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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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New single "Cool Breeze' by Mabel Annobil is now available on iTunes and Amazon. Get your copy!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Fun with Exodus

As the mother of boys, and now a young adult son, I have learned about the things that interest them and make them happy.  Living in Long Beach, CA, transportation is important. We're blessed to be near the beach, so community becomes vital. There's a blend of beach living and city maneuvering. Fixie bikes and boards are a part of our lifestyle.  

Longboards are my favorite. I feel secure and that I can balance myself on the larger board. I've found it to be a great way to stay fit and get there with a low carbon footprint. I will leave the fulltime boarding to my boys, but I love the idea of being able to join in whenever I like. 

When I became aware of Exodus Longboard Company, I thought I would share them with you. Skateboards and longboards are seen everywhere in Southern California. Young children, teens, adults; boys and girls, alike. 

Exodus Longboard Co. is a small online business created with the intent to provide one of a kind longboard designs to the world. All our decks are designed by professional artists, so if you're looking for a unique deck- you're in the right place!

The company was born in Denver, Colorado with the goal to bridge smalltime artists with longboarders. It's our belief that a longboard is not just a piece of wood, but an expression of who you are; that a skater is more than a customer but an individual with a heart and soul. 

Their categories include:

  • Hand-painted
  • Summer collection
  • Animal totem collection
  • Wristbands
One thing that really stood out on the blog was a post by Dan Kohout, Founder and CEO of Exodus Longboards..."As the business grows, we are working on partnering with organizations dedicated to changing the world. The dream is to be a business that will be helping anti-human trafficking organizations, people with mental illness, and talented artists from poorer countries. So when you buy from us, know that you aren't feeding a corporate giant, you ARE making the world better."  

I like that! That's a part of who I am, and what my family believes in as well. Making a difference in the lives of others; being the change. 

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So check them out for yourself. Enjoy spending time in the sun, having fun, and riding your new board! 

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Talking about books with Jennelle White

Hello Jennell.  Thank you for doing this author interview with me. Let's get started. 

Where are you from? 
I was born in San Antonio, Tx, Raised in Owingsville Kentucky, and live at Cincinnati, Ohio.

Why do you write?  
I love to write to inspire others & teach young people that are growing up.

What do you write about?  
Recently,  easiest money savings plan and children's poetry book with pics.

Do you have a specific writing style?  
My genre seems to be self-help books,  children's books, and poetry. A scary story in the works.

Whats the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
 My coworker stated, "my grandchild had me to sit and read your children's poetry book to her for 2 hours." (Growing Up, Poetry).  
Blue Ink Review - in regards to my easiest money savings plan book-"
out of all the personal finance books out there on the market, Jennelle L. White's - Easiest Short/ Long Term Plan For Saving Money has the most truthful title."
Growing Up, Poetry - "the pictures & poems  are cute and whimsical"
EASIEST Short/ Long Term Plan For Saving Money - " it's the easiest plan ever!  It makes a lot of sense." ' Thank you. You are the answer to my prayers! I'm definitely getting the money savings plan and your children's book for my niece and nephew." "This book will change how the world saves money."

How long have you been writing? 
Since 2009

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
For me, it all started later in life. I'd already started writing my easy money savings plan and next, I wrote my poems

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk
 My poems were written in a whimsical way.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
Write what you are passionate about.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?  
Making sure I have a strong plot along with a strong character but I have not written a storybook at this time.

What do you think makes a good story?
Being truthful, funny, sometimes a little scary

What does your family think of your writing? 
They all love what I have written. My best friend stated, "when I read your poems I feel like I am in the pictures."

Do you have anything specific you'd like to tell the readers?
Growing Up, Poetry - Is a collection of 48 poems about the stars, puppy, kitten the seasons,  saving the environment, and many more. One can experience the joys of childhood with the cute & whimsical pictures and poems. This book leaves with a sense of peace and happiness.

Easiest Short /Long Term Plan For Saving Money - is easy to understand, unique, and universal. Possibilities are endless using this money savings plan. You can visually see what you'll save before it even happens. Involves ONLY 2STEPS. You can easily save money using this plan regardless of your debts, income, occupation, or location. This book is NOT about investments. You do not have to be a financial guru to use this plan as only involves basic math skills.

Available on, BAM, & Barnes&


About the author

Jennelle White lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a registered nurse and works in Ohio. Also, has diplomas in Wildlife and Forestry Conservation, Parapsychology, Animal Care Specialist, and is a Medical Assistant as well. Was elected for Who’s Who’s in America Nursing. Enjoys hiking, travel, and writing. Loves animals.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Spending Time with Desiree Robinson

Desiree D. Robinson author of Virtue: Chasing After Your Destiny

What is your favorite part of being an author?
My favorite part about being an author is self expression. I get to speak freely, uninterrupted, and speak about life as I see the world. I get to share my life, and the world gets to either take it or leave it. When you are an author, you are a creator, and a visionary. You give of yourself because you bare your soul in your work. Every word contains a little piece of you. You leave yourself open and vulnerable to the world, but in a good way. I like the fact that I get the opportunity to speak to people anywhere in the world who I may never have a chance to meet, or otherwise have a connection, or conversation with. Being an author is the best way that I can be me.

What was the inspiration behind writing this book?
The inspiration was tragedy, and learning that tragedy is a growth experience. Tragedy has the ability to transform our lives, and teach us about our strengths. My inspiration was remembering my father's legacy, and also learning that we are limited. I learned that we have to get out of our own way sometimes, and relinquish power to our higher being so that we can move into new levels of understanding.

Tell us about your recent book Virtue: Chasing After Your Destiny?
My book is about finding faith in your darkest hour. There is hope in darkness. There are some things in life that you are not able to pay your way out of. There are certain things in life that do not discriminate, therefore, we must all be wise enough to recognize that we must put our hope in something beyond this physical space that we call earth. We must learn that bad situations are not permanent unless we decide to make them that way. We have to keep our focus on "getting through," whatever is standing in our way, and sometimes this may require separation from familiar people, places, and things. This way, your spirit will become the canvas in which something new will be created; a new, and better version of yourself. My book also teaches from a biblical standpoint, but it is for anyone regardless of your belief, or religious background. This book is about how you can gain spiritual wisdom, remain in good moral standard, and keep your peace regardless of what is going on around you. Virtue is the main talking point in this book because we face so many things in life that challenge our virtue. Therefore, we must learn what it is, and why we must protect it.

Who or what inspired you to get into writing?
I was inspired by my passion to write, and I was always told that I was very good at it. I was told that I had the ability to bring my words to life, and that people felt as if they were in the room, at the same time the event was taking place, when they read my work. I always felt that I had a gift to bring a story to life, and express myself in that way. The book was inspired by my personal spiritual journey after the sudden death of my father. This book speaks to people who have experienced any type of loss in their life. Most people think of loss as a tangible thing, but loss is very powerful, and it manifests itself in many ways. You may lose a loved one, a marriage, a relationship a child, your self-esteem, your hope, your faith, a limb, your money, your house, your mind, your self worth, a car, etc. This is what inspired my book. It is ok to be sad for a season in your life, but at some point, you have to keep going. You have to learn how to fight back, and not throw yourself a pity party. Life is still waiting for you. The world needs your gift, and you need to inspire someone else by telling them how you came out of whatever it is that you may have gone through. I like to say that this book came to me in the form of spiritual downloads. It was inspired by the Holy Spirit, and my personal journey of spiritual enlightenment.

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Yes, I most definitely did consider writing under a pseudonym. However, I decided not to use a pseudonym because this book is so personal. I am writing about something near, and dear to my heart. In memory of my father (and for my family), it was extremely important for me to use my real name. He would want it no other way.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
My favorite books are all non-fiction. I love to read, “Fail Up,” by Tavis Smiley, “One Drop,” by Bliss Broyard, and “The Color Of Water,” by James McBride. I would recommend these to everyone.

What does literary success look like to you?
This book was inspired by the Holy Spirit, therefore, success is not measured monetarily. Success would be having this book reach the right person/audience, and that would be between that person, and God. I may never know if this book becomes a real success, or not. I do know that I walked in obedience to the Holy Spirit. Therefore, I feel as if anything that edifies, and pleases God is an automatic success for Him. That is what counts in my opinion. I am more concerned about what He thinks of it.

Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
Most definitely. For me, this book began as a bible study between myself, and a friend. We started out by doing prayer, and fasting at first, and then we decided to start a bible study. I was up first, and I started receiving spiritual downloads. I was always the kind of person that would write in journals, and keep my thoughts on paper. But, these sermons and verses would come to me all day long. I would get them while I was asleep, as I drove my car, anytime of the day and night. I felt as though my spirit was being elevated through Christ, and I was being convicted to write, and share. This is how this book came about. I knew that this was beyond me, therefore, I remained obedient, even when the roadblocks came, I stayed the course. I did not give up on what He placed in my spirit.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes. My mother went to church, with the advanced copy, and told everyone that she could tell. She was so proud of me because she knows my journey more than anybody. I think that there is always going to be those people around you that criticize you from a distance because it was not their idea, or they felt as if you did not include them in it. However, the people who matter to me support me 100%. My immediate family is very happy for me. That is all I can ask for.

What genre are your books?
My book is Christian Life, non-fiction. I deal with a variety of topics in this book, but it is written to help anyone regardless of your religious beliefs. It is just written from a Christian perspective.

Does ego help or hurt writers?
With anything in life, it takes a lot of courage to step out and do something that is not safe. People who like to remain safe, never experience great victories. Therefore, they remain comfortable all of their lives. Being a Christian, requires that we remain humble in our human abilities, and daily life. However, I do not believe that we must remain humble when we are moving in the spirit. Living in the spirit requires being bold, and being bold requires that you have, and utilize a little bit ego with a hint of judgment. Therefore, ego is okay in the spirit, no matter what your gift is, and how you may utilize it. I think that we should boast about the goodness of Jesus, and how He brought us out of a bad situation. We need to share our trials, and tribulations, and talk about how He delivered us from things to reach other people. Therefore, we have to use a little ego to cast down fear, speak boldly in the spirit, and help someone else.

If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be?
Be the light. Trust in God. You are enough. Stop trying to fit in. There is nothing wrong with you.


About the author

Desiree D RobinsonAuthor, Desiree D. Robinson, is the author of Virtue: Chasing After Your Destiny. This is her writing debut, and she takes her passion very seriously. Desiree is a New York City native. She is a mother, and she is passionate about learning and writing. Desiree says that she always knew that she would be a writer, but she always thought that she would write a children's book. However, she believes that this book chose her.

My favorite part about being an author is self expression. I get to speak freely, uninterrupted, and speak about life as I see the world. I get to share my life, and the world gets to either take it or leave it. When you are an author, you are a creator, and a visionary. You give of yourself because you bare your soul in your work. Every word contains a little piece of you. You leave yourself open and vulnerable to the world, but in a good way. I like the fact that I get the opportunity to speak to people anywhere in the world who I may never have a chance to meet, or otherwise have a connection, or conversation with. Being an author is the best way that I can be me.

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