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Friday, January 18, 2013

Guest Post By Catherine Macdonald Author Of Seasons Of The Vineyard

About Catherine Macdonald
Catherine MacDonald graduated from the University of the Pacific with a B.A. in English and a Minor in Communication Arts. She earned a Masters in Education from the University of Nevada, Reno. A former school teacher, she owns and operates several small businesses with her husband. She was the vice-president of the Romance Writers of Nevada before it disbanded in 2002. Her published works include The Jeweled Path, Divine Diva, Comstock Rose, Road Queens, Coming Home, and The Way. She is a Reiki Master Teacher who has pursued the Diva trail for over twenty years and she urges everyone to empower their life by accessing their own power and creating the life they deserve at

Her latest book is Seasons of the Vineyard.
You can visit her website at

Guest Post By Catherine Macdonald
Beware the Procrastination Demons
They lurk behind your front door. They try and seduce you at the refrigerator. They call and demand your time, and you, because you’ve been raised to put others first, give in. Sometimes it’s your own mind luring you away from your project. It could be your child, or your spouse. Or perhaps it’s a parent who wants you to play outside instead of writing or drawing in your bedroom. We’ve learned the negative lesson that we can’t work and be an artist, but I’ve learned that you can. So what’s an artist to do? All artists suffer from procrastination, inertia, and fear until they learn to create boundaries. We need to experiment with what works for us. When our children are young, we might get up an hour before they do and go to the studio. We might carry our notepad and jot our ideas when we’re watching the ballgame. When they’re older, we can use the time we’re waiting for them to come home to work on a project. You get the picture. The idea is to examine your own life, look for time, and write an appointment down with yourself in your day timer or computer. Keep flexible. Your life will change, you will grow, but the procrastination demons will always be lurking. Learn the art of saying no. You don’t have to attend every party, event, or gathering. If you commit to writing one page a day, every day of the year, you will have a novel at the end of the year. Don’t let the procrastination demons block your creativity. You must attend to what your inner guidance is urging and learn the art of saying no. ~ Catherine Macdonald

About Seasons Of The Vineyard
Francesca Bernard receives a call from Enrico, the foreman on the family vineyard telling her that her father has driven the truck through the barn and doesn’t remember. Reluctantly, Francesca returns with her son and notices the changes in her father and the vineyard. The vineyard is struggling and her father is slipping toward dementia. She must make the decision to stay and resurrect the Zinfandel wine, which once put the vineyard on the map, but the secret to the wine is buried with her mother. The vineyard is in financial distress and brokers are attempting to purchase the property, but her father refuses to sell. Tension arises between Francesca and Enrico and she can’t ignore the sexual energy. Francesca and Enrico have a turbulent past, which is the reason she left the vineyard.

Her mother’s spirit visits at night, startles Francesca, and urges her to help her father because he is too stubborn and arrogant to admit he’s scared and confused. Her mother’s spirit is stuck between worlds and cannot leave until her husband is taken care of. Francesca must make the decision to work the vineyard and bring it back to its once glory. The tension between Francesca and her father is thick and she prods his mind about the Zinfandel: Bella Serrano. She agrees to represent the vineyard at an event, where she meets the dashing Giancarlo, who is also after the vineyard.

Francesca and Giancarlo begin dating, which distresses Enrico so he quits, and she is left with an ailing vineyard, sick father, and rebellious teenaged son. Her father is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and falls and hits his head, ending up in the hospital.

Giancarlo steps up his pursuit of Francesca and the vineyard. Francesca finally understands that Giancarlo wants only one thing—the vineyard—and she isn’t selling. Nope. Her father slips further and further away. Her mother’s spirit repeatedly visits and Francesca tries to talk to her about the Zinfandel, but the spirit says the wine can wait but her father can’t. Her life is in turmoil. Her father dies. Her new vineyard manager is picked up for drunk driving, and her ex-husband shows up at the funeral. She and Giancarlo have an argument and he hits her, causing her to flee in her car. She hits a deer and ends up in the ditch. She wakes up in the hospital, where she is visited by the spirit who tells her goodbye because it’s her time to cross the great divide into the next world. Her father has safely made it. Then she tells Francesca the secret ingredient. Love. Enrico will love and support her so she grows into a world class vintner, but first she needs to make it right with him and tell him he’s her son’s father, not her ex-husband. Then love will flow through the vineyard and she will create the Zinfandel wine because the grapes will flourish when there is love.

Enrico returns when he learns of her accident. The intoxicating scent of the harvest awakens her true feelings for him. Passion resumes between them and she tells him he doesn’t’ have to wait for her any longer. The vineyard connects her with the cycles of the season. Wine is the holy substance that unites her to the vineyard. Enrico tells her they are going to love each other and because of their love the Zinfandel wine will flourish once more.

You can purchase Seasons Of The Vineyard at Amazon  or Barnes & Noble

Seasons of the Vineyard Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Wednesday, January 9
Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Thursday, January 10
Guest blogging at Allvoices
Friday, January 11
Interviewed at Broowaha
Monday, January 14
Interviewed at Digital Journal
Wednesday, January 16
Book reviewed at Miki’s Hope
Thursday, January 17
Book reviewed and guest blogging at My Book Addiction
Friday, January 18
Guest blogging at Jody’s Book Reviews
Tuesday, January 22
Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, January 23
Interviewed at Review From Here
Friday, January 25
Book reviewed at My Cozie Corner
Wednesday, January 29
Interviewed at Examiner
Friday, January 31
Book reviewed at Review From Here

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

My Review Of Fruit Of My Spirit By Deanna Nowadnick

In a memoir of missteps and misdeeds, Deanna Nowadnick writes of the hugeness of God's love and faithfulness. Reframing life in God's grace, she discovers an indescribable, indefinable, inexplicable love that has encircled her without fail through joyous, sad, cringe-worthy, heartwarming, forgettable, memorable moments in life.

I found myself relating to Deanna's life, and I am sure others will too. It is very well written, and honest. I really enjoyed her honesty in this book; she puts her life right out there good and bad. I enjoyed knowing that I

Monday, August 6, 2012

My Review Of How Will You Measure Your Life? By Clayton Christensen

This is the first self-help book that I have read in years. I don’t normally read too many books of this genre, but this one did sound good to me. Though it was a good book and made sense in many areas it took me a very long time to get through it as it references more to business, at least that is how I read it. I do believe this book would be great for people who have a career or just starting out in the corporate world. Business, careers, corporate life is really not my forte as far as reading material goes.

I did not get into the book as I thought I would, and as many others did or will. I do appreciate the fact that the second part of the book was supposed to be about family and relationships that are outside of business, I did not read that, that was the case. Christensen still gave examples from the business perspective. Family life examples would have been more appropriate for me.

I did take away from the book the fact that my family and any of my relationships come before career and money. Actually for me God comes first, then my family, friends, co-workers etc.

Disclaimer: I received this book free for an honest un-biased review.


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Guest Post By Jennifer Grant The Author Of MOMUMENTAL

The Funny, Broken, Love of Parenting

I click open a Facebook message. A friend has sent me a word search and tells me to let my eyes fall onto the image and take note of the first three words that I see. These are the words that best describe me, she promises.

I shrug, take a sip of coffee, and glance at it. “Funny,” “broken,” and “love” are my words.

When I close the message, I’m tempted for a moment to try again. What other words are hidden in that tangle of letters? Maybe on my second try, my eyes will land on a combination such as “smart,” “attractive,” and “successful.” (That would be nice.)

I don’t give it another try, though. The words I read the first time are just right considering how I’ve been spending my days for the past several months, thinking and writing about the family in which I am the wife and the mother and about my family of origin, where my story began.

Funny, broken, love - sounds like family.

MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family is about my own missteps and small victories as a mother. Over the years, after beginning my parenting journey – as so many of us do – staggering under the weight of the expectations I had for myself, I’ve loosened up. I’ve come to learn that none of us is perfect. We all fail, misunderstand our kids sometimes, and mess up in countless ways. In MOMumental, I share stories of some of my “epic fails” as a mom.

The dire messages that flash on the computer or television screen that warn what a mother absolutely must or must not do no longer hold me tightly in their grasp. I now look at myself – and at other mothers – with less judgment, knowing that we all work it out, there is no manual for motherhood, and that the most important thing in raising kids is to be authentically connected with them. (And a person can do that whether she serves microwaved macaroni and cheese to her kids for lunch every day or gives them homemade bread and a sampling of organic greens from her vegetable garden. Whether or not she homeschools them, uses “the family bed,” or exposes them to Mozart by the time they are six days old.)

I hope in sharing my own personal – and often quite cringe-worthy – story in MOMumental, other parents will show themselves, and other parents, more grace as we raise our children.

To me, those three words – funny, broken, and love – are great ones to reflect on when I think about the gift of family. To be able to enjoy our kids, repair our relationships with them when needed, and most of to love our children like crazy covers a multitude of parental crimes and misdemeanors.

Wishing you all the best in your own messy family-making adventures!
Jennifer Grant