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Saturday, February 26, 2022

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Maryann McMahon & Puddles!

Good Morning Friends,

Back in January we met Mary McMahon but today we're getting a peek into her children's book, A Special Present From Puddles!

Follow Puddles Poodle on his journey to find a special St. Patrick's Day gift for his friend, Bernadette O'Bunny!  As he frantically searches for the perfect present, Puddles learns about castles, leprechauns, and shamrocks.  Along the way, Puddles meets his good friend, Seamus Seal and greets Mrs. Murray in her bookstore.  He is so happy when he finds the perfect present but is horrified when it slips out of his arms and falls into the mud.  What is Puddles going to do?  Suddenly the most amazing gift appears before his eyes!  He couldn't believe it!  Puddles soon discovers he is touched by magic, as you will be too when you do good for others!  

Read an excerpt from A Special Present From Puddles HERE.

Maryann is absolutely thrilled upon the official release of her four children's books, "Vinnie and Vicki - The Vibrant Viruses!" "Tooty the Tenderhearted Tooth!" "A Special Present From Puddles!" and "The Little Leftovers Have a Magical Christmas!" as well as a soon-to-be launched Easter Tale, "Oh No!  Don't Snow On Easter!"  

She has appeared on betweenthecoverstv.com and was a Guest Author on Triangle Spotlight Radio (WQBQ 1410) in FL to promote her stories.  Her long-held vision is that youngsters in all corners of the globe are provided with access to quality children's publications which will motivate, uplift, and inspire them to reach their highest potentials and realize their greatest dreams!  

You may Contact Maryann at PuddlesBundles2022@gmail.com and Follow her @teach_to_read_and_write on Instagram.  

Her beloved Books are Available on Amazon and in Bookstores Around the World.  

Thanks for joining us again, Maryann and for giving us a peek into A Special Present from Puddles. We certainly wish you the best of luck and God's blessings with your books.

Hope you enjoyed today's spotlight, Friends and that you check back weekly for Wednesday Words with Friends and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

#WednesdayWordswithFriends Welcomes... Me Again!

Good Morning,

I pray your Valentine's Day was blessed and happy and that your Mardi Gras celebrations are safe and fun-filled! Did you know the King Cake tradition is thought to have been brought to New Orleans from France in 1870 and the colors (Purple for Justice, Green for Faith and Gold for Power) were chosen to resemble a jeweled crown honoring the Wise Men who visited the Christ Child on Epiphany? I thought that bit of trivia would interest you, especially since Mardi Gras is right around the corner.

Earlier this month I mentioned that I was cleaning and decluttering my room and creating space for a new bed and desk. Since that's all done now, I thought I'd share the results with you. You may (or may not) know I've been living in a tiny home (actually a 12x30 shed that was fashioned into a small efficiency house) since 2018. When I first moved in, the place was furnished with a double bed, and a huge dresser which I asked the landlord to remove so my desk would fit in its place. I also had 2 book cases all in an 8x12 bedroom. Talk about crowded, but I made it work. Here's a quick video of the house (forgive the darkness photography is not my strong point LOL!) ...

Well in the past few weeks, I've gotten a new (single) bed onto which my Honey built a bookcase headboard. I bought a smaller desk and rearranged the room and it looks and feels a whole lot bigger! It's funny how such a simple change can make a huge difference in the energy of a room and give renewed life to the entire place including its inhabitants. Take a look....

Here's a short video...

I appreciate all the feedback on Circles of Fate cover last month. I put the entire issue on the back burner for now because no matter how many times I looked at them or who said what, none really spoke to me on an intuitive level. I'll look at them again and let y'all know what/when I decide on changing that cover. 

Not much else happening in my personal life. As for the writing.... Love is a Rose audiobook is out and I have FREE codes for anyone who'd like to listen and review the book. 

Email me or leave a comment with your request and I'll send one right over to you. Don't forget, I still have codes for Lori's Redemption, Tempered Truth and Keri's Christmas Wish too! 

I'm still doing writing sprints and now have over 14K words on Women of the 9th Circle, and I've got my edits back on Kyleigh's story. I discovered a new publishing company, Magnolia Blossom and like what I've seen of their current releases so I may submit this book to them. Either way, I'll keep you informed as things move along with that book.

I’ve got a new short romantic story up on my website for newsletter subscribers so if you haven’t done so already, subscribe today!

That's about it for now, friends. Hope you enjoyed catching up as much as I did and that you'll check back each week for Wednesday Words with Friends and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless.


Saturday, February 19, 2022

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Kathleen Marple Kalb AKA Nikki Knight @NikkiKnightVT

Good Morning,

It's Bayou Writers Group meeting day so I won't take up much of your time! I'll just welcome today's guest, Kathleen Marple Kalb AKA Nikki Knight back with her latest book, Live, Local and Dead. Take it away Nikki....

LIVE, LOCAL, AND DEAD follows New York City DJ Jaye Jordan’s new start at a tiny Vermont radio station, after her husband survives cancer but their marriage doesn’t. She thinks she’s got enough trouble with protests because she replaced angry talk with love songs…and then the talk show host turns up dead in a snowman in front of the station. Plus, her second-chance romance with her old crush – the governor – turns out to be much more dangerous than either of them expected. Add in a colorful cast of locals, the cranky station cat Neptune, and Charlemagne the Moose, who has flatulence issues…and it’s more fun than anyone should be allowed to have in maple sugaring season.

Excerpt: In the wake of the talk-show host’s death, his producer – who’s trying to take over the show – makes Jaye his new favorite target. Somebody sends her a pipe bomb. Her new flame, Governor Will Ten Broeck comes to the station to comfort Jaye – and she puts on a long song so she has a little time for a hug.

Will took my hand. “You don’t have to be okay for me.”

It was the best thing he could have said. “Thanks. Let me get into MeatLoaf and I’ll take advantage of that.”

As I loaded the CD, and looked at my log to make sure I could run the long song, Neptune, who had somehow slept through all of the family drama, lifted his head and took in the scene. He hopped down from the turntable cabinet, and very deliberately walked over to Will, patting his leg. The two held eye contact for a moment, and then Neptune jumped up into Will’s lap.

“There you go, fella,” Will said, stroking Neptune’s fur as the cat nested comfortably into place. “You’re just fine.”


Will grinned at me. “He – he? – knows he’s safe with me. My daughter has always had cats.”

“Neptune doesn’t like anybody but Ryan.”

“And me.” Neptune shot me what sure looked like a smile as he burrowed into Will. I knew, if he didn’t, that kitty was making sure to leave enough hair that the nice suit would need a good cleaning. “Neptune?”

“Ryan’s favorite planet.”

“Makes sense to me.”

I talked up the eight-minute drama with a surprisingly steady voice, and then took the other guest chair, moving it next to Will.

He laughed as he put one arm around me. “The cat’s needs always come first.”


“Now, c’mere. You know you’re safe too.”

For a while, the only sound other than the low hum of overwrought 70s teen angst was Neptune’s deep, happy purr. Will didn’t say anything, and he didn’t have to. 

Nice to be the comfort-ee instead of the comforter. I felt like purring too.

Nikki Knight is the pen name of award-winning New York City radio news anchor Kathleen Marple Kalb. She’s been on the air since she was a teenage DJ in her small Western Pennsylvania hometown, working in newsrooms in Pittsburgh, Vermont, and Connecticut – and never losing her love of radio, or her hatred for snow. She also writes the Ella Shane historical mystery series for Kensington, and her short stories appear in several anthologies. Her Vermont story “Bad Apples” was an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Black Orchid Novella Contest. She, her husband, and their son live in a Connecticut house owned by their cat. 

Find out more and connect with Nikki at her Website, FaceBook, Twitter @NikkiKnightVT and Instagram

Check out her previous visit HERE.

Get your copy of Live, Local and Dead directly from the publisher, Penguin/Random House and everywhere books are sold!

Wow, Nikki it sure is nice to have you join us again and get a peek into your latest book. We certainly wish you the best of luck and God's blessings in your writing career.

Hope you enjoyed today's spotlight friends, and that you'll drop by each week for Wednesday Words with Friends and Saturday Spotlight. 

Until next time, take care and God bless.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

#WednesdayWordswithFriends Welcomes K.A. Blaze!

Good Morning,

Today we're welcoming author K.A. Blaze and her Narrators to share with us Halfmoon Ridge audiobook which is on tour with Audio Bookworm Promotions!

Author: K.A. Blaze

Narrators: Ralph Scott, Kendra Murray

Length: 5 hours and 24 minutes

Publisher: Katina Blasingame

Released: Dec. 16, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Saturday, February 12, 2022

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Kerry Blaisdell & Damning the Dead!

Good Morning Friends,

It's been a crazy week for me. Not like you haven't heard that before right? LOL! Anyway, started out last Saturday when I went to my daughter's house to be with the kids while she and my wonderful son-in-love took a "quick" trip to Disney for their birthdays (he Jan 26 her Feb 8). That "quick" flight turned into a minor disaster when the flight was cancelled in Dallas after a 6+ hour layover and they had to rent a car, drive home that night then get up and drive to FL on Sunday - UGH then, on top of that my allergies went berserk - you know the drill runny nose, itchy watery eyes, sneezing and sniffling - the whole nine yards. I'm still dealing with some sinus congestion after 3 days of meds. Threw my whole week off. Now I'm back in my little house and the kids are home safe and sound after a wonderful trip despite the rough beginning so, as they say, "all's well that ends well."

How was YOUR week?

While you reflect on the good that came out of whatever you experienced, please welcome another new-to-our-blog guest, Kerry Blaisdell with her book, Damning the Dead about which InD'Tale Magazine says, "Addicting and witty, Damning the Dead will bend every rule readers thought they knew about life and death!”

W-E-L-C-O-M-E, Kerry!

Hyacinth Finch’s life-after-death just got more complicated. High on her to-do list: Stop Satan from stealing any more of Archangel Michael’s powerful relics, marshal her Dead Army of two thousand souls, and recapture dozens of escaped Hell Demons, to prevent six thousand dead Nazis from wreaking havoc in the world. And on top of all that, her onetime ghost boyfriend has hijacked the body of a former German militant, which has its ups and downs for their relationship.

Then, just when things seem to be under control, her nephew Geordi’s powers start leaking out, and Hyacinth’s own begin to change. She must discover where their abilities originated. But as she digs deeper, will the truths she uncovers do more harm than good? And more importantly—can she figure it out, before Satan escapes from Hell and takes Geordi for himself?

Excerpt: I caught a movement and a flash of white in the trees. I stepped closer, squinting into the gloom, then jerked back, heart thundering, adrenaline whooshing through me.

It couldn’t be… 

I forced a deep breath, then approached the trees again. All was silent, except for the normal forest sounds of rustling leaves and sighing pine boughs. I waited, expecting any moment to see again the figure of a man—one I’d last seen vanishing into a lava pit on his way back to Hell. An oily, dark-haired man with a Mediterranean tan, wearing a white suit that emphasized his bulk—far too large to vanish completely, and so silently. 

Unless he was a figment of my imagination. That must be it—sleep deprivation combined with hypoglycemia. I gave myself a mental shake. 

Then a twig snapped and I whirled in relief, thinking Eric had returned after all.

But the forest remained empty, and a cold shudder settled low in my gut. “Who’s there? Sieg? Liam?”

Nothing. Even the birds and other critters had gone preternaturally silent.

I made a slow circle, peering at the edges of the clearing. Surely just an animal. Which might be worse—were there bears in these woods? Or wolves? 

I heard a loud rustling and spun to find Liam a few yards away. 

“Something wrong?” 

“No,” I said, relief making my reply sharper than intended. 

I moved past him into the trees, and a moment later, he followed. My own personal buffer against whatever lurked in the woods. Animal? Or demon?

I shivered again and quickened my pace.

Kerry Blaisdell is the bestselling and award-winning author of the acclaimed Dead Series, including DEBRIEFING THE DEAD and its sequels, WAKING THE DEAD and DAMNING THE DEAD, which InD’tale Magazine recommends for “fans of shows like ‘Constantine’ or ‘Supernatural.’” 

She also writes award-winning Romantic Suspense (PUBLISH OR PERISH, a Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize Quarterfinalist) and Historical Mystery. She has a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in Comparative Literature (French/Medieval English), and a Master’s in Teaching Advanced Mathematics from University of Portland. 

Find out more by visiting her Website, joining her Reader Group or signing up for her newsletter (and get a free gift!)

Get your copy of Damning the Dead at Amazon and Other Online Retailers.

Wow, Kerry, this book sounds fascinating! Thanks for sharing. We certainly wish you the best of luck and God's blessings.

Hope you enjoyed Kerry's visit as much as I did, Friends and that you'll stop by each week for Wednesday Words with Friends and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care, God Bless, oh and Happy Valentines Day!


PS: I have codes for FREE audiobooks (Love is a Rose, Keri's Christmas Wish, Lori's Redemption, & Tempered Truth) email me or leave a comment and I'll send one right over to you.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

#WednedayWordswithFriends Welcomes Kara O'Neal back to our Blog!

Good Morning!

Today's guest is no stranger to our blog and as prolific as they come so please welcome Kara O'Neal back with the first book in her brand new series! Take it away, Kara....

I’m excited to introduce y’all to the first book in my Gamblers and Gunslingers series – KATIE’S GAMBLE. 

This series was born while I was writing MAGGIE’S SONG, which is book thirteen in my Texas Brides series.

You see, I do this thing where I fall in love with secondary characters. I can’t help it. Once a picture forms in my mind, a story usually follows. And then I just have to write it. Even if the character is a villain.

During MAGGIE’S SONG, I met Rowdy Denton. Gambler. Gunslinger. Collector of debts. And he had no give in him.

But somehow I felt that underneath the harshness beat a heart of gold. And I had to find out why.

And that’s how KATIE’S GAMBLE came to be.

Rowdy Denton meets Katie McCord, the sister of his boss, notorious gambler and unfeeling rogue, Johnny McCord. Rowdy ends up having to protect Katie, and while he does his level best not to fall for her, he loses the battle.

I adored giving Rowdy his happy ending, looking through the walls he tried to erect and saving him from being a villain forever. He gets a family. And everything else he could ever want. It’s just so beautiful that I dare you not to cry at the end!


Katie McCord bears much weight on her shoulders–single-handedly running her family’s business, McCord’s Confectionery, and caring for her three younger siblings. And her little shop is in trouble, which forces her to seek help from her brother, Johnny McCord, a notorious gambler living in New Orleans, or lose everything.

Rowdy Denton might be a gambler working for Johnny McCord, but one look at Katie’s sweet innocence tugs at the ache and guilt in his heart. For his peace of mind, he’s determined to get her out of the opulent hotel and brothel kept by her brother and back to the little town in Texas where she belongs—far away from Rowdy.

When Johnny refuses to sell his share to Katie, he sends Rowdy to her hometown to cause her further trouble. But, instead, Rowdy finds himself working as her hired hand and helping her keep everything together.

Katie knows Rowdy has another purpose for being in Echols. He works for her brother, after all, and is a gambler himself. So, why is he helping her? When she discovers the answer to her question, she races back to New Orleans, prepared to make the biggest gamble of her life.

Katie McCord paced the space in front of one of the settees, her hands on her hips. Perhaps she could find Johnny herself. She eyed the corridor on the opposite side of the lobby and tried to gather her courage.

While the possible consequences of her hunt played through her mind, a man in a long, black coat, dark green brocade vest, and black trousers entered. He removed his gambler’s hat, and his coat stretched with the movement, revealing the gun belt riding low along his hips.

His dark brown hair fell over his forehead as he paused a moment in the center of the rug to dust off his hat.

He had a strong jaw, broad shoulders, and had to be over six feet. He wore a serious expression, instead of the jovial, eager one the other patrons exuded. An energy rolled off of him, as if nothing ever missed his notice, as if he were aware of his entire surroundings, though he hadn’t even assessed the space.
She lowered her arms and bit her lip. She’d made the wrong choice, coming here. A letter might have sufficed, as Mr. Cummings had suggested. She had no idea how to handle the environment in which she had placed herself.

The man looked up, his gaze going directly to her.

She held herself still, afraid to move should any twitch make him want to approach her.

Slowly, he let his eyes travel the length of her, and when his attention returned to her face, his expression was unreadable. But somehow she knew her presence irritated him.

He turned away and sauntered to the desk. He spoke in low tones to the lobby attendant, and Katie saw the newcomer’s shoulders tense at the attendant’s answers to his questions. He then glanced over at her, and his eyes narrowed.

After saying a few more words to the attendant, the man turned on a heel and strode toward her.

Frightened, she backed up, and her legs bumped into the edge of the settee.

“Miss McCord?” he asked, his voice hard and gruff.

“Y-Yes. I’m Katie McCord.”

He jerked his head at the doors. “You need to go.”

She gulped and curled her hands into fists. “I need to speak with my brother.”

The fellow shook his head. “No. And this is not a place for a lady like you. You need to go before it’s too late.”

Was he concerned about her safety? If so, then the best thing would be for him to let her see Johnny. “I would like nothing more than to leave, sir, but I can’t until I talk with my brother.”

A muscle twitched in his jaw. “That’s not gonna happen. Best to give up.”

The thought of what she might lose if she left here without Johnny’s half of the confectionery drew her up. She lifted her chin. “I can’t afford to. Do you know where he is?”

He didn’t reply, only watched her with a hard glint.

“Please, take me to him. I can’t stress the importance enough.”

That muscle jumped again. “I’m sure you have your reasons, but McCord won’t see you.”

His flat statement punched her in the stomach, and she felt panic rising within her. “He can’t ignore me. Please.”

Something flashed behind the rigid light in his eyes, but it disappeared so quickly that she had no time to determine what it was. “Miss McCord, I suggest you leave before the evening crowd arrives. Find yourself a safer hotel or return to your home.”

Anger flared. “My home is in Texas. It was once Johnny’s, and he has been neglectful. I’m here to discuss personal matters with him so that I can continue providing for myself and our siblings.”

The gambler, and probably gunslinger, rolled his tongue against the inside of his cheek as he studied her in silence.

After a few, quiet moments, during which she refused to fidget, he finally said, “He won’t listen, won’t care. It’s best that you just go and find an alternate way to take care of your kin.” His gaze swept over her once more. “Get married. That ought to do it.”

She let out a frustrated exhale. “You have no idea what you’re talking about, and I demand that you take me to my brother or send him out here to me.”

One corner of his mouth quirked. “Finding your backbone, huh?”

She set her jaw, sensing if she said more, she’d only end up giving him a laugh.

He shook his head. “The McCord temper might run in your veins, but this is no place for a woman like you. Heed me and go home.” With that, he turned around and strode toward the hall on the opposite side of the lobby.

Award-winning author, Kara O’Neal is a teacher and lives in Texas with her husband and three children She write stories with strong family ties, lots of romance and guaranteed happy endings! Please visit her at www.karaoneal.com or one of the following SM outlets...

Blog – The Story Continues -- http://www.karaoneal.com/the-story-continues

Get your copy of KATIE'S GAMBLE at AMAZON.

Check out Kara's previous visits and other books HERE.

Wow, Kara another series - that's wonderful! Wishing you the best of luck and God's blessings with it.

Until next time, take care and God Bless Friends!

Saturday, February 5, 2022

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Kelly Morgan, PHD & You, but Better: Stop Making Your Health So Hard!

Good Morning and a C.c.c...o.o.o.l.l.l.dddd one it is here in SW Louisiana!

I don't understand how people deal with this kind of cold for more than a couple of months out of the year. I am DONE with winter already! But there's nothing like an great book to grab your interest and give you a good reason to stay indoors wrapped in your favorite comforter. That's what I'm sharing with you today so please welcome brand-new-to-me-and-our-blog author, Kelly Morgan, PHD with her book You, but Better: Stop Making Your Health so Hard!

Struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle while tackling life’s demands? Learn how to make wellness a number-one priority, even with a busy schedule.

Are you a successful woman conquering the world, but losing control of your health? Have you tried to get healthier in the past, but time constraints made it feel impossible? Have you stopped taking care of yourself to meet the responsibilities of career and family? Certified health coach, personal trainer, and fitness nutrition specialist, Dr. Kelly Morgan has helped hundreds of women set goals and reach health success while dealing with their hectic lives. Now she’s here to share how to reclaim your vitality – even with your crazy busy life - to be the best, healthier person you can be.

You, but Better: Stop Making Your Health So Hard! is a clear and simple manual and workbook to help you optimize a plan to preserve health, balance, and well-being. With her proven program, worksheets, and tips, you’ll develop a sustainable and manageable strategy to fit your individual needs. And following Dr. Morgan’s deeply researched and sensible approach, you’ll gain a unique understanding of how to overcome obstacles and change defeating mindsets to create the happy, vibrant future you deserve.

In You, but Better, you’ll discover:
Seven powerful pillars to help you build a firm foundation for a healthy lifestyle
Relatable concepts that work easily into your busy calendar
Guidelines for creating your individual fitness and nutrition programs that focus on what you like, rather than what you hate
Methods for eliminating stress and boosting your energy to transform your current outlook
A step-by-step process for when you get stuck, and much, much more!

You, but Better: Stop Making Your Health So Hard! is your essential guide to help revitalize your body, mind, and spirit. If you like winning plans for self-improvement, easy-to-follow instruction, and practical tools, then you’ll love Kelly Morgan, Ph.D.’s empowering resource.

Let’s begin with a simple question: When was the last time you felt amazing? There's been a time in all of our lives where we've been really healthy. We've really been great, for real. We've all had that success before, so we know it's possible. Maybe you’ve been putting aside getting back to that feeling because you’re in your 20s, 30s, or 40s, and you keep telling yourself, "Oh, I don't have any health concerns; I'm still young."

As you stop taking care of yourself to take care of everything else in life, you make it a little bit more difficult to get back to what you deserve—feeling great. You deserve that energy. You deserve to be feeling awesome.

There’s an easier way to make sustainable and manageable lifestyle changes, and I’m going to help you take that easier path to long-term success.

Kelly Vandersluis Morgan, Ph.D. owns Tsirona, where she is a health coach for busy, high-achieving women who have put their health on the backburner while kicking butt in the rest of their lives. She helps women gain control of their health and use it as a tool for continuing to lead their crazy lives and achieve their big dreams. She has recovered from anorexia, gained too much weight in a time of stress, and finally discovered how to make her health much easier.

Dr. Morgan’s online coaching and courses help her clients set their goals and reach success. She has been featured in media outlets such as Self, Yoga Journal, Elite Daily, and HealthyWay.

Dr. Morgan has a unique mix of formal education in writing, health communication, and business that is supplemented by her experience as a certified personal trainer, health coach, fitness nutrition specialist, and RYT 200 yoga teacher. She is also an adjunct professor in the Health and Sport Management departments at the largest university in Virginia, where she has had a near-100% success rate with guiding her hundreds of students through health behavior change projects to reach their goals.

Visit Kelly’s website to learn more about how she can help you. Get your copy of You, but Better: Stop Making Your Health So Hard!  at Amazon.

Wow, Kelly thanks for sharing. You, but Better: Stop Making Your Health So Hard! sounds like the perfect book to start the new year with and to help with those new year resolutions we all have.

We certainly wish you the best of luck and God's blessings with it and your coaching.

Hope you enjoyed today's spotlight, friends and that you'll check back each week for another edition of Saturday Spotlight and Wednesday Words with Friends.

Until next time take care, God bless and stay warm!

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

#WednesdayWordswithFriends Welcomes Carolyn Feder Gold!

Good Morning!

I'm cleaning and decluttering my room and clearing space for a new bed and desk so I'm not going to take much of your time this morning. We met Carolyn and her husband Robert back on Jan. 8th so please welcome her back with a very interesting topic. Take it away Carolyn...

Colors, shapes, images, technology, wires galore; sounds, flashing lights and so much more! 

In the last couple of years, families have had to adapt to new lifestyles and squeeze more functions into an already crowded space. The results are unfortunately, causing additional stress and anxiety for the dwellers. Due to a lack of sensory overload awareness— an omnipresent malady of modernity, spaces tend to be over-filled with over-stimulation, some apparent, some subliminal. For children, chaotic spaces are no better than eating jellybeans all day long and expecting them to do well in life without good basic nutrition. So, what’s the solution? Where and how does one start? Where does one seek refuge from ‘stuff’ when it’s everywhere? 

The first thing is learning what colors, shapes, textures, scents, and sounds, are soothing and which are irritating or distracting. These principles apply to interior space as they do to what we wear; after all, we are portable environments. The second is knowing that starting the day— starts the night before; meaning that setting up bedrooms correctly is essential to overall wellness. There may be great ideas floating around, yet they rarely check all the boxes needed to provide sensory health. Rooms should be practical, attractive, healthy, and nurturing.

Signs of sensory overload may include trouble focusing, lack of productivity while learning and working. Agitation prevents relaxation, enjoyment, and proper digestion during meals, playing and winding down for better sleep. Being well rested in healthy, balanced spaces enhances our lives.

Carolyn Feder Gold is an HSP (highly sensitive person), Empath and INFJ. Best described as a multi-dimensional storyteller and sensory strategist, she is eager to make your family’s life better, one space at a time. Carolyn co-owns  www.thegoldtouch.net and co-authors with her husband Robert Gold. Secrets & Courage is a collection of  squeaky clean Women's Fiction short stories.

To find out more about Carolyn and her husband, their writing and coaching services, visit their Website.To check out all of their books and stories, visit their Amazon Author Page

Thank you so much, Carolyn for sharing your insight on over stimulation. Certainly timely since, as I mentioned in my opening paragraph, I am decluttering, cleaning and getting new furniture for my bedroom which also serves as my office. 

Wishing you and Robert much luck and God's blessings in your many endeavors.

Hope you enjoyed Carolyn's visit today, friends and that you'll check back weekly for more great authors and their books on Saturday Spotlight and Wednesday Words with Friends.

Until next time, take care and God bless.