-2/

Suzanne Joshi – A short story in 100 words. Enough is Enough

https://patriciaruthsusan.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/enough-is-enough/

Challenges

Judy Martin of Edwina’s Episodes combines two challenges

http://edwinasepisodes.com/2016/01/30/just-jot-it-january-30th-an-socs/

How to throw a blog party – Donna Parker of Yadadarcyyada.

http://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/01/29/always-on-my-mind/

Blog Radio with Annette Rochelle Aben tomorrow Sunday. A Rose by any other name on Perspective Power.

https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/a-rose-by-any-other-name-on-perspectivepower/

Enjoy.