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Get to know Emma Right
Author of young adult psychological suspense thriller, Dead Dreams, Book 1.
Who am I?
I am a child of the Living God, a follower of Jesus Christ, a Christian, so the common vernacular would list me. I am also a wife, a stay at home and drive a lot mom, caregiver of many pets in the home and amongst other things, also an author. I came to know Christ in my teens. That has been the major fulcrum in my life. Everything seems to pivot around this event and has shaped every the direction in my life, including the stories I write.
Why I wrote Dead Dreams.
I wanted to write a story for young ladies—girls between 13 and 18—on the cusp of adulthood, but who are not quite out of the house yet. Dead Dreams is a suspense thriller, yet it is much more. Without being preachy Dead Dreams hopes to impress upon the young readers the deceit out there in the world.
Having homeschooled my children and being around other girls coming from a more sheltered lifestyle, I noticed that in their innocence and youth, they tended to jump into things that looked attractive without weighing hidden consequences. I wanted to explore possibilities that could be present in each young person as she travels in this journey of self-discovery and finding out for herself, when enough is enough—that limit that separates what’s acceptable from too dangerous, and the possibilities these choices could lead to.
I have always enjoyed a good thriller mystery so I wanted to write a young adult book that has a strong message yet is still filled with intrigue, mystery, and suspense. Hence, Dead Dreams. It is a part of a series, and the first book leaves questions that will be answered in book 2.
One of the most common questions I get is: how do you find time to write with homeschooling five? (Well, now only four, since my son has graduated and is working.)
As a busy mom I feel it’s important to carve out a small piece in my life for personal growth. To me being organized is the key. When life is in chaos it’s hard to be organized, but it’s possible and, in fact, needful. We need to arrange our lives into manageable sizes to stay sane–at least for me. I’m not saying it’s easy–my husband travels about 60% of the time, and it can be emotionally draining dealing with whiny kids–but if we can lay railroad tracks for our daily lives it’s easier to function.
On a week to week basis I have my tracks laid down–I know which kid is doing what, when and what meals to be served throughout the entire week–this would cut down on unnecessary time making extra trips to the grocery store. I do most of my shopping on the Internet–like books, supplies, clothes, and make-up, to save on time–and it’s less expensive too, with free shipping, and I can shop at 2am!
Also, on my site, I have some blogs on using free things to give the kids a great education (and I hope to input more of such things) but still give us, moms, some time to gather ourselves before we fall apart at the seams. One example is using Netflix movies to help in the homeschooling–make movie nights a meaningful and educational experience. And a mom can take a break as the kids watch something that benefits them.
I’d advise young moms to audit their time–find out when or which time block they spend their time on doing meaningless tasks–it’s like budgeting with time as your currency.
Another advice, and this may seem unrelated, is to stay away from negative people as much as possible. There is something draining about being around negativity and this mental torture will translate to stress, illnesses (which will make us even busier and serves no purpose) and there is something about peace that even sucks out whatever little time and energy we have.
But having said that, about the homeschooling, it’s good to have a schedule but if things fall apart and some kid didn’t finish up whatever task was given, I’ve learned through almost 17 years of homeschooling that the best thing is to just move on and not fret. There will always be another day, and in every stormy cloud there truly is a silver lining.
Prisoner of Reign, the second in the Reign Fantasy Series, is being edited. The book is scheduled to be available in the summer of 2014. I am finishing the final touches for Dead Dreams, book 2 before I send it out to be edited by two different editors. I am also having a series of books for girls 6-10 years of age who love princess-type books (Princesses of Chadwick Castle Series). It will have color illustrations and will be available as eBooks and paperbacks. I hope to have that ready for Christmas.
Award Winning and Best Seller author, Emma Right, is a happy wife and Christian homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired Dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.
Emma worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children. Emma Right is currently features in Authors’ Network latest book, 50 Great Authors You Should be Reading. She can be contacted through her website at http://emmaright.com.
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I’m sure I should have read Rumors of Water already, but I haven’t. I met LL Barkat by reading The Novelist. Now I know that I must next read Rumors of Water.
The Novelist sent my mind on a trip through memories of the various self-portraits I have seen. Whether in oils or photographs the self-portraits created by artists always manage to hide as much as they display and leave the viewer with questions to mull. Barkat accomplishes the same thing in The Novelist. Ostensibly, the story is about a woman challenged to write her first novel and do it quickly. I dare you just to try to guess how it all turns out.
Barkat is many things, and in this book she turns out to be a novelist. However, her blend of poetry, tea and china leads the reader on a sometimes not so merry chase through life and literature. Almost everyone who ever thought of being a writer thought first of writing novels, and most first novels simply amount to the trash that must be dumped before the writer discovers what she will actually write. The Novelist is not headed for anybody’s trash dump.
I won’t try to tell you what the book is about. Every reader must figure out that puzzle for himself. I will tell you that you won’t find a list of the “Five Books Every New Writer Needs,” although you may find yourself chasing down a number of books on writing after you read this book. Don’t expect me to classify this book, either. I welcome anyone’s comments on that matter after reading the book.
I will tell you that The Novelist is not to be missed. Pure art. Unique poetry. Bleeding edge self-examination. Memories bitter and sweet brushed on with a light touch and deft imagination. All stirred together with vignettes and snippets of Tale of Genji. I could not put it down. Yet I kept putting it down in order to absorb and savor the writing. The Novelist belongs at the top of your “to read” list.
I received an advance copy of this book for the purpose of review. I was not obligated to write a positive review. This review is my opinion after reading the book.
I read this review today, and it points out a very important truth about the difference between charity that helps and charity that destroys. A good read.
In No Higher Power the authors, Phyllis Schlafly and George Neumayr, have revealed the way Barack Obama and all secular thinkers systematically confuse the language in an attempt to make American citizens believe that this president is governing by the Constitution. The starting point is the idea that the Constitution is a “living” document, subject to an “evolving” interpretation. The guiding principles for that evolving interpretation are the principles of secularism, which are themselves evolving. In every chapter the authors provide deep background to help readers understand secular thinking as it is expressed in Barack Obama’s administration. Secular thinking considers religion to be at best a comforting myth, and at worst an outdated social construct that works in opposition to enlightened human reason. Every citizen who cares about religious freedom should read this book and learn all the ways that Barack Obama works to suppress and even eliminate the expression of religious faith in the culture of the USA.
The perversions of language used by Barack Obama, his administration, and his colleagues are uncovered in rich detail, although the reader will almost certainly wish for even more. Citizens in this country usually expect every politician to practice deception, but readers of this book will discover that the Obama administration builds its entire policy structure on deceptive language.
The word “religion” for example. Most people think they know what that means. Obama clearly has his own private meaning for the term. After readers discover how his attitude is shaped and what he means when he discusses the First Amendment, they may wonder what language he is actually speaking. Barack Obama has his own definition for religion and for the term exercise of religion. According to his own definition, he firmly believes in freedom of religion.
Fifteen dense chapters examine Obama’s background and the background of the problems with the Catholic Bishops over the employer mandate in the healthcare law. Each chapter examines in detail the concept of secular thinking that shapes Obama’s politics. The Alinsky principles that mold the Obama leadership strategy. The reason Obama makes an exception for Islam. Obama’s view of family. In each chapter a new secular definition is explored, and its ramifications for American culture are laid bare. The book makes it clear that the Obama administration is a juggernaut that propels the secular world view into every aspect of American culture.
There is a great deal of detail and lots of useful quotations. Unfortunately, readers will be disappointed by the absence of citations. There are many context references but you will find neither footnotes nor a bibliography. That deficit is the reason I cannot give this book 5 stars. You can verify the information by doing a Google search on the context references, but it is frustrating to see a book of this quality skip the citations that would nail down the facts.
I recommend that you read the book, and then I recommend that you satisfy yourself by doing a little research. I am convinced that you will agree that Barack Obama is a dangerous enemy of our First Amendment protections of the free exercise of religion.
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I received this book free from the author for the purpose of review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
It didn’t take long for me to realize that From Spice to Eternity is a unique treasure. The subject is life in an eternal and infinite context, but the setting is time and space. Yvonne Pat Wright has incorporated a zest for food and flavors with a zest for life eternal in book that is beautiful and sometimes whimsical. It is a very special book.
I love to cook, and I thought I knew a lot about herbs and spices. I wasn’t expecting to read solid information about each spice along with enticing recipes. The culinary information, however, is only a gateway, albeit a delightful and flavorful gateway, to bigger truths. Each spice introduces a new biblical truth, and the theme that permeates all the stories is the love that overflows a relationship with Christ.
In the story that accompanies the entry for coriander, for example, the author quotes her uncle as saying something my parents used to say to me: “Getting what you want is wanting what you have.” Building on the coriander simile, the author points out that just as the Israelites tired of manna, even though it was God’s gift, people can tire of possessions. Possessions do not satisfy, but “[Christ] satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.’ Psalm 107:9. NKJV. Each spice invites the reader to think about knowing Christ as the psalmist said, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8 NRSV)
From Spice to Eternity is less than 200 pages long. You have time to read this book. This book will probably send you running to the kitchen to see if you have all the ingredients for one or more of the recipes, but more important, this book will encourage you to flavor your life now and forever with the presence of the Christ who loves you.