August 2019 Newsletter

Editor: Colleen Green
contact: colleen_grn@yahoo.com

Book of the Month

Whispers of Time
Chronicles of Asaetara Book 1

Whispers of Time

In the world of Asaetara, an ancient magic has torn open the paths between worlds. An unknown banner begins to gather the forces of evil together in the shadows. Rin Rilavaenu has struggled her entire life to please her father, the elven king. Much to her dismay, Rin discovers the elf she is so desperate to make proud is not her real father. After this revelation throws Rin’s world into complete turmoil, on the day of her comping of age ceremony, her soul is torn from her body when unknown magic is forced out by her enemies. After years of searching, Kaedin, Rin’s bonded dragon, finds her when her soul begins to awaken inside of Sara, a nineteen-year-old human girl from Earth. How can they close the paths torn open between worlds? Who is behind this and what do they wish to gain? Rin’s friends and family embark on a journey to an unfamiliar world to bring her home, while they struggle to prepare for a war that could destroy everything in not only their world but ours as well.

Source: Amazon

Available on Amazon.
Link to buy below.
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Quote of the Month

In a novel you have to resist the urge to tell everything.

J. K. Rowling

Source: www.brainyquote.com

Upcoming Book Events for Readers

Wright Writer of Dayton member, Author Colleen Green will be at the Summer Book Fair 2019. She will have her romantic suspense books in the Amber Milestone Series available for sale. Meet her and other authors and grab a beer. Details below.

Saturday, Aug. 17th
Mother Stewart’s Brewing
102 West Columbia Street
Springfield, Ohio 45504
12 pm -7 pm

Author Colleen Green’s website: www.colleengreen.info

Word of the Month

desideratum

Did You Know?

We’d like to introduce you to some close cousins of the common word desire. All trace their roots to the Latin sīder-, or sīdus, which has historically been understood to mean “heavenly body,” but which may also have an older, non-celestial meaning of “mark, target, goal.” Whether etymologically starry or grounded, dēsīderāre, meaning “to long for,” was born when Latin de- was prefixed to sīder-. Dēsīderāre begat Anglo-French desirer, which in turn brought forth English desire, desirous, and desirable in the 13th and 14th centuries, with desideration following in the 15th. Then, in the 17th century, English acquired desiderate (“to wish for”) and desideratum (desiderata in the plural), all of which can lay claim to direct ancestry from desiderare.

Examples

“The strength of his class depended to some extent on sound money management—but depended to a much larger extent on marriages based cynically on the sorts of children likely to be produced. Healthy, charming, wise children were the desiderata.” — Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., The Sirens of Titan, 1959

Source: www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day

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February 2019 Newsletter

Book of the Month

last words revised

The revised edition of Last Words has a new and exciting cover. The romance book has an improved plot with more twists and turns to keep you reading until the last word. The steamy novel is written by Wright Writer of Dayton member, Colleen Green. She is the editor of the newsletter and admins their Facebook page.

Amber Milestone loves her job as a chef at Hale’s View, an upscale restaurant next to Hale Vineyards in Napa Valley, California. She works with her stepfather, who is a partner in the business with Mr. Hale. Amber has more than just a business relationship with Mr. Hale’s son, Jack. She is swept away by Jack’s handsome smile and charmed by his romantic side, which has no limitations when it comes to money or connections. Amidst the lush landscape of the vineyards, she finds herself in a world of seduction that blurs the line between true love and raw passion. Amber and Jack’s devotion to each other is tested by the corrupt world of money and power that threatens to destroy everything they have begun to build. Amber’s dreams of owning her own restaurant are within her reach, but everything comes with a price.

Kindle Edition of Last Words
Limited Time on Sale
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Jan. 29th through Feb. 5th

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Word of the Month
charisma

1: a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure (such as a political leader)

2: a special magnetic charm or appeal

Did You Know?

The Greek word charisma means “favor” or “gift.” It is derived from the verb charizesthai (“to favor”), which in turn comes from the noun charis, meaning “grace.” In English, charisma has been used in Christian contexts since the mid-1500s to refer to a gift or power bestowed upon an individual by the Holy Spirit for the good of the Church, a sense that is now very rare. The earliest nonreligious use of charisma that we know of occurred in a German text, a 1922 publication by sociologist Max Weber.

Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day

Quote of the Month

love and be lovedSource: https://www.brainyquote.com/

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January 2019 Newsletter

Article of the Month

Potential of the Future
by Colleen Green

January is a time of reflection of the past and looking forward to the potential of the future. New year’s resolutions are made, but unfortunately can be disregarded by October or even sooner. I am in favor of having yearly goals if they are realistic. Why set yourself up for failure? It is better to be cautiously optimistic than overly enthusiastic. If you want to succeed, the best way is to take your end of year goal and break it up into twelve steps to accomplish one every thirty days or so. You can make progress this way and stay on track. It gives you a sense of accomplishment to complete each task. If personal interruptions or unforeseen events sets you back, you might need to do double duty the next month to make up for that bump in the road. Put the goal on your mirror by using notes. After you complete the thirty-day goal, put up the next one. This will make you look at it every day and probably multiple times. It is a visual aid to remind you of your daily intentions to heighten your self-awareness. Consistency is about having enough discipline to make an effort each day. Some days you will have more time than others for your project, and that is okay because it has to be. If you track your weekly time, you can gradually increase it when possible. Your time will add up every week. Anything worth doing right takes a while to accomplish. The only person you should compare your progress to is yourself. For example, if my yearly goal is to write a new book every year, it is possible that in the future I may get to the point where I can write two books a year. Comparing myself to authors who only write and do not need to work full time for a living would be a mistake as would be comparing myself to a seasoned writer who had been doing it longer. That would only frustrate me and would do me no good. Instead, I focus on my ability to improve my writing by learning from my editor’s notes and comments. Each time I go through an edit, I learn how to make better decisions with many aspects of the written word. Between writing two books, I have gotten better at dialogue, character arcs, giving detailed background setting information, creating sympathy for my main character, and creating friction between characters without taking things too far. When you consistently work on a skill you will learn and grow. To me that is a reward unto itself because I’ve made progress. Follow my twelve-step plan for your yearly goal, and I bet you’ll grow and learn as you go. At the end of the year, write down all the aspects about your project in which you have gained new knowledge that you can apply to the following year’s goal. After you reach your goal at the end of December or sooner, celebrate the fact that you did it.

Colleen Green is a member of the Wright Writers of Dayton. She is the editor of the newsletter, a speaker, and an author of romance/suspense books.

Links to her books below.

Last Words 
Book One in The Amber Milestone Series

https://amzn.to/2VDpTb8

City in the Middle
Book Two in the Amber Milestone Series

https://amzn.to/2FeJklg

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Word of the Month

Equivocal

Equivocal adj. Open to more than one interpretation; ambiguous. Uncertain or questionable in nature. “Congress was equivocal on its domestic spending package.”

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Independent Bookstore Day 2018

The Wright Writers of Dayton will be at New & Olde Pages in Englewood, Ohio on Saturday, April 28 from 1 pm until 3 pm to sell and sign their books. New & Olde Pages will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day all day long. The authors from this local group have written books from a variety of genres. Book lovers will want to check out their historical anthology, romance/suspense, biography, inspirational, and children books. 

New & Olde Pages Bookshoppe
856 Union Blvd, Englewood, OH 45322

women who shaped america

Women Who Shaped America

By Wright Writers of Dayton

Contributing Author Judi Fryman will be at the bookstore.

American women have always had the grit and determination to influence others and make important things happen. From working for the young colonies to homesteading on the Great Plains and the Wild West to navigating the hardships and deprivations of America’s Civil War, two world wars, and the Great Depression to the Space Age, women led, followed, or blazed new paths for themselves, their families, and all women. No matter which period we examine, American women often have left an indelible mark on history and on those who came after them. 

 

book cover Last Words

Last Words
Book One in the Amber Milestone Series

by Colleen Green

Jack Hale’s commanding presence and sultry eyes catch Amber’s attention the first time she sees him. She dreams of a future as an executive chef, but from the kitchen of stepfather’s restaurant, she is mesmerized by the dashing man in a stylish business suit. The day he orders dessert and asks her to share it with him, dreams of their life together take hold of her heart. She imagines those few bites of dessert to be the beginning of a storybook romance . . . little does she know what twisted secrets Jack Hale holds. Ignoring the warning signs Amber embarks on a journey led by the sensual and dark Jack Hale that test the limits of who she is and who she will become . . .

 

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City in the Middle
Book Two in the Amber Milestone Series

by Colleen Green

Amber Milestone moves to New York for a fresh start after ending a traumatic relationship, but what she doesn’t realize is that her new life in the Big Apple may put her in greater danger than her old life ever did. Drugs, murder, and mafiosos seem to be around every corner, and if she can’t find a way to stay out of the danger, she may just be consumed by it. But after making some irreplaceable friends and finding a man she’s crazy about, turning away from her new life doesn’t seem so easy.

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WWII book

Poverty, Puberty, & Patriotism
A Dayton Girl Grows up
during World War II

by Ruth Kibler Peck

The true story of her life as a young teenager living in Dayton, Ohio, during World War II. As the Great Depression ends and WWII begins, the Kibler family finds their lives drastically challenged by her father’s meager white-collar salary, by life in a miserable trailer camp, by devastating fire, and by her mother’s near-death illness. Yet the family, like all Americans of that era, willingly sacrifices in every way possible to help the war effort. Father and daughter follow news of every battle and locate places on their world map. Ruth Ann finds joy in new friends, in the beauty of Island Park, and in being a teenager.

 

Unknown Horizons by Ruth Kibler Peck

Unknown Horizons:
The Lewis and Clark Expedition A Novel

by Ted Brusaw and Ruth Kibler Peck

This is the thrilling story of two men commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the unknown land of the Louisiana Purchase—the vast, mysterious land from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. In 1803 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark gathered a crew of adventurous men of strength and ability to form the Corps of Discovery. Could they find a waterway passage through this unknown territory to the Pacific Ocean? Each man knew the trip would be hazardous, even life-threatening. How would the native Indian tribes react to them? How were they going to communicate with the Indians? They would claim the land as they went, doubling the size of the new nation, the United States of America.

 

the alabaster box book cover

The Alabaster Box

by Marla Cross

The Alabaster Box is not a devotional book containing a series of entries designed to inspire the Christian reader with an uplifting story or thought for the day. It is a year’s worth of worship activities; the implementation of which will require some intensive mental exercise. It is not the book for those wanting a feel-good read. Nor is it for those unwilling or not yet ready to accept a challenge to their typical weekly worship experience. The Alabaster Box is a guidebook for the followers of Christ who long to take their worship of Him to a deeper place than they have ever gone. 

marla book

Cloud of Witnesses

by Marla Cross

This is an intriguing book about the Cloud of Witnesses who are watching real-life situations being lived out here on Earth. The unique stories keep your interest and are an encouragement to live out your own similar situations God’s way. Whether you think about it or not, you are constantly under surveillance. Even if you don’t star in your own reality TV show, don’t think for a second you aren’t in the spotlight. Author Marla Cross sheds some light on an interesting theory about actions, perceptions, and the ultimate test of character. Are you the same person in public as you are in private? Do your convictions only dictate your actions when it’s convenient and for the show of others? In times of indecision, consider not only earthly observers, but also those that might dwell overhead—heavenly hosts, even.

 

my child...

My Child, I’ll Still Be Loving You

by Vickie L Weaver and Kattarina Storost

Turtles telling the time of day? Crocodiles eating birthday cake? Porcupines playing peek-a-boo? Oh, no! What’s a child to do? There’s so much more with animals galore. The solution comes from a comforting source.

Vicki's Dancing in the Stars

Dancing In The Stars: Carroll Webster:
International Dance Luminary
of Vaudeville and Hollywood

by Vickie L. Weaver

A nostalgic look into the now mostly extinct world of Vaudeville, Dancing in the Stars is the true story of Carroll Webster, a talented eighteen-year-old who dreams of a professional dance career. With the odds stacked against him, the handsome and charismatic orphan endures four years of grueling 1930s dance marathons for a chance to break into show business.

Should he and his attractive partner Diane survive the marathons, their dreams of fame will be overshadowed by the Great Depression, World War II, and powerful social forces working to squeeze the lifeblood out of the career they love.

As for Diane, the blonde has her sights set on Carroll, even though a romance could ruin their partnership. Carroll can’t say he isn’t tempted, but for years he’s dreamt of having a family with Mary, an elusive dark-haired beauty who could become the love of his life.

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Connect with Author Colleen Green

by Author Colleen Green

Wright Writers of Dayton Member

My debut novel, Last Words, isn’t your typical romance. Which is exactly why women should read it. I’ll get back to that later.

That being said, I’ve learned that people not only want to hear about my novel, but they want to get to know me. They want to feel some sort of connection to the authors they read. Especially as a newbie author with one book published, the sequel in the works, along with a novella book coming, I want to spread the word about my writing endevors. Next year I will have both romance/suspense and YA paranormal books to offer readers. Meanwhile, I want others to know what I am all about. 

So here it is . . .  I have written stories throughout various times in my life. I have even used a typewriter. The people younger than thirty are saying a what? But I am perfectly comfortable in my age. Or at least I am starting to accept it more. Let’s just say I haven’t hit fifty yet! I remember records, although I was young at the time. My favorite Halloween custom was the one my mom made me. I was a Rubik’s Cube. I love 80’s and 90’s music. I went to St. Peter’s Parish School grades 1 through 8. So when I started buying my own clothes I couldn’t get enough. Nothing makes you want a huge wardrobe like wearing uniform for eight years!

 

What intrigues me to be a writer is the ability to create worlds. Worlds that others can get lost in by turning the pages of your book. The complements I receive about writing always touch me deeply. The photo of the letter is from a friend. It fits this cateory. She was kind enough to critique the beginning of my YA paranormal story. 

letter

 

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Besides being an author I find absolute joy in my dog, Lucas. He is a rescue. The big fluffy baby is part Alaskan Malamute and Great Pyrenees. After our Samoyed, Bianca, passed away, I experienced heartache that was so severe I couldn’t stop crying for hours. She was my baby and I’d never see her smiling face again. Never feel her lick my hand, wait for me by the bed to come out of the shower, pet her soft beautiful fur. Devastated, Jay and I only waited a few months before checking out the Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue Organization and found a video of Lucas. We fell in love and made arrangements to adopt him. Lucas mended my heart when I was sure the hole Bianca left would never be filled again. I once said to Jay, “I don’t know if I will ever love a dog as much as Bianca.” I was wrong. I love Lucas just as much. In fact, I believe with each new dog your heart grows bigger making room to love the new member of your family even more. That way there is room for all the dogs to be loved in your heart for eternity. 

 

I enjoy cycling and TRX suspension training at the YMCA. Staying in shape is important for many reasons. Health first and foremost is a benefit, but stress release is an added perk. By being a member of the YMCA I get to meet new people and make friends. 

I thrive on schedules and being able to do a pattern of behavior makes the world seem a little bit less hectic. Most of all I value loyalty, respect and kindness. I love with all my heart and am a devoted friend.

Cooking occasionally, I have created some recipes on my blog. I keep them simple. Below are some links to a few. Once I have my second book in the Amber Milestone Series and my YA Paranormal books available to purchase, I will post it on this website and my active amateur chef  site. https://activeamateurchef.wordpress.com Click on the “sign me up” button to follow my blog. 

Honey Carrots activeamateurchef.wordpress.com

Cranberry Stuffing activeamateurchef.wordpress.com/cranberry

Candy Cane Cupcakes candy-cane-cupcakes

 

Like I mentioned earlier, Last Words isn’t your typical romance. There is no love triangle. What there is however will leave you wanting to read more until you get to the end. The power of learning to love yourself can bring you back from the brink of demise. Jack Hale stirs Amber’s lustful desires and sets her on a path of gut-wrenching decisions that changes her world forever.

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If you would like to stop by one of the holiday events, I would be glad to talk to you!

See dates and times below.

 

book cover Last Words

 


S
aturday, Nov. 12th & Sunday, Nov. 13th

St. Peter’s Christmas Bazaar, at The Family Life Center, in Huber Heights

6161 Chambersburg Rd, Dayton, Ohio 45424

Nov. 12th 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nov 13th 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Author Colleen Green will be signing and selling copies of her romance/suspense book Last Words. (Free recipe packet with each purchase, while supplies last.)

Saturday, Nov. 19th

New & Olde Pages Book Shoppe

 856 Union Blvd, Englewood, OH 45322 (Same shopping center as Marathon gas station)

Holiday Open House

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Author Colleen Green will be signing and selling copies of her romance/suspense book Last Words. (Free recipe packet with each purchase, while supplies last.)

 

Author Colleen Green’s Website: www.colleengreen.info

Author Colleen Green’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorcolleengreen/