Goodreads Free Book Giveaway starts Sunday, October 26

This is a great time to select good reads for the holidays … for those precious moments in the busy prep days ahead when you can grab your book or Kindle/Nook, hide away in a quiet place and read some pages for personal relaxation. To plan ahead for those erratic moments, Yellow Pansies in a Blue Cobalt Jar is a Goodreads Free Book Giveaway starting SUNDAY, October 26 through November 19, 2014. Ten paperback copies will be awarded! Enter and take a chance to win my latest release! Enjoy!

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Yellow Pansies in a Blue Cobalt Jar releases October 10, 2014

I’m excited to announce the release of my third novel, a Boomer Generation read, Yellow Pansies in a Blue Cobalt Jar! Bibliotherapist, silver-haired Rhose Guerin uses books, movies, plays, and poetry in her private practice. An advanced professional credentialing program removes her from friends and family in North Carolina to study in Westport, Connecticut where…

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What’s at the end of the Rainbow?

A “Pot of Creative Gold” at Dancing Moon, Luminous Literature for Enlightened Earthlings! Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00pm I’ll join three other artists, craftsmen, and authors at DANCING MOON book store in Raleigh, 1840 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh NC 919.833.8081. If you’d like to meet and chat about my stories, my upcoming new…

Characters who heal

Today more than ever, thoughtful consideration of methods to increase well-being abound. This most likely reflects our growing awareness and appreciation for the mind-body connection … how a calm, positive and confident mindset can help ease discomfort and pain. My understanding of this is when freed from discomfort, the immune system has an enhanced ability to work toward returning the body to wellness. And this is, certainly, a low range understanding of the dynamic. I’m interested in different modalities available for both healing and end of life transitioning and so it follows that within my stories, my characters practice some…

New release October 10, 2014

I’m excited to reveal my third novel, Yellow Pansies in a Blue Cobalt Jar releases October 10, 2014! Bibliotherapist, silver-haired Rhose Guerin uses books, movies, plays, and poetry in her private practice. An advanced professional credentialing program removes her from friends and family in North Carolina to study in Westport, Connecticut where she reconsiders her fading marriage; a daughter in a relationship crisis; a parent challenged by health issues; and the reappearance of an old love. Long held family secrets and relationships are revealed that beg intervention as Rhose second-guesses decisions made in her past. Was the path she turned…

Traveling for plots and refreshment

I’ve just returned from an amazing first visit to the Baltic where I finally got to meet dear Swedish relatives! How wonderful to share greetings and family spirit with about a dozen or so DNA-like individuals! We gathered at Hossna Church cemetery not far from Ulricehamn to visit great grandfather and other family member’s gravesites on a sparkling Swedish summer day, surrounded by forests of deep green spruce, purple lupines, white and yellow wildflowers. On the return flight, new Scandinavian characters revealed themselves out of the blue and I’m adding them to my current work in progress. Here’s a secret, Brun’s name (Brun…

Museum archaeology … and lunch! Oh my!

I recently joined about thirty other enthusiastic wanna-be archaeologists at the North Carolina Museum of Art to participate in their first hands-on archaeology lab. Staff archaeologist Dr. Caroline Rocheleau led us through a brief artifact-handling orientation, a hands-on study session of classical ceramics, and a short overview lecture. My volunteer experience at the North Carolina State Archaeology Office dealt with Pre-historic Paleo-Indian artifacts, some ten thousand years old, and 18th Century North Carolina ceramics. Dr. Rocheleau however, is an Egyptologist, a Nubiologist (a geographic region located in the south of Egypt and North of Sudan) and the museum curator of ancient art. The focus of this…

Reflective Garden Walking … a therapy

A Path Through the Garden touches on the value and benefit of reflective walking while exploring a garden, meadow, or naturally forested area.  Many of us can remember a special day we enjoyed out in the fresh air when our minds developed an idea from nowhere, an idea that grew in resonance and supported a strong feeling for a plan of action. The idea was positive and meaningful and may have contributed to a whole new life path. In Japan, this notion of walking through a garden or forest for inspiration is not new. Called shinrin-yoku, it literally translates to forest…

Hands-on Archaeology lab at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Both my stories, Nardi Point and A Path Through the Garden include storylines rich in archaeology. Because I write what I like to read, I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned about ancient peoples who walked this earth thousands of years ago. That interest led me to volunteer at the NC State Archaeology Office in Raleigh where volunteers were trained in the proper handling and processing of valuable ancient artifacts. To hold a pre-historic relic in your own hands is such an amazing rush! So, that’s why I’m looking forward to the Hands-on Archaeology lab presented by the North Carolina Museum…

Writing the pages we’ll remember tomorrow … Words from the Heart

Every day I write words that gather and form pages of my next story. I listen respectively and eagerly to what my characters have to say and bless the days when they chatter and let me in on what they’re up to and the pages flow effortlessly! At a book appearance when I dip into the selections to read, I’m grateful for the happy expectant faces that wait for the next sentences, or maybe they want a little more insight into a particular character. When I do read pieces of my story, I remember the writing session so clearly and…