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Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Vacation is Trickling Away - Now What?

Sometimes in life and in writing you just need a little vacation.  So a trip to Arizona had me thinking that I'd get plenty of writing done by the pool.  Note to self - the pool is not for writing, it's for relaxing, play and yes - even exercise.  It's not for work.  Besides, I heard that laptops and water don't mix.  No - that's just a theory, not a proven experiment.

But speaking of motivation, the trip home is very motivating.  It has me longing for the warm little cocoon of my basement office where temperatures are steady.  And outside they are steady too - below zero and freezing yes but not like the roads on the way home, before we reach the winter hardened ranges and prairie of the last leg of this trek where the snow has more than likely settled for the winter - and that has its own set of issues.  But here, as we head out of Arizona and into, and through, New Mexico, temperatures are hovering at a little above zero with rain and then a slide below that zero mark creating in places, treacherous mountain roads.  Yes, don't like the drive home much for the fear of what weather might be lurking around the corner.  I'm hoping for the upside as that finicky weather man or woman has promised, that the weather for the remainder of the trip might be fine.

Or - like today, it might go from sun and flip flops to mountain roads lined with snow laden trees in less than two hours.  Yes, that picture was today's view as we left the sun behind.  In an odd way, it all reminds me of a romantic suspense.  A couple falling in love and then everything turns upside down - sun to snow, for the characters, they are rough, potentially dangerous patches that they must negotiate in order to have their happy ever after.

Winter travel and characters aside, I'm enjoying my last days of vacation with a few more adventures.  Tonight it was a taste of alligator in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


As vacation days slide away and real life beckons, I'll be celebrating the release of my latest romantic suspense, Legacy of Fear, as 2014 winds down and 2015 begins.  Check out my website, I'll be updating it soon with details.

Ryshia
www.ryshiakennie.com

Friday, November 28, 2014

Dishtowel Will Travel

It's hard to write on vacation or maybe that's just an excuse.  Maybe I've been plodding with my word count because all of a sudden writing hasn't been much fun.  Now don't get me wrong, I still want to write - need to write even.  But I expect the words will just miraculously, effortlessly plop out, pouring across the page in a vast first rough draft that only needs some sprucing, tuning and sprucing

again.  But that's not quite how it's working.

All of a sudden there's expectations.

Up until now I wrote, submitted and wrote again.  I was master of my own game.  Now, while I still am master I've heard rumblings that people may expect things, novels done maybe so that there's something to submit, proposals offered, so there's something to write and maybe - eureka - publish.

Expectations - one more step on the ladder, one step closer and I didn't expect to freeze.

Freeze - There's not a snowflake on the ground, nor will there be here in sunny Arizona so there's no reason to freeze.

I gave myself a stern talking to - it was the twentieth or so in the series.  This one finally stuck.  I don't know if it was the dishtowel in my hand or the latest review of my last book.  But it all got me thinking and all of a sudden it was there, it was back.  One thousand words later and a blog post - I've got it back - not my inspiration but my discipline, and the inspiration, well I suspect it's following right along behind.  It's not going to have much choice - it's that or be dragged.

Who knew that a little discipline came in the form of a dish towel?  What keeps you going?

Ryshia
www.ryshiakennie.com

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remembrance Day - Lest we Forget

It's a rather sobering Remembrance Day.  Not that they all aren't a reminder of the sacrifice so many made and continue to make.  But today is the 100th Anniversary of World War I.  Combine that with
the shock of having two soldiers killed on Canadian soil within the last three weeks and it's drawn a large crowd to Parliament Hill and the national memorial service.

(Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)
I wasn't able to watch the ceremony this year which I do every year on TV or at the local cenotaph.  But I'm not in the country and it's not on TV, at least not on my cable subscription, but I still get CBC, the national radio station, so I've been listening, had my moment of silence and silently thanked all that fought for our freedom and still do.

I just heard these quotes and while I can't give credit to who spoke them, here they are:
"Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it."
"War has unified us and it has divided us."

Powerful words to go forward with today and every day as we remember.


Ryshia
www.ryshiakennie.com











Monday, November 10, 2014

Choices and Illusions - you may have remembered the its release but it was so good -  it's out again - in paperback and about time!  Just in time to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Eldon Taylor's Progressive Awareness Research and just in time for Christmas, or just in time for a life changing read.  It's a fantastic book that will power-stoke your life by giving you the tools you need to succeed.

Choices and Illusions is available at all online and retail bookstores.  To participate in the celebratory event Eldon has put together including a chance to win a $500 InnerTalk Library, visit www.parpromos.com/pp/it/14k/index/R.html

What Eldon Taylor says about "Choices and Illusions":

Within every human being exists a propensity for greatness.  The gifts may vary, and the greatness
may live out in a in a vast array of alternatives - say from carpentry to rocket science - but the gift that gives one true self-respect, lifts the spirit from "same old, same old", resides within each one of us-- but if so, then why is it so often denied?

Every individual has essentially has a self-representation that is rehearsed and eventually actualized.  The process begins by fantasizing at a very early age.  We fantasize a script, perhaps one of those from some Hollywood production.  We begin rehearsing it, and we either abandon it to take up a new one or practice it until we role-play the script as who we are.  Practicing the script sooner or later automates the behaviour.  Our imprinting environment plays a significant role in the alternative scripts available to us.  If the parents are uncaring and abusive, so are the children, and so forth.  If warmth and friendliness lead to embarrassment, then cool and aloof compensate.  If honest gets us into trouble, then deception becomes a defence strategy, and so forth.

It is much more complicated than expressed here, but simply, it is also just this way.  In fact, every one of us divides ourselves among four essential views of ourselves.  These four faces include the following:
Our actual self.
Our ideal self.
Our ought-to-be-self
Our desired self.

My review for Eldon Taylor's Choices and Illusions:

The human mind is extremely complex as Eldon Taylor again demonstrates in his latest book "Choices and Illusions".  Richly written, Eldon takes us on a journey into the power of the mind.  While no book on the mind can be anything but complex, Eldon softens the depth of the information with strategically placed tales and stories that entertain as well as teach.

"Do minds communicate with each other - is the base of creativity more a group activity than an individual one?"   R. D. Laing.  Quotes like this along with Eldon Taylor's thought provoking research and easy prose make "Choices and Illusions" a provocative read.

"Choices and Illusions" provides an excellent base to begin the exploration of self, and of the unseen and compelling forces of society that have the ability to shape the basis of our beliefs and ultimately our personalities.  It provides the tools necessary to begin harnessing the powers of our mind instead of leaving it run unfettered and potentially controlled by the power of hidden beliefs foisted on us by other.  And more importantly, it provides telling evidence that the mind is the one thing that can change your life.

Although I found the last chapters weighted down with mentions of prior books and prose that was not as smooth as earlier chapters, I still found "Choices and Illusions" an intriguing read.  With plenty of references to other books on the subject, "Choices and Illusions" is an excellent jumping off point for anyone interested in enriching their lives by becoming aware of their most powerful tool, their mind. 

Eldon's bio:
Eldon has made a lifelong study of the human mind and has earned doctoral degrees in psychology and metaphysics.  He is president of Progressive Awareness Research, an organization dedicated to researching techniques for accessing the immense powers of the mind.  For more than 20 years, he has approached personal empowerment from the cornerstone perspective of forgiveness, gratitude, service and respect for all life.

Eldon can be reached at:  www.eldontaylor.com


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Release - Legacy of Fear

Imagine a language - lost.
Imagine, a unique language that is written, not spoken.
Imagine, a language written by and for women.
Imagine - the possibilities of such a language.

My latest romantic suspense is out!
Just released...

Legacy of Fear


Andra Vandersan is an expert code breaker, as fiercely independent and beautiful as she is brilliant.
Working at the highest levels of deciphering, she's always remained at a safe distance from the seamy underworld of Hong Kong's criminal elite--but that's about to change.  When her next-door neighbour is brutally murdered in a way that suggests the work of the Chinese triads, two things become clear:  Andra was the intended target of the hit, and the assassin is going to return.

Max True is a world-class linguist, a colleague of Andra's who once helped her break a code that would destroy a terrorist cell.  When he shows up at Andra's door with a mysterious message, they realize that they may have stumbled on a long-lost women's language that holds the secret to incredible power--and one that the most vicious men in Hong Kong will stop at nothing to get their hands on.

As Andra and Max work to solve the puzzle of the language, they find themselves in a desperate race against time to escape the mysterious forces who all want the secret of the message--even as they surrender to the forces of an undeniable passion that brings them inexorably and irrevocably together.



Check it out at online bookstores.

Ryshia
www.ryshiakennie.com


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Among The Giants

Featuring my review of the motivational book:  

Among the Giants, by Jesse LeBeau

I read Among the Giants and finished the last page feeling Motivated!!!  That's the best compliment I can give a motivational book.  Now the author Jesse LeBeau is on tour with his book and as part of the tour he's giving away a Deuce Brand watch - check out the rafflecopter entry at the bottom of the post along with the list of other blogs on the tour.

First, let me introduce the author, Jesse LeBeau:

Over the course of the last couple of years, Jesse has propelled himself from a small, Alaskan fishing town to the Hollywood big screen, being seen by millions all over the world.  By leveraging his love of the game of basketball and making the most of every opportunity, he has successfully created a life all his own.  At 5'8" he may not be an NBA player, but by tweaking his dream, he has been able to use his passion (basketball) to star in national commercials and novels, work with pro athletes and celebrities, and even give back on a regular basis as a motivational speaker for youth.  His underdog story, outlined in his book, Among the Giants, serves as an inspiration to anyone who has ever been told they can't make their dream a reality.

Jesse was born and raised on Pennock Island, Alaska, where his mother worked as a school teacher and his father was involved in the logging industry.  Jesse played basketball growing up, but no one wanted to take him seriously, and coaches told him he was too small and would never make it.  Despite his critics, he believed not only in himself but also in the plan God had for him. Jesse has experienced big wins and frustrating losses, but both triumph and defeat helped him grow as a leader and a person, and helped deepen his faith.

Today he uses his message to motivate and inspire young people around the world as a speaker and author combining his love of basketball, speaking and entertaining, Jesse founded the fab4 Takeover, which brings celebrities into schools to teach and impact students.  He also released an instructional dribbling DVD titled "Dribble Like a Star".  For a free download from the DVD, visit www.jesseBeau.com or text the word DVD to the number 58885.


My Review
Among the Giants
****
Four Stars

Stay hungry.  Better yourself every day.  Separate yourself from the competition and gain the edge that will make all the difference.  Fulfill your dreams!

This book's primary message is that you can succeed but not without effort.  Your attitude is everything.  Dig for success, it's in you to have, is the pervasive theme in this book.  And with real life examples of how from the time he was a child he fought  to be a professional  basketball player despite size and geographic odds, he shows again and again how he acquired his dream.  And while it wasn't his specific dream, it was a dream that gave him success with a basketball in his hand.

Over and over this book reminds us what hard work and dedication can achieve.  But there's a caveat, hard work must be combined with a belief in yourself and your dream.  The author tells us to visualize success, write down goals and stay the course.  It is a motivational book like many out there but unlike many out there his motivation is firmly rooted in the story of his life from an isolated childhood fighting for his dream, to a grown young man, who didn't grow enough to make the NBA.

A quick and easy read that while, slightly repetitive, will light a fire in you.  You can't help but be anxious to get at it, put in that extra hour or extra mile and succeed at whatever it is you dream of.

****

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You can find more information, read news in the press, watch highlight video footage and follow Jesse on a more personal level at the following websites:



To purchase "Among the Giants" on Amazon visit http://amzn.to/tgg7apn
To get a free download from his DVD visit:  http://bit.ly/U9w32m
To get a free download from his ebook "What Allen Iverson Taught Me About Life" visit:  www.JesseLeBeau.com






Follow the rest of the tour:
October 13: Writers and Authors
October 17: Deal Sharing Aunt
October 17: Writer Wonderland