Touching tribute.

Originally posted on Maxima:

Written: © Maxima 
When I was little
I used to run after the clouds
Begging them to pour
Thick raindrops
Onto the path I ran on
So the dust wouldn’t lift
Under my feet
And I loved
Being bathed by the warm raindrops
Being soaking wet
And then coming to my mother
I would pretend I got caught up

She would take a towel
Wipe off my hair gently
And say
As many kisses on your cheek
As raindrops in your hair

Raindrops are made of love
Of the rainy clouds queen
Love for the world
And you, my little one
And let them drop
All over you
So I can give you
A bunch of kisses…
Then she would give me
A glass of fresh milk

My mother was both
My mother and my father
Her soul was a treasure trove
Full of fairy tales
She would tell me

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As You, My Most Beloved One


Beautiful words always flow from Morgan’s pen (or keyboard) Enjoy and please visit her lovely blog and check out some of her other fabulous poetry.

Originally posted on booknvolume:

As You, My

Touch my hand with Your Enticing Warmth,
Draw me in like a Sweet Breath
Under the Blissful Balm of Starlit Night,
Where the Heavens Reach in spangled Glory.
Tapestry of Dreams,
Song of Echoes,
Stirring the Wandering musings of my mind
In Dizzy spells of Enchantment,
As You, My Most Beloved One.

Lean Near to me beneath this Shrine of Ancient Light,
Allow me to Gaze in Breathless Wonder
Into the Remarkable Depths of Your Lustrous stare,
Beguiled and Bewildered
By the Intoxicating Allure I See,
Unrivaled by the Wealth of Splendor
Spanning O’er our Heads,
As You, My Most Beloved One.

Press Your Perfect lips to mine
In the silhouette of Luminous Moonlight,
Undo my every notion with the Blush of Your Sweet Kiss,
And Listen to the Heartbeat of my Pure Elation,
Like the Mystical Symphony of Harmonious cosmos
Singing in Resplendent tones of Purest Joy,
Matchless in…

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How to Get your Kids to Read


What a fantastic idea for encouraging your children to become readers!

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:

GatewaySuccessStory-JeffGunhusFoil._V350981886_I found a lovely post on Amazon by Jeff Gunhus, and just had to share! Jeff details how he started his Jack Templar book series as a way to get his two young boys to read. This is what he has to say:

“My son Jack was smart and outgoing. He got great grades. But he liked reading books about as much as he liked walking behind our two yellow labs on clean-up duty. He was way more interested in movies, TV, video games. At first, I wasn’t too worried. But his vocabulary and writing skills began to slip. I decided to do something.

I created the Early Morning Book Club. That was my name anyway. To Jack, I’m sure it was the Early Morning Torture Club. The plan was that we’d get up early and Jack would read out loud to me for an hour. Luckily for him…

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The Almond Tree By Michelle Cohen Corasanti

The Almond TreeThe Almond Tree is the saga of a young Palestinian boy’s journey from his village, where he lived under the threat of losing his home, imprisonment, and even death, as the Israelis took over his homeland.  Ahmed Hamid (Ichmad) is blessed with incredible math talent and a scientific mindset. Using his talents, he teamed up with Professor Menachem Sharon at Hebrew University and little by little the two whittled away their prejudices to continue their ground-breaking research, become the best of friends, and travel to America to continue their research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Almond Tree is written from the author’s point of view as an American Jew living in Palestine while a student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Corasanti’s trip from the United States to Israel, where she attended high school, opened her eyes to a world different than what she knew.

To find out more about Michelle Cohen Corasanti Click on her website The Almond Tree.

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Emeraldine Harmony – Sonnet 30


A lovely sonnet from my friend Morgan over at booknvolume.

Originally posted on booknvolume:

Emeraldine Harmony

Emeraldine Fire in the shadows, pale and cold,
Glistening Enchantment beneath the Canopy of Old,
Disperse thy Mortal Visage within the Verdant foliage,
Enigmatic Harmony of Wisdom sharp and Sage.
Deep in the caverns of Viridian Mystery,
Unfettered from the Bindings of treacherous Reality,
Sings the Jaden Master of Melodious Intent,
Swathed in Leafy hues and Golden Sunlight, poorly spent.
Vast beyond the traces of terrestrial Imagining,
Magnificent in Vision when Upon thy Outstretched Wing,
Burn Immortal Unity into supple Heart and Mind,
That we, derivative Souls, might Live in Harmonious kind.
Yet, Fire Ever Burning in the Emeraldine Abyss,
Potent let thy Provocation be, lest we Wander long Amiss.

Beautiful Original Artwork by: SpaceWeaver

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A Planet for Tristan Wolf by Mariana Llanos

A Planet for Tristan WolfTristan and his brother Billy had a terrible argument. Well actually, it was a fight.  Red, Tristan and Billy’s dog ate Billy’s favorite trading card, and Billy blamed Tristan. Tristan decided to run away with Red and find a new home.  Tristan’s adventure takes him to a strange and colorful planet where everything seems perfect, but is it? Once again, Tristan’s imagination takes him on a new journey to a make-believe world.

With her exceptional ability to capture a child’s imagination in her writing, Mariana Llanos has created this delightful story about mistakes and forgiveness, family love, and being with the people who are important to you.  It is a superb book, and I recommend it to all who have young school-aged children to read it to their children or let them read it themselves.

To buy the book click here.

To learn more about Mariana Llanos click here.

The Reach of the Banyan Tree by Mark W. Sasse

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Mark Sasse’s historic novel/contemporary romance takes place in Vietnam during two time periods, World War II and present day.  Estranged from his father Charles Regal Carson II of Carson Oil, Chip (Charles Regal Carson III) travels to Tan Trao, North Vietnam and discovers a connection to his paternal grandfather, the Flying Dutchman, an American soldier on a mission to help repel Japanese aggression. Chip and his fiancé Thuy explore the Phuong Hoang Cave Historical Site. Vietnam wasn’t something his grandfather talked about, and when Chip comes across a carving in stone – his grandfather’s name linked to the name of a woman Mai, Chip finds himself wondering who Mai was.   The discovery opened a vault of questions that wouldn’t be answered until Chip, through a life changing mishap, was given the key to unearthing the mystery.

“This banyan tree is many centuries old. It stands a sacred test of time…not just because of its beauty and majesty. It is a symbol of life coming from death…the branches never forget where they came from. This is the land of Vietnam.”  (From The Reach of the Banyan Tree – p. 70) There are many references to the banyan tree throughout the book. Its importance to the village of Tan Trao never waned through the years; it was as relevant during the Chip’s story as it was during the time of his grandfather.

Sasse’s depiction of Vietnam during both eras was accurate, though the characters are fictitious.  His story focuses on the coming together of two different cultures, American and Vietnamese, at different times, and shows that love knows no political boundaries.

The plot explores the complexities of then and now Vietnam and the lives of two Americans living there. The characters are well defined, and so believable it is difficult to separate historical fact from fiction. Add the elements of romance and mystery, and you have a book that is hard to put down.

Mark W Sasse was born in western Pennsylvania, but has spent nearly two decades living, teaching, and writing overseas in Vietnam and Malaysia. He has advanced degrees in author photo1Humanities and English. His debut novel, Beauty Rising, was released in December 2012 which was followed by The Recluse Storyteller in October 2013. He is also an enthusiast of live theatre. He writes and directs for the drama troupe The RLT Players. He won the award for “Best Script” in 2013 Penang Short & Sweet Festival for his script “No In Spite of Itself.” His short play “Drive All Night” won the Audience Choice award at the 2012 Penang Short & Sweet Festival. The Reach of the Banyan Tree is his third novel.

The Reach of the Banyan Tree is due out July1, 2014.

To follow Mark Sasse on Facebook, click here.

To go to Mark Sasse’s author page on Amazon, click here.

To visit Mark Sasse’s blog mwsasse, click here.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Today is My One Year Blogversary

Today is my blogversary! One year ago today I started this blog. It has been a fantastic year, and I have made so many marvelous blogging friends.  Thank you all so much for all your comments, likes, reblogs, but most of all for your friendship. Your support over this first year has meant so much to me.

I remember how nervous I was a year ago as I published my first post.  I wondered if anyone would read it.  And you came, and your backing has been tremendous. I can’t thank you enough.

You taught me so much about blogging, and made it fun. I’ve learned about some phenomenal books and authors, unfamiliar places, and diverse viewpoints. You’ve come from every state and many countries, from cities and towns to rural areas. Many of you are authors, students, retired, and from every walk of life.

It astonishes me that we talk across the country and around the world as if we were long lost friends. Every one of you has made a positive impact on my life, and I am so grateful for that.

I cannot end this post without thanking my family and friends for visiting my blog, I hope you have enjoyed stopping by and will continue to do so.

I am looking forward to another year and beyond in your company.