Meet Author Barbara Daniels Dena and Her New Book Release Titled “For the Soul,” An Amazing Collection of Short Stories.


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New Book Release By Barb Daniels Dena


Now, Cat has always been a firm believer that each of us has a story to tell and at least one book we can write about our lives. I am about to share this with you and what my new friend, Barb, has done. Barbara released her new book, a collection of short stories that will “touch” your heart, afford you some giggles, and so much more!

I am about halfway within reading her book, and each time I read one story and say it’s my favorite, I read the next one and change my mind, Seriously! I feel it indeed will be the next “Chicken Soup For The Soul” big hit! Here is more about the author and her new book.

~The Avid Reading Cat


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Indie Author Barbara Daniels Dena




ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~  Barbara Daniels Dena


Barbara Daniels Dena is a new independent author of her eclectic book debut of “For the Soul: A Collection of Short Stories,” released in August 2021. Almost a memoir, this unique collection of inspiring short stories of ‘good ole fashioned living,’ along with many past and present memories and life experiences that tug on the heart, warming stories, and fictional tall tails delighting readers worldwide. The book is available for purchase on Amazon Books, Amazon Kindle, and many fine online book sites.

Barbara began writing at an early age as a lover of “Make-Believe.” Today, her writing has developed from memories of family experiences, various compilations of events in her life, and her love of animals. She is willing to admit that her vivid imagination plays a role in her stories. The author is an Illinois native who has lived in many places; as Barb says, like a free-spirited “Gypsy,” she has lived and worked in Illinois, Washington, Idaho, Georgia, but Ultimately, coming home settling back in the Quad Cities area of Illinois.

Barbara is a proud mother of two grown children. She was a business owner, ran a Temp Agency, then transitioned into her passion for floral design, opened, owned, and ran several floral shops. Her favorite flower is the “Casablanca Lily.” Her favorite color is Red, and when she isn’t writing, Barbara spends her free time oil painting, enjoys quilting, knitting, and reading.

Her favorite book is “Death Be Not Proud” by John J. Gunther. Her first love is and always will be playing with her fur baby, a little Yorkie named Zoe. She continues to write from her cozy nook as she gazes over a pond full of geese and ducks. On many days it is more gazing than writing.



ABOUT THE BOOK

For the Soul Kindle Edition


Memories and fiction fill this collection with humor, heartwarming compassion, and spine-tingling fright from the author’s own experiences and an imagination she can barely control. Quilts, children, and dogs have always played a large part in the author’s life. Therefore, it is not surprising to find stories of warm quilts wrapped around her tales or tails.

A trait the reader discovers in Barbara’s writing is that much like life, nothing within the covers of this book will be what one expects.


What Goodreads Readers Are Sharing!

For the Soul
by Barbara Daniels Dena (Goodreads Author)
J. Schlenker‘s review 5-stars
Aug 21, 2021
“It was amazing!
A delightful array of stories that show us we can derive joy from both the simplicities and the complexities of life.”


For the Soul
by Barbara Daniels Dena (Goodreads Author)
ConnieLee Hilborn‘s review
Sep 03, 2021
For The Soul

“Barbara Daniels Dena certainly warms my soul with her stories. I love the look into animal psyche she presents. I can tell her life experiences are throughout the stories. I was captivated immediately. I look forward to more from this talented author.”


The Authors Books Can Be Purchased on Amazon Books and Amazon Kindle For the Soul 
Connect and follow the author on social media for new releases and updates!

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Cat Welcomes Our Newest Member of Our Literary Family -Medal-Winning Author and Writer Cynthia Ulmer of “The Cedar Cove Chronicles.” A Beautiful Fictional Family Saga/Series.

 

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“The Cedar Cove Chronicles”
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Have you ever been to Cedar Cove?
Once you visit, life for you will never be the same. You will never want to read about witches, warlocks and evil forces again. The powerful emotions of Love, Unity, Harmony, Dreams, Forgiveness, Reconciliation and a clear understanding of the ‘Love of Christ’ will visit you and remain a part of your life.

In this 6 book series, these good people will live with you daily. You will not be able to wait until this evening’s quiet reading moments, to get to the next page. It is almost like these people are actually real.

I was truly touched by the spirit while writing, that those reading this series will change the way you and other readers in America and around the World love and care about each other.

It will change the kinds of books you look forward to reading forever . . .

 

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Here is how Cynthia, above, describes her fictional light Christian theme saga and shares some of what you’ll find between the pages of her six-book series of “The Cedar Cove Chronicles.” Woven and laced within the pages and meeting ‘The Jansan Family’ are many of her cherished childhood memories about both North and South Carolina family life as much as it is her sharing some of the history from her own family. But who is this Readers Favorite 5-Star Book Awarded Review and Award-Medal Winning Writer?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR on Amazon

Award-winning Author, Cynthia Ulmer is a medal-recipient writer of her Southern Family Fictional Series, “The Cedar Cove Chronicles” a Christian themed fiction series about family life, love, faith, and endurance. Her titles are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and many online bookstores. Written and released between mid-2009 through mid-2015. Books one and four are writing medal-winners by ‘Wishing Shelf Indie Book Awards.’

“Some people struggle with what they are meant to do in life and others just know it all along. I’ve known since I was a small child that I wanted to write–the stories were always in my head.” The Cedar Cove Chronicles is a series set in the fictional community of Cedar Cove, North Carolina and follows the lives of ‘The Jansan Family,’ their friends and neighbors during the 40’s and ’50s.

Born in Virginia and raised in North Carolina, Cynthia Ulmer is a true southern author whose books reflect her Southern and Christian heritage. Her writing has a down-home, comfort to it that brings her vast array of characters to life.
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Dive into this heart-warming series with ebooks one and six are Now on Sale on Amazon Kindle for .99 cents a download!


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ABOUT THE SERIES Books One Through Six:

Come on a journey to the past and visit the Jansan family, where love, faith, and family ties are as natural as breathing.  The Jansans are a hard-working family, living a simple life of true faith and Christian living and real friendship. There is no television, no cell phones, no internet. But evil can still exist. It’s present in the form of World War II, with personal sacrifice and rationing. It’s even as close as their next-door neighbor.

Go back and take a trip in time to rural Cedar Cove, NC where faith in the Lord is a given, friendships are loyal, and enemies seem relentless.  ~Cynthia Ulmer 

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TODD – Book One: Todd is a southern novel about family love, faith and endurance. In 1943, ten-year-old Todd Jansan lives with his family on a North Carolina tobacco farm. The Jansen’s neighbor, Horace Hammond is a cruel man who punishes his children by holding them over a well. The Jansans have to deal with his cruelty and with the mystery surrounding Todd’s uncle who is off at war.

CLYDE and WANDA – Book Two: Seven years have passed since Clyde Jansan’s niece, Lilly Jean, was rescued from Horace Hammond’s well. During that time, Clyde has married, has a daughter and is the owner of the store he always dreamed of. With Horace Hammond in prison and his sons Reuben and T.H. in the Army, there is nothing to worry about in Cedar Cove. Or is there?

CELLA – Book Three: Marcella Lewis, “‘Cella” is the only child of Madge and Sammy Lewis, granddaughter of Gil and Lana Ballard, niece and cousin to many. Growing up in a sea of relatives, ‘Cella feels that no one listens to her and struggles to be noticed. At only fourteen, she suspects she’s pregnant. Ashamed to tell any of her family about her condition, she turns to the local witch for help; changing her life forever.

TRUDY – Book Four: Shortly after eloping with her sister’s boyfriend, Trudy soon found herself in an abusive marriage. Now, six years later, she’s coming home, unsure if she’ll be accepted or rejected by the ones she loves and hurt the most.

MARK – Book Five: Is Mark A Blacksheep? Mark Gideon has changed his name to Worthington Grant Davis and is on the run again. What will happen to him now?

LILLY JEAN – Book Six: Parents sometimes have a hard time letting go … Lilly Jean Jansan has been accepted to Nursing School but hasn’t told her parents. How can she tell them it’s time to let her grow up?  

CAT is very honored to welcome and have Cynthia aboard our “Family of Fine Authors” of Lyon Media Services and we get to represent. We hope all our readers will take the time to read her beautiful series and she looks forward to your book reviews!
You can connect with the author through her social media below.

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CONNECT ON Amazon  Goodreads  Twitter  Facebook!
Visit Her Official Author Website and Reviews.


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Update on our Co-writing Journey. What Personal Info is Too Much Sharing When Writing Your Life Story in a Memoir and Legacy?

Hello and Welcome Readers, Friends, and Bronco Fans!

“Writing a Memoir is different than an autobiography”

A Memoir is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private, that took place in the subject’s life. The assertions made in the work are understood to be factual.

But it is also a personal essay about a significant memory in the author’s life that uses narrative devices like setting, character, and dialogue. Molding your “chosen memory” and in our case, ‘ How Addictions, Money, and a Shift from God and The Loss of a Son,’  that I am writing for Vance and bringing his story to an appropriate structure, using vivid detail and examining the memory’s significance will help us write a strong memoir


So our writing journey has begun and is moving along. Now I want to be transparent as possible as Vance and I continue to write together. I spoke with Vance yesterday and he is moving forward with working with a marketer and making choices on what type of book cover to go with. Do we do that now? Or do we wait to read the full manuscript first? Your thoughts readers? I also want to share a little about the process of writing and how at times one can be unsure of themselves of what to share about one’s life. We would love feedback from all who visits this post as a ‘Wee Bit of Encouragement’ to my writing partner. We’re exploring the topic and feelings of writing about others in the memoir, but is there a line we just don’t cross?

THE DILEMMA:

When I wrote my book/memoir, and it turned into a book manuscript (all by GOD Intervention), I too was riddled with reservations about some of the personal family drama and dysfunctional episodes that went on in my home I grew up in. I was raised at a time when you never bring “shame” to the family and never talk about what goes on in our homes out in public. Well, needless to say, I felt I needed to share of the topics as those events were a direct link to some of the roots of why I had turned to addiction later in life. NO, I didn’t share to hurt my family or those I spoke of, I did it to give an in-depth look inside one’s life and share how all of the events, abuse, chaos, and trauma in my home had an effect on me. Especially into adulthood. Not all children are raised in a perfect home environment the “Brady Bunch or The Cleavers.”

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Now? Vance is struggling a little with some of these decisions as we write. What does he expose or not about his family, events or old memories about growing up as to NOT hurt or offend his parents, sister, or others?

I explained to Vance that his book and the journey are not about them or others, it is about him and looking at the past pain and events that had an effect on his life and had carried that into his adult life and how he made it through to the man “Standing In Grace and Saving Lives from Addiction today.  Am I Wrong?  How do you feel about that? GOD never promised us a Perfect Life without trials and lessons to overcome.  Vance has come through many storms and trauma from addictions.  My own side of the family and I had been estranged for about six years before my book was released. But Vance’s family are in his life, but just not aboard with this book project.

So, do we share the good, the bad and the UGLY? Or do we change direction or not write his memoir chronological and start in a different place? Isn’t this part of Vance’s healing process of taking stock, process and then turn it over to GOD? Or is there a fine thin blue line between the paper your not to cross?

Any feedback, advice, and comments would be helpful and appreciated. It is why we chose to invite everyone to follow our journey. Your voice and advice is important for our project.