Haylee and the Travelers Stone

Haylee 200A young woman, with an unusual psychic ability suddenly becomes a Traveler.

Can you stop being lonely when your touch destroys everyone you love?

Haylee and the Travelers Stone is a new adult, paranormal, romantic, time travel, thriller. Click here to read back cover copy.

In order to accumulate Amazon reviewers prior to the publishing date (Summer 2014), FREE reading / review copies will be available through June 2014.


How to get Haylee onto your Kindle.

The first step is to download the file and save it on your computer in a place you’ll remember.

Click here for instructions on what to do on Amazon.com to Manage your Kindle.

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How to send a PDF Document to your Kindle

Here’s how to get a PDF file onto your Kindle.

Go to your Amazon.com account and sign in.

Step 1: Click on Manage Your Kindle

Manage Kindle

Go to Personal Document Settings Send-to-Kindle E-Mail Settings

Step 2: Get your Kindle e-mail address…it will look like “yourname@kindle.com”

Next go to Approved Personal Document E-mail List and click on Add a new approved e-mail address.

Step 3: Enter the e-mail address you always use to send e-mails into the pop up box.

Get e-mail and send

Log out from Amazon.com

Step 4:  Open the e-mail program you usually use to send e-mails. Write, create or compose a new e-mail.  In the ‘Send‘ box, enter your Kindle e-mail address. Attach the a PDF to this e-mail. (You can write something in the subject box if you wish…but there is no need to write anything in the body text area). Hit ‘send’ and in a few moments, you should be reading the PDF on your Kindle.

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Cinque Terre Art Series at ASiF Smallworks Show

A series 8 x 10 art pieces inspired by hiking the mountain trail between Vernazza and Corniglia (in Cinque Terre, Italy) will be showing at ASiF’s 6th Annual Smallworks in the Foothills Holiday Show from November 8th, 2012 – January 11th, 2013.

Vernazza web

While on the path, the sparkling waters of the Ligurian Sea ever draws the eye outward to their azure depths. 

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Locks, carried in pockets by hopeful lovers, securely proclaim emotions so strong and real in that space and time.

A colorful place of repast, sitting high on the hill, welcomes all who begin or end their trek.

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A shady olive grove quietly grows tucked into a remote crevasse of the steeply sloping terrain.  Entrance and egress…so far in either direction….can only be by foot. Baskets of olives balanced on heads destined to grace tables with fruited spendor.

A break in the vegetation reveals a jeweled sight….Corniglia!

Manarola perched on the following point.

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Grapes grown on the terrace greet weary feet. Promises of thirst and hunger quenched soon to follow.

A sleepy little local town, not thronged by hoards, goes about her daily chores.

Ahhh…La Spezia! A place to return.

All of these art pieces above can be ordered, in a multitude of sizes, on Fine Art America.

ASiF’s 6th Annual Smallworks in the Foothills Holiday Show


Opening Reception: Friday, November 8th, from 5-8pm

940 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945  530.274.7000


From ASiF Artits’ Studio:
For this show the gallery walls come alive with hundreds of original, one of a kind works of art by over 70 local artists… paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, mixed-media art, jewelry, mosaics, glass and sculptural & functional works of art, all under twelve inches in scale – and perfect for holiday gift-giving!

 This is a fantastic opportunity to buy unique one of a kind holiday gifts while supporting your local community of artists! Each wall at the center is a work of art in itself – and each carefully composed gallery wall consists of several of each of the seventy-plus participant’s-up to twenty art entries!

Over the fifty-day course of the exhibit, art works are continually sold “off the wall” and replaced daily with new artists’ artworks – creating an ever-changing show. Last year the center sold and replaced so much work that a completely different show was in place just one month after it opened!

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Fall Words & Colors

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Little Flower – A Home with a Heart and a Resource for Parents

According to the Nevada County Economic Resource Council, “Nevada County boasts the greatest number of charter schools per capita in California.” http://ncerc.org/nevada-county-education/

Choices are a good thing…but too many are overwhelming, especially for first time parents trying to decide where to send their children to school. Preschool is often the place where parents sort that out.

I first met Jessica Geoffroy-Druding in 2005 when our oldest sons were in strollers.  Even then,  she and her husband Pat were in the habit of strengthening community ties by inviting interesting mixes of people to gatherings at their home.Druding Family 2007 WEB

Jessica and I would often discuss the topic of school choices at length as I had many questions. Jessica, on the other hand, was already sure that Yuba River Charter School was where her children would go because she had been educated in the Waldorf system herself. Jessica’s mother, Carolyn Geoffroy, was a Waldorf Early Childhood Educator for 30 + years.

When her second child arrived and the economy put her husband’s job into a tenuous situation, the smart and spunky mother took matters into her own hands by creating a career path out of her loving home environment – Little Flower Preschool. It didn’t  take long for word-of-mouth to spread about the sweet preschool for young children.  In it’s third year of operation, Little Flower is at full enrollment with a healthy sized waiting list.

IMG_3449web“ I finally understood why my mother did what she did,” says Jessica. “Holding a wholesome beginning for the early years is so important. “ At her Waldorf  inspired preschool they don’t rush into academics. “We focus on rhythms and routines,” Jessica comments. She also works to create opportunities for families to connect by organizing parent social evenings and bringing in community child care professionals to provide education on topics such as sleep and health.


“Just because Little Flower follows much of the Waldorf style, I don’t automatically assume that Yuba River Charter School is the right choice for all of my families. Based on their personalities, I can usually point them to the school that would be a good fit for them,” says Druding.IMG_3445web

Knowing that your child is in a safe, loving environment  while you work makes for a more mentally focused day. But also having a trusted expert that you can talk to about child rearing issues is an invaluable resource for the entire family.

Contact Information:

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Jessica Geoffroy-Druding
(530) 272-2952
Grass Valley, CA

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Traffic Dos and Don’ts: A Checklist

Lisa Redfern:

Strengthening Your Online Platform and Gaining More Followers

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

One of the main reasons bloggers stop blogging is lack of traffic: at some point, they get tired of being the proverbial tree in the forest, making sounds nobody hears.

We’re here to help. No list of advice can guarantee your blog’s success, but it’s important to be aware of the most critical elements at play. Five dos, five don’ts: give them a try.


  1. Write regularly. Producing fresh content on a regular basis is essential. First, it makes your blog more appealing to search engines, which means new readers are more likely to find you. Just as important, it creates a sense of loyalty among the readers you already have, who know you won’t be stranding them for weeks at a time.
  2. Write well. What makes a post engaging, moving, or entertaining is clearly a matter of…

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Sweet Failures on a Jaggedy Uphill Climb

“The learning curve,”  after thinking about this analogy for a while, I realized that learning is not a curve. A curve implies a smooth slope that glides along without impediments. Learning is a jaggedy painful climb up to a plateau where you get to rest for a few minutes…before you have to start heading up the next one.

I think the masses of Apple people who are in the midst of figuring out how to navigate around their devices (with the new mobile iOS 7) would agree. I am a PC user but I hear their collective groan of pain and empathize with them all the same.

A friend of my son’s (in second) said that he wished that there was no such thing a school; he wished that we could put on ‘smart helmets’ to get things done.  If only…

As I stretch to meet a self imposed goal; to have six small bees wax art pieces that I like well enough to show ready for the upcoming Open Studios Tour next weekend, I have been climbing my own painful learning path of late.

The smell of hot wax fills the air as I heat up the latest piece. I am working to generate a globby, gray mass of drippings destined for oblivion. It’s hard to keep the knot in my gut from tightening up as I calculate….this tube of paint cost $20 and that stick of wax cost $15

I try to make the most of the process as I show my eight year old son each of my failures while pointing out that, unlike his current belief, one cannot become an instant expert at any new task.

Hearing my wishes to discover new ways to add depth and texture to my TransMedia Art Terry Juhl  Artistpieces, fellow artist and 2013 Open Studio Tour companion, Terry Juhl, is responsible for nudging me down the ancient path of wax painting.

Terry won Best of Category Oil for the piece to the right in the PlacerArts 30th Jubilee Open Juried Show in May of this year. Open_Juried_Show_Rustic_Wonder_Terry_Juhl_Best_of_Category_Oilhttp://www.theunion.com/news/localnews/6426932-113/artist-category-auburn-won


She invited me into her studio workspace to play one day. From that point on, we have been periodically making time in our busy schedules to collaborate on learning to understand the personality of the substance in order to manifest our own individual artistic visions.

In order to reach my goal, I abandoned the ‘media blending idea ’ for now, in order to focus on wax the itself; how it moves, adding lines, color, textural and dimensional elements. 

Blooming Threads encaustic by Lisa Redfern webThe results are, “Sweet Little Things”  -  a set of 3”x 6” metal art pieces with twine hangers that I like well enough to let people see (and touch!).

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Knowing the reverent, almost evangelical attitude of Apple devotees, once they get through their arduous climb, they will inevitably exclaim how great their new operating system is and wonder how they ever survived without it.

My own excitement for working with a new medium will certainly follow the same course. Frustrations simmering upon the liquid surface….while I work and wait for those ’ah ha!’ moments.

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