Welcome to Day 7 of #RRBC’s October #SpotlightAuthor #PatGarcia @pat_garcia! @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBCSA

Please allow me to introduce independently published author, Pat Garcia, member of Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writers International Society of Authors and author of the published short story, Turn the Light On. Read on as Pat shares some of her experiences with writing groups and how they have encouraged and inspired her!

WRITING ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT ME MENTALLY AND SPIRITUALLY

John Donne once said that “No man is an island.” I believe that. Therefore, I think that no writer can write a book alone. We need people on our side that are rooting for us; people who are willing to help us get to the next level.

In 2014, I received a big shock. The person who was pulling for me the most was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and the clock began to tick, with us not knowing how much time we had left. 

During these times, I learned how precious it was to open email messages from the organizations that I belong to. I wasn’t an active member of these organizations, but I always read the correspondence from them, and even read the books they would recommend. In other words, I kept my memberships alive. I also continued to write.

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, better known as the RRBC, the Romance Writers of America (RWA), the Insecure Writers Support Group, and WEP, kept my passion for writing alive.  When I was finally ready to add Author to my resume, it was natural for me to ask 4WillsPublishing if they could assist me in getting my first baby published. They were more than willing to put up with a new kid on the block. From the book cover to the blurb, to the final edit, and the book trailer, 4WillsPub was right there by my side every step of the way.

I was a happy, but tired trooper when Turn The Light On went live on Amazon. Birthing that first (book) baby was an experience that I will never forget. I firmly believe that the principles I believe in, brought that book into being, and I got the assistance I greatly needed from an organization that I trusted and relied upon.

For the last time, I turn back to Della and Alessio. Della accepts the change in her fate, and her parting feelings are shown.

A solemnness about the moment, and what she had just committed herself to, gripped her heart. One year of silent intimacy with Alessio Terracina, had shown her how to cherish the silent moments of love. The quest to know him in the chaotic darkness of a world he deemed necessary to protect at all costs, would be her challenge.

Every writer comes to the point where they make a commitment. Silence becomes a hindrance, and they step out into the publishing world. Whether via an Indie Publisher or a traditional Publisher, we all desire to see our books shine in the best light, because what we write represents our vision of how we see the world. I am very thankful that 4WillsPublishing gave me their best when they assisted with my first book. Turn The Light On has a beautiful warm glow, and that is exactly what I desired.  

AUTHOR BIO

Pat Garcia can’t remember a day when she didn’t desire to write. At the age of three, Pat wrote her first story. No one could understand it because she hadn’t learned to write. So, she read the scribble on her paper to whoever would listen. Born in Blythe, Georgia, (USA), she is also a musician, singer, and songwriter and has released five CDs.

BOOK BLURB

Would you ever accept a dinner invitation to meet a stranger who never spoke one word to you during your time together? Would you accept that you could not even sit at the same table with them? How about, you don’t even know their name and you continue this “game” for months?

Meet Della Cartwright. A superstar at what she does professionally, but when the tall, mysterious, Italian stranger, Alessio Terracina, enters her world, she begins to question her judgment and everything about her.

In this short story which takes place over the course of one day, this otherwise savvy businesswoman is led into making decisions that could jeopardize her professional life and maybe even cost her her freedom. But the greatest danger…just might be to her fragile heart.

CONTACTS

Author website – https://patgarciaauthor.com/

Facebook FanPage – https://www.facebook.com/patgarciaauthor

Twitter – @pat_garcia

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Weekend Coffee Share, Celebrate Life!

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share,  hosted by Natalie the Explorer. I’m drinking hazelnut half-caff on the porch in 80 degree morning weather. The sun feels good to me, and Bixby explores the backyard.

It has been a week of on-off sciatica. A worrisome thing, as I had a date to see Hamilton last night, and by no means would I be wearing sneakers to that event! My friend/ boyfriend of years ago (whom we joke is ‘recycled’) did such a sweet thing for me and got us tickets.

This show is amazing, and I survived a night in high heels and a new dress I had bought on clearance at Penney’s. It sort of felt like prom night. 🙂 I haven’t been to live theatre in a while.

It is probably always a packed out show at Hamilton. The actors, costumes, and the music are phenomenal, and love the historical back story and the rao melodies the actors sing in. It was sort of like spoken word. What a treat! I did not dwell on the sciatica. Of course I would never let it stop me!

Some things, with time and age, become a fact of life. There are still many things I want to do, so I can’t let a little discomfort stop me! Yoga and stretches can sometimes help, and I wear sneakers to work almost daily. Have to keep going!

I’ve been reading books and using an app for a few years on managing pain. I’d love to study the science or psychology of pain. I suppose I am, in a way. Calming the brain’s reactions seems important, so I am trying some meditation videos. It would be interesting to work in this field in my retirement. Food for thought….

At any rate, never stop, manage the pain, don’t let it stop you, and don’t let age dictate what you can or can’t do would be mottos of a lovely man who passed away this month. He may have been in his eighties. He was a great mentor for my son and would have him over to help with yard work before he got full-time employment.

His service was today, which I viewed online. I know that’s not quite the same, but it brought me a nice pause to reflect on what he added to our lives. A celebration of his life, as it should be. It makes me want to stay active and just live life. Truly, would should all celebrate life and share our talents to help or inspire others.

Weekend Coffee Share, What’s New?

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Natalie the Explorer. It has been an exciting weekend, and today I am relaxing with green matcha tea, letting my breakfast settle before taking my son to the gym in a little while. Today is decompress day and family day.

So, what was the excitement about? Yesterday, I had a Zoom interview about my books and my writing process with Rave Reviews Book Club, and online reading/writer’s club that I have belonged to since 2016. They have so many activities and opportunities for sharing our work and learning about marketing; I only usually join in on some of them due to working full-time, but I plan to join in on more of them! Why should I hide my light? Why should I pay hundred of dollars a month to advertise my books? I suppose opinions could differ on that, and I am still unsure, but I felt really good about the interview and will share the link when it is available!

The promo page for the interview can be seen here: https://ravereviewsbookclub.wordpress.com/rrbc-rrbceyesonthebook/

Another cause for excitement was learning that I was 1st Runner Up in a short story contest! My short story, Crossroads Diner #205 won 1st Runner Up in the Alpha-Omega Short Story contest with Rave Reviews Book Club. I really enjoyed doing this, and it has encouraged me to write more short stories.

Crossroads Diner is sort of other-wordly and metaphysical, all while set in a typical diner with jaded staff and weary travelers. However, everything is not as it seems. Check it out and read it for yourself! Sometimes a stop along the way serves an important purpose in our journey: https://www.amazon.com/Crossroads-between-Pamela-Schloesser-Canepa-ebook/dp/B098269VSN

Well, I almost escaped! 😉

Last night, my date, someone I’d dated years ago and have been seeing again for four months, took me out to dinner with some of his close friends at a waterfront restaurant, and afterward, we went to an Escape Room with the Old Jail theme in St Augustine. It was fun searching for clues and trying to beat the clock! I have a lot of fun with this fellow, so it’s not surprising. 🙂

That’s all for now. Have a great week, everyone!

In A Wave. #RDP #poetry

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Today is where we live,

but yesterday is a place we visit

quite often, as mental time-travelers

in a wave of nostalgia or memory

of a little child’s hand in yours,

or a wave of fear

of the threat heard in a voice,

or of screeching tires,

or the shared memory

of being wedged between two other cars.

A wave of nostalgia could bring

a memory of young love

that was new, or

of climbing trees

in springtime,

scraping our knees and

running onward anyway, no care

but for the present moment.

We travel to remember

Why we don’t go certain places,

if we can trust a certain person,

or in moments we need to feel

our life has meaning.

We can forgive in ten seconds

but remember years later;

Love, regret, and fear are automatic.

But, just like swimming through the waves,

living in the present must be learned.

~~~~~~~~

**These thoughts inspired by the music of Still Corners’ song, The Trip. Comforting, yet slightly haunting.

***You may visit today’s RagTag Community prompt and challenge at https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2021/10/02/rdp-saturday-wave/

Weekend Coffee Share. Lit!

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Natalie the Explorer. Today is half-caff coffee day for me. Enjoy whatever you like, and pull up a chair for this virtual cafe-chat!

Coldplay sets the musical ambiance, and my once-again-fluffy dog wanders about, summer haircut growing out. It has been a nice, cool few days here in Northeast Florida, but today feels warmer. Still, it is lovely out. Autumn is here. I enjoyed a Thai dinner with my friend last night. The sun set through the window as we ate, conversed, and laughed. It is setting earlier these days. Sometimes that’s the main indication of a season change in my corner of the world. I’m sort of used to it. 🙂 My ‘friend’ is a young man I dated 2o years ago, and we re-connected a few months ago. I think we are good for each other at this point in our lives.

This last week was full of activity, and I’m keeping quite busy lately. I’m running the yearbook club this year, and meetings with students will start Monday. In National news, last week was #ReadaPoemtoaChild week. I have a Poe t-shirt, so I read a poem by Poe to my class, a lesser known poem called The Magician. My students loved it.

My life is Lit! 🙂

I asked a student to take pictures. The kids loved it! My teacher friend next door read a poem by Maya Angelou and dressed in a lovely African-style print, touching on the history of our nation at the time the poem was printed. She incorporated some Civil Rights background. It’s really awesome when we can all communicate and pull something together like this on our own. Sadly, so many days we’re too concerned about ourselves and what’s going on behind the doors of our own classrooms.

Still, now and then the magic comes together. So, we keep taking chances that it will work. We must try, right?

As far as writing, I am so busy with life, and I don’t like sitting at the computer for too long. There are ongoing ideas that will be finished further down the road. However, I am getting ideas for Janie and second chances, so that is the basis for my new writing idea, which is a short story, length to be determined. Janie is in my published short story of this summer called Crossroads Diner #205. Find out more about this Kindle story here, which also has a theme of second chances: https://www.amazon.com/Crossroads-between-Pamela-Schloesser-Canepa-ebook/dp/B098269VSN

Thanks for stopping by for a brief chat. I am off to get a hair trim soon. Monday is picture day at school! Have a great week, everyone.

Weekend Coffee Share, Fall Frenzy

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Natalie the Explorer. It’s a day for matcha green tea, since yesterday was my half-caff day. I am sticking to the green tea routine with coffee as a treat maybe twice a week. Sleep is more important to me these days.

The weather report was promising rain, but the sun has been peaking in and then fading out this morning. I think rain will come later. My week was so busy, I hardly had time to read, and writing seems to be just sporadic these days. This pandemic and my teaching job seem to cause a special kind of stress, and since I’ve dealt with stress a long time in my own ways, this was also a week for sciatica and on/off back pain. I may have to get back to using the Curable app or at least following meditations on Youtube. Yes, I have been the kind of person who internalizes stress or anxiety and holds in anger or resentment. I’ve been trying to deal with it, but then, sometimes I get too busy.

I can tell myself I have an important job, and that I am making a difference, but I have to maintain the downtime for myself. This is most noticeable with the Back-to School swing. I had summer off and dealt with a lot of things in my life, so now I’m busy again. This weekend is a respite. I saw my (new/old flame) boyfriend last night for a delicious Italian dinner, and today I am getting a pedicure. Outdoor time may be in order, since the sun is holding steady currently. I’m still relaxing after breakfast, though.

There is not much that’s interesting to share except that I’ve been enjoying my students in the Newspaper Club, who write about what they want and accept editing suggestions gracefully; boy, do they ever love to write! It’s refreshing. I’m sponsoring the Yearbook Club, and we’ll start meeting and get geared up on the 27th. Work was been hectic with grades due last Friday and then an online Open House in the evening this past Tuesday. I’m working on time-management and have a true need to work-smarter-not-harder.

I’ve been reading a fiction book about Bigfoot. I may explore the whole series, it’s kind of interesting. Books have to catch my attention these days, and it is easier for them to lose me, a result likely of the pandemic, all that is going on, and maybe because of my age and how I handle my stress and responsibilities. As I said, writing is sporadic, but last week I posted a poem in response to the Ragtag Daily prompt. View it here: https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2021/09/11/a-kaleidoscope-rdp/

This morning, I received a notification from a genealogy site I belong to called Family Search. I used to be all into that sort of thing; I have a lot of family lines from different places and love knowing ‘where I’m from’ and about my ancestors. My paternal aunt lives in Utah and has been very active in searching those family roots and introduced me to Family Search. All I have today is photos, one from mom’s side and an ancestor from the Denmark line, and one from my dad’s line from the Johnston’s, a relative from England but of a line that could be also Scottish.

I love looking at these old photographs. I haven’t been as active in searching these things as I was in 2013, but they send me hints, so I know I have some living relatives who are cataloging and collecting, so it is very worthwhile for me to belong to such a site. I used to try to construct the background stories of my ancestors. I think that’s what got me started in writing fiction. Historical fiction is also very interesting to me.

Well, I had plans and ideas for today, but I don’t stick to a constrained schedule on Saturdays, except that there’s a 3:00 appointment for the pedicure. I hope you all have a great week!

A Kaleidoscope #RDP

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Maybe you have a bland color you don’t like,

But you find a way to incorporate others…

The blue that calms you, the blue that

electrifies you

The green that makes you feel embraced

like a long-time trusted friend

The brown that feels like

suddenly falling in the mud

The yellow like the sun that lifts you up

and helps you dust off and move again.

The bright orange of learning new things

and of laughter with a friend.

Such is the contrast of life, along the way

Enjoying all that we are, adapting

to the mysteries of each day.

**Posted in response to the daily prompt challenge at https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2021/09/11/rdp-saturday-kaleidoscope/

Weekend Coffee Share. Where I am

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Natalie the Explorer. Today was a green tea day for me, and very much a rest and restore day. Yesterday after work, I got a cold tea at Starbucks and sat outside, since the air was breezy and nice for a change. Their inside seating was closed off anyway, thanks to COVID.

Time to rest and restore. I deserve it. I got my exercise this morning and walked the dog for a while. The fresh air was great once again.

A post came up in my Facebook memories feed that I’d like to share. I’m sort of in a peaceful place with life and acceptance right now, but I realize I need to stop expecting something bad to crop up, and I certainly need to disengage from COVID news or mask controversy! Maybe more gratitude is what I need.

I wrote the following post when thinking of the lotus and all it represents: “Be the lotus flower and rise out of the muck. Don’t be ashamed of your low beginnings or that you were underwater last week. Be all that you can be the minute you feel the sun on your face; embrace your beginnings or your dark yesterdays, for they brought you to where you are right now.”

Yes, this is where I am today. Gratitude. I think I should ponder on that again.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Weekend Coffee Share, Change for the Better

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Natalie the Explorer! It’s a coffee day, half-caff, that is. It is Sunday and I’m almost ready for church, multi-tasking with a million coffee-inspired ideas in my head that don’t all relate to where I’m going this morning. Okay, some of them do, but I am seriously multi-tasking in my head.

Change is on the wind these days! I’m not talking about a change of season; here in Northeast Florida we won’t get that until probably October if we’re lucky, barring the approach of a hurricane, which is approaching the west side of my state currently. No, I’m talking about changes in my life.

Who’s afraid of change? Not I! Yesterday was a good day. I got my lowlights and and highlights! My hair is getting longer, gradually. However, some changes have been more sudden. In the last month, my son moved back home with me (for the best at this time), he got a new job, I started a new school year, I became yearbook advisor at school, and the guy I’m dating moved closer. I’m optimistic about all of it! My son had a rough summer but is ‘getting it together. I have faith that the good will continue.

Sudden change can be an adjustment, and I’m sure experiencing that, but it all seems to be okay! I’m happy to help my son out. I’m getting paid for the new responsibility at school, and as I’ve gradually learned, I enjoy and flourish with the nurturing of students’ skills in extra-curricular areas. I love helping them to grow socially and emotionally.

I myself am learning new things, and it seems to be great for my brain. As long as I make time for relaxation and sleep, I think this is a positive road for me. So, today I am seeing bright skies, and not just because it is sunny and hot outside!

This week, I’ve been promoting a prequel to my Detours in Time series, The Temporal Test. Reviewed as “Awesome storytelling and storyline!” You might enjoy this short read, longer than a short story and slightly shorter than a novelette. Get a free download here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JQL5NNM Also, I’ve put Detours in Time, a full-length novel, at a reduced price of .99 for a limited time. https://www.amazon.com/Detours-Time-Book-ebook/dp/B0711ZW6XF It is an award-winning #scifi book with a sweet romance included and has been enjoyed by readers of all ages.

It has been a while since I actively promoted my published books. Take a look if you are so inclined. 🙂

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Get a free taste of my Detours in Time series! #free #prequel

Free for a limited time! A prequel to Detours in Time, this 29 page short story has a hint of romance and sci-fi flair.

A scientist learns that a distraction in female form might be just the motivation he needs to make a breakthrough discovery…

“Awesome storytelling and storyline!” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JQL5NNM

To accompany the above deal, I’ve made Detours in Time, the full-length novel of Milt and Tabitha’s inaugural journey through time, .99 for a few weeks…just in case your interest is piqued! Read the award-winning novel: https://www.amazon.com/Detours-Time-Book-ebook/dp/B0711ZW6XF

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