Lost Adventure March 3, 2014

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A year ago today I lost all memories of this day and my head went platinum.  I remember most of March 2nd but not March 3rd. I went to the ER in my small city thinking I needed some fluids for the flu after being ill for 9 days. This was right after turning 50 and the next day was in bed with flu symptoms. I did go to the ER in the middle of the 9 days but their was a bunch of chaos so I told my husband to take me home. Anyway the second time going to the ER on March 2nd, I walked in with my husband at my side weak and my left brown eye had moved towards my nose. I had double vision and thought I will get some fluids and feel much better. I guess I was complaining of a head ache but do not remember that. The ER doctor immediately put me in a bed and called to have me transferred to a hospital in Grand Rapids. I did have a scan which showed I had two bleeding aneurisms. The ambulance arrived and I enjoyed chatting with the nice young woman EMT person sitting next to me.   Upon arriving at the hospital they set me up in intensive care and then rolled me down to have another scan. Jim my husband arrived by the time I was returned to my room in intensive care and a neurosurgeon arrived to inform us about my condition. Pretty much the last thing I remember. The next day March 3rd I had brain surgery. I do not remember any of this day. They placed two platinum coils in my arteries to stop the bleeding.  It worked and and they did not have cut open my head. They went all the way to my brain from the inside of my thigh. The little tiny wound never bothered me at all. I remember my second visitor Chris Fox. Sorry Amy Bowling I don’t remember your visit.  March 4th,I remember arguing with a nurse about getting up to go to the bathroom. She wanted me to use a bed pan. Nope not doing that as long as I could get up. She told me I was an unusaul patient in ICU with my condition most are unconscious. When I told my friends this they all laughed and said nothing stops me from talking and being bossy.  On the 5th day they moved me out of the ICU and discharged me from the hospital. I walked out on my own.

A year later  enlightenment.  Upon arriving home my kids all hugged me and were happy I was home. I found out my wonderful neighbors the DeBolds picked up my kids at school and made dinner for them, hung out with them at the house so my husband could come down and be with me. My mother in law did not have to to come out to help. Luckily my husband was on sabbatical so he could be with me 24/7 during my recovery. I was really lucky I also discovered all these people in my small city of Big Rapids who care about me. My friends Robin Stratton and Chris Fox  set up an update page on Facebook. My friend Candice Simpson posted on my pages for me. My publisher delayed the release date for book 4 Amongst the Clouds, she told me to  just let her know when I am able to read the edits from the editor. I am really a truly blessed person.  My recovery has been remarkable. I rested for a couple weeks. Then began making dinner again, my kids were so happy because their dad just does not cook very well. In may I started walking around the block and increased the distance when I felt strong enough. When the snow came I started yoga+ low impact work out. My husband was concerned I may slip so did not want me walking by myself. It got to cold anyway. I traveled to Orlando to pick up a best childrens award for Helga Returns by myself.  I got to meet some people who I met on Facebook in person and they are more wonderful in person and now friends in the real world too. MCV Egan and Jodi Stone two talented authors and truly beautiful in person been traveling this writing adventure with me for years on facebook it was so wonderful to hug and laugh in person. It  is quite interesting traveling with double vision. My spectacular  in-laws arrived in June and helped me around the house. My vision was back to normal and they took the kids a week later on a wonderful trip to D.C and Niagara Falls. I started writing again while my kids were on vacation. This was one of the things I was truly worried about not be able to spin a story again. My dearest pals picked me up for ladies night out when I was ready to be in public it was fun seeing two of each at the dinner table and I managed not to spill anything in the restaruant. 

One of my first outings in town was to stop in a pick up my favorite chocolates down town at the Old Pioneer store and the wonderful owner ran up to me gave me a hug.  Carleen told me how happy she was to see me alive and doing so well.  This past year I have traveled, inspired a classroom of children to write, talked about writing to Ms Cosper’s  university students, talked with families and children in Cadillac. Brought in 20 authors to our community library with the help of Diane Scarpelli and Library director. Worked with some incredible people in the community. Published two more children’s books. My muse from my novel visited me every time I slept help to heal me and told me the story of the New Moon Brethren. Fun times and travels with my family.  I recently joined local writers group to help with my writing and discovered some more incredible talented folks. And it helping me focus and be able to write for longer periods of time.

I have had a fun filled year of adventure and was enlightened of how blessed I am with family, and friends and what a wonderful community Big Rapids truly is.  Enjoyed a fun filled family Christmas trip southwest.  I still walk a little funny but it hardly noticable and at times stumble with words but it is truly wonderful watching my children grow and achieve, talk with my husband every day. I make sure I tell my family I love them every day.  I want to thank everyone for all you do and how spectacular you are. Every day we wake up is truly another wonderful magical adventure so enjoy each day!

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March Reading Month Adventure!

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March is reading month. Most schools have fun themes to get kids reading. Ask your kids what the reading theme is this year and their reading goals. Then set aside time every day, or a couple times during the week, for everyone to sit down and read.  Even if it is only 15 minutes you will be amazed how many pages you can read in 15 minutes. Then discuss what is happening in your book, newspaper, magazine etc. at dinner, driving or after you are done reading each night. Reading is a exciting adventure for all.  Just a reminder I have five magical adventure books available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles for children ages 7-12. They are illustrated chapter books and read much like a graphic novel for children.  11016750_10153590331943056_825247650_nTell us what your or your children’s reading adventure for March reading month.

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Tonight, I should finish Susan Stec’s book They’re So Vein (The Grateful Undead Series)

My twin twelve year old girls are reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

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Authorpalooza,Cover Reveal Adventure and travel soccer!

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Wow, what an adventure of late. Seems non stop. I have been enjoying being one the organizers of local Authorpalooza events at my local library.

It was suggested at the Friends of Library meeting we should do something different for our annual membership meeting. So threw this out and it was supported.

Not only am I working with two great ladies, my luck continued. 4 Ferris State University Hospitality Students contact me wanting to help.

IMG_2402 Just about everything is ready.  We now have 20 talented wonderful authors  coming to our newly renovated library Nov. 8th. People can come visit with and/or purchase signed copies of their books from the authors. Door prizes, children activities, cookies. The tables are assigned, flyers are out, authors interviews will be played on the radio station Y102, yard signs should be up.  Here is the list of Michigan Authors coming to Big Rapids Community Library. They are a talented great group and easy to work with too. Check them out on amazon if you don’t live in the area. Here is the facebook event link if you wish to take a look and join. https://www.facebook.com/events/270591943139935/

Adult/ Teen:
1. Joan H Young- Fiction/Mystery
2. Tim Bazzett Non-Fiction/memoirs/Biography
3. Susan Stec – Fiction/Adult Paranormal Humor/Adult Horror/Historical Fiction Horror/Dark Humor/Paranormal/Fantasy: Coming of age-Teen-Young Adult-New Adult
4. Crystal Miles Gauthier – Fiction/Historical Romance/Time Travel
5. Becca Vincenza – Fiction/ New Adult Paranormal Romance
6. Sandra Love – Fiction/Young Adult Paranormal
7. C.M. Zimmer – Fiction/ Young Adult Paranormal Romance
8. Michael L. Peters- Fiction/ Graphic Novel/Urban Fantasy
9. Albert Bell – Fiction/ Contemporary Mystery/Middle Grade Mystery/ Non-Fiction
10. Stacey Rourke – Fiction/Young Adult Paranormal/Supsense
11. D.E. Johnson – Fiction/Historical Mystery
12. Erin Eveland – Fiction/ Horror/ Dark Fantasy
13. Kelly Quinn – Non-Fiction/True Crime
14. Joselyn Vaughn – Fiction/Sweet Romance/ Romance Comedy
15. J.R Roper – Fiction/Middle Grade Fantasy
16. Phillip B. Middleton – Fiction/Short Stories/Poetry
Children:
1. Amy Bowling – Fiction/ Children Age Early Reader
2. Sandy Carlson – Fiction/ Michigan Historical Fiction/ Ages 8-12
3. Ethan Rice – Non-Fiction/ Autism/ Early Reader
4. Wendy Nystrom – Fiction/Adventure/Fantasy Ages 7-12

My twin girls travel soccer began in September and ended October 26th. Their team has been spectacular to watch. They are U12 division winners. Look forward to watching them all play when spring season begins in April.

SleighRideCover (2)Finally cover reveal for Book 5 Sleigh Ride. A wonderful adventure for ages 7-12. Should release November 1 from Anchor Group Publishing. Sure been busy.  Enjoyed the editing process this month. The editor said she can’t wait to read the book with the illustration added. 

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The Bridge of Deaths, by Mcv Egan 75th Anniversary Event Adventure!

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Mcv Egan’s book The Bridge of Deaths re-released and is available now. If you love historical fiction, mystery romance, I recommend this book highly.  Check out the details below.

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“M.C.V. Egan twists truth and fiction until you question your perceptions…it is a story of real love, triumph and search for self.” – Beckah Boyd @ The Truthful Tarot

On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykøbing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland. With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust.

The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve “one of those mysteries that never get solved.”

Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions.

Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.

Learn more about this book and the special 75th anniversary re-release at www.thebridgeofdeaths.com

 

Join us as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the crash of the G-AESY and the start of World War II with a month-long history-laden event that will entertain, educate, and enlighten you! As part of this event, a revised version of The Bridge of Deaths, this award-winning and highly-acclaimed account of the events of that fateful day in 1939, will be re-released.

If you would like to be a part of the month-long anniversary event from September 1 to September 30, please go here: http://bit.ly/TBOD75Event.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MCVEganM.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, the sixth of eight children, in a traditional Catholic family. From a very young age, she became obsessed with the story of her maternal grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo–mostly the story of how he died. She spent her childhood in Mexico. When her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. in the early 1970s, she moved with her entire family to the United States.

Catalina was already fluent in English, as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award, despite being the only one who had English as a second language in her class. In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland in 1977.

She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France, at the Catholic University for two years. In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking (the Swedish kind, not the football player kind), Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish businesspeople. She then returned to the USA, where she has lived ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish.

Maria Catalina Vergara Egan is married and has one son who, together with their five-pound Chihuahua, makes her feel like a full-time mother. Although she would not call herself an astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in the subject.

She celebrated her 52nd birthday on July 2nd, 2011, and gave herself self-publishing The Bridge of Deaths as a gift.

Find M.C.V. Egan and The Bridge of Deaths at www.thebridgeofdeaths.com.  or Face book at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-of-Deaths/130675087014521

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GOLD James Saves the Moon Adventure!

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Just wow so surprised and excited. My first book James Saves the Moon was awarded the Gold medal from Readers Favorite International Book Awards Gold Medal Children’s Fantasy /Sci-Fi.   https://readersfavorite.com/2014-award-contest-winners.htm#book11891 The awards were announced September 1.  I was expecting honorable mention. Here is the review of James Saves the Moon from Readers Favorite. https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/11891  Thank you Readers Favorite reviewers and judges for awarding James Saves the Moon with the gold.

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers’ Favorite

“James Saves the Moon”, written by Wendy Nystrom, is a delightful children’s picture book that combines a child’s imagination with Icelandic mythology. The illustrations by Jim Weidman, in a blue tone with colorful characters, lend a mythological feel to the story of a young boy (James), who sees the moon over one of the high mountains and decides that if he climbs to the top of the mountain he can reach out and touch the moon. Slipping quietly out of his bedroom window, he sets out on his journey. On his way up the mountain he stumbles over some rocks and disturbs one of Iceland’s mythological figures (Syvok), who joins him on his journey. They suddenly realize that unless they move faster, the moon will leave before they make it to the top of the mountain. In order that they can move faster, Syvok summons a dragon (Matthias), who allows them to ride on his back. They discover that the moon is stuck on the mountain and they will have to help get it unstuck. The three work as a team to set the moon free and while doing so, James truly does touch the moon.

The color of the illustrations by Jim Weidman and the very well-written story by Wendy Nystrom make “James Saves the Moon” a rare treasure for a children’s picture book. Its simplicity combined with the kind of story that stirs the imagination of a child make it something that will stick in the mind of the reader for a lifetime. This book gives a little bit of a taste of the colorful and flavorful history of Iceland and its traditions. It is highly recommended for its ability to help stir a child’s imagination. A wonderfully simple and delightful tale.

I am truly honored and proud to receive this award. I began writing while living in Iceland 2005, while keeping my then 7 year old son up on his english while he was becoming fluent in Icelandic. We were running out of books he liked and I was rather upset their were not more adventure books. My son wakes up and tells me the adventures he has while the rest of us are sleeping. One day for real he ran to tell me the moon is sitting on the mountain. “I am going to climb the mountain and touch the moon” The next day after I had a wonderful dream I hand wrote the 1st draft of James Saves the Moon. My son and Iceland unlocked my imagination and I began to have vivid dreams and writing more adventures. I now have 4 books adventures in this series published with Anchor Group Publishing http://anchorgrouppublishing.com/, https://www.facebook.com/anchorgrouppublishing.  I am working on two adult novels and two more in my kids series. I want to thank Anchor Group Publishing for adding me. I love being part of Anchor Group Publishing. I also want to thank my fans, family and friends all of you have supported me on this writing adventure. I really want children to have adventure and open their imagination so in the future they will bring new ideas for our world. Here is the link to James Saves the Moon on Amazon and B&N Amazon Link Barnes and Noble link  Here is the link for my authors page on Amazon Amazon Authors Link

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Pons and the Miracle of Reunion Island by Linda Kandelin Chambers Adventure

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Welcome to Pons and the Miracle of Reunion Island by Linda Kandelin  Chambers Adventure.

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This story begins learning about Reunion Island a tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean. We are introduced to a fun family and a wonderful sea herbivore a dugong whose name is Pons. Anabella and Marco the children in the family love being outside and swimming. They are friends with the dugong Pons. Because of this story I looked up dugongs and learned about a new marine animal. The story has a wonderful message and an exciting adventure. The boy in the story goes to visit a cave with his friend, Even though he has been told not to play in the cave due to being near the active volcano on the Island. The cave is beautiful and interesting to explore. The boys get trapped when an earthquake occurs. Marco’s grandfather goes out to find the boys. Pons and a bird lead him to where the boys are. Pons shows the Grandfather another entrance. He finds the boys and leads them out. The illustrations by Barbara Dessi are beautiful and add to the story.
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Fox and Rabbit Garden by Laurel Heger Adventure!

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Today I am reviewing two books written by Laurel Heger. Hope you enjoy the adventure!

Laurel is being featured this week on Kidtales page check it out. https://www.facebook.com/Kidtales

One of each of her ebooks will be given away on Thursday January 23rd on Kidtales FB page, check out how you get into the drawing.

 Fox and Rabbits Garden (A Tale of the Rabbit-less Stew) By Laurel Heger , Illustrated by Monette Pangan

 cover(1)I like clever writing.  Kids like clever at least mine do. This book is suitable for age’s pre-k to 7. I do think adults and older children would enjoy reading Ms. Heger’s books to younger ones. The book is about a rabbit working in its garden and making a stew. Along comes a fox thinking this stew in progress would make a good meal for him, when he can add the rabbit to the pot. The rabbit out smarts the fox, he encourages the fox to assist preparing the pot of stew, with kindness and friendship.  While you are reading the exchange of the rabbit and fox you are also getting a recipe to make a stew or soup.  One spoonful of the stew the fox is surprised the rabbit-less stew is good. The book ends with tips for growing vegetables that can be added to a stew.  The illustrations are bright and delightful by Monette Pangan  This book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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This is book two in this series of Rabbit and Fox.  The book starts out with Rabbit and Fox tending their garden and picking fresh beautiful cranberries to add to the pantry supply.  As they are relaxing after a day of work they hear a noise in the pantry. They find a curious hedgehog looking for an easy meal. He has fallen in a basket of eggs and then slips into the new supply of cranberries. Rabbit is upset that much of the supplies have been depleted and the mess they have to clean up in the pantry.  He does not remove or yell at the hedgehog, but instead decides to assist and clean the fellow from all the goo on his body. Hedge Hog, I am sure will become a new character in future stories.  These stories are like fables they give you a hidden message. Even though a mistake is made, kindness not anger is the best response. At the end is a recipe for cranberry sauce. I can see why Fox and Rabbit has been selected as, Goodwill Ambassadors for Seattle Farmers Market Alliance, The farmers market in Shelton, Washington.

I look forward to more of Fox and Rabbits adventures with their garden. Book is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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