#NotesFromTheRiver – Back Again With Some Exciting Announcements

After a long hiatus, I’ve caught up enough that I can begin posting my weekly #Notes on the St. Johns River Eco Tours blog. Hope you’ll check out this week’s announcements, and if you live in central Florida, will consider attending some of the events. Thanks for sharing this, too. 🙂

#NotesFromTheRiver – Back Again With Some Exciting Announcements

#ShareAReviewDay – The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: A Daughter’s Memoir by Mary Hiland

This afternoon, please welcome author Mary Hiland to The Write Stuff. Mary is sharing a review of her book, The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: A Daughter’s Memoir. I know you will enjoy reading about this one, and will definitely want to share Mary’s book review on all your social media. Thanks so much!

REVIEW:

I was totally engrossed in this book from start to finish. With insight and humor, the author perfectly relates her experience with her mother as ‘Mom’ transitions from independent living to assisted living and from being a functional 94-year-old to a totally dependent 98-year-old with dementia.

Ms. Hiland adeptly describes her changing relationships with her mother as well as with the facility staff. Whether the reader is blind like the author or not, so many of us can relate to this experience, as it’s something we have already gone through or that we worry might happen to us and our parents in the future.

The author has a special ability to paint scenes that are both so real and poignant with her words. All professional caregivers in any discipline — in fact, all adult children — should read this compelling book. We all can learn from the author’s words.
Cindy Wentz
Independent Living Consultant

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Making the decision to move an elderly parent into assisted living against his or her will presents myriad challenges. Like many adult children who want to respect their parents’ wishes, I didn’t take action until it was unavoidable. But unlike most adult children, I had to deal with this crisis as an only living child who is totally blind. The logistics alone were merely the start of my uphill struggle with this daunting task.

During the last two years of my mother’s life, I learned many lessons about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and she learned to accept the difficulties of being in her late nineties and living in an assisted living community.

In The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: A Daughter’s Memoir, I not only describe the move, my mother’s adjustment to a foreign way of life, and the emotional trauma for both of us, but also offer some advice and comfort for others who are experiencing such dramatic changes.

What makes my story unusual is that I tell it with blindness always in the background. You will find some touching moments, some troubling ones, and some that are relevant to your own life.

This is a memoir woven through my observations of who my mother was and who I am.


Author Mary Hiland

Mary Hiland, a native of Cincinnati, lives in Gahanna, Ohio with her Seeing Eye® dog, Dora. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University with a B.S. degree in Social Work. She recently retired as Executive Director of The American Council of the Blind of Ohio. Before that, she served for over 21 years as Director of Volunteers for VOICEcorps Reading Service: https://www.voicecorps.org/

Ms. Hiland has been published in Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul, Redbook magazine, Toastmaster magazine, and The Columbus Dispatch.

Visit her blog at https://seeingitmyway.com/

In 2001, Ms. Hiland carried the Olympic torch, and in 2015, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from her local Toastmasters Club.

Ms. Hiland has two adult children and five granddaughters. Her passions are reading, public speaking, cycling, cross-country skiing, swimming, hiking, and taking long walks with Dora. She writes for the pure pleasure of it.

As an only child for most of her life, she benefited from the single-minded love and devotion of her parents. So when her mother, who was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and was going blind and deaf, needed to give up her independence and move into assisted living, it was time for Ms. Hiland to step up and assume the duties and role reversals required for her mother. She wrote about her experiences with the hope of being helpful to others in this tough place in life. The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: A Daughter’s Memoir is her first book.

Buy The  Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: A Daughter’s Memoir at the links below:

The print edition of The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living is available at the following online stores:

Find Mary on Social Media Here:

Email: mary.hiland@wowway.com

Mary’s Blog:   www.seeingitmyway.com

#ShareAReviewDay – Let It Go: Look to the Living by Anita Dawes

This morning,  I have the pleasure of welcoming author Anita Dawes to The Write Stuff. Anita is sharing a review of her novel, Let it Go: Look to the Living. I know you’ll enjoy reading this one, and will want to share it far and wide. Enjoy!

REVIEW:

Mae Clair
5.0 out of 5 starsA fantastic look at family relationships
10 December 2017

A fantastic look at family dynamics through the eyes of Mary, a fifteen-year-old who is older and wiser than her years. When her father wins a guest house in a card game, Mary’s has to adjust to a new life in Cornwall. In addition to her parents and sister, Mary also has her beloved grandmother, Nan, to aid in that adjustment.

This book is filled with wonderful characters and effortless writing. I adored the relationship between Mary and Nan. As narrator, Mary does an excellent job in allowing us to see the world through her eyes. From the vivid place descriptions, to the strengths and weakness in the people around her, including her own family, the reader sees scars, faults and triumphs.

The plot thread with Mary’s sister Sally, and how the family rallies around her when she runs afoul of three local women is especially strong. I also liked the thread with Spike, an unexpected “lodger” and how his story line turned out. The author has a great style, and hooked me immediately. I plan to seek out more of her books. Consider me a fan!

BLURB:

You read about families where everyone is happy and life is wonderful.

That wasn’t my family.

My mother coped patiently with a drunken, obsessive gambler of a husband and a daughter with an insatiable sexual appetite. I loved my father, but he kept us one step away from the poor house. Loving my sister was harder, basically because she hated me and constantly brought trouble to our door.

Me ? I couldn’t wait to grow up and live my own life.

Then everything changed. Dad won a guest house in a card game, and suddenly we were off to a new life in Cornwall. A beautiful place, steeped in legend and mystery.
Would trouble leave us alone now, or was it merely biding its time?

When I found an old diary, telling ofm urder and betrayal right where we were living, I began to realise that even somewhere as lovely as Cornwall, dark and disturbing things happened to other people too.

Somehow everything seemed linked, and as one more disaster struck our family, it seemed we were doomed, unless I could find a way to make it stop.

Author Anita Dawes

Hi, my name is Anita and although I am over 70, I am by no means a ‘silver surfer’. I have been writing fiction for a while now but never been picked up by the mainstream publishers. They all loved what I wrote, but said it was hard to slot them into a category! It came tantalisingly close with Bad Moon, but no cigar, as they say.

After going several rounds with various mainstream publishers, I realised I would have to try something else. I saved the rejection letters because most of them had very encouraging comments. I even wrote to James Herbert once and he was so very kind and supportive.

When I retired, and with the help of my sister-in-law Jaye, I decided to dust off some of my manuscripts and try to achieve the impossible.

I am a paper and pencil girl. You could chain me to a computer for years and nothing would happen! Jaye is managing to cope with it, but then she has much more patience than I do. (She is as stubborn as a mule, which helps!)

They say you are never too old to learn, but in my case never is another word for infinity!

I thank God for my family, for I have a second chance to find out if anyone out there likes the kind of books I write…

Buy Let it Go: Look to the Living HERE

Find Anita and Jaye on Social Media here:

Anita’s email:       jenanita01@btinternet.com
Jaye’s email         jayemarie01@btinternet.com
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Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8638857.Jaye_Marie
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Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

A wealth of great links and information in Staci Troilo’s latest Author Inspiration & This Week’s Writing links post. Check it out. You’re bound to find something helpful! 🙂

Staci Troilo

I’ve been in edit-mode recently. So much so, getting back into writing has been difficult. Compounding problems? I was working on song lyrics for my WIP. And I am not a songwriter. Sure, I can come up with clever parodies (look out, Weird Al!), but starting from scratch, especially when I don’t have a melody? It wasn’t pretty.

Truth be told, it was crippling. Nothing like attempting something you suck at to totally derail you.

So, I did projects that didn’t need doing. I wrote blog posts that could have waited. My anxiety grew because I have deadlines looming and I was putting off writing.

And that’s where this week’s quote, by Jodi Picoult, came into play.

You can’t edit a blank page.

Wise words. My procrastination wasn’t getting me anywhere. It was only making things worse.

I happen to be pretty lucky, as far as writers go.

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#ShareAReviewDay – The Owl of the Sipan Lord by Viv Drewa

This afternoon, please welcome author Viv Drewa, who is sharing a review of her romantic suspense novel, The Owl of the Sipan Lord. I know you’ll enjoy reading this one, and will share far and wide. Thanks!

5.0 out of 5 stars An Adventure Story Steeped in Mystery and Danger
By Book Lover 222 on August 29, 2014
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Having read and loved THE ANGLER AND THE OWL by Viv Drewa, I was drawn to read THE OWL OF THE SIPAN LORD, an adventure story steeped in mystery and danger. The heroine, Clare Montgomery, is cut from the Indiana Jones/Allan Quatermain cloth and takes us to Peru on an archeological dig to find answers to paranormal questions and the death of her husband. The tightly woven tale with multi-faceted, likable characters is fast paced and a perfect balance of demons and sorcery and authentic ancient Peruvian culture and love. This one made me get up in the middle of the night to cover my red-eyed clock. Another outstanding adventure from Viv Drewa.

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Martin and Clare Montgomery worked together as an archaeological team until Martin mysteriously died. Fearing the rumors of a curse Clare vowed to never return that was until a rare blue eyes owl began to haunt her dreams. Was this a sign from her beloved Martin or something more sinister?


Author Viv Drewa

Viv is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan her passion has always been writing. 

She was awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather’s escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the “Polish American Journal” as “From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life” and recently had it published again on Amazon.com

Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron’s ‘The Times Herald”, and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter “Thumb Prints.”  

She has started Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions to help her fellow authors by providing affordable services.

Buy The Owl of the Sipan Lord Here:
Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Owl-Sipan-Lord-Viv-Drewa-ebook/dp/B075CLW7QM/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Barnes&Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-owl-of-the-sipan-lord-viv-drewa/1121402507?ean=9781978453913

Books-A-Million:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Owl-Sipan-Lord/VIV-Drewa/9781978453913?id=6960723244637

BookDaily: http://www.bookdaily.com/book/5486364/the-owl-of-the-sipan-lord

Rakuten-Kobo:  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-owl-of-the-sipan-lord-1

Reach Viv on Social Media Here:
Amazon               amazon.com/author/vivdrewa
AuthorsDB          http://authorsdb.com/authors-directory/16680-viv-drewa
Authorsden        http://www.authorsden.com/visit/author.asp?authorid=183647
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BookBub              https://www.bookbub.com/authors/viv-drewa
Cold Coffee Cafe              http://coldcoffeecafe.com/profile/VivDrewa
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#ShareAReviewDay – Dancing With the Sandman by L. T. Garvin

This morning, we are very happy to feature author L. T. Garvin and she is sharing a Kirkus Review of her book, Dancing With the Sandman. I know you will enjoy this one, and will be glad to pass it along on all your social media contacts. Thanks so much!

KIRKUS REVIEW

Garvin’s (And They Came, 2017, etc.) latest novel offers a reflection of one girl’s coming-of-age in small-town Texas in the 1960s.

Billie Jo Dunstan has returned to her hometown of Viney to help her mother move. Along the way, she can’t help but to reflect on the changing times. Short, scattered vignettes about friends and family illustrate an account of her childhood, which she spent on the cusp of the counterculture. Garvin has an entertaining way with metaphor. Billie Jo describes the onslaught of memories during her journey thusly: “Splat! Hit one ghost. Then another.” Growing up in a small town as the youngest of three sisters, Billie Jo developed a talent for “making [her] own fun.” Among her exploits were tagging along to her sister’s drive-in theater outings, growing brine shrimp marketed as “Sea-Monkeys,” and idly speculating about the world around her. Her models for womanhood are diverse and reflect the times: her sisters Beth Ann and Dena Jo; a cosmopolitan cousin from Arizona, Henrietta, who goes by the nickname “Hank”; and a seemingly perfect Southern belle named Lacy Jean. Billie Jo’s fantasies of teenage life hint at possibility, just as her family history does; she recounts, in great detail, her ancestors’ gruesome experiences fleeing war and surviving the arid West Texas landscape, while tracing her family’s origins back to Scotland in the 1600s. Garvin portrays this history with unflinching honesty, never shying away from depicting the overt racial bigotry of the time and place. Interwoven with Billie Jo’s adventures is the story of Ernesto, also known as “Big Daddy,” a local rock musician who leaves Texas in search of fame. Together, their stories illustrate how social change affected the slow-paced, deeply Christian town. While Ernesto hunts for rock band Santana in Los Angeles, Billie Jo takes trips to the local soda shop, where she hears the music of the Beach Boys and the Cowsills. Garvin is at her best when offering these cheeky nods to the past, never getting bogged down in nostalgia.

A winning narrator enlivens a charming tale of a town facing modernity.

BLURB:

The Sandman cometh dancing to the beat of rock ‘n’ roll, blasting the turmoil of the sixties. And where are you? West Texas, of course. 

“In a small, dusty rural area, there are histories and stories that should be told; times worth remembering; and there is a homage, a tribute that should be paid. Take the sand, all of it, mold it into castle shaped by the wind and baked by the sun.” 

Billie Jo Dunstan confronts her past, traveling back to the 1960s through a decade of turbulence and swirling color memories, contemplating life growing up in rural Texas. Tragedy and comedy come alive, preserving the past and a portion of small town life that will survive beyond super highways and the ratcheting progress of time.


Author L. T. Garvin

L.T. Garvin is the pen name of Lana Broussard. Her short stories have appeared in print with the Texas Writer’s Journal. She has published poetry online with The Drabble, Poet’s Corner, Silver Burch Press and Wildsound Poetry Festival. L.T. writes fiction, poetry, essays, and humorous essays that she publishes on her blog: L.T. Garvin @ WordPress. L.T. Garvin is the author of Confessions of a 4th Grade Athlete, Animals Galore and Dancing with the Sandman.

Buy Dancing With the Sandman HERE

Reach L. T. Garvin on Social Media here:

L.T. Garvin WordPress
L.T. Garvin Facebook
Twitter
Amazon
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Goodreads

 

Bonus #ShareAReviewDay Post – That Darkest Place by Marcia Meara

Here it is Sunday, again, and time for me to share one of my own favorite reviews with you good folks. Hope you’ll enjoy reading it and will pass it along. THANKS!

REVIEW:

5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Evolution of the Painter Brothers
By writester on June 19, 2017

I was so glad to read this third installment of the Riverbend series. It picks up right where the second book left off, so I never missed a beat. And those Painter brothers aren’t men you want to turn your back on. I was on the edge of my seat for every detail.

The author’s use of multiple POVs let us delve into the very different worlds of the Painter boys. Jackson, the eldest, is used to being the strongest. Watching him become dependent on others and how he responds to the challenges his situation presents is powerful. Meanwhile, Forrest, the quintessential middle child who feels lost and inconsequential, really comes into his own in this novel. His character arc was a joy to watch.

We’d left book two with a lot of negative feelings toward Jackson. It was nice to finally understand the motivations behind his actions and to get to know the real Jackson Painter. It was also refreshing to see strong female leads in the story rather than damsels-in-distress. That doesn’t mean these ladies don’t feel pain or need support. It just means they can give as good as–actually, much more than–they get.

This novel is a frank and realistic portrayal of a family who has had more than their share of tragedies and has come out on the other side better, stronger, and closer for it all. The best part is there’s no candy-coating or false happily-ever-after. These types of problems don’t go away in a few weeks, and Meara shows that reality in a compassionate and unidealized manner.

I loved this book, I loved this series, and I love having the opportunity to recommend this author to you.

BLURB:

In Book 3 of her popular Riverbend series, Marcia Meara, author of Wake-Robin Ridge, A Boy Named Rabbit,and Harbinger, takes another look at the lives of the Painter brothers—Jackson, Forrest, and Hunter. While Hunter is home again and on the mend, the same isn’t true for his oldest brother. Jackson’s battle has just begun.

“There are dark places in every heart, in every head. Some you turn away from. Some you light a candle within. But there is one place so black, it consumes all light. It will pull you in and swallow you whole. You don’t leave your brother stranded in that darkest place.”
~Hunter Painter~

The new year is a chance for new beginnings—usually hopeful, positive ones. But when Jackson Painter plows his car into a tree shortly after midnight on January 1, his new beginnings are tragic. His brothers, Forrest and Hunter, take up a grim bedside vigil at the hospital, waiting for Jackson to regain consciousness and anxious over how he’ll take the news that he’s lost a leg and his fiancée is dead. After all, the accident was all his fault.

As the shocking truth emerges, one thing becomes obvious—Jackson will need unconditional love and support from both of his brothers if he is to survive.

Just as he begins the long road to recovery, danger, in the form of a sinister, unsigned note, plunges him back into bleak despair. Scrawled in blood red letters, the accusation—and the threat—is clear. “MURDERER!”

Will the long, harrowing ordeal that lies ahead draw the Painter brothers closer together, or drive them apart forever?

Suspenseful and often heartbreaking, this small-town tale is a testimonial to the redemptive power of love and paints a story filled with humor, romance, and fierce family loyalty.


Author Marcia Meara

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and two small dachshunds. When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. At the age of five, Marcia declared she wanted to be an author, and is ecstatic that at age 69, she finally began pursuing that dream. Her belief in the redemptive power of love is a unifying factor in both of her popular series and her poetry. Today, she’s still going strong, and plans to keep on writing until she falls face down on the keyboard, which she figures would be a pretty good way to go!

Buy That Darkest Place HERE

Marcia has published six novels, one novella, and one book of poetry to date, all of which are available on Amazon: 

Wake-Robin Ridge
A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2
Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel
Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2
That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

Marcia’s Amazon Author Page

You can reach Marcia via email at marciameara16@gmail.com or on the following social media sites:

The Write Stuff: https://marciamearawrites.com/
Bookin’ It: http://marciameara.wordpress.com
Twitter: @marciameara
Facebook: www.facebook.com/marcia.meara.writer
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marciameara/

#CentralFloridasFabulousWildlife Presentation – The American Alligator


Baby American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

For those of you in the central Florida area next Saturday, July 14, 2018, I will be doing a slide show presentation on the American Alligator at 1:00pm, at the Enterprise Heritage Museum, 360 Main Street, Enterprise.  Free, no reservations required. Call (386) 259-5900 for directions to the museum.

If you’ve ever wanted to know the difference between alligators and crocodiles, how many crocodilians there are in the world, or exactly what a gharial is, now’s your chance to see for yourself. And if you’ve never visited this little museum–a lovingly restored 1930s era schoolhouse–you really should check it out.

Again, the presentation is free (though the museum gratefully accepts donations at the door) and is chock-full of fun and interesting information, along with loads of pictures. There will be plenty of time built in for questions and answers, and I will be available afterward to sign books and chat.

Hope to see your smiling face there!

NOTE: Time in Flyer is Incorrect. Program starts at 1:00 PM

American Alligator

#ShareAReviewDay – The Bright Side of Darkness by J. E. Pinto

This afternoon, please welcome J. E. Pinto to The Write Stuff, where she will be sharing a review of her novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.  I know you’ll enjoy reading this wonderful and touching review, and then passing it along on social media for the rest of the world to discover. Thanks!

REVIEW:

Mel Finefrock – Goodreads Review

I loved this book so much that I read it twice in a row–first by myself and then with my partner immediately after. Jo Pinto really has a way of immersing you in her characters’ world, of getting you attached to them, of painting a picture in your mind’s eye. She has a way of making you wring your hands in sorrow or grip your sides in laughter. She has a way of ripping your heart out and handing it back to you, patchworked but fortified.

And I love it.

The Bright Side of Darkness starts and ends with a ray of sunlight which shows itself periodically as the protagonist, Rick, works through the grief process. If you’ve been following my reviews for any length of time, you’ll know I relate very closely to stories that deal with grief and recovery. When I think back on such stories, I remember their protagonists are usually grieving one central loss. But poor Rick is hit with loss after loss, challenge after challenge, and must learn to cope, to navigate, to rebuild each time. All of the characters experience this, really. They cycle through recovery and relapse, taking steps forward and back again.

This is life, truly. We have setbacks, sometimes bulldozing through them and other times gradually picking up the pieces. In contrast, at times it seems as though we labor in the pursuit of happiness, and other times we are witness to serendipity of pinch-me proportions.

But while not unrealistic, it’s a risky move to portray life’s many ups and downs in such a short space. How to convey a sequence of major events, happy or sad, in a story whose timeline scales down much shorter than a given life cycle? And yet, in the same vein, how to create such a well-rounded and complex world without muddling the plot or making the book too long?

Somehow Pinto juggles these many elusive scarves masterfully, not dropping a one. Perhaps this could have been made into a series to break things down, but that’s more a musing than a criticism on my part. If you’re someone who wants to know the characters will be (realistically) okay, if you’re someone who wishes for more time with them–this is a book for you.

Also worth noting is that, being someone who is blind, I am a major proponent of strong disabled protagonists, particularly in the own-voices format. Pinto, who is blind herself, writes in Daisy a shining heroine who shows fragility but is not a damsel, who is resilient but not a superhero. Pinto strikes an important balance between writing educationally about Daisy’s blindness and focusing on her more universal attributes, bringing the uncharted back around to the familiar, and the remarkable to the ordinary, so that blindness feels less other than many believe it to be at first.

For that matter, the characters at large are very well-developed with virtues and flaws a plenty. It’s clear that Pinto really takes the time to listen to them, to cultivate relationships with them as she tells their stories. And when that strength of dialogue exists between author and character, a story can become truly sentient, impressing itself and its lessons upon the hearts of readers for years to come.

BLURB:

What is a family? For Rick Myers, a despondent seventeen-year-old who has just lost his parents in a car wreck, it’s the four teenage buddies he’s grown up with in a run-down apartment building. Fast with their fists, flip with their mouths, and loyal to a fault, the “crew” is all he has.

At least, he thinks so until he meets Daisy, an intelligent, independent, self-assured blind girl. Her guts in a world where she’s often painfully vulnerable intrigue Rick, and her hopeful outlook inspires him to begin believing in himself.

          But when the dark side of Daisy’s past catches up with her, tragedy scatters the crew and severely tests Rick’s resolve to build his promising future. Fortunately, his life is touched by a couple with a pay-it-forward attitude, forged out of their personal struggle with grief and loss. Their support makes all the difference to Rick and eventually, through him, to the ones he holds most dear as they face their own challenges. “The Bright Side of Darkness” is a story of redemption and the ultimate victory that comes from the determination of the human spirit.


Author J. E. Pinto

J. E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.

Pinto’s Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. J. E. Pinto lives with her family in Colorado where she works as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audio books. One of her favorite pastimes is taking a nature walk with her service dog.

The Bright Side of Darkness won a first place Indie Book Award for “First Novel over Eighty Thousand Words,” as well as First Place for “Inspirational Fiction.” The novel also won several awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association: First Place for “Inspirational Fiction,” Second Place for “Audio Book,” and First Place for “Literary and Contemporary Fiction.

Buy The Bright Side of Darkness HERE

Find J. E. Pinto on Social Media:
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