Tuesday, October 25, 2016

LARRY HYATT, AUTHOR EXTRAORDINAIRE

LARRY HYATT is an extraordinary author, member of Rave
        Reviews Book Club, and Push Tuesday Winner


"Since the age of five I've been a performer. I've written radio comedy, sketch comedy and plays, produced television and radio, worked as a creative director for an arts and entertainment magazine, and published numerous humorous articles and essays. Add appearing in operas, musicals, and a movie, and one would wonder how someone who has entertained so much, has so little. Well, I'll tell you...but wait, that would be stupid, because I wrote the book on having what it takes, and now want you to buy my book on knowing what it doesn't. 
I didn't want to write the worn out story of a celebrity induced rise and fall. This is a comedic "never risen," written to inspire, teach, and explain that the paths of dreamers take many turns, go winding through many roads, but ultimately detour, to the highway of your heart." 


AMAZON REVIEWS:
Interesting book. Fun to read. The author has a great writing style.

Smooth when you least expect him to be, boyish with his charm, "manish" with the ladies. 
Gallant always, even in his wildest flights of fantasy (or rather artistic license, if you must).
 Larry is a sweetheart of a guy and a heck of a funny story teller, and gracious enough to invite
us along for a wild ride down his slightly scewed and blurry memory lane.Don't be a hater.
He admits he made a lot of it up.

this book is funny. the author has a great talent for making ordinary things like the first 
day of school and making you feel like you could see them horror and comedy of it all. great read.



Friday, October 21, 2016

WHAT MAKE A GREAT AUTHOR/WRITER

An author is "a writer of a book, article or report." 

                        So what makes a great author?

That is a more difficult question to answer. As readers we each have certain areas of interest...romance, historical, paranormal, and many other genres. However, good grammar is important for most readers. Here are some examples to illustrate the extreme use of poor grammar: 


Five Further Funny Grammatical Errors

  1. It takes many ingredients to make Burger King great but, the secret ingredient is our people. 
  2. Slow Children Crossing.
  3. "Should Madonna be aloud to adopt again?"
  4. Automatic washing machines. Please remove all your clothes when the light goes out.
  5. "Elephants Please Stay In Your Car."  (Warning at a safari park).
http://www.guy-sports.com/funny/common_grammar_mistakes.html

Does the plot flow? Is the timeline scattered and the reader easily gets lost? 
        Set up a timeline with a title
            Make a list of events to be included
            15-20 events in a timeline is usually most manageable
            Aim to present a well-rounded history
            Drawing a straight line mark your time line from beginning to ending dates
            Might add photos or facts about the particular time.

          http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Timeline

How realistic or believable are the characters?
             If you give your character a characteristic mannerism, and use it sparingly but tellingly, that character will take on individuality and stick in the reader's mind.
          Know every detail of your character (temperament, memories, quirks, desires, dreams, etc.)
          Know the inner part of your character (how he/she thinks, beliefs, etc.)
          Write what you know.

At this time let me introduce you to a writer who I believe has met the criteria as a great author. 

Some reviews on Amazon
Gwendolyn Plano has turned a very difficult story into an inspirational and poetic lesson for her readers. This book is eloquently rendered and deeply felt on every level. If pain was the carapace that birthed her enlightened writing, then we have all gained from her experience. Definitely worth a read--or maybe two, if you have ever found yourself in a violent relationship. In spite of its weighty contents, the story flies by. Highly recommended.

With lyrical prose and raw honesty, Gwendolyn opens up her heart and takes our hand to lead us through her spiritual journey from abused wife to a strong woman who finds peace and joy in her life. In an introduction that reads like a love letter to her readers, she describes how sharing her painful past with two abusive husbands helped her find a pathway to healing. 

A powerful and incisive read for anyone who has suffered verbal or physical abuse at the hand or hands of others. This book will help you find your self worth, to regain your self esteem and to love again.



https://www.amazon.com/Letting-into-Perfect-Love-Extraordinary-ebook/product-reviews/B00K7WYTW6/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=recent


Sunday, October 16, 2016

OUTSHINING CANCER CHALLENGES


               CANCER is not a subject that anyone wants to talk about,
           deal with, read about, or have to experience with a loved
           one, or him or herself.

           HOWEVER cancer is a reality and we cannot close our
           eyes and ears to it. Cancer is just one challenge that a
           person might face. My belief is that a challenge is an
           opportunity to grow, to learn, and become a better person.

           OUTSHINE: AN OVARIAN CANCER MEMOIR was
           written as a result of my first diagnosis, treatment, and
           outcome with this little-known disease. I was a retired
           RN and did not know any of the symptoms. I only knew
           that it was almost always fatal. As I talk to nurses today,
           it is quite unfortunate how little they know about ovarian
           cancer.

           BLOATING was my only symptom and I had thought
           it was part of being post-menopausal. What woman does
           not gain weight and girth around her abdomen once she
           starts menopause? This is the most common symptom.
           Other symptoms are:
                     **pelvic pain
                     **urinary frequency or pain
                     **painful intercourse
                     **back pain
                     **appetite decreased or increased indigestion
                     **unusual vaginal discharge
                     **extreme fatigue
           If these symptoms persist for 2 weeks, the woman should
           go see her gynecologist immediately. Request or demand
           for a transvaginal ultrasound and a CA125. 

           IT'S BACK!!! A large tumor was found in my pelvis so 
           I will be starting chemotherapy tomorrow for 2-4 months.
           When the tumor has shrunk enough then I might have 
           surgery to remove it.
                      **I had no symptoms, and still do not.
                      **I feel like a million bucks.
                      **My CA125 was in normal range.

           I ENCOURAGE you to read my book and share it with
           every female you know. I say female because ovarian  
           cancer has been diagnosed in young pre-teen girls, which
           is rare. However, one girl is one too many.
         

                ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE PURCHASE OF 
           OUTSHINE GO TO OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH.
                                        myBook.to/Ovarian

                      Thank you for your prayers and support. 

            

Sunday, October 9, 2016

INTERVIEW WITH D.G. KAYE

Interview with D.G. Kaye


               Thank you for inviting me over to your blog today, Karen. I’m thrilled to be here.


Bullying is a prominent problem in our society. Do you have suggestions on how this can be best addressed?

I wish I had the answer to that Karen. When we hear the term bullying, it conjures up visions of children being picked on in schoolyards, but the term unfortunately, applies to many situations. Bullying is rampant in our own homes too, taking on many forms, particularly, emotional verbal bullying, not only physically.
I believe it’s up to us as good citizens to advocate for kindness. I know I do. It doesn’t cost anything to be nice to someone. Nobody wants to have their flaws made fun of and nobody is perfect either. If we’d all just have some empathy and step into the shoes of others, we’d learn how terrible it feels to be bullied. It is often those with no regard for other’s feelings, who have a need to feel superior to others by belittling them. These people need to become aware of their wrongdoings, and I think the least we can all do is advocate by spreading positive messages in our dialogues and writing. If people hear things long enough, they’re likely to consider their actions.

I wrote a book about the role of the father to his son and teaching him how to be a man and a father himself someday. What do you see were the main things you did not learn from your mother?

Now that’s a loaded question. My newest book, P.S. I Forgive You, covers a lot about the things I didn’t get from my mother, but also much insight I did gain because of her shortcomings. I didn’t learn anything about the world. I didn’t learn kindness from her or anything to prepare me for becoming an adult. I wasn’t given any confidence, which left me with a terribly low-to-no self-esteem. I pretty much grew up by trial and error, making my own mistakes and learning from them. I knew, at a young age, that I’d have a lot of learning to do once I left home.

In my life I found the book, The Power of Positive Thinking very helpful in turning my life around. Were there certain books that helped you to turn negative to positive?
Oh yes, but I didn’t start reading those until my early twenties. I grew up without a book in our homes. I loved to read and write. I began writing poems and making cards for people I loved when I was six. I loved school and learning, and can still remember a couple of compassionate teachers I had who gave me encouragement for my achievements, as though they could sense the dysfunction I came from. I read many self-help and spiritually enlightening books. Those books were the beginnings to helping me build a self-esteem. The other big positive in my life was when I met my best friend Zan after I moved out on my own at eighteen. Zan was instrumental in building me back into a ‘normal’, healthy-minded person. She taught me how to stop criticizing myself and how great it felt to be able to tell someone I loved them.

Abusive relationships are too prevalent in our society. What words of advice would you give women who are entering a new relationship? Are there warning signs they need to be alert to?
I have witnessed too much abuse in my lifetime. And I have experienced it myself, so I will speak from my experience. There are plenty of red flags to watch out for when entering, or living in an existing relationship. The most important thing to do is to trust your intuition – it’s never wrong. If you’re someone who isn’t tuned into your own radar alerts, here are just a few important flags to consider: Tempers – Yes, everyone gets angry once in awhile, but trouble flags are people who fly off the handle at insignificant things. There’s an old saying that goes ‘how someone treats a waiter is a good indicator of temperament’. How you are treated is important. If someone belittles you in public, expect it to be worse at home. By the same token, if you’re being belittled at home without an audience, it’s still a major flag. Confidence – If a partner isn’t making you feel confident or doesn’t compliment you or your achievements, this is a problem. Those types of people are often possessive or jealous individuals. And it goes without saying that if someone EVER raises a hand to you, EVEN IF THEY APOLOGIZE, KNOW THAT THIS IS A WARNING OF THINGS TO COME. Healthy relationships require unconditional love to thrive. There is no substitute. If your partner is respectful to your feelings, acknowledges your attributes and achievements, supports you in good times and bad, shares in carrying your load, and never forgets to tell you they love you, they’re a keeper.

Words are very powerful and many of us do not realize it. What are some ways that we can teach our young people or children about this very issue?
Words are powerful and that’s what inspired me to write my book Words We Carry. Often, bad behavior is learned in the home. As children, we are products of our environments. I grew up being made fun of, even in jest, because family members thought they were being funny teasing, but it leaves scars. I believe it’s the responsibility of parents to teach their children not to make fun of people’s flaws and to live that example. Children are like sponges in what they hear and observe. The negative traits we take from childhood grow with us, and if we don’t adapt to better positive teachings, those kids will be no different from where they came. It starts with a good foundation to prepare them for the outside forces they’ll encounter as they grow up. If taught right from wrong at an early age, even if they encounter ‘the wrong crowd’ their consciences will have them at least thinking twice before they attempt to bad behavior.

Who were the authors to whom you give credit to for your growth as a self-assured and successful woman?
Some of the best self-help books I read were from authors: Deborah Tannen, Susan Forward, Laura Davis, Beverly Engel, Doreen Virtue, Louise Hayes, and Deepak Chopra.
Do you have a favorite motto, prayer, or quote that you would like to share?
Absolutely – “Live Laugh Love, and don’t forget to breathe” and “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”


MY BOOKS:
 Growing up as an emotionally neglected child, tormented with guilt, I was conflicted with the question of whether or not I was to remain obligated to being a faithful daughter, feeling in debt to my narcissistic mother for giving birth to me.




 My first book, Conflicted Hearts is a memoir, written about my journey to seek solace from living with guilt.




Meno-What? A Memoir, was written based on my passage through menopause. In that book, I share humor and wisdom about what women may expect or experience at that unpredictable time. In that book, as well as sharing my experiences of unpredictable times, I also offer up some of my helpful hints for relief.

 Words We Carry  focuses around women’s self-esteem issues, how and why the issues evolve, and how I recognized my own shortcomings, and overcame my own insecurities.



Have Bags, Will Travel is a little travel memoir based on tales and reminiscings from some of my more memorable trips, which all factor in the same ongoing issues for me – too much luggage!




My newest book, P.S. I Forgive You is Book II to Conflicted Hearts, a journey of seeking forgiveness for my narcissistic mother. As her death was approaching, I was forced by conflicting thoughts to reconcile my feelings about my mother and find a way to make peace within myself for my decision to remain estranged, yet find forgiveness for her to send her off with compassion.

P.S. I Forgive You is a sequel to Conflicted Heartsa memoir about my narcissistic mother, and the psychological hold she had on me by instilling guilt and fear when her demands weren’t complied with, and the heartache she bestowed on her loved ones. 
This sequel is a stand alone in its own right. It’s a new journey about discovering and overcoming the narcissists inflictions, and ultimately, learning forgiveness, both for myself and my mother. The story is a completion of a life cycle, the cutting of the cord with all its frayed ends. 

Blurb:
I hurt for her. She wasn’t much of a mother, but she was still my mother.

Confronted with resurfacing feelings of guilt, D.G. Kaye is tormented by her decision to remain estranged from her dying emotionally abusive mother after resolving to banish her years ago, an event she has shared in her book Conflicted Hearts. In P.S. I Forgive You, Kaye takes us on a compelling heartfelt journey as she seeks to understand the roots of her mother’s narcissism, let go of past hurts, and find forgiveness for both her mother and herself.


After struggling for decades to break free, Kaye has severed the unhealthy ties that bound her to her dominating mother—but now Kaye battles new confliction, as the guilt she harbors over her decision only increases as the end of her mother’s life draws near. Kaye once again struggles with her conscience and her feelings of being obligated to return to a painful past she thought she left behind.

   About me:

I'm a nonfiction memoir writer who writes about life, matters of the heart and women's issues. I write to inspire others by sharing my stories about events I encountered, and the lessons that come along with them.

I love to laugh, and self-medicate with a daily dose of humor. When I'm not writing intimate memoirs, you'll find me writing with humor in some of my other works and blog posts.

When I was a young child, I was very observant about my surroundings. Growing up in a tumultuous family life, otherwise known as a broken home, kept me on guard about the on-and-off-going status of my parent's relationship. I often wrote notes and journaled  about the dysfunction that I grew up in. By age seven I was certain I was going to grow up to be a reporter.

Well life has a funny way of taking detours. Instead, I moved away from home at eighteen with a few meager belongings and a curiosity for life. I finished university and changed careers a few times, as I worked my way up to managerial positions. My drive to succeed at anything I put my mind to led me to having a very colorful and eventful life.

Ever the optimist, that is me. I've conquered quite a few battles in life; health and otherwise, and my refusal to accept the word No, or to use the words 'I can't' have kept me on a positive path in life.

I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences.

I write raw and honest about my own experiences  hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

Quotes:
                 “Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in  return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It's also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as my passion is traveling.

My favorite reading genres are: biographies, memoirs, books about writing, spirituality, and natural health. I love to read stories about people who overcome adversity, victories, and redemption. I believe we have to keep learning—there is always room for improvement!

I love to cook and concoct new recipes (and I don't believe in measuring cups), travel, and play poker (although I seldom get the chance), oh, and did I mention travel?

Connect with me!

My website:    http://www.dgkayewriter.com
Goodreads:      http://www.goodreads.com/dgkaye
About me:        http://www.wiseintro.co/dgkaye7

Twitter:            http://www.twitter.com/@pokercubster (yes there’s a story)
Linkedin:         http://www.linkedin.com/in/dgkaye7
Facebook:        http://www.facebook.com/dgkaye
Google:            http://www.google.com/+DebbyDGKayeGies
Instagram:        http://www.instagram.com/dgkaye
Pinterest:          http://www.pinterest.com/dgkaye7

Book Links:

P.S. I Forgive You


Thank you so much for inviting me to speak at your blog today, Karen. It’s always wonderful to be given an opportunity to spread some positivity around.



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

INTERVIEW WITH SALLY CRONIN



My most humble thanks to Sally Cronin for posting her interview of me, which I am sharing here. 


Smorgasbord Open House – Award Winning author Karen Ingalls.


My guest today is Karen Ingalls, the author of two novels and an award winning non-fiction book. Her journey as a writer began as a child, writing poems and short stories which were Karen’s way of dealing with various life changing events. She is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and supports other authors in the club in posts on her blogs.
Karen’s non-fiction book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, won first place at the 2012 Indie Excellence Book Awards in the the category of women’s health. It was a top three finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award of 2012 in the two categories of health and self-help.
The purpose of the book is to provide information about this too often deadly disease, and offer hope and inspiration to women and their families. Karen is a retired RN and has a master’s degree in human development. She faced the challenge of ovarian cancer with the same tools when she dealt with abuse, alcoholic parents, divorce, and untimely deaths. All proceeds from the book go to ovarian cancer research
Her first novel, Novy’s Son, The Selfish Genius, is about Murray Clark, who sought love and acceptance from his father, who had been raised as the bastard child of the famous sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. After reading Iron John by Robert Bly, Karen recognized what was missing in her father’s life.
Davida is Karen’s second novel. It is about the love affair between her great-grandfather Augustus Saint-Gaudens and her great-grandmother Davida Johnson Clark. Very little is known about Davida except her role as a model for many of the sculptor’s famous works.
Karen Ingalls is a Californian by birth, a Minnesotan in her heart, and a contented Florida retiree. She loves gardening, golfing, and reading, but her real passion is writing.
Let’s take a more detailed look at Karen’s books and reviews.
About Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir
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When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage II Ovarian Cancer, she realized how little she knew about what was once called ”the silent killer.” As Ingalls began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, Ingalls redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality.
In this memoir, Karen is a calming presence and positive companion, offering a refreshing perspective of hope with the knowledge that ”the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation.”
Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is a story of survival, and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.
Some of the many positive reviews for the book.
From the very beginning, it is clear that Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir will do more than tell a story. It will take us on a journey.
We seem to shy away from talking about Ovarian Cancer. As a two-time Ovarian Cancer survivor myself, I know just how true that can be. It’s called the silent killer, but it’s as if somewhere along the line that came to mean we should stay silent. Thankfully, Karen Ingalls did not stay silent. In this beautiful, touching memoir, she shares with us her reality. And as she does, we realize that we stay silent because silence is easy. What the author has done is not easy, but it makes a difference, and I for one am extremely grateful that she shared her journey with us.
Very positive By Future Boy on November 6, 2014
Very positive story. I like the author’s frame of mind and her very useful tips for avoiding, confronting, and surviving cancer, whatever form it might take.
She also writes in an easy-to-follow, conversational style that never makes for dull reading. The inclusion of uplifting quotes and the frequent, but not overwhelming, mentions of her spiritual faith are touching.
Thank you for your service to the millions of us who do not have cancer, and for those of us who may get cancer someday.
The novels by Karen Ingalls.
Novy’s Son, The Selfish Genius – a biographical novel
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From his early childhood, Murray Clark sought love and acceptance from his father, who was raised as the bastard child of a famous artist. Murray struggled with jealousy toward his younger brothers, and he questioned the morals and values of people around him.
As an adult, Murray lived life his way, with years of lying, womanizing, and heavy drinking. Though married four times, did he ever find unconditional love?
Would Murray’s high intelligence, his love for his two daughters, and his unique philosophy of life help him rise above his demons?
Reviews for the book
The thing that struck me the most about this biographical novel was the way the author, Karen Ingalls, was able to reflect social changes surrounding the main character, Murray. 
Ingalls does a great job of putting us into the life of a boy growing up in 1920s California. And from the morals and parenting styles of that era, she adds a new light to universal coming-of-age dramas. Puberty, the opposite sex, and sibling rivalry. This first part of the book reminded me of the brothers’ story in East of Eden, right down to one brother going off to war and even some shockers involving paternity.
As Murray reaches adulthood, we see that he is a very capricious (and somewhat frustrating) protagonist. He can’t seem to stay focused on anything for very long, and that includes wives, mistresses, jobs, entrepreneurial ventures—even his own children are neglected. He’s always envisioning slights or plots against him, and his default reaction to these perceived injustices is to storm away from the problem and ignore it. Still, if you like flawed characters who represent the tumultuous and indulgent decades of the 60s and 70s, you may be very intrigued by Murray. Think Mad Men’s Don Draper.
And it’s interesting to see Murray’s lifestyle come full circle as he reaches his nineties and find himself more and more dependent on healthcare workers and his semi-estranged family.
About Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens
51UoH+3YtiL._UY250_Augustus Saint-Gaudens was the premier American sculptor from 1880-1920. Though married he fell in love with his model, Davida Johnson Clark and their love affair lasted more than twenty-five years. This fictionalized account will introduce the reader to some of the great art, historical facts, and the moral values of that era.
The author is the great-granddaughter from this union and her purpose in writing the book is to bring recognition to Davida and remove any negative stigma to her. Her grandfather suffered his whole life from being labeled a bastard while growing up and this story is intended to remove that label.
How can a love affair last for such a long period of time? What affect did it have on his career? How did his wife and son cope with their being a second family?
This is a compelling and beautiful love story that has needed to be told.
One of the reviews for the book.
Read and Heed By Book Maven on June 21, 2016
Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is a fictional memoir (not my usual genre) based on conjecture of true history. The characters are believable and well-defined, making poor decisions that result in both joy and grief, as is the case too often in real life. The main character maintains a good attitude, but her lot in life saddened me.
The history is well-researched making it easy to feel the way life moved and changed from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. I had to go look up Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ actual works which are amazing. The writing is well-edited; the pace is relaxed, and it is written in third person (which I prefer). It is geared for adult readers due to a couple of explicit scenes.
Now I have great pleasure in welcoming Karen this morning and handing over to her to answer the questions she has chosen about her family history, favourite leisure pastimes, choice of actor to play her lead character and which guests she would like to entertain for dinner.
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Where were you born and can you tell us something about the history of your place of birth or any interesting historical fact?
I was born in San Diego, California in the hospital that my great aunt Helen started. She was a nurse who had a vision for good and fair nursing care in a hospital. She started her dream in a boarding house on Park Blvd; then expanded to another building on Date Street; and finally completed her dream with her own hospital named Quintard Hospital.
It was a 50 bed hospital with an emergency room, small surgical suite, and a penthouse on the top floor where she and her husband lived. My dad, grandfather and uncle with the aid of some other workers built the hospital brick by brick. My sister and I were both born there, which is a wonderful thing to claim in our heritage. Unfortunately the hospital was torn down around 1962 unable to compete with the new health care programs and hospitals being built in surrounding areas.
Which is your favorite leisure pastime?
I love to play golf. I wish I were better but I love the challenge to my athleticism, sense of reading greens, and understanding the mechanics of the swing and stance. I would love to get a hole-in-one which I know is just plain lucky, but it would be a great accomplishment for someone like me who has been playing golf for 40 years. One of the best things about playing golf is being with friends and nature. Whether it is cold, windy, and cloudy I would rather be outside with nature. On courses I have seen deer in Minnesota, hawks in Arizona, and eagles, hawks, and many alligators in Florida. One time my ball landed about ten feet from a very large alligator who was enjoying the warm afternoon sun. I left my ball where it was and dropped another one further away. I was not interested in being his lunch!
If you are an author and one of your books was selected to be made into a film; who would you like to play your main character and why?
My most recent book titled Davida is based on the true story of the love affair between Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his model, Davida. He was America’s premier sculptor from 1880 to 1925.
I am not as familiar with today’s young actresses. I think Emily Blunt might be a possibility with her simple beauty. If Ingrid Bergman were alive, she would be the perfect actress. Davida was considered by Saint-Gaudens as the epitome of beauty…the ethereal woman. It was not just her physical beauty, but her mental and spiritual beauty. She was kind, gentle, sweet, and naturally beautiful. It would take a very gifted actress to capture her essence.
Which four famous guests would you ask to a dinner party and why?

The first person who came to mind was Mahatma Gandhi. I admire his strength of faith, his ability to lead, and his the principals by which he lived. What a better place each of our lives would be in if we adopted at least one of his gifts.





Mother Teresa would also be at my dinner party for the same reasons as Gandhi.



James Michener’s gift of retelling history in a biographically fictionalized way was most interesting and I read every one of his books. I do not know but I do believe he was a spiritual man which Gandhi and Mother Teresa were.
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My final guest would be Augustus Saint-Gaudens who had the beautiful gift to express his spirituality through sculpture. In his personal life I believe he sought that peace and contentment which I believe the other guests had.

The round table sitting would be in clock-wise: Gandhi, Saint-Gaudens, Mother Teresa, James Michener, and then me. The round table would be simply set with delicious vegetarian dishes. I would start the conversation by asking them each to describe their vision of God and how He did or did not influence their lives. They each made incredible contributions to the world and I believe we all have some great lessons to learn from them just as they do from each other.
My projects for this year:
My number one project is to promote my newest novel, Davida which was just published in March 2016.

I just started a new blog site (www.kareningalls.blogspot.com) for writers and avid readers. My purpose is to help other authors and to bring awareness about old and new books to the reading audience. I like doing interviews because a personality comes forth. He or she is not “just an author,” but a human being with hopes, dreams, and frailties like all of us. My goal is to get a minimum of 100 followers for the new blog site.  

I also want to increase the followers of my first blog site (www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com). At this site I blog about health/wellness, relationships, and spirituality. Here again I invite guest bloggers including authors and writers.
And I would like to do at least one presentation each month about one or all of my books and to do a gynecologic cancer presentation at least once a month and write monthly articles for blogs, websites, and journals.