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Book Review: Tried Three Times: The Karemendi Story by Celeste Yost (Crime Fiction, Based on a true story)

Tried Three Times: The Karemendi Story is a novel based on real events. The author combines her own imagination with newspaper accounts and court transcripts to tell the story of how three-year-old Matthew Karemendi was murdered by his mother, Margaret Karemendi, and her lover, Roy Lockard, in Altoona, Pennsylvania on April 21, 1936.

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Hope for the Broken: Using Writing to Find God’s Grace is a number one new release in Methodism on Amazon

The cover of the book shows a purple flower blooming from the cracked earth. My name is Rev. Rebecca L. Holland I am an ordained elder in the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. I serve as the solo pastor of two small churches in rural Pennsylvania. As a person who is visually impaired,… Continue reading Hope for the Broken: Using Writing to Find God’s Grace is a number one new release in Methodism on Amazon

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Audio Book Review and Blog Blitz: The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

Growing up, "old school" fantasy was one of my favorite genres. Fans of classic "sword and sorcery" will find a lot to love about Rogerson's work. What is particularly delightful is that she manages to put a fresh spin on a classic genre. Her imaginative storytelling and creative world building combine to put a unique spin on the comfortingly familiar quest formula. I enjoyed getting lost in this immersive listening experience.

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Book Birthday Spotlight: Solo by Aaron Hodges

The bad times won't last forever, and for more than five years, Aaron Hodges has journeyed the globe alone, visiting everywhere from Istanbul to Argentina. Honest and insightful, SOLO is packed with his personal travel tips and humorous stories. Learn about the ups and downs, the triumphs and the pitfalls of venturing off the beaten path. Follow his guidelines for exploring the world alone and be inspired to take the trip you’ve always dreamed of.

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Book Review and Blog Tour: Blue Skies by Alana Oxford

I was quite stressed out, Blue Skies gave me a pleasant evening of entertainment. It helped me to escape from the cold dark "real world," for a while and into a very pleasant (yet surprisingly believable) fantasy world where true love finds a way and the next romance is as close as the nearest dog park.

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My Presentation at the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind’s Virtual Convention and My Next Book

Rebecca was born with a complicated eye condition that caused her to be visually impaired. As a young person, her deepest wish was to become a music teacher and share the joy of music with children; however, systemic ableism at the university level prevented her from achieving this goal. She mourned for the loss of her dream, and then she started taking her writing seriously. Telling her story has helped her to reshape her personal narrative and to take back her power. She hopes to share what she has learned with others during this session. We all have a story to tell, and the world needs your story! Our stories shape the world, and together we can make big changes, one story at a time.